Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 57 55 53
Rank change year-on-year -2 -2 -1
Permanent jobs citing QA 8881 9044 11117
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.98% 4.79% 5.09%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.45% 36.95% 39.57%
Number of salaries quoted 6538 7387 8947
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £30,000 £30,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £77,500 £73,850
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%

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 22514 24478 28091
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.63% 12.97% 12.85%
Number of salaries quoted 16841 19353 22197
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +6.52% +2.22%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%

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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017. 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 -1 8368 £50,000 - 424
London +2 4451 £57,500 +4.55% 187
UK excluding London -3 4247 £42,500 - 267
South East +10 1392 £45,000 - 78
North of England -10 921 £41,500 +3.75% 78
Midlands +10 788 £42,500 +6.25% 36
North West -5 567 £42,500 +13.33% 45
West Midlands +10 455 £40,000 +6.67% 17
East of England -23 455 £45,000 -5.26% 25
South West +29 382 £40,000 +6.67% 20
East Midlands +2 331 £46,500 +9.41% 19
Yorkshire -24 304 £37,500 -11.76% 26
Scotland -13 185 £40,000 +6.67% 16
Wales +6 114 £33,934 -20.16% 12
North East -2 53 £40,000 - 7
Northern Ireland -18 37 £41,250 +3.13% 2

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for QA.

1 4644 (52.29%) Agile Software Development
2 3482 (39.21%) Test Automation
3 2622 (29.52%) Finance
4 2604 (29.32%) Java
5 2073 (23.34%) SQL
6 1958 (22.05%) Selenium
7 1857 (20.91%) Scrum
8 1662 (18.71%) JavaScript
9 1594 (17.95%) Degree
10 1578 (17.77%) C#
11 1337 (15.05%) TDD
12 1324 (14.91%) BDD
13 1250 (14.07%) .NET
14 1224 (13.78%) Analytical Skills
15 1177 (13.25%) Banking
16 1175 (13.23%) SDLC
17 1133 (12.76%) Project Management
18 1113 (12.53%) HTML
19 1067 (12.01%) Cucumber
20 1039 (11.70%) JIRA
21 1023 (11.52%) SQL Server
22 1019 (11.47%) Microsoft
23 1005 (11.32%) Software Engineering
24 964 (10.85%) Continuous Integration
25 958 (10.79%) Computer Science
26 872 (9.82%) Linux
27 871 (9.81%) Python
28 845 (9.51%) Web Services
29 838 (9.44%) Asset Management
30 821 (9.24%) Software Testing

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
1 215 (2.42%) Confluence
2 212 (2.39%) CMS
3 177 (1.99%) Tomcat
4 164 (1.85%) JBoss
5 142 (1.60%) Apache
6 99 (1.11%) SharePoint
7 94 (1.06%) IIS
8 73 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
9 72 (0.81%) Apache Spark
10 69 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 61 (0.69%) WebLogic
12 56 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
13 54 (0.61%) WebSphere
14 47 (0.53%) Drupal
15 44 (0.50%) Umbraco
16 41 (0.46%) SAS
17 40 (0.45%) nginx
18 31 (0.35%) EPiServer
19 26 (0.29%) OpenStack
20 25 (0.28%) Jetty
Applications
1 263 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
2 228 (2.57%) Microsoft Office
3 128 (1.44%) Microsoft Project
4 93 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 89 (1.00%) MS Visio
6 43 (0.48%) Photoshop
7 41 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
8 26 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
9 13 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 11 (0.12%) Simulink
11 7 (0.079%) Adobe Premiere
12 6 (0.068%) SPSS
13 4 (0.045%) Avid Media Composer
13 4 (0.045%) InfoPath
13 4 (0.045%) OmniGraffle
14 3 (0.034%) Adobe After Effects
14 3 (0.034%) Adobe Captivate
14 3 (0.034%) HipChat
15 2 (0.023%) Doxygen
15 2 (0.023%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 110 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 59 (0.66%) SAP Hybris
3 56 (0.63%) Magento
4 49 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
5 34 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
6 27 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 26 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
8 18 (0.20%) SAP CRM
9 17 (0.19%) SAP ERP
10 15 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
10 15 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
10 15 (0.17%) SAP CO
10 15 (0.17%) SAP FI
10 15 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
11 13 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
12 12 (0.14%) Markit EDM
13 10 (0.11%) NetSuite
14 8 (0.090%) SAP IS-U
14 8 (0.090%) SAP MM
14 8 (0.090%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 626 (7.05%) Amazon AWS
2 420 (4.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 291 (3.28%) SaaS
4 165 (1.86%) GitHub
5 82 (0.92%) Google Cloud Platform
6 78 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
7 68 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
8 64 (0.72%) Office 365
9 49 (0.55%) PaaS
10 46 (0.52%) IaaS
11 44 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
12 33 (0.37%) npm
13 31 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
13 31 (0.35%) Google Analytics
14 26 (0.29%) OpenShift
15 25 (0.28%) BlazeMeter
16 23 (0.26%) Amazon S3
17 19 (0.21%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
17 19 (0.21%) BrowserStack
18 18 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 167 (1.88%) Internet
2 149 (1.68%) HTTP
3 148 (1.67%) Firewall
4 115 (1.29%) TCP/IP
5 42 (0.47%) DNS
6 40 (0.45%) Intranet
7 38 (0.43%) Wireless
8 37 (0.42%) VoIP
9 35 (0.39%) Network Security
9 35 (0.39%) VPN
10 31 (0.35%) Ethernet
11 28 (0.32%) SMS
11 28 (0.32%) VLAN
12 26 (0.29%) SSL
13 25 (0.28%) BGP
14 24 (0.27%) SAN
15 23 (0.26%) WAN
16 21 (0.24%) Cisco ASA
16 21 (0.24%) LAN
16 21 (0.24%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1023 (11.52%) SQL Server
2 375 (4.22%) Relational Database
3 358 (4.03%) MySQL
4 333 (3.75%) NoSQL
5 290 (3.27%) Data Warehouse
6 264 (2.97%) Big Data
7 164 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 157 (1.77%) Redis
9 139 (1.57%) MongoDB
10 138 (1.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 124 (1.40%) Apache Cassandra
12 118 (1.33%) SQL Server 2008
13 113 (1.27%) Hadoop
14 89 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
15 81 (0.91%) Oracle Database
16 80 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
17 74 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 73 (0.82%) Power BI
19 69 (0.78%) RDBMS
20 66 (0.74%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 1958 (22.05%) Selenium
2 1067 (12.01%) Cucumber
3 1039 (11.70%) JIRA
4 771 (8.68%) Git (software)
5 764 (8.60%) WebDriver
6 721 (8.12%) Jenkins
7 356 (4.01%) SoapUI
8 349 (3.93%) JUnit
9 337 (3.79%) Visual Studio
10 320 (3.60%) Subversion
11 316 (3.56%) Maven
12 297 (3.34%) Team Foundation Server
13 264 (2.97%) TeamCity
14 260 (2.93%) SpecFlow
15 256 (2.88%) JMeter
16 212 (2.39%) HP UFT
17 150 (1.69%) Appium
18 126 (1.42%) NUnit
19 124 (1.40%) Protractor
20 109 (1.23%) JBehave
General
1 2622 (29.52%) Finance
2 1177 (13.25%) Banking
3 793 (8.93%) Investment Banking
4 697 (7.85%) Retail Banking
5 592 (6.67%) Retail
6 366 (4.12%) Marketing
7 344 (3.87%) Front Office
8 280 (3.15%) Games
9 235 (2.65%) Telecoms
10 216 (2.43%) Legal
11 130 (1.46%) Manufacturing
12 127 (1.43%) Back Office
13 105 (1.18%) Financial Institution
14 87 (0.98%) Advertising
15 83 (0.93%) Law
16 79 (0.89%) German Language
17 75 (0.84%) Automotive
18 71 (0.80%) Electronics
18 71 (0.80%) Publishing
19 42 (0.47%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1991 (22.42%) Developer
2 1699 (19.13%) Analyst
3 933 (10.51%) Tester
4 925 (10.42%) QA Engineer
5 668 (7.52%) Test Analyst
6 651 (7.33%) Java Developer
7 541 (6.09%) Business Analyst
8 490 (5.52%) Test Engineer
9 480 (5.40%) QA Tester
10 466 (5.25%) QA Analyst
11 388 (4.37%) Automation Tester
12 378 (4.26%) Senior Developer
13 335 (3.77%) C# Developer
13 335 (3.77%) QA Leader
14 320 (3.60%) Architect
15 310 (3.49%) .NET Developer
16 309 (3.48%) Software Developer
17 291 (3.28%) QA Test Analyst
18 286 (3.22%) Test Leader
19 283 (3.19%) QA Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1250 (14.07%) .NET
2 1113 (12.53%) HTML
3 845 (9.51%) Web Services
4 744 (8.38%) CSS
5 582 (6.55%) REST
6 577 (6.50%) AngularJS
7 575 (6.47%) XML
8 570 (6.42%) RESTful
9 493 (5.55%) ASP.NET
10 479 (5.39%) HTML5
11 451 (5.08%) Spring
12 446 (5.02%) SOAP
13 401 (4.52%) jQuery
14 329 (3.70%) Node.js
15 243 (2.74%) JSON
16 236 (2.66%) Hibernate
17 220 (2.48%) .NET Framework
18 219 (2.47%) Gherkin
19 214 (2.41%) CSS3
20 209 (2.35%) React
Miscellaneous
1 1224 (13.78%) Analytical Skills
2 958 (10.79%) Computer Science
3 539 (6.07%) User Experience
4 422 (4.75%) Mobile App
5 310 (3.49%) Equities
6 276 (3.11%) Management Information System
7 263 (2.96%) Fintech
8 231 (2.60%) Data Structures
9 222 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
10 207 (2.33%) Derivative
11 188 (2.12%) Algorithms
12 182 (2.05%) Greenfield Project
13 165 (1.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 153 (1.72%) Fixed Income
15 143 (1.61%) Linux Command Line
16 128 (1.44%) Client/Server
17 109 (1.23%) iPad
18 107 (1.20%) Virtual Team
19 80 (0.90%) Data Centre
20 74 (0.83%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 872 (9.82%) Linux
2 692 (7.79%) Windows
3 451 (5.08%) Unix
4 331 (3.73%) Android
5 328 (3.69%) Apple iOS
6 64 (0.72%) Windows Server
7 58 (0.65%) Solaris
8 56 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 35 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
10 29 (0.33%) Ubuntu
11 25 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
12 22 (0.25%) Debian
13 20 (0.23%) AIX
14 17 (0.19%) Windows 7
15 16 (0.18%) Windows 10
16 14 (0.16%) CentOS
16 14 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
17 13 (0.15%) Mac OS
18 11 (0.12%) Windows Phone
19 10 (0.11%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 4644 (52.29%) Agile Software Development
2 3482 (39.21%) Test Automation
3 1857 (20.91%) Scrum
4 1337 (15.05%) TDD
5 1324 (14.91%) BDD
6 1175 (13.23%) SDLC
7 1133 (12.76%) Project Management
8 1005 (11.32%) Software Engineering
9 964 (10.85%) Continuous Integration
10 838 (9.44%) Asset Management
11 821 (9.24%) Software Testing
12 770 (8.67%) Test Strategy
13 765 (8.61%) Test Scripting
14 742 (8.35%) DevOps
15 738 (8.31%) Continuous Improvement
16 730 (8.22%) Manual Testing
17 718 (8.08%) Mentoring
18 697 (7.85%) Wealth Management
19 650 (7.32%) E-Commerce
20 644 (7.25%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2604 (29.32%) Java
2 2073 (23.34%) SQL
3 1662 (18.71%) JavaScript
4 1578 (17.77%) C#
5 871 (9.81%) Python
6 467 (5.26%) C++
7 445 (5.01%) Ruby
8 323 (3.64%) C
9 310 (3.49%) PHP
10 229 (2.58%) T-SQL
11 183 (2.06%) Bash Shell
12 161 (1.81%) Groovy
13 155 (1.75%) Shell Script
14 144 (1.62%) Perl
15 127 (1.43%) PowerShell
16 123 (1.38%) Scala
16 123 (1.38%) VB.NET
17 118 (1.33%) VB
18 116 (1.31%) PL/SQL
19 102 (1.15%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1594 (17.95%) Degree
2 587 (6.61%) ISTQB
3 514 (5.79%) ISEB
4 397 (4.47%) Computer Science Degree
5 225 (2.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 109 (1.23%) PMI Certification
7 69 (0.78%) Security Cleared
8 56 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
9 55 (0.62%) PMP
10 52 (0.59%) Master's Degree
11 50 (0.56%) SC Cleared
12 47 (0.53%) Microsoft Certification
13 46 (0.52%) MBA
14 44 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 37 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
16 35 (0.39%) CCNP
17 31 (0.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 31 (0.35%) Sun Certification
18 30 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
19 25 (0.28%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (1.64%) PMO
2 112 (1.26%) Data Quality
3 87 (0.98%) SLA
4 42 (0.47%) ISO 9001
5 38 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 32 (0.36%) MiFID
7 28 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 19 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
9 18 (0.20%) GDPR
10 15 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 14 (0.16%) ISO 14001
12 13 (0.15%) COBIT
13 12 (0.14%) IEC 62304
13 12 (0.14%) ISO 9000
14 10 (0.11%) ISO 13485
15 9 (0.10%) EMIR
16 8 (0.090%) GCP
16 8 (0.090%) ISO 20022
16 8 (0.090%) ISO 8583
16 8 (0.090%) SEPA
System Software
1 312 (3.51%) Docker
2 117 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 70 (0.79%) Active Directory
4 58 (0.65%) Hyper-V
5 29 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
6 27 (0.30%) Xen
7 24 (0.27%) Firmware
8 17 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
9 16 (0.18%) KVM
10 15 (0.17%) Apache Flume
11 12 (0.14%) VirtualBox
12 11 (0.12%) vSphere
13 7 (0.079%) HDFS
14 6 (0.068%) LXC
14 6 (0.068%) VMware NSX
15 5 (0.056%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 5 (0.056%) Varnish
16 4 (0.045%) Virtual Servers
16 4 (0.045%) XenApp
16 4 (0.045%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 202 (2.27%) Opscode Chef
2 192 (2.16%) Puppet
3 176 (1.98%) Ansible
4 146 (1.64%) HP Quality Center
5 70 (0.79%) Kubernetes
6 44 (0.50%) PowerBroker
7 31 (0.35%) Terraform
8 24 (0.27%) Nagios
9 21 (0.24%) SCCM
10 19 (0.21%) Cobbler
11 13 (0.15%) Cisco Prime
11 13 (0.15%) Mesos
12 12 (0.14%) Docker Swarm
12 12 (0.14%) Kibana
12 12 (0.14%) SCOM
12 12 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 11 (0.12%) Marathon
14 9 (0.10%) HockeyApp
14 9 (0.10%) Oozie
14 9 (0.10%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 1019 (11.47%) Microsoft
2 671 (7.56%) Oracle
3 303 (3.41%) SAP
4 199 (2.24%) HP
5 197 (2.22%) Google
6 144 (1.62%) VMware
7 117 (1.32%) IBM
8 113 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
8 113 (1.27%) Sybase
9 100 (1.13%) Cisco
10 98 (1.10%) Red Hat
11 88 (0.99%) hybris
12 87 (0.98%) Cadence
13 71 (0.80%) Sitecore
14 69 (0.78%) Citrix
15 57 (0.64%) CA Agile Central
16 55 (0.62%) Adobe
16 55 (0.62%) Murex
17 51 (0.57%) Splunk
18 50 (0.56%) Telerik