Period
to 7 August 2020

The median annual salary for a Tester was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 7 August 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
7 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 266 303 256
Rank change year-on-year +37 -47 +2
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 785 1,553 2,254
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.21% 1.09% 1.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.27% 1.13% 1.37%
Number of salaries quoted 734 1,365 1,973
Median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £26,250 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £68,375 £75,000 £66,500
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 61,746 137,043 164,701
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.92% 95.87% 96.19%
Number of salaries quoted 49,743 109,491 132,955
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £81,250
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 7 August 2020.

Salary histogram for Tester in the UK

Tester
Top 18 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 7 August 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 +47 701 £42,500 -5.56% 57
UK excluding London +63 534 £40,000 - 52
London +22 206 £57,500 -4.17% 11
South East +122 182 £42,500 +6.25% 4
North of England +102 155 £37,500 -6.25% 23
Work from Home +60 92 £45,000 -28.00% 15
North West +82 78 £35,000 -12.50% 9
South West +65 78 £41,250 +3.13% 12
Yorkshire +82 65 £38,500 -3.75% 11
Midlands -27 56 £30,000 -11.76% 5
West Midlands +48 40 £30,000 -7.69% 2
East of England +54 21 £37,500 -14.29% 2
Scotland +42 18 £40,000 +14.29% 2
East Midlands -31 15 £34,000 - 3
North East +31 12 £40,000 - 3
Northern Ireland +28 12 £40,000 -27.27% 1
Wales +26 11 £37,500 +4.17% 3
Isle of Man - 2 £33,000 -

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 August 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.

1 547 (69.68%) Test Automation
2 397 (50.57%) Agile Software Development
3 295 (37.58%) Selenium
4 261 (33.25%) QA
5 216 (27.52%) Java
6 180 (22.93%) C#
7 159 (20.25%) JIRA
8 156 (19.87%) Software Testing
9 143 (18.22%) SQL
10 133 (16.94%) Manual Testing
11 122 (15.54%) Cucumber
11 122 (15.54%) JavaScript
12 121 (15.41%) Test Scripting
13 107 (13.63%) Regression Testing
14 106 (13.50%) BDD
14 106 (13.50%) API Testing
15 101 (12.87%) Finance
16 98 (12.48%) Penetration Testing
17 96 (12.23%) SDLC
18 95 (12.10%) ISTQB
19 92 (11.72%) Python
20 90 (11.46%) SoapUI
21 89 (11.34%) Microsoft
22 88 (11.21%) Scrum
23 82 (10.45%) Azure
24 80 (10.19%) Jenkins
25 77 (9.81%) Mobile App
26 76 (9.68%) Test Strategy
27 75 (9.55%) Degree
28 72 (9.17%) WebDriver

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 42 (5.35%) Confluence
2 5 (0.64%) Moodle
2 5 (0.64%) WordPress
3 4 (0.51%) JBoss
3 4 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (0.38%) CMS
5 2 (0.25%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.13%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.13%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 8 (1.02%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.13%) Snagit
4 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (1.02%) BASE24
2 4 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.38%) Temenos T24
4 2 (0.25%) SAP FS
4 2 (0.25%) SAP HR
4 2 (0.25%) SAP WM
5 1 (0.13%) Magento
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.13%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 82 (10.45%) Azure
2 60 (7.64%) AWS
3 32 (4.08%) SaaS
4 15 (1.91%) GitHub
5 14 (1.78%) BrowserStack
6 8 (1.02%) Sauce Labs
6 8 (1.02%) Serverless
7 6 (0.76%) Amazon SQS
8 5 (0.64%) IaaS
9 4 (0.51%) GCP
10 3 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.38%) Azure Data Factory
10 3 (0.38%) BlazeMeter
10 3 (0.38%) Office 365
10 3 (0.38%) vREST
11 2 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.25%) Firebase
11 2 (0.25%) npm
11 2 (0.25%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.78%) HTTP
1 14 (1.78%) VoIP
2 12 (1.53%) Firewall
3 10 (1.27%) ATM
3 10 (1.27%) TCP/IP
4 9 (1.15%) Skype
5 7 (0.89%) DNS
5 7 (0.89%) Wireshark
6 6 (0.76%) Diameter Protocol
7 5 (0.64%) INAP
7 5 (0.64%) Intranet
7 5 (0.64%) Intrusion Detection
7 5 (0.64%) SS7
8 4 (0.51%) Extranet
8 4 (0.51%) SIGTRAN
9 3 (0.38%) IPsec
9 3 (0.38%) VPN
10 2 (0.25%) 3G
10 2 (0.25%) GSM
10 2 (0.25%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (3.69%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.29%) MySQL
3 11 (1.40%) Azure SQL Database
4 9 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (0.89%) Blockchain
6 6 (0.76%) Relational Database
7 4 (0.51%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.38%) MS Access
9 2 (0.25%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.25%) SAP BW
9 2 (0.25%) SQLite
10 1 (0.13%) Cosmos DB
10 1 (0.13%) DataStage
10 1 (0.13%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.13%) SAP HANA
10 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.13%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 295 (37.58%) Selenium
2 159 (20.25%) JIRA
3 122 (15.54%) Cucumber
4 90 (11.46%) SoapUI
5 80 (10.19%) Jenkins
6 72 (9.17%) WebDriver
7 70 (8.92%) Postman
8 67 (8.54%) SpecFlow
9 50 (6.37%) Git (software)
10 48 (6.11%) JMeter
11 41 (5.22%) Appium
12 33 (4.20%) Team Foundation Server
13 31 (3.95%) Maven
14 25 (3.18%) JUnit
15 22 (2.80%) TestRail
16 20 (2.55%) Hudson
17 19 (2.42%) Cypress.io
18 18 (2.29%) TestNG
19 17 (2.17%) REST Assured
19 17 (2.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 101 (12.87%) Finance
2 26 (3.31%) Banking
3 22 (2.80%) Legal
4 20 (2.55%) Retail
5 12 (1.53%) Games
6 11 (1.40%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.27%) Law
8 8 (1.02%) Marketing
9 7 (0.89%) Public Sector
10 5 (0.64%) Back Office
10 5 (0.64%) Telecoms
11 4 (0.51%) Digital Economy
11 4 (0.51%) Electronics
11 4 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.38%) Police
13 2 (0.25%) Multimedia
14 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.13%) Billing
14 1 (0.13%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.13%) Norwegian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (9.04%) .NET
2 69 (8.79%) SOAP
3 40 (5.10%) Gherkin
4 37 (4.71%) RESTful
5 35 (4.46%) Web Services
6 29 (3.69%) CSS
6 29 (3.69%) HTML
7 27 (3.44%) REST
7 27 (3.44%) XML
8 15 (1.91%) JSON
9 14 (1.78%) Django
10 13 (1.66%) Node.js
11 11 (1.40%) AngularJS
11 11 (1.40%) WebdriverIO
12 10 (1.27%) WireMock
13 8 (1.02%) .NET Framework
14 6 (0.76%) HTML5
14 6 (0.76%) JAXB
14 6 (0.76%) jQuery
15 5 (0.64%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 77 (9.81%) Mobile App
2 42 (5.35%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
4 22 (2.80%) User Experience
5 11 (1.40%) PKI
6 10 (1.27%) Client/Server
7 9 (1.15%) Mainframe
7 9 (1.15%) Management Information System
8 8 (1.02%) EMV
8 8 (1.02%) Online Banking
8 8 (1.02%) Tandem
9 7 (0.89%) NHS
10 6 (0.76%) Public Cloud
11 5 (0.64%) Data Centre
11 5 (0.64%) Graphic Design
11 5 (0.64%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (0.38%) Analytical Mindset
12 3 (0.38%) Cyber Defence
12 3 (0.38%) Linux Command Line
12 3 (0.38%) STB
Operating Systems
1 51 (6.50%) Linux
2 40 (5.10%) Windows
3 37 (4.71%) Android
4 31 (3.95%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.53%) Unix
6 10 (1.27%) Kali Linux
7 3 (0.38%) Mac OS
7 3 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.25%) CentOS
8 2 (0.25%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.25%) Solaris
9 1 (0.13%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.13%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 547 (69.68%) Test Automation
2 397 (50.57%) Agile Software Development
3 156 (19.87%) Software Testing
4 133 (16.94%) Manual Testing
5 121 (15.41%) Test Scripting
6 107 (13.63%) Regression Testing
7 106 (13.50%) API Testing
7 106 (13.50%) BDD
8 98 (12.48%) Penetration Testing
9 96 (12.23%) SDLC
10 88 (11.21%) Scrum
11 76 (9.68%) Test Strategy
12 68 (8.66%) DevOps
13 67 (8.54%) TDD
14 65 (8.28%) Continuous Integration
15 61 (7.77%) Integration Testing
16 59 (7.52%) Non-Functional Testing
17 58 (7.39%) Problem-Solving
18 56 (7.13%) Functional Testing
19 51 (6.50%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 216 (27.52%) Java
2 180 (22.93%) C#
3 143 (18.22%) SQL
4 122 (15.54%) JavaScript
5 92 (11.72%) Python
6 21 (2.68%) TypeScript
7 19 (2.42%) C++
8 18 (2.29%) Bash Shell
9 16 (2.04%) PHP
10 15 (1.91%) PowerShell
11 14 (1.78%) C
12 11 (1.40%) Ruby
13 6 (0.76%) VB
14 5 (0.64%) COBOL
14 5 (0.64%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.51%) Java 8
15 4 (0.51%) Scala
16 3 (0.38%) Go
16 3 (0.38%) Perl
16 3 (0.38%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 95 (12.10%) ISTQB
2 75 (9.55%) Degree
3 59 (7.52%) CREST Certified
4 56 (7.13%) ISEB
5 45 (5.73%) OSCP
6 37 (4.71%) CHECK Team Member
7 35 (4.46%) Security Cleared
8 33 (4.20%) CHECK Team Leader
9 26 (3.31%) Computer Science Degree
10 23 (2.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 22 (2.80%) SC Cleared
12 17 (2.17%) CEH
13 13 (1.66%) SANS
14 12 (1.53%) OSCE
15 10 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
16 9 (1.15%) CCNA
16 9 (1.15%) CCNP
16 9 (1.15%) Tigerscheme
17 8 (1.02%) HNC
18 7 (0.89%) GWAPT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 261 (33.25%) QA
2 17 (2.17%) GDPR
3 8 (1.02%) ISO 8583
3 8 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.38%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.38%) PMO
5 2 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (0.25%) IASME
5 2 (0.25%) MiFID
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 34 (4.33%) Docker
2 7 (0.89%) Firmware
3 6 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.38%) vSphere
5 2 (0.25%) Postfix
6 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (2.55%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.27%) Ansible
3 9 (1.15%) Puppet
4 8 (1.02%) Terraform
5 6 (0.76%) Kubernetes
5 6 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.38%) Nmap
6 3 (0.38%) SCCM
6 3 (0.38%) SCOM
7 2 (0.25%) HP ALM
7 2 (0.25%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.25%) SCOrch
7 2 (0.25%) vRealize
8 1 (0.13%) Nessus
Vendors
1 89 (11.34%) Microsoft
2 22 (2.80%) Oracle
3 17 (2.17%) HP
4 9 (1.15%) CA
5 8 (1.02%) SAP
6 6 (0.76%) VMware
7 5 (0.64%) Atlassian
8 4 (0.51%) Micro Focus
8 4 (0.51%) Serena
8 4 (0.51%) Xamarin
9 3 (0.38%) Sage
9 3 (0.38%) SolarWinds
9 3 (0.38%) Temenos
9 3 (0.38%) Unisys
10 2 (0.25%) Cisco
10 2 (0.25%) Ericsson
10 2 (0.25%) Gemalto
10 2 (0.25%) Juniper
10 2 (0.25%) Nokia
10 2 (0.25%) Splunk