The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for SDET skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited SDET over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET)
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 672 864 870
Rank change year-on-year +192 +6  
Permanent jobs citing SDET 186 90 108
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.087% 0.100%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.80% 0.66% 0.80%
Number of salaries quoted 163 88 100
Median salary £50,000 £52,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.76% -4.54%  
90% offered a salary of more than £36,250 £40,000 £42,250
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £65,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £43,500 £47,000
% change year-on-year -2.29% -7.44%  

SDET is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 10323 13692 13578
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 12.11% 13.17% 12.57%
Number of salaries quoted 8130 10831 10505
Median salary £48,500 £50,000 £46,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.00% +7.52%  
90% offered a salary of more than £28,500 £29,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -3.40% +3.52%  

SDET
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing SDET as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for SDET in the UK

SDET
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing SDET.

Salary trend for SDET in the UK

SDET
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing SDET over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Salary histogram for SDET in the UK

SDET
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SDET within the UK over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +200 186 £50,000 -4.76% 21
London +125 116 £57,500 +4.54% 14
South East +71 28 £37,500 -14.77% 2
East of England +29 13 £42,500 -13.70% 4
Yorkshire +38 12 £45,000 +5.88% 1
Hertfordshire +29 12 £42,500 -2.29% 1
Watford +7 12 £42,500 -2.29% 1
West Yorkshire +32 10 £45,000 +5.88% 1
Leeds +28 10 £45,000 +5.88% 1
Milton Keynes - 10 £37,500 -
Buckinghamshire - 10 £37,500 -
West Sussex - 9 £50,000 - 1
East Sussex - 8 £32,500 -
Brighton - 8 £32,500 -
North West -7 7 £41,500 -2.35%
City of London +23 6 £50,000 -16.66% 2
Manchester -20 5 £41,500 -2.35%
Gatwick - 5 £50,000 -
South West - 5 £45,000 -
Bristol - 4 £45,000 -
Crawley - 4 £50,000 - 1
West Midlands +42 3 £60,000 +8.10%
Birmingham - 3 £60,000 -
East Midlands - 3 £60,000 -
North Yorkshire - 3 £32,500 -
Nottinghamshire - 3 £60,000 -
Altrincham - 2 £41,500 -
Harrogate - 2 £27,000 -
Nottingham - 2 £60,000 -
Berkshire +35 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT jobs citing SDET also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for SDET.

1 305 (84.25%) Agile Software Development
2 237 (65.47%) Selenium
3 226 (62.43%) BDD
4 214 (59.12%) QA
4 214 (59.12%) Java
5 193 (53.31%) WebDriver
6 183 (50.55%) TDD
7 149 (41.16%) Test Automation
8 121 (33.43%) Cucumber
9 114 (31.49%) C#
10 112 (30.94%) Scrum
11 108 (29.83%) E-Commerce
12 104 (28.73%) Web Services
13 82 (22.65%) JavaScript
14 80 (22.10%) Ruby
15 79 (21.82%) Automation Testing
16 74 (20.44%) SQL
17 68 (18.78%) JUnit
18 67 (18.51%) QA Automation
19 65 (17.96%) Software Engineering
20 63 (17.40%) Performance Testing
21 59 (16.30%) Test Strategy
22 58 (16.02%) Finance
23 56 (15.47%) Python
23 56 (15.47%) API Testing
24 48 (13.26%) ATDD
25 47 (12.98%) .NET
25 47 (12.98%) RESTful
26 46 (12.71%) Gherkin
26 46 (12.71%) Jenkins

SDET
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 6 (1.66%) Confluence
2 2 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.28%) Apache Solr
3 1 (0.28%) IIS
3 1 (0.28%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.28%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 18 (4.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (3.04%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (2.21%) GitHub
4 3 (0.83%) SaaS
5 2 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 35 (9.67%) HTTP
2 9 (2.49%) Internet
3 4 (1.10%) Wireless
4 1 (0.28%) LAN
4 1 (0.28%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.28%) VPN
4 1 (0.28%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (4.14%) MySQL
2 14 (3.87%) NoSQL
2 14 (3.87%) RDBMS
2 14 (3.87%) Redis
2 14 (3.87%) Relational Database
3 13 (3.59%) MongoDB
4 4 (1.10%) Big Data
4 4 (1.10%) SQL Server
5 3 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 237 (65.47%) Selenium
2 193 (53.31%) WebDriver
3 121 (33.43%) Cucumber
4 68 (18.78%) JUnit
5 46 (12.71%) Jenkins
6 42 (11.60%) Git (software)
7 37 (10.22%) Capybara
8 36 (9.94%) SpecFlow
9 35 (9.67%) Appium
10 31 (8.56%) Maven
11 26 (7.18%) Protractor
12 22 (6.08%) JMeter
12 22 (6.08%) NUnit
13 20 (5.52%) Fiddler
14 16 (4.42%) Moq
15 15 (4.14%) Mockito
15 15 (4.14%) TeamCity
16 14 (3.87%) TestNG
17 13 (3.59%) Calabash
17 13 (3.59%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 58 (16.02%) Finance
2 24 (6.63%) Retail
3 7 (1.93%) Games
4 6 (1.66%) Banking
5 2 (0.55%) Investment Banking
5 2 (0.55%) Legal
5 2 (0.55%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.28%) Advertising
6 1 (0.28%) Law
6 1 (0.28%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 88 (24.31%) Developer
2 84 (23.20%) Test Engineer
2 84 (23.20%) Tester
3 78 (21.55%) Developer in Test
4 70 (19.34%) QA Engineer
5 66 (18.23%) Automation Tester
6 53 (14.64%) Software Test Engineer
7 51 (14.09%) Software Developer
8 45 (12.43%) QA Automation Engineer
9 35 (9.67%) Test Automation Engineer
10 34 (9.39%) Senior Automation Tester
10 34 (9.39%) Senior Tester
11 28 (7.73%) Analyst
11 28 (7.73%) Automation Engineer
11 28 (7.73%) Java Engineer
11 28 (7.73%) Senior QA Engineer
11 28 (7.73%) Software Engineer
11 28 (7.73%) Test Analyst
12 26 (7.18%) Java Developer
13 23 (6.35%) Java Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (28.73%) Web Services
2 47 (12.98%) .NET
2 47 (12.98%) RESTful
3 46 (12.71%) Gherkin
4 35 (9.67%) XML
5 28 (7.73%) REST
6 18 (4.97%) JSON
7 13 (3.59%) ActiveMQ
7 13 (3.59%) JSON Schema
7 13 (3.59%) JSON-LD
8 9 (2.49%) Node.js
9 8 (2.21%) ASP.NET
10 6 (1.66%) CSS
10 6 (1.66%) HTML
10 6 (1.66%) React
10 6 (1.66%) Spring
11 5 (1.38%) Hibernate
12 4 (1.10%) AngularJS
12 4 (1.10%) ASP.NET Web API
12 4 (1.10%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 33 (9.12%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (6.08%) Mobile App
3 11 (3.04%) Computer Science
4 10 (2.76%) Fintech
5 9 (2.49%) RIA
6 8 (2.21%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (1.66%) User Experience
8 3 (0.83%) BBC
8 3 (0.83%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.55%) Digital Media
9 2 (0.55%) iPad
9 2 (0.55%) Online Games
10 1 (0.28%) AS400
10 1 (0.28%) Embedded Systems
10 1 (0.28%) IBM Mainframe
10 1 (0.28%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.28%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 23 (6.35%) Linux
2 17 (4.70%) Unix
3 13 (3.59%) Mac OS X
4 7 (1.93%) Windows
5 5 (1.38%) Android
6 2 (0.55%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.28%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 305 (84.25%) Agile Software Development
2 226 (62.43%) BDD
3 183 (50.55%) TDD
4 149 (41.16%) Test Automation
5 112 (30.94%) Scrum
6 108 (29.83%) E-Commerce
7 79 (21.82%) Automation Testing
8 67 (18.51%) QA Automation
9 65 (17.96%) Software Engineering
10 63 (17.40%) Performance Testing
11 59 (16.30%) Test Strategy
12 56 (15.47%) API Testing
13 48 (13.26%) ATDD
14 46 (12.71%) Continuous Delivery
15 43 (11.88%) OO
16 40 (11.05%) Regression Testing
16 40 (11.05%) Software Testing
17 36 (9.94%) Mentoring
17 36 (9.94%) Unit Testing
18 33 (9.12%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 214 (59.12%) Java
2 114 (31.49%) C#
3 82 (22.65%) JavaScript
4 80 (22.10%) Ruby
5 74 (20.44%) SQL
6 56 (15.47%) Python
7 30 (8.29%) Groovy
8 12 (3.31%) PL/SQL
9 9 (2.49%) PHP
10 7 (1.93%) Perl
10 7 (1.93%) Scala
11 4 (1.10%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.83%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.55%) C++
13 2 (0.55%) VBScript
14 1 (0.28%) Apple Swift
14 1 (0.28%) AWK
14 1 (0.28%) Clojure
14 1 (0.28%) ES6
14 1 (0.28%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 15 (4.14%) Degree
2 5 (1.38%) ISTQB
3 3 (0.83%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 214 (59.12%) QA
2 13 (3.59%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (1.38%) Docker
2 1 (0.28%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 21 (5.80%) Puppet
2 13 (3.59%) Grafana
2 13 (3.59%) StatsD
3 2 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.28%) Kibana
Vendors
1 13 (3.59%) Splunk
2 11 (3.04%) Cognizant
3 3 (0.83%) Concur
3 3 (0.83%) Microsoft
3 3 (0.83%) SAP
4 2 (0.55%) Atlassian
4 2 (0.55%) IBM
4 2 (0.55%) Virgin Media
5 1 (0.28%) BT
5 1 (0.28%) HP
5 1 (0.28%) hybris
5 1 (0.28%) Intel Security
5 1 (0.28%) Oracle
5 1 (0.28%) Perforce
5 1 (0.28%) Xamarin
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