Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 59 68 49
Rank change year-on-year +9 -19 +14
Permanent jobs citing QA 620 504 605
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.85% 4.12% 5.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.21% 34.33% 38.17%
Number of salaries quoted 482 416 546
North West median annual salary £45,000 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +20.00% - -3.85%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £66,225 £60,000 £57,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 1,666 1,468 1,585
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.03% 11.99% 13.21%
Number of salaries quoted 1,233 1,151 1,278
North West median annual salary £43,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.50% - -
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,250 £22,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £62,500 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

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 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 23 January 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 +12 380 £45,000 +8.43% 106
Cheshire +12 146 £45,000 +45.16% 26
Merseyside +23 53 £37,500 +15.38% 13
Lancashire -10 31 £35,000 +20.69% 9
Cumbria - 4 £45,000 -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 345 (55.65%) Agile Software Development
2 204 (32.90%) Test Automation
3 200 (32.26%) Finance
4 172 (27.74%) Java
5 137 (22.10%) Scrum
6 132 (21.29%) Selenium
7 126 (20.32%) TDD
8 125 (20.16%) SDLC
9 120 (19.35%) SQL
10 116 (18.71%) JavaScript
11 111 (17.90%) C#
12 106 (17.10%) Degree
13 105 (16.94%) .NET
14 93 (15.00%) JIRA
15 81 (13.06%) Retail
16 79 (12.74%) DevOps
16 79 (12.74%) BDD
17 78 (12.58%) Analytical Skills
17 78 (12.58%) SQL Server
18 77 (12.42%) MVC
19 75 (12.10%) Continuous Integration
20 73 (11.77%) HTML
20 73 (11.77%) Mentoring
21 70 (11.29%) Web Services
22 69 (11.13%) Software Testing
23 68 (10.97%) Project Management
24 65 (10.48%) Cucumber
25 64 (10.32%) CSS
26 62 (10.00%) Test Strategy
27 60 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure

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 12 (1.94%) Confluence
2 10 (1.61%) CMS
3 8 (1.29%) Apache
3 8 (1.29%) Apache Spark
4 7 (1.13%) IIS
4 7 (1.13%) nginx
5 6 (0.97%) WebSphere
6 5 (0.81%) EPiServer
7 4 (0.65%) ExpressionEngine
7 4 (0.65%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.65%) WordPress
8 2 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.32%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.16%) CICS
9 1 (0.16%) JBoss
9 1 (0.16%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.16%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.16%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 14 (2.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (0.97%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (0.81%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (1.29%) Magento
1 8 (1.29%) SAP MM
1 8 (1.29%) SAP VC
2 3 (0.48%) SAP ERP
2 3 (0.48%) SAP MII
3 2 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.16%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.16%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
4 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.16%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 60 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 49 (7.90%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (3.71%) Google Cloud Platform
4 17 (2.74%) Amazon ElastiCache
4 17 (2.74%) SaaS
5 12 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (1.13%) npm
7 6 (0.97%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (0.97%) GitHub
7 6 (0.97%) IaaS
8 4 (0.65%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.48%) Responsys
9 3 (0.48%) Silverpop
9 3 (0.48%) Slack
10 2 (0.32%) BlazeMeter
10 2 (0.32%) BrowserStack
11 1 (0.16%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.16%) Azure Machine Learning
11 1 (0.16%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 1 (0.16%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.06%) HTTP
2 9 (1.45%) SAN
3 7 (1.13%) SSL
4 5 (0.81%) FTP
4 5 (0.81%) Internet
5 4 (0.65%) SMTP
6 3 (0.48%) SMS
7 2 (0.32%) AMQP
7 2 (0.32%) Intranet
7 2 (0.32%) RTSP
8 1 (0.16%) ATM
8 1 (0.16%) PuTTY
8 1 (0.16%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (12.58%) SQL Server
2 56 (9.03%) MySQL
3 30 (4.84%) Big Data
3 30 (4.84%) Data Warehouse
4 29 (4.68%) NoSQL
5 20 (3.23%) Redis
6 17 (2.74%) Relational Database
7 13 (2.10%) Hadoop
8 12 (1.94%) MongoDB
9 10 (1.61%) Oracle Database
9 10 (1.61%) RDBMS
9 10 (1.61%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (0.81%) Pentaho
10 5 (0.81%) SAP Data Services
11 4 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
11 4 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 3 (0.48%) DB2
13 2 (0.32%) DecisionStream
13 2 (0.32%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 132 (21.29%) Selenium
2 93 (15.00%) JIRA
3 65 (10.48%) Cucumber
4 57 (9.19%) WebDriver
5 46 (7.42%) Jenkins
6 43 (6.94%) Git (software)
7 33 (5.32%) TeamCity
8 29 (4.68%) SoapUI
9 26 (4.19%) SpecFlow
10 22 (3.55%) Visual Studio
11 18 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
12 15 (2.42%) Redmine
13 14 (2.26%) JMeter
14 13 (2.10%) Bugzilla
15 10 (1.61%) JUnit
16 9 (1.45%) NUnit
16 9 (1.45%) TestNG
16 9 (1.45%) Vagrant
16 9 (1.45%) Zephyr
17 8 (1.29%) Toad
General
1 200 (32.26%) Finance
2 81 (13.06%) Retail
3 39 (6.29%) Marketing
4 38 (6.13%) Manufacturing
5 35 (5.65%) Banking
6 25 (4.03%) Law
7 23 (3.71%) Investment Banking
8 21 (3.39%) Telecoms
9 16 (2.58%) Games
10 15 (2.42%) Electronics
10 15 (2.42%) Legal
11 12 (1.94%) German Language
12 7 (1.13%) Publishing
13 6 (0.97%) Advertising
13 6 (0.97%) Automotive
13 6 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
14 5 (0.81%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.65%) French Language
15 4 (0.65%) Japanese Language
15 4 (0.65%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 129 (20.81%) Analyst
2 127 (20.48%) Developer
3 76 (12.26%) Tester
4 55 (8.87%) Test Analyst
5 45 (7.26%) QA Engineer
6 44 (7.10%) Test Leader
7 43 (6.94%) Business Analyst
8 38 (6.13%) Senior Developer
9 35 (5.65%) Architect
9 35 (5.65%) Senior Analyst
10 34 (5.48%) QA Tester
11 31 (5.00%) Software Tester
12 30 (4.84%) Test Engineer
13 28 (4.52%) Java Developer
14 27 (4.35%) .NET Developer
15 25 (4.03%) C# Developer
16 24 (3.87%) Automation Tester
16 24 (3.87%) Java Engineer
16 24 (3.87%) QA Automation Engineer
16 24 (3.87%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (16.94%) .NET
2 73 (11.77%) HTML
3 70 (11.29%) Web Services
4 64 (10.32%) CSS
5 59 (9.52%) ASP.NET
6 55 (8.87%) AngularJS
7 51 (8.23%) HTML5
7 51 (8.23%) jQuery
8 50 (8.06%) RESTful
9 47 (7.58%) XML
10 45 (7.26%) SOAP
11 37 (5.97%) JSON
12 35 (5.65%) Node.js
13 31 (5.00%) REST
14 30 (4.84%) CSS3
15 29 (4.68%) Spring
16 28 (4.52%) ASP.NET Web API
17 25 (4.03%) .NET Framework
17 25 (4.03%) Backbone.js
18 22 (3.55%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 78 (12.58%) Analytical Skills
2 57 (9.19%) Computer Science
3 35 (5.65%) PMI
4 33 (5.32%) Mobile App
5 28 (4.52%) Management Information System
6 27 (4.35%) Fintech
7 25 (4.03%) User Experience
8 13 (2.10%) Enterprise Software
9 10 (1.61%) iPad
10 9 (1.45%) Linux Command Line
11 7 (1.13%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.97%) Smartphone
12 6 (0.97%) Xbox
13 5 (0.81%) Algorithms
13 5 (0.81%) Clustering
13 5 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
14 4 (0.65%) Life Science
14 4 (0.65%) Mainframe
14 4 (0.65%) N-Tier
15 3 (0.48%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 51 (8.23%) Windows
2 41 (6.61%) Linux
3 17 (2.74%) Android
4 15 (2.42%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.94%) Windows Server
5 12 (1.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 10 (1.61%) Unix
7 6 (0.97%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.65%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 345 (55.65%) Agile Software Development
2 204 (32.90%) Test Automation
3 137 (22.10%) Scrum
4 126 (20.32%) TDD
5 125 (20.16%) SDLC
6 79 (12.74%) BDD
6 79 (12.74%) DevOps
7 77 (12.42%) MVC
8 75 (12.10%) Continuous Integration
9 73 (11.77%) Mentoring
10 69 (11.13%) Software Testing
11 68 (10.97%) Project Management
12 62 (10.00%) Test Strategy
13 59 (9.52%) Continuous Improvement
14 55 (8.87%) Regression Testing
14 55 (8.87%) Software Engineering
15 52 (8.39%) Test Scripting
16 47 (7.58%) ITIL
17 46 (7.42%) Coaching
18 43 (6.94%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 172 (27.74%) Java
2 120 (19.35%) SQL
3 116 (18.71%) JavaScript
4 111 (17.90%) C#
5 44 (7.10%) PHP
6 39 (6.29%) Python
7 31 (5.00%) Ruby
8 17 (2.74%) Go
9 14 (2.26%) C
9 14 (2.26%) C++
10 13 (2.10%) TypeScript
11 7 (1.13%) ES6
11 7 (1.13%) PowerShell
12 5 (0.81%) Groovy
12 5 (0.81%) T-SQL
13 4 (0.65%) VBA
14 3 (0.48%) Perl
14 3 (0.48%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.48%) Scala
15 2 (0.32%) F#
Qualifications
1 106 (17.10%) Degree
2 54 (8.71%) ISEB
3 52 (8.39%) Computer Science Degree
4 44 (7.10%) ISTQB
5 38 (6.13%) PMI Certification
6 31 (5.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 13 (2.10%) Master's Degree
8 8 (1.29%) SAP Certification
9 5 (0.81%) SC Cleared
9 5 (0.81%) Security Cleared
10 4 (0.65%) PMP
11 3 (0.48%) MBA
12 2 (0.32%) CCNA
12 2 (0.32%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.32%) MCSE
12 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.32%) Sun Certification
13 1 (0.16%) CSQA
13 1 (0.16%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.61%) Web Application Security Consortium
2 9 (1.45%) PMO
3 3 (0.48%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.48%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.48%) SLA
4 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.16%) GDPR
5 1 (0.16%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.16%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.16%) TickIT
System Software
1 29 (4.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (4.52%) Docker
3 25 (4.03%) Hyper-V
4 7 (1.13%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.65%) VirtualBox
5 4 (0.65%) Xen
6 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 21 (3.39%) Opscode Chef
1 21 (3.39%) Puppet
2 19 (3.06%) Ansible
3 7 (1.13%) Kubernetes
4 4 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (0.65%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (0.48%) Simian Army
5 3 (0.48%) ZABBIX
6 2 (0.32%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 49 (7.90%) Microsoft
2 45 (7.26%) SAP
3 31 (5.00%) VMware
4 29 (4.68%) Google
5 23 (3.71%) Oracle
6 21 (3.39%) Citrix
7 15 (2.42%) Capita
8 12 (1.94%) HP
9 9 (1.45%) Atlassian
10 7 (1.13%) IBM
11 6 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (0.81%) Apple
12 5 (0.81%) WorldPay
13 4 (0.65%) Ab Initio
13 4 (0.65%) Cognizant
13 4 (0.65%) Cognos
13 4 (0.65%) Facebook
13 4 (0.65%) Informatica
13 4 (0.65%) Teradata
13 4 (0.65%) Xamarin