The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Kent with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 25 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
South East / Kent
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 47 41 74
Rank change year-on-year -6 +33  
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 30 44 31
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Kent 4.55% 4.64% 2.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.49% 5.21% 3.31%
Number of salaries quoted 28 42 29
Median salary £35,000 £45,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -22.22% +20.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £29,550 £21,500 £26,900
10% offered a salary of more than £38,250 £50,000 £45,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% -  

Test Automation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in Kent with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Process & Methodology Skills
Kent
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 546 844 937
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 82.73% 89.03% 86.60%
Number of salaries quoted 469 739 817
Median salary £40,000 £42,500 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £27,500 £28,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,000 £65,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year - +2.27%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Kent citing Test Automation as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Kent

Test Automation
Salary Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Automation in Kent.

Salary trend for Test Automation in Kent

Test Automation
Salary Histogram in Kent

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Kent over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Test Automation in Kent

Test Automation
Job Locations in Kent

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the Kent region over the 3 months to 25 June 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
Tunbridge Wells +10 14 £35,000 -22.22%
Maidstone +5 6 £32,500 -23.52%
Dover 0 2 - -
Dartford - 2 £42,500 -
Chatham +3 1 £30,000 -36.84%
Rochester - 1 £26,000 -
Tonbridge - 1 £35,000 -
Test Automation
South East

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the Kent region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 38 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 34 (44.74%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (43.42%) C#
4 30 (39.47%) Selenium
5 27 (35.53%) QA
6 26 (34.21%) Finance
7 25 (32.89%) Microsoft
8 23 (30.26%) SQL
8 23 (30.26%) Test Scripting
9 22 (28.95%) Test Strategy
10 21 (27.63%) SpecFlow
11 20 (26.32%) Performance Testing
11 20 (26.32%) SQL Server
12 19 (25.00%) .NET
13 17 (22.37%) ISEB
13 17 (22.37%) Manual Testing
13 17 (22.37%) ISTQB
14 16 (21.05%) HP UFT
14 16 (21.05%) ASP.NET
15 15 (19.74%) T-SQL
15 15 (19.74%) Microsoft Excel
16 14 (18.42%) Windows
16 14 (18.42%) HTML
16 14 (18.42%) VB
16 14 (18.42%) HP
16 14 (18.42%) HP Quality Center
16 14 (18.42%) WebDriver
17 13 (17.11%) Microsoft Office
17 13 (17.11%) iPad
18 12 (15.79%) HTML5

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent 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 3 (3.95%) Confluence
2 1 (1.32%) Apache
2 1 (1.32%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.32%) SAS
Applications
1 15 (19.74%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (17.11%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (9.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.32%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.32%) Bluetooth
1 1 (1.32%) GPRS
1 1 (1.32%) WCDMA
1 1 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
1 1 (1.32%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (26.32%) SQL Server
2 11 (14.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.32%) Big Data
3 1 (1.32%) Couchbase
3 1 (1.32%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 30 (39.47%) Selenium
2 21 (27.63%) SpecFlow
3 16 (21.05%) HP UFT
4 14 (18.42%) WebDriver
5 10 (13.16%) JIRA
5 10 (13.16%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (11.84%) LoadRunner
7 7 (9.21%) Visual Studio
8 5 (6.58%) NUnit
8 5 (6.58%) tSQLt
9 4 (5.26%) SoapUI
10 3 (3.95%) Cucumber
10 3 (3.95%) Jenkins
11 2 (2.63%) JIRA Agile
12 1 (1.32%) Bugzilla
12 1 (1.32%) Selenium IDE
General
1 26 (34.21%) Finance
2 8 (10.53%) Marketing
3 3 (3.95%) Back Office
3 3 (3.95%) Legal
4 2 (2.63%) Banking
5 1 (1.32%) Electronics
5 1 (1.32%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.32%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (40.79%) Analyst
2 25 (32.89%) Tester
3 24 (31.58%) Test Analyst
4 13 (17.11%) Software Tester
5 11 (14.47%) Automation Test Analyst
5 11 (14.47%) QA Engineer
6 10 (13.16%) Automation Tester
6 10 (13.16%) QA Analyst
6 10 (13.16%) QA Tester
6 10 (13.16%) Software QA Engineer
6 10 (13.16%) Software QA Tester
7 9 (11.84%) Test Manager
8 6 (7.89%) QA Test Analyst
9 5 (6.58%) Automation Test Lead
9 5 (6.58%) QC Analyst
9 5 (6.58%) Test Engineer
9 5 (6.58%) Test Leader
10 4 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
10 4 (5.26%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
10 4 (5.26%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (25.00%) .NET
2 16 (21.05%) ASP.NET
3 14 (18.42%) HTML
4 12 (15.79%) HTML5
5 11 (14.47%) WinForms
6 3 (3.95%) XML
7 2 (2.63%) AngularJS
7 2 (2.63%) REST
7 2 (2.63%) SOAP
7 2 (2.63%) Web Services
8 1 (1.32%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.32%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (1.32%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (1.32%) CSS
8 1 (1.32%) Entity Framework
8 1 (1.32%) KnockoutJS
8 1 (1.32%) LINQ
8 1 (1.32%) React
8 1 (1.32%) Spring
8 1 (1.32%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (17.11%) iPad
2 4 (5.26%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.63%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.32%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 14 (18.42%) Windows
2 1 (1.32%) Android
2 1 (1.32%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 34 (44.74%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (30.26%) Test Scripting
4 22 (28.95%) Test Strategy
5 20 (26.32%) Performance Testing
6 17 (22.37%) Manual Testing
7 12 (15.79%) Business Intelligence
7 12 (15.79%) Scrum
8 11 (14.47%) DevOps
8 11 (14.47%) Exploratory Testing
8 11 (14.47%) Mentoring
8 11 (14.47%) Regression Testing
8 11 (14.47%) SDLC
8 11 (14.47%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (11.84%) Continuous Integration
9 9 (11.84%) Functional Testing
9 9 (11.84%) System Integration Testing
10 8 (10.53%) Integration Testing
11 7 (9.21%) Test Management
11 7 (9.21%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 33 (43.42%) C#
2 23 (30.26%) SQL
3 15 (19.74%) T-SQL
4 14 (18.42%) VB
5 11 (14.47%) VB6
6 9 (11.84%) JavaScript
7 6 (7.89%) Java
8 3 (3.95%) C++
8 3 (3.95%) VBScript
9 2 (2.63%) C
10 1 (1.32%) Embedded C
10 1 (1.32%) Embedded C++
10 1 (1.32%) PHP
10 1 (1.32%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.32%) Scala
Qualifications
1 17 (22.37%) ISEB
1 17 (22.37%) ISTQB
2 10 (13.16%) Degree
3 3 (3.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.32%) HNC
4 1 (1.32%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (35.53%) QA
System Software
1 6 (7.89%) Docker
1 6 (7.89%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 14 (18.42%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 25 (32.89%) Microsoft
2 14 (18.42%) HP
3 11 (14.47%) Apple
3 11 (14.47%) Facebook
4 2 (2.63%) SAP
5 1 (1.32%) hybris