Period
to 20 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 6 months to 20 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 174 178 175
Rank change year-on-year +4 -3 -17
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 123 155 202
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.43% 1.57% 1.72%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.59% 1.71% 1.90%
Number of salaries quoted 94 144 158
West Midlands median annual salary £34,000 £40,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -15.00% +14.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £22,800 £24,750 £26,925
90th Percentile £55,000 £61,050 £51,800
England median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year - +3.90% -

Software Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies 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 process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 7,754 9,038 10,656
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 90.42% 91.48% 90.51%
Number of salaries quoted 5,937 7,390 8,330
West Midlands median annual salary £44,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.25% - -
10th Percentile £26,000 £25,500 £24,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £63,750 £65,000
England median annual salary £52,225 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.45% - +5.26%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Software Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in the West Midlands

Software Testing
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for Software Testing in the West Midlands

Software Testing
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Salary histogram for Software Testing in the West Midlands

Software Testing
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 Testing within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 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 -31 44 £46,250 +8.82% 11
Staffordshire +10 18 £37,500 +33.93% 7
Warwickshire +31 16 £31,000 -15.36% 4
Coventry +14 10 £40,000 +14.29%
Solihull +6 9 £32,500 +4.84% 2
Worcestershire - 7 £27,500 - 4
Shropshire - 7 £23,500 - 2
Herefordshire - 6 £55,000 - 1
Walsall - 3 - -
Wolverhampton +4 2 £66,250 +132.46%
Smethwick - 1 £27,000 -
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, IT jobs citing Software Testing 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 Software Testing.

1 63 (51.22%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (49.59%) Test Automation
3 37 (30.08%) QA
4 32 (26.02%) ISEB
4 32 (26.02%) SQL
5 30 (24.39%) ISTQB
6 27 (21.95%) Test Strategy
7 25 (20.33%) Waterfall
8 24 (19.51%) Selenium
9 22 (17.89%) User Acceptance Testing
9 22 (17.89%) C#
9 22 (17.89%) Java
10 21 (17.07%) Scrum
11 19 (15.45%) .NET
11 19 (15.45%) Test Scripting
11 19 (15.45%) Degree
12 18 (14.63%) JIRA
12 18 (14.63%) Finance
13 17 (13.82%) WebDriver
13 17 (13.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 16 (13.01%) Microsoft
14 16 (13.01%) Microsoft Office
14 16 (13.01%) Windows
15 15 (12.20%) Test Management
16 13 (10.57%) Integration Testing
16 13 (10.57%) SDLC
17 12 (9.76%) Defect Management
18 10 (8.13%) Linux
18 10 (8.13%) ITIL
18 10 (8.13%) Visual Studio

Software Testing
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 (3.25%) Confluence
2 2 (1.63%) WebLogic
Applications
1 16 (13.01%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (7.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (6.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.25%) BrowserStack
1 4 (3.25%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.69%) Internet
2 6 (4.88%) Network Security
3 4 (3.25%) ADSL
3 4 (3.25%) Broadband
3 4 (3.25%) SMS
3 4 (3.25%) VDSL
3 4 (3.25%) xDSL
4 3 (2.44%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.32%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.69%) Crystal Reports
3 4 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (3.25%) MySQL
4 3 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.81%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 24 (19.51%) Selenium
2 18 (14.63%) JIRA
3 17 (13.82%) WebDriver
4 10 (8.13%) Visual Studio
5 9 (7.32%) Jenkins
6 8 (6.50%) TestNG
7 5 (4.07%) AccuRev
7 5 (4.07%) JUnit
8 4 (3.25%) Appium
8 4 (3.25%) Maven
8 4 (3.25%) Robot Framework
8 4 (3.25%) Robotium
9 3 (2.44%) Bugzilla
9 3 (2.44%) Cucumber
9 3 (2.44%) SoapUI
9 3 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (1.63%) Git (software)
10 2 (1.63%) Log4Net
10 2 (1.63%) TestRail
10 2 (1.63%) Toad
General
1 18 (14.63%) Finance
2 8 (6.50%) Banking
3 5 (4.07%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.25%) Publishing
5 3 (2.44%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.63%) Advertising
6 2 (1.63%) Marketing
7 1 (0.81%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 44 (35.77%) Analyst
2 32 (26.02%) Test Analyst
3 19 (15.45%) Test Engineer
4 18 (14.63%) Developer
5 15 (12.20%) Tester
6 11 (8.94%) Software Developer
7 10 (8.13%) Test Manager
8 9 (7.32%) Test Automation Engineer
9 8 (6.50%) Software Analyst
10 7 (5.69%) Software Tester
11 6 (4.88%) QA Analyst
11 6 (4.88%) Software Test Analyst
11 6 (4.88%) Test Leader
12 5 (4.07%) .NET Developer
12 5 (4.07%) C# Developer
12 5 (4.07%) Development Engineer
12 5 (4.07%) QA Leader
12 5 (4.07%) Senior Test Engineer
12 5 (4.07%) Software Development Engineer
12 5 (4.07%) Test Development Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (15.45%) .NET
2 6 (4.88%) XML
3 5 (4.07%) AngularJS
3 5 (4.07%) HTML
3 5 (4.07%) React
4 4 (3.25%) KnockoutJS
4 4 (3.25%) Web Services
5 3 (2.44%) ASP.NET
5 3 (2.44%) CSS
5 3 (2.44%) jQuery
5 3 (2.44%) SOAP
6 2 (1.63%) JSON
6 2 (1.63%) LINQ
6 2 (1.63%) Node.js
6 2 (1.63%) Razor View Engine
6 2 (1.63%) Spring
6 2 (1.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (1.63%) Velocity
6 2 (1.63%) XSL
7 1 (0.81%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.13%) Computer Science
2 7 (5.69%) Mobile App
3 6 (4.88%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.25%) Algorithms
4 4 (3.25%) Data Structures
4 4 (3.25%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.44%) Credit Risk
5 3 (2.44%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.63%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.63%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.81%) User Experience
7 1 (0.81%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 16 (13.01%) Windows
2 10 (8.13%) Linux
3 4 (3.25%) Embedded Linux
4 2 (1.63%) Android
4 2 (1.63%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.63%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (51.22%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (49.59%) Test Automation
3 27 (21.95%) Test Strategy
4 25 (20.33%) Waterfall
5 22 (17.89%) User Acceptance Testing
6 21 (17.07%) Scrum
7 19 (15.45%) Test Scripting
8 15 (12.20%) Test Management
9 13 (10.57%) Integration Testing
9 13 (10.57%) SDLC
10 12 (9.76%) Defect Management
11 10 (8.13%) ITIL
11 10 (8.13%) V-Model
12 9 (7.32%) Continuous Improvement
12 9 (7.32%) Defect Tracking
12 9 (7.32%) Kanban
12 9 (7.32%) Open Source
12 9 (7.32%) Project Management
13 8 (6.50%) Proactive Management
13 8 (6.50%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (26.02%) SQL
2 22 (17.89%) C#
2 22 (17.89%) Java
3 8 (6.50%) JavaScript
4 7 (5.69%) Python
5 4 (3.25%) Bash Shell
5 4 (3.25%) PHP
6 3 (2.44%) PowerShell
6 3 (2.44%) VB
7 2 (1.63%) XAML
8 1 (0.81%) C++
8 1 (0.81%) Go
8 1 (0.81%) Groovy
8 1 (0.81%) Ruby
8 1 (0.81%) Scala
8 1 (0.81%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 32 (26.02%) ISEB
2 30 (24.39%) ISTQB
3 19 (15.45%) Degree
4 17 (13.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (3.25%) HNC
5 4 (3.25%) HND
6 2 (1.63%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.63%) Postgraduate
6 2 (1.63%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.81%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.81%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (30.08%) QA
2 6 (4.88%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 6 (4.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (2.44%) GDPR
4 2 (1.63%) PMO
System Software
1 4 (3.25%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.81%) Docker
Vendors
1 16 (13.01%) Microsoft
2 8 (6.50%) ServiceNow
3 6 (4.88%) Google
4 4 (3.25%) Atlassian
5 3 (2.44%) SAP
6 2 (1.63%) DevExpress
6 2 (1.63%) Facebook
6 2 (1.63%) Oracle
6 2 (1.63%) webMethods
7 1 (0.81%) CheckPoint
7 1 (0.81%) HP