Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 258 253 234
Rank change year-on-year -5 -19 +9
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 34 70 109
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.40% 0.71% 0.92%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.74% 0.96%
Number of salaries quoted 31 63 108
West Midlands median annual salary £35,000 £30,000 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% +14.04%
10th Percentile £22,500 £22,750 £25,000
90th Percentile £51,250 £47,000 £38,000
England median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.14% +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 8,276 9,518 11,342
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.46% 96.41% 96.21%
Number of salaries quoted 6,437 7,904 8,976
West Midlands median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £24,000 £24,000 £23,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £62,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 21 October 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 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 -10 12 £47,500 +26.67% 5
Staffordshire +7 8 £33,750 +2.27% 3
Worcestershire +8 5 £34,250 +18.10% 1
Coventry +10 4 £37,500 +13.64%
Shropshire +16 2 £25,000 -23.08%
Halesowen +27 1 £20,000 -
Solihull - 1 £35,000 - 1
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 29 (85.29%) Test Automation
2 21 (61.76%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (47.06%) QA
4 14 (41.18%) Manual Testing
5 13 (38.24%) Selenium
6 12 (35.29%) Test Scripting
7 11 (32.35%) SQL
8 10 (29.41%) Java
9 9 (26.47%) Scrum
9 9 (26.47%) Finance
10 8 (23.53%) WebDriver
11 7 (20.59%) Software Testing
11 7 (20.59%) ISTQB
11 7 (20.59%) Microsoft
11 7 (20.59%) C#
12 6 (17.65%) Test Strategy
13 5 (14.71%) .NET
13 5 (14.71%) ISEB
13 5 (14.71%) Regression Testing
14 4 (11.76%) Degree
14 4 (11.76%) Mentoring
14 4 (11.76%) Cucumber
15 3 (8.82%) Test Management
15 3 (8.82%) Non-Functional Testing
15 3 (8.82%) Enterprise Software
15 3 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing
16 2 (5.88%) Windows
16 2 (5.88%) Python
16 2 (5.88%) Visual Studio
16 2 (5.88%) ASP.NET

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 (2.94%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.94%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 13 (38.24%) Selenium
2 8 (23.53%) WebDriver
3 4 (11.76%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.88%) Ranorex
4 2 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (5.88%) Visual Studio
5 1 (2.94%) Grunt
5 1 (2.94%) gulp
5 1 (2.94%) Jenkins
5 1 (2.94%) JIRA
5 1 (2.94%) JMeter
5 1 (2.94%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (2.94%) Mocha
5 1 (2.94%) SoapUI
5 1 (2.94%) SpecFlow
General
1 9 (26.47%) Finance
2 1 (2.94%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (14.71%) .NET
2 2 (5.88%) AngularJS
2 2 (5.88%) ASP.NET
2 2 (5.88%) Razor View Engine
2 2 (5.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (2.94%) Chai
3 1 (2.94%) Jest
3 1 (2.94%) Node.js
3 1 (2.94%) SOAP
3 1 (2.94%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.82%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (5.88%) Computer Science
2 2 (5.88%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (5.88%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.88%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (2.94%) BBC
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.88%) Windows
2 1 (2.94%) Linux
2 1 (2.94%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (85.29%) Test Automation
2 21 (61.76%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (41.18%) Manual Testing
4 12 (35.29%) Test Scripting
5 9 (26.47%) Scrum
6 7 (20.59%) Software Testing
7 6 (17.65%) Test Strategy
8 5 (14.71%) Regression Testing
9 4 (11.76%) Mentoring
10 3 (8.82%) Non-Functional Testing
10 3 (8.82%) Test Management
10 3 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing
11 2 (5.88%) API Testing
11 2 (5.88%) Defect Management
11 2 (5.88%) Problem-Solving
11 2 (5.88%) Scaled Agile Framework
11 2 (5.88%) SDET
11 2 (5.88%) SDLC
11 2 (5.88%) TDD
11 2 (5.88%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 11 (32.35%) SQL
2 10 (29.41%) Java
3 7 (20.59%) C#
4 2 (5.88%) Python
4 2 (5.88%) XAML
5 1 (2.94%) C
5 1 (2.94%) C++
5 1 (2.94%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.94%) PHP
5 1 (2.94%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 7 (20.59%) ISTQB
2 5 (14.71%) ISEB
3 4 (11.76%) Degree
4 2 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (5.88%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (47.06%) QA
2 2 (5.88%) SLA
Vendors
1 7 (20.59%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.88%) DevExpress
3 1 (2.94%) OutSystems