Period
to 2 July 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 2 July 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
2 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 66 70 87
Rank change year-on-year +4 +17 -20
Permanent jobs citing QA 155 319 311
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.86% 4.04% 3.23%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.60% 23.74% 22.29%
Number of salaries quoted 131 236 256
Median annual salary £45,000 £41,375 £45,947
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.76% -9.95% +14.87%
10th Percentile £26,750 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £62,500 £60,625 £61,250
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +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 630 1,344 1,395
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.68% 17.03% 14.51%
Number of salaries quoted 502 909 953
Median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.76% -5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £26,252 £26,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £67,500 £63,100
England median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the West Midlands

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Salary Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA in the West Midlands.

Salary trend for QA in the West Midlands

QA
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 2 July 2020.

Salary histogram for QA in the West Midlands

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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 2 July 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 +36 57 £47,500 +5.56% 6
Staffordshire -4 24 £43,750 -7.89% 3
Warwickshire -16 19 £50,000 +21.95% 2
Solihull +17 18 £52,500 +10.53% 1
Worcestershire +8 16 £32,500 -22.62%
Coventry +7 7 £40,000 -11.11%
Sutton Coldfield +8 5 £30,000 +3.45%
Shropshire +26 4 £35,000 - 2
Walsall -3 2 £42,500 -24.11% 2
Herefordshire +12 1 £55,000 +22.22%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 59 (38.06%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (28.39%) JavaScript
2 44 (28.39%) Test Automation
3 41 (26.45%) SQL
4 37 (23.87%) Microsoft
5 31 (20.00%) .NET
5 31 (20.00%) HTML
6 30 (19.35%) CSS
7 26 (16.77%) C#
8 24 (15.48%) SQL Server
9 23 (14.84%) TDD
10 22 (14.19%) JIRA
10 22 (14.19%) Selenium
11 21 (13.55%) Azure
11 21 (13.55%) SDLC
12 20 (12.90%) Git (software)
12 20 (12.90%) Project Management
12 20 (12.90%) Finance
13 18 (11.61%) Continuous Improvement
14 17 (10.97%) DevOps
14 17 (10.97%) Regression Testing
14 17 (10.97%) Test Scripting
15 16 (10.32%) Software Testing
15 16 (10.32%) Cypress.io
16 15 (9.68%) Problem-Solving
16 15 (9.68%) Microsoft Excel
17 14 (9.03%) MySQL
17 14 (9.03%) PHP
17 14 (9.03%) Management Information System
18 13 (8.39%) Degree

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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 7 (4.52%) CMS
2 6 (3.87%) SharePoint
3 5 (3.23%) IIS
4 3 (1.94%) Confluence
5 2 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 15 (9.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.58%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (3.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.65%) Magento
2 1 (0.65%) OpenCart
Cloud Services
1 21 (13.55%) Azure
2 8 (5.16%) AWS
3 5 (3.23%) Dynamics 365
4 3 (1.94%) Heroku
4 3 (1.94%) Office 365
4 3 (1.94%) Power Platform
5 2 (1.29%) SaaS
6 1 (0.65%) IaaS
6 1 (0.65%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.65%) PaaS
6 1 (0.65%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.58%) Extranet
1 4 (2.58%) Intranet
2 3 (1.94%) LAN
2 3 (1.94%) SNMP
2 3 (1.94%) WAN
3 2 (1.29%) 802.11
3 2 (1.29%) DWDM
3 2 (1.29%) Firewall
3 2 (1.29%) HTTP
3 2 (1.29%) Internet
3 2 (1.29%) NetScaler
3 2 (1.29%) PuTTY
3 2 (1.29%) VPN
3 2 (1.29%) Wireless
4 1 (0.65%) MPLS
4 1 (0.65%) Skype
4 1 (0.65%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (15.48%) SQL Server
2 14 (9.03%) MySQL
3 10 (6.45%) Relational Database
4 5 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (3.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (2.58%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (1.94%) MongoDB
6 3 (1.94%) Power BI
7 2 (1.29%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (1.29%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (1.29%) SQLPlus
8 1 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.65%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.65%) QlikView
8 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 22 (14.19%) JIRA
1 22 (14.19%) Selenium
2 20 (12.90%) Git (software)
3 16 (10.32%) Cypress.io
4 12 (7.74%) SpecFlow
5 11 (7.10%) Postman
5 11 (7.10%) Visual Studio
6 8 (5.16%) SoapUI
7 7 (4.52%) HP UFT
8 6 (3.87%) Cucumber
9 3 (1.94%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (1.29%) Burp Suite
10 2 (1.29%) JMeter
10 2 (1.29%) Metasploit
10 2 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (1.29%) Toad
10 2 (1.29%) Visual Studio Coded UI
11 1 (0.65%) REST Assured
11 1 (0.65%) TestCafe
11 1 (0.65%) WebDriver
General
1 20 (12.90%) Finance
2 11 (7.10%) Public Sector
3 5 (3.23%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.58%) Marketing
5 3 (1.94%) Banking
5 3 (1.94%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.94%) Retail
6 2 (1.29%) Automotive
6 2 (1.29%) Law
7 1 (0.65%) Electronics
7 1 (0.65%) Legal
7 1 (0.65%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 31 (20.00%) Developer
2 24 (15.48%) Tester
3 22 (14.19%) QA Engineer
4 20 (12.90%) Analyst
5 16 (10.32%) QA Tester
6 15 (9.68%) Software Developer
7 10 (6.45%) Business Analyst
7 10 (6.45%) Senior QA Engineer
8 9 (5.81%) Test Engineer
9 8 (5.16%) Architect
9 8 (5.16%) Junior
10 7 (4.52%) Test Automation Engineer
11 6 (3.87%) Cloud Engineer
11 6 (3.87%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
11 6 (3.87%) DevOps Engineer
11 6 (3.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 6 (3.87%) Quality Engineer
12 5 (3.23%) Software Tester
12 5 (3.23%) SQL Developer
12 5 (3.23%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (20.00%) .NET
1 31 (20.00%) HTML
2 30 (19.35%) CSS
3 11 (7.10%) jQuery
4 10 (6.45%) HTML5
5 9 (5.81%) SOAP
5 9 (5.81%) XHTML
6 8 (5.16%) .NET Framework
7 7 (4.52%) DOM
8 6 (3.87%) GatsbyJS
8 6 (3.87%) Next.js
8 6 (3.87%) RESTful
8 6 (3.87%) Web Services
9 5 (3.23%) ASP.NET
10 4 (2.58%) .NET Core
10 4 (2.58%) AngularJS
11 3 (1.94%) ASP.NET Web API
11 3 (1.94%) CSS3
11 3 (1.94%) Entity Framework
11 3 (1.94%) React
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.03%) Management Information System
2 12 (7.74%) User Experience
3 10 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (6.45%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (3.87%) iPad
5 5 (3.23%) AS400
5 5 (3.23%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.58%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.29%) CCTV
7 2 (1.29%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.29%) CMDB
7 2 (1.29%) Cyberthreat
7 2 (1.29%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.65%) e-Learning
8 1 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.65%) Life Science
8 1 (0.65%) Replication
8 1 (0.65%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 12 (7.74%) Windows
2 5 (3.23%) Windows Server
2 5 (3.23%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (2.58%) Linux
4 3 (1.94%) Android
4 3 (1.94%) Apple iOS
4 3 (1.94%) Windows Phone
4 3 (1.94%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.29%) Kali Linux
5 2 (1.29%) Windows Server 2016
6 1 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.65%) Solaris
6 1 (0.65%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (38.06%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (28.39%) Test Automation
3 23 (14.84%) TDD
4 21 (13.55%) SDLC
5 20 (12.90%) Project Management
6 18 (11.61%) Continuous Improvement
7 17 (10.97%) DevOps
7 17 (10.97%) Regression Testing
7 17 (10.97%) Test Scripting
8 16 (10.32%) Software Testing
9 15 (9.68%) Problem-Solving
10 13 (8.39%) Functional Testing
11 12 (7.74%) Manual Testing
11 12 (7.74%) Scenario Testing
11 12 (7.74%) Software Engineering
11 12 (7.74%) Task Automation
12 11 (7.10%) Cybersecurity
12 11 (7.10%) Defect Management
12 11 (7.10%) Remediation Plan
12 11 (7.10%) Requirements Gathering
Programming Languages
1 44 (28.39%) JavaScript
2 41 (26.45%) SQL
3 26 (16.77%) C#
4 14 (9.03%) PHP
5 11 (7.10%) T-SQL
6 10 (6.45%) Python
7 8 (5.16%) Java
8 7 (4.52%) Ruby
9 3 (1.94%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.94%) ES6
9 3 (1.94%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.29%) C
10 2 (1.29%) Lua
10 2 (1.29%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.29%) TypeScript
10 2 (1.29%) VBScript
11 1 (0.65%) C++
Qualifications
1 13 (8.39%) Degree
2 9 (5.81%) ISEB
2 9 (5.81%) ISTQB
3 8 (5.16%) CISM
3 8 (5.16%) CISSP
4 7 (4.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (3.87%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (3.23%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
7 4 (2.58%) HNC
8 3 (1.94%) CEH
8 3 (1.94%) CISA
8 3 (1.94%) CRISC
8 3 (1.94%) HND
9 2 (1.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.65%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.52%) WCAG
2 6 (3.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (3.87%) NIST
3 2 (1.29%) SLA
4 1 (0.65%) COBIT
4 1 (0.65%) COSO
4 1 (0.65%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.65%) GDPR
4 1 (0.65%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.65%) NIST 800
4 1 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 6 (3.87%) Hyper-V
2 3 (1.94%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.94%) Docker
2 3 (1.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.29%) vSphere
3 2 (1.29%) XenApp
3 2 (1.29%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.65%) KVM
4 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 5 (3.23%) HP ALM
2 2 (1.29%) Backup Exec
2 2 (1.29%) Nessus
2 2 (1.29%) Nmap
3 1 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.65%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 1 (0.65%) SCOM
3 1 (0.65%) Terraform
Vendors
1 37 (23.87%) Microsoft
2 8 (5.16%) HP
3 3 (1.94%) Cisco
3 3 (1.94%) Citrix
3 3 (1.94%) Juniper
3 3 (1.94%) VMware
4 2 (1.29%) Dell
4 2 (1.29%) EqualLogic
4 2 (1.29%) Google
4 2 (1.29%) NetApp
4 2 (1.29%) Palo Alto
4 2 (1.29%) RedGate
4 2 (1.29%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (1.29%) Symantec
5 1 (0.65%) Nokia
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle
5 1 (0.65%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.65%) Sophos
5 1 (0.65%) Sun
5 1 (0.65%) Virgin Media