Period
to 22 October 2017

The median annual salary for a Software Tester was £32,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 22 October 2017.

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

Software Tester
England > South West
6 months to
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 269 249 281
Rank change year-on-year -20 +32 -26
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 61 90 76
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.61% 0.83% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.62% 0.86% 0.66%
Number of salaries quoted 52 89 69
South West median annual salary £32,500 £34,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.41% +13.33% -
10th Percentile £23,400 £27,350 £21,750
90th Percentile £41,250 £45,250 £38,750
England median annual salary £35,000 £32,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.69% - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South West. 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 West
Permanent vacancies in the South West with a recognized job title 9822 10465 11514
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 97.63% 96.97% 97.12%
Number of salaries quoted 8160 8866 9721
South West median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
10th Percentile £24,500 £24,500 £23,500
90th Percentile £62,500 £62,500 £61,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in the South West

Software Tester
Salary Trend in the South West

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

Salary trend for Software Tester in the South West

Software Tester
Salary Histogram in the South West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester in the South West over the 6 months to 22 October 2017.

Salary histogram for Software Tester in the South West

Software 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 Software Tester within the South West region over the 6 months to 22 October 2017. 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
Bristol -17 27 £32,500 - 2
Gloucestershire +4 12 £31,500 -21.25% 1
Devon +10 8 £35,000 +16.67% 2
Somerset -11 7 £32,500 -13.33% 1
Wiltshire - 5 £35,000 - 1
Dorset +10 2 £34,375 +19.57%
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 October 2017, Software 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 Software Tester in the job title.

1 36 (59.02%) Test Automation
2 35 (57.38%) Software Testing
3 33 (54.10%) Agile Software Development
4 25 (40.98%) QA
5 20 (32.79%) SQL
6 15 (24.59%) Manual Testing
7 14 (22.95%) SDLC
8 13 (21.31%) Analytical Skills
8 13 (21.31%) ISTQB
8 13 (21.31%) Selenium
8 13 (21.31%) Team Foundation Server
8 13 (21.31%) Microsoft
9 12 (19.67%) Windows
9 12 (19.67%) C#
9 12 (19.67%) Scrum
10 11 (18.03%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (16.39%) ISEB
11 10 (16.39%) User Experience
12 9 (14.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 9 (14.75%) JIRA
12 9 (14.75%) Security Cleared
13 8 (13.11%) XML
13 8 (13.11%) Finance
13 8 (13.11%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (11.48%) Scenario Testing
14 7 (11.48%) Acceptance Criteria
14 7 (11.48%) Web Services
14 7 (11.48%) Test Strategy
15 6 (9.84%) Test Scripting
15 6 (9.84%) C++

Software 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (3.28%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.64%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.28%) SaaS
2 1 (1.64%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.28%) HTTP
2 1 (1.64%) ICMP
2 1 (1.64%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.92%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.28%) Apache Accumulo
2 2 (3.28%) Hadoop
2 2 (3.28%) MySQL
3 1 (1.64%) MariaDB
3 1 (1.64%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 13 (21.31%) Selenium
1 13 (21.31%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (14.75%) JIRA
3 5 (8.20%) Cucumber
4 4 (6.56%) JBehave
4 4 (6.56%) JUnit
4 4 (6.56%) NUnit
5 3 (4.92%) Git (software)
5 3 (4.92%) Jenkins
5 3 (4.92%) WebDriver
5 3 (4.92%) Zephyr
6 2 (3.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (3.28%) JMeter
6 2 (3.28%) LoadRunner
6 2 (3.28%) Protractor
6 2 (3.28%) WATIR
7 1 (1.64%) Selenium IDE
7 1 (1.64%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.64%) TestNG
7 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (13.11%) Finance
2 4 (6.56%) Advertising
3 1 (1.64%) Banking
3 1 (1.64%) Electronics
3 1 (1.64%) Games
3 1 (1.64%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.64%) Marketing
3 1 (1.64%) Retail
3 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.11%) XML
2 7 (11.48%) Web Services
3 5 (8.20%) .NET
4 2 (3.28%) HTML
4 2 (3.28%) RESTful
5 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.64%) Behat
5 1 (1.64%) CSS
5 1 (1.64%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.64%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (21.31%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (16.39%) User Experience
3 3 (4.92%) Data Protection Act
4 2 (3.28%) Computer Science
4 2 (3.28%) Fintech
4 2 (3.28%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.64%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.64%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.64%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 12 (19.67%) Windows
2 8 (13.11%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (3.28%) Linux
4 1 (1.64%) Android
4 1 (1.64%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.64%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.64%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.64%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (1.64%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.64%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (59.02%) Test Automation
2 35 (57.38%) Software Testing
3 33 (54.10%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (24.59%) Manual Testing
5 14 (22.95%) SDLC
6 12 (19.67%) Scrum
7 11 (18.03%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (11.48%) Acceptance Criteria
8 7 (11.48%) Scenario Testing
8 7 (11.48%) Test Strategy
9 6 (9.84%) Regression Testing
9 6 (9.84%) Test Scripting
10 5 (8.20%) Analytical Thinking
10 5 (8.20%) BDD
10 5 (8.20%) Software Delivery
11 4 (6.56%) Software Engineering
11 4 (6.56%) System Testing
11 4 (6.56%) TDD
11 4 (6.56%) Validation
12 3 (4.92%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 20 (32.79%) SQL
2 12 (19.67%) C#
3 6 (9.84%) C++
4 5 (8.20%) Python
5 4 (6.56%) C
5 4 (6.56%) JavaScript
6 3 (4.92%) Java
7 2 (3.28%) Bash Shell
7 2 (3.28%) Perl
7 2 (3.28%) PL/SQL
7 2 (3.28%) Ruby
8 1 (1.64%) PHP
8 1 (1.64%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 13 (21.31%) ISTQB
2 10 (16.39%) ISEB
3 9 (14.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (14.75%) Security Cleared
4 4 (6.56%) Degree
5 2 (3.28%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (3.28%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (40.98%) QA
2 3 (4.92%) ISO 14001
2 3 (4.92%) ISO 9001
2 3 (4.92%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 2 (3.28%) Puppet
Vendors
1 13 (21.31%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.28%) CA Agile Central
3 1 (1.64%) Oracle
3 1 (1.64%) SAP