Period
to 17 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Test Specialist was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

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

Test Specialist
UK
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1138 1181 1197
Rank change year-on-year +43 +16 +62
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Specialist 65 43 95
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.036% 0.023% 0.043%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.038% 0.023% 0.045%
Number of salaries quoted 30 27 74
UK median annual salary £40,000 £46,000 £61,250
Median salary % change year-on-year -13.04% -24.90% +36.11%
10th Percentile £35,875 £35,110 £31,000
90th Percentile £57,625 £69,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -11.11% - +5.88%

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 172542 183486 211561
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.77% 96.49% 96.47%
Number of salaries quoted 138422 153547 175640
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 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Specialist in the UK

Test Specialist
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Test Specialist in the UK

Test Specialist
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Specialist over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Test Specialist in the UK

Test Specialist
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Specialist within the UK over the 6 months to 17 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
UK excluding London +74 58 £40,000 -11.11% 3
England +77 57 £40,000 -13.04% 3
South East +57 23 £40,000 -27.27% 3
Midlands +45 8 £55,000 +22.22%
South West +14 7 £37,500 -2.60%
East of England +14 7 £52,500 +50.43%
London +5 7 £65,000 +41.30%
West Midlands +19 6 £55,000 +51.72%
Northern Ireland - 6 - -
North of England +3 5 - -
North West - 5 - -
East Midlands +30 2 - -
Scotland -4 2 £45,750 +12.96%

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, Test Specialist 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 Test Specialist in the job title.

1 48 (73.85%) Test Automation
2 34 (52.31%) Selenium
3 32 (49.23%) Java
4 29 (44.62%) TDD
4 29 (44.62%) SDLC
5 23 (35.38%) C#
5 23 (35.38%) SQL
6 22 (33.85%) Agile Software Development
6 22 (33.85%) QA
6 22 (33.85%) Degree
7 18 (27.69%) Computer Science
7 18 (27.69%) Finance
7 18 (27.69%) Jenkins
8 17 (26.15%) Computer Science Degree
8 17 (26.15%) Continuous Integration
9 16 (24.62%) Test Strategy
10 15 (23.08%) Software Testing
11 13 (20.00%) Test Scripting
11 13 (20.00%) Visual Studio
12 12 (18.46%) SQL Server
12 12 (18.46%) Acceptance Criteria
12 12 (18.46%) AngularJS
13 11 (16.92%) Analytical Skills
13 11 (16.92%) .NET
13 11 (16.92%) Web Services
13 11 (16.92%) Unit Testing
13 11 (16.92%) ISTQB
13 11 (16.92%) BDD
13 11 (16.92%) Git (software)
14 10 (15.38%) Manual Testing

Test Specialist 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 2 (3.08%) Apache
1 2 (3.08%) Tomcat
Cloud Services
1 8 (12.31%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (9.23%) Amazon S3
3 4 (6.15%) GitHub
4 3 (4.62%) Tricentis Tosca
5 1 (1.54%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (9.23%) SSH
1 6 (9.23%) TCP/IP
1 6 (9.23%) VPN
2 1 (1.54%) 4G
2 1 (1.54%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (18.46%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.08%) Hazelcast
2 2 (3.08%) RDBMS
2 2 (3.08%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 34 (52.31%) Selenium
2 18 (27.69%) Jenkins
3 13 (20.00%) Visual Studio
4 11 (16.92%) Git (software)
5 10 (15.38%) Cucumber
6 8 (12.31%) JIRA
7 7 (10.77%) Subversion
8 6 (9.23%) LoadRunner
8 6 (9.23%) Robot Framework
9 5 (7.69%) JMeter
9 5 (7.69%) WebDriver
10 4 (6.15%) Appium
10 4 (6.15%) GoCD
10 4 (6.15%) Maven
11 3 (4.62%) HP UFT
11 3 (4.62%) JBehave
11 3 (4.62%) NUnit
11 3 (4.62%) Ranorex
11 3 (4.62%) RSpec
11 3 (4.62%) SpecFlow
General
1 18 (27.69%) Finance
2 9 (13.85%) Retail
3 5 (7.69%) Telecoms
4 3 (4.62%) Banking
4 3 (4.62%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (18.46%) AngularJS
2 11 (16.92%) .NET
2 11 (16.92%) Web Services
3 7 (10.77%) Ajax
3 7 (10.77%) SOAP
4 6 (9.23%) .NET Framework
5 5 (7.69%) Gherkin
5 5 (7.69%) HTML
6 4 (6.15%) REST
7 3 (4.62%) CSS
8 2 (3.08%) HTML5
8 2 (3.08%) Java EE
8 2 (3.08%) JPA
8 2 (3.08%) Spring
8 2 (3.08%) Spring Boot
9 1 (1.54%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 18 (27.69%) Computer Science
2 11 (16.92%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (7.69%) Algorithms
3 5 (7.69%) Embedded Systems
4 4 (6.15%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (6.15%) Mobile App
5 2 (3.08%) Fintech
5 2 (3.08%) N-Tier
5 2 (3.08%) Private Cloud
5 2 (3.08%) SWIFT
6 1 (1.54%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.23%) Linux
2 2 (3.08%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (73.85%) Test Automation
2 29 (44.62%) SDLC
2 29 (44.62%) TDD
3 22 (33.85%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (26.15%) Continuous Integration
5 16 (24.62%) Test Strategy
6 15 (23.08%) Software Testing
7 13 (20.00%) Test Scripting
8 12 (18.46%) Acceptance Criteria
9 11 (16.92%) BDD
9 11 (16.92%) Unit Testing
10 10 (15.38%) API Testing
10 10 (15.38%) Manual Testing
11 8 (12.31%) Mentoring
11 8 (12.31%) OOP
11 8 (12.31%) Performance Testing
11 8 (12.31%) Software Engineering
11 8 (12.31%) Test Management
12 7 (10.77%) Open Source
13 6 (9.23%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 32 (49.23%) Java
2 23 (35.38%) C#
2 23 (35.38%) SQL
3 10 (15.38%) T-SQL
4 9 (13.85%) C++
5 6 (9.23%) Groovy
5 6 (9.23%) Python
6 5 (7.69%) C
6 5 (7.69%) JavaScript
7 4 (6.15%) VBA
8 3 (4.62%) VB.NET
9 2 (3.08%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (33.85%) Degree
2 17 (26.15%) Computer Science Degree
3 11 (16.92%) ISTQB
4 6 (9.23%) ISEB
5 4 (6.15%) DV Cleared
5 4 (6.15%) Security Cleared
6 2 (3.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (33.85%) QA
System Software
1 3 (4.62%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (6.15%) HP SiteScope
2 2 (3.08%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 6 (9.23%) Cognizant
2 4 (6.15%) Citrix
2 4 (6.15%) HP
3 3 (4.62%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.62%) Oracle
4 2 (3.08%) Cadence
4 2 (3.08%) SAP
5 1 (1.54%) Xamarin