Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 61 72 54
Rank change year-on-year +11 -18 +12
Permanent jobs citing QA 627 513 499
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.85% 4.17% 4.44%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.54% 36.33% 35.14%
Number of salaries quoted 484 430 464
North West median annual salary £45,000 £37,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +20.00% -6.25% +9.59%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £58,875 £52,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +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 1,627 1,412 1,420
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.60% 11.48% 12.63%
Number of salaries quoted 1,235 1,082 1,139
North West median annual salary £45,000 £38,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +18.42% -5.00% +3.90%
10th Percentile £25,000 £22,775 £23,500
90th Percentile £70,950 £62,140 £63,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

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 23 April 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 23 April 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 +7 401 £45,000 +12.50% 65
Cheshire +32 154 £50,000 +53.85% 26
Merseyside +14 46 £33,500 +1.52% 10
Lancashire -38 16 £36,250 +31.82% 5
Cumbria - 6 £45,000 - 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 23 April 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.

1 364 (58.05%) Agile Software Development
2 195 (31.10%) Finance
3 184 (29.35%) Test Automation
4 156 (24.88%) Java
5 136 (21.69%) TDD
6 131 (20.89%) SDLC
7 121 (19.30%) SQL
8 119 (18.98%) Scrum
9 110 (17.54%) C#
9 110 (17.54%) Continuous Integration
10 104 (16.59%) JavaScript
11 102 (16.27%) DevOps
12 98 (15.63%) Degree
13 92 (14.67%) Selenium
14 89 (14.19%) .NET
15 88 (14.04%) MVC
16 83 (13.24%) Problem-Solving
17 81 (12.92%) Software Engineering
18 80 (12.76%) Retail
18 80 (12.76%) JIRA
18 80 (12.76%) Mentoring
18 80 (12.76%) BDD
19 72 (11.48%) SQL Server
20 71 (11.32%) Analytical Skills
21 67 (10.69%) Continuous Improvement
22 65 (10.37%) MySQL
22 65 (10.37%) Linux
22 65 (10.37%) Git (software)
23 64 (10.21%) Software Testing
24 63 (10.05%) Web Services

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 18 (2.87%) Apache
2 17 (2.71%) CMS
3 16 (2.55%) Confluence
4 11 (1.75%) Apache Spark
5 10 (1.59%) nginx
6 7 (1.12%) ExpressionEngine
6 7 (1.12%) WebSphere
6 7 (1.12%) WordPress
7 6 (0.96%) IIS
8 4 (0.64%) JBoss
8 4 (0.64%) WebSphere Application Server
9 3 (0.48%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.48%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.32%) Drupal
10 2 (0.32%) EPiServer
10 2 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (0.32%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 18 (2.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.64%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.32%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (0.64%) Magento
2 2 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.16%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle ASCP
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.16%) SAP CAR
3 1 (0.16%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
3 1 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.16%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.16%) SAP Retail
3 1 (0.16%) SAP VC
Cloud Services
1 42 (6.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (4.31%) SaaS
3 19 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
3 19 (3.03%) Amazon ElastiCache
4 18 (2.87%) NuGet
5 13 (2.07%) Cloud Computing
6 9 (1.44%) IaaS
6 9 (1.44%) npm
7 5 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (0.64%) GitHub
9 3 (0.48%) Slack
10 2 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.32%) BlazeMeter
10 2 (0.32%) BrowserStack
10 2 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.32%) IBM Cloud
10 2 (0.32%) Responsys
10 2 (0.32%) Silverpop
Communications & Networking
1 20 (3.19%) HTTP
2 9 (1.44%) SAN
3 7 (1.12%) SSL
4 5 (0.80%) FTP
4 5 (0.80%) Internet
4 5 (0.80%) RTP
5 4 (0.64%) SMTP
6 2 (0.32%) Broadband
6 2 (0.32%) Ethernet
6 2 (0.32%) Intranet
6 2 (0.32%) RTSP
6 2 (0.32%) SMS
6 2 (0.32%) Unified Communications
6 2 (0.32%) VoIP
7 1 (0.16%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (11.48%) SQL Server
2 65 (10.37%) MySQL
3 30 (4.78%) Big Data
4 29 (4.63%) Data Warehouse
5 28 (4.47%) Relational Database
6 24 (3.83%) NoSQL
7 20 (3.19%) RDBMS
7 20 (3.19%) Redis
8 17 (2.71%) Hadoop
9 10 (1.59%) MongoDB
10 8 (1.28%) Oracle Database
10 8 (1.28%) SQL Server 2008
10 8 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 4 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 2 (0.32%) DB2
12 2 (0.32%) GIS
12 2 (0.32%) Oracle Database 11g
12 2 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
12 2 (0.32%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 92 (14.67%) Selenium
2 80 (12.76%) JIRA
3 65 (10.37%) Git (software)
4 46 (7.34%) WebDriver
5 45 (7.18%) Cucumber
6 30 (4.78%) Jenkins
7 27 (4.31%) Team Foundation Server
7 27 (4.31%) TeamCity
8 20 (3.19%) SoapUI
9 19 (3.03%) Redmine
10 15 (2.39%) Visual Studio
11 13 (2.07%) JMeter
11 13 (2.07%) SpecFlow
11 13 (2.07%) Vagrant
12 10 (1.59%) MSTest
12 10 (1.59%) Ranorex
12 10 (1.59%) Visual Studio Team System
13 9 (1.44%) Mocha
13 9 (1.44%) NUnit
14 8 (1.28%) Grunt
General
1 195 (31.10%) Finance
2 80 (12.76%) Retail
3 46 (7.34%) Marketing
4 39 (6.22%) Banking
4 39 (6.22%) Manufacturing
5 25 (3.99%) Law
5 25 (3.99%) Telecoms
6 24 (3.83%) Investment Banking
7 21 (3.35%) Electronics
8 20 (3.19%) Games
9 17 (2.71%) Legal
10 11 (1.75%) Publishing
11 10 (1.59%) Pharmaceutical
12 8 (1.28%) Advertising
13 6 (0.96%) Automotive
14 5 (0.80%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.48%) German Language
16 2 (0.32%) Digital Economy
16 2 (0.32%) French Language
16 2 (0.32%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 138 (22.01%) Analyst
2 137 (21.85%) Developer
3 76 (12.12%) Tester
4 61 (9.73%) Test Analyst
5 50 (7.97%) Senior Analyst
6 47 (7.50%) Architect
7 44 (7.02%) QA Tester
8 42 (6.70%) Business Analyst
9 41 (6.54%) Senior Developer
10 33 (5.26%) Test Leader
11 32 (5.10%) QA Analyst
11 32 (5.10%) QA Engineer
12 31 (4.94%) Java Developer
13 30 (4.78%) Software Tester
14 28 (4.47%) DevOps Engineer
14 28 (4.47%) Team Leader
15 27 (4.31%) Senior Business Analyst
16 23 (3.67%) .NET Developer
16 23 (3.67%) Coordinator
16 23 (3.67%) Senior DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (14.19%) .NET
2 63 (10.05%) Web Services
3 58 (9.25%) HTML
4 55 (8.77%) CSS
5 46 (7.34%) AngularJS
6 45 (7.18%) HTML5
7 41 (6.54%) SOAP
8 40 (6.38%) jQuery
9 39 (6.22%) RESTful
10 36 (5.74%) XML
11 35 (5.58%) ASP.NET
12 33 (5.26%) CSS3
12 33 (5.26%) JSON
12 33 (5.26%) REST
12 33 (5.26%) Spring
13 32 (5.10%) Node.js
14 23 (3.67%) Spring MVC
15 22 (3.51%) ASP.NET MVC
16 21 (3.35%) Backbone.js
16 21 (3.35%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 71 (11.32%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (8.45%) Computer Science
3 48 (7.66%) PMI
4 40 (6.38%) Self-Motivation
5 33 (5.26%) User Experience
6 30 (4.78%) Mobile App
7 24 (3.83%) Management Information System
8 22 (3.51%) Enterprise Software
9 12 (1.91%) Fintech
10 9 (1.44%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (1.28%) Xbox
12 7 (1.12%) Clustering
12 7 (1.12%) Virtual Team
13 5 (0.80%) Data Structures
13 5 (0.80%) Smartphone
14 4 (0.64%) Mainframe
14 4 (0.64%) NHS
14 4 (0.64%) N-Tier
14 4 (0.64%) Online Games
15 3 (0.48%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 65 (10.37%) Linux
2 61 (9.73%) Windows
3 21 (3.35%) Android
4 16 (2.55%) Apple iOS
5 14 (2.23%) Windows Server
6 9 (1.44%) Unix
7 6 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
9 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.16%) AIX
10 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 364 (58.05%) Agile Software Development
2 184 (29.35%) Test Automation
3 136 (21.69%) TDD
4 131 (20.89%) SDLC
5 119 (18.98%) Scrum
6 110 (17.54%) Continuous Integration
7 102 (16.27%) DevOps
8 88 (14.04%) MVC
9 83 (13.24%) Problem-Solving
10 81 (12.92%) Software Engineering
11 80 (12.76%) BDD
11 80 (12.76%) Mentoring
12 67 (10.69%) Continuous Improvement
13 64 (10.21%) Software Testing
14 63 (10.05%) Project Management
15 62 (9.89%) Test Strategy
16 59 (9.41%) Regression Testing
17 55 (8.77%) ITIL
18 52 (8.29%) Coaching
18 52 (8.29%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 156 (24.88%) Java
2 121 (19.30%) SQL
3 110 (17.54%) C#
4 104 (16.59%) JavaScript
5 53 (8.45%) Python
6 48 (7.66%) PHP
7 36 (5.74%) Ruby
8 20 (3.19%) TypeScript
9 19 (3.03%) Go
10 18 (2.87%) T-SQL
11 15 (2.39%) C++
12 13 (2.07%) C
13 10 (1.59%) ES6
14 9 (1.44%) PowerShell
15 7 (1.12%) Java 8
16 6 (0.96%) Groovy
17 4 (0.64%) VBA
18 2 (0.32%) Perl
18 2 (0.32%) VB
18 2 (0.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 98 (15.63%) Degree
2 50 (7.97%) Computer Science Degree
3 48 (7.66%) PMI Certification
4 45 (7.18%) ISTQB
5 35 (5.58%) ISEB
6 20 (3.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 12 (1.91%) Master's Degree
8 7 (1.12%) Security Cleared
8 7 (1.12%) Sun Certification
9 6 (0.96%) SC Cleared
10 5 (0.80%) TOGAF Certification
11 4 (0.64%) MBA
12 3 (0.48%) CSQA
13 2 (0.32%) AWS Certification
14 1 (0.16%) CIPFA
14 1 (0.16%) DV Cleared
14 1 (0.16%) ITIL Certification
14 1 (0.16%) Numerate Degree
14 1 (0.16%) PMP
14 1 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (1.91%) Web Application Security Consortium
2 6 (0.96%) PMO
3 5 (0.80%) ISO 9001
3 5 (0.80%) SLA
4 4 (0.64%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
7 1 (0.16%) GAAP
7 1 (0.16%) IEC 62304
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 31 (4.94%) Docker
2 26 (4.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (3.51%) Hyper-V
3 22 (3.51%) VirtualBox
3 22 (3.51%) Xen
4 9 (1.44%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.64%) KVM
5 4 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.48%) GlusterFS
6 3 (0.48%) Varnish
7 1 (0.16%) XenApp
7 1 (0.16%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.16%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 44 (7.02%) Ansible
2 35 (5.58%) Puppet
3 34 (5.42%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.59%) Kubernetes
5 9 (1.44%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (1.28%) HP ALM
7 6 (0.96%) Terraform
8 2 (0.32%) Marathon
8 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.16%) Cobbler
9 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 63 (10.05%) Microsoft
2 39 (6.22%) Oracle
3 36 (5.74%) SAP
4 26 (4.15%) VMware
5 15 (2.39%) Capita
6 14 (2.23%) IBM
7 13 (2.07%) HP
8 10 (1.59%) Atlassian
9 9 (1.44%) Google
10 8 (1.28%) Sun
11 5 (0.80%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (0.80%) Teradata
11 5 (0.80%) WorldPay
12 4 (0.64%) Ab Initio
12 4 (0.64%) Informatica
12 4 (0.64%) Siemens
13 3 (0.48%) Apple
13 3 (0.48%) Facebook
13 3 (0.48%) Tableau
13 3 (0.48%) Telerik