Period
to 20 February 2019

The median annual salary for a Tester was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 February 2019.

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 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 247 253 263
Rank change year-on-year +6 +10 -7
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 2,151 2,406 2,302
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.42% 1.36% 1.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.48% 1.41% 1.36%
Number of salaries quoted 1,769 2,107 2,017
UK median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.26%
10th Percentile £26,750 £27,500 £25,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £63,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £36,000
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +2.86%

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 145,162 170,249 168,724
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.89% 96.31% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 116,125 139,388 140,213
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +3.26%
10th Percentile £28,250 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £83,750 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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 February 2019.

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 February 2019. 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 -1 1,968 £45,000 +1.69% 417
UK excluding London +3 1,358 £40,000 - 325
London +25 719 £52,500 -4.55% 113
South East -1 388 £40,000 -1.23% 86
North of England -19 341 £38,500 -3.75% 87
Midlands +9 197 £37,500 +7.14% 67
Yorkshire -6 175 £38,500 -3.75% 34
East of England +57 162 £38,000 +1.33% 26
South West +15 146 £42,000 -1.18% 38
North West -47 138 £37,816 -5.46% 40
East Midlands +41 113 £39,250 -1.88% 20
Scotland +64 109 £40,000 - 14
West Midlands -16 82 £35,000 +7.69% 45
North East +26 26 £42,500 +54.55% 13
Northern Ireland -8 10 £33,750 +40.63%
Wales +4 9 £37,500 +26.05% 7

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 February 2019, 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 1,485 (69.04%) Test Automation
2 1,033 (48.02%) Agile Software Development
3 903 (41.98%) QA
4 843 (39.19%) Selenium
5 678 (31.52%) Java
6 568 (26.41%) C#
7 466 (21.66%) SQL
8 386 (17.95%) Software Testing
9 384 (17.85%) BDD
10 338 (15.71%) Cucumber
11 326 (15.16%) Scrum
12 322 (14.97%) Test Scripting
13 317 (14.74%) Manual Testing
14 309 (14.37%) ISTQB
15 297 (13.81%) JIRA
16 291 (13.53%) WebDriver
17 286 (13.30%) Finance
18 269 (12.51%) TDD
19 262 (12.18%) Penetration Testing
20 257 (11.95%) Performance Testing
21 252 (11.72%) Python
22 244 (11.34%) JavaScript
23 241 (11.20%) Regression Testing
24 228 (10.60%) Degree
25 222 (10.32%) .NET
26 218 (10.13%) Test Strategy
27 217 (10.09%) Microsoft
28 204 (9.48%) Web Services
29 200 (9.30%) Mobile App
30 199 (9.25%) Analytical Skills

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 76 (3.53%) Confluence
2 20 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
3 16 (0.74%) CMS
3 16 (0.74%) SharePoint
4 13 (0.60%) Apache
5 12 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (0.33%) NServiceBus
7 6 (0.28%) IIS
7 6 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 4 (0.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.14%) JBoss
9 3 (0.14%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.14%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.093%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.093%) SAS
10 2 (0.093%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.093%) WordPress
11 1 (0.046%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 10 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (0.42%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 8 (0.37%) FastStats
2 7 (0.33%) Markit EDM
3 4 (0.19%) Magento
4 3 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.093%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.093%) thinkFolio
6 1 (0.046%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.046%) Endur
6 1 (0.046%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 104 (4.83%) Amazon AWS
2 77 (3.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (0.93%) Google Cloud Platform
3 20 (0.93%) SaaS
4 19 (0.88%) GitHub
5 12 (0.56%) BrowserStack
6 11 (0.51%) npm
6 11 (0.51%) Sauce Labs
7 7 (0.33%) Lucidchart
8 5 (0.23%) BlazeMeter
8 5 (0.23%) Google Analytics
9 4 (0.19%) Boomi
9 4 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.19%) Tricentis Tosca
10 3 (0.14%) Azure Data Factory
10 3 (0.14%) Office 365
10 3 (0.14%) Serverless
11 2 (0.093%) DigitalOcean
11 2 (0.093%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.093%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (1.49%) Wireless
2 30 (1.39%) HTTP
3 17 (0.79%) TCP/IP
4 16 (0.74%) Firewall
5 13 (0.60%) FTP
5 13 (0.60%) Internet
6 10 (0.46%) GSM
6 10 (0.46%) LTE
7 9 (0.42%) Network Security
8 8 (0.37%) Wireless Security
9 7 (0.33%) VoIP
10 6 (0.28%) 3G
11 5 (0.23%) 4G
11 5 (0.23%) CDMA
11 5 (0.23%) TETRA
11 5 (0.23%) UMTS
12 4 (0.19%) GPRS
12 4 (0.19%) PSTN
12 4 (0.19%) SSH
12 4 (0.19%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 149 (6.93%) SQL Server
2 52 (2.42%) Relational Database
3 36 (1.67%) Big Data
4 23 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
5 20 (0.93%) MySQL
6 19 (0.88%) Hadoop
6 19 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
7 16 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 15 (0.70%) Apache Hive
9 12 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 11 (0.51%) MongoDB
10 11 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
11 10 (0.46%) Apache Cassandra
12 8 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
13 7 (0.33%) RDBMS
14 5 (0.23%) HBase
15 4 (0.19%) Blockchain
15 4 (0.19%) MariaDB
15 4 (0.19%) Oracle Database
15 4 (0.19%) Redis
Development Applications
1 843 (39.19%) Selenium
2 338 (15.71%) Cucumber
3 297 (13.81%) JIRA
4 291 (13.53%) WebDriver
5 184 (8.55%) JMeter
6 182 (8.46%) Jenkins
7 154 (7.16%) SoapUI
8 137 (6.37%) Git (software)
9 135 (6.28%) SpecFlow
10 107 (4.97%) Team Foundation Server
11 103 (4.79%) LoadRunner
12 98 (4.56%) Appium
13 75 (3.49%) Visual Studio
14 64 (2.98%) HP UFT
15 54 (2.51%) JUnit
16 53 (2.46%) Maven
17 52 (2.42%) Protractor
18 51 (2.37%) NeoLoad
19 50 (2.32%) TeamCity
20 48 (2.23%) NUnit
General
1 286 (13.30%) Finance
2 102 (4.74%) Retail
3 54 (2.51%) Banking
4 47 (2.19%) Telecoms
5 27 (1.26%) Law
6 26 (1.21%) Games
7 24 (1.12%) Advertising
7 24 (1.12%) Back Office
7 24 (1.12%) Marketing
8 18 (0.84%) Manufacturing
9 13 (0.60%) Investment Banking
9 13 (0.60%) Legal
10 11 (0.51%) Electronics
11 10 (0.46%) Retail Banking
12 9 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
13 7 (0.33%) Financial Institution
14 6 (0.28%) Automotive
15 4 (0.19%) Local Government
15 4 (0.19%) Publishing
15 4 (0.19%) Retail Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 222 (10.32%) .NET
2 204 (9.48%) Web Services
3 116 (5.39%) Gherkin
4 100 (4.65%) SOAP
5 90 (4.18%) REST
6 85 (3.95%) XML
7 69 (3.21%) RESTful
8 63 (2.93%) HTML
9 53 (2.46%) AngularJS
10 51 (2.37%) CSS
11 46 (2.14%) ASP.NET
11 46 (2.14%) JSON
12 33 (1.53%) Spring
13 31 (1.44%) Node.js
14 25 (1.16%) jQuery
15 20 (0.93%) .NET Framework
15 20 (0.93%) React
16 18 (0.84%) Dagger
17 14 (0.65%) Hibernate
18 13 (0.60%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 200 (9.30%) Mobile App
2 199 (9.25%) Analytical Skills
3 131 (6.09%) Fintech
4 65 (3.02%) Greenfield Project
5 56 (2.60%) Self-Motivation
6 53 (2.46%) User Experience
7 43 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
8 34 (1.58%) Client/Server
9 29 (1.35%) Virtual Team
10 28 (1.30%) Cyberattack
11 27 (1.26%) Management Information System
12 13 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
13 12 (0.56%) Algorithms
13 12 (0.56%) Mainframe
14 11 (0.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 9 (0.42%) Data Structures
15 9 (0.42%) NHS
16 7 (0.33%) SWIFT
17 6 (0.28%) Driving Licence
18 5 (0.23%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 180 (8.37%) Windows
2 138 (6.42%) Linux
3 98 (4.56%) Android
4 91 (4.23%) Apple iOS
5 84 (3.91%) Unix
6 14 (0.65%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.33%) Kali Linux
8 5 (0.23%) CentOS
8 5 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.19%) Windows 10
10 3 (0.14%) VMS
10 3 (0.14%) Windows 7
10 3 (0.14%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.093%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.093%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.046%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.046%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,485 (69.04%) Test Automation
2 1,033 (48.02%) Agile Software Development
3 386 (17.95%) Software Testing
4 384 (17.85%) BDD
5 326 (15.16%) Scrum
6 322 (14.97%) Test Scripting
7 317 (14.74%) Manual Testing
8 269 (12.51%) TDD
9 262 (12.18%) Penetration Testing
10 257 (11.95%) Performance Testing
11 241 (11.20%) Regression Testing
12 218 (10.13%) Test Strategy
13 194 (9.02%) SDLC
14 176 (8.18%) Continuous Integration
15 172 (8.00%) API Testing
15 172 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
16 171 (7.95%) Functional Testing
17 150 (6.97%) User Acceptance Testing
18 149 (6.93%) Security Testing
19 146 (6.79%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 678 (31.52%) Java
2 568 (26.41%) C#
3 466 (21.66%) SQL
4 252 (11.72%) Python
5 244 (11.34%) JavaScript
6 145 (6.74%) Ruby
7 64 (2.98%) C++
8 61 (2.84%) PHP
9 42 (1.95%) C
10 37 (1.72%) T-SQL
11 29 (1.35%) PowerShell
12 25 (1.16%) Scala
13 24 (1.12%) Perl
14 22 (1.02%) Groovy
14 22 (1.02%) Shell Script
15 21 (0.98%) Bash Shell
16 17 (0.79%) VB
16 17 (0.79%) VBScript
17 10 (0.46%) Go
17 10 (0.46%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 309 (14.37%) ISTQB
2 228 (10.60%) Degree
3 188 (8.74%) Security Cleared
4 178 (8.28%) CREST Certified
5 174 (8.09%) ISEB
6 125 (5.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 105 (4.88%) OSCP
8 101 (4.70%) SC Cleared
9 60 (2.79%) Computer Science Degree
10 55 (2.56%) DV Cleared
11 43 (2.00%) Tigerscheme
12 37 (1.72%) CHECK Team Leader
13 32 (1.49%) CHECK Team Member
14 28 (1.30%) CISSP
15 24 (1.12%) GPEN
16 23 (1.07%) OSCE
17 22 (1.02%) CESG Certified Professional
17 22 (1.02%) SANS
18 19 (0.88%) CEH
19 16 (0.74%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 903 (41.98%) QA
2 43 (2.00%) PCI DSS
3 12 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
5 7 (0.33%) GDPR
5 7 (0.33%) SEPA
6 5 (0.23%) PMO
7 3 (0.14%) HIPAA
7 3 (0.14%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.14%) SLA
8 2 (0.093%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.046%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.046%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.046%) IFRS
9 1 (0.046%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 27 (1.26%) Docker
2 13 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.37%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.093%) Squid
6 1 (0.046%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 37 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (0.74%) HP ALM
3 11 (0.51%) Kubernetes
4 8 (0.37%) Nmap
5 7 (0.33%) Nessus
6 6 (0.28%) Puppet
7 5 (0.23%) Ansible
7 5 (0.23%) Nexpose
7 5 (0.23%) Oozie
8 4 (0.19%) AirWatch
8 4 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.14%) CA Service Virtualization
9 3 (0.14%) HP Fortify
9 3 (0.14%) WebInspect
10 2 (0.093%) CA Wily
10 2 (0.093%) Terraform
11 1 (0.046%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
11 1 (0.046%) Control-M
Vendors
1 217 (10.09%) Microsoft
2 54 (2.51%) HP
3 51 (2.37%) Oracle
4 30 (1.39%) Google
4 30 (1.39%) WorldPay
5 26 (1.21%) Atlassian
6 19 (0.88%) IBM
7 16 (0.74%) SAP
8 13 (0.60%) VMware
9 12 (0.56%) Cognizant
10 11 (0.51%) CA Agile Central
11 10 (0.46%) Splunk
12 8 (0.37%) Salesforce.com
13 6 (0.28%) Apple
13 6 (0.28%) PureLoad
14 5 (0.23%) CA
14 5 (0.23%) Red Hat
14 5 (0.23%) Remedy
15 4 (0.19%) Dell
15 4 (0.19%) TIBCO