Period
to 15 August 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 15 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 79 66 53
Rank change year-on-year -13 -13 +21
Permanent jobs citing QA 302 404 560
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.33% 4.04% 4.64%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.03% 30.42% 31.73%
Number of salaries quoted 224 358 447
West Midlands median annual salary £47,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +18.75% +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £28,488 £25,500 £23,000
90th Percentile £62,125 £60,375 £63,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 1,436 1,328 1,765
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.82% 13.28% 14.63%
Number of salaries quoted 918 1,038 1,220
West Midlands median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £41,417
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.76% +2.62% +3.54%
10th Percentile £28,750 £24,675 £25,000
90th Percentile £65,300 £67,500 £70,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 15 August 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 15 August 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 -23 134 £48,000 +20.00% 31
Staffordshire -15 31 £35,000 +1.45% 6
Coventry -11 30 £47,500 +21.79% 13
Warwickshire +15 21 £42,500 -5.56% 7
Solihull 0 17 £42,500 -5.56% 1
Worcestershire +33 16 £35,000 +7.69% 11
Herefordshire - 11 £50,000 - 2
Sutton Coldfield -16 8 £31,000 -31.11% 1
Wolverhampton -11 6 £48,750 +8.33% 3
Shropshire +5 4 £37,500 +2.74% 3
Halesowen +10 2 £23,000 -29.23% 7
Walsall -3 2 £27,500 -38.89%
Dudley -17 1 £23,000 -8.00%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 15 August 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.

1 132 (43.71%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (31.13%) Test Automation
3 87 (28.81%) Finance
4 82 (27.15%) Scrum
5 64 (21.19%) Java
5 64 (21.19%) Selenium
6 55 (18.21%) SQL
7 48 (15.89%) Project Management
8 46 (15.23%) Degree
8 46 (15.23%) Analytical Skills
9 40 (13.25%) Software Testing
10 39 (12.91%) Manual Testing
11 38 (12.58%) TDD
12 37 (12.25%) Test Scripting
12 37 (12.25%) Regression Testing
12 37 (12.25%) Continuous Improvement
13 35 (11.59%) C#
14 34 (11.26%) Stakeholder Management
15 33 (10.93%) Problem-Solving
16 32 (10.60%) JavaScript
17 30 (9.93%) Visual Studio
18 29 (9.60%) Microsoft
19 28 (9.27%) WebDriver
19 28 (9.27%) SDLC
20 27 (8.94%) JIRA
21 26 (8.61%) Computer Science
21 26 (8.61%) BDD
21 26 (8.61%) .NET
21 26 (8.61%) Management Information System
22 25 (8.28%) Oracle

QA
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 10 (3.31%) Confluence
2 3 (0.99%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.66%) ColdFusion
3 2 (0.66%) JBoss
3 2 (0.66%) MQSeries
3 2 (0.66%) Oracle Workflow
3 2 (0.66%) Tomcat
3 2 (0.66%) WebLogic
3 2 (0.66%) WebSphere
3 2 (0.66%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (0.33%) Apache
4 1 (0.33%) Apache Pig
4 1 (0.33%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.33%) CMS
4 1 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.33%) IIS
Applications
1 15 (4.97%) Microsoft Project
2 14 (4.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (4.64%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.32%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.32%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.66%) Maya
4 2 (0.66%) Simulink
5 1 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (3.31%) HFM
2 7 (2.32%) assyst
2 7 (2.32%) Sentinel
3 5 (1.66%) Hyperion Planning
3 5 (1.66%) SAP CO
3 5 (1.66%) SAP FI
3 5 (1.66%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (1.32%) SAP PM
4 4 (1.32%) SAP R/3
5 2 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.33%) Maximo
6 1 (0.33%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 17 (5.63%) SaaS
2 13 (4.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (2.98%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (2.32%) GitHub
5 5 (1.66%) IaaS
6 4 (1.32%) BrowserStack
6 4 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (0.99%) PaaS
7 3 (0.99%) Trello
8 2 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.66%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.33%) AdWords
9 1 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.33%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.33%) Asana
9 1 (0.33%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.33%) Basecamp
9 1 (0.33%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.64%) Internet
2 9 (2.98%) SMS
3 7 (2.32%) ATM
4 5 (1.66%) Network Security
5 3 (0.99%) HTTPS
5 3 (0.99%) SSH
6 2 (0.66%) FTP
6 2 (0.66%) HTTP
7 1 (0.33%) Ethernet
7 1 (0.33%) Extranet
7 1 (0.33%) Intranet
7 1 (0.33%) RS-232
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (7.62%) SQL Server
2 16 (5.30%) MySQL
3 11 (3.64%) MongoDB
4 10 (3.31%) Essbase
5 9 (2.98%) Relational Database
6 7 (2.32%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.99%) Power BI
8 5 (1.66%) NoSQL
8 5 (1.66%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (1.32%) Big Data
9 4 (1.32%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.66%) Cosmos DB
10 2 (0.66%) DB2
10 2 (0.66%) Oracle BI EE
10 2 (0.66%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 2 (0.66%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.66%) QlikView
10 2 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
10 2 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 64 (21.19%) Selenium
2 30 (9.93%) Visual Studio
3 28 (9.27%) WebDriver
4 27 (8.94%) JIRA
5 24 (7.95%) SpecFlow
6 21 (6.95%) Cucumber
7 18 (5.96%) Jenkins
7 18 (5.96%) SoapUI
8 15 (4.97%) Git (software)
9 8 (2.65%) Maven
10 7 (2.32%) Ranorex
11 6 (1.99%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (1.66%) TestNG
13 4 (1.32%) Appium
13 4 (1.32%) Robot Framework
13 4 (1.32%) Robotium
13 4 (1.32%) Subversion
14 3 (0.99%) Grunt
14 3 (0.99%) gulp
14 3 (0.99%) Vagrant
General
1 87 (28.81%) Finance
2 19 (6.29%) Retail
3 16 (5.30%) Telecoms
4 14 (4.64%) Manufacturing
5 12 (3.97%) Games
6 10 (3.31%) Publishing
7 7 (2.32%) Marketing
8 6 (1.99%) Automotive
8 6 (1.99%) Banking
8 6 (1.99%) Financial Institution
8 6 (1.99%) Legal
9 1 (0.33%) Advertising
9 1 (0.33%) Electronics
9 1 (0.33%) Law
9 1 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 83 (27.48%) Analyst
2 42 (13.91%) Developer
3 36 (11.92%) Tester
4 33 (10.93%) Business Analyst
5 32 (10.60%) Test Analyst
6 22 (7.28%) QA Analyst
7 21 (6.95%) Project Manager
8 20 (6.62%) Automation Tester
9 16 (5.30%) Architect
10 15 (4.97%) Software Tester
11 14 (4.64%) Consultant
11 14 (4.64%) Java Developer
11 14 (4.64%) QA Tester
12 13 (4.30%) Junior
12 13 (4.30%) Senior Tester
13 12 (3.97%) QA Test Analyst
13 12 (3.97%) Senior Automation Tester
13 12 (3.97%) Software Engineer
13 12 (3.97%) Solutions Architect
13 12 (3.97%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (8.61%) .NET
2 23 (7.62%) Web Services
3 21 (6.95%) XML
4 18 (5.96%) SOAP
5 12 (3.97%) RESTful
6 10 (3.31%) HTML
7 9 (2.98%) J2EE
7 9 (2.98%) JSON
7 9 (2.98%) Spring
8 8 (2.65%) CSS
8 8 (2.65%) jQuery
9 7 (2.32%) KnockoutJS
9 7 (2.32%) React
10 6 (1.99%) AngularJS
10 6 (1.99%) Backbone.js
10 6 (1.99%) Ember.js
10 6 (1.99%) Ext JS
10 6 (1.99%) Hibernate
10 6 (1.99%) WPF
11 5 (1.66%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 46 (15.23%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (8.61%) Computer Science
2 26 (8.61%) Management Information System
3 20 (6.62%) Data Centre
4 17 (5.63%) Self-Motivation
5 14 (4.64%) User Experience
6 13 (4.30%) Fintech
7 12 (3.97%) Client/Server
8 8 (2.65%) Algorithms
8 8 (2.65%) Data Structures
9 7 (2.32%) CESG
9 7 (2.32%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (2.32%) Freedom of Information
9 7 (2.32%) Video Conferencing
10 5 (1.66%) Virtual Team
11 4 (1.32%) PMI
11 4 (1.32%) Public Cloud
12 3 (0.99%) CMDB
12 3 (0.99%) Driving Licence
13 2 (0.66%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 15 (4.97%) Unix
2 13 (4.30%) Windows
3 12 (3.97%) Linux
4 1 (0.33%) Android
4 1 (0.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (43.71%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (31.13%) Test Automation
3 82 (27.15%) Scrum
4 48 (15.89%) Project Management
5 40 (13.25%) Software Testing
6 39 (12.91%) Manual Testing
7 38 (12.58%) TDD
8 37 (12.25%) Continuous Improvement
8 37 (12.25%) Regression Testing
8 37 (12.25%) Test Scripting
9 34 (11.26%) Stakeholder Management
10 33 (10.93%) Problem-Solving
11 28 (9.27%) SDLC
12 26 (8.61%) BDD
13 25 (8.28%) Test Strategy
13 25 (8.28%) Waterfall
14 24 (7.95%) Continuous Integration
15 23 (7.62%) ERP
15 23 (7.62%) Software Engineering
15 23 (7.62%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 64 (21.19%) Java
2 55 (18.21%) SQL
3 35 (11.59%) C#
4 32 (10.60%) JavaScript
5 21 (6.95%) Python
6 10 (3.31%) PHP
6 10 (3.31%) Ruby
7 5 (1.66%) VB.NET
8 4 (1.32%) VB
9 3 (0.99%) C
9 3 (0.99%) Scala
10 2 (0.66%) Embedded C
10 2 (0.66%) Perl
10 2 (0.66%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.66%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.33%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.33%) PHP 5
11 1 (0.33%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.33%) XAML
11 1 (0.33%) XPath
Qualifications
1 46 (15.23%) Degree
2 23 (7.62%) Computer Science Degree
3 22 (7.28%) ISEB
4 19 (6.29%) ISTQB
5 14 (4.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 11 (3.64%) Security Cleared
7 9 (2.98%) SC Cleared
8 7 (2.32%) CISA
8 7 (2.32%) CISM
8 7 (2.32%) CISSP
8 7 (2.32%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (2.32%) PMI Certification
9 4 (1.32%) Numerate Degree
9 4 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (0.99%) PMP
10 3 (0.99%) Sun Certification
11 1 (0.33%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.33%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.97%) ISO/IEC 20000
1 12 (3.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (3.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 8 (2.65%) PMO
4 7 (2.32%) Cyber Essentials
4 7 (2.32%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 7 (2.32%) PCI DSS
5 6 (1.99%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.66%) GCP
6 2 (0.66%) GDPR
7 1 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.33%) IEC 62304
7 1 (0.33%) ISO 26262
7 1 (0.33%) P3O
7 1 (0.33%) WCAG
System Software
1 13 (4.30%) Docker
2 7 (2.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.66%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.33%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.33%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 5 (1.66%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.66%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.33%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (0.33%) Failover Clustering
3 1 (0.33%) Hadoop YARN
3 1 (0.33%) Kibana
3 1 (0.33%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 29 (9.60%) Microsoft
2 25 (8.28%) Oracle
3 17 (5.63%) SAP
4 10 (3.31%) Hyperion
4 10 (3.31%) Informatica
4 10 (3.31%) PeopleSoft
5 8 (2.65%) Atlassian
6 7 (2.32%) Tableau
6 7 (2.32%) VMware
7 6 (1.99%) Google
7 6 (1.99%) IBM
8 5 (1.66%) Citrix
8 5 (1.66%) EMC
8 5 (1.66%) HP
9 3 (0.99%) Dell
9 3 (0.99%) Fujitsu
9 3 (0.99%) NetApp
9 3 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.99%) Veritas
10 2 (0.66%) webMethods