The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £37,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 3 months to 23 April 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 West
3 months to
23 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 221 243 246
Rank change year-on-year +22 +3  
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 19 3 8
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.36% 0.052% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.054% 0.13%
Number of salaries quoted 17 3 8
Median salary £37,500 £32,500 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +15.38% +8.33%  
90% offered a salary of more than £34,200 £32,500 £25,250
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £32,500 £35,000
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £37,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year -6.66% +15.38%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies advertised in the South West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
South West
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 5019 5581 5990
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 96.22% 96.81% 97.64%
Number of salaries quoted 4167 4656 4924
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +3.75%  

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West that featured QA Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the South West

QA Tester
Salary Trend in the South West

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

Salary trend for QA Tester in the South West

QA Tester
Salary Histogram in the South West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in the South West over the 3 months to 23 April 2017.

Salary histogram for QA Tester in the South West

QA Tester
Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 23 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol +16 17 £37,500 +15.38%
Somerset - 2 £35,000 -
QA Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 West region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 23 (100.00%) QA
2 15 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (60.87%) Selenium
4 13 (56.52%) Automated Testing
5 9 (39.13%) C#
5 9 (39.13%) Ruby
5 9 (39.13%) Continuous Integration
5 9 (39.13%) Cucumber
6 8 (34.78%) WebDriver
6 8 (34.78%) Test Strategy
6 8 (34.78%) Test Automation
6 8 (34.78%) Performance Testing
7 6 (26.09%) Security Testing
7 6 (26.09%) Scala
7 6 (26.09%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (26.09%) JavaScript
7 6 (26.09%) Windows
7 6 (26.09%) NUnit
7 6 (26.09%) Regression Testing
7 6 (26.09%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (21.74%) Web Services
8 5 (21.74%) Non-Functional Testing
8 5 (21.74%) Test Scripting
9 4 (17.39%) WATIR
10 3 (13.04%) Client/Server
10 3 (13.04%) Microsoft
10 3 (13.04%) JMeter
10 3 (13.04%) Unix
10 3 (13.04%) Linux
10 3 (13.04%) OO

QA Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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:

Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.70%) MySQL
1 2 (8.70%) SQL Server
1 2 (8.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (60.87%) Selenium
2 9 (39.13%) Cucumber
3 8 (34.78%) WebDriver
4 6 (26.09%) NUnit
5 4 (17.39%) WATIR
6 3 (13.04%) Appium
6 3 (13.04%) Calabash
6 3 (13.04%) JMeter
6 3 (13.04%) SpecFlow
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (21.74%) Web Services
2 3 (13.04%) REST
3 2 (8.70%) LAMP
4 1 (4.35%) .NET
4 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (26.09%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (13.04%) Client/Server
3 1 (4.35%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (26.09%) Windows
2 3 (13.04%) Linux
2 3 (13.04%) Unix
3 2 (8.70%) Android
3 2 (8.70%) Apple iOS
3 2 (8.70%) Windows 10
3 2 (8.70%) Windows 7
3 2 (8.70%) Windows Server
3 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (56.52%) Automated Testing
3 9 (39.13%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (34.78%) Performance Testing
4 8 (34.78%) Test Automation
4 8 (34.78%) Test Strategy
5 6 (26.09%) Continuous Improvement
5 6 (26.09%) Regression Testing
5 6 (26.09%) Security Testing
6 5 (21.74%) Non-Functional Testing
6 5 (21.74%) Test Scripting
7 3 (13.04%) BDD
7 3 (13.04%) Continuous Delivery
7 3 (13.04%) Defect Management
7 3 (13.04%) DevOps
7 3 (13.04%) OO
7 3 (13.04%) Open Source
8 2 (8.70%) E-Commerce
8 2 (8.70%) Load Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (39.13%) C#
1 9 (39.13%) Ruby
2 6 (26.09%) JavaScript
2 6 (26.09%) Scala
3 3 (13.04%) Java
3 3 (13.04%) Python
4 2 (8.70%) SQL
4 2 (8.70%) VBScript
5 1 (4.35%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2 (8.70%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Microsoft