Period
to 20 September 2019

The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 20 September 2019.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance Engineer
England > North West
6 months to
20 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 275 336 330
Rank change year-on-year +61 -6 -10
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 55 24 47
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.52% 0.20% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.21% 0.37%
Number of salaries quoted 47 24 41
North West median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £30,500 £27,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £62,500 £61,475 £50,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
North West
Permanent vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 10,065 11,528 12,751
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.91% 96.77% 96.69%
Number of salaries quoted 7,742 9,337 10,273
North West median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £41,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.27% +6.02% +3.75%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £68,344 £67,500 £63,750
England median annual salary £51,000 £50,000 £48,199
% change year-on-year +2.00% +3.74% +1.47%

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in the North West

QA Engineer
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA Engineer in the North West.

Salary trend for QA Engineer in the North West

QA Engineer
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Engineer in the North West over the 6 months to 20 September 2019.

Salary histogram for QA Engineer in the North West

QA Engineer
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the North West region over the 6 months to 20 September 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
Cheshire +51 27 £40,000 +45.45% 3
Manchester +25 26 £40,000 +6.67% 1
Lancashire - 1 £30,000 -
Merseyside - 1 £62,500 -
QA Engineer
England

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 September 2019, QA Engineer job roles required the following IT 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 West region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 55 (100.00%) QA
2 45 (81.82%) Test Automation
3 34 (61.82%) SQL
4 31 (56.36%) SOAP
4 31 (56.36%) REST
5 30 (54.55%) Java
5 30 (54.55%) Scrum
6 28 (50.91%) Jenkins
7 27 (49.09%) Agile Software Development
8 26 (47.27%) C#
9 25 (45.45%) SpecFlow
10 24 (43.64%) Continuous Integration
11 23 (41.82%) Hudson
12 21 (38.18%) JavaScript
12 21 (38.18%) JIRA
13 20 (36.36%) HTML
13 20 (36.36%) Web Services
13 20 (36.36%) XML
13 20 (36.36%) Acceptance Criteria
14 19 (34.55%) Selenium
15 18 (32.73%) BDD
16 17 (30.91%) TDD
17 16 (29.09%) JUnit
17 16 (29.09%) Shell Script
17 16 (29.09%) Test Scripting
17 16 (29.09%) Visual Studio Team System
17 16 (29.09%) Defect Management
18 15 (27.27%) Gherkin
18 15 (27.27%) ISTQB
19 14 (25.45%) SDLC

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (7.27%) Apache
1 4 (7.27%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.82%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.27%) AWS
2 3 (5.45%) Azure
3 2 (3.64%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.27%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.82%) Big Data
2 1 (1.82%) MongoDB
2 1 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.82%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 28 (50.91%) Jenkins
2 25 (45.45%) SpecFlow
3 23 (41.82%) Hudson
4 21 (38.18%) JIRA
5 19 (34.55%) Selenium
6 16 (29.09%) JUnit
6 16 (29.09%) Visual Studio Team System
7 11 (20.00%) WebDriver
8 8 (14.55%) SoapUI
8 8 (14.55%) TestNG
9 7 (12.73%) Cucumber
9 7 (12.73%) Maven
10 1 (1.82%) Bugzilla
10 1 (1.82%) Git (software)
10 1 (1.82%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.82%) PHPUnit
10 1 (1.82%) Robotium
10 1 (1.82%) TestRail
General
1 5 (9.09%) Electronics
1 5 (9.09%) Finance
1 5 (9.09%) Manufacturing
1 5 (9.09%) Marketing
1 5 (9.09%) Public Sector
1 5 (9.09%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (56.36%) REST
1 31 (56.36%) SOAP
2 20 (36.36%) HTML
2 20 (36.36%) Web Services
2 20 (36.36%) XML
3 15 (27.27%) Gherkin
4 8 (14.55%) Swagger
5 4 (7.27%) Kafka
6 1 (1.82%) .NET
6 1 (1.82%) Laravel
6 1 (1.82%) Nightwatchjs
6 1 (1.82%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 12 (21.82%) PMI
2 10 (18.18%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.82%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.64%) Windows
1 2 (3.64%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (81.82%) Test Automation
2 30 (54.55%) Scrum
3 27 (49.09%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (43.64%) Continuous Integration
5 20 (36.36%) Acceptance Criteria
6 18 (32.73%) BDD
7 17 (30.91%) TDD
8 16 (29.09%) Defect Management
8 16 (29.09%) Test Scripting
9 14 (25.45%) SDLC
10 13 (23.64%) Defect Tracking
11 12 (21.82%) Integration Testing
11 12 (21.82%) User Acceptance Testing
12 11 (20.00%) Performance Testing
13 10 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
14 9 (16.36%) Business Intelligence
14 9 (16.36%) Software Engineering
15 8 (14.55%) Commercial Awareness
15 8 (14.55%) Innovative Thinking
15 8 (14.55%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 34 (61.82%) SQL
2 30 (54.55%) Java
3 26 (47.27%) C#
4 21 (38.18%) JavaScript
5 16 (29.09%) Shell Script
6 7 (12.73%) Groovy
7 5 (9.09%) Python
8 4 (7.27%) Scala
9 1 (1.82%) Uniface
Qualifications
1 15 (27.27%) ISTQB
2 12 (21.82%) PMI Certification
3 9 (16.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (5.45%) ISEB
5 1 (1.82%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (100.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (5.45%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (14.55%) Sage
2 5 (9.09%) SAP
3 2 (3.64%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.82%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.82%) HP
4 1 (1.82%) Telerik