Period
to 20 October 2019

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 20 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > England
6 months to
20 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 52 50 63
Rank change year-on-year -2 +13 -7
Permanent jobs citing QA 6,082 7,744 7,978
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 4.84% 5.08% 4.88%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.25% 38.31% 38.69%
Number of salaries quoted 4,707 6,116 5,778
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - -
10th Percentile £31,849 £31,250 £30,000
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £76,250
UK 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 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 16,776 20,213 20,621
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 13.34% 13.27% 12.61%
Number of salaries quoted 12,627 15,423 15,335
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
10th Percentile £28,500 £28,684 £27,500
90th Percentile £83,750 £80,000 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in England

QA
Salary Trend in England

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

Salary trend for QA in England

QA
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in England over the 6 months to 20 October 2019.

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 20 October 2019. 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 -1 2,821 £62,500 +4.17% 313
South East -8 1,210 £50,000 +3.09% 187
North of England -1 889 £43,500 +2.35% 246
North West +16 530 £42,500 - 127
Midlands +3 472 £45,000 +5.88% 127
South West -10 380 £43,156 +7.89% 92
West Midlands +10 290 £46,000 +2.22% 82
East of England +5 289 £50,000 +11.11% 79
Yorkshire -43 248 £43,500 +2.35% 76
East Midlands -9 181 £40,000 - 43
North East +38 113 £45,000 +12.50% 43
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 20 October 2019, 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 3,382 (55.61%) Agile Software Development
2 2,521 (41.45%) Test Automation
3 1,591 (26.16%) SQL
4 1,437 (23.63%) Java
5 1,318 (21.67%) C#
6 1,295 (21.29%) Selenium
7 1,256 (20.65%) Scrum
8 1,160 (19.07%) Finance
9 1,088 (17.89%) JavaScript
10 1,086 (17.86%) DevOps
11 963 (15.83%) JIRA
12 879 (14.45%) .NET
13 866 (14.24%) BDD
14 807 (13.27%) SDLC
15 798 (13.12%) TDD
16 784 (12.89%) Degree
17 769 (12.64%) Microsoft
18 756 (12.43%) Python
19 751 (12.35%) Problem-Solving
20 723 (11.89%) Azure
21 717 (11.79%) SQL Server
22 700 (11.51%) Linux
23 691 (11.36%) Software Engineering
24 680 (11.18%) Git (software)
25 671 (11.03%) AWS
26 668 (10.98%) Mentoring
27 660 (10.85%) Continuous Integration
28 584 (9.60%) ISTQB
29 567 (9.32%) Cucumber
30 549 (9.03%) Jenkins

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
1 335 (5.51%) Confluence
2 139 (2.29%) CMS
3 78 (1.28%) IIS
4 72 (1.18%) Apache Spark
5 66 (1.09%) Apache
6 51 (0.84%) SharePoint
7 48 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
8 35 (0.58%) WordPress
9 31 (0.51%) EPiServer
9 31 (0.51%) Sitecore CMS
10 30 (0.49%) nginx
11 27 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 26 (0.43%) SAS
13 24 (0.39%) Tomcat
14 17 (0.28%) NServiceBus
15 16 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
15 16 (0.26%) Drupal
16 15 (0.25%) Apache Solr
17 11 (0.18%) Umbraco
17 11 (0.18%) WebLogic
Applications
1 154 (2.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 111 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
3 79 (1.30%) Microsoft Project
4 49 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 44 (0.72%) MS Visio
6 32 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.33%) Sketch
8 15 (0.25%) Photoshop
9 10 (0.16%) Chatbot
10 8 (0.13%) Zeplin
11 7 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
12 6 (0.099%) AutoCAD
13 5 (0.082%) OmniGraffle
14 4 (0.066%) Adobe XD
14 4 (0.066%) InVision
15 3 (0.049%) Fireworks
16 2 (0.033%) FileZilla
17 1 (0.016%) Acrobat
17 1 (0.016%) Mathematica
17 1 (0.016%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 54 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 51 (0.84%) Payment Gateway
3 25 (0.41%) Magento
4 23 (0.38%) SAP Hybris
5 22 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
6 16 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
7 14 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
7 14 (0.23%) FastStats
8 11 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
9 8 (0.13%) WebTrends
10 7 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 5 (0.082%) Dynamics GP
11 5 (0.082%) Hyperion Planning
11 5 (0.082%) Oracle Retail
11 5 (0.082%) SAP ERP
12 4 (0.066%) FastStats PeopleStage
12 4 (0.066%) HFM
12 4 (0.066%) Markit EDM
12 4 (0.066%) R3 Corda
12 4 (0.066%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 723 (11.89%) Azure
2 671 (11.03%) AWS
3 247 (4.06%) SaaS
4 175 (2.88%) GCP
5 132 (2.17%) GitHub
6 87 (1.43%) Power Platform
7 81 (1.33%) PaaS
8 72 (1.18%) Amazon EC2
9 65 (1.07%) Serverless
10 59 (0.97%) AWS CloudFormation
11 49 (0.81%) BrowserStack
12 47 (0.77%) Office 365
13 46 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
13 46 (0.76%) OpenShift
14 43 (0.71%) Amazon S3
14 43 (0.71%) Google Analytics
15 41 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
16 35 (0.58%) Amazon SQS
17 34 (0.56%) Sauce Labs
18 28 (0.46%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 92 (1.51%) Internet
2 70 (1.15%) Firewall
3 52 (0.85%) TCP/IP
4 49 (0.81%) HTTP
5 37 (0.61%) Broadband
6 28 (0.46%) Wireless
7 27 (0.44%) DNS
8 23 (0.38%) Intranet
8 23 (0.38%) LAN
9 20 (0.33%) VPN
10 19 (0.31%) SSH
11 18 (0.30%) DHCP
11 18 (0.30%) VoIP
12 16 (0.26%) WAN
12 16 (0.26%) Wireshark
13 13 (0.21%) Network Security
14 12 (0.20%) Wi-Fi
15 10 (0.16%) HTTPS
15 10 (0.16%) Skype
15 10 (0.16%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 717 (11.79%) SQL Server
2 217 (3.57%) Big Data
3 211 (3.47%) Relational Database
4 200 (3.29%) MySQL
5 154 (2.53%) Data Warehouse
6 139 (2.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 138 (2.27%) NoSQL
8 114 (1.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 100 (1.64%) MongoDB
10 83 (1.36%) Hadoop
10 83 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
11 82 (1.35%) Power BI
12 78 (1.28%) Apache Cassandra
13 77 (1.27%) Amazon RDS
13 77 (1.27%) Oracle Database
14 66 (1.09%) Redis
15 62 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 46 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
17 45 (0.74%) Apache Hive
17 45 (0.74%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 1,295 (21.29%) Selenium
2 963 (15.83%) JIRA
3 680 (11.18%) Git (software)
4 567 (9.32%) Cucumber
5 549 (9.03%) Jenkins
6 409 (6.72%) WebDriver
7 310 (5.10%) SpecFlow
8 240 (3.95%) JMeter
9 207 (3.40%) Team Foundation Server
10 199 (3.27%) TeamCity
11 180 (2.96%) Appium
12 167 (2.75%) Visual Studio
13 164 (2.70%) SoapUI
14 147 (2.42%) Visual Studio Team System
15 140 (2.30%) JUnit
16 135 (2.22%) Maven
17 126 (2.07%) Octopus Deploy
18 108 (1.78%) LoadRunner
19 106 (1.74%) HP UFT
20 95 (1.56%) Bitbucket
General
1 1,160 (19.07%) Finance
2 356 (5.85%) Retail
3 313 (5.15%) Marketing
4 247 (4.06%) Banking
5 169 (2.78%) Telecoms
6 162 (2.66%) Games
7 134 (2.20%) Manufacturing
8 111 (1.83%) Public Sector
9 88 (1.45%) Legal
10 66 (1.09%) Law
11 60 (0.99%) Aerospace
12 59 (0.97%) Advertising
13 57 (0.94%) Electronics
13 57 (0.94%) Front Office
14 48 (0.79%) Automotive
15 47 (0.77%) Investment Banking
16 41 (0.67%) Back Office
17 29 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
18 26 (0.43%) Publishing
19 25 (0.41%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,141 (18.76%) Developer
2 963 (15.83%) Analyst
3 835 (13.73%) QA Engineer
4 610 (10.03%) Tester
5 486 (7.99%) Test Engineer
6 376 (6.18%) QA Analyst
7 348 (5.72%) Test Analyst
8 289 (4.75%) QA Tester
9 238 (3.91%) Senior Developer
10 234 (3.85%) QA Leader
11 214 (3.52%) Architect
12 212 (3.49%) Software Engineer
13 201 (3.30%) Test Automation Engineer
14 199 (3.27%) Automation Tester
15 197 (3.24%) Senior QA Engineer
16 195 (3.21%) QA Automation Engineer
17 190 (3.12%) Software Developer
18 187 (3.07%) .NET Developer
18 187 (3.07%) C# Developer
19 182 (2.99%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 879 (14.45%) .NET
2 543 (8.93%) HTML
3 475 (7.81%) Web Services
4 448 (7.37%) REST
5 445 (7.32%) CSS
6 384 (6.31%) AngularJS
7 294 (4.83%) Node.js
8 281 (4.62%) React
8 281 (4.62%) XML
9 279 (4.59%) SOAP
10 253 (4.16%) RESTful
11 252 (4.14%) ASP.NET
12 245 (4.03%) Gherkin
13 228 (3.75%) Spring
14 224 (3.68%) HTML5
15 215 (3.54%) JSON
16 191 (3.14%) .NET Framework
17 154 (2.53%) jQuery
18 133 (2.19%) Spring Boot
19 125 (2.06%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 523 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
2 403 (6.63%) Mobile App
3 382 (6.28%) User Experience
4 211 (3.47%) Self-Motivation
5 155 (2.55%) Management Information System
6 153 (2.52%) Enterprise Software
7 144 (2.37%) Greenfield Project
8 111 (1.83%) Algorithms
9 96 (1.58%) Virtual Team
10 83 (1.36%) Client/Server
11 64 (1.05%) Data Structures
12 63 (1.04%) Hedge funds
13 58 (0.95%) Derivative
13 58 (0.95%) Fixed Income
14 51 (0.84%) PMI
15 48 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
15 48 (0.79%) Linux Command Line
16 47 (0.77%) Embedded Systems
17 40 (0.66%) Smartphone
18 36 (0.59%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 700 (11.51%) Linux
2 497 (8.17%) Windows
3 279 (4.59%) Android
4 255 (4.19%) Unix
5 243 (4.00%) Apple iOS
6 47 (0.77%) Windows Server
7 29 (0.48%) Windows 8
8 28 (0.46%) Tizen
8 28 (0.46%) Windows 7
9 21 (0.35%) CentOS
9 21 (0.35%) Mesosphere
9 21 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 21 (0.35%) Windows 10
10 19 (0.31%) Ubuntu
11 12 (0.20%) AIX
12 8 (0.13%) HPUX
12 8 (0.13%) Windows Server 2012
13 7 (0.12%) Debian
14 6 (0.099%) Embedded Linux
14 6 (0.099%) Robot Operating System
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,382 (55.61%) Agile Software Development
2 2,521 (41.45%) Test Automation
3 1,256 (20.65%) Scrum
4 1,086 (17.86%) DevOps
5 866 (14.24%) BDD
6 807 (13.27%) SDLC
7 798 (13.12%) TDD
8 751 (12.35%) Problem-Solving
9 691 (11.36%) Software Engineering
10 668 (10.98%) Mentoring
11 660 (10.85%) Continuous Integration
12 536 (8.81%) Test Strategy
13 533 (8.76%) Test Scripting
14 531 (8.73%) Manual Testing
15 523 (8.60%) Project Management
16 504 (8.29%) Software Testing
17 503 (8.27%) Computer Science
18 387 (6.36%) Regression Testing
19 386 (6.35%) Microservices
20 384 (6.31%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 1,591 (26.16%) SQL
2 1,437 (23.63%) Java
3 1,318 (21.67%) C#
4 1,088 (17.89%) JavaScript
5 756 (12.43%) Python
6 199 (3.27%) PHP
7 198 (3.26%) C++
8 168 (2.76%) PowerShell
9 154 (2.53%) C
9 154 (2.53%) Ruby
10 146 (2.40%) T-SQL
11 145 (2.38%) Scala
12 128 (2.10%) TypeScript
13 122 (2.01%) Bash Shell
13 122 (2.01%) Shell Script
14 96 (1.58%) Go
15 93 (1.53%) PL/SQL
16 76 (1.25%) Java 8
17 59 (0.97%) Kotlin
17 59 (0.97%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 784 (12.89%) Degree
2 584 (9.60%) ISTQB
3 317 (5.21%) ISEB
4 234 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 209 (3.44%) Computer Science Degree
6 135 (2.22%) Security Cleared
7 99 (1.63%) PMI Certification
8 86 (1.41%) SC Cleared
9 65 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
10 51 (0.84%) PMP
11 46 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 38 (0.62%) HND
13 32 (0.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 27 (0.44%) MCP
15 24 (0.39%) DBS Check
15 24 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 22 (0.36%) SAFe Agilist
17 21 (0.35%) MCSE
18 18 (0.30%) Cisco Certification
19 14 (0.23%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 128 (2.10%) PMO
2 82 (1.35%) Data Quality
3 62 (1.02%) SLA
4 53 (0.87%) GDPR
5 34 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 20 (0.33%) ISO 9001
7 16 (0.26%) PCI DSS
8 15 (0.25%) IFRS
9 13 (0.21%) COBIT
10 9 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 9 (0.15%) NIST
11 7 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
12 6 (0.099%) GxP
12 6 (0.099%) ISO 22301
12 6 (0.099%) WCAG
13 5 (0.082%) Solvency II
14 4 (0.066%) COSHH
14 4 (0.066%) DO-178B
14 4 (0.066%) DO-254
14 4 (0.066%) IEC 62304
System Software
1 444 (7.30%) Docker
2 68 (1.12%) Active Directory
3 30 (0.49%) HDFS
4 25 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
5 23 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
6 19 (0.31%) XenApp
7 16 (0.26%) Hyper-V
8 15 (0.25%) Firmware
9 6 (0.099%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.082%) Apache Flume
10 5 (0.082%) Samba
11 3 (0.049%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 3 (0.049%) IAG
11 3 (0.049%) Varnish
12 2 (0.033%) Job Entry Subsystem
12 2 (0.033%) Time Sharing Option
12 2 (0.033%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.033%) Xen
13 1 (0.016%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 254 (4.18%) Kubernetes
2 166 (2.73%) Ansible
3 121 (1.99%) Terraform
4 79 (1.30%) Puppet
5 69 (1.13%) Opscode Chef
6 67 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
7 49 (0.81%) HP ALM
8 28 (0.46%) SCCM
9 27 (0.44%) Consul
10 26 (0.43%) Kibana
11 24 (0.39%) Automic
12 23 (0.38%) Nagios
13 22 (0.36%) Prometheus
14 20 (0.33%) Packer
15 18 (0.30%) Oozie
16 16 (0.26%) CA Service Virtualization
16 16 (0.26%) Salt
17 12 (0.20%) logstash
18 10 (0.16%) Docker Swarm
18 10 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 769 (12.64%) Microsoft
2 344 (5.66%) Oracle
3 218 (3.58%) Google
4 139 (2.29%) HP
5 106 (1.74%) Atlassian
6 103 (1.69%) SAP
7 101 (1.66%) Salesforce.com
8 94 (1.55%) WorldPay
9 74 (1.22%) Adobe
10 56 (0.92%) IBM
11 54 (0.89%) Cypress Semiconductor
12 52 (0.85%) Sitecore
13 46 (0.76%) Splunk
14 44 (0.72%) VMware
15 41 (0.67%) Red Hat
16 40 (0.66%) Cisco
17 38 (0.62%) Xamarin
18 36 (0.59%) Informatica
19 35 (0.58%) hybris
19 35 (0.58%) Tableau