Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 70 67 63
Rank change year-on-year -3 -4 -7
Permanent jobs citing QA 316 413 522
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.68% 4.18% 4.43%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.70% 31.89% 29.97%
Number of salaries quoted 228 345 416
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,200 £21,250
90th Percentile £63,750 £63,938 £66,250
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 1,456 1,295 1,742
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.97% 13.12% 14.78%
Number of salaries quoted 891 991 1,169
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,750 £23,500 £25,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £70,250 £72,500
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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -15 138 £46,250 +2.78% 26
Coventry +21 39 £45,000 +24.14% 7
Staffordshire -12 28 £31,250 -10.71% 7
Worcestershire +23 26 £44,000 +35.38% 5
Warwickshire +22 22 £42,500 +7.59% 15
Solihull -8 15 £37,500 -16.67% 5
Herefordshire +16 13 £50,000 +56.25% 2
Shropshire -6 7 £22,000 -37.14% 4
Wolverhampton +6 6 £48,750 +8.33% 1
Halesowen +21 2 £23,000 -12.38% 1
Sutton Coldfield -32 2 £29,750 -33.89%
Walsall -12 1 £27,500 -38.89%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 130 (41.14%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (29.43%) Test Automation
3 73 (23.10%) Finance
4 70 (22.15%) Scrum
5 69 (21.84%) Java
6 68 (21.52%) Selenium
7 55 (17.41%) JavaScript
8 49 (15.51%) Project Management
9 46 (14.56%) Problem-Solving
10 42 (13.29%) SQL
10 42 (13.29%) Degree
11 41 (12.97%) Analytical Skills
12 38 (12.03%) JIRA
13 37 (11.71%) Manual Testing
13 37 (11.71%) Software Testing
14 35 (11.08%) TDD
15 32 (10.13%) MySQL
15 32 (10.13%) Continuous Improvement
15 32 (10.13%) Test Strategy
16 31 (9.81%) Cucumber
17 30 (9.49%) C#
17 30 (9.49%) Python
17 30 (9.49%) SDLC
18 29 (9.18%) Data Centre
19 27 (8.54%) Microsoft
19 27 (8.54%) SOAP
19 27 (8.54%) Regression Testing
20 26 (8.23%) Management Information System
20 26 (8.23%) Data Protection
20 26 (8.23%) WebDriver

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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 23 (7.28%) Confluence
2 4 (1.27%) Office Communications Server
2 4 (1.27%) SharePoint Server
3 3 (0.95%) Drupal
3 3 (0.95%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.63%) ColdFusion
4 2 (0.63%) IIS
4 2 (0.63%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.32%) CMS
5 1 (0.32%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.32%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.32%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.32%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 24 (7.59%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (5.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (4.75%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (2.53%) MS Visio
5 6 (1.90%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.63%) Maya
7 2 (0.63%) Simulink
8 1 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 10 (3.16%) HFM
2 7 (2.22%) assyst
2 7 (2.22%) Sentinel
3 5 (1.58%) Hyperion Planning
4 4 (1.27%) SAP CO
4 4 (1.27%) SAP FI
4 4 (1.27%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (1.27%) SAP PM
4 4 (1.27%) SAP R/3
5 2 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.63%) SAP FI-CA
5 2 (0.63%) SAP PSCD
6 1 (0.32%) Maximo
6 1 (0.32%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 15 (4.75%) GitHub
2 12 (3.80%) SaaS
3 9 (2.85%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.58%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (1.27%) BrowserStack
6 3 (0.95%) Office 365
6 3 (0.95%) TestFlight
7 2 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.63%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.63%) IaaS
7 2 (0.63%) Trello
8 1 (0.32%) Asana
8 1 (0.32%) Basecamp
8 1 (0.32%) Boomi
8 1 (0.32%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.32%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 9 (2.85%) Internet
2 6 (1.90%) Network Security
2 6 (1.90%) SMS
2 6 (1.90%) Unified Communications
3 5 (1.58%) ATM
4 2 (0.63%) SSL
5 1 (0.32%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.32%) Extranet
5 1 (0.32%) FTP
5 1 (0.32%) HTTP
5 1 (0.32%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.32%) Intranet
5 1 (0.32%) RS-232
5 1 (0.32%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (10.13%) MySQL
2 16 (5.06%) SQL Server
3 12 (3.80%) Relational Database
4 10 (3.16%) Essbase
5 7 (2.22%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (1.90%) MongoDB
7 5 (1.58%) Data Mining
7 5 (1.58%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (1.27%) Power BI
8 4 (1.27%) SAP HANA
9 2 (0.63%) Amazon Redshift
9 2 (0.63%) Big Data
9 2 (0.63%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.63%) DB2
9 2 (0.63%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.63%) Pentaho
9 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.32%) RavenDB
10 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 68 (21.52%) Selenium
2 38 (12.03%) JIRA
3 31 (9.81%) Cucumber
4 26 (8.23%) WebDriver
5 23 (7.28%) SoapUI
6 22 (6.96%) Jenkins
7 18 (5.70%) Visual Studio
8 14 (4.43%) Git (software)
9 11 (3.48%) JUnit
9 11 (3.48%) TestNG
10 10 (3.16%) Concordion
11 8 (2.53%) SpecFlow
12 7 (2.22%) FitNesse
12 7 (2.22%) Team Foundation Server
13 5 (1.58%) Maven
14 4 (1.27%) Appium
14 4 (1.27%) JMeter
14 4 (1.27%) Robot Framework
14 4 (1.27%) Robotium
15 3 (0.95%) CircleCI
General
1 73 (23.10%) Finance
2 17 (5.38%) Retail
3 13 (4.11%) Games
4 11 (3.48%) Manufacturing
4 11 (3.48%) Publishing
5 9 (2.85%) Automotive
5 9 (2.85%) Marketing
6 8 (2.53%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.90%) Legal
8 3 (0.95%) Banking
9 1 (0.32%) Advertising
9 1 (0.32%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 59 (18.67%) Analyst
2 51 (16.14%) Developer
3 30 (9.49%) Tester
4 26 (8.23%) Test Analyst
5 25 (7.91%) QA Engineer
6 22 (6.96%) Business Analyst
6 22 (6.96%) Project Manager
7 21 (6.65%) Architect
8 16 (5.06%) Software Tester
9 14 (4.43%) Automation Tester
9 14 (4.43%) Lead Developer
10 13 (4.11%) QA Tester
10 13 (4.11%) Solutions Architect
10 13 (4.11%) Test Leader
11 12 (3.80%) QA Analyst
12 11 (3.48%) QA Automation Engineer
12 11 (3.48%) Software Analyst
12 11 (3.48%) Test Engineer
13 10 (3.16%) Software Test Analyst
13 10 (3.16%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (8.54%) SOAP
2 21 (6.65%) HTML
3 17 (5.38%) .NET
3 17 (5.38%) CSS
3 17 (5.38%) XML
4 13 (4.11%) REST
5 12 (3.80%) AngularJS
6 9 (2.85%) Backbone.js
6 9 (2.85%) KnockoutJS
6 9 (2.85%) Web Services
7 8 (2.53%) Velocity
8 7 (2.22%) J2EE
8 7 (2.22%) jQuery
8 7 (2.22%) JSON
8 7 (2.22%) React
8 7 (2.22%) Spring
9 6 (1.90%) Ember.js
9 6 (1.90%) Ext JS
9 6 (1.90%) Hibernate
9 6 (1.90%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 41 (12.97%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (9.18%) Data Centre
3 26 (8.23%) Management Information System
4 20 (6.33%) Computer Science
5 14 (4.43%) Algorithms
5 14 (4.43%) Data Structures
6 12 (3.80%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (3.16%) Client/Server
7 10 (3.16%) Mobile App
8 9 (2.85%) User Experience
9 8 (2.53%) CMDB
10 7 (2.22%) CESG
10 7 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (2.22%) Freedom of Information
10 7 (2.22%) Video Conferencing
11 6 (1.90%) Driving Licence
11 6 (1.90%) PMI
12 5 (1.58%) Fintech
13 4 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
14 3 (0.95%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 14 (4.43%) Unix
2 11 (3.48%) Windows
3 10 (3.16%) Linux
4 4 (1.27%) Android
4 4 (1.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 130 (41.14%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (29.43%) Test Automation
3 70 (22.15%) Scrum
4 49 (15.51%) Project Management
5 46 (14.56%) Problem-Solving
6 37 (11.71%) Manual Testing
6 37 (11.71%) Software Testing
7 35 (11.08%) TDD
8 32 (10.13%) Continuous Improvement
8 32 (10.13%) Test Strategy
9 30 (9.49%) SDLC
10 27 (8.54%) Regression Testing
11 26 (8.23%) Data Protection
11 26 (8.23%) Test Scripting
12 23 (7.28%) BDD
13 22 (6.96%) Data Management
14 21 (6.65%) Stakeholder Management
15 20 (6.33%) Mentoring
15 20 (6.33%) Service Delivery
16 19 (6.01%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 69 (21.84%) Java
2 55 (17.41%) JavaScript
3 42 (13.29%) SQL
4 30 (9.49%) C#
4 30 (9.49%) Python
5 18 (5.70%) PHP
6 9 (2.85%) C
7 5 (1.58%) Ruby
8 4 (1.27%) ABAP
9 2 (0.63%) C++
9 2 (0.63%) Embedded C
9 2 (0.63%) Groovy
9 2 (0.63%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.63%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.63%) VBA
10 1 (0.32%) Java 8
10 1 (0.32%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.32%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.32%) Scala
10 1 (0.32%) VB
Qualifications
1 42 (13.29%) Degree
2 14 (4.43%) ISEB
2 14 (4.43%) ISTQB
3 13 (4.11%) Computer Science Degree
4 12 (3.80%) Security Cleared
5 9 (2.85%) SC Cleared
6 7 (2.22%) CISA
6 7 (2.22%) CISM
6 7 (2.22%) CISSP
6 7 (2.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (2.22%) ITIL Certification
7 6 (1.90%) PMI Certification
8 4 (1.27%) Master's Degree
8 4 (1.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.32%) Numerate Degree
9 1 (0.32%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (4.43%) GDPR
1 14 (4.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (4.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 10 (3.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 7 (2.22%) Cyber Essentials
4 7 (2.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 7 (2.22%) PCI DSS
4 7 (2.22%) PMO
5 5 (1.58%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.63%) ISO 26262
6 2 (0.63%) SLA
7 1 (0.32%) IEC 62304
7 1 (0.32%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.32%) P3O
7 1 (0.32%) WCAG
System Software
1 17 (5.38%) Docker
2 4 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.63%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (1.27%) NetBackup
2 3 (0.95%) HockeyApp
2 3 (0.95%) Kubernetes
3 2 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.32%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.32%) Kibana
4 1 (0.32%) SCCM
Vendors
1 27 (8.54%) Microsoft
2 17 (5.38%) Atlassian
2 17 (5.38%) SAP
3 16 (5.06%) Oracle
4 10 (3.16%) Hyperion
4 10 (3.16%) Informatica
4 10 (3.16%) PeopleSoft
5 6 (1.90%) EMC
6 5 (1.58%) Dell
7 4 (1.27%) CommVault
7 4 (1.27%) Fujitsu
7 4 (1.27%) Google
7 4 (1.27%) Veritas
7 4 (1.27%) VMware
8 3 (0.95%) Apple
8 3 (0.95%) IBM
8 3 (0.95%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.63%) Cisco
9 2 (0.63%) OutSystems
9 2 (0.63%) Tableau