Period
to 29 November 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 November 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
North West > Manchester
6 months to
29 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 94 49 60
Rank change year-on-year -45 +11 +12
Permanent jobs citing QA 195 142 305
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in Manchester 3.41% 5.06% 4.80%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.14% 43.03% 39.71%
Number of salaries quoted 144 130 210
10th Percentile £31,250 £32,500 £29,975
25th Percentile £37,500 £40,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £56,250 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +12.50% +17.65%
75th Percentile £62,500 £67,500 £60,000
90th Percentile £79,481 £76,825 £67,500
North West median annual salary £47,500 £52,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year -9.52% +23.53% -

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 647 330 768
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Manchester 11.32% 11.76% 12.08%
Number of salaries quoted 405 299 549
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,500 £27,500
25th Percentile £37,450 £35,750 £34,506
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £49,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £61,750 £62,500 £57,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £75,000 £67,500
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year - +2.27% -2.22%

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 November 2021.

Salary histogram for QA in Manchester

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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 November 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
Salford -2 5 £44,000 +35.38% 3
Cheadle +2 4 £60,000 -
Stockport -3 2 £58,750 +67.86% 1
Oldham - 1 - - 1
Sale - 1 £35,000 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 29 November 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 97 (49.74%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (36.41%) Test Automation
3 59 (30.26%) Social Skills
4 42 (21.54%) User Experience
5 39 (20.00%) Azure
5 39 (20.00%) DevOps
5 39 (20.00%) JavaScript
6 37 (18.97%) Java
7 36 (18.46%) AWS
8 34 (17.44%) Degree
9 30 (15.38%) JIRA
10 29 (14.87%) Software Testing
10 29 (14.87%) Software Engineering
10 29 (14.87%) Selenium
10 29 (14.87%) Scrum
11 28 (14.36%) SQL
11 28 (14.36%) Problem-Solving
12 26 (13.33%) Git (software)
13 23 (11.79%) C#
13 23 (11.79%) AngularJS
13 23 (11.79%) Analytical Skills
13 23 (11.79%) Project Delivery
14 22 (11.28%) Terraform
15 21 (10.77%) React
15 21 (10.77%) API Testing
15 21 (10.77%) Jenkins
15 21 (10.77%) User Stories
15 21 (10.77%) TypeScript
15 21 (10.77%) Test Strategy
16 19 (9.74%) Finance

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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 15 (7.69%) CMS
2 5 (2.56%) Confluence
2 5 (2.56%) Elasticsearch
2 5 (2.56%) IIS
3 4 (2.05%) WordPress
4 2 (1.03%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (1.03%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.51%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.51%) Kentico
5 1 (0.51%) SharePoint
Applications
1 18 (9.23%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (5.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (3.08%) Photoshop
4 5 (2.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.03%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.51%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (2.05%) Maximo
2 3 (1.54%) Social Studio
3 1 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.51%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 39 (20.00%) Azure
2 36 (18.46%) AWS
3 12 (6.15%) GCP
4 11 (5.64%) Serverless
5 9 (4.62%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (4.10%) Azure Service Bus
7 6 (3.08%) GitHub
7 6 (3.08%) Power Platform
8 4 (2.05%) GitHub Actions
8 4 (2.05%) mabl
9 3 (1.54%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (1.54%) Azure Service Fabric
9 3 (1.54%) npm
9 3 (1.54%) NuGet
10 2 (1.03%) Amazon S3
10 2 (1.03%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (1.03%) BrowserStack
10 2 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (1.03%) Microsoft 365
10 2 (1.03%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.10%) HTTP
2 1 (0.51%) Unified Communications
2 1 (0.51%) WAN
2 1 (0.51%) Wireless
2 1 (0.51%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.15%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (3.08%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 6 (3.08%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (3.08%) Power BI
4 5 (2.56%) MongoDB
4 5 (2.56%) NoSQL
5 4 (2.05%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (2.05%) Tableau
6 2 (1.03%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.51%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.51%) Big Data
7 1 (0.51%) DB2
7 1 (0.51%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 30 (15.38%) JIRA
2 29 (14.87%) Selenium
3 26 (13.33%) Git (software)
4 21 (10.77%) Jenkins
5 9 (4.62%) JUnit
5 9 (4.62%) webpack
6 8 (4.10%) Android Studio
6 8 (4.10%) Cucumber
6 8 (4.10%) Postman
7 5 (2.56%) WebDriver
8 4 (2.05%) Cypress.io
8 4 (2.05%) JMeter
8 4 (2.05%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.03%) Bitbucket
9 2 (1.03%) TestRail
10 1 (0.51%) Artifactory
10 1 (0.51%) Calabash
10 1 (0.51%) Robot Framework
10 1 (0.51%) SonarQube
10 1 (0.51%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 59 (30.26%) Social Skills
2 23 (11.79%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (9.74%) Finance
3 19 (9.74%) Retail
4 11 (5.64%) Marketing
5 10 (5.13%) Organisational Skills
6 9 (4.62%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 9 (4.62%) Retail Finance
7 8 (4.10%) Law
7 8 (4.10%) Legal
8 6 (3.08%) Presentation Skills
9 4 (2.05%) Telecoms
10 3 (1.54%) Public Sector
11 2 (1.03%) Banking
11 2 (1.03%) Billing
11 2 (1.03%) Games
12 1 (0.51%) Advertising
12 1 (0.51%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 44 (22.56%) Developer
2 23 (11.79%) QA Engineer
3 22 (11.28%) Tester
4 21 (10.77%) Senior Developer
5 18 (9.23%) Analyst
6 17 (8.72%) Team Leader
7 15 (7.69%) DevOps Engineer
7 15 (7.69%) QA Tester
8 14 (7.18%) JavaScript Developer
9 12 (6.15%) Business Analyst
9 12 (6.15%) Software Engineer
10 11 (5.64%) Lead Developer
11 9 (4.62%) Test Engineer
12 8 (4.10%) Android Developer
12 8 (4.10%) QA Leader
13 7 (3.59%) Cloud Developer
13 7 (3.59%) Senior QA Engineer
14 6 (3.08%) Marketing Manager
14 6 (3.08%) Marketing Strategist
14 6 (3.08%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (11.79%) AngularJS
2 21 (10.77%) React
3 17 (8.72%) CSS
3 17 (8.72%) HTML
4 14 (7.18%) RESTful
5 13 (6.67%) .NET
5 13 (6.67%) Redux
6 12 (6.15%) Node.js
6 12 (6.15%) Spring
7 11 (5.64%) Hibernate
7 11 (5.64%) JPA
8 10 (5.13%) GraphQL
9 9 (4.62%) Enzyme
9 9 (4.62%) Jest
9 9 (4.62%) Serverless Framework
10 8 (4.10%) Android Jetpack
10 8 (4.10%) Material Design
11 5 (2.56%) ASP.NET Web API
11 5 (2.56%) XML
12 4 (2.05%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 42 (21.54%) User Experience
2 16 (8.21%) Self-Motivation
3 15 (7.69%) Management Information System
4 13 (6.67%) Data Protection Act
5 11 (5.64%) Greenfield Project
5 11 (5.64%) Mobile App
6 9 (4.62%) Legacy Code
7 5 (2.56%) Replication
7 5 (2.56%) Wiki
8 3 (1.54%) Blog
8 3 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.54%) Life Science
8 3 (1.54%) Marketing Technology
8 3 (1.54%) Private Cloud
8 3 (1.54%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.54%) Virtual Team
9 2 (1.03%) Cloud Native
9 2 (1.03%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.51%) Cyber Defence
10 1 (0.51%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 11 (5.64%) Windows
2 8 (4.10%) Android
3 5 (2.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (49.74%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (36.41%) Test Automation
3 39 (20.00%) DevOps
4 29 (14.87%) Scrum
4 29 (14.87%) Software Engineering
4 29 (14.87%) Software Testing
5 28 (14.36%) Problem-Solving
6 23 (11.79%) Project Delivery
7 21 (10.77%) API Testing
7 21 (10.77%) Test Strategy
7 21 (10.77%) User Stories
8 19 (9.74%) Manual Testing
9 18 (9.23%) SDLC
10 17 (8.72%) Stakeholder Management
11 16 (8.21%) Mentoring
12 15 (7.69%) Computer Science
12 15 (7.69%) Line Management
12 15 (7.69%) Project Management
12 15 (7.69%) Regression Testing
12 15 (7.69%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 39 (20.00%) JavaScript
2 37 (18.97%) Java
3 28 (14.36%) SQL
4 23 (11.79%) C#
5 21 (10.77%) TypeScript
6 17 (8.72%) Python
7 11 (5.64%) Java 11
7 11 (5.64%) Java 8
8 10 (5.13%) Ruby
9 9 (4.62%) Bash Shell
10 8 (4.10%) Kotlin
11 5 (2.56%) PowerShell
12 4 (2.05%) VBA
13 2 (1.03%) Apex Code
13 2 (1.03%) Go
13 2 (1.03%) PHP
13 2 (1.03%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.51%) Groovy
14 1 (0.51%) R
14 1 (0.51%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 34 (17.44%) Degree
2 13 (6.67%) Computer Science Degree
3 12 (6.15%) Security Cleared
4 11 (5.64%) SC Cleared
5 10 (5.13%) ISTQB
6 6 (3.08%) DBS Check
7 3 (1.54%) ISEB
8 1 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.51%) HNC
8 1 (0.51%) HND
8 1 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.51%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.59%) SLA
2 4 (2.05%) Accessibility
3 1 (0.51%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.51%) GDPR
3 1 (0.51%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 17025
3 1 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.51%) PMO
System Software
1 14 (7.18%) Docker
2 1 (0.51%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 22 (11.28%) Terraform
2 18 (9.23%) Kubernetes
3 6 (3.08%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (3.08%) Puppet
4 2 (1.03%) Ansible
4 2 (1.03%) Docker Swarm
4 2 (1.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.51%) Consul
5 1 (0.51%) Grafana
5 1 (0.51%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.51%) HP Fortify
5 1 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.51%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.51%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 15 (7.69%) HubSpot
2 14 (7.18%) Microsoft
3 12 (6.15%) Salesforce.com
4 8 (4.10%) Google
5 3 (1.54%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
5 3 (1.54%) Splunk
6 2 (1.03%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.03%) RedGate
6 2 (1.03%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.51%) ArcSight
7 1 (0.51%) BT
7 1 (0.51%) Databricks
7 1 (0.51%) Dynatrace
7 1 (0.51%) HP
7 1 (0.51%) Micro Focus
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle
7 1 (0.51%) Qualys
7 1 (0.51%) Sonatype
7 1 (0.51%) Tripwire
7 1 (0.51%) Xamarin