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

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 35 45 45
Rank change year-on-year +10 0 -15
Permanent jobs citing QA 36 33 42
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 4.79% 3.89% 4.60%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.62% 26.83% 36.84%
Number of salaries quoted 23 31 38
Lancashire median annual salary £42,500 £35,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +21.43% -6.67% +25.00%
10th Percentile £34,600 £23,000 £19,750
90th Percentile £69,316 £65,000 £45,075
North West median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year -5.56% +20.00% -

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 104 123 114
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 13.85% 14.50% 12.47%
Number of salaries quoted 76 99 101
Lancashire median annual salary £36,912 £35,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.46% -12.50% +33.33%
10th Percentile £23,875 £23,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,800 £53,750
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.26%

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 December 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 December 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 +9 16 £42,500 +21.43% 4
Preston +24 14 £43,500 +81.25% 2
Blackpool - 4 £57,478 -
Newton-le-Willows -2 1 £62,500 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 14 (38.89%) Software Testing
2 13 (36.11%) SQL
2 13 (36.11%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (25.00%) ISEB
3 9 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
4 8 (22.22%) Test Scripting
4 8 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (19.44%) Business Development
5 7 (19.44%) Business Analysis
6 6 (16.67%) Logistics
6 6 (16.67%) Programme Management
6 6 (16.67%) SQL Server
6 6 (16.67%) .NET
6 6 (16.67%) C#
6 6 (16.67%) Java
6 6 (16.67%) ASP.NET
6 6 (16.67%) Line Management
6 6 (16.67%) People Management
6 6 (16.67%) Data Structures
6 6 (16.67%) Algorithms
7 5 (13.89%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (13.89%) Decision-Making
8 4 (11.11%) Scrum
8 4 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (11.11%) Test Automation
8 4 (11.11%) Trello
8 4 (11.11%) Analytics
8 4 (11.11%) JIRA
8 4 (11.11%) Business Process Analysis
8 4 (11.11%) Translating Business Requirements

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 2 (5.56%) Confluence
2 1 (2.78%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.78%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (11.11%) Trello
2 1 (2.78%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.33%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (8.33%) DB2
2 3 (8.33%) Power BI
3 2 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (2.78%) Apache Hive
4 1 (2.78%) Hadoop
4 1 (2.78%) HBase
4 1 (2.78%) MongoDB
4 1 (2.78%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 4 (11.11%) JIRA
2 2 (5.56%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.78%) Jenkins
General
1 2 (5.56%) Banking
1 2 (5.56%) Finance
1 2 (5.56%) Retail
2 1 (2.78%) Advertising
2 1 (2.78%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (41.67%) Analyst
2 12 (33.33%) Software Analyst
3 9 (25.00%) Test Analyst
4 8 (22.22%) Development Manager
4 8 (22.22%) Software Test Analyst
5 6 (16.67%) Business Analyst
5 6 (16.67%) Software Development Manager
5 6 (16.67%) Software Manager
5 6 (16.67%) SQL Analyst
6 5 (13.89%) Software Tester
6 5 (13.89%) Tester
7 4 (11.11%) Business Development Analyst
7 4 (11.11%) Developer
7 4 (11.11%) Development Analyst
7 4 (11.11%) Project Analyst
7 4 (11.11%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (11.11%) Senior Business Analyst
7 4 (11.11%) Senior Development Analyst
7 4 (11.11%) Software Development Analyst
7 4 (11.11%) Software Development Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (16.67%) .NET
1 6 (16.67%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.78%) jQuery
2 1 (2.78%) RESTful
2 1 (2.78%) Spring
2 1 (2.78%) Spring Boot
2 1 (2.78%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 6 (16.67%) Algorithms
1 6 (16.67%) Data Structures
2 5 (13.89%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (8.33%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (2.78%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.78%) User Experience
4 1 (2.78%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.56%) Windows
2 1 (2.78%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (38.89%) Software Testing
2 13 (36.11%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
4 8 (22.22%) Test Scripting
5 7 (19.44%) Business Analysis
5 7 (19.44%) Business Development
6 6 (16.67%) Line Management
6 6 (16.67%) Logistics
6 6 (16.67%) People Management
6 6 (16.67%) Programme Management
7 5 (13.89%) Decision-Making
8 4 (11.11%) Analytics
8 4 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (11.11%) Business Process Analysis
8 4 (11.11%) Scrum
8 4 (11.11%) Test Automation
8 4 (11.11%) Translating Business Requirements
9 3 (8.33%) Performance Monitoring
9 3 (8.33%) Project Management
9 3 (8.33%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (36.11%) SQL
2 6 (16.67%) C#
2 6 (16.67%) Java
3 1 (2.78%) Java 8
3 1 (2.78%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.78%) PHP
3 1 (2.78%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.78%) Python
Qualifications
1 9 (25.00%) ISEB
2 8 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.78%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.78%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (2.78%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.78%) Hyper-V
1 1 (2.78%) KVM
1 1 (2.78%) VirtualBox
1 1 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (2.78%) Xen
Systems Management
1 1 (2.78%) Ansible
1 1 (2.78%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (2.78%) Puppet
Vendors
1 3 (8.33%) Cognos
1 3 (8.33%) Tableau
2 2 (5.56%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.78%) Cloudera
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle
3 1 (2.78%) VMware