Period
to 5 August 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 5 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
5 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 62 53 49
Rank change year-on-year -9 -4 +15
Permanent jobs citing QA 2,924 7,087 8,569
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.43% 4.96% 5.00%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.13% 36.98% 38.16%
Number of salaries quoted 2,465 5,608 6,978
Median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% +3.09%
10th Percentile £31,250 £32,000 £31,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +10.43%

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 8,092 19,163 22,455
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.25% 13.40% 13.10%
Number of salaries quoted 6,113 14,134 17,045
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,250 £28,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £83,750 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +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 5 August 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 5 August 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 2,698 £55,000 +4.76% 336
UK excluding London +3 1,653 £47,500 +5.56% 247
London -24 1,176 £65,000 +8.33% 112
South East +10 607 £50,000 - 47
North of England +14 434 £47,500 +5.56% 76
North West -2 237 £50,000 +11.11% 37
Work from Home +17 216 £55,000 -8.33% 49
South West +12 190 £40,000 -5.88% 41
Midlands -17 186 £42,500 +2.72% 34
Yorkshire +73 171 £45,000 - 22
West Midlands 0 116 £40,000 -5.88% 17
East of England -10 98 £45,000 -5.26% 25
Scotland -5 80 £47,500 +11.76% 12
East Midlands -19 69 £42,500 +6.25% 16
Wales -28 30 £42,000 -6.67% 11
North East -26 26 £45,000 +5.88% 17
Northern Ireland +17 22 £41,000 +2.50% 1
Channel Islands - 11 £55,000 -

For the 6 months to 5 August 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 1,625 (55.57%) Agile Software Development
2 1,194 (40.83%) Test Automation
3 754 (25.79%) JavaScript
4 671 (22.95%) C#
5 640 (21.89%) Java
6 604 (20.66%) Selenium
7 600 (20.52%) Finance
8 594 (20.31%) SQL
9 552 (18.88%) .NET
10 505 (17.27%) Scrum
11 466 (15.94%) DevOps
12 442 (15.12%) JIRA
13 428 (14.64%) Azure
14 420 (14.36%) AWS
15 409 (13.99%) Python
16 379 (12.96%) Software Engineering
17 374 (12.79%) SQL Server
18 364 (12.45%) Problem-Solving
19 360 (12.31%) SDLC
20 356 (12.18%) Degree
21 350 (11.97%) TDD
22 334 (11.42%) BDD
23 327 (11.18%) Microsoft
24 322 (11.01%) CSS
24 322 (11.01%) Git (software)
25 319 (10.91%) HTML
26 310 (10.60%) User Experience
27 307 (10.50%) Analytical Skills
28 303 (10.36%) Cucumber
29 293 (10.02%) Continuous Integration

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
1 147 (5.03%) Confluence
2 45 (1.54%) SharePoint
3 41 (1.40%) CMS
4 36 (1.23%) Elasticsearch
5 33 (1.13%) Apache
6 29 (0.99%) IIS
7 24 (0.82%) Apache Spark
8 16 (0.55%) Tomcat
9 14 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 12 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
10 12 (0.41%) nginx
11 10 (0.34%) NServiceBus
12 8 (0.27%) CICS
12 8 (0.27%) WordPress
13 7 (0.24%) Umbraco
14 6 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
14 6 (0.21%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.17%) EPiServer
15 5 (0.17%) Red Hat Fuse
15 5 (0.17%) SAS
Applications
1 65 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 36 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
3 24 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
4 16 (0.55%) MS Visio
5 14 (0.48%) Photoshop
6 13 (0.44%) Sketch
7 11 (0.38%) Adobe Illustrator
8 9 (0.31%) AutoCAD
9 6 (0.21%) InVision
10 5 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
11 4 (0.14%) Chatbot
12 3 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.10%) Adobe XD
13 2 (0.068%) Figma
13 2 (0.068%) InDesign
14 1 (0.034%) Adobe Premiere
14 1 (0.034%) OmniGraffle
14 1 (0.034%) Snagit
14 1 (0.034%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 23 (0.79%) SAP S/4HANA
2 21 (0.72%) Remedy ITSM
2 21 (0.72%) SAP Hybris
3 14 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
4 11 (0.38%) Magento
5 8 (0.27%) Adobe Campaign
6 7 (0.24%) Markit EDM
6 7 (0.24%) Payment Gateway
7 5 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.17%) Shopify
8 4 (0.14%) Oracle Assets
8 4 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
8 4 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
8 4 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
8 4 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
8 4 (0.14%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
8 4 (0.14%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
9 3 (0.10%) Temenos T24
9 3 (0.10%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 428 (14.64%) Azure
2 420 (14.36%) AWS
3 189 (6.46%) SaaS
4 70 (2.39%) Serverless
5 69 (2.36%) GitHub
6 63 (2.15%) GCP
7 43 (1.47%) Office 365
7 43 (1.47%) PaaS
8 40 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
9 39 (1.33%) Power Platform
10 37 (1.27%) AWS Lambda
11 32 (1.09%) BrowserStack
11 32 (1.09%) OpenShift
12 29 (0.99%) IaaS
13 24 (0.82%) Sauce Labs
14 23 (0.79%) Dynamics 365
15 20 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
15 20 (0.68%) BlazeMeter
16 19 (0.65%) npm
17 17 (0.58%) Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 45 (1.54%) Skype
2 37 (1.27%) HTTP
3 33 (1.13%) TCP/IP
4 25 (0.85%) VoIP
5 23 (0.79%) Firewall
6 20 (0.68%) Internet
7 19 (0.65%) DNS
8 18 (0.62%) Network Security
9 12 (0.41%) FTP
10 11 (0.38%) Intranet
11 10 (0.34%) MQTT
12 9 (0.31%) NetScaler
13 8 (0.27%) PBX
13 8 (0.27%) RTP
13 8 (0.27%) SSL
13 8 (0.27%) STUN
14 7 (0.24%) FIX Connectivity
15 6 (0.21%) VPN
15 6 (0.21%) WebEx
15 6 (0.21%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 374 (12.79%) SQL Server
2 122 (4.17%) Relational Database
3 106 (3.63%) MySQL
4 98 (3.35%) NoSQL
5 97 (3.32%) Data Warehouse
6 81 (2.77%) PostgreSQL
7 77 (2.63%) MongoDB
7 77 (2.63%) Redis
8 75 (2.56%) Big Data
9 38 (1.30%) Power BI
9 38 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 35 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 32 (1.09%) RDBMS
12 28 (0.96%) Apache Cassandra
12 28 (0.96%) Blockchain
13 21 (0.72%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 20 (0.68%) Cosmos DB
14 20 (0.68%) Data Lake
15 18 (0.62%) CouchDB
16 17 (0.58%) DB2
Development Applications
1 604 (20.66%) Selenium
2 442 (15.12%) JIRA
3 322 (11.01%) Git (software)
4 303 (10.36%) Cucumber
5 259 (8.86%) Jenkins
6 186 (6.36%) SpecFlow
7 169 (5.78%) WebDriver
8 136 (4.65%) Postman
9 98 (3.35%) JMeter
10 84 (2.87%) Appium
11 81 (2.77%) Subversion
12 80 (2.74%) TeamCity
13 79 (2.70%) Cypress.io
14 78 (2.67%) Team Foundation Server
15 68 (2.33%) JUnit
16 66 (2.26%) SoapUI
17 65 (2.22%) webpack
18 63 (2.15%) Mocha
19 54 (1.85%) Visual Studio
20 52 (1.78%) Bitbucket
General
1 600 (20.52%) Finance
2 157 (5.37%) Marketing
3 145 (4.96%) Retail
4 109 (3.73%) Banking
5 76 (2.60%) Games
6 68 (2.33%) Public Sector
7 64 (2.19%) Telecoms
8 52 (1.78%) Law
9 32 (1.09%) Back Office
10 30 (1.03%) Front Office
11 28 (0.96%) Legal
12 26 (0.89%) Manufacturing
13 23 (0.79%) Advertising
14 21 (0.72%) Publishing
15 18 (0.62%) Electronics
16 16 (0.55%) Investment Banking
16 16 (0.55%) Local Government
17 14 (0.48%) Billing
18 12 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
19 10 (0.34%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 675 (23.08%) Developer
2 438 (14.98%) Analyst
3 347 (11.87%) QA Engineer
4 265 (9.06%) Tester
5 206 (7.05%) Test Engineer
6 165 (5.64%) QA Analyst
7 154 (5.27%) Test Analyst
8 152 (5.20%) Software Engineer
9 146 (4.99%) Architect
10 142 (4.86%) QA Tester
11 132 (4.51%) Senior Developer
12 109 (3.73%) Software Developer
13 103 (3.52%) .NET Developer
14 98 (3.35%) Business Analyst
14 98 (3.35%) QA Automation Engineer
15 97 (3.32%) Developer in Test
16 90 (3.08%) Automation Tester
17 84 (2.87%) Java Developer
18 82 (2.80%) C# Developer
19 81 (2.77%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 552 (18.88%) .NET
2 322 (11.01%) CSS
3 319 (10.91%) HTML
4 244 (8.34%) AngularJS
5 215 (7.35%) React
6 204 (6.98%) Web Services
7 181 (6.19%) Node.js
8 154 (5.27%) RESTful
9 152 (5.20%) ASP.NET
10 146 (4.99%) .NET Core
11 139 (4.75%) REST
12 135 (4.62%) XML
13 128 (4.38%) HTML5
14 120 (4.10%) .NET Framework
15 99 (3.39%) JSON
16 98 (3.35%) jQuery
17 89 (3.04%) Gherkin
18 80 (2.74%) ASP.NET Web API
19 73 (2.50%) Redux
20 72 (2.46%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 310 (10.60%) User Experience
2 307 (10.50%) Analytical Skills
3 170 (5.81%) Mobile App
4 111 (3.80%) Self-Motivation
5 95 (3.25%) Greenfield Project
6 93 (3.18%) Management Information System
7 60 (2.05%) Virtual Team
8 50 (1.71%) Enterprise Software
9 44 (1.50%) Algorithms
10 39 (1.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 32 (1.09%) Data Structures
12 27 (0.92%) Replication
13 25 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
14 24 (0.82%) Derivative
14 24 (0.82%) Mainframe
15 23 (0.79%) Fixed Income
16 21 (0.72%) Cloud Native
16 21 (0.72%) CMDB
17 20 (0.68%) PMI
18 19 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 225 (7.69%) Linux
2 190 (6.50%) Windows
3 145 (4.96%) Android
4 117 (4.00%) Apple iOS
5 107 (3.66%) Unix
6 48 (1.64%) Windows Server
7 25 (0.85%) Windows 10
8 22 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
9 21 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 16 (0.55%) Ubuntu
11 14 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
12 13 (0.44%) Windows Server 2016
13 11 (0.38%) CentOS
14 8 (0.27%) Debian
15 7 (0.24%) VMS
16 6 (0.21%) Oracle Linux
16 6 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
17 5 (0.17%) Mac OS X
17 5 (0.17%) zOS
18 4 (0.14%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,625 (55.57%) Agile Software Development
2 1,194 (40.83%) Test Automation
3 505 (17.27%) Scrum
4 466 (15.94%) DevOps
5 379 (12.96%) Software Engineering
6 364 (12.45%) Problem-Solving
7 360 (12.31%) SDLC
8 350 (11.97%) TDD
9 334 (11.42%) BDD
10 293 (10.02%) Continuous Integration
11 291 (9.95%) Fintech
12 257 (8.79%) Manual Testing
13 251 (8.58%) Microservices
14 239 (8.17%) Mentoring
15 222 (7.59%) Test Strategy
16 220 (7.52%) Test Scripting
17 213 (7.28%) Project Management
18 207 (7.08%) Computer Science
19 206 (7.05%) Continuous Improvement
20 199 (6.81%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 754 (25.79%) JavaScript
2 671 (22.95%) C#
3 640 (21.89%) Java
4 594 (20.31%) SQL
5 409 (13.99%) Python
6 139 (4.75%) TypeScript
7 126 (4.31%) PHP
8 111 (3.80%) C++
9 90 (3.08%) T-SQL
10 82 (2.80%) C
10 82 (2.80%) PowerShell
11 75 (2.56%) Ruby
12 64 (2.19%) Bash Shell
13 47 (1.61%) Scala
14 46 (1.57%) ES6
15 34 (1.16%) Kotlin
16 29 (0.99%) VB.NET
17 27 (0.92%) Apple Swift
18 26 (0.89%) PL/SQL
19 24 (0.82%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 356 (12.18%) Degree
2 149 (5.10%) ISTQB
3 113 (3.86%) Computer Science Degree
4 106 (3.63%) ISEB
5 69 (2.36%) Security Cleared
6 51 (1.74%) SC Cleared
7 35 (1.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 24 (0.82%) Master's Degree
9 23 (0.79%) AWS Certification
9 23 (0.79%) PMI Certification
10 22 (0.75%) Microsoft Certification
11 11 (0.38%) MCP
12 10 (0.34%) CBAP
12 10 (0.34%) DV Cleared
12 10 (0.34%) IIBA
13 9 (0.31%) HNC
13 9 (0.31%) ISEB Practitioner
13 9 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 7 (0.24%) Cisco Certification
14 7 (0.24%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (1.33%) Data Quality
2 34 (1.16%) SLA
3 24 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (0.58%) GDPR
5 16 (0.55%) PMO
6 14 (0.48%) ISO 9001
7 9 (0.31%) GxP
8 7 (0.24%) ISO 13485
8 7 (0.24%) PCI DSS
9 6 (0.21%) Basel III
10 5 (0.17%) NIST
11 4 (0.14%) CRD IV
11 4 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
11 4 (0.14%) ECSS
11 4 (0.14%) ITGC
11 4 (0.14%) NCSC
11 4 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 3 (0.10%) COBIT
12 3 (0.10%) ISO 14001
12 3 (0.10%) WCAG
System Software
1 228 (7.80%) Docker
2 55 (1.88%) Active Directory
3 29 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (0.92%) Hyper-V
5 16 (0.55%) vSphere
6 10 (0.34%) XenApp
6 10 (0.34%) XenDesktop
7 9 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (0.24%) Firmware
9 6 (0.21%) NFS
9 6 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.17%) KVM
10 5 (0.17%) VirtualBox
11 4 (0.14%) Time Sharing Option
12 2 (0.068%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.068%) Postfix
12 2 (0.068%) RACF
13 1 (0.034%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.034%) ProxySG
13 1 (0.034%) Xen
Systems Management
1 167 (5.71%) Kubernetes
2 48 (1.64%) Ansible
3 36 (1.23%) Puppet
4 32 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
5 30 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
6 20 (0.68%) Terraform
7 18 (0.62%) HP ALM
7 18 (0.62%) Kibana
8 16 (0.55%) CA Service Virtualization
8 16 (0.55%) SCCM
9 13 (0.44%) Microsoft Intune
10 9 (0.31%) Backup Exec
10 9 (0.31%) Norton AntiVirus
11 8 (0.27%) ZABBIX
12 7 (0.24%) Failover Clustering
12 7 (0.24%) Microsoft Clustering
13 6 (0.21%) Rancher
14 5 (0.17%) logstash
14 5 (0.17%) Single Sign-On
15 4 (0.14%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 327 (11.18%) Microsoft
2 119 (4.07%) Oracle
3 93 (3.18%) Google
4 74 (2.53%) SAP
5 58 (1.98%) Salesforce.com
6 53 (1.81%) HP
7 44 (1.50%) IBM
8 41 (1.40%) Adobe
9 40 (1.37%) Atlassian
10 39 (1.33%) Remedy
11 38 (1.30%) VMware
12 33 (1.13%) Xamarin
13 30 (1.03%) hybris
14 24 (0.82%) Red Hat
14 24 (0.82%) ServiceNow
15 18 (0.62%) CA
15 18 (0.62%) SolarWinds
16 17 (0.58%) Dell
16 17 (0.58%) New Relic
16 17 (0.58%) TIBCO