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 3 months to 25 March 2017 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / East Midlands
Rank 48 49 42
Rank change year-on-year +1 -7  
Contract jobs citing QA 53 51 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 3.55% 3.14% 3.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.11% 25.89% 29.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 24 29
Median daily rate £365 £370 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.35% -5.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £213 £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £490 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £48.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
East Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 176 197 181
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 11.79% 12.14% 11.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 109 95
Median daily rate £380 £415 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.43% +7.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £554 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 7
Median hourly rate £18.50 £40.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -53.75% +220.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £17.92 £10.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £44.50 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.45 £41.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -52.56% +57.69%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the East Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East Midlands citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the East Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in the East Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in the East Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the East Midlands over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the East Midlands

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA in the East Midlands.

Contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 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
Nottinghamshire -1 26 £365 -5.80% 6
Derbyshire -8 6 £325 - 3
Northamptonshire -2 4 £425 +6.25% 1
Leicestershire -5 4 £288 +15.00% 7
Lincolnshire - 1 £315 -
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England

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 East Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 28 (31.46%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (29.21%) SQL
3 18 (20.22%) Mainframe
4 17 (19.10%) Web Services
5 14 (15.73%) Stakeholder Management
5 14 (15.73%) User Stories
6 13 (14.61%) Analytics
6 13 (14.61%) Java
7 11 (12.36%) Scrum
7 11 (12.36%) Finance
7 11 (12.36%) Data Modelling
7 11 (12.36%) Microsoft
8 10 (11.24%) Data Warehouse
8 10 (11.24%) Retail
8 10 (11.24%) Test Scripting
8 10 (11.24%) Waterfall
9 9 (10.11%) JSON
9 9 (10.11%) Project Management
9 9 (10.11%) Validation
9 9 (10.11%) ETL
9 9 (10.11%) SOAP
9 9 (10.11%) PL/SQL
10 8 (8.99%) .NET
10 8 (8.99%) SOA
10 8 (8.99%) Informatica
10 8 (8.99%) JMeter
10 8 (8.99%) Software Testing
10 8 (8.99%) Data Analysis
10 8 (8.99%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (8.99%) Time Management

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Top Related 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.25%) CMS
1 2 (2.25%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.12%) Apache
2 1 (1.12%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.12%) ArcGIS
2 1 (1.12%) CICS
2 1 (1.12%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (3.37%) Spreadsheet
2 2 (2.25%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.12%) MS Office
3 1 (1.12%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.12%) JDE EnterpriseOne
1 1 (1.12%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Q-Pulse
1 1 (1.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.49%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (2.25%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.12%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.12%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (11.24%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (5.62%) SQL Server
3 4 (4.49%) Relational Database
4 3 (3.37%) Big Data
4 3 (3.37%) Oracle Database
5 2 (2.25%) MySQL
5 2 (2.25%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (1.12%) DataStage
6 1 (1.12%) DB2
6 1 (1.12%) GIS
6 1 (1.12%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.12%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (1.12%) Oracle8/8i Database
6 1 (1.12%) Pentaho
6 1 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.12%) SAP Data Services
6 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 8 (8.99%) JMeter
1 8 (8.99%) SoapUI
2 3 (3.37%) Selenium
3 2 (2.25%) Cucumber
3 2 (2.25%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.25%) JIRA
3 2 (2.25%) Robot Framework
3 2 (2.25%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.12%) ChangeMan
4 1 (1.12%) Eclipse
4 1 (1.12%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.12%) JUnit
4 1 (1.12%) Mockito
4 1 (1.12%) Ranorex
4 1 (1.12%) Rational Robot
4 1 (1.12%) Subversion
4 1 (1.12%) TeamCity
4 1 (1.12%) WebDriver
General
1 11 (12.36%) Finance
2 10 (11.24%) Retail
3 4 (4.49%) Banking
3 4 (4.49%) Marketing
4 3 (3.37%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.25%) Publishing
6 1 (1.12%) Advertising
6 1 (1.12%) Back Office
6 1 (1.12%) Billing
6 1 (1.12%) Electronics
6 1 (1.12%) Legal
6 1 (1.12%) Local Government
6 1 (1.12%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (23.60%) Analyst
2 15 (16.85%) Developer
3 12 (13.48%) Tester
4 10 (11.24%) Architect
5 9 (10.11%) Business Analyst
5 9 (10.11%) QA Analyst
6 8 (8.99%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (7.87%) QA Test Analyst
7 7 (7.87%) QA Tester
7 7 (7.87%) Test Analyst
8 6 (6.74%) ETL Developer
8 6 (6.74%) Informatica Developer
9 4 (4.49%) Automation Tester
9 4 (4.49%) Informatica ETL Developer
9 4 (4.49%) IT Architect
9 4 (4.49%) QA Leader
9 4 (4.49%) Test Engineer
10 3 (3.37%) Data Business Analyst
10 3 (3.37%) Project Manager
10 3 (3.37%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (19.10%) Web Services
2 9 (10.11%) JSON
2 9 (10.11%) SOAP
3 8 (8.99%) .NET
4 2 (2.25%) AngularJS
4 2 (2.25%) RESTful
4 2 (2.25%) Unreal Engine
4 2 (2.25%) WPF
4 2 (2.25%) XML
5 1 (1.12%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.12%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 1 (1.12%) Entity Framework
5 1 (1.12%) Hibernate
5 1 (1.12%) Middleware
5 1 (1.12%) MSMQ
5 1 (1.12%) Node.js
5 1 (1.12%) React
5 1 (1.12%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 1 (1.12%) Unity DI Container
5 1 (1.12%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 18 (20.22%) Mainframe
2 7 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (5.62%) Smart Meter
4 3 (3.37%) User Experience
5 2 (2.25%) Credit Risk
5 2 (2.25%) EPoS
5 2 (2.25%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.25%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.12%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.12%) Clustering
6 1 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.12%) FMCG
6 1 (1.12%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (1.12%) N-Tier
6 1 (1.12%) Social Media
6 1 (1.12%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.25%) Linux
1 2 (2.25%) Unix
1 2 (2.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (31.46%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (15.73%) Stakeholder Management
2 14 (15.73%) User Stories
3 13 (14.61%) Analytics
4 11 (12.36%) Data Modelling
4 11 (12.36%) Scrum
5 10 (11.24%) Test Scripting
5 10 (11.24%) Waterfall
6 9 (10.11%) ETL
6 9 (10.11%) Project Management
6 9 (10.11%) Validation
7 8 (8.99%) API Testing
7 8 (8.99%) Data Analysis
7 8 (8.99%) SOA
7 8 (8.99%) Software Testing
7 8 (8.99%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 8 (8.99%) Test Strategy
7 8 (8.99%) Time Management
7 8 (8.99%) User Acceptance Testing
8 7 (7.87%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 26 (29.21%) SQL
2 13 (14.61%) Java
3 9 (10.11%) PL/SQL
4 7 (7.87%) C#
5 6 (6.74%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.25%) C
6 2 (2.25%) C++
6 2 (2.25%) Python
6 2 (2.25%) R
7 1 (1.12%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.12%) COBOL
7 1 (1.12%) Perl
7 1 (1.12%) PHP
7 1 (1.12%) Scala
Qualifications
1 4 (4.49%) ISEB
2 3 (3.37%) Degree
2 3 (3.37%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.12%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.25%) Data Quality
1 2 (2.25%) SDET
1 2 (2.25%) SLA
2 1 (1.12%) HL7
2 1 (1.12%) ISO 9000
2 1 (1.12%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (1.12%) Docker
1 1 (1.12%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 1 (1.12%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 11 (12.36%) Microsoft
2 8 (8.99%) Informatica
3 7 (7.87%) SAP
4 4 (4.49%) Oracle
5 3 (3.37%) Remedy
5 3 (3.37%) webMethods
6 1 (1.12%) Citrix
6 1 (1.12%) Google
6 1 (1.12%) IBM
6 1 (1.12%) JD Edwards
6 1 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.12%) Telerik
6 1 (1.12%) TIBCO
6 1 (1.12%) Twitter
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