Period
to 14 August 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 14 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
England > West Midlands
6 months to
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 205 229 181
Rank change year-on-year +24 -48 +48
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 94 101 173
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.04% 1.01% 1.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.15% 1.10% 1.59%
Number of salaries quoted 65 86 116
West Midlands median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £47,250
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.76% -10.05% -0.53%
10th Percentile £30,650 £31,625 £30,125
90th Percentile £60,000 £55,000 £66,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% -

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 8,181 9,160 10,860
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 90.28% 91.34% 89.95%
Number of salaries quoted 6,278 7,569 8,528
West Midlands median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £25,750 £26,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £62,500 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 14 August 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 14 August 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 -17 39 £52,500 +31.25% 6
Coventry +11 11 £45,000 - 6
Warwickshire +25 10 £42,500 -5.56% 2
Herefordshire - 9 £50,000 -
Shropshire +16 6 £37,500 -25.00% 1
Staffordshire +7 6 £33,750 -18.18% 3
Sutton Coldfield -7 5 £47,500 +82.69%
Wolverhampton - 5 £65,000 - 1
Worcestershire - 2 £39,000 - 4
Solihull 0 1 £29,500 -21.33% 1
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 65 (69.15%) Test Automation
2 57 (60.64%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (40.43%) Selenium
4 32 (34.04%) Waterfall
5 25 (26.60%) Software Testing
6 24 (25.53%) ISEB
6 24 (25.53%) QA
7 22 (23.40%) ISTQB
7 22 (23.40%) Finance
8 19 (20.21%) SQL
9 18 (19.15%) V-Model
9 18 (19.15%) WebDriver
10 17 (18.09%) Test Management
10 17 (18.09%) Defect Tracking
11 16 (17.02%) Test Scripting
12 13 (13.83%) TestNG
12 13 (13.83%) Regression Testing
12 13 (13.83%) Java
12 13 (13.83%) JUnit
13 12 (12.77%) Oracle
13 12 (12.77%) Manual Testing
13 12 (12.77%) Scenario Testing
14 11 (11.70%) Windows
14 11 (11.70%) Scrum
15 10 (10.64%) Problem-Solving
15 10 (10.64%) User Acceptance Testing
15 10 (10.64%) Security Testing
15 10 (10.64%) SoapUI
16 9 (9.57%) Open Source
16 9 (9.57%) Non-Functional Testing

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 4 (4.26%) WebLogic
2 2 (2.13%) MQSeries
2 2 (2.13%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.13%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.13%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 4 (4.26%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.19%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (3.19%) Oracle EBS
1 3 (3.19%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.32%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.26%) Internet
2 2 (2.13%) FTP
2 2 (2.13%) HTTP
2 2 (2.13%) HTTPS
2 2 (2.13%) SSH
3 1 (1.06%) 4G
3 1 (1.06%) Firewall
3 1 (1.06%) LTE
3 1 (1.06%) SDH
3 1 (1.06%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.32%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.19%) Oracle Database
2 3 (3.19%) Oracle Database 11g
2 3 (3.19%) Oracle Database 12c
2 3 (3.19%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (2.13%) Big Data
3 2 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.13%) DB2
3 2 (2.13%) MySQL
3 2 (2.13%) Power BI
3 2 (2.13%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 38 (40.43%) Selenium
2 18 (19.15%) WebDriver
3 13 (13.83%) JUnit
3 13 (13.83%) TestNG
4 10 (10.64%) SoapUI
5 9 (9.57%) JIRA
6 3 (3.19%) LoadRunner
6 3 (3.19%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.13%) Jenkins
7 2 (2.13%) Toad
8 1 (1.06%) CA Gen
8 1 (1.06%) Cucumber
8 1 (1.06%) Git (software)
8 1 (1.06%) Grunt
8 1 (1.06%) gulp
8 1 (1.06%) HP UFT
8 1 (1.06%) Karma Test Runner
8 1 (1.06%) Mocha
8 1 (1.06%) Sikuli
8 1 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 22 (23.40%) Finance
2 8 (8.51%) Retail
3 3 (3.19%) Automotive
4 2 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (24.47%) Analyst
2 20 (21.28%) Test Analyst
3 17 (18.09%) Test Engineer
4 11 (11.70%) Test Manager
5 10 (10.64%) Test Leader
6 9 (9.57%) Senior Test Engineer
6 9 (9.57%) Tester
7 7 (7.45%) Automation Test Lead
7 7 (7.45%) QA Manager
8 5 (5.32%) Automation Tester
8 5 (5.32%) Senior Tester
9 4 (4.26%) Automation Engineer
9 4 (4.26%) QA Engineer
9 4 (4.26%) Senior Automation Tester
9 4 (4.26%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
9 4 (4.26%) Test Automation Engineer
10 3 (3.19%) Business Analyst
10 3 (3.19%) Head of Testing
10 3 (3.19%) QA Leader
10 3 (3.19%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.57%) SOAP
2 7 (7.45%) RESTful
3 6 (6.38%) XML
4 4 (4.26%) .NET
5 2 (2.13%) IBM Integration Bus
5 2 (2.13%) JSON
5 2 (2.13%) XSL
6 1 (1.06%) Chai
6 1 (1.06%) Gherkin
6 1 (1.06%) Jest
6 1 (1.06%) Node.js
6 1 (1.06%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (5.32%) Computer Science
2 4 (4.26%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.13%) DataPower
3 2 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.06%) Infotainment
Operating Systems
1 11 (11.70%) Windows
2 5 (5.32%) Unix
3 2 (2.13%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (69.15%) Test Automation
2 57 (60.64%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (34.04%) Waterfall
4 25 (26.60%) Software Testing
5 18 (19.15%) V-Model
6 17 (18.09%) Defect Tracking
6 17 (18.09%) Test Management
7 16 (17.02%) Test Scripting
8 13 (13.83%) Regression Testing
9 12 (12.77%) Manual Testing
9 12 (12.77%) Scenario Testing
10 11 (11.70%) Scrum
11 10 (10.64%) Problem-Solving
11 10 (10.64%) Security Testing
11 10 (10.64%) User Acceptance Testing
12 9 (9.57%) ITIL
12 9 (9.57%) Non-Functional Testing
12 9 (9.57%) Open Source
12 9 (9.57%) Project Management
13 7 (7.45%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 19 (20.21%) SQL
2 13 (13.83%) Java
3 3 (3.19%) PL/SQL
4 2 (2.13%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.06%) C
5 1 (1.06%) C#
5 1 (1.06%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 24 (25.53%) ISEB
2 22 (23.40%) ISTQB
3 8 (8.51%) Degree
4 6 (6.38%) Security Cleared
5 4 (4.26%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (2.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.13%) Numerate Degree
6 2 (2.13%) SC Cleared
7 1 (1.06%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (25.53%) QA
2 3 (3.19%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 3 (3.19%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (3.19%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 3 (3.19%) Oracle RMAN
2 2 (2.13%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 12 (12.77%) Oracle
2 8 (8.51%) Microsoft
3 6 (6.38%) ServiceNow
4 4 (4.26%) HP
5 2 (2.13%) AppDynamics
5 2 (2.13%) Citrix
5 2 (2.13%) Dynatrace
5 2 (2.13%) IBM
5 2 (2.13%) OutSystems
5 2 (2.13%) Remedy
5 2 (2.13%) SAP
5 2 (2.13%) Tableau
5 2 (2.13%) Teradata
5 2 (2.13%) webMethods
6 1 (1.06%) CA
6 1 (1.06%) Capita
6 1 (1.06%) CheckPoint