Period
to 18 February 2020

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 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
Cheshire > Chester
6 months to
18 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 27 25 45
Rank change year-on-year -2 +20 -20
Permanent jobs citing QA 27 13 17
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Chester 9.93% 7.22% 4.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 50.00% 38.24% 51.52%
Number of salaries quoted 27 13 15
Chester median annual salary £37,500 £52,500 £40,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -28.57% +29.63% +24.62%
10th Percentile £30,000 £36,500 £29,250
90th Percentile £42,700 £56,250 £49,000
Cheshire median annual salary £40,000 £47,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year -15.79% +3.26% +46.03%

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 54 34 33
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Chester 19.85% 18.89% 8.09%
Number of salaries quoted 44 33 26
Chester median annual salary £41,250 £52,500 £40,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -21.43% +29.63% +23.66%
10th Percentile £30,500 £24,750 £31,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £73,200 £49,375
Cheshire median annual salary £41,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -18.00% +11.11% +32.35%

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

For the 6 months to 18 February 2020, 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 Chester region with a requirement for QA.

1 27 (100.00%) C#
2 25 (92.59%) Test Automation
3 24 (88.89%) Continuous Integration
3 24 (88.89%) REST
3 24 (88.89%) SOAP
3 24 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (85.19%) Java
4 23 (85.19%) Hudson
4 23 (85.19%) Jenkins
5 22 (81.48%) Scrum
6 19 (70.37%) SpecFlow
6 19 (70.37%) JavaScript
6 19 (70.37%) XML
7 18 (66.67%) HTML
8 16 (59.26%) SQL
8 16 (59.26%) Selenium
9 15 (55.56%) WebDriver
9 15 (55.56%) BDD
10 14 (51.85%) JIRA
10 14 (51.85%) Shell Script
11 12 (44.44%) JUnit
11 12 (44.44%) Maven
11 12 (44.44%) Web Services
11 12 (44.44%) Defect Management
12 11 (40.74%) Acceptance Criteria
12 11 (40.74%) PMI
12 11 (40.74%) PMI Certification
12 11 (40.74%) Visual Studio Team System
12 11 (40.74%) Gherkin
13 8 (29.63%) SoapUI

QA
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:

Cloud Services
1 5 (18.52%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.70%) NoSQL
1 1 (3.70%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 23 (85.19%) Hudson
1 23 (85.19%) Jenkins
2 19 (70.37%) SpecFlow
3 16 (59.26%) Selenium
4 15 (55.56%) WebDriver
5 14 (51.85%) JIRA
6 12 (44.44%) JUnit
6 12 (44.44%) Maven
7 11 (40.74%) Visual Studio Team System
8 8 (29.63%) SoapUI
9 5 (18.52%) Bitbucket
9 5 (18.52%) Cucumber
9 5 (18.52%) NUnit
9 5 (18.52%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (18.52%) TestNG
10 1 (3.70%) Appium
10 1 (3.70%) Postman
10 1 (3.70%) TestRail
Job Titles
1 24 (88.89%) QA Engineer
2 11 (40.74%) Software QA Engineer
3 6 (22.22%) Senior QA Engineer
4 5 (18.52%) Automation Engineer
4 5 (18.52%) QA Automation Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) QA Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) QA Test Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Test Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Automation Tester
6 1 (3.70%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (88.89%) REST
1 24 (88.89%) SOAP
2 19 (70.37%) XML
3 18 (66.67%) HTML
4 12 (44.44%) Web Services
5 11 (40.74%) Gherkin
6 6 (22.22%) .NET
7 5 (18.52%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (3.70%) .NET Framework
8 1 (3.70%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 11 (40.74%) PMI
2 5 (18.52%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (3.70%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (92.59%) Test Automation
2 24 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (88.89%) Continuous Integration
3 22 (81.48%) Scrum
4 15 (55.56%) BDD
5 12 (44.44%) Defect Management
6 11 (40.74%) Acceptance Criteria
7 8 (29.63%) Performance Testing
7 8 (29.63%) TDD
8 7 (25.93%) Integration Testing
8 7 (25.93%) Line Management
8 7 (25.93%) Stress Testing
8 7 (25.93%) Test Scripting
8 7 (25.93%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (22.22%) Software Engineering
10 5 (18.52%) Commercial Awareness
10 5 (18.52%) Defect Tracking
10 5 (18.52%) SDLC
11 4 (14.81%) Microservices
11 4 (14.81%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 27 (100.00%) C#
2 23 (85.19%) Java
3 19 (70.37%) JavaScript
4 16 (59.26%) SQL
5 14 (51.85%) Shell Script
6 7 (25.93%) Groovy
7 1 (3.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 11 (40.74%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 5 (18.52%) Docker