Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 75 70 63
Rank change year-on-year -5 -7 -26
Contract jobs citing QA 26 26 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.65% 1.90% 1.86%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 12.15% 20.00% 21.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 18 13
Birmingham median daily rate £340 £356 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.56% +1.79% +79.49%
10th Percentile £288 £300 £177
90th Percentile £438 £438 £695
West Midlands median daily rate £350 £385 £400
% change year-on-year -9.09% -3.75% +23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Birmingham median hourly rate £16.21 £19.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.68% +40.74% -
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.21 £28.00 £17.04
% change year-on-year -42.11% +64.37% -45.82%

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 214 130 111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 13.61% 9.51% 8.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 83 67
Birmingham median daily rate £413 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +23.08% +18.18%
10th Percentile £213 £237 £179
90th Percentile £525 £545 £471
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £375 £393
% change year-on-year +3.33% -4.46% +18.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 4 9
Birmingham median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +26.67% -42.31%
10th Percentile £8.39 £12.99 £10.36
90th Percentile £53.75 £23.71 £56.50
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.50 £25.00 £21.26
% change year-on-year -26.00% +17.58% -3.35%

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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 22 January 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 22 January 2018, 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 12 (46.15%) Retail
2 11 (42.31%) Finance
3 8 (30.77%) PMI
3 8 (30.77%) PMP
3 8 (30.77%) PMI Certification
3 8 (30.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (30.77%) Microsoft Project
3 8 (30.77%) PRINCE2
3 8 (30.77%) Project Planning
3 8 (30.77%) Project Governance
3 8 (30.77%) Change Control
4 7 (26.92%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (19.23%) Test Scripting
6 4 (15.38%) PMO
6 4 (15.38%) .NET
6 4 (15.38%) Scrum
6 4 (15.38%) PCI DSS
6 4 (15.38%) FMCG
6 4 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (15.38%) Test Automation
6 4 (15.38%) Logistics
7 3 (11.54%) Degree
7 3 (11.54%) Web Development
7 3 (11.54%) Data Mapping
7 3 (11.54%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (11.54%) HTML5
7 3 (11.54%) Data Migration
7 3 (11.54%) Project Management
7 3 (11.54%) Migration
7 3 (11.54%) Web Services

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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 1 (3.85%) CMS
1 1 (3.85%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (30.77%) Microsoft Excel
1 8 (30.77%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (3.85%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.85%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.69%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (11.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (7.69%) Mercurial
2 2 (7.69%) Selenium
3 1 (3.85%) Cucumber
3 1 (3.85%) WebDriver
General
1 12 (46.15%) Retail
2 11 (42.31%) Finance
3 2 (7.69%) Banking
3 2 (7.69%) Retail Banking
4 1 (3.85%) Financial Institution
4 1 (3.85%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.85%) Law
4 1 (3.85%) Legal
4 1 (3.85%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 10 (38.46%) Project Manager
2 8 (30.77%) Analyst
2 8 (30.77%) Junior
2 8 (30.77%) Junior Project Manager
3 5 (19.23%) Coordinator
3 5 (19.23%) IT Manager
3 5 (19.23%) IT Project Manager
3 5 (19.23%) IT Security Manager
3 5 (19.23%) IT Security Project Manager
3 5 (19.23%) Junior IT Manager
3 5 (19.23%) Junior IT Project Manager
3 5 (19.23%) Junior Project Coordinator
3 5 (19.23%) Project Coordinator
3 5 (19.23%) Security Manager
3 5 (19.23%) Security Project Manager
4 4 (15.38%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 4 (15.38%) IT Infrastructure Manager
4 4 (15.38%) IT Infrastructure Project Manager
4 4 (15.38%) Junior Infrastructure Project Manager
4 4 (15.38%) PCI DSS Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) .NET
2 3 (11.54%) HTML
2 3 (11.54%) HTML5
2 3 (11.54%) Web Services
3 2 (7.69%) .NET Framework
3 2 (7.69%) AngularJS
3 2 (7.69%) Backbone.js
3 2 (7.69%) CSS
3 2 (7.69%) CSS3
3 2 (7.69%) jQuery
3 2 (7.69%) LESS
3 2 (7.69%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 8 (30.77%) PMI
2 4 (15.38%) FMCG
3 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.85%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (3.85%) Derivative
3 1 (3.85%) Digital Media
3 1 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (3.85%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (3.85%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (3.85%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.85%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (30.77%) Change Control
1 8 (30.77%) PRINCE2
1 8 (30.77%) Project Governance
1 8 (30.77%) Project Planning
2 7 (26.92%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (19.23%) Test Scripting
4 4 (15.38%) Logistics
4 4 (15.38%) Scrum
4 4 (15.38%) Test Automation
4 4 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (11.54%) CRM
5 3 (11.54%) Data Mapping
5 3 (11.54%) Data Migration
5 3 (11.54%) E-Commerce
5 3 (11.54%) Migration
5 3 (11.54%) Project Management
5 3 (11.54%) Web Development
6 2 (7.69%) Data Governance
6 2 (7.69%) Data Protection
6 2 (7.69%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 3 (11.54%) C#
1 3 (11.54%) JavaScript
2 2 (7.69%) Java
2 2 (7.69%) SQL
2 2 (7.69%) T-SQL
3 1 (3.85%) C++
3 1 (3.85%) PHP
Qualifications
1 8 (30.77%) PMI Certification
1 8 (30.77%) PMP
2 3 (11.54%) Degree
3 2 (7.69%) ISEB
4 1 (3.85%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (3.85%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (3.85%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (15.38%) PCI DSS
1 4 (15.38%) PMO
2 2 (7.69%) Data Quality
2 2 (7.69%) GDPR
3 1 (3.85%) SEPA
Vendors
1 3 (11.54%) Ingenico
2 2 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 2 (7.69%) Serena