The median annual salary for a Software Tester was £35,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

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

Software Tester
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 621 550 641
Rank change year-on-year -71 +91  
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 256 403 365
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.41% 0.33%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.30% 0.42% 0.34%
Number of salaries quoted 232 385 352
Median salary £35,000 £33,500 £31,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.47% +6.34%  
90% offered a salary of more than £25,100 £26,050 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £32,500 £30,000
% change year-on-year +7.69% +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 85523 94943 107102
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.96% 96.54% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 69945 79998 88268
Median salary £46,250 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £74,000 £70,000 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +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 23 June 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 23 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 -71 237 £35,000 +4.47% 50
South East +50 55 £35,000 - 10
East of England -7 38 £40,000 +14.28% 6
South West 0 37 £33,750 +2.27% 4
West Midlands -22 36 £30,000 -7.69% 5
London -15 26 £35,000 -6.66% 5
Hampshire +18 22 £32,500 +8.33% 4
Cambridgeshire +2 21 £50,000 +53.84% 5
Yorkshire -15 21 £30,000 -7.69% 5
Birmingham +19 18 £30,000 -25.00% 3
North West -60 18 £35,000 +6.06% 8
Bristol -17 17 £35,500 +9.23% 4
Basingstoke +11 12 £40,000 +23.07% 3
East Yorkshire -3 10 £30,000 +9.09% 2
Hull -9 10 £30,000 +9.09% 2
Manchester -36 10 £37,500 +13.63% 4
Kent - 10 £35,000 -
Scotland +15 9 £35,000 +25.00% 3
Hertfordshire 0 9 £32,500 +6.55%
Reading +22 8 £35,000 -36.36%
Berkshire +21 8 £35,000 -22.22%
West Sussex +10 8 £37,000 +5.71% 1
Wales +10 8 £30,750 +9.82% 2
West Yorkshire +7 8 £32,500 +18.18% 1
Gloucestershire -3 8 £31,500 -19.74%
Suffolk -11 7 £32,500 -7.14% 1
Tunbridge Wells - 7 £35,000 -
Southampton +16 6 £32,500 -10.34% 1
Edinburgh -1 6 £35,000 +66.66% 2
Ipswich -10 6 £32,500 -7.14% 1

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 422 (77.01%) Test Automation
2 325 (59.31%) Agile Software Development
3 228 (41.61%) QA
4 226 (41.24%) Software Testing
5 221 (40.33%) Selenium
6 164 (29.93%) Test Scripting
7 163 (29.74%) SQL
8 150 (27.37%) C#
9 117 (21.35%) Manual Testing
9 117 (21.35%) Degree
10 113 (20.62%) .NET
11 111 (20.26%) Java
12 106 (19.34%) ISTQB
12 106 (19.34%) ISEB
13 101 (18.43%) Scrum
13 101 (18.43%) JIRA
14 98 (17.88%) Microsoft
15 81 (14.78%) SQL Server
16 75 (13.69%) Cucumber
17 74 (13.50%) Test Strategy
18 73 (13.32%) SDLC
19 72 (13.14%) E-Commerce
19 72 (13.14%) Regression Testing
20 65 (11.86%) Windows
21 61 (11.13%) User Acceptance Testing
22 60 (10.95%) Finance
23 59 (10.77%) Functional Testing
24 57 (10.40%) WebDriver
25 51 (9.31%) JavaScript
26 44 (8.03%) Continuous Integration

Software 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 8 (1.46%) Confluence
2 2 (0.36%) IIS
2 2 (0.36%) JBoss
2 2 (0.36%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.18%) CMS
3 1 (0.18%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (3.47%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.74%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (0.73%) Payment Gateway
1 4 (0.73%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 4 (0.73%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 12 (2.19%) SaaS
2 6 (1.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.18%) GitHub
4 1 (0.18%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.09%) HTTP
2 3 (0.55%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.18%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.18%) Internet
3 1 (0.18%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (14.78%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.66%) MySQL
3 26 (4.74%) Relational Database
4 17 (3.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (1.46%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.73%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (0.73%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.36%) Big Data
7 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.18%) DB2
8 1 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.18%) Redis
8 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 221 (40.33%) Selenium
2 101 (18.43%) JIRA
3 75 (13.69%) Cucumber
4 57 (10.40%) WebDriver
5 36 (6.57%) SpecFlow
6 33 (6.02%) Team Foundation Server
7 30 (5.47%) Bugzilla
8 29 (5.29%) JUnit
9 27 (4.93%) SoapUI
10 23 (4.20%) Jenkins
11 22 (4.01%) HP UFT
12 21 (3.83%) Trac
13 20 (3.65%) JMeter
14 19 (3.47%) TestNG
15 17 (3.10%) FitNesse
15 17 (3.10%) Visual Studio
16 15 (2.74%) Protractor
16 15 (2.74%) Ranorex
17 14 (2.55%) Hudson
18 13 (2.37%) Jasmine
General
1 60 (10.95%) Finance
2 18 (3.28%) Games
3 17 (3.10%) Retail
4 10 (1.82%) Banking
4 10 (1.82%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.64%) Automotive
5 9 (1.64%) Electronics
6 8 (1.46%) Legal
7 6 (1.09%) Advertising
7 6 (1.09%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.09%) Marketing
8 5 (0.91%) Digital Economy
9 4 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.55%) Back Office
11 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.18%) Interactive Media
11 1 (0.18%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (20.62%) .NET
2 42 (7.66%) Web Services
3 39 (7.12%) HTML
4 38 (6.93%) XML
5 26 (4.74%) CSS
6 19 (3.47%) ASP.NET
7 18 (3.28%) Gherkin
8 14 (2.55%) HTML5
8 14 (2.55%) SOAP
9 11 (2.01%) WinForms
10 5 (0.91%) jQuery
11 4 (0.73%) .NET Framework
11 4 (0.73%) COM
11 4 (0.73%) JSON
11 4 (0.73%) Silverlight
11 4 (0.73%) XML Schema
12 3 (0.55%) ASP.NET MVC
12 3 (0.55%) LAMP
12 3 (0.55%) REST
12 3 (0.55%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (6.93%) iPad
3 31 (5.66%) Computer Science
4 24 (4.38%) Mobile App
5 21 (3.83%) Client/Server
6 13 (2.37%) Enterprise Software
6 13 (2.37%) User Experience
7 7 (1.28%) Data Structures
7 7 (1.28%) iPhone
8 4 (0.73%) Smartphone
8 4 (0.73%) Social Network
9 3 (0.55%) Algorithms
9 3 (0.55%) Fintech
9 3 (0.55%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.36%) BBC
10 2 (0.36%) NHS
10 2 (0.36%) Xbox
11 1 (0.18%) Management Information System
11 1 (0.18%) Mobile Payment
11 1 (0.18%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 65 (11.86%) Windows
2 33 (6.02%) Android
3 25 (4.56%) Apple iOS
4 13 (2.37%) Linux
5 12 (2.19%) Unix
6 11 (2.01%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.28%) Windows 7
7 7 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.28%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (1.28%) Windows Vista
8 4 (0.73%) Windows 8
9 3 (0.55%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.55%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.36%) Solaris
10 2 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 422 (77.01%) Test Automation
2 325 (59.31%) Agile Software Development
3 226 (41.24%) Software Testing
4 164 (29.93%) Test Scripting
5 117 (21.35%) Manual Testing
6 101 (18.43%) Scrum
7 74 (13.50%) Test Strategy
8 73 (13.32%) SDLC
9 72 (13.14%) E-Commerce
9 72 (13.14%) Regression Testing
10 61 (11.13%) User Acceptance Testing
11 59 (10.77%) Functional Testing
12 44 (8.03%) Continuous Integration
13 38 (6.93%) BDD
14 36 (6.57%) Performance Testing
15 34 (6.20%) TDD
16 33 (6.02%) Exploratory Testing
16 33 (6.02%) Scenario Testing
17 32 (5.84%) User Stories
18 29 (5.29%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 163 (29.74%) SQL
2 150 (27.37%) C#
3 111 (20.26%) Java
4 51 (9.31%) JavaScript
5 27 (4.93%) Python
6 24 (4.38%) VB
7 20 (3.65%) C++
8 17 (3.10%) T-SQL
9 13 (2.37%) PHP
10 12 (2.19%) Ruby
11 11 (2.01%) Groovy
11 11 (2.01%) VB6
12 9 (1.64%) VBScript
13 7 (1.28%) Perl
14 6 (1.09%) C
14 6 (1.09%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.73%) Bash Shell
16 1 (0.18%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 117 (21.35%) Degree
2 106 (19.34%) ISEB
2 106 (19.34%) ISTQB
3 26 (4.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 21 (3.83%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (0.91%) Security Cleared
6 4 (0.73%) Master's Degree
6 4 (0.73%) Network+ Certification
7 3 (0.55%) HND
8 2 (0.36%) CCNA
8 2 (0.36%) CCNP
8 2 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.36%) GNVQ
8 2 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.18%) HNC
9 1 (0.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.18%) Numerate Degree
9 1 (0.18%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (41.61%) QA
2 2 (0.36%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 2 (0.36%) GCP
3 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (0.36%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (1.28%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.36%) Puppet
Vendors
1 98 (17.88%) Microsoft
2 13 (2.37%) Oracle
3 12 (2.19%) Apple
4 11 (2.01%) Facebook
5 8 (1.46%) Telerik
6 4 (0.73%) SAP
7 2 (0.36%) Cisco
7 2 (0.36%) TOWER Software
8 1 (0.18%) Cadence
8 1 (0.18%) HP
8 1 (0.18%) PayPal
8 1 (0.18%) Red Hat
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus & Benefits & Training
Posted: 3 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Networkers
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + 28 days holiday
Posted: 9 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Rebel Recruitment
Salary: From £25,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Posted: 4 hours ago
Leicestershire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 6 hours ago
Bristol Area
The People Network
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Auburn Rose
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £45000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 12 hours ago
Worthing, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: up to 39k Plus bonus plus benefits
Posted: 4 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum + Training + Bonus
Posted: 4 hours ago
Staffordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum, Benefits Pension scheme
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
X4 Group
Salary: £30k - 40k per year
Posted: Yesterday
Hull, North Humberside
Searchability
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
X4 Group
Salary: £25k - 35k per year
Posted: 2 days ago
Bangor, Gwynedd
Supertemps
Salary: £20,000 to £25,000 dependent on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Shipley, West Yorkshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + bens
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
ECM Selection
Salary: to £50k DoE + options
Posted: Yesterday
Northumberland
Oscar
Salary: £24000 - £35000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £40000 per annum + Excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
X4 Group
Salary: £30k - 38k per year + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 40,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: £21000 - £26000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £20000 - £25000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
Durham, County Durham
Oscar
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Oscar
Salary: £20000 - £40000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Blues Point Ltd
Salary: Up to £40,000 per annum + 25 days hols, excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + 25 days holiday
Posted: 4 days ago
South East London
Panacea Applications Ltd
Salary: From £26,000 to £31,000 per annum + benefits, subject to experience
Posted: 7 days ago