Period
to 19 February 2018

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 February 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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 734 629 678
Rank change year-on-year -105 +49 +94
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 484 619 729
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.36% 0.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.29% 0.37% 0.36%
Number of salaries quoted 434 557 722
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £61,250 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000

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 168,954 167,321 203,747
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.24% 96.47% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 138,376 139,001 170,390
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

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 19 February 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 19 February 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 -100 464 £40,000 - 83
UK excluding London -10 291 £35,000 - 59
London -110 187 £55,000 +10.00% 28
South East -3 88 £35,000 - 15
North of England -30 66 £35,000 +7.69% 14
East of England +28 60 £35,000 -6.67% 12
Midlands +11 54 £33,500 +11.67% 7
West Midlands +8 40 £33,500 +21.82% 3
North West -34 39 £35,000 - 6
Yorkshire +28 27 £35,000 +16.67% 8
East Midlands +14 14 £38,750 +29.17% 4
South West -2 11 £32,500 - 7
Scotland -36 6 £32,500 -9.72% 2
Wales +4 5 £41,000 +9.33% 2
Northern Ireland -17 1 £15,000 -

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 February 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.

1 484 (100.00%) QA
2 386 (79.75%) Test Automation
3 306 (63.22%) Agile Software Development
4 228 (47.11%) Selenium
5 138 (28.51%) BDD
6 136 (28.10%) JIRA
7 130 (26.86%) Cucumber
8 127 (26.24%) Java
9 123 (25.41%) SQL
10 121 (25.00%) Finance
11 110 (22.73%) Scrum
12 109 (22.52%) Regression Testing
13 94 (19.42%) Test Scripting
14 92 (19.01%) TDD
14 92 (19.01%) C#
15 89 (18.39%) Manual Testing
16 87 (17.98%) WebDriver
17 77 (15.91%) ISEB
18 71 (14.67%) ISTQB
19 66 (13.64%) API Testing
20 64 (13.22%) Functional Testing
21 60 (12.40%) Software Testing
22 55 (11.36%) Kanban
23 54 (11.16%) Jenkins
24 53 (10.95%) Test Strategy
24 53 (10.95%) SDLC
25 51 (10.54%) Apple iOS
25 51 (10.54%) Windows
26 50 (10.33%) .NET
27 49 (10.12%) JavaScript

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 36 (7.44%) Confluence
2 14 (2.89%) CMS
3 7 (1.45%) Skype for Business
4 6 (1.24%) JBoss
5 2 (0.41%) IIS
5 2 (0.41%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.21%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.21%) Jupyter
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.21%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.83%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.62%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.21%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 23 (4.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (4.13%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (2.07%) SaaS
4 4 (0.83%) GitHub
5 3 (0.62%) Sauce Labs
5 3 (0.62%) Slack
6 2 (0.41%) BrowserStack
6 2 (0.41%) npm
7 1 (0.21%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.27%) Internet
2 7 (1.45%) Skype
2 7 (1.45%) Unified Communications
2 7 (1.45%) VoIP
3 4 (0.83%) ATM
4 2 (0.41%) HTTP
5 1 (0.21%) RTP
5 1 (0.21%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (7.85%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.27%) Relational Database
3 9 (1.86%) NoSQL
4 6 (1.24%) MySQL
4 6 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.83%) Blockchain
5 4 (0.83%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.83%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.21%) Big Data
8 1 (0.21%) Cognos Impromptu
8 1 (0.21%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.21%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.21%) QlikView
8 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 228 (47.11%) Selenium
2 136 (28.10%) JIRA
3 130 (26.86%) Cucumber
4 87 (17.98%) WebDriver
5 54 (11.16%) Jenkins
6 47 (9.71%) SoapUI
7 33 (6.82%) FitNesse
8 32 (6.61%) JUnit
9 26 (5.37%) Appium
10 24 (4.96%) JMeter
11 22 (4.55%) Git (software)
12 21 (4.34%) Protractor
12 21 (4.34%) SpecFlow
12 21 (4.34%) Visual Studio
13 18 (3.72%) HP UFT
13 18 (3.72%) JBehave
14 13 (2.69%) TestNG
15 12 (2.48%) Hudson
15 12 (2.48%) Team Foundation Server
15 12 (2.48%) Zephyr
General
1 121 (25.00%) Finance
2 34 (7.02%) Banking
3 33 (6.82%) Retail
4 25 (5.17%) Games
5 11 (2.27%) Financial Institution
6 8 (1.65%) Advertising
7 5 (1.03%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.03%) Marketing
8 4 (0.83%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.62%) Publishing
10 2 (0.41%) Automotive
10 2 (0.41%) Legal
10 2 (0.41%) Retail Finance
10 2 (0.41%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.21%) Electronics
11 1 (0.21%) Law
11 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (10.33%) .NET
2 43 (8.88%) Web Services
3 34 (7.02%) SOAP
4 29 (5.99%) Gherkin
5 26 (5.37%) HTML
6 22 (4.55%) CSS
7 21 (4.34%) RESTful
8 15 (3.10%) REST
9 14 (2.89%) AngularJS
9 14 (2.89%) XML
10 13 (2.69%) Behat
10 13 (2.69%) HTML5
11 12 (2.48%) ASP.NET
12 9 (1.86%) Node.js
13 8 (1.65%) Apache Flex
14 7 (1.45%) jQuery
15 6 (1.24%) JSON
15 6 (1.24%) pytest
15 6 (1.24%) WinForms
16 5 (1.03%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 46 (9.50%) Greenfield Project
2 45 (9.30%) Mobile App
3 38 (7.85%) Fintech
4 30 (6.20%) Analytical Skills
5 24 (4.96%) Computer Science
6 17 (3.51%) User Experience
7 15 (3.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 13 (2.69%) Equities
8 13 (2.69%) Fixed Income
9 11 (2.27%) Linux Command Line
10 10 (2.07%) Client/Server
11 9 (1.86%) Data Structures
12 8 (1.65%) Derivative
13 6 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
14 5 (1.03%) Management Information System
15 4 (0.83%) Driving Licence
16 3 (0.62%) Algorithms
16 3 (0.62%) BBC
16 3 (0.62%) Hedge funds
16 3 (0.62%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 51 (10.54%) Apple iOS
1 51 (10.54%) Windows
2 44 (9.09%) Android
3 39 (8.06%) Unix
4 21 (4.34%) Linux
5 4 (0.83%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.21%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 386 (79.75%) Test Automation
2 306 (63.22%) Agile Software Development
3 138 (28.51%) BDD
4 110 (22.73%) Scrum
5 109 (22.52%) Regression Testing
6 94 (19.42%) Test Scripting
7 92 (19.01%) TDD
8 89 (18.39%) Manual Testing
9 66 (13.64%) API Testing
10 64 (13.22%) Functional Testing
11 60 (12.40%) Software Testing
12 55 (11.36%) Kanban
13 53 (10.95%) SDLC
13 53 (10.95%) Test Strategy
14 49 (10.12%) Continuous Integration
14 49 (10.12%) User Acceptance Testing
15 45 (9.30%) Integration Testing
16 44 (9.09%) QA Automation
17 39 (8.06%) Acceptance Criteria
18 38 (7.85%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 127 (26.24%) Java
2 123 (25.41%) SQL
3 92 (19.01%) C#
4 49 (10.12%) JavaScript
5 43 (8.88%) Python
5 43 (8.88%) Ruby
6 14 (2.89%) Groovy
7 13 (2.69%) C++
8 11 (2.27%) T-SQL
9 10 (2.07%) PHP
10 9 (1.86%) PowerShell
11 7 (1.45%) Perl
12 5 (1.03%) Bash Shell
12 5 (1.03%) C
13 4 (0.83%) Apple Swift
14 3 (0.62%) TypeScript
15 2 (0.41%) Objective-C
15 2 (0.41%) R
15 2 (0.41%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.41%) VB
Qualifications
1 77 (15.91%) ISEB
2 71 (14.67%) ISTQB
3 48 (9.92%) Degree
4 31 (6.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 19 (3.93%) Security Cleared
6 17 (3.51%) Computer Science Degree
7 5 (1.03%) SC Cleared
8 4 (0.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.41%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.21%) HNC
10 1 (0.21%) HND
10 1 (0.21%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 484 (100.00%) QA
2 9 (1.86%) ISO 20022
2 9 (1.86%) ISO 8583
3 3 (0.62%) MiFID
4 2 (0.41%) SLA
5 1 (0.21%) EMIR
5 1 (0.21%) IFRS
System Software
1 2 (0.41%) Docker
1 2 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.21%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 10 (2.07%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.21%) Kibana
Vendors
1 41 (8.47%) Microsoft
2 18 (3.72%) Capita
3 17 (3.51%) Atlassian
4 13 (2.69%) Oracle
5 12 (2.48%) Google
6 9 (1.86%) HP
7 5 (1.03%) Twitter
8 4 (0.83%) Apple
8 4 (0.83%) JDA
8 4 (0.83%) TOWER Software
9 3 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (0.41%) Aquila
10 2 (0.41%) BEA
10 2 (0.41%) Cognizant
10 2 (0.41%) Mapbox
10 2 (0.41%) Sitecore
11 1 (0.21%) Apigee
11 1 (0.21%) New Relic
11 1 (0.21%) RedGate
11 1 (0.21%) Tableau