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 16 January 2017 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
16 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
West Midlands / Birmingham
Rank 48 46 29
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -17
Contract jobs citing QA 10 13 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 1.63% 2.10% 3.90%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.23% 31.71% 35.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 6 17
Median daily rate £363 £354 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.54% +102.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £244 £148
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Median hourly rate £19.00 £13.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.74% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £28.00 £33.45
% change year-on-year
-5.35% -16.29%

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
52 41 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 8.48% 6.62% 10.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 23 36
Median daily rate £425 £350 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.42% +40.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £167 £151
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £440 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.12% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 3
Median hourly rate £19.61 £15.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.73% -42.30%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £41.75 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-46.10% +77.65%

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
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 16 January 2017, 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 9 (32.14%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (28.57%) SDLC
3 6 (21.43%) Test Planning
3 6 (21.43%) Waterfall
4 5 (17.86%) Functional Testing
4 5 (17.86%) Test Scripting
4 5 (17.86%) Manual Testing
4 5 (17.86%) Automated Testing
4 5 (17.86%) ISTQB
4 5 (17.86%) ISEB
5 4 (14.29%) Microsoft
5 4 (14.29%) HTML
5 4 (14.29%) Change Management
5 4 (14.29%) Finance
5 4 (14.29%) Selenium
5 4 (14.29%) Retail
5 4 (14.29%) Mentoring
5 4 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (14.29%) Defect Management
6 3 (10.71%) Software Testing
6 3 (10.71%) Security Cleared
6 3 (10.71%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (10.71%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (10.71%) Banking
6 3 (10.71%) Project Management
6 3 (10.71%) JavaScript
6 3 (10.71%) SQL
6 3 (10.71%) CSS
6 3 (10.71%) Windows
7 2 (7.14%) .NET

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:

Applications
1 2 (7.14%) MS Excel
1 2 (7.14%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (3.57%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (3.57%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (3.57%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (3.57%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.57%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.57%) MS Access
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (14.29%) Selenium
2 1 (3.57%) JIRA
2 1 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.57%) WebDriver
2 1 (3.57%) YouTrack
General
1 4 (14.29%) Finance
1 4 (14.29%) Retail
2 3 (10.71%) Banking
3 2 (7.14%) Retail Banking
4 1 (3.57%) Legal
4 1 (3.57%) Marketing
4 1 (3.57%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 8 (28.57%) Test Manager
2 6 (21.43%) Analyst
3 4 (14.29%) Project Manager
4 3 (10.71%) QA Tester
4 3 (10.71%) Tester
5 2 (7.14%) Business Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Data Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) QA Automation Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) QA Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) QA Leader
5 2 (7.14%) Quality Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Test Leader
5 2 (7.14%) UAT Lead
6 1 (3.57%) Automation Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Automation Test Lead
6 1 (3.57%) Digital Analyst
6 1 (3.57%) Digital Business Analyst
6 1 (3.57%) ETL Tester
6 1 (3.57%) Public Sector Project Manager
6 1 (3.57%) QA Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) HTML
2 3 (10.71%) CSS
3 2 (7.14%) .NET
3 2 (7.14%) HTML5
4 1 (3.57%) AngularJS
4 1 (3.57%) CSS3
4 1 (3.57%) J2EE
4 1 (3.57%) XML
4 1 (3.57%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.14%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (7.14%) User Experience
3 1 (3.57%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 3 (10.71%) Windows
2 1 (3.57%) VMS
2 1 (3.57%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (32.14%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (28.57%) SDLC
3 6 (21.43%) Test Planning
3 6 (21.43%) Waterfall
4 5 (17.86%) Automated Testing
4 5 (17.86%) Functional Testing
4 5 (17.86%) Manual Testing
4 5 (17.86%) Test Scripting
5 4 (14.29%) Change Management
5 4 (14.29%) Defect Management
5 4 (14.29%) Mentoring
6 3 (10.71%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (10.71%) Project Management
6 3 (10.71%) Software Testing
7 2 (7.14%) Business Analysis
7 2 (7.14%) Data Analysis
7 2 (7.14%) Risk Management
7 2 (7.14%) Test Automation
7 2 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (7.14%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 3 (10.71%) JavaScript
1 3 (10.71%) SQL
2 2 (7.14%) Java
3 1 (3.57%) PHP
3 1 (3.57%) Python
3 1 (3.57%) Ruby
3 1 (3.57%) VBA
Qualifications
1 5 (17.86%) ISEB
1 5 (17.86%) ISTQB
2 3 (10.71%) Security Cleared
3 2 (7.14%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.57%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) Data Quality
1 1 (3.57%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (3.57%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 3 (10.71%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.57%) vRealize
Vendors
1 4 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 2 (7.14%) HP
3 1 (3.57%) Adobe
3 1 (3.57%) Remedy
3 1 (3.57%) SAP
3 1 (3.57%) VMware