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 27 June 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England / East Midlands
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 50 49 46
Rank change year-on-year -1 -3  
Contract jobs citing QA 53 49 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 3.45% 3.17% 3.13%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.87% 25.79% 26.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 32 33
Median daily rate £413 £407 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.47% +12.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £338 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £449 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £16.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -58.38%  

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 152 190 185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 9.88% 12.28% 11.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 109 104
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £270 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £580 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 15 4
Median hourly rate £40.00 £20.00 £14.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% +36.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.18 £10.22 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £54.50 £16.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £21.78
% change year-on-year -10.71% +28.58%  

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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 27 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 27 June 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 +6 26 £400 +3.22% 13
Derbyshire -5 10 £498 +37.24%
Northamptonshire -8 6 £413 -2.94% 2
Leicestershire -8 2 £450 +33.33% 3
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England

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 43 (40.57%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (26.42%) Test Automation
3 22 (20.75%) Scrum
4 20 (18.87%) Java
5 18 (16.98%) User Stories
6 16 (15.09%) Stakeholder Management
6 16 (15.09%) Software Testing
7 15 (14.15%) Project Management
7 15 (14.15%) Web Services
8 14 (13.21%) OO
8 14 (13.21%) Functional Testing
9 13 (12.26%) SOAP
9 13 (12.26%) SQL
10 12 (11.32%) TDD
10 12 (11.32%) Retail
10 12 (11.32%) JIRA
10 12 (11.32%) Analytics
10 12 (11.32%) BDD
11 11 (10.38%) Test Strategy
11 11 (10.38%) SDLC
11 11 (10.38%) Manual Testing
11 11 (10.38%) SAP
11 11 (10.38%) Microsoft
11 11 (10.38%) Validation
12 10 (9.43%) Finance
12 10 (9.43%) Waterfall
12 10 (9.43%) Cucumber
13 9 (8.49%) Data Modelling
13 9 (8.49%) SOA
13 9 (8.49%) Oracle

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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:

Application Platforms
1 6 (5.66%) Confluence
2 1 (0.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (0.94%) CICS
2 1 (0.94%) CMS
2 1 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.94%) MS Exchange
2 1 (0.94%) Mule
2 1 (0.94%) Mule ESB
2 1 (0.94%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (1.89%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (5.66%) SAP WM
2 1 (0.94%) JDE EnterpriseOne
2 1 (0.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.77%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (3.77%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.94%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (7.55%) Internet
2 7 (6.60%) HTTP
3 1 (0.94%) Firewall
3 1 (0.94%) NAS
3 1 (0.94%) SAN
3 1 (0.94%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.66%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.77%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (3.77%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.83%) Big Data
3 3 (2.83%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.89%) MySQL
4 2 (1.89%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.94%) DataStage
5 1 (0.94%) DB2
5 1 (0.94%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.94%) Oracle8/8i Database
5 1 (0.94%) Oracle9i Database
5 1 (0.94%) Pentaho
5 1 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.94%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.94%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 12 (11.32%) JIRA
2 10 (9.43%) Cucumber
3 7 (6.60%) Selenium
4 5 (4.72%) Git (software)
4 5 (4.72%) JMeter
4 5 (4.72%) SoapUI
5 4 (3.77%) WebDriver
6 2 (1.89%) Ant
6 2 (1.89%) Jenkins
6 2 (1.89%) Maven
6 2 (1.89%) Protractor
6 2 (1.89%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.94%) ChangeMan
7 1 (0.94%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.94%) gulp
7 1 (0.94%) IntelliJ
7 1 (0.94%) JUnit
7 1 (0.94%) Subversion
7 1 (0.94%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.94%) WebStorm
General
1 12 (11.32%) Retail
2 10 (9.43%) Finance
3 2 (1.89%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.94%) Back Office
4 1 (0.94%) Banking
4 1 (0.94%) Billing
4 1 (0.94%) Electronics
4 1 (0.94%) Legal
4 1 (0.94%) Marketing
4 1 (0.94%) Publishing
4 1 (0.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (20.75%) Analyst
2 11 (10.38%) Architect
2 11 (10.38%) Developer
3 10 (9.43%) Business Analyst
3 10 (9.43%) Tester
4 9 (8.49%) QA Analyst
4 9 (8.49%) QA Leader
5 8 (7.55%) QA Tester
5 8 (7.55%) Solutions Architect
6 7 (6.60%) Test Analyst
6 7 (6.60%) Test Manager
7 5 (4.72%) ABAP Developer
7 5 (4.72%) Automation Tester
7 5 (4.72%) Project Manager
7 5 (4.72%) QA Automation Tester
7 5 (4.72%) QA Test Analyst
7 5 (4.72%) SAP Developer
8 4 (3.77%) IT Architect
8 4 (3.77%) Scrum Master
8 4 (3.77%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.15%) Web Services
2 13 (12.26%) SOAP
3 7 (6.60%) REST
4 6 (5.66%) .NET
4 6 (5.66%) EDI
4 6 (5.66%) IDoc
4 6 (5.66%) JSON
4 6 (5.66%) SAP ALE
4 6 (5.66%) SAP Smart Forms
5 4 (3.77%) AngularJS
6 3 (2.83%) CSS
6 3 (2.83%) HTML
6 3 (2.83%) RESTful
7 2 (1.89%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.89%) JDBC
7 2 (1.89%) Spring
7 2 (1.89%) Unreal Engine
7 2 (1.89%) XML
8 1 (0.94%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (0.94%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.60%) Mainframe
2 5 (4.72%) Smart Meter
3 4 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.77%) User Experience
4 2 (1.89%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.94%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.94%) CESG
5 1 (0.94%) Clustering
5 1 (0.94%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.94%) EPoS
5 1 (0.94%) FMCG
5 1 (0.94%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (0.94%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.94%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.94%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.72%) Windows
2 4 (3.77%) Linux
3 1 (0.94%) Unix
3 1 (0.94%) Windows Server
3 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (40.57%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (26.42%) Test Automation
3 22 (20.75%) Scrum
4 18 (16.98%) User Stories
5 16 (15.09%) Software Testing
5 16 (15.09%) Stakeholder Management
6 15 (14.15%) Project Management
7 14 (13.21%) Functional Testing
7 14 (13.21%) OO
8 12 (11.32%) Analytics
8 12 (11.32%) BDD
8 12 (11.32%) TDD
9 11 (10.38%) Manual Testing
9 11 (10.38%) SDLC
9 11 (10.38%) Test Strategy
9 11 (10.38%) Validation
10 10 (9.43%) Waterfall
11 9 (8.49%) Data Modelling
11 9 (8.49%) SOA
11 9 (8.49%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 20 (18.87%) Java
2 13 (12.26%) SQL
3 8 (7.55%) JavaScript
4 6 (5.66%) ABAP
4 6 (5.66%) SAPscript
5 5 (4.72%) C#
6 2 (1.89%) C
6 2 (1.89%) C++
7 1 (0.94%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.94%) COBOL
7 1 (0.94%) Perl
7 1 (0.94%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.94%) Python
7 1 (0.94%) R
7 1 (0.94%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (5.66%) SC Cleared
1 6 (5.66%) Security Cleared
2 3 (2.83%) Degree
2 3 (2.83%) ISTQB
3 2 (1.89%) ISEB
3 2 (1.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (0.94%) DBS Check
4 1 (0.94%) DV Cleared
4 1 (0.94%) MCP
4 1 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.83%) PMO
2 2 (1.89%) SLA
3 1 (0.94%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.94%) HL7
3 1 (0.94%) ISO 9000
3 1 (0.94%) WAI
3 1 (0.94%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (0.94%) Docker
1 1 (0.94%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (0.94%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (2.83%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.94%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 11 (10.38%) Microsoft
1 11 (10.38%) SAP
2 9 (8.49%) Oracle
3 6 (5.66%) HP
4 3 (2.83%) webMethods
5 2 (1.89%) Citrix
5 2 (1.89%) PeopleSoft
6 1 (0.94%) Google
6 1 (0.94%) IBM
6 1 (0.94%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.94%) Remedy
6 1 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.94%) Telerik
6 1 (0.94%) TIBCO
6 1 (0.94%) Twitter
6 1 (0.94%) VMware