Period
to 21 October 2018

The median annual salary for a QA Leader was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 October 2018.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance Lead
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 875 877 838
Rank change year-on-year +2 -39 +112
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Leader 277 327 410
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.19% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.20% 0.22%
Number of salaries quoted 229 262 333
UK median annual salary £57,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.55% +10.00% -4.76%
10th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £36,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £73,750 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%

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 156,873 167,151 184,491
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.91% 95.94% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 126,373 133,833 154,598
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

QA Leader
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Leader over the 6 months to 21 October 2018.

Salary histogram for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA Leader within the UK over the 6 months to 21 October 2018. 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 -14 264 £57,500 +4.55% 33
UK excluding London +27 148 £50,000 +5.26% 25
London -12 129 £65,000 +8.33% 11
South East +62 68 £50,000 +11.11% 7
East of England +27 21 £53,750 +3.37% 1
Midlands -11 19 £47,500 -13.64% 6
South West +5 17 £50,000 +25.00% 2
North of England +28 10 £49,250 +9.44% 6
East Midlands -33 10 £40,000 -30.43% 2
West Midlands +23 9 £47,750 +3.24% 4
North West +1 8 £56,750 +26.11%
Wales - 7 £65,000 - 2
Northern Ireland +12 3 £57,500 -
Scotland +6 3 - - 1
Yorkshire +26 2 £38,250 -4.38% 5

QA Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2018, QA Leader 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 Leader in the job title.

1 277 (100.00%) QA
2 217 (78.34%) Test Automation
3 189 (68.23%) Agile Software Development
4 122 (44.04%) Selenium
5 109 (39.35%) C#
6 94 (33.94%) Finance
7 87 (31.41%) Scrum
8 74 (26.71%) Java
8 74 (26.71%) Test Strategy
9 59 (21.30%) JIRA
9 59 (21.30%) .NET
10 57 (20.58%) BDD
11 56 (20.22%) Continuous Integration
12 49 (17.69%) Microsoft
13 46 (16.61%) SQL
14 44 (15.88%) Defect Management
15 43 (15.52%) QA Automation
16 42 (15.16%) Mentoring
16 42 (15.16%) Visual Studio
17 40 (14.44%) Unit Testing
18 39 (14.08%) Test Management
18 39 (14.08%) Software Engineering
19 38 (13.72%) Software Testing
20 37 (13.36%) Manual Testing
21 35 (12.64%) TDD
22 34 (12.27%) MSTest
22 34 (12.27%) HP Quality Center
23 33 (11.91%) Ranorex
24 32 (11.55%) User Stories
24 32 (11.55%) Acceptance Criteria

QA Leader 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 31 (11.19%) Confluence
2 11 (3.97%) OpenStack
3 7 (2.53%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.36%) Alfresco
4 1 (0.36%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.36%) CMS
4 1 (0.36%) Ethereum
4 1 (0.36%) Mendix
Applications
1 5 (1.81%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.72%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 20 (7.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (4.69%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (2.53%) SaaS
4 6 (2.17%) BrowserStack
5 3 (1.08%) Sauce Labs
6 2 (0.72%) BlazeMeter
6 2 (0.72%) Boomi
6 2 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.36%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.36%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.08%) Wireshark
2 1 (0.36%) GSM
2 1 (0.36%) HTTP
2 1 (0.36%) LTE
2 1 (0.36%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (6.86%) NoSQL
2 10 (3.61%) Big Data
3 6 (2.17%) Blockchain
4 3 (1.08%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.72%) SQL Server
6 1 (0.36%) DB2
6 1 (0.36%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.36%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.36%) MySQL
6 1 (0.36%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.36%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 122 (44.04%) Selenium
2 59 (21.30%) JIRA
3 42 (15.16%) Visual Studio
4 34 (12.27%) MSTest
5 33 (11.91%) Ranorex
6 32 (11.55%) Moq
6 32 (11.55%) SoapUI
7 31 (11.19%) Cucumber
8 30 (10.83%) WebDriver
9 28 (10.11%) JMeter
10 27 (9.75%) Git (software)
11 18 (6.50%) Jenkins
11 18 (6.50%) SpecFlow
12 14 (5.05%) Protractor
13 13 (4.69%) Maven
13 13 (4.69%) NUnit
14 11 (3.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 11 (3.97%) Zephyr
15 9 (3.25%) Appium
15 9 (3.25%) TeamCity
General
1 94 (33.94%) Finance
2 29 (10.47%) Banking
3 22 (7.94%) Retail
4 14 (5.05%) Law
5 10 (3.61%) Manufacturing
5 10 (3.61%) Marketing
5 10 (3.61%) Telecoms
6 8 (2.89%) Electronics
6 8 (2.89%) Games
7 5 (1.81%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.08%) Automotive
8 3 (1.08%) Retail Finance
9 2 (0.72%) Mandarin Language
9 2 (0.72%) Publishing
10 1 (0.36%) Front Office
10 1 (0.36%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (21.30%) .NET
2 29 (10.47%) SOAP
3 28 (10.11%) Web Services
4 23 (8.30%) REST
5 19 (6.86%) JSON
6 18 (6.50%) RESTful
7 15 (5.42%) Velocity
8 12 (4.33%) CSS
8 12 (4.33%) HTML
9 9 (3.25%) AngularJS
10 8 (2.89%) Gherkin
10 8 (2.89%) XML
11 6 (2.17%) Spring
11 6 (2.17%) Spring Boot
12 5 (1.81%) Node.js
12 5 (1.81%) React
13 4 (1.44%) WCF
14 3 (1.08%) HTML5
14 3 (1.08%) Jest
15 1 (0.36%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 26 (9.39%) Fintech
1 26 (9.39%) Greenfield Project
2 20 (7.22%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (6.14%) Mobile App
4 13 (4.69%) Reinsurance
5 12 (4.33%) Equities
6 11 (3.97%) Fixed Income
7 9 (3.25%) User Experience
8 7 (2.53%) Computer Science
9 5 (1.81%) Video on Demand
10 4 (1.44%) Hedge funds
11 3 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 3 (1.08%) PlayStation
11 3 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
12 2 (0.72%) Cloud Native
12 2 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
12 2 (0.72%) Management Information System
12 2 (0.72%) Public Cloud
13 1 (0.36%) BBC
Operating Systems
1 18 (6.50%) Linux
2 14 (5.05%) Unix
3 6 (2.17%) Android
4 5 (1.81%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.08%) Windows
6 1 (0.36%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 217 (78.34%) Test Automation
2 189 (68.23%) Agile Software Development
3 87 (31.41%) Scrum
4 74 (26.71%) Test Strategy
5 57 (20.58%) BDD
6 56 (20.22%) Continuous Integration
7 44 (15.88%) Defect Management
8 43 (15.52%) QA Automation
9 42 (15.16%) Mentoring
10 40 (14.44%) Unit Testing
11 39 (14.08%) Software Engineering
11 39 (14.08%) Test Management
12 38 (13.72%) Software Testing
13 37 (13.36%) Manual Testing
14 35 (12.64%) TDD
15 32 (11.55%) Acceptance Criteria
15 32 (11.55%) User Stories
16 30 (10.83%) API Testing
16 30 (10.83%) SDLC
17 29 (10.47%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 109 (39.35%) C#
2 74 (26.71%) Java
3 46 (16.61%) SQL
4 31 (11.19%) Python
5 27 (9.75%) JavaScript
6 16 (5.78%) Ruby
7 7 (2.53%) Go
8 6 (2.17%) C++
9 4 (1.44%) Bash Shell
9 4 (1.44%) C
9 4 (1.44%) PowerShell
10 3 (1.08%) Groovy
10 3 (1.08%) Perl
11 2 (0.72%) Java 8
11 2 (0.72%) Scala
12 1 (0.36%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.36%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.36%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.36%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.36%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 28 (10.11%) ISTQB
2 21 (7.58%) ISEB
3 14 (5.05%) Degree
4 10 (3.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (2.53%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (1.08%) PMP
6 3 (1.08%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.36%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 277 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (0.72%) ISO 9001
2 2 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
System Software
1 8 (2.89%) Docker
Systems Management
1 34 (12.27%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.72%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.36%) Ansible
3 1 (0.36%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 49 (17.69%) Microsoft
2 7 (2.53%) SAP
3 6 (2.17%) Google
4 5 (1.81%) Atlassian
5 3 (1.08%) Facebook
5 3 (1.08%) HP
5 3 (1.08%) Monetate
5 3 (1.08%) NVIDIA
5 3 (1.08%) Oracle
6 2 (0.72%) Apple
6 2 (0.72%) Calypso
6 2 (0.72%) Dell
7 1 (0.36%) IBM
7 1 (0.36%) Sony
7 1 (0.36%) Sybase
7 1 (0.36%) Xamarin