Period
to 25 October 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 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
25 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 64 55 50
Rank change year-on-year -9 -5 +10
Permanent jobs citing QA 2,132 6,517 8,333
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.37% 4.79% 5.07%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.16% 36.41% 38.31%
Number of salaries quoted 1,973 5,264 6,725
Median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £31,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 5,737 17,897 21,749
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.75% 13.14% 13.23%
Number of salaries quoted 4,482 13,427 16,472
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,250 £28,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 October 2020.

Salary histogram for QA in the UK

QA
Top 18 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 October 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 -13 1,913 £55,000 +4.76% 505
UK excluding London -4 1,171 £50,000 +11.11% 345
London -16 846 £62,500 - 199
South East +9 415 £50,000 - 91
North of England -13 303 £50,000 +17.65% 94
Work from Home +18 249 £52,500 -8.70% 89
North West -7 179 £52,500 +23.53% 52
South West +11 163 £38,000 -11.95% 32
Midlands -27 124 £37,500 -16.67% 61
Yorkshire +28 103 £45,000 +3.45% 29
Scotland +19 83 £50,000 +17.65% 27
West Midlands -14 79 £35,000 -26.32% 33
East of England -12 50 £50,000 - 26
East Midlands +4 45 £40,000 - 27
North East -27 21 £45,000 - 13
Wales -4 18 £41,500 -12.63% 11
Northern Ireland 0 12 £40,000 +14.29% 6
Channel Islands - 4 £55,000 -

For the 6 months to 25 October 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 1,135 (53.24%) Agile Software Development
2 1,007 (47.23%) Test Automation
3 542 (25.42%) JavaScript
4 506 (23.73%) Selenium
5 504 (23.64%) C#
6 461 (21.62%) Finance
7 452 (21.20%) Java
8 440 (20.64%) SQL
9 434 (20.36%) DevOps
10 396 (18.57%) .NET
10 396 (18.57%) Scrum
11 359 (16.84%) JIRA
12 330 (15.48%) AWS
13 315 (14.77%) Azure
14 312 (14.63%) Python
15 278 (13.04%) BDD
16 262 (12.29%) Software Engineering
17 261 (12.24%) Microservices
18 260 (12.20%) SQL Server
19 248 (11.63%) TDD
20 242 (11.35%) Degree
21 241 (11.30%) CSS
22 234 (10.98%) Git (software)
23 232 (10.88%) SDLC
24 231 (10.83%) HTML
25 226 (10.60%) Cucumber
26 225 (10.55%) Microsoft
27 216 (10.13%) Linux
28 212 (9.94%) Problem-Solving
29 206 (9.66%) Fintech

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
1 116 (5.44%) Confluence
2 33 (1.55%) Apache
3 32 (1.50%) CMS
4 28 (1.31%) Elasticsearch
5 25 (1.17%) IIS
6 20 (0.94%) Apache Spark
7 18 (0.84%) SharePoint
8 16 (0.75%) Tomcat
9 10 (0.47%) WebLogic
10 7 (0.33%) WebSphere
10 7 (0.33%) WordPress
11 6 (0.28%) MS Exchange
11 6 (0.28%) Umbraco
12 5 (0.23%) IBM Domino
12 5 (0.23%) nginx
13 4 (0.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 4 (0.19%) EPiServer
13 4 (0.19%) SAS
14 3 (0.14%) IBM HTTP Server
14 3 (0.14%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 47 (2.20%) Microsoft Excel
2 19 (0.89%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (0.70%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.56%) Chatbot
6 10 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.38%) Figma
7 8 (0.38%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.19%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
10 3 (0.14%) Sketch
11 2 (0.094%) InVision
11 2 (0.094%) Zeplin
12 1 (0.047%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.047%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.047%) Adobe XD
12 1 (0.047%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 15 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
2 12 (0.56%) SAP Hybris
2 12 (0.56%) SAP S/4HANA
3 11 (0.52%) Magento
4 10 (0.47%) Adobe Campaign
4 10 (0.47%) Unica
5 7 (0.33%) Shopify
6 5 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
6 5 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
7 4 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
7 4 (0.19%) thinkFolio
8 3 (0.14%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.14%) Temenos T24
8 3 (0.14%) WebTrends
9 2 (0.094%) Distributed Ledger
9 2 (0.094%) NetSuite
9 2 (0.094%) Primavera
9 2 (0.094%) SAP FI-CA
9 2 (0.094%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 330 (15.48%) AWS
2 315 (14.77%) Azure
3 142 (6.66%) SaaS
4 55 (2.58%) GCP
5 48 (2.25%) GitHub
5 48 (2.25%) Serverless
6 37 (1.74%) Power Platform
7 30 (1.41%) BrowserStack
8 29 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
9 25 (1.17%) AWS Lambda
10 21 (0.98%) Sauce Labs
11 19 (0.89%) Office 365
12 17 (0.80%) npm
13 15 (0.70%) OpenShift
14 14 (0.66%) IaaS
15 13 (0.61%) BlazeMeter
15 13 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
15 13 (0.61%) PaaS
16 10 (0.47%) Google Analytics
17 7 (0.33%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 90 (4.22%) Skype
2 38 (1.78%) TCP/IP
3 20 (0.94%) Network Security
4 17 (0.80%) HTTP
5 15 (0.70%) Firewall
6 12 (0.56%) FTP
7 11 (0.52%) Internet
8 10 (0.47%) SSL
8 10 (0.47%) VoIP
9 8 (0.38%) PBX
9 8 (0.38%) RTP
9 8 (0.38%) STUN
9 8 (0.38%) Wireshark
10 7 (0.33%) FIX Connectivity
10 7 (0.33%) H.323
11 6 (0.28%) Ethernet
11 6 (0.28%) Intrusion Detection
12 5 (0.23%) DNS
12 5 (0.23%) Intranet
12 5 (0.23%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 260 (12.20%) SQL Server
2 99 (4.64%) Relational Database
3 76 (3.56%) MySQL
4 61 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
5 57 (2.67%) NoSQL
6 55 (2.58%) MongoDB
7 45 (2.11%) PostgreSQL
8 38 (1.78%) Big Data
9 35 (1.64%) Power BI
10 26 (1.22%) Blockchain
11 24 (1.13%) RDBMS
11 24 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 23 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
13 22 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 19 (0.89%) Redis
15 18 (0.84%) Azure SQL Database
16 17 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
17 14 (0.66%) Apache Cassandra
18 13 (0.61%) Hadoop
18 13 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 506 (23.73%) Selenium
2 359 (16.84%) JIRA
3 234 (10.98%) Git (software)
4 226 (10.60%) Cucumber
5 176 (8.26%) Jenkins
6 166 (7.79%) SpecFlow
6 166 (7.79%) WebDriver
7 128 (6.00%) Postman
8 117 (5.49%) Appium
9 77 (3.61%) Cypress.io
10 68 (3.19%) SoapUI
11 65 (3.05%) JMeter
12 61 (2.86%) TeamCity
13 56 (2.63%) Subversion
14 53 (2.49%) TestRail
15 47 (2.20%) Protractor
16 43 (2.02%) Team Foundation Server
17 42 (1.97%) Bitbucket
17 42 (1.97%) JUnit
18 37 (1.74%) Maven
General
1 461 (21.62%) Finance
2 93 (4.36%) Marketing
3 69 (3.24%) Retail
4 63 (2.95%) Public Sector
5 62 (2.91%) Banking
6 60 (2.81%) Telecoms
7 57 (2.67%) Games
8 35 (1.64%) Manufacturing
9 32 (1.50%) Law
10 28 (1.31%) Advertising
10 28 (1.31%) Electronics
11 24 (1.13%) Front Office
12 20 (0.94%) Publishing
13 19 (0.89%) Back Office
13 19 (0.89%) Legal
14 17 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
15 14 (0.66%) German Language
16 12 (0.56%) Investment Banking
17 9 (0.42%) Financial Institution
18 7 (0.33%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 494 (23.17%) Developer
2 332 (15.57%) Analyst
3 287 (13.46%) QA Engineer
4 238 (11.16%) Tester
5 174 (8.16%) Test Engineer
6 167 (7.83%) Test Analyst
7 136 (6.38%) QA Analyst
8 103 (4.83%) Software Developer
9 101 (4.74%) Senior Developer
10 95 (4.46%) Software Engineer
11 92 (4.32%) .NET Developer
12 91 (4.27%) QA Test Analyst
13 84 (3.94%) C# Developer
14 83 (3.89%) Automation Tester
15 79 (3.71%) QA Automation Engineer
16 78 (3.66%) QA Tester
17 74 (3.47%) Test Automation Engineer
18 73 (3.42%) Automation Engineer
19 71 (3.33%) Automation Test Analyst
20 70 (3.28%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 396 (18.57%) .NET
2 241 (11.30%) CSS
3 231 (10.83%) HTML
4 200 (9.38%) AngularJS
5 192 (9.01%) RESTful
6 177 (8.30%) React
7 141 (6.61%) Node.js
8 127 (5.96%) Web Services
9 125 (5.86%) JSON
10 115 (5.39%) .NET Core
11 106 (4.97%) XML
12 104 (4.88%) ASP.NET
13 98 (4.60%) REST
14 92 (4.32%) Gherkin
15 90 (4.22%) jQuery
16 88 (4.13%) .NET Framework
17 78 (3.66%) SOAP
18 69 (3.24%) Spring
19 63 (2.95%) HTML5
20 50 (2.35%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 195 (9.15%) Analytical Skills
2 187 (8.77%) User Experience
3 137 (6.43%) Mobile App
4 70 (3.28%) Greenfield Project
5 63 (2.95%) Self-Motivation
6 48 (2.25%) Management Information System
7 38 (1.78%) Virtual Team
8 37 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
9 35 (1.64%) Replication
10 30 (1.41%) Algorithms
11 27 (1.27%) Client/Server
12 25 (1.17%) STB
13 24 (1.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 20 (0.94%) Derivative
15 18 (0.84%) Linux Command Line
15 18 (0.84%) Mainframe
16 16 (0.75%) Data Structures
17 15 (0.70%) IVR
17 15 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
18 14 (0.66%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 216 (10.13%) Linux
2 118 (5.53%) Windows
3 102 (4.78%) Android
4 96 (4.50%) Apple iOS
5 95 (4.46%) Unix
6 18 (0.84%) Windows Server
7 16 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 16 (0.75%) Ubuntu
8 15 (0.70%) CentOS
9 10 (0.47%) Mac OS X
10 9 (0.42%) Windows 10
11 5 (0.23%) AIX
11 5 (0.23%) Debian
11 5 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.14%) Solaris
13 2 (0.094%) Oracle Linux
13 2 (0.094%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.094%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.094%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.094%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,135 (53.24%) Agile Software Development
2 1,007 (47.23%) Test Automation
3 434 (20.36%) DevOps
4 396 (18.57%) Scrum
5 278 (13.04%) BDD
6 262 (12.29%) Software Engineering
7 261 (12.24%) Microservices
8 248 (11.63%) TDD
9 232 (10.88%) SDLC
10 212 (9.94%) Problem-Solving
11 206 (9.66%) Fintech
12 194 (9.10%) Test Strategy
13 187 (8.77%) Manual Testing
14 185 (8.68%) API Testing
15 183 (8.58%) Mentoring
16 182 (8.54%) Continuous Integration
17 162 (7.60%) Test Scripting
18 154 (7.22%) Unit Testing
19 150 (7.04%) SDET
20 136 (6.38%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 542 (25.42%) JavaScript
2 504 (23.64%) C#
3 452 (21.20%) Java
4 440 (20.64%) SQL
5 312 (14.63%) Python
6 180 (8.44%) TypeScript
7 119 (5.58%) C++
8 83 (3.89%) PHP
9 68 (3.19%) T-SQL
10 62 (2.91%) C
11 45 (2.11%) PowerShell
12 34 (1.59%) Ruby
13 32 (1.50%) Go
14 31 (1.45%) Scala
15 27 (1.27%) Shell Script
16 26 (1.22%) Bash Shell
17 22 (1.03%) Java 8
18 18 (0.84%) ES6
18 18 (0.84%) PL/SQL
18 18 (0.84%) VBA
Qualifications
1 242 (11.35%) Degree
2 109 (5.11%) ISTQB
3 87 (4.08%) ISEB
4 66 (3.10%) Security Cleared
5 65 (3.05%) Computer Science Degree
6 47 (2.20%) SC Cleared
7 31 (1.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 18 (0.84%) ISEB Practitioner
9 15 (0.70%) Master's Degree
10 12 (0.56%) DV Cleared
10 12 (0.56%) PMI Certification
11 10 (0.47%) HNC
12 7 (0.33%) AWS Certification
12 7 (0.33%) MBA
12 7 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
12 7 (0.33%) PMP
13 6 (0.28%) HND
13 6 (0.28%) Six Sigma Green Belt
14 5 (0.23%) CEH
14 5 (0.23%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (0.98%) Data Quality
2 20 (0.94%) GDPR
3 18 (0.84%) SLA
4 12 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 10 (0.47%) ISO 9001
6 9 (0.42%) PMO
7 5 (0.23%) GxP
7 5 (0.23%) ISO 13485
8 4 (0.19%) MiFID
8 4 (0.19%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.14%) COBIT
9 3 (0.14%) ITGC
9 3 (0.14%) P3O
10 2 (0.094%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 2 (0.094%) COSO
10 2 (0.094%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.094%) IEC 62304
10 2 (0.094%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.094%) WCAG
System Software
1 161 (7.55%) Docker
2 20 (0.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.80%) Active Directory
4 14 (0.66%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.42%) Firmware
6 7 (0.33%) KVM
7 6 (0.28%) VirtualBox
8 2 (0.094%) NFS
8 2 (0.094%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.094%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.094%) vSphere
9 1 (0.047%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.047%) HDFS
9 1 (0.047%) IAG
9 1 (0.047%) LXC
9 1 (0.047%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.047%) Varnish
9 1 (0.047%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.047%) XenApp
9 1 (0.047%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 109 (5.11%) Kubernetes
2 46 (2.16%) Ansible
3 35 (1.64%) Puppet
4 29 (1.36%) Terraform
5 24 (1.13%) HP Quality Center
6 23 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
7 13 (0.61%) Kibana
8 11 (0.52%) Grafana
8 11 (0.52%) SCCM
9 7 (0.33%) HP ALM
10 5 (0.23%) logstash
11 3 (0.14%) Rundeck
11 3 (0.14%) Single Sign-On
11 3 (0.14%) WSUS
12 2 (0.094%) HP Fortify
12 2 (0.094%) WebInspect
13 1 (0.047%) EnCase
13 1 (0.047%) FTK
13 1 (0.047%) TrustSec
13 1 (0.047%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 225 (10.55%) Microsoft
2 86 (4.03%) Google
3 61 (2.86%) Oracle
4 48 (2.25%) SAP
5 44 (2.06%) Salesforce.com
6 42 (1.97%) Atlassian
7 38 (1.78%) IBM
8 34 (1.59%) ServiceNow
9 30 (1.41%) Ceridian
10 25 (1.17%) VMware
11 24 (1.13%) HP
12 22 (1.03%) Red Hat
13 21 (0.98%) Adobe
14 19 (0.89%) Remedy
14 19 (0.89%) SolarWinds
14 19 (0.89%) Xamarin
15 15 (0.70%) Pega
16 14 (0.66%) Genesys
16 14 (0.66%) hybris
17 11 (0.52%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud