Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 59 39 23
Rank change year-on-year -20 -16 +24
Permanent jobs citing QA 20 56 70
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 2.47% 5.85% 8.27%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.39% 52.34% 63.64%
Number of salaries quoted 17 54 84
Lancashire median annual salary £35,000 £28,750 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +21.74% -4.17% -14.29%
10th Percentile £23,000 £19,750 £21,750
90th Percentile £65,000 £43,750 £47,500
North West median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +12.50% +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 82 107 110
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 10.14% 11.18% 13.00%
Number of salaries quoted 67 94 88
Lancashire median annual salary £35,000 £37,500 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.67% +25.00% -25.00%
10th Percentile £23,000 £23,375 £17,925
90th Percentile £64,000 £53,750 £48,750
North West median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -

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 18 February 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 18 February 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
Chorley -3 6 £35,000 +29.63% 1
Preston +2 4 £24,000 -11.11% 1
Newton-le-Willows - 3 - -
Skelmersdale 0 2 £61,000 +41.86%
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 18 February 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 13 (65.00%) SQL
2 8 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 8 (40.00%) Test Scripting
3 7 (35.00%) Software Testing
3 7 (35.00%) Java
3 7 (35.00%) ISEB
4 6 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (30.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (20.00%) Finance
5 4 (20.00%) .NET
6 3 (15.00%) C#
6 3 (15.00%) Citrix
6 3 (15.00%) Validation
6 3 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (15.00%) Scrum
6 3 (15.00%) VMware
6 3 (15.00%) Web Analytics
6 3 (15.00%) Google
6 3 (15.00%) Marketing
6 3 (15.00%) Database Marketing
6 3 (15.00%) Kanban
6 3 (15.00%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (15.00%) Data Science
6 3 (15.00%) Campaign Management
6 3 (15.00%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (15.00%) Test Automation
6 3 (15.00%) Product Management
6 3 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
6 3 (15.00%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (15.00%) Hyper-V

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:

Cloud Services
1 3 (15.00%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (15.00%) Google Cloud Platform
1 3 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (10.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (5.00%) MongoDB
3 1 (5.00%) NoSQL
3 1 (5.00%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (10.00%) JIRA
1 2 (10.00%) Selenium
1 2 (10.00%) WebDriver
2 1 (5.00%) Bugzilla
2 1 (5.00%) Git (software)
General
1 4 (20.00%) Finance
2 3 (15.00%) Marketing
3 2 (10.00%) Legal
3 2 (10.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (40.00%) Analyst
2 7 (35.00%) Software Analyst
2 7 (35.00%) Test Analyst
2 7 (35.00%) Tester
3 6 (30.00%) Software Test Analyst
3 6 (30.00%) Software Tester
3 6 (30.00%) SQL Analyst
4 3 (15.00%) Database Manager
4 3 (15.00%) Database Marketing Manager
4 3 (15.00%) Marketing Database Manager
4 3 (15.00%) Marketing Manager
5 2 (10.00%) IT Manager
5 2 (10.00%) IT Services Manager
5 2 (10.00%) QA Analyst
5 2 (10.00%) Technical Leader
5 2 (10.00%) Test Manager
6 1 (5.00%) Administrator
6 1 (5.00%) QA Manager
6 1 (5.00%) Systems Administrator
6 1 (5.00%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (20.00%) .NET
2 2 (10.00%) Ajax
2 2 (10.00%) ASP.NET
2 2 (10.00%) jQuery
2 2 (10.00%) JSON
2 2 (10.00%) WCF
2 2 (10.00%) XML
3 1 (5.00%) .NET Framework
3 1 (5.00%) Web Services
3 1 (5.00%) WinForms
3 1 (5.00%) WPF
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (40.00%) Test Scripting
2 7 (35.00%) Software Testing
3 6 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (15.00%) Analytics
4 3 (15.00%) Campaign Management
4 3 (15.00%) Data Science
4 3 (15.00%) Database Marketing
4 3 (15.00%) Functional Testing
4 3 (15.00%) Kanban
4 3 (15.00%) Product Management
4 3 (15.00%) Scrum
4 3 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (15.00%) Test Automation
4 3 (15.00%) Validation
4 3 (15.00%) Web Analytics
5 2 (10.00%) Acceptance Criteria
5 2 (10.00%) DevOps
5 2 (10.00%) QA Automation
5 2 (10.00%) Test Strategy
5 2 (10.00%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 13 (65.00%) SQL
2 7 (35.00%) Java
3 3 (15.00%) C#
4 2 (10.00%) JavaScript
5 1 (5.00%) C
5 1 (5.00%) C++
Qualifications
1 7 (35.00%) ISEB
2 6 (30.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (5.00%) ISTQB
System Software
1 3 (15.00%) Hyper-V
1 3 (15.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 3 (15.00%) Citrix
1 3 (15.00%) Google
1 3 (15.00%) VMware
2 2 (10.00%) Microsoft