Period
to 18 November 2018

The median annual salary for a Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 18 November 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
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 184 193 194
Rank change year-on-year +9 +1 +1
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 143 167 154
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.42% 1.63% 1.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.47% 1.66% 1.45%
Number of salaries quoted 120 148 139
South West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £35,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +12.68% +1.43%
10th Percentile £31,175 £27,250 £27,350
90th Percentile £61,250 £56,250 £48,000
England median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -

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 9,704 10,032 10,616
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.46% 97.69% 97.07%
Number of salaries quoted 7,870 8,321 8,969
South West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,500 £24,500
90th Percentile £67,154 £62,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +3.26%

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 18 November 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 18 November 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 +2 76 £45,000 -10.00% 17
Gloucestershire +18 21 £47,500 +18.75% 1
Wiltshire -16 15 £47,500 +48.44% 1
Dorset +6 12 £32,500 +21.50% 4
Devon +2 8 £35,000 -4.11% 7
Somerset +22 5 £28,750 -11.54% 4
Cornwall - 3 £34,000 - 2
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 November 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.

1 102 (71.33%) Test Automation
2 85 (59.44%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (44.76%) Selenium
4 58 (40.56%) QA
5 53 (37.06%) C#
6 36 (25.17%) Java
7 35 (24.48%) Test Scripting
8 34 (23.78%) Continuous Integration
9 33 (23.08%) BDD
9 33 (23.08%) SQL
10 32 (22.38%) Software Testing
10 32 (22.38%) Manual Testing
11 30 (20.98%) JavaScript
11 30 (20.98%) Cucumber
12 29 (20.28%) .NET
13 26 (18.18%) Finance
14 25 (17.48%) SpecFlow
14 25 (17.48%) Acceptance Criteria
15 24 (16.78%) Git (software)
15 24 (16.78%) Microsoft
16 23 (16.08%) WebDriver
17 22 (15.38%) User Stories
18 20 (13.99%) ISTQB
19 19 (13.29%) ISEB
19 19 (13.29%) Test Management
20 18 (12.59%) Security Cleared
20 18 (12.59%) Functional Testing
20 18 (12.59%) Analytical Skills
20 18 (12.59%) Problem-Solving
21 17 (11.89%) Non-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 11 (7.69%) CMS
2 5 (3.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 5 (3.50%) Drupal
3 4 (2.80%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.10%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.40%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.70%) Apache
6 1 (0.70%) Confluence
6 1 (0.70%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (2.80%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.10%) BrowserStack
2 2 (1.40%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.40%) Office 365
3 1 (0.70%) Boomi
3 1 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.70%) GitHub
3 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.70%) Firewall
1 1 (0.70%) Radio Access Network
1 1 (0.70%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.39%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.80%) Electronic Patient Records
3 3 (2.10%) Apache Cassandra
3 3 (2.10%) Apache Hive
3 3 (2.10%) Big Data
3 3 (2.10%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.40%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.40%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 64 (44.76%) Selenium
2 30 (20.98%) Cucumber
3 25 (17.48%) SpecFlow
4 24 (16.78%) Git (software)
5 23 (16.08%) WebDriver
6 15 (10.49%) Jenkins
7 13 (9.09%) JIRA
8 11 (7.69%) SoapUI
9 10 (6.99%) Team Foundation Server
9 10 (6.99%) Visual Studio
10 9 (6.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 9 (6.29%) GitLab
10 9 (6.29%) JBehave
10 9 (6.29%) Maven
11 6 (4.20%) git-flow
11 6 (4.20%) Jasmine
11 6 (4.20%) JUnit
11 6 (4.20%) Protractor
11 6 (4.20%) Selenium IDE
11 6 (4.20%) TestNG
General
1 26 (18.18%) Finance
2 7 (4.90%) Telecoms
3 6 (4.20%) Electronics
3 6 (4.20%) Manufacturing
3 6 (4.20%) Marketing
3 6 (4.20%) Retail
4 3 (2.10%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (20.28%) .NET
2 14 (9.79%) SOAP
3 12 (8.39%) HTML
4 8 (5.59%) REST
5 7 (4.90%) CSS
6 6 (4.20%) Gherkin
6 6 (4.20%) JSON
6 6 (4.20%) XML
7 3 (2.10%) JDBC
7 3 (2.10%) Node.js
7 3 (2.10%) Web Services
7 3 (2.10%) WebdriverIO
8 2 (1.40%) AngularJS
8 2 (1.40%) GraphQL
8 2 (1.40%) Java EE
8 2 (1.40%) React
8 2 (1.40%) RESTful
9 1 (0.70%) Ajax
9 1 (0.70%) Hibernate
9 1 (0.70%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 18 (12.59%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.90%) Mobile App
3 6 (4.20%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.50%) Algorithms
4 5 (3.50%) Data Structures
4 5 (3.50%) Fintech
4 5 (3.50%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.10%) User Experience
6 1 (0.70%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.70%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 17 (11.89%) Apple iOS
2 15 (10.49%) Android
3 13 (9.09%) Linux
3 13 (9.09%) Windows
4 6 (4.20%) Unix
5 1 (0.70%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (71.33%) Test Automation
2 85 (59.44%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (24.48%) Test Scripting
4 34 (23.78%) Continuous Integration
5 33 (23.08%) BDD
6 32 (22.38%) Manual Testing
6 32 (22.38%) Software Testing
7 25 (17.48%) Acceptance Criteria
8 22 (15.38%) User Stories
9 19 (13.29%) Test Management
10 18 (12.59%) Functional Testing
10 18 (12.59%) Problem-Solving
11 17 (11.89%) Non-Functional Testing
12 16 (11.19%) Scrum
12 16 (11.19%) Test Strategy
12 16 (11.19%) User Acceptance Testing
12 16 (11.19%) Waterfall
13 14 (9.79%) Penetration Testing
14 13 (9.09%) DevOps
15 12 (8.39%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 53 (37.06%) C#
2 36 (25.17%) Java
3 33 (23.08%) SQL
4 30 (20.98%) JavaScript
5 17 (11.89%) Ruby
6 13 (9.09%) C++
7 9 (6.29%) Python
8 8 (5.59%) C
9 6 (4.20%) Scala
10 5 (3.50%) PHP
10 5 (3.50%) PowerShell
10 5 (3.50%) VBScript
11 3 (2.10%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.70%) Assembly Language
12 1 (0.70%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 20 (13.99%) ISTQB
2 19 (13.29%) ISEB
3 18 (12.59%) Security Cleared
4 11 (7.69%) DV Cleared
5 8 (5.59%) Degree
6 7 (4.90%) CEH
7 5 (3.50%) OSCP
7 5 (3.50%) SC Cleared
8 4 (2.80%) MCSA
8 4 (2.80%) MCSE
8 4 (2.80%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (2.10%) CISSP
9 3 (2.10%) GIAC
9 3 (2.10%) GPEN
10 2 (1.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 1 (0.70%) CHECK Team Leader
11 1 (0.70%) CREST Certified
11 1 (0.70%) OSCE
11 1 (0.70%) SANS
11 1 (0.70%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (40.56%) QA
2 5 (3.50%) WCAG
3 3 (2.10%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (2.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.70%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (2.10%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (3.50%) WMI
2 1 (0.70%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 1 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 24 (16.78%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.20%) SAP
3 5 (3.50%) Oracle
4 2 (1.40%) Cadence
5 1 (0.70%) Dell
5 1 (0.70%) HP