Period
to 25 July 2017

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 25 July 2017 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
25 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 58 42 69
Rank change year-on-year -16 +27 -27
Contract jobs citing QA 28 62 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 2.14% 4.04% 1.58%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.78% 31.16% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 52 23
Birmingham median daily rate £300 £268 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.15% -23.57% -9.68%
10th Percentile £196 £150 £209
90th Percentile £500 £400 £463
West Midlands median daily rate £325 £338 £350
% change year-on-year -3.70% -3.57% -9.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate £10.00 £8.50 £30.22
% change year-on-year +17.65% -71.87% +13.93%

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 113 199 162
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 8.62% 12.98% 10.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 152 111
Birmingham median daily rate £375 £331 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.21% -5.36% -9.68%
10th Percentile £213 £201 £185
90th Percentile £488 £450 £513
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £370 £365
% change year-on-year +1.35% +1.37% -1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 3
Birmingham median hourly rate £23.50 £33.75 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.37% +141.07% -38.46%
10th Percentile £11.50 £14.68 £12.60
90th Percentile £40.78 £43.75 £16.20
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -6.25% -29.67% +30.00%

QA
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

QA
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 25 July 2017.

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 25 July 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 11 (39.29%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (35.71%) SQL
3 8 (28.57%) Finance
3 8 (28.57%) JIRA
4 7 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 7 (25.00%) Waterfall
5 6 (21.43%) Scrum
5 6 (21.43%) Test Automation
6 5 (17.86%) Data Quality
6 5 (17.86%) Selenium
6 5 (17.86%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (17.86%) Banking
6 5 (17.86%) JavaScript
6 5 (17.86%) Functional Testing
6 5 (17.86%) Defect Management
7 4 (14.29%) HTML
7 4 (14.29%) SQL Server
7 4 (14.29%) Microsoft Excel
7 4 (14.29%) ISTQB
8 3 (10.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (10.71%) Retail
8 3 (10.71%) Software Testing
8 3 (10.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (10.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (10.71%) Test Management
8 3 (10.71%) ISEB
8 3 (10.71%) SMS
8 3 (10.71%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (10.71%) Visual Studio
8 3 (10.71%) CSS

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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 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2007
1 2 (7.14%) MS Exchange
1 2 (7.14%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.57%) Mule
2 1 (3.57%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 4 (14.29%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (3.57%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Actimize
Communications & Networking
1 3 (10.71%) SMS
2 2 (7.14%) WebEx
3 1 (3.57%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 3 (10.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (10.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (10.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.57%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 8 (28.57%) JIRA
2 5 (17.86%) Selenium
3 3 (10.71%) Visual Studio
4 2 (7.14%) HP UFT
4 2 (7.14%) YouTrack
5 1 (3.57%) Bower
5 1 (3.57%) Cucumber
5 1 (3.57%) Git (software)
5 1 (3.57%) Grunt
5 1 (3.57%) gulp
5 1 (3.57%) IntelliJ
5 1 (3.57%) Jasmine
5 1 (3.57%) JIRA Agile
5 1 (3.57%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (3.57%) PhantomJS
5 1 (3.57%) Protractor
5 1 (3.57%) SpecFlow
5 1 (3.57%) Sublime Text
5 1 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (3.57%) WebStorm
General
1 8 (28.57%) Finance
2 5 (17.86%) Banking
3 3 (10.71%) Retail
4 2 (7.14%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (39.29%) Analyst
2 5 (17.86%) Test Analyst
3 4 (14.29%) Data Analyst
4 3 (10.71%) Coordinator
4 3 (10.71%) QA Analyst
4 3 (10.71%) QA Manager
4 3 (10.71%) Tester
5 2 (7.14%) Banking Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Compliance Manager
5 2 (7.14%) Quality Manager
5 2 (7.14%) Test Coordinator
6 1 (3.57%) Architect
6 1 (3.57%) Consultant
6 1 (3.57%) Desktop Support
6 1 (3.57%) Junior
6 1 (3.57%) Project Coordinator
6 1 (3.57%) Senior Manager
6 1 (3.57%) Senior Software Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Software Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) HTML
2 3 (10.71%) .NET
2 3 (10.71%) CSS
3 2 (7.14%) AngularJS
4 1 (3.57%) .NET Framework
4 1 (3.57%) Gherkin
4 1 (3.57%) LESS
4 1 (3.57%) REST
4 1 (3.57%) Sass
4 1 (3.57%) SOAP
4 1 (3.57%) Spring
4 1 (3.57%) Spring Boot
4 1 (3.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 1 (3.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.14%) User Experience
2 1 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.57%) CMDB
2 1 (3.57%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.57%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 3 (10.71%) Windows
2 2 (7.14%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (39.29%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (25.00%) Waterfall
3 6 (21.43%) Scrum
3 6 (21.43%) Test Automation
4 5 (17.86%) Defect Management
4 5 (17.86%) Functional Testing
4 5 (17.86%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (10.71%) Analytics
5 3 (10.71%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (10.71%) ITIL
5 3 (10.71%) Migration
5 3 (10.71%) QA Automation
5 3 (10.71%) Scenario Testing
5 3 (10.71%) SDLC
5 3 (10.71%) Software Testing
5 3 (10.71%) Test Management
6 2 (7.14%) Logistics
6 2 (7.14%) Software Engineering
6 2 (7.14%) Test Scripting
6 2 (7.14%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 10 (35.71%) SQL
2 5 (17.86%) JavaScript
3 2 (7.14%) Java
4 1 (3.57%) C++
4 1 (3.57%) PowerShell
4 1 (3.57%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 3 (10.71%) ISEB
3 2 (7.14%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (3.57%) Degree
4 1 (3.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (3.57%) MCP
4 1 (3.57%) MCSE
4 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (3.57%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (17.86%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.57%) PMO
2 1 (3.57%) WAI
2 1 (3.57%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (7.14%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (7.14%) Cisco
2 2 (7.14%) CollabNet
2 2 (7.14%) HP
2 2 (7.14%) Remedy
3 1 (3.57%) Equitrac
3 1 (3.57%) Oracle