Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 83 76 83
Rank change year-on-year -7 +7 +3
Contract jobs citing QA 116 104 130
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.37% 2.41% 2.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.39% 23.91% 21.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 66 91
West Midlands median daily rate £385 £359 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.32% +10.38% -7.14%
10th Percentile £235 £208 £153
90th Percentile £588 £524 £480
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.36 £17.50 £8.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.83% +105.88% -70.69%
10th Percentile £16.26 £8.43 £7.75
90th Percentile £19.85 £27.25 £15.87
England median hourly rate £23.00 £23.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.13% +4.44% -31.23%

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 569 435 601
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.61% 10.08% 10.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 351 252 406
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £235 £201 £206
90th Percentile £588 £525 £525
England median daily rate £450 £450 £413
% change year-on-year - +9.09% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 19 12
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.52 £15.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.47% -6.25% -24.71%
10th Percentile £11.31 £10.20 £7.91
90th Percentile £50.35 £29.60 £42.98
England median hourly rate £24.56 £19.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +29.26% -20.83% +11.63%

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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 24 June 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 24 June 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
Birmingham -11 26 £425 +36.00% 23
Warwickshire 0 18 £473 +5.00% 3
Coventry -19 15 £425 +37.10% 3
Staffordshire +6 13 £375 +36.36% 8
Herefordshire +11 12 £240 +11.63% 1
Shropshire -19 11 £400 -13.98% 1
Solihull +1 6 £350 - 2
Worcestershire -5 4 £425 +91.01% 5
Wolverhampton -3 2 £375 +25.00% 3
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £370 - 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 65 (56.03%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (46.55%) Test Automation
3 37 (31.90%) SQL
4 27 (23.28%) JIRA
4 27 (23.28%) Selenium
5 24 (20.69%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (18.10%) SDLC
6 21 (18.10%) HTML
7 20 (17.24%) Cucumber
8 18 (15.52%) TDD
8 18 (15.52%) Acceptance Criteria
9 17 (14.66%) Gherkin
9 17 (14.66%) Retail
10 16 (13.79%) Performance Testing
10 16 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
10 16 (13.79%) Scrum
10 16 (13.79%) SpecFlow
10 16 (13.79%) WebDriver
10 16 (13.79%) DevOps
11 15 (12.93%) Waterfall
11 15 (12.93%) Manual Testing
12 14 (12.07%) Finance
12 14 (12.07%) SQL Server
12 14 (12.07%) Mentoring
13 13 (11.21%) Google Cloud Platform
13 13 (11.21%) BDD
13 13 (11.21%) MySQL
13 13 (11.21%) E-Commerce
13 13 (11.21%) Google
13 13 (11.21%) ISTQB

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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 8 (6.90%) Confluence
2 4 (3.45%) CMS
2 4 (3.45%) Documentum
3 2 (1.72%) Apache
3 2 (1.72%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (1.72%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.86%) JBoss
4 1 (0.86%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (2.59%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 7 (6.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.72%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.72%) WebTrends
3 1 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.86%) OPENContractor
3 1 (0.86%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.86%) Q-Pulse
3 1 (0.86%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.86%) Servitor
Cloud Services
1 13 (11.21%) Google Cloud Platform
2 7 (6.03%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (5.17%) Dynamics 365
3 6 (5.17%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (4.31%) SaaS
5 2 (1.72%) IaaS
6 1 (0.86%) GitHub
6 1 (0.86%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.31%) Internet
2 2 (1.72%) HTTP
2 2 (1.72%) Network Security
3 1 (0.86%) SAN
3 1 (0.86%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (12.07%) SQL Server
2 13 (11.21%) MySQL
3 6 (5.17%) Oracle Database
4 5 (4.31%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (4.31%) Riak
5 2 (1.72%) Cloud Spanner
5 2 (1.72%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.72%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.72%) Redis
6 1 (0.86%) Big Data
6 1 (0.86%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.86%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.86%) EDMS
6 1 (0.86%) Power BI
6 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 27 (23.28%) JIRA
1 27 (23.28%) Selenium
2 20 (17.24%) Cucumber
3 16 (13.79%) SpecFlow
3 16 (13.79%) WebDriver
4 10 (8.62%) SoapUI
5 9 (7.76%) Jenkins
5 9 (7.76%) JIRA Agile
6 8 (6.90%) Visual Studio Team System
7 6 (5.17%) Subversion
8 5 (4.31%) Jasmine
9 4 (3.45%) Git (software)
9 4 (3.45%) HP UFT
9 4 (3.45%) Sahi
9 4 (3.45%) WATIR
10 3 (2.59%) Protractor
11 2 (1.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 2 (1.72%) Bugzilla
11 2 (1.72%) JMeter
11 2 (1.72%) Maven
General
1 17 (14.66%) Retail
2 14 (12.07%) Finance
3 3 (2.59%) Law
4 2 (1.72%) Automotive
4 2 (1.72%) Banking
4 2 (1.72%) Legal
4 2 (1.72%) Marketing
5 1 (0.86%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (26.72%) Analyst
2 19 (16.38%) QA Analyst
3 14 (12.07%) QA Tester
3 14 (12.07%) Tester
4 12 (10.34%) Test Analyst
5 11 (9.48%) Developer
5 11 (9.48%) Test Engineer
6 10 (8.62%) Project Manager
6 10 (8.62%) QA Engineer
7 9 (7.76%) QA Test Analyst
8 7 (6.03%) Administrator
9 6 (5.17%) DBA
9 6 (5.17%) Software Analyst
10 5 (4.31%) Automation Test Analyst
10 5 (4.31%) Consultant
10 5 (4.31%) JavaScript Developer
10 5 (4.31%) Software Test Analyst
10 5 (4.31%) Software Test Engineer
10 5 (4.31%) Software Tester
10 5 (4.31%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (18.10%) HTML
2 17 (14.66%) Gherkin
3 12 (10.34%) .NET
4 11 (9.48%) CSS
5 6 (5.17%) .NET Framework
5 6 (5.17%) SOAP
5 6 (5.17%) Web Services
6 5 (4.31%) AngularJS
6 5 (4.31%) ASP.NET
6 5 (4.31%) Node.js
6 5 (4.31%) React Native
6 5 (4.31%) Redux
6 5 (4.31%) RESTful
6 5 (4.31%) Velocity
6 5 (4.31%) XML
7 4 (3.45%) React
8 3 (2.59%) Angular 2
8 3 (2.59%) HTML5
8 3 (2.59%) LESS
8 3 (2.59%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 24 (20.69%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.31%) Clustering
2 5 (4.31%) Replication
3 4 (3.45%) Data Protection Act
3 4 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (2.59%) Cloud Native
4 3 (2.59%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.59%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.72%) Freedom of Information
5 2 (1.72%) Private Cloud
5 2 (1.72%) Social Media
6 1 (0.86%) Blog
6 1 (0.86%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.86%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.86%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.86%) FMCG
6 1 (0.86%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.86%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 12 (10.34%) Windows
2 6 (5.17%) Linux
3 3 (2.59%) Unix
4 2 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.86%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (56.03%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (46.55%) Test Automation
3 21 (18.10%) SDLC
4 18 (15.52%) Acceptance Criteria
4 18 (15.52%) TDD
5 16 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
5 16 (13.79%) DevOps
5 16 (13.79%) Performance Testing
5 16 (13.79%) Scrum
6 15 (12.93%) Manual Testing
6 15 (12.93%) Waterfall
7 14 (12.07%) Mentoring
8 13 (11.21%) BDD
8 13 (11.21%) E-Commerce
9 12 (10.34%) Test Scripting
10 11 (9.48%) User Acceptance Testing
11 10 (8.62%) Coaching
11 10 (8.62%) Project Management
12 9 (7.76%) Configuration Management
12 9 (7.76%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 37 (31.90%) SQL
2 12 (10.34%) C#
3 9 (7.76%) Java
3 9 (7.76%) JavaScript
4 6 (5.17%) Ruby
5 5 (4.31%) PowerShell
6 3 (2.59%) Bash Shell
6 3 (2.59%) Python
6 3 (2.59%) TypeScript
7 2 (1.72%) Groovy
7 2 (1.72%) PHP
7 2 (1.72%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.72%) VBA
8 1 (0.86%) ABAP
8 1 (0.86%) C
8 1 (0.86%) Scala
Qualifications
1 13 (11.21%) ISTQB
2 7 (6.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 6 (5.17%) SC Cleared
3 6 (5.17%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.45%) Degree
4 4 (3.45%) ISEB
5 2 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.86%) HNC
6 1 (0.86%) HND
6 1 (0.86%) IRCA
6 1 (0.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.86%) Six Sigma Green Belt
6 1 (0.86%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.45%) GDPR
1 4 (3.45%) ISO 14001
1 4 (3.45%) ISO 9001
2 3 (2.59%) GCP
2 3 (2.59%) PMO
2 3 (2.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.86%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.86%) ISO 22301
3 1 (0.86%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.86%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (2.59%) Docker
2 1 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 6 (5.17%) Failover Clustering
2 5 (4.31%) Microsoft Clustering
3 3 (2.59%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.72%) Puppet
4 2 (1.72%) Trend Micro Deep Security
5 1 (0.86%) Ansible
5 1 (0.86%) Kibana
5 1 (0.86%) SCCM
Vendors
1 13 (11.21%) Google
2 12 (10.34%) Microsoft
3 11 (9.48%) Oracle
4 4 (3.45%) Pega
4 4 (3.45%) SAP
5 2 (1.72%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.72%) Tripwire
5 2 (1.72%) VMware
6 1 (0.86%) Capita
6 1 (0.86%) Castleton
6 1 (0.86%) Cisco
6 1 (0.86%) Civica
6 1 (0.86%) Cognos
6 1 (0.86%) HP
6 1 (0.86%) IBM
6 1 (0.86%) NCR
6 1 (0.86%) Oneserve
6 1 (0.86%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.86%) Splunk
6 1 (0.86%) Tableau