Period
to 27 January 2022

The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance Engineer
UK
6 months to
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 473 389 447
Rank change year-on-year -84 +58 -30
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 830 470 846
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.73% 0.68%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.69% 0.76% 0.71%
Number of salaries quoted 694 417 616
10th Percentile £36,250 £33,250 £30,750
25th Percentile £45,000 £42,500 £38,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,000 £48,425
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +3.25% -3.15%
75th Percentile £67,500 £60,000 £65,000
90th Percentile £80,000 £70,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +17.65% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 120,085 61,540 119,349
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.09% 95.13% 95.56%
Number of salaries quoted 80,400 50,384 96,628
10th Percentile £31,750 £32,000 £28,750
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA Engineer.

Salary trend for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA Engineer over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

Salary histogram for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 27 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -63 750 £55,000 +10.00% 97
London -55 428 £65,000 +18.18% 51
UK excluding London -134 345 £50,000 - 53
Work from Home -103 195 £55,000 +10.00% 33
South East -121 134 £52,500 +5.00% 10
North of England -55 91 £47,500 +35.71% 6
North West -73 51 £47,500 +35.71% 2
Yorkshire -42 40 £45,000 +5.88% 3
South West -20 33 £50,000 +42.86% 6
Scotland -43 31 £42,500 +6.25% 5
East of England -85 25 £52,500 +61.54% 16
Midlands -107 25 £45,000 - 8
East Midlands -54 13 £47,500 +5.56% 1
West Midlands -82 12 £38,750 -13.89% 7
Northern Ireland -31 6 £35,000 +7.69% 2
Wales -40 3 £35,000 -30.00%

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, QA Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 830 (100.00%) QA
2 619 (74.58%) Test Automation
3 432 (52.05%) Agile Software Development
4 385 (46.39%) Selenium
5 293 (35.30%) JavaScript
6 236 (28.43%) C#
7 218 (26.27%) Cucumber
8 211 (25.42%) Java
9 210 (25.30%) Postman
10 190 (22.89%) Test Strategy
11 187 (22.53%) API Testing
12 182 (21.93%) Manual Testing
13 175 (21.08%) Cypress.io
14 169 (20.36%) Software Testing
15 164 (19.76%) BDD
16 160 (19.28%) Scrum
17 158 (19.04%) SQL
17 158 (19.04%) Social Skills
18 152 (18.31%) SDLC
19 149 (17.95%) REST
20 146 (17.59%) Python
21 145 (17.47%) Azure
22 144 (17.35%) Finance
23 143 (17.23%) DevOps
24 139 (16.75%) Test Scripting
25 136 (16.39%) CI/CD
26 133 (16.02%) QA Automation
27 131 (15.78%) Regression Testing
28 127 (15.30%) JIRA
29 126 (15.18%) .NET

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 48 (5.78%) Confluence
2 6 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (0.36%) Apache Pig
3 3 (0.36%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.24%) Camunda
4 2 (0.24%) Drupal
4 2 (0.24%) IIS
5 1 (0.12%) CMS
5 1 (0.12%) SAS
5 1 (0.12%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (0.96%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.36%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.24%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 145 (17.47%) Azure
2 53 (6.39%) AWS
3 43 (5.18%) SaaS
4 20 (2.41%) BlazeMeter
4 20 (2.41%) GCP
5 15 (1.81%) BrowserStack
6 10 (1.20%) Serverless
7 7 (0.84%) Azure Service Bus
7 7 (0.84%) Azure Service Fabric
7 7 (0.84%) GitHub
7 7 (0.84%) Sauce Labs
8 5 (0.60%) AWS CodePipeline
9 4 (0.48%) Microsoft 365
9 4 (0.48%) Power Platform
10 3 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.24%) GitHub Actions
12 1 (0.12%) Azure Pipelines
12 1 (0.12%) PaaS
12 1 (0.12%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 13 (1.57%) Skype
2 7 (0.84%) Broadband
2 7 (0.84%) Internet
3 5 (0.60%) Softphone
4 3 (0.36%) HTTP
4 3 (0.36%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.24%) Firewall
5 2 (0.24%) HTTPS
5 2 (0.24%) NAS
6 1 (0.12%) DVB
6 1 (0.12%) PBX
6 1 (0.12%) RTP
6 1 (0.12%) SSL
6 1 (0.12%) STUN
6 1 (0.12%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (6.87%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.41%) SQL Server 2014
3 16 (1.93%) NoSQL
4 15 (1.81%) Relational Database
5 12 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (1.45%) MongoDB
5 12 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 10 (1.20%) Data Lake
7 9 (1.08%) MySQL
8 6 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (0.72%) Electronic Patient Records
9 5 (0.60%) Big Data
9 5 (0.60%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.48%) BigQuery
10 4 (0.48%) Metadata
10 4 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (0.48%) Power BI
11 2 (0.24%) Amazon Aurora
11 2 (0.24%) Blockchain
11 2 (0.24%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 385 (46.39%) Selenium
2 218 (26.27%) Cucumber
3 210 (25.30%) Postman
4 175 (21.08%) Cypress.io
5 127 (15.30%) JIRA
6 118 (14.22%) SpecFlow
7 112 (13.49%) Jenkins
8 99 (11.93%) Git (software)
9 87 (10.48%) WebDriver
10 69 (8.31%) JMeter
11 68 (8.19%) Appium
12 44 (5.30%) Team Foundation Server
13 42 (5.06%) TeamCity
14 40 (4.82%) Protractor
15 39 (4.70%) REST Assured
16 37 (4.46%) Visual Studio
17 31 (3.73%) Ranorex
18 30 (3.61%) SoapUI
19 29 (3.49%) Mocha
20 28 (3.37%) Charles Proxy
General
1 158 (19.04%) Social Skills
2 144 (17.35%) Finance
3 54 (6.51%) Analytical Skills
4 46 (5.54%) Public Sector
5 44 (5.30%) Games
5 44 (5.30%) Retail
6 34 (4.10%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 31 (3.73%) Legal
8 30 (3.61%) Law
9 26 (3.13%) Manufacturing
10 25 (3.01%) Marketing
11 24 (2.89%) Banking
12 21 (2.53%) Telecoms
13 20 (2.41%) Electronics
14 17 (2.05%) Publishing
15 10 (1.20%) Advertising
15 10 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
16 8 (0.96%) Organisational Skills
17 5 (0.60%) Financial Institution
18 4 (0.48%) Documentation Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 149 (17.95%) REST
2 126 (15.18%) .NET
3 65 (7.83%) Gherkin
4 45 (5.42%) WebdriverIO
5 36 (4.34%) .NET Framework
5 36 (4.34%) Node.js
6 35 (4.22%) React
7 34 (4.10%) RESTful
8 31 (3.73%) Web Services
9 28 (3.37%) AngularJS
10 25 (3.01%) JSON
11 22 (2.65%) GraphQL
12 18 (2.17%) SOAP
12 18 (2.17%) XML
13 17 (2.05%) Swagger
14 14 (1.69%) Playwright
15 12 (1.45%) Chai
15 12 (1.45%) React Native
16 11 (1.33%) HTML
16 11 (1.33%) Nightwatchjs
Miscellaneous
1 81 (9.76%) Mobile App
2 54 (6.51%) Self-Motivation
3 36 (4.34%) User Experience
4 28 (3.37%) Enterprise Software
5 22 (2.65%) Client/Server
6 20 (2.41%) Legacy Code
7 19 (2.29%) Greenfield Project
8 18 (2.17%) Virtual Team
9 16 (1.93%) Online Games
10 10 (1.20%) Algorithms
10 10 (1.20%) Replication
11 6 (0.72%) Fixed Income
12 5 (0.60%) Data Protection Act
12 5 (0.60%) Handset
12 5 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
12 5 (0.60%) Over-the-Top Content
13 4 (0.48%) Biotechnology
13 4 (0.48%) Hedge funds
13 4 (0.48%) Social Media
13 4 (0.48%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 53 (6.39%) Windows
2 50 (6.02%) Linux
3 47 (5.66%) Android
4 20 (2.41%) Apple iOS
5 19 (2.29%) Unix
6 3 (0.36%) VMS
6 3 (0.36%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.24%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 619 (74.58%) Test Automation
2 432 (52.05%) Agile Software Development
3 190 (22.89%) Test Strategy
4 187 (22.53%) API Testing
5 182 (21.93%) Manual Testing
6 169 (20.36%) Software Testing
7 164 (19.76%) BDD
8 160 (19.28%) Scrum
9 152 (18.31%) SDLC
10 143 (17.23%) DevOps
11 139 (16.75%) Test Scripting
12 136 (16.39%) CI/CD
13 133 (16.02%) QA Automation
14 131 (15.78%) Regression Testing
15 105 (12.65%) TDD
16 88 (10.60%) Performance Testing
17 84 (10.12%) Problem-Solving
18 74 (8.92%) Continuous Integration
19 70 (8.43%) Fintech
20 66 (7.95%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 293 (35.30%) JavaScript
2 236 (28.43%) C#
3 211 (25.42%) Java
4 158 (19.04%) SQL
5 146 (17.59%) Python
6 81 (9.76%) TypeScript
7 22 (2.65%) C
7 22 (2.65%) Groovy
8 13 (1.57%) C++
9 10 (1.20%) Kotlin
9 10 (1.20%) Perl
10 9 (1.08%) PHP
11 8 (0.96%) Ruby
12 6 (0.72%) T-SQL
12 6 (0.72%) VBScript
13 5 (0.60%) Apple Swift
13 5 (0.60%) Scala
13 5 (0.60%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.48%) PowerShell
15 2 (0.24%) Bash
Qualifications
1 107 (12.89%) ISTQB
2 51 (6.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 45 (5.42%) ISEB
4 38 (4.58%) Degree
5 21 (2.53%) DBS Check
6 6 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
7 5 (0.60%) Master's Degree
8 4 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.24%) MCAD
9 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.24%) SC Cleared
9 2 (0.24%) Security Cleared
10 1 (0.12%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.12%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 830 (100.00%) QA
2 21 (2.53%) Accessibility
3 6 (0.72%) WCAG
4 5 (0.60%) IEC 62304
4 5 (0.60%) ISO 13485
5 3 (0.36%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.12%) GDPR
6 1 (0.12%) PMO
System Software
1 37 (4.46%) Docker
2 23 (2.77%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (0.48%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 21 (2.53%) Kubernetes
2 15 (1.81%) Grafana
3 12 (1.45%) Terraform
4 9 (1.08%) Ansible
5 2 (0.24%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.24%) Perfmon
6 1 (0.12%) Pingdom
Vendors
1 44 (5.30%) Microsoft
2 20 (2.41%) NEC
2 20 (2.41%) Northgate
2 20 (2.41%) SAP
3 16 (1.93%) Google
4 15 (1.81%) LexisNexis
5 12 (1.45%) HP
6 7 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
6 7 (0.84%) Xamarin
7 5 (0.60%) Atlassian
7 5 (0.60%) Mercator
8 3 (0.36%) Brio
8 3 (0.36%) Progress
9 2 (0.24%) Actian
10 1 (0.12%) Hotjar
10 1 (0.12%) Netlify
10 1 (0.12%) Oracle
10 1 (0.12%) PagerDuty
10 1 (0.12%) Sonus
10 1 (0.12%) Verint