Period
to 23 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 23 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South West
6 months to
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 66 93 103
Rank change year-on-year +27 +10 -25
Permanent jobs citing QA 463 349 344
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 4.49% 3.43% 3.15%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.43% 32.53% 26.92%
Number of salaries quoted 352 281 318
South West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.27%
10th Percentile £27,500 £28,250 £26,600
90th Percentile £58,750 £57,500 £62,875
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 West with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
South West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 1,271 1,073 1,278
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 12.34% 10.55% 11.69%
Number of salaries quoted 943 831 1,061
South West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £25,000 £26,250 £23,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £66,250 £67,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the South West

QA
Salary Trend in the South West

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

Salary trend for QA in the South West

QA
Salary Histogram in the South West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the South West over the 6 months to 23 September 2018.

Salary histogram for QA in the South West

QA
Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South West region over the 6 months to 23 September 2018. 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
Bristol +24 211 £45,000 +12.50% 37
Wiltshire +4 69 £37,500 -6.25% 23
Gloucestershire +32 58 £42,500 +6.25% 12
Dorset -1 51 £33,750 -12.90% 10
Cornwall +27 28 - - 4
Devon +18 23 £100,000 +185.71% 2
Somerset -4 21 £37,000 -12.43% 7
QA
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, 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 West region with a requirement for QA.

1 248 (53.56%) Agile Software Development
2 190 (41.04%) Test Automation
3 104 (22.46%) Selenium
4 100 (21.60%) Java
5 89 (19.22%) JavaScript
6 83 (17.93%) SQL
6 83 (17.93%) Degree
7 80 (17.28%) Finance
8 68 (14.69%) Software Testing
9 67 (14.47%) C#
10 62 (13.39%) Mentoring
11 61 (13.17%) BDD
12 60 (12.96%) Software Engineering
13 56 (12.10%) Continuous Integration
14 54 (11.66%) TDD
14 54 (11.66%) DevOps
15 53 (11.45%) Problem-Solving
16 51 (11.02%) Scrum
17 50 (10.80%) Microsoft
18 49 (10.58%) Linux
18 49 (10.58%) Amazon AWS
19 48 (10.37%) Cucumber
20 47 (10.15%) Python
20 47 (10.15%) .NET
21 44 (9.50%) ITIL
21 44 (9.50%) Test Scripting
22 42 (9.07%) Manual Testing
23 41 (8.86%) HTML
23 41 (8.86%) Jenkins
24 40 (8.64%) Analytical Skills

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 16 (3.46%) CMS
2 14 (3.02%) SharePoint
3 11 (2.38%) Tomcat
4 9 (1.94%) Apache
4 9 (1.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 9 (1.94%) JBoss
4 9 (1.94%) Jetty
4 9 (1.94%) WebLogic
5 8 (1.73%) Drupal
6 4 (0.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (0.86%) WordPress
7 3 (0.65%) ArcGIS
8 2 (0.43%) nginx
9 1 (0.22%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.22%) Confluence
9 1 (0.22%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.22%) Joomla!
9 1 (0.22%) SAS
9 1 (0.22%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.22%) Umbraco
Applications
1 17 (3.67%) Microsoft Project
2 16 (3.46%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (1.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (1.51%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.43%) Maximo
3 1 (0.22%) Magento
3 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.22%) Oracle Utilities
Cloud Services
1 49 (10.58%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (5.62%) SaaS
3 24 (5.18%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (1.94%) Amazon EC2
4 9 (1.94%) Amazon S3
4 9 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (1.73%) AWS OpsWorks
6 7 (1.51%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (1.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 5 (1.08%) Office 365
8 4 (0.86%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (0.86%) PaaS
8 4 (0.86%) Serverless
9 3 (0.65%) GitHub
10 2 (0.43%) IaaS
10 2 (0.43%) Runscope
10 2 (0.43%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
10 2 (0.43%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 2 (0.43%) Slack
11 1 (0.22%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.46%) Firewall
2 6 (1.30%) 2G
2 6 (1.30%) 3G
2 6 (1.30%) 4G
2 6 (1.30%) BGP-4
2 6 (1.30%) Ethernet
2 6 (1.30%) GSM
2 6 (1.30%) HTTP
2 6 (1.30%) HTTPS
2 6 (1.30%) IPv4
2 6 (1.30%) IPv6
2 6 (1.30%) LAN
2 6 (1.30%) LTE
2 6 (1.30%) OSPF
2 6 (1.30%) UMTS
2 6 (1.30%) Wi-Fi
3 5 (1.08%) Internet
3 5 (1.08%) Network Security
4 4 (0.86%) DAB
5 2 (0.43%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (7.99%) SQL Server
2 20 (4.32%) Relational Database
3 17 (3.67%) NoSQL
4 14 (3.02%) MongoDB
5 12 (2.59%) Hadoop
5 12 (2.59%) MySQL
6 11 (2.38%) Redis
7 10 (2.16%) Big Data
8 9 (1.94%) Couchbase
8 9 (1.94%) GIS
8 9 (1.94%) Riak
9 8 (1.73%) Amazon RDS
10 7 (1.51%) MarkLogic
10 7 (1.51%) Oracle BI EE
11 6 (1.30%) Power BI
11 6 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 5 (1.08%) BusinessObjects
12 5 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
12 5 (1.08%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 104 (22.46%) Selenium
2 48 (10.37%) Cucumber
3 41 (8.86%) Jenkins
4 39 (8.42%) WebDriver
5 38 (8.21%) Git (software)
6 35 (7.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 28 (6.05%) Maven
8 27 (5.83%) SoapUI
9 22 (4.75%) SpecFlow
10 20 (4.32%) JIRA
10 20 (4.32%) Visual Studio
11 17 (3.67%) Team Foundation Server
12 15 (3.24%) JUnit
13 13 (2.81%) Protractor
14 9 (1.94%) JBehave
15 8 (1.73%) GitLab
16 7 (1.51%) Selenium IDE
17 6 (1.30%) Eclipse
17 6 (1.30%) JMeter
18 5 (1.08%) TeamCity
General
1 80 (17.28%) Finance
2 30 (6.48%) Marketing
3 19 (4.10%) Telecoms
4 16 (3.46%) Retail
5 13 (2.81%) Manufacturing
6 12 (2.59%) Electronics
7 11 (2.38%) Law
8 9 (1.94%) Aerospace
8 9 (1.94%) Banking
9 5 (1.08%) Advertising
10 4 (0.86%) Billing
11 3 (0.65%) Legal
12 2 (0.43%) Publishing
13 1 (0.22%) Automotive
13 1 (0.22%) Back Office
13 1 (0.22%) Games
13 1 (0.22%) Local Government
13 1 (0.22%) Military
13 1 (0.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 146 (31.53%) Analyst
2 70 (15.12%) Test Analyst
3 61 (13.17%) Developer
4 59 (12.74%) QA Engineer
5 49 (10.58%) Tester
6 30 (6.48%) Service Analyst
6 30 (6.48%) Test Engineer
7 28 (6.05%) IT Analyst
8 25 (5.40%) Automation Tester
9 22 (4.75%) QA Analyst
9 22 (4.75%) QA Tester
10 20 (4.32%) QA Leader
10 20 (4.32%) Software Analyst
10 20 (4.32%) Software Test Analyst
11 19 (4.10%) Senior QA Engineer
12 18 (3.89%) Business Analyst
12 18 (3.89%) Test Automation Engineer
13 16 (3.46%) DevOps Engineer
13 16 (3.46%) Graduate
13 16 (3.46%) QA Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (10.15%) .NET
2 41 (8.86%) HTML
3 30 (6.48%) XML
4 25 (5.40%) Spring
5 21 (4.54%) CSS
6 20 (4.32%) SOAP
7 19 (4.10%) REST
8 18 (3.89%) RESTful
8 18 (3.89%) Web Services
9 16 (3.46%) HTML5
10 12 (2.59%) ASP.NET
10 12 (2.59%) Hibernate
11 10 (2.16%) .NET Framework
11 10 (2.16%) AngularJS
11 10 (2.16%) Spring Boot
12 9 (1.94%) JPA
12 9 (1.94%) jQuery
13 8 (1.73%) Elastic Stack
14 6 (1.30%) Entity Framework
14 6 (1.30%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 40 (8.64%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (7.99%) Computer Science
3 33 (7.13%) Management Information System
4 15 (3.24%) User Experience
5 13 (2.81%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (2.38%) Driving Licence
7 10 (2.16%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.51%) Cyberthreat
8 7 (1.51%) Data Centre
8 7 (1.51%) Fintech
8 7 (1.51%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (1.30%) Client/Server
10 4 (0.86%) e-Learning
10 4 (0.86%) Embedded Systems
10 4 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (0.86%) Linux Command Line
10 4 (0.86%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.65%) Cyberattack
11 3 (0.65%) Social Media
12 2 (0.43%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 49 (10.58%) Linux
2 39 (8.42%) Windows
3 15 (3.24%) CentOS
4 11 (2.38%) Unix
5 8 (1.73%) Android
5 8 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (1.51%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.86%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.43%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.43%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.43%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.22%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 248 (53.56%) Agile Software Development
2 190 (41.04%) Test Automation
3 68 (14.69%) Software Testing
4 62 (13.39%) Mentoring
5 61 (13.17%) BDD
6 60 (12.96%) Software Engineering
7 56 (12.10%) Continuous Integration
8 54 (11.66%) DevOps
8 54 (11.66%) TDD
9 53 (11.45%) Problem-Solving
10 51 (11.02%) Scrum
11 44 (9.50%) ITIL
11 44 (9.50%) Test Scripting
12 42 (9.07%) Manual Testing
13 39 (8.42%) Process Improvement
14 36 (7.78%) Test Strategy
15 35 (7.56%) Stakeholder Management
16 33 (7.13%) Continuous Improvement
17 31 (6.70%) Project Management
18 30 (6.48%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 100 (21.60%) Java
2 89 (19.22%) JavaScript
3 83 (17.93%) SQL
4 67 (14.47%) C#
5 47 (10.15%) Python
6 31 (6.70%) C
7 19 (4.10%) Ruby
8 16 (3.46%) PHP
9 13 (2.81%) PowerShell
10 12 (2.59%) Bash Shell
11 11 (2.38%) C++
12 6 (1.30%) Perl
12 6 (1.30%) Scala
12 6 (1.30%) T-SQL
13 5 (1.08%) VBScript
14 4 (0.86%) Assembly Language
14 4 (0.86%) PL/SQL
14 4 (0.86%) R
15 3 (0.65%) Java 8
15 3 (0.65%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 83 (17.93%) Degree
2 40 (8.64%) Security Cleared
3 31 (6.70%) ISTQB
4 28 (6.05%) ISEB
5 17 (3.67%) SC Cleared
6 13 (2.81%) DV Cleared
7 10 (2.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (1.94%) PMP
9 7 (1.51%) CCNP
9 7 (1.51%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (1.51%) Computer Science Degree
9 7 (1.51%) PMI Certification
10 6 (1.30%) Chartered Engineer
10 6 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 5 (1.08%) CISSP
12 3 (0.65%) CEH
12 3 (0.65%) CESG Certified Professional
12 3 (0.65%) GIAC
13 2 (0.43%) Master's Degree
13 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.24%) PMO
2 10 (2.16%) ISO 9001
3 6 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 6 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 5 (1.08%) WCAG
5 4 (0.86%) DO-178B
6 3 (0.65%) GDPR
6 3 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.43%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.22%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.22%) EMIR
8 1 (0.22%) MiFID
System Software
1 20 (4.32%) Docker
2 7 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.08%) VMware Server
4 1 (0.22%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.22%) vSphere
4 1 (0.22%) XenApp
4 1 (0.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (4.54%) Puppet
2 6 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (1.08%) WMI
4 2 (0.43%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.22%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.22%) Ansible
5 1 (0.22%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 1 (0.22%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.22%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.22%) Oozie
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.22%) SCCM
5 1 (0.22%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 50 (10.80%) Microsoft
2 29 (6.26%) Oracle
3 15 (3.24%) Red Hat
4 13 (2.81%) SAP
5 7 (1.51%) VMware
6 5 (1.08%) Tableau
7 4 (0.86%) Panasonic
8 3 (0.65%) Informatica
9 2 (0.43%) BT
9 2 (0.43%) Citrix
9 2 (0.43%) Cognizant
9 2 (0.43%) Google
9 2 (0.43%) HP
9 2 (0.43%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.43%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.22%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.22%) CheckPoint
10 1 (0.22%) Palo Alto
10 1 (0.22%) Symantec
10 1 (0.22%) TIBCO