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 21 November 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 53 65 76
Rank change year-on-year
+12 +11
Permanent jobs citing QA 360 253 237
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.85% 3.66% 3.32%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 46.69% 49.51% 42.25%
Number of salaries quoted 307 154 209
Average salary £38,500 £38,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +10.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £25,000 £27,900
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,300 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,750
% change year-on-year
- +3.22%
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
771 511 561
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 10.40% 7.39% 7.86%
Number of salaries quoted 653 365 499
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,550 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £63,250 £55,000 £51,500
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 21 November 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 21 November 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 +25 193 £39,500 +5.33% 25
Cheshire -12 92 £37,500 -11.76% 11
Merseyside +32 40 £40,000 +14.28% 2
Lancashire +16 22 £42,250 +5.62% 5
Cumbria 0 1 £42,000 +20.00% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 319 (46.37%) Agile Software Development
2 269 (39.10%) SQL
3 152 (22.09%) Finance
4 143 (20.78%) Windows
5 136 (19.77%) C#
6 135 (19.62%) .NET
7 126 (18.31%) Automated Testing
8 121 (17.59%) SQL Server
9 117 (17.01%) Java
9 117 (17.01%) Software Testing
10 106 (15.41%) Project Management
11 103 (14.97%) ISEB
12 100 (14.53%) Degree
12 100 (14.53%) Selenium
13 96 (13.95%) Linux
14 81 (11.77%) Scrum
15 80 (11.63%) Manual Testing
16 77 (11.19%) HTML
17 73 (10.61%) Oracle
17 73 (10.61%) ASP.NET
18 68 (9.88%) Microsoft
18 68 (9.88%) QuickTest Pro
18 68 (9.88%) Test Scripting
19 66 (9.59%) T-SQL
20 65 (9.45%) JavaScript
21 60 (8.72%) E-Commerce
22 55 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
23 54 (7.85%) ISTQB
24 53 (7.70%) User Acceptance Testing
25 51 (7.41%) Automation Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 20 (2.91%) Tomcat
2 16 (2.33%) IIS
3 15 (2.18%) WebSphere
4 12 (1.74%) SAS
5 11 (1.60%) Apache
5 11 (1.60%) Node.js
6 10 (1.45%) Confluence
7 9 (1.31%) CMS
7 9 (1.31%) WebLogic
8 6 (0.87%) Umbraco
9 5 (0.73%) Jetty
9 5 (0.73%) Oracle Spatial
9 5 (0.73%) WebSphere Application Server
9 5 (0.73%) JBoss
9 5 (0.73%) SharePoint
9 5 (0.73%) nginx
10 4 (0.58%) TIBCO EMS
10 4 (0.58%) WordPress
11 2 (0.29%) Lync
12 1 (0.15%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 28 (4.07%) MS Excel
2 17 (2.47%) MS Office
3 7 (1.02%) MS Project
4 5 (0.73%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.58%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.44%) Mingle
7 1 (0.15%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.15%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (1.16%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (1.16%) Oracle General Ledger
1 8 (1.16%) Oracle EBS R12
1 8 (1.16%) Oracle Payables
1 8 (1.16%) Oracle Receivables
1 8 (1.16%) Oracle Assets
2 6 (0.87%) Oracle Cash Management
3 5 (0.73%) Oracle Applications
3 5 (0.73%) SAP CRM
4 4 (0.58%) Oracle Financials
4 4 (0.58%) BusinessWorks
4 4 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.44%) CA Clarity
6 2 (0.29%) Magento
7 1 (0.15%) Sage 200
7 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.15%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.15%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 19 (2.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (2.03%) Amazon EC2
2 14 (2.03%) SaaS
3 9 (1.31%) Amazon S3
4 8 (1.16%) Office 365
5 5 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (0.73%) Google App Engine
5 5 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (0.58%) Trello
7 3 (0.44%) Amazon AWS
8 2 (0.29%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.62%) LAN
2 17 (2.47%) WAN
3 16 (2.33%) HTTP
4 14 (2.03%) TCP/IP
5 9 (1.31%) Internet
5 9 (1.31%) AMQP
6 8 (1.16%) SAN
6 8 (1.16%) VPN
7 5 (0.73%) DNS
7 5 (0.73%) DHCP
7 5 (0.73%) FTP
7 5 (0.73%) Firewall
7 5 (0.73%) IPsec
8 4 (0.58%) ATM
9 3 (0.44%) LDAP
9 3 (0.44%) SSL
10 2 (0.29%) Intranet
10 2 (0.29%) Extranet
10 2 (0.29%) HTTPS
11 1 (0.15%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (17.59%) SQL Server
2 23 (3.34%) BusinessObjects
3 21 (3.05%) MS Access
4 20 (2.91%) Relational Database
5 19 (2.76%) Big Data
6 16 (2.33%) SAP Data Services
6 16 (2.33%) Oracle Database
7 10 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (1.31%) DB2
8 9 (1.31%) MySQL
8 9 (1.31%) Hadoop
8 9 (1.31%) MongoDB
9 8 (1.16%) QlikView
9 8 (1.16%) Crystal Reports
10 7 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 7 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 7 (1.02%) Oracle Database 11g
10 7 (1.02%) NoSQL
11 6 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
11 6 (0.87%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 100 (14.53%) Selenium
2 68 (9.88%) QuickTest Pro
3 40 (5.81%) JIRA
4 30 (4.36%) Cucumber
5 28 (4.07%) WebDriver
6 25 (3.63%) Team Foundation Server
7 19 (2.76%) Selenium IDE
8 18 (2.62%) Hudson
9 17 (2.47%) SoapUI
10 15 (2.18%) JUnit
10 15 (2.18%) LSMW
11 14 (2.03%) Visual Studio
11 14 (2.03%) Jenkins
12 12 (1.74%) FitNesse
13 11 (1.60%) Eclipse
14 10 (1.45%) Mercurial
14 10 (1.45%) MSTest
15 9 (1.31%) Git (software)
15 9 (1.31%) Gradle
15 9 (1.31%) Subversion
General
1 152 (22.09%) Finance
2 29 (4.22%) Banking
3 26 (3.78%) Retail
4 15 (2.18%) Telecoms
4 15 (2.18%) Marketing
5 9 (1.31%) Advertising
6 8 (1.16%) Games
6 8 (1.16%) French Language
6 8 (1.16%) Spanish Language
7 5 (0.73%) Turkish Language
7 5 (0.73%) German Language
7 5 (0.73%) Italian Language
7 5 (0.73%) Electronics
7 5 (0.73%) Legal
7 5 (0.73%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.58%) General Ledger
9 3 (0.44%) Retail Banking
9 3 (0.44%) Billing
9 3 (0.44%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.29%) Law
Job Titles
1 166 (24.13%) Analyst
2 90 (13.08%) Developer
3 86 (12.50%) Tester
4 75 (10.90%) Test Analyst
5 61 (8.87%) Software Tester
6 52 (7.56%) Project Manager
7 46 (6.69%) QA Analyst
8 44 (6.40%) QA Engineer
9 42 (6.10%) Team Leader
10 39 (5.67%) Software Engineer
11 37 (5.38%) DBA
12 36 (5.23%) Consultant
13 30 (4.36%) Test Manager
13 30 (4.36%) Test Engineer
14 29 (4.22%) Business Analyst
15 27 (3.92%) Senior Analyst
15 27 (3.92%) QA Tester
16 24 (3.49%) Software Test Engineer
17 21 (3.05%) Development Team Leader
18 20 (2.91%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (19.62%) .NET
2 77 (11.19%) HTML
3 73 (10.61%) ASP.NET
4 44 (6.40%) XML
5 39 (5.67%) HTML5
6 38 (5.52%) CSS
7 37 (5.38%) SOAP
8 36 (5.23%) Web Services
9 33 (4.80%) .NET Framework
10 21 (3.05%) AngularJS
11 18 (2.62%) JSON
12 17 (2.47%) JMS
12 17 (2.47%) REST
12 17 (2.47%) Java EE
13 14 (2.03%) Backbone.js
13 14 (2.03%) J2EE
14 13 (1.89%) Middleware
15 12 (1.74%) jQuery
16 10 (1.45%) CSS3
16 10 (1.45%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 55 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (6.10%) Computer Science
3 31 (4.51%) Enterprise Software
4 20 (2.91%) Open Source
5 19 (2.76%) iSeries
6 16 (2.33%) Client/Server
7 15 (2.18%) Mobile App
8 14 (2.03%) Animation
9 13 (1.89%) Management Information System
9 13 (1.89%) Algorithms
10 12 (1.74%) User Experience
11 9 (1.31%) Data Integration
12 8 (1.16%) FMCG
12 8 (1.16%) Visualisation
13 7 (1.02%) PDA
14 6 (0.87%) Fixed Income
15 5 (0.73%) GIS
15 5 (0.73%) Blog
15 5 (0.73%) Data Structures
16 4 (0.58%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 143 (20.78%) Windows
2 96 (13.95%) Linux
3 38 (5.52%) UNIX
4 21 (3.05%) Android
4 21 (3.05%) Apple iOS
5 18 (2.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 17 (2.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.16%) Windows Phone
8 8 (1.16%) Solaris
9 4 (0.58%) AIX
9 4 (0.58%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.29%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 319 (46.37%) Agile Software Development
2 126 (18.31%) Automated Testing
3 117 (17.01%) Software Testing
4 106 (15.41%) Project Management
5 81 (11.77%) Scrum
6 80 (11.63%) Manual Testing
7 68 (9.88%) Test Scripting
8 60 (8.72%) E-Commerce
9 53 (7.70%) User Acceptance Testing
10 51 (7.41%) Automation Testing
11 50 (7.27%) Performance Tuning
12 49 (7.12%) ITIL
12 49 (7.12%) Mentoring
13 48 (6.98%) Test Automation
14 47 (6.83%) Waterfall
15 46 (6.69%) Unit Testing
16 42 (6.10%) Regression Testing
17 31 (4.51%) Change Management
17 31 (4.51%) Software Engineering
17 31 (4.51%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 269 (39.10%) SQL
2 136 (19.77%) C#
3 117 (17.01%) Java
4 66 (9.59%) T-SQL
5 65 (9.45%) JavaScript
6 46 (6.69%) C++
7 34 (4.94%) Python
8 19 (2.76%) RPG
9 18 (2.62%) C
10 16 (2.33%) Shell Script
10 16 (2.33%) Ruby
11 15 (2.18%) PL/SQL
11 15 (2.18%) ABAP
12 12 (1.74%) PHP
13 10 (1.45%) VB.NET
14 9 (1.31%) VB
15 8 (1.16%) Perl
16 7 (1.02%) PowerShell
16 7 (1.02%) VB6
17 6 (0.87%) VBA
Qualifications
1 103 (14.97%) ISEB
2 100 (14.53%) Degree
3 54 (7.85%) ISTQB
4 19 (2.76%) Security Cleared
5 16 (2.33%) SC Cleared
6 13 (1.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (1.02%) HND
8 3 (0.44%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.15%) PMP
10 1 (0.15%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.15%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.15%) MCITP
10 1 (0.15%) MCSE
10 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.15%) Chartered Engineer
10 1 (0.15%) MCP
10 1 (0.15%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.31%) SLA
2 4 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.29%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.29%) GMP
4 1 (0.15%) GLP
4 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 12207
4 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.15%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 22 (3.20%) Active Directory
2 16 (2.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (2.03%) XenApp
4 8 (1.16%) Hyper-V
4 8 (1.16%) MetaFrame
4 8 (1.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 7 (1.02%) Oracle RAC
6 6 (0.87%) XenDesktop
7 5 (0.73%) Xen
8 4 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.44%) Terminal Server
9 3 (0.44%) Tivoli Directory Server
10 2 (0.29%) Firmware
11 1 (0.15%) Oracle RMAN
11 1 (0.15%) Varnish
11 1 (0.15%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 24 (3.49%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.02%) Tivoli
3 5 (0.73%) Puppet
3 5 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (0.73%) Ansible
4 4 (0.58%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 4 (0.58%) TIBCO Hawk
5 3 (0.44%) Tivoli Identity Manager
6 1 (0.15%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.15%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 73 (10.61%) Oracle
2 68 (9.88%) Microsoft
3 25 (3.63%) SAP
4 23 (3.34%) Business Objects
4 23 (3.34%) VMware
5 21 (3.05%) Red Hat
6 19 (2.76%) Citrix
7 14 (2.03%) JD Edwards
8 13 (1.89%) IBM
9 11 (1.60%) HP
10 10 (1.45%) EMC
10 10 (1.45%) Atlassian
11 9 (1.31%) Twilio
11 9 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
12 8 (1.16%) AppSense
12 8 (1.16%) Telerik
12 8 (1.16%) Cognos
13 6 (0.87%) TIBCO
14 5 (0.73%) Google
15 4 (0.58%) EPiServer
Manchester, Lancashire
The MRJ Group
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
North West
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
New Gen Technology
Salary: From £28,000 to £32,000 per annum Plus fantastic benefits.
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
The MRJ Group
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: Flexible, Competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Salary: £26000 - £36000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria
BAE Systems
Posted: 4 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £38000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare, Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
X4 Group
Salary: £25k - 30k per year
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 40,000
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
People Source Consulting
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + excellent benefits scheme
Posted: 6 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £36000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Blue Octopus Recruitment LLP
Salary: From £24,162 to £26,383 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 35,000 + Excellent Bens
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 40,000 - 45,000 + Bens
Posted: 6 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire
IDH Group
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 10 days ago