Period
to 18 September 2019

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 18 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England > South West
6 months to
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 76 67 94
Rank change year-on-year -9 +27 +10
Permanent jobs citing QA 408 475 343
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 4.06% 4.58% 3.37%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.02% 36.31% 31.94%
Number of salaries quoted 321 364 276
South West median annual salary £43,156 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.54% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £27,500 £28,250
90th Percentile £61,250 £58,750 £57,500
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 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 1,165 1,308 1,074
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 11.60% 12.60% 10.55%
Number of salaries quoted 884 978 830
South West median annual salary £44,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £25,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £67,727 £63,750 £65,000
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 18 September 2019.

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 18 September 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
Bristol -14 131 £45,000 - 17
Wiltshire +2 85 £42,500 +14.38% 10
Dorset +7 51 £40,000 +14.29% 7
Devon +5 46 £31,000 -69.00% 7
Gloucestershire -42 41 £42,500 - 17
Somerset +23 38 £45,000 +21.62% 4
Cornwall +5 15 £57,500 - 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 West region with a requirement for QA.

1 221 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
2 209 (51.23%) Test Automation
3 115 (28.19%) C#
4 111 (27.21%) SQL
5 99 (24.26%) Scrum
6 91 (22.30%) Finance
7 83 (20.34%) Selenium
8 82 (20.10%) ISTQB
9 74 (18.14%) BDD
10 73 (17.89%) .NET
11 71 (17.40%) Mentoring
12 70 (17.16%) Software Testing
13 69 (16.91%) DevOps
14 64 (15.69%) Software Engineering
15 59 (14.46%) Continuous Integration
16 58 (14.22%) Manual Testing
17 57 (13.97%) ISEB
18 56 (13.73%) TDD
19 55 (13.48%) Git (software)
20 54 (13.24%) Coaching
20 54 (13.24%) JavaScript
21 53 (12.99%) HTML
22 52 (12.75%) SDLC
23 50 (12.25%) Java
24 48 (11.76%) SQL Server
25 47 (11.52%) Web Services
25 47 (11.52%) AngularJS
25 47 (11.52%) User Acceptance Testing
26 45 (11.03%) Unit Testing
27 43 (10.54%) SpecFlow

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 17 (4.17%) Confluence
2 13 (3.19%) CMS
3 5 (1.23%) Apache
3 5 (1.23%) IIS
3 5 (1.23%) Sitecore CMS
4 4 (0.98%) Tomcat
4 4 (0.98%) WordPress
5 3 (0.74%) JBoss
5 3 (0.74%) Jetty
5 3 (0.74%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 13 (3.19%) Spreadsheet
2 5 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.49%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.25%) EngageOne
4 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 31 (7.60%) Azure
2 17 (4.17%) npm
2 17 (4.17%) SaaS
3 13 (3.19%) AWS
4 7 (1.72%) NuGet
5 5 (1.23%) Amazon EC2
5 5 (1.23%) GCP
6 4 (0.98%) Amazon SQS
7 3 (0.74%) Google Analytics
7 3 (0.74%) PaaS
8 2 (0.49%) BlazeMeter
8 2 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.49%) GitHub
8 2 (0.49%) Office 365
8 2 (0.49%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 2 (0.49%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 2 (0.49%) Trello
9 1 (0.25%) BrowserStack
9 1 (0.25%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 13 (3.19%) Internet
2 8 (1.96%) RS-232
2 8 (1.96%) RS-485
3 7 (1.72%) SMS
3 7 (1.72%) SSH
4 1 (0.25%) LAN
4 1 (0.25%) Network Security
4 1 (0.25%) PBX
4 1 (0.25%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 19 (4.66%) Relational Database
3 15 (3.68%) MySQL
4 10 (2.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (2.21%) NoSQL
5 9 (2.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
7 3 (0.74%) Couchbase
7 3 (0.74%) Data Mining
7 3 (0.74%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.74%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.74%) Redis
7 3 (0.74%) Riak
7 3 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.49%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.25%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.25%) GIS
9 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 83 (20.34%) Selenium
2 55 (13.48%) Git (software)
3 43 (10.54%) SpecFlow
4 42 (10.29%) JIRA
5 38 (9.31%) Cucumber
6 30 (7.35%) SoapUI
7 28 (6.86%) Team Foundation Server
8 20 (4.90%) Jenkins
9 18 (4.41%) JMeter
9 18 (4.41%) LoadRunner
10 15 (3.68%) WebDriver
11 14 (3.43%) Visual Studio
12 9 (2.21%) Bitbucket
13 8 (1.96%) FitNesse
13 8 (1.96%) git-flow
14 7 (1.72%) Bower
14 7 (1.72%) Octopus Deploy
14 7 (1.72%) Protractor
15 5 (1.23%) Subversion
16 4 (0.98%) HP UFT
General
1 91 (22.30%) Finance
2 40 (9.80%) Marketing
3 38 (9.31%) Public Sector
3 38 (9.31%) Telecoms
4 30 (7.35%) Electronics
4 30 (7.35%) Manufacturing
5 20 (4.90%) Retail
6 10 (2.45%) Aerospace
7 8 (1.96%) Norwegian Language
8 7 (1.72%) Law
8 7 (1.72%) Military
9 6 (1.47%) Avionics
9 6 (1.47%) Banking
10 5 (1.23%) Japanese Language
11 4 (0.98%) Advertising
11 4 (0.98%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.98%) Housing Association
12 3 (0.74%) Automotive
13 2 (0.49%) Legal
13 2 (0.49%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 113 (27.70%) Analyst
2 68 (16.67%) Developer
3 57 (13.97%) Tester
4 53 (12.99%) QA Analyst
5 35 (8.58%) Test Analyst
6 28 (6.86%) Software Tester
7 27 (6.62%) Software Engineer
8 26 (6.37%) Test Manager
9 25 (6.13%) QA Engineer
9 25 (6.13%) QA Leader
10 23 (5.64%) Test Leader
11 21 (5.15%) Test Engineer
12 20 (4.90%) Quality Analyst
13 18 (4.41%) Graduate
13 18 (4.41%) QA Tester
14 16 (3.92%) Software Analyst
15 13 (3.19%) .NET Developer
15 13 (3.19%) Junior
15 13 (3.19%) Test Automation Engineer
16 12 (2.94%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (17.89%) .NET
2 53 (12.99%) HTML
3 47 (11.52%) AngularJS
3 47 (11.52%) Web Services
4 36 (8.82%) CSS
4 36 (8.82%) REST
5 34 (8.33%) Gherkin
6 30 (7.35%) HTML5
7 27 (6.62%) React
8 26 (6.37%) ASP.NET
9 24 (5.88%) .NET Framework
10 22 (5.39%) Node.js
10 22 (5.39%) XML
11 20 (4.90%) RESTful
12 15 (3.68%) ASP.NET MVC
13 13 (3.19%) JSON
14 10 (2.45%) Entity Framework
14 10 (2.45%) SOAP
14 10 (2.45%) WinForms
14 10 (2.45%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 41 (10.05%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (7.11%) Mobile App
3 13 (3.19%) Management Information System
4 11 (2.70%) Enterprise Software
5 10 (2.45%) Embedded Systems
5 10 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (2.21%) Greenfield Project
7 7 (1.72%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (1.47%) Driving Licence
8 6 (1.47%) User Experience
9 2 (0.49%) Acoustics
9 2 (0.49%) CCTV
9 2 (0.49%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.49%) Xbox
10 1 (0.25%) Analytical Mindset
10 1 (0.25%) Contactless
10 1 (0.25%) Renewable Energy
10 1 (0.25%) Robotics
10 1 (0.25%) Smart Home
10 1 (0.25%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 36 (8.82%) Windows
2 25 (6.13%) Linux
3 5 (1.23%) Ubuntu
4 4 (0.98%) Android
4 4 (0.98%) Apple iOS
4 4 (0.98%) Windows 10
5 2 (0.49%) CentOS
5 2 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.25%) Unix
6 1 (0.25%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 221 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
2 209 (51.23%) Test Automation
3 99 (24.26%) Scrum
4 74 (18.14%) BDD
5 71 (17.40%) Mentoring
6 70 (17.16%) Software Testing
7 69 (16.91%) DevOps
8 64 (15.69%) Software Engineering
9 59 (14.46%) Continuous Integration
10 58 (14.22%) Manual Testing
11 56 (13.73%) TDD
12 54 (13.24%) Coaching
13 52 (12.75%) SDLC
14 47 (11.52%) User Acceptance Testing
15 45 (11.03%) Unit Testing
16 41 (10.05%) Test Scripting
16 41 (10.05%) Test Strategy
17 39 (9.56%) Regression Testing
18 37 (9.07%) Continuous Improvement
19 35 (8.58%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 115 (28.19%) C#
2 111 (27.21%) SQL
3 54 (13.24%) JavaScript
4 50 (12.25%) Java
5 30 (7.35%) C++
6 29 (7.11%) Python
7 18 (4.41%) TypeScript
8 17 (4.17%) C
8 17 (4.17%) PowerShell
9 16 (3.92%) ES6
10 15 (3.68%) PHP
11 10 (2.45%) R
12 9 (2.21%) Ruby
12 9 (2.21%) VB.NET
13 4 (0.98%) PHP 7
14 2 (0.49%) Assembly Language
14 2 (0.49%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.49%) Delphi
14 2 (0.49%) MATLAB
14 2 (0.49%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 82 (20.10%) ISTQB
2 57 (13.97%) ISEB
3 42 (10.29%) Degree
4 30 (7.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 17 (4.17%) Security Cleared
6 14 (3.43%) SC Cleared
7 12 (2.94%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (1.47%) ISEB Practitioner
8 6 (1.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.49%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.49%) PMP
9 2 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.25%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.25%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.25%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.70%) ISO 9001
2 8 (1.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.47%) COSHH
4 5 (1.23%) GDPR
5 4 (0.98%) EFQM
5 4 (0.98%) SLA
6 3 (0.74%) ISAE 3402
6 3 (0.74%) ISO 22301
7 2 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.49%) NIST
7 2 (0.49%) PMO
8 1 (0.25%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (3.92%) Docker
2 6 (1.47%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.25%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 7 (1.72%) Puppet
2 6 (1.47%) Control-M
3 4 (0.98%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.49%) Ansible
5 2 (0.49%) HP ALM
6 1 (0.25%) Docker Swarm
6 1 (0.25%) Grafana
6 1 (0.25%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.25%) Nagios
6 1 (0.25%) Prometheus
6 1 (0.25%) Red Hat Spacewalk
Vendors
1 42 (10.29%) Microsoft
2 31 (7.60%) SAP
3 16 (3.92%) Atlassian
4 14 (3.43%) Apple
5 12 (2.94%) Cadence
6 9 (2.21%) Oracle
7 8 (1.96%) Google
7 8 (1.96%) hybris
8 7 (1.72%) Sitecore
9 4 (0.98%) VMware
10 3 (0.74%) Salesforce.com
11 2 (0.49%) Coremetrics
11 2 (0.49%) HP
11 2 (0.49%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
11 2 (0.49%) ServiceNow
11 2 (0.49%) Snow
12 1 (0.25%) DocuSign
12 1 (0.25%) New Relic
12 1 (0.25%) Pinterest
12 1 (0.25%) Samsung