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 16 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 235 280 228
Rank change year-on-year
+45 -52
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 1384 1058 1466
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 1.21% 1.00% 1.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.28% 1.06% 1.31%
Number of salaries quoted 1163 878 1277
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £37,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -5.40%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
- +4.61%

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
107735 100235 112120
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.42% 94.28% 95.13%
Number of salaries quoted 87213 83254 95688
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £69,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,800 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+0.50% +3.37%

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 16 September 2014 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 16 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
(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 +50 1316 £37,500 +7.14% 180
London +55 532 £45,000 - 61
South East +10 300 £35,000 +4.47% 31
City of London -12 111 £42,500 -15.00% 24
Surrey +42 94 £35,000 - 5
South West +11 94 £32,500 -2.98% 20
North West +19 84 £35,000 +16.66% 25
East of England +12 82 £34,000 +4.61% 12
West Midlands +7 72 £32,500 -7.14% 9
East Midlands -12 69 £32,500 -1.51% 4
Yorkshire -51 66 £30,000 -14.28% 13
Berkshire +12 60 £38,500 +10.00% 8
Bristol +28 55 £34,000 - 13
Manchester +6 42 £35,500 +29.09% 16
Hampshire -7 40 £35,000 -6.66% 11
Nottinghamshire +7 38 £33,750 +10.65% 2
Cambridgeshire +24 35 £37,500 +7.14% 6
Nottingham -1 35 £33,750 +8.87% 2
Buckinghamshire +13 32 £30,000 -7.69% 3
Cambridge +26 31 £37,500 +11.11% 6
West Yorkshire -71 31 £30,000 -20.00% 5
Reading +10 30 £41,500 +18.57%
East Sussex -9 30 £35,000 +16.66% 2
Brighton -11 29 £35,000 +16.66% 1
Kent -11 27 £35,000 +3.70% 1
Scotland -16 27 £32,500 -1.51% 2
Cheshire -7 26 £35,000 -3.44% 7
Bedfordshire +14 24 £25,000 -14.52%
Staffordshire +10 23 £32,500 -14.89% 2
Leeds -59 23 £31,500 -10.00% 2

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, 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 1389 (46.24%) Agile Software Development
2 1228 (40.88%) QA
3 890 (29.63%) Selenium
4 881 (29.33%) SQL
5 768 (25.57%) Degree
6 724 (24.10%) Java
7 704 (23.44%) ISEB
8 681 (22.67%) Finance
9 677 (22.54%) Software Testing
10 652 (21.70%) Automated Testing
11 641 (21.34%) Manual Testing
12 607 (20.21%) C#
13 570 (18.97%) Test Scripting
14 565 (18.81%) Test Automation
15 527 (17.54%) .NET
16 454 (15.11%) Windows
17 416 (13.85%) ISTQB
18 409 (13.62%) Microsoft
19 353 (11.75%) Scrum
20 348 (11.58%) QuickTest Pro
21 343 (11.42%) Regression Testing
21 343 (11.42%) WebDriver
22 318 (10.59%) SQL Server
23 313 (10.42%) Computer Science
24 307 (10.22%) Performance Testing
25 299 (9.95%) Automation Testing
26 285 (9.49%) BDD
27 273 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
28 270 (8.99%) TDD
29 266 (8.85%) Analytical Skills

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, 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 32 (1.07%) IIS
2 28 (0.93%) Apache
3 27 (0.90%) CMS
4 26 (0.87%) Confluence
5 25 (0.83%) SharePoint
6 24 (0.80%) WebSphere
7 16 (0.53%) WorkSite
8 11 (0.37%) Drupal
9 8 (0.27%) ColdFusion
9 8 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 6 (0.20%) Tomcat
10 6 (0.20%) WordPress
10 6 (0.20%) Node.js
11 4 (0.13%) BizTalk Server
11 4 (0.13%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.100%) SAS
12 3 (0.100%) MQSeries
13 2 (0.067%) MS Exchange
13 2 (0.067%) TIBCO EMS
13 2 (0.067%) Mule
Applications
1 204 (6.79%) MS Excel
2 84 (2.80%) MS Office
3 20 (0.67%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (0.20%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.033%) MS Project
6 1 (0.033%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.033%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 12 (0.40%) JDE OneWorld
2 7 (0.23%) Sophis RISQUE
3 5 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.13%) Servitor
5 3 (0.100%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.067%) Endur
6 2 (0.067%) RiskWrite
7 1 (0.033%) ProductWriter
7 1 (0.033%) Magento
7 1 (0.033%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.033%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.033%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.033%) Exstream
7 1 (0.033%) VisionPLUS
7 1 (0.033%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.033%) Academy Housing
7 1 (0.033%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.033%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 43 (1.43%) SaaS
2 34 (1.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
4 13 (0.43%) Basecamp
5 11 (0.37%) AWS Data Pipeline
6 5 (0.17%) GitHub
7 4 (0.13%) Trello
8 2 (0.067%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 84 (2.80%) TCP/IP
2 43 (1.43%) Wireless
2 43 (1.43%) Internet
3 41 (1.36%) Firewall
4 37 (1.23%) HTTP
5 26 (0.87%) WAN
6 25 (0.83%) VoIP
7 22 (0.73%) LAN
8 17 (0.57%) Network Security
9 16 (0.53%) LTE
10 15 (0.50%) Wireshark
10 15 (0.50%) 3G
11 13 (0.43%) VPN
12 11 (0.37%) SGSN
13 10 (0.33%) SSL
13 10 (0.33%) IMAP
13 10 (0.33%) Wireless Security
14 9 (0.30%) GGSN
14 9 (0.30%) DHCP
14 9 (0.30%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 318 (10.59%) SQL Server
2 123 (4.09%) MySQL
3 65 (2.16%) Relational Database
4 49 (1.63%) Oracle Database
5 46 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
6 30 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 25 (0.83%) MongoDB
8 22 (0.73%) Big Data
9 18 (0.60%) Hazelcast
10 17 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 15 (0.50%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 15 (0.50%) Amazon Redshift
12 14 (0.47%) DB2
13 13 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
14 11 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
14 11 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
15 10 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
15 10 (0.33%) NoSQL
16 6 (0.20%) BusinessObjects XI
16 6 (0.20%) Redis
Development Applications
1 890 (29.63%) Selenium
2 348 (11.58%) QuickTest Pro
3 343 (11.42%) WebDriver
4 238 (7.92%) JIRA
5 227 (7.56%) Cucumber
6 200 (6.66%) LoadRunner
7 185 (6.16%) JMeter
8 144 (4.79%) Team Foundation Server
9 115 (3.83%) JUnit
10 102 (3.40%) Visual Studio
11 95 (3.16%) Jenkins
12 91 (3.03%) Git (software)
13 82 (2.73%) SoapUI
14 72 (2.40%) NUnit
15 64 (2.13%) SpecFlow
16 53 (1.76%) FitNesse
17 51 (1.70%) Subversion
18 50 (1.66%) TeamCity
19 49 (1.63%) Hudson
20 45 (1.50%) WATIR
General
1 681 (22.67%) Finance
2 126 (4.19%) Retail
3 125 (4.16%) Banking
4 113 (3.76%) Telecoms
5 87 (2.90%) Games
6 63 (2.10%) Marketing
7 39 (1.30%) Law
8 31 (1.03%) Financial Institution
9 30 (1.00%) Electronics
10 27 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
11 23 (0.77%) Publishing
12 22 (0.73%) Front Office
12 22 (0.73%) Investment Banking
13 20 (0.67%) Advertising
14 18 (0.60%) Back Office
15 16 (0.53%) Legal
16 12 (0.40%) Multimedia
17 10 (0.33%) Billing
17 10 (0.33%) Manufacturing
18 8 (0.27%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 527 (17.54%) .NET
2 185 (6.16%) HTML
3 157 (5.23%) XML
4 146 (4.86%) Web Services
5 100 (3.33%) ASP.NET
5 100 (3.33%) CSS
6 65 (2.16%) J2EE
7 62 (2.06%) REST
7 62 (2.06%) .NET Framework
8 60 (2.00%) SOAP
9 47 (1.56%) Gherkin
10 28 (0.93%) HTML5
11 26 (0.87%) jQuery
12 23 (0.77%) RESTful
13 21 (0.70%) Flash
14 20 (0.67%) WinForms
15 16 (0.53%) Spring
15 16 (0.53%) JSON
15 16 (0.53%) CSS3
16 15 (0.50%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 313 (10.42%) Computer Science
2 266 (8.85%) Analytical Skills
3 156 (5.19%) Open Source
4 150 (4.99%) Mobile App
5 144 (4.79%) Mathematics
6 70 (2.33%) Life Science
7 61 (2.03%) User Experience
8 57 (1.90%) Management Information System
9 56 (1.86%) Client/Server
10 54 (1.80%) Chemistry
11 48 (1.60%) Biology
12 33 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 31 (1.03%) Derivative
14 30 (1.00%) Visualisation
15 29 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
16 28 (0.93%) Statistics
17 26 (0.87%) Equities
17 26 (0.87%) N-Tier
18 24 (0.80%) Physics
19 21 (0.70%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 454 (15.11%) Windows
2 244 (8.12%) Linux
3 179 (5.96%) UNIX
4 129 (4.29%) Android
5 118 (3.93%) Apple iOS
6 52 (1.73%) Windows Server 2003
7 37 (1.23%) Solaris
8 36 (1.20%) Mac OS X
9 35 (1.17%) Windows 7
10 29 (0.97%) Windows Server 2008
11 28 (0.93%) Windows XP
12 23 (0.77%) Windows Vista
13 15 (0.50%) Windows 8
13 15 (0.50%) Windows Phone
13 15 (0.50%) Debian
14 14 (0.47%) Ubuntu
15 11 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
16 10 (0.33%) AIX
16 10 (0.33%) CentOS
17 9 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1389 (46.24%) Agile Software Development
2 677 (22.54%) Software Testing
3 652 (21.70%) Automated Testing
4 641 (21.34%) Manual Testing
5 570 (18.97%) Test Scripting
6 565 (18.81%) Test Automation
7 353 (11.75%) Scrum
8 343 (11.42%) Regression Testing
9 307 (10.22%) Performance Testing
10 299 (9.95%) Automation Testing
11 285 (9.49%) BDD
12 273 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
13 270 (8.99%) TDD
14 241 (8.02%) Penetration Testing
15 218 (7.26%) Test Strategy
16 215 (7.16%) System Testing
17 162 (5.39%) E-Commerce
18 157 (5.23%) OO
19 152 (5.06%) Continuous Integration
20 132 (4.39%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 881 (29.33%) SQL
2 724 (24.10%) Java
3 607 (20.21%) C#
4 249 (8.29%) Python
5 240 (7.99%) Ruby
6 224 (7.46%) JavaScript
7 212 (7.06%) C++
8 132 (4.39%) PHP
9 96 (3.20%) Perl
10 85 (2.83%) PL/SQL
11 80 (2.66%) C
12 77 (2.56%) VB
13 70 (2.33%) VBScript
14 56 (1.86%) Shell Script
15 49 (1.63%) T-SQL
16 33 (1.10%) VB.NET
16 33 (1.10%) Bash Shell
17 27 (0.90%) Objective-C
18 23 (0.77%) F#
19 18 (0.60%) VBA
Qualifications
1 768 (25.57%) Degree
2 704 (23.44%) ISEB
3 416 (13.85%) ISTQB
4 214 (7.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 134 (4.46%) Security Cleared
6 104 (3.46%) CEH
7 76 (2.53%) CISSP
8 69 (2.30%) SC Cleared
9 37 (1.23%) OSCP
10 30 (1.00%) PhD
11 26 (0.87%) GPEN
12 23 (0.77%) Microsoft Certification
13 22 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
13 22 (0.73%) CCNA
14 20 (0.67%) OSCE
15 19 (0.63%) HND
16 18 (0.60%) MCITP
16 18 (0.60%) DV Cleared
17 17 (0.57%) CISMP
18 14 (0.47%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1228 (40.88%) QA
2 70 (2.33%) PCI DSS
3 48 (1.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (0.30%) SLA
5 8 (0.27%) GLP
6 7 (0.23%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.13%) COBIT
8 3 (0.100%) GAMP
9 2 (0.067%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.033%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.033%) ISO 9002
10 1 (0.033%) ISO/IEC 17799
10 1 (0.033%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 1 (0.033%) TickIT
System Software
1 21 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (0.43%) Active Directory
3 12 (0.40%) Hyper-V
4 8 (0.27%) Snort
5 7 (0.23%) vSphere
6 6 (0.20%) Nmap
6 6 (0.20%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.067%) Terminal Server
7 2 (0.067%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.033%) Cygwin
8 1 (0.033%) KVM
8 1 (0.033%) XenApp
8 1 (0.033%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 207 (6.89%) HP Quality Center
2 22 (0.73%) SCCM
3 12 (0.40%) Nessus
4 6 (0.20%) NetBackup
4 6 (0.20%) Backup Exec
4 6 (0.20%) CORE IMPACT
4 6 (0.20%) PureDisk
5 5 (0.17%) WebInspect
6 4 (0.13%) Opsview
7 3 (0.100%) Puppet
8 1 (0.033%) AppDNA
8 1 (0.033%) Ansible
8 1 (0.033%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.033%) WMI
8 1 (0.033%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 409 (13.62%) Microsoft
2 206 (6.86%) Oracle
3 170 (5.66%) HP
4 28 (0.93%) VMware
5 23 (0.77%) SAP
6 22 (0.73%) Citrix
7 18 (0.60%) Red Hat
8 16 (0.53%) IBM
8 16 (0.53%) Interwoven
8 16 (0.53%) Telerik
9 14 (0.47%) Adobe
10 13 (0.43%) Cisco
11 12 (0.40%) Altiris
12 11 (0.37%) Jaspersoft
13 10 (0.33%) Salesforce.com
14 9 (0.30%) Business Objects
14 9 (0.30%) Informatica
15 8 (0.27%) JD Edwards
15 8 (0.27%) LogRhythm
16 7 (0.23%) Avaya
Cheshire
Spring Technology
Salary: £30000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
Posted: 48 minutes ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £35000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: 2 hours ago
Hull, North Humberside
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £25000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
Slough, Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Salary: £30000.00 - £38000.00 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Timothy James Consulting Ltd
Salary: £220 - £230 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 45,000 to 55,000
Posted: 18 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: £18,000 - £25,000
Posted: 18 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: Competitive plus benefits
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £80000 - £100000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + pension + package
Posted: 22 hours ago
South East London
Hunt 4 Staff
Salary: £20k - 30k per year + PRO RATA
Posted: 23 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 to £35000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £70000 - £100000 per annum + Bonus + Benifits
Posted: Yesterday
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Paramount Enterprizes Limited
Salary: From £37,000 to £40,000 per annum Plus Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 to £50000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £33000 - £36000 per annum + Pension, Medical, 28days hol
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum Plus and excellent bonus and benefit
Posted: Yesterday
Petersfield, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday