Period
to 23 August 2019

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 August 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
23 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 49 59 81
Rank change year-on-year +10 +22 -6
Permanent jobs citing QA 571 556 498
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.39% 4.59% 3.79%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.59% 35.30% 33.00%
Number of salaries quoted 346 436 386
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £37,600
Median salary % change year-on-year - +19.68% +0.27%
10th Percentile £28,606 £28,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £63,750 £63,750
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 1,519 1,575 1,509
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.33% 13.01% 11.47%
Number of salaries quoted 968 1,213 1,085
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +13.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £26,000 £25,000 £23,000
90th Percentile £71,250 £63,750 £63,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 August 2019.

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 August 2019. 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 +4 352 £47,500 +11.76% 83
Cheshire +15 106 £40,000 -20.00% 32
Lancashire +31 77 £52,638 +40.37% 11
Merseyside +5 36 £37,500 +15.38% 8
QA
England

For the 6 months to 23 August 2019, 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.

1 344 (60.25%) Agile Software Development
2 231 (40.46%) Test Automation
3 148 (25.92%) SQL
4 129 (22.59%) Mentoring
5 114 (19.96%) DevOps
6 106 (18.56%) Java
7 105 (18.39%) ISTQB
7 105 (18.39%) SDLC
8 100 (17.51%) JIRA
9 99 (17.34%) Problem-Solving
10 96 (16.81%) Broadband
11 90 (15.76%) C#
12 88 (15.41%) Test Strategy
13 87 (15.24%) Analytical Skills
14 86 (15.06%) Scrum
14 86 (15.06%) Git (software)
15 85 (14.89%) Degree
16 84 (14.71%) Selenium
17 77 (13.49%) Finance
17 77 (13.49%) JavaScript
18 76 (13.31%) .NET
19 75 (13.13%) SQL Server
20 71 (12.43%) Continuous Improvement
21 68 (11.91%) Microsoft
22 66 (11.56%) Telecoms
23 65 (11.38%) Azure
24 64 (11.21%) Linux
24 64 (11.21%) Line Management
25 62 (10.86%) Manual Testing
25 62 (10.86%) Software Engineering

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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 21 (3.68%) Confluence
2 16 (2.80%) CMS
3 11 (1.93%) IIS
4 10 (1.75%) Sitecore CMS
5 9 (1.58%) Apache Spark
6 8 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
7 7 (1.23%) Skype for Business
8 6 (1.05%) Apache
9 5 (0.88%) WordPress
10 4 (0.70%) Umbraco
11 3 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.35%) Apache Solr
12 2 (0.35%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.35%) EPiServer
12 2 (0.35%) SharePoint
12 2 (0.35%) Tomcat
13 1 (0.18%) Drupal
13 1 (0.18%) Kentico
13 1 (0.18%) SAS
13 1 (0.18%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 24 (4.20%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (1.23%) Photoshop
4 6 (1.05%) Adobe Illustrator
5 5 (0.88%) Microsoft Office
6 4 (0.70%) FileZilla
7 3 (0.53%) MS Visio
8 1 (0.18%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.18%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 9 (1.58%) SAP Hybris
2 7 (1.23%) Payment Gateway
3 3 (0.53%) SessionCam
4 2 (0.35%) CSG Singleview
4 2 (0.35%) Exstream
4 2 (0.35%) Magento
5 1 (0.18%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.18%) SAP CAR
5 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 65 (11.38%) Azure
2 42 (7.36%) AWS
3 20 (3.50%) SaaS
4 16 (2.80%) Power Platform
5 12 (2.10%) Office 365
5 12 (2.10%) PaaS
6 11 (1.93%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (1.40%) Azure Data Factory
8 6 (1.05%) GitHub
9 5 (0.88%) Google Tag Manager
10 4 (0.70%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.70%) Google Analytics
10 4 (0.70%) IaaS
10 4 (0.70%) npm
11 3 (0.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 3 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.53%) Amazon SQS
11 3 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.53%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 96 (16.81%) Broadband
2 8 (1.40%) Skype
2 8 (1.40%) Wireless
3 7 (1.23%) Intranet
4 6 (1.05%) VPN
5 5 (0.88%) DNS
5 5 (0.88%) NGN
6 3 (0.53%) HTTP
7 2 (0.35%) DHCP
7 2 (0.35%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.35%) VoIP
8 1 (0.18%) Bluetooth
8 1 (0.18%) Ethernet
8 1 (0.18%) GSM
8 1 (0.18%) LLU
8 1 (0.18%) SMS
8 1 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (13.13%) SQL Server
2 23 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
3 16 (2.80%) Power BI
4 12 (2.10%) MongoDB
4 12 (2.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 11 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 10 (1.75%) DB2
6 10 (1.75%) Oracle Reports
6 10 (1.75%) Qlik Sense
7 8 (1.40%) Azure SQL Database
7 8 (1.40%) Big Data
8 7 (1.23%) MySQL
8 7 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 6 (1.05%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 5 (0.88%) Relational Database
11 3 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
11 3 (0.53%) NoSQL
11 3 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
12 2 (0.35%) Crystal Reports
12 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 100 (17.51%) JIRA
2 86 (15.06%) Git (software)
3 84 (14.71%) Selenium
4 54 (9.46%) Jenkins
5 53 (9.28%) SoapUI
6 32 (5.60%) Cucumber
7 26 (4.55%) Bugzilla
8 25 (4.38%) TeamCity
9 23 (4.03%) Subversion
10 20 (3.50%) WebDriver
11 19 (3.33%) HP UFT
12 18 (3.15%) Visual Studio
13 16 (2.80%) SpecFlow
14 12 (2.10%) JUnit
14 12 (2.10%) Maven
15 11 (1.93%) Team Foundation Server
16 10 (1.75%) gulp
16 10 (1.75%) Hudson
17 9 (1.58%) Visual Studio Team System
17 9 (1.58%) webpack
General
1 77 (13.49%) Finance
2 66 (11.56%) Telecoms
3 45 (7.88%) Retail
4 35 (6.13%) Marketing
5 32 (5.60%) Automotive
6 23 (4.03%) Billing
7 18 (3.15%) Public Sector
8 17 (2.98%) Banking
9 13 (2.28%) Legal
10 10 (1.75%) Electronics
10 10 (1.75%) Manufacturing
11 6 (1.05%) Games
12 5 (0.88%) Law
13 3 (0.53%) Advertising
14 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.18%) Back Office
14 1 (0.18%) French Language
14 1 (0.18%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.18%) Local Government
14 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 98 (17.16%) Analyst
2 58 (10.16%) Developer
3 51 (8.93%) Tester
4 47 (8.23%) Test Engineer
5 44 (7.71%) QA Engineer
5 44 (7.71%) Test Analyst
6 36 (6.30%) QA Analyst
7 33 (5.78%) Test Manager
8 31 (5.43%) Software Engineer
9 25 (4.38%) Test Leader
10 24 (4.20%) Automation Tester
10 24 (4.20%) QA Tester
11 22 (3.85%) Architect
11 22 (3.85%) Senior Developer
11 22 (3.85%) Software Team Leader
11 22 (3.85%) Team Leader
12 20 (3.50%) Software Tester
13 18 (3.15%) Principal Engineer
13 18 (3.15%) Principal Test Engineer
14 17 (2.98%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (13.31%) .NET
2 45 (7.88%) HTML
3 41 (7.18%) REST
4 39 (6.83%) Web Services
5 36 (6.30%) AngularJS
5 36 (6.30%) CSS
6 34 (5.95%) SOAP
6 34 (5.95%) Vulkan
7 33 (5.78%) Gherkin
8 23 (4.03%) .NET Framework
9 20 (3.50%) XML
10 19 (3.33%) Sass
11 17 (2.98%) WCF
12 15 (2.63%) ASP.NET Web API
12 15 (2.63%) React
13 14 (2.45%) ASP.NET
14 12 (2.10%) ASP.NET MVC
15 11 (1.93%) WPF
16 10 (1.75%) LDAP
16 10 (1.75%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 87 (15.24%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (8.58%) User Experience
3 32 (5.60%) Self-Motivation
4 31 (5.43%) Embedded Systems
5 30 (5.25%) Algorithms
6 25 (4.38%) Management Information System
7 23 (4.03%) Smartphone
8 19 (3.33%) Mobile App
9 13 (2.28%) Virtual Team
10 11 (1.93%) Public Cloud
11 10 (1.75%) Fixed Income
11 10 (1.75%) Mainframe
12 7 (1.23%) e-Learning
12 7 (1.23%) Graphic Design
13 6 (1.05%) Client/Server
13 6 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (1.05%) PMI
14 5 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
14 5 (0.88%) PlayStation
14 5 (0.88%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 64 (11.21%) Linux
2 55 (9.63%) Windows
3 42 (7.36%) Android
4 30 (5.25%) Tizen
5 18 (3.15%) Unix
6 3 (0.53%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.53%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.35%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.18%) AIX
8 1 (0.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.18%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (60.25%) Agile Software Development
2 231 (40.46%) Test Automation
3 129 (22.59%) Mentoring
4 114 (19.96%) DevOps
5 105 (18.39%) SDLC
6 99 (17.34%) Problem-Solving
7 88 (15.41%) Test Strategy
8 86 (15.06%) Scrum
9 71 (12.43%) Continuous Improvement
10 64 (11.21%) Line Management
11 62 (10.86%) Manual Testing
11 62 (10.86%) Software Engineering
12 61 (10.68%) E-Commerce
13 60 (10.51%) Collaborative Working
14 59 (10.33%) Continuous Integration
15 55 (9.63%) Coaching
16 53 (9.28%) Programme Management
17 51 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
18 50 (8.76%) BDD
19 46 (8.06%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 148 (25.92%) SQL
2 106 (18.56%) Java
3 90 (15.76%) C#
4 77 (13.49%) JavaScript
5 52 (9.11%) C++
6 41 (7.18%) C
7 26 (4.55%) Python
8 19 (3.33%) PHP
9 15 (2.63%) TypeScript
10 10 (1.75%) Shell Script
11 9 (1.58%) Go
11 9 (1.58%) Ruby
12 8 (1.40%) T-SQL
13 6 (1.05%) Scala
13 6 (1.05%) VB
13 6 (1.05%) VB.NET
14 5 (0.88%) Perl
15 4 (0.70%) Apex Code
15 4 (0.70%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 4 (0.70%) ES6
Qualifications
1 105 (18.39%) ISTQB
2 85 (14.89%) Degree
3 59 (10.33%) ISEB
4 46 (8.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 19 (3.33%) Security Cleared
6 18 (3.15%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 12 (2.10%) DBS Check
8 11 (1.93%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (1.05%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.53%) AWS Certification
10 3 (0.53%) MCSA
10 3 (0.53%) MCSE
10 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.35%) CSQA
11 2 (0.35%) SC Cleared
12 1 (0.18%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.18%) MBA
12 1 (0.18%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.10%) PMO
2 11 (1.93%) SLA
3 4 (0.70%) GDPR
4 3 (0.53%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.35%) PA-DSS
5 2 (0.35%) PSD2
6 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.18%) GxP
6 1 (0.18%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 13 (2.28%) Active Directory
2 12 (2.10%) Docker
3 8 (1.40%) Firmware
4 4 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (1.40%) Ansible
1 8 (1.40%) Kubernetes
2 6 (1.05%) HP ALM
2 6 (1.05%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (0.88%) Kibana
4 3 (0.53%) cPanel
4 3 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.53%) Puppet
4 3 (0.53%) Terraform
5 2 (0.35%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.18%) Grafana
6 1 (0.18%) logstash
6 1 (0.18%) Nagios
6 1 (0.18%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 68 (11.91%) Microsoft
2 38 (6.65%) Google
3 30 (5.25%) QNX
4 28 (4.90%) SAP
5 27 (4.73%) Oracle
6 18 (3.15%) CA Agile Central
7 14 (2.45%) Salesforce.com
8 12 (2.10%) IBM
9 10 (1.75%) BT
9 10 (1.75%) HP
9 10 (1.75%) Lavastorm
9 10 (1.75%) Nimsoft
9 10 (1.75%) Sitecore
10 9 (1.58%) ATG
10 9 (1.58%) Atlassian
10 9 (1.58%) Demandware
10 9 (1.58%) hybris
10 9 (1.58%) Xamarin
11 7 (1.23%) Openreach
11 7 (1.23%) Veritas