Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 52 47 57
Rank change year-on-year -5 +10 -4
Permanent jobs citing QA 870 646 1,296
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 5.32% 5.41% 4.91%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.94% 40.27% 33.83%
Number of salaries quoted 594 548 1,043
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,200
25th Percentile £40,000 £39,938 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £51,500 £48,000
Median % change year-on-year -2.91% +7.29% +1.05%
75th Percentile £61,250 £65,000 £60,000
90th Percentile £73,375 £75,000 £70,000
England median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
% 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 2,421 1,604 3,831
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.81% 13.43% 14.50%
Number of salaries quoted 1,553 1,292 2,951
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,500 £27,500
25th Percentile £37,500 £38,475 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
75th Percentile £63,750 £65,000 £61,375
90th Percentile £75,000 £77,500 £75,000
England median annual salary £55,000 £53,700 £50,000
% change year-on-year +2.42% +7.40% -

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 +2 387 £50,000 - 60
Berkshire +24 258 £50,000 -13.04% 29
Hampshire -44 170 £47,500 -1.04% 29
Surrey -2 141 £52,500 - 19
Buckinghamshire -11 80 £55,000 +15.79% 24
East Sussex -8 71 £45,000 -23.08% 7
West Sussex -12 71 £50,000 - 10
Oxfordshire -24 49 £50,000 +11.11% 7
Kent -21 20 £55,000 +25.71% 6
Middlesex - 2 £45,000 - 1
Isle of Wight - 1 £33,000 -
Sussex - 1 £45,000 -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 477 (54.83%) Test Automation
2 418 (48.05%) Agile Software Development
3 258 (29.66%) C#
4 256 (29.43%) Selenium
5 253 (29.08%) Social Skills
6 212 (24.37%) JavaScript
7 204 (23.45%) DevOps
8 186 (21.38%) .NET
9 180 (20.69%) Azure
10 178 (20.46%) Software Testing
11 177 (20.34%) Scrum
12 170 (19.54%) Degree
13 153 (17.59%) SQL
14 142 (16.32%) BDD
15 139 (15.98%) Problem-Solving
16 130 (14.94%) TDD
17 124 (14.25%) AWS
18 123 (14.14%) Continuous Integration
19 118 (13.56%) Manual Testing
19 118 (13.56%) Git (software)
20 115 (13.22%) Microsoft
21 111 (12.76%) Computer Science
22 104 (11.95%) Finance
23 102 (11.72%) JIRA
24 101 (11.61%) Analytical Skills
25 100 (11.49%) HTML
26 99 (11.38%) Java
26 99 (11.38%) SQL Server
27 95 (10.92%) CSS
27 95 (10.92%) Functional Testing

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 26 (2.99%) CMS
2 20 (2.30%) Confluence
3 15 (1.72%) SharePoint
4 14 (1.61%) WordPress
5 8 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (0.69%) Apache
7 5 (0.57%) MS Exchange
7 5 (0.57%) SAS
8 4 (0.46%) Tornado
9 3 (0.34%) ColdFusion
10 1 (0.11%) concrete5
10 1 (0.11%) Drupal
10 1 (0.11%) IIS
10 1 (0.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 29 (3.33%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (2.30%) Campfire
3 18 (2.07%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (0.92%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.11%) Figma
7 1 (0.11%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (0.69%) WebTrends
2 5 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.34%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.11%) Magento
5 1 (0.11%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.11%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.11%) SAP EM
5 1 (0.11%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.11%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.11%) SAP Travel Management
5 1 (0.11%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 180 (20.69%) Azure
2 124 (14.25%) AWS
3 84 (9.66%) SaaS
4 21 (2.41%) npm
5 16 (1.84%) BlazeMeter
6 14 (1.61%) GCP
6 14 (1.61%) Microsoft 365
7 11 (1.26%) GitHub
7 11 (1.26%) Power Platform
8 10 (1.15%) BrowserStack
8 10 (1.15%) PaaS
9 9 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (1.03%) NuGet
10 8 (0.92%) IaaS
10 8 (0.92%) Sauce Labs
10 8 (0.92%) Serverless
11 6 (0.69%) Adobe Analytics
11 6 (0.69%) Dynamics 365
11 6 (0.69%) Google Analytics
12 5 (0.57%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.22%) 4G
2 27 (3.10%) 2G
2 27 (3.10%) 3G
3 20 (2.30%) Broadband
4 18 (2.07%) Firewall
4 18 (2.07%) RNC
5 16 (1.84%) Internet
5 16 (1.84%) TCP/IP
6 15 (1.72%) DNS
7 14 (1.61%) Network Security
8 12 (1.38%) 5G
9 10 (1.15%) Bluetooth
10 9 (1.03%) Skype
10 9 (1.03%) SSL
11 7 (0.80%) HTTP
12 6 (0.69%) 3GPP
12 6 (0.69%) Ethernet
12 6 (0.69%) Wireshark
13 5 (0.57%) Intranet
13 5 (0.57%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (11.38%) SQL Server
2 45 (5.17%) Relational Database
3 16 (1.84%) Oracle Database
4 15 (1.72%) NoSQL
5 12 (1.38%) Big Data
5 12 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (1.26%) MySQL
7 9 (1.03%) Data Lake
7 9 (1.03%) MongoDB
7 9 (1.03%) RDBMS
8 8 (0.92%) Redis
9 6 (0.69%) Azure SQL Database
9 6 (0.69%) Metadata
9 6 (0.69%) Power BI
10 4 (0.46%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 3 (0.34%) Amazon Redshift
11 3 (0.34%) Data Mining
11 3 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 256 (29.43%) Selenium
2 118 (13.56%) Git (software)
3 102 (11.72%) JIRA
4 84 (9.66%) Cypress.io
5 82 (9.43%) SpecFlow
6 77 (8.85%) Postman
7 64 (7.36%) Cucumber
8 55 (6.32%) Jenkins
9 47 (5.40%) WebDriver
10 46 (5.29%) JMeter
11 38 (4.37%) Appium
12 31 (3.56%) SoapUI
13 23 (2.64%) Visual Studio Team System
14 22 (2.53%) TeamCity
15 20 (2.30%) ESLint
16 16 (1.84%) Visual Studio
17 15 (1.72%) JUnit
18 14 (1.61%) Bitbucket
18 14 (1.61%) NUnit
19 12 (1.38%) webpack
General
1 253 (29.08%) Social Skills
2 104 (11.95%) Finance
3 101 (11.61%) Analytical Skills
4 61 (7.01%) Telecoms
5 38 (4.37%) Marketing
6 32 (3.68%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 32 (3.68%) Law
7 25 (2.87%) Banking
8 24 (2.76%) Organisational Skills
9 21 (2.41%) Pharmaceutical
10 20 (2.30%) Retail
11 19 (2.18%) Automotive
12 17 (1.95%) Manufacturing
13 15 (1.72%) Electronics
14 13 (1.49%) Public Sector
15 11 (1.26%) Influencing Skills
16 10 (1.15%) Documentation Skills
17 8 (0.92%) Presentation Skills
18 5 (0.57%) Games
18 5 (0.57%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 151 (17.36%) QA Engineer
2 144 (16.55%) Developer
3 119 (13.68%) Test Engineer
4 95 (10.92%) Analyst
5 75 (8.62%) Test Automation Engineer
6 66 (7.59%) Tester
7 63 (7.24%) QA Leader
8 62 (7.13%) Test Analyst
9 46 (5.29%) QA Automation Engineer
10 38 (4.37%) Automation Engineer
11 35 (4.02%) Automation Tester
11 35 (4.02%) QA Analyst
11 35 (4.02%) Software Engineer
11 35 (4.02%) Software Tester
12 30 (3.45%) Architect
13 27 (3.10%) QA Test Analyst
13 27 (3.10%) Senior Developer
13 27 (3.10%) Senior Test Engineer
14 25 (2.87%) Software Developer
15 24 (2.76%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 186 (21.38%) .NET
2 100 (11.49%) HTML
3 95 (10.92%) CSS
4 84 (9.66%) AngularJS
5 73 (8.39%) React
6 62 (7.13%) .NET Core
7 57 (6.55%) RESTful
8 51 (5.86%) Gherkin
9 50 (5.75%) Web Services
10 39 (4.48%) REST
11 36 (4.14%) ASP.NET
12 33 (3.79%) Node.js
13 31 (3.56%) Sass
13 31 (3.56%) SOAP
14 27 (3.10%) Vue.js
15 24 (2.76%) jQuery
16 23 (2.64%) HTML5
17 21 (2.41%) WebdriverIO
18 19 (2.18%) JSON
18 19 (2.18%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 83 (9.54%) User Experience
2 59 (6.78%) Mobile App
3 28 (3.22%) Self-Motivation
4 20 (2.30%) Enterprise Software
4 20 (2.30%) Greenfield Project
5 17 (1.95%) Client/Server
6 15 (1.72%) Cloud Native
6 15 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
6 15 (1.72%) Virtual Team
7 14 (1.61%) Life Science
8 13 (1.49%) iPhone
9 12 (1.38%) Management Information System
10 9 (1.03%) Algorithms
10 9 (1.03%) Data Centre
10 9 (1.03%) NHS
11 8 (0.92%) Public Cloud
12 7 (0.80%) Linux Command Line
13 6 (0.69%) Digital Media
13 6 (0.69%) Hybrid Cloud
13 6 (0.69%) LIMS
Operating Systems
1 83 (9.54%) Linux
2 61 (7.01%) Windows
3 41 (4.71%) Android
4 24 (2.76%) Apple iOS
5 15 (1.72%) Unix
6 6 (0.69%) Solaris
7 4 (0.46%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.34%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.11%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 477 (54.83%) Test Automation
2 418 (48.05%) Agile Software Development
3 204 (23.45%) DevOps
4 178 (20.46%) Software Testing
5 177 (20.34%) Scrum
6 142 (16.32%) BDD
7 139 (15.98%) Problem-Solving
8 130 (14.94%) TDD
9 123 (14.14%) Continuous Integration
10 118 (13.56%) Manual Testing
11 111 (12.76%) Computer Science
12 95 (10.92%) Functional Testing
13 90 (10.34%) SDLC
14 87 (10.00%) API Testing
14 87 (10.00%) Test Strategy
15 85 (9.77%) Regression Testing
16 83 (9.54%) Performance Testing
17 82 (9.43%) Software Engineering
18 79 (9.08%) Microservices
19 75 (8.62%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 258 (29.66%) C#
2 212 (24.37%) JavaScript
3 153 (17.59%) SQL
4 99 (11.38%) Java
5 91 (10.46%) Python
6 87 (10.00%) TypeScript
7 56 (6.44%) C
8 37 (4.25%) PHP
9 30 (3.45%) C++
10 21 (2.41%) T-SQL
11 17 (1.95%) Bash Shell
11 17 (1.95%) PowerShell
12 8 (0.92%) Scala
13 6 (0.69%) VB
14 5 (0.57%) Embedded C
14 5 (0.57%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.57%) VB6
15 4 (0.46%) ABAP
16 3 (0.34%) CFML
16 3 (0.34%) PL/1
Qualifications
1 170 (19.54%) Degree
2 51 (5.86%) Computer Science Degree
3 45 (5.17%) ISTQB
4 43 (4.94%) Security Cleared
5 30 (3.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 26 (2.99%) ISEB
7 20 (2.30%) SC Cleared
8 18 (2.07%) MBCS
9 16 (1.84%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (0.80%) CISA
11 6 (0.69%) CEH
11 6 (0.69%) GIAC
11 6 (0.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 6 (0.69%) MCP
11 6 (0.69%) OSCE
11 6 (0.69%) OSCP
12 5 (0.57%) Master's Degree
13 4 (0.46%) DBS Check
13 4 (0.46%) HND
13 4 (0.46%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.25%) GDPR
2 24 (2.76%) WCAG
3 17 (1.95%) Accessibility
4 16 (1.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (1.72%) SLA
6 8 (0.92%) GMP
6 8 (0.92%) GxP
7 7 (0.80%) ISO 9001
7 7 (0.80%) NIST
7 7 (0.80%) PCI DSS
8 5 (0.57%) CDISC
8 5 (0.57%) Good Clinical Practice
9 4 (0.46%) GRC
10 3 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.34%) HAZOP
10 3 (0.34%) HL7
10 3 (0.34%) PMO
11 2 (0.23%) ISO 14001
11 2 (0.23%) SOC 2
12 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 73 (8.39%) Docker
2 12 (1.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.69%) Firmware
4 5 (0.57%) KVM
4 5 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.46%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.34%) VMware NSX
7 2 (0.23%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 47 (5.40%) Kubernetes
2 20 (2.30%) Terraform
3 14 (1.61%) Grafana
4 7 (0.80%) HP ALM
4 7 (0.80%) Kibana
5 6 (0.69%) HP Fortify
5 6 (0.69%) WebInspect
6 4 (0.46%) Ansible
6 4 (0.46%) FlexNet
6 4 (0.46%) SolarWinds Orion
7 2 (0.23%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.11%) CA Service Virtualization
8 1 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.11%) Packer
8 1 (0.11%) SmoothWall
8 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.11%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 115 (13.22%) Microsoft
2 29 (3.33%) Google
3 27 (3.10%) Oracle
4 19 (2.18%) Remedy
4 19 (2.18%) Xamarin
5 18 (2.07%) Ericsson
6 17 (1.95%) SAP
7 15 (1.72%) VMware
8 13 (1.49%) Atlassian
9 12 (1.38%) Adobe
10 10 (1.15%) IBM
11 8 (0.92%) Salesforce.com
12 7 (0.80%) Cisco
12 7 (0.80%) HP
13 6 (0.69%) ArcSight
13 6 (0.69%) Micro Focus
13 6 (0.69%) Omniture
13 6 (0.69%) Qualys
13 6 (0.69%) Splunk
13 6 (0.69%) Tripwire