Period
to 17 December 2017

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 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 51 62 54
Rank change year-on-year +11 -8 +35
Permanent jobs citing QA 469 470 475
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.69% 4.26% 4.51%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.10% 30.32% 32.27%
Number of salaries quoted 387 368 415
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £39,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.56% -2.50% +3.90%
10th Percentile £24,750 £22,000 £24,500
90th Percentile £64,063 £61,625 £57,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £46,250
% change year-on-year - +8.11% +2.78%

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 1299 1550 1472
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.00% 14.04% 13.97%
Number of salaries quoted 1001 1029 1139
West Midlands median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £23,500 £25,500 £23,625
90th Percentile £71,250 £65,250 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 2017.

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 2017. 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 +9 187 £45,000 +20.00% 7
Staffordshire +22 78 £33,000 -22.35% 3
Warwickshire -8 48 £37,500 -3.23% 2
Coventry -31 30 £37,500 -16.67% 3
Shropshire +28 29 £35,000 -21.77% 1
Solihull -11 22 £51,000 +64.52% 3
Herefordshire - 20 £38,750 - 4
Halesowen -29 15 £20,000 -4.76%
Walsall +11 14 £45,000 +38.46% 1
Worcestershire -5 9 £37,500 +15.38% 2
Wolverhampton -11 8 £45,000 +28.57%
Willenhall - 3 £45,000 -
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £29,000 - 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 17 December 2017, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 199 (42.43%) Agile Software Development
2 194 (41.36%) Test Automation
3 133 (28.36%) SQL
4 113 (24.09%) Selenium
5 108 (23.03%) Finance
6 97 (20.68%) C#
7 96 (20.47%) Degree
8 90 (19.19%) JIRA
9 84 (17.91%) Test Scripting
10 81 (17.27%) Software Testing
11 75 (15.99%) Java
11 75 (15.99%) JavaScript
12 69 (14.71%) Scrum
12 69 (14.71%) SDLC
13 65 (13.86%) Analytical Skills
14 64 (13.65%) .NET
15 59 (12.58%) ISEB
16 57 (12.15%) HTML
17 52 (11.09%) Project Management
18 47 (10.02%) ISTQB
19 46 (9.81%) Banking
20 45 (9.59%) Software Engineering
20 45 (9.59%) Microsoft
21 44 (9.38%) XML
22 43 (9.17%) Web Services
22 43 (9.17%) Regression Testing
23 41 (8.74%) BDD
24 40 (8.53%) SQL Server
24 40 (8.53%) Cucumber
25 39 (8.32%) Mentoring

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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 18 (3.84%) CMS
2 17 (3.62%) JBoss
2 17 (3.62%) Tomcat
3 13 (2.77%) Umbraco
4 12 (2.56%) Confluence
4 12 (2.56%) NetWeaver
5 10 (2.13%) Drupal
6 7 (1.49%) Sitecore CMS
7 4 (0.85%) WordPress
8 3 (0.64%) Apache
8 3 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.64%) SAS
8 3 (0.64%) SharePoint
9 2 (0.43%) ArcGIS
10 1 (0.21%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.21%) ColdFusion
10 1 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.21%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.21%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.21%) WebSphere
Applications
1 20 (4.26%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.77%) MS Visio
3 12 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (1.92%) Simulink
5 6 (1.28%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (1.07%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.85%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 2 (0.43%) Doxygen
10 1 (0.21%) HipChat
10 1 (0.21%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (2.56%) SAP CRM
2 8 (1.71%) SAP IS-U
3 5 (1.07%) SAP CO
3 5 (1.07%) SAP FI
3 5 (1.07%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.85%) SAP R/3
5 3 (0.64%) Magento
5 3 (0.64%) Oracle 11i
5 3 (0.64%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.64%) Shopify
6 2 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.43%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 36 (7.68%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (7.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (3.41%) SaaS
4 12 (2.56%) AdWords
5 10 (2.13%) Google Analytics
6 7 (1.49%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 7 (1.49%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (1.49%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 7 (1.49%) Datadog
6 7 (1.49%) GitHub
7 6 (1.28%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (1.28%) npm
8 3 (0.64%) Basecamp
9 2 (0.43%) Office 365
10 1 (0.21%) MailChimp
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.62%) Internet
2 16 (3.41%) TCP/IP
3 13 (2.77%) Ethernet
4 12 (2.56%) BGP
4 12 (2.56%) Cisco ASA
4 12 (2.56%) Cisco ISE
4 12 (2.56%) Cisco Nexus
4 12 (2.56%) IPsec
4 12 (2.56%) MPLS
4 12 (2.56%) Network Security
4 12 (2.56%) OSPF
4 12 (2.56%) SNMP
4 12 (2.56%) SSL
4 12 (2.56%) VLAN
4 12 (2.56%) VPN
4 12 (2.56%) Wireless
5 7 (1.49%) ATM
6 3 (0.64%) Intranet
7 2 (0.43%) 4G
7 2 (0.43%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (8.53%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.84%) MySQL
3 11 (2.35%) NoSQL
4 10 (2.13%) MongoDB
4 10 (2.13%) SQL Server 2008
5 8 (1.71%) Redis
6 7 (1.49%) Amazon RDS
7 6 (1.28%) Big Data
7 6 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (1.07%) Relational Database
8 5 (1.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 5 (1.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.85%) SAP BW
10 3 (0.64%) IBM InfoSphere
10 3 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (0.43%) Cognos Report Studio
11 2 (0.43%) DecisionStream
11 2 (0.43%) QGIS
11 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 113 (24.09%) Selenium
2 90 (19.19%) JIRA
3 40 (8.53%) Cucumber
4 38 (8.10%) WebDriver
5 32 (6.82%) Git (software)
6 29 (6.18%) SoapUI
7 25 (5.33%) Jenkins
7 25 (5.33%) Subversion
8 21 (4.48%) JMeter
9 20 (4.26%) Visual Studio
10 19 (4.05%) Maven
11 17 (3.62%) Bitbucket
12 14 (2.99%) Appium
13 12 (2.56%) Calabash
13 12 (2.56%) JBehave
14 11 (2.35%) Bugzilla
15 10 (2.13%) gulp
15 10 (2.13%) Team Foundation Server
15 10 (2.13%) Vagrant
15 10 (2.13%) WATIR
General
1 108 (23.03%) Finance
2 46 (9.81%) Banking
3 38 (8.10%) Retail
4 32 (6.82%) Marketing
5 25 (5.33%) Games
6 16 (3.41%) Manufacturing
7 15 (3.20%) Billing
7 15 (3.20%) Financial Institution
8 14 (2.99%) Electronics
9 8 (1.71%) Telecoms
10 7 (1.49%) Legal
10 7 (1.49%) Publishing
11 6 (1.28%) Advertising
11 6 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.43%) Automotive
13 1 (0.21%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 114 (24.31%) Analyst
2 102 (21.75%) Tester
3 83 (17.70%) Developer
4 71 (15.14%) Test Analyst
5 55 (11.73%) QA Tester
6 51 (10.87%) Software Tester
7 40 (8.53%) QA Engineer
8 32 (6.82%) QA Analyst
8 32 (6.82%) Test Engineer
9 27 (5.76%) Software Engineer
10 26 (5.54%) QA Test Engineer
11 25 (5.33%) Automation Tester
11 25 (5.33%) Junior
12 22 (4.69%) C# Developer
13 21 (4.48%) Automation Test Analyst
13 21 (4.48%) Graduate
14 20 (4.26%) .NET Developer
14 20 (4.26%) Software Analyst
15 19 (4.05%) ASP.NET Developer
15 19 (4.05%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (13.65%) .NET
2 57 (12.15%) HTML
3 44 (9.38%) XML
4 43 (9.17%) Web Services
5 36 (7.68%) HTML5
6 32 (6.82%) RESTful
7 31 (6.61%) CSS
8 30 (6.40%) jQuery
8 30 (6.40%) SOAP
9 28 (5.97%) ASP.NET
10 23 (4.90%) AngularJS
10 23 (4.90%) REST
11 17 (3.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 16 (3.41%) .NET Framework
13 15 (3.20%) Entity Framework
13 15 (3.20%) Spring
14 14 (2.99%) CSS3
14 14 (2.99%) Gherkin
15 12 (2.56%) Web Dynpro
16 10 (2.13%) Classic ASP
Miscellaneous
1 65 (13.86%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (7.68%) Computer Science
3 30 (6.40%) Mobile App
4 16 (3.41%) Data Centre
5 15 (3.20%) Algorithms
6 14 (2.99%) User Experience
7 12 (2.56%) BBC
7 12 (2.56%) FlexPod
8 10 (2.13%) Social Media
9 9 (1.92%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.92%) Driving Licence
10 6 (1.28%) Fintech
10 6 (1.28%) Management Information System
10 6 (1.28%) Smart Home
11 4 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (0.85%) Graphic Design
11 4 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
11 4 (0.85%) Life Science
11 4 (0.85%) PMI
12 3 (0.64%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 24 (5.12%) Windows
2 19 (4.05%) Android
3 13 (2.77%) Linux
4 11 (2.35%) Apple iOS
4 11 (2.35%) Unix
5 3 (0.64%) Windows Mobile
6 2 (0.43%) Windows Embedded Compact
6 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.21%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 199 (42.43%) Agile Software Development
2 194 (41.36%) Test Automation
3 84 (17.91%) Test Scripting
4 81 (17.27%) Software Testing
5 69 (14.71%) Scrum
5 69 (14.71%) SDLC
6 52 (11.09%) Project Management
7 45 (9.59%) Software Engineering
8 43 (9.17%) Regression Testing
9 41 (8.74%) BDD
10 39 (8.32%) CRM
10 39 (8.32%) Manual Testing
10 39 (8.32%) Mentoring
11 38 (8.10%) Web Development
12 37 (7.89%) E-Commerce
12 37 (7.89%) ITIL
12 37 (7.89%) Test Strategy
12 37 (7.89%) Waterfall
13 36 (7.68%) User Acceptance Testing
14 35 (7.46%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 133 (28.36%) SQL
2 97 (20.68%) C#
3 75 (15.99%) Java
3 75 (15.99%) JavaScript
4 33 (7.04%) PHP
5 27 (5.76%) Python
6 25 (5.33%) C++
7 17 (3.62%) C
8 16 (3.41%) ABAP
9 15 (3.20%) PL/SQL
10 10 (2.13%) PowerShell
10 10 (2.13%) XPath
11 9 (1.92%) MATLAB
11 9 (1.92%) PHP 5
12 7 (1.49%) Perl
13 6 (1.28%) Shell Script
14 5 (1.07%) Ruby
15 3 (0.64%) T-SQL
16 2 (0.43%) Embedded C
16 2 (0.43%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 96 (20.47%) Degree
2 59 (12.58%) ISEB
3 47 (10.02%) ISTQB
4 30 (6.40%) Computer Science Degree
5 16 (3.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (2.56%) CCNP
6 12 (2.56%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (2.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 7 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (1.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 4 (0.85%) MBA
9 4 (0.85%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.64%) SC Cleared
10 3 (0.64%) Security Cleared
11 2 (0.43%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.43%) SAP Certification
12 1 (0.21%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.99%) IEC 62304
2 9 (1.92%) Data Quality
3 8 (1.71%) IEC 61508
3 8 (1.71%) PMO
4 4 (0.85%) ISO 13485
4 4 (0.85%) MISRA
5 3 (0.64%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.64%) MISRA C
6 2 (0.43%) ISO 26262
6 2 (0.43%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.21%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.21%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (4.48%) Docker
2 9 (1.92%) Firmware
3 2 (0.43%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.21%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 12 (2.56%) Cisco Prime
2 7 (1.49%) Capistrano
2 7 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.49%) Pingdom
3 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.21%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 45 (9.59%) Microsoft
2 38 (8.10%) SAP
3 34 (7.25%) Google
4 33 (7.04%) Oracle
5 19 (4.05%) HP
6 12 (2.56%) Aruba
6 12 (2.56%) Brocade
6 12 (2.56%) CheckPoint
6 12 (2.56%) Cisco
6 12 (2.56%) F5
6 12 (2.56%) Fortinet
6 12 (2.56%) Meraki
6 12 (2.56%) SolarWinds
6 12 (2.56%) Sourcefire
7 8 (1.71%) Adobe
8 7 (1.49%) Rackspace
8 7 (1.49%) Sitecore
8 7 (1.49%) Splunk
9 4 (0.85%) Facebook
9 4 (0.85%) Xamarin