Quality Assurance Engineer
UK

The median Quality Assurance Engineer salary in the UK is £52,500 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 27 February 2024.

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

6 months to
27 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 586 542 479
Rank change year-on-year -44 -63 -59
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 250 557 929
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.50% 0.66%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.34% 0.53% 0.70%
Number of salaries quoted 195 448 672
10th Percentile £36,250 £35,875 £37,500
25th Percentile £40,000 £44,928 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.55% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £62,500 £68,750 £67,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £80,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,750 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year -2.50% - -

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 74,467 104,389 133,620
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.88% 94.01% 95.58%
Number of salaries quoted 55,959 65,552 83,161
10th Percentile £28,559 £32,750 £32,000
25th Percentile £39,420 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -8.33% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £73,750 £82,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £92,500 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +5.26%

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 February 2024.

Salary histogram for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Top 15 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 February 2024. 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 0 212 £52,500 -4.55% 71
UK excluding London +27 167 £48,750 -2.50% 53
Work from Home +4 117 £52,500 -4.55% 35
London +39 73 £60,000 - 24
South East +53 70 £50,000 -4.76% 14
South West +4 24 £55,000 +22.22% 6
Midlands +52 21 £40,000 -25.93% 7
Scotland -31 20 £52,500 -8.70% 6
North of England +80 16 £50,000 +17.65% 16
West Midlands +67 14 £40,000 -25.93% 3
Wales +22 12 £70,000 +12.00% 3
North West +50 11 £47,500 +5.56% 12
East Midlands +7 7 £45,000 -13.88% 4
East of England +33 6 £37,500 -40.00% 4
Yorkshire +91 5 £58,750 +67.86% 1

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 27 February 2024, QA Engineer job roles required the following skills and capabilities 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.

1 250 (100.00%) QA
2 154 (61.60%) Test Automation
3 92 (36.80%) Agile
4 65 (26.00%) Software Testing
5 54 (21.60%) Selenium
6 53 (21.20%) CI/CD
7 52 (20.80%) Cucumber
8 51 (20.40%) QA Automation
8 51 (20.40%) SQL
9 50 (20.00%) API Testing
9 50 (20.00%) Manual Testing
10 47 (18.80%) Azure
11 44 (17.60%) Postman
12 43 (17.20%) C#
12 43 (17.20%) Manufacturing
13 42 (16.80%) BDD
13 42 (16.80%) Test Strategy
14 39 (15.60%) Python
15 38 (15.20%) Java
15 38 (15.20%) JavaScript
15 38 (15.20%) Scrum
15 38 (15.20%) Cypress.io
16 37 (14.80%) AWS
16 37 (14.80%) DevOps
16 37 (14.80%) Social Skills
17 36 (14.40%) JIRA
18 33 (13.20%) Degree
19 32 (12.80%) Test Scripting
19 32 (12.80%) Problem-Solving
20 31 (12.40%) Analytical Skills

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (1.60%) Confluence
Applications
1 6 (2.40%) Trello
2 2 (0.80%) Simulink
3 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 47 (18.80%) Azure
2 37 (14.80%) AWS
3 25 (10.00%) Azure DevOps
4 21 (8.40%) SaaS
5 7 (2.80%) GitHub
6 5 (2.00%) Azure Data Factory
6 5 (2.00%) BrowserStack
6 5 (2.00%) ClickUp
6 5 (2.00%) GCP
7 4 (1.60%) GitHub Actions
8 3 (1.20%) Entra ID
8 3 (1.20%) IaaS
9 2 (0.80%) CloudBees
10 1 (0.40%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.20%) 5G
1 3 (1.20%) Bluetooth
1 3 (1.20%) GSM
1 3 (1.20%) ISDN
1 3 (1.20%) LTE
1 3 (1.20%) PSTN
1 3 (1.20%) UMTS
1 3 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
1 3 (1.20%) Wireless
2 1 (0.40%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.60%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (2.00%) Relational Database
3 4 (1.60%) SQL Server
4 3 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.80%) MySQL
5 2 (0.80%) OLTP
6 1 (0.40%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.40%) MariaDB
6 1 (0.40%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.40%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.40%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 54 (21.60%) Selenium
2 52 (20.80%) Cucumber
3 44 (17.60%) Postman
4 38 (15.20%) Cypress.io
5 36 (14.40%) JIRA
6 24 (9.60%) SpecFlow
7 19 (7.60%) Jenkins
8 13 (5.20%) Git
8 13 (5.20%) JMeter
8 13 (5.20%) Visual Studio
9 12 (4.80%) TeamCity
10 10 (4.00%) Appium
11 9 (3.60%) SoapUI
12 7 (2.80%) JUnit
13 6 (2.40%) REST Assured
14 5 (2.00%) Android Studio
15 4 (1.60%) Mockito
16 3 (1.20%) LabVIEW
16 3 (1.20%) TestComplete
16 3 (1.20%) TestRail
General
1 43 (17.20%) Manufacturing
2 37 (14.80%) Social Skills
3 31 (12.40%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (10.80%) Finance
5 24 (9.60%) Electronics
6 19 (7.60%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 12 (4.80%) Banking
8 8 (3.20%) Games
9 7 (2.80%) Aviation
10 6 (2.40%) Automotive
11 5 (2.00%) Retail
12 4 (1.60%) Health Technology
12 4 (1.60%) Telecoms
13 3 (1.20%) Aerospace
13 3 (1.20%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.80%) Advertising
14 2 (0.80%) Agriculture
14 2 (0.80%) Law
14 2 (0.80%) Legal
14 2 (0.80%) Tech for Good
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (8.80%) Playwright
2 20 (8.00%) .NET
3 19 (7.60%) REST
4 18 (7.20%) Gherkin
5 16 (6.40%) Spring
5 16 (6.40%) Spring Boot
6 7 (2.80%) .NET Framework
6 7 (2.80%) Web Services
7 6 (2.40%) RESTful
7 6 (2.40%) WireMock
8 5 (2.00%) HTML
8 5 (2.00%) Swagger
9 4 (1.60%) CSS
10 3 (1.20%) Flash
11 2 (0.80%) JSON
11 2 (0.80%) PySpark
11 2 (0.80%) pytest
11 2 (0.80%) React
11 2 (0.80%) SOAP
11 2 (0.80%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 24 (9.60%) Product Ownership
2 8 (3.20%) Renewable Energy
3 7 (2.80%) Mobile App
4 6 (2.40%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (2.40%) Low-Code
5 5 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (2.00%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.20%) Acoustics
6 3 (1.20%) Embedded Systems
6 3 (1.20%) Satnav
7 2 (0.80%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.80%) Data Centre
7 2 (0.80%) Hedge funds
7 2 (0.80%) IoT
7 2 (0.80%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.80%) Operational Technology
7 2 (0.80%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (0.80%) Video\Live Streaming
7 2 (0.80%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.40%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 18 (7.20%) Linux
2 15 (6.00%) Android
3 8 (3.20%) Apple iOS
3 8 (3.20%) Ubuntu
4 7 (2.80%) Windows
5 6 (2.40%) Debian
6 2 (0.80%) Mac OS
6 2 (0.80%) Mac OS X
6 2 (0.80%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (61.60%) Test Automation
2 92 (36.80%) Agile
3 65 (26.00%) Software Testing
4 53 (21.20%) CI/CD
5 51 (20.40%) QA Automation
6 50 (20.00%) API Testing
6 50 (20.00%) Manual Testing
7 42 (16.80%) BDD
7 42 (16.80%) Test Strategy
8 38 (15.20%) Scrum
9 37 (14.80%) DevOps
10 32 (12.80%) Problem-Solving
10 32 (12.80%) Test Scripting
11 27 (10.80%) Product Requirements
12 25 (10.00%) FMEA
12 25 (10.00%) Internal Audit
13 23 (9.20%) Collaborative Working
14 22 (8.80%) Regression Testing
15 21 (8.40%) Non-Functional Testing
16 19 (7.60%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 51 (20.40%) SQL
2 43 (17.20%) C#
3 39 (15.60%) Python
4 38 (15.20%) Java
4 38 (15.20%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.00%) TypeScript
6 4 (1.60%) PHP
7 3 (1.20%) VB.NET
8 2 (0.80%) C
8 2 (0.80%) COBOL
8 2 (0.80%) HLASM
8 2 (0.80%) REXX
8 2 (0.80%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.40%) Bash
9 1 (0.40%) C++
9 1 (0.40%) Go
9 1 (0.40%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.40%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 33 (13.20%) Degree
2 7 (2.80%) ISTQB
3 6 (2.40%) Six Sigma Green Belt
4 4 (1.60%) Security Cleared
5 3 (1.20%) SC Cleared
6 2 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.80%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.40%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 250 (100.00%) QA
2 10 (4.00%) Accessibility
3 3 (1.20%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.80%) Software Quality Assurance
5 1 (0.40%) WCAG
System Software
1 5 (2.00%) Docker
2 2 (0.80%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 6 (2.40%) Terraform
2 5 (2.00%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.40%) Consul
3 1 (0.40%) Packer
Vendors
1 6 (2.40%) Microsoft
1 6 (2.40%) MuleSoft
1 6 (2.40%) OutSystems
2 3 (1.20%) Oracle
2 3 (1.20%) Spotify
3 2 (0.80%) Databricks
3 2 (0.80%) Google
4 1 (0.40%) Hitachi
4 1 (0.40%) Sage