Period
to 16 July 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 16 July 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK
6 months to
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 54 63 57
Rank change year-on-year +9 -6 -4
Permanent jobs citing QA 8,749 8,453 9,937
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 4.97% 4.76% 4.89%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.31% 39.11% 37.14%
Number of salaries quoted 6,902 6,288 8,224
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £29,250 £28,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -

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 23,452 21,611 26,753
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.33% 12.17% 13.15%
Number of salaries quoted 17,879 16,416 21,211
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £41,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +8.43% -2.35% +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 16 July 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 16 July 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 +10 8,357 £50,000 - 1,219
UK excluding London +10 4,529 £45,000 +12.50% 823
London 0 4,101 £57,500 - 481
South East +11 1,515 £47,000 +10.59% 200
North of England +28 1,159 £42,500 +13.33% 230
North West +21 585 £45,000 +20.00% 128
East of England +10 543 £45,000 - 112
Midlands -21 535 £42,500 +6.25% 124
South West +27 512 £42,500 +6.25% 70
Yorkshire +33 498 £40,000 - 86
West Midlands -12 314 £45,947 +14.87% 74
East Midlands -14 220 £40,000 - 50
Scotland +13 159 £40,000 - 59
Wales +26 147 £37,500 -2.60% 19
North East +13 76 £42,000 +20.00% 16
Northern Ireland -15 11 £47,500 -5.00% 7

For the 6 months to 16 July 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 4,963 (56.73%) Agile Software Development
2 3,772 (43.11%) Test Automation
3 2,391 (27.33%) Java
4 2,197 (25.11%) Finance
5 2,163 (24.72%) Selenium
6 2,003 (22.89%) SQL
7 1,886 (21.56%) C#
8 1,666 (19.04%) JavaScript
9 1,657 (18.94%) Scrum
10 1,303 (14.89%) .NET
11 1,277 (14.60%) BDD
12 1,260 (14.40%) TDD
13 1,122 (12.82%) Problem-Solving
14 1,117 (12.77%) Degree
15 1,064 (12.16%) Software Engineering
16 1,061 (12.13%) JIRA
17 1,045 (11.94%) Continuous Integration
18 1,039 (11.88%) SDLC
19 1,004 (11.48%) DevOps
20 974 (11.13%) Python
21 961 (10.98%) Cucumber
22 939 (10.73%) Microsoft
23 936 (10.70%) HTML
24 911 (10.41%) Git (software)
25 901 (10.30%) SQL Server
26 891 (10.18%) Analytical Skills
27 836 (9.56%) Web Services
28 819 (9.36%) Software Testing
29 808 (9.24%) Amazon AWS
30 806 (9.21%) Jenkins

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
1 374 (4.27%) Confluence
2 181 (2.07%) CMS
3 141 (1.61%) Tomcat
4 135 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
5 121 (1.38%) Apache
6 113 (1.29%) SharePoint
7 100 (1.14%) Apache Spark
8 82 (0.94%) IIS
9 63 (0.72%) JBoss
9 63 (0.72%) WordPress
10 61 (0.70%) Drupal
11 60 (0.69%) nginx
12 54 (0.62%) Sitecore CMS
13 48 (0.55%) WebLogic
14 43 (0.49%) Apache Solr
15 42 (0.48%) WebSphere
16 35 (0.40%) OpenStack
17 29 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 28 (0.32%) Umbraco
19 23 (0.26%) Jetty
Applications
1 222 (2.54%) Microsoft Excel
2 189 (2.16%) Microsoft Office
3 74 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
4 71 (0.81%) MS Visio
5 61 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 20 (0.23%) Photoshop
6 20 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
8 9 (0.10%) InfoPath
9 8 (0.091%) InVision
9 8 (0.091%) Mingle
9 8 (0.091%) SPSS
10 6 (0.069%) Chatbot
11 5 (0.057%) Fireworks
12 4 (0.046%) AutoCAD
12 4 (0.046%) Houdini
12 4 (0.046%) Maya
12 4 (0.046%) NUKE
13 3 (0.034%) GIMP
13 3 (0.034%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 49 (0.56%) SAP Hybris
2 48 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 30 (0.34%) Payment Gateway
4 21 (0.24%) Elite 3E
5 17 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
6 15 (0.17%) Magento
7 12 (0.14%) MetaTrader
7 12 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 10 (0.11%) HFM
8 10 (0.11%) Relativity
8 10 (0.11%) SAP CO
8 10 (0.11%) SAP FI
8 10 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
9 9 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 8 (0.091%) SimCorp Dimension
11 7 (0.080%) Concordance
11 7 (0.080%) FastStats
11 7 (0.080%) SAP CRM
11 7 (0.080%) Unit4 Business World
12 6 (0.069%) Ringtail
Cloud Services
1 808 (9.24%) Amazon AWS
2 634 (7.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 331 (3.78%) SaaS
4 170 (1.94%) GitHub
5 94 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
5 94 (1.07%) PaaS
6 85 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
7 79 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
8 78 (0.89%) AWS CloudFormation
9 67 (0.77%) BrowserStack
9 67 (0.77%) IaaS
10 66 (0.75%) Serverless
11 63 (0.72%) npm
12 60 (0.69%) Amazon S3
13 55 (0.63%) Sauce Labs
14 53 (0.61%) NuGet
15 49 (0.56%) Office 365
15 49 (0.56%) OpenShift
16 44 (0.50%) AWS Lambda
17 43 (0.49%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 144 (1.65%) HTTP
2 131 (1.50%) Internet
3 101 (1.15%) TCP/IP
4 100 (1.14%) Firewall
5 66 (0.75%) SMS
6 61 (0.70%) DNS
6 61 (0.70%) SSL
7 41 (0.47%) SAN
8 37 (0.42%) Network Security
9 35 (0.40%) VPN
10 33 (0.38%) Wireless
11 25 (0.29%) LAN
12 23 (0.26%) NAS
13 21 (0.24%) WAN
14 20 (0.23%) Software-Defined Networking
15 19 (0.22%) LTE
15 19 (0.22%) VoIP
16 18 (0.21%) FTP
16 18 (0.21%) Wi-Fi
17 16 (0.18%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 901 (10.30%) SQL Server
2 320 (3.66%) Relational Database
3 282 (3.22%) Big Data
4 272 (3.11%) MySQL
5 250 (2.86%) NoSQL
6 248 (2.83%) Data Warehouse
7 182 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 158 (1.81%) MongoDB
9 156 (1.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 145 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
11 133 (1.52%) Hadoop
12 103 (1.18%) RDBMS
13 96 (1.10%) Oracle Database
14 84 (0.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 78 (0.89%) Blockchain
15 78 (0.89%) Redis
16 72 (0.82%) Power BI
16 72 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
17 71 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
18 69 (0.79%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 2,163 (24.72%) Selenium
2 1,061 (12.13%) JIRA
3 961 (10.98%) Cucumber
4 911 (10.41%) Git (software)
5 806 (9.21%) Jenkins
6 794 (9.08%) WebDriver
7 387 (4.42%) SoapUI
8 377 (4.31%) SpecFlow
9 348 (3.98%) Visual Studio
10 336 (3.84%) Team Foundation Server
11 308 (3.52%) JMeter
12 278 (3.18%) JUnit
13 275 (3.14%) Maven
14 273 (3.12%) TeamCity
15 220 (2.51%) Appium
16 172 (1.97%) Subversion
17 162 (1.85%) NUnit
18 159 (1.82%) Protractor
19 158 (1.81%) HP UFT
20 125 (1.43%) LoadRunner
General
1 2,197 (25.11%) Finance
2 560 (6.40%) Retail
3 511 (5.84%) Banking
4 423 (4.83%) Marketing
5 274 (3.13%) Games
6 193 (2.21%) Law
7 175 (2.00%) Investment Banking
8 164 (1.87%) Telecoms
9 130 (1.49%) Legal
10 119 (1.36%) Manufacturing
11 113 (1.29%) Financial Institution
12 99 (1.13%) Advertising
13 97 (1.11%) Electronics
14 90 (1.03%) Publishing
15 77 (0.88%) Front Office
16 58 (0.66%) Back Office
17 46 (0.53%) Automotive
18 40 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
19 36 (0.41%) Retail Banking
20 29 (0.33%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,792 (20.48%) Developer
2 1,651 (18.87%) Analyst
3 1,225 (14.00%) QA Engineer
4 955 (10.92%) Tester
5 767 (8.77%) Test Analyst
6 614 (7.02%) Test Engineer
7 547 (6.25%) QA Analyst
8 537 (6.14%) QA Tester
9 481 (5.50%) Automation Tester
10 468 (5.35%) QA Automation Engineer
11 387 (4.42%) Java Developer
12 374 (4.27%) Senior Developer
13 366 (4.18%) Business Analyst
14 342 (3.91%) Test Automation Engineer
15 311 (3.55%) QA Test Analyst
16 308 (3.52%) QA Leader
17 293 (3.35%) QA Test Engineer
18 292 (3.34%) Software Engineer
19 290 (3.31%) Developer in Test
20 266 (3.04%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,303 (14.89%) .NET
2 936 (10.70%) HTML
3 836 (9.56%) Web Services
4 715 (8.17%) CSS
5 536 (6.13%) AngularJS
6 526 (6.01%) REST
7 444 (5.07%) RESTful
8 421 (4.81%) ASP.NET
9 403 (4.61%) XML
10 386 (4.41%) HTML5
11 384 (4.39%) SOAP
12 357 (4.08%) Spring
13 340 (3.89%) Node.js
14 310 (3.54%) React
15 298 (3.41%) jQuery
16 270 (3.09%) JSON
17 219 (2.50%) ASP.NET MVC
18 210 (2.40%) .NET Framework
19 203 (2.32%) Gherkin
20 194 (2.22%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 891 (10.18%) Analytical Skills
2 705 (8.06%) Computer Science
3 658 (7.52%) User Experience
4 473 (5.41%) Fintech
5 463 (5.29%) Mobile App
6 374 (4.27%) Self-Motivation
7 248 (2.83%) Greenfield Project
8 215 (2.46%) Management Information System
9 184 (2.10%) Enterprise Software
10 118 (1.35%) Virtual Team
11 116 (1.33%) Fixed Income
12 102 (1.17%) Data Centre
13 101 (1.15%) Algorithms
14 86 (0.98%) Public Cloud
15 84 (0.96%) Equities
16 82 (0.94%) Linux Command Line
17 73 (0.83%) Data Structures
18 71 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 67 (0.77%) Client/Server
20 64 (0.73%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 781 (8.93%) Linux
2 629 (7.19%) Windows
3 344 (3.93%) Unix
4 331 (3.78%) Android
5 292 (3.34%) Apple iOS
6 79 (0.90%) Windows Server
7 76 (0.87%) CentOS
8 57 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 40 (0.46%) Windows 10
10 32 (0.37%) Ubuntu
11 30 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
12 28 (0.32%) AIX
12 28 (0.32%) Mac OS X
13 27 (0.31%) Windows 7
14 18 (0.21%) Solaris
15 15 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
16 12 (0.14%) HPUX
17 11 (0.13%) Windows Phone
18 8 (0.091%) Windows 8
19 7 (0.080%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,963 (56.73%) Agile Software Development
2 3,772 (43.11%) Test Automation
3 1,657 (18.94%) Scrum
4 1,277 (14.60%) BDD
5 1,260 (14.40%) TDD
6 1,122 (12.82%) Problem-Solving
7 1,064 (12.16%) Software Engineering
8 1,045 (11.94%) Continuous Integration
9 1,039 (11.88%) SDLC
10 1,004 (11.48%) DevOps
11 819 (9.36%) Software Testing
12 797 (9.11%) Project Management
13 793 (9.06%) Manual Testing
14 718 (8.21%) Mentoring
15 716 (8.18%) Test Strategy
16 697 (7.97%) Test Scripting
17 649 (7.42%) Continuous Improvement
18 644 (7.36%) Regression Testing
19 619 (7.08%) User Acceptance Testing
20 565 (6.46%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 2,391 (27.33%) Java
2 2,003 (22.89%) SQL
3 1,886 (21.56%) C#
4 1,666 (19.04%) JavaScript
5 974 (11.13%) Python
6 373 (4.26%) Ruby
7 317 (3.62%) PHP
8 285 (3.26%) T-SQL
9 250 (2.86%) C++
10 198 (2.26%) C
11 165 (1.89%) Bash Shell
12 145 (1.66%) PowerShell
13 140 (1.60%) Perl
14 127 (1.45%) ES6
15 125 (1.43%) Java 8
16 121 (1.38%) Shell Script
17 120 (1.37%) TypeScript
18 119 (1.36%) Scala
19 91 (1.04%) PL/SQL
20 85 (0.97%) Go
Qualifications
1 1,117 (12.77%) Degree
2 527 (6.02%) ISTQB
3 443 (5.06%) ISEB
4 293 (3.35%) Computer Science Degree
5 174 (1.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 128 (1.46%) Security Cleared
7 97 (1.11%) PMI Certification
8 79 (0.90%) SC Cleared
9 71 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
10 50 (0.57%) PMP
11 47 (0.54%) Master's Degree
12 44 (0.50%) PhD
13 39 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
14 37 (0.42%) CISSP
15 35 (0.40%) ISEB Practitioner
16 32 (0.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 31 (0.35%) Cisco Certification
18 27 (0.31%) CISM
19 26 (0.30%) CISA
20 23 (0.26%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (1.44%) PMO
2 90 (1.03%) Data Quality
3 78 (0.89%) SLA
4 73 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 69 (0.79%) ISO 9001
6 51 (0.58%) PCI DSS
7 49 (0.56%) GDPR
8 24 (0.27%) GCP
9 21 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 18 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 15 (0.17%) COBIT
12 12 (0.14%) Solvency II
13 10 (0.11%) DO-178B
13 10 (0.11%) ISO 9000
13 10 (0.11%) PSD2
14 9 (0.10%) MiFID
15 8 (0.091%) HIPAA
15 8 (0.091%) WCAG
16 7 (0.080%) Cyber Essentials
16 7 (0.080%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 371 (4.24%) Docker
2 150 (1.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 82 (0.94%) Hyper-V
4 73 (0.83%) Active Directory
5 42 (0.48%) VirtualBox
6 38 (0.43%) Xen
7 36 (0.41%) KVM
8 26 (0.30%) Firmware
9 25 (0.29%) HDFS
10 23 (0.26%) VMware NSX
11 22 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
12 21 (0.24%) Apache Flume
13 15 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 12 (0.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
15 11 (0.13%) Varnish
16 8 (0.091%) VMware ESXi
16 8 (0.091%) vSphere
17 6 (0.069%) LXC
17 6 (0.069%) Oracle RAC
17 6 (0.069%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 212 (2.42%) Ansible
2 162 (1.85%) Puppet
3 151 (1.73%) Opscode Chef
4 136 (1.55%) Kubernetes
5 112 (1.28%) HP Quality Center
6 83 (0.95%) Terraform
7 76 (0.87%) HP ALM
8 38 (0.43%) Kibana
9 26 (0.30%) logstash
9 26 (0.30%) Oozie
10 23 (0.26%) Nagios
11 22 (0.25%) Packer
12 19 (0.22%) ITRS Geneos
13 14 (0.16%) Single Sign-On
14 12 (0.14%) Check_MK
14 12 (0.14%) Mesos
14 12 (0.14%) Perfmon
15 10 (0.11%) Salt
16 9 (0.10%) HAProxy
16 9 (0.10%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 939 (10.73%) Microsoft
2 514 (5.87%) Oracle
3 262 (2.99%) SAP
4 223 (2.55%) Google
5 195 (2.23%) VMware
6 184 (2.10%) HP
7 109 (1.25%) Capita
7 109 (1.25%) IBM
8 108 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
9 85 (0.97%) Sitecore
10 84 (0.96%) Atlassian
11 83 (0.95%) Adobe
12 75 (0.86%) Cisco
12 75 (0.86%) Red Hat
13 72 (0.82%) hybris
14 63 (0.72%) Tableau
15 60 (0.69%) Cognizant
15 60 (0.69%) WorldPay
16 47 (0.54%) TIBCO
17 45 (0.51%) Informatica