The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 28 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 73 76 65
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -11
Contract jobs citing QA 73 41 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.43% 1.76% 2.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.33% 23.43% 27.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 29 23
Median daily rate £318 £350 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.28% -0.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £270 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £443
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 1
Median hourly rate £8.50 £29.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-70.68% +48.71%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £37.25 £19.13
% change year-on-year
-58.38% +94.77%
QA
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
219 175 189
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 7.29% 7.52% 8.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 108 85
Median daily rate £375 £350 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -9.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £190 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £587
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 16 28
Median hourly rate £19.25 £29.00 £17.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.62% +63.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £11.85 £14.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.75 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.03 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+27.12% +4.88%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

QA
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the West Midlands region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 June 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the West Midlands region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

QA
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 June 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +19 35 £250 -28.57% 14
Coventry +1 13 £400 +14.28% 3
Warwickshire -5 5 £399 -20.25% 3
Staffordshire +5 4 £250 -13.04% 5
Shropshire -32 4 £500 +54.44%
West Bromwich - 3 - -
Worcestershire -10 2 £463 +2.77% 1
Wolverhampton - 2 £300 - 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 51 (39.84%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (20.31%) SQL
3 25 (19.53%) Finance
4 22 (17.19%) Project Management
4 22 (17.19%) MS Office
4 22 (17.19%) Risk Management
5 21 (16.41%) Java
6 20 (15.63%) MS Excel
7 18 (14.06%) HTML
8 17 (13.28%) Microsoft
8 17 (13.28%) Functional Testing
8 17 (13.28%) Analytical Skills
9 16 (12.50%) PRINCE2
9 16 (12.50%) Selenium
10 15 (11.72%) Web Development
10 15 (11.72%) Continuous Improvement
11 14 (10.94%) Translating Business Requirements
11 14 (10.94%) Migration
11 14 (10.94%) CSS
12 13 (10.16%) ETL
12 13 (10.16%) Project Planning
12 13 (10.16%) MS PowerPoint
13 12 (9.38%) Business Analysis
13 12 (9.38%) Use Case
13 12 (9.38%) XML
13 12 (9.38%) User Experience
13 12 (9.38%) Non-Functional Testing
13 12 (9.38%) User Stories
13 12 (9.38%) Cucumber
14 11 (8.59%) BDD

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 7 (5.47%) SharePoint
2 5 (3.91%) Apache
3 3 (2.34%) JBoss
3 3 (2.34%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.56%) SAS
4 2 (1.56%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.78%) Confluence
Applications
1 22 (17.19%) MS Office
2 20 (15.63%) MS Excel
3 13 (10.16%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (4.69%) MS Project
5 3 (2.34%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.56%) AutoCAD
6 2 (1.56%) Pro/ENGINEER
6 2 (1.56%) PTC Creo
6 2 (1.56%) Siemens NX
6 2 (1.56%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.56%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.78%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.56%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (0.78%) Google Drive
3 1 (0.78%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.56%) Intrusion Detection
1 2 (1.56%) LAN
2 1 (0.78%) DSL
2 1 (0.78%) HTTP
2 1 (0.78%) NAS
2 1 (0.78%) SAN
2 1 (0.78%) SSL
2 1 (0.78%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (0.78%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.78%) WAN
2 1 (0.78%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.59%) SQL Server
2 9 (7.03%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (5.47%) MongoDB
4 5 (3.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (3.13%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (2.34%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (2.34%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (2.34%) Xcelsius
7 2 (1.56%) Big Data
7 2 (1.56%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
7 2 (1.56%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.56%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.56%) MS Access
7 2 (1.56%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.56%) Pentaho
7 2 (1.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.78%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.78%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 16 (12.50%) Selenium
2 12 (9.38%) Cucumber
3 11 (8.59%) WebDriver
4 6 (4.69%) Visual Studio
5 5 (3.91%) Eclipse
5 5 (3.91%) Git (software)
5 5 (3.91%) JUnit
5 5 (3.91%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (3.13%) Subversion
7 3 (2.34%) Ant
7 3 (2.34%) IntelliJ
8 2 (1.56%) JIRA
8 2 (1.56%) Maven
9 1 (0.78%) Gatling
9 1 (0.78%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.78%) JIRA Agile
9 1 (0.78%) MSI
9 1 (0.78%) Oracle Forms
9 1 (0.78%) VersionOne
General
1 25 (19.53%) Finance
2 11 (8.59%) Legal
3 5 (3.91%) Retail
4 4 (3.13%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.56%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.78%) Banking
6 1 (0.78%) Front Office
6 1 (0.78%) Law
6 1 (0.78%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 30 (23.44%) Analyst
2 24 (18.75%) Developer
3 16 (12.50%) Business Analyst
3 16 (12.50%) Tester
4 14 (10.94%) Project Manager
5 12 (9.38%) QA Tester
5 12 (9.38%) Test Analyst
6 11 (8.59%) Digital Analyst
6 11 (8.59%) Digital Business Analyst
7 10 (7.81%) Automation Tester
8 9 (7.03%) QA Automation Tester
9 7 (5.47%) SQL Developer
10 6 (4.69%) Consultant
10 6 (4.69%) Governance Manager
10 6 (4.69%) Java Developer
11 5 (3.91%) QA Analyst
11 5 (3.91%) Software Engineer
12 4 (3.13%) ETL Developer
12 4 (3.13%) IT Project Manager
12 4 (3.13%) Java Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (14.06%) HTML
2 14 (10.94%) CSS
3 12 (9.38%) XML
4 8 (6.25%) .NET
5 6 (4.69%) REST
5 6 (4.69%) SOAP
6 5 (3.91%) J2EE
7 4 (3.13%) WCF
7 4 (3.13%) XSLT
8 3 (2.34%) .NET Framework
8 3 (2.34%) EJB
8 3 (2.34%) Hibernate
8 3 (2.34%) HTML5
8 3 (2.34%) J2SE
8 3 (2.34%) JSON
8 3 (2.34%) Play Framework
8 3 (2.34%) RESTful
8 3 (2.34%) Spring
8 3 (2.34%) Web Services
8 3 (2.34%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 17 (13.28%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (9.38%) User Experience
3 9 (7.03%) Mobile App
4 7 (5.47%) PMI
5 6 (4.69%) NHS
5 6 (4.69%) Virtual Team
6 3 (2.34%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.56%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.56%) Data Conversion
7 2 (1.56%) Data Integration
7 2 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.56%) EPoS
7 2 (1.56%) Visualisation
8 1 (0.78%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.78%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.78%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.78%) iPad
8 1 (0.78%) iPhone
8 1 (0.78%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 11 (8.59%) Unix
2 8 (6.25%) Windows
3 6 (4.69%) Linux
4 4 (3.13%) AIX
5 1 (0.78%) VMS
5 1 (0.78%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.78%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (39.84%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (17.19%) Project Management
2 22 (17.19%) Risk Management
3 17 (13.28%) Functional Testing
4 16 (12.50%) PRINCE2
5 15 (11.72%) Continuous Improvement
5 15 (11.72%) Web Development
6 14 (10.94%) Migration
6 14 (10.94%) Translating Business Requirements
7 13 (10.16%) ETL
7 13 (10.16%) Project Planning
8 12 (9.38%) Business Analysis
8 12 (9.38%) Non-Functional Testing
8 12 (9.38%) Use Case
8 12 (9.38%) User Stories
9 11 (8.59%) BDD
9 11 (8.59%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
9 11 (8.59%) Stakeholder Management
9 11 (8.59%) UML
10 10 (7.81%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 26 (20.31%) SQL
2 21 (16.41%) Java
3 11 (8.59%) JavaScript
4 8 (6.25%) Scala
5 6 (4.69%) C#
6 4 (3.13%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.34%) VBA
8 2 (1.56%) C++
8 2 (1.56%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.56%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.56%) XAML
9 1 (0.78%) Groovy
9 1 (0.78%) VB
9 1 (0.78%) XPath
Qualifications
1 11 (8.59%) ISEB
1 11 (8.59%) ISTQB
2 8 (6.25%) PMI Certification
2 8 (6.25%) PMP
3 7 (5.47%) Degree
4 6 (4.69%) Security Cleared
5 4 (3.13%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.34%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.78%) CCNP
8 1 (0.78%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.78%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (6.25%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.56%) GCP
2 2 (1.56%) SLA
3 1 (0.78%) JSP 440
System Software
1 3 (2.34%) Active Directory
1 3 (2.34%) Docker
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 3 (2.34%) Puppet
2 2 (1.56%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.78%) SCCM
3 1 (0.78%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 17 (13.28%) Microsoft
2 10 (7.81%) Oracle
3 3 (2.34%) Google
3 3 (2.34%) LogRhythm
3 3 (2.34%) SAP
3 3 (2.34%) Tableau
3 3 (2.34%) webMethods
4 2 (1.56%) ArcSight
4 2 (1.56%) Cloudera
4 2 (1.56%) HP
4 2 (1.56%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (1.56%) Siemens
4 2 (1.56%) VMware
5 1 (0.78%) Ab Initio
5 1 (0.78%) CA
5 1 (0.78%) Cisco
5 1 (0.78%) Pega
5 1 (0.78%) Platfora
5 1 (0.78%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.78%) Sybase
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