Period
to 23 September 2018

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 23 September 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
England > South East
6 months to
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 442 468 431
Rank change year-on-year +26 -37 +94
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 100 72 176
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.34% 0.25% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.26% 0.50%
Number of salaries quoted 99 68 137
South East median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £30,000 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £57,500 £63,750 £57,500
England median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
% 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 28,156 27,990 35,024
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.59% 96.71% 97.09%
Number of salaries quoted 23,426 23,332 29,574
South East median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +3.45%
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £67,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%

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 September 2018.

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 September 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
Thames Valley -7 34 £46,000 +8.24% 9
West Sussex +32 33 £45,000 +15.38% 1
Berkshire -1 18 £46,000 +1.10% 1
Hampshire -4 17 £33,750 -35.71% 3
Surrey +17 12 £47,500 +46.15% 2
Oxfordshire -5 12 £50,000 -20.00% 3
Buckinghamshire +18 4 £31,500 -3.08% 5
Kent +15 3 £30,000 -14.29%
Sussex - 3 £35,000 -
QA Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, 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.

1 100 (100.00%) QA
2 94 (94.00%) Test Automation
3 76 (76.00%) Agile Software Development
4 59 (59.00%) Selenium
5 45 (45.00%) Scrum
6 44 (44.00%) JIRA
7 39 (39.00%) C#
8 36 (36.00%) SQL
9 35 (35.00%) Regression Testing
9 35 (35.00%) Manual Testing
10 34 (34.00%) Problem-Solving
11 33 (33.00%) WebDriver
12 32 (32.00%) Confluence
12 32 (32.00%) Functional Testing
13 31 (31.00%) Performance Testing
14 30 (30.00%) Finance
15 28 (28.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
16 27 (27.00%) Exploratory Testing
16 27 (27.00%) Acceptance Criteria
17 25 (25.00%) Java
18 23 (23.00%) Kanban
19 22 (22.00%) User Experience
19 22 (22.00%) Stress Testing
19 22 (22.00%) Requirements Analysis
19 22 (22.00%) HP
19 22 (22.00%) HP UFT
20 18 (18.00%) .NET
21 17 (17.00%) Microsoft
21 17 (17.00%) API Testing
22 16 (16.00%) Mobile App

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 32 (32.00%) Confluence
2 6 (6.00%) Tomcat
3 2 (2.00%) Tornado
4 1 (1.00%) Apache Solr
4 1 (1.00%) Apache Spark
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.00%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (3.00%) Sauce Labs
3 2 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.00%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.00%) HTTP
2 3 (3.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (8.00%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (5.00%) Redis
3 3 (3.00%) MongoDB
3 3 (3.00%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.00%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 59 (59.00%) Selenium
2 44 (44.00%) JIRA
3 33 (33.00%) WebDriver
4 22 (22.00%) HP UFT
5 6 (6.00%) Cucumber
6 5 (5.00%) Jenkins
6 5 (5.00%) SoapUI
7 4 (4.00%) Appium
7 4 (4.00%) Git (software)
7 4 (4.00%) JMeter
8 3 (3.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (3.00%) Bitbucket
8 3 (3.00%) NeoLoad
8 3 (3.00%) SpecFlow
9 2 (2.00%) Robot Framework
10 1 (1.00%) IntelliJ
10 1 (1.00%) JUnit
10 1 (1.00%) NUnit
10 1 (1.00%) Subversion
10 1 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 30 (30.00%) Finance
2 5 (5.00%) Marketing
2 5 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.00%) Retail
4 1 (1.00%) Banking
4 1 (1.00%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (18.00%) .NET
2 15 (15.00%) REST
3 12 (12.00%) CSS
3 12 (12.00%) HTML
4 8 (8.00%) Web Services
5 5 (5.00%) ASP.NET
5 5 (5.00%) CSS3
5 5 (5.00%) HTML5
5 5 (5.00%) SOAP
6 2 (2.00%) Django
6 2 (2.00%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.00%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.00%) jQuery
7 1 (1.00%) JSON
7 1 (1.00%) Lucene
7 1 (1.00%) Node.js
7 1 (1.00%) React
7 1 (1.00%) RESTful
7 1 (1.00%) Spring Boot
7 1 (1.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 22 (22.00%) User Experience
2 16 (16.00%) Mobile App
3 8 (8.00%) Computer Science
4 4 (4.00%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (2.00%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.00%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.00%) BBC
6 1 (1.00%) Fintech
6 1 (1.00%) NHS
6 1 (1.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 14 (14.00%) Windows
2 6 (6.00%) Linux
3 5 (5.00%) Android
3 5 (5.00%) Apple iOS
4 3 (3.00%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (94.00%) Test Automation
2 76 (76.00%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (45.00%) Scrum
4 35 (35.00%) Manual Testing
4 35 (35.00%) Regression Testing
5 34 (34.00%) Problem-Solving
6 32 (32.00%) Functional Testing
7 31 (31.00%) Performance Testing
8 28 (28.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
9 27 (27.00%) Acceptance Criteria
9 27 (27.00%) Exploratory Testing
10 23 (23.00%) Kanban
11 22 (22.00%) Requirements Analysis
11 22 (22.00%) Stress Testing
12 17 (17.00%) API Testing
13 16 (16.00%) Software Testing
14 14 (14.00%) Continuous Integration
15 13 (13.00%) BDD
16 12 (12.00%) TDD
17 11 (11.00%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 39 (39.00%) C#
2 36 (36.00%) SQL
3 25 (25.00%) Java
4 14 (14.00%) JavaScript
5 10 (10.00%) Python
6 7 (7.00%) Ruby
7 3 (3.00%) Apple Swift
8 1 (1.00%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 14 (14.00%) ISTQB
2 12 (12.00%) Degree
2 12 (12.00%) ISEB
3 2 (2.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 5 (5.00%) Docker
2 1 (1.00%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 2 (2.00%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 22 (22.00%) HP
2 17 (17.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.00%) Google