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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / Midlands
Rank 19 23 22
Rank change year-on-year +4 -1  
Contract jobs citing QA 3 7 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.59% 3.38% 2.01%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.43% 16.28% 60.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 1
Median daily rate - - £410
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

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 14 43 5
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 12.07% 20.77% 3.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 30 3
Median daily rate £500 £500 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +21.95%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.45 £41.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -52.56% +57.69%  

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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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA in the Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the Midlands

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (60.00%) .NET
2 3 (60.00%) Web Services
2 3 (60.00%) ETL
3 2 (40.00%) C#
3 2 (40.00%) Java
3 2 (40.00%) SQL
3 2 (40.00%) Legal
3 2 (40.00%) TDD
3 2 (40.00%) Blog
3 2 (40.00%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (40.00%) Rapid Prototyping
3 2 (40.00%) Open Source
3 2 (40.00%) User Stories
3 2 (40.00%) Web Development
3 2 (40.00%) DevOps
3 2 (40.00%) Mentoring
3 2 (40.00%) User Experience
4 1 (20.00%) Robot Framework
4 1 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Translating Business Requirements
4 1 (20.00%) Issue Tracking
4 1 (20.00%) Protractor
4 1 (20.00%) Customer Requirements
4 1 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (20.00%) Line Management
4 1 (20.00%) Degree
4 1 (20.00%) Automation Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 1 (20.00%) Waterfall

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Top Related 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 (20.00%) CICS
Business Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle EBS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) DataStage
1 1 (20.00%) DB2
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle BI Publisher
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (20.00%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 1 (20.00%) ChangeMan
1 1 (20.00%) Protractor
1 1 (20.00%) Robot Framework
1 1 (20.00%) Selenium
General
1 2 (40.00%) Legal
2 1 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) .NET Architect
1 2 (40.00%) .NET Technical Architect
1 2 (40.00%) Architect
1 2 (40.00%) C# Architect
1 2 (40.00%) Technical Architect
2 1 (20.00%) Agile Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Automation Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Developer
2 1 (20.00%) Lead Developer
2 1 (20.00%) Report Writer
2 1 (20.00%) Selenium Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) TIBCO Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (60.00%) .NET
1 3 (60.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Blog
1 2 (40.00%) User Experience
2 1 (20.00%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (20.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (20.00%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 1 (20.00%) Linux
1 1 (20.00%) Unix
1 1 (20.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (60.00%) ETL
3 2 (40.00%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (40.00%) DevOps
3 2 (40.00%) Mentoring
3 2 (40.00%) Open Source
3 2 (40.00%) Rapid Prototyping
3 2 (40.00%) TDD
3 2 (40.00%) User Stories
3 2 (40.00%) Web Development
4 1 (20.00%) Automated Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Automation Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Integration Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Issue Tracking
4 1 (20.00%) Manual Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Translating Business Requirements
4 1 (20.00%) Unit Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) C#
1 2 (40.00%) Java
1 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) COBOL
2 1 (20.00%) R
2 1 (20.00%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) Degree
1 1 (20.00%) ISEB
1 1 (20.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) IBM
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle
1 1 (20.00%) TIBCO