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 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 25 21
Rank change year-on-year +15 -4  
Contract jobs citing QA 8 4 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 7.92% 2.12% 2.33%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.44% 17.39% 57.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 0
Median daily rate £550 £300 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +83.33% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -58.38%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 18 23 7
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 17.82% 12.17% 4.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 20 1
Median daily rate £500 £550 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% -8.33%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year -11.50% +14.14%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the Midlands citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 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

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 8 (72.73%) Web Services
1 8 (72.73%) ETL
1 8 (72.73%) .NET
1 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (63.64%) TDD
2 7 (63.64%) Web Development
2 7 (63.64%) Blog
2 7 (63.64%) Continuous Integration
2 7 (63.64%) Open Source
2 7 (63.64%) User Stories
2 7 (63.64%) DevOps
2 7 (63.64%) Mentoring
2 7 (63.64%) User Experience
2 7 (63.64%) Legal
3 6 (54.55%) C#
3 6 (54.55%) Rapid Prototyping
4 3 (27.27%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (27.27%) MS Visio
5 2 (18.18%) Finance
5 2 (18.18%) Change Management
5 2 (18.18%) PRINCE2
5 2 (18.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (18.18%) Resource Management
5 2 (18.18%) Change Control
5 2 (18.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 2 (18.18%) PMO
5 2 (18.18%) Programme Governance
5 2 (18.18%) Budgeting and Forecasting
6 1 (9.09%) Customer Requirements
6 1 (9.09%) Wireframes

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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 1 (9.09%) CICS
Applications
1 3 (27.27%) MS Visio
2 2 (18.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) DataStage
1 1 (9.09%) DB2
1 1 (9.09%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 1 (9.09%) ChangeMan
General
1 7 (63.64%) Legal
2 2 (18.18%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Architect
2 4 (36.36%) .NET Architect
2 4 (36.36%) .NET Technical Architect
2 4 (36.36%) C# Architect
2 4 (36.36%) Technical Architect
3 3 (27.27%) Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) Developer
3 3 (27.27%) Lead Developer
4 2 (18.18%) .NET Developer
4 2 (18.18%) C# .NET Developer
4 2 (18.18%) C# Developer
4 2 (18.18%) Lead .NET Developer
4 2 (18.18%) Lead C# Developer
4 2 (18.18%) PMO Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Business Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Business Intelligence Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (9.09%) TIBCO Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (72.73%) .NET
1 8 (72.73%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (63.64%) Blog
1 7 (63.64%) User Experience
2 1 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (9.09%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (9.09%) Mainframe
2 1 (9.09%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Linux
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (72.73%) ETL
2 7 (63.64%) Continuous Integration
2 7 (63.64%) DevOps
2 7 (63.64%) Mentoring
2 7 (63.64%) Open Source
2 7 (63.64%) TDD
2 7 (63.64%) User Stories
2 7 (63.64%) Web Development
3 6 (54.55%) Rapid Prototyping
4 3 (27.27%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (18.18%) Budgeting and Forecasting
5 2 (18.18%) Change Control
5 2 (18.18%) Change Management
5 2 (18.18%) PRINCE2
5 2 (18.18%) Programme Governance
5 2 (18.18%) Resource Management
6 1 (9.09%) Customer Requirements
6 1 (9.09%) Use Case
6 1 (9.09%) Wireframes
Programming Languages
1 6 (54.55%) C#
2 1 (9.09%) COBOL
2 1 (9.09%) Java
2 1 (9.09%) R
2 1 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (9.09%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) PMO
Vendors
1 1 (9.09%) IBM
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft
1 1 (9.09%) TIBCO