Period
to 20 September 2021

The median annual salary for a Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

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
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 254 183 290
Rank change year-on-year -71 +107 -44
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 215 115 245
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 1.24% 1.40% 0.94%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.33% 1.46% 0.98%
Number of salaries quoted 197 106 213
10th Percentile £30,750 £31,250 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,750 £36,438 £30,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £52,500 £58,438 £52,500
90th Percentile £57,500 £65,000 £57,500
England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 16,216 7,853 24,972
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.66% 95.92% 96.07%
Number of salaries quoted 11,458 6,501 20,632
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,500
25th Percentile £38,750 £38,750 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
75th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £74,975
England median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £51,500
% change year-on-year - +6.80% +3.00%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a proportion 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

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Tester in the South East.

Salary trend for Tester in the South East

Tester
Salary Histogram in the South East

Salary distribution for jobs citing Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

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 20 September 2021. 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 -87 70 £42,500 -10.53% 14
Hampshire -101 62 £46,500 +16.25% 12
Berkshire -67 44 £47,500 -19.15% 8
Surrey -49 29 £45,000 +5.88% 4
East Sussex - 23 £38,500 - 1
West Sussex - 22 £42,500 - 3
Buckinghamshire -49 19 £35,000 -12.50% 5
Oxfordshire -26 7 £43,750 -2.78% 1
Kent -35 5 £40,000 +6.67% 3
Isle of Wight - 3 £30,500 - 1
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 September 2021, 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.

1 162 (75.35%) Test Automation
2 121 (56.28%) Selenium
3 103 (47.91%) Software Testing
4 93 (43.26%) Agile Software Development
5 86 (40.00%) QA
6 78 (36.28%) Regression Testing
7 72 (33.49%) C#
8 71 (33.02%) SQL
9 56 (26.05%) Social Skills
10 53 (24.65%) Java
11 51 (23.72%) Azure
12 47 (21.86%) Functional Testing
13 42 (19.53%) Degree
14 41 (19.07%) Scrum
15 37 (17.21%) Manual Testing
16 36 (16.74%) Integration Testing
17 35 (16.28%) .NET
18 32 (14.88%) JavaScript
18 32 (14.88%) Test Scripting
18 32 (14.88%) SDLC
19 30 (13.95%) SQL Server
20 28 (13.02%) JIRA
20 28 (13.02%) API Testing
20 28 (13.02%) Postman
21 27 (12.56%) Cucumber
21 27 (12.56%) BDD
21 27 (12.56%) XML
22 26 (12.09%) Non-Functional Testing
22 26 (12.09%) Defect Management
23 24 (11.16%) Black-Box Testing

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 8 (3.72%) Confluence
2 2 (0.93%) SAS
2 2 (0.93%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.47%) EPiServer
Applications
1 20 (9.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (8.37%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 8 (3.72%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (1.86%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 51 (23.72%) Azure
2 17 (7.91%) SaaS
3 12 (5.58%) AWS
4 3 (1.40%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (1.40%) Amazon S3
4 3 (1.40%) Amazon SQS
4 3 (1.40%) AWS Lambda
4 3 (1.40%) GitHub
4 3 (1.40%) OpenShift
4 3 (1.40%) Serverless
4 3 (1.40%) Tricentis Tosca
5 2 (0.93%) Amazon Alexa
5 2 (0.93%) BrowserStack
5 2 (0.93%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.86%) HTTP
1 4 (1.86%) Internet
1 4 (1.86%) VoIP
2 3 (1.40%) SSH
2 3 (1.40%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (0.93%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.47%) 3G
4 1 (0.47%) 4G
4 1 (0.47%) ATM
4 1 (0.47%) DNS
4 1 (0.47%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.47%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.47%) VSAT
4 1 (0.47%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (13.95%) SQL Server
2 16 (7.44%) SQL Server 2005
2 16 (7.44%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (6.05%) MS Access
4 6 (2.79%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (1.40%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.47%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 121 (56.28%) Selenium
2 28 (13.02%) JIRA
2 28 (13.02%) Postman
3 27 (12.56%) Cucumber
4 18 (8.37%) Team Foundation Server
5 17 (7.91%) SpecFlow
5 17 (7.91%) WebDriver
6 15 (6.98%) Jenkins
7 13 (6.05%) Git (software)
7 13 (6.05%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 11 (5.12%) SoapUI
9 10 (4.65%) Bitbucket
9 10 (4.65%) JMeter
10 9 (4.19%) JUnit
11 8 (3.72%) IntelliJ
12 7 (3.26%) Cypress.io
12 7 (3.26%) StarTeam
12 7 (3.26%) TestNG
13 6 (2.79%) Visual Studio
14 5 (2.33%) Eclipse
General
1 56 (26.05%) Social Skills
2 16 (7.44%) Finance
3 13 (6.05%) Electronics
4 12 (5.58%) Telecoms
5 10 (4.65%) Retail
6 9 (4.19%) Manufacturing
7 7 (3.26%) Public Sector
8 6 (2.79%) Marketing
9 5 (2.33%) Banking
9 5 (2.33%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.93%) Analytical Skills
10 2 (0.93%) Documentation Skills
10 2 (0.93%) Organisational Skills
11 1 (0.47%) Automotive
11 1 (0.47%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (16.28%) .NET
2 27 (12.56%) XML
3 15 (6.98%) Gherkin
3 15 (6.98%) HTML
4 14 (6.51%) REST
5 13 (6.05%) .NET Core
6 12 (5.58%) SOAP
7 11 (5.12%) Web Services
8 10 (4.65%) RESTful
9 8 (3.72%) React
10 7 (3.26%) Material-UI
11 5 (2.33%) ASP.NET
11 5 (2.33%) CSS
11 5 (2.33%) EDI
11 5 (2.33%) Swagger
12 4 (1.86%) AngularJS
12 4 (1.86%) Middleware
13 3 (1.40%) Behat
13 3 (1.40%) JSON
13 3 (1.40%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.05%) User Experience
2 10 (4.65%) Mobile App
3 7 (3.26%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (2.33%) NHS
5 4 (1.86%) Algorithms
5 4 (1.86%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (1.40%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (0.93%) LIMS
7 2 (0.93%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.93%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.47%) EMV
8 1 (0.47%) Graphic Design
8 1 (0.47%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.47%) SCADA
8 1 (0.47%) Tandem
8 1 (0.47%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 15 (6.98%) Windows
2 12 (5.58%) Linux
3 8 (3.72%) Android
3 8 (3.72%) Apple iOS
4 7 (3.26%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.93%) Unix
6 1 (0.47%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (75.35%) Test Automation
2 103 (47.91%) Software Testing
3 93 (43.26%) Agile Software Development
4 78 (36.28%) Regression Testing
5 47 (21.86%) Functional Testing
6 41 (19.07%) Scrum
7 37 (17.21%) Manual Testing
8 36 (16.74%) Integration Testing
9 32 (14.88%) SDLC
9 32 (14.88%) Test Scripting
10 28 (13.02%) API Testing
11 27 (12.56%) BDD
12 26 (12.09%) Defect Management
12 26 (12.09%) Non-Functional Testing
13 24 (11.16%) Black-Box Testing
13 24 (11.16%) DevOps
13 24 (11.16%) Performance Testing
13 24 (11.16%) Problem-Solving
13 24 (11.16%) Test Strategy
13 24 (11.16%) White-Box Testing
Programming Languages
1 72 (33.49%) C#
2 71 (33.02%) SQL
3 53 (24.65%) Java
4 32 (14.88%) JavaScript
5 15 (6.98%) Python
6 10 (4.65%) PHP
7 8 (3.72%) C++
8 7 (3.26%) C
8 7 (3.26%) TypeScript
9 4 (1.86%) T-SQL
10 3 (1.40%) Ruby
11 2 (0.93%) Groovy
11 2 (0.93%) Perl
11 2 (0.93%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.93%) XPath
12 1 (0.47%) Java 8
12 1 (0.47%) Scala
12 1 (0.47%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 42 (19.53%) Degree
2 20 (9.30%) Security Cleared
3 19 (8.84%) ISTQB
4 11 (5.12%) SC Cleared
5 9 (4.19%) ISEB
6 8 (3.72%) DV Cleared
7 7 (3.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 5 (2.33%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (2.33%) OSCP
9 4 (1.86%) CREST Certified
10 2 (0.93%) GPEN
11 1 (0.47%) CCNA
11 1 (0.47%) CEH
11 1 (0.47%) CISA
11 1 (0.47%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.47%) CISSP
11 1 (0.47%) GIAC
11 1 (0.47%) MCP
11 1 (0.47%) MCSE
11 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (40.00%) QA
2 3 (1.40%) Accessibility
2 3 (1.40%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.47%) GDPR
3 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 14 (6.51%) Docker
2 7 (3.26%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.93%) Firmware
3 2 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (3.72%) Kubernetes
2 7 (3.26%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.93%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.47%) Ansible
4 1 (0.47%) Puppet
Vendors
1 21 (9.77%) Microsoft
2 14 (6.51%) Oracle
3 9 (4.19%) SAP
4 5 (2.33%) Atlassian
4 5 (2.33%) Cisco
5 4 (1.86%) BroadSoft
5 4 (1.86%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.40%) Citrix
6 3 (1.40%) HP
6 3 (1.40%) Omniture
6 3 (1.40%) RedGate
7 2 (0.93%) ANSYS
7 2 (0.93%) Bloomberg
7 2 (0.93%) Google
8 1 (0.47%) Micro Focus
8 1 (0.47%) NCR
8 1 (0.47%) Spotify