The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT jobs advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 31 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 119 98 93
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -5
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 18 33 19
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.77% 1.55% 1.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.82% 1.64% 1.23%
Number of salaries quoted 17 29 11
Average salary £25,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-28.57% -
UK excluding London average salary £34,500 £34,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.15%
Tester
West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the Birmingham region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Birmingham
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2203 2011 1551
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 94.39% 94.64% 93.38%
Number of salaries quoted 1961 1830 1293
Average salary £40,000 £42,500 £41,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-5.88% +2.40%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Tester in the job title across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

Tester
Salary Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Tester across the Birmingham region.

Tester Salary Trend in Birmingham

Tester
Salary Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Tester across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 31 October 2014.

Tester Salary Histogram in Birmingham

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT jobs across the Birmingham region that cited Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Tester in their job title.

1 18 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (47.06%) Automated Testing
3 15 (44.12%) Degree
4 14 (41.18%) SQL
5 13 (38.24%) Manual Testing
6 12 (35.29%) C#
6 12 (35.29%) C++
6 12 (35.29%) SQL Server
6 12 (35.29%) TCP/IP
7 11 (32.35%) OOP
7 11 (32.35%) OO
7 11 (32.35%) QA
7 11 (32.35%) Selenium
7 11 (32.35%) Low Latency
7 11 (32.35%) Agile Testing
8 8 (23.53%) ISEB
9 6 (17.65%) Java
9 6 (17.65%) ISTQB
9 6 (17.65%) JIRA
9 6 (17.65%) Test Automation
9 6 (17.65%) Test Scripting
10 5 (14.71%) Software Testing
10 5 (14.71%) QuickTest Pro
11 4 (11.76%) Scrum
11 4 (11.76%) JavaScript
11 4 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
12 3 (8.82%) Web Development
13 2 (5.88%) Penetration Testing
13 2 (5.88%) Ethical Hacking
13 2 (5.88%) C

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT jobs across the Birmingham region that cited Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (2.94%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 12 (35.29%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.94%) HTTPS
2 1 (2.94%) Wireshark
2 1 (2.94%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (35.29%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (32.35%) Selenium
2 6 (17.65%) JIRA
3 5 (14.71%) QuickTest Pro
4 2 (5.88%) JUnit
5 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio
5 1 (2.94%) Eclipse
5 1 (2.94%) LoadRunner
5 1 (2.94%) JMeter
5 1 (2.94%) Checkstyle
5 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.94%) Cucumber
5 1 (2.94%) FindBugs
5 1 (2.94%) Ranorex
5 1 (2.94%) Facilita Forecast
5 1 (2.94%) Selenium IDE
General
1 1 (2.94%) Finance
1 1 (2.94%) Games
1 1 (2.94%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.94%) HTML
1 1 (2.94%) .NET
1 1 (2.94%) COM
1 1 (2.94%) XML
1 1 (2.94%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.88%) Computer Science
1 2 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.94%) Open Source
2 1 (2.94%) User Experience
2 1 (2.94%) Smartphone
2 1 (2.94%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.88%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (47.06%) Automated Testing
3 13 (38.24%) Manual Testing
4 11 (32.35%) Agile Testing
4 11 (32.35%) Low Latency
4 11 (32.35%) OOP
4 11 (32.35%) OO
5 6 (17.65%) Test Automation
5 6 (17.65%) Test Scripting
6 5 (14.71%) Software Testing
7 4 (11.76%) Scrum
7 4 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Web Development
9 2 (5.88%) Web Testing
9 2 (5.88%) Waterfall
9 2 (5.88%) BDD
9 2 (5.88%) Load Testing
9 2 (5.88%) Security Testing
9 2 (5.88%) ITIL
9 2 (5.88%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 14 (41.18%) SQL
2 12 (35.29%) C#
2 12 (35.29%) C++
3 6 (17.65%) Java
4 4 (11.76%) JavaScript
5 2 (5.88%) C
6 1 (2.94%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.94%) VB
Qualifications
1 15 (44.12%) Degree
2 8 (23.53%) ISEB
3 6 (17.65%) ISTQB
4 2 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (5.88%) CISSP
4 2 (5.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (2.94%) CEH
5 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.94%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (32.35%) QA
2 1 (2.94%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft
1 1 (2.94%) HP
1 1 (2.94%) Telerik
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