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 11 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 50 69 65
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -4
Permanent jobs citing QA 257 251 271
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.61% 3.57% 4.08%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.49% 36.54% 47.88%
Number of salaries quoted 220 211 196
Average salary £40,000 £36,500 £36,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+9.58% -
90% offered a salary of more than £28,950 £27,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £50,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+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
591 687 566
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 10.61% 9.78% 8.52%
Number of salaries quoted 462 577 450
Average salary £40,000 £38,250 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.57% +2.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,550 £25,500 £24,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £44,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+3.52% -

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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016. 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 +31 164 £40,000 +6.66% 32
Cheshire +17 42 £42,500 +30.76% 7
Lancashire +18 33 £37,500 - 6
Merseyside +3 33 £35,000 -14.63% 2
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 285 (46.80%) Agile Software Development
2 191 (31.36%) Test Scripting
3 182 (29.89%) Java
4 163 (26.77%) SQL
5 158 (25.94%) ISEB
6 127 (20.85%) Degree
7 123 (20.20%) Software Testing
8 118 (19.38%) C#
9 113 (18.56%) Microsoft
10 111 (18.23%) Selenium
11 109 (17.90%) Automated Testing
12 108 (17.73%) .NET
12 108 (17.73%) JIRA
13 106 (17.41%) SQL Server
14 104 (17.08%) Scrum
14 104 (17.08%) Windows
15 95 (15.60%) ISTQB
16 94 (15.44%) Finance
17 93 (15.27%) Web Services
17 93 (15.27%) Analytical Skills
18 89 (14.61%) Functional Testing
19 84 (13.79%) Manual Testing
19 84 (13.79%) User Acceptance Testing
20 83 (13.63%) Test Automation
21 82 (13.46%) MS Excel
22 75 (12.32%) Mentoring
23 67 (11.00%) Performance Testing
24 65 (10.67%) TDD
25 62 (10.18%) HTML
25 62 (10.18%) HP Quality Center

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 22 (3.61%) JBoss
2 16 (2.63%) WebSphere
3 15 (2.46%) Mule
4 14 (2.30%) Apache
5 13 (2.13%) Tomcat
6 10 (1.64%) CICS
7 6 (0.99%) TWiki
8 5 (0.82%) CMS
8 5 (0.82%) Confluence
8 5 (0.82%) IIS
9 4 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.66%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
10 3 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.33%) SharePoint
11 2 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.16%) Alfresco
Applications
1 82 (13.46%) MS Excel
2 23 (3.78%) MS Office
3 8 (1.31%) MS PowerPoint
3 8 (1.31%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.33%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.16%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.33%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
1 2 (0.33%) SAP BPC
2 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.16%) Magento
2 1 (0.16%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 45 (7.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (3.94%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (3.28%) PaaS
3 20 (3.28%) SaaS
4 15 (2.46%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (2.46%) Amazon S3
5 12 (1.97%) Google Cloud Platform
6 8 (1.31%) GitHub
7 3 (0.49%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.33%) Office 365
8 2 (0.33%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.13%) Firewall
2 12 (1.97%) Network Security
3 11 (1.81%) HTTPS
4 8 (1.31%) SPDY
5 6 (0.99%) Remote Desktop
5 6 (0.99%) VPN
6 5 (0.82%) PuTTY
6 5 (0.82%) WinSCP
7 4 (0.66%) DNS
7 4 (0.66%) HTTP
7 4 (0.66%) Intranet
8 3 (0.49%) Broadband
8 3 (0.49%) DHCP
8 3 (0.49%) LAN
8 3 (0.49%) WAN
9 2 (0.33%) SMTP
10 1 (0.16%) FTP
10 1 (0.16%) Internet
10 1 (0.16%) SNMP
10 1 (0.16%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (17.41%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.11%) Relational Database
3 20 (3.28%) Apache Cassandra
4 19 (3.12%) SQL Server 2008
5 16 (2.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 13 (2.13%) NoSQL
7 12 (1.97%) Couchbase
7 12 (1.97%) Hazelcast
8 11 (1.81%) MySQL
8 11 (1.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 9 (1.48%) Azure SQL Database
9 9 (1.48%) SQL Server 2012
10 8 (1.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 7 (1.15%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 3 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
12 3 (0.49%) RDBMS
13 2 (0.33%) BusinessObjects
13 2 (0.33%) GIS
13 2 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
13 2 (0.33%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 111 (18.23%) Selenium
2 108 (17.73%) JIRA
3 53 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
4 43 (7.06%) HP UFT
5 37 (6.08%) Visual Studio
6 36 (5.91%) Cucumber
6 36 (5.91%) Maven
7 30 (4.93%) Jenkins
8 29 (4.76%) WebDriver
9 24 (3.94%) Bugzilla
10 23 (3.78%) Git (software)
10 23 (3.78%) SoapUI
11 15 (2.46%) Hudson
12 13 (2.13%) NUnit
13 12 (1.97%) FitNesse
13 12 (1.97%) git-flow
14 11 (1.81%) Ant
14 11 (1.81%) JUnit
15 9 (1.48%) Visual Studio Team System
16 8 (1.31%) JMeter
General
1 94 (15.44%) Finance
2 20 (3.28%) Banking
3 17 (2.79%) Games
4 13 (2.13%) Legal
4 13 (2.13%) Retail
5 12 (1.97%) Telecoms
6 6 (0.99%) Marketing
7 5 (0.82%) Advertising
7 5 (0.82%) Law
8 4 (0.66%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.49%) Billing
9 3 (0.49%) Corporate Banking
9 3 (0.49%) German Language
9 3 (0.49%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 187 (30.71%) Tester
2 157 (25.78%) Analyst
3 131 (21.51%) Test Analyst
4 109 (17.90%) QA Tester
5 106 (17.41%) Developer
6 84 (13.79%) Software Tester
7 63 (10.34%) QA Engineer
8 62 (10.18%) QA Analyst
9 59 (9.69%) QA Test Analyst
10 58 (9.52%) Software Developer
11 40 (6.57%) Java Developer
12 37 (6.08%) Software Analyst
12 37 (6.08%) Software QA Tester
12 37 (6.08%) Software Test Analyst
13 34 (5.58%) Java Software Developer
14 32 (5.25%) Automated Tester
14 32 (5.25%) Senior Penetration Tester
14 32 (5.25%) Senior Tester
15 30 (4.93%) QA Leader
16 28 (4.60%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 108 (17.73%) .NET
2 93 (15.27%) Web Services
3 62 (10.18%) HTML
4 56 (9.20%) XML
5 49 (8.05%) CSS
6 39 (6.40%) Spring
7 30 (4.93%) JSON
8 28 (4.60%) ASP.NET
9 24 (3.94%) .NET Framework
10 23 (3.78%) SOAP
11 21 (3.45%) Middleware
12 18 (2.96%) jQuery
13 15 (2.46%) Hibernate
14 13 (2.13%) AngularJS
14 13 (2.13%) JMS
14 13 (2.13%) REST
15 12 (1.97%) Apache Avro
15 12 (1.97%) Apache Camel
15 12 (1.97%) Protocol Buffers
15 12 (1.97%) ZeroMQ
Miscellaneous
1 93 (15.27%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (9.52%) Computer Science
3 23 (3.78%) Management Information System
4 18 (2.96%) Enterprise Software
5 17 (2.79%) PMI
6 15 (2.46%) Algorithms
6 15 (2.46%) Blog
7 14 (2.30%) Driving Licence
8 13 (2.13%) Mobile App
9 12 (1.97%) iPhone
9 12 (1.97%) Mainframe
9 12 (1.97%) Replication
10 10 (1.64%) User Experience
10 10 (1.64%) VSAM
11 5 (0.82%) Clustering
12 4 (0.66%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 4 (0.66%) Online Games
12 4 (0.66%) Visualisation
13 3 (0.49%) Data Structures
13 3 (0.49%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 104 (17.08%) Windows
2 55 (9.03%) Linux
3 44 (7.22%) Unix
4 40 (6.57%) Windows Server
5 24 (3.94%) Mac OS X
6 23 (3.78%) Windows 10
7 14 (2.30%) Apple iOS
8 8 (1.31%) Android
9 6 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (0.66%) Windows XP
11 3 (0.49%) CentOS
12 1 (0.16%) FreeBSD
12 1 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.16%) SUSE
12 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 285 (46.80%) Agile Software Development
2 191 (31.36%) Test Scripting
3 123 (20.20%) Software Testing
4 109 (17.90%) Automated Testing
5 104 (17.08%) Scrum
6 89 (14.61%) Functional Testing
7 84 (13.79%) Manual Testing
7 84 (13.79%) User Acceptance Testing
8 83 (13.63%) Test Automation
9 75 (12.32%) Mentoring
10 67 (11.00%) Performance Testing
11 65 (10.67%) TDD
12 61 (10.02%) SDLC
13 60 (9.85%) Project Management
14 58 (9.52%) Automation Testing
15 57 (9.36%) Software Engineering
16 51 (8.37%) Defect Management
17 47 (7.72%) QA Automation
17 47 (7.72%) Test Strategy
18 42 (6.90%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 182 (29.89%) Java
2 163 (26.77%) SQL
3 118 (19.38%) C#
4 50 (8.21%) Shell Script
5 48 (7.88%) JavaScript
6 28 (4.60%) PHP
7 24 (3.94%) T-SQL
8 21 (3.45%) C++
8 21 (3.45%) Python
9 15 (2.46%) Ruby
9 15 (2.46%) VB.NET
10 14 (2.30%) C
11 12 (1.97%) Objective-C
12 10 (1.64%) COBOL
12 10 (1.64%) JCL
12 10 (1.64%) PL/SQL
12 10 (1.64%) PowerShell
13 9 (1.48%) Scala
14 7 (1.15%) VB
15 3 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 158 (25.94%) ISEB
2 127 (20.85%) Degree
3 95 (15.60%) ISTQB
4 58 (9.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 18 (2.96%) PMI Certification
6 17 (2.79%) HND
7 13 (2.13%) Security Cleared
8 10 (1.64%) CHECK Team Leader
8 10 (1.64%) CREST Certified
9 7 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (0.99%) CCDP
10 6 (0.99%) CCNA
10 6 (0.99%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (0.99%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 6 (0.99%) MCP
10 6 (0.99%) MCSE
11 3 (0.49%) ISEB Practitioner
11 3 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.33%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (1.97%) HL7
2 7 (1.15%) SLA
3 6 (0.99%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.49%) ISO13485
4 3 (0.49%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.16%) COBIT
5 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.16%) GMP
5 1 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.16%) PA-DSS
5 1 (0.16%) RMADS
System Software
1 35 (5.75%) Active Directory
2 32 (5.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (3.94%) Docker
4 7 (1.15%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.99%) VirtualBox
5 6 (0.99%) XenApp
5 6 (0.99%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.33%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 62 (10.18%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.15%) Puppet
3 4 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 113 (18.56%) Microsoft
2 48 (7.88%) HP
3 34 (5.58%) VMware
4 33 (5.42%) Oracle
5 21 (3.45%) IBM
6 17 (2.79%) Telerik
7 16 (2.63%) webMethods
8 13 (2.13%) Google
9 12 (1.97%) WSO2
10 11 (1.81%) Citrix
11 9 (1.48%) SAP
12 8 (1.31%) Atlassian
13 4 (0.66%) Apple
13 4 (0.66%) MuleSoft
13 4 (0.66%) Red Hat
13 4 (0.66%) Siebel
13 4 (0.66%) Software AG
14 3 (0.49%) Adobe
14 3 (0.49%) OpenText
14 3 (0.49%) Red Gate
Manchester, Lancashire
Proprius Recruitment
Salary: Unspecified Salary Negotiable
Posted: 12 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
QA Limited
Posted: 23 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Actis Recruitment Ltd
Salary: c£45,000 + bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Merseyside
QVC
Salary: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Avecto Limited
Salary: From £0 to £0 per annum Salary is negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Avecto Limited
Salary: From £0 to £0 per annum Salary is negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Avecto Limited
Salary: Salary is negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
FT Select
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
FT Select
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Knowsley, North West, United Kingdom
QVC
Salary: Competitive + Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £28,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £30000 - £48000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Lancashire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: Salary £25-35k DOE
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Bright HR
Salary: £30k - 40k per year + generous benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ThreePeople
Salary: £100000 per annum + PACKAGE depending on experience
Posted: 3 days ago
Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £45000 - £52000 per annum + bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £30000 - £34000 per annum + bens + flexi-time
Posted: 6 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
First Recruitment
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £30k - 40k per year
Posted: 6 days ago
Stockport, Lancashire
Actis Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to £40,000 per year + bonus + benefits
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester
G2 Recruitment
Salary: Market related
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
Client Server
Salary: £40,000 to £45,000 + benefits
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
Arrows Group Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Salary: £45000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Chester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Missguided
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 13 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Missguided
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 13 days ago