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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / West Midlands
Rank 50 78 74
Rank change year-on-year +28 -4  
Contract jobs citing QA 69 55 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.07% 2.04% 2.02%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.84% 18.77% 16.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 28 35
Median daily rate £400 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.07% -13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £260 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £465 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.13% +4.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 4
Median hourly rate £16.75 £17.04 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.67% -45.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.15 £17.04 £18.53
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.35 £17.04 £42.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

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 267 293 310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 11.88% 10.88% 12.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 187 181
Median daily rate £413 £385 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £250 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £512 £530 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 3 28
Median hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.76% -34.61%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.90 £11.10 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £17.03 £39.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £41.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -51.46% +41.37%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 27 March 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 27 March 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
Warwickshire +10 15 £513 +46.42% 3
Shropshire +39 14 £465 +12.59%
Coventry +11 11 £330 -22.35% 3
Birmingham -9 9 £294 -2.08% 9
Staffordshire +4 5 £275 -8.33% 6
Wolverhampton +4 2 £263 -
Kingswinford - 2 £368 -
Worcestershire 0 1 £223 -50.55%
West Bromwich -6 1 - -
Herefordshire - 1 £255 -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 56 (41.18%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (25.00%) Java
3 22 (16.18%) Finance
3 22 (16.18%) ISTQB
3 22 (16.18%) Selenium
4 21 (15.44%) Microsoft
5 20 (14.71%) Project Management
6 19 (13.97%) PRINCE2
7 17 (12.50%) Test Scripting
7 17 (12.50%) Scala
7 17 (12.50%) Open Source
7 17 (12.50%) Functional Testing
7 17 (12.50%) SDLC
8 16 (11.76%) Performance Testing
8 16 (11.76%) CSS
8 16 (11.76%) HTML
8 16 (11.76%) ISEB
9 15 (11.03%) Automated Testing
9 15 (11.03%) DevOps
10 14 (10.29%) MongoDB
10 14 (10.29%) Manual Testing
10 14 (10.29%) .NET
11 13 (9.56%) Scrum
12 12 (8.82%) JavaScript
12 12 (8.82%) SQL
12 12 (8.82%) MS Excel
12 12 (8.82%) Mentoring
13 11 (8.09%) Test Automation
13 11 (8.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 10 (7.35%) Automotive

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Top Related 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 5 (3.68%) Apache
2 3 (2.21%) Apache Solr
2 3 (2.21%) Confluence
2 3 (2.21%) Drupal
2 3 (2.21%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.21%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (1.47%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.74%) IIS
4 1 (0.74%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (8.82%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.68%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.47%) MS Project
3 2 (1.47%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.74%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.74%) HipChat
4 1 (0.74%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.74%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.74%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.21%) GitHub
1 3 (2.21%) PaaS
2 2 (1.47%) AdWords
2 2 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.47%) Google Analytics
2 2 (1.47%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (1.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.74%) Office 365
3 1 (0.74%) SaaS
3 1 (0.74%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.47%) Intrusion Detection
1 2 (1.47%) WebEx
2 1 (0.74%) Firewall
2 1 (0.74%) Internet
2 1 (0.74%) RTSP
2 1 (0.74%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (10.29%) MongoDB
2 6 (4.41%) MySQL
3 5 (3.68%) SQL Server
4 3 (2.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.47%) Redis
5 2 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.47%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.74%) GIS
6 1 (0.74%) MS Access
6 1 (0.74%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.74%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 22 (16.18%) Selenium
2 8 (5.88%) Cucumber
2 8 (5.88%) JIRA
2 8 (5.88%) WebDriver
3 6 (4.41%) Git (software)
3 6 (4.41%) SoapUI
4 5 (3.68%) Jenkins
4 5 (3.68%) Octopus Deploy
4 5 (3.68%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (2.94%) JMeter
5 4 (2.94%) JUnit
5 4 (2.94%) Visual Studio
6 3 (2.21%) YouTrack
7 2 (1.47%) Capybara
7 2 (1.47%) IntelliJ
7 2 (1.47%) PHPUnit
7 2 (1.47%) Protractor
7 2 (1.47%) RSpec
7 2 (1.47%) Sahi
7 2 (1.47%) TeamCity
General
1 22 (16.18%) Finance
2 10 (7.35%) Automotive
3 9 (6.62%) Retail
4 7 (5.15%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.94%) Marketing
6 2 (1.47%) Games
7 1 (0.74%) Banking
7 1 (0.74%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 31 (22.79%) Analyst
2 22 (16.18%) Developer
3 19 (13.97%) Tester
4 17 (12.50%) Project Manager
5 16 (11.76%) QA Engineer
6 15 (11.03%) Test Analyst
7 14 (10.29%) Scala Developer
8 12 (8.82%) QA Analyst
8 12 (8.82%) QA Tester
8 12 (8.82%) Test Manager
9 11 (8.09%) QA Test Analyst
9 11 (8.09%) Test Engineer
10 10 (7.35%) QA Test Engineer
11 9 (6.62%) Business Analyst
11 9 (6.62%) QA Manager
11 9 (6.62%) Software Analyst
11 9 (6.62%) Software Test Analyst
11 9 (6.62%) Software Tester
12 7 (5.15%) Quality Manager
13 6 (4.41%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (11.76%) CSS
1 16 (11.76%) HTML
2 14 (10.29%) .NET
3 8 (5.88%) JSON
4 7 (5.15%) ASP.NET
5 6 (4.41%) HTML5
5 6 (4.41%) Web Services
5 6 (4.41%) XML
6 5 (3.68%) AngularJS
6 5 (3.68%) CSS3
6 5 (3.68%) LAMP
6 5 (3.68%) SOAP
7 4 (2.94%) Play Framework
8 3 (2.21%) Drush
8 3 (2.21%) RESTful
9 2 (1.47%) beanstalkd
9 2 (1.47%) Gherkin
9 2 (1.47%) Highcharts JS
9 2 (1.47%) Laravel
9 2 (1.47%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (2.94%) Data Centre
2 4 (2.94%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.47%) Clustering
3 2 (1.47%) Computer Science
3 2 (1.47%) Driving Licence
3 2 (1.47%) e-Learning
3 2 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (1.47%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.47%) NHS
3 2 (1.47%) PMI
3 2 (1.47%) User Experience
4 1 (0.74%) CMDB
4 1 (0.74%) Infotainment
4 1 (0.74%) Mainframe
4 1 (0.74%) PKI
4 1 (0.74%) Private Cloud
4 1 (0.74%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 9 (6.62%) Windows
2 5 (3.68%) Linux
3 4 (2.94%) Android
4 3 (2.21%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.21%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.74%) Unix
5 1 (0.74%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (41.18%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (14.71%) Project Management
3 19 (13.97%) PRINCE2
4 17 (12.50%) Functional Testing
4 17 (12.50%) Open Source
4 17 (12.50%) SDLC
4 17 (12.50%) Test Scripting
5 16 (11.76%) Performance Testing
6 15 (11.03%) Automated Testing
6 15 (11.03%) DevOps
7 14 (10.29%) Manual Testing
8 13 (9.56%) Scrum
9 12 (8.82%) Mentoring
10 11 (8.09%) Test Automation
11 10 (7.35%) Waterfall
12 9 (6.62%) Coaching
12 9 (6.62%) User Stories
13 8 (5.88%) Automation Testing
13 8 (5.88%) Test Strategy
13 8 (5.88%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 34 (25.00%) Java
2 17 (12.50%) Scala
3 12 (8.82%) JavaScript
3 12 (8.82%) SQL
4 7 (5.15%) PHP
5 3 (2.21%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.47%) PHP 5
6 2 (1.47%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.47%) Python
6 2 (1.47%) Ruby
6 2 (1.47%) VB
7 1 (0.74%) ABAP
7 1 (0.74%) C#
7 1 (0.74%) Groovy
7 1 (0.74%) SAPscript
7 1 (0.74%) VB6
7 1 (0.74%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (16.18%) ISTQB
2 16 (11.76%) ISEB
3 11 (8.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 7 (5.15%) Degree
5 4 (2.94%) MAPM
5 4 (2.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 4 (2.94%) Security Cleared
6 3 (2.21%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (2.21%) PMI Certification
6 3 (2.21%) SC Cleared
7 2 (1.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.74%) ECDL
8 1 (0.74%) MCP
8 1 (0.74%) MCSE
8 1 (0.74%) MOS
8 1 (0.74%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.94%) Data Quality
1 4 (2.94%) PMO
2 2 (1.47%) WCAG
3 1 (0.74%) COBIT
3 1 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.74%) ISO27002
3 1 (0.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (3.68%) Active Directory
1 5 (3.68%) Docker
2 1 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 5 (3.68%) Puppet
2 3 (2.21%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.74%) SCCM
Vendors
1 21 (15.44%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.68%) Google
2 5 (3.68%) Guidewire
2 5 (3.68%) SOASTA, Inc
3 4 (2.94%) SAP
4 3 (2.21%) Remedy
5 2 (1.47%) Adobe
5 2 (1.47%) Cisco
5 2 (1.47%) LogRhythm
5 2 (1.47%) Oracle
6 1 (0.74%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.74%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (0.74%) Computacenter
6 1 (0.74%) Equitrac
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