Period
to 16 November 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 16 November 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 55 70 68
Rank change year-on-year +15 -2 -2
Permanent jobs citing QA 479 498 573
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.81% 4.25% 4.33%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.01% 29.68% 34.83%
Number of salaries quoted 365 383 445
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +13.33%
10th Percentile £28,461 £28,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £63,750 £65,000
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -

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 1,228 1,678 1,645
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.34% 14.32% 12.43%
Number of salaries quoted 873 1,306 1,181
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +7.14% +4.35%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,125 £25,000
90th Percentile £68,500 £66,704 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 16 November 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 16 November 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 +8 304 £50,000 +17.65% 58
Cheshire +23 111 £40,000 -15.79% 21
Lancashire -7 33 £53,138 +25.03% 8
Merseyside -5 24 £37,500 - 9
Cumbria -5 6 £35,000 +34.97% 4
QA
England

For the 6 months to 16 November 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.

1 274 (57.20%) Agile Software Development
2 188 (39.25%) Test Automation
3 131 (27.35%) SQL
4 118 (24.63%) Scrum
5 106 (22.13%) C#
5 106 (22.13%) DevOps
6 104 (21.71%) Mentoring
7 100 (20.88%) Java
7 100 (20.88%) JIRA
8 97 (20.25%) Selenium
9 84 (17.54%) JavaScript
10 80 (16.70%) Git (software)
11 77 (16.08%) Continuous Integration
12 74 (15.45%) Finance
13 72 (15.03%) Problem-Solving
14 71 (14.82%) Software Engineering
15 69 (14.41%) HTML
15 69 (14.41%) Coaching
16 67 (13.99%) TDD
17 66 (13.78%) Azure
17 66 (13.78%) SDLC
18 65 (13.57%) SQL Server
19 63 (13.15%) REST
20 62 (12.94%) .NET
20 62 (12.94%) Web Services
21 59 (12.32%) Analytical Skills
22 58 (12.11%) SOAP
22 58 (12.11%) Degree
23 55 (11.48%) E-Commerce
23 55 (11.48%) 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 27 (5.64%) Confluence
2 15 (3.13%) CMS
3 11 (2.30%) Sitecore CMS
4 10 (2.09%) IIS
5 9 (1.88%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (1.46%) Skype for Business
7 5 (1.04%) EPiServer
7 5 (1.04%) Umbraco
8 4 (0.84%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.63%) WordPress
10 2 (0.42%) nginx
10 2 (0.42%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.42%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.21%) Kentico
11 1 (0.21%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.21%) SharePoint
11 1 (0.21%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 12 (2.51%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.46%) MS Visio
3 6 (1.25%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (1.04%) Microsoft Office
5 4 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.63%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.42%) FileZilla
8 1 (0.21%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 8 (1.67%) SAP Hybris
2 7 (1.46%) Payment Gateway
3 5 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.63%) Magento
5 2 (0.42%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.21%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.21%) Exstream
6 1 (0.21%) SAP CAR
6 1 (0.21%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 66 (13.78%) Azure
2 47 (9.81%) AWS
3 17 (3.55%) Power Platform
4 12 (2.51%) Office 365
4 12 (2.51%) SaaS
5 10 (2.09%) Amazon EC2
5 10 (2.09%) PaaS
6 9 (1.88%) GitHub
7 8 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.84%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (0.84%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (0.84%) Google Tag Manager
8 4 (0.84%) Serverless
9 3 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.63%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.63%) Amazon SQS
9 3 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.63%) npm
10 2 (0.42%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.67%) Skype
2 7 (1.46%) Intranet
3 6 (1.25%) DNS
3 6 (1.25%) HTTP
4 4 (0.84%) Broadband
4 4 (0.84%) VPN
5 3 (0.63%) DHCP
5 3 (0.63%) VoIP
5 3 (0.63%) Wireless
6 2 (0.42%) SSL
7 1 (0.21%) Internet
7 1 (0.21%) NGN
7 1 (0.21%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (13.57%) SQL Server
2 28 (5.85%) Data Warehouse
3 18 (3.76%) MongoDB
4 15 (3.13%) Big Data
5 13 (2.71%) Power BI
6 12 (2.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 11 (2.30%) DB2
8 10 (2.09%) Oracle Reports
9 9 (1.88%) NoSQL
9 9 (1.88%) Relational Database
10 7 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (1.25%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 6 (1.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 6 (1.25%) RDBMS
11 6 (1.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 4 (0.84%) MySQL
13 3 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
14 2 (0.42%) Azure SQL Database
14 2 (0.42%) Redis
14 2 (0.42%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 100 (20.88%) JIRA
2 97 (20.25%) Selenium
3 80 (16.70%) Git (software)
4 55 (11.48%) Jenkins
5 38 (7.93%) SpecFlow
6 36 (7.52%) SoapUI
7 32 (6.68%) WebDriver
8 30 (6.26%) Hudson
9 29 (6.05%) Cucumber
10 23 (4.80%) JUnit
10 23 (4.80%) Visual Studio Team System
11 20 (4.18%) TeamCity
12 17 (3.55%) Maven
12 17 (3.55%) Subversion
13 16 (3.34%) Visual Studio
14 15 (3.13%) Bugzilla
15 12 (2.51%) HP UFT
16 11 (2.30%) JMeter
17 10 (2.09%) LoadRunner
18 9 (1.88%) TestNG
General
1 74 (15.45%) Finance
2 28 (5.85%) Banking
3 27 (5.64%) Retail
4 25 (5.22%) Telecoms
5 24 (5.01%) Marketing
6 23 (4.80%) Automotive
7 14 (2.92%) Legal
8 10 (2.09%) Games
9 8 (1.67%) Billing
9 8 (1.67%) Public Sector
10 4 (0.84%) Advertising
10 4 (0.84%) Electronics
10 4 (0.84%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.63%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.42%) Law
12 2 (0.42%) Local Government
13 1 (0.21%) French Language
13 1 (0.21%) German Language
13 1 (0.21%) Housing Association
13 1 (0.21%) Police
Job Titles
1 75 (15.66%) Analyst
2 64 (13.36%) Developer
3 57 (11.90%) Tester
4 56 (11.69%) QA Engineer
5 37 (7.72%) QA Analyst
6 36 (7.52%) Test Analyst
7 23 (4.80%) Automation Tester
8 22 (4.59%) Architect
9 20 (4.18%) Senior Developer
10 19 (3.97%) QA Tester
11 18 (3.76%) Quality Engineer
11 18 (3.76%) Senior QA Engineer
12 17 (3.55%) C# Developer
12 17 (3.55%) Junior
12 17 (3.55%) QA Manager
12 17 (3.55%) Software Engineer
12 17 (3.55%) Software Tester
13 16 (3.34%) .NET Developer
13 16 (3.34%) Software Developer
14 15 (3.13%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (14.41%) HTML
2 63 (13.15%) REST
3 62 (12.94%) .NET
3 62 (12.94%) Web Services
4 58 (12.11%) SOAP
5 43 (8.98%) CSS
6 42 (8.77%) XML
7 32 (6.68%) Gherkin
8 30 (6.26%) AngularJS
9 25 (5.22%) ASP.NET Web API
9 25 (5.22%) Vulkan
10 19 (3.97%) .NET Framework
11 16 (3.34%) ASP.NET
11 16 (3.34%) JSON
12 14 (2.92%) HTML5
12 14 (2.92%) Sass
13 13 (2.71%) ASP.NET MVC
14 12 (2.51%) Ajax
14 12 (2.51%) Spring Boot
14 12 (2.51%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 59 (12.32%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (7.72%) Self-Motivation
3 27 (5.64%) Mobile App
4 26 (5.43%) User Experience
5 23 (4.80%) Algorithms
5 23 (4.80%) Embedded Systems
6 15 (3.13%) Client/Server
6 15 (3.13%) PMI
7 14 (2.92%) Management Information System
7 14 (2.92%) Smartphone
8 11 (2.30%) Robotics
9 8 (1.67%) Augmented Reality
9 8 (1.67%) Linux Command Line
9 8 (1.67%) Virtual Team
10 7 (1.46%) e-Learning
10 7 (1.46%) EPoS
11 6 (1.25%) Fixed Income
11 6 (1.25%) NHS
11 6 (1.25%) Online Games
12 5 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 46 (9.60%) Linux
2 41 (8.56%) Windows
3 34 (7.10%) Android
4 23 (4.80%) Tizen
5 9 (1.88%) Apple iOS
5 9 (1.88%) Unix
6 4 (0.84%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.42%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.21%) AIX
8 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.21%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.21%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 274 (57.20%) Agile Software Development
2 188 (39.25%) Test Automation
3 118 (24.63%) Scrum
4 106 (22.13%) DevOps
5 104 (21.71%) Mentoring
6 77 (16.08%) Continuous Integration
7 72 (15.03%) Problem-Solving
8 71 (14.82%) Software Engineering
9 69 (14.41%) Coaching
10 67 (13.99%) TDD
11 66 (13.78%) SDLC
12 55 (11.48%) E-Commerce
13 52 (10.86%) BDD
14 43 (8.98%) Kanban
15 40 (8.35%) Continuous Improvement
15 40 (8.35%) Stakeholder Management
15 40 (8.35%) Test Scripting
16 39 (8.14%) Acceptance Criteria
17 36 (7.52%) Collaborative Working
17 36 (7.52%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 131 (27.35%) SQL
2 106 (22.13%) C#
3 100 (20.88%) Java
4 84 (17.54%) JavaScript
5 35 (7.31%) C++
6 32 (6.68%) C
7 30 (6.26%) Shell Script
8 27 (5.64%) Python
9 17 (3.55%) TypeScript
10 15 (3.13%) T-SQL
11 13 (2.71%) VB.NET
12 12 (2.51%) PHP
13 11 (2.30%) PowerShell
13 11 (2.30%) Ruby
14 10 (2.09%) VB
15 9 (1.88%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 9 (1.88%) Groovy
16 8 (1.67%) Perl
17 6 (1.25%) Go
17 6 (1.25%) VB6
Qualifications
1 58 (12.11%) Degree
2 53 (11.06%) ISTQB
3 25 (5.22%) ISEB
4 21 (4.38%) Computer Science Degree
4 21 (4.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 18 (3.76%) Security Cleared
6 16 (3.34%) DBS Check
7 15 (3.13%) PMI Certification
8 3 (0.63%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.21%) CSQA
9 1 (0.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.21%) MBA
9 1 (0.21%) SAP Certification
9 1 (0.21%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.67%) PMO
2 4 (0.84%) SLA
3 1 (0.21%) GDPR
3 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.21%) Solvency II
System Software
1 14 (2.92%) Docker
2 10 (2.09%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.84%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.42%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.21%) Firmware
5 1 (0.21%) KVM
5 1 (0.21%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 11 (2.30%) HP ALM
2 9 (1.88%) Ansible
3 8 (1.67%) Kibana
4 7 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (1.46%) Puppet
5 6 (1.25%) Kubernetes
6 4 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.63%) cPanel
7 3 (0.63%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (0.63%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.42%) Salt
9 1 (0.21%) Consul
9 1 (0.21%) Docker Swarm
9 1 (0.21%) Grafana
9 1 (0.21%) logstash
9 1 (0.21%) Nagios
9 1 (0.21%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 49 (10.23%) Microsoft
2 28 (5.85%) Google
3 25 (5.22%) Oracle
4 23 (4.80%) QNX
5 19 (3.97%) SAP
6 16 (3.34%) HP
7 13 (2.71%) IBM
8 12 (2.51%) CA Agile Central
8 12 (2.51%) Salesforce.com
9 11 (2.30%) Sitecore
10 8 (1.67%) ATG
10 8 (1.67%) Demandware
10 8 (1.67%) Genesys
10 8 (1.67%) hybris
10 8 (1.67%) Sage
11 7 (1.46%) Veritas
11 7 (1.46%) Xamarin
12 6 (1.25%) Atlassian
12 6 (1.25%) Remedy
12 6 (1.25%) SnapLogic