Period
to 22 July 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 22 July 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
22 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 79 68 65
Rank change year-on-year -11 -3 +1
Permanent jobs citing QA 486 457 559
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.68% 3.95% 4.24%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.44% 32.53% 33.94%
Number of salaries quoted 383 400 463
North West median annual salary £37,500 £38,750 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £61,250 £52,500 £56,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
North West
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 1498 1405 1647
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 11.35% 12.15% 12.50%
Number of salaries quoted 1076 1126 1311
North West median annual salary £37,500 £40,000 £39,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.25% +1.27% +5.33%
10th Percentile £23,000 £24,250 £23,750
90th Percentile £62,500 £65,000 £57,500
England median annual salary £49,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -2.00% +11.11% -

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the North West

QA
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for QA in the North West

QA
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the North West over the 6 months to 22 July 2017.

Salary histogram for QA in the North West

QA
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 within the North West region over the 6 months to 22 July 2017. 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 -13 346 £38,500 -3.75% 30
Cheshire -23 71 £35,000 -12.50% 13
Merseyside -1 45 £35,000 -6.67% 3
Lancashire -18 20 £35,000 -6.67% 5
QA
England

For the 6 months to 22 July 2017, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for QA.

1 245 (50.41%) Agile Software Development
2 157 (32.30%) Test Automation
3 120 (24.69%) SQL
4 107 (22.02%) JavaScript
5 105 (21.60%) C#
6 103 (21.19%) .NET
6 103 (21.19%) Microsoft
7 95 (19.55%) Java
8 91 (18.72%) Finance
9 89 (18.31%) HTML
10 88 (18.11%) TDD
11 87 (17.90%) JIRA
12 86 (17.70%) Windows
13 84 (17.28%) Selenium
14 82 (16.87%) Linux
15 80 (16.46%) SDLC
16 77 (15.84%) Test Scripting
17 75 (15.43%) DevOps
18 73 (15.02%) CSS
19 70 (14.40%) Git (software)
20 69 (14.20%) Scrum
21 67 (13.79%) jQuery
21 67 (13.79%) Degree
22 62 (12.76%) Continuous Integration
23 61 (12.55%) HTML5
24 59 (12.14%) Web Services
25 57 (11.73%) ASP.NET
25 57 (11.73%) SQL Server
25 57 (11.73%) Analytical Skills
26 54 (11.11%) Cucumber

QA
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 10 (2.06%) Confluence
2 7 (1.44%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.23%) CMS
4 5 (1.03%) WordPress
5 3 (0.62%) Apache Airflow
5 3 (0.62%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.62%) ExpressionEngine
5 3 (0.62%) IIS
5 3 (0.62%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.41%) Apache
6 2 (0.41%) Drupal
6 2 (0.41%) nginx
6 2 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.21%) IBM Domino
7 1 (0.21%) Kinematics
7 1 (0.21%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 9 (1.85%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.44%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.62%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.21%) Autodesk Inventor
5 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (1.85%) Magento
2 4 (0.82%) Hyperion Planning
2 4 (0.82%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (0.82%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 2 (0.41%) BASE24
3 2 (0.41%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.41%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.21%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.21%) SAP GRC
4 1 (0.21%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 27 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (5.14%) Amazon AWS
3 16 (3.29%) SaaS
4 9 (1.85%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (1.03%) AWS CloudFormation
5 5 (1.03%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 5 (1.03%) BrowserStack
5 5 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.41%) Google Play
6 2 (0.41%) Sumo Logic
7 1 (0.21%) GitHub
7 1 (0.21%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.44%) Internet
2 6 (1.23%) HTTP
3 4 (0.82%) Broadband
3 4 (0.82%) RS-232
3 4 (0.82%) TCP/IP
4 3 (0.62%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (0.62%) SSL
5 2 (0.41%) DHCP
5 2 (0.41%) DNS
5 2 (0.41%) LAN
5 2 (0.41%) LDAP
5 2 (0.41%) WAN
5 2 (0.41%) WebEx
6 1 (0.21%) Cisco ICM
6 1 (0.21%) Firewall
6 1 (0.21%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (11.73%) SQL Server
2 32 (6.58%) MySQL
3 23 (4.73%) Big Data
4 16 (3.29%) NoSQL
5 13 (2.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 5 (1.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 4 (0.82%) Relational Database
8 4 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
9 3 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
9 3 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.62%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.62%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.62%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.62%) Redis
10 2 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.41%) QlikView
11 1 (0.21%) Crystal Reports
11 1 (0.21%) DB2
11 1 (0.21%) Riak
Development Applications
1 87 (17.90%) JIRA
2 84 (17.28%) Selenium
3 70 (14.40%) Git (software)
4 54 (11.11%) Cucumber
5 35 (7.20%) NuGet
6 32 (6.58%) Visual Studio
7 22 (4.53%) WebDriver
8 21 (4.32%) Jenkins
9 17 (3.50%) Team Foundation Server
10 12 (2.47%) GitLab
11 10 (2.06%) FitNesse
11 10 (2.06%) SoapUI
12 9 (1.85%) SpecFlow
12 9 (1.85%) TeamCity
13 8 (1.65%) Eclipse
13 8 (1.65%) Jasmine
13 8 (1.65%) JMeter
13 8 (1.65%) Subversion
14 6 (1.23%) gulp
14 6 (1.23%) TestRail
General
1 91 (18.72%) Finance
2 51 (10.49%) Retail
3 31 (6.38%) Manufacturing
4 24 (4.94%) Games
5 21 (4.32%) Marketing
6 13 (2.67%) Electronics
7 12 (2.47%) Telecoms
8 11 (2.26%) Banking
9 10 (2.06%) Advertising
10 9 (1.85%) Billing
11 8 (1.65%) Legal
12 6 (1.23%) Automotive
13 5 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.82%) Back Office
15 3 (0.62%) Investment Banking
15 3 (0.62%) Law
15 3 (0.62%) Publishing
15 3 (0.62%) Russian Language
16 2 (0.41%) French Language
16 2 (0.41%) German Language
Job Titles
1 123 (25.31%) Developer
2 104 (21.40%) Analyst
3 58 (11.93%) Tester
4 53 (10.91%) QA Engineer
4 53 (10.91%) Test Analyst
5 48 (9.88%) QA Tester
6 43 (8.85%) QA Analyst
7 31 (6.38%) C# Developer
7 31 (6.38%) DevOps Engineer
8 29 (5.97%) QA Test Analyst
8 29 (5.97%) Senior Developer
9 27 (5.56%) QA Automation Engineer
10 25 (5.14%) Test Engineer
11 24 (4.94%) .NET Developer
12 21 (4.32%) Automation Engineer
12 21 (4.32%) Java Engineer
13 20 (4.12%) C# .NET Developer
13 20 (4.12%) Wintel Engineer
14 19 (3.91%) Automation Tester
15 18 (3.70%) Release Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 103 (21.19%) .NET
2 89 (18.31%) HTML
3 73 (15.02%) CSS
4 67 (13.79%) jQuery
5 61 (12.55%) HTML5
6 59 (12.14%) Web Services
7 57 (11.73%) ASP.NET
8 54 (11.11%) AngularJS
9 31 (6.38%) Backbone.js
10 29 (5.97%) XML
11 22 (4.53%) CSS3
12 21 (4.32%) .NET Framework
13 19 (3.91%) ASP.NET Web API
14 18 (3.70%) RESTful
15 16 (3.29%) Gherkin
16 15 (3.09%) ASP.NET MVC
16 15 (3.09%) Ember.js
17 14 (2.88%) ADO.NET
17 14 (2.88%) Entity Framework
17 14 (2.88%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 57 (11.73%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (8.64%) Mobile App
3 41 (8.44%) Computer Science
4 38 (7.82%) iPad
5 28 (5.76%) Management Information System
6 20 (4.12%) User Experience
7 12 (2.47%) Replication
8 10 (2.06%) N-Tier
9 8 (1.65%) Linux Command Line
10 5 (1.03%) Cyber Attack
11 4 (0.82%) Data Structures
11 4 (0.82%) Smart Energy
11 4 (0.82%) Smart Meter
12 3 (0.62%) 3D Graphics
12 3 (0.62%) Animation
12 3 (0.62%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.62%) Fintech
12 3 (0.62%) FMCG
12 3 (0.62%) Online Games
13 2 (0.41%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 86 (17.70%) Windows
2 82 (16.87%) Linux
3 18 (3.70%) Windows Server
4 17 (3.50%) Android
5 16 (3.29%) Apple iOS
6 7 (1.44%) Unix
7 5 (1.03%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.82%) Ubuntu
8 4 (0.82%) Windows XP
9 3 (0.62%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.62%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.41%) CentOS
10 2 (0.41%) Solaris
10 2 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 245 (50.41%) Agile Software Development
2 157 (32.30%) Test Automation
3 88 (18.11%) TDD
4 80 (16.46%) SDLC
5 77 (15.84%) Test Scripting
6 75 (15.43%) DevOps
7 69 (14.20%) Scrum
8 62 (12.76%) Continuous Integration
9 51 (10.49%) BDD
9 51 (10.49%) Continuous Delivery
10 47 (9.67%) MVC
11 44 (9.05%) E-Commerce
12 43 (8.85%) Software Engineering
13 40 (8.23%) Project Management
14 39 (8.02%) Regression Testing
14 39 (8.02%) User Acceptance Testing
15 36 (7.41%) Manual Testing
16 35 (7.20%) Continuous Improvement
17 33 (6.79%) Software Testing
18 32 (6.58%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 120 (24.69%) SQL
2 107 (22.02%) JavaScript
3 105 (21.60%) C#
4 95 (19.55%) Java
5 38 (7.82%) PHP
5 38 (7.82%) PowerShell
6 37 (7.61%) Python
7 24 (4.94%) Ruby
8 22 (4.53%) C++
8 22 (4.53%) TypeScript
9 20 (4.12%) T-SQL
10 11 (2.26%) C
11 10 (2.06%) Shell Script
12 6 (1.23%) VB.NET
13 5 (1.03%) Scala
14 4 (0.82%) Embedded C
14 4 (0.82%) Perl
14 4 (0.82%) PL/SQL
15 2 (0.41%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.41%) Smalltalk
Qualifications
1 67 (13.79%) Degree
2 41 (8.44%) ISEB
3 39 (8.02%) ISTQB
4 21 (4.32%) Computer Science Degree
5 19 (3.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 9 (1.85%) HND
7 6 (1.23%) Master's Degree
8 4 (0.82%) CISA
8 4 (0.82%) HNC
8 4 (0.82%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 2 (0.41%) CCNA
9 2 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.41%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.21%) CCNP
10 1 (0.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.21%) MCSE
10 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.21%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.21%) PMP
10 1 (0.21%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.26%) SLA
2 6 (1.23%) PCI DSS
3 5 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27005
4 4 (0.82%) PMO
5 1 (0.21%) HL7
5 1 (0.21%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 47 (9.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 31 (6.38%) Hyper-V
3 21 (4.32%) Virtual Machines
3 21 (4.32%) VirtualBox
3 21 (4.32%) Xen
4 20 (4.12%) Docker
5 10 (2.06%) Firmware
6 6 (1.23%) Active Directory
7 4 (0.82%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.21%) vSphere
9 1 (0.21%) zsh
Systems Management
1 53 (10.91%) Opscode Chef
2 52 (10.70%) Puppet
3 49 (10.08%) Ansible
4 11 (2.26%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (0.82%) Oracle RMAN
6 2 (0.41%) Nagios
7 1 (0.21%) Cisco UCCE
7 1 (0.21%) Rundeck
7 1 (0.21%) SCCM
Vendors
1 103 (21.19%) Microsoft
2 50 (10.29%) VMware
3 22 (4.53%) SAP
4 19 (3.91%) Oracle
5 14 (2.88%) Google
6 11 (2.26%) Citrix
7 8 (1.65%) Atlassian
8 4 (0.82%) Freescale
8 4 (0.82%) Hyperion
8 4 (0.82%) Rackspace
9 3 (0.62%) Foundry
9 3 (0.62%) IBM
9 3 (0.62%) Remedy
9 3 (0.62%) Sitecore
9 3 (0.62%) Zend
10 2 (0.41%) Red Hat
10 2 (0.41%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (0.41%) ServiceNow
10 2 (0.41%) Splunk
10 2 (0.41%) Tableau
Manchester, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £55000.00 - £75000.00 per annum
Posted: 18 hours ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Oscar
Salary: competitive benefits
Posted: 23 hours ago
Chester, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 DOE
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £18000 - £27000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £55,000 - £65,000 + excellent package
Posted: 3 days ago
Birkenhead, Merseyside
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £38000 - £43000 per annum + + Great Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
CPS Group UK
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Excellent Bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Sanderson
Posted: 4 days ago
Lancaster, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £18000 - £40000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £70,000 - £80,000 (Plus excellent Package!!)
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £350 - 375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Colne, Lancashire
Cirro People
Salary: From £23,000 to £30,000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Chorley, Lancashire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: to £35k plus benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Salary: £35114 - £40380 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Rullion
Salary: £38000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Sandbach, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Oldham, Lancashire
2M Employment Solutions
Salary: £25000.00 - £32000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Sandbach, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £1 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £55000.00 - £75000.00 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Proteus Europe
Salary: £26000 - £27000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ISL
Salary: £28000 - £33000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £40000.00 - £60000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Austin Fraser
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + Excellent benefits
Posted: 4 days ago