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Computer games tester Average UK Salary & Prospects

Computer games testers play computer games to check they work, and find and record problems or ‘bugs’.

  • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product.  
  • Provide feedback to designers and other colleagues regarding game design features.  
  • Create core game features including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise.  
  • Devise missions, challenges, or
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Computer games testers typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Computer games tester you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    34,558 GBP *
    per year
    15,000 GBP
    40,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Computer games tester
    • 34,254 GBP
    Average salary for full-time Computer games tester

    • 34,558 GBP
    • 34,254 GBP
    Pay over time for Computer games tester

    Pay for this role has increased slightly over time
    • 27,189 GBP
    • 29,299 GBP
    • 30,944 GBP
    • 31,733 GBP
    • 32,151 GBP
    • 34,558 GBP

    Future outlook for Computer games testers

    Very good outlook
    16 000+ jobs available
    Very good outlook
    5% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Balanced outlook
    46% chance of automation in the future

    Computer games tester - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Computer games tester and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 57% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 19% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent
    • 10% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

    You could take a college course, which may help you to get a job as a junior tester. Courses include:

    • A level in Computing
    • Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media
    • T level in Digital Production, Design and Development

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Computer games tester

    Software & Web Development

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Computer games tester.
    Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Computer games tester. Check that you know:
    Development environment software Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript; C; Microsoft High Level Shader Language HLSL; Simple DirectMedia Layer SDL
    Graphical user interface development software Graphical user interfaces GUI; Microsoft Expression Blend
    Graphics or photo imaging software Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
    Object or component oriented development software C++
    Video creation and editing software Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects; Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
    Improve your skills today

    Software & Web Development

    Things to highlight for your Computer games tester interview

    Innovation Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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