Period
to 20 January 2021

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 6 months to 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET)
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 355 560 546
Rank change year-on-year +205 -14 +92
Permanent jobs citing SDET 520 536 738
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.43% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 0.46% 0.53%
Number of salaries quoted 492 474 632
Median annual salary £62,500 £60,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £40,000 £41,250 £37,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

SDET 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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 58,692 115,511 137,970
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.34% 92.13% 92.24%
Number of salaries quoted 47,378 92,513 110,205
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,763
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,840 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.89% +1.87% -

SDET
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SDET as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SDET in the UK

SDET
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SDET.

Salary trend for SDET in the UK

SDET
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SDET over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Salary histogram for SDET in the UK

SDET
Top 17 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 6 months to 20 January 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
England +177 467 £62,500 +2.46% 49
London +175 312 £65,000 - 31
UK excluding London +199 183 £50,000 - 21
Work from Home -55 58 £50,000 -24.53% 13
South East +143 52 £55,000 -8.33% 9
North of England +70 45 £50,000 - 4
Scotland +58 27 £57,000 +52.00% 1
Midlands +90 22 £47,500 - 3
Yorkshire +26 22 £50,000 -4.76% 2
West Midlands +84 18 £47,500 -9.52% 3
East of England +107 17 £45,000 -10.00% 1
North West +89 17 £62,500 +25.00% 2
South West +66 15 £54,000 +5.37% 1
North East +21 6 £42,500 +28.79%
East Midlands +60 4 £42,500 -10.53%
Wales +47 4 £45,000 +15.38% 1
Northern Ireland +14 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, IT jobs citing SDET 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 with a requirement for SDET.

1 466 (89.62%) Test Automation
2 356 (68.46%) Selenium
3 304 (58.46%) Java
4 278 (53.46%) Agile Software Development
5 229 (44.04%) BDD
6 224 (43.08%) C#
7 216 (41.54%) QA
8 179 (34.42%) DevOps
9 178 (34.23%) TDD
10 170 (32.69%) WebDriver
10 170 (32.69%) Cucumber
11 163 (31.35%) API Testing
12 160 (30.77%) JavaScript
13 138 (26.54%) Python
14 129 (24.81%) Jenkins
15 110 (21.15%) Azure
16 106 (20.38%) AWS
17 103 (19.81%) Docker
18 95 (18.27%) Microservices
19 88 (16.92%) Finance
20 85 (16.35%) Continuous Integration
20 85 (16.35%) Appium
21 83 (15.96%) .NET
22 80 (15.38%) SQL
22 80 (15.38%) JIRA
23 77 (14.81%) Scrum
24 76 (14.62%) Fintech
25 73 (14.04%) Test Scripting
26 71 (13.65%) ISTQB
27 65 (12.50%) SpecFlow

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 25 (4.81%) Confluence
2 4 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (0.58%) JBoss
3 3 (0.58%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.19%) Drupal
Applications
1 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.19%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 110 (21.15%) Azure
2 106 (20.38%) AWS
3 40 (7.69%) SaaS
4 28 (5.38%) GCP
5 17 (3.27%) BrowserStack
6 16 (3.08%) Serverless
7 15 (2.88%) AWS Lambda
8 14 (2.69%) Amazon Kinesis
9 13 (2.50%) GitHub
10 11 (2.12%) Sauce Labs
11 10 (1.92%) Amazon SQS
12 8 (1.54%) BlazeMeter
13 7 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
14 6 (1.15%) Amazon S3
15 3 (0.58%) Lucidchart
16 2 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
16 2 (0.38%) NuGet
16 2 (0.38%) PaaS
17 1 (0.19%) IaaS
17 1 (0.19%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.31%) HTTP
2 8 (1.54%) TCP/IP
3 7 (1.35%) H.323
3 7 (1.35%) Network Security
4 5 (0.96%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.19%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (3.65%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.27%) Big Data
2 17 (3.27%) Blockchain
3 12 (2.31%) Hadoop
3 12 (2.31%) MongoDB
3 12 (2.31%) Relational Database
4 9 (1.73%) NoSQL
5 6 (1.15%) Apache Cassandra
5 6 (1.15%) MySQL
6 4 (0.77%) HBase
7 3 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (0.58%) Cosmos DB
7 3 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.38%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (0.38%) Amazon Redshift
8 2 (0.38%) BigQuery
8 2 (0.38%) Bigtable
8 2 (0.38%) Snowflake Schema
9 1 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 356 (68.46%) Selenium
2 170 (32.69%) Cucumber
2 170 (32.69%) WebDriver
3 129 (24.81%) Jenkins
4 85 (16.35%) Appium
5 80 (15.38%) JIRA
6 65 (12.50%) SpecFlow
7 60 (11.54%) JMeter
8 52 (10.00%) Postman
9 41 (7.88%) SoapUI
10 38 (7.31%) Cypress.io
11 37 (7.12%) Maven
12 36 (6.92%) JUnit
12 36 (6.92%) NUnit
13 35 (6.73%) Protractor
14 31 (5.96%) Git (software)
15 24 (4.62%) TestNG
16 21 (4.04%) Jasmine
17 19 (3.65%) TestRail
18 17 (3.27%) MSTest
General
1 88 (16.92%) Finance
2 21 (4.04%) Games
3 19 (3.65%) Marketing
4 11 (2.12%) Banking
5 10 (1.92%) Retail
6 7 (1.35%) Front Office
6 7 (1.35%) Telecoms
7 5 (0.96%) Public Sector
8 2 (0.38%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.19%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 173 (33.27%) Developer
2 157 (30.19%) Developer in Test
3 124 (23.85%) Software Developer
4 108 (20.77%) Test Engineer
5 74 (14.23%) Software Test Engineer
5 74 (14.23%) Tester
6 70 (13.46%) Software Engineer
7 66 (12.69%) Automation Tester
8 58 (11.15%) Development Engineer
8 58 (11.15%) Software Development Engineer
8 58 (11.15%) Test Development Engineer
9 50 (9.62%) QA Engineer
10 37 (7.12%) Test Automation Engineer
11 28 (5.38%) Automation Test Lead
12 22 (4.23%) Developer/Software Engineer
12 22 (4.23%) JavaScript Engineer
13 21 (4.04%) Analyst
13 21 (4.04%) Java Automation Tester
13 21 (4.04%) Senior Developer
13 21 (4.04%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (15.96%) .NET
2 62 (11.92%) REST
3 59 (11.35%) Gherkin
4 50 (9.62%) Node.js
5 47 (9.04%) RESTful
6 43 (8.27%) .NET Core
7 41 (7.88%) Web Services
8 35 (6.73%) Kafka
9 28 (5.38%) React
9 28 (5.38%) WebdriverIO
10 27 (5.19%) JSON
11 22 (4.23%) Spring
12 18 (3.46%) Chai
12 18 (3.46%) Unity (Game Engine)
12 18 (3.46%) Unreal Engine
13 17 (3.27%) SOAP
14 15 (2.88%) Apache Thrift
15 13 (2.50%) HTML
16 12 (2.31%) AngularJS
17 11 (2.12%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 62 (11.92%) Mobile App
2 28 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (3.65%) EPoS
4 14 (2.69%) Management Information System
5 9 (1.73%) Data Centre
5 9 (1.73%) Private Cloud
6 7 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
6 7 (1.35%) LIMS
6 7 (1.35%) Over-the-Top Content
6 7 (1.35%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (1.35%) Video on Demand
7 5 (0.96%) Virtual Team
8 4 (0.77%) Algorithms
8 4 (0.77%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.38%) Digital Currency
9 2 (0.38%) Linux Command Line
10 1 (0.19%) Equities
10 1 (0.19%) Fixed Income
10 1 (0.19%) Hedge funds
10 1 (0.19%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 33 (6.35%) Linux
2 16 (3.08%) Android
2 16 (3.08%) Apple iOS
2 16 (3.08%) Windows
3 1 (0.19%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (0.19%) Unix
3 1 (0.19%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 466 (89.62%) Test Automation
2 278 (53.46%) Agile Software Development
3 229 (44.04%) BDD
4 179 (34.42%) DevOps
5 178 (34.23%) TDD
6 163 (31.35%) API Testing
7 95 (18.27%) Microservices
8 85 (16.35%) Continuous Integration
9 77 (14.81%) Scrum
10 76 (14.62%) Fintech
11 73 (14.04%) Test Scripting
12 59 (11.35%) Mentoring
13 57 (10.96%) SDLC
14 56 (10.77%) Configuration Management
15 55 (10.58%) Problem-Solving
16 47 (9.04%) Software Testing
17 44 (8.46%) OOP
18 43 (8.27%) OO
19 39 (7.50%) Non-Functional Testing
20 38 (7.31%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 304 (58.46%) Java
2 224 (43.08%) C#
3 160 (30.77%) JavaScript
4 138 (26.54%) Python
5 80 (15.38%) SQL
6 27 (5.19%) C++
7 26 (5.00%) TypeScript
8 23 (4.42%) Ruby
9 16 (3.08%) VB.NET
10 14 (2.69%) Kotlin
11 10 (1.92%) Perl
12 9 (1.73%) Go
13 8 (1.54%) Java 8
14 6 (1.15%) Apple Swift
14 6 (1.15%) C
14 6 (1.15%) F#
15 4 (0.77%) Groovy
15 4 (0.77%) Shell Script
16 3 (0.58%) Scala
17 2 (0.38%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 71 (13.65%) ISTQB
2 55 (10.58%) ISEB
3 39 (7.50%) Degree
4 35 (6.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 16 (3.08%) Security Cleared
6 14 (2.69%) SC Cleared
7 7 (1.35%) DV Cleared
8 5 (0.96%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (0.58%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 216 (41.54%) QA
2 9 (1.73%) GDPR
3 4 (0.77%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.19%) NIST
System Software
1 103 (19.81%) Docker
2 7 (1.35%) Hyper-V
2 7 (1.35%) KVM
2 7 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.77%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.19%) Varnish
4 1 (0.19%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 50 (9.62%) Kubernetes
2 26 (5.00%) Puppet
3 16 (3.08%) HP Quality Center
4 8 (1.54%) Ansible
4 8 (1.54%) Terraform
5 4 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.19%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
Vendors
1 27 (5.19%) Microsoft
2 14 (2.69%) HP
3 8 (1.54%) Oracle
4 7 (1.35%) VMware
5 5 (0.96%) Google
5 5 (0.96%) Pega
6 3 (0.58%) Atlassian
6 3 (0.58%) Ceridian
6 3 (0.58%) Spotify
7 2 (0.38%) Axosoft
7 2 (0.38%) Xamarin
8 1 (0.19%) Apple
8 1 (0.19%) New Relic
8 1 (0.19%) Splunk