Period
to 21 February 2019

The median annual salary for a Tester was £41,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 21 February 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 West
6 months to
21 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 189 196 212
Rank change year-on-year +7 +16 -10
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 144 150 136
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.42% 1.47% 1.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.48% 1.51% 1.34%
Number of salaries quoted 125 132 119
South West median annual salary £41,500 £42,500 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.35% +10.39% +10.00%
10th Percentile £27,125 £27,388 £27,500
90th Percentile £60,750 £56,250 £50,000
England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +12.50% +3.90%

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 9,734 9,920 10,131
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.23% 97.06% 96.98%
Number of salaries quoted 7,799 8,170 8,491
South West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £24,500 £25,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £62,500 £63,750
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 West

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the South West

Tester
Salary Trend in the South West

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

Salary trend for Tester in the South West

Tester
Salary Histogram in the South West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the South West over the 6 months to 21 February 2019.

Salary histogram for Tester in the South West

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 Tester within the South West region over the 6 months to 21 February 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
Bristol +27 80 £45,000 +5.88% 19
Gloucestershire +10 18 £42,500 +3.03% 6
Somerset -4 15 £42,000 +29.23% 4
Wiltshire -33 12 £50,750 +12.78% 5
Dorset +3 10 £32,500 +36.84%
Devon -7 7 £34,000 -2.86% 8
Cornwall +20 1 £34,000 - 1
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 West region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 112 (77.78%) Test Automation
2 83 (57.64%) Agile Software Development
3 60 (41.67%) Selenium
4 59 (40.97%) C#
5 54 (37.50%) QA
6 50 (34.72%) Java
7 35 (24.31%) BDD
8 32 (22.22%) Cucumber
9 30 (20.83%) Manual Testing
10 29 (20.14%) Continuous Integration
11 26 (18.06%) .NET
12 24 (16.67%) SQL
12 24 (16.67%) Ruby
13 22 (15.28%) JavaScript
13 22 (15.28%) Microsoft
14 21 (14.58%) Software Testing
15 20 (13.89%) Test Management
16 19 (13.19%) ISTQB
16 19 (13.19%) Git (software)
16 19 (13.19%) SpecFlow
17 18 (12.50%) User Stories
17 18 (12.50%) Security Cleared
18 17 (11.81%) Non-Functional Testing
18 17 (11.81%) Jenkins
18 17 (11.81%) Test Scripting
18 17 (11.81%) User Acceptance Testing
18 17 (11.81%) Python
19 16 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
19 16 (11.11%) Acceptance Criteria
20 14 (9.72%) Functional Testing

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 6 (4.17%) CMS
2 2 (1.39%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.69%) Apache
3 1 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.69%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.47%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.78%) Boomi
3 3 (2.08%) GitHub
3 3 (2.08%) SaaS
4 2 (1.39%) Office 365
5 1 (0.69%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.39%) HTTP
2 1 (0.69%) Firewall
2 1 (0.69%) ICMP
2 1 (0.69%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (0.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.86%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.08%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.39%) MySQL
4 1 (0.69%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (0.69%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.69%) Big Data
4 1 (0.69%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 60 (41.67%) Selenium
2 32 (22.22%) Cucumber
3 19 (13.19%) Git (software)
3 19 (13.19%) SpecFlow
4 17 (11.81%) Jenkins
5 13 (9.03%) JIRA
6 12 (8.33%) WebDriver
7 9 (6.25%) JMeter
7 9 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (6.25%) Visual Studio
8 8 (5.56%) GitLab
9 6 (4.17%) git-flow
9 6 (4.17%) Maven
10 5 (3.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (3.47%) JBehave
10 5 (3.47%) LoadRunner
10 5 (3.47%) SoapUI
11 3 (2.08%) JUnit
12 2 (1.39%) Hudson
12 2 (1.39%) NUnit
General
1 11 (7.64%) Finance
2 4 (2.78%) Retail
3 3 (2.08%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.39%) Electronics
4 2 (1.39%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.39%) Marketing
5 1 (0.69%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (18.06%) .NET
2 9 (6.25%) SOAP
3 8 (5.56%) Gherkin
3 8 (5.56%) REST
3 8 (5.56%) Web Services
4 6 (4.17%) JSON
4 6 (4.17%) XML
5 4 (2.78%) JDBC
5 4 (2.78%) Taurus
6 2 (1.39%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.39%) CSS
6 2 (1.39%) HTML
6 2 (1.39%) jQuery
7 1 (0.69%) Ajax
7 1 (0.69%) Hibernate
7 1 (0.69%) Kafka
7 1 (0.69%) Node.js
7 1 (0.69%) Spring
7 1 (0.69%) WebdriverIO
7 1 (0.69%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (4.86%) Mobile App
1 7 (4.86%) User Experience
2 3 (2.08%) Algorithms
2 3 (2.08%) Data Structures
2 3 (2.08%) Management Information System
2 3 (2.08%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (1.39%) Fintech
3 2 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (0.69%) Driving Licence
4 1 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (0.69%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 14 (9.72%) Android
2 11 (7.64%) Apple iOS
2 11 (7.64%) Linux
3 9 (6.25%) Windows
4 6 (4.17%) Unix
5 1 (0.69%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (77.78%) Test Automation
2 83 (57.64%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (24.31%) BDD
4 30 (20.83%) Manual Testing
5 29 (20.14%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (14.58%) Software Testing
7 20 (13.89%) Test Management
8 18 (12.50%) User Stories
9 17 (11.81%) Non-Functional Testing
9 17 (11.81%) Test Scripting
9 17 (11.81%) User Acceptance Testing
10 16 (11.11%) Acceptance Criteria
10 16 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
11 14 (9.72%) Functional Testing
11 14 (9.72%) Test Strategy
12 13 (9.03%) Performance Testing
13 12 (8.33%) Scrum
14 11 (7.64%) Open Source
14 11 (7.64%) TDD
14 11 (7.64%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 59 (40.97%) C#
2 50 (34.72%) Java
3 24 (16.67%) Ruby
3 24 (16.67%) SQL
4 22 (15.28%) JavaScript
5 17 (11.81%) Python
6 11 (7.64%) PHP
7 9 (6.25%) C++
8 6 (4.17%) Scala
9 1 (0.69%) C
9 1 (0.69%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 19 (13.19%) ISTQB
2 18 (12.50%) Security Cleared
3 10 (6.94%) DV Cleared
3 10 (6.94%) ISEB
4 7 (4.86%) Degree
5 5 (3.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (2.78%) CREST Certified
6 4 (2.78%) SC Cleared
7 2 (1.39%) CEH
7 2 (1.39%) MCSA
7 2 (1.39%) MCSE
7 2 (1.39%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.39%) OSCP
8 1 (0.69%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (37.50%) QA
2 1 (0.69%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (0.69%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (0.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (15.28%) Microsoft
2 4 (2.78%) Dell
3 2 (1.39%) Cadence
3 2 (1.39%) HP
3 2 (1.39%) SAP