Period
to 8 August 2020

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 8 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 56 60 61
Rank change year-on-year +4 +1 +13
Permanent jobs citing QA 1,622 3,757 4,415
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 4.50% 4.57% 4.56%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.35% 32.39% 34.61%
Number of salaries quoted 1,387 2,918 3,683
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +9.76%
10th Percentile £28,750 £28,750 £29,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £66,000 £65,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +5.00% +3.09%

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 4,589 11,599 12,755
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 12.73% 14.10% 13.18%
Number of salaries quoted 3,496 8,270 9,558
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £67,500
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

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 8 August 2020.

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 8 August 2020. 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 +9 593 £50,000 - 47
North of England +10 427 £47,500 +5.56% 73
North West -5 237 £50,000 +11.11% 33
South West +6 188 £40,000 -5.88% 41
Midlands -18 182 £42,250 +1.20% 44
Yorkshire +76 164 £45,000 - 24
West Midlands -2 112 £40,000 -5.88% 25
East of England -14 95 £45,000 -5.26% 28
Scotland -4 79 £47,500 +11.76% 10
East Midlands -10 69 £42,500 +6.25% 18
Wales -32 30 £42,000 -6.67% 11
North East -26 26 £45,000 +5.88% 16
Northern Ireland +9 22 £41,000 +2.50% 1
Channel Islands - 11 £55,000 -
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 8 August 2020, 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.

1 878 (54.13%) Agile Software Development
2 660 (40.69%) Test Automation
3 433 (26.70%) C#
4 401 (24.72%) JavaScript
5 367 (22.63%) SQL
6 366 (22.56%) .NET
7 343 (21.15%) Selenium
8 263 (16.21%) Java
9 258 (15.91%) Scrum
10 247 (15.23%) Azure
10 247 (15.23%) SDLC
11 243 (14.98%) Finance
12 237 (14.61%) SQL Server
12 237 (14.61%) DevOps
13 226 (13.93%) Microsoft
14 220 (13.56%) TDD
14 220 (13.56%) Software Engineering
14 220 (13.56%) JIRA
15 214 (13.19%) Degree
16 200 (12.33%) Git (software)
17 198 (12.21%) BDD
18 195 (12.02%) CSS
19 191 (11.78%) HTML
20 183 (11.28%) Problem-Solving
21 179 (11.04%) AWS
22 165 (10.17%) AngularJS
23 164 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
24 160 (9.86%) Manual Testing
25 159 (9.80%) Python
26 158 (9.74%) User Experience

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 63 (3.88%) Confluence
2 21 (1.29%) Apache
2 21 (1.29%) IIS
3 20 (1.23%) SharePoint
4 18 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
5 17 (1.05%) CMS
6 16 (0.99%) Tomcat
7 11 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
8 8 (0.49%) CICS
9 7 (0.43%) NServiceBus
9 7 (0.43%) WordPress
10 6 (0.37%) Apache Spark
10 6 (0.37%) Sitecore CMS
10 6 (0.37%) Umbraco
11 4 (0.25%) JBoss
11 4 (0.25%) nginx
11 4 (0.25%) WebLogic
11 4 (0.25%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.12%) SAS
12 2 (0.12%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 34 (2.10%) Microsoft Excel
2 27 (1.66%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (0.55%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.31%) Photoshop
6 4 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
6 4 (0.25%) AutoCAD
6 4 (0.25%) InVision
6 4 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.25%) Sketch
7 1 (0.062%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.062%) InDesign
7 1 (0.062%) Snagit
7 1 (0.062%) S-PLUS
7 1 (0.062%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.062%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 13 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
2 9 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.43%) Magento
4 4 (0.25%) NetSuite
4 4 (0.25%) Oracle Assets
4 4 (0.25%) Oracle Cash Management
4 4 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.25%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
4 4 (0.25%) Shopify
5 3 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.18%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.062%) Adobe Campaign
6 1 (0.062%) OpenCart
6 1 (0.062%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.062%) Oracle iRecruitment
6 1 (0.062%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.062%) SessionCam
6 1 (0.062%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 247 (15.23%) Azure
2 179 (11.04%) AWS
3 107 (6.60%) SaaS
4 34 (2.10%) GCP
5 28 (1.73%) Serverless
6 26 (1.60%) AWS Lambda
6 26 (1.60%) GitHub
6 26 (1.60%) Power Platform
7 21 (1.29%) BrowserStack
8 17 (1.05%) Office 365
9 16 (0.99%) npm
9 16 (0.99%) PaaS
10 15 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
11 14 (0.86%) IaaS
12 13 (0.80%) Logic Apps
13 12 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
14 11 (0.68%) Sauce Labs
15 9 (0.55%) BlazeMeter
15 9 (0.55%) Slack
16 6 (0.37%) Loggly
Communications & Networking
1 46 (2.84%) Skype
2 21 (1.29%) HTTP
3 17 (1.05%) Network Security
3 17 (1.05%) VoIP
4 16 (0.99%) Firewall
5 10 (0.62%) Intranet
5 10 (0.62%) MQTT
5 10 (0.62%) TCP/IP
6 9 (0.55%) Internet
6 9 (0.55%) NetScaler
7 7 (0.43%) SSL
8 5 (0.31%) FTP
8 5 (0.31%) VPN
8 5 (0.31%) Wireshark
9 4 (0.25%) Extranet
9 4 (0.25%) INAP
9 4 (0.25%) SIGTRAN
9 4 (0.25%) SMS
9 4 (0.25%) SMTP
9 4 (0.25%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 237 (14.61%) SQL Server
2 91 (5.61%) MySQL
3 76 (4.69%) Relational Database
4 55 (3.39%) Data Warehouse
5 54 (3.33%) PostgreSQL
6 40 (2.47%) Redis
7 36 (2.22%) MongoDB
8 31 (1.91%) Big Data
9 28 (1.73%) NoSQL
10 25 (1.54%) Power BI
11 24 (1.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 20 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 13 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
14 10 (0.62%) Data Lake
14 10 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 9 (0.55%) SQL Server 2014
15 9 (0.55%) SQL Server 2016
16 8 (0.49%) Apache Cassandra
16 8 (0.49%) Cosmos DB
16 8 (0.49%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 343 (21.15%) Selenium
2 220 (13.56%) JIRA
3 200 (12.33%) Git (software)
4 138 (8.51%) Cucumber
5 135 (8.32%) SpecFlow
6 127 (7.83%) Jenkins
7 113 (6.97%) WebDriver
8 71 (4.38%) Postman
9 59 (3.64%) Subversion
10 55 (3.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 54 (3.33%) JMeter
12 47 (2.90%) SoapUI
13 45 (2.77%) webpack
14 38 (2.34%) Visual Studio
15 36 (2.22%) TeamCity
16 34 (2.10%) gulp
17 29 (1.79%) JUnit
17 29 (1.79%) Maven
18 28 (1.73%) Cypress.io
19 24 (1.48%) Grunt
General
1 243 (14.98%) Finance
2 94 (5.80%) Marketing
3 51 (3.14%) Public Sector
4 50 (3.08%) Telecoms
5 48 (2.96%) Retail
6 45 (2.77%) Games
7 35 (2.16%) Banking
8 32 (1.97%) Law
9 23 (1.42%) Manufacturing
10 18 (1.11%) Legal
11 17 (1.05%) Electronics
12 13 (0.80%) Publishing
13 11 (0.68%) Back Office
14 10 (0.62%) Automotive
15 9 (0.55%) Local Government
15 9 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
16 6 (0.37%) Aerospace
17 5 (0.31%) Advertising
18 4 (0.25%) Billing
18 4 (0.25%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 386 (23.80%) Developer
2 277 (17.08%) Analyst
3 180 (11.10%) Tester
4 163 (10.05%) QA Engineer
5 128 (7.89%) Test Engineer
6 109 (6.72%) Test Analyst
7 103 (6.35%) QA Tester
8 101 (6.23%) QA Analyst
9 91 (5.61%) Software Engineer
10 86 (5.30%) Senior Developer
11 75 (4.62%) .NET Developer
12 72 (4.44%) Software Developer
13 59 (3.64%) Architect
13 59 (3.64%) Software Tester
14 56 (3.45%) C# Developer
15 55 (3.39%) Automation Tester
16 51 (3.14%) QA Automation Engineer
17 45 (2.77%) Senior Software Engineer
18 44 (2.71%) QA Test Analyst
18 44 (2.71%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 366 (22.56%) .NET
2 195 (12.02%) CSS
3 191 (11.78%) HTML
4 165 (10.17%) AngularJS
5 119 (7.34%) ASP.NET
6 108 (6.66%) React
7 91 (5.61%) .NET Core
8 90 (5.55%) Web Services
9 87 (5.36%) RESTful
10 83 (5.12%) Node.js
11 81 (4.99%) .NET Framework
11 81 (4.99%) HTML5
12 75 (4.62%) REST
13 70 (4.32%) jQuery
13 70 (4.32%) XML
14 59 (3.64%) ASP.NET Web API
15 57 (3.51%) Vue.js
16 54 (3.33%) ASP.NET MVC
17 45 (2.77%) Sass
18 43 (2.65%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 158 (9.74%) User Experience
2 154 (9.49%) Analytical Skills
3 100 (6.17%) Mobile App
4 56 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
5 48 (2.96%) Management Information System
6 43 (2.65%) Greenfield Project
7 30 (1.85%) Virtual Team
8 24 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
9 21 (1.29%) Algorithms
9 21 (1.29%) CMDB
10 20 (1.23%) Cloud Native
11 19 (1.17%) Video Conferencing
12 18 (1.11%) Data Structures
13 17 (1.05%) Mainframe
14 13 (0.80%) Client/Server
14 13 (0.80%) Replication
15 11 (0.68%) Driving Licence
15 11 (0.68%) Social Media
16 9 (0.55%) Linux Command Line
17 7 (0.43%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 130 (8.01%) Linux
2 117 (7.21%) Windows
3 46 (2.84%) Android
3 46 (2.84%) Apple iOS
4 42 (2.59%) Unix
5 38 (2.34%) Windows Server
6 15 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 11 (0.68%) Windows 10
9 9 (0.55%) Windows Server 2016
10 8 (0.49%) CentOS
10 8 (0.49%) Debian
11 7 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.37%) VMS
13 5 (0.31%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.31%) zOS
14 4 (0.25%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.25%) Solaris
15 3 (0.18%) AIX
15 3 (0.18%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 878 (54.13%) Agile Software Development
2 660 (40.69%) Test Automation
3 258 (15.91%) Scrum
4 247 (15.23%) SDLC
5 237 (14.61%) DevOps
6 220 (13.56%) Software Engineering
6 220 (13.56%) TDD
7 198 (12.21%) BDD
8 183 (11.28%) Problem-Solving
9 164 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
10 160 (9.86%) Manual Testing
11 147 (9.06%) Continuous Improvement
11 147 (9.06%) MVC
12 144 (8.88%) Software Testing
13 130 (8.01%) Test Scripting
14 127 (7.83%) Test Strategy
15 122 (7.52%) Project Management
16 115 (7.09%) Mentoring
16 115 (7.09%) Regression Testing
17 114 (7.03%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 433 (26.70%) C#
2 401 (24.72%) JavaScript
3 367 (22.63%) SQL
4 263 (16.21%) Java
5 159 (9.80%) Python
6 71 (4.38%) TypeScript
7 70 (4.32%) PHP
8 63 (3.88%) T-SQL
9 54 (3.33%) C++
10 46 (2.84%) Bash Shell
11 40 (2.47%) PowerShell
12 33 (2.03%) C
12 33 (2.03%) ES6
12 33 (2.03%) Ruby
13 24 (1.48%) PL/SQL
14 23 (1.42%) VB
15 18 (1.11%) Groovy
16 15 (0.92%) VB.NET
17 14 (0.86%) Scala
18 12 (0.74%) Perl
Qualifications
1 214 (13.19%) Degree
2 105 (6.47%) ISTQB
3 86 (5.30%) ISEB
4 50 (3.08%) Computer Science Degree
5 39 (2.40%) Security Cleared
6 29 (1.79%) SC Cleared
7 27 (1.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 18 (1.11%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (0.55%) CBAP
9 9 (0.55%) IIBA
9 9 (0.55%) ISEB Practitioner
10 8 (0.49%) HNC
10 8 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 7 (0.43%) AWS Certification
11 7 (0.43%) HND
11 7 (0.43%) PMI Certification
12 6 (0.37%) MCP
12 6 (0.37%) Six Sigma Green Belt
13 5 (0.31%) Master's Degree
14 4 (0.25%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (1.36%) SLA
2 19 (1.17%) Data Quality
3 16 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (0.62%) PMO
5 8 (0.49%) GDPR
5 8 (0.49%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.37%) GxP
7 5 (0.31%) ISO 13485
8 4 (0.25%) ECSS
8 4 (0.25%) NIST
9 3 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.18%) ISO 14001
10 2 (0.12%) COBIT
10 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 17025
11 1 (0.062%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.062%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.062%) NCSC
11 1 (0.062%) NEBOSH
11 1 (0.062%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.062%) WCAG
System Software
1 98 (6.04%) Docker
2 26 (1.60%) Hyper-V
3 25 (1.54%) Active Directory
4 20 (1.23%) VMware Infrastructure
5 10 (0.62%) vSphere
6 9 (0.55%) XenApp
6 9 (0.55%) XenDesktop
7 5 (0.31%) Firmware
7 5 (0.31%) KVM
7 5 (0.31%) VirtualBox
8 4 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.12%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.12%) Postfix
9 2 (0.12%) RACF
9 2 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.062%) Job Entry Subsystem
10 1 (0.062%) LXC
10 1 (0.062%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.062%) Time Sharing Option
10 1 (0.062%) Xen
Systems Management
1 58 (3.58%) Kubernetes
2 32 (1.97%) Ansible
3 25 (1.54%) Puppet
4 20 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
6 13 (0.80%) HP ALM
6 13 (0.80%) Terraform
7 9 (0.55%) Backup Exec
7 9 (0.55%) Kibana
7 9 (0.55%) Norton AntiVirus
8 7 (0.43%) Failover Clustering
8 7 (0.43%) Microsoft Clustering
9 6 (0.37%) CA Service Virtualization
9 6 (0.37%) SCCM
10 5 (0.31%) logstash
10 5 (0.31%) Single Sign-On
11 4 (0.25%) HP Fortify
11 4 (0.25%) WebInspect
12 3 (0.18%) Rundeck
13 2 (0.12%) Rancher
Vendors
1 226 (13.93%) Microsoft
2 60 (3.70%) Oracle
3 59 (3.64%) Google
4 39 (2.40%) SAP
5 34 (2.10%) HP
6 33 (2.03%) IBM
7 27 (1.66%) Xamarin
8 26 (1.60%) Remedy
9 21 (1.29%) VMware
10 17 (1.05%) ServiceNow
11 13 (0.80%) Citrix
12 12 (0.74%) Cisco
12 12 (0.74%) SolarWinds
12 12 (0.74%) Sophos
13 11 (0.68%) Adobe
13 11 (0.68%) Dell
14 10 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
14 10 (0.62%) Symantec
15 9 (0.55%) Juniper
15 9 (0.55%) McAfee