Period
to 16 October 2021

The median annual salary for a Tester was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 October 2021.

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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 403 261 316
Rank change year-on-year -142 +55 -48
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 938 581 1,441
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.75% 1.21% 1.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.83% 1.28% 1.10%
Number of salaries quoted 764 499 1,184
10th Percentile £29,750 £25,000 £27,500
25th Percentile £36,250 £32,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -5.56%
75th Percentile £57,500 £63,750 £57,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £67,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,250 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +0.63% - -

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 113,669 45,546 131,506
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.24% 94.96% 95.67%
Number of salaries quoted 78,664 38,074 106,106
10th Percentile £31,750 £32,500 £28,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £88,750 £85,000
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 16 October 2021.

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 16 October 2021. 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 -131 812 £45,000 - 192
UK excluding London -82 612 £40,250 +0.63% 146
London -186 247 £57,500 -4.17% 58
Work from Home -139 223 £47,500 +5.56% 53
South East -67 212 £42,500 -10.53% 33
North of England -94 157 £39,500 +2.60% 52
North West -65 90 £39,250 +4.67% 26
South West -66 88 £45,000 +38.46% 21
Midlands -91 71 £42,500 +70.00% 18
Yorkshire -80 60 £41,250 +7.14% 20
West Midlands -72 58 £42,500 +70.00% 10
Scotland -75 37 £40,000 -3.03% 5
Wales -25 31 £40,555 -18.89% 8
East of England -90 28 £40,000 +14.29% 8
East Midlands -72 13 £40,000 +6.67% 8
North East -32 11 £40,000 +3.23% 6
Northern Ireland -49 3 £31,250 -10.71% 1

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 October 2021, 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.

1 722 (76.97%) Test Automation
2 489 (52.13%) Agile Software Development
3 413 (44.03%) Selenium
4 399 (42.54%) QA
5 364 (38.81%) Software Testing
6 286 (30.49%) Java
7 273 (29.10%) C#
8 216 (23.03%) Social Skills
9 181 (19.30%) Cucumber
9 181 (19.30%) DevOps
10 178 (18.98%) SQL
11 167 (17.80%) Scrum
12 163 (17.38%) Manual Testing
13 157 (16.74%) Azure
14 155 (16.52%) Test Scripting
15 154 (16.42%) JavaScript
16 150 (15.99%) Regression Testing
17 149 (15.88%) BDD
18 137 (14.61%) API Testing
19 130 (13.86%) JIRA
20 121 (12.90%) .NET
21 117 (12.47%) Test Strategy
22 115 (12.26%) Python
23 113 (12.05%) Finance
24 111 (11.83%) SDLC
25 104 (11.09%) Functional Testing
26 103 (10.98%) Jenkins
27 101 (10.77%) Postman
28 98 (10.45%) JMeter
29 97 (10.34%) ISTQB

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 45 (4.80%) Confluence
2 9 (0.96%) CMS
3 3 (0.32%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.11%) Alfresco
4 1 (0.11%) Apache Solr
4 1 (0.11%) EPiServer
4 1 (0.11%) NServiceBus
4 1 (0.11%) SAS
Applications
1 34 (3.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (2.35%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.11%) Figma
3 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (0.75%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.43%) NetSuite
3 3 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.11%) Magento
5 1 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.11%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 157 (16.74%) Azure
2 63 (6.72%) AWS
3 41 (4.37%) SaaS
4 23 (2.45%) BlazeMeter
4 23 (2.45%) GitHub
5 20 (2.13%) BrowserStack
6 11 (1.17%) Serverless
7 10 (1.07%) Power Platform
8 9 (0.96%) Dynamics 365
9 7 (0.75%) Microsoft 365
10 6 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
10 6 (0.64%) Amazon SQS
10 6 (0.64%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (0.53%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.53%) Azure Pipelines
11 5 (0.53%) Power Automate
11 5 (0.53%) PowerApps
12 4 (0.43%) Bitrise
12 4 (0.43%) OpenShift
12 4 (0.43%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 37 (3.94%) Broadband
2 34 (3.62%) HTTP
3 17 (1.81%) Firewall
4 8 (0.85%) SNMP
4 8 (0.85%) TCP/IP
4 8 (0.85%) Wireshark
5 7 (0.75%) Network Security
5 7 (0.75%) Wireless
6 6 (0.64%) 802.11
6 6 (0.64%) SMTP
6 6 (0.64%) VPN
7 5 (0.53%) Internet
7 5 (0.53%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (0.43%) PBX
8 4 (0.43%) PSTN
8 4 (0.43%) PuTTY
8 4 (0.43%) SSH
8 4 (0.43%) TETRA
8 4 (0.43%) VoIP
9 2 (0.21%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (7.78%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.71%) SQL Server 2005
2 16 (1.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (1.39%) MS Access
4 12 (1.28%) MySQL
5 8 (0.85%) Relational Database
6 6 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
6 6 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.53%) Power BI
8 4 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.32%) Blockchain
9 3 (0.32%) GIS
9 3 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.21%) DB2
10 2 (0.21%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.21%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.21%) Spotfire
11 1 (0.11%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.11%) Oracle Database 11g
11 1 (0.11%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 413 (44.03%) Selenium
2 181 (19.30%) Cucumber
3 130 (13.86%) JIRA
4 103 (10.98%) Jenkins
5 101 (10.77%) Postman
6 98 (10.45%) JMeter
7 89 (9.49%) WebDriver
8 73 (7.78%) Git (software)
8 73 (7.78%) SpecFlow
9 72 (7.68%) Cypress.io
10 42 (4.48%) Team Foundation Server
11 38 (4.05%) Appium
11 38 (4.05%) Visual Studio
12 32 (3.41%) JUnit
12 32 (3.41%) SoapUI
13 29 (3.09%) TestNG
14 28 (2.99%) LoadRunner
15 27 (2.88%) REST Assured
16 21 (2.24%) GitLab
16 21 (2.24%) Protractor
General
1 216 (23.03%) Social Skills
2 113 (12.05%) Finance
3 45 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
4 42 (4.48%) Public Sector
5 33 (3.52%) Banking
5 33 (3.52%) Telecoms
6 29 (3.09%) Games
7 27 (2.88%) Electronics
7 27 (2.88%) Retail
8 21 (2.24%) Manufacturing
8 21 (2.24%) Marketing
9 16 (1.71%) Legal
10 15 (1.60%) Retail Banking
11 14 (1.49%) Organisational Skills
12 12 (1.28%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 12 (1.28%) Law
13 9 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
14 5 (0.53%) Documentation Skills
15 4 (0.43%) Influencing Skills
16 3 (0.32%) Presentation Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (12.90%) .NET
2 73 (7.78%) REST
3 72 (7.68%) XML
4 62 (6.61%) Gherkin
5 54 (5.76%) Web Services
6 47 (5.01%) RESTful
7 46 (4.90%) SOAP
8 37 (3.94%) HTML
9 33 (3.52%) JSON
10 27 (2.88%) Node.js
11 23 (2.45%) .NET Framework
12 22 (2.35%) React
13 19 (2.03%) WebdriverIO
14 17 (1.81%) .NET Core
14 17 (1.81%) CSS
15 16 (1.71%) Spring
16 15 (1.60%) ASP.NET Web API
17 14 (1.49%) Velocity
18 13 (1.39%) AngularJS
18 13 (1.39%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 66 (7.04%) Mobile App
2 43 (4.58%) User Experience
3 34 (3.62%) Social Media
4 13 (1.39%) Self-Motivation
5 12 (1.28%) Management Information System
6 11 (1.17%) Data Protection Act
6 11 (1.17%) Greenfield Project
7 10 (1.07%) Over-the-Top Content
8 9 (0.96%) Derivative
8 9 (0.96%) OTC Derivatives
9 7 (0.75%) Cyberthreat
10 6 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (0.53%) Algorithms
12 4 (0.43%) Legacy Applications
12 4 (0.43%) Linux Command Line
12 4 (0.43%) NHS
12 4 (0.43%) PlayStation
12 4 (0.43%) SCADA
12 4 (0.43%) Smartphone
13 3 (0.32%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 52 (5.54%) Windows
2 37 (3.94%) Linux
3 34 (3.62%) Android
4 33 (3.52%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.28%) Unix
6 7 (0.75%) Kali Linux
6 7 (0.75%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.43%) Tizen
7 4 (0.43%) webOS
8 1 (0.11%) AIX
8 1 (0.11%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 722 (76.97%) Test Automation
2 489 (52.13%) Agile Software Development
3 364 (38.81%) Software Testing
4 181 (19.30%) DevOps
5 167 (17.80%) Scrum
6 163 (17.38%) Manual Testing
7 155 (16.52%) Test Scripting
8 150 (15.99%) Regression Testing
9 149 (15.88%) BDD
10 137 (14.61%) API Testing
11 117 (12.47%) Test Strategy
12 111 (11.83%) SDLC
13 104 (11.09%) Functional Testing
14 90 (9.59%) Performance Testing
15 82 (8.74%) Integration Testing
16 81 (8.64%) Penetration Testing
17 71 (7.57%) Mentoring
17 71 (7.57%) Non-Functional Testing
18 70 (7.46%) User Stories
19 69 (7.36%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 286 (30.49%) Java
2 273 (29.10%) C#
3 178 (18.98%) SQL
4 154 (16.42%) JavaScript
5 115 (12.26%) Python
6 30 (3.20%) TypeScript
7 28 (2.99%) Ruby
8 27 (2.88%) C
9 24 (2.56%) C++
10 21 (2.24%) PHP
11 15 (1.60%) Bash Shell
12 13 (1.39%) Go
13 12 (1.28%) PowerShell
14 10 (1.07%) T-SQL
15 9 (0.96%) Kotlin
16 7 (0.75%) Groovy
16 7 (0.75%) Perl
16 7 (0.75%) Scala
17 6 (0.64%) Lua
17 6 (0.64%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 97 (10.34%) ISTQB
2 81 (8.64%) Degree
3 56 (5.97%) Security Cleared
4 45 (4.80%) ISEB
5 42 (4.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 41 (4.37%) SC Cleared
7 38 (4.05%) OSCP
8 34 (3.62%) CREST Certified
9 22 (2.35%) Computer Science Degree
10 11 (1.17%) CHECK Team Leader
11 10 (1.07%) CHECK Team Member
11 10 (1.07%) SANS
12 8 (0.85%) CEH
12 8 (0.85%) DV Cleared
13 6 (0.64%) GPEN
14 4 (0.43%) AWS Certification
14 4 (0.43%) CISSP
14 4 (0.43%) Cyber Scheme
14 4 (0.43%) GIAC
14 4 (0.43%) GXPN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 399 (42.54%) QA
2 20 (2.13%) Accessibility
3 11 (1.17%) NIST
4 10 (1.07%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.53%) WCAG
7 4 (0.43%) Data Quality
7 4 (0.43%) GDPR
7 4 (0.43%) NIST 800
8 3 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (0.32%) IEC 62304
9 2 (0.21%) NCSC
9 2 (0.21%) SEPA
10 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.11%) GRC
10 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 41 (4.37%) Docker
2 12 (1.28%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 26 (2.77%) Kubernetes
2 14 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
3 13 (1.39%) Nmap
4 12 (1.28%) Nessus
5 5 (0.53%) HP ALM
6 4 (0.43%) Grafana
6 4 (0.43%) MIIS
6 4 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.32%) QRadar
8 2 (0.21%) nmon
8 2 (0.21%) Puppet
8 2 (0.21%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.11%) Ansible
9 1 (0.11%) CA Wily
9 1 (0.11%) CSIRT
9 1 (0.11%) HP Fortify
9 1 (0.11%) John the Ripper
9 1 (0.11%) Prometheus
9 1 (0.11%) Terraform
9 1 (0.11%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 70 (7.46%) Microsoft
2 32 (3.41%) Cognizant
3 29 (3.09%) Oracle
4 22 (2.35%) SAP
5 12 (1.28%) Atlassian
6 11 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
7 9 (0.96%) HubSpot
7 9 (0.96%) Splunk
8 8 (0.85%) Cisco
8 8 (0.85%) Dynatrace
8 8 (0.85%) HP
9 7 (0.75%) AppDynamics
10 6 (0.64%) Reuters
10 6 (0.64%) VMware
11 5 (0.53%) Citrix
11 5 (0.53%) Qualys
11 5 (0.53%) SolarWinds
12 4 (0.43%) BroadSoft
12 4 (0.43%) CA Agile Central
12 4 (0.43%) Sony