Period
to 21 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Software Tester was £30,000 in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 257 244 236
Rank change year-on-year -13 -8 +43
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 66 95 88
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.65% 0.83% 0.81%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.67% 0.87% 0.84%
Number of salaries quoted 59 94 81
West Midlands median annual salary £30,000 £32,500 £29,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.69% +12.07% -12.78%
10th Percentile £22,000 £25,225 £21,000
90th Percentile £47,100 £39,400 £37,500
England median annual salary £35,000 £32,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year +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 9835 10959 10486
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.44% 96.17% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 8084 8687 8712
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £23,750 £23,500 £24,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%

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 November 2017.

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 November 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 +45 28 £36,250 +9.02% 2
Staffordshire -2 21 £31,500 -3.08%
Halesowen - 7 £20,000 - 1
Coventry +16 4 £32,250 -7.86%
Wolverhampton -6 3 £27,000 -22.86%
Worcestershire -18 1 £29,000 -10.77%
Warwickshire -22 1 £27,500 -15.38%
Shropshire - 1 £38,500 - 1
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, Software Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the West Midlands region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 48 (72.73%) QA
2 39 (59.09%) Test Automation
3 38 (57.58%) SQL
4 37 (56.06%) Software Testing
5 35 (53.03%) Agile Software Development
6 28 (42.42%) Selenium
7 27 (40.91%) Test Scripting
8 24 (36.36%) E-Commerce
9 22 (33.33%) Scrum
10 20 (30.30%) Degree
11 18 (27.27%) JIRA
11 18 (27.27%) Migration
11 18 (27.27%) Regression Testing
12 14 (21.21%) XML
13 13 (19.70%) ISEB
14 12 (18.18%) Cucumber
15 11 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
16 10 (15.15%) Black-Box Testing
16 10 (15.15%) SQL Server
16 10 (15.15%) Defect Tracking
17 9 (13.64%) Calabash
17 9 (13.64%) Mobile App
17 9 (13.64%) Appium
17 9 (13.64%) SDLC
17 9 (13.64%) BDD
17 9 (13.64%) Functional Testing
18 8 (12.12%) Game Development
18 8 (12.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 8 (12.12%) Test Planning
18 8 (12.12%) Test Strategy

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 4 (6.06%) Confluence
2 1 (1.52%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (6.06%) Microsoft Office
1 4 (6.06%) Simulink
2 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.03%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.06%) Profibus
2 1 (1.52%) FTP
2 1 (1.52%) Internet
2 1 (1.52%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (15.15%) SQL Server
2 7 (10.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (4.55%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (3.03%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.52%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 28 (42.42%) Selenium
2 18 (27.27%) JIRA
3 12 (18.18%) Cucumber
4 9 (13.64%) Appium
4 9 (13.64%) Calabash
5 5 (7.58%) WebDriver
6 4 (6.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (6.06%) Git (software)
6 4 (6.06%) SonarQube
6 4 (6.06%) Subversion
7 3 (4.55%) HP UFT
7 3 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (3.03%) Zephyr
9 1 (1.52%) JMeter
9 1 (1.52%) SpecFlow
General
1 8 (12.12%) Games
1 8 (12.12%) Retail
2 4 (6.06%) Electronics
3 1 (1.52%) Banking
3 1 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (21.21%) XML
2 6 (9.09%) .NET
3 2 (3.03%) HTML
4 1 (1.52%) CSS
4 1 (1.52%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.64%) Mobile App
2 7 (10.61%) BBC
3 6 (9.09%) Computer Science
4 4 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (6.06%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 1 (1.52%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.06%) VxWorks
2 1 (1.52%) Unix
2 1 (1.52%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (59.09%) Test Automation
2 37 (56.06%) Software Testing
3 35 (53.03%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (40.91%) Test Scripting
5 24 (36.36%) E-Commerce
6 22 (33.33%) Scrum
7 18 (27.27%) Migration
7 18 (27.27%) Regression Testing
8 11 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (15.15%) Black-Box Testing
9 10 (15.15%) Defect Tracking
10 9 (13.64%) BDD
10 9 (13.64%) Functional Testing
10 9 (13.64%) SDLC
11 8 (12.12%) Business Intelligence
11 8 (12.12%) Game Development
11 8 (12.12%) Test Planning
11 8 (12.12%) Test Strategy
12 6 (9.09%) Manual Testing
13 5 (7.58%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 38 (57.58%) SQL
2 8 (12.12%) C#
3 4 (6.06%) C
3 4 (6.06%) Java
3 4 (6.06%) MATLAB
4 3 (4.55%) PHP
5 1 (1.52%) C++
5 1 (1.52%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.52%) Ruby
5 1 (1.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 20 (30.30%) Degree
2 13 (19.70%) ISEB
3 8 (12.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (9.09%) ISTQB
5 2 (3.03%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (72.73%) QA
2 4 (6.06%) IEC 61508
2 4 (6.06%) IEC 62304
Systems Management
1 2 (3.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (7.58%) Microsoft
2 4 (6.06%) Atlassian
2 4 (6.06%) Coverity
3 2 (3.03%) Capita
4 1 (1.52%) HP
4 1 (1.52%) MKS
4 1 (1.52%) PayPal
4 1 (1.52%) Progress