Period
to 29 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Manchester
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 72 52 54
Rank change year-on-year -20 +2 +1
Permanent jobs citing QA 175 168 340
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in Manchester 3.71% 5.10% 5.22%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.89% 40.38% 38.16%
Number of salaries quoted 141 141 208
10th Percentile £32,500 £33,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £37,500 £42,500 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £52,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year -4.76% +10.53% +5.56%
75th Percentile £61,250 £60,000 £60,000
90th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £65,000
North West median annual salary £45,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -10.00% +11.11% -

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 Manchester with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Manchester
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 532 416 891
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Manchester 11.27% 12.64% 13.67%
Number of salaries quoted 359 330 597
10th Percentile £29,000 £30,500 £26,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £40,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £50,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -5.00% +11.11% +5.88%
75th Percentile £61,250 £58,750 £60,000
90th Percentile £73,750 £70,000 £70,000
North West median annual salary £46,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -3.16% +5.56% +3.15%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Manchester.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Manchester

QA
Salary Trend in Manchester

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA in Manchester.

Salary trend for QA in Manchester

QA
Salary Histogram in Manchester

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA in Manchester over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Salary histogram for QA in Manchester

QA
Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Manchester region over the 6 months to 29 July 2021. 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
Stockport +11 11 £37,500 -27.72% 1
Salford +3 6 £80,000 +207.69% 2
Wigan - 2 £55,000 - 2
Altrincham -6 1 £26,500 -49.52%
Cheadle - 1 - -
Oldham - 1 - - 3
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, 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 Manchester region with a requirement for QA.

1 94 (53.71%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (30.29%) Test Automation
3 50 (28.57%) Social Skills
4 36 (20.57%) SQL
5 33 (18.86%) AWS
5 33 (18.86%) DevOps
6 32 (18.29%) JavaScript
7 28 (16.00%) Azure
8 27 (15.43%) Finance
9 26 (14.86%) Software Engineering
9 26 (14.86%) Analytical Skills
9 26 (14.86%) Problem-Solving
10 25 (14.29%) C#
11 24 (13.71%) Java
11 24 (13.71%) SQL Server
11 24 (13.71%) Selenium
12 23 (13.14%) .NET
12 23 (13.14%) Microsoft Office
13 22 (12.57%) E-Commerce
13 22 (12.57%) Degree
13 22 (12.57%) Retail
14 21 (12.00%) Microsoft
14 21 (12.00%) Scrum
15 19 (10.86%) Python
15 19 (10.86%) TDD
15 19 (10.86%) User Experience
16 18 (10.29%) Line Management
16 18 (10.29%) Jenkins
16 18 (10.29%) React
16 18 (10.29%) Software Testing

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 5 (2.86%) IIS
2 3 (1.71%) CMS
2 3 (1.71%) Confluence
2 3 (1.71%) Umbraco
3 2 (1.14%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.57%) Kentico
Applications
1 23 (13.14%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (7.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (2.29%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.57%) Figma
5 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.57%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.71%) Dynamics NAV
1 3 (1.71%) Maximo
2 1 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.57%) SDL Web 8
2 1 (0.57%) SessionCam
2 1 (0.57%) Social Studio
2 1 (0.57%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 33 (18.86%) AWS
2 28 (16.00%) Azure
3 12 (6.86%) Serverless
4 10 (5.71%) GCP
5 7 (4.00%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (4.00%) Power Platform
6 6 (3.43%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (3.43%) GitHub
7 5 (2.86%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (2.29%) Azure Data Factory
8 4 (2.29%) BrowserStack
8 4 (2.29%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (1.71%) Microsoft 365
9 3 (1.71%) SaaS
10 2 (1.14%) Amazon ECS
10 2 (1.14%) Amazon ELB
10 2 (1.14%) Amazon S3
10 2 (1.14%) Azure Service Bus
10 2 (1.14%) Route 53
11 1 (0.57%) Azure Service Fabric
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.57%) 4G
1 1 (0.57%) DNS
1 1 (0.57%) DSL
1 1 (0.57%) Firewall
1 1 (0.57%) POP3
1 1 (0.57%) SMTP
1 1 (0.57%) TCP/IP
1 1 (0.57%) VoIP
1 1 (0.57%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (13.71%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.43%) Power BI
3 4 (2.29%) Data Lake
3 4 (2.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (2.29%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (2.29%) SQL Server 2017
3 4 (2.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 4 (2.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (1.71%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (1.71%) Tableau
5 2 (1.14%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.57%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.57%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.57%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 24 (13.71%) Selenium
2 18 (10.29%) Jenkins
3 15 (8.57%) Git (software)
4 12 (6.86%) JMeter
5 11 (6.29%) Cucumber
6 10 (5.71%) JIRA
7 6 (3.43%) Jasmine
7 6 (3.43%) Protractor
8 5 (2.86%) Postman
8 5 (2.86%) SoapUI
8 5 (2.86%) WebDriver
8 5 (2.86%) webpack
9 4 (2.29%) Cypress.io
9 4 (2.29%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (1.71%) Maven
10 3 (1.71%) Robot Framework
11 2 (1.14%) Appium
11 2 (1.14%) JIRA Agile
11 2 (1.14%) TestRail
11 2 (1.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 50 (28.57%) Social Skills
2 27 (15.43%) Finance
3 26 (14.86%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (12.57%) Retail
5 8 (4.57%) Marketing
6 7 (4.00%) Legal
7 6 (3.43%) Organisational Skills
7 6 (3.43%) Retail Finance
8 5 (2.86%) Telecoms
9 4 (2.29%) Banking
10 3 (1.71%) Games
10 3 (1.71%) Presentation Skills
11 2 (1.14%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 2 (1.14%) Public Sector
12 1 (0.57%) Billing
12 1 (0.57%) Electronics
12 1 (0.57%) Influencing Skills
12 1 (0.57%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 33 (18.86%) Analyst
2 21 (12.00%) Developer
3 19 (10.86%) QA Analyst
3 19 (10.86%) QA Engineer
4 14 (8.00%) Tester
5 12 (6.86%) Software Engineer
6 11 (6.29%) DevOps Engineer
7 10 (5.71%) Business Analyst
8 7 (4.00%) .NET Developer
9 6 (3.43%) Automation Tester
9 6 (3.43%) Consultant
9 6 (3.43%) Senior Tester
9 6 (3.43%) Test Engineer
10 5 (2.86%) Automation Engineer
10 5 (2.86%) C# .NET Developer
10 5 (2.86%) C# Developer
10 5 (2.86%) QA Tester
10 5 (2.86%) Senior QA Engineer
10 5 (2.86%) Test Analyst
10 5 (2.86%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (13.14%) .NET
2 18 (10.29%) React
3 16 (9.14%) HTML
4 15 (8.57%) CSS
5 13 (7.43%) AngularJS
6 12 (6.86%) Node.js
6 12 (6.86%) XML
7 7 (4.00%) .NET Core
7 7 (4.00%) ASP.NET
7 7 (4.00%) Redux
8 6 (3.43%) Dropwizard
8 6 (3.43%) GraphQL
8 6 (3.43%) JSON
9 5 (2.86%) .NET Framework
9 5 (2.86%) Enzyme
9 5 (2.86%) Jest
9 5 (2.86%) jQuery
9 5 (2.86%) Serverless Framework
9 5 (2.86%) SOAP
10 4 (2.29%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.86%) User Experience
2 13 (7.43%) Management Information System
3 10 (5.71%) Greenfield Project
3 10 (5.71%) Mobile App
3 10 (5.71%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (2.86%) Legacy Code
4 5 (2.86%) Replication
5 3 (1.71%) Clustering
5 3 (1.71%) Data Protection Act
5 3 (1.71%) Learning Management System
6 2 (1.14%) Analytical Mindset
6 2 (1.14%) Cloud Native
6 2 (1.14%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.14%) iPhone
6 2 (1.14%) Motion Graphics
6 2 (1.14%) NHS
6 2 (1.14%) Photography
6 2 (1.14%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.57%) Marketing Technology
Operating Systems
1 14 (8.00%) Windows
2 5 (2.86%) Linux
3 4 (2.29%) Android
4 3 (1.71%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.57%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.57%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.57%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (53.71%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (30.29%) Test Automation
3 33 (18.86%) DevOps
4 26 (14.86%) Problem-Solving
4 26 (14.86%) Software Engineering
5 22 (12.57%) E-Commerce
6 21 (12.00%) Scrum
7 19 (10.86%) TDD
8 18 (10.29%) Line Management
8 18 (10.29%) Software Testing
9 16 (9.14%) Project Delivery
9 16 (9.14%) Test Scripting
10 15 (8.57%) SDLC
11 14 (8.00%) Project Management
11 14 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
12 13 (7.43%) API Testing
12 13 (7.43%) Business Intelligence
12 13 (7.43%) Continuous Integration
12 13 (7.43%) Performance Testing
12 13 (7.43%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 36 (20.57%) SQL
2 32 (18.29%) JavaScript
3 25 (14.29%) C#
4 24 (13.71%) Java
5 19 (10.86%) Python
6 14 (8.00%) TypeScript
7 10 (5.71%) T-SQL
8 8 (4.57%) Ruby
9 7 (4.00%) Bash Shell
10 5 (2.86%) C
10 5 (2.86%) PHP
10 5 (2.86%) PowerShell
11 4 (2.29%) ANSI SQL
11 4 (2.29%) VBA
12 3 (1.71%) Go
12 3 (1.71%) Java 11
13 2 (1.14%) VB
14 1 (0.57%) Apex Code
14 1 (0.57%) Groovy
14 1 (0.57%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 22 (12.57%) Degree
2 7 (4.00%) Computer Science Degree
2 7 (4.00%) ISTQB
3 5 (2.86%) ISEB
4 3 (1.71%) SC Cleared
4 3 (1.71%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.57%) DBS Check
5 1 (0.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.57%) Master's Degree
5 1 (0.57%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.86%) GDPR
2 4 (2.29%) SLA
3 1 (0.57%) Accessibility
3 1 (0.57%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.57%) PMO
System Software
1 6 (3.43%) Docker
2 1 (0.57%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.57%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (8.57%) Kubernetes
2 9 (5.14%) Terraform
3 5 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (2.86%) Puppet
4 3 (1.71%) HP Fortify
5 1 (0.57%) Consul
5 1 (0.57%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (0.57%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 21 (12.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (4.00%) Salesforce.com
3 3 (1.71%) Google
3 3 (1.71%) HP
4 2 (1.14%) HubSpot
4 2 (1.14%) SAP
4 2 (1.14%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.57%) Apple
5 1 (0.57%) Cisco
5 1 (0.57%) Freshdesk
5 1 (0.57%) Hotjar
5 1 (0.57%) Meraki
5 1 (0.57%) Oracle
5 1 (0.57%) Pega
5 1 (0.57%) Sage
5 1 (0.57%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
5 1 (0.57%) Spiceworks
5 1 (0.57%) Tealeaf
5 1 (0.57%) Tealium
5 1 (0.57%) Ubiquiti