Period
to 14 June 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 14 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
14 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 65 51 59
Rank change year-on-year -14 +8 +4
Permanent jobs citing QA 2,386 2,238 3,876
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 4.34% 4.84% 4.71%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.86% 35.95% 30.98%
Number of salaries quoted 1,638 1,723 2,938
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £27,500
25th Percentile £37,500 £35,688 £34,376
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
75th Percentile £57,500 £60,000 £55,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £71,250 £65,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year -4.55% +10.00% -

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 7,261 6,225 12,511
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.21% 13.45% 15.22%
Number of salaries quoted 4,767 4,825 8,948
10th Percentile £28,400 £27,500 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £35,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
75th Percentile £60,000 £60,000 £57,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £73,750 £70,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +5.00% -

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the UK excluding London

QA
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for QA in the UK excluding London

QA
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 14 June 2021.

Salary histogram for QA in the UK excluding London

QA
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 14 June 2021. 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
South East -17 790 £50,000 -2.91% 110
North of England -17 556 £45,000 -5.26% 139
Midlands -7 370 £45,000 - 101
North West -1 295 £45,000 -13.46% 74
Yorkshire -8 224 £45,000 +5.88% 42
Scotland +9 214 £40,000 -5.88% 25
South West -45 211 £45,000 +12.50% 45
West Midlands -18 205 £43,250 -3.89% 62
East Midlands +5 164 £47,500 +9.20% 39
East of England -2 133 £52,500 +16.67% 48
Northern Ireland +6 56 £62,500 +47.06% 8
North East -25 37 £40,000 -11.11% 23
Wales -22 35 £40,000 - 19
Isle of Man +2 23 - -
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 14 June 2021, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for QA.

1 1,121 (46.98%) Agile Software Development
2 1,018 (42.67%) Test Automation
3 628 (26.32%) Social Skills
4 558 (23.39%) C#
5 517 (21.67%) Selenium
6 487 (20.41%) Software Testing
7 473 (19.82%) SQL
8 458 (19.20%) JavaScript
9 437 (18.32%) Azure
10 419 (17.56%) DevOps
11 387 (16.22%) .NET
12 383 (16.05%) Problem-Solving
13 374 (15.67%) Scrum
14 365 (15.30%) Java
15 347 (14.54%) Microsoft
16 339 (14.21%) Finance
17 330 (13.83%) Degree
18 318 (13.33%) BDD
19 307 (12.87%) SQL Server
20 306 (12.82%) AWS
20 306 (12.82%) SDLC
21 285 (11.94%) TDD
22 270 (11.32%) Python
23 269 (11.27%) Software Engineering
24 268 (11.23%) Analytical Skills
25 261 (10.94%) Git (software)
26 234 (9.81%) JIRA
27 210 (8.80%) HTML
28 209 (8.76%) Computer Science
29 202 (8.47%) Continuous Improvement

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 43 (1.80%) Confluence
2 30 (1.26%) CMS
3 21 (0.88%) SharePoint
4 14 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
4 14 (0.59%) SAS
4 14 (0.59%) WordPress
5 13 (0.54%) IIS
6 11 (0.46%) Apache
7 9 (0.38%) Apache Spark
8 8 (0.34%) nginx
8 8 (0.34%) Red Hat Fuse
9 5 (0.21%) Apache Solr
9 5 (0.21%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.17%) Drupal
10 4 (0.17%) Mule
10 4 (0.17%) Mule ESB
10 4 (0.17%) NServiceBus
11 3 (0.13%) ArcGIS
11 3 (0.13%) Moodle
12 2 (0.084%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 83 (3.48%) Microsoft Office
2 66 (2.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 23 (0.96%) Spreadsheet
5 14 (0.59%) Campfire
6 13 (0.54%) MS Visio
7 7 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
8 6 (0.25%) Figma
9 2 (0.084%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.042%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.042%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.042%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.042%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 13 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
1 13 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
2 8 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.29%) NetSuite
4 6 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
5 5 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.17%) SAP Business One
7 2 (0.084%) FastStats
7 2 (0.084%) FastStats PeopleStage
7 2 (0.084%) Magento
7 2 (0.084%) Shopify
8 1 (0.042%) Payment Gateway
8 1 (0.042%) Sage 50
8 1 (0.042%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.042%) SAP Business ByDesign
8 1 (0.042%) SAP HCM
8 1 (0.042%) SAP Hybris
8 1 (0.042%) SAP PSCD
8 1 (0.042%) SAP S/4HANA
8 1 (0.042%) SessionCam
Cloud Services
1 437 (18.32%) Azure
2 306 (12.82%) AWS
3 159 (6.66%) SaaS
4 66 (2.77%) Power Platform
5 43 (1.80%) Cloud Computing
5 43 (1.80%) GCP
6 42 (1.76%) Microsoft 365
7 39 (1.63%) Serverless
8 36 (1.51%) GitHub
9 35 (1.47%) Dynamics 365
10 28 (1.17%) npm
11 26 (1.09%) BrowserStack
12 22 (0.92%) AWS Lambda
13 19 (0.80%) PaaS
14 18 (0.75%) Amazon S3
15 17 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
16 15 (0.63%) IaaS
17 12 (0.50%) Amazon ECS
17 12 (0.50%) Azure Data Factory
17 12 (0.50%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 35 (1.47%) Broadband
2 34 (1.42%) Firewall
3 32 (1.34%) TCP/IP
4 27 (1.13%) Internet
5 25 (1.05%) 4G
6 24 (1.01%) HTTP
7 23 (0.96%) 2G
7 23 (0.96%) 3G
8 21 (0.88%) SSL
9 20 (0.84%) DNS
9 20 (0.84%) Wireshark
10 17 (0.71%) VPN
11 15 (0.63%) Skype
12 14 (0.59%) RNC
13 13 (0.54%) Network Security
14 11 (0.46%) 5G
15 10 (0.42%) DHCP
15 10 (0.42%) VoIP
15 10 (0.42%) Wireless
16 9 (0.38%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 307 (12.87%) SQL Server
2 65 (2.72%) Relational Database
3 58 (2.43%) NoSQL
4 56 (2.35%) Power BI
5 50 (2.10%) MySQL
6 47 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 43 (1.80%) MongoDB
8 34 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
9 32 (1.34%) Big Data
9 32 (1.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 28 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
11 23 (0.96%) KDB
12 22 (0.92%) SQL Server 2012
13 18 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
14 17 (0.71%) Amazon RDS
14 17 (0.71%) Oracle Database
15 15 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 13 (0.54%) Redis
16 13 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
17 12 (0.50%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 517 (21.67%) Selenium
2 261 (10.94%) Git (software)
3 234 (9.81%) JIRA
4 197 (8.26%) Postman
5 160 (6.71%) Cucumber
6 154 (6.45%) SpecFlow
7 128 (5.36%) Jenkins
8 124 (5.20%) JMeter
9 122 (5.11%) Cypress.io
10 92 (3.86%) WebDriver
11 64 (2.68%) Appium
12 62 (2.60%) NUnit
13 53 (2.22%) Visual Studio
14 51 (2.14%) REST Assured
15 49 (2.05%) Visual Studio Team System
16 48 (2.01%) MSTest
17 47 (1.97%) SoapUI
18 39 (1.63%) Newman
18 39 (1.63%) TeamCity
19 31 (1.30%) Protractor
General
1 628 (26.32%) Social Skills
2 339 (14.21%) Finance
3 268 (11.23%) Analytical Skills
4 160 (6.71%) Marketing
5 104 (4.36%) Telecoms
6 95 (3.98%) Organisational Skills
7 88 (3.69%) Law
8 76 (3.19%) Games
9 73 (3.06%) Retail
10 71 (2.98%) Manufacturing
11 68 (2.85%) Influencing Skills
12 64 (2.68%) Public Sector
13 56 (2.35%) Pharmaceutical
14 43 (1.80%) Electronics
15 42 (1.76%) Banking
16 35 (1.47%) Legal
17 29 (1.22%) Documentation Skills
18 26 (1.09%) Automotive
19 25 (1.05%) Publishing
20 17 (0.71%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 392 (16.43%) Developer
2 371 (15.55%) Analyst
3 285 (11.94%) QA Engineer
4 232 (9.72%) Test Engineer
5 197 (8.26%) Tester
6 163 (6.83%) Test Analyst
7 116 (4.86%) Software Engineer
8 100 (4.19%) Senior Developer
9 98 (4.11%) Test Automation Engineer
10 87 (3.65%) QA Analyst
11 86 (3.60%) QA Automation Engineer
12 83 (3.48%) Automation Engineer
13 81 (3.39%) .NET Developer
13 81 (3.39%) Software Developer
14 80 (3.35%) Automation Tester
14 80 (3.35%) Business Analyst
15 79 (3.31%) Software Tester
16 73 (3.06%) Software Test Engineer
17 72 (3.02%) QA Leader
18 67 (2.81%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 387 (16.22%) .NET
2 210 (8.80%) HTML
3 190 (7.96%) CSS
4 153 (6.41%) AngularJS
5 147 (6.16%) RESTful
6 138 (5.78%) React
7 119 (4.99%) Gherkin
8 116 (4.86%) REST
9 102 (4.27%) Web Services
10 100 (4.19%) ASP.NET
11 98 (4.11%) .NET Core
12 90 (3.77%) XML
13 84 (3.52%) Node.js
14 74 (3.10%) jQuery
15 73 (3.06%) JSON
16 70 (2.93%) SOAP
17 68 (2.85%) Vue.js
18 67 (2.81%) .NET Framework
19 63 (2.64%) ASP.NET Web API
20 55 (2.31%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 176 (7.38%) Mobile App
2 151 (6.33%) User Experience
3 146 (6.12%) Management Information System
4 111 (4.65%) Self-Motivation
5 54 (2.26%) Greenfield Project
6 51 (2.14%) Enterprise Software
7 45 (1.89%) EPoS
8 40 (1.68%) Life Science
9 37 (1.55%) Virtual Team
10 21 (0.88%) NHS
11 19 (0.80%) Client/Server
11 19 (0.80%) Cloud Native
11 19 (0.80%) Driving Licence
12 18 (0.75%) Video Conferencing
13 17 (0.71%) e-Learning
13 17 (0.71%) Replication
14 16 (0.67%) Data Structures
14 16 (0.67%) Smartphone
15 15 (0.63%) Algorithms
15 15 (0.63%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 196 (8.21%) Linux
2 131 (5.49%) Windows
3 80 (3.35%) Android
4 70 (2.93%) Apple iOS
5 45 (1.89%) Unix
6 21 (0.88%) Windows Server
7 19 (0.80%) Windows 10
8 16 (0.67%) Ubuntu
9 9 (0.38%) AIX
9 9 (0.38%) Embedded Linux
9 9 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (0.34%) CentOS
11 6 (0.25%) Kali Linux
12 5 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.21%) zOS
13 4 (0.17%) Windows Server 2016
14 3 (0.13%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.084%) SUSE
16 1 (0.042%) Solaris
16 1 (0.042%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,121 (46.98%) Agile Software Development
2 1,018 (42.67%) Test Automation
3 487 (20.41%) Software Testing
4 419 (17.56%) DevOps
5 383 (16.05%) Problem-Solving
6 374 (15.67%) Scrum
7 318 (13.33%) BDD
8 306 (12.82%) SDLC
9 285 (11.94%) TDD
10 269 (11.27%) Software Engineering
11 209 (8.76%) Computer Science
12 202 (8.47%) Continuous Improvement
13 195 (8.17%) Manual Testing
14 192 (8.05%) Microservices
15 189 (7.92%) Regression Testing
16 188 (7.88%) Test Strategy
17 187 (7.84%) Continuous Integration
18 182 (7.63%) API Testing
19 179 (7.50%) Mathematics
20 165 (6.92%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 558 (23.39%) C#
2 473 (19.82%) SQL
3 458 (19.20%) JavaScript
4 365 (15.30%) Java
5 270 (11.32%) Python
6 201 (8.42%) C
7 129 (5.41%) TypeScript
8 90 (3.77%) PHP
9 78 (3.27%) C++
10 53 (2.22%) T-SQL
11 42 (1.76%) PowerShell
12 34 (1.42%) Bash Shell
13 27 (1.13%) Ruby
14 21 (0.88%) PL/SQL
15 16 (0.67%) VB
16 15 (0.63%) Go
16 15 (0.63%) Perl
17 13 (0.54%) Apple Swift
17 13 (0.54%) Scala
17 13 (0.54%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 330 (13.83%) Degree
2 155 (6.50%) ISTQB
3 93 (3.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 90 (3.77%) Security Cleared
5 84 (3.52%) ISEB
6 64 (2.68%) Computer Science Degree
6 64 (2.68%) SC Cleared
7 27 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
8 26 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
9 22 (0.92%) HND
10 19 (0.80%) Cisco Certification
11 17 (0.71%) PhD
12 14 (0.59%) MBCS
13 13 (0.54%) HNC
14 12 (0.50%) CCNA
15 9 (0.38%) MCP
16 8 (0.34%) CCNP
16 8 (0.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 6 (0.25%) CREST Certified
17 6 (0.25%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (2.51%) GDPR
2 49 (2.05%) SLA
3 35 (1.47%) Data Quality
4 32 (1.34%) Accessibility
5 28 (1.17%) GMP
6 20 (0.84%) PCI DSS
7 19 (0.80%) WCAG
8 17 (0.71%) PMO
9 16 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 13 (0.54%) GRC
11 12 (0.50%) CDISC
11 12 (0.50%) Good Clinical Practice
12 10 (0.42%) ISO 9001
13 7 (0.29%) GxP
14 6 (0.25%) ISO 13485
15 5 (0.21%) BS7666
16 4 (0.17%) GLP
16 4 (0.17%) JTAG
17 3 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
17 3 (0.13%) IEC 62304
System Software
1 132 (5.53%) Docker
2 25 (1.05%) Active Directory
3 18 (0.75%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (0.54%) Firmware
5 10 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (0.38%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.25%) KVM
8 1 (0.042%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 88 (3.69%) Kubernetes
2 22 (0.92%) Terraform
3 11 (0.46%) Puppet
4 9 (0.38%) ZABBIX
5 8 (0.34%) Ansible
5 8 (0.34%) FlexNet
5 8 (0.34%) Grafana
6 7 (0.29%) Kibana
6 7 (0.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (0.25%) HP Fortify
7 6 (0.25%) Nessus
7 6 (0.25%) Nmap
7 6 (0.25%) SolarWinds Orion
8 4 (0.17%) Failover Clustering
8 4 (0.17%) FortiGate
8 4 (0.17%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.17%) Perfmon
9 3 (0.13%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.084%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 347 (14.54%) Microsoft
2 67 (2.81%) Oracle
3 62 (2.60%) Google
4 55 (2.31%) SAP
5 31 (1.30%) Salesforce.com
5 31 (1.30%) VMware
5 31 (1.30%) Xamarin
6 24 (1.01%) Cisco
7 22 (0.92%) Remedy
8 19 (0.80%) IBM
9 15 (0.63%) Atlassian
10 14 (0.59%) Apple
10 14 (0.59%) Dynatrace
10 14 (0.59%) Ericsson
11 12 (0.50%) Red Hat
12 11 (0.46%) HP
13 9 (0.38%) Sun
14 8 (0.34%) Bloomberg
14 8 (0.34%) Fortinet
14 8 (0.34%) Juniper