Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 59 54 53
Rank change year-on-year -5 -1 -2
Permanent jobs citing QA 8527 9303 11064
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.86% 4.91% 5.06%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.70% 37.49% 39.60%
Number of salaries quoted 6158 7640 8960
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -
10th Percentile £30,000 £30,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £77,500 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 22031 24815 27940
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.55% 13.09% 12.77%
Number of salaries quoted 16366 19610 22091
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -
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 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 October 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 23 October 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 -7 8035 £50,000 - 482
London -1 4422 £57,500 - 218
UK excluding London -8 3931 £42,500 - 283
South East +1 1260 £45,000 - 89
North of England -15 853 £40,000 - 77
Midlands +3 719 £42,500 +6.25% 38
North West -1 514 £40,000 +6.67% 44
East of England -30 443 £45,000 -2.70% 33
West Midlands -3 421 £40,000 +6.67% 21
South West +25 350 £40,000 - 28
Yorkshire -26 299 £37,500 -11.76% 26
East Midlands -6 293 £46,000 +3.37% 17
Scotland -18 178 £40,000 +6.67% 11
Wales +6 115 £33,934 -20.16% 7
North East -3 43 £39,000 -8.24% 7
Northern Ireland -22 33 £26,500 -33.75% 1

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 4455 (52.25%) Agile Software Development
2 3292 (38.61%) Test Automation
3 2555 (29.96%) Java
4 2540 (29.79%) Finance
5 1996 (23.41%) SQL
6 1880 (22.05%) Selenium
7 1787 (20.96%) Scrum
8 1555 (18.24%) JavaScript
8 1555 (18.24%) Degree
9 1433 (16.81%) C#
10 1270 (14.89%) TDD
10 1270 (14.89%) BDD
11 1179 (13.83%) Analytical Skills
12 1177 (13.80%) Banking
13 1169 (13.71%) .NET
14 1116 (13.09%) Project Management
15 1110 (13.02%) SDLC
16 1078 (12.64%) HTML
17 1033 (12.11%) JIRA
18 1026 (12.03%) Cucumber
19 1006 (11.80%) Microsoft
20 995 (11.67%) SQL Server
21 979 (11.48%) Continuous Integration
22 968 (11.35%) Software Engineering
23 931 (10.92%) Linux
24 909 (10.66%) Computer Science
25 874 (10.25%) Asset Management
26 852 (9.99%) Investment Banking
27 826 (9.69%) Python
28 815 (9.56%) Web Services

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
1 218 (2.56%) CMS
2 204 (2.39%) Confluence
3 187 (2.19%) Tomcat
4 177 (2.08%) JBoss
5 155 (1.82%) Apache
6 103 (1.21%) SharePoint
7 87 (1.02%) IIS
8 84 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
9 76 (0.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 72 (0.84%) Apache Spark
11 64 (0.75%) WebLogic
12 58 (0.68%) Sitecore CMS
13 51 (0.60%) nginx
14 49 (0.57%) WebSphere
15 42 (0.49%) Drupal
16 40 (0.47%) Umbraco
17 39 (0.46%) SAS
18 33 (0.39%) Apache Solr
19 28 (0.33%) OpenStack
20 25 (0.29%) EPiServer
Applications
1 259 (3.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 228 (2.67%) Microsoft Office
3 129 (1.51%) Microsoft Project
4 90 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 83 (0.97%) MS Visio
6 41 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
7 37 (0.43%) Photoshop
8 23 (0.27%) Adobe Illustrator
9 10 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 8 (0.094%) Simulink
10 8 (0.094%) SPSS
11 6 (0.070%) Adobe Premiere
12 3 (0.035%) Adobe After Effects
12 3 (0.035%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.035%) Avid Media Composer
12 3 (0.035%) HipChat
12 3 (0.035%) OmniGraffle
13 2 (0.023%) Stateflow
14 1 (0.012%) AutoCAD
14 1 (0.012%) Maya
Business Applications
1 116 (1.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 51 (0.60%) Magento
3 43 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
4 38 (0.45%) SAP Hybris
5 32 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
6 24 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 20 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
8 16 (0.19%) SAP ERP
9 15 (0.18%) Markit EDM
9 15 (0.18%) SAP CRM
10 13 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
11 11 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
11 11 (0.13%) VisionPLUS
12 10 (0.12%) NetSuite
12 10 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
13 9 (0.11%) SAP CO
13 9 (0.11%) SAP FI
13 9 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
14 8 (0.094%) Oracle Cash Management
15 7 (0.082%) MetaTrader
Cloud Services
1 585 (6.86%) Amazon AWS
2 386 (4.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 279 (3.27%) SaaS
4 186 (2.18%) GitHub
5 75 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
6 74 (0.87%) Google Cloud Platform
7 68 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
8 52 (0.61%) Office 365
9 44 (0.52%) IaaS
10 37 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
11 34 (0.40%) PaaS
12 30 (0.35%) Google Analytics
13 28 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
14 27 (0.32%) npm
15 26 (0.30%) Amazon S3
16 23 (0.27%) BrowserStack
16 23 (0.27%) OpenShift
17 19 (0.22%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
17 19 (0.22%) BlazeMeter
18 18 (0.21%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 174 (2.04%) Internet
2 164 (1.92%) HTTP
3 140 (1.64%) Firewall
4 110 (1.29%) TCP/IP
5 47 (0.55%) DNS
6 35 (0.41%) Network Security
7 34 (0.40%) VoIP
8 30 (0.35%) Intranet
8 30 (0.35%) Wireless
9 29 (0.34%) VPN
10 28 (0.33%) SAN
11 24 (0.28%) Ethernet
12 22 (0.26%) SMS
12 22 (0.26%) SSL
12 22 (0.26%) WAN
13 20 (0.23%) BGP
13 20 (0.23%) LAN
14 19 (0.22%) VLAN
15 17 (0.20%) AMQP
15 17 (0.20%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 995 (11.67%) SQL Server
2 394 (4.62%) MySQL
3 373 (4.37%) Relational Database
4 322 (3.78%) NoSQL
5 287 (3.37%) Data Warehouse
6 268 (3.14%) Big Data
7 154 (1.81%) Redis
7 154 (1.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 153 (1.79%) MongoDB
9 138 (1.62%) Apache Cassandra
10 132 (1.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 115 (1.35%) Hadoop
12 111 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
13 97 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
14 79 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
15 74 (0.87%) Power BI
16 72 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 71 (0.83%) Neo4j
18 68 (0.80%) Oracle Database
18 68 (0.80%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 1880 (22.05%) Selenium
2 1033 (12.11%) JIRA
3 1026 (12.03%) Cucumber
4 794 (9.31%) Git (software)
5 732 (8.58%) WebDriver
6 726 (8.51%) Jenkins
7 345 (4.05%) JUnit
8 331 (3.88%) Subversion
9 319 (3.74%) SoapUI
10 302 (3.54%) Maven
11 277 (3.25%) Visual Studio
12 273 (3.20%) TeamCity
13 270 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
14 238 (2.79%) JMeter
15 237 (2.78%) SpecFlow
16 196 (2.30%) HP UFT
17 161 (1.89%) Appium
18 122 (1.43%) JBehave
19 119 (1.40%) Protractor
20 108 (1.27%) Hudson
General
1 2540 (29.79%) Finance
2 1177 (13.80%) Banking
3 852 (9.99%) Investment Banking
4 730 (8.56%) Retail Banking
5 568 (6.66%) Retail
6 346 (4.06%) Marketing
7 342 (4.01%) Front Office
8 264 (3.10%) Games
9 231 (2.71%) Telecoms
10 222 (2.60%) Legal
11 129 (1.51%) Back Office
12 119 (1.40%) Manufacturing
13 118 (1.38%) Financial Institution
14 77 (0.90%) German Language
15 76 (0.89%) Advertising
16 73 (0.86%) Automotive
17 72 (0.84%) Electronics
18 70 (0.82%) Law
19 58 (0.68%) Publishing
20 45 (0.53%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1912 (22.42%) Developer
2 1631 (19.13%) Analyst
3 880 (10.32%) Tester
4 876 (10.27%) QA Engineer
5 659 (7.73%) Java Developer
6 630 (7.39%) Test Analyst
7 516 (6.05%) Business Analyst
8 474 (5.56%) Test Engineer
9 464 (5.44%) QA Tester
10 451 (5.29%) QA Analyst
11 374 (4.39%) Automation Tester
12 364 (4.27%) Senior Developer
13 330 (3.87%) QA Leader
14 314 (3.68%) Architect
15 304 (3.57%) C# Developer
16 292 (3.42%) Software Developer
17 286 (3.35%) QA Automation Engineer
18 277 (3.25%) QA Test Analyst
19 271 (3.18%) .NET Developer
19 271 (3.18%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1169 (13.71%) .NET
2 1078 (12.64%) HTML
3 815 (9.56%) Web Services
4 706 (8.28%) CSS
5 564 (6.61%) XML
6 547 (6.41%) REST
7 546 (6.40%) AngularJS
8 544 (6.38%) RESTful
9 466 (5.46%) HTML5
10 463 (5.43%) ASP.NET
11 436 (5.11%) SOAP
12 434 (5.09%) Spring
13 351 (4.12%) jQuery
14 304 (3.57%) Node.js
15 250 (2.93%) Hibernate
16 237 (2.78%) JSON
17 235 (2.76%) Gherkin
18 222 (2.60%) React
19 209 (2.45%) .NET Framework
20 190 (2.23%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 1179 (13.83%) Analytical Skills
2 909 (10.66%) Computer Science
3 540 (6.33%) User Experience
4 406 (4.76%) Mobile App
5 315 (3.69%) Equities
6 293 (3.44%) Management Information System
7 252 (2.96%) Fintech
8 243 (2.85%) Data Structures
9 210 (2.46%) Enterprise Software
10 204 (2.39%) Derivative
11 177 (2.08%) Algorithms
12 175 (2.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 169 (1.98%) Greenfield Project
14 166 (1.95%) Fixed Income
15 139 (1.63%) Linux Command Line
16 110 (1.29%) Client/Server
17 102 (1.20%) iPad
18 99 (1.16%) Virtual Team
19 88 (1.03%) Data Centre
20 69 (0.81%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 931 (10.92%) Linux
2 737 (8.64%) Windows
3 470 (5.51%) Unix
4 315 (3.69%) Android
5 303 (3.55%) Apple iOS
6 66 (0.77%) Solaris
7 57 (0.67%) Windows Server
8 56 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 36 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
10 34 (0.40%) Ubuntu
11 26 (0.30%) Debian
12 23 (0.27%) Windows Server 2008
13 19 (0.22%) AIX
14 14 (0.16%) Windows 10
15 13 (0.15%) CentOS
15 13 (0.15%) Windows 7
16 12 (0.14%) Mac OS
17 11 (0.13%) Mac OS X
17 11 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
18 10 (0.12%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 4455 (52.25%) Agile Software Development
2 3292 (38.61%) Test Automation
3 1787 (20.96%) Scrum
4 1270 (14.89%) BDD
4 1270 (14.89%) TDD
5 1116 (13.09%) Project Management
6 1110 (13.02%) SDLC
7 979 (11.48%) Continuous Integration
8 968 (11.35%) Software Engineering
9 874 (10.25%) Asset Management
10 774 (9.08%) Test Scripting
11 770 (9.03%) Software Testing
12 740 (8.68%) Wealth Management
13 734 (8.61%) DevOps
13 734 (8.61%) Test Strategy
14 721 (8.46%) Mentoring
15 700 (8.21%) Continuous Improvement
16 666 (7.81%) Manual Testing
17 655 (7.68%) E-Commerce
18 635 (7.45%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 2555 (29.96%) Java
2 1996 (23.41%) SQL
3 1555 (18.24%) JavaScript
4 1433 (16.81%) C#
5 826 (9.69%) Python
6 458 (5.37%) C++
7 428 (5.02%) Ruby
8 298 (3.49%) C
9 277 (3.25%) PHP
10 204 (2.39%) T-SQL
11 177 (2.08%) Bash Shell
12 165 (1.94%) Groovy
13 157 (1.84%) Shell Script
14 155 (1.82%) Perl
15 148 (1.74%) PowerShell
16 128 (1.50%) Scala
17 115 (1.35%) VB
18 113 (1.33%) PL/SQL
18 113 (1.33%) VB.NET
19 104 (1.22%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1555 (18.24%) Degree
2 533 (6.25%) ISTQB
3 497 (5.83%) ISEB
4 372 (4.36%) Computer Science Degree
5 198 (2.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 109 (1.28%) PMI Certification
7 60 (0.70%) PMP
8 57 (0.67%) Security Cleared
9 55 (0.65%) Master's Degree
10 50 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
11 47 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 45 (0.53%) MBA
13 42 (0.49%) SC Cleared
14 40 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
15 35 (0.41%) Microsoft Certification
16 28 (0.33%) CCNP
16 28 (0.33%) Numerate Degree
17 25 (0.29%) ISEB Practitioner
17 25 (0.29%) PhD
18 24 (0.28%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 147 (1.72%) PMO
2 100 (1.17%) Data Quality
3 98 (1.15%) SLA
4 42 (0.49%) ISO 9001
5 35 (0.41%) MiFID
6 33 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 25 (0.29%) PCI DSS
8 20 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
9 19 (0.22%) COBIT
10 17 (0.20%) GDPR
11 14 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 11 (0.13%) ISO 14001
13 10 (0.12%) ISO 9000
14 9 (0.11%) EMIR
15 7 (0.082%) IEC 62304
15 7 (0.082%) SEPA
16 6 (0.070%) ISO 22301
16 6 (0.070%) NEBOSH
16 6 (0.070%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 5 (0.059%) TickIT
System Software
1 324 (3.80%) Docker
2 146 (1.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 73 (0.86%) Hyper-V
4 66 (0.77%) Active Directory
5 47 (0.55%) Xen
6 44 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
7 28 (0.33%) VirtualBox
8 22 (0.26%) Firmware
9 20 (0.23%) KVM
10 15 (0.18%) vSphere
11 14 (0.16%) Apache Flume
11 14 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
12 7 (0.082%) LXC
12 7 (0.082%) Varnish
13 6 (0.070%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 6 (0.070%) VMware NSX
14 5 (0.059%) HDFS
14 5 (0.059%) Virtual Servers
15 4 (0.047%) Terminal Services
16 3 (0.035%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 229 (2.69%) Opscode Chef
2 221 (2.59%) Puppet
3 212 (2.49%) Ansible
4 144 (1.69%) HP Quality Center
5 67 (0.79%) Kubernetes
6 44 (0.52%) PowerBroker
7 34 (0.40%) Terraform
8 28 (0.33%) Nagios
9 20 (0.23%) SCCM
10 17 (0.20%) Kibana
11 16 (0.19%) Cobbler
12 13 (0.15%) Grafana
13 12 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 11 (0.13%) Docker Swarm
14 11 (0.13%) Mesos
14 11 (0.13%) Prometheus
14 11 (0.13%) SCOM
15 10 (0.12%) CloudHub
16 9 (0.11%) Cisco Prime
16 9 (0.11%) Marathon
Vendors
1 1006 (11.80%) Microsoft
2 678 (7.95%) Oracle
3 267 (3.13%) SAP
4 184 (2.16%) VMware
5 176 (2.06%) Google
6 175 (2.05%) HP
7 126 (1.48%) IBM
8 125 (1.47%) Sybase
9 118 (1.38%) Salesforce.com
10 103 (1.21%) Cisco
11 95 (1.11%) Red Hat
12 82 (0.96%) Cadence
13 72 (0.84%) Citrix
13 72 (0.84%) Sitecore
14 71 (0.83%) hybris
15 68 (0.80%) Murex
16 65 (0.76%) CA Agile Central
17 58 (0.68%) Atlassian
18 54 (0.63%) Adobe
18 54 (0.63%) Perforce