Period
to 23 September 2018

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 23 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 50 62 56
Rank change year-on-year +12 -6 -4
Permanent jobs citing QA 8,310 8,415 9,535
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.03% 4.79% 4.91%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.44% 39.04% 37.51%
Number of salaries quoted 6,489 6,056 7,886
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £29,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 21,618 21,555 25,418
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.08% 12.27% 13.10%
Number of salaries quoted 16,419 15,988 20,165
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £49,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +2.04% +8.89%
10th Percentile £28,500 £27,428 £27,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in the UK

QA
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA.

Salary trend for QA in the UK

QA
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA over the 6 months to 23 September 2018.

Salary histogram for QA in the UK

QA
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 23 September 2018. 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 +14 7,865 £50,000 - 1,257
UK excluding London +14 4,278 £45,000 +5.88% 910
London -2 3,870 £60,000 +4.35% 451
South East +21 1,521 £47,500 +5.56% 233
North of England +26 1,006 £42,500 +6.25% 231
Midlands -13 527 £44,000 +3.53% 151
North West +18 519 £44,500 +11.25% 127
South West +27 463 £42,500 +6.25% 96
East of England +15 459 £45,000 - 98
Yorkshire +44 444 £42,500 +10.39% 76
West Midlands -10 299 £47,500 +18.75% 92
East Midlands +1 221 £40,000 -13.04% 59
Scotland +1 177 £40,000 - 73
Wales +16 158 £37,500 +7.14% 23
North East -12 43 £35,000 -2.78% 28
Northern Ireland -13 12 £52,500 +57.89% 8

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, 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 4,665 (56.14%) Agile Software Development
2 3,514 (42.29%) Test Automation
3 2,259 (27.18%) Java
4 2,146 (25.82%) Finance
5 1,967 (23.67%) Selenium
6 1,891 (22.76%) C#
7 1,810 (21.78%) SQL
8 1,611 (19.39%) JavaScript
9 1,450 (17.45%) Scrum
10 1,318 (15.86%) .NET
11 1,167 (14.04%) Degree
12 1,158 (13.94%) BDD
13 1,119 (13.47%) TDD
14 1,059 (12.74%) Problem-Solving
15 996 (11.99%) JIRA
16 985 (11.85%) SDLC
17 974 (11.72%) DevOps
18 964 (11.60%) Python
19 962 (11.58%) Software Engineering
20 955 (11.49%) Continuous Integration
21 916 (11.02%) Microsoft
22 876 (10.54%) Cucumber
23 860 (10.35%) Git (software)
24 859 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
25 851 (10.24%) HTML
26 833 (10.02%) Software Testing
27 822 (9.89%) Project Management
28 805 (9.69%) Amazon AWS
29 778 (9.36%) Jenkins
30 760 (9.15%) SQL Server

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
1 375 (4.51%) Confluence
2 181 (2.18%) CMS
3 129 (1.55%) Elasticsearch
4 103 (1.24%) Apache Spark
5 93 (1.12%) IIS
6 90 (1.08%) SharePoint
7 89 (1.07%) Apache
8 71 (0.85%) Tomcat
9 50 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
10 46 (0.55%) WordPress
11 40 (0.48%) Drupal
12 39 (0.47%) nginx
13 32 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
14 31 (0.37%) JBoss
15 30 (0.36%) WebLogic
15 30 (0.36%) WebSphere
16 29 (0.35%) OpenStack
17 28 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 26 (0.31%) SAS
19 20 (0.24%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 237 (2.85%) Microsoft Excel
2 201 (2.42%) Microsoft Office
3 98 (1.18%) Microsoft Project
4 82 (0.99%) MS Visio
5 81 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 23 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 22 (0.26%) Photoshop
8 16 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
9 12 (0.14%) SPSS
10 11 (0.13%) Mingle
11 10 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 10 (0.12%) Chatbot
12 7 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 6 (0.072%) Adobe After Effects
14 5 (0.060%) Fireworks
15 4 (0.048%) GNU Octave
16 3 (0.036%) InVision
17 2 (0.024%) InfoPath
17 2 (0.024%) Simulink
17 2 (0.024%) Stata
Business Applications
1 58 (0.70%) SAP Hybris
2 39 (0.47%) Magento
3 37 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
3 37 (0.45%) Payment Gateway
4 19 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
5 13 (0.16%) SAP FI
6 12 (0.14%) SAP CO
6 12 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
7 11 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
8 10 (0.12%) HFM
8 10 (0.12%) Relativity
9 9 (0.11%) Distributed Ledger
9 9 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
10 7 (0.084%) assyst
10 7 (0.084%) Concordance
10 7 (0.084%) FastStats
10 7 (0.084%) Sentinel
11 6 (0.072%) Elite 3E
11 6 (0.072%) Ringtail
11 6 (0.072%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 805 (9.69%) Amazon AWS
2 690 (8.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 313 (3.77%) SaaS
4 221 (2.66%) GitHub
5 132 (1.59%) Google Cloud Platform
6 107 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
7 79 (0.95%) AWS CloudFormation
8 74 (0.89%) Serverless
9 69 (0.83%) PaaS
10 68 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
11 61 (0.73%) BrowserStack
12 58 (0.70%) OpenShift
13 57 (0.69%) npm
13 57 (0.69%) Office 365
14 52 (0.63%) IaaS
15 51 (0.61%) Amazon S3
16 43 (0.52%) Sauce Labs
17 34 (0.41%) AWS Lambda
17 34 (0.41%) BlazeMeter
18 33 (0.40%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 134 (1.61%) Internet
2 93 (1.12%) HTTP
3 85 (1.02%) Firewall
4 76 (0.91%) TCP/IP
5 61 (0.73%) SMS
6 40 (0.48%) DNS
7 36 (0.43%) SSL
8 31 (0.37%) VPN
9 30 (0.36%) Wireless
10 28 (0.34%) Wi-Fi
11 27 (0.32%) LAN
11 27 (0.32%) Network Security
12 25 (0.30%) LTE
13 22 (0.26%) GSM
14 18 (0.22%) Unified Communications
15 17 (0.20%) SAN
15 17 (0.20%) UMTS
16 16 (0.19%) WAN
17 15 (0.18%) Ethernet
17 15 (0.18%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 760 (9.15%) SQL Server
2 288 (3.47%) Relational Database
3 262 (3.15%) Big Data
4 219 (2.64%) Data Warehouse
5 215 (2.59%) NoSQL
6 209 (2.52%) MySQL
7 165 (1.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 146 (1.76%) Hadoop
9 121 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
10 116 (1.40%) MongoDB
11 109 (1.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 73 (0.88%) Blockchain
13 72 (0.87%) RDBMS
14 69 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 68 (0.82%) Power BI
16 65 (0.78%) Redis
17 60 (0.72%) Apache Cassandra
18 59 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
19 52 (0.63%) Oracle Database
20 47 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1,967 (23.67%) Selenium
2 996 (11.99%) JIRA
3 876 (10.54%) Cucumber
4 860 (10.35%) Git (software)
5 778 (9.36%) Jenkins
6 726 (8.74%) WebDriver
7 382 (4.60%) SpecFlow
8 363 (4.37%) SoapUI
9 356 (4.28%) JMeter
10 349 (4.20%) Visual Studio
11 309 (3.72%) Team Foundation Server
12 267 (3.21%) Maven
13 266 (3.20%) TeamCity
14 235 (2.83%) JUnit
15 189 (2.27%) Appium
16 163 (1.96%) HP UFT
17 154 (1.85%) Protractor
18 140 (1.68%) Subversion
19 122 (1.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 121 (1.46%) LoadRunner
General
1 2,146 (25.82%) Finance
2 550 (6.62%) Retail
3 470 (5.66%) Banking
4 428 (5.15%) Marketing
5 224 (2.70%) Games
6 178 (2.14%) Law
7 153 (1.84%) Telecoms
8 122 (1.47%) Investment Banking
9 118 (1.42%) Manufacturing
10 96 (1.16%) Legal
11 86 (1.03%) Financial Institution
12 84 (1.01%) Publishing
13 77 (0.93%) Advertising
14 65 (0.78%) Back Office
15 63 (0.76%) Electronics
15 63 (0.76%) Front Office
16 53 (0.64%) Automotive
17 32 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
18 28 (0.34%) French Language
19 27 (0.32%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1,703 (20.49%) Developer
2 1,533 (18.45%) Analyst
3 1,213 (14.60%) QA Engineer
4 897 (10.79%) Tester
5 655 (7.88%) Test Analyst
6 592 (7.12%) Test Engineer
7 468 (5.63%) Automation Tester
8 466 (5.61%) QA Tester
9 464 (5.58%) QA Analyst
10 445 (5.35%) QA Automation Engineer
11 380 (4.57%) Senior Developer
12 351 (4.22%) Business Analyst
13 337 (4.06%) Java Developer
14 311 (3.74%) Developer in Test
15 293 (3.53%) QA Test Engineer
16 284 (3.42%) Test Automation Engineer
17 278 (3.35%) Project Manager
18 277 (3.33%) QA Leader
19 272 (3.27%) C# Developer
20 270 (3.25%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,318 (15.86%) .NET
2 851 (10.24%) HTML
3 703 (8.46%) Web Services
4 693 (8.34%) CSS
5 519 (6.25%) REST
6 488 (5.87%) AngularJS
7 433 (5.21%) ASP.NET
8 408 (4.91%) XML
9 391 (4.71%) SOAP
10 368 (4.43%) RESTful
11 332 (4.00%) JSON
12 322 (3.87%) Spring
13 313 (3.77%) Node.js
14 308 (3.71%) HTML5
15 280 (3.37%) React
16 244 (2.94%) jQuery
17 230 (2.77%) .NET Framework
18 219 (2.64%) ASP.NET MVC
18 219 (2.64%) Gherkin
19 217 (2.61%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 859 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
2 711 (8.56%) User Experience
3 647 (7.79%) Computer Science
4 460 (5.54%) Fintech
5 392 (4.72%) Mobile App
6 345 (4.15%) Self-Motivation
7 231 (2.78%) Greenfield Project
8 181 (2.18%) Management Information System
9 148 (1.78%) Virtual Team
10 140 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
11 95 (1.14%) Public Cloud
12 89 (1.07%) Fixed Income
13 79 (0.95%) Linux Command Line
14 73 (0.88%) Data Centre
15 69 (0.83%) Algorithms
16 64 (0.77%) e-Learning
17 59 (0.71%) Hedge funds
18 58 (0.70%) Replication
19 50 (0.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 49 (0.59%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 735 (8.84%) Linux
2 597 (7.18%) Windows
3 316 (3.80%) Unix
4 306 (3.68%) Android
5 265 (3.19%) Apple iOS
6 78 (0.94%) CentOS
7 61 (0.73%) Windows Server
8 50 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 40 (0.48%) Ubuntu
9 40 (0.48%) Windows 10
10 26 (0.31%) Mac OS X
11 14 (0.17%) Windows 7
12 13 (0.16%) AIX
13 12 (0.14%) Windows Server 2012
14 9 (0.11%) Windows Phone
14 9 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
15 8 (0.096%) Mesosphere
15 8 (0.096%) Solaris
15 8 (0.096%) Windows 8
16 7 (0.084%) Nucleus RTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,665 (56.14%) Agile Software Development
2 3,514 (42.29%) Test Automation
3 1,450 (17.45%) Scrum
4 1,158 (13.94%) BDD
5 1,119 (13.47%) TDD
6 1,059 (12.74%) Problem-Solving
7 985 (11.85%) SDLC
8 974 (11.72%) DevOps
9 962 (11.58%) Software Engineering
10 955 (11.49%) Continuous Integration
11 833 (10.02%) Software Testing
12 822 (9.89%) Project Management
13 716 (8.62%) Manual Testing
14 696 (8.38%) Mentoring
15 676 (8.13%) Test Strategy
16 592 (7.12%) Test Scripting
17 576 (6.93%) E-Commerce
18 564 (6.79%) Continuous Improvement
19 534 (6.43%) Regression Testing
20 525 (6.32%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 2,259 (27.18%) Java
2 1,891 (22.76%) C#
3 1,810 (21.78%) SQL
4 1,611 (19.39%) JavaScript
5 964 (11.60%) Python
6 366 (4.40%) Ruby
7 291 (3.50%) T-SQL
8 280 (3.37%) PHP
9 222 (2.67%) C++
10 189 (2.27%) C
11 155 (1.87%) Bash Shell
12 145 (1.74%) PowerShell
13 138 (1.66%) TypeScript
14 120 (1.44%) Scala
15 119 (1.43%) Perl
16 107 (1.29%) PL/SQL
17 106 (1.28%) Java 8
18 97 (1.17%) Shell Script
19 89 (1.07%) Go
20 88 (1.06%) ES6
Qualifications
1 1,167 (14.04%) Degree
2 453 (5.45%) ISTQB
3 378 (4.55%) ISEB
4 245 (2.95%) Computer Science Degree
5 139 (1.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 135 (1.62%) Security Cleared
7 89 (1.07%) SC Cleared
8 73 (0.88%) PMI Certification
9 62 (0.75%) Master's Degree
10 46 (0.55%) PMP
11 44 (0.53%) Microsoft Certification
12 43 (0.52%) CISSP
13 38 (0.46%) PhD
14 35 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 29 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
16 26 (0.31%) CISA
16 26 (0.31%) CISM
17 25 (0.30%) DV Cleared
18 24 (0.29%) Cisco Certification
19 23 (0.28%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 165 (1.99%) PMO
2 90 (1.08%) Data Quality
3 72 (0.87%) SLA
4 62 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 44 (0.53%) GDPR
6 42 (0.51%) ISO 9001
7 40 (0.48%) PCI DSS
8 19 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 19 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 12 (0.14%) PMBOK
10 11 (0.13%) ISO 9000
10 11 (0.13%) WCAG
11 9 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
12 8 (0.096%) COBIT
12 8 (0.096%) HIPAA
13 7 (0.084%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 7 (0.084%) PSD2
14 6 (0.072%) ISO/IEC 15288
14 6 (0.072%) MiFID
15 5 (0.060%) Solvency II
System Software
1 408 (4.91%) Docker
2 96 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 74 (0.89%) Active Directory
4 54 (0.65%) Hyper-V
5 33 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
6 31 (0.37%) Firmware
7 27 (0.32%) HDFS
8 24 (0.29%) KVM
8 24 (0.29%) VirtualBox
9 21 (0.25%) Xen
10 17 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 12 (0.14%) Apache Flume
11 12 (0.14%) Varnish
12 6 (0.072%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (0.060%) LXC
13 5 (0.060%) VMware ESXi
13 5 (0.060%) VMware Server
13 5 (0.060%) XenApp
14 4 (0.048%) ACF2
14 4 (0.048%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 192 (2.31%) Ansible
2 184 (2.21%) Kubernetes
3 163 (1.96%) Puppet
4 162 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
5 124 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
6 105 (1.26%) Terraform
7 63 (0.76%) HP ALM
8 34 (0.41%) Packer
9 32 (0.39%) Kibana
10 26 (0.31%) ITRS Geneos
11 24 (0.29%) Docker Swarm
11 24 (0.29%) logstash
12 20 (0.24%) Nagios
12 20 (0.24%) Oozie
13 14 (0.17%) Hadoop YARN
13 14 (0.17%) Mesos
14 13 (0.16%) Consul
15 12 (0.14%) Prometheus
16 10 (0.12%) Microsoft Intune
17 9 (0.11%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 916 (11.02%) Microsoft
2 453 (5.45%) Oracle
3 252 (3.03%) SAP
4 239 (2.88%) Google
5 144 (1.73%) VMware
6 143 (1.72%) HP
7 122 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
8 109 (1.31%) IBM
9 87 (1.05%) Red Hat
10 86 (1.03%) Atlassian
11 79 (0.95%) hybris
12 68 (0.82%) Sitecore
13 63 (0.76%) Tableau
14 60 (0.72%) ATG
15 57 (0.69%) Informatica
15 57 (0.69%) Splunk
16 50 (0.60%) Adobe
17 49 (0.59%) TIBCO
18 48 (0.58%) WorldPay
19 47 (0.57%) Cisco