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 27 February 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 69 65 111
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +46
Permanent jobs citing QA 244 241 180
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 3.51% 3.70% 2.41%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.13% 47.16% 37.34%
Number of salaries quoted 210 191 141
Average salary £35,125 £35,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+0.35% +2.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £25,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £55,000 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
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
640 511 482
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 9.20% 7.84% 6.45%
Number of salaries quoted 532 418 387
Average salary £38,000 £36,750 £38,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.40% -3.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,000 £24,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £58,052
UK excluding London average salary £42,275 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.68% -

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 +15 146 £36,500 -2.66% 59
Cheshire -35 40 £30,000 - 9
Lancashire +13 28 £35,000 +6.06% 8
Merseyside +7 25 £41,000 +17.14% 5
Cumbria -5 1 - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 286 (47.67%) Agile Software Development
2 233 (38.83%) SQL
3 195 (32.50%) Finance
4 145 (24.17%) .NET
5 128 (21.33%) C#
6 123 (20.50%) ISEB
7 121 (20.17%) SQL Server
8 111 (18.50%) Test Scripting
9 106 (17.67%) Software Testing
10 100 (16.67%) Windows
11 98 (16.33%) Degree
12 95 (15.83%) Automated Testing
13 92 (15.33%) Selenium
14 84 (14.00%) Java
15 80 (13.33%) Microsoft
16 77 (12.83%) Manual Testing
17 74 (12.33%) ISTQB
18 71 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
19 70 (11.67%) ASP.NET
20 68 (11.33%) Oracle
21 67 (11.17%) Project Management
21 67 (11.17%) Mentoring
22 66 (11.00%) User Acceptance Testing
23 63 (10.50%) Linux
24 58 (9.67%) Scrum
24 58 (9.67%) Regression Testing
25 56 (9.33%) T-SQL
26 55 (9.17%) Team Foundation Server
27 52 (8.67%) ITIL
28 51 (8.50%) QuickTest Pro

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 10 (1.67%) Apache
2 9 (1.50%) IIS
2 9 (1.50%) CMS
3 7 (1.17%) Umbraco
3 7 (1.17%) Tomcat
4 6 (1.00%) WordPress
5 5 (0.83%) WebSphere
5 5 (0.83%) SAS
5 5 (0.83%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.50%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.50%) nginx
7 2 (0.33%) Moodle
7 2 (0.33%) Node.js
7 2 (0.33%) Drupal
8 1 (0.17%) Jetty
8 1 (0.17%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.17%) Site Server
8 1 (0.17%) JBoss
Applications
1 37 (6.17%) MS Excel
2 24 (4.00%) MS Office
3 11 (1.83%) MS Project
4 6 (1.00%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.67%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.50%) Mingle
7 1 (0.17%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 16 (2.67%) Oracle Cash Management
2 14 (2.33%) Oracle Assets
2 14 (2.33%) Oracle Payables
2 14 (2.33%) Oracle Receivables
2 14 (2.33%) Oracle Financials
2 14 (2.33%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (2.33%) Oracle General Ledger
2 14 (2.33%) Oracle EBS R12
3 8 (1.33%) Magento
4 5 (0.83%) SAP CRM
5 4 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.67%) CA PPM
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.17%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 14 (2.33%) SaaS
2 5 (0.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.50%) Trello
3 3 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.33%) GitHub
5 1 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.17%) Google App Engine
5 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.00%) TCP/IP
2 11 (1.83%) Internet
3 10 (1.67%) LAN
4 9 (1.50%) WAN
5 8 (1.33%) HTTP
6 5 (0.83%) ATM
6 5 (0.83%) Firewall
6 5 (0.83%) Wireless
7 4 (0.67%) 2G
7 4 (0.67%) WiMAX
7 4 (0.67%) RNC
7 4 (0.67%) LTE
7 4 (0.67%) UMTS
7 4 (0.67%) GSM
7 4 (0.67%) 3G
8 3 (0.50%) SAN
8 3 (0.50%) 4G
8 3 (0.50%) Radio Access Network
9 2 (0.33%) Intranet
9 2 (0.33%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (20.17%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.00%) Relational Database
3 15 (2.50%) MySQL
4 14 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (2.00%) MS Access
6 11 (1.83%) BusinessObjects
7 10 (1.67%) NoSQL
7 10 (1.67%) Big Data
8 8 (1.33%) Oracle Database
9 7 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
9 7 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (1.00%) Hadoop
10 6 (1.00%) SAP Data Services
10 6 (1.00%) Crystal Reports
11 5 (0.83%) QlikView
11 5 (0.83%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.67%) MongoDB
12 4 (0.67%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 92 (15.33%) Selenium
2 55 (9.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 51 (8.50%) QuickTest Pro
4 40 (6.67%) JIRA
5 24 (4.00%) Cucumber
6 23 (3.83%) SoapUI
7 21 (3.50%) Hudson
7 21 (3.50%) WebDriver
7 21 (3.50%) Jenkins
8 19 (3.17%) MSTest
8 19 (3.17%) TeamCity
9 15 (2.50%) WatiN
10 12 (2.00%) FitNesse
10 12 (2.00%) Visual Studio
10 12 (2.00%) SpecFlow
11 11 (1.83%) Git (software)
12 9 (1.50%) Subversion
13 8 (1.33%) TestDirector
13 8 (1.33%) Selenium IDE
14 6 (1.00%) Bugzilla
General
1 195 (32.50%) Finance
2 33 (5.50%) Banking
3 24 (4.00%) Retail
4 11 (1.83%) Marketing
5 9 (1.50%) Advertising
5 9 (1.50%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.33%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.00%) Games
7 6 (1.00%) Legal
8 5 (0.83%) French Language
8 5 (0.83%) Spanish Language
9 4 (0.67%) Electronics
10 3 (0.50%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.50%) Billing
10 3 (0.50%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.33%) Publishing
11 2 (0.33%) Automotive
12 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.17%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 156 (26.00%) Analyst
2 115 (19.17%) Tester
3 106 (17.67%) Test Analyst
4 62 (10.33%) Developer
5 61 (10.17%) Software Tester
6 51 (8.50%) QA Tester
7 45 (7.50%) Team Leader
8 44 (7.33%) DBA
9 40 (6.67%) QA Analyst
10 36 (6.00%) QA Engineer
11 35 (5.83%) Software Engineer
12 34 (5.67%) Test Engineer
13 33 (5.50%) Project Manager
14 26 (4.33%) Consultant
15 25 (4.17%) SQL DBA
16 22 (3.67%) Software Team Leader
16 22 (3.67%) Defect Manager
17 21 (3.50%) Administrator
17 21 (3.50%) QA Manager
18 20 (3.33%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 145 (24.17%) .NET
2 70 (11.67%) ASP.NET
3 49 (8.17%) XML
4 48 (8.00%) HTML
5 36 (6.00%) .NET Framework
6 34 (5.67%) CSS
7 29 (4.83%) Web Services
8 25 (4.17%) SOAP
9 19 (3.17%) HTML5
10 17 (2.83%) AngularJS
11 16 (2.67%) jQuery
12 15 (2.50%) CSS3
13 12 (2.00%) XSLT
14 11 (1.83%) Middleware
14 11 (1.83%) FIX Protocol
14 11 (1.83%) Symfony
14 11 (1.83%) CodeIgniter
15 10 (1.67%) ASP.NET MVC
16 9 (1.50%) REST
16 9 (1.50%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 71 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (5.33%) Computer Science
3 25 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 19 (3.17%) iSeries
5 18 (3.00%) Enterprise Software
6 15 (2.50%) User Experience
7 14 (2.33%) Animation
8 12 (2.00%) Open Source
9 10 (1.67%) AS400
10 8 (1.33%) FMCG
10 8 (1.33%) Visualisation
11 7 (1.17%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.17%) NHS
11 7 (1.17%) Fixed Income
12 6 (1.00%) Data Integration
12 6 (1.00%) Inversion of Control
13 5 (0.83%) CMDB
13 5 (0.83%) Clustering
13 5 (0.83%) Algorithms
14 4 (0.67%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 100 (16.67%) Windows
2 63 (10.50%) Linux
3 23 (3.83%) Android
4 20 (3.33%) UNIX
5 19 (3.17%) Apple iOS
6 5 (0.83%) Mac OS X
7 4 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.17%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.17%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 286 (47.67%) Agile Software Development
2 111 (18.50%) Test Scripting
3 106 (17.67%) Software Testing
4 95 (15.83%) Automated Testing
5 77 (12.83%) Manual Testing
6 67 (11.17%) Project Management
6 67 (11.17%) Mentoring
7 66 (11.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 58 (9.67%) Regression Testing
8 58 (9.67%) Scrum
9 52 (8.67%) ITIL
10 50 (8.33%) Automation Testing
11 49 (8.17%) Unit Testing
11 49 (8.17%) Test Automation
12 46 (7.67%) Performance Tuning
13 42 (7.00%) Test Management
14 39 (6.50%) Time Management
15 38 (6.33%) Workflow
16 37 (6.17%) MVC
16 37 (6.17%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 233 (38.83%) SQL
2 128 (21.33%) C#
3 84 (14.00%) Java
4 56 (9.33%) T-SQL
5 46 (7.67%) JavaScript
6 35 (5.83%) C++
7 27 (4.50%) Python
8 24 (4.00%) PHP
9 19 (3.17%) PL/SQL
9 19 (3.17%) RPG
10 12 (2.00%) PowerShell
11 10 (1.67%) C
12 8 (1.33%) Ruby
13 7 (1.17%) VB.NET
13 7 (1.17%) Shell Script
14 6 (1.00%) ABAP
14 6 (1.00%) VB
15 5 (0.83%) Perl
15 5 (0.83%) F#
16 4 (0.67%) VB6
Qualifications
1 123 (20.50%) ISEB
2 98 (16.33%) Degree
3 74 (12.33%) ISTQB
4 24 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 17 (2.83%) HND
6 7 (1.17%) VCP4
7 3 (0.50%) ISEB Practitioner
7 3 (0.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (0.50%) MCP
7 3 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (0.33%) MCITP
8 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.17%) Postgraduate
9 1 (0.17%) MCSE
9 1 (0.17%) CISSP
9 1 (0.17%) Chartered Engineer
9 1 (0.17%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.17%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.17%) SLA
2 5 (0.83%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.33%) GMP
4 1 (0.17%) GLP
4 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 12207
4 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.17%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 13 (2.17%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (0.67%) Terminal Server
5 2 (0.33%) Firmware
5 2 (0.33%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.33%) XenApp
5 2 (0.33%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.17%) Varnish
6 1 (0.17%) Xen
Systems Management
1 32 (5.33%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.33%) XenMobile
2 2 (0.33%) SCOM
3 1 (0.17%) Ansible
3 1 (0.17%) Puppet
3 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 80 (13.33%) Microsoft
2 68 (11.33%) Oracle
3 22 (3.67%) VMware
4 18 (3.00%) Telerik
5 12 (2.00%) SAP
6 11 (1.83%) Business Objects
6 11 (1.83%) HP
7 9 (1.50%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (1.17%) Citrix
9 6 (1.00%) IBM
9 6 (1.00%) JD Edwards
9 6 (1.00%) Teradata
10 5 (0.83%) Autodesk
10 5 (0.83%) Zend
10 5 (0.83%) Sun
10 5 (0.83%) Cognos
11 4 (0.67%) Adobe
11 4 (0.67%) CA
11 4 (0.67%) Ericsson
11 4 (0.67%) Nokia
Nantwich, Cheshire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 13 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £38000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
Preston, Lancashire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 18 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Cheadle, Cheshire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 19 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: Competitive plus benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: £17,000 - £22,000 Dependent on Experience
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: £16,000 - £20,000
Posted: Yesterday
Wigan, Lancashire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + bens
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £24000 - £30000 per annum + bens
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
Thales
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Ashdown IT
Salary: £32000 per annum + pension, healthcare & 23 days holiday
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Virtual Resources
Posted: 2 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £37000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £35000 - £46000 per annum + Pension
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 40,000
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
QA Limited
Salary: £150.00 per week
Posted: 4 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
QA Limited
Salary: £150.00 per week
Posted: 4 days ago