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 20 January 2017 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
20 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / West Midlands
Rank 59 53 60
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +7
Contract jobs citing QA 66 64 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.76% 2.66% 2.42%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.97% 29.91% 27.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 39 33
Median daily rate £395 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.22% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £323 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £500 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £361 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.34% +3.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 3
Median hourly rate £25.00 £16.02 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+56.07% -49.05%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £28.00 £33.90
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -17.40%

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
236 214 191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 9.86% 8.88% 8.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 134 107
Median daily rate £410 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.52% +21.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.12% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 11 19
Median hourly rate £25.00 £15.00 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.66% -41.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.30 £11.60 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.20 £20.80 £34.01
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.17 £42.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-44.83% +68.00%

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 20 January 2017.

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 20 January 2017.

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 20 January 2017. 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 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
Shropshire +24 13 £458 +14.37% 3
Coventry -10 11 £311 +10.66% 3
Staffordshire +6 10 £281 -37.50% 6
Warwickshire 0 10 £575 +45.56% 1
Birmingham -1 9 £379 +7.14% 17
Solihull -5 3 £375 -15.49% 1
Kingswinford +2 2 £368 -13.52% 1
Worcestershire -7 1 £223 -50.55% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 January 2017, 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 64 (47.41%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (22.96%) Selenium
3 29 (21.48%) Test Scripting
3 29 (21.48%) Java
4 20 (14.81%) Automated Testing
5 19 (14.07%) ISTQB
6 18 (13.33%) SDLC
7 17 (12.59%) SQL
7 17 (12.59%) Microsoft
7 17 (12.59%) Scrum
8 16 (11.85%) Manual Testing
8 16 (11.85%) Performance Testing
8 16 (11.85%) ISEB
8 16 (11.85%) Finance
8 16 (11.85%) Functional Testing
8 16 (11.85%) Test Automation
9 15 (11.11%) Scala
9 15 (11.11%) Cucumber
9 15 (11.11%) User Stories
9 15 (11.11%) Project Management
10 14 (10.37%) Retail
11 13 (9.63%) PRINCE2
11 13 (9.63%) Mentoring
12 12 (8.89%) WebDriver
12 12 (8.89%) Open Source
12 12 (8.89%) Windows
12 12 (8.89%) HTML
12 12 (8.89%) .NET
13 11 (8.15%) CSS
13 11 (8.15%) User Acceptance Testing

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 6 (4.44%) Confluence
2 3 (2.22%) Apache
2 3 (2.22%) Apache Solr
2 3 (2.22%) Drupal
2 3 (2.22%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.48%) NetWeaver
4 1 (0.74%) IIS
4 1 (0.74%) JBoss
4 1 (0.74%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.74%) WebLogic
Applications
1 8 (5.93%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.48%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (1.48%) MS Project
2 2 (1.48%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.74%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.74%) HipChat
3 1 (0.74%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (1.48%) SAP HCM
2 1 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.74%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.22%) GitHub
1 3 (2.22%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (2.22%) PaaS
2 2 (1.48%) Boomi
2 2 (1.48%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.74%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (0.74%) Office 365
3 1 (0.74%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.70%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (0.74%) HTTP
2 1 (0.74%) Internet
2 1 (0.74%) Skype
2 1 (0.74%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.93%) MongoDB
3 4 (2.96%) MySQL
3 4 (2.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (2.22%) SAP HANA
4 3 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.48%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.48%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.48%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.74%) GIS
6 1 (0.74%) MS Access
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 31 (22.96%) Selenium
2 15 (11.11%) Cucumber
3 12 (8.89%) WebDriver
4 11 (8.15%) JIRA
5 8 (5.93%) Jenkins
5 8 (5.93%) JUnit
6 7 (5.19%) SoapUI
7 6 (4.44%) Git (software)
8 5 (3.70%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (3.70%) RSpec
8 5 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (2.96%) Visual Studio
10 3 (2.22%) IntelliJ
10 3 (2.22%) JMeter
10 3 (2.22%) SpecFlow
11 2 (1.48%) Capybara
11 2 (1.48%) Gatling
11 2 (1.48%) Protractor
11 2 (1.48%) TeamCity
11 2 (1.48%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 16 (11.85%) Finance
2 14 (10.37%) Retail
3 9 (6.67%) Automotive
4 6 (4.44%) Games
5 5 (3.70%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.96%) Marketing
7 3 (2.22%) Banking
8 2 (1.48%) Aerospace
8 2 (1.48%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.74%) Legal
9 1 (0.74%) Publishing
9 1 (0.74%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 35 (25.93%) Analyst
2 21 (15.56%) Tester
3 20 (14.81%) QA Engineer
4 18 (13.33%) Test Analyst
5 15 (11.11%) Project Manager
5 15 (11.11%) QA Tester
6 14 (10.37%) Developer
6 14 (10.37%) Test Engineer
7 13 (9.63%) QA Test Engineer
7 13 (9.63%) Test Manager
8 11 (8.15%) QA Analyst
9 10 (7.41%) Business Analyst
9 10 (7.41%) QA Test Analyst
10 7 (5.19%) Scala Developer
10 7 (5.19%) Software Analyst
10 7 (5.19%) Software Test Analyst
10 7 (5.19%) Software Tester
11 5 (3.70%) QA Automation Engineer
11 5 (3.70%) Software QA Engineer
11 5 (3.70%) Software QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.89%) .NET
1 12 (8.89%) HTML
2 11 (8.15%) CSS
3 7 (5.19%) JSON
3 7 (5.19%) XML
4 6 (4.44%) ASP.NET
5 5 (3.70%) AngularJS
5 5 (3.70%) Gherkin
5 5 (3.70%) HTML5
5 5 (3.70%) Play Framework
5 5 (3.70%) SOAP
6 4 (2.96%) Web Services
7 3 (2.22%) CSS3
7 3 (2.22%) Drush
7 3 (2.22%) LAMP
7 3 (2.22%) SAP ALE
8 2 (1.48%) Highcharts JS
8 2 (1.48%) J2EE
8 2 (1.48%) Node.js
8 2 (1.48%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.22%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.22%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.48%) Clustering
4 2 (1.48%) Data Centre
4 2 (1.48%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.48%) PMI
4 2 (1.48%) User Experience
5 1 (0.74%) Driving Licence
5 1 (0.74%) e-Learning
5 1 (0.74%) EPoS
5 1 (0.74%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.74%) NHS
5 1 (0.74%) Online Games
5 1 (0.74%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.74%) Telematics
5 1 (0.74%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 12 (8.89%) Windows
2 8 (5.93%) Linux
3 3 (2.22%) Android
3 3 (2.22%) Apple iOS
3 3 (2.22%) Unix
4 2 (1.48%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.74%) VMS
5 1 (0.74%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (47.41%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (21.48%) Test Scripting
3 20 (14.81%) Automated Testing
4 18 (13.33%) SDLC
5 17 (12.59%) Scrum
6 16 (11.85%) Functional Testing
6 16 (11.85%) Manual Testing
6 16 (11.85%) Performance Testing
6 16 (11.85%) Test Automation
7 15 (11.11%) Project Management
7 15 (11.11%) User Stories
8 13 (9.63%) Mentoring
8 13 (9.63%) PRINCE2
9 12 (8.89%) Open Source
10 11 (8.15%) Defect Management
10 11 (8.15%) User Acceptance Testing
11 10 (7.41%) Coaching
12 9 (6.67%) BDD
12 9 (6.67%) DevOps
12 9 (6.67%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 29 (21.48%) Java
2 17 (12.59%) SQL
3 15 (11.11%) Scala
4 10 (7.41%) JavaScript
5 5 (3.70%) PHP
5 5 (3.70%) T-SQL
6 4 (2.96%) C#
6 4 (2.96%) Ruby
7 3 (2.22%) ABAP
7 3 (2.22%) Python
8 2 (1.48%) Groovy
8 2 (1.48%) VB
9 1 (0.74%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.74%) SAPscript
9 1 (0.74%) VB6
9 1 (0.74%) VBA
9 1 (0.74%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 19 (14.07%) ISTQB
2 16 (11.85%) ISEB
3 8 (5.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 8 (5.93%) Security Cleared
4 6 (4.44%) Degree
5 4 (2.96%) MAPM
5 4 (2.96%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.22%) PMI Certification
7 2 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.48%) PMP
8 1 (0.74%) APMP
8 1 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.96%) WCAG
2 2 (1.48%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (2.22%) Docker
2 2 (1.48%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.74%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 3 (2.22%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (2.22%) Puppet
2 2 (1.48%) SCCM
3 1 (0.74%) vRealize
Vendors
1 17 (12.59%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.44%) SAP
3 5 (3.70%) LogRhythm
3 5 (3.70%) SOASTA, Inc
4 3 (2.22%) Oracle
5 2 (1.48%) Adobe
5 2 (1.48%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.48%) Google
5 2 (1.48%) HP
5 2 (1.48%) Kronos
6 1 (0.74%) Guidewire
6 1 (0.74%) IBM
6 1 (0.74%) Remedy
6 1 (0.74%) VMware
6 1 (0.74%) webMethods
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