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The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £55,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 August 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
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 412 469 481
Rank change year-on-year +57 +12 -15
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 1,441 709 334
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.85% 0.62% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 0.68% 0.56%
Number of salaries quoted 798 613 273
10th Percentile £41,250 £33,750 £32,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,500 £50,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +11.00% -4.76% +7.14%
75th Percentile £70,000 £61,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +22.22% -5.26% +7.95%

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 155,319 104,329 60,084
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.96% 91.18% 94.89%
Number of salaries quoted 84,237 73,913 49,059
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,750 £31,250
25th Percentile £43,560 £41,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £91,250 £88,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,106 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +9.70% - +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 12 August 2022.

Salary histogram for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Top 17 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 12 August 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 +26 1,141 £57,500 +15.00% 96
Work from Home +113 901 £55,750 +11.50% 55
London +33 740 £61,250 +11.36% 33
UK excluding London -3 439 £55,000 +22.22% 71
South East -34 185 £55,000 +10.00% 16
South West +8 60 £52,500 +16.67% 15
North of England -76 53 £51,000 +13.33% 17
Midlands -47 45 £50,000 +33.33% 8
East of England -37 42 £52,500 +10.53% 7
Scotland -28 41 £55,000 +29.41% 5
West Midlands -53 25 £53,750 +53.57% 4
North West -75 25 £47,500 +5.56% 9
Yorkshire -39 24 £57,263 +23.81% 2
East Midlands -18 20 £47,500 +18.75% 4
Wales -7 11 £50,000 +42.86% 2
North East -5 4 - - 6
Northern Ireland -20 2 £57,500 +58.62% 1

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 August 2022, QA Engineer job roles required the following 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 1,441 (100.00%) QA
2 1,180 (81.89%) Test Automation
3 839 (58.22%) Agile
4 758 (52.60%) Selenium
5 486 (33.73%) API Testing
6 467 (32.41%) Postman
7 465 (32.27%) C#
8 442 (30.67%) JavaScript
9 435 (30.19%) Java
10 428 (29.70%) Finance
11 397 (27.55%) CI/CD
12 391 (27.13%) Social Skills
13 373 (25.88%) SQL
14 344 (23.87%) Software Testing
15 339 (23.53%) Manual Testing
16 335 (23.25%) Cypress.io
17 330 (22.90%) SDLC
18 322 (22.35%) Test Strategy
19 312 (21.65%) BDD
20 310 (21.51%) JIRA
21 309 (21.44%) Python
22 289 (20.06%) Cucumber
23 281 (19.50%) REST
24 270 (18.74%) Scrum
25 266 (18.46%) Azure
26 258 (17.90%) SpecFlow
27 251 (17.42%) Fintech
28 247 (17.14%) .NET
29 245 (17.00%) Jenkins
30 227 (15.75%) QA Automation

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
1 116 (8.05%) Confluence
2 12 (0.83%) Ethereum
3 9 (0.62%) nginx
4 5 (0.35%) MS Exchange
5 4 (0.28%) ArcGIS
6 3 (0.21%) Apache Solr
6 3 (0.21%) Drupal
6 3 (0.21%) NServiceBus
7 2 (0.14%) Camunda
7 2 (0.14%) SAS
8 1 (0.069%) CMS
8 1 (0.069%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.069%) IIS
8 1 (0.069%) MTS
Applications
1 10 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.35%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 22 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.42%) Shopify
3 1 (0.069%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 266 (18.46%) Azure
2 164 (11.38%) AWS
3 136 (9.44%) GitHub
4 131 (9.09%) Azure DevOps
5 122 (8.47%) BrowserStack
6 109 (7.56%) SaaS
7 105 (7.29%) Sauce Labs
8 31 (2.15%) GCP
9 30 (2.08%) Dynamics 365
10 19 (1.32%) Azure Service Bus
10 19 (1.32%) Serverless
11 16 (1.11%) Asana
12 15 (1.04%) Adobe Analytics
12 15 (1.04%) OpenShift
13 14 (0.97%) Heroku
13 14 (0.97%) Power Platform
14 13 (0.90%) GitHub Actions
15 12 (0.83%) Figma
15 12 (0.83%) Firebase
16 11 (0.76%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.22%) HTTP
2 24 (1.67%) Internet
3 6 (0.42%) Intranet
4 4 (0.28%) DAB
5 3 (0.21%) SSL
5 3 (0.21%) TCP/IP
6 2 (0.14%) Firewall
6 2 (0.14%) VoIP
7 1 (0.069%) DHCP
7 1 (0.069%) DNS
7 1 (0.069%) Network Security
7 1 (0.069%) SAN
7 1 (0.069%) SMS
7 1 (0.069%) SSH
7 1 (0.069%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (6.80%) PostgreSQL
2 60 (4.16%) Amazon Aurora
3 57 (3.96%) MySQL
4 49 (3.40%) Relational Database
5 32 (2.22%) SQL Server
6 29 (2.01%) NoSQL
7 25 (1.73%) Elasticsearch
8 24 (1.67%) Redis
9 17 (1.18%) MongoDB
10 9 (0.62%) Amazon RDS
10 9 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
11 8 (0.56%) Big Data
12 7 (0.49%) DynamoDB
13 5 (0.35%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.35%) Oracle Database 10g
14 4 (0.28%) Amazon Redshift
14 4 (0.28%) Bigtable
14 4 (0.28%) DB2
14 4 (0.28%) GIS
14 4 (0.28%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 758 (52.60%) Selenium
2 467 (32.41%) Postman
3 335 (23.25%) Cypress.io
4 310 (21.51%) JIRA
5 289 (20.06%) Cucumber
6 258 (17.90%) SpecFlow
7 245 (17.00%) Jenkins
8 203 (14.09%) Git (software)
9 164 (11.38%) Appium
10 147 (10.20%) JMeter
11 136 (9.44%) WebDriver
12 99 (6.87%) REST Assured
13 65 (4.51%) JUnit
14 59 (4.09%) Gatling
14 59 (4.09%) TestCafe
14 59 (4.09%) TestRail
15 58 (4.02%) Visual Studio
16 56 (3.89%) Protractor
16 56 (3.89%) TeamCity
17 52 (3.61%) SoapUI
General
1 428 (29.70%) Finance
2 391 (27.13%) Social Skills
3 163 (11.31%) Analytical Skills
4 143 (9.92%) Retail
5 88 (6.11%) Games
6 70 (4.86%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 70 (4.86%) Manufacturing
7 60 (4.16%) Marketing
8 58 (4.02%) Banking
9 53 (3.68%) Public Sector
10 34 (2.36%) Local Government
11 28 (1.94%) Advertising
12 27 (1.87%) Legal
13 20 (1.39%) Law
13 20 (1.39%) Organisational Skills
14 18 (1.25%) Publishing
15 16 (1.11%) Aviation
15 16 (1.11%) Esports
15 16 (1.11%) Telecoms
16 15 (1.04%) Humanities
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 281 (19.50%) REST
2 247 (17.14%) .NET
3 110 (7.63%) Gherkin
4 95 (6.59%) XML
5 91 (6.32%) React
6 85 (5.90%) Kafka
7 80 (5.55%) Web Services
8 79 (5.48%) Node.js
9 71 (4.93%) HTML
10 62 (4.30%) JSON
10 62 (4.30%) Swagger
11 59 (4.09%) Jest
12 58 (4.02%) SOAP
13 53 (3.68%) WebdriverIO
14 52 (3.61%) RESTful
15 51 (3.54%) CSS
15 51 (3.54%) RabbitMQ
16 48 (3.33%) React Native
17 43 (2.98%) AngularJS
18 38 (2.64%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 222 (15.41%) Mobile App
2 107 (7.43%) User Experience
3 56 (3.89%) Self-Motivation
4 35 (2.43%) Analytical Mindset
5 34 (2.36%) Greenfield Project
6 32 (2.22%) Blockchain
7 30 (2.08%) Virtual Team
8 28 (1.94%) Sports Betting
9 20 (1.39%) Cyberattack
9 20 (1.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 18 (1.25%) Blog
10 18 (1.25%) Legacy Systems
11 16 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
11 16 (1.11%) Online Games
11 16 (1.11%) Wiki
12 15 (1.04%) Public Cloud
13 13 (0.90%) Algorithms
13 13 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
13 13 (0.90%) Web3
14 12 (0.83%) PropTech
Operating Systems
1 104 (7.22%) Android
2 103 (7.15%) Apple iOS
3 95 (6.59%) Linux
4 59 (4.09%) Windows
5 56 (3.89%) Unix
6 12 (0.83%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.14%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle Linux
7 2 (0.14%) VMS
8 1 (0.069%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.069%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,180 (81.89%) Test Automation
2 839 (58.22%) Agile
3 486 (33.73%) API Testing
4 397 (27.55%) CI/CD
5 344 (23.87%) Software Testing
6 339 (23.53%) Manual Testing
7 330 (22.90%) SDLC
8 322 (22.35%) Test Strategy
9 312 (21.65%) BDD
10 270 (18.74%) Scrum
11 251 (17.42%) Fintech
12 227 (15.75%) QA Automation
13 204 (14.16%) Acceptance Criteria
14 203 (14.09%) Regression Testing
15 201 (13.95%) DevOps
16 186 (12.91%) Continuous Integration
17 178 (12.35%) Software Engineering
18 170 (11.80%) TDD
19 163 (11.31%) Performance Testing
20 156 (10.83%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 465 (32.27%) C#
2 442 (30.67%) JavaScript
3 435 (30.19%) Java
4 373 (25.88%) SQL
5 309 (21.44%) Python
6 125 (8.67%) TypeScript
7 87 (6.04%) Kotlin
8 62 (4.30%) Ruby
9 34 (2.36%) PHP
10 24 (1.67%) Shell Script
11 22 (1.53%) Go
12 20 (1.39%) C++
13 16 (1.11%) ES6
14 13 (0.90%) T-SQL
15 12 (0.83%) Perl
16 11 (0.76%) Bash
16 11 (0.76%) Scala
17 10 (0.69%) Apple Swift
18 9 (0.62%) Lua
18 9 (0.62%) XPath
Qualifications
1 149 (10.34%) Degree
2 109 (7.56%) ISTQB
3 59 (4.09%) Computer Science Degree
4 48 (3.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 34 (2.36%) ISEB
6 19 (1.32%) Security Cleared
7 13 (0.90%) SC Cleared
8 10 (0.69%) Numerate Degree
9 6 (0.42%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.28%) PhD
11 3 (0.21%) Master's Degree
12 2 (0.14%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,441 (100.00%) QA
2 34 (2.36%) GRC
3 31 (2.15%) Accessibility
4 6 (0.42%) WCAG
5 5 (0.35%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.28%) GDPR
6 4 (0.28%) HL7
7 2 (0.14%) FATCA
7 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 183 (12.70%) Docker
2 17 (1.18%) KVM
3 6 (0.42%) Active Directory
4 4 (0.28%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.069%) Firmware
5 1 (0.069%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.069%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 111 (7.70%) Kubernetes
2 25 (1.73%) Terraform
3 14 (0.97%) Grafana
4 12 (0.83%) Ansible
5 6 (0.42%) Docker Swarm
5 6 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
5 6 (0.42%) Prometheus
6 5 (0.35%) Graphite
6 5 (0.35%) HP ALM
7 4 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.28%) Opsgenie
8 1 (0.069%) Argo
Vendors
1 88 (6.11%) Microsoft
2 53 (3.68%) Google
2 53 (3.68%) Zopa
3 30 (2.08%) FIS
3 30 (2.08%) New Relic
4 19 (1.32%) VMware
5 15 (1.04%) Adobe
5 15 (1.04%) Splunk
5 15 (1.04%) WorldPay
6 14 (0.97%) BT
6 14 (0.97%) Virgin Media
7 12 (0.83%) HP
8 10 (0.69%) Atlassian
8 10 (0.69%) SAP
8 10 (0.69%) Sony
8 10 (0.69%) Tealium
9 8 (0.56%) Oracle
10 6 (0.42%) LexisNexis
10 6 (0.42%) Mercator
11 5 (0.35%) Dynatrace