Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 81 87 95
Rank change year-on-year +6 +8 -19
Contract jobs citing QA 141 109 129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.75% 2.27% 2.11%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.36% 20.00% 19.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 62 86
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £271 £213 £211
90th Percentile £488 £500 £500
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 7
West Midlands median hourly rate - £10.00 £30.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -67.11% +52.03%
England median hourly rate £37.00 £21.90 £20.00
% change year-on-year +68.95% +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 535 545 674
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 10.42% 11.35% 11.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 329 442
West Midlands median daily rate £390 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.65% +3.33% -3.23%
10th Percentile £250 £188 £207
90th Percentile £546 £525 £524
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 19 38
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.00 £17.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.71% -30.00% -9.40%
10th Percentile £10.96 £9.68 £10.84
90th Percentile £18.88 £53.75 £42.25
England median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £22.84
% change year-on-year +10.00% -12.42% +5.52%

QA
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 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 20 November 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 -36 39 £400 -27.27% 1
Birmingham +9 38 £400 +23.08% 22
Staffordshire +13 24 £375 +15.38% 10
Warwickshire +10 19 £400 -5.88% 12
Coventry -23 11 £375 - 6
Herefordshire -16 3 £375 +74.42% 4
Solihull +4 2 £369 -8.39% 6
Wolverhampton -1 1 £350 +16.67% 5
Halesowen - 1 £325 - 3
QA
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 61 (43.26%) Test Automation
2 59 (41.84%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (33.33%) Selenium
4 36 (25.53%) JIRA
5 33 (23.40%) Scrum
6 32 (22.70%) SQL
7 30 (21.28%) Java
7 30 (21.28%) Cucumber
8 27 (19.15%) Gherkin
9 26 (18.44%) Confluence
10 25 (17.73%) DevOps
11 23 (16.31%) Groovy
11 23 (16.31%) SoapUI
12 22 (15.60%) TDD
13 21 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
13 21 (14.89%) Problem-Solving
14 20 (14.18%) Analytical Skills
14 20 (14.18%) WebDriver
14 20 (14.18%) Scala
15 19 (13.48%) Oracle
15 19 (13.48%) XML
15 19 (13.48%) User Acceptance Testing
15 19 (13.48%) Jenkins
16 18 (12.77%) RESTful
16 18 (12.77%) Kanban
16 18 (12.77%) Web Services
17 17 (12.06%) Windows
17 17 (12.06%) Test Scripting
17 17 (12.06%) ISTQB
17 17 (12.06%) Ruby

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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 26 (18.44%) Confluence
2 3 (2.13%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (1.42%) Documentum
4 1 (0.71%) CMS
4 1 (0.71%) ColdFusion
4 1 (0.71%) Drupal
4 1 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.71%) MS Project Server
4 1 (0.71%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.71%) SAS
4 1 (0.71%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (7.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (2.13%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (1.42%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.71%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 4 (2.84%) SAP HR
2 3 (2.13%) SAP HCM
3 2 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.42%) Infor M3
3 2 (1.42%) Lawson
4 1 (0.71%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 11 (7.80%) GitHub
2 10 (7.09%) Google Analytics
2 10 (7.09%) Slack
3 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.84%) SuccessFactors
4 3 (2.13%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (1.42%) Azure Data Factory
5 2 (1.42%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (1.42%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.71%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.09%) Skype
2 2 (1.42%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (0.71%) 3G
3 1 (0.71%) 4G
3 1 (0.71%) BGP
3 1 (0.71%) EIGRP
3 1 (0.71%) LAN
3 1 (0.71%) MPLS
3 1 (0.71%) OSPF
3 1 (0.71%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (9.22%) SQL Server
2 12 (8.51%) MongoDB
3 10 (7.09%) MySQL
4 6 (4.26%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (3.55%) Oracle Database
5 5 (3.55%) Riak
6 4 (2.84%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (2.13%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (1.42%) Apache Hive
8 2 (1.42%) Big Data
8 2 (1.42%) Hadoop
8 2 (1.42%) HDInsight
8 2 (1.42%) NoSQL
8 2 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.71%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.71%) MS Access
9 1 (0.71%) Oracle OWB
9 1 (0.71%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 47 (33.33%) Selenium
2 36 (25.53%) JIRA
3 30 (21.28%) Cucumber
4 23 (16.31%) SoapUI
5 20 (14.18%) WebDriver
6 19 (13.48%) Jenkins
7 17 (12.06%) Git (software)
8 15 (10.64%) Gatling
9 10 (7.09%) Artifactory
9 10 (7.09%) gulp
9 10 (7.09%) IntelliJ
9 10 (7.09%) Sublime Text
9 10 (7.09%) Visual Studio Code
10 6 (4.26%) JMeter
10 6 (4.26%) Subversion
11 4 (2.84%) HP UFT
11 4 (2.84%) Protractor
11 4 (2.84%) Sahi
11 4 (2.84%) WATIR
12 3 (2.13%) WiX
General
1 12 (8.51%) Retail
2 7 (4.96%) Finance
3 2 (1.42%) Banking
3 2 (1.42%) Games
3 2 (1.42%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.71%) Advertising
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 20 (14.18%) Test Analyst
4 12 (8.51%) QA Analyst
4 12 (8.51%) Tester
5 11 (7.80%) QA Tester
6 10 (7.09%) Scala Developer
7 8 (5.67%) Test Engineer
8 7 (4.96%) Business Analyst
8 7 (4.96%) Consultant
8 7 (4.96%) QA Test Analyst
9 6 (4.26%) DBA
9 6 (4.26%) Java Developer
10 5 (3.55%) Data Analyst
10 5 (3.55%) E-Commerce Analyst
10 5 (3.55%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
10 5 (3.55%) Production DBA
10 5 (3.55%) Service Desk Manager
10 5 (3.55%) Service Manager
11 4 (2.84%) UI/UX Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (19.15%) Gherkin
2 19 (13.48%) XML
3 18 (12.77%) RESTful
3 18 (12.77%) Web Services
4 14 (9.93%) HTML
5 12 (8.51%) CSS
6 11 (7.80%) HTML5
6 11 (7.80%) Play Framework
7 10 (7.09%) .NET
7 10 (7.09%) LESS
7 10 (7.09%) Node.js
7 10 (7.09%) REST
7 10 (7.09%) Sass
7 10 (7.09%) YAML
8 9 (6.38%) SOAP
9 5 (3.55%) JSON
10 4 (2.84%) .NET Framework
10 4 (2.84%) Spring
10 4 (2.84%) WSDL
10 4 (2.84%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 20 (14.18%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.26%) Clustering
3 5 (3.55%) User Experience
4 3 (2.13%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.13%) SCADA
5 2 (1.42%) AS400
5 2 (1.42%) FMCG
5 2 (1.42%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.42%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.42%) PKI
5 2 (1.42%) PMI
5 2 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.42%) Xbox
6 1 (0.71%) Blog
6 1 (0.71%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.71%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.71%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.71%) Replication
6 1 (0.71%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 17 (12.06%) Windows
2 10 (7.09%) Mac OS
2 10 (7.09%) Unix
3 7 (4.96%) Linux
4 4 (2.84%) Mac OS X
5 2 (1.42%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.42%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.71%) Android
6 1 (0.71%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.71%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (43.26%) Test Automation
2 59 (41.84%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (23.40%) Scrum
4 25 (17.73%) DevOps
5 22 (15.60%) TDD
6 21 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (14.89%) Problem-Solving
7 19 (13.48%) User Acceptance Testing
8 18 (12.77%) Kanban
9 17 (12.06%) Test Scripting
10 15 (10.64%) API Testing
11 14 (9.93%) Acceptance Criteria
11 14 (9.93%) Service Delivery
12 13 (9.22%) Defect Management
12 13 (9.22%) E-Commerce
12 13 (9.22%) Performance Testing
12 13 (9.22%) Test Strategy
13 12 (8.51%) Microservices
13 12 (8.51%) Pair Programming
13 12 (8.51%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (22.70%) SQL
2 30 (21.28%) Java
3 23 (16.31%) Groovy
4 20 (14.18%) Scala
5 17 (12.06%) Ruby
6 14 (9.93%) JavaScript
7 11 (7.80%) Bash Shell
8 6 (4.26%) PowerShell
9 3 (2.13%) C#
9 3 (2.13%) PHP
9 3 (2.13%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.71%) C
10 1 (0.71%) Lua
10 1 (0.71%) PHP 7
10 1 (0.71%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.71%) Python
10 1 (0.71%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.71%) VBA
Qualifications
1 17 (12.06%) ISTQB
2 15 (10.64%) ISEB
3 9 (6.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (2.84%) Degree
4 4 (2.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 4 (2.84%) Security Cleared
5 3 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.13%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.42%) PMI Certification
6 2 (1.42%) PMP
7 1 (0.71%) CHECK Team Leader
7 1 (0.71%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.71%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.71%) MBA
7 1 (0.71%) OSCE
7 1 (0.71%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.96%) Data Quality
2 3 (2.13%) ISO 14001
2 3 (2.13%) ISO 9001
2 3 (2.13%) PMO
3 2 (1.42%) GDPR
3 2 (1.42%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.71%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 14 (9.93%) Docker
2 3 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (1.42%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (8.51%) Kibana
2 10 (7.09%) Grafana
2 10 (7.09%) Graphite
3 5 (3.55%) Failover Clustering
3 5 (3.55%) Microsoft Clustering
4 4 (2.84%) Ansible
5 3 (2.13%) SCCM
6 2 (1.42%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.71%) Nessus
7 1 (0.71%) Nmap
7 1 (0.71%) Puppet
Vendors
1 19 (13.48%) Oracle
2 12 (8.51%) Google
2 12 (8.51%) Splunk
3 9 (6.38%) Microsoft
4 7 (4.96%) Atlassian
5 4 (2.84%) SAP
6 3 (2.13%) CA
7 2 (1.42%) IBM
7 2 (1.42%) IBM Sterling
7 2 (1.42%) Pega
7 2 (1.42%) webMethods
8 1 (0.71%) BEA
8 1 (0.71%) Cisco
8 1 (0.71%) Dell
8 1 (0.71%) JD Edwards
8 1 (0.71%) Niku
8 1 (0.71%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.71%) Twitter
8 1 (0.71%) Zend