Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 67 56 65
Rank change year-on-year -11 +9 +27
Permanent jobs citing QA 380 460 443
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.93% 4.70% 3.86%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.55% 33.12% 29.30%
Number of salaries quoted 300 364 363
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £41,250 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £25,000 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £60,125 £61,250 £57,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +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 1,286 1,389 1,512
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.29% 14.20% 13.18%
Number of salaries quoted 959 996 1,123
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £25,000 £25,252 £25,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £64,313 £65,000
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

QA
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 23 April 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 23 April 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 -29 130 £45,000 +5.88% 23
Staffordshire -10 56 £37,500 +1.35% 12
Warwickshire 0 40 £32,250 -29.89% 5
Coventry -18 39 £32,500 -27.78% 8
Solihull +12 34 £36,250 +16.94% 5
Herefordshire - 31 £42,500 - 2
Worcestershire +36 16 £45,947 +41.37% 5
Sutton Coldfield 0 9 £31,000 -31.11% 2
Shropshire -1 7 £37,500 +2.74% 3
Walsall -3 4 £45,000 +42.86%
Halesowen - 4 £20,000 - 4
Wolverhampton -22 3 £45,000 -15.09% 2
Dudley -6 1 £23,000 -8.00% 2
QA
England

For the 6 months to 23 April 2018, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 160 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
2 150 (39.47%) Test Automation
3 93 (24.47%) Finance
4 90 (23.68%) Selenium
5 82 (21.58%) SQL
6 65 (17.11%) SDLC
7 63 (16.58%) Scrum
8 61 (16.05%) ISEB
9 60 (15.79%) Degree
9 60 (15.79%) Software Testing
10 57 (15.00%) Manual Testing
11 56 (14.74%) C#
12 55 (14.47%) Test Scripting
13 54 (14.21%) JIRA
13 54 (14.21%) Java
14 50 (13.16%) User Acceptance Testing
15 49 (12.89%) Project Management
16 48 (12.63%) ISTQB
17 45 (11.84%) Stakeholder Management
18 42 (11.05%) Analytical Skills
19 41 (10.79%) .NET
20 40 (10.53%) Microsoft
20 40 (10.53%) Regression Testing
20 40 (10.53%) Waterfall
21 39 (10.26%) Test Strategy
22 38 (10.00%) SOAP
23 37 (9.74%) SAP
23 37 (9.74%) Software Engineering
23 37 (9.74%) Continuous Improvement
23 37 (9.74%) SoapUI

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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 11 (2.89%) CMS
2 10 (2.63%) WordPress
3 8 (2.11%) Drupal
4 5 (1.32%) Apache
4 5 (1.32%) Tomcat
5 4 (1.05%) Confluence
5 4 (1.05%) JBoss
5 4 (1.05%) NetWeaver
6 3 (0.79%) SAS
6 3 (0.79%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (0.79%) Umbraco
6 3 (0.79%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.53%) Apache Pig
7 2 (0.53%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.53%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.26%) ColdFusion
8 1 (0.26%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.26%) SharePoint
Applications
1 13 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (3.16%) MS Visio
3 8 (2.11%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.79%) HipChat
4 3 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.79%) Simulink
5 2 (0.53%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.26%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (2.11%) SAP R/3
2 7 (1.84%) Magento
2 7 (1.84%) Shopify
3 5 (1.32%) SAP CO
3 5 (1.32%) SAP FI
3 5 (1.32%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (1.05%) SAP CRM
4 4 (1.05%) SAP IS-U
5 3 (0.79%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.26%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 20 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (4.74%) SaaS
3 11 (2.89%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (1.84%) Basecamp
5 5 (1.32%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (1.32%) PaaS
6 4 (1.05%) AdWords
6 4 (1.05%) Dynamics 365
6 4 (1.05%) Google Analytics
6 4 (1.05%) IaaS
7 3 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.53%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.53%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (0.53%) Serverless
8 2 (0.53%) Trello
9 1 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.26%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 1 (0.26%) GitHub
9 1 (0.26%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.11%) Internet
2 7 (1.84%) TCP/IP
3 5 (1.32%) BGP
3 5 (1.32%) Cisco ASA
3 5 (1.32%) Cisco ISE
3 5 (1.32%) Cisco Nexus
3 5 (1.32%) Ethernet
3 5 (1.32%) IPsec
3 5 (1.32%) MPLS
3 5 (1.32%) Network Security
3 5 (1.32%) OSPF
3 5 (1.32%) SNMP
3 5 (1.32%) Sourcefire
3 5 (1.32%) SSL
3 5 (1.32%) VLAN
3 5 (1.32%) VPN
3 5 (1.32%) Wireless
4 4 (1.05%) SMS
5 2 (0.53%) AMQP
5 2 (0.53%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (7.89%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.68%) MongoDB
3 12 (3.16%) Relational Database
4 11 (2.89%) NoSQL
5 10 (2.63%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (2.37%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (1.58%) Big Data
7 6 (1.58%) MySQL
7 6 (1.58%) Power BI
8 4 (1.05%) SQL Server 2016
8 4 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.79%) Data Mining
9 3 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.79%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.79%) Riak
9 3 (0.79%) SAP BW
9 3 (0.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 2 (0.53%) GIS
10 2 (0.53%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 90 (23.68%) Selenium
2 54 (14.21%) JIRA
3 37 (9.74%) SoapUI
4 29 (7.63%) WebDriver
5 27 (7.11%) Visual Studio
6 24 (6.32%) Cucumber
7 21 (5.53%) Git (software)
7 21 (5.53%) SpecFlow
8 16 (4.21%) Jenkins
8 16 (4.21%) Team Foundation Server
9 14 (3.68%) Subversion
10 9 (2.37%) JMeter
11 8 (2.11%) Ranorex
12 7 (1.84%) Bugzilla
12 7 (1.84%) Maven
13 6 (1.58%) Bitbucket
13 6 (1.58%) Eclipse
14 5 (1.32%) Android Studio
14 5 (1.32%) WATIR
15 4 (1.05%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 93 (24.47%) Finance
2 31 (8.16%) Retail
3 20 (5.26%) Manufacturing
4 18 (4.74%) Banking
5 17 (4.47%) Telecoms
6 15 (3.95%) Publishing
7 12 (3.16%) Financial Institution
8 9 (2.37%) Marketing
9 7 (1.84%) Games
10 6 (1.58%) Electronics
11 5 (1.32%) Billing
12 3 (0.79%) Automotive
12 3 (0.79%) Legal
12 3 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.26%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.26%) Back Office
13 1 (0.26%) Law
Job Titles
1 103 (27.11%) Analyst
2 54 (14.21%) Tester
3 47 (12.37%) Test Analyst
4 44 (11.58%) Developer
5 30 (7.89%) QA Analyst
6 29 (7.63%) QA Tester
7 27 (7.11%) Business Analyst
8 25 (6.58%) Architect
9 23 (6.05%) QA Engineer
10 21 (5.53%) QA Leader
11 19 (5.00%) Test Engineer
12 18 (4.74%) SAP Manager
12 18 (4.74%) Software Engineer
12 18 (4.74%) Software Tester
12 18 (4.74%) Test Leader
13 16 (4.21%) Junior
13 16 (4.21%) QA Manager
14 15 (3.95%) Automation Tester
14 15 (3.95%) Project Manager
14 15 (3.95%) Software Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (10.79%) .NET
2 38 (10.00%) SOAP
3 34 (8.95%) Web Services
4 18 (4.74%) HTML
4 18 (4.74%) XML
5 16 (4.21%) REST
6 12 (3.16%) RESTful
7 10 (2.63%) Gherkin
8 9 (2.37%) ASP.NET
8 9 (2.37%) CSS
8 9 (2.37%) HTML5
9 7 (1.84%) jQuery
10 6 (1.58%) .NET Framework
10 6 (1.58%) CSS3
10 6 (1.58%) JSON
10 6 (1.58%) Spring
10 6 (1.58%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 5 (1.32%) AngularJS
11 5 (1.32%) Middleware
12 4 (1.05%) Web Dynpro
Miscellaneous
1 42 (11.05%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (8.16%) Computer Science
3 20 (5.26%) Mobile App
4 19 (5.00%) Self-Motivation
5 18 (4.74%) User Experience
6 14 (3.68%) Data Centre
7 13 (3.42%) Fintech
8 5 (1.32%) Algorithms
8 5 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (1.32%) FlexPod
8 5 (1.32%) Management Information System
8 5 (1.32%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.05%) Client/Server
9 4 (1.05%) CMDB
9 4 (1.05%) Data Structures
10 3 (0.79%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.79%) Embedded Systems
10 3 (0.79%) Mobile Computing
10 3 (0.79%) Online Games
11 2 (0.53%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 26 (6.84%) Windows
2 12 (3.16%) Unix
3 11 (2.89%) Linux
4 8 (2.11%) Android
5 3 (0.79%) Apple iOS
5 3 (0.79%) Windows Mobile
5 3 (0.79%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.26%) FreeRTOS
6 1 (0.26%) SafeRTOS
6 1 (0.26%) Windows Embedded Compact
6 1 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
2 150 (39.47%) Test Automation
3 65 (17.11%) SDLC
4 63 (16.58%) Scrum
5 60 (15.79%) Software Testing
6 57 (15.00%) Manual Testing
7 55 (14.47%) Test Scripting
8 50 (13.16%) User Acceptance Testing
9 49 (12.89%) Project Management
10 45 (11.84%) Stakeholder Management
11 40 (10.53%) Regression Testing
11 40 (10.53%) Waterfall
12 39 (10.26%) Test Strategy
13 37 (9.74%) Continuous Improvement
13 37 (9.74%) Problem-Solving
13 37 (9.74%) Software Engineering
14 36 (9.47%) Business Intelligence
15 33 (8.68%) TDD
16 32 (8.42%) CRM
17 30 (7.89%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 82 (21.58%) SQL
2 56 (14.74%) C#
3 54 (14.21%) Java
4 32 (8.42%) JavaScript
5 18 (4.74%) Python
6 14 (3.68%) C++
7 10 (2.63%) C
8 9 (2.37%) PL/SQL
9 7 (1.84%) ABAP
10 6 (1.58%) Ruby
11 5 (1.32%) VB.NET
12 4 (1.05%) Perl
12 4 (1.05%) PHP
12 4 (1.05%) PowerShell
12 4 (1.05%) Scala
13 3 (0.79%) MATLAB
13 3 (0.79%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.79%) VB
14 2 (0.53%) R
14 2 (0.53%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 61 (16.05%) ISEB
2 60 (15.79%) Degree
3 48 (12.63%) ISTQB
4 27 (7.11%) Computer Science Degree
5 15 (3.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 11 (2.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 5 (1.32%) CCNP
7 5 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (1.32%) Numerate Degree
8 4 (1.05%) PMI Certification
8 4 (1.05%) PMP
9 3 (0.79%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 3 (0.79%) Security Cleared
10 2 (0.53%) PhD
10 2 (0.53%) SC Cleared
10 2 (0.53%) Sun Certification
11 1 (0.26%) IRCA
11 1 (0.26%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.26%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.26%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.63%) Data Quality
2 7 (1.84%) IEC 62304
2 7 (1.84%) PMO
3 3 (0.79%) IEC 61508
3 3 (0.79%) MISRA
3 3 (0.79%) SLA
4 2 (0.53%) GCP
4 2 (0.53%) ISO 13485
4 2 (0.53%) ISO 26262
4 2 (0.53%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.53%) MISRA C
5 1 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.26%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.26%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 8 (2.11%) Docker
2 4 (1.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.79%) Firmware
4 2 (0.53%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 2 (0.53%) HDFS
5 1 (0.26%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 6 (1.58%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (1.32%) Cisco Prime
3 4 (1.05%) HP ALM
4 2 (0.53%) Hadoop YARN
5 1 (0.26%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.26%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.26%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.26%) Pingdom
5 1 (0.26%) SCCM
5 1 (0.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 40 (10.53%) Microsoft
2 37 (9.74%) SAP
3 22 (5.79%) Oracle
4 11 (2.89%) Google
4 11 (2.89%) HP
5 9 (2.37%) Adobe
5 9 (2.37%) Tableau
6 7 (1.84%) IBM
7 5 (1.32%) Aruba
7 5 (1.32%) Brocade
7 5 (1.32%) CheckPoint
7 5 (1.32%) Cisco
7 5 (1.32%) Citrix
7 5 (1.32%) F5
7 5 (1.32%) Fortinet
7 5 (1.32%) Meraki
7 5 (1.32%) SolarWinds
8 4 (1.05%) Dell
8 4 (1.05%) EMC
8 4 (1.05%) VMware