Period
to 20 June 2018

The median annual salary for a QA Leader was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 June 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
20 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 862 903 939
Rank change year-on-year +41 +36 +125
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Leader 327 283 340
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.16% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.17% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 289 244 304
UK median annual salary £57,500 £55,000 £51,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.55% +6.80% +0.98%
10th Percentile £41,000 £38,750 £36,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £73,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +9.89% +1.11% -

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 166,024 165,879 194,238
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.33% 96.25% 96.61%
Number of salaries quoted 135,024 136,627 163,207
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,091
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.97% +5.23%

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 20 June 2018.

Salary histogram for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
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 Leader within the UK over the 6 months to 20 June 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 +24 317 £57,500 +4.55% 30
UK excluding London +50 172 £50,000 +9.89% 18
London -22 154 £70,000 +16.67% 13
South East +32 50 £50,000 -4.76% 4
Midlands -4 37 £47,500 +2.15% 5
East of England +10 36 £60,000 +26.32% 1
East Midlands +11 22 £49,000 -6.67% 1
North of England +22 20 £50,000 +25.00% 4
South West +1 20 £45,000 +5.88% 3
West Midlands +20 15 £42,500 -6.59% 4
North West +4 15 £50,000 +25.00% 3
Scotland - 4 £65,000 -
Wales - 3 £47,250 - 1
North East - 3 £50,000 -
Yorkshire +8 2 £38,750 -20.10% 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £49,250 -

QA Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 June 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.

1 327 (100.00%) QA
2 283 (86.54%) Test Automation
3 245 (74.92%) Agile Software Development
4 176 (53.82%) Selenium
5 116 (35.47%) Java
6 98 (29.97%) C#
7 88 (26.91%) Finance
8 82 (25.08%) BDD
9 74 (22.63%) Test Strategy
10 63 (19.27%) Scrum
11 58 (17.74%) TDD
12 56 (17.13%) SQL
12 56 (17.13%) Cucumber
13 52 (15.90%) Web Services
14 48 (14.68%) Continuous Integration
15 46 (14.07%) Python
15 46 (14.07%) Regression Testing
16 45 (13.76%) Mentoring
16 45 (13.76%) QA Automation
17 43 (13.15%) Greenfield Project
18 42 (12.84%) WebDriver
19 40 (12.23%) Test Management
19 40 (12.23%) .NET
20 39 (11.93%) Software Testing
20 39 (11.93%) JIRA
21 38 (11.62%) Manual Testing
22 37 (11.31%) JMeter
23 36 (11.01%) Performance Testing
24 35 (10.70%) Ruby
25 34 (10.40%) Banking

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 12 (3.67%) OpenStack
2 6 (1.83%) Confluence
3 3 (0.92%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.61%) CMS
5 1 (0.31%) Apache
5 1 (0.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.31%) Ethereum
5 1 (0.31%) JBoss
5 1 (0.31%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (0.61%) S-PLUS
2 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.31%) Magento
2 1 (0.31%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.75%) Sauce Labs
2 8 (2.45%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (2.45%) BlazeMeter
3 7 (2.14%) SaaS
4 6 (1.83%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (0.61%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.31%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.31%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.31%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.31%) GitHub
6 1 (0.31%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.61%) HTTP
2 1 (0.31%) 3G
2 1 (0.31%) 4G
2 1 (0.31%) GPRS
2 1 (0.31%) GSM
2 1 (0.31%) LTE
2 1 (0.31%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (5.50%) SQL Server
2 14 (4.28%) NoSQL
3 11 (3.36%) Data Warehouse
4 9 (2.75%) Big Data
5 7 (2.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 7 (2.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (2.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (1.22%) Blockchain
6 4 (1.22%) Hadoop
6 4 (1.22%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (0.92%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.61%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.61%) DB2
9 1 (0.31%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.31%) Power BI
9 1 (0.31%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 176 (53.82%) Selenium
2 56 (17.13%) Cucumber
3 42 (12.84%) WebDriver
4 39 (11.93%) JIRA
5 37 (11.31%) JMeter
6 33 (10.09%) SoapUI
7 31 (9.48%) SpecFlow
8 25 (7.65%) Jenkins
9 20 (6.12%) Visual Studio
10 17 (5.20%) TeamCity
11 16 (4.89%) NUnit
12 15 (4.59%) MSTest
13 14 (4.28%) Appium
13 14 (4.28%) Git (software)
13 14 (4.28%) Ranorex
14 13 (3.98%) Protractor
15 12 (3.67%) LoadRunner
15 12 (3.67%) Octopus Deploy
16 11 (3.36%) Team Foundation Server
17 10 (3.06%) JUnit
General
1 88 (26.91%) Finance
2 34 (10.40%) Banking
3 23 (7.03%) Marketing
4 21 (6.42%) Law
5 15 (4.59%) Retail
5 15 (4.59%) Telecoms
6 13 (3.98%) Manufacturing
7 12 (3.67%) Electronics
8 10 (3.06%) Investment Banking
9 8 (2.45%) Games
10 5 (1.53%) Automotive
11 4 (1.22%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.61%) Advertising
12 2 (0.61%) Publishing
12 2 (0.61%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.31%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.31%) Front Office
13 1 (0.31%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (15.90%) Web Services
2 40 (12.23%) .NET
3 20 (6.12%) SOAP
4 19 (5.81%) RESTful
5 10 (3.06%) REST
6 9 (2.75%) Gherkin
7 8 (2.45%) CSS
8 6 (1.83%) React
9 4 (1.22%) HTML
10 3 (0.92%) ASP.NET
10 3 (0.92%) JSON
11 2 (0.61%) .NET Framework
11 2 (0.61%) ASP.NET Web API
11 2 (0.61%) Behat
11 2 (0.61%) FIX Protocol
11 2 (0.61%) jQuery
11 2 (0.61%) Unity (Game Engine)
11 2 (0.61%) Velocity
11 2 (0.61%) WinForms
11 2 (0.61%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 43 (13.15%) Greenfield Project
2 23 (7.03%) Fintech
3 22 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (5.50%) Equities
5 15 (4.59%) Fixed Income
6 14 (4.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 14 (4.28%) Mobile App
7 7 (2.14%) Computer Science
7 7 (2.14%) Data Structures
8 6 (1.83%) Hedge funds
9 5 (1.53%) Spread Betting
10 4 (1.22%) User Experience
10 4 (1.22%) Video on Demand
11 3 (0.92%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.92%) Self-Motivation
12 2 (0.61%) Market Risk
12 2 (0.61%) Public Cloud
13 1 (0.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 1 (0.31%) Enterprise Software
13 1 (0.31%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 27 (8.26%) Linux
2 25 (7.65%) Unix
3 14 (4.28%) Windows
4 8 (2.45%) Android
4 8 (2.45%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.61%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 283 (86.54%) Test Automation
2 245 (74.92%) Agile Software Development
3 82 (25.08%) BDD
4 74 (22.63%) Test Strategy
5 63 (19.27%) Scrum
6 58 (17.74%) TDD
7 48 (14.68%) Continuous Integration
8 46 (14.07%) Regression Testing
9 45 (13.76%) Mentoring
9 45 (13.76%) QA Automation
10 40 (12.23%) Test Management
11 39 (11.93%) Software Testing
12 38 (11.62%) Manual Testing
13 36 (11.01%) Performance Testing
14 33 (10.09%) Problem-Solving
15 30 (9.17%) E-Commerce
15 30 (9.17%) Line Management
15 30 (9.17%) SDLC
15 30 (9.17%) Software Engineering
16 29 (8.87%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 116 (35.47%) Java
2 98 (29.97%) C#
3 56 (17.13%) SQL
4 46 (14.07%) Python
5 35 (10.70%) Ruby
6 27 (8.26%) JavaScript
7 16 (4.89%) T-SQL
8 10 (3.06%) C++
9 8 (2.45%) PHP
10 7 (2.14%) Groovy
11 4 (1.22%) Java 8
11 4 (1.22%) Scala
12 3 (0.92%) C
12 3 (0.92%) Perl
13 2 (0.61%) Go
13 2 (0.61%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.31%) Apple Swift
14 1 (0.31%) Bash Shell
14 1 (0.31%) VB
14 1 (0.31%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 26 (7.95%) ISTQB
2 24 (7.34%) ISEB
3 19 (5.81%) Degree
4 11 (3.36%) Security Cleared
5 6 (1.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (1.22%) ISEB Practitioner
7 3 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 327 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (1.22%) ISO 9001
2 4 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
3 1 (0.31%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.31%) EMIR
3 1 (0.31%) GDPR
3 1 (0.31%) MiFID
System Software
1 7 (2.14%) Docker
2 2 (0.61%) Hyper-V
2 2 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (3.06%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.31%) AirWatch
2 1 (0.31%) Ansible
2 1 (0.31%) HP ALM
2 1 (0.31%) Kubernetes
2 1 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 23 (7.03%) Microsoft
2 13 (3.98%) SAP
3 7 (2.14%) HP
4 6 (1.83%) WorldPay
5 5 (1.53%) Google
6 4 (1.22%) CheckPoint
6 4 (1.22%) Oracle
6 4 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.61%) Apple
7 2 (0.61%) Cadence
7 2 (0.61%) Calypso
7 2 (0.61%) Sophos
8 1 (0.31%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.31%) Capita
8 1 (0.31%) Cloudera
8 1 (0.31%) hybris
8 1 (0.31%) MobileIron
8 1 (0.31%) Sony
8 1 (0.31%) Tableau
8 1 (0.31%) Talend