Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 53 50 56
Rank change year-on-year -3 +6 -9
Permanent jobs citing QA 955 415 1,224
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 5.32% 5.17% 4.83%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.21% 39.30% 33.02%
Number of salaries quoted 686 359 1,012
10th Percentile £32,500 £36,250 £29,025
25th Percentile £39,750 £44,375 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
75th Percentile £60,000 £64,375 £61,250
90th Percentile £71,250 £73,750 £73,175
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 2,876 1,056 3,707
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 16.02% 13.16% 14.64%
Number of salaries quoted 1,844 838 2,825
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,500 £27,500
25th Percentile £36,250 £41,250 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +3.09%
75th Percentile £63,313 £65,000 £65,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £77,500 £76,150
England median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £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 24 October 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 24 October 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 +12 367 £50,000 -9.09% 68
Hampshire -1 241 £50,000 - 24
Berkshire +18 238 £50,000 -9.09% 36
West Sussex -5 109 £60,000 +20.00% 14
Surrey -10 108 £52,500 - 23
Buckinghamshire +3 91 £50,000 +5.26% 20
East Sussex -11 89 £45,000 -10.00% 5
Oxfordshire -21 40 £50,000 -20.00% 12
Kent -26 25 £50,000 +42.86% 15
Middlesex - 3 £45,000 -
Isle of Wight - 3 £30,500 -
Home Counties - 1 £50,000 -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 509 (53.30%) Agile Software Development
2 482 (50.47%) Test Automation
3 332 (34.76%) Selenium
4 297 (31.10%) C#
5 237 (24.82%) Social Skills
6 222 (23.25%) Software Testing
7 210 (21.99%) .NET
8 206 (21.57%) DevOps
9 205 (21.47%) JavaScript
10 204 (21.36%) Scrum
11 181 (18.95%) Azure
12 156 (16.34%) Problem-Solving
13 153 (16.02%) Degree
13 153 (16.02%) SQL
14 142 (14.87%) Manual Testing
15 141 (14.76%) BDD
16 127 (13.30%) TDD
17 122 (12.77%) SQL Server
18 121 (12.67%) SpecFlow
19 118 (12.36%) JIRA
20 115 (12.04%) Git (software)
21 112 (11.73%) SaaS
22 110 (11.52%) Java
22 110 (11.52%) Microsoft
23 107 (11.20%) HTML
23 107 (11.20%) SDLC
24 106 (11.10%) Docker
25 105 (10.99%) Continuous Integration
26 103 (10.79%) TypeScript
27 102 (10.68%) Test Strategy

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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 30 (3.14%) CMS
2 28 (2.93%) Confluence
3 17 (1.78%) SharePoint
4 15 (1.57%) WordPress
5 11 (1.15%) Jupyter
6 10 (1.05%) Apache
6 10 (1.05%) Elasticsearch
7 7 (0.73%) MS Exchange
8 6 (0.63%) SAS
9 5 (0.52%) Tornado
10 4 (0.42%) Apache Solr
10 4 (0.42%) Drupal
11 3 (0.31%) ColdFusion
12 1 (0.10%) Apache Spark
12 1 (0.10%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.10%) Mule
12 1 (0.10%) WildFly
Applications
1 22 (2.30%) Campfire
2 20 (2.09%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (1.78%) Spreadsheet
4 16 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
5 10 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.42%) Windchill
7 2 (0.21%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.10%) Adobe XD
8 1 (0.10%) Figma
8 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.10%) MS Visio
8 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 11 (1.15%) Adobe Campaign
2 7 (0.73%) WebTrends
3 4 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.42%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 3 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.21%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.21%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.21%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.21%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.10%) Magento
6 1 (0.10%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 1 (0.10%) SAP BRIM
6 1 (0.10%) SAP EM
6 1 (0.10%) SAP IBP
6 1 (0.10%) SAP MDG
6 1 (0.10%) SAP Travel Management
6 1 (0.10%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 181 (18.95%) Azure
2 112 (11.73%) SaaS
3 100 (10.47%) AWS
4 35 (3.66%) BlazeMeter
5 24 (2.51%) npm
6 20 (2.09%) GitHub
7 15 (1.57%) PaaS
8 13 (1.36%) Microsoft 365
9 12 (1.26%) NuGet
10 10 (1.05%) Power Platform
11 9 (0.94%) Google Analytics
12 8 (0.84%) GitHub Actions
12 8 (0.84%) Serverless
13 7 (0.73%) Adobe Analytics
13 7 (0.73%) Azure Logic Apps
13 7 (0.73%) IaaS
13 7 (0.73%) Slack
14 5 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
14 5 (0.52%) BrowserStack
14 5 (0.52%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.41%) Broadband
2 22 (2.30%) Internet
3 21 (2.20%) Skype
4 18 (1.88%) Firewall
5 15 (1.57%) Network Security
5 15 (1.57%) TCP/IP
6 11 (1.15%) 2G
6 11 (1.15%) 3G
6 11 (1.15%) 4G
6 11 (1.15%) Extranet
7 10 (1.05%) Bluetooth
8 7 (0.73%) DNS
8 7 (0.73%) RNC
8 7 (0.73%) SMTP
9 6 (0.63%) HTTP
9 6 (0.63%) SSL
10 5 (0.52%) 5G
10 5 (0.52%) MGW
10 5 (0.52%) MQTT
11 4 (0.42%) 3GPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (12.77%) SQL Server
2 35 (3.66%) Relational Database
3 20 (2.09%) MySQL
4 19 (1.99%) Data Warehouse
5 18 (1.88%) NoSQL
6 16 (1.68%) Data Lake
7 12 (1.26%) Big Data
8 11 (1.15%) Oracle Database
9 10 (1.05%) RDBMS
10 9 (0.94%) MongoDB
10 9 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
10 9 (0.94%) Redis
10 9 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 7 (0.73%) SQL Server 2016
13 6 (0.63%) GIS
13 6 (0.63%) Power BI
14 4 (0.42%) SQL Server 2019
14 4 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 3 (0.31%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 332 (34.76%) Selenium
2 121 (12.67%) SpecFlow
3 118 (12.36%) JIRA
4 115 (12.04%) Git (software)
5 80 (8.38%) Postman
6 76 (7.96%) WebDriver
7 72 (7.54%) Cucumber
8 63 (6.60%) Jenkins
9 61 (6.39%) JMeter
10 44 (4.61%) Cypress.io
10 44 (4.61%) SoapUI
11 29 (3.04%) JUnit
12 24 (2.51%) TestNG
13 23 (2.41%) GitLab
14 21 (2.20%) ESLint
14 21 (2.20%) Team Foundation Server
15 19 (1.99%) NUnit
16 17 (1.78%) Octopus Deploy
17 16 (1.68%) TestRail
18 14 (1.47%) Bitbucket
General
1 237 (24.82%) Social Skills
2 101 (10.58%) Analytical Skills
3 99 (10.37%) Finance
4 53 (5.55%) Telecoms
5 51 (5.34%) Marketing
6 44 (4.61%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 40 (4.19%) Organisational Skills
8 34 (3.56%) Retail
9 31 (3.25%) Pharmaceutical
10 27 (2.83%) Law
11 22 (2.30%) Banking
11 22 (2.30%) Electronics
12 19 (1.99%) Manufacturing
13 16 (1.68%) Legal
14 14 (1.47%) Automotive
14 14 (1.47%) Presentation Skills
15 11 (1.15%) Public Sector
16 8 (0.84%) Influencing Skills
17 7 (0.73%) Documentation Skills
18 5 (0.52%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 186 (19.48%) Developer
2 169 (17.70%) QA Engineer
3 125 (13.09%) Analyst
4 99 (10.37%) Tester
5 93 (9.74%) Test Engineer
6 81 (8.48%) Test Analyst
7 73 (7.64%) QA Leader
8 55 (5.76%) Software Developer
9 52 (5.45%) QA Analyst
9 52 (5.45%) Test Automation Engineer
10 49 (5.13%) Software Tester
11 48 (5.03%) Senior QA Engineer
12 44 (4.61%) QA Automation Engineer
13 36 (3.77%) Automation Tester
13 36 (3.77%) Developer in Test
14 35 (3.66%) Senior Developer
15 34 (3.56%) QA Test Analyst
16 31 (3.25%) .NET Developer
16 31 (3.25%) QA Test Engineer
17 30 (3.14%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 210 (21.99%) .NET
2 107 (11.20%) HTML
3 98 (10.26%) CSS
4 94 (9.84%) AngularJS
5 86 (9.01%) React
6 74 (7.75%) Web Services
7 73 (7.64%) .NET Core
8 66 (6.91%) RESTful
9 61 (6.39%) Gherkin
10 49 (5.13%) ASP.NET
11 44 (4.61%) REST
12 38 (3.98%) Node.js
13 33 (3.46%) Sass
14 30 (3.14%) SOAP
15 28 (2.93%) HTML5
16 27 (2.83%) ASP.NET MVC
17 25 (2.62%) XML
18 22 (2.30%) jQuery
19 20 (2.09%) .NET Framework
19 20 (2.09%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 96 (10.05%) User Experience
2 42 (4.40%) Mobile App
3 38 (3.98%) Client/Server
4 33 (3.46%) Enterprise Software
5 28 (2.93%) Self-Motivation
6 26 (2.72%) Life Science
7 20 (2.09%) Algorithms
8 16 (1.68%) Cloud Native
8 16 (1.68%) Greenfield Project
8 16 (1.68%) LIMS
9 13 (1.36%) Virtual Team
10 11 (1.15%) Acoustics
11 10 (1.05%) Management Information System
12 8 (0.84%) Blog
12 8 (0.84%) iPhone
12 8 (0.84%) NHS
12 8 (0.84%) Public Cloud
12 8 (0.84%) Social Media
13 7 (0.73%) Data Centre
13 7 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 79 (8.27%) Linux
2 62 (6.49%) Windows
3 33 (3.46%) Android
4 28 (2.93%) Unix
5 25 (2.62%) Apple iOS
6 11 (1.15%) Mac OS
7 7 (0.73%) Windows Server
8 6 (0.63%) Solaris
9 1 (0.10%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.10%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.10%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 509 (53.30%) Agile Software Development
2 482 (50.47%) Test Automation
3 222 (23.25%) Software Testing
4 206 (21.57%) DevOps
5 204 (21.36%) Scrum
6 156 (16.34%) Problem-Solving
7 142 (14.87%) Manual Testing
8 141 (14.76%) BDD
9 127 (13.30%) TDD
10 107 (11.20%) SDLC
11 105 (10.99%) Continuous Integration
12 102 (10.68%) Test Strategy
13 101 (10.58%) Computer Science
14 94 (9.84%) Coaching
15 90 (9.42%) Analytics
16 89 (9.32%) API Testing
17 87 (9.11%) Software Engineering
18 85 (8.90%) Test Scripting
19 82 (8.59%) Regression Testing
20 77 (8.06%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 297 (31.10%) C#
2 205 (21.47%) JavaScript
3 153 (16.02%) SQL
4 110 (11.52%) Java
5 103 (10.79%) TypeScript
6 96 (10.05%) Python
7 53 (5.55%) Bash Shell
8 46 (4.82%) PHP
9 41 (4.29%) C++
10 39 (4.08%) C
11 38 (3.98%) PowerShell
12 10 (1.05%) T-SQL
13 8 (0.84%) Ruby
14 7 (0.73%) Kotlin
15 6 (0.63%) VB
16 5 (0.52%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.52%) VB6
17 4 (0.42%) ABAP
17 4 (0.42%) Ada
17 4 (0.42%) Ada 95
Qualifications
1 153 (16.02%) Degree
2 67 (7.02%) ISTQB
3 50 (5.24%) Computer Science Degree
4 45 (4.71%) Security Cleared
5 34 (3.56%) ISEB
6 30 (3.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 25 (2.62%) SC Cleared
8 7 (0.73%) CISA
8 7 (0.73%) MBCS
8 7 (0.73%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (0.63%) CEH
9 6 (0.63%) GIAC
9 6 (0.63%) Master's Degree
9 6 (0.63%) OSCE
9 6 (0.63%) OSCP
10 5 (0.52%) HND
11 4 (0.42%) CBAP
11 4 (0.42%) IIBA
11 4 (0.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 3 (0.31%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (4.19%) GDPR
2 28 (2.93%) Accessibility
3 24 (2.51%) WCAG
4 16 (1.68%) Good Clinical Practice
5 12 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 8 (0.84%) NIST
7 6 (0.63%) ISO 9001
7 6 (0.63%) SLA
8 5 (0.52%) Data Quality
8 5 (0.52%) GMP
9 4 (0.42%) Def Stans
9 4 (0.42%) GxP
9 4 (0.42%) PCI DSS
9 4 (0.42%) PMO
10 3 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
11 2 (0.21%) CDISC
11 2 (0.21%) HL7
11 2 (0.21%) ISO 14001
11 2 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.21%) SOC 2
System Software
1 106 (11.10%) Docker
2 6 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.42%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.42%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 4 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.31%) Firmware
4 3 (0.31%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.31%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.10%) IAG
5 1 (0.10%) KVM
5 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 79 (8.27%) Kubernetes
2 42 (4.40%) Terraform
3 26 (2.72%) Grafana
4 15 (1.57%) Ansible
5 9 (0.94%) Kibana
6 8 (0.84%) HP ALM
7 7 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
8 6 (0.63%) HP Fortify
8 6 (0.63%) WebInspect
9 4 (0.42%) PTC Integrity
9 4 (0.42%) SolarWinds Orion
10 3 (0.31%) Single Sign-On
11 2 (0.21%) Failover Clustering
12 1 (0.10%) CA Service Virtualization
12 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
12 1 (0.10%) Prometheus
12 1 (0.10%) Puppet
Vendors
1 110 (11.52%) Microsoft
2 26 (2.72%) Google
3 25 (2.62%) Oracle
3 25 (2.62%) SAP
4 22 (2.30%) Adobe
5 18 (1.88%) Salesforce.com
6 16 (1.68%) YouTube
7 15 (1.57%) LabWare
8 13 (1.36%) Atlassian
8 13 (1.36%) HP
9 10 (1.05%) IBM
9 10 (1.05%) VMware
10 8 (0.84%) Brandwatch
10 8 (0.84%) Remedy
11 7 (0.73%) Ericsson
11 7 (0.73%) Omniture
11 7 (0.73%) Splunk
12 6 (0.63%) Cisco
12 6 (0.63%) Qualys
12 6 (0.63%) Tripwire