Period
to 21 February 2019

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 21 February 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
21 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 45 58 80
Rank change year-on-year +13 +22 +2
Permanent jobs citing QA 103 158 68
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 4.90% 4.66% 3.14%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.69% 34.35% 24.64%
Number of salaries quoted 81 111 69
Cheshire median annual salary £47,500 £46,000 £31,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.26% +46.03% -21.25%
10th Percentile £32,000 £32,500 £26,000
90th Percentile £84,000 £80,000 £60,000
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year - +16.88% +2.67%

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 359 460 276
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 17.07% 13.56% 12.72%
Number of salaries quoted 239 301 193
Cheshire median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £34,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% +32.35% -15.00%
10th Percentile £24,750 £26,250 £19,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £70,000 £67,000
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +12.50% -

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

QA
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

QA
Salary Histogram in Cheshire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Cheshire over the 6 months to 21 February 2019.

Salary histogram for QA in Cheshire

QA
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 21 February 2019. 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
Warrington +8 20 £42,500 -22.73% 13
Knutsford -8 17 £77,500 +55.00% 3
Chester +22 13 £52,500 +29.63%
Nantwich - 7 £30,500 - 1
Crewe +15 6 £42,500 -39.29% 3
Northwich -1 5 £42,500 -52.78% 1
Runcorn +6 4 £47,500 -
Wilmslow -10 2 £51,079 +41.89% 2
Ellesmere Port - 2 £30,000 - 2
Sandbach +2 1 £50,000 +11.11% 1
Winsford - 1 £27,500 - 1
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 21 February 2019, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 48 (46.60%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (33.01%) Project Management
2 34 (33.01%) Test Automation
3 31 (30.10%) Finance
4 29 (28.16%) SQL
5 22 (21.36%) .NET
6 21 (20.39%) Banking
7 17 (16.50%) Selenium
8 16 (15.53%) JIRA
8 16 (15.53%) C#
8 16 (15.53%) SDLC
8 16 (15.53%) API Testing
9 14 (13.59%) PMO
9 14 (13.59%) Java
9 14 (13.59%) Microsoft
10 13 (12.62%) Law
10 13 (12.62%) Risk Management
10 13 (12.62%) SoapUI
11 12 (11.65%) Data Architecture
11 12 (11.65%) Confluence
11 12 (11.65%) Wealth Management
11 12 (11.65%) Investment Banking
11 12 (11.65%) Software Testing
11 12 (11.65%) E-Commerce
11 12 (11.65%) PRINCE2
11 12 (11.65%) Windows
11 12 (11.65%) Problem-Solving
12 11 (10.68%) IT Strategy
12 11 (10.68%) Data Strategy
12 11 (10.68%) JavaScript

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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 12 (11.65%) Confluence
2 8 (7.77%) SharePoint
3 6 (5.83%) Apache
3 6 (5.83%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.97%) CMS
4 1 (0.97%) ColdFusion
4 1 (0.97%) Umbraco
Applications
1 10 (9.71%) Microsoft Excel
1 10 (9.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (3.88%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (2.91%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (1.94%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.80%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.97%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.91%) Internet
2 1 (0.97%) DHCP
2 1 (0.97%) DNS
2 1 (0.97%) Network Security
2 1 (0.97%) VoIP
2 1 (0.97%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (9.71%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (2.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (2.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (0.97%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.97%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 17 (16.50%) Selenium
2 16 (15.53%) JIRA
3 13 (12.62%) SoapUI
4 9 (8.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (6.80%) Jenkins
6 6 (5.83%) Git (software)
7 5 (4.85%) WebDriver
8 4 (3.88%) Bitbucket
8 4 (3.88%) NUnit
9 3 (2.91%) TestRail
9 3 (2.91%) Visual Studio
10 2 (1.94%) LoadRunner
10 2 (1.94%) Protractor
10 2 (1.94%) Zephyr
11 1 (0.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 1 (0.97%) HP UFT
11 1 (0.97%) MSTest
General
1 31 (30.10%) Finance
2 21 (20.39%) Banking
3 13 (12.62%) Law
4 12 (11.65%) Investment Banking
5 11 (10.68%) Marketing
6 3 (2.91%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.94%) Retail
8 1 (0.97%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 32 (31.07%) Analyst
2 14 (13.59%) Test Analyst
3 11 (10.68%) Architect
3 11 (10.68%) Delivery Project Manager
3 11 (10.68%) Developer
3 11 (10.68%) Project Manager
3 11 (10.68%) SAP Architect
3 11 (10.68%) SAP Solutions Architect
3 11 (10.68%) Solutions Architect
4 9 (8.74%) PMO Analyst
4 9 (8.74%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
5 7 (6.80%) QA Engineer
5 7 (6.80%) Senior Analyst
5 7 (6.80%) Technical Analyst
5 7 (6.80%) Test Manager
6 6 (5.83%) Automation Engineer
6 6 (5.83%) Automation Test Analyst
6 6 (5.83%) QA Analyst
6 6 (5.83%) Senior QA Engineer
6 6 (5.83%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (21.36%) .NET
2 11 (10.68%) REST
3 10 (9.71%) HTML
4 8 (7.77%) ASP.NET
4 8 (7.77%) jQuery
4 8 (7.77%) JSON
4 8 (7.77%) SOAP
5 7 (6.80%) HTML5
6 6 (5.83%) Kafka
6 6 (5.83%) RESTful
6 6 (5.83%) Web Services
6 6 (5.83%) XML
7 5 (4.85%) Ajax
7 5 (4.85%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (4.85%) CSS
7 5 (4.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 4 (3.88%) AngularJS
8 4 (3.88%) CSS3
9 3 (2.91%) LESS
9 3 (2.91%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.68%) Mobile App
2 8 (7.77%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (7.77%) Fixed Income
3 6 (5.83%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (3.88%) Data Protection Act
4 4 (3.88%) N-Tier
5 3 (2.91%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (2.91%) User Experience
6 1 (0.97%) Analytical Mindset
6 1 (0.97%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.97%) Fintech
6 1 (0.97%) NHS
6 1 (0.97%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 12 (11.65%) Windows
2 1 (0.97%) Linux
2 1 (0.97%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (46.60%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (33.01%) Project Management
2 34 (33.01%) Test Automation
3 16 (15.53%) API Testing
3 16 (15.53%) SDLC
4 13 (12.62%) Risk Management
5 12 (11.65%) Data Architecture
5 12 (11.65%) E-Commerce
5 12 (11.65%) PRINCE2
5 12 (11.65%) Problem-Solving
5 12 (11.65%) Software Testing
5 12 (11.65%) Wealth Management
6 11 (10.68%) Data Strategy
6 11 (10.68%) Digital Marketing
6 11 (10.68%) IT Strategy
7 10 (9.71%) Workflow
8 9 (8.74%) Business Intelligence
8 9 (8.74%) MVC
8 9 (8.74%) Waterfall
8 9 (8.74%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 29 (28.16%) SQL
2 16 (15.53%) C#
3 14 (13.59%) Java
4 11 (10.68%) JavaScript
5 7 (6.80%) Python
6 6 (5.83%) Scala
7 5 (4.85%) T-SQL
7 5 (4.85%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.97%) C
8 1 (0.97%) C++
8 1 (0.97%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (5.83%) Degree
1 6 (5.83%) ISTQB
2 4 (3.88%) CISSP
3 3 (2.91%) CEH
3 3 (2.91%) CISA
3 3 (2.91%) CISM
3 3 (2.91%) SSCP
4 2 (1.94%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.97%) DBS Check
5 1 (0.97%) ISEB
5 1 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.97%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.97%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (13.59%) PMO
2 4 (3.88%) GDPR
3 3 (2.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (2.91%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (1.94%) Docker
2 1 (0.97%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (2.91%) CA Service Virtualization
2 2 (1.94%) Ansible
2 2 (1.94%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.97%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.97%) Puppet
Vendors
1 14 (13.59%) Microsoft
2 11 (10.68%) SAP
3 4 (3.88%) Salesforce.com
4 3 (2.91%) CA
4 3 (2.91%) GoldenSource
5 2 (1.94%) Cadence
5 2 (1.94%) HP
6 1 (0.97%) Atlassian