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 22 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 47 83 68
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -15
Permanent jobs citing QA 328 195 279
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.42% 2.74% 3.78%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 50.62% 35.20% 42.66%
Number of salaries quoted 285 147 203
Average salary £40,000 £32,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+23.07% -7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £28,817 £22,500 £22,425
10% offered a salary of more than £54,000 £46,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £39,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-1.25% -
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
648 554 654
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 8.72% 7.79% 8.86%
Number of salaries quoted 524 452 518
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 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £57,500 £57,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £41,500
% change year-on-year
- -3.61%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 +57 184 £40,000 +23.07% 28
Cheshire -4 89 £35,000 +6.06% 15
Merseyside +14 28 £42,500 +41.66% 5
Lancashire +5 17 £47,000 +67.86% 6
Cumbria 0 1 £55,000 +69.23%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 217 (37.80%) SQL
2 136 (23.69%) Agile Software Development
3 135 (23.52%) Windows
4 116 (20.21%) C#
5 108 (18.82%) Project Management
6 103 (17.94%) .NET
7 102 (17.77%) Java
8 99 (17.25%) HTML
9 94 (16.38%) Automated Testing
10 92 (16.03%) Software Testing
11 87 (15.16%) JavaScript
12 85 (14.81%) ISEB
13 84 (14.63%) Selenium
14 80 (13.94%) SQL Server
15 77 (13.41%) Finance
16 74 (12.89%) Degree
17 67 (11.67%) Linux
18 66 (11.50%) ASP.NET
19 63 (10.98%) E-Commerce
20 56 (9.76%) Microsoft
21 55 (9.58%) XML
21 55 (9.58%) QuickTest Pro
21 55 (9.58%) Scrum
22 51 (8.89%) CSS
23 50 (8.71%) Oracle
23 50 (8.71%) Test Scripting
24 48 (8.36%) Automation Testing
25 47 (8.19%) Enterprise Software
25 47 (8.19%) Computer Science
26 46 (8.01%) Manual Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 24 (4.18%) Tomcat
2 16 (2.79%) IIS
3 12 (2.09%) TIBCO EMS
3 12 (2.09%) Apache
4 10 (1.74%) Confluence
4 10 (1.74%) WebSphere
5 9 (1.57%) SharePoint
5 9 (1.57%) Node.js
6 6 (1.05%) Lync
6 6 (1.05%) SAS
6 6 (1.05%) WebSphere Application Server
7 5 (0.87%) Oracle Spatial
8 4 (0.70%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.52%) Jetty
9 3 (0.52%) nginx
10 2 (0.35%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.35%) Site Server
10 2 (0.35%) CMS
11 1 (0.17%) Oracle HTTP Server
11 1 (0.17%) GlassFish
Applications
1 27 (4.70%) MS Excel
2 14 (2.44%) Photoshop
3 13 (2.26%) MS Office
4 4 (0.70%) RoboHelp
5 3 (0.52%) MS Project
6 2 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.17%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (2.09%) BusinessWorks
2 5 (0.87%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.70%) Oracle Payables
3 4 (0.70%) Oracle Receivables
3 4 (0.70%) Oracle Assets
3 4 (0.70%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.70%) Oracle General Ledger
3 4 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.35%) CA Clarity
4 2 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.17%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.17%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle HRMS
5 1 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.17%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (2.09%) Amazon EC2
3 9 (1.57%) Amazon S3
4 8 (1.39%) Office 365
5 5 (0.87%) SaaS
6 3 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.52%) Google App Engine
7 1 (0.17%) Trello
7 1 (0.17%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.61%) Internet
2 14 (2.44%) HTTP
3 12 (2.09%) LAN
3 12 (2.09%) WAN
4 9 (1.57%) SAN
4 9 (1.57%) AMQP
5 8 (1.39%) VPN
6 7 (1.22%) LDAP
7 6 (1.05%) TCP/IP
7 6 (1.05%) SSL
8 4 (0.70%) DNS
8 4 (0.70%) VoIP
9 3 (0.52%) IPsec
9 3 (0.52%) Wireless
9 3 (0.52%) DHCP
9 3 (0.52%) FTP
9 3 (0.52%) VLAN
10 2 (0.35%) iSCSI
10 2 (0.35%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.35%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (13.94%) SQL Server
2 23 (4.01%) DB2
3 19 (3.31%) Oracle Database
4 15 (2.61%) Relational Database
5 12 (2.09%) Oracle Database 11g
6 10 (1.74%) BusinessObjects
7 9 (1.57%) SAP Data Services
7 9 (1.57%) MongoDB
8 8 (1.39%) Big Data
8 8 (1.39%) MS Access
9 7 (1.22%) MySQL
10 6 (1.05%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (0.87%) SQL Server 2000
11 5 (0.87%) Crystal Reports
11 5 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.70%) SQLite
13 3 (0.52%) RavenDB
14 2 (0.35%) Hadoop
14 2 (0.35%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 84 (14.63%) Selenium
2 55 (9.58%) QuickTest Pro
3 25 (4.36%) Cucumber
4 24 (4.18%) WebDriver
5 23 (4.01%) JUnit
5 23 (4.01%) Hudson
6 22 (3.83%) JIRA
7 21 (3.66%) Selenium IDE
8 19 (3.31%) Eclipse
8 19 (3.31%) Subversion
9 18 (3.14%) Jenkins
10 15 (2.61%) Visual Studio
10 15 (2.61%) Mercurial
11 14 (2.44%) Git (software)
12 13 (2.26%) LoadRunner
12 13 (2.26%) TestPartner
13 12 (2.09%) TeamCity
14 11 (1.92%) SilkPerformer
14 11 (1.92%) jMock
14 11 (1.92%) QALoad
General
1 77 (13.41%) Finance
2 13 (2.26%) Marketing
3 11 (1.92%) Banking
3 11 (1.92%) Retail
4 9 (1.57%) Telecoms
4 9 (1.57%) Games
5 5 (0.87%) Legal
6 4 (0.70%) General Ledger
6 4 (0.70%) Law
6 4 (0.70%) Back Office
7 3 (0.52%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.52%) Advertising
7 3 (0.52%) Publishing
7 3 (0.52%) German Language
7 3 (0.52%) Italian Language
7 3 (0.52%) Turkish Language
8 2 (0.35%) French Language
8 2 (0.35%) Spanish Language
8 2 (0.35%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.35%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 141 (24.56%) Analyst
2 114 (19.86%) Developer
3 58 (10.10%) Test Analyst
3 58 (10.10%) Tester
4 48 (8.36%) Software Tester
5 35 (6.10%) Project Manager
6 31 (5.40%) Software Engineer
7 30 (5.23%) QA Analyst
8 29 (5.05%) Team Leader
9 27 (4.70%) Senior Analyst
10 26 (4.53%) Test Manager
11 25 (4.36%) Consultant
12 24 (4.18%) Business Analyst
13 23 (4.01%) Java Developer
14 18 (3.14%) Automation Engineer
14 18 (3.14%) C# Developer
14 18 (3.14%) Test Engineer
15 17 (2.96%) QA Engineer
16 15 (2.61%) Development Team Leader
17 14 (2.44%) Implementation Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 103 (17.94%) .NET
2 99 (17.25%) HTML
3 66 (11.50%) ASP.NET
4 55 (9.58%) XML
5 51 (8.89%) CSS
6 36 (6.27%) Web Services
7 34 (5.92%) HTML5
8 30 (5.23%) SOAP
9 23 (4.01%) JMS
10 21 (3.66%) JSON
10 21 (3.66%) JSP
11 19 (3.31%) J2EE
11 19 (3.31%) Java EE
11 19 (3.31%) Ajax
12 18 (3.14%) Spring
12 18 (3.14%) Hibernate
13 17 (2.96%) XHTML
13 17 (2.96%) AngularJS
14 15 (2.61%) jQuery
15 14 (2.44%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 47 (8.19%) Enterprise Software
1 47 (8.19%) Computer Science
2 19 (3.31%) Open Source
3 16 (2.79%) Client/Server
4 15 (2.61%) Mobile App
5 9 (1.57%) iSeries
6 7 (1.22%) NHS
7 6 (1.05%) PDA
8 5 (0.87%) GIS
8 5 (0.87%) N-Tier
8 5 (0.87%) Replication
8 5 (0.87%) Wiki
9 4 (0.70%) SystemC
9 4 (0.70%) PMI
9 4 (0.70%) HACMP
10 3 (0.52%) Management Information System
10 3 (0.52%) Blog
10 3 (0.52%) Data Integration
11 2 (0.35%) Mobile Banking
11 2 (0.35%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 135 (23.52%) Windows
2 67 (11.67%) Linux
3 28 (4.88%) Windows Server 2003
4 23 (4.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 22 (3.83%) UNIX
6 17 (2.96%) Android
7 14 (2.44%) Apple iOS
8 13 (2.26%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (1.74%) Mac OS X
10 9 (1.57%) Windows Server 2012
10 9 (1.57%) Windows 7
11 8 (1.39%) Windows Phone
11 8 (1.39%) Solaris
12 4 (0.70%) AIX
13 3 (0.52%) Windows 2000
14 2 (0.35%) Windows XP
15 1 (0.17%) Windows NT
15 1 (0.17%) VMS
15 1 (0.17%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (23.69%) Agile Software Development
2 108 (18.82%) Project Management
3 94 (16.38%) Automated Testing
4 92 (16.03%) Software Testing
5 63 (10.98%) E-Commerce
6 55 (9.58%) Scrum
7 50 (8.71%) Test Scripting
8 48 (8.36%) Automation Testing
9 46 (8.01%) Manual Testing
10 45 (7.84%) Software Engineering
11 44 (7.67%) Continuous Integration
12 40 (6.97%) User Acceptance Testing
13 39 (6.79%) TDD
13 39 (6.79%) Test Automation
14 37 (6.45%) Load Testing
15 33 (5.75%) Waterfall
15 33 (5.75%) Unit Testing
16 31 (5.40%) SOA
17 29 (5.05%) ITIL
17 29 (5.05%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 217 (37.80%) SQL
2 116 (20.21%) C#
3 102 (17.77%) Java
4 87 (15.16%) JavaScript
5 42 (7.32%) C++
6 37 (6.45%) T-SQL
7 27 (4.70%) Python
8 26 (4.53%) Ruby
8 26 (4.53%) C
9 18 (3.14%) Shell Script
10 17 (2.96%) Perl
11 12 (2.09%) PHP
12 9 (1.57%) VBA
12 9 (1.57%) RPG
13 8 (1.39%) VB.NET
13 8 (1.39%) ABAP
14 7 (1.22%) VB
15 6 (1.05%) PowerShell
15 6 (1.05%) VB6
15 6 (1.05%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 85 (14.81%) ISEB
2 74 (12.89%) Degree
3 35 (6.10%) ISTQB
4 23 (4.01%) HND
5 21 (3.66%) Security Cleared
6 16 (2.79%) SC Cleared
6 16 (2.79%) HNC
7 7 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 7 (1.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 5 (0.87%) PMI Certification
8 5 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (0.70%) APMP
9 4 (0.70%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.52%) MCP
10 3 (0.52%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.35%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 1 (0.17%) MCSE
12 1 (0.17%) CCSP
12 1 (0.17%) CCNA
12 1 (0.17%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.48%) SLA
2 5 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.70%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.52%) GMP
5 2 (0.35%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.35%) GLP
6 1 (0.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.17%) GAMP
System Software
1 27 (4.70%) Active Directory
2 25 (4.36%) XenApp
3 20 (3.48%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (3.31%) Hyper-V
5 17 (2.96%) XenDesktop
6 10 (1.74%) Oracle RAC
7 9 (1.57%) MetaFrame
7 9 (1.57%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 6 (1.05%) Tivoli Directory Server
9 4 (0.70%) PowerHA
9 4 (0.70%) Oracle RMAN
9 4 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.52%) Xen
11 1 (0.17%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 12 (2.09%) HP Quality Center
1 12 (2.09%) TIBCO Hawk
2 10 (1.74%) Tivoli
3 6 (1.05%) Tivoli Identity Manager
4 4 (0.70%) Data Guard
4 4 (0.70%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 3 (0.52%) Backup Exec
5 3 (0.52%) Puppet
5 3 (0.52%) Ansible
5 3 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.17%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.17%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.17%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 56 (9.76%) Microsoft
2 50 (8.71%) Oracle
3 29 (5.05%) Citrix
4 24 (4.18%) VMware
5 23 (4.01%) Red Hat
6 17 (2.96%) TIBCO
7 14 (2.44%) HP
8 12 (2.09%) SAP
8 12 (2.09%) IBM
9 10 (1.74%) Atlassian
9 10 (1.74%) AppSense
9 10 (1.74%) Business Objects
10 9 (1.57%) EMC
10 9 (1.57%) Twilio
11 8 (1.39%) JBoss
12 7 (1.22%) JD Edwards
13 5 (0.87%) Perforce
14 4 (0.70%) Google
14 4 (0.70%) Apple
15 3 (0.52%) CA
Altrincham, Cheshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 5 hours ago
Nantwich, Cheshire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum £25,000 to £35,000 + Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
Preston, Lancashire
CSC
Salary: From £55,000 to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Northwich, Cheshire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Pension, Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ThoughtWorks
Posted: 11 hours ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Actis Recruitment.
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 per annum + excellent bonus + bens
Posted: 12 hours ago
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Client Server
Salary: £20k to £30k (multiple roles) + benefits
Posted: 14 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Laterooms Ltd
Salary: Competitive + bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
North West
Opal Tree Solutions
Salary: Excellent Package
Posted: Yesterday
Greater Manchester
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Salary: £40,000 - £50,000+ per annum depending on experien
Posted: 2 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £47000 - £53000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
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Salary: £28000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
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Sanderson
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Nantwich, Cheshire
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Salary: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago