Period
to 23 November 2017

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £37,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 477 449 509
Rank change year-on-year -28 +60 +28
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 78 139 146
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.25% 0.40% 0.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.41% 0.35%
Number of salaries quoted 75 112 135
South East median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £36,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% -2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £26,100 £25,000 £26,100
90th Percentile £63,750 £57,500 £47,800
England median annual salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% +7.14%

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 29734 34034 41244
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.59% 96.98% 96.88%
Number of salaries quoted 24799 28533 34421
South East median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £67,500 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,377
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.42% +3.06%

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017. 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 +1 38 £37,500 +7.14% 5
Oxfordshire +15 16 £62,500 +150.00% 1
Surrey +7 14 £35,000 +16.67%
Hampshire +15 13 £40,000 - 1
Berkshire +8 13 £40,000 +14.29% 1
Buckinghamshire +8 9 £32,500 -7.14% 3
West Sussex -1 6 £39,000 +3.31% 1
Kent - 4 £35,000 -
East Sussex -40 1 £20,500 -31.67%
QA Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, 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 South East region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 78 (100.00%) QA
2 58 (74.36%) Test Automation
3 33 (42.31%) Selenium
4 29 (37.18%) Agile Software Development
5 22 (28.21%) Regression Testing
6 21 (26.92%) Java
7 17 (21.79%) Cucumber
7 17 (21.79%) Manual Testing
7 17 (21.79%) Software Testing
8 16 (20.51%) ISTQB
8 16 (20.51%) Test Scripting
8 16 (20.51%) C#
9 15 (19.23%) Degree
10 14 (17.95%) SQL
10 14 (17.95%) Python
10 14 (17.95%) Microsoft
10 14 (17.95%) Scrum
11 13 (16.67%) SQL Server
12 11 (14.10%) .NET
12 11 (14.10%) Test Strategy
13 10 (12.82%) JIRA
13 10 (12.82%) Integration Testing
13 10 (12.82%) BDD
13 10 (12.82%) Amazon AWS
14 9 (11.54%) Git (software)
14 9 (11.54%) ASP.NET
14 9 (11.54%) C
14 9 (11.54%) C++
14 9 (11.54%) ISEB
14 9 (11.54%) Mentoring

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 1 (1.28%) Confluence
1 1 (1.28%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (6.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (2.56%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 10 (12.82%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (10.26%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (3.85%) SaaS
4 1 (1.28%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.28%) Internet
1 1 (1.28%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.85%) Relational Database
2 3 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.28%) Big Data
3 1 (1.28%) Cognos Impromptu
Development Applications
1 33 (42.31%) Selenium
2 17 (21.79%) Cucumber
3 10 (12.82%) JIRA
4 9 (11.54%) Git (software)
5 8 (10.26%) JUnit
5 8 (10.26%) WebDriver
6 5 (6.41%) SpecFlow
7 4 (5.13%) Appium
7 4 (5.13%) NUnit
8 3 (3.85%) Jenkins
8 3 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (3.85%) tSQLt
9 2 (2.56%) Subversion
9 2 (2.56%) TeamCity
9 2 (2.56%) Visual Studio
10 1 (1.28%) Bugzilla
10 1 (1.28%) Capybara
10 1 (1.28%) JMeter
10 1 (1.28%) NeoLoad
10 1 (1.28%) RSpec
General
1 5 (6.41%) Finance
2 4 (5.13%) Marketing
3 3 (3.85%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.56%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (2.56%) Retail
5 1 (1.28%) Automotive
5 1 (1.28%) Banking
5 1 (1.28%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (14.10%) .NET
2 9 (11.54%) ASP.NET
3 4 (5.13%) HTML
3 4 (5.13%) HTML5
4 3 (3.85%) Gherkin
4 3 (3.85%) Web Services
4 3 (3.85%) WinForms
5 2 (2.56%) Google Maps API
5 2 (2.56%) Laravel
6 1 (1.28%) Ajax
6 1 (1.28%) CSS
6 1 (1.28%) CSS3
6 1 (1.28%) jQuery
6 1 (1.28%) XHTML
6 1 (1.28%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.41%) Computer Science
3 4 (5.13%) Mobile App
4 3 (3.85%) iPad
5 1 (1.28%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.28%) STB
5 1 (1.28%) User Experience
5 1 (1.28%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 3 (3.85%) Windows
2 1 (1.28%) Android
2 1 (1.28%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.28%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (74.36%) Test Automation
2 29 (37.18%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (28.21%) Regression Testing
4 17 (21.79%) Manual Testing
4 17 (21.79%) Software Testing
5 16 (20.51%) Test Scripting
6 14 (17.95%) Scrum
7 11 (14.10%) Test Strategy
8 10 (12.82%) BDD
8 10 (12.82%) Integration Testing
9 9 (11.54%) Functional Testing
9 9 (11.54%) Mentoring
10 8 (10.26%) Artificial Intelligence
10 8 (10.26%) Coaching
11 6 (7.69%) API Testing
11 6 (7.69%) TDD
11 6 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
12 5 (6.41%) Continuous Integration
12 5 (6.41%) QA Automation
13 4 (5.13%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (26.92%) Java
2 16 (20.51%) C#
3 14 (17.95%) Python
3 14 (17.95%) SQL
4 9 (11.54%) C
4 9 (11.54%) C++
5 6 (7.69%) Ruby
6 4 (5.13%) PHP
6 4 (5.13%) VB
7 3 (3.85%) JavaScript
7 3 (3.85%) T-SQL
7 3 (3.85%) VB6
8 1 (1.28%) Perl
8 1 (1.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 16 (20.51%) ISTQB
2 15 (19.23%) Degree
3 9 (11.54%) ISEB
4 5 (6.41%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (6.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.28%) HNC
5 1 (1.28%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.28%) Firmware
Vendors
1 14 (17.95%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.85%) Apple
2 3 (3.85%) Facebook
3 2 (2.56%) Google
3 2 (2.56%) Mapbox
4 1 (1.28%) Capita
4 1 (1.28%) Oracle
4 1 (1.28%) Remedy