Period
to 14 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 14 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
14 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 46 52 50
Rank change year-on-year +6 -2 +18
Permanent jobs citing QA 549 1,287 1,519
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 5.20% 4.93% 5.12%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.73% 35.29% 38.22%
Number of salaries quoted 493 1,085 1,343
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,000 £31,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £67,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -

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 the South East with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
South East
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 1,348 3,647 3,974
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 12.78% 13.98% 13.40%
Number of salaries quoted 1,061 2,747 3,112
Median annual salary £51,500 £50,000 £48,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.00% +3.09% +10.23%
10th Percentile £30,750 £27,500 £28,829
90th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £70,000
England median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +2.04%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the South East

QA
Salary Trend in the South East

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

Salary trend for QA in the South East

QA
Salary Histogram in the South East

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA in the South East over the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

Salary histogram for QA in the South East

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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 within the South East region over the 6 months to 14 August 2020. 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 +9 201 £50,000 - 22
Hampshire +7 128 £50,000 +11.11% 8
Berkshire +9 93 £56,250 +12.50% 15
West Sussex +2 84 £50,000 +11.11% 14
Surrey +15 74 £52,500 -12.50% 7
Buckinghamshire +6 56 £47,500 -8.65% 2
East Sussex +16 55 £58,000 +36.47% 2
Oxfordshire +7 52 £50,000 - 5
Kent +26 8 £31,500 -25.88% 2
QA
England

For the 6 months to 14 August 2020, 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 South East region with a requirement for QA.

1 292 (53.19%) Test Automation
2 276 (50.27%) Agile Software Development
3 183 (33.33%) C#
4 157 (28.60%) Selenium
5 134 (24.41%) .NET
6 112 (20.40%) Azure
7 101 (18.40%) SQL
8 98 (17.85%) Java
9 96 (17.49%) JavaScript
10 86 (15.66%) SQL Server
11 83 (15.12%) Finance
12 77 (14.03%) DevOps
13 75 (13.66%) Scrum
14 74 (13.48%) WebDriver
15 72 (13.11%) Degree
15 72 (13.11%) BDD
15 72 (13.11%) Test Strategy
16 71 (12.93%) SpecFlow
17 69 (12.57%) Continuous Improvement
18 66 (12.02%) SDLC
19 63 (11.48%) JIRA
19 63 (11.48%) AWS
20 62 (11.29%) Test Scripting
21 61 (11.11%) Git (software)
22 58 (10.56%) Continuous Integration
23 56 (10.20%) Manual Testing
23 56 (10.20%) SaaS
24 55 (10.02%) Python
25 54 (9.84%) ASP.NET
25 54 (9.84%) Regression Testing

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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 30 (5.46%) Confluence
2 8 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
2 8 (1.46%) SharePoint
3 7 (1.28%) CMS
4 6 (1.09%) IIS
4 6 (1.09%) Umbraco
5 4 (0.73%) CICS
5 4 (0.73%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.55%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.36%) JBoss
7 2 (0.36%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.18%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.18%) Mule
8 1 (0.18%) Mule ESB
8 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.18%) InDesign
4 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.18%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (0.55%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.36%) Adobe Campaign
2 2 (0.36%) Unica
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 112 (20.40%) Azure
2 63 (11.48%) AWS
3 56 (10.20%) SaaS
4 18 (3.28%) GitHub
5 13 (2.37%) Logic Apps
5 13 (2.37%) PaaS
6 12 (2.19%) BlazeMeter
7 11 (2.00%) Office 365
8 10 (1.82%) BrowserStack
8 10 (1.82%) Power Platform
9 8 (1.46%) AWS Lambda
10 7 (1.28%) IaaS
10 7 (1.28%) Serverless
11 6 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (1.09%) Loggly
12 4 (0.73%) Amazon Cognito
12 4 (0.73%) Dynamics 365
12 4 (0.73%) npm
12 4 (0.73%) ShareGate
12 4 (0.73%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 42 (7.65%) Skype
2 16 (2.91%) HTTP
3 15 (2.73%) VoIP
4 11 (2.00%) Firewall
5 8 (1.46%) NetScaler
6 7 (1.28%) Network Security
7 6 (1.09%) Internet
7 6 (1.09%) TCP/IP
8 5 (0.91%) Intranet
9 4 (0.73%) Diameter Protocol
9 4 (0.73%) H.323
9 4 (0.73%) INAP
9 4 (0.73%) Intelligent Network
9 4 (0.73%) SIGTRAN
9 4 (0.73%) SMS
9 4 (0.73%) SMTP
9 4 (0.73%) SS7
9 4 (0.73%) Wireshark
10 3 (0.55%) SSL
10 3 (0.55%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (15.66%) SQL Server
2 23 (4.19%) Relational Database
3 17 (3.10%) Redis
4 16 (2.91%) Big Data
5 15 (2.73%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (2.37%) MongoDB
7 10 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
8 9 (1.64%) NoSQL
8 9 (1.64%) Power BI
9 8 (1.46%) Data Lake
9 8 (1.46%) SQL Server 2014
9 8 (1.46%) SQL Server 2016
10 6 (1.09%) Akavache
10 6 (1.09%) DB2
10 6 (1.09%) Oracle Database
10 6 (1.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 4 (0.73%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.73%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 157 (28.60%) Selenium
2 74 (13.48%) WebDriver
3 71 (12.93%) SpecFlow
4 63 (11.48%) JIRA
5 61 (11.11%) Git (software)
6 52 (9.47%) Cucumber
7 50 (9.11%) Jenkins
8 40 (7.29%) JMeter
9 27 (4.92%) Postman
10 22 (4.01%) webpack
11 20 (3.64%) gulp
12 12 (2.19%) Jasmine
12 12 (2.19%) Team Foundation Server
12 12 (2.19%) TeamCity
13 11 (2.00%) Grunt
14 9 (1.64%) JUnit
14 9 (1.64%) Octopus Deploy
14 9 (1.64%) Visual Studio
15 8 (1.46%) SoapUI
15 8 (1.46%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 83 (15.12%) Finance
2 22 (4.01%) Marketing
3 21 (3.83%) Telecoms
4 16 (2.91%) Retail
5 12 (2.19%) Public Sector
6 8 (1.46%) Games
7 6 (1.09%) Aerospace
7 6 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
8 5 (0.91%) Banking
8 5 (0.91%) Legal
9 4 (0.73%) Back Office
9 4 (0.73%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.73%) Publishing
10 2 (0.36%) Electronics
10 2 (0.36%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 108 (19.67%) Analyst
2 92 (16.76%) Developer
3 72 (13.11%) Tester
4 69 (12.57%) QA Engineer
5 57 (10.38%) Test Analyst
6 47 (8.56%) QA Analyst
7 45 (8.20%) Test Engineer
8 40 (7.29%) QA Tester
9 35 (6.38%) Architect
10 30 (5.46%) Software Tester
11 27 (4.92%) QA Manager
12 26 (4.74%) Automation Test Analyst
13 25 (4.55%) QA Test Analyst
14 24 (4.37%) Automation Tester
15 19 (3.46%) Software Test Engineer
16 18 (3.28%) QA Automation Engineer
16 18 (3.28%) Senior QA Engineer
16 18 (3.28%) Software Engineer
17 17 (3.10%) Test Leader
18 16 (2.91%) Software QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 134 (24.41%) .NET
2 54 (9.84%) ASP.NET
3 46 (8.38%) CSS
4 37 (6.74%) React
5 35 (6.38%) HTML
6 32 (5.83%) AngularJS
7 28 (5.10%) RESTful
8 27 (4.92%) Web Services
9 26 (4.74%) Node.js
10 25 (4.55%) ASP.NET MVC
11 24 (4.37%) .NET Framework
12 23 (4.19%) .NET Core
12 23 (4.19%) ASP.NET Web API
13 22 (4.01%) XML
14 18 (3.28%) HTML5
15 17 (3.10%) JSON
16 15 (2.73%) Gherkin
17 13 (2.37%) REST
18 11 (2.00%) NHibernate
18 11 (2.00%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 35 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (4.74%) Mobile App
2 26 (4.74%) User Experience
3 17 (3.10%) CMDB
4 14 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
4 14 (2.55%) Self-Motivation
5 13 (2.37%) Video Conferencing
6 12 (2.19%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.46%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (1.28%) Algorithms
8 7 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
9 6 (1.09%) Mainframe
9 6 (1.09%) Virtual Team
10 5 (0.91%) Acoustics
10 5 (0.91%) Client/Server
10 5 (0.91%) Smartphone
11 4 (0.73%) PMI
12 3 (0.55%) Driving Licence
12 3 (0.55%) EMV
12 3 (0.55%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 48 (8.74%) Linux
2 38 (6.92%) Windows
3 22 (4.01%) Unix
4 11 (2.00%) Android
4 11 (2.00%) Windows Server
5 9 (1.64%) Apple iOS
6 8 (1.46%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (1.46%) Windows Server 2016
7 6 (1.09%) VMS
8 3 (0.55%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.18%) Solaris
10 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.18%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 292 (53.19%) Test Automation
2 276 (50.27%) Agile Software Development
3 77 (14.03%) DevOps
4 75 (13.66%) Scrum
5 72 (13.11%) BDD
5 72 (13.11%) Test Strategy
6 69 (12.57%) Continuous Improvement
7 66 (12.02%) SDLC
8 62 (11.29%) Test Scripting
9 58 (10.56%) Continuous Integration
10 56 (10.20%) Manual Testing
11 54 (9.84%) Regression Testing
12 51 (9.29%) Computer Science
13 49 (8.93%) Problem-Solving
13 49 (8.93%) User Stories
14 48 (8.74%) Software Engineering
15 46 (8.38%) MVC
15 46 (8.38%) Software Testing
16 44 (8.01%) Functional Testing
17 42 (7.65%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 183 (33.33%) C#
2 101 (18.40%) SQL
3 98 (17.85%) Java
4 96 (17.49%) JavaScript
5 55 (10.02%) Python
6 27 (4.92%) T-SQL
7 26 (4.74%) TypeScript
8 25 (4.55%) C++
9 20 (3.64%) C
10 19 (3.46%) Bash Shell
10 19 (3.46%) PowerShell
11 14 (2.55%) VB
12 11 (2.00%) Ruby
13 10 (1.82%) Groovy
14 9 (1.64%) PL/SQL
14 9 (1.64%) VB.NET
15 8 (1.46%) ES6
16 7 (1.28%) Scala
16 7 (1.28%) VB6
17 6 (1.09%) Perl
Qualifications
1 72 (13.11%) Degree
2 48 (8.74%) ISTQB
3 44 (8.01%) ISEB
4 21 (3.83%) Computer Science Degree
5 19 (3.46%) Security Cleared
6 14 (2.55%) SC Cleared
7 12 (2.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 11 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (0.91%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.55%) CEH
10 3 (0.55%) CTC Cleared
10 3 (0.55%) PMP
11 2 (0.36%) CISA
11 2 (0.36%) CREST Certified
11 2 (0.36%) GIAC
11 2 (0.36%) OSCE
11 2 (0.36%) OSCP
12 1 (0.18%) Master's Degree
12 1 (0.18%) Numerate Degree
12 1 (0.18%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (1.09%) GDPR
2 6 (1.09%) PMO
3 4 (0.73%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.73%) ECSS
3 4 (0.73%) ISO 13485
4 3 (0.55%) SLA
5 2 (0.36%) NIST
6 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.18%) NEBOSH
6 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 36 (6.56%) Docker
2 15 (2.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (2.55%) Hyper-V
4 12 (2.19%) Active Directory
5 9 (1.64%) vSphere
6 8 (1.46%) XenApp
6 8 (1.46%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.73%) KVM
8 2 (0.36%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.36%) Postfix
8 2 (0.36%) RACF
8 2 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.18%) ACF2
9 1 (0.18%) Job Entry Subsystem
9 1 (0.18%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 21 (3.83%) Kubernetes
2 8 (1.46%) Backup Exec
2 8 (1.46%) HP ALM
2 8 (1.46%) Norton AntiVirus
3 7 (1.28%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (1.28%) Puppet
4 6 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.91%) Ansible
5 5 (0.91%) Grafana
6 4 (0.73%) Terraform
7 2 (0.36%) HP Fortify
7 2 (0.36%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.18%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.18%) SCCM
Vendors
1 50 (9.11%) Microsoft
2 25 (4.55%) Oracle
3 23 (4.19%) HP
4 21 (3.83%) Xamarin
5 16 (2.91%) VMware
6 15 (2.73%) Google
6 15 (2.73%) SAP
7 14 (2.55%) IBM
8 10 (1.82%) Sophos
9 9 (1.64%) Cisco
9 9 (1.64%) Citrix
10 8 (1.46%) CommVault
10 8 (1.46%) Dell
10 8 (1.46%) EqualLogic
10 8 (1.46%) Juniper
10 8 (1.46%) McAfee
10 8 (1.46%) NetApp
10 8 (1.46%) Remedy
10 8 (1.46%) Symantec
10 8 (1.46%) Veeam