The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £31,500 in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
England / West Midlands
Rank 177 236 188
Rank change year-on-year +59 -48  
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 29 7 28
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.62% 0.11% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 0.12% 0.57%
Number of salaries quoted 29 7 28
Median salary £31,500 £31,500 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -3.07%  
90% offered a salary of more than £20,500 £19,000 £18,900
10% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £37,000 £35,000
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £37,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year -6.66% +15.38%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
West Midlands
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 4522 5924 4891
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 96.85% 96.37% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 3730 4820 4179
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands that featured QA Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 26 March 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 3 months to 26 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 +34 17 £30,000 -14.28% 3
Staffordshire +19 7 £31,500 +65.78%
Walsall - 2 £31,500 -
Warwickshire +27 1 £32,500 -5.79% 1
Worcestershire - 1 £27,500 -
Coventry - 1 £35,000 -
Solihull - 1 £35,000 -
QA Tester
England

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 34 (100.00%) QA
2 20 (58.82%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (44.12%) Selenium
4 11 (32.35%) JIRA
4 11 (32.35%) SQL
5 10 (29.41%) Mobile App
6 9 (26.47%) Test Scripting
6 9 (26.47%) Defect Tracking
6 9 (26.47%) Java
7 8 (23.53%) Regression Testing
7 8 (23.53%) Games
7 8 (23.53%) ISTQB
7 8 (23.53%) Degree
7 8 (23.53%) QA Automation
8 7 (20.59%) Automation Testing
8 7 (20.59%) WebDriver
9 6 (17.65%) Automated Testing
9 6 (17.65%) Test Automation
9 6 (17.65%) Game Development
10 5 (14.71%) Analytical Skills
10 5 (14.71%) Test Strategy
10 5 (14.71%) Functional Testing
10 5 (14.71%) SOAP
10 5 (14.71%) E-Commerce
10 5 (14.71%) Microsoft
10 5 (14.71%) ISEB
10 5 (14.71%) Scrum
11 4 (11.76%) Web Services
11 4 (11.76%) Windows
11 4 (11.76%) C#

QA Tester Skill Set
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 3 (8.82%) Apache
1 3 (8.82%) Apache Spark
2 1 (2.94%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (5.88%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.82%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.82%) Big Data
1 3 (8.82%) Hadoop
2 2 (5.88%) MongoDB
2 2 (5.88%) MySQL
3 1 (2.94%) NoSQL
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (44.12%) Selenium
2 11 (32.35%) JIRA
3 7 (20.59%) WebDriver
4 4 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (8.82%) Cucumber
6 2 (5.88%) Concordion
6 2 (5.88%) JMeter
6 2 (5.88%) SoapUI
6 2 (5.88%) The Grinder
7 1 (2.94%) Bugzilla
7 1 (2.94%) FogBugz
7 1 (2.94%) HttpUnit
General
1 8 (23.53%) Games
2 3 (8.82%) Finance
3 1 (2.94%) Advertising
3 1 (2.94%) Automotive
3 1 (2.94%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (14.71%) SOAP
2 4 (11.76%) Web Services
3 3 (8.82%) AngularJS
3 3 (8.82%) HTML
3 3 (8.82%) JSON
3 3 (8.82%) XML
4 2 (5.88%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 10 (29.41%) Mobile App
2 5 (14.71%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.94%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.76%) Windows
2 2 (5.88%) Android
2 2 (5.88%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (58.82%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (26.47%) Defect Tracking
2 9 (26.47%) Test Scripting
3 8 (23.53%) QA Automation
3 8 (23.53%) Regression Testing
4 7 (20.59%) Automation Testing
5 6 (17.65%) Automated Testing
5 6 (17.65%) Game Development
5 6 (17.65%) Test Automation
6 5 (14.71%) E-Commerce
6 5 (14.71%) Functional Testing
6 5 (14.71%) Scrum
6 5 (14.71%) Test Strategy
7 4 (11.76%) Software Testing
7 4 (11.76%) User Stories
8 3 (8.82%) Data Analysis
8 3 (8.82%) Manual Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Mentoring
8 3 (8.82%) SDLC
8 3 (8.82%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 11 (32.35%) SQL
2 9 (26.47%) Java
3 4 (11.76%) C#
4 3 (8.82%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.94%) PHP
5 1 (2.94%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (23.53%) Degree
1 8 (23.53%) ISTQB
2 5 (14.71%) ISEB
3 2 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (14.71%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.88%) Oracle
3 1 (2.94%) VMware
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