Period
to 23 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 6 months to 23 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
UK
6 months to
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 30 29 32
Rank change year-on-year -1 +3 +7
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 8,496 10,797 11,314
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.76% 7.11% 6.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.35% 7.72% 7.03%
Number of salaries quoted 6,545 8,376 9,031
UK median annual salary £51,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.00% - +8.70%
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £77,500 £73,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

Test Automation 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 115,658 139,904 160,974
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.97% 92.15% 92.20%
Number of salaries quoted 91,616 110,302 129,818
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £30,485 £29,769 £28,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.22% - +5.88%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the UK

Test Automation
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Test Automation in the UK

Test Automation
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation over the 6 months to 23 January 2020.

Salary histogram for Test Automation in the UK

Test Automation
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 23 January 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 0 7,807 £52,500 +2.94% 1,379
UK excluding London +1 5,301 £45,000 - 1,065
London -9 3,026 £65,000 +8.33% 425
South East -1 1,588 £50,000 +5.26% 274
North of England +10 1,315 £45,000 - 276
South West +9 750 £45,000 - 148
Midlands -2 645 £45,000 +5.88% 143
North West +7 642 £45,000 - 122
Yorkshire +7 579 £45,000 - 116
East of England -6 435 £50,000 +4.17% 112
West Midlands +1 362 £45,000 +5.88% 67
Scotland -13 321 £45,000 - 52
East Midlands -2 276 £45,000 +8.43% 76
Wales +14 217 £45,000 +11.80% 52
North East -1 94 £39,837 -17.83% 38
Northern Ireland +1 43 £40,000 -3.61% 9

For the 6 months to 23 January 2020, IT jobs citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation.

1 5,148 (60.59%) Agile Software Development
2 2,925 (34.43%) Java
3 2,695 (31.72%) Selenium
4 2,612 (30.74%) C#
5 2,449 (28.83%) QA
6 2,092 (24.62%) JavaScript
7 1,961 (23.08%) SQL
8 1,937 (22.80%) Scrum
9 1,887 (22.21%) DevOps
10 1,695 (19.95%) TDD
11 1,633 (19.22%) BDD
12 1,583 (18.63%) Continuous Integration
13 1,544 (18.17%) .NET
14 1,502 (17.68%) Python
15 1,469 (17.29%) Finance
15 1,469 (17.29%) Azure
16 1,453 (17.10%) Software Engineering
17 1,373 (16.16%) AWS
18 1,334 (15.70%) JIRA
19 1,246 (14.67%) Git (software)
20 1,234 (14.52%) Jenkins
21 1,166 (13.72%) Cucumber
22 1,094 (12.88%) Docker
23 985 (11.59%) HTML
24 979 (11.52%) Software Testing
25 976 (11.49%) Linux
26 969 (11.41%) SDLC
27 946 (11.13%) CSS
28 926 (10.90%) Web Services
29 914 (10.76%) Problem-Solving

Test Automation
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
1 547 (6.44%) Confluence
2 151 (1.78%) Apache
3 132 (1.55%) Apache Spark
4 114 (1.34%) Elasticsearch
5 95 (1.12%) CMS
6 86 (1.01%) SharePoint
7 57 (0.67%) IIS
8 56 (0.66%) Tomcat
9 43 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
10 39 (0.46%) WebSphere
11 33 (0.39%) nginx
12 30 (0.35%) SAS
13 29 (0.34%) Apache Airflow
14 24 (0.28%) Drupal
15 23 (0.27%) OpenStack
16 22 (0.26%) EPiServer
17 20 (0.24%) WordPress
18 19 (0.22%) Cloud Foundry
19 18 (0.21%) WebSphere Application Server
20 15 (0.18%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 135 (1.59%) Microsoft Office
2 53 (0.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (0.47%) MS Visio
4 29 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (0.15%) Chatbot
5 13 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.082%) Photoshop
7 6 (0.071%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.059%) Spreadsheet
9 4 (0.047%) Gliffy
9 4 (0.047%) Sketch
10 2 (0.024%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.012%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.012%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.012%) Figma
11 1 (0.012%) InDesign
11 1 (0.012%) Simulink
11 1 (0.012%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 81 (0.95%) Payment Gateway
2 79 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
3 27 (0.32%) Magento
4 13 (0.15%) SAP HR
4 13 (0.15%) SAP WM
5 9 (0.11%) SAP ERP
5 9 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
5 9 (0.11%) SDL Web 8
6 5 (0.059%) NetSuite
6 5 (0.059%) Sage 200
6 5 (0.059%) Sage 50
6 5 (0.059%) Shopify
7 4 (0.047%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.047%) SAP CRM
8 3 (0.035%) Distributed Ledger
8 3 (0.035%) Dynamics NAV
8 3 (0.035%) ION MarketView
8 3 (0.035%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.035%) RMDS
9 2 (0.024%) FastStats
Cloud Services
1 1,469 (17.29%) Azure
2 1,373 (16.16%) AWS
3 308 (3.63%) SaaS
4 295 (3.47%) Serverless
5 284 (3.34%) GCP
6 257 (3.02%) GitHub
7 143 (1.68%) PaaS
8 141 (1.66%) AWS Lambda
9 125 (1.47%) AWS CloudFormation
10 95 (1.12%) Slack
11 92 (1.08%) BrowserStack
12 91 (1.07%) OpenShift
13 76 (0.89%) Power Platform
14 72 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
15 69 (0.81%) Amazon S3
16 66 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
17 59 (0.69%) Amazon ECS
18 48 (0.56%) IaaS
19 45 (0.53%) Amazon Kinesis
20 39 (0.46%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 121 (1.42%) Internet
2 93 (1.09%) HTTP
2 93 (1.09%) TCP/IP
3 62 (0.73%) Firewall
4 60 (0.71%) DNS
5 41 (0.48%) Wireless
6 28 (0.33%) VoIP
7 27 (0.32%) SNMP
8 24 (0.28%) AMQP
8 24 (0.28%) Skype
8 24 (0.28%) Wireshark
9 22 (0.26%) DHCP
9 22 (0.26%) ZigBee
10 19 (0.22%) SSL
11 18 (0.21%) VPN
11 18 (0.21%) Wi-Fi
12 16 (0.19%) SSH
13 15 (0.18%) MPLS
14 13 (0.15%) PuTTY
14 13 (0.15%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 753 (8.86%) SQL Server
2 360 (4.24%) MySQL
3 352 (4.14%) NoSQL
4 279 (3.28%) Relational Database
5 266 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
6 244 (2.87%) MongoDB
7 236 (2.78%) Big Data
8 150 (1.77%) Data Warehouse
9 125 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 116 (1.37%) Redis
11 106 (1.25%) Hadoop
12 104 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 83 (0.98%) Azure SQL Database
14 76 (0.89%) Power BI
15 55 (0.65%) RDBMS
16 53 (0.62%) Apache Cassandra
17 51 (0.60%) Apache Hive
18 49 (0.58%) Amazon DynamoDB
19 47 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
20 46 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2,695 (31.72%) Selenium
2 1,334 (15.70%) JIRA
3 1,246 (14.67%) Git (software)
4 1,234 (14.52%) Jenkins
5 1,166 (13.72%) Cucumber
6 859 (10.11%) WebDriver
7 567 (6.67%) SpecFlow
8 539 (6.34%) Postman
9 476 (5.60%) SoapUI
10 412 (4.85%) JMeter
11 399 (4.70%) JUnit
12 355 (4.18%) Maven
13 324 (3.81%) Team Foundation Server
14 307 (3.61%) Visual Studio
15 297 (3.50%) TeamCity
16 269 (3.17%) Appium
17 236 (2.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 233 (2.74%) Bitbucket
19 191 (2.25%) NUnit
20 176 (2.07%) REST Assured
General
1 1,469 (17.29%) Finance
2 463 (5.45%) Banking
3 352 (4.14%) Public Sector
4 335 (3.94%) Retail
5 259 (3.05%) Games
6 187 (2.20%) Marketing
7 180 (2.12%) Telecoms
8 112 (1.32%) Legal
9 100 (1.18%) Electronics
10 87 (1.02%) Manufacturing
11 85 (1.00%) Front Office
12 81 (0.95%) Advertising
13 56 (0.66%) Investment Banking
14 51 (0.60%) Law
15 45 (0.53%) Financial Institution
16 44 (0.52%) Aerospace
16 44 (0.52%) Automotive
17 30 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
18 19 (0.22%) Billing
18 19 (0.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 2,156 (25.38%) Developer
2 1,071 (12.61%) Analyst
3 1,039 (12.23%) Test Engineer
4 947 (11.15%) Tester
5 837 (9.85%) Test Analyst
6 761 (8.96%) Software Engineer
7 731 (8.60%) QA Engineer
8 476 (5.60%) Test Automation Engineer
9 467 (5.50%) Automation Tester
10 457 (5.38%) Senior Developer
11 443 (5.21%) Software Developer
12 351 (4.13%) DevOps Engineer
13 328 (3.86%) Java Developer
14 323 (3.80%) Test Leader
15 315 (3.71%) .NET Developer
16 296 (3.48%) Automation Test Analyst
17 287 (3.38%) Developer in Test
18 258 (3.04%) Software Test Engineer
19 256 (3.01%) Test Manager
20 255 (3.00%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,544 (18.17%) .NET
2 985 (11.59%) HTML
3 946 (11.13%) CSS
4 926 (10.90%) Web Services
5 875 (10.30%) REST
6 732 (8.62%) AngularJS
7 699 (8.23%) React
8 650 (7.65%) Node.js
9 607 (7.14%) RESTful
10 444 (5.23%) Spring
11 442 (5.20%) SOAP
12 431 (5.07%) .NET Framework
13 419 (4.93%) XML
14 374 (4.40%) Gherkin
15 345 (4.06%) ASP.NET
16 334 (3.93%) jQuery
16 334 (3.93%) JSON
17 324 (3.81%) .NET Core
18 297 (3.50%) HTML5
19 291 (3.43%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 598 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
2 532 (6.26%) Mobile App
3 450 (5.30%) User Experience
4 395 (4.65%) Greenfield Project
5 263 (3.10%) Self-Motivation
6 135 (1.59%) Algorithms
7 128 (1.51%) Public Cloud
8 119 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
9 105 (1.24%) Data Structures
10 93 (1.09%) Management Information System
11 92 (1.08%) Cloud Native
12 88 (1.04%) Virtual Team
13 79 (0.93%) Linux Command Line
14 64 (0.75%) Derivative
15 62 (0.73%) Embedded Systems
16 53 (0.62%) Equities
17 46 (0.54%) Data Centre
18 44 (0.52%) Fixed Income
18 44 (0.52%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 43 (0.51%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 976 (11.49%) Linux
2 525 (6.18%) Windows
3 358 (4.21%) Android
4 342 (4.03%) Apple iOS
5 322 (3.79%) Unix
6 78 (0.92%) Mac OS X
7 69 (0.81%) Windows Server
8 65 (0.77%) CentOS
9 62 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 34 (0.40%) Ubuntu
11 26 (0.31%) Mac OS
12 20 (0.24%) Debian
12 20 (0.24%) Kali Linux
13 19 (0.22%) Windows 10
14 15 (0.18%) zOS
15 14 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
16 13 (0.15%) Fedora
16 13 (0.15%) Windows 7
17 12 (0.14%) Embedded Linux
18 10 (0.12%) Robot Operating System
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,148 (60.59%) Agile Software Development
2 1,937 (22.80%) Scrum
3 1,887 (22.21%) DevOps
4 1,695 (19.95%) TDD
5 1,633 (19.22%) BDD
6 1,583 (18.63%) Continuous Integration
7 1,453 (17.10%) Software Engineering
8 979 (11.52%) Software Testing
9 969 (11.41%) SDLC
10 914 (10.76%) Problem-Solving
11 899 (10.58%) Test Scripting
12 888 (10.45%) Microservices
13 884 (10.40%) Manual Testing
14 827 (9.73%) Mentoring
15 717 (8.44%) Test Strategy
16 676 (7.96%) API Testing
17 675 (7.94%) Regression Testing
18 657 (7.73%) Continuous Delivery
19 629 (7.40%) Functional Testing
20 624 (7.34%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 2,925 (34.43%) Java
2 2,612 (30.74%) C#
3 2,092 (24.62%) JavaScript
4 1,961 (23.08%) SQL
5 1,502 (17.68%) Python
6 485 (5.71%) C++
7 470 (5.53%) Ruby
8 390 (4.59%) PHP
9 300 (3.53%) TypeScript
10 284 (3.34%) PowerShell
11 283 (3.33%) C
12 265 (3.12%) Bash Shell
13 240 (2.82%) Java 8
14 193 (2.27%) Scala
15 154 (1.81%) Go
16 144 (1.69%) Perl
17 133 (1.57%) Shell Script
18 130 (1.53%) T-SQL
19 112 (1.32%) Apple Swift
20 107 (1.26%) ES6
Qualifications
1 880 (10.36%) Degree
2 698 (8.22%) ISTQB
3 419 (4.93%) ISEB
4 360 (4.24%) Security Cleared
5 318 (3.74%) Computer Science Degree
6 239 (2.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 216 (2.54%) SC Cleared
8 89 (1.05%) DV Cleared
9 46 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
10 32 (0.38%) Cisco Certification
10 32 (0.38%) MCSE
11 29 (0.34%) CISSP
12 28 (0.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 28 (0.33%) PMI Certification
13 27 (0.32%) SANS
14 25 (0.29%) CCNA
14 25 (0.29%) OSCP
15 21 (0.25%) CREST Certified
16 20 (0.24%) CompTIA Security+
16 20 (0.24%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2,449 (28.83%) QA
2 68 (0.80%) Data Quality
3 48 (0.56%) GDPR
4 29 (0.34%) DICOM
5 22 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 16 (0.19%) NIST
7 14 (0.16%) PMO
8 10 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (0.094%) PSD2
10 6 (0.071%) HL7
10 6 (0.071%) SLA
10 6 (0.071%) WCAG
11 5 (0.059%) ISO 9001
12 4 (0.047%) Def Stans
12 4 (0.047%) EMIR
12 4 (0.047%) JTAG
12 4 (0.047%) PMBOK
13 3 (0.035%) Disclosure Scotland
13 3 (0.035%) IEC 61508
13 3 (0.035%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 1,094 (12.88%) Docker
2 84 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 55 (0.65%) Active Directory
4 50 (0.59%) Firmware
5 28 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
6 27 (0.32%) VirtualBox
7 24 (0.28%) HDFS
8 22 (0.26%) Xen
9 20 (0.24%) NFS
10 17 (0.20%) Hyper-V
11 16 (0.19%) vSphere
12 15 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
13 14 (0.16%) LXC
14 13 (0.15%) Samba
15 12 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
16 11 (0.13%) ACF2
16 11 (0.13%) RACF
16 11 (0.13%) Varnish
17 9 (0.11%) KVM
18 7 (0.082%) OpenSSH
Systems Management
1 627 (7.38%) Kubernetes
2 372 (4.38%) Terraform
3 347 (4.08%) Ansible
4 341 (4.01%) Puppet
5 229 (2.70%) Opscode Chef
6 114 (1.34%) HP Quality Center
7 97 (1.14%) HP ALM
8 53 (0.62%) Nagios
9 48 (0.56%) Packer
10 43 (0.51%) ZABBIX
11 42 (0.49%) Mesos
12 33 (0.39%) Kibana
13 32 (0.38%) Grafana
14 25 (0.29%) SCOM
15 24 (0.28%) Istio
15 24 (0.28%) Oozie
16 23 (0.27%) Marathon
17 22 (0.26%) Rancher
18 21 (0.25%) Salt
19 20 (0.24%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 910 (10.71%) Microsoft
2 374 (4.40%) Oracle
3 212 (2.50%) Google
4 209 (2.46%) WorldPay
5 163 (1.92%) HP
6 152 (1.79%) SAP
7 144 (1.69%) Atlassian
8 101 (1.19%) FIS
9 96 (1.13%) VMware
10 94 (1.11%) IBM
11 66 (0.78%) Red Hat
12 65 (0.77%) Xamarin
13 60 (0.71%) CA
14 55 (0.65%) Tableau
15 44 (0.52%) Cloudera
16 42 (0.49%) Facebook
17 41 (0.48%) TIBCO
18 40 (0.47%) Salesforce.com
18 40 (0.47%) Splunk
19 39 (0.46%) Apple