Period
to 18 November 2017

The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 512 562 541
Rank change year-on-year +50 -21 +13
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 927 867 1079
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.46% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.47% 0.51%
Number of salaries quoted 783 783 901
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £67,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +13.33% - +7.14%

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 171362 183209 211285
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.77% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 137432 153366 175465
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017. 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 +36 894 £45,000 - 39
UK excluding London +147 505 £42,500 +13.33% 24
London -56 410 £55,000 +10.00% 19
South East +88 184 £42,500 +6.25% 8
Midlands +68 100 £42,500 +18.88% 5
East of England +56 86 £45,000 +5.88% 3
North of England +19 80 £40,000 +14.29% 2
East Midlands +59 54 £43,750 +21.53% 4
West Midlands +41 46 £37,500 +6.38% 1
North West -12 44 £42,500 +7.94%
Yorkshire +42 34 £33,750 +7.14% 1
South West +11 34 £37,500 +15.38% 2
Scotland -33 12 £40,000 +11.11% 3
Wales +22 6 £41,000 +28.13% 1
Northern Ireland -27 3 £32,250 +24.04%
North East +6 2 £40,000 +3.23% 1

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, QA Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 927 (100.00%) QA
2 826 (89.10%) Test Automation
3 590 (63.65%) Agile Software Development
4 518 (55.88%) Selenium
5 428 (46.17%) Java
6 326 (35.17%) BDD
7 311 (33.55%) Cucumber
8 263 (28.37%) WebDriver
9 226 (24.38%) Scrum
10 214 (23.09%) Manual Testing
11 194 (20.93%) TDD
12 193 (20.82%) Python
13 188 (20.28%) Finance
14 178 (19.20%) C#
15 175 (18.88%) JIRA
16 172 (18.55%) SQL
17 166 (17.91%) Test Strategy
18 162 (17.48%) Test Scripting
19 159 (17.15%) Software Testing
20 139 (14.99%) QA Automation
21 137 (14.78%) Degree
22 133 (14.35%) Jenkins
23 119 (12.84%) JavaScript
24 115 (12.41%) .NET
25 114 (12.30%) Ruby
26 106 (11.43%) Web Services
27 105 (11.33%) REST
28 96 (10.36%) Continuous Integration
29 95 (10.25%) API Testing
30 93 (10.03%) Regression 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 37 (3.99%) Confluence
2 7 (0.76%) CMS
2 7 (0.76%) JBoss
2 7 (0.76%) Tomcat
3 5 (0.54%) Apache Spark
3 5 (0.54%) Skype for Business
4 4 (0.43%) MS Exchange
5 3 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.22%) Apache Solr
6 2 (0.22%) IIS
6 2 (0.22%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.11%) Apache
7 1 (0.11%) SAS
7 1 (0.11%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.11%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.11%) Umbraco
Applications
1 9 (0.97%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.43%) Adobe Premiere
3 4 (0.43%) Avid Media Composer
4 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.43%) Magento
2 1 (0.11%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.11%) FastStats
2 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.11%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 65 (7.01%) Amazon AWS
2 47 (5.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (2.37%) SaaS
4 8 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
5 6 (0.65%) GitHub
5 6 (0.65%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (0.43%) BrowserStack
7 3 (0.32%) BlazeMeter
8 1 (0.11%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.11%) Force.com
8 1 (0.11%) IaaS
8 1 (0.11%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.11%) Sauce Labs
8 1 (0.11%) Slack
8 1 (0.11%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.51%) Internet
2 12 (1.29%) ATM
3 9 (0.97%) HTTP
3 9 (0.97%) Skype
3 9 (0.97%) TCP/IP
4 5 (0.54%) Unified Communications
5 4 (0.43%) SMTP
6 3 (0.32%) Network Security
7 2 (0.22%) NGN
7 2 (0.22%) VoIP
8 1 (0.11%) Bluetooth
8 1 (0.11%) GPRS
8 1 (0.11%) GSM
8 1 (0.11%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.11%) LTE
8 1 (0.11%) RTP
8 1 (0.11%) SSL
8 1 (0.11%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.11%) Wireless
8 1 (0.11%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (2.91%) SQL Server
2 25 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
3 16 (1.73%) Relational Database
4 15 (1.62%) MySQL
4 15 (1.62%) NoSQL
5 13 (1.40%) Big Data
6 12 (1.29%) Oracle ODI
6 12 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
7 8 (0.86%) MongoDB
8 6 (0.65%) HBase
9 5 (0.54%) Apache Cassandra
9 5 (0.54%) Hadoop
9 5 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.43%) Apache Hive
11 3 (0.32%) Blockchain
11 3 (0.32%) Redis
12 1 (0.11%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.11%) Flink
12 1 (0.11%) Hazelcast
12 1 (0.11%) IBM InfoSphere
Development Applications
1 518 (55.88%) Selenium
2 311 (33.55%) Cucumber
3 263 (28.37%) WebDriver
4 175 (18.88%) JIRA
5 133 (14.35%) Jenkins
6 83 (8.95%) SoapUI
7 80 (8.63%) Git (software)
8 76 (8.20%) JUnit
9 65 (7.01%) JMeter
10 62 (6.69%) JBehave
11 57 (6.15%) TeamCity
12 53 (5.72%) SpecFlow
13 40 (4.31%) Appium
14 37 (3.99%) HP UFT
15 32 (3.45%) Subversion
16 24 (2.59%) NUnit
17 22 (2.37%) Maven
18 21 (2.27%) Protractor
18 21 (2.27%) Visual Studio
19 20 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 188 (20.28%) Finance
2 62 (6.69%) Banking
3 40 (4.31%) Retail
4 33 (3.56%) Investment Banking
5 29 (3.13%) Retail Banking
6 27 (2.91%) Front Office
6 27 (2.91%) Marketing
7 23 (2.48%) Telecoms
8 20 (2.16%) Games
9 17 (1.83%) Financial Institution
10 13 (1.40%) Electronics
11 7 (0.76%) Manufacturing
12 6 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.43%) Advertising
13 4 (0.43%) Legal
14 3 (0.32%) Automotive
14 3 (0.32%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.32%) Polish Language
14 3 (0.32%) Publishing
15 2 (0.22%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (12.41%) .NET
2 106 (11.43%) Web Services
3 105 (11.33%) REST
4 63 (6.80%) Gherkin
5 62 (6.69%) RESTful
6 55 (5.93%) SOAP
7 50 (5.39%) XML
8 45 (4.85%) HTML
9 37 (3.99%) JSON
10 24 (2.59%) Node.js
11 18 (1.94%) AngularJS
12 14 (1.51%) CSS
13 12 (1.29%) Oracle GoldenGate
14 10 (1.08%) Behat
14 10 (1.08%) HTML5
14 10 (1.08%) pytest
15 9 (0.97%) React
16 8 (0.86%) Nightwatchjs
16 8 (0.86%) React Native
17 7 (0.76%) Chai
Miscellaneous
1 77 (8.31%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (8.09%) Mobile App
3 70 (7.55%) Computer Science
4 49 (5.29%) Fintech
5 48 (5.18%) Greenfield Project
6 27 (2.91%) Derivative
7 24 (2.59%) User Experience
8 23 (2.48%) Equity Derivative
9 13 (1.40%) EPoS
10 9 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (0.86%) Client/Server
11 8 (0.86%) Management Information System
11 8 (0.86%) RIA
12 7 (0.76%) Hedge funds
12 7 (0.76%) Video\Live Streaming
13 6 (0.65%) Blog
13 6 (0.65%) Digital Currency
13 6 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.65%) Smart Home
13 6 (0.65%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 82 (8.85%) Windows
2 75 (8.09%) Linux
3 68 (7.34%) Apple iOS
4 52 (5.61%) Unix
5 47 (5.07%) Android
6 6 (0.65%) Windows 10
6 6 (0.65%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.43%) Mac OS X
7 4 (0.43%) Windows Phone
8 2 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.22%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.11%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.11%) Solaris
9 1 (0.11%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 826 (89.10%) Test Automation
2 590 (63.65%) Agile Software Development
3 326 (35.17%) BDD
4 226 (24.38%) Scrum
5 214 (23.09%) Manual Testing
6 194 (20.93%) TDD
7 166 (17.91%) Test Strategy
8 162 (17.48%) Test Scripting
9 159 (17.15%) Software Testing
10 139 (14.99%) QA Automation
11 96 (10.36%) Continuous Integration
12 95 (10.25%) API Testing
13 93 (10.03%) Regression Testing
13 93 (10.03%) SDLC
14 91 (9.82%) Performance Testing
15 74 (7.98%) Software Engineering
16 71 (7.66%) Continuous Improvement
17 70 (7.55%) Scenario Testing
18 68 (7.34%) Defect Management
19 59 (6.36%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 428 (46.17%) Java
2 193 (20.82%) Python
3 178 (19.20%) C#
4 172 (18.55%) SQL
5 119 (12.84%) JavaScript
6 114 (12.30%) Ruby
7 58 (6.26%) C++
8 29 (3.13%) Perl
9 23 (2.48%) PHP
10 22 (2.37%) C
11 17 (1.83%) Groovy
12 15 (1.62%) T-SQL
13 13 (1.40%) Shell Script
14 12 (1.29%) Bash Shell
15 11 (1.19%) VBScript
16 10 (1.08%) VB
17 7 (0.76%) Go
17 7 (0.76%) PL/SQL
17 7 (0.76%) Scala
17 7 (0.76%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 137 (14.78%) Degree
2 86 (9.28%) ISTQB
3 66 (7.12%) ISEB
4 32 (3.45%) Computer Science Degree
5 9 (0.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (0.76%) Security Cleared
7 3 (0.32%) HNC
8 2 (0.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (0.22%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.22%) PMP
8 2 (0.22%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.11%) HND
9 1 (0.11%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.11%) MCITP
9 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.11%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 927 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (0.43%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.32%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.22%) ISO 14001
4 2 (0.22%) SLA
5 1 (0.11%) ECSS
5 1 (0.11%) MiFID
5 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 17 (1.83%) Docker
2 6 (0.65%) Firmware
3 4 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.22%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.11%) LXC
Systems Management
1 7 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.65%) Ansible
3 5 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (0.54%) Puppet
4 4 (0.43%) Hadoop YARN
4 4 (0.43%) Oozie
5 3 (0.32%) HockeyApp
6 2 (0.22%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.11%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 49 (5.29%) Oracle
2 45 (4.85%) Microsoft
3 25 (2.70%) HP
4 17 (1.83%) Google
5 11 (1.19%) Atlassian
6 10 (1.08%) Sophos
7 9 (0.97%) Apple
7 9 (0.97%) Capita
8 8 (0.86%) CA Agile Central
9 7 (0.76%) SAP
10 6 (0.65%) Talend
11 5 (0.54%) Adobe
11 5 (0.54%) IBM
12 4 (0.43%) Avid
12 4 (0.43%) Fidessa
12 4 (0.43%) Sony
12 4 (0.43%) TOWER Software
13 3 (0.32%) Facebook
13 3 (0.32%) Telerik
14 2 (0.22%) Salesforce.com