The median annual salary for a Test Specialist was £48,750 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 851 883 938
Rank change year-on-year +32 +55  
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Specialist 19 30 50
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.021% 0.031% 0.045%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.022% 0.032% 0.047%
Number of salaries quoted 10 25 44
Median salary £48,750 £55,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -11.36% +10.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £39,500 £31,000 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £56,000 £110,000 £65,750
UK excluding London median salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.55%  

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 85523 94943 107102
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.96% 96.54% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 69945 79998 88268
Median salary £46,250 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £74,000 £70,000 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +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 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Test Specialist in the UK

Test Specialist
Top 15 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 June 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 +40 17 £48,750 -11.36% 6
South East +50 6 £51,250 +57.69% 1
South West - 6 £40,000 - 1
Berkshire +31 5 £52,500 -4.54%
Reading +28 5 £52,500 -
London +13 5 £65,000 -40.90% 3
Gloucestershire - 4 £35,000 -
Scotland +15 2 £48,750 -
Somerset - 2 £42,500 - 1
Cheltenham - 2 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £50,000 -
Yeovil - 1 £45,000 -
Taunton - 1 £40,000 - 1
Milton Keynes - 1 £50,000 -
Aberdeen - 1 £47,500 -

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 39 (79.59%) Test Automation
2 28 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (38.78%) Selenium
4 17 (34.69%) Java
5 14 (28.57%) Degree
6 13 (26.53%) Test Scripting
7 11 (22.45%) BDD
7 11 (22.45%) Test Strategy
8 10 (20.41%) Defect Management
8 10 (20.41%) C#
9 9 (18.37%) Finance
9 9 (18.37%) Software Testing
10 8 (16.33%) Computer Science
10 8 (16.33%) Performance Testing
10 8 (16.33%) JMeter
10 8 (16.33%) SDLC
10 8 (16.33%) Analytical Skills
10 8 (16.33%) Mentoring
10 8 (16.33%) Functional Testing
10 8 (16.33%) Security Cleared
11 7 (14.29%) WebDriver
11 7 (14.29%) DevOps
11 7 (14.29%) QA
11 7 (14.29%) Banking
12 6 (12.24%) Test Management
12 6 (12.24%) Continuous Integration
12 6 (12.24%) Manual Testing
12 6 (12.24%) DV Cleared
12 6 (12.24%) Mobile App
12 6 (12.24%) Cucumber

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:

Cloud Services
1 3 (6.12%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.04%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 19 (38.78%) Selenium
2 8 (16.33%) JMeter
3 7 (14.29%) WebDriver
4 6 (12.24%) Cucumber
4 6 (12.24%) SoapUI
5 5 (10.20%) Git (software)
5 5 (10.20%) HP UFT
5 5 (10.20%) Subversion
6 4 (8.16%) JIRA
7 3 (6.12%) Bugzilla
7 3 (6.12%) Eclipse
7 3 (6.12%) IntelliJ
7 3 (6.12%) Jenkins
7 3 (6.12%) JUnit
7 3 (6.12%) LoadRunner
7 3 (6.12%) Maven
7 3 (6.12%) NetBeans
7 3 (6.12%) Rational Functional Tester
7 3 (6.12%) Selenium IDE
7 3 (6.12%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (18.37%) Finance
2 7 (14.29%) Banking
3 5 (10.20%) Retail
4 2 (4.08%) Games
4 2 (4.08%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.04%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (10.20%) Web Services
2 3 (6.12%) .NET
2 3 (6.12%) Gherkin
2 3 (6.12%) HTML
2 3 (6.12%) JSON
2 3 (6.12%) SOAP
3 2 (4.08%) Ajax
3 2 (4.08%) AngularJS
3 2 (4.08%) CSS
4 1 (2.04%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 8 (16.33%) Analytical Skills
1 8 (16.33%) Computer Science
2 6 (12.24%) Mobile App
3 3 (6.12%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (6.12%) N-Tier
4 1 (2.04%) Greenfield Project
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (79.59%) Test Automation
2 28 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (26.53%) Test Scripting
4 11 (22.45%) BDD
4 11 (22.45%) Test Strategy
5 10 (20.41%) Defect Management
6 9 (18.37%) Software Testing
7 8 (16.33%) Functional Testing
7 8 (16.33%) Mentoring
7 8 (16.33%) Performance Testing
7 8 (16.33%) SDLC
8 7 (14.29%) DevOps
9 6 (12.24%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (12.24%) Manual Testing
9 6 (12.24%) Test Management
10 5 (10.20%) API Testing
10 5 (10.20%) Build Automation
10 5 (10.20%) Non-Functional Testing
10 5 (10.20%) Scrum
10 5 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (34.69%) Java
2 10 (20.41%) C#
3 5 (10.20%) C
3 5 (10.20%) SQL
4 4 (8.16%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.04%) C++
Qualifications
1 14 (28.57%) Degree
2 8 (16.33%) Security Cleared
3 6 (12.24%) DV Cleared
4 4 (8.16%) ISTQB
5 3 (6.12%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (6.12%) CREST Certified
5 3 (6.12%) ISEB
6 2 (4.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (14.29%) QA
System Software
1 3 (6.12%) Docker
2 1 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (6.12%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (4.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (4.08%) HP
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