The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Tester role in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Software Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 5 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 516 549 622
Rank change year-on-year
+33 +73
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 394 364 249
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.38% 0.34% 0.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.36% 0.25%
Number of salaries quoted 354 302 231
Average salary £32,500 £30,000 £32,250
Average salary % change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.97%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £24,000 £22,000
10% offered a salary of more than £48,750 £42,500 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £30,000 £30,000
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
99404 99827 97677
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.79% 94.50% 94.83%
Number of salaries quoted 81778 80400 82215
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Software Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Tester
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK.

Software Tester Salary Trend in the UK

Software Tester
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Software Tester over the 3 months to 5 March 2015 within the UK.

Software Tester Salary Histogram in the UK

Software Tester
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 5 March 2015. 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
England +27 381 £32,500 +8.33% 67
South East +9 104 £35,000 +9.37% 13
North West +18 59 £27,500 -3.50% 12
East of England +9 55 £34,000 +1.49% 5
London +23 50 £42,500 +21.42% 10
West Midlands -2 45 £35,000 +11.11% 6
Surrey +27 44 £42,500 +41.66% 3
Manchester +9 33 £30,000 +9.09% 10
Cambridgeshire +7 30 £40,000 +11.11% 3
Yorkshire -13 30 £33,750 +12.50% 9
Hampshire -16 26 £32,500 +18.18% 2
West Yorkshire -1 21 £34,000 +4.61% 5
South West -43 21 £26,250 -12.50% 5
Leeds +7 19 £34,000 +4.61% 4
Berkshire +4 19 £20,000 -38.46% 4
Warwickshire - 18 £33,750 - 4
Reading +2 17 £20,000 -38.46% 4
Warwick - 17 £35,000 - 1
Cambridge -1 16 £40,000 +6.66% 2
Cheshire -16 14 £27,500 -5.17% 1
East Midlands +17 13 £31,250 +22.54% 5
Hertfordshire -4 13 £55,000 +29.41% 1
Solihull +8 12 £35,000 +25.00% 1
Somerset +6 11 £25,000 -44.44% 1
Bolton +7 9 £35,000 +27.27% 1
Winchester -8 9 £32,500 +18.18% 1
Liverpool +20 7 £23,000 -18.58%
Merseyside +18 7 £23,000 -18.58%
Buckinghamshire +13 7 £33,250 +25.47% 2
Scotland +7 7 £28,500 -5.00% 5

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited Software 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 Software Tester in their job title.

1 375 (51.23%) Agile Software Development
2 335 (45.77%) QA
3 280 (38.25%) Software Testing
4 257 (35.11%) SQL
5 249 (34.02%) Selenium
6 227 (31.01%) ISEB
7 221 (30.19%) Manual Testing
8 211 (28.83%) Automated Testing
9 188 (25.68%) Test Scripting
10 163 (22.27%) Windows
11 152 (20.77%) Degree
12 148 (20.22%) ISTQB
13 142 (19.40%) Test Automation
14 115 (15.71%) .NET
15 103 (14.07%) QuickTest Pro
16 100 (13.66%) Scrum
17 98 (13.39%) Java
18 96 (13.11%) Automation Testing
19 95 (12.98%) C#
19 95 (12.98%) Finance
20 91 (12.43%) Microsoft
21 90 (12.30%) Regression Testing
22 81 (11.07%) HTML
23 80 (10.93%) JIRA
24 77 (10.52%) Linux
25 76 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
26 73 (9.97%) JavaScript
27 65 (8.88%) SQL Server
28 64 (8.74%) XML
29 63 (8.61%) Performance Testing

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited Software 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 Software Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (0.96%) SharePoint
2 3 (0.41%) IIS
3 2 (0.27%) Tomcat
3 2 (0.27%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.14%) Drupal
4 1 (0.14%) Confluence
4 1 (0.14%) CMS
4 1 (0.14%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 28 (3.83%) MS Excel
2 18 (2.46%) MS Office
3 4 (0.55%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.14%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.14%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
2 1 (0.14%) JDE OneWorld
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.19%) SaaS
2 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.14%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 25 (3.42%) TCP/IP
2 15 (2.05%) VoIP
3 9 (1.23%) Wireshark
4 8 (1.09%) WAN
4 8 (1.09%) DHCP
4 8 (1.09%) H.323
4 8 (1.09%) RTP
4 8 (1.09%) VLAN
5 5 (0.68%) ATM
6 3 (0.41%) LTE
6 3 (0.41%) 4G
6 3 (0.41%) MVNO
6 3 (0.41%) Internet
7 1 (0.14%) SSH
7 1 (0.14%) HTTP
7 1 (0.14%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (8.88%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.46%) MySQL
3 14 (1.91%) Big Data
4 10 (1.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (1.37%) Relational Database
5 7 (0.96%) Oracle Database
6 6 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (0.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (0.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (0.55%) DB2
7 4 (0.55%) VLDB
7 4 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
8 3 (0.41%) BusinessObjects XI
8 3 (0.41%) SQLPlus
8 3 (0.41%) MS Access
9 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (0.27%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.27%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.27%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 249 (34.02%) Selenium
2 103 (14.07%) QuickTest Pro
3 80 (10.93%) JIRA
4 62 (8.47%) WebDriver
5 56 (7.65%) Team Foundation Server
6 46 (6.28%) Cucumber
7 27 (3.69%) Visual Studio
7 27 (3.69%) JMeter
8 26 (3.55%) FitNesse
9 19 (2.60%) InstallShield
10 18 (2.46%) SpecFlow
11 17 (2.32%) SoapUI
11 17 (2.32%) NUnit
11 17 (2.32%) Bugzilla
12 16 (2.19%) WatiN
13 12 (1.64%) Eclipse
13 12 (1.64%) MSTest
14 11 (1.50%) TestComplete
15 10 (1.37%) TeamCity
15 10 (1.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 95 (12.98%) Finance
2 27 (3.69%) Telecoms
3 21 (2.87%) Pharmaceutical
4 18 (2.46%) Banking
5 16 (2.19%) Retail
6 9 (1.23%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.09%) Games
7 8 (1.09%) Legal
8 6 (0.82%) Billing
9 5 (0.68%) Marketing
10 4 (0.55%) Law
11 2 (0.27%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.27%) Front Office
11 2 (0.27%) Advertising
12 1 (0.14%) Music Industry
12 1 (0.14%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.14%) Electronics
12 1 (0.14%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (15.71%) .NET
2 81 (11.07%) HTML
3 64 (8.74%) XML
4 54 (7.38%) CSS
5 48 (6.56%) Web Services
6 28 (3.83%) ASP.NET
7 23 (3.14%) jQuery
8 20 (2.73%) .NET Framework
9 12 (1.64%) WinForms
9 12 (1.64%) WPF
10 11 (1.50%) J2EE
11 10 (1.37%) WCF
12 8 (1.09%) HTML5
13 5 (0.68%) Hibernate
13 5 (0.68%) SOAP
14 3 (0.41%) REST
14 3 (0.41%) CSS3
15 2 (0.27%) XHTML
15 2 (0.27%) ADO.NET
15 2 (0.27%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 76 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
2 56 (7.65%) Computer Science
3 22 (3.01%) Open Source
4 18 (2.46%) Client/Server
5 16 (2.19%) Mobile App
6 15 (2.05%) Management Information System
7 14 (1.91%) Enterprise Software
8 13 (1.78%) N-Tier
9 11 (1.50%) Life Science
10 10 (1.37%) Mathematics
11 8 (1.09%) Chemistry
11 8 (1.09%) Biology
12 7 (0.96%) Biotechnology
13 6 (0.82%) Smart Meter
14 5 (0.68%) Replication
15 4 (0.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 4 (0.55%) Cryptography
15 4 (0.55%) Physics
16 3 (0.41%) Visualisation
16 3 (0.41%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 163 (22.27%) Windows
2 77 (10.52%) Linux
3 49 (6.69%) Apple iOS
4 48 (6.56%) Android
5 35 (4.78%) UNIX
6 27 (3.69%) Solaris
7 11 (1.50%) Mac OS X
8 7 (0.96%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.68%) Mac OS
9 5 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (0.55%) Windows XP
10 4 (0.55%) Windows Mobile
10 4 (0.55%) Windows 8
10 4 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.55%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.27%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.14%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 375 (51.23%) Agile Software Development
2 280 (38.25%) Software Testing
3 221 (30.19%) Manual Testing
4 211 (28.83%) Automated Testing
5 188 (25.68%) Test Scripting
6 142 (19.40%) Test Automation
7 100 (13.66%) Scrum
8 96 (13.11%) Automation Testing
9 90 (12.30%) Regression Testing
10 63 (8.61%) Performance Testing
11 54 (7.38%) Test Strategy
12 50 (6.83%) User Acceptance Testing
13 47 (6.42%) Waterfall
14 44 (6.01%) Test Management
15 41 (5.60%) Software Engineering
16 39 (5.33%) E-Commerce
17 36 (4.92%) Mentoring
18 33 (4.51%) TDD
18 33 (4.51%) User Stories
19 30 (4.10%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 257 (35.11%) SQL
2 98 (13.39%) Java
3 95 (12.98%) C#
4 73 (9.97%) JavaScript
5 41 (5.60%) Python
6 26 (3.55%) C++
7 23 (3.14%) Perl
8 15 (2.05%) PHP
9 13 (1.78%) PL/SQL
10 12 (1.64%) VB
11 11 (1.50%) T-SQL
12 9 (1.23%) Groovy
12 9 (1.23%) Bash Shell
13 8 (1.09%) VBScript
13 8 (1.09%) VB.NET
13 8 (1.09%) C
13 8 (1.09%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.09%) Ruby
14 4 (0.55%) VB6
15 2 (0.27%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 227 (31.01%) ISEB
2 152 (20.77%) Degree
3 148 (20.22%) ISTQB
4 58 (7.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 18 (2.46%) VCP4
6 16 (2.19%) Security Cleared
7 9 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
8 8 (1.09%) MCSE
8 8 (1.09%) CCNA
8 8 (1.09%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (1.09%) MCITP
9 6 (0.82%) PhD
9 6 (0.82%) SC Cleared
9 6 (0.82%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.14%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 335 (45.77%) QA
2 8 (1.09%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.82%) GLP
4 2 (0.27%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.14%) WAI
5 1 (0.14%) GAMP
5 1 (0.14%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (2.05%) Hyper-V
2 14 (1.91%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.27%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 53 (7.24%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 91 (12.43%) Microsoft
2 41 (5.60%) Oracle
3 28 (3.83%) VMware
4 22 (3.01%) HP
5 10 (1.37%) Google
6 8 (1.09%) Avaya
6 8 (1.09%) Cisco
7 5 (0.68%) Appcelerator
7 5 (0.68%) Telerik
8 4 (0.55%) Symbian
9 3 (0.41%) Citrix
10 2 (0.27%) SAP
10 2 (0.27%) Red Hat
10 2 (0.27%) CA
11 1 (0.14%) Atlassian
11 1 (0.14%) ION Trading
11 1 (0.14%) TOWER Software
11 1 (0.14%) Salesforce.com
11 1 (0.14%) Intel
11 1 (0.14%) BT
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