Period
to 18 December 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Chester 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 18 December 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
Cheshire > Chester
6 months to
18 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 36 32 47
Rank change year-on-year -4 +15 +7
Permanent jobs citing QA 23 15 17
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Chester 5.76% 5.38% 3.79%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 54.76% 45.45% 44.74%
Number of salaries quoted 20 16 18
Chester median annual salary £40,250 £32,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +23.85% -27.78% +20.00%
10th Percentile £38,625 £28,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £50,000 £60,000 £50,000
Cheshire median annual salary £45,000 £31,250 £40,000
% change year-on-year +44.00% -21.88% +14.29%

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 Chester with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Chester
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 42 33 38
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Chester 10.53% 11.83% 8.48%
Number of salaries quoted 33 26 27
Chester median annual salary £40,500 £32,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +24.62% -18.75% -5.88%
10th Percentile £38,000 £28,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £49,750 £73,125 £55,500
Cheshire median annual salary £45,000 £33,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +36.36% -12.00% -

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Chester

QA
Salary Trend in Chester

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

Salary trend for QA in Chester

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Salary Histogram in Chester

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Chester over the 6 months to 18 December 2017.

Salary histogram for QA in Chester

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 Chester region with a requirement for QA.

1 17 (73.91%) Scrum
1 17 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (65.22%) SQL
3 13 (56.52%) Java
3 13 (56.52%) SOAP
4 12 (52.17%) Test Automation
4 12 (52.17%) SpecFlow
5 11 (47.83%) Gherkin
5 11 (47.83%) WebDriver
5 11 (47.83%) Cucumber
5 11 (47.83%) SoapUI
5 11 (47.83%) Process Improvement
5 11 (47.83%) Selenium
6 6 (26.09%) XML
7 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
7 5 (21.74%) Big Data
8 4 (17.39%) ISTQB
8 4 (17.39%) ISEB
9 3 (13.04%) JavaScript
9 3 (13.04%) C#
9 3 (13.04%) .NET
9 3 (13.04%) Test Scripting
9 3 (13.04%) Smartphone
9 3 (13.04%) Degree
9 3 (13.04%) Android
9 3 (13.04%) Data Analytics
9 3 (13.04%) Analytics
9 3 (13.04%) Mentoring
9 3 (13.04%) Mobile App
9 3 (13.04%) Software Delivery

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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 2 (8.70%) Apache Spark
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.70%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (21.74%) Big Data
2 2 (8.70%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 12 (52.17%) SpecFlow
2 11 (47.83%) Cucumber
2 11 (47.83%) Selenium
2 11 (47.83%) SoapUI
2 11 (47.83%) WebDriver
3 1 (4.35%) Eclipse
3 1 (4.35%) Fiddler
3 1 (4.35%) JIRA
General
1 2 (8.70%) Automotive
1 2 (8.70%) Finance
2 1 (4.35%) Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (43.48%) Automation Tester
1 10 (43.48%) Senior Automation Tester
1 10 (43.48%) Senior Tester
1 10 (43.48%) Tester
2 8 (34.78%) Lead Tester
3 6 (26.09%) Analyst
4 4 (17.39%) Test Leader
5 3 (13.04%) Developer
6 2 (8.70%) .NET Developer
6 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
6 2 (8.70%) Business Analyst
6 2 (8.70%) C# .NET Developer
6 2 (8.70%) C# Developer
6 2 (8.70%) QA Analyst
6 2 (8.70%) Test Analyst
7 1 (4.35%) Automation Test Lead
7 1 (4.35%) Integration Analyst
7 1 (4.35%) Process Analyst
7 1 (4.35%) SAP Business Analyst
7 1 (4.35%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (56.52%) SOAP
2 11 (47.83%) Gherkin
3 6 (26.09%) XML
4 3 (13.04%) .NET
5 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET
5 2 (8.70%) CSS
5 2 (8.70%) HTML
5 2 (8.70%) JSON
6 1 (4.35%) AngularJS
6 1 (4.35%) React
6 1 (4.35%) SAP ALE
6 1 (4.35%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.04%) Mobile App
1 3 (13.04%) Smartphone
2 2 (8.70%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.04%) Android
1 3 (13.04%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
1 17 (73.91%) Scrum
2 12 (52.17%) Test Automation
3 11 (47.83%) Process Improvement
4 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
5 3 (13.04%) Analytics
5 3 (13.04%) Data Analytics
5 3 (13.04%) Disruptive Innovation
5 3 (13.04%) Mentoring
5 3 (13.04%) Software Delivery
5 3 (13.04%) Test Scripting
6 2 (8.70%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (8.70%) Integration Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Manual Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Migration
6 2 (8.70%) MVC
6 2 (8.70%) Non-Functional Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Unit Testing
6 2 (8.70%) User Stories
7 1 (4.35%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 15 (65.22%) SQL
2 13 (56.52%) Java
3 3 (13.04%) C#
3 3 (13.04%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 4 (17.39%) ISEB
1 4 (17.39%) ISTQB
2 3 (13.04%) Degree
3 1 (4.35%) Computer Science Degree
Vendors
1 1 (4.35%) Google
1 1 (4.35%) Salesforce.com
1 1 (4.35%) SAP
1 1 (4.35%) Twitter