Period
to 14 November 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 14 November 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 57 72 70
Rank change year-on-year +15 -2 +18
Permanent jobs citing QA 106 110 83
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 4.06% 3.64% 3.66%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.90% 28.80% 28.92%
Number of salaries quoted 66 72 76
Cheshire median annual salary £48,250 £45,000 £30,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.22% +47.54% -23.75%
10th Percentile £26,625 £30,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £84,000 £64,250 £56,250
North West median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +13.33% -

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 394 382 287
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 15.10% 12.63% 12.65%
Number of salaries quoted 251 248 225
Cheshire median annual salary £47,500 £43,464 £34,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.29% +27.83% -9.33%
10th Percentile £24,750 £26,250 £21,550
90th Percentile £81,250 £67,500 £66,500
North West median annual salary £45,000 £40,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% +1.25% +5.26%

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

QA
Salary Histogram in Cheshire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Cheshire over the 6 months to 14 November 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 14 November 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
Warrington +18 22 £52,500 +20.00% 8
Knutsford +14 22 £31,500 -51.54% 1
Chester -2 10 £45,000 +12.50% 3
Nantwich - 7 £25,000 -
Crewe +8 6 £50,000 - 4
Runcorn +14 5 £45,000 +20.00% 1
Ellesmere Port - 3 £35,000 -
Wilmslow -13 2 £38,500 +14.07% 3
Macclesfield +16 1 £27,500 -12.70% 1
Winsford - 1 £27,500 -
Daresbury - 1 £40,000 -
Alderley Edge - 1 - -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 14 November 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 41 (38.68%) Finance
1 41 (38.68%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (31.13%) Test Automation
3 29 (27.36%) SQL
4 28 (26.42%) Project Management
5 26 (24.53%) .NET
6 22 (20.75%) Software Testing
7 20 (18.87%) Banking
8 19 (17.92%) Risk Management
9 18 (16.98%) Law
9 18 (16.98%) C#
10 17 (16.04%) Investment Banking
10 17 (16.04%) Wealth Management
11 16 (15.09%) SQL Server
11 16 (15.09%) SDLC
12 15 (14.15%) Windows
12 15 (14.15%) Microsoft
12 15 (14.15%) Marketing
13 14 (13.21%) Selenium
13 14 (13.21%) Retail
14 13 (12.26%) Continuous Integration
15 12 (11.32%) Microsoft Excel
15 12 (11.32%) REST
15 12 (11.32%) API Testing
15 12 (11.32%) Non-Functional Testing
16 11 (10.38%) Mobile App
16 11 (10.38%) Continuous Improvement
16 11 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
16 11 (10.38%) Git (software)
16 11 (10.38%) Data Architecture

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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 6 (5.66%) Confluence
1 6 (5.66%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.89%) CMS
2 2 (1.89%) IIS
2 2 (1.89%) Umbraco
3 1 (0.94%) CICS
3 1 (0.94%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (11.32%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (10.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (4.72%) MS Visio
4 3 (2.83%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.83%) Epicor Tropos
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.77%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (3.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.94%) GitHub
2 1 (0.94%) NuGet
2 1 (0.94%) Office 365
2 1 (0.94%) Responsys
2 1 (0.94%) Silverpop
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.83%) DNS
2 1 (0.94%) DHCP
2 1 (0.94%) LAN
2 1 (0.94%) Network Security
2 1 (0.94%) SMS
2 1 (0.94%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.94%) VoIP
2 1 (0.94%) VPN
2 1 (0.94%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (15.09%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.89%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.94%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.94%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.94%) DB2
3 1 (0.94%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.94%) Power BI
3 1 (0.94%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 14 (13.21%) Selenium
2 11 (10.38%) Git (software)
3 8 (7.55%) JIRA
4 7 (6.60%) NUnit
4 7 (6.60%) SoapUI
5 5 (4.72%) HP UFT
5 5 (4.72%) Jenkins
6 3 (2.83%) MSTest
7 2 (1.89%) Visual Studio
7 2 (1.89%) Zephyr
8 1 (0.94%) Bugzilla
8 1 (0.94%) Chocolatey
8 1 (0.94%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.94%) Gatling
8 1 (0.94%) GitLab
8 1 (0.94%) IntelliJ
8 1 (0.94%) JMeter
8 1 (0.94%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.94%) SOAtest
8 1 (0.94%) Toad
General
1 41 (38.68%) Finance
2 20 (18.87%) Banking
3 18 (16.98%) Law
4 17 (16.04%) Investment Banking
5 15 (14.15%) Marketing
6 14 (13.21%) Retail
7 5 (4.72%) Manufacturing
8 4 (3.77%) Games
8 4 (3.77%) Retail Banking
9 3 (2.83%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.94%) Front Office
10 1 (0.94%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 26 (24.53%) Analyst
2 13 (12.26%) Tester
3 11 (10.38%) Architect
3 11 (10.38%) Developer
4 10 (9.43%) Test Analyst
5 9 (8.49%) SAP Architect
5 9 (8.49%) SAP Solutions Architect
5 9 (8.49%) Solutions Architect
6 8 (7.55%) Systems Analyst
7 7 (6.60%) C# Developer
7 7 (6.60%) Project Manager
7 7 (6.60%) Test Manager
8 6 (5.66%) .NET Developer
8 6 (5.66%) C# .NET Developer
8 6 (5.66%) QA Analyst
8 6 (5.66%) QA Tester
8 6 (5.66%) Software Tester
9 5 (4.72%) Logistics Analyst
9 5 (4.72%) QA Test Analyst
9 5 (4.72%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (24.53%) .NET
2 12 (11.32%) REST
3 11 (10.38%) HTML
3 11 (10.38%) SOAP
4 9 (8.49%) ASP.NET
4 9 (8.49%) Web Services
5 7 (6.60%) HTML5
5 7 (6.60%) JSON
5 7 (6.60%) XML
6 6 (5.66%) AngularJS
6 6 (5.66%) WCF
7 5 (4.72%) jQuery
7 5 (4.72%) React
8 4 (3.77%) CSS
8 4 (3.77%) WinForms
8 4 (3.77%) WPF
9 3 (2.83%) ASP.NET Web API
10 2 (1.89%) .NET Core
10 2 (1.89%) .NET Framework
10 2 (1.89%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
1 11 (10.38%) Mobile App
2 10 (9.43%) Fixed Income
3 7 (6.60%) N-Tier
4 6 (5.66%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (4.72%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (3.77%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (2.83%) Computer Science
7 3 (2.83%) FMCG
8 1 (0.94%) Fintech
8 1 (0.94%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.94%) NHS
8 1 (0.94%) PMI
8 1 (0.94%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.94%) Social Media
8 1 (0.94%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.94%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 15 (14.15%) Windows
2 4 (3.77%) Linux
2 4 (3.77%) Windows Server
3 1 (0.94%) Android
3 1 (0.94%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.94%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (38.68%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (31.13%) Test Automation
3 28 (26.42%) Project Management
4 22 (20.75%) Software Testing
5 19 (17.92%) Risk Management
6 17 (16.04%) Wealth Management
7 16 (15.09%) SDLC
8 13 (12.26%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (11.32%) API Testing
9 12 (11.32%) Non-Functional Testing
10 11 (10.38%) Continuous Improvement
10 11 (10.38%) Data Architecture
11 10 (9.43%) E-Commerce
11 10 (9.43%) Problem-Solving
11 10 (9.43%) SOA
11 10 (9.43%) Unit Testing
12 9 (8.49%) Data Protection
12 9 (8.49%) Digital Marketing
12 9 (8.49%) MVC
12 9 (8.49%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 29 (27.36%) SQL
2 18 (16.98%) C#
3 11 (10.38%) JavaScript
4 7 (6.60%) Python
5 5 (4.72%) Java
5 5 (4.72%) T-SQL
6 4 (3.77%) VB.NET
7 3 (2.83%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.94%) C
8 1 (0.94%) COBOL
8 1 (0.94%) JCL
8 1 (0.94%) REXX
8 1 (0.94%) Ruby
8 1 (0.94%) Scala
8 1 (0.94%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 8 (7.55%) Degree
2 7 (6.60%) ISTQB
3 5 (4.72%) APMP
3 5 (4.72%) ISEB
4 4 (3.77%) CISSP
5 3 (2.83%) CEH
5 3 (2.83%) CISA
5 3 (2.83%) CISM
5 3 (2.83%) SSCP
6 1 (0.94%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.94%) CSQA
6 1 (0.94%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.94%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.49%) GDPR
2 6 (5.66%) PMO
3 5 (4.72%) PSD2
4 3 (2.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (2.83%) PCI DSS
5 2 (1.89%) Data Quality
System Software
1 5 (4.72%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.77%) Hyper-V
2 4 (3.77%) KVM
2 4 (3.77%) VirtualBox
2 4 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (3.77%) Xen
3 3 (2.83%) Docker
4 1 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (4.72%) Ansible
2 4 (3.77%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (3.77%) Puppet
3 1 (0.94%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.94%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.94%) Terraform
Vendors
1 15 (14.15%) Microsoft
2 9 (8.49%) SAP
3 4 (3.77%) VMware
4 3 (2.83%) Sage
5 2 (1.89%) Cadence
5 2 (1.89%) GoldenSource
6 1 (0.94%) Ab Initio
6 1 (0.94%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (0.94%) Google
6 1 (0.94%) HP
6 1 (0.94%) IBM
6 1 (0.94%) Informatica
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle
6 1 (0.94%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
6 1 (0.94%) Salesforce.com