Period
to 21 July 2018

The median annual salary for a Tester was £48,000 in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

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

Tester
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 166 113 182
Rank change year-on-year -53 +69 -44
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 35 88 40
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.89% 2.27% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.92% 2.36% 0.87%
Number of salaries quoted 35 81 38
Birmingham median annual salary £48,000 £30,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +60.00% -25.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,500 £21,025
90th Percentile £58,500 £57,500 £66,250
West Midlands median annual salary £36,000 £33,250 £32,500
% change year-on-year +8.27% +2.31% -

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 3,821 3,735 4,609
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.76% 96.46% 95.60%
Number of salaries quoted 2,783 3,116 3,472
Birmingham median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £63,750 £68,750
West Midlands median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Birmingham

Tester
Salary Trend in Birmingham

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

Salary trend for Tester in Birmingham

Tester
Salary Histogram in Birmingham

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Birmingham over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

Salary histogram for Tester in Birmingham

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

For the 6 months to 21 July 2018, Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the Birmingham region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 34 (97.14%) Test Automation
2 28 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (77.14%) Selenium
4 22 (62.86%) Scrum
5 21 (60.00%) QA
6 20 (57.14%) Cucumber
7 19 (54.29%) WebDriver
8 18 (51.43%) Java
9 16 (45.71%) Waterfall
10 15 (42.86%) C#
11 14 (40.00%) Visual Studio
11 14 (40.00%) BDD
11 14 (40.00%) Fintech
12 13 (37.14%) SpecFlow
13 12 (34.29%) SDET
13 12 (34.29%) Load Testing
13 12 (34.29%) TDD
14 10 (28.57%) Ruby
14 10 (28.57%) Python
14 10 (28.57%) Finance
15 8 (22.86%) Test Scripting
15 8 (22.86%) Manual Testing
16 7 (20.00%) Mobile App
17 6 (17.14%) Acceptance Criteria
17 6 (17.14%) Project Management
17 6 (17.14%) Software Testing
17 6 (17.14%) ISTQB
18 5 (14.29%) PowerShell
18 5 (14.29%) Linux
18 5 (14.29%) Test Management

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 1 (2.86%) Confluence
1 1 (2.86%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.86%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.86%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 27 (77.14%) Selenium
2 20 (57.14%) Cucumber
3 19 (54.29%) WebDriver
4 14 (40.00%) Visual Studio
5 13 (37.14%) SpecFlow
6 3 (8.57%) Git (software)
7 2 (5.71%) JIRA
8 1 (2.86%) Jenkins
8 1 (2.86%) JMeter
8 1 (2.86%) LoadRunner
8 1 (2.86%) LoadUI
8 1 (2.86%) SoapUI
8 1 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (2.86%) TestComplete
General
1 10 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (2.86%) Advertising
2 1 (2.86%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.71%) .NET
1 2 (5.71%) Gherkin
1 2 (5.71%) Web Services
2 1 (2.86%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 14 (40.00%) Fintech
2 7 (20.00%) Mobile App
3 4 (11.43%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.86%) Blog
4 1 (2.86%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.86%) Online Games
4 1 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 5 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (97.14%) Test Automation
2 28 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (62.86%) Scrum
4 16 (45.71%) Waterfall
5 14 (40.00%) BDD
6 12 (34.29%) Load Testing
6 12 (34.29%) SDET
6 12 (34.29%) TDD
7 8 (22.86%) Manual Testing
7 8 (22.86%) Test Scripting
8 6 (17.14%) Acceptance Criteria
8 6 (17.14%) Project Management
8 6 (17.14%) Software Testing
9 5 (14.29%) Test Management
9 5 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 4 (11.43%) Defect Tracking
10 4 (11.43%) Non-Functional Testing
10 4 (11.43%) Security Testing
10 4 (11.43%) V-Model
11 3 (8.57%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (51.43%) Java
2 15 (42.86%) C#
3 10 (28.57%) Python
3 10 (28.57%) Ruby
4 5 (14.29%) PowerShell
5 2 (5.71%) SQL
6 1 (2.86%) PHP
Qualifications
1 6 (17.14%) ISTQB
2 3 (8.57%) ISEB
3 1 (2.86%) Degree
3 1 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (60.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.86%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (2.86%) Kibana
Vendors
1 1 (2.86%) Microsoft
1 1 (2.86%) Splunk