Period
to

The median annual salary for a Tester was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 August 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
15 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 497 388 276
Rank change year-on-year -109 -112 +38
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 1,119 919 754
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.80% 1.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.73% 0.88% 1.28%
Number of salaries quoted 736 710 630
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,500 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,963 £35,000 £32,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -5.56%
75th Percentile £65,000 £57,500 £60,000
90th Percentile £78,750 £65,000 £66,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% +5.26% -5.00%

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 153,832 104,896 58,992
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.96% 91.12% 94.85%
Number of salaries quoted 83,373 73,990 48,216
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,750 £31,250
25th Percentile £43,750 £41,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £91,000 £87,625
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +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 15 August 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 15 August 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
Jobs
England -61 946 £50,000 +11.11% 95
Work from Home -37 671 £52,500 +16.67% 37
UK excluding London -75 631 £45,000 +12.50% 88
London -44 385 £60,800 +5.74% 28
North of England -4 204 £45,000 +12.50% 17
South East -89 161 £42,500 - 13
Yorkshire +35 107 £50,000 +25.00% 4
North West -50 91 £45,000 +20.00% 8
Midlands -52 76 £37,000 -7.50% 8
South West -33 67 £42,500 -5.56% 19
Scotland -34 56 £50,000 +31.58% 18
East of England -45 46 £37,950 -0.13% 9
West Midlands -69 45 £35,000 -3.45% 5
East Midlands -7 31 £46,500 +9.41% 2
Wales -13 24 £45,000 +12.50% 3
North East -22 6 £40,000 -7.51% 5
Northern Ireland -12 3 £47,500 +58.33% 1

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 August 2022, Tester job roles required the following 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.

1 856 (76.50%) Test Automation
2 501 (44.77%) Agile
3 483 (43.16%) Software Testing
4 448 (40.04%) QA
5 365 (32.62%) Selenium
6 362 (32.35%) Java
7 290 (25.92%) Manual Testing
8 264 (23.59%) Social Skills
9 256 (22.88%) C#
10 252 (22.52%) JavaScript
11 217 (19.39%) CI/CD
12 213 (19.03%) Finance
13 208 (18.59%) Problem-Solving
14 204 (18.23%) Test Scripting
15 191 (17.07%) Degree
16 190 (16.98%) API Testing
17 188 (16.80%) SQL
18 186 (16.62%) BDD
19 176 (15.73%) Regression Testing
20 174 (15.55%) JIRA
21 169 (15.10%) Postman
22 165 (14.75%) Cucumber
23 164 (14.66%) DevOps
24 163 (14.57%) Test Strategy
25 152 (13.58%) Public Sector
26 151 (13.49%) Scrum
27 150 (13.40%) Azure
28 147 (13.14%) Performance Testing
29 145 (12.96%) Computer Science
30 132 (11.80%) Python

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 44 (3.93%) Confluence
2 4 (0.36%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.27%) CMS
3 3 (0.27%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.089%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.089%) IIS
4 1 (0.089%) TPMS
Applications
1 12 (1.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (0.98%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.18%) Blender
3 2 (0.18%) Revit
4 1 (0.089%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.089%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.18%) Magento
2 2 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.089%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.089%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.089%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 150 (13.40%) Azure
2 114 (10.19%) AWS
3 67 (5.99%) Azure DevOps
4 50 (4.47%) GitHub
4 50 (4.47%) SaaS
5 18 (1.61%) Serverless
6 17 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
7 15 (1.34%) BrowserStack
8 12 (1.07%) GCP
9 10 (0.89%) Azure Functions
9 10 (0.89%) Azure Service Bus
10 9 (0.80%) Heroku
10 9 (0.80%) npm
10 9 (0.80%) TestFlight
11 8 (0.71%) AWS Lambda
11 8 (0.71%) Bitrise
12 6 (0.54%) Microsoft 365
13 5 (0.45%) BlazeMeter
13 5 (0.45%) Tricentis Tosca
14 4 (0.36%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 51 (4.56%) Broadband
2 43 (3.84%) Wireless
3 42 (3.75%) HTTP
4 21 (1.88%) Firewall
5 15 (1.34%) 5G
6 7 (0.63%) Wireless Security
7 6 (0.54%) 4G
7 6 (0.54%) Network Security
7 6 (0.54%) Wireshark
8 5 (0.45%) FTP
9 3 (0.27%) Internet
9 3 (0.27%) LTE
9 3 (0.27%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (0.18%) VoIP
11 1 (0.089%) Bluetooth
11 1 (0.089%) GPRS
11 1 (0.089%) GSM
11 1 (0.089%) TCP/IP
11 1 (0.089%) VPN
11 1 (0.089%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (2.41%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.61%) Relational Database
3 15 (1.34%) PostgreSQL
4 14 (1.25%) NoSQL
4 14 (1.25%) Oracle Database
4 14 (1.25%) Redis
5 11 (0.98%) MongoDB
6 10 (0.89%) MySQL
7 9 (0.80%) DynamoDB
7 9 (0.80%) RDBMS
8 8 (0.71%) DB2
9 6 (0.54%) Amazon Redshift
9 6 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
10 5 (0.45%) Couchbase
10 5 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.27%) Amazon Aurora
11 3 (0.27%) BigQuery
11 3 (0.27%) Power BI
11 3 (0.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 365 (32.62%) Selenium
2 174 (15.55%) JIRA
3 169 (15.10%) Postman
4 165 (14.75%) Cucumber
5 126 (11.26%) Cypress.io
6 117 (10.46%) Jenkins
7 104 (9.29%) JMeter
8 100 (8.94%) Git (software)
9 97 (8.67%) REST Assured
10 90 (8.04%) WebDriver
11 63 (5.63%) SpecFlow
12 59 (5.27%) Visual Studio
13 58 (5.18%) Protractor
14 51 (4.56%) TestNG
15 38 (3.40%) JUnit
15 38 (3.40%) Mocha
16 33 (2.95%) TestCafe
17 32 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
18 31 (2.77%) SoapUI
19 29 (2.59%) Maven
General
1 264 (23.59%) Social Skills
2 213 (19.03%) Finance
3 152 (13.58%) Public Sector
4 108 (9.65%) Analytical Skills
5 100 (8.94%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 63 (5.63%) Games
7 49 (4.38%) Organisational Skills
8 39 (3.49%) Retail
9 33 (2.95%) Electronics
10 27 (2.41%) Banking
11 25 (2.23%) Marketing
12 22 (1.97%) Law
13 19 (1.70%) Legal
13 19 (1.70%) Presentation Skills
14 12 (1.07%) Telecoms
15 10 (0.89%) Automotive
15 10 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
16 7 (0.63%) Local Government
16 7 (0.63%) Police
17 4 (0.36%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 102 (9.12%) .NET
2 88 (7.86%) REST
3 78 (6.97%) RESTful
4 51 (4.56%) Node.js
5 50 (4.47%) Web Services
6 40 (3.57%) React
7 39 (3.49%) AngularJS
8 38 (3.40%) Gherkin
8 38 (3.40%) JSON
9 36 (3.22%) Chai
10 31 (2.77%) Spring
10 31 (2.77%) Spring Boot
11 30 (2.68%) COM
11 30 (2.68%) Swagger
11 30 (2.68%) WPF
12 28 (2.50%) Puppeteer
12 28 (2.50%) XML
13 27 (2.41%) WireMock
14 24 (2.14%) Express
15 22 (1.97%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 128 (11.44%) Mobile App
2 70 (6.26%) User Experience
3 43 (3.84%) Virtual Team
4 40 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
5 34 (3.04%) Cyberattack
6 32 (2.86%) IoT
7 26 (2.32%) Social Media
8 19 (1.70%) Cyber Defence
9 17 (1.52%) Blockchain
10 16 (1.43%) Embedded Systems
11 14 (1.25%) Analytical Mindset
12 13 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
13 12 (1.07%) Data Protection Act
13 12 (1.07%) NHS
14 11 (0.98%) Cybercrime
14 11 (0.98%) Public Cloud
14 11 (0.98%) Replication
15 10 (0.89%) Legacy Systems
15 10 (0.89%) Management Information System
16 8 (0.71%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 81 (7.24%) Windows
2 60 (5.36%) Linux
3 47 (4.20%) Android
4 46 (4.11%) Apple iOS
5 30 (2.68%) VMS
6 11 (0.98%) Unix
7 6 (0.54%) Kali Linux
8 2 (0.18%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.089%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.089%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.089%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 856 (76.50%) Test Automation
2 501 (44.77%) Agile
3 483 (43.16%) Software Testing
4 290 (25.92%) Manual Testing
5 217 (19.39%) CI/CD
6 208 (18.59%) Problem-Solving
7 204 (18.23%) Test Scripting
8 190 (16.98%) API Testing
9 186 (16.62%) BDD
10 176 (15.73%) Regression Testing
11 164 (14.66%) DevOps
12 163 (14.57%) Test Strategy
13 151 (13.49%) Scrum
14 147 (13.14%) Performance Testing
15 145 (12.96%) Computer Science
16 131 (11.71%) SDLC
17 128 (11.44%) Acceptance Criteria
18 125 (11.17%) Functional Testing
19 113 (10.10%) TDD
20 107 (9.56%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 362 (32.35%) Java
2 256 (22.88%) C#
3 252 (22.52%) JavaScript
4 188 (16.80%) SQL
5 132 (11.80%) Python
6 61 (5.45%) TypeScript
7 44 (3.93%) C++
8 24 (2.14%) C
9 18 (1.61%) Bash
10 17 (1.52%) Ruby
11 13 (1.16%) VB.NET
12 12 (1.07%) PHP
13 10 (0.89%) Kotlin
13 10 (0.89%) Perl
14 9 (0.80%) PowerShell
15 8 (0.71%) Shell Script
16 6 (0.54%) Objective-C
16 6 (0.54%) VBScript
17 5 (0.45%) Delphi
17 5 (0.45%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 191 (17.07%) Degree
2 95 (8.49%) ISTQB
3 78 (6.97%) Security Cleared
4 64 (5.72%) CREST Certified
5 55 (4.92%) OSCP
6 54 (4.83%) ISEB
7 51 (4.56%) SC Cleared
8 38 (3.40%) Computer Science Degree
9 31 (2.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 24 (2.14%) Cyber Scheme
11 14 (1.25%) CISSP
12 13 (1.16%) CISA
13 11 (0.98%) CHECK Team Leader
13 11 (0.98%) Tigerscheme
14 10 (0.89%) GPEN
15 9 (0.80%) CCNA
15 9 (0.80%) Cisco Certification
16 8 (0.71%) CEH
16 8 (0.71%) CHECK Team Member
17 7 (0.63%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 448 (40.04%) QA
2 75 (6.70%) Accessibility
3 16 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (1.25%) NIST
5 13 (1.16%) NCSC
6 8 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
7 7 (0.63%) GDPR
7 7 (0.63%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.36%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.18%) PMO
10 1 (0.089%) COBIT
10 1 (0.089%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.089%) NIST 800
System Software
1 32 (2.86%) Docker
2 18 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
3 8 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.45%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.18%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 24 (2.14%) Kubernetes
2 10 (0.89%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (0.71%) HP ALM
4 7 (0.63%) HP Fortify
4 7 (0.63%) Terraform
5 5 (0.45%) Nessus
6 4 (0.36%) Nmap
7 3 (0.27%) Ansible
7 3 (0.27%) Foglight
8 2 (0.18%) CA Service Virtualization
8 2 (0.18%) Istio
9 1 (0.089%) Grafana
Vendors
1 87 (7.77%) Microsoft
2 30 (2.68%) ANSYS
2 30 (2.68%) Bloomberg
3 29 (2.59%) Atlassian
3 29 (2.59%) Oracle
4 13 (1.16%) Micro Focus
4 13 (1.16%) SAP
5 11 (0.98%) HP
6 10 (0.89%) Salesforce.com
7 9 (0.80%) VMware
8 7 (0.63%) Checkmarx
9 6 (0.54%) AppDynamics
9 6 (0.54%) Google
9 6 (0.54%) Sun
10 5 (0.45%) Dynatrace
10 5 (0.45%) UiPath
11 4 (0.36%) Splunk
12 3 (0.27%) Citrix
13 2 (0.18%) Apple
13 2 (0.18%) CA