Period
to 23 November 2017

The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 724 641 666
Rank change year-on-year -83 +25 +91
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 493 699 775
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.37% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.29% 0.38% 0.37%
Number of salaries quoted 421 617 735
UK median annual salary £40,000 £38,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £66,250 £61,250 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,250 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +6.43% - +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 172559 183130 209788
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.79% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138476 153185 174290
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

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 23 November 2017.

Salary histogram for QA Tester in the UK

QA Tester
Top 16 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 23 November 2017. 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 -105 465 £40,000 +3.90% 45
UK excluding London -59 276 £37,250 +6.43% 31
London -75 204 £52,500 +16.67% 14
South East -28 78 £37,500 +7.14% 7
Midlands +30 70 £37,500 +37.61% 5
West Midlands +20 56 £37,500 +63.04% 4
North of England -47 52 £35,500 +8.40% 11
East of England -4 44 £35,000 - 6
North West -71 29 £40,000 +14.29% 8
Yorkshire +30 22 £28,500 -10.24% 3
South West +10 17 £40,000 +40.35% 2
East Midlands +37 14 £37,000 -5.13% 1
Scotland -9 8 £37,000 +5.71%
Wales +19 6 £41,000 -
North East +8 1 £33,500 +22.94%
Northern Ireland -26 1 £15,000 -42.31%

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 493 (100.00%) QA
2 399 (80.93%) Test Automation
3 313 (63.49%) Agile Software Development
4 242 (49.09%) Selenium
5 156 (31.64%) Java
6 141 (28.60%) Cucumber
7 129 (26.17%) Finance
8 126 (25.56%) JIRA
9 123 (24.95%) Scrum
10 114 (23.12%) BDD
11 110 (22.31%) WebDriver
12 107 (21.70%) Regression Testing
13 102 (20.69%) Test Scripting
14 98 (19.88%) SQL
15 96 (19.47%) C#
16 90 (18.26%) Manual Testing
17 83 (16.84%) Software Testing
18 73 (14.81%) Test Strategy
19 67 (13.59%) TDD
19 67 (13.59%) Functional Testing
20 66 (13.39%) Python
21 60 (12.17%) API Testing
21 60 (12.17%) Acceptance Criteria
22 59 (11.97%) Ruby
23 57 (11.56%) SDLC
24 54 (10.95%) QA Automation
25 53 (10.75%) Degree
26 52 (10.55%) Defect Tracking
27 50 (10.14%) ISTQB
27 50 (10.14%) User Acceptance Testing

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 33 (6.69%) Confluence
2 13 (2.64%) CMS
3 6 (1.22%) IIS
4 5 (1.01%) Sitecore CMS
5 4 (0.81%) Skype for Business
6 3 (0.61%) Umbraco
7 2 (0.41%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.20%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.20%) JBoss
8 1 (0.20%) Jupyter
8 1 (0.20%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (2.23%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (2.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.61%) Magento
2 3 (0.61%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 29 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (5.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (4.26%) SaaS
4 8 (1.62%) Amazon EC2
5 6 (1.22%) GitHub
6 3 (0.61%) Google Analytics
6 3 (0.61%) Sauce Labs
6 3 (0.61%) Slack
7 2 (0.41%) BlazeMeter
7 2 (0.41%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.20%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.42%) ATM
2 6 (1.22%) HTTP
3 4 (0.81%) Internet
3 4 (0.81%) Skype
3 4 (0.81%) Unified Communications
3 4 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.41%) VoIP
5 1 (0.20%) Intranet
5 1 (0.20%) RTP
5 1 (0.20%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (6.69%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.26%) Relational Database
3 9 (1.83%) MySQL
4 8 (1.62%) Big Data
4 8 (1.62%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (0.81%) NoSQL
6 4 (0.81%) Oracle ODI
7 3 (0.61%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (0.61%) Blockchain
7 3 (0.61%) HBase
7 3 (0.61%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.61%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.61%) Power BI
7 3 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.41%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.20%) Cognos Impromptu
Development Applications
1 242 (49.09%) Selenium
2 141 (28.60%) Cucumber
3 126 (25.56%) JIRA
4 110 (22.31%) WebDriver
5 49 (9.94%) Jenkins
6 45 (9.13%) JMeter
7 44 (8.92%) SoapUI
8 35 (7.10%) JUnit
8 35 (7.10%) SpecFlow
9 34 (6.90%) Appium
9 34 (6.90%) Git (software)
10 24 (4.87%) JBehave
11 19 (3.85%) TestNG
12 18 (3.65%) Visual Studio
13 16 (3.25%) HP UFT
13 16 (3.25%) Protractor
14 15 (3.04%) Calabash
15 14 (2.84%) FitNesse
15 14 (2.84%) NUnit
16 13 (2.64%) CasperJS
General
1 129 (26.17%) Finance
2 40 (8.11%) Retail
3 36 (7.30%) Banking
4 20 (4.06%) Games
5 13 (2.64%) Investment Banking
6 12 (2.43%) Marketing
7 10 (2.03%) Financial Institution
8 5 (1.01%) Advertising
9 4 (0.81%) Legal
9 4 (0.81%) Telecoms
10 3 (0.61%) Electronics
10 3 (0.61%) Multimedia
11 2 (0.41%) Automotive
11 2 (0.41%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.41%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.41%) Retail Finance
12 1 (0.20%) Front Office
12 1 (0.20%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (8.72%) .NET
1 43 (8.72%) Web Services
2 35 (7.10%) Gherkin
3 26 (5.27%) SOAP
4 24 (4.87%) XML
5 23 (4.67%) HTML
5 23 (4.67%) REST
6 17 (3.45%) CSS
6 17 (3.45%) JSON
7 16 (3.25%) ASP.NET
8 13 (2.64%) Behat
8 13 (2.64%) RESTful
9 12 (2.43%) AngularJS
10 11 (2.23%) HTML5
11 5 (1.01%) pytest
11 5 (1.01%) WinForms
12 4 (0.81%) Ajax
12 4 (0.81%) Oracle GoldenGate
13 3 (0.61%) jQuery
14 2 (0.41%) Google Maps API
Miscellaneous
1 48 (9.74%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (9.53%) Mobile App
3 40 (8.11%) Fintech
4 31 (6.29%) Computer Science
5 21 (4.26%) Greenfield Project
6 19 (3.85%) User Experience
7 13 (2.64%) Linux Command Line
8 9 (1.83%) Client/Server
9 8 (1.62%) Equities
9 8 (1.62%) Fixed Income
9 8 (1.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (1.42%) BBC
11 6 (1.22%) Management Information System
12 5 (1.01%) iPad
12 5 (1.01%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.81%) Data Structures
14 3 (0.61%) Algorithms
14 3 (0.61%) Social Media
14 3 (0.61%) Xbox
15 2 (0.41%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 42 (8.52%) Unix
1 42 (8.52%) Windows
2 34 (6.90%) Apple iOS
3 31 (6.29%) Android
4 30 (6.09%) Linux
5 3 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.41%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 399 (80.93%) Test Automation
2 313 (63.49%) Agile Software Development
3 123 (24.95%) Scrum
4 114 (23.12%) BDD
5 107 (21.70%) Regression Testing
6 102 (20.69%) Test Scripting
7 90 (18.26%) Manual Testing
8 83 (16.84%) Software Testing
9 73 (14.81%) Test Strategy
10 67 (13.59%) Functional Testing
10 67 (13.59%) TDD
11 60 (12.17%) Acceptance Criteria
11 60 (12.17%) API Testing
12 57 (11.56%) SDLC
13 54 (10.95%) QA Automation
14 52 (10.55%) Defect Tracking
15 50 (10.14%) Exploratory Testing
15 50 (10.14%) User Acceptance Testing
16 47 (9.53%) Integration Testing
16 47 (9.53%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 156 (31.64%) Java
2 98 (19.88%) SQL
3 96 (19.47%) C#
4 66 (13.39%) Python
5 59 (11.97%) Ruby
6 44 (8.92%) JavaScript
7 25 (5.07%) Groovy
8 16 (3.25%) C++
9 14 (2.84%) PHP
10 10 (2.03%) C
11 9 (1.83%) T-SQL
12 5 (1.01%) PowerShell
12 5 (1.01%) VB
13 4 (0.81%) Objective-C
14 3 (0.61%) Apple Swift
14 3 (0.61%) Perl
14 3 (0.61%) Scala
14 3 (0.61%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.61%) TypeScript
14 3 (0.61%) VB6
Qualifications
1 53 (10.75%) Degree
2 50 (10.14%) ISTQB
3 48 (9.74%) ISEB
4 18 (3.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 16 (3.25%) Computer Science Degree
6 8 (1.62%) Security Cleared
7 4 (0.81%) MBA
8 2 (0.41%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (0.41%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.20%) HNC
9 1 (0.20%) HND
9 1 (0.20%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.20%) MCSD
9 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 493 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (1.62%) ISO 20022
2 8 (1.62%) ISO 8583
3 3 (0.61%) MiFID
4 1 (0.20%) IFRS
4 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 4 (0.81%) Xen
2 2 (0.41%) Firmware
2 2 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.20%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (1.22%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 36 (7.30%) Microsoft
2 16 (3.25%) Atlassian
3 15 (3.04%) Google
3 15 (3.04%) Oracle
4 7 (1.42%) Apple
4 7 (1.42%) Capita
5 6 (1.22%) CA Agile Central
5 6 (1.22%) TOWER Software
6 5 (1.01%) HP
6 5 (1.01%) Sitecore
7 4 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (0.81%) Twitter
8 3 (0.61%) Facebook
8 3 (0.61%) Tableau
9 2 (0.41%) Aquila
9 2 (0.41%) BEA
9 2 (0.41%) Cognizant
9 2 (0.41%) Mapbox
10 1 (0.20%) Adobe
10 1 (0.20%) Remedy