Period
to 6 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North of England 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 6 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North of England
6 months to
6 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 62 64 62
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 +5
Permanent jobs citing QA 637 815 1,143
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North of England 4.18% 4.30% 4.52%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.89% 29.17% 36.98%
Number of salaries quoted 543 612 979
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +12.00%
10th Percentile £29,150 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £63,950 £63,144 £62,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +0.22%

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 the North of England with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
North of England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 1,775 2,794 3,091
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North of England 11.64% 14.75% 12.23%
Number of salaries quoted 1,388 1,989 2,411
Median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% +13.33%
10th Percentile £25,750 £23,750 £24,250
90th Percentile £67,500 £66,250 £66,250
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the North of England

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North of England.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the North of England

QA
Salary Trend in the North of England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA in the North of England.

Salary trend for QA in the North of England

QA
Salary Histogram in the North of England

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA in the North of England over the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

Salary histogram for QA in the North of England

QA
Job Locations in the North of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the North of England region over the 6 months to 6 April 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
North West -8 313 £50,000 +11.11% 67
Yorkshire +13 238 £40,000 -5.88% 35
North East +23 86 £45,000 +25.00% 17
QA
England

For the 6 months to 6 April 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 North of England region with a requirement for QA.

1 396 (62.17%) Agile Software Development
2 217 (34.07%) Test Automation
3 165 (25.90%) JavaScript
4 136 (21.35%) Scrum
5 133 (20.88%) Software Engineering
6 131 (20.57%) Selenium
7 124 (19.47%) C#
8 121 (19.00%) TDD
9 114 (17.90%) SQL
10 111 (17.43%) .NET
11 101 (15.86%) Mobile App
12 98 (15.38%) Python
13 91 (14.29%) Java
13 91 (14.29%) Marketing
14 89 (13.97%) SDLC
15 87 (13.66%) DevOps
16 80 (12.56%) BDD
17 79 (12.40%) REST
17 79 (12.40%) User Experience
18 77 (12.09%) Degree
19 72 (11.30%) Continuous Integration
20 70 (10.99%) SQL Server
20 70 (10.99%) Finance
21 65 (10.20%) MySQL
22 64 (10.05%) SaaS
23 63 (9.89%) HTML
24 62 (9.73%) PHP
25 61 (9.58%) PostgreSQL
25 61 (9.58%) MVC
26 60 (9.42%) WebDriver

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North of England 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 18 (2.83%) Confluence
2 9 (1.41%) NServiceBus
3 8 (1.26%) Apache
3 8 (1.26%) IIS
4 7 (1.10%) Apache Spark
4 7 (1.10%) CMS
4 7 (1.10%) EPiServer
5 4 (0.63%) CICS
5 4 (0.63%) SAS
6 3 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.47%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.47%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
7 2 (0.31%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.16%) Drupal
8 1 (0.16%) OnBase
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Fuse
8 1 (0.16%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.16%) Umbraco
Applications
1 6 (0.94%) Chatbot
1 6 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.78%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.63%) AutoCAD
3 4 (0.63%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.47%) Adobe Illustrator
4 3 (0.47%) InVision
4 3 (0.47%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.47%) Sketch
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe XD
5 1 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.63%) Shopify
2 3 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.16%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 64 (10.05%) SaaS
2 50 (7.85%) Azure
3 46 (7.22%) AWS
4 21 (3.30%) BrowserStack
5 16 (2.51%) GitHub
5 16 (2.51%) Sauce Labs
6 15 (2.35%) Amazon EC2
7 13 (2.04%) AWS Lambda
7 13 (2.04%) Serverless
8 8 (1.26%) GCP
9 5 (0.78%) BlazeMeter
9 5 (0.78%) Office 365
9 5 (0.78%) Power Platform
10 3 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.47%) Trello
11 2 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.16%) Amazon GuardDuty
12 1 (0.16%) Azure Data Factory
12 1 (0.16%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.10%) Network Security
2 5 (0.78%) SSL
3 4 (0.63%) Firewall
3 4 (0.63%) FTP
3 4 (0.63%) SAN
3 4 (0.63%) VPN
4 3 (0.47%) HTTP
4 3 (0.47%) Skype
5 2 (0.31%) Intranet
6 1 (0.16%) 3G
6 1 (0.16%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.16%) Internet
6 1 (0.16%) Unified Communications
6 1 (0.16%) WebEx
6 1 (0.16%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (10.99%) SQL Server
2 65 (10.20%) MySQL
3 61 (9.58%) PostgreSQL
4 59 (9.26%) Redis
5 31 (4.87%) Relational Database
6 21 (3.30%) MongoDB
7 20 (3.14%) NoSQL
8 16 (2.51%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 12 (1.88%) RDBMS
10 6 (0.94%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
10 6 (0.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
11 5 (0.78%) Power BI
11 5 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 4 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
13 3 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
13 3 (0.47%) DB2
13 3 (0.47%) RavenDB
14 2 (0.31%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 131 (20.57%) Selenium
2 60 (9.42%) JIRA
2 60 (9.42%) WebDriver
3 50 (7.85%) Jenkins
4 47 (7.38%) Cucumber
5 39 (6.12%) Git (software)
5 39 (6.12%) Postman
6 38 (5.97%) Team Foundation Server
7 29 (4.55%) SpecFlow
8 25 (3.92%) SoapUI
9 23 (3.61%) webpack
10 21 (3.30%) Visual Studio
11 20 (3.14%) JMeter
11 20 (3.14%) PHPUnit
11 20 (3.14%) TeamCity
12 18 (2.83%) Babel
13 16 (2.51%) Visual Studio Team System
14 14 (2.20%) Bitbucket
14 14 (2.20%) Protractor
15 8 (1.26%) Gatling
General
1 91 (14.29%) Marketing
2 70 (10.99%) Finance
3 22 (3.45%) Games
4 21 (3.30%) Banking
5 19 (2.98%) Retail
6 17 (2.67%) Legal
7 16 (2.51%) Telecoms
8 15 (2.35%) Public Sector
9 6 (0.94%) Local Government
10 5 (0.78%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.78%) Billing
10 5 (0.78%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.63%) Back Office
11 4 (0.63%) Law
12 3 (0.47%) Electronics
13 2 (0.31%) Police
14 1 (0.16%) Advertising
14 1 (0.16%) Multimedia
14 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.16%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 155 (24.33%) Developer
2 119 (18.68%) Analyst
3 81 (12.72%) Tester
4 65 (10.20%) QA Engineer
5 51 (8.01%) Test Analyst
6 48 (7.54%) Software Engineer
7 45 (7.06%) QA Analyst
7 45 (7.06%) Senior Developer
8 44 (6.91%) QA Tester
9 41 (6.44%) JavaScript Developer
10 34 (5.34%) Automation Tester
10 34 (5.34%) Software Developer
11 31 (4.87%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 31 (4.87%) QA Leader
12 30 (4.71%) .NET Developer
13 28 (4.40%) Test Engineer
14 26 (4.08%) QA Automation Engineer
15 24 (3.77%) PHP Software Engineer
16 22 (3.45%) Senior .NET Developer
17 20 (3.14%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (17.43%) .NET
2 79 (12.40%) REST
3 63 (9.89%) HTML
4 59 (9.26%) Redux
5 54 (8.48%) CSS
6 52 (8.16%) AngularJS
7 44 (6.91%) Web Services
8 43 (6.75%) ASP.NET
8 43 (6.75%) React
9 40 (6.28%) Symfony
10 39 (6.12%) .NET Core
11 31 (4.87%) HTML5
12 30 (4.71%) ASP.NET Web API
13 29 (4.55%) Node.js
14 28 (4.40%) ASP.NET MVC
15 24 (3.77%) SOAP
16 23 (3.61%) JSON
16 23 (3.61%) XML
17 18 (2.83%) .NET Framework
18 13 (2.04%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 101 (15.86%) Mobile App
2 79 (12.40%) User Experience
3 49 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
4 29 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
5 17 (2.67%) Greenfield Project
6 12 (1.88%) Client/Server
7 11 (1.73%) Virtual Team
8 10 (1.57%) Renewable Energy
9 9 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.26%) Management Information System
11 7 (1.10%) Mainframe
11 7 (1.10%) Online Games
11 7 (1.10%) Robotics
11 7 (1.10%) Video on Demand
12 6 (0.94%) Blog
12 6 (0.94%) NHS
12 6 (0.94%) Social Media
13 5 (0.78%) Clustering
13 5 (0.78%) Replication
13 5 (0.78%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 38 (5.97%) Windows
2 33 (5.18%) Linux
3 22 (3.45%) Android
4 21 (3.30%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.88%) Windows Server
6 10 (1.57%) Unix
7 4 (0.63%) Windows 10
7 4 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (0.63%) zOS
8 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.16%) Tizen
8 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 396 (62.17%) Agile Software Development
2 217 (34.07%) Test Automation
3 136 (21.35%) Scrum
4 133 (20.88%) Software Engineering
5 121 (19.00%) TDD
6 89 (13.97%) SDLC
7 87 (13.66%) DevOps
8 80 (12.56%) BDD
9 72 (11.30%) Continuous Integration
10 61 (9.58%) MVC
11 59 (9.26%) Regression Testing
12 55 (8.63%) Software Testing
13 48 (7.54%) Test Scripting
14 47 (7.38%) Functional Testing
14 47 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
15 45 (7.06%) User Stories
16 42 (6.59%) Collaborative Working
16 42 (6.59%) Project Management
16 42 (6.59%) Test Strategy
17 41 (6.44%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 165 (25.90%) JavaScript
2 124 (19.47%) C#
3 114 (17.90%) SQL
4 98 (15.38%) Python
5 91 (14.29%) Java
6 62 (9.73%) PHP
7 45 (7.06%) Lua
8 28 (4.40%) ES6
9 22 (3.45%) TypeScript
10 19 (2.98%) Ruby
11 16 (2.51%) PowerShell
12 15 (2.35%) C++
13 13 (2.04%) Bash Shell
14 12 (1.88%) VBA
15 11 (1.73%) T-SQL
16 10 (1.57%) Apple Swift
16 10 (1.57%) Objective-C
17 9 (1.41%) Groovy
17 9 (1.41%) VB
17 9 (1.41%) VB6
Qualifications
1 77 (12.09%) Degree
2 33 (5.18%) ISTQB
3 23 (3.61%) ISEB
4 16 (2.51%) Computer Science Degree
4 16 (2.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (0.63%) MCP
7 2 (0.31%) HND
7 2 (0.31%) PhD
8 1 (0.16%) MCPD
8 1 (0.16%) MCSD
8 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.16%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (1.73%) SLA
2 8 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.63%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.31%) GDPR
4 2 (0.31%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 17025
4 2 (0.31%) PMO
5 1 (0.16%) GAMP
5 1 (0.16%) GMP
5 1 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.16%) GxP
5 1 (0.16%) ISAE 3402
5 1 (0.16%) NCSC
5 1 (0.16%) Solvency II
System Software
1 34 (5.34%) Docker
2 6 (0.94%) Hyper-V
3 5 (0.78%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.16%) Firmware
5 1 (0.16%) KVM
5 1 (0.16%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 12 (1.88%) Kubernetes
1 12 (1.88%) Puppet
2 11 (1.73%) Ansible
3 10 (1.57%) CA Service Virtualization
4 7 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
5 6 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.78%) Failover Clustering
6 5 (0.78%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (0.63%) HP ALM
8 3 (0.47%) Kibana
9 2 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.31%) Rancher
9 2 (0.31%) Salt
10 1 (0.16%) Terraform
10 1 (0.16%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 39 (6.12%) Microsoft
2 18 (2.83%) Oracle
3 10 (1.57%) CA
4 9 (1.41%) Google
5 7 (1.10%) Remedy
5 7 (1.10%) Sage
5 7 (1.10%) Xamarin
6 6 (0.94%) VMware
7 5 (0.78%) HP
7 5 (0.78%) Red Hat
7 5 (0.78%) SAP
7 5 (0.78%) Workday
8 4 (0.63%) Adobe
8 4 (0.63%) Cisco
8 4 (0.63%) FIS
8 4 (0.63%) NetApp
8 4 (0.63%) Nimble Storage
8 4 (0.63%) Perfecto Mobile
8 4 (0.63%) ServiceNow
8 4 (0.63%) WorldPay