Period
to 22 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Test Automation Engineer was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 January 2021.

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
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 541 607 548
Rank change year-on-year +66 -59 +147
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 232 479 768
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.38% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.40% 0.53%
Number of salaries quoted 212 400 637
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £36,250 £35,000 £35,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £76,250 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 60,915 120,517 145,694
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.12% 95.58% 95.95%
Number of salaries quoted 49,425 97,597 117,937
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Test Automation Engineer.

Salary trend for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Test Automation Engineer over the 6 months to 22 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Top 15 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 22 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 +67 222 £50,000 - 41
UK excluding London +74 162 £45,000 - 26
South East +129 75 £45,000 -10.00% 6
London +110 64 £57,500 -8.00% 18
North of England +37 32 £41,500 -7.78% 9
Work from Home -42 27 £50,000 -20.00% 14
South West +67 26 £52,500 +31.25% 2
North West +82 18 £40,750 -32.08% 3
East of England +93 16 £55,000 - 5
Yorkshire -2 14 £42,500 -5.56% 5
Midlands +61 9 £52,490 +10.51%
West Midlands +46 8 £52,000 +5.34%
Scotland +38 2 £41,250 +3.13% 2
Wales +35 2 £40,000 -11.11%
East Midlands +53 1 £55,000 +15.79%

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 2021, 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.

1 232 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 164 (70.69%) Selenium
3 140 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
4 118 (50.86%) C#
5 91 (39.22%) QA
6 90 (38.79%) BDD
7 67 (28.88%) DevOps
8 66 (28.45%) Test Scripting
8 66 (28.45%) Python
9 65 (28.02%) Java
10 60 (25.86%) Scrum
11 58 (25.00%) Cucumber
12 55 (23.71%) TDD
13 53 (22.84%) ISTQB
13 53 (22.84%) Azure
14 52 (22.41%) JavaScript
15 50 (21.55%) WebDriver
15 50 (21.55%) Jenkins
16 49 (21.12%) Git (software)
17 48 (20.69%) Finance
18 45 (19.40%) Continuous Integration
19 44 (18.97%) .NET
20 41 (17.67%) SQL
21 39 (16.81%) Software Testing
22 38 (16.38%) JIRA
22 38 (16.38%) Microservices
23 37 (15.95%) SDET
24 36 (15.52%) API Testing
24 36 (15.52%) Docker
25 33 (14.22%) Postman

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 17 (7.33%) Confluence
2 8 (3.45%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (3.45%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.43%) Simulink
Cloud Services
1 53 (22.84%) Azure
2 24 (10.34%) AWS
3 13 (5.60%) GitHub
4 9 (3.88%) Sauce Labs
5 8 (3.45%) BlazeMeter
5 8 (3.45%) SaaS
5 8 (3.45%) Serverless
6 7 (3.02%) Slack
7 6 (2.59%) BrowserStack
8 2 (0.86%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.43%) IaaS
9 1 (0.43%) PaaS
9 1 (0.43%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.72%) HTTP
2 2 (0.86%) Bluetooth
2 2 (0.86%) DHCP
2 2 (0.86%) DNS
2 2 (0.86%) IPv6
2 2 (0.86%) Skype
2 2 (0.86%) VLAN
2 2 (0.86%) Wi-Fi
2 2 (0.86%) Wireless
2 2 (0.86%) ZigBee
3 1 (0.43%) 3G
3 1 (0.43%) 4G
3 1 (0.43%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.43%) Firewall
3 1 (0.43%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (0.43%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.43%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (7.76%) MongoDB
2 16 (6.90%) SQL Server
3 13 (5.60%) PostgreSQL
4 8 (3.45%) Redis
5 7 (3.02%) MySQL
6 6 (2.59%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.86%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.43%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.43%) Big Data
8 1 (0.43%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 164 (70.69%) Selenium
2 58 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 50 (21.55%) Jenkins
3 50 (21.55%) WebDriver
4 49 (21.12%) Git (software)
5 38 (16.38%) JIRA
6 33 (14.22%) Postman
7 30 (12.93%) SoapUI
7 30 (12.93%) SpecFlow
8 26 (11.21%) Team Foundation Server
9 20 (8.62%) Cypress.io
10 19 (8.19%) JMeter
10 19 (8.19%) TestNG
11 16 (6.90%) eggPlant
11 16 (6.90%) JUnit
12 14 (6.03%) Appium
13 13 (5.60%) Visual Studio Team System
14 12 (5.17%) Zephyr
15 10 (4.31%) Eclipse
15 10 (4.31%) Protractor
General
1 48 (20.69%) Finance
2 10 (4.31%) Retail
3 6 (2.59%) Automotive
4 5 (2.16%) Back Office
5 3 (1.29%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.29%) Public Sector
6 2 (0.86%) Banking
6 2 (0.86%) Electronics
6 2 (0.86%) Front Office
6 2 (0.86%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.86%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.86%) Marketing
7 1 (0.43%) Advertising
7 1 (0.43%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.43%) Games
7 1 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.43%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (18.97%) .NET
2 31 (13.36%) SOAP
3 23 (9.91%) .NET Core
4 22 (9.48%) Gherkin
4 22 (9.48%) REST
5 14 (6.03%) WebdriverIO
6 13 (5.60%) Node.js
7 11 (4.74%) AngularJS
8 10 (4.31%) Web Services
9 9 (3.88%) RESTful
10 8 (3.45%) .NET Framework
11 7 (3.02%) JSON
11 7 (3.02%) Swagger
11 7 (3.02%) XML
12 6 (2.59%) Playwright
12 6 (2.59%) Puppeteer
13 5 (2.16%) React
14 4 (1.72%) Django
14 4 (1.72%) Flask
14 4 (1.72%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 16 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (5.60%) Mobile App
3 11 (4.74%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (3.02%) Greenfield Project
5 6 (2.59%) User Experience
6 4 (1.72%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (1.29%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.29%) Equities
7 3 (1.29%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.43%) Analogue Electronics
8 1 (0.43%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.43%) Life Science
8 1 (0.43%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.43%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.43%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.43%) Renewable Energy
8 1 (0.43%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 22 (9.48%) Linux
2 20 (8.62%) Windows
3 10 (4.31%) Apple iOS
4 9 (3.88%) Android
5 7 (3.02%) Unix
6 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 140 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
3 90 (38.79%) BDD
4 67 (28.88%) DevOps
5 66 (28.45%) Test Scripting
6 60 (25.86%) Scrum
7 55 (23.71%) TDD
8 45 (19.40%) Continuous Integration
9 39 (16.81%) Software Testing
10 38 (16.38%) Microservices
11 37 (15.95%) SDET
12 36 (15.52%) API Testing
13 31 (13.36%) SDLC
14 28 (12.07%) Test Management
15 27 (11.64%) Non-Functional Testing
16 25 (10.78%) Manual Testing
17 22 (9.48%) Scenario Testing
18 21 (9.05%) Fintech
18 21 (9.05%) Mentoring
19 20 (8.62%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 118 (50.86%) C#
2 66 (28.45%) Python
3 65 (28.02%) Java
4 52 (22.41%) JavaScript
5 41 (17.67%) SQL
6 11 (4.74%) Ruby
7 8 (3.45%) Perl
7 8 (3.45%) Scala
7 8 (3.45%) TypeScript
8 7 (3.02%) Groovy
8 7 (3.02%) PowerShell
9 6 (2.59%) Bash Shell
9 6 (2.59%) T-SQL
10 4 (1.72%) Go
10 4 (1.72%) VB.NET
11 3 (1.29%) C++
12 1 (0.43%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.43%) C
12 1 (0.43%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.43%) PHP
Qualifications
1 53 (22.84%) ISTQB
2 31 (13.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 28 (12.07%) ISEB
4 27 (11.64%) Degree
5 17 (7.33%) Security Cleared
6 13 (5.60%) SC Cleared
7 10 (4.31%) Computer Science Degree
8 9 (3.88%) DV Cleared
9 7 (3.02%) ISEB Practitioner
10 2 (0.86%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (39.22%) QA
2 2 (0.86%) GDPR
System Software
1 36 (15.52%) Docker
2 1 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.43%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 31 (13.36%) Kubernetes
2 18 (7.76%) Puppet
3 6 (2.59%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (1.72%) Ansible
5 3 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.43%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.43%) SCCM
6 1 (0.43%) SCOM
6 1 (0.43%) Terraform
Vendors
1 24 (10.34%) Microsoft
2 7 (3.02%) Oracle
3 4 (1.72%) Pega
4 3 (1.29%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.43%) Agilent
5 1 (0.43%) CA
5 1 (0.43%) HP
5 1 (0.43%) Keysight
5 1 (0.43%) Perfecto Mobile
5 1 (0.43%) SolarWinds
5 1 (0.43%) VMware
5 1 (0.43%) Xamarin