Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 68 64 55
Rank change year-on-year -4 -9 0
Permanent jobs citing QA 573 507 631
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.30% 4.08% 4.88%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.29% 33.29% 37.03%
Number of salaries quoted 441 411 533
North West median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.33% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £60,000 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -

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 1671 1523 1704
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.53% 12.24% 13.17%
Number of salaries quoted 1199 1174 1369
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,250 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.59% +5.92% -5.00%
10th Percentile £25,000 £25,000 £21,950
90th Percentile £66,050 £64,625 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017. 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 +1 365 £42,500 +6.25% 41
Cheshire -8 116 £45,000 +47.54% 14
Merseyside +4 45 £40,000 +8.11% 6
Lancashire +8 35 £35,000 -6.67% 1
Cumbria - 3 £45,000 -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for QA.

1 290 (50.61%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (31.76%) Test Automation
3 150 (26.18%) Java
4 149 (26.00%) Finance
5 123 (21.47%) Selenium
6 119 (20.77%) C#
7 118 (20.59%) SQL
8 117 (20.42%) .NET
8 117 (20.42%) JavaScript
9 104 (18.15%) Scrum
10 99 (17.28%) TDD
11 94 (16.40%) Degree
12 92 (16.06%) HTML
13 91 (15.88%) JIRA
14 84 (14.66%) SDLC
15 82 (14.31%) CSS
16 79 (13.79%) ASP.NET
17 78 (13.61%) Web Services
18 73 (12.74%) SQL Server
18 73 (12.74%) DevOps
19 70 (12.22%) Analytical Skills
19 70 (12.22%) Retail
20 69 (12.04%) Software Testing
20 69 (12.04%) AngularJS
21 68 (11.87%) jQuery
21 68 (11.87%) Amazon AWS
22 67 (11.69%) MVC
23 63 (10.99%) Microsoft Azure
24 62 (10.82%) HTML5
25 59 (10.30%) Project Management

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 (2.09%) Confluence
2 6 (1.05%) CMS
3 5 (0.87%) EPiServer
3 5 (0.87%) ExpressionEngine
3 5 (0.87%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.87%) WordPress
4 4 (0.70%) nginx
4 4 (0.70%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.52%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.35%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.35%) IIS
6 2 (0.35%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.17%) Apache
7 1 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.17%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 10 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.22%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.70%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 11 (1.92%) Magento
2 8 (1.40%) SAP MM
2 8 (1.40%) SAP VC
3 4 (0.70%) Hyperion Planning
3 4 (0.70%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.70%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.52%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.52%) SAP MII
5 2 (0.35%) BASE24
5 2 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.35%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.17%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.17%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 68 (11.87%) Amazon AWS
2 63 (10.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (5.24%) Google Cloud Platform
4 18 (3.14%) SaaS
5 11 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
6 10 (1.75%) AWS CloudFormation
7 9 (1.57%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 5 (0.87%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 4 (0.70%) BrowserStack
9 4 (0.70%) npm
10 3 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (0.52%) BlazeMeter
10 3 (0.52%) GitHub
10 3 (0.52%) Responsys
10 3 (0.52%) Silverpop
10 3 (0.52%) Slack
11 1 (0.17%) Azure Machine Learning
11 1 (0.17%) IaaS
11 1 (0.17%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 1 (0.17%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.79%) HTTP
2 6 (1.05%) Internet
3 5 (0.87%) SSL
4 4 (0.70%) SAN
5 3 (0.52%) SMS
6 2 (0.35%) AMQP
6 2 (0.35%) DHCP
6 2 (0.35%) DNS
6 2 (0.35%) LAN
6 2 (0.35%) LDAP
6 2 (0.35%) RTSP
6 2 (0.35%) WAN
6 2 (0.35%) WebEx
7 1 (0.17%) Intranet
7 1 (0.17%) PuTTY
7 1 (0.17%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (12.74%) SQL Server
2 48 (8.38%) MySQL
3 33 (5.76%) NoSQL
4 22 (3.84%) Big Data
5 19 (3.32%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (2.27%) Redis
7 10 (1.75%) MongoDB
8 9 (1.57%) Relational Database
9 7 (1.22%) Hadoop
9 7 (1.22%) Oracle Database
9 7 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (0.87%) Pentaho
10 5 (0.87%) SAP Data Services
11 4 (0.70%) SQL Server 2005
11 4 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 3 (0.52%) DB2
13 2 (0.35%) DataStage
13 2 (0.35%) DecisionStream
13 2 (0.35%) RDBMS
13 2 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 123 (21.47%) Selenium
2 91 (15.88%) JIRA
3 57 (9.95%) Cucumber
4 47 (8.20%) Jenkins
4 47 (8.20%) WebDriver
5 45 (7.85%) Git (software)
6 27 (4.71%) Visual Studio
7 26 (4.54%) SoapUI
8 25 (4.36%) SpecFlow
9 18 (3.14%) TeamCity
10 16 (2.79%) JMeter
11 13 (2.27%) Eclipse
12 12 (2.09%) Bugzilla
12 12 (2.09%) JUnit
12 12 (2.09%) Team Foundation Server
13 10 (1.75%) NuGet
14 8 (1.40%) TestNG
15 7 (1.22%) NUnit
15 7 (1.22%) TestRail
15 7 (1.22%) Zephyr
General
1 149 (26.00%) Finance
2 70 (12.22%) Retail
3 27 (4.71%) Marketing
4 23 (4.01%) Games
5 19 (3.32%) Banking
5 19 (3.32%) Manufacturing
6 18 (3.14%) Law
7 16 (2.79%) Investment Banking
8 13 (2.27%) German Language
9 10 (1.75%) Telecoms
10 7 (1.22%) Automotive
11 6 (1.05%) Advertising
11 6 (1.05%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.87%) French Language
12 5 (0.87%) Japanese Language
12 5 (0.87%) Legal
12 5 (0.87%) Russian Language
13 4 (0.70%) Billing
13 4 (0.70%) Electronics
13 4 (0.70%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 138 (24.08%) Developer
2 125 (21.82%) Analyst
3 60 (10.47%) Tester
4 57 (9.95%) Test Analyst
5 44 (7.68%) QA Engineer
6 37 (6.46%) Business Analyst
6 37 (6.46%) Test Leader
7 36 (6.28%) Senior Developer
8 32 (5.58%) .NET Developer
9 31 (5.41%) Test Engineer
10 30 (5.24%) C# Developer
11 29 (5.06%) QA Tester
12 27 (4.71%) Java Engineer
13 25 (4.36%) QA Automation Engineer
13 25 (4.36%) Software Tester
14 23 (4.01%) C# .NET Developer
14 23 (4.01%) Software Analyst
15 22 (3.84%) QA Leader
15 22 (3.84%) QA Test Engineer
16 21 (3.66%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (20.42%) .NET
2 92 (16.06%) HTML
3 82 (14.31%) CSS
4 79 (13.79%) ASP.NET
5 78 (13.61%) Web Services
6 69 (12.04%) AngularJS
7 68 (11.87%) jQuery
8 62 (10.82%) HTML5
9 52 (9.08%) XML
10 46 (8.03%) RESTful
11 37 (6.46%) SOAP
12 36 (6.28%) .NET Framework
13 35 (6.11%) Backbone.js
14 32 (5.58%) CSS3
15 31 (5.41%) ASP.NET Web API
15 31 (5.41%) JSON
15 31 (5.41%) Node.js
16 27 (4.71%) REST
17 23 (4.01%) Entity Framework
17 23 (4.01%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 70 (12.22%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (8.90%) Computer Science
3 40 (6.98%) Mobile App
4 35 (6.11%) Management Information System
5 23 (4.01%) Fintech
5 23 (4.01%) iPad
6 22 (3.84%) User Experience
7 11 (1.92%) Data Structures
7 11 (1.92%) PMI
8 6 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
8 6 (1.05%) Smartphone
9 5 (0.87%) Algorithms
9 5 (0.87%) Life Science
9 5 (0.87%) Smart Meter
10 4 (0.70%) Clustering
10 4 (0.70%) Greenfield Project
10 4 (0.70%) Smart Energy
11 3 (0.52%) EPoS
11 3 (0.52%) N-Tier
11 3 (0.52%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 55 (9.60%) Windows
2 29 (5.06%) Linux
3 15 (2.62%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (2.27%) Android
5 12 (2.09%) Windows Server
6 10 (1.75%) Apple iOS
7 8 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (0.87%) Unix
9 4 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.35%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.17%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.17%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 290 (50.61%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (31.76%) Test Automation
3 104 (18.15%) Scrum
4 99 (17.28%) TDD
5 84 (14.66%) SDLC
6 73 (12.74%) DevOps
7 69 (12.04%) Software Testing
8 67 (11.69%) MVC
9 59 (10.30%) Project Management
10 57 (9.95%) Continuous Integration
11 53 (9.25%) BDD
11 53 (9.25%) Test Strategy
12 52 (9.08%) Test Scripting
13 50 (8.73%) Continuous Improvement
14 48 (8.38%) Software Engineering
15 44 (7.68%) Mentoring
16 42 (7.33%) Regression Testing
17 41 (7.16%) Validation
18 38 (6.63%) E-Commerce
18 38 (6.63%) OO
Programming Languages
1 150 (26.18%) Java
2 119 (20.77%) C#
3 118 (20.59%) SQL
4 117 (20.42%) JavaScript
5 38 (6.63%) PHP
6 34 (5.93%) Python
7 26 (4.54%) Ruby
8 18 (3.14%) TypeScript
9 15 (2.62%) C++
10 11 (1.92%) PowerShell
11 9 (1.57%) Go
12 8 (1.40%) C
13 7 (1.22%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.70%) ES6
15 3 (0.52%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.52%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.35%) F#
16 2 (0.35%) Perl
16 2 (0.35%) Scala
16 2 (0.35%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 94 (16.40%) Degree
2 58 (10.12%) ISEB
3 45 (7.85%) ISTQB
4 43 (7.50%) Computer Science Degree
5 32 (5.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 15 (2.62%) PMI Certification
7 9 (1.57%) Master's Degree
8 8 (1.40%) SAP Certification
9 4 (0.70%) CISA
9 4 (0.70%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 4 (0.70%) PMP
10 3 (0.52%) CCNA
10 3 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (0.52%) MCSE
10 3 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.52%) SC Cleared
10 3 (0.52%) Security Cleared
11 2 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.17%) HND
12 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.57%) SLA
2 5 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (0.87%) Web Application Security Consortium
3 4 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27005
3 4 (0.70%) PMO
4 1 (0.17%) GDPR
4 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.17%) TickIT
System Software
1 44 (7.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 34 (5.93%) Hyper-V
3 23 (4.01%) Docker
4 11 (1.92%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.70%) VirtualBox
5 4 (0.70%) Xen
6 1 (0.17%) Firmware
6 1 (0.17%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 21 (3.66%) Opscode Chef
1 21 (3.66%) Puppet
2 15 (2.62%) Ansible
3 4 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
4 3 (0.52%) ZABBIX
5 2 (0.35%) Cobbler
5 2 (0.35%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.17%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.17%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 53 (9.25%) Microsoft
2 47 (8.20%) VMware
3 35 (6.11%) Google
4 34 (5.93%) SAP
5 32 (5.58%) Citrix
6 19 (3.32%) Oracle
7 12 (2.09%) Capita
8 7 (1.22%) HP
9 6 (1.05%) IBM
10 5 (0.87%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (0.70%) Apple
11 4 (0.70%) Cognizant
11 4 (0.70%) Cognos
11 4 (0.70%) Hyperion
11 4 (0.70%) Rackspace
11 4 (0.70%) Xamarin
11 4 (0.70%) Zend
12 3 (0.52%) Facebook
12 3 (0.52%) MuleSoft
12 3 (0.52%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud