Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 23 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 46 51 35
Rank change year-on-year +5 -16 +19
Permanent jobs citing QA 34 34 59
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 3.84% 3.73% 5.95%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.76% 31.19% 53.15%
Number of salaries quoted 30 28 53
Lancashire median annual salary £35,000 £37,500 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.67% +25.00% -28.99%
10th Percentile £24,650 £28,675 £21,750
90th Percentile £65,125 £45,075 £42,500
North West median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +13.33% - -6.25%

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 Lancashire with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Lancashire
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 132 109 111
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 14.90% 11.96% 11.20%
Number of salaries quoted 103 93 85
Lancashire median annual salary £35,000 £42,500 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -17.65% +41.67% -25.00%
10th Percentile £23,000 £26,250 £17,250
90th Percentile £57,500 £55,750 £45,000
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% -5.00%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Lancashire

QA
Salary Trend in Lancashire

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

Salary trend for QA in Lancashire

QA
Salary Histogram in Lancashire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Lancashire over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Salary histogram for QA in Lancashire

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Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Lancashire region over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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
Chorley +9 11 £35,000 -6.67%
Preston 0 6 £20,750 -51.18%
Newton-le-Willows - 6 £62,500 -
Colne -1 4 £26,500 -7.83%
Skelmersdale -9 1 £61,000 +30.48%
Blackburn - 1 £35,000 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for QA.

1 17 (50.00%) SQL
2 12 (35.29%) ISEB
2 12 (35.29%) SQL Server
3 11 (32.35%) Java
3 11 (32.35%) Test Scripting
4 10 (29.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 10 (29.41%) Software Testing
5 7 (20.59%) Validation
6 6 (17.65%) VMware
6 6 (17.65%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (17.65%) Google
6 6 (17.65%) Citrix
6 6 (17.65%) .NET
6 6 (17.65%) ASP.NET
6 6 (17.65%) C#
6 6 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
6 6 (17.65%) Product Management
6 6 (17.65%) Microsoft Azure
6 6 (17.65%) Amazon AWS
6 6 (17.65%) Hyper-V
6 6 (17.65%) Google Cloud Platform
7 4 (11.76%) Process Improvement
7 4 (11.76%) Acceptance Criteria
7 4 (11.76%) Software Architecture
7 4 (11.76%) ITIL
7 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
7 4 (11.76%) Marketing
7 4 (11.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (11.76%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (8.82%) Scrum

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 (5.88%) Confluence
2 1 (2.94%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (17.65%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (17.65%) Google Cloud Platform
1 6 (17.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.94%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (35.29%) SQL Server
2 4 (11.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.94%) MongoDB
4 1 (2.94%) MySQL
4 1 (2.94%) NoSQL
4 1 (2.94%) Redis
Development Applications
1 3 (8.82%) JIRA
2 2 (5.88%) Selenium
3 1 (2.94%) Bugzilla
3 1 (2.94%) Cucumber
3 1 (2.94%) SpecFlow
3 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (11.76%) Marketing
2 3 (8.82%) Finance
3 1 (2.94%) Legal
3 1 (2.94%) Retail
Job Titles
1 15 (44.12%) Analyst
2 12 (35.29%) Test Analyst
3 11 (32.35%) Software Analyst
3 11 (32.35%) SQL Analyst
4 10 (29.41%) Software Test Analyst
4 10 (29.41%) Software Tester
4 10 (29.41%) Tester
5 4 (11.76%) Applications Developer
5 4 (11.76%) Developer
6 3 (8.82%) Applications Support
6 3 (8.82%) Database Manager
6 3 (8.82%) Database Marketing Manager
6 3 (8.82%) Marketing Database Manager
6 3 (8.82%) Marketing Manager
7 2 (5.88%) Cloud Administrator
7 2 (5.88%) Cloud Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Senior DevOps
7 2 (5.88%) Senior Systems Administrator
7 2 (5.88%) Virtualisation Administrator
7 2 (5.88%) Virtualisation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (17.65%) .NET
1 6 (17.65%) ASP.NET
2 2 (5.88%) Ajax
2 2 (5.88%) jQuery
2 2 (5.88%) JSON
2 2 (5.88%) WCF
2 2 (5.88%) XML
3 1 (2.94%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.94%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (2.94%) Smart Meter
1 1 (2.94%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (32.35%) Test Scripting
2 10 (29.41%) Software Testing
3 7 (20.59%) Validation
4 6 (17.65%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (17.65%) Product Management
5 4 (11.76%) Acceptance Criteria
5 4 (11.76%) ITIL
5 4 (11.76%) Process Improvement
5 4 (11.76%) Software Architecture
5 4 (11.76%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (8.82%) Analytics
6 3 (8.82%) Campaign Management
6 3 (8.82%) E-Commerce
6 3 (8.82%) Functional Testing
6 3 (8.82%) Kanban
6 3 (8.82%) Project Management
6 3 (8.82%) Scrum
6 3 (8.82%) Test Automation
6 3 (8.82%) User Stories
6 3 (8.82%) Web Analytics
Programming Languages
1 17 (50.00%) SQL
2 11 (32.35%) Java
3 6 (17.65%) C#
4 2 (5.88%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 12 (35.29%) ISEB
2 10 (29.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (5.88%) ISTQB
System Software
1 6 (17.65%) Hyper-V
1 6 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 6 (17.65%) Citrix
1 6 (17.65%) Google
1 6 (17.65%) VMware
2 4 (11.76%) Microsoft