Period
to 18 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 18 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 52 59 52
Rank change year-on-year +7 -7 +33
Permanent jobs citing QA 455 455 466
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.63% 4.32% 4.49%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.05% 30.23% 32.52%
Number of salaries quoted 371 336 414
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £24,750 £22,250 £24,500
90th Percentile £62,500 £61,250 £57,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following 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 quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 1,262 1,505 1,433
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.85% 14.29% 13.80%
Number of salaries quoted 972 989 1,131
West Midlands median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
10th Percentile £23,528 £25,451 £24,000
90th Percentile £68,750 £63,750 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the West Midlands

QA
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for QA in the West Midlands

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Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Salary histogram for QA in the West Midlands

QA
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 within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 18 January 2018. 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 -3 163 £45,000 +12.50% 27
Staffordshire +20 77 £32,500 -24.86% 7
Warwickshire -6 49 £32,500 -23.53% 7
Coventry -27 31 £35,000 -22.22% 2
Solihull -8 30 £40,000 +29.03% 4
Shropshire +23 29 £35,000 -12.21% 3
Herefordshire - 27 £42,500 - 2
Halesowen -30 13 £20,000 -4.76% 1
Walsall +11 11 £43,750 +36.72%
Worcestershire +1 10 £37,500 +15.38% 3
Wolverhampton -17 4 £45,000 +28.57% 1
Sutton Coldfield -3 1 £29,000 - 7
QA
England

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, IT jobs citing QA 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 QA.

1 197 (43.30%) Agile Software Development
2 190 (41.76%) Test Automation
3 128 (28.13%) SQL
4 106 (23.30%) Selenium
5 105 (23.08%) Finance
6 92 (20.22%) C#
7 87 (19.12%) Degree
8 82 (18.02%) JIRA
9 74 (16.26%) JavaScript
9 74 (16.26%) Software Testing
9 74 (16.26%) Test Scripting
10 70 (15.38%) SDLC
11 65 (14.29%) Scrum
11 65 (14.29%) .NET
12 59 (12.97%) Java
13 58 (12.75%) Analytical Skills
14 57 (12.53%) ISEB
15 56 (12.31%) Project Management
16 52 (11.43%) HTML
17 45 (9.89%) Web Services
17 45 (9.89%) Manual Testing
18 43 (9.45%) Banking
18 43 (9.45%) XML
19 42 (9.23%) Software Engineering
19 42 (9.23%) User Acceptance Testing
20 41 (9.01%) Waterfall
20 41 (9.01%) ISTQB
20 41 (9.01%) Microsoft
21 40 (8.79%) SAP
21 40 (8.79%) Stakeholder Management

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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 19 (4.18%) CMS
2 16 (3.52%) JBoss
2 16 (3.52%) Tomcat
3 13 (2.86%) Umbraco
4 12 (2.64%) Drupal
4 12 (2.64%) NetWeaver
5 11 (2.42%) Confluence
6 7 (1.54%) Sitecore CMS
7 6 (1.32%) WordPress
8 4 (0.88%) Apache
9 3 (0.66%) SAS
9 3 (0.66%) SharePoint
10 2 (0.44%) ArcGIS
10 2 (0.44%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.22%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.22%) ColdFusion
11 1 (0.22%) Documentum
11 1 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.22%) WebLogic
Applications
1 17 (3.74%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.52%) MS Visio
3 14 (3.08%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (1.98%) Simulink
5 7 (1.54%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.88%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 4 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 2 (0.44%) Doxygen
9 1 (0.22%) HipChat
9 1 (0.22%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (2.64%) SAP CRM
2 8 (1.76%) SAP IS-U
2 8 (1.76%) SAP R/3
3 5 (1.10%) Magento
3 5 (1.10%) SAP CO
3 5 (1.10%) SAP FI
3 5 (1.10%) SAP FI/CO
3 5 (1.10%) Shopify
4 4 (0.88%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.66%) Oracle 11i
5 3 (0.66%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.44%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 32 (7.03%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (6.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (3.96%) SaaS
4 12 (2.64%) AdWords
5 10 (2.20%) Google Analytics
6 7 (1.54%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 7 (1.54%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (1.54%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 7 (1.54%) Datadog
6 7 (1.54%) GitHub
7 6 (1.32%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (1.32%) npm
8 5 (1.10%) Basecamp
9 2 (0.44%) Office 365
10 1 (0.22%) MailChimp
Communications & Networking
1 14 (3.08%) Internet
2 11 (2.42%) TCP/IP
3 9 (1.98%) Ethernet
4 8 (1.76%) BGP
4 8 (1.76%) Cisco ASA
4 8 (1.76%) Cisco ISE
4 8 (1.76%) Cisco Nexus
4 8 (1.76%) IPsec
4 8 (1.76%) MPLS
4 8 (1.76%) Network Security
4 8 (1.76%) OSPF
4 8 (1.76%) SNMP
4 8 (1.76%) SSL
4 8 (1.76%) VLAN
4 8 (1.76%) VPN
4 8 (1.76%) Wireless
5 7 (1.54%) ATM
6 2 (0.44%) 4G
6 2 (0.44%) DHCP
6 2 (0.44%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (8.35%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.30%) MySQL
3 12 (2.64%) NoSQL
4 10 (2.20%) MongoDB
5 8 (1.76%) Redis
5 8 (1.76%) SQL Server 2008
6 7 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
7 6 (1.32%) Big Data
7 6 (1.32%) Relational Database
7 6 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (1.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 5 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.88%) SAP BW
10 3 (0.66%) IBM InfoSphere
10 3 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (0.44%) DataStage
11 2 (0.44%) GIS
11 2 (0.44%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.44%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 106 (23.30%) Selenium
2 82 (18.02%) JIRA
3 36 (7.91%) SoapUI
4 35 (7.69%) Cucumber
5 34 (7.47%) WebDriver
6 33 (7.25%) Git (software)
7 26 (5.71%) Subversion
8 21 (4.62%) Jenkins
9 20 (4.40%) Visual Studio
10 16 (3.52%) Bitbucket
10 16 (3.52%) Maven
11 14 (3.08%) Appium
12 13 (2.86%) Calabash
12 13 (2.86%) JMeter
12 13 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
13 10 (2.20%) gulp
13 10 (2.20%) Vagrant
14 9 (1.98%) Bugzilla
14 9 (1.98%) Eclipse
15 8 (1.76%) JBehave
General
1 105 (23.08%) Finance
2 43 (9.45%) Banking
3 36 (7.91%) Retail
4 30 (6.59%) Marketing
5 20 (4.40%) Games
6 17 (3.74%) Manufacturing
7 13 (2.86%) Financial Institution
8 12 (2.64%) Electronics
9 11 (2.42%) Billing
9 11 (2.42%) Telecoms
10 7 (1.54%) Publishing
11 6 (1.32%) Advertising
11 6 (1.32%) Legal
12 4 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.66%) Automotive
14 1 (0.22%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.22%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 108 (23.74%) Analyst
2 94 (20.66%) Tester
3 76 (16.70%) Developer
4 69 (15.16%) Test Analyst
5 50 (10.99%) QA Tester
6 48 (10.55%) Software Tester
7 36 (7.91%) QA Engineer
8 32 (7.03%) Test Engineer
9 26 (5.71%) QA Analyst
10 25 (5.49%) QA Test Engineer
11 24 (5.27%) Junior
12 23 (5.05%) Automation Tester
12 23 (5.05%) Software Analyst
12 23 (5.05%) Software Engineer
13 21 (4.62%) Graduate
14 19 (4.18%) Automation Test Analyst
14 19 (4.18%) SAP Manager
15 18 (3.96%) C# Developer
15 18 (3.96%) QA Leader
15 18 (3.96%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (14.29%) .NET
2 52 (11.43%) HTML
3 45 (9.89%) Web Services
4 43 (9.45%) XML
5 37 (8.13%) SOAP
6 32 (7.03%) HTML5
7 30 (6.59%) CSS
8 29 (6.37%) RESTful
9 26 (5.71%) jQuery
10 25 (5.49%) ASP.NET
10 25 (5.49%) REST
11 19 (4.18%) AngularJS
12 15 (3.30%) Spring
13 14 (3.08%) CSS3
14 13 (2.86%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 12 (2.64%) .NET Framework
15 12 (2.64%) Gherkin
15 12 (2.64%) Web Dynpro
16 11 (2.42%) Entity Framework
17 9 (1.98%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 58 (12.75%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (7.25%) Computer Science
2 33 (7.25%) Mobile App
3 15 (3.30%) Algorithms
3 15 (3.30%) User Experience
4 13 (2.86%) Data Centre
5 10 (2.20%) BBC
5 10 (2.20%) Social Media
6 9 (1.98%) Client/Server
7 8 (1.76%) FlexPod
8 5 (1.10%) Driving Licence
8 5 (1.10%) Management Information System
9 4 (0.88%) Embedded Systems
9 4 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (0.88%) Fintech
9 4 (0.88%) Graphic Design
9 4 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (0.88%) Life Science
9 4 (0.88%) PMI
10 3 (0.66%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 26 (5.71%) Windows
2 19 (4.18%) Android
3 11 (2.42%) Apple iOS
4 10 (2.20%) Linux
4 10 (2.20%) Unix
5 3 (0.66%) Windows Mobile
6 2 (0.44%) Windows Embedded Compact
6 2 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.22%) VMS
7 1 (0.22%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 197 (43.30%) Agile Software Development
2 190 (41.76%) Test Automation
3 74 (16.26%) Software Testing
3 74 (16.26%) Test Scripting
4 70 (15.38%) SDLC
5 65 (14.29%) Scrum
6 56 (12.31%) Project Management
7 45 (9.89%) Manual Testing
8 42 (9.23%) Software Engineering
8 42 (9.23%) User Acceptance Testing
9 41 (9.01%) Waterfall
10 40 (8.79%) Regression Testing
10 40 (8.79%) Stakeholder Management
10 40 (8.79%) Test Strategy
11 39 (8.57%) BDD
12 37 (8.13%) CRM
12 37 (8.13%) Unit Testing
13 34 (7.47%) Mentoring
14 33 (7.25%) Web Development
15 32 (7.03%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 128 (28.13%) SQL
2 92 (20.22%) C#
3 74 (16.26%) JavaScript
4 59 (12.97%) Java
5 33 (7.25%) PHP
6 25 (5.49%) Python
7 24 (5.27%) C++
8 16 (3.52%) ABAP
9 15 (3.30%) C
10 12 (2.64%) PL/SQL
11 10 (2.20%) PowerShell
12 9 (1.98%) MATLAB
12 9 (1.98%) PHP 5
12 9 (1.98%) XPath
13 7 (1.54%) Perl
14 6 (1.32%) Shell Script
15 5 (1.10%) Ruby
16 3 (0.66%) T-SQL
17 2 (0.44%) Embedded C
17 2 (0.44%) R
Qualifications
1 87 (19.12%) Degree
2 57 (12.53%) ISEB
3 41 (9.01%) ISTQB
4 26 (5.71%) Computer Science Degree
5 14 (3.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 11 (2.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (1.76%) CCNP
7 8 (1.76%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (1.10%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 4 (0.88%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.66%) MBA
10 3 (0.66%) SC Cleared
10 3 (0.66%) Security Cleared
11 2 (0.44%) ISEB Practitioner
12 1 (0.22%) HNC
12 1 (0.22%) HND
12 1 (0.22%) IRCA
12 1 (0.22%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (3.08%) IEC 62304
2 9 (1.98%) Data Quality
3 8 (1.76%) IEC 61508
3 8 (1.76%) PMO
4 4 (0.88%) ISO 13485
4 4 (0.88%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.88%) MISRA
5 3 (0.66%) MISRA C
6 2 (0.44%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.44%) ISO 26262
6 2 (0.44%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.22%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (4.62%) Docker
2 9 (1.98%) Firmware
3 2 (0.44%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.22%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 8 (1.76%) Cisco Prime
2 7 (1.54%) Capistrano
2 7 (1.54%) Pingdom
3 5 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.22%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 41 (9.01%) Microsoft
2 40 (8.79%) SAP
3 34 (7.47%) Google
4 27 (5.93%) Oracle
5 13 (2.86%) HP
6 10 (2.20%) Adobe
7 8 (1.76%) Aruba
7 8 (1.76%) Brocade
7 8 (1.76%) CheckPoint
7 8 (1.76%) Cisco
7 8 (1.76%) F5
7 8 (1.76%) Fortinet
7 8 (1.76%) Meraki
7 8 (1.76%) SolarWinds
7 8 (1.76%) Sourcefire
8 7 (1.54%) Rackspace
8 7 (1.54%) Sitecore
8 7 (1.54%) Splunk
9 4 (0.88%) Facebook
9 4 (0.88%) Xamarin