The median annual salary for a Senior QA Tester was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

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

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
UK
Rank 813 889 925
Rank change year-on-year +76 +36  
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior QA Tester 36 57 31
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.043% 0.056% 0.029%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.045% 0.058% 0.030%
Number of salaries quoted 36 57 31
Median salary £52,500 £55,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.54% +22.22%  
90% offered a salary of more than £41,250 £42,100 £32,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £62,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year +5.55% +2.27%  

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 80634 98831 101724
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.27% 96.35% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 66904 82761 83046
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Senior QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Senior QA Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Senior QA Tester in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Top 18 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 3 months to 23 March 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 +74 36 £52,500 -4.54% 3
London +59 24 £52,500 -4.54% 1
Chiswick - 11 £52,500 -
South East +66 6 £55,000 +22.22%
Sussex - 5 £55,000 -
Ealing +17 2 £57,500 +4.54%
Bristol - 2 £47,500 -
Birmingham - 2 £27,500 -
South West - 2 £47,500 -
West Midlands - 2 £27,500 -
City of London +50 1 £62,500 +42.04%
North West -19 1 £40,000 -11.11%
Manchester -26 1 £40,000 -20.00%
Berkshire - 1 £37,500 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £47,500 - 1
East of England - 1 £47,500 - 2
Reading - 1 £37,500 -
Watford - 1 £47,500 - 1

Senior QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 85 (100.00%) QA
2 60 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (57.65%) Selenium
4 40 (47.06%) Cucumber
5 34 (40.00%) BDD
5 34 (40.00%) Windows
6 33 (38.82%) ISEB
7 31 (36.47%) Automated Testing
8 27 (31.76%) Java
8 27 (31.76%) SoapUI
9 26 (30.59%) QA Automation
9 26 (30.59%) Linux
10 25 (29.41%) JMeter
10 25 (29.41%) Software Testing
11 24 (28.24%) Continuous Integration
12 23 (27.06%) Relational Database
13 22 (25.88%) Unix
14 21 (24.71%) Web Services
14 21 (24.71%) Scrum
15 20 (23.53%) SQL
15 20 (23.53%) Test Automation
16 19 (22.35%) TDD
17 18 (21.18%) C#
17 18 (21.18%) Team Foundation Server
17 18 (21.18%) Unit Testing
17 18 (21.18%) REST
17 18 (21.18%) Continuous Delivery
18 17 (20.00%) SaaS
18 17 (20.00%) Kanban
18 17 (20.00%) RESTful

Senior QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 9 (10.59%) CMS
1 9 (10.59%) Sitecore CMS
1 9 (10.59%) Umbraco
2 7 (8.24%) Confluence
3 3 (3.53%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (12.94%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (3.53%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (3.53%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (20.00%) SaaS
2 11 (12.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.18%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (11.76%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (27.06%) Relational Database
2 16 (18.82%) Apache Cassandra
2 16 (18.82%) HBase
2 16 (18.82%) MySQL
2 16 (18.82%) NoSQL
3 9 (10.59%) SQL Server
4 5 (5.88%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 49 (57.65%) Selenium
2 40 (47.06%) Cucumber
3 27 (31.76%) SoapUI
4 25 (29.41%) JMeter
5 18 (21.18%) Team Foundation Server
6 17 (20.00%) JIRA
6 17 (20.00%) JUnit
7 16 (18.82%) Hamcrest
7 16 (18.82%) jMock
7 16 (18.82%) SpecFlow
7 16 (18.82%) WebDriver
8 15 (17.65%) Jenkins
9 11 (12.94%) Git (software)
9 11 (12.94%) WATIR
10 10 (11.76%) Capybara
11 4 (4.71%) HP UFT
12 3 (3.53%) LoadRunner
13 2 (2.35%) Hudson
13 2 (2.35%) Ranorex
13 2 (2.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (3.53%) Games
1 3 (3.53%) Law
1 3 (3.53%) Legal
2 2 (2.35%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (24.71%) Web Services
2 18 (21.18%) REST
3 17 (20.00%) RESTful
4 14 (16.47%) XML
5 11 (12.94%) HTML
6 10 (11.76%) SOAP
7 8 (9.41%) Gherkin
8 5 (5.88%) Play Framework
9 2 (2.35%) CSS
10 1 (1.18%) .NET
10 1 (1.18%) AngularJS
10 1 (1.18%) ASP.NET
10 1 (1.18%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1 (1.18%) ASP.NET MVC 3
10 1 (1.18%) DOM
10 1 (1.18%) Mason
10 1 (1.18%) React
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.24%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.35%) Fintech
2 2 (2.35%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.18%) AS400
3 1 (1.18%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.18%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.18%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (1.18%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.18%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 34 (40.00%) Windows
2 26 (30.59%) Linux
3 22 (25.88%) Unix
4 11 (12.94%) Windows Server
5 7 (8.24%) Apple iOS
5 7 (8.24%) Mac OS X
5 7 (8.24%) Windows 10
6 6 (7.06%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (40.00%) BDD
3 31 (36.47%) Automated Testing
4 26 (30.59%) QA Automation
5 25 (29.41%) Software Testing
6 24 (28.24%) Continuous Integration
7 21 (24.71%) Scrum
8 20 (23.53%) Test Automation
9 19 (22.35%) TDD
10 18 (21.18%) Continuous Delivery
10 18 (21.18%) Unit Testing
11 17 (20.00%) Kanban
12 16 (18.82%) Performance Testing
12 16 (18.82%) SOA
13 14 (16.47%) Automation Testing
13 14 (16.47%) Test Management
14 11 (12.94%) Security Testing
14 11 (12.94%) Software Engineering
15 10 (11.76%) Defect Management
15 10 (11.76%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 27 (31.76%) Java
2 20 (23.53%) SQL
3 18 (21.18%) C#
4 16 (18.82%) Python
4 16 (18.82%) Ruby
5 10 (11.76%) JavaScript
6 8 (9.41%) Scala
7 3 (3.53%) Groovy
8 1 (1.18%) PHP
Qualifications
1 33 (38.82%) ISEB
2 4 (4.71%) Degree
2 4 (4.71%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (1.18%) SDET
System Software
1 7 (8.24%) Active Directory
1 7 (8.24%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (14.12%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.59%) Sitecore
3 7 (8.24%) VMware
4 5 (5.88%) Oracle
5 2 (2.35%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.18%) IBM
6 1 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
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