Period
to 16 August 2018

The median annual salary for a QA Leader was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 883 881 926
Rank change year-on-year -2 +45 +90
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Leader 288 318 353
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.18% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.19% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 257 259 303
UK median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £50,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.09% +8.91% -8.18%
10th Percentile £42,500 £37,750 £36,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £46,750 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.95% +3.89% +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 162,764 170,011 191,340
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.17% 96.09% 96.61%
Number of salaries quoted 131,161 137,219 160,887
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 £26,750
90th Percentile £81,250 £78,000 £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 16 August 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 16 August 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 +9 274 £60,000 +9.09% 36
UK excluding London +43 147 £50,000 +6.95% 19
London -7 140 £70,000 +16.67% 19
South East +17 51 £50,000 +8.11% 7
South West +20 24 £50,000 +25.00% 2
Midlands -19 22 £47,750 -9.05% 6
East of England +37 20 £57,500 +10.58%
North of England +20 17 £50,000 +20.48% 2
North West +13 12 £50,000 +33.33% 2
West Midlands +14 11 £47,500 +5.56% 4
East Midlands -20 11 £52,500 -4.55% 2
Wales - 8 £65,000 - 1
Scotland -8 3 - - 1
North East - 3 £50,000 -
Yorkshire +22 2 £38,750 -20.10%
Northern Ireland +2 2 £49,250 -

QA Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 August 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.

1 288 (100.00%) QA
2 242 (84.03%) Test Automation
3 211 (73.26%) Agile Software Development
4 143 (49.65%) Selenium
5 105 (36.46%) C#
6 98 (34.03%) Java
7 94 (32.64%) Finance
8 81 (28.13%) BDD
9 71 (24.65%) Scrum
10 59 (20.49%) Test Strategy
11 55 (19.10%) TDD
12 53 (18.40%) QA Automation
13 49 (17.01%) Continuous Integration
14 48 (16.67%) SQL
14 48 (16.67%) Web Services
15 46 (15.97%) Cucumber
16 42 (14.58%) Software Testing
17 41 (14.24%) .NET
18 40 (13.89%) Python
18 40 (13.89%) JIRA
19 39 (13.54%) Mentoring
19 39 (13.54%) Greenfield Project
20 38 (13.19%) SoapUI
21 37 (12.85%) WebDriver
21 37 (12.85%) E-Commerce
22 35 (12.15%) Microsoft
23 33 (11.46%) Performance Testing
24 32 (11.11%) ISTQB
24 32 (11.11%) Banking
24 32 (11.11%) Software Engineering

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 16 (5.56%) Confluence
2 15 (5.21%) OpenStack
3 3 (1.04%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.69%) CMS
5 1 (0.35%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.35%) Ethereum
5 1 (0.35%) JBoss
5 1 (0.35%) Mendix
5 1 (0.35%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (0.69%) S-PLUS
2 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.35%) Magento
1 1 (0.35%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 18 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (5.90%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (3.13%) SaaS
4 3 (1.04%) BrowserStack
4 3 (1.04%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.04%) Sauce Labs
5 2 (0.69%) BlazeMeter
6 1 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.35%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.35%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.04%) HTTP
2 2 (0.69%) GSM
2 2 (0.69%) LTE
2 2 (0.69%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.35%) 3G
3 1 (0.35%) 4G
3 1 (0.35%) GPRS
3 1 (0.35%) PSTN
3 1 (0.35%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (7.29%) NoSQL
2 11 (3.82%) Big Data
3 9 (3.13%) SQL Server
4 8 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (1.74%) Blockchain
5 5 (1.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (1.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (1.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.04%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.69%) DB2
8 1 (0.35%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.35%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 143 (49.65%) Selenium
2 46 (15.97%) Cucumber
3 40 (13.89%) JIRA
4 38 (13.19%) SoapUI
5 37 (12.85%) WebDriver
6 32 (11.11%) JMeter
7 28 (9.72%) Visual Studio
8 27 (9.38%) Jenkins
8 27 (9.38%) MSTest
9 26 (9.03%) Ranorex
10 23 (7.99%) SpecFlow
11 21 (7.29%) Git (software)
12 19 (6.60%) Moq
12 19 (6.60%) Protractor
13 15 (5.21%) Maven
14 12 (4.17%) LoadRunner
14 12 (4.17%) NUnit
14 12 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
15 11 (3.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 11 (3.82%) TeamCity
General
1 94 (32.64%) Finance
2 32 (11.11%) Banking
3 23 (7.99%) Retail
4 21 (7.29%) Marketing
5 18 (6.25%) Law
6 14 (4.86%) Telecoms
7 13 (4.51%) Electronics
7 13 (4.51%) Manufacturing
8 8 (2.78%) Games
9 5 (1.74%) Automotive
10 3 (1.04%) Investment Banking
10 3 (1.04%) Retail Finance
11 1 (0.35%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.35%) Front Office
11 1 (0.35%) Legal
11 1 (0.35%) Publishing
11 1 (0.35%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (16.67%) Web Services
2 41 (14.24%) .NET
3 28 (9.72%) RESTful
4 27 (9.38%) SOAP
5 15 (5.21%) REST
6 9 (3.13%) Gherkin
6 9 (3.13%) React
7 8 (2.78%) AngularJS
7 8 (2.78%) CSS
8 7 (2.43%) JSON
9 6 (2.08%) HTML
9 6 (2.08%) Node.js
9 6 (2.08%) Velocity
10 4 (1.39%) Spring
10 4 (1.39%) Spring Boot
10 4 (1.39%) XML
11 3 (1.04%) Jest
12 2 (0.69%) HTML5
13 1 (0.35%) .NET Framework
13 1 (0.35%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 39 (13.54%) Greenfield Project
2 21 (7.29%) Fintech
3 17 (5.90%) Equities
4 15 (5.21%) Fixed Income
5 14 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (4.51%) Mobile App
7 7 (2.43%) Computer Science
7 7 (2.43%) User Experience
8 5 (1.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 5 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (1.74%) Video on Demand
9 4 (1.39%) Reinsurance
10 3 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.69%) Cloud Native
11 2 (0.69%) Hedge funds
11 2 (0.69%) Linux Command Line
11 2 (0.69%) Management Information System
11 2 (0.69%) Public Cloud
12 1 (0.35%) BBC
12 1 (0.35%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 29 (10.07%) Linux
2 21 (7.29%) Unix
3 6 (2.08%) Android
4 5 (1.74%) Apple iOS
4 5 (1.74%) Windows
5 2 (0.69%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 242 (84.03%) Test Automation
2 211 (73.26%) Agile Software Development
3 81 (28.13%) BDD
4 71 (24.65%) Scrum
5 59 (20.49%) Test Strategy
6 55 (19.10%) TDD
7 53 (18.40%) QA Automation
8 49 (17.01%) Continuous Integration
9 42 (14.58%) Software Testing
10 39 (13.54%) Mentoring
11 37 (12.85%) E-Commerce
12 33 (11.46%) Performance Testing
13 32 (11.11%) Defect Management
13 32 (11.11%) Software Engineering
13 32 (11.11%) Test Management
14 31 (10.76%) Regression Testing
15 29 (10.07%) SDET
15 29 (10.07%) SDLC
16 26 (9.03%) API Testing
16 26 (9.03%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 105 (36.46%) C#
2 98 (34.03%) Java
3 48 (16.67%) SQL
4 40 (13.89%) Python
5 28 (9.72%) JavaScript
6 27 (9.38%) Ruby
7 11 (3.82%) C++
8 8 (2.78%) PHP
9 7 (2.43%) Groovy
9 7 (2.43%) T-SQL
10 6 (2.08%) Go
11 4 (1.39%) C
11 4 (1.39%) Java 8
11 4 (1.39%) Perl
12 3 (1.04%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.69%) Scala
14 1 (0.35%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.35%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.35%) VB
14 1 (0.35%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 32 (11.11%) ISTQB
2 16 (5.56%) ISEB
3 13 (4.51%) Degree
4 10 (3.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (1.74%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 288 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (1.39%) ISO 9001
2 4 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
3 1 (0.35%) GCP
3 1 (0.35%) GDPR
System Software
1 9 (3.13%) Docker
Systems Management
1 21 (7.29%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.69%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.35%) AirWatch
3 1 (0.35%) Ansible
3 1 (0.35%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 35 (12.15%) Microsoft
2 13 (4.51%) SAP
3 7 (2.43%) Google
4 4 (1.39%) Atlassian
5 3 (1.04%) Apple
5 3 (1.04%) HP
5 3 (1.04%) Oracle
6 2 (0.69%) Calypso
6 2 (0.69%) Capita
6 2 (0.69%) NVIDIA
7 1 (0.35%) Facebook
7 1 (0.35%) hybris
7 1 (0.35%) IBM
7 1 (0.35%) MobileIron
7 1 (0.35%) Sony
7 1 (0.35%) Sybase
7 1 (0.35%) Talend