Period
to 21 January 2020

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 21 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 56 59 54
Rank change year-on-year +3 -5 +11
Permanent jobs citing QA 303 347 445
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.46% 4.49% 4.59%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.42% 21.57% 35.66%
Number of salaries quoted 277 242 362
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £43,250 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.05% +8.13% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £24,675 £24,750
90th Percentile £62,500 £64,733 £62,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -

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 1,066 1,609 1,248
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.68% 20.82% 12.88%
Number of salaries quoted 909 938 960
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £24,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £66,075 £68,750
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +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 21 January 2020.

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 21 January 2020. 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 -8 96 £45,000 - 15
Warwickshire +7 57 £52,500 +31.25% 7
Solihull +9 38 £57,500 - 4
Staffordshire +17 33 £38,057 +21.78% 9
Coventry -16 30 £46,431 +18.71% 2
Worcestershire -27 23 £32,000 -27.27% 6
Walsall -7 9 £45,000 -43.75%
Shropshire +14 8 £37,250 +69.32% 3
Herefordshire +6 5 £55,000 +10.00% 1
Sutton Coldfield +16 3 £27,500 -7.56%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2020, 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.

1 131 (43.23%) Test Automation
2 129 (42.57%) Agile Software Development
3 126 (41.58%) SQL
4 58 (19.14%) Microsoft
5 55 (18.15%) Problem-Solving
6 54 (17.82%) Java
6 54 (17.82%) Regression Testing
7 52 (17.16%) SDLC
8 50 (16.50%) Analytical Skills
9 48 (15.84%) Selenium
10 47 (15.51%) C#
11 46 (15.18%) ISTQB
12 45 (14.85%) Test Strategy
13 44 (14.52%) SQL Server
13 44 (14.52%) Scrum
14 43 (14.19%) Test Scripting
15 40 (13.20%) Finance
15 40 (13.20%) JavaScript
16 39 (12.87%) Python
16 39 (12.87%) Azure
16 39 (12.87%) Computer Science
17 38 (12.54%) User Stories
18 37 (12.21%) Software Testing
18 37 (12.21%) .NET
19 35 (11.55%) Oracle
19 35 (11.55%) Business Intelligence
19 35 (11.55%) AWS
19 35 (11.55%) Functional Testing
19 35 (11.55%) Waterfall
20 34 (11.22%) ETL

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 16 (5.28%) Confluence
2 9 (2.97%) SAS
3 3 (0.99%) MS Exchange
3 3 (0.99%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.66%) ArcGIS
4 2 (0.66%) CMS
4 2 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.66%) nginx
5 1 (0.33%) Apache
5 1 (0.33%) IIS
5 1 (0.33%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 10 (3.30%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.66%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.65%) Dynamics GP
2 3 (0.99%) Magento
2 3 (0.99%) WebTrends
3 2 (0.66%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 39 (12.87%) Azure
2 35 (11.55%) AWS
3 14 (4.62%) Power Platform
4 10 (3.30%) SaaS
5 6 (1.98%) Heroku
6 4 (1.32%) Office 365
7 3 (0.99%) Google Analytics
7 3 (0.99%) IaaS
7 3 (0.99%) PaaS
8 2 (0.66%) Amazon SQS
8 2 (0.66%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (0.66%) CloudFront
8 2 (0.66%) Serverless
9 1 (0.33%) GCP
9 1 (0.33%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.63%) HTTP
2 9 (2.97%) Internet
2 9 (2.97%) PuTTY
3 7 (2.31%) VPN
4 6 (1.98%) 802.11
4 6 (1.98%) Intranet
4 6 (1.98%) SNMP
5 5 (1.65%) Firewall
5 5 (1.65%) TCP/IP
6 3 (0.99%) Extranet
7 2 (0.66%) Broadband
7 2 (0.66%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (0.66%) DWDM
7 2 (0.66%) Ethernet
7 2 (0.66%) Wireless
8 1 (0.33%) DNS
8 1 (0.33%) Gigabit Ethernet
8 1 (0.33%) LAN
8 1 (0.33%) VoIP
8 1 (0.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (14.52%) SQL Server
2 22 (7.26%) Data Warehouse
3 18 (5.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (4.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 15 (4.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (4.62%) MySQL
5 14 (4.62%) Power BI
6 13 (4.29%) MongoDB
6 13 (4.29%) NoSQL
7 9 (2.97%) BusinessObjects
7 9 (2.97%) BusinessObjects XI
7 9 (2.97%) Cognos Query Studio
7 9 (2.97%) IBM InfoSphere
7 9 (2.97%) Oracle Database
7 9 (2.97%) SQLPlus
8 8 (2.64%) Relational Database
9 6 (1.98%) Oracle Database 11g
9 6 (1.98%) Oracle Database 12c
9 6 (1.98%) PostgreSQL
9 6 (1.98%) Riak
Development Applications
1 48 (15.84%) Selenium
2 33 (10.89%) JIRA
2 33 (10.89%) Postman
3 24 (7.92%) Cucumber
3 24 (7.92%) Git (software)
4 19 (6.27%) Visual Studio
5 13 (4.29%) JMeter
5 13 (4.29%) SoapUI
6 12 (3.96%) HP UFT
7 9 (2.97%) Appium
7 9 (2.97%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (2.97%) Toad
7 9 (2.97%) Visual Studio Coded UI
7 9 (2.97%) Visual Studio Team System
8 8 (2.64%) WebDriver
9 6 (1.98%) Burp Suite
9 6 (1.98%) Metasploit
9 6 (1.98%) Oracle Forms
10 5 (1.65%) Babel
10 5 (1.65%) webpack
General
1 40 (13.20%) Finance
2 11 (3.63%) Retail
3 7 (2.31%) Games
3 7 (2.31%) Marketing
3 7 (2.31%) Public Sector
4 6 (1.98%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.32%) Banking
5 4 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (0.99%) Publishing
7 2 (0.66%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.66%) Electronics
7 2 (0.66%) Law
7 2 (0.66%) Legal
7 2 (0.66%) Local Government
8 1 (0.33%) Back Office
8 1 (0.33%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 49 (16.17%) Analyst
2 44 (14.52%) Developer
3 39 (12.87%) Tester
4 30 (9.90%) QA Engineer
5 28 (9.24%) QA Tester
6 27 (8.91%) Test Engineer
7 19 (6.27%) QA Analyst
8 16 (5.28%) Architect
9 15 (4.95%) Test Automation Engineer
10 14 (4.62%) Project Manager
10 14 (4.62%) Senior Test Engineer
11 13 (4.29%) Senior Analyst
11 13 (4.29%) Test Analyst
12 12 (3.96%) Software Developer
13 11 (3.63%) .NET Developer
13 11 (3.63%) Business Analyst
13 11 (3.63%) Test Leader
13 11 (3.63%) Test Manager
14 10 (3.30%) Quality Analyst
14 10 (3.30%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (12.21%) .NET
2 32 (10.56%) Web Services
3 25 (8.25%) HTML
4 19 (6.27%) CSS
5 16 (5.28%) SOAP
6 11 (3.63%) XML
7 10 (3.30%) .NET Framework
7 10 (3.30%) Gherkin
7 10 (3.30%) REST
8 9 (2.97%) AngularJS
8 9 (2.97%) ASP.NET
8 9 (2.97%) DHTML
8 9 (2.97%) Middleware
8 9 (2.97%) WCF
9 8 (2.64%) Node.js
10 7 (2.31%) GraphQL
11 6 (1.98%) 802.1X
12 5 (1.65%) Redux
12 5 (1.65%) Semantic HTML
13 4 (1.32%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 50 (16.50%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (6.93%) Management Information System
3 14 (4.62%) User Experience
4 12 (3.96%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (3.96%) Virtual Team
5 8 (2.64%) Mobile App
6 6 (1.98%) Cyberthreat
6 6 (1.98%) Life Science
7 5 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
8 4 (1.32%) Over-the-Top Content
8 4 (1.32%) Replication
8 4 (1.32%) SCADA
9 3 (0.99%) CCTV
9 3 (0.99%) Clustering
9 3 (0.99%) CMDB
9 3 (0.99%) Data Structures
9 3 (0.99%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.66%) iPad
10 2 (0.66%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 21 (6.93%) Linux
2 18 (5.94%) Unix
3 15 (4.95%) Windows
4 6 (1.98%) Kali Linux
5 4 (1.32%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.99%) Android
6 3 (0.99%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.33%) CentOS
7 1 (0.33%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.33%) Windows Phone
7 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (43.23%) Test Automation
2 129 (42.57%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (18.15%) Problem-Solving
4 54 (17.82%) Regression Testing
5 52 (17.16%) SDLC
6 45 (14.85%) Test Strategy
7 44 (14.52%) Scrum
8 43 (14.19%) Test Scripting
9 39 (12.87%) Computer Science
10 38 (12.54%) User Stories
11 37 (12.21%) Software Testing
12 35 (11.55%) Business Intelligence
12 35 (11.55%) Functional Testing
12 35 (11.55%) Waterfall
13 34 (11.22%) ETL
14 33 (10.89%) DevOps
14 33 (10.89%) Mentoring
15 32 (10.56%) Coaching
15 32 (10.56%) Performance Testing
16 30 (9.90%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 126 (41.58%) SQL
2 54 (17.82%) Java
3 47 (15.51%) C#
4 40 (13.20%) JavaScript
5 39 (12.87%) Python
6 27 (8.91%) PL/SQL
7 21 (6.93%) T-SQL
8 17 (5.61%) PowerShell
9 16 (5.28%) Ruby
10 14 (4.62%) C
11 13 (4.29%) PHP
12 9 (2.97%) C++
12 9 (2.97%) VBScript
13 7 (2.31%) Bash Shell
14 6 (1.98%) Lua
15 5 (1.65%) ES6
15 5 (1.65%) TypeScript
16 4 (1.32%) Go
17 2 (0.66%) Erlang
17 2 (0.66%) VB
Qualifications
1 46 (15.18%) ISTQB
2 29 (9.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 24 (7.92%) Degree
4 15 (4.95%) ISEB
5 11 (3.63%) CISM
5 11 (3.63%) CISSP
6 8 (2.64%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (1.98%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
8 5 (1.65%) CISA
9 4 (1.32%) CHECK Team Leader
9 4 (1.32%) CHECK Team Member
9 4 (1.32%) CREST Certified
9 4 (1.32%) Cyber Scheme
9 4 (1.32%) GPEN
9 4 (1.32%) GWAPT
9 4 (1.32%) HNC
9 4 (1.32%) HND
9 4 (1.32%) OSCE
9 4 (1.32%) OSCP
9 4 (1.32%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.60%) Data Quality
2 10 (3.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (2.64%) NIST
4 5 (1.65%) GDPR
4 5 (1.65%) PMO
4 5 (1.65%) Solvency II
5 4 (1.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.99%) SLA
7 2 (0.66%) COBIT
7 2 (0.66%) COSO
7 2 (0.66%) HIPAA
7 2 (0.66%) ITGC
7 2 (0.66%) NCSC
7 2 (0.66%) NIST 800
7 2 (0.66%) WCAG
8 1 (0.33%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 25 (8.25%) Docker
2 5 (1.65%) Hyper-V
3 4 (1.32%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.99%) XenApp
4 3 (0.99%) XenDesktop
5 2 (0.66%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 6 (1.98%) Nessus
1 6 (1.98%) Nmap
2 3 (0.99%) Backup Exec
2 3 (0.99%) Failover Clustering
2 3 (0.99%) Kubernetes
2 3 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
2 3 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (0.99%) Puppet
2 3 (0.99%) Salt
3 2 (0.66%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.66%) TIBCO Hawk
4 1 (0.33%) Icinga
4 1 (0.33%) Nagios
Vendors
1 58 (19.14%) Microsoft
2 35 (11.55%) Oracle
3 9 (2.97%) Ab Initio
3 9 (2.97%) Cognos
3 9 (2.97%) IBM
3 9 (2.97%) Informatica
3 9 (2.97%) Netezza
4 7 (2.31%) Cisco
5 5 (1.65%) HP
5 5 (1.65%) Juniper
5 5 (1.65%) VMware
6 4 (1.32%) Google
6 4 (1.32%) RedGate
7 3 (0.99%) Citrix
7 3 (0.99%) Dell
7 3 (0.99%) EqualLogic
7 3 (0.99%) NetApp
7 3 (0.99%) Palo Alto
7 3 (0.99%) Symantec
8 2 (0.66%) TIBCO