The first table below looks at the demand for QA skills in IT jobs advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited QA over the 3 months to 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Cheshire region.

Location
3 months to
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 39 52 59
Rank change year-on-year
+13 +7
Permanent jobs citing QA 93 69 86
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Cheshire 5.22% 3.99% 3.72%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 47.94% 40.83% 45.74%
Number of salaries quoted 76 45 67
Average salary £35,000 £33,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.06% -5.71%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £20,250 £23,400
10% offered a salary of more than £43,750 £47,250 £47,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £37,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Cheshire
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
194 169 188
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Cheshire 10.90% 9.77% 8.13%
Number of salaries quoted 153 116 146
Average salary £35,000 £33,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.06% -12.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £20,700 £22,000 £28,000
10% offered a salary of more than £51,200 £65,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%
QA
North West

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing QA across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

QA
Salary Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA across the Cheshire region.

QA Salary Trend in Cheshire

QA
Salary Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing QA across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 25 July 2014.

QA Salary Histogram in Cheshire

QA
Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 25 July 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +1 37 £35,000 +6.06% 1
Wilmslow +6 15 £30,000 -9.09% 1
Nantwich - 9 £30,000 -
Macclesfield +6 6 - - 1
Northwich - 4 £35,000 - 1
Knutsford -1 2 £38,750 +31.91% 1
Chester -15 1 £42,500 +25.92% 1
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT jobs across the Cheshire region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited QA.

1 110 (60.44%) SQL
2 83 (45.60%) Agile Software Development
3 80 (43.96%) C#
4 70 (38.46%) Windows
5 53 (29.12%) .NET
6 47 (25.82%) HTML
7 43 (23.63%) SQL Server
8 41 (22.53%) ASP.NET
9 38 (20.88%) JavaScript
10 36 (19.78%) XML
10 36 (19.78%) Selenium
11 35 (19.23%) Software Engineering
11 35 (19.23%) Test Scripting
12 34 (18.68%) Degree
12 34 (18.68%) ISEB
13 33 (18.13%) T-SQL
14 31 (17.03%) Automated Testing
14 31 (17.03%) Software Testing
15 26 (14.29%) C++
16 25 (13.74%) Computer Science
17 23 (12.64%) Windows Server 2003
17 23 (12.64%) Manual Testing
17 23 (12.64%) Web Testing
17 23 (12.64%) Enterprise Software
17 23 (12.64%) Automation Testing
18 21 (11.54%) QuickTest Pro
18 21 (11.54%) System Testing
19 20 (10.99%) C
20 19 (10.44%) VMware
20 19 (10.44%) CSS

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT jobs across the Cheshire region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 12 (6.59%) IIS
2 8 (4.40%) Tomcat
3 5 (2.75%) Oracle Spatial
3 5 (2.75%) WebSphere
4 4 (2.20%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (1.10%) Node.js
6 1 (0.55%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.55%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.55%) CMS
Applications
1 11 (6.04%) MS Excel
2 6 (3.30%) Photoshop
3 3 (1.65%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 5 (2.75%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.49%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.10%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.30%) Internet
2 4 (2.20%) LDAP
3 3 (1.65%) LAN
3 3 (1.65%) WAN
3 3 (1.65%) SSL
4 1 (0.55%) SAN
4 1 (0.55%) CTI
4 1 (0.55%) Firewall
4 1 (0.55%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (23.63%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.75%) OLTP
3 4 (2.20%) Oracle Database 10g
3 4 (2.20%) DB2
3 4 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (2.20%) Oracle Database 11g
3 4 (2.20%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.55%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.55%) Informix
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (0.55%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 36 (19.78%) Selenium
2 21 (11.54%) QuickTest Pro
3 17 (9.34%) Selenium IDE
4 12 (6.59%) Visual Studio
5 8 (4.40%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (3.30%) Oracle Forms
6 6 (3.30%) Cucumber
7 5 (2.75%) WebDriver
8 4 (2.20%) MSTest
8 4 (2.20%) Toad
8 4 (2.20%) NUnit
8 4 (2.20%) JIRA
9 2 (1.10%) SoapUI
10 1 (0.55%) Hudson
10 1 (0.55%) LoadRunner
10 1 (0.55%) JMeter
General
1 15 (8.24%) Finance
2 4 (2.20%) Publishing
2 4 (2.20%) Marketing
3 2 (1.10%) Games
3 2 (1.10%) Banking
4 1 (0.55%) Retail
4 1 (0.55%) Retail Banking
4 1 (0.55%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.55%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 51 (28.02%) Analyst
2 43 (23.63%) Developer
3 33 (18.13%) Tester
4 30 (16.48%) Software Tester
5 22 (12.09%) Test Analyst
6 20 (10.99%) QA Analyst
7 17 (9.34%) Automation Engineer
8 16 (8.79%) Software Engineer
9 15 (8.24%) C# Developer
10 13 (7.14%) Development Engineer
10 13 (7.14%) Senior Development Engineer
11 11 (6.04%) C# Software Engineer
11 11 (6.04%) QA Engineer
12 10 (5.49%) Author
13 9 (4.95%) Test Manager
13 9 (4.95%) Analyst Programmer
13 9 (4.95%) Programmer
13 9 (4.95%) Java Developer
13 9 (4.95%) Developer Analyst
13 9 (4.95%) C# Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (29.12%) .NET
2 47 (25.82%) HTML
3 41 (22.53%) ASP.NET
4 36 (19.78%) XML
5 19 (10.44%) CSS
6 15 (8.24%) WPF
7 13 (7.14%) SOAP
8 11 (6.04%) XML-RPC
8 11 (6.04%) HTML5
8 11 (6.04%) REST
8 11 (6.04%) Ajax
9 8 (4.40%) Spring
9 8 (4.40%) Java SE
9 8 (4.40%) Java EE
9 8 (4.40%) JSON
9 8 (4.40%) JPA
9 8 (4.40%) RESTful
9 8 (4.40%) Hibernate
10 6 (3.30%) WinForms
10 6 (3.30%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 25 (13.74%) Computer Science
2 23 (12.64%) Enterprise Software
3 8 (4.40%) Open Source
4 7 (3.85%) Client/Server
4 7 (3.85%) NHS
5 6 (3.30%) SystemC
6 5 (2.75%) N-Tier
6 5 (2.75%) GIS
7 2 (1.10%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.55%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.55%) Replication
8 1 (0.55%) Interactive TV
8 1 (0.55%) PDA
8 1 (0.55%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.55%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.55%) New Media
8 1 (0.55%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.55%) Social Media
8 1 (0.55%) Wiki
8 1 (0.55%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 70 (38.46%) Windows
2 23 (12.64%) Windows Server 2003
3 13 (7.14%) UNIX
4 4 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (2.20%) AIX
5 2 (1.10%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.10%) Android
6 1 (0.55%) Linux
6 1 (0.55%) Windows 2000
6 1 (0.55%) Windows NT
6 1 (0.55%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (45.60%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (19.23%) Software Engineering
2 35 (19.23%) Test Scripting
3 31 (17.03%) Automated Testing
3 31 (17.03%) Software Testing
4 23 (12.64%) Web Testing
4 23 (12.64%) Manual Testing
4 23 (12.64%) Automation Testing
5 21 (11.54%) System Testing
6 18 (9.89%) TDD
7 14 (7.69%) Test Automation
7 14 (7.69%) Product Management
8 13 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (7.14%) Project Management
9 12 (6.59%) E-Commerce
9 12 (6.59%) Unit Testing
9 12 (6.59%) Integration Testing
10 11 (6.04%) Multithreading
11 10 (5.49%) UML
11 10 (5.49%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 110 (60.44%) SQL
2 80 (43.96%) C#
3 38 (20.88%) JavaScript
4 33 (18.13%) T-SQL
5 26 (14.29%) C++
6 20 (10.99%) C
7 15 (8.24%) Java
8 10 (5.49%) VBA
9 9 (4.95%) Perl
10 7 (3.85%) PowerShell
11 6 (3.30%) PL/SQL
11 6 (3.30%) VB.NET
12 4 (2.20%) Korn
12 4 (2.20%) Shell Script
12 4 (2.20%) VBScript
12 4 (2.20%) Bash Shell
13 2 (1.10%) PHP
14 1 (0.55%) VB
14 1 (0.55%) Ruby
14 1 (0.55%) Python
Qualifications
1 34 (18.68%) ISEB
1 34 (18.68%) Degree
2 13 (7.14%) HND
3 10 (5.49%) ISTQB
4 8 (4.40%) Security Cleared
5 6 (3.30%) HNC
6 5 (2.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.65%) MCPD
7 3 (1.65%) SC Cleared
7 3 (1.65%) MCTS
7 3 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.10%) MCP
9 1 (0.55%) PMP
9 1 (0.55%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.75%) SLA
2 1 (0.55%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (0.55%) GAMP
2 1 (0.55%) GMP
System Software
1 17 (9.34%) XenApp
1 17 (9.34%) XenDesktop
2 15 (8.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (7.69%) Hyper-V
3 14 (7.69%) Active Directory
4 4 (2.20%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (1.65%) Tivoli Directory Server
6 1 (0.55%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (0.55%) MetaFrame
6 1 (0.55%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (4.40%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (3.85%) Tivoli
3 4 (2.20%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 3 (1.65%) Tivoli Identity Manager
5 1 (0.55%) HP SIM
5 1 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.55%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.55%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.55%) Legato
Vendors
1 19 (10.44%) Citrix
1 19 (10.44%) VMware
2 16 (8.79%) Oracle
3 15 (8.24%) Microsoft
4 8 (4.40%) IBM
5 2 (1.10%) AppSense
5 2 (1.10%) Cognizant
6 1 (0.55%) CA
6 1 (0.55%) Apple
6 1 (0.55%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.55%) Sage
6 1 (0.55%) Symantec
6 1 (0.55%) HP
6 1 (0.55%) Dell
6 1 (0.55%) EMC
6 1 (0.55%) Teradata
6 1 (0.55%) Sybase
6 1 (0.55%) SAP
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