Period
to 18 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the Thames Valley 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 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
South East > Thames Valley
6 months to
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 56 49 68
Rank change year-on-year -7 +19 -4
Permanent jobs citing QA 481 653 547
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the Thames Valley 4.67% 5.29% 4.08%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.90% 41.89% 32.31%
Number of salaries quoted 415 573 416
Thames Valley median annual salary £47,500 £46,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.26% +2.22% -5.26%
10th Percentile £31,000 £28,300 £27,000
90th Percentile £68,750 £65,000 £67,500
South East median annual salary £47,500 £44,000 £44,500
% change year-on-year +7.95% -1.12% -1.11%

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 Thames Valley with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Thames Valley
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 1,419 1,559 1,693
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the Thames Valley 13.79% 12.62% 12.63%
Number of salaries quoted 1,042 1,165 1,266
Thames Valley median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -5.26%
10th Percentile £31,000 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,800 £72,000
South East median annual salary £48,250 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.22% - -

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the Thames Valley

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the Thames Valley.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the Thames Valley

QA
Salary Trend in the Thames Valley

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

Salary trend for QA in the Thames Valley

QA
Salary Histogram in the Thames Valley

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the Thames Valley over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Salary histogram for QA in the Thames Valley

QA
Job Locations in the Thames Valley

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Thames Valley region over the 6 months to 18 January 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
Berkshire -2 259 £47,500 +5.56% 42
Buckinghamshire +15 121 £45,000 +5.88% 22
Oxfordshire -26 97 £50,000 -4.76% 27
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 18 January 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 Thames Valley region with a requirement for QA.

1 248 (51.56%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (36.38%) Test Automation
3 132 (27.44%) Java
4 114 (23.70%) JavaScript
4 114 (23.70%) SQL
4 114 (23.70%) Scrum
5 100 (20.79%) Selenium
6 96 (19.96%) Degree
6 96 (19.96%) C#
7 89 (18.50%) JIRA
8 84 (17.46%) Git (software)
9 76 (15.80%) Mentoring
10 75 (15.59%) SDLC
11 74 (15.38%) Windows
12 68 (14.14%) Finance
13 65 (13.51%) XML
13 65 (13.51%) Microsoft
14 62 (12.89%) .NET
15 61 (12.68%) Coaching
16 59 (12.27%) BDD
17 58 (12.06%) Microsoft Azure
17 58 (12.06%) Jenkins
18 57 (11.85%) SQL Server
19 56 (11.64%) Amazon AWS
20 55 (11.43%) Linux
20 55 (11.43%) REST
21 53 (11.02%) Problem-Solving
21 53 (11.02%) Continuous Integration
21 53 (11.02%) TDD
22 51 (10.60%) DevOps

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the Thames Valley 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 46 (9.56%) Confluence
2 17 (3.53%) IIS
3 12 (2.49%) CMS
4 11 (2.29%) Anypoint
4 11 (2.29%) Apache Spark
4 11 (2.29%) Mule
4 11 (2.29%) Mule ESB
4 11 (2.29%) SharePoint
5 8 (1.66%) Tomcat
6 7 (1.46%) Apache
6 7 (1.46%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (1.04%) Apache Pig
8 4 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.42%) JBoss
9 2 (0.42%) WordPress
10 1 (0.21%) iPlanet
10 1 (0.21%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 23 (4.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (2.49%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (2.29%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (2.08%) MS Visio
5 8 (1.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.62%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.62%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.83%) Scribe Insight
2 3 (0.62%) Magento
3 2 (0.42%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.42%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.21%) Infor SunSystems
4 1 (0.21%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.21%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.21%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.21%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 58 (12.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 56 (11.64%) Amazon AWS
3 24 (4.99%) SaaS
4 18 (3.74%) GitHub
4 18 (3.74%) PaaS
5 15 (3.12%) Serverless
6 14 (2.91%) IaaS
7 10 (2.08%) Office 365
8 8 (1.66%) Google Cloud Platform
9 7 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (1.04%) AWS Lambda
10 5 (1.04%) Azure Functions
10 5 (1.04%) iPaaS
11 4 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.83%) Amazon EMR
11 4 (0.83%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.83%) Dynamics 365
11 4 (0.83%) Scribe Online
12 3 (0.62%) Data Lake Analytics
12 3 (0.62%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.49%) HTTP
2 8 (1.66%) Internet
3 5 (1.04%) DNS
3 5 (1.04%) Firewall
3 5 (1.04%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.83%) LAN
4 4 (0.83%) WAN
5 2 (0.42%) 2G
5 2 (0.42%) 3G
5 2 (0.42%) 4G
6 1 (0.21%) ATM
6 1 (0.21%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.21%) CTI
6 1 (0.21%) DHCP
6 1 (0.21%) OpenLDAP
6 1 (0.21%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (11.85%) SQL Server
2 22 (4.57%) Relational Database
3 21 (4.37%) Big Data
4 19 (3.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 18 (3.74%) MongoDB
5 18 (3.74%) MySQL
6 17 (3.53%) NoSQL
6 17 (3.53%) PostgreSQL
7 15 (3.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 13 (2.70%) Redis
9 11 (2.29%) Power BI
10 9 (1.87%) RDBMS
10 9 (1.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 7 (1.46%) Data Lake
11 7 (1.46%) Hadoop
12 6 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
12 6 (1.25%) HBase
13 4 (0.83%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.83%) Cognos Impromptu
13 4 (0.83%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 100 (20.79%) Selenium
2 89 (18.50%) JIRA
3 84 (17.46%) Git (software)
4 58 (12.06%) Jenkins
5 47 (9.77%) WebDriver
6 36 (7.48%) Cucumber
7 29 (6.03%) IntelliJ
7 29 (6.03%) Maven
8 27 (5.61%) Eclipse
9 19 (3.95%) JUnit
9 19 (3.95%) Team Foundation Server
10 18 (3.74%) SoapUI
11 17 (3.53%) Subversion
12 13 (2.70%) JMeter
13 11 (2.29%) Gradle
13 11 (2.29%) Mockito
13 11 (2.29%) Sonatype Nexus
13 11 (2.29%) SpecFlow
14 9 (1.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 9 (1.87%) Mercurial
General
1 68 (14.14%) Finance
2 30 (6.24%) Marketing
3 29 (6.03%) Telecoms
4 28 (5.82%) Publishing
5 25 (5.20%) Retail
6 19 (3.95%) Banking
7 17 (3.53%) Manufacturing
8 14 (2.91%) Legal
9 13 (2.70%) Electronics
10 8 (1.66%) Law
11 7 (1.46%) Automotive
12 5 (1.04%) Back Office
13 3 (0.62%) Advertising
14 1 (0.21%) Corporate Banking
14 1 (0.21%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 102 (21.21%) Developer
2 76 (15.80%) Analyst
3 61 (12.68%) QA Engineer
4 59 (12.27%) Tester
5 53 (11.02%) Test Engineer
6 41 (8.52%) QA Automation Engineer
7 40 (8.32%) Test Automation Engineer
8 37 (7.69%) Test Analyst
9 30 (6.24%) Automation Tester
9 30 (6.24%) QA Tester
10 26 (5.41%) Business Analyst
11 23 (4.78%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 23 (4.78%) QA Test Engineer
12 22 (4.57%) QA Analyst
12 22 (4.57%) Senior Developer
13 21 (4.37%) QA Automation Tester
13 21 (4.37%) Senior QA Engineer
14 19 (3.95%) QA Leader
14 19 (3.95%) Software Tester
15 18 (3.74%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (13.51%) XML
2 62 (12.89%) .NET
3 55 (11.43%) REST
4 50 (10.40%) CSS
4 50 (10.40%) JSON
5 49 (10.19%) HTML
6 48 (9.98%) AngularJS
7 45 (9.36%) Web Services
8 44 (9.15%) HTML5
8 44 (9.15%) SOAP
9 43 (8.94%) React
10 28 (5.82%) CSS3
10 28 (5.82%) Spring
11 26 (5.41%) RESTful
12 21 (4.37%) jQuery
12 21 (4.37%) Sass
13 19 (3.95%) Node.js
14 17 (3.53%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 13 (2.70%) ActiveMQ
15 13 (2.70%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 41 (8.52%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (5.61%) Virtual Team
3 24 (4.99%) Mobile App
4 23 (4.78%) User Experience
5 14 (2.91%) Enterprise Cloud
6 12 (2.49%) Robotics
6 12 (2.49%) Tandem
7 11 (2.29%) Fintech
7 11 (2.29%) Greenfield Project
7 11 (2.29%) Linux Command Line
8 10 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (2.08%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.46%) CUDA
9 7 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (1.46%) W3C
10 6 (1.25%) Data Centre
10 6 (1.25%) PMI
11 5 (1.04%) Analytical Mindset
12 4 (0.83%) Social Media
13 3 (0.62%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 74 (15.38%) Windows
2 55 (11.43%) Linux
3 30 (6.24%) Android
3 30 (6.24%) Apple iOS
4 27 (5.61%) Unix
5 10 (2.08%) Windows Phone
6 7 (1.46%) Windows Phone 8
7 5 (1.04%) Windows Server
7 5 (1.04%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.83%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.62%) VMS
9 3 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.21%) CentOS
10 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.21%) Solaris
10 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 248 (51.56%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (36.38%) Test Automation
3 114 (23.70%) Scrum
4 76 (15.80%) Mentoring
5 75 (15.59%) SDLC
6 61 (12.68%) Coaching
7 59 (12.27%) BDD
8 53 (11.02%) Continuous Integration
8 53 (11.02%) Problem-Solving
8 53 (11.02%) TDD
9 51 (10.60%) DevOps
10 48 (9.98%) Software Testing
11 47 (9.77%) Software Engineering
12 45 (9.36%) Microservices
13 43 (8.94%) Kanban
13 43 (8.94%) Waterfall
14 38 (7.90%) Test Strategy
15 36 (7.48%) Business Intelligence
15 36 (7.48%) Project Management
16 35 (7.28%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 132 (27.44%) Java
2 114 (23.70%) JavaScript
2 114 (23.70%) SQL
3 96 (19.96%) C#
4 49 (10.19%) Python
5 28 (5.82%) T-SQL
6 26 (5.41%) C++
7 23 (4.78%) PHP
8 17 (3.53%) Ruby
9 16 (3.33%) PowerShell
10 15 (3.12%) ES6
11 14 (2.91%) Apple Swift
11 14 (2.91%) Java 8
12 13 (2.70%) Delphi
12 13 (2.70%) TypeScript
13 11 (2.29%) Perl
14 10 (2.08%) Kotlin
14 10 (2.08%) Objective-C
15 8 (1.66%) Shell Script
16 6 (1.25%) C
Qualifications
1 96 (19.96%) Degree
2 33 (6.86%) ISTQB
3 17 (3.53%) Computer Science Degree
4 13 (2.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (2.08%) SC Cleared
5 10 (2.08%) Security Cleared
6 7 (1.46%) ISEB
6 7 (1.46%) PhD
7 6 (1.25%) Master's Degree
7 6 (1.25%) PMI Certification
8 5 (1.04%) PMP
9 4 (0.83%) CISSP
10 3 (0.62%) TOGAF Certification
11 2 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.21%) APMP
12 1 (0.21%) ISEB Practitioner
12 1 (0.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.21%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.21%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.70%) ISO 9001
2 12 (2.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.87%) PMO
4 4 (0.83%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.83%) GDPR
4 4 (0.83%) PMBOK
4 4 (0.83%) SLA
5 3 (0.62%) GPG13
6 2 (0.42%) COSHH
6 2 (0.42%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.42%) NEBOSH
7 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.21%) HL7
7 1 (0.21%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 21 (4.37%) Docker
2 17 (3.53%) Virtual Machines
3 11 (2.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (1.46%) Active Directory
5 6 (1.25%) HDFS
6 4 (0.83%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.62%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 3 (0.62%) Firmware
7 3 (0.62%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.21%) NDS
8 1 (0.21%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 12 (2.49%) Kubernetes
2 11 (2.29%) Ansible
2 11 (2.29%) CloudHub
3 7 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (1.04%) Puppet
5 4 (0.83%) HP ALM
5 4 (0.83%) Kibana
5 4 (0.83%) Oozie
5 4 (0.83%) Rundeck
6 3 (0.62%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 65 (13.51%) Microsoft
2 29 (6.03%) Oracle
3 18 (3.74%) Salesforce.com
4 17 (3.53%) SAP
5 12 (2.49%) Tableau
6 11 (2.29%) HP
6 11 (2.29%) MuleSoft
6 11 (2.29%) VMware
7 9 (1.87%) Automation Anywhere
7 9 (1.87%) UiPath
8 8 (1.66%) Blue Prism
8 8 (1.66%) IBM
8 8 (1.66%) Sony
9 5 (1.04%) Citrix
9 5 (1.04%) Fujitsu
10 4 (0.83%) CA Agile Central
10 4 (0.83%) Cloudera
10 4 (0.83%) Hortonworks
10 4 (0.83%) ServiceNow
11 3 (0.62%) Google