Period
to 20 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Tester was £35,000 in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Tester
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 138 149 165
Rank change year-on-year +11 +16 +19
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 214 211 179
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.12% 1.87% 1.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.20% 1.94% 1.70%
Number of salaries quoted 182 180 164
West Midlands median annual salary £35,000 £32,500 £31,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.69% +4.84% -4.62%
10th Percentile £24,000 £20,500 £21,250
90th Percentile £60,625 £52,875 £55,000
England median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 9736 10875 10545
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.42% 96.15% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 7999 8616 8763
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £23,750 £23,500 £24,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the West Midlands

Tester
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for Tester in the West Midlands

Tester
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Tester in the West Midlands

Tester
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 Tester within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 +58 95 £47,000 +74.07% 7
Staffordshire -2 37 £27,500 -10.20% 1
Coventry +29 25 £32,500 -7.14%
Worcestershire -10 12 £62,500 +92.31%
Shropshire +5 9 £37,500 +15.38% 1
Solihull +3 8 £42,500 +24.09%
Halesowen -35 7 £20,000 -4.76% 1
Warwickshire -51 7 £33,000 +1.54% 1
Wolverhampton -9 4 £27,750 -20.71%
Tester
England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the West Midlands region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 147 (68.69%) Test Automation
2 105 (49.07%) QA
3 85 (39.72%) Selenium
4 78 (36.45%) Agile Software Development
5 75 (35.05%) Test Scripting
6 67 (31.31%) Software Testing
7 58 (27.10%) SQL
8 56 (26.17%) Scrum
9 45 (21.03%) Java
9 45 (21.03%) Regression Testing
9 45 (21.03%) WebDriver
10 43 (20.09%) JIRA
11 42 (19.63%) Test Strategy
12 39 (18.22%) Degree
13 37 (17.29%) Manual Testing
14 33 (15.42%) E-Commerce
15 32 (14.95%) Analytical Skills
16 31 (14.49%) C#
17 30 (14.02%) Cucumber
18 27 (12.62%) Finance
19 26 (12.15%) XML
19 26 (12.15%) ISEB
20 25 (11.68%) Mobile App
21 24 (11.21%) User Acceptance Testing
22 23 (10.75%) SQL Server
23 21 (9.81%) BDD
24 19 (8.88%) .NET
24 19 (8.88%) Time Management
24 19 (8.88%) Scenario Testing
25 18 (8.41%) Functional Testing

Tester Skill Set
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 15 (7.01%) Confluence
2 4 (1.87%) OpenStack
3 2 (0.93%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.47%) CMS
4 1 (0.47%) JBoss
Applications
1 8 (3.74%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.87%) Simulink
3 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.47%) Magento
1 1 (0.47%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.21%) SaaS
2 5 (2.34%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (2.34%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.27%) ATM
2 6 (2.80%) SMS
3 4 (1.87%) 802.11
3 4 (1.87%) HTTP
3 4 (1.87%) Profibus
3 4 (1.87%) SNMP
3 4 (1.87%) VPN
4 3 (1.40%) Internet
5 1 (0.47%) FTP
5 1 (0.47%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (10.75%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (1.40%) MySQL
3 3 (1.40%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (0.93%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 85 (39.72%) Selenium
2 45 (21.03%) WebDriver
3 43 (20.09%) JIRA
4 30 (14.02%) Cucumber
5 17 (7.94%) SpecFlow
6 14 (6.54%) SoapUI
7 12 (5.61%) Git (software)
8 10 (4.67%) Appium
8 10 (4.67%) Calabash
8 10 (4.67%) JBehave
8 10 (4.67%) JMeter
8 10 (4.67%) WATIR
9 8 (3.74%) Visual Studio
10 7 (3.27%) eggPlant
10 7 (3.27%) HP UFT
10 7 (3.27%) Ranorex
11 5 (2.34%) Subversion
11 5 (2.34%) Team Foundation Server
12 4 (1.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 4 (1.87%) SonarQube
General
1 27 (12.62%) Finance
2 14 (6.54%) Retail
3 13 (6.07%) Banking
4 11 (5.14%) Games
5 7 (3.27%) Electronics
6 2 (0.93%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.47%) Automotive
7 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.47%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (12.15%) XML
2 19 (8.88%) .NET
3 11 (5.14%) Gherkin
3 11 (5.14%) SOAP
4 8 (3.74%) .NET Framework
4 8 (3.74%) Web Services
5 6 (2.80%) WinForms
6 4 (1.87%) 802.1X
7 3 (1.40%) HTML
8 2 (0.93%) CSS
8 2 (0.93%) GWT
8 2 (0.93%) JSON
8 2 (0.93%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 1 (0.47%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.47%) CSS3
9 1 (0.47%) jQuery
9 1 (0.47%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 32 (14.95%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (11.68%) Mobile App
3 11 (5.14%) Computer Science
4 7 (3.27%) BBC
4 7 (3.27%) Fintech
5 4 (1.87%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (1.87%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 3 (1.40%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.40%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.47%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.47%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.47%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.47%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 9 (4.21%) Linux
2 7 (3.27%) Android
2 7 (3.27%) Apple iOS
3 6 (2.80%) Windows
4 4 (1.87%) VxWorks
5 2 (0.93%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (68.69%) Test Automation
2 78 (36.45%) Agile Software Development
3 75 (35.05%) Test Scripting
4 67 (31.31%) Software Testing
5 56 (26.17%) Scrum
6 45 (21.03%) Regression Testing
7 42 (19.63%) Test Strategy
8 37 (17.29%) Manual Testing
9 33 (15.42%) E-Commerce
10 24 (11.21%) User Acceptance Testing
11 21 (9.81%) BDD
12 19 (8.88%) Scenario Testing
12 19 (8.88%) Time Management
13 18 (8.41%) Functional Testing
13 18 (8.41%) Migration
14 17 (7.94%) SDLC
15 15 (7.01%) Mathematics
15 15 (7.01%) Open Source
15 15 (7.01%) Penetration Testing
16 14 (6.54%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 58 (27.10%) SQL
2 45 (21.03%) Java
3 31 (14.49%) C#
4 11 (5.14%) PowerShell
5 9 (4.21%) C
6 8 (3.74%) JavaScript
7 5 (2.34%) PHP
7 5 (2.34%) Python
7 5 (2.34%) Ruby
8 4 (1.87%) Bash Shell
8 4 (1.87%) Lua
8 4 (1.87%) MATLAB
9 2 (0.93%) Apple Swift
9 2 (0.93%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.47%) C++
10 1 (0.47%) Perl
10 1 (0.47%) Scala
10 1 (0.47%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 39 (18.22%) Degree
2 26 (12.15%) ISEB
3 17 (7.94%) ISTQB
4 11 (5.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (4.67%) CREST Certified
6 9 (4.21%) CHECK Team Leader
7 7 (3.27%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (2.34%) OSCP
9 4 (1.87%) CHECK Team Member
10 3 (1.40%) DV Cleared
10 3 (1.40%) SC Cleared
10 3 (1.40%) Security Cleared
11 2 (0.93%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.47%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (49.07%) QA
2 4 (1.87%) IEC 61508
2 4 (1.87%) IEC 62304
Systems Management
1 5 (2.34%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 2 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (8.41%) Microsoft
2 7 (3.27%) CA Agile Central
3 6 (2.80%) Google
4 4 (1.87%) Atlassian
4 4 (1.87%) Coverity
5 3 (1.40%) Capita
6 1 (0.47%) HP
6 1 (0.47%) MKS
6 1 (0.47%) Oracle
6 1 (0.47%) PayPal
6 1 (0.47%) Progress
6 1 (0.47%) Xamarin