Period
to 28 February 2020

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 28 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET)
UK
6 months to
28 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 550 533 627
Rank change year-on-year -17 +94 +115
Permanent jobs citing SDET 525 753 681
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.50% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.54% 0.42%
Number of salaries quoted 439 605 582
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.09% -
10th Percentile £40,000 £37,900 £36,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £80,000 £75,000
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 112,971 139,264 162,584
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.89% 92.23% 92.27%
Number of salaries quoted 89,540 110,017 132,506
UK median annual salary £53,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.90% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,000 £30,000 £28,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

SDET
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Salary histogram for SDET in the UK

SDET
Top 15 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 28 February 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 -4 511 £60,000 - 90
London -14 301 £67,500 +5.47% 51
UK excluding London +2 206 £50,000 - 42
North of England +46 78 £50,000 +11.11% 12
Yorkshire +32 51 £50,000 +17.65% 5
South East +35 50 £50,000 +5.26% 18
South West +55 29 £51,250 +7.89% 3
Midlands +37 23 £47,500 -9.52% 3
North West +27 22 £47,500 -2.06% 5
East of England +30 17 £45,000 -25.00% 3
East Midlands +35 13 £47,500 -9.52% 1
West Midlands +35 10 £52,500 -16.00% 2
Scotland +8 8 £37,500 -37.50% 2
North East +8 5 £33,000 -22.35% 2
Northern Ireland +10 1 £35,000 -33.33%

For the 6 months to 28 February 2020, 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.

1 440 (83.81%) Test Automation
2 327 (62.29%) Selenium
3 325 (61.90%) Agile Software Development
4 301 (57.33%) Java
5 272 (51.81%) C#
6 198 (37.71%) Python
7 189 (36.00%) QA
8 188 (35.81%) BDD
9 160 (30.48%) JavaScript
10 158 (30.10%) WebDriver
11 150 (28.57%) Cucumber
12 139 (26.48%) Scrum
13 130 (24.76%) TDD
13 130 (24.76%) Software Engineering
14 129 (24.57%) Jenkins
15 105 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
16 101 (19.24%) SQL
17 95 (18.10%) .NET
18 92 (17.52%) JIRA
19 91 (17.33%) SpecFlow
20 84 (16.00%) Azure
20 84 (16.00%) Ruby
21 76 (14.48%) OOP
22 72 (13.71%) DevOps
23 69 (13.14%) AWS
24 68 (12.95%) Docker
24 68 (12.95%) Test Scripting
25 67 (12.76%) JMeter
25 67 (12.76%) API Testing
26 66 (12.57%) Finance

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 27 (5.14%) Confluence
2 7 (1.33%) IIS
3 6 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.95%) NServiceBus
5 3 (0.57%) JBoss
6 2 (0.38%) CICS
6 2 (0.38%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (0.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 84 (16.00%) Azure
2 69 (13.14%) AWS
3 29 (5.52%) SaaS
4 21 (4.00%) Cloud Computing
5 15 (2.86%) GitHub
6 13 (2.48%) GCP
7 9 (1.71%) BrowserStack
8 6 (1.14%) CloudBees
8 6 (1.14%) Slack
9 5 (0.95%) Sauce Labs
10 2 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.38%) Amazon ECS
10 2 (0.38%) Amazon Kinesis
10 2 (0.38%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (0.38%) G Suite
10 2 (0.38%) Logz.io
10 2 (0.38%) Office 365
10 2 (0.38%) Serverless
10 2 (0.38%) TestFlight
11 1 (0.19%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.90%) TCP/IP
2 6 (1.14%) HTTP
3 5 (0.95%) Internet
4 1 (0.19%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.19%) CDMA
4 1 (0.19%) GSM
4 1 (0.19%) LTE
4 1 (0.19%) Skype
4 1 (0.19%) SMS
4 1 (0.19%) UMTS
4 1 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.24%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.86%) NoSQL
3 7 (1.33%) MySQL
4 5 (0.95%) Blockchain
4 5 (0.95%) Hadoop
4 5 (0.95%) MongoDB
4 5 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.57%) Big Data
5 3 (0.57%) Cosmos DB
6 2 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.38%) DB2
6 2 (0.38%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.19%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.19%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.19%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.19%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.19%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.19%) InfluxDB
7 1 (0.19%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 327 (62.29%) Selenium
2 158 (30.10%) WebDriver
3 150 (28.57%) Cucumber
4 129 (24.57%) Jenkins
5 92 (17.52%) JIRA
6 91 (17.33%) SpecFlow
7 67 (12.76%) JMeter
8 65 (12.38%) SoapUI
9 62 (11.81%) Git (software)
10 56 (10.67%) Appium
11 45 (8.57%) Postman
12 43 (8.19%) Cypress.io
13 40 (7.62%) JUnit
13 40 (7.62%) Maven
14 36 (6.86%) TeamCity
15 29 (5.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 29 (5.52%) Gatling
16 27 (5.14%) Protractor
17 26 (4.95%) REST Assured
18 25 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 66 (12.57%) Finance
2 33 (6.29%) Retail
3 27 (5.14%) Banking
4 20 (3.81%) Telecoms
5 13 (2.48%) Games
6 9 (1.71%) Marketing
7 7 (1.33%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.33%) Public Sector
8 6 (1.14%) Electronics
8 6 (1.14%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.95%) Automotive
10 4 (0.76%) Advertising
10 4 (0.76%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.57%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.57%) Back Office
12 2 (0.38%) Front Office
12 2 (0.38%) Law
13 1 (0.19%) Norwegian Language
Job Titles
1 210 (40.00%) Developer
2 198 (37.71%) Developer in Test
3 162 (30.86%) Software Developer
4 155 (29.52%) Test Engineer
5 96 (18.29%) Software Test Engineer
6 92 (17.52%) Software Engineer
7 79 (15.05%) Development Engineer
7 79 (15.05%) Software Development Engineer
8 77 (14.67%) Test Development Engineer
9 67 (12.76%) Test Automation Engineer
10 56 (10.67%) Tester
11 44 (8.38%) QA Engineer
12 38 (7.24%) Automation Tester
13 30 (5.71%) Senior Test Engineer
14 25 (4.76%) Test Automation Developer
15 24 (4.57%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
16 23 (4.38%) Software Tester
17 22 (4.19%) Senior QA Engineer
18 21 (4.00%) Lead Developer
19 19 (3.62%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (18.10%) .NET
2 63 (12.00%) REST
3 44 (8.38%) Gherkin
4 43 (8.19%) RESTful
5 38 (7.24%) SOAP
6 37 (7.05%) XML
7 36 (6.86%) Web Services
8 28 (5.33%) Node.js
9 25 (4.76%) CSS
9 25 (4.76%) JSON
10 24 (4.57%) HTML
11 21 (4.00%) .NET Framework
12 17 (3.24%) React
13 15 (2.86%) Spring
14 14 (2.67%) AngularJS
15 13 (2.48%) WebdriverIO
16 11 (2.10%) FIX Protocol
17 10 (1.90%) RabbitMQ
18 9 (1.71%) Jest
19 8 (1.52%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 63 (12.00%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (4.95%) Greenfield Project
3 20 (3.81%) Mobile App
4 17 (3.24%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 13 (2.48%) Hedge funds
6 10 (1.90%) Smart City
7 9 (1.71%) Self-Motivation
8 8 (1.52%) PlayStation
9 6 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (0.95%) Cloud Native
10 5 (0.95%) User Experience
10 5 (0.95%) Video on Demand
11 4 (0.76%) Analytical Mindset
11 4 (0.76%) Digital Media
11 4 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
11 4 (0.76%) Public Cloud
11 4 (0.76%) Video\Live Streaming
12 3 (0.57%) BBC
12 3 (0.57%) Life Science
12 3 (0.57%) LIMS
Operating Systems
1 32 (6.10%) Linux
2 21 (4.00%) Apple iOS
3 20 (3.81%) Windows
4 19 (3.62%) Android
5 18 (3.43%) Unix
6 2 (0.38%) Android TV
7 1 (0.19%) CentOS
7 1 (0.19%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 440 (83.81%) Test Automation
2 325 (61.90%) Agile Software Development
3 188 (35.81%) BDD
4 139 (26.48%) Scrum
5 130 (24.76%) Software Engineering
5 130 (24.76%) TDD
6 105 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
7 76 (14.48%) OOP
8 72 (13.71%) DevOps
9 68 (12.95%) Test Scripting
10 67 (12.76%) API Testing
11 58 (11.05%) Fintech
11 58 (11.05%) Software Testing
12 49 (9.33%) Mentoring
13 48 (9.14%) OO
13 48 (9.14%) Problem-Solving
14 47 (8.95%) SDLC
15 44 (8.38%) Continuous Delivery
16 41 (7.81%) Manual Testing
17 35 (6.67%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 301 (57.33%) Java
2 272 (51.81%) C#
3 198 (37.71%) Python
4 160 (30.48%) JavaScript
5 101 (19.24%) SQL
6 84 (16.00%) Ruby
7 47 (8.95%) C++
8 35 (6.67%) C
9 27 (5.14%) Scala
10 25 (4.76%) TypeScript
11 21 (4.00%) Bash Shell
12 18 (3.43%) PHP
13 16 (3.05%) Go
14 13 (2.48%) Kotlin
15 10 (1.90%) Java 8
16 9 (1.71%) PowerShell
16 9 (1.71%) XPath
17 6 (1.14%) Apple Swift
18 5 (0.95%) Groovy
18 5 (0.95%) Rust
Qualifications
1 44 (8.38%) Degree
2 26 (4.95%) SC Cleared
2 26 (4.95%) Security Cleared
3 20 (3.81%) Computer Science Degree
4 15 (2.86%) ISTQB
5 4 (0.76%) ISEB
5 4 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (0.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 189 (36.00%) QA
2 4 (0.76%) EMIR
3 1 (0.19%) GDPR
3 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 68 (12.95%) Docker
2 7 (1.33%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.19%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 30 (5.71%) Kubernetes
2 11 (2.10%) Puppet
3 8 (1.52%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (1.52%) Rancher
4 5 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.76%) Terraform
6 3 (0.57%) Ansible
7 2 (0.38%) Kibana
7 2 (0.38%) logstash
8 1 (0.19%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
8 1 (0.19%) Grafana
Vendors
1 44 (8.38%) Microsoft
2 8 (1.52%) Oracle
3 7 (1.33%) Google
4 6 (1.14%) Cognizant
4 6 (1.14%) HP
5 5 (0.95%) SAP
6 4 (0.76%) Murex
7 3 (0.57%) Atlassian
7 3 (0.57%) BT
7 3 (0.57%) Facebook
7 3 (0.57%) McAfee
8 2 (0.38%) Adobe
8 2 (0.38%) Apple
8 2 (0.38%) CA
8 2 (0.38%) CA Agile Central
8 2 (0.38%) Micro Focus
8 2 (0.38%) Parasoft
8 2 (0.38%) Roku
8 2 (0.38%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (0.38%) Samsung