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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 69 62 55
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -7
Contract jobs citing QA 56 49 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.21% 2.27% 2.48%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.79% 26.20% 32.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 28 18
Average daily rate £400 £350 £389
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -9.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £172 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £529 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
Average hourly rate £17.04 £31.44 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.81% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +78.37%
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
209 187 159
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 8.25% 8.68% 7.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 96 62
Average daily rate £416 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.92% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £165 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £500 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 17 8
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.75 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.44% +39.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.35 £10.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.04 £33.60 £19.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 5 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -7 13 £270 +20.00% 19
Shropshire -15 8 £400 -25.58% 3
Coventry -2 7 £281 -13.46% 4
Warwickshire 0 6 £395 -4.24% 2
Worcestershire +8 4 £450 - 8
Staffordshire -5 4 £375 +1.35% 4
Solihull - 3 £444 -
Kingswinford - 1 £425 -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA.

1 33 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (20.51%) SQL
3 23 (19.66%) Project Management
4 22 (18.80%) Finance
5 18 (15.38%) MS Excel
5 18 (15.38%) ISTQB
6 15 (12.82%) Service Delivery
6 15 (12.82%) BusinessObjects
7 14 (11.97%) ISEB
8 12 (10.26%) Mainframe
8 12 (10.26%) JCL
8 12 (10.26%) Microsoft
8 12 (10.26%) User Acceptance Testing
8 12 (10.26%) Business Continuity
9 11 (9.40%) MS Access
10 10 (8.55%) RACF
10 10 (8.55%) Management Information System
10 10 (8.55%) DB2
10 10 (8.55%) PRINCE2
10 10 (8.55%) CICS
10 10 (8.55%) CA
10 10 (8.55%) zOS
10 10 (8.55%) Scrum
10 10 (8.55%) Test Scripting
10 10 (8.55%) CA Endevor
10 10 (8.55%) Relational Database
11 9 (7.69%) Test Strategy
11 9 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
11 9 (7.69%) ITIL
12 8 (6.84%) Workflow

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (8.55%) CICS
2 4 (3.42%) IBM Notes
3 3 (2.56%) CMS
4 2 (1.71%) SAS
4 2 (1.71%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.71%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.85%) Apache Pig
5 1 (0.85%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.85%) Confluence
5 1 (0.85%) JBoss
5 1 (0.85%) Node.js
5 1 (0.85%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 18 (15.38%) MS Excel
2 8 (6.84%) MS Office
3 5 (4.27%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (2.56%) MS Project
4 3 (2.56%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (2.56%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.71%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (1.71%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (1.71%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (1.71%) SAP WM
2 2 (1.71%) Tridion
3 1 (0.85%) Misys Midas
3 1 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.71%) GitHub
1 2 (1.71%) Office 365
2 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.85%) DSL
1 1 (0.85%) HTTP
1 1 (0.85%) Intranet
1 1 (0.85%) SSL
1 1 (0.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.82%) BusinessObjects
2 11 (9.40%) MS Access
3 10 (8.55%) DB2
3 10 (8.55%) Relational Database
4 5 (4.27%) SQL Server
5 4 (3.42%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (3.42%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (2.56%) Xcelsius
7 2 (1.71%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
7 2 (1.71%) Crystal Reports
7 2 (1.71%) DataStage
7 2 (1.71%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.71%) Pentaho
7 2 (1.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.85%) Oracle Discoverer
8 1 (0.85%) SAP BI
8 1 (0.85%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 7 (5.98%) Selenium
2 5 (4.27%) WebDriver
3 3 (2.56%) Cucumber
4 2 (1.71%) Appium
4 2 (1.71%) JIRA
4 2 (1.71%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.85%) Gatling
5 1 (0.85%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.85%) JDeveloper
5 1 (0.85%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.85%) Oracle APEX
5 1 (0.85%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 22 (18.80%) Finance
2 5 (4.27%) Banking
2 5 (4.27%) Legal
2 5 (4.27%) Retail
3 2 (1.71%) Games
3 2 (1.71%) General Ledger
3 2 (1.71%) Publishing
4 1 (0.85%) Automotive
4 1 (0.85%) Electronics
4 1 (0.85%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 45 (38.46%) Analyst
2 19 (16.24%) Test Analyst
3 17 (14.53%) Developer
4 13 (11.11%) Business Developer
5 12 (10.26%) Business Objects Developer
6 11 (9.40%) Project Manager
6 11 (9.40%) Test Manager
7 10 (8.55%) CICS Analyst
8 9 (7.69%) Business Analyst
9 8 (6.84%) Architect
9 8 (6.84%) Tester
10 7 (5.98%) QA Analyst
11 6 (5.13%) QA Test Analyst
12 5 (4.27%) IT Manager
13 4 (3.42%) IT Project Manager
13 4 (3.42%) Lead Test Analyst
13 4 (3.42%) QA Tester
13 4 (3.42%) Senior Analyst
13 4 (3.42%) Solutions Architect
13 4 (3.42%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.13%) .NET
2 4 (3.42%) EDI
3 2 (1.71%) AngularJS
3 2 (1.71%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.71%) CSS
3 2 (1.71%) HTML
3 2 (1.71%) ISPF
3 2 (1.71%) SAP MI
4 1 (0.85%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (0.85%) RESTful
4 1 (0.85%) SAP PI
4 1 (0.85%) Spring
4 1 (0.85%) Spring Boot
4 1 (0.85%) Web Services
4 1 (0.85%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.26%) Mainframe
2 10 (8.55%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.42%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.42%) Data Structures
3 4 (3.42%) EPoS
3 4 (3.42%) User Experience
4 2 (1.71%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.71%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.71%) PMI
5 1 (0.85%) Driving Licence
5 1 (0.85%) iPad
5 1 (0.85%) iPhone
5 1 (0.85%) NHS
5 1 (0.85%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.85%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 10 (8.55%) zOS
2 7 (5.98%) Unix
2 7 (5.98%) Windows
3 1 (0.85%) AIX
3 1 (0.85%) Android
3 1 (0.85%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.85%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (19.66%) Project Management
3 15 (12.82%) Service Delivery
4 12 (10.26%) Business Continuity
4 12 (10.26%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (8.55%) PRINCE2
5 10 (8.55%) Scrum
5 10 (8.55%) Test Scripting
6 9 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
6 9 (7.69%) ITIL
6 9 (7.69%) Test Strategy
7 8 (6.84%) Workflow
8 7 (5.98%) Change Management
8 7 (5.98%) Continuous Improvement
8 7 (5.98%) Functional Testing
8 7 (5.98%) Software Testing
8 7 (5.98%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (5.13%) Cybersecurity
9 6 (5.13%) Risk Management
9 6 (5.13%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (20.51%) SQL
2 12 (10.26%) JCL
3 4 (3.42%) Java
4 3 (2.56%) C#
4 3 (2.56%) JavaScript
4 3 (2.56%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.71%) ABAP
5 2 (1.71%) Scala
5 2 (1.71%) VBA
6 1 (0.85%) Groovy
6 1 (0.85%) VB
6 1 (0.85%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 18 (15.38%) ISTQB
2 14 (11.97%) ISEB
3 7 (5.98%) Degree
4 5 (4.27%) ITIL Certification
4 5 (4.27%) Security Cleared
5 3 (2.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.71%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.71%) PMI Certification
6 2 (1.71%) PMP
6 2 (1.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (0.85%) PhD
7 1 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.42%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.71%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (8.55%) RACF
2 2 (1.71%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 2 (1.71%) Time Sharing Option
3 1 (0.85%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 10 (8.55%) CA Endevor
2 2 (1.71%) OpenView
2 2 (1.71%) ServiceCenter
3 1 (0.85%) Oozie
Vendors
1 12 (10.26%) Microsoft
2 10 (8.55%) CA
3 6 (5.13%) Oracle
4 4 (3.42%) Cognos
4 4 (3.42%) HP
4 4 (3.42%) IBM
4 4 (3.42%) Lotus
4 4 (3.42%) SAP
5 3 (2.56%) LogRhythm
5 3 (2.56%) Tableau
6 2 (1.71%) Adobe
6 2 (1.71%) Avaya
6 2 (1.71%) EMC
6 2 (1.71%) Intel
6 2 (1.71%) Interwoven
6 2 (1.71%) NICE Systems
6 2 (1.71%) Pega
6 2 (1.71%) Progress
6 2 (1.71%) Sitecore
6 2 (1.71%) Syclo
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