Period
to 26 February 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 26 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 54 46 58
Rank change year-on-year -8 +12 +1
Permanent jobs citing QA 5,763 8,033 8,695
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.68% 5.31% 4.96%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.39% 38.07% 38.87%
Number of salaries quoted 4,467 6,047 6,966
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - -
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £31,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% -

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 15,413 21,101 22,371
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.52% 13.94% 12.76%
Number of salaries quoted 11,895 15,456 17,483
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £28,600 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £83,750 £80,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65% +1.18%

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 26 February 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 26 February 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 -9 5,317 £52,912 +5.82% 1,046
UK excluding London -1 3,137 £45,000 +4.65% 803
London -15 2,456 £65,000 +8.33% 313
South East -1 1,179 £51,500 +8.42% 214
North of England +6 699 £42,500 - 225
Midlands -7 440 £42,500 - 128
North West +2 341 £45,000 - 113
South West +5 314 £40,000 - 99
West Midlands +9 305 £45,000 +5.88% 76
Yorkshire +4 265 £40,000 -5.88% 78
East of England -19 218 £52,500 +16.67% 67
Scotland -7 181 £42,500 +6.25% 35
East Midlands -35 131 £40,000 -5.88% 52
North East +22 94 £45,000 +12.50% 34
Wales -35 76 £42,500 +21.43% 25
Northern Ireland +11 38 £41,250 +3.13% 9
Channel Islands - 2 - - 2
Isle of Man - 1 £60,000 -

For the 6 months to 26 February 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 3,044 (52.82%) Agile Software Development
2 2,271 (39.41%) Test Automation
3 1,318 (22.87%) Java
4 1,296 (22.49%) SQL
5 1,223 (21.22%) Scrum
6 1,211 (21.01%) JavaScript
7 1,174 (20.37%) C#
8 1,084 (18.81%) Selenium
9 1,052 (18.25%) Finance
10 949 (16.47%) DevOps
11 827 (14.35%) JIRA
12 789 (13.69%) Python
13 787 (13.66%) .NET
14 724 (12.56%) Azure
15 707 (12.27%) Degree
16 702 (12.18%) TDD
17 686 (11.90%) Software Engineering
18 682 (11.83%) SDLC
19 677 (11.75%) Problem-Solving
20 655 (11.37%) BDD
21 638 (11.07%) Continuous Integration
22 635 (11.02%) Microsoft
23 627 (10.88%) AWS
24 589 (10.22%) Mentoring
24 589 (10.22%) Linux
25 572 (9.93%) HTML
26 551 (9.56%) Git (software)
27 527 (9.14%) Jenkins
28 522 (9.06%) SQL Server
29 519 (9.01%) CSS

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
1 273 (4.74%) Confluence
2 121 (2.10%) CMS
3 96 (1.67%) SharePoint
4 70 (1.21%) IIS
5 61 (1.06%) Apache Spark
6 60 (1.04%) Apache
7 55 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
8 39 (0.68%) nginx
9 36 (0.62%) Tomcat
10 29 (0.50%) SAS
11 25 (0.43%) EPiServer
12 24 (0.42%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 24 (0.42%) JBoss
13 22 (0.38%) Sitecore CMS
14 19 (0.33%) NServiceBus
15 17 (0.29%) Apache Solr
15 17 (0.29%) Umbraco
15 17 (0.29%) WebSphere
16 12 (0.21%) CICS
16 12 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 156 (2.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 81 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 76 (1.32%) Microsoft Office
4 56 (0.97%) Microsoft Project
5 52 (0.90%) MS Visio
6 20 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.21%) Photoshop
7 12 (0.21%) Sketch
8 8 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 8 (0.14%) AutoCAD
8 8 (0.14%) Chatbot
9 5 (0.087%) Adobe XD
9 5 (0.087%) InVision
10 4 (0.069%) S-PLUS
11 3 (0.052%) Abaqus
11 3 (0.052%) Fireworks
11 3 (0.052%) Mathcad
12 2 (0.035%) Adobe After Effects
12 2 (0.035%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.017%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 38 (0.66%) Magento
2 30 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 28 (0.49%) Payment Gateway
4 26 (0.45%) SAP S/4HANA
5 24 (0.42%) SAP Hybris
6 21 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
7 17 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
8 14 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
9 13 (0.23%) NetSuite
10 10 (0.17%) Markit EDM
10 10 (0.17%) SAP ERP
11 8 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
12 6 (0.10%) thinkFolio
13 5 (0.087%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 5 (0.087%) Shopify
14 4 (0.069%) Dynamics GP
14 4 (0.069%) JDE EnterpriseOne
14 4 (0.069%) R3 Corda
14 4 (0.069%) Remedy ITSM
14 4 (0.069%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 724 (12.56%) Azure
2 627 (10.88%) AWS
3 339 (5.88%) SaaS
4 146 (2.53%) GitHub
5 142 (2.46%) GCP
6 115 (2.00%) Office 365
7 86 (1.49%) Power Platform
8 83 (1.44%) PaaS
9 72 (1.25%) BrowserStack
10 71 (1.23%) Serverless
11 51 (0.88%) OpenShift
12 47 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
13 46 (0.80%) Sauce Labs
14 45 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
14 45 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
15 39 (0.68%) IaaS
16 35 (0.61%) BlazeMeter
17 32 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
17 32 (0.56%) Google Analytics
18 31 (0.54%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 96 (1.67%) Internet
2 81 (1.41%) HTTP
3 68 (1.18%) TCP/IP
4 56 (0.97%) Firewall
5 43 (0.75%) VoIP
6 42 (0.73%) DNS
7 27 (0.47%) DHCP
8 21 (0.36%) Wireless
8 21 (0.36%) Wireshark
8 21 (0.36%) ZigBee
9 18 (0.31%) Intranet
10 16 (0.28%) SSL
11 15 (0.26%) LAN
12 14 (0.24%) MPLS
12 14 (0.24%) VPN
13 13 (0.23%) SNMP
14 12 (0.21%) Multicast
15 11 (0.19%) Skype
15 11 (0.19%) WAN
16 9 (0.16%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 522 (9.06%) SQL Server
2 259 (4.49%) Relational Database
3 226 (3.92%) NoSQL
4 222 (3.85%) Big Data
5 211 (3.66%) MySQL
6 198 (3.44%) PostgreSQL
7 169 (2.93%) Data Warehouse
8 122 (2.12%) Redis
9 113 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 103 (1.79%) MongoDB
11 82 (1.42%) Power BI
12 81 (1.41%) Hadoop
13 72 (1.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 66 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 56 (0.97%) Apache Cassandra
16 55 (0.95%) Oracle Database
17 54 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
18 51 (0.88%) RDBMS
19 43 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
19 43 (0.75%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 1,084 (18.81%) Selenium
2 827 (14.35%) JIRA
3 551 (9.56%) Git (software)
4 527 (9.14%) Jenkins
5 511 (8.87%) Cucumber
6 364 (6.32%) Postman
7 327 (5.67%) WebDriver
8 238 (4.13%) JMeter
9 218 (3.78%) SpecFlow
10 214 (3.71%) SoapUI
11 161 (2.79%) Team Foundation Server
12 149 (2.59%) Appium
13 132 (2.29%) Maven
14 126 (2.19%) Cypress.io
15 122 (2.12%) Visual Studio
16 118 (2.05%) TeamCity
17 109 (1.89%) JUnit
18 106 (1.84%) webpack
19 93 (1.61%) Bitbucket
20 79 (1.37%) HP UFT
General
1 1,052 (18.25%) Finance
2 292 (5.07%) Marketing
3 285 (4.95%) Retail
4 217 (3.77%) Banking
5 185 (3.21%) Public Sector
6 137 (2.38%) Telecoms
7 134 (2.33%) Games
8 80 (1.39%) Legal
9 67 (1.16%) Manufacturing
10 55 (0.95%) Aerospace
10 55 (0.95%) Law
11 41 (0.71%) Back Office
12 40 (0.69%) Advertising
13 38 (0.66%) Local Government
14 33 (0.57%) Front Office
15 32 (0.56%) Electronics
16 31 (0.54%) Investment Banking
17 28 (0.49%) Financial Institution
18 27 (0.47%) Billing
19 21 (0.36%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,096 (19.02%) Developer
2 806 (13.99%) Analyst
3 795 (13.79%) QA Engineer
4 509 (8.83%) Tester
5 355 (6.16%) Test Engineer
6 295 (5.12%) Test Analyst
7 290 (5.03%) QA Analyst
8 275 (4.77%) QA Tester
9 259 (4.49%) Senior Developer
10 208 (3.61%) Architect
11 198 (3.44%) Software Engineer
12 192 (3.33%) QA Leader
13 189 (3.28%) QA Automation Engineer
14 184 (3.19%) Software Developer
15 174 (3.02%) Automation Engineer
16 164 (2.85%) .NET Developer
17 163 (2.83%) Business Analyst
17 163 (2.83%) Senior QA Engineer
18 156 (2.71%) Automation Tester
19 152 (2.64%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 787 (13.66%) .NET
2 572 (9.93%) HTML
3 519 (9.01%) CSS
4 487 (8.45%) Web Services
5 406 (7.04%) REST
6 340 (5.90%) AngularJS
7 328 (5.69%) React
8 305 (5.29%) Node.js
9 282 (4.89%) XML
10 272 (4.72%) RESTful
11 243 (4.22%) SOAP
12 238 (4.13%) HTML5
13 232 (4.03%) ASP.NET
14 219 (3.80%) Spring
15 199 (3.45%) JSON
16 186 (3.23%) .NET Framework
16 186 (3.23%) Gherkin
17 174 (3.02%) jQuery
18 156 (2.71%) Redux
19 144 (2.50%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 518 (8.99%) Analytical Skills
2 428 (7.43%) User Experience
3 400 (6.94%) Mobile App
4 244 (4.23%) Self-Motivation
5 189 (3.28%) Management Information System
6 174 (3.02%) Greenfield Project
7 161 (2.79%) Enterprise Software
8 122 (2.12%) Virtual Team
9 79 (1.37%) Algorithms
10 72 (1.25%) Client/Server
11 67 (1.16%) Data Structures
12 64 (1.11%) PMI
13 48 (0.83%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 44 (0.76%) Hedge funds
14 44 (0.76%) Hybrid Cloud
15 39 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
16 36 (0.62%) Cloud Native
17 30 (0.52%) Derivative
17 30 (0.52%) Driving Licence
18 28 (0.49%) Animation
Operating Systems
1 589 (10.22%) Linux
2 452 (7.84%) Windows
3 267 (4.63%) Apple iOS
4 258 (4.48%) Android
5 232 (4.03%) Unix
6 88 (1.53%) Windows Server
7 51 (0.88%) Windows 10
8 44 (0.76%) CentOS
9 20 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 20 (0.35%) Windows 8
10 18 (0.31%) Windows 7
11 17 (0.29%) Ubuntu
12 13 (0.23%) Fedora
13 11 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (0.12%) Kali Linux
15 6 (0.10%) Windows Server 2008
16 5 (0.087%) Windows Phone
16 5 (0.087%) zOS
17 4 (0.069%) VMS
18 2 (0.035%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,044 (52.82%) Agile Software Development
2 2,271 (39.41%) Test Automation
3 1,223 (21.22%) Scrum
4 949 (16.47%) DevOps
5 702 (12.18%) TDD
6 686 (11.90%) Software Engineering
7 682 (11.83%) SDLC
8 677 (11.75%) Problem-Solving
9 655 (11.37%) BDD
10 638 (11.07%) Continuous Integration
11 589 (10.22%) Mentoring
12 500 (8.68%) Manual Testing
13 490 (8.50%) Computer Science
14 466 (8.09%) Test Strategy
15 444 (7.70%) Project Management
16 440 (7.63%) Regression Testing
17 437 (7.58%) Test Scripting
18 418 (7.25%) Microservices
19 417 (7.24%) Software Testing
20 397 (6.89%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 1,318 (22.87%) Java
2 1,296 (22.49%) SQL
3 1,211 (21.01%) JavaScript
4 1,174 (20.37%) C#
5 789 (13.69%) Python
6 280 (4.86%) PHP
7 188 (3.26%) Ruby
8 187 (3.24%) C++
9 185 (3.21%) PowerShell
10 149 (2.59%) Scala
11 145 (2.52%) TypeScript
12 133 (2.31%) T-SQL
13 123 (2.13%) C
14 122 (2.12%) Bash Shell
15 90 (1.56%) PL/SQL
16 76 (1.32%) Java 8
17 71 (1.23%) Shell Script
18 66 (1.15%) Apple Swift
19 65 (1.13%) ES6
20 63 (1.09%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 707 (12.27%) Degree
2 367 (6.37%) ISTQB
3 224 (3.89%) Computer Science Degree
4 201 (3.49%) ISEB
5 126 (2.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 116 (2.01%) Security Cleared
7 82 (1.42%) PMI Certification
8 81 (1.41%) SC Cleared
9 67 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
10 47 (0.82%) MCSE
11 41 (0.71%) CISSP
12 40 (0.69%) CISM
13 38 (0.66%) MCSA
14 31 (0.54%) Master's Degree
14 31 (0.54%) PMP
15 29 (0.50%) PhD
16 22 (0.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 20 (0.35%) CREST Certified
17 20 (0.35%) HNC
17 20 (0.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (2.20%) Data Quality
2 86 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 76 (1.32%) PMO
4 66 (1.15%) SLA
5 55 (0.95%) GDPR
6 40 (0.69%) NIST
7 24 (0.42%) WCAG
8 17 (0.29%) ISO 9001
8 17 (0.29%) NCSC
8 17 (0.29%) PCI DSS
9 14 (0.24%) IFRS
10 11 (0.19%) COBIT
11 10 (0.17%) GMP
11 10 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 6 (0.10%) ISO 22301
13 5 (0.087%) Disclosure Scotland
13 5 (0.087%) EMIR
13 5 (0.087%) Government Security Classifications
13 5 (0.087%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 4 (0.069%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 426 (7.39%) Docker
2 86 (1.49%) Active Directory
3 57 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 32 (0.56%) Hyper-V
5 25 (0.43%) XenApp
6 19 (0.33%) HDFS
7 16 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
8 11 (0.19%) XenDesktop
9 10 (0.17%) BitLocker
10 9 (0.16%) Firmware
11 8 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
11 8 (0.14%) vSphere
12 7 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
13 6 (0.10%) ACF2
13 6 (0.10%) RACF
14 4 (0.069%) Varnish
14 4 (0.069%) Virtual Servers
15 3 (0.052%) Xen
16 2 (0.035%) IAG
16 2 (0.035%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 267 (4.63%) Kubernetes
2 112 (1.94%) Ansible
3 81 (1.41%) Terraform
4 77 (1.34%) HP ALM
5 63 (1.09%) HP Quality Center
6 59 (1.02%) Puppet
7 54 (0.94%) SCCM
8 41 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
9 33 (0.57%) Microsoft Intune
10 24 (0.42%) Red Hat Spacewalk
11 21 (0.36%) CA Service Virtualization
11 21 (0.36%) Kibana
12 12 (0.21%) Oozie
12 12 (0.21%) Single Sign-On
13 11 (0.19%) Backup Exec
13 11 (0.19%) ZABBIX
14 9 (0.16%) Docker Swarm
14 9 (0.16%) HP Fortify
14 9 (0.16%) WebInspect
15 8 (0.14%) logstash
Vendors
1 635 (11.02%) Microsoft
2 259 (4.49%) Oracle
3 182 (3.16%) HP
4 162 (2.81%) Google
5 126 (2.19%) SAP
6 122 (2.12%) Salesforce.com
7 82 (1.42%) VMware
8 76 (1.32%) Red Hat
9 69 (1.20%) WorldPay
10 60 (1.04%) CA
11 58 (1.01%) Adobe
11 58 (1.01%) Atlassian
11 58 (1.01%) Xamarin
12 57 (0.99%) IBM
13 44 (0.76%) Informatica
13 44 (0.76%) Remedy
14 40 (0.69%) Cisco
15 39 (0.68%) Delphix
16 36 (0.62%) Cloudera
16 36 (0.62%) hybris