Period
to 18 January 2021

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 18 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North of England
6 months to
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 82 52 59
Rank change year-on-year -30 +7 +7
Permanent jobs citing QA 323 761 864
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North of England 3.44% 4.72% 4.47%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.40% 40.12% 30.33%
Number of salaries quoted 321 656 701
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
10th Percentile £29,750 £28,231 £27,500
90th Percentile £71,325 £65,000 £63,750
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +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 997 1,897 2,849
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North of England 10.61% 11.77% 14.75%
Number of salaries quoted 792 1,531 2,214
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% -5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,000 £24,669
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £67,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -

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 18 January 2021.

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 18 January 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
North West -15 188 £50,000 +11.11% 56
Yorkshire -38 98 £40,000 - 31
North East -22 37 £40,000 -11.11% 14
QA
England

For the 6 months to 18 January 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 North of England region with a requirement for QA.

1 170 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (47.37%) Test Automation
3 83 (25.70%) JavaScript
4 67 (20.74%) SQL
5 64 (19.81%) .NET
6 60 (18.58%) C#
7 53 (16.41%) DevOps
8 50 (15.48%) Azure
9 49 (15.17%) Selenium
10 45 (13.93%) AWS
10 45 (13.93%) Software Engineering
11 44 (13.62%) Scrum
12 42 (13.00%) User Experience
12 42 (13.00%) Node.js
12 42 (13.00%) Problem-Solving
13 40 (12.38%) Analytical Skills
14 39 (12.07%) Microservices
14 39 (12.07%) SDLC
15 37 (11.46%) HTML
15 37 (11.46%) SQL Server
15 37 (11.46%) TDD
16 36 (11.15%) Finance
17 35 (10.84%) CSS
17 35 (10.84%) Microsoft
18 34 (10.53%) React
19 32 (9.91%) Regression Testing
20 31 (9.60%) Front End Development
21 30 (9.29%) Business Intelligence
21 30 (9.29%) Mobile App
22 29 (8.98%) Docker

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 7 (2.17%) CMS
2 6 (1.86%) Headless CMS
2 6 (1.86%) Umbraco
3 5 (1.55%) Confluence
4 3 (0.93%) Apache
4 3 (0.93%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.62%) IIS
5 2 (0.62%) SAS
5 2 (0.62%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.62%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.31%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.62%) Adobe Illustrator
2 2 (0.62%) InVision
2 2 (0.62%) Photoshop
2 2 (0.62%) Sketch
2 2 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
2 2 (0.62%) Zeplin
3 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.31%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.24%) thinkFolio
2 1 (0.31%) Magento
2 1 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.31%) SAP CS
2 1 (0.31%) SAP MDG
2 1 (0.31%) SAP R/3
2 1 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.31%) SAP SD
2 1 (0.31%) SAP SM
2 1 (0.31%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 50 (15.48%) Azure
2 45 (13.93%) AWS
3 20 (6.19%) SaaS
4 18 (5.57%) Serverless
5 14 (4.33%) GCP
6 12 (3.72%) Power Platform
7 8 (2.48%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (1.24%) Google Drive
8 4 (1.24%) Slack
9 3 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.93%) BrowserStack
9 3 (0.93%) IaaS
9 3 (0.93%) PaaS
10 2 (0.62%) Azure Data Factory
10 2 (0.62%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.31%) Apigee
11 1 (0.31%) Kong
11 1 (0.31%) npm
11 1 (0.31%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 3 (0.93%) Broadband
2 2 (0.62%) Firewall
3 1 (0.31%) Internet
3 1 (0.31%) Skype
3 1 (0.31%) Unified Communications
3 1 (0.31%) VoIP
3 1 (0.31%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (11.46%) SQL Server
2 15 (4.64%) NoSQL
3 14 (4.33%) MySQL
3 14 (4.33%) Relational Database
4 12 (3.72%) Power BI
5 11 (3.41%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (2.48%) Azure SQL Database
6 8 (2.48%) MongoDB
7 7 (2.17%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 5 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (1.24%) Oracle Database
9 4 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (1.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.93%) Big Data
10 3 (0.93%) Redis
11 2 (0.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 1 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
12 1 (0.31%) Crystal Reports
12 1 (0.31%) DB2
12 1 (0.31%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 49 (15.17%) Selenium
2 29 (8.98%) JIRA
3 24 (7.43%) Git (software)
4 17 (5.26%) Postman
4 17 (5.26%) webpack
5 15 (4.64%) SpecFlow
5 15 (4.64%) WebDriver
6 14 (4.33%) TeamCity
7 13 (4.02%) Cucumber
8 12 (3.72%) Visual Studio
9 11 (3.41%) Babel
9 11 (3.41%) Protractor
9 11 (3.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 10 (3.10%) Cypress.io
10 10 (3.10%) GitLab
10 10 (3.10%) Jenkins
11 8 (2.48%) Appium
12 6 (1.86%) Subversion
13 5 (1.55%) Grunt
13 5 (1.55%) gulp
General
1 36 (11.15%) Finance
2 19 (5.88%) Marketing
3 14 (4.33%) Public Sector
4 13 (4.02%) Games
5 7 (2.17%) Manufacturing
5 7 (2.17%) Retail
6 5 (1.55%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.24%) Automotive
7 4 (1.24%) Banking
7 4 (1.24%) Electronics
8 3 (0.93%) Law
8 3 (0.93%) Multimedia
8 3 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.62%) Back Office
9 2 (0.62%) Billing
9 2 (0.62%) Czech Language
9 2 (0.62%) Legal
9 2 (0.62%) Local Government
9 2 (0.62%) Publishing
10 1 (0.31%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 94 (29.10%) Developer
2 43 (13.31%) Analyst
3 33 (10.22%) QA Engineer
4 31 (9.60%) Tester
5 29 (8.98%) Test Analyst
6 25 (7.74%) Senior Developer
6 25 (7.74%) Test Engineer
7 23 (7.12%) Software Developer
8 21 (6.50%) .NET Developer
9 18 (5.57%) QA Analyst
10 17 (5.26%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 16 (4.95%) Full Stack Developer
11 16 (4.95%) QA Tester
12 13 (4.02%) QA Test Engineer
13 12 (3.72%) C# Developer
13 12 (3.72%) QA Test Analyst
13 12 (3.72%) Test Automation Engineer
14 11 (3.41%) C# .NET Developer
15 10 (3.10%) QA Automation Engineer
15 10 (3.10%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (19.81%) .NET
2 42 (13.00%) Node.js
3 37 (11.46%) HTML
4 35 (10.84%) CSS
5 34 (10.53%) React
6 27 (8.36%) AngularJS
7 22 (6.81%) REST
8 20 (6.19%) .NET Core
8 20 (6.19%) Web Services
8 20 (6.19%) XML
9 19 (5.88%) .NET Framework
10 18 (5.57%) JSON
11 17 (5.26%) Redux
12 13 (4.02%) jQuery
13 12 (3.72%) RESTful
14 11 (3.41%) Flutter
15 10 (3.10%) Gherkin
15 10 (3.10%) GraphQL
15 10 (3.10%) React Native
16 8 (2.48%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 42 (13.00%) User Experience
2 40 (12.38%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (9.29%) Mobile App
4 14 (4.33%) Greenfield Project
5 9 (2.79%) Management Information System
6 8 (2.48%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (1.24%) Blog
7 4 (1.24%) Life Science
8 3 (0.93%) Clustering
8 3 (0.93%) Data Structures
8 3 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (0.93%) NHS
8 3 (0.93%) Replication
9 2 (0.62%) LIMS
9 2 (0.62%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.31%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.31%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.31%) PlayStation
10 1 (0.31%) Private Cloud
10 1 (0.31%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 19 (5.88%) Windows
2 16 (4.95%) Linux
3 8 (2.48%) Android
3 8 (2.48%) Apple iOS
4 4 (1.24%) Mac OS X
4 4 (1.24%) Unix
5 1 (0.31%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 170 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (47.37%) Test Automation
3 53 (16.41%) DevOps
4 45 (13.93%) Software Engineering
5 44 (13.62%) Scrum
6 42 (13.00%) Problem-Solving
7 39 (12.07%) Microservices
7 39 (12.07%) SDLC
8 37 (11.46%) TDD
9 32 (9.91%) Regression Testing
10 31 (9.60%) Front End Development
11 30 (9.29%) Business Intelligence
12 29 (8.98%) Software Testing
13 28 (8.67%) Continuous Integration
14 26 (8.05%) BDD
14 26 (8.05%) Test Strategy
15 25 (7.74%) User Acceptance Testing
16 24 (7.43%) Waterfall
17 23 (7.12%) Functional Testing
18 22 (6.81%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 83 (25.70%) JavaScript
2 67 (20.74%) SQL
3 60 (18.58%) C#
4 22 (6.81%) Java
4 22 (6.81%) Python
5 20 (6.19%) PHP
6 17 (5.26%) C
7 9 (2.79%) PowerShell
7 9 (2.79%) TypeScript
8 8 (2.48%) ES6
9 7 (2.17%) C++
10 6 (1.86%) T-SQL
10 6 (1.86%) VBScript
11 5 (1.55%) Ruby
12 4 (1.24%) Bash Shell
12 4 (1.24%) Perl
13 2 (0.62%) Lua
13 2 (0.62%) PHP 7
13 2 (0.62%) R
13 2 (0.62%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 14 (4.33%) Degree
2 10 (3.10%) ISTQB
3 8 (2.48%) ISEB
4 3 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.31%) ACCA
5 1 (0.31%) CIMA
5 1 (0.31%) HNC
5 1 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.31%) MCSE
5 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (0.62%) CDISC
2 2 (0.62%) GxP
2 2 (0.62%) ISO 9001
2 2 (0.62%) PMO
3 1 (0.31%) GDPR
3 1 (0.31%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (8.98%) Docker
2 1 (0.31%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.31%) Firmware
2 1 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (4.64%) Ansible
1 15 (4.64%) Puppet
2 6 (1.86%) Kubernetes
3 5 (1.55%) SCCM
4 3 (0.93%) Failover Clustering
4 3 (0.93%) HP ALM
4 3 (0.93%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.31%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.31%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.31%) Terraform
6 1 (0.31%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 35 (10.84%) Microsoft
2 15 (4.64%) Google
3 7 (2.17%) Oracle
3 7 (2.17%) Xamarin
4 6 (1.86%) Apple
5 5 (1.55%) MKS
5 5 (1.55%) SAP
6 4 (1.24%) Perforce
6 4 (1.24%) Sony
7 3 (0.93%) HP
7 3 (0.93%) IBM
8 2 (0.62%) ATG
8 2 (0.62%) Atlassian
8 2 (0.62%) Cisco
8 2 (0.62%) hybris
8 2 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (0.62%) VMware
9 1 (0.31%) Fortinet
9 1 (0.31%) HubSpot
9 1 (0.31%) Zend