Period
to 20 May 2018

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 May 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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 688 644 673
Rank change year-on-year -44 +29 +102
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 528 582 714
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.34% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.35% 0.37%
Number of salaries quoted 466 514 696
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £67,063 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - -6.67% +16.28%

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 165,738 164,565 194,156
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.40% 96.47% 96.60%
Number of salaries quoted 134,928 136,254 163,031
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 20 May 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 20 May 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 -38 506 £42,500 +6.25% 65
UK excluding London -15 312 £35,000 - 48
London -48 213 £55,000 +10.00% 25
South East +25 127 £37,500 +7.14% 13
North of England +1 85 £32,500 +3.17% 7
East of England -9 47 £42,500 +13.33% 8
North West -16 44 £32,500 +3.17% 3
Yorkshire +37 37 £35,000 +7.69% 4
Midlands -25 26 £31,250 -0.79% 8
West Midlands -4 19 £30,500 -3.17% 7
South West -20 12 £44,625 +27.50% 4
Wales +9 8 £45,000 +16.88% 1
East Midlands -11 7 £38,500 +28.33% 1
Scotland -26 7 £33,250 -5.00% 5
North East -21 4 £50,000 +49.25%

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 May 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.

1 528 (100.00%) QA
2 421 (79.73%) Test Automation
3 326 (61.74%) Agile Software Development
4 265 (50.19%) Selenium
5 161 (30.49%) SQL
6 156 (29.55%) Java
6 156 (29.55%) BDD
7 146 (27.65%) JIRA
8 135 (25.57%) C#
9 121 (22.92%) Finance
10 120 (22.73%) Cucumber
11 118 (22.35%) Regression Testing
12 105 (19.89%) Manual Testing
13 101 (19.13%) WebDriver
13 101 (19.13%) Test Scripting
14 93 (17.61%) TDD
15 87 (16.48%) Scrum
15 87 (16.48%) ISEB
16 80 (15.15%) ISTQB
17 79 (14.96%) JavaScript
18 77 (14.58%) Software Testing
19 68 (12.88%) Functional Testing
20 64 (12.12%) Continuous Integration
21 63 (11.93%) Kanban
21 63 (11.93%) SoapUI
22 62 (11.74%) API Testing
23 61 (11.55%) .NET
24 58 (10.98%) Degree
25 56 (10.61%) Greenfield Project
25 56 (10.61%) Problem-Solving

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 38 (7.20%) Confluence
2 14 (2.65%) CMS
3 9 (1.70%) Tomcat
4 8 (1.52%) JBoss
5 5 (0.95%) IIS
6 3 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (0.57%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.38%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.38%) Tornado
7 2 (0.38%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.19%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.19%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.19%) CICS
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.19%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (1.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.19%) Magento
1 1 (0.19%) TIBCO iProcess
Cloud Services
1 19 (3.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (3.22%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (1.70%) GitHub
4 6 (1.14%) BrowserStack
4 6 (1.14%) SaaS
5 3 (0.57%) Sauce Labs
6 2 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.38%) npm
6 2 (0.38%) NuGet
7 1 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.19%) Office 365
7 1 (0.19%) Sage Pay
7 1 (0.19%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.03%) Internet
2 7 (1.33%) VoIP
3 3 (0.57%) Skype
3 3 (0.57%) Unified Communications
3 3 (0.57%) Wireshark
4 2 (0.38%) CDMA
4 2 (0.38%) HTTP
4 2 (0.38%) LTE
4 2 (0.38%) UMTS
4 2 (0.38%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.38%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (7.39%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.65%) PostgreSQL
3 13 (2.46%) NoSQL
4 10 (1.89%) Relational Database
5 6 (1.14%) MySQL
6 4 (0.76%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.57%) Big Data
7 3 (0.57%) Blockchain
8 2 (0.38%) DB2
8 2 (0.38%) Redis
9 1 (0.19%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.19%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.19%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.19%) QlikView
9 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 265 (50.19%) Selenium
2 146 (27.65%) JIRA
3 120 (22.73%) Cucumber
4 101 (19.13%) WebDriver
5 63 (11.93%) SoapUI
6 51 (9.66%) Jenkins
7 35 (6.63%) JUnit
8 32 (6.06%) Appium
8 32 (6.06%) FitNesse
8 32 (6.06%) HP UFT
9 30 (5.68%) JMeter
10 27 (5.11%) Git (software)
11 19 (3.60%) SpecFlow
12 18 (3.41%) Protractor
13 14 (2.65%) Hudson
14 13 (2.46%) JBehave
14 13 (2.46%) Visual Studio
15 12 (2.27%) Calabash
16 11 (2.08%) LoadRunner
16 11 (2.08%) Zephyr
General
1 121 (22.92%) Finance
2 33 (6.25%) Banking
2 33 (6.25%) Games
3 18 (3.41%) Retail
4 11 (2.08%) Financial Institution
4 11 (2.08%) Front Office
4 11 (2.08%) Marketing
4 11 (2.08%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.33%) Advertising
6 3 (0.57%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.57%) Publishing
7 2 (0.38%) Electronics
7 2 (0.38%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.19%) Back Office
8 1 (0.19%) Legal
8 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.19%) Retail Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (11.55%) .NET
2 44 (8.33%) SOAP
3 42 (7.95%) Web Services
4 37 (7.01%) HTML
5 36 (6.82%) RESTful
6 33 (6.25%) CSS
7 23 (4.36%) Gherkin
8 16 (3.03%) REST
9 11 (2.08%) ASP.NET
9 11 (2.08%) Node.js
10 10 (1.89%) Grails
11 8 (1.52%) Behat
11 8 (1.52%) HTML5
11 8 (1.52%) Java EE
12 7 (1.33%) Apache Flex
12 7 (1.33%) jQuery
13 6 (1.14%) XML
14 5 (0.95%) AngularJS
14 5 (0.95%) WinForms
15 4 (0.76%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 56 (10.61%) Greenfield Project
2 40 (7.58%) Computer Science
3 35 (6.63%) Mobile App
4 26 (4.92%) Fixed Income
4 26 (4.92%) User Experience
5 22 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (3.98%) Fintech
7 20 (3.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 16 (3.03%) Equities
9 14 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.89%) Derivative
11 9 (1.70%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.95%) Data Structures
12 5 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.95%) Hedge funds
12 5 (0.95%) Linux Command Line
12 5 (0.95%) Online Games
13 4 (0.76%) Digital Media
13 4 (0.76%) Driving Licence
14 3 (0.57%) BBC
Operating Systems
1 50 (9.47%) Apple iOS
2 46 (8.71%) Android
3 42 (7.95%) Windows
4 32 (6.06%) Linux
5 30 (5.68%) Unix
6 5 (0.95%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 421 (79.73%) Test Automation
2 326 (61.74%) Agile Software Development
3 156 (29.55%) BDD
4 118 (22.35%) Regression Testing
5 105 (19.89%) Manual Testing
6 101 (19.13%) Test Scripting
7 93 (17.61%) TDD
8 87 (16.48%) Scrum
9 77 (14.58%) Software Testing
10 68 (12.88%) Functional Testing
11 64 (12.12%) Continuous Integration
12 63 (11.93%) Kanban
13 62 (11.74%) API Testing
14 56 (10.61%) Problem-Solving
15 53 (10.04%) Performance Testing
16 48 (9.09%) Test Strategy
17 44 (8.33%) QA Automation
17 44 (8.33%) Stress Testing
18 42 (7.95%) Acceptance Criteria
18 42 (7.95%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 161 (30.49%) SQL
2 156 (29.55%) Java
3 135 (25.57%) C#
4 79 (14.96%) JavaScript
5 48 (9.09%) Ruby
6 46 (8.71%) Python
7 20 (3.79%) C++
8 18 (3.41%) PowerShell
9 17 (3.22%) Bash Shell
9 17 (3.22%) Perl
10 12 (2.27%) C
11 11 (2.08%) Groovy
12 5 (0.95%) Apple Swift
12 5 (0.95%) T-SQL
13 4 (0.76%) Scala
14 2 (0.38%) Go
14 2 (0.38%) VB
15 1 (0.19%) COBOL
15 1 (0.19%) PHP
15 1 (0.19%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 87 (16.48%) ISEB
2 80 (15.15%) ISTQB
3 58 (10.98%) Degree
4 26 (4.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 20 (3.79%) Computer Science Degree
6 17 (3.22%) Security Cleared
7 4 (0.76%) SC Cleared
8 2 (0.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (0.38%) PhD
9 1 (0.19%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.19%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 528 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (0.57%) MiFID
3 2 (0.38%) SLA
4 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.19%) EMIR
4 1 (0.19%) ISO 20022
4 1 (0.19%) ISO 8583
4 1 (0.19%) WAI
System Software
1 9 (1.70%) Docker
2 1 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 13 (2.46%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.57%) Ansible
2 3 (0.57%) Terraform
3 2 (0.38%) Kibana
3 2 (0.38%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.19%) HockeyApp
4 1 (0.19%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 35 (6.63%) Microsoft
2 26 (4.92%) HP
3 22 (4.17%) Capita
4 12 (2.27%) Oracle
5 10 (1.89%) Atlassian
6 8 (1.52%) PureLoad
7 6 (1.14%) Google
7 6 (1.14%) Twitter
8 5 (0.95%) Sitecore
9 4 (0.76%) JDA
10 2 (0.38%) New Relic
10 2 (0.38%) NVIDIA
10 2 (0.38%) RedGate
10 2 (0.38%) TOWER Software
11 1 (0.19%) Mapbox
11 1 (0.19%) Pega
11 1 (0.19%) Salesforce.com
11 1 (0.19%) Sun
11 1 (0.19%) TIBCO
11 1 (0.19%) Xamarin