Period
to 15 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 6 months to 15 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Testing
UK
6 months to
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 348 247 242
Rank change year-on-year -101 -5 +29
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 510 1,657 2,168
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 1.31% 1.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.88% 1.42% 1.55%
Number of salaries quoted 421 1,172 1,712
Median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £41,250
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% +9.09% +3.13%
10th Percentile £27,000 £27,750 £26,000
90th Percentile £69,750 £75,000 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year -5.88% +13.33% -

Software Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 57,644 116,455 139,426
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.26% 92.13% 92.24%
Number of salaries quoted 46,596 93,252 111,456
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.69% +1.11% -

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Software Testing as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Software Testing.

Salary trend for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Software Testing over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the UK over the 6 months to 15 January 2021. 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 -98 464 £42,500 -5.56% 82
UK excluding London -74 366 £40,000 -5.88% 81
London -51 123 £57,500 -4.17% 11
South East -14 102 £40,000 -11.11% 14
North of England -85 82 £37,500 -8.54% 27
Work from Home -15 78 £50,000 - 11
Midlands +34 64 £37,500 -11.76% 19
South West -17 62 £42,250 +5.63% 2
North West +7 51 £35,000 -17.65% 15
West Midlands +41 48 £37,500 -11.76% 8
East of England +62 28 £35,000 -23.08% 9
Yorkshire -85 25 £40,000 -3.61% 10
Scotland +12 17 £40,000 +6.67% 7
East Midlands +42 16 £42,500 -3.41% 11
Wales +7 10 £60,000 +33.33% 3
North East -4 6 £35,000 +16.67% 2
Northern Ireland +7 1 - -

For the 6 months to 15 January 2021, IT jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 309 (60.59%) Test Automation
2 300 (58.82%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (35.69%) QA
4 154 (30.20%) Selenium
5 147 (28.82%) SQL
6 139 (27.25%) C#
7 125 (24.51%) SDLC
8 109 (21.37%) DevOps
9 105 (20.59%) ISTQB
10 103 (20.20%) Azure
10 103 (20.20%) Scrum
11 101 (19.80%) Java
12 96 (18.82%) BDD
13 93 (18.24%) Degree
14 92 (18.04%) Test Scripting
14 92 (18.04%) TDD
15 89 (17.45%) Regression Testing
16 87 (17.06%) Microsoft
17 80 (15.69%) JIRA
18 73 (14.31%) Analytical Skills
19 71 (13.92%) Software Engineering
20 70 (13.73%) JavaScript
20 70 (13.73%) Windows
21 69 (13.53%) Problem-Solving
22 65 (12.75%) SQL Server
22 65 (12.75%) Manual Testing
23 64 (12.55%) Python
24 63 (12.35%) ISEB
25 60 (11.76%) Finance
26 59 (11.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

Software Testing
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 22 (4.31%) Confluence
2 16 (3.14%) CMS
2 16 (3.14%) Umbraco
3 13 (2.55%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.96%) Apache
4 10 (1.96%) Headless CMS
5 7 (1.37%) IBM Transformation Extender
5 7 (1.37%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.78%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.39%) NServiceBus
8 2 (0.39%) Oracle Self-Service HR
8 2 (0.39%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.39%) WordPress
9 1 (0.20%) Joomla!
Applications
1 9 (1.76%) Microsoft Project
2 8 (1.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.59%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.20%) InDesign
5 1 (0.20%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.98%) Epicor Tropos
2 4 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.78%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.78%) Magento
2 4 (0.78%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.20%) Endur
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
Cloud Services
1 103 (20.20%) Azure
2 49 (9.61%) AWS
3 27 (5.29%) GitHub
4 21 (4.12%) GCP
5 19 (3.73%) SaaS
6 15 (2.94%) Serverless
7 13 (2.55%) Power Platform
8 11 (2.16%) Azure Data Factory
9 7 (1.37%) Dynamics 365
10 6 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.78%) PaaS
12 3 (0.59%) Amazon SQS
12 3 (0.59%) Google Play
13 2 (0.39%) Azure Active Directory
13 2 (0.39%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.39%) Tricentis Tosca
14 1 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.20%) DigitalOcean
14 1 (0.20%) iPaaS
14 1 (0.20%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.14%) TCP/IP
2 8 (1.57%) Network Security
2 8 (1.57%) Wireshark
3 7 (1.37%) FTP
3 7 (1.37%) SSH
4 5 (0.98%) HTTP
4 5 (0.98%) Intrusion Detection
5 4 (0.78%) Skype
5 4 (0.78%) SMS
6 3 (0.59%) Bluetooth
6 3 (0.59%) H.323
7 2 (0.39%) Internet
8 1 (0.20%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (0.20%) DNS
8 1 (0.20%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 1 (0.20%) Firewall
8 1 (0.20%) Intranet
8 1 (0.20%) IPsec
8 1 (0.20%) IPv4
8 1 (0.20%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (12.75%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.12%) MySQL
2 21 (4.12%) NoSQL
3 20 (3.92%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (2.75%) Relational Database
5 13 (2.55%) Power BI
6 11 (2.16%) MS Access
7 10 (1.96%) Big Data
8 9 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
8 9 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (1.57%) MongoDB
10 5 (0.98%) RDBMS
11 4 (0.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 3 (0.59%) SQL Server 2014
12 3 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 2 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
13 2 (0.39%) Bigtable
13 2 (0.39%) Cosmos DB
13 2 (0.39%) Oracle BI EE
14 1 (0.20%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 154 (30.20%) Selenium
2 80 (15.69%) JIRA
3 56 (10.98%) Git (software)
4 48 (9.41%) Cucumber
5 43 (8.43%) SpecFlow
6 36 (7.06%) Jenkins
7 30 (5.88%) WebDriver
8 29 (5.69%) Postman
9 25 (4.90%) Team Foundation Server
10 24 (4.71%) JMeter
11 21 (4.12%) Cypress.io
12 18 (3.53%) NUnit
12 18 (3.53%) Visual Studio
13 17 (3.33%) LabVIEW
14 16 (3.14%) MSTest
14 16 (3.14%) SoapUI
15 15 (2.94%) TeamCity
16 12 (2.35%) Robot Framework
17 11 (2.16%) Appium
18 10 (1.96%) webpack
General
1 60 (11.76%) Finance
2 29 (5.69%) Marketing
3 22 (4.31%) Retail
4 17 (3.33%) Aerospace
5 14 (2.75%) Back Office
6 13 (2.55%) Military
7 12 (2.35%) Banking
8 10 (1.96%) Manufacturing
9 9 (1.76%) Public Sector
10 4 (0.78%) Digital Economy
10 4 (0.78%) Games
10 4 (0.78%) Telecoms
11 3 (0.59%) Front Office
11 3 (0.59%) Law
11 3 (0.59%) Legal
12 2 (0.39%) Advertising
12 2 (0.39%) Automotive
12 2 (0.39%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.39%) Publishing
13 1 (0.20%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 109 (21.37%) Test Engineer
2 101 (19.80%) Analyst
3 90 (17.65%) Tester
4 70 (13.73%) Test Analyst
5 58 (11.37%) Developer
6 53 (10.39%) Software Engineer
7 38 (7.45%) Test Automation Engineer
8 32 (6.27%) Software Tester
9 31 (6.08%) Automation Tester
10 29 (5.69%) QA Engineer
11 28 (5.49%) Software Test Engineer
12 27 (5.29%) Software Analyst
13 23 (4.51%) QA Tester
14 20 (3.92%) Software Test Analyst
15 19 (3.73%) Senior Software Engineer
16 18 (3.53%) Development Engineer
17 17 (3.33%) Test Leader
18 16 (3.14%) Software Development Engineer
18 16 (3.14%) Test Development Engineer
19 14 (2.75%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (10.39%) .NET
2 34 (6.67%) HTML
3 32 (6.27%) Web Services
4 31 (6.08%) CSS
4 31 (6.08%) REST
5 27 (5.29%) Node.js
6 25 (4.90%) React
7 21 (4.12%) jQuery
8 19 (3.73%) Gherkin
8 19 (3.73%) React Native
8 19 (3.73%) RESTful
9 18 (3.53%) HTML5
9 18 (3.53%) Middleware
10 15 (2.94%) .NET Core
10 15 (2.94%) GraphQL
11 14 (2.75%) ASP.NET
12 11 (2.16%) ASP.NET MVC
13 10 (1.96%) Flutter
14 9 (1.76%) WPF
15 8 (1.57%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 73 (14.31%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (9.22%) Mobile App
3 34 (6.67%) User Experience
4 26 (5.10%) Self-Motivation
5 25 (4.90%) Management Information System
6 13 (2.55%) EPoS
7 11 (2.16%) SWIFT
8 10 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (1.57%) Algorithms
9 8 (1.57%) Greenfield Project
9 8 (1.57%) Mainframe
10 6 (1.18%) Embedded Systems
11 4 (0.78%) AS400
11 4 (0.78%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.78%) Cyberattack
11 4 (0.78%) Equities
11 4 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 4 (0.78%) IBM Mainframe
11 4 (0.78%) Social Media
11 4 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 70 (13.73%) Windows
2 57 (11.18%) Linux
3 31 (6.08%) Android
4 28 (5.49%) Apple iOS
5 16 (3.14%) Windows Server
6 13 (2.55%) Unix
7 7 (1.37%) Oracle Linux
8 2 (0.39%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 309 (60.59%) Test Automation
2 300 (58.82%) Agile Software Development
3 125 (24.51%) SDLC
4 109 (21.37%) DevOps
5 103 (20.20%) Scrum
6 96 (18.82%) BDD
7 92 (18.04%) TDD
7 92 (18.04%) Test Scripting
8 89 (17.45%) Regression Testing
9 71 (13.92%) Software Engineering
10 69 (13.53%) Problem-Solving
11 65 (12.75%) Manual Testing
12 57 (11.18%) Continuous Integration
13 54 (10.59%) Functional Testing
13 54 (10.59%) User Acceptance Testing
14 51 (10.00%) Test Strategy
15 47 (9.22%) Microservices
16 46 (9.02%) Validation
17 45 (8.82%) Scenario Testing
18 43 (8.43%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 147 (28.82%) SQL
2 139 (27.25%) C#
3 101 (19.80%) Java
4 70 (13.73%) JavaScript
5 64 (12.55%) Python
6 34 (6.67%) C++
7 20 (3.92%) C
8 19 (3.73%) PowerShell
9 16 (3.14%) T-SQL
10 15 (2.94%) PHP
11 12 (2.35%) ES6
12 10 (1.96%) Ruby
13 8 (1.57%) Bash Shell
14 7 (1.37%) Go
15 6 (1.18%) VBScript
16 4 (0.78%) Scala
17 3 (0.59%) VB
17 3 (0.59%) VBA
18 2 (0.39%) Shell Script
18 2 (0.39%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 105 (20.59%) ISTQB
2 93 (18.24%) Degree
3 63 (12.35%) ISEB
4 59 (11.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 26 (5.10%) Security Cleared
6 14 (2.75%) SC Cleared
7 13 (2.55%) Computer Science Degree
7 13 (2.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 7 (1.37%) HND
9 4 (0.78%) HNC
10 3 (0.59%) Chartered Engineer
11 2 (0.39%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.20%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 182 (35.69%) QA
2 18 (3.53%) SLA
3 9 (1.76%) GDPR
4 6 (1.18%) MiFID
4 6 (1.18%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.98%) GAMP
6 4 (0.78%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.59%) COSHH
7 3 (0.59%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 34 (6.67%) Docker
2 14 (2.75%) Firmware
3 10 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.98%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.59%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.59%) KVM
5 3 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (3.92%) Puppet
2 14 (2.75%) Kubernetes
3 12 (2.35%) Terraform
4 11 (2.16%) Ansible
4 11 (2.16%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.37%) HP Quality Center
5 7 (1.37%) Rancher
6 3 (0.59%) Nmap
7 2 (0.39%) Perfmon
7 2 (0.39%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 87 (17.06%) Microsoft
2 26 (5.10%) IBM
3 25 (4.90%) Oracle
4 13 (2.55%) Xamarin
5 11 (2.16%) VMware
6 5 (0.98%) MKS
6 5 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (0.78%) Atlassian
7 4 (0.78%) Cadence
7 4 (0.78%) Temenos
8 3 (0.59%) Apple
8 3 (0.59%) Google
8 3 (0.59%) HP
8 3 (0.59%) Siemens
8 3 (0.59%) Splunk
9 2 (0.39%) Dynatrace
9 2 (0.39%) Micro Focus
9 2 (0.39%) Sybase
10 1 (0.20%) HubSpot
10 1 (0.20%) New Relic