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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 25 52 53
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 40 9 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 5.34% 1.36% 0.60%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 54.05% 31.03% 12.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 8 4
Average daily rate
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£238 £419 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-43.28% +15.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £328 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £409
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
- +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.71 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-31.45% -
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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
74 29 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 9.88% 4.39% 4.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 21 11
Average daily rate £313 £406 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.07% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £130 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £454 £498 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Average hourly rate £13.87 £20.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.65% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -17.64%

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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 28 August 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

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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 28 August 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 20 (31.25%) Finance
2 17 (26.56%) Project Management
2 17 (26.56%) JavaScript
3 15 (23.44%) ITIL
3 15 (23.44%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (21.88%) Silverlight
4 14 (21.88%) Unit Testing
4 14 (21.88%) CRM
5 13 (20.31%) E-Commerce
5 13 (20.31%) PRINCE2
5 13 (20.31%) System Testing
5 13 (20.31%) Degree
5 13 (20.31%) Dynamics CRM
5 13 (20.31%) iPad
6 12 (18.75%) MS Office
7 11 (17.19%) SharePoint
7 11 (17.19%) Stakeholder Management
8 10 (15.63%) SAP
8 10 (15.63%) ITIL Certification
9 9 (14.06%) Web Services
9 9 (14.06%) Banking
10 8 (12.50%) Computer Science
10 8 (12.50%) Windows
10 8 (12.50%) Management Information System
11 7 (10.94%) MVC
11 7 (10.94%) C#
11 7 (10.94%) .NET
11 7 (10.94%) Integration Testing
11 7 (10.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 6 (9.38%) Incident Management

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Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 11 (17.19%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.56%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.56%) Office Communications Server
2 1 (1.56%) Lync
Applications
1 12 (18.75%) MS Office
2 3 (4.69%) MS Excel
3 2 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.56%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (1.56%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 13 (20.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (10.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (3.13%) TRIRIGA
4 1 (1.56%) SAP SRM
4 1 (1.56%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (1.56%) SAP QM
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.13%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.13%) RTP
2 1 (1.56%) Unified Communications
2 1 (1.56%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.13%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (7.81%) Visual Studio
1 5 (7.81%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (4.69%) Cucumber
2 3 (4.69%) Selenium
3 2 (3.13%) SoapUI
3 2 (3.13%) WebDriver
3 2 (3.13%) JMeter
General
1 20 (31.25%) Finance
2 9 (14.06%) Banking
3 3 (4.69%) Retail
3 3 (4.69%) Billing
4 2 (3.13%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.56%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.56%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 14 (21.88%) Developer
2 13 (20.31%) Project Manager
3 11 (17.19%) Analyst
4 10 (15.63%) Consultant
5 9 (14.06%) SAP Consultant
5 9 (14.06%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 9 (14.06%) CRM Developer
6 6 (9.38%) Architect
7 5 (7.81%) Solutions Architect
7 5 (7.81%) Web Developer
7 5 (7.81%) Data Analyst
8 4 (6.25%) CRM Architect
8 4 (6.25%) CRM Solutions Architect
9 2 (3.13%) Transformation Project Manager
9 2 (3.13%) QA Automation Engineer
9 2 (3.13%) Automation Engineer
9 2 (3.13%) Test Engineer
9 2 (3.13%) Agile Project Manager
9 2 (3.13%) PMO Manager
9 2 (3.13%) PMO Assistant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (21.88%) Silverlight
2 9 (14.06%) Web Services
3 7 (10.94%) .NET
4 5 (7.81%) ASP.NET
4 5 (7.81%) jQuery
4 5 (7.81%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (3.13%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.56%) CSS
6 1 (1.56%) WebCenter
6 1 (1.56%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (20.31%) iPad
2 8 (12.50%) Management Information System
2 8 (12.50%) Computer Science
3 3 (4.69%) Client/Server
4 2 (3.13%) Enterprise Storage
4 2 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.56%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.56%) PMI
5 1 (1.56%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 8 (12.50%) Windows
2 5 (7.81%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (26.56%) Project Management
2 15 (23.44%) ITIL
2 15 (23.44%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (21.88%) CRM
3 14 (21.88%) Unit Testing
4 13 (20.31%) E-Commerce
4 13 (20.31%) PRINCE2
4 13 (20.31%) System Testing
5 11 (17.19%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (10.94%) Integration Testing
6 7 (10.94%) MVC
7 6 (9.38%) Workflow
7 6 (9.38%) Incident Management
7 6 (9.38%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (9.38%) E-Discovery
7 6 (9.38%) Root Cause Analysis
8 5 (7.81%) Waterfall
8 5 (7.81%) Scrum
9 4 (6.25%) Technical Architecture
9 4 (6.25%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 17 (26.56%) JavaScript
2 7 (10.94%) C#
Qualifications
1 13 (20.31%) Degree
2 10 (15.63%) ITIL Certification
3 4 (6.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 3 (4.69%) ISTQB
5 2 (3.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 2 (3.13%) SC Cleared
5 2 (3.13%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.56%) PMP
6 1 (1.56%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.56%) MCITP
6 1 (1.56%) MCSE
6 1 (1.56%) ISEB
6 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.56%) P3O
System Software
1 2 (3.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (3.13%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 10 (15.63%) SAP
2 5 (7.81%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.69%) Oracle
4 2 (3.13%) ServiceNow
4 2 (3.13%) Cognos