Period
to 17 November 2018

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 17 November 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 70 70 67
Rank change year-on-year 0 -3 -15
Permanent jobs citing QA 496 568 498
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.26% 4.30% 3.99%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.86% 34.72% 33.09%
Number of salaries quoted 381 440 403
North West median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +13.33% -
10th Percentile £28,500 £27,500 £27,050
90th Percentile £63,750 £65,000 £59,750
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 1,661 1,636 1,505
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.27% 12.37% 12.06%
Number of salaries quoted 1,295 1,173 1,163
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £26,100 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £65,600 £65,000 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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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 17 November 2018.

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 17 November 2018. 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 +3 315 £42,500 - 70
Cheshire +14 107 £47,500 +5.56% 24
Merseyside +4 37 £37,500 -6.25% 13
Lancashire +15 34 £42,500 +21.43% 9
Cumbria 0 2 £25,932 -42.37% 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 2018, 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.

1 247 (49.80%) Agile Software Development
2 166 (33.47%) Test Automation
3 125 (25.20%) SQL
4 118 (23.79%) Finance
5 101 (20.36%) C#
5 101 (20.36%) Selenium
6 90 (18.15%) .NET
7 85 (17.14%) Java
8 80 (16.13%) JavaScript
9 77 (15.52%) Scrum
9 77 (15.52%) Degree
10 76 (15.32%) DevOps
11 69 (13.91%) Software Engineering
12 62 (12.50%) Software Testing
12 62 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
13 60 (12.10%) Continuous Integration
14 59 (11.90%) SDLC
15 58 (11.69%) SQL Server
16 57 (11.49%) Project Management
17 54 (10.89%) Microsoft
17 54 (10.89%) TDD
18 53 (10.69%) HTML
19 50 (10.08%) Python
19 50 (10.08%) Git (software)
20 49 (9.88%) Test Scripting
20 49 (9.88%) MVC
21 47 (9.48%) JIRA
22 46 (9.27%) Microsoft Azure
22 46 (9.27%) Linux
23 45 (9.07%) E-Commerce

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 21 (4.23%) CMS
2 17 (3.43%) Confluence
3 11 (2.22%) Sitecore CMS
4 9 (1.81%) Apache
5 8 (1.61%) nginx
5 8 (1.61%) SharePoint
6 6 (1.21%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.81%) Apache Solr
7 4 (0.81%) IIS
7 4 (0.81%) Umbraco
8 3 (0.60%) EPiServer
8 3 (0.60%) JBoss
9 2 (0.40%) Kentico
9 2 (0.40%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.20%) CICS
10 1 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.20%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.20%) WebSphere
Applications
1 15 (3.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (2.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (1.61%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.81%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.20%) InVision
5 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (1.81%) SAP Hybris
2 5 (1.01%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.60%) Epicor Tropos
3 3 (0.60%) TIBCO iProcess
4 2 (0.40%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.20%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 62 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
2 46 (9.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (4.23%) SaaS
4 16 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
5 15 (3.02%) Google Cloud Platform
6 8 (1.61%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (1.21%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 6 (1.21%) Dynamics 365
7 6 (1.21%) Office 365
8 5 (1.01%) IaaS
8 5 (1.01%) IBM Cloud
9 4 (0.81%) BlazeMeter
10 3 (0.60%) Sage Pay
10 3 (0.60%) Trello
11 2 (0.40%) Google Play
12 1 (0.20%) GitHub
12 1 (0.20%) npm
12 1 (0.20%) NuGet
12 1 (0.20%) Responsys
12 1 (0.20%) Silverpop
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.41%) SAN
2 6 (1.21%) HTTP
3 5 (1.01%) Internet
3 5 (1.01%) Unified Communications
4 4 (0.81%) SSL
5 3 (0.60%) DNS
5 3 (0.60%) FTP
5 3 (0.60%) LAN
5 3 (0.60%) WAN
5 3 (0.60%) Wireless
6 2 (0.40%) Firewall
6 2 (0.40%) MPLS
6 2 (0.40%) SMTP
6 2 (0.40%) TCP/IP
6 2 (0.40%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.20%) Extranet
7 1 (0.20%) Intranet
7 1 (0.20%) SMS
7 1 (0.20%) VoIP
7 1 (0.20%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (11.69%) SQL Server
2 26 (5.24%) NoSQL
3 24 (4.84%) MySQL
4 15 (3.02%) Big Data
5 13 (2.62%) PostgreSQL
6 12 (2.42%) Hadoop
6 12 (2.42%) MongoDB
7 11 (2.22%) Data Warehouse
8 10 (2.02%) Relational Database
9 6 (1.21%) DB2
9 6 (1.21%) RDBMS
9 6 (1.21%) Redis
10 5 (1.01%) Apache Cassandra
10 5 (1.01%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.81%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.81%) Power BI
11 4 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 3 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
12 3 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 2 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 101 (20.36%) Selenium
2 50 (10.08%) Git (software)
3 47 (9.48%) JIRA
4 45 (9.07%) Cucumber
5 40 (8.06%) Jenkins
6 38 (7.66%) SoapUI
7 34 (6.85%) WebDriver
8 32 (6.45%) JMeter
9 20 (4.03%) Visual Studio
10 19 (3.83%) Team Foundation Server
11 16 (3.23%) TeamCity
12 14 (2.82%) NUnit
12 14 (2.82%) SpecFlow
13 11 (2.22%) GoCD
13 11 (2.22%) MSTest
14 9 (1.81%) Travis CI
15 8 (1.61%) HP UFT
15 8 (1.61%) Protractor
16 7 (1.41%) Jasmine
16 7 (1.41%) Maven
General
1 118 (23.79%) Finance
2 43 (8.67%) Marketing
3 38 (7.66%) Law
4 29 (5.85%) Retail
5 27 (5.44%) Banking
6 17 (3.43%) Investment Banking
7 10 (2.02%) Telecoms
8 9 (1.81%) Manufacturing
9 8 (1.61%) Games
10 7 (1.41%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.81%) Legal
12 3 (0.60%) Advertising
12 3 (0.60%) Automotive
12 3 (0.60%) Back Office
12 3 (0.60%) Electronics
13 1 (0.20%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.20%) Front Office
13 1 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 103 (20.77%) Analyst
2 75 (15.12%) Developer
3 66 (13.31%) Tester
4 48 (9.68%) Test Analyst
5 29 (5.85%) QA Engineer
5 29 (5.85%) Test Engineer
6 28 (5.65%) QA Analyst
6 28 (5.65%) QA Tester
7 25 (5.04%) Software Tester
8 23 (4.64%) Architect
9 22 (4.44%) Software Analyst
10 21 (4.23%) Software Engineer
11 20 (4.03%) Senior Developer
12 19 (3.83%) Business Analyst
12 19 (3.83%) C# Developer
13 18 (3.63%) Senior Analyst
14 17 (3.43%) Delivery Manager
14 17 (3.43%) Full Stack Developer
15 16 (3.23%) .NET Developer
15 16 (3.23%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (18.15%) .NET
2 53 (10.69%) HTML
3 41 (8.27%) AngularJS
3 41 (8.27%) CSS
4 40 (8.06%) Web Services
5 34 (6.85%) SOAP
5 34 (6.85%) XML
6 33 (6.65%) RESTful
7 31 (6.25%) REST
8 30 (6.05%) ASP.NET Web API
8 30 (6.05%) HTML5
9 29 (5.85%) ASP.NET
10 28 (5.65%) JSON
11 22 (4.44%) React
12 20 (4.03%) jQuery
13 19 (3.83%) CSS3
13 19 (3.83%) Middleware
14 16 (3.23%) Spring
15 14 (2.82%) Gherkin
15 14 (2.82%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 36 (7.26%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (6.25%) Computer Science
2 31 (6.25%) User Experience
3 27 (5.44%) Mobile App
4 25 (5.04%) Self-Motivation
5 13 (2.62%) Fintech
5 13 (2.62%) Management Information System
6 10 (2.02%) Greenfield Project
7 9 (1.81%) Fixed Income
8 8 (1.61%) N-Tier
9 7 (1.41%) Algorithms
9 7 (1.41%) Data Structures
9 7 (1.41%) Virtual Team
10 6 (1.21%) Clustering
10 6 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.21%) Replication
11 5 (1.01%) Smartphone
12 4 (0.81%) Blog
12 4 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
12 4 (0.81%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 46 (9.27%) Linux
2 33 (6.65%) Windows
3 14 (2.82%) CentOS
4 12 (2.42%) Ubuntu
5 10 (2.02%) Apple iOS
6 9 (1.81%) Android
6 9 (1.81%) Windows Server
7 5 (1.01%) Unix
8 1 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.20%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 247 (49.80%) Agile Software Development
2 166 (33.47%) Test Automation
3 77 (15.52%) Scrum
4 76 (15.32%) DevOps
5 69 (13.91%) Software Engineering
6 62 (12.50%) Software Testing
7 60 (12.10%) Continuous Integration
8 59 (11.90%) SDLC
9 57 (11.49%) Project Management
10 54 (10.89%) TDD
11 49 (9.88%) MVC
11 49 (9.88%) Test Scripting
12 45 (9.07%) BDD
12 45 (9.07%) E-Commerce
13 42 (8.47%) Test Strategy
14 38 (7.66%) Problem-Solving
15 37 (7.46%) Regression Testing
16 35 (7.06%) Manual Testing
17 34 (6.85%) Mentoring
18 30 (6.05%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 125 (25.20%) SQL
2 101 (20.36%) C#
3 85 (17.14%) Java
4 80 (16.13%) JavaScript
5 50 (10.08%) Python
6 34 (6.85%) Ruby
7 33 (6.65%) T-SQL
8 24 (4.84%) TypeScript
9 17 (3.43%) Bash Shell
9 17 (3.43%) PHP
10 11 (2.22%) Go
11 7 (1.41%) C++
11 7 (1.41%) ES6
12 6 (1.21%) C
12 6 (1.21%) PowerShell
12 6 (1.21%) VB.NET
13 5 (1.01%) Perl
14 3 (0.60%) Java 8
14 3 (0.60%) VBA
15 2 (0.40%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 77 (15.52%) Degree
2 30 (6.05%) ISEB
3 29 (5.85%) ISTQB
4 21 (4.23%) Computer Science Degree
5 17 (3.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (1.01%) APMP
7 4 (0.81%) CISSP
8 3 (0.60%) CEH
8 3 (0.60%) CISA
8 3 (0.60%) CISM
8 3 (0.60%) DBS Check
8 3 (0.60%) Master's Degree
8 3 (0.60%) SSCP
9 2 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.40%) Security Cleared
10 1 (0.20%) MCSE
10 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.20%) RHCA
10 1 (0.20%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.62%) PMO
2 10 (2.02%) GDPR
3 5 (1.01%) Data Quality
3 5 (1.01%) PSD2
4 4 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.81%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.40%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
5 2 (0.40%) Web Application Security Consortium
6 1 (0.20%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.20%) SLA
System Software
1 44 (8.87%) Docker
2 15 (3.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (2.22%) Active Directory
4 9 (1.81%) VirtualBox
5 6 (1.21%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.21%) KVM
5 6 (1.21%) Xen
6 3 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.20%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 26 (5.24%) Kubernetes
2 25 (5.04%) Puppet
3 21 (4.23%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (1.81%) Ansible
5 7 (1.41%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (0.60%) Rancher
7 2 (0.40%) CFEngine
7 2 (0.40%) FortiGate
7 2 (0.40%) Nagios
8 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.20%) Terraform
8 1 (0.20%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 54 (10.89%) Microsoft
2 24 (4.84%) SAP
3 20 (4.03%) Oracle
4 17 (3.43%) Google
5 15 (3.02%) VMware
6 11 (2.22%) IBM
6 11 (2.22%) Sitecore
7 10 (2.02%) hybris
8 9 (1.81%) ATG
9 5 (1.01%) Atlassian
9 5 (1.01%) MuleSoft
10 4 (0.81%) CA Agile Central
10 4 (0.81%) HP
10 4 (0.81%) Intapp
10 4 (0.81%) ServiceNow
10 4 (0.81%) Twitter
11 3 (0.60%) Apple
11 3 (0.60%) Cognos
11 3 (0.60%) Sage
11 3 (0.60%) TIBCO