Period
to 24 November 2017

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £37,500 in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 24 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 269 293 290
Rank change year-on-year +24 -3 +7
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 56 49 33
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.55% 0.43% 0.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.45% 0.31%
Number of salaries quoted 45 34 31
West Midlands median annual salary £37,500 £24,750 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +51.52% -17.50% +13.21%
10th Percentile £21,550 £19,000 £19,250
90th Percentile £52,250 £39,250 £33,750
England median annual salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% +7.14%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. 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
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 9770 10995 10536
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.47% 96.19% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 8018 8715 8780
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £23,750 £23,500 £24,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the West Midlands

QA Tester
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for QA Tester in the West Midlands

QA Tester
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Salary histogram for QA Tester in the West Midlands

QA Tester
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 QA Tester within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 24 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +26 27 £42,500 +107.32% 1
Halesowen -34 7 £20,000 -4.76% 1
Shropshire +4 6 £37,500 +15.38%
Staffordshire +16 4 £23,500 -12.96%
Coventry +15 3 £37,500 -8.54%
Warwickshire -20 1 £63,500 +76.39% 1
Wolverhampton - 1 £33,000 -
QA Tester
England

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 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 West Midlands region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 56 (100.00%) QA
2 36 (64.29%) Test Automation
3 28 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (42.86%) JIRA
5 19 (33.93%) Selenium
6 18 (32.14%) Finance
7 17 (30.36%) Mobile App
8 15 (26.79%) SQL
9 13 (23.21%) Degree
9 13 (23.21%) Test Scripting
9 13 (23.21%) Scrum
10 12 (21.43%) Regression Testing
11 11 (19.64%) Java
11 11 (19.64%) XML
11 11 (19.64%) SoapUI
11 11 (19.64%) WebDriver
12 10 (17.86%) Games
12 10 (17.86%) Business Intelligence
12 10 (17.86%) Defect Tracking
13 9 (16.07%) E-Commerce
13 9 (16.07%) WATIR
13 9 (16.07%) Open Source
13 9 (16.07%) JBehave
13 9 (16.07%) Gherkin
13 9 (16.07%) Test Strategy
14 8 (14.29%) Game Development
14 8 (14.29%) Confluence
14 8 (14.29%) ISEB
14 8 (14.29%) SOAP
14 8 (14.29%) Web Services

QA Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 8 (14.29%) Confluence
2 2 (3.57%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.79%) JBoss
Applications
1 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 7 (12.50%) SaaS
2 1 (1.79%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (12.50%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.36%) SQL Server
1 3 (5.36%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 24 (42.86%) JIRA
2 19 (33.93%) Selenium
3 11 (19.64%) SoapUI
3 11 (19.64%) WebDriver
4 9 (16.07%) JBehave
4 9 (16.07%) WATIR
5 8 (14.29%) JMeter
6 6 (10.71%) eggPlant
6 6 (10.71%) Ranorex
6 6 (10.71%) SpecFlow
7 4 (7.14%) Cucumber
8 3 (5.36%) Eclipse
8 3 (5.36%) IntelliJ
9 2 (3.57%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.79%) Bitbucket
10 1 (1.79%) Jenkins
10 1 (1.79%) Maven
10 1 (1.79%) Subversion
10 1 (1.79%) TeamCity
General
1 18 (32.14%) Finance
2 10 (17.86%) Games
3 7 (12.50%) Banking
4 4 (7.14%) Retail
5 3 (5.36%) Electronics
6 2 (3.57%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.79%) Automotive
7 1 (1.79%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (19.64%) XML
2 9 (16.07%) Gherkin
3 8 (14.29%) SOAP
3 8 (14.29%) Web Services
4 2 (3.57%) JSON
4 2 (3.57%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 17 (30.36%) Mobile App
2 7 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (12.50%) BBC
3 6 (10.71%) Fintech
4 5 (8.93%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.79%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 7 (12.50%) Android
1 7 (12.50%) Apple iOS
2 4 (7.14%) Windows
3 1 (1.79%) Linux
3 1 (1.79%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (64.29%) Test Automation
2 28 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (23.21%) Scrum
3 13 (23.21%) Test Scripting
4 12 (21.43%) Regression Testing
5 10 (17.86%) Business Intelligence
5 10 (17.86%) Defect Tracking
6 9 (16.07%) E-Commerce
6 9 (16.07%) Open Source
6 9 (16.07%) Test Strategy
7 8 (14.29%) API Testing
7 8 (14.29%) Game Development
7 8 (14.29%) Mentoring
7 8 (14.29%) QA Automation
7 8 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
7 8 (14.29%) Smoke Testing
8 7 (12.50%) BDD
8 7 (12.50%) Functional Testing
8 7 (12.50%) Manual Testing
8 7 (12.50%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (26.79%) SQL
2 11 (19.64%) Java
3 7 (12.50%) C#
4 2 (3.57%) Apple Swift
4 2 (3.57%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.57%) Objective-C
5 1 (1.79%) Perl
5 1 (1.79%) Python
5 1 (1.79%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 13 (23.21%) Degree
2 8 (14.29%) ISEB
3 5 (8.93%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (8.93%) ISTQB
4 3 (5.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (3.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (10.71%) CA Agile Central
1 6 (10.71%) Google
2 4 (7.14%) Microsoft