The median annual salary for a QA Tester was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 22 June 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 588 593 697
Rank change year-on-year +5 +104  
Permanent jobs requiring a QA Tester 289 382 295
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.39% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.34% 0.40% 0.28%
Number of salaries quoted 237 331 283
Median salary £40,000 £37,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a salary of more than £28,600 £30,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £37,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +5.71% -  

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 85218 95218 107157
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.94% 96.54% 96.61%
Number of salaries quoted 69700 80264 88299
Median salary £46,000 £47,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.12% +4.44%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £73,000 £70,000 £71,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  

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 22 June 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 22 June 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 -24 278 £40,000 +3.22% 45
London +35 126 £47,500 +2.70% 21
South East -16 45 £37,500 -6.25% 6
East of England -15 30 £36,500 +1.38% 5
South West +22 23 £37,500 +15.38%
North West -49 22 £35,000 +6.06% 4
Manchester -41 18 £35,000 +6.06% 2
Hertfordshire - 18 £32,500 -
West Midlands 0 17 £32,750 +0.76% 6
Berkshire -1 17 £50,000 -
Bristol -8 17 £45,000 +38.46%
Reading +25 16 £50,000 -9.09%
Birmingham +24 13 £40,000 - 1
City of London +26 12 £47,500 -5.00% 5
Cambridge -10 9 £46,000 +22.66% 4
Cambridgeshire -17 9 £46,000 +22.66% 4
Chiswick - 9 £52,500 -
Yorkshire -5 8 £27,500 -16.66% 1
Kent - 8 £35,000 -
Tunbridge Wells - 8 £35,000 -
Buckinghamshire -13 7 £32,500 -7.14% 1
Watford - 7 £42,500 -
Letchworth - 6 £32,500 -
West Yorkshire +6 5 £32,500 -2.98% 1
Leeds +5 5 £32,500 -7.14% 1
Aylesbury -8 5 £30,000 -14.28%
Surrey +41 4 £35,000 +16.66% 2
North East +19 4 £33,500 +11.66% 2
South Wales +18 4 £39,750 -0.62%
Wales +15 4 £39,750 +2.58% 1

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 606 (100.00%) QA
2 498 (82.18%) Test Automation
3 409 (67.49%) Agile Software Development
4 350 (57.76%) Selenium
5 209 (34.49%) Java
6 179 (29.54%) Cucumber
7 175 (28.88%) Test Scripting
8 166 (27.39%) SQL
9 146 (24.09%) BDD
10 145 (23.93%) Finance
11 144 (23.76%) Scrum
12 143 (23.60%) WebDriver
13 142 (23.43%) JIRA
14 116 (19.14%) Regression Testing
15 114 (18.81%) Manual Testing
16 108 (17.82%) QA Automation
17 98 (16.17%) C#
18 96 (15.84%) TDD
18 96 (15.84%) Software Testing
18 96 (15.84%) Test Strategy
19 86 (14.19%) E-Commerce
20 77 (12.71%) Performance Testing
21 75 (12.38%) Ruby
22 74 (12.21%) ISEB
23 72 (11.88%) Windows
24 71 (11.72%) JMeter
25 69 (11.39%) Continuous Integration
26 67 (11.06%) JavaScript
26 67 (11.06%) Microsoft
27 66 (10.89%) Unix

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 11 (1.82%) Confluence
2 10 (1.65%) CMS
3 8 (1.32%) Tomcat
4 6 (0.99%) Sitecore CMS
5 5 (0.83%) IIS
6 3 (0.50%) Apache
6 3 (0.50%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.33%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.17%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.17%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.17%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 21 (3.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (3.30%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.66%) Sonata
2 2 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.17%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.17%) Magento
3 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 37 (6.11%) SaaS
2 15 (2.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.49%) GitHub
4 8 (1.32%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.50%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.33%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.17%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 1 (0.17%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 6 (0.99%) Internet
2 5 (0.83%) HTTP
3 3 (0.50%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (6.93%) SQL Server
2 37 (6.11%) Big Data
3 30 (4.95%) MySQL
4 17 (2.81%) NoSQL
5 16 (2.64%) Apache Cassandra
5 16 (2.64%) HBase
6 13 (2.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 11 (1.82%) Relational Database
8 10 (1.65%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.66%) Power BI
10 3 (0.50%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.17%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.17%) Neo4j
11 1 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 350 (57.76%) Selenium
2 179 (29.54%) Cucumber
3 143 (23.60%) WebDriver
4 142 (23.43%) JIRA
5 71 (11.72%) JMeter
6 56 (9.24%) SoapUI
7 48 (7.92%) Calabash
8 42 (6.93%) JUnit
9 39 (6.44%) Appium
10 37 (6.11%) SpecFlow
11 34 (5.61%) Jenkins
12 32 (5.28%) HP UFT
13 29 (4.79%) Git (software)
14 26 (4.29%) Team Foundation Server
15 23 (3.80%) Gatling
16 19 (3.14%) NUnit
17 18 (2.97%) FitNesse
17 18 (2.97%) Visual Studio
18 16 (2.64%) jMock
18 16 (2.64%) TestComplete
General
1 145 (23.93%) Finance
2 37 (6.11%) Financial Institution
3 33 (5.45%) Banking
4 27 (4.46%) Retail
5 24 (3.96%) Games
6 23 (3.80%) Investment Banking
7 9 (1.49%) Marketing
8 8 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (1.16%) Publishing
10 5 (0.83%) Legal
11 4 (0.66%) Italian Language
11 4 (0.66%) Telecoms
12 3 (0.50%) Advertising
13 2 (0.33%) Automotive
13 2 (0.33%) Law
14 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.17%) Back Office
14 1 (0.17%) Electronics
14 1 (0.17%) Front Office
14 1 (0.17%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (9.24%) Web Services
2 52 (8.58%) .NET
3 47 (7.76%) Gherkin
4 33 (5.45%) REST
5 32 (5.28%) HTML
5 32 (5.28%) XML
6 29 (4.79%) SOAP
7 27 (4.46%) RESTful
8 17 (2.81%) HTML5
9 16 (2.64%) ASP.NET
10 15 (2.48%) CSS
10 15 (2.48%) JSON
11 12 (1.98%) React
12 11 (1.82%) AngularJS
12 11 (1.82%) Ruby on Rails
13 10 (1.65%) WinForms
14 6 (0.99%) jQuery
15 5 (0.83%) Play Framework
16 4 (0.66%) Ajax
17 3 (0.50%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 45 (7.43%) Mobile App
2 43 (7.10%) Analytical Skills
3 38 (6.27%) Fintech
4 22 (3.63%) Client/Server
5 20 (3.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 20 (3.30%) User Experience
6 19 (3.14%) Equities
6 19 (3.14%) Fixed Income
7 17 (2.81%) Greenfield Project
8 16 (2.64%) Computer Science
9 14 (2.31%) iPad
10 10 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
10 10 (1.65%) Mobile Payment
11 8 (1.32%) Replication
12 5 (0.83%) iPhone
13 2 (0.33%) Derivative
13 2 (0.33%) Embedded Systems
13 2 (0.33%) Social Media
13 2 (0.33%) SWIFT
13 2 (0.33%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 72 (11.88%) Windows
2 66 (10.89%) Unix
3 61 (10.07%) Linux
4 46 (7.59%) Apple iOS
5 45 (7.43%) Android
6 7 (1.16%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.66%) Windows Mobile
8 3 (0.50%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.50%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.17%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 498 (82.18%) Test Automation
2 409 (67.49%) Agile Software Development
3 175 (28.88%) Test Scripting
4 146 (24.09%) BDD
5 144 (23.76%) Scrum
6 116 (19.14%) Regression Testing
7 114 (18.81%) Manual Testing
8 108 (17.82%) QA Automation
9 96 (15.84%) Software Testing
9 96 (15.84%) TDD
9 96 (15.84%) Test Strategy
10 86 (14.19%) E-Commerce
11 77 (12.71%) Performance Testing
12 69 (11.39%) Continuous Integration
13 57 (9.41%) Defect Tracking
14 54 (8.91%) Functional Testing
15 53 (8.75%) Continuous Delivery
16 52 (8.58%) SDLC
17 48 (7.92%) Kanban
18 46 (7.59%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 209 (34.49%) Java
2 166 (27.39%) SQL
3 98 (16.17%) C#
4 75 (12.38%) Ruby
5 67 (11.06%) JavaScript
6 66 (10.89%) Python
7 22 (3.63%) Groovy
8 16 (2.64%) VB
9 15 (2.48%) Scala
10 13 (2.15%) PHP
11 11 (1.82%) T-SQL
12 10 (1.65%) VB6
13 8 (1.32%) C++
13 8 (1.32%) VBScript
14 5 (0.83%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.83%) PowerShell
15 4 (0.66%) C
16 3 (0.50%) Shell Script
16 3 (0.50%) TypeScript
17 1 (0.17%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 74 (12.21%) ISEB
2 65 (10.73%) ISTQB
3 44 (7.26%) Degree
4 11 (1.82%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (1.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (0.66%) SC Cleared
6 4 (0.66%) Security Cleared
7 2 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 606 (100.00%) QA
2 9 (1.49%) PMO
3 4 (0.66%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.50%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.17%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (0.17%) Firmware
1 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 16 (2.64%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.17%) Nagios
2 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (0.17%) Puppet
2 1 (0.17%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 67 (11.06%) Microsoft
2 54 (8.91%) Oracle
3 15 (2.48%) Atlassian
4 10 (1.65%) Apple
4 10 (1.65%) Facebook
5 8 (1.32%) HP
6 7 (1.16%) TOWER Software
7 6 (0.99%) CA Agile Central
7 6 (0.99%) Sitecore
8 4 (0.66%) Google
9 3 (0.50%) Tableau
10 2 (0.33%) Borland
10 2 (0.33%) Salesforce.com
11 1 (0.17%) IBM
11 1 (0.17%) Red Hat
11 1 (0.17%) Remedy
11 1 (0.17%) SAP
11 1 (0.17%) Sencha
11 1 (0.17%) Splunk
11 1 (0.17%) VMware
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion
Salary: £25000 - £350000 per annum
Posted: 2 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
ECM Selection
Salary: to £50k DoE + options
Posted: 8 hours ago
Central London / West End
X4 Group
Salary: £40k - 55k per year
Posted: Yesterday
Bangor, Gwynedd
Supertemps
Salary: £20,000 to £25,000 dependent on experience
Posted: Yesterday
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £60000 - £67000 per annum + excellent benefits, bonus etc
Posted: Yesterday
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bens
Posted: Yesterday
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: £65000 - £75000 per annum + Bens
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Client Server
Salary: £40k to £45k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Miller Maxwell Ltd
Salary: Up to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £35k to £40k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Client Server
Salary: £35k to £40k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Understanding Recruitment
Salary: £60000 - £65000 per annum + bonus, bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Reigate, Surrey
Client Server
Salary: £35k to £40k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Client Server
Salary: £45k to £50k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Chris Cobbold Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £50,000 per annum + benefits + bonuses + career progre
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Halesowen, West Midlands (County)
In touch games
Salary: £20000 - £25000 Per Annum £20,000 - £25,000 + benefits (inc flexi work
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Salary: £75000 - £90000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £32000 - £35400 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Birkenhead, Merseyside
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + + Great Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
South East London
Client Server
Salary: £45k to £60k + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
IT Talent Solutions
Salary: From £40,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Halesowen, West Midlands (County)
In touch games
Salary: £18000 - £22000 Per Annum £18,000 - £22,000 + benefits (inc flexi work
Posted: 3 days ago
Reigate, Surrey
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £5000 - £55000 per annum, Benefits + 10% bonus
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £45,000 - 65,000 + excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: £25000.00 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: up to £45k
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum + Training + Bonus
Posted: 6 days ago