The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 28 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 44 47 28
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -19
Contract jobs citing QA 22 11 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 2.91% 1.52% 4.68%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.29% 22.92% 50.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 6 12
Median daily rate £319 £344 £198
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.20% +74.05%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £309 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £725 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £23.00 £18.17
% change year-on-year
-39.13% +26.58%
QA
West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
59 48 71
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 7.79% 6.65% 9.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 26 33
Median daily rate £388 £350 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% +12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £231 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £665 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 2
Median hourly rate £11.75 £21.53 £78.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.41% -72.57%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £29.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.69% +47.50%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Birmingham region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Birmingham region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 28 September 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Birmingham region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 28 September 2016, 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for QA.

1 18 (31.58%) Finance
2 17 (29.82%) Risk Management
3 15 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (24.56%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (21.05%) Web Development
5 12 (21.05%) MS Office
5 12 (21.05%) PRINCE2
6 11 (19.30%) CSS
6 11 (19.30%) HTML
6 11 (19.30%) Java
6 11 (19.30%) JavaScript
6 11 (19.30%) Project Planning
6 11 (19.30%) Legal
6 11 (19.30%) Continuous Improvement
7 10 (17.54%) User Stories
7 10 (17.54%) User Experience
7 10 (17.54%) Translating Business Requirements
7 10 (17.54%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
7 10 (17.54%) Use Case
7 10 (17.54%) UML
8 9 (15.79%) MS Excel
8 9 (15.79%) Selenium
8 9 (15.79%) Functional Testing
8 9 (15.79%) Test Automation
8 9 (15.79%) WebDriver
8 9 (15.79%) BDD
9 8 (14.04%) Non-Functional Testing
9 8 (14.04%) Mobile App
9 8 (14.04%) Cucumber
9 8 (14.04%) SDLC

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham 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 2 (3.51%) Apache
1 2 (3.51%) Tomcat
Applications
1 12 (21.05%) MS Office
2 9 (15.79%) MS Excel
3 8 (14.04%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.75%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.51%) LAN
2 1 (1.75%) HTTP
2 1 (1.75%) Network Security
2 1 (1.75%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (1.75%) WAN
2 1 (1.75%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.77%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.75%) Data Mining
2 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (15.79%) Selenium
1 9 (15.79%) WebDriver
2 8 (14.04%) Cucumber
3 3 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (3.51%) Ant
4 2 (3.51%) Eclipse
4 2 (3.51%) JUnit
4 2 (3.51%) Maven
4 2 (3.51%) Subversion
5 1 (1.75%) Jenkins
5 1 (1.75%) JIRA
5 1 (1.75%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.75%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 18 (31.58%) Finance
2 11 (19.30%) Legal
3 5 (8.77%) Retail
4 3 (5.26%) Banking
5 2 (3.51%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.75%) Law
6 1 (1.75%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 16 (28.07%) Analyst
2 14 (24.56%) QA Tester
2 14 (24.56%) Tester
3 13 (22.81%) Business Analyst
4 10 (17.54%) Digital Analyst
4 10 (17.54%) Digital Business Analyst
5 8 (14.04%) Automation Tester
5 8 (14.04%) Project Manager
5 8 (14.04%) QA Automation Tester
6 4 (7.02%) IT Manager
6 4 (7.02%) IT Project Manager
7 3 (5.26%) Governance Manager
7 3 (5.26%) Service Manager
8 2 (3.51%) Business Change Manager
8 2 (3.51%) ERP Manager
8 2 (3.51%) Java Developer
8 2 (3.51%) QA Analyst
8 2 (3.51%) QA Leader
8 2 (3.51%) UAT Lead
8 2 (3.51%) Vendor Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (19.30%) CSS
1 11 (19.30%) HTML
2 3 (5.26%) XML
3 2 (3.51%) .NET
3 2 (3.51%) J2EE
3 2 (3.51%) jQuery
3 2 (3.51%) JSP
3 2 (3.51%) JSTL
4 1 (1.75%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.75%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 14 (24.56%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (17.54%) User Experience
3 8 (14.04%) Mobile App
4 5 (8.77%) PMI
5 4 (7.02%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.75%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.75%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.75%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 3 (5.26%) VMS
2 1 (1.75%) Windows
2 1 (1.75%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (29.82%) Risk Management
2 15 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (21.05%) PRINCE2
3 12 (21.05%) Web Development
4 11 (19.30%) Continuous Improvement
4 11 (19.30%) Project Planning
5 10 (17.54%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
5 10 (17.54%) Translating Business Requirements
5 10 (17.54%) UML
5 10 (17.54%) Use Case
5 10 (17.54%) User Stories
6 9 (15.79%) BDD
6 9 (15.79%) Functional Testing
6 9 (15.79%) Test Automation
7 8 (14.04%) Business Analysis
7 8 (14.04%) Change Management
7 8 (14.04%) Non-Functional Testing
7 8 (14.04%) QA Automation
7 8 (14.04%) SDLC
8 7 (12.28%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (19.30%) Java
1 11 (19.30%) JavaScript
2 5 (8.77%) SQL
3 1 (1.75%) C#
3 1 (1.75%) PL/SQL
3 1 (1.75%) Python
3 1 (1.75%) Ruby
3 1 (1.75%) T-SQL
3 1 (1.75%) VB.NET
3 1 (1.75%) VBA
Qualifications
1 6 (10.53%) PMP
2 5 (8.77%) PMI Certification
3 3 (5.26%) Degree
4 2 (3.51%) CCNP
4 2 (3.51%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (3.51%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.75%) APMP
5 1 (1.75%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.51%) SLA
2 1 (1.75%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (1.75%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 2 (3.51%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.75%) Tivoli
2 1 (1.75%) vRealize
Vendors
1 4 (7.02%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.51%) HP
3 1 (1.75%) Cisco
3 1 (1.75%) Oracle
3 1 (1.75%) SAP
3 1 (1.75%) VMware