The median annual salary for a Tester was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Tester
UK
Rank 237 250 253
Rank change year-on-year +13 +3  
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 1186 1392 1333
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.40% 1.35% 1.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.45% 1.40% 1.30%
Number of salaries quoted 1022 1225 1145
Median salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £26,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 81759 99530 102645
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.26% 96.36% 96.63%
Number of salaries quoted 67832 83314 83806
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Tester in the UK

Tester
Top 30 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +13 1120 £40,000 +6.66% 536
London +6 360 £50,500 -3.80% 64
South East +53 256 £35,000 -6.66% 128
North West -16 110 £36,850 -0.40% 69
Yorkshire -16 106 £42,500 +21.42% 57
West Midlands +34 97 £32,500 -7.14% 48
South West +41 91 £40,000 +8.10% 63
Manchester +7 86 £40,000 +6.66% 27
West Yorkshire +39 74 £42,500 +21.42% 30
East of England -18 68 £35,000 +6.06% 55
Leeds +28 64 £45,000 +28.57% 20
Hampshire +47 54 £32,500 +6.55% 20
City of London +41 50 £55,000 +15.78% 12
Bristol +25 42 £42,500 +27.81% 9
Berkshire +22 42 £36,250 -16.18% 14
Birmingham +19 40 £30,000 -25.00% 11
West Sussex +22 39 £40,000 +6.66% 13
Oxfordshire +5 36 £30,000 - 19
Scotland +34 33 £35,000 -6.66% 37
Surrey -14 33 £40,000 +6.66% 20
East Midlands -5 27 £35,000 +7.69% 32
Buckinghamshire +19 26 £37,500 +11.94% 13
Reading +34 23 £45,750 +4.57% 3
Milton Keynes +17 22 £38,000 +16.92% 3
Hertfordshire +11 22 £35,000 +16.66% 17
Edinburgh +15 21 £37,500 - 3
Gloucestershire +3 21 £40,000 -20.00% 9
Basingstoke +25 20 £32,500 +6.55% 3
Somerset -4 20 £35,000 +16.66% 13
North Yorkshire -26 19 £32,500 - 16

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Tester in the job title.

1 1250 (54.30%) Agile Software Development
2 1022 (44.40%) Selenium
3 992 (43.09%) QA
4 693 (30.10%) Java
5 564 (24.50%) Test Automation
6 558 (24.24%) Test Scripting
7 550 (23.89%) C#
8 523 (22.72%) SQL
9 489 (21.24%) Cucumber
10 487 (21.16%) Automated Testing
11 455 (19.77%) BDD
12 450 (19.55%) Software Testing
13 448 (19.46%) Finance
14 424 (18.42%) Automation Testing
15 405 (17.59%) WebDriver
16 364 (15.81%) Scrum
17 350 (15.20%) ISEB
18 342 (14.86%) TDD
19 340 (14.77%) Manual Testing
20 322 (13.99%) ISTQB
21 293 (12.73%) JIRA
22 291 (12.64%) Windows
23 285 (12.38%) Regression Testing
24 269 (11.69%) Degree
25 267 (11.60%) Python
26 266 (11.56%) SDLC
27 245 (10.64%) Microsoft
28 240 (10.43%) Ruby
29 230 (9.99%) Performance Testing
30 226 (9.82%) Functional Testing

Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 37 (1.61%) Confluence
2 24 (1.04%) CMS
3 19 (0.83%) IIS
4 12 (0.52%) Umbraco
5 11 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
6 9 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
7 8 (0.35%) SharePoint
8 7 (0.30%) Apache
9 6 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
9 6 (0.26%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.22%) WebLogic
10 5 (0.22%) WebLogic Portal
11 3 (0.13%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.13%) JBoss
11 3 (0.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.087%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.087%) MS Exchange
12 2 (0.087%) SAS
12 2 (0.087%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.087%) WordPress
Applications
1 132 (5.73%) MS Excel
2 59 (2.56%) MS Office
3 17 (0.74%) MS Project
4 16 (0.70%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.13%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.043%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (0.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 10 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.35%) Sonata
4 4 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
4 4 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
4 4 (0.17%) SAP IS-U
5 3 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.13%) Misys Midas
5 3 (0.13%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.043%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.043%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.043%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.043%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 64 (2.78%) GitHub
2 56 (2.43%) SaaS
3 43 (1.87%) Microsoft Azure
4 36 (1.56%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.087%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.087%) Heroku
7 1 (0.043%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.043%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.043%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.043%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 101 (4.39%) HTTP
2 44 (1.91%) Wireless
3 32 (1.39%) Firewall
4 29 (1.26%) TCP/IP
5 23 (1.00%) Wireless Security
6 21 (0.91%) Internet
7 20 (0.87%) Network Security
8 10 (0.43%) Wireshark
9 9 (0.39%) SSH
10 8 (0.35%) SMTP
11 5 (0.22%) SSL
11 5 (0.22%) VoIP
12 3 (0.13%) Broadband
12 3 (0.13%) HTTPS
12 3 (0.13%) Intranet
12 3 (0.13%) LTE
13 2 (0.087%) IMAP
13 2 (0.087%) NAS
13 2 (0.087%) SAN
13 2 (0.087%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 202 (8.77%) SQL Server
2 109 (4.74%) Relational Database
3 81 (3.52%) MySQL
4 54 (2.35%) Big Data
5 43 (1.87%) NoSQL
6 31 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
7 30 (1.30%) RDBMS
8 27 (1.17%) MongoDB
9 23 (1.00%) Apache Cassandra
9 23 (1.00%) HBase
10 16 (0.70%) Oracle BI EE
11 13 (0.56%) Redis
12 9 (0.39%) BusinessObjects
12 9 (0.39%) Oracle Database
12 9 (0.39%) SAP BW
12 9 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 8 (0.35%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
14 7 (0.30%) SQL Server 2008
14 7 (0.30%) SQL Server 2012
15 6 (0.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1022 (44.40%) Selenium
2 489 (21.24%) Cucumber
3 405 (17.59%) WebDriver
4 293 (12.73%) JIRA
5 164 (7.12%) JMeter
6 160 (6.95%) Jenkins
7 152 (6.60%) SoapUI
8 149 (6.47%) SpecFlow
9 142 (6.17%) Team Foundation Server
10 112 (4.87%) Git (software)
11 107 (4.65%) JUnit
12 106 (4.60%) HP UFT
13 76 (3.30%) Appium
14 72 (3.13%) Calabash
15 68 (2.95%) LoadRunner
16 65 (2.82%) Visual Studio
17 46 (2.00%) Protractor
17 46 (2.00%) Ranorex
18 41 (1.78%) Capybara
18 41 (1.78%) Subversion
General
1 448 (19.46%) Finance
2 85 (3.69%) Retail
3 74 (3.21%) Banking
4 68 (2.95%) Telecoms
5 55 (2.39%) Games
6 38 (1.65%) Marketing
7 30 (1.30%) Investment Banking
8 26 (1.13%) Automotive
9 25 (1.09%) Financial Institution
10 24 (1.04%) Advertising
11 23 (1.00%) Legal
11 23 (1.00%) Manufacturing
12 20 (0.87%) Publishing
13 19 (0.83%) Electronics
14 13 (0.56%) Law
15 11 (0.48%) Front Office
16 8 (0.35%) Back Office
16 8 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
17 4 (0.17%) Music Industry
18 3 (0.13%) iGaming
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 224 (9.73%) .NET
2 192 (8.34%) Web Services
3 152 (6.60%) Gherkin
4 129 (5.60%) XML
5 119 (5.17%) SOAP
6 109 (4.74%) HTML
7 81 (3.52%) REST
8 78 (3.39%) RESTful
9 69 (3.00%) CSS
10 49 (2.13%) ASP.NET
11 36 (1.56%) JSON
12 30 (1.30%) Ruby on Rails
13 23 (1.00%) AngularJS
13 23 (1.00%) HTML5
14 22 (0.96%) .NET Framework
15 19 (0.83%) jQuery
16 17 (0.74%) WSDL
17 14 (0.61%) Ajax
18 13 (0.56%) ActiveMQ
18 13 (0.56%) JSON-LD
Miscellaneous
1 153 (6.65%) Analytical Skills
2 130 (5.65%) Mobile App
3 82 (3.56%) Computer Science
4 64 (2.78%) Fintech
5 50 (2.17%) Client/Server
6 44 (1.91%) User Experience
7 37 (1.61%) Management Information System
8 34 (1.48%) iPad
9 32 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
10 25 (1.09%) CESG
11 23 (1.00%) Mobile Payment
12 22 (0.96%) Driving Licence
13 18 (0.78%) Virtual Team
14 16 (0.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 14 (0.61%) Equities
15 14 (0.61%) Fixed Income
16 13 (0.56%) Linux Command Line
17 10 (0.43%) Derivative
18 9 (0.39%) SCADA
18 9 (0.39%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 291 (12.64%) Windows
2 196 (8.51%) Linux
3 173 (7.52%) Unix
4 86 (3.74%) Android
5 73 (3.17%) Apple iOS
6 30 (1.30%) Windows Server
7 28 (1.22%) Mac OS X
8 17 (0.74%) Solaris
8 17 (0.74%) Windows 10
9 14 (0.61%) Kali Linux
10 8 (0.35%) Windows Vista
11 7 (0.30%) Windows 7
12 5 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.22%) Windows XP
13 4 (0.17%) VxWorks
13 4 (0.17%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.087%) KNOPPIX
15 1 (0.043%) Windows Phone
15 1 (0.043%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1250 (54.30%) Agile Software Development
2 564 (24.50%) Test Automation
3 558 (24.24%) Test Scripting
4 487 (21.16%) Automated Testing
5 455 (19.77%) BDD
6 450 (19.55%) Software Testing
7 424 (18.42%) Automation Testing
8 364 (15.81%) Scrum
9 342 (14.86%) TDD
10 340 (14.77%) Manual Testing
11 285 (12.38%) Regression Testing
12 266 (11.56%) SDLC
13 230 (9.99%) Performance Testing
14 226 (9.82%) Functional Testing
15 223 (9.69%) Test Strategy
16 217 (9.43%) E-Commerce
17 202 (8.77%) Continuous Integration
18 187 (8.12%) User Acceptance Testing
19 175 (7.60%) Penetration Testing
20 147 (6.39%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 693 (30.10%) Java
2 550 (23.89%) C#
3 523 (22.72%) SQL
4 267 (11.60%) Python
5 240 (10.43%) Ruby
6 217 (9.43%) JavaScript
7 107 (4.65%) C++
8 80 (3.48%) C
9 68 (2.95%) Perl
10 56 (2.43%) PHP
11 45 (1.95%) Bash Shell
12 35 (1.52%) Groovy
13 33 (1.43%) VB
14 32 (1.39%) Shell Script
15 20 (0.87%) PL/SQL
16 19 (0.83%) T-SQL
17 18 (0.78%) PowerShell
18 16 (0.70%) VBScript
19 15 (0.65%) Scala
19 15 (0.65%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 350 (15.20%) ISEB
2 322 (13.99%) ISTQB
3 269 (11.69%) Degree
4 130 (5.65%) Security Cleared
5 111 (4.82%) CREST Certified
5 111 (4.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 89 (3.87%) SC Cleared
7 64 (2.78%) OSCP
8 63 (2.74%) CHECK Team Leader
9 60 (2.61%) CHECK Team Member
10 52 (2.26%) CEH
11 18 (0.78%) CISSP
11 18 (0.78%) DV Cleared
11 18 (0.78%) GIAC
12 17 (0.74%) GPEN
12 17 (0.74%) Tigerscheme
13 16 (0.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 14 (0.61%) SANS
15 9 (0.39%) CISA
15 9 (0.39%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 992 (43.09%) QA
2 84 (3.65%) SDET
3 15 (0.65%) PCI DSS
4 9 (0.39%) PMO
5 6 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.17%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.13%) SEPA
7 3 (0.13%) SLA
8 2 (0.087%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 2 (0.087%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.087%) GCP
9 1 (0.043%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.043%) HL7
9 1 (0.043%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.043%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.043%) WCAG
System Software
1 24 (1.04%) Docker
2 13 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.48%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.35%) VMware ESX
5 3 (0.13%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.043%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 76 (3.30%) HP Quality Center
2 40 (1.74%) Nessus
3 33 (1.43%) Puppet
4 23 (1.00%) Nmap
5 15 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (0.61%) Grafana
7 13 (0.56%) StatsD
8 12 (0.52%) OpenVAS
9 6 (0.26%) Ansible
9 6 (0.26%) Perfmon
9 6 (0.26%) Rancher
10 5 (0.22%) Core Impact
10 5 (0.22%) HP SiteScope
10 5 (0.22%) logstash
11 4 (0.17%) Nexpose
12 3 (0.13%) SCCM
13 1 (0.043%) Control-M
13 1 (0.043%) Nagios
13 1 (0.043%) WMI
13 1 (0.043%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 245 (10.64%) Microsoft
2 109 (4.74%) Oracle
3 78 (3.39%) HP
4 45 (1.95%) SAP
5 22 (0.96%) Atlassian
6 19 (0.83%) VMware
7 17 (0.74%) Qualys
8 16 (0.70%) Siebel
8 16 (0.70%) Sun
9 14 (0.61%) IBM
9 14 (0.61%) Splunk
10 13 (0.56%) TOWER Software
11 12 (0.52%) Red Hat
12 9 (0.39%) Coverity
12 9 (0.39%) Google
12 9 (0.39%) Sitecore
12 9 (0.39%) Telerik
13 8 (0.35%) AppDynamics
13 8 (0.35%) Salesforce.com
13 8 (0.35%) Xamarin
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Rullion
Salary: £30000 - £37000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Darlington, County Durham
Spring Technology
Salary: Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Lincolnshire
Searchability
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northern Recruitment Group
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
Horsham, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to £40k doe
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Bens and Bonus
Posted: 21 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Calibre Search Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
North London
Reco Ltd
Salary: £50,000 - £70,000 + great benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: £65000 - £75000 per annum + Bens and Bonus
Posted: 21 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
X4 Group
Salary: £25k - 30k per year
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £60000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Bridge Noble
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £47000 - £52000 per annum + Bonus + pension
Posted: Yesterday
Crewe, Cheshire
Oscar
Salary: £20000 - £35000 per annum + competitive benefits
Posted: 22 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Posted: Yesterday
Watford, Hertfordshire
Empiric.com
Salary: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum + Benefits and Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Posted: 21 hours ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £17,000 per annum 6 monthly salary review
Posted: Yesterday
York, North Yorkshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £24000.00 - £32000.00 per annum + 2.5 k flexi benifits
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: £18000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Telford, Shropshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £23000 - £28000 per annum + bonus, pension, h/c
Posted: 2 days ago
Bath, Avon
Sanderson
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Bens + Bonus to 10%
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Searchability
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus, Pension, Career Development
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: to £45k DOE + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bath, Avon
Go Partnership.
Salary: From £34,000 to £35,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 22 hours ago
Tamworth, Staffordshire
Big Red Recruitment
Salary: £29800 per annum + Pen, DIS, 5w hols
Posted: 2 days ago