Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
23 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 77 70 59
Rank change year-on-year -7 -11 0
Permanent jobs citing QA 493 446 587
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.78% 3.73% 4.46%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.70% 31.12% 35.32%
Number of salaries quoted 374 365 494
North West median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £54,750 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -1.10%

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 1555 1433 1662
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.94% 12.00% 12.63%
Number of salaries quoted 1097 1141 1360
North West median annual salary £39,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.50% - -
10th Percentile £23,500 £25,000 £22,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £63,500 £58,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +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 23 September 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 23 September 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 -6 325 £40,000 - 29
Cheshire -11 89 £40,000 +31.15% 9
Merseyside -2 41 £35,000 -6.04% 2
Lancashire +6 32 £35,000 -9.09% 4
QA
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 246 (49.90%) Agile Software Development
2 161 (32.66%) Test Automation
3 109 (22.11%) SQL
4 106 (21.50%) Java
5 102 (20.69%) C#
6 100 (20.28%) Finance
6 100 (20.28%) Selenium
7 97 (19.68%) .NET
8 95 (19.27%) JavaScript
9 90 (18.26%) Windows
10 87 (17.65%) JIRA
10 87 (17.65%) TDD
11 85 (17.24%) HTML
11 85 (17.24%) DevOps
12 83 (16.84%) Microsoft
13 73 (14.81%) Linux
14 72 (14.60%) VMware
15 69 (14.00%) CSS
15 69 (14.00%) Continuous Integration
15 69 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
16 67 (13.59%) Git (software)
16 67 (13.59%) Web Services
17 65 (13.18%) ASP.NET
17 65 (13.18%) Scrum
17 65 (13.18%) SDLC
18 64 (12.98%) SQL Server
19 63 (12.78%) AngularJS
20 61 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
20 61 (12.37%) Amazon AWS
20 61 (12.37%) jQuery

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 9 (1.83%) Confluence
2 8 (1.62%) CMS
3 7 (1.42%) SharePoint
3 7 (1.42%) WordPress
4 5 (1.01%) ExpressionEngine
5 4 (0.81%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.81%) Umbraco
6 3 (0.61%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (0.61%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.61%) IIS
7 2 (0.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.41%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.20%) Apache
8 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.20%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.20%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.20%) nginx
8 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 7 (1.42%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.81%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.61%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (1.62%) Magento
2 4 (0.81%) Hyperion Planning
2 4 (0.81%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (0.81%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 3 (0.61%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.41%) BASE24
4 2 (0.41%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.41%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.41%) SAP MII
5 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.20%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.20%) Shopify
5 1 (0.20%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 61 (12.37%) Amazon AWS
2 59 (11.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (6.09%) Google Cloud Platform
4 13 (2.64%) SaaS
5 10 (2.03%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (1.01%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 5 (1.01%) BrowserStack
8 3 (0.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 3 (0.61%) GitHub
9 2 (0.41%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.20%) Force.com
10 1 (0.20%) IaaS
10 1 (0.20%) Office 365
10 1 (0.20%) Responsys
10 1 (0.20%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.20%) Silverpop
10 1 (0.20%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.83%) HTTP
2 7 (1.42%) Internet
3 5 (1.01%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.81%) RS-232
5 3 (0.61%) LDAP
5 3 (0.61%) SSL
6 2 (0.41%) AMQP
6 2 (0.41%) Broadband
6 2 (0.41%) DHCP
6 2 (0.41%) DNS
6 2 (0.41%) LAN
6 2 (0.41%) WAN
6 2 (0.41%) WebEx
7 1 (0.20%) Firewall
7 1 (0.20%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (0.20%) Network Security
7 1 (0.20%) SAN
7 1 (0.20%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (12.98%) SQL Server
2 29 (5.88%) MySQL
3 27 (5.48%) Big Data
4 25 (5.07%) NoSQL
5 8 (1.62%) Hadoop
6 7 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.22%) Redis
7 6 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (0.81%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.81%) Oracle Database
8 4 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.61%) Relational Database
9 3 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.41%) Couchbase
10 2 (0.41%) DB2
10 2 (0.41%) Riak
10 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 1 (0.20%) DataStage
11 1 (0.20%) DecisionStream
11 1 (0.20%) GIS
Development Applications
1 100 (20.28%) Selenium
2 87 (17.65%) JIRA
3 67 (13.59%) Git (software)
4 46 (9.33%) Cucumber
5 37 (7.51%) Jenkins
5 37 (7.51%) NuGet
6 32 (6.49%) WebDriver
7 30 (6.09%) Visual Studio
8 24 (4.87%) SoapUI
8 24 (4.87%) TeamCity
9 16 (3.25%) SpecFlow
10 14 (2.84%) Team Foundation Server
11 12 (2.43%) Eclipse
12 11 (2.23%) GitLab
13 10 (2.03%) JUnit
14 8 (1.62%) PyCharm
14 8 (1.62%) TestRail
15 7 (1.42%) JMeter
16 6 (1.22%) Robot Framework
16 6 (1.22%) TestNG
General
1 100 (20.28%) Finance
2 57 (11.56%) Retail
3 26 (5.27%) Manufacturing
4 22 (4.46%) Games
5 15 (3.04%) Marketing
6 13 (2.64%) Telecoms
7 12 (2.43%) Electronics
8 11 (2.23%) Banking
9 9 (1.83%) Legal
10 8 (1.62%) Law
11 7 (1.42%) Advertising
11 7 (1.42%) Automotive
11 7 (1.42%) Investment Banking
12 6 (1.22%) Billing
13 5 (1.01%) French Language
13 5 (1.01%) German Language
13 5 (1.01%) Japanese Language
13 5 (1.01%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.61%) Russian Language
15 2 (0.41%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 122 (24.75%) Developer
2 93 (18.86%) Analyst
3 51 (10.34%) Tester
4 47 (9.53%) Test Analyst
5 44 (8.92%) QA Engineer
6 35 (7.10%) Senior Developer
7 30 (6.09%) DevOps Engineer
8 29 (5.88%) C# Developer
8 29 (5.88%) QA Tester
9 26 (5.27%) Test Engineer
10 25 (5.07%) .NET Developer
10 25 (5.07%) QA Analyst
10 25 (5.07%) QA Automation Engineer
11 24 (4.87%) Business Analyst
12 23 (4.67%) C# .NET Developer
13 20 (4.06%) Java Engineer
13 20 (4.06%) Wintel Engineer
14 19 (3.85%) Administrator
15 18 (3.65%) Applications Developer
15 18 (3.65%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (19.68%) .NET
2 85 (17.24%) HTML
3 69 (14.00%) CSS
4 67 (13.59%) Web Services
5 65 (13.18%) ASP.NET
6 63 (12.78%) AngularJS
7 61 (12.37%) jQuery
8 56 (11.36%) HTML5
9 34 (6.90%) XML
10 33 (6.69%) RESTful
11 31 (6.29%) Backbone.js
12 27 (5.48%) ASP.NET Web API
13 26 (5.27%) SOAP
14 24 (4.87%) .NET Framework
15 22 (4.46%) CSS3
16 21 (4.26%) Node.js
17 19 (3.85%) JSON
18 17 (3.45%) WCF
19 16 (3.25%) Entity Framework
19 16 (3.25%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 61 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (9.13%) Mobile App
3 36 (7.30%) Computer Science
4 28 (5.68%) iPad
4 28 (5.68%) Management Information System
5 18 (3.65%) Fintech
6 15 (3.04%) User Experience
7 8 (1.62%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (1.22%) Data Structures
8 6 (1.22%) Life Science
8 6 (1.22%) N-Tier
9 5 (1.01%) Smart Meter
10 4 (0.81%) Smart Energy
11 3 (0.61%) Algorithms
11 3 (0.61%) EPoS
11 3 (0.61%) Web 2.0
12 2 (0.41%) Client/Server
12 2 (0.41%) IVR
12 2 (0.41%) NHS
12 2 (0.41%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 90 (18.26%) Windows
2 73 (14.81%) Linux
3 14 (2.84%) Windows Server
4 11 (2.23%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (2.03%) Android
5 10 (2.03%) Apple iOS
6 5 (1.01%) Unix
6 5 (1.01%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (0.81%) Windows XP
8 2 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.41%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.41%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 246 (49.90%) Agile Software Development
2 161 (32.66%) Test Automation
3 87 (17.65%) TDD
4 85 (17.24%) DevOps
5 69 (14.00%) Continuous Integration
6 65 (13.18%) Scrum
6 65 (13.18%) SDLC
7 58 (11.76%) Test Scripting
8 51 (10.34%) Continuous Delivery
9 50 (10.14%) Project Management
10 49 (9.94%) Software Testing
11 42 (8.52%) Validation
12 39 (7.91%) Manual Testing
12 39 (7.91%) Product Management
13 37 (7.51%) Software Engineering
14 36 (7.30%) MVC
15 35 (7.10%) Continuous Improvement
16 33 (6.69%) Mentoring
17 32 (6.49%) BDD
18 31 (6.29%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 109 (22.11%) SQL
2 106 (21.50%) Java
3 102 (20.69%) C#
4 95 (19.27%) JavaScript
5 38 (7.71%) PowerShell
6 37 (7.51%) Python
7 27 (5.48%) PHP
8 21 (4.26%) Ruby
9 17 (3.45%) C++
9 17 (3.45%) TypeScript
10 11 (2.23%) C
11 10 (2.03%) T-SQL
12 6 (1.22%) Scala
13 5 (1.01%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.61%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.61%) Perl
15 2 (0.41%) Erlang
15 2 (0.41%) F#
15 2 (0.41%) Go
15 2 (0.41%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 61 (12.37%) Degree
2 57 (11.56%) ISEB
3 36 (7.30%) ISTQB
4 26 (5.27%) Computer Science Degree
5 24 (4.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (1.22%) Master's Degree
7 4 (0.81%) CISA
7 4 (0.81%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
7 4 (0.81%) PMI Certification
7 4 (0.81%) PMP
8 3 (0.61%) CCNA
8 3 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (0.61%) HND
8 3 (0.61%) MCSE
8 3 (0.61%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.41%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.20%) CBAP
10 1 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.03%) SLA
2 5 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27005
3 4 (0.81%) PMO
4 2 (0.41%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.20%) GDPR
5 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.20%) TickIT
5 1 (0.20%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 69 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 52 (10.55%) Hyper-V
3 26 (5.27%) Docker
4 21 (4.26%) Virtual Machines
4 21 (4.26%) VirtualBox
4 21 (4.26%) Xen
5 9 (1.83%) Active Directory
6 6 (1.22%) Firmware
7 1 (0.20%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 55 (11.16%) Opscode Chef
1 55 (11.16%) Puppet
2 50 (10.14%) Ansible
3 4 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.61%) ZABBIX
5 2 (0.41%) Cobbler
6 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.20%) Rundeck
6 1 (0.20%) SCCM
Vendors
1 83 (16.84%) Microsoft
2 72 (14.60%) VMware
3 32 (6.49%) Citrix
3 32 (6.49%) Google
4 26 (5.27%) SAP
5 18 (3.65%) Oracle
6 8 (1.62%) Atlassian
7 6 (1.22%) IBM
8 4 (0.81%) Freescale
8 4 (0.81%) Hyperion
8 4 (0.81%) Rackspace
8 4 (0.81%) Remedy
8 4 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.61%) BMC
9 3 (0.61%) Cisco
9 3 (0.61%) Cognos
9 3 (0.61%) MuleSoft
9 3 (0.61%) Rockwell
9 3 (0.61%) ServiceNow
10 2 (0.41%) Adobe