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 August 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 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 38 47 27
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -20
Contract jobs citing QA 32 11 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 4.22% 1.49% 5.45%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 49.23% 21.57% 50.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 8 15
Median daily rate £250 £309 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.02% +23.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £258 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £384 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £18.68 £14.61
% change year-on-year
+33.83% +27.90%
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
65 51 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 8.58% 6.93% 10.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 29 39
Median daily rate £375 £348 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.91% -5.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £218 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £467 £545 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £408 £382
% change year-on-year
-1.84% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 3
Median hourly rate £17.75 £22.64 £13.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.59% +63.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.95 £14.51 £12.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.55 £129.63 £118.77
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £24.75 £19.75
% change year-on-year
+13.73% +25.31%

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 August 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 August 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 22 (33.33%) Finance
2 20 (30.30%) Risk Management
3 18 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (25.76%) PRINCE2
5 16 (24.24%) Analytical Skills
6 15 (22.73%) Web Development
7 13 (19.70%) MS Office
7 13 (19.70%) Project Planning
8 12 (18.18%) Use Case
8 12 (18.18%) User Experience
8 12 (18.18%) User Stories
8 12 (18.18%) Translating Business Requirements
8 12 (18.18%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
8 12 (18.18%) UML
9 11 (16.67%) Change Management
9 11 (16.67%) Legal
9 11 (16.67%) HTML
9 11 (16.67%) Java
9 11 (16.67%) JavaScript
9 11 (16.67%) CSS
9 11 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
10 10 (15.15%) BDD
10 10 (15.15%) SDLC
10 10 (15.15%) MS Excel
11 9 (13.64%) Selenium
11 9 (13.64%) Functional Testing
11 9 (13.64%) Mobile App
11 9 (13.64%) Test Automation
11 9 (13.64%) WebDriver
12 8 (12.12%) Cucumber

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 (3.03%) Apache
1 2 (3.03%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.52%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 13 (19.70%) MS Office
2 10 (15.15%) MS Excel
3 8 (12.12%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (3.03%) MS Project
5 1 (1.52%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.52%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.03%) LAN
2 1 (1.52%) HTTP
2 1 (1.52%) Network Security
2 1 (1.52%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (1.52%) WAN
2 1 (1.52%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.06%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.52%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 9 (13.64%) Selenium
1 9 (13.64%) WebDriver
2 8 (12.12%) Cucumber
3 3 (4.55%) Subversion
3 3 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (3.03%) Ant
4 2 (3.03%) Eclipse
4 2 (3.03%) JUnit
4 2 (3.03%) Maven
4 2 (3.03%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.52%) Git (software)
5 1 (1.52%) Jenkins
5 1 (1.52%) JIRA
5 1 (1.52%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 22 (33.33%) Finance
2 11 (16.67%) Legal
3 5 (7.58%) Retail
4 3 (4.55%) Banking
5 2 (3.03%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.52%) Law
6 1 (1.52%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 19 (28.79%) Analyst
2 15 (22.73%) Business Analyst
3 12 (18.18%) Digital Analyst
3 12 (18.18%) Digital Business Analyst
3 12 (18.18%) QA Tester
3 12 (18.18%) Tester
4 11 (16.67%) Project Manager
5 8 (12.12%) Automation Tester
5 8 (12.12%) QA Automation Tester
6 6 (9.09%) IT Manager
6 6 (9.09%) IT Project Manager
7 5 (7.58%) Consultant
7 5 (7.58%) Governance Manager
8 4 (6.06%) Developer
9 3 (4.55%) Business Change Manager
9 3 (4.55%) Business Change Project Manager
9 3 (4.55%) ERP Project Manager
9 3 (4.55%) Governance Consultant
9 3 (4.55%) Information Governance Consultant
9 3 (4.55%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.67%) CSS
1 11 (16.67%) HTML
2 3 (4.55%) .NET
2 3 (4.55%) XML
3 2 (3.03%) ASP.NET
3 2 (3.03%) J2EE
3 2 (3.03%) jQuery
3 2 (3.03%) JSP
3 2 (3.03%) JSTL
4 1 (1.52%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (1.52%) ASP.NET MVC 4
4 1 (1.52%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (1.52%) REST
4 1 (1.52%) SOAP
4 1 (1.52%) WCF
4 1 (1.52%) Web Services
4 1 (1.52%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 16 (24.24%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (18.18%) User Experience
3 9 (13.64%) Mobile App
4 5 (7.58%) NHS
4 5 (7.58%) PMI
5 4 (6.06%) Virtual Team
6 2 (3.03%) Data Centre
7 1 (1.52%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.52%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.03%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (30.30%) Risk Management
2 18 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (25.76%) PRINCE2
4 15 (22.73%) Web Development
5 13 (19.70%) Project Planning
6 12 (18.18%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
6 12 (18.18%) Translating Business Requirements
6 12 (18.18%) UML
6 12 (18.18%) Use Case
6 12 (18.18%) User Stories
7 11 (16.67%) Change Management
7 11 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
8 10 (15.15%) BDD
8 10 (15.15%) SDLC
9 9 (13.64%) Functional Testing
9 9 (13.64%) Test Automation
10 8 (12.12%) Non-Functional Testing
10 8 (12.12%) Project Management
10 8 (12.12%) QA Automation
10 8 (12.12%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (16.67%) Java
1 11 (16.67%) JavaScript
2 3 (4.55%) SQL
3 2 (3.03%) C#
4 1 (1.52%) PL/SQL
4 1 (1.52%) Python
4 1 (1.52%) Ruby
4 1 (1.52%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.52%) VB.NET
4 1 (1.52%) VBA
4 1 (1.52%) XPath
Qualifications
1 6 (9.09%) PMP
2 5 (7.58%) PMI Certification
3 4 (6.06%) Degree
3 4 (6.06%) Security Cleared
4 2 (3.03%) CCNP
4 2 (3.03%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (3.03%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.52%) APMP
5 1 (1.52%) ISEB
5 1 (1.52%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.03%) SLA
2 1 (1.52%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 3 (4.55%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.52%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 6 (9.09%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.55%) HP
3 2 (3.03%) Oracle
4 1 (1.52%) Cisco
4 1 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.52%) SAP