Period
to 19 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 19 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Quality Assurance (QA)
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 73 65 45
Rank change year-on-year -8 -20 +20
Contract jobs citing QA 30 30 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 2.02% 2.12% 3.80%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.22% 23.08% 35.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 30 47
Birmingham median daily rate £425 £325 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.77% +30.00% -28.57%
10th Percentile £282 £235 £150
90th Percentile £500 £500 £400
West Midlands median daily rate £381 £325 £350
% change year-on-year +17.31% -7.14% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate - £10.00 £8.50
% change year-on-year - +17.65% -70.69%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Birmingham
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 185 130 165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 12.45% 9.17% 10.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 94 122
Birmingham median daily rate £400 £359 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.50% +2.50% -
10th Percentile £221 £214 £182
90th Percentile £583 £521 £483
West Midlands median daily rate £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 4
Birmingham median hourly rate £17.34 £41.50 £33.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.23% +22.96% +49.09%
10th Percentile £13.64 £19.03 £14.68
90th Percentile £37.70 £53.75 £43.75
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.44 £16.50 £17.75
% change year-on-year -12.48% -7.04% -43.54%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Birmingham

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Birmingham

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Birmingham over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Birmingham

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 19 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for QA.

1 14 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (30.00%) Selenium
3 8 (26.67%) Test Automation
3 8 (26.67%) SQL
4 7 (23.33%) JIRA
4 7 (23.33%) Cucumber
5 6 (20.00%) Manual Testing
5 6 (20.00%) TDD
5 6 (20.00%) Microsoft
5 6 (20.00%) Java
5 6 (20.00%) Web Services
6 5 (16.67%) SAP
6 5 (16.67%) SOAP
6 5 (16.67%) ISTQB
6 5 (16.67%) RESTful
6 5 (16.67%) BDD
6 5 (16.67%) Open Source
6 5 (16.67%) Jenkins
6 5 (16.67%) SDLC
6 5 (16.67%) API Testing
7 4 (13.33%) DevOps
7 4 (13.33%) SuccessFactors
7 4 (13.33%) SoapUI
7 4 (13.33%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (13.33%) Lean Six Sigma
7 4 (13.33%) ISO 14001
7 4 (13.33%) ERP
7 4 (13.33%) MS Visio
7 4 (13.33%) ISO 9001

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Co-occurring 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 (6.67%) Confluence
2 1 (3.33%) Apache
2 1 (3.33%) CMS
2 1 (3.33%) Drupal
2 1 (3.33%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (3.33%) MS Project Server
2 1 (3.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 4 (13.33%) MS Visio
2 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (3.33%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (13.33%) SAP HR
2 3 (10.00%) SAP HCM
3 1 (3.33%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (3.33%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 4 (13.33%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (3.33%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.67%) MySQL
3 1 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.33%) EDMS
3 1 (3.33%) NoSQL
3 1 (3.33%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (3.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (30.00%) Selenium
2 7 (23.33%) Cucumber
2 7 (23.33%) JIRA
3 5 (16.67%) Jenkins
4 4 (13.33%) SoapUI
5 3 (10.00%) HP UFT
5 3 (10.00%) Protractor
5 3 (10.00%) Sahi
5 3 (10.00%) WATIR
6 2 (6.67%) JMeter
6 2 (6.67%) WebDriver
7 1 (3.33%) Git (software)
7 1 (3.33%) GitLab
7 1 (3.33%) JUnit
7 1 (3.33%) Mockito
7 1 (3.33%) PHPUnit
7 1 (3.33%) SpecFlow
7 1 (3.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (3.33%) Back Office
1 1 (3.33%) Finance
1 1 (3.33%) German Language
1 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (23.33%) Analyst
2 4 (13.33%) Process Analyst
2 4 (13.33%) QA Tester
2 4 (13.33%) Tester
3 3 (10.00%) Business Process Analyst
3 3 (10.00%) HR Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) Consultant
4 2 (6.67%) Developer
4 2 (6.67%) ERP Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) Head of IT
4 2 (6.67%) Head of IT Operations
4 2 (6.67%) Head of Operations
4 2 (6.67%) QA Engineer
4 2 (6.67%) Quality Manager
4 2 (6.67%) SAP Consultant
4 2 (6.67%) SAP HCM Consultant
4 2 (6.67%) Web Manager
5 1 (3.33%) PMO Manager
5 1 (3.33%) SAP Architect
5 1 (3.33%) Web Content Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (20.00%) Web Services
2 5 (16.67%) RESTful
2 5 (16.67%) SOAP
3 4 (13.33%) XML
4 3 (10.00%) .NET
5 2 (6.67%) .NET Framework
6 1 (3.33%) AngularJS
6 1 (3.33%) Behat
6 1 (3.33%) Doctrine
6 1 (3.33%) Gherkin
6 1 (3.33%) Hibernate
6 1 (3.33%) J2EE
6 1 (3.33%) Java EE
6 1 (3.33%) JMS
6 1 (3.33%) JPA
6 1 (3.33%) JSON
6 1 (3.33%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (3.33%) REST
6 1 (3.33%) SAP Basis
6 1 (3.33%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.67%) Management Information System
2 2 (6.67%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (3.33%) Blog
3 1 (3.33%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (3.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.33%) Linux
1 1 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (3.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (26.67%) Test Automation
3 6 (20.00%) Manual Testing
3 6 (20.00%) TDD
4 5 (16.67%) API Testing
4 5 (16.67%) BDD
4 5 (16.67%) Open Source
4 5 (16.67%) SDLC
5 4 (13.33%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (13.33%) DevOps
5 4 (13.33%) ERP
5 4 (13.33%) Lean Six Sigma
5 4 (13.33%) Six Sigma
6 3 (10.00%) Data Privacy
6 3 (10.00%) ETL
6 3 (10.00%) Process Improvement
6 3 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Management
7 2 (6.67%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 8 (26.67%) SQL
2 6 (20.00%) Java
3 3 (10.00%) Ruby
4 1 (3.33%) C#
4 1 (3.33%) PHP
4 1 (3.33%) PHP 7
Qualifications
1 5 (16.67%) ISTQB
2 4 (13.33%) ISEB
3 3 (10.00%) Degree
4 2 (6.67%) SC Cleared
4 2 (6.67%) Security Cleared
5 1 (3.33%) HNC
5 1 (3.33%) HND
5 1 (3.33%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.33%) ISO 14001
1 4 (13.33%) ISO 9001
2 2 (6.67%) Data Quality
2 2 (6.67%) PMO
3 1 (3.33%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.33%) Kibana
1 1 (3.33%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 6 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (16.67%) SAP
3 4 (13.33%) Oracle
4 1 (3.33%) Cisco
4 1 (3.33%) Splunk
4 1 (3.33%) Tripwire
4 1 (3.33%) Zend