Period
to 26 September 2018

The median annual salary for a Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 26 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 West
6 months to
26 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 183 182 194
Rank change year-on-year -1 +12 +16
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 158 181 167
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.51% 1.76% 1.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.56% 1.80% 1.58%
Number of salaries quoted 127 170 154
South West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £35,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +12.68% +4.41%
10th Percentile £30,300 £27,475 £27,500
90th Percentile £61,250 £56,250 £51,750
England median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +2.56%

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 10,105 10,059 10,572
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.64% 97.57% 97.23%
Number of salaries quoted 8,379 8,347 8,940
South West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.90%
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,500 £24,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £62,500
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 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 26 September 2018.

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 26 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
Bristol -8 79 £42,500 -10.53% 12
Gloucestershire +12 27 £42,500 +6.25% 2
Wiltshire -10 23 £45,000 +50.00% 2
Devon +15 11 £34,000 +7.94% 11
Dorset -28 7 £32,500 -16.13% 7
Cornwall +5 5 £34,000 - 3
Somerset +24 4 £25,000 -41.18% 1
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 26 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 West region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 115 (72.78%) Test Automation
2 99 (62.66%) Agile Software Development
3 74 (46.84%) Selenium
4 63 (39.87%) C#
5 51 (32.28%) QA
6 43 (27.22%) Continuous Integration
6 43 (27.22%) Java
7 42 (26.58%) JavaScript
8 40 (25.32%) Test Scripting
9 39 (24.68%) SQL
10 36 (22.78%) Software Testing
11 34 (21.52%) .NET
12 33 (20.89%) Finance
13 32 (20.25%) Manual Testing
14 31 (19.62%) Cucumber
15 30 (18.99%) BDD
15 30 (18.99%) Scrum
15 30 (18.99%) Acceptance Criteria
16 28 (17.72%) Git (software)
16 28 (17.72%) Analytical Skills
17 26 (16.46%) Problem-Solving
18 25 (15.82%) SpecFlow
19 24 (15.19%) SDLC
19 24 (15.19%) WebDriver
20 22 (13.92%) HTML
21 21 (13.29%) JUnit
21 21 (13.29%) ISEB
22 20 (12.66%) Microsoft
23 19 (12.03%) Jenkins
24 18 (11.39%) Protractor

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 11 (6.96%) CMS
2 5 (3.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 5 (3.16%) Drupal
3 4 (2.53%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.90%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.27%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.63%) Apache
6 1 (0.63%) Confluence
6 1 (0.63%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (2.53%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.53%) SaaS
2 3 (1.90%) BrowserStack
2 3 (1.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.90%) SMS
2 1 (0.63%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.70%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.16%) Electronic Patient Records
3 3 (1.90%) Apache Cassandra
3 3 (1.90%) Apache Hive
3 3 (1.90%) Big Data
3 3 (1.90%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.27%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.63%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 74 (46.84%) Selenium
2 31 (19.62%) Cucumber
3 28 (17.72%) Git (software)
4 25 (15.82%) SpecFlow
5 24 (15.19%) WebDriver
6 21 (13.29%) JUnit
7 19 (12.03%) Jenkins
8 18 (11.39%) Protractor
9 16 (10.13%) TestNG
10 15 (9.49%) JIRA
11 14 (8.86%) Jasmine
11 14 (8.86%) SoapUI
12 9 (5.70%) Team Foundation Server
13 8 (5.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 8 (5.06%) GitLab
13 8 (5.06%) JBehave
13 8 (5.06%) Maven
13 8 (5.06%) Visual Studio
14 6 (3.80%) git-flow
14 6 (3.80%) Selenium IDE
General
1 33 (20.89%) Finance
2 10 (6.33%) Telecoms
3 9 (5.70%) Electronics
3 9 (5.70%) Manufacturing
3 9 (5.70%) Marketing
4 4 (2.53%) Retail
5 3 (1.90%) Banking
6 1 (0.63%) Advertising
6 1 (0.63%) Back Office
6 1 (0.63%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (21.52%) .NET
2 22 (13.92%) HTML
3 17 (10.76%) CSS
4 13 (8.23%) SOAP
5 9 (5.70%) REST
6 7 (4.43%) Gherkin
7 5 (3.16%) Web Services
8 4 (2.53%) XML
9 3 (1.90%) JSON
9 3 (1.90%) Node.js
9 3 (1.90%) RESTful
9 3 (1.90%) WebdriverIO
10 2 (1.27%) AngularJS
10 2 (1.27%) GraphQL
10 2 (1.27%) Java EE
10 2 (1.27%) React
10 2 (1.27%) WPF
11 1 (0.63%) Ajax
11 1 (0.63%) Hibernate
11 1 (0.63%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 28 (17.72%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (5.06%) Algorithms
2 8 (5.06%) Data Structures
3 7 (4.43%) Fintech
3 7 (4.43%) Mobile App
4 6 (3.80%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.53%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.63%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.63%) Online Gambling
7 1 (0.63%) Replication
7 1 (0.63%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 17 (10.76%) Apple iOS
2 12 (7.59%) Windows
3 11 (6.96%) Android
4 10 (6.33%) Linux
5 6 (3.80%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (72.78%) Test Automation
2 99 (62.66%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (27.22%) Continuous Integration
4 40 (25.32%) Test Scripting
5 36 (22.78%) Software Testing
6 32 (20.25%) Manual Testing
7 30 (18.99%) Acceptance Criteria
7 30 (18.99%) BDD
7 30 (18.99%) Scrum
8 26 (16.46%) Problem-Solving
9 24 (15.19%) SDLC
10 17 (10.76%) Test Management
10 17 (10.76%) User Stories
11 16 (10.13%) Test Strategy
12 15 (9.49%) Non-Functional Testing
13 13 (8.23%) Functional Testing
13 13 (8.23%) Penetration Testing
13 13 (8.23%) System Testing
13 13 (8.23%) TDD
13 13 (8.23%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 63 (39.87%) C#
2 43 (27.22%) Java
3 42 (26.58%) JavaScript
4 39 (24.68%) SQL
5 18 (11.39%) C++
6 14 (8.86%) Ruby
7 9 (5.70%) C
8 8 (5.06%) Python
9 7 (4.43%) PHP
10 6 (3.80%) Scala
10 6 (3.80%) VBScript
11 5 (3.16%) PowerShell
12 3 (1.90%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.63%) Assembly Language
13 1 (0.63%) Groovy
13 1 (0.63%) VB
Qualifications
1 21 (13.29%) ISEB
2 18 (11.39%) ISTQB
3 17 (10.76%) Security Cleared
4 10 (6.33%) DV Cleared
5 8 (5.06%) CEH
5 8 (5.06%) Degree
6 5 (3.16%) OSCP
6 5 (3.16%) SC Cleared
7 4 (2.53%) CISSP
7 4 (2.53%) GIAC
7 4 (2.53%) GPEN
7 4 (2.53%) MCSA
7 4 (2.53%) MCSE
7 4 (2.53%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (1.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.63%) CHECK Team Leader
9 1 (0.63%) SANS
9 1 (0.63%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (32.28%) QA
2 5 (3.16%) WCAG
3 4 (2.53%) Cyber Essentials
3 4 (2.53%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 3 (1.90%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (3.16%) WMI
2 1 (0.63%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 1 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (12.66%) Microsoft
2 9 (5.70%) Oracle
2 9 (5.70%) SAP
3 3 (1.90%) Cadence
4 1 (0.63%) HP