The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

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

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
UK
Rank 553 612 649
Rank change year-on-year +59 +37  
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 323 347 309
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.34% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.35% 0.30%
Number of salaries quoted 281 334 281
Median salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a salary of more than £28,500 £30,000 £22,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £37,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year -6.66% +15.38%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 81427 99650 104367
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.26% 96.36% 96.63%
Number of salaries quoted 67614 83405 85224
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured QA Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Salary histogram for QA Tester in the UK

QA Tester
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +59 314 £40,000 +6.66% 53
London +58 141 £50,000 +5.26% 18
South East +62 63 £35,000 -11.94% 9
West Midlands +53 29 £31,500 - 6
North West -5 29 £30,000 -20.00% 8
Manchester -18 24 £30,000 -20.00% 7
East of England +3 20 £40,000 +14.28% 4
Birmingham +33 17 £30,000 -14.28% 3
Berkshire +29 17 £35,000 -33.33% 1
Reading +44 13 £37,500 -31.81%
Yorkshire +8 11 £34,500 -1.42% 3
South West - 11 £36,250 - 3
City of London +49 10 £48,750 +25.00% 2
Chiswick - 10 £52,500 -
Bristol - 10 £37,500 - 2
Surrey +44 9 £37,500 +7.14% 1
Hertfordshire +19 9 £35,000 +60.00% 3
East Midlands +5 9 £30,000 -23.07%
West Yorkshire +21 8 £35,000 - 2
Oxfordshire +6 8 £30,000 -33.33% 4
Hampshire - 8 £32,500 -
Essex +18 7 £47,500 +11.76%
Staffordshire +16 7 £31,500 +65.78%
Winchester - 7 £32,500 -
Buckinghamshire +13 6 £32,500 -9.72% 1
Watford -2 6 £47,500 +123.52% 2
Witney - 6 £30,000 -
Kent +30 5 £37,500 +23.96% 1
South Wales +15 5 £38,500 +10.00%
Cardiff +14 5 £38,500 +10.00%

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, QA Tester 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 QA Tester in the job title.

1 610 (100.00%) QA
2 404 (66.23%) Agile Software Development
3 359 (58.85%) Selenium
4 210 (34.43%) Java
5 185 (30.33%) Cucumber
6 173 (28.36%) BDD
7 168 (27.54%) Test Automation
8 155 (25.41%) Test Scripting
9 153 (25.08%) Automated Testing
10 147 (24.10%) WebDriver
11 142 (23.28%) Scrum
12 135 (22.13%) Finance
13 134 (21.97%) SQL
14 127 (20.82%) Automation Testing
15 124 (20.33%) QA Automation
16 122 (20.00%) TDD
17 119 (19.51%) Manual Testing
18 103 (16.89%) Software Testing
19 98 (16.07%) Ruby
20 97 (15.90%) ISEB
21 95 (15.57%) Regression Testing
22 93 (15.25%) C#
23 88 (14.43%) JIRA
24 86 (14.10%) Python
25 84 (13.77%) Windows
26 82 (13.44%) JavaScript
27 81 (13.28%) Test Strategy
28 78 (12.79%) Continuous Integration
29 74 (12.13%) Unix
30 70 (11.48%) E-Commerce

QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 12 (1.97%) CMS
2 9 (1.48%) Confluence
2 9 (1.48%) Sitecore CMS
2 9 (1.48%) Umbraco
3 4 (0.66%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.66%) Tomcat
4 3 (0.49%) Apache
4 3 (0.49%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.33%) IIS
6 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.16%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 47 (7.70%) MS Excel
2 12 (1.97%) MS Office
3 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 8 (1.31%) Sonata
2 5 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.49%) Misys Midas
4 1 (0.16%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 39 (6.39%) SaaS
2 17 (2.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.31%) GitHub
4 7 (1.15%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.33%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.95%) HTTP
2 12 (1.97%) Internet
3 3 (0.49%) VoIP
4 1 (0.16%) Intranet
4 1 (0.16%) Multicast
4 1 (0.16%) RTSP
4 1 (0.16%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (5.57%) Big Data
2 30 (4.92%) Relational Database
3 27 (4.43%) SQL Server
4 25 (4.10%) MySQL
5 23 (3.77%) NoSQL
6 22 (3.61%) Apache Cassandra
6 22 (3.61%) HBase
7 10 (1.64%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.49%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.49%) Power BI
10 1 (0.16%) Neo4j
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.16%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 359 (58.85%) Selenium
2 185 (30.33%) Cucumber
3 147 (24.10%) WebDriver
4 88 (14.43%) JIRA
5 62 (10.16%) SoapUI
6 58 (9.51%) JMeter
6 58 (9.51%) JUnit
7 43 (7.05%) HP UFT
8 41 (6.72%) Jenkins
9 39 (6.39%) Calabash
10 38 (6.23%) Team Foundation Server
11 35 (5.74%) SpecFlow
12 32 (5.25%) Git (software)
13 31 (5.08%) Appium
14 26 (4.26%) FitNesse
15 24 (3.93%) Capybara
16 22 (3.61%) Hamcrest
16 22 (3.61%) jMock
17 18 (2.95%) Maven
17 18 (2.95%) WATIR
General
1 135 (22.13%) Finance
2 26 (4.26%) Games
3 23 (3.77%) Banking
4 22 (3.61%) Financial Institution
5 20 (3.28%) Investment Banking
6 19 (3.11%) Retail
7 11 (1.80%) Marketing
8 7 (1.15%) Legal
8 7 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
8 7 (1.15%) Publishing
9 5 (0.82%) Advertising
10 4 (0.66%) Automotive
10 4 (0.66%) Law
11 3 (0.49%) iGaming
11 3 (0.49%) Telecoms
12 2 (0.33%) Front Office
12 2 (0.33%) Music Industry
13 1 (0.16%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.16%) Manufacturing
13 1 (0.16%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (10.49%) Web Services
2 52 (8.52%) HTML
3 49 (8.03%) XML
4 37 (6.07%) REST
5 35 (5.74%) SOAP
6 33 (5.41%) Gherkin
7 28 (4.59%) .NET
8 26 (4.26%) CSS
9 25 (4.10%) RESTful
10 20 (3.28%) Ruby on Rails
11 19 (3.11%) HTML5
12 10 (1.64%) jQuery
13 9 (1.48%) JSON
14 8 (1.31%) AngularJS
14 8 (1.31%) ASP.NET
15 6 (0.98%) CSS3
16 5 (0.82%) Play Framework
17 4 (0.66%) Ajax
17 4 (0.66%) React
17 4 (0.66%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 51 (8.36%) Analytical Skills
2 41 (6.72%) Mobile App
3 39 (6.39%) Fintech
4 23 (3.77%) Mobile Payment
5 19 (3.11%) User Experience
6 16 (2.62%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (2.13%) Computer Science
8 12 (1.97%) Client/Server
9 10 (1.64%) Equities
9 10 (1.64%) Fixed Income
10 8 (1.31%) Driving Licence
10 8 (1.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 7 (1.15%) iPad
12 6 (0.98%) Replication
13 4 (0.66%) Arduino
13 4 (0.66%) Mobile Games
13 4 (0.66%) Online Games
13 4 (0.66%) Raspberry Pi
14 3 (0.49%) Blackberry
14 3 (0.49%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 84 (13.77%) Windows
2 74 (12.13%) Unix
3 62 (10.16%) Linux
4 38 (6.23%) Android
5 37 (6.07%) Apple iOS
6 12 (1.97%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.15%) Mac OS X
7 7 (1.15%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.16%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 404 (66.23%) Agile Software Development
2 173 (28.36%) BDD
3 168 (27.54%) Test Automation
4 155 (25.41%) Test Scripting
5 153 (25.08%) Automated Testing
6 142 (23.28%) Scrum
7 127 (20.82%) Automation Testing
8 124 (20.33%) QA Automation
9 122 (20.00%) TDD
10 119 (19.51%) Manual Testing
11 103 (16.89%) Software Testing
12 95 (15.57%) Regression Testing
13 81 (13.28%) Test Strategy
14 78 (12.79%) Continuous Integration
15 70 (11.48%) E-Commerce
16 68 (11.15%) Functional Testing
17 64 (10.49%) Performance Testing
18 63 (10.33%) SDLC
19 61 (10.00%) Kanban
20 53 (8.69%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 210 (34.43%) Java
2 134 (21.97%) SQL
3 98 (16.07%) Ruby
4 93 (15.25%) C#
5 86 (14.10%) Python
6 82 (13.44%) JavaScript
7 25 (4.10%) Groovy
8 15 (2.46%) Bash Shell
9 13 (2.13%) PHP
10 12 (1.97%) Scala
11 10 (1.64%) C++
12 9 (1.48%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.31%) PL/SQL
14 7 (1.15%) VB
15 6 (0.98%) T-SQL
16 5 (0.82%) VBScript
17 4 (0.66%) Perl
17 4 (0.66%) VB6
18 3 (0.49%) C
19 1 (0.16%) Go
Qualifications
1 97 (15.90%) ISEB
2 53 (8.69%) ISTQB
3 49 (8.03%) Degree
4 11 (1.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (0.98%) Security Cleared
6 5 (0.82%) SC Cleared
7 2 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.33%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 610 (100.00%) QA
2 18 (2.95%) SDET
3 9 (1.48%) PMO
4 3 (0.49%) SEPA
5 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 8 (1.31%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (1.15%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 19 (3.11%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (0.33%) Puppet
3 1 (0.16%) Nagios
3 1 (0.16%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 57 (9.34%) Microsoft
2 29 (4.75%) Oracle
3 10 (1.64%) TOWER Software
4 9 (1.48%) Sitecore
5 8 (1.31%) VMware
6 5 (0.82%) HP
7 4 (0.66%) Apple
7 4 (0.66%) Facebook
8 3 (0.49%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.33%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.33%) Tableau
10 1 (0.16%) Foundry
10 1 (0.16%) Hyperion
10 1 (0.16%) IBM
10 1 (0.16%) Red Hat
10 1 (0.16%) Remedy
10 1 (0.16%) SAP
10 1 (0.16%) Sencha
10 1 (0.16%) Splunk
10 1 (0.16%) Sybase
London
Optima Connections
Salary: Unspecified Market Rate + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 1 hour ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Rullion
Salary: £30000 - £37000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Darlington, County Durham
Spring Technology
Salary: Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
X4 Group
Salary: £25k - 30k per year
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northern Recruitment Group
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Bens and Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Empiric.com
Salary: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum + Benefits and Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Pro-Quest Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £275 - £310 Per Annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £40000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £40,000 per annum + Training + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Client Server
Salary: £25k to £30k + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
North London
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £30,000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £17,000 per annum 6 monthly salary review
Posted: 3 days ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £25000 - £40000 per annum + Bonus, Flexi-time, pension
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Rullion
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Client Server
Salary: £45k to £50k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30000 - 40000
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: £65000 - £75000 per annum + Bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Bentley Whitaker
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum + bonus ,shares,Pension,health
Posted: 3 days ago
Bath, Avon
Go Partnership.
Salary: From £34,000 to £35,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheadle, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £30k to £40k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Miller Maxwell Ltd
Salary: Up to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Halesowen, West Midlands (County)
In touch games
Salary: £18000 - £22000 per annum + benefits (inc flexi hrs)
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent HR
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago