Period
to 23 January 2019

The median annual salary for a Tester was £40,750 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 23 January 2019.

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

Tester
England > South East
6 months to
23 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 215 223 239
Rank change year-on-year +8 +16 +38
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 401 431 408
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.50% 1.39% 1.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.55% 1.43% 1.33%
Number of salaries quoted 364 397 369
South East median annual salary £40,750 £40,000 £35,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.88% +12.68% -5.33%
10th Percentile £22,500 £29,750 £23,250
90th Percentile £60,000 £58,000 £60,000
England median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% +1.91%

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 25,802 30,059 30,646
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.33% 96.70% 96.90%
Number of salaries quoted 21,335 25,104 25,404
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 £72,400 £67,500 £67,500
England median annual salary £51,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +2.00% +5.26% -

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the South East

Tester
Salary Trend in the South East

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

Salary trend for Tester in the South East

Tester
Salary Histogram in the South East

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 23 January 2019.

Salary histogram for Tester in the South East

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 Tester within the South East region over the 6 months to 23 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
Hampshire +52 116 £40,000 +3.23% 15
Thames Valley -50 106 £44,250 +9.26% 34
Surrey +19 87 £42,500 -9.09% 14
West Sussex +42 65 £40,000 +31.15% 6
Berkshire -36 45 £40,000 -1.23% 19
Buckinghamshire +14 32 £44,250 +7.93% 6
Oxfordshire -17 29 £50,000 +25.00% 9
Kent +35 14 £31,000 +1.64% 4
East Sussex -20 8 £38,750 -22.50% 3
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 January 2019, 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 Tester in the job title.

1 268 (66.83%) Test Automation
2 179 (44.64%) Agile Software Development
3 164 (40.90%) QA
4 148 (36.91%) Selenium
4 148 (36.91%) C#
5 129 (32.17%) SQL
6 128 (31.92%) Software Testing
7 91 (22.69%) Scrum
8 81 (20.20%) Java
9 80 (19.95%) ISTQB
9 80 (19.95%) JIRA
10 70 (17.46%) Regression Testing
11 65 (16.21%) Problem-Solving
12 64 (15.96%) Test Scripting
13 63 (15.71%) Microsoft
14 62 (15.46%) Manual Testing
15 60 (14.96%) Web Services
15 60 (14.96%) Finance
16 58 (14.46%) .NET
17 56 (13.97%) SQL Server
18 55 (13.72%) Degree
19 51 (12.72%) SoapUI
20 49 (12.22%) BDD
20 49 (12.22%) Analytical Skills
21 48 (11.97%) Windows
22 46 (11.47%) Test Strategy
22 46 (11.47%) WebDriver
23 42 (10.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
24 40 (9.98%) JavaScript
25 38 (9.48%) ISEB

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 34 (8.48%) Confluence
2 18 (4.49%) BizTalk Server
3 6 (1.50%) CMS
4 3 (0.75%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (1.50%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (0.75%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 13 (3.24%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (1.50%) Lucidchart
3 5 (1.25%) Sauce Labs
4 3 (0.75%) BrowserStack
5 2 (0.50%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.50%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.50%) npm
5 2 (0.50%) SaaS
5 2 (0.50%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 9 (2.24%) HTTP
2 7 (1.75%) CDMA
2 7 (1.75%) GSM
2 7 (1.75%) LTE
2 7 (1.75%) UMTS
3 3 (0.75%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.50%) Internet
5 1 (0.25%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (13.97%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.49%) MySQL
3 9 (2.24%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.00%) Big Data
4 4 (1.00%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.00%) DB2
5 3 (0.75%) Redis
6 2 (0.50%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.25%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 148 (36.91%) Selenium
2 80 (19.95%) JIRA
3 51 (12.72%) SoapUI
4 46 (11.47%) WebDriver
5 28 (6.98%) SpecFlow
6 25 (6.23%) Jenkins
7 24 (5.99%) Cucumber
8 21 (5.24%) JMeter
9 18 (4.49%) HP UFT
9 18 (4.49%) Team Foundation Server
10 17 (4.24%) Git (software)
11 11 (2.74%) Visual Studio
12 10 (2.49%) Appium
13 8 (2.00%) Protractor
14 7 (1.75%) Bitbucket
15 6 (1.50%) Oracle Forms
16 5 (1.25%) NUnit
16 5 (1.25%) TestNG
17 4 (1.00%) Fiddler
17 4 (1.00%) TestComplete
General
1 60 (14.96%) Finance
2 11 (2.74%) Marketing
3 10 (2.49%) Retail
4 7 (1.75%) Back Office
4 7 (1.75%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.25%) Advertising
5 5 (1.25%) Games
5 5 (1.25%) Publishing
6 3 (0.75%) Banking
7 2 (0.50%) Billing
7 2 (0.50%) Electronics
7 2 (0.50%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.25%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.25%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (14.96%) Web Services
2 58 (14.46%) .NET
3 37 (9.23%) SOAP
4 25 (6.23%) ASP.NET
5 15 (3.74%) REST
5 15 (3.74%) XML
6 12 (2.99%) HTML
7 11 (2.74%) Gherkin
8 9 (2.24%) CSS
9 8 (2.00%) .NET Framework
10 7 (1.75%) AngularJS
11 6 (1.50%) RESTful
12 5 (1.25%) HTML5
12 5 (1.25%) jQuery
13 4 (1.00%) CSS3
13 4 (1.00%) JSON
13 4 (1.00%) Spring
14 3 (0.75%) Behat
14 3 (0.75%) IBM Integration Bus
14 3 (0.75%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 49 (12.22%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (8.23%) Mobile App
3 18 (4.49%) User Experience
4 15 (3.74%) Greenfield Project
5 10 (2.49%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (2.24%) Fintech
7 7 (1.75%) Client/Server
8 6 (1.50%) N-Tier
9 2 (0.50%) e-Learning
9 2 (0.50%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.50%) Replication
9 2 (0.50%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.25%) BBC
10 1 (0.25%) Learning Management System
10 1 (0.25%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.25%) PMI
10 1 (0.25%) Smart Meter
10 1 (0.25%) Social Media
10 1 (0.25%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 48 (11.97%) Windows
2 19 (4.74%) Linux
3 12 (2.99%) Android
3 12 (2.99%) Apple iOS
4 7 (1.75%) CentOS
4 7 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (1.25%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.75%) Mac OS X
6 3 (0.75%) VMS
6 3 (0.75%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.75%) Windows 7
6 3 (0.75%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 268 (66.83%) Test Automation
2 179 (44.64%) Agile Software Development
3 128 (31.92%) Software Testing
4 91 (22.69%) Scrum
5 70 (17.46%) Regression Testing
6 65 (16.21%) Problem-Solving
7 64 (15.96%) Test Scripting
8 62 (15.46%) Manual Testing
9 49 (12.22%) BDD
10 46 (11.47%) Test Strategy
11 38 (9.48%) Acceptance Criteria
12 36 (8.98%) Functional Testing
13 35 (8.73%) Performance Testing
14 34 (8.48%) User Stories
15 32 (7.98%) Computer Science
16 31 (7.73%) TDD
17 30 (7.48%) Defect Management
18 28 (6.98%) Exploratory Testing
18 28 (6.98%) SDLC
18 28 (6.98%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 148 (36.91%) C#
2 129 (32.17%) SQL
3 81 (20.20%) Java
4 40 (9.98%) JavaScript
5 23 (5.74%) Python
6 13 (3.24%) Groovy
7 11 (2.74%) PowerShell
8 10 (2.49%) T-SQL
9 8 (2.00%) Bash Shell
9 8 (2.00%) Shell Script
10 7 (1.75%) C++
11 6 (1.50%) C
12 5 (1.25%) PHP
13 4 (1.00%) Ruby
14 3 (0.75%) Apple Swift
15 1 (0.25%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 80 (19.95%) ISTQB
2 55 (13.72%) Degree
3 42 (10.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 38 (9.48%) ISEB
5 12 (2.99%) CREST Certified
6 11 (2.74%) Security Cleared
7 10 (2.49%) CISSP
7 10 (2.49%) SC Cleared
8 8 (2.00%) OSCP
9 5 (1.25%) Numerate Degree
10 4 (1.00%) GIAC
10 4 (1.00%) GPEN
11 3 (0.75%) CEH
11 3 (0.75%) CISM
12 1 (0.25%) CHECK Team Member
12 1 (0.25%) OSCE
12 1 (0.25%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.25%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 164 (40.90%) QA
2 3 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.50%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 4 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (0.75%) Docker
3 1 (0.25%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 17 (4.24%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.50%) Ansible
3 1 (0.25%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 1 (0.25%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 63 (15.71%) Microsoft
2 13 (3.24%) HP
3 9 (2.24%) Oracle
4 7 (1.75%) Atlassian
4 7 (1.75%) Red Hat
5 4 (1.00%) IBM
5 4 (1.00%) VMware
6 3 (0.75%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (0.75%) SAP
7 2 (0.50%) Google
7 2 (0.50%) GUPTA
8 1 (0.25%) TIBCO