Period
to 26 February 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 26 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 47 46 53
Rank change year-on-year -1 +7 +15
Permanent jobs citing QA 1,179 1,436 1,522
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 5.20% 5.34% 4.83%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.96% 36.58% 38.16%
Number of salaries quoted 940 1,223 1,340
South East median annual salary £51,500 £47,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.42% +11.76% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £28,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £67,500 £65,000
England median annual salary £52,912 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.82% - -

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 3,190 3,926 3,988
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.08% 14.60% 12.65%
Number of salaries quoted 2,447 3,085 3,180
South East median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £25,750
90th Percentile £78,750 £71,800 £72,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing QA as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA in the South East.

Salary trend for QA in the South East

QA
Salary Histogram in the South East

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the South East over the 6 months to 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 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 +31 578 £50,000 +5.26% 77
Berkshire +32 332 £55,000 +15.79% 35
Hampshire +2 222 £47,500 +5.56% 53
Surrey -19 157 £52,500 +5.00% 40
Buckinghamshire +16 155 £50,000 +11.11% 22
West Sussex -16 125 £60,000 +26.32% 11
Oxfordshire +14 91 £45,000 -10.00% 20
East Sussex -23 67 £53,750 +19.44% 11
Kent -21 21 £45,000 +5.88% 18
Middlesex +2 5 - -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 26 February 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.

1 579 (49.11%) Agile Software Development
2 523 (44.36%) Test Automation
3 313 (26.55%) C#
4 279 (23.66%) SQL
5 271 (22.99%) Scrum
6 267 (22.65%) Java
7 231 (19.59%) Selenium
8 227 (19.25%) .NET
9 221 (18.74%) JavaScript
10 185 (15.69%) JIRA
10 185 (15.69%) DevOps
11 178 (15.10%) SDLC
12 166 (14.08%) Microsoft
13 164 (13.91%) Finance
14 160 (13.57%) Azure
15 158 (13.40%) Degree
16 145 (12.30%) Mentoring
17 142 (12.04%) Problem-Solving
18 138 (11.70%) BDD
19 130 (11.03%) Test Strategy
20 124 (10.52%) Python
21 123 (10.43%) AWS
22 114 (9.67%) Software Engineering
23 113 (9.58%) Test Scripting
24 112 (9.50%) Continuous Integration
25 111 (9.41%) ISTQB
26 110 (9.33%) Web Services
26 110 (9.33%) Manual Testing
27 108 (9.16%) SaaS
28 107 (9.08%) Git (software)

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
1 103 (8.74%) Confluence
2 24 (2.04%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.10%) SAS
4 10 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (0.85%) Tomcat
4 10 (0.85%) WebSphere
5 7 (0.59%) Apache
5 7 (0.59%) CICS
5 7 (0.59%) CMS
5 7 (0.59%) IIS
5 7 (0.59%) Skype for Business
6 6 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (0.51%) JBoss
7 5 (0.42%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
8 4 (0.34%) Umbraco
8 4 (0.34%) WebLogic
8 4 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
9 3 (0.25%) Mule
9 3 (0.25%) nginx
Applications
1 48 (4.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 29 (2.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 25 (2.12%) Microsoft Office
4 18 (1.53%) MS Visio
5 11 (0.93%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.25%) Abaqus
6 3 (0.25%) Mathcad
6 3 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.085%) EngageOne
7 1 (0.085%) InVision
7 1 (0.085%) PrintSoft PReS
7 1 (0.085%) Sketch
7 1 (0.085%) Snagit
7 1 (0.085%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 6 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.34%) NetSuite
3 4 (0.34%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.085%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.085%) Exstream
5 1 (0.085%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 160 (13.57%) Azure
2 123 (10.43%) AWS
3 108 (9.16%) SaaS
4 30 (2.54%) Office 365
5 29 (2.46%) PaaS
6 22 (1.87%) GitHub
7 21 (1.78%) AWS Lambda
8 19 (1.61%) OpenShift
9 18 (1.53%) Power Platform
10 14 (1.19%) Serverless
11 11 (0.93%) GCP
12 10 (0.85%) BrowserStack
13 8 (0.68%) BlazeMeter
14 7 (0.59%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 7 (0.59%) Amazon Cognito
14 7 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
15 6 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
15 6 (0.51%) Google Analytics
16 5 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
16 5 (0.42%) CloudBees
Communications & Networking
1 26 (2.21%) VoIP
2 21 (1.78%) ZigBee
3 17 (1.44%) HTTP
4 10 (0.85%) Firewall
5 9 (0.76%) Internet
6 7 (0.59%) Skype
7 5 (0.42%) NetScaler
7 5 (0.42%) SSL
8 4 (0.34%) DWDM
9 3 (0.25%) 4G
9 3 (0.25%) DNS
9 3 (0.25%) Intranet
10 2 (0.17%) IPv6
10 2 (0.17%) Kerberos
10 2 (0.17%) LAN
10 2 (0.17%) MPLS
10 2 (0.17%) Radio Access Network
10 2 (0.17%) SNMP
10 2 (0.17%) Unified Communications
10 2 (0.17%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (7.72%) SQL Server
2 87 (7.38%) Relational Database
3 50 (4.24%) NoSQL
3 50 (4.24%) PostgreSQL
4 45 (3.82%) Big Data
5 36 (3.05%) Redis
6 33 (2.80%) Data Warehouse
7 26 (2.21%) MySQL
8 21 (1.78%) MongoDB
9 20 (1.70%) Hadoop
9 20 (1.70%) InterSystems Cache
10 19 (1.61%) OLTP
11 18 (1.53%) Power BI
12 12 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 11 (0.93%) DB2
14 10 (0.85%) Oracle Database
15 8 (0.68%) Data Lake
16 6 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
16 6 (0.51%) MS Access
16 6 (0.51%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 231 (19.59%) Selenium
2 185 (15.69%) JIRA
3 107 (9.08%) Git (software)
4 103 (8.74%) Cucumber
5 86 (7.29%) SpecFlow
6 84 (7.12%) Jenkins
7 71 (6.02%) WebDriver
8 65 (5.51%) Postman
9 62 (5.26%) SoapUI
10 61 (5.17%) JMeter
11 25 (2.12%) Bitbucket
11 25 (2.12%) Octopus Deploy
12 24 (2.04%) Visual Studio
13 23 (1.95%) Mocha
13 23 (1.95%) webpack
14 22 (1.87%) Maven
15 21 (1.78%) gulp
15 21 (1.78%) HP UFT
16 20 (1.70%) Jasmine
16 20 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 164 (13.91%) Finance
2 89 (7.55%) Public Sector
3 45 (3.82%) Telecoms
4 39 (3.31%) Retail
5 37 (3.14%) Marketing
6 28 (2.37%) Manufacturing
7 14 (1.19%) Aerospace
8 12 (1.02%) Games
9 10 (0.85%) Back Office
10 8 (0.68%) Electronics
10 8 (0.68%) Legal
11 7 (0.59%) Banking
12 5 (0.42%) Local Government
13 2 (0.17%) Advertising
13 2 (0.17%) Automotive
13 2 (0.17%) Billing
13 2 (0.17%) Publishing
14 1 (0.085%) Military
Job Titles
1 218 (18.49%) Developer
2 168 (14.25%) QA Engineer
3 151 (12.81%) Analyst
4 117 (9.92%) Tester
5 90 (7.63%) Test Engineer
6 69 (5.85%) QA Tester
7 65 (5.51%) Test Analyst
8 62 (5.26%) QA Analyst
9 55 (4.66%) .NET Developer
10 51 (4.33%) QA Manager
10 51 (4.33%) Test Manager
11 50 (4.24%) QA Automation Engineer
12 48 (4.07%) Automation Engineer
13 44 (3.73%) Software Tester
14 43 (3.65%) Senior QA Engineer
15 39 (3.31%) Architect
16 38 (3.22%) Automation Tester
16 38 (3.22%) Junior
17 36 (3.05%) Software Developer
17 36 (3.05%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 227 (19.25%) .NET
2 110 (9.33%) Web Services
3 100 (8.48%) HTML
4 97 (8.23%) AngularJS
5 92 (7.80%) CSS
6 89 (7.55%) ASP.NET
7 59 (5.00%) .NET Core
7 59 (5.00%) .NET Framework
7 59 (5.00%) XML
8 51 (4.33%) ASP.NET MVC
9 49 (4.16%) HTML5
10 46 (3.90%) REST
11 43 (3.65%) ASP.NET Web API
12 40 (3.39%) Spring
13 38 (3.22%) React
14 34 (2.88%) Node.js
15 33 (2.80%) jQuery
15 33 (2.80%) JSON
15 33 (2.80%) RESTful
16 25 (2.12%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 80 (6.79%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (4.66%) Mobile App
3 51 (4.33%) User Experience
4 41 (3.48%) Management Information System
5 37 (3.14%) Enterprise Software
6 36 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
7 22 (1.87%) Virtual Team
8 21 (1.78%) Greenfield Project
9 20 (1.70%) CMDB
10 19 (1.61%) Smart Meter
11 15 (1.27%) Driving Licence
12 14 (1.19%) Mainframe
13 13 (1.10%) PMI
14 11 (0.93%) Algorithms
14 11 (0.93%) Social Network
15 10 (0.85%) Smart Energy
16 9 (0.76%) Cyberattack
16 9 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
16 9 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
17 8 (0.68%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 107 (9.08%) Linux
2 71 (6.02%) Windows
3 25 (2.12%) Unix
4 23 (1.95%) Apple iOS
5 17 (1.44%) Android
6 13 (1.10%) Windows 10
7 12 (1.02%) Windows Server
8 5 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.34%) VMS
10 2 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.17%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.085%) AIX
11 1 (0.085%) Amazon Linux
11 1 (0.085%) CentOS
11 1 (0.085%) Solaris
11 1 (0.085%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 579 (49.11%) Agile Software Development
2 523 (44.36%) Test Automation
3 271 (22.99%) Scrum
4 185 (15.69%) DevOps
5 178 (15.10%) SDLC
6 145 (12.30%) Mentoring
7 142 (12.04%) Problem-Solving
8 138 (11.70%) BDD
9 130 (11.03%) Test Strategy
10 114 (9.67%) Software Engineering
11 113 (9.58%) Test Scripting
12 112 (9.50%) Continuous Integration
13 110 (9.33%) Manual Testing
14 104 (8.82%) Microservices
14 104 (8.82%) TDD
15 99 (8.40%) Regression Testing
16 92 (7.80%) MVC
17 90 (7.63%) Continuous Improvement
18 82 (6.96%) Project Management
19 79 (6.70%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 313 (26.55%) C#
2 279 (23.66%) SQL
3 267 (22.65%) Java
4 221 (18.74%) JavaScript
5 124 (10.52%) Python
6 49 (4.16%) C++
7 47 (3.99%) PowerShell
8 33 (2.80%) C
9 32 (2.71%) PHP
10 31 (2.63%) Ruby
11 26 (2.21%) Bash Shell
11 26 (2.21%) T-SQL
12 18 (1.53%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 18 (1.53%) PL/SQL
12 18 (1.53%) VB
13 14 (1.19%) Apex Code
13 14 (1.19%) Perl
14 10 (0.85%) Go
14 10 (0.85%) Java 8
14 10 (0.85%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 158 (13.40%) Degree
2 111 (9.41%) ISTQB
3 68 (5.77%) ISEB
4 38 (3.22%) Computer Science Degree
5 28 (2.37%) Security Cleared
6 26 (2.21%) SC Cleared
7 20 (1.70%) Microsoft Certification
7 20 (1.70%) PMI Certification
8 19 (1.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 15 (1.27%) PMP
10 8 (0.68%) SANS
11 7 (0.59%) CISSP
11 7 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
12 6 (0.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 6 (0.51%) Master's Degree
12 6 (0.51%) MCP
13 5 (0.42%) CBAP
13 5 (0.42%) DBS Check
13 5 (0.42%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (2.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (1.95%) Data Quality
3 21 (1.78%) GDPR
4 18 (1.53%) PMO
4 18 (1.53%) SLA
5 17 (1.44%) NIST
6 8 (0.68%) COBIT
7 4 (0.34%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.34%) PMBOK
8 3 (0.25%) GMP
8 3 (0.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (0.25%) ISO 22301
8 3 (0.25%) JSP 440
8 3 (0.25%) NCSC
9 1 (0.085%) NEBOSH
9 1 (0.085%) P3O
9 1 (0.085%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.085%) WCAG
System Software
1 73 (6.19%) Docker
2 23 (1.95%) Active Directory
3 12 (1.02%) Hyper-V
4 10 (0.85%) BitLocker
5 8 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (0.42%) ACF2
6 5 (0.42%) RACF
6 5 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.42%) vSphere
6 5 (0.42%) XenApp
6 5 (0.42%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.085%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 47 (3.99%) Kubernetes
2 32 (2.71%) HP ALM
3 22 (1.87%) Puppet
4 19 (1.61%) Ansible
5 17 (1.44%) Terraform
6 14 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
7 9 (0.76%) HP Fortify
7 9 (0.76%) WebInspect
8 5 (0.42%) Backup Exec
8 5 (0.42%) Microsoft Intune
8 5 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
8 5 (0.42%) SELinux
9 4 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.25%) Grafana
10 3 (0.25%) Kibana
10 3 (0.25%) logstash
10 3 (0.25%) MIIS
10 3 (0.25%) SCCM
11 2 (0.17%) Docker Swarm
11 2 (0.17%) Rancher
Vendors
1 166 (14.08%) Microsoft
2 53 (4.50%) HP
3 43 (3.65%) Oracle
4 38 (3.22%) Xamarin
5 29 (2.46%) Google
5 29 (2.46%) SAP
6 28 (2.37%) CA
7 27 (2.29%) Delphix
8 24 (2.04%) IBM
9 22 (1.87%) Remedy
9 22 (1.87%) Salesforce.com
10 19 (1.61%) Cloudera
10 19 (1.61%) InterSystems
11 17 (1.44%) Cisco
12 16 (1.36%) Atlassian
13 15 (1.27%) Sage
13 15 (1.27%) Sophos
13 15 (1.27%) Tableau
14 13 (1.10%) ServiceNow
15 12 (1.02%) CA Agile Central