Period
to 18 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Tester was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 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
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 276 302 249
Rank change year-on-year +26 -53 +6
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 688 1,341 2,120
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.10% 1.07% 1.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.15% 1.12% 1.46%
Number of salaries quoted 673 1,206 1,835
Median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.76% -5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £75,000 £70,000
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 59,592 119,868 145,333
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.12% 95.59% 95.96%
Number of salaries quoted 48,396 97,043 117,663
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 +21 628 £47,500 +11.76% 78
UK excluding London -19 400 £40,000 - 56
London +115 254 £62,500 +8.70% 25
North of England +6 140 £42,500 +6.25% 22
Work from Home -39 97 £45,000 -14.29% 15
South East +13 96 £45,000 +12.50% 14
South West +30 81 £40,000 -
North West +56 75 £38,750 -3.13% 7
Yorkshire -24 48 £48,000 +20.00% 6
Midlands +3 40 £27,500 -26.67% 11
West Midlands +2 31 £25,000 -44.44% 9
Scotland +30 28 £44,676 +27.65% 3
North East +23 17 £37,500 -41.18% 9
East of England +58 12 £38,000 -10.59% 4
East Midlands +27 9 £37,500 +10.29% 2
Wales +5 3 £50,000 +25.00% 2
Northern Ireland +9 1 - -

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 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.

1 520 (75.58%) Test Automation
2 360 (52.33%) Agile Software Development
3 337 (48.98%) Selenium
4 258 (37.50%) QA
5 257 (37.35%) Java
6 192 (27.91%) C#
7 172 (25.00%) JavaScript
8 164 (23.84%) Cucumber
9 142 (20.64%) BDD
10 134 (19.48%) API Testing
11 128 (18.60%) JIRA
12 126 (18.31%) SQL
13 108 (15.70%) DevOps
13 108 (15.70%) Test Scripting
14 101 (14.68%) Appium
15 99 (14.39%) Mobile App
15 99 (14.39%) Manual Testing
16 95 (13.81%) Azure
17 94 (13.66%) Python
18 88 (12.79%) Software Testing
19 85 (12.35%) .NET
19 85 (12.35%) Jenkins
20 83 (12.06%) WebDriver
20 83 (12.06%) Postman
21 82 (11.92%) Scrum
22 78 (11.34%) Regression Testing
23 76 (11.05%) SpecFlow
24 73 (10.61%) SDET
25 72 (10.47%) Finance
26 69 (10.03%) SDLC

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 33 (4.80%) Confluence
2 2 (0.29%) Drupal
3 1 (0.15%) SAS
3 1 (0.15%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (0.44%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (0.58%) BASE24
1 4 (0.58%) Temenos T24
2 1 (0.15%) Endur
2 1 (0.15%) Epicor Tropos
2 1 (0.15%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 95 (13.81%) Azure
2 66 (9.59%) AWS
3 21 (3.05%) SaaS
4 18 (2.62%) BrowserStack
5 12 (1.74%) Amazon SQS
6 11 (1.60%) Serverless
7 10 (1.45%) Sauce Labs
8 8 (1.16%) GCP
9 7 (1.02%) Amazon S3
9 7 (1.02%) AWS Lambda
10 6 (0.87%) Office 365
11 4 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 3 (0.44%) Amazon Kinesis
12 3 (0.44%) AWS CodePipeline
12 3 (0.44%) Azure Data Factory
12 3 (0.44%) GitHub
12 3 (0.44%) PaaS
13 2 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
13 2 (0.29%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.31%) HTTP
1 9 (1.31%) Wireless
2 7 (1.02%) Network Security
3 6 (0.87%) Firewall
3 6 (0.87%) IPsec
3 6 (0.87%) VPN
4 5 (0.73%) Internet
4 5 (0.73%) Intranet
4 5 (0.73%) Intrusion Detection
5 4 (0.58%) ATM
5 4 (0.58%) Diameter Protocol
5 4 (0.58%) INAP
5 4 (0.58%) Unified Communications
6 3 (0.44%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.29%) 3G
7 2 (0.29%) GSM
7 2 (0.29%) Megaco
7 2 (0.29%) RTP
7 2 (0.29%) SS7
7 2 (0.29%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (3.92%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.45%) Blockchain
3 8 (1.16%) NoSQL
4 7 (1.02%) Big Data
4 7 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (0.87%) MySQL
6 5 (0.73%) Relational Database
7 4 (0.58%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 4 (0.58%) SAP BW
7 4 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
8 3 (0.44%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.44%) MS Access
8 3 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.29%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (0.29%) Cosmos DB
9 2 (0.29%) DB2
9 2 (0.29%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.29%) Power BI
9 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 337 (48.98%) Selenium
2 164 (23.84%) Cucumber
3 128 (18.60%) JIRA
4 101 (14.68%) Appium
5 85 (12.35%) Jenkins
6 83 (12.06%) Postman
6 83 (12.06%) WebDriver
7 76 (11.05%) SpecFlow
8 64 (9.30%) Git (software)
9 51 (7.41%) JMeter
10 38 (5.52%) SoapUI
11 26 (3.78%) Cypress.io
11 26 (3.78%) Team Foundation Server
12 23 (3.34%) LoadRunner
13 21 (3.05%) TestRail
14 20 (2.91%) Gatling
15 19 (2.76%) Protractor
15 19 (2.76%) Visual Studio
16 13 (1.89%) TeamCity
17 12 (1.74%) eggPlant
General
1 72 (10.47%) Finance
2 25 (3.63%) Games
3 15 (2.18%) Banking
4 14 (2.03%) Marketing
4 14 (2.03%) Retail
5 13 (1.89%) Pharmaceutical
6 10 (1.45%) Public Sector
7 9 (1.31%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.16%) Telecoms
9 7 (1.02%) Electronics
9 7 (1.02%) Law
10 3 (0.44%) Back Office
10 3 (0.44%) Legal
11 2 (0.29%) Automotive
11 2 (0.29%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.15%) Billing
12 1 (0.15%) Front Office
12 1 (0.15%) Housing Association
12 1 (0.15%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (12.35%) .NET
2 56 (8.14%) RESTful
3 46 (6.69%) REST
4 29 (4.22%) SOAP
4 29 (4.22%) Web Services
5 24 (3.49%) JSON
6 22 (3.20%) HTML
6 22 (3.20%) XML
7 19 (2.76%) CSS
7 19 (2.76%) Gherkin
8 17 (2.47%) Swagger
9 16 (2.33%) React
10 14 (2.03%) CSS3
10 14 (2.03%) HTML5
10 14 (2.03%) Java SE
10 14 (2.03%) WebdriverIO
11 13 (1.89%) .NET Framework
12 11 (1.60%) JAXB
12 11 (1.60%) Node.js
13 9 (1.31%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 99 (14.39%) Mobile App
2 33 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (3.05%) Enterprise Software
4 15 (2.18%) Data Structures
4 15 (2.18%) Greenfield Project
4 15 (2.18%) STB
5 12 (1.74%) Mainframe
6 10 (1.45%) Client/Server
6 10 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (1.16%) EPoS
8 7 (1.02%) LIMS
8 7 (1.02%) Public Cloud
9 6 (0.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 6 (0.87%) PKI
10 5 (0.73%) Data Centre
11 4 (0.58%) Blog
11 4 (0.58%) EMV
11 4 (0.58%) SWIFT
11 4 (0.58%) Tandem
12 3 (0.44%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 42 (6.10%) Android
2 41 (5.96%) Linux
3 34 (4.94%) Apple iOS
4 24 (3.49%) Windows
5 16 (2.33%) Unix
6 6 (0.87%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.29%) Kali Linux
7 2 (0.29%) Solaris
8 1 (0.15%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 520 (75.58%) Test Automation
2 360 (52.33%) Agile Software Development
3 142 (20.64%) BDD
4 134 (19.48%) API Testing
5 108 (15.70%) DevOps
5 108 (15.70%) Test Scripting
6 99 (14.39%) Manual Testing
7 88 (12.79%) Software Testing
8 82 (11.92%) Scrum
9 78 (11.34%) Regression Testing
10 73 (10.61%) SDET
11 69 (10.03%) SDLC
12 68 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
13 63 (9.16%) Performance Testing
14 62 (9.01%) Non-Functional Testing
15 54 (7.85%) TDD
16 52 (7.56%) Microservices
17 50 (7.27%) Test Management
18 49 (7.12%) Functional Testing
19 46 (6.69%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 257 (37.35%) Java
2 192 (27.91%) C#
3 172 (25.00%) JavaScript
4 126 (18.31%) SQL
5 94 (13.66%) Python
6 23 (3.34%) TypeScript
7 17 (2.47%) C++
8 16 (2.33%) Java 8
9 14 (2.03%) PHP
10 11 (1.60%) C
10 11 (1.60%) Go
11 7 (1.02%) T-SQL
12 6 (0.87%) Ruby
13 5 (0.73%) PowerShell
14 4 (0.58%) ABAP
14 4 (0.58%) Scala
14 4 (0.58%) Shell Script
15 3 (0.44%) CoffeeScript
16 2 (0.29%) Bash Shell
16 2 (0.29%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 61 (8.87%) ISTQB
2 52 (7.56%) ISEB
3 48 (6.98%) Degree
4 19 (2.76%) OSCP
5 17 (2.47%) Security Cleared
6 14 (2.03%) CIW
6 14 (2.03%) GPEN
6 14 (2.03%) ISEB Practitioner
6 14 (2.03%) OCA
6 14 (2.03%) OCP
6 14 (2.03%) Oracle Certification
7 12 (1.74%) CREST Certified
8 10 (1.45%) GIAC
9 9 (1.31%) CISSP
9 9 (1.31%) OSCE
10 7 (1.02%) CHECK Team Leader
10 7 (1.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 7 (1.02%) SC Cleared
11 6 (0.87%) CHECK Team Member
11 6 (0.87%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 258 (37.50%) QA
2 6 (0.87%) MiFID
3 4 (0.58%) ISO 8583
4 3 (0.44%) GDPR
4 3 (0.44%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.44%) NIST
5 2 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (0.29%) IASME
6 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.15%) GAMP
6 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.15%) PMO
6 1 (0.15%) WCAG
System Software
1 52 (7.56%) Docker
2 10 (1.45%) Firmware
3 5 (0.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (1.60%) Ansible
1 11 (1.60%) HP Quality Center
1 11 (1.60%) Puppet
2 10 (1.45%) Terraform
3 9 (1.31%) Kubernetes
4 7 (1.02%) Nessus
5 4 (0.58%) Nmap
6 2 (0.29%) Nexpose
6 2 (0.29%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.15%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.15%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.15%) SCCM
7 1 (0.15%) SCOM
Vendors
1 62 (9.01%) Microsoft
2 26 (3.78%) Oracle
3 11 (1.60%) SAP
4 7 (1.02%) HP
5 6 (0.87%) Atlassian
5 6 (0.87%) VMware
6 4 (0.58%) Temenos
6 4 (0.58%) Xamarin
7 3 (0.44%) Micro Focus
7 3 (0.44%) Perfecto Mobile
7 3 (0.44%) Splunk
8 2 (0.29%) Cadence
8 2 (0.29%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.15%) Amdocs
9 1 (0.15%) Dell
9 1 (0.15%) Ericsson
9 1 (0.15%) Google
9 1 (0.15%) Intel
9 1 (0.15%) NetCracker
9 1 (0.15%) OpenLink