Period
to 26 May 2020

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 26 May 2020 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
26 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 53 64 73
Rank change year-on-year +11 +9 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 18 26 26
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Birmingham 2.55% 2.06% 1.69%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.71% 20.00% 14.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 23 25
Median daily rate £538 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.47% +6.25% +28.00%
10th Percentile £425 £246 £331
90th Percentile £853 £575 £495
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £419 £377
% change year-on-year +7.46% +11.15% -2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £16.21
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £17.36

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 70 130 183
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 9.90% 10.32% 11.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 101 118
Median daily rate £500 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £284 £190 £215
90th Percentile £710 £600 £516
West Midlands median daily rate £460 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +9.52% +5.00% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 3 12
Median hourly rate £20.56 £35.00 £19.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.27% +75.92% +65.79%
10th Percentile £13.50 £25.00 £10.91
90th Percentile £35.00 £40.00 £75.20
Median hourly rate £20.00 £35.00 £23.40
% change year-on-year -42.86% +49.60% +39.67%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Birmingham

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing QA in Birmingham.

Daily rate trend for QA in Birmingham

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Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing QA in Birmingham over the 6 months to 26 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for QA in Birmingham

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing QA in Birmingham.

Hourly rate trend for QA in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 26 May 2020, 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 7 (38.89%) PostgreSQL
1 7 (38.89%) Test Automation
2 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (27.78%) Finance
3 5 (27.78%) Business Analysis
3 5 (27.78%) Oracle
3 5 (27.78%) SQL Server
3 5 (27.78%) SDLC
3 5 (27.78%) User Experience
4 4 (22.22%) Feasibility Study
4 4 (22.22%) Reinsurance
4 4 (22.22%) Front End Development
4 4 (22.22%) Financial Analysis
4 4 (22.22%) Memcached
4 4 (22.22%) MongoDB
4 4 (22.22%) Redis
4 4 (22.22%) Relational Database
4 4 (22.22%) Python
4 4 (22.22%) Public Sector
5 3 (16.67%) CSS
5 3 (16.67%) C#
5 3 (16.67%) HTML
5 3 (16.67%) Java
5 3 (16.67%) Legal
5 3 (16.67%) jQuery
5 3 (16.67%) SQL
5 3 (16.67%) HTML5
5 3 (16.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (16.67%) Cybersecurity
5 3 (16.67%) DevOps

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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 (11.11%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (5.56%) ArcGIS
2 1 (5.56%) Confluence
2 1 (5.56%) NetWeaver
2 1 (5.56%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.11%) AWS
1 2 (11.11%) Azure
1 2 (11.11%) PaaS
2 1 (5.56%) Logic Apps
2 1 (5.56%) Office 365
2 1 (5.56%) OneDrive
2 1 (5.56%) OpenShift
2 1 (5.56%) Power Automate
2 1 (5.56%) Power Platform
2 1 (5.56%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) Firewall
1 1 (5.56%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (38.89%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (27.78%) SQL Server
3 4 (22.22%) MongoDB
3 4 (22.22%) Redis
3 4 (22.22%) Relational Database
4 1 (5.56%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (5.56%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (5.56%) GIS
4 1 (5.56%) Power BI
4 1 (5.56%) SAP BW
4 1 (5.56%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 3 (16.67%) webpack
2 1 (5.56%) Git (software)
2 1 (5.56%) JIRA
2 1 (5.56%) RSpec
2 1 (5.56%) Selenium
2 1 (5.56%) SpecFlow
2 1 (5.56%) Zephyr
General
1 5 (27.78%) Finance
2 4 (22.22%) Public Sector
3 3 (16.67%) Legal
4 2 (11.11%) Automotive
4 2 (11.11%) Manufacturing
5 1 (5.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (11.11%) Automation Tester
1 2 (11.11%) Developer
1 2 (11.11%) Product Owner
1 2 (11.11%) Ruby on Rails Developer
1 2 (11.11%) Test Manager
1 2 (11.11%) Tester
2 1 (5.56%) Agile Tester
2 1 (5.56%) Architect
2 1 (5.56%) Chief Information Security Officer
2 1 (5.56%) Consultant
2 1 (5.56%) Data Architect
2 1 (5.56%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
2 1 (5.56%) Head of Development
2 1 (5.56%) QA Tester
2 1 (5.56%) SAP BW Consultant
2 1 (5.56%) SAP Consultant
2 1 (5.56%) Security Engineer
2 1 (5.56%) Selenium Tester
2 1 (5.56%) Test Leader
2 1 (5.56%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (22.22%) Memcached
2 3 (16.67%) CSS
2 3 (16.67%) HTML
2 3 (16.67%) HTML5
2 3 (16.67%) jQuery
2 3 (16.67%) React
2 3 (16.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 2 (11.11%) Ruby on Rails
4 1 (5.56%) Lambda Expressions
Miscellaneous
1 5 (27.78%) User Experience
2 4 (22.22%) Reinsurance
3 2 (11.11%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (11.11%) NHS
4 1 (5.56%) Cyberattack
4 1 (5.56%) Data Centre
4 1 (5.56%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Windows
1 1 (5.56%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (38.89%) Test Automation
2 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (27.78%) Business Analysis
3 5 (27.78%) SDLC
4 4 (22.22%) Feasibility Study
4 4 (22.22%) Financial Analysis
4 4 (22.22%) Front End Development
5 3 (16.67%) Cybersecurity
5 3 (16.67%) DevOps
6 2 (11.11%) Coaching
6 2 (11.11%) Data Management
6 2 (11.11%) Data Modelling
6 2 (11.11%) Information Security
6 2 (11.11%) Manual Testing
6 2 (11.11%) Mentoring
6 2 (11.11%) Migration
6 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
6 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (11.11%) Validation
6 2 (11.11%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 4 (22.22%) Python
2 3 (16.67%) C#
2 3 (16.67%) Java
2 3 (16.67%) SQL
3 2 (11.11%) JavaScript
3 2 (11.11%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.11%) GDPR
1 2 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (5.56%) Data Quality
2 1 (5.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) Docker
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) Oracle
2 2 (11.11%) Guidewire
2 2 (11.11%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.56%) SAP