Period
to 20 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West 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 20 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 86 93 75
Rank change year-on-year +7 -18 -8
Contract jobs citing QA 109 129 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.27% 2.11% 2.20%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.96% 19.14% 20.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 86 68
West Midlands median daily rate £350 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% -6.25% +45.45%
10th Percentile £213 £211 £277
90th Percentile £500 £500 £500
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 6
West Midlands median hourly rate £10.00 £30.41 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -67.11% +52.03% -40.39%
England median hourly rate £21.90 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +9.50% - -

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 West Midlands with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 546 674 523
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.37% 11.00% 10.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 442 289
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -3.23% +14.81%
10th Percentile £188 £207 £225
90th Percentile £525 £524 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 38 42
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.50 £25.00 £27.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.00% -9.40% +53.31%
10th Percentile £9.68 £10.84 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £42.25 £43.43
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.84 £21.64
% change year-on-year -12.42% +5.52% +10.97%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the West Midlands

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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 in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in the West Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the West Midlands

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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 in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the West Midlands

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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 within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 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
Shropshire +31 26 £550 +11.11% 2
Birmingham -13 26 £325 +8.33% 13
Coventry +13 19 £375 -18.48% 3
Warwickshire +8 19 £425 +6.25% 4
Staffordshire +5 5 £325 -5.45% 5
Herefordshire - 5 £215 - 1
Solihull +9 2 £403 +7.33% 1
West Bromwich +1 2 - -
Wolverhampton - 1 £300 - 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 20 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 30 (27.52%) Agile Software Development
1 30 (27.52%) Test Automation
2 27 (24.77%) Microsoft
3 26 (23.85%) Finance
3 26 (23.85%) Migration
4 22 (20.18%) Microsoft Office
4 22 (20.18%) Windows
5 21 (19.27%) PowerShell
6 20 (18.35%) VMware Infrastructure
6 20 (18.35%) SCCM
6 20 (18.35%) Windows 7
6 20 (18.35%) WMI
6 20 (18.35%) VBScript
6 20 (18.35%) WSH
6 20 (18.35%) MSI
6 20 (18.35%) VMware
6 20 (18.35%) Microsoft App-V
6 20 (18.35%) Windows 10
7 19 (17.43%) Release Management
8 18 (16.51%) Application Packaging
8 18 (16.51%) Application Discovery
9 16 (14.68%) Java
10 14 (12.84%) Retail
10 14 (12.84%) Waterfall
11 12 (11.01%) JIRA
11 12 (11.01%) Microsoft Excel
11 12 (11.01%) CRM
11 12 (11.01%) E-Commerce
11 12 (11.01%) SDLC
12 11 (10.09%) SQL

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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 4 (3.67%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.75%) Confluence
3 2 (1.83%) JBoss
3 2 (1.83%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.83%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (0.92%) Documentum
4 1 (0.92%) SAS
Applications
1 22 (20.18%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (11.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (3.67%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.92%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.92%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (7.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.83%) Actimize
3 1 (0.92%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 11 (10.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (7.34%) Dynamics 365
3 5 (4.59%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.83%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.67%) RTSP
1 4 (3.67%) SMS
2 2 (1.83%) HTTP
2 2 (1.83%) Internet
3 1 (0.92%) Firewall
3 1 (0.92%) LAN
3 1 (0.92%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (1.83%) MongoDB
2 1 (0.92%) Apache Hive
2 1 (0.92%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.92%) HDInsight
2 1 (0.92%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.92%) Power BI
2 1 (0.92%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 20 (18.35%) MSI
2 12 (11.01%) JIRA
3 9 (8.26%) Selenium
4 8 (7.34%) Subversion
4 8 (7.34%) Visual Studio Team System
5 7 (6.42%) SpecFlow
6 6 (5.50%) JIRA Agile
7 3 (2.75%) HP UFT
7 3 (2.75%) Jenkins
7 3 (2.75%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (1.83%) Cucumber
8 2 (1.83%) JMeter
8 2 (1.83%) JUnit
8 2 (1.83%) Mercurial
8 2 (1.83%) SoapUI
8 2 (1.83%) Visual Studio
8 2 (1.83%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.92%) Git (software)
9 1 (0.92%) JProfiler
9 1 (0.92%) RSpec
General
1 26 (23.85%) Finance
2 14 (12.84%) Retail
3 9 (8.26%) Banking
4 6 (5.50%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.75%) Automotive
6 1 (0.92%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.92%) Games
6 1 (0.92%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.92%) Legal
6 1 (0.92%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 26 (23.85%) Analyst
2 12 (11.01%) Developer
3 11 (10.09%) Test Analyst
4 10 (9.17%) Application Integration Engineer
4 10 (9.17%) Applications Engineer
4 10 (9.17%) Applications Packager
4 10 (9.17%) Integration Engineer
4 10 (9.17%) Project Manager
4 10 (9.17%) QA Analyst
5 7 (6.42%) Tester
6 6 (5.50%) Coordinator
6 6 (5.50%) Lead DevOps
7 5 (4.59%) Data Analyst
7 5 (4.59%) Infrastructure Manager
7 5 (4.59%) Junior
8 4 (3.67%) IT Manager
8 4 (3.67%) IT Project Manager
8 4 (3.67%) Junior Project Manager
8 4 (3.67%) Project Coordinator
8 4 (3.67%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (18.35%) WSH
2 10 (9.17%) Web Services
3 9 (8.26%) HTML
4 7 (6.42%) Gherkin
5 5 (4.59%) XML
6 4 (3.67%) .NET
6 4 (3.67%) Android SDK
6 4 (3.67%) Flash
6 4 (3.67%) JSON
7 3 (2.75%) CSS
7 3 (2.75%) iOS SDK
7 3 (2.75%) SOAP
8 2 (1.83%) .NET Framework
8 2 (1.83%) AngularJS
8 2 (1.83%) Backbone.js
8 2 (1.83%) HTML5
8 2 (1.83%) J2EE
8 2 (1.83%) JDBC
8 2 (1.83%) jQuery
8 2 (1.83%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.17%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.67%) Management Information System
2 4 (3.67%) PMI
2 4 (3.67%) User Experience
3 3 (2.75%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.83%) Data Centre
4 2 (1.83%) iPad
4 2 (1.83%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.92%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.92%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (0.92%) Derivative
5 1 (0.92%) e-Learning
5 1 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.92%) FMCG
5 1 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.92%) Learning Management System
5 1 (0.92%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 22 (20.18%) Windows
2 20 (18.35%) Windows 10
2 20 (18.35%) Windows 7
3 4 (3.67%) Android
4 3 (2.75%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.92%) Linux
5 1 (0.92%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (27.52%) Agile Software Development
1 30 (27.52%) Test Automation
2 26 (23.85%) Migration
3 19 (17.43%) Release Management
4 18 (16.51%) Application Discovery
4 18 (16.51%) Application Packaging
5 14 (12.84%) Waterfall
6 12 (11.01%) CRM
6 12 (11.01%) E-Commerce
6 12 (11.01%) SDLC
7 10 (9.17%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (9.17%) DevOps
7 10 (9.17%) ITIL
7 10 (9.17%) Performance Testing
8 9 (8.26%) Project Management
8 9 (8.26%) Test Scripting
9 8 (7.34%) Configuration Management
9 8 (7.34%) Scrum
10 7 (6.42%) Change Management
10 7 (6.42%) Project Governance
Programming Languages
1 21 (19.27%) PowerShell
2 20 (18.35%) VBScript
3 16 (14.68%) Java
4 11 (10.09%) SQL
5 5 (4.59%) JavaScript
6 4 (3.67%) C#
7 3 (2.75%) Objective-C
7 3 (2.75%) Scala
8 2 (1.83%) Perl
8 2 (1.83%) Python
8 2 (1.83%) Ruby
9 1 (0.92%) C++
9 1 (0.92%) Groovy
9 1 (0.92%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.92%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (3.67%) Degree
1 4 (3.67%) ISEB
1 4 (3.67%) PMI Certification
1 4 (3.67%) PMP
2 3 (2.75%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (2.75%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.92%) CCNP
3 1 (0.92%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (0.92%) HNC
3 1 (0.92%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (0.92%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.26%) Data Quality
1 9 (8.26%) PMO
2 2 (1.83%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.83%) WCAG
3 1 (0.92%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.92%) SEPA
3 1 (0.92%) WAI
System Software
1 20 (18.35%) Microsoft App-V
1 20 (18.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.92%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 20 (18.35%) SCCM
1 20 (18.35%) WMI
Vendors
1 27 (24.77%) Microsoft
2 20 (18.35%) VMware
3 5 (4.59%) Google
4 3 (2.75%) HP
5 2 (1.83%) ATG
5 2 (1.83%) CollabNet
5 2 (1.83%) Oracle
5 2 (1.83%) SAP
5 2 (1.83%) Serena
6 1 (0.92%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.92%) hybris
6 1 (0.92%) Ingenico
6 1 (0.92%) NCR
6 1 (0.92%) Pega