Period
to 9 December 2021

The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 9 December 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance Engineer
England > South East
6 months to
9 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 289 189 328
Rank change year-on-year -100 +139 -9
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 165 125 171
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 0.91% 1.38% 0.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.98% 1.43% 0.73%
Number of salaries quoted 143 120 138
10th Percentile £36,250 £40,000 £30,750
25th Percentile £47,500 £47,500 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £50,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% -2.17%
75th Percentile £60,000 £60,000 £61,250
90th Percentile £61,200 £67,500 £68,750
England median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £49,362
% change year-on-year +10.00% +1.29% -1.28%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South East. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
South East
Permanent vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 16,840 8,759 23,536
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.20% 96.38% 96.01%
Number of salaries quoted 12,028 7,308 19,565
10th Percentile £30,000 £30,000 £27,500
25th Percentile £40,000 £38,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £67,500 £63,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £75,000 £75,000
England median annual salary £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +5.00%

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in the South East

QA Engineer
Salary Trend in the South East

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA Engineer in the South East.

Salary trend for QA Engineer in the South East

QA Engineer
Salary Histogram in the South East

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 9 December 2021.

Salary histogram for QA Engineer in the South East

QA Engineer
Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the South East region over the 6 months to 9 December 2021. 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
Thames Valley -65 39 £52,500 +16.67% 4
West Sussex -23 37 £60,000 +9.09%
Berkshire -28 35 £52,500 +16.67% 3
Surrey -41 30 £52,500 -2.33% 9
East Sussex -20 28 £50,000 -4.76%
Hampshire -111 25 £37,500 -25.00% 2
Kent -43 3 £50,000 +42.86%
Buckinghamshire - 3 £50,000 -
Oxfordshire -33 1 £60,000 +71.43% 1
Home Counties - 1 £50,000 -
QA Engineer
England

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 9 December 2021, QA Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the South East region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 165 (100.00%) QA
2 119 (72.12%) Test Automation
3 89 (53.94%) Selenium
4 75 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
5 74 (44.85%) C#
6 54 (32.73%) SpecFlow
7 50 (30.30%) JavaScript
8 46 (27.88%) .NET
9 44 (26.67%) Social Skills
10 40 (24.24%) Test Scripting
10 40 (24.24%) Manual Testing
11 39 (23.64%) Performance Testing
11 39 (23.64%) Test Strategy
11 39 (23.64%) Azure
12 38 (23.03%) SQL Server
12 38 (23.03%) JMeter
13 37 (22.42%) WebDriver
14 36 (21.82%) BDD
15 35 (21.21%) Coaching
15 35 (21.21%) JIRA
16 33 (20.00%) Software Testing
16 33 (20.00%) API Testing
16 33 (20.00%) BlazeMeter
17 29 (17.58%) Web Services
18 28 (16.97%) TypeScript
18 28 (16.97%) Postman
19 27 (16.36%) Scaled Agile Framework
19 27 (16.36%) Analytical Skills
19 27 (16.36%) Scenario Testing
19 27 (16.36%) Scrum

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 7 (4.24%) Confluence
Applications
1 7 (4.24%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 39 (23.64%) Azure
2 33 (20.00%) BlazeMeter
3 19 (11.52%) AWS
4 8 (4.85%) SaaS
5 4 (2.42%) Microsoft 365
6 2 (1.21%) BrowserStack
6 2 (1.21%) GitHub
7 1 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.61%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.61%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.61%) Azure Pipelines
7 1 (0.61%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 20 (12.12%) Skype
2 11 (6.67%) TCP/IP
3 10 (6.06%) Firewall
4 6 (3.64%) HTTP
4 6 (3.64%) Network Security
4 6 (3.64%) SSL
5 4 (2.42%) Internet
6 2 (1.21%) NAS
7 1 (0.61%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (23.03%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.64%) Oracle Database
2 6 (3.64%) RDBMS
2 6 (3.64%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.82%) MySQL
4 1 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 89 (53.94%) Selenium
2 54 (32.73%) SpecFlow
3 38 (23.03%) JMeter
4 37 (22.42%) WebDriver
5 35 (21.21%) JIRA
6 28 (16.97%) Postman
7 15 (9.09%) Git (software)
8 14 (8.48%) Cypress.io
8 14 (8.48%) SoapUI
9 13 (7.88%) Cucumber
10 10 (6.06%) NUnit
11 8 (4.85%) JUnit
12 7 (4.24%) Jenkins
12 7 (4.24%) TestNG
13 6 (3.64%) Visual Studio
14 5 (3.03%) REST Assured
14 5 (3.03%) SonarQube
15 4 (2.42%) Octopus Deploy
15 4 (2.42%) TestCafe
15 4 (2.42%) TestRail
General
1 44 (26.67%) Social Skills
2 27 (16.36%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (15.76%) Finance
4 6 (3.64%) Presentation Skills
5 5 (3.03%) Public Sector
6 4 (2.42%) Documentation Skills
6 4 (2.42%) Law
6 4 (2.42%) Legal
6 4 (2.42%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.82%) Electronics
7 3 (1.82%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.82%) Marketing
7 3 (1.82%) Organisational Skills
7 3 (1.82%) Retail
8 2 (1.21%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (27.88%) .NET
2 29 (17.58%) Web Services
3 22 (13.33%) Gherkin
4 17 (10.30%) REST
4 17 (10.30%) SOAP
5 11 (6.67%) RESTful
6 8 (4.85%) ASP.NET
7 7 (4.24%) React
7 7 (4.24%) WebdriverIO
8 5 (3.03%) gRPC
8 5 (3.03%) Puppeteer
9 4 (2.42%) .NET Framework
9 4 (2.42%) AngularJS
9 4 (2.42%) OAuth
9 4 (2.42%) WebSockets
10 3 (1.82%) CSS
10 3 (1.82%) HTML
10 3 (1.82%) Jest
11 2 (1.21%) JSON
11 2 (1.21%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 26 (15.76%) Client/Server
2 24 (14.55%) Enterprise Software
3 17 (10.30%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (3.64%) Digital Media
5 5 (3.03%) User Experience
5 5 (3.03%) Virtual Team
6 4 (2.42%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.21%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.21%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.61%) Cloud Native
8 1 (0.61%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 23 (13.94%) Linux
2 16 (9.70%) Unix
3 10 (6.06%) Windows
4 6 (3.64%) Solaris
5 2 (1.21%) Android
5 2 (1.21%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.61%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (72.12%) Test Automation
2 75 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (24.24%) Manual Testing
3 40 (24.24%) Test Scripting
4 39 (23.64%) Performance Testing
4 39 (23.64%) Test Strategy
5 36 (21.82%) BDD
6 35 (21.21%) Coaching
7 33 (20.00%) API Testing
7 33 (20.00%) Software Testing
8 27 (16.36%) Scaled Agile Framework
8 27 (16.36%) Scenario Testing
8 27 (16.36%) Scrum
8 27 (16.36%) TDD
9 25 (15.15%) DevOps
9 25 (15.15%) Regression Testing
9 25 (15.15%) SDLC
10 23 (13.94%) Continuous Integration
10 23 (13.94%) Problem-Solving
10 23 (13.94%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 74 (44.85%) C#
2 50 (30.30%) JavaScript
3 28 (16.97%) TypeScript
4 23 (13.94%) Python
5 21 (12.73%) Java
6 10 (6.06%) SQL
7 4 (2.42%) C++
7 4 (2.42%) Groovy
7 4 (2.42%) PHP
8 3 (1.82%) Ruby
9 2 (1.21%) Embedded C++
9 2 (1.21%) Scala
10 1 (0.61%) C
10 1 (0.61%) F#
10 1 (0.61%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.61%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (13.33%) ISTQB
1 22 (13.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 12 (7.27%) ISEB
3 6 (3.64%) CEH
3 6 (3.64%) CISA
3 6 (3.64%) GIAC
3 6 (3.64%) OSCE
3 6 (3.64%) OSCP
4 5 (3.03%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 165 (100.00%) QA
2 7 (4.24%) Accessibility
3 6 (3.64%) GDPR
3 6 (3.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (3.64%) NIST
4 2 (1.21%) WCAG
System Software
1 11 (6.67%) Docker
Systems Management
1 24 (14.55%) Grafana
2 8 (4.85%) HP ALM
3 6 (3.64%) HP Fortify
3 6 (3.64%) Kubernetes
3 6 (3.64%) WebInspect
4 2 (1.21%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.61%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 16 (9.70%) Microsoft
2 12 (7.27%) HP
3 6 (3.64%) ArcSight
3 6 (3.64%) Black Duck
3 6 (3.64%) Micro Focus
3 6 (3.64%) Oracle
3 6 (3.64%) Qualys
3 6 (3.64%) Sonatype
3 6 (3.64%) Splunk
3 6 (3.64%) Tripwire
4 4 (2.42%) LexisNexis
5 3 (1.82%) Atlassian
5 3 (1.82%) SAP
6 2 (1.21%) Mercator
6 2 (1.21%) Xamarin
7 1 (0.61%) CA
7 1 (0.61%) Verint