Period
to 28 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Exploratory Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Exploratory Testing over the 6 months to 28 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Exploratory Testing
UK
6 months to
28 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 713 618 755
Rank change year-on-year -95 +137 +48
Permanent jobs citing Exploratory Testing 285 173 376
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.25% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.27% 0.27% 0.28%
Number of salaries quoted 211 139 318
10th Percentile £36,250 £31,100 £29,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £35,000 £33,813
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% - -
75th Percentile £66,250 £61,250 £57,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,738
% change year-on-year +12.50% +5.99% -11.20%

Exploratory Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 105,897 64,501 133,478
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 93.76% 92.79% 92.68%
Number of salaries quoted 72,232 52,239 106,499
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,000 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £73,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £90,000 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

Exploratory Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Exploratory Testing as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Exploratory Testing in the UK

Exploratory Testing
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Exploratory Testing.

Salary trend for Exploratory Testing in the UK

Exploratory Testing
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Exploratory Testing over the 6 months to 28 July 2021.

Salary histogram for Exploratory Testing in the UK

Exploratory Testing
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing within the UK over the 6 months to 28 July 2021. 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
England -73 255 £52,750 +11.05% 29
UK excluding London -94 150 £45,000 +12.50% 19
London -81 109 £62,500 -3.85% 14
South East -53 66 £47,500 -5.00% 4
Work from Home -204 44 £45,000 -34.55% 10
North of England -65 27 £41,250 +10.00% 4
South West -71 25 £44,500 +8.18% 4
Yorkshire -47 16 £29,500 +7.27%
East of England -33 14 £60,000 +65.52% 2
North West -49 11 £45,000 +28.57% 3
Scotland -70 7 £38,000 +20.63% 3
Northern Ireland -34 5 £32,500 - 1
Midlands -72 4 £40,000 -15.79% 1
West Midlands -82 4 £40,000 -15.79%
Wales -18 2 £40,000 +23.08%

For the 6 months to 28 July 2021, IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for Exploratory Testing.

1 256 (89.82%) Test Automation
2 210 (73.68%) Agile Software Development
3 197 (69.12%) QA
4 130 (45.61%) Selenium
5 128 (44.91%) C#
6 116 (40.70%) Software Testing
7 110 (38.60%) JavaScript
8 98 (34.39%) Java
9 91 (31.93%) Python
9 91 (31.93%) BDD
10 82 (28.77%) DevOps
11 81 (28.42%) Postman
12 78 (27.37%) Azure
13 73 (25.61%) Continuous Integration
14 71 (24.91%) Non-Functional Testing
15 70 (24.56%) AWS
15 70 (24.56%) Cypress.io
16 67 (23.51%) Functional Testing
17 63 (22.11%) TDD
17 63 (22.11%) Docker
18 61 (21.40%) SpecFlow
19 59 (20.70%) Regression Testing
19 59 (20.70%) Microservices
20 58 (20.35%) Scrum
21 57 (20.00%) Git (software)
22 55 (19.30%) REST
23 54 (18.95%) Cucumber
23 54 (18.95%) Test Scripting
24 52 (18.25%) WebDriver
25 50 (17.54%) JIRA

Exploratory Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 7 (2.46%) CMS
2 6 (2.11%) Confluence
3 2 (0.70%) Headless CMS
4 1 (0.35%) Drupal
4 1 (0.35%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 78 (27.37%) Azure
2 70 (24.56%) AWS
3 39 (13.68%) GCP
4 36 (12.63%) GitHub
5 20 (7.02%) Amazon SQS
6 18 (6.32%) Serverless
7 7 (2.46%) BrowserStack
7 7 (2.46%) SaaS
8 4 (1.40%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (1.40%) PaaS
9 2 (0.70%) Azure Service Fabric
9 2 (0.70%) Power Platform
9 2 (0.70%) Sauce Labs
10 1 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.35%) Azure Cosmos DB
10 1 (0.35%) Azure Service Bus
10 1 (0.35%) BlazeMeter
10 1 (0.35%) ClickUp
10 1 (0.35%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 41 (14.39%) HTTP
2 17 (5.96%) Broadband
3 4 (1.40%) Internet
4 3 (1.05%) FTP
4 3 (1.05%) LAN
4 3 (1.05%) PuTTY
4 3 (1.05%) SSH
4 3 (1.05%) WAN
5 1 (0.35%) AMQP
5 1 (0.35%) DSL
5 1 (0.35%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.35%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.81%) MongoDB
2 4 (1.40%) Electronic Patient Records
3 3 (1.05%) MySQL
3 3 (1.05%) NoSQL
4 2 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.70%) Power BI
5 1 (0.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.35%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.35%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.35%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 130 (45.61%) Selenium
2 81 (28.42%) Postman
3 70 (24.56%) Cypress.io
4 61 (21.40%) SpecFlow
5 57 (20.00%) Git (software)
6 54 (18.95%) Cucumber
7 52 (18.25%) WebDriver
8 50 (17.54%) JIRA
9 38 (13.33%) Jenkins
10 34 (11.93%) GitLab
11 26 (9.12%) Appium
12 20 (7.02%) SonarQube
13 18 (6.32%) JMeter
14 15 (5.26%) TestRail
15 14 (4.91%) Protractor
16 9 (3.16%) Octopus Deploy
16 9 (3.16%) TeamCity
16 9 (3.16%) Visual Studio
17 8 (2.81%) Jasmine
18 7 (2.46%) Spock
General
1 50 (17.54%) Social Skills
2 28 (9.82%) Finance
3 18 (6.32%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (3.51%) Games
5 9 (3.16%) Banking
6 6 (2.11%) Legal
7 5 (1.75%) Electronics
7 5 (1.75%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.40%) Public Sector
8 4 (1.40%) Telecoms
9 3 (1.05%) Organisational Skills
10 2 (0.70%) Advertising
10 2 (0.70%) Marketing
10 2 (0.70%) Retail
11 1 (0.35%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 90 (31.58%) Test Engineer
2 62 (21.75%) QA Engineer
3 50 (17.54%) Test Automation Engineer
4 37 (12.98%) Tester
5 30 (10.53%) Automation Engineer
6 26 (9.12%) QA Automation Engineer
7 25 (8.77%) Analyst
7 25 (8.77%) Automation Tester
7 25 (8.77%) Quality Engineer
8 24 (8.42%) QA Leader
9 21 (7.37%) Test Analyst
10 20 (7.02%) Senior Test Engineer
11 18 (6.32%) Software Test Engineer
12 17 (5.96%) Senior Tester
13 13 (4.56%) Senior Automation Tester
13 13 (4.56%) Senior QA Engineer
14 11 (3.86%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
15 10 (3.51%) Python Engineer
16 9 (3.16%) Automation Test Analyst
16 9 (3.16%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (19.30%) REST
2 45 (15.79%) .NET
3 42 (14.74%) Web Services
4 30 (10.53%) .NET Core
5 25 (8.77%) WebdriverIO
6 24 (8.42%) AngularJS
7 21 (7.37%) HTML
8 16 (5.61%) JSON
9 13 (4.56%) Gherkin
9 13 (4.56%) XML
10 10 (3.51%) pytest
11 8 (2.81%) Node.js
12 7 (2.46%) HTML5
12 7 (2.46%) React
12 7 (2.46%) Spring
13 6 (2.11%) Dropwizard
14 5 (1.75%) RESTful
14 5 (1.75%) Swagger
15 4 (1.40%) GraphQL
15 4 (1.40%) MobX
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.67%) Social Media
2 16 (5.61%) Mobile App
3 15 (5.26%) Algorithms
3 15 (5.26%) Self-Motivation
4 14 (4.91%) User Experience
5 8 (2.81%) Enterprise Software
6 7 (2.46%) Video\Live Streaming
7 4 (1.40%) Blog
7 4 (1.40%) Data Centre
7 4 (1.40%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (1.40%) Virtual Team
8 3 (1.05%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.05%) Over-the-Top Content
9 2 (0.70%) Embedded Systems
10 1 (0.35%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 21 (7.37%) Linux
2 19 (6.67%) Android
2 19 (6.67%) Apple iOS
3 4 (1.40%) CentOS
4 3 (1.05%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 256 (89.82%) Test Automation
2 210 (73.68%) Agile Software Development
3 116 (40.70%) Software Testing
4 91 (31.93%) BDD
5 82 (28.77%) DevOps
6 73 (25.61%) Continuous Integration
7 71 (24.91%) Non-Functional Testing
8 67 (23.51%) Functional Testing
9 63 (22.11%) TDD
10 59 (20.70%) Microservices
10 59 (20.70%) Regression Testing
11 58 (20.35%) Scrum
12 54 (18.95%) Test Scripting
13 49 (17.19%) Manual Testing
14 47 (16.49%) Software Engineering
15 45 (15.79%) Scenario Testing
16 38 (13.33%) SDET
17 37 (12.98%) Event-Driven
18 36 (12.63%) Fintech
19 33 (11.58%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 128 (44.91%) C#
2 110 (38.60%) JavaScript
3 98 (34.39%) Java
4 91 (31.93%) Python
5 39 (13.68%) SQL
6 24 (8.42%) TypeScript
7 9 (3.16%) PHP
7 9 (3.16%) Ruby
8 8 (2.81%) C
8 8 (2.81%) Go
9 7 (2.46%) C++
10 4 (1.40%) Apple Swift
10 4 (1.40%) Kotlin
10 4 (1.40%) XPath
11 3 (1.05%) Java 11
11 3 (1.05%) Scala
12 2 (0.70%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.35%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 13 (4.56%) ISTQB
2 12 (4.21%) Degree
3 9 (3.16%) Computer Science Degree
4 8 (2.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (2.46%) ISEB
6 4 (1.40%) Security Cleared
7 2 (0.70%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.70%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.35%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 197 (69.12%) QA
2 17 (5.96%) Accessibility
3 1 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 63 (22.11%) Docker
2 2 (0.70%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 47 (16.49%) Kubernetes
2 7 (2.46%) Consul
2 7 (2.46%) Packer
3 4 (1.40%) Docker Swarm
3 4 (1.40%) Terraform
Vendors
1 33 (11.58%) Google
2 12 (4.21%) Microsoft
3 4 (1.40%) Red Hat
4 3 (1.05%) Cisco
4 3 (1.05%) IFS
4 3 (1.05%) Juniper
4 3 (1.05%) LexisNexis
5 2 (0.70%) Oracle
5 2 (0.70%) SAP
5 2 (0.70%) Sun
5 2 (0.70%) TOWER Software
6 1 (0.35%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.35%) Perfecto Mobile
6 1 (0.35%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.35%) Talend
6 1 (0.35%) Veracode