Period
to 24 January 2022

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 24 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
England > South East
6 months to
24 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 33 27 31
Rank change year-on-year -6 +4 0
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 1,386 840 1,596
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 7.77% 8.45% 6.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.36% 9.17% 7.54%
Number of salaries quoted 860 682 1,291
10th Percentile £36,250 £36,000 £32,500
25th Percentile £43,750 £41,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £62,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £71,250 £72,500
England median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year +4.35% +9.52% +5.00%

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 16,583 9,160 21,173
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 92.97% 92.11% 91.10%
Number of salaries quoted 11,285 7,406 17,267
10th Percentile £32,000 £31,250 £28,750
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,259
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £68,750 £65,000 £63,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £75,000 £77,500
England median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year +9.09% - +4.76%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Test Automation as a proportion 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

3-month moving average salary quoted in 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

Salary distribution for jobs citing Test Automation in the South East over the 6 months to 24 January 2022.

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 24 January 2022. 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
Jobs
Hampshire +11 444 £55,000 +29.41% 45
Thames Valley -8 409 £52,500 +5.00% 70
Surrey +30 309 £56,500 +7.62% 41
Berkshire -13 213 £50,000 - 33
Oxfordshire +16 131 £75,000 +76.47% 17
East Sussex -11 93 £52,500 +5.00% 16
West Sussex -20 85 £52,500 -4.55% 13
Buckinghamshire -24 66 £45,000 - 20
Kent -41 22 £45,000 +28.57% 6
Home Counties - 8 £60,000 -
Middlesex - 3 - -
Sussex -5 1 - - 2
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 2022, 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.

1 935 (67.46%) Agile Software Development
2 630 (45.45%) C#
3 515 (37.16%) CI/CD
4 482 (34.78%) Azure
5 449 (32.40%) DevOps
6 445 (32.11%) QA
7 389 (28.07%) SQL
8 387 (27.92%) Selenium
9 379 (27.34%) Java
10 370 (26.70%) Software Testing
11 356 (25.69%) Software Engineering
12 330 (23.81%) .NET
13 314 (22.66%) Python
14 305 (22.01%) JavaScript
15 287 (20.71%) AWS
15 287 (20.71%) Continuous Integration
16 286 (20.63%) Scrum
17 255 (18.40%) TDD
18 244 (17.60%) Docker
19 238 (17.17%) Social Skills
20 232 (16.74%) Git (software)
21 227 (16.38%) Mentoring
22 200 (14.43%) SDLC
23 199 (14.36%) Degree
24 187 (13.49%) Problem-Solving
25 179 (12.91%) BDD
26 178 (12.84%) Linux
27 177 (12.77%) Microsoft
28 167 (12.05%) Finance
28 167 (12.05%) SpecFlow

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 26 (1.88%) BizTalk Server
2 23 (1.66%) Confluence
3 17 (1.23%) Apache
3 17 (1.23%) CMS
3 17 (1.23%) EPiServer
4 15 (1.08%) Apache Spark
5 13 (0.94%) OpenStack
6 12 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (0.43%) MS Exchange
8 4 (0.29%) SharePoint
9 3 (0.22%) Drupal
9 3 (0.22%) GemFire
10 2 (0.14%) IIS
11 1 (0.072%) Moodle
11 1 (0.072%) SAS
11 1 (0.072%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (0.65%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.36%) Chatbot
3 5 (0.36%) InVision
4 1 (0.072%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.072%) Adobe XD
4 1 (0.072%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.072%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 17 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.14%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 482 (34.78%) Azure
2 287 (20.71%) AWS
3 153 (11.04%) SaaS
4 111 (8.01%) Serverless
5 89 (6.42%) GitHub
6 64 (4.62%) Power Platform
7 61 (4.40%) Microsoft 365
8 54 (3.90%) Azure Data Factory
9 53 (3.82%) OpenShift
10 51 (3.68%) PaaS
11 50 (3.61%) Amazon EKS
12 42 (3.03%) Azure Active Directory
12 42 (3.03%) GCP
13 40 (2.89%) Amazon S3
14 33 (2.38%) IaaS
15 29 (2.09%) Azure Key Vault
16 24 (1.73%) AWS CloudFormation
17 23 (1.66%) AWS Lambda
18 22 (1.59%) Amazon EC2
18 22 (1.59%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.31%) Network Security
2 27 (1.95%) HTTP
3 22 (1.59%) VoIP
4 13 (0.94%) SMTP
4 13 (0.94%) SNA
5 11 (0.79%) Internet
6 9 (0.65%) MQTT
7 8 (0.58%) PPP
8 6 (0.43%) Firewall
8 6 (0.43%) H.323
8 6 (0.43%) SSL
9 5 (0.36%) Software-Defined Networking
9 5 (0.36%) SSH
10 4 (0.29%) NAS
11 3 (0.22%) 5G
11 3 (0.22%) DNS
11 3 (0.22%) RTP
11 3 (0.22%) Tactical Data Link
12 2 (0.14%) RTSP
12 2 (0.14%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (8.51%) NoSQL
2 116 (8.37%) SQL Server
3 108 (7.79%) MongoDB
4 86 (6.20%) Big Data
5 78 (5.63%) Relational Database
6 72 (5.19%) Data Lake
7 70 (5.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 66 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
9 64 (4.62%) Power BI
10 62 (4.47%) Apache Cassandra
11 61 (4.40%) MySQL
12 49 (3.54%) HDInsight
13 26 (1.88%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 20 (1.44%) MariaDB
15 18 (1.30%) Amazon RDS
15 18 (1.30%) Oracle Database
16 15 (1.08%) Redis
17 14 (1.01%) Azure SQL Database
18 12 (0.87%) Hadoop
19 11 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 387 (27.92%) Selenium
2 232 (16.74%) Git (software)
3 167 (12.05%) SpecFlow
4 166 (11.98%) Jenkins
5 133 (9.60%) JIRA
6 114 (8.23%) Cucumber
7 93 (6.71%) Postman
8 83 (5.99%) WebDriver
9 58 (4.18%) Visual Studio
10 51 (3.68%) TestRail
11 46 (3.32%) JMeter
12 43 (3.10%) JUnit
13 40 (2.89%) Cypress.io
14 39 (2.81%) NUnit
15 38 (2.74%) SoapUI
16 31 (2.24%) Visual Studio Team System
17 30 (2.16%) Appium
18 27 (1.95%) Jasmine
19 26 (1.88%) TeamCity
20 23 (1.66%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 238 (17.17%) Social Skills
2 167 (12.05%) Finance
3 72 (5.19%) Analytical Skills
4 67 (4.83%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 57 (4.11%) Telecoms
6 55 (3.97%) Law
7 47 (3.39%) Banking
8 29 (2.09%) Electronics
9 27 (1.95%) Retail
10 26 (1.88%) Marketing
11 17 (1.23%) Games
11 17 (1.23%) Organisational Skills
12 14 (1.01%) Advertising
12 14 (1.01%) Legal
13 13 (0.94%) Manufacturing
14 11 (0.79%) Military
14 11 (0.79%) Publishing
15 9 (0.65%) Financial Institution
15 9 (0.65%) Public Sector
16 8 (0.58%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 355 (25.61%) Developer
2 256 (18.47%) Software Engineer
3 147 (10.61%) Test Engineer
4 144 (10.39%) Analyst
5 132 (9.52%) Tester
6 119 (8.59%) Software Developer
7 106 (7.65%) Test Analyst
8 101 (7.29%) Senior Developer
9 98 (7.07%) QA Engineer
10 82 (5.92%) C# Developer
11 69 (4.98%) Test Automation Engineer
12 68 (4.91%) Principal Engineer
13 66 (4.76%) Security Engineer
13 66 (4.76%) Senior Software Engineer
14 63 (4.55%) Cybersecurity Engineer
15 62 (4.47%) Full Stack Developer
16 60 (4.33%) Principal Software Engineer
17 58 (4.18%) Developer in Test
18 57 (4.11%) Embedded Engineer
18 57 (4.11%) Embedded Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 330 (23.81%) .NET
2 165 (11.90%) .NET Core
3 156 (11.26%) React
4 137 (9.88%) RESTful
5 133 (9.60%) Node.js
6 110 (7.94%) CSS
6 110 (7.94%) REST
6 110 (7.94%) Web Services
7 98 (7.07%) HTML
8 93 (6.71%) AngularJS
9 75 (5.41%) JSON
10 57 (4.11%) Gherkin
11 45 (3.25%) XML
12 44 (3.17%) .NET Framework
13 41 (2.96%) Redux
14 40 (2.89%) ASP.NET
14 40 (2.89%) jQuery
15 38 (2.74%) SOAP
16 37 (2.67%) ARM Templates
17 34 (2.45%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 99 (7.14%) Cloud Native
2 75 (5.41%) User Experience
3 67 (4.83%) Mobile App
4 48 (3.46%) Self-Motivation
5 38 (2.74%) Embedded Systems
6 32 (2.31%) Cyber Defence
6 32 (2.31%) Cyberattack
7 31 (2.24%) Linux Command Line
8 29 (2.09%) Cyberthreat
9 25 (1.80%) ASIC
10 23 (1.66%) Virtual Team
11 20 (1.44%) Photography
12 19 (1.37%) Smartphone
13 18 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
14 17 (1.23%) FPGA
15 15 (1.08%) Social Media
15 15 (1.08%) Video\Live Streaming
16 14 (1.01%) Handset
17 13 (0.94%) Life Science
17 13 (0.94%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 178 (12.84%) Linux
2 94 (6.78%) Windows
3 36 (2.60%) Android
4 34 (2.45%) Unix
5 21 (1.52%) Apple iOS
6 14 (1.01%) VMS
7 13 (0.94%) Embedded Linux
7 13 (0.94%) Ubuntu
8 11 (0.79%) Windows Server
9 9 (0.65%) CentOS
10 8 (0.58%) Debian
11 3 (0.22%) zOS
12 2 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
13 1 (0.072%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 935 (67.46%) Agile Software Development
2 515 (37.16%) CI/CD
3 449 (32.40%) DevOps
4 370 (26.70%) Software Testing
5 356 (25.69%) Software Engineering
6 287 (20.71%) Continuous Integration
7 286 (20.63%) Scrum
8 255 (18.40%) TDD
9 227 (16.38%) Mentoring
10 200 (14.43%) SDLC
11 187 (13.49%) Problem-Solving
12 179 (12.91%) BDD
13 166 (11.98%) Full Stack Development
14 163 (11.76%) Manual Testing
15 160 (11.54%) User Stories
16 151 (10.89%) Computer Science
17 149 (10.75%) Analytics
18 146 (10.53%) Risk Management
19 131 (9.45%) Unit Testing
20 123 (8.87%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 630 (45.45%) C#
2 389 (28.07%) SQL
3 379 (27.34%) Java
4 314 (22.66%) Python
5 305 (22.01%) JavaScript
6 138 (9.96%) C++
7 132 (9.52%) PowerShell
8 110 (7.94%) C
9 103 (7.43%) TypeScript
10 69 (4.98%) Bash
11 40 (2.89%) PHP
12 36 (2.60%) Perl
13 35 (2.53%) T-SQL
14 31 (2.24%) Embedded C
15 30 (2.16%) PL/SQL
15 30 (2.16%) Scala
16 28 (2.02%) Go
17 24 (1.73%) Ruby
18 23 (1.66%) Groovy
19 22 (1.59%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 199 (14.36%) Degree
2 102 (7.36%) ISTQB
3 73 (5.27%) Computer Science Degree
4 69 (4.98%) Security Cleared
5 55 (3.97%) SC Cleared
6 52 (3.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 46 (3.32%) ISEB
8 32 (2.31%) Microsoft Certification
9 29 (2.09%) Master's Degree
10 15 (1.08%) OCP
10 15 (1.08%) Oracle Certification
11 4 (0.29%) DV Cleared
12 3 (0.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 1 (0.072%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 1 (0.072%) AWS Certification
13 1 (0.072%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (0.072%) CISSP
13 1 (0.072%) GIAC
13 1 (0.072%) Numerate Degree
13 1 (0.072%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 445 (32.11%) QA
2 12 (0.87%) Accessibility
3 9 (0.65%) SLA
4 6 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 3 (0.22%) DICOM
5 3 (0.22%) GxP
5 3 (0.22%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.072%) EMIR
6 1 (0.072%) MiFID
6 1 (0.072%) PMO
6 1 (0.072%) WCAG
System Software
1 244 (17.60%) Docker
2 58 (4.18%) Firmware
3 55 (3.97%) Active Directory
4 18 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
5 11 (0.79%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
6 10 (0.72%) HDFS
7 9 (0.65%) KVM
7 9 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (0.65%) Xen
8 4 (0.29%) Hyper-V
9 3 (0.22%) RACF
9 3 (0.22%) Time Sharing Option
10 2 (0.14%) NFS
10 2 (0.14%) Samba
Systems Management
1 138 (9.96%) Kubernetes
2 89 (6.42%) Terraform
3 42 (3.03%) Ansible
4 36 (2.60%) Opscode Chef
5 19 (1.37%) Puppet
6 17 (1.23%) Apache Brooklyn
7 16 (1.15%) HP Quality Center
8 14 (1.01%) Grafana
9 11 (0.79%) logstash
10 5 (0.36%) Hadoop YARN
10 5 (0.36%) Packer
10 5 (0.36%) Prometheus
11 4 (0.29%) HP ALM
11 4 (0.29%) Kibana
12 2 (0.14%) Docker Swarm
13 1 (0.072%) BMC PATROL
13 1 (0.072%) OpenNebula
Vendors
1 177 (12.77%) Microsoft
2 50 (3.61%) Databricks
2 50 (3.61%) Palantir
3 48 (3.46%) Google
4 45 (3.25%) Oracle
5 23 (1.66%) Telerik
5 23 (1.66%) VMware
6 20 (1.44%) HP
7 14 (1.01%) Atlassian
7 14 (1.01%) Sophos
8 10 (0.72%) Perforce
9 9 (0.65%) Xamarin
10 8 (0.58%) Adobe
11 7 (0.51%) Apple
12 6 (0.43%) IBM
12 6 (0.43%) SAP
13 5 (0.36%) Agilent
13 5 (0.36%) BroadSoft
13 5 (0.36%) Cisco
14 4 (0.29%) SaltStack