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

Location
3 months to
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 9 33 25
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -8
Permanent jobs citing QA 11 3 8
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the Midlands 9.65% 1.19% 4.15%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.29% 42.86% 72.73%
Number of salaries quoted 0 3 3
Average salary - £47,500 £70,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- -32.14%
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-2.50% -
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
28 7 11
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the Midlands 24.56% 2.78% 5.70%
Number of salaries quoted 11 7 6
Average salary £47,250 £45,000 £70,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.00% -35.71%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £32,500 £45,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £70,000 £50,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £41,000
% change year-on-year
- -2.43%

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 17 September 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 15 (83.33%) ISEB
1 15 (83.33%) Software Testing
2 12 (66.67%) Finance
3 11 (61.11%) HP
4 10 (55.56%) Retail
4 10 (55.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 8 (44.44%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (33.33%) SQL
6 6 (33.33%) Test Planning
7 5 (27.78%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (27.78%) ETL
8 4 (22.22%) SharePoint
8 4 (22.22%) SOA
8 4 (22.22%) Back Office
8 4 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (22.22%) Continuous Improvement
8 4 (22.22%) People Management
9 3 (16.67%) Selenium
9 3 (16.67%) Test Automation
10 2 (11.11%) Oracle
10 2 (11.11%) UNIX
10 2 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
10 2 (11.11%) Functional Testing
11 1 (5.56%) C#
11 1 (5.56%) HTML
11 1 (5.56%) Java
11 1 (5.56%) PL/SQL
11 1 (5.56%) VB
11 1 (5.56%) .NET
11 1 (5.56%) OLAP

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 (22.22%) SharePoint
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Application Server
2 1 (5.56%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) MS Project
1 1 (5.56%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) JDE OneWorld
1 1 (5.56%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (5.56%) Siebel Analytics
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (27.78%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (5.56%) Essbase
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle OLAP
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle BI Publisher
2 1 (5.56%) Relational Database
2 1 (5.56%) OLAP
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Selenium
2 1 (5.56%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (5.56%) JMeter
General
1 12 (66.67%) Finance
2 10 (55.56%) Retail
3 4 (22.22%) Back Office
4 1 (5.56%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 14 (77.78%) Consultant
1 14 (77.78%) Test Consultant
2 4 (22.22%) Analyst
2 4 (22.22%) Test Analyst
3 2 (11.11%) Test Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Project Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Business Intelligence Specialist
4 1 (5.56%) Test Automation Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Applications Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) HTML
1 1 (5.56%) .NET
1 1 (5.56%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.56%) PMI
1 1 (5.56%) Statistics
1 1 (5.56%) Computer Science
1 1 (5.56%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.11%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (83.33%) Software Testing
2 6 (33.33%) Test Planning
3 5 (27.78%) ETL
4 4 (22.22%) SOA
4 4 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (22.22%) People Management
4 4 (22.22%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (16.67%) Test Automation
6 2 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (11.11%) Functional Testing
7 1 (5.56%) Kimball Methodology
7 1 (5.56%) Analytics
7 1 (5.56%) Inmon Methodology
7 1 (5.56%) Technical Analysis
7 1 (5.56%) Test Strategy
7 1 (5.56%) Root Cause Analysis
7 1 (5.56%) ERP
7 1 (5.56%) Business Intelligence
7 1 (5.56%) Project Management
7 1 (5.56%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 6 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (5.56%) VB
2 1 (5.56%) C#
2 1 (5.56%) Java
2 1 (5.56%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (83.33%) ISEB
2 10 (55.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (5.56%) PMP
3 1 (5.56%) ISTQB
3 1 (5.56%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) GAMP
1 1 (5.56%) GxP
Systems Management
1 8 (44.44%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (61.11%) HP
2 2 (11.11%) Oracle
3 1 (5.56%) PeopleSoft
3 1 (5.56%) Siebel
3 1 (5.56%) Informatica
3 1 (5.56%) JD Edwards