Period
to 15 November 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 15 November 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
15 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 86 90 93
Rank change year-on-year +4 +3 -23
Contract jobs citing QA 206 183 221
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.57% 2.24% 2.24%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.73% 20.63% 21.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 109 152
Midlands median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £272 £216 £213
90th Percentile £488 £505 £500
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 9
Midlands median hourly rate £12.75 £10.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.50% -45.95% -7.50%
10th Percentile £12.13 £10.00 £7.75
90th Percentile £13.38 £10.00 £33.35
England median hourly rate £36.50 £21.90 £19.23
% change year-on-year +66.67% +13.88% -1.38%

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 833 887 1,020
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 10.38% 10.86% 10.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 490 554 658
Midlands median daily rate £390 £400 £391
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +2.24% +0.97%
10th Percentile £234 £206 £213
90th Percentile £544 £560 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 34 56
Midlands median hourly rate £13.00 £16.75 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.39% -12.99% -9.47%
10th Percentile £10.00 £8.44 £8.76
90th Percentile £18.48 £52.50 £43.50
England median hourly rate £22.10 £20.00 £22.67
% change year-on-year +10.49% -11.77% +5.19%

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 15 November 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 15 November 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 +3 146 £375 +7.14% 86
East Midlands -6 56 £425 +7.94% 65
QA
England

For the 6 months to 15 November 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 87 (42.23%) Agile Software Development
2 86 (41.75%) Test Automation
3 65 (31.55%) Selenium
4 46 (22.33%) Java
4 46 (22.33%) JIRA
5 45 (21.84%) Cucumber
5 45 (21.84%) Scrum
6 38 (18.45%) SQL
7 32 (15.53%) Confluence
7 32 (15.53%) Gherkin
8 31 (15.05%) TDD
9 29 (14.08%) DevOps
10 28 (13.59%) Analytical Skills
10 28 (13.59%) Problem-Solving
11 27 (13.11%) WebDriver
12 26 (12.62%) Continuous Integration
12 26 (12.62%) Groovy
12 26 (12.62%) SoapUI
13 25 (12.14%) Jenkins
13 25 (12.14%) Test Scripting
13 25 (12.14%) Web Services
14 23 (11.17%) JavaScript
15 22 (10.68%) XML
15 22 (10.68%) Kanban
15 22 (10.68%) Git (software)
15 22 (10.68%) RESTful
16 21 (10.19%) Windows
16 21 (10.19%) Oracle
16 21 (10.19%) Finance
17 20 (9.71%) ISTQB

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 32 (15.53%) Confluence
2 3 (1.46%) Documentum
2 3 (1.46%) WebLogic
3 2 (0.97%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (0.97%) CMS
4 1 (0.49%) Apache
4 1 (0.49%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.49%) ColdFusion
4 1 (0.49%) Drupal
4 1 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.49%) IIS
4 1 (0.49%) JBoss
4 1 (0.49%) MindAlign
4 1 (0.49%) MS Project Server
4 1 (0.49%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.49%) SAS
4 1 (0.49%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.49%) Tomcat
Applications
1 16 (7.77%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 5 (2.43%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (1.94%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (1.46%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.97%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.49%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 4 (1.94%) SAP HR
2 3 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.46%) Infor M3
2 3 (1.46%) SAP HCM
3 2 (0.97%) Lawson
4 1 (0.49%) assyst
4 1 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.49%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 11 (5.34%) GitHub
2 10 (4.85%) Google Analytics
2 10 (4.85%) Slack
3 5 (2.43%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.94%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.94%) SuccessFactors
5 3 (1.46%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (0.97%) Azure Data Factory
6 2 (0.97%) Boomi
6 2 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.97%) npm
6 2 (0.97%) OpenShift
6 2 (0.97%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 1 (0.49%) Apigee
7 1 (0.49%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.34%) Skype
2 3 (1.46%) Internet
3 2 (0.97%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.49%) 3G
4 1 (0.49%) 4G
4 1 (0.49%) BGP
4 1 (0.49%) DSL
4 1 (0.49%) EIGRP
4 1 (0.49%) LAN
4 1 (0.49%) MPLS
4 1 (0.49%) OSPF
4 1 (0.49%) SSL
4 1 (0.49%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (8.25%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.83%) MongoDB
2 12 (5.83%) MySQL
3 6 (2.91%) Oracle Database
3 6 (2.91%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (2.43%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (2.43%) Riak
5 4 (1.94%) Big Data
6 3 (1.46%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.46%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.97%) Apache Hive
7 2 (0.97%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.97%) HDInsight
7 2 (0.97%) MS Access
7 2 (0.97%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.49%) Oracle OWB
8 1 (0.49%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 65 (31.55%) Selenium
2 46 (22.33%) JIRA
3 45 (21.84%) Cucumber
4 27 (13.11%) WebDriver
5 26 (12.62%) SoapUI
6 25 (12.14%) Jenkins
7 22 (10.68%) Git (software)
8 16 (7.77%) Gatling
9 11 (5.34%) Artifactory
10 10 (4.85%) gulp
10 10 (4.85%) IntelliJ
10 10 (4.85%) JMeter
10 10 (4.85%) Sublime Text
10 10 (4.85%) Visual Studio Code
11 8 (3.88%) Subversion
12 5 (2.43%) Maven
12 5 (2.43%) Protractor
13 4 (1.94%) Bitbucket
13 4 (1.94%) HP UFT
13 4 (1.94%) SpecFlow
General
1 21 (10.19%) Finance
2 18 (8.74%) Retail
3 5 (2.43%) Banking
4 3 (1.46%) Advertising
4 3 (1.46%) Automotive
4 3 (1.46%) Legal
5 2 (0.97%) Games
5 2 (0.97%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.97%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.49%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.49%) Back Office
6 1 (0.49%) German Language
6 1 (0.49%) Law
6 1 (0.49%) Marketing
6 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 51 (24.76%) Analyst
2 31 (15.05%) Developer
3 22 (10.68%) Test Analyst
4 21 (10.19%) Tester
5 18 (8.74%) QA Tester
6 15 (7.28%) QA Analyst
7 10 (4.85%) Consultant
7 10 (4.85%) Scala Developer
7 10 (4.85%) Test Engineer
8 9 (4.37%) Business Analyst
8 9 (4.37%) QA Engineer
9 8 (3.88%) QA Test Analyst
10 7 (3.40%) Java Developer
10 7 (3.40%) Project Manager
11 6 (2.91%) Data Analyst
11 6 (2.91%) Data Manager
11 6 (2.91%) DBA
11 6 (2.91%) QA Leader
11 6 (2.91%) Quality Analyst
11 6 (2.91%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (15.53%) Gherkin
2 25 (12.14%) Web Services
3 22 (10.68%) RESTful
3 22 (10.68%) XML
4 18 (8.74%) HTML
5 14 (6.80%) .NET
5 14 (6.80%) CSS
5 14 (6.80%) REST
6 13 (6.31%) HTML5
6 13 (6.31%) Node.js
6 13 (6.31%) SOAP
7 11 (5.34%) Play Framework
7 11 (5.34%) Sass
8 10 (4.85%) JSON
8 10 (4.85%) LESS
8 10 (4.85%) YAML
9 7 (3.40%) .NET Framework
10 5 (2.43%) Spring
10 5 (2.43%) XSD
11 4 (1.94%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 28 (13.59%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.37%) User Experience
3 7 (3.40%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.40%) Mobile App
4 6 (2.91%) Clustering
5 4 (1.94%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (1.94%) NHS
6 3 (1.46%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.46%) SCADA
6 3 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (0.97%) AS400
7 2 (0.97%) FMCG
7 2 (0.97%) PKI
7 2 (0.97%) PMI
7 2 (0.97%) Xbox
8 1 (0.49%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.49%) iPad
8 1 (0.49%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.49%) Replication
8 1 (0.49%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 21 (10.19%) Windows
2 11 (5.34%) Unix
3 10 (4.85%) Mac OS
4 8 (3.88%) Linux
5 5 (2.43%) Mac OS X
6 2 (0.97%) Android
6 2 (0.97%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.97%) Windows 10
6 2 (0.97%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.49%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (42.23%) Agile Software Development
2 86 (41.75%) Test Automation
3 45 (21.84%) Scrum
4 31 (15.05%) TDD
5 29 (14.08%) DevOps
6 28 (13.59%) Problem-Solving
7 26 (12.62%) Continuous Integration
8 25 (12.14%) Test Scripting
9 22 (10.68%) Kanban
10 20 (9.71%) User Acceptance Testing
11 19 (9.22%) SDLC
12 18 (8.74%) Acceptance Criteria
13 17 (8.25%) Migration
13 17 (8.25%) Project Management
13 17 (8.25%) Service Delivery
13 17 (8.25%) Test Strategy
13 17 (8.25%) Unit Testing
14 16 (7.77%) API Testing
14 16 (7.77%) BDD
14 16 (7.77%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 46 (22.33%) Java
2 38 (18.45%) SQL
3 26 (12.62%) Groovy
4 23 (11.17%) JavaScript
5 20 (9.71%) Scala
6 19 (9.22%) Ruby
7 11 (5.34%) Bash Shell
8 10 (4.85%) C#
9 9 (4.37%) PowerShell
10 4 (1.94%) T-SQL
11 3 (1.46%) PHP
12 2 (0.97%) Jython
12 2 (0.97%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.97%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.49%) C
13 1 (0.49%) Lua
13 1 (0.49%) Python
13 1 (0.49%) VBA
13 1 (0.49%) XPath
13 1 (0.49%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 20 (9.71%) ISTQB
2 18 (8.74%) ISEB
3 9 (4.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 7 (3.40%) Degree
4 7 (3.40%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 5 (2.43%) Security Cleared
6 4 (1.94%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (1.94%) SC Cleared
7 2 (0.97%) PMI Certification
7 2 (0.97%) PMP
8 1 (0.49%) CHECK Team Leader
8 1 (0.49%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.49%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.49%) MBA
8 1 (0.49%) OSCE
8 1 (0.49%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.28%) Data Quality
2 5 (2.43%) PMO
3 3 (1.46%) ISO 14001
3 3 (1.46%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.97%) GDPR
4 2 (0.97%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.97%) SLA
5 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.49%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 16 (7.77%) Docker
2 3 (1.46%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (0.97%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (5.83%) Kibana
2 10 (4.85%) Grafana
2 10 (4.85%) Graphite
3 6 (2.91%) Ansible
4 5 (2.43%) Failover Clustering
4 5 (2.43%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (1.46%) SCCM
6 2 (0.97%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.97%) Puppet
7 1 (0.49%) Nessus
7 1 (0.49%) Nmap
7 1 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 21 (10.19%) Oracle
2 12 (5.83%) Google
2 12 (5.83%) Microsoft
2 12 (5.83%) Splunk
3 10 (4.85%) Atlassian
4 4 (1.94%) JD Edwards
4 4 (1.94%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (1.94%) SAP
5 3 (1.46%) CA
5 3 (1.46%) Cisco
5 3 (1.46%) Pega
6 2 (0.97%) Dell
6 2 (0.97%) IBM
6 2 (0.97%) IBM Sterling
6 2 (0.97%) Reuters
6 2 (0.97%) Twitter
6 2 (0.97%) webMethods
7 1 (0.49%) Bloomberg
7 1 (0.49%) BT
7 1 (0.49%) Speakerbus