Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 54 78 65
Rank change year-on-year +24 -13 +7
Permanent jobs citing QA 118 89 71
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 4.28% 3.17% 3.30%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.50% 27.22% 28.86%
Number of salaries quoted 78 61 62
Cheshire median annual salary £50,000 £40,000 £30,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +25.00% +31.15% -24.69%
10th Percentile £26,250 £30,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £66,000 £48,625
North West median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -

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 400 327 246
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 14.49% 11.64% 11.43%
Number of salaries quoted 266 207 209
Cheshire median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.76% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £24,750 £25,000 £23,350
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £62,600
North West median annual salary £45,000 £37,747 £40,000
% change year-on-year +19.21% -5.63% -

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 20 September 2018.

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 20 September 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 +21 29 £50,000 -23.08% 1
Warrington +12 27 £52,500 +40.00% 10
Nantwich -2 11 £25,000 +4.17% 1
Chester -13 9 £50,000 +25.00% 4
Crewe +11 8 £27,500 -8.33% 2
Runcorn +15 4 £45,000 +20.00% 8
Ellesmere Port - 3 £35,000 -
Macclesfield +9 1 £27,500 - 1
Wilmslow -3 1 £42,000 +29.23% 3
Daresbury -4 1 £40,000 +17.65%
Alderley Edge - 1 - - 1
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 20 September 2018, 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 57 (48.31%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (41.53%) Finance
3 37 (31.36%) SQL
3 37 (31.36%) Test Automation
4 29 (24.58%) Windows
5 28 (23.73%) Software Testing
6 27 (22.88%) .NET
7 26 (22.03%) Project Management
8 20 (16.95%) Banking
8 20 (16.95%) Continuous Integration
8 20 (16.95%) SDLC
9 19 (16.10%) API Testing
9 19 (16.10%) DevOps
9 19 (16.10%) Risk Management
10 18 (15.25%) C#
10 18 (15.25%) Selenium
11 17 (14.41%) REST
12 16 (13.56%) SQL Server
12 16 (13.56%) SOA
13 15 (12.71%) SOAP
13 15 (12.71%) Scrum
13 15 (12.71%) Fixed Income
13 15 (12.71%) Retail
13 15 (12.71%) Continuous Improvement
13 15 (12.71%) Non-Functional Testing
14 14 (11.86%) Git (software)
14 14 (11.86%) Investment Banking
14 14 (11.86%) Wealth Management
14 14 (11.86%) Law
15 13 (11.02%) Java

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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 5 (4.24%) Confluence
2 3 (2.54%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.69%) CMS
3 2 (1.69%) IIS
3 2 (1.69%) Umbraco
4 1 (0.85%) CICS
4 1 (0.85%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (6.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (5.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (3.39%) MS Visio
4 3 (2.54%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.54%) Epicor Tropos
2 1 (0.85%) Oracle ASCP
2 1 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.85%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 12 (10.17%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (10.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.69%) IaaS
2 2 (1.69%) PaaS
3 1 (0.85%) GitHub
3 1 (0.85%) NuGet
3 1 (0.85%) Responsys
3 1 (0.85%) Silverpop
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.69%) DNS
2 1 (0.85%) LAN
2 1 (0.85%) Network Security
2 1 (0.85%) SMS
2 1 (0.85%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.85%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (13.56%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.54%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.69%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.69%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (1.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (1.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.85%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.85%) DB2
4 1 (0.85%) MySQL
4 1 (0.85%) Power BI
4 1 (0.85%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 18 (15.25%) Selenium
2 14 (11.86%) Git (software)
3 12 (10.17%) SoapUI
4 11 (9.32%) Jenkins
4 11 (9.32%) JIRA
5 5 (4.24%) NUnit
6 4 (3.39%) HP UFT
7 3 (2.54%) MSTest
7 3 (2.54%) Visual Studio
8 2 (1.69%) TestRail
8 2 (1.69%) Zephyr
9 1 (0.85%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 1 (0.85%) Chocolatey
9 1 (0.85%) Gatling
9 1 (0.85%) GitLab
9 1 (0.85%) IntelliJ
9 1 (0.85%) JUnit
9 1 (0.85%) SOAtest
9 1 (0.85%) Toad
9 1 (0.85%) WiX
General
1 49 (41.53%) Finance
2 20 (16.95%) Banking
3 15 (12.71%) Retail
4 14 (11.86%) Investment Banking
4 14 (11.86%) Law
5 11 (9.32%) Marketing
6 6 (5.08%) Manufacturing
7 5 (4.24%) Retail Banking
8 4 (3.39%) Games
8 4 (3.39%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.85%) Front Office
9 1 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 29 (24.58%) Analyst
2 18 (15.25%) Tester
3 12 (10.17%) Architect
4 10 (8.47%) DevOps Engineer
4 10 (8.47%) Software Tester
4 10 (8.47%) Test Analyst
5 9 (7.63%) Lead DevOps
5 9 (7.63%) Lead DevOps Engineer
5 9 (7.63%) QA Tester
6 8 (6.78%) Developer
6 8 (6.78%) QA Analyst
6 8 (6.78%) Systems Analyst
7 7 (5.93%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (5.93%) Technical Manager
7 7 (5.93%) Test Manager
8 6 (5.08%) Software Manager
9 5 (4.24%) Delivery Manager
9 5 (4.24%) Manual Tester
9 5 (4.24%) SAP Architect
9 5 (4.24%) SAP Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (22.88%) .NET
2 17 (14.41%) REST
3 15 (12.71%) SOAP
4 10 (8.47%) ASP.NET
5 9 (7.63%) HTML
6 8 (6.78%) Web Services
7 7 (5.93%) XML
8 6 (5.08%) JSON
9 4 (3.39%) HTML5
9 4 (3.39%) WCF
10 3 (2.54%) AngularJS
10 3 (2.54%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3 (2.54%) CSS
10 3 (2.54%) jQuery
10 3 (2.54%) React
10 3 (2.54%) WinForms
11 2 (1.69%) ADO.NET
11 2 (1.69%) J2EE
11 2 (1.69%) Velocity
11 2 (1.69%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (12.71%) Fixed Income
2 9 (7.63%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.93%) Mobile App
3 7 (5.93%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (4.24%) N-Tier
5 3 (2.54%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.54%) FMCG
5 3 (2.54%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.69%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.85%) Fintech
7 1 (0.85%) IVR
7 1 (0.85%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.85%) PMI
7 1 (0.85%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.85%) Social Media
7 1 (0.85%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.85%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 29 (24.58%) Windows
2 13 (11.02%) Linux
3 4 (3.39%) Android
3 4 (3.39%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.54%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.69%) Unix
6 1 (0.85%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (48.31%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (31.36%) Test Automation
3 28 (23.73%) Software Testing
4 26 (22.03%) Project Management
5 20 (16.95%) Continuous Integration
5 20 (16.95%) SDLC
6 19 (16.10%) API Testing
6 19 (16.10%) DevOps
6 19 (16.10%) Risk Management
7 16 (13.56%) SOA
8 15 (12.71%) Continuous Improvement
8 15 (12.71%) Non-Functional Testing
8 15 (12.71%) Scrum
9 14 (11.86%) Wealth Management
10 13 (11.02%) Software Engineering
11 12 (10.17%) Continuous Delivery
11 12 (10.17%) Problem-Solving
11 12 (10.17%) Stakeholder Management
12 11 (9.32%) Configuration Management
12 11 (9.32%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 37 (31.36%) SQL
2 18 (15.25%) C#
3 13 (11.02%) Java
4 8 (6.78%) JavaScript
5 7 (5.93%) Python
6 4 (3.39%) PowerShell
7 3 (2.54%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.69%) C++
8 2 (1.69%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.85%) BeanShell
9 1 (0.85%) C
9 1 (0.85%) COBOL
9 1 (0.85%) JCL
9 1 (0.85%) REXX
9 1 (0.85%) Ruby
9 1 (0.85%) Scala
Qualifications
1 10 (8.47%) ISEB
2 7 (5.93%) ISTQB
3 5 (4.24%) APMP
3 5 (4.24%) Degree
4 4 (3.39%) CISSP
5 2 (1.69%) CEH
5 2 (1.69%) CISA
5 2 (1.69%) CISM
5 2 (1.69%) SSCP
6 1 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.85%) CSQA
6 1 (0.85%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.85%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.85%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.85%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.93%) GDPR
2 5 (4.24%) PSD2
3 2 (1.69%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.69%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.85%) PMO
System Software
1 11 (9.32%) Active Directory
2 10 (8.47%) Hyper-V
2 10 (8.47%) KVM
2 10 (8.47%) VirtualBox
2 10 (8.47%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (8.47%) Xen
3 3 (2.54%) Docker
4 1 (0.85%) XenApp
4 1 (0.85%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.85%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (8.47%) Ansible
1 10 (8.47%) Opscode Chef
1 10 (8.47%) Puppet
2 2 (1.69%) Marathon
3 1 (0.85%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.85%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.85%) Terraform
3 1 (0.85%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 12 (10.17%) Microsoft
2 10 (8.47%) VMware
3 8 (6.78%) IBM
4 6 (5.08%) Oracle
4 6 (5.08%) SAP
5 3 (2.54%) Sage
6 2 (1.69%) Google
6 2 (1.69%) HP
6 2 (1.69%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.85%) Ab Initio
7 1 (0.85%) Capita
7 1 (0.85%) Citrix
7 1 (0.85%) CyberArk
7 1 (0.85%) Informatica
7 1 (0.85%) Novell
7 1 (0.85%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (0.85%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
7 1 (0.85%) Sun
7 1 (0.85%) Sybase
7 1 (0.85%) Teradata