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 16 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 48 88 62
Rank change year-on-year
+40 -26
Permanent jobs citing QA 340 180 301
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.63% 2.62% 4.07%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 51.13% 35.86% 42.57%
Number of salaries quoted 293 128 221
Average salary £40,000 £32,500 £35,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+23.07% -8.45%
90% offered a salary of more than £29,000 £22,500 £23,650
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £45,800 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-2.50% -
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
665 502 707
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 9.05% 7.31% 9.56%
Number of salaries quoted 539 405 560
Average salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £22,500 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £41,000
% change year-on-year
- -2.43%

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 16 September 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 16 September 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 +56 187 £40,000 +23.07% 35
Cheshire -7 83 £35,000 +6.06% 25
Merseyside +26 32 £40,000 +14.28% 11
Lancashire +14 23 £47,000 +64.91% 8
Cumbria +3 1 £55,000 +69.23% 2
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 September 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.

1 266 (44.11%) Agile Software Development
2 220 (36.48%) SQL
3 130 (21.56%) Windows
4 109 (18.08%) C#
4 109 (18.08%) Project Management
5 104 (17.25%) Java
6 100 (16.58%) .NET
7 99 (16.42%) Automated Testing
8 97 (16.09%) Software Testing
9 89 (14.76%) Selenium
10 88 (14.59%) ISEB
10 88 (14.59%) Finance
11 87 (14.43%) HTML
11 87 (14.43%) SQL Server
12 76 (12.60%) Degree
13 73 (12.11%) JavaScript
14 72 (11.94%) Linux
15 64 (10.61%) Scrum
16 60 (9.95%) E-Commerce
17 58 (9.62%) QuickTest Pro
18 57 (9.45%) ASP.NET
19 56 (9.29%) Oracle
19 56 (9.29%) Microsoft
19 56 (9.29%) Manual Testing
20 52 (8.62%) Automation Testing
21 51 (8.46%) Test Scripting
22 45 (7.46%) Continuous Integration
23 43 (7.13%) CSS
24 42 (6.97%) C++
24 42 (6.97%) Computer Science

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 27 (4.48%) Tomcat
2 18 (2.99%) IIS
3 15 (2.49%) Apache
4 11 (1.82%) WebSphere
5 10 (1.66%) TIBCO EMS
5 10 (1.66%) Confluence
6 9 (1.49%) Node.js
6 9 (1.49%) SharePoint
6 9 (1.49%) SAS
7 6 (1.00%) WebLogic
7 6 (1.00%) Lync
8 5 (0.83%) Jetty
8 5 (0.83%) nginx
8 5 (0.83%) WebSphere Application Server
8 5 (0.83%) Oracle Spatial
9 3 (0.50%) CMS
10 2 (0.33%) Site Server
10 2 (0.33%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.17%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 24 (3.98%) MS Excel
2 16 (2.65%) MS Office
3 11 (1.82%) Photoshop
4 4 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.50%) MS Project
6 2 (0.33%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.17%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (1.66%) BusinessWorks
2 5 (0.83%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.66%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.66%) Oracle General Ledger
3 4 (0.66%) Oracle Payables
3 4 (0.66%) Oracle Receivables
3 4 (0.66%) Oracle Assets
4 3 (0.50%) CA Clarity
5 1 (0.17%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.17%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle HRMS
5 1 (0.17%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 19 (3.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (2.32%) Amazon EC2
3 9 (1.49%) Amazon S3
4 8 (1.33%) SaaS
4 8 (1.33%) Office 365
5 5 (0.83%) Google App Engine
5 5 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.17%) IBM Blueworks
6 1 (0.17%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.65%) HTTP
2 14 (2.32%) LAN
3 13 (2.16%) Internet
3 13 (2.16%) WAN
4 9 (1.49%) AMQP
4 9 (1.49%) SAN
5 8 (1.33%) VPN
6 7 (1.16%) LDAP
6 7 (1.16%) TCP/IP
7 6 (1.00%) DNS
7 6 (1.00%) SSL
8 5 (0.83%) DHCP
8 5 (0.83%) FTP
8 5 (0.83%) IPsec
9 2 (0.33%) VLAN
9 2 (0.33%) Firewall
9 2 (0.33%) Wireless
9 2 (0.33%) Extranet
9 2 (0.33%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.33%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (14.43%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.99%) DB2
3 17 (2.82%) Oracle Database
3 17 (2.82%) BusinessObjects
4 15 (2.49%) Relational Database
5 13 (2.16%) SAP Data Services
6 12 (1.99%) MS Access
6 12 (1.99%) Big Data
7 10 (1.66%) Oracle Database 11g
8 9 (1.49%) MongoDB
9 6 (1.00%) Crystal Reports
9 6 (1.00%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (0.83%) MySQL
10 5 (0.83%) SQL Server 2000
10 5 (0.83%) QlikView
11 3 (0.50%) RavenDB
11 3 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
11 3 (0.50%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 89 (14.76%) Selenium
2 58 (9.62%) QuickTest Pro
3 26 (4.31%) Cucumber
4 24 (3.98%) Hudson
4 24 (3.98%) WebDriver
5 23 (3.81%) JUnit
6 21 (3.48%) JIRA
7 20 (3.32%) Selenium IDE
8 18 (2.99%) Jenkins
9 14 (2.32%) TestPartner
9 14 (2.32%) Subversion
9 14 (2.32%) Eclipse
9 14 (2.32%) LoadRunner
10 13 (2.16%) SoapUI
10 13 (2.16%) Visual Studio
11 12 (1.99%) LSMW
11 12 (1.99%) jMock
11 12 (1.99%) QALoad
11 12 (1.99%) SilkPerformer
11 12 (1.99%) EasyMock
General
1 88 (14.59%) Finance
2 13 (2.16%) Telecoms
2 13 (2.16%) Banking
3 12 (1.99%) Marketing
4 11 (1.82%) Retail
5 8 (1.33%) Games
6 6 (1.00%) Legal
7 5 (0.83%) French Language
7 5 (0.83%) German Language
7 5 (0.83%) Italian Language
7 5 (0.83%) Spanish Language
7 5 (0.83%) Turkish Language
8 4 (0.66%) General Ledger
8 4 (0.66%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.66%) Advertising
8 4 (0.66%) Law
9 3 (0.50%) Electronics
10 2 (0.33%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.17%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 142 (23.55%) Analyst
2 101 (16.75%) Developer
3 60 (9.95%) Tester
4 59 (9.78%) Test Analyst
5 46 (7.63%) Software Tester
6 42 (6.97%) Project Manager
7 35 (5.80%) Software Engineer
8 33 (5.47%) Team Leader
9 31 (5.14%) Consultant
10 30 (4.98%) QA Analyst
11 29 (4.81%) Test Manager
12 28 (4.64%) Senior Analyst
13 27 (4.48%) Business Analyst
14 25 (4.15%) QA Engineer
15 21 (3.48%) Java Developer
16 19 (3.15%) Test Engineer
17 18 (2.99%) Automation Engineer
18 16 (2.65%) Software Manager
19 15 (2.49%) Senior Test Analyst
19 15 (2.49%) Implementation Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 100 (16.58%) .NET
2 87 (14.43%) HTML
3 57 (9.45%) ASP.NET
4 43 (7.13%) CSS
5 40 (6.63%) XML
6 31 (5.14%) Web Services
7 27 (4.48%) HTML5
8 25 (4.15%) SOAP
9 20 (3.32%) Java EE
9 20 (3.32%) JMS
10 19 (3.15%) J2EE
11 18 (2.99%) JSON
12 17 (2.82%) AngularJS
12 17 (2.82%) JSP
12 17 (2.82%) Hibernate
12 17 (2.82%) Spring
13 16 (2.65%) .NET Framework
14 13 (2.16%) XHTML
15 12 (1.99%) Ajax
15 12 (1.99%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 42 (6.97%) Computer Science
2 39 (6.47%) Enterprise Software
3 38 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (3.32%) Open Source
5 17 (2.82%) Client/Server
6 13 (2.16%) Mobile App
7 12 (1.99%) iSeries
8 6 (1.00%) PDA
8 6 (1.00%) Data Integration
9 5 (0.83%) GIS
9 5 (0.83%) Replication
9 5 (0.83%) Wiki
9 5 (0.83%) Blog
10 4 (0.66%) Management Information System
10 4 (0.66%) PMI
10 4 (0.66%) User Experience
11 3 (0.50%) N-Tier
11 3 (0.50%) NHS
11 3 (0.50%) HACMP
11 3 (0.50%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 130 (21.56%) Windows
2 72 (11.94%) Linux
3 28 (4.64%) UNIX
4 25 (4.15%) Windows Server 2003
5 21 (3.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 17 (2.82%) Android
7 16 (2.65%) Apple iOS
8 12 (1.99%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (1.33%) Solaris
10 8 (1.33%) Windows Phone
11 6 (1.00%) Mac OS X
11 6 (1.00%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.66%) AIX
13 3 (0.50%) Windows 2000
14 2 (0.33%) Windows XP
15 1 (0.17%) VMS
15 1 (0.17%) Windows NT
15 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.17%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 266 (44.11%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (18.08%) Project Management
3 99 (16.42%) Automated Testing
4 97 (16.09%) Software Testing
5 64 (10.61%) Scrum
6 60 (9.95%) E-Commerce
7 56 (9.29%) Manual Testing
8 52 (8.62%) Automation Testing
9 51 (8.46%) Test Scripting
10 45 (7.46%) Continuous Integration
11 40 (6.63%) User Acceptance Testing
11 40 (6.63%) Software Engineering
11 40 (6.63%) Waterfall
12 38 (6.30%) Test Automation
13 34 (5.64%) ITIL
13 34 (5.64%) TDD
14 33 (5.47%) Load Testing
15 30 (4.98%) Unit Testing
15 30 (4.98%) Line Management
16 28 (4.64%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 220 (36.48%) SQL
2 109 (18.08%) C#
3 104 (17.25%) Java
4 73 (12.11%) JavaScript
5 42 (6.97%) C++
6 39 (6.47%) T-SQL
7 28 (4.64%) Python
8 25 (4.15%) C
9 22 (3.65%) Ruby
10 17 (2.82%) Perl
11 16 (2.65%) Shell Script
12 12 (1.99%) RPG
12 12 (1.99%) ABAP
13 10 (1.66%) PHP
14 7 (1.16%) VBA
14 7 (1.16%) VB
14 7 (1.16%) VB.NET
15 6 (1.00%) VB6
15 6 (1.00%) PL/SQL
15 6 (1.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 88 (14.59%) ISEB
2 76 (12.60%) Degree
3 34 (5.64%) ISTQB
4 22 (3.65%) HND
5 21 (3.48%) Security Cleared
6 16 (2.65%) SC Cleared
7 13 (2.16%) HNC
8 6 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (0.83%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.66%) APMP
11 3 (0.50%) DV Cleared
11 3 (0.50%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.33%) MCP
12 2 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.33%) Six Sigma Green Belt
13 1 (0.17%) PMP
13 1 (0.17%) MCSE
13 1 (0.17%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.65%) SLA
2 5 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.66%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.50%) GMP
5 2 (0.33%) GLP
6 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.17%) GAMP
System Software
1 26 (4.31%) Active Directory
2 25 (4.15%) XenApp
3 22 (3.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (3.15%) Hyper-V
5 17 (2.82%) XenDesktop
6 9 (1.49%) MetaFrame
6 9 (1.49%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 9 (1.49%) Oracle RAC
7 6 (1.00%) Tivoli Directory Server
8 5 (0.83%) Xen
9 4 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.50%) PowerHA
10 3 (0.50%) Oracle RMAN
11 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 15 (2.49%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.66%) TIBCO Hawk
2 10 (1.66%) Tivoli
3 6 (1.00%) Tivoli Identity Manager
4 5 (0.83%) Ansible
4 5 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (0.83%) Puppet
5 4 (0.66%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 3 (0.50%) Data Guard
7 2 (0.33%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.17%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.17%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.17%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 56 (9.29%) Oracle
1 56 (9.29%) Microsoft
2 29 (4.81%) Citrix
3 26 (4.31%) VMware
4 22 (3.65%) Red Hat
5 17 (2.82%) Business Objects
6 16 (2.65%) SAP
7 14 (2.32%) HP
8 13 (2.16%) TIBCO
9 12 (1.99%) IBM
10 11 (1.82%) JD Edwards
11 10 (1.66%) AppSense
11 10 (1.66%) Atlassian
11 10 (1.66%) EMC
12 9 (1.49%) Twilio
12 9 (1.49%) JBoss
13 5 (0.83%) Cognos
13 5 (0.83%) Google
14 4 (0.66%) CA
15 3 (0.50%) Compuware
Cheshire
Spring Technology
Salary: £30000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: £ Excellent
Posted: 4 hours ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 35,000 + Benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: Competitive plus benefits
Posted: 22 hours ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management - Royal London
Salary: bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bootle, Merseyside
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £11.33 - £13.71 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: £17,000 - £22,000
Posted: Yesterday
Leigh, Lancashire
CCity IT
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + good benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Nantwich, Cheshire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum £25,000 to £35,000 + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management
Salary: £45000 - £53000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare, IIP, ISEB
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
Sanderson
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
360 Resourcing Solutions
Salary: £30k - 38k per year
Posted: 4 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Computer People
Salary: £35000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago