Period
to 13 December 2018

The median annual salary for a Tester was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 253 254 266
Rank change year-on-year +1 +12 -10
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 2,150 2,515 2,448
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.35% 1.40% 1.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.40% 1.46% 1.37%
Number of salaries quoted 1,798 2,234 2,125
UK median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +1.27%
10th Percentile £26,750 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £68,750 £68,750 £64,200
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year - +14.29% -

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 153,074 172,554 178,525
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.85% 96.04% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 122,874 138,839 149,066
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,750 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.03%

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 13 December 2018.

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 13 December 2018. 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 -10 1,952 £45,000 +5.88% 384
UK excluding London -12 1,350 £40,000 - 288
London +17 720 £55,000 - 120
South East +10 415 £42,500 +6.25% 68
North of England -15 384 £38,500 -3.75% 85
Yorkshire -4 193 £40,000 -5.88% 38
North West -33 175 £37,500 -6.25% 41
Midlands -60 147 £38,500 +2.67% 50
South West -9 137 £42,500 +6.25% 37
East of England +23 132 £40,000 +6.67% 24
Scotland +60 107 £40,000 +6.67% 17
East Midlands +3 80 £41,500 +3.75% 21
West Midlands -90 67 £35,000 - 29
Wales -1 21 £37,500 +15.38% 4
North East -7 16 £42,500 +54.55% 6
Northern Ireland +1 10 £27,500 -16.67% 3

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, 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 1,505 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 1,027 (47.77%) Agile Software Development
3 940 (43.72%) Selenium
4 873 (40.60%) QA
5 634 (29.49%) Java
6 566 (26.33%) C#
7 515 (23.95%) SQL
8 453 (21.07%) Software Testing
9 404 (18.79%) BDD
10 380 (17.67%) Cucumber
11 366 (17.02%) Test Scripting
12 350 (16.28%) Manual Testing
13 344 (16.00%) Scrum
14 337 (15.67%) JIRA
15 325 (15.12%) Finance
16 319 (14.84%) WebDriver
17 306 (14.23%) ISTQB
18 273 (12.70%) JavaScript
19 254 (11.81%) TDD
20 253 (11.77%) Regression Testing
21 244 (11.35%) Python
22 243 (11.30%) .NET
23 235 (10.93%) Degree
24 228 (10.60%) Performance Testing
25 223 (10.37%) Microsoft
26 219 (10.19%) SDLC
27 214 (9.95%) Penetration Testing
28 209 (9.72%) Continuous Integration
29 202 (9.40%) Functional Testing
30 198 (9.21%) Test Strategy

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 89 (4.14%) Confluence
2 20 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
2 20 (0.93%) CMS
3 14 (0.65%) SharePoint
4 13 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
5 12 (0.56%) Apache
6 6 (0.28%) IIS
7 5 (0.23%) Tomcat
7 5 (0.23%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (0.19%) JBoss
9 3 (0.14%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.093%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.093%) WebLogic Portal
11 1 (0.047%) Ethereum
11 1 (0.047%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.047%) SugarCRM
11 1 (0.047%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.047%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.047%) WordPress
Applications
1 14 (0.65%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.047%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (0.37%) FastStats
2 5 (0.23%) Magento
3 4 (0.19%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
4 3 (0.14%) TIBCO iProcess
5 2 (0.093%) Elite 3E
5 2 (0.093%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.093%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.047%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.047%) Endur
6 1 (0.047%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.047%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.047%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 84 (3.91%) Amazon AWS
2 73 (3.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (1.12%) SaaS
4 23 (1.07%) GitHub
5 17 (0.79%) BrowserStack
6 14 (0.65%) Sauce Labs
7 10 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
9 7 (0.33%) BlazeMeter
9 7 (0.33%) Lucidchart
9 7 (0.33%) npm
10 6 (0.28%) Serverless
11 5 (0.23%) Azure Data Factory
12 3 (0.14%) Boomi
12 3 (0.14%) Office 365
12 3 (0.14%) Sage Pay
13 2 (0.093%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.093%) Tricentis Tosca
14 1 (0.047%) AWS Lambda
14 1 (0.047%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 21 (0.98%) Wireless
2 20 (0.93%) TCP/IP
3 19 (0.88%) Firewall
3 19 (0.88%) HTTP
4 16 (0.74%) Internet
5 12 (0.56%) LTE
6 11 (0.51%) FTP
6 11 (0.51%) GSM
7 10 (0.47%) Network Security
8 8 (0.37%) CDMA
8 8 (0.37%) UMTS
9 6 (0.28%) 3G
10 5 (0.23%) 4G
10 5 (0.23%) WAN
11 4 (0.19%) GPRS
11 4 (0.19%) PSTN
11 4 (0.19%) Wireshark
12 3 (0.14%) DHCP
12 3 (0.14%) LAN
12 3 (0.14%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (5.91%) SQL Server
2 37 (1.72%) Relational Database
3 36 (1.67%) Big Data
4 34 (1.58%) Data Warehouse
5 19 (0.88%) Hadoop
6 18 (0.84%) PostgreSQL
7 17 (0.79%) Apache Hive
7 17 (0.79%) MySQL
8 16 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 11 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
9 11 (0.51%) MongoDB
9 11 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
10 9 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
10 9 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 7 (0.33%) NonStop SQL
12 6 (0.28%) HBase
13 5 (0.23%) DB2
13 5 (0.23%) Redis
14 4 (0.19%) Blockchain
14 4 (0.19%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 940 (43.72%) Selenium
2 380 (17.67%) Cucumber
3 337 (15.67%) JIRA
4 319 (14.84%) WebDriver
5 188 (8.74%) Jenkins
6 173 (8.05%) SpecFlow
7 143 (6.65%) Git (software)
8 136 (6.33%) JMeter
9 126 (5.86%) SoapUI
10 118 (5.49%) Team Foundation Server
11 104 (4.84%) Appium
12 87 (4.05%) Visual Studio
13 81 (3.77%) Protractor
14 74 (3.44%) LoadRunner
15 70 (3.26%) JUnit
16 67 (3.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 66 (3.07%) HP UFT
18 59 (2.74%) Maven
19 56 (2.60%) TeamCity
20 51 (2.37%) NUnit
General
1 325 (15.12%) Finance
2 124 (5.77%) Retail
3 70 (3.26%) Banking
4 37 (1.72%) Marketing
5 34 (1.58%) Back Office
6 33 (1.53%) Telecoms
7 27 (1.26%) Games
8 24 (1.12%) Manufacturing
9 22 (1.02%) Advertising
9 22 (1.02%) Law
10 15 (0.70%) Electronics
10 15 (0.70%) Investment Banking
11 12 (0.56%) Legal
11 12 (0.56%) Retail Banking
12 10 (0.47%) Automotive
13 9 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
14 8 (0.37%) Retail Finance
15 7 (0.33%) Publishing
16 6 (0.28%) Financial Institution
17 5 (0.23%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 243 (11.30%) .NET
2 172 (8.00%) Web Services
3 117 (5.44%) Gherkin
4 110 (5.12%) SOAP
5 95 (4.42%) REST
6 90 (4.19%) HTML
7 69 (3.21%) RESTful
8 67 (3.12%) XML
9 64 (2.98%) CSS
10 53 (2.47%) AngularJS
11 41 (1.91%) JSON
12 40 (1.86%) ASP.NET
13 38 (1.77%) Node.js
14 28 (1.30%) Spring
15 23 (1.07%) jQuery
16 19 (0.88%) Dagger
17 17 (0.79%) HTML5
18 16 (0.74%) WebdriverIO
19 15 (0.70%) React
20 14 (0.65%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 196 (9.12%) Analytical Skills
2 182 (8.47%) Mobile App
3 126 (5.86%) Fintech
4 71 (3.30%) User Experience
5 70 (3.26%) Self-Motivation
6 62 (2.88%) Greenfield Project
7 28 (1.30%) Management Information System
8 23 (1.07%) Cyberattack
9 16 (0.74%) Client/Server
10 15 (0.70%) Virtual Team
11 14 (0.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 13 (0.60%) Cyber Defence
12 13 (0.60%) e-Learning
13 11 (0.51%) Algorithms
14 10 (0.47%) NHS
15 9 (0.42%) N-Tier
16 8 (0.37%) Fixed Income
17 7 (0.33%) CESG
17 7 (0.33%) Embedded Systems
18 6 (0.28%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 148 (6.88%) Windows
2 137 (6.37%) Linux
3 116 (5.40%) Android
4 112 (5.21%) Apple iOS
5 47 (2.19%) Unix
6 10 (0.47%) Kali Linux
6 10 (0.47%) Windows Server
7 8 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (0.33%) CentOS
9 4 (0.19%) AIX
9 4 (0.19%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.14%) VMS
11 1 (0.047%) Solaris
11 1 (0.047%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.047%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.047%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,505 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 1,027 (47.77%) Agile Software Development
3 453 (21.07%) Software Testing
4 404 (18.79%) BDD
5 366 (17.02%) Test Scripting
6 350 (16.28%) Manual Testing
7 344 (16.00%) Scrum
8 254 (11.81%) TDD
9 253 (11.77%) Regression Testing
10 228 (10.60%) Performance Testing
11 219 (10.19%) SDLC
12 214 (9.95%) Penetration Testing
13 209 (9.72%) Continuous Integration
14 202 (9.40%) Functional Testing
15 198 (9.21%) Test Strategy
16 197 (9.16%) Problem-Solving
17 150 (6.98%) API Testing
18 148 (6.88%) Cybersecurity
19 140 (6.51%) Scenario Testing
20 133 (6.19%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 634 (29.49%) Java
2 566 (26.33%) C#
3 515 (23.95%) SQL
4 273 (12.70%) JavaScript
5 244 (11.35%) Python
6 150 (6.98%) Ruby
7 68 (3.16%) C++
8 62 (2.88%) C
9 53 (2.47%) PHP
10 33 (1.53%) Shell Script
11 32 (1.49%) Groovy
12 30 (1.40%) T-SQL
13 27 (1.26%) Bash Shell
13 27 (1.26%) Perl
14 25 (1.16%) Scala
15 20 (0.93%) PowerShell
16 16 (0.74%) VB
17 13 (0.60%) VBScript
18 12 (0.56%) VB.NET
19 8 (0.37%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 306 (14.23%) ISTQB
2 235 (10.93%) Degree
3 174 (8.09%) ISEB
4 157 (7.30%) Security Cleared
5 144 (6.70%) CREST Certified
6 97 (4.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 86 (4.00%) SC Cleared
8 85 (3.95%) OSCP
9 69 (3.21%) Computer Science Degree
10 46 (2.14%) CISSP
11 42 (1.95%) DV Cleared
12 31 (1.44%) CEH
13 27 (1.26%) GPEN
14 23 (1.07%) Tigerscheme
15 20 (0.93%) CHECK Team Member
15 20 (0.93%) OSCE
16 19 (0.88%) CHECK Team Leader
17 15 (0.70%) CESG Certified Professional
17 15 (0.70%) CISM
17 15 (0.70%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 873 (40.60%) QA
2 9 (0.42%) PCI DSS
3 7 (0.33%) PMO
4 5 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.19%) GDPR
6 3 (0.14%) HIPAA
6 3 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.093%) COBIT
7 2 (0.093%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.093%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.093%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.093%) SEPA
7 2 (0.093%) SLA
8 1 (0.047%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.047%) MiFID
System Software
1 35 (1.63%) Docker
2 6 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (0.19%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.093%) Firmware
4 2 (0.093%) Squid
5 1 (0.047%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 34 (1.58%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (0.70%) Kubernetes
3 12 (0.56%) HP ALM
4 6 (0.28%) Oozie
5 5 (0.23%) Nessus
5 5 (0.23%) Puppet
6 4 (0.19%) AirWatch
6 4 (0.19%) Ansible
6 4 (0.19%) Nmap
7 3 (0.14%) Nexpose
7 3 (0.14%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.14%) Terraform
8 2 (0.093%) CA Service Virtualization
8 2 (0.093%) CA Wily
9 1 (0.047%) CASB
9 1 (0.047%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
9 1 (0.047%) Grafana
9 1 (0.047%) HP Fortify
9 1 (0.047%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.047%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 223 (10.37%) Microsoft
2 56 (2.60%) HP
3 38 (1.77%) Oracle
4 35 (1.63%) Atlassian
5 24 (1.12%) IBM
6 23 (1.07%) SAP
7 16 (0.74%) Google
8 15 (0.70%) WorldPay
9 14 (0.65%) Cognizant
10 11 (0.51%) Cypress Semiconductor
11 10 (0.47%) Salesforce.com
11 10 (0.47%) Splunk
12 8 (0.37%) Red Hat
13 7 (0.33%) TIBCO
14 6 (0.28%) Apple
14 6 (0.28%) Xamarin
15 5 (0.23%) Apiary
15 5 (0.23%) CA Agile Central
15 5 (0.23%) VMware
16 4 (0.19%) CA