Period
to 17 January 2019

The median annual salary for a QA Leader was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 2019.

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
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 873 837 820
Rank change year-on-year -36 -17 +103
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Leader 233 348 380
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.20% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.21% 0.22%
Number of salaries quoted 194 278 311
UK median annual salary £52,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.55% +10.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £36,250 £37,925 £35,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £72,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +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 144,987 166,586 171,710
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.91% 96.18% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 115,903 135,185 143,002
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +3.26%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £83,750 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%

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 17 January 2019.

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 17 January 2019. 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 -32 218 £52,500 -4.55% 26
UK excluding London +17 146 £50,000 - 13
London -23 86 £60,000 -4.00% 15
South East +54 64 £50,000 +5.26% 4
East of England +11 23 £52,500 -16.00% 1
Midlands -3 22 £48,000 -8.57% 2
East Midlands -13 16 £48,500 -17.45% 1
North of England +24 15 £47,500 -5.00% 3
Wales - 9 £65,000 - 1
South West -2 8 £50,000 +25.00% 1
Yorkshire +23 7 £45,000 +12.50% 2
North West +22 7 £47,500 -5.00% 1
West Midlands +36 6 £48,000 +12.94% 1
Scotland +1 3 - - 1
Northern Ireland -8 2 £57,500 -
North East +14 1 £37,500 -40.00%

QA Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, 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.

1 233 (100.00%) QA
2 167 (71.67%) Test Automation
3 146 (62.66%) Agile Software Development
4 87 (37.34%) Selenium
5 80 (34.33%) C#
6 76 (32.62%) Test Strategy
7 71 (30.47%) Scrum
8 69 (29.61%) Finance
9 67 (28.76%) JIRA
10 48 (20.60%) SQL
10 48 (20.60%) Mentoring
11 44 (18.88%) .NET
12 42 (18.03%) Java
12 42 (18.03%) Manual Testing
13 41 (17.60%) Continuous Integration
13 41 (17.60%) Microsoft
14 39 (16.74%) Software Testing
14 39 (16.74%) Defect Management
15 38 (16.31%) Acceptance Criteria
16 37 (15.88%) SOAP
17 36 (15.45%) SoapUI
18 35 (15.02%) QA Automation
19 34 (14.59%) Test Management
20 33 (14.16%) JavaScript
20 33 (14.16%) Software Engineering
21 32 (13.73%) Unit Testing
21 32 (13.73%) Confluence
22 30 (12.88%) SDLC
23 29 (12.45%) REST
23 29 (12.45%) Git (software)

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 32 (13.73%) Confluence
2 7 (3.00%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.29%) Alfresco
4 2 (0.86%) CMS
5 1 (0.43%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 5 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.29%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.43%) HipChat
Cloud Services
1 15 (6.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (2.58%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (2.15%) BrowserStack
4 3 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (1.29%) SaaS
5 2 (0.86%) BlazeMeter
5 2 (0.86%) Boomi
5 2 (0.86%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (0.43%) GitHub
6 1 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.29%) Wireshark
2 1 (0.43%) GSM
2 1 (0.43%) HTTP
2 1 (0.43%) LTE
2 1 (0.43%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.15%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.72%) Big Data
2 4 (1.72%) MySQL
2 4 (1.72%) NoSQL
2 4 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (1.29%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.86%) Blockchain
4 2 (0.86%) DB2
4 2 (0.86%) NonStop SQL
5 1 (0.43%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 87 (37.34%) Selenium
2 67 (28.76%) JIRA
3 36 (15.45%) SoapUI
4 29 (12.45%) Git (software)
4 29 (12.45%) Visual Studio
5 28 (12.02%) Visual Studio Coded UI
6 27 (11.59%) WebDriver
7 24 (10.30%) JMeter
8 23 (9.87%) Moq
8 23 (9.87%) MSTest
8 23 (9.87%) Ranorex
9 15 (6.44%) Zephyr
10 11 (4.72%) Cucumber
10 11 (4.72%) Team Foundation Server
11 10 (4.29%) Appium
11 10 (4.29%) Jenkins
12 9 (3.86%) Protractor
12 9 (3.86%) Subversion
13 8 (3.43%) Maven
13 8 (3.43%) NUnit
General
1 69 (29.61%) Finance
2 18 (7.73%) Retail
3 17 (7.30%) Banking
4 6 (2.58%) Games
5 5 (2.15%) Law
5 5 (2.15%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.15%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.72%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.29%) Marketing
7 3 (1.29%) Retail Finance
8 2 (0.86%) Electronics
8 2 (0.86%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.43%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (18.88%) .NET
2 37 (15.88%) SOAP
3 29 (12.45%) REST
4 28 (12.02%) JSON
5 20 (8.58%) Web Services
6 17 (7.30%) HTML
7 16 (6.87%) XML
8 14 (6.01%) Velocity
9 11 (4.72%) CSS
10 8 (3.43%) RESTful
10 8 (3.43%) WCF
11 7 (3.00%) AngularJS
12 6 (2.58%) ASP.NET
13 5 (2.15%) Apache Flex
14 4 (1.72%) Gherkin
14 4 (1.72%) Spring
14 4 (1.72%) Spring Boot
15 3 (1.29%) ASP.NET MVC
15 3 (1.29%) ASP.NET Web API
15 3 (1.29%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 24 (10.30%) Fintech
2 19 (8.15%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (7.30%) Mobile App
4 16 (6.87%) User Experience
5 14 (6.01%) Reinsurance
6 6 (2.58%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (2.15%) PlayStation
8 4 (1.72%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.29%) Hedge funds
9 3 (1.29%) Self-Motivation
10 2 (0.86%) AS400
10 2 (0.86%) Cloud Native
11 1 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
11 1 (0.43%) Life Science
11 1 (0.43%) Smart Home
11 1 (0.43%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 8 (3.43%) Windows
2 6 (2.58%) Linux
3 3 (1.29%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.43%) Android
4 1 (0.43%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.43%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 167 (71.67%) Test Automation
2 146 (62.66%) Agile Software Development
3 76 (32.62%) Test Strategy
4 71 (30.47%) Scrum
5 48 (20.60%) Mentoring
6 42 (18.03%) Manual Testing
7 41 (17.60%) Continuous Integration
8 39 (16.74%) Defect Management
8 39 (16.74%) Software Testing
9 38 (16.31%) Acceptance Criteria
10 35 (15.02%) QA Automation
11 34 (14.59%) Test Management
12 33 (14.16%) Software Engineering
13 32 (13.73%) Unit Testing
14 30 (12.88%) SDLC
15 27 (11.59%) Non-Functional Testing
16 25 (10.73%) Regression Testing
16 25 (10.73%) User Stories
17 24 (10.30%) Functional Testing
17 24 (10.30%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 80 (34.33%) C#
2 48 (20.60%) SQL
3 42 (18.03%) Java
4 33 (14.16%) JavaScript
5 24 (10.30%) Python
6 5 (2.15%) PHP
6 5 (2.15%) Ruby
7 4 (1.72%) Go
8 3 (1.29%) Bash Shell
8 3 (1.29%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.29%) PowerShell
9 2 (0.86%) C++
10 1 (0.43%) C
10 1 (0.43%) Scala
Qualifications
1 29 (12.45%) ISTQB
2 18 (7.73%) ISEB
3 16 (6.87%) Degree
4 10 (4.29%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (2.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (1.72%) PMP
7 1 (0.43%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.43%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 233 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 4 (1.72%) Docker
2 3 (1.29%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.29%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 23 (9.87%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 41 (17.60%) Microsoft
2 7 (3.00%) Monetate
3 6 (2.58%) Atlassian
4 5 (2.15%) Facebook
4 5 (2.15%) Google
5 4 (1.72%) Oracle
6 3 (1.29%) IBM
6 3 (1.29%) NVIDIA
6 3 (1.29%) VMware
7 2 (0.86%) Dell
8 1 (0.43%) Apple
8 1 (0.43%) HP
8 1 (0.43%) New Relic
8 1 (0.43%) Progress
8 1 (0.43%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.43%) SAP
8 1 (0.43%) Sybase
8 1 (0.43%) Xamarin