Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
England > West Midlands
6 months to
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 230 231 180
Rank change year-on-year +1 -51 +14
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 77 82 187
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.82% 0.84% 1.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 0.93% 1.73%
Number of salaries quoted 65 64 122
West Midlands median annual salary £47,500 £40,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +18.75% -15.79% +5.56%
10th Percentile £33,000 £30,375 £29,225
90th Percentile £67,500 £53,750 £62,500
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 8,416 8,830 10,794
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 89.66% 90.51% 89.54%
Number of salaries quoted 6,431 7,214 8,630
West Midlands median annual salary £42,500 £40,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.94% -4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,750 £25,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £62,500 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -26 24 £51,250 +28.13% 5
Herefordshire - 23 £50,000 - 1
Warwickshire +17 12 £42,500 -10.53% 3
Shropshire +13 6 £65,000 +30.00% 3
Coventry -14 6 £36,000 -22.16% 1
Staffordshire -1 3 £47,500 +11.76% 2
Wolverhampton - 2 £65,000 -
Sutton Coldfield +1 1 £47,500 +82.69%
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 53 (68.83%) Test Automation
2 49 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (45.45%) Waterfall
4 34 (44.16%) QA
5 30 (38.96%) Selenium
6 28 (36.36%) Finance
7 24 (31.17%) Manual Testing
8 23 (29.87%) ISEB
9 21 (27.27%) SOAP
10 20 (25.97%) SoapUI
11 19 (24.68%) Software Testing
11 19 (24.68%) ISTQB
12 17 (22.08%) SQL
13 16 (20.78%) Oracle
14 15 (19.48%) Test Scripting
15 14 (18.18%) Project Management
16 13 (16.88%) Java
17 11 (14.29%) Windows
17 11 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
18 10 (12.99%) Degree
19 9 (11.69%) Security Testing
19 9 (11.69%) Defect Tracking
20 8 (10.39%) SDLC
20 8 (10.39%) Scenario Testing
20 8 (10.39%) Coaching
20 8 (10.39%) XML
20 8 (10.39%) WebLogic
20 8 (10.39%) Retail
21 7 (9.09%) Regression Testing
21 7 (9.09%) Business Intelligence

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 8 (10.39%) WebLogic
2 2 (2.60%) MQSeries
2 2 (2.60%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.60%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (1.30%) Apache
Applications
1 5 (6.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.90%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (3.90%) Oracle EBS
1 3 (3.90%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 2 (2.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.30%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.60%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.30%) Panaya
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.19%) Internet
2 2 (2.60%) FTP
2 2 (2.60%) HTTP
2 2 (2.60%) HTTPS
2 2 (2.60%) SSH
3 1 (1.30%) 4G
3 1 (1.30%) LTE
3 1 (1.30%) SDH
3 1 (1.30%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.79%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.19%) Big Data
2 4 (5.19%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (5.19%) Power BI
2 4 (5.19%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.60%) DB2
3 2 (2.60%) MySQL
4 1 (1.30%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 30 (38.96%) Selenium
2 20 (25.97%) SoapUI
3 5 (6.49%) JIRA
3 5 (6.49%) JUnit
3 5 (6.49%) TestNG
3 5 (6.49%) Toad
3 5 (6.49%) WebDriver
4 3 (3.90%) LoadRunner
5 1 (1.30%) CA Gen
5 1 (1.30%) Git (software)
5 1 (1.30%) HP UFT
5 1 (1.30%) JMeter
5 1 (1.30%) LabVIEW
5 1 (1.30%) Subversion
5 1 (1.30%) Visual Studio
General
1 28 (36.36%) Finance
2 8 (10.39%) Retail
3 3 (3.90%) Automotive
4 2 (2.60%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.30%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 19 (24.68%) Analyst
2 14 (18.18%) Test Analyst
2 14 (18.18%) Test Leader
3 11 (14.29%) QA Leader
3 11 (14.29%) QA Manager
4 9 (11.69%) Test Engineer
4 9 (11.69%) Test Manager
5 7 (9.09%) Tester
6 4 (5.19%) Automation Tester
6 4 (5.19%) Developer
6 4 (5.19%) Senior Automation Tester
6 4 (5.19%) Senior Test Engineer
6 4 (5.19%) Senior Tester
7 3 (3.90%) Automation Test Lead
7 3 (3.90%) Business Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) Business Intelligence Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) QA Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) QA Engineer
7 3 (3.90%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (27.27%) SOAP
2 8 (10.39%) XML
3 5 (6.49%) JSON
3 5 (6.49%) XSL
4 3 (3.90%) .NET
4 3 (3.90%) RESTful
5 2 (2.60%) IBM Integration Bus
6 1 (1.30%) J2EE
6 1 (1.30%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.19%) Computer Science
2 3 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.90%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.60%) DataPower
4 1 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.30%) Infotainment
Operating Systems
1 11 (14.29%) Windows
2 6 (7.79%) Unix
3 2 (2.60%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (68.83%) Test Automation
2 49 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (45.45%) Waterfall
4 24 (31.17%) Manual Testing
5 19 (24.68%) Software Testing
6 15 (19.48%) Test Scripting
7 14 (18.18%) Project Management
8 11 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (11.69%) Defect Tracking
9 9 (11.69%) Security Testing
10 8 (10.39%) Coaching
10 8 (10.39%) Scenario Testing
10 8 (10.39%) SDLC
11 7 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (9.09%) Regression Testing
11 7 (9.09%) Test Management
12 6 (7.79%) Configuration Management
12 6 (7.79%) Workflow
13 5 (6.49%) ITIL
13 5 (6.49%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 17 (22.08%) SQL
2 13 (16.88%) Java
3 3 (3.90%) C#
4 2 (2.60%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.60%) VB
5 1 (1.30%) C
5 1 (1.30%) C++
5 1 (1.30%) Perl
5 1 (1.30%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.30%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.30%) VB6
5 1 (1.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (29.87%) ISEB
2 19 (24.68%) ISTQB
3 10 (12.99%) Degree
4 3 (3.90%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (3.90%) Numerate Degree
5 2 (2.60%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.60%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (44.16%) QA
2 2 (2.60%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.30%) PMO
Systems Management
1 3 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.30%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 16 (20.78%) Oracle
2 6 (7.79%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.79%) webMethods
3 4 (5.19%) Tableau
4 3 (3.90%) CheckPoint
4 3 (3.90%) SAP
4 3 (3.90%) ServiceNow
5 2 (2.60%) AppDynamics
5 2 (2.60%) Citrix
5 2 (2.60%) Dynatrace
5 2 (2.60%) HP
5 2 (2.60%) IBM
5 2 (2.60%) Pega
5 2 (2.60%) Teradata
6 1 (1.30%) BEA
6 1 (1.30%) Informatica