Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 87 64 59
Rank change year-on-year -23 -5 +26
Permanent jobs citing QA 313 413 527
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.30% 4.21% 4.27%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.78% 30.57% 30.93%
Number of salaries quoted 234 346 427
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £26,288 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £61,250 £60,750 £63,600
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 1,374 1,351 1,704
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.48% 13.78% 13.82%
Number of salaries quoted 938 1,024 1,217
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £27,000 £24,750 £25,150
90th Percentile £64,000 £67,500 £70,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £49,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% -3.06% +8.89%

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 22 June 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 22 June 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 -32 123 £49,375 +23.44% 26
Coventry -21 37 £32,500 -27.78% 3
Staffordshire -16 36 £32,750 -12.96% 10
Warwickshire +2 30 £40,000 -14.44% 3
Solihull -4 21 £35,000 -6.67% 3
Herefordshire - 19 £50,000 - 1
Worcestershire +36 16 £45,947 +53.16% 4
Sutton Coldfield -7 8 £31,000 -31.11% 1
Shropshire +2 3 £37,500 +2.74% 1
Walsall -3 2 £27,500 -12.70%
Halesowen +4 1 £20,000 - 10
Dudley -9 1 £23,000 -8.00%
Wolverhampton -16 1 - - 3
QA
England

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 131 (41.85%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (34.19%) Test Automation
3 91 (29.07%) Finance
4 74 (23.64%) Selenium
5 68 (21.73%) Scrum
6 60 (19.17%) SQL
7 58 (18.53%) Java
8 50 (15.97%) Project Management
8 50 (15.97%) Manual Testing
9 46 (14.70%) Analytical Skills
10 45 (14.38%) Degree
11 44 (14.06%) Test Scripting
12 42 (13.42%) JIRA
12 42 (13.42%) ISEB
12 42 (13.42%) C#
13 41 (13.10%) Software Testing
13 41 (13.10%) Continuous Improvement
14 38 (12.14%) Regression Testing
15 36 (11.50%) SDLC
16 35 (11.18%) Problem-Solving
16 35 (11.18%) Stakeholder Management
16 35 (11.18%) User Acceptance Testing
17 33 (10.54%) ISTQB
18 32 (10.22%) .NET
19 31 (9.90%) TDD
20 29 (9.27%) Waterfall
20 29 (9.27%) Test Strategy
21 28 (8.95%) SoapUI
21 28 (8.95%) BDD
21 28 (8.95%) Computer Science

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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 8 (2.56%) Confluence
2 7 (2.24%) CMS
3 6 (1.92%) WordPress
4 4 (1.28%) Drupal
4 4 (1.28%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.96%) Apache
6 2 (0.64%) Apache Pig
6 2 (0.64%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.64%) ColdFusion
6 2 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.64%) JBoss
6 2 (0.64%) MQSeries
6 2 (0.64%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (0.64%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.64%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.64%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.64%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.32%) IIS
Applications
1 13 (4.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (3.19%) Microsoft Project
3 9 (2.88%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (1.60%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.64%) HipChat
6 1 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (3.19%) HFM
2 5 (1.60%) assyst
2 5 (1.60%) Hyperion Planning
2 5 (1.60%) Sentinel
3 4 (1.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.28%) Magento
3 4 (1.28%) SAP R/3
3 4 (1.28%) Shopify
4 3 (0.96%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.96%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.96%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.32%) Maximo
6 1 (0.32%) Primavera
6 1 (0.32%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 21 (6.71%) SaaS
2 16 (5.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (3.19%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.60%) GitHub
4 5 (1.60%) PaaS
5 4 (1.28%) Basecamp
5 4 (1.28%) BrowserStack
5 4 (1.28%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (1.28%) IaaS
6 3 (0.96%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.64%) AdWords
7 2 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.64%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.64%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (0.64%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.64%) Serverless
7 2 (0.64%) Trello
8 1 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.56%) SMS
2 7 (2.24%) ATM
2 7 (2.24%) Internet
3 3 (0.96%) HTTPS
3 3 (0.96%) SSH
4 2 (0.64%) AMQP
4 2 (0.64%) FTP
4 2 (0.64%) HTTP
4 2 (0.64%) Network Security
5 1 (0.32%) Extranet
5 1 (0.32%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (7.99%) SQL Server
2 14 (4.47%) Relational Database
3 13 (4.15%) MySQL
4 12 (3.83%) MongoDB
5 10 (3.19%) Essbase
6 9 (2.88%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (2.24%) NoSQL
8 6 (1.92%) Big Data
8 6 (1.92%) Power BI
8 6 (1.92%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (1.28%) Data Mining
10 3 (0.96%) Riak
10 3 (0.96%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (0.64%) Bigtable
11 2 (0.64%) HBase
11 2 (0.64%) Impala
11 2 (0.64%) OLAP Cube
11 2 (0.64%) Oracle BI Publisher
11 2 (0.64%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.64%) Redis
Development Applications
1 74 (23.64%) Selenium
2 42 (13.42%) JIRA
3 28 (8.95%) SoapUI
4 26 (8.31%) Visual Studio
5 23 (7.35%) Cucumber
5 23 (7.35%) WebDriver
6 22 (7.03%) SpecFlow
7 19 (6.07%) Jenkins
8 15 (4.79%) Git (software)
9 11 (3.51%) Team Foundation Server
10 10 (3.19%) Subversion
11 9 (2.88%) Maven
12 8 (2.56%) Ranorex
13 7 (2.24%) Bugzilla
14 6 (1.92%) TestNG
15 4 (1.28%) Appium
15 4 (1.28%) Bitbucket
15 4 (1.28%) Eclipse
15 4 (1.28%) JMeter
15 4 (1.28%) Robot Framework
General
1 91 (29.07%) Finance
2 20 (6.39%) Retail
3 19 (6.07%) Telecoms
4 14 (4.47%) Games
4 14 (4.47%) Manufacturing
5 13 (4.15%) Publishing
6 10 (3.19%) Banking
6 10 (3.19%) Financial Institution
7 9 (2.88%) Marketing
8 6 (1.92%) Legal
9 2 (0.64%) Automotive
10 1 (0.32%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.32%) Law
10 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 91 (29.07%) Analyst
2 37 (11.82%) Developer
3 35 (11.18%) Test Analyst
3 35 (11.18%) Tester
4 33 (10.54%) Business Analyst
5 24 (7.67%) Architect
5 24 (7.67%) QA Analyst
6 21 (6.71%) Project Manager
7 17 (5.43%) QA Tester
7 17 (5.43%) Test Engineer
8 15 (4.79%) QA Engineer
8 15 (4.79%) QA Leader
8 15 (4.79%) QA Manager
9 14 (4.47%) Consultant
9 14 (4.47%) Java Developer
10 13 (4.15%) Automation Tester
10 13 (4.15%) Software Analyst
11 11 (3.51%) Automation Test Analyst
11 11 (3.51%) Implementation Consultant
11 11 (3.51%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (10.22%) .NET
2 27 (8.63%) SOAP
3 25 (7.99%) Web Services
4 20 (6.39%) XML
5 13 (4.15%) RESTful
6 12 (3.83%) HTML
7 9 (2.88%) JSON
8 8 (2.56%) CSS
9 7 (2.24%) Spring
10 6 (1.92%) Gherkin
10 6 (1.92%) REST
11 5 (1.60%) CSS3
11 5 (1.60%) HTML5
11 5 (1.60%) jQuery
12 4 (1.28%) J2EE
12 4 (1.28%) RabbitMQ
12 4 (1.28%) WPF
13 3 (0.96%) .NET Framework
13 3 (0.96%) ASP.NET
13 3 (0.96%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 46 (14.70%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (8.95%) Computer Science
3 22 (7.03%) Management Information System
4 21 (6.71%) Data Centre
5 20 (6.39%) Self-Motivation
6 16 (5.11%) User Experience
7 14 (4.47%) Fintech
8 12 (3.83%) Client/Server
9 7 (2.24%) Algorithms
9 7 (2.24%) Data Structures
9 7 (2.24%) Mobile App
10 6 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (1.60%) CESG
11 5 (1.60%) Freedom of Information
11 5 (1.60%) Public Cloud
11 5 (1.60%) Video Conferencing
11 5 (1.60%) Virtual Team
12 4 (1.28%) CMDB
13 2 (0.64%) DataPower
13 2 (0.64%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 18 (5.75%) Windows
2 17 (5.43%) Unix
3 10 (3.19%) Linux
4 3 (0.96%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (41.85%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (34.19%) Test Automation
3 68 (21.73%) Scrum
4 50 (15.97%) Manual Testing
4 50 (15.97%) Project Management
5 44 (14.06%) Test Scripting
6 41 (13.10%) Continuous Improvement
6 41 (13.10%) Software Testing
7 38 (12.14%) Regression Testing
8 36 (11.50%) SDLC
9 35 (11.18%) Problem-Solving
9 35 (11.18%) Stakeholder Management
9 35 (11.18%) User Acceptance Testing
10 31 (9.90%) TDD
11 29 (9.27%) Test Strategy
11 29 (9.27%) Waterfall
12 28 (8.95%) BDD
13 26 (8.31%) Business Intelligence
14 25 (7.99%) Continuous Integration
15 23 (7.35%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 60 (19.17%) SQL
2 58 (18.53%) Java
3 42 (13.42%) C#
4 24 (7.67%) JavaScript
5 17 (5.43%) Python
6 8 (2.56%) Ruby
7 7 (2.24%) PHP
7 7 (2.24%) VB.NET
8 5 (1.60%) C++
9 4 (1.28%) PL/SQL
9 4 (1.28%) Scala
9 4 (1.28%) VB
10 3 (0.96%) C
11 2 (0.64%) COBOL
11 2 (0.64%) Java 8
11 2 (0.64%) Perl
11 2 (0.64%) PHP 5
11 2 (0.64%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.64%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.32%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 45 (14.38%) Degree
2 42 (13.42%) ISEB
3 33 (10.54%) ISTQB
4 24 (7.67%) Computer Science Degree
5 15 (4.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 9 (2.88%) Security Cleared
7 7 (2.24%) SC Cleared
8 6 (1.92%) Numerate Degree
9 5 (1.60%) CISA
9 5 (1.60%) CISM
9 5 (1.60%) CISSP
9 5 (1.60%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (1.28%) PMI Certification
10 4 (1.28%) PMP
10 4 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (0.96%) Sun Certification
12 2 (0.64%) PhD
13 1 (0.32%) HNC
13 1 (0.32%) HND
13 1 (0.32%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.19%) PMO
1 10 (3.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 7 (2.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 7 (2.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.60%) Cyber Essentials
3 5 (1.60%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 5 (1.60%) Data Quality
3 5 (1.60%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.64%) GCP
4 2 (0.64%) SLA
5 1 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.32%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.32%) P3O
5 1 (0.32%) WCAG
System Software
1 9 (2.88%) Docker
2 4 (1.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.64%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 2 (0.64%) HDFS
4 1 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 5 (1.60%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.64%) Hadoop YARN
2 2 (0.64%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.32%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (0.32%) Failover Clustering
3 1 (0.32%) Kibana
3 1 (0.32%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (0.32%) SCCM
3 1 (0.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 28 (8.95%) Microsoft
2 27 (8.63%) Oracle
3 16 (5.11%) SAP
4 10 (3.19%) Hyperion
4 10 (3.19%) Informatica
4 10 (3.19%) PeopleSoft
4 10 (3.19%) Tableau
5 7 (2.24%) Atlassian
6 6 (1.92%) Citrix
6 6 (1.92%) IBM
7 5 (1.60%) Google
7 5 (1.60%) HP
8 4 (1.28%) Adobe
8 4 (1.28%) Dell
8 4 (1.28%) EMC
8 4 (1.28%) NetApp
8 4 (1.28%) Veritas
8 4 (1.28%) VMware
9 2 (0.64%) Teradata
9 2 (0.64%) webMethods