The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Kent with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 24 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
South East / Kent
Rank 41 71 61
Rank change year-on-year +30 -10  
Permanent jobs citing QA 42 36 34
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Kent 5.23% 3.15% 3.63%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.34% 25.17% 26.77%
Number of salaries quoted 37 33 31
Median salary £37,500 £42,500 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -11.76% +41.66%  
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £30,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £54,500 £49,375
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in Kent with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Kent
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 134 143 127
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 16.69% 12.51% 13.55%
Number of salaries quoted 115 132 108
Median salary £41,500 £43,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.48% +22.85%  
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £25,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £69,500 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -3.40% +3.52%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Kent citing QA as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Kent

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Salary Trend in Kent

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

Salary trend for QA in Kent

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Salary Histogram in Kent

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Kent over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Salary histogram for QA in Kent

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Job Locations in Kent

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Kent region over the 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Maidstone -2 9 £45,000 +20.00% 1
West Malling -2 6 £28,000 -53.33%
Tunbridge Wells +14 5 £37,500 -9.63%
Chatham - 4 £42,000 -
Dartford - 1 £52,500 -
QA
South East

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the Kent region with a requirement for QA.

1 28 (47.46%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (40.68%) Finance
3 20 (33.90%) SQL
4 16 (27.12%) Scrum
5 14 (23.73%) SQL Server
5 14 (23.73%) MS Excel
5 14 (23.73%) Test Scripting
6 13 (22.03%) Software Testing
7 12 (20.34%) .NET
7 12 (20.34%) Microsoft
8 11 (18.64%) C#
9 10 (16.95%) HTML
9 10 (16.95%) ASP.NET
9 10 (16.95%) HP
9 10 (16.95%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (16.95%) JIRA
10 9 (15.25%) Selenium
10 9 (15.25%) User Stories
10 9 (15.25%) T-SQL
11 8 (13.56%) Project Management
12 7 (11.86%) HP Quality Center
12 7 (11.86%) Degree
12 7 (11.86%) Functional Testing
12 7 (11.86%) Windows
12 7 (11.86%) Stakeholder Management
13 6 (10.17%) MVC
13 6 (10.17%) Banking
13 6 (10.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 6 (10.17%) Automated Testing
13 6 (10.17%) MS Office

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Top Related IT Skills in Kent 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 3 (5.08%) NServiceBus
2 2 (3.39%) Confluence
3 1 (1.69%) Apache
3 1 (1.69%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.69%) CMS
3 1 (1.69%) SAS
3 1 (1.69%) Umbraco
Applications
1 14 (23.73%) MS Excel
2 6 (10.17%) MS Office
3 5 (8.47%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (6.78%) MS Visio
5 2 (3.39%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.39%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.08%) SaaS
2 2 (3.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.69%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.69%) GitHub
3 1 (1.69%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.69%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (23.73%) SQL Server
2 6 (10.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (5.08%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (3.39%) NoSQL
4 2 (3.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (3.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.69%) Base SAS
5 1 (1.69%) Big Data
5 1 (1.69%) Couchbase
5 1 (1.69%) Data Mining
5 1 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 10 (16.95%) JIRA
2 9 (15.25%) Selenium
3 6 (10.17%) WebDriver
4 5 (8.47%) HP UFT
4 5 (8.47%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (6.78%) SpecFlow
6 3 (5.08%) Visual Studio
7 2 (3.39%) Cucumber
7 2 (3.39%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.69%) Jasmine
8 1 (1.69%) Mocha
8 1 (1.69%) Selenium IDE
8 1 (1.69%) webpack
General
1 24 (40.68%) Finance
2 6 (10.17%) Banking
3 3 (5.08%) Retail
3 3 (5.08%) Retail Banking
4 2 (3.39%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 18 (30.51%) Analyst
2 10 (16.95%) QA Leader
2 10 (16.95%) Test Analyst
3 8 (13.56%) Test Leader
3 8 (13.56%) Test Manager
4 7 (11.86%) Developer
4 7 (11.86%) QA Analyst
4 7 (11.86%) QA Manager
4 7 (11.86%) QA Test Analyst
4 7 (11.86%) QA Test Manager
4 7 (11.86%) Tester
5 5 (8.47%) .NET Developer
5 5 (8.47%) Business Analyst
6 4 (6.78%) .NET Software Developer
6 4 (6.78%) Applications Support
6 4 (6.78%) Automation Test Analyst
6 4 (6.78%) QA Engineer
6 4 (6.78%) QA Tester
6 4 (6.78%) Software Tester
7 3 (5.08%) Software QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (20.34%) .NET
2 10 (16.95%) ASP.NET
2 10 (16.95%) HTML
3 6 (10.17%) HTML5
4 5 (8.47%) ASP.NET MVC
4 5 (8.47%) CSS
5 4 (6.78%) WinForms
6 3 (5.08%) .NET Framework
6 3 (5.08%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 3 (5.08%) Entity Framework
6 3 (5.08%) RabbitMQ
6 3 (5.08%) RESTful
6 3 (5.08%) Unity DI Container
6 3 (5.08%) Web Services
6 3 (5.08%) XML
7 2 (3.39%) AngularJS
7 2 (3.39%) REST
7 2 (3.39%) SOAP
8 1 (1.69%) Android SDK
8 1 (1.69%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.78%) Computer Science
1 4 (6.78%) iPad
2 3 (5.08%) Management Information System
2 3 (5.08%) PMI
3 2 (3.39%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.69%) Blog
4 1 (1.69%) Clustering
4 1 (1.69%) Credit Risk
4 1 (1.69%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (11.86%) Windows
2 1 (1.69%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (47.46%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (27.12%) Scrum
3 14 (23.73%) Test Scripting
4 13 (22.03%) Software Testing
5 10 (16.95%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (15.25%) User Stories
7 8 (13.56%) Project Management
8 7 (11.86%) Functional Testing
8 7 (11.86%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (10.17%) Automated Testing
9 6 (10.17%) BDD
9 6 (10.17%) Manual Testing
9 6 (10.17%) MVC
9 6 (10.17%) Statistics
9 6 (10.17%) Test Strategy
9 6 (10.17%) Waterfall
10 5 (8.47%) Business Analysis
10 5 (8.47%) E-Commerce
10 5 (8.47%) TDD
10 5 (8.47%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (33.90%) SQL
2 11 (18.64%) C#
3 9 (15.25%) T-SQL
4 5 (8.47%) JavaScript
5 4 (6.78%) Java
5 4 (6.78%) VB
5 4 (6.78%) VB6
6 1 (1.69%) C++
6 1 (1.69%) PHP
6 1 (1.69%) Python
6 1 (1.69%) R
6 1 (1.69%) Scala
6 1 (1.69%) TypeScript
6 1 (1.69%) VBA
Qualifications
1 7 (11.86%) Degree
2 6 (10.17%) ISEB
3 4 (6.78%) ISTQB
4 3 (5.08%) PMI Certification
5 2 (3.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.08%) PMO
Systems Management
1 7 (11.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (20.34%) Microsoft
2 10 (16.95%) HP
3 4 (6.78%) Apple
3 4 (6.78%) Facebook
4 1 (1.69%) Google