Period
to 15 January 2021

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 15 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
England > South East
6 months to
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 24 31 30
Rank change year-on-year +7 -1 +10
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 825 1,582 1,951
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 8.34% 6.79% 7.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 9.17% 7.51% 7.97%
Number of salaries quoted 734 1,355 1,761
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £36,000 £32,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £71,250 £72,500 £67,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £51,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +2.94% +2.00%

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 8,993 21,060 24,482
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 90.88% 90.34% 91.71%
Number of salaries quoted 7,226 17,138 20,269
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,750 £28,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £76,250 £73,750
England median annual salary £55,000 £54,559 £52,500
% change year-on-year +0.81% +3.92% +5.00%

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 15 January 2021.

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 15 January 2021. 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 +10 273 £50,000 - 44
West Sussex +11 221 £55,000 +10.00% 6
Berkshire +8 191 £50,000 -13.04% 28
Hampshire -5 179 £45,000 - 21
East Sussex +8 71 £50,000 +5.26% 2
Surrey -11 65 £53,750 -2.27% 9
Oxfordshire +15 52 £45,000 -5.26% 12
Buckinghamshire +6 30 £45,000 +3.45% 4
Kent -9 12 £36,250 -19.44% 6
Sussex -8 3 £52,500 +16.67% 1
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 15 January 2021, 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.

1 435 (52.73%) Agile Software Development
2 375 (45.45%) C#
3 353 (42.79%) QA
4 312 (37.82%) Selenium
5 269 (32.61%) .NET
5 269 (32.61%) DevOps
6 224 (27.15%) Scrum
7 215 (26.06%) Azure
8 201 (24.36%) BDD
9 181 (21.94%) SQL
10 173 (20.97%) JavaScript
11 157 (19.03%) Microservices
12 151 (18.30%) Software Engineering
13 146 (17.70%) TypeScript
14 144 (17.45%) Degree
15 133 (16.12%) Python
16 129 (15.64%) TDD
16 129 (15.64%) Continuous Integration
16 129 (15.64%) SpecFlow
17 122 (14.79%) SQL Server
18 120 (14.55%) AWS
19 119 (14.42%) Java
20 118 (14.30%) JIRA
21 113 (13.70%) Git (software)
22 111 (13.45%) RESTful
23 105 (12.73%) WebDriver
23 105 (12.73%) React
24 103 (12.48%) Gherkin
25 101 (12.24%) Docker
26 94 (11.39%) ISTQB

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 27 (3.27%) Confluence
2 16 (1.94%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (0.48%) Apache
4 4 (0.48%) CMS
5 3 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (0.36%) Drupal
5 3 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (0.36%) nginx
5 3 (0.36%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.24%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.12%) IIS
7 1 (0.12%) NServiceBus
7 1 (0.12%) SAS
7 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
Applications
1 9 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (0.48%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (0.61%) Epicor Tropos
2 1 (0.12%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 215 (26.06%) Azure
2 120 (14.55%) AWS
3 75 (9.09%) SaaS
4 33 (4.00%) Serverless
5 23 (2.79%) AWS Lambda
6 22 (2.67%) GCP
7 16 (1.94%) BrowserStack
8 12 (1.45%) Dynamics 365
9 8 (0.97%) Azure Functions
10 7 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (0.85%) GitHub
10 7 (0.85%) Veeva
11 6 (0.73%) BlazeMeter
11 6 (0.73%) PaaS
12 5 (0.61%) Amazon Cognito
12 5 (0.61%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 5 (0.61%) Amazon SQS
12 5 (0.61%) AWS Fargate
12 5 (0.61%) Cloudflare
12 5 (0.61%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 84 (10.18%) Skype
2 14 (1.70%) HTTP
2 14 (1.70%) TCP/IP
3 10 (1.21%) VoIP
4 9 (1.09%) Internet
5 8 (0.97%) Intranet
5 8 (0.97%) Wireshark
6 7 (0.85%) H.323
6 7 (0.85%) Network Security
6 7 (0.85%) RTP
7 5 (0.61%) Wireless
8 4 (0.48%) Diameter Protocol
8 4 (0.48%) DNS
8 4 (0.48%) INAP
9 3 (0.36%) 3GPP
9 3 (0.36%) 4G
9 3 (0.36%) Firewall
9 3 (0.36%) HTTPS
9 3 (0.36%) IPv4
9 3 (0.36%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (14.79%) SQL Server
2 73 (8.85%) MongoDB
3 49 (5.94%) NoSQL
4 25 (3.03%) Relational Database
5 24 (2.91%) MySQL
5 24 (2.91%) PostgreSQL
6 19 (2.30%) Big Data
7 16 (1.94%) Redis
8 14 (1.70%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 14 (1.70%) RDBMS
9 11 (1.33%) Cosmos DB
10 7 (0.85%) MS Access
11 6 (0.73%) SQL Server 2016
11 6 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 5 (0.61%) Amazon Aurora
12 5 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
12 5 (0.61%) Power BI
12 5 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 4 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
14 2 (0.24%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 312 (37.82%) Selenium
2 129 (15.64%) SpecFlow
3 118 (14.30%) JIRA
4 113 (13.70%) Git (software)
5 105 (12.73%) WebDriver
6 79 (9.58%) Cucumber
7 73 (8.85%) Postman
8 64 (7.76%) Jenkins
9 48 (5.82%) Appium
10 34 (4.12%) Visual Studio
11 28 (3.39%) SoapUI
12 27 (3.27%) TeamCity
13 26 (3.15%) Cypress.io
13 26 (3.15%) Eclipse
13 26 (3.15%) JMeter
14 18 (2.18%) Visual Studio Team System
15 17 (2.06%) NUnit
16 14 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
17 13 (1.58%) JUnit
18 10 (1.21%) LoadRunner
General
1 60 (7.27%) Finance
2 26 (3.15%) Retail
3 16 (1.94%) Pharmaceutical
3 16 (1.94%) Public Sector
3 16 (1.94%) Telecoms
4 10 (1.21%) Aerospace
4 10 (1.21%) Marketing
5 9 (1.09%) Back Office
5 9 (1.09%) Banking
6 8 (0.97%) Electronics
6 8 (0.97%) Games
6 8 (0.97%) Manufacturing
7 5 (0.61%) Publishing
8 4 (0.48%) Advertising
8 4 (0.48%) Automotive
8 4 (0.48%) Korean Language
9 3 (0.36%) Billing
9 3 (0.36%) Military
10 2 (0.24%) Law
10 2 (0.24%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 214 (25.94%) Developer
2 129 (15.64%) QA Engineer
3 128 (15.52%) Test Engineer
4 111 (13.45%) Analyst
5 105 (12.73%) Test Analyst
6 75 (9.09%) Test Automation Engineer
6 75 (9.09%) Tester
7 74 (8.97%) Software Engineer
8 70 (8.48%) QA Analyst
9 66 (8.00%) QA Test Analyst
10 59 (7.15%) Automation Test Analyst
11 55 (6.67%) Automation Tester
11 55 (6.67%) C# Developer
12 46 (5.58%) Scala Developer
13 45 (5.45%) QA Automation Analyst
14 43 (5.21%) .NET Developer
15 40 (4.85%) Software Developer
16 34 (4.12%) QA Test Engineer
17 33 (4.00%) Principal Engineer
18 29 (3.52%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 269 (32.61%) .NET
2 111 (13.45%) RESTful
3 105 (12.73%) React
4 103 (12.48%) Gherkin
5 88 (10.67%) REST
6 86 (10.42%) AngularJS
7 80 (9.70%) .NET Core
8 74 (8.97%) CSS
9 73 (8.85%) HTML
10 70 (8.48%) JSON
11 53 (6.42%) HTML5
12 50 (6.06%) ASP.NET
13 46 (5.58%) Node.js
13 46 (5.58%) Web Services
14 45 (5.45%) .NET Framework
15 34 (4.12%) XML
16 31 (3.76%) RabbitMQ
17 22 (2.67%) SOAP
17 22 (2.67%) Spring
17 22 (2.67%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 46 (5.58%) Mobile App
2 37 (4.48%) Greenfield Project
3 34 (4.12%) Analytical Skills
4 32 (3.88%) User Experience
5 13 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
7 11 (1.33%) Robotics
7 11 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
8 9 (1.09%) Virtual Team
9 8 (0.97%) Cloud Native
9 8 (0.97%) Embedded Systems
10 7 (0.85%) Over-the-Top Content
11 6 (0.73%) Reinsurance
12 5 (0.61%) LIMS
13 4 (0.48%) Management Information System
14 2 (0.24%) iPad
14 2 (0.24%) Video\Live Streaming
14 2 (0.24%) Wiki
15 1 (0.12%) Data Centre
15 1 (0.12%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 77 (9.33%) Linux
2 73 (8.85%) Windows
3 35 (4.24%) Android
4 33 (4.00%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.45%) Unix
6 5 (0.61%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.36%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.12%) CentOS
8 1 (0.12%) Debian
8 1 (0.12%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.12%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.12%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 435 (52.73%) Agile Software Development
2 269 (32.61%) DevOps
3 224 (27.15%) Scrum
4 201 (24.36%) BDD
5 157 (19.03%) Microservices
6 151 (18.30%) Software Engineering
7 129 (15.64%) Continuous Integration
7 129 (15.64%) TDD
8 91 (11.03%) Software Testing
9 88 (10.67%) Mentoring
10 84 (10.18%) Problem-Solving
10 84 (10.18%) Unit Testing
11 83 (10.06%) Test Scripting
12 80 (9.70%) Manual Testing
12 80 (9.70%) Test Strategy
13 72 (8.73%) API Testing
14 70 (8.48%) Computer Science
14 70 (8.48%) Scenario Testing
15 62 (7.52%) QA Automation
16 58 (7.03%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 375 (45.45%) C#
2 181 (21.94%) SQL
3 173 (20.97%) JavaScript
4 146 (17.70%) TypeScript
5 133 (16.12%) Python
6 119 (14.42%) Java
7 75 (9.09%) C++
8 46 (5.58%) Scala
9 32 (3.88%) C
10 26 (3.15%) T-SQL
11 23 (2.79%) Embedded C
11 23 (2.79%) Embedded C++
12 21 (2.55%) PHP
13 20 (2.42%) Ruby
14 16 (1.94%) Bash Shell
15 14 (1.70%) PowerShell
16 9 (1.09%) VB.NET
17 7 (0.85%) ES6
17 7 (0.85%) Go
17 7 (0.85%) Perl
Qualifications
1 144 (17.45%) Degree
2 94 (11.39%) ISTQB
3 60 (7.27%) ISEB
4 46 (5.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 37 (4.48%) Computer Science Degree
6 22 (2.67%) Security Cleared
7 19 (2.30%) SC Cleared
8 11 (1.33%) OSCP
9 10 (1.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 6 (0.73%) CEH
10 6 (0.73%) CREST Certified
11 4 (0.48%) Numerate Degree
12 3 (0.36%) HND
12 3 (0.36%) Master's Degree
13 1 (0.12%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 353 (42.79%) QA
2 8 (0.97%) GDPR
2 8 (0.97%) SLA
3 5 (0.61%) GAMP
4 2 (0.24%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.24%) NIST
4 2 (0.24%) PMO
5 1 (0.12%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 101 (12.24%) Docker
2 13 (1.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.97%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.85%) KVM
5 5 (0.61%) Active Directory
6 4 (0.48%) vSphere
7 1 (0.12%) Firmware
7 1 (0.12%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 83 (10.06%) Kubernetes
2 40 (4.85%) Terraform
3 23 (2.79%) Puppet
4 13 (1.58%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (0.73%) Grafana
6 6 (0.73%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.36%) Kibana
7 3 (0.36%) Nmap
7 3 (0.36%) Packer
8 2 (0.24%) Ansible
8 2 (0.24%) Perfmon
9 1 (0.12%) SCCM
9 1 (0.12%) SCOM
Vendors
1 69 (8.36%) Microsoft
2 30 (3.64%) VMware
3 21 (2.55%) Xamarin
4 15 (1.82%) SAP
5 13 (1.58%) Salesforce.com
6 10 (1.21%) BroadSoft
7 8 (0.97%) Google
8 7 (0.85%) Siebel
9 5 (0.61%) Dynatrace
9 5 (0.61%) Oracle
10 4 (0.48%) Automation Anywhere
10 4 (0.48%) Axosoft
10 4 (0.48%) Blue Prism
10 4 (0.48%) SolarWinds
10 4 (0.48%) UiPath
11 3 (0.36%) AppDynamics
11 3 (0.36%) CA Agile Central
11 3 (0.36%) HP
11 3 (0.36%) Mavenir
11 3 (0.36%) New Relic