Period
to 16 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 16 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 56 67 80
Rank change year-on-year +11 +13 -10
Permanent jobs citing QA 145 77 96
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 4.53% 3.42% 3.33%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.26% 25.33% 32.11%
Number of salaries quoted 98 75 94
Cheshire median annual salary £45,000 £31,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +45.16% -22.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £34,700 £25,650 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £48,580 £57,500
North West median annual salary £45,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +20.00% - -6.25%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Cheshire
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 436 304 299
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 13.62% 13.51% 10.37%
Number of salaries quoted 285 225 251
Cheshire median annual salary £45,000 £34,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +32.35% -9.33% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £20,600 £23,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £65,000 £60,500
North West median annual salary £43,000 £41,250 £39,000
% change year-on-year +4.24% +5.77% -2.50%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Cheshire

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Salary Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA in Cheshire.

Salary trend for QA in Cheshire

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Salary Histogram in Cheshire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Cheshire over the 6 months to 16 January 2018.

Salary histogram for QA in Cheshire

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Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 16 January 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Knutsford -4 48 £65,000 - 3
Chester -11 23 £40,250 +23.85% 2
Sandbach - 11 £50,000 -
Warrington -6 10 £53,750 +76.23% 4
Wilmslow +25 7 £40,500 -13.28% 2
Crewe +1 4 - - 1
Macclesfield -9 4 £31,500 +14.55% 2
Runcorn - 1 - - 1
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 86 (59.31%) Agile Software Development
2 72 (49.66%) Finance
3 60 (41.38%) Java
4 49 (33.79%) Test Automation
5 41 (28.28%) SQL
6 33 (22.76%) Risk Management
6 33 (22.76%) SDLC
7 32 (22.07%) Scrum
8 31 (21.38%) Banking
9 29 (20.00%) Test Strategy
10 27 (18.62%) Degree
11 26 (17.93%) Selenium
12 22 (15.17%) Law
12 22 (15.17%) Wealth Management
12 22 (15.17%) Investment Banking
12 22 (15.17%) WebDriver
12 22 (15.17%) Mentoring
13 21 (14.48%) .NET
14 19 (13.10%) SOAP
14 19 (13.10%) Project Management
15 17 (11.72%) XML
15 17 (11.72%) Computer Science Degree
16 16 (11.03%) Waterfall
16 16 (11.03%) Cucumber
16 16 (11.03%) Computer Science
17 15 (10.34%) Continuous Integration
17 15 (10.34%) C#
18 14 (9.66%) UML
18 14 (9.66%) RESTful
18 14 (9.66%) Continuous Improvement

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (2.07%) Confluence
2 2 (1.38%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.38%) Tomcat
2 2 (1.38%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.69%) CICS
3 1 (0.69%) JBoss
3 1 (0.69%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.69%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 5 (3.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (2.76%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (2.07%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.69%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.14%) IaaS
2 5 (3.45%) SaaS
3 2 (1.38%) Responsys
3 2 (1.38%) Silverpop
4 1 (0.69%) BrowserStack
4 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.07%) Internet
2 2 (1.38%) SMS
3 1 (0.69%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.52%) NoSQL
2 5 (3.45%) Big Data
3 2 (1.38%) Apache Hive
3 2 (1.38%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.69%) DB2
4 1 (0.69%) GIS
4 1 (0.69%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 26 (17.93%) Selenium
2 22 (15.17%) WebDriver
3 16 (11.03%) Cucumber
4 14 (9.66%) SoapUI
5 13 (8.97%) JIRA
6 12 (8.28%) SpecFlow
7 9 (6.21%) Git (software)
7 9 (6.21%) Jenkins
8 4 (2.76%) TestNG
9 2 (1.38%) Zephyr
10 1 (0.69%) Bitbucket
10 1 (0.69%) ClearCase
10 1 (0.69%) Eclipse
10 1 (0.69%) Fiddler
10 1 (0.69%) JUnit
10 1 (0.69%) Maven
10 1 (0.69%) Selenium IDE
10 1 (0.69%) Subversion
10 1 (0.69%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.69%) Visual Studio
General
1 72 (49.66%) Finance
2 31 (21.38%) Banking
3 22 (15.17%) Investment Banking
3 22 (15.17%) Law
4 7 (4.83%) Legal
5 6 (4.14%) Marketing
6 5 (3.45%) Advertising
7 4 (2.76%) Retail
7 4 (2.76%) Retail Banking
7 4 (2.76%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.38%) Automotive
9 1 (0.69%) Games
9 1 (0.69%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 26 (17.93%) Analyst
2 22 (15.17%) Developer
3 18 (12.41%) Java Developer
4 15 (10.34%) Test Leader
5 12 (8.28%) Architect
5 12 (8.28%) Test Analyst
5 12 (8.28%) Tester
6 11 (7.59%) Business Analyst
6 11 (7.59%) Senior Analyst
6 11 (7.59%) Test Engineer
7 10 (6.90%) Automation Tester
7 10 (6.90%) Senior Automation Tester
7 10 (6.90%) Senior Tester
8 9 (6.21%) Test Manager
9 8 (5.52%) Data Migration Manager
9 8 (5.52%) Data Migration Project Manager
9 8 (5.52%) Lead Tester
9 8 (5.52%) Project Manager
9 8 (5.52%) Senior Business Analyst
9 8 (5.52%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (14.48%) .NET
2 19 (13.10%) SOAP
3 17 (11.72%) XML
4 14 (9.66%) Gherkin
4 14 (9.66%) RESTful
5 13 (8.97%) JSON
6 12 (8.28%) J2EE
7 9 (6.21%) Drools
7 9 (6.21%) Java EE
8 7 (4.83%) Hibernate
9 6 (4.14%) HTML
9 6 (4.14%) Spring
9 6 (4.14%) Web Services
10 5 (3.45%) JDBC
10 5 (3.45%) REST
11 4 (2.76%) CSS
11 4 (2.76%) Node.js
11 4 (2.76%) ODBC
11 4 (2.76%) React
12 3 (2.07%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.03%) Computer Science
2 12 (8.28%) Mobile App
3 8 (5.52%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (3.45%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.45%) PMI
5 4 (2.76%) User Experience
6 3 (2.07%) N-Tier
6 3 (2.07%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.38%) Algorithms
7 2 (1.38%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.38%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.38%) Internet of Things
7 2 (1.38%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.69%) Fintech
8 1 (0.69%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 7 (4.83%) Android
1 7 (4.83%) Apple iOS
1 7 (4.83%) Windows
2 6 (4.14%) Linux
3 5 (3.45%) Unix
4 4 (2.76%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (59.31%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (33.79%) Test Automation
3 33 (22.76%) Risk Management
3 33 (22.76%) SDLC
4 32 (22.07%) Scrum
5 29 (20.00%) Test Strategy
6 22 (15.17%) Mentoring
6 22 (15.17%) Wealth Management
7 19 (13.10%) Project Management
8 16 (11.03%) Waterfall
9 15 (10.34%) Continuous Integration
10 14 (9.66%) Coaching
10 14 (9.66%) Continuous Improvement
10 14 (9.66%) DevOps
10 14 (9.66%) UML
10 14 (9.66%) User Stories
11 13 (8.97%) Business Analysis
11 13 (8.97%) Change Management
11 13 (8.97%) OO
11 13 (8.97%) OOA/OOD
Programming Languages
1 60 (41.38%) Java
2 41 (28.28%) SQL
3 15 (10.34%) C#
4 9 (6.21%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.69%) Assembly Language
5 1 (0.69%) C++
5 1 (0.69%) COBOL
5 1 (0.69%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 27 (18.62%) Degree
2 17 (11.72%) Computer Science Degree
3 10 (6.90%) ISEB
4 8 (5.52%) ISTQB
5 5 (3.45%) PMI Certification
6 4 (2.76%) Master's Degree
7 3 (2.07%) MBA
8 1 (0.69%) CSQA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.14%) PMO
2 1 (0.69%) GDPR
2 1 (0.69%) IEC 62304
2 1 (0.69%) ISO 13485
2 1 (0.69%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 9 (6.21%) Docker
2 2 (1.38%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 3 (2.07%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (1.38%) IBM
2 2 (1.38%) Oracle
2 2 (1.38%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
3 1 (0.69%) Chordiant
3 1 (0.69%) Google
3 1 (0.69%) SAP
3 1 (0.69%) Twitter