The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Preston with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 25 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
Lancashire / Preston
Rank 23 13 6
Rank change year-on-year -10 -7  
Permanent jobs citing QA 6 5 15
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Preston 5.08% 8.47% 20.27%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 85.71% 83.33% 93.75%
Number of salaries quoted 5 5 15
Median salary £26,500 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -29.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a salary of more than £26,100 £28,800 £27,400
10% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £37,500 £37,500
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in Preston with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Preston
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 7 6 16
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Preston 5.93% 10.17% 21.62%
Number of salaries quoted 6 6 16
Median salary £27,000 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -28.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a salary of more than £26,125 £23,250 £28,000
10% offered a salary of more than £38,750 £37,500 £37,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -3.40% +3.52%  

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Preston

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Preston citing QA as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Preston

QA
Salary Trend in Preston

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA in Preston.

Salary trend for QA in Preston

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Preston

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 Preston region with a requirement for QA.

1 13 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (84.62%) Test Scripting
3 8 (61.54%) SDLC
3 8 (61.54%) Smoke Testing
3 8 (61.54%) Regression Testing
3 8 (61.54%) Validation
4 7 (53.85%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (53.85%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
6 2 (15.38%) SQL
6 2 (15.38%) MS Office
6 2 (15.38%) Degree
6 2 (15.38%) Computer Science
6 2 (15.38%) Internet
6 2 (15.38%) User Stories
7 1 (7.69%) Mentoring
7 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (7.69%) People Management
7 1 (7.69%) Test Strategy
7 1 (7.69%) Redis
7 1 (7.69%) MongoDB
7 1 (7.69%) NoSQL
7 1 (7.69%) Time Management
7 1 (7.69%) Kanban
7 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (7.69%) Defect Management
7 1 (7.69%) QA Automation
7 1 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (7.69%) Scrum
7 1 (7.69%) WCF

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Preston 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:

Applications
1 2 (15.38%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (15.38%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) MongoDB
1 1 (7.69%) NoSQL
1 1 (7.69%) Redis
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Agile Manual Tester
2 4 (30.77%) Agile Tester
2 4 (30.77%) Manual Tester
2 4 (30.77%) QA Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) QA Manual Tester
2 4 (30.77%) QA Tester
2 4 (30.77%) Tester
3 3 (23.08%) Test Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Lead Developer
5 1 (7.69%) QA Leader
5 1 (7.69%) QA Manager
5 1 (7.69%) QA Team Leader
5 1 (7.69%) Team Leader
5 1 (7.69%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) .NET
1 1 (7.69%) .NET Framework
1 1 (7.69%) Ajax
1 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET
1 1 (7.69%) jQuery
1 1 (7.69%) JSON
1 1 (7.69%) WCF
1 1 (7.69%) Web Services
1 1 (7.69%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Computer Science
2 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (84.62%) Test Scripting
3 8 (61.54%) Regression Testing
3 8 (61.54%) SDLC
3 8 (61.54%) Smoke Testing
3 8 (61.54%) Validation
4 7 (53.85%) Continuous Improvement
4 7 (53.85%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) User Stories
6 1 (7.69%) Defect Management
6 1 (7.69%) E-Commerce
6 1 (7.69%) Kanban
6 1 (7.69%) Mentoring
6 1 (7.69%) People Management
6 1 (7.69%) Scrum
6 1 (7.69%) Software Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (7.69%) Test Strategy
6 1 (7.69%) Time Management
6 1 (7.69%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) SQL
2 1 (7.69%) C#
2 1 (7.69%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) Degree
2 1 (7.69%) ISEB
2 1 (7.69%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Microsoft