Tester
UK

The median Tester salary in the UK is £50,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 4 March 2024.

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

6 months to
4 Mar 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 468 294 451
Rank change year-on-year -174 +157 -143
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 417 1,362 1,050
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 1.22% 0.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 1.31% 0.77%
Number of salaries quoted 336 533 713
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,400 £31,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £52,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year -3.85% +9.47% -1.04%
75th Percentile £68,938 £65,000 £61,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £82,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £47,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year -10.53% +11.76% -

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 77,554 103,852 135,878
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 93.39% 95.58%
Number of salaries quoted 57,948 64,849 84,215
10th Percentile £28,600 £32,750 £32,000
25th Percentile £39,085 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -8.33% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £72,500 £82,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £92,500 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,772 £50,000
% change year-on-year -5.25% +5.54% +5.26%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the UK

Tester
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Tester.

Salary trend for Tester in the UK

Tester
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Tester over the 6 months to 4 March 2024.

Salary histogram for Tester in the UK

Tester
Top 17 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 4 March 2024. 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
Jobs
England -170 357 £50,000 -4.76% 78
UK excluding London -219 242 £42,500 -10.53% 52
Work from Home -3 187 £50,000 -9.09% 36
London +35 157 £65,000 - 27
South East +39 70 £49,250 -1.50% 11
North of England -150 44 £37,500 -25.00% 16
Midlands -84 43 £40,000 -11.11% 8
Scotland -77 29 £39,250 -7.65% 5
South West -27 25 £45,000 +1.69% 5
West Midlands -72 25 £40,000 -25.58% 6
North West -119 24 £40,000 -11.11% 11
East Midlands -23 18 £34,500 +6.15% 2
East of England -25 17 £27,500 -35.29% 2
Yorkshire -5 15 £30,000 -41.46% 5
Wales +13 11 £42,500 -29.17% 5
North East +1 5 £55,000 -
Northern Ireland +26 3 £57,500 -20.69% 1

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 4 March 2024, Tester job roles required the following skills and capabilities in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Tester in the job title.

1 201 (48.20%) Test Automation
2 165 (39.57%) Software Testing
3 121 (29.02%) Agile
4 118 (28.30%) QA
5 115 (27.58%) Penetration Testing
6 108 (25.90%) Social Skills
7 96 (23.02%) Selenium
8 91 (21.82%) Cybersecurity
9 89 (21.34%) Problem-Solving
10 83 (19.90%) Java
11 74 (17.75%) Degree
12 70 (16.79%) C#
13 66 (15.83%) Test Scripting
13 66 (15.83%) Security Cleared
14 64 (15.35%) Analytical Skills
15 59 (14.15%) Computer Science
15 59 (14.15%) JavaScript
16 58 (13.91%) Azure
16 58 (13.91%) Cucumber
17 57 (13.67%) Red Team
18 56 (13.43%) Security Testing
19 55 (13.19%) CI/CD
19 55 (13.19%) Computer Science Degree
20 54 (12.95%) JIRA
21 53 (12.71%) Python
22 52 (12.47%) Manual Testing
23 50 (11.99%) SC Cleared
24 49 (11.75%) Information Security
25 47 (11.27%) Application Security
26 45 (10.79%) API Testing

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (2.40%) Apache
2 7 (1.68%) Confluence
3 1 (0.24%) SharePoint
Applications
1 16 (3.84%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.24%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 58 (13.91%) Azure
2 42 (10.07%) AWS
3 36 (8.63%) SaaS
4 26 (6.24%) GitHub
5 20 (4.80%) Azure DevOps
6 9 (2.16%) GCP
7 5 (1.20%) Dynamics 365
7 5 (1.20%) Power Platform
8 4 (0.96%) GitHub Actions
9 3 (0.72%) Serverless
10 2 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.48%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.48%) BrowserStack
10 2 (0.48%) Entra ID
10 2 (0.48%) IaaS
11 1 (0.24%) Azure Data Factory
11 1 (0.24%) Azure Pipelines
11 1 (0.24%) Azure Synapse Analytics
11 1 (0.24%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 35 (8.39%) Network Security
2 13 (3.12%) Wireless
3 10 (2.40%) Firewall
4 9 (2.16%) Wireshark
5 7 (1.68%) Internet
6 6 (1.44%) TCP/IP
7 5 (1.20%) HTTP
7 5 (1.20%) Wireless Security
8 3 (0.72%) 4G
8 3 (0.72%) 5G
9 2 (0.48%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.24%) 3G
10 1 (0.24%) Diameter Protocol
10 1 (0.24%) DVB
10 1 (0.24%) PuTTY
10 1 (0.24%) SCTP
10 1 (0.24%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.24%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (3.12%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.48%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.48%) Power BI
4 1 (0.24%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.24%) Data Lake
4 1 (0.24%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.24%) Delta Lake
4 1 (0.24%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (0.24%) MySQL
4 1 (0.24%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.24%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 96 (23.02%) Selenium
2 58 (13.91%) Cucumber
3 54 (12.95%) JIRA
4 43 (10.31%) Metasploit
5 42 (10.07%) Burp Suite
6 30 (7.19%) Jenkins
7 28 (6.71%) SoapUI
8 25 (6.00%) Postman
9 24 (5.76%) JMeter
10 23 (5.52%) REST Assured
11 22 (5.28%) Cypress.io
12 20 (4.80%) TestNG
13 17 (4.08%) WebDriver
14 16 (3.84%) Git
14 16 (3.84%) JUnit
15 15 (3.60%) Appium
15 15 (3.60%) SpecFlow
16 14 (3.36%) Bitbucket
17 13 (3.12%) Bitbucket Server
17 13 (3.12%) Serenity BDD
General
1 108 (25.90%) Social Skills
2 64 (15.35%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (6.47%) Retail
4 26 (6.24%) Finance
5 24 (5.76%) Law
6 23 (5.52%) Public Sector
7 18 (4.32%) Presentation Skills
8 13 (3.12%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 10 (2.40%) Banking
9 10 (2.40%) Legal
10 9 (2.16%) Aerospace
10 9 (2.16%) Marketing
11 8 (1.92%) Games
12 7 (1.68%) Organisational Skills
13 6 (1.44%) Telecoms
14 4 (0.96%) Automotive
14 4 (0.96%) Influencing Skills
15 3 (0.72%) Back Office
15 3 (0.72%) Documentation Skills
15 3 (0.72%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (6.71%) .NET
2 26 (6.24%) Web Services
3 24 (5.76%) REST
4 23 (5.52%) RESTful
5 22 (5.28%) SOAP
6 12 (2.88%) Playwright
6 12 (2.88%) WireMock
7 10 (2.40%) Apache Commons
7 10 (2.40%) Guava
7 10 (2.40%) Java Concurrency
8 8 (1.92%) Gherkin
8 8 (1.92%) Spring Boot
9 6 (1.44%) Spring
10 3 (0.72%) AngularJS
10 3 (0.72%) CSS
10 3 (0.72%) HTML
11 2 (0.48%) GraphQL
11 2 (0.48%) React
11 2 (0.48%) Swagger
12 1 (0.24%) Celery
Miscellaneous
1 34 (8.15%) Mobile App
2 15 (3.60%) Product Ownership
3 13 (3.12%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (1.92%) Client/Server
4 8 (1.92%) Security Posture
5 7 (1.68%) Renewable Energy
6 6 (1.44%) Embedded Systems
6 6 (1.44%) Greenfield Project
6 6 (1.44%) IoT
7 5 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.20%) FMCG
8 4 (0.96%) Cybercrime
9 3 (0.72%) Analytical Mindset
9 3 (0.72%) Operational Technology
9 3 (0.72%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.48%) Fibre Optics
10 2 (0.48%) Legacy Systems
10 2 (0.48%) Linux Command Line
10 2 (0.48%) Low-Code
10 2 (0.48%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 36 (8.63%) Linux
2 35 (8.39%) Kali Linux
3 17 (4.08%) Windows
4 14 (3.36%) Android
5 13 (3.12%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.96%) Unix
7 2 (0.48%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.24%) Debian
8 1 (0.24%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 201 (48.20%) Test Automation
2 165 (39.57%) Software Testing
3 121 (29.02%) Agile
4 115 (27.58%) Penetration Testing
5 91 (21.82%) Cybersecurity
6 89 (21.34%) Problem-Solving
7 66 (15.83%) Test Scripting
8 59 (14.15%) Computer Science
9 57 (13.67%) Red Team
10 56 (13.43%) Security Testing
11 55 (13.19%) CI/CD
12 52 (12.47%) Manual Testing
13 49 (11.75%) Information Security
14 47 (11.27%) Application Security
15 45 (10.79%) API Testing
16 44 (10.55%) DevOps
16 44 (10.55%) Regression Testing
17 43 (10.31%) Test Strategy
18 40 (9.59%) Scrum
19 38 (9.11%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 83 (19.90%) Java
2 70 (16.79%) C#
3 59 (14.15%) JavaScript
4 53 (12.71%) Python
5 34 (8.15%) SQL
6 10 (2.40%) Bash
7 6 (1.44%) TypeScript
8 5 (1.20%) PowerShell
9 4 (0.96%) Ruby
10 3 (0.72%) PL/SQL
10 3 (0.72%) Scala
11 2 (0.48%) Go
11 2 (0.48%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.24%) C
12 1 (0.24%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 74 (17.75%) Degree
2 66 (15.83%) Security Cleared
3 55 (13.19%) Computer Science Degree
4 50 (11.99%) SC Cleared
5 45 (10.79%) OSCP
6 44 (10.55%) CREST Certified
7 31 (7.43%) ISTQB
8 29 (6.95%) CHECK Team Member
9 17 (4.08%) DV Cleared
9 17 (4.08%) ISEB
10 14 (3.36%) CHECK Team Leader
10 14 (3.36%) Cyber Scheme
11 10 (2.40%) CISSP
12 8 (1.92%) GPEN
13 7 (1.68%) CEH
14 6 (1.44%) GIAC
14 6 (1.44%) PCI QSA
14 6 (1.44%) Tigerscheme
15 4 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
15 4 (0.96%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (28.30%) QA
2 14 (3.36%) Accessibility
3 12 (2.88%) NIST
4 7 (1.68%) GRC
5 6 (1.44%) Actionable Recommendations
5 6 (1.44%) PCI DSS
6 5 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.72%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.72%) GDPR
8 2 (0.48%) SLA
9 1 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 17 (4.08%) Docker
2 11 (2.64%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.24%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 14 (3.36%) Kubernetes
2 11 (2.64%) Nessus
3 10 (2.40%) Nmap
4 3 (0.72%) SysTrack
5 1 (0.24%) Ansible
5 1 (0.24%) Consul
5 1 (0.24%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.24%) Progress Chef
5 1 (0.24%) Terraform
Vendors
1 36 (8.63%) Microsoft
2 8 (1.92%) Oracle
3 4 (0.96%) Google
4 3 (0.72%) ServiceNow
5 2 (0.48%) Aderant
5 2 (0.48%) Databricks
5 2 (0.48%) Hitachi
5 2 (0.48%) iManage
5 2 (0.48%) Intapp
5 2 (0.48%) Jaspersoft
5 2 (0.48%) Salesforce
5 2 (0.48%) Trustwave
5 2 (0.48%) Xamarin
6 1 (0.24%) Dynatrace
6 1 (0.24%) HP
6 1 (0.24%) Murex
6 1 (0.24%) OpenAI
6 1 (0.24%) Qualys
6 1 (0.24%) Temenos