Period
to 6 April 2020

The median annual salary for a QA Engineer was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

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
6 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 442 429 461
Rank change year-on-year -13 +32 +34
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Engineer 715 1,074 1,151
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.72% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 0.75% 0.67%
Number of salaries quoted 553 966 1,019
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -5.26%
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £76,250 £70,000 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +12.66%

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 111,584 143,241 171,258
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.39% 95.98% 96.48%
Number of salaries quoted 89,497 114,261 140,435
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £29,750 £28,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,500
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +2.35%

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 6 April 2020.

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 6 April 2020. 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 -29 668 £50,000 - 32
UK excluding London +3 360 £45,000 +2.27% 25
London -24 349 £60,000 +14.29% 9
South East +27 160 £50,000 +11.11% 10
North of England +59 65 £42,500 +13.33% 7
Midlands +24 48 £45,000 +12.50% 3
Work from Home -3 39 £51,500 +0.98% 4
West Midlands +48 34 £45,000 +20.00% 1
North West +25 33 £42,500 - 2
Yorkshire +60 30 £42,500 +25.93% 5
Scotland +27 27 £40,000 - 1
South West +25 24 £37,500 -6.25% 1
East of England +9 22 £44,000 +3.53% 2
East Midlands +3 11 £42,500 -22.73% 2
Wales +3 10 £45,000 -10.00% 1
Northern Ireland +25 5 £45,000 +45.16%
North East -10 2 £47,500 +66.67%

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 April 2020, 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.

1 715 (100.00%) QA
2 584 (81.68%) Test Automation
3 410 (57.34%) Agile Software Development
4 320 (44.76%) Selenium
5 259 (36.22%) Java
6 182 (25.45%) BDD
7 173 (24.20%) C#
8 172 (24.06%) Scrum
9 167 (23.36%) Cucumber
10 165 (23.08%) Manual Testing
10 165 (23.08%) JavaScript
11 154 (21.54%) SQL
12 141 (19.72%) JIRA
13 134 (18.74%) Continuous Integration
14 133 (18.60%) Postman
15 129 (18.04%) Jenkins
16 125 (17.48%) Python
17 122 (17.06%) TDD
18 100 (13.99%) SDLC
19 99 (13.85%) Finance
20 93 (13.01%) Fintech
20 93 (13.01%) Mobile App
21 92 (12.87%) QA Automation
21 92 (12.87%) Regression Testing
22 91 (12.73%) Git (software)
23 89 (12.45%) DevOps
23 89 (12.45%) Problem-Solving
24 87 (12.17%) Azure
25 85 (11.89%) API Testing
26 82 (11.47%) Microservices

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 48 (6.71%) Confluence
2 9 (1.26%) CICS
2 9 (1.26%) WebSphere
3 5 (0.70%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (0.70%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.56%) JBoss
4 4 (0.56%) WebSphere Application Server
5 3 (0.42%) CMS
6 1 (0.14%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.14%) Drupal
6 1 (0.14%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.14%) SAS
Applications
1 12 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.56%) AutoCAD
3 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.56%) Oracle Assets
2 4 (0.56%) Oracle Cash Management
2 4 (0.56%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (0.56%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (0.56%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (0.56%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
Cloud Services
1 87 (12.17%) Azure
2 61 (8.53%) AWS
3 40 (5.59%) BrowserStack
4 27 (3.78%) Sauce Labs
5 23 (3.22%) SaaS
6 19 (2.66%) GitHub
7 18 (2.52%) OpenShift
8 17 (2.38%) Heroku
9 16 (2.24%) BlazeMeter
10 11 (1.54%) Serverless
11 4 (0.56%) Trello
12 3 (0.42%) AWS IoT
12 3 (0.42%) GCP
13 2 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
13 2 (0.28%) Firebase
13 2 (0.28%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.28%) Slack
14 1 (0.14%) AWS Lambda
14 1 (0.14%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.40%) ZigBee
2 9 (1.26%) TCP/IP
3 7 (0.98%) HTTP
4 6 (0.84%) DNS
5 5 (0.70%) Internet
6 3 (0.42%) Wireshark
7 2 (0.28%) DSL
7 2 (0.28%) Softphone
8 1 (0.14%) IPv6
8 1 (0.14%) Skype
8 1 (0.14%) SSL
8 1 (0.14%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (5.59%) NoSQL
2 38 (5.31%) Relational Database
3 32 (4.48%) PostgreSQL
4 26 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
5 20 (2.80%) Hadoop
6 18 (2.52%) InterSystems Cache
6 18 (2.52%) OLTP
7 16 (2.24%) MySQL
8 15 (2.10%) SQL Server
9 13 (1.82%) DB2
10 9 (1.26%) Blockchain
11 7 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (0.84%) MongoDB
13 5 (0.70%) Big Data
13 5 (0.70%) InfluxDB
14 4 (0.56%) Amazon Redshift
14 4 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
14 4 (0.56%) RDBMS
14 4 (0.56%) Redis
15 2 (0.28%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 320 (44.76%) Selenium
2 167 (23.36%) Cucumber
3 141 (19.72%) JIRA
4 133 (18.60%) Postman
5 129 (18.04%) Jenkins
6 91 (12.73%) Git (software)
7 80 (11.19%) WebDriver
8 71 (9.93%) SoapUI
9 64 (8.95%) Cypress.io
10 61 (8.53%) JMeter
10 61 (8.53%) SpecFlow
11 60 (8.39%) Appium
12 44 (6.15%) Calabash
13 39 (5.45%) Charles Proxy
14 35 (4.90%) TeamCity
15 31 (4.34%) JUnit
16 29 (4.06%) Protractor
17 24 (3.36%) TestRail
18 23 (3.22%) Maven
19 20 (2.80%) Xcode
General
1 99 (13.85%) Finance
2 61 (8.53%) Public Sector
3 32 (4.48%) Banking
4 29 (4.06%) Retail
5 20 (2.80%) Games
6 12 (1.68%) Investment Banking
7 8 (1.12%) Law
8 6 (0.84%) Marketing
8 6 (0.84%) Telecoms
9 4 (0.56%) General Ledger
10 3 (0.42%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.42%) Legal
11 2 (0.28%) Advertising
11 2 (0.28%) Front Office
11 2 (0.28%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.14%) Automotive
12 1 (0.14%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.14%) Housing Association
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (8.25%) Web Services
2 55 (7.69%) .NET
3 53 (7.41%) REST
4 44 (6.15%) Gherkin
5 41 (5.73%) SOAP
6 38 (5.31%) WebdriverIO
7 31 (4.34%) XML
8 29 (4.06%) CSS
8 29 (4.06%) HTML
9 26 (3.64%) RESTful
10 25 (3.50%) React
11 24 (3.36%) Node.js
12 15 (2.10%) WireMock
13 14 (1.96%) JSON
13 14 (1.96%) Nightwatchjs
14 13 (1.82%) jQuery
15 10 (1.40%) AngularJS
15 10 (1.40%) Jest
16 9 (1.26%) FIXML
16 9 (1.26%) FpML
Miscellaneous
1 93 (13.01%) Mobile App
2 60 (8.39%) Self-Motivation
3 34 (4.76%) User Experience
4 28 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
5 21 (2.94%) Linux Command Line
6 19 (2.66%) Greenfield Project
7 17 (2.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 13 (1.82%) Mainframe
9 10 (1.40%) Smart Energy
9 10 (1.40%) Smart Meter
10 9 (1.26%) Cyberattack
10 9 (1.26%) Fixed Income
11 8 (1.12%) Derivative
11 8 (1.12%) Equity Derivative
12 7 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (0.98%) Life Science
12 7 (0.98%) NHS
13 6 (0.84%) IBM Mainframe
13 6 (0.84%) Smart City
14 5 (0.70%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 76 (10.63%) Android
2 68 (9.51%) Apple iOS
2 68 (9.51%) Linux
3 38 (5.31%) Windows
4 28 (3.92%) Unix
5 5 (0.70%) Ubuntu
6 2 (0.28%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.14%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 584 (81.68%) Test Automation
2 410 (57.34%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (25.45%) BDD
4 172 (24.06%) Scrum
5 165 (23.08%) Manual Testing
6 134 (18.74%) Continuous Integration
7 122 (17.06%) TDD
8 100 (13.99%) SDLC
9 93 (13.01%) Fintech
10 92 (12.87%) QA Automation
10 92 (12.87%) Regression Testing
11 89 (12.45%) DevOps
11 89 (12.45%) Problem-Solving
12 85 (11.89%) API Testing
13 82 (11.47%) Microservices
14 80 (11.19%) Non-Functional Testing
15 78 (10.91%) Test Strategy
16 74 (10.35%) Test Scripting
17 70 (9.79%) Functional Testing
18 62 (8.67%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 259 (36.22%) Java
2 173 (24.20%) C#
3 165 (23.08%) JavaScript
4 154 (21.54%) SQL
5 125 (17.48%) Python
6 69 (9.65%) Ruby
7 40 (5.59%) PHP
8 37 (5.17%) C++
9 36 (5.03%) TypeScript
10 29 (4.06%) C
11 23 (3.22%) Kotlin
12 21 (2.94%) Apple Swift
13 20 (2.80%) Bash Shell
14 19 (2.66%) Objective-C
15 17 (2.38%) Scala
16 16 (2.24%) Groovy
17 14 (1.96%) Perl
18 9 (1.26%) VB
19 8 (1.12%) Go
20 6 (0.84%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 61 (8.53%) Degree
2 55 (7.69%) ISTQB
3 31 (4.34%) ISEB
4 29 (4.06%) Computer Science Degree
5 15 (2.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (0.98%) PMI Certification
7 6 (0.84%) PMP
8 2 (0.28%) SC Cleared
8 2 (0.28%) Security Cleared
9 1 (0.14%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.14%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 715 (100.00%) QA
2 9 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (1.26%) NIST
3 7 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.56%) EMIR
5 1 (0.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.14%) GxP
5 1 (0.14%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.14%) SLA
System Software
1 80 (11.19%) Docker
2 6 (0.84%) ACF2
2 6 (0.84%) RACF
3 1 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 43 (6.01%) Kubernetes
2 29 (4.06%) HP ALM
3 13 (1.82%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (1.26%) HP Fortify
4 9 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (1.26%) Puppet
4 9 (1.26%) WebInspect
5 8 (1.12%) Ansible
6 2 (0.28%) Hadoop YARN
6 2 (0.28%) Kibana
6 2 (0.28%) Oozie
6 2 (0.28%) Terraform
7 1 (0.14%) CA Service Virtualization
7 1 (0.14%) Grafana
7 1 (0.14%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 47 (6.57%) HP
2 22 (3.08%) Microsoft
3 20 (2.80%) Cloudera
4 19 (2.66%) CA
5 18 (2.52%) Delphix
5 18 (2.52%) InterSystems
6 11 (1.54%) Murex
7 9 (1.26%) Black Duck
7 9 (1.26%) Micro Focus
7 9 (1.26%) Qualys
7 9 (1.26%) Sonatype
8 8 (1.12%) Atlassian
9 6 (0.84%) IBM
10 5 (0.70%) CA Agile Central
10 5 (0.70%) Google
10 5 (0.70%) Oracle
11 4 (0.56%) Dell
11 4 (0.56%) Instagram
11 4 (0.56%) MicroStrategy
11 4 (0.56%) Twitter