Period
to 21 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the 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 21 August 2018 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 > Midlands
6 months to
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 88 73 81
Rank change year-on-year -15 +8 -8
Contract jobs citing QA 197 199 231
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.45% 2.61% 2.41%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.21% 27.34% 21.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 124 161
Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £275 £214 £206
90th Percentile £500 £547 £488
England median daily rate £450 £438 £410
% change year-on-year +2.86% +6.71% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 4
Midlands median hourly rate - £10.00 £12.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -18.37% -57.76%
England median hourly rate £30.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +66.67% -20.00% -1.10%

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 Midlands with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 929 728 1,063
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 11.57% 9.56% 11.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 541 435 689
Midlands median daily rate £400 £388 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% - +3.33%
10th Percentile £245 £206 £217
90th Percentile £588 £538 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £420
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 33 43
Midlands median hourly rate £14.50 £18.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.62% -7.50% -7.03%
10th Percentile £10.33 £10.27 £8.76
90th Percentile £39.80 £52.50 £71.45
England median hourly rate £23.25 £21.17 £22.50
% change year-on-year +9.83% -5.91% +4.65%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in the Midlands

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in the Midlands

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the Midlands over the 6 months to 21 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the Midlands

QA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the Midlands

QA
Contract Job Locations in the 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 Midlands region over the 6 months to 21 August 2018. 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
West Midlands -1 130 £390 +20.00% 86
East Midlands -27 65 £413 +3.13% 45
QA
England

For the 6 months to 21 August 2018, 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 Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 115 (58.38%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (45.18%) Test Automation
3 53 (26.90%) Selenium
4 49 (24.87%) SQL
5 43 (21.83%) Cucumber
6 42 (21.32%) Java
6 42 (21.32%) JIRA
7 40 (20.30%) TDD
8 38 (19.29%) Scrum
9 31 (15.74%) DevOps
9 31 (15.74%) Analytical Skills
10 30 (15.23%) Retail
11 27 (13.71%) BDD
12 26 (13.20%) SDLC
13 25 (12.69%) Oracle
13 25 (12.69%) Problem-Solving
14 24 (12.18%) Gherkin
15 23 (11.68%) WebDriver
15 23 (11.68%) Continuous Integration
15 23 (11.68%) Web Services
15 23 (11.68%) Windows
15 23 (11.68%) Finance
15 23 (11.68%) Acceptance Criteria
16 22 (11.17%) MySQL
16 22 (11.17%) SQL Server
16 22 (11.17%) HTML
16 22 (11.17%) E-Commerce
17 21 (10.66%) ISTQB
17 21 (10.66%) SoapUI
18 20 (10.15%) Confluence

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the 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 20 (10.15%) Confluence
2 6 (3.05%) Documentum
3 5 (2.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 4 (2.03%) CMS
5 2 (1.02%) Apache
5 2 (1.02%) JBoss
5 2 (1.02%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.51%) Drupal
6 1 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.51%) IIS
6 1 (0.51%) Kentico
6 1 (0.51%) MindAlign
6 1 (0.51%) MS Project Server
6 1 (0.51%) SAS
6 1 (0.51%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.51%) WildFly
Applications
1 5 (2.54%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (2.54%) MS Visio
2 4 (2.03%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (1.02%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.02%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.51%) assyst
3 1 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.51%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.51%) Primavera
3 1 (0.51%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.60%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (6.09%) Google Cloud Platform
3 6 (3.05%) Dynamics 365
3 6 (3.05%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (2.54%) SaaS
5 3 (1.52%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 3 (1.52%) Boomi
6 2 (1.02%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 1 (0.51%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (0.51%) GitHub
7 1 (0.51%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.51%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.54%) Internet
2 2 (1.02%) Network Security
3 1 (0.51%) DSL
3 1 (0.51%) HTTP
3 1 (0.51%) SAN
3 1 (0.51%) Skype
3 1 (0.51%) SMS
3 1 (0.51%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.17%) MySQL
1 22 (11.17%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.09%) Oracle Database
3 9 (4.57%) PostgreSQL
4 8 (4.06%) Riak
5 6 (3.05%) NoSQL
6 4 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (2.03%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.52%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (1.02%) Big Data
8 2 (1.02%) Cloud Spanner
8 2 (1.02%) MongoDB
8 2 (1.02%) Redis
8 2 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.51%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.51%) HDInsight
9 1 (0.51%) Power BI
9 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 53 (26.90%) Selenium
2 43 (21.83%) Cucumber
3 42 (21.32%) JIRA
4 23 (11.68%) WebDriver
5 21 (10.66%) SoapUI
6 18 (9.14%) Git (software)
7 17 (8.63%) Jenkins
7 17 (8.63%) SpecFlow
8 10 (5.08%) Subversion
9 8 (4.06%) JIRA Agile
10 7 (3.55%) JMeter
10 7 (3.55%) Visual Studio Team System
11 6 (3.05%) JUnit
12 5 (2.54%) Gatling
12 5 (2.54%) Jasmine
13 4 (2.03%) HP UFT
13 4 (2.03%) IntelliJ
13 4 (2.03%) Protractor
13 4 (2.03%) TestNG
13 4 (2.03%) WATIR
General
1 30 (15.23%) Retail
2 23 (11.68%) Finance
3 3 (1.52%) Automotive
3 3 (1.52%) Banking
3 3 (1.52%) Legal
4 2 (1.02%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.51%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.51%) Back Office
5 1 (0.51%) Games
5 1 (0.51%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 45 (22.84%) Analyst
2 32 (16.24%) Developer
3 23 (11.68%) Tester
4 20 (10.15%) QA Analyst
4 20 (10.15%) QA Tester
5 19 (9.64%) Test Analyst
6 14 (7.11%) Project Manager
7 11 (5.58%) QA Engineer
8 10 (5.08%) DBA
9 9 (4.57%) Test Engineer
10 8 (4.06%) Administrator
10 8 (4.06%) Production DBA
10 8 (4.06%) Test Leader
11 7 (3.55%) QA Test Analyst
11 7 (3.55%) SQL DBA
12 6 (3.05%) Agile Tester
12 6 (3.05%) Automation Test Analyst
12 6 (3.05%) Consultant
12 6 (3.05%) Development Manager
12 6 (3.05%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (12.18%) Gherkin
2 23 (11.68%) Web Services
3 22 (11.17%) HTML
4 16 (8.12%) XML
5 15 (7.61%) .NET
5 15 (7.61%) SOAP
6 14 (7.11%) CSS
7 13 (6.60%) JSON
8 11 (5.58%) RESTful
9 8 (4.06%) .NET Framework
10 7 (3.55%) XSD
11 6 (3.05%) AngularJS
11 6 (3.05%) React
11 6 (3.05%) REST
12 5 (2.54%) Node.js
12 5 (2.54%) React Native
12 5 (2.54%) Redux
12 5 (2.54%) Velocity
13 4 (2.03%) JPA
13 4 (2.03%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 31 (15.74%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (7.11%) User Experience
3 9 (4.57%) Clustering
4 8 (4.06%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (4.06%) Mobile App
5 6 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (2.54%) Replication
7 4 (2.03%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.52%) Cloud Native
8 3 (1.52%) Computer Science
9 2 (1.02%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (1.02%) IVR
10 1 (0.51%) AS400
10 1 (0.51%) Blog
10 1 (0.51%) Data Centre
10 1 (0.51%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.51%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.51%) PKI
10 1 (0.51%) Wiki
10 1 (0.51%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 23 (11.68%) Windows
2 12 (6.09%) Linux
2 12 (6.09%) Unix
3 5 (2.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (2.03%) Mac OS X
5 2 (1.02%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.51%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (58.38%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (45.18%) Test Automation
3 40 (20.30%) TDD
4 38 (19.29%) Scrum
5 31 (15.74%) DevOps
6 27 (13.71%) BDD
7 26 (13.20%) SDLC
8 25 (12.69%) Problem-Solving
9 23 (11.68%) Acceptance Criteria
9 23 (11.68%) Continuous Integration
10 22 (11.17%) E-Commerce
11 19 (9.64%) Kanban
11 19 (9.64%) Performance Testing
11 19 (9.64%) Test Scripting
12 17 (8.63%) Waterfall
13 16 (8.12%) Test Strategy
14 15 (7.61%) Mentoring
14 15 (7.61%) Stakeholder Management
14 15 (7.61%) User Acceptance Testing
15 13 (6.60%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 49 (24.87%) SQL
2 42 (21.32%) Java
3 20 (10.15%) C#
4 18 (9.14%) JavaScript
5 11 (5.58%) Groovy
5 11 (5.58%) PowerShell
6 8 (4.06%) Scala
7 6 (3.05%) Ruby
8 4 (2.03%) T-SQL
9 3 (1.52%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.52%) PL/SQL
9 3 (1.52%) Python
9 3 (1.52%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.52%) XPath
9 3 (1.52%) XQuery
10 2 (1.02%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.51%) ABAP
11 1 (0.51%) Jython
11 1 (0.51%) PHP
11 1 (0.51%) PHP 7
Qualifications
1 21 (10.66%) ISTQB
2 13 (6.60%) ISEB
3 9 (4.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 8 (4.06%) Degree
5 7 (3.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (3.05%) Security Cleared
7 5 (2.54%) SC Cleared
8 2 (1.02%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.02%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.02%) PMP
9 1 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.51%) HNC
9 1 (0.51%) HND
9 1 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.51%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.58%) Data Quality
2 7 (3.55%) PMO
3 5 (2.54%) ISO 14001
3 5 (2.54%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.52%) GCP
4 3 (1.52%) SLA
5 2 (1.02%) GDPR
6 1 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.51%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 8 (4.06%) Docker
2 3 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.02%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 9 (4.57%) Failover Clustering
2 8 (4.06%) Microsoft Clustering
3 5 (2.54%) Ansible
4 3 (1.52%) Kubernetes
4 3 (1.52%) SCCM
5 2 (1.02%) Puppet
5 2 (1.02%) Trend Micro Deep Security
6 1 (0.51%) Kibana
6 1 (0.51%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 25 (12.69%) Oracle
2 17 (8.63%) Microsoft
3 12 (6.09%) Google
4 7 (3.55%) Atlassian
5 6 (3.05%) Pega
5 6 (3.05%) SAP
6 3 (1.52%) Adobe
6 3 (1.52%) Dell
6 3 (1.52%) Red Hat
6 3 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.02%) Tripwire
7 2 (1.02%) Twitter
7 2 (1.02%) VMware
8 1 (0.51%) Bloomberg
8 1 (0.51%) Cisco
8 1 (0.51%) IBM
8 1 (0.51%) Reuters
8 1 (0.51%) Splunk
8 1 (0.51%) Tableau
8 1 (0.51%) Zend