Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Testing
UK
6 months to
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 102 97 100
Rank change year-on-year -5 +3 +1
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 2,590 3,330 4,851
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.07% 3.07% 3.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.32% 3.33% 3.54%
Number of salaries quoted 1,700 2,515 3,703
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £27,500
25th Percentile £37,500 £35,000 £33,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.27%
75th Percentile £66,250 £62,500 £57,500
90th Percentile £77,625 £75,000 £72,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.45% +8.75% -

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 77,918 100,125 137,093
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.49% 92.21% 92.31%
Number of salaries quoted 59,778 80,427 108,739
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

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 21 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Top 18 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 21 April 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 -5 2,264 £52,500 +10.53% 313
UK excluding London -5 1,746 £45,000 +3.45% 253
London +14 706 £65,000 +4.00% 70
South East -19 412 £47,750 +6.11% 57
North of England -20 397 £40,000 -5.88% 64
Work from Home -26 355 £55,000 +15.79% 53
South West -6 326 £45,000 +12.50% 49
Midlands +49 289 £47,500 +5.56% 40
North West -10 195 £42,500 -0.58% 36
West Midlands +41 186 £42,500 - 28
Yorkshire -23 170 £40,000 -3.61% 24
Scotland +37 137 £42,250 +5.63% 7
East of England +15 109 £49,500 +4.21% 29
East Midlands +42 101 £47,500 +5.56% 12
Wales -14 33 £45,000 +12.50% 4
North East -17 32 £35,000 -18.75% 4
Isle of Man +1 26 £49,500 +50.00%
Northern Ireland -5 20 £40,000 -11.11% 3

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 1,261 (48.69%) Agile Software Development
2 1,161 (44.83%) Test Automation
3 709 (27.37%) C#
4 704 (27.18%) Java
5 663 (25.60%) QA
6 655 (25.29%) JavaScript
7 613 (23.67%) Software Engineering
8 604 (23.32%) Python
9 547 (21.12%) DevOps
10 529 (20.42%) Selenium
11 528 (20.39%) Azure
12 516 (19.92%) SQL
13 469 (18.11%) SDLC
14 466 (17.99%) Scrum
15 454 (17.53%) Microsoft
16 433 (16.72%) Degree
17 431 (16.64%) AWS
18 398 (15.37%) TDD
19 390 (15.06%) SDET
20 360 (13.90%) BDD
21 348 (13.44%) JIRA
22 343 (13.24%) Linux
23 331 (12.78%) .NET
24 323 (12.47%) Problem-Solving
25 310 (11.97%) OO
26 308 (11.89%) Docker
27 303 (11.70%) HTML
28 298 (11.51%) Git (software)
29 289 (11.16%) CSS
30 287 (11.08%) Continuous Integration

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
1 134 (5.17%) Confluence
2 33 (1.27%) SAS
3 23 (0.89%) SharePoint
4 20 (0.77%) Apache
4 20 (0.77%) CMS
5 13 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
6 12 (0.46%) Apache Spark
7 11 (0.42%) WebSphere
8 10 (0.39%) Drupal
9 9 (0.35%) IBM Transformation Extender
9 9 (0.35%) Umbraco
10 8 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
11 7 (0.27%) Tornado
12 6 (0.23%) GemFire
12 6 (0.23%) Headless CMS
13 4 (0.15%) Apache Airflow
13 4 (0.15%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.12%) ArcGIS
14 3 (0.12%) NServiceBus
14 3 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 44 (1.70%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (0.66%) Simulink
4 10 (0.39%) AutoCAD
5 6 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.23%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.19%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.12%) Chatbot
7 3 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.077%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.077%) GIMP
9 1 (0.039%) Figma
Business Applications
1 12 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
3 6 (0.23%) NetSuite
4 5 (0.19%) Epicor Tropos
5 4 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
5 4 (0.15%) Sentinel
5 4 (0.15%) Temenos T24
6 3 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
6 3 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.077%) Endur
7 2 (0.077%) Magento
7 2 (0.077%) PolarLake
8 1 (0.039%) Eagle PACE
8 1 (0.039%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.039%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.039%) Oracle Retail
8 1 (0.039%) Oracle SCM
8 1 (0.039%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 528 (20.39%) Azure
2 431 (16.64%) AWS
3 139 (5.37%) SaaS
4 130 (5.02%) GCP
5 98 (3.78%) GitHub
6 74 (2.86%) Serverless
7 64 (2.47%) BrowserStack
8 46 (1.78%) Cloud Computing
9 34 (1.31%) Power Platform
10 28 (1.08%) Azure Service Bus
11 27 (1.04%) Azure Functions
12 26 (1.00%) NuGet
13 25 (0.97%) Azure App Service
13 25 (0.97%) Azure Event Grid
13 25 (0.97%) Azure Service Fabric
13 25 (0.97%) Microsoft 365
14 21 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
15 19 (0.73%) Amazon S3
15 19 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
15 19 (0.73%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 74 (2.86%) Firewall
2 73 (2.82%) TCP/IP
3 70 (2.70%) IPv4
4 61 (2.36%) HTTP
4 61 (2.36%) VLAN
5 59 (2.28%) OSPF
6 58 (2.24%) VPN
7 52 (2.01%) Wireshark
8 51 (1.97%) Wireless
9 46 (1.78%) Broadband
9 46 (1.78%) Ethernet
10 41 (1.58%) HTTPS
11 38 (1.47%) 802.11
11 38 (1.47%) MQTT
11 38 (1.47%) Wi-Fi
12 37 (1.43%) STUN
13 27 (1.04%) Modbus
14 22 (0.85%) Network Security
15 18 (0.69%) RS-422
16 16 (0.62%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 172 (6.64%) SQL Server
2 100 (3.86%) Big Data
3 92 (3.55%) NoSQL
4 87 (3.36%) Relational Database
5 82 (3.17%) MySQL
6 54 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
7 44 (1.70%) MongoDB
8 40 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
9 34 (1.31%) Oracle Database
10 33 (1.27%) Blockchain
11 29 (1.12%) Azure SQL Database
11 29 (1.12%) Hadoop
12 26 (1.00%) Power BI
13 25 (0.97%) Pentaho
14 23 (0.89%) SAS Visual Analytics
15 22 (0.85%) SAS Data Integration Studio
15 22 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 21 (0.81%) Base SAS
16 21 (0.81%) SAS Enterprise Guide
17 18 (0.69%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 529 (20.42%) Selenium
2 348 (13.44%) JIRA
3 298 (11.51%) Git (software)
4 254 (9.81%) Cucumber
5 189 (7.30%) Jenkins
6 153 (5.91%) WebDriver
7 135 (5.21%) Postman
8 128 (4.94%) SpecFlow
9 115 (4.44%) Cypress.io
10 112 (4.32%) JMeter
11 85 (3.28%) NUnit
12 78 (3.01%) Appium
13 77 (2.97%) Subversion
14 69 (2.66%) Visual Studio
15 64 (2.47%) JUnit
16 63 (2.43%) MSTest
17 48 (1.85%) TestRail
18 45 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
19 44 (1.70%) TeamCity
20 38 (1.47%) LoadRunner
General
1 257 (9.92%) Finance
2 181 (6.99%) Games
3 114 (4.40%) Law
3 114 (4.40%) Marketing
4 103 (3.98%) Legal
5 77 (2.97%) Public Sector
6 70 (2.70%) Electronics
7 68 (2.63%) Banking
8 67 (2.59%) Telecoms
9 50 (1.93%) Retail
10 46 (1.78%) Manufacturing
11 42 (1.62%) Aerospace
12 24 (0.93%) Military
13 21 (0.81%) Automotive
14 19 (0.73%) Back Office
15 15 (0.58%) Publishing
16 14 (0.54%) Front Office
17 13 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
18 11 (0.42%) Avionics
19 8 (0.31%) French Language
Job Titles
1 504 (19.46%) Developer
2 378 (14.59%) Software Engineer
3 359 (13.86%) Tester
4 335 (12.93%) Test Engineer
5 249 (9.61%) Analyst
6 240 (9.27%) Software Tester
7 184 (7.10%) Software Developer
8 180 (6.95%) Software Test Engineer
9 159 (6.14%) Developer in Test
10 148 (5.71%) Test Analyst
11 130 (5.02%) QA Engineer
12 112 (4.32%) Games Tester
13 111 (4.29%) Trainee
13 111 (4.29%) Trainee Software Tester
13 111 (4.29%) Trainee Tester
14 108 (4.17%) Senior Software Engineer
15 90 (3.47%) Senior Developer
16 89 (3.44%) Development Engineer
17 86 (3.32%) Test Development Engineer
18 85 (3.28%) Software Development Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 331 (12.78%) .NET
2 303 (11.70%) HTML
3 289 (11.16%) CSS
4 183 (7.07%) Web Services
5 168 (6.49%) HTML5
6 133 (5.14%) React
7 130 (5.02%) CSS3
8 127 (4.90%) RESTful
9 115 (4.44%) Java SE
10 114 (4.40%) REST
11 112 (4.32%) Node.js
12 96 (3.71%) .NET Core
13 95 (3.67%) AngularJS
14 93 (3.59%) Gherkin
15 74 (2.86%) jQuery
16 56 (2.16%) JSON
17 55 (2.12%) .NET Framework
18 54 (2.08%) Spring
19 52 (2.01%) Vue.js
20 46 (1.78%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 205 (7.92%) Mobile App
2 166 (6.41%) Analytical Skills
3 135 (5.21%) Data Structures
4 106 (4.09%) Management Information System
5 103 (3.98%) Self-Motivation
6 92 (3.55%) Driving Licence
7 81 (3.13%) Organisational Skills
8 74 (2.86%) Algorithms
9 62 (2.39%) EPoS
10 61 (2.36%) User Experience
11 59 (2.28%) Public Cloud
12 40 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
13 34 (1.31%) Greenfield Project
14 30 (1.16%) Embedded Systems
15 26 (1.00%) Cloud Native
16 24 (0.93%) Hybrid Cloud
17 23 (0.89%) Virtual Team
18 20 (0.77%) Derivative
19 18 (0.69%) Client/Server
20 13 (0.50%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 343 (13.24%) Linux
2 233 (9.00%) Windows
3 117 (4.52%) Android
4 103 (3.98%) Unix
5 77 (2.97%) Windows Server
6 76 (2.93%) Apple iOS
7 51 (1.97%) Windows Server 2016
8 48 (1.85%) CentOS
9 47 (1.81%) Ubuntu
10 11 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (0.35%) Embedded Linux
11 9 (0.35%) Oracle Linux
12 5 (0.19%) VMS
12 5 (0.19%) Windows 10
13 3 (0.12%) Debian
13 3 (0.12%) Windows Server 2012
13 3 (0.12%) Windows Server 2019
14 1 (0.039%) AIX
14 1 (0.039%) MVS
14 1 (0.039%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,261 (48.69%) Agile Software Development
2 1,161 (44.83%) Test Automation
3 613 (23.67%) Software Engineering
4 547 (21.12%) DevOps
5 469 (18.11%) SDLC
6 466 (17.99%) Scrum
7 398 (15.37%) TDD
8 390 (15.06%) SDET
9 360 (13.90%) BDD
10 323 (12.47%) Problem-Solving
11 310 (11.97%) OO
12 287 (11.08%) Continuous Integration
13 261 (10.08%) Computer Science
14 239 (9.23%) Mentoring
15 236 (9.11%) OOP
16 224 (8.65%) Regression Testing
17 209 (8.07%) Microservices
18 203 (7.84%) Test Scripting
19 181 (6.99%) Test Strategy
20 179 (6.91%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 709 (27.37%) C#
2 704 (27.18%) Java
3 655 (25.29%) JavaScript
4 604 (23.32%) Python
5 516 (19.92%) SQL
6 275 (10.62%) C++
7 193 (7.45%) C
8 122 (4.71%) Java 8
9 115 (4.44%) PowerShell
10 109 (4.21%) Bash Shell
11 78 (3.01%) PHP
12 76 (2.93%) TypeScript
13 48 (1.85%) Ruby
14 39 (1.51%) MATLAB
15 36 (1.39%) Go
16 32 (1.24%) PL/SQL
17 28 (1.08%) Scala
18 25 (0.97%) Apple Swift
19 24 (0.93%) ES6
20 23 (0.89%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 433 (16.72%) Degree
2 245 (9.46%) ISTQB
3 160 (6.18%) Security Cleared
4 144 (5.56%) ISEB
5 133 (5.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 121 (4.67%) Computer Science Degree
7 112 (4.32%) OCP
7 112 (4.32%) Oracle Certification
8 111 (4.29%) CIW
8 111 (4.29%) OCA
8 111 (4.29%) SC Cleared
9 74 (2.86%) DBS Check
10 34 (1.31%) HND
11 33 (1.27%) HNC
12 27 (1.04%) GIAC
13 23 (0.89%) RHCE
14 15 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
14 15 (0.58%) DV Cleared
15 11 (0.42%) AWS Certification
15 11 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 663 (25.60%) QA
2 29 (1.12%) SLA
3 14 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (0.50%) MISRA
5 12 (0.46%) ISO 9001
6 9 (0.35%) MiFID
7 8 (0.31%) Def Stans
7 8 (0.31%) GDPR
7 8 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 7 (0.27%) Data Quality
9 6 (0.23%) ISO 26262
10 5 (0.19%) GAMP
10 5 (0.19%) GRC
10 5 (0.19%) IEC 61508
10 5 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 4 (0.15%) GxP
11 4 (0.15%) IEC 62304
11 4 (0.15%) ISO 13485
11 4 (0.15%) MISRA C
12 3 (0.12%) COSHH
System Software
1 308 (11.89%) Docker
2 96 (3.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 60 (2.32%) VMware ESXi
4 40 (1.54%) Firmware
5 15 (0.58%) Active Directory
6 10 (0.39%) Hyper-V
7 9 (0.35%) HDFS
8 6 (0.23%) KVM
9 4 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.15%) vSphere
10 3 (0.12%) Postfix
11 1 (0.039%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.039%) pfSense
11 1 (0.039%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 174 (6.72%) Kubernetes
2 111 (4.29%) Ansible
3 106 (4.09%) Puppet
4 84 (3.24%) Terraform
5 43 (1.66%) Kibana
6 39 (1.51%) Graylog
7 26 (1.00%) HP Quality Center
8 20 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
9 15 (0.58%) HP ALM
10 12 (0.46%) Rancher
11 5 (0.19%) Perfmon
12 4 (0.15%) Argo
12 4 (0.15%) SCCM
13 3 (0.12%) Nmap
13 3 (0.12%) Single Sign-On
14 2 (0.077%) Microsoft Intune
14 2 (0.077%) Nagios
15 1 (0.039%) Control-M
15 1 (0.039%) FortiGate
15 1 (0.039%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 454 (17.53%) Microsoft
2 270 (10.42%) Oracle
3 111 (4.29%) VMware
4 108 (4.17%) Google
5 74 (2.86%) Lumesse
6 42 (1.62%) IBM
7 41 (1.58%) HP
8 34 (1.31%) Red Hat
9 32 (1.24%) Xamarin
10 26 (1.00%) Salesforce.com
11 20 (0.77%) SAP
12 16 (0.62%) Twitter
13 15 (0.58%) Talend
14 13 (0.50%) Informatica
15 12 (0.46%) Atlassian
16 11 (0.42%) Apple
16 11 (0.42%) Cloudera
17 10 (0.39%) Dynatrace
18 9 (0.35%) Keysight
18 9 (0.35%) ServiceNow