Period
to 19 October 2017

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 19 October 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 > Midlands
6 months to
19 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 85 86 74
Rank change year-on-year +1 -12 -12
Contract jobs citing QA 183 229 201
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.32% 2.34% 2.39%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.48% 22.06% 21.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 160 136
Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £249 £213 £278
90th Percentile £538 £500 £500
England median daily rate £439 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +3.24% +6.25% +3.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 4
Midlands median hourly rate £10.00 £11.00 £26.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% -58.92% +37.31%
England median hourly rate £21.90 £19.23 £20.00
% change year-on-year +13.88% -3.85% -

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 814 1038 922
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 10.34% 10.59% 10.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 504 667 497
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.96% +7.86%
10th Percentile £200 £213 £218
90th Percentile £550 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 55 55
Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £20.50 £21.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.83% -4.76% +23.00%
10th Percentile £8.44 £8.60 £10.80
90th Percentile £52.50 £44.50 £43.75
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £21.55
% change year-on-year -11.11% +4.41% +10.51%

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the Midlands over the 6 months to 19 October 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the Midlands

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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

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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 19 October 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
West Midlands +6 108 £350 -6.67% 22
East Midlands -11 73 £400 - 22
QA
England

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 70 (38.25%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (37.16%) Test Automation
3 36 (19.67%) Java
4 34 (18.58%) Scrum
5 33 (18.03%) Finance
6 30 (16.39%) Microsoft
7 28 (15.30%) Windows
8 27 (14.75%) Migration
9 24 (13.11%) Web Services
10 23 (12.57%) Retail
11 22 (12.02%) JIRA
11 22 (12.02%) Microsoft Office
11 22 (12.02%) Project Management
12 21 (11.48%) PowerShell
13 20 (10.93%) VMware Infrastructure
13 20 (10.93%) SCCM
13 20 (10.93%) Windows 7
13 20 (10.93%) Windows 10
13 20 (10.93%) MSI
13 20 (10.93%) VMware
13 20 (10.93%) VBScript
13 20 (10.93%) WSH
13 20 (10.93%) WMI
13 20 (10.93%) Selenium
13 20 (10.93%) Microsoft App-V
14 19 (10.38%) TDD
14 19 (10.38%) Release Management
14 19 (10.38%) Continuous Integration
14 19 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
14 19 (10.38%) Cucumber

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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 8 (4.37%) Confluence
2 4 (2.19%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.09%) JBoss
3 2 (1.09%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.09%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (0.55%) CMS
4 1 (0.55%) Documentum
4 1 (0.55%) Mule
4 1 (0.55%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 22 (12.02%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (8.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (2.19%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.64%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (4.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.09%) Actimize
3 1 (0.55%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.55%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (8.74%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (8.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (4.37%) Dynamics 365
4 5 (2.73%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.55%) Adobe Analytics
5 1 (0.55%) Azure Data Factory
5 1 (0.55%) npm
5 1 (0.55%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.19%) Firewall
1 4 (2.19%) SMS
2 3 (1.64%) HTTP
2 3 (1.64%) Internet
2 3 (1.64%) RTSP
2 3 (1.64%) Wireless
3 2 (1.09%) LAN
4 1 (0.55%) Intranet
4 1 (0.55%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.73%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.09%) Apache Hive
2 2 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.09%) Hadoop
2 2 (1.09%) HDInsight
2 2 (1.09%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.55%) Big Data
3 1 (0.55%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (12.02%) JIRA
2 20 (10.93%) MSI
2 20 (10.93%) Selenium
3 19 (10.38%) Cucumber
4 14 (7.65%) Git (software)
5 13 (7.10%) Jenkins
6 11 (6.01%) WebDriver
7 10 (5.46%) SpecFlow
8 8 (4.37%) Subversion
8 8 (4.37%) Visual Studio Team System
9 7 (3.83%) Protractor
10 6 (3.28%) JIRA Agile
11 3 (1.64%) HP UFT
11 3 (1.64%) Octopus Deploy
11 3 (1.64%) SoapUI
11 3 (1.64%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (1.64%) TeamCity
12 2 (1.09%) Ant
12 2 (1.09%) JMeter
12 2 (1.09%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (18.03%) Finance
2 23 (12.57%) Retail
3 9 (4.92%) Banking
4 4 (2.19%) Retail Banking
5 3 (1.64%) Automotive
5 3 (1.64%) Marketing
6 2 (1.09%) Publishing
6 2 (1.09%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.55%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.55%) Games
7 1 (0.55%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.55%) Legal
7 1 (0.55%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 42 (22.95%) Analyst
2 19 (10.38%) Test Analyst
3 16 (8.74%) Project Manager
4 13 (7.10%) Developer
4 13 (7.10%) Tester
5 12 (6.56%) QA Analyst
5 12 (6.56%) QA Engineer
6 10 (5.46%) Application Integration Engineer
6 10 (5.46%) Applications Engineer
6 10 (5.46%) Applications Packager
6 10 (5.46%) Integration Engineer
6 10 (5.46%) Test Manager
7 9 (4.92%) QA Tester
8 8 (4.37%) QA Automation Engineer
9 7 (3.83%) Data Analyst
9 7 (3.83%) IT Manager
9 7 (3.83%) Test Engineer
10 6 (3.28%) Coordinator
10 6 (3.28%) Infrastructure Manager
10 6 (3.28%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (13.11%) Web Services
2 20 (10.93%) WSH
3 12 (6.56%) HTML
4 8 (4.37%) Gherkin
5 6 (3.28%) CSS
5 6 (3.28%) SOAP
6 5 (2.73%) .NET
6 5 (2.73%) XML
7 4 (2.19%) AngularJS
7 4 (2.19%) JDBC
7 4 (2.19%) RESTful
8 3 (1.64%) Android SDK
8 3 (1.64%) Flash
8 3 (1.64%) JSON
8 3 (1.64%) LESS
8 3 (1.64%) REST
9 2 (1.09%) .NET Framework
9 2 (1.09%) J2EE
9 2 (1.09%) jQuery
9 2 (1.09%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (7.10%) Computer Science
3 5 (2.73%) Data Centre
3 5 (2.73%) User Experience
4 4 (2.19%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.19%) PMI
5 2 (1.09%) Credit Risk
5 2 (1.09%) iPad
5 2 (1.09%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.09%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.55%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.55%) Derivative
6 1 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.55%) FMCG
6 1 (0.55%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.55%) Learning Management System
6 1 (0.55%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.55%) Reference Data
6 1 (0.55%) SCADA
6 1 (0.55%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 28 (15.30%) Windows
2 20 (10.93%) Windows 10
2 20 (10.93%) Windows 7
3 5 (2.73%) Linux
4 3 (1.64%) Android
5 2 (1.09%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.09%) Unix
6 1 (0.55%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (38.25%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (37.16%) Test Automation
3 34 (18.58%) Scrum
4 27 (14.75%) Migration
5 22 (12.02%) Project Management
6 19 (10.38%) Continuous Integration
6 19 (10.38%) Release Management
6 19 (10.38%) TDD
7 18 (9.84%) Application Discovery
7 18 (9.84%) Application Packaging
7 18 (9.84%) Waterfall
8 17 (9.29%) SDLC
9 16 (8.74%) Stakeholder Management
10 15 (8.20%) Defect Management
11 14 (7.65%) DevOps
11 14 (7.65%) ITIL
11 14 (7.65%) User Stories
12 13 (7.10%) CRM
12 13 (7.10%) E-Commerce
12 13 (7.10%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 36 (19.67%) Java
2 21 (11.48%) PowerShell
3 20 (10.93%) VBScript
4 15 (8.20%) SQL
5 14 (7.65%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.28%) C#
7 4 (2.19%) TypeScript
8 2 (1.09%) Objective-C
8 2 (1.09%) Ruby
8 2 (1.09%) Scala
9 1 (0.55%) C++
9 1 (0.55%) Groovy
9 1 (0.55%) Perl
9 1 (0.55%) Python
9 1 (0.55%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.55%) VBA
Qualifications
1 9 (4.92%) ISTQB
2 8 (4.37%) Degree
3 4 (2.19%) ISEB
3 4 (2.19%) PMI Certification
3 4 (2.19%) PMP
4 3 (1.64%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (1.64%) CCNP
4 3 (1.64%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (1.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 2 (1.09%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.55%) HNC
6 1 (0.55%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.10%) PMO
2 9 (4.92%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (1.09%) WAI
3 2 (1.09%) WCAG
4 1 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.55%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.55%) SEPA
System Software
1 20 (10.93%) Microsoft App-V
1 20 (10.93%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (4.37%) Docker
3 1 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 20 (10.93%) SCCM
1 20 (10.93%) WMI
Vendors
1 30 (16.39%) Microsoft
2 20 (10.93%) VMware
3 5 (2.73%) Google
4 4 (2.19%) HP
4 4 (2.19%) Oracle
4 4 (2.19%) SAP
5 2 (1.09%) ATG
5 2 (1.09%) CollabNet
5 2 (1.09%) PeopleSoft
5 2 (1.09%) Serena
6 1 (0.55%) Adobe
6 1 (0.55%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.55%) Citrix
6 1 (0.55%) hybris
6 1 (0.55%) Ingenico
6 1 (0.55%) NCR
6 1 (0.55%) Omniture
6 1 (0.55%) Pega
6 1 (0.55%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.55%) Siebel