Period
to 16 October 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 16 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
England > West Midlands
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 188 219 214
Rank change year-on-year +31 -5 +23
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 109 107 140
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.27% 1.08% 1.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.40% 1.18% 1.32%
Number of salaries quoted 73 93 98
West Midlands median annual salary £46,000 £45,000 £47,250
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.22% -4.76% -0.53%
10th Percentile £30,450 £32,300 £31,100
90th Percentile £58,750 £55,000 £68,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 7,792 9,063 10,601
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 90.44% 91.46% 90.50%
Number of salaries quoted 5,967 7,428 8,293
West Midlands median annual salary £44,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.25% - -
10th Percentile £25,750 £25,500 £24,750
90th Percentile £67,500 £63,750 £65,000
England median annual salary £52,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.00% - +5.26%

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 16 October 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 16 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 -11 46 £52,500 +16.67% 7
Warwickshire +29 11 £46,000 +2.22% 2
Coventry +14 11 £45,000 -5.26% 2
Herefordshire - 11 £50,000 -
Shropshire +19 8 £37,500 -25.00% 4
Sutton Coldfield -18 6 £47,500 +82.69%
Staffordshire 0 4 £32,500 -12.75%
Worcestershire - 4 £34,000 - 1
Wolverhampton - 4 £66,250 -
Solihull +1 3 £34,000 -15.00% 2
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 16 October 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 86 (78.90%) Test Automation
2 66 (60.55%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (40.37%) Selenium
4 33 (30.28%) Waterfall
5 28 (25.69%) QA
6 27 (24.77%) ISTQB
6 27 (24.77%) Software Testing
7 24 (22.02%) WebDriver
7 24 (22.02%) Test Management
8 21 (19.27%) V-Model
9 20 (18.35%) ISEB
10 19 (17.43%) JUnit
10 19 (17.43%) Defect Tracking
11 18 (16.51%) SQL
11 18 (16.51%) Regression Testing
12 17 (15.60%) Test Scripting
13 16 (14.68%) Manual Testing
13 16 (14.68%) Java
14 15 (13.76%) Finance
14 15 (13.76%) TestNG
15 14 (12.84%) Windows
16 13 (11.93%) Open Source
17 12 (11.01%) Scrum
18 10 (9.17%) Stakeholder Management
18 10 (9.17%) JIRA
18 10 (9.17%) Scenario Testing
19 9 (8.26%) Problem-Solving
19 9 (8.26%) Oracle
20 8 (7.34%) E-Commerce
20 8 (7.34%) Security Cleared

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 3 (2.75%) Confluence
1 3 (2.75%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.83%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.92%) Drupal
3 1 (0.92%) MQSeries
3 1 (0.92%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.92%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 7 (6.42%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.83%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.83%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (1.83%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.75%) Internet
2 1 (0.92%) Firewall
2 1 (0.92%) FTP
2 1 (0.92%) HTTP
2 1 (0.92%) HTTPS
2 1 (0.92%) SDH
2 1 (0.92%) SSH
2 1 (0.92%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.67%) Oracle Database
1 4 (3.67%) Oracle Database 11g
1 4 (3.67%) Oracle Database 12c
1 4 (3.67%) Oracle Reports
1 4 (3.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.92%) DB2
2 1 (0.92%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 44 (40.37%) Selenium
2 24 (22.02%) WebDriver
3 19 (17.43%) JUnit
4 15 (13.76%) TestNG
5 10 (9.17%) JIRA
6 5 (4.59%) Cucumber
6 5 (4.59%) SoapUI
7 3 (2.75%) Git (software)
7 3 (2.75%) JMeter
7 3 (2.75%) Visual Studio
8 2 (1.83%) CircleCI
8 2 (1.83%) JBehave
8 2 (1.83%) Jenkins
8 2 (1.83%) PHPUnit
8 2 (1.83%) Toad
9 1 (0.92%) CA Gen
9 1 (0.92%) Grunt
9 1 (0.92%) Karma Test Runner
9 1 (0.92%) Mocha
9 1 (0.92%) Sikuli
General
1 15 (13.76%) Finance
2 5 (4.59%) Retail
3 1 (0.92%) Automotive
3 1 (0.92%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 25 (22.94%) Analyst
2 23 (21.10%) Test Analyst
3 19 (17.43%) Test Manager
4 18 (16.51%) Test Engineer
5 15 (13.76%) Test Leader
6 14 (12.84%) Automation Test Lead
7 10 (9.17%) Senior Test Engineer
8 8 (7.34%) Tester
9 6 (5.50%) Automation Test Analyst
9 6 (5.50%) Software Tester
10 5 (4.59%) Automation Engineer
11 4 (3.67%) QA Manager
11 4 (3.67%) Senior Analyst
11 4 (3.67%) Senior Test Analyst
11 4 (3.67%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
11 4 (3.67%) Test Automation Engineer
11 4 (3.67%) Test Automation Manager
12 3 (2.75%) Administrator
12 3 (2.75%) DBA
12 3 (2.75%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.50%) RESTful
1 6 (5.50%) XML
2 5 (4.59%) .NET
3 3 (2.75%) HTML
3 3 (2.75%) Node.js
3 3 (2.75%) REST
3 3 (2.75%) SOAP
3 3 (2.75%) Velocity
3 3 (2.75%) Web Services
4 2 (1.83%) AngularJS
4 2 (1.83%) Backbone.js
4 2 (1.83%) CSS
4 2 (1.83%) CSS3
4 2 (1.83%) GraphQL
4 2 (1.83%) HTML5
4 2 (1.83%) JSON
4 2 (1.83%) KnockoutJS
4 2 (1.83%) Symfony
4 2 (1.83%) XSL
5 1 (0.92%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (3.67%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.75%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (1.83%) Mobile App
4 1 (0.92%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.92%) DataPower
4 1 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (0.92%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 14 (12.84%) Windows
2 6 (5.50%) Unix
3 2 (1.83%) Android
3 2 (1.83%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.92%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (78.90%) Test Automation
2 66 (60.55%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (30.28%) Waterfall
4 27 (24.77%) Software Testing
5 24 (22.02%) Test Management
6 21 (19.27%) V-Model
7 19 (17.43%) Defect Tracking
8 18 (16.51%) Regression Testing
9 17 (15.60%) Test Scripting
10 16 (14.68%) Manual Testing
11 13 (11.93%) Open Source
12 12 (11.01%) Scrum
13 10 (9.17%) Scenario Testing
13 10 (9.17%) Stakeholder Management
14 9 (8.26%) Problem-Solving
15 8 (7.34%) API Testing
15 8 (7.34%) Coaching
15 8 (7.34%) E-Commerce
15 8 (7.34%) Proactive Management
15 8 (7.34%) Scaled Agile Framework
Programming Languages
1 18 (16.51%) SQL
2 16 (14.68%) Java
3 4 (3.67%) JavaScript
3 4 (3.67%) PL/SQL
4 2 (1.83%) Python
5 1 (0.92%) C
5 1 (0.92%) C#
5 1 (0.92%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 27 (24.77%) ISTQB
2 20 (18.35%) ISEB
3 8 (7.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (7.34%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.67%) Degree
5 3 (2.75%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.83%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.92%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (25.69%) QA
2 3 (2.75%) GDPR
3 2 (1.83%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.83%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (3.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 4 (3.67%) Oracle RMAN
2 2 (1.83%) HP ALM
2 2 (1.83%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (8.26%) Oracle
2 8 (7.34%) ServiceNow
3 7 (6.42%) Microsoft
4 3 (2.75%) HP
5 2 (1.83%) Apple
5 2 (1.83%) CheckPoint
5 2 (1.83%) OutSystems
5 2 (1.83%) Remedy
5 2 (1.83%) webMethods
6 1 (0.92%) AppDynamics
6 1 (0.92%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.92%) CA
6 1 (0.92%) Citrix
6 1 (0.92%) Dynatrace
6 1 (0.92%) IBM
6 1 (0.92%) SAP
6 1 (0.92%) Teradata