Period
to 21 November 2017

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance Tester
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 163 201 183
Rank change year-on-year +38 -18 +15
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 28 21 8
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.72% 0.44% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.75% 0.46% 0.21%
Number of salaries quoted 20 22 6
Birmingham median annual salary £42,500 £20,500 £21,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +107.32% -4.65% -4.44%
10th Percentile £25,750 £19,000 £16,250
90th Percentile £61,250 £27,250 £28,750
West Midlands median annual salary £37,500 £23,000 £29,250
% change year-on-year +63.04% -21.37% +2.63%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
Birmingham
Permanent vacancies in Birmingham with a recognized job title 3740 4551 3818
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.24% 96.40% 97.10%
Number of salaries quoted 2992 3402 3191
Birmingham median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,500 £25,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £66,250 £67,500
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings that featured QA Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in Birmingham

QA Tester
Salary Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA Tester in Birmingham.

Salary trend for QA Tester in Birmingham

QA Tester
Salary Histogram in Birmingham

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in Birmingham over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Salary histogram for QA Tester in Birmingham

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, QA Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the Birmingham region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 28 (100.00%) QA
2 21 (75.00%) Test Automation
3 20 (71.43%) Selenium
3 20 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (42.86%) Finance
5 11 (39.29%) WebDriver
6 10 (35.71%) Open Source
6 10 (35.71%) WATIR
6 10 (35.71%) JIRA
6 10 (35.71%) JBehave
6 10 (35.71%) SoapUI
6 10 (35.71%) Gherkin
6 10 (35.71%) Java
7 9 (32.14%) JMeter
8 8 (28.57%) QA Automation
8 8 (28.57%) Functional Testing
8 8 (28.57%) BDD
8 8 (28.57%) Test Scripting
8 8 (28.57%) Regression Testing
8 8 (28.57%) SOAP
9 7 (25.00%) E-Commerce
9 7 (25.00%) C#
9 7 (25.00%) Data Analysis
9 7 (25.00%) Scrum
9 7 (25.00%) Test Management
9 7 (25.00%) Test Strategy
9 7 (25.00%) SpecFlow
9 7 (25.00%) CA Agile Central
9 7 (25.00%) Fintech
9 7 (25.00%) Analytical Skills

QA Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (7.14%) Tomcat
2 1 (3.57%) JBoss
Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.57%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 20 (71.43%) Selenium
2 11 (39.29%) WebDriver
3 10 (35.71%) JBehave
3 10 (35.71%) JIRA
3 10 (35.71%) SoapUI
3 10 (35.71%) WATIR
4 9 (32.14%) JMeter
5 7 (25.00%) eggPlant
5 7 (25.00%) Ranorex
5 7 (25.00%) SpecFlow
6 3 (10.71%) Cucumber
6 3 (10.71%) Eclipse
6 3 (10.71%) IntelliJ
7 2 (7.14%) HP UFT
8 1 (3.57%) Bitbucket
8 1 (3.57%) Jenkins
8 1 (3.57%) Maven
8 1 (3.57%) Subversion
8 1 (3.57%) TeamCity
General
1 12 (42.86%) Finance
2 5 (17.86%) Retail
3 3 (10.71%) Games
4 1 (3.57%) Automotive
4 1 (3.57%) Banking
4 1 (3.57%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (35.71%) Gherkin
2 8 (28.57%) SOAP
3 4 (14.29%) XML
4 2 (7.14%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 1 (3.57%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 7 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (25.00%) Fintech
2 3 (10.71%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.57%) BBC
3 1 (3.57%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.57%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.57%) Linux
1 1 (3.57%) Unix
1 1 (3.57%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 20 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (35.71%) Open Source
4 8 (28.57%) BDD
4 8 (28.57%) Functional Testing
4 8 (28.57%) QA Automation
4 8 (28.57%) Regression Testing
4 8 (28.57%) Test Scripting
5 7 (25.00%) API Testing
5 7 (25.00%) Data Analysis
5 7 (25.00%) E-Commerce
5 7 (25.00%) Scrum
5 7 (25.00%) Test Management
5 7 (25.00%) Test Strategy
6 5 (17.86%) Manual Testing
7 4 (14.29%) Waterfall
8 3 (10.71%) Defect Management
8 3 (10.71%) Defect Tracking
8 3 (10.71%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (10.71%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 10 (35.71%) Java
2 7 (25.00%) C#
3 5 (17.86%) SQL
4 2 (7.14%) Apple Swift
4 2 (7.14%) Objective-C
5 1 (3.57%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.57%) Perl
5 1 (3.57%) Python
5 1 (3.57%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 3 (10.71%) ISTQB
2 2 (7.14%) Degree
2 2 (7.14%) ISEB
2 2 (7.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (3.57%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 7 (25.00%) CA Agile Central
2 1 (3.57%) Microsoft