Period
to 22 August 2018

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 August 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
22 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 708 714 654
Rank change year-on-year +6 -60 +64
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 495 539 742
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.31% 0.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.30% 0.32% 0.39%
Number of salaries quoted 444 443 660
UK median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,975
90th Percentile £66,588 £63,750 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £38,500 £36,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +6.94% +2.86% +2.94%

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 162,419 169,369 190,323
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.14% 96.06% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 130,888 136,414 160,110
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 £81,250 £78,750 £77,500
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 22 August 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 22 August 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 +11 469 £45,000 +12.50% 57
UK excluding London +11 287 £38,500 +6.94% 44
London +12 206 £52,500 +9.38% 17
South East +26 117 £45,000 +20.00% 10
North of England +34 83 £32,500 -2.99% 8
North West +22 44 £32,000 -1.54% 4
Yorkshire +47 35 £32,500 -7.14% 2
East of England -7 28 £41,750 +18.44% 4
Midlands -29 20 £43,000 +32.31% 9
South West -2 17 £32,500 -13.33% 9
Wales +14 14 £30,000 -24.53% 1
West Midlands -21 14 £47,500 +45.04% 7
Scotland +4 8 £34,000 -8.11% 2
East Midlands 0 6 £39,250 +26.61% 2
North East -17 4 £50,000 +49.25% 2

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 495 (100.00%) QA
2 402 (81.21%) Test Automation
3 322 (65.05%) Agile Software Development
4 265 (53.54%) Selenium
5 152 (30.71%) Java
6 141 (28.48%) C#
6 141 (28.48%) SQL
7 119 (24.04%) BDD
8 117 (23.64%) Finance
9 112 (22.63%) WebDriver
10 111 (22.42%) Scrum
11 110 (22.22%) Manual Testing
12 106 (21.41%) JIRA
13 91 (18.38%) Cucumber
13 91 (18.38%) Regression Testing
14 90 (18.18%) JavaScript
15 86 (17.37%) Problem-Solving
16 82 (16.57%) Software Testing
17 80 (16.16%) TDD
18 68 (13.74%) Test Scripting
19 65 (13.13%) Continuous Integration
19 65 (13.13%) Performance Testing
20 60 (12.12%) API Testing
20 60 (12.12%) Python
21 54 (10.91%) Degree
22 53 (10.71%) Functional Testing
23 52 (10.51%) QA Automation
23 52 (10.51%) ISTQB
24 51 (10.30%) SoapUI
25 49 (9.90%) 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 42 (8.48%) Confluence
2 15 (3.03%) CMS
3 9 (1.82%) Tomcat
4 5 (1.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 5 (1.01%) Drupal
4 5 (1.01%) JBoss
5 4 (0.81%) IIS
6 3 (0.61%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.61%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (0.61%) Umbraco
7 2 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.40%) Tornado
8 1 (0.20%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.20%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.20%) CICS
Applications
1 5 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (1.01%) FastStats
2 4 (0.81%) TIBCO iProcess
3 3 (0.61%) Magento
4 2 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
3 13 (2.63%) GitHub
4 10 (2.02%) BrowserStack
4 10 (2.02%) Sauce Labs
5 7 (1.41%) SaaS
6 4 (0.81%) Sage Pay
7 3 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.20%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.20%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.20%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.20%) npm
8 1 (0.20%) Office 365
8 1 (0.20%) Serverless
8 1 (0.20%) TestFlight
8 1 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.21%) Internet
2 5 (1.01%) Wireshark
3 4 (0.81%) CDMA
3 4 (0.81%) LTE
3 4 (0.81%) UMTS
3 4 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
3 4 (0.81%) Wireless
4 3 (0.61%) HTTP
5 1 (0.20%) SMS
5 1 (0.20%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (6.06%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.42%) PostgreSQL
2 12 (2.42%) Relational Database
3 8 (1.62%) Big Data
4 7 (1.41%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (1.21%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (1.01%) NoSQL
6 5 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (0.81%) Redis
8 3 (0.61%) Blockchain
8 3 (0.61%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.61%) MySQL
9 2 (0.40%) DB2
10 1 (0.20%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 265 (53.54%) Selenium
2 112 (22.63%) WebDriver
3 106 (21.41%) JIRA
4 91 (18.38%) Cucumber
5 51 (10.30%) SoapUI
6 36 (7.27%) Jenkins
7 35 (7.07%) HP UFT
8 33 (6.67%) SpecFlow
9 27 (5.45%) Git (software)
10 25 (5.05%) JMeter
11 22 (4.44%) Appium
12 18 (3.64%) Team Foundation Server
13 14 (2.83%) JUnit
14 13 (2.63%) Maven
14 13 (2.63%) Protractor
15 11 (2.22%) NUnit
16 10 (2.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 10 (2.02%) Ranorex
17 8 (1.62%) Robot Framework
17 8 (1.62%) Spock
General
1 117 (23.64%) Finance
2 27 (5.45%) Banking
3 26 (5.25%) Retail
4 18 (3.64%) Games
5 14 (2.83%) Marketing
6 13 (2.63%) Telecoms
7 12 (2.42%) Front Office
8 8 (1.62%) Financial Institution
9 6 (1.21%) Retail Finance
9 6 (1.21%) Welsh Language
10 4 (0.81%) Back Office
10 4 (0.81%) Electronics
11 3 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.61%) Romanian Language
11 3 (0.61%) Russian Language
12 2 (0.40%) Advertising
12 2 (0.40%) Legal
13 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.20%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (9.90%) .NET
2 41 (8.28%) Web Services
3 39 (7.88%) HTML
4 35 (7.07%) CSS
5 28 (5.66%) SOAP
6 27 (5.45%) RESTful
7 26 (5.25%) REST
8 16 (3.23%) Gherkin
8 16 (3.23%) XML
9 9 (1.82%) ASP.NET
9 9 (1.82%) JSON
10 8 (1.62%) Grails
11 6 (1.21%) CSS3
11 6 (1.21%) HTML5
11 6 (1.21%) Node.js
12 5 (1.01%) Java EE
12 5 (1.01%) XSD
13 4 (0.81%) jQuery
14 3 (0.61%) WCF
14 3 (0.61%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 38 (7.68%) Analytical Skills
1 38 (7.68%) Computer Science
2 36 (7.27%) User Experience
3 30 (6.06%) Mobile App
4 23 (4.65%) Greenfield Project
5 22 (4.44%) Fintech
5 22 (4.44%) Fixed Income
6 11 (2.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 9 (1.82%) Self-Motivation
8 8 (1.62%) Equities
9 6 (1.21%) Derivative
10 5 (1.01%) Digital Media
11 4 (0.81%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.61%) Handset
12 3 (0.61%) OTC Derivatives
13 2 (0.40%) BBC
13 2 (0.40%) Data Centre
13 2 (0.40%) Hedge funds
13 2 (0.40%) Online Games
13 2 (0.40%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 33 (6.67%) Linux
2 31 (6.26%) Windows
3 22 (4.44%) Android
3 22 (4.44%) Apple iOS
4 17 (3.43%) Unix
5 2 (0.40%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.20%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 402 (81.21%) Test Automation
2 322 (65.05%) Agile Software Development
3 119 (24.04%) BDD
4 111 (22.42%) Scrum
5 110 (22.22%) Manual Testing
6 91 (18.38%) Regression Testing
7 86 (17.37%) Problem-Solving
8 82 (16.57%) Software Testing
9 80 (16.16%) TDD
10 68 (13.74%) Test Scripting
11 65 (13.13%) Continuous Integration
11 65 (13.13%) Performance Testing
12 60 (12.12%) API Testing
13 53 (10.71%) Functional Testing
14 52 (10.51%) QA Automation
15 49 (9.90%) Acceptance Criteria
16 48 (9.70%) SDLC
16 48 (9.70%) Test Strategy
17 46 (9.29%) Exploratory Testing
18 43 (8.69%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 152 (30.71%) Java
2 141 (28.48%) C#
2 141 (28.48%) SQL
3 90 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 60 (12.12%) Python
5 43 (8.69%) Ruby
6 15 (3.03%) C
6 15 (3.03%) Perl
7 14 (2.83%) C++
7 14 (2.83%) PowerShell
8 13 (2.63%) Bash Shell
9 9 (1.82%) Groovy
10 6 (1.21%) VBScript
11 4 (0.81%) Apple Swift
11 4 (0.81%) PHP
11 4 (0.81%) Scala
12 1 (0.20%) COBOL
12 1 (0.20%) Go
12 1 (0.20%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.20%) VB
Qualifications
1 54 (10.91%) Degree
2 52 (10.51%) ISTQB
3 48 (9.70%) ISEB
4 16 (3.23%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (2.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (0.61%) Security Cleared
7 2 (0.40%) PhD
8 1 (0.20%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.20%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 495 (100.00%) QA
2 5 (1.01%) WCAG
3 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.20%) MiFID
3 1 (0.20%) WAI
System Software
1 13 (2.63%) Docker
2 1 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 5 (1.01%) Ansible
1 5 (1.01%) Terraform
1 5 (1.01%) WMI
2 4 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (0.61%) Kibana
4 2 (0.40%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.20%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 1 (0.20%) HockeyApp
5 1 (0.20%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 45 (9.09%) Microsoft
2 26 (5.25%) HP
3 18 (3.64%) Capita
4 11 (2.22%) Oracle
5 6 (1.21%) Google
6 5 (1.01%) PureLoad
6 5 (1.01%) TIBCO
7 4 (0.81%) NVIDIA
7 4 (0.81%) Twitter
8 3 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (0.61%) Sitecore
8 3 (0.61%) Xamarin
9 2 (0.40%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.40%) New Relic
9 2 (0.40%) Pega
9 2 (0.40%) Siebel
10 1 (0.20%) RedGate
10 1 (0.20%) SAP
10 1 (0.20%) Splunk
10 1 (0.20%) TOWER Software