Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > Work from Home
6 months to
15 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 60 75 88
Rank change year-on-year +15 +13 +3
Permanent jobs citing QA 1,357 229 267
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 4.95% 3.81% 3.47%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.91% 40.03% 30.76%
Number of salaries quoted 1,098 196 239
10th Percentile £35,000 £33,125 £37,400
25th Percentile £43,750 £41,250 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £58,904
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% -10.87% +7.10%
75th Percentile £68,500 £65,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £77,500 £95,250
UK median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +10.00% -

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 3,779 572 868
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 13.79% 9.51% 11.28%
Number of salaries quoted 2,608 476 732
10th Percentile £33,750 £31,938 £37,500
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £57,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% -8.70% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £65,000 £75,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £77,500 £90,000
UK median annual salary £54,200 £53,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +1.31% +7.00% -

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 15 October 2021.

QA salary histogram for jobs with a WFH option

For the 6 months to 15 October 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.

1 749 (55.20%) Agile Software Development
2 529 (38.98%) Test Automation
3 362 (26.68%) JavaScript
4 356 (26.23%) C#
4 356 (26.23%) Azure
5 330 (24.32%) DevOps
6 314 (23.14%) SQL
7 303 (22.33%) Social Skills
8 302 (22.25%) Scrum
9 283 (20.85%) AWS
10 276 (20.34%) Selenium
11 252 (18.57%) Java
12 243 (17.91%) Finance
13 236 (17.39%) SaaS
14 232 (17.10%) Software Testing
15 219 (16.14%) .NET
16 197 (14.52%) Python
16 197 (14.52%) Git (software)
17 186 (13.71%) Software Engineering
18 178 (13.12%) React
19 171 (12.60%) BDD
20 167 (12.31%) Microsoft
21 164 (12.09%) Degree
22 162 (11.94%) TDD
23 161 (11.86%) JIRA
24 157 (11.57%) SQL Server
25 156 (11.50%) Problem-Solving
26 149 (10.98%) CSS
27 148 (10.91%) HTML
27 148 (10.91%) Test Strategy

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 46 (3.39%) Confluence
2 31 (2.28%) CMS
3 30 (2.21%) Apache Airflow
4 24 (1.77%) SharePoint
5 23 (1.69%) SAS
6 16 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
7 15 (1.11%) Drupal
7 15 (1.11%) WordPress
8 14 (1.03%) Apache Solr
9 13 (0.96%) Apache
10 10 (0.74%) Documentum
11 8 (0.59%) IIS
12 4 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 4 (0.29%) EPiServer
12 4 (0.29%) Kentico
12 4 (0.29%) Sitecore CMS
13 2 (0.15%) Apache Spark
14 1 (0.074%) JBoss
14 1 (0.074%) MS Exchange
14 1 (0.074%) Tomcat
Applications
1 29 (2.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 24 (1.77%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (0.96%) Chatbot
3 13 (0.96%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.44%) Figma
6 2 (0.15%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.074%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.074%) MadCap Flare
7 1 (0.074%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.074%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 13 (0.96%) Oracle ERP
2 12 (0.88%) Oracle Applications
2 12 (0.88%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (0.59%) Social Studio
4 7 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.37%) SAP MM
5 5 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
5 5 (0.37%) SAP SD
5 5 (0.37%) TrackWise
6 4 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.29%) Magento
6 4 (0.29%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.22%) Distributed Ledger
7 3 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.15%) Shopify
8 2 (0.15%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 1 (0.074%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
9 1 (0.074%) SAP HCM
9 1 (0.074%) StreamServe
Cloud Services
1 356 (26.23%) Azure
2 283 (20.85%) AWS
3 236 (17.39%) SaaS
4 96 (7.07%) GCP
5 42 (3.10%) Power Platform
6 41 (3.02%) Serverless
7 27 (1.99%) GitHub
8 23 (1.69%) Amazon S3
9 18 (1.33%) PaaS
10 17 (1.25%) Slack
11 16 (1.18%) AWS CloudFormation
11 16 (1.18%) BrowserStack
12 14 (1.03%) IaaS
13 13 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
13 13 (0.96%) Microsoft 365
14 12 (0.88%) AWS Lambda
14 12 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
15 11 (0.81%) Amazon ECS
15 11 (0.81%) Google Analytics
16 10 (0.74%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 13 (0.96%) HTTP
2 10 (0.74%) Bluetooth
3 9 (0.66%) Firewall
4 6 (0.44%) Network Security
4 6 (0.44%) TCP/IP
4 6 (0.44%) VPN
5 5 (0.37%) DAB
5 5 (0.37%) Internet
5 5 (0.37%) SSL
6 4 (0.29%) MQTT
6 4 (0.29%) Wireless
7 3 (0.22%) DNS
8 2 (0.15%) 802.11
8 2 (0.15%) FTP
8 2 (0.15%) MPLS
8 2 (0.15%) PuTTY
8 2 (0.15%) SNMP
8 2 (0.15%) WinSCP
9 1 (0.074%) DHCP
9 1 (0.074%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 157 (11.57%) SQL Server
2 65 (4.79%) MySQL
3 60 (4.42%) NoSQL
4 56 (4.13%) Data Warehouse
5 38 (2.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 37 (2.73%) Power BI
7 35 (2.58%) MongoDB
8 34 (2.51%) Relational Database
9 32 (2.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 29 (2.14%) Amazon Athena
11 28 (2.06%) Amazon Aurora
12 27 (1.99%) PostgreSQL
13 22 (1.62%) Big Data
14 20 (1.47%) Data Lake
15 18 (1.33%) Tableau
16 16 (1.18%) Redis
16 16 (1.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 14 (1.03%) BigQuery
18 12 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
19 10 (0.74%) Metadata
Development Applications
1 276 (20.34%) Selenium
2 197 (14.52%) Git (software)
3 161 (11.86%) JIRA
4 100 (7.37%) Cucumber
5 97 (7.15%) SpecFlow
6 85 (6.26%) Cypress.io
7 73 (5.38%) Jenkins
8 69 (5.08%) Postman
9 50 (3.68%) WebDriver
10 46 (3.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 30 (2.21%) Appium
11 30 (2.21%) Visual Studio
12 29 (2.14%) SoapUI
13 26 (1.92%) JUnit
14 25 (1.84%) Bitbucket
14 25 (1.84%) CircleCI
14 25 (1.84%) JMeter
14 25 (1.84%) TeamCity
14 25 (1.84%) webpack
15 23 (1.69%) Gradle
General
1 303 (22.33%) Social Skills
2 243 (17.91%) Finance
3 115 (8.47%) Analytical Skills
4 86 (6.34%) Marketing
5 77 (5.67%) Law
6 65 (4.79%) Retail
7 54 (3.98%) Banking
8 42 (3.10%) Legal
9 39 (2.87%) Pharmaceutical
9 39 (2.87%) Public Sector
10 38 (2.80%) Front Office
11 36 (2.65%) Organisational Skills
12 35 (2.58%) Telecoms
13 28 (2.06%) Games
14 23 (1.69%) Billing
15 22 (1.62%) Manufacturing
16 14 (1.03%) Presentation Skills
17 12 (0.88%) Automotive
18 11 (0.81%) Influencing Skills
18 11 (0.81%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 375 (27.63%) Developer
2 191 (14.08%) QA Engineer
3 142 (10.46%) Analyst
4 89 (6.56%) Tester
5 87 (6.41%) .NET Developer
6 82 (6.04%) QA Automation Engineer
7 81 (5.97%) Automation Engineer
8 79 (5.82%) Software Developer
9 78 (5.75%) C# Developer
10 69 (5.08%) Test Engineer
11 62 (4.57%) Senior Developer
12 60 (4.42%) Software Engineer
13 50 (3.68%) C# .NET Developer
14 46 (3.39%) QA Leader
14 46 (3.39%) Test Analyst
15 45 (3.32%) Full Stack Developer
16 43 (3.17%) Lead Developer
17 42 (3.10%) QA Manager
18 37 (2.73%) Junior
18 37 (2.73%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 219 (16.14%) .NET
2 178 (13.12%) React
3 149 (10.98%) CSS
4 148 (10.91%) HTML
5 139 (10.24%) RESTful
6 138 (10.17%) AngularJS
7 132 (9.73%) Web Services
8 94 (6.93%) REST
9 90 (6.63%) Node.js
10 73 (5.38%) XML
11 68 (5.01%) Gherkin
12 62 (4.57%) .NET Core
12 62 (4.57%) Vue.js
13 56 (4.13%) ASP.NET
14 47 (3.46%) JSON
15 41 (3.02%) .NET Framework
16 39 (2.87%) Redux
17 35 (2.58%) ASP.NET MVC
18 33 (2.43%) React Native
19 31 (2.28%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 99 (7.30%) Self-Motivation
2 88 (6.48%) User Experience
3 72 (5.31%) Mobile App
4 44 (3.24%) Management Information System
5 39 (2.87%) Enterprise Software
5 39 (2.87%) Fixed Income
6 36 (2.65%) Virtual Team
7 30 (2.21%) Derivative
7 30 (2.21%) Hedge funds
8 29 (2.14%) Life Science
9 23 (1.69%) Greenfield Project
10 15 (1.11%) Data Protection Act
11 14 (1.03%) Pharmacovigilance
12 11 (0.81%) Legacy Code
13 10 (0.74%) CMDB
13 10 (0.74%) e-Health
13 10 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 10 (0.74%) Private Cloud
14 9 (0.66%) Marketing Technology
15 8 (0.59%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 67 (4.94%) Linux
2 62 (4.57%) Windows
3 56 (4.13%) Android
4 46 (3.39%) Apple iOS
5 15 (1.11%) Unix
6 9 (0.66%) Ubuntu
7 4 (0.29%) CentOS
8 3 (0.22%) Fedora
8 3 (0.22%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.15%) Kali Linux
9 2 (0.15%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.074%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.074%) Solaris
10 1 (0.074%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 749 (55.20%) Agile Software Development
2 529 (38.98%) Test Automation
3 330 (24.32%) DevOps
4 302 (22.25%) Scrum
5 232 (17.10%) Software Testing
6 186 (13.71%) Software Engineering
7 171 (12.60%) BDD
8 162 (11.94%) TDD
9 156 (11.50%) Problem-Solving
10 148 (10.91%) Test Strategy
11 143 (10.54%) Microservices
12 140 (10.32%) Mentoring
13 138 (10.17%) SDLC
14 126 (9.29%) API Testing
15 125 (9.21%) Full Stack Development
16 108 (7.96%) Computer Science
17 99 (7.30%) Coaching
18 95 (7.00%) Project Management
19 91 (6.71%) Manual Testing
19 91 (6.71%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 362 (26.68%) JavaScript
2 356 (26.23%) C#
3 314 (23.14%) SQL
4 252 (18.57%) Java
5 197 (14.52%) Python
6 144 (10.61%) TypeScript
7 50 (3.68%) PHP
8 41 (3.02%) PowerShell
9 36 (2.65%) Bash Shell
10 25 (1.84%) C++
11 23 (1.69%) T-SQL
12 18 (1.33%) ES6
12 18 (1.33%) Ruby
13 17 (1.25%) Kotlin
13 17 (1.25%) VB.NET
14 16 (1.18%) Go
14 16 (1.18%) R
15 15 (1.11%) Java 8
16 13 (0.96%) Apple Swift
16 13 (0.96%) Scala
Qualifications
1 164 (12.09%) Degree
2 87 (6.41%) ISTQB
3 47 (3.46%) Computer Science Degree
4 39 (2.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 34 (2.51%) ISEB
6 19 (1.40%) Security Cleared
7 17 (1.25%) HNC
8 11 (0.81%) SC Cleared
9 10 (0.74%) HND
10 7 (0.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 7 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (0.52%) Numerate Degree
11 4 (0.29%) DBS Check
11 4 (0.29%) Master's Degree
11 4 (0.29%) MCP
11 4 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 3 (0.22%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.22%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.15%) CIMA
13 2 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (3.46%) Accessibility
2 26 (1.92%) SLA
3 18 (1.33%) Data Quality
4 13 (0.96%) PMO
5 10 (0.74%) GDPR
6 8 (0.59%) CDISC
6 8 (0.59%) Good Clinical Practice
6 8 (0.59%) WCAG
7 4 (0.29%) GMP
7 4 (0.29%) ISO 13485
7 4 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.29%) P3O
8 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.15%) EMIR
8 2 (0.15%) MiFID
8 2 (0.15%) SOC 2
9 1 (0.074%) HL7
9 1 (0.074%) ISO 8583
9 1 (0.074%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.074%) NIST
System Software
1 143 (10.54%) Docker
2 8 (0.59%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.15%) Firmware
4 2 (0.15%) LXC
4 2 (0.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.15%) vSphere
5 1 (0.074%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.074%) IAG
5 1 (0.074%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.074%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.074%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.074%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 116 (8.55%) Kubernetes
2 94 (6.93%) Terraform
3 26 (1.92%) Ansible
4 16 (1.18%) HP ALM
4 16 (1.18%) HP Quality Center
5 15 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
5 15 (1.11%) Puppet
6 9 (0.66%) Grafana
7 8 (0.59%) ITRS Geneos
8 5 (0.37%) Prometheus
9 3 (0.22%) Istio
9 3 (0.22%) MIIS
9 3 (0.22%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.15%) Kibana
10 2 (0.15%) Nessus
10 2 (0.15%) Nmap
10 2 (0.15%) SCCM
11 1 (0.074%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 167 (12.31%) Microsoft
2 59 (4.35%) Google
3 47 (3.46%) Oracle
4 27 (1.99%) SAP
5 25 (1.84%) HP
6 18 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
6 18 (1.33%) Xamarin
7 16 (1.18%) JD Edwards
8 13 (0.96%) ServiceNow
9 12 (0.88%) OpenText
10 10 (0.74%) Apple
11 9 (0.66%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
12 6 (0.44%) Atlassian
12 6 (0.44%) Reuters
13 5 (0.37%) Adobe
13 5 (0.37%) hybris
13 5 (0.37%) IBM
13 5 (0.37%) Mercator
13 5 (0.37%) Siebel
13 5 (0.37%) Splunk