Period
to 25 May 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 25 May 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
25 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 55 44 57
Rank change year-on-year -11 +13 +5
Permanent jobs citing QA 4,312 7,728 8,558
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.68% 5.33% 4.92%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.15% 38.11% 38.31%
Number of salaries quoted 3,474 5,949 7,031
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +3.09%
10th Percentile £32,000 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +10.00%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 11,303 20,279 22,336
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.26% 13.98% 12.84%
Number of salaries quoted 8,582 14,684 17,180
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £29,250 £27,663 £28,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +12.50%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the UK

QA
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for QA in the UK

QA
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA over the 6 months to 25 May 2020.

Salary histogram for QA in the UK

QA
Top 19 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the UK over the 6 months to 25 May 2020. 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 -10 3,975 £55,000 +4.76% 288
UK excluding London +7 2,430 £45,000 - 221
London -20 1,775 £65,000 +8.33% 93
South East +16 972 £51,500 +8.42% 45
North of England +7 538 £45,000 +0.98% 70
Midlands -1 314 £43,500 +5.78% 36
North West -13 264 £50,940 +13.20% 47
Work from Home +8 236 £55,000 - 30
South West +4 234 £40,000 - 15
Yorkshire +52 202 £42,000 -1.18% 13
West Midlands +7 196 £45,000 +12.50% 16
East of England -32 137 £45,000 - 29
Scotland -4 134 £46,250 +10.12% 12
East Midlands -16 114 £43,500 +2.35% 20
North East +11 72 £45,000 +12.50% 10
Wales -19 71 £40,000 -2.44% 12
Northern Ireland +19 30 £42,250 -0.59% 1
Channel Islands - 9 £53,250 - 1
Isle of Man - 1 £60,000 -

For the 6 months to 25 May 2020, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for QA.

1 2,355 (54.62%) Agile Software Development
2 1,686 (39.10%) Test Automation
3 1,070 (24.81%) JavaScript
4 978 (22.68%) Java
5 908 (21.06%) C#
6 870 (20.18%) SQL
7 840 (19.48%) Scrum
8 839 (19.46%) Finance
9 810 (18.78%) Selenium
10 698 (16.19%) .NET
11 691 (16.03%) DevOps
12 617 (14.31%) JIRA
13 613 (14.22%) Azure
14 560 (12.99%) Software Engineering
15 547 (12.69%) Python
16 540 (12.52%) AWS
17 535 (12.41%) Problem-Solving
18 531 (12.31%) TDD
19 528 (12.24%) Degree
20 519 (12.04%) SDLC
21 487 (11.29%) Microsoft
22 484 (11.22%) Continuous Integration
23 462 (10.71%) BDD
24 460 (10.67%) HTML
25 445 (10.32%) Git (software)
26 439 (10.18%) CSS
27 429 (9.95%) SQL Server
28 421 (9.76%) Analytical Skills
29 414 (9.60%) Cucumber
30 394 (9.14%) Jenkins

QA
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
1 224 (5.19%) Confluence
2 68 (1.58%) CMS
3 63 (1.46%) SharePoint
4 43 (1.00%) IIS
5 40 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
6 35 (0.81%) Apache
7 23 (0.53%) Apache Spark
8 22 (0.51%) NServiceBus
8 22 (0.51%) Tomcat
9 19 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 19 (0.44%) JBoss
10 18 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
10 18 (0.42%) nginx
11 16 (0.37%) Umbraco
12 14 (0.32%) SAS
13 13 (0.30%) WebSphere
14 10 (0.23%) Apache Solr
14 10 (0.23%) CICS
15 9 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
16 8 (0.19%) WildFly
Applications
1 106 (2.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 62 (1.44%) Microsoft Office
3 61 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 37 (0.86%) MS Visio
5 27 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
6 16 (0.37%) Photoshop
7 13 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
7 13 (0.30%) Sketch
8 9 (0.21%) AutoCAD
9 5 (0.12%) InVision
9 5 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.070%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.046%) Abaqus
11 2 (0.046%) Adobe After Effects
11 2 (0.046%) Adobe XD
11 2 (0.046%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.046%) Mathcad
11 2 (0.046%) S-PLUS
12 1 (0.023%) InDesign
12 1 (0.023%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 29 (0.67%) SAP S/4HANA
2 25 (0.58%) SAP Hybris
3 22 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
4 21 (0.49%) Magento
5 16 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
6 13 (0.30%) Markit EDM
6 13 (0.30%) NetSuite
6 13 (0.30%) Payment Gateway
7 10 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
8 8 (0.19%) Shopify
9 7 (0.16%) SAP ERP
10 6 (0.14%) Adobe Campaign
10 6 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 6 (0.14%) thinkFolio
11 4 (0.093%) Oracle Assets
11 4 (0.093%) Oracle Cash Management
11 4 (0.093%) Oracle Payables
11 4 (0.093%) Oracle Receivables
11 4 (0.093%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
11 4 (0.093%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 613 (14.22%) Azure
2 540 (12.52%) AWS
3 305 (7.07%) SaaS
4 109 (2.53%) GitHub
5 96 (2.23%) GCP
6 92 (2.13%) Serverless
7 80 (1.86%) Office 365
8 63 (1.46%) PaaS
9 61 (1.41%) BrowserStack
10 55 (1.28%) OpenShift
11 51 (1.18%) Power Platform
12 48 (1.11%) AWS Lambda
13 44 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
14 43 (1.00%) IaaS
15 37 (0.86%) BlazeMeter
16 35 (0.81%) Sauce Labs
17 32 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
18 30 (0.70%) Dynamics 365
19 29 (0.67%) Amazon SQS
20 24 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 57 (1.32%) HTTP
2 43 (1.00%) TCP/IP
3 38 (0.88%) VoIP
4 36 (0.83%) DNS
5 32 (0.74%) Internet
6 30 (0.70%) Firewall
7 23 (0.53%) Skype
8 22 (0.51%) ZigBee
9 17 (0.39%) SSL
10 13 (0.30%) DHCP
10 13 (0.30%) NetScaler
10 13 (0.30%) VPN
11 11 (0.26%) FTP
11 11 (0.26%) Intranet
12 10 (0.23%) MQTT
12 10 (0.23%) Network Security
12 10 (0.23%) SNMP
12 10 (0.23%) Wireless
13 9 (0.21%) Wireshark
14 8 (0.19%) DWDM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 429 (9.95%) SQL Server
2 227 (5.26%) Relational Database
3 168 (3.90%) MySQL
4 167 (3.87%) NoSQL
5 153 (3.55%) PostgreSQL
6 140 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
7 134 (3.11%) Big Data
8 120 (2.78%) Redis
9 104 (2.41%) MongoDB
10 68 (1.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 51 (1.18%) Power BI
12 50 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 49 (1.14%) RDBMS
14 40 (0.93%) Apache Cassandra
15 38 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 35 (0.81%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 35 (0.81%) OLTP
17 30 (0.70%) Hadoop
18 29 (0.67%) Blockchain
19 26 (0.60%) DB2
Development Applications
1 810 (18.78%) Selenium
2 617 (14.31%) JIRA
3 445 (10.32%) Git (software)
4 414 (9.60%) Cucumber
5 394 (9.14%) Jenkins
6 226 (5.24%) Postman
7 221 (5.13%) WebDriver
8 205 (4.75%) SpecFlow
9 166 (3.85%) JMeter
10 147 (3.41%) SoapUI
11 126 (2.92%) Team Foundation Server
12 111 (2.57%) Cypress.io
13 97 (2.25%) webpack
14 96 (2.23%) TeamCity
15 89 (2.06%) Appium
16 88 (2.04%) Visual Studio
17 77 (1.79%) JUnit
17 77 (1.79%) Maven
18 74 (1.72%) Bitbucket
19 70 (1.62%) Mocha
General
1 839 (19.46%) Finance
2 234 (5.43%) Marketing
3 219 (5.08%) Retail
4 173 (4.01%) Banking
5 161 (3.73%) Public Sector
6 97 (2.25%) Telecoms
7 87 (2.02%) Games
8 57 (1.32%) Law
9 44 (1.02%) Legal
10 43 (1.00%) Manufacturing
11 40 (0.93%) Back Office
11 40 (0.93%) Front Office
12 32 (0.74%) Aerospace
13 28 (0.65%) Investment Banking
14 25 (0.58%) Local Government
15 24 (0.56%) Advertising
16 23 (0.53%) Electronics
17 20 (0.46%) Billing
17 20 (0.46%) Publishing
18 18 (0.42%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 899 (20.85%) Developer
2 589 (13.66%) Analyst
3 570 (13.22%) QA Engineer
4 353 (8.19%) Tester
5 250 (5.80%) Test Engineer
6 211 (4.89%) Architect
7 208 (4.82%) QA Tester
8 207 (4.80%) QA Analyst
9 202 (4.68%) Software Engineer
10 192 (4.45%) Test Analyst
11 176 (4.08%) Senior Developer
12 156 (3.62%) QA Automation Engineer
13 142 (3.29%) Software Developer
14 139 (3.22%) Automation Engineer
15 138 (3.20%) Business Analyst
16 120 (2.78%) Senior QA Engineer
17 119 (2.76%) .NET Developer
18 115 (2.67%) Automation Tester
19 113 (2.62%) QA Leader
20 109 (2.53%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 698 (16.19%) .NET
2 460 (10.67%) HTML
3 439 (10.18%) CSS
4 341 (7.91%) Web Services
5 306 (7.10%) React
6 296 (6.86%) AngularJS
7 265 (6.15%) Node.js
8 220 (5.10%) REST
9 198 (4.59%) ASP.NET
10 193 (4.48%) HTML5
11 192 (4.45%) RESTful
12 187 (4.34%) XML
13 180 (4.17%) .NET Core
14 167 (3.87%) .NET Framework
15 129 (2.99%) JSON
16 124 (2.88%) jQuery
17 123 (2.85%) SOAP
18 122 (2.83%) ASP.NET Web API
19 120 (2.78%) Redux
20 117 (2.71%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 421 (9.76%) Analytical Skills
2 394 (9.14%) User Experience
3 297 (6.89%) Mobile App
4 171 (3.97%) Management Information System
5 151 (3.50%) Self-Motivation
6 125 (2.90%) Greenfield Project
7 100 (2.32%) Enterprise Software
8 91 (2.11%) Virtual Team
9 61 (1.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 51 (1.18%) Algorithms
11 44 (1.02%) Data Structures
12 41 (0.95%) PMI
13 37 (0.86%) Cloud Native
14 35 (0.81%) CMDB
14 35 (0.81%) Derivative
14 35 (0.81%) Fixed Income
15 30 (0.70%) Replication
16 29 (0.67%) Public Cloud
17 27 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
17 27 (0.63%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 343 (7.95%) Linux
2 276 (6.40%) Windows
3 200 (4.64%) Android
4 180 (4.17%) Apple iOS
5 145 (3.36%) Unix
6 70 (1.62%) Windows Server
7 43 (1.00%) Windows 10
8 33 (0.77%) Windows Server 2016
9 27 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
10 23 (0.53%) CentOS
10 23 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 18 (0.42%) Ubuntu
12 15 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
13 8 (0.19%) VMS
14 7 (0.16%) Kali Linux
15 6 (0.14%) Oracle Linux
15 6 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
15 6 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
16 5 (0.12%) zOS
17 4 (0.093%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,355 (54.62%) Agile Software Development
2 1,686 (39.10%) Test Automation
3 840 (19.48%) Scrum
4 691 (16.03%) DevOps
5 560 (12.99%) Software Engineering
6 535 (12.41%) Problem-Solving
7 531 (12.31%) TDD
8 519 (12.04%) SDLC
9 484 (11.22%) Continuous Integration
10 462 (10.71%) BDD
11 369 (8.56%) Manual Testing
12 368 (8.53%) Mentoring
13 363 (8.42%) Microservices
14 354 (8.21%) Fintech
15 330 (7.65%) Computer Science
16 321 (7.44%) Test Strategy
17 318 (7.37%) Analytics
18 311 (7.21%) Software Testing
18 311 (7.21%) User Stories
19 304 (7.05%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 1,070 (24.81%) JavaScript
2 978 (22.68%) Java
3 908 (21.06%) C#
4 870 (20.18%) SQL
5 547 (12.69%) Python
6 227 (5.26%) PHP
7 142 (3.29%) TypeScript
8 141 (3.27%) C++
9 137 (3.18%) Ruby
10 122 (2.83%) PowerShell
11 115 (2.67%) T-SQL
12 107 (2.48%) C
13 97 (2.25%) Bash Shell
14 81 (1.88%) Scala
15 70 (1.62%) ES6
16 53 (1.23%) Apple Swift
17 52 (1.21%) Kotlin
18 47 (1.09%) Objective-C
19 46 (1.07%) PL/SQL
20 41 (0.95%) Lua
Qualifications
1 528 (12.24%) Degree
2 219 (5.08%) ISTQB
3 175 (4.06%) Computer Science Degree
4 144 (3.34%) ISEB
5 79 (1.83%) Security Cleared
6 58 (1.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 56 (1.30%) SC Cleared
8 47 (1.09%) Microsoft Certification
9 43 (1.00%) PMI Certification
10 31 (0.72%) Master's Degree
11 29 (0.67%) CISM
12 28 (0.65%) CISSP
13 27 (0.63%) AWS Certification
14 24 (0.56%) MCSE
15 23 (0.53%) MCSA
16 18 (0.42%) MCP
17 16 (0.37%) CREST Certified
17 16 (0.37%) PMP
18 15 (0.35%) HNC
19 14 (0.32%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (1.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 62 (1.44%) Data Quality
3 40 (0.93%) SLA
4 35 (0.81%) GDPR
4 35 (0.81%) NIST
5 30 (0.70%) PMO
6 22 (0.51%) WCAG
7 20 (0.46%) ISO 9001
8 14 (0.32%) PCI DSS
9 11 (0.26%) NCSC
10 10 (0.23%) COBIT
11 8 (0.19%) ISO 13485
12 7 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
13 6 (0.14%) Basel III
13 6 (0.14%) GMP
13 6 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
13 6 (0.14%) GxP
14 5 (0.12%) EMIR
14 5 (0.12%) ITGC
14 5 (0.12%) PMBOK
System Software
1 322 (7.47%) Docker
2 87 (2.02%) Active Directory
3 42 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (0.65%) Hyper-V
5 20 (0.46%) vSphere
6 14 (0.32%) XenApp
6 14 (0.32%) XenDesktop
7 12 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (0.21%) BitLocker
9 8 (0.19%) Firmware
10 6 (0.14%) NFS
11 5 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.093%) Time Sharing Option
12 4 (0.093%) Virtual Machines
13 3 (0.070%) RACF
14 2 (0.046%) ACF2
14 2 (0.046%) KVM
14 2 (0.046%) Postfix
15 1 (0.023%) Job Entry Subsystem
15 1 (0.023%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 227 (5.26%) Kubernetes
2 64 (1.48%) HP ALM
3 59 (1.37%) Ansible
4 47 (1.09%) HP Quality Center
5 42 (0.97%) Puppet
6 41 (0.95%) Terraform
7 36 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
8 32 (0.74%) SCCM
9 29 (0.67%) Microsoft Intune
10 21 (0.49%) CA Service Virtualization
11 17 (0.39%) Kibana
12 14 (0.32%) Backup Exec
12 14 (0.32%) ZABBIX
13 13 (0.30%) HP Fortify
13 13 (0.30%) WebInspect
14 11 (0.26%) Norton AntiVirus
14 11 (0.26%) Red Hat Spacewalk
15 10 (0.23%) Microsoft Clustering
15 10 (0.23%) Single Sign-On
16 8 (0.19%) Rancher
Vendors
1 487 (11.29%) Microsoft
2 180 (4.17%) Oracle
3 128 (2.97%) HP
4 122 (2.83%) Google
5 105 (2.44%) SAP
6 94 (2.18%) Salesforce.com
7 62 (1.44%) IBM
8 61 (1.41%) CA
9 55 (1.28%) VMware
10 51 (1.18%) Red Hat
11 49 (1.14%) Adobe
11 49 (1.14%) Xamarin
12 45 (1.04%) Remedy
13 43 (1.00%) hybris
14 41 (0.95%) Atlassian
15 40 (0.93%) Delphix
16 31 (0.72%) Cisco
17 30 (0.70%) Sage
18 25 (0.58%) Tableau
19 23 (0.53%) ServiceNow