Period
to 13 November 2018

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 November 2018.

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

Quality Assurance Tester
UK
6 months to
13 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 726 736 632
Rank change year-on-year +10 -104 +47
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 434 483 708
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.27% 0.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.28% 0.28% 0.39%
Number of salaries quoted 388 407 625
UK median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £26,925 £26,750 £25,750
90th Percentile £65,375 £65,650 £61,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year - +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 156,168 172,304 181,848
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.89% 95.96% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 125,823 138,196 152,196
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +4.94%

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the UK

QA Tester
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for QA Tester in the UK

QA Tester
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester over the 6 months to 13 November 2018.

Salary histogram for QA Tester in the UK

QA Tester
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 13 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
England +7 415 £45,000 +12.50% 41
UK excluding London +14 248 £37,500 - 32
London +41 186 £52,500 - 13
South East +40 91 £45,000 +20.00% 3
North of England +51 59 £32,500 -9.72% 6
East of England +20 34 £37,500 +7.14% 5
Yorkshire +36 28 £32,500 +8.33% 2
North West +4 28 £33,375 -16.56% 3
South West +9 25 £32,500 -18.75% 3
Midlands -18 21 £43,000 +17.81% 11
West Midlands +1 12 £47,500 +40.95% 8
Wales +11 10 £30,000 -26.83%
East Midlands +2 9 £40,000 +8.11% 3
Scotland -11 8 £36,250 -2.03% 2
North East +3 3 £25,000 -25.37% 1

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 November 2018, QA 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 featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 434 (100.00%) QA
2 345 (79.49%) Test Automation
3 277 (63.82%) Agile Software Development
4 219 (50.46%) Selenium
5 127 (29.26%) Scrum
6 119 (27.42%) Java
7 118 (27.19%) SQL
8 117 (26.96%) C#
9 102 (23.50%) Manual Testing
10 95 (21.89%) JavaScript
11 94 (21.66%) Finance
11 94 (21.66%) JIRA
12 92 (21.20%) WebDriver
13 81 (18.66%) Software Testing
14 75 (17.28%) Regression Testing
15 74 (17.05%) Problem-Solving
16 72 (16.59%) Cucumber
17 69 (15.90%) QA Automation
18 68 (15.67%) BDD
18 68 (15.67%) Test Scripting
19 67 (15.44%) TDD
19 67 (15.44%) Test Strategy
20 62 (14.29%) API Testing
21 56 (12.90%) Microsoft
22 51 (11.75%) Performance Testing
23 49 (11.29%) Cross-Browser Testing
24 48 (11.06%) Continuous Integration
25 47 (10.83%) Python
25 47 (10.83%) Exploratory Testing
26 44 (10.14%) Acceptance Criteria

QA Tester 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 34 (7.83%) Confluence
2 19 (4.38%) CMS
3 5 (1.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 5 (1.15%) Drupal
3 5 (1.15%) SharePoint
4 3 (0.69%) IIS
4 3 (0.69%) JBoss
5 2 (0.46%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.23%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 9 (2.07%) FastStats
2 3 (0.69%) TIBCO iProcess
3 2 (0.46%) Magento
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 23 (5.30%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (4.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.30%) Sauce Labs
4 9 (2.07%) GitHub
5 7 (1.61%) BrowserStack
6 6 (1.38%) SaaS
7 3 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (0.69%) Sage Pay
8 2 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.46%) npm
9 1 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.23%) Serverless
9 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.61%) HTTP
2 4 (0.92%) Internet
3 3 (0.69%) CDMA
3 3 (0.69%) LTE
3 3 (0.69%) UMTS
3 3 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (0.69%) Wireless
4 2 (0.46%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.23%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (8.06%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.76%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (2.53%) Data Warehouse
4 10 (2.30%) Big Data
5 9 (2.07%) Relational Database
5 9 (2.07%) SQL Server 2012
5 9 (2.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (2.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (0.69%) Blockchain
6 3 (0.69%) Redis
7 2 (0.46%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 219 (50.46%) Selenium
2 94 (21.66%) JIRA
3 92 (21.20%) WebDriver
4 72 (16.59%) Cucumber
5 43 (9.91%) SpecFlow
6 36 (8.29%) Jenkins
7 34 (7.83%) SoapUI
8 31 (7.14%) HP UFT
9 30 (6.91%) Git (software)
10 18 (4.15%) JMeter
10 18 (4.15%) Team Foundation Server
11 15 (3.46%) NUnit
12 13 (3.00%) Appium
13 12 (2.76%) git-flow
13 12 (2.76%) Maven
13 12 (2.76%) TeamCity
14 9 (2.07%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 9 (2.07%) Visual Studio
15 7 (1.61%) Zephyr
16 6 (1.38%) Protractor
General
1 94 (21.66%) Finance
2 33 (7.60%) Retail
3 14 (3.23%) Banking
4 11 (2.53%) Games
5 10 (2.30%) Marketing
6 9 (2.07%) Retail Finance
7 6 (1.38%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.38%) Welsh Language
8 4 (0.92%) Advertising
8 4 (0.92%) Electronics
8 4 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (0.92%) Romanian Language
8 4 (0.92%) Russian Language
9 3 (0.69%) Automotive
9 3 (0.69%) Back Office
10 2 (0.46%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.46%) Front Office
10 2 (0.46%) Law
11 1 (0.23%) Legal
11 1 (0.23%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (9.22%) .NET
2 36 (8.29%) HTML
3 34 (7.83%) Web Services
4 32 (7.37%) REST
5 30 (6.91%) CSS
6 23 (5.30%) XML
7 18 (4.15%) SOAP
8 16 (3.69%) JSON
8 16 (3.69%) RESTful
9 12 (2.76%) Nightwatchjs
10 10 (2.30%) ASP.NET
10 10 (2.30%) Gherkin
11 9 (2.07%) XSD
12 7 (1.61%) CSS3
12 7 (1.61%) HTML5
13 4 (0.92%) Node.js
14 3 (0.69%) Java EE
14 3 (0.69%) jQuery
14 3 (0.69%) Swagger
14 3 (0.69%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 43 (9.91%) Analytical Skills
2 41 (9.45%) Fintech
3 33 (7.60%) User Experience
4 30 (6.91%) Mobile App
5 20 (4.61%) Computer Science
6 9 (2.07%) Greenfield Project
6 9 (2.07%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (1.15%) Fixed Income
8 3 (0.69%) Algorithms
8 3 (0.69%) Client/Server
8 3 (0.69%) Derivative
8 3 (0.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 3 (0.69%) Handset
8 3 (0.69%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.46%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.46%) OTC Derivatives
9 2 (0.46%) Video on Demand
9 2 (0.46%) Wiki
10 1 (0.23%) Online Gambling
10 1 (0.23%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 36 (8.29%) Windows
2 26 (5.99%) Android
3 25 (5.76%) Apple iOS
4 16 (3.69%) Unix
5 11 (2.53%) Linux
6 3 (0.69%) Mac OS X
6 3 (0.69%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 345 (79.49%) Test Automation
2 277 (63.82%) Agile Software Development
3 127 (29.26%) Scrum
4 102 (23.50%) Manual Testing
5 81 (18.66%) Software Testing
6 75 (17.28%) Regression Testing
7 74 (17.05%) Problem-Solving
8 69 (15.90%) QA Automation
9 68 (15.67%) BDD
9 68 (15.67%) Test Scripting
10 67 (15.44%) TDD
10 67 (15.44%) Test Strategy
11 62 (14.29%) API Testing
12 51 (11.75%) Performance Testing
13 49 (11.29%) Cross-Browser Testing
14 48 (11.06%) Continuous Integration
15 47 (10.83%) Exploratory Testing
16 44 (10.14%) Acceptance Criteria
16 44 (10.14%) SDLC
17 43 (9.91%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 119 (27.42%) Java
2 118 (27.19%) SQL
3 117 (26.96%) C#
4 95 (21.89%) JavaScript
5 47 (10.83%) Python
6 39 (8.99%) Ruby
7 13 (3.00%) Scala
8 12 (2.76%) C
9 6 (1.38%) VBScript
10 5 (1.15%) Perl
10 5 (1.15%) PHP
10 5 (1.15%) PowerShell
11 4 (0.92%) Apple Swift
11 4 (0.92%) Go
12 3 (0.69%) Groovy
12 3 (0.69%) Jython
12 3 (0.69%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.46%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.46%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.23%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 36 (8.29%) Degree
2 32 (7.37%) ISTQB
3 26 (5.99%) ISEB
4 11 (2.53%) Computer Science Degree
5 9 (2.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.23%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.23%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 434 (100.00%) QA
2 5 (1.15%) WCAG
3 1 (0.23%) MiFID
3 1 (0.23%) WAI
System Software
1 7 (1.61%) Docker
2 3 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (1.15%) WMI
2 2 (0.46%) Ansible
2 2 (0.46%) Kibana
2 2 (0.46%) Terraform
3 1 (0.23%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (0.23%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.23%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 56 (12.90%) Microsoft
2 21 (4.84%) HP
3 9 (2.07%) Oracle
4 5 (1.15%) Google
5 4 (0.92%) TIBCO
6 3 (0.69%) PureLoad
6 3 (0.69%) SAP
6 3 (0.69%) Xamarin
7 2 (0.46%) Apple
7 2 (0.46%) Atlassian
7 2 (0.46%) NVIDIA
7 2 (0.46%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.23%) New Relic
8 1 (0.23%) Pega
8 1 (0.23%) Siebel
8 1 (0.23%) Splunk
8 1 (0.23%) Wallstreet Suite