Period
to 21 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Essex 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 21 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
6 months to
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 48 71 41
Rank change year-on-year +23 -30 -3
Permanent jobs citing QA 54 64 115
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Essex 3.97% 3.56% 5.63%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.57% 34.97% 44.23%
Number of salaries quoted 38 58 87
Essex median annual salary £44,000 £47,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.37% -13.64% +27.91%
10th Percentile £32,500 £33,950 £37,500
90th Percentile £50,925 £72,500 £100,000
East of England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 Essex with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Essex
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 140 183 260
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Essex 10.30% 10.18% 12.74%
Number of salaries quoted 101 130 192
Essex median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% -5.26% +11.76%
10th Percentile £29,250 £32,400 £26,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £65,000 £84,625
East of England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Essex

QA
Salary Trend in Essex

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

Salary trend for QA in Essex

QA
Salary Histogram in Essex

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Essex over the 6 months to 21 August 2018.

Salary histogram for QA in Essex

QA
Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Essex region over the 6 months to 21 August 2018. 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
Chelmsford +19 13 £44,000 -2.22% 1
Colchester +22 9 £45,000 +73.08% 3
Brentwood -4 6 £17,500 -63.16%
Saffron Walden - 5 £37,000 - 2
Southend-on-Sea -9 3 £54,000 +56.52%
Billericay - 2 £41,125 -
QA
East of England

For the 6 months to 21 August 2018, 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 Essex region with a requirement for QA.

1 28 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 19 (35.19%) Degree
4 17 (31.48%) SQL
5 15 (27.78%) Finance
6 13 (24.07%) Manual Testing
6 13 (24.07%) Test Strategy
7 12 (22.22%) Problem-Solving
7 12 (22.22%) Test Scripting
8 10 (18.52%) Java
9 9 (16.67%) Regression Testing
9 9 (16.67%) Validation
9 9 (16.67%) JIRA
10 8 (14.81%) Software Testing
10 8 (14.81%) Change Management
10 8 (14.81%) Acceptance Criteria
10 8 (14.81%) Functional Testing
10 8 (14.81%) Waterfall
11 7 (12.96%) Mentoring
11 7 (12.96%) Coaching
11 7 (12.96%) SDLC
11 7 (12.96%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (12.96%) Web Services
12 6 (11.11%) SQL Server
12 6 (11.11%) C#
12 6 (11.11%) OO
12 6 (11.11%) JBoss
12 6 (11.11%) Risk Management
12 6 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
12 6 (11.11%) ERP

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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 6 (11.11%) JBoss
Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.85%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.85%) IaaS
2 1 (1.85%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.56%) FTP
2 1 (1.85%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
1 6 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.56%) Relational Database
3 2 (3.70%) MySQL
3 2 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.85%) QlikView
4 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 9 (16.67%) JIRA
2 6 (11.11%) Cucumber
2 6 (11.11%) Selenium
3 5 (9.26%) Ant
3 5 (9.26%) FitNesse
3 5 (9.26%) JMeter
3 5 (9.26%) JProfiler
3 5 (9.26%) Maven
3 5 (9.26%) QF-Test
3 5 (9.26%) SoapUI
4 4 (7.41%) JIRA Agile
5 3 (5.56%) Git (software)
5 3 (5.56%) JUnit
6 2 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.85%) Bower
7 1 (1.85%) Grunt
7 1 (1.85%) Jenkins
7 1 (1.85%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (1.85%) Subversion
7 1 (1.85%) TestRail
General
1 15 (27.78%) Finance
2 3 (5.56%) Games
3 2 (3.70%) Back Office
4 1 (1.85%) Automotive
4 1 (1.85%) Electronics
4 1 (1.85%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 15 (27.78%) Tester
2 8 (14.81%) Automation Tester
3 7 (12.96%) Software Tester
4 6 (11.11%) Developer
4 6 (11.11%) Project Manager
4 6 (11.11%) QA Tester
4 6 (11.11%) Test Engineer
5 5 (9.26%) Network Engineer
5 5 (9.26%) QA Automation Tester
5 5 (9.26%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 5 (9.26%) Selenium Tester
5 5 (9.26%) Software QA Tester
5 5 (9.26%) Software Test Engineer
6 4 (7.41%) Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) ERP Manager
6 4 (7.41%) ERP Project Manager
7 3 (5.56%) Agile Project Manager
7 3 (5.56%) Java Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Software Manager
8 2 (3.70%) Manual Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (12.96%) Web Services
2 6 (11.11%) Java EE
3 5 (9.26%) XML
4 3 (5.56%) .NET
4 3 (5.56%) JSON
4 3 (5.56%) LINQ
5 2 (3.70%) Hibernate
5 2 (3.70%) Spring
5 2 (3.70%) Swing
5 2 (3.70%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 2 (3.70%) WinForms
6 1 (1.85%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.85%) Entity Framework
6 1 (1.85%) HTML
6 1 (1.85%) HTML5
6 1 (1.85%) LINQ to SQL
6 1 (1.85%) Pixi.js
6 1 (1.85%) REST
6 1 (1.85%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (9.26%) FMCG
1 5 (9.26%) User Experience
2 4 (7.41%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.70%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.70%) Online Gambling
3 2 (3.70%) Social Gaming
4 1 (1.85%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.85%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.26%) Linux
2 3 (5.56%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 13 (24.07%) Manual Testing
3 13 (24.07%) Test Strategy
4 12 (22.22%) Problem-Solving
4 12 (22.22%) Test Scripting
5 9 (16.67%) Regression Testing
5 9 (16.67%) Validation
6 8 (14.81%) Acceptance Criteria
6 8 (14.81%) Change Management
6 8 (14.81%) Functional Testing
6 8 (14.81%) Software Testing
6 8 (14.81%) Waterfall
7 7 (12.96%) Coaching
7 7 (12.96%) Mentoring
7 7 (12.96%) SDLC
7 7 (12.96%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (11.11%) ERP
8 6 (11.11%) OO
8 6 (11.11%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (31.48%) SQL
2 10 (18.52%) Java
3 6 (11.11%) C#
4 4 (7.41%) Python
5 3 (5.56%) Perl
5 3 (5.56%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.85%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.85%) C
6 1 (1.85%) Go
6 1 (1.85%) Groovy
6 1 (1.85%) Java 8
6 1 (1.85%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.85%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 19 (35.19%) Degree
2 3 (5.56%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (3.70%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.85%) HNC
4 1 (1.85%) ISEB
4 1 (1.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.85%) Master's Degree
4 1 (1.85%) Numerate Degree
4 1 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (1.85%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.85%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.56%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.85%) ISO 13485
Systems Management
1 1 (1.85%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 5 (9.26%) Microsoft
1 5 (9.26%) Oracle
1 5 (9.26%) PureLoad
2 1 (1.85%) Adobe
2 1 (1.85%) HP
2 1 (1.85%) RedGate