Period
to

The median annual salary for a QA Leader was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 8 August 2022.

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
8 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 633 812 725
Rank change year-on-year +179 -87 +150
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Leader 758 199 68
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.17% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.48% 0.19% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 188 174 57
10th Percentile £50,000 £45,000 £44,000
25th Percentile £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £60,000 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.33% -7.69% +8.33%
75th Percentile £80,000 £76,250 £80,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £88,375 £84,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £62,500 £57,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year +9.65% +3.64% -

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 157,044 103,898 61,800
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.94% 91.14% 94.93%
Number of salaries quoted 84,149 73,476 50,466
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,750 £31,250
25th Percentile £43,500 £41,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,000 £88,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +9.47% - +5.56%

QA Leader
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA Leader.

Salary trend for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA Leader over the 6 months to 8 August 2022.

Salary histogram for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
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 Leader within the UK over the 6 months to 8 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England +154 658 £65,000 +8.33% 19
UK excluding London +237 544 £62,500 +9.65% 17
London -98 180 £72,500 +11.54% 6
North of England +75 165 £61,250 +22.50% 6
South East +36 160 £70,000 +16.67% 2
Work from Home -150 150 £60,000 - 11
North West +19 82 £37,500 -6.25% 4
South West +47 75 £55,000 +22.22% 3
Midlands +16 70 £55,000 +5.77% 1
Yorkshire +17 56 £62,500 +25.00% 2
West Midlands -18 37 £55,000 +0.92%
East Midlands +19 33 £60,000 +26.32% 1
East of England -38 32 £71,250 +35.71% 1
North East - 27 - -
Scotland - 25 £55,000 - 2
Wales - 16 £60,000 - 2
Northern Ireland - 1 £55,000 -

QA Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 August 2022, QA Leader job roles required the following 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.

1 758 (100.00%) QA
2 555 (73.22%) Test Strategy
3 522 (68.87%) Software Testing
4 474 (62.53%) Microsoft
5 471 (62.14%) Test Scripting
6 470 (62.01%) Test Management
7 463 (61.08%) Project Delivery
8 462 (60.95%) Virtual Team
9 459 (60.55%) Zephyr
10 457 (60.29%) JMeter
11 455 (60.03%) HP
11 455 (60.03%) Google
11 455 (60.03%) Defect Management
12 454 (59.89%) Rational Quality Manager
12 454 (59.89%) HP ALM
12 454 (59.89%) IBM
12 454 (59.89%) HP Quality Center
13 241 (31.79%) Test Automation
14 219 (28.89%) Agile
15 123 (16.23%) Selenium
16 100 (13.19%) CI/CD
17 99 (13.06%) DevOps
18 91 (12.01%) C#
19 86 (11.35%) Azure
19 86 (11.35%) Mentoring
20 83 (10.95%) Coaching
21 80 (10.55%) Scrum
22 75 (9.89%) BDD
23 74 (9.76%) QA Automation
24 70 (9.23%) SDLC

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 6 (0.79%) Apache Spark
2 4 (0.53%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.40%) Confluence
3 3 (0.40%) Ethereum
Applications
1 3 (0.40%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 7 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.13%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
2 1 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 86 (11.35%) Azure
2 70 (9.23%) Azure DevOps
3 39 (5.15%) AWS
4 15 (1.98%) GitHub
5 10 (1.32%) SaaS
6 8 (1.06%) Azure Cosmos DB
6 8 (1.06%) Azure Service Bus
6 8 (1.06%) Azure Service Fabric
6 8 (1.06%) BrowserStack
6 8 (1.06%) Dynamics 365
7 5 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.66%) Amazon SQS
7 5 (0.66%) Serverless
8 4 (0.53%) Microsoft 365
8 4 (0.53%) PaaS
9 3 (0.40%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.40%) GitHub Actions
10 2 (0.26%) Azure Functions
10 2 (0.26%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.85%) HTTP
2 6 (0.79%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (1.85%) PostgreSQL
2 8 (1.06%) SQL Server
3 6 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (0.66%) DynamoDB
5 3 (0.40%) Data Lake
5 3 (0.40%) Redis
6 1 (0.13%) GIS
6 1 (0.13%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.13%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.13%) QGIS
Development Applications
1 459 (60.55%) Zephyr
2 457 (60.29%) JMeter
3 454 (59.89%) Rational Quality Manager
4 123 (16.23%) Selenium
5 54 (7.12%) Cypress.io
6 48 (6.33%) Git (software)
6 48 (6.33%) SpecFlow
7 38 (5.01%) Postman
8 33 (4.35%) Jasmine
9 29 (3.83%) Jenkins
10 27 (3.56%) Cucumber
11 26 (3.43%) JIRA
12 18 (2.37%) Appium
12 18 (2.37%) NUnit
12 18 (2.37%) REST Assured
13 17 (2.24%) Subversion
14 10 (1.32%) Protractor
15 8 (1.06%) NCrunch
15 8 (1.06%) ReSharper
16 5 (0.66%) HP UFT
General
1 68 (8.97%) Finance
2 67 (8.84%) Social Skills
3 30 (3.96%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (2.90%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 22 (2.90%) Retail
5 18 (2.37%) Marketing
6 15 (1.98%) Influencing Skills
7 11 (1.45%) Games
7 11 (1.45%) Public Sector
8 8 (1.06%) Telecoms
9 7 (0.92%) Advertising
9 7 (0.92%) Military
10 6 (0.79%) Organisational Skills
11 5 (0.66%) Digital Economy
11 5 (0.66%) Electronics
11 5 (0.66%) Law
11 5 (0.66%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.53%) Banking
12 4 (0.53%) Legal
13 2 (0.26%) Music Industry
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (4.75%) .NET
2 35 (4.62%) React
3 32 (4.22%) REST
4 31 (4.09%) Playwright
5 29 (3.83%) Node.js
6 15 (1.98%) XML
7 13 (1.72%) WebdriverIO
8 12 (1.58%) AngularJS
8 12 (1.58%) RESTful
9 9 (1.19%) .NET Core
10 8 (1.06%) Jest
10 8 (1.06%) OAuth
10 8 (1.06%) OAuth2
10 8 (1.06%) Swagger
11 7 (0.92%) CSS
11 7 (0.92%) HTML
12 6 (0.79%) JSON
12 6 (0.79%) Velocity
13 5 (0.66%) jQuery
13 5 (0.66%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 462 (60.95%) Virtual Team
2 25 (3.30%) Mobile App
3 13 (1.72%) Client/Server
3 13 (1.72%) Cloud Native
4 9 (1.19%) Analytical Mindset
5 6 (0.79%) Greenfield Project
5 6 (0.79%) Hackathon
5 6 (0.79%) Industry 4.0
6 5 (0.66%) Legacy Systems
6 5 (0.66%) Oculus
6 5 (0.66%) User Experience
7 4 (0.53%) Blockchain
7 4 (0.53%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (0.40%) Augmented Reality
8 3 (0.40%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (0.26%) Housing Association
9 2 (0.26%) Low-Code
9 2 (0.26%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.26%) Reinsurance
9 2 (0.26%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 9 (1.19%) Apple iOS
1 9 (1.19%) Windows
2 8 (1.06%) Android
3 6 (0.79%) Linux
4 4 (0.53%) Unix
5 2 (0.26%) Robot Operating System
Processes & Methodologies
1 555 (73.22%) Test Strategy
2 522 (68.87%) Software Testing
3 471 (62.14%) Test Scripting
4 470 (62.01%) Test Management
5 463 (61.08%) Project Delivery
6 455 (60.03%) Defect Management
7 241 (31.79%) Test Automation
8 219 (28.89%) Agile
9 100 (13.19%) CI/CD
10 99 (13.06%) DevOps
11 86 (11.35%) Mentoring
12 83 (10.95%) Coaching
13 80 (10.55%) Scrum
14 75 (9.89%) BDD
15 74 (9.76%) QA Automation
16 70 (9.23%) SDLC
17 53 (6.99%) Manual Testing
18 51 (6.73%) API Testing
18 51 (6.73%) Microservices
19 45 (5.94%) Fintech
Programming Languages
1 91 (12.01%) C#
2 66 (8.71%) JavaScript
3 55 (7.26%) SQL
4 46 (6.07%) Java
5 38 (5.01%) TypeScript
6 35 (4.62%) Python
7 7 (0.92%) Bash
8 6 (0.79%) Kotlin
8 6 (0.79%) Scala
9 4 (0.53%) Apple Swift
9 4 (0.53%) Objective-C
10 3 (0.40%) Solidity
11 2 (0.26%) Rust
11 2 (0.26%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.13%) C
12 1 (0.13%) C++
12 1 (0.13%) Vyper
Qualifications
1 12 (1.58%) ISTQB
2 9 (1.19%) Degree
3 6 (0.79%) ISEB
4 2 (0.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (0.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (0.26%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.13%) Master's Degree
5 1 (0.13%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 758 (100.00%) QA
2 10 (1.32%) Accessibility
3 7 (0.92%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.40%) GMP
5 2 (0.26%) Good Clinical Practice
5 2 (0.26%) GxP
6 1 (0.13%) PMO
System Software
1 41 (5.41%) Docker
Systems Management
1 454 (59.89%) HP ALM
1 454 (59.89%) HP Quality Center
2 31 (4.09%) Kubernetes
3 9 (1.19%) Terraform
4 1 (0.13%) Ansible
Vendors
1 474 (62.53%) Microsoft
2 455 (60.03%) Google
2 455 (60.03%) HP
3 454 (59.89%) IBM
4 9 (1.19%) BT
4 9 (1.19%) Virgin Media
5 6 (0.79%) Databricks
6 3 (0.40%) Facebook
6 3 (0.40%) StarkWare
7 2 (0.26%) Adobe
7 2 (0.26%) Dynatrace
7 2 (0.26%) SAP
7 2 (0.26%) Xamarin
8 1 (0.13%) Cadence
8 1 (0.13%) Guidewire
8 1 (0.13%) Salesforce.com