Period
to 22 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

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

Tester
UK
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 243 259 250
Rank change year-on-year +16 -9 +13
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 2539 2539 2862
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.41% 1.33% 1.33%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.47% 1.38% 1.38%
Number of salaries quoted 2251 2191 2565
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +2.70%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £24,750
90th Percentile £68,750 £65,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +14.29% - -

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 173015 183533 208123
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.80% 96.49% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138825 153627 172837
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 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the UK

Tester
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Tester in the UK

Tester
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Tester over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Tester in the UK

Tester
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 22 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
England +9 2387 £42,500 +6.25% 221
UK excluding London +19 1630 £40,000 +14.29% 159
London +11 827 £55,000 +10.00% 73
North of England +15 506 £40,000 +11.11% 48
South East +14 438 £40,000 - 41
Midlands +29 307 £37,500 +15.38% 24
Yorkshire +55 251 £42,500 +13.33% 23
North West -28 232 £40,000 +14.29% 21
West Midlands +9 210 £35,000 +7.69% 9
South West +18 167 £40,000 +8.84% 14
East of England -37 134 £35,000 - 19
East Midlands +41 96 £40,000 +14.29% 15
Scotland -28 51 £37,500 +4.17% 6
North East +12 23 £27,500 -13.07% 4
Wales +11 23 £40,000 +33.33% 7
Northern Ireland -24 5 £33,000 +26.92%

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 1831 (72.12%) Test Automation
2 1343 (52.89%) Agile Software Development
3 1144 (45.06%) Selenium
4 955 (37.61%) QA
5 879 (34.62%) Java
6 686 (27.02%) Cucumber
7 638 (25.13%) C#
8 603 (23.75%) Test Scripting
9 602 (23.71%) SQL
10 548 (21.58%) Software Testing
11 524 (20.64%) WebDriver
12 490 (19.30%) BDD
13 442 (17.41%) Scrum
14 430 (16.94%) JIRA
15 414 (16.31%) Manual Testing
16 392 (15.44%) Finance
17 356 (14.02%) Degree
18 343 (13.51%) Jenkins
19 338 (13.31%) TDD
20 332 (13.08%) ISTQB
20 332 (13.08%) Python
21 326 (12.84%) Test Strategy
22 319 (12.56%) Regression Testing
23 276 (10.87%) ISEB
24 267 (10.52%) Ruby
25 266 (10.48%) Analytical Skills
25 266 (10.48%) SDLC
26 260 (10.24%) Microsoft
27 249 (9.81%) Continuous Integration
28 244 (9.61%) Penetration Testing

Tester 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
1 125 (4.92%) Confluence
2 30 (1.18%) Apache Spark
3 23 (0.91%) CMS
4 15 (0.59%) SharePoint
5 14 (0.55%) WebSphere
6 13 (0.51%) IIS
7 5 (0.20%) OpenStack
7 5 (0.20%) Oracle Service Bus
7 5 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
7 5 (0.20%) Umbraco
8 4 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.16%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.12%) JBoss
9 3 (0.12%) MQSeries
10 2 (0.079%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.079%) EPiServer
10 2 (0.079%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (0.079%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.079%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.039%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 52 (2.05%) Microsoft Office
2 44 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.16%) Simulink
4 2 (0.079%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.079%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.039%) Adobe Premiere
5 1 (0.039%) Mingle
5 1 (0.039%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 17 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
3 7 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 4 (0.16%) Magento
5 3 (0.12%) SAP Hybris
5 3 (0.12%) Teamcenter
6 2 (0.079%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.079%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.039%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.039%) FastStats
7 1 (0.039%) Postilion
7 1 (0.039%) Summit
7 1 (0.039%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 119 (4.69%) GitHub
2 87 (3.43%) Amazon AWS
3 75 (2.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 75 (2.95%) SaaS
4 11 (0.43%) PaaS
5 9 (0.35%) IaaS
5 9 (0.35%) OpenShift
6 8 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.20%) BrowserStack
7 5 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (0.20%) Sauce Labs
8 4 (0.16%) Slack
9 3 (0.12%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.079%) BlazeMeter
10 2 (0.079%) Office 365
10 2 (0.079%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.039%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 1 (0.039%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 77 (3.03%) HTTP
2 53 (2.09%) Wireless
3 46 (1.81%) Internet
4 38 (1.50%) Firewall
5 31 (1.22%) TCP/IP
6 21 (0.83%) Network Security
7 13 (0.51%) Wireshark
8 12 (0.47%) VoIP
9 9 (0.35%) SMS
9 9 (0.35%) SSL
10 8 (0.32%) WAN
11 7 (0.28%) ATM
12 6 (0.24%) DNS
13 5 (0.20%) 802.11
13 5 (0.20%) Broadband
13 5 (0.20%) LAN
13 5 (0.20%) Skype
13 5 (0.20%) SNMP
13 5 (0.20%) VPN
14 4 (0.16%) Profibus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 184 (7.25%) SQL Server
2 96 (3.78%) Relational Database
3 85 (3.35%) Big Data
4 61 (2.40%) MySQL
5 24 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
6 22 (0.87%) Hadoop
7 15 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
8 12 (0.47%) DB2
8 12 (0.47%) MongoDB
9 11 (0.43%) Blockchain
9 11 (0.43%) NoSQL
10 10 (0.39%) Oracle Database
11 8 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (0.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 7 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
13 6 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
13 6 (0.24%) RDBMS
14 5 (0.20%) GIS
14 5 (0.20%) Power BI
15 4 (0.16%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1144 (45.06%) Selenium
2 686 (27.02%) Cucumber
3 524 (20.64%) WebDriver
4 430 (16.94%) JIRA
5 343 (13.51%) Jenkins
6 227 (8.94%) SpecFlow
7 210 (8.27%) JMeter
8 187 (7.37%) Git (software)
9 146 (5.75%) SoapUI
10 132 (5.20%) JUnit
11 115 (4.53%) Appium
12 98 (3.86%) Visual Studio
13 96 (3.78%) Team Foundation Server
14 95 (3.74%) HP UFT
15 93 (3.66%) TeamCity
16 91 (3.58%) Calabash
17 80 (3.15%) Protractor
18 74 (2.91%) JBehave
19 68 (2.68%) TestNG
20 53 (2.09%) WATIR
General
1 392 (15.44%) Finance
2 128 (5.04%) Retail
3 104 (4.10%) Banking
4 54 (2.13%) Games
5 48 (1.89%) Telecoms
6 35 (1.38%) Legal
6 35 (1.38%) Marketing
7 28 (1.10%) Advertising
8 25 (0.98%) Financial Institution
9 24 (0.95%) Digital Economy
10 22 (0.87%) Investment Banking
10 22 (0.87%) Manufacturing
11 21 (0.83%) Electronics
12 13 (0.51%) Automotive
13 11 (0.43%) Law
14 8 (0.32%) Billing
15 6 (0.24%) Publishing
16 5 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
16 5 (0.20%) Retail Banking
17 4 (0.16%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 230 (9.06%) .NET
2 218 (8.59%) Gherkin
3 162 (6.38%) Web Services
4 147 (5.79%) HTML
5 139 (5.47%) XML
6 108 (4.25%) REST
7 99 (3.90%) SOAP
8 75 (2.95%) RESTful
9 61 (2.40%) CSS
10 49 (1.93%) JSON
11 43 (1.69%) Node.js
12 31 (1.22%) ASP.NET
13 29 (1.14%) Behat
14 27 (1.06%) AngularJS
15 22 (0.87%) HTML5
16 19 (0.75%) WSDL
17 17 (0.67%) .NET Framework
18 16 (0.63%) Apache Flex
18 16 (0.63%) jQuery
19 12 (0.47%) React
Miscellaneous
1 266 (10.48%) Analytical Skills
2 181 (7.13%) Computer Science
3 134 (5.28%) Mobile App
4 87 (3.43%) Fintech
5 51 (2.01%) Client/Server
5 51 (2.01%) User Experience
6 49 (1.93%) Greenfield Project
7 31 (1.22%) Management Information System
8 30 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
9 28 (1.10%) SCADA
10 26 (1.02%) Mainframe
11 19 (0.75%) iPad
12 18 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
13 14 (0.55%) Virtual Team
14 12 (0.47%) BBC
14 12 (0.47%) Internet of Things
15 9 (0.35%) Data Protection Act
15 9 (0.35%) Equities
15 9 (0.35%) Fixed Income
15 9 (0.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 223 (8.78%) Linux
2 222 (8.74%) Windows
3 139 (5.47%) Unix
4 94 (3.70%) Android
4 94 (3.70%) Apple iOS
5 11 (0.43%) Kali Linux
6 9 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (0.32%) Solaris
8 4 (0.16%) Debian
8 4 (0.16%) VxWorks
9 3 (0.12%) Windows Server
10 2 (0.079%) KNOPPIX
10 2 (0.079%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.079%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.079%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.039%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.039%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1831 (72.12%) Test Automation
2 1343 (52.89%) Agile Software Development
3 603 (23.75%) Test Scripting
4 548 (21.58%) Software Testing
5 490 (19.30%) BDD
6 442 (17.41%) Scrum
7 414 (16.31%) Manual Testing
8 338 (13.31%) TDD
9 326 (12.84%) Test Strategy
10 319 (12.56%) Regression Testing
11 266 (10.48%) SDLC
12 249 (9.81%) Continuous Integration
13 244 (9.61%) Penetration Testing
14 214 (8.43%) Scenario Testing
15 210 (8.27%) Functional Testing
16 199 (7.84%) E-Commerce
17 192 (7.56%) User Acceptance Testing
18 186 (7.33%) Mentoring
19 175 (6.89%) Open Source
20 164 (6.46%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 879 (34.62%) Java
2 638 (25.13%) C#
3 602 (23.71%) SQL
4 332 (13.08%) Python
5 267 (10.52%) Ruby
6 213 (8.39%) JavaScript
7 113 (4.45%) C
8 100 (3.94%) C++
9 86 (3.39%) PHP
10 46 (1.81%) Shell Script
11 44 (1.73%) Groovy
12 41 (1.61%) Bash Shell
13 40 (1.58%) Scala
14 34 (1.34%) Perl
15 29 (1.14%) T-SQL
16 28 (1.10%) PL/SQL
17 27 (1.06%) VB
18 23 (0.91%) PowerShell
19 17 (0.67%) VB.NET
20 8 (0.32%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 356 (14.02%) Degree
2 332 (13.08%) ISTQB
3 276 (10.87%) ISEB
4 134 (5.28%) CREST Certified
5 131 (5.16%) Security Cleared
6 117 (4.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 90 (3.54%) Computer Science Degree
8 77 (3.03%) OSCP
9 56 (2.21%) CHECK Team Leader
10 54 (2.13%) CEH
11 48 (1.89%) SC Cleared
12 42 (1.65%) CHECK Team Member
13 36 (1.42%) CISSP
14 29 (1.14%) DV Cleared
15 19 (0.75%) Tigerscheme
16 17 (0.67%) CISM
16 17 (0.67%) OSCE
17 16 (0.63%) Cyber Scheme
18 14 (0.55%) GPEN
19 13 (0.51%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 955 (37.61%) QA
2 16 (0.63%) ISO 8583
3 15 (0.59%) ISO 20022
4 12 (0.47%) PCI DSS
5 8 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 7 (0.28%) ISO 9001
7 6 (0.24%) ISO 14001
8 5 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 4 (0.16%) IEC 61508
9 4 (0.16%) IEC 62304
9 4 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 3 (0.12%) GDPR
10 3 (0.12%) MiFID
11 2 (0.079%) HL7
11 2 (0.079%) ISO 9000
11 2 (0.079%) SEPA
12 1 (0.039%) IASME
12 1 (0.039%) IFRS
System Software
1 40 (1.58%) Docker
2 5 (0.20%) Firmware
2 5 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (0.16%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.16%) Xen
4 2 (0.079%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.039%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 65 (2.56%) HP Quality Center
2 26 (1.02%) Nessus
3 20 (0.79%) Nmap
4 13 (0.51%) Kubernetes
5 11 (0.43%) Marathon
5 11 (0.43%) Mesos
6 7 (0.28%) WebInspect
7 6 (0.24%) Kibana
7 6 (0.24%) Puppet
8 5 (0.20%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 5 (0.20%) HP Fortify
8 5 (0.20%) Prometheus
9 4 (0.16%) Core Impact
10 2 (0.079%) logstash
10 2 (0.079%) Nexpose
11 1 (0.039%) Ambari
11 1 (0.039%) Ansible
11 1 (0.039%) Hadoop YARN
11 1 (0.039%) Perfmon
11 1 (0.039%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 260 (10.24%) Microsoft
2 79 (3.11%) HP
3 69 (2.72%) Oracle
4 37 (1.46%) Google
5 34 (1.34%) Atlassian
6 30 (1.18%) Capita
7 24 (0.95%) SAP
8 23 (0.91%) Twitter
9 11 (0.43%) CA Agile Central
9 11 (0.43%) Siebel
10 10 (0.39%) Cognizant
11 9 (0.35%) Apple
11 9 (0.35%) Red Hat
12 8 (0.32%) hybris
12 8 (0.32%) Informatica
12 8 (0.32%) Salesforce.com
12 8 (0.32%) Splunk
13 7 (0.28%) Citrix
13 7 (0.28%) Sitecore
13 7 (0.28%) TOWER Software