Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 75 76 54
Rank change year-on-year +1 -22 +2
Contract jobs citing QA 71 82 102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 2.25% 2.50% 3.18%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.05% 25.95% 27.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 60 77
East Midlands median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £316 £213 £284
90th Percentile £518 £501 £492
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
East Midlands median hourly rate - £14.75 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -20.27% +60.87%
England median hourly rate £21.90 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +9.50% - -

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 322 316 377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 10.20% 9.64% 11.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 208 203 203
East Midlands median daily rate £400 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.12% +0.13% +14.29%
10th Percentile £250 £220 £217
90th Percentile £573 £604 £500
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 20 11
East Midlands median hourly rate £13.00 £14.14 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.05% +13.10% -19.35%
10th Percentile £8.44 £8.49 £10.43
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.05 £20.25
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.67 £21.64
% change year-on-year -11.77% +4.75% +10.97%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the East Midlands

Job postings citing QA as a percentage 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

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 6 months to 19 November 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 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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
Job
Vacancies
Nottinghamshire +6 36 £388 +19.23% 13
Leicestershire +1 12 £338 +13.45% 4
Northamptonshire -10 11 £450 +5.88%
Derbyshire -13 5 £350 -6.67% 1
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England

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 40 (56.34%) Test Automation
2 37 (52.11%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (35.21%) Scrum
4 22 (30.99%) Java
5 18 (25.35%) Selenium
5 18 (25.35%) Cucumber
6 16 (22.54%) TDD
7 15 (21.13%) Software Testing
7 15 (21.13%) Computer Science
8 14 (19.72%) Amazon AWS
8 14 (19.72%) Web Services
9 13 (18.31%) Git (software)
10 12 (16.90%) WebDriver
10 12 (16.90%) Analytical Skills
10 12 (16.90%) Finance
11 11 (15.49%) QA Automation
11 11 (15.49%) Jenkins
11 11 (15.49%) User Stories
12 10 (14.08%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (12.68%) Manual Testing
13 9 (12.68%) Mathematics
14 8 (11.27%) JIRA
14 8 (11.27%) Docker
14 8 (11.27%) BDD
14 8 (11.27%) Defect Management
14 8 (11.27%) Project Management
14 8 (11.27%) Acceptance Criteria
15 7 (9.86%) Scenario Testing
15 7 (9.86%) JavaScript
15 7 (9.86%) Degree

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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 3 (4.23%) Confluence
2 1 (1.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (1.41%) CMS
2 1 (1.41%) NetWeaver
2 1 (1.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (4.23%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.41%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 14 (19.72%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (7.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.82%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (1.41%) Adobe Analytics
4 1 (1.41%) Azure Data Factory
4 1 (1.41%) Boomi
4 1 (1.41%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.41%) Firewall
1 1 (1.41%) Internet
1 1 (1.41%) Intranet
1 1 (1.41%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.23%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.41%) Apache Hive
2 1 (1.41%) Big Data
2 1 (1.41%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.41%) Hadoop
2 1 (1.41%) HDInsight
2 1 (1.41%) MySQL
2 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 18 (25.35%) Cucumber
1 18 (25.35%) Selenium
2 13 (18.31%) Git (software)
3 12 (16.90%) WebDriver
4 11 (15.49%) Jenkins
5 8 (11.27%) JIRA
6 7 (9.86%) Protractor
7 5 (7.04%) SpecFlow
8 3 (4.23%) Octopus Deploy
8 3 (4.23%) TeamCity
9 2 (2.82%) JMeter
10 1 (1.41%) Ant
10 1 (1.41%) Eclipse
10 1 (1.41%) LoadUI
10 1 (1.41%) Maven
10 1 (1.41%) SoapUI
10 1 (1.41%) TestComplete
General
1 12 (16.90%) Finance
2 4 (5.63%) Retail
3 3 (4.23%) Marketing
4 2 (2.82%) Banking
4 2 (2.82%) Games
4 2 (2.82%) Publishing
5 1 (1.41%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (21.13%) Analyst
2 11 (15.49%) Test Analyst
3 10 (14.08%) QA Engineer
3 10 (14.08%) Tester
4 7 (9.86%) QA Automation Engineer
5 6 (8.45%) QA Tester
5 6 (8.45%) Test Manager
6 5 (7.04%) Automation Engineer
6 5 (7.04%) Automation Tester
6 5 (7.04%) QA Leader
7 4 (5.63%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (5.63%) Project Manager
7 4 (5.63%) Test Automation Engineer
7 4 (5.63%) Test Engineer
8 3 (4.23%) QA Analyst
8 3 (4.23%) QA Test Analyst
8 3 (4.23%) Senior Analyst
8 3 (4.23%) Senior Test Analyst
8 3 (4.23%) Senior Tester
8 3 (4.23%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (19.72%) Web Services
2 4 (5.63%) SOAP
3 2 (2.82%) Middleware
3 2 (2.82%) RESTful
3 2 (2.82%) XML
4 1 (1.41%) .NET
4 1 (1.41%) CSS
4 1 (1.41%) EDI
4 1 (1.41%) Gherkin
4 1 (1.41%) HTML
4 1 (1.41%) JDBC
4 1 (1.41%) JSON
4 1 (1.41%) Node.js
4 1 (1.41%) REST
4 1 (1.41%) SAP ALE
4 1 (1.41%) SAP PI
4 1 (1.41%) Unreal Engine
4 1 (1.41%) WPF
4 1 (1.41%) XSD
4 1 (1.41%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 15 (21.13%) Computer Science
2 12 (16.90%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.82%) Credit Risk
3 2 (2.82%) User Experience
4 1 (1.41%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.41%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.41%) NHS
4 1 (1.41%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.41%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.45%) Windows
2 5 (7.04%) Linux
3 2 (2.82%) Unix
4 1 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.41%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (56.34%) Test Automation
2 37 (52.11%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (35.21%) Scrum
4 16 (22.54%) TDD
5 15 (21.13%) Software Testing
6 11 (15.49%) QA Automation
6 11 (15.49%) User Stories
7 10 (14.08%) Continuous Integration
8 9 (12.68%) Manual Testing
8 9 (12.68%) Mathematics
9 8 (11.27%) Acceptance Criteria
9 8 (11.27%) BDD
9 8 (11.27%) Defect Management
9 8 (11.27%) Project Management
10 7 (9.86%) Continuous Delivery
10 7 (9.86%) Scenario Testing
10 7 (9.86%) Validation
11 6 (8.45%) Analytics
11 6 (8.45%) DevOps
11 6 (8.45%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 22 (30.99%) Java
2 7 (9.86%) JavaScript
3 6 (8.45%) SQL
4 4 (5.63%) TypeScript
5 3 (4.23%) Ruby
6 1 (1.41%) C#
6 1 (1.41%) C++
6 1 (1.41%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.41%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.41%) VBA
6 1 (1.41%) XPath
6 1 (1.41%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 7 (9.86%) Degree
2 5 (7.04%) ISTQB
3 4 (5.63%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.41%) ISEB
5 1 (1.41%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.82%) Data Quality
1 2 (2.82%) PMO
2 1 (1.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 8 (11.27%) Docker
Vendors
1 4 (5.63%) SAP
2 3 (4.23%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.82%) Adobe
3 2 (2.82%) Oracle
3 2 (2.82%) PeopleSoft
4 1 (1.41%) Citrix
4 1 (1.41%) Dell
4 1 (1.41%) Google
4 1 (1.41%) HP
4 1 (1.41%) hybris
4 1 (1.41%) Omniture
4 1 (1.41%) Red Hat
4 1 (1.41%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.41%) Siebel