The table below looks at the statistics for the QA Tester role in IT jobs advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited QA Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 22 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 228 205 216
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +11
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 13 7 1
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 0.21% 0.14% 0.017%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.15% 0.018%
Number of salaries quoted 11 7 1
Average salary £22,500 £40,000 £27,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-43.75% +45.45%
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £32,500 £30,000
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
QA Tester
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the South West region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
South West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
5871 4816 5591
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 95.14% 95.01% 96.20%
Number of salaries quoted 4911 4167 4952
Average salary £36,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £24,000 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing QA Tester in the job title across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

QA Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

QA Tester
Salary Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA Tester across the South West region.

QA Tester Salary Trend in the South West

QA Tester
Salary Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing QA Tester across the South West region over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

QA Tester Salary Histogram in the South West

QA Tester
Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the South West region over the 3 months to 22 September 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol -8 9 £22,500 -47.05% 1
Devon - 2 £22,500 -
Wiltshire - 2 - -
QA Tester
England

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT jobs across the South West region that cited QA Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with QA Tester in their job title.

1 29 (100.00%) QA
2 16 (55.17%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (48.28%) Automated Testing
3 14 (48.28%) HTML
4 13 (44.83%) ISEB
5 11 (37.93%) Scrum
6 10 (34.48%) Test Automation
6 10 (34.48%) Automation Testing
7 9 (31.03%) Content Management
7 9 (31.03%) Ruby
7 9 (31.03%) Selenium
7 9 (31.03%) Python
7 9 (31.03%) C#
7 9 (31.03%) CSS
8 8 (27.59%) Perl
8 8 (27.59%) SQL
8 8 (27.59%) Software Testing
9 7 (24.14%) JMeter
9 7 (24.14%) N-Tier
9 7 (24.14%) Test Strategy
10 6 (20.69%) Ranorex
10 6 (20.69%) QuickTest Pro
10 6 (20.69%) Degree
11 5 (17.24%) FitNesse
11 5 (17.24%) Silverlight
11 5 (17.24%) Java
11 5 (17.24%) JavaScript
11 5 (17.24%) Bash Shell
11 5 (17.24%) HTML5
11 5 (17.24%) Manual Testing

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT jobs across the South West region that cited QA Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with QA Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 3 (10.34%) MS Excel
2 2 (6.90%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (10.34%) Intranet
1 3 (10.34%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.34%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.45%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (31.03%) Selenium
2 7 (24.14%) JMeter
3 6 (20.69%) Ranorex
3 6 (20.69%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (17.24%) FitNesse
5 4 (13.79%) WebDriver
5 4 (13.79%) SoapUI
6 2 (6.90%) WatiN
6 2 (6.90%) TestComplete
6 2 (6.90%) WATIR
7 1 (3.45%) JUnit
7 1 (3.45%) TestNG
7 1 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (3.45%) Cucumber
General
1 3 (10.34%) Finance
1 3 (10.34%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (48.28%) HTML
2 9 (31.03%) CSS
3 5 (17.24%) Silverlight
3 5 (17.24%) HTML5
4 3 (10.34%) .NET
4 3 (10.34%) XML
4 3 (10.34%) CSS3
5 1 (3.45%) SOAP
5 1 (3.45%) Web Services
5 1 (3.45%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 7 (24.14%) N-Tier
2 3 (10.34%) Computer Science
2 3 (10.34%) Client/Server
3 1 (3.45%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 3 (10.34%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (55.17%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (48.28%) Automated Testing
3 11 (37.93%) Scrum
4 10 (34.48%) Test Automation
4 10 (34.48%) Automation Testing
5 9 (31.03%) Content Management
6 8 (27.59%) Software Testing
7 7 (24.14%) Test Strategy
8 5 (17.24%) Manual Testing
8 5 (17.24%) Mentoring
8 5 (17.24%) Coaching
9 4 (13.79%) Regression Testing
10 3 (10.34%) Information Security
11 2 (6.90%) User Stories
12 1 (3.45%) Process Management
12 1 (3.45%) TDD
12 1 (3.45%) User Acceptance Testing
12 1 (3.45%) Integration Testing
12 1 (3.45%) Project Planning
12 1 (3.45%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 9 (31.03%) Ruby
1 9 (31.03%) Python
1 9 (31.03%) C#
2 8 (27.59%) Perl
2 8 (27.59%) SQL
3 5 (17.24%) Java
3 5 (17.24%) JavaScript
3 5 (17.24%) Bash Shell
4 3 (10.34%) VBScript
4 3 (10.34%) VB
4 3 (10.34%) PHP
5 1 (3.45%) VB.NET
5 1 (3.45%) C++
5 1 (3.45%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 13 (44.83%) ISEB
2 6 (20.69%) Degree
3 5 (17.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (10.34%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (3.45%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 1 (3.45%) WMI
Vendors
1 3 (10.34%) HP
2 2 (6.90%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.90%) Oracle