Period
to 24 April 2019

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 24 April 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
24 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 67 66 57
Rank change year-on-year -1 -9 +7
Permanent jobs citing QA 334 377 454
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.20% 3.90% 4.69%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.27% 29.29% 33.14%
Number of salaries quoted 238 298 362
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £41,250
Median salary % change year-on-year - -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £60,375 £60,375 £61,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £49,500
% change year-on-year - +1.01% +4.21%

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 1,570 1,287 1,370
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.76% 13.31% 14.14%
Number of salaries quoted 972 958 987
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £25,250
90th Percentile £67,500 £67,500 £64,125
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% -

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 24 April 2019.

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 24 April 2019. 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 0 114 £42,500 -5.56% 12
Warwickshire +15 52 £40,000 +25.00% 5
Worcestershire +11 47 £44,000 -4.24% 5
Coventry +30 44 £39,114 +20.35% 1
Staffordshire -12 30 £30,000 -14.29% 3
Solihull -16 22 £57,500 +58.62% 1
Sutton Coldfield -6 6 £29,000 -6.45%
Halesowen +31 5 £29,000 +45.00% 2
Wolverhampton +30 3 £37,500 -16.67%
Shropshire -11 3 - - 1
Herefordshire -33 3 £41,250 -2.94% 2
Walsall +4 2 £68,000 +51.11%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 24 April 2019, 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.

1 152 (45.51%) Agile Software Development
2 118 (35.33%) Test Automation
3 102 (30.54%) Selenium
4 73 (21.86%) SQL
5 72 (21.56%) Java
6 68 (20.36%) Microsoft
7 66 (19.76%) JavaScript
8 64 (19.16%) Scrum
9 55 (16.47%) C#
10 52 (15.57%) Problem-Solving
11 50 (14.97%) Git (software)
12 49 (14.67%) Software Engineering
13 47 (14.07%) Software Testing
14 45 (13.47%) Retail
15 43 (12.87%) Finance
15 43 (12.87%) Cucumber
16 42 (12.57%) JIRA
16 42 (12.57%) Acceptance Criteria
17 40 (11.98%) Degree
17 40 (11.98%) Project Management
17 40 (11.98%) ISEB
18 39 (11.68%) ISTQB
18 39 (11.68%) Test Strategy
18 39 (11.68%) SDLC
19 38 (11.38%) Microsoft Azure
20 36 (10.78%) XML
21 34 (10.18%) SQL Server
21 34 (10.18%) DevOps
22 33 (9.88%) .NET
22 33 (9.88%) TDD

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 12 (3.59%) Confluence
2 11 (3.29%) SharePoint
3 9 (2.69%) Apache
4 7 (2.10%) IBM Notes
4 7 (2.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 7 (2.10%) SAS
5 6 (1.80%) Apache Spark
5 6 (1.80%) Oracle Workflow
6 5 (1.50%) IIS
7 4 (1.20%) Oracle Self-Service HR
8 3 (0.90%) CMS
8 3 (0.90%) Drupal
9 2 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.60%) nginx
10 1 (0.30%) Marvel
Applications
1 19 (5.69%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (3.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (2.40%) Microsoft Project
3 8 (2.40%) MS Visio
4 7 (2.10%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.60%) ArchiCAD
5 2 (0.60%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.60%) MicroStation
5 2 (0.60%) Revit
6 1 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.30%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (1.80%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.90%) SAP HCM
2 3 (0.90%) SAP HR
2 3 (0.90%) WebTrends
3 2 (0.60%) SAP FI-CA
3 2 (0.60%) SAP PSCD
4 1 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.30%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 38 (11.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (4.19%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (2.99%) Google Cloud Platform
4 9 (2.69%) BrowserStack
5 8 (2.40%) npm
6 7 (2.10%) GitHub
6 7 (2.10%) TestFlight
7 6 (1.80%) Google Play
7 6 (1.80%) iTunes
8 5 (1.50%) Office 365
8 5 (1.50%) PaaS
8 5 (1.50%) SaaS
9 3 (0.90%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.90%) SuccessFactors
10 2 (0.60%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.60%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.60%) CloudFront
10 2 (0.60%) Serverless
11 1 (0.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.99%) NetScaler
2 8 (2.40%) HTTPS
2 8 (2.40%) SSH
3 7 (2.10%) Broadband
4 6 (1.80%) LAN
4 6 (1.80%) WAN
5 5 (1.50%) Firewall
5 5 (1.50%) Internet
5 5 (1.50%) SSL
6 4 (1.20%) FTP
6 4 (1.20%) HTTP
7 3 (0.90%) BGP
7 3 (0.90%) EIGRP
7 3 (0.90%) Intranet
7 3 (0.90%) IPsec
7 3 (0.90%) MPLS
7 3 (0.90%) OSPF
7 3 (0.90%) VLAN
7 3 (0.90%) VPN
7 3 (0.90%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (10.18%) SQL Server
2 30 (8.98%) MySQL
3 16 (4.79%) Power BI
4 14 (4.19%) NoSQL
5 12 (3.59%) Relational Database
6 10 (2.99%) Big Data
7 8 (2.40%) DB2
7 8 (2.40%) EDMS
7 8 (2.40%) MongoDB
8 7 (2.10%) GIS
8 7 (2.10%) Oracle Database
8 7 (2.10%) Oracle Database 10g
8 7 (2.10%) Oracle Reports
8 7 (2.10%) PostgreSQL
8 7 (2.10%) RDBMS
8 7 (2.10%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (2.10%) SQL Server 2008
8 7 (2.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (1.80%) Oracle BI EE
9 6 (1.80%) Oracle Discoverer
Development Applications
1 102 (30.54%) Selenium
2 50 (14.97%) Git (software)
3 43 (12.87%) Cucumber
4 42 (12.57%) JIRA
5 30 (8.98%) Jenkins
6 27 (8.08%) WebDriver
7 25 (7.49%) Visual Studio
8 22 (6.59%) JMeter
9 16 (4.79%) SoapUI
10 15 (4.49%) JUnit
10 15 (4.49%) Team Foundation Server
11 14 (4.19%) Appium
12 11 (3.29%) SpecFlow
12 11 (3.29%) TestNG
13 10 (2.99%) Visual Studio Team System
14 9 (2.69%) Mercurial
14 9 (2.69%) Subversion
15 8 (2.40%) Bitbucket
15 8 (2.40%) Protractor
16 7 (2.10%) Gatling
General
1 45 (13.47%) Retail
2 43 (12.87%) Finance
3 9 (2.69%) Publishing
4 7 (2.10%) Automotive
4 7 (2.10%) Law
4 7 (2.10%) Manufacturing
4 7 (2.10%) Marketing
5 6 (1.80%) Electronics
6 5 (1.50%) Games
7 4 (1.20%) Aerospace
7 4 (1.20%) Legal
7 4 (1.20%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.60%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 59 (17.66%) Analyst
1 59 (17.66%) Developer
2 32 (9.58%) Tester
3 28 (8.38%) Test Analyst
4 27 (8.08%) QA Engineer
4 27 (8.08%) Test Engineer
5 22 (6.59%) Architect
6 19 (5.69%) Consultant
7 17 (5.09%) QA Analyst
8 16 (4.79%) Business Analyst
9 15 (4.49%) Test Automation Engineer
10 13 (3.89%) Software Test Engineer
11 11 (3.29%) Software Developer
12 10 (2.99%) Coordinator
12 10 (2.99%) QA Test Analyst
12 10 (2.99%) QA Tester
12 10 (2.99%) Senior Developer
13 9 (2.69%) Automation Test Analyst
13 9 (2.69%) Automation Tester
13 9 (2.69%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (10.78%) XML
2 33 (9.88%) .NET
3 31 (9.28%) CSS
4 27 (8.08%) HTML
5 23 (6.89%) REST
6 19 (5.69%) Node.js
7 18 (5.39%) SOAP
8 17 (5.09%) ASP.NET
9 15 (4.49%) JSON
9 15 (4.49%) Web Services
10 14 (4.19%) AngularJS
10 14 (4.19%) Laravel
10 14 (4.19%) Sass
11 11 (3.29%) React
12 10 (2.99%) RabbitMQ
12 10 (2.99%) Spring
13 9 (2.69%) Gherkin
14 7 (2.10%) ISPF
15 6 (1.80%) Kafka
15 6 (1.80%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 21 (6.29%) User Experience
2 19 (5.69%) Mobile App
3 15 (4.49%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (3.59%) Enterprise Software
5 10 (2.99%) Driving Licence
6 9 (2.69%) CMDB
7 8 (2.40%) Data Centre
7 8 (2.40%) PMI
8 7 (2.10%) Fintech
8 7 (2.10%) Mainframe
8 7 (2.10%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (1.50%) Algorithms
9 5 (1.50%) Client/Server
9 5 (1.50%) Data Structures
9 5 (1.50%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.50%) Public Cloud
9 5 (1.50%) Virtual Team
10 4 (1.20%) Embedded Systems
10 4 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
10 4 (1.20%) Mobile Games
Operating Systems
1 20 (5.99%) Windows
2 13 (3.89%) Unix
3 7 (2.10%) Android
3 7 (2.10%) Apple iOS
3 7 (2.10%) Linux
3 7 (2.10%) MVS
4 6 (1.80%) Windows Server
5 3 (0.90%) Windows Phone
5 3 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.30%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (45.51%) Agile Software Development
2 118 (35.33%) Test Automation
3 64 (19.16%) Scrum
4 52 (15.57%) Problem-Solving
5 49 (14.67%) Software Engineering
6 47 (14.07%) Software Testing
7 42 (12.57%) Acceptance Criteria
8 40 (11.98%) Project Management
9 39 (11.68%) SDLC
9 39 (11.68%) Test Strategy
10 34 (10.18%) DevOps
11 33 (9.88%) TDD
12 31 (9.28%) ITIL
13 29 (8.68%) Business Intelligence
14 28 (8.38%) Continuous Integration
15 26 (7.78%) BDD
16 25 (7.49%) Continuous Improvement
16 25 (7.49%) Regression Testing
17 24 (7.19%) Mentoring
18 23 (6.89%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 73 (21.86%) SQL
2 72 (21.56%) Java
3 66 (19.76%) JavaScript
4 55 (16.47%) C#
5 22 (6.59%) PHP
6 18 (5.39%) Python
7 13 (3.89%) PL/SQL
8 7 (2.10%) JCL
9 6 (1.80%) PowerShell
10 4 (1.20%) C++
10 4 (1.20%) VB
11 3 (0.90%) C
11 3 (0.90%) Ruby
12 2 (0.60%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.60%) Go
13 1 (0.30%) R
13 1 (0.30%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.30%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.30%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 40 (11.98%) Degree
1 40 (11.98%) ISEB
2 39 (11.68%) ISTQB
3 19 (5.69%) Security Cleared
4 17 (5.09%) SC Cleared
5 16 (4.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 10 (2.99%) CCA
6 10 (2.99%) Citrix Certification
7 8 (2.40%) PMI Certification
8 4 (1.20%) HND
9 3 (0.90%) CCNP
9 3 (0.90%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (0.90%) JNCIS
10 2 (0.60%) HNC
11 1 (0.30%) Computer Science Degree
11 1 (0.30%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.30%) IRCA
11 1 (0.30%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.30%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.69%) SLA
2 7 (2.10%) GDPR
3 6 (1.80%) IEC 62304
4 3 (0.90%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.90%) ISO 13485
4 3 (0.90%) ISO 26262
4 3 (0.90%) PMO
5 2 (0.60%) COBIT
5 2 (0.60%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.60%) JTAG
5 2 (0.60%) MISRA
6 1 (0.30%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 25 (7.49%) Docker
2 17 (5.09%) Active Directory
3 14 (4.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (3.89%) XenApp
4 13 (3.89%) XenDesktop
5 10 (2.99%) vSphere
5 10 (2.99%) XenServer
6 7 (2.10%) Hyper-V
6 7 (2.10%) Job Entry Subsystem
6 7 (2.10%) Time Sharing Option
7 6 (1.80%) VirtualBox
8 5 (1.50%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.60%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 10 (2.99%) XenMobile
2 9 (2.69%) HockeyApp
2 9 (2.69%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (2.10%) OpenView
3 7 (2.10%) ServiceCenter
4 4 (1.20%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.60%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.30%) Ansible
6 1 (0.30%) Terraform
Vendors
1 68 (20.36%) Microsoft
2 23 (6.89%) Oracle
3 21 (6.29%) VMware
4 20 (5.99%) HP
5 18 (5.39%) Google
6 13 (3.89%) Citrix
7 12 (3.59%) Atlassian
8 10 (2.99%) IBM
9 7 (2.10%) Intel
9 7 (2.10%) Lotus
10 6 (1.80%) Fujitsu
11 5 (1.50%) SAP
12 4 (1.20%) Cisco
13 3 (0.90%) Aruba
13 3 (0.90%) Dell
13 3 (0.90%) EqualLogic
13 3 (0.90%) Juniper
13 3 (0.90%) ProCurve
13 3 (0.90%) Ruckus Wireless
13 3 (0.90%) Xamarin