Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 55 62 61
Rank change year-on-year +7 -1 -2
Permanent jobs citing QA 8,802 8,245 9,769
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.96% 4.78% 4.77%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.17% 39.31% 36.28%
Number of salaries quoted 7,091 6,527 8,090
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £31,250 £29,250 £27,750
90th Percentile £75,000 £74,700 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £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 23,058 20,974 26,925
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.99% 12.16% 13.16%
Number of salaries quoted 17,889 16,596 21,322
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £40,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -4.71% +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 20 April 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 20 April 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 +8 8,439 £50,000 +3.09% 1,268
UK excluding London +5 4,745 £42,500 +6.25% 852
London -2 3,947 £57,500 +4.55% 506
South East +14 1,572 £45,000 +9.76% 224
North of England +7 1,144 £42,500 +13.33% 202
Midlands 0 715 £42,500 +6.25% 139
North West +10 628 £45,000 +20.00% 114
East of England -5 626 £45,000 - 123
South West +28 457 £42,500 - 73
Yorkshire +18 424 £40,000 - 73
West Midlands -9 384 £40,000 -3.61% 82
East Midlands +10 331 £45,000 +20.00% 57
Scotland -13 147 £40,000 - 58
Wales +36 112 £38,500 -14.44% 22
North East +4 93 £42,000 +20.00% 15
Northern Ireland -4 18 £47,500 -15.56% 9

For the 6 months to 20 April 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 4,950 (56.24%) Agile Software Development
2 3,693 (41.96%) Test Automation
3 2,296 (26.08%) Java
4 2,191 (24.89%) Finance
5 2,135 (24.26%) Selenium
6 2,114 (24.02%) SQL
7 1,860 (21.13%) C#
8 1,774 (20.15%) Scrum
9 1,630 (18.52%) JavaScript
10 1,398 (15.88%) TDD
11 1,331 (15.12%) .NET
12 1,320 (15.00%) BDD
13 1,194 (13.57%) SDLC
14 1,140 (12.95%) Degree
15 1,139 (12.94%) JIRA
16 1,066 (12.11%) Problem-Solving
17 1,041 (11.83%) Software Engineering
18 1,030 (11.70%) SQL Server
19 1,017 (11.55%) Continuous Integration
19 1,017 (11.55%) Cucumber
20 1,001 (11.37%) Microsoft
21 994 (11.29%) HTML
22 951 (10.80%) Web Services
23 917 (10.42%) Python
24 866 (9.84%) Analytical Skills
25 848 (9.63%) Git (software)
26 835 (9.49%) Manual Testing
27 832 (9.45%) DevOps
28 830 (9.43%) Project Management
29 816 (9.27%) 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
1 330 (3.75%) Confluence
2 184 (2.09%) CMS
3 162 (1.84%) Tomcat
4 126 (1.43%) Apache
5 125 (1.42%) SharePoint
6 113 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
7 101 (1.15%) IIS
8 92 (1.05%) Apache Spark
9 78 (0.89%) JBoss
10 64 (0.73%) Drupal
11 57 (0.65%) WebSphere
12 56 (0.64%) Apache Solr
13 51 (0.58%) WebLogic
14 50 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
15 49 (0.56%) nginx
16 45 (0.51%) WordPress
17 43 (0.49%) Umbraco
18 35 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 30 (0.34%) EPiServer
20 29 (0.33%) SAS
Applications
1 280 (3.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 211 (2.40%) Microsoft Office
3 95 (1.08%) MS Visio
4 81 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 64 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
6 31 (0.35%) Photoshop
7 20 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
8 13 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
9 11 (0.12%) InfoPath
9 11 (0.12%) InVision
10 8 (0.091%) OmniGraffle
11 6 (0.068%) GIMP
11 6 (0.068%) Mingle
12 5 (0.057%) InDesign
13 4 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 4 (0.045%) Houdini
13 4 (0.045%) Maya
13 4 (0.045%) NUKE
13 4 (0.045%) Simulink
14 3 (0.034%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 73 (0.83%) SAP Hybris
2 61 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 28 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
4 26 (0.30%) Magento
5 20 (0.23%) SAP CRM
6 19 (0.22%) Elite 3E
6 19 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
7 18 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
8 15 (0.17%) MetaTrader
8 15 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 15 (0.17%) SAP CO
8 15 (0.17%) SAP FI
8 15 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
8 15 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
9 12 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 12 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
10 11 (0.12%) SimCorp Dimension
11 9 (0.10%) SAP IS-U
11 9 (0.10%) SAP R/3
11 9 (0.10%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 746 (8.48%) Amazon AWS
2 524 (5.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 305 (3.47%) SaaS
4 122 (1.39%) PaaS
5 111 (1.26%) GitHub
6 93 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
7 89 (1.01%) Google Cloud Platform
8 81 (0.92%) Amazon EC2
9 76 (0.86%) IaaS
10 67 (0.76%) Office 365
11 66 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
12 58 (0.66%) npm
13 50 (0.57%) NuGet
14 46 (0.52%) Adobe Analytics
15 44 (0.50%) Sauce Labs
16 43 (0.49%) BrowserStack
17 42 (0.48%) Amazon S3
18 40 (0.45%) BlazeMeter
18 40 (0.45%) Serverless
19 39 (0.44%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 165 (1.87%) HTTP
2 132 (1.50%) Internet
3 109 (1.24%) Firewall
4 105 (1.19%) TCP/IP
5 59 (0.67%) DNS
6 58 (0.66%) SSL
7 55 (0.62%) SAN
8 45 (0.51%) SMS
8 45 (0.51%) VPN
9 42 (0.48%) Network Security
10 33 (0.37%) WAN
11 32 (0.36%) LAN
12 31 (0.35%) Intranet
13 30 (0.34%) Wireless
14 29 (0.33%) VoIP
15 26 (0.30%) NetScaler
16 24 (0.27%) VLAN
17 23 (0.26%) NAS
17 23 (0.26%) Skype
18 21 (0.24%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,030 (11.70%) SQL Server
2 309 (3.51%) Relational Database
3 307 (3.49%) MySQL
4 278 (3.16%) Data Warehouse
5 261 (2.97%) Big Data
6 252 (2.86%) NoSQL
7 192 (2.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 155 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 141 (1.60%) MongoDB
10 126 (1.43%) Oracle Database
11 118 (1.34%) Hadoop
12 109 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
13 108 (1.23%) RDBMS
14 88 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
15 82 (0.93%) Blockchain
15 82 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 73 (0.83%) Power BI
17 71 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
18 70 (0.80%) Redis
19 64 (0.73%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 2,135 (24.26%) Selenium
2 1,139 (12.94%) JIRA
3 1,017 (11.55%) Cucumber
4 848 (9.63%) Git (software)
5 814 (9.25%) WebDriver
6 748 (8.50%) Jenkins
7 433 (4.92%) SoapUI
8 394 (4.48%) Visual Studio
9 383 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
10 322 (3.66%) SpecFlow
11 308 (3.50%) JMeter
12 305 (3.47%) Maven
13 298 (3.39%) JUnit
14 240 (2.73%) TeamCity
15 197 (2.24%) Subversion
16 190 (2.16%) Appium
17 171 (1.94%) HP UFT
18 165 (1.87%) NUnit
19 110 (1.25%) Protractor
20 95 (1.08%) LoadRunner
General
1 2,191 (24.89%) Finance
2 627 (7.12%) Retail
3 518 (5.89%) Banking
4 389 (4.42%) Marketing
5 296 (3.36%) Games
6 179 (2.03%) Telecoms
7 169 (1.92%) Manufacturing
8 161 (1.83%) Law
9 155 (1.76%) Investment Banking
10 145 (1.65%) Legal
11 118 (1.34%) Advertising
12 102 (1.16%) Electronics
12 102 (1.16%) Publishing
13 95 (1.08%) Front Office
14 90 (1.02%) Financial Institution
15 57 (0.65%) Back Office
16 49 (0.56%) Automotive
16 49 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
17 45 (0.51%) Retail Banking
18 27 (0.31%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,780 (20.22%) Developer
2 1,659 (18.85%) Analyst
3 1,159 (13.17%) QA Engineer
4 944 (10.72%) Tester
5 786 (8.93%) Test Analyst
6 609 (6.92%) Test Engineer
7 579 (6.58%) QA Analyst
8 538 (6.11%) QA Tester
9 420 (4.77%) QA Automation Engineer
10 418 (4.75%) Automation Tester
11 398 (4.52%) Java Developer
12 395 (4.49%) Business Analyst
13 374 (4.25%) Senior Developer
14 361 (4.10%) QA Test Analyst
15 342 (3.89%) QA Test Engineer
16 339 (3.85%) QA Leader
17 305 (3.47%) Architect
18 302 (3.43%) Test Automation Engineer
19 280 (3.18%) .NET Developer
19 280 (3.18%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,331 (15.12%) .NET
2 994 (11.29%) HTML
3 951 (10.80%) Web Services
4 738 (8.38%) CSS
5 587 (6.67%) AngularJS
6 532 (6.04%) RESTful
7 518 (5.89%) REST
8 463 (5.26%) ASP.NET
9 425 (4.83%) XML
10 409 (4.65%) HTML5
11 401 (4.56%) Spring
12 385 (4.37%) SOAP
13 369 (4.19%) jQuery
14 338 (3.84%) Node.js
15 270 (3.07%) React
16 222 (2.52%) .NET Framework
17 221 (2.51%) ASP.NET MVC
18 216 (2.45%) JSON
19 203 (2.31%) CSS3
20 186 (2.11%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 866 (9.84%) Analytical Skills
2 713 (8.10%) Computer Science
3 556 (6.32%) User Experience
4 493 (5.60%) Mobile App
5 397 (4.51%) Fintech
6 375 (4.26%) Self-Motivation
7 253 (2.87%) Greenfield Project
8 234 (2.66%) Enterprise Software
9 221 (2.51%) Management Information System
10 134 (1.52%) Algorithms
11 106 (1.20%) Data Structures
12 104 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
13 103 (1.17%) Data Centre
14 101 (1.15%) Fixed Income
15 97 (1.10%) Equities
16 96 (1.09%) Virtual Team
17 92 (1.05%) PMI
18 89 (1.01%) Client/Server
19 70 (0.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 67 (0.76%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 784 (8.91%) Linux
2 657 (7.46%) Windows
3 382 (4.34%) Android
4 373 (4.24%) Apple iOS
5 327 (3.72%) Unix
6 116 (1.32%) Windows Server
7 55 (0.62%) Windows 7
8 49 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 43 (0.49%) CentOS
9 43 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
10 41 (0.47%) Windows 10
11 29 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
12 24 (0.27%) Solaris
13 20 (0.23%) AIX
14 18 (0.20%) Mac OS
15 15 (0.17%) Ubuntu
16 13 (0.15%) Mac OS X
17 12 (0.14%) HPUX
18 10 (0.11%) Windows 8
18 10 (0.11%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,950 (56.24%) Agile Software Development
2 3,693 (41.96%) Test Automation
3 1,774 (20.15%) Scrum
4 1,398 (15.88%) TDD
5 1,320 (15.00%) BDD
6 1,194 (13.57%) SDLC
7 1,066 (12.11%) Problem-Solving
8 1,041 (11.83%) Software Engineering
9 1,017 (11.55%) Continuous Integration
10 835 (9.49%) Manual Testing
11 832 (9.45%) DevOps
12 830 (9.43%) Project Management
13 816 (9.27%) Software Testing
14 760 (8.63%) Test Strategy
15 752 (8.54%) Test Scripting
16 745 (8.46%) Mentoring
17 741 (8.42%) User Acceptance Testing
18 660 (7.50%) Continuous Improvement
19 658 (7.48%) Regression Testing
20 573 (6.51%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 2,296 (26.08%) Java
2 2,114 (24.02%) SQL
3 1,860 (21.13%) C#
4 1,630 (18.52%) JavaScript
5 917 (10.42%) Python
6 398 (4.52%) Ruby
7 341 (3.87%) PHP
8 299 (3.40%) C++
9 285 (3.24%) T-SQL
10 244 (2.77%) C
11 189 (2.15%) Bash Shell
12 144 (1.64%) PowerShell
13 127 (1.44%) Shell Script
14 123 (1.40%) Perl
15 122 (1.39%) Java 8
16 110 (1.25%) ES6
17 108 (1.23%) Scala
18 104 (1.18%) Groovy
19 95 (1.08%) TypeScript
20 94 (1.07%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1,140 (12.95%) Degree
2 587 (6.67%) ISTQB
3 510 (5.79%) ISEB
4 319 (3.62%) Computer Science Degree
5 209 (2.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 124 (1.41%) PMI Certification
7 110 (1.25%) Security Cleared
8 86 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
9 68 (0.77%) SC Cleared
10 48 (0.55%) ISEB Practitioner
10 48 (0.55%) PMP
11 43 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
12 41 (0.47%) Cisco Certification
13 38 (0.43%) Master's Degree
14 36 (0.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 35 (0.40%) PhD
16 31 (0.35%) CCNP
17 28 (0.32%) MCSA
18 27 (0.31%) Numerate Degree
19 22 (0.25%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (1.37%) PMO
2 109 (1.24%) Data Quality
3 86 (0.98%) SLA
4 62 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 61 (0.69%) ISO 9001
6 51 (0.58%) PCI DSS
7 38 (0.43%) GDPR
8 29 (0.33%) GCP
9 18 (0.20%) Solvency II
10 16 (0.18%) MiFID
11 14 (0.16%) COBIT
11 14 (0.16%) ISO 13485
12 12 (0.14%) EMIR
12 12 (0.14%) Web Application Security Consortium
13 11 (0.12%) IEC 62304
13 11 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 9 (0.10%) ISO 9000
15 8 (0.091%) DO-178B
15 8 (0.091%) P3O
15 8 (0.091%) SEPA
System Software
1 303 (3.44%) Docker
2 139 (1.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (0.77%) Hyper-V
4 65 (0.74%) Active Directory
5 28 (0.32%) VirtualBox
5 28 (0.32%) VMware NSX
6 26 (0.30%) HDFS
7 25 (0.28%) Firmware
7 25 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
8 24 (0.27%) Xen
9 22 (0.25%) KVM
10 21 (0.24%) Apache Flume
11 15 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 15 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
11 15 (0.17%) vSphere
12 12 (0.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 11 (0.12%) vCloud
14 7 (0.080%) Virtual Desktop
15 6 (0.068%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (0.068%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 211 (2.40%) Ansible
2 168 (1.91%) Puppet
3 128 (1.45%) HP Quality Center
4 121 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
5 103 (1.17%) Kubernetes
6 72 (0.82%) HP ALM
7 47 (0.53%) Terraform
8 33 (0.37%) Kibana
9 30 (0.34%) Oozie
9 30 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
10 23 (0.26%) logstash
11 20 (0.23%) Nagios
12 18 (0.20%) Hadoop YARN
13 15 (0.17%) Perfmon
14 13 (0.15%) HAProxy
15 12 (0.14%) HockeyApp
15 12 (0.14%) Mesos
15 12 (0.14%) WebInspect
16 11 (0.12%) Packer
16 11 (0.12%) SCCM
Vendors
1 1,001 (11.37%) Microsoft
2 517 (5.87%) Oracle
3 302 (3.43%) SAP
4 212 (2.41%) HP
5 187 (2.12%) Google
6 170 (1.93%) VMware
7 117 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
8 109 (1.24%) Capita
9 100 (1.14%) Sitecore
10 98 (1.11%) Adobe
11 93 (1.06%) IBM
12 92 (1.05%) hybris
13 89 (1.01%) Cisco
14 77 (0.87%) Atlassian
15 66 (0.75%) Xamarin
16 64 (0.73%) Red Hat
17 58 (0.66%) WorldPay
18 54 (0.61%) Tableau
19 49 (0.56%) Apple
20 48 (0.55%) Cognizant