Period
to 20 January 2019

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £41,250 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

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

Quality Assurance Tester
England > South East
6 months to
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 435 481 460
Rank change year-on-year +46 -21 +66
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 77 68 115
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.29% 0.22% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.30% 0.23% 0.37%
Number of salaries quoted 72 61 97
South East median annual salary £41,250 £35,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +17.86% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £24,250 £23,750
90th Percentile £55,000 £47,500 £58,300
England median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +6.67%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South East. 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
South East
Permanent vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 25,395 29,856 30,895
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.30% 96.69% 96.90%
Number of salaries quoted 21,011 24,933 25,617
South East median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £72,250 £67,500 £67,500
England median annual salary £51,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +2.00% +5.26% -

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
Salary Trend in the South East

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

Salary trend for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
Salary Histogram in the South East

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

Salary histogram for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the South East region over the 6 months to 20 January 2019. 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
Thames Valley +45 30 £45,000 +18.42% 7
Surrey +40 19 £40,000 +14.29% 2
Buckinghamshire +23 12 £40,000 +23.08% 2
West Sussex 0 12 £45,000 +50.00% 1
Hampshire +10 11 £30,000 -25.00% 1
Berkshire +14 10 £45,000 +16.88% 1
Oxfordshire +30 8 £50,000 +33.33% 4
East Sussex +22 5 £32,500 -
QA Tester
England

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, QA Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the South East region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 77 (100.00%) QA
2 61 (79.22%) Agile Software Development
3 58 (75.32%) Test Automation
4 35 (45.45%) Selenium
5 34 (44.16%) Scrum
6 33 (42.86%) Problem-Solving
7 29 (37.66%) C#
8 26 (33.77%) SQL
9 24 (31.17%) JIRA
10 23 (29.87%) Regression Testing
11 22 (28.57%) Functional Testing
12 20 (25.97%) WebDriver
12 20 (25.97%) Exploratory Testing
13 19 (24.68%) Finance
14 18 (23.38%) Performance Testing
14 18 (23.38%) Cross-Browser Testing
14 18 (23.38%) Acceptance Criteria
15 16 (20.78%) Test Scripting
15 16 (20.78%) Software Testing
16 15 (19.48%) Confluence
17 14 (18.18%) Stress Testing
17 14 (18.18%) Java
18 12 (15.58%) Manual Testing
18 12 (15.58%) SDLC
19 11 (14.29%) Kanban
19 11 (14.29%) User Experience
19 11 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
19 11 (14.29%) Requirements Analysis
19 11 (14.29%) JavaScript
19 11 (14.29%) HP

QA Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 15 (19.48%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 3 (3.90%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.39%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.60%) SaaS
2 2 (2.60%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 9 (11.69%) HTTP
2 2 (2.60%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.60%) Redis
1 2 (2.60%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 35 (45.45%) Selenium
2 24 (31.17%) JIRA
3 20 (25.97%) WebDriver
4 11 (14.29%) HP UFT
5 7 (9.09%) JMeter
6 6 (7.79%) Git (software)
7 4 (5.19%) Fiddler
8 3 (3.90%) Cucumber
8 3 (3.90%) SpecFlow
9 2 (2.60%) Appium
9 2 (2.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (2.60%) Bitbucket
9 2 (2.60%) Jenkins
9 2 (2.60%) NeoLoad
9 2 (2.60%) Protractor
10 1 (1.30%) TeamCity
General
1 19 (24.68%) Finance
2 4 (5.19%) Advertising
2 4 (5.19%) Marketing
3 2 (2.60%) Electronics
3 2 (2.60%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.60%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.30%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (12.99%) .NET
2 6 (7.79%) REST
2 6 (7.79%) Web Services
3 5 (6.49%) HTML
3 5 (6.49%) HTML5
4 4 (5.19%) ASP.NET
4 4 (5.19%) CSS
4 4 (5.19%) CSS3
5 3 (3.90%) Behat
6 2 (2.60%) AngularJS
6 2 (2.60%) SOAP
7 1 (1.30%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
1 11 (14.29%) User Experience
2 8 (10.39%) Mobile App
3 6 (7.79%) Fintech
4 5 (6.49%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (2.60%) e-Learning
5 2 (2.60%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (2.60%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (2.60%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.30%) BBC
6 1 (1.30%) Learning Management System
6 1 (1.30%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 6 (7.79%) Windows
2 4 (5.19%) Linux
3 3 (3.90%) VMS
4 2 (2.60%) Android
4 2 (2.60%) Apple iOS
4 2 (2.60%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (79.22%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (75.32%) Test Automation
3 34 (44.16%) Scrum
4 33 (42.86%) Problem-Solving
5 23 (29.87%) Regression Testing
6 22 (28.57%) Functional Testing
7 20 (25.97%) Exploratory Testing
8 18 (23.38%) Acceptance Criteria
8 18 (23.38%) Cross-Browser Testing
8 18 (23.38%) Performance Testing
9 16 (20.78%) Software Testing
9 16 (20.78%) Test Scripting
10 14 (18.18%) Stress Testing
11 12 (15.58%) Manual Testing
11 12 (15.58%) SDLC
12 11 (14.29%) Kanban
12 11 (14.29%) Requirements Analysis
13 10 (12.99%) API Testing
14 8 (10.39%) Open Source
14 8 (10.39%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 29 (37.66%) C#
2 26 (33.77%) SQL
3 14 (18.18%) Java
4 11 (14.29%) JavaScript
5 6 (7.79%) Python
6 2 (2.60%) Apple Swift
7 1 (1.30%) PHP
7 1 (1.30%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 8 (10.39%) ISTQB
2 7 (9.09%) ISEB
3 4 (5.19%) Degree
4 3 (3.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.60%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (2.60%) Ansible
Vendors
1 11 (14.29%) HP
2 4 (5.19%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.60%) SAP