Period
to 21 September 2018

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 21 September 2018 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
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 76 86 90
Rank change year-on-year +10 +4 -2
Contract jobs citing QA 141 97 137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.75% 2.16% 2.19%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.82% 22.40% 20.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 67 97
West Midlands median daily rate £381 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.13% -2.86% -6.67%
10th Percentile £273 £211 £171
90th Percentile £500 £509 £488
England median daily rate £450 £435 £420
% change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
West Midlands median hourly rate - £10.00 £8.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +17.65% -70.69%
England median hourly rate £37.00 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +105.56% -10.00% -

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 568 433 666
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.10% 9.62% 10.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 344 265 446
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £250 £176 £205
90th Percentile £584 £525 £508
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 14 25
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.44 £16.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.48% -34.00% -20.48%
10th Percentile £11.05 £10.00 £10.45
90th Percentile £32.10 £50.60 £43.75
England median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £24.06
% change year-on-year +10.00% -16.87% +11.65%

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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 21 September 2018.

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 21 September 2018. 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 -18 36 £400 -23.81% 10
Birmingham -7 31 £400 +23.08% 26
Warwickshire +10 18 £438 +2.94% 10
Coventry -5 17 £425 -5.66% 12
Staffordshire +4 16 £375 +15.38% 9
Solihull -1 7 £350 -13.04% 5
Herefordshire -5 7 £240 +11.63% 1
Wolverhampton -1 2 £363 +20.83% 1
Worcestershire - 1 £320 - 8
QA
England

For the 6 months to 21 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 71 (50.35%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (48.94%) Test Automation
3 50 (35.46%) Selenium
4 45 (31.91%) JIRA
5 39 (27.66%) SQL
6 34 (24.11%) Cucumber
7 31 (21.99%) Scrum
8 30 (21.28%) DevOps
9 29 (20.57%) Gherkin
10 28 (19.86%) Confluence
11 27 (19.15%) TDD
12 25 (17.73%) Analytical Skills
13 24 (17.02%) WebDriver
13 24 (17.02%) SoapUI
13 24 (17.02%) Continuous Integration
14 22 (15.60%) Kanban
15 21 (14.89%) Groovy
15 21 (14.89%) HTML
15 21 (14.89%) Java
16 20 (14.18%) Acceptance Criteria
16 20 (14.18%) Problem-Solving
17 19 (13.48%) Windows
17 19 (13.48%) ISTQB
18 18 (12.77%) Performance Testing
18 18 (12.77%) Web Services
19 17 (12.06%) JavaScript
19 17 (12.06%) MySQL
19 17 (12.06%) SQL Server
19 17 (12.06%) Test Scripting
19 17 (12.06%) Retail

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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 28 (19.86%) Confluence
2 6 (4.26%) Documentum
3 2 (1.42%) Apache
3 2 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (1.42%) CMS
4 1 (0.71%) Drupal
4 1 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.71%) JBoss
4 1 (0.71%) MS Project Server
4 1 (0.71%) SAS
4 1 (0.71%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.71%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (4.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (3.55%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.42%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.71%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 7 (4.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.84%) SAP HR
3 3 (2.13%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.71%) assyst
4 1 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.67%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (5.67%) GitHub
1 8 (5.67%) Google Cloud Platform
2 7 (4.96%) Google Analytics
2 7 (4.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (4.96%) Slack
3 6 (4.26%) Dynamics 365
4 5 (3.55%) SaaS
5 4 (2.84%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (1.42%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.96%) Skype
2 3 (2.13%) Internet
3 1 (0.71%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (12.06%) MySQL
1 17 (12.06%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.67%) MongoDB
2 8 (5.67%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (4.96%) Oracle Database
3 7 (4.96%) Riak
4 3 (2.13%) Big Data
4 3 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.13%) NoSQL
4 3 (2.13%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.42%) Apache Hive
5 2 (1.42%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.42%) HDInsight
5 2 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.71%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.71%) Cloud Spanner
6 1 (0.71%) Redis
6 1 (0.71%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 50 (35.46%) Selenium
2 45 (31.91%) JIRA
3 34 (24.11%) Cucumber
4 24 (17.02%) SoapUI
4 24 (17.02%) WebDriver
5 17 (12.06%) Jenkins
6 14 (9.93%) Git (software)
7 12 (8.51%) Gatling
7 12 (8.51%) SpecFlow
8 9 (6.38%) Subversion
9 7 (4.96%) Artifactory
9 7 (4.96%) gulp
9 7 (4.96%) IntelliJ
9 7 (4.96%) JIRA Agile
9 7 (4.96%) Sublime Text
9 7 (4.96%) Visual Studio Code
10 5 (3.55%) Jasmine
10 5 (3.55%) JMeter
10 5 (3.55%) Visual Studio Team System
11 4 (2.84%) Sahi
General
1 17 (12.06%) Retail
2 9 (6.38%) Finance
3 2 (1.42%) Banking
3 2 (1.42%) Games
3 2 (1.42%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.71%) Aerospace
4 1 (0.71%) Automotive
4 1 (0.71%) Back Office
4 1 (0.71%) German Language
4 1 (0.71%) Law
4 1 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.71%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 41 (29.08%) Analyst
2 24 (17.02%) Developer
3 19 (13.48%) Test Analyst
4 18 (12.77%) QA Analyst
5 15 (10.64%) QA Tester
5 15 (10.64%) Tester
6 9 (6.38%) QA Test Analyst
7 8 (5.67%) DBA
7 8 (5.67%) Test Engineer
8 7 (4.96%) Production DBA
8 7 (4.96%) Scala Developer
9 5 (3.55%) Administrator
9 5 (3.55%) Automation Test Analyst
9 5 (3.55%) Consultant
9 5 (3.55%) JavaScript Developer
9 5 (3.55%) QA Engineer
9 5 (3.55%) SQL DBA
10 4 (2.84%) Applications Packager
10 4 (2.84%) Data Analyst
10 4 (2.84%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (20.57%) Gherkin
2 21 (14.89%) HTML
3 18 (12.77%) Web Services
4 17 (12.06%) RESTful
5 14 (9.93%) CSS
5 14 (9.93%) XML
6 12 (8.51%) Node.js
7 10 (7.09%) .NET
7 10 (7.09%) SOAP
8 8 (5.67%) REST
9 7 (4.96%) HTML5
9 7 (4.96%) LESS
9 7 (4.96%) Play Framework
9 7 (4.96%) Sass
9 7 (4.96%) YAML
10 5 (3.55%) .NET Framework
10 5 (3.55%) JSON
10 5 (3.55%) React
10 5 (3.55%) React Native
10 5 (3.55%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 25 (17.73%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (5.67%) Clustering
3 6 (4.26%) User Experience
4 4 (2.84%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (2.84%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (2.13%) Replication
6 2 (1.42%) Cloud Native
6 2 (1.42%) Xbox
7 1 (0.71%) Blog
7 1 (0.71%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.71%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.71%) FMCG
7 1 (0.71%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.71%) PKI
7 1 (0.71%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 19 (13.48%) Windows
2 7 (4.96%) Mac OS
2 7 (4.96%) Unix
3 6 (4.26%) Linux
4 4 (2.84%) Mac OS X
5 2 (1.42%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (50.35%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (48.94%) Test Automation
3 31 (21.99%) Scrum
4 30 (21.28%) DevOps
5 27 (19.15%) TDD
6 24 (17.02%) Continuous Integration
7 22 (15.60%) Kanban
8 20 (14.18%) Acceptance Criteria
8 20 (14.18%) Problem-Solving
9 18 (12.77%) Performance Testing
10 17 (12.06%) Test Scripting
11 16 (11.35%) API Testing
11 16 (11.35%) Continuous Improvement
12 15 (10.64%) E-Commerce
13 14 (9.93%) BDD
13 14 (9.93%) User Acceptance Testing
14 13 (9.22%) SDLC
15 12 (8.51%) Microservices
16 11 (7.80%) Coaching
16 11 (7.80%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 39 (27.66%) SQL
2 21 (14.89%) Groovy
2 21 (14.89%) Java
3 17 (12.06%) JavaScript
3 17 (12.06%) Scala
4 13 (9.22%) Ruby
5 9 (6.38%) Bash Shell
6 8 (5.67%) C#
7 7 (4.96%) PowerShell
8 3 (2.13%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.42%) Python
10 1 (0.71%) C
10 1 (0.71%) PHP
10 1 (0.71%) PHP 7
10 1 (0.71%) VBA
Qualifications
1 19 (13.48%) ISTQB
2 10 (7.09%) ISEB
3 9 (6.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 5 (3.55%) Degree
5 4 (2.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (2.13%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.13%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.71%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.71%) HNC
7 1 (0.71%) HND
7 1 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.71%) MBA
7 1 (0.71%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.26%) Data Quality
2 5 (3.55%) ISO 14001
2 5 (3.55%) ISO 9001
3 3 (2.13%) PMO
4 2 (1.42%) GCP
5 1 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.71%) GDPR
5 1 (0.71%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.71%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 9 (6.38%) Docker
2 4 (2.84%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 8 (5.67%) Kibana
2 7 (4.96%) Failover Clustering
2 7 (4.96%) Grafana
2 7 (4.96%) Graphite
2 7 (4.96%) Microsoft Clustering
3 4 (2.84%) Ansible
3 4 (2.84%) SCCM
4 2 (1.42%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.42%) Puppet
Vendors
1 15 (10.64%) Google
1 15 (10.64%) Oracle
2 10 (7.09%) Microsoft
3 9 (6.38%) Atlassian
4 8 (5.67%) Splunk
5 6 (4.26%) Pega
6 4 (2.84%) SAP
7 3 (2.13%) CA
8 1 (0.71%) Cisco
8 1 (0.71%) Niku
8 1 (0.71%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.71%) Twitter
8 1 (0.71%) Zend