The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT jobs advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 175 167 164
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -3
Permanent jobs citing Manual Testing 41 33 39
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.77% 0.68% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.92% 0.87% 1.10%
Number of salaries quoted 41 29 38
Average salary £32,500 £30,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+8.33% -11.76%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £22,300 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £37,500 £36,200
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £32,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Manual Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
4444 3799 3559
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 82.99% 78.30% 75.47%
Number of salaries quoted 3881 3138 3102
Average salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £26,000 £28,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £55,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
- +6.25%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Manual Testing Salary Trend in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Manual Testing Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Coventry -4 12 £32,500 +18.18%
Birmingham -10 10 £33,750 +56.97% 4
Worcestershire - 6 £27,500 -
Wolverhampton -8 3 £33,000 -12.00%
Solihull - 3 £42,500 -
Staffordshire -2 2 £43,750 +45.83% 1
Walsall - 2 £33,250 -
Warwickshire -10 1 £37,500 +8.69%
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands region citing Manual Testing 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 Manual Testing.

1 43 (49.43%) SQL
2 39 (44.83%) Automated Testing
3 33 (37.93%) QA
4 30 (34.48%) ISEB
5 27 (31.03%) Test Scripting
6 26 (29.89%) SQL Server
6 26 (29.89%) Agile Software Development
7 24 (27.59%) Windows
8 22 (25.29%) Finance
9 21 (24.14%) UNIX
10 19 (21.84%) Software Testing
11 18 (20.69%) HTML
11 18 (20.69%) Oracle
12 16 (18.39%) .NET
12 16 (18.39%) Test Automation
13 14 (16.09%) System Testing
13 14 (16.09%) Test Strategy
14 13 (14.94%) Java
14 13 (14.94%) Microsoft
14 13 (14.94%) Degree
15 12 (13.79%) C#
16 11 (12.64%) VB
17 10 (11.49%) MS Excel
17 10 (11.49%) ISTQB
17 10 (11.49%) Windows Server 2008
18 9 (10.34%) C++
18 9 (10.34%) Integration Testing
18 9 (10.34%) Test Management
18 9 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
19 8 (9.20%) Web Services

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands region citing Manual Testing 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 Manual Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 10 (11.49%) MS Excel
2 6 (6.90%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.15%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.30%) Servitor
2 1 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.15%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 7 (8.05%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.30%) Firewall
3 1 (1.15%) HTTP
3 1 (1.15%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (29.89%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.05%) Oracle Database
3 3 (3.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.15%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (8.05%) Selenium
2 4 (4.60%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (4.60%) Visual Studio
3 3 (3.45%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (3.45%) LoadRunner
3 3 (3.45%) WebDriver
4 2 (2.30%) FitNesse
4 2 (2.30%) Cucumber
5 1 (1.15%) Selenium IDE
5 1 (1.15%) MSTest
5 1 (1.15%) JIRA
General
1 22 (25.29%) Finance
2 1 (1.15%) Advertising
2 1 (1.15%) Games
Job Titles
1 42 (48.28%) Analyst
2 37 (42.53%) Test Analyst
3 32 (36.78%) Tester
4 16 (18.39%) Software Tester
5 12 (13.79%) Software Test Analyst
6 10 (11.49%) Test Manager
7 7 (8.05%) QA Analyst
8 6 (6.90%) QA Engineer
9 5 (5.75%) Team Leader
9 5 (5.75%) Test Leader
9 5 (5.75%) QA Leader
10 4 (4.60%) Head of Testing
10 4 (4.60%) Systems Test Analyst
10 4 (4.60%) Systems Analyst
10 4 (4.60%) Senior Tester
10 4 (4.60%) Systems Manager
11 3 (3.45%) Test Team Leader
11 3 (3.45%) Senior Analyst
11 3 (3.45%) Systems Tester
11 3 (3.45%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (20.69%) HTML
2 16 (18.39%) .NET
3 8 (9.20%) Web Services
4 7 (8.05%) XML
5 2 (2.30%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.30%) CSS
6 1 (1.15%) J2EE
6 1 (1.15%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.75%) User Experience
2 5 (5.75%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.30%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.15%) Smartphone
4 1 (1.15%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 24 (27.59%) Windows
2 21 (24.14%) UNIX
3 10 (11.49%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (3.45%) Linux
5 2 (2.30%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (2.30%) Android
5 2 (2.30%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (44.83%) Automated Testing
2 27 (31.03%) Test Scripting
3 26 (29.89%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (21.84%) Software Testing
5 16 (18.39%) Test Automation
6 14 (16.09%) Test Strategy
6 14 (16.09%) System Testing
7 9 (10.34%) Integration Testing
7 9 (10.34%) Test Management
8 8 (9.20%) Mentoring
8 8 (9.20%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (9.20%) Regression Testing
9 7 (8.05%) ITIL
9 7 (8.05%) Quality Management
9 7 (8.05%) Automation Testing
9 7 (8.05%) QMS
10 6 (6.90%) Agile Testing
10 6 (6.90%) OOP
11 5 (5.75%) Requirements Analysis
11 5 (5.75%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 43 (49.43%) SQL
2 13 (14.94%) Java
3 12 (13.79%) C#
4 11 (12.64%) VB
5 9 (10.34%) C++
6 5 (5.75%) PHP
7 3 (3.45%) JavaScript
7 3 (3.45%) VB.NET
8 2 (2.30%) PL/SQL
8 2 (2.30%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.15%) VBScript
9 1 (1.15%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 30 (34.48%) ISEB
2 13 (14.94%) Degree
3 10 (11.49%) ISTQB
4 8 (9.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.15%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (37.93%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (2.30%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (1.15%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (20.69%) Oracle
2 13 (14.94%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.30%) HP
3 2 (2.30%) VMware
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