Period
to 30 March 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 30 March 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 68 57 60
Rank change year-on-year -11 +3 +7
Permanent jobs citing QA 314 473 636
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 3.86% 4.66% 4.89%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.06% 30.83% 39.02%
Number of salaries quoted 266 341 508
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - +20.00%
10th Percentile £29,375 £29,000 £28,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £65,000
England median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -

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 922 1,534 1,630
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.34% 15.12% 12.53%
Number of salaries quoted 688 1,115 1,222
Median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.33% - +12.50%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £71,250 £70,424 £67,500
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 proportion 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

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA in the North West.

Salary trend for QA in the North West

QA
Salary Histogram in the North West

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA in the North West over the 6 months to 30 March 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 30 March 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 -6 206 £52,500 +16.67% 48
Cheshire +11 78 £41,000 -11.35% 29
Merseyside -6 16 £38,750 +3.33% 5
Lancashire -28 8 £32,500 -23.53% 3
Cumbria - 1 £35,000 - 2
QA
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 182 (57.96%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (34.71%) Test Automation
3 77 (24.52%) C#
4 75 (23.89%) Selenium
5 73 (23.25%) SQL
6 67 (21.34%) Scrum
7 62 (19.75%) .NET
8 58 (18.47%) Degree
9 57 (18.15%) Java
10 53 (16.88%) JavaScript
11 52 (16.56%) MVC
11 52 (16.56%) Software Engineering
12 50 (15.92%) TDD
12 50 (15.92%) HTML
13 46 (14.65%) SQL Server
14 44 (14.01%) User Experience
15 43 (13.69%) DevOps
15 43 (13.69%) Continuous Integration
16 40 (12.74%) WebDriver
16 40 (12.74%) Finance
17 37 (11.78%) ASP.NET
17 37 (11.78%) Kanban
17 37 (11.78%) JIRA
17 37 (11.78%) Analytical Skills
18 35 (11.15%) CSS
18 35 (11.15%) Mobile App
19 34 (10.83%) Azure
19 34 (10.83%) SDLC
20 33 (10.51%) AWS
21 31 (9.87%) Artificial Intelligence

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 11 (3.50%) Confluence
2 9 (2.87%) NServiceBus
3 8 (2.55%) Apache
4 6 (1.91%) Apache Spark
4 6 (1.91%) CMS
4 6 (1.91%) EPiServer
5 3 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.96%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.96%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (0.64%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.32%) nginx
7 1 (0.32%) OnBase
7 1 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.32%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 6 (1.91%) Chatbot
1 6 (1.91%) Microsoft Excel
1 6 (1.91%) MS Visio
2 5 (1.59%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (0.96%) Adobe Illustrator
3 3 (0.96%) InVision
3 3 (0.96%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.96%) Photoshop
3 3 (0.96%) Sketch
4 1 (0.32%) Adobe XD
4 1 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.96%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (0.96%) Shopify
2 1 (0.32%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.32%) Magento
2 1 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 34 (10.83%) Azure
2 33 (10.51%) AWS
3 15 (4.78%) Amazon EC2
4 8 (2.55%) GCP
4 8 (2.55%) GitHub
5 5 (1.59%) AWS Lambda
5 5 (1.59%) Office 365
5 5 (1.59%) Power Platform
5 5 (1.59%) Serverless
6 4 (1.27%) BrowserStack
6 4 (1.27%) SaaS
7 3 (0.96%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.64%) Sauce Labs
9 1 (0.32%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.91%) Network Security
2 4 (1.27%) Firewall
2 4 (1.27%) FTP
2 4 (1.27%) VPN
3 2 (0.64%) Intranet
3 2 (0.64%) Skype
4 1 (0.32%) HTTP
4 1 (0.32%) SSL
4 1 (0.32%) Unified Communications
4 1 (0.32%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (14.65%) SQL Server
2 21 (6.69%) MongoDB
3 20 (6.37%) Relational Database
4 15 (4.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 15 (4.78%) NoSQL
5 12 (3.82%) RDBMS
6 9 (2.87%) MySQL
7 7 (2.23%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (1.59%) Power BI
8 5 (1.59%) Redis
9 4 (1.27%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.96%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (0.96%) DB2
10 3 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.96%) RavenDB
10 3 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.32%) Azure SQL Database
11 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 1 (0.32%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 75 (23.89%) Selenium
2 40 (12.74%) WebDriver
3 37 (11.78%) JIRA
4 29 (9.24%) Jenkins
5 26 (8.28%) Git (software)
6 24 (7.64%) Cucumber
7 16 (5.10%) SpecFlow
8 12 (3.82%) SoapUI
8 12 (3.82%) TeamCity
9 11 (3.50%) Postman
10 10 (3.18%) JMeter
11 9 (2.87%) Hudson
11 9 (2.87%) Maven
11 9 (2.87%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (2.87%) Visual Studio Team System
12 8 (2.55%) Bitbucket
12 8 (2.55%) LoadRunner
13 7 (2.23%) JUnit
13 7 (2.23%) NUnit
13 7 (2.23%) Protractor
General
1 40 (12.74%) Finance
2 17 (5.41%) Games
3 14 (4.46%) Banking
3 14 (4.46%) Marketing
3 14 (4.46%) Retail
4 12 (3.82%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.23%) Public Sector
6 6 (1.91%) Billing
7 5 (1.59%) Aerospace
7 5 (1.59%) Local Government
8 4 (1.27%) Law
8 4 (1.27%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.96%) Electronics
10 2 (0.64%) Back Office
10 2 (0.64%) Legal
10 2 (0.64%) Police
11 1 (0.32%) Advertising
11 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 75 (23.89%) Developer
2 55 (17.52%) Analyst
3 36 (11.46%) Tester
4 33 (10.51%) QA Engineer
5 27 (8.60%) QA Analyst
6 26 (8.28%) Senior Developer
7 21 (6.69%) Software Developer
8 20 (6.37%) Automation Tester
9 18 (5.73%) Test Analyst
10 16 (5.10%) .NET Developer
10 16 (5.10%) QA Automation Engineer
10 16 (5.10%) QA Tester
11 14 (4.46%) Automation Engineer
12 13 (4.14%) Development Director
12 13 (4.14%) Software Development Director
13 12 (3.82%) C# Developer
13 12 (3.82%) Test Engineer
14 11 (3.50%) Business Analyst
14 11 (3.50%) QA Automation Tester
14 11 (3.50%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (19.75%) .NET
2 50 (15.92%) HTML
3 37 (11.78%) ASP.NET
4 35 (11.15%) CSS
5 31 (9.87%) AngularJS
6 26 (8.28%) ASP.NET MVC
6 26 (8.28%) Web Services
7 24 (7.64%) ASP.NET Web API
8 22 (7.01%) HTML5
9 20 (6.37%) .NET Core
10 18 (5.73%) Node.js
11 16 (5.10%) JSON
11 16 (5.10%) XML
12 15 (4.78%) REST
13 14 (4.46%) React
13 14 (4.46%) Spring Boot
14 13 (4.14%) .NET Framework
14 13 (4.14%) CSS3
14 13 (4.14%) SOAP
15 12 (3.82%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 44 (14.01%) User Experience
2 37 (11.78%) Analytical Skills
3 35 (11.15%) Mobile App
4 15 (4.78%) Self-Motivation
5 12 (3.82%) Client/Server
6 10 (3.18%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (2.87%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (2.23%) Online Games
8 7 (2.23%) Robotics
9 6 (1.91%) Blog
10 4 (1.27%) Management Information System
10 4 (1.27%) Social Media
10 4 (1.27%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.96%) Clustering
11 3 (0.96%) Driving Licence
11 3 (0.96%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.96%) Replication
11 3 (0.96%) Smart Meter
12 2 (0.64%) Algorithms
12 2 (0.64%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 25 (7.96%) Windows
2 21 (6.69%) Linux
3 19 (6.05%) Android
4 18 (5.73%) Apple iOS
5 4 (1.27%) Windows 10
5 4 (1.27%) Windows Server
5 4 (1.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.32%) Tizen
6 1 (0.32%) Unix
6 1 (0.32%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 182 (57.96%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (34.71%) Test Automation
3 67 (21.34%) Scrum
4 52 (16.56%) MVC
4 52 (16.56%) Software Engineering
5 50 (15.92%) TDD
6 43 (13.69%) Continuous Integration
6 43 (13.69%) DevOps
7 37 (11.78%) Kanban
8 34 (10.83%) SDLC
9 31 (9.87%) Artificial Intelligence
10 30 (9.55%) Computer Science
10 30 (9.55%) Continuous Improvement
11 29 (9.24%) BDD
12 28 (8.92%) Microservices
13 27 (8.60%) Problem-Solving
14 26 (8.28%) Coaching
15 24 (7.64%) Project Management
16 22 (7.01%) Acceptance Criteria
17 21 (6.69%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 77 (24.52%) C#
2 73 (23.25%) SQL
3 57 (18.15%) Java
4 53 (16.88%) JavaScript
5 22 (7.01%) Python
6 17 (5.41%) TypeScript
7 15 (4.78%) PowerShell
8 11 (3.50%) C++
9 10 (3.18%) ES6
10 9 (2.87%) Ruby
10 9 (2.87%) Shell Script
10 9 (2.87%) T-SQL
11 7 (2.23%) Lua
12 5 (1.59%) PHP
12 5 (1.59%) VB
12 5 (1.59%) VB6
12 5 (1.59%) VBA
13 4 (1.27%) Bash Shell
13 4 (1.27%) Scala
14 3 (0.96%) Perl
Qualifications
1 58 (18.47%) Degree
2 16 (5.10%) Computer Science Degree
3 14 (4.46%) ISTQB
4 11 (3.50%) ISEB
5 6 (1.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.64%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.32%) MCPD
8 1 (0.32%) MCSD
8 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.55%) SLA
2 2 (0.64%) ISO 9001
2 2 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 17025
2 2 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (0.64%) PMO
3 1 (0.32%) GAMP
3 1 (0.32%) GDPR
3 1 (0.32%) GMP
3 1 (0.32%) GxP
3 1 (0.32%) ISAE 3402
3 1 (0.32%) Solvency II
System Software
1 26 (8.28%) Docker
2 5 (1.59%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.64%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.32%) KVM
4 1 (0.32%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 12 (3.82%) Puppet
2 11 (3.50%) Ansible
3 10 (3.18%) Kubernetes
4 6 (1.91%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (1.27%) HP ALM
6 3 (0.96%) Failover Clustering
6 3 (0.96%) Kibana
6 3 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.64%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.64%) Salt
7 2 (0.64%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 16 (5.10%) Microsoft
2 9 (2.87%) Google
3 7 (2.23%) Xamarin
4 6 (1.91%) Oracle
5 5 (1.59%) FIS
5 5 (1.59%) HP
5 5 (1.59%) Workday
5 5 (1.59%) WorldPay
6 4 (1.27%) Adobe
6 4 (1.27%) Remedy
6 4 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (0.96%) hybris
7 3 (0.96%) SAP
8 2 (0.64%) BT
8 2 (0.64%) CA Agile Central
8 2 (0.64%) Facebook
8 2 (0.64%) Sitecore
8 2 (0.64%) SnapLogic
8 2 (0.64%) Twitter
8 2 (0.64%) VMware