Period
to 14 October 2019

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 14 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
14 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 52 44 68
Rank change year-on-year -8 +24 -2
Permanent jobs citing QA 1,241 1,554 1,244
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 4.87% 5.38% 4.33%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.46% 39.88% 35.11%
Number of salaries quoted 1,017 1,331 1,057
South East median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.09% +7.78% -
10th Percentile £29,250 £31,250 £28,300
90th Percentile £73,750 £67,500 £71,250
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +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 3,601 3,897 3,543
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.12% 13.48% 12.33%
Number of salaries quoted 2,674 3,092 2,855
South East median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £29,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £76,000 £72,500 £72,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 14 October 2019.

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 14 October 2019. 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 +19 560 £52,000 +9.47% 67
Berkshire +15 297 £52,500 +5.00% 33
Hampshire -18 249 £45,000 - 25
West Sussex -6 157 £41,000 -13.68% 8
Surrey -23 154 £57,500 +9.52% 35
Buckinghamshire +39 140 £52,500 +16.67% 17
Oxfordshire +11 123 £50,000 -1.48% 17
East Sussex -33 77 £45,000 -5.26% 9
Kent -3 31 £42,500 +2.41% 13
Middlesex 0 7 £67,500 - 1
Home Counties - 3 £60,000 -
Sussex - 1 £45,000 -
Isle of Wight - 1 £40,000 -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 14 October 2019, 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.

1 666 (53.67%) Agile Software Development
2 558 (44.96%) Test Automation
3 293 (23.61%) SQL
4 271 (21.84%) C#
5 270 (21.76%) Selenium
6 234 (18.86%) JavaScript
7 224 (18.05%) SDLC
8 222 (17.89%) Java
9 213 (17.16%) JIRA
10 206 (16.60%) Test Scripting
11 192 (15.47%) Scrum
12 185 (14.91%) .NET
13 183 (14.75%) DevOps
14 181 (14.59%) ISTQB
15 176 (14.18%) Degree
16 172 (13.86%) Finance
16 172 (13.86%) BDD
17 156 (12.57%) Problem-Solving
18 153 (12.33%) Microsoft
19 148 (11.93%) Project Management
20 147 (11.85%) Python
21 137 (11.04%) TDD
22 136 (10.96%) Azure
23 134 (10.80%) Continuous Integration
24 133 (10.72%) Test Strategy
25 132 (10.64%) Manual Testing
26 124 (9.99%) Git (software)
27 123 (9.91%) HTML
28 122 (9.83%) Software Testing
29 114 (9.19%) 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 82 (6.61%) Confluence
2 19 (1.53%) CMS
3 16 (1.29%) SharePoint
4 10 (0.81%) Apache
4 10 (0.81%) Tomcat
5 8 (0.64%) Apache Solr
5 8 (0.64%) Drupal
5 8 (0.64%) SAS
6 7 (0.56%) Apache Spark
6 7 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (0.56%) IIS
7 6 (0.48%) MS Exchange
8 5 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
8 5 (0.40%) Joomla!
8 5 (0.40%) Umbraco
8 5 (0.40%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
9 4 (0.32%) JBoss
9 4 (0.32%) Mule
9 4 (0.32%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 41 (3.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 39 (3.14%) Microsoft Office
3 19 (1.53%) Microsoft Project
4 12 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
6 9 (0.73%) Sketch
7 1 (0.081%) Doxygen
7 1 (0.081%) InVision
7 1 (0.081%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.081%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 11 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.40%) SAP Hybris
3 5 (0.40%) SAP S/4HANA
4 4 (0.32%) FastStats
4 4 (0.32%) FastStats PeopleStage
5 3 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.16%) HFM
6 2 (0.16%) Hyperion Planning
6 2 (0.16%) Maximo
6 2 (0.16%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.16%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.081%) Adobe Campaign
7 1 (0.081%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 136 (10.96%) Azure
2 106 (8.54%) AWS
3 50 (4.03%) SaaS
4 34 (2.74%) PaaS
5 25 (2.01%) GCP
6 18 (1.45%) Power Platform
7 15 (1.21%) BrowserStack
8 14 (1.13%) GitHub
8 14 (1.13%) Google Analytics
9 12 (0.97%) Serverless
10 9 (0.73%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 9 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
10 9 (0.73%) Office 365
11 8 (0.64%) AWS Lambda
11 8 (0.64%) IaaS
12 7 (0.56%) Adobe Analytics
12 7 (0.56%) Lucidchart
13 6 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
13 6 (0.48%) Data Lake Analytics
13 6 (0.48%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 7 (0.56%) HTTP
1 7 (0.56%) TCP/IP
2 6 (0.48%) DNS
2 6 (0.48%) Firewall
3 5 (0.40%) Wireless
4 3 (0.24%) 4G
4 3 (0.24%) DHCP
4 3 (0.24%) Network Security
5 2 (0.16%) Ethernet
5 2 (0.16%) MPLS
5 2 (0.16%) VoIP
5 2 (0.16%) WAN
6 1 (0.081%) 2G
6 1 (0.081%) 3G
6 1 (0.081%) BGP
6 1 (0.081%) DWDM
6 1 (0.081%) EIGRP
6 1 (0.081%) IPsec
6 1 (0.081%) OSPF
6 1 (0.081%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (7.09%) SQL Server
2 54 (4.35%) Relational Database
3 40 (3.22%) MySQL
4 23 (1.85%) Redis
5 21 (1.69%) NoSQL
6 19 (1.53%) Big Data
7 18 (1.45%) Power BI
8 16 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 14 (1.13%) Data Warehouse
10 13 (1.05%) MongoDB
11 10 (0.81%) Data Lake
12 9 (0.73%) MariaDB
13 8 (0.64%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
14 7 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
15 5 (0.40%) DB2
15 5 (0.40%) Snowflake Schema
15 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
16 4 (0.32%) Cognos Impromptu
16 4 (0.32%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 270 (21.76%) Selenium
2 213 (17.16%) JIRA
3 124 (9.99%) Git (software)
4 114 (9.19%) Cucumber
5 106 (8.54%) SpecFlow
6 74 (5.96%) Jenkins
7 68 (5.48%) WebDriver
8 49 (3.95%) TeamCity
9 46 (3.71%) JMeter
10 38 (3.06%) Maven
10 38 (3.06%) Visual Studio
11 37 (2.98%) Visual Studio Team System
12 35 (2.82%) Appium
13 28 (2.26%) SoapUI
14 27 (2.18%) Team Foundation Server
15 26 (2.10%) TestRail
16 24 (1.93%) Jasmine
16 24 (1.93%) JUnit
17 23 (1.85%) Bitbucket
18 20 (1.61%) QAComplete
General
1 172 (13.86%) Finance
2 49 (3.95%) Retail
3 48 (3.87%) Marketing
4 41 (3.30%) Manufacturing
5 27 (2.18%) Games
6 24 (1.93%) Telecoms
7 16 (1.29%) Electronics
8 15 (1.21%) Legal
8 15 (1.21%) Public Sector
9 11 (0.89%) Back Office
10 10 (0.81%) Publishing
11 9 (0.73%) Aerospace
11 9 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
12 8 (0.64%) Banking
13 7 (0.56%) Military
14 6 (0.48%) Advertising
15 4 (0.32%) Automotive
15 4 (0.32%) Avionics
15 4 (0.32%) Local Government
16 3 (0.24%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 235 (18.94%) Analyst
2 225 (18.13%) Developer
3 195 (15.71%) QA Engineer
4 163 (13.13%) Test Engineer
5 133 (10.72%) Tester
6 101 (8.14%) QA Analyst
7 88 (7.09%) Project Manager
8 74 (5.96%) QA Tester
9 73 (5.88%) Test Analyst
10 61 (4.92%) Senior QA Engineer
11 58 (4.67%) Test Automation Engineer
12 53 (4.27%) Business Analyst
12 53 (4.27%) Software Tester
13 51 (4.11%) Junior
14 49 (3.95%) Senior Developer
15 47 (3.79%) Senior Test Engineer
16 46 (3.71%) C# Developer
16 46 (3.71%) QA Test Engineer
17 42 (3.38%) Java Developer
18 38 (3.06%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 185 (14.91%) .NET
2 123 (9.91%) HTML
3 99 (7.98%) CSS
4 88 (7.09%) AngularJS
5 87 (7.01%) REST
6 83 (6.69%) Web Services
7 76 (6.12%) JSON
8 66 (5.32%) XML
9 64 (5.16%) HTML5
10 49 (3.95%) ASP.NET
10 49 (3.95%) SOAP
11 47 (3.79%) RESTful
12 45 (3.63%) jQuery
13 44 (3.55%) Node.js
14 42 (3.38%) Gherkin
15 40 (3.22%) CSS3
16 35 (2.82%) .NET Core
17 31 (2.50%) .NET Framework
17 31 (2.50%) ASP.NET MVC
17 31 (2.50%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 83 (6.69%) Analytical Skills
2 82 (6.61%) User Experience
3 80 (6.45%) Mobile App
4 66 (5.32%) Management Information System
5 43 (3.46%) Self-Motivation
6 25 (2.01%) Enterprise Cloud
7 21 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
8 20 (1.61%) Client/Server
9 18 (1.45%) Blog
9 18 (1.45%) Driving Licence
9 18 (1.45%) Smartphone
10 14 (1.13%) Cloud Native
11 11 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
12 10 (0.81%) Social Media
13 9 (0.73%) Linux Command Line
14 8 (0.64%) Animation
14 8 (0.64%) e-Learning
14 8 (0.64%) Virtual Team
15 7 (0.56%) Life Science
15 7 (0.56%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 100 (8.06%) Linux
2 86 (6.93%) Windows
3 48 (3.87%) Android
4 45 (3.63%) Apple iOS
5 26 (2.10%) Unix
6 9 (0.73%) Windows 10
7 8 (0.64%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.24%) OS/2
8 3 (0.24%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.16%) Solaris
9 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.081%) CentOS
10 1 (0.081%) Debian
10 1 (0.081%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.081%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.081%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.081%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 666 (53.67%) Agile Software Development
2 558 (44.96%) Test Automation
3 224 (18.05%) SDLC
4 206 (16.60%) Test Scripting
5 192 (15.47%) Scrum
6 183 (14.75%) DevOps
7 172 (13.86%) BDD
8 156 (12.57%) Problem-Solving
9 148 (11.93%) Project Management
10 137 (11.04%) TDD
11 134 (10.80%) Continuous Integration
12 133 (10.72%) Test Strategy
13 132 (10.64%) Manual Testing
14 122 (9.83%) Software Testing
15 101 (8.14%) Mentoring
16 97 (7.82%) Project Delivery
17 89 (7.17%) Software Engineering
18 84 (6.77%) Regression Testing
19 76 (6.12%) User Stories
20 75 (6.04%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 293 (23.61%) SQL
2 271 (21.84%) C#
3 234 (18.86%) JavaScript
4 222 (17.89%) Java
5 147 (11.85%) Python
6 50 (4.03%) C
7 37 (2.98%) Ruby
8 35 (2.82%) PHP
9 29 (2.34%) C++
10 25 (2.01%) PowerShell
11 21 (1.69%) PL/SQL
12 18 (1.45%) Bash Shell
13 12 (0.97%) T-SQL
14 10 (0.81%) Shell Script
15 8 (0.64%) Java 8
15 8 (0.64%) TypeScript
16 7 (0.56%) Go
16 7 (0.56%) R
16 7 (0.56%) VB
17 5 (0.40%) PHP 5
Qualifications
1 181 (14.59%) ISTQB
2 176 (14.18%) Degree
3 88 (7.09%) ISEB
4 57 (4.59%) Computer Science Degree
5 36 (2.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 33 (2.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 32 (2.58%) PMP
8 29 (2.34%) PMI Certification
9 22 (1.77%) Security Cleared
10 17 (1.37%) SC Cleared
11 10 (0.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 6 (0.48%) HND
13 4 (0.32%) Master's Degree
13 4 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.24%) Chartered Engineer
14 3 (0.24%) DBS Check
15 2 (0.16%) AWS Certification
15 2 (0.16%) CISSP
15 2 (0.16%) CREST Certified
15 2 (0.16%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (4.75%) PMO
2 11 (0.89%) SLA
3 6 (0.48%) COBIT
4 5 (0.40%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.32%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 4 (0.32%) ARP4754
5 4 (0.32%) ARP4761
5 4 (0.32%) DO-178B
5 4 (0.32%) DO-254
5 4 (0.32%) GAMP
5 4 (0.32%) GxP
5 4 (0.32%) P3O
5 4 (0.32%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.24%) NEBOSH
7 2 (0.16%) GDPR
7 2 (0.16%) NIST
7 2 (0.16%) TickIT
8 1 (0.081%) PSD2
8 1 (0.081%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 71 (5.72%) Docker
2 14 (1.13%) Active Directory
3 11 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.48%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.16%) Firmware
6 1 (0.081%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 1 (0.081%) HDFS
6 1 (0.081%) LXC
6 1 (0.081%) Postfix
6 1 (0.081%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 50 (4.03%) Kubernetes
2 17 (1.37%) Ansible
3 15 (1.21%) HP Quality Center
4 11 (0.89%) Terraform
5 10 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (0.73%) Puppet
7 5 (0.40%) Salt
8 3 (0.24%) HP ALM
8 3 (0.24%) Kibana
8 3 (0.24%) logstash
9 2 (0.16%) CloudHub
9 2 (0.16%) Nessus
9 2 (0.16%) Nmap
10 1 (0.081%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.081%) Cisco IPCC
10 1 (0.081%) Cisco UCCE
10 1 (0.081%) Graylog
10 1 (0.081%) Hadoop YARN
10 1 (0.081%) Nagios
10 1 (0.081%) SELinux
Vendors
1 153 (12.33%) Microsoft
2 66 (5.32%) Oracle
3 37 (2.98%) Google
4 24 (1.93%) Atlassian
5 22 (1.77%) SAP
6 19 (1.53%) IBM
7 18 (1.45%) Adobe
7 18 (1.45%) Salesforce.com
8 12 (0.97%) Xamarin
9 11 (0.89%) Capita
9 11 (0.89%) Ensighten
9 11 (0.89%) Tealium
9 11 (0.89%) VMware
10 10 (0.81%) Sitecore
11 9 (0.73%) Citrix
12 8 (0.64%) hybris
12 8 (0.64%) MuleSoft
12 8 (0.64%) Optimizely
12 8 (0.64%) Sage
13 7 (0.56%) Informatica