Period
to 13 October 2019

The median annual salary for a Test Automation Engineer was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 October 2019.

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

Automation Test Engineer
UK
6 months to
13 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 569 580 641
Rank change year-on-year +11 +61 +99
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 587 729 634
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.45% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.45% 0.47% 0.38%
Number of salaries quoted 489 608 530
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £34,750 £33,750 £32,500
90th Percentile £76,250 £68,750 £63,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 130,930 156,719 167,979
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.68% 95.93% 95.98%
Number of salaries quoted 104,324 126,285 134,604
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation Engineer over the 6 months to 13 October 2019.

Salary histogram for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 13 October 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 +2 536 £50,000 +5.26% 111
UK excluding London -12 367 £45,000 - 110
London +59 206 £61,000 +1.67% 17
South East +3 98 £45,000 -2.17% 26
North of England -1 95 £45,000 - 24
Yorkshire +13 66 £45,000 - 10
South West -9 52 £37,500 -11.76% 17
Midlands -6 45 £47,500 +5.56% 13
East of England +44 39 £51,250 +7.89% 14
West Midlands +28 36 £47,500 +11.76% 8
North West +8 27 £45,000 - 12
Scotland +6 19 £40,000 - 11
Wales +14 15 £45,000 +20.00% 4
East Midlands -10 9 £47,500 -9.52% 5
Northern Ireland -4 4 £35,500 - 1
North East +5 2 £45,000 +28.57% 2

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

For the 6 months to 13 October 2019, Test Automation Engineer 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 Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 587 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 393 (66.95%) Selenium
3 388 (66.10%) Agile Software Development
4 318 (54.17%) Java
5 243 (41.40%) C#
6 231 (39.35%) QA
7 220 (37.48%) Cucumber
8 183 (31.18%) Scrum
9 181 (30.83%) Python
10 161 (27.43%) WebDriver
11 159 (27.09%) BDD
12 137 (23.34%) DevOps
13 125 (21.29%) SQL
14 118 (20.10%) JIRA
15 113 (19.25%) TDD
16 111 (18.91%) Continuous Integration
17 110 (18.74%) JavaScript
18 109 (18.57%) Test Scripting
19 105 (17.89%) API Testing
19 105 (17.89%) AWS
20 103 (17.55%) Jenkins
21 101 (17.21%) Software Testing
22 99 (16.87%) Git (software)
23 90 (15.33%) Functional Testing
23 90 (15.33%) SDET
24 87 (14.82%) Test Strategy
25 85 (14.48%) Non-Functional Testing
25 85 (14.48%) Ruby
26 76 (12.95%) JMeter
27 75 (12.78%) .NET

Test Automation Engineer 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 28 (4.77%) Confluence
2 12 (2.04%) Apache Spark
2 12 (2.04%) Elasticsearch
2 12 (2.04%) OpenStack
3 9 (1.53%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.02%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (0.34%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (0.51%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 5 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 105 (17.89%) AWS
2 67 (11.41%) Azure
3 28 (4.77%) BrowserStack
4 20 (3.41%) GCP
5 18 (3.07%) OpenShift
6 15 (2.56%) SaaS
7 10 (1.70%) BlazeMeter
8 9 (1.53%) GitHub
9 8 (1.36%) Sauce Labs
10 7 (1.19%) IaaS
11 6 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (1.02%) CloudBees
11 6 (1.02%) PaaS
12 3 (0.51%) Trello
13 2 (0.34%) Serverless
14 1 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.17%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.21%) Firewall
1 13 (2.21%) TCP/IP
2 12 (2.04%) HTTPS
3 7 (1.19%) HTTP
3 7 (1.19%) Wireshark
4 5 (0.85%) Ethernet
4 5 (0.85%) Internet
4 5 (0.85%) VLAN
5 1 (0.17%) DNS
5 1 (0.17%) LTE
5 1 (0.17%) UMTS
5 1 (0.17%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (4.94%) SQL Server
2 23 (3.92%) Big Data
3 13 (2.21%) Relational Database
4 11 (1.87%) MySQL
5 10 (1.70%) Apache Cassandra
5 10 (1.70%) GIS
6 9 (1.53%) Oracle Database
6 9 (1.53%) Oracle Database 10g
6 9 (1.53%) Oracle Database 11g
7 8 (1.36%) RDBMS
8 6 (1.02%) Geospatial Data
8 6 (1.02%) SQLite
9 5 (0.85%) Blockchain
9 5 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (0.68%) BusinessObjects
10 4 (0.68%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.68%) NoSQL
10 4 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.34%) KDB
11 2 (0.34%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 393 (66.95%) Selenium
2 220 (37.48%) Cucumber
3 161 (27.43%) WebDriver
4 118 (20.10%) JIRA
5 103 (17.55%) Jenkins
6 99 (16.87%) Git (software)
7 76 (12.95%) JMeter
8 70 (11.93%) SpecFlow
9 44 (7.50%) NUnit
10 40 (6.81%) JUnit
11 39 (6.64%) SoapUI
12 34 (5.79%) Appium
13 32 (5.45%) Bitbucket
13 32 (5.45%) Team Foundation Server
14 31 (5.28%) LoadRunner
15 29 (4.94%) TestNG
16 26 (4.43%) eggPlant
16 26 (4.43%) git-flow
17 24 (4.09%) Maven
18 23 (3.92%) Visual Studio
General
1 65 (11.07%) Finance
2 31 (5.28%) Banking
3 24 (4.09%) Retail
4 18 (3.07%) Marketing
5 11 (1.87%) Electronics
6 10 (1.70%) Games
6 10 (1.70%) Public Sector
7 9 (1.53%) Investment Banking
8 8 (1.36%) Law
9 7 (1.19%) Front Office
10 5 (0.85%) Automotive
10 5 (0.85%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.51%) Advertising
11 3 (0.51%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.51%) Telecoms
12 2 (0.34%) Military
13 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.17%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (12.78%) .NET
2 65 (11.07%) Gherkin
3 59 (10.05%) REST
4 48 (8.18%) Web Services
5 34 (5.79%) RESTful
6 32 (5.45%) Node.js
6 32 (5.45%) SOAP
7 30 (5.11%) CSS
7 30 (5.11%) HTML
8 28 (4.77%) AngularJS
9 23 (3.92%) Kafka
10 21 (3.58%) JSON
11 20 (3.41%) Middleware
11 20 (3.41%) Spring
11 20 (3.41%) XML
12 16 (2.73%) React
12 16 (2.73%) WebdriverIO
13 13 (2.21%) Vue.js
14 12 (2.04%) ASP.NET
14 12 (2.04%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 31 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (4.43%) Greenfield Project
3 23 (3.92%) User Experience
4 21 (3.58%) Mobile App
5 13 (2.21%) Client/Server
6 9 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
6 9 (1.53%) Renewable Energy
6 9 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (1.36%) Embedded Systems
8 6 (1.02%) Robotics
9 5 (0.85%) Algorithms
9 5 (0.85%) Internet of Things
10 4 (0.68%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (0.68%) Data Structures
10 4 (0.68%) Online Banking
10 4 (0.68%) Social Network
10 4 (0.68%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.51%) Digital Currency
11 3 (0.51%) LIMS
11 3 (0.51%) Media Streaming
Operating Systems
1 67 (11.41%) Linux
2 41 (6.98%) Windows
3 23 (3.92%) Apple iOS
4 21 (3.58%) Android
5 10 (1.70%) Unix
6 8 (1.36%) Windows Server
7 5 (0.85%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.68%) Embedded Linux
8 4 (0.68%) Mac OS
8 4 (0.68%) Robot Operating System
9 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 587 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 388 (66.10%) Agile Software Development
3 183 (31.18%) Scrum
4 159 (27.09%) BDD
5 137 (23.34%) DevOps
6 113 (19.25%) TDD
7 111 (18.91%) Continuous Integration
8 109 (18.57%) Test Scripting
9 105 (17.89%) API Testing
10 101 (17.21%) Software Testing
11 90 (15.33%) Functional Testing
11 90 (15.33%) SDET
12 87 (14.82%) Test Strategy
13 85 (14.48%) Non-Functional Testing
14 75 (12.78%) Performance Testing
15 71 (12.10%) Manual Testing
16 65 (11.07%) OOP
17 64 (10.90%) Mentoring
18 55 (9.37%) Software Engineering
18 55 (9.37%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 318 (54.17%) Java
2 243 (41.40%) C#
3 181 (30.83%) Python
4 125 (21.29%) SQL
5 110 (18.74%) JavaScript
6 85 (14.48%) Ruby
7 47 (8.01%) C
8 32 (5.45%) C++
9 12 (2.04%) PHP
9 12 (2.04%) Shell Script
10 11 (1.87%) Groovy
10 11 (1.87%) PL/SQL
11 10 (1.70%) Go
11 10 (1.70%) VBScript
11 10 (1.70%) XPath
12 9 (1.53%) Bash Shell
13 7 (1.19%) PowerShell
13 7 (1.19%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.68%) TypeScript
15 2 (0.34%) Scala
Qualifications
1 66 (11.24%) Security Cleared
2 63 (10.73%) ISTQB
3 62 (10.56%) SC Cleared
4 61 (10.39%) Degree
5 48 (8.18%) ISEB
6 28 (4.77%) Computer Science Degree
7 15 (2.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 12 (2.04%) CCNA
8 12 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (2.04%) CISSP
8 12 (2.04%) CompTIA Security+
8 12 (2.04%) GIAC
8 12 (2.04%) Linux+ Certification
8 12 (2.04%) MCSE
8 12 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (2.04%) Network+ Certification
8 12 (2.04%) SANS
8 12 (2.04%) SSCP
9 5 (0.85%) DV Cleared
9 5 (0.85%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 231 (39.35%) QA
2 6 (1.02%) GDPR
3 2 (0.34%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.17%) NCSC
4 1 (0.17%) TickIT
System Software
1 64 (10.90%) Docker
2 4 (0.68%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.34%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.34%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.17%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 42 (7.16%) Kubernetes
2 37 (6.30%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (1.19%) Ansible
4 6 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (1.02%) Puppet
5 4 (0.68%) Terraform
6 2 (0.34%) Marathon
6 2 (0.34%) Mesos
7 1 (0.17%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.17%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 54 (9.20%) Microsoft
2 33 (5.62%) HP
3 24 (4.09%) Oracle
4 18 (3.07%) Google
5 17 (2.90%) Atlassian
6 12 (2.04%) Cypress Semiconductor
7 9 (1.53%) Xamarin
8 5 (0.85%) NVIDIA
9 4 (0.68%) Green Hat
9 4 (0.68%) SAP
9 4 (0.68%) Tableau
9 4 (0.68%) WorldPay
10 2 (0.34%) Apple
10 2 (0.34%) Foundry
10 2 (0.34%) VMware
11 1 (0.17%) IBM
11 1 (0.17%) New Relic
11 1 (0.17%) Remedy
11 1 (0.17%) Splunk
11 1 (0.17%) Telerik