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 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 61 66 97
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +31
Permanent jobs citing QA 300 264 213
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 4.10% 3.94% 2.68%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.38% 51.16% 40.19%
Number of salaries quoted 250 164 196
Average salary £37,500 £39,250 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-4.45% +12.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £25,700 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £53,250 £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
725 516 530
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 9.92% 7.69% 6.67%
Number of salaries quoted 614 377 467
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £22,950
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £55,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-1.23% +1.25%

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 24 December 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 24 December 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 +17 170 £37,750 +0.66% 19
Cheshire -23 71 £35,000 -22.22% 7
Merseyside +16 32 £40,000 +14.28% 1
Lancashire +4 17 £47,000 +25.33% 3
Cumbria -4 1 £42,000 +20.00%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

1 290 (44.55%) Agile Software Development
2 255 (39.17%) SQL
3 168 (25.81%) Finance
4 138 (21.20%) .NET
5 126 (19.35%) C#
6 121 (18.59%) Windows
7 115 (17.67%) Automated Testing
8 113 (17.36%) SQL Server
9 111 (17.05%) Software Testing
10 109 (16.74%) ISEB
11 107 (16.44%) Java
12 106 (16.28%) Degree
13 95 (14.59%) Project Management
14 89 (13.67%) Linux
15 86 (13.21%) Selenium
16 84 (12.90%) Test Scripting
17 77 (11.83%) Manual Testing
18 76 (11.67%) Oracle
19 71 (10.91%) Microsoft
20 68 (10.45%) Scrum
21 67 (10.29%) ASP.NET
22 62 (9.52%) ISTQB
23 60 (9.22%) HTML
23 60 (9.22%) User Acceptance Testing
24 57 (8.76%) QuickTest Pro
24 57 (8.76%) Mentoring
25 56 (8.60%) T-SQL
26 52 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
27 51 (7.83%) Regression Testing
27 51 (7.83%) Performance Tuning

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 16 (2.46%) Tomcat
2 15 (2.30%) IIS
3 14 (2.15%) WebSphere
4 12 (1.84%) SAS
5 11 (1.69%) Node.js
6 10 (1.54%) Apache
7 9 (1.38%) WebLogic
8 8 (1.23%) CMS
9 6 (0.92%) Umbraco
9 6 (0.92%) Confluence
10 5 (0.77%) Jetty
10 5 (0.77%) nginx
11 4 (0.61%) WordPress
11 4 (0.61%) WebSphere Application Server
11 4 (0.61%) JBoss
12 3 (0.46%) Oracle Spatial
13 2 (0.31%) TIBCO EMS
14 1 (0.15%) Lync
14 1 (0.15%) SharePoint
Applications
1 29 (4.45%) MS Excel
2 21 (3.23%) MS Office
3 6 (0.92%) MS Project
4 5 (0.77%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.61%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.46%) Mingle
7 1 (0.15%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.15%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (1.84%) Oracle EBS
1 12 (1.84%) Oracle General Ledger
1 12 (1.84%) Oracle EBS R12
1 12 (1.84%) Oracle Payables
1 12 (1.84%) Oracle Receivables
1 12 (1.84%) Oracle Assets
2 10 (1.54%) Oracle Cash Management
3 8 (1.23%) Oracle Financials
4 5 (0.77%) SAP CRM
4 5 (0.77%) CA Clarity
5 4 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.31%) Magento
7 2 (0.31%) BusinessWorks
8 1 (0.15%) SAP FI
8 1 (0.15%) Oracle CRM
8 1 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
8 1 (0.15%) SAP CO
8 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.30%) SaaS
2 14 (2.15%) Amazon EC2
3 13 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (1.38%) Amazon S3
5 8 (1.23%) Office 365
6 5 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (0.77%) Google App Engine
6 5 (0.77%) Google Cloud Platform
7 4 (0.61%) Trello
8 3 (0.46%) Amazon AWS
9 2 (0.31%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 20 (3.07%) LAN
2 19 (2.92%) WAN
3 16 (2.46%) TCP/IP
4 15 (2.30%) HTTP
5 10 (1.54%) Internet
6 8 (1.23%) VPN
6 8 (1.23%) SAN
7 6 (0.92%) Firewall
8 5 (0.77%) IPsec
8 5 (0.77%) AMQP
8 5 (0.77%) DNS
8 5 (0.77%) DHCP
8 5 (0.77%) FTP
9 4 (0.61%) ATM
10 3 (0.46%) LDAP
10 3 (0.46%) SSL
11 2 (0.31%) Intranet
11 2 (0.31%) Extranet
12 1 (0.15%) IP Telephony
12 1 (0.15%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (17.36%) SQL Server
2 23 (3.53%) BusinessObjects
3 21 (3.23%) MS Access
4 19 (2.92%) Big Data
5 18 (2.76%) Relational Database
6 16 (2.46%) SAP Data Services
7 13 (2.00%) Oracle Database
7 13 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (1.38%) Hadoop
8 9 (1.38%) MongoDB
8 9 (1.38%) NoSQL
9 8 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (1.23%) MySQL
9 8 (1.23%) Crystal Reports
9 8 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 8 (1.23%) QlikView
10 6 (0.92%) SQL Server 2000
10 6 (0.92%) DB2
10 6 (0.92%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 86 (13.21%) Selenium
2 57 (8.76%) QuickTest Pro
3 41 (6.30%) JIRA
4 36 (5.53%) Team Foundation Server
5 25 (3.84%) Cucumber
6 24 (3.69%) WebDriver
7 19 (2.92%) Hudson
7 19 (2.92%) SoapUI
8 15 (2.30%) Jenkins
8 15 (2.30%) LSMW
9 12 (1.84%) MSTest
9 12 (1.84%) FitNesse
9 12 (1.84%) WatiN
10 11 (1.69%) JUnit
10 11 (1.69%) Visual Studio
11 10 (1.54%) Selenium IDE
12 9 (1.38%) Subversion
12 9 (1.38%) TeamCity
13 7 (1.08%) LoadRunner
13 7 (1.08%) TestDirector
General
1 168 (25.81%) Finance
2 27 (4.15%) Banking
3 23 (3.53%) Retail
4 13 (2.00%) Marketing
5 11 (1.69%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.23%) Advertising
6 8 (1.23%) French Language
6 8 (1.23%) Spanish Language
7 7 (1.08%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.92%) Games
9 5 (0.77%) Electronics
9 5 (0.77%) Legal
9 5 (0.77%) Turkish Language
9 5 (0.77%) German Language
9 5 (0.77%) Italian Language
10 4 (0.61%) General Ledger
11 3 (0.46%) Billing
11 3 (0.46%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.31%) Publishing
12 2 (0.31%) Law
Job Titles
1 155 (23.81%) Analyst
2 85 (13.06%) Tester
3 80 (12.29%) Developer
4 76 (11.67%) Test Analyst
5 48 (7.37%) Project Manager
6 46 (7.07%) Software Tester
6 46 (7.07%) Team Leader
7 45 (6.91%) QA Analyst
8 42 (6.45%) QA Engineer
9 39 (5.99%) QA Tester
10 37 (5.68%) Software Engineer
10 37 (5.68%) DBA
11 32 (4.92%) Test Engineer
12 31 (4.76%) Consultant
13 26 (3.99%) Software Test Engineer
14 25 (3.84%) Business Analyst
15 24 (3.69%) Test Manager
15 24 (3.69%) QA Manager
15 24 (3.69%) Development Team Leader
15 24 (3.69%) .NET Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 138 (21.20%) .NET
2 67 (10.29%) ASP.NET
3 60 (9.22%) HTML
4 47 (7.22%) XML
5 39 (5.99%) .NET Framework
6 37 (5.68%) HTML5
7 33 (5.07%) Web Services
8 32 (4.92%) SOAP
8 32 (4.92%) CSS
9 22 (3.38%) AngularJS
10 15 (2.30%) Middleware
11 14 (2.15%) REST
12 12 (1.84%) JSON
12 12 (1.84%) FIX Protocol
12 12 (1.84%) J2EE
13 11 (1.69%) JMS
13 11 (1.69%) CSS3
13 11 (1.69%) Backbone.js
14 9 (1.38%) Java EE
14 9 (1.38%) Underscore.js
Miscellaneous
1 52 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (7.07%) Computer Science
3 24 (3.69%) iSeries
3 24 (3.69%) Enterprise Software
4 17 (2.61%) Management Information System
5 15 (2.30%) Animation
5 15 (2.30%) Open Source
5 15 (2.30%) Mobile App
6 14 (2.15%) Client/Server
7 13 (2.00%) User Experience
8 11 (1.69%) Algorithms
9 9 (1.38%) Data Integration
9 9 (1.38%) FMCG
10 8 (1.23%) Visualisation
11 7 (1.08%) PDA
11 7 (1.08%) Fixed Income
12 6 (0.92%) AS400
13 5 (0.77%) CMDB
13 5 (0.77%) Blog
14 4 (0.61%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 121 (18.59%) Windows
2 89 (13.67%) Linux
3 37 (5.68%) UNIX
4 21 (3.23%) Android
4 21 (3.23%) Apple iOS
5 14 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 11 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (1.38%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (1.23%) Solaris
9 8 (1.23%) Windows Phone
10 5 (0.77%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.46%) AIX
12 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.15%) VMS
12 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.15%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 290 (44.55%) Agile Software Development
2 115 (17.67%) Automated Testing
3 111 (17.05%) Software Testing
4 95 (14.59%) Project Management
5 84 (12.90%) Test Scripting
6 77 (11.83%) Manual Testing
7 68 (10.45%) Scrum
8 60 (9.22%) User Acceptance Testing
9 57 (8.76%) Mentoring
10 51 (7.83%) Performance Tuning
10 51 (7.83%) Regression Testing
11 50 (7.68%) ITIL
11 50 (7.68%) Test Automation
12 48 (7.37%) Automation Testing
13 46 (7.07%) E-Commerce
14 45 (6.91%) Waterfall
15 44 (6.76%) Unit Testing
16 38 (5.84%) Test Management
17 34 (5.22%) BDD
17 34 (5.22%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 255 (39.17%) SQL
2 126 (19.35%) C#
3 107 (16.44%) Java
4 56 (8.60%) T-SQL
5 48 (7.37%) JavaScript
6 41 (6.30%) C++
7 31 (4.76%) Python
8 24 (3.69%) RPG
9 20 (3.07%) PL/SQL
10 15 (2.30%) ABAP
11 14 (2.15%) C
12 13 (2.00%) Shell Script
13 12 (1.84%) PHP
14 10 (1.54%) Ruby
15 9 (1.38%) PowerShell
15 9 (1.38%) VB.NET
16 8 (1.23%) VB
16 8 (1.23%) Perl
17 7 (1.08%) VB6
18 4 (0.61%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 109 (16.74%) ISEB
2 106 (16.28%) Degree
3 62 (9.52%) ISTQB
4 14 (2.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 14 (2.15%) HND
5 10 (1.54%) Security Cleared
6 9 (1.38%) SC Cleared
7 3 (0.46%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (0.46%) MCP
8 2 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.15%) Chartered Engineer
9 1 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.15%) PMP
9 1 (0.15%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.15%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.15%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.15%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (0.92%) SLA
2 4 (0.61%) ISO 9001
2 4 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.15%) IEC 61508
3 1 (0.15%) GMP
3 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 12207
System Software
1 21 (3.23%) Active Directory
2 15 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.84%) XenApp
4 8 (1.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 8 (1.23%) MetaFrame
5 6 (0.92%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (0.77%) Xen
6 5 (0.77%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.61%) Terminal Server
7 4 (0.61%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.46%) Tivoli Directory Server
8 3 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.31%) Firmware
10 1 (0.15%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 25 (3.84%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.92%) Tivoli
3 5 (0.77%) Puppet
3 5 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (0.77%) Ansible
4 3 (0.46%) Tivoli Identity Manager
4 3 (0.46%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 2 (0.31%) TIBCO Hawk
5 2 (0.31%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 76 (11.67%) Oracle
2 71 (10.91%) Microsoft
3 26 (3.99%) VMware
4 25 (3.84%) SAP
5 23 (3.53%) Business Objects
6 17 (2.61%) Citrix
6 17 (2.61%) Red Hat
7 15 (2.30%) Telerik
8 14 (2.15%) JD Edwards
9 12 (1.84%) IBM
10 10 (1.54%) EMC
11 9 (1.38%) HP
11 9 (1.38%) Salesforce.com
11 9 (1.38%) Twilio
12 8 (1.23%) AppSense
12 8 (1.23%) Cognos
13 6 (0.92%) Atlassian
14 5 (0.77%) CA
14 5 (0.77%) Google
15 4 (0.61%) Actimize
Chorley, Lancashire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £36000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £65000 - £80000 per annum + bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Nantwich, Cheshire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester
Searchability
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 to 40,000
Posted: 4 days ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £26k per year + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Dunnhumby
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Dunnhumby
Posted: 5 days ago
Stockport
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: 7 days ago
Stockport
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Benefits
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Blue Octopus Recruitment LLP
Salary: From £30,755.01 to £35,805.14 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire, Manchester (SK9)
Guru Careers
Salary: £25 - 30k
Posted: 9 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Altrincham
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £26000 - £38000 per annum + bens
Posted: 15 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
boohoo.com
Salary: Competitive Salary Plus Package
Posted: 18 days ago