Period
to 30 July 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with an option to work from home (WFH) and 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 30 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > Work from Home
6 months to
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 61 70 86
Rank change year-on-year +9 +16 -1
Permanent jobs citing QA 1,113 216 305
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 4.85% 3.99% 3.77%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.49% 40.45% 32.07%
Number of salaries quoted 892 188 262
10th Percentile £35,000 £36,250 £40,927
25th Percentile £41,250 £45,000 £47,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year - -8.33% +20.00%
75th Percentile £68,750 £73,750 £74,688
90th Percentile £88,750 £80,000 £113,750
UK median annual salary £55,000 £53,500 £51,000
% change year-on-year +2.80% +4.90% +2.00%

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 WFH option and a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Work from Home
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 3,050 534 951
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 13.29% 9.85% 11.75%
Number of salaries quoted 2,128 432 779
10th Percentile £33,750 £32,500 £37,250
25th Percentile £41,969 £42,500 £45,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £58,904
Median % change year-on-year - -6.63% +2.44%
75th Percentile £73,750 £72,500 £75,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £81,250 £91,500
UK median annual salary £53,500 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +1.90% +5.00% -

QA
Trend for Jobs with a WFH Option

Job vacancies with a work from home option citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

QA trend for jobs with a WFH option

QA
Salary Trend for Jobs with a WFH Option

3-month moving average salary quoted in job vacancies with a work from home option citing QA.

QA salary trend for jobs with a WFH option

QA
Salary Histogram for Jobs with a WFH Option

Salary distribution for jobs with a work from home option citing QA over the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

QA salary histogram for jobs with a WFH option

For the 6 months to 30 July 2021, QA job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent jobs with a WFH option and a requirement for QA.

1 644 (57.86%) Agile Software Development
2 429 (38.54%) Test Automation
3 306 (27.49%) JavaScript
4 302 (27.13%) Azure
5 286 (25.70%) C#
6 279 (25.07%) SQL
7 271 (24.35%) Social Skills
8 268 (24.08%) DevOps
9 267 (23.99%) Scrum
10 229 (20.58%) AWS
11 214 (19.23%) Java
12 204 (18.33%) .NET
13 203 (18.24%) Selenium
14 190 (17.07%) Finance
15 182 (16.35%) SaaS
16 180 (16.17%) Software Testing
17 168 (15.09%) React
18 165 (14.82%) Git (software)
19 157 (14.11%) Software Engineering
20 146 (13.12%) Degree
20 146 (13.12%) Microservices
21 144 (12.94%) Python
22 140 (12.58%) Microsoft
23 137 (12.31%) TDD
24 135 (12.13%) JIRA
25 132 (11.86%) TypeScript
26 123 (11.05%) BDD
27 121 (10.87%) SQL Server
28 118 (10.60%) Mentoring
29 116 (10.42%) Problem-Solving

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills with a WFH Option 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 37 (3.32%) Confluence
2 28 (2.52%) CMS
3 26 (2.34%) SAS
4 23 (2.07%) Apache Airflow
5 22 (1.98%) Elasticsearch
6 13 (1.17%) Apache Solr
6 13 (1.17%) SharePoint
6 13 (1.17%) WordPress
7 11 (0.99%) Apache
7 11 (0.99%) Drupal
8 7 (0.63%) IIS
9 4 (0.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 4 (0.36%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.36%) Documentum
10 3 (0.27%) Headless CMS
10 3 (0.27%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (0.18%) Umbraco
12 1 (0.090%) Moodle
12 1 (0.090%) Mule
Applications
1 32 (2.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 27 (2.43%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.72%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.36%) Chatbot
6 4 (0.36%) Figma
7 2 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.090%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 6 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.36%) Magento
3 4 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.36%) Social Studio
4 3 (0.27%) Distributed Ledger
4 3 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.27%) Infor M3
4 3 (0.27%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.27%) NetSuite
4 3 (0.27%) PolarLake
4 3 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.18%) Eikon
5 2 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.18%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.18%) SAP SD
5 2 (0.18%) StreamServe
5 2 (0.18%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 302 (27.13%) Azure
2 229 (20.58%) AWS
3 182 (16.35%) SaaS
4 67 (6.02%) GCP
5 40 (3.59%) Power Platform
6 37 (3.32%) Serverless
7 22 (1.98%) Amazon S3
8 21 (1.89%) PaaS
9 20 (1.80%) GitHub
10 15 (1.35%) AWS CloudFormation
10 15 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
10 15 (1.35%) Dynamics 365
11 13 (1.17%) IaaS
11 13 (1.17%) Slack
12 11 (0.99%) BrowserStack
12 11 (0.99%) Microsoft 365
13 10 (0.90%) AWS Lambda
14 9 (0.81%) Amazon ECS
15 8 (0.72%) Azure Service Bus
15 8 (0.72%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 11 (0.99%) Firewall
2 10 (0.90%) Bluetooth
3 9 (0.81%) HTTP
3 9 (0.81%) Internet
4 8 (0.72%) SSL
5 6 (0.54%) DAB
5 6 (0.54%) DNS
5 6 (0.54%) VPN
6 5 (0.45%) 5G
7 4 (0.36%) 2G
7 4 (0.36%) 3G
7 4 (0.36%) 4G
7 4 (0.36%) Network Security
7 4 (0.36%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.27%) Wireless
9 2 (0.18%) 802.11
9 2 (0.18%) FTP
9 2 (0.18%) MPLS
9 2 (0.18%) SNMP
9 2 (0.18%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (10.87%) SQL Server
2 63 (5.66%) NoSQL
3 46 (4.13%) MySQL
4 34 (3.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 32 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
6 31 (2.79%) Power BI
7 30 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
8 29 (2.61%) MongoDB
9 25 (2.25%) Relational Database
10 24 (2.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 23 (2.07%) Amazon Athena
12 22 (1.98%) Amazon Aurora
13 20 (1.80%) Big Data
14 17 (1.53%) BigQuery
14 17 (1.53%) Metadata
15 16 (1.44%) Redis
16 12 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
16 12 (1.08%) Blockchain
17 11 (0.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 11 (0.99%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 203 (18.24%) Selenium
2 165 (14.82%) Git (software)
3 135 (12.13%) JIRA
4 104 (9.34%) Cucumber
5 92 (8.27%) Cypress.io
6 90 (8.09%) Jenkins
7 75 (6.74%) Postman
8 53 (4.76%) SpecFlow
9 40 (3.59%) Visual Studio
10 38 (3.41%) WebDriver
11 28 (2.52%) Appium
12 25 (2.25%) JUnit
13 24 (2.16%) JMeter
13 24 (2.16%) Visual Studio Team System
14 20 (1.80%) SoapUI
15 19 (1.71%) CircleCI
15 19 (1.71%) webpack
16 18 (1.62%) Bitbucket
17 17 (1.53%) Mocha
17 17 (1.53%) REST Assured
General
1 271 (24.35%) Social Skills
2 190 (17.07%) Finance
3 89 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
4 72 (6.47%) Law
5 65 (5.84%) Marketing
6 51 (4.58%) Retail
7 39 (3.50%) Banking
8 34 (3.05%) Pharmaceutical
9 33 (2.96%) Public Sector
10 31 (2.79%) Front Office
11 28 (2.52%) Organisational Skills
12 24 (2.16%) Legal
13 23 (2.07%) Games
14 17 (1.53%) Telecoms
15 15 (1.35%) Manufacturing
16 14 (1.26%) Presentation Skills
17 11 (0.99%) Automotive
18 8 (0.72%) Financial Institution
19 7 (0.63%) Documentation Skills
20 6 (0.54%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 294 (26.42%) Developer
2 156 (14.02%) QA Engineer
3 112 (10.06%) Analyst
4 78 (7.01%) Senior Developer
4 78 (7.01%) Tester
5 64 (5.75%) .NET Developer
6 63 (5.66%) QA Automation Engineer
7 61 (5.48%) Automation Engineer
8 59 (5.30%) Test Engineer
9 57 (5.12%) Software Engineer
10 52 (4.67%) C# Developer
11 44 (3.95%) C# .NET Developer
12 40 (3.59%) Full Stack Developer
12 40 (3.59%) React Developer
13 38 (3.41%) QA Leader
14 36 (3.23%) Business Analyst
14 36 (3.23%) Java Developer
15 35 (3.14%) Automation Tester
16 32 (2.88%) QA Tester
17 30 (2.70%) Python Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 204 (18.33%) .NET
2 168 (15.09%) React
3 112 (10.06%) AngularJS
4 109 (9.79%) RESTful
5 103 (9.25%) HTML
6 99 (8.89%) CSS
7 88 (7.91%) Web Services
8 87 (7.82%) REST
9 81 (7.28%) Node.js
10 68 (6.11%) XML
11 58 (5.21%) .NET Core
12 51 (4.58%) ASP.NET
13 40 (3.59%) Vue.js
14 39 (3.50%) Gherkin
15 38 (3.41%) React Native
16 37 (3.32%) Redux
17 30 (2.70%) ASP.NET Web API
18 29 (2.61%) JSON
19 28 (2.52%) SOAP
20 27 (2.43%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 94 (8.45%) User Experience
2 83 (7.46%) Self-Motivation
3 82 (7.37%) Mobile App
4 45 (4.04%) Virtual Team
5 29 (2.61%) Fixed Income
6 27 (2.43%) Derivative
6 27 (2.43%) Enterprise Software
7 25 (2.25%) Life Science
8 22 (1.98%) Hedge funds
9 18 (1.62%) Management Information System
10 17 (1.53%) Greenfield Project
11 10 (0.90%) Client/Server
12 9 (0.81%) Pharmacovigilance
13 8 (0.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 7 (0.63%) Analytical Mindset
14 7 (0.63%) Biotechnology
15 6 (0.54%) Data Protection Act
15 6 (0.54%) Learning Management System
15 6 (0.54%) Legacy Code
16 5 (0.45%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 66 (5.93%) Linux
2 61 (5.48%) Android
3 54 (4.85%) Apple iOS
4 51 (4.58%) Windows
5 18 (1.62%) Unix
6 10 (0.90%) Ubuntu
7 5 (0.45%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.36%) zOS
9 3 (0.27%) CentOS
9 3 (0.27%) Fedora
10 2 (0.18%) Kali Linux
10 2 (0.18%) Windows Server
10 2 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.090%) Android TV
11 1 (0.090%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.090%) Solaris
11 1 (0.090%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 644 (57.86%) Agile Software Development
2 429 (38.54%) Test Automation
3 268 (24.08%) DevOps
4 267 (23.99%) Scrum
5 180 (16.17%) Software Testing
6 157 (14.11%) Software Engineering
7 146 (13.12%) Microservices
8 137 (12.31%) TDD
9 123 (11.05%) BDD
10 118 (10.60%) Mentoring
11 116 (10.42%) Problem-Solving
12 112 (10.06%) Test Strategy
13 108 (9.70%) API Testing
14 90 (8.09%) SDLC
15 89 (8.00%) Fintech
16 88 (7.91%) Computer Science
17 82 (7.37%) Full Stack Development
18 74 (6.65%) Front End Development
19 73 (6.56%) Continuous Integration
19 73 (6.56%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 306 (27.49%) JavaScript
2 286 (25.70%) C#
3 279 (25.07%) SQL
4 214 (19.23%) Java
5 144 (12.94%) Python
6 132 (11.86%) TypeScript
7 38 (3.41%) PHP
8 30 (2.70%) T-SQL
9 28 (2.52%) C++
10 24 (2.16%) C
11 20 (1.80%) Java 8
12 19 (1.71%) PowerShell
13 18 (1.62%) Bash Shell
14 16 (1.44%) ES6
14 16 (1.44%) Go
15 15 (1.35%) Ruby
16 12 (1.08%) Apple Swift
16 12 (1.08%) Kotlin
16 12 (1.08%) Scala
17 10 (0.90%) XPath
Qualifications
1 146 (13.12%) Degree
2 39 (3.50%) Computer Science Degree
2 39 (3.50%) ISTQB
3 23 (2.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 13 (1.17%) ISEB
5 10 (0.90%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (0.63%) Security Cleared
7 6 (0.54%) HND
7 6 (0.54%) PhD
8 5 (0.45%) Master's Degree
8 5 (0.45%) MCP
8 5 (0.45%) SC Cleared
9 4 (0.36%) DBS Check
9 4 (0.36%) HNC
9 4 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
9 4 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 3 (0.27%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.18%) MCSE
12 1 (0.090%) MCSA
12 1 (0.090%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (3.05%) Accessibility
2 16 (1.44%) CDISC
3 12 (1.08%) Data Quality
4 9 (0.81%) SLA
5 8 (0.72%) PMO
6 6 (0.54%) WCAG
7 5 (0.45%) GDPR
8 4 (0.36%) Actionable Recommendations
8 4 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.36%) P3O
9 3 (0.27%) Dodd-Frank
9 3 (0.27%) EMIR
9 3 (0.27%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.27%) MiFID
10 2 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.18%) HL7
10 2 (0.18%) SOC 2
11 1 (0.090%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.090%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.090%) NCSC
System Software
1 111 (9.97%) Docker
2 7 (0.63%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.45%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.36%) LXC
5 2 (0.18%) Firmware
5 2 (0.18%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.090%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.090%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.090%) IAG
6 1 (0.090%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 88 (7.91%) Kubernetes
2 62 (5.57%) Terraform
3 22 (1.98%) Ansible
4 8 (0.72%) Grafana
4 8 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
4 8 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (0.72%) Puppet
5 6 (0.54%) FlexNet
6 4 (0.36%) HP ALM
6 4 (0.36%) ITRS Geneos
6 4 (0.36%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.27%) HP Fortify
8 2 (0.18%) Kibana
8 2 (0.18%) Nessus
8 2 (0.18%) Nmap
9 1 (0.090%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.090%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.090%) SCCM
9 1 (0.090%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.090%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 140 (12.58%) Microsoft
2 45 (4.04%) Google
3 35 (3.14%) Oracle
4 20 (1.80%) SAP
5 14 (1.26%) ServiceNow
6 12 (1.08%) Atlassian
6 12 (1.08%) HP
7 11 (0.99%) Bloomberg
7 11 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
8 10 (0.90%) Apple
8 10 (0.90%) Reuters
9 7 (0.63%) Dell
9 7 (0.63%) hybris
10 6 (0.54%) ANSYS
10 6 (0.54%) JD Edwards
10 6 (0.54%) OpenText
10 6 (0.54%) Xamarin
11 5 (0.45%) Facebook
11 5 (0.45%) Informatica
11 5 (0.45%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud