Period
to 11 December 2019

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 11 December 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
11 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 63 55 64
Rank change year-on-year -8 +9 +2
Permanent jobs citing QA 3,316 4,242 4,434
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 4.38% 4.77% 4.39%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.30% 33.77% 36.71%
Number of salaries quoted 2,695 3,375 3,594
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £29,750 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £65,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

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 9,957 12,560 12,080
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.14% 14.12% 11.95%
Number of salaries quoted 7,594 9,263 9,376
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £71,250 £70,000 £67,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing QA as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT 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

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 11 December 2019.

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 11 December 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
South East -15 1,150 £50,000 +5.26% 206
North of England +8 800 £42,500 - 225
North West +17 448 £42,500 - 109
Midlands -10 445 £42,500 - 140
South West -7 368 £42,500 +6.25% 86
West Midlands +9 307 £45,000 +2.27% 79
Yorkshire -18 263 £42,500 - 81
East of England -9 258 £52,500 +16.67% 82
Scotland -1 198 £45,000 +12.50% 47
East Midlands -46 136 £40,000 -4.76% 60
North East +30 90 £45,000 +12.50% 35
Wales -39 72 £45,000 +20.00% 19
Northern Ireland +4 35 £34,250 -14.38% 7
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for QA.

1 1,785 (53.83%) Agile Software Development
2 1,485 (44.78%) Test Automation
3 904 (27.26%) SQL
4 770 (23.22%) C#
5 715 (21.56%) Selenium
6 712 (21.47%) Scrum
7 624 (18.82%) Java
8 604 (18.21%) JavaScript
9 565 (17.04%) DevOps
10 522 (15.74%) SDLC
11 516 (15.56%) JIRA
12 491 (14.81%) .NET
13 487 (14.69%) Finance
14 426 (12.85%) BDD
15 416 (12.55%) Azure
16 410 (12.36%) Mentoring
17 403 (12.15%) Problem-Solving
18 401 (12.09%) Microsoft
19 398 (12.00%) TDD
20 381 (11.49%) Software Engineering
21 373 (11.25%) ISTQB
21 373 (11.25%) Continuous Integration
22 368 (11.10%) Test Scripting
23 366 (11.04%) Degree
23 366 (11.04%) Python
24 361 (10.89%) Git (software)
25 360 (10.86%) SQL Server
26 333 (10.04%) HTML
27 329 (9.92%) Test Strategy
28 310 (9.35%) Manual Testing

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
1 179 (5.40%) Confluence
2 45 (1.36%) CMS
3 39 (1.18%) IIS
4 37 (1.12%) SharePoint
5 28 (0.84%) Tomcat
6 26 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
7 23 (0.69%) SAS
8 22 (0.66%) Apache
9 19 (0.57%) Apache Spark
10 18 (0.54%) WebSphere
11 14 (0.42%) Drupal
11 14 (0.42%) JBoss
11 14 (0.42%) NServiceBus
12 13 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
13 10 (0.30%) WebLogic
14 9 (0.27%) Apache Solr
14 9 (0.27%) WordPress
15 7 (0.21%) Umbraco
16 6 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
16 6 (0.18%) EPiServer
Applications
1 69 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 65 (1.96%) Microsoft Office
3 30 (0.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (0.84%) MS Visio
4 28 (0.84%) Spreadsheet
5 25 (0.75%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.21%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.12%) Sketch
8 3 (0.090%) Adobe XD
8 3 (0.090%) InVision
9 2 (0.060%) Abaqus
9 2 (0.060%) Mathcad
9 2 (0.060%) S-PLUS
10 1 (0.030%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.030%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.030%) Doxygen
10 1 (0.030%) UXPin
10 1 (0.030%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 16 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.45%) SAP Hybris
3 12 (0.36%) Magento
4 9 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
5 7 (0.21%) NetSuite
6 6 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
6 6 (0.18%) FastStats
7 5 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
8 4 (0.12%) SAP ERP
9 3 (0.090%) Hyperion Planning
9 3 (0.090%) Payment Gateway
9 3 (0.090%) WebTrends
10 2 (0.060%) BusinessWorks
10 2 (0.060%) Dynamics AX
10 2 (0.060%) FastStats PeopleStage
10 2 (0.060%) HFM
10 2 (0.060%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.060%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 1 (0.030%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 416 (12.55%) Azure
2 289 (8.72%) AWS
3 162 (4.89%) SaaS
4 67 (2.02%) GCP
5 62 (1.87%) PaaS
6 50 (1.51%) Power Platform
7 45 (1.36%) GitHub
8 31 (0.93%) BrowserStack
8 31 (0.93%) Office 365
9 24 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
10 22 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
10 22 (0.66%) Google Analytics
10 22 (0.66%) Serverless
11 17 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
12 15 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
13 14 (0.42%) Sauce Labs
14 12 (0.36%) Data Lake Analytics
15 11 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
16 10 (0.30%) IaaS
16 10 (0.30%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 38 (1.15%) Internet
2 29 (0.87%) HTTP
3 23 (0.69%) VoIP
4 22 (0.66%) Firewall
5 16 (0.48%) TCP/IP
5 16 (0.48%) Wireless
6 11 (0.33%) LAN
7 9 (0.27%) MPLS
7 9 (0.27%) SSH
7 9 (0.27%) SSL
8 8 (0.24%) Intranet
8 8 (0.24%) PuTTY
8 8 (0.24%) WAN
9 7 (0.21%) DNS
9 7 (0.21%) RS-232
9 7 (0.21%) RS-485
10 6 (0.18%) BGP
10 6 (0.18%) Network Security
10 6 (0.18%) SAN
10 6 (0.18%) Softphone
Database & Business Intelligence
1 360 (10.86%) SQL Server
2 123 (3.71%) MySQL
3 115 (3.47%) Relational Database
4 80 (2.41%) MongoDB
5 78 (2.35%) NoSQL
6 77 (2.32%) Data Warehouse
7 75 (2.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 72 (2.17%) Big Data
9 66 (1.99%) PostgreSQL
10 54 (1.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 53 (1.60%) Redis
12 45 (1.36%) Power BI
13 32 (0.97%) DB2
14 26 (0.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 24 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 23 (0.69%) RDBMS
17 20 (0.60%) Oracle Database
17 20 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
18 16 (0.48%) Data Lake
19 15 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 715 (21.56%) Selenium
2 516 (15.56%) JIRA
3 361 (10.89%) Git (software)
4 288 (8.69%) Cucumber
5 256 (7.72%) Postman
6 255 (7.69%) Jenkins
7 204 (6.15%) WebDriver
8 190 (5.73%) SpecFlow
9 138 (4.16%) JMeter
10 134 (4.04%) SoapUI
11 119 (3.59%) Visual Studio
12 114 (3.44%) Team Foundation Server
13 106 (3.20%) Maven
14 95 (2.86%) JUnit
15 88 (2.65%) Visual Studio Team System
16 68 (2.05%) Appium
17 65 (1.96%) TeamCity
18 57 (1.72%) HP UFT
19 56 (1.69%) Octopus Deploy
20 55 (1.66%) Subversion
General
1 487 (14.69%) Finance
2 177 (5.34%) Retail
3 162 (4.89%) Marketing
4 116 (3.50%) Telecoms
5 97 (2.93%) Public Sector
6 79 (2.38%) Manufacturing
7 69 (2.08%) Banking
8 63 (1.90%) Games
9 42 (1.27%) Electronics
10 40 (1.21%) Legal
11 33 (1.00%) Local Government
12 31 (0.93%) Automotive
12 31 (0.93%) Military
13 29 (0.87%) Aerospace
14 16 (0.48%) Publishing
15 15 (0.45%) Advertising
16 13 (0.39%) Back Office
17 11 (0.33%) Financial Institution
18 10 (0.30%) Billing
18 10 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 626 (18.88%) Analyst
2 541 (16.31%) Developer
3 434 (13.09%) QA Engineer
4 404 (12.18%) Tester
5 312 (9.41%) Test Engineer
6 258 (7.78%) Test Analyst
7 246 (7.42%) QA Analyst
8 207 (6.24%) QA Tester
9 143 (4.31%) Software Tester
10 135 (4.07%) Test Automation Engineer
11 134 (4.04%) Software Developer
12 123 (3.71%) Software Engineer
13 121 (3.65%) .NET Developer
14 116 (3.50%) Automation Tester
15 114 (3.44%) Senior QA Engineer
16 112 (3.38%) Senior Developer
17 106 (3.20%) Test Manager
18 103 (3.11%) QA Leader
19 102 (3.08%) Project Manager
20 99 (2.99%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 491 (14.81%) .NET
2 333 (10.04%) HTML
3 303 (9.14%) REST
4 292 (8.81%) Web Services
5 247 (7.45%) CSS
6 212 (6.39%) AngularJS
7 175 (5.28%) SOAP
8 172 (5.19%) XML
9 163 (4.92%) Gherkin
10 144 (4.34%) ASP.NET
11 126 (3.80%) JSON
12 121 (3.65%) HTML5
13 112 (3.38%) Node.js
13 112 (3.38%) React
14 100 (3.02%) RESTful
15 92 (2.77%) .NET Framework
16 91 (2.74%) jQuery
17 80 (2.41%) Spring
18 69 (2.08%) ASP.NET Web API
19 66 (1.99%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 270 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
2 247 (7.45%) Mobile App
3 193 (5.82%) User Experience
4 115 (3.47%) Self-Motivation
5 90 (2.71%) Management Information System
6 72 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
7 67 (2.02%) Algorithms
8 65 (1.96%) Virtual Team
9 40 (1.21%) Robotics
10 38 (1.15%) Client/Server
11 34 (1.03%) Data Structures
12 32 (0.97%) Greenfield Project
12 32 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
13 29 (0.87%) Embedded Systems
14 27 (0.81%) Driving Licence
15 22 (0.66%) PMI
16 21 (0.63%) e-Learning
16 21 (0.63%) Smartphone
17 20 (0.60%) Cloud Native
18 19 (0.57%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 256 (7.72%) Linux
2 218 (6.57%) Windows
3 140 (4.22%) Android
4 120 (3.62%) Apple iOS
5 71 (2.14%) Unix
6 21 (0.63%) Windows Server
7 19 (0.57%) Tizen
8 12 (0.36%) Windows 8
9 10 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (0.30%) Ubuntu
9 10 (0.30%) Windows 7
10 8 (0.24%) Windows 10
11 6 (0.18%) AIX
11 6 (0.18%) CentOS
11 6 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
12 5 (0.15%) HPUX
13 4 (0.12%) Windows Phone
13 4 (0.12%) Windows Server 2008
14 3 (0.090%) Debian
15 2 (0.060%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,785 (53.83%) Agile Software Development
2 1,485 (44.78%) Test Automation
3 712 (21.47%) Scrum
4 565 (17.04%) DevOps
5 522 (15.74%) SDLC
6 426 (12.85%) BDD
7 410 (12.36%) Mentoring
8 403 (12.15%) Problem-Solving
9 398 (12.00%) TDD
10 381 (11.49%) Software Engineering
11 373 (11.25%) Continuous Integration
12 368 (11.10%) Test Scripting
13 329 (9.92%) Test Strategy
14 310 (9.35%) Manual Testing
15 300 (9.05%) Regression Testing
16 292 (8.81%) Software Testing
17 263 (7.93%) Project Management
18 248 (7.48%) Computer Science
19 229 (6.91%) Coaching
20 216 (6.51%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 904 (27.26%) SQL
2 770 (23.22%) C#
3 624 (18.82%) Java
4 604 (18.21%) JavaScript
5 366 (11.04%) Python
6 167 (5.04%) C++
7 128 (3.86%) PHP
8 127 (3.83%) PowerShell
9 104 (3.14%) C
10 102 (3.08%) Ruby
11 68 (2.05%) TypeScript
12 67 (2.02%) T-SQL
13 63 (1.90%) Shell Script
14 53 (1.60%) PL/SQL
15 45 (1.36%) Bash Shell
16 34 (1.03%) VB.NET
17 30 (0.90%) Groovy
17 30 (0.90%) VB
18 29 (0.87%) Lua
18 29 (0.87%) Perl
Qualifications
1 373 (11.25%) ISTQB
2 366 (11.04%) Degree
3 200 (6.03%) ISEB
4 143 (4.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 98 (2.96%) Security Cleared
6 97 (2.93%) Computer Science Degree
7 40 (1.21%) SC Cleared
8 39 (1.18%) PMI Certification
9 25 (0.75%) PhD
10 24 (0.72%) Numerate Degree
11 22 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 20 (0.60%) HND
13 19 (0.57%) PMP
14 15 (0.45%) CISSP
14 15 (0.45%) DBS Check
15 14 (0.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 11 (0.33%) CISM
17 10 (0.30%) Master's Degree
18 9 (0.27%) HNC
18 9 (0.27%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (1.99%) PMO
2 44 (1.33%) Data Quality
3 39 (1.18%) SLA
4 30 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 23 (0.69%) GDPR
6 16 (0.48%) NIST
7 9 (0.27%) ISO 9001
8 7 (0.21%) GMP
8 7 (0.21%) PCI DSS
9 6 (0.18%) Solvency II
10 5 (0.15%) COBIT
10 5 (0.15%) GAMP
10 5 (0.15%) GxP
11 4 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 4 (0.12%) ARP4754
11 4 (0.12%) ARP4761
11 4 (0.12%) DO-178B
11 4 (0.12%) DO-254
11 4 (0.12%) P3O
12 3 (0.090%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 204 (6.15%) Docker
2 27 (0.81%) Active Directory
3 24 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (0.60%) Hyper-V
5 11 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (0.21%) XenApp
7 4 (0.12%) ACF2
7 4 (0.12%) RACF
8 3 (0.090%) Firmware
8 3 (0.090%) HDFS
8 3 (0.090%) IAG
8 3 (0.090%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.060%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.060%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.060%) KVM
9 2 (0.060%) Varnish
9 2 (0.060%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.060%) Xen
10 1 (0.030%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.030%) LXC
Systems Management
1 100 (3.02%) Kubernetes
2 42 (1.27%) Ansible
3 37 (1.12%) Puppet
4 32 (0.97%) HP ALM
5 26 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
6 21 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
7 17 (0.51%) Kibana
7 17 (0.51%) Terraform
8 10 (0.30%) Salt
8 10 (0.30%) SCCM
9 7 (0.21%) Failover Clustering
9 7 (0.21%) Microsoft Clustering
10 6 (0.18%) CA Service Virtualization
10 6 (0.18%) Control-M
10 6 (0.18%) Nagios
11 5 (0.15%) Docker Swarm
11 5 (0.15%) Grafana
11 5 (0.15%) SELinux
12 4 (0.12%) logstash
13 3 (0.090%) Icinga
Vendors
1 401 (12.09%) Microsoft
2 176 (5.31%) Oracle
3 95 (2.86%) Google
4 75 (2.26%) SAP
5 59 (1.78%) HP
6 50 (1.51%) WorldPay
7 48 (1.45%) Atlassian
8 45 (1.36%) IBM
9 41 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
10 31 (0.93%) VMware
10 31 (0.93%) Xamarin
11 29 (0.87%) Apple
12 26 (0.78%) Cisco
13 25 (0.75%) hybris
14 24 (0.72%) Sage
15 22 (0.66%) Adobe
16 21 (0.63%) Informatica
17 20 (0.60%) Sitecore
18 19 (0.57%) Micro Focus
18 19 (0.57%) Remedy