Period
to 24 September 2018

The median annual salary for a Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 24 September 2018.

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
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 225 241 209
Rank change year-on-year +16 -32 +92
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 410 371 562
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.40% 1.29% 1.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.45% 1.33% 1.61%
Number of salaries quoted 384 356 475
South East median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £26,475 £28,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £57,500 £58,750 £59,250
England median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +1.27%

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 28,362 27,797 34,807
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.59% 96.74% 97.09%
Number of salaries quoted 23,599 23,174 29,390
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%

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 24 September 2018.

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 24 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 +6 159 £42,500 +6.25% 33
Hampshire +9 97 £40,000 - 15
Berkshire -3 81 £40,000 - 15
Surrey +26 68 £45,000 +16.88% 9
West Sussex +45 61 £45,000 +12.50% 4
Oxfordshire -7 48 £50,000 +25.00% 7
Buckinghamshire +11 30 £50,000 +33.33% 11
Kent +12 16 £31,000 -11.43% 3
East Sussex -39 6 £43,000 -14.00% 4
Sussex - 3 £35,000 -
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 September 2018, 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.

1 317 (77.32%) Test Automation
2 205 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 173 (42.20%) Selenium
4 158 (38.54%) QA
5 137 (33.41%) Software Testing
6 124 (30.24%) JIRA
7 123 (30.00%) C#
8 122 (29.76%) Scrum
9 116 (28.29%) SQL
10 95 (23.17%) Java
11 80 (19.51%) BDD
12 75 (18.29%) .NET
12 75 (18.29%) Manual Testing
13 73 (17.80%) Finance
13 73 (17.80%) WebDriver
14 72 (17.56%) ISTQB
15 69 (16.83%) Problem-Solving
16 68 (16.59%) Regression Testing
17 58 (14.15%) ISEB
18 57 (13.90%) Test Scripting
19 55 (13.41%) Cucumber
20 52 (12.68%) Performance Testing
21 51 (12.44%) Confluence
22 50 (12.20%) Jenkins
22 50 (12.20%) Acceptance Criteria
22 50 (12.20%) Kanban
22 50 (12.20%) JavaScript
22 50 (12.20%) Windows
23 49 (11.95%) Degree
24 48 (11.71%) Microsoft

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 51 (12.44%) Confluence
2 14 (3.41%) BizTalk Server
3 12 (2.93%) CMS
4 6 (1.46%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.49%) Tornado
6 1 (0.24%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.24%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.24%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (1.22%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (1.22%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Adobe Campaign
1 1 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.95%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (1.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.73%) SaaS
3 3 (0.73%) Sauce Labs
4 2 (0.49%) BrowserStack
4 2 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.49%) GitHub
4 2 (0.49%) Lucidchart
5 1 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.24%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.68%) Internet
2 5 (1.22%) CDMA
2 5 (1.22%) GSM
2 5 (1.22%) LTE
2 5 (1.22%) TCP/IP
2 5 (1.22%) UMTS
3 4 (0.98%) HTTP
4 2 (0.49%) Broadband
5 1 (0.24%) 2G
5 1 (0.24%) 3G
5 1 (0.24%) 4G
5 1 (0.24%) Network Security
5 1 (0.24%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.24%) SMS
5 1 (0.24%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (7.80%) SQL Server
2 20 (4.88%) PostgreSQL
3 12 (2.93%) MySQL
4 9 (2.20%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.22%) Redis
6 3 (0.73%) Big Data
6 3 (0.73%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.73%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.49%) DB2
8 1 (0.24%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.24%) NonStop SQL
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 173 (42.20%) Selenium
2 124 (30.24%) JIRA
3 73 (17.80%) WebDriver
4 55 (13.41%) Cucumber
5 50 (12.20%) Jenkins
6 31 (7.56%) Team Foundation Server
7 30 (7.32%) HP UFT
8 24 (5.85%) SoapUI
9 23 (5.61%) SpecFlow
10 20 (4.88%) Git (software)
11 17 (4.15%) Appium
12 14 (3.41%) JMeter
12 14 (3.41%) NUnit
13 13 (3.17%) TeamCity
14 10 (2.44%) Bitbucket
15 8 (1.95%) Bugzilla
16 7 (1.71%) Ant
16 7 (1.71%) TestRail
17 6 (1.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 6 (1.46%) Trac
General
1 73 (17.80%) Finance
2 14 (3.41%) Retail
3 12 (2.93%) Marketing
4 10 (2.44%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.20%) Electronics
6 8 (1.95%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (0.98%) Publishing
8 3 (0.73%) Banking
9 2 (0.49%) Automotive
9 2 (0.49%) Back Office
9 2 (0.49%) Games
10 1 (0.24%) Advertising
10 1 (0.24%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (18.29%) .NET
2 35 (8.54%) REST
3 31 (7.56%) HTML
4 30 (7.32%) Web Services
5 27 (6.59%) SOAP
6 26 (6.34%) Gherkin
7 21 (5.12%) CSS
8 12 (2.93%) XML
9 11 (2.68%) ASP.NET
10 7 (1.71%) HTML5
11 6 (1.46%) CSS3
12 5 (1.22%) .NET Framework
12 5 (1.22%) WSDL
13 4 (0.98%) jQuery
14 3 (0.73%) RESTful
15 2 (0.49%) AngularJS
15 2 (0.49%) ASP.NET Web API
15 2 (0.49%) Django
15 2 (0.49%) JSON
16 1 (0.24%) Pyramid
Miscellaneous
1 30 (7.32%) Mobile App
1 30 (7.32%) User Experience
2 25 (6.10%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (5.12%) Computer Science
4 11 (2.68%) Greenfield Project
5 8 (1.95%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (1.46%) Cloud Native
7 5 (1.22%) Blog
7 5 (1.22%) e-Learning
8 4 (0.98%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (0.98%) N-Tier
8 4 (0.98%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.49%) Fintech
9 2 (0.49%) NHS
9 2 (0.49%) PMI
9 2 (0.49%) Replication
10 1 (0.24%) BBC
10 1 (0.24%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.24%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 50 (12.20%) Windows
2 42 (10.24%) Linux
3 17 (4.15%) Android
4 16 (3.90%) Apple iOS
5 12 (2.93%) Ubuntu
6 6 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.46%) Windows Server
7 5 (1.22%) CentOS
8 3 (0.73%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 317 (77.32%) Test Automation
2 205 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 137 (33.41%) Software Testing
4 122 (29.76%) Scrum
5 80 (19.51%) BDD
6 75 (18.29%) Manual Testing
7 69 (16.83%) Problem-Solving
8 68 (16.59%) Regression Testing
9 57 (13.90%) Test Scripting
10 52 (12.68%) Performance Testing
11 50 (12.20%) Acceptance Criteria
11 50 (12.20%) Kanban
12 45 (10.98%) Continuous Integration
12 45 (10.98%) TDD
13 41 (10.00%) Functional Testing
13 41 (10.00%) Test Strategy
14 36 (8.78%) Exploratory Testing
15 32 (7.80%) Cross-Browser Testing
16 29 (7.07%) SDLC
17 26 (6.34%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 123 (30.00%) C#
2 116 (28.29%) SQL
3 95 (23.17%) Java
4 50 (12.20%) JavaScript
5 21 (5.12%) Python
6 11 (2.68%) Ruby
7 9 (2.20%) Groovy
8 6 (1.46%) Bash Shell
8 6 (1.46%) PowerShell
8 6 (1.46%) Shell Script
9 5 (1.22%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.98%) C
10 4 (0.98%) C++
11 3 (0.73%) Apple Swift
12 2 (0.49%) Delphi
12 2 (0.49%) PHP
12 2 (0.49%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.24%) F#
13 1 (0.24%) Scala
13 1 (0.24%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 72 (17.56%) ISTQB
2 58 (14.15%) ISEB
3 49 (11.95%) Degree
4 24 (5.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (3.41%) CREST Certified
6 13 (3.17%) CISSP
7 11 (2.68%) OSCP
7 11 (2.68%) Security Cleared
8 10 (2.44%) SC Cleared
9 5 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (1.22%) Numerate Degree
10 4 (0.98%) CEH
10 4 (0.98%) CISM
11 2 (0.49%) GIAC
11 2 (0.49%) GPEN
11 2 (0.49%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.24%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.24%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (38.54%) QA
2 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 13 (3.17%) Docker
2 12 (2.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (1.22%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.49%) HP ALM
2 2 (0.49%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.24%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (0.24%) Perfmon
3 1 (0.24%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 48 (11.71%) Microsoft
2 27 (6.59%) HP
3 16 (3.90%) VMware
4 9 (2.20%) Atlassian
4 9 (2.20%) Oracle
5 8 (1.95%) Xamarin
6 6 (1.46%) Red Hat
7 2 (0.49%) MKS
8 1 (0.24%) Google
8 1 (0.24%) Sage
8 1 (0.24%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.24%) Software AG
8 1 (0.24%) webMethods