Period
to 18 January 2018

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance Tester
UK > England
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 746 640 644
Rank change year-on-year -106 +4 +120
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 433 595 714
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.27% 0.36% 0.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.28% 0.37% 0.38%
Number of salaries quoted 381 546 691
England median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £26,750 £25,875 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £61,250 £60,000
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
England
Permanent vacancies in England with a recognized job title 156,412 161,494 188,396
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.03% 96.49% 96.63%
Number of salaries quoted 128,028 135,475 159,038
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,250 £26,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,738
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.85% +1.64%

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured QA Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in England

QA Tester
Salary Trend in England

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

Salary trend for QA Tester in England

QA Tester
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in England over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Salary histogram for QA Tester in England

QA Tester
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the England region over the 6 months to 18 January 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -106 175 £55,000 +10.00% 16
South East -8 69 £35,000 - 9
Midlands +27 64 £35,000 +16.67% 6
North of England -44 60 £35,000 +7.69% 6
East of England +33 55 £35,000 -6.67% 6
West Midlands +32 50 £33,500 +26.42% 5
North West -42 35 £35,000 - 6
Yorkshire +42 25 £37,750 +21.77%
East Midlands +11 14 £39,500 +21.54% 1
South West -4 12 £38,750 +32.48% 5
QA Tester
UK

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, QA Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the England region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 433 (100.00%) QA
2 350 (80.83%) Test Automation
3 275 (63.51%) Agile Software Development
4 198 (45.73%) Selenium
5 121 (27.94%) JIRA
6 119 (27.48%) BDD
7 115 (26.56%) Cucumber
8 113 (26.10%) Java
9 110 (25.40%) Finance
10 108 (24.94%) Scrum
11 105 (24.25%) Regression Testing
12 100 (23.09%) SQL
13 86 (19.86%) TDD
14 80 (18.48%) WebDriver
15 78 (18.01%) Test Scripting
15 78 (18.01%) Manual Testing
16 69 (15.94%) C#
17 64 (14.78%) API Testing
18 60 (13.86%) ISEB
19 59 (13.63%) Software Testing
19 59 (13.63%) Functional Testing
20 58 (13.39%) ISTQB
21 53 (12.24%) User Acceptance Testing
22 51 (11.78%) Degree
22 51 (11.78%) Kanban
23 49 (11.32%) Mobile App
23 49 (11.32%) SDLC
24 48 (11.09%) Apple iOS
25 47 (10.85%) Jenkins
25 47 (10.85%) Test Strategy

QA Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 32 (7.39%) Confluence
2 12 (2.77%) CMS
3 7 (1.62%) Skype for Business
4 6 (1.39%) JBoss
5 3 (0.69%) IIS
6 2 (0.46%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.23%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.23%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.23%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.23%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (0.92%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.69%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 2 (0.46%) Magento
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 18 (4.16%) Amazon AWS
1 18 (4.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (3.00%) SaaS
3 5 (1.15%) GitHub
4 3 (0.69%) BrowserStack
4 3 (0.69%) Sauce Labs
4 3 (0.69%) Slack
5 2 (0.46%) npm
6 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.23%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.85%) Internet
2 7 (1.62%) ATM
2 7 (1.62%) Skype
2 7 (1.62%) Unified Communications
3 4 (0.92%) VoIP
4 2 (0.46%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.23%) Intranet
5 1 (0.23%) RTP
5 1 (0.23%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (6.93%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.70%) Relational Database
3 6 (1.39%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (1.15%) MySQL
5 4 (0.92%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.92%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.92%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.46%) Big Data
7 2 (0.46%) Blockchain
7 2 (0.46%) Oracle ODI
7 2 (0.46%) RDBMS
7 2 (0.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.23%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 198 (45.73%) Selenium
2 121 (27.94%) JIRA
3 115 (26.56%) Cucumber
4 80 (18.48%) WebDriver
5 47 (10.85%) Jenkins
6 42 (9.70%) SoapUI
7 28 (6.47%) Git (software)
8 27 (6.24%) JUnit
9 26 (6.00%) Appium
9 26 (6.00%) JMeter
10 25 (5.77%) FitNesse
11 21 (4.85%) SpecFlow
12 20 (4.62%) Visual Studio
13 16 (3.70%) Protractor
14 15 (3.46%) JBehave
15 14 (3.23%) HP UFT
15 14 (3.23%) Team Foundation Server
16 12 (2.77%) Zephyr
17 11 (2.54%) Calabash
18 10 (2.31%) Hudson
General
1 110 (25.40%) Finance
2 31 (7.16%) Retail
3 29 (6.70%) Banking
4 17 (3.93%) Games
5 8 (1.85%) Marketing
6 6 (1.39%) Advertising
6 6 (1.39%) Financial Institution
6 6 (1.39%) Investment Banking
7 5 (1.15%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.46%) Automotive
8 2 (0.46%) Legal
8 2 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.46%) Publishing
8 2 (0.46%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.46%) Retail Finance
8 2 (0.46%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.23%) Electronics
9 1 (0.23%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (9.24%) Web Services
2 35 (8.08%) .NET
3 29 (6.70%) SOAP
4 27 (6.24%) Gherkin
5 20 (4.62%) HTML
6 16 (3.70%) CSS
6 16 (3.70%) XML
7 14 (3.23%) AngularJS
8 13 (3.00%) HTML5
8 13 (3.00%) REST
9 10 (2.31%) RESTful
10 9 (2.08%) ASP.NET
10 9 (2.08%) Behat
11 8 (1.85%) Node.js
12 7 (1.62%) jQuery
13 6 (1.39%) pytest
13 6 (1.39%) WinForms
14 5 (1.15%) Java EE
14 5 (1.15%) JSON
15 4 (0.92%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 49 (11.32%) Mobile App
2 36 (8.31%) Greenfield Project
3 34 (7.85%) Fintech
4 32 (7.39%) Analytical Skills
5 25 (5.77%) Computer Science
6 15 (3.46%) User Experience
7 11 (2.54%) Client/Server
8 9 (2.08%) Data Structures
9 7 (1.62%) BBC
9 7 (1.62%) Linux Command Line
10 5 (1.15%) Derivative
10 5 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.15%) Equities
10 5 (1.15%) Fixed Income
10 5 (1.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 5 (1.15%) Virtual Team
11 4 (0.92%) Management Information System
12 3 (0.69%) Algorithms
12 3 (0.69%) Credit Derivative
12 3 (0.69%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 48 (11.09%) Apple iOS
2 45 (10.39%) Windows
3 42 (9.70%) Android
4 30 (6.93%) Unix
5 19 (4.39%) Linux
6 4 (0.92%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.23%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.23%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 350 (80.83%) Test Automation
2 275 (63.51%) Agile Software Development
3 119 (27.48%) BDD
4 108 (24.94%) Scrum
5 105 (24.25%) Regression Testing
6 86 (19.86%) TDD
7 78 (18.01%) Manual Testing
7 78 (18.01%) Test Scripting
8 64 (14.78%) API Testing
9 59 (13.63%) Functional Testing
9 59 (13.63%) Software Testing
10 53 (12.24%) User Acceptance Testing
11 51 (11.78%) Kanban
12 49 (11.32%) SDLC
13 47 (10.85%) Test Strategy
14 45 (10.39%) QA Automation
15 44 (10.16%) Continuous Integration
16 43 (9.93%) Integration Testing
17 38 (8.78%) Acceptance Criteria
18 36 (8.31%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 113 (26.10%) Java
2 100 (23.09%) SQL
3 69 (15.94%) C#
4 42 (9.70%) Ruby
5 41 (9.47%) Python
6 39 (9.01%) JavaScript
7 16 (3.70%) Groovy
8 12 (2.77%) PHP
9 11 (2.54%) T-SQL
10 8 (1.85%) C++
11 5 (1.15%) Apple Swift
11 5 (1.15%) C
11 5 (1.15%) PowerShell
12 3 (0.69%) Objective-C
12 3 (0.69%) Perl
12 3 (0.69%) TypeScript
12 3 (0.69%) VB
13 2 (0.46%) R
13 2 (0.46%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.23%) Jython
Qualifications
1 60 (13.86%) ISEB
2 58 (13.39%) ISTQB
3 51 (11.78%) Degree
4 28 (6.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (3.23%) Security Cleared
6 13 (3.00%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (0.92%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (0.92%) SC Cleared
8 2 (0.46%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.23%) HNC
9 1 (0.23%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 433 (100.00%) QA
2 9 (2.08%) ISO 20022
2 9 (2.08%) ISO 8583
3 5 (1.15%) MiFID
4 2 (0.46%) SLA
5 1 (0.23%) IFRS
5 1 (0.23%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (0.46%) Docker
1 2 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (0.46%) Xen
Systems Management
1 13 (3.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.23%) Kibana
Vendors
1 31 (7.16%) Microsoft
2 16 (3.70%) Capita
3 13 (3.00%) Atlassian
4 12 (2.77%) Google
4 12 (2.77%) Oracle
5 8 (1.85%) HP
6 5 (1.15%) Twitter
7 4 (0.92%) Apple
8 3 (0.69%) JDA
8 3 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.46%) Aquila
9 2 (0.46%) BEA
9 2 (0.46%) Cognizant
9 2 (0.46%) Mapbox
9 2 (0.46%) Sitecore
10 1 (0.23%) Apigee
10 1 (0.23%) hybris
10 1 (0.23%) New Relic
10 1 (0.23%) Remedy
10 1 (0.23%) VMware