Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > North West
6 months to
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 62 78 72
Rank change year-on-year +16 -6 -12
Permanent jobs citing QA 524 502 453
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.39% 3.81% 3.80%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.55% 31.87% 31.31%
Number of salaries quoted 413 379 372
North West median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,950 £26,250
90th Percentile £62,500 £65,000 £52,500
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 1,575 1,447
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.93% 11.96% 12.14%
Number of salaries quoted 1,299 1,111 1,154
North West median annual salary £45,000 £38,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +18.42% -5.00% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £23,500 £25,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £65,000 £63,500
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 21 September 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 21 September 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 +17 348 £42,500 +6.25% 64
Cheshire +19 118 £50,000 +25.00% 30
Merseyside +10 32 £37,500 +7.14% 18
Lancashire -1 18 £35,000 - 14
Cumbria - 3 £25,932 - 2
QA
England

For the 6 months to 21 September 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.

1 292 (55.73%) Agile Software Development
2 169 (32.25%) Test Automation
3 153 (29.20%) Finance
4 122 (23.28%) SQL
5 110 (20.99%) C#
6 107 (20.42%) DevOps
7 103 (19.66%) Java
8 99 (18.89%) .NET
9 94 (17.94%) Selenium
10 90 (17.18%) JavaScript
11 82 (15.65%) Software Engineering
12 75 (14.31%) Continuous Integration
13 74 (14.12%) Scrum
14 71 (13.55%) SQL Server
15 70 (13.36%) Amazon AWS
16 69 (13.17%) Degree
17 66 (12.60%) Software Testing
17 66 (12.60%) Git (software)
18 65 (12.40%) Microsoft Azure
19 62 (11.83%) TDD
20 59 (11.26%) Microsoft
21 58 (11.07%) Linux
21 58 (11.07%) Continuous Improvement
22 57 (10.88%) SDLC
23 56 (10.69%) HTML
24 55 (10.50%) AngularJS
25 54 (10.31%) Analytical Skills
26 53 (10.11%) Problem-Solving
27 52 (9.92%) Project Management
27 52 (9.92%) MVC

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 31 (5.92%) CMS
2 14 (2.67%) Sitecore CMS
3 12 (2.29%) Confluence
4 10 (1.91%) nginx
5 5 (0.95%) SharePoint
6 4 (0.76%) Apache
6 4 (0.76%) Apache Solr
6 4 (0.76%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.76%) Drupal
6 4 (0.76%) ExpressionEngine
6 4 (0.76%) JBoss
6 4 (0.76%) Umbraco
6 4 (0.76%) WordPress
7 3 (0.57%) EPiServer
8 2 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.38%) IIS
8 2 (0.38%) Kentico
8 2 (0.38%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.19%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 14 (2.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 7 (1.34%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.76%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.19%) InVision
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 12 (2.29%) SAP Hybris
2 4 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.76%) TIBCO iProcess
3 3 (0.57%) Epicor Tropos
4 2 (0.38%) Magento
4 2 (0.38%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle ASCP
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 70 (13.36%) Amazon AWS
2 65 (12.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (5.53%) SaaS
4 11 (2.10%) IaaS
5 10 (1.91%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (1.53%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 8 (1.53%) IBM Cloud
7 6 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (1.15%) Dynamics 365
7 6 (1.15%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (0.95%) Office 365
9 4 (0.76%) BlazeMeter
9 4 (0.76%) npm
9 4 (0.76%) Sage Pay
10 2 (0.38%) BrowserStack
10 2 (0.38%) PaaS
10 2 (0.38%) Trello
11 1 (0.19%) Force.com
11 1 (0.19%) Google Analytics
11 1 (0.19%) Responsys
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.53%) HTTP
1 8 (1.53%) Unified Communications
2 6 (1.15%) SSL
3 5 (0.95%) RTP
4 3 (0.57%) Internet
5 2 (0.38%) DNS
5 2 (0.38%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.19%) Extranet
6 1 (0.19%) FTP
6 1 (0.19%) Intranet
6 1 (0.19%) LAN
6 1 (0.19%) Network Security
6 1 (0.19%) SAN
6 1 (0.19%) SMS
6 1 (0.19%) Structured Cabling
6 1 (0.19%) WAN
6 1 (0.19%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (13.55%) SQL Server
2 24 (4.58%) MySQL
3 21 (4.01%) Relational Database
4 20 (3.82%) NoSQL
5 15 (2.86%) MongoDB
5 15 (2.86%) RDBMS
6 13 (2.48%) PostgreSQL
7 12 (2.29%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (2.10%) Hadoop
9 10 (1.91%) Big Data
10 9 (1.72%) Redis
11 5 (0.95%) Apache Cassandra
11 5 (0.95%) Oracle Database
11 5 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 4 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 3 (0.57%) Couchbase
13 3 (0.57%) DB2
13 3 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
14 2 (0.38%) SQL Server 2014
15 1 (0.19%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 94 (17.94%) Selenium
2 66 (12.60%) Git (software)
3 47 (8.97%) JIRA
4 42 (8.02%) Jenkins
5 38 (7.25%) Cucumber
6 32 (6.11%) WebDriver
7 29 (5.53%) SoapUI
8 27 (5.15%) Team Foundation Server
9 23 (4.39%) JMeter
10 19 (3.63%) Visual Studio
11 16 (3.05%) SpecFlow
12 14 (2.67%) TeamCity
13 12 (2.29%) NUnit
14 11 (2.10%) MSTest
15 9 (1.72%) Jasmine
16 8 (1.53%) GoCD
16 8 (1.53%) Protractor
17 7 (1.34%) Travis CI
18 6 (1.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 6 (1.15%) Eclipse
General
1 153 (29.20%) Finance
2 43 (8.21%) Marketing
3 40 (7.63%) Retail
4 29 (5.53%) Law
5 28 (5.34%) Banking
6 17 (3.24%) Manufacturing
7 15 (2.86%) Telecoms
8 14 (2.67%) Games
8 14 (2.67%) Investment Banking
9 8 (1.53%) Electronics
10 7 (1.34%) Retail Banking
11 6 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.95%) Automotive
13 4 (0.76%) Back Office
13 4 (0.76%) Legal
14 3 (0.57%) Publishing
15 2 (0.38%) Advertising
16 1 (0.19%) Financial Institution
16 1 (0.19%) French Language
16 1 (0.19%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 103 (19.66%) Developer
2 99 (18.89%) Analyst
3 77 (14.69%) Tester
4 52 (9.92%) Test Analyst
5 38 (7.25%) QA Tester
5 38 (7.25%) Senior Developer
6 30 (5.73%) Software Tester
7 29 (5.53%) Architect
7 29 (5.53%) QA Analyst
7 29 (5.53%) Test Engineer
8 27 (5.15%) Full Stack Developer
9 26 (4.96%) QA Engineer
10 24 (4.58%) DevOps Engineer
11 22 (4.20%) Technical Manager
12 21 (4.01%) Delivery Manager
13 20 (3.82%) Automation Tester
13 20 (3.82%) Software Engineer
14 19 (3.63%) Technical Delivery Manager
15 18 (3.44%) C# Developer
15 18 (3.44%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (18.89%) .NET
2 56 (10.69%) HTML
3 55 (10.50%) AngularJS
4 49 (9.35%) CSS
5 41 (7.82%) Web Services
6 40 (7.63%) ASP.NET Web API
7 37 (7.06%) REST
8 36 (6.87%) HTML5
9 34 (6.49%) RESTful
10 32 (6.11%) React
11 31 (5.92%) JSON
12 30 (5.73%) ASP.NET
12 30 (5.73%) SOAP
13 28 (5.34%) XML
14 22 (4.20%) CSS3
14 22 (4.20%) jQuery
15 21 (4.01%) Node.js
15 21 (4.01%) Spring
16 19 (3.63%) Middleware
17 12 (2.29%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 54 (10.31%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (9.16%) User Experience
3 36 (6.87%) Computer Science
4 35 (6.68%) Self-Motivation
5 31 (5.92%) Mobile App
6 15 (2.86%) Fixed Income
7 14 (2.67%) Virtual Team
8 13 (2.48%) Management Information System
9 11 (2.10%) Enterprise Software
10 10 (1.91%) Greenfield Project
11 9 (1.72%) Data Structures
11 9 (1.72%) Fintech
12 8 (1.53%) Smartphone
13 6 (1.15%) N-Tier
14 5 (0.95%) Cloud Native
14 5 (0.95%) Web 2.0
15 3 (0.57%) Algorithms
15 3 (0.57%) FMCG
15 3 (0.57%) iSeries
15 3 (0.57%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 58 (11.07%) Linux
2 46 (8.78%) Windows
3 17 (3.24%) Android
4 10 (1.91%) Apple iOS
5 8 (1.53%) CentOS
6 6 (1.15%) Ubuntu
7 4 (0.76%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.57%) Unix
9 2 (0.38%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.19%) AIX
10 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 292 (55.73%) Agile Software Development
2 169 (32.25%) Test Automation
3 107 (20.42%) DevOps
4 82 (15.65%) Software Engineering
5 75 (14.31%) Continuous Integration
6 74 (14.12%) Scrum
7 66 (12.60%) Software Testing
8 62 (11.83%) TDD
9 58 (11.07%) Continuous Improvement
10 57 (10.88%) SDLC
11 53 (10.11%) Problem-Solving
12 52 (9.92%) MVC
12 52 (9.92%) Project Management
13 49 (9.35%) BDD
14 44 (8.40%) User Stories
15 43 (8.21%) Microservices
16 42 (8.02%) Test Scripting
17 40 (7.63%) E-Commerce
17 40 (7.63%) SOA
18 39 (7.44%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 122 (23.28%) SQL
2 110 (20.99%) C#
3 103 (19.66%) Java
4 90 (17.18%) JavaScript
5 46 (8.78%) Python
6 35 (6.68%) T-SQL
7 33 (6.30%) TypeScript
8 30 (5.73%) Ruby
9 23 (4.39%) PHP
10 14 (2.67%) ES6
11 13 (2.48%) Bash Shell
12 9 (1.72%) C
12 9 (1.72%) Go
13 8 (1.53%) C++
14 6 (1.15%) PowerShell
15 5 (0.95%) Java 8
15 5 (0.95%) Perl
16 2 (0.38%) Java 9
16 2 (0.38%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.38%) RPG
Qualifications
1 69 (13.17%) Degree
2 34 (6.49%) ISTQB
3 33 (6.30%) ISEB
4 27 (5.15%) Computer Science Degree
5 15 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (0.95%) APMP
7 4 (0.76%) CISSP
8 3 (0.57%) Master's Degree
8 3 (0.57%) Security Cleared
9 2 (0.38%) CEH
9 2 (0.38%) CISA
9 2 (0.38%) CISM
9 2 (0.38%) CSQA
9 2 (0.38%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.38%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.38%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.38%) SC Cleared
9 2 (0.38%) SSCP
9 2 (0.38%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.72%) PMO
2 8 (1.53%) GDPR
3 6 (1.15%) GCP
4 5 (0.95%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.95%) PSD2
5 3 (0.57%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
5 3 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.57%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.38%) SLA
6 2 (0.38%) Web Application Security Consortium
7 1 (0.19%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 35 (6.68%) Docker
2 30 (5.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (4.39%) Active Directory
4 21 (4.01%) VirtualBox
5 18 (3.44%) Hyper-V
5 18 (3.44%) KVM
5 18 (3.44%) Xen
6 2 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.19%) Firmware
7 1 (0.19%) XenApp
7 1 (0.19%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.19%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 34 (6.49%) Puppet
2 30 (5.73%) Opscode Chef
3 24 (4.58%) Ansible
4 14 (2.67%) Kubernetes
5 5 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (0.57%) Rancher
7 2 (0.38%) CFEngine
7 2 (0.38%) Marathon
7 2 (0.38%) Nagios
7 2 (0.38%) Terraform
8 1 (0.19%) Cobbler
8 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.19%) Salt
8 1 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.19%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.19%) Tivoli Identity Manager
8 1 (0.19%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 59 (11.26%) Microsoft
2 30 (5.73%) VMware
3 29 (5.53%) SAP
4 27 (5.15%) IBM
5 26 (4.96%) Oracle
6 17 (3.24%) Google
7 14 (2.67%) Sitecore
8 13 (2.48%) hybris
9 12 (2.29%) ATG
10 11 (2.10%) Capita
11 7 (1.34%) ServiceNow
12 5 (0.95%) Atlassian
12 5 (0.95%) MuleSoft
13 4 (0.76%) Intapp
13 4 (0.76%) TIBCO
14 3 (0.57%) Apple
14 3 (0.57%) Facebook
14 3 (0.57%) Sage
14 3 (0.57%) Salesforce.com
15 2 (0.38%) Twitter