Period
to 22 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Software Tester was £35,000 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.

Software Tester
UK
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 630 661 659
Rank change year-on-year +31 -2 +52
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 627 648 784
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.34% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.35% 0.38%
Number of salaries quoted 574 604 732
UK median annual salary £35,000 £32,500 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.69% - -
10th Percentile £24,000 £25,000 £22,500
90th Percentile £50,950 £45,000 £51,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £32,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.69% - -

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%

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Software Tester in the UK

Software Tester
Top 16 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 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 +9 588 £35,000 +7.69% 45
UK excluding London -2 512 £35,000 +7.69% 46
South East +107 174 £35,000 +16.67% 10
North of England -30 112 £35,000 +12.90% 15
London +37 107 £37,500 +7.14% 4
Midlands -8 88 £31,000 -4.62% 7
West Midlands -25 66 £30,000 -7.69% 4
North West -69 58 £35,000 +14.75% 5
South West -8 57 £32,500 -7.14% 6
East of England -25 50 £35,000 +7.69% 3
Yorkshire +33 42 £32,500 -2.26% 6
East Midlands +29 22 £31,750 -2.31% 3
Scotland -18 17 £35,000 - 2
North East +17 12 £23,500 -31.69% 4
Wales +10 11 £32,500 +30.00% 3
Northern Ireland - 3 £33,000 -

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 449 (71.61%) Test Automation
2 359 (57.26%) Agile Software Development
3 321 (51.20%) Software Testing
4 247 (39.39%) QA
5 208 (33.17%) Selenium
6 177 (28.23%) SQL
7 165 (26.32%) JIRA
8 163 (26.00%) Test Scripting
9 152 (24.24%) Java
10 147 (23.44%) Degree
11 140 (22.33%) Manual Testing
12 138 (22.01%) ISTQB
13 132 (21.05%) Scrum
14 122 (19.46%) ISEB
15 120 (19.14%) C#
16 112 (17.86%) Regression Testing
17 92 (14.67%) Test Strategy
18 83 (13.24%) SQL Server
19 80 (12.76%) WebDriver
20 78 (12.44%) Microsoft
21 77 (12.28%) Windows
21 77 (12.28%) .NET
21 77 (12.28%) Cucumber
22 75 (11.96%) Analytical Skills
23 71 (11.32%) Python
24 70 (11.16%) Computer Science
25 66 (10.53%) Finance
26 64 (10.21%) Linux
27 63 (10.05%) SDLC
28 61 (9.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

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 42 (6.70%) Confluence
2 5 (0.80%) IIS
2 5 (0.80%) Oracle Service Bus
3 4 (0.64%) Apache Spark
3 4 (0.64%) CMS
3 4 (0.64%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.32%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.16%) JBoss
5 1 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 16 (2.55%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.64%) Simulink
Cloud Services
1 24 (3.83%) SaaS
2 16 (2.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.44%) OpenShift
4 8 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.32%) Office 365
6 1 (0.16%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 4 (0.64%) HTTP
1 4 (0.64%) Profibus
1 4 (0.64%) Skype
1 4 (0.64%) Unified Communications
1 4 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
2 3 (0.48%) Internet
2 3 (0.48%) Wireshark
3 2 (0.32%) TETRA
4 1 (0.16%) FTP
4 1 (0.16%) ICMP
4 1 (0.16%) Intranet
4 1 (0.16%) RTP
4 1 (0.16%) SMS
4 1 (0.16%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (13.24%) SQL Server
2 29 (4.63%) MySQL
3 26 (4.15%) Relational Database
4 12 (1.91%) SQL Server 2008
5 8 (1.28%) MongoDB
6 6 (0.96%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.80%) Big Data
8 4 (0.64%) Apache Accumulo
8 4 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (0.48%) Blockchain
9 3 (0.48%) DB2
9 3 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.48%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.32%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
11 1 (0.16%) MariaDB
11 1 (0.16%) Redis
Development Applications
1 208 (33.17%) Selenium
2 165 (26.32%) JIRA
3 80 (12.76%) WebDriver
4 77 (12.28%) Cucumber
5 59 (9.41%) JMeter
6 42 (6.70%) Jenkins
7 40 (6.38%) SoapUI
8 31 (4.94%) Git (software)
9 30 (4.78%) Bugzilla
10 28 (4.47%) Team Foundation Server
11 23 (3.67%) SpecFlow
12 21 (3.35%) Trac
13 15 (2.39%) Appium
13 15 (2.39%) Subversion
14 14 (2.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 12 (1.91%) Calabash
15 12 (1.91%) TestRail
15 12 (1.91%) Zephyr
16 10 (1.59%) Gatling
16 10 (1.59%) JUnit
General
1 66 (10.53%) Finance
2 28 (4.47%) Retail
3 25 (3.99%) Games
4 24 (3.83%) Digital Economy
5 14 (2.23%) Banking
6 11 (1.75%) Advertising
7 10 (1.59%) Marketing
8 6 (0.96%) Automotive
8 6 (0.96%) Electronics
9 5 (0.80%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.80%) Legal
10 4 (0.64%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.48%) Telecoms
12 2 (0.32%) Billing
12 2 (0.32%) Law
12 2 (0.32%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.16%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 77 (12.28%) .NET
2 41 (6.54%) XML
3 36 (5.74%) Web Services
4 34 (5.42%) HTML
5 21 (3.35%) SOAP
6 20 (3.19%) RESTful
7 18 (2.87%) Gherkin
8 15 (2.39%) CSS
9 14 (2.23%) ASP.NET
9 14 (2.23%) REST
10 6 (0.96%) Grails
10 6 (0.96%) HTML5
10 6 (0.96%) JMS
10 6 (0.96%) Ruby on Rails
11 5 (0.80%) ActiveMQ
11 5 (0.80%) WSDL
12 4 (0.64%) ASP.NET Web API
12 4 (0.64%) Behat
12 4 (0.64%) JSON
13 3 (0.48%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 75 (11.96%) Analytical Skills
2 70 (11.16%) Computer Science
3 29 (4.63%) Client/Server
4 23 (3.67%) Mobile App
5 19 (3.03%) User Experience
6 11 (1.75%) Greenfield Project
6 11 (1.75%) iPad
7 9 (1.44%) Fintech
8 7 (1.12%) BBC
8 7 (1.12%) Data Protection Act
8 7 (1.12%) Management Information System
9 6 (0.96%) Xbox
10 4 (0.64%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 3 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.48%) iPhone
11 3 (0.48%) Mobile Payment
11 3 (0.48%) PlayStation
12 2 (0.32%) Cyber Attack
12 2 (0.32%) Cyber Defence
12 2 (0.32%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 77 (12.28%) Windows
2 64 (10.21%) Linux
3 17 (2.71%) Apple iOS
4 14 (2.23%) Unix
5 12 (1.91%) Android
6 6 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.64%) Debian
7 4 (0.64%) VxWorks
8 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.16%) Solaris
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 449 (71.61%) Test Automation
2 359 (57.26%) Agile Software Development
3 321 (51.20%) Software Testing
4 163 (26.00%) Test Scripting
5 140 (22.33%) Manual Testing
6 132 (21.05%) Scrum
7 112 (17.86%) Regression Testing
8 92 (14.67%) Test Strategy
9 63 (10.05%) SDLC
10 59 (9.41%) BDD
11 58 (9.25%) E-Commerce
12 57 (9.09%) Issue Tracking
13 53 (8.45%) User Acceptance Testing
14 52 (8.29%) Defect Tracking
15 51 (8.13%) Functional Testing
16 44 (7.02%) Performance Testing
17 41 (6.54%) Scenario Testing
18 40 (6.38%) User Stories
19 39 (6.22%) TDD
20 34 (5.42%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 177 (28.23%) SQL
2 152 (24.24%) Java
3 120 (19.14%) C#
4 71 (11.32%) Python
5 43 (6.86%) C
6 41 (6.54%) JavaScript
7 34 (5.42%) C++
8 30 (4.78%) Shell Script
9 24 (3.83%) Ruby
10 23 (3.67%) Groovy
11 20 (3.19%) PHP
12 11 (1.75%) Perl
13 9 (1.44%) T-SQL
14 8 (1.28%) Bash Shell
14 8 (1.28%) Scala
15 7 (1.12%) PL/SQL
15 7 (1.12%) VB
16 4 (0.64%) MATLAB
17 3 (0.48%) VB6
18 2 (0.32%) Clojure
Qualifications
1 147 (23.44%) Degree
2 138 (22.01%) ISTQB
3 122 (19.46%) ISEB
4 61 (9.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 33 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
6 21 (3.35%) Security Cleared
7 7 (1.12%) SC Cleared
8 6 (0.96%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.64%) Network+ Certification
10 3 (0.48%) HNC
10 3 (0.48%) HND
11 2 (0.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.16%) AWS Certification
12 1 (0.16%) CCNA
12 1 (0.16%) CCNP
12 1 (0.16%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 247 (39.39%) QA
2 7 (1.12%) ISO 20022
2 7 (1.12%) ISO 8583
2 7 (1.12%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.80%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.64%) IEC 61508
4 4 (0.64%) IEC 62304
4 4 (0.64%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 22 (3.51%) Docker
2 4 (0.64%) Firmware
2 4 (0.64%) Xen
3 2 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.32%) VirtualBox
4 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 10 (1.59%) Kubernetes
2 9 (1.44%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (0.80%) Kibana
3 5 (0.80%) Prometheus
4 4 (0.64%) Puppet
5 1 (0.16%) Ambari
5 1 (0.16%) Ansible
5 1 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 78 (12.44%) Microsoft
2 14 (2.23%) Twitter
3 13 (2.07%) Google
4 11 (1.75%) Oracle
5 8 (1.28%) Apple
6 6 (0.96%) Atlassian
6 6 (0.96%) TOWER Software
7 5 (0.80%) Informatica
7 5 (0.80%) Siebel
8 4 (0.64%) CA Agile Central
8 4 (0.64%) Capita
8 4 (0.64%) Coverity
9 3 (0.48%) Facebook
9 3 (0.48%) HP
10 2 (0.32%) Cognizant
10 2 (0.32%) SAP
10 2 (0.32%) Telerik
11 1 (0.16%) PayPal
11 1 (0.16%) Perfecto Mobile
11 1 (0.16%) Progress