Period
to 6 December 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 6 December 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
England > South East
6 months to
6 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 32 31 39
Rank change year-on-year -1 +8 +6
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 1,588 2,039 1,898
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.40% 7.14% 6.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.09% 7.81% 6.77%
Number of salaries quoted 1,385 1,802 1,630
South East median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £31,450 £31,250 £28,750
90th Percentile £73,750 £67,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £51,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +2.94% +2.00% +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 22,408 26,112 28,027
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 90.25% 91.42% 90.29%
Number of salaries quoted 18,136 21,414 23,066
South East median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £28,500 £28,250 £27,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £68,750
England median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £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 6 December 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 6 December 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 -8 514 £50,000 - 93
Hampshire +1 435 £45,000 - 46
Berkshire +7 331 £55,000 +4.76% 58
Surrey -13 227 £55,000 +10.00% 58
West Sussex +2 213 £50,000 +11.11% 28
East Sussex -3 139 £48,500 +7.78% 8
Oxfordshire -19 98 £50,000 -4.76% 25
Buckinghamshire -20 85 £42,500 -5.56% 10
Kent -8 59 £45,000 +24.14% 12
Sussex +4 1 £45,000 - 1
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 6 December 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.

1 923 (58.12%) Agile Software Development
2 598 (37.66%) C#
3 542 (34.13%) Selenium
4 516 (32.49%) QA
5 423 (26.64%) .NET
6 391 (24.62%) SQL
7 374 (23.55%) Java
8 358 (22.54%) Scrum
9 356 (22.42%) BDD
10 341 (21.47%) JavaScript
11 327 (20.59%) Azure
12 320 (20.15%) TDD
13 312 (19.65%) DevOps
14 289 (18.20%) JIRA
15 288 (18.14%) Microsoft
16 284 (17.88%) Test Scripting
17 275 (17.32%) Git (software)
18 251 (15.81%) Software Engineering
19 249 (15.68%) Software Testing
20 231 (14.55%) Manual Testing
21 230 (14.48%) ISTQB
22 225 (14.17%) Degree
22 225 (14.17%) Continuous Integration
23 209 (13.16%) Cucumber
24 199 (12.53%) SpecFlow
25 192 (12.09%) Test Strategy
26 189 (11.90%) Python
27 187 (11.78%) Jenkins
28 180 (11.34%) Finance
29 177 (11.15%) WebDriver

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
1 156 (9.82%) Confluence
2 19 (1.20%) SharePoint
3 18 (1.13%) Apache
4 13 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
5 12 (0.76%) Apache Spark
5 12 (0.76%) Drupal
6 10 (0.63%) CMS
7 7 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
7 7 (0.44%) WebSphere
8 5 (0.31%) CICS
8 5 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
8 5 (0.31%) IIS
8 5 (0.31%) Joomla!
8 5 (0.31%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.31%) WordPress
9 4 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.25%) GlassFish
9 4 (0.25%) JBoss
10 3 (0.19%) nginx
10 3 (0.19%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 21 (1.32%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.25%) Gliffy
4 4 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.063%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 34 (2.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.57%) SAP HR
2 9 (0.57%) SAP WM
3 3 (0.19%) NetSuite
3 3 (0.19%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.063%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.063%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.063%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.063%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 327 (20.59%) Azure
2 163 (10.26%) AWS
3 89 (5.60%) SaaS
4 52 (3.27%) GitHub
5 44 (2.77%) PaaS
6 42 (2.64%) Serverless
7 38 (2.39%) Slack
8 24 (1.51%) GCP
9 20 (1.26%) Dynamics 365
9 20 (1.26%) IaaS
10 19 (1.20%) BrowserStack
11 13 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
11 13 (0.82%) Datadog
11 13 (0.82%) npm
12 12 (0.76%) Power Platform
13 11 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
14 9 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
14 9 (0.57%) Data Lake Analytics
15 8 (0.50%) Azure Functions
16 7 (0.44%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.20%) Firewall
2 17 (1.07%) DNS
3 16 (1.01%) Wireless
4 14 (0.88%) SNMP
5 13 (0.82%) TCP/IP
6 11 (0.69%) HTTP
6 11 (0.69%) MPLS
6 11 (0.69%) SSH
7 10 (0.63%) VoIP
8 6 (0.38%) Network Security
9 5 (0.31%) DHCP
9 5 (0.31%) LAN
9 5 (0.31%) WAN
10 4 (0.25%) VLAN
10 4 (0.25%) Wireshark
11 3 (0.19%) Ethernet
11 3 (0.19%) VPN
11 3 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (0.19%) ZigBee
12 2 (0.13%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (10.20%) SQL Server
2 79 (4.97%) Relational Database
3 50 (3.15%) NoSQL
4 37 (2.33%) MongoDB
4 37 (2.33%) Redis
5 27 (1.70%) Big Data
6 26 (1.64%) MySQL
7 20 (1.26%) PostgreSQL
8 19 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
9 16 (1.01%) Data Lake
10 15 (0.94%) RDBMS
10 15 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 12 (0.76%) Power BI
12 10 (0.63%) Cosmos DB
13 9 (0.57%) SAP BW
14 8 (0.50%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 8 (0.50%) DB2
14 8 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 6 (0.38%) Blockchain
15 6 (0.38%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 542 (34.13%) Selenium
2 289 (18.20%) JIRA
3 275 (17.32%) Git (software)
4 209 (13.16%) Cucumber
5 199 (12.53%) SpecFlow
6 187 (11.78%) Jenkins
7 177 (11.15%) WebDriver
8 115 (7.24%) Visual Studio
9 100 (6.30%) Postman
10 88 (5.54%) JMeter
11 60 (3.78%) SoapUI
12 58 (3.65%) Team Foundation Server
13 57 (3.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 53 (3.34%) Bitbucket
15 52 (3.27%) JUnit
15 52 (3.27%) TeamCity
16 49 (3.09%) NUnit
17 43 (2.71%) HP UFT
17 43 (2.71%) Maven
18 42 (2.64%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 180 (11.34%) Finance
2 64 (4.03%) Retail
3 45 (2.83%) Games
4 22 (1.39%) Aerospace
4 22 (1.39%) Public Sector
5 20 (1.26%) Marketing
6 19 (1.20%) Telecoms
7 18 (1.13%) Advertising
8 17 (1.07%) Banking
9 12 (0.76%) Manufacturing
10 11 (0.69%) Avionics
11 10 (0.63%) Back Office
12 9 (0.57%) Financial Institution
13 8 (0.50%) Electronics
14 7 (0.44%) Automotive
14 7 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.31%) Billing
16 4 (0.25%) Military
17 3 (0.19%) Legal
18 2 (0.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 384 (24.18%) Developer
2 259 (16.31%) Analyst
3 245 (15.43%) Test Engineer
4 218 (13.73%) Tester
5 199 (12.53%) Test Analyst
6 169 (10.64%) Software Engineer
7 132 (8.31%) QA Engineer
8 130 (8.19%) C# Developer
9 114 (7.18%) Software Developer
10 102 (6.42%) Software Test Engineer
11 101 (6.36%) .NET Developer
11 101 (6.36%) Test Automation Engineer
12 93 (5.86%) Automation Tester
13 81 (5.10%) DevOps Engineer
14 79 (4.97%) C# .NET Developer
15 69 (4.35%) C# Software Developer
16 67 (4.22%) Senior Developer
16 67 (4.22%) Software Tester
17 64 (4.03%) QA Analyst
18 55 (3.46%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 423 (26.64%) .NET
2 148 (9.32%) CSS
3 137 (8.63%) AngularJS
4 135 (8.50%) HTML
5 131 (8.25%) Web Services
6 118 (7.43%) React
7 117 (7.37%) Node.js
8 103 (6.49%) .NET Framework
9 100 (6.30%) REST
10 99 (6.23%) RESTful
11 80 (5.04%) ASP.NET
12 79 (4.97%) SOAP
13 70 (4.41%) Gherkin
14 67 (4.22%) .NET Core
14 67 (4.22%) ASP.NET Web API
15 53 (3.34%) Sass
16 45 (2.83%) WCF
17 43 (2.71%) HTML5
18 39 (2.46%) Spring
19 35 (2.20%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 106 (6.68%) Greenfield Project
2 70 (4.41%) Mobile App
2 70 (4.41%) Self-Motivation
3 60 (3.78%) Analytical Skills
4 50 (3.15%) User Experience
5 37 (2.33%) Cloud Native
6 27 (1.70%) Algorithms
7 20 (1.26%) Driving Licence
8 18 (1.13%) Data Structures
9 15 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
10 13 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
11 11 (0.69%) Management Information System
11 11 (0.69%) Virtual Team
12 10 (0.63%) Embedded Systems
13 8 (0.50%) Blog
13 8 (0.50%) Client/Server
13 8 (0.50%) Public Cloud
14 7 (0.44%) Life Science
15 6 (0.38%) Mainframe
15 6 (0.38%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 141 (8.88%) Linux
2 100 (6.30%) Windows
3 51 (3.21%) Android
4 50 (3.15%) Apple iOS
5 29 (1.83%) Unix
6 16 (1.01%) Ubuntu
7 9 (0.57%) Debian
8 7 (0.44%) CentOS
8 7 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.31%) Windows Server
10 3 (0.19%) Mac OS
10 3 (0.19%) VMS
10 3 (0.19%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.063%) OpenWrt
Processes & Methodologies
1 923 (58.12%) Agile Software Development
2 358 (22.54%) Scrum
3 356 (22.42%) BDD
4 320 (20.15%) TDD
5 312 (19.65%) DevOps
6 284 (17.88%) Test Scripting
7 251 (15.81%) Software Engineering
8 249 (15.68%) Software Testing
9 231 (14.55%) Manual Testing
10 225 (14.17%) Continuous Integration
11 192 (12.09%) Test Strategy
12 175 (11.02%) Problem-Solving
12 175 (11.02%) SDLC
13 161 (10.14%) Regression Testing
14 137 (8.63%) Unit Testing
15 130 (8.19%) Computer Science
16 129 (8.12%) MVC
17 117 (7.37%) Coaching
18 114 (7.18%) Mentoring
19 112 (7.05%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 598 (37.66%) C#
2 391 (24.62%) SQL
3 374 (23.55%) Java
4 341 (21.47%) JavaScript
5 189 (11.90%) Python
6 96 (6.05%) C++
7 80 (5.04%) PHP
8 56 (3.53%) Ruby
9 55 (3.46%) T-SQL
10 53 (3.34%) PowerShell
11 51 (3.21%) TypeScript
12 44 (2.77%) Bash Shell
13 41 (2.58%) C
14 34 (2.14%) ES6
15 20 (1.26%) Groovy
16 18 (1.13%) VB.NET
17 15 (0.94%) Go
18 14 (0.88%) PL/SQL
19 13 (0.82%) Java 8
19 13 (0.82%) Perl
Qualifications
1 230 (14.48%) ISTQB
2 225 (14.17%) Degree
3 148 (9.32%) ISEB
4 75 (4.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 74 (4.66%) Security Cleared
6 69 (4.35%) Computer Science Degree
7 48 (3.02%) SC Cleared
8 8 (0.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 4 (0.25%) CISSP
9 4 (0.25%) Master's Degree
10 3 (0.19%) HND
10 3 (0.19%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.19%) PMP
11 2 (0.13%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.063%) CCNA
12 1 (0.063%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.063%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.063%) PhD
12 1 (0.063%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 516 (32.49%) QA
2 27 (1.70%) DICOM
3 15 (0.94%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.31%) PMO
5 3 (0.19%) Def Stans
5 3 (0.19%) GDPR
6 2 (0.13%) GAMP
6 2 (0.13%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.063%) NIST
7 1 (0.063%) SLA
System Software
1 165 (10.39%) Docker
2 16 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (0.57%) Firmware
4 6 (0.38%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.31%) oVirt
5 5 (0.31%) RHEV
6 4 (0.25%) iptables
6 4 (0.25%) KVM
6 4 (0.25%) NFS
6 4 (0.25%) QEMU
6 4 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
6 4 (0.25%) Xen
7 3 (0.19%) ACF2
7 3 (0.19%) Active Directory
7 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (0.19%) RACF
7 3 (0.19%) vCloud
8 1 (0.063%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.063%) LXC
8 1 (0.063%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 81 (5.10%) Kubernetes
2 50 (3.15%) Opscode Chef
3 47 (2.96%) Puppet
4 29 (1.83%) Terraform
5 21 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
6 19 (1.20%) Ansible
7 17 (1.07%) Mesos
8 16 (1.01%) Kibana
8 16 (1.01%) Marathon
9 9 (0.57%) HP ALM
10 8 (0.50%) SELinux
11 7 (0.44%) Salt
12 6 (0.38%) Grafana
13 5 (0.31%) Prometheus
14 4 (0.25%) Ambari
15 3 (0.19%) logstash
15 3 (0.19%) MIIS
15 3 (0.19%) SCCM
15 3 (0.19%) SCOM
15 3 (0.19%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 288 (18.14%) Microsoft
2 49 (3.09%) Atlassian
3 46 (2.90%) SAP
4 42 (2.64%) Oracle
5 29 (1.83%) Google
6 18 (1.13%) Xamarin
7 16 (1.01%) HP
8 10 (0.63%) VMware
9 9 (0.57%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (0.50%) Sage
11 7 (0.44%) hybris
11 7 (0.44%) IBM
11 7 (0.44%) Informatica
11 7 (0.44%) Sitecore
12 6 (0.38%) Remedy
13 5 (0.31%) CA Agile Central
13 5 (0.31%) Cisco
13 5 (0.31%) Perforce
13 5 (0.31%) Zend
14 4 (0.25%) ServiceNow