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 3 months to 29 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 > West Midlands
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 89 70 75
Rank change year-on-year -19 +5  
Contract jobs citing QA 31 73 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.50% 2.43% 1.86%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.87% 24.17% 18.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 60 31
West Midlands median daily rate £300 £318 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.51% -9.28%  
10th Percentile £208 £150 £275
90th Percentile £516 £481 £475
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £19.00 £8.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +123.52% -70.68%  
England median hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% -54.28%  

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

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 156 302 236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 7.57% 10.07% 9.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 255 197
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -0.66%  
10th Percentile £173 £200 £213
90th Percentile £523 £538 £493
England median daily rate £450 £425 £408
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 13 26
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -48.27%  
10th Percentile £10.00 £7.75 £11.00
90th Percentile £34.10 £43.75 £43.75
England median hourly rate £22.50 £28.00 £21.55
% change year-on-year -19.64% +29.93%  

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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 3 months to 29 June 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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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -3 13 £400 +60.00% 11
Herefordshire - 5 £215 -
Wolverhampton +1 3 £300 -
Coventry +3 2 £275 -31.25% 2
Warwickshire +2 2 £300 -24.76% 3
West Bromwich -1 1 - -
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England

For the 6 months to 29 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 38 (40.86%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (24.73%) Test Automation
3 20 (21.51%) Java
4 19 (20.43%) SQL
5 18 (19.35%) Microsoft
6 16 (17.20%) HTML
7 15 (16.13%) JIRA
8 14 (15.05%) Project Management
8 14 (15.05%) SDLC
9 13 (13.98%) Analytical Skills
9 13 (13.98%) Finance
9 13 (13.98%) Performance Testing
9 13 (13.98%) Waterfall
10 12 (12.90%) Retail
11 11 (11.83%) PRINCE2
11 11 (11.83%) ISTQB
11 11 (11.83%) Selenium
12 10 (10.75%) Scala
13 9 (9.68%) Open Source
13 9 (9.68%) MongoDB
13 9 (9.68%) Google
13 9 (9.68%) CSS
13 9 (9.68%) Scrum
13 9 (9.68%) DevOps
13 9 (9.68%) Functional Testing
14 8 (8.60%) Scenario Testing
14 8 (8.60%) Stakeholder Management
14 8 (8.60%) Web Services
14 8 (8.60%) .NET
15 7 (7.53%) JavaScript

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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 3 (3.23%) Apache
1 3 (3.23%) Tomcat
2 2 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (2.15%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.08%) Mule
3 1 (1.08%) Mule ESB
3 1 (1.08%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (5.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.30%) MS Visio
3 3 (3.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (2.15%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) Actimize
2 1 (1.08%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 7 (7.53%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (2.15%) AdWords
2 2 (2.15%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.15%) Google Analytics
3 1 (1.08%) SaaS
3 1 (1.08%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.53%) Firewall
2 3 (3.23%) FTP
2 3 (3.23%) TCP/IP
2 3 (3.23%) Wireless
3 2 (2.15%) LAN
3 2 (2.15%) WebEx
4 1 (1.08%) HTTP
4 1 (1.08%) RTSP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (9.68%) MongoDB
2 3 (3.23%) MySQL
2 3 (3.23%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (3.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.15%) Redis
4 1 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.08%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 15 (16.13%) JIRA
2 11 (11.83%) Selenium
3 7 (7.53%) JIRA Agile
3 7 (7.53%) SpecFlow
4 5 (5.38%) Visual Studio
5 3 (3.23%) Cucumber
5 3 (3.23%) Git (software)
5 3 (3.23%) HP UFT
5 3 (3.23%) JMeter
5 3 (3.23%) SoapUI
5 3 (3.23%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (3.23%) WebDriver
5 3 (3.23%) XMLSpy
5 3 (3.23%) YouTrack
6 2 (2.15%) Jenkins
6 2 (2.15%) PHPUnit
6 2 (2.15%) Subversion
7 1 (1.08%) RSpec
7 1 (1.08%) Sahi
7 1 (1.08%) WATIR
General
1 13 (13.98%) Finance
2 12 (12.90%) Retail
3 5 (5.38%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.23%) Automotive
4 3 (3.23%) Banking
5 2 (2.15%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.08%) Games
6 1 (1.08%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 27 (29.03%) Analyst
2 12 (12.90%) Developer
3 11 (11.83%) QA Analyst
3 11 (11.83%) Test Analyst
4 9 (9.68%) Scala Developer
5 8 (8.60%) Project Manager
5 8 (8.60%) Tester
6 7 (7.53%) QA Manager
7 6 (6.45%) Business Analyst
7 6 (6.45%) QA Engineer
8 5 (5.38%) QA Test Analyst
8 5 (5.38%) Quality Manager
9 4 (4.30%) QA Test Engineer
9 4 (4.30%) QA Tester
9 4 (4.30%) Test Engineer
9 4 (4.30%) Test Manager
10 3 (3.23%) Java Developer
10 3 (3.23%) Java Scala Developer
10 3 (3.23%) Programme Manager
10 3 (3.23%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (17.20%) HTML
2 9 (9.68%) CSS
3 8 (8.60%) .NET
3 8 (8.60%) Web Services
4 7 (7.53%) Gherkin
5 5 (5.38%) JSON
6 3 (3.23%) Middleware
6 3 (3.23%) SOAP
6 3 (3.23%) WebSphere MQ
7 2 (2.15%) AngularJS
7 2 (2.15%) ASP.NET
7 2 (2.15%) beanstalkd
7 2 (2.15%) CSS3
7 2 (2.15%) HTML5
7 2 (2.15%) jQuery
7 2 (2.15%) LAMP
7 2 (2.15%) Laravel
7 2 (2.15%) RESTful
7 2 (2.15%) XML
8 1 (1.08%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.98%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.53%) Data Centre
3 3 (3.23%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.23%) User Experience
4 2 (2.15%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.08%) CMDB
5 1 (1.08%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.08%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.08%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.08%) e-Learning
5 1 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.08%) Infotainment
5 1 (1.08%) NHS
5 1 (1.08%) PKI
5 1 (1.08%) PMI
5 1 (1.08%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 6 (6.45%) Windows
2 3 (3.23%) Linux
2 3 (3.23%) Unix
2 3 (3.23%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.08%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (40.86%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (24.73%) Test Automation
3 14 (15.05%) Project Management
3 14 (15.05%) SDLC
4 13 (13.98%) Performance Testing
4 13 (13.98%) Waterfall
5 11 (11.83%) PRINCE2
6 9 (9.68%) DevOps
6 9 (9.68%) Functional Testing
6 9 (9.68%) Open Source
6 9 (9.68%) Scrum
7 8 (8.60%) Scenario Testing
7 8 (8.60%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (7.53%) Migration
8 7 (7.53%) Test Scripting
8 7 (7.53%) Test Strategy
9 6 (6.45%) Defect Management
9 6 (6.45%) ITIL
9 6 (6.45%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (6.45%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 20 (21.51%) Java
2 19 (20.43%) SQL
3 10 (10.75%) Scala
4 7 (7.53%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.15%) PHP
5 2 (2.15%) PHP 5
5 2 (2.15%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.08%) C#
6 1 (1.08%) Python
6 1 (1.08%) Ruby
6 1 (1.08%) VB
6 1 (1.08%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 11 (11.83%) ISTQB
2 7 (7.53%) ISEB
3 5 (5.38%) Degree
4 4 (4.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 3 (3.23%) CCNP
5 3 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 2 (2.15%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.08%) APMP
7 1 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.08%) ECDL
7 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (1.08%) MCP
7 1 (1.08%) MCSE
7 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (1.08%) MOS
7 1 (1.08%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.30%) PMO
2 3 (3.23%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.15%) WCAG
4 1 (1.08%) COBIT
4 1 (1.08%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (1.08%) WAI
System Software
1 3 (3.23%) Active Directory
1 3 (3.23%) Docker
2 1 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 3 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (3.23%) Puppet
2 1 (1.08%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (19.35%) Microsoft
2 9 (9.68%) Google
3 6 (6.45%) Oracle
4 4 (4.30%) Guidewire
4 4 (4.30%) SAP
5 3 (3.23%) IBM
5 3 (3.23%) Remedy
6 2 (2.15%) Cisco
7 1 (1.08%) CA Agile Central
7 1 (1.08%) CollabNet
7 1 (1.08%) Computacenter
7 1 (1.08%) Equitrac
7 1 (1.08%) HP
7 1 (1.08%) SOASTA, Inc
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Sanderson
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Reed Technology
Rate: £200 - £265 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
AMS contingency
Posted: 5 hours ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
EPAM Systems
Rate: Daily rate contract
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Modis International
Rate: £28 - £33 per hour + overtime
Posted: 2 days ago