Period
to 9 December 2019

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 9 December 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET)
UK
6 months to
9 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 553 551 663
Rank change year-on-year -2 +112 +133
Permanent jobs citing SDET 583 776 629
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.49% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 0.53% 0.38%
Number of salaries quoted 479 623 528
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.09% -
10th Percentile £38,950 £37,500 £36,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £80,000 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

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 123,110 146,209 164,620
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.05% 91.99% 92.24%
Number of salaries quoted 97,525 115,995 130,641
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,331 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +0.32% +4.66% +4.17%
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,500 £28,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,500
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +2.35%

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 9 December 2019.

Salary histogram for SDET in the UK

SDET
Top 16 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 9 December 2019. 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 +8 570 £61,000 +1.67% 114
London +38 380 £65,000 - 52
UK excluding London -39 194 £52,500 +5.00% 64
South East +37 65 £60,000 +33.33% 19
North of England -5 52 £50,000 +17.65% 23
Yorkshire 0 38 £52,500 +23.53% 13
Midlands +12 25 £50,000 -4.76% 5
South West -2 22 £50,000 -4.76% 3
East of England +50 19 £55,000 -8.33% 12
East Midlands +14 16 £47,500 -9.52% 4
North West +4 11 £47,500 - 8
West Midlands +7 9 £52,500 -8.70% 1
Scotland -3 7 £37,500 -37.50% 2
North East +24 3 £33,000 -22.35% 2
Wales -14 3 £32,500 -40.91%
Northern Ireland -4 1 £35,000 -46.15%

For the 6 months to 9 December 2019, 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.

1 513 (87.99%) Test Automation
2 357 (61.23%) Selenium
3 353 (60.55%) Java
4 341 (58.49%) Agile Software Development
5 281 (48.20%) C#
6 219 (37.56%) QA
7 206 (35.33%) Python
8 205 (35.16%) BDD
9 192 (32.93%) Cucumber
10 183 (31.39%) JavaScript
11 166 (28.47%) Software Engineering
12 163 (27.96%) WebDriver
13 156 (26.76%) Continuous Integration
14 150 (25.73%) Scrum
15 144 (24.70%) TDD
16 140 (24.01%) Jenkins
17 125 (21.44%) OOP
18 119 (20.41%) Git (software)
19 101 (17.32%) SQL
20 100 (17.15%) API Testing
21 97 (16.64%) Degree
22 94 (16.12%) JIRA
23 89 (15.27%) AWS
24 84 (14.41%) Ruby
25 78 (13.38%) Azure
26 76 (13.04%) SpecFlow
26 76 (13.04%) Docker
27 74 (12.69%) Software Testing
28 71 (12.18%) Appium
29 69 (11.84%) 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 40 (6.86%) Confluence
2 19 (3.26%) IIS
3 5 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.17%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 89 (15.27%) AWS
2 78 (13.38%) Azure
3 36 (6.17%) Cloud Computing
4 21 (3.60%) GitHub
5 20 (3.43%) BrowserStack
6 18 (3.09%) GCP
7 16 (2.74%) SaaS
8 10 (1.72%) Datadog
9 9 (1.54%) Amazon SQS
10 8 (1.37%) G Suite
10 8 (1.37%) Office 365
11 7 (1.20%) Amazon Kinesis
11 7 (1.20%) Sauce Labs
12 6 (1.03%) CloudBees
12 6 (1.03%) Slack
13 2 (0.34%) Serverless
14 1 (0.17%) NuGet
14 1 (0.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.37%) TCP/IP
2 5 (0.86%) Internet
3 4 (0.69%) DSL
3 4 (0.69%) HTTP
4 1 (0.17%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.17%) Skype
4 1 (0.17%) WebEx
4 1 (0.17%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (3.77%) MongoDB
2 21 (3.60%) SQL Server
3 20 (3.43%) Redis
4 7 (1.20%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 7 (1.20%) Blockchain
4 7 (1.20%) NoSQL
4 7 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (1.03%) Relational Database
6 5 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (0.86%) MySQL
7 4 (0.69%) Pentaho
8 2 (0.34%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.34%) Big Data
8 2 (0.34%) Cosmos DB
8 2 (0.34%) Data Lake
9 1 (0.17%) InfluxDB
Development Applications
1 357 (61.23%) Selenium
2 192 (32.93%) Cucumber
3 163 (27.96%) WebDriver
4 140 (24.01%) Jenkins
5 119 (20.41%) Git (software)
6 94 (16.12%) JIRA
7 76 (13.04%) SpecFlow
8 71 (12.18%) Appium
9 61 (10.46%) JMeter
10 60 (10.29%) TeamCity
11 53 (9.09%) Postman
12 47 (8.06%) JUnit
12 47 (8.06%) SoapUI
13 41 (7.03%) REST Assured
14 38 (6.52%) NUnit
15 36 (6.17%) Gatling
16 35 (6.00%) Protractor
17 34 (5.83%) Cypress.io
18 28 (4.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 28 (4.80%) Maven
General
1 69 (11.84%) Finance
2 59 (10.12%) Retail
3 36 (6.17%) Games
4 19 (3.26%) Banking
5 13 (2.23%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.20%) Electronics
6 7 (1.20%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.20%) Marketing
6 7 (1.20%) Public Sector
7 5 (0.86%) Law
8 4 (0.69%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.51%) Automotive
9 3 (0.51%) Back Office
10 2 (0.34%) Advertising
11 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.17%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 255 (43.74%) Developer
2 239 (40.99%) Developer in Test
3 196 (33.62%) Software Developer
4 192 (32.93%) Test Engineer
5 121 (20.75%) Software Test Engineer
6 113 (19.38%) Software Engineer
7 91 (15.61%) Development Engineer
7 91 (15.61%) Software Development Engineer
7 91 (15.61%) Test Development Engineer
8 78 (13.38%) Test Automation Engineer
9 55 (9.43%) Tester
10 51 (8.75%) Senior Test Engineer
11 44 (7.55%) Test Automation Developer
12 42 (7.20%) Automation Tester
13 36 (6.17%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
14 34 (5.83%) QA Engineer
15 30 (5.15%) Senior Developer
16 23 (3.95%) Lead Developer
16 23 (3.95%) Senior Software Developer
17 22 (3.77%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (11.15%) REST
2 64 (10.98%) .NET
3 61 (10.46%) Gherkin
4 56 (9.61%) React
5 50 (8.58%) RESTful
6 46 (7.89%) Web Services
7 40 (6.86%) XML
8 36 (6.17%) Node.js
9 33 (5.66%) JSON
10 31 (5.32%) CSS
11 30 (5.15%) HTML
12 25 (4.29%) AngularJS
13 23 (3.95%) SOAP
13 23 (3.95%) Spring
14 22 (3.77%) ASP.NET
15 21 (3.60%) ASP.NET Web API
15 21 (3.60%) Kafka
16 20 (3.43%) Spring Boot
17 19 (3.26%) Redux
18 18 (3.09%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 60 (10.29%) Mobile App
2 59 (10.12%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (4.63%) Algorithms
4 18 (3.09%) Greenfield Project
5 10 (1.72%) Public Cloud
6 9 (1.54%) Hedge funds
6 9 (1.54%) Smart City
7 8 (1.37%) User Experience
8 7 (1.20%) Digital Media
8 7 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (1.03%) PlayStation
10 5 (0.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 4 (0.69%) Analytical Mindset
11 4 (0.69%) Blog
12 3 (0.51%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.51%) Cloud Native
13 2 (0.34%) Robotics
13 2 (0.34%) Self-Motivation
14 1 (0.17%) Linux Command Line
14 1 (0.17%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 37 (6.35%) Linux
2 27 (4.63%) Windows
3 23 (3.95%) Apple iOS
4 21 (3.60%) Android
4 21 (3.60%) Unix
5 2 (0.34%) Embedded Linux
5 2 (0.34%) MVS
5 2 (0.34%) Robot Operating System
Processes & Methodologies
1 513 (87.99%) Test Automation
2 341 (58.49%) Agile Software Development
3 205 (35.16%) BDD
4 166 (28.47%) Software Engineering
5 156 (26.76%) Continuous Integration
6 150 (25.73%) Scrum
7 144 (24.70%) TDD
8 125 (21.44%) OOP
9 100 (17.15%) API Testing
10 74 (12.69%) Software Testing
11 65 (11.15%) OO
12 58 (9.95%) DevOps
13 56 (9.61%) Mentoring
14 55 (9.43%) Manual Testing
15 53 (9.09%) Computer Science
16 52 (8.92%) Performance Testing
17 51 (8.75%) Test Scripting
18 48 (8.23%) Fintech
19 47 (8.06%) Scenario Testing
19 47 (8.06%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 353 (60.55%) Java
2 281 (48.20%) C#
3 206 (35.33%) Python
4 183 (31.39%) JavaScript
5 101 (17.32%) SQL
6 84 (14.41%) Ruby
7 42 (7.20%) C++
8 30 (5.15%) Scala
9 29 (4.97%) C
10 27 (4.63%) PHP
11 25 (4.29%) Java 8
12 22 (3.77%) Bash Shell
13 21 (3.60%) Go
13 21 (3.60%) TypeScript
14 19 (3.26%) PowerShell
15 13 (2.23%) XPath
16 10 (1.72%) Shell Script
17 7 (1.20%) Kotlin
18 6 (1.03%) ES6
18 6 (1.03%) ES7
Qualifications
1 97 (16.64%) Degree
2 33 (5.66%) SC Cleared
2 33 (5.66%) Security Cleared
3 19 (3.26%) Computer Science Degree
3 19 (3.26%) ISTQB
4 6 (1.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (0.69%) ISEB
6 1 (0.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 219 (37.56%) QA
2 10 (1.72%) Data Quality
System Software
1 76 (13.04%) Docker
2 19 (3.26%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.17%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 22 (3.77%) Kubernetes
2 16 (2.74%) Marathon
2 16 (2.74%) Mesos
3 15 (2.57%) Kibana
4 10 (1.72%) Puppet
5 6 (1.03%) Rancher
6 5 (0.86%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (0.86%) logstash
6 5 (0.86%) Terraform
7 4 (0.69%) Ansible
7 4 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.34%) HP ALM
9 1 (0.17%) Grafana
9 1 (0.17%) rkt
Vendors
1 39 (6.69%) Microsoft
2 15 (2.57%) Google
3 6 (1.03%) SAP
4 5 (0.86%) Adobe
4 5 (0.86%) Oracle
5 4 (0.69%) Dynatrace
5 4 (0.69%) HP
5 4 (0.69%) Splunk
5 4 (0.69%) Tableau
6 3 (0.51%) Apiary
6 3 (0.51%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.34%) Databricks
7 2 (0.34%) Facebook
7 2 (0.34%) Twitter
8 1 (0.17%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.17%) VMware