Period
to 22 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 6 months to 22 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
England > South East
6 months to
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 33 33 42
Rank change year-on-year 0 +9 +2
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 1,588 1,976 1,729
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.22% 6.72% 5.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.85% 7.45% 6.58%
Number of salaries quoted 1,352 1,717 1,518
South East median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +3.45%
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,925
90th Percentile £74,500 £66,000 £63,000
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 23,190 26,535 26,258
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 90.76% 90.23% 90.17%
Number of salaries quoted 18,515 21,927 21,602
South East median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £28,000 £28,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £75,000 £70,100 £68,750
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
Salary Trend in the South East

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

Salary trend for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
Salary Histogram in the South East

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the South East over the 6 months to 22 September 2019.

Salary histogram for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the South East region over the 6 months to 22 September 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
Thames Valley -9 518 £50,000 - 98
Hampshire -3 416 £45,000 - 40
Berkshire +7 315 £52,500 +5.00% 62
Surrey -5 212 £55,000 +10.00% 27
West Sussex +3 203 £47,500 +5.56% 31
East Sussex +8 184 £50,000 +11.11% 11
Oxfordshire -23 106 £50,000 - 22
Buckinghamshire +3 97 £45,000 - 14
Kent +8 56 £47,500 +46.15% 20
Middlesex +1 4 £72,000 +60.00% 1
Isle of Wight 0 4 £40,000 +33.33%
Sussex +3 3 £45,000 -35.71%
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 2019, IT jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the South East region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 927 (58.38%) Agile Software Development
2 567 (35.71%) C#
3 547 (34.45%) QA
4 517 (32.56%) Selenium
5 453 (28.53%) .NET
6 390 (24.56%) Java
7 370 (23.30%) SQL
8 361 (22.73%) TDD
9 352 (22.17%) Scrum
10 333 (20.97%) BDD
11 331 (20.84%) DevOps
12 327 (20.59%) Git (software)
13 322 (20.28%) JavaScript
14 320 (20.15%) Microsoft
15 317 (19.96%) Azure
16 315 (19.84%) JIRA
17 304 (19.14%) Continuous Integration
18 270 (17.00%) Test Scripting
19 249 (15.68%) Python
19 249 (15.68%) Degree
20 240 (15.11%) Software Engineering
20 240 (15.11%) Manual Testing
20 240 (15.11%) Jenkins
21 238 (14.99%) Software Testing
22 231 (14.55%) Cucumber
23 229 (14.42%) ISTQB
24 212 (13.35%) SpecFlow
25 204 (12.85%) AWS
26 203 (12.78%) Docker
27 198 (12.47%) SQL Server

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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
1 143 (9.01%) Confluence
2 34 (2.14%) BizTalk Server
3 16 (1.01%) Apache
3 16 (1.01%) SharePoint
4 13 (0.82%) Drupal
4 13 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
5 12 (0.76%) CMS
6 11 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
7 8 (0.50%) Apache Spark
7 8 (0.50%) Tomcat
8 7 (0.44%) JBoss
8 7 (0.44%) OpenStack
9 6 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
9 6 (0.38%) WordPress
10 5 (0.31%) Joomla!
10 5 (0.31%) nginx
10 5 (0.31%) Umbraco
11 4 (0.25%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.19%) Alfresco
12 3 (0.19%) WebSphere
Applications
1 19 (1.20%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (0.38%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 38 (2.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.19%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.063%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.063%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 317 (19.96%) Azure
2 204 (12.85%) AWS
3 96 (6.05%) SaaS
4 54 (3.40%) Serverless
5 48 (3.02%) GCP
6 47 (2.96%) GitHub
7 40 (2.52%) Slack
8 37 (2.33%) PaaS
9 28 (1.76%) BrowserStack
10 25 (1.57%) IaaS
11 20 (1.26%) Cloud Computing
12 18 (1.13%) AWS Lambda
13 17 (1.07%) AWS CloudFormation
13 17 (1.07%) Power Platform
14 16 (1.01%) Dynamics 365
15 14 (0.88%) Datadog
16 11 (0.69%) Azure Functions
16 11 (0.69%) NuGet
17 10 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 9 (0.57%) Lucidchart
Communications & Networking
1 27 (1.70%) HTTP
2 21 (1.32%) TCP/IP
3 16 (1.01%) Wireless
4 14 (0.88%) Firewall
5 9 (0.57%) Skype
6 6 (0.38%) DNS
6 6 (0.38%) SSH
7 5 (0.31%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (0.25%) IPsec
8 4 (0.25%) Network Security
8 4 (0.25%) VPN
9 3 (0.19%) LAN
9 3 (0.19%) WAN
9 3 (0.19%) Wireshark
9 3 (0.19%) ZigBee
10 2 (0.13%) LTE
10 2 (0.13%) NFC
10 2 (0.13%) SMS
10 2 (0.13%) SNMP
10 2 (0.13%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 198 (12.47%) SQL Server
2 78 (4.91%) Relational Database
3 67 (4.22%) NoSQL
4 46 (2.90%) MongoDB
4 46 (2.90%) MySQL
5 36 (2.27%) Redis
6 32 (2.02%) Big Data
7 28 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
8 20 (1.26%) Data Lake
9 18 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 17 (1.07%) Power BI
11 16 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 13 (0.82%) Cosmos DB
12 13 (0.82%) RDBMS
13 12 (0.76%) Blockchain
13 12 (0.76%) Hadoop
14 11 (0.69%) Azure SQL Database
15 10 (0.63%) Crystal Reports
15 10 (0.63%) DB2
15 10 (0.63%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 517 (32.56%) Selenium
2 327 (20.59%) Git (software)
3 315 (19.84%) JIRA
4 240 (15.11%) Jenkins
5 231 (14.55%) Cucumber
6 212 (13.35%) SpecFlow
7 181 (11.40%) WebDriver
8 124 (7.81%) Visual Studio
9 81 (5.10%) TeamCity
10 72 (4.53%) Maven
11 67 (4.22%) Team Foundation Server
12 64 (4.03%) JMeter
13 63 (3.97%) JUnit
14 61 (3.84%) SoapUI
14 61 (3.84%) Visual Studio Team System
15 50 (3.15%) Appium
16 45 (2.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 45 (2.83%) NUnit
17 40 (2.52%) Bitbucket
18 36 (2.27%) TestRail
General
1 177 (11.15%) Finance
2 68 (4.28%) Retail
3 40 (2.52%) Games
4 26 (1.64%) Marketing
4 26 (1.64%) Public Sector
5 24 (1.51%) Telecoms
6 23 (1.45%) Banking
7 22 (1.39%) Aerospace
8 21 (1.32%) Electronics
9 20 (1.26%) Manufacturing
10 19 (1.20%) Advertising
11 13 (0.82%) Back Office
12 10 (0.63%) Avionics
12 10 (0.63%) Financial Institution
13 8 (0.50%) Automotive
14 5 (0.31%) Billing
14 5 (0.31%) Military
15 4 (0.25%) Law
15 4 (0.25%) Legal
15 4 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 415 (26.13%) Developer
2 267 (16.81%) Test Engineer
3 235 (14.80%) Analyst
4 193 (12.15%) Tester
5 167 (10.52%) Test Analyst
6 150 (9.45%) Software Engineer
7 142 (8.94%) QA Engineer
8 141 (8.88%) C# Developer
9 106 (6.68%) Software Developer
10 105 (6.61%) Software Test Engineer
11 104 (6.55%) Automation Tester
12 103 (6.49%) Senior Developer
13 102 (6.42%) DevOps Engineer
14 92 (5.79%) .NET Developer
15 90 (5.67%) Test Automation Engineer
16 82 (5.16%) C# .NET Developer
17 73 (4.60%) QA Analyst
18 62 (3.90%) Automation Test Analyst
19 60 (3.78%) Test Manager
20 56 (3.53%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 453 (28.53%) .NET
2 157 (9.89%) AngularJS
3 145 (9.13%) RESTful
4 143 (9.01%) Node.js
5 121 (7.62%) CSS
5 121 (7.62%) React
6 114 (7.18%) REST
7 111 (6.99%) Web Services
8 110 (6.93%) HTML
9 102 (6.42%) ASP.NET
10 91 (5.73%) .NET Framework
11 82 (5.16%) .NET Core
12 80 (5.04%) SOAP
13 72 (4.53%) Gherkin
14 59 (3.72%) ASP.NET Web API
15 54 (3.40%) WCF
16 49 (3.09%) XML
17 47 (2.96%) Spring
18 42 (2.64%) ASP.NET MVC
18 42 (2.64%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 81 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
2 80 (5.04%) Greenfield Project
3 76 (4.79%) Self-Motivation
4 63 (3.97%) User Experience
5 60 (3.78%) Mobile App
6 44 (2.77%) Cloud Native
7 38 (2.39%) Algorithms
8 31 (1.95%) Enterprise Software
9 27 (1.70%) Client/Server
10 25 (1.57%) Data Structures
11 19 (1.20%) Blog
12 17 (1.07%) Driving Licence
13 16 (1.01%) Management Information System
14 12 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
15 11 (0.69%) Online Games
16 10 (0.63%) Life Science
16 10 (0.63%) Public Cloud
17 9 (0.57%) Embedded Systems
17 9 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
18 8 (0.50%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 180 (11.34%) Linux
2 119 (7.49%) Windows
3 60 (3.78%) Android
4 57 (3.59%) Apple iOS
5 34 (2.14%) Unix
6 10 (0.63%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.44%) Ubuntu
7 7 (0.44%) Windows 10
8 6 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.31%) Debian
9 5 (0.31%) OpenWrt
10 4 (0.25%) Mac OS
10 4 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.19%) CentOS
11 3 (0.19%) VMS
12 2 (0.13%) Solaris
13 1 (0.063%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.063%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (0.063%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 927 (58.38%) Agile Software Development
2 361 (22.73%) TDD
3 352 (22.17%) Scrum
4 333 (20.97%) BDD
5 331 (20.84%) DevOps
6 304 (19.14%) Continuous Integration
7 270 (17.00%) Test Scripting
8 240 (15.11%) Manual Testing
8 240 (15.11%) Software Engineering
9 238 (14.99%) Software Testing
10 181 (11.40%) Problem-Solving
11 173 (10.89%) Test Strategy
12 162 (10.20%) Computer Science
13 158 (9.95%) SDLC
14 139 (8.75%) Regression Testing
15 135 (8.50%) Microservices
16 124 (7.81%) MVC
17 119 (7.49%) Mentoring
18 114 (7.18%) Integration Testing
19 113 (7.12%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 567 (35.71%) C#
2 390 (24.56%) Java
3 370 (23.30%) SQL
4 322 (20.28%) JavaScript
5 249 (15.68%) Python
6 89 (5.60%) C++
7 85 (5.35%) PHP
8 74 (4.66%) PowerShell
9 73 (4.60%) T-SQL
10 55 (3.46%) Bash Shell
11 48 (3.02%) Ruby
12 41 (2.58%) TypeScript
13 39 (2.46%) C
14 35 (2.20%) Go
15 34 (2.14%) ES6
16 26 (1.64%) VB.NET
17 18 (1.13%) Groovy
18 15 (0.94%) Java 8
19 13 (0.82%) Scala
20 9 (0.57%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 249 (15.68%) Degree
2 229 (14.42%) ISTQB
3 135 (8.50%) ISEB
4 114 (7.18%) Computer Science Degree
5 74 (4.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 40 (2.52%) Security Cleared
7 17 (1.07%) SC Cleared
8 8 (0.50%) DV Cleared
9 5 (0.31%) HND
9 5 (0.31%) Numerate Degree
10 4 (0.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (0.25%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.25%) Master's Degree
11 3 (0.19%) CISSP
11 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.13%) AWS Certification
12 2 (0.13%) CCNA
12 2 (0.13%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.13%) RHCE
13 1 (0.063%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 547 (34.45%) QA
2 18 (1.13%) DICOM
3 10 (0.63%) Data Quality
4 6 (0.38%) ISO 9001
5 5 (0.31%) Def Stans
6 3 (0.19%) GDPR
7 2 (0.13%) PMO
7 2 (0.13%) PSD2
8 1 (0.063%) ISO 13485
8 1 (0.063%) SLA
8 1 (0.063%) TickIT
System Software
1 203 (12.78%) Docker
2 21 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (1.01%) oVirt
3 16 (1.01%) RHEV
4 14 (0.88%) Firmware
4 14 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
5 12 (0.76%) Active Directory
6 10 (0.63%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (0.25%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.19%) vCloud
8 3 (0.19%) VirtualBox
8 3 (0.19%) vSphere
9 2 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.063%) LXC
10 1 (0.063%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 115 (7.24%) Kubernetes
2 73 (4.60%) Puppet
3 65 (4.09%) Terraform
4 53 (3.34%) Opscode Chef
5 43 (2.71%) HP Quality Center
6 42 (2.64%) Ansible
7 24 (1.51%) Mesos
8 19 (1.20%) Kibana
9 17 (1.07%) HP ALM
10 16 (1.01%) Marathon
11 7 (0.44%) Cobbler
11 7 (0.44%) Docker Swarm
11 7 (0.44%) Packer
11 7 (0.44%) SCCM
12 6 (0.38%) Prometheus
12 6 (0.38%) SCOM
12 6 (0.38%) SCOrch
13 4 (0.25%) Salt
14 3 (0.19%) Ambari
14 3 (0.19%) SELinux
Vendors
1 320 (20.15%) Microsoft
2 70 (4.41%) Oracle
3 49 (3.09%) Google
4 38 (2.39%) Cypress Semiconductor
5 32 (2.02%) Atlassian
6 28 (1.76%) VMware
7 23 (1.45%) SAP
8 14 (0.88%) HP
9 12 (0.76%) Salesforce.com
10 9 (0.57%) Xamarin
11 8 (0.50%) Sage
12 7 (0.44%) Perforce
12 7 (0.44%) SaltStack
12 7 (0.44%) Sitecore
13 6 (0.38%) Hortonworks
14 5 (0.31%) EMC
14 5 (0.31%) Remedy
14 5 (0.31%) Sun
14 5 (0.31%) Zend
15 4 (0.25%) Citrix