The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT jobs advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited QA over the 3 months to 31 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 29 40 60
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +20
Permanent jobs citing QA 29 26 12
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Merseyside 6.36% 4.32% 1.97%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 53.70% 44.07% 24.00%
Number of salaries quoted 12 21 12
Average salary £32,500 £42,500 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-23.52% +41.66%
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
QA
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in permanent jobs advertised in the Merseyside region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Merseyside
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
54 59 50
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Merseyside 11.84% 9.80% 8.20%
Number of salaries quoted 25 49 45
Average salary £55,000 £50,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.00% +42.85%
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £29,000 £19,800
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £47,500 £57,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

QA
Salary Trend in Merseyside

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

QA Salary Trend in Merseyside

QA
Salary Histogram in Merseyside

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing QA across the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 31 August 2015.

QA Salary Histogram in Merseyside

QA
Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 31 August 2015. 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
Southport 0 13 - -
Liverpool +2 10 £36,000 -20.00% 7
Wirral +11 1 - -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, IT jobs across the Merseyside 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 22 (51.16%) Microsoft
2 20 (46.51%) Java
2 20 (46.51%) .NET
3 19 (44.19%) Degree
4 18 (41.86%) C#
5 17 (39.53%) JavaScript
5 17 (39.53%) XML
6 16 (37.21%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (34.88%) HTML
7 15 (34.88%) Web Services
8 14 (32.56%) SQL
8 14 (32.56%) Windows
8 14 (32.56%) Automated Testing
8 14 (32.56%) Open Source
9 13 (30.23%) MongoDB
9 13 (30.23%) Analytics
9 13 (30.23%) Jenkins
9 13 (30.23%) Software Engineering
9 13 (30.23%) Maven
9 13 (30.23%) TDD
9 13 (30.23%) Scrum
9 13 (30.23%) JBoss
9 13 (30.23%) Ant
10 12 (27.91%) SQL Server
10 12 (27.91%) Linux
10 12 (27.91%) MS Office
10 12 (27.91%) CSS
11 11 (25.58%) SOAP
11 11 (25.58%) Oracle
11 11 (25.58%) Computer Science

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, IT jobs across the Merseyside 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 13 (30.23%) JBoss
2 8 (18.60%) IIS
3 5 (11.63%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (27.91%) MS Office
2 9 (20.93%) MS Excel
3 3 (6.98%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.33%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (30.23%) MongoDB
2 12 (27.91%) SQL Server
3 8 (18.60%) NoSQL
4 6 (13.95%) Relational Database
5 2 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (2.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (2.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (2.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (2.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 13 (30.23%) Ant
1 13 (30.23%) Maven
1 13 (30.23%) Jenkins
2 8 (18.60%) Selenium
3 5 (11.63%) JUnit
3 5 (11.63%) Log4j
3 5 (11.63%) NUnit
3 5 (11.63%) Selenium IDE
3 5 (11.63%) Git (software)
3 5 (11.63%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (11.63%) Moq
4 3 (6.98%) HP UFT
4 3 (6.98%) Rational Functional Tester
4 3 (6.98%) SilkTest
5 1 (2.33%) Sahi
General
1 6 (13.95%) Finance
2 5 (11.63%) Back Office
2 5 (11.63%) Electronics
3 3 (6.98%) Banking
4 1 (2.33%) Front Office
4 1 (2.33%) Games
Job Titles
1 14 (32.56%) Developer
2 9 (20.93%) Software Developer
3 7 (16.28%) Tester
4 6 (13.95%) Software Tester
5 5 (11.63%) Analyst
5 5 (11.63%) Test Analyst
5 5 (11.63%) QA Engineer
6 4 (9.30%) C# ASP.NET Developer
6 4 (9.30%) C# .NET Developer
6 4 (9.30%) AWS Engineer
6 4 (9.30%) Applications Support
6 4 (9.30%) C# Developer
7 3 (6.98%) Web Developer
7 3 (6.98%) Project Manager
7 3 (6.98%) C# Web Developer
8 2 (4.65%) QA Analyst
9 1 (2.33%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 1 (2.33%) QA Test Analyst
9 1 (2.33%) Business Manager
9 1 (2.33%) Test Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (46.51%) .NET
2 17 (39.53%) XML
3 15 (34.88%) HTML
3 15 (34.88%) Web Services
4 12 (27.91%) CSS
5 11 (25.58%) SOAP
6 9 (20.93%) ASP.NET
6 9 (20.93%) .NET Framework
6 9 (20.93%) AngularJS
7 8 (18.60%) HornetQ
7 8 (18.60%) Hibernate
7 8 (18.60%) Spring
7 8 (18.60%) XHTML
7 8 (18.60%) WSDL
7 8 (18.60%) JDBC
8 5 (11.63%) J2EE
8 5 (11.63%) J2SE
8 5 (11.63%) ASP.NET Web API
8 5 (11.63%) Ninject
8 5 (11.63%) VXML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (25.58%) Computer Science
2 10 (23.26%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (11.63%) Fat Client
3 5 (11.63%) Client/Server
3 5 (11.63%) Thin Client
3 5 (11.63%) IVR
3 5 (11.63%) Mathematics
4 4 (9.30%) Management Information System
5 2 (4.65%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (2.33%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 14 (32.56%) Windows
2 12 (27.91%) Linux
3 8 (18.60%) UNIX
3 8 (18.60%) Oracle Linux
4 5 (11.63%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (37.21%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (32.56%) Automated Testing
2 14 (32.56%) Open Source
3 13 (30.23%) Analytics
3 13 (30.23%) Software Engineering
3 13 (30.23%) Scrum
3 13 (30.23%) TDD
4 10 (23.26%) Unit Testing
4 10 (23.26%) Black-Box Testing
5 9 (20.93%) MVC
6 8 (18.60%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (18.60%) Test Management
6 8 (18.60%) OWASP
6 8 (18.60%) Software Architecture
6 8 (18.60%) BDD
7 6 (13.95%) Test Scripting
7 6 (13.95%) Software Testing
8 5 (11.63%) Refactoring
8 5 (11.63%) Integration Testing
8 5 (11.63%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (46.51%) Java
2 18 (41.86%) C#
3 17 (39.53%) JavaScript
4 14 (32.56%) SQL
5 5 (11.63%) Perl
5 5 (11.63%) Python
5 5 (11.63%) Shell Script
5 5 (11.63%) Ruby
6 3 (6.98%) C
6 3 (6.98%) VB.NET
7 1 (2.33%) T-SQL
7 1 (2.33%) C++
7 1 (2.33%) F#
Qualifications
1 19 (44.19%) Degree
2 10 (23.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 10 (23.26%) ISEB
3 4 (9.30%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 5 (11.63%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 22 (51.16%) Microsoft
2 11 (25.58%) Oracle
3 5 (11.63%) Red Hat
4 3 (6.98%) SAP
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