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

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 56 56 53
Rank change year-on-year 0 -3 +3
Permanent jobs citing QA 8,652 8,404 10,362
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.00% 4.75% 4.97%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.36% 37.58% 38.27%
Number of salaries quoted 6,772 6,760 8,509
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.01% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £30,591 £29,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £75,000 £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 21,983 22,362 27,074
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.70% 12.63% 12.97%
Number of salaries quoted 16,974 17,719 21,475
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,875 £26,746
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +1.18% - +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 January 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 January 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 -1 8,201 £50,000 - 1,583
UK excluding London 0 4,437 £42,500 - 1,008
London +3 4,064 £57,500 +4.55% 652
South East +9 1,455 £44,000 -1.68% 258
North of England -2 988 £42,000 +5.00% 280
Midlands +11 817 £42,500 +6.25% 149
North West +8 609 £45,000 +20.00% 150
East of England -18 503 £45,000 - 146
West Midlands +12 450 £40,000 -0.62% 72
South West +39 392 £40,000 - 97
East Midlands +9 366 £46,000 +15.00% 77
Yorkshire -16 313 £37,500 -11.76% 103
Scotland -20 178 £37,750 -5.63% 47
Wales +9 101 £33,934 -24.59% 20
North East -2 70 £42,000 +20.00% 27
Northern Ireland -5 30 £42,500 -26.09% 11

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 4,691 (54.22%) Agile Software Development
2 3,496 (40.41%) Test Automation
3 2,479 (28.65%) Java
4 2,309 (26.69%) Finance
5 2,091 (24.17%) SQL
6 1,992 (23.02%) Selenium
7 1,772 (20.48%) Scrum
8 1,683 (19.45%) JavaScript
9 1,660 (19.19%) C#
10 1,381 (15.96%) Degree
11 1,368 (15.81%) TDD
12 1,330 (15.37%) BDD
13 1,288 (14.89%) .NET
14 1,236 (14.29%) SDLC
15 1,083 (12.52%) Cucumber
16 1,082 (12.51%) HTML
17 1,037 (11.99%) Analytical Skills
18 1,027 (11.87%) Software Engineering
19 1,025 (11.85%) JIRA
20 1,018 (11.77%) Microsoft
21 1,001 (11.57%) Project Management
22 986 (11.40%) SQL Server
23 918 (10.61%) Continuous Integration
24 883 (10.21%) Web Services
25 863 (9.97%) Computer Science
26 838 (9.69%) Python
27 822 (9.50%) Banking
28 788 (9.11%) Software Testing
29 769 (8.89%) Linux
30 761 (8.80%) Test Strategy

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
1 252 (2.91%) Confluence
2 204 (2.36%) CMS
3 143 (1.65%) Tomcat
4 112 (1.29%) IIS
5 103 (1.19%) SharePoint
6 102 (1.18%) Apache
7 95 (1.10%) JBoss
8 88 (1.02%) Apache Spark
9 83 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
10 61 (0.71%) WebSphere
11 58 (0.67%) Sitecore CMS
11 58 (0.67%) WebLogic
12 52 (0.60%) Drupal
13 51 (0.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 46 (0.53%) Umbraco
15 41 (0.47%) SAS
16 38 (0.44%) EPiServer
17 35 (0.40%) nginx
18 30 (0.35%) Apache Solr
19 28 (0.32%) Jetty
Applications
1 266 (3.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 209 (2.42%) Microsoft Office
3 102 (1.18%) MS Visio
4 101 (1.17%) Microsoft Project
5 73 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 38 (0.44%) Photoshop
7 23 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
8 20 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
9 12 (0.14%) Simulink
10 10 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 9 (0.10%) OmniGraffle
12 5 (0.058%) InDesign
12 5 (0.058%) InfoPath
13 4 (0.046%) Adobe Premiere
13 4 (0.046%) Avid Media Composer
14 3 (0.035%) GIMP
14 3 (0.035%) HipChat
14 3 (0.035%) InVision
14 3 (0.035%) Mingle
15 2 (0.023%) Revit
Business Applications
1 90 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 84 (0.97%) SAP Hybris
3 49 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
3 49 (0.57%) Magento
4 37 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
5 27 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
6 23 (0.27%) SAP CRM
7 22 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 19 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
9 17 (0.20%) SAP CO
9 17 (0.20%) SAP FI
9 17 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
10 15 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
11 12 (0.14%) Markit EDM
11 12 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
12 10 (0.12%) SAP ERP
13 9 (0.10%) SAP IS-U
13 9 (0.10%) thinkFolio
14 8 (0.092%) Oracle ERP
14 8 (0.092%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 680 (7.86%) Amazon AWS
2 443 (5.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 291 (3.36%) SaaS
4 115 (1.33%) GitHub
5 88 (1.02%) Google Cloud Platform
6 85 (0.98%) PaaS
7 82 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
8 72 (0.83%) Office 365
9 64 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
10 52 (0.60%) IaaS
11 51 (0.59%) npm
12 44 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
13 41 (0.47%) OpenShift
14 32 (0.37%) BlazeMeter
15 26 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
15 26 (0.30%) Sauce Labs
16 24 (0.28%) Adobe Analytics
17 23 (0.27%) Google Analytics
18 22 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
19 19 (0.22%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 157 (1.81%) Internet
2 141 (1.63%) Firewall
3 140 (1.62%) HTTP
4 90 (1.04%) TCP/IP
5 46 (0.53%) Intranet
6 41 (0.47%) SAN
7 40 (0.46%) DNS
7 40 (0.46%) VPN
8 36 (0.42%) WAN
9 35 (0.40%) Wireless
10 34 (0.39%) LAN
10 34 (0.39%) VoIP
11 33 (0.38%) Network Security
12 29 (0.34%) SMS
13 27 (0.31%) AMQP
13 27 (0.31%) VLAN
14 26 (0.30%) SSL
15 25 (0.29%) Ethernet
16 23 (0.27%) Skype
17 18 (0.21%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 986 (11.40%) SQL Server
2 326 (3.77%) Relational Database
3 317 (3.66%) MySQL
4 277 (3.20%) Data Warehouse
5 273 (3.16%) NoSQL
6 265 (3.06%) Big Data
7 178 (2.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 133 (1.54%) MongoDB
9 129 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 126 (1.46%) Hadoop
11 105 (1.21%) Redis
12 97 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
13 94 (1.09%) Oracle Database
14 85 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
15 82 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 81 (0.94%) RDBMS
17 76 (0.88%) Apache Cassandra
18 74 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
19 70 (0.81%) Power BI
20 56 (0.65%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 1,992 (23.02%) Selenium
2 1,083 (12.52%) Cucumber
3 1,025 (11.85%) JIRA
4 759 (8.77%) WebDriver
5 742 (8.58%) Git (software)
6 685 (7.92%) Jenkins
7 387 (4.47%) SoapUI
8 377 (4.36%) Visual Studio
9 369 (4.26%) Team Foundation Server
10 323 (3.73%) Maven
11 310 (3.58%) JUnit
12 265 (3.06%) SpecFlow
13 258 (2.98%) Subversion
14 251 (2.90%) JMeter
15 240 (2.77%) TeamCity
16 195 (2.25%) HP UFT
17 161 (1.86%) Appium
18 126 (1.46%) NUnit
19 117 (1.35%) Protractor
20 103 (1.19%) FitNesse
General
1 2,309 (26.69%) Finance
2 822 (9.50%) Banking
3 583 (6.74%) Retail
4 435 (5.03%) Investment Banking
5 374 (4.32%) Marketing
6 343 (3.96%) Retail Banking
7 283 (3.27%) Games
8 268 (3.10%) Front Office
9 213 (2.46%) Telecoms
10 179 (2.07%) Legal
11 176 (2.03%) Manufacturing
12 109 (1.26%) Advertising
13 102 (1.18%) Law
14 89 (1.03%) Electronics
15 84 (0.97%) Back Office
16 78 (0.90%) Financial Institution
16 78 (0.90%) Publishing
17 68 (0.79%) Automotive
18 56 (0.65%) German Language
19 36 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,852 (21.41%) Developer
2 1,558 (18.01%) Analyst
3 994 (11.49%) QA Engineer
4 907 (10.48%) Tester
5 654 (7.56%) Test Analyst
6 533 (6.16%) Java Developer
7 532 (6.15%) Test Engineer
8 471 (5.44%) QA Analyst
9 451 (5.21%) QA Tester
10 445 (5.14%) Business Analyst
11 374 (4.32%) Automation Tester
11 374 (4.32%) Senior Developer
12 350 (4.05%) QA Leader
13 333 (3.85%) Architect
14 318 (3.68%) C# Developer
15 314 (3.63%) QA Automation Engineer
16 312 (3.61%) .NET Developer
17 304 (3.51%) QA Test Analyst
18 295 (3.41%) QA Test Engineer
19 292 (3.37%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,288 (14.89%) .NET
2 1,082 (12.51%) HTML
3 883 (10.21%) Web Services
4 729 (8.43%) CSS
5 611 (7.06%) AngularJS
6 555 (6.41%) REST
7 553 (6.39%) RESTful
8 534 (6.17%) XML
9 507 (5.86%) ASP.NET
10 439 (5.07%) HTML5
11 438 (5.06%) Spring
12 408 (4.72%) jQuery
13 402 (4.65%) SOAP
14 365 (4.22%) Node.js
15 243 (2.81%) .NET Framework
16 234 (2.70%) JSON
17 220 (2.54%) ASP.NET MVC
17 220 (2.54%) React
18 208 (2.40%) CSS3
19 205 (2.37%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 1,037 (11.99%) Analytical Skills
2 863 (9.97%) Computer Science
3 495 (5.72%) User Experience
4 447 (5.17%) Mobile App
5 303 (3.50%) Fintech
6 239 (2.76%) Management Information System
7 231 (2.67%) Enterprise Software
8 218 (2.52%) Greenfield Project
9 203 (2.35%) Equities
10 176 (2.03%) Data Structures
11 158 (1.83%) Algorithms
12 137 (1.58%) Derivative
13 123 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
14 115 (1.33%) Client/Server
15 103 (1.19%) Virtual Team
16 92 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 92 (1.06%) iPad
17 90 (1.04%) PMI
18 85 (0.98%) Fixed Income
19 84 (0.97%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 769 (8.89%) Linux
2 645 (7.45%) Windows
3 407 (4.70%) Apple iOS
4 397 (4.59%) Android
5 376 (4.35%) Unix
6 99 (1.14%) Windows Server
7 44 (0.51%) Windows 7
8 41 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
9 37 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 35 (0.40%) Windows Server 2008
11 32 (0.37%) Windows 10
12 31 (0.36%) Solaris
13 23 (0.27%) Mac OS
14 20 (0.23%) AIX
15 14 (0.16%) Ubuntu
15 14 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
16 13 (0.15%) CentOS
16 13 (0.15%) Debian
17 12 (0.14%) Windows 8
18 10 (0.12%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,691 (54.22%) Agile Software Development
2 3,496 (40.41%) Test Automation
3 1,772 (20.48%) Scrum
4 1,368 (15.81%) TDD
5 1,330 (15.37%) BDD
6 1,236 (14.29%) SDLC
7 1,027 (11.87%) Software Engineering
8 1,001 (11.57%) Project Management
9 918 (10.61%) Continuous Integration
10 788 (9.11%) Software Testing
11 761 (8.80%) Test Strategy
12 739 (8.54%) Manual Testing
13 718 (8.30%) Continuous Improvement
14 715 (8.26%) DevOps
15 686 (7.93%) Test Scripting
16 679 (7.85%) Mentoring
17 636 (7.35%) OO
18 634 (7.33%) User Acceptance Testing
19 616 (7.12%) Regression Testing
20 595 (6.88%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 2,479 (28.65%) Java
2 2,091 (24.17%) SQL
3 1,683 (19.45%) JavaScript
4 1,660 (19.19%) C#
5 838 (9.69%) Python
6 444 (5.13%) Ruby
7 384 (4.44%) C++
8 332 (3.84%) PHP
9 280 (3.24%) C
10 249 (2.88%) T-SQL
11 165 (1.91%) Bash Shell
12 130 (1.50%) PowerShell
13 124 (1.43%) Groovy
14 121 (1.40%) Scala
15 120 (1.39%) Perl
16 114 (1.32%) Shell Script
17 111 (1.28%) VB.NET
18 109 (1.26%) VB
19 100 (1.16%) PL/SQL
20 82 (0.95%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1,381 (15.96%) Degree
2 528 (6.10%) ISTQB
3 469 (5.42%) ISEB
4 388 (4.48%) Computer Science Degree
5 225 (2.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 111 (1.28%) PMI Certification
7 84 (0.97%) Security Cleared
8 67 (0.77%) Microsoft Certification
9 62 (0.72%) SC Cleared
10 51 (0.59%) Master's Degree
11 49 (0.57%) MBA
12 48 (0.55%) Cisco Certification
13 41 (0.47%) PMP
14 39 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
15 37 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 32 (0.37%) Sun Certification
17 29 (0.34%) ISEB Practitioner
18 28 (0.32%) CCNP
19 27 (0.31%) MCSE
20 26 (0.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (1.60%) PMO
2 108 (1.25%) Data Quality
3 72 (0.83%) SLA
4 46 (0.53%) ISO 9001
5 40 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 39 (0.45%) PCI DSS
7 26 (0.30%) GDPR
8 22 (0.25%) MiFID
9 17 (0.20%) GCP
10 16 (0.18%) IEC 62304
11 15 (0.17%) Solvency II
12 13 (0.15%) ISO 14001
13 12 (0.14%) ISO 13485
14 11 (0.13%) EMIR
14 11 (0.13%) ISO 9000
15 10 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 10 (0.12%) Web Application Security Consortium
16 9 (0.10%) ISO 20022
16 9 (0.10%) ISO 8583
17 8 (0.092%) COBIT
System Software
1 320 (3.70%) Docker
2 96 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (0.79%) Active Directory
4 48 (0.55%) Hyper-V
5 26 (0.30%) Firmware
5 26 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
6 20 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
7 18 (0.21%) Apache Flume
8 14 (0.16%) HDFS
9 13 (0.15%) VMware NSX
9 13 (0.15%) vSphere
10 7 (0.081%) vCloud
10 7 (0.081%) VirtualBox
10 7 (0.081%) Xen
11 5 (0.058%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 5 (0.058%) KVM
11 5 (0.058%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (0.046%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.046%) XenApp
12 4 (0.046%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 167 (1.93%) Puppet
2 154 (1.78%) Ansible
3 153 (1.77%) Opscode Chef
4 151 (1.75%) HP Quality Center
5 81 (0.94%) Kubernetes
6 28 (0.32%) PowerBroker
7 26 (0.30%) Terraform
8 24 (0.28%) SCCM
9 22 (0.25%) Cobbler
10 20 (0.23%) Oozie
11 19 (0.22%) Nagios
12 16 (0.18%) HockeyApp
12 16 (0.18%) Mesos
13 15 (0.17%) Hadoop YARN
13 15 (0.17%) Kibana
14 13 (0.15%) SCOM
15 12 (0.14%) Docker Swarm
15 12 (0.14%) Marathon
16 10 (0.12%) logstash
16 10 (0.12%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 1,018 (11.77%) Microsoft
2 541 (6.25%) Oracle
3 318 (3.68%) SAP
4 194 (2.24%) HP
5 190 (2.20%) Google
6 122 (1.41%) VMware
7 113 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
8 98 (1.13%) hybris
9 97 (1.12%) IBM
9 97 (1.12%) Sitecore
10 86 (0.99%) Cisco
11 76 (0.88%) Capita
12 71 (0.82%) Adobe
13 67 (0.77%) Red Hat
14 59 (0.68%) Atlassian
15 56 (0.65%) Xamarin
16 55 (0.64%) Splunk
17 50 (0.58%) Cadence
17 50 (0.58%) Citrix
17 50 (0.58%) Telerik