Period
to 20 July 2018

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 20 July 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 60 83 71
Rank change year-on-year +23 -12 -5
Permanent jobs citing QA 577 483 453
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.62% 3.68% 3.91%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.33% 32.31% 32.33%
Number of salaries quoted 455 380 397
North West median annual salary £45,000 £37,500 £39,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +20.00% -3.85% +4.00%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,550
90th Percentile £63,750 £61,250 £52,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 West with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 1,633 1,495 1,401
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.06% 11.40% 12.11%
Number of salaries quoted 1,268 1,072 1,127
North West median annual salary £44,000 £37,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +17.33% -6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £24,850 £23,025 £24,150
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +2.04% -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 20 July 2018.

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 20 July 2018. 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 +24 392 £45,000 +16.88% 66
Cheshire +31 127 £49,000 +40.00% 36
Merseyside +1 35 £32,500 -7.14% 9
Lancashire 0 15 £37,500 +7.14% 9
Cumbria - 3 £60,000 - 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 20 July 2018, 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 West region with a requirement for QA.

1 327 (56.67%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (31.72%) Test Automation
3 168 (29.12%) Finance
4 128 (22.18%) DevOps
5 126 (21.84%) SQL
6 121 (20.97%) Java
7 112 (19.41%) C#
8 106 (18.37%) Continuous Integration
9 99 (17.16%) JavaScript
10 95 (16.46%) Software Engineering
11 93 (16.12%) TDD
12 92 (15.94%) Selenium
12 92 (15.94%) Git (software)
13 88 (15.25%) .NET
14 82 (14.21%) SDLC
15 81 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
15 81 (14.04%) Scrum
16 80 (13.86%) Linux
17 76 (13.17%) SQL Server
18 72 (12.48%) Continuous Improvement
19 70 (12.13%) Degree
20 67 (11.61%) Windows
21 65 (11.27%) Microsoft
21 65 (11.27%) MVC
22 62 (10.75%) AngularJS
23 60 (10.40%) Microsoft Azure
24 59 (10.23%) Software Testing
24 59 (10.23%) Analytical Skills
25 58 (10.05%) Web Services
26 56 (9.71%) HTML

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 26 (4.51%) CMS
2 15 (2.60%) Apache
2 15 (2.60%) Confluence
2 15 (2.60%) Sitecore CMS
3 14 (2.43%) nginx
4 8 (1.39%) Apache Spark
5 6 (1.04%) ExpressionEngine
5 6 (1.04%) JBoss
5 6 (1.04%) WordPress
6 4 (0.69%) Drupal
7 3 (0.52%) EPiServer
7 3 (0.52%) OpenStack
7 3 (0.52%) SharePoint
7 3 (0.52%) WebSphere
7 3 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.35%) Kentico
8 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.35%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (0.35%) Tomcat
Applications
1 11 (1.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.35%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.17%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (2.08%) SAP Hybris
2 4 (0.69%) TIBCO iProcess
3 3 (0.52%) Epicor Tropos
4 2 (0.35%) Magento
4 2 (0.35%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle ASCP
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.17%) SAP CAR
5 1 (0.17%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
5 1 (0.17%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 60 (10.40%) Microsoft Azure
2 56 (9.71%) Amazon AWS
3 36 (6.24%) SaaS
4 19 (3.29%) NuGet
5 12 (2.08%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 9 (1.56%) IaaS
7 7 (1.21%) AWS CloudFormation
7 7 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (1.21%) npm
8 6 (1.04%) IBM Cloud
9 4 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (0.69%) Office 365
9 4 (0.69%) Sage Pay
10 3 (0.52%) BrowserStack
11 2 (0.35%) BlazeMeter
11 2 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.35%) GitHub
11 2 (0.35%) PaaS
12 1 (0.17%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.25%) HTTP
2 7 (1.21%) SSL
3 6 (1.04%) Unified Communications
4 5 (0.87%) RTP
5 3 (0.52%) Internet
5 3 (0.52%) SAN
6 2 (0.35%) Broadband
6 2 (0.35%) DNS
6 2 (0.35%) Ethernet
6 2 (0.35%) TCP/IP
6 2 (0.35%) VoIP
7 1 (0.17%) Extranet
7 1 (0.17%) FTP
7 1 (0.17%) Intranet
7 1 (0.17%) LAN
7 1 (0.17%) SMS
7 1 (0.17%) Structured Cabling
7 1 (0.17%) WAN
7 1 (0.17%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (13.17%) SQL Server
2 42 (7.28%) MySQL
3 27 (4.68%) Relational Database
4 23 (3.99%) NoSQL
5 18 (3.12%) RDBMS
6 17 (2.95%) MongoDB
7 16 (2.77%) Big Data
7 16 (2.77%) Data Warehouse
7 16 (2.77%) Hadoop
8 13 (2.25%) PostgreSQL
8 13 (2.25%) Redis
9 6 (1.04%) Oracle Database
9 6 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 4 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
12 3 (0.52%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.52%) Couchbase
13 2 (0.35%) Power BI
13 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 92 (15.94%) Git (software)
1 92 (15.94%) Selenium
2 50 (8.67%) JIRA
3 43 (7.45%) Jenkins
4 32 (5.55%) Team Foundation Server
5 31 (5.37%) WebDriver
6 30 (5.20%) Cucumber
7 20 (3.47%) SoapUI
8 19 (3.29%) TeamCity
9 17 (2.95%) Visual Studio
10 14 (2.43%) MSTest
11 12 (2.08%) JMeter
12 11 (1.91%) SpecFlow
12 11 (1.91%) Vagrant
13 10 (1.73%) Jasmine
13 10 (1.73%) NUnit
14 9 (1.56%) Protractor
14 9 (1.56%) Ranorex
14 9 (1.56%) Visual Studio Team System
15 8 (1.39%) SonarQube
General
1 168 (29.12%) Finance
2 55 (9.53%) Retail
3 44 (7.63%) Marketing
4 30 (5.20%) Banking
5 23 (3.99%) Telecoms
6 22 (3.81%) Games
6 22 (3.81%) Law
7 20 (3.47%) Manufacturing
8 15 (2.60%) Investment Banking
9 13 (2.25%) Electronics
10 8 (1.39%) Automotive
10 8 (1.39%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (1.21%) Advertising
11 7 (1.21%) Legal
11 7 (1.21%) Publishing
12 6 (1.04%) Retail Banking
13 4 (0.69%) Back Office
14 3 (0.52%) French Language
15 2 (0.35%) German Language
15 2 (0.35%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 120 (20.80%) Developer
2 108 (18.72%) Analyst
3 89 (15.42%) Tester
4 57 (9.88%) Test Analyst
5 44 (7.63%) QA Tester
6 40 (6.93%) Senior Developer
7 37 (6.41%) DevOps Engineer
8 34 (5.89%) Lead DevOps
9 32 (5.55%) Software Tester
10 31 (5.37%) QA Analyst
11 29 (5.03%) Architect
11 29 (5.03%) Test Engineer
12 28 (4.85%) Senior Analyst
13 26 (4.51%) Full Stack Developer
14 25 (4.33%) Automation Tester
14 25 (4.33%) Lead DevOps Engineer
15 24 (4.16%) Software Engineer
15 24 (4.16%) Team Leader
16 23 (3.99%) Java Developer
17 22 (3.81%) Senior DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (15.25%) .NET
2 62 (10.75%) AngularJS
3 58 (10.05%) Web Services
4 56 (9.71%) HTML
5 53 (9.19%) CSS
6 44 (7.63%) HTML5
7 39 (6.76%) RESTful
8 38 (6.59%) REST
9 34 (5.89%) ASP.NET
10 33 (5.72%) ASP.NET Web API
10 33 (5.72%) JSON
10 33 (5.72%) SOAP
11 32 (5.55%) jQuery
12 30 (5.20%) CSS3
12 30 (5.20%) XML
13 29 (5.03%) Spring
14 28 (4.85%) Node.js
14 28 (4.85%) React
15 18 (3.12%) Backbone.js
16 17 (2.95%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 59 (10.23%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (7.97%) Computer Science
3 44 (7.63%) Self-Motivation
4 41 (7.11%) User Experience
5 31 (5.37%) Mobile App
6 18 (3.12%) PMI
6 18 (3.12%) Virtual Team
7 16 (2.77%) Enterprise Software
8 14 (2.43%) Management Information System
9 10 (1.73%) Fixed Income
10 8 (1.39%) Data Structures
10 8 (1.39%) Fintech
11 6 (1.04%) Clustering
11 6 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
11 6 (1.04%) Smartphone
12 4 (0.69%) NHS
12 4 (0.69%) Replication
13 3 (0.52%) FMCG
13 3 (0.52%) IVR
13 3 (0.52%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 80 (13.86%) Linux
2 67 (11.61%) Windows
3 15 (2.60%) Android
4 11 (1.91%) Windows Server
5 7 (1.21%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.52%) CentOS
6 3 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.35%) Unix
8 1 (0.17%) AIX
8 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.17%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 327 (56.67%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (31.72%) Test Automation
3 128 (22.18%) DevOps
4 106 (18.37%) Continuous Integration
5 95 (16.46%) Software Engineering
6 93 (16.12%) TDD
7 82 (14.21%) SDLC
8 81 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
8 81 (14.04%) Scrum
9 72 (12.48%) Continuous Improvement
10 65 (11.27%) MVC
11 59 (10.23%) Software Testing
12 48 (8.32%) BDD
12 48 (8.32%) Mentoring
13 47 (8.15%) Regression Testing
14 46 (7.97%) Project Management
15 45 (7.80%) Continuous Delivery
16 44 (7.63%) Microservices
17 43 (7.45%) User Stories
18 41 (7.11%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 126 (21.84%) SQL
2 121 (20.97%) Java
3 112 (19.41%) C#
4 99 (17.16%) JavaScript
5 52 (9.01%) Python
6 35 (6.07%) PHP
7 34 (5.89%) T-SQL
7 34 (5.89%) TypeScript
8 31 (5.37%) Ruby
9 14 (2.43%) ES6
10 12 (2.08%) Go
11 11 (1.91%) C
11 11 (1.91%) Java 8
12 10 (1.73%) C++
13 9 (1.56%) PowerShell
14 8 (1.39%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.52%) Perl
16 2 (0.35%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.35%) Scala
16 2 (0.35%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 70 (12.13%) Degree
2 39 (6.76%) ISTQB
3 36 (6.24%) Computer Science Degree
4 35 (6.07%) ISEB
5 18 (3.12%) PMI Certification
6 14 (2.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (1.04%) Master's Degree
7 6 (1.04%) Sun Certification
8 5 (0.87%) APMP
9 4 (0.69%) CSQA
9 4 (0.69%) Security Cleared
10 3 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.35%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.35%) SC Cleared
11 2 (0.35%) TOGAF Certification
12 1 (0.17%) AWS Certification
12 1 (0.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.17%) Numerate Degree
12 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.04%) GDPR
1 6 (1.04%) PMO
2 5 (0.87%) ISO 9001
2 5 (0.87%) PSD2
2 5 (0.87%) SLA
2 5 (0.87%) Web Application Security Consortium
3 4 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
4 3 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.35%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.17%) GAAP
6 1 (0.17%) GCP
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 46 (7.97%) VMware Infrastructure
2 39 (6.76%) VirtualBox
3 36 (6.24%) Hyper-V
3 36 (6.24%) Xen
4 35 (6.07%) Docker
5 23 (3.99%) Active Directory
6 18 (3.12%) KVM
7 5 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.52%) GlusterFS
8 3 (0.52%) Varnish
9 1 (0.17%) Firmware
9 1 (0.17%) XenApp
9 1 (0.17%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.17%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 50 (8.67%) Ansible
2 49 (8.49%) Puppet
3 46 (7.97%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.73%) Kubernetes
5 8 (1.39%) Terraform
6 5 (0.87%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.52%) Rancher
8 2 (0.35%) CFEngine
8 2 (0.35%) Marathon
8 2 (0.35%) Nagios
9 1 (0.17%) Cobbler
9 1 (0.17%) HP ALM
9 1 (0.17%) Salt
9 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.17%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.17%) Tivoli Identity Manager
9 1 (0.17%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 65 (11.27%) Microsoft
2 46 (7.97%) VMware
3 42 (7.28%) Oracle
4 33 (5.72%) SAP
5 27 (4.68%) IBM
6 15 (2.60%) Capita
6 15 (2.60%) Google
6 15 (2.60%) Sitecore
7 13 (2.25%) hybris
8 12 (2.08%) ATG
9 7 (1.21%) Sun
10 5 (0.87%) ServiceNow
11 4 (0.69%) Atlassian
11 4 (0.69%) HP
11 4 (0.69%) Intapp
11 4 (0.69%) Siemens
11 4 (0.69%) TIBCO
12 3 (0.52%) Apple
12 3 (0.52%) Salesforce.com
12 3 (0.52%) Telerik