The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Manual Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 27 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Manual Testing
England / West Midlands
Rank 169 187 170
Rank change year-on-year +18 -17  
Permanent jobs citing Manual Testing 46 59 46
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.97% 0.96% 0.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.08% 1.09% 1.07%
Number of salaries quoted 38 57 46
Median salary £32,500 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -13.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a salary of more than £24,250 £28,600 £28,750
10% offered a salary of more than £45,500 £44,500 £42,500
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000

Manual Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Process & Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 4245 5431 4301
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 89.90% 88.25% 83.74%
Number of salaries quoted 3454 4378 3596
Median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
90% offered a salary of more than £28,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £62,000 £62,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing Manual Testing as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing 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 in the West Midlands.

Salary trend for Manual Testing in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Manual Testing 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 27 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +17 25 £31,500 -16.00% 2
Solihull -13 7 £32,500 -23.52% 1
Staffordshire +16 5 £28,750 -7.25%
Coventry +5 3 £32,500 -23.52%
Shropshire - 3 £26,500 -
Warwickshire +23 1 £45,000 +28.57%
Worcestershire -7 1 £22,000 -37.14% 1
Herefordshire - 1 - -
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 50 (61.73%) QA
2 44 (54.32%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (38.27%) Automated Testing
4 28 (34.57%) SQL
5 26 (32.10%) Selenium
5 26 (32.10%) Test Scripting
6 25 (30.86%) Non-Functional Testing
7 24 (29.63%) Automation Testing
8 23 (28.40%) ISEB
8 23 (28.40%) Regression Testing
8 23 (28.40%) User Acceptance Testing
9 21 (25.93%) Functional Testing
10 20 (24.69%) Scrum
11 19 (23.46%) Software Testing
11 19 (23.46%) ISTQB
12 18 (22.22%) JMeter
13 15 (18.52%) C#
14 13 (16.05%) Unit Testing
15 12 (14.81%) Java
15 12 (14.81%) .NET
15 12 (14.81%) SQL Server
15 12 (14.81%) E-Commerce
15 12 (14.81%) WebDriver
16 11 (13.58%) Team Foundation Server
16 11 (13.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 11 (13.58%) Web Services
16 11 (13.58%) Performance Testing
16 11 (13.58%) JIRA
17 10 (12.35%) SDLC
18 9 (11.11%) Android

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 6 (7.41%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.23%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.23%) EPiServer
Applications
1 5 (6.17%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.23%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (4.94%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.70%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (14.81%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.23%) MySQL
2 1 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.23%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 26 (32.10%) Selenium
2 18 (22.22%) JMeter
3 12 (14.81%) WebDriver
4 11 (13.58%) JIRA
4 11 (13.58%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (7.41%) Visual Studio
6 5 (6.17%) SoapUI
7 4 (4.94%) Cucumber
7 4 (4.94%) JUnit
8 3 (3.70%) Jenkins
8 3 (3.70%) SpecFlow
9 2 (2.47%) Appium
10 1 (1.23%) Calabash
10 1 (1.23%) Capybara
10 1 (1.23%) Jasmine
10 1 (1.23%) Karma Test Runner
10 1 (1.23%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.23%) Mercurial
10 1 (1.23%) Mocha
10 1 (1.23%) Robot Framework
General
1 6 (7.41%) Finance
2 5 (6.17%) Automotive
3 4 (4.94%) Games
3 4 (4.94%) Manufacturing
3 4 (4.94%) Retail
Job Titles
1 33 (40.74%) Analyst
2 30 (37.04%) Test Analyst
3 24 (29.63%) Tester
4 15 (18.52%) Manual Tester
5 13 (16.05%) Software Tester
6 11 (13.58%) Test Engineer
7 7 (8.64%) Automation Test Lead
7 7 (8.64%) Test Leader
7 7 (8.64%) Web Tester
8 6 (7.41%) Automation Tester
8 6 (7.41%) Manual Test Analyst
9 5 (6.17%) Junior
9 5 (6.17%) QA Leader
9 5 (6.17%) Software Analyst
9 5 (6.17%) Software Engineer
9 5 (6.17%) Software Test Analyst
9 5 (6.17%) Test Manager
10 4 (4.94%) Development Engineer
10 4 (4.94%) QA Manager
10 4 (4.94%) QA Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (14.81%) .NET
2 11 (13.58%) Web Services
3 8 (9.88%) SOAP
4 7 (8.64%) HTML
5 6 (7.41%) JSON
5 6 (7.41%) REST
6 4 (4.94%) ASP.NET
7 3 (3.70%) CSS
8 2 (2.47%) Middleware
8 2 (2.47%) RESTful
9 1 (1.23%) .NET Framework
9 1 (1.23%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (1.23%) HTML5
9 1 (1.23%) Node.js
9 1 (1.23%) WCF
9 1 (1.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.88%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.41%) Computer Science
3 5 (6.17%) Mobile App
4 4 (4.94%) iPhone
4 4 (4.94%) Smartphone
5 3 (3.70%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.47%) Fintech
7 1 (1.23%) Replication
7 1 (1.23%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 9 (11.11%) Android
2 6 (7.41%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.23%) Unix
3 1 (1.23%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (54.32%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (38.27%) Automated Testing
3 26 (32.10%) Test Scripting
4 25 (30.86%) Non-Functional Testing
5 24 (29.63%) Automation Testing
6 23 (28.40%) Regression Testing
6 23 (28.40%) User Acceptance Testing
7 21 (25.93%) Functional Testing
8 20 (24.69%) Scrum
9 19 (23.46%) Software Testing
10 13 (16.05%) Unit Testing
11 12 (14.81%) E-Commerce
12 11 (13.58%) Performance Testing
13 10 (12.35%) SDLC
14 9 (11.11%) Software Engineering
15 8 (9.88%) System Testing
16 7 (8.64%) API Testing
16 7 (8.64%) Load Testing
16 7 (8.64%) Stakeholder Management
17 6 (7.41%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 28 (34.57%) SQL
2 15 (18.52%) C#
3 12 (14.81%) Java
4 7 (8.64%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.47%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.23%) C
6 1 (1.23%) C++
6 1 (1.23%) PHP
6 1 (1.23%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.23%) Python
Qualifications
1 23 (28.40%) ISEB
2 19 (23.46%) ISTQB
3 11 (13.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (11.11%) Degree
5 2 (2.47%) GNVQ
5 2 (2.47%) HND
5 2 (2.47%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.23%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (61.73%) QA
2 4 (4.94%) SDET
3 1 (1.23%) PMO
Systems Management
1 2 (2.47%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.94%) Cognizant
2 4 (4.94%) Oracle
3 2 (2.47%) HP
4 1 (1.23%) PayPal
4 1 (1.23%) Xamarin
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