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The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 16 May 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > East Midlands
6 months to
16 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 60 46 51
Rank change year-on-year -14 +5 +38
Contract jobs citing QA 31 24 37
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East Midlands 2.28% 2.64% 3.21%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.26% 24.24% 25.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 16 19
10th Percentile £283 £294 £303
25th Percentile £345 £349 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £420 £350
Median % change year-on-year -4.76% +20.00% -3.05%
75th Percentile £500 £541 £526
90th Percentile - £894 £550
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
10th Percentile £13.51 £15.50 -
25th Percentile £13.96 £20.00 £11.50
Median hourly rate £15.35 £29.00 £12.00
Median % change year-on-year -47.07% +141.67% -7.69%
75th Percentile £17.36 £39.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £18.20 £44.10 -
England median hourly rate £47.50 £19.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +150.00% -11.63% -5.49%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
East Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 153 99 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 11.24% 10.90% 12.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 62 81
10th Percentile £128 £129 £88
25th Percentile £313 £263 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £384 £350
Median % change year-on-year +4.23% +9.64% -3.25%
75th Percentile £503 £463 £523
90th Percentile £575 £575 £613
England median daily rate £525 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +0.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 10
10th Percentile £9.49 £9.00 £9.47
25th Percentile £13.20 £9.26 £11.50
Median hourly rate £17.11 £10.04 £14.00
Median % change year-on-year +70.45% -28.32% +7.69%
75th Percentile £24.50 £38.92 £15.10
90th Percentile £27.19 £47.50 £36.15
England median hourly rate £29.50 £21.00 £24.30
% change year-on-year +40.48% -13.58% +15.59%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the East Midlands

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the East Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing QA in the East Midlands.

Daily rate trend for QA in the East Midlands

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Daily Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing QA in the East Midlands over the 6 months to 16 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for QA in the East Midlands

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing QA in the East Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for QA in the East Midlands

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Contract Job Locations in the East 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 East Midlands region over the 6 months to 16 May 2022. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
Northamptonshire -6 8 £365 +26.96% 5
Leicestershire -9 8 £350 -23.08% 19
Nottinghamshire +2 6 £400 -42.86% 11
Derbyshire -8 6 £500 - 3
Lincolnshire -4 1 £325 +40.92% 5
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England

For the 6 months to 16 May 2022, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the East Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 12 (38.71%) Agile
2 9 (29.03%) Scrum
3 8 (25.81%) Java
3 8 (25.81%) Azure
4 7 (22.58%) RESTful
4 7 (22.58%) JavaScript
4 7 (22.58%) JIRA
5 6 (19.35%) Objective-C
5 6 (19.35%) Analytics
5 6 (19.35%) Mobile App
5 6 (19.35%) AWS
5 6 (19.35%) Android
5 6 (19.35%) TeamCity
5 6 (19.35%) UX Design
5 6 (19.35%) Android Studio
5 6 (19.35%) User Experience
5 6 (19.35%) git-flow
5 6 (19.35%) React Native
5 6 (19.35%) Firebase
5 6 (19.35%) Redux
6 5 (16.13%) Manual Testing
6 5 (16.13%) Python
7 4 (12.90%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (12.90%) Social Skills
7 4 (12.90%) Acceptance Criteria
8 3 (9.68%) Product Backlog
8 3 (9.68%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 3 (9.68%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 3 (9.68%) Performance Testing
8 3 (9.68%) Security Testing

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the East 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:

Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.23%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (3.23%) InDesign
2 1 (3.23%) SOLIDWORKS
2 1 (3.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 8 (25.81%) Azure
2 6 (19.35%) AWS
2 6 (19.35%) Firebase
3 3 (9.68%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
3 3 (9.68%) Salesforce Service Cloud
4 1 (3.23%) Microsoft 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.23%) EDRMS
1 1 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (3.23%) Relational Database
1 1 (3.23%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 7 (22.58%) JIRA
2 6 (19.35%) Android Studio
2 6 (19.35%) git-flow
2 6 (19.35%) TeamCity
3 1 (3.23%) Cucumber
3 1 (3.23%) Gatling
3 1 (3.23%) Git (software)
3 1 (3.23%) JMeter
3 1 (3.23%) LoadRunner
3 1 (3.23%) Locust
3 1 (3.23%) Postman
3 1 (3.23%) Robot Framework
3 1 (3.23%) Selenium
3 1 (3.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (12.90%) Social Skills
2 2 (6.45%) Public Sector
3 1 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.23%) Finance
3 1 (3.23%) Influencing Skills
3 1 (3.23%) Local Government
3 1 (3.23%) Organisational Skills
3 1 (3.23%) Tech for Good
Job Titles
1 9 (29.03%) Tester
2 8 (25.81%) Developer
3 5 (16.13%) React Developer
4 4 (12.90%) Analyst
5 3 (9.68%) Manual Tester
5 3 (9.68%) Security Tester
6 2 (6.45%) Architect
6 2 (6.45%) Performance Analyst
6 2 (6.45%) QA Engineer
6 2 (6.45%) QA Tester
7 1 (3.23%) Administrator
7 1 (3.23%) Business Analyst
7 1 (3.23%) Lead Developer
7 1 (3.23%) Performance Test Analyst
7 1 (3.23%) Project Manager
7 1 (3.23%) Senior Developer
7 1 (3.23%) Support Analyst
7 1 (3.23%) Systems Administrator
7 1 (3.23%) Test Analyst
7 1 (3.23%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (22.58%) RESTful
2 6 (19.35%) React Native
2 6 (19.35%) Redux
3 2 (6.45%) .NET
4 1 (3.23%) CSS
4 1 (3.23%) HTML
4 1 (3.23%) jQuery
4 1 (3.23%) LESS
4 1 (3.23%) REST
4 1 (3.23%) Sass
4 1 (3.23%) Swing
4 1 (3.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (19.35%) Mobile App
1 6 (19.35%) User Experience
2 1 (3.23%) Client/Server
2 1 (3.23%) Cyberthreat
2 1 (3.23%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (3.23%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.23%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 6 (19.35%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (38.71%) Agile
2 9 (29.03%) Scrum
3 6 (19.35%) Analytics
3 6 (19.35%) UX Design
4 5 (16.13%) Manual Testing
5 4 (12.90%) Acceptance Criteria
6 3 (9.68%) DevOps
6 3 (9.68%) Multi-Factor Authentication
6 3 (9.68%) Multithreading
6 3 (9.68%) Performance Testing
6 3 (9.68%) Product Backlog
6 3 (9.68%) Security Testing
6 3 (9.68%) Test Automation
6 3 (9.68%) User Stories
7 2 (6.45%) Coaching
7 2 (6.45%) IT Strategy
7 2 (6.45%) Mentoring
7 2 (6.45%) Software Engineering
8 1 (3.23%) Business Analysis
8 1 (3.23%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 8 (25.81%) Java
2 7 (22.58%) JavaScript
3 6 (19.35%) Objective-C
4 5 (16.13%) Python
5 3 (9.68%) C++
6 2 (6.45%) PHP
6 2 (6.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (6.45%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.23%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 4 (12.90%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (6.45%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.23%) Adobe
3 1 (3.23%) Kronos
3 1 (3.23%) Siemens