The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited QA over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 55 49 86
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +37
Permanent jobs citing QA 283 334 182
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.21% 4.55% 2.65%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.54% 50.15% 34.15%
Number of salaries quoted 239 290 134
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +23.07%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,650 £28,817 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £46,600
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
QA
England

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 North West region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
650 666 533
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 9.67% 9.07% 7.78%
Number of salaries quoted 527 545 433
Average salary £39,250 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-1.87% +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £25,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,400 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

QA
Salary Trend in the North West

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

QA Salary Trend in the North West

QA
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing QA across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

QA Salary Histogram in the North West

QA
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 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
Manchester -8 175 £38,500 -3.75% 33
Cheshire -20 58 £45,000 +28.57% 13
Merseyside +11 29 £32,500 -23.52% 6
Lancashire +6 20 £36,250 -22.87% 6
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT jobs across the North West 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.

1 246 (44.65%) Agile Software Development
2 185 (33.58%) SQL
3 134 (24.32%) Finance
4 129 (23.41%) Test Scripting
5 128 (23.23%) .NET
6 118 (21.42%) Microsoft
7 114 (20.69%) C#
7 114 (20.69%) Degree
8 109 (19.78%) Java
9 104 (18.87%) Selenium
10 102 (18.51%) SQL Server
11 101 (18.33%) ISEB
12 93 (16.88%) Automated Testing
13 92 (16.70%) Software Testing
14 86 (15.61%) Windows
15 81 (14.70%) Analytical Skills
16 72 (13.07%) Scrum
17 68 (12.34%) JavaScript
17 68 (12.34%) TDD
18 66 (11.98%) ISTQB
19 64 (11.62%) Web Services
19 64 (11.62%) SDLC
20 58 (10.53%) Test Automation
21 57 (10.34%) MS Excel
22 56 (10.16%) HTML
22 56 (10.16%) Project Management
23 55 (9.98%) ASP.NET
23 55 (9.98%) Manual Testing
24 54 (9.80%) Jenkins
25 53 (9.62%) Mentoring

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT jobs across the North West 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 16 (2.90%) WebSphere
2 14 (2.54%) SharePoint
3 13 (2.36%) JBoss
3 13 (2.36%) Apache
4 11 (2.00%) IIS
4 11 (2.00%) CMS
5 10 (1.81%) Tomcat
6 6 (1.09%) Node.js
7 5 (0.91%) WordPress
7 5 (0.91%) nginx
8 3 (0.54%) Drupal
8 3 (0.54%) SilverStripe
9 2 (0.36%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
9 2 (0.36%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.36%) Jetty
9 2 (0.36%) MS Project Server
9 2 (0.36%) ExpressionEngine
9 2 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (0.36%) SAS
10 1 (0.18%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 57 (10.34%) MS Excel
2 38 (6.90%) MS Office
3 8 (1.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (1.27%) MS Project
5 3 (0.54%) Mingle
6 2 (0.36%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.18%) SPSS
7 1 (0.18%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.73%) Magento
2 2 (0.36%) Sage 200
2 2 (0.36%) Sage ERP X3
2 2 (0.36%) Agresso
2 2 (0.36%) SAP FI
2 2 (0.36%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (0.36%) SAP CO
2 2 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.36%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 22 (3.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (2.18%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.09%) Amazon EC2
3 6 (1.09%) Amazon S3
3 6 (1.09%) Amazon ELB
4 5 (0.91%) Route 53
5 4 (0.73%) SaaS
6 3 (0.54%) GitHub
6 3 (0.54%) Trello
7 2 (0.36%) PaaS
7 2 (0.36%) Office 365
8 1 (0.18%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.18%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.36%) HTTP
2 10 (1.81%) ATM
2 10 (1.81%) UMTS
2 10 (1.81%) Firewall
3 8 (1.45%) DNS
3 8 (1.45%) Internet
4 7 (1.27%) HTTPS
4 7 (1.27%) DHCP
4 7 (1.27%) GPRS
5 5 (0.91%) Wireless
5 5 (0.91%) Network Security
6 4 (0.73%) Intranet
7 3 (0.54%) RNC
7 3 (0.54%) LTE
7 3 (0.54%) 4G
7 3 (0.54%) Radio Access Network
7 3 (0.54%) 2G
7 3 (0.54%) WiMAX
7 3 (0.54%) GSM
7 3 (0.54%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (18.51%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.09%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (2.54%) MongoDB
4 11 (2.00%) NoSQL
5 10 (1.81%) Oracle Database
5 10 (1.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 10 (1.81%) Oracle Database 11g
6 9 (1.63%) SQL Server 2005
6 9 (1.63%) Relational Database
7 7 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (1.09%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (1.09%) MySQL
8 6 (1.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 5 (0.91%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 3 (0.54%) Redis
10 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.36%) Big Data
11 2 (0.36%) SAP Data Services
11 2 (0.36%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 104 (18.87%) Selenium
2 54 (9.80%) Jenkins
3 47 (8.53%) JIRA
4 37 (6.72%) HP UFT
5 31 (5.63%) WebDriver
6 28 (5.08%) Visual Studio
7 27 (4.90%) Team Foundation Server
8 24 (4.36%) Cucumber
9 22 (3.99%) Maven
10 20 (3.63%) Hudson
11 19 (3.45%) Git (software)
12 17 (3.09%) TeamCity
12 17 (3.09%) SoapUI
13 15 (2.72%) Ant
14 13 (2.36%) SpecFlow
15 12 (2.18%) Selenium IDE
16 10 (1.81%) JUnit
16 10 (1.81%) Bugzilla
16 10 (1.81%) ClearCase
17 8 (1.45%) WatiN
General
1 134 (24.32%) Finance
2 45 (8.17%) Banking
3 34 (6.17%) Retail
4 13 (2.36%) Telecoms
4 13 (2.36%) Games
4 13 (2.36%) Legal
5 11 (2.00%) Investment Banking
6 9 (1.63%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.27%) Pharmaceutical
7 7 (1.27%) Corporate Banking
8 6 (1.09%) Marketing
8 6 (1.09%) Back Office
9 5 (0.91%) Electronics
10 4 (0.73%) Law
11 3 (0.54%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.36%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.36%) Billing
13 1 (0.18%) German Language
13 1 (0.18%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 186 (33.76%) Analyst
2 119 (21.60%) Test Analyst
3 112 (20.33%) Tester
4 82 (14.88%) Developer
5 58 (10.53%) Software Tester
6 40 (7.26%) QA Tester
6 40 (7.26%) QA Analyst
7 35 (6.35%) Business Analyst
8 34 (6.17%) QA Engineer
9 31 (5.63%) Test Manager
10 25 (4.54%) Test Engineer
11 23 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
12 22 (3.99%) Automated Tester
13 18 (3.27%) Software Developer
13 18 (3.27%) QA Test Analyst
14 16 (2.90%) Project Manager
15 15 (2.72%) Automation Analyst
16 14 (2.54%) Automation Test Analyst
17 13 (2.36%) Head of Testing
18 12 (2.18%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (23.23%) .NET
2 64 (11.62%) Web Services
3 56 (10.16%) HTML
4 55 (9.98%) ASP.NET
5 50 (9.07%) XML
6 47 (8.53%) CSS
7 29 (5.26%) .NET Framework
7 29 (5.26%) AngularJS
8 26 (4.72%) jQuery
9 22 (3.99%) HTML5
10 21 (3.81%) SOAP
11 20 (3.63%) CSS3
12 15 (2.72%) RESTful
12 15 (2.72%) ASP.NET MVC
12 15 (2.72%) Spring
13 13 (2.36%) Hibernate
14 12 (2.18%) WCF
14 12 (2.18%) Symfony
14 12 (2.18%) Backbone.js
15 11 (2.00%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 81 (14.70%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (9.62%) Computer Science
3 31 (5.63%) Mobile App
4 16 (2.90%) Enterprise Software
5 15 (2.72%) User Experience
5 15 (2.72%) Management Information System
6 9 (1.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (1.27%) Visualisation
8 6 (1.09%) Mathematics
9 5 (0.91%) Fat Client
9 5 (0.91%) Data Structures
9 5 (0.91%) Client/Server
9 5 (0.91%) Thin Client
9 5 (0.91%) IVR
9 5 (0.91%) Interactive TV
10 4 (0.73%) PMI
10 4 (0.73%) Clustering
10 4 (0.73%) SCADA
10 4 (0.73%) NHS
10 4 (0.73%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 86 (15.61%) Windows
2 48 (8.71%) Linux
3 22 (3.99%) Android
3 22 (3.99%) Apple iOS
4 18 (3.27%) UNIX
5 9 (1.63%) CentOS
6 8 (1.45%) Oracle Linux
7 7 (1.27%) Windows Mobile
7 7 (1.27%) Windows CE
8 6 (1.09%) Mac OS X
9 5 (0.91%) SUSE
10 4 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.54%) Windows XP
11 3 (0.54%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.36%) Solaris
13 1 (0.18%) FreeBSD
13 1 (0.18%) VME
13 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 246 (44.65%) Agile Software Development
2 129 (23.41%) Test Scripting
3 93 (16.88%) Automated Testing
4 92 (16.70%) Software Testing
5 72 (13.07%) Scrum
6 68 (12.34%) TDD
7 64 (11.62%) SDLC
8 58 (10.53%) Test Automation
9 56 (10.16%) Project Management
10 55 (9.98%) Manual Testing
11 53 (9.62%) Mentoring
12 46 (8.35%) Continuous Integration
13 45 (8.17%) Software Engineering
14 44 (7.99%) Automation Testing
15 43 (7.80%) MVC
16 42 (7.62%) Test Management
16 42 (7.62%) Performance Testing
17 40 (7.26%) Unit Testing
17 40 (7.26%) BDD
18 38 (6.90%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 185 (33.58%) SQL
2 114 (20.69%) C#
3 109 (19.78%) Java
4 68 (12.34%) JavaScript
5 26 (4.72%) T-SQL
6 24 (4.36%) PHP
7 23 (4.17%) PL/SQL
8 19 (3.45%) Shell Script
9 18 (3.27%) Ruby
10 16 (2.90%) C
11 15 (2.72%) Python
12 12 (2.18%) C++
13 9 (1.63%) Perl
14 5 (0.91%) VBA
15 4 (0.73%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.54%) PHP5
17 2 (0.36%) ABAP
17 2 (0.36%) PowerShell
17 2 (0.36%) Scala
18 1 (0.18%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 114 (20.69%) Degree
2 101 (18.33%) ISEB
3 66 (11.98%) ISTQB
4 35 (6.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 16 (2.90%) HND
6 7 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (0.73%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.36%) SAP Certification
8 2 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (0.36%) Six Sigma Green Belt
9 1 (0.18%) MCITP
9 1 (0.18%) Six Sigma Black Belt
9 1 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.18%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.18%) Security Cleared
9 1 (0.18%) MOS
9 1 (0.18%) CISSP
9 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.18%) MCSE
9 1 (0.18%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (0.91%) ISO 9001
1 5 (0.91%) HL7
2 4 (0.73%) SLA
2 4 (0.73%) GAMP
2 4 (0.73%) GMP
3 3 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.36%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.36%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.36%) ISO 14000
5 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
System Software
1 5 (0.91%) Active Directory
1 5 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (0.36%) Docker
Systems Management
1 30 (5.44%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (2.00%) Puppet
3 6 (1.09%) Vagrant
4 5 (0.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.36%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 2 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.18%) SCOM
Vendors
1 118 (21.42%) Microsoft
2 40 (7.26%) Oracle
3 24 (4.36%) HP
4 15 (2.72%) IBM
5 13 (2.36%) Telerik
6 11 (2.00%) Red Hat
7 10 (1.81%) Actimize
8 8 (1.45%) SAP
9 6 (1.09%) RightScale
10 5 (0.91%) VMware
11 4 (0.73%) Wonderware
11 4 (0.73%) Zend
11 4 (0.73%) Citrix
12 3 (0.54%) Nortel
12 3 (0.54%) Juniper
12 3 (0.54%) Ericsson
12 3 (0.54%) Nokia
12 3 (0.54%) McAfee
12 3 (0.54%) Xamarin
13 2 (0.36%) MuleSoft
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