Period
to 20 January 2019

The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £46,000 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

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
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 301 349 434
Rank change year-on-year +48 +85 +10
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 229 206 141
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.87% 0.67% 0.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.90% 0.69% 0.46%
Number of salaries quoted 217 180 122
South East median annual salary £46,000 £41,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.84% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,025 £28,850
90th Percentile £63,500 £53,750 £61,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 25,395 29,856 30,895
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.30% 96.69% 96.90%
Number of salaries quoted 21,011 24,933 25,617
South East median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £72,250 £67,500 £67,500
England median annual salary £51,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +2.00% +5.26% -

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT 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

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

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 20 January 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
Thames Valley -5 61 £46,000 +9.52% 11
Surrey +73 56 £50,000 - 8
Hampshire +10 42 £40,000 -5.88% 3
East Sussex +31 38 £45,000 +28.57%
West Sussex +20 29 £50,000 +78.57% 5
Berkshire -23 25 £45,000 +12.50% 4
Oxfordshire +18 24 £52,500 -14.29% 5
Buckinghamshire +22 12 £40,000 - 2
Kent +26 3 £35,000 +19.66%
QA Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, 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.

1 229 (100.00%) QA
2 194 (84.72%) Test Automation
3 152 (66.38%) Agile Software Development
4 115 (50.22%) Selenium
5 104 (45.41%) Scrum
6 98 (42.79%) C#
7 68 (29.69%) Manual Testing
8 60 (26.20%) BDD
8 60 (26.20%) Java
8 60 (26.20%) Finance
9 52 (22.71%) Python
9 52 (22.71%) Defect Management
10 49 (21.40%) Continuous Integration
11 48 (20.96%) Cucumber
12 46 (20.09%) Software Engineering
12 46 (20.09%) SQL
13 45 (19.65%) .NET
13 45 (19.65%) Test Scripting
14 44 (19.21%) Unit Testing
14 44 (19.21%) WebDriver
14 44 (19.21%) JMeter
15 43 (18.78%) TDD
15 43 (18.78%) Microsoft
16 41 (17.90%) Jenkins
17 40 (17.47%) HP Quality Center
17 40 (17.47%) Visual Studio Coded UI
18 39 (17.03%) MSTest
18 39 (17.03%) Moq
18 39 (17.03%) Non-Functional Testing
18 39 (17.03%) Ranorex

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 5 (2.18%) Confluence
2 4 (1.75%) CMS
3 3 (1.31%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.44%) NServiceBus
4 1 (0.44%) Umbraco
Cloud Services
1 10 (4.37%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (2.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.44%) BlazeMeter
3 1 (0.44%) GitHub
3 1 (0.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.18%) HTTP
2 4 (1.75%) TCP/IP
3 3 (1.31%) Internet
4 2 (0.87%) 2G
4 2 (0.87%) 3G
4 2 (0.87%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.80%) NoSQL
2 7 (3.06%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.18%) Big Data
4 4 (1.75%) MongoDB
4 4 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (1.75%) Redis
5 3 (1.31%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.87%) MySQL
7 1 (0.44%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 115 (50.22%) Selenium
2 48 (20.96%) Cucumber
3 44 (19.21%) JMeter
3 44 (19.21%) WebDriver
4 41 (17.90%) Jenkins
5 40 (17.47%) Visual Studio Coded UI
6 39 (17.03%) Moq
6 39 (17.03%) MSTest
6 39 (17.03%) Ranorex
6 39 (17.03%) Visual Studio
7 33 (14.41%) Git (software)
8 30 (13.10%) JIRA
9 19 (8.30%) JUnit
10 16 (6.99%) Maven
10 16 (6.99%) SoapUI
11 13 (5.68%) TestNG
12 10 (4.37%) Appium
12 10 (4.37%) SpecFlow
13 9 (3.93%) WATIR
14 8 (3.49%) LoadRunner
General
1 60 (26.20%) Finance
2 13 (5.68%) Marketing
3 10 (4.37%) Publishing
4 7 (3.06%) Electronics
4 7 (3.06%) Games
4 7 (3.06%) Manufacturing
4 7 (3.06%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.31%) Advertising
6 1 (0.44%) Automotive
6 1 (0.44%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (19.65%) .NET
2 30 (13.10%) Velocity
3 17 (7.42%) CSS
3 17 (7.42%) HTML
4 15 (6.55%) Web Services
5 13 (5.68%) REST
6 11 (4.80%) Gherkin
6 11 (4.80%) SOAP
7 9 (3.93%) Ruby on Rails
8 6 (2.62%) RESTful
9 5 (2.18%) XML
10 4 (1.75%) AngularJS
10 4 (1.75%) JSON
11 3 (1.31%) Node.js
12 1 (0.44%) HTML5
12 1 (0.44%) jQuery
12 1 (0.44%) RabbitMQ
12 1 (0.44%) Sass
12 1 (0.44%) Swagger
12 1 (0.44%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 28 (12.23%) Reinsurance
2 23 (10.04%) User Experience
3 12 (5.24%) Fintech
3 12 (5.24%) Greenfield Project
3 12 (5.24%) Mobile App
3 12 (5.24%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (3.06%) Linux Command Line
5 6 (2.62%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (2.62%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.31%) Internet of Things
7 2 (0.87%) Analytical Mindset
7 2 (0.87%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.44%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.44%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.44%) FMCG
8 1 (0.44%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.44%) PMI
8 1 (0.44%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 27 (11.79%) Linux
2 4 (1.75%) Windows
3 3 (1.31%) Unix
3 3 (1.31%) VMS
4 2 (0.87%) Android
4 2 (0.87%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (84.72%) Test Automation
2 152 (66.38%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (45.41%) Scrum
4 68 (29.69%) Manual Testing
5 60 (26.20%) BDD
6 52 (22.71%) Defect Management
7 49 (21.40%) Continuous Integration
8 46 (20.09%) Software Engineering
9 45 (19.65%) Test Scripting
10 44 (19.21%) Unit Testing
11 43 (18.78%) TDD
12 39 (17.03%) Non-Functional Testing
13 38 (16.59%) Acceptance Criteria
14 37 (16.16%) User Stories
15 36 (15.72%) Regression Testing
16 30 (13.10%) Refactoring
17 29 (12.66%) SDET
18 28 (12.23%) Risk Management
19 27 (11.79%) Software Testing
20 25 (10.92%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 98 (42.79%) C#
2 60 (26.20%) Java
3 52 (22.71%) Python
4 46 (20.09%) SQL
5 37 (16.16%) JavaScript
6 16 (6.99%) PHP
7 13 (5.68%) Ruby
8 5 (2.18%) Go
9 3 (1.31%) Perl
10 1 (0.44%) C
10 1 (0.44%) C++
10 1 (0.44%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.44%) Java 8
10 1 (0.44%) R
10 1 (0.44%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 32 (13.97%) Degree
2 19 (8.30%) ISTQB
3 12 (5.24%) Computer Science Degree
4 10 (4.37%) ISEB
5 8 (3.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.44%) HND
6 1 (0.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.44%) Numerate Degree
6 1 (0.44%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.44%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.44%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 229 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (0.44%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.44%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (5.68%) Docker
2 4 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 40 (17.47%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.62%) Ansible
3 4 (1.75%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 43 (18.78%) Microsoft
2 7 (3.06%) SAP
3 4 (1.75%) VMware
4 2 (0.87%) Peoplefluent
5 1 (0.44%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.44%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.44%) Xamarin