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

Location
3 months to
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 61 87
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +26
Permanent jobs citing QA 268 258 222
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.17% 3.66% 2.96%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.88% 43.22% 37.63%
Number of salaries quoted 217 211 189
Average salary £38,500 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-3.75% +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £30,000 £24,750
10% offered a salary of more than £53,500 £55,000 £47,500
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
640 597 590
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 9.95% 8.47% 7.87%
Number of salaries quoted 503 466 493
Average salary £40,000 £38,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £22,750 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 1 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 1 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 +9 149 £37,500 -6.25% 40
Cheshire -21 67 £40,000 +14.28% 11
Lancashire - 24 £37,500 - 5
Merseyside +5 21 £38,000 -15.55% 6
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 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.

1 269 (48.82%) Agile Software Development
2 199 (36.12%) SQL
3 167 (30.31%) Finance
4 135 (24.50%) .NET
5 121 (21.96%) C#
6 115 (20.87%) SQL Server
7 108 (19.60%) Test Scripting
8 103 (18.69%) Degree
8 103 (18.69%) ISEB
9 96 (17.42%) Microsoft
9 96 (17.42%) Selenium
10 92 (16.70%) Java
11 83 (15.06%) Software Testing
12 80 (14.52%) Analytical Skills
13 78 (14.16%) Automated Testing
14 77 (13.97%) Windows
14 77 (13.97%) SDLC
15 75 (13.61%) ISTQB
16 73 (13.25%) TDD
17 72 (13.07%) JavaScript
18 69 (12.52%) ASP.NET
19 68 (12.34%) Scrum
20 64 (11.62%) MVC
21 63 (11.43%) Mentoring
22 58 (10.53%) Project Management
23 57 (10.34%) Manual Testing
24 55 (9.98%) HTML
25 51 (9.26%) CSS
25 51 (9.26%) Jenkins
26 48 (8.71%) Oracle

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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 20 (3.63%) Apache
2 13 (2.36%) WebSphere
3 12 (2.18%) SharePoint
4 9 (1.63%) Tomcat
4 9 (1.63%) IIS
5 8 (1.45%) JBoss
6 6 (1.09%) CMS
6 6 (1.09%) nginx
7 5 (0.91%) WordPress
7 5 (0.91%) Drupal
8 4 (0.73%) Node.js
9 3 (0.54%) SilverStripe
10 2 (0.36%) Moodle
10 2 (0.36%) MS Project Server
10 2 (0.36%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.36%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.18%) SAS
11 1 (0.18%) Site Server
11 1 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.18%) Jetty
Applications
1 47 (8.53%) MS Excel
2 24 (4.36%) MS Office
3 9 (1.63%) MS Project
4 4 (0.73%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.54%) Mingle
6 2 (0.36%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.36%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.18%) SPSS
7 1 (0.18%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (1.81%) Magento
2 6 (1.09%) Oracle Payables
2 6 (1.09%) Oracle Receivables
2 6 (1.09%) Oracle Cash Management
2 6 (1.09%) Oracle Assets
2 6 (1.09%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (1.09%) Oracle Financials
2 6 (1.09%) Oracle General Ledger
2 6 (1.09%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.54%) Sage 200
4 2 (0.36%) Sage ERP X3
4 2 (0.36%) Agresso
4 2 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.36%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.18%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 11 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (1.09%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.73%) SaaS
4 3 (0.54%) GitHub
4 3 (0.54%) Trello
5 1 (0.18%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.18%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.18%) PaaS
5 1 (0.18%) Heroku
5 1 (0.18%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.54%) UMTS
2 11 (2.00%) ATM
3 10 (1.81%) Wireless
4 9 (1.63%) HTTP
5 7 (1.27%) Internet
5 7 (1.27%) 3G
5 7 (1.27%) GPRS
5 7 (1.27%) GSM
5 7 (1.27%) 2G
5 7 (1.27%) WiMAX
5 7 (1.27%) RNC
5 7 (1.27%) LTE
6 6 (1.09%) 4G
6 6 (1.09%) Radio Access Network
7 5 (0.91%) Firewall
8 3 (0.54%) SAN
8 3 (0.54%) Intranet
9 2 (0.36%) DNS
9 2 (0.36%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.36%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 115 (20.87%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.90%) MongoDB
3 15 (2.72%) SQL Server 2008
4 13 (2.36%) MySQL
5 12 (2.18%) Oracle Database
6 11 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (1.81%) Oracle Database 11g
8 8 (1.45%) NoSQL
9 7 (1.27%) SQL Server 2005
9 7 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (1.09%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (1.09%) Relational Database
10 6 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.91%) SQL Server 2000
12 4 (0.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 4 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 3 (0.54%) Crystal Reports
14 2 (0.36%) Oracle Reports
14 2 (0.36%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 96 (17.42%) Selenium
2 51 (9.26%) Jenkins
3 35 (6.35%) Team Foundation Server
4 34 (6.17%) JIRA
5 32 (5.81%) HP UFT
6 28 (5.08%) WebDriver
7 27 (4.90%) Hudson
7 27 (4.90%) TeamCity
8 24 (4.36%) Git (software)
9 22 (3.99%) Visual Studio
10 20 (3.63%) SoapUI
11 16 (2.90%) SpecFlow
12 13 (2.36%) MSTest
13 12 (2.18%) Cucumber
14 11 (2.00%) Maven
14 11 (2.00%) Bugzilla
15 10 (1.81%) ClearCase
15 10 (1.81%) Ant
15 10 (1.81%) WatiN
16 7 (1.27%) LoadRunner
General
1 167 (30.31%) Finance
2 37 (6.72%) Retail
3 34 (6.17%) Banking
4 15 (2.72%) Telecoms
5 13 (2.36%) Legal
6 9 (1.63%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.27%) Games
7 7 (1.27%) Back Office
7 7 (1.27%) Marketing
8 6 (1.09%) Electronics
8 6 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.54%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.54%) Law
10 2 (0.36%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.36%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.36%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.18%) Advertising
11 1 (0.18%) Automotive
11 1 (0.18%) Front Office
11 1 (0.18%) German Language
Job Titles
1 192 (34.85%) Analyst
2 125 (22.69%) Test Analyst
3 108 (19.60%) Tester
4 85 (15.43%) Developer
5 60 (10.89%) Software Tester
6 32 (5.81%) Business Analyst
6 32 (5.81%) QA Tester
7 30 (5.44%) Test Manager
8 29 (5.26%) Test Engineer
9 24 (4.36%) QA Analyst
10 23 (4.17%) Software Developer
11 21 (3.81%) Project Manager
11 21 (3.81%) Senior Analyst
11 21 (3.81%) Automated Tester
12 19 (3.45%) PHP Developer
13 18 (3.27%) QA Engineer
14 17 (3.09%) Consultant
15 15 (2.72%) Software Engineer
16 14 (2.54%) Architect
16 14 (2.54%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (24.50%) .NET
2 69 (12.52%) ASP.NET
3 55 (9.98%) HTML
4 51 (9.26%) CSS
5 47 (8.53%) XML
6 42 (7.62%) Web Services
7 34 (6.17%) AngularJS
8 33 (5.99%) .NET Framework
9 25 (4.54%) jQuery
10 23 (4.17%) Symfony
11 22 (3.99%) RESTful
12 20 (3.63%) ASP.NET MVC
13 19 (3.45%) CodeIgniter
14 17 (3.09%) HTML5
14 17 (3.09%) CSS3
14 17 (3.09%) ASP.NET Web API
15 16 (2.90%) SOAP
16 14 (2.54%) Spring
16 14 (2.54%) LAMP
17 12 (2.18%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 80 (14.52%) Analytical Skills
2 41 (7.44%) Computer Science
3 23 (4.17%) Mobile App
3 23 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 14 (2.54%) User Experience
5 12 (2.18%) Enterprise Software
6 11 (2.00%) NHS
7 8 (1.45%) Inversion of Control
8 7 (1.27%) Mathematics
8 7 (1.27%) Clustering
9 6 (1.09%) Client/Server
9 6 (1.09%) Data Structures
10 5 (0.91%) Fat Client
10 5 (0.91%) Thin Client
10 5 (0.91%) IVR
10 5 (0.91%) Interactive TV
10 5 (0.91%) New Media
11 4 (0.73%) Informatics
11 4 (0.73%) Replication
11 4 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 77 (13.97%) Windows
2 42 (7.62%) Linux
3 30 (5.44%) Android
4 27 (4.90%) Apple iOS
5 10 (1.81%) UNIX
6 7 (1.27%) Windows Mobile
6 7 (1.27%) Windows CE
7 6 (1.09%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (1.09%) Oracle Linux
8 4 (0.73%) CentOS
9 3 (0.54%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.54%) Windows XP
9 3 (0.54%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.36%) SUSE
10 2 (0.36%) Solaris
10 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.18%) FreeBSD
11 1 (0.18%) VME
11 1 (0.18%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 269 (48.82%) Agile Software Development
2 108 (19.60%) Test Scripting
3 83 (15.06%) Software Testing
4 78 (14.16%) Automated Testing
5 77 (13.97%) SDLC
6 73 (13.25%) TDD
7 68 (12.34%) Scrum
8 64 (11.62%) MVC
9 63 (11.43%) Mentoring
10 58 (10.53%) Project Management
11 57 (10.34%) Manual Testing
12 46 (8.35%) Performance Testing
13 45 (8.17%) Unit Testing
13 45 (8.17%) Continuous Integration
14 44 (7.99%) Test Automation
15 41 (7.44%) Automation Testing
16 40 (7.26%) Service Delivery
17 39 (7.08%) User Acceptance Testing
17 39 (7.08%) System Testing
18 38 (6.90%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 199 (36.12%) SQL
2 121 (21.96%) C#
3 92 (16.70%) Java
4 72 (13.07%) JavaScript
5 34 (6.17%) PHP
6 25 (4.54%) T-SQL
7 20 (3.63%) PL/SQL
8 14 (2.54%) Ruby
9 13 (2.36%) Shell Script
10 12 (2.18%) C++
11 11 (2.00%) Python
11 11 (2.00%) C
12 8 (1.45%) Perl
13 5 (0.91%) VBA
14 4 (0.73%) VB
14 4 (0.73%) VB.NET
14 4 (0.73%) PowerShell
15 3 (0.54%) F#
15 3 (0.54%) PHP5
15 3 (0.54%) VB6
Qualifications
1 103 (18.69%) ISEB
1 103 (18.69%) Degree
2 75 (13.61%) ISTQB
3 31 (5.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 13 (2.36%) HND
5 6 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (0.73%) ISEB Practitioner
7 2 (0.36%) MCITP
7 2 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (0.36%) CISSP
7 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.18%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.18%) MCSE
8 1 (0.18%) PhD
8 1 (0.18%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.18%) Security Cleared
8 1 (0.18%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.81%) SLA
2 5 (0.91%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.73%) GMP
3 4 (0.73%) HL7
3 4 (0.73%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.54%) GAMP
4 3 (0.54%) 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 5 (0.91%) Active Directory
1 5 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.18%) Docker
Systems Management
1 31 (5.63%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (0.73%) Puppet
4 2 (0.36%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 2 (0.36%) SCOM
5 1 (0.18%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 96 (17.42%) Microsoft
2 48 (8.71%) Oracle
3 19 (3.45%) HP
4 12 (2.18%) IBM
5 10 (1.81%) Telerik
5 10 (1.81%) Actimize
6 9 (1.63%) Zend
7 7 (1.27%) Nortel
7 7 (1.27%) Ericsson
7 7 (1.27%) Nokia
8 5 (0.91%) Sun
8 5 (0.91%) VMware
9 3 (0.54%) Teradata
9 3 (0.54%) Sage
9 3 (0.54%) Xamarin
9 3 (0.54%) Red Hat
9 3 (0.54%) Citrix
9 3 (0.54%) Juniper
9 3 (0.54%) Wonderware
10 2 (0.36%) JD Edwards
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Posted: 4 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000-42,000
Posted: 5 hours ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Posted: 5 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Flex-Time
Posted: 6 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Twenty Recruitment Group
Posted: 9 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Hudson IT
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
Lancashire
Premier Engineering
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
Experis Engineering
Salary: Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Southport, Merseyside
Experian
Salary: Pension, bonus scheme
Posted: Yesterday
Southport, Merseyside
Experian
Salary: Pension, bonus scheme
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Ashdown IT
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + substantial benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Preston, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Greater Manchester
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £25k
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Peninsula
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + excellent benefits package
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Experis Engineering
Salary: Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + competitive benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £40000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + Package
Posted: 2 days ago