Period
to 13 April 2021

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 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 44 42 54
Rank change year-on-year -2 +12 -1
Permanent jobs citing QA 743 1,142 1,331
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 5.97% 5.54% 5.00%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.47% 39.56% 34.26%
Number of salaries quoted 579 897 1,099
10th Percentile £33,750 £31,750 £28,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £37,500 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £52,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.76% +16.67% +0.00%
75th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £58,750
90th Percentile £72,000 £76,750 £67,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +10.00% -

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 1,836 2,887 3,885
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.75% 14.00% 14.59%
Number of salaries quoted 1,216 2,267 3,052
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £27,500
25th Percentile £40,938 £37,500 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £51,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year -2.91% +3.00% +11.11%
75th Percentile £65,000 £67,500 £61,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £78,750 £72,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -

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 13 April 2021.

Salary histogram for QA in the South East

QA
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 13 April 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 -5 324 £55,000 +10.00% 58
Berkshire -4 210 £55,000 - 32
West Sussex +7 112 £50,000 -16.67% 8
Hampshire -15 108 £50,000 +4.71% 21
Surrey 0 106 £52,500 - 19
Oxfordshire +18 80 £55,000 +22.22% 16
East Sussex +30 64 £50,000 -13.79% 10
Buckinghamshire -27 37 £50,000 +17.65% 10
Kent +13 20 £35,000 -22.22% 7
Sussex - 1 £45,000 -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, 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.

1 402 (54.10%) Test Automation
2 315 (42.40%) Agile Software Development
3 231 (31.09%) C#
4 221 (29.74%) Selenium
5 177 (23.82%) .NET
6 167 (22.48%) JavaScript
7 160 (21.53%) Azure
8 154 (20.73%) Scrum
9 150 (20.19%) DevOps
10 143 (19.25%) SQL
11 139 (18.71%) BDD
12 135 (18.17%) Degree
13 117 (15.75%) Software Testing
14 109 (14.67%) Problem-Solving
15 104 (14.00%) Java
16 95 (12.79%) Analytical Skills
17 93 (12.52%) Git (software)
18 92 (12.38%) AWS
19 91 (12.25%) SpecFlow
20 90 (12.11%) TDD
20 90 (12.11%) SQL Server
21 89 (11.98%) Microservices
22 87 (11.71%) TypeScript
23 86 (11.57%) Computer Science
24 80 (10.77%) SDLC
25 78 (10.50%) Continuous Integration
25 78 (10.50%) Python
26 77 (10.36%) HTML
26 77 (10.36%) Microsoft
26 77 (10.36%) Gherkin

QA
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 14 (1.88%) Confluence
2 8 (1.08%) SharePoint
3 7 (0.94%) Apache Solr
3 7 (0.94%) CMS
4 5 (0.67%) WordPress
5 4 (0.54%) SAS
6 2 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.27%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.27%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.13%) concrete5
7 1 (0.13%) IIS
7 1 (0.13%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.13%) NServiceBus
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (1.75%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.94%) Figma
3 5 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.13%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.13%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 160 (21.53%) Azure
2 92 (12.38%) AWS
3 29 (3.90%) SaaS
4 21 (2.83%) GCP
5 18 (2.42%) Cloud Computing
6 15 (2.02%) BrowserStack
7 13 (1.75%) Microsoft 365
8 7 (0.94%) AWS Lambda
9 5 (0.67%) PaaS
9 5 (0.67%) Power Platform
10 4 (0.54%) IaaS
10 4 (0.54%) Sauce Labs
10 4 (0.54%) Serverless
11 3 (0.40%) Amazon ECS
11 3 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.40%) Google Play
11 3 (0.40%) NuGet
12 2 (0.27%) Bitrise
12 2 (0.27%) BPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (5.79%) Skype
2 20 (2.69%) Firewall
3 16 (2.15%) TCP/IP
4 15 (2.02%) 4G
5 14 (1.88%) 2G
5 14 (1.88%) 3G
6 13 (1.75%) Network Security
7 10 (1.35%) RNC
7 10 (1.35%) Wireshark
8 8 (1.08%) Internet
9 7 (0.94%) DNS
9 7 (0.94%) VPN
9 7 (0.94%) WAN
10 6 (0.81%) 5G
10 6 (0.81%) DHCP
10 6 (0.81%) H.323
10 6 (0.81%) Intranet
10 6 (0.81%) LAN
10 6 (0.81%) SSL
11 5 (0.67%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (12.11%) SQL Server
2 44 (5.92%) Relational Database
3 23 (3.10%) MongoDB
4 15 (2.02%) NoSQL
5 13 (1.75%) MySQL
6 12 (1.62%) Redis
7 10 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
8 9 (1.21%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (1.21%) RDBMS
9 7 (0.94%) Big Data
9 7 (0.94%) Tableau
10 6 (0.81%) Amazon Redshift
10 6 (0.81%) BigQuery
10 6 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (0.81%) DataStage
10 6 (0.81%) DB2
10 6 (0.81%) Looker
10 6 (0.81%) Oracle BI EE
10 6 (0.81%) Oracle ODI
10 6 (0.81%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 221 (29.74%) Selenium
2 93 (12.52%) Git (software)
3 91 (12.25%) SpecFlow
4 74 (9.96%) JIRA
5 71 (9.56%) Postman
6 60 (8.08%) Cucumber
7 59 (7.94%) Cypress.io
8 58 (7.81%) WebDriver
9 56 (7.54%) Appium
10 38 (5.11%) Jenkins
11 30 (4.04%) TeamCity
12 25 (3.36%) JMeter
13 23 (3.10%) Visual Studio
14 22 (2.96%) Visual Studio Team System
15 12 (1.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 11 (1.48%) LoadRunner
16 11 (1.48%) Protractor
16 11 (1.48%) SoapUI
17 6 (0.81%) Bitbucket
17 6 (0.81%) webpack
General
1 69 (9.29%) Finance
2 53 (7.13%) Telecoms
3 29 (3.90%) Marketing
4 18 (2.42%) Pharmaceutical
5 15 (2.02%) Law
6 12 (1.62%) Automotive
6 12 (1.62%) Manufacturing
7 11 (1.48%) Retail
8 9 (1.21%) Banking
9 8 (1.08%) Public Sector
10 7 (0.94%) Aerospace
10 7 (0.94%) Electronics
10 7 (0.94%) Games
10 7 (0.94%) Publishing
11 3 (0.40%) Back Office
11 3 (0.40%) Billing
11 3 (0.40%) Czech Language
11 3 (0.40%) Local Government
12 2 (0.27%) Advertising
12 2 (0.27%) Military
Job Titles
1 152 (20.46%) QA Engineer
2 142 (19.11%) Developer
3 100 (13.46%) Test Engineer
4 99 (13.32%) Analyst
5 62 (8.34%) Test Analyst
6 52 (7.00%) Test Automation Engineer
7 46 (6.19%) Tester
8 44 (5.92%) QA Analyst
9 42 (5.65%) QA Leader
10 40 (5.38%) QA Test Analyst
11 32 (4.31%) Automation Test Analyst
12 29 (3.90%) Senior Developer
13 28 (3.77%) QA Automation Engineer
13 28 (3.77%) QA Test Engineer
14 26 (3.50%) .NET Developer
14 26 (3.50%) Automation Engineer
15 23 (3.10%) QA Automation Analyst
15 23 (3.10%) Senior Test Engineer
16 22 (2.96%) Software Tester
17 21 (2.83%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (23.82%) .NET
2 77 (10.36%) Gherkin
2 77 (10.36%) HTML
3 76 (10.23%) React
4 74 (9.96%) CSS
5 65 (8.75%) RESTful
6 44 (5.92%) .NET Core
7 32 (4.31%) REST
7 32 (4.31%) Vue.js
8 30 (4.04%) AngularJS
9 29 (3.90%) jQuery
10 28 (3.77%) Node.js
11 27 (3.63%) .NET Framework
12 25 (3.36%) HTML5
13 22 (2.96%) ASP.NET
14 20 (2.69%) JSON
15 19 (2.56%) WebdriverIO
16 18 (2.42%) Web Services
17 17 (2.29%) ASP.NET Web API
17 17 (2.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 95 (12.79%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (6.73%) Mobile App
3 42 (5.65%) User Experience
4 26 (3.50%) Self-Motivation
5 25 (3.36%) Management Information System
6 12 (1.62%) Video Conferencing
7 11 (1.48%) Algorithms
7 11 (1.48%) Life Science
8 9 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (1.08%) Acoustics
10 7 (0.94%) Data Centre
10 7 (0.94%) Greenfield Project
10 7 (0.94%) Linux Command Line
10 7 (0.94%) NHS
11 6 (0.81%) Client/Server
11 6 (0.81%) Cloud Native
11 6 (0.81%) N-Tier
11 6 (0.81%) Over-the-Top Content
11 6 (0.81%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.67%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 76 (10.23%) Linux
2 49 (6.59%) Windows
3 34 (4.58%) Apple iOS
4 28 (3.77%) Android
5 7 (0.94%) Unix
5 7 (0.94%) Windows Server
6 6 (0.81%) Windows 10
7 5 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.27%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.13%) CentOS
10 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 402 (54.10%) Test Automation
2 315 (42.40%) Agile Software Development
3 154 (20.73%) Scrum
4 150 (20.19%) DevOps
5 139 (18.71%) BDD
6 117 (15.75%) Software Testing
7 109 (14.67%) Problem-Solving
8 90 (12.11%) TDD
9 89 (11.98%) Microservices
10 86 (11.57%) Computer Science
11 80 (10.77%) SDLC
12 78 (10.50%) Continuous Integration
13 76 (10.23%) Software Engineering
14 67 (9.02%) API Testing
15 65 (8.75%) Manual Testing
16 57 (7.67%) Fintech
16 57 (7.67%) Test Strategy
17 56 (7.54%) Scenario Testing
18 54 (7.27%) Functional Testing
19 52 (7.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 231 (31.09%) C#
2 167 (22.48%) JavaScript
3 143 (19.25%) SQL
4 104 (14.00%) Java
5 87 (11.71%) TypeScript
6 78 (10.50%) Python
7 59 (7.94%) C
8 16 (2.15%) C++
8 16 (2.15%) PowerShell
8 16 (2.15%) Scala
8 16 (2.15%) T-SQL
9 13 (1.75%) Go
10 10 (1.35%) Apple Swift
10 10 (1.35%) PHP
10 10 (1.35%) VB
11 8 (1.08%) Bash Shell
11 8 (1.08%) PL/SQL
11 8 (1.08%) VB6
12 7 (0.94%) R
13 5 (0.67%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 135 (18.17%) Degree
2 44 (5.92%) ISTQB
3 29 (3.90%) Computer Science Degree
4 25 (3.36%) ISEB
5 23 (3.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 14 (1.88%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (1.62%) Security Cleared
8 10 (1.35%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (1.35%) MBCS
9 7 (0.94%) CCNA
9 7 (0.94%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 6 (0.81%) MCP
10 6 (0.81%) SC Cleared
11 4 (0.54%) PhD
12 3 (0.40%) CCIE
12 3 (0.40%) CCIE Service Provider
12 3 (0.40%) CCNP
12 3 (0.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (0.40%) JNCIP
12 3 (0.40%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.69%) SLA
2 11 (1.48%) GDPR
3 7 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.67%) PMO
5 4 (0.54%) CDISC
5 4 (0.54%) GMP
5 4 (0.54%) GRC
5 4 (0.54%) GxP
5 4 (0.54%) ISO 13485
6 3 (0.40%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.40%) WCAG
7 2 (0.27%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 2 (0.27%) COBIT
7 2 (0.27%) COSO
7 2 (0.27%) Good Clinical Practice
7 2 (0.27%) HIPAA
7 2 (0.27%) ITGC
8 1 (0.13%) HL7
8 1 (0.13%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 69 (9.29%) Docker
2 12 (1.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (1.08%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.94%) KVM
5 6 (0.81%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.54%) Firmware
7 2 (0.27%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 24 (3.23%) Kubernetes
2 13 (1.75%) Terraform
3 4 (0.54%) Ansible
3 4 (0.54%) FlexNet
3 4 (0.54%) Grafana
3 4 (0.54%) Perfmon
4 3 (0.40%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (0.27%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.27%) Kibana
5 2 (0.27%) WSUS
6 1 (0.13%) HP Fortify
6 1 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.13%) Packer
6 1 (0.13%) Prometheus
6 1 (0.13%) SmoothWall
6 1 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.13%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.13%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 77 (10.36%) Microsoft
2 28 (3.77%) Xamarin
3 25 (3.36%) Oracle
4 18 (2.42%) Google
5 16 (2.15%) VMware
6 10 (1.35%) Ericsson
6 10 (1.35%) Remedy
7 9 (1.21%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (1.08%) Cisco
8 8 (1.08%) IBM
8 8 (1.08%) Xceptor
9 7 (0.94%) F5
10 6 (0.81%) Cognos
10 6 (0.81%) Informatica
10 6 (0.81%) MicroStrategy
10 6 (0.81%) Talend
10 6 (0.81%) TIBCO
11 5 (0.67%) Adobe
11 5 (0.67%) SAP
12 4 (0.54%) HP