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 4 March 2015 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 39 23 35
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +12
Contract jobs citing QA 15 33 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 2.35% 5.83% 3.36%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.78% 61.11% 41.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 8 11
Average daily rate
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£381 £410 £175
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.89% +134.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £298 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £457 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Average hourly rate - - £13.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.25 £16.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+120.31% -41.81%
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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
54 54 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 8.48% 9.54% 8.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 17 19
Average daily rate £363 £370 £200
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.02% +85.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £179 £204 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £518 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £370 £330
% change year-on-year
+2.70% +12.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 7
Average hourly rate £26.00 £13.00 £13.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -1.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £16.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.12% -17.50%

QA
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 4 March 2015.

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 4 March 2015, 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 10 (29.41%) Finance
2 7 (20.59%) Migration
3 6 (17.65%) ITIL
3 6 (17.65%) Incident Management
3 6 (17.65%) Root Cause Analysis
4 5 (14.71%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (14.71%) MS Excel
4 5 (14.71%) VBA
4 5 (14.71%) Microsoft
4 5 (14.71%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (11.76%) Banking
5 4 (11.76%) MVC
5 4 (11.76%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (11.76%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (11.76%) E-Discovery
5 4 (11.76%) Problem Management
5 4 (11.76%) Time Management
5 4 (11.76%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (11.76%) Data Entry
5 4 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (8.82%) Data Migration
6 3 (8.82%) Manual Testing
6 3 (8.82%) Test Strategy
6 3 (8.82%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (8.82%) Windows
6 3 (8.82%) .NET
6 3 (8.82%) C#
6 3 (8.82%) Java
6 3 (8.82%) MS Office
6 3 (8.82%) Scrum

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Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, 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 1 (2.94%) Oracle Service Bus
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle BPEL
1 1 (2.94%) Node.js
1 1 (2.94%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (14.71%) MS Excel
2 4 (11.76%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (8.82%) MS Office
4 1 (2.94%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.94%) MS Project
4 1 (2.94%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) Firewall
1 2 (5.88%) SSL
1 2 (5.88%) Network Security
2 1 (2.94%) Unified Communications
2 1 (2.94%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) QlikView
1 1 (2.94%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (5.88%) Visual Studio
2 2 (5.88%) Selenium
3 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
3 1 (2.94%) Jenkins
General
1 10 (29.41%) Finance
2 4 (11.76%) Banking
3 1 (2.94%) Billing
Job Titles
1 11 (32.35%) Analyst
2 4 (11.76%) Senior Analyst
2 4 (11.76%) Senior Support Analyst
2 4 (11.76%) Support Analyst
2 4 (11.76%) Coordinator
2 4 (11.76%) Incident Analyst
2 4 (11.76%) Senior Incident Analyst
3 3 (8.82%) Excel Specialist
3 3 (8.82%) Developer
3 3 (8.82%) Test Manager
3 3 (8.82%) Test Analyst
3 3 (8.82%) QA Manager
4 2 (5.88%) Report Analyst
4 2 (5.88%) Quality Manager
4 2 (5.88%) Systems Tester
4 2 (5.88%) Web Developer
4 2 (5.88%) Tester
4 2 (5.88%) IT Security Officer
4 2 (5.88%) Security Officer
5 1 (2.94%) Agile Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.82%) .NET
2 2 (5.88%) ASP.NET
2 2 (5.88%) Middleware
2 2 (5.88%) jQuery
2 2 (5.88%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 5 (14.71%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.82%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.82%) Windows
2 2 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (20.59%) Migration
2 6 (17.65%) ITIL
2 6 (17.65%) Incident Management
2 6 (17.65%) Root Cause Analysis
3 5 (14.71%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (11.76%) MVC
4 4 (11.76%) Continuous Improvement
4 4 (11.76%) E-Discovery
4 4 (11.76%) Problem Management
4 4 (11.76%) Time Management
4 4 (11.76%) Data Entry
5 3 (8.82%) Data Migration
5 3 (8.82%) Manual Testing
5 3 (8.82%) Test Strategy
5 3 (8.82%) Scrum
6 2 (5.88%) Penetration Testing
6 2 (5.88%) Security Management
6 2 (5.88%) SOA
6 2 (5.88%) User Stories
6 2 (5.88%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (14.71%) VBA
2 3 (8.82%) C#
2 3 (8.82%) Java
3 2 (5.88%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.94%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (5.88%) ISEB
1 2 (5.88%) CISSP
1 2 (5.88%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.94%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 5 (14.71%) Microsoft
2 4 (11.76%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (5.88%) HP
3 2 (5.88%) Qualys
4 1 (2.94%) Cisco
4 1 (2.94%) Avaya
4 1 (2.94%) Oracle
4 1 (2.94%) SAP