The median annual salary for a Test Specialist was £41,250 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

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

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Specialist
UK
Rank 819 916 911
Rank change year-on-year +97 -5  
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Specialist 30 30 45
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.036% 0.029% 0.043%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.030% 0.044%
Number of salaries quoted 22 26 32
Median salary £41,250 £38,750 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.45% -26.19%  
90% offered a salary of more than £28,650 £32,500 £32,500
10% offered a salary of more than £78,500 £63,750 £65,000
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £37,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.66% -16.66%  

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 80634 98831 101724
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.27% 96.35% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 66904 82761 83046
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Test Specialist in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Test Specialist in the UK

Test Specialist
Top 18 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 3 months to 23 March 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 +85 22 £42,500 +9.67% 6
South West +23 9 £40,000 - 2
London +76 8 £80,000 +56.09% 3
Gloucestershire +9 6 £40,000 +3.22%
Wales - 6 £30,000 -
South Wales - 6 £30,000 -
Cardiff - 6 £30,000 -
Stroud +2 3 £40,000 +6.66%
Bath -7 3 £42,500 -20.56%
Somerset -14 3 £42,500 -20.56% 1
Warwickshire - 3 - -
West Midlands - 3 - -
Warwick - 3 - -
South East +57 2 £45,000 +20.00% 1
Berkshire +27 1 £40,000 - 1
Buckinghamshire +15 1 £50,000 +33.33%
Milton Keynes -3 1 £50,000 +33.33%
Slough - 1 £40,000 -

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 26 (49.06%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (43.40%) Test Automation
3 18 (33.96%) Selenium
4 17 (32.08%) Java
5 16 (30.19%) Finance
6 14 (26.42%) Automated Testing
6 14 (26.42%) QA
6 14 (26.42%) Test Strategy
7 10 (18.87%) SQL
8 9 (16.98%) C#
8 9 (16.98%) Test Scripting
8 9 (16.98%) HP Quality Center
8 9 (16.98%) Waterfall
9 8 (15.09%) Computer Science
9 8 (15.09%) Degree
9 8 (15.09%) Software Testing
9 8 (15.09%) SoapUI
9 8 (15.09%) Oracle
9 8 (15.09%) HP
9 8 (15.09%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (15.09%) JMeter
9 8 (15.09%) Defect Management
10 7 (13.21%) Relational Database
10 7 (13.21%) Mentoring
10 7 (13.21%) Analytical Skills
10 7 (13.21%) Test Management
11 6 (11.32%) Performance Testing
11 6 (11.32%) ISTQB
11 6 (11.32%) Banking
11 6 (11.32%) Manual Testing

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top Related 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 1 (1.89%) Confluence
1 1 (1.89%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (7.55%) MS Office
1 4 (7.55%) MS Visio
2 3 (5.66%) MS Project
3 1 (1.89%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.66%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (13.21%) Relational Database
2 6 (11.32%) Oracle BI EE
3 1 (1.89%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 18 (33.96%) Selenium
2 8 (15.09%) JMeter
2 8 (15.09%) SoapUI
3 5 (9.43%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (7.55%) Selenium IDE
4 4 (7.55%) WebDriver
5 3 (5.66%) HP UFT
5 3 (5.66%) JUnit
5 3 (5.66%) LabVIEW
6 2 (3.77%) Cucumber
6 2 (3.77%) JIRA
6 2 (3.77%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.89%) Eclipse
7 1 (1.89%) Git (software)
7 1 (1.89%) Jenkins
7 1 (1.89%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.89%) Mockito
7 1 (1.89%) Moq
7 1 (1.89%) SilkTest
7 1 (1.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (30.19%) Finance
2 6 (11.32%) Banking
3 3 (5.66%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.77%) Advertising
5 1 (1.89%) Law
5 1 (1.89%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.43%) .NET
1 5 (9.43%) XML
2 3 (5.66%) Gherkin
2 3 (5.66%) JSON
3 2 (3.77%) RESTful
4 1 (1.89%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.89%) CSS
4 1 (1.89%) HTML
4 1 (1.89%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.09%) Computer Science
2 7 (13.21%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (5.66%) Management Information System
3 3 (5.66%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.89%) BBC
4 1 (1.89%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 3 (5.66%) Linux
2 2 (3.77%) VMS
3 1 (1.89%) Solaris
3 1 (1.89%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (49.06%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (43.40%) Test Automation
3 14 (26.42%) Automated Testing
3 14 (26.42%) Test Strategy
4 9 (16.98%) Test Scripting
4 9 (16.98%) Waterfall
5 8 (15.09%) Defect Management
5 8 (15.09%) Software Testing
5 8 (15.09%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (13.21%) Mentoring
6 7 (13.21%) Test Management
7 6 (11.32%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (11.32%) Manual Testing
7 6 (11.32%) Performance Testing
8 5 (9.43%) BDD
8 5 (9.43%) Scrum
9 4 (7.55%) Functional Testing
9 4 (7.55%) Non-Functional Testing
9 4 (7.55%) Product Management
9 4 (7.55%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 17 (32.08%) Java
2 10 (18.87%) SQL
3 9 (16.98%) C#
4 4 (7.55%) Python
5 3 (5.66%) C++
6 2 (3.77%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.89%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 8 (15.09%) Degree
2 6 (11.32%) ISTQB
3 4 (7.55%) ISEB
4 3 (5.66%) CREST Certified
5 2 (3.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (3.77%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (26.42%) QA
System Software
1 2 (3.77%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 9 (16.98%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (15.09%) HP
1 8 (15.09%) Oracle
2 6 (11.32%) Siebel
2 6 (11.32%) Sun
3 2 (3.77%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.89%) BT
4 1 (1.89%) Intel Security
Yeovil, Somerset
Networkers
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus, Pension
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Accenture
Salary: From £31,424 to £42,570 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Accenture
Salary: From £31,424 to £36,725 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
Newbury, Berkshire
Vodafone
Posted: 14 days ago