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 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 69 62 106
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +44
Permanent jobs citing QA 250 266 193
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 3.59% 4.10% 2.46%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.34% 51.06% 38.68%
Number of salaries quoted 207 185 166
Average salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £47,750 £55,000 £45,250
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year
- +2.56%
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
652 521 499
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 9.37% 8.03% 6.37%
Number of salaries quoted 549 407 417
Average salary £38,500 £40,000 £38,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-3.74% +5.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,800 £25,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £54,100 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,500 £40,000 £40,500
% change year-on-year
+1.25% -1.23%

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 January 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 30 January 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 +10 150 £37,500 -2.59% 38
Cheshire -35 51 £32,500 -22.61% 10
Merseyside +8 24 £41,000 +17.14% 9
Lancashire +1 20 £48,500 +29.33% 5
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 286 (46.89%) Agile Software Development
2 229 (37.54%) SQL
3 184 (30.16%) Finance
4 144 (23.61%) .NET
5 127 (20.82%) C#
6 120 (19.67%) SQL Server
7 117 (19.18%) ISEB
8 108 (17.70%) Software Testing
9 101 (16.56%) Windows
9 101 (16.56%) Automated Testing
10 99 (16.23%) Test Scripting
11 96 (15.74%) Degree
12 92 (15.08%) Selenium
12 92 (15.08%) Java
13 81 (13.28%) Project Management
14 78 (12.79%) Manual Testing
15 75 (12.30%) Microsoft
16 73 (11.97%) Oracle
17 69 (11.31%) ASP.NET
18 67 (10.98%) Linux
18 67 (10.98%) ISTQB
19 65 (10.66%) User Acceptance Testing
19 65 (10.66%) Mentoring
20 62 (10.16%) Scrum
21 60 (9.84%) T-SQL
21 60 (9.84%) Analytical Skills
22 58 (9.51%) QuickTest Pro
22 58 (9.51%) Regression Testing
23 54 (8.85%) Automation Testing
24 52 (8.52%) Performance Tuning

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 13 (2.13%) IIS
2 11 (1.80%) Tomcat
3 10 (1.64%) Apache
4 9 (1.48%) CMS
5 8 (1.31%) WebSphere
5 8 (1.31%) WebLogic
5 8 (1.31%) SAS
6 7 (1.15%) Node.js
7 6 (0.98%) nginx
7 6 (0.98%) Umbraco
7 6 (0.98%) WordPress
8 4 (0.66%) Jetty
9 2 (0.33%) Moodle
9 2 (0.33%) Drupal
9 2 (0.33%) JBoss
9 2 (0.33%) SharePoint
10 1 (0.16%) Lync
Applications
1 32 (5.25%) MS Excel
2 28 (4.59%) MS Office
3 7 (1.15%) MS Project
4 5 (0.82%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.66%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.49%) Mingle
7 2 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.33%) RoboHelp
8 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 17 (2.79%) Oracle EBS
1 17 (2.79%) Oracle General Ledger
1 17 (2.79%) Oracle EBS R12
1 17 (2.79%) Oracle Payables
1 17 (2.79%) Oracle Receivables
1 17 (2.79%) Oracle Assets
2 15 (2.46%) Oracle Cash Management
3 13 (2.13%) Oracle Financials
4 6 (0.98%) Magento
5 5 (0.82%) SAP CRM
5 5 (0.82%) CA Clarity
6 4 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.62%) SaaS
2 9 (1.48%) Amazon EC2
2 9 (1.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (0.82%) Amazon S3
4 4 (0.66%) Google Cloud Platform
4 4 (0.66%) Trello
4 4 (0.66%) Google App Engine
4 4 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.49%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.33%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.46%) TCP/IP
2 13 (2.13%) HTTP
3 11 (1.80%) LAN
3 11 (1.80%) Internet
4 10 (1.64%) WAN
5 5 (0.82%) ATM
5 5 (0.82%) Firewall
6 4 (0.66%) IPsec
6 4 (0.66%) DHCP
6 4 (0.66%) FTP
6 4 (0.66%) DNS
7 3 (0.49%) SAN
8 2 (0.33%) Wireless
8 2 (0.33%) Intranet
9 1 (0.16%) Broadband
9 1 (0.16%) GSM
9 1 (0.16%) SSL
9 1 (0.16%) UMTS
9 1 (0.16%) DMZ
9 1 (0.16%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 120 (19.67%) SQL Server
2 20 (3.28%) Relational Database
3 18 (2.95%) BusinessObjects
4 16 (2.62%) MS Access
5 13 (2.13%) MySQL
5 13 (2.13%) Big Data
6 12 (1.97%) Data Warehouse
7 11 (1.80%) SAP Data Services
8 9 (1.48%) Hadoop
8 9 (1.48%) Oracle Database
8 9 (1.48%) NoSQL
9 8 (1.31%) MongoDB
9 8 (1.31%) QlikView
10 7 (1.15%) Crystal Reports
10 7 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 7 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.82%) SQL Server 2000
12 5 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
12 5 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 92 (15.08%) Selenium
2 58 (9.51%) QuickTest Pro
3 40 (6.56%) Team Foundation Server
4 37 (6.07%) JIRA
5 24 (3.93%) Cucumber
6 23 (3.77%) WebDriver
7 21 (3.44%) SoapUI
8 18 (2.95%) Jenkins
8 18 (2.95%) Hudson
9 14 (2.30%) WatiN
10 13 (2.13%) TeamCity
10 13 (2.13%) MSTest
11 12 (1.97%) FitNesse
12 10 (1.64%) LSMW
12 10 (1.64%) Visual Studio
13 9 (1.48%) Subversion
13 9 (1.48%) SpecFlow
13 9 (1.48%) Selenium IDE
14 8 (1.31%) Git (software)
14 8 (1.31%) TestDirector
General
1 184 (30.16%) Finance
2 29 (4.75%) Banking
3 22 (3.61%) Retail
4 12 (1.97%) Marketing
5 10 (1.64%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.31%) French Language
6 8 (1.31%) Spanish Language
6 8 (1.31%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.31%) Advertising
7 6 (0.98%) Games
8 4 (0.66%) General Ledger
8 4 (0.66%) German Language
8 4 (0.66%) Italian Language
8 4 (0.66%) Turkish Language
8 4 (0.66%) Electronics
8 4 (0.66%) Legal
9 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.49%) Billing
9 3 (0.49%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 143 (23.44%) Analyst
2 107 (17.54%) Tester
3 87 (14.26%) Test Analyst
4 62 (10.16%) Developer
5 57 (9.34%) Software Tester
6 47 (7.70%) QA Tester
7 46 (7.54%) Team Leader
8 44 (7.21%) DBA
9 43 (7.05%) Project Manager
10 40 (6.56%) QA Analyst
11 37 (6.07%) QA Engineer
12 35 (5.74%) Software Engineer
13 31 (5.08%) Test Engineer
14 28 (4.59%) Consultant
15 24 (3.93%) SQL DBA
15 24 (3.93%) QA Manager
16 23 (3.77%) Software Team Leader
17 22 (3.61%) Development Team Leader
17 22 (3.61%) Software Test Engineer
17 22 (3.61%) .NET Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (23.61%) .NET
2 69 (11.31%) ASP.NET
3 51 (8.36%) HTML
4 46 (7.54%) XML
5 38 (6.23%) .NET Framework
6 32 (5.25%) CSS
7 29 (4.75%) SOAP
7 29 (4.75%) Web Services
8 25 (4.10%) HTML5
9 20 (3.28%) AngularJS
10 13 (2.13%) Middleware
11 12 (1.97%) CSS3
11 12 (1.97%) FIX Protocol
12 11 (1.80%) REST
13 10 (1.64%) jQuery
13 10 (1.64%) XSLT
14 9 (1.48%) WSDL
14 9 (1.48%) J2EE
15 7 (1.15%) Backbone.js
16 6 (0.98%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 60 (9.84%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (6.07%) Computer Science
3 22 (3.61%) iSeries
4 20 (3.28%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.79%) Enterprise Software
6 15 (2.46%) Animation
7 14 (2.30%) User Experience
8 13 (2.13%) Open Source
9 11 (1.80%) Mobile App
10 9 (1.48%) AS400
10 9 (1.48%) Data Integration
10 9 (1.48%) FMCG
11 8 (1.31%) Algorithms
11 8 (1.31%) Visualisation
12 7 (1.15%) Client/Server
12 7 (1.15%) Fixed Income
13 5 (0.82%) CMDB
13 5 (0.82%) PDA
14 4 (0.66%) Robotics
14 4 (0.66%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 101 (16.56%) Windows
2 67 (10.98%) Linux
3 22 (3.61%) UNIX
4 21 (3.44%) Android
4 21 (3.44%) Apple iOS
5 5 (0.82%) Mac OS X
6 4 (0.66%) Windows Phone
7 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.16%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 286 (46.89%) Agile Software Development
2 108 (17.70%) Software Testing
3 101 (16.56%) Automated Testing
4 99 (16.23%) Test Scripting
5 81 (13.28%) Project Management
6 78 (12.79%) Manual Testing
7 65 (10.66%) User Acceptance Testing
7 65 (10.66%) Mentoring
8 62 (10.16%) Scrum
9 58 (9.51%) Regression Testing
10 54 (8.85%) Automation Testing
11 52 (8.52%) Performance Tuning
11 52 (8.52%) ITIL
12 48 (7.87%) Test Automation
13 47 (7.70%) Unit Testing
14 43 (7.05%) Test Management
15 38 (6.23%) E-Commerce
16 37 (6.07%) Time Management
17 35 (5.74%) Waterfall
18 34 (5.57%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 229 (37.54%) SQL
2 127 (20.82%) C#
3 92 (15.08%) Java
4 60 (9.84%) T-SQL
5 52 (8.52%) JavaScript
6 37 (6.07%) C++
7 29 (4.75%) Python
8 22 (3.61%) RPG
9 19 (3.11%) PHP
10 18 (2.95%) PL/SQL
11 12 (1.97%) PowerShell
11 12 (1.97%) C
12 10 (1.64%) ABAP
13 9 (1.48%) VB.NET
14 8 (1.31%) Ruby
14 8 (1.31%) Shell Script
14 8 (1.31%) VB
15 7 (1.15%) Perl
16 6 (0.98%) VB6
17 4 (0.66%) F#
Qualifications
1 117 (19.18%) ISEB
2 96 (15.74%) Degree
3 67 (10.98%) ISTQB
4 19 (3.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 16 (2.62%) HND
6 3 (0.49%) MCP
6 3 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 3 (0.49%) ISEB Practitioner
6 3 (0.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.16%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.16%) Chartered Engineer
7 1 (0.16%) MCITP
7 1 (0.16%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (0.98%) ISO 9001
2 3 (0.49%) SLA
3 1 (0.16%) GMP
3 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 12207
3 1 (0.16%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 13 (2.13%) Active Directory
1 13 (2.13%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (0.98%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (0.66%) Xen
3 4 (0.66%) Terminal Server
4 2 (0.33%) XenApp
4 2 (0.33%) XenDesktop
4 2 (0.33%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.33%) Firmware
5 1 (0.16%) Varnish
5 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 26 (4.26%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.66%) Ansible
2 4 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (0.66%) Puppet
3 2 (0.33%) XenMobile
4 1 (0.16%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 75 (12.30%) Microsoft
2 73 (11.97%) Oracle
3 25 (4.10%) VMware
4 18 (2.95%) Business Objects
5 17 (2.79%) SAP
5 17 (2.79%) Telerik
6 11 (1.80%) JD Edwards
7 9 (1.48%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (1.31%) HP
8 8 (1.31%) Cognos
9 7 (1.15%) IBM
9 7 (1.15%) Teradata
10 6 (0.98%) Citrix
11 5 (0.82%) CA
11 5 (0.82%) Sun
11 5 (0.82%) Autodesk
11 5 (0.82%) Twilio
12 4 (0.66%) Eloqua
12 4 (0.66%) Google
12 4 (0.66%) Actimize
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Circle Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £42000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 12 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus, Pension, Heallthcare
Posted: 13 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £38000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
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Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 14 hours ago
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Salary: £26k per year + Benefits
Posted: 14 hours ago
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Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Salary: £32000 - £35000 per annum + competitive benefits
Posted: 15 hours ago
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4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £48000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 15 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
System C Healthcare
Salary: Competitive salary & attractive benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Salary: Up to £40,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Greater Manchester
Talent Spa
Salary: £24,500 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
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Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
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Posted: 2 days ago
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Technology Sourcing Limited
Salary: From £30,000 to £37,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Technology Sourcing Limited
Salary: From £22,000 to £31,000 per annum + Benefits
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The MRJ Group
Salary: £55000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits
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Salary: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £24000 - £30000 per annum + bens
Posted: 2 days ago
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Salary: £35000 - £38000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare, Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
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