Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > England
6 months to
25 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 70 53 50
Rank change year-on-year -17 -3 +15
Permanent jobs citing QA 1,895 6,374 7,967
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 4.22% 4.90% 5.10%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.39% 36.52% 38.50%
Number of salaries quoted 1,735 5,080 6,481
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,000 £31,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £82,500 £77,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +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 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 5,354 17,452 20,693
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 11.92% 13.43% 13.24%
Number of salaries quoted 4,224 12,985 15,780
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £28,750
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 -27 840 £62,500 - 135
South East -1 386 £50,000 - 85
North of England -1 316 £50,000 +12.05% 107
North West -10 184 £51,940 +22.21% 51
South West +14 157 £35,000 -18.90% 35
Midlands -30 125 £42,500 -5.56% 58
Yorkshire +50 112 £45,000 - 41
West Midlands -13 74 £35,000 -25.53% 36
East of England -11 63 £46,500 -2.11% 33
East Midlands -8 51 £42,500 +6.25% 22
North East -30 20 £42,500 -5.16% 15
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 1,020 (53.83%) Agile Software Development
2 872 (46.02%) Test Automation
3 513 (27.07%) JavaScript
4 445 (23.48%) Selenium
5 430 (22.69%) C#
6 415 (21.90%) Finance
7 399 (21.06%) SQL
8 393 (20.74%) Java
9 365 (19.26%) DevOps
10 355 (18.73%) .NET
11 301 (15.88%) Scrum
12 299 (15.78%) AWS
13 283 (14.93%) JIRA
14 278 (14.67%) Python
15 270 (14.25%) Software Engineering
16 269 (14.20%) SQL Server
17 266 (14.04%) Azure
18 264 (13.93%) TDD
19 262 (13.83%) BDD
20 228 (12.03%) CSS
21 222 (11.72%) Degree
22 221 (11.66%) HTML
23 213 (11.24%) Cucumber
24 212 (11.19%) Microservices
25 206 (10.87%) Git (software)
26 200 (10.55%) SDLC
26 200 (10.55%) Fintech
27 197 (10.40%) Problem-Solving
28 179 (9.45%) User Experience
29 178 (9.39%) AngularJS

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 87 (4.59%) Confluence
2 28 (1.48%) IIS
3 27 (1.42%) Apache
4 26 (1.37%) CMS
5 21 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
6 17 (0.90%) SharePoint
7 16 (0.84%) Tomcat
8 15 (0.79%) Apache Spark
9 8 (0.42%) WordPress
10 6 (0.32%) IBM HTTP Server
10 6 (0.32%) nginx
10 6 (0.32%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.32%) WebSphere
11 5 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 4 (0.21%) EPiServer
12 4 (0.21%) Umbraco
13 3 (0.16%) NServiceBus
13 3 (0.16%) Sitecore CMS
14 2 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2013
14 2 (0.11%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 47 (2.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (1.06%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (0.74%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
6 10 (0.53%) Chatbot
7 9 (0.47%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.37%) Figma
9 6 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
9 6 (0.32%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.21%) Sketch
11 3 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
12 2 (0.11%) InVision
12 2 (0.11%) Zeplin
13 1 (0.053%) Adobe Captivate
13 1 (0.053%) Adobe XD
13 1 (0.053%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 20 (1.06%) Remedy ITSM
2 11 (0.58%) Magento
3 7 (0.37%) Adobe Campaign
3 7 (0.37%) Markit EDM
3 7 (0.37%) Shopify
4 6 (0.32%) thinkFolio
5 5 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.26%) Payment Gateway
5 5 (0.26%) Unica
6 3 (0.16%) Temenos T24
7 2 (0.11%) Distributed Ledger
7 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.11%) Maximo
7 2 (0.11%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.053%) Dynamics AX
8 1 (0.053%) Endur
8 1 (0.053%) OpenCart
8 1 (0.053%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 1 (0.053%) Unit4 Business World
8 1 (0.053%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 299 (15.78%) AWS
2 266 (14.04%) Azure
3 105 (5.54%) SaaS
4 48 (2.53%) Serverless
5 46 (2.43%) GitHub
6 29 (1.53%) GCP
6 29 (1.53%) OpenShift
7 24 (1.27%) AWS Lambda
7 24 (1.27%) Power Platform
8 23 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
9 20 (1.06%) BrowserStack
10 18 (0.95%) PaaS
11 16 (0.84%) Sauce Labs
12 15 (0.79%) IaaS
12 15 (0.79%) npm
13 14 (0.74%) Office 365
14 13 (0.69%) BlazeMeter
15 11 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
16 8 (0.42%) Amazon SQS
16 8 (0.42%) Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 80 (4.22%) Skype
2 34 (1.79%) TCP/IP
3 23 (1.21%) Network Security
4 19 (1.00%) HTTP
5 11 (0.58%) FTP
6 10 (0.53%) DNS
6 10 (0.53%) Firewall
7 8 (0.42%) FIX Connectivity
7 8 (0.42%) Internet
8 7 (0.37%) SSL
9 6 (0.32%) Ethernet
9 6 (0.32%) H.323
9 6 (0.32%) Intranet
9 6 (0.32%) Intrusion Detection
9 6 (0.32%) WebEx
10 5 (0.26%) SMS
10 5 (0.26%) Wireshark
11 4 (0.21%) Diameter Protocol
11 4 (0.21%) SS7
11 4 (0.21%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 269 (14.20%) SQL Server
2 86 (4.54%) Relational Database
3 76 (4.01%) MySQL
4 66 (3.48%) Data Warehouse
5 63 (3.32%) NoSQL
6 53 (2.80%) MongoDB
7 45 (2.37%) PostgreSQL
8 34 (1.79%) Big Data
9 31 (1.64%) RDBMS
10 27 (1.42%) Redis
11 26 (1.37%) Blockchain
12 22 (1.16%) Power BI
12 22 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 19 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 15 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
14 15 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
15 14 (0.74%) Apache Cassandra
16 13 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
17 12 (0.63%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 11 (0.58%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 445 (23.48%) Selenium
2 283 (14.93%) JIRA
3 213 (11.24%) Cucumber
4 206 (10.87%) Git (software)
5 158 (8.34%) Jenkins
6 154 (8.13%) WebDriver
7 152 (8.02%) SpecFlow
8 113 (5.96%) Postman
9 75 (3.96%) Appium
10 64 (3.38%) Cypress.io
11 58 (3.06%) TeamCity
12 55 (2.90%) JMeter
13 54 (2.85%) Mocha
14 53 (2.80%) JUnit
15 49 (2.59%) Subversion
16 45 (2.37%) SoapUI
17 42 (2.22%) Team Foundation Server
18 41 (2.16%) TestRail
19 37 (1.95%) Maven
20 35 (1.85%) Bitbucket
General
1 415 (21.90%) Finance
2 85 (4.49%) Marketing
3 65 (3.43%) Retail
4 56 (2.96%) Telecoms
5 55 (2.90%) Games
6 53 (2.80%) Banking
6 53 (2.80%) Public Sector
7 29 (1.53%) Manufacturing
8 28 (1.48%) Front Office
9 24 (1.27%) Electronics
10 23 (1.21%) Law
11 22 (1.16%) Back Office
12 19 (1.00%) Publishing
13 16 (0.84%) Advertising
13 16 (0.84%) Legal
14 15 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
15 11 (0.58%) Investment Banking
16 5 (0.26%) French Language
16 5 (0.26%) German Language
16 5 (0.26%) Polish Language
Job Titles
1 450 (23.75%) Developer
2 299 (15.78%) Analyst
3 238 (12.56%) QA Engineer
4 200 (10.55%) Tester
5 160 (8.44%) Test Engineer
6 131 (6.91%) Test Analyst
7 112 (5.91%) Software Engineer
8 106 (5.59%) QA Analyst
9 87 (4.59%) Senior Developer
10 77 (4.06%) .NET Developer
11 73 (3.85%) Developer in Test
12 72 (3.80%) Software Developer
13 70 (3.69%) C# Developer
13 70 (3.69%) QA Tester
14 69 (3.64%) Automation Tester
15 61 (3.22%) Business Analyst
15 61 (3.22%) Java Developer
15 61 (3.22%) QA Automation Engineer
16 60 (3.17%) Test Automation Engineer
17 59 (3.11%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 355 (18.73%) .NET
2 228 (12.03%) CSS
3 221 (11.66%) HTML
4 178 (9.39%) AngularJS
5 150 (7.92%) RESTful
6 147 (7.76%) React
7 144 (7.60%) Node.js
8 141 (7.44%) Web Services
9 114 (6.02%) JSON
10 108 (5.70%) .NET Core
11 99 (5.22%) XML
12 97 (5.12%) ASP.NET
13 81 (4.27%) REST
14 77 (4.06%) Gherkin
15 73 (3.85%) HTML5
15 73 (3.85%) jQuery
16 72 (3.80%) .NET Framework
17 62 (3.27%) Spring
18 56 (2.96%) Jest
19 55 (2.90%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 179 (9.45%) User Experience
2 176 (9.29%) Analytical Skills
3 99 (5.22%) Mobile App
4 67 (3.54%) Greenfield Project
5 58 (3.06%) Management Information System
5 58 (3.06%) Self-Motivation
6 41 (2.16%) Virtual Team
7 35 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
7 35 (1.85%) Replication
8 30 (1.58%) Algorithms
9 25 (1.32%) Client/Server
10 24 (1.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 22 (1.16%) Derivative
12 18 (0.95%) Cloud Native
13 17 (0.90%) Data Structures
13 17 (0.90%) Fixed Income
13 17 (0.90%) STB
14 15 (0.79%) Data Centre
15 14 (0.74%) Social Media
15 14 (0.74%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 171 (9.02%) Linux
2 111 (5.86%) Windows
3 80 (4.22%) Android
4 72 (3.80%) Unix
5 66 (3.48%) Apple iOS
6 19 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (0.74%) Windows 10
7 14 (0.74%) Windows Server
8 13 (0.69%) CentOS
9 10 (0.53%) Mac OS X
9 10 (0.53%) Ubuntu
10 9 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (0.37%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.32%) Oracle Linux
12 6 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.26%) AIX
13 5 (0.26%) Debian
14 3 (0.16%) Solaris
15 2 (0.11%) VMS
15 2 (0.11%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,020 (53.83%) Agile Software Development
2 872 (46.02%) Test Automation
3 365 (19.26%) DevOps
4 301 (15.88%) Scrum
5 270 (14.25%) Software Engineering
6 264 (13.93%) TDD
7 262 (13.83%) BDD
8 212 (11.19%) Microservices
9 200 (10.55%) Fintech
9 200 (10.55%) SDLC
10 197 (10.40%) Problem-Solving
11 173 (9.13%) Test Strategy
12 167 (8.81%) Continuous Integration
13 165 (8.71%) Manual Testing
14 144 (7.60%) Mentoring
15 141 (7.44%) API Testing
16 140 (7.39%) Unit Testing
17 133 (7.02%) Computer Science
18 132 (6.97%) SDET
19 128 (6.75%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 513 (27.07%) JavaScript
2 430 (22.69%) C#
3 399 (21.06%) SQL
4 393 (20.74%) Java
5 278 (14.67%) Python
6 146 (7.70%) TypeScript
7 76 (4.01%) C++
8 67 (3.54%) PHP
8 67 (3.54%) T-SQL
9 57 (3.01%) PowerShell
10 42 (2.22%) C
11 36 (1.90%) Ruby
12 32 (1.69%) Bash Shell
13 28 (1.48%) ES6
14 25 (1.32%) Scala
15 23 (1.21%) Go
16 19 (1.00%) Shell Script
17 17 (0.90%) PL/SQL
18 15 (0.79%) Kotlin
19 14 (0.74%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 222 (11.72%) Degree
2 95 (5.01%) ISTQB
3 83 (4.38%) ISEB
4 78 (4.12%) Computer Science Degree
5 68 (3.59%) Security Cleared
6 49 (2.59%) SC Cleared
7 21 (1.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 19 (1.00%) Master's Degree
9 14 (0.74%) DV Cleared
9 14 (0.74%) ISEB Practitioner
9 14 (0.74%) PMI Certification
10 13 (0.69%) AWS Certification
11 8 (0.42%) HNC
12 7 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
12 7 (0.37%) PMP
13 6 (0.32%) HND
13 6 (0.32%) Six Sigma Green Belt
14 4 (0.21%) ITIL Certification
14 4 (0.21%) OSCP
14 4 (0.21%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (1.06%) Data Quality
2 18 (0.95%) SLA
3 13 (0.69%) ISO 9001
4 12 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.37%) GDPR
6 5 (0.26%) PMO
7 4 (0.21%) ISO 14001
7 4 (0.21%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.16%) GxP
8 3 (0.16%) ISO 13485
8 3 (0.16%) MiFID
9 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 17025
9 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.11%) NIST
9 2 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.053%) Basel III
10 1 (0.053%) COBIT
10 1 (0.053%) GLP
10 1 (0.053%) GMP
10 1 (0.053%) Good Clinical Practice
System Software
1 172 (9.08%) Docker
2 26 (1.37%) Active Directory
3 21 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (0.84%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.47%) Firmware
5 9 (0.47%) vSphere
6 6 (0.32%) KVM
6 6 (0.32%) NFS
6 6 (0.32%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.26%) VirtualBox
8 3 (0.16%) XenApp
8 3 (0.16%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.11%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.053%) Cronacle
10 1 (0.053%) IAG
10 1 (0.053%) LXC
10 1 (0.053%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.053%) Varnish
10 1 (0.053%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 115 (6.07%) Kubernetes
2 34 (1.79%) Ansible
3 31 (1.64%) Puppet
4 23 (1.21%) Opscode Chef
5 21 (1.11%) HP Quality Center
6 17 (0.90%) Terraform
7 14 (0.74%) SCCM
8 11 (0.58%) Grafana
9 9 (0.47%) Kibana
10 6 (0.32%) Failover Clustering
10 6 (0.32%) HP ALM
10 6 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
11 5 (0.26%) logstash
11 5 (0.26%) Microsoft Intune
12 4 (0.21%) HP Fortify
12 4 (0.21%) Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.21%) WebInspect
13 3 (0.16%) Rundeck
14 2 (0.11%) Backup Exec
14 2 (0.11%) Rancher
Vendors
1 173 (9.13%) Microsoft
2 71 (3.75%) Oracle
3 54 (2.85%) Google
4 39 (2.06%) Salesforce.com
5 37 (1.95%) Atlassian
6 32 (1.69%) ServiceNow
7 29 (1.53%) Remedy
7 29 (1.53%) VMware
8 27 (1.42%) HP
8 27 (1.42%) SAP
9 22 (1.16%) IBM
10 19 (1.00%) SolarWinds
11 18 (0.95%) Red Hat
12 15 (0.79%) Adobe
13 12 (0.63%) Pega
13 12 (0.63%) Xamarin
14 11 (0.58%) Genesys
15 10 (0.53%) Splunk
15 10 (0.53%) TIBCO
16 9 (0.47%) New Relic