The table below looks at the statistics for the QA Tester role in IT jobs advertised for the Kent region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited QA Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 18 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank - 90 78
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 0 4 2
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Kent - 0.38% 0.26%
As % of the Job Titles category - 0.40% 0.27%
Number of salaries quoted 0 4 2
Average salary - £40,000 £52,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- -23.80%
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £32,500 £30,000
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
QA Tester
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the Kent region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Kent
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
949 1012 746
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Kent 96.94% 97.12% 95.27%
Number of salaries quoted 782 873 656
Average salary £40,000 £44,250 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.60% +4.11%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,650 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Kent

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing QA Tester in the job title across the Kent region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

QA Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Kent

QA Tester
Salary Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA Tester across the Kent region.

QA Tester Salary Trend in Kent

QA Tester
Top 22 Related IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT jobs across the Kent region that cited QA Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with QA Tester in their job title.

1 3 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (66.67%) NHS
2 2 (66.67%) Manual Testing
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server
3 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (33.33%) XPath
3 1 (33.33%) Degree
3 1 (33.33%) Computer Science
3 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (33.33%) Java
3 1 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (33.33%) .NET
3 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
3 1 (33.33%) ISO 9001
3 1 (33.33%) ISEB
3 1 (33.33%) Quality Management
3 1 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Scrum
3 1 (33.33%) Waterfall
3 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (33.33%) Selenium
3 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Kent by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT jobs across the Kent region that cited QA Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with QA Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Selenium
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) NHS
2 1 (33.33%) Computer Science
2 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Manual Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) Quality Management
2 1 (33.33%) Regression Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Scrum
2 1 (33.33%) Waterfall
2 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) XPath
1 1 (33.33%) Java
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
1 1 (33.33%) Degree
1 1 (33.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (33.33%) ISO 9001