The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 28 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 245 221 273
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +52
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 1319 1567 1112
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 1.20% 1.33% 1.02%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.27% 1.41% 1.08%
Number of salaries quoted 1178 1337 909
Average salary £39,500 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.33% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £25,000 £25,824
10% offered a salary of more than £55,250 £57,500 £54,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £35,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%

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
103565 111265 102717
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.34% 94.52% 94.32%
Number of salaries quoted 85635 90958 85091
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £26,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Tester
Salary Trend

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

Tester Salary Trend in the UK

Tester
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Tester over the 3 months to 28 July 2015 within the UK.

Tester Salary Histogram in the UK

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 Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -25 1240 £40,000 +6.66% 242
London -35 487 £49,500 +12.50% 85
South East -55 201 £37,500 +2.73% 25
Yorkshire +56 136 £34,000 +4.61% 19
East of England +9 104 £33,750 -0.73% 14
North West -15 96 £33,000 +1.53% 44
West Midlands +1 92 £30,000 -10.44% 18
West Yorkshire +45 85 £35,000 +7.69% 12
City of London -25 75 £49,500 +16.47% 21
South West -56 66 £32,500 -1.88% 20
Manchester -4 60 £35,000 +7.69% 25
Surrey -52 49 £38,750 -3.12% 5
East Midlands -26 46 £35,000 +7.69% 10
Leeds 0 43 £35,000 +7.69% 9
Cambridgeshire +8 39 £32,500 -13.33% 8
Scotland +7 37 £39,500 +27.41% 4
Birmingham +13 35 £35,000 +4.47% 6
Hampshire +2 34 £36,250 -3.33% 5
Cambridge +10 31 £35,000 +1.44% 7
North Yorkshire +15 29 £32,500 +8.33% 1
Berkshire -38 28 £45,000 +20.00% 5
Cheshire +1 27 £32,500 -7.14% 14
Hertfordshire +6 26 £24,000 -45.14% 2
Buckinghamshire -17 25 £32,500 - 2
Staffordshire +2 24 £28,500 +21.27% 1
Edinburgh +2 24 £39,500 +24.40% 2
Watford +15 22 £24,000 +4.34% 2
Nottinghamshire -2 22 £35,000 +27.27% 7
Wales -1 21 £35,000 +9.37%
Oxfordshire +17 20 £32,500 +23.80% 2

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited 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 Tester in their job title.

1 1316 (48.85%) Agile Software Development
2 1188 (44.10%) QA
3 918 (34.08%) Selenium
4 854 (31.70%) SQL
5 851 (31.59%) Java
6 628 (23.31%) Test Scripting
7 575 (21.34%) Automated Testing
8 569 (21.12%) Software Testing
9 567 (21.05%) C#
10 564 (20.94%) ISEB
11 546 (20.27%) Manual Testing
12 527 (19.56%) Test Automation
13 525 (19.49%) Finance
14 451 (16.74%) Automation Testing
15 448 (16.63%) Degree
16 425 (15.78%) ISTQB
17 412 (15.29%) Scrum
18 397 (14.74%) WebDriver
19 393 (14.59%) BDD
20 340 (12.62%) .NET
21 333 (12.36%) Cucumber
22 331 (12.29%) TDD
23 329 (12.21%) Microsoft
24 324 (12.03%) Windows
25 321 (11.92%) User Acceptance Testing
26 296 (10.99%) Regression Testing
27 289 (10.73%) JavaScript
28 285 (10.58%) SDLC
29 267 (9.91%) SQL Server
30 258 (9.58%) JIRA

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited 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 Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 30 (1.11%) WebSphere
2 28 (1.04%) IIS
3 22 (0.82%) SharePoint
4 20 (0.74%) WebLogic
5 14 (0.52%) JBoss
6 13 (0.48%) Node.js
7 11 (0.41%) Tomcat
7 11 (0.41%) MQSeries
8 10 (0.37%) CMS
9 7 (0.26%) SharePoint Server
9 7 (0.26%) Apache
10 5 (0.19%) Drupal
11 4 (0.15%) Confluence
11 4 (0.15%) SAS
12 2 (0.074%) WordPress
12 2 (0.074%) WebLogic Portal
12 2 (0.074%) ColdFusion
12 2 (0.074%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
12 2 (0.074%) WebSphere Application Server
12 2 (0.074%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 155 (5.75%) MS Excel
2 58 (2.15%) MS Office
3 4 (0.15%) Mingle
4 2 (0.074%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.074%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.037%) MS Project
5 1 (0.037%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.26%) MultiFonds
3 7 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.11%) Summit
5 3 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
5 3 (0.11%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.074%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.074%) Magento
6 2 (0.074%) JDE OneWorld
7 1 (0.037%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.037%) LabWindows
7 1 (0.037%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.037%) Oracle 11i
7 1 (0.037%) AWD
Cloud Services
1 56 (2.08%) SaaS
2 22 (0.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (0.56%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.15%) FinancialForce.com
6 3 (0.11%) Trello
7 2 (0.074%) GitHub
8 1 (0.037%) Sage Pay
8 1 (0.037%) Office 365
8 1 (0.037%) Rackspace Cloud
8 1 (0.037%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 40 (1.48%) Wireless
2 34 (1.26%) Internet
3 26 (0.97%) Network Security
4 24 (0.89%) TCP/IP
5 22 (0.82%) HTTP
6 19 (0.71%) Firewall
7 10 (0.37%) Unified Communications
8 8 (0.30%) DNS
9 7 (0.26%) Wireshark
9 7 (0.26%) CTI
10 6 (0.22%) Wireless Security
10 6 (0.22%) VPN
11 5 (0.19%) VoIP
11 5 (0.19%) LAN
12 4 (0.15%) Broadband
12 4 (0.15%) GPRS
12 4 (0.15%) GSM
13 3 (0.11%) SSL
13 3 (0.11%) WAN
13 3 (0.11%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 267 (9.91%) SQL Server
2 73 (2.71%) Relational Database
3 57 (2.12%) MySQL
4 54 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
5 35 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
5 35 (1.30%) Oracle Database
6 30 (1.11%) RDBMS
6 30 (1.11%) DB2
7 27 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 26 (0.97%) MongoDB
9 23 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 22 (0.82%) Big Data
11 21 (0.78%) DbVisualizer
12 15 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
13 13 (0.48%) QlikView
13 13 (0.48%) NoSQL
14 11 (0.41%) Oracle Database 11g
15 10 (0.37%) Hazelcast
15 10 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
16 9 (0.33%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 918 (34.08%) Selenium
2 397 (14.74%) WebDriver
3 333 (12.36%) Cucumber
4 258 (9.58%) JIRA
5 197 (7.31%) HP UFT
6 138 (5.12%) JMeter
7 127 (4.71%) SpecFlow
8 126 (4.68%) JUnit
9 125 (4.64%) Team Foundation Server
10 118 (4.38%) Jenkins
11 109 (4.05%) SoapUI
12 100 (3.71%) LoadRunner
13 85 (3.16%) Git (software)
14 81 (3.01%) Visual Studio
15 79 (2.93%) Subversion
16 61 (2.26%) Appium
17 59 (2.19%) FitNesse
17 59 (2.19%) NUnit
18 50 (1.86%) Calabash
18 50 (1.86%) TeamCity
General
1 525 (19.49%) Finance
2 145 (5.38%) Banking
3 118 (4.38%) Telecoms
4 112 (4.16%) Retail
5 105 (3.90%) Games
6 54 (2.00%) Marketing
7 40 (1.48%) Manufacturing
8 21 (0.78%) Investment Banking
8 21 (0.78%) Law
8 21 (0.78%) Legal
9 19 (0.71%) Electronics
10 17 (0.63%) Advertising
11 14 (0.52%) Financial Institution
12 11 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
13 10 (0.37%) Automotive
13 10 (0.37%) Billing
13 10 (0.37%) Retail Banking
14 6 (0.22%) Aerospace
14 6 (0.22%) Front Office
14 6 (0.22%) Music Industry
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 340 (12.62%) .NET
2 237 (8.80%) HTML
3 177 (6.57%) Web Services
4 171 (6.35%) XML
5 132 (4.90%) CSS
6 88 (3.27%) ASP.NET
7 75 (2.78%) SOAP
8 63 (2.34%) Gherkin
9 55 (2.04%) REST
10 47 (1.74%) J2EE
11 38 (1.41%) jQuery
12 34 (1.26%) RESTful
12 34 (1.26%) Spring
13 30 (1.11%) Java EE
14 26 (0.97%) HTML5
15 22 (0.82%) Flash
15 22 (0.82%) JSON
16 21 (0.78%) .NET Framework
17 19 (0.71%) LAMP
17 19 (0.71%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 245 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 218 (8.09%) Computer Science
3 183 (6.79%) Mobile App
4 74 (2.75%) User Experience
5 48 (1.78%) Client/Server
6 38 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
7 37 (1.37%) Mathematics
8 32 (1.19%) Replication
9 28 (1.04%) Data Centre
10 23 (0.85%) N-Tier
11 21 (0.78%) Management Information System
11 21 (0.78%) DTV
12 19 (0.71%) SWIFT
13 18 (0.67%) AS400
14 16 (0.59%) iSeries
15 14 (0.52%) Visualisation
15 14 (0.52%) Online Games
15 14 (0.52%) Data Integration
16 13 (0.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 12 (0.45%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 324 (12.03%) Windows
2 202 (7.50%) Linux
3 145 (5.38%) Android
4 142 (5.27%) Apple iOS
4 142 (5.27%) UNIX
5 43 (1.60%) Windows Server 2008
6 40 (1.48%) Windows Server 2003
7 35 (1.30%) Windows 7
7 35 (1.30%) Windows Server 2012
8 28 (1.04%) Windows XP
9 23 (0.85%) Windows Vista
10 22 (0.82%) Windows 8
11 15 (0.56%) Windows Mobile
12 11 (0.41%) Mac OS X
13 10 (0.37%) Solaris
14 7 (0.26%) Windows Phone
15 6 (0.22%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.15%) CentOS
17 3 (0.11%) Windows Phone 8
18 2 (0.074%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1316 (48.85%) Agile Software Development
2 628 (23.31%) Test Scripting
3 575 (21.34%) Automated Testing
4 569 (21.12%) Software Testing
5 546 (20.27%) Manual Testing
6 527 (19.56%) Test Automation
7 451 (16.74%) Automation Testing
8 412 (15.29%) Scrum
9 393 (14.59%) BDD
10 331 (12.29%) TDD
11 321 (11.92%) User Acceptance Testing
12 296 (10.99%) Regression Testing
13 285 (10.58%) SDLC
14 231 (8.57%) Continuous Integration
15 206 (7.65%) Performance Testing
16 190 (7.05%) E-Commerce
17 170 (6.31%) Penetration Testing
18 167 (6.20%) System Testing
19 139 (5.16%) Test Strategy
20 129 (4.79%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 854 (31.70%) SQL
2 851 (31.59%) Java
3 567 (21.05%) C#
4 289 (10.73%) JavaScript
5 192 (7.13%) Python
6 170 (6.31%) Ruby
7 125 (4.64%) PHP
8 120 (4.45%) C++
9 67 (2.49%) C
10 54 (2.00%) Perl
11 42 (1.56%) T-SQL
12 40 (1.48%) PL/SQL
13 37 (1.37%) Bash Shell
14 28 (1.04%) VB
15 27 (1.00%) VBScript
16 25 (0.93%) Groovy
17 16 (0.59%) Shell Script
18 15 (0.56%) PowerShell
19 12 (0.45%) ActionScript
20 9 (0.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 564 (20.94%) ISEB
2 448 (16.63%) Degree
3 425 (15.78%) ISTQB
4 226 (8.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 109 (4.05%) Security Cleared
6 67 (2.49%) SC Cleared
7 51 (1.89%) OSCP
8 39 (1.45%) CISSP
9 32 (1.19%) OSCE
9 32 (1.19%) ISEB Practitioner
10 27 (1.00%) CEH
11 19 (0.71%) DV Cleared
12 17 (0.63%) HND
13 15 (0.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 8 (0.30%) GPEN
15 4 (0.15%) CGEIT
15 4 (0.15%) CRISC
15 4 (0.15%) CISA
15 4 (0.15%) GIAC
16 2 (0.074%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1188 (44.10%) QA
2 26 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (0.78%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.15%) SLA
5 2 (0.074%) Val IT
5 2 (0.074%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.074%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.074%) GCP
5 2 (0.074%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.074%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.074%) COBIT
5 2 (0.074%) WAI
6 1 (0.037%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.037%) EMIR
6 1 (0.037%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.037%) Solvency II
System Software
1 22 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (0.33%) Hyper-V
3 4 (0.15%) vSphere
3 4 (0.15%) Firmware
4 3 (0.11%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.11%) Docker
5 2 (0.074%) Snort
6 1 (0.037%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.037%) XenApp
6 1 (0.037%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 176 (6.53%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (0.89%) Nessus
3 17 (0.63%) Nmap
4 8 (0.30%) Puppet
5 6 (0.22%) CORE IMPACT
6 5 (0.19%) SCCM
7 3 (0.11%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.074%) Oozie
8 2 (0.074%) Netcool
9 1 (0.037%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.037%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 1 (0.037%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 329 (12.21%) Microsoft
2 193 (7.16%) Oracle
3 130 (4.83%) HP
4 39 (1.45%) IBM
5 34 (1.26%) VMware
6 24 (0.89%) SAP
7 15 (0.56%) Telerik
8 14 (0.52%) Cognos
9 10 (0.37%) Qualys
9 10 (0.37%) Bloomberg
10 9 (0.33%) Salesforce.com
10 9 (0.33%) Apple
10 9 (0.33%) Terracotta
11 8 (0.30%) Citrix
11 8 (0.30%) Capita
11 8 (0.30%) Google
12 7 (0.26%) Remedy
13 6 (0.22%) Informatica
13 6 (0.22%) Sage
14 5 (0.19%) McAfee
Reading, Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 3 hours ago
City, London
People Source Consulting
Salary: £45000 - £62500 per annum + inc benefits, + bonus
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Monarch Recruitment
Salary: £40000 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
GLM Recruitment
Salary: Salary dependent on Experance
Posted: 15 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £24000 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Calibre Search Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
Merseyside
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £24000 - £32000 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Miller Maxwell Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £45,000 per annum Bonus + Pension + Private Healthcare
Posted: 16 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Calibre Search Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £20000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 18 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Opus IT Consulting
Salary: £24000.00 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £30000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
SKY
Salary: Unspecified Highly competitive and superb benefits including free Sky
Posted: 18 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Curve IT Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £32000 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
Central London / West End
Client Server
Salary: £40k to £55k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
Woking, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £0000 per annum + Bonus, pension, healthcare
Posted: 23 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
AMsource Technology
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Pension, 25 days hols, healthcare2
Posted: 23 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £28000 - £36000 per annum + Good Benefits Package + Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
London
X4 Group
Salary: £40k - 45k per year
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + Pension, 25 days, Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago