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 19 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 116 100 85
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -15
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 18 27 25
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.78% 1.26% 1.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.82% 1.34% 1.57%
Number of salaries quoted 17 26 15
Average salary £32,500 £30,000 £27,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+8.33% +9.09%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,500 £22,700
10% offered a salary of more than £37,000 £46,250 £35,000
UK excluding London average salary £34,500 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+1.47% +4.61%
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
2187 2013 1597
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 94.23% 93.67% 93.34%
Number of salaries quoted 1874 1818 1324
Average salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +6.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £26,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £62,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

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 19 September 2014.

Tester Salary Histogram in Birmingham

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 25 (67.57%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (64.86%) Automated Testing
3 23 (62.16%) SQL
4 20 (54.05%) C#
5 17 (45.95%) Degree
6 16 (43.24%) SQL Server
7 15 (40.54%) C++
7 15 (40.54%) Manual Testing
8 14 (37.84%) QA
8 14 (37.84%) Selenium
8 14 (37.84%) Agile Testing
8 14 (37.84%) Low Latency
8 14 (37.84%) OOP
8 14 (37.84%) OO
8 14 (37.84%) TCP/IP
9 11 (29.73%) Test Scripting
10 7 (18.92%) .NET
10 7 (18.92%) Java
11 6 (16.22%) ISEB
11 6 (16.22%) WebDriver
12 5 (13.51%) Test Automation
12 5 (13.51%) User Acceptance Testing
12 5 (13.51%) JIRA
12 5 (13.51%) ISTQB
12 5 (13.51%) QuickTest Pro
12 5 (13.51%) Retail
12 5 (13.51%) E-Commerce
13 4 (10.81%) Software Testing
14 3 (8.11%) HP Quality Center
14 3 (8.11%) JavaScript

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 (2.70%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 14 (37.84%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.70%) HTTPS
2 1 (2.70%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (43.24%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (37.84%) Selenium
2 6 (16.22%) WebDriver
3 5 (13.51%) QuickTest Pro
3 5 (13.51%) JIRA
4 2 (5.41%) JUnit
5 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio
5 1 (2.70%) Eclipse
5 1 (2.70%) LoadRunner
5 1 (2.70%) JMeter
5 1 (2.70%) Checkstyle
5 1 (2.70%) Cucumber
5 1 (2.70%) FindBugs
5 1 (2.70%) Ranorex
5 1 (2.70%) Facilita Forecast
5 1 (2.70%) Selenium IDE
General
1 5 (13.51%) Retail
2 2 (5.41%) Finance
3 1 (2.70%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (18.92%) .NET
2 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.70%) COM
2 1 (2.70%) XML
2 1 (2.70%) XSD
2 1 (2.70%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.41%) Computer Science
1 2 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.70%) Open Source
2 1 (2.70%) AS400
2 1 (2.70%) Smartphone
2 1 (2.70%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.41%) UNIX
1 2 (5.41%) Windows
2 1 (2.70%) AIX
2 1 (2.70%) Linux
2 1 (2.70%) Windows NT
2 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (2.70%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (67.57%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (64.86%) Automated Testing
3 15 (40.54%) Manual Testing
4 14 (37.84%) OOP
4 14 (37.84%) OO
4 14 (37.84%) Agile Testing
4 14 (37.84%) Low Latency
5 11 (29.73%) Test Scripting
6 5 (13.51%) E-Commerce
6 5 (13.51%) Test Automation
6 5 (13.51%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (10.81%) Software Testing
8 3 (8.11%) Scrum
9 2 (5.41%) Load Testing
9 2 (5.41%) Security Testing
9 2 (5.41%) Penetration Testing
9 2 (5.41%) Web Development
9 2 (5.41%) Integration Testing
9 2 (5.41%) Test Planning
10 1 (2.70%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (62.16%) SQL
2 20 (54.05%) C#
3 15 (40.54%) C++
4 7 (18.92%) Java
5 3 (8.11%) JavaScript
6 2 (5.41%) VB
6 2 (5.41%) C
7 1 (2.70%) T-SQL
7 1 (2.70%) Python
7 1 (2.70%) Shell Script
7 1 (2.70%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 17 (45.95%) Degree
2 6 (16.22%) ISEB
3 5 (13.51%) ISTQB
4 2 (5.41%) SC Cleared
4 2 (5.41%) Security Cleared
4 2 (5.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.70%) CISSP
5 1 (2.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (2.70%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (37.84%) QA
2 1 (2.70%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) Terminal Server
1 1 (2.70%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 3 (8.11%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.70%) CORE IMPACT
2 1 (2.70%) Nessus
Vendors
1 2 (5.41%) Microsoft
1 2 (5.41%) HP
2 1 (2.70%) Telerik
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle