Period
to 20 January 2020

The median annual salary for a Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 January 2020.

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
20 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 298 251 251
Rank change year-on-year -47 0 +13
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 1,350 2,091 2,375
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.08% 1.40% 1.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.13% 1.46% 1.43%
Number of salaries quoted 1,136 1,718 2,088
UK median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 119,829 143,469 166,598
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.58% 95.92% 96.23%
Number of salaries quoted 95,868 114,667 135,349
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £28,750 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £80,000
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 20 January 2020.

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 20 January 2020. 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 -40 1,238 £42,500 -5.56% 255
UK excluding London -10 966 £40,000 - 200
London -109 358 £57,500 +4.55% 80
South East -14 278 £40,000 -0.62% 41
North of England -2 257 £40,000 +3.90% 66
Midlands +37 147 £37,500 - 35
South West +14 134 £40,000 -5.88% 29
Yorkshire +2 133 £40,000 - 30
North West +14 114 £40,000 +4.90% 31
West Midlands +44 100 £45,000 +28.57% 20
East of England -25 61 £42,750 +0.59% 4
East Midlands -18 47 £34,000 -15.00% 15
Wales +31 45 £40,000 +6.67% 7
Scotland -33 39 £35,000 -12.50% 13
Northern Ireland +9 11 £55,000 +100.00% 5
North East -4 10 £63,750 +45.71% 5

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 January 2020, 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.

1 948 (70.22%) Test Automation
2 693 (51.33%) Agile Software Development
3 545 (40.37%) QA
4 445 (32.96%) Selenium
5 359 (26.59%) Java
6 341 (25.26%) C#
7 283 (20.96%) SQL
8 263 (19.48%) Scrum
9 257 (19.04%) Test Scripting
10 254 (18.81%) Software Testing
11 244 (18.07%) Manual Testing
12 209 (15.48%) BDD
13 207 (15.33%) Regression Testing
14 205 (15.19%) ISTQB
15 180 (13.33%) JIRA
16 173 (12.81%) API Testing
17 169 (12.52%) Finance
18 165 (12.22%) Test Strategy
19 164 (12.15%) Cucumber
20 159 (11.78%) Penetration Testing
21 154 (11.41%) JavaScript
22 152 (11.26%) Linux
23 151 (11.19%) WebDriver
24 150 (11.11%) SDLC
25 137 (10.15%) JMeter
26 135 (10.00%) Python
27 134 (9.93%) ISEB
28 133 (9.85%) TDD
28 133 (9.85%) User Acceptance Testing
29 125 (9.26%) Performance 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 48 (3.56%) Confluence
2 12 (0.89%) CMS
3 11 (0.81%) NServiceBus
3 11 (0.81%) SharePoint
4 6 (0.44%) WordPress
5 4 (0.30%) Apache
5 4 (0.30%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 3 (0.22%) Drupal
6 3 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
7 2 (0.15%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.074%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.074%) LiveLink
8 1 (0.074%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.074%) SAS
8 1 (0.074%) ThingWorx
8 1 (0.074%) Tomcat
Applications
1 33 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.81%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.074%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.074%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (0.89%) SAP HR
1 12 (0.89%) SAP WM
2 7 (0.52%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.22%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.15%) FastStats
4 2 (0.15%) Markit EDM
4 2 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.074%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 83 (6.15%) Azure
2 40 (2.96%) AWS
3 21 (1.56%) SaaS
4 16 (1.19%) GitHub
5 15 (1.11%) GCP
6 13 (0.96%) vREST
7 11 (0.81%) BrowserStack
8 8 (0.59%) BlazeMeter
9 5 (0.37%) Power Platform
10 4 (0.30%) Google Analytics
10 4 (0.30%) Office 365
11 3 (0.22%) Firebase
11 3 (0.22%) Serverless
12 1 (0.074%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.074%) IaaS
12 1 (0.074%) iPaaS
12 1 (0.074%) Lucidchart
12 1 (0.074%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
12 1 (0.074%) Slack
12 1 (0.074%) ZenHub
Communications & Networking
1 34 (2.52%) Firewall
2 29 (2.15%) HTTP
3 28 (2.07%) TCP/IP
4 15 (1.11%) VoIP
5 13 (0.96%) Wireshark
6 11 (0.81%) SMTP
7 9 (0.67%) VPN
8 8 (0.59%) PuTTY
9 6 (0.44%) 802.11
9 6 (0.44%) Intranet
9 6 (0.44%) Skype
9 6 (0.44%) SNMP
10 5 (0.37%) Internet
11 4 (0.30%) DNS
11 4 (0.30%) IPv4
12 3 (0.22%) Bluetooth
12 3 (0.22%) Extranet
12 3 (0.22%) FTP
12 3 (0.22%) IPv6
12 3 (0.22%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (4.96%) SQL Server
2 25 (1.85%) MySQL
3 21 (1.56%) Big Data
4 14 (1.04%) MongoDB
4 14 (1.04%) SAP BW
5 10 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
5 10 (0.74%) Relational Database
5 10 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (0.59%) SQLPlus
8 7 (0.52%) Blockchain
8 7 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
8 7 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (0.37%) MariaDB
9 5 (0.37%) Power BI
10 4 (0.30%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.30%) Data Lake
11 3 (0.22%) NoSQL
12 2 (0.15%) SQL Server 2008
12 2 (0.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 445 (32.96%) Selenium
2 180 (13.33%) JIRA
3 164 (12.15%) Cucumber
4 151 (11.19%) WebDriver
5 137 (10.15%) JMeter
6 102 (7.56%) Postman
7 98 (7.26%) Jenkins
8 94 (6.96%) SoapUI
9 91 (6.74%) SpecFlow
10 86 (6.37%) Team Foundation Server
11 64 (4.74%) LoadRunner
12 60 (4.44%) Git (software)
13 58 (4.30%) JUnit
14 40 (2.96%) Visual Studio
15 37 (2.74%) TeamCity
16 34 (2.52%) HP UFT
16 34 (2.52%) Maven
17 33 (2.44%) TestNG
18 31 (2.30%) REST Assured
19 27 (2.00%) Bitbucket
General
1 169 (12.52%) Finance
2 50 (3.70%) Banking
2 50 (3.70%) Retail
3 29 (2.15%) Legal
3 29 (2.15%) Marketing
4 28 (2.07%) Public Sector
5 26 (1.93%) Telecoms
6 23 (1.70%) Games
7 11 (0.81%) Law
8 9 (0.67%) Manufacturing
9 8 (0.59%) Electronics
10 7 (0.52%) Aerospace
11 5 (0.37%) Advertising
11 5 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.37%) Publishing
12 4 (0.30%) Back Office
13 3 (0.22%) Military
14 1 (0.074%) Automotive
14 1 (0.074%) Front Office
14 1 (0.074%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (8.52%) .NET
2 104 (7.70%) SOAP
2 104 (7.70%) Web Services
3 88 (6.52%) REST
4 56 (4.15%) HTML
5 51 (3.78%) Gherkin
6 35 (2.59%) XML
7 31 (2.30%) CSS
8 28 (2.07%) AngularJS
9 27 (2.00%) RESTful
10 19 (1.41%) JSON
11 15 (1.11%) Node.js
12 13 (0.96%) .NET Framework
13 12 (0.89%) .NET Core
14 11 (0.81%) Spring
15 10 (0.74%) Vue.js
16 9 (0.67%) HTML5
16 9 (0.67%) jQuery
17 8 (0.59%) DHTML
17 8 (0.59%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 107 (7.93%) Mobile App
2 95 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
3 71 (5.26%) Self-Motivation
4 48 (3.56%) User Experience
5 42 (3.11%) Client/Server
6 41 (3.04%) Enterprise Software
7 31 (2.30%) Greenfield Project
8 24 (1.78%) Management Information System
8 24 (1.78%) Virtual Team
9 14 (1.04%) Algorithms
9 14 (1.04%) Data Structures
9 14 (1.04%) Driving Licence
10 9 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 8 (0.59%) Cyberthreat
11 8 (0.59%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (0.59%) Wiki
12 7 (0.52%) Embedded Systems
13 6 (0.44%) Cyber Defence
13 6 (0.44%) Robotics
14 5 (0.37%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 152 (11.26%) Linux
2 96 (7.11%) Windows
3 53 (3.93%) Unix
4 36 (2.67%) Apple iOS
5 34 (2.52%) Android
6 31 (2.30%) Kali Linux
7 9 (0.67%) CentOS
7 9 (0.67%) Windows 7
7 9 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (0.44%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.30%) Embedded Linux
10 3 (0.22%) Windows Server
11 2 (0.15%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.15%) MVS
12 1 (0.074%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.074%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 948 (70.22%) Test Automation
2 693 (51.33%) Agile Software Development
3 263 (19.48%) Scrum
4 257 (19.04%) Test Scripting
5 254 (18.81%) Software Testing
6 244 (18.07%) Manual Testing
7 209 (15.48%) BDD
8 207 (15.33%) Regression Testing
9 173 (12.81%) API Testing
10 165 (12.22%) Test Strategy
11 159 (11.78%) Penetration Testing
12 150 (11.11%) SDLC
13 133 (9.85%) TDD
13 133 (9.85%) User Acceptance Testing
14 125 (9.26%) Performance Testing
15 121 (8.96%) Problem-Solving
16 114 (8.44%) Functional Testing
17 109 (8.07%) Scenario Testing
18 103 (7.63%) Mentoring
18 103 (7.63%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 359 (26.59%) Java
2 341 (25.26%) C#
3 283 (20.96%) SQL
4 154 (11.41%) JavaScript
5 135 (10.00%) Python
6 40 (2.96%) C++
6 40 (2.96%) Ruby
7 27 (2.00%) Bash Shell
8 26 (1.93%) PowerShell
9 24 (1.78%) C
10 21 (1.56%) PHP
11 19 (1.41%) VBScript
12 17 (1.26%) T-SQL
13 15 (1.11%) Groovy
13 15 (1.11%) PL/SQL
13 15 (1.11%) VBA
14 14 (1.04%) TypeScript
14 14 (1.04%) VB
15 11 (0.81%) Perl
16 7 (0.52%) Lua
Qualifications
1 205 (15.19%) ISTQB
2 134 (9.93%) ISEB
3 122 (9.04%) Security Cleared
4 113 (8.37%) Degree
5 110 (8.15%) CREST Certified
6 75 (5.56%) OSCP
7 71 (5.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 69 (5.11%) SC Cleared
9 52 (3.85%) Tigerscheme
10 51 (3.78%) CHECK Team Member
11 43 (3.19%) CHECK Team Leader
12 30 (2.22%) DV Cleared
13 27 (2.00%) Computer Science Degree
14 26 (1.93%) CEH
15 15 (1.11%) GPEN
16 11 (0.81%) GWAPT
16 11 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
16 11 (0.81%) OSCE
16 11 (0.81%) SANS
17 10 (0.74%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 545 (40.37%) QA
2 17 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (1.19%) GDPR
4 7 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 7 (0.52%) NCSC
5 6 (0.44%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.22%) NIST
8 2 (0.15%) COBIT
8 2 (0.15%) PMO
8 2 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.15%) SLA
8 2 (0.15%) Solvency II
8 2 (0.15%) Val IT
9 1 (0.074%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.074%) MiFID
System Software
1 47 (3.48%) Docker
2 9 (0.67%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.59%) Firmware
4 7 (0.52%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.22%) iptables
6 1 (0.074%) Postfix
6 1 (0.074%) Time Sharing Option
6 1 (0.074%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 33 (2.44%) HP Quality Center
2 19 (1.41%) Nessus
2 19 (1.41%) Nmap
3 13 (0.96%) Kubernetes
4 9 (0.67%) SCCM
4 9 (0.67%) SCOM
5 7 (0.52%) HP ALM
6 6 (0.44%) Puppet
7 5 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.30%) Ansible
8 4 (0.30%) CA Service Virtualization
9 2 (0.15%) Terraform
10 1 (0.074%) Control-M
Vendors
1 113 (8.37%) Microsoft
2 58 (4.30%) HP
3 34 (2.52%) SAP
4 14 (1.04%) WorldPay
5 12 (0.89%) Google
6 10 (0.74%) Oracle
7 8 (0.59%) Cadence
8 7 (0.52%) Guidewire
9 6 (0.44%) IBM
9 6 (0.44%) MuleSoft
9 6 (0.44%) New Relic
10 5 (0.37%) Pega
10 5 (0.37%) Tableau
11 4 (0.30%) Atlassian
11 4 (0.30%) CA
11 4 (0.30%) CA Agile Central
11 4 (0.30%) Cisco
11 4 (0.30%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (0.30%) Sitecore
11 4 (0.30%) VMware