Period
to 13 October 2019

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 13 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North of England
6 months to
13 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 49 53 79
Rank change year-on-year +4 +26 -15
Permanent jobs citing QA 911 999 846
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North of England 4.98% 4.69% 3.59%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.50% 32.81% 31.64%
Number of salaries quoted 687 806 677
North of England median annual salary £43,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £28,461 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £63,950 £65,000 £62,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -

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 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 2,719 3,045 2,674
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North of England 14.87% 14.28% 11.35%
Number of salaries quoted 1,851 2,366 2,030
North of England median annual salary £42,500 £44,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.41% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £22,500 £25,000 £23,500
90th Percentile £66,312 £63,750 £64,063
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the North of England

Job postings citing QA as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT 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

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the North of England over the 6 months to 13 October 2019.

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 13 October 2019. 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 +10 546 £42,500 - 111
Yorkshire -49 250 £43,500 +2.35% 78
North East +38 117 £44,812 +12.03% 44
QA
England

For the 6 months to 13 October 2019, 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.

1 532 (58.40%) Agile Software Development
2 342 (37.54%) Test Automation
3 253 (27.77%) SQL
4 203 (22.28%) Scrum
5 194 (21.30%) C#
6 193 (21.19%) DevOps
7 171 (18.77%) Mentoring
8 170 (18.66%) Selenium
9 163 (17.89%) JIRA
10 154 (16.90%) JavaScript
11 152 (16.68%) SQL Server
12 151 (16.58%) SDLC
13 146 (16.03%) Java
14 145 (15.92%) Azure
15 144 (15.81%) Git (software)
16 134 (14.71%) .NET
17 131 (14.38%) Microsoft
18 126 (13.83%) ISTQB
19 125 (13.72%) Problem-Solving
20 118 (12.95%) Degree
21 111 (12.18%) Finance
22 106 (11.64%) Software Engineering
22 106 (11.64%) REST
23 103 (11.31%) HTML
24 102 (11.20%) Continuous Integration
25 101 (11.09%) Coaching
26 93 (10.21%) TDD
27 92 (10.10%) Collaborative Working
28 87 (9.55%) Continuous Improvement
29 86 (9.44%) Linux

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 54 (5.93%) Confluence
2 22 (2.41%) IIS
3 19 (2.09%) CMS
4 12 (1.32%) Sitecore CMS
5 11 (1.21%) Apache Spark
5 11 (1.21%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (0.77%) Skype for Business
7 5 (0.55%) Umbraco
8 4 (0.44%) Apache
8 4 (0.44%) WordPress
9 3 (0.33%) Drupal
9 3 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
9 3 (0.33%) Podio
9 3 (0.33%) SAS
9 3 (0.33%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.22%) EPiServer
10 2 (0.22%) nginx
11 1 (0.11%) Apache Solr
11 1 (0.11%) Kentico
11 1 (0.11%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 20 (2.20%) Microsoft Excel
1 20 (2.20%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.76%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.44%) Adobe Illustrator
4 4 (0.44%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.33%) Chatbot
5 3 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.22%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 10 (1.10%) Payment Gateway
2 9 (0.99%) SAP Hybris
3 5 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.55%) Magento
4 3 (0.33%) Hyperion Planning
4 3 (0.33%) SessionCam
5 2 (0.22%) HFM
5 2 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.11%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.11%) Exstream
6 1 (0.11%) SAP CAR
6 1 (0.11%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 145 (15.92%) Azure
2 84 (9.22%) AWS
3 47 (5.16%) SaaS
4 24 (2.63%) Power Platform
5 15 (1.65%) PaaS
6 14 (1.54%) GitHub
7 10 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
7 10 (1.10%) GCP
7 10 (1.10%) Office 365
8 9 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (0.55%) Azure Data Factory
9 5 (0.55%) Google Analytics
9 5 (0.55%) Google Tag Manager
10 4 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.44%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.44%) Amazon SQS
10 4 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.44%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (0.44%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 39 (4.28%) Broadband
2 9 (0.99%) Firewall
2 9 (0.99%) LAN
3 8 (0.88%) Skype
4 7 (0.77%) DNS
4 7 (0.77%) Intranet
5 6 (0.66%) HTTP
5 6 (0.66%) Wireless
6 5 (0.55%) NGN
6 5 (0.55%) SSL
7 4 (0.44%) DHCP
7 4 (0.44%) SAN
7 4 (0.44%) VPN
8 3 (0.33%) VoIP
9 2 (0.22%) Fibre Channel
9 2 (0.22%) FTP
9 2 (0.22%) iSCSI
10 1 (0.11%) LTE
10 1 (0.11%) NFC
10 1 (0.11%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 152 (16.68%) SQL Server
2 44 (4.83%) Data Warehouse
3 32 (3.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 32 (3.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 27 (2.96%) MySQL
5 25 (2.74%) PostgreSQL
6 23 (2.52%) DB2
7 22 (2.41%) Big Data
7 22 (2.41%) MongoDB
8 20 (2.20%) Power BI
9 17 (1.87%) Relational Database
10 14 (1.54%) Oracle Reports
10 14 (1.54%) Redis
11 13 (1.43%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 9 (0.99%) NoSQL
12 9 (0.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 8 (0.88%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.66%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 6 (0.66%) Qlik Sense
15 5 (0.55%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 170 (18.66%) Selenium
2 163 (17.89%) JIRA
3 144 (15.81%) Git (software)
4 81 (8.89%) Jenkins
5 70 (7.68%) WebDriver
6 61 (6.70%) SoapUI
7 45 (4.94%) Cucumber
8 39 (4.28%) JUnit
9 38 (4.17%) SpecFlow
9 38 (4.17%) Visual Studio
9 38 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
10 35 (3.84%) Team Foundation Server
11 31 (3.40%) Subversion
12 30 (3.29%) Hudson
12 30 (3.29%) Octopus Deploy
13 28 (3.07%) JMeter
14 26 (2.85%) Maven
14 26 (2.85%) TeamCity
15 20 (2.20%) Bugzilla
16 19 (2.09%) HP UFT
General
1 111 (12.18%) Finance
2 77 (8.45%) Marketing
3 54 (5.93%) Telecoms
4 53 (5.82%) Retail
5 29 (3.18%) Automotive
5 29 (3.18%) Banking
6 24 (2.63%) Legal
7 23 (2.52%) Public Sector
8 16 (1.76%) Manufacturing
9 14 (1.54%) Billing
10 9 (0.99%) Games
10 9 (0.99%) Local Government
11 7 (0.77%) Electronics
12 4 (0.44%) Law
13 3 (0.33%) Advertising
14 2 (0.22%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.22%) Multimedia
15 1 (0.11%) French Language
15 1 (0.11%) German Language
15 1 (0.11%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 159 (17.45%) Analyst
2 132 (14.49%) Developer
3 107 (11.75%) QA Engineer
4 96 (10.54%) Tester
5 71 (7.79%) Test Analyst
6 59 (6.48%) Test Engineer
7 47 (5.16%) QA Analyst
8 46 (5.05%) C# Developer
9 45 (4.94%) Software Developer
10 44 (4.83%) Test Leader
11 42 (4.61%) Architect
12 40 (4.39%) QA Tester
13 39 (4.28%) .NET Developer
13 39 (4.28%) Team Leader
14 38 (4.17%) Software Team Leader
14 38 (4.17%) Test Manager
15 35 (3.84%) Automation Tester
16 33 (3.62%) C# .NET Developer
16 33 (3.62%) Senior QA Engineer
17 31 (3.40%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 134 (14.71%) .NET
2 106 (11.64%) REST
3 103 (11.31%) HTML
4 75 (8.23%) Web Services
5 73 (8.01%) SOAP
6 65 (7.14%) XML
7 61 (6.70%) CSS
8 40 (4.39%) ASP.NET
9 36 (3.95%) Gherkin
10 34 (3.73%) AngularJS
11 33 (3.62%) Vulkan
12 30 (3.29%) .NET Framework
13 28 (3.07%) ASP.NET Web API
13 28 (3.07%) HTML5
14 26 (2.85%) Ajax
15 24 (2.63%) JSON
15 24 (2.63%) Spring
16 22 (2.41%) Sass
16 22 (2.41%) Spring Boot
17 21 (2.31%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 84 (9.22%) Analytical Skills
2 60 (6.59%) User Experience
3 47 (5.16%) Mobile App
4 40 (4.39%) Self-Motivation
5 29 (3.18%) Algorithms
5 29 (3.18%) Embedded Systems
5 29 (3.18%) Management Information System
6 23 (2.52%) Smartphone
7 15 (1.65%) PMI
8 11 (1.21%) e-Learning
8 11 (1.21%) Robotics
9 10 (1.10%) Fixed Income
9 10 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
9 10 (1.10%) NHS
10 9 (0.99%) Client/Server
10 9 (0.99%) Public Cloud
10 9 (0.99%) Virtual Team
11 8 (0.88%) Augmented Reality
11 8 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
12 7 (0.77%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 86 (9.44%) Linux
2 84 (9.22%) Windows
3 60 (6.59%) Android
4 29 (3.18%) Tizen
4 29 (3.18%) Unix
5 14 (1.54%) Apple iOS
6 12 (1.32%) AIX
7 11 (1.21%) Windows Server
8 9 (0.99%) HPUX
9 8 (0.88%) Windows 7
9 8 (0.88%) Windows 8
10 5 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.33%) CentOS
12 2 (0.22%) Solaris
12 2 (0.22%) Windows 10
12 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 532 (58.40%) Agile Software Development
2 342 (37.54%) Test Automation
3 203 (22.28%) Scrum
4 193 (21.19%) DevOps
5 171 (18.77%) Mentoring
6 151 (16.58%) SDLC
7 125 (13.72%) Problem-Solving
8 106 (11.64%) Software Engineering
9 102 (11.20%) Continuous Integration
10 101 (11.09%) Coaching
11 93 (10.21%) TDD
12 92 (10.10%) Collaborative Working
13 87 (9.55%) Continuous Improvement
14 83 (9.11%) Stakeholder Management
15 82 (9.00%) BDD
16 76 (8.34%) Open Source
17 69 (7.57%) Test Strategy
18 68 (7.46%) Computer Science
19 67 (7.35%) Line Management
20 64 (7.03%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 253 (27.77%) SQL
2 194 (21.30%) C#
3 154 (16.90%) JavaScript
4 146 (16.03%) Java
5 52 (5.71%) Python
6 45 (4.94%) C++
7 41 (4.50%) C
7 41 (4.50%) PHP
8 31 (3.40%) PowerShell
9 28 (3.07%) Ruby
10 27 (2.96%) Shell Script
11 18 (1.98%) TypeScript
12 17 (1.87%) Perl
12 17 (1.87%) T-SQL
13 12 (1.32%) VB.NET
14 11 (1.21%) VB
15 10 (1.10%) Go
15 10 (1.10%) Java 8
16 9 (0.99%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 9 (0.99%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 126 (13.83%) ISTQB
2 118 (12.95%) Degree
3 68 (7.46%) ISEB
4 50 (5.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 22 (2.41%) Security Cleared
6 17 (1.87%) HND
7 16 (1.76%) Computer Science Degree
7 16 (1.76%) DBS Check
8 15 (1.65%) PMI Certification
9 9 (0.99%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (0.44%) AWS Certification
10 4 (0.44%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.11%) HNC
11 1 (0.11%) MBA
11 1 (0.11%) MCP
11 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.11%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.11%) PhD
11 1 (0.11%) SAP Certification
11 1 (0.11%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (1.76%) PMO
2 9 (0.99%) SLA
3 5 (0.55%) GDPR
4 3 (0.33%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.22%) WCAG
6 1 (0.11%) GxP
6 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
System Software
1 22 (2.41%) Docker
2 11 (1.21%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.55%) Firmware
3 5 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.33%) IAG
5 2 (0.22%) Apache Flume
5 2 (0.22%) HDFS
5 2 (0.22%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.11%) KVM
6 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 12 (1.32%) Ansible
2 9 (0.99%) HP ALM
2 9 (0.99%) Kibana
3 8 (0.88%) Puppet
4 7 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (0.55%) Kubernetes
6 4 (0.44%) CA Service Virtualization
6 4 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.33%) cPanel
7 3 (0.33%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (0.33%) Nagios
7 3 (0.33%) Red Hat Spacewalk
8 2 (0.22%) Automic
8 2 (0.22%) Grafana
8 2 (0.22%) Icinga
8 2 (0.22%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.22%) Oozie
8 2 (0.22%) Opsview
8 2 (0.22%) Salt
Vendors
1 131 (14.38%) Microsoft
2 63 (6.92%) Oracle
3 35 (3.84%) Google
4 29 (3.18%) QNX
5 24 (2.63%) HP
5 24 (2.63%) SAP
6 21 (2.31%) Atlassian
7 16 (1.76%) IBM
7 16 (1.76%) Sage
8 15 (1.65%) BT
9 14 (1.54%) CA Agile Central
9 14 (1.54%) Salesforce.com
10 13 (1.43%) Red Hat
11 12 (1.32%) Sitecore
12 11 (1.21%) Genesys
13 10 (1.10%) Zend
14 9 (0.99%) ATG
14 9 (0.99%) Demandware
14 9 (0.99%) hybris
14 9 (0.99%) SolarWinds