Period
to 27 January 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 27 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
27 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 40 53 43
Rank change year-on-year +13 -10 +12
Permanent jobs citing QA 645 1,138 1,447
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 6.29% 4.95% 5.47%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.46% 34.81% 38.29%
Number of salaries quoted 605 935 1,287
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £36,250 £31,250 £30,000
90th Percentile £71,250 £77,500 £67,200
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 1,594 3,269 3,779
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 15.55% 14.21% 14.30%
Number of salaries quoted 1,107 2,490 3,012
Median annual salary £50,000 £52,233 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.27% +9.96% +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £76,250 £78,750 £71,950
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 27 January 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 27 January 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 -9 231 £55,000 +4.76% 46
West Sussex +33 161 £55,000 - 7
Berkshire -9 138 £55,000 - 19
Hampshire +14 105 £50,000 +11.11% 11
Oxfordshire +25 74 £57,500 +19.20% 18
Surrey +13 64 £50,000 -5.66% 18
East Sussex +30 63 £50,000 -4.76% 2
Buckinghamshire -28 22 £55,000 +4.76% 9
Kent +33 17 £40,000 -11.11% 4
Sussex -9 1 £52,500 +16.67%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 363 (56.28%) Test Automation
2 259 (40.16%) Agile Software Development
3 238 (36.90%) Selenium
4 192 (29.77%) C#
5 160 (24.81%) JavaScript
6 142 (22.02%) BDD
7 138 (21.40%) .NET
8 133 (20.62%) Scrum
9 119 (18.45%) Azure
10 116 (17.98%) DevOps
11 115 (17.83%) TypeScript
12 112 (17.36%) Java
13 106 (16.43%) SQL
14 102 (15.81%) Degree
15 100 (15.50%) SpecFlow
16 98 (15.19%) Gherkin
17 90 (13.95%) Microservices
17 90 (13.95%) SQL Server
18 86 (13.33%) Skype
19 83 (12.87%) HTML
20 81 (12.56%) CSS
21 80 (12.40%) Software Engineering
22 78 (12.09%) WebDriver
23 73 (11.32%) React
24 72 (11.16%) RESTful
24 72 (11.16%) JIRA
25 70 (10.85%) Linux
26 68 (10.54%) Python
27 65 (10.08%) Computer Science
27 65 (10.08%) Cucumber

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 18 (2.79%) Confluence
2 12 (1.86%) CMS
3 9 (1.40%) Apache Solr
4 4 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (0.47%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.47%) WebLogic
5 3 (0.47%) WordPress
6 2 (0.31%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.31%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.16%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.16%) NServiceBus
7 1 (0.16%) SAS
Applications
1 13 (2.02%) Figma
2 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.93%) Adobe Campaign
2 5 (0.78%) Unica
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.16%) Magento
3 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.16%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 119 (18.45%) Azure
2 64 (9.92%) AWS
3 17 (2.64%) BrowserStack
4 16 (2.48%) GCP
5 15 (2.33%) Cloud Computing
6 14 (2.17%) BlazeMeter
7 9 (1.40%) SaaS
8 6 (0.93%) Office 365
9 5 (0.78%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (0.62%) Power Platform
11 3 (0.47%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (0.47%) BPaaS
11 3 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.47%) Google Play
11 3 (0.47%) IaaS
11 3 (0.47%) Mimecast
11 3 (0.47%) PaaS
12 1 (0.16%) Adobe Analytics
12 1 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.16%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 86 (13.33%) Skype
2 17 (2.64%) Firewall
2 17 (2.64%) Network Security
3 14 (2.17%) TCP/IP
4 9 (1.40%) Intranet
5 8 (1.24%) Wireshark
6 7 (1.09%) H.323
6 7 (1.09%) WAN
7 6 (0.93%) Ethernet
7 6 (0.93%) LAN
8 5 (0.78%) FTP
9 4 (0.62%) HTTP
9 4 (0.62%) SSL
10 3 (0.47%) DHCP
10 3 (0.47%) IP Telephony
10 3 (0.47%) SMS
10 3 (0.47%) VPN
10 3 (0.47%) WAAS
10 3 (0.47%) Wireless
11 2 (0.31%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (13.95%) SQL Server
2 42 (6.51%) Relational Database
3 38 (5.89%) MongoDB
4 28 (4.34%) NoSQL
5 12 (1.86%) MySQL
6 11 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
7 9 (1.40%) RDBMS
8 7 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (1.09%) Redis
9 6 (0.93%) Tableau
10 5 (0.78%) Amazon Redshift
10 5 (0.78%) BigQuery
10 5 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
10 5 (0.78%) DataStage
10 5 (0.78%) DB2
10 5 (0.78%) Looker
10 5 (0.78%) Oracle BI EE
10 5 (0.78%) Oracle ODI
10 5 (0.78%) Snowflake Schema
10 5 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 238 (36.90%) Selenium
2 100 (15.50%) SpecFlow
3 78 (12.09%) WebDriver
4 72 (11.16%) JIRA
5 65 (10.08%) Cucumber
6 61 (9.46%) Git (software)
7 59 (9.15%) Postman
8 50 (7.75%) Appium
9 32 (4.96%) Jenkins
10 27 (4.19%) JMeter
11 25 (3.88%) TeamCity
12 17 (2.64%) Cypress.io
13 13 (2.02%) SoapUI
14 12 (1.86%) Visual Studio
15 9 (1.40%) Visual Studio Team System
16 8 (1.24%) Protractor
17 7 (1.09%) LoadRunner
18 5 (0.78%) NUnit
18 5 (0.78%) SonarQube
19 4 (0.62%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 50 (7.75%) Finance
2 34 (5.27%) Telecoms
3 22 (3.41%) Marketing
4 16 (2.48%) Pharmaceutical
5 14 (2.17%) Public Sector
6 9 (1.40%) Retail
7 8 (1.24%) Electronics
8 7 (1.09%) Aerospace
9 6 (0.93%) Publishing
10 5 (0.78%) Games
10 5 (0.78%) Local Government
10 5 (0.78%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.62%) Automotive
12 3 (0.47%) Back Office
12 3 (0.47%) Law
13 2 (0.31%) Advertising
13 2 (0.31%) Banking
13 2 (0.31%) Billing
14 1 (0.16%) Legal
14 1 (0.16%) Military
Job Titles
1 158 (24.50%) QA Engineer
2 138 (21.40%) Developer
3 113 (17.52%) Analyst
4 79 (12.25%) Test Analyst
5 77 (11.94%) Test Engineer
6 72 (11.16%) QA Analyst
7 67 (10.39%) QA Test Analyst
8 49 (7.60%) Automation Test Analyst
9 45 (6.98%) QA Automation Analyst
10 40 (6.20%) Tester
11 37 (5.74%) Senior QA Engineer
12 36 (5.58%) QA Test Engineer
13 32 (4.96%) Software Engineer
14 31 (4.81%) QA Leader
15 28 (4.34%) Test Automation Engineer
16 27 (4.19%) Scala Developer
17 23 (3.57%) Automation Tester
17 23 (3.57%) Digital Developer
18 22 (3.41%) QA Automation Engineer
18 22 (3.41%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 138 (21.40%) .NET
2 98 (15.19%) Gherkin
3 83 (12.87%) HTML
4 81 (12.56%) CSS
5 73 (11.32%) React
6 72 (11.16%) RESTful
7 29 (4.50%) Node.js
8 28 (4.34%) JSON
8 28 (4.34%) REST
9 21 (3.26%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 20 (3.10%) .NET Core
10 20 (3.10%) ASP.NET
10 20 (3.10%) CSS3
11 19 (2.95%) jQuery
12 18 (2.79%) HTML5
12 18 (2.79%) Vue.js
13 17 (2.64%) .NET Framework
13 17 (2.64%) OAuth
13 17 (2.64%) Web Services
14 14 (2.17%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 65 (10.08%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (6.51%) Mobile App
3 36 (5.58%) User Experience
4 17 (2.64%) Management Information System
5 14 (2.17%) Acoustics
6 13 (2.02%) Enterprise Software
6 13 (2.02%) Self-Motivation
7 12 (1.86%) Client/Server
8 8 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
9 7 (1.09%) Over-the-Top Content
10 5 (0.78%) Algorithms
10 5 (0.78%) Digital Media
10 5 (0.78%) Life Science
11 4 (0.62%) Data Centre
11 4 (0.62%) N-Tier
11 4 (0.62%) Public Cloud
11 4 (0.62%) Smartphone
12 3 (0.47%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (0.47%) Linux Command Line
12 3 (0.47%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 70 (10.85%) Linux
2 37 (5.74%) Apple iOS
3 33 (5.12%) Windows
4 27 (4.19%) Android
5 7 (1.09%) Windows Server
6 5 (0.78%) Unix
7 3 (0.47%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.31%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.16%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 363 (56.28%) Test Automation
2 259 (40.16%) Agile Software Development
3 142 (22.02%) BDD
4 133 (20.62%) Scrum
5 116 (17.98%) DevOps
6 90 (13.95%) Microservices
7 80 (12.40%) Software Engineering
8 65 (10.08%) Computer Science
9 64 (9.92%) QA Automation
9 64 (9.92%) Test Strategy
10 63 (9.77%) TDD
11 60 (9.30%) SDLC
12 58 (8.99%) Continuous Integration
13 57 (8.84%) API Testing
14 55 (8.53%) Scenario Testing
15 52 (8.06%) Problem-Solving
16 46 (7.13%) Test Scripting
17 40 (6.20%) Kanban
18 39 (6.05%) Fintech
19 38 (5.89%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 192 (29.77%) C#
2 160 (24.81%) JavaScript
3 115 (17.83%) TypeScript
4 112 (17.36%) Java
5 106 (16.43%) SQL
6 68 (10.54%) Python
7 32 (4.96%) C
8 27 (4.19%) Scala
9 23 (3.57%) Go
10 19 (2.95%) C++
11 13 (2.02%) PowerShell
12 12 (1.86%) T-SQL
13 10 (1.55%) Apple Swift
14 9 (1.40%) PHP
15 6 (0.93%) Bash Shell
15 6 (0.93%) R
15 6 (0.93%) Shell Script
15 6 (0.93%) VB
16 5 (0.78%) Objective-C
17 4 (0.62%) VB6
Qualifications
1 102 (15.81%) Degree
2 49 (7.60%) ISTQB
3 37 (5.74%) ISEB
4 32 (4.96%) Computer Science Degree
5 21 (3.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 14 (2.17%) Security Cleared
7 12 (1.86%) SC Cleared
8 6 (0.93%) CCNA
8 6 (0.93%) CEH
8 6 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (0.93%) CREST Certified
8 6 (0.93%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (0.93%) OSCP
9 4 (0.62%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 3 (0.47%) CISA
10 3 (0.47%) CISM
10 3 (0.47%) CISSP
10 3 (0.47%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
10 3 (0.47%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 3 (0.47%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (1.71%) SLA
2 9 (1.40%) GDPR
3 7 (1.09%) PMO
4 5 (0.78%) ISO 13485
4 5 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.47%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 3 (0.47%) COBIT
5 3 (0.47%) COSO
5 3 (0.47%) HIPAA
5 3 (0.47%) ITGC
6 2 (0.31%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.16%) CDISC
7 1 (0.16%) GMP
7 1 (0.16%) GxP
7 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.16%) NEBOSH
7 1 (0.16%) NIST
7 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 59 (9.15%) Docker
2 10 (1.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (1.09%) Hyper-V
3 7 (1.09%) KVM
4 6 (0.93%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.31%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.16%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (2.64%) Kubernetes
2 11 (1.71%) Grafana
3 5 (0.78%) Terraform
4 4 (0.62%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (0.47%) WSUS
6 2 (0.31%) Ansible
6 2 (0.31%) Kibana
6 2 (0.31%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.16%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.16%) HP Fortify
7 1 (0.16%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.16%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 43 (6.67%) Microsoft
2 21 (3.26%) Xamarin
3 14 (2.17%) Oracle
3 14 (2.17%) VMware
4 13 (2.02%) Salesforce.com
5 12 (1.86%) Adobe
6 9 (1.40%) Google
7 8 (1.24%) IBM
8 6 (0.93%) TIBCO
9 5 (0.78%) Cisco
9 5 (0.78%) Cognos
9 5 (0.78%) HP
9 5 (0.78%) Informatica
9 5 (0.78%) MicroStrategy
9 5 (0.78%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
9 5 (0.78%) Talend
10 4 (0.62%) F5
10 4 (0.62%) SAP
11 3 (0.47%) Sophos
11 3 (0.47%) Sun