The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT jobs advertised for the West Midlands 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 21 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 146 148 142
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -6
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 81 56 56
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.41% 1.07% 1.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.48% 1.12% 1.24%
Number of salaries quoted 72 51 44
Average salary £31,000 £35,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-11.42% +2.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £22,500 £24,500
10% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £40,000 £41,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
- +4.61%
Tester
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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
West Midlands
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
5468 4995 4520
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 95.31% 95.73% 95.14%
Number of salaries quoted 4689 4270 3862
Average salary £38,500 £37,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £23,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £56,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Tester
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Tester Salary Trend in the West Midlands

Tester
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Tester across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

Tester Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

Tester
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 Tester within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 21 October 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
Staffordshire - 28 £32,750 -
Coventry 0 19 £32,500 +18.18% 1
Birmingham -23 17 £25,000 -28.57% 3
Warwickshire -17 4 £35,000 -12.50% 1
Worcestershire -3 2 £28,750 +33.72%
Wolverhampton - 1 £33,000 - 1
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands 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 86 (55.84%) SQL
2 64 (41.56%) ISEB
3 56 (36.36%) QA
4 46 (29.87%) Agile Software Development
5 39 (25.32%) Automated Testing
5 39 (25.32%) Degree
6 38 (24.68%) Test Scripting
7 37 (24.03%) SQL Server
8 36 (23.38%) Manual Testing
9 35 (22.73%) .NET
10 34 (22.08%) ISTQB
11 31 (20.13%) Software Testing
12 21 (13.64%) Selenium
13 19 (12.34%) Security Testing
13 19 (12.34%) C#
14 16 (10.39%) User Acceptance Testing
14 16 (10.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 16 (10.39%) C++
14 16 (10.39%) Windows
15 14 (9.09%) UNIX
15 14 (9.09%) HTML
15 14 (9.09%) Java
16 13 (8.44%) TCP/IP
17 12 (7.79%) OOP
17 12 (7.79%) OO
17 12 (7.79%) Finance
17 12 (7.79%) Low Latency
17 12 (7.79%) Agile Testing
17 12 (7.79%) System Testing
18 11 (7.14%) JIRA

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands 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.

Application Platforms
1 6 (3.90%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.30%) CMS
2 2 (1.30%) WordPress
Applications
1 9 (5.84%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.25%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (3.25%) Servitor
Communications & Networking
1 13 (8.44%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.65%) Wireshark
2 1 (0.65%) HTTP
2 1 (0.65%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (24.03%) SQL Server
2 10 (6.49%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (5.19%) Oracle Database
4 7 (4.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 7 (4.55%) Relational Database
4 7 (4.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (2.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (2.60%) IBM InfoSphere
6 3 (1.95%) Cognos Framework Manager
6 3 (1.95%) Data Mining
6 3 (1.95%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 21 (13.64%) Selenium
2 11 (7.14%) JIRA
3 8 (5.19%) WebDriver
4 7 (4.55%) QuickTest Pro
5 5 (3.25%) Oracle Forms
6 4 (2.60%) TestComplete
7 3 (1.95%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (1.95%) MSTest
7 3 (1.95%) Jenkins
8 2 (1.30%) JUnit
8 2 (1.30%) LoadRunner
8 2 (1.30%) Cucumber
8 2 (1.30%) Hudson
8 2 (1.30%) Appcelerator Titanium
9 1 (0.65%) Ranorex
9 1 (0.65%) Facilita Forecast
9 1 (0.65%) Selenium IDE
9 1 (0.65%) FindBugs
9 1 (0.65%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.65%) JMeter
General
1 12 (7.79%) Finance
2 7 (4.55%) Pharmaceutical
2 7 (4.55%) Back Office
3 5 (3.25%) Retail
4 2 (1.30%) Games
5 1 (0.65%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (22.73%) .NET
2 14 (9.09%) HTML
3 5 (3.25%) ASP.NET
4 4 (2.60%) CSS
5 3 (1.95%) WCF
5 3 (1.95%) Web Services
6 2 (1.30%) XML
7 1 (0.65%) XSD
7 1 (0.65%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 9 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.90%) Mathematics
2 6 (3.90%) Computer Science
3 5 (3.25%) Mobile App
3 5 (3.25%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.30%) AS400
4 2 (1.30%) User Experience
4 2 (1.30%) Open Source
4 2 (1.30%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (0.65%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 16 (10.39%) Windows
2 14 (9.09%) UNIX
3 7 (4.55%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (1.95%) Android
4 3 (1.95%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.30%) Windows XP
5 2 (1.30%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.65%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (29.87%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (25.32%) Automated Testing
3 38 (24.68%) Test Scripting
4 36 (23.38%) Manual Testing
5 31 (20.13%) Software Testing
6 19 (12.34%) Security Testing
7 16 (10.39%) User Acceptance Testing
8 12 (7.79%) OOP
8 12 (7.79%) OO
8 12 (7.79%) Low Latency
8 12 (7.79%) Agile Testing
8 12 (7.79%) System Testing
9 11 (7.14%) Ethical Hacking
10 10 (6.49%) Business Analysis
10 10 (6.49%) Scrum
10 10 (6.49%) Business Intelligence
10 10 (6.49%) ETL
10 10 (6.49%) Integration Testing
11 8 (5.19%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (5.19%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 86 (55.84%) SQL
2 19 (12.34%) C#
3 16 (10.39%) C++
4 14 (9.09%) Java
5 10 (6.49%) JavaScript
5 10 (6.49%) VB
6 5 (3.25%) PHP
6 5 (3.25%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.95%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.30%) VB6
8 2 (1.30%) C
9 1 (0.65%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.65%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 64 (41.56%) ISEB
2 39 (25.32%) Degree
3 34 (22.08%) ISTQB
4 16 (10.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (1.95%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.30%) CISSP
6 2 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.65%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.65%) OSCP
7 1 (0.65%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (36.36%) QA
2 2 (1.30%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 3 (1.95%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (6.49%) Microsoft
2 9 (5.84%) Oracle
3 4 (2.60%) Netezza
3 4 (2.60%) Cognos
3 4 (2.60%) IBM
4 2 (1.30%) Appcelerator
5 1 (0.65%) HP
5 1 (0.65%) Telerik
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