Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
South East > Thames Valley
6 months to
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 36 57 58
Rank change year-on-year +21 +1 +10
Permanent jobs citing QA 562 522 545
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the Thames Valley 5.76% 4.52% 4.67%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.22% 35.01% 38.11%
Number of salaries quoted 441 444 455
Thames Valley median annual salary £52,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.47% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,850
90th Percentile £75,000 £71,250 £65,000
South East median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +3.09% +7.78% -

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 1,433 1,491 1,430
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the Thames Valley 14.69% 12.92% 12.25%
Number of salaries quoted 1,040 1,142 1,082
Thames Valley median annual salary £52,500 £49,500 £46,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.06% +6.45% -4.12%
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,025 £27,500
90th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £74,000
South East median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 +13 301 £52,500 +10.53% 35
Buckinghamshire +36 142 £52,500 +17.98% 24
Oxfordshire +8 119 £47,500 -8.65% 20
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 297 (52.85%) Agile Software Development
2 239 (42.53%) Test Automation
3 136 (24.20%) SQL
4 130 (23.13%) SDLC
5 121 (21.53%) JavaScript
6 114 (20.28%) DevOps
7 108 (19.22%) JIRA
8 101 (17.97%) BDD
9 95 (16.90%) Java
10 94 (16.73%) Scrum
11 90 (16.01%) Selenium
12 88 (15.66%) .NET
13 85 (15.12%) Microsoft
14 84 (14.95%) TDD
15 81 (14.41%) Problem-Solving
16 77 (13.70%) Test Scripting
16 77 (13.70%) Degree
17 73 (12.99%) Test Strategy
18 68 (12.10%) Python
18 68 (12.10%) Git (software)
19 67 (11.92%) AWS
20 66 (11.74%) Continuous Integration
20 66 (11.74%) C#
20 66 (11.74%) HTML
20 66 (11.74%) Project Management
21 61 (10.85%) REST
22 56 (9.96%) ISTQB
23 55 (9.79%) JSON
23 55 (9.79%) Cucumber
23 55 (9.79%) Azure

QA
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 40 (7.12%) Confluence
2 17 (3.02%) CMS
3 8 (1.42%) Apache Solr
3 8 (1.42%) Drupal
4 7 (1.25%) Apache
4 7 (1.25%) SharePoint
5 6 (1.07%) Apache Spark
6 5 (0.89%) Joomla!
6 5 (0.89%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.71%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.53%) IIS
8 3 (0.53%) Sitecore CMS
8 3 (0.53%) SugarCRM
8 3 (0.53%) WordPress
9 2 (0.36%) Mule
9 2 (0.36%) Mule ESB
9 2 (0.36%) NServiceBus
10 1 (0.18%) JBoss
10 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 29 (5.16%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (4.45%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (1.78%) Spreadsheet
4 9 (1.60%) Sketch
5 7 (1.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (1.07%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.18%) InVision
7 1 (0.18%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.18%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 8 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.25%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.36%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 67 (11.92%) AWS
2 55 (9.79%) Azure
3 17 (3.02%) GCP
4 16 (2.85%) SaaS
5 13 (2.31%) Power Platform
6 11 (1.96%) PaaS
7 8 (1.42%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 6 (1.07%) BrowserStack
8 6 (1.07%) Data Lake Analytics
8 6 (1.07%) IaaS
8 6 (1.07%) Office 365
8 6 (1.07%) Serverless
9 5 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (0.89%) Google Analytics
10 4 (0.71%) AdWords
11 3 (0.53%) GitHub
12 2 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.36%) TestFlight
13 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.18%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 4 (0.71%) Firewall
2 3 (0.53%) TCP/IP
3 2 (0.36%) 4G
4 1 (0.18%) 5G
4 1 (0.18%) DNS
4 1 (0.18%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.18%) HTTP
4 1 (0.18%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (6.23%) Relational Database
2 32 (5.69%) SQL Server
3 23 (4.09%) MySQL
4 13 (2.31%) Power BI
5 7 (1.25%) Data Lake
5 7 (1.25%) MongoDB
5 7 (1.25%) NoSQL
6 6 (1.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (0.89%) Oracle Database
7 5 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (0.89%) Redis
7 5 (0.89%) Snowflake Schema
8 4 (0.71%) Cognos Impromptu
8 4 (0.71%) QlikView
9 3 (0.53%) Cosmos DB
9 3 (0.53%) InterSystems Cache
9 3 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.36%) Blockchain
10 2 (0.36%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (0.36%) InfluxDB
Development Applications
1 108 (19.22%) JIRA
2 90 (16.01%) Selenium
3 68 (12.10%) Git (software)
4 55 (9.79%) Cucumber
5 43 (7.65%) Jenkins
6 39 (6.94%) JMeter
7 31 (5.52%) Maven
8 30 (5.34%) WebDriver
9 29 (5.16%) Visual Studio Team System
10 27 (4.80%) TeamCity
10 27 (4.80%) TestRail
11 19 (3.38%) Appium
12 17 (3.02%) JUnit
13 14 (2.49%) Mocha
13 14 (2.49%) SpecFlow
14 12 (2.14%) Fiddler
14 12 (2.14%) Jasmine
14 12 (2.14%) SoapUI
14 12 (2.14%) Visual Studio
15 11 (1.96%) Bitbucket
General
1 53 (9.43%) Finance
2 30 (5.34%) Retail
3 16 (2.85%) Manufacturing
3 16 (2.85%) Marketing
4 13 (2.31%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.78%) Legal
5 10 (1.78%) Publishing
6 9 (1.60%) Pharmaceutical
7 8 (1.42%) Public Sector
8 3 (0.53%) Automotive
8 3 (0.53%) Banking
8 3 (0.53%) Local Government
9 2 (0.36%) Back Office
9 2 (0.36%) Electronics
9 2 (0.36%) Games
10 1 (0.18%) Advertising
10 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.18%) Fire and Rescue
10 1 (0.18%) German Language
10 1 (0.18%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 89 (15.84%) QA Engineer
2 86 (15.30%) Developer
3 80 (14.23%) Analyst
4 71 (12.63%) Test Engineer
5 55 (9.79%) Tester
6 47 (8.36%) Business Analyst
7 45 (8.01%) Project Manager
8 32 (5.69%) QA Tester
9 27 (4.80%) QA Analyst
10 25 (4.45%) Senior QA Engineer
11 23 (4.09%) Technical Leader
11 23 (4.09%) Test Automation Engineer
12 22 (3.91%) Software Engineer
12 22 (3.91%) Software QA Engineer
12 22 (3.91%) Technical Analyst
12 22 (3.91%) Technical Business Analyst
13 21 (3.74%) Automation Tester
14 19 (3.38%) Technical Engineer
15 18 (3.20%) Java Developer
16 17 (3.02%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (15.66%) .NET
2 66 (11.74%) HTML
3 61 (10.85%) REST
4 55 (9.79%) JSON
5 47 (8.36%) CSS
6 42 (7.47%) Web Services
7 39 (6.94%) HTML5
8 36 (6.41%) AngularJS
9 34 (6.05%) Gherkin
10 30 (5.34%) CSS3
11 23 (4.09%) SOAP
12 22 (3.91%) jQuery
12 22 (3.91%) XML
13 18 (3.20%) ASP.NET
13 18 (3.20%) Spring
14 16 (2.85%) LESS
14 16 (2.85%) Sass
15 15 (2.67%) JMS
15 15 (2.67%) RESTful
15 15 (2.67%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 54 (9.61%) Analytical Skills
1 54 (9.61%) User Experience
2 40 (7.12%) Mobile App
3 26 (4.63%) Enterprise Cloud
4 25 (4.45%) Self-Motivation
5 19 (3.38%) Management Information System
6 18 (3.20%) Blog
7 13 (2.31%) Cloud Native
7 13 (2.31%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (2.31%) Smartphone
8 9 (1.60%) Virtual Team
9 8 (1.42%) Animation
9 8 (1.42%) Social Media
10 5 (0.89%) Algorithms
10 5 (0.89%) Client/Server
10 5 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
11 4 (0.71%) Data Centre
11 4 (0.71%) Life Science
11 4 (0.71%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.53%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 38 (6.76%) Linux
2 26 (4.63%) Windows
3 21 (3.74%) Android
3 21 (3.74%) Apple iOS
4 6 (1.07%) Windows Server
5 5 (0.89%) Unix
6 3 (0.53%) Ubuntu
6 3 (0.53%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.18%) CentOS
8 1 (0.18%) Debian
8 1 (0.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 297 (52.85%) Agile Software Development
2 239 (42.53%) Test Automation
3 130 (23.13%) SDLC
4 114 (20.28%) DevOps
5 101 (17.97%) BDD
6 94 (16.73%) Scrum
7 84 (14.95%) TDD
8 81 (14.41%) Problem-Solving
9 77 (13.70%) Test Scripting
10 73 (12.99%) Test Strategy
11 66 (11.74%) Continuous Integration
11 66 (11.74%) Project Management
12 52 (9.25%) Stakeholder Management
13 47 (8.36%) Manual Testing
13 47 (8.36%) Software Engineering
14 46 (8.19%) Regression Testing
15 45 (8.01%) E-Commerce
15 45 (8.01%) Functional Testing
15 45 (8.01%) Mentoring
16 44 (7.83%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 136 (24.20%) SQL
2 121 (21.53%) JavaScript
3 95 (16.90%) Java
4 68 (12.10%) Python
5 66 (11.74%) C#
6 19 (3.38%) PL/SQL
7 18 (3.20%) Ruby
8 15 (2.67%) PHP
9 12 (2.14%) Bash Shell
10 10 (1.78%) C++
11 8 (1.42%) PowerShell
12 5 (0.89%) C
12 5 (0.89%) Go
12 5 (0.89%) PHP 5
13 4 (0.71%) R
13 4 (0.71%) Scala
13 4 (0.71%) XPath
14 3 (0.53%) ES6
14 3 (0.53%) T-SQL
14 3 (0.53%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 77 (13.70%) Degree
2 56 (9.96%) ISTQB
3 46 (8.19%) ISEB
4 26 (4.63%) Computer Science Degree
5 19 (3.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (2.31%) SC Cleared
6 13 (2.31%) Security Cleared
7 7 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (0.53%) CISSP
8 3 (0.53%) PMP
9 2 (0.36%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.18%) Chartered Engineer
10 1 (0.18%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.31%) PMO
2 6 (1.07%) COBIT
2 6 (1.07%) SLA
3 4 (0.71%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 4 (0.71%) GAMP
3 4 (0.71%) GxP
3 4 (0.71%) P3O
4 3 (0.53%) NEBOSH
5 2 (0.36%) GDPR
5 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.36%) NIST
6 1 (0.18%) GMP
6 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.18%) PSD2
6 1 (0.18%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 43 (7.65%) Docker
2 3 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.36%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.18%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 37 (6.58%) Kubernetes
2 6 (1.07%) Terraform
3 3 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (0.36%) Ansible
4 2 (0.36%) Grafana
4 2 (0.36%) Puppet
4 2 (0.36%) SELinux
5 1 (0.18%) MIIS
5 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.18%) rkt
5 1 (0.18%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 85 (15.12%) Microsoft
2 33 (5.87%) Oracle
3 18 (3.20%) Google
4 14 (2.49%) Salesforce.com
5 13 (2.31%) IBM
6 11 (1.96%) Capita
7 10 (1.78%) Adobe
8 9 (1.60%) Atlassian
9 8 (1.42%) Remedy
9 8 (1.42%) Sage
10 7 (1.25%) Sitecore
11 6 (1.07%) MuleSoft
12 5 (0.89%) Cypress Semiconductor
12 5 (0.89%) HP
12 5 (0.89%) SAP
12 5 (0.89%) Zend
13 4 (0.71%) Ensighten
13 4 (0.71%) Tableau
13 4 (0.71%) Tealium
14 3 (0.53%) Xero