Period
to 23 September 2020

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 23 September 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Manchester
6 months to
23 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 44 52 62
Rank change year-on-year +8 +10 +16
Permanent jobs citing QA 145 344 344
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in Manchester 5.57% 5.25% 4.75%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.34% 42.31% 36.83%
Number of salaries quoted 143 233 294
Median annual salary £55,000 £48,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.40% +14.12% +6.25%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £30,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £58,750
North West median annual salary £50,000 £42,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +17.65% -5.56% +12.50%

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 327 813 934
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Manchester 12.57% 12.41% 12.90%
Number of salaries quoted 271 562 770
Median annual salary £50,000 £46,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.53% +3.33% +12.50%
10th Percentile £30,500 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £70,102 £62,500
North West median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +16.13%

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 23 September 2020.

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 23 September 2020. 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 +31 4 £43,440 -8.55% 3
Bury +6 2 £40,750 +16.43% 1
Bolton +24 1 £40,000 -3.03%
Salford +13 1 £32,500 - 1
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 23 September 2020, 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 73 (50.34%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (44.14%) Test Automation
3 55 (37.93%) SQL
4 36 (24.83%) Analytical Skills
5 35 (24.14%) Business Intelligence
6 32 (22.07%) .NET
7 30 (20.69%) Microservices
7 30 (20.69%) Problem-Solving
8 29 (20.00%) SDLC
8 29 (20.00%) JavaScript
9 27 (18.62%) Finance
9 27 (18.62%) Software Engineering
10 26 (17.93%) C#
11 24 (16.55%) Continuous Integration
12 23 (15.86%) TDD
12 23 (15.86%) User Experience
13 22 (15.17%) Data Warehouse
13 22 (15.17%) Marketing
13 22 (15.17%) Node.js
14 19 (13.10%) BDD
15 18 (12.41%) Unit Testing
15 18 (12.41%) E-Commerce
16 17 (11.72%) SQL Server
16 17 (11.72%) JIRA
16 17 (11.72%) Selenium
16 17 (11.72%) SpecFlow
17 16 (11.03%) DevOps
17 16 (11.03%) Use Case
18 15 (10.34%) Telecoms
18 15 (10.34%) PostgreSQL

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 4 (2.76%) Apache
2 3 (2.07%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.38%) Confluence
3 2 (1.38%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.69%) CMS
4 1 (0.69%) nginx
4 1 (0.69%) NServiceBus
4 1 (0.69%) Oracle HTTP Server
4 1 (0.69%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (3.45%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.38%) Adobe Illustrator
2 2 (1.38%) InVision
2 2 (1.38%) Photoshop
2 2 (1.38%) Sketch
2 2 (1.38%) Zeplin
3 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.69%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (2.76%) thinkFolio
2 3 (2.07%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.52%) npm
2 7 (4.83%) AWS
2 7 (4.83%) Azure
3 5 (3.45%) GCP
3 5 (3.45%) Power Platform
4 4 (2.76%) SaaS
5 3 (2.07%) Yarn
6 2 (1.38%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.69%) Office 365
7 1 (0.69%) Serverless
7 1 (0.69%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.69%) HTTP
1 1 (0.69%) Internet
1 1 (0.69%) Skype
1 1 (0.69%) SSL
1 1 (0.69%) TCP/IP
1 1 (0.69%) Unified Communications
1 1 (0.69%) WebEx
1 1 (0.69%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (15.17%) Data Warehouse
2 17 (11.72%) SQL Server
3 15 (10.34%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (4.14%) MySQL
5 5 (3.45%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 5 (3.45%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (3.45%) Power BI
6 4 (2.76%) Relational Database
7 3 (2.07%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (2.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (2.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (1.38%) Big Data
8 2 (1.38%) NoSQL
8 2 (1.38%) RavenDB
9 1 (0.69%) Event Store
9 1 (0.69%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.69%) Riak
Development Applications
1 17 (11.72%) JIRA
1 17 (11.72%) Selenium
1 17 (11.72%) SpecFlow
2 12 (8.28%) Git (software)
3 10 (6.90%) NUnit
4 8 (5.52%) Protractor
5 7 (4.83%) WebDriver
6 6 (4.14%) Visual Studio
7 4 (2.76%) GitLab
7 4 (2.76%) Jenkins
7 4 (2.76%) Postman
7 4 (2.76%) Zephyr
8 3 (2.07%) HP UFT
8 3 (2.07%) Selenium IDE
8 3 (2.07%) TeamCity
8 3 (2.07%) webpack
9 2 (1.38%) Cucumber
9 2 (1.38%) Mocha
9 2 (1.38%) SoapUI
9 2 (1.38%) Subversion
General
1 27 (18.62%) Finance
2 22 (15.17%) Marketing
3 15 (10.34%) Telecoms
4 13 (8.97%) Electronics
4 13 (8.97%) Manufacturing
4 13 (8.97%) Public Sector
5 5 (3.45%) Publishing
6 3 (2.07%) Games
7 2 (1.38%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.69%) Banking
8 1 (0.69%) French Language
8 1 (0.69%) German Language
8 1 (0.69%) Law
Job Titles
1 39 (26.90%) Developer
2 27 (18.62%) Analyst
3 15 (10.34%) Tester
4 14 (9.66%) Business Systems Analyst
4 14 (9.66%) Systems Analyst
5 12 (8.28%) QA Tester
6 10 (6.90%) .NET Software Engineer
6 10 (6.90%) Business Analyst
6 10 (6.90%) QA Engineer
6 10 (6.90%) Senior .NET Software Engineer
6 10 (6.90%) Senior Software Engineer
6 10 (6.90%) Software Engineer
7 9 (6.21%) DBA
7 9 (6.21%) Senior Developer
8 8 (5.52%) Production DBA
8 8 (5.52%) QA Analyst
9 7 (4.83%) Business Intelligence Analyst
9 7 (4.83%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
9 7 (4.83%) Product Owner
9 7 (4.83%) Senior Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (22.07%) .NET
2 22 (15.17%) Node.js
3 14 (9.66%) .NET Core
3 14 (9.66%) ASP.NET
3 14 (9.66%) React
4 13 (8.97%) AngularJS
5 12 (8.28%) CSS
5 12 (8.28%) HTML
6 10 (6.90%) Akka.NET
6 10 (6.90%) ASP.NET Core
6 10 (6.90%) LINQ
6 10 (6.90%) Task Parallel Library
7 9 (6.21%) .NET Framework
8 8 (5.52%) Sass
9 7 (4.83%) XML
10 6 (4.14%) JAXB
10 6 (4.14%) JSON
11 4 (2.76%) FIX Protocol
12 3 (2.07%) Symfony
12 3 (2.07%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 36 (24.83%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (15.86%) User Experience
3 11 (7.59%) Management Information System
4 10 (6.90%) Cloud Native
4 10 (6.90%) Virtual Team
5 9 (6.21%) Mobile App
5 9 (6.21%) Replication
6 7 (4.83%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (4.14%) Clustering
8 5 (3.45%) Video Conferencing
9 4 (2.76%) Social Media
10 3 (2.07%) Blog
11 2 (1.38%) Mobile Games
11 2 (1.38%) Self-Motivation
12 1 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
12 1 (0.69%) Life Science
12 1 (0.69%) LIMS
12 1 (0.69%) N-Tier
12 1 (0.69%) PMI
12 1 (0.69%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 10 (6.90%) Linux
2 9 (6.21%) Windows
3 3 (2.07%) Android
4 2 (1.38%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.38%) Unix
5 1 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.69%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (50.34%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (44.14%) Test Automation
3 35 (24.14%) Business Intelligence
4 30 (20.69%) Microservices
4 30 (20.69%) Problem-Solving
5 29 (20.00%) SDLC
6 27 (18.62%) Software Engineering
7 24 (16.55%) Continuous Integration
8 23 (15.86%) TDD
9 19 (13.10%) BDD
10 18 (12.41%) E-Commerce
10 18 (12.41%) Unit Testing
11 16 (11.03%) DevOps
11 16 (11.03%) Use Case
12 14 (9.66%) Business Analysis
12 14 (9.66%) Digital Marketing
12 14 (9.66%) Project Management
13 13 (8.97%) OO
13 13 (8.97%) Programme Management
13 13 (8.97%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 55 (37.93%) SQL
2 29 (20.00%) JavaScript
3 26 (17.93%) C#
4 8 (5.52%) T-SQL
5 7 (4.83%) TypeScript
6 6 (4.14%) PowerShell
7 4 (2.76%) Ruby
8 3 (2.07%) ES6
8 3 (2.07%) PHP
8 3 (2.07%) Python
9 2 (1.38%) Java
10 1 (0.69%) C++
10 1 (0.69%) ES8
10 1 (0.69%) Perl
10 1 (0.69%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.69%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 11 (7.59%) Degree
2 7 (4.83%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (2.07%) ISEB
3 3 (2.07%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.69%) Master's Degree
4 1 (0.69%) MCSE
4 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.69%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.76%) SLA
2 1 (0.69%) GxP
2 1 (0.69%) PMBOK
2 1 (0.69%) PMO
System Software
1 14 (9.66%) Docker
2 1 (0.69%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 8 (5.52%) Ansible
1 8 (5.52%) Puppet
2 6 (4.14%) Failover Clustering
2 6 (4.14%) Microsoft Clustering
3 5 (3.45%) Kubernetes
4 3 (2.07%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 13 (8.97%) SAP
2 7 (4.83%) Microsoft
3 3 (2.07%) Google
3 3 (2.07%) Zend
4 2 (1.38%) Sage
5 1 (0.69%) Freshdesk
5 1 (0.69%) iManage
5 1 (0.69%) Oracle
5 1 (0.69%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.69%) Remedy
5 1 (0.69%) Spiceworks
5 1 (0.69%) Xamarin
5 1 (0.69%) Zoho