Period
to 22 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Senior QA Tester was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Senior Quality Assurance Tester
UK
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1102 1147 1214
Rank change year-on-year +45 +67 +99
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior QA Tester 80 78 95
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.044% 0.041% 0.044%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.046% 0.042% 0.046%
Number of salaries quoted 71 62 91
UK median annual salary £55,000 £45,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +22.22% -10.00% -
10th Percentile £36,250 £35,775 £36,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £61,250 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -11.11% +5.88% +14.09%

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 173015 183533 208123
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.80% 96.49% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138825 153627 172837
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%

Senior QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Senior QA Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Senior QA Tester in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Senior QA Tester.

Salary trend for Senior QA Tester in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Senior QA Tester over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Senior QA Tester in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Top 11 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Senior QA Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 22 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 +20 77 £55,000 +22.22% 6
London +11 45 £65,000 +15.56% 2
UK excluding London +30 32 £40,000 -11.11% 4
Midlands +38 19 £37,500 +5.63% 1
West Midlands +10 18 £37,500 +5.63%
South East +45 6 £42,500 -29.17% 2
East of England - 4 £36,250 -
South West - 2 £40,000 -
North of England -33 1 £41,500 -7.78% 1
North West -46 1 £41,500 -7.78% 1
East Midlands - 1 £39,000 - 1

Senior QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, Senior 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 Senior QA Tester in the job title.

1 80 (100.00%) QA
2 68 (85.00%) Test Automation
3 51 (63.75%) Agile Software Development
4 43 (53.75%) Selenium
5 40 (50.00%) Finance
6 28 (35.00%) BDD
7 27 (33.75%) Java
8 24 (30.00%) Cucumber
9 18 (22.50%) Software Testing
9 18 (22.50%) JIRA
9 18 (22.50%) SoapUI
9 18 (22.50%) Gherkin
10 17 (21.25%) WebDriver
10 17 (21.25%) API Testing
10 17 (21.25%) SQL
11 15 (18.75%) SOAP
12 14 (17.50%) Test Scripting
13 13 (16.25%) Mentoring
13 13 (16.25%) Web Services
14 12 (15.00%) JMeter
14 12 (15.00%) SpecFlow
15 11 (13.75%) Fintech
15 11 (13.75%) C#
15 11 (13.75%) Unix
15 11 (13.75%) SOA
15 11 (13.75%) ISTQB
16 10 (12.50%) Retail
16 10 (12.50%) Manual Testing
16 10 (12.50%) WATIR
16 10 (12.50%) Test Strategy

Senior 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 2 (2.50%) CMS
1 2 (2.50%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.25%) Confluence
2 1 (1.25%) Jupyter
2 1 (1.25%) Umbraco
Applications
1 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.50%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (6.25%) SaaS
2 2 (2.50%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.25%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.25%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.75%) HTTP
2 2 (2.50%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.00%) MySQL
2 3 (3.75%) Apache Cassandra
2 3 (3.75%) Big Data
2 3 (3.75%) Blockchain
2 3 (3.75%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.75%) HBase
2 3 (3.75%) NoSQL
2 3 (3.75%) Power BI
2 3 (3.75%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.25%) Cognos Impromptu
4 1 (1.25%) MariaDB
4 1 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.25%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 43 (53.75%) Selenium
2 24 (30.00%) Cucumber
3 18 (22.50%) JIRA
3 18 (22.50%) SoapUI
4 17 (21.25%) WebDriver
5 12 (15.00%) JMeter
5 12 (15.00%) SpecFlow
6 10 (12.50%) WATIR
7 9 (11.25%) JBehave
8 8 (10.00%) Ranorex
9 7 (8.75%) eggPlant
10 6 (7.50%) Jenkins
11 5 (6.25%) Appium
11 5 (6.25%) Git (software)
12 4 (5.00%) JUnit
13 3 (3.75%) Hamcrest
13 3 (3.75%) jMock
13 3 (3.75%) TeamCity
13 3 (3.75%) Visual Studio
14 2 (2.50%) git-flow
General
1 40 (50.00%) Finance
2 10 (12.50%) Retail
3 7 (8.75%) Banking
4 3 (3.75%) Advertising
5 2 (2.50%) Legal
6 1 (1.25%) Marketing
6 1 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (22.50%) Gherkin
2 15 (18.75%) SOAP
3 13 (16.25%) Web Services
4 5 (6.25%) RESTful
5 3 (3.75%) .NET
5 3 (3.75%) HTML
5 3 (3.75%) REST
6 2 (2.50%) ASP.NET
6 2 (2.50%) XML
7 1 (1.25%) Google Maps API
7 1 (1.25%) Laravel
7 1 (1.25%) Mason
7 1 (1.25%) pytest
Miscellaneous
1 11 (13.75%) Fintech
2 3 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.75%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.50%) Credit Derivative
3 2 (2.50%) Derivative
3 2 (2.50%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (2.50%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 11 (13.75%) Unix
2 7 (8.75%) Linux
3 3 (3.75%) Android
3 3 (3.75%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (85.00%) Test Automation
2 51 (63.75%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (35.00%) BDD
4 18 (22.50%) Software Testing
5 17 (21.25%) API Testing
6 14 (17.50%) Test Scripting
7 13 (16.25%) Mentoring
8 11 (13.75%) SOA
9 10 (12.50%) Manual Testing
9 10 (12.50%) Test Strategy
10 9 (11.25%) Functional Testing
10 9 (11.25%) Integration Testing
10 9 (11.25%) Open Source
10 9 (11.25%) Software Delivery
11 8 (10.00%) QA Automation
11 8 (10.00%) Security Testing
11 8 (10.00%) Test Management
12 6 (7.50%) Regression Testing
12 6 (7.50%) Web Development
12 6 (7.50%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (33.75%) Java
2 17 (21.25%) SQL
3 11 (13.75%) C#
4 9 (11.25%) Groovy
5 8 (10.00%) Ruby
6 4 (5.00%) PHP
6 4 (5.00%) Python
7 3 (3.75%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.50%) PowerShell
8 2 (2.50%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.25%) Scala
Qualifications
1 11 (13.75%) ISTQB
2 9 (11.25%) ISEB
3 3 (3.75%) Degree
4 2 (2.50%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (10.00%) ISO 20022
2 8 (10.00%) ISO 8583
Systems Management
1 1 (1.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (8.75%) CA Agile Central
1 7 (8.75%) Google
2 3 (3.75%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.75%) Oracle
2 3 (3.75%) Tableau
3 2 (2.50%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.25%) Mapbox
4 1 (1.25%) Salesforce.com