Period
to 1 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England 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 1 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > England
6 months to
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 55 46 53
Rank change year-on-year -9 +7 +5
Permanent jobs citing QA 5,033 7,269 8,400
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 4.64% 5.30% 5.09%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.40% 37.62% 39.53%
Number of salaries quoted 4,102 5,702 7,087
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +1.52%
10th Percentile £32,001 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £79,925 £75,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

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 England with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 13,458 19,323 21,247
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 12.41% 14.08% 12.89%
Number of salaries quoted 10,413 14,145 16,648
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for QA in England

QA
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA in England.

Salary trend for QA in England

QA
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA in England over the 6 months to 1 April 2020.

Salary histogram for QA in England

QA
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the England region over the 6 months to 1 April 2020. 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
London -18 2,299 £65,000 +8.33% 217
South East +12 1,178 £52,500 +10.53% 140
North of England +3 631 £45,000 +5.88% 138
Midlands +2 427 £43,500 +2.35% 76
North West -10 309 £50,000 +11.11% 77
South West +3 300 £40,000 - 51
West Midlands +21 291 £45,000 +12.50% 48
Yorkshire +8 236 £40,000 -5.88% 43
East of England -23 189 £50,000 +11.11% 47
East Midlands -24 132 £42,500 - 28
North East +25 86 £45,000 +12.50% 18
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 1 April 2020, 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 England region with a requirement for QA.

1 2,680 (53.25%) Agile Software Development
2 1,970 (39.14%) Test Automation
3 1,171 (23.27%) JavaScript
4 1,153 (22.91%) Java
5 1,071 (21.28%) C#
6 1,050 (20.86%) SQL
7 1,040 (20.66%) Scrum
8 955 (18.97%) Selenium
9 933 (18.54%) Finance
10 816 (16.21%) DevOps
11 764 (15.18%) .NET
12 681 (13.53%) JIRA
13 680 (13.51%) Python
14 655 (13.01%) Azure
15 632 (12.56%) Software Engineering
16 614 (12.20%) SDLC
17 605 (12.02%) TDD
18 599 (11.90%) Degree
19 597 (11.86%) Problem-Solving
20 568 (11.29%) AWS
21 550 (10.93%) Microsoft
22 544 (10.81%) BDD
23 526 (10.45%) HTML
24 496 (9.85%) CSS
25 495 (9.84%) Git (software)
26 494 (9.82%) Continuous Integration
27 470 (9.34%) SQL Server
28 460 (9.14%) Mentoring
29 455 (9.04%) Analytical Skills
30 444 (8.82%) Linux

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 229 (4.55%) Confluence
2 88 (1.75%) SharePoint
3 81 (1.61%) CMS
4 51 (1.01%) Apache
5 48 (0.95%) IIS
6 46 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
7 45 (0.89%) Apache Spark
8 34 (0.68%) Tomcat
9 27 (0.54%) nginx
10 25 (0.50%) JBoss
11 22 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 22 (0.44%) SAS
12 19 (0.38%) NServiceBus
13 18 (0.36%) Umbraco
14 17 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
15 16 (0.32%) WebSphere
16 15 (0.30%) Apache Solr
16 15 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
17 14 (0.28%) CICS
18 12 (0.24%) EPiServer
Applications
1 152 (3.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 77 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 73 (1.45%) Microsoft Office
4 44 (0.87%) Microsoft Project
5 38 (0.76%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.34%) Photoshop
6 17 (0.34%) Sketch
7 16 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
8 10 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (0.14%) InVision
10 6 (0.12%) Chatbot
11 5 (0.099%) Adobe XD
12 4 (0.079%) AutoCAD
13 3 (0.060%) Abaqus
13 3 (0.060%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 3 (0.060%) Mathcad
14 2 (0.040%) Adobe After Effects
14 2 (0.040%) InDesign
15 1 (0.020%) EngageOne
15 1 (0.020%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 31 (0.62%) Magento
2 28 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 19 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (0.38%) Payment Gateway
4 15 (0.30%) Markit EDM
5 14 (0.28%) NetSuite
6 10 (0.20%) SAP ERP
6 10 (0.20%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 8 (0.16%) thinkFolio
8 6 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
9 5 (0.099%) Adobe Campaign
9 5 (0.099%) Remedy ITSM
10 4 (0.079%) Dynamics GP
10 4 (0.079%) JDE EnterpriseOne
10 4 (0.079%) SAP BPC
10 4 (0.079%) Shopify
11 3 (0.060%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 3 (0.060%) WebTrends
12 2 (0.040%) Eikon
12 2 (0.040%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 655 (13.01%) Azure
2 568 (11.29%) AWS
3 337 (6.70%) SaaS
4 137 (2.72%) GitHub
5 118 (2.34%) GCP
6 81 (1.61%) Office 365
7 79 (1.57%) Serverless
8 70 (1.39%) BrowserStack
9 67 (1.33%) PaaS
9 67 (1.33%) Power Platform
10 51 (1.01%) Sauce Labs
11 48 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
12 45 (0.89%) OpenShift
13 44 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
14 42 (0.83%) BlazeMeter
15 36 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
15 36 (0.72%) IaaS
16 32 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
17 29 (0.58%) Amazon SQS
17 29 (0.58%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 69 (1.37%) HTTP
2 60 (1.19%) Internet
3 49 (0.97%) TCP/IP
4 43 (0.85%) VoIP
5 37 (0.74%) Firewall
6 22 (0.44%) ZigBee
7 21 (0.42%) DNS
8 20 (0.40%) Intranet
9 14 (0.28%) SSL
10 13 (0.26%) Skype
10 13 (0.26%) VPN
10 13 (0.26%) Wireshark
11 12 (0.24%) NetScaler
11 12 (0.24%) SNMP
11 12 (0.24%) Wireless
12 10 (0.20%) Multicast
12 10 (0.20%) PuTTY
12 10 (0.20%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (0.18%) MQTT
13 9 (0.18%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 470 (9.34%) SQL Server
2 250 (4.97%) Relational Database
3 207 (4.11%) NoSQL
4 202 (4.01%) MySQL
5 179 (3.56%) Big Data
6 175 (3.48%) PostgreSQL
7 149 (2.96%) Data Warehouse
8 140 (2.78%) Redis
9 110 (2.19%) MongoDB
10 101 (2.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 67 (1.33%) Power BI
12 61 (1.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 58 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 52 (1.03%) Hadoop
15 48 (0.95%) RDBMS
16 46 (0.91%) Apache Cassandra
17 40 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
18 36 (0.72%) DB2
18 36 (0.72%) Oracle Database
19 34 (0.68%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 955 (18.97%) Selenium
2 681 (13.53%) JIRA
3 495 (9.84%) Git (software)
4 434 (8.62%) Cucumber
5 426 (8.46%) Jenkins
6 313 (6.22%) Postman
7 269 (5.34%) WebDriver
8 225 (4.47%) JMeter
9 204 (4.05%) SpecFlow
10 182 (3.62%) SoapUI
11 143 (2.84%) Team Foundation Server
12 130 (2.58%) Cypress.io
13 125 (2.48%) Appium
14 117 (2.32%) TeamCity
14 117 (2.32%) webpack
15 101 (2.01%) Visual Studio
16 94 (1.87%) Maven
17 76 (1.51%) JUnit
18 75 (1.49%) Bitbucket
19 73 (1.45%) Protractor
General
1 933 (18.54%) Finance
2 285 (5.66%) Marketing
3 274 (5.44%) Retail
4 190 (3.78%) Banking
5 172 (3.42%) Public Sector
6 122 (2.42%) Games
7 109 (2.17%) Telecoms
8 65 (1.29%) Law
9 58 (1.15%) Legal
10 53 (1.05%) Manufacturing
11 49 (0.97%) Aerospace
12 43 (0.85%) Back Office
13 39 (0.77%) Advertising
14 35 (0.70%) Front Office
15 30 (0.60%) Billing
16 28 (0.56%) Local Government
17 27 (0.54%) Investment Banking
18 24 (0.48%) Electronics
19 22 (0.44%) Publishing
20 19 (0.38%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 999 (19.85%) Developer
2 733 (14.56%) Analyst
3 669 (13.29%) QA Engineer
4 441 (8.76%) Tester
5 270 (5.36%) QA Analyst
6 259 (5.15%) Test Engineer
7 251 (4.99%) Test Analyst
8 250 (4.97%) QA Tester
9 221 (4.39%) Senior Developer
10 209 (4.15%) Software Engineer
11 202 (4.01%) Architect
12 167 (3.32%) QA Automation Engineer
13 162 (3.22%) Business Analyst
14 158 (3.14%) QA Leader
15 157 (3.12%) Software Developer
16 156 (3.10%) Automation Engineer
17 153 (3.04%) .NET Developer
18 143 (2.84%) Senior QA Engineer
19 134 (2.66%) Software Tester
20 126 (2.50%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 764 (15.18%) .NET
2 526 (10.45%) HTML
3 496 (9.85%) CSS
4 412 (8.19%) Web Services
5 329 (6.54%) React
6 325 (6.46%) AngularJS
7 311 (6.18%) REST
8 303 (6.02%) Node.js
9 236 (4.69%) XML
10 225 (4.47%) HTML5
11 220 (4.37%) ASP.NET
12 219 (4.35%) RESTful
13 190 (3.78%) .NET Framework
14 179 (3.56%) SOAP
15 172 (3.42%) .NET Core
16 151 (3.00%) jQuery
17 150 (2.98%) JSON
17 150 (2.98%) Redux
18 147 (2.92%) Gherkin
18 147 (2.92%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 455 (9.04%) Analytical Skills
2 414 (8.23%) User Experience
3 366 (7.27%) Mobile App
4 222 (4.41%) Self-Motivation
5 172 (3.42%) Greenfield Project
6 151 (3.00%) Management Information System
7 129 (2.56%) Enterprise Software
8 113 (2.25%) Virtual Team
9 68 (1.35%) Algorithms
10 66 (1.31%) Data Structures
11 58 (1.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 51 (1.01%) Client/Server
12 51 (1.01%) PMI
13 37 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
14 36 (0.72%) CMDB
15 34 (0.68%) Cloud Native
16 33 (0.66%) Hedge funds
17 32 (0.64%) Derivative
18 30 (0.60%) Fixed Income
18 30 (0.60%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 444 (8.82%) Linux
2 328 (6.52%) Windows
3 244 (4.85%) Android
4 236 (4.69%) Apple iOS
5 191 (3.79%) Unix
6 59 (1.17%) Windows Server
7 28 (0.56%) Windows 10
8 20 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 20 (0.40%) Ubuntu
9 19 (0.38%) Windows Server 2016
10 17 (0.34%) CentOS
10 17 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
11 9 (0.18%) Fedora
12 8 (0.16%) Windows 8
12 8 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
13 7 (0.14%) Kali Linux
13 7 (0.14%) VMS
14 6 (0.12%) Windows 7
14 6 (0.12%) Windows Server 2019
14 6 (0.12%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,680 (53.25%) Agile Software Development
2 1,970 (39.14%) Test Automation
3 1,040 (20.66%) Scrum
4 816 (16.21%) DevOps
5 632 (12.56%) Software Engineering
6 614 (12.20%) SDLC
7 605 (12.02%) TDD
8 597 (11.86%) Problem-Solving
9 544 (10.81%) BDD
10 494 (9.82%) Continuous Integration
11 460 (9.14%) Mentoring
12 432 (8.58%) Manual Testing
13 403 (8.01%) Regression Testing
14 398 (7.91%) Test Strategy
15 392 (7.79%) Microservices
16 391 (7.77%) Computer Science
17 374 (7.43%) Software Testing
18 372 (7.39%) Test Scripting
19 366 (7.27%) Analytics
20 361 (7.17%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 1,171 (23.27%) JavaScript
2 1,153 (22.91%) Java
3 1,071 (21.28%) C#
4 1,050 (20.86%) SQL
5 680 (13.51%) Python
6 271 (5.38%) PHP
7 184 (3.66%) C++
8 167 (3.32%) Ruby
9 152 (3.02%) TypeScript
10 132 (2.62%) PowerShell
10 132 (2.62%) T-SQL
11 120 (2.38%) Scala
12 117 (2.32%) Bash Shell
13 99 (1.97%) C
14 79 (1.57%) ES6
15 69 (1.37%) PL/SQL
16 62 (1.23%) Kotlin
17 59 (1.17%) Apple Swift
18 57 (1.13%) Lua
19 52 (1.03%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 599 (11.90%) Degree
2 289 (5.74%) ISTQB
3 213 (4.23%) Computer Science Degree
4 185 (3.68%) ISEB
5 94 (1.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 78 (1.55%) Security Cleared
7 61 (1.21%) PMI Certification
8 58 (1.15%) SC Cleared
9 40 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
10 33 (0.66%) CISSP
11 31 (0.62%) Master's Degree
12 25 (0.50%) CISM
13 24 (0.48%) PMP
14 21 (0.42%) CREST Certified
15 20 (0.40%) AWS Certification
15 20 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 18 (0.36%) HNC
16 18 (0.36%) MCP
17 15 (0.30%) MCSE
18 14 (0.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 96 (1.91%) Data Quality
2 71 (1.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 52 (1.03%) PMO
4 51 (1.01%) SLA
5 45 (0.89%) GDPR
6 29 (0.58%) NIST
7 23 (0.46%) WCAG
8 15 (0.30%) PCI DSS
9 13 (0.26%) COBIT
9 13 (0.26%) ISO 9001
9 13 (0.26%) NCSC
10 9 (0.18%) GMP
11 6 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
11 6 (0.12%) GxP
11 6 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 5 (0.099%) Basel III
12 5 (0.099%) EMIR
12 5 (0.099%) ITGC
12 5 (0.099%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 4 (0.079%) PMBOK
System Software
1 372 (7.39%) Docker
2 68 (1.35%) Active Directory
3 34 (0.68%) Hyper-V
4 30 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
5 20 (0.40%) XenApp
6 16 (0.32%) XenDesktop
7 14 (0.28%) vSphere
8 13 (0.26%) HDFS
9 12 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
10 11 (0.22%) BitLocker
11 8 (0.16%) Firmware
12 7 (0.14%) RACF
13 6 (0.12%) ACF2
13 6 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
14 5 (0.099%) Virtual Servers
15 4 (0.079%) Microsoft App-V
15 4 (0.079%) Time Sharing Option
15 4 (0.079%) Varnish
16 3 (0.060%) Postfix
17 2 (0.040%) KVM
Systems Management
1 243 (4.83%) Kubernetes
2 84 (1.67%) Ansible
3 75 (1.49%) HP ALM
4 58 (1.15%) Terraform
5 56 (1.11%) Puppet
6 49 (0.97%) HP Quality Center
7 43 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
8 24 (0.48%) CA Service Virtualization
9 18 (0.36%) SCCM
10 16 (0.32%) Backup Exec
11 14 (0.28%) Kibana
11 14 (0.28%) ZABBIX
12 13 (0.26%) Single Sign-On
13 10 (0.20%) Norton AntiVirus
14 9 (0.18%) HP Fortify
14 9 (0.18%) Microsoft Intune
14 9 (0.18%) WebInspect
15 8 (0.16%) Microsoft Clustering
16 7 (0.14%) Docker Swarm
16 7 (0.14%) Grafana
Vendors
1 550 (10.93%) Microsoft
2 199 (3.95%) Oracle
3 159 (3.16%) HP
4 145 (2.88%) Google
5 117 (2.32%) Salesforce.com
6 89 (1.77%) SAP
7 63 (1.25%) CA
8 59 (1.17%) Adobe
8 59 (1.17%) Xamarin
9 56 (1.11%) IBM
10 49 (0.97%) Red Hat
10 49 (0.97%) VMware
11 47 (0.93%) WorldPay
12 45 (0.89%) Atlassian
13 41 (0.81%) Cisco
13 41 (0.81%) Remedy
14 40 (0.79%) Delphix
15 31 (0.62%) Tableau
16 29 (0.58%) FIS
16 29 (0.58%) Sage