The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 19 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 28 46 54
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +8
Contract jobs citing QA 37 16 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 4.84% 2.44% 0.60%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 54.41% 42.11% 12.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 14 4
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£198 £350 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-43.57% -3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £150 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £425 £409
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £336
% change year-on-year
- +4.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.55 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+0.25% -12.50%
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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
68 38 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 8.89% 5.80% 4.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 28 10
Average daily rate £313 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £103 £157
10% offered a daily rate of more than £457 £510 £441
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £354 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% -2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 1
Average hourly rate £78.50 £16.00 £12.42
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+390.62% +28.82%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 19 September 2014.

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

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA.

1 21 (33.87%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (30.65%) Finance
3 17 (27.42%) Project Management
4 15 (24.19%) JavaScript
4 15 (24.19%) ITIL
5 14 (22.58%) CRM
5 14 (22.58%) Silverlight
5 14 (22.58%) Unit Testing
6 13 (20.97%) System Testing
6 13 (20.97%) iPad
6 13 (20.97%) Dynamics CRM
6 13 (20.97%) E-Commerce
7 12 (19.35%) SharePoint
7 12 (19.35%) Degree
7 12 (19.35%) Analytical Skills
8 11 (17.74%) PRINCE2
8 11 (17.74%) MS Office
9 10 (16.13%) SAP
9 10 (16.13%) ITIL Certification
9 10 (16.13%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (14.52%) Web Services
10 9 (14.52%) Banking
11 8 (12.90%) Computer Science
11 8 (12.90%) Management Information System
12 7 (11.29%) Workflow
12 7 (11.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 7 (11.29%) Integration Testing
12 7 (11.29%) Mentoring
13 6 (9.68%) E-Discovery
13 6 (9.68%) User Acceptance Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 12 (19.35%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (17.74%) MS Office
2 3 (4.84%) MS Excel
3 2 (3.23%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.61%) MS Project
4 1 (1.61%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (20.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (11.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (3.23%) TRIRIGA
4 1 (1.61%) SAP QM
4 1 (1.61%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (1.61%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.61%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.23%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.23%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (4.84%) Visual Studio
1 3 (4.84%) Selenium
1 3 (4.84%) Cucumber
1 3 (4.84%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (3.23%) WebDriver
2 2 (3.23%) JMeter
2 2 (3.23%) SoapUI
General
1 19 (30.65%) Finance
2 9 (14.52%) Banking
3 3 (4.84%) Retail
3 3 (4.84%) Billing
4 2 (3.23%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.61%) Publishing
5 1 (1.61%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (19.35%) Project Manager
1 12 (19.35%) Developer
2 11 (17.74%) Analyst
3 9 (14.52%) SAP Consultant
3 9 (14.52%) Consultant
3 9 (14.52%) Dynamics CRM Developer
3 9 (14.52%) CRM Developer
4 6 (9.68%) Architect
4 6 (9.68%) Data Analyst
5 5 (8.06%) Solutions Architect
6 4 (6.45%) Coordinator
6 4 (6.45%) CRM Architect
6 4 (6.45%) CRM Solutions Architect
7 3 (4.84%) Web Developer
8 2 (3.23%) Agile Project Manager
8 2 (3.23%) QA Automation Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Automation Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) QA Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Configuration Analyst
8 2 (3.23%) PMO Assistant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (22.58%) Silverlight
2 9 (14.52%) Web Services
3 5 (8.06%) .NET
4 3 (4.84%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (4.84%) ASP.NET
4 3 (4.84%) jQuery
5 2 (3.23%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.61%) WebCenter
6 1 (1.61%) CSS
6 1 (1.61%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (20.97%) iPad
2 12 (19.35%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (12.90%) Computer Science
3 8 (12.90%) Management Information System
4 3 (4.84%) Client/Server
5 2 (3.23%) Enterprise Storage
5 2 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.61%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.61%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 5 (8.06%) Windows
2 3 (4.84%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (33.87%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (27.42%) Project Management
3 15 (24.19%) ITIL
4 14 (22.58%) CRM
4 14 (22.58%) Unit Testing
5 13 (20.97%) System Testing
5 13 (20.97%) E-Commerce
6 11 (17.74%) PRINCE2
7 10 (16.13%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (11.29%) Workflow
8 7 (11.29%) Integration Testing
8 7 (11.29%) Mentoring
9 6 (9.68%) E-Discovery
9 6 (9.68%) User Acceptance Testing
10 5 (8.06%) MVC
10 5 (8.06%) Time Management
10 5 (8.06%) Waterfall
11 4 (6.45%) TDD
11 4 (6.45%) Incident Management
11 4 (6.45%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 15 (24.19%) JavaScript
2 5 (8.06%) C#
Qualifications
1 12 (19.35%) Degree
2 10 (16.13%) ITIL Certification
3 4 (6.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 3 (4.84%) ISTQB
5 2 (3.23%) SC Cleared
5 2 (3.23%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (1.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.61%) ISEB
6 1 (1.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 1 (1.61%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (3.23%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 10 (16.13%) SAP
2 3 (4.84%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.84%) Oracle
3 2 (3.23%) Cognos
3 2 (3.23%) ServiceNow