Period
to 18 September 2019

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 18 September 2019 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
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 76 73 65
Rank change year-on-year -3 -8 -19
Contract jobs citing QA 19 30 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.36% 2.03% 2.15%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.67% 16.76% 23.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 23 30
Birmingham median daily rate £400 £425 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +30.77% +30.00%
10th Percentile £221 £282 £235
90th Percentile £579 £500 £500
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £390 £325
% change year-on-year +2.56% +20.00% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £10.00

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 139 179 127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 9.94% 12.14% 9.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 122 93
Birmingham median daily rate £413 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £140 £214 £213
90th Percentile £575 £572 £522
West Midlands median daily rate £408 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +4.68% +4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 4
Birmingham median hourly rate £17.50 £17.34 £47.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.95% -63.12% +39.26%
10th Percentile £13.50 £13.64 £36.43
90th Percentile £17.90 £37.70 £53.75
West Midlands median hourly rate £34.30 £14.44 £18.00
% change year-on-year +137.50% -19.78% +1.41%

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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 18 September 2019.

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 18 September 2019, 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 10 (52.63%) Microsoft
2 5 (26.32%) Finance
2 5 (26.32%) Test Automation
3 4 (21.05%) Power BI
3 4 (21.05%) Power Platform
3 4 (21.05%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (21.05%) Selenium
3 4 (21.05%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (21.05%) Test Scripting
3 4 (21.05%) SharePoint
4 3 (15.79%) ETL
4 3 (15.79%) CSS
4 3 (15.79%) HTML
4 3 (15.79%) JavaScript
4 3 (15.79%) Scrum
4 3 (15.79%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (15.79%) Release Management
4 3 (15.79%) Data Analysis
4 3 (15.79%) Requirements Analysis
4 3 (15.79%) Defect Management
4 3 (15.79%) Manual Testing
4 3 (15.79%) SharePoint 2013
4 3 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (10.53%) Test Planning
5 2 (10.53%) HTML5
5 2 (10.53%) DevOps
5 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
5 2 (10.53%) Apple iOS
5 2 (10.53%) REST

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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 4 (21.05%) SharePoint
2 3 (15.79%) SharePoint 2013
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (5.26%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 4 (21.05%) Power Platform
2 1 (5.26%) Azure
2 1 (5.26%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (5.26%) SaaS
2 1 (5.26%) Yammer
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (21.05%) Power BI
2 1 (5.26%) MySQL
2 1 (5.26%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (21.05%) Selenium
2 3 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (5.26%) Android Studio
3 1 (5.26%) SpecFlow
3 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (5.26%) Xcode
General
1 5 (26.32%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Public Sector
3 1 (5.26%) Manufacturing
3 1 (5.26%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 5 (26.32%) Developer
2 4 (21.05%) Analyst
3 3 (15.79%) Business Intelligence Developer
3 3 (15.79%) Power BI Developer
3 3 (15.79%) Test Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Automation Test Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Test Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Administrator
5 1 (5.26%) Applications Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Programme Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Programme Test Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Project Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Scrum Master
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Web Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Software Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Solutions Designer
5 1 (5.26%) Tester
5 1 (5.26%) UAT Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.79%) CSS
1 3 (15.79%) HTML
2 2 (10.53%) HTML5
2 2 (10.53%) REST
3 1 (5.26%) Ajax
3 1 (5.26%) DOM
3 1 (5.26%) jQuery
3 1 (5.26%) JSON
3 1 (5.26%) PhoneGap
3 1 (5.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.26%) iPhone
2 1 (5.26%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.53%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.26%) Android
2 1 (5.26%) Mac OS X
2 1 (5.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (26.32%) Test Automation
2 4 (21.05%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (21.05%) Business Intelligence
2 4 (21.05%) Test Scripting
3 3 (15.79%) Data Analysis
3 3 (15.79%) Defect Management
3 3 (15.79%) ETL
3 3 (15.79%) Manual Testing
3 3 (15.79%) Release Management
3 3 (15.79%) Requirements Analysis
3 3 (15.79%) Scrum
3 3 (15.79%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (10.53%) DevOps
4 2 (10.53%) IT Audit
4 2 (10.53%) Mobile Development
4 2 (10.53%) SDLC
4 2 (10.53%) Test Planning
4 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
4 2 (10.53%) Web Development
5 1 (5.26%) Web Analytics
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.79%) JavaScript
2 2 (10.53%) C#
2 2 (10.53%) Python
3 1 (5.26%) Delphi
3 1 (5.26%) Java
3 1 (5.26%) Objective-C
3 1 (5.26%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (5.26%) Degree
1 1 (5.26%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (5.26%) Data Quality
2 1 (5.26%) PMO
Vendors
1 10 (52.63%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.26%) Adobe
2 1 (5.26%) Oracle
2 1 (5.26%) ServiceNow