Period
to 7 March 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 7 March 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 61 57 57
Rank change year-on-year -4 0 +3
Permanent jobs citing QA 1,886 3,091 3,973
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 4.45% 4.55% 4.78%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.18% 34.98% 32.91%
Number of salaries quoted 1,636 2,574 3,316
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £44,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £30,000 £30,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £72,500 £65,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £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 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 5,213 8,837 12,073
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 12.29% 13.02% 14.53%
Number of salaries quoted 3,678 6,995 8,936
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +4.65%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £71,250 £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 7 March 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 7 March 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 +3 704 £50,000 -4.76% 118
North of England -16 391 £45,000 +5.88% 110
Midlands -12 287 £47,500 +11.76% 77
North West +2 230 £50,000 +11.11% 52
South West -20 200 £41,600 +4.00% 65
Scotland +9 158 £40,000 -5.33% 30
West Midlands -27 151 £45,000 - 39
East Midlands +35 134 £47,500 +11.76% 37
Yorkshire -37 123 £40,000 - 40
East of England +4 92 £45,000 -14.29% 49
North East -23 38 £37,250 -17.22% 18
Wales -7 28 £45,000 +12.50% 17
Northern Ireland -1 17 £42,500 -5.56% 8
Isle of Man -2 12 - - 1
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 7 March 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.

1 917 (48.62%) Agile Software Development
2 880 (46.66%) Test Automation
3 490 (25.98%) C#
4 448 (23.75%) Selenium
5 421 (22.32%) JavaScript
6 408 (21.63%) SQL
7 389 (20.63%) DevOps
8 358 (18.98%) Azure
9 355 (18.82%) .NET
10 327 (17.34%) Scrum
11 317 (16.81%) Java
12 295 (15.64%) Finance
13 268 (14.21%) Problem-Solving
14 256 (13.57%) Microsoft
15 253 (13.41%) Degree
16 236 (12.51%) BDD
17 231 (12.25%) Microservices
18 230 (12.20%) Software Engineering
19 227 (12.04%) SDLC
20 225 (11.93%) SQL Server
21 212 (11.24%) TDD
22 203 (10.76%) AWS
23 198 (10.50%) Git (software)
24 194 (10.29%) HTML
25 191 (10.13%) Python
26 190 (10.07%) Linux
27 189 (10.02%) Analytical Skills
28 185 (9.81%) CSS
29 173 (9.17%) JIRA
30 164 (8.70%) Mobile App

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 44 (2.33%) Confluence
2 29 (1.54%) CMS
3 18 (0.95%) SharePoint
4 17 (0.90%) SAS
5 14 (0.74%) IIS
6 11 (0.58%) Apache Solr
6 11 (0.58%) Umbraco
7 9 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
8 8 (0.42%) Red Hat Fuse
9 7 (0.37%) Apache Spark
9 7 (0.37%) Tomcat
9 7 (0.37%) WordPress
10 6 (0.32%) Headless CMS
11 5 (0.27%) Apache
11 5 (0.27%) Drupal
12 4 (0.21%) ArcGIS
12 4 (0.21%) nginx
12 4 (0.21%) WebLogic
13 3 (0.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 3 (0.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 40 (2.12%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (1.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (0.95%) Spreadsheet
4 14 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.53%) Figma
6 7 (0.37%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.053%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.053%) InVision
7 1 (0.053%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.053%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.053%) Sketch
7 1 (0.053%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 13 (0.69%) Dynamics NAV
2 8 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.27%) Adobe Campaign
4 5 (0.27%) NetSuite
5 3 (0.16%) Magento
5 3 (0.16%) Shopify
6 2 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.11%) SAP Business One
6 2 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
6 2 (0.11%) SAP PSCD
6 2 (0.11%) thinkFolio
7 1 (0.053%) Maximo
7 1 (0.053%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.053%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.053%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.053%) SAP MDG
7 1 (0.053%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.053%) Unica
7 1 (0.053%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 358 (18.98%) Azure
2 203 (10.76%) AWS
3 103 (5.46%) SaaS
4 42 (2.23%) GCP
5 34 (1.80%) Power Platform
6 33 (1.75%) Serverless
7 31 (1.64%) BrowserStack
7 31 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
8 24 (1.27%) Dynamics 365
8 24 (1.27%) Microsoft 365
9 23 (1.22%) AWS Lambda
10 14 (0.74%) npm
11 13 (0.69%) Amazon EKS
12 12 (0.64%) Slack
13 11 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
13 11 (0.58%) GitHub
13 11 (0.58%) IaaS
14 10 (0.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 10 (0.53%) PaaS
15 9 (0.48%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 68 (3.61%) Skype
2 34 (1.80%) Firewall
3 23 (1.22%) TCP/IP
4 19 (1.01%) Network Security
5 18 (0.95%) SSL
6 17 (0.90%) Internet
7 14 (0.74%) HTTP
7 14 (0.74%) Wireshark
8 11 (0.58%) DNS
9 10 (0.53%) DHCP
9 10 (0.53%) VPN
10 9 (0.48%) Broadband
10 9 (0.48%) WAN
11 8 (0.42%) H.323
12 7 (0.37%) Intranet
12 7 (0.37%) IPv4
12 7 (0.37%) IPv6
12 7 (0.37%) SMS
12 7 (0.37%) Wireless
13 6 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 225 (11.93%) SQL Server
2 104 (5.51%) Relational Database
3 67 (3.55%) NoSQL
4 62 (3.29%) MongoDB
5 49 (2.60%) MySQL
6 33 (1.75%) Power BI
7 26 (1.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 24 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
9 22 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
10 21 (1.11%) Big Data
11 18 (0.95%) RDBMS
12 16 (0.85%) Redis
13 14 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
14 13 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 13 (0.69%) Tableau
15 12 (0.64%) KDB
15 12 (0.64%) SQLite
16 11 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
17 10 (0.53%) QlikView
17 10 (0.53%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 448 (23.75%) Selenium
2 198 (10.50%) Git (software)
3 173 (9.17%) JIRA
4 158 (8.38%) SpecFlow
5 132 (7.00%) Postman
6 112 (5.94%) Cucumber
7 104 (5.51%) WebDriver
8 86 (4.56%) Jenkins
9 69 (3.66%) JMeter
10 65 (3.45%) Appium
11 56 (2.97%) Visual Studio
12 53 (2.81%) TeamCity
13 46 (2.44%) Cypress.io
13 46 (2.44%) SoapUI
14 42 (2.23%) Team Foundation Server
15 34 (1.80%) NUnit
16 33 (1.75%) Visual Studio Team System
17 32 (1.70%) Protractor
18 27 (1.43%) webpack
19 25 (1.33%) MSTest
General
1 295 (15.64%) Finance
2 122 (6.47%) Marketing
3 71 (3.76%) Telecoms
4 55 (2.92%) Public Sector
5 52 (2.76%) Games
5 52 (2.76%) Retail
6 51 (2.70%) Manufacturing
7 42 (2.23%) Pharmaceutical
8 33 (1.75%) Electronics
9 29 (1.54%) Banking
9 29 (1.54%) Law
10 24 (1.27%) Publishing
11 16 (0.85%) Automotive
12 14 (0.74%) Back Office
13 13 (0.69%) Legal
14 11 (0.58%) Aerospace
15 9 (0.48%) Billing
16 8 (0.42%) Local Government
17 7 (0.37%) Czech Language
18 5 (0.27%) German Language
Job Titles
1 430 (22.80%) Developer
2 287 (15.22%) QA Engineer
3 277 (14.69%) Analyst
4 189 (10.02%) Test Engineer
5 161 (8.54%) Test Analyst
6 154 (8.17%) Tester
7 125 (6.63%) Senior Developer
8 119 (6.31%) QA Analyst
9 96 (5.09%) QA Test Analyst
9 96 (5.09%) Software Engineer
10 92 (4.88%) Software Developer
11 77 (4.08%) .NET Developer
12 70 (3.71%) QA Test Engineer
13 64 (3.39%) QA Automation Engineer
14 63 (3.34%) Test Automation Engineer
15 61 (3.23%) Automation Engineer
15 61 (3.23%) Software Tester
16 60 (3.18%) Automation Test Analyst
16 60 (3.18%) QA Leader
16 60 (3.18%) Senior QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 355 (18.82%) .NET
2 194 (10.29%) HTML
3 185 (9.81%) CSS
4 158 (8.38%) React
5 150 (7.95%) RESTful
6 117 (6.20%) Gherkin
7 104 (5.51%) AngularJS
8 95 (5.04%) Node.js
9 94 (4.98%) REST
10 91 (4.83%) jQuery
11 90 (4.77%) .NET Core
12 84 (4.45%) ASP.NET
12 84 (4.45%) JSON
13 78 (4.14%) XML
14 74 (3.92%) .NET Framework
15 68 (3.61%) Web Services
16 56 (2.97%) SOAP
17 53 (2.81%) HTML5
18 50 (2.65%) Vue.js
19 45 (2.39%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 189 (10.02%) Analytical Skills
2 164 (8.70%) Mobile App
3 142 (7.53%) User Experience
4 83 (4.40%) Management Information System
5 60 (3.18%) Self-Motivation
6 48 (2.55%) Greenfield Project
7 29 (1.54%) Life Science
8 28 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
8 28 (1.48%) Virtual Team
9 18 (0.95%) Data Structures
9 18 (0.95%) EPoS
10 17 (0.90%) Client/Server
10 17 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
11 16 (0.85%) Replication
12 13 (0.69%) NHS
13 11 (0.58%) Acoustics
13 11 (0.58%) Data Centre
13 11 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
14 10 (0.53%) Algorithms
14 10 (0.53%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 190 (10.07%) Linux
2 106 (5.62%) Windows
3 85 (4.51%) Apple iOS
4 73 (3.87%) Android
5 48 (2.55%) Unix
6 21 (1.11%) Windows Server
7 12 (0.64%) Ubuntu
8 10 (0.53%) CentOS
8 10 (0.53%) Windows 10
9 9 (0.48%) AIX
10 8 (0.42%) Mac OS
11 6 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.11%) VMS
13 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2016
14 1 (0.053%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.053%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.053%) SUSE
14 1 (0.053%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 917 (48.62%) Agile Software Development
2 880 (46.66%) Test Automation
3 389 (20.63%) DevOps
4 327 (17.34%) Scrum
5 268 (14.21%) Problem-Solving
6 236 (12.51%) BDD
7 231 (12.25%) Microservices
8 230 (12.20%) Software Engineering
9 227 (12.04%) SDLC
10 212 (11.24%) TDD
11 156 (8.27%) OO
12 153 (8.11%) Manual Testing
13 149 (7.90%) Computer Science
14 143 (7.58%) Continuous Integration
15 142 (7.53%) Software Testing
16 134 (7.10%) Mentoring
17 130 (6.89%) Test Scripting
18 128 (6.79%) API Testing
19 126 (6.68%) Analytics
20 121 (6.42%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 490 (25.98%) C#
2 421 (22.32%) JavaScript
3 408 (21.63%) SQL
4 317 (16.81%) Java
5 191 (10.13%) Python
6 143 (7.58%) TypeScript
7 131 (6.95%) C
8 85 (4.51%) C++
9 77 (4.08%) PHP
10 45 (2.39%) T-SQL
11 35 (1.86%) PowerShell
12 23 (1.22%) PL/SQL
13 22 (1.17%) Go
13 22 (1.17%) Scala
14 21 (1.11%) Apple Swift
15 18 (0.95%) Bash Shell
16 17 (0.90%) Java 8
17 14 (0.74%) R
17 14 (0.74%) Shell Script
18 13 (0.69%) VB
Qualifications
1 253 (13.41%) Degree
2 115 (6.10%) ISTQB
3 78 (4.14%) ISEB
4 58 (3.08%) Computer Science Degree
4 58 (3.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 33 (1.75%) Security Cleared
6 19 (1.01%) SC Cleared
7 11 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (0.58%) Microsoft Certification
8 10 (0.53%) HND
9 8 (0.42%) CCNA
9 8 (0.42%) CEH
10 7 (0.37%) PhD
11 6 (0.32%) CREST Certified
11 6 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
11 6 (0.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 6 (0.32%) OSCP
12 4 (0.21%) HNC
12 4 (0.21%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 4 (0.21%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (2.44%) GDPR
2 22 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (1.11%) SLA
4 16 (0.85%) CDISC
5 15 (0.80%) Data Quality
6 13 (0.69%) GMP
6 13 (0.69%) Good Clinical Practice
7 11 (0.58%) ISO 9001
8 10 (0.53%) PCI DSS
8 10 (0.53%) PMO
9 7 (0.37%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 5 (0.27%) GxP
10 5 (0.27%) ISO 13485
11 3 (0.16%) BS7666
11 3 (0.16%) COBIT
11 3 (0.16%) COSO
11 3 (0.16%) GLP
11 3 (0.16%) HIPAA
11 3 (0.16%) ITGC
11 3 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 136 (7.21%) Docker
2 20 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (0.80%) Active Directory
4 11 (0.58%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.48%) Firmware
6 8 (0.42%) KVM
7 2 (0.11%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.053%) HDFS
8 1 (0.053%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.053%) Varnish
8 1 (0.053%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 61 (3.23%) Kubernetes
2 29 (1.54%) Ansible
3 28 (1.48%) Terraform
4 20 (1.06%) Puppet
5 9 (0.48%) ZABBIX
6 6 (0.32%) FlexNet
6 6 (0.32%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (0.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 5 (0.27%) HP Fortify
8 4 (0.21%) Failover Clustering
8 4 (0.21%) FortiGate
8 4 (0.21%) HP ALM
8 4 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (0.21%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (0.21%) Nagios
8 4 (0.21%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.21%) Perfmon
9 3 (0.16%) WSUS
10 2 (0.11%) SCCM
Vendors
1 256 (13.57%) Microsoft
2 47 (2.49%) Google
3 46 (2.44%) Oracle
4 38 (2.01%) Ceridian
5 36 (1.91%) SAP
6 34 (1.80%) Xamarin
7 28 (1.48%) Salesforce.com
8 26 (1.38%) VMware
9 18 (0.95%) Apple
10 16 (0.85%) Cisco
11 15 (0.80%) IBM
12 12 (0.64%) Adobe
13 11 (0.58%) HP
14 10 (0.53%) Atlassian
14 10 (0.53%) JD Edwards
14 10 (0.53%) Red Hat
15 8 (0.42%) Cognos
15 8 (0.42%) Dell
15 8 (0.42%) Intel
16 7 (0.37%) Citrix