Period
to 16 June 2019

The median annual salary for a Tester was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 June 2019.

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
16 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 271 261 262
Rank change year-on-year -10 +1 -13
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 1,777 2,232 2,340
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.24% 1.30% 1.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.29% 1.35% 1.41%
Number of salaries quoted 1,435 1,867 2,076
UK median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £26,875 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £66,250 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%

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 137,780 165,560 165,703
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.95% 96.35% 96.37%
Number of salaries quoted 109,623 134,673 136,528
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £28,250 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 16 June 2019.

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 16 June 2019. 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 -13 1,627 £45,000 - 343
UK excluding London -16 1,144 £40,000 - 275
London +11 576 £55,000 - 91
South East -63 270 £41,250 -2.94% 61
North of England -95 262 £40,000 - 73
Midlands +103 256 £36,000 - 56
East Midlands +96 163 £35,000 -9.09% 31
Yorkshire -75 132 £41,000 +2.50% 38
South West +7 129 £40,000 -2.44% 39
East of England +66 124 £42,500 +6.25% 23
North West -72 109 £37,500 - 31
Scotland +30 90 £36,000 -15.29% 17
West Midlands +43 89 £36,000 +10.77% 24
North East +21 18 £42,500 -15.00% 4
Wales +8 10 £35,500 -4.05% 5
Northern Ireland -23 5 £55,000 +120.00% 1

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 June 2019, Tester job roles required the following IT skills 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 1,205 (67.81%) Test Automation
2 926 (52.11%) Agile Software Development
3 833 (46.88%) QA
4 676 (38.04%) Selenium
5 542 (30.50%) Java
6 450 (25.32%) C#
7 327 (18.40%) SQL
8 314 (17.67%) BDD
9 294 (16.54%) Scrum
10 293 (16.49%) Manual Testing
11 272 (15.31%) Software Testing
12 249 (14.01%) WebDriver
13 243 (13.67%) Cucumber
14 241 (13.56%) Test Scripting
15 237 (13.34%) Penetration Testing
16 234 (13.17%) ISTQB
16 234 (13.17%) Performance Testing
17 232 (13.06%) JIRA
18 228 (12.83%) TDD
19 218 (12.27%) Finance
20 211 (11.87%) Python
21 187 (10.52%) Test Strategy
22 179 (10.07%) Regression Testing
23 178 (10.02%) Windows
24 170 (9.57%) JMeter
25 168 (9.45%) Security Cleared
26 164 (9.23%) .NET
26 164 (9.23%) CREST Certified
27 161 (9.06%) SDLC
28 160 (9.00%) API 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 62 (3.49%) Confluence
2 22 (1.24%) SharePoint
3 16 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
4 15 (0.84%) NServiceBus
5 9 (0.51%) WebSphere
6 8 (0.45%) Apache Spark
7 6 (0.34%) IIS
7 6 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 5 (0.28%) Apache
8 5 (0.28%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.17%) JBoss
9 3 (0.17%) WordPress
10 2 (0.11%) CMS
10 2 (0.11%) SAS
10 2 (0.11%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.11%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.056%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 1 (0.056%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.056%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.056%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 12 (0.68%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (0.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.23%) FileZilla
4 1 (0.056%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 8 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.28%) FastStats
2 5 (0.28%) thinkFolio
3 4 (0.23%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.11%) Magento
6 1 (0.056%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.056%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.056%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.056%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.056%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 92 (5.18%) Amazon AWS
2 81 (4.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (1.91%) SaaS
4 14 (0.79%) Google Cloud Platform
5 12 (0.68%) BrowserStack
6 9 (0.51%) PaaS
7 8 (0.45%) GitHub
8 7 (0.39%) Sauce Labs
9 6 (0.34%) npm
10 5 (0.28%) IaaS
11 4 (0.23%) Office 365
12 3 (0.17%) BlazeMeter
12 3 (0.17%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.11%) Cloud Computing
13 2 (0.11%) DigitalOcean
13 2 (0.11%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.11%) Tricentis Tosca
14 1 (0.056%) Amazon SQS
14 1 (0.056%) G Suite
14 1 (0.056%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 30 (1.69%) Wireless
2 28 (1.58%) Firewall
3 21 (1.18%) HTTP
4 18 (1.01%) SSH
5 10 (0.56%) LTE
6 8 (0.45%) HTTPS
6 8 (0.45%) Internet
6 8 (0.45%) Network Security
6 8 (0.45%) TCP/IP
7 6 (0.34%) Ethernet
7 6 (0.34%) VLAN
7 6 (0.34%) VoIP
8 5 (0.28%) TETRA
9 4 (0.23%) WAN
9 4 (0.23%) Wireless Security
9 4 (0.23%) Wireshark
10 3 (0.17%) LAN
11 2 (0.11%) ATM
11 2 (0.11%) DHCP
11 2 (0.11%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 120 (6.75%) SQL Server
2 41 (2.31%) Relational Database
3 21 (1.18%) Big Data
4 20 (1.13%) MySQL
5 16 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
5 16 (0.90%) MongoDB
6 10 (0.56%) Hadoop
7 9 (0.51%) Blockchain
8 8 (0.45%) Apache Accumulo
8 8 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
8 8 (0.45%) RDBMS
8 8 (0.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 7 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
11 5 (0.28%) NoSQL
12 4 (0.23%) DB2
12 4 (0.23%) Oracle Database
13 3 (0.17%) GIS
13 3 (0.17%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 676 (38.04%) Selenium
2 249 (14.01%) WebDriver
3 243 (13.67%) Cucumber
4 232 (13.06%) JIRA
5 170 (9.57%) JMeter
6 141 (7.93%) SoapUI
7 139 (7.82%) Jenkins
8 124 (6.98%) SpecFlow
9 110 (6.19%) Git (software)
10 102 (5.74%) LoadRunner
11 73 (4.11%) Team Foundation Server
12 57 (3.21%) TeamCity
13 54 (3.04%) Appium
14 48 (2.70%) NeoLoad
15 47 (2.64%) HP UFT
16 37 (2.08%) Visual Studio
16 37 (2.08%) Zephyr
17 35 (1.97%) JUnit
18 34 (1.91%) NUnit
19 33 (1.86%) Bugzilla
General
1 218 (12.27%) Finance
2 52 (2.93%) Retail
3 49 (2.76%) Banking
3 49 (2.76%) Telecoms
4 35 (1.97%) Marketing
5 30 (1.69%) Games
6 25 (1.41%) Electronics
6 25 (1.41%) Law
7 20 (1.13%) Manufacturing
8 16 (0.90%) Advertising
9 9 (0.51%) Legal
10 8 (0.45%) Back Office
10 8 (0.45%) Investment Banking
11 7 (0.39%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.34%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.17%) Billing
13 3 (0.17%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.11%) Front Office
14 2 (0.11%) Music Industry
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (9.23%) .NET
2 157 (8.84%) Web Services
3 109 (6.13%) Gherkin
4 83 (4.67%) SOAP
5 75 (4.22%) REST
6 69 (3.88%) XML
7 43 (2.42%) RESTful
8 41 (2.31%) HTML
9 35 (1.97%) JSON
10 30 (1.69%) Node.js
11 28 (1.58%) CSS
12 26 (1.46%) ASP.NET
13 23 (1.29%) AngularJS
14 20 (1.13%) .NET Framework
15 14 (0.79%) React
16 13 (0.73%) Spring
16 13 (0.73%) WebdriverIO
17 12 (0.68%) WCF
18 11 (0.62%) HTML5
19 10 (0.56%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 159 (8.95%) Mobile App
2 126 (7.09%) Analytical Skills
3 77 (4.33%) Enterprise Software
4 56 (3.15%) Greenfield Project
5 50 (2.81%) Client/Server
6 49 (2.76%) Self-Motivation
7 29 (1.63%) Virtual Team
8 24 (1.35%) User Experience
9 17 (0.96%) Algorithms
10 16 (0.90%) Data Structures
10 16 (0.90%) Mainframe
10 16 (0.90%) Management Information System
11 15 (0.84%) Driving Licence
12 14 (0.79%) Linux Command Line
13 11 (0.62%) NHS
14 9 (0.51%) Cyberattack
15 5 (0.28%) Embedded Systems
15 5 (0.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 5 (0.28%) Public Cloud
15 5 (0.28%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 178 (10.02%) Windows
2 152 (8.55%) Linux
3 94 (5.29%) Unix
4 49 (2.76%) Android
5 44 (2.48%) Apple iOS
6 13 (0.73%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.39%) Windows 10
8 6 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.23%) Ubuntu
9 4 (0.23%) Windows 7
10 3 (0.17%) Kali Linux
10 3 (0.17%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.11%) Solaris
12 1 (0.056%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.056%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,205 (67.81%) Test Automation
2 926 (52.11%) Agile Software Development
3 314 (17.67%) BDD
4 294 (16.54%) Scrum
5 293 (16.49%) Manual Testing
6 272 (15.31%) Software Testing
7 241 (13.56%) Test Scripting
8 237 (13.34%) Penetration Testing
9 234 (13.17%) Performance Testing
10 228 (12.83%) TDD
11 187 (10.52%) Test Strategy
12 179 (10.07%) Regression Testing
13 161 (9.06%) SDLC
14 160 (9.00%) API Testing
15 148 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
16 137 (7.71%) Continuous Integration
17 132 (7.43%) Functional Testing
18 129 (7.26%) Non-Functional Testing
19 121 (6.81%) User Acceptance Testing
20 115 (6.47%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 542 (30.50%) Java
2 450 (25.32%) C#
3 327 (18.40%) SQL
4 211 (11.87%) Python
5 156 (8.78%) JavaScript
6 113 (6.36%) Ruby
7 63 (3.55%) C++
8 47 (2.64%) PHP
9 44 (2.48%) C
10 32 (1.80%) T-SQL
11 29 (1.63%) Perl
12 23 (1.29%) Bash Shell
13 21 (1.18%) PowerShell
14 18 (1.01%) Scala
14 18 (1.01%) Shell Script
15 14 (0.79%) Embedded C
16 7 (0.39%) VB
17 6 (0.34%) Java 8
17 6 (0.34%) VB.NET
18 5 (0.28%) Go
Qualifications
1 234 (13.17%) ISTQB
2 168 (9.45%) Security Cleared
3 164 (9.23%) CREST Certified
4 157 (8.84%) Degree
5 128 (7.20%) ISEB
6 109 (6.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 105 (5.91%) OSCP
8 95 (5.35%) SC Cleared
9 56 (3.15%) Tigerscheme
10 52 (2.93%) CHECK Team Member
10 52 (2.93%) DV Cleared
11 48 (2.70%) CHECK Team Leader
12 29 (1.63%) SANS
13 28 (1.58%) Computer Science Degree
13 28 (1.58%) GPEN
14 23 (1.29%) GIAC
15 22 (1.24%) CEH
15 22 (1.24%) OSCE
16 12 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
16 12 (0.68%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 833 (46.88%) QA
2 39 (2.19%) PCI DSS
3 12 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
5 5 (0.28%) SEPA
6 4 (0.23%) NIST
7 3 (0.17%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.11%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.056%) GDPR
9 1 (0.056%) GxP
9 1 (0.056%) IFRS
9 1 (0.056%) IFRS 9
9 1 (0.056%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.056%) SLA
System Software
1 24 (1.35%) Docker
2 13 (0.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (0.68%) Active Directory
3 12 (0.68%) Firmware
4 1 (0.056%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.056%) Squid
Systems Management
1 33 (1.86%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (0.84%) Puppet
3 11 (0.62%) HP ALM
4 10 (0.56%) Nessus
4 10 (0.56%) Nmap
5 8 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.39%) Kubernetes
7 6 (0.34%) Ansible
7 6 (0.34%) Nexpose
8 3 (0.17%) HP Fortify
8 3 (0.17%) WebInspect
9 2 (0.11%) Control-M
9 2 (0.11%) Terraform
10 1 (0.056%) CA Service Virtualization
10 1 (0.056%) Red Hat Satellite
10 1 (0.056%) WSUS
Vendors
1 124 (6.98%) Microsoft
2 67 (3.77%) HP
3 39 (2.19%) Oracle
4 26 (1.46%) WorldPay
5 25 (1.41%) SAP
6 23 (1.29%) CA Agile Central
6 23 (1.29%) Google
7 15 (0.84%) IBM
8 13 (0.73%) Atlassian
8 13 (0.73%) VMware
9 10 (0.56%) OpenText
10 9 (0.51%) Cadence
11 7 (0.39%) Nintex
11 7 (0.39%) PureLoad
12 6 (0.34%) hybris
13 5 (0.28%) Cypress Semiconductor
13 5 (0.28%) Facebook
13 5 (0.28%) Qualys
13 5 (0.28%) Salesforce.com
13 5 (0.28%) Veracode