Period
to 18 January 2021

The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 2021.

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
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 374 432 413
Rank change year-on-year +58 -19 +85
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 454 844 1,118
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.72% 0.67% 0.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.70% 0.77%
Number of salaries quoted 467 640 998
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £32,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £42,500 £43,750
% change year-on-year +17.65% -2.86% +9.38%

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 59,592 119,868 145,333
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.12% 95.59% 95.96%
Number of salaries quoted 48,396 97,043 117,663
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 18 January 2021.

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 18 January 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
England +51 427 £50,000 - 49
UK excluding London +71 253 £50,000 +17.65% 28
London +59 190 £53,750 -2.27% 24
South East +131 152 £50,000 +11.11% 10
Work from Home -5 80 £50,000 - 18
Midlands +73 36 £47,500 +18.75% 3
North of England +25 33 £37,500 -6.25% 11
North West +58 24 £35,000 -9.68% 5
West Midlands +62 21 £45,000 +5.88% 2
East Midlands +45 15 £47,500 +35.71% 1
Scotland +26 14 £40,000 +6.67% 2
East of England +74 8 £35,000 -36.36% 1
South West +54 7 £35,000 -22.22%
Yorkshire +40 7 £42,500 - 5
Northern Ireland +16 2 £32,500 +18.18%
North East +7 2 £33,750 -28.95% 1
Wales +39 1 £50,000 +11.11% 1

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2021, 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.

1 454 (100.00%) QA
2 384 (84.58%) Test Automation
3 270 (59.47%) Selenium
4 232 (51.10%) Agile Software Development
5 153 (33.70%) BDD
6 133 (29.30%) C#
7 112 (24.67%) Cucumber
8 103 (22.69%) Java
9 101 (22.25%) Scrum
10 100 (22.03%) TypeScript
11 95 (20.93%) JavaScript
12 85 (18.72%) Finance
13 84 (18.50%) Gherkin
13 84 (18.50%) Appium
14 81 (17.84%) JIRA
15 75 (16.52%) WebDriver
16 74 (16.30%) SQL
17 71 (15.64%) Azure
18 70 (15.42%) SpecFlow
19 69 (15.20%) TDD
20 68 (14.98%) Postman
21 65 (14.32%) QA Automation
22 63 (13.88%) DevOps
23 61 (13.44%) Python
24 60 (13.22%) .NET
24 60 (13.22%) Fintech
25 59 (13.00%) Manual Testing
26 56 (12.33%) Test Strategy
27 55 (12.11%) Git (software)
28 52 (11.45%) API Testing

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 20 (4.41%) Confluence
2 1 (0.22%) Drupal
Applications
1 6 (1.32%) Chatbot
2 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.22%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 71 (15.64%) Azure
2 36 (7.93%) AWS
3 13 (2.86%) BlazeMeter
4 10 (2.20%) BrowserStack
4 10 (2.20%) Firebase
4 10 (2.20%) Google Analytics
5 9 (1.98%) SaaS
6 6 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
6 6 (1.32%) GCP
7 1 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.22%) GitHub
7 1 (0.22%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 45 (9.91%) Skype
2 5 (1.10%) Intranet
3 3 (0.66%) HTTP
4 1 (0.22%) Firewall
4 1 (0.22%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (0.22%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.22%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (6.17%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.20%) Blockchain
3 8 (1.76%) NoSQL
4 7 (1.54%) MongoDB
5 5 (1.10%) Big Data
5 5 (1.10%) MySQL
6 3 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.44%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.44%) Snowflake Schema
8 1 (0.22%) BigQuery
8 1 (0.22%) DataStage
8 1 (0.22%) Oracle ODI
8 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.22%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 270 (59.47%) Selenium
2 112 (24.67%) Cucumber
3 84 (18.50%) Appium
4 81 (17.84%) JIRA
5 75 (16.52%) WebDriver
6 70 (15.42%) SpecFlow
7 68 (14.98%) Postman
8 55 (12.11%) Git (software)
9 47 (10.35%) Cypress.io
10 45 (9.91%) Protractor
11 39 (8.59%) SoapUI
12 28 (6.17%) Jenkins
13 27 (5.95%) TeamCity
14 25 (5.51%) JMeter
15 21 (4.63%) Jasmine
16 18 (3.96%) TestRail
17 16 (3.52%) REST Assured
18 15 (3.30%) Visual Studio
19 13 (2.86%) LoadRunner
19 13 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 85 (18.72%) Finance
2 12 (2.64%) Law
3 9 (1.98%) Advertising
4 8 (1.76%) Marketing
5 7 (1.54%) Banking
5 7 (1.54%) Games
5 7 (1.54%) Retail
6 6 (1.32%) Public Sector
7 5 (1.10%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.88%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.88%) Front Office
9 3 (0.66%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.44%) Local Government
11 1 (0.22%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.22%) Brand Awareness
11 1 (0.22%) Legal
11 1 (0.22%) Military
11 1 (0.22%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (18.50%) Gherkin
2 60 (13.22%) .NET
3 43 (9.47%) RESTful
4 34 (7.49%) Node.js
5 32 (7.05%) React
6 20 (4.41%) SOAP
7 19 (4.19%) REST
8 18 (3.96%) OAuth
8 18 (3.96%) WebdriverIO
9 17 (3.74%) Chai
10 14 (3.08%) OAuth2
11 13 (2.86%) OpenID
12 12 (2.64%) Web Services
13 10 (2.20%) ASP.NET
14 9 (1.98%) AngularJS
15 8 (1.76%) JSON
15 8 (1.76%) Spring
15 8 (1.76%) Swagger
16 7 (1.54%) Natural Language Processing
16 7 (1.54%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 37 (8.15%) Mobile App
2 17 (3.74%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
3 13 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (1.76%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (1.76%) Management Information System
4 8 (1.76%) Replication
4 8 (1.76%) Video on Demand
5 7 (1.54%) Client/Server
5 7 (1.54%) Virtual Team
6 4 (0.88%) Equities
7 3 (0.66%) Analytical Mindset
7 3 (0.66%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (0.44%) Algorithms
8 2 (0.44%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.22%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.22%) e-Learning
9 1 (0.22%) Embedded Systems
9 1 (0.22%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.22%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 44 (9.69%) Apple iOS
2 43 (9.47%) Android
3 40 (8.81%) Windows
4 36 (7.93%) Linux
5 11 (2.42%) Unix
6 1 (0.22%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.22%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.22%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 384 (84.58%) Test Automation
2 232 (51.10%) Agile Software Development
3 153 (33.70%) BDD
4 101 (22.25%) Scrum
5 69 (15.20%) TDD
6 65 (14.32%) QA Automation
7 63 (13.88%) DevOps
8 60 (13.22%) Fintech
9 59 (13.00%) Manual Testing
10 56 (12.33%) Test Strategy
11 52 (11.45%) API Testing
12 49 (10.79%) SDLC
12 49 (10.79%) Test Scripting
13 47 (10.35%) SDET
14 44 (9.69%) Regression Testing
15 42 (9.25%) Scenario Testing
16 40 (8.81%) Performance Testing
17 37 (8.15%) Continuous Integration
18 33 (7.27%) Test Planning
19 29 (6.39%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 133 (29.30%) C#
2 103 (22.69%) Java
3 100 (22.03%) TypeScript
4 95 (20.93%) JavaScript
5 74 (16.30%) SQL
6 61 (13.44%) Python
7 12 (2.64%) Shell Script
8 11 (2.42%) C++
9 9 (1.98%) Ruby
10 8 (1.76%) PHP
11 6 (1.32%) T-SQL
12 5 (1.10%) PowerShell
12 5 (1.10%) VBScript
13 3 (0.66%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.66%) C
14 2 (0.44%) Perl
14 2 (0.44%) R
15 1 (0.22%) Go
15 1 (0.22%) Kotlin
15 1 (0.22%) VC++
Qualifications
1 30 (6.61%) Degree
2 29 (6.39%) ISTQB
3 23 (5.07%) ISEB
4 11 (2.42%) Security Cleared
5 10 (2.20%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (2.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (2.20%) SC Cleared
6 6 (1.32%) CEH
6 6 (1.32%) CREST Certified
6 6 (1.32%) OSCP
7 1 (0.22%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.22%) ECDL
7 1 (0.22%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 454 (100.00%) QA
2 7 (1.54%) GDPR
3 4 (0.88%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.22%) NEBOSH
4 1 (0.22%) PMO
System Software
1 37 (8.15%) Docker
2 1 (0.22%) Varnish
2 1 (0.22%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 12 (2.64%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (2.20%) Kibana
3 7 (1.54%) Grafana
4 6 (1.32%) Kubernetes
5 3 (0.66%) HP ALM
6 2 (0.44%) Ansible
6 2 (0.44%) Puppet
6 2 (0.44%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 45 (9.91%) Microsoft
2 15 (3.30%) Google
3 13 (2.86%) HP
4 12 (2.64%) Oracle
5 10 (2.20%) Xamarin
6 5 (1.10%) MKS
7 1 (0.22%) Ab Initio
7 1 (0.22%) Apple
7 1 (0.22%) F5
7 1 (0.22%) Informatica
7 1 (0.22%) Instagram
7 1 (0.22%) Xceptor