Period
to 17 December 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 17 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 63 52 63
Rank change year-on-year -11 +11 -8
Permanent jobs citing QA 324 469 470
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.99% 4.69% 4.26%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.19% 36.05% 30.32%
Number of salaries quoted 231 387 368
West Midlands median annual salary £44,000 £40,000 £39,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% +2.56% -2.50%
10th Percentile £24,500 £24,750 £22,000
90th Percentile £64,733 £64,063 £61,625
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 1,529 1,301 1,550
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 18.82% 13.02% 14.04%
Number of salaries quoted 907 1,002 1,029
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £27,000 £23,528 £25,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £71,125 £65,250
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 17 December 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 17 December 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 -10 145 £45,000 - 23
Worcestershire +29 40 £44,000 +17.33% 7
Coventry +20 39 £40,000 +6.67% 6
Warwickshire +12 26 £40,000 +6.67% 9
Solihull +1 18 £45,500 -10.78% 6
Staffordshire -27 15 £37,500 +13.64% 4
Shropshire -17 9 £22,000 -37.14% 1
Herefordshire -16 8 £50,000 +29.03% 2
Wolverhampton +16 7 £37,500 -16.67% 3
Sutton Coldfield -14 2 £29,750 +2.59%
Halesowen +30 1 £26,000 +30.00% 5
Walsall -11 1 £80,000 +77.78% 2
QA
England

For the 6 months to 17 December 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.

1 148 (45.68%) Agile Software Development
2 104 (32.10%) Test Automation
3 90 (27.78%) Selenium
4 83 (25.62%) Java
5 76 (23.46%) Scrum
6 70 (21.60%) JavaScript
7 55 (16.98%) Finance
8 48 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
9 47 (14.51%) Degree
10 46 (14.20%) Microsoft
11 43 (13.27%) Software Testing
11 43 (13.27%) Cucumber
12 41 (12.65%) Project Management
12 41 (12.65%) SQL
12 41 (12.65%) JIRA
13 40 (12.35%) SOAP
14 37 (11.42%) C#
15 36 (11.11%) MySQL
15 36 (11.11%) TDD
15 36 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
15 36 (11.11%) Test Strategy
16 35 (10.80%) SDLC
17 34 (10.49%) HTML
18 33 (10.19%) Manual Testing
19 32 (9.88%) SoapUI
19 32 (9.88%) Software Engineering
20 31 (9.57%) Jenkins
21 30 (9.26%) WebDriver
22 29 (8.95%) REST
23 28 (8.64%) Python

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 21 (6.48%) Confluence
2 9 (2.78%) Drupal
3 6 (1.85%) Apache
3 6 (1.85%) Apache Spark
4 4 (1.23%) Office Communications Server
4 4 (1.23%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.23%) SharePoint Server
5 3 (0.93%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (0.62%) Oracle Self-Service HR
6 2 (0.62%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.31%) ColdFusion
7 1 (0.31%) IIS
7 1 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 25 (7.72%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (5.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (4.01%) Microsoft Project
3 13 (4.01%) MS Visio
4 11 (3.40%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.62%) Maya
6 2 (0.62%) Simulink
7 1 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.31%) ArchiCAD
7 1 (0.31%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.31%) MicroStation
7 1 (0.31%) Revit
Business Applications
1 4 (1.23%) SAP CO
1 4 (1.23%) SAP FI
1 4 (1.23%) SAP FI/CO
1 4 (1.23%) SAP FI-CA
1 4 (1.23%) SAP PM
1 4 (1.23%) SAP PSCD
1 4 (1.23%) SAP R/3
2 3 (0.93%) assyst
2 3 (0.93%) Sentinel
3 2 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.31%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.31%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 21 (6.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (4.01%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (4.01%) GitHub
3 8 (2.47%) Google Cloud Platform
4 7 (2.16%) SaaS
4 7 (2.16%) TestFlight
5 5 (1.54%) Office 365
6 4 (1.23%) BrowserStack
6 4 (1.23%) Trello
7 3 (0.93%) Slack
8 2 (0.62%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.62%) Google Play
8 2 (0.62%) IaaS
8 2 (0.62%) iTunes
9 1 (0.31%) Asana
9 1 (0.31%) Basecamp
9 1 (0.31%) Boomi
9 1 (0.31%) npm
9 1 (0.31%) PaaS
9 1 (0.31%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 9 (2.78%) Internet
2 7 (2.16%) Network Security
2 7 (2.16%) SSL
3 6 (1.85%) Unified Communications
4 4 (1.23%) NetScaler
5 2 (0.62%) Broadband
5 2 (0.62%) FTP
5 2 (0.62%) HTTP
5 2 (0.62%) HTTPS
5 2 (0.62%) SSH
6 1 (0.31%) ATM
6 1 (0.31%) BGP
6 1 (0.31%) DWDM
6 1 (0.31%) Ethernet
6 1 (0.31%) LAN
6 1 (0.31%) MPLS
6 1 (0.31%) OSPF
6 1 (0.31%) SMS
6 1 (0.31%) VPN
6 1 (0.31%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (11.11%) MySQL
2 17 (5.25%) SQL Server
3 11 (3.40%) Big Data
3 11 (3.40%) MongoDB
3 11 (3.40%) Power BI
4 10 (3.09%) Relational Database
5 8 (2.47%) NoSQL
5 8 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (2.16%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.85%) Hadoop
8 4 (1.23%) SAP HANA
8 4 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.93%) Data Mining
9 3 (0.93%) DB2
9 3 (0.93%) EDMS
9 3 (0.93%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.93%) Oracle Database 10g
9 3 (0.93%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
9 3 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 90 (27.78%) Selenium
2 43 (13.27%) Cucumber
3 41 (12.65%) JIRA
4 32 (9.88%) SoapUI
5 31 (9.57%) Jenkins
6 30 (9.26%) WebDriver
7 27 (8.33%) Git (software)
8 21 (6.48%) JUnit
9 17 (5.25%) JMeter
10 15 (4.63%) Visual Studio
11 13 (4.01%) TestNG
12 9 (2.78%) Concordion
13 6 (1.85%) FitNesse
13 6 (1.85%) Protractor
13 6 (1.85%) SpecFlow
13 6 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
14 5 (1.54%) Appium
15 4 (1.23%) Bitbucket
15 4 (1.23%) CircleCI
15 4 (1.23%) Maven
General
1 55 (16.98%) Finance
2 21 (6.48%) Retail
3 12 (3.70%) Publishing
4 9 (2.78%) Automotive
4 9 (2.78%) Manufacturing
5 7 (2.16%) Law
6 6 (1.85%) Marketing
7 3 (0.93%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.62%) Banking
8 2 (0.62%) Electronics
8 2 (0.62%) Games
8 2 (0.62%) Legal
9 1 (0.31%) Advertising
9 1 (0.31%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 67 (20.68%) Developer
2 42 (12.96%) Analyst
3 35 (10.80%) QA Engineer
4 27 (8.33%) Test Analyst
5 26 (8.02%) Architect
6 22 (6.79%) Lead Developer
6 22 (6.79%) Tester
7 14 (4.32%) Test Leader
8 12 (3.70%) Coordinator
8 12 (3.70%) Project Coordinator
8 12 (3.70%) Project Manager
8 12 (3.70%) QA Automation Engineer
8 12 (3.70%) Solutions Architect
8 12 (3.70%) Technical Architect
9 11 (3.40%) Business Analyst
9 11 (3.40%) Consultant
9 11 (3.40%) Software Tester
9 11 (3.40%) Team Leader
10 10 (3.09%) Java Developer
10 10 (3.09%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (12.35%) SOAP
2 34 (10.49%) HTML
3 29 (8.95%) REST
4 27 (8.33%) CSS
5 26 (8.02%) XML
6 21 (6.48%) .NET
7 17 (5.25%) AngularJS
8 15 (4.63%) Web Services
9 12 (3.70%) JSON
10 9 (2.78%) LAMP
10 9 (2.78%) Node.js
10 9 (2.78%) Spring
10 9 (2.78%) Velocity
11 8 (2.47%) Backbone.js
11 8 (2.47%) KnockoutJS
11 8 (2.47%) RabbitMQ
11 8 (2.47%) React
12 6 (1.85%) Kafka
13 5 (1.54%) J2EE
13 5 (1.54%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 20 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (5.86%) Data Centre
3 16 (4.94%) Mobile App
4 14 (4.32%) User Experience
5 12 (3.70%) CMDB
5 12 (3.70%) Management Information System
6 11 (3.40%) PMI
7 10 (3.09%) Algorithms
7 10 (3.09%) Data Structures
8 9 (2.78%) NHS
9 7 (2.16%) Driving Licence
10 5 (1.54%) Data Protection Act
10 5 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
11 4 (1.23%) Fintech
11 4 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
11 4 (1.23%) Public Cloud
12 3 (0.93%) CESG
12 3 (0.93%) Freedom of Information
12 3 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (3.40%) Windows
2 9 (2.78%) Linux
3 5 (1.54%) Android
3 5 (1.54%) Apple iOS
4 4 (1.23%) Unix
5 1 (0.31%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.31%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (45.68%) Agile Software Development
2 104 (32.10%) Test Automation
3 76 (23.46%) Scrum
4 48 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
5 43 (13.27%) Software Testing
6 41 (12.65%) Project Management
7 36 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
7 36 (11.11%) TDD
7 36 (11.11%) Test Strategy
8 35 (10.80%) SDLC
9 33 (10.19%) Manual Testing
10 32 (9.88%) Software Engineering
11 28 (8.64%) Business Intelligence
12 27 (8.33%) Continuous Delivery
12 27 (8.33%) IT Strategy
13 26 (8.02%) Data Protection
14 25 (7.72%) DevOps
14 25 (7.72%) ITIL
15 24 (7.41%) Technical Leadership
16 23 (7.10%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 83 (25.62%) Java
2 70 (21.60%) JavaScript
3 41 (12.65%) SQL
4 37 (11.42%) C#
5 28 (8.64%) Python
6 17 (5.25%) PHP
7 8 (2.47%) C
8 4 (1.23%) ABAP
8 4 (1.23%) PL/SQL
8 4 (1.23%) Ruby
9 2 (0.62%) Embedded C
9 2 (0.62%) Groovy
9 2 (0.62%) VB
9 2 (0.62%) VBA
10 1 (0.31%) C++
10 1 (0.31%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.31%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.31%) Scala
10 1 (0.31%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.31%) XAML
Qualifications
1 47 (14.51%) Degree
2 21 (6.48%) ISTQB
3 19 (5.86%) ISEB
4 11 (3.40%) PMI Certification
5 10 (3.09%) Security Cleared
6 9 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (2.47%) Computer Science Degree
7 8 (2.47%) SC Cleared
8 4 (1.23%) CCA
8 4 (1.23%) Citrix Certification
8 4 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 3 (0.93%) CISA
9 3 (0.93%) CISM
9 3 (0.93%) CISSP
9 3 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.93%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.31%) IRCA
10 1 (0.31%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.31%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.25%) GDPR
2 11 (3.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 11 (3.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.23%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.93%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.93%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 3 (0.93%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.62%) COBIT
5 2 (0.62%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.62%) ISO 26262
5 2 (0.62%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.62%) PMO
5 2 (0.62%) SLA
6 1 (0.31%) IEC 62304
System Software
1 21 (6.48%) Docker
2 9 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.16%) Active Directory
4 5 (1.54%) XenApp
4 5 (1.54%) XenDesktop
5 4 (1.23%) vSphere
5 4 (1.23%) XenServer
6 2 (0.62%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.31%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 7 (2.16%) HockeyApp
2 4 (1.23%) Kubernetes
2 4 (1.23%) NetBackup
2 4 (1.23%) XenMobile
3 2 (0.62%) HP ALM
3 2 (0.62%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.31%) SCCM
Vendors
1 46 (14.20%) Microsoft
2 17 (5.25%) SAP
3 16 (4.94%) Atlassian
4 12 (3.70%) Oracle
5 10 (3.09%) Google
6 9 (2.78%) VMware
7 6 (1.85%) Dell
7 6 (1.85%) EMC
8 5 (1.54%) Citrix
9 4 (1.23%) Apple
9 4 (1.23%) CommVault
9 4 (1.23%) Fujitsu
9 4 (1.23%) Veritas
10 3 (0.93%) Cisco
10 3 (0.93%) HP
10 3 (0.93%) Okta
10 3 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
11 2 (0.62%) IBM
11 2 (0.62%) OutSystems
11 2 (0.62%) Xamarin