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 24 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 48 82 70
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -12
Permanent jobs citing QA 372 199 267
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.94% 2.93% 3.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 50.07% 41.72% 42.79%
Number of salaries quoted 320 129 221
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -1.40%
90% offered a salary of more than £29,000 £24,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £50,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £39,500 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
-1.25% +5.26%
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
743 477 624
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 9.87% 7.03% 8.78%
Number of salaries quoted 617 358 536
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £24,650 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-1.23% +1.25%

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 24 October 2014.

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 24 October 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
Manchester +49 194 £40,000 +11.11% 26
Cheshire -12 87 £37,500 - 15
Merseyside +40 44 £40,000 +14.28% 4
Lancashire +24 30 £36,250 +29.46% 4
Cumbria -5 1 £42,000 +29.23% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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.

1 307 (46.73%) Agile Software Development
2 259 (39.42%) SQL
3 134 (20.40%) Windows
4 129 (19.63%) C#
5 121 (18.42%) Java
6 119 (18.11%) Finance
7 118 (17.96%) .NET
8 115 (17.50%) Automated Testing
9 112 (17.05%) SQL Server
10 105 (15.98%) Project Management
11 104 (15.83%) Software Testing
12 97 (14.76%) Selenium
13 95 (14.46%) Degree
14 88 (13.39%) ISEB
15 86 (13.09%) Scrum
16 84 (12.79%) Linux
17 78 (11.87%) HTML
18 75 (11.42%) Manual Testing
19 67 (10.20%) QuickTest Pro
20 66 (10.05%) Oracle
20 66 (10.05%) ASP.NET
21 65 (9.89%) Microsoft
22 63 (9.59%) T-SQL
23 62 (9.44%) JavaScript
24 60 (9.13%) E-Commerce
25 59 (8.98%) Test Scripting
26 49 (7.46%) C++
27 46 (7.00%) Computer Science
28 45 (6.85%) ITIL
29 44 (6.70%) User Acceptance Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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 27 (4.11%) Tomcat
2 15 (2.28%) IIS
3 14 (2.13%) Apache
4 12 (1.83%) WebSphere
4 12 (1.83%) SAS
5 11 (1.67%) Node.js
6 10 (1.52%) Confluence
7 9 (1.37%) WebLogic
8 8 (1.22%) JBoss
9 7 (1.07%) SharePoint
10 6 (0.91%) CMS
11 5 (0.76%) Oracle Spatial
11 5 (0.76%) TIBCO EMS
11 5 (0.76%) Jetty
11 5 (0.76%) WebSphere Application Server
11 5 (0.76%) nginx
12 4 (0.61%) Lync
13 3 (0.46%) Umbraco
14 2 (0.30%) Site Server
14 2 (0.30%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 26 (3.96%) MS Excel
2 17 (2.59%) MS Office
3 5 (0.76%) Photoshop
4 4 (0.61%) MS Project
4 4 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.15%) Mingle
5 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.15%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.15%) RoboHelp
5 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.15%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.76%) Oracle Applications
1 5 (0.76%) SAP CRM
1 5 (0.76%) BusinessWorks
2 4 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.61%) Oracle General Ledger
2 4 (0.61%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.61%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (0.61%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (0.61%) Oracle Assets
3 3 (0.46%) CA Clarity
4 2 (0.30%) Magento
5 1 (0.15%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.15%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.15%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 20 (3.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (2.13%) Amazon EC2
3 10 (1.52%) SaaS
4 9 (1.37%) Amazon S3
5 8 (1.22%) Office 365
6 5 (0.76%) Google App Engine
6 5 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.46%) Amazon AWS
8 2 (0.30%) Trello
9 1 (0.15%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.44%) LAN
2 15 (2.28%) WAN
2 15 (2.28%) HTTP
3 11 (1.67%) Internet
4 9 (1.37%) AMQP
5 8 (1.22%) VPN
5 8 (1.22%) SAN
6 7 (1.07%) TCP/IP
7 5 (0.76%) DHCP
7 5 (0.76%) FTP
7 5 (0.76%) DNS
7 5 (0.76%) IPsec
8 3 (0.46%) Firewall
8 3 (0.46%) SSL
8 3 (0.46%) LDAP
9 2 (0.30%) Intranet
9 2 (0.30%) Extranet
9 2 (0.30%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.15%) DMZ
10 1 (0.15%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (17.05%) SQL Server
2 23 (3.50%) BusinessObjects
3 21 (3.20%) MS Access
4 20 (3.04%) Relational Database
5 18 (2.74%) Big Data
6 16 (2.44%) SAP Data Services
6 16 (2.44%) Oracle Database
7 11 (1.67%) DB2
8 9 (1.37%) Hadoop
8 9 (1.37%) MongoDB
9 8 (1.22%) Crystal Reports
9 8 (1.22%) QlikView
10 7 (1.07%) Oracle Database 11g
10 7 (1.07%) MySQL
11 6 (0.91%) SQL Server 2000
11 6 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
13 3 (0.46%) RavenDB
13 3 (0.46%) NoSQL
13 3 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 97 (14.76%) Selenium
2 67 (10.20%) QuickTest Pro
3 35 (5.33%) JIRA
4 33 (5.02%) Cucumber
5 23 (3.50%) WebDriver
6 20 (3.04%) JUnit
7 18 (2.74%) Hudson
8 17 (2.59%) Selenium IDE
9 15 (2.28%) LSMW
9 15 (2.28%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (2.13%) Visual Studio
10 14 (2.13%) SoapUI
11 13 (1.98%) Eclipse
12 12 (1.83%) FitNesse
12 12 (1.83%) Jenkins
13 10 (1.52%) Mercurial
14 9 (1.37%) LoadRunner
14 9 (1.37%) Gradle
15 8 (1.22%) TestPartner
15 8 (1.22%) MSTest
General
1 119 (18.11%) Finance
2 18 (2.74%) Banking
3 17 (2.59%) Retail
4 15 (2.28%) Telecoms
5 13 (1.98%) Marketing
6 8 (1.22%) French Language
6 8 (1.22%) Spanish Language
7 7 (1.07%) Games
7 7 (1.07%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.91%) Advertising
9 5 (0.76%) Electronics
9 5 (0.76%) Legal
9 5 (0.76%) Turkish Language
9 5 (0.76%) German Language
9 5 (0.76%) Italian Language
10 4 (0.61%) General Ledger
11 3 (0.46%) Billing
11 3 (0.46%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.46%) Law
12 2 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 154 (23.44%) Analyst
2 97 (14.76%) Developer
3 79 (12.02%) Tester
4 64 (9.74%) Test Analyst
5 57 (8.68%) Software Tester
6 48 (7.31%) Project Manager
7 42 (6.39%) Team Leader
8 39 (5.94%) Consultant
9 38 (5.78%) Software Engineer
9 38 (5.78%) QA Analyst
10 37 (5.63%) QA Engineer
11 32 (4.87%) Test Manager
11 32 (4.87%) DBA
12 30 (4.57%) Business Analyst
13 28 (4.26%) Senior Analyst
14 26 (3.96%) Test Engineer
15 25 (3.81%) QA Tester
16 20 (3.04%) Software Test Engineer
17 19 (2.89%) Software Manager
18 18 (2.74%) Development Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 118 (17.96%) .NET
2 78 (11.87%) HTML
3 66 (10.05%) ASP.NET
4 42 (6.39%) XML
5 36 (5.48%) CSS
6 35 (5.33%) Web Services
7 33 (5.02%) HTML5
8 32 (4.87%) SOAP
9 26 (3.96%) .NET Framework
10 20 (3.04%) Java EE
11 19 (2.89%) JSON
11 19 (2.89%) AngularJS
12 16 (2.44%) JMS
13 15 (2.28%) J2EE
13 15 (2.28%) REST
14 14 (2.13%) Backbone.js
14 14 (2.13%) Spring
15 13 (1.98%) Hibernate
16 11 (1.67%) Ajax
17 10 (1.52%) EJB
Miscellaneous
1 46 (7.00%) Computer Science
2 40 (6.09%) Enterprise Software
2 40 (6.09%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (3.35%) Open Source
4 16 (2.44%) iSeries
4 16 (2.44%) Client/Server
4 16 (2.44%) Mobile App
4 16 (2.44%) Algorithms
5 10 (1.52%) Data Integration
6 9 (1.37%) Animation
7 8 (1.22%) FMCG
7 8 (1.22%) Visualisation
7 8 (1.22%) Data Structures
8 7 (1.07%) User Experience
8 7 (1.07%) PDA
9 5 (0.76%) GIS
9 5 (0.76%) Blog
10 4 (0.61%) Wiki
10 4 (0.61%) Management Information System
11 3 (0.46%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 134 (20.40%) Windows
2 84 (12.79%) Linux
3 34 (5.18%) UNIX
4 19 (2.89%) Windows Server 2003
4 19 (2.89%) Android
4 19 (2.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 18 (2.74%) Apple iOS
6 9 (1.37%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (1.37%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (1.22%) Windows Phone
7 8 (1.22%) Solaris
8 4 (0.61%) AIX
8 4 (0.61%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.30%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 307 (46.73%) Agile Software Development
2 115 (17.50%) Automated Testing
3 105 (15.98%) Project Management
4 104 (15.83%) Software Testing
5 86 (13.09%) Scrum
6 75 (11.42%) Manual Testing
7 60 (9.13%) E-Commerce
8 59 (8.98%) Test Scripting
9 45 (6.85%) ITIL
10 44 (6.70%) User Acceptance Testing
10 44 (6.70%) Waterfall
11 43 (6.54%) Unit Testing
11 43 (6.54%) Automation Testing
11 43 (6.54%) Performance Tuning
12 41 (6.24%) Mentoring
13 38 (5.78%) Test Automation
13 38 (5.78%) Regression Testing
14 37 (5.63%) Software Engineering
15 33 (5.02%) Continuous Integration
16 31 (4.72%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 259 (39.42%) SQL
2 129 (19.63%) C#
3 121 (18.42%) Java
4 63 (9.59%) T-SQL
5 62 (9.44%) JavaScript
6 49 (7.46%) C++
7 28 (4.26%) Python
8 22 (3.35%) C
9 16 (2.44%) RPG
9 16 (2.44%) Ruby
10 15 (2.28%) ABAP
11 12 (1.83%) Shell Script
12 11 (1.67%) Perl
12 11 (1.67%) PHP
12 11 (1.67%) PL/SQL
13 10 (1.52%) VB.NET
14 9 (1.37%) VB
15 8 (1.22%) PowerShell
16 7 (1.07%) VB6
16 7 (1.07%) VBA
Qualifications
1 95 (14.46%) Degree
2 88 (13.39%) ISEB
3 39 (5.94%) ISTQB
4 20 (3.04%) Security Cleared
5 16 (2.44%) SC Cleared
6 12 (1.83%) HND
7 5 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (0.61%) HNC
9 3 (0.46%) DV Cleared
9 3 (0.46%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 2 (0.30%) Six Sigma Green Belt
10 2 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.15%) PMP
11 1 (0.15%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.15%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.15%) MCITP
11 1 (0.15%) MCP
11 1 (0.15%) MCSE
11 1 (0.15%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.37%) SLA
2 5 (0.76%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.61%) GMP
4 2 (0.30%) GLP
5 1 (0.15%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.15%) GAMP
5 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.15%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 12207
System Software
1 22 (3.35%) Active Directory
2 17 (2.59%) XenApp
2 17 (2.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (1.67%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.37%) XenDesktop
5 8 (1.22%) MetaFrame
5 8 (1.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 7 (1.07%) Oracle RAC
7 5 (0.76%) Xen
8 3 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.46%) Terminal Server
8 3 (0.46%) Tivoli Directory Server
9 2 (0.30%) Firmware
10 1 (0.15%) Oracle RMAN
10 1 (0.15%) Varnish
10 1 (0.15%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 18 (2.74%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.07%) Tivoli
3 5 (0.76%) TIBCO Hawk
3 5 (0.76%) Puppet
3 5 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (0.76%) Ansible
4 4 (0.61%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 3 (0.46%) Tivoli Identity Manager
6 1 (0.15%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 66 (10.05%) Oracle
2 65 (9.89%) Microsoft
3 25 (3.81%) SAP
4 23 (3.50%) Business Objects
4 23 (3.50%) Citrix
5 22 (3.35%) VMware
6 20 (3.04%) Red Hat
7 14 (2.13%) JD Edwards
8 12 (1.83%) HP
9 11 (1.67%) IBM
10 10 (1.52%) EMC
10 10 (1.52%) Atlassian
11 9 (1.37%) Twilio
12 8 (1.22%) Cognos
12 8 (1.22%) TIBCO
12 8 (1.22%) AppSense
13 6 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
14 5 (0.76%) Google
15 4 (0.61%) Telerik
16 3 (0.46%) CA
Lancashire
X4 Group
Salary: £30k - 35k per year
Posted: 8 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Searchability.co.uk
Posted: 9 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Nantwich, Cheshire
Sanderson
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Preston, Lancashire
Preston's College
Salary: £20,664 per annum
Posted: 14 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £30000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + benefits package
Posted: 15 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
PwC Careers in the UK
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
PwC Careers in the UK
Posted: Yesterday
Oldham, Lancashire
Erin Associates
Salary: £32000 - £33000 per annum + Excellent benefits + Flexitime
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
The MRJ Group
Salary: From £45,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + excellent package
Posted: 2 days ago
Greater Manchester
Verticality Ltd
Salary: Salary plus benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £65000 - £75000 per annum + bens
Posted: 3 days ago
North West
Opal Tree Solutions
Salary: £60000 - £85000 per annum + Excellent Package c£85k
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 40,000
Posted: 4 days ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Saxon Recruitment Solutions
Salary: £30000 - £37000 per annum + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Salary: £38000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago