Period
to 15 October 2018

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 15 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 47 50 57
Rank change year-on-year +3 +7 -3
Permanent jobs citing QA 24 31 26
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 3.20% 3.72% 3.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.24% 27.68% 26.80%
Number of salaries quoted 13 27 25
Lancashire median annual salary £42,500 £35,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +21.43% -6.67% +25.00%
10th Percentile £33,200 £23,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £61,000 £58,000 £44,000
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +6.25% +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 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 99 112 97
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 13.20% 13.43% 11.33%
Number of salaries quoted 71 86 86
Lancashire median annual salary £37,500 £33,250 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.78% -21.76% +41.67%
10th Percentile £22,750 £21,250 £25,125
90th Percentile £58,750 £47,500 £53,750
North West median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +2.56%

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 15 October 2018.

Salary histogram for QA in Lancashire

QA
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 15 October 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
Preston +17 10 - - 4
Chorley -4 6 £35,000 - 3
Blackpool - 5 £48,374 - 4
Newton-le-Willows -2 1 £62,500 -
Burnley - 1 £50,000 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for QA.

1 11 (45.83%) SQL
2 10 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 7 (29.17%) ISEB
5 6 (25.00%) .NET
5 6 (25.00%) C#
5 6 (25.00%) Java
5 6 (25.00%) ASP.NET
5 6 (25.00%) Software Testing
5 6 (25.00%) Programme Management
5 6 (25.00%) Logistics
5 6 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (25.00%) Line Management
5 6 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (25.00%) People Management
5 6 (25.00%) Data Structures
5 6 (25.00%) Algorithms
6 4 (16.67%) SDLC
6 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
6 4 (16.67%) Scrum
6 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
7 3 (12.50%) Regression Testing
7 3 (12.50%) JIRA
7 3 (12.50%) Scenario Testing
7 3 (12.50%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (12.50%) Test Automation
7 3 (12.50%) Test Strategy
8 2 (8.33%) Manual Testing
8 2 (8.33%) System Testing
8 2 (8.33%) Analytics

QA
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 1 (4.17%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (4.17%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.33%) Dynamics 365
1 2 (8.33%) Trello
2 1 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.33%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (4.17%) Apache Hive
3 1 (4.17%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (4.17%) DB2
3 1 (4.17%) Hadoop
3 1 (4.17%) HBase
3 1 (4.17%) MongoDB
3 1 (4.17%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) JIRA
2 2 (8.33%) Git (software)
3 1 (4.17%) Jenkins
General
1 1 (4.17%) Advertising
1 1 (4.17%) French Language
1 1 (4.17%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (37.50%) Analyst
2 8 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 6 (25.00%) Development Manager
3 6 (25.00%) Software Analyst
3 6 (25.00%) Software Development Manager
3 6 (25.00%) Software Manager
3 6 (25.00%) Software Test Analyst
3 6 (25.00%) Tester
4 4 (16.67%) Software Tester
4 4 (16.67%) SQL Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Cognos BI Developer
6 1 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) E-Commerce Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Java Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Programme Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Quality Manager
6 1 (4.17%) SAP BusinessObjects (BO) Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (25.00%) .NET
1 6 (25.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (4.17%) Spring
2 1 (4.17%) Spring Boot
2 1 (4.17%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 6 (25.00%) Algorithms
1 6 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
1 6 (25.00%) Data Structures
2 3 (12.50%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (4.17%) User Experience
3 1 (4.17%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.17%) Linux
1 1 (4.17%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 6 (25.00%) Line Management
3 6 (25.00%) Logistics
3 6 (25.00%) People Management
3 6 (25.00%) Programme Management
3 6 (25.00%) Software Testing
4 4 (16.67%) Scrum
4 4 (16.67%) SDLC
5 3 (12.50%) Regression Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Scenario Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Test Automation
5 3 (12.50%) Test Strategy
6 2 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (8.33%) Collaborative Working
6 2 (8.33%) Decision-Making
6 2 (8.33%) Manual Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
6 2 (8.33%) System Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (45.83%) SQL
2 6 (25.00%) C#
2 6 (25.00%) Java
3 1 (4.17%) Java 8
3 1 (4.17%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 7 (29.17%) ISEB
2 6 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (4.17%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Active Directory
1 1 (4.17%) Hyper-V
1 1 (4.17%) KVM
1 1 (4.17%) VirtualBox
1 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (4.17%) Xen
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) Ansible
1 1 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (4.17%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (4.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.17%) Cloudera
2 1 (4.17%) Cognos
2 1 (4.17%) Oracle
2 1 (4.17%) Tableau
2 1 (4.17%) VMware