The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the North West region.

Location
3 months to
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 55 78 72
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -6
Permanent jobs citing QA 289 216 266
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.04% 2.98% 3.55%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 46.84% 37.96% 42.63%
Number of salaries quoted 251 176 191
Average salary £40,000 £33,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+21.21% -5.71%
90% offered a salary of more than £29,000 £22,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £45,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £38,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
617 569 624
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 8.62% 7.86% 8.33%
Number of salaries quoted 504 472 485
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £22,500 £22,850
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £60,000 £57,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%
QA
England

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 +32 158 £40,000 +16.78% 20
Cheshire +8 90 £32,500 -1.51% 8
Merseyside -2 26 £42,500 +41.66% 2
Lancashire +1 8 £47,000 +62.06% 3
Cumbria +4 1 £55,000 +62.96% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 223 (39.54%) SQL
2 143 (25.35%) Windows
3 127 (22.52%) Agile Software Development
4 125 (22.16%) C#
5 111 (19.68%) .NET
6 105 (18.62%) HTML
7 95 (16.84%) Software Testing
8 94 (16.67%) Java
9 93 (16.49%) Automated Testing
10 91 (16.13%) Project Management
11 89 (15.78%) JavaScript
12 88 (15.60%) ISEB
13 85 (15.07%) SQL Server
13 85 (15.07%) Selenium
14 78 (13.83%) Degree
15 73 (12.94%) ASP.NET
16 69 (12.23%) Linux
17 66 (11.70%) E-Commerce
17 66 (11.70%) Finance
18 58 (10.28%) Microsoft
18 58 (10.28%) XML
19 51 (9.04%) CSS
19 51 (9.04%) C++
20 50 (8.87%) QuickTest Pro
20 50 (8.87%) Computer Science
21 49 (8.69%) Test Scripting
22 48 (8.51%) T-SQL
22 48 (8.51%) Enterprise Software
23 47 (8.33%) Automation Testing
24 46 (8.16%) Scrum

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 21 (3.72%) Tomcat
2 14 (2.48%) IIS
3 12 (2.13%) TIBCO EMS
4 10 (1.77%) Confluence
4 10 (1.77%) SharePoint
5 9 (1.60%) Apache
6 8 (1.42%) WebSphere
7 6 (1.06%) Node.js
7 6 (1.06%) WebSphere Application Server
8 5 (0.89%) Oracle Spatial
8 5 (0.89%) Lync
9 4 (0.71%) SAS
10 2 (0.35%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.35%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.35%) Site Server
10 2 (0.35%) CMS
11 1 (0.18%) Oracle HTTP Server
11 1 (0.18%) Jetty
11 1 (0.18%) GlassFish
11 1 (0.18%) nginx
Applications
1 27 (4.79%) MS Excel
2 17 (3.01%) Photoshop
3 10 (1.77%) MS Office
4 3 (0.53%) RoboHelp
4 3 (0.53%) MS Project
5 2 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.18%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.18%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.18%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (2.13%) BusinessWorks
2 5 (0.89%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.18%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.18%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.18%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (1.42%) Office 365
3 5 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (0.71%) Amazon S3
5 3 (0.53%) SaaS
6 1 (0.18%) IBM Blueworks
6 1 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.18%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.37%) Internet
2 13 (2.30%) LAN
2 13 (2.30%) WAN
3 10 (1.77%) HTTP
3 10 (1.77%) SAN
4 9 (1.60%) AMQP
5 8 (1.42%) VPN
6 6 (1.06%) LDAP
7 5 (0.89%) SSL
7 5 (0.89%) VoIP
8 4 (0.71%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.53%) Wireless
9 3 (0.53%) Firewall
9 3 (0.53%) iSCSI
9 3 (0.53%) VLAN
10 2 (0.35%) DNS
10 2 (0.35%) FTP
10 2 (0.35%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.35%) MPLS
11 1 (0.18%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (15.07%) SQL Server
2 23 (4.08%) DB2
3 21 (3.72%) Oracle Database
4 15 (2.66%) Oracle Database 11g
5 14 (2.48%) Relational Database
6 11 (1.95%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (1.77%) MySQL
8 9 (1.60%) SQL Server 2008
9 7 (1.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (1.06%) Big Data
11 5 (0.89%) BusinessObjects
11 5 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
11 5 (0.89%) OLTP
11 5 (0.89%) MS Access
11 5 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
11 5 (0.89%) SAP Data Services
12 4 (0.71%) MongoDB
12 4 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
12 4 (0.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 4 (0.71%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 85 (15.07%) Selenium
2 50 (8.87%) QuickTest Pro
3 29 (5.14%) Cucumber
4 24 (4.26%) Selenium IDE
5 23 (4.08%) JUnit
6 21 (3.72%) Subversion
6 21 (3.72%) Hudson
7 20 (3.55%) WebDriver
7 20 (3.55%) JIRA
7 20 (3.55%) Eclipse
8 16 (2.84%) Jenkins
9 15 (2.66%) Mercurial
10 14 (2.48%) Git (software)
10 14 (2.48%) Visual Studio
11 13 (2.30%) LoadRunner
11 13 (2.30%) TestPartner
12 11 (1.95%) SilkPerformer
12 11 (1.95%) jMock
12 11 (1.95%) QALoad
12 11 (1.95%) TeamCity
General
1 66 (11.70%) Finance
2 15 (2.66%) Retail
3 14 (2.48%) Marketing
4 11 (1.95%) Banking
5 9 (1.60%) Games
6 8 (1.42%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.42%) Legal
7 4 (0.71%) Publishing
7 4 (0.71%) Back Office
8 3 (0.53%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.53%) Advertising
8 3 (0.53%) Law
8 3 (0.53%) Billing
9 2 (0.35%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.18%) Electronics
10 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.18%) German Language
10 1 (0.18%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.18%) Russian Language
10 1 (0.18%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 136 (24.11%) Analyst
2 106 (18.79%) Developer
3 66 (11.70%) Tester
4 57 (10.11%) Test Analyst
5 52 (9.22%) Software Tester
6 33 (5.85%) Software Engineer
7 32 (5.67%) QA Analyst
8 28 (4.96%) Team Leader
9 27 (4.79%) Senior Analyst
9 27 (4.79%) QA Engineer
9 27 (4.79%) Project Manager
10 24 (4.26%) Test Manager
11 23 (4.08%) Java Developer
12 21 (3.72%) Business Analyst
12 21 (3.72%) Test Engineer
12 21 (3.72%) Automation Engineer
13 20 (3.55%) Consultant
14 19 (3.37%) C# Developer
15 15 (2.66%) Author
15 15 (2.66%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (19.68%) .NET
2 105 (18.62%) HTML
3 73 (12.94%) ASP.NET
4 58 (10.28%) XML
5 51 (9.04%) CSS
6 36 (6.38%) Web Services
7 28 (4.96%) HTML5
7 28 (4.96%) SOAP
8 23 (4.08%) JSP
8 23 (4.08%) JMS
9 20 (3.55%) JSON
10 19 (3.37%) XHTML
10 19 (3.37%) Java EE
11 18 (3.19%) Hibernate
11 18 (3.19%) Spring
11 18 (3.19%) Ajax
12 17 (3.01%) jQuery
13 16 (2.84%) J2EE
14 15 (2.66%) WPF
14 15 (2.66%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 50 (8.87%) Computer Science
2 48 (8.51%) Enterprise Software
3 21 (3.72%) Open Source
4 13 (2.30%) Client/Server
5 9 (1.60%) Mobile App
6 8 (1.42%) NHS
7 6 (1.06%) SystemC
7 6 (1.06%) Replication
8 5 (0.89%) Management Information System
8 5 (0.89%) GIS
8 5 (0.89%) N-Tier
8 5 (0.89%) Wiki
8 5 (0.89%) iSeries
9 4 (0.71%) E-Learning
9 4 (0.71%) PMI
9 4 (0.71%) HACMP
10 3 (0.53%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (0.53%) Animation
11 2 (0.35%) Social Media
11 2 (0.35%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 143 (25.35%) Windows
2 69 (12.23%) Linux
3 41 (7.27%) Windows Server 2003
4 23 (4.08%) UNIX
4 23 (4.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 19 (3.37%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (2.13%) Android
7 10 (1.77%) Mac OS X
8 8 (1.42%) Apple iOS
8 8 (1.42%) Windows 7
8 8 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.42%) Solaris
9 4 (0.71%) Windows Phone
9 4 (0.71%) AIX
10 3 (0.53%) Windows 2000
11 2 (0.35%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.18%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.18%) VMS
12 1 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (22.52%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (16.84%) Software Testing
3 93 (16.49%) Automated Testing
4 91 (16.13%) Project Management
5 66 (11.70%) E-Commerce
6 49 (8.69%) Test Scripting
7 47 (8.33%) Automation Testing
8 46 (8.16%) Scrum
8 46 (8.16%) Software Engineering
9 44 (7.80%) Manual Testing
10 43 (7.62%) Test Automation
11 42 (7.45%) Continuous Integration
12 41 (7.27%) Load Testing
13 39 (6.91%) TDD
14 38 (6.74%) User Acceptance Testing
15 34 (6.03%) Web Testing
16 33 (5.85%) Unit Testing
16 33 (5.85%) ITIL
17 32 (5.67%) System Testing
18 31 (5.50%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 223 (39.54%) SQL
2 125 (22.16%) C#
3 94 (16.67%) Java
4 89 (15.78%) JavaScript
5 51 (9.04%) C++
6 48 (8.51%) T-SQL
7 32 (5.67%) Python
8 27 (4.79%) C
9 25 (4.43%) Ruby
10 17 (3.01%) Shell Script
11 16 (2.84%) Perl
12 13 (2.30%) PHP
13 10 (1.77%) VBA
14 7 (1.24%) VB.NET
14 7 (1.24%) PowerShell
15 6 (1.06%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.89%) RPG
16 5 (0.89%) ABAP
16 5 (0.89%) Bash Shell
17 4 (0.71%) Korn
Qualifications
1 88 (15.60%) ISEB
2 78 (13.83%) Degree
3 35 (6.21%) ISTQB
4 27 (4.79%) Security Cleared
5 25 (4.43%) HND
6 22 (3.90%) SC Cleared
7 18 (3.19%) HNC
8 10 (1.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 7 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 6 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.89%) PMI Certification
11 5 (0.89%) MCP
12 4 (0.71%) APMP
13 3 (0.53%) DV Cleared
14 2 (0.35%) MCTS
14 2 (0.35%) MCPD
14 2 (0.35%) CCSP
14 2 (0.35%) CCNA
14 2 (0.35%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.90%) SLA
2 5 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.53%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.53%) GMP
3 3 (0.53%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.35%) GLP
5 1 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.18%) GAMP
System Software
1 26 (4.61%) Active Directory
2 25 (4.43%) XenApp
3 19 (3.37%) Hyper-V
4 18 (3.19%) VMware Infrastructure
5 17 (3.01%) XenDesktop
6 10 (1.77%) Oracle RAC
7 9 (1.60%) MetaFrame
7 9 (1.60%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 5 (0.89%) Tivoli Directory Server
9 4 (0.71%) PowerHA
9 4 (0.71%) Oracle RMAN
9 4 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.35%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.18%) Xen
11 1 (0.18%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 12 (2.13%) TIBCO Hawk
2 11 (1.95%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (1.60%) Tivoli
4 5 (0.89%) Tivoli Identity Manager
5 4 (0.71%) Data Guard
5 4 (0.71%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 3 (0.53%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.18%) Legato
7 1 (0.18%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.18%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.18%) Ansible
7 1 (0.18%) Puppet
7 1 (0.18%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 58 (10.28%) Microsoft
2 45 (7.98%) Oracle
3 29 (5.14%) Citrix
4 25 (4.43%) VMware
5 23 (4.08%) Red Hat
6 17 (3.01%) TIBCO
7 15 (2.66%) HP
8 11 (1.95%) IBM
9 10 (1.77%) AppSense
9 10 (1.77%) Atlassian
10 9 (1.60%) EMC
11 8 (1.42%) SAP
12 7 (1.24%) JBoss
13 5 (0.89%) Perforce
13 5 (0.89%) Business Objects
14 4 (0.71%) Twilio
14 4 (0.71%) Adobe
14 4 (0.71%) Apple
15 3 (0.53%) JD Edwards
15 3 (0.53%) Compuware
Chorley, Lancashire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum + Package
Posted: 17 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Maclean Moore Consulting
Salary: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Salary: £28000 - £30000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
North West England
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £30000 per annum + van
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £42000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Birkenhead, Merseyside
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Recruiting.uk.com
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Recruiting.uk.com
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ThoughtWorks
Posted: 3 days ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Carnforth, Lancashire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Salary: Salary Negotiable for the right candidate
Posted: 5 days ago
Greater Manchester
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Salary: Salary Negotiable for the right candidate
Posted: 5 days ago
North West
Opal Tree Solutions
Salary: Excellent Package
Posted: 6 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: £Excellent
Posted: 6 days ago