The median annual salary for a Software Tester was £32,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 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
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
UK
Rank 572 612 581
Rank change year-on-year +40 -31  
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 295 365 416
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.35% 0.39%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.37% 0.37% 0.40%
Number of salaries quoted 271 331 374
Median salary £32,500 £32,500 £32,500
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £47,500 £47,500 £50,000
UK excluding London median salary £32,500 £32,500 £30,000
% change year-on-year - +8.33%  

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 80799 99610 102835
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.25% 96.36% 96.62%
Number of salaries quoted 67025 83372 83971
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%  

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in the UK

Software Tester
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Software Tester in the UK

Software Tester
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Software Tester in the UK

Software 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 Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 26 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 +41 267 £32,500 - 48
South East +74 87 £32,500 -1.51% 10
West Midlands +42 47 £29,500 -9.23% 6
London +64 34 £37,500 -6.25% 4
Hampshire +44 27 £32,500 +8.33% 2
Yorkshire -6 26 £30,000 -4.76% 1
East of England +2 25 £40,000 +23.07% 4
South West +20 24 £37,500 - 10
North West -37 23 £28,500 -5.00% 8
Birmingham +22 20 £27,500 -31.25% 2
Manchester -22 19 £29,500 -4.06% 2
Basingstoke +23 18 £32,500 +6.55% 2
Surrey +41 16 £37,500 -16.66%
West Sussex +25 16 £35,000 -6.66%
Oxfordshire +5 16 £30,000 +26.31% 7
West Yorkshire +25 15 £30,000 -1.63%
Leeds +21 13 £30,000 -11.11%
North Yorkshire -1 12 £32,500 +1.56% 1
Wales +11 11 £35,000 +40.00%
Bristol +9 11 £40,000 +26.98% 6
Scotland +36 10 £34,000 +4.61% 2
Essex +21 10 £47,500 -
South Wales +15 9 £35,000 +40.00%
Berkshire +28 8 £29,750 -45.90%
Hertfordshire +19 8 £35,000 +16.66%
Cardiff +11 7 £38,500 +42.59%
Somerset -1 7 £37,500 -6.25% 3
Shropshire - 7 £28,500 - 1
Harrogate - 7 £32,500 -
Staffordshire +5 6 £37,000 +24.36% 1

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, Software 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 Software Tester in the job title.

1 303 (57.06%) Agile Software Development
2 211 (39.74%) QA
3 205 (38.61%) Selenium
4 194 (36.53%) Software Testing
5 161 (30.32%) Test Scripting
6 153 (28.81%) SQL
7 127 (23.92%) Automated Testing
8 123 (23.16%) C#
9 119 (22.41%) Automation Testing
10 112 (21.09%) Test Automation
11 110 (20.72%) ISEB
12 109 (20.53%) Manual Testing
13 106 (19.96%) Degree
13 106 (19.96%) JIRA
14 104 (19.59%) Java
15 101 (19.02%) Scrum
16 93 (17.51%) ISTQB
17 87 (16.38%) Regression Testing
18 81 (15.25%) Microsoft
19 77 (14.50%) .NET
19 77 (14.50%) Functional Testing
20 76 (14.31%) Finance
21 75 (14.12%) SQL Server
22 73 (13.75%) SDLC
23 71 (13.37%) Windows
24 62 (11.68%) Performance Testing
25 59 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
26 57 (10.73%) Test Strategy
27 54 (10.17%) BDD
28 53 (9.98%) Cucumber

Software 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 8 (1.51%) Confluence
2 3 (0.56%) CMS
3 2 (0.38%) JBoss
3 2 (0.38%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.19%) Apache
4 1 (0.19%) IIS
4 1 (0.19%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.19%) WordPress
Applications
1 50 (9.42%) MS Excel
2 17 (3.20%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 8 (1.51%) Sonata
2 4 (0.75%) Payment Gateway
3 3 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.75%) SaaS
3 2 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.19%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.32%) HTTP
2 5 (0.94%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.19%) FTP
3 1 (0.19%) Multicast
3 1 (0.19%) RTSP
3 1 (0.19%) VoIP
3 1 (0.19%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (14.12%) SQL Server
2 32 (6.03%) MySQL
3 28 (5.27%) Relational Database
4 7 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (0.94%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.56%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.19%) Big Data
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 205 (38.61%) Selenium
2 106 (19.96%) JIRA
3 53 (9.98%) Cucumber
4 48 (9.04%) WebDriver
5 42 (7.91%) Team Foundation Server
6 35 (6.59%) HP UFT
7 33 (6.21%) SoapUI
8 24 (4.52%) Bugzilla
9 23 (4.33%) JUnit
9 23 (4.33%) SpecFlow
10 19 (3.58%) FitNesse
10 19 (3.58%) JMeter
11 18 (3.39%) Jenkins
11 18 (3.39%) Ranorex
11 18 (3.39%) Trac
12 15 (2.82%) LoadRunner
13 14 (2.64%) Git (software)
14 13 (2.45%) Hudson
14 13 (2.45%) TestNG
14 13 (2.45%) Visual Studio
General
1 76 (14.31%) Finance
2 19 (3.58%) Automotive
3 18 (3.39%) Retail
4 16 (3.01%) Banking
5 15 (2.82%) Games
6 13 (2.45%) Advertising
7 10 (1.88%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.51%) Electronics
9 7 (1.32%) Legal
9 7 (1.32%) Marketing
10 5 (0.94%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.75%) Law
11 4 (0.75%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.38%) Front Office
12 2 (0.38%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.19%) Back Office
13 1 (0.19%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.19%) Interactive Media
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 77 (14.50%) .NET
2 52 (9.79%) Web Services
3 31 (5.84%) HTML
4 27 (5.08%) XML
5 25 (4.71%) CSS
6 23 (4.33%) SOAP
7 19 (3.58%) Gherkin
8 18 (3.39%) ASP.NET
9 11 (2.07%) .NET Framework
10 9 (1.69%) HTML5
11 8 (1.51%) jQuery
11 8 (1.51%) REST
12 5 (0.94%) ASP.NET MVC
13 4 (0.75%) COM
13 4 (0.75%) JSON
13 4 (0.75%) Silverlight
13 4 (0.75%) WinForms
13 4 (0.75%) XML Schema
14 3 (0.56%) Spring
14 3 (0.56%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 33 (6.21%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (5.84%) Computer Science
3 28 (5.27%) iPad
4 24 (4.52%) Mobile App
5 21 (3.95%) Client/Server
6 12 (2.26%) Enterprise Software
6 12 (2.26%) User Experience
7 8 (1.51%) Smartphone
8 7 (1.32%) iPhone
9 5 (0.94%) Data Structures
10 4 (0.75%) Fintech
10 4 (0.75%) Online Gambling
10 4 (0.75%) Social Network
11 1 (0.19%) FMCG
11 1 (0.19%) IVR
11 1 (0.19%) Management Information System
11 1 (0.19%) Mobile Payment
11 1 (0.19%) Replication
11 1 (0.19%) SWIFT
11 1 (0.19%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 71 (13.37%) Windows
2 34 (6.40%) Android
3 26 (4.90%) Apple iOS
4 19 (3.58%) Unix
5 18 (3.39%) Linux
6 8 (1.51%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.32%) Windows Vista
8 4 (0.75%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.75%) Windows 8
8 4 (0.75%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.75%) Windows XP
9 3 (0.56%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.19%) Debian
10 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.19%) Solaris
10 1 (0.19%) SUSE
10 1 (0.19%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 303 (57.06%) Agile Software Development
2 194 (36.53%) Software Testing
3 161 (30.32%) Test Scripting
4 127 (23.92%) Automated Testing
5 119 (22.41%) Automation Testing
6 112 (21.09%) Test Automation
7 109 (20.53%) Manual Testing
8 101 (19.02%) Scrum
9 87 (16.38%) Regression Testing
10 77 (14.50%) Functional Testing
11 73 (13.75%) SDLC
12 62 (11.68%) Performance Testing
13 59 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
14 57 (10.73%) Test Strategy
15 54 (10.17%) BDD
16 46 (8.66%) E-Commerce
17 34 (6.40%) Continuous Integration
17 34 (6.40%) TDD
18 28 (5.27%) Stress Testing
18 28 (5.27%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 153 (28.81%) SQL
2 123 (23.16%) C#
3 104 (19.59%) Java
4 47 (8.85%) JavaScript
5 26 (4.90%) C++
6 22 (4.14%) Python
7 17 (3.20%) VB
8 12 (2.26%) PHP
9 10 (1.88%) Groovy
9 10 (1.88%) Ruby
10 8 (1.51%) T-SQL
11 6 (1.13%) C
12 4 (0.75%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.75%) VB6
12 4 (0.75%) VBScript
13 3 (0.56%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.56%) Perl
13 3 (0.56%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.38%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.38%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 110 (20.72%) ISEB
2 106 (19.96%) Degree
3 93 (17.51%) ISTQB
4 29 (5.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 12 (2.26%) Security Cleared
6 7 (1.32%) SC Cleared
7 6 (1.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (0.75%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.38%) GNVQ
9 2 (0.38%) HND
9 2 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 211 (39.74%) QA
2 6 (1.13%) SDET
3 3 (0.56%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.38%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (0.38%) GCP
5 1 (0.19%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 1 (0.19%) Docker
Systems Management
1 16 (3.01%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.38%) Puppet
Vendors
1 81 (15.25%) Microsoft
2 15 (2.82%) Oracle
3 11 (2.07%) HP
4 9 (1.69%) Telerik
5 6 (1.13%) SAP
6 5 (0.94%) Apple
7 4 (0.75%) Facebook
8 2 (0.38%) IBM
8 2 (0.38%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.19%) Infor
9 1 (0.19%) PayPal
9 1 (0.19%) Sage
Sandbach, Cheshire
Deanslist Limited
Salary: From £20,000 to £26,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 hours ago
Lincolnshire
Searchability
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
York, North Yorkshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £24000.00 - £32000.00 per annum + 2.5 k flexi benifits
Posted: 3 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £23000 - £28000 per annum + bonus, pension, h/c
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: to £45k DOE + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Bath, Avon
Sanderson
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Tamworth, Staffordshire
Big Red Recruitment
Salary: £29800 per annum + Pen, DIS, 5w hols
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Posted: 3 days ago
North London
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands (County)
Broster Buchanan
Salary: £24000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £30,000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £40,000 per annum + Training + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Oscar
Salary: £20000 - £35000 per annum + competitive benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Pro-Quest Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £275 - £310 Per Annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Poole, Dorset
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £42500 per annum + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Xist4 IT Recruitment
Salary: £35-40,000 + Bens
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Bath, Avon
Novate IT Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Bath, Avon
Go Partnership.
Salary: From £34,000 to £35,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 5 days ago
North London
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Bentley Whitaker
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum + bonus ,shares,Pension,health
Posted: 3 days ago
Halesowen, West Midlands (County)
In touch games
Salary: £18000 - £22000 per annum + benefits (inc flexi hrs)
Posted: 3 days ago
Birkenhead, Merseyside
FT Select
Salary: Competitive salary
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent HR
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago