Period
to 4 June 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 4 June 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 35 51 55
Rank change year-on-year +16 +4 +7
Permanent jobs citing QA 933 1,300 1,521
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 5.94% 5.01% 5.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.76% 35.31% 38.26%
Number of salaries quoted 753 1,121 1,384
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £31,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £67,500 £66,250
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 2,132 3,682 3,975
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 13.58% 14.19% 13.16%
Number of salaries quoted 1,606 2,843 3,138
Median annual salary £51,500 £49,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.04% +4.21% +11.76%
10th Percentile £29,000 £27,050 £26,743
90th Percentile £78,750 £70,000 £70,225
England median annual salary £54,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.00% - +5.26%

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 4 June 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 4 June 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 +32 430 £50,000 -4.76% 13
Berkshire +34 231 £57,500 +9.52% 8
Hampshire +14 191 £47,750 +6.11% 7
Surrey +7 134 £50,000 - 11
Buckinghamshire +23 108 £42,500 -18.27% 2
West Sussex -4 108 £60,000 +33.33% 4
Oxfordshire +12 91 £45,000 -18.18% 3
East Sussex -12 59 £60,000 +41.18% 4
Kent +6 9 £38,750 -22.50% 6
Middlesex +5 1 - -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 4 June 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.

1 443 (47.48%) Agile Software Development
2 433 (46.41%) Test Automation
3 286 (30.65%) C#
4 199 (21.33%) SQL
5 196 (21.01%) .NET
6 195 (20.90%) Java
7 187 (20.04%) Selenium
8 179 (19.19%) Scrum
9 163 (17.47%) JavaScript
10 162 (17.36%) Azure
11 137 (14.68%) Degree
12 130 (13.93%) DevOps
13 128 (13.72%) Microsoft
14 126 (13.50%) Finance
15 123 (13.18%) SDLC
16 117 (12.54%) JIRA
17 112 (12.00%) SaaS
18 110 (11.79%) Problem-Solving
19 105 (11.25%) AWS
20 104 (11.15%) Git (software)
21 103 (11.04%) Continuous Integration
22 99 (10.61%) Software Engineering
22 99 (10.61%) Continuous Improvement
23 98 (10.50%) SQL Server
24 93 (9.97%) Manual Testing
25 91 (9.75%) Regression Testing
26 90 (9.65%) MVC
26 90 (9.65%) Python
27 89 (9.54%) Test Strategy
27 89 (9.54%) Mentoring

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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 76 (8.15%) Confluence
2 21 (2.25%) SharePoint
3 16 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (0.86%) IIS
4 8 (0.86%) SAS
4 8 (0.86%) Umbraco
5 6 (0.64%) CICS
6 5 (0.54%) CMS
6 5 (0.54%) JBoss
6 5 (0.54%) Skype for Business
6 5 (0.54%) WebSphere
7 3 (0.32%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.32%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (0.21%) Apache
8 2 (0.21%) nginx
8 2 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.21%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.11%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.11%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 30 (3.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (2.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 15 (1.61%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.61%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.21%) Abaqus
5 2 (0.21%) Mathcad
6 1 (0.11%) EngageOne
6 1 (0.11%) PrintSoft PReS
6 1 (0.11%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 6 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
1 6 (0.64%) NetSuite
2 3 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.11%) Exstream
3 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 162 (17.36%) Azure
2 112 (12.00%) SaaS
3 105 (11.25%) AWS
4 30 (3.22%) Office 365
5 24 (2.57%) GitHub
6 20 (2.14%) Logic Apps
6 20 (2.14%) PaaS
7 19 (2.04%) OpenShift
8 17 (1.82%) AWS Lambda
9 12 (1.29%) Serverless
10 11 (1.18%) BlazeMeter
10 11 (1.18%) BrowserStack
11 8 (0.86%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 8 (0.86%) Amazon Cognito
11 8 (0.86%) IaaS
11 8 (0.86%) Loggly
11 8 (0.86%) Power Platform
12 7 (0.75%) npm
13 6 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
13 6 (0.64%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.43%) VoIP
2 22 (2.36%) ZigBee
3 18 (1.93%) HTTP
4 15 (1.61%) Skype
5 14 (1.50%) Firewall
6 11 (1.18%) NetScaler
7 10 (1.07%) Internet
8 7 (0.75%) Intranet
8 7 (0.75%) SSL
9 5 (0.54%) DNS
10 4 (0.43%) SMTP
10 4 (0.43%) TCP/IP
11 3 (0.32%) DWDM
11 3 (0.32%) IPv6
11 3 (0.32%) Wireless
11 3 (0.32%) Wireshark
12 2 (0.21%) INAP
12 2 (0.21%) SIGTRAN
12 2 (0.21%) SMS
12 2 (0.21%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (10.50%) SQL Server
2 85 (9.11%) Relational Database
3 48 (5.14%) PostgreSQL
4 43 (4.61%) Big Data
5 37 (3.97%) Data Warehouse
6 33 (3.54%) NoSQL
7 31 (3.32%) Redis
8 19 (2.04%) Hadoop
8 19 (2.04%) OLTP
9 18 (1.93%) InterSystems Cache
10 15 (1.61%) MongoDB
11 12 (1.29%) Akavache
12 11 (1.18%) SQL Server 2014
12 11 (1.18%) SQL Server 2016
13 10 (1.07%) MySQL
13 10 (1.07%) Oracle Database
14 8 (0.86%) Data Lake
14 8 (0.86%) DB2
14 8 (0.86%) Power BI
15 6 (0.64%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 187 (20.04%) Selenium
2 117 (12.54%) JIRA
3 104 (11.15%) Git (software)
4 79 (8.47%) Jenkins
5 70 (7.50%) SpecFlow
6 62 (6.65%) Cucumber
7 57 (6.11%) WebDriver
8 47 (5.04%) SoapUI
9 46 (4.93%) JMeter
10 37 (3.97%) webpack
11 36 (3.86%) Postman
12 31 (3.32%) gulp
13 24 (2.57%) Team Foundation Server
14 20 (2.14%) Grunt
14 20 (2.14%) Visual Studio
15 17 (1.82%) Octopus Deploy
16 14 (1.50%) Jasmine
17 13 (1.39%) git-flow
17 13 (1.39%) JUnit
18 12 (1.29%) TeamCity
General
1 126 (13.50%) Finance
2 81 (8.68%) Public Sector
3 39 (4.18%) Telecoms
4 35 (3.75%) Retail
5 33 (3.54%) Marketing
6 17 (1.82%) Manufacturing
7 14 (1.50%) Aerospace
8 9 (0.96%) Banking
9 8 (0.86%) Back Office
10 7 (0.75%) Legal
11 6 (0.64%) Local Government
12 4 (0.43%) Games
12 4 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.32%) Publishing
14 2 (0.21%) Billing
14 2 (0.21%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 163 (17.47%) Developer
2 133 (14.26%) QA Engineer
3 122 (13.08%) Analyst
4 101 (10.83%) Tester
5 63 (6.75%) QA Tester
6 53 (5.68%) Test Engineer
7 52 (5.57%) QA Analyst
8 50 (5.36%) Architect
9 48 (5.14%) Test Analyst
10 46 (4.93%) Software Tester
11 45 (4.82%) QA Manager
12 42 (4.50%) QA Automation Engineer
13 39 (4.18%) Automation Engineer
14 36 (3.86%) Software Engineer
15 34 (3.64%) Test Manager
16 31 (3.32%) Automation Tester
17 29 (3.11%) .NET Developer
17 29 (3.11%) Software QA Tester
18 28 (3.00%) Senior QA Engineer
19 26 (2.79%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 196 (21.01%) .NET
2 85 (9.11%) CSS
3 79 (8.47%) ASP.NET
4 77 (8.25%) AngularJS
5 75 (8.04%) HTML
6 70 (7.50%) Web Services
7 55 (5.89%) .NET Framework
8 52 (5.57%) .NET Core
9 50 (5.36%) React
10 45 (4.82%) ASP.NET MVC
11 42 (4.50%) HTML5
12 41 (4.39%) ASP.NET Web API
13 38 (4.07%) Node.js
14 37 (3.97%) XML
15 28 (3.00%) RESTful
16 23 (2.47%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 20 (2.14%) Dapper ORM
17 20 (2.14%) NHibernate
17 20 (2.14%) REST
17 20 (2.14%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 76 (8.15%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (4.61%) User Experience
3 40 (4.29%) Mobile App
4 32 (3.43%) CMDB
5 28 (3.00%) Management Information System
6 24 (2.57%) Enterprise Software
7 21 (2.25%) Smart Meter
8 20 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
9 18 (1.93%) Greenfield Project
10 15 (1.61%) PMI
10 15 (1.61%) Video Conferencing
10 15 (1.61%) Virtual Team
11 10 (1.07%) Algorithms
11 10 (1.07%) Driving Licence
11 10 (1.07%) Mainframe
11 10 (1.07%) Smart Energy
11 10 (1.07%) Smartphone
12 9 (0.96%) Cyberattack
13 8 (0.86%) Linux Command Line
14 6 (0.64%) Acoustics
Operating Systems
1 74 (7.93%) Linux
2 66 (7.07%) Windows
3 31 (3.32%) Unix
4 20 (2.14%) Windows Server
5 12 (1.29%) Windows 10
6 11 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (1.18%) Windows Server 2016
7 10 (1.07%) Apple iOS
8 8 (0.86%) VMS
9 7 (0.75%) Android
10 6 (0.64%) Windows Server 2019
11 3 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.11%) AIX
12 1 (0.11%) Amazon Linux
12 1 (0.11%) CentOS
12 1 (0.11%) Solaris
12 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 443 (47.48%) Agile Software Development
2 433 (46.41%) Test Automation
3 179 (19.19%) Scrum
4 130 (13.93%) DevOps
5 123 (13.18%) SDLC
6 110 (11.79%) Problem-Solving
7 103 (11.04%) Continuous Integration
8 99 (10.61%) Continuous Improvement
8 99 (10.61%) Software Engineering
9 93 (9.97%) Manual Testing
10 91 (9.75%) Regression Testing
11 90 (9.65%) MVC
12 89 (9.54%) Mentoring
12 89 (9.54%) Test Strategy
13 86 (9.22%) Microservices
14 82 (8.79%) BDD
15 81 (8.68%) Computer Science
16 79 (8.47%) Test Scripting
17 74 (7.93%) TDD
18 70 (7.50%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 286 (30.65%) C#
2 199 (21.33%) SQL
3 195 (20.90%) Java
4 163 (17.47%) JavaScript
5 90 (9.65%) Python
6 41 (4.39%) PowerShell
7 37 (3.97%) T-SQL
8 36 (3.86%) C++
9 29 (3.11%) Bash Shell
9 29 (3.11%) C
10 19 (2.04%) VB
11 16 (1.71%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 15 (1.61%) PL/SQL
13 14 (1.50%) Apex Code
13 14 (1.50%) PHP
14 13 (1.39%) Ruby
15 12 (1.29%) ES6
15 12 (1.29%) Perl
16 11 (1.18%) TypeScript
16 11 (1.18%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 137 (14.68%) Degree
2 72 (7.72%) ISTQB
3 54 (5.79%) ISEB
4 42 (4.50%) Computer Science Degree
5 26 (2.79%) Microsoft Certification
6 22 (2.36%) Security Cleared
7 17 (1.82%) SC Cleared
8 14 (1.50%) PMI Certification
9 12 (1.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 8 (0.86%) PMP
11 6 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (0.64%) MCP
12 5 (0.54%) CCNA
12 5 (0.54%) CISSP
12 5 (0.54%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.54%) MCSA
12 5 (0.54%) MCSE
13 4 (0.43%) SANS
14 3 (0.32%) CTC Cleared
14 3 (0.32%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (3.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 18 (1.93%) GDPR
3 17 (1.82%) Data Quality
4 15 (1.61%) NIST
5 10 (1.07%) SLA
6 8 (0.86%) PMO
7 4 (0.43%) COBIT
7 4 (0.43%) ECSS
7 4 (0.43%) ISO 13485
7 4 (0.43%) PMBOK
8 2 (0.21%) GMP
8 2 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.21%) ISO 22301
8 2 (0.21%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.21%) NCSC
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.11%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 60 (6.43%) Docker
2 27 (2.89%) Active Directory
3 19 (2.04%) Hyper-V
4 15 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
5 12 (1.29%) vSphere
6 11 (1.18%) XenApp
6 11 (1.18%) XenDesktop
7 9 (0.96%) BitLocker
8 5 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.32%) RACF
10 2 (0.21%) ACF2
10 2 (0.21%) Postfix
10 2 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
11 1 (0.11%) Job Entry Subsystem
11 1 (0.11%) KVM
11 1 (0.11%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 41 (4.39%) Kubernetes
2 37 (3.97%) HP ALM
3 19 (2.04%) Puppet
4 15 (1.61%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (1.50%) Ansible
6 12 (1.29%) Terraform
7 11 (1.18%) Backup Exec
7 11 (1.18%) HP Fortify
7 11 (1.18%) Norton AntiVirus
7 11 (1.18%) WebInspect
8 7 (0.75%) HP Quality Center
9 5 (0.54%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (0.32%) SCCM
11 2 (0.21%) Single Sign-On
12 1 (0.11%) BMC PATROL
12 1 (0.11%) Consul
12 1 (0.11%) HAProxy
12 1 (0.11%) Packer
12 1 (0.11%) Rancher
12 1 (0.11%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 128 (13.72%) Microsoft
2 60 (6.43%) HP
3 40 (4.29%) Oracle
4 38 (4.07%) Xamarin
5 28 (3.00%) CA
6 27 (2.89%) Delphix
7 26 (2.79%) Google
8 25 (2.68%) Remedy
9 24 (2.57%) IBM
9 24 (2.57%) SAP
10 22 (2.36%) Salesforce.com
11 20 (2.14%) Sophos
12 19 (2.04%) Cisco
12 19 (2.04%) Cloudera
12 19 (2.04%) InterSystems
13 16 (1.71%) VMware
14 14 (1.50%) Sage
15 13 (1.39%) Dell
15 13 (1.39%) Juniper
16 12 (1.29%) Citrix