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 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West / Lancashire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 49 46 49
Rank change year-on-year -3 +3  
Permanent jobs citing QA 10 15 24
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 2.25% 3.29% 4.12%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.64% 31.91% 48.00%
Number of salaries quoted 9 8 19
Median salary £35,000 £36,750 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.76% -2.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £26,000 £27,700
10% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £40,000 £40,100
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.93%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Lancashire
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 39 47 50
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 8.78% 10.31% 8.58%
Number of salaries quoted 25 35 39
Median salary £35,000 £40,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a salary of more than £24,500 £24,000 £18,900
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £42,500 £67,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88%  

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire citing QA as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Lancashire

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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

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Salary Histogram in Lancashire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Lancashire over the 3 months to 27 June 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 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Preston - 3 £24,500 -
Skelmersdale +3 2 £42,500 +54.54%
Lancaster - 2 £40,000 - 1
Chorley -2 1 £30,000 -25.00%
Nelson - 1 £41,533 -
Blackburn - 1 £35,000 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 (65.38%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (46.15%) SDLC
3 8 (30.77%) Test Automation
4 6 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (23.08%) Test Scripting
4 6 (23.08%) JIRA
4 6 (23.08%) Validation
4 6 (23.08%) Microsoft
5 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Office
5 5 (19.23%) Regression Testing
5 5 (19.23%) Degree
5 5 (19.23%) Smoke Testing
6 4 (15.38%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (15.38%) Computer Science
6 4 (15.38%) ISTQB
6 4 (15.38%) SQL
6 4 (15.38%) Internet
7 3 (11.54%) Project Management
7 3 (11.54%) ISEB
7 3 (11.54%) JavaScript
7 3 (11.54%) OO
7 3 (11.54%) .NET
7 3 (11.54%) C#
7 3 (11.54%) Legal
7 3 (11.54%) Selenium
7 3 (11.54%) Retail
7 3 (11.54%) Service Delivery
7 3 (11.54%) Manual Testing
7 3 (11.54%) QA Automation
8 2 (7.69%) Scenario Testing

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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 (7.69%) Confluence
Applications
1 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.69%) SaaS
2 1 (3.85%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 4 (15.38%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.69%) MySQL
2 1 (3.85%) MongoDB
2 1 (3.85%) NoSQL
2 1 (3.85%) Redis
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (23.08%) JIRA
2 3 (11.54%) Selenium
3 2 (7.69%) Cucumber
4 1 (3.85%) Git (software)
4 1 (3.85%) HP UFT
4 1 (3.85%) JIRA Agile
4 1 (3.85%) Maven
4 1 (3.85%) SpecFlow
4 1 (3.85%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (11.54%) Legal
1 3 (11.54%) Retail
2 2 (7.69%) Marketing
3 1 (3.85%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (38.46%) Analyst
2 8 (30.77%) QA Analyst
3 4 (15.38%) Developer
3 4 (15.38%) Test Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) Delivery Manager
4 3 (11.54%) Manual Tester
4 3 (11.54%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) Service Manager
4 3 (11.54%) Services Delivery Manager
4 3 (11.54%) Test Manager
4 3 (11.54%) Tester
5 2 (7.69%) Agile Manual Tester
5 2 (7.69%) Agile Tester
5 2 (7.69%) QA Manual Tester
5 2 (7.69%) QA Tester
5 2 (7.69%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (3.85%) QA Leader
6 1 (3.85%) QA Team Leader
6 1 (3.85%) Test Automation Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) UAT Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.54%) .NET
2 1 (3.85%) .NET Framework
2 1 (3.85%) Ajax
2 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.85%) CSS
2 1 (3.85%) CSS3
2 1 (3.85%) HTML
2 1 (3.85%) HTML5
2 1 (3.85%) jQuery
2 1 (3.85%) JSON
2 1 (3.85%) Laravel
2 1 (3.85%) WCF
2 1 (3.85%) Web Services
2 1 (3.85%) WinForms
2 1 (3.85%) WPF
2 1 (3.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (15.38%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.85%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (65.38%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (46.15%) SDLC
3 8 (30.77%) Test Automation
4 6 (23.08%) Test Scripting
4 6 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (23.08%) Validation
5 5 (19.23%) Regression Testing
5 5 (19.23%) Smoke Testing
6 4 (15.38%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (11.54%) Manual Testing
7 3 (11.54%) OO
7 3 (11.54%) Project Management
7 3 (11.54%) QA Automation
7 3 (11.54%) Service Delivery
8 2 (7.69%) Functional Testing
8 2 (7.69%) Kanban
8 2 (7.69%) MVC
8 2 (7.69%) Scrum
8 2 (7.69%) Software Testing
8 2 (7.69%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (15.38%) SQL
2 3 (11.54%) C#
2 3 (11.54%) JavaScript
3 2 (7.69%) C
4 1 (3.85%) C++
4 1 (3.85%) Java
4 1 (3.85%) PHP
4 1 (3.85%) Python
Qualifications
1 5 (19.23%) Degree
2 4 (15.38%) ISTQB
3 3 (11.54%) ISEB
Vendors
1 6 (23.08%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.85%) Minitab
2 1 (3.85%) SAP
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