Period
to 20 October 2019

The median annual salary for a Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 October 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 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 298 262 266
Rank change year-on-year -36 +4 -11
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 1,438 2,170 2,357
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 1.33% 1.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.10% 1.38% 1.41%
Number of salaries quoted 1,180 1,829 2,099
UK median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,400 £27,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £68,750 £67,500
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 130,140 156,813 167,354
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.66% 95.92% 95.97%
Number of salaries quoted 103,794 126,329 133,994
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 October 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 October 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 -40 1,324 £42,500 -5.56% 281
UK excluding London -26 993 £40,000 - 245
London -56 420 £57,500 +4.55% 59
South East -37 263 £40,000 -5.88% 55
North of England -85 235 £40,000 +3.90% 74
Midlands +59 186 £34,000 -9.33% 41
South West +2 144 £40,000 -5.88% 36
Yorkshire -78 119 £40,000 - 39
North West -39 112 £37,500 - 32
East Midlands +44 98 £34,000 -15.00% 15
West Midlands +51 87 £34,500 -8.00% 26
East of England +34 76 £42,500 - 17
Scotland -20 50 £35,000 -9.68% 15
Wales +9 35 £40,000 +6.67% 5
Northern Ireland -6 9 £55,000 +100.00% 3
North East +9 4 £37,250 +10.37% 3

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 999 (69.47%) Test Automation
2 795 (55.29%) Agile Software Development
3 639 (44.44%) QA
4 507 (35.26%) Selenium
5 401 (27.89%) Java
6 371 (25.80%) C#
7 315 (21.91%) SQL
8 294 (20.45%) Scrum
9 268 (18.64%) Test Scripting
10 258 (17.94%) BDD
11 256 (17.80%) Manual Testing
12 255 (17.73%) Software Testing
13 252 (17.52%) ISTQB
14 219 (15.23%) JIRA
15 187 (13.00%) Finance
16 185 (12.87%) Cucumber
16 185 (12.87%) WebDriver
17 183 (12.73%) TDD
18 171 (11.89%) Regression Testing
19 166 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
20 162 (11.27%) SDLC
21 161 (11.20%) JavaScript
22 160 (11.13%) Test Strategy
23 157 (10.92%) Python
24 156 (10.85%) API Testing
25 150 (10.43%) Performance Testing
26 141 (9.81%) Penetration Testing
26 141 (9.81%) ISEB
27 139 (9.67%) Linux
28 133 (9.25%) JMeter

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 53 (3.69%) Confluence
2 19 (1.32%) SharePoint
3 13 (0.90%) NServiceBus
4 11 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
5 10 (0.70%) CMS
6 9 (0.63%) WordPress
7 6 (0.42%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 5 (0.35%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.28%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.14%) Apache
10 2 (0.14%) Drupal
10 2 (0.14%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.14%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.14%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.14%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.070%) IIS
11 1 (0.070%) JBoss
11 1 (0.070%) SAS
11 1 (0.070%) WebLogic
Applications
1 24 (1.67%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.28%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.14%) FileZilla
Business Applications
1 7 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.42%) FastStats
3 4 (0.28%) SAP Hybris
4 3 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.21%) SAP HR
4 3 (0.21%) SAP WM
5 2 (0.14%) Magento
5 2 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.070%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.070%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.070%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 77 (5.35%) Azure
2 40 (2.78%) AWS
3 26 (1.81%) SaaS
4 14 (0.97%) GCP
5 12 (0.83%) BrowserStack
6 9 (0.63%) GitHub
7 8 (0.56%) IaaS
8 7 (0.49%) BlazeMeter
8 7 (0.49%) PaaS
9 6 (0.42%) Google Analytics
10 5 (0.35%) Office 365
11 3 (0.21%) Firebase
11 3 (0.21%) G Suite
11 3 (0.21%) Power Platform
12 2 (0.14%) Lucidchart
12 2 (0.14%) Sauce Labs
12 2 (0.14%) TestFlight
13 1 (0.070%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
13 1 (0.070%) Serverless
13 1 (0.070%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 25 (1.74%) Firewall
2 22 (1.53%) TCP/IP
3 18 (1.25%) HTTP
4 17 (1.18%) SSH
5 12 (0.83%) Wireshark
6 10 (0.70%) SMTP
7 8 (0.56%) Internet
8 6 (0.42%) HTTPS
8 6 (0.42%) LAN
8 6 (0.42%) WAN
8 6 (0.42%) Wireless
9 5 (0.35%) LTE
10 3 (0.21%) Intranet
10 3 (0.21%) Intrusion Detection
10 3 (0.21%) IPv4
10 3 (0.21%) Network Security
10 3 (0.21%) Skype
11 2 (0.14%) Ethernet
11 2 (0.14%) IPv6
11 2 (0.14%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (7.37%) SQL Server
2 19 (1.32%) MySQL
3 17 (1.18%) MongoDB
4 16 (1.11%) Big Data
5 13 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
6 12 (0.83%) Relational Database
7 8 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 6 (0.42%) Blockchain
8 6 (0.42%) NoSQL
8 6 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (0.35%) SQLite
10 4 (0.28%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (0.28%) Cosmos DB
10 4 (0.28%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.28%) SAP BW
11 3 (0.21%) Apache Accumulo
11 3 (0.21%) Power BI
12 2 (0.14%) GIS
Development Applications
1 507 (35.26%) Selenium
2 219 (15.23%) JIRA
3 185 (12.87%) Cucumber
3 185 (12.87%) WebDriver
4 133 (9.25%) JMeter
5 127 (8.83%) SpecFlow
6 104 (7.23%) Jenkins
7 98 (6.82%) Team Foundation Server
8 89 (6.19%) SoapUI
9 83 (5.77%) Git (software)
10 82 (5.70%) LoadRunner
11 41 (2.85%) Zephyr
12 39 (2.71%) TeamCity
12 39 (2.71%) Visual Studio
13 38 (2.64%) JUnit
14 37 (2.57%) Maven
15 31 (2.16%) Appium
15 31 (2.16%) Protractor
16 30 (2.09%) HP UFT
17 27 (1.88%) Bitbucket
General
1 187 (13.00%) Finance
2 70 (4.87%) Banking
3 62 (4.31%) Retail
4 49 (3.41%) Public Sector
5 47 (3.27%) Telecoms
6 40 (2.78%) Marketing
7 34 (2.36%) Games
8 30 (2.09%) Electronics
9 28 (1.95%) Manufacturing
10 18 (1.25%) Legal
11 17 (1.18%) Law
12 11 (0.76%) Aerospace
13 6 (0.42%) Advertising
14 5 (0.35%) Investment Banking
14 5 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.28%) Back Office
15 4 (0.28%) Publishing
16 3 (0.21%) Billing
17 2 (0.14%) Automotive
17 2 (0.14%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 127 (8.83%) .NET
2 109 (7.58%) Web Services
3 93 (6.47%) Gherkin
4 86 (5.98%) SOAP
5 84 (5.84%) REST
6 63 (4.38%) HTML
7 41 (2.85%) CSS
8 40 (2.78%) XML
9 30 (2.09%) RESTful
10 28 (1.95%) Node.js
11 25 (1.74%) AngularJS
12 22 (1.53%) JSON
13 18 (1.25%) HTML5
14 12 (0.83%) ASP.NET
15 11 (0.76%) React
16 10 (0.70%) Swagger
17 9 (0.63%) CSS3
17 9 (0.63%) WebdriverIO
18 8 (0.56%) ASP.NET Web API
18 8 (0.56%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 128 (8.90%) Mobile App
2 102 (7.09%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (3.82%) Self-Motivation
4 50 (3.48%) Enterprise Software
5 46 (3.20%) Client/Server
6 45 (3.13%) User Experience
7 36 (2.50%) Virtual Team
8 31 (2.16%) Greenfield Project
9 24 (1.67%) Algorithms
9 24 (1.67%) Data Structures
10 23 (1.60%) Driving Licence
11 16 (1.11%) Management Information System
12 15 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
13 8 (0.56%) e-Learning
13 8 (0.56%) Fixed Income
14 7 (0.49%) Online Games
15 6 (0.42%) Public Cloud
15 6 (0.42%) Smartphone
16 5 (0.35%) Cyber Defence
16 5 (0.35%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 139 (9.67%) Linux
2 109 (7.58%) Windows
3 54 (3.76%) Unix
4 40 (2.78%) Android
4 40 (2.78%) Apple iOS
5 16 (1.11%) Kali Linux
6 5 (0.35%) Mac OS X
6 5 (0.35%) Windows 7
6 5 (0.35%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.28%) CentOS
7 4 (0.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.21%) Solaris
8 3 (0.21%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.14%) MVS
10 1 (0.070%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.070%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.070%) VMS
10 1 (0.070%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 999 (69.47%) Test Automation
2 795 (55.29%) Agile Software Development
3 294 (20.45%) Scrum
4 268 (18.64%) Test Scripting
5 258 (17.94%) BDD
6 256 (17.80%) Manual Testing
7 255 (17.73%) Software Testing
8 183 (12.73%) TDD
9 171 (11.89%) Regression Testing
10 166 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
11 162 (11.27%) SDLC
12 160 (11.13%) Test Strategy
13 156 (10.85%) API Testing
14 150 (10.43%) Performance Testing
15 141 (9.81%) Penetration Testing
16 122 (8.48%) Continuous Integration
17 120 (8.34%) User Acceptance Testing
18 97 (6.75%) Functional Testing
19 96 (6.68%) Mentoring
20 94 (6.54%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 401 (27.89%) Java
2 371 (25.80%) C#
3 315 (21.91%) SQL
4 161 (11.20%) JavaScript
5 157 (10.92%) Python
6 56 (3.89%) Ruby
7 51 (3.55%) C++
8 43 (2.99%) C
9 24 (1.67%) PHP
10 23 (1.60%) Bash Shell
11 21 (1.46%) PowerShell
12 20 (1.39%) Embedded C
12 20 (1.39%) Perl
12 20 (1.39%) T-SQL
13 15 (1.04%) Scala
14 14 (0.97%) TypeScript
14 14 (0.97%) VB
15 12 (0.83%) Groovy
16 8 (0.56%) VBScript
17 7 (0.49%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 252 (17.52%) ISTQB
2 141 (9.81%) ISEB
3 125 (8.69%) Security Cleared
4 120 (8.34%) Degree
5 107 (7.44%) CREST Certified
6 102 (7.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 59 (4.10%) SC Cleared
8 54 (3.76%) OSCP
9 42 (2.92%) DV Cleared
10 35 (2.43%) Tigerscheme
11 32 (2.23%) CHECK Team Leader
12 28 (1.95%) CHECK Team Member
13 23 (1.60%) GPEN
14 21 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
15 19 (1.32%) CEH
15 19 (1.32%) GIAC
16 14 (0.97%) SANS
17 9 (0.63%) CISSP
18 8 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
19 7 (0.49%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 639 (44.44%) QA
2 10 (0.70%) PCI DSS
3 8 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.42%) NCSC
5 4 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
5 4 (0.28%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.28%) GDPR
6 3 (0.21%) NIST
7 2 (0.14%) COBIT
7 2 (0.14%) PMO
7 2 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.14%) SLA
7 2 (0.14%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.14%) Val IT
8 1 (0.070%) Actionable Recommendations
8 1 (0.070%) SAS 70
System Software
1 33 (2.29%) Docker
2 21 (1.46%) Firmware
3 6 (0.42%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.14%) iptables
4 2 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.070%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.070%) Postfix
5 1 (0.070%) Time Sharing Option
5 1 (0.070%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.070%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 40 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (0.97%) Nessus
2 14 (0.97%) Nmap
3 11 (0.76%) Kubernetes
4 10 (0.70%) Puppet
5 7 (0.49%) HP ALM
6 6 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.28%) SCCM
7 4 (0.28%) SCOM
8 3 (0.21%) Ansible
9 2 (0.14%) CA Service Virtualization
10 1 (0.070%) Control-M
10 1 (0.070%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 129 (8.97%) Microsoft
2 64 (4.45%) HP
3 37 (2.57%) SAP
4 24 (1.67%) WorldPay
5 19 (1.32%) Google
6 17 (1.18%) Oracle
7 13 (0.90%) Atlassian
7 13 (0.90%) IBM
8 12 (0.83%) Cypress Semiconductor
9 10 (0.70%) Cadence
10 9 (0.63%) CA Agile Central
10 9 (0.63%) Salesforce.com
11 8 (0.56%) hybris
12 7 (0.49%) Guidewire
12 7 (0.49%) MuleSoft
13 6 (0.42%) Adobe
13 6 (0.42%) New Relic
14 5 (0.35%) OpenText
14 5 (0.35%) Sitecore
14 5 (0.35%) VMware