Period
to 17 January 2022

The median annual salary for a Tester was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 2022.

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
17 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 426 289 305
Rank change year-on-year -137 +16 -49
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 920 666 1,349
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 1.09% 1.07%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.80% 1.14% 1.12%
Number of salaries quoted 724 587 1,126
10th Percentile £30,550 £27,500 £27,500
25th Percentile £37,000 £36,250 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £48,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year -6.25% +12.94% -5.56%
75th Percentile £60,000 £63,750 £57,500
90th Percentile £71,250 £70,000 £74,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -

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 115,567 58,328 120,634
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.98% 95.12% 95.59%
Number of salaries quoted 78,851 47,886 97,666
10th Percentile £31,818 £32,000 £28,750
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

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 17 January 2022.

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 17 January 2022. 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 -142 792 £45,000 -6.25% 200
UK excluding London -72 570 £42,500 +6.25% 155
London -187 277 £56,250 -10.00% 56
Work from Home -84 236 £47,500 +5.56% 58
South East -29 190 £42,500 -5.56% 29
North of England -93 166 £40,000 -5.88% 56
North West -67 96 £40,000 +6.67% 34
South West -40 94 £45,000 +15.38% 21
Yorkshire -62 56 £42,500 -11.46% 17
Midlands -92 45 £40,000 +46.68% 21
Scotland -41 35 £40,125 -10.19% 7
West Midlands -78 30 £40,000 +60.00% 12
Wales -16 25 £41,250 +10.00% 5
East of England -67 25 £40,000 +5.26% 16
North East -18 19 £42,500 +13.33% 5
East Midlands -53 15 £43,500 +16.00% 9
Northern Ireland -23 7 £32,500 -

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2022, 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.

1 648 (70.43%) Test Automation
2 444 (48.26%) Agile Software Development
3 392 (42.61%) Selenium
4 365 (39.67%) QA
5 339 (36.85%) Software Testing
6 288 (31.30%) Java
7 241 (26.20%) C#
8 235 (25.54%) Social Skills
9 184 (20.00%) JIRA
10 174 (18.91%) Scrum
11 168 (18.26%) DevOps
12 167 (18.15%) SQL
13 162 (17.61%) Cucumber
14 158 (17.17%) Manual Testing
15 152 (16.52%) Azure
16 146 (15.87%) Test Scripting
17 144 (15.65%) API Testing
18 136 (14.78%) JavaScript
19 129 (14.02%) Postman
20 128 (13.91%) Regression Testing
21 118 (12.83%) Test Strategy
22 116 (12.61%) BDD
23 113 (12.28%) .NET
24 112 (12.17%) Finance
25 111 (12.07%) JMeter
26 108 (11.74%) ISTQB
27 107 (11.63%) SDLC
28 101 (10.98%) Jenkins
29 98 (10.65%) Python
30 95 (10.33%) SQL Server

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 50 (5.43%) Confluence
2 13 (1.41%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.20%) CMS
4 4 (0.43%) IIS
5 2 (0.22%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.11%) Alfresco
6 1 (0.11%) Drupal
6 1 (0.11%) Kentico
6 1 (0.11%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 30 (3.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (2.72%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (0.54%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.11%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.43%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.11%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 152 (16.52%) Azure
2 56 (6.09%) AWS
3 36 (3.91%) SaaS
4 19 (2.07%) GitHub
5 18 (1.96%) BlazeMeter
6 12 (1.30%) Dynamics 365
6 12 (1.30%) Microsoft 365
7 11 (1.20%) BrowserStack
8 8 (0.87%) Serverless
9 7 (0.76%) Power Platform
10 6 (0.65%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.65%) Sauce Labs
11 5 (0.54%) Azure Pipelines
11 5 (0.54%) Azure Service Bus
11 5 (0.54%) Bitrise
11 5 (0.54%) Power Automate
11 5 (0.54%) PowerApps
12 4 (0.43%) AWS Lambda
12 4 (0.43%) Azure Logic Apps
12 4 (0.43%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.48%) HTTP
2 31 (3.37%) Firewall
3 28 (3.04%) Broadband
4 17 (1.85%) SMTP
4 17 (1.85%) TCP/IP
5 14 (1.52%) Wireless
6 9 (0.98%) VoIP
7 7 (0.76%) WebEx
8 6 (0.65%) Internet
8 6 (0.65%) Network Security
9 5 (0.54%) PBX
9 5 (0.54%) PSTN
9 5 (0.54%) TETRA
10 4 (0.43%) PuTTY
10 4 (0.43%) Wireshark
11 2 (0.22%) BIG-IP
11 2 (0.22%) SNMP
11 2 (0.22%) Telnet
11 2 (0.22%) WinSCP
12 1 (0.11%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (10.33%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.63%) MySQL
3 12 (1.30%) SQL Server 2005
3 12 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
5 9 (0.98%) MS Access
6 8 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (0.65%) Relational Database
8 4 (0.43%) Oracle Database
8 4 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (0.33%) Big Data
9 3 (0.33%) Oracle Database 10g
9 3 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (0.33%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.22%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.22%) DB2
10 2 (0.22%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.22%) Power BI
11 1 (0.11%) Amazon Aurora
11 1 (0.11%) GIS
Development Applications
1 392 (42.61%) Selenium
2 184 (20.00%) JIRA
3 162 (17.61%) Cucumber
4 129 (14.02%) Postman
5 111 (12.07%) JMeter
6 101 (10.98%) Jenkins
7 86 (9.35%) WebDriver
8 73 (7.93%) Git (software)
9 72 (7.83%) Cypress.io
10 57 (6.20%) REST Assured
11 55 (5.98%) Team Foundation Server
12 54 (5.87%) SpecFlow
13 53 (5.76%) SoapUI
14 43 (4.67%) Maven
15 40 (4.35%) JUnit
16 35 (3.80%) Appium
16 35 (3.80%) LoadRunner
17 34 (3.70%) TestNG
18 30 (3.26%) Visual Studio
19 24 (2.61%) Bugzilla
General
1 235 (25.54%) Social Skills
2 112 (12.17%) Finance
3 62 (6.74%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 53 (5.76%) Analytical Skills
5 38 (4.13%) Public Sector
6 32 (3.48%) Retail
7 26 (2.83%) Banking
7 26 (2.83%) Electronics
7 26 (2.83%) Games
7 26 (2.83%) Telecoms
8 23 (2.50%) Manufacturing
9 19 (2.07%) Marketing
10 16 (1.74%) Legal
11 13 (1.41%) Law
12 12 (1.30%) Organisational Skills
13 6 (0.65%) Influencing Skills
14 5 (0.54%) Documentation Skills
14 5 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.43%) Retail Banking
16 3 (0.33%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (12.28%) .NET
2 87 (9.46%) XML
3 60 (6.52%) SOAP
4 59 (6.41%) REST
5 50 (5.43%) Web Services
6 44 (4.78%) Gherkin
7 29 (3.15%) HTML
8 26 (2.83%) JSON
9 25 (2.72%) Velocity
10 20 (2.17%) RESTful
11 18 (1.96%) React
12 16 (1.74%) .NET Framework
13 13 (1.41%) ASP.NET
14 12 (1.30%) EDI
14 12 (1.30%) Node.js
14 12 (1.30%) WebdriverIO
15 11 (1.20%) .NET Core
16 10 (1.09%) CSS
16 10 (1.09%) Middleware
16 10 (1.09%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 72 (7.83%) Mobile App
2 32 (3.48%) User Experience
3 24 (2.61%) Social Media
4 14 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (1.20%) Cyber Defence
5 11 (1.20%) Cyberattack
6 10 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
7 9 (0.98%) Management Information System
7 9 (0.98%) Over-the-Top Content
8 7 (0.76%) Analytical Mindset
9 6 (0.65%) Cloud Native
9 6 (0.65%) Derivative
9 6 (0.65%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (0.65%) iSeries
9 6 (0.65%) OTC Derivatives
10 5 (0.54%) Cybercrime
10 5 (0.54%) Mobile Banking
11 4 (0.43%) Legacy Applications
12 3 (0.33%) Embedded Systems
12 3 (0.33%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 49 (5.33%) Windows
2 33 (3.59%) Linux
3 27 (2.93%) Android
4 24 (2.61%) Apple iOS
5 9 (0.98%) Windows Server
6 6 (0.65%) Kali Linux
6 6 (0.65%) Solaris
7 5 (0.54%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 648 (70.43%) Test Automation
2 444 (48.26%) Agile Software Development
3 339 (36.85%) Software Testing
4 174 (18.91%) Scrum
5 168 (18.26%) DevOps
6 158 (17.17%) Manual Testing
7 146 (15.87%) Test Scripting
8 144 (15.65%) API Testing
9 128 (13.91%) Regression Testing
10 118 (12.83%) Test Strategy
11 116 (12.61%) BDD
12 107 (11.63%) SDLC
13 94 (10.22%) Penetration Testing
14 87 (9.46%) Test Management
14 87 (9.46%) User Stories
15 86 (9.35%) Mentoring
15 86 (9.35%) User Acceptance Testing
16 83 (9.02%) Non-Functional Testing
17 77 (8.37%) Acceptance Criteria
17 77 (8.37%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 288 (31.30%) Java
2 241 (26.20%) C#
3 167 (18.15%) SQL
4 136 (14.78%) JavaScript
5 98 (10.65%) Python
6 27 (2.93%) TypeScript
7 17 (1.85%) C
8 16 (1.74%) C++
8 16 (1.74%) Ruby
9 15 (1.63%) T-SQL
10 14 (1.52%) Go
11 11 (1.20%) PHP
12 10 (1.09%) Kotlin
13 8 (0.87%) Shell Script
14 6 (0.65%) Java 8
14 6 (0.65%) Perl
15 5 (0.54%) Scala
16 4 (0.43%) Bash
16 4 (0.43%) Groovy
16 4 (0.43%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 108 (11.74%) ISTQB
2 60 (6.52%) ISEB
3 57 (6.20%) Degree
3 57 (6.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 46 (5.00%) Security Cleared
5 39 (4.24%) OSCP
6 33 (3.59%) SC Cleared
7 30 (3.26%) CREST Certified
8 12 (1.30%) CHECK Team Leader
9 10 (1.09%) DV Cleared
10 9 (0.98%) CHECK Team Member
11 8 (0.87%) CISSP
12 7 (0.76%) CEH
12 7 (0.76%) Computer Science Degree
12 7 (0.76%) SANS
13 6 (0.65%) GPEN
13 6 (0.65%) OSCE
14 5 (0.54%) Cyber Scheme
15 4 (0.43%) AWS Certification
15 4 (0.43%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 365 (39.67%) QA
2 40 (4.35%) Accessibility
3 19 (2.07%) NIST
4 15 (1.63%) PCI DSS
5 14 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 9 (0.98%) GDPR
7 7 (0.76%) Cyber Essentials
7 7 (0.76%) NIST 800
7 7 (0.76%) WCAG
8 3 (0.33%) NCSC
9 2 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.22%) SLA
10 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.11%) GRC
10 1 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.11%) PSD2
10 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.11%) SEPA
10 1 (0.11%) TARGET2
System Software
1 28 (3.04%) Docker
2 13 (1.41%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 26 (2.83%) HP ALM
2 16 (1.74%) HP Quality Center
3 14 (1.52%) Kubernetes
4 8 (0.87%) Nessus
5 6 (0.65%) Nmap
6 5 (0.54%) MIIS
7 4 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.33%) Terraform
9 2 (0.22%) Grafana
9 2 (0.22%) nmon
9 2 (0.22%) vCenter Server
10 1 (0.11%) Ansible
10 1 (0.11%) CA Wily
10 1 (0.11%) Control-M
10 1 (0.11%) HP Fortify
10 1 (0.11%) John the Ripper
10 1 (0.11%) Perfmon
10 1 (0.11%) QRadar
10 1 (0.11%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 76 (8.26%) Microsoft
2 42 (4.57%) Oracle
3 32 (3.48%) Cognizant
3 32 (3.48%) HP
4 14 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
4 14 (1.52%) VMware
5 12 (1.30%) Atlassian
5 12 (1.30%) SAP
6 9 (0.98%) HubSpot
7 8 (0.87%) Qualys
8 6 (0.65%) AppDynamics
8 6 (0.65%) Apple
8 6 (0.65%) Cisco
9 5 (0.54%) BroadSoft
10 4 (0.43%) CA Agile Central
10 4 (0.43%) New Relic
10 4 (0.43%) Reuters
10 4 (0.43%) Splunk
10 4 (0.43%) Veracode
11 3 (0.33%) Bloomberg