Period
to 18 May 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 18 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
England > South East
6 months to
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 31 27 33
Rank change year-on-year -4 +6 +5
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 972 1,361 1,837
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 7.28% 7.88% 6.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.90% 8.63% 7.61%
Number of salaries quoted 769 1,091 1,552
10th Percentile £35,750 £32,500 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £38,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £62,500 £62,500 £58,750
90th Percentile £72,500 £75,000 £67,500
England median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% -

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 12,307 15,765 24,138
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 92.13% 91.33% 91.87%
Number of salaries quoted 9,324 12,808 19,701
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £28,250
25th Percentile £40,288 £38,475 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
75th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £73,750
England median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +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 18 May 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 18 May 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 -1 394 £50,000 -2.91% 69
Berkshire +3 259 £50,000 -13.04% 38
Hampshire -20 208 £47,500 +2.15% 36
Surrey -8 160 £55,000 -8.33% 20
West Sussex -9 114 £50,000 - 5
East Sussex -13 81 £50,000 +6.38% 10
Oxfordshire +10 75 £55,000 +22.22% 9
Buckinghamshire +1 60 £50,000 +0.50% 22
Kent -20 9 £55,000 +12.24% 2
Home Counties - 3 £80,000 -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 18 May 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.

1 562 (57.82%) Agile Software Development
2 407 (41.87%) QA
3 392 (40.33%) C#
4 369 (37.96%) DevOps
5 349 (35.91%) Azure
6 293 (30.14%) Selenium
7 247 (25.41%) .NET
8 243 (25.00%) Scrum
9 237 (24.38%) JavaScript
10 232 (23.87%) SQL
10 232 (23.87%) BDD
11 229 (23.56%) Social Skills
12 224 (23.05%) Degree
13 210 (21.60%) Software Engineering
14 209 (21.50%) Software Testing
15 207 (21.30%) TDD
16 182 (18.72%) Java
17 178 (18.31%) Python
17 178 (18.31%) Microservices
18 172 (17.70%) Continuous Integration
19 169 (17.39%) Git (software)
20 160 (16.46%) AWS
21 153 (15.74%) Docker
22 148 (15.23%) Problem-Solving
23 139 (14.30%) Linux
24 137 (14.09%) SQL Server
25 133 (13.68%) Computer Science
26 131 (13.48%) Jenkins
27 122 (12.55%) Finance
28 119 (12.24%) Microsoft

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 17 (1.75%) Confluence
2 16 (1.65%) Apache
2 16 (1.65%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.34%) CMS
4 10 (1.03%) Apache Spark
4 10 (1.03%) GemFire
5 7 (0.72%) EPiServer
6 6 (0.62%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.62%) WebSphere Application Server
7 5 (0.51%) ArcGIS
8 4 (0.41%) Oracle Spatial
9 3 (0.31%) Drupal
9 3 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.31%) nginx
9 3 (0.31%) SAS
10 2 (0.21%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.10%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.10%) IIS
11 1 (0.10%) Tomcat
Applications
1 17 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (1.34%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (0.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.51%) Epicor Tropos
2 5 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.10%) Adobe Campaign
3 1 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.10%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 349 (35.91%) Azure
2 160 (16.46%) AWS
3 91 (9.36%) SaaS
4 42 (4.32%) GCP
5 27 (2.78%) AWS CloudFormation
6 20 (2.06%) Serverless
7 19 (1.95%) BrowserStack
8 16 (1.65%) GitHub
9 14 (1.44%) Apigee
10 12 (1.23%) OpenShift
11 10 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
12 9 (0.93%) NuGet
13 8 (0.82%) Azure Functions
13 8 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
14 7 (0.72%) Power Platform
14 7 (0.72%) Sauce Labs
15 6 (0.62%) AWS CodePipeline
16 5 (0.51%) Azure Storage
17 4 (0.41%) Azure Cosmos DB
17 4 (0.41%) Azure Service Fabric
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.37%) Skype
2 17 (1.75%) TCP/IP
3 14 (1.44%) Wireshark
4 13 (1.34%) Internet
5 9 (0.93%) DNS
6 8 (0.82%) 4G
6 8 (0.82%) 5G
6 8 (0.82%) HTTP
7 7 (0.72%) SMTP
8 6 (0.62%) Firewall
8 6 (0.62%) H.323
8 6 (0.62%) Network Security
8 6 (0.62%) VoIP
9 5 (0.51%) Intranet
10 4 (0.41%) 2G
10 4 (0.41%) 3G
10 4 (0.41%) HTTPS
10 4 (0.41%) Wireless
11 3 (0.31%) 3GPP
11 3 (0.31%) Diameter Protocol
Database & Business Intelligence
1 137 (14.09%) SQL Server
2 76 (7.82%) Relational Database
3 45 (4.63%) NoSQL
4 39 (4.01%) PostgreSQL
5 36 (3.70%) MongoDB
6 27 (2.78%) RDBMS
7 26 (2.67%) Big Data
7 26 (2.67%) Redis
8 23 (2.37%) MySQL
9 17 (1.75%) Oracle Database
10 15 (1.54%) MariaDB
11 12 (1.23%) SQL Server 2016
12 11 (1.13%) HBase
13 7 (0.72%) Azure SQL Database
13 7 (0.72%) Power BI
13 7 (0.72%) SQL Server 2014
13 7 (0.72%) SQL Server 2019
14 6 (0.62%) Spatial Data
14 6 (0.62%) SQLite
15 5 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 293 (30.14%) Selenium
2 169 (17.39%) Git (software)
3 131 (13.48%) Jenkins
4 112 (11.52%) SpecFlow
5 110 (11.32%) JIRA
6 89 (9.16%) Cypress.io
7 87 (8.95%) Postman
8 78 (8.02%) Cucumber
9 77 (7.92%) WebDriver
10 62 (6.38%) Appium
11 49 (5.04%) Visual Studio
12 45 (4.63%) JMeter
13 34 (3.50%) NUnit
14 30 (3.09%) TeamCity
14 30 (3.09%) Visual Studio Team System
15 24 (2.47%) Eclipse
15 24 (2.47%) IntelliJ
15 24 (2.47%) Protractor
16 23 (2.37%) JUnit
16 23 (2.37%) Maven
General
1 229 (23.56%) Social Skills
2 122 (12.55%) Finance
3 84 (8.64%) Analytical Skills
4 34 (3.50%) Banking
5 29 (2.98%) Telecoms
6 27 (2.78%) Law
7 23 (2.37%) Organisational Skills
8 21 (2.16%) Automotive
9 15 (1.54%) Marketing
10 14 (1.44%) Pharmaceutical
10 14 (1.44%) Retail
11 10 (1.03%) Influencing Skills
11 10 (1.03%) Military
11 10 (1.03%) Publishing
12 9 (0.93%) Documentation Skills
12 9 (0.93%) Manufacturing
13 8 (0.82%) Games
13 8 (0.82%) Public Sector
14 7 (0.72%) Aerospace
14 7 (0.72%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 248 (25.51%) Developer
2 156 (16.05%) Test Engineer
3 129 (13.27%) QA Engineer
4 98 (10.08%) Tester
5 89 (9.16%) Test Automation Engineer
6 78 (8.02%) Analyst
7 76 (7.82%) Software Engineer
8 73 (7.51%) C# Developer
9 68 (7.00%) Test Analyst
10 64 (6.58%) DevOps Engineer
11 51 (5.25%) Automation Tester
12 47 (4.84%) .NET Developer
13 45 (4.63%) Senior Developer
14 41 (4.22%) Automation Engineer
15 39 (4.01%) C# .NET Developer
16 37 (3.81%) QA Automation Engineer
16 37 (3.81%) Software Developer
17 36 (3.70%) Senior Test Engineer
18 33 (3.40%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
19 32 (3.29%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 247 (25.41%) .NET
2 115 (11.83%) AngularJS
3 108 (11.11%) RESTful
4 106 (10.91%) CSS
5 105 (10.80%) React
6 101 (10.39%) .NET Core
7 94 (9.67%) REST
8 80 (8.23%) HTML
9 72 (7.41%) Node.js
10 68 (7.00%) Gherkin
11 60 (6.17%) JSON
12 58 (5.97%) Web Services
13 57 (5.86%) .NET Framework
14 43 (4.42%) HTML5
15 38 (3.91%) SOAP
16 35 (3.60%) CSS3
17 34 (3.50%) XML
18 32 (3.29%) ASP.NET
18 32 (3.29%) Spring
19 27 (2.78%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 78 (8.02%) Mobile App
2 53 (5.45%) Greenfield Project
3 44 (4.53%) Self-Motivation
4 42 (4.32%) User Experience
5 26 (2.67%) Video Conferencing
6 22 (2.26%) Cloud Native
7 21 (2.16%) Virtual Team
8 18 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
9 12 (1.23%) LIMS
9 12 (1.23%) Linux Command Line
10 9 (0.93%) Data Structures
11 7 (0.72%) iPhone
11 7 (0.72%) Reinsurance
12 6 (0.62%) Algorithms
12 6 (0.62%) Embedded Systems
12 6 (0.62%) Management Information System
12 6 (0.62%) Over-the-Top Content
13 5 (0.51%) Life Science
13 5 (0.51%) Mobile Banking
13 5 (0.51%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 139 (14.30%) Linux
2 68 (7.00%) Windows
3 43 (4.42%) Android
4 35 (3.60%) Apple iOS
5 33 (3.40%) Unix
6 4 (0.41%) VMS
7 3 (0.31%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.21%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.10%) Debian
9 1 (0.10%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 562 (57.82%) Agile Software Development
2 369 (37.96%) DevOps
3 243 (25.00%) Scrum
4 232 (23.87%) BDD
5 210 (21.60%) Software Engineering
6 209 (21.50%) Software Testing
7 207 (21.30%) TDD
8 178 (18.31%) Microservices
9 172 (17.70%) Continuous Integration
10 148 (15.23%) Problem-Solving
11 133 (13.68%) Computer Science
12 115 (11.83%) Manual Testing
13 107 (11.01%) SDLC
14 99 (10.19%) Functional Testing
15 97 (9.98%) Fintech
16 87 (8.95%) API Testing
17 86 (8.85%) Test Strategy
17 86 (8.85%) Unit Testing
18 81 (8.33%) Test Scripting
19 79 (8.13%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 392 (40.33%) C#
2 237 (24.38%) JavaScript
3 232 (23.87%) SQL
4 182 (18.72%) Java
5 178 (18.31%) Python
6 87 (8.95%) TypeScript
7 65 (6.69%) C++
8 51 (5.25%) Bash Shell
9 47 (4.84%) PowerShell
10 41 (4.22%) Ruby
11 29 (2.98%) T-SQL
12 25 (2.57%) PHP
13 24 (2.47%) C
14 18 (1.85%) Scala
15 15 (1.54%) Groovy
16 11 (1.13%) Perl
16 11 (1.13%) Shell Script
17 10 (1.03%) Go
18 8 (0.82%) ES6
19 7 (0.72%) VBA
Qualifications
1 224 (23.05%) Degree
2 69 (7.10%) ISTQB
3 63 (6.48%) Computer Science Degree
4 47 (4.84%) ISEB
5 45 (4.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 24 (2.47%) Security Cleared
7 22 (2.26%) SC Cleared
8 14 (1.44%) Microsoft Certification
9 10 (1.03%) OCP
9 10 (1.03%) Oracle Certification
10 7 (0.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 5 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.31%) HND
13 2 (0.21%) Numerate Degree
14 1 (0.10%) BC Cleared
14 1 (0.10%) CEH
14 1 (0.10%) CREST Certified
14 1 (0.10%) Master's Degree
14 1 (0.10%) OSCP
14 1 (0.10%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 407 (41.87%) QA
2 5 (0.51%) Def Stans
2 5 (0.51%) GAMP
3 3 (0.31%) WCAG
4 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.21%) SLA
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.10%) JTAG
5 1 (0.10%) PMO
System Software
1 153 (15.74%) Docker
2 10 (1.03%) HDFS
2 10 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.72%) KVM
4 6 (0.62%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.10%) Active Directory
6 1 (0.10%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.10%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 114 (11.73%) Kubernetes
2 50 (5.14%) Terraform
3 29 (2.98%) Opscode Chef
3 29 (2.98%) Puppet
4 21 (2.16%) Ansible
5 14 (1.44%) Grafana
5 14 (1.44%) HP Quality Center
6 9 (0.93%) Packer
7 6 (0.62%) Kibana
7 6 (0.62%) Prometheus
8 4 (0.41%) HP ALM
8 4 (0.41%) Perfmon
9 3 (0.31%) Nmap
10 1 (0.10%) HP Fortify
10 1 (0.10%) OpenNebula
Vendors
1 119 (12.24%) Microsoft
2 48 (4.94%) Google
3 47 (4.84%) Oracle
4 42 (4.32%) VMware
5 38 (3.91%) Xamarin
6 19 (1.95%) IBM
7 12 (1.23%) SAP
8 10 (1.03%) Okta
9 8 (0.82%) Salesforce.com
9 8 (0.82%) Xceptor
10 7 (0.72%) Automation Anywhere
10 7 (0.72%) Dynatrace
10 7 (0.72%) Nintex
11 5 (0.51%) BroadSoft
11 5 (0.51%) EMC
11 5 (0.51%) ESRI
11 5 (0.51%) HP
12 4 (0.41%) Atlassian
12 4 (0.41%) Mercator
12 4 (0.41%) UiPath