Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 70 63 87
Rank change year-on-year -7 +24 -38
Permanent jobs citing QA 114 83 106
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 3.75% 3.65% 3.23%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.23% 29.02% 32.32%
Number of salaries quoted 76 76 98
Cheshire median annual salary £45,000 £30,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +47.54% -23.75% +14.29%
10th Percentile £30,500 £26,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £61,875 £56,250 £60,000
North West median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +13.33% - -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 390 286 328
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 12.84% 12.59% 9.99%
Number of salaries quoted 255 224 273
Cheshire median annual salary £45,000 £34,000 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +32.35% -10.53% +1.33%
10th Percentile £26,250 £22,075 £21,290
90th Percentile £66,150 £66,750 £58,500
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,250 £38,250
% change year-on-year +5.59% +5.23% -4.38%

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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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017. 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 -22 26 £65,000 -13.33% 3
Chester -3 19 £40,000 +23.08% 1
Warrington -6 12 £48,750 +59.84% 4
Sandbach - 11 £50,000 - 1
Wilmslow +15 4 £33,750 -27.74% 1
Macclesfield -8 4 £31,500 +14.55%
Crewe -9 4 - -
Runcorn - 1 £37,500 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, 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 75 (65.79%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (39.47%) Finance
3 44 (38.60%) Java
4 41 (35.96%) Test Automation
5 36 (31.58%) SQL
6 28 (24.56%) SDLC
7 24 (21.05%) Selenium
8 23 (20.18%) Scrum
9 22 (19.30%) Test Strategy
10 19 (16.67%) JIRA
11 18 (15.79%) SOAP
11 18 (15.79%) Risk Management
11 18 (15.79%) Banking
11 18 (15.79%) Degree
11 18 (15.79%) WebDriver
12 17 (14.91%) Mobile App
13 16 (14.04%) Computer Science Degree
13 16 (14.04%) SoapUI
13 16 (14.04%) .NET
14 15 (13.16%) XML
14 15 (13.16%) Investment Banking
14 15 (13.16%) Law
14 15 (13.16%) RESTful
14 15 (13.16%) Cucumber
14 15 (13.16%) Computer Science
14 15 (13.16%) Wealth Management
15 14 (12.28%) Waterfall
16 13 (11.40%) UML
16 13 (11.40%) OOA/OOD
16 13 (11.40%) OO

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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 (2.63%) Confluence
2 2 (1.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 2 (1.75%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.75%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.88%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 2 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (1.75%) Microsoft Project
1 2 (1.75%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (3.51%) Hyperion Planning
1 4 (3.51%) Oracle ERP
1 4 (3.51%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 2 (1.75%) BASE24
2 2 (1.75%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.63%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.75%) BrowserStack
2 2 (1.75%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.75%) Responsys
2 2 (1.75%) Silverpop
3 1 (0.88%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.26%) Internet
2 2 (1.75%) SMS
2 2 (1.75%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.02%) NoSQL
2 4 (3.51%) Big Data
3 3 (2.63%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.88%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.88%) GIS
Development Applications
1 24 (21.05%) Selenium
2 19 (16.67%) JIRA
3 18 (15.79%) WebDriver
4 16 (14.04%) SoapUI
5 15 (13.16%) Cucumber
6 11 (9.65%) Git (software)
7 10 (8.77%) SpecFlow
8 9 (7.89%) Jenkins
9 4 (3.51%) TestNG
10 3 (2.63%) Visual Studio
11 2 (1.75%) NuGet
11 2 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (1.75%) Zephyr
12 1 (0.88%) Bitbucket
12 1 (0.88%) Calabash
12 1 (0.88%) Capybara
12 1 (0.88%) Fiddler
12 1 (0.88%) Protractor
12 1 (0.88%) Ranorex
12 1 (0.88%) Selenium IDE
General
1 45 (39.47%) Finance
2 18 (15.79%) Banking
3 15 (13.16%) Investment Banking
3 15 (13.16%) Law
4 7 (6.14%) Marketing
5 4 (3.51%) Advertising
5 4 (3.51%) Billing
5 4 (3.51%) Retail
5 4 (3.51%) Retail Banking
5 4 (3.51%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.75%) Corporate Banking
6 2 (1.75%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.75%) Legal
6 2 (1.75%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.88%) Automotive
7 1 (0.88%) Games
7 1 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 22 (19.30%) Analyst
2 19 (16.67%) Developer
3 14 (12.28%) Java Developer
4 12 (10.53%) Test Analyst
5 11 (9.65%) Test Engineer
6 10 (8.77%) Test Leader
6 10 (8.77%) Tester
7 9 (7.89%) Software Developer
8 8 (7.02%) Automation Tester
8 8 (7.02%) Lead Tester
8 8 (7.02%) Senior Automation Tester
8 8 (7.02%) Senior Tester
8 8 (7.02%) Test Manager
9 7 (6.14%) Java Software Developer
10 6 (5.26%) Data Migration Manager
10 6 (5.26%) Migration Project Manager
10 6 (5.26%) Project Manager
10 6 (5.26%) QA Engineer
10 6 (5.26%) QA Leader
10 6 (5.26%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (15.79%) SOAP
2 16 (14.04%) .NET
3 15 (13.16%) RESTful
3 15 (13.16%) XML
4 13 (11.40%) Gherkin
5 12 (10.53%) JSON
6 10 (8.77%) J2EE
7 9 (7.89%) HTML
8 8 (7.02%) Drools
8 8 (7.02%) REST
9 7 (6.14%) CSS
9 7 (6.14%) Web Services
10 5 (4.39%) Hibernate
10 5 (4.39%) Java EE
10 5 (4.39%) JDBC
10 5 (4.39%) Spring
11 4 (3.51%) ODBC
12 3 (2.63%) ASP.NET
12 3 (2.63%) JPA
12 3 (2.63%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 17 (14.91%) Mobile App
2 15 (13.16%) Computer Science
3 8 (7.02%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (3.51%) User Experience
5 3 (2.63%) Smartphone
6 2 (1.75%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.75%) CMDB
6 2 (1.75%) Contactless
6 2 (1.75%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.75%) IVR
6 2 (1.75%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.88%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.88%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.88%) iPad
7 1 (0.88%) Life Science
7 1 (0.88%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 11 (9.65%) Windows
2 8 (7.02%) Linux
3 5 (4.39%) Android
3 5 (4.39%) Apple iOS
4 4 (3.51%) Unix
4 4 (3.51%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (65.79%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (35.96%) Test Automation
3 28 (24.56%) SDLC
4 23 (20.18%) Scrum
5 22 (19.30%) Test Strategy
6 18 (15.79%) Risk Management
7 15 (13.16%) Wealth Management
8 14 (12.28%) Waterfall
9 13 (11.40%) OO
9 13 (11.40%) OOA/OOD
9 13 (11.40%) Test Planning
9 13 (11.40%) UML
10 12 (10.53%) Mentoring
11 11 (9.65%) Continuous Improvement
11 11 (9.65%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (8.77%) Collaborative Working
12 10 (8.77%) DevOps
13 9 (7.89%) Coaching
13 9 (7.89%) Microservices
13 9 (7.89%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 44 (38.60%) Java
2 36 (31.58%) SQL
3 10 (8.77%) C#
4 9 (7.89%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.63%) C++
6 2 (1.75%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.75%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 18 (15.79%) Degree
2 16 (14.04%) Computer Science Degree
3 10 (8.77%) ISEB
4 8 (7.02%) ISTQB
5 4 (3.51%) Master's Degree
6 2 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.51%) PMO
2 2 (1.75%) SLA
3 1 (0.88%) GDPR
System Software
1 8 (7.02%) Docker
2 4 (3.51%) Hyper-V
2 4 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.63%) Active Directory
4 2 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.75%) VirtualBox
4 2 (1.75%) Xen
Systems Management
1 2 (1.75%) Ansible
1 2 (1.75%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (1.75%) Puppet
2 1 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (5.26%) Oracle
2 4 (3.51%) Citrix
2 4 (3.51%) Hyperion
2 4 (3.51%) VMware
3 3 (2.63%) Google
3 3 (2.63%) Microsoft
4 2 (1.75%) Adobe
4 2 (1.75%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
4 2 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.88%) IBM
5 1 (0.88%) SAP
5 1 (0.88%) Twitter