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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 86 71 59
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -12
Contract jobs citing QA 64 50 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.98% 1.97% 2.67%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.53% 22.94% 32.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 28 25
Median daily rate £361 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.66% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £284 £154
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £543 £456
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 1
Median hourly rate £31.20 £33.55 £33.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.99% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £23.00 £18.17
% change year-on-year
-39.13% +26.58%
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
272 218 212
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 8.41% 8.59% 8.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 105 83
Median daily rate £375 £400 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +12.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £265 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £650 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 23 17
Median hourly rate £31.20 £31.44 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.75% +79.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.83 £13.06 £14.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.20 £42.50 £124.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £28.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +40.00%

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 30 September 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 September 2016.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram 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 30 September 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 +4 22 £319 -7.20% 14
Coventry -6 12 £355 -15.97% 2
Staffordshire 0 9 £350 -16.66% 3
Shropshire -26 7 £400 +34.45% 1
Warwickshire -10 5 £378 +16.15% 4
West Bromwich 0 3 - -
Worcestershire -1 3 £450 -1.90%
Sutton Coldfield +1 1 £295 -10.60%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 62 (45.26%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (22.63%) Selenium
3 30 (21.90%) Java
4 29 (21.17%) SQL
5 22 (16.06%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (15.33%) Finance
6 21 (15.33%) MS Excel
7 19 (13.87%) HTML
7 19 (13.87%) Test Scripting
7 19 (13.87%) Scrum
8 18 (13.14%) Risk Management
8 18 (13.14%) Project Management
8 18 (13.14%) CSS
8 18 (13.14%) Functional Testing
8 18 (13.14%) Test Automation
8 18 (13.14%) Cucumber
9 17 (12.41%) MS Office
9 17 (12.41%) Microsoft
10 16 (11.68%) BDD
10 16 (11.68%) User Stories
11 15 (10.95%) SDLC
11 15 (10.95%) Web Development
11 15 (10.95%) XML
12 14 (10.22%) PRINCE2
12 14 (10.22%) Project Planning
12 14 (10.22%) Continuous Improvement
12 14 (10.22%) WebDriver
13 13 (9.49%) Open Source
13 13 (9.49%) Scala
13 13 (9.49%) MS PowerPoint

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 9 (6.57%) Apache
2 7 (5.11%) JBoss
2 7 (5.11%) SharePoint
2 7 (5.11%) WebLogic
3 3 (2.19%) Confluence
4 2 (1.46%) NetWeaver
4 2 (1.46%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.73%) SAS
5 1 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 21 (15.33%) MS Excel
2 17 (12.41%) MS Office
3 13 (9.49%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (4.38%) MS Project
5 3 (2.19%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.46%) SAP HCM
2 1 (0.73%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.73%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.73%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.46%) Boomi
2 2 (1.46%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (0.73%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.65%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (2.19%) LAN
2 3 (2.19%) WAN
3 1 (0.73%) HTTP
3 1 (0.73%) NAS
3 1 (0.73%) Network Security
3 1 (0.73%) SAN
3 1 (0.73%) Structured Cabling
3 1 (0.73%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (9.49%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.57%) MongoDB
3 5 (3.65%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (3.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (2.19%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (2.19%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (1.46%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.46%) SAP HANA
5 2 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.73%) Big Data
6 1 (0.73%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.73%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
6 1 (0.73%) Cloudera CDH
6 1 (0.73%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.73%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.73%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.73%) Pentaho
6 1 (0.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.73%) Xcelsius
Development Applications
1 31 (22.63%) Selenium
2 18 (13.14%) Cucumber
3 14 (10.22%) WebDriver
4 13 (9.49%) JUnit
5 9 (6.57%) Eclipse
5 9 (6.57%) JIRA
5 9 (6.57%) Visual Studio
6 8 (5.84%) Git (software)
6 8 (5.84%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (5.11%) IntelliJ
8 5 (3.65%) Jenkins
9 4 (2.92%) SpecFlow
10 3 (2.19%) Ant
10 3 (2.19%) RSpec
10 3 (2.19%) Subversion
10 3 (2.19%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (1.46%) Maven
11 2 (1.46%) SoapUI
12 1 (0.73%) Appium
12 1 (0.73%) FogBugz
General
1 21 (15.33%) Finance
2 11 (8.03%) Legal
3 9 (6.57%) Retail
4 4 (2.92%) Games
4 4 (2.92%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.19%) Automotive
5 3 (2.19%) Banking
6 2 (1.46%) Aerospace
6 2 (1.46%) Law
6 2 (1.46%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.46%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.73%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 33 (24.09%) Analyst
2 22 (16.06%) Tester
3 19 (13.87%) Developer
4 17 (12.41%) QA Tester
5 15 (10.95%) Test Analyst
6 14 (10.22%) Business Analyst
7 12 (8.76%) Project Manager
8 11 (8.03%) Automation Tester
8 11 (8.03%) Digital Analyst
9 10 (7.30%) Digital Business Analyst
10 9 (6.57%) QA Automation Tester
10 9 (6.57%) Software Engineer
11 8 (5.84%) Java Developer
12 7 (5.11%) DevOps Engineer
12 7 (5.11%) Java Engineer
12 7 (5.11%) Java Scala Software Engineer
12 7 (5.11%) Java Software Engineer
12 7 (5.11%) QA Engineer
12 7 (5.11%) Scala Software Engineer
12 7 (5.11%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (13.87%) HTML
2 18 (13.14%) CSS
3 15 (10.95%) XML
4 9 (6.57%) .NET
4 9 (6.57%) J2EE
4 9 (6.57%) JSON
4 9 (6.57%) REST
4 9 (6.57%) SOAP
5 7 (5.11%) EJB
5 7 (5.11%) Hibernate
5 7 (5.11%) HTML5
5 7 (5.11%) J2SE
5 7 (5.11%) Play Framework
5 7 (5.11%) Spring
6 4 (2.92%) Gherkin
6 4 (2.92%) RESTful
6 4 (2.92%) Web Services
6 4 (2.92%) XSD
7 3 (2.19%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.19%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 22 (16.06%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (8.03%) User Experience
3 10 (7.30%) Mobile App
4 8 (5.84%) PMI
5 6 (4.38%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (2.92%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.46%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.46%) Data Conversion
7 2 (1.46%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.73%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.73%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.73%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.73%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.73%) EPoS
8 1 (0.73%) NHS
8 1 (0.73%) Online Games
8 1 (0.73%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.73%) Telematics
8 1 (0.73%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 11 (8.03%) Unix
2 8 (5.84%) Windows
3 7 (5.11%) Linux
4 3 (2.19%) VMS
5 2 (1.46%) AIX
5 2 (1.46%) Android
5 2 (1.46%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.73%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (45.26%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (13.87%) Scrum
2 19 (13.87%) Test Scripting
3 18 (13.14%) Functional Testing
3 18 (13.14%) Project Management
3 18 (13.14%) Risk Management
3 18 (13.14%) Test Automation
4 16 (11.68%) BDD
4 16 (11.68%) User Stories
5 15 (10.95%) SDLC
5 15 (10.95%) Web Development
6 14 (10.22%) Continuous Improvement
6 14 (10.22%) PRINCE2
6 14 (10.22%) Project Planning
7 13 (9.49%) Open Source
7 13 (9.49%) Software Engineering
7 13 (9.49%) Use Case
8 12 (8.76%) Defect Tracking
9 11 (8.03%) Change Management
9 11 (8.03%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 30 (21.90%) Java
2 29 (21.17%) SQL
3 13 (9.49%) JavaScript
3 13 (9.49%) Scala
4 9 (6.57%) C#
5 6 (4.38%) T-SQL
6 3 (2.19%) Ruby
7 2 (1.46%) ABAP
7 2 (1.46%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.46%) Python
7 2 (1.46%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.46%) XAML
8 1 (0.73%) Groovy
8 1 (0.73%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.73%) VBA
Qualifications
1 9 (6.57%) PMP
2 8 (5.84%) PMI Certification
3 7 (5.11%) Security Cleared
4 5 (3.65%) Degree
4 5 (3.65%) ISEB
4 5 (3.65%) ISTQB
5 4 (2.92%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.19%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.46%) CCNP
7 2 (1.46%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.73%) APMP
8 1 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.11%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.46%) SLA
2 2 (1.46%) WCAG
3 1 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.73%) GCP
System Software
1 7 (5.11%) Docker
2 3 (2.19%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.73%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 7 (5.11%) Puppet
2 3 (2.19%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.73%) SCCM
3 1 (0.73%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.73%) vRealize
Vendors
1 17 (12.41%) Microsoft
2 7 (5.11%) webMethods
3 5 (3.65%) LogRhythm
3 5 (3.65%) Oracle
3 5 (3.65%) SAP
4 3 (2.19%) HP
5 2 (1.46%) ArcSight
5 2 (1.46%) Google
5 2 (1.46%) Kronos
5 2 (1.46%) VMware
6 1 (0.73%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.73%) Cisco
6 1 (0.73%) Cloudera
6 1 (0.73%) IBM
6 1 (0.73%) Platfora
6 1 (0.73%) Rally
6 1 (0.73%) Sybase
6 1 (0.73%) Tableau