Period
to 25 May 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 25 May 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
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 81 62 74
Rank change year-on-year -19 +12 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 197 231 223
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.46% 3.08% 2.50%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.14% 28.03% 21.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 134 128
Midlands median daily rate £379 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.13% +3.45% -3.33%
10th Percentile £244 £258 £214
90th Percentile £523 £547 £488
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 6
Midlands median hourly rate £16.21 £26.00 £16.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.65% +57.41% -47.46%
10th Percentile £16.04 £17.80 £7.75
90th Percentile £19.44 £30.00 £33.89
England median hourly rate £21.90 £25.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -14.12% +13.33% -31.23%

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 1,029 824 1,036
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 12.84% 11.00% 11.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 645 483 658
Midlands median daily rate £410 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% -6.25% +10.34%
10th Percentile £239 £193 £236
90th Percentile £575 £538 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £410
% change year-on-year - +9.76% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 42 34
Midlands median hourly rate £18.51 £19.25 £18.02
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.84% +6.84% +7.09%
10th Percentile £10.79 £10.59 £9.27
90th Percentile £45.78 £52.50 £68.80
England median hourly rate £22.50 £20.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year +9.76% -12.77% +17.50%

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

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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 25 May 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 25 May 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 -12 127 £379 -2.32% 80
East Midlands -23 69 £378 +0.67% 54
QA
England

For the 6 months to 25 May 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.

1 105 (53.30%) Agile Software Development
2 74 (37.56%) Test Automation
3 48 (24.37%) SQL
4 40 (20.30%) Java
5 38 (19.29%) Selenium
6 36 (18.27%) Retail
7 35 (17.77%) TDD
8 33 (16.75%) Finance
8 33 (16.75%) Scrum
9 28 (14.21%) C#
10 27 (13.71%) JIRA
10 27 (13.71%) SDLC
11 26 (13.20%) BDD
12 25 (12.69%) HTML
12 25 (12.69%) Cucumber
13 24 (12.18%) Stakeholder Management
14 23 (11.68%) DevOps
14 23 (11.68%) WebDriver
15 21 (10.66%) E-Commerce
15 21 (10.66%) User Acceptance Testing
15 21 (10.66%) Analytical Skills
15 21 (10.66%) Acceptance Criteria
16 19 (9.64%) Oracle
16 19 (9.64%) Windows
16 19 (9.64%) Project Management
16 19 (9.64%) Gherkin
17 18 (9.14%) Waterfall
17 18 (9.14%) Continuous Integration
18 17 (8.63%) Performance Testing
18 17 (8.63%) SpecFlow

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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 7 (3.55%) Confluence
1 7 (3.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 5 (2.54%) CMS
3 4 (2.03%) Documentum
3 4 (2.03%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.02%) Apache
4 2 (1.02%) JBoss
5 1 (0.51%) Kentico
5 1 (0.51%) MindAlign
5 1 (0.51%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.51%) WildFly
Applications
1 8 (4.06%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (3.05%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (2.54%) MS Visio
4 4 (2.03%) Microsoft Office
5 2 (1.02%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 6 (3.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.52%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (1.02%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (1.02%) WebTrends
4 1 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.51%) OPENContractor
4 1 (0.51%) Oracle SCM
4 1 (0.51%) Primavera
4 1 (0.51%) Q-Pulse
4 1 (0.51%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.51%) Servitor
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.60%) Google Cloud Platform
2 11 (5.58%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (2.54%) Boomi
3 5 (2.54%) Dynamics 365
3 5 (2.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.54%) SaaS
4 3 (1.52%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 2 (1.02%) IaaS
5 2 (1.02%) iPaaS
6 1 (0.51%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.54%) Internet
2 3 (1.52%) SMS
3 2 (1.02%) HTTP
3 2 (1.02%) Network Security
3 2 (1.02%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (8.63%) SQL Server
2 15 (7.61%) MySQL
3 11 (5.58%) Oracle Database
4 5 (2.54%) NoSQL
4 5 (2.54%) Oracle Database 11g
4 5 (2.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (2.03%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (2.03%) Riak
5 4 (2.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.52%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.02%) Cloud Spanner
7 2 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.02%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.02%) Redis
7 2 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.51%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.51%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.51%) EDMS
8 1 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.51%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 38 (19.29%) Selenium
2 27 (13.71%) JIRA
3 25 (12.69%) Cucumber
4 23 (11.68%) WebDriver
5 17 (8.63%) SpecFlow
6 12 (6.09%) Git (software)
7 10 (5.08%) Jenkins
8 9 (4.57%) JIRA Agile
9 7 (3.55%) SoapUI
9 7 (3.55%) Visual Studio Team System
10 5 (2.54%) Jasmine
10 5 (2.54%) JUnit
10 5 (2.54%) Subversion
11 4 (2.03%) IntelliJ
11 4 (2.03%) JMeter
12 3 (1.52%) Eclipse
12 3 (1.52%) InstallShield
12 3 (1.52%) LoadRunner
12 3 (1.52%) Maven
12 3 (1.52%) MSI
General
1 36 (18.27%) Retail
2 33 (16.75%) Finance
3 7 (3.55%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.03%) Legal
5 3 (1.52%) Automotive
5 3 (1.52%) Banking
5 3 (1.52%) Law
6 2 (1.02%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.02%) Marketing
7 1 (0.51%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.51%) Electronics
7 1 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.51%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 44 (22.34%) Analyst
2 26 (13.20%) Developer
3 23 (11.68%) Project Manager
3 23 (11.68%) Tester
4 22 (11.17%) QA Analyst
5 20 (10.15%) QA Tester
6 19 (9.64%) Test Analyst
7 16 (8.12%) Test Engineer
8 12 (6.09%) QA Engineer
9 10 (5.08%) QA Test Analyst
10 8 (4.06%) Software Analyst
10 8 (4.06%) Test Automation Engineer
10 8 (4.06%) Test Leader
11 7 (3.55%) Software Test Analyst
12 6 (3.05%) Agile Tester
12 6 (3.05%) Architect
12 6 (3.05%) Junior Project Manager
12 6 (3.05%) Selenium Tester
12 6 (3.05%) Software Test Engineer
12 6 (3.05%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (12.69%) HTML
2 19 (9.64%) Gherkin
3 16 (8.12%) Web Services
4 14 (7.11%) CSS
5 12 (6.09%) .NET
5 12 (6.09%) JSON
6 7 (3.55%) REST
6 7 (3.55%) SOAP
6 7 (3.55%) XML
7 6 (3.05%) AngularJS
7 6 (3.05%) ASP.NET
8 5 (2.54%) Node.js
8 5 (2.54%) React
8 5 (2.54%) React Native
8 5 (2.54%) Redux
8 5 (2.54%) Velocity
8 5 (2.54%) XSD
8 5 (2.54%) XSL
9 4 (2.03%) .NET Framework
10 3 (1.52%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 21 (10.66%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.57%) User Experience
3 6 (3.05%) FMCG
3 6 (3.05%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (2.54%) Data Protection Act
4 5 (2.54%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (2.54%) Replication
5 4 (2.03%) Clustering
5 4 (2.03%) PMI
6 3 (1.52%) Cloud Native
6 3 (1.52%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.52%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.52%) Freedom of Information
7 2 (1.02%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.02%) IVR
7 2 (1.02%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.02%) Smart Meter
7 2 (1.02%) Social Media
7 2 (1.02%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 19 (9.64%) Windows
2 10 (5.08%) Linux
3 7 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (3.55%) Unix
4 5 (2.54%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.02%) Android
5 2 (1.02%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (53.30%) Agile Software Development
2 74 (37.56%) Test Automation
3 35 (17.77%) TDD
4 33 (16.75%) Scrum
5 27 (13.71%) SDLC
6 26 (13.20%) BDD
7 24 (12.18%) Stakeholder Management
8 23 (11.68%) DevOps
9 21 (10.66%) Acceptance Criteria
9 21 (10.66%) E-Commerce
9 21 (10.66%) User Acceptance Testing
10 19 (9.64%) Project Management
11 18 (9.14%) Continuous Integration
11 18 (9.14%) Waterfall
12 17 (8.63%) Performance Testing
13 15 (7.61%) Manual Testing
13 15 (7.61%) Problem-Solving
13 15 (7.61%) Test Scripting
14 14 (7.11%) Change Management
14 14 (7.11%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 48 (24.37%) SQL
2 40 (20.30%) Java
3 28 (14.21%) C#
4 11 (5.58%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.54%) PL/SQL
5 5 (2.54%) PowerShell
5 5 (2.54%) Shell Script
5 5 (2.54%) XPath
5 5 (2.54%) XQuery
6 4 (2.03%) Python
6 4 (2.03%) Scala
7 3 (1.52%) Bash Shell
7 3 (1.52%) Ruby
7 3 (1.52%) TypeScript
8 2 (1.02%) C
8 2 (1.02%) Kotlin
8 2 (1.02%) PHP
8 2 (1.02%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.02%) VBA
9 1 (0.51%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 12 (6.09%) Security Cleared
2 10 (5.08%) ISTQB
3 8 (4.06%) Degree
4 6 (3.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 6 (3.05%) PMI Certification
4 6 (3.05%) PMP
5 5 (2.54%) ISEB
5 5 (2.54%) SC Cleared
6 4 (2.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (2.03%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (1.52%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.51%) HNC
8 1 (0.51%) HND
8 1 (0.51%) IRCA
8 1 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 1 (0.51%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (0.51%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.08%) PMO
2 8 (4.06%) GDPR
3 5 (2.54%) PCI DSS
4 4 (2.03%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (1.52%) GCP
5 3 (1.52%) ISO 14001
5 3 (1.52%) ISO 9001
6 2 (1.02%) Data Quality
6 2 (1.02%) SLA
7 1 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.51%) IEC 62304
7 1 (0.51%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.51%) ISO 26262
7 1 (0.51%) MISRA
System Software
1 7 (3.55%) Docker
2 3 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.02%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 5 (2.54%) Failover Clustering
2 4 (2.03%) Microsoft Clustering
3 3 (1.52%) Kubernetes
3 3 (1.52%) SCCM
4 2 (1.02%) HP ALM
4 2 (1.02%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (1.02%) MOM
4 2 (1.02%) Puppet
4 2 (1.02%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 19 (9.64%) Oracle
2 17 (8.63%) Microsoft
3 13 (6.60%) Google
4 9 (4.57%) SAP
5 5 (2.54%) CheckPoint
5 5 (2.54%) Dell
5 5 (2.54%) Red Hat
5 5 (2.54%) VMware
6 4 (2.03%) Pega
7 3 (1.52%) Adobe
7 3 (1.52%) HP
7 3 (1.52%) Ingenico
8 2 (1.02%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.02%) Tripwire
9 1 (0.51%) Capita
9 1 (0.51%) Citrix
9 1 (0.51%) Civica
9 1 (0.51%) EMC
9 1 (0.51%) Oneserve
9 1 (0.51%) Tableau