Period
to 24 May 2019

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 24 May 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 44 55 62
Rank change year-on-year +11 +7 -3
Permanent jobs citing QA 7,731 8,501 8,005
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.32% 4.93% 4.73%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.42% 38.51% 39.42%
Number of salaries quoted 5,682 6,738 6,257
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +3.09% +2.11%
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £29,000
90th Percentile £80,000 £76,250 £74,050
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% -1.23%

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 20,123 22,073 20,306
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.86% 12.80% 11.99%
Number of salaries quoted 14,593 16,983 15,885
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £28,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +12.50% -5.88%

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 24 May 2019.

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 24 May 2019. 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 7,196 £51,500 +3.00% 548
UK excluding London +5 3,899 £45,000 +2.27% 385
London +11 3,671 £60,000 +4.35% 195
South East +4 1,312 £46,000 +2.22% 119
North of England -7 841 £42,500 - 106
Midlands +19 590 £41,000 -3.53% 64
North West +7 522 £45,000 -1.64% 54
South West -12 397 £40,000 -5.88% 29
East of England +1 360 £45,000 - 35
West Midlands +14 339 £40,000 -5.88% 31
Scotland +61 253 £41,500 +3.75% 19
East Midlands +19 251 £42,500 +1.19% 33
Yorkshire -58 242 £42,500 +6.25% 33
Wales +15 131 £41,000 +9.33% 9
North East +18 77 £40,000 -4.76% 19
Northern Ireland -8 30 £42,500 -10.53% 4

For the 6 months to 24 May 2019, 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 4,381 (56.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3,238 (41.88%) Test Automation
3 2,042 (26.41%) Java
4 1,884 (24.37%) SQL
5 1,630 (21.08%) Selenium
6 1,607 (20.79%) C#
7 1,588 (20.54%) Finance
8 1,580 (20.44%) Scrum
9 1,286 (16.63%) JavaScript
10 1,258 (16.27%) Degree
11 1,095 (14.16%) Software Engineering
12 1,040 (13.45%) JIRA
13 1,035 (13.39%) .NET
14 1,003 (12.97%) DevOps
15 974 (12.60%) BDD
16 970 (12.55%) Microsoft
17 930 (12.03%) SDLC
18 900 (11.64%) Problem-Solving
19 896 (11.59%) TDD
20 884 (11.43%) Python
21 815 (10.54%) SQL Server
22 796 (10.30%) Computer Science
23 792 (10.24%) Continuous Integration
24 761 (9.84%) Manual Testing
25 758 (9.80%) Amazon AWS
26 744 (9.62%) Linux
27 732 (9.47%) Analytical Skills
28 726 (9.39%) Cucumber
29 720 (9.31%) Continuous Improvement
30 717 (9.27%) 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
1 294 (3.80%) Confluence
2 136 (1.76%) CMS
3 112 (1.45%) SharePoint
4 64 (0.83%) Apache
5 59 (0.76%) Apache Spark
6 55 (0.71%) IIS
7 54 (0.70%) Elasticsearch
8 52 (0.67%) Tomcat
9 47 (0.61%) JBoss
10 45 (0.58%) SAS
10 45 (0.58%) WebSphere
11 44 (0.57%) WebLogic
12 42 (0.54%) WordPress
13 28 (0.36%) nginx
13 28 (0.36%) Sitecore CMS
14 26 (0.34%) Umbraco
15 20 (0.26%) Apache Solr
16 18 (0.23%) MS Exchange
17 17 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 16 (0.21%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 199 (2.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 154 (1.99%) Microsoft Office
3 85 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 81 (1.05%) Microsoft Project
5 62 (0.80%) MS Visio
6 29 (0.38%) Photoshop
7 20 (0.26%) Sketch
8 19 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
9 16 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
10 10 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
11 9 (0.12%) Chatbot
12 7 (0.091%) InVision
13 6 (0.078%) Mingle
14 5 (0.065%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 4 (0.052%) Adobe After Effects
15 4 (0.052%) Figma
15 4 (0.052%) Revit
16 3 (0.039%) ArchiCAD
16 3 (0.039%) AutoCAD
16 3 (0.039%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 122 (1.58%) Temenos T24
2 90 (1.16%) thinkFolio
3 89 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
4 44 (0.57%) Payment Gateway
4 44 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
5 28 (0.36%) Magento
6 22 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
7 20 (0.26%) SAP ERP
8 19 (0.25%) SAP Hybris
9 16 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
10 12 (0.16%) SAP Business One
11 11 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
12 9 (0.12%) SAP CO
12 9 (0.12%) SAP FI
12 9 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
12 9 (0.12%) SAP IS-U
12 9 (0.12%) SimCorp Dimension
13 8 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
13 8 (0.10%) FastStats
13 8 (0.10%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 758 (9.80%) Amazon AWS
2 662 (8.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 254 (3.29%) SaaS
4 180 (2.33%) GitHub
5 144 (1.86%) Google Cloud Platform
6 99 (1.28%) Power Platform
7 76 (0.98%) PaaS
8 75 (0.97%) Serverless
9 71 (0.92%) AWS CloudFormation
10 69 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
11 67 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
12 61 (0.79%) BrowserStack
13 58 (0.75%) AWS Lambda
14 54 (0.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 53 (0.69%) Office 365
16 48 (0.62%) Amazon S3
16 48 (0.62%) Amazon SQS
17 41 (0.53%) npm
18 36 (0.47%) OpenShift
19 33 (0.43%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 99 (1.28%) Broadband
2 76 (0.98%) Internet
3 73 (0.94%) Firewall
4 59 (0.76%) HTTP
5 41 (0.53%) LAN
5 41 (0.53%) TCP/IP
6 34 (0.44%) WAN
7 28 (0.36%) DNS
7 28 (0.36%) Skype
8 27 (0.35%) VPN
9 26 (0.34%) Network Security
9 26 (0.34%) SSH
10 25 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
10 25 (0.32%) Wireless
11 22 (0.28%) Bluetooth
11 22 (0.28%) GSM
12 21 (0.27%) SSL
13 17 (0.22%) DHCP
14 15 (0.19%) HTTPS
14 15 (0.19%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 815 (10.54%) SQL Server
2 302 (3.91%) Relational Database
3 292 (3.78%) MySQL
4 212 (2.74%) NoSQL
5 197 (2.55%) Big Data
6 147 (1.90%) Data Warehouse
7 124 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 111 (1.44%) MongoDB
9 107 (1.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 99 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
11 97 (1.25%) Power BI
12 96 (1.24%) Oracle Database
13 90 (1.16%) Hadoop
14 74 (0.96%) Amazon RDS
14 74 (0.96%) Redis
15 70 (0.91%) DB2
16 61 (0.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 56 (0.72%) RDBMS
18 53 (0.69%) Apache Cassandra
19 47 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1,630 (21.08%) Selenium
2 1,040 (13.45%) JIRA
3 726 (9.39%) Cucumber
4 717 (9.27%) Git (software)
5 675 (8.73%) Jenkins
6 554 (7.17%) WebDriver
7 324 (4.19%) SoapUI
8 307 (3.97%) Team Foundation Server
9 295 (3.82%) JMeter
10 252 (3.26%) SpecFlow
11 247 (3.19%) TeamCity
12 209 (2.70%) Visual Studio
13 191 (2.47%) Maven
14 181 (2.34%) Appium
15 161 (2.08%) JUnit
16 154 (1.99%) Subversion
17 138 (1.79%) HP UFT
18 125 (1.62%) LoadRunner
19 113 (1.46%) Octopus Deploy
20 106 (1.37%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1,588 (20.54%) Finance
2 600 (7.76%) Banking
3 507 (6.56%) Retail
4 367 (4.75%) Marketing
5 365 (4.72%) Games
6 198 (2.56%) Telecoms
7 184 (2.38%) Law
8 181 (2.34%) Manufacturing
9 100 (1.29%) Front Office
10 98 (1.27%) Advertising
11 93 (1.20%) Electronics
12 73 (0.94%) Publishing
13 72 (0.93%) Legal
14 68 (0.88%) Aerospace
15 64 (0.83%) Financial Institution
16 57 (0.74%) Automotive
16 57 (0.74%) Billing
17 54 (0.70%) Investment Banking
18 53 (0.69%) Back Office
19 40 (0.52%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1,420 (18.37%) Developer
2 1,410 (18.24%) Analyst
3 1,047 (13.54%) QA Engineer
4 865 (11.19%) Tester
5 636 (8.23%) Test Engineer
6 539 (6.97%) Test Analyst
7 441 (5.70%) QA Tester
8 437 (5.65%) Automation Tester
9 434 (5.61%) QA Analyst
10 420 (5.43%) Business Analyst
11 326 (4.22%) Test Automation Engineer
12 293 (3.79%) QA Automation Engineer
13 276 (3.57%) Architect
14 269 (3.48%) Senior Developer
15 267 (3.45%) Java Developer
16 259 (3.35%) QA Test Engineer
17 247 (3.19%) QA Leader
18 237 (3.07%) Senior QA Engineer
19 220 (2.85%) QA Test Analyst
20 211 (2.73%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,035 (13.39%) .NET
2 638 (8.25%) HTML
3 587 (7.59%) CSS
4 534 (6.91%) Web Services
5 467 (6.04%) REST
6 455 (5.89%) AngularJS
7 374 (4.84%) ASP.NET
8 367 (4.75%) XML
9 327 (4.23%) React
10 319 (4.13%) RESTful
11 300 (3.88%) Node.js
12 284 (3.67%) .NET Framework
13 274 (3.54%) SOAP
14 249 (3.22%) HTML5
15 243 (3.14%) Spring
16 219 (2.83%) JSON
17 205 (2.65%) Gherkin
18 188 (2.43%) ASP.NET Web API
19 182 (2.35%) jQuery
20 181 (2.34%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 732 (9.47%) Analytical Skills
2 457 (5.91%) User Experience
3 440 (5.69%) Fintech
4 419 (5.42%) Mobile App
5 401 (5.19%) Management Information System
6 242 (3.13%) Self-Motivation
7 162 (2.10%) Enterprise Software
8 160 (2.07%) Greenfield Project
9 153 (1.98%) Fixed Income
10 139 (1.80%) Client/Server
10 139 (1.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 118 (1.53%) Virtual Team
12 117 (1.51%) Equities
13 97 (1.25%) Linux Command Line
14 92 (1.19%) Algorithms
15 86 (1.11%) Derivative
16 64 (0.83%) Data Structures
17 63 (0.81%) Hedge funds
18 54 (0.70%) Hybrid Cloud
19 53 (0.69%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 744 (9.62%) Linux
2 531 (6.87%) Windows
3 358 (4.63%) Unix
4 289 (3.74%) Android
5 277 (3.58%) Apple iOS
6 55 (0.71%) Windows Server
7 45 (0.58%) Ubuntu
8 39 (0.50%) CentOS
9 31 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
10 27 (0.35%) Mesosphere
11 23 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 20 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
13 18 (0.23%) Windows 10
14 17 (0.22%) Windows 7
15 16 (0.21%) AIX
15 16 (0.21%) Windows 8
16 8 (0.10%) Debian
16 8 (0.10%) MVS
16 8 (0.10%) Tizen
16 8 (0.10%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,381 (56.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3,238 (41.88%) Test Automation
3 1,580 (20.44%) Scrum
4 1,095 (14.16%) Software Engineering
5 1,003 (12.97%) DevOps
6 974 (12.60%) BDD
7 930 (12.03%) SDLC
8 900 (11.64%) Problem-Solving
9 896 (11.59%) TDD
10 796 (10.30%) Computer Science
11 792 (10.24%) Continuous Integration
12 761 (9.84%) Manual Testing
13 720 (9.31%) Continuous Improvement
14 714 (9.24%) Software Testing
15 711 (9.20%) Test Strategy
16 683 (8.83%) Project Management
17 668 (8.64%) Test Scripting
18 638 (8.25%) Mentoring
19 629 (8.14%) User Stories
20 533 (6.89%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2,042 (26.41%) Java
2 1,884 (24.37%) SQL
3 1,607 (20.79%) C#
4 1,286 (16.63%) JavaScript
5 884 (11.43%) Python
6 341 (4.41%) PHP
7 257 (3.32%) C++
8 227 (2.94%) Ruby
9 218 (2.82%) C
10 168 (2.17%) T-SQL
11 166 (2.15%) PowerShell
12 152 (1.97%) TypeScript
13 141 (1.82%) Shell Script
14 132 (1.71%) Bash Shell
15 118 (1.53%) PL/SQL
16 117 (1.51%) Scala
17 92 (1.19%) ES6
18 85 (1.10%) Go
19 79 (1.02%) Apple Swift
20 76 (0.98%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1,258 (16.27%) Degree
2 547 (7.08%) ISTQB
3 417 (5.39%) ISEB
4 284 (3.67%) Computer Science Degree
5 212 (2.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 191 (2.47%) Security Cleared
7 125 (1.62%) SC Cleared
8 80 (1.03%) Microsoft Certification
9 70 (0.91%) PMI Certification
10 57 (0.74%) PMP
11 47 (0.61%) SAFe Agilist
12 45 (0.58%) PhD
13 34 (0.44%) MCSE
14 33 (0.43%) CISSP
14 33 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 29 (0.38%) MCP
15 29 (0.38%) Postgraduate
16 28 (0.36%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 27 (0.35%) Cisco Certification
17 27 (0.35%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (1.62%) PMO
2 92 (1.19%) SLA
3 80 (1.03%) GDPR
4 71 (0.92%) MiFID
5 54 (0.70%) Data Quality
6 36 (0.47%) EMIR
7 30 (0.39%) ISO 9001
8 28 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 16 (0.21%) PCI DSS
10 14 (0.18%) COBIT
11 11 (0.14%) IEC 62304
12 9 (0.12%) ISO 22301
13 7 (0.091%) ISO 9000
13 7 (0.091%) SEPA
14 6 (0.078%) COSHH
14 6 (0.078%) ISO 13485
14 6 (0.078%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 5 (0.065%) ISO 26262
15 5 (0.065%) PSD2
15 5 (0.065%) TARGET2
System Software
1 436 (5.64%) Docker
2 78 (1.01%) Active Directory
3 62 (0.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 36 (0.47%) Firmware
5 31 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
6 29 (0.38%) XenApp
7 28 (0.36%) Hyper-V
8 20 (0.26%) HDFS
9 17 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
10 14 (0.18%) Apache Flume
10 14 (0.18%) vSphere
10 14 (0.18%) XenDesktop
11 8 (0.10%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 8 (0.10%) Job Entry Subsystem
11 8 (0.10%) Time Sharing Option
12 7 (0.091%) VirtualBox
13 6 (0.078%) Varnish
14 5 (0.065%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 2 (0.026%) Oracle RAC
15 2 (0.026%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 213 (2.76%) Kubernetes
2 174 (2.25%) Ansible
3 147 (1.90%) Terraform
4 115 (1.49%) Puppet
5 113 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
6 107 (1.38%) Opscode Chef
7 82 (1.06%) HP ALM
8 54 (0.70%) Prometheus
9 41 (0.53%) Consul
10 29 (0.38%) Automic
11 25 (0.32%) SCCM
12 19 (0.25%) Grafana
13 13 (0.17%) Docker Swarm
14 12 (0.16%) Kibana
15 8 (0.10%) CA Service Virtualization
15 8 (0.10%) HockeyApp
15 8 (0.10%) OpenView
15 8 (0.10%) ServiceCenter
15 8 (0.10%) XenMobile
16 7 (0.091%) CloudHub
Vendors
1 970 (12.55%) Microsoft
2 427 (5.52%) Oracle
3 260 (3.36%) SAP
4 187 (2.42%) HP
5 184 (2.38%) Google
6 118 (1.53%) Salesforce.com
7 88 (1.14%) Atlassian
8 83 (1.07%) Charles River
9 80 (1.03%) IBM
10 79 (1.02%) VMware
11 74 (0.96%) Cadence
12 73 (0.94%) WorldPay
13 67 (0.87%) Adobe
14 55 (0.71%) Sitecore
15 49 (0.63%) Red Hat
16 46 (0.60%) New Relic
17 44 (0.57%) Splunk
17 44 (0.57%) Tableau
18 40 (0.52%) Cisco
19 35 (0.45%) Xamarin