Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 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
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 86 76 70
Rank change year-on-year -10 -6 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 180 223 219
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.30% 2.57% 2.56%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.66% 22.94% 22.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 133 114
Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £257
90th Percentile £493 £524 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 15 6
Midlands median hourly rate £16.21 £25.00 £17.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.16% +46.76% -45.82%
10th Percentile £16.04 £13.76 £13.50
90th Percentile £19.44 £33.15 £26.78
England median hourly rate £35.00 £22.90 £23.00
% change year-on-year +52.87% -0.46% -26.84%

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 1,019 972 954
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 13.02% 11.21% 11.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 650 610 542
Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £225 £187 £235
90th Percentile £550 £546 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 55 44
Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £25.00 £17.02
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.00% +46.91% -4.13%
10th Percentile £8.44 £10.75 £10.15
90th Percentile £51.95 £35.10 £40.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £21.25 £25.00
% change year-on-year -1.18% -15.00% +25.00%

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 18 February 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 18 February 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 -1 121 £356 -10.94% 82
East Midlands -21 58 £375 +3.09% 82
QA
England

For the 6 months to 18 February 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 66 (36.67%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (30.56%) Test Automation
3 43 (23.89%) Java
4 39 (21.67%) Finance
5 31 (17.22%) SQL
6 29 (16.11%) Scrum
7 27 (15.00%) Retail
8 26 (14.44%) Selenium
9 24 (13.33%) Windows
10 23 (12.78%) User Acceptance Testing
11 22 (12.22%) Web Services
12 21 (11.67%) Microsoft
12 21 (11.67%) Project Management
12 21 (11.67%) Migration
12 21 (11.67%) Analytical Skills
13 18 (10.00%) Windows 10
13 18 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
14 17 (9.44%) Microsoft Office
14 17 (9.44%) DevOps
14 17 (9.44%) Acceptance Criteria
15 16 (8.89%) Continuous Integration
15 16 (8.89%) WebDriver
15 16 (8.89%) E-Commerce
15 16 (8.89%) VMware
16 15 (8.33%) Cucumber
17 14 (7.78%) BDD
17 14 (7.78%) PowerShell
17 14 (7.78%) Release Management
18 13 (7.22%) JIRA
18 13 (7.22%) VMware Infrastructure

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 4 (2.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 4 (2.22%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.11%) CMS
2 2 (1.11%) Confluence
2 2 (1.11%) JBoss
2 2 (1.11%) WebSphere
2 2 (1.11%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (0.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (0.56%) Documentum
3 1 (0.56%) NetWeaver
3 1 (0.56%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.56%) SAS
Applications
1 17 (9.44%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (5.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (3.33%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.67%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.56%) EngageOne
5 1 (0.56%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 5 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.11%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (1.11%) WebTrends
3 1 (0.56%) OPENContractor
3 1 (0.56%) Oracle SCM
3 1 (0.56%) Q-Pulse
3 1 (0.56%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.56%) Servitor
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
1 10 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (2.78%) Dynamics 365
2 5 (2.78%) Google Cloud Platform
3 4 (2.22%) Boomi
4 2 (1.11%) BlazeMeter
4 2 (1.11%) IaaS
4 2 (1.11%) iPaaS
5 1 (0.56%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.78%) RTSP
2 4 (2.22%) Internet
3 2 (1.11%) HTTP
3 2 (1.11%) SMS
4 1 (0.56%) Intranet
4 1 (0.56%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.33%) Oracle Database
1 6 (3.33%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.22%) Oracle Database 11g
2 4 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (1.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.11%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.56%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.56%) MySQL
5 1 (0.56%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.56%) Power BI
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 26 (14.44%) Selenium
2 16 (8.89%) WebDriver
3 15 (8.33%) Cucumber
4 13 (7.22%) JIRA
4 13 (7.22%) MSI
5 10 (5.56%) SpecFlow
6 9 (5.00%) Jenkins
7 6 (3.33%) Protractor
8 5 (2.78%) Git (software)
8 5 (2.78%) JIRA Agile
8 5 (2.78%) JMeter
9 4 (2.22%) Subversion
9 4 (2.22%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (2.22%) Visual Studio Team System
10 3 (1.67%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (1.67%) TeamCity
11 2 (1.11%) JUnit
11 2 (1.11%) LoadRunner
11 2 (1.11%) Maven
11 2 (1.11%) Mercurial
General
1 39 (21.67%) Finance
2 27 (15.00%) Retail
3 7 (3.89%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.33%) Banking
5 5 (2.78%) Automotive
6 4 (2.22%) Marketing
6 4 (2.22%) Retail Banking
7 3 (1.67%) Law
7 3 (1.67%) Legal
8 2 (1.11%) Games
8 2 (1.11%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.56%) Electronics
9 1 (0.56%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.56%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.56%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 42 (23.33%) Analyst
2 24 (13.33%) Test Analyst
3 21 (11.67%) Project Manager
4 18 (10.00%) Developer
5 17 (9.44%) Tester
6 15 (8.33%) QA Analyst
6 15 (8.33%) Test Engineer
7 11 (6.11%) QA Tester
8 10 (5.56%) QA Test Analyst
9 8 (4.44%) Applications Packager
9 8 (4.44%) QA Engineer
9 8 (4.44%) Test Manager
10 7 (3.89%) Android Developer
10 7 (3.89%) Architect
10 7 (3.89%) Junior
10 7 (3.89%) Junior Project Manager
10 7 (3.89%) Software Analyst
10 7 (3.89%) Software Tester
10 7 (3.89%) Test Automation Engineer
11 6 (3.33%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (12.22%) Web Services
2 13 (7.22%) WSH
3 12 (6.67%) HTML
3 12 (6.67%) JSON
4 11 (6.11%) XML
5 7 (3.89%) Android SDK
5 7 (3.89%) Gherkin
5 7 (3.89%) SOAP
6 6 (3.33%) Flash
6 6 (3.33%) REST
7 4 (2.22%) .NET
7 4 (2.22%) HTML5
7 4 (2.22%) XSD
7 4 (2.22%) XSL
8 3 (1.67%) CSS
8 3 (1.67%) iOS SDK
9 2 (1.11%) Backbone.js
9 2 (1.11%) CSS3
9 2 (1.11%) J2EE
9 2 (1.11%) JDBC
Miscellaneous
1 21 (11.67%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.00%) User Experience
3 7 (3.89%) Computer Science
4 6 (3.33%) PMI
5 5 (2.78%) FMCG
5 5 (2.78%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.67%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (1.67%) Freedom of Information
6 3 (1.67%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.11%) Credit Risk
7 2 (1.11%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.11%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.11%) iPad
7 2 (1.11%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.11%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.11%) Smart Meter
7 2 (1.11%) Social Media
8 1 (0.56%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.56%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 24 (13.33%) Windows
2 18 (10.00%) Windows 10
3 13 (7.22%) Windows 7
4 9 (5.00%) Linux
5 7 (3.89%) Android
6 6 (3.33%) Unix
7 4 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (1.67%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.56%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.56%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (36.67%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (30.56%) Test Automation
3 29 (16.11%) Scrum
4 23 (12.78%) User Acceptance Testing
5 21 (11.67%) Migration
5 21 (11.67%) Project Management
6 18 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 17 (9.44%) Acceptance Criteria
7 17 (9.44%) DevOps
8 16 (8.89%) Continuous Integration
8 16 (8.89%) E-Commerce
9 14 (7.78%) BDD
9 14 (7.78%) Release Management
10 13 (7.22%) Manual Testing
10 13 (7.22%) Performance Testing
10 13 (7.22%) TDD
10 13 (7.22%) Test Scripting
11 12 (6.67%) PRINCE2
11 12 (6.67%) SDLC
11 12 (6.67%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 43 (23.89%) Java
2 31 (17.22%) SQL
3 14 (7.78%) PowerShell
4 13 (7.22%) C#
4 13 (7.22%) VBScript
5 9 (5.00%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.33%) Ruby
7 5 (2.78%) PL/SQL
7 5 (2.78%) Shell Script
8 4 (2.22%) TypeScript
8 4 (2.22%) XPath
8 4 (2.22%) XQuery
9 3 (1.67%) Objective-C
9 3 (1.67%) Python
9 3 (1.67%) Scala
9 3 (1.67%) VBA
10 2 (1.11%) Kotlin
10 2 (1.11%) Perl
10 2 (1.11%) PHP
11 1 (0.56%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 11 (6.11%) Degree
1 11 (6.11%) Security Cleared
2 6 (3.33%) PMI Certification
2 6 (3.33%) PMP
3 4 (2.22%) Computer Science Degree
3 4 (2.22%) SC Cleared
4 3 (1.67%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (1.11%) ISEB
5 2 (1.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.56%) IRCA
6 1 (0.56%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.56%) Six Sigma Green Belt
6 1 (0.56%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.11%) PMO
2 8 (4.44%) GDPR
3 6 (3.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (2.22%) Data Quality
4 4 (2.22%) PCI DSS
5 2 (1.11%) WCAG
6 1 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.56%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.56%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.56%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.56%) ISO 26262
6 1 (0.56%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.56%) MISRA
6 1 (0.56%) SEPA
6 1 (0.56%) WAI
System Software
1 13 (7.22%) Microsoft App-V
1 13 (7.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 13 (7.22%) SCCM
1 13 (7.22%) WMI
2 2 (1.11%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.11%) MOM
3 1 (0.56%) Puppet
Vendors
1 21 (11.67%) Microsoft
2 16 (8.89%) VMware
3 10 (5.56%) Oracle
4 8 (4.44%) SAP
5 6 (3.33%) Google
5 6 (3.33%) HP
6 5 (2.78%) CheckPoint
7 4 (2.22%) Dell
7 4 (2.22%) Red Hat
8 3 (1.67%) Ingenico
9 2 (1.11%) Adobe
9 2 (1.11%) ATG
9 2 (1.11%) Serena
10 1 (0.56%) Capita
10 1 (0.56%) Citrix
10 1 (0.56%) Civica
10 1 (0.56%) Cognos
10 1 (0.56%) EMC
10 1 (0.56%) NCR
10 1 (0.56%) Sun