Period
to 30 October 2020

The median annual salary for a Tester was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 30 October 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 253 304 261
Rank change year-on-year +51 -43 +8
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 629 1,451 2,189
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.26% 1.06% 1.33%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.32% 1.11% 1.39%
Number of salaries quoted 635 1,270 1,934
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% -5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £25,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £75,000 £68,750
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 47,498 131,102 157,746
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.04% 95.65% 95.87%
Number of salaries quoted 39,304 104,877 126,882
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +3.09%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,123 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
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 30 October 2020.

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 30 October 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 +55 569 £45,000 +5.88% 75
UK excluding London +35 377 £40,000 - 50
London +112 221 £61,500 +6.96% 28
North of England +66 116 £38,500 -3.75% 24
South East +74 104 £47,500 +18.75% 8
Work from Home +24 91 £45,000 -18.18% 12
South West +65 75 £35,000 -12.50% 6
North West +78 61 £40,000 +6.67% 7
Yorkshire +49 43 £38,000 -5.00% 13
Midlands -8 41 £25,000 -26.47% 7
West Midlands +46 33 £25,000 -28.57% 3
Scotland +59 18 £40,000 +6.67% 3
North East +27 12 £38,750 +4.03% 4
East of England +80 10 £33,750 -20.59% 3
Northern Ireland +17 9 £35,000 -36.36%
East Midlands +9 7 £37,500 +10.29% 4
Wales +19 5 £37,500 -11.76%

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 487 (77.42%) Test Automation
2 336 (53.42%) Agile Software Development
3 284 (45.15%) Selenium
4 256 (40.70%) QA
5 194 (30.84%) Java
6 150 (23.85%) C#
7 136 (21.62%) Cucumber
8 134 (21.30%) JavaScript
9 133 (21.14%) JIRA
10 123 (19.55%) API Testing
11 118 (18.76%) SQL
12 107 (17.01%) Manual Testing
13 96 (15.26%) Mobile App
14 93 (14.79%) BDD
15 92 (14.63%) Test Scripting
16 87 (13.83%) DevOps
17 86 (13.67%) Software Testing
18 79 (12.56%) Python
19 75 (11.92%) Jenkins
20 71 (11.29%) Test Strategy
20 71 (11.29%) Regression Testing
21 70 (11.13%) ISTQB
22 69 (10.97%) Appium
23 68 (10.81%) Azure
24 64 (10.17%) SDLC
25 62 (9.86%) SpecFlow
26 61 (9.70%) Continuous Integration
26 61 (9.70%) Finance
26 61 (9.70%) Scrum
26 61 (9.70%) Microsoft

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 (5.25%) Confluence
2 3 (0.48%) CMS
3 2 (0.32%) JBoss
3 2 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (0.48%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (0.64%) BASE24
2 3 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.48%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 68 (10.81%) Azure
2 58 (9.22%) AWS
3 24 (3.82%) SaaS
4 15 (2.38%) BrowserStack
4 15 (2.38%) Sauce Labs
5 11 (1.75%) Serverless
6 8 (1.27%) Amazon SQS
7 6 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
8 5 (0.79%) Office 365
9 4 (0.64%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.64%) IaaS
10 3 (0.48%) Amazon Kinesis
10 3 (0.48%) Azure Data Factory
10 3 (0.48%) GCP
10 3 (0.48%) Lucidchart
10 3 (0.48%) PaaS
11 2 (0.32%) BlazeMeter
11 2 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.16%) GitHub
12 1 (0.16%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.27%) Network Security
2 7 (1.11%) Intrusion Detection
3 6 (0.95%) HTTP
4 5 (0.79%) Diameter Protocol
4 5 (0.79%) Firewall
4 5 (0.79%) IPsec
4 5 (0.79%) VPN
5 4 (0.64%) ATM
5 4 (0.64%) INAP
6 3 (0.48%) SS7
6 3 (0.48%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.32%) 2G
7 2 (0.32%) 3G
7 2 (0.32%) GSM
7 2 (0.32%) Megaco
7 2 (0.32%) RTP
7 2 (0.32%) SCCP
7 2 (0.32%) Skype
7 2 (0.32%) Wireless
7 2 (0.32%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (3.97%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.43%) Blockchain
3 6 (0.95%) NoSQL
4 5 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
4 5 (0.79%) Big Data
4 5 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (0.64%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.64%) MySQL
6 3 (0.48%) Cosmos DB
6 3 (0.48%) MS Access
6 3 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.32%) DB2
7 2 (0.32%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.32%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.16%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.16%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.16%) Bigtable
8 1 (0.16%) CouchDB
8 1 (0.16%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 284 (45.15%) Selenium
2 136 (21.62%) Cucumber
3 133 (21.14%) JIRA
4 75 (11.92%) Jenkins
5 69 (10.97%) Appium
6 62 (9.86%) SpecFlow
7 56 (8.90%) WebDriver
8 51 (8.11%) SoapUI
9 47 (7.47%) Git (software)
10 46 (7.31%) Postman
11 37 (5.88%) JMeter
12 27 (4.29%) Team Foundation Server
13 26 (4.13%) TestRail
14 18 (2.86%) eggPlant
15 16 (2.54%) Gatling
16 15 (2.38%) Protractor
17 14 (2.23%) Cypress.io
17 14 (2.23%) LoadRunner
18 13 (2.07%) JUnit
19 12 (1.91%) Subversion
General
1 61 (9.70%) Finance
2 19 (3.02%) Retail
3 11 (1.75%) Games
4 9 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
5 8 (1.27%) Legal
6 7 (1.11%) Banking
7 6 (0.95%) Manufacturing
7 6 (0.95%) Telecoms
8 5 (0.79%) Electronics
8 5 (0.79%) Law
8 5 (0.79%) Public Sector
9 3 (0.48%) Digital Economy
9 3 (0.48%) Police
10 2 (0.32%) Back Office
10 2 (0.32%) Marketing
10 2 (0.32%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.16%) Billing
11 1 (0.16%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.16%) Front Office
11 1 (0.16%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (9.54%) RESTful
2 56 (8.90%) .NET
3 32 (5.09%) SOAP
4 25 (3.97%) REST
5 21 (3.34%) Gherkin
6 19 (3.02%) XML
7 18 (2.86%) Web Services
8 17 (2.70%) JSON
9 14 (2.23%) WebdriverIO
10 12 (1.91%) .NET Framework
10 12 (1.91%) CSS
10 12 (1.91%) Node.js
11 11 (1.75%) AngularJS
11 11 (1.75%) HTML
11 11 (1.75%) React
11 11 (1.75%) WireMock
12 9 (1.43%) JAXB
13 8 (1.27%) Django
13 8 (1.27%) jQuery
14 7 (1.11%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 96 (15.26%) Mobile App
2 32 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (2.70%) Mainframe
4 15 (2.38%) Client/Server
4 15 (2.38%) Self-Motivation
4 15 (2.38%) STB
5 13 (2.07%) PKI
6 10 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
7 8 (1.27%) Public Cloud
8 6 (0.95%) User Experience
9 5 (0.79%) Data Centre
9 5 (0.79%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 5 (0.79%) LIMS
10 4 (0.64%) EMV
10 4 (0.64%) Tandem
11 3 (0.48%) Analytical Mindset
11 3 (0.48%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.48%) SWIFT
12 2 (0.32%) Cyber Defence
Operating Systems
1 41 (6.52%) Android
1 41 (6.52%) Linux
2 29 (4.61%) Apple iOS
3 23 (3.66%) Windows
4 15 (2.38%) Unix
5 7 (1.11%) Kali Linux
6 5 (0.79%) Mac OS
7 3 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.32%) CentOS
8 2 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.32%) Solaris
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 487 (77.42%) Test Automation
2 336 (53.42%) Agile Software Development
3 123 (19.55%) API Testing
4 107 (17.01%) Manual Testing
5 93 (14.79%) BDD
6 92 (14.63%) Test Scripting
7 87 (13.83%) DevOps
8 86 (13.67%) Software Testing
9 71 (11.29%) Regression Testing
9 71 (11.29%) Test Strategy
10 64 (10.17%) SDLC
11 61 (9.70%) Continuous Integration
11 61 (9.70%) Scrum
12 58 (9.22%) Non-Functional Testing
13 51 (8.11%) Test Management
14 50 (7.95%) Performance Testing
15 49 (7.79%) Functional Testing
16 47 (7.47%) SDET
17 46 (7.31%) Penetration Testing
18 44 (7.00%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 194 (30.84%) Java
2 150 (23.85%) C#
3 134 (21.30%) JavaScript
4 118 (18.76%) SQL
5 79 (12.56%) Python
6 25 (3.97%) TypeScript
7 12 (1.91%) PHP
8 10 (1.59%) C
8 10 (1.59%) C++
8 10 (1.59%) Go
9 7 (1.11%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.64%) Scala
11 3 (0.48%) VB
12 2 (0.32%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.32%) Kotlin
12 2 (0.32%) Perl
12 2 (0.32%) PowerShell
12 2 (0.32%) Ruby
12 2 (0.32%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.32%) VBA
Qualifications
1 70 (11.13%) ISTQB
2 60 (9.54%) Degree
3 48 (7.63%) ISEB
4 23 (3.66%) CREST Certified
5 19 (3.02%) Security Cleared
6 15 (2.38%) ISEB Practitioner
7 14 (2.23%) OSCP
8 11 (1.75%) CEH
8 11 (1.75%) HNC
8 11 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 10 (1.59%) CHECK Team Leader
10 9 (1.43%) CHECK Team Member
10 9 (1.43%) SC Cleared
11 8 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (1.27%) SANS
12 7 (1.11%) HND
13 6 (0.95%) GIAC
13 6 (0.95%) GPEN
14 5 (0.79%) GXPN
14 5 (0.79%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 256 (40.70%) QA
2 10 (1.59%) GDPR
3 4 (0.64%) ISO 8583
4 3 (0.48%) MiFID
5 2 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (0.32%) IASME
5 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.32%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 40 (6.36%) Docker
2 11 (1.75%) Firmware
3 8 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.48%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (2.38%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (2.07%) Terraform
3 9 (1.43%) Ansible
3 9 (1.43%) Kubernetes
3 9 (1.43%) Puppet
4 4 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.48%) Nessus
5 3 (0.48%) SCCM
5 3 (0.48%) SCOM
6 2 (0.32%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.32%) SCOrch
6 2 (0.32%) vRealize
7 1 (0.16%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.16%) Nmap
Vendors
1 61 (9.70%) Microsoft
2 18 (2.86%) Oracle
3 14 (2.23%) HP
4 9 (1.43%) VMware
5 6 (0.95%) Atlassian
6 4 (0.64%) Xamarin
7 3 (0.48%) Perfecto Mobile
7 3 (0.48%) Sage
7 3 (0.48%) SolarWinds
7 3 (0.48%) Temenos
8 2 (0.32%) Cisco
8 2 (0.32%) Gemalto
8 2 (0.32%) Juniper
8 2 (0.32%) McAfee
8 2 (0.32%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.32%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (0.32%) SAP
8 2 (0.32%) Sitecore
9 1 (0.16%) Guidewire
9 1 (0.16%) Pega