Period
to 27 October 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 27 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
27 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 51 55 45
Rank change year-on-year +4 -10 +23
Permanent jobs citing QA 420 1,208 1,552
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 5.17% 4.79% 5.37%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.78% 34.00% 39.88%
Number of salaries quoted 393 1,033 1,370
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +3.09% +7.78%
10th Percentile £36,250 £29,750 £31,250
90th Percentile £73,750 £73,750 £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 1,030 3,553 3,892
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 12.68% 14.10% 13.46%
Number of salaries quoted 809 2,658 3,099
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £32,500 £27,500 £29,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,000 £72,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -

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

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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 27 October 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 27 October 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 -22 128 £55,000 +5.77% 37
West Sussex +13 117 £53,750 +31.10% 11
Berkshire -13 70 £54,500 +3.81% 25
Hampshire -7 69 £50,000 +11.11% 17
East Sussex +31 54 £50,000 +8.11% 4
Surrey +17 41 £50,000 -13.04% 13
Oxfordshire +11 35 £61,250 +36.11% 6
Buckinghamshire -13 23 £47,500 -9.52% 6
Kent +34 10 £47,500 +11.76% 6
Sussex +1 1 £52,500 +16.67%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 27 October 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.

1 257 (61.19%) Test Automation
2 181 (43.10%) Agile Software Development
3 144 (34.29%) Selenium
4 106 (25.24%) C#
5 95 (22.62%) JavaScript
6 94 (22.38%) .NET
7 81 (19.29%) Skype
8 77 (18.33%) SQL Server
8 77 (18.33%) BDD
9 75 (17.86%) Azure
10 71 (16.90%) WebDriver
10 71 (16.90%) Java
11 69 (16.43%) DevOps
12 64 (15.24%) TypeScript
13 63 (15.00%) SQL
14 61 (14.52%) Scrum
14 61 (14.52%) SpecFlow
15 59 (14.05%) Software Engineering
16 56 (13.33%) Cucumber
17 55 (13.10%) Test Strategy
17 55 (13.10%) Linux
18 54 (12.86%) Microservices
18 54 (12.86%) Continuous Integration
19 52 (12.38%) Degree
20 51 (12.14%) JIRA
21 49 (11.67%) Gherkin
22 48 (11.43%) CSS
23 46 (10.95%) HTML
24 45 (10.71%) Computer Science
25 44 (10.48%) Finance

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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 16 (3.81%) Confluence
2 12 (2.86%) CMS
3 3 (0.71%) Tomcat
3 3 (0.71%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (0.48%) Apache Solr
4 2 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.24%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.24%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.24%) Umbraco
Applications
1 6 (1.43%) Figma
2 4 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.24%) InDesign
4 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.24%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (1.19%) Adobe Campaign
1 5 (1.19%) Unica
2 1 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.24%) Magento
2 1 (0.24%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.24%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 75 (17.86%) Azure
2 41 (9.76%) AWS
3 14 (3.33%) BrowserStack
3 14 (3.33%) SaaS
4 13 (3.10%) BlazeMeter
5 11 (2.62%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (1.90%) Power Platform
7 7 (1.67%) GCP
8 4 (0.95%) Azure Machine Learning
8 4 (0.95%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.71%) IaaS
9 3 (0.71%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.71%) Office 365
9 3 (0.71%) PaaS
10 2 (0.48%) BPaaS
10 2 (0.48%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.48%) Google Tag Manager
11 1 (0.24%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.24%) npm
11 1 (0.24%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 81 (19.29%) Skype
2 13 (3.10%) Network Security
3 10 (2.38%) TCP/IP
4 7 (1.67%) H.323
5 6 (1.43%) Ethernet
6 5 (1.19%) Firewall
6 5 (1.19%) FTP
6 5 (1.19%) Intranet
7 4 (0.95%) Wireshark
8 3 (0.71%) IP Telephony
9 2 (0.48%) 4G
9 2 (0.48%) Diameter Protocol
9 2 (0.48%) HTTP
9 2 (0.48%) INAP
9 2 (0.48%) Intelligent Network
9 2 (0.48%) SIGTRAN
9 2 (0.48%) SS7
9 2 (0.48%) SSL
9 2 (0.48%) WAAS
9 2 (0.48%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (18.33%) SQL Server
2 21 (5.00%) MongoDB
3 18 (4.29%) NoSQL
3 18 (4.29%) Relational Database
4 7 (1.67%) Power BI
5 4 (0.95%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 4 (0.95%) Big Data
5 4 (0.95%) Biml
5 4 (0.95%) Data Lake
5 4 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (0.95%) HDInsight
5 4 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.24%) Geospatial Data
7 1 (0.24%) GIS
7 1 (0.24%) QGIS
7 1 (0.24%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.24%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 144 (34.29%) Selenium
2 71 (16.90%) WebDriver
3 61 (14.52%) SpecFlow
4 56 (13.33%) Cucumber
5 51 (12.14%) JIRA
6 32 (7.62%) Postman
7 26 (6.19%) Appium
8 23 (5.48%) Jenkins
9 22 (5.24%) Git (software)
10 18 (4.29%) JMeter
11 10 (2.38%) Cypress.io
12 9 (2.14%) SoapUI
13 6 (1.43%) Protractor
13 6 (1.43%) Subversion
13 6 (1.43%) TeamCity
14 5 (1.19%) Mocha
14 5 (1.19%) Visual Studio Team System
15 4 (0.95%) Gatling
15 4 (0.95%) Maven
15 4 (0.95%) SonarQube
General
1 44 (10.48%) Finance
2 23 (5.48%) Telecoms
3 18 (4.29%) Public Sector
4 13 (3.10%) Pharmaceutical
5 12 (2.86%) Retail
6 10 (2.38%) Marketing
7 9 (2.14%) Games
8 7 (1.67%) Electronics
9 5 (1.19%) Legal
10 4 (0.95%) Aerospace
10 4 (0.95%) Publishing
11 3 (0.71%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.48%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 91 (21.67%) Analyst
2 83 (19.76%) QA Engineer
3 70 (16.67%) Developer
4 65 (15.48%) Test Analyst
5 52 (12.38%) QA Analyst
6 45 (10.71%) Automation Test Analyst
7 43 (10.24%) QA Test Analyst
8 42 (10.00%) Test Engineer
9 36 (8.57%) Tester
10 33 (7.86%) QA Automation Analyst
11 31 (7.38%) Software Engineer
12 29 (6.90%) Senior QA Engineer
13 25 (5.95%) Automation Tester
14 20 (4.76%) Digital Developer
15 19 (4.52%) QA Test Engineer
16 18 (4.29%) QA Manager
16 18 (4.29%) Scala Developer
17 16 (3.81%) QA Leader
17 16 (3.81%) Senior Software Engineer
17 16 (3.81%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (22.38%) .NET
2 49 (11.67%) Gherkin
3 48 (11.43%) CSS
4 46 (10.95%) HTML
5 43 (10.24%) RESTful
6 40 (9.52%) React
7 22 (5.24%) ASP.NET
8 20 (4.76%) Node.js
9 19 (4.52%) JSON
10 16 (3.81%) REST
11 12 (2.86%) OAuth
11 12 (2.86%) Web Services
12 11 (2.62%) Ajax
13 10 (2.38%) CSS3
14 9 (2.14%) OAuth2
14 9 (2.14%) OpenID
14 9 (2.14%) Sass
14 9 (2.14%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 9 (2.14%) WebRTC
15 8 (1.90%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 25 (5.95%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (5.24%) User Experience
3 18 (4.29%) Mobile App
4 13 (3.10%) Enterprise Software
5 10 (2.38%) Client/Server
5 10 (2.38%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (1.43%) Acoustics
7 6 (1.43%) Over-the-Top Content
8 4 (0.95%) Digital Media
8 4 (0.95%) Linux Command Line
8 4 (0.95%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.71%) Algorithms
9 3 (0.71%) Biotechnology
9 3 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.48%) Social Media
11 1 (0.24%) Cyberattack
11 1 (0.24%) Data Protection Act
11 1 (0.24%) N-Tier
11 1 (0.24%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 55 (13.10%) Linux
2 22 (5.24%) Windows
3 19 (4.52%) Android
3 19 (4.52%) Apple iOS
4 9 (2.14%) Unix
5 6 (1.43%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.24%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 257 (61.19%) Test Automation
2 181 (43.10%) Agile Software Development
3 77 (18.33%) BDD
4 69 (16.43%) DevOps
5 61 (14.52%) Scrum
6 59 (14.05%) Software Engineering
7 55 (13.10%) Test Strategy
8 54 (12.86%) Continuous Integration
8 54 (12.86%) Microservices
9 45 (10.71%) Computer Science
10 43 (10.24%) QA Automation
11 35 (8.33%) Performance Testing
12 33 (7.86%) API Testing
13 31 (7.38%) Manual Testing
14 29 (6.90%) Security Testing
14 29 (6.90%) Test Scripting
15 27 (6.43%) Kanban
16 26 (6.19%) Software Testing
16 26 (6.19%) TDD
17 25 (5.95%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 106 (25.24%) C#
2 95 (22.62%) JavaScript
3 71 (16.90%) Java
4 64 (15.24%) TypeScript
5 63 (15.00%) SQL
6 43 (10.24%) Python
7 21 (5.00%) Go
8 18 (4.29%) Scala
9 17 (4.05%) C
9 17 (4.05%) C++
10 15 (3.57%) T-SQL
11 9 (2.14%) PowerShell
12 8 (1.90%) Bash Shell
13 7 (1.67%) Shell Script
14 5 (1.19%) PHP
14 5 (1.19%) Ruby
15 4 (0.95%) Groovy
15 4 (0.95%) R
15 4 (0.95%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.71%) VB6
Qualifications
1 52 (12.38%) Degree
2 34 (8.10%) ISEB
3 32 (7.62%) ISTQB
4 22 (5.24%) Computer Science Degree
5 12 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 11 (2.62%) Security Cleared
7 10 (2.38%) SC Cleared
8 5 (1.19%) CEH
8 5 (1.19%) CREST Certified
8 5 (1.19%) OSCP
9 3 (0.71%) CISSP
9 3 (0.71%) Master's Degree
10 2 (0.48%) CISA
10 2 (0.48%) CISM
10 2 (0.48%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 1 (0.24%) CISMP
11 1 (0.24%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.24%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.38%) GDPR
2 5 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.95%) PMO
4 3 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.48%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 2 (0.48%) COBIT
5 2 (0.48%) COSO
5 2 (0.48%) HIPAA
5 2 (0.48%) ISO 13485
5 2 (0.48%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.48%) ITGC
6 1 (0.24%) GMP
6 1 (0.24%) GxP
6 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.24%) NEBOSH
6 1 (0.24%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.24%) SLA
System Software
1 27 (6.43%) Docker
2 12 (2.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (2.14%) Hyper-V
4 7 (1.67%) KVM
5 1 (0.24%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 11 (2.62%) Kubernetes
2 10 (2.38%) Grafana
3 4 (0.95%) Terraform
4 3 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.71%) WSUS
5 2 (0.48%) Puppet
6 1 (0.24%) Ansible
6 1 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 22 (5.24%) Microsoft
2 16 (3.81%) VMware
3 9 (2.14%) Adobe
4 7 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
5 6 (1.43%) Oracle
6 5 (1.19%) IBM
6 5 (1.19%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
6 5 (1.19%) Xamarin
7 4 (0.95%) Hortonworks
7 4 (0.95%) SAP
8 3 (0.71%) Citrix
8 3 (0.71%) HP
8 3 (0.71%) Sitecore
9 2 (0.48%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.48%) Google
9 2 (0.48%) Hotjar
9 2 (0.48%) Nokia
9 2 (0.48%) Perfecto Mobile
10 1 (0.24%) JD Edwards
10 1 (0.24%) TIBCO