Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Analyst was £215 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Analyst
England > West Midlands
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 173 197 171
Rank change year-on-year +24 -26 +9
Contract jobs requiring a QA Analyst 10 6 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.21% 0.097% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.10% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 3
West Midlands median daily rate £215 £350 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -38.57% +22.81% +96.55%
10th Percentile £207 £240 £176
90th Percentile £340 £380 £293
England median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
West Midlands median hourly rate - £18.39 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -8.05% -
England median hourly rate - £22.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4603 5857 4727
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.58% 95.00% 94.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 2911 3519 2703
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £210 £235 £213
90th Percentile £543 £544 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 202 238 273
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.38 £15.21 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.22% -10.51% +5.20%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £39.50 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

QA Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured QA Analyst in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for QA Analyst in the West Midlands

QA Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA Analyst in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Analyst in the West Midlands

QA Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Analyst in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Analyst in the West Midlands

QA Analyst
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Analyst in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Analyst in the West Midlands

QA Analyst
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Analyst within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 24 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
Herefordshire - 5 £215 - 1
Shropshire +25 2 £550 -
Birmingham +5 2 £250 +11.11%
Warwickshire - 1 £213 -
QA Analyst
England

QA Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, QA Analyst contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region featuring QA Analyst in the job title.

1 10 (100.00%) QA
2 9 (90.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (80.00%) Test Automation
4 7 (70.00%) Performance Testing
4 7 (70.00%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (70.00%) JIRA
5 6 (60.00%) JIRA Agile
5 6 (60.00%) Waterfall
5 6 (60.00%) SpecFlow
5 6 (60.00%) Gherkin
5 6 (60.00%) E-Commerce
5 6 (60.00%) SQL
5 6 (60.00%) HTML
6 5 (50.00%) Retail
6 5 (50.00%) Google
6 5 (50.00%) Google Cloud Platform
6 5 (50.00%) SDLC
6 5 (50.00%) Acceptance Criteria
7 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Excel
7 2 (20.00%) Microsoft
7 2 (20.00%) Selenium
8 1 (10.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 1 (10.00%) Front End Development
8 1 (10.00%) Exploratory Testing
8 1 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
8 1 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 1 (10.00%) Jenkins
8 1 (10.00%) Cucumber
8 1 (10.00%) BDD
8 1 (10.00%) Data Quality

QA Analyst Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West 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 (10.00%) Confluence
1 1 (10.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 5 (50.00%) Google Cloud Platform
Development Applications
1 7 (70.00%) JIRA
2 6 (60.00%) JIRA Agile
2 6 (60.00%) SpecFlow
3 2 (20.00%) Selenium
4 1 (10.00%) Cucumber
4 1 (10.00%) Jenkins
4 1 (10.00%) JUnit
4 1 (10.00%) RSpec
4 1 (10.00%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (50.00%) Retail
2 1 (10.00%) Banking
2 1 (10.00%) Games
2 1 (10.00%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (60.00%) Gherkin
1 6 (60.00%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (70.00%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (90.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (80.00%) Test Automation
3 7 (70.00%) Performance Testing
4 6 (60.00%) E-Commerce
4 6 (60.00%) Waterfall
5 5 (50.00%) Acceptance Criteria
5 5 (50.00%) SDLC
6 1 (10.00%) BDD
6 1 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (10.00%) Exploratory Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Front End Development
6 1 (10.00%) Integration Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Manual Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Service Management
6 1 (10.00%) TDD
6 1 (10.00%) Test Scripting
6 1 (10.00%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) SQL
2 1 (10.00%) Java
2 1 (10.00%) Ruby
2 1 (10.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) ISEB
1 1 (10.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (10.00%) Data Quality
2 1 (10.00%) WCAG
Vendors
1 5 (50.00%) Google
2 2 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (10.00%) hybris