Period
to 17 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Test Strategy skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Test Strategy over the 6 months to 17 February 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 224 225 193
Rank change year-on-year +1 -32 +13
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 88 97 134
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.90% 0.94% 1.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.01% 1.04% 1.38%
Number of salaries quoted 80 74 98
West Midlands median annual salary £45,500 £44,375 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.54% -6.58% +17.28%
10th Percentile £27,250 £28,400 £31,250
90th Percentile £60,250 £57,500 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +5.26%

Test Strategy 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 8,679 9,307 9,679
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 88.28% 90.06% 87.93%
Number of salaries quoted 6,778 7,297 8,061
West Midlands median annual salary £42,000 £40,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.70% -4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £25,000 £25,500 £25,250
90th Percentile £67,500 £62,500 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for Test Strategy in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 17 February 2018.

Salary histogram for Test Strategy in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
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 Test Strategy within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 17 February 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 +3 34 £50,000 +17.65%
Herefordshire - 15 £42,500 - 2
Warwickshire +3 14 £39,250 -21.50% 2
Shropshire +9 12 £50,000 -4.76% 2
Staffordshire +8 7 £25,000 -39.76% 2
Coventry -25 3 £40,000 -13.51%
Walsall - 2 - -
Wolverhampton - 1 £52,500 - 1
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 17 February 2018, IT jobs citing Test Strategy 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 Test Strategy.

1 58 (65.91%) Test Automation
2 39 (44.32%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (44.32%) Selenium
3 38 (43.18%) QA
3 38 (43.18%) Test Scripting
4 33 (37.50%) Software Testing
5 30 (34.09%) Waterfall
6 26 (29.55%) Finance
7 25 (28.41%) Java
8 23 (26.14%) ISEB
9 20 (22.73%) Manual Testing
10 18 (20.45%) User Acceptance Testing
10 18 (20.45%) ISTQB
11 17 (19.32%) SQL
12 16 (18.18%) Oracle
12 16 (18.18%) SOAP
13 15 (17.05%) Windows
13 15 (17.05%) WebDriver
13 15 (17.05%) Test Planning
14 14 (15.91%) XML
15 13 (14.77%) Unix
15 13 (14.77%) Analytical Skills
15 13 (14.77%) SoapUI
16 12 (13.64%) SDLC
16 12 (13.64%) WebLogic
17 11 (12.50%) SQL Server
17 11 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
17 11 (12.50%) Scrum
17 11 (12.50%) Mentoring
18 10 (11.36%) Coaching

Test Strategy
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 12 (13.64%) WebLogic
2 3 (3.41%) Apache
2 3 (3.41%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (3.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.14%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.27%) Dynamics 365
1 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.14%) Ethernet
1 1 (1.14%) Modbus
1 1 (1.14%) RS-485
1 1 (1.14%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.27%) Big Data
3 2 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.27%) Power BI
3 2 (2.27%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.14%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.14%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 39 (44.32%) Selenium
2 15 (17.05%) WebDriver
3 13 (14.77%) SoapUI
4 8 (9.09%) Toad
5 5 (5.68%) JIRA
6 4 (4.55%) HP UFT
7 3 (3.41%) Cucumber
7 3 (3.41%) JMeter
8 2 (2.27%) LoadRunner
8 2 (2.27%) Ranorex
8 2 (2.27%) WinRunner
9 1 (1.14%) CA Gen
9 1 (1.14%) JUnit
9 1 (1.14%) TestNG
9 1 (1.14%) Visual Studio
9 1 (1.14%) Zephyr
General
1 26 (29.55%) Finance
2 3 (3.41%) Retail
3 2 (2.27%) Electronics
3 2 (2.27%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.14%) Automotive
4 1 (1.14%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 21 (23.86%) Tester
2 20 (22.73%) Test Manager
3 19 (21.59%) Analyst
4 17 (19.32%) Test Analyst
5 13 (14.77%) Test Leader
6 12 (13.64%) Automation Tester
7 9 (10.23%) QA Leader
8 5 (5.68%) Oracle Analyst
8 5 (5.68%) QA Analyst
8 5 (5.68%) QA Manager
8 5 (5.68%) Unix Analyst
9 4 (4.55%) QA Tester
9 4 (4.55%) Software Tester
9 4 (4.55%) Test Engineer
10 3 (3.41%) Developer
10 3 (3.41%) QA Test Analyst
10 3 (3.41%) Senior Analyst
10 3 (3.41%) Senior Test Analyst
10 3 (3.41%) Senior Test Engineer
11 2 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (18.18%) SOAP
2 14 (15.91%) XML
3 9 (10.23%) JSON
4 8 (9.09%) XSL
5 4 (4.55%) REST
5 4 (4.55%) Web Services
6 3 (3.41%) .NET
7 1 (1.14%) CSS
7 1 (1.14%) HTML
7 1 (1.14%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 13 (14.77%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.41%) Computer Science
2 3 (3.41%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (2.27%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.14%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 15 (17.05%) Windows
2 13 (14.77%) Unix
3 1 (1.14%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (65.91%) Test Automation
2 39 (44.32%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (43.18%) Test Scripting
4 33 (37.50%) Software Testing
5 30 (34.09%) Waterfall
6 20 (22.73%) Manual Testing
7 18 (20.45%) User Acceptance Testing
8 15 (17.05%) Test Planning
9 12 (13.64%) SDLC
10 11 (12.50%) Mentoring
10 11 (12.50%) Scrum
10 11 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (11.36%) Coaching
11 10 (11.36%) CRM
12 9 (10.23%) Project Management
12 9 (10.23%) Test Management
13 8 (9.09%) Defect Management
13 8 (9.09%) Regression Testing
14 6 (6.82%) Line Management
14 6 (6.82%) Planning and Forecasting
Programming Languages
1 25 (28.41%) Java
2 17 (19.32%) SQL
3 5 (5.68%) JavaScript
4 4 (4.55%) C#
5 3 (3.41%) Python
6 2 (2.27%) Shell Script
6 2 (2.27%) VB
7 1 (1.14%) Ada
7 1 (1.14%) C
7 1 (1.14%) C++
7 1 (1.14%) Go
7 1 (1.14%) Perl
7 1 (1.14%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.14%) VB6
7 1 (1.14%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (26.14%) ISEB
2 18 (20.45%) ISTQB
3 10 (11.36%) Degree
4 7 (7.95%) SC Cleared
4 7 (7.95%) Security Cleared
5 6 (6.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.27%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (2.27%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.14%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (1.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (1.14%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (43.18%) QA
2 2 (2.27%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.27%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.14%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (1.14%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 3 (3.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (18.18%) Oracle
2 9 (10.23%) webMethods
3 7 (7.95%) Microsoft
4 4 (4.55%) Pega
5 3 (3.41%) CheckPoint
6 2 (2.27%) SAP
6 2 (2.27%) Tableau
7 1 (1.14%) BEA
7 1 (1.14%) Informatica