The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT jobs advertised for the Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited QA 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
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 5 20 26
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +6
Permanent jobs citing QA 16 6 13
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the Midlands 15.24% 2.99% 5.22%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 61.54% 75.00% 56.52%
Number of salaries quoted 0 3 10
Average salary - £47,500 £100,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- -52.50%
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
-2.50% +6.66%
QA
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in permanent jobs advertised in the Midlands region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Midlands
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
26 8 23
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the Midlands 24.76% 3.98% 9.24%
Number of salaries quoted 7 5 19
Average salary £38,500 £47,500 £70,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-18.94% -32.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £39,000 £45,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £100,000 £53,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-2.43% +2.50%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing QA across the Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

QA
Salary Trend in the Midlands

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

QA Salary Trend in the Midlands

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT jobs across the Midlands region citing QA also 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 that cited QA.

1 23 (92.00%) ISEB
1 23 (92.00%) Software Testing
2 20 (80.00%) Finance
3 18 (72.00%) Retail
3 18 (72.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 11 (44.00%) HP
5 10 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (32.00%) Banking
6 8 (32.00%) Aerospace
6 8 (32.00%) Scrum
6 8 (32.00%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (24.00%) Test Planning
8 5 (20.00%) SQL
9 4 (16.00%) SharePoint
9 4 (16.00%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (16.00%) SOA
9 4 (16.00%) ETL
9 4 (16.00%) Back Office
9 4 (16.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (16.00%) People Management
9 4 (16.00%) Continuous Improvement
10 3 (12.00%) Selenium
10 3 (12.00%) Test Automation
11 2 (8.00%) Functional Testing
12 1 (4.00%) C#
12 1 (4.00%) Java
12 1 (4.00%) JMeter
12 1 (4.00%) Validation
12 1 (4.00%) GAMP
12 1 (4.00%) GxP

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT jobs across the Midlands region citing QA also 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 that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (16.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (4.00%) MS Project
1 1 (4.00%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) JDE OneWorld
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (4.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (12.00%) Selenium
2 1 (4.00%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (4.00%) JMeter
General
1 20 (80.00%) Finance
2 18 (72.00%) Retail
3 8 (32.00%) Aerospace
3 8 (32.00%) Banking
4 4 (16.00%) Back Office
5 1 (4.00%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 22 (88.00%) Consultant
1 22 (88.00%) Test Consultant
2 8 (32.00%) Analyst
2 8 (32.00%) Test Analyst
3 4 (16.00%) Lead Test Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Test Manager
5 1 (4.00%) Project Manager
5 1 (4.00%) Test Automation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.00%) PMI
1 1 (4.00%) Statistics
1 1 (4.00%) Computer Science
1 1 (4.00%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.00%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (92.00%) Software Testing
2 10 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (32.00%) Scrum
4 6 (24.00%) Test Planning
5 4 (16.00%) People Management
5 4 (16.00%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (16.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (16.00%) SOA
5 4 (16.00%) ETL
6 3 (12.00%) Test Automation
7 2 (8.00%) Functional Testing
8 1 (4.00%) Technical Analysis
8 1 (4.00%) Product Management
8 1 (4.00%) Waterfall
8 1 (4.00%) Test Strategy
8 1 (4.00%) Root Cause Analysis
8 1 (4.00%) Project Management
8 1 (4.00%) Validation
8 1 (4.00%) Performance Testing
8 1 (4.00%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 5 (20.00%) SQL
2 1 (4.00%) VB
2 1 (4.00%) C#
2 1 (4.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 23 (92.00%) ISEB
2 18 (72.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (4.00%) PMP
3 1 (4.00%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) GAMP
1 1 (4.00%) GxP
Systems Management
1 8 (32.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (44.00%) HP
2 1 (4.00%) Oracle