Period
to 16 October 2019

The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 October 2019.

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
16 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 435 431 550
Rank change year-on-year -4 +119 -4
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 925 1,214 858
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.74% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.70% 0.77% 0.51%
Number of salaries quoted 738 1,012 714
UK median annual salary £47,500 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.00% +11.11% -
10th Percentile £30,750 £32,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £68,750 £70,000 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £41,500
% change year-on-year -5.56% +8.43% +10.67%

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 131,423 157,999 168,328
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.66% 95.93% 95.98%
Number of salaries quoted 104,742 127,341 134,862
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,673
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.88% +0.36%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA Engineer.

Salary trend for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Engineer over the 6 months to 16 October 2019.

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 16 October 2019. 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 -21 860 £50,000 - 52
UK excluding London +7 489 £42,500 -5.56% 38
London -23 411 £55,000 - 17
South East -28 194 £42,500 -5.56% 8
North of England +55 105 £40,000 -6.98% 9
East of England +57 66 £52,500 +31.25% 5
North West +65 61 £37,500 -6.25% 5
Midlands +47 61 £37,500 -6.25% 9
East Midlands +33 34 £36,250 -9.38% 5
North East +45 28 £42,500 +30.77% 2
West Midlands +42 27 £39,375 -1.56% 4
Scotland +19 27 £32,500 -18.75% 2
South West -24 24 £55,000 +46.67% 4
Yorkshire -30 16 £42,500 -20.93% 2
Northern Ireland +3 12 £27,500 -
Wales +6 4 £55,000 - 1

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 October 2019, 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.

1 925 (100.00%) QA
2 739 (79.89%) Test Automation
3 550 (59.46%) Agile Software Development
4 427 (46.16%) Selenium
5 356 (38.49%) Java
6 287 (31.03%) SQL
7 282 (30.49%) C#
8 250 (27.03%) BDD
9 244 (26.38%) Scrum
10 204 (22.05%) JIRA
11 203 (21.95%) Manual Testing
12 181 (19.57%) Cucumber
13 175 (18.92%) TDD
14 166 (17.95%) Python
15 152 (16.43%) Continuous Integration
15 152 (16.43%) WebDriver
15 152 (16.43%) Jenkins
16 138 (14.92%) JavaScript
17 134 (14.49%) Test Scripting
18 133 (14.38%) SDLC
18 133 (14.38%) Problem-Solving
19 129 (13.95%) Mobile App
20 120 (12.97%) Finance
21 116 (12.54%) ISTQB
22 113 (12.22%) REST
23 112 (12.11%) SpecFlow
23 112 (12.11%) Functional Testing
24 104 (11.24%) QA Automation
24 104 (11.24%) Linux
25 103 (11.14%) Software 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 72 (7.78%) Confluence
2 11 (1.19%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (0.43%) CMS
3 4 (0.43%) Drupal
4 3 (0.32%) Apache
4 3 (0.32%) Apache Spark
4 3 (0.32%) Podio
5 2 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (0.22%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.11%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.11%) IIS
6 1 (0.11%) NServiceBus
6 1 (0.11%) OpenStack
Applications
1 19 (2.05%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.08%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.32%) Zeplin
5 2 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (0.22%) Summit
3 1 (0.11%) Carpe Diem
3 1 (0.11%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.11%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 86 (9.30%) Azure
2 63 (6.81%) AWS
3 33 (3.57%) SaaS
4 17 (1.84%) BrowserStack
5 13 (1.41%) GitHub
5 13 (1.41%) Sauce Labs
6 8 (0.86%) GCP
7 7 (0.76%) Heroku
8 6 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (0.43%) CloudFront
9 4 (0.43%) Tricentis Tosca
10 3 (0.32%) Google Play
10 3 (0.32%) iTunes
10 3 (0.32%) Serverless
11 1 (0.11%) Apigee
11 1 (0.11%) G Suite
11 1 (0.11%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.30%) TCP/IP
2 9 (0.97%) Wireshark
3 4 (0.43%) SSL
4 3 (0.32%) HTTP
4 3 (0.32%) Internet
5 2 (0.22%) Wireless
6 1 (0.11%) 2G
6 1 (0.11%) 3G
6 1 (0.11%) 4G
6 1 (0.11%) DSL
6 1 (0.11%) FTP
6 1 (0.11%) Intranet
6 1 (0.11%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (5.84%) Relational Database
2 47 (5.08%) SQL Server
3 39 (4.22%) Big Data
3 39 (4.22%) MySQL
4 22 (2.38%) NoSQL
5 19 (2.05%) Apache Hive
6 17 (1.84%) Hadoop
7 12 (1.30%) Data Warehouse
7 12 (1.30%) MongoDB
8 11 (1.19%) Blockchain
8 11 (1.19%) RDBMS
9 9 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
10 7 (0.76%) SQLite
11 6 (0.65%) DB2
11 6 (0.65%) Redis
11 6 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 5 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
13 3 (0.32%) Apache Cassandra
13 3 (0.32%) BusinessObjects
13 3 (0.32%) Mixpanel
Development Applications
1 427 (46.16%) Selenium
2 204 (22.05%) JIRA
3 181 (19.57%) Cucumber
4 152 (16.43%) Jenkins
4 152 (16.43%) WebDriver
5 112 (12.11%) SpecFlow
6 94 (10.16%) Git (software)
7 82 (8.86%) Appium
8 73 (7.89%) JUnit
9 57 (6.16%) TeamCity
10 54 (5.84%) Visual Studio Team System
11 52 (5.62%) SoapUI
12 50 (5.41%) JMeter
13 49 (5.30%) TestNG
14 45 (4.86%) Maven
15 36 (3.89%) Hudson
16 28 (3.03%) HP UFT
16 28 (3.03%) Octopus Deploy
16 28 (3.03%) Protractor
16 28 (3.03%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 120 (12.97%) Finance
2 28 (3.03%) Retail
3 27 (2.92%) Games
4 21 (2.27%) Banking
4 21 (2.27%) Marketing
5 13 (1.41%) Law
6 8 (0.86%) Investment Banking
6 8 (0.86%) Legal
7 7 (0.76%) Advertising
7 7 (0.76%) Front Office
8 6 (0.65%) Public Sector
8 6 (0.65%) Telecoms
9 5 (0.54%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.43%) Aerospace
10 4 (0.43%) Avionics
10 4 (0.43%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.43%) Military
11 3 (0.32%) Electronics
11 3 (0.32%) Publishing
12 1 (0.11%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (12.22%) REST
2 99 (10.70%) .NET
3 88 (9.51%) SOAP
4 73 (7.89%) XML
5 70 (7.57%) Gherkin
6 61 (6.59%) Web Services
7 53 (5.73%) HTML
8 34 (3.68%) JSON
9 25 (2.70%) RESTful
10 21 (2.27%) Node.js
11 20 (2.16%) Swagger
12 18 (1.95%) Spring
13 15 (1.62%) Nightwatchjs
14 14 (1.51%) AngularJS
14 14 (1.51%) CSS
14 14 (1.51%) PySpark
15 12 (1.30%) XML Schema
16 10 (1.08%) React
17 9 (0.97%) .NET Framework
17 9 (0.97%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 129 (13.95%) Mobile App
2 77 (8.32%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (4.00%) Self-Motivation
4 26 (2.81%) Greenfield Project
5 20 (2.16%) Fixed Income
6 16 (1.73%) PMI
7 13 (1.41%) Cloud Native
7 13 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (1.41%) Management Information System
8 12 (1.30%) Blog
8 12 (1.30%) Derivative
8 12 (1.30%) User Experience
9 11 (1.19%) Client/Server
10 8 (0.86%) Linux Command Line
11 5 (0.54%) Online Games
11 5 (0.54%) Smartphone
12 4 (0.43%) Equity Derivative
12 4 (0.43%) Life Science
12 4 (0.43%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.43%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 104 (11.24%) Linux
2 100 (10.81%) Apple iOS
3 90 (9.73%) Android
4 58 (6.27%) Unix
5 45 (4.86%) Windows
6 3 (0.32%) Ubuntu
6 3 (0.32%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.22%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (0.22%) Robot Operating System
8 1 (0.11%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.11%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 739 (79.89%) Test Automation
2 550 (59.46%) Agile Software Development
3 250 (27.03%) BDD
4 244 (26.38%) Scrum
5 203 (21.95%) Manual Testing
6 175 (18.92%) TDD
7 152 (16.43%) Continuous Integration
8 134 (14.49%) Test Scripting
9 133 (14.38%) Problem-Solving
9 133 (14.38%) SDLC
10 112 (12.11%) Functional Testing
11 104 (11.24%) QA Automation
12 103 (11.14%) Software Testing
13 102 (11.03%) Test Strategy
14 92 (9.95%) Acceptance Criteria
15 84 (9.08%) Regression Testing
16 83 (8.97%) Performance Testing
17 82 (8.86%) API Testing
18 80 (8.65%) Non-Functional Testing
19 79 (8.54%) Fintech
Programming Languages
1 356 (38.49%) Java
2 287 (31.03%) SQL
3 282 (30.49%) C#
4 166 (17.95%) Python
5 138 (14.92%) JavaScript
6 41 (4.43%) Shell Script
7 34 (3.68%) Ruby
8 20 (2.16%) C
8 20 (2.16%) PHP
9 19 (2.05%) C++
10 15 (1.62%) Groovy
10 15 (1.62%) Scala
11 13 (1.41%) PL/SQL
12 12 (1.30%) Apple Swift
12 12 (1.30%) Bash Shell
13 10 (1.08%) TypeScript
14 9 (0.97%) Objective-C
15 8 (0.86%) Kotlin
16 7 (0.76%) PowerShell
17 6 (0.65%) Go
Qualifications
1 116 (12.54%) ISTQB
2 70 (7.57%) Degree
3 44 (4.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 30 (3.24%) Computer Science Degree
5 27 (2.92%) ISEB
6 16 (1.73%) PMI Certification
7 4 (0.43%) HND
8 3 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (0.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.22%) HNC
9 2 (0.22%) Security Cleared
10 1 (0.11%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.11%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.11%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 925 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (0.43%) ARP4754
2 4 (0.43%) ARP4761
2 4 (0.43%) DO-178B
2 4 (0.43%) DO-254
3 3 (0.32%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.11%) GDPR
4 1 (0.11%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.11%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.11%) SLA
4 1 (0.11%) TickIT
System Software
1 36 (3.89%) Docker
2 5 (0.54%) HDFS
3 3 (0.32%) Firmware
3 3 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.11%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.11%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 22 (2.38%) HP ALM
2 14 (1.51%) Hadoop YARN
2 14 (1.51%) Kubernetes
2 14 (1.51%) Oozie
3 7 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.32%) Terraform
5 2 (0.22%) Control-M
5 2 (0.22%) Kibana
5 2 (0.22%) logstash
6 1 (0.11%) Ansible
Vendors
1 82 (8.86%) Microsoft
2 35 (3.78%) Cypress Semiconductor
3 31 (3.35%) HP
3 31 (3.35%) Oracle
4 30 (3.24%) Sage
5 21 (2.27%) WorldPay
6 15 (1.62%) Atlassian
7 12 (1.30%) Cloudera
7 12 (1.30%) Hortonworks
8 11 (1.19%) Google
9 8 (0.86%) Red Hat
10 7 (0.76%) NVIDIA
11 6 (0.65%) Perforce
12 4 (0.43%) IBM
12 4 (0.43%) Instagram
12 4 (0.43%) SAP
12 4 (0.43%) Sun
12 4 (0.43%) Twitter
13 3 (0.32%) Green Hat
14 2 (0.22%) ForgeRock