Period
to 13 July 2020

The median annual salary for an Automation Test Lead was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 July 2020.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Automation Leader
UK
6 months to
13 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 741 947 965
Rank change year-on-year +206 +18 +20
Permanent jobs requiring an Automation Test Lead 75 177 250
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.099% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.13% 0.15%
Number of salaries quoted 75 136 232
Median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.09% -4.35%
10th Percentile £42,500 £40,000 £41,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £45,750 £55,000
% change year-on-year +20.22% -16.82% +4.76%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 72,373 141,131 171,716
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.06% 95.86% 96.22%
Number of salaries quoted 58,275 112,670 139,008
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Automation Test Lead
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Automation Test Lead in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Test Lead in the UK

Automation Test Lead
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Automation Test Lead.

Salary trend for Automation Test Lead in the UK

Automation Test Lead
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Automation Test Lead over the 6 months to 13 July 2020.

Salary histogram for Automation Test Lead in the UK

Automation Test Lead
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Test Lead within the UK over the 6 months to 13 July 2020. 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
England +186 73 £60,000 - 4
UK excluding London +215 54 £55,000 +20.22% 3
South East +177 38 £56,250 +25.00% 1
London +106 21 £75,000 +20.00% 1
North of England +132 9 £47,500 +2.70%
North East +28 5 £37,500 -42.31%
Midlands +112 4 £59,500 +50.63% 1
North West +111 4 £47,500 +11.76%
West Midlands +92 3 £59,500 +43.37% 1
Work from Home +66 3 £55,000 +11.11%
Wales +18 2 £50,000 -
East of England +82 1 £57,500 -11.54% 1
East Midlands +70 1 £65,000 +73.33%

Automation Test Lead Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 July 2020, Automation Test Lead job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Automation Test Lead in the job title.

1 75 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 57 (76.00%) Agile Software Development
3 50 (66.67%) Selenium
4 43 (57.33%) C#
5 34 (45.33%) SQL
6 29 (38.67%) Performance Testing
7 26 (34.67%) Java
7 26 (34.67%) Test Strategy
8 24 (32.00%) Degree
9 23 (30.67%) Waterfall
10 22 (29.33%) QA
11 21 (28.00%) SpecFlow
12 20 (26.67%) DevOps
13 19 (25.33%) Computer Science
14 18 (24.00%) Software Testing
15 17 (22.67%) JIRA
15 17 (22.67%) BDD
15 17 (22.67%) SoapUI
16 16 (21.33%) Decision-Making
16 16 (21.33%) SOAP
17 15 (20.00%) ISTQB
17 15 (20.00%) TDD
17 15 (20.00%) Azure
17 15 (20.00%) Postman
17 15 (20.00%) Mentoring
18 14 (18.67%) Scenario Testing
18 14 (18.67%) Computer Science Degree
18 14 (18.67%) HP UFT
18 14 (18.67%) LoadRunner
18 14 (18.67%) Scrum

Automation Test Lead Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 10 (13.33%) Confluence
2 1 (1.33%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.33%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.33%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.33%) OpenStack
Business Applications
1 1 (1.33%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 15 (20.00%) Azure
2 13 (17.33%) AWS
3 12 (16.00%) GitHub
4 11 (14.67%) SaaS
5 2 (2.67%) BrowserStack
5 2 (2.67%) Serverless
6 1 (1.33%) GCP
6 1 (1.33%) OpenShift
6 1 (1.33%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (1.33%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.33%) Firewall
1 1 (1.33%) HTTPS
1 1 (1.33%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (16.00%) RDBMS
1 12 (16.00%) Relational Database
2 5 (6.67%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.33%) Big Data
3 1 (1.33%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.33%) MySQL
3 1 (1.33%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 50 (66.67%) Selenium
2 21 (28.00%) SpecFlow
3 17 (22.67%) JIRA
3 17 (22.67%) SoapUI
4 15 (20.00%) Postman
5 14 (18.67%) HP UFT
5 14 (18.67%) LoadRunner
6 12 (16.00%) Cucumber
7 11 (14.67%) JMeter
8 9 (12.00%) WebDriver
9 8 (10.67%) Git (software)
9 8 (10.67%) Jenkins
9 8 (10.67%) Visual Studio Team System
10 6 (8.00%) Newman
10 6 (8.00%) TestComplete
11 5 (6.67%) Visual Studio
12 4 (5.33%) Selenium IDE
13 3 (4.00%) Maven
13 3 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
13 3 (4.00%) TeamCity
General
1 14 (18.67%) Finance
2 4 (5.33%) Marketing
3 3 (4.00%) Banking
4 2 (2.67%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.33%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.33%) Automotive
5 1 (1.33%) Games
5 1 (1.33%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.33%) Public Sector
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (21.33%) SOAP
2 13 (17.33%) .NET
3 11 (14.67%) AngularJS
3 11 (14.67%) RESTful
4 4 (5.33%) Node.js
5 3 (4.00%) .NET Core
5 3 (4.00%) REST
5 3 (4.00%) Web Services
6 2 (2.67%) Gherkin
6 2 (2.67%) JSON
6 2 (2.67%) Vue.js
6 2 (2.67%) XML
7 1 (1.33%) Chai
7 1 (1.33%) Express
7 1 (1.33%) Kafka
7 1 (1.33%) Laravel
7 1 (1.33%) React
7 1 (1.33%) Sass
7 1 (1.33%) Swagger
7 1 (1.33%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 12 (16.00%) Virtual Team
2 4 (5.33%) LIMS
2 4 (5.33%) Mobile App
3 3 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.67%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.67%) User Experience
5 1 (1.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.00%) Android
1 3 (4.00%) Apple iOS
2 2 (2.67%) Linux
3 1 (1.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 57 (76.00%) Agile Software Development
3 29 (38.67%) Performance Testing
4 26 (34.67%) Test Strategy
5 23 (30.67%) Waterfall
6 20 (26.67%) DevOps
7 19 (25.33%) Computer Science
8 18 (24.00%) Software Testing
9 17 (22.67%) BDD
10 16 (21.33%) Decision-Making
11 15 (20.00%) Mentoring
11 15 (20.00%) TDD
12 14 (18.67%) Scenario Testing
12 14 (18.67%) Scrum
13 13 (17.33%) Migration
14 12 (16.00%) Data Migration
14 12 (16.00%) Requirements Gathering
14 12 (16.00%) SDLC
15 9 (12.00%) System Testing
16 8 (10.67%) OO
Programming Languages
1 43 (57.33%) C#
2 34 (45.33%) SQL
3 26 (34.67%) Java
4 6 (8.00%) JavaScript
5 4 (5.33%) Python
6 2 (2.67%) PowerShell
6 2 (2.67%) Ruby
7 1 (1.33%) C
7 1 (1.33%) PHP
7 1 (1.33%) Scala
7 1 (1.33%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 24 (32.00%) Degree
2 15 (20.00%) ISTQB
3 14 (18.67%) Computer Science Degree
4 10 (13.33%) ISEB
5 3 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.67%) HNC
7 1 (1.33%) CCNA
7 1 (1.33%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.33%) CISSP
7 1 (1.33%) CompTIA Security+
7 1 (1.33%) GIAC
7 1 (1.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (1.33%) Linux+ Certification
7 1 (1.33%) MCSE
7 1 (1.33%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (1.33%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (1.33%) SANS
7 1 (1.33%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (29.33%) QA
2 12 (16.00%) PMO
3 1 (1.33%) ISO 22301
3 1 (1.33%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (5.33%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (2.67%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.33%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 12 (16.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (9.33%) SAP
3 2 (2.67%) HP
4 1 (1.33%) Google
4 1 (1.33%) OutSystems
4 1 (1.33%) Zend