Period
to 24 November 2017

The median annual salary for a QA Leader was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 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 Lead
UK
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 876 817 940
Rank change year-on-year -59 +123 +77
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Leader 339 414 390
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.22% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.23% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 274 332 364
UK median annual salary £55,000 £48,750 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.82% -2.50% -
10th Percentile £36,625 £35,500 £36,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £75,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -5.56%

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 172577 182568 211044
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.80% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138473 152713 175380
UK median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.11% +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 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

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 24 November 2017.

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 24 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 -13 329 £55,000 +10.00% 19
UK excluding London +46 182 £50,000 +11.11% 11
London -65 156 £60,000 -4.00% 10
Midlands +64 72 £57,500 +43.75% 1
East Midlands +63 52 £57,500 +43.75% 1
South East +70 32 £45,000 -5.26% 2
North of England -17 31 £47,500 +5.56% 1
North West -57 22 £48,750 +8.33% 1
East of England -7 21 £60,000 +33.33% 4
West Midlands +17 20 £45,000 +5.88%
South West +27 17 £40,000 +11.11% 1
Yorkshire +29 7 £40,000 -11.11%
Scotland -9 5 £43,750 +16.67% 1
Northern Ireland - 4 - -
North East +6 2 £62,500 +56.25%

QA Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, QA Leader 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 Leader in the job title.

1 339 (100.00%) QA
2 262 (77.29%) Test Automation
3 181 (53.39%) Agile Software Development
4 162 (47.79%) Selenium
5 121 (35.69%) Java
6 90 (26.55%) Cucumber
7 83 (24.48%) BDD
8 82 (24.19%) Finance
9 77 (22.71%) Manual Testing
10 75 (22.12%) Software Testing
11 73 (21.53%) JIRA
12 69 (20.35%) WebDriver
12 69 (20.35%) Test Strategy
13 65 (19.17%) Test Scripting
14 64 (18.88%) TDD
15 63 (18.58%) SQL
16 61 (17.99%) Regression Testing
17 60 (17.70%) Scrum
18 56 (16.52%) C#
19 52 (15.34%) ISTQB
20 51 (15.04%) Mentoring
21 48 (14.16%) Functional Testing
22 47 (13.86%) ISEB
23 44 (12.98%) Analytical Skills
24 43 (12.68%) SDLC
25 42 (12.39%) Web Services
26 37 (10.91%) Non-Functional Testing
26 37 (10.91%) Degree
26 37 (10.91%) .NET
27 35 (10.32%) User Acceptance Testing

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 (3.54%) Confluence
2 6 (1.77%) OpenStack
3 3 (0.88%) Apache
4 1 (0.29%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (1.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.29%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.88%) HFM
1 3 (0.88%) Hyperion Enterprise
2 1 (0.29%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 11 (3.24%) Amazon AWS
1 11 (3.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.59%) BrowserStack
2 2 (0.59%) SaaS
2 2 (0.59%) Slack
3 1 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.29%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (0.29%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.24%) Intranet
2 8 (2.36%) TCP/IP
3 4 (1.18%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.59%) HTTP
5 1 (0.29%) Internet
5 1 (0.29%) SMS
5 1 (0.29%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (7.37%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.83%) Big Data
3 7 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (1.77%) NoSQL
5 4 (1.18%) Data Mining
5 4 (1.18%) Power BI
5 4 (1.18%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (0.88%) MySQL
6 3 (0.88%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.88%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.59%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.59%) QlikView
8 1 (0.29%) Data Mart
8 1 (0.29%) Essbase
8 1 (0.29%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 162 (47.79%) Selenium
2 90 (26.55%) Cucumber
3 73 (21.53%) JIRA
4 69 (20.35%) WebDriver
5 27 (7.96%) TestRail
6 25 (7.37%) Jenkins
7 24 (7.08%) SoapUI
8 21 (6.19%) JMeter
8 21 (6.19%) SpecFlow
9 18 (5.31%) FitNesse
10 14 (4.13%) Team Foundation Server
11 11 (3.24%) Git (software)
12 10 (2.95%) Visual Studio
13 7 (2.06%) Appium
13 7 (2.06%) JUnit
13 7 (2.06%) LoadRunner
13 7 (2.06%) Protractor
14 6 (1.77%) Jasmine
14 6 (1.77%) Subversion
15 5 (1.47%) Calabash
General
1 82 (24.19%) Finance
2 32 (9.44%) Games
3 27 (7.96%) Banking
4 15 (4.42%) Retail
5 11 (3.24%) Investment Banking
6 9 (2.65%) Advertising
6 9 (2.65%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.77%) Marketing
7 6 (1.77%) Retail Banking
7 6 (1.77%) Russian Language
8 3 (0.88%) Back Office
8 3 (0.88%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.59%) Publishing
10 1 (0.29%) Automotive
10 1 (0.29%) Law
10 1 (0.29%) Legal
10 1 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (12.39%) Web Services
2 37 (10.91%) .NET
3 15 (4.42%) HTML
3 15 (4.42%) SOAP
4 14 (4.13%) CSS
5 12 (3.54%) REST
6 11 (3.24%) ASP.NET
7 7 (2.06%) HTML5
7 7 (2.06%) jQuery
7 7 (2.06%) Nightwatchjs
8 6 (1.77%) Gherkin
8 6 (1.77%) Kafka
8 6 (1.77%) Node.js
8 6 (1.77%) Spring
8 6 (1.77%) Spring Cloud
8 6 (1.77%) WinForms
9 5 (1.47%) Ajax
9 5 (1.47%) Chai
9 5 (1.47%) JSON
10 4 (1.18%) React
Miscellaneous
1 44 (12.98%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (7.08%) Greenfield Project
3 16 (4.72%) Computer Science
4 15 (4.42%) Mobile App
5 14 (4.13%) Equities
6 11 (3.24%) Derivative
7 10 (2.95%) Client/Server
8 8 (2.36%) Data Structures
9 7 (2.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 6 (1.77%) Fintech
10 6 (1.77%) Virtual Team
11 5 (1.47%) Management Information System
11 5 (1.47%) User Experience
12 4 (1.18%) Credit Derivative
12 4 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
12 4 (1.18%) Replication
13 2 (0.59%) Fixed Income
14 1 (0.29%) Algorithms
14 1 (0.29%) Reference Data
14 1 (0.29%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 29 (8.55%) Windows
2 25 (7.37%) Unix
3 19 (5.60%) Linux
4 11 (3.24%) Android
4 11 (3.24%) Apple iOS
5 3 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.59%) Mac OS X
6 2 (0.59%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 262 (77.29%) Test Automation
2 181 (53.39%) Agile Software Development
3 83 (24.48%) BDD
4 77 (22.71%) Manual Testing
5 75 (22.12%) Software Testing
6 69 (20.35%) Test Strategy
7 65 (19.17%) Test Scripting
8 64 (18.88%) TDD
9 61 (17.99%) Regression Testing
10 60 (17.70%) Scrum
11 51 (15.04%) Mentoring
12 48 (14.16%) Functional Testing
13 43 (12.68%) SDLC
14 37 (10.91%) Non-Functional Testing
15 35 (10.32%) User Acceptance Testing
16 34 (10.03%) Scenario Testing
17 33 (9.73%) Integration Testing
18 32 (9.44%) Defect Management
19 30 (8.85%) API Testing
20 27 (7.96%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 121 (35.69%) Java
2 63 (18.58%) SQL
3 56 (16.52%) C#
4 31 (9.14%) JavaScript
5 24 (7.08%) Ruby
6 23 (6.78%) Python
7 16 (4.72%) Groovy
8 6 (1.77%) PL/SQL
9 5 (1.47%) T-SQL
10 4 (1.18%) C++
10 4 (1.18%) Perl
11 3 (0.88%) PHP
12 2 (0.59%) Scala
13 1 (0.29%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.29%) C
13 1 (0.29%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.29%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 52 (15.34%) ISTQB
2 47 (13.86%) ISEB
3 37 (10.91%) Degree
4 22 (6.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (1.47%) Security Cleared
7 4 (1.18%) ISEB Practitioner
7 4 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (0.88%) ACCA
9 1 (0.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.29%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 339 (100.00%) QA
2 10 (2.95%) PMO
3 8 (2.36%) ISO 20022
3 8 (2.36%) ISO 8583
4 2 (0.59%) SLA
5 1 (0.29%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (1.18%) Hyper-V
1 4 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
1 4 (1.18%) Xen
2 1 (0.29%) Docker
2 1 (0.29%) LXC
2 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 7 (2.06%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
2 5 (1.47%) Puppet
3 2 (0.59%) Ansible
4 1 (0.29%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 26 (7.67%) Microsoft
2 16 (4.72%) Oracle
3 4 (1.18%) Cadence
3 4 (1.18%) Capita
3 4 (1.18%) Sophos
3 4 (1.18%) Tableau
4 3 (0.88%) Google
4 3 (0.88%) Hyperion
4 3 (0.88%) Sony
5 2 (0.59%) Mapbox
6 1 (0.29%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.29%) CA
6 1 (0.29%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (0.29%) Charles River
6 1 (0.29%) hybris
6 1 (0.29%) IBM
6 1 (0.29%) Micro Focus
6 1 (0.29%) Salesforce.com