Period
to 14 December 2018

The median annual salary for a Software Tester was £35,000 in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Tester
England > West Midlands
6 months to
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 259 265 255
Rank change year-on-year +6 -10 -15
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 31 68 77
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.38% 0.67% 0.69%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.70% 0.72%
Number of salaries quoted 29 57 78
West Midlands median annual salary £35,000 £32,500 £32,750
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.69% -0.76% +9.17%
10th Percentile £22,500 £19,000 £29,625
90th Percentile £51,250 £47,200 £41,450
England median annual salary £37,000 £35,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year +5.71% +7.69% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 7,800 9,759 10,730
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.80% 96.64% 96.36%
Number of salaries quoted 6,012 7,946 8,513
West Midlands median annual salary £43,750 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.38% - -
10th Percentile £25,000 £23,750 £23,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.06%

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Software Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in the West Midlands

Software Tester
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Software Tester in the West Midlands.

Salary trend for Software Tester in the West Midlands

Software Tester
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Software Tester in the West Midlands

Software Tester
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 Software Tester within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 14 December 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 -2 12 £47,500 +18.75% 1
Staffordshire +14 9 £35,000 +11.11% 1
Coventry +13 3 £37,500 +16.28% 1
Worcestershire 0 3 £30,000 +3.45% 3
Shropshire +7 2 £25,000 -35.06%
Solihull - 1 £35,000 -
Software Tester
England

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 14 December 2018, Software Tester job roles required the following IT 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 featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 26 (83.87%) Test Automation
2 22 (70.97%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (45.16%) Manual Testing
4 13 (41.94%) QA
5 12 (38.71%) Test Scripting
6 11 (35.48%) Scrum
6 11 (35.48%) SQL
7 10 (32.26%) Regression Testing
7 10 (32.26%) Selenium
8 9 (29.03%) Microsoft
9 8 (25.81%) C#
9 8 (25.81%) Java
9 8 (25.81%) Finance
10 7 (22.58%) .NET
10 7 (22.58%) Software Testing
10 7 (22.58%) WebDriver
11 6 (19.35%) Windows
11 6 (19.35%) Greenfield Project
12 5 (16.13%) Ranorex
12 5 (16.13%) Team Foundation Server
13 4 (12.90%) Microsoft Azure
13 4 (12.90%) System Testing
13 4 (12.90%) Test Strategy
13 4 (12.90%) .NET Framework
13 4 (12.90%) ISTQB
13 4 (12.90%) Load Testing
13 4 (12.90%) WinForms
13 4 (12.90%) SOA
13 4 (12.90%) Line Management
14 3 (9.68%) Cucumber

Software Tester Skill Set
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 1 (3.23%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.90%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.23%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 10 (32.26%) Selenium
2 7 (22.58%) WebDriver
3 5 (16.13%) Ranorex
3 5 (16.13%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (9.68%) Cucumber
5 2 (6.45%) Visual Studio
6 1 (3.23%) SpecFlow
General
1 8 (25.81%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (22.58%) .NET
2 4 (12.90%) .NET Framework
2 4 (12.90%) WinForms
3 2 (6.45%) AngularJS
3 2 (6.45%) ASP.NET
3 2 (6.45%) Razor View Engine
3 2 (6.45%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 1 (3.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (19.35%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (6.45%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (6.45%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.23%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (19.35%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (83.87%) Test Automation
2 22 (70.97%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (45.16%) Manual Testing
4 12 (38.71%) Test Scripting
5 11 (35.48%) Scrum
6 10 (32.26%) Regression Testing
7 7 (22.58%) Software Testing
8 4 (12.90%) Line Management
8 4 (12.90%) Load Testing
8 4 (12.90%) SOA
8 4 (12.90%) System Testing
8 4 (12.90%) Test Strategy
9 3 (9.68%) Functional Testing
9 3 (9.68%) Mentoring
9 3 (9.68%) Non-Functional Testing
9 3 (9.68%) Test Management
9 3 (9.68%) User Acceptance Testing
10 2 (6.45%) Computer Science
10 2 (6.45%) Integration Testing
10 2 (6.45%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (35.48%) SQL
2 8 (25.81%) C#
2 8 (25.81%) Java
3 2 (6.45%) XAML
4 1 (3.23%) C++
4 1 (3.23%) PowerShell
4 1 (3.23%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (12.90%) ISTQB
2 2 (6.45%) Degree
2 2 (6.45%) ISEB
2 2 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (3.23%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (41.94%) QA
2 2 (6.45%) SLA
Vendors
1 9 (29.03%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.45%) DevExpress
3 1 (3.23%) OutSystems