Period
to 12 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Tester was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 April 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
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 303 292 252
Rank change year-on-year -11 -40 -3
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 807 1,237 2,050
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.98% 1.09% 1.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.05% 1.14% 1.43%
Number of salaries quoted 615 1,015 1,680
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,725
25th Percentile £36,250 £32,500 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £42,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +11.76% -5.56% +5.88%
75th Percentile £61,625 £56,250 £57,500
90th Percentile £68,000 £73,750 £70,125
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 76,883 108,263 142,970
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.16% 95.37% 96.01%
Number of salaries quoted 60,550 87,903 115,257
10th Percentile £31,500 £29,750 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,625 £37,500 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

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 12 April 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 12 April 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 -30 686 £48,000 +12.94% 96
UK excluding London -33 510 £42,500 +6.25% 81
London +59 248 £62,500 +13.64% 22
North of England -8 173 £40,000 +6.67% 23
Work from Home -82 129 £50,000 - 23
South East -38 117 £45,000 +20.00% 24
North West +11 81 £35,000 - 16
South West -20 76 £45,000 +12.50% 7
Yorkshire -32 69 £47,750 +19.38% 4
Scotland +43 66 £40,000 +5.96% 4
Midlands -60 40 £32,500 -7.14% 14
West Midlands -39 31 £32,500 -13.33% 9
East of England +43 26 £51,250 +7.89% 5
North East +18 23 £35,750 -43.92% 3
Wales +11 9 £43,750 +16.67% 2
East Midlands -1 9 £48,750 +43.38% 5
Northern Ireland -1 3 £25,000 -44.44% 2

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 April 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.

1 508 (62.95%) Test Automation
2 357 (44.24%) Selenium
3 350 (43.37%) Software Testing
4 349 (43.25%) Java
5 325 (40.27%) Agile Software Development
6 310 (38.41%) C#
7 260 (32.22%) JavaScript
8 256 (31.72%) QA
9 195 (24.16%) Python
10 157 (19.45%) SQL
11 151 (18.71%) Microsoft
12 146 (18.09%) Cucumber
12 146 (18.09%) DevOps
13 134 (16.60%) BDD
14 131 (16.23%) Azure
15 126 (15.61%) OOP
16 125 (15.49%) OO
16 125 (15.49%) HTML
16 125 (15.49%) API Testing
17 124 (15.37%) Oracle
17 124 (15.37%) CSS
17 124 (15.37%) Games
18 120 (14.87%) Postman
19 117 (14.50%) JIRA
20 116 (14.37%) Java 8
21 113 (14.00%) Data Structures
21 113 (14.00%) HTML5
21 113 (14.00%) CSS3
22 111 (13.75%) CIW
22 111 (13.75%) Java SE

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 20 (2.48%) Confluence
2 4 (0.50%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.25%) CMS
3 2 (0.25%) Drupal
3 2 (0.25%) Headless CMS
4 1 (0.12%) Appian
4 1 (0.12%) SAS
4 1 (0.12%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (0.62%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.50%) NetSuite
1 4 (0.50%) Temenos T24
2 3 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.25%) Endur
4 1 (0.12%) Epicor Tropos
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.12%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 131 (16.23%) Azure
2 64 (7.93%) AWS
3 27 (3.35%) BrowserStack
3 27 (3.35%) SaaS
4 14 (1.73%) Serverless
5 13 (1.61%) AWS Lambda
6 11 (1.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 11 (1.36%) GCP
7 10 (1.24%) AWS CodePipeline
8 8 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (0.99%) Microsoft 365
9 7 (0.87%) Amazon SQS
10 6 (0.74%) Amazon Alexa
10 6 (0.74%) Power Platform
11 4 (0.50%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.50%) Dynamics 365
12 3 (0.37%) Azure Stack
12 3 (0.37%) GitHub
12 3 (0.37%) Sauce Labs
13 2 (0.25%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.86%) Internet
2 12 (1.49%) Wireless
3 10 (1.24%) Intranet
4 9 (1.12%) Firewall
4 9 (1.12%) VPN
5 8 (0.99%) HTTP
5 8 (0.99%) IPsec
6 7 (0.87%) 5G
7 4 (0.50%) Unified Communications
8 2 (0.25%) SSH
8 2 (0.25%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.12%) 802.11
9 1 (0.12%) Bluetooth
9 1 (0.12%) HTTPS
9 1 (0.12%) NFC
9 1 (0.12%) Skype
9 1 (0.12%) SNMP
9 1 (0.12%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (2.48%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.73%) Big Data
3 12 (1.49%) Blockchain
4 11 (1.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 9 (1.12%) Relational Database
6 7 (0.87%) MongoDB
6 7 (0.87%) NoSQL
6 7 (0.87%) Oracle Database
7 6 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (0.74%) Power BI
8 5 (0.62%) Apache Cassandra
8 5 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.50%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.50%) SAP BW
10 3 (0.37%) MySQL
10 3 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.25%) GIS
11 2 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.25%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 357 (44.24%) Selenium
2 146 (18.09%) Cucumber
3 120 (14.87%) Postman
4 117 (14.50%) JIRA
5 105 (13.01%) WebDriver
6 93 (11.52%) Appium
7 91 (11.28%) Jenkins
8 75 (9.29%) SpecFlow
9 71 (8.80%) Git (software)
10 68 (8.43%) JMeter
11 38 (4.71%) Cypress.io
12 30 (3.72%) SoapUI
13 29 (3.59%) Visual Studio
14 26 (3.22%) Team Foundation Server
15 22 (2.73%) REST Assured
16 21 (2.60%) LoadRunner
17 17 (2.11%) NUnit
17 17 (2.11%) Protractor
18 16 (1.98%) JUnit
19 14 (1.73%) Maven
General
1 124 (15.37%) Games
2 88 (10.90%) Finance
3 26 (3.22%) Banking
4 25 (3.10%) Marketing
5 21 (2.60%) Public Sector
6 16 (1.98%) Electronics
7 12 (1.49%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.49%) Telecoms
8 11 (1.36%) Pharmaceutical
9 9 (1.12%) Law
9 9 (1.12%) Legal
10 8 (0.99%) Retail
11 5 (0.62%) Advertising
12 4 (0.50%) Back Office
13 3 (0.37%) Automotive
14 2 (0.25%) Housing Association
15 1 (0.12%) French Language
15 1 (0.12%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (15.49%) HTML
2 124 (15.37%) CSS
3 113 (14.00%) CSS3
3 113 (14.00%) HTML5
4 111 (13.75%) Java SE
5 100 (12.39%) .NET
6 56 (6.94%) REST
7 37 (4.58%) RESTful
8 31 (3.84%) Gherkin
9 29 (3.59%) Web Services
10 27 (3.35%) SOAP
11 21 (2.60%) React
12 20 (2.48%) JSON
13 19 (2.35%) Swagger
14 15 (1.86%) XML
15 12 (1.49%) .NET Core
15 12 (1.49%) WebdriverIO
16 7 (0.87%) .NET Framework
17 6 (0.74%) jQuery
17 6 (0.74%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 113 (14.00%) Data Structures
2 74 (9.17%) Mobile App
3 40 (4.96%) Analytical Skills
4 26 (3.22%) Enterprise Software
5 14 (1.73%) Greenfield Project
6 13 (1.61%) EPoS
7 11 (1.36%) User Experience
8 9 (1.12%) NHS
9 8 (0.99%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 8 (0.99%) Internet of Things
9 8 (0.99%) PKI
9 8 (0.99%) Public Cloud
10 6 (0.74%) LIMS
10 6 (0.74%) Self-Motivation
11 5 (0.62%) Blog
11 5 (0.62%) Data Centre
12 4 (0.50%) SWIFT
12 4 (0.50%) Video on Demand
13 3 (0.37%) Mobile Banking
13 3 (0.37%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 56 (6.94%) Android
2 52 (6.44%) Apple iOS
3 31 (3.84%) Linux
4 20 (2.48%) Windows
5 9 (1.12%) Unix
6 8 (0.99%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.25%) Kali Linux
8 1 (0.12%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 508 (62.95%) Test Automation
2 350 (43.37%) Software Testing
3 325 (40.27%) Agile Software Development
4 146 (18.09%) DevOps
5 134 (16.60%) BDD
6 126 (15.61%) OOP
7 125 (15.49%) API Testing
7 125 (15.49%) OO
8 109 (13.51%) Scrum
9 108 (13.38%) Functional Programming
10 103 (12.76%) Manual Testing
11 98 (12.14%) Test Scripting
12 87 (10.78%) Regression Testing
13 74 (9.17%) SDLC
14 71 (8.80%) Performance Testing
15 69 (8.55%) SDET
16 58 (7.19%) Mentoring
17 56 (6.94%) Continuous Integration
17 56 (6.94%) TDD
18 53 (6.57%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 349 (43.25%) Java
2 310 (38.41%) C#
3 260 (32.22%) JavaScript
4 195 (24.16%) Python
5 157 (19.45%) SQL
6 116 (14.37%) Java 8
7 18 (2.23%) TypeScript
8 17 (2.11%) PHP
9 15 (1.86%) C++
9 15 (1.86%) Ruby
10 14 (1.73%) PowerShell
11 10 (1.24%) C
12 7 (0.87%) CoffeeScript
12 7 (0.87%) T-SQL
13 5 (0.62%) Bash Shell
13 5 (0.62%) XPath
14 4 (0.50%) ABAP
14 4 (0.50%) F#
14 4 (0.50%) Perl
14 4 (0.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 111 (13.75%) CIW
1 111 (13.75%) OCA
1 111 (13.75%) OCP
1 111 (13.75%) Oracle Certification
2 60 (7.43%) ISTQB
3 43 (5.33%) ISEB
4 32 (3.97%) Degree
5 20 (2.48%) Security Cleared
6 19 (2.35%) OSCP
7 15 (1.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 15 (1.86%) SC Cleared
8 13 (1.61%) OSCE
9 12 (1.49%) GPEN
10 10 (1.24%) CREST Certified
11 9 (1.12%) GXPN
11 9 (1.12%) SANS
12 8 (0.99%) CEPT
12 8 (0.99%) EC-Council LPT
12 8 (0.99%) GIAC
12 8 (0.99%) OSWP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 256 (31.72%) QA
2 5 (0.62%) NIST
3 4 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.37%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.37%) MiFID
4 3 (0.37%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.25%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.25%) GDPR
6 1 (0.12%) GAMP
6 1 (0.12%) PMO
6 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 48 (5.95%) Docker
2 8 (0.99%) Firmware
3 1 (0.12%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (1.61%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.24%) Kubernetes
3 8 (0.99%) Terraform
4 7 (0.87%) Nessus
5 6 (0.74%) Nmap
6 4 (0.50%) Ansible
6 4 (0.50%) Puppet
7 2 (0.25%) Nexpose
8 1 (0.12%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 151 (18.71%) Microsoft
2 124 (15.37%) Oracle
3 16 (1.98%) SAP
4 8 (0.99%) Google
4 8 (0.99%) Splunk
5 4 (0.50%) Atlassian
5 4 (0.50%) HP
5 4 (0.50%) Temenos
5 4 (0.50%) VMware
6 2 (0.25%) Cadence
6 2 (0.25%) Dell
6 2 (0.25%) Dynatrace
6 2 (0.25%) JD Edwards
6 2 (0.25%) Micro Focus
6 2 (0.25%) OpenLink
6 2 (0.25%) Pega
6 2 (0.25%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.12%) Perfecto Mobile
7 1 (0.12%) Samsung
7 1 (0.12%) Snapchat