Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
24 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 62 61 70
Rank change year-on-year -1 +9 -19
Permanent jobs citing QA 462 621 515
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.36% 4.86% 4.16%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.31% 37.68% 34.63%
Number of salaries quoted 343 483 425
North West median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% +20.00% -
10th Percentile £29,250 £28,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £69,750 £66,200 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 1,576 1,648 1,487
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.87% 12.90% 12.01%
Number of salaries quoted 1,224 1,211 1,166
North West median annual salary £45,000 £43,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.65% +7.50% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £24,250
90th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £62,370
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +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 24 January 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 24 January 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 -15 292 £43,000 -4.44% 82
Cheshire +12 106 £50,000 +11.11% 29
Lancashire +11 35 £42,500 +21.43% 9
Merseyside -15 27 £37,500 - 6
Cumbria +4 2 £25,932 -42.37%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 232 (50.22%) Agile Software Development
2 150 (32.47%) Test Automation
3 114 (24.68%) SQL
4 100 (21.65%) Java
5 97 (21.00%) Selenium
6 92 (19.91%) Degree
7 85 (18.40%) C#
8 78 (16.88%) Finance
9 71 (15.37%) DevOps
10 70 (15.15%) .NET
11 63 (13.64%) Scrum
12 62 (13.42%) SDLC
13 60 (12.99%) Project Management
13 60 (12.99%) JavaScript
14 56 (12.12%) Continuous Integration
14 56 (12.12%) Amazon AWS
15 55 (11.90%) BDD
16 53 (11.47%) JIRA
16 53 (11.47%) Software Testing
17 52 (11.26%) Microsoft Azure
18 51 (11.04%) SQL Server
19 50 (10.82%) Microsoft
19 50 (10.82%) Law
19 50 (10.82%) Test Scripting
20 49 (10.61%) Software Engineering
20 49 (10.61%) Cucumber
20 49 (10.61%) SoapUI
20 49 (10.61%) Python
21 46 (9.96%) TDD
22 44 (9.52%) Jenkins

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 20 (4.33%) Confluence
2 11 (2.38%) Apache
2 11 (2.38%) CMS
3 9 (1.95%) Apache Spark
3 9 (1.95%) SharePoint
4 5 (1.08%) IIS
5 2 (0.43%) Apache Solr
5 2 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
5 2 (0.43%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.22%) CICS
6 1 (0.22%) ColdFusion
6 1 (0.22%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.22%) nginx
6 1 (0.22%) SAS
6 1 (0.22%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.22%) WebSphere
Applications
1 19 (4.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (3.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (1.52%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.30%) Microsoft Office
5 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.22%) InVision
Business Applications
1 5 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.43%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 56 (12.12%) Amazon AWS
2 52 (11.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (6.93%) Cloud Computing
4 27 (5.84%) Google Cloud Platform
5 15 (3.25%) SaaS
6 6 (1.30%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (1.30%) Serverless
7 5 (1.08%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (1.08%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (0.87%) IaaS
8 4 (0.87%) IBM Cloud
8 4 (0.87%) Trello
9 3 (0.65%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 2 (0.43%) BlazeMeter
10 2 (0.43%) Google Play
10 2 (0.43%) Office 365
11 1 (0.22%) BrowserStack
11 1 (0.22%) DigitalOcean
11 1 (0.22%) Force.com
11 1 (0.22%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.95%) SAN
2 8 (1.73%) Internet
3 7 (1.52%) Wi-Fi
4 5 (1.08%) Bluetooth
4 5 (1.08%) GSM
5 4 (0.87%) Unified Communications
6 3 (0.65%) FTP
6 3 (0.65%) HTTP
6 3 (0.65%) SMTP
7 2 (0.43%) Firewall
7 2 (0.43%) LAN
7 2 (0.43%) MPLS
7 2 (0.43%) WAN
7 2 (0.43%) Wireless
8 1 (0.22%) DHCP
8 1 (0.22%) DNS
8 1 (0.22%) Network Security
8 1 (0.22%) SSL
8 1 (0.22%) VoIP
8 1 (0.22%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (11.04%) SQL Server
2 29 (6.28%) NoSQL
3 28 (6.06%) MySQL
4 13 (2.81%) Big Data
5 11 (2.38%) Relational Database
6 10 (2.16%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (2.16%) Hadoop
7 8 (1.73%) PostgreSQL
7 8 (1.73%) Redis
8 7 (1.52%) MongoDB
9 6 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (1.08%) DB2
11 4 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 4 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 3 (0.65%) BusinessObjects
12 3 (0.65%) Power BI
12 3 (0.65%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
12 3 (0.65%) SQL Server 2014
12 3 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 97 (21.00%) Selenium
2 53 (11.47%) JIRA
3 49 (10.61%) Cucumber
3 49 (10.61%) SoapUI
4 44 (9.52%) Jenkins
5 37 (8.01%) Git (software)
6 34 (7.36%) WebDriver
7 28 (6.06%) JMeter
8 15 (3.25%) Team Foundation Server
8 15 (3.25%) TeamCity
9 12 (2.60%) Visual Studio
10 11 (2.38%) Subversion
11 10 (2.16%) Gradle
11 10 (2.16%) HP UFT
11 10 (2.16%) Maven
11 10 (2.16%) SpecFlow
12 9 (1.95%) Appium
12 9 (1.95%) Bugzilla
13 6 (1.30%) NUnit
13 6 (1.30%) SonarQube
General
1 78 (16.88%) Finance
2 50 (10.82%) Law
3 36 (7.79%) Marketing
4 27 (5.84%) Retail
5 25 (5.41%) Banking
6 16 (3.46%) Manufacturing
7 15 (3.25%) Investment Banking
8 10 (2.16%) Electronics
8 10 (2.16%) Publishing
9 8 (1.73%) Games
9 8 (1.73%) Telecoms
10 7 (1.52%) Automotive
11 5 (1.08%) Legal
12 3 (0.65%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.43%) Advertising
14 1 (0.22%) Back Office
14 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.22%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 113 (24.46%) Analyst
2 62 (13.42%) Developer
3 53 (11.47%) Test Analyst
4 44 (9.52%) QA Engineer
5 43 (9.31%) Tester
6 34 (7.36%) QA Analyst
7 27 (5.84%) QA Tester
8 26 (5.63%) Trainer
9 24 (5.19%) Software Tester
10 22 (4.76%) Architect
10 22 (4.76%) QA Test Analyst
10 22 (4.76%) Software Analyst
11 21 (4.55%) Business Analyst
12 19 (4.11%) Senior Analyst
12 19 (4.11%) Test Engineer
13 16 (3.46%) Consultant
13 16 (3.46%) Project Manager
14 15 (3.25%) Senior Developer
14 15 (3.25%) Test Manager
15 14 (3.03%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (15.15%) .NET
2 35 (7.58%) HTML
3 31 (6.71%) Gherkin
3 31 (6.71%) SOAP
4 26 (5.63%) REST
4 26 (5.63%) RESTful
4 26 (5.63%) XML
5 25 (5.41%) CSS
5 25 (5.41%) Web Services
6 24 (5.19%) AngularJS
7 21 (4.55%) JSON
8 20 (4.33%) ASP.NET
9 17 (3.68%) jQuery
9 17 (3.68%) Node.js
10 16 (3.46%) ASP.NET Web API
11 15 (3.25%) HTML5
12 13 (2.81%) Middleware
12 13 (2.81%) React
13 11 (2.38%) CSS3
13 11 (2.38%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 35 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (4.33%) Mobile App
2 20 (4.33%) Self-Motivation
2 20 (4.33%) User Experience
3 15 (3.25%) Fintech
4 12 (2.60%) Mainframe
5 11 (2.38%) Fixed Income
6 9 (1.95%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.73%) Cloud Native
8 7 (1.52%) Data Structures
9 6 (1.30%) Algorithms
9 6 (1.30%) Clustering
9 6 (1.30%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (1.30%) Infotainment
9 6 (1.30%) Replication
10 5 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.08%) N-Tier
11 4 (0.87%) Blog
11 4 (0.87%) Data Protection Act
11 4 (0.87%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 41 (8.87%) Windows
2 39 (8.44%) Linux
3 15 (3.25%) CentOS
3 15 (3.25%) Ubuntu
4 13 (2.81%) Apple iOS
5 11 (2.38%) Android
6 10 (2.16%) Unix
6 10 (2.16%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.22%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (50.22%) Agile Software Development
2 150 (32.47%) Test Automation
3 71 (15.37%) DevOps
4 63 (13.64%) Scrum
5 62 (13.42%) SDLC
6 60 (12.99%) Project Management
7 56 (12.12%) Continuous Integration
8 55 (11.90%) BDD
9 53 (11.47%) Software Testing
10 50 (10.82%) Test Scripting
11 49 (10.61%) Software Engineering
12 46 (9.96%) TDD
13 42 (9.09%) Test Strategy
14 39 (8.44%) E-Commerce
14 39 (8.44%) Manual Testing
14 39 (8.44%) Problem-Solving
15 33 (7.14%) Configuration Management
15 33 (7.14%) MVC
16 32 (6.93%) Regression Testing
16 32 (6.93%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 114 (24.68%) SQL
2 100 (21.65%) Java
3 85 (18.40%) C#
4 60 (12.99%) JavaScript
5 49 (10.61%) Python
6 38 (8.23%) Ruby
7 24 (5.19%) T-SQL
8 21 (4.55%) Bash Shell
8 21 (4.55%) TypeScript
9 20 (4.33%) PHP
10 16 (3.46%) C++
11 14 (3.03%) ES6
12 12 (2.60%) Apple Swift
12 12 (2.60%) C
12 12 (2.60%) Go
12 12 (2.60%) Objective-C
12 12 (2.60%) Perl
13 10 (2.16%) Kotlin
14 6 (1.30%) VB
14 6 (1.30%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 92 (19.91%) Degree
2 24 (5.19%) ISTQB
3 22 (4.76%) Computer Science Degree
4 19 (4.11%) ISEB
5 14 (3.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (0.87%) CISSP
7 3 (0.65%) CEH
7 3 (0.65%) CISA
7 3 (0.65%) CISM
7 3 (0.65%) SSCP
8 2 (0.43%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.22%) APMP
9 1 (0.22%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.22%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.25%) PMO
2 8 (1.73%) GDPR
3 5 (1.08%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.65%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.43%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 35 (7.58%) Docker
2 8 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (1.30%) Active Directory
4 5 (1.08%) Firmware
5 1 (0.22%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.22%) KVM
5 1 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.22%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.22%) Xen
Systems Management
1 29 (6.28%) Kubernetes
2 24 (5.19%) Puppet
3 22 (4.76%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (1.73%) Ansible
5 7 (1.52%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (1.08%) HP ALM
7 2 (0.43%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.22%) Terraform
Vendors
1 50 (10.82%) Microsoft
2 23 (4.98%) SAP
3 13 (2.81%) Google
4 11 (2.38%) Oracle
5 10 (2.16%) CA Agile Central
6 9 (1.95%) Sitecore
7 8 (1.73%) VMware
8 6 (1.30%) HP
9 5 (1.08%) IBM
9 5 (1.08%) MuleSoft
10 4 (0.87%) Tableau
11 3 (0.65%) Cognos
11 3 (0.65%) GoldenSource
11 3 (0.65%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (0.65%) ServiceNow
12 2 (0.43%) Apple
12 2 (0.43%) Cisco
12 2 (0.43%) Cognizant
12 2 (0.43%) Facebook
12 2 (0.43%) Twitter