Period
to 20 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Head of Testing was £82,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

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

Head of Testing
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1148 1153 1194
Rank change year-on-year +5 +41 +81
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Testing 41 66 117
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.023% 0.035% 0.053%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.024% 0.037% 0.055%
Number of salaries quoted 32 57 75
UK median annual salary £82,500 £77,500 £80,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.45% -3.13% +14.29%
10th Percentile £57,750 £52,000 £50,100
90th Percentile £119,500 £95,000 £96,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £70,000 £77,500 £75,000
% change year-on-year -9.68% +3.33% +7.14%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 172189 180467 210956
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.78% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138171 151048 175187
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

Head of Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Head of Testing in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Head of Testing in the UK

Head of Testing
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Head of Testing.

Salary trend for Head of Testing in the UK

Head of Testing
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Testing over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of Testing in the UK

Head of Testing
Top 11 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Testing within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 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
England +24 40 £90,000 +12.50% 2
UK excluding London +7 24 £70,000 -9.68% 2
London -3 16 £107,500 +40.98%
Midlands +13 8 £62,500 +2.04%
West Midlands +12 8 £62,500 -16.67%
South East +22 6 £70,000 -12.50%
North of England +6 4 £66,250 -24.29% 2
South West +9 3 - -
North West -13 3 £62,500 -28.57% 2
East of England - 3 £110,000 -
Yorkshire +9 1 £70,000 -

Head of Testing Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, Head of Testing 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 featuring Head of Testing in the job title.

1 27 (65.85%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (46.34%) Test Automation
3 15 (36.59%) Mentoring
4 14 (34.15%) BDD
4 14 (34.15%) Scrum
5 13 (31.71%) QA
5 13 (31.71%) Selenium
5 13 (31.71%) Finance
6 12 (29.27%) TDD
7 11 (26.83%) Java
8 10 (24.39%) Functional Testing
9 9 (21.95%) Test Strategy
9 9 (21.95%) Waterfall
9 9 (21.95%) HP UFT
9 9 (21.95%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (19.51%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (19.51%) Defect Management
10 8 (19.51%) SDLC
11 7 (17.07%) Non-Functional Testing
11 7 (17.07%) Jenkins
11 7 (17.07%) Cucumber
11 7 (17.07%) Unit Testing
11 7 (17.07%) LoadRunner
12 6 (14.63%) RPG
12 6 (14.63%) C#
12 6 (14.63%) JUnit
12 6 (14.63%) Web Testing
12 6 (14.63%) Software Testing
12 6 (14.63%) Scala
12 6 (14.63%) Groovy

Head of Testing Skill Set
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 2 (4.88%) OpenStack
Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.32%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.88%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.20%) NoSQL
2 2 (4.88%) Big Data
2 2 (4.88%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 13 (31.71%) Selenium
2 9 (21.95%) HP UFT
3 7 (17.07%) Cucumber
3 7 (17.07%) Jenkins
3 7 (17.07%) LoadRunner
4 6 (14.63%) JUnit
4 6 (14.63%) Protractor
5 3 (7.32%) JMeter
6 1 (2.44%) Artifactory
6 1 (2.44%) WinRunner
General
1 13 (31.71%) Finance
2 5 (12.20%) Banking
3 4 (9.76%) Telecoms
4 2 (4.88%) Electronics
4 2 (4.88%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.88%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.32%) .NET
2 2 (4.88%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.32%) Fintech
2 2 (4.88%) Equities
2 2 (4.88%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (4.88%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.88%) Linux
2 1 (2.44%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (65.85%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (46.34%) Test Automation
3 15 (36.59%) Mentoring
4 14 (34.15%) BDD
4 14 (34.15%) Scrum
5 12 (29.27%) TDD
6 10 (24.39%) Functional Testing
7 9 (21.95%) Test Strategy
7 9 (21.95%) User Acceptance Testing
7 9 (21.95%) Waterfall
8 8 (19.51%) Continuous Improvement
8 8 (19.51%) Defect Management
8 8 (19.51%) SDLC
9 7 (17.07%) Non-Functional Testing
9 7 (17.07%) Unit Testing
10 6 (14.63%) Software Testing
10 6 (14.63%) Web Testing
11 5 (12.20%) Microservices
11 5 (12.20%) Open Source
12 4 (9.76%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 11 (26.83%) Java
2 6 (14.63%) C#
2 6 (14.63%) Groovy
2 6 (14.63%) RPG
2 6 (14.63%) Scala
3 2 (4.88%) SQL
4 1 (2.44%) C
4 1 (2.44%) COBOL
4 1 (2.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (9.76%) ISEB
2 3 (7.32%) ISTQB
3 2 (4.88%) CITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (31.71%) QA
System Software
1 2 (4.88%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (7.32%) Ansible
2 2 (4.88%) Kubernetes
2 2 (4.88%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (4.88%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (9.76%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.88%) SAP
2 2 (4.88%) webMethods
3 1 (2.44%) MuleSoft