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

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
23 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 63 54 51
Rank change year-on-year -9 -3 0
Permanent jobs citing QA 8401 9647 10798
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.77% 4.90% 4.99%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.03% 37.15% 38.57%
Number of salaries quoted 6090 7985 8726
UK median annual salary £49,039 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.24% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £29,750 £29,100 £27,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £76,250 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,533 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.30% +2.50% -

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 21525 25969 27996
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.23% 13.20% 12.93%
Number of salaries quoted 16060 20616 22019
UK median annual salary £49,000 £48,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.03% +7.78% -
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

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 August 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 August 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 -6 7975 £50,000 - 584
London -1 4386 £58,000 +5.45% 284
UK excluding London -13 3851 £41,533 +1.30% 321
South East -5 1249 £45,000 - 97
North of England -18 870 £37,747 -5.63% 93
Midlands -17 637 £40,000 - 45
North West -6 498 £37,600 +0.27% 53
East of England -25 481 £45,000 - 29
West Midlands -10 400 £40,000 +6.67% 30
South West +6 358 £40,000 - 33
Yorkshire -23 339 £40,000 - 34
East Midlands -24 233 £45,500 +9.64% 15
Scotland -33 135 £40,000 +11.11% 17
Wales -3 110 £37,500 -7.41% 5
North East -17 36 £35,000 -41.67% 6
Northern Ireland -18 30 £42,500 +6.25% 2

For the 6 months to 23 August 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 4409 (52.48%) Agile Software Development
2 3354 (39.92%) Test Automation
3 2437 (29.01%) Finance
4 2391 (28.46%) Java
5 1998 (23.78%) Selenium
6 1924 (22.90%) SQL
7 1708 (20.33%) Scrum
8 1434 (17.07%) Degree
9 1423 (16.94%) C#
10 1375 (16.37%) JavaScript
11 1326 (15.78%) TDD
12 1224 (14.57%) BDD
13 1162 (13.83%) .NET
14 1116 (13.28%) Microsoft
14 1116 (13.28%) Retail
15 1093 (13.01%) Continuous Integration
16 1084 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
17 1051 (12.51%) JIRA
18 1027 (12.22%) Project Management
19 1012 (12.05%) Linux
20 1009 (12.01%) SQL Server
21 998 (11.88%) Banking
22 985 (11.72%) SDLC
23 968 (11.52%) Cucumber
24 964 (11.47%) HTML
25 921 (10.96%) Test Scripting
26 891 (10.61%) Software Engineering
27 816 (9.71%) Software Testing
28 813 (9.68%) WebDriver
29 808 (9.62%) Git (software)

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
1 201 (2.39%) CMS
2 200 (2.38%) Apache
3 190 (2.26%) Confluence
4 187 (2.23%) Tomcat
5 169 (2.01%) JBoss
6 110 (1.31%) SharePoint
7 99 (1.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 95 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
9 72 (0.86%) Apache Spark
9 72 (0.86%) IIS
10 71 (0.85%) nginx
11 56 (0.67%) WebLogic
12 55 (0.65%) Sitecore CMS
13 43 (0.51%) Mule
14 39 (0.46%) WebSphere
15 36 (0.43%) SAS
16 35 (0.42%) Apache Solr
17 30 (0.36%) Mule ESB
17 30 (0.36%) OpenStack
18 29 (0.35%) Drupal
Applications
1 288 (3.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 226 (2.69%) Microsoft Office
3 120 (1.43%) Microsoft Project
4 102 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 73 (0.87%) MS Visio
6 36 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
7 25 (0.30%) Photoshop
8 20 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.083%) SPSS
10 6 (0.071%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 4 (0.048%) Adobe Premiere
12 3 (0.036%) Adobe After Effects
12 3 (0.036%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.036%) OmniGraffle
12 3 (0.036%) Simulink
13 2 (0.024%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.024%) Stateflow
14 1 (0.012%) HipChat
14 1 (0.012%) Maya
14 1 (0.012%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 117 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (0.46%) Magento
3 29 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
4 23 (0.27%) SAP Hybris
5 19 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 17 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
6 17 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
7 14 (0.17%) Markit EDM
7 14 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
8 13 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
8 13 (0.15%) SAP ERP
9 11 (0.13%) VisionPLUS
10 10 (0.12%) SAP CRM
10 10 (0.12%) Unica
11 9 (0.11%) OpenText VIM for SAP
11 9 (0.11%) SAP BPC
12 8 (0.095%) NetSuite
12 8 (0.095%) Payment Gateway
13 7 (0.083%) Dynamics NAV
13 7 (0.083%) MetaTrader
Cloud Services
1 562 (6.69%) Amazon AWS
2 374 (4.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 273 (3.25%) SaaS
4 215 (2.56%) GitHub
5 83 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
6 77 (0.92%) Google Cloud Platform
7 69 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
8 46 (0.55%) BrowserStack
9 43 (0.51%) IaaS
10 42 (0.50%) Office 365
11 36 (0.43%) PaaS
12 29 (0.35%) Force.com
13 28 (0.33%) Amazon S3
13 28 (0.33%) OpenShift
14 27 (0.32%) Google Analytics
14 27 (0.32%) Google Play
15 24 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
16 17 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
17 14 (0.17%) G Suite
18 12 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 160 (1.90%) HTTP
2 153 (1.82%) Internet
3 110 (1.31%) TCP/IP
4 101 (1.20%) Firewall
5 45 (0.54%) DNS
6 36 (0.43%) Network Security
7 33 (0.39%) SAN
8 32 (0.38%) VPN
9 27 (0.32%) Wireless
10 26 (0.31%) VoIP
11 23 (0.27%) SSL
12 21 (0.25%) Ethernet
13 20 (0.24%) Intranet
14 18 (0.21%) BGP
15 17 (0.20%) FTP
15 17 (0.20%) VLAN
16 16 (0.19%) Cisco ASA
17 15 (0.18%) LAN
17 15 (0.18%) NetScaler
17 15 (0.18%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1009 (12.01%) SQL Server
2 422 (5.02%) MySQL
3 366 (4.36%) Relational Database
4 300 (3.57%) NoSQL
5 292 (3.48%) Big Data
6 281 (3.34%) Data Warehouse
7 188 (2.24%) MongoDB
8 148 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 147 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 141 (1.68%) Apache Cassandra
11 129 (1.54%) Redis
12 126 (1.50%) Hadoop
13 121 (1.44%) SQL Server 2008
14 86 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
15 78 (0.93%) RDBMS
16 77 (0.92%) Neo4j
17 75 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
18 69 (0.82%) Power BI
18 69 (0.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 62 (0.74%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1998 (23.78%) Selenium
2 1051 (12.51%) JIRA
3 968 (11.52%) Cucumber
4 813 (9.68%) WebDriver
5 808 (9.62%) Git (software)
6 721 (8.58%) Jenkins
7 336 (4.00%) JUnit
8 327 (3.89%) Subversion
9 312 (3.71%) Team Foundation Server
10 303 (3.61%) Visual Studio
11 291 (3.46%) SoapUI
12 287 (3.42%) JMeter
13 278 (3.31%) Maven
14 251 (2.99%) SpecFlow
15 248 (2.95%) TeamCity
16 192 (2.29%) Appium
17 184 (2.19%) HP UFT
18 129 (1.54%) Hudson
19 128 (1.52%) Calabash
20 127 (1.51%) NUnit
General
1 2437 (29.01%) Finance
2 1116 (13.28%) Retail
3 998 (11.88%) Banking
4 748 (8.90%) Investment Banking
5 617 (7.34%) Retail Banking
6 371 (4.42%) Marketing
7 277 (3.30%) Front Office
8 246 (2.93%) Games
9 223 (2.65%) Telecoms
10 199 (2.37%) Legal
11 122 (1.45%) Financial Institution
12 117 (1.39%) Back Office
13 112 (1.33%) Manufacturing
14 84 (1.00%) Advertising
15 78 (0.93%) Electronics
16 77 (0.92%) Automotive
17 71 (0.85%) Law
18 67 (0.80%) Publishing
19 57 (0.68%) Aerospace
20 55 (0.65%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1797 (21.39%) Developer
2 1695 (20.18%) Analyst
3 962 (11.45%) Tester
4 893 (10.63%) QA Engineer
5 703 (8.37%) Test Analyst
6 569 (6.77%) Java Developer
7 541 (6.44%) Test Engineer
8 537 (6.39%) QA Tester
9 522 (6.21%) QA Analyst
10 479 (5.70%) Business Analyst
11 429 (5.11%) Automation Tester
12 346 (4.12%) Senior Developer
13 323 (3.84%) QA Test Analyst
14 322 (3.83%) QA Leader
15 316 (3.76%) QA Automation Engineer
16 299 (3.56%) Architect
17 282 (3.36%) Software Developer
18 275 (3.27%) C# Developer
19 268 (3.19%) .NET Developer
20 265 (3.15%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1162 (13.83%) .NET
2 964 (11.47%) HTML
3 783 (9.32%) Web Services
4 656 (7.81%) CSS
5 530 (6.31%) XML
6 488 (5.81%) RESTful
7 483 (5.75%) AngularJS
7 483 (5.75%) REST
8 438 (5.21%) HTML5
9 432 (5.14%) ASP.NET
10 399 (4.75%) SOAP
11 383 (4.56%) Spring
12 285 (3.39%) jQuery
13 269 (3.20%) Gherkin
14 246 (2.93%) Node.js
15 241 (2.87%) Hibernate
16 237 (2.82%) JSON
17 221 (2.63%) React
18 175 (2.08%) .NET Framework
19 165 (1.96%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 1084 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
2 799 (9.51%) Computer Science
3 573 (6.82%) User Experience
4 457 (5.44%) Mobile App
5 297 (3.54%) Management Information System
6 276 (3.29%) Equities
7 233 (2.77%) Fintech
8 205 (2.44%) Data Structures
9 195 (2.32%) Enterprise Software
10 191 (2.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 184 (2.19%) Derivative
12 183 (2.18%) Greenfield Project
13 179 (2.13%) Fixed Income
14 148 (1.76%) Algorithms
15 126 (1.50%) Linux Command Line
16 123 (1.46%) Client/Server
17 118 (1.40%) iPad
18 102 (1.21%) Virtual Team
19 101 (1.20%) Data Centre
20 69 (0.82%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1012 (12.05%) Linux
2 774 (9.21%) Windows
3 494 (5.88%) Unix
4 335 (3.99%) Android
5 315 (3.75%) Apple iOS
6 68 (0.81%) Solaris
7 64 (0.76%) Windows Server
8 61 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 40 (0.48%) Ubuntu
10 39 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
11 27 (0.32%) Debian
11 27 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
12 23 (0.27%) Windows 7
13 20 (0.24%) Windows 10
14 17 (0.20%) CentOS
15 15 (0.18%) Windows Phone
16 10 (0.12%) AIX
16 10 (0.12%) Mac OS X
17 8 (0.095%) Mac OS
17 8 (0.095%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4409 (52.48%) Agile Software Development
2 3354 (39.92%) Test Automation
3 1708 (20.33%) Scrum
4 1326 (15.78%) TDD
5 1224 (14.57%) BDD
6 1093 (13.01%) Continuous Integration
7 1027 (12.22%) Project Management
8 985 (11.72%) SDLC
9 921 (10.96%) Test Scripting
10 891 (10.61%) Software Engineering
11 816 (9.71%) Software Testing
12 768 (9.14%) Asset Management
13 730 (8.69%) Mentoring
14 727 (8.65%) Test Strategy
15 709 (8.44%) E-Commerce
16 694 (8.26%) DevOps
17 687 (8.18%) Manual Testing
18 654 (7.78%) Wealth Management
19 650 (7.74%) Continuous Improvement
20 646 (7.69%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 2391 (28.46%) Java
2 1924 (22.90%) SQL
3 1423 (16.94%) C#
4 1375 (16.37%) JavaScript
5 794 (9.45%) Python
6 439 (5.23%) Ruby
7 435 (5.18%) C++
8 286 (3.40%) PHP
9 281 (3.34%) C
10 208 (2.48%) T-SQL
11 177 (2.11%) Shell Script
12 166 (1.98%) Perl
13 159 (1.89%) Groovy
14 158 (1.88%) Bash Shell
15 147 (1.75%) PowerShell
16 136 (1.62%) Scala
17 123 (1.46%) VB.NET
18 116 (1.38%) PL/SQL
19 110 (1.31%) VB
20 95 (1.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1434 (17.07%) Degree
2 622 (7.40%) ISTQB
3 574 (6.83%) ISEB
4 332 (3.95%) Computer Science Degree
5 194 (2.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 91 (1.08%) PMI Certification
7 75 (0.89%) Master's Degree
8 67 (0.80%) PMP
9 66 (0.79%) Security Cleared
10 42 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
10 42 (0.50%) SC Cleared
11 39 (0.46%) ITIL Certification
12 38 (0.45%) Numerate Degree
12 38 (0.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 34 (0.40%) MBA
14 25 (0.30%) Microsoft Certification
14 25 (0.30%) PhD
15 24 (0.29%) ISEB Practitioner
16 23 (0.27%) CISSP
17 22 (0.26%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (2.09%) PMO
2 94 (1.12%) SLA
3 84 (1.00%) Data Quality
4 39 (0.46%) MiFID
5 33 (0.39%) ISO 9001
6 32 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 31 (0.37%) PCI DSS
8 20 (0.24%) Dodd-Frank
9 17 (0.20%) COBIT
10 11 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 9 (0.11%) ISO 9000
12 6 (0.071%) EMIR
12 6 (0.071%) GDPR
12 6 (0.071%) ISO 14001
12 6 (0.071%) P3O
12 6 (0.071%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 5 (0.060%) GxP
13 5 (0.060%) ISO 22301
14 4 (0.048%) Section 508
14 4 (0.048%) WCAG
System Software
1 289 (3.44%) Docker
2 166 (1.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 83 (0.99%) Hyper-V
4 79 (0.94%) Active Directory
5 61 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
6 54 (0.64%) Xen
7 37 (0.44%) VirtualBox
8 22 (0.26%) KVM
9 21 (0.25%) Firmware
10 14 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 13 (0.15%) vSphere
12 11 (0.13%) LXC
12 11 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
13 9 (0.11%) HDFS
13 9 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
14 7 (0.083%) Apache Flume
14 7 (0.083%) Varnish
15 6 (0.071%) Terminal Services
15 6 (0.071%) VMware NSX
16 5 (0.060%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 242 (2.88%) Ansible
2 216 (2.57%) Opscode Chef
3 207 (2.46%) Puppet
4 123 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
5 49 (0.58%) Kubernetes
6 33 (0.39%) PowerBroker
7 31 (0.37%) Terraform
8 25 (0.30%) Kibana
9 24 (0.29%) CloudHub
10 21 (0.25%) Nagios
10 21 (0.25%) SCCM
11 13 (0.15%) Grafana
11 13 (0.15%) HockeyApp
12 12 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 11 (0.13%) Cobbler
13 11 (0.13%) Prometheus
14 10 (0.12%) CFEngine
15 8 (0.095%) Cisco Prime
15 8 (0.095%) Salt
16 7 (0.083%) logstash
Vendors
1 1116 (13.28%) Microsoft
2 713 (8.49%) Oracle
3 213 (2.54%) SAP
4 206 (2.45%) VMware
5 174 (2.07%) Google
6 147 (1.75%) HP
7 130 (1.55%) Salesforce.com
8 123 (1.46%) Sybase
9 116 (1.38%) IBM
10 106 (1.26%) Cognizant
11 91 (1.08%) Red Hat
12 78 (0.93%) Citrix
13 75 (0.89%) Cisco
14 74 (0.88%) Atlassian
14 74 (0.88%) CA Agile Central
15 72 (0.86%) Murex
16 67 (0.80%) Cadence
16 67 (0.80%) Tableau
17 65 (0.77%) hybris
17 65 (0.77%) Sitecore