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 22 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 60 88
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +28
Permanent jobs citing QA 259 245 222
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.25% 3.63% 3.07%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.68% 41.39% 40.81%
Number of salaries quoted 208 183 188
Average salary £37,500 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £29,000 £27,200
10% offered a salary of more than £47,500 £55,000 £45,750
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £38,250
% change year-on-year
+3.75% +4.57%
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
593 592 544
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 9.73% 8.76% 7.53%
Number of salaries quoted 465 441 452
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £25,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £52,500 £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 22 May 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 22 May 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 +23 146 £37,000 -7.50% 28
Cheshire -10 73 £40,000 +18.51% 14
Lancashire +6 19 £35,000 +62.79% 7
Merseyside -3 15 £34,250 -19.41% 8
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 240 (47.15%) Agile Software Development
2 197 (38.70%) SQL
3 167 (32.81%) Finance
4 128 (25.15%) .NET
5 109 (21.41%) Test Scripting
6 107 (21.02%) ISEB
7 105 (20.63%) C#
8 103 (20.24%) SQL Server
9 98 (19.25%) Degree
10 90 (17.68%) Microsoft
11 80 (15.72%) Software Testing
11 80 (15.72%) Selenium
12 73 (14.34%) ISTQB
12 73 (14.34%) Analytical Skills
13 72 (14.15%) Java
14 67 (13.16%) Windows
15 65 (12.77%) Automated Testing
15 65 (12.77%) Mentoring
16 63 (12.38%) TDD
17 62 (12.18%) ASP.NET
18 58 (11.39%) MVC
19 55 (10.81%) Scrum
19 55 (10.81%) Manual Testing
20 53 (10.41%) Oracle
21 49 (9.63%) Project Management
21 49 (9.63%) User Acceptance Testing
22 48 (9.43%) Team Foundation Server
23 47 (9.23%) JavaScript
24 44 (8.64%) Unit Testing
25 43 (8.45%) MS Excel

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 18 (3.54%) Apache
2 11 (2.16%) WebSphere
3 10 (1.96%) SharePoint
4 8 (1.57%) Tomcat
5 5 (0.98%) IIS
6 4 (0.79%) nginx
6 4 (0.79%) Drupal
6 4 (0.79%) WordPress
6 4 (0.79%) CMS
7 3 (0.59%) Node.js
8 2 (0.39%) SilverStripe
8 2 (0.39%) Moodle
8 2 (0.39%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.39%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.20%) Site Server
9 1 (0.20%) SAS
9 1 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.20%) Confluence
Applications
1 43 (8.45%) MS Excel
2 31 (6.09%) MS Office
3 8 (1.57%) MS Project
4 2 (0.39%) Mingle
4 2 (0.39%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.39%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.39%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.20%) SPSS
5 1 (0.20%) RoboHelp
5 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (1.96%) Oracle Payables
1 10 (1.96%) Oracle Receivables
1 10 (1.96%) Oracle Cash Management
1 10 (1.96%) Oracle Assets
1 10 (1.96%) Oracle General Ledger
1 10 (1.96%) Oracle EBS R12
1 10 (1.96%) Oracle EBS
1 10 (1.96%) Oracle Financials
2 9 (1.77%) Magento
3 3 (0.59%) CA PPM
3 3 (0.59%) Sage 200
4 2 (0.39%) Sage ERP X3
4 2 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.39%) Dynamics GP
4 2 (0.39%) Agresso
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.98%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (0.98%) SaaS
2 2 (0.39%) GitHub
2 2 (0.39%) Trello
3 1 (0.20%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.20%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.16%) ATM
1 11 (2.16%) UMTS
2 10 (1.96%) Wireless
3 7 (1.38%) GSM
3 7 (1.38%) Internet
3 7 (1.38%) 3G
3 7 (1.38%) 2G
3 7 (1.38%) LTE
3 7 (1.38%) RNC
3 7 (1.38%) WiMAX
4 6 (1.18%) Radio Access Network
4 6 (1.18%) 4G
5 4 (0.79%) HTTP
5 4 (0.79%) GPRS
6 3 (0.59%) SAN
6 3 (0.59%) Intranet
6 3 (0.59%) LAN
6 3 (0.59%) WAN
6 3 (0.59%) Firewall
7 2 (0.39%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (20.24%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.55%) Oracle Database
2 13 (2.55%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
4 10 (1.96%) MongoDB
4 10 (1.96%) Oracle Database 11g
4 10 (1.96%) MySQL
5 7 (1.38%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (0.98%) Relational Database
6 5 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (0.79%) SQL Server 2000
8 3 (0.59%) Crystal Reports
8 3 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.59%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.39%) SAP Data Services
9 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.39%) MS Access
9 2 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 80 (15.72%) Selenium
2 48 (9.43%) Team Foundation Server
3 43 (8.45%) Jenkins
4 32 (6.29%) JIRA
5 30 (5.89%) TeamCity
6 29 (5.70%) Hudson
6 29 (5.70%) QuickTest Pro
7 23 (4.52%) Git (software)
7 23 (4.52%) Visual Studio
8 18 (3.54%) WebDriver
8 18 (3.54%) MSTest
8 18 (3.54%) SoapUI
9 16 (3.14%) SpecFlow
10 12 (2.36%) WatiN
11 11 (2.16%) Bugzilla
12 10 (1.96%) ClearCase
13 7 (1.38%) Cucumber
14 6 (1.18%) NUnit
15 5 (0.98%) PHPUnit
15 5 (0.98%) Moq
General
1 167 (32.81%) Finance
2 32 (6.29%) Retail
3 29 (5.70%) Banking
4 12 (2.36%) Legal
5 8 (1.57%) Telecoms
5 8 (1.57%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.38%) Games
7 6 (1.18%) Electronics
8 5 (0.98%) Back Office
8 5 (0.98%) Marketing
9 3 (0.59%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.59%) Law
10 2 (0.39%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.39%) Automotive
11 1 (0.20%) Advertising
11 1 (0.20%) Publishing
11 1 (0.20%) German Language
11 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 184 (36.15%) Analyst
2 123 (24.17%) Test Analyst
3 110 (21.61%) Tester
4 71 (13.95%) Developer
5 56 (11.00%) Software Tester
6 39 (7.66%) QA Tester
7 32 (6.29%) Business Analyst
8 28 (5.50%) Test Engineer
9 23 (4.52%) QA Analyst
10 22 (4.32%) Test Manager
10 22 (4.32%) Project Manager
11 21 (4.13%) Software Engineer
12 18 (3.54%) Team Leader
12 18 (3.54%) Software Developer
12 18 (3.54%) Automated Tester
13 17 (3.34%) Senior Analyst
14 16 (3.14%) Consultant
15 15 (2.95%) PHP Developer
16 14 (2.75%) Test Consultant
16 14 (2.75%) Defect Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (25.15%) .NET
2 62 (12.18%) ASP.NET
3 38 (7.47%) HTML
4 37 (7.27%) XML
5 35 (6.88%) CSS
5 35 (6.88%) .NET Framework
6 29 (5.70%) AngularJS
7 23 (4.52%) Web Services
8 22 (4.32%) Symfony
9 21 (4.13%) RESTful
10 19 (3.73%) jQuery
10 19 (3.73%) CodeIgniter
11 17 (3.34%) ASP.NET MVC
12 15 (2.95%) ASP.NET Web API
13 14 (2.75%) LAMP
14 13 (2.55%) XSLT
15 10 (1.96%) HTML5
15 10 (1.96%) Entity Framework
15 10 (1.96%) CSS3
15 10 (1.96%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 73 (14.34%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (7.47%) Computer Science
3 26 (5.11%) Management Information System
4 17 (3.34%) Mobile App
5 11 (2.16%) NHS
6 10 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
6 10 (1.96%) Open Source
7 9 (1.77%) iSeries
8 8 (1.57%) User Experience
8 8 (1.57%) Inversion of Control
8 8 (1.57%) AS400
9 6 (1.18%) Data Structures
9 6 (1.18%) Mathematics
9 6 (1.18%) Clustering
9 6 (1.18%) Client/Server
10 5 (0.98%) Thin Client
10 5 (0.98%) IVR
10 5 (0.98%) Fat Client
11 4 (0.79%) Algorithms
11 4 (0.79%) Interactive TV
Operating Systems
1 67 (13.16%) Windows
2 33 (6.48%) Linux
3 27 (5.30%) Android
4 24 (4.72%) Apple iOS
5 9 (1.77%) UNIX
6 4 (0.79%) Windows Mobile
6 4 (0.79%) Windows CE
7 3 (0.59%) Mac OS X
7 3 (0.59%) Windows XP
7 3 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.39%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.39%) CentOS
8 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.20%) VME
9 1 (0.20%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 240 (47.15%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (21.41%) Test Scripting
3 80 (15.72%) Software Testing
4 65 (12.77%) Automated Testing
4 65 (12.77%) Mentoring
5 63 (12.38%) TDD
6 58 (11.39%) MVC
7 55 (10.81%) Scrum
7 55 (10.81%) Manual Testing
8 49 (9.63%) Project Management
8 49 (9.63%) User Acceptance Testing
9 44 (8.64%) Unit Testing
10 41 (8.06%) Performance Testing
11 37 (7.27%) Test Automation
12 36 (7.07%) Automation Testing
13 35 (6.88%) Continuous Integration
13 35 (6.88%) System Testing
14 34 (6.68%) Service Delivery
14 34 (6.68%) Regression Testing
15 33 (6.48%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 197 (38.70%) SQL
2 105 (20.63%) C#
3 72 (14.15%) Java
4 47 (9.23%) JavaScript
5 28 (5.50%) PHP
6 22 (4.32%) PL/SQL
7 19 (3.73%) T-SQL
8 13 (2.55%) C++
9 11 (2.16%) Shell Script
10 9 (1.77%) RPG
11 8 (1.57%) C
12 7 (1.38%) Python
12 7 (1.38%) Ruby
13 5 (0.98%) VBA
13 5 (0.98%) PowerShell
14 4 (0.79%) F#
14 4 (0.79%) VB
14 4 (0.79%) VB.NET
14 4 (0.79%) Perl
15 3 (0.59%) VB6
Qualifications
1 107 (21.02%) ISEB
2 98 (19.25%) Degree
3 73 (14.34%) ISTQB
4 30 (5.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (2.75%) HND
6 4 (0.79%) ISEB Practitioner
7 2 (0.39%) MCITP
7 2 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (0.39%) MCP
7 2 (0.39%) CISSP
7 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.20%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.20%) MCSE
8 1 (0.20%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.20%) PhD
8 1 (0.20%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.20%) Security Cleared
8 1 (0.20%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.96%) SLA
2 5 (0.98%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.79%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.59%) HL7
5 2 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.20%) GMP
6 1 (0.20%) GLP
6 1 (0.20%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.20%) ISO 14000
6 1 (0.20%) Data Quality
System Software
1 8 (1.57%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.20%) Terminal Server
4 1 (0.20%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.20%) XenApp
4 1 (0.20%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.20%) Docker
Systems Management
1 30 (5.89%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.98%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (0.39%) Puppet
3 2 (0.39%) SCOM
4 1 (0.20%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.20%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.20%) XenMobile
4 1 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 90 (17.68%) Microsoft
2 53 (10.41%) Oracle
3 16 (3.14%) HP
4 12 (2.36%) Telerik
5 11 (2.16%) IBM
5 11 (2.16%) VMware
6 10 (1.96%) Actimize
7 8 (1.57%) Zend
8 7 (1.38%) Nortel
8 7 (1.38%) Nokia
8 7 (1.38%) Ericsson
9 5 (0.98%) Sun
9 5 (0.98%) Teradata
10 4 (0.79%) Autodesk
11 3 (0.59%) Sage
11 3 (0.59%) CA
11 3 (0.59%) Citrix
11 3 (0.59%) Xamarin
12 2 (0.39%) Capita
12 2 (0.39%) Infor
Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £20000.00 - £24000.00 per annum + Package
Posted: 1 hour ago
North West
Experis Ltd
Salary: £37000 per annum + bens
Posted: 17 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 22 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Yodel
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £40000 - £46000 per annum + Car + Pension + Medical
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
e-Recruiter
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Preston, Lancashire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 20,000 - 25,000 + Bens
Posted: Yesterday
Wigan, Lancashire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + bens
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Peninsula
Salary: £45000 per annum + Excellent Benefits Package
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Lancashire
Tangent International
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Resource Management
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Nantwich, Cheshire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £32,000 per annum + Package
Posted: Yesterday
Bolton, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Accenture
Salary: From £25,000 to £42,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Hudson IT
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £38000 - £42000 per annum + very good benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago