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 August 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 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 80 69 47
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -22
Contract jobs citing QA 66 44 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.01% 1.79% 3.12%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.05% 22.11% 33.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 30 27
Median daily rate £350 £375 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +36.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £275 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £425 £454
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.94% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Median hourly rate £30.41 £26.78 £26.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.55% +0.94%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £18.68 £13.71
% change year-on-year
+33.83% +36.25%
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
244 199 234
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 7.42% 8.10% 9.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 154 104 97
Median daily rate £400 £391 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.23% +0.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £265 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £409 £380
% change year-on-year
-2.14% +7.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 21 27
Median hourly rate £25.00 £31.44 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.48% +79.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.05 £14.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £42.50 £64.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £24.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.29% +20.00%

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 August 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 30 August 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 +13 32 £250 -19.02% 10
Coventry -7 13 £460 -26.40% 4
Staffordshire +3 5 £338 -19.64% 1
Warwickshire -5 4 £463 - 4
Shropshire -18 4 £500 +85.18% 1
Sutton Coldfield -2 1 £295 -10.60%
West Bromwich -2 1 - -
Worcestershire -2 1 £450 +2.85%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 August 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 59 (40.97%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (20.83%) SQL
3 27 (18.75%) Finance
4 24 (16.67%) Java
4 24 (16.67%) Selenium
5 23 (15.97%) Analytical Skills
6 22 (15.28%) HTML
6 22 (15.28%) Project Management
7 21 (14.58%) Risk Management
7 21 (14.58%) PRINCE2
7 21 (14.58%) MS Excel
8 20 (13.89%) Microsoft
8 20 (13.89%) MS Office
9 19 (13.19%) SDLC
10 18 (12.50%) CSS
10 18 (12.50%) Web Development
11 17 (11.81%) XML
11 17 (11.81%) Functional Testing
12 16 (11.11%) Project Planning
13 15 (10.42%) Migration
13 15 (10.42%) Scrum
13 15 (10.42%) SQL Server
13 15 (10.42%) Change Management
13 15 (10.42%) Use Case
14 14 (9.72%) Test Scripting
14 14 (9.72%) Translating Business Requirements
14 14 (9.72%) MS PowerPoint
15 13 (9.03%) JavaScript
15 13 (9.03%) Unix
15 13 (9.03%) User Experience

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 (6.25%) Apache
2 8 (5.56%) SharePoint
3 7 (4.86%) JBoss
3 7 (4.86%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.39%) Confluence
4 2 (1.39%) SAS
4 2 (1.39%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.69%) NetWeaver
5 1 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 21 (14.58%) MS Excel
2 20 (13.89%) MS Office
3 14 (9.72%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (4.86%) MS Project
5 4 (2.78%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.39%) AutoCAD
6 2 (1.39%) Pro/ENGINEER
6 2 (1.39%) PTC Creo
6 2 (1.39%) Siemens NX
6 2 (1.39%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.39%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.69%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.69%) SAP HCM
2 1 (0.69%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.39%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (0.69%) Boomi
3 1 (0.69%) Google Drive
3 1 (0.69%) Office 365
3 1 (0.69%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.08%) Intrusion Detection
1 3 (2.08%) LAN
1 3 (2.08%) WAN
2 1 (0.69%) HTTP
2 1 (0.69%) NAS
2 1 (0.69%) Network Security
2 1 (0.69%) SAN
2 1 (0.69%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (0.69%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (10.42%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.25%) MongoDB
3 8 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (2.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (2.08%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (2.08%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (1.39%) Big Data
6 2 (1.39%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
6 2 (1.39%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.39%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.39%) Pentaho
6 2 (1.39%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.39%) Xcelsius
7 1 (0.69%) Cloudera CDH
7 1 (0.69%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.69%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 24 (16.67%) Selenium
2 13 (9.03%) Cucumber
3 11 (7.64%) WebDriver
4 9 (6.25%) Eclipse
4 9 (6.25%) JUnit
5 8 (5.56%) Git (software)
5 8 (5.56%) Visual Studio
6 7 (4.86%) IntelliJ
6 7 (4.86%) JIRA
6 7 (4.86%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (2.78%) SpecFlow
7 4 (2.78%) Subversion
8 3 (2.08%) Ant
8 3 (2.08%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (1.39%) Maven
10 1 (0.69%) Gatling
10 1 (0.69%) Jenkins
10 1 (0.69%) JIRA Agile
10 1 (0.69%) MSI
10 1 (0.69%) VersionOne
General
1 27 (18.75%) Finance
2 11 (7.64%) Legal
3 9 (6.25%) Retail
4 6 (4.17%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.08%) Banking
5 3 (2.08%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.39%) Law
6 2 (1.39%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.69%) Automotive
7 1 (0.69%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 37 (25.69%) Analyst
2 22 (15.28%) Developer
3 18 (12.50%) Business Analyst
3 18 (12.50%) Tester
4 17 (11.81%) Project Manager
5 15 (10.42%) Test Analyst
6 13 (9.03%) Digital Analyst
6 13 (9.03%) QA Tester
7 12 (8.33%) Digital Business Analyst
8 9 (6.25%) Automation Tester
9 8 (5.56%) Java Developer
9 8 (5.56%) QA Automation Tester
9 8 (5.56%) Software Engineer
10 7 (4.86%) Consultant
10 7 (4.86%) DevOps Engineer
10 7 (4.86%) Java Engineer
10 7 (4.86%) Java Scala Software Engineer
10 7 (4.86%) Java Software Engineer
10 7 (4.86%) Scala Software Engineer
11 6 (4.17%) Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (15.28%) HTML
2 18 (12.50%) CSS
3 17 (11.81%) XML
4 10 (6.94%) .NET
4 10 (6.94%) REST
4 10 (6.94%) SOAP
5 9 (6.25%) J2EE
6 7 (4.86%) EJB
6 7 (4.86%) Hibernate
6 7 (4.86%) HTML5
6 7 (4.86%) J2SE
6 7 (4.86%) JSON
6 7 (4.86%) Play Framework
6 7 (4.86%) Spring
7 4 (2.78%) WCF
7 4 (2.78%) Web Services
7 4 (2.78%) XSLT
8 3 (2.08%) ASP.NET
8 3 (2.08%) RESTful
8 3 (2.08%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 23 (15.97%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (9.03%) User Experience
3 11 (7.64%) Mobile App
4 8 (5.56%) PMI
5 6 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (3.47%) NHS
7 4 (2.78%) Virtual Team
8 3 (2.08%) Data Centre
9 2 (1.39%) Data Conversion
9 2 (1.39%) Data Integration
9 2 (1.39%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.39%) Visualisation
10 1 (0.69%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.69%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.69%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.69%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.69%) EPoS
10 1 (0.69%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.69%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.69%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 13 (9.03%) Unix
2 8 (5.56%) Windows
3 6 (4.17%) Linux
4 3 (2.08%) AIX
5 2 (1.39%) VMS
6 1 (0.69%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.69%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (40.97%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (15.28%) Project Management
3 21 (14.58%) PRINCE2
3 21 (14.58%) Risk Management
4 19 (13.19%) SDLC
5 18 (12.50%) Web Development
6 17 (11.81%) Functional Testing
7 16 (11.11%) Project Planning
8 15 (10.42%) Change Management
8 15 (10.42%) Migration
8 15 (10.42%) Scrum
8 15 (10.42%) Use Case
9 14 (9.72%) Test Scripting
9 14 (9.72%) Translating Business Requirements
10 13 (9.03%) Continuous Improvement
10 13 (9.03%) Test Automation
11 12 (8.33%) BDD
11 12 (8.33%) Open Source
11 12 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
11 12 (8.33%) UML
Programming Languages
1 30 (20.83%) SQL
2 24 (16.67%) Java
3 13 (9.03%) JavaScript
4 10 (6.94%) C#
5 9 (6.25%) Scala
6 6 (4.17%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.08%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.39%) C++
8 2 (1.39%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.39%) XAML
9 1 (0.69%) ABAP
9 1 (0.69%) Python
9 1 (0.69%) Ruby
9 1 (0.69%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.69%) VBA
9 1 (0.69%) XPath
Qualifications
1 9 (6.25%) PMP
1 9 (6.25%) Security Cleared
2 8 (5.56%) PMI Certification
3 7 (4.86%) Degree
4 6 (4.17%) SC Cleared
5 5 (3.47%) ISEB
5 5 (3.47%) ISTQB
6 3 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.39%) CCNP
7 2 (1.39%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.69%) APMP
8 1 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.69%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.56%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.39%) GCP
2 2 (1.39%) SLA
3 1 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.69%) JSP 440
System Software
1 7 (4.86%) Docker
2 3 (2.08%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 7 (4.86%) Puppet
2 4 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.69%) SCCM
3 1 (0.69%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 20 (13.89%) Microsoft
2 10 (6.94%) Oracle
3 7 (4.86%) webMethods
4 6 (4.17%) SAP
5 4 (2.78%) HP
6 3 (2.08%) Google
6 3 (2.08%) LogRhythm
7 2 (1.39%) ArcSight
7 2 (1.39%) Cloudera
7 2 (1.39%) Siemens
7 2 (1.39%) Tableau
7 2 (1.39%) VMware
8 1 (0.69%) Ab Initio
8 1 (0.69%) CA
8 1 (0.69%) Cisco
8 1 (0.69%) Kronos
8 1 (0.69%) Platfora
8 1 (0.69%) Rally
8 1 (0.69%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.69%) Salesforce.com