Period
to 13 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 13 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 29 30 36
Rank change year-on-year +1 +6 +5
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 6,564 6,838 6,446
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 7.38% 6.76% 6.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.07% 7.44% 6.63%
Number of salaries quoted 5,316 5,625 5,452
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £30,732 £28,500 £28,500
90th Percentile £66,500 £61,250 £60,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £46,000
% change year-on-year - +8.70% +2.22%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 81,305 91,960 97,212
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 91.38% 90.95% 90.66%
Number of salaries quoted 63,816 74,598 79,244
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% -
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £70,000 £66,250 £66,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £48,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% +4.17% +1.05%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the UK excluding London

Test Automation
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Salary trend for Test Automation in the UK excluding London

Test Automation
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Test Automation in the UK excluding London

Test Automation
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 13 December 2018. 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
South East +8 2,027 £47,500 +5.56% 285
North of England +1 1,547 £45,000 - 266
North West +11 778 £45,000 - 137
Midlands -5 761 £42,500 +1.19% 148
South West -2 740 £45,000 +5.88% 196
East of England +9 711 £50,000 +5.26% 124
Yorkshire 0 690 £45,000 +1.19% 92
Scotland +16 600 £45,000 +5.88% 103
West Midlands -17 390 £42,500 +6.25% 88
East Midlands -1 369 £42,500 - 60
Wales +17 153 £40,000 +3.90% 40
North East -2 108 £48,500 +15.70% 37
Northern Ireland -5 56 £45,000 +50.00% 10
Test Automation
UK

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 4,308 (65.63%) Agile Software Development
2 2,359 (35.94%) C#
3 2,210 (33.67%) Java
4 2,136 (32.54%) Selenium
5 1,853 (28.23%) QA
6 1,733 (26.40%) SQL
7 1,521 (23.17%) JavaScript
8 1,488 (22.67%) Scrum
9 1,482 (22.58%) .NET
10 1,409 (21.47%) Continuous Integration
11 1,245 (18.97%) Finance
12 1,240 (18.89%) TDD
13 1,170 (17.82%) Software Engineering
14 1,140 (17.37%) BDD
15 1,122 (17.09%) Python
16 1,026 (15.63%) Git (software)
17 946 (14.41%) Software Testing
18 937 (14.27%) JIRA
19 923 (14.06%) Degree
20 892 (13.59%) Cucumber
21 891 (13.57%) HTML
22 801 (12.20%) Microsoft
23 797 (12.14%) Jenkins
24 794 (12.10%) Linux
25 776 (11.82%) Web Services
26 755 (11.50%) DevOps
27 749 (11.41%) SDLC
28 743 (11.32%) Microsoft Azure
29 739 (11.26%) Amazon AWS
29 739 (11.26%) Test Scripting

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 306 (4.66%) Confluence
2 116 (1.77%) Apache
3 99 (1.51%) CMS
4 87 (1.33%) Elasticsearch
5 60 (0.91%) Tomcat
6 55 (0.84%) Apache Spark
6 55 (0.84%) MQSeries
7 54 (0.82%) IIS
7 54 (0.82%) NServiceBus
8 48 (0.73%) WebLogic
9 46 (0.70%) SharePoint
10 38 (0.58%) JBoss
11 36 (0.55%) Apache Solr
12 35 (0.53%) Cloud Foundry
13 30 (0.46%) WebSphere
14 29 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
15 28 (0.43%) Apache Pig
16 27 (0.41%) nginx
17 23 (0.35%) WordPress
18 22 (0.34%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 63 (0.96%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 42 (0.64%) Chatbot
4 15 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
6 9 (0.14%) SPSS
7 6 (0.091%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.091%) Mingle
7 6 (0.091%) MS Visio
8 4 (0.061%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.061%) Simulink
9 3 (0.046%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.030%) Maya
11 1 (0.015%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.015%) ArchiCAD
11 1 (0.015%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.015%) GIMP
11 1 (0.015%) MicroStation
11 1 (0.015%) Revit
11 1 (0.015%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.12%) Odoo
4 6 (0.091%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.091%) Oracle ERP
5 4 (0.061%) Magento
5 4 (0.061%) SAP Business One
5 4 (0.061%) SAP FI-CA
5 4 (0.061%) SAP PSCD
5 4 (0.061%) Shopify
6 3 (0.046%) BusinessWorks
6 3 (0.046%) Payment Gateway
6 3 (0.046%) Teamcenter
7 2 (0.030%) Endur
7 2 (0.030%) HFM
7 2 (0.030%) Postilion
7 2 (0.030%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.015%) Eloqua
8 1 (0.015%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.015%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 743 (11.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 739 (11.26%) Amazon AWS
3 184 (2.80%) SaaS
4 163 (2.48%) GitHub
5 115 (1.75%) Google Cloud Platform
6 98 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
7 79 (1.20%) Serverless
8 62 (0.94%) PaaS
9 53 (0.81%) npm
10 49 (0.75%) AWS Lambda
11 46 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
12 43 (0.66%) IaaS
13 42 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
14 31 (0.47%) Google Analytics
15 28 (0.43%) Office 365
16 24 (0.37%) Amazon S3
17 23 (0.35%) OpenShift
18 18 (0.27%) BrowserStack
19 16 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 16 (0.24%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 163 (2.48%) HTTP
2 86 (1.31%) TCP/IP
3 54 (0.82%) Wireless
4 51 (0.78%) Internet
5 50 (0.76%) SSL
6 42 (0.64%) Firewall
7 28 (0.43%) DNS
8 25 (0.38%) HTTPS
9 23 (0.35%) Broadband
10 22 (0.34%) RS-485
10 22 (0.34%) Wi-Fi
11 18 (0.27%) Ethernet
11 18 (0.27%) Modbus
11 18 (0.27%) SNMP
12 17 (0.26%) Bluetooth
13 11 (0.17%) FTP
13 11 (0.17%) SMS
14 10 (0.15%) Network Security
14 10 (0.15%) VLAN
14 10 (0.15%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 714 (10.88%) SQL Server
2 355 (5.41%) NoSQL
3 325 (4.95%) Relational Database
4 269 (4.10%) MySQL
5 225 (3.43%) Big Data
6 186 (2.83%) PostgreSQL
7 171 (2.61%) MongoDB
8 129 (1.97%) Apache Cassandra
9 128 (1.95%) Hadoop
10 114 (1.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 94 (1.43%) RDBMS
12 90 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
13 89 (1.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 62 (0.94%) Apache Hive
15 53 (0.81%) Bigtable
16 49 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
17 45 (0.69%) Redis
18 41 (0.62%) Power BI
19 40 (0.61%) Oracle Database
20 36 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2,136 (32.54%) Selenium
2 1,026 (15.63%) Git (software)
3 937 (14.27%) JIRA
4 892 (13.59%) Cucumber
5 797 (12.14%) Jenkins
6 635 (9.67%) WebDriver
7 484 (7.37%) Visual Studio
8 434 (6.61%) SoapUI
9 370 (5.64%) SpecFlow
10 329 (5.01%) JUnit
11 322 (4.91%) Team Foundation Server
12 302 (4.60%) JMeter
13 284 (4.33%) Maven
14 251 (3.82%) Subversion
15 203 (3.09%) TeamCity
16 194 (2.96%) NUnit
17 160 (2.44%) Protractor
18 159 (2.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 138 (2.10%) HP UFT
20 137 (2.09%) Appium
General
1 1,245 (18.97%) Finance
2 277 (4.22%) Retail
3 222 (3.38%) Marketing
4 190 (2.89%) Banking
5 173 (2.64%) Electronics
6 169 (2.57%) Manufacturing
7 162 (2.47%) Telecoms
8 116 (1.77%) Games
9 62 (0.94%) Law
10 57 (0.87%) Automotive
11 44 (0.67%) Advertising
12 41 (0.62%) Investment Banking
13 38 (0.58%) Financial Institution
14 32 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
15 25 (0.38%) Publishing
16 22 (0.34%) Back Office
16 22 (0.34%) Retail Banking
17 21 (0.32%) Military
18 18 (0.27%) Legal
19 8 (0.12%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1,779 (27.10%) Developer
2 1,037 (15.80%) Test Engineer
3 1,010 (15.39%) Analyst
4 1,003 (15.28%) Tester
5 869 (13.24%) Test Analyst
6 612 (9.32%) Automation Tester
7 557 (8.49%) Software Engineer
8 494 (7.53%) QA Engineer
9 484 (7.37%) Test Automation Engineer
10 377 (5.74%) .NET Developer
11 367 (5.59%) C# Developer
12 359 (5.47%) Software Developer
13 327 (4.98%) Software Test Engineer
14 321 (4.89%) Senior Developer
15 304 (4.63%) Developer in Test
16 292 (4.45%) Software Tester
17 286 (4.36%) Java Developer
18 258 (3.93%) C# .NET Developer
19 250 (3.81%) Automation Test Analyst
20 242 (3.69%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,482 (22.58%) .NET
2 891 (13.57%) HTML
3 776 (11.82%) Web Services
4 735 (11.20%) CSS
5 575 (8.76%) AngularJS
6 548 (8.35%) ASP.NET
7 534 (8.14%) REST
8 436 (6.64%) XML
9 387 (5.90%) Gherkin
10 376 (5.73%) RESTful
11 363 (5.53%) jQuery
12 352 (5.36%) Node.js
13 332 (5.06%) SOAP
14 330 (5.03%) Spring
15 327 (4.98%) .NET Framework
16 322 (4.91%) HTML5
17 317 (4.83%) JSON
18 308 (4.69%) ASP.NET MVC
19 302 (4.60%) React
20 269 (4.10%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 430 (6.55%) Analytical Skills
2 301 (4.59%) User Experience
3 298 (4.54%) Mobile App
4 246 (3.75%) Self-Motivation
5 244 (3.72%) Greenfield Project
6 218 (3.32%) Algorithms
7 204 (3.11%) Fintech
8 160 (2.44%) Enterprise Software
9 95 (1.45%) Management Information System
10 89 (1.36%) Data Structures
11 78 (1.19%) Virtual Team
12 74 (1.13%) Public Cloud
13 72 (1.10%) Cloud Native
14 58 (0.88%) Reinsurance
15 52 (0.79%) Embedded Systems
16 49 (0.75%) Linux Command Line
17 42 (0.64%) Client/Server
18 41 (0.62%) Life Science
19 33 (0.50%) Data Centre
20 31 (0.47%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 794 (12.10%) Linux
2 524 (7.98%) Windows
3 269 (4.10%) Android
4 216 (3.29%) Apple iOS
5 192 (2.93%) Unix
6 55 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 47 (0.72%) Ubuntu
8 46 (0.70%) Windows Server
9 44 (0.67%) Mac OS X
10 43 (0.66%) CentOS
11 20 (0.30%) Windows Phone
12 18 (0.27%) Debian
13 15 (0.23%) Mac OS
14 13 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
14 13 (0.20%) Fedora
15 11 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
16 10 (0.15%) FreeRTOS
17 9 (0.14%) Windows 7
18 6 (0.091%) Windows Phone 8
19 4 (0.061%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,308 (65.63%) Agile Software Development
2 1,488 (22.67%) Scrum
3 1,409 (21.47%) Continuous Integration
4 1,240 (18.89%) TDD
5 1,170 (17.82%) Software Engineering
6 1,140 (17.37%) BDD
7 946 (14.41%) Software Testing
8 755 (11.50%) DevOps
9 749 (11.41%) SDLC
10 739 (11.26%) Test Scripting
11 705 (10.74%) OO
12 700 (10.66%) Manual Testing
13 693 (10.56%) Test Strategy
14 615 (9.37%) Computer Science
14 615 (9.37%) Unit Testing
15 611 (9.31%) MVC
16 608 (9.26%) Problem-Solving
17 595 (9.06%) Mentoring
18 551 (8.39%) Regression Testing
19 542 (8.26%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 2,359 (35.94%) C#
2 2,210 (33.67%) Java
3 1,733 (26.40%) SQL
4 1,521 (23.17%) JavaScript
5 1,122 (17.09%) Python
6 460 (7.01%) C++
7 337 (5.13%) PHP
8 331 (5.04%) Ruby
9 271 (4.13%) C
10 233 (3.55%) Bash Shell
11 205 (3.12%) PowerShell
12 187 (2.85%) T-SQL
13 140 (2.13%) TypeScript
14 108 (1.65%) Go
14 108 (1.65%) Scala
15 104 (1.58%) Perl
16 103 (1.57%) Java 8
17 87 (1.33%) Shell Script
18 83 (1.26%) PL/SQL
19 64 (0.98%) VB
Qualifications
1 923 (14.06%) Degree
2 622 (9.48%) ISTQB
3 442 (6.73%) ISEB
4 289 (4.40%) Security Cleared
5 229 (3.49%) Computer Science Degree
6 184 (2.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 139 (2.12%) SC Cleared
8 113 (1.72%) DV Cleared
9 81 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
10 43 (0.66%) CISSP
11 41 (0.62%) GIAC
12 40 (0.61%) MCSE
13 37 (0.56%) CCNA
13 37 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
13 37 (0.56%) SSCP
14 34 (0.52%) CompTIA Security+
14 34 (0.52%) MCP
14 34 (0.52%) SANS
15 33 (0.50%) Linux+ Certification
15 33 (0.50%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,853 (28.23%) QA
2 30 (0.46%) Data Quality
2 30 (0.46%) PSD2
3 22 (0.34%) GDPR
4 20 (0.30%) PMO
5 13 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 10 (0.15%) PCI DSS
6 10 (0.15%) SLA
7 9 (0.14%) DICOM
8 5 (0.076%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.061%) PMBOK
10 3 (0.046%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.046%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.046%) JTAG
10 3 (0.046%) WCAG
11 2 (0.030%) Def Stans
11 2 (0.030%) IEC 61131
11 2 (0.030%) MiFID
11 2 (0.030%) Web Application Security Consortium
12 1 (0.015%) MISRA
System Software
1 459 (6.99%) Docker
2 73 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (0.87%) Active Directory
4 47 (0.72%) Firmware
5 30 (0.46%) oVirt
5 30 (0.46%) RHEV
6 28 (0.43%) vSphere
7 24 (0.37%) Hyper-V
8 22 (0.34%) Xen
9 19 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
10 18 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
11 16 (0.24%) Varnish
12 15 (0.23%) VirtualBox
13 7 (0.11%) NFS
13 7 (0.11%) Samba
14 6 (0.091%) XenDesktop
15 5 (0.076%) XenApp
16 4 (0.061%) KVM
16 4 (0.061%) VMware Server
17 3 (0.046%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 265 (4.04%) Puppet
2 209 (3.18%) Kubernetes
3 181 (2.76%) Ansible
4 122 (1.86%) Opscode Chef
5 121 (1.84%) Terraform
6 116 (1.77%) HP Quality Center
7 74 (1.13%) HP ALM
8 41 (0.62%) Docker Swarm
9 38 (0.58%) Salt
10 31 (0.47%) Nagios
11 25 (0.38%) Kibana
12 24 (0.37%) Packer
13 21 (0.32%) logstash
13 21 (0.32%) Mesos
14 16 (0.24%) ZABBIX
15 14 (0.21%) Grafana
16 13 (0.20%) OpenNMS
16 13 (0.20%) vCenter Server
17 12 (0.18%) Oozie
18 11 (0.17%) Graphite
Vendors
1 801 (12.20%) Microsoft
2 368 (5.61%) Oracle
3 206 (3.14%) Google
4 175 (2.67%) SAP
5 127 (1.93%) HP
6 123 (1.87%) Atlassian
7 85 (1.29%) VMware
8 59 (0.90%) WorldPay
9 56 (0.85%) IBM
10 48 (0.73%) Tableau
11 47 (0.72%) Xamarin
12 43 (0.66%) Red Hat
13 38 (0.58%) TIBCO
14 36 (0.55%) Cognizant
15 34 (0.52%) Talend
16 31 (0.47%) Informatica
17 28 (0.43%) New Relic
18 24 (0.37%) Sitecore
19 23 (0.35%) ServiceNow
20 22 (0.34%) EMC