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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / West Midlands
Rank 61 76 62
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -14
Contract jobs citing QA 66 49 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.75% 1.89% 2.27%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.28% 24.02% 25.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 25 29
Median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £188 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £465 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
- +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 4
Median hourly rate £26.00 £17.04 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+52.62% -45.81%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £42.75 £34.00
% change year-on-year
-33.33% +25.73%

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
218 204 196
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 9.09% 7.87% 8.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 132 96
Median daily rate £425 £425 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +25.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £300 £154
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £400 £395
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +1.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 19
Median hourly rate £25.00 £14.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+72.41% -19.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.75 £10.59 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £25.12 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £44.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-54.54% +87.23%

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 21 February 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
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 21 February 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 +32 14 £468 +43.84% 3
Warwickshire +6 13 £575 +45.56% 2
Staffordshire +9 11 £281 -25.00% 3
Coventry -7 8 £311 +66.00% 1
Birmingham -5 5 £325 +25.00% 12
Kingswinford +4 2 £368 -13.52%
Solihull -2 2 £375 - 2
Wolverhampton - 2 £263 -
Worcestershire -2 1 £223 -50.55% 2
Herefordshire - 1 £255 - 2
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 62 (46.62%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (26.32%) Java
3 29 (21.80%) Selenium
4 23 (17.29%) Test Scripting
5 20 (15.04%) Automated Testing
6 19 (14.29%) ISTQB
6 19 (14.29%) Scala
7 18 (13.53%) Finance
8 17 (12.78%) Functional Testing
9 16 (12.03%) Open Source
9 16 (12.03%) SDLC
9 16 (12.03%) .NET
9 16 (12.03%) Microsoft
9 16 (12.03%) ISEB
9 16 (12.03%) Test Automation
9 16 (12.03%) Performance Testing
10 15 (11.28%) Manual Testing
10 15 (11.28%) Scrum
10 15 (11.28%) Project Management
11 14 (10.53%) SQL
11 14 (10.53%) HTML
11 14 (10.53%) PRINCE2
11 14 (10.53%) User Stories
12 13 (9.77%) DevOps
12 13 (9.77%) WebDriver
12 13 (9.77%) Cucumber
12 13 (9.77%) CSS
13 12 (9.02%) Retail
13 12 (9.02%) MongoDB
13 12 (9.02%) Mentoring

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 5 (3.76%) Confluence
2 4 (3.01%) Apache
3 3 (2.26%) Apache Solr
3 3 (2.26%) Drupal
3 3 (2.26%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.50%) NetWeaver
4 2 (1.50%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.75%) IIS
5 1 (0.75%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (5.26%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.26%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.50%) MS Project
3 2 (1.50%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.75%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.75%) HipChat
4 1 (0.75%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (1.50%) SAP HCM
2 1 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.75%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.26%) GitHub
1 3 (2.26%) PaaS
2 2 (1.50%) Boomi
2 2 (1.50%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (1.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.50%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.75%) Office 365
3 1 (0.75%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.01%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (0.75%) HTTP
2 1 (0.75%) Internet
2 1 (0.75%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.02%) MongoDB
2 7 (5.26%) SQL Server
3 4 (3.01%) MySQL
3 4 (3.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (2.26%) SAP HANA
4 3 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.50%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.50%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.75%) GIS
6 1 (0.75%) MS Access
6 1 (0.75%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 29 (21.80%) Selenium
2 13 (9.77%) Cucumber
2 13 (9.77%) WebDriver
3 9 (6.77%) JIRA
4 8 (6.02%) Jenkins
5 7 (5.26%) JUnit
5 7 (5.26%) SoapUI
6 5 (3.76%) Git (software)
6 5 (3.76%) Octopus Deploy
6 5 (3.76%) RSpec
6 5 (3.76%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (2.26%) JMeter
7 3 (2.26%) Visual Studio
8 2 (1.50%) HP UFT
8 2 (1.50%) IntelliJ
8 2 (1.50%) Protractor
8 2 (1.50%) Sahi
8 2 (1.50%) TeamCity
8 2 (1.50%) WATIR
8 2 (1.50%) YouTrack
General
1 18 (13.53%) Finance
2 12 (9.02%) Retail
3 9 (6.77%) Automotive
4 6 (4.51%) Games
5 5 (3.76%) Manufacturing
6 4 (3.01%) Marketing
7 3 (2.26%) Banking
8 2 (1.50%) Aerospace
8 2 (1.50%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.75%) Legal
9 1 (0.75%) Publishing
9 1 (0.75%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (23.31%) Analyst
2 22 (16.54%) QA Engineer
3 21 (15.79%) Tester
4 19 (14.29%) Developer
5 16 (12.03%) QA Tester
6 15 (11.28%) Test Engineer
7 14 (10.53%) QA Test Engineer
7 14 (10.53%) Test Analyst
8 13 (9.77%) Project Manager
9 12 (9.02%) Scala Developer
10 11 (8.27%) QA Analyst
10 11 (8.27%) Test Manager
11 10 (7.52%) Business Analyst
11 10 (7.52%) QA Test Analyst
12 8 (6.02%) Software Analyst
12 8 (6.02%) Software Test Analyst
12 8 (6.02%) Software Tester
13 6 (4.51%) QA Manager
13 6 (4.51%) Software QA Engineer
13 6 (4.51%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (12.03%) .NET
2 14 (10.53%) HTML
3 13 (9.77%) CSS
4 8 (6.02%) JSON
5 7 (5.26%) ASP.NET
6 6 (4.51%) XML
7 5 (3.76%) AngularJS
7 5 (3.76%) Gherkin
7 5 (3.76%) Web Services
8 4 (3.01%) HTML5
8 4 (3.01%) Play Framework
8 4 (3.01%) SOAP
9 3 (2.26%) CSS3
9 3 (2.26%) Drush
9 3 (2.26%) LAMP
9 3 (2.26%) SAP ALE
10 2 (1.50%) Highcharts JS
10 2 (1.50%) Node.js
10 2 (1.50%) RESTful
11 1 (0.75%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.26%) Computer Science
2 3 (2.26%) Data Centre
2 3 (2.26%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (2.26%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.50%) Clustering
3 2 (1.50%) Driving Licence
3 2 (1.50%) Mobile App
4 1 (0.75%) CMDB
4 1 (0.75%) e-Learning
4 1 (0.75%) Infotainment
4 1 (0.75%) Mainframe
4 1 (0.75%) NHS
4 1 (0.75%) Online Games
4 1 (0.75%) PMI
4 1 (0.75%) Smartphone
4 1 (0.75%) User Experience
4 1 (0.75%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 10 (7.52%) Windows
2 7 (5.26%) Linux
3 3 (2.26%) Android
3 3 (2.26%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.50%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.75%) Unix
5 1 (0.75%) VMS
5 1 (0.75%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (46.62%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (17.29%) Test Scripting
3 20 (15.04%) Automated Testing
4 17 (12.78%) Functional Testing
5 16 (12.03%) Open Source
5 16 (12.03%) Performance Testing
5 16 (12.03%) SDLC
5 16 (12.03%) Test Automation
6 15 (11.28%) Manual Testing
6 15 (11.28%) Project Management
6 15 (11.28%) Scrum
7 14 (10.53%) PRINCE2
7 14 (10.53%) User Stories
8 13 (9.77%) DevOps
9 12 (9.02%) Mentoring
10 11 (8.27%) User Acceptance Testing
11 10 (7.52%) Automation Testing
11 10 (7.52%) Waterfall
12 9 (6.77%) BDD
12 9 (6.77%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (26.32%) Java
2 19 (14.29%) Scala
3 14 (10.53%) SQL
4 10 (7.52%) JavaScript
5 5 (3.76%) PHP
5 5 (3.76%) Ruby
6 3 (2.26%) ABAP
6 3 (2.26%) Python
6 3 (2.26%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.50%) C#
7 2 (1.50%) Groovy
7 2 (1.50%) VB
8 1 (0.75%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.75%) SAPscript
8 1 (0.75%) VB6
8 1 (0.75%) VBA
8 1 (0.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 19 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 16 (12.03%) ISEB
3 10 (7.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 6 (4.51%) Degree
4 6 (4.51%) Security Cleared
5 4 (3.01%) MAPM
6 3 (2.26%) SC Cleared
7 2 (1.50%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.50%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.75%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.01%) WCAG
2 3 (2.26%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 4 (3.01%) Docker
2 2 (1.50%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.75%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 4 (3.01%) HP Quality Center
1 4 (3.01%) Puppet
2 2 (1.50%) SCCM
3 1 (0.75%) vRealize
Vendors
1 16 (12.03%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.51%) SAP
3 5 (3.76%) SOASTA, Inc
4 4 (3.01%) LogRhythm
5 3 (2.26%) Google
5 3 (2.26%) Guidewire
6 2 (1.50%) Adobe
6 2 (1.50%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.50%) HP
6 2 (1.50%) Kronos
6 2 (1.50%) Oracle
6 2 (1.50%) Remedy
7 1 (0.75%) Computacenter
7 1 (0.75%) IBM
7 1 (0.75%) VMware
Hereford
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £250 - £260 per day
Posted: 18 days ago