Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
19 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 75 84 68
Rank change year-on-year +9 -16 -12
Permanent jobs citing QA 282 301 405
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.68% 3.32% 4.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.57% 20.95% 30.22%
Number of salaries quoted 216 221 358
West Midlands median annual salary £42,500 £47,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -10.53% +18.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £28,875 £28,375 £25,500
90th Percentile £61,875 £62,500 £61,325
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 1,103 1,437 1,340
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.40% 15.86% 13.37%
Number of salaries quoted 846 909 1,038
West Midlands median annual salary £44,000 £46,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.38% +9.41% +2.41%
10th Percentile £26,250 £28,750 £24,675
90th Percentile £67,500 £64,000 £68,750
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 19 August 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 19 August 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
Warwickshire +31 72 £41,000 +2.50% 7
Birmingham -13 63 £47,000 -2.08% 29
Staffordshire +19 47 £50,000 +42.86% 12
Coventry +14 29 £45,000 -5.26% 7
Worcestershire +3 28 £40,000 +8.84% 2
Solihull -9 17 £51,250 +20.59% 1
Sutton Coldfield +10 11 £29,000 -6.45%
Herefordshire -30 6 £43,125 -13.75% 3
Shropshire -1 2 £28,500 -24.00% 1
Walsall +4 1 £56,000 +103.64%
Halesowen -3 1 £29,000 +26.09% 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 19 August 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.

1 139 (49.29%) Agile Software Development
2 98 (34.75%) SQL
3 87 (30.85%) Test Automation
4 71 (25.18%) JavaScript
5 68 (24.11%) C#
6 67 (23.76%) Scrum
7 64 (22.70%) Git (software)
8 62 (21.99%) Retail
9 60 (21.28%) Selenium
10 55 (19.50%) Microsoft
11 53 (18.79%) Problem-Solving
12 50 (17.73%) .NET
13 49 (17.38%) Software Engineering
14 46 (16.31%) DevOps
15 44 (15.60%) SQL Server
16 39 (13.83%) MySQL
17 37 (13.12%) Java
18 35 (12.41%) Degree
18 35 (12.41%) Node.js
19 34 (12.06%) JIRA
19 34 (12.06%) TDD
20 33 (11.70%) Team Foundation Server
21 32 (11.35%) Microsoft Azure
22 31 (10.99%) Acceptance Criteria
23 30 (10.64%) AngularJS
24 28 (9.93%) SDLC
24 28 (9.93%) Regression Testing
24 28 (9.93%) Finance
25 26 (9.22%) Visual Studio
26 24 (8.51%) ASP.NET

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 17 (6.03%) Confluence
2 10 (3.55%) SAS
3 8 (2.84%) IBM Notes
4 7 (2.48%) IIS
5 6 (2.13%) WordPress
6 4 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (1.42%) nginx
6 4 (1.42%) SharePoint
7 3 (1.06%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.71%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.35%) Apache
9 1 (0.35%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 6 (2.13%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.06%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.71%) BusinessWorks
2 2 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.35%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.35%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 32 (11.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (5.32%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (2.48%) Google Cloud Platform
4 6 (2.13%) Serverless
5 5 (1.77%) npm
5 5 (1.77%) SaaS
6 4 (1.42%) Amazon SQS
6 4 (1.42%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (1.42%) AWS Lambda
6 4 (1.42%) CloudFront
6 4 (1.42%) GitHub
7 3 (1.06%) BrowserStack
7 3 (1.06%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.71%) PaaS
8 2 (0.71%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.35%) Azure Functions
9 1 (0.35%) IaaS
9 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Flow
9 1 (0.35%) Office 365
9 1 (0.35%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.84%) HTTPS
1 8 (2.84%) SSH
2 4 (1.42%) LAN
2 4 (1.42%) WAN
3 3 (1.06%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (15.60%) SQL Server
2 39 (13.83%) MySQL
3 24 (8.51%) SQLite
4 21 (7.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (2.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.77%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (1.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 4 (1.42%) Amazon RDS
7 4 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.42%) DB2
7 4 (1.42%) Redis
8 3 (1.06%) Oracle BI EE
8 3 (1.06%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 3 (1.06%) Oracle Discoverer
8 3 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (1.06%) SAP BW
9 2 (0.71%) BusinessObjects XI
9 2 (0.71%) Cognos Query Studio
9 2 (0.71%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 64 (22.70%) Git (software)
2 60 (21.28%) Selenium
3 34 (12.06%) JIRA
4 33 (11.70%) Team Foundation Server
5 26 (9.22%) Visual Studio
6 23 (8.16%) Visual Studio Team System
7 18 (6.38%) Cucumber
8 15 (5.32%) Protractor
9 14 (4.96%) WebDriver
10 13 (4.61%) Jenkins
11 9 (3.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 9 (3.19%) Mercurial
11 9 (3.19%) Zephyr
12 8 (2.84%) SpecFlow
13 7 (2.48%) JMeter
14 5 (1.77%) Appium
14 5 (1.77%) Subversion
15 4 (1.42%) Eclipse
15 4 (1.42%) Oracle Forms
15 4 (1.42%) Ranorex
General
1 62 (21.99%) Retail
2 28 (9.93%) Finance
3 19 (6.74%) Marketing
3 19 (6.74%) Public Sector
4 10 (3.55%) Automotive
5 8 (2.84%) Aerospace
6 6 (2.13%) Games
7 5 (1.77%) Electronics
8 4 (1.42%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.71%) Banking
9 2 (0.71%) Law
9 2 (0.71%) Legal
10 1 (0.35%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 71 (25.18%) Developer
2 48 (17.02%) Analyst
3 32 (11.35%) Test Engineer
4 30 (10.64%) Tester
5 24 (8.51%) Test Automation Engineer
6 20 (7.09%) QA Engineer
7 19 (6.74%) Test Analyst
8 17 (6.03%) .NET Developer
9 14 (4.96%) Software Developer
9 14 (4.96%) Software Engineer
10 13 (4.61%) Architect
10 13 (4.61%) PHP Developer
11 12 (4.26%) E-Commerce Developer
11 12 (4.26%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 12 (4.26%) QA Tester
12 11 (3.90%) Business Analyst
12 11 (3.90%) QA Analyst
12 11 (3.90%) React Developer
13 10 (3.55%) Senior Developer
13 10 (3.55%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (17.73%) .NET
2 35 (12.41%) Node.js
3 30 (10.64%) AngularJS
4 24 (8.51%) ASP.NET
5 20 (7.09%) CSS
5 20 (7.09%) HTML
6 17 (6.03%) XML
7 16 (5.67%) HTML5
8 15 (5.32%) jQuery
8 15 (5.32%) React
9 14 (4.96%) CSS3
10 13 (4.61%) Laravel
10 13 (4.61%) RabbitMQ
10 13 (4.61%) Sass
11 11 (3.90%) Web Services
12 8 (2.84%) Gherkin
12 8 (2.84%) ISPF
13 5 (1.77%) GraphQL
14 4 (1.42%) .NET Framework
14 4 (1.42%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 18 (6.38%) User Experience
2 16 (5.67%) Mobile App
3 15 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (4.61%) Greenfield Project
5 12 (4.26%) Enterprise Software
5 12 (4.26%) iPad
6 11 (3.90%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (2.84%) Mainframe
8 5 (1.77%) Management Information System
8 5 (1.77%) Virtual Team
9 4 (1.42%) Embedded Systems
9 4 (1.42%) Life Science
10 3 (1.06%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.71%) Algorithms
11 2 (0.71%) Cloud Native
11 2 (0.71%) Data Structures
11 2 (0.71%) Driving Licence
11 2 (0.71%) Mobile Games
11 2 (0.71%) Robotics
12 1 (0.35%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 18 (6.38%) Windows
2 15 (5.32%) Unix
3 8 (2.84%) MVS
4 5 (1.77%) Android
4 5 (1.77%) Apple iOS
5 4 (1.42%) Linux
5 4 (1.42%) Windows Phone
5 4 (1.42%) Windows Server
5 4 (1.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (49.29%) Agile Software Development
2 87 (30.85%) Test Automation
3 67 (23.76%) Scrum
4 53 (18.79%) Problem-Solving
5 49 (17.38%) Software Engineering
6 46 (16.31%) DevOps
7 34 (12.06%) TDD
8 31 (10.99%) Acceptance Criteria
9 28 (9.93%) Regression Testing
9 28 (9.93%) SDLC
10 22 (7.80%) Continuous Improvement
10 22 (7.80%) Mentoring
10 22 (7.80%) Test Scripting
11 21 (7.45%) BDD
11 21 (7.45%) Computer Science
11 21 (7.45%) Scenario Testing
12 20 (7.09%) Collaborative Working
12 20 (7.09%) Functional Testing
12 20 (7.09%) Web Development
13 19 (6.74%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 98 (34.75%) SQL
2 71 (25.18%) JavaScript
3 68 (24.11%) C#
4 37 (13.12%) Java
5 21 (7.45%) PHP
6 17 (6.03%) Python
7 14 (4.96%) C
8 9 (3.19%) C++
9 8 (2.84%) JCL
9 8 (2.84%) PL/SQL
10 7 (2.48%) PowerShell
10 7 (2.48%) T-SQL
11 5 (1.77%) Go
12 2 (0.71%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.71%) Ruby
12 2 (0.71%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.71%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.35%) Erlang
13 1 (0.35%) VB
13 1 (0.35%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 35 (12.41%) Degree
2 20 (7.09%) ISTQB
3 17 (6.03%) HND
4 11 (3.90%) ISEB
4 11 (3.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (3.19%) Security Cleared
6 7 (2.48%) SC Cleared
7 3 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (0.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.35%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.35%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.35%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.90%) SLA
2 8 (2.84%) IEC 62304
3 7 (2.48%) GDPR
4 6 (2.13%) PMO
5 5 (1.77%) ISO 26262
5 5 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (1.42%) Data Quality
6 4 (1.42%) JTAG
6 4 (1.42%) MISRA
7 2 (0.71%) ISO 13485
7 2 (0.71%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.35%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.35%) Solvency II
System Software
1 24 (8.51%) Docker
2 8 (2.84%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 8 (2.84%) Time Sharing Option
3 7 (2.48%) Hyper-V
4 4 (1.42%) Varnish
5 3 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.71%) Active Directory
6 2 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (2.84%) OpenView
1 8 (2.84%) ServiceCenter
2 5 (1.77%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (1.42%) Ansible
3 4 (1.42%) Terraform
4 2 (0.71%) HockeyApp
4 2 (0.71%) TIBCO Hawk
5 1 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.35%) Puppet
Vendors
1 55 (19.50%) Microsoft
2 13 (4.61%) HP
3 11 (3.90%) IBM
3 11 (3.90%) Oracle
3 11 (3.90%) VMware
4 10 (3.55%) Atlassian
5 8 (2.84%) Intel
5 8 (2.84%) Lotus
6 5 (1.77%) Google
7 4 (1.42%) Fujitsu
7 4 (1.42%) MKS
7 4 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (1.06%) OutSystems
8 3 (1.06%) SAP
8 3 (1.06%) Teradata
9 2 (0.71%) Avaya
9 2 (0.71%) Cisco
9 2 (0.71%) Cognos
9 2 (0.71%) Informatica
9 2 (0.71%) Netezza