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 31 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 55 62 77
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +15
Permanent jobs citing QA 272 287 217
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.17% 4.01% 2.99%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.65% 45.56% 38.68%
Number of salaries quoted 225 249 178
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £33,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +21.21%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £29,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £45,000
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
653 630 561
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 10.02% 8.81% 7.74%
Number of salaries quoted 512 516 468
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £25,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £57,500
UK excluding London average salary £41,250 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +8 167 £39,500 -1.25% 46
Cheshire -24 57 £42,500 +30.76% 13
Merseyside +12 22 £36,000 -15.29% 8
Lancashire +7 21 £37,500 -20.21% 8
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 270 (48.04%) Agile Software Development
2 188 (33.45%) SQL
3 158 (28.11%) Finance
4 127 (22.60%) .NET
5 116 (20.64%) Test Scripting
6 115 (20.46%) C#
7 109 (19.40%) Microsoft
7 109 (19.40%) Degree
8 106 (18.86%) SQL Server
9 104 (18.51%) ISEB
10 102 (18.15%) Java
11 101 (17.97%) Selenium
12 88 (15.66%) Automated Testing
13 87 (15.48%) Software Testing
13 87 (15.48%) Windows
14 86 (15.30%) Analytical Skills
15 75 (13.35%) SDLC
15 75 (13.35%) TDD
16 73 (12.99%) ISTQB
17 72 (12.81%) JavaScript
18 70 (12.46%) Scrum
19 63 (11.21%) ASP.NET
20 62 (11.03%) Project Management
21 59 (10.50%) HTML
21 59 (10.50%) Manual Testing
22 57 (10.14%) Mentoring
23 56 (9.96%) MS Excel
24 55 (9.79%) MVC
24 55 (9.79%) Jenkins
25 53 (9.43%) Web Services

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 17 (3.02%) Apache
2 14 (2.49%) WebSphere
3 13 (2.31%) SharePoint
4 11 (1.96%) JBoss
5 10 (1.78%) Tomcat
5 10 (1.78%) CMS
6 9 (1.60%) IIS
7 6 (1.07%) Node.js
8 5 (0.89%) WordPress
8 5 (0.89%) nginx
9 3 (0.53%) Drupal
9 3 (0.53%) SilverStripe
10 2 (0.36%) Jetty
10 2 (0.36%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.36%) MS Project Server
10 2 (0.36%) ExpressionEngine
10 2 (0.36%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.18%) SAS
11 1 (0.18%) Site Server
11 1 (0.18%) Confluence
Applications
1 56 (9.96%) MS Excel
2 29 (5.16%) MS Office
3 11 (1.96%) MS Project
4 6 (1.07%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.53%) Mingle
6 2 (0.36%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.36%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.18%) SPSS
7 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.07%) Magento
2 3 (0.53%) Sage 200
3 2 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.36%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (0.36%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.36%) Oracle Assets
3 2 (0.36%) Sage ERP X3
3 2 (0.36%) Oracle General Ledger
3 2 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.36%) Agresso
3 2 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.36%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.18%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 19 (3.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (1.78%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.71%) SaaS
3 4 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
3 4 (0.71%) Amazon S3
3 4 (0.71%) Route 53
3 4 (0.71%) Amazon ELB
4 3 (0.53%) Trello
4 3 (0.53%) GitHub
5 2 (0.36%) PaaS
6 1 (0.18%) Heroku
6 1 (0.18%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.31%) UMTS
1 13 (2.31%) HTTP
2 10 (1.78%) ATM
3 9 (1.60%) Wireless
4 8 (1.42%) Firewall
5 7 (1.25%) GPRS
6 6 (1.07%) GSM
6 6 (1.07%) HTTPS
6 6 (1.07%) Internet
6 6 (1.07%) 3G
6 6 (1.07%) RNC
6 6 (1.07%) 2G
6 6 (1.07%) WiMAX
6 6 (1.07%) LTE
6 6 (1.07%) 4G
7 5 (0.89%) Radio Access Network
7 5 (0.89%) DNS
7 5 (0.89%) DHCP
8 4 (0.71%) Network Security
9 3 (0.53%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (18.86%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (2.49%) MongoDB
4 10 (1.78%) NoSQL
4 10 (1.78%) Oracle Database 11g
4 10 (1.78%) Oracle Database
5 9 (1.60%) SQL Server 2005
5 9 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (1.60%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (1.42%) MySQL
7 6 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (1.07%) Relational Database
7 6 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (0.89%) SQL Server 2000
9 4 (0.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.53%) Crystal Reports
10 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.36%) SAP Data Services
11 2 (0.36%) Redis
Development Applications
1 101 (17.97%) Selenium
2 55 (9.79%) Jenkins
3 42 (7.47%) JIRA
4 32 (5.69%) Team Foundation Server
4 32 (5.69%) HP UFT
5 30 (5.34%) WebDriver
6 26 (4.63%) Hudson
7 23 (4.09%) TeamCity
8 22 (3.91%) Git (software)
8 22 (3.91%) Visual Studio
9 18 (3.20%) Maven
9 18 (3.20%) SoapUI
9 18 (3.20%) Cucumber
10 15 (2.67%) SpecFlow
11 13 (2.31%) Ant
12 12 (2.14%) Bugzilla
13 10 (1.78%) ClearCase
13 10 (1.78%) MSTest
14 9 (1.60%) WatiN
14 9 (1.60%) Selenium IDE
General
1 158 (28.11%) Finance
2 41 (7.30%) Banking
3 38 (6.76%) Retail
4 14 (2.49%) Legal
4 14 (2.49%) Telecoms
5 12 (2.14%) Games
6 9 (1.60%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
7 7 (1.25%) Back Office
7 7 (1.25%) Marketing
8 6 (1.07%) Electronics
8 6 (1.07%) Corporate Banking
8 6 (1.07%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.71%) Law
10 3 (0.53%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.36%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.18%) Advertising
12 1 (0.18%) Front Office
12 1 (0.18%) Automotive
12 1 (0.18%) German Language
Job Titles
1 191 (33.99%) Analyst
2 123 (21.89%) Test Analyst
3 105 (18.68%) Tester
4 91 (16.19%) Developer
5 57 (10.14%) Software Tester
6 36 (6.41%) QA Tester
7 35 (6.23%) Business Analyst
8 31 (5.52%) Test Manager
8 31 (5.52%) QA Analyst
9 30 (5.34%) Test Engineer
10 27 (4.80%) QA Engineer
11 23 (4.09%) Software Developer
12 22 (3.91%) Project Manager
13 21 (3.74%) Automated Tester
14 19 (3.38%) Senior Analyst
15 15 (2.67%) Automation Analyst
16 14 (2.49%) Automation Test Analyst
16 14 (2.49%) Consultant
16 14 (2.49%) PHP Developer
17 13 (2.31%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 127 (22.60%) .NET
2 63 (11.21%) ASP.NET
3 59 (10.50%) HTML
4 53 (9.43%) CSS
4 53 (9.43%) Web Services
5 48 (8.54%) XML
6 34 (6.05%) AngularJS
7 32 (5.69%) .NET Framework
8 29 (5.16%) jQuery
9 24 (4.27%) HTML5
10 22 (3.91%) CSS3
11 19 (3.38%) RESTful
12 18 (3.20%) Symfony
12 18 (3.20%) SOAP
13 17 (3.02%) ASP.NET MVC
14 15 (2.67%) Spring
15 14 (2.49%) WCF
15 14 (2.49%) CodeIgniter
16 12 (2.14%) Sass
16 12 (2.14%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 86 (15.30%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (8.01%) Computer Science
3 33 (5.87%) Mobile App
4 22 (3.91%) Management Information System
5 17 (3.02%) User Experience
6 15 (2.67%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (1.42%) NHS
8 6 (1.07%) Mathematics
8 6 (1.07%) Visualisation
8 6 (1.07%) Inversion of Control
9 5 (0.89%) Fat Client
9 5 (0.89%) New Media
9 5 (0.89%) Data Structures
9 5 (0.89%) Clustering
9 5 (0.89%) IVR
9 5 (0.89%) Interactive TV
9 5 (0.89%) Thin Client
9 5 (0.89%) Client/Server
10 4 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 4 (0.71%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 87 (15.48%) Windows
2 45 (8.01%) Linux
3 28 (4.98%) Android
4 25 (4.45%) Apple iOS
5 13 (2.31%) UNIX
6 7 (1.25%) Windows Mobile
6 7 (1.25%) CentOS
6 7 (1.25%) Windows CE
6 7 (1.25%) Oracle Linux
7 6 (1.07%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (0.89%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.71%) SUSE
10 3 (0.53%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.53%) Windows XP
10 3 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.36%) Solaris
12 1 (0.18%) FreeBSD
12 1 (0.18%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.18%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 270 (48.04%) Agile Software Development
2 116 (20.64%) Test Scripting
3 88 (15.66%) Automated Testing
4 87 (15.48%) Software Testing
5 75 (13.35%) TDD
5 75 (13.35%) SDLC
6 70 (12.46%) Scrum
7 62 (11.03%) Project Management
8 59 (10.50%) Manual Testing
9 57 (10.14%) Mentoring
10 55 (9.79%) MVC
11 48 (8.54%) Continuous Integration
11 48 (8.54%) Test Automation
12 43 (7.65%) Unit Testing
13 41 (7.30%) Performance Testing
13 41 (7.30%) Automation Testing
14 40 (7.12%) Software Engineering
15 39 (6.94%) Service Delivery
16 38 (6.76%) BDD
17 37 (6.58%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 188 (33.45%) SQL
2 115 (20.46%) C#
3 102 (18.15%) Java
4 72 (12.81%) JavaScript
5 29 (5.16%) PHP
6 25 (4.45%) T-SQL
7 21 (3.74%) PL/SQL
8 17 (3.02%) Ruby
9 16 (2.85%) Shell Script
10 12 (2.14%) Python
10 12 (2.14%) C
11 10 (1.78%) C++
12 8 (1.42%) Perl
13 5 (0.89%) VBA
14 4 (0.71%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.53%) VB
15 3 (0.53%) VB6
15 3 (0.53%) PHP5
15 3 (0.53%) PowerShell
16 2 (0.36%) F#
Qualifications
1 109 (19.40%) Degree
2 104 (18.51%) ISEB
3 73 (12.99%) ISTQB
4 29 (5.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (2.49%) HND
6 6 (1.07%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.36%) PMI Certification
7 2 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
7 2 (0.36%) MCITP
7 2 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (0.36%) MCSE
7 2 (0.36%) CISSP
7 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (0.36%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (0.18%) MCSA
8 1 (0.18%) PhD
8 1 (0.18%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.18%) Security Cleared
8 1 (0.18%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.42%) SLA
2 5 (0.89%) ISO 9001
2 5 (0.89%) GMP
2 5 (0.89%) HL7
3 4 (0.71%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.71%) GAMP
4 3 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.36%) ISO 14000
5 2 (0.36%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.18%) GLP
6 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
System Software
1 6 (1.07%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.36%) Docker
Systems Management
1 30 (5.34%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (1.60%) Puppet
3 5 (0.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (0.71%) Vagrant
5 3 (0.53%) SCOM
6 2 (0.36%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 2 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 109 (19.40%) Microsoft
2 41 (7.30%) Oracle
3 19 (3.38%) HP
4 12 (2.14%) IBM
5 11 (1.96%) Telerik
6 10 (1.78%) Actimize
7 8 (1.42%) Red Hat
8 6 (1.07%) Ericsson
8 6 (1.07%) Nokia
8 6 (1.07%) Nortel
8 6 (1.07%) Zend
9 5 (0.89%) VMware
9 5 (0.89%) Citrix
10 4 (0.71%) RightScale
10 4 (0.71%) Wonderware
11 3 (0.53%) Xamarin
11 3 (0.53%) McAfee
11 3 (0.53%) Juniper
11 3 (0.53%) SAP
11 3 (0.53%) Sage
Manchester, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 8 hours ago
Lancashire
IT Recruitment Company
Salary: £21,000 - £25,000 DOE
Posted: 12 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Salford, Lancashire
Jagger Talent
Salary: From £22,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Preston, Lancashire
Erin Associates
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Preston, Lancashire
Erin Associates
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare, IIP, ISEB
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheadle, Cheshire
GLM Recruitment
Salary: From £19,000 to £24,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheadle, Cheshire
GLM Recruitment
Salary: From £19,000 to £20,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheadle, Cheshire
Jagger Talent
Salary: From £19,000 to £24,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago