Period
to 23 January 2020

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 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 58 62 60
Rank change year-on-year +4 -2 +9
Permanent jobs citing QA 390 462 620
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.44% 4.36% 4.85%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.92% 29.26% 37.67%
Number of salaries quoted 315 343 482
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% -5.56% +20.00%
10th Percentile £28,461 £29,250 £28,000
90th Percentile £68,750 £70,000 £66,225
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -

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 977 1,579 1,646
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.13% 14.90% 12.88%
Number of salaries quoted 736 1,227 1,209
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.65% +7.50%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,102 £70,000 £70,000
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

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 January 2020.

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 January 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 +13 250 £50,000 +16.28% 61
Cheshire +2 89 £40,000 -20.00% 21
Lancashire -15 24 £36,000 -15.29% 11
Merseyside 0 19 £37,500 - 12
Cumbria -15 6 £35,000 +34.97% 4
QA
England

For the 6 months to 23 January 2020, 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.

1 214 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (44.10%) Test Automation
3 113 (28.97%) Scrum
4 108 (27.69%) SQL
5 98 (25.13%) C#
6 97 (24.87%) Selenium
7 96 (24.62%) Java
8 82 (21.03%) Continuous Integration
9 80 (20.51%) JavaScript
10 78 (20.00%) TDD
11 75 (19.23%) DevOps
12 72 (18.46%) HTML
13 68 (17.44%) JIRA
14 66 (16.92%) Software Engineering
15 56 (14.36%) Finance
16 55 (14.10%) BDD
17 54 (13.85%) REST
17 54 (13.85%) Jenkins
17 54 (13.85%) .NET
17 54 (13.85%) Coaching
18 52 (13.33%) Web Services
19 51 (13.08%) SOAP
19 51 (13.08%) Azure
20 50 (12.82%) AWS
21 49 (12.56%) Degree
22 48 (12.31%) WebDriver
23 46 (11.79%) Kanban
23 46 (11.79%) SQL Server
24 44 (11.28%) Mentoring
24 44 (11.28%) SDLC

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 22 (5.64%) Confluence
2 8 (2.05%) Apache Spark
3 7 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
4 6 (1.54%) Apache
4 6 (1.54%) CMS
4 6 (1.54%) EPiServer
5 5 (1.28%) Tomcat
6 4 (1.03%) IIS
7 3 (0.77%) NServiceBus
7 3 (0.77%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.51%) nginx
8 2 (0.51%) Sitecore CMS
8 2 (0.51%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.51%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.26%) OnBase
9 1 (0.26%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.26%) Umbraco
Applications
1 7 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.54%) Chatbot
2 6 (1.54%) Spreadsheet
3 5 (1.28%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.77%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.77%) Magento
2 3 (0.77%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.26%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.26%) SAP CAR
3 1 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.26%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 51 (13.08%) Azure
2 50 (12.82%) AWS
3 16 (4.10%) Amazon EC2
4 14 (3.59%) Power Platform
5 11 (2.82%) GitHub
6 8 (2.05%) SaaS
7 7 (1.79%) GCP
8 6 (1.54%) AWS Lambda
8 6 (1.54%) Office 365
8 6 (1.54%) Serverless
9 5 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
9 5 (1.28%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.77%) PaaS
11 2 (0.51%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 2 (0.51%) BrowserStack
11 2 (0.51%) Sauce Labs
12 1 (0.26%) Amazon ECS
12 1 (0.26%) Google Tag Manager
12 1 (0.26%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.28%) HTTP
2 2 (0.51%) Intranet
2 2 (0.51%) Skype
2 2 (0.51%) SSL
3 1 (0.26%) DHCP
3 1 (0.26%) DNS
3 1 (0.26%) Internet
3 1 (0.26%) SMS
3 1 (0.26%) VoIP
3 1 (0.26%) VPN
3 1 (0.26%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (11.79%) SQL Server
2 24 (6.15%) Data Warehouse
3 22 (5.64%) MongoDB
4 21 (5.38%) Relational Database
5 18 (4.62%) NoSQL
6 17 (4.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 14 (3.59%) RDBMS
8 10 (2.56%) Big Data
8 10 (2.56%) Power BI
8 10 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (1.79%) DB2
10 6 (1.54%) MySQL
11 5 (1.28%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 5 (1.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 4 (1.03%) Redis
13 3 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
13 3 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
13 3 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
14 2 (0.51%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 97 (24.87%) Selenium
2 68 (17.44%) JIRA
3 54 (13.85%) Jenkins
4 48 (12.31%) WebDriver
5 42 (10.77%) Git (software)
6 40 (10.26%) SpecFlow
7 32 (8.21%) Cucumber
7 32 (8.21%) Hudson
8 27 (6.92%) Visual Studio Team System
9 24 (6.15%) JUnit
9 24 (6.15%) Postman
9 24 (6.15%) SoapUI
10 18 (4.62%) Maven
11 17 (4.36%) REST Assured
12 15 (3.85%) TeamCity
13 10 (2.56%) JMeter
13 10 (2.56%) LoadRunner
13 10 (2.56%) Protractor
13 10 (2.56%) Subversion
13 10 (2.56%) TestNG
General
1 56 (14.36%) Finance
2 28 (7.18%) Banking
3 17 (4.36%) Telecoms
4 16 (4.10%) Retail
5 14 (3.59%) Games
5 14 (3.59%) Marketing
6 11 (2.82%) Public Sector
7 10 (2.56%) Legal
8 7 (1.79%) Billing
8 7 (1.79%) Manufacturing
9 6 (1.54%) Automotive
9 6 (1.54%) Electronics
10 5 (1.28%) Aerospace
11 4 (1.03%) Local Government
12 2 (0.51%) Law
13 1 (0.26%) Advertising
13 1 (0.26%) Back Office
13 1 (0.26%) Housing Association
13 1 (0.26%) Police
Job Titles
1 68 (17.44%) Developer
2 58 (14.87%) QA Engineer
3 57 (14.62%) Tester
4 52 (13.33%) Analyst
5 31 (7.95%) QA Analyst
6 26 (6.67%) Automation Tester
7 22 (5.64%) Software Developer
8 21 (5.38%) Senior Developer
8 21 (5.38%) Test Analyst
9 19 (4.87%) QA Tester
10 18 (4.62%) Architect
11 17 (4.36%) Quality Engineer
11 17 (4.36%) Senior QA Engineer
11 17 (4.36%) Software Tester
12 16 (4.10%) Test Engineer
13 15 (3.85%) .NET Developer
13 15 (3.85%) Software QA Engineer
14 14 (3.59%) Development Director
14 14 (3.59%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
15 13 (3.33%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (18.46%) HTML
2 54 (13.85%) .NET
2 54 (13.85%) REST
3 52 (13.33%) Web Services
4 51 (13.08%) SOAP
5 42 (10.77%) CSS
6 39 (10.00%) XML
7 30 (7.69%) AngularJS
8 29 (7.44%) Gherkin
9 24 (6.15%) ASP.NET Web API
10 21 (5.38%) ASP.NET
11 20 (5.13%) HTML5
11 20 (5.13%) Spring Boot
12 17 (4.36%) .NET Core
12 17 (4.36%) ASP.NET MVC
12 17 (4.36%) Node.js
13 16 (4.10%) CSS3
14 15 (3.85%) JSON
15 14 (3.59%) .NET Framework
15 14 (3.59%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 39 (10.00%) User Experience
2 38 (9.74%) Mobile App
3 34 (8.72%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (5.13%) Self-Motivation
5 14 (3.59%) PMI
6 13 (3.33%) Client/Server
7 12 (3.08%) Robotics
8 8 (2.05%) Blog
9 7 (1.79%) Algorithms
9 7 (1.79%) EPoS
9 7 (1.79%) Online Games
10 6 (1.54%) Embedded Systems
10 6 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (1.28%) Management Information System
12 4 (1.03%) Augmented Reality
12 4 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
12 4 (1.03%) NHS
12 4 (1.03%) Smart Meter
13 3 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
13 3 (0.77%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 25 (6.41%) Linux
2 24 (6.15%) Windows
3 23 (5.90%) Android
4 17 (4.36%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.54%) Tizen
6 4 (1.03%) Unix
6 4 (1.03%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.26%) AIX
7 1 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.26%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.26%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.26%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 214 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (44.10%) Test Automation
3 113 (28.97%) Scrum
4 82 (21.03%) Continuous Integration
5 78 (20.00%) TDD
6 75 (19.23%) DevOps
7 66 (16.92%) Software Engineering
8 55 (14.10%) BDD
9 54 (13.85%) Coaching
10 46 (11.79%) Kanban
11 44 (11.28%) Mentoring
11 44 (11.28%) SDLC
12 41 (10.51%) MVC
13 40 (10.26%) Problem-Solving
14 38 (9.74%) E-Commerce
15 37 (9.49%) Artificial Intelligence
16 36 (9.23%) Functional Testing
17 34 (8.72%) Computer Science
18 33 (8.46%) Continuous Improvement
19 29 (7.44%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 108 (27.69%) SQL
2 98 (25.13%) C#
3 96 (24.62%) Java
4 80 (20.51%) JavaScript
5 30 (7.69%) Shell Script
6 29 (7.44%) Python
7 17 (4.36%) C++
8 16 (4.10%) TypeScript
9 13 (3.33%) C
10 12 (3.08%) PowerShell
10 12 (3.08%) T-SQL
11 9 (2.31%) Groovy
11 9 (2.31%) Ruby
12 8 (2.05%) ES6
12 8 (2.05%) VB.NET
13 7 (1.79%) Lua
13 7 (1.79%) Perl
14 6 (1.54%) PHP
14 6 (1.54%) VB
14 6 (1.54%) VBA
Qualifications
1 49 (12.56%) Degree
2 33 (8.46%) ISTQB
3 17 (4.36%) Computer Science Degree
3 17 (4.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 14 (3.59%) ISEB
4 14 (3.59%) PMI Certification
5 7 (1.79%) DBS Check
6 3 (0.77%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.26%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.28%) SLA
2 3 (0.77%) PMO
3 1 (0.26%) GAMP
3 1 (0.26%) GDPR
3 1 (0.26%) GMP
3 1 (0.26%) GxP
3 1 (0.26%) ISAE 3402
3 1 (0.26%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.26%) Solvency II
System Software
1 22 (5.64%) Docker
2 3 (0.77%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.77%) Hyper-V
2 3 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.51%) KVM
3 2 (0.51%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 11 (2.82%) Puppet
2 7 (1.79%) Kubernetes
3 6 (1.54%) Ansible
3 6 (1.54%) HP ALM
3 6 (1.54%) Kibana
4 4 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.77%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (0.77%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (0.51%) Salt
7 1 (0.26%) Consul
7 1 (0.26%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 29 (7.44%) Microsoft
2 12 (3.08%) Google
3 10 (2.56%) HP
4 9 (2.31%) Oracle
4 9 (2.31%) SAP
5 8 (2.05%) Genesys
5 8 (2.05%) IBM
6 7 (1.79%) CA Agile Central
6 7 (1.79%) Sage
7 6 (1.54%) FIS
7 6 (1.54%) QNX
7 6 (1.54%) Remedy
7 6 (1.54%) WorldPay
7 6 (1.54%) Xamarin
8 5 (1.28%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (1.28%) Workday
9 4 (1.03%) Intapp
9 4 (1.03%) SnapLogic
10 3 (0.77%) Kony
10 3 (0.77%) VMware