Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 90 98 69
Rank change year-on-year +8 -29 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 182 215 216
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.21% 2.20% 2.57%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.43% 21.25% 23.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 150 142
Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25% +18.52%
10th Percentile £225 £213 £278
90th Percentile £515 £500 £500
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 10 7
Midlands median hourly rate £10.00 £21.03 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.45% +5.15% -24.60%
England median hourly rate £21.90 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +6.83% +2.50% -

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 891 1012 915
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 10.84% 10.36% 10.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 552 655 496
Midlands median daily rate £400 £388 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% - +10.71%
10th Percentile £208 £208 £225
90th Percentile £560 £550 £529
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 59 53
Midlands median hourly rate £14.00 £20.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.71% -2.38% +20.00%
10th Percentile £8.44 £8.76 £10.78
90th Percentile £52.50 £42.45 £43.10
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -11.11% +2.27% +12.82%

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

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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 23 November 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

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 23 November 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 +12 110 £350 -6.67% 34
East Midlands -12 70 £381 +1.67% 27
QA
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 (38.46%) Test Automation
2 67 (36.81%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (20.88%) Java
3 38 (20.88%) Finance
4 33 (18.13%) Scrum
5 30 (16.48%) Microsoft
6 29 (15.93%) Migration
7 28 (15.38%) Windows
8 27 (14.84%) Selenium
9 24 (13.19%) Web Services
10 23 (12.64%) Microsoft Office
10 23 (12.64%) Analytical Skills
11 21 (11.54%) PowerShell
12 20 (10.99%) VMware Infrastructure
12 20 (10.99%) Continuous Integration
12 20 (10.99%) SCCM
12 20 (10.99%) Windows 7
12 20 (10.99%) Cucumber
12 20 (10.99%) Windows 10
12 20 (10.99%) MSI
12 20 (10.99%) VBScript
12 20 (10.99%) WSH
12 20 (10.99%) VMware
12 20 (10.99%) Microsoft App-V
12 20 (10.99%) WMI
12 20 (10.99%) JIRA
13 19 (10.44%) Release Management
14 18 (9.89%) Application Discovery
14 18 (9.89%) Application Packaging
14 18 (9.89%) Retail

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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 6 (3.30%) Confluence
2 4 (2.20%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.10%) JBoss
3 2 (1.10%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.10%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (0.55%) CMS
4 1 (0.55%) Documentum
4 1 (0.55%) NetWeaver
4 1 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.55%) SAS
Applications
1 23 (12.64%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (8.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.20%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.10%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (4.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.10%) Actimize
3 1 (0.55%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.55%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 16 (8.79%) Amazon AWS
1 16 (8.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (4.40%) Dynamics 365
3 5 (2.75%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.10%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (0.55%) Adobe Analytics
5 1 (0.55%) Azure Data Factory
5 1 (0.55%) Boomi
5 1 (0.55%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.20%) RTSP
1 4 (2.20%) SMS
2 3 (1.65%) Internet
3 2 (1.10%) Firewall
3 2 (1.10%) HTTP
4 1 (0.55%) Intranet
4 1 (0.55%) LAN
4 1 (0.55%) SAN
4 1 (0.55%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.20%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.10%) Apache Hive
3 2 (1.10%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.10%) HDInsight
3 2 (1.10%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.55%) Big Data
4 1 (0.55%) MySQL
4 1 (0.55%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.55%) Power BI
4 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 27 (14.84%) Selenium
2 20 (10.99%) Cucumber
2 20 (10.99%) JIRA
2 20 (10.99%) MSI
3 14 (7.69%) Git (software)
3 14 (7.69%) Jenkins
3 14 (7.69%) WebDriver
4 12 (6.59%) SpecFlow
5 8 (4.40%) Subversion
5 8 (4.40%) Visual Studio Team System
6 7 (3.85%) Protractor
7 6 (3.30%) JIRA Agile
8 4 (2.20%) JMeter
9 3 (1.65%) HP UFT
9 3 (1.65%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (1.65%) SoapUI
9 3 (1.65%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (1.65%) TeamCity
10 2 (1.10%) Mercurial
10 2 (1.10%) Visual Studio
General
1 38 (20.88%) Finance
2 18 (9.89%) Retail
3 11 (6.04%) Banking
4 6 (3.30%) Retail Banking
5 3 (1.65%) Automotive
5 3 (1.65%) Games
5 3 (1.65%) Marketing
6 2 (1.10%) Publishing
6 2 (1.10%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.55%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.55%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.55%) Legal
Job Titles
1 42 (23.08%) Analyst
2 22 (12.09%) Test Analyst
3 17 (9.34%) Tester
4 15 (8.24%) Developer
4 15 (8.24%) Project Manager
5 13 (7.14%) QA Analyst
6 11 (6.04%) QA Engineer
7 10 (5.49%) Application Integration Engineer
7 10 (5.49%) Applications Engineer
7 10 (5.49%) Applications Packager
7 10 (5.49%) Integration Engineer
7 10 (5.49%) QA Tester
7 10 (5.49%) Test Manager
8 7 (3.85%) Automation Tester
8 7 (3.85%) Data Analyst
8 7 (3.85%) QA Automation Engineer
9 6 (3.30%) Coordinator
9 6 (3.30%) Infrastructure Manager
9 6 (3.30%) QA Test Analyst
9 6 (3.30%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (13.19%) Web Services
2 20 (10.99%) WSH
3 10 (5.49%) HTML
4 8 (4.40%) Gherkin
5 7 (3.85%) SOAP
5 7 (3.85%) XML
6 5 (2.75%) .NET
6 5 (2.75%) JSON
7 4 (2.20%) Android SDK
7 4 (2.20%) CSS
7 4 (2.20%) Flash
8 3 (1.65%) iOS SDK
8 3 (1.65%) JDBC
8 3 (1.65%) REST
8 3 (1.65%) RESTful
9 2 (1.10%) .NET Framework
9 2 (1.10%) CSS3
9 2 (1.10%) J2EE
9 2 (1.10%) jQuery
9 2 (1.10%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.64%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (8.79%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.30%) User Experience
4 4 (2.20%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.20%) PMI
5 3 (1.65%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.65%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.10%) Credit Risk
6 2 (1.10%) iPad
6 2 (1.10%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.55%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.55%) Derivative
7 1 (0.55%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.55%) FMCG
7 1 (0.55%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.55%) Learning Management System
7 1 (0.55%) NHS
7 1 (0.55%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.55%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 28 (15.38%) Windows
2 20 (10.99%) Windows 10
2 20 (10.99%) Windows 7
3 6 (3.30%) Linux
4 4 (2.20%) Android
5 3 (1.65%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.65%) Unix
6 1 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.55%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (38.46%) Test Automation
2 67 (36.81%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (18.13%) Scrum
4 29 (15.93%) Migration
5 20 (10.99%) Continuous Integration
6 19 (10.44%) Release Management
7 18 (9.89%) Application Discovery
7 18 (9.89%) Application Packaging
8 17 (9.34%) Project Management
8 17 (9.34%) SDLC
8 17 (9.34%) TDD
9 16 (8.79%) DevOps
9 16 (8.79%) Waterfall
10 15 (8.24%) Acceptance Criteria
10 15 (8.24%) Software Testing
11 14 (7.69%) CRM
12 13 (7.14%) E-Commerce
12 13 (7.14%) Performance Testing
12 13 (7.14%) Test Scripting
12 13 (7.14%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 38 (20.88%) Java
2 21 (11.54%) PowerShell
3 20 (10.99%) VBScript
4 17 (9.34%) SQL
5 12 (6.59%) JavaScript
6 5 (2.75%) C#
6 5 (2.75%) Ruby
7 4 (2.20%) TypeScript
8 3 (1.65%) Objective-C
8 3 (1.65%) Scala
9 2 (1.10%) C++
9 2 (1.10%) Perl
9 2 (1.10%) Python
9 2 (1.10%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.55%) Groovy
10 1 (0.55%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.55%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.55%) VBA
10 1 (0.55%) XPath
10 1 (0.55%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 11 (6.04%) Degree
2 8 (4.40%) ISTQB
3 5 (2.75%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (2.75%) ISEB
4 4 (2.20%) PMI Certification
4 4 (2.20%) PMP
5 3 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.10%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.55%) CCNP
7 1 (0.55%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.55%) HNC
7 1 (0.55%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.04%) Data Quality
2 10 (5.49%) PMO
3 2 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.10%) GDPR
3 2 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (1.10%) WCAG
4 1 (0.55%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.55%) SEPA
4 1 (0.55%) WAI
System Software
1 20 (10.99%) Microsoft App-V
1 20 (10.99%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (4.40%) Docker
3 1 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 20 (10.99%) SCCM
1 20 (10.99%) WMI
Vendors
1 30 (16.48%) Microsoft
2 20 (10.99%) VMware
3 6 (3.30%) Google
3 6 (3.30%) SAP
4 4 (2.20%) HP
4 4 (2.20%) Oracle
5 2 (1.10%) Adobe
5 2 (1.10%) ATG
5 2 (1.10%) CollabNet
5 2 (1.10%) hybris
5 2 (1.10%) PeopleSoft
5 2 (1.10%) Serena
6 1 (0.55%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.55%) Citrix
6 1 (0.55%) Dell
6 1 (0.55%) Ingenico
6 1 (0.55%) NCR
6 1 (0.55%) Omniture
6 1 (0.55%) Pega
6 1 (0.55%) Siebel