Period
to 5 June 2020

The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 5 June 2020.

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
5 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 226 282 333
Rank change year-on-year +56 +51 -34
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 25 51 25
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 0.41% 0.50% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.43% 0.52% 0.21%
Number of salaries quoted 23 25 24
Median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +35.71% -12.50%
10th Percentile £33,250 £35,550 £27,500
90th Percentile £56,350 £56,650 £41,475
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% -5.26%

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 5,822 9,744 11,750
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.95% 95.81% 96.89%
Number of salaries quoted 4,623 7,337 9,513
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £28,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £70,000 £69,421 £66,250
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.77% +4.00% +5.26%

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a proportion 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

3-month moving average salary quoted in 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

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA Engineer in the North West over the 6 months to 5 June 2020.

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 5 June 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
Manchester +44 17 £45,000 +12.50% 1
Cheshire +31 7 £42,000 -11.58%
Merseyside - 1 - - 1
QA Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 5 June 2020, 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 25 (100.00%) QA
2 21 (84.00%) Test Automation
3 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (56.00%) Selenium
5 9 (36.00%) Jenkins
6 7 (28.00%) Cucumber
6 7 (28.00%) BDD
6 7 (28.00%) WebDriver
6 7 (28.00%) C#
6 7 (28.00%) SQL
7 6 (24.00%) Java
7 6 (24.00%) Scrum
7 6 (24.00%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (24.00%) Microservices
7 6 (24.00%) Exploratory Testing
7 6 (24.00%) QA Automation
8 5 (20.00%) Acceptance Criteria
8 5 (20.00%) GitHub
8 5 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (20.00%) Manual Testing
8 5 (20.00%) Functional Testing
8 5 (20.00%) SOAP
9 4 (16.00%) .NET
9 4 (16.00%) JUnit
9 4 (16.00%) TDD
9 4 (16.00%) NUnit
9 4 (16.00%) Maven
9 4 (16.00%) Performance Testing
9 4 (16.00%) Integration Testing
9 4 (16.00%) SoapUI

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:

Cloud Services
1 5 (20.00%) GitHub
2 2 (8.00%) AWS
2 2 (8.00%) BrowserStack
3 1 (4.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.00%) MongoDB
1 1 (4.00%) Relational Database
1 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (56.00%) Selenium
2 9 (36.00%) Jenkins
3 7 (28.00%) Cucumber
3 7 (28.00%) WebDriver
4 6 (24.00%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (16.00%) Bitbucket
5 4 (16.00%) Hudson
5 4 (16.00%) JUnit
5 4 (16.00%) Maven
5 4 (16.00%) NUnit
5 4 (16.00%) SoapUI
5 4 (16.00%) TestNG
6 3 (12.00%) Postman
6 3 (12.00%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (8.00%) JIRA
8 1 (4.00%) Appium
8 1 (4.00%) JMeter
General
1 3 (12.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.00%) Games
2 2 (8.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.00%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (20.00%) SOAP
2 4 (16.00%) .NET
2 4 (16.00%) ASP.NET Web API
2 4 (16.00%) REST
3 2 (8.00%) Electron Framework
4 1 (4.00%) Express
4 1 (4.00%) Node.js
4 1 (4.00%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.00%) Mobile App
2 2 (8.00%) Client/Server
3 1 (4.00%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (4.00%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.00%) Android
1 2 (8.00%) Apple iOS
1 2 (8.00%) Linux
1 2 (8.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (84.00%) Test Automation
2 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (28.00%) BDD
4 6 (24.00%) Exploratory Testing
4 6 (24.00%) Microservices
4 6 (24.00%) QA Automation
4 6 (24.00%) Scrum
5 5 (20.00%) Acceptance Criteria
5 5 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (20.00%) Functional Testing
5 5 (20.00%) Manual Testing
6 4 (16.00%) DevOps
6 4 (16.00%) Integration Testing
6 4 (16.00%) Performance Testing
6 4 (16.00%) TDD
7 3 (12.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (12.00%) Kanban
7 3 (12.00%) Regression Testing
7 3 (12.00%) SDLC
7 3 (12.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 7 (28.00%) C#
1 7 (28.00%) SQL
2 6 (24.00%) Java
3 3 (12.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 3 (12.00%) Degree
2 1 (4.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 4 (16.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (8.00%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 1 (4.00%) Xamarin