Period
to 8 August 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 8 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
UK
6 months to
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 31 30 31
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 +3
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 4,346 9,724 11,826
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 6.68% 6.81% 6.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.24% 7.39% 7.53%
Number of salaries quoted 3,768 7,636 9,504
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £32,000
90th Percentile £80,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 59,989 131,644 157,095
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.27% 92.20% 91.96%
Number of salaries quoted 47,949 103,664 125,238
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £86,250 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the UK

Test Automation
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Test Automation in the UK

Test Automation
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Test Automation over the 6 months to 8 August 2020.

Salary histogram for Test Automation in the UK

Test Automation
Top 19 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 8 August 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 -1 3,954 £55,000 +4.76% 485
UK excluding London +2 2,654 £47,500 +5.56% 372
London -3 1,617 £67,500 +8.00% 173
South East +8 900 £50,000 - 65
North of England -2 659 £45,000 - 121
South West 0 366 £45,000 - 56
North West -16 316 £50,000 +5.26% 52
Yorkshire +16 288 £45,000 +4.65% 51
Work from Home +26 284 £50,000 -13.04% 86
Midlands -6 267 £45,000 +5.88% 44
Scotland -2 168 £45,000 - 36
West Midlands +2 154 £47,500 +11.76% 24
East of England -26 130 £50,000 -3.85% 25
Wales -1 121 £44,379 +18.34% 21
East Midlands -6 113 £42,500 - 20
North East -1 55 £45,000 +15.38% 18
Northern Ireland +6 37 £40,000 -11.11% 4
Channel Islands - 6 £65,000 -
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 8 August 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 2,643 (60.81%) Agile Software Development
2 1,428 (32.86%) Selenium
3 1,393 (32.05%) C#
4 1,369 (31.50%) Java
5 1,303 (29.98%) JavaScript
6 1,173 (26.99%) QA
7 1,089 (25.06%) DevOps
8 973 (22.39%) Azure
9 969 (22.30%) SQL
10 898 (20.66%) .NET
11 891 (20.50%) TDD
12 885 (20.36%) Finance
13 857 (19.72%) AWS
14 846 (19.47%) BDD
15 840 (19.33%) Scrum
16 805 (18.52%) Python
17 776 (17.86%) Software Engineering
18 771 (17.74%) Continuous Integration
19 693 (15.95%) Git (software)
20 655 (15.07%) JIRA
21 601 (13.83%) Cucumber
22 597 (13.74%) Jenkins
23 588 (13.53%) Docker
24 578 (13.30%) Microservices
25 546 (12.56%) Degree
26 542 (12.47%) HTML
27 527 (12.13%) Microsoft
28 526 (12.10%) SQL Server
29 519 (11.94%) CSS
30 479 (11.02%) Linux

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
1 263 (6.05%) Confluence
2 54 (1.24%) Apache
3 49 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
4 46 (1.06%) CMS
5 43 (0.99%) SharePoint
6 36 (0.83%) Tomcat
7 26 (0.60%) WebSphere
8 23 (0.53%) Apache Spark
9 22 (0.51%) IIS
10 21 (0.48%) NServiceBus
11 17 (0.39%) JBoss
12 16 (0.37%) OpenStack
13 14 (0.32%) Umbraco
14 11 (0.25%) Sitecore CMS
15 10 (0.23%) CICS
15 10 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
15 10 (0.23%) CloudStack
16 8 (0.18%) nginx
17 7 (0.16%) EPiServer
17 7 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 26 (0.60%) Microsoft Excel
2 23 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (0.39%) Chatbot
4 14 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
5 12 (0.28%) Photoshop
6 10 (0.23%) Sketch
7 8 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 6 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 6 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (0.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 4 (0.092%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.092%) InVision
11 3 (0.069%) Adobe XD
11 3 (0.069%) MS Visio
12 1 (0.023%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 36 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
3 10 (0.23%) Magento
4 8 (0.18%) BASE24
4 8 (0.18%) NetSuite
4 8 (0.18%) SDL Web 8
5 7 (0.16%) Shopify
6 6 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
7 5 (0.12%) Distributed Ledger
8 4 (0.092%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
8 4 (0.092%) Temenos T24
9 3 (0.069%) Markit EDM
9 3 (0.069%) R3 Corda
9 3 (0.069%) thinkFolio
10 2 (0.046%) Eikon
10 2 (0.046%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 2 (0.046%) Oracle BPM
10 2 (0.046%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.046%) SAP FS
10 2 (0.046%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 973 (22.39%) Azure
2 857 (19.72%) AWS
3 246 (5.66%) SaaS
4 187 (4.30%) GCP
5 157 (3.61%) GitHub
6 153 (3.52%) Serverless
7 86 (1.98%) Power Platform
8 81 (1.86%) Cloud Computing
9 67 (1.54%) AWS Lambda
10 66 (1.52%) OpenShift
10 66 (1.52%) PaaS
11 52 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
12 45 (1.04%) IaaS
13 40 (0.92%) BrowserStack
14 36 (0.83%) BlazeMeter
15 31 (0.71%) Amazon S3
15 31 (0.71%) Sauce Labs
16 30 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
17 29 (0.67%) Amazon SQS
18 28 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 73 (1.68%) Skype
2 67 (1.54%) HTTP
3 39 (0.90%) TCP/IP
4 34 (0.78%) DNS
5 31 (0.71%) Firewall
6 27 (0.62%) Internet
7 18 (0.41%) VoIP
8 16 (0.37%) Wireless
9 14 (0.32%) VPN
10 13 (0.30%) Wireshark
11 11 (0.25%) Network Security
12 10 (0.23%) ATM
12 10 (0.23%) H.323
13 8 (0.18%) Broadband
13 8 (0.18%) PBX
13 8 (0.18%) RTP
13 8 (0.18%) STUN
13 8 (0.18%) WebEx
14 7 (0.16%) Intrusion Detection
14 7 (0.16%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 526 (12.10%) SQL Server
2 215 (4.95%) NoSQL
3 208 (4.79%) MySQL
4 161 (3.70%) MongoDB
5 160 (3.68%) Relational Database
6 126 (2.90%) Big Data
7 108 (2.49%) Data Warehouse
8 106 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 106 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 102 (2.35%) PostgreSQL
10 86 (1.98%) Power BI
11 73 (1.68%) Data Lake
12 57 (1.31%) Redis
13 47 (1.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 36 (0.83%) Azure SQL Database
15 35 (0.81%) RDBMS
16 32 (0.74%) Hadoop
16 32 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
17 31 (0.71%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 30 (0.69%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 1,428 (32.86%) Selenium
2 693 (15.95%) Git (software)
3 655 (15.07%) JIRA
4 601 (13.83%) Cucumber
5 597 (13.74%) Jenkins
6 396 (9.11%) WebDriver
7 358 (8.24%) SpecFlow
8 279 (6.42%) SoapUI
9 234 (5.38%) Postman
10 219 (5.04%) JMeter
11 179 (4.12%) JUnit
12 167 (3.84%) Visual Studio
13 146 (3.36%) Team Foundation Server
14 145 (3.34%) Maven
15 143 (3.29%) Appium
16 138 (3.18%) Subversion
17 129 (2.97%) Cypress.io
18 112 (2.58%) TeamCity
19 89 (2.05%) Bitbucket
20 86 (1.98%) webpack
General
1 885 (20.36%) Finance
2 218 (5.02%) Banking
3 142 (3.27%) Retail
4 122 (2.81%) Games
5 85 (1.96%) Marketing
6 83 (1.91%) Public Sector
7 58 (1.33%) Law
7 58 (1.33%) Telecoms
8 46 (1.06%) Electronics
9 45 (1.04%) Front Office
10 30 (0.69%) Manufacturing
11 28 (0.64%) Advertising
12 27 (0.62%) Legal
13 25 (0.58%) Investment Banking
14 23 (0.53%) Back Office
15 18 (0.41%) Automotive
16 14 (0.32%) Publishing
17 10 (0.23%) Aerospace
18 9 (0.21%) German Language
18 9 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,382 (31.80%) Developer
2 547 (12.59%) Tester
3 499 (11.48%) Test Engineer
4 493 (11.34%) Analyst
5 376 (8.65%) Test Analyst
6 358 (8.24%) Software Engineer
7 293 (6.74%) Automation Tester
8 280 (6.44%) Senior Developer
9 270 (6.21%) QA Engineer
10 256 (5.89%) Java Developer
11 237 (5.45%) Test Automation Engineer
12 230 (5.29%) Software Developer
13 197 (4.53%) .NET Developer
14 173 (3.98%) DevOps Engineer
15 162 (3.73%) Developer in Test
16 160 (3.68%) C# Developer
17 148 (3.41%) Software Test Engineer
18 147 (3.38%) Automation Test Analyst
19 141 (3.24%) Software Tester
20 136 (3.13%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 898 (20.66%) .NET
2 542 (12.47%) HTML
3 519 (11.94%) CSS
4 423 (9.73%) React
5 413 (9.50%) AngularJS
6 406 (9.34%) Node.js
7 401 (9.23%) Web Services
8 355 (8.17%) RESTful
9 339 (7.80%) REST
10 285 (6.56%) .NET Core
10 285 (6.56%) .NET Framework
11 260 (5.98%) SOAP
12 235 (5.41%) HTML5
13 230 (5.29%) ASP.NET
14 192 (4.42%) Spring
15 182 (4.19%) XML
16 168 (3.87%) JSON
17 167 (3.84%) Gherkin
18 118 (2.72%) ASP.NET Web API
19 115 (2.65%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 249 (5.73%) User Experience
2 234 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
3 208 (4.79%) Mobile App
4 188 (4.33%) Greenfield Project
5 125 (2.88%) Self-Motivation
6 88 (2.02%) Cloud Native
7 82 (1.89%) Algorithms
8 78 (1.79%) Virtual Team
9 72 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
10 70 (1.61%) Data Structures
11 54 (1.24%) Public Cloud
12 50 (1.15%) Linux Command Line
13 39 (0.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 38 (0.87%) Mainframe
15 37 (0.85%) Private Cloud
16 33 (0.76%) Data Centre
16 33 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
17 31 (0.71%) Reinsurance
18 28 (0.64%) Management Information System
19 27 (0.62%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 479 (11.02%) Linux
2 338 (7.78%) Windows
3 140 (3.22%) Android
4 128 (2.95%) Apple iOS
5 125 (2.88%) Unix
6 46 (1.06%) CentOS
7 39 (0.90%) Ubuntu
8 36 (0.83%) Windows Server
9 32 (0.74%) Mac OS X
10 30 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 19 (0.44%) VMS
12 17 (0.39%) Windows 10
13 16 (0.37%) Debian
14 14 (0.32%) Mac OS
15 7 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
16 6 (0.14%) Windows Server 2016
17 4 (0.092%) Fedora
18 3 (0.069%) Windows XP
19 2 (0.046%) AIX
19 2 (0.046%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,643 (60.81%) Agile Software Development
2 1,089 (25.06%) DevOps
3 891 (20.50%) TDD
4 846 (19.47%) BDD
5 840 (19.33%) Scrum
6 776 (17.86%) Software Engineering
7 771 (17.74%) Continuous Integration
8 578 (13.30%) Microservices
9 468 (10.77%) SDLC
10 442 (10.17%) Manual Testing
11 426 (9.80%) Fintech
12 390 (8.97%) Problem-Solving
13 360 (8.28%) Test Scripting
14 354 (8.15%) OO
15 352 (8.10%) Computer Science
16 349 (8.03%) Test Strategy
17 347 (7.98%) Mentoring
18 337 (7.75%) Software Testing
19 335 (7.71%) API Testing
20 297 (6.83%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 1,393 (32.05%) C#
2 1,369 (31.50%) Java
3 1,303 (29.98%) JavaScript
4 969 (22.30%) SQL
5 805 (18.52%) Python
6 238 (5.48%) C++
7 229 (5.27%) TypeScript
8 211 (4.86%) PHP
9 191 (4.39%) PowerShell
10 164 (3.77%) Ruby
11 148 (3.41%) C
12 137 (3.15%) T-SQL
13 122 (2.81%) Bash Shell
14 96 (2.21%) Java 8
15 92 (2.12%) Scala
16 90 (2.07%) ES6
17 82 (1.89%) Go
18 53 (1.22%) Perl
19 47 (1.08%) Kotlin
20 39 (0.90%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 546 (12.56%) Degree
2 313 (7.20%) ISTQB
3 188 (4.33%) ISEB
4 185 (4.26%) Computer Science Degree
5 180 (4.14%) Security Cleared
6 103 (2.37%) SC Cleared
7 74 (1.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 45 (1.04%) DV Cleared
9 23 (0.53%) Microsoft Certification
10 15 (0.35%) HNC
10 15 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
11 14 (0.32%) Master's Degree
12 12 (0.28%) HND
13 11 (0.25%) OSCP
14 10 (0.23%) AWS Certification
14 10 (0.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 10 (0.23%) Numerate Degree
14 10 (0.23%) PhD
15 9 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
16 7 (0.16%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,173 (26.99%) QA
2 34 (0.78%) GDPR
3 28 (0.64%) PMO
4 22 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (0.39%) Data Quality
6 10 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.18%) ISO 8583
7 8 (0.18%) SLA
8 7 (0.16%) ISO 13485
8 7 (0.16%) NIST
9 6 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 4 (0.092%) COBIT
10 4 (0.092%) ISO 9001
10 4 (0.092%) PCI DSS
11 3 (0.069%) DICOM
11 3 (0.069%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.046%) IFRS
12 2 (0.046%) MiFID
13 1 (0.023%) GxP
13 1 (0.023%) HIPAA
System Software
1 588 (13.53%) Docker
2 40 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (0.67%) Active Directory
4 18 (0.41%) Firmware
5 14 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
6 12 (0.28%) Hyper-V
7 8 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 8 (0.18%) VirtualBox
7 8 (0.18%) vSphere
8 7 (0.16%) Xen
9 6 (0.14%) HDFS
9 6 (0.14%) NDS
9 6 (0.14%) NetIQ eDirectory
9 6 (0.14%) NFS
10 5 (0.12%) iptables
11 4 (0.092%) KVM
11 4 (0.092%) Samba
11 4 (0.092%) Time Sharing Option
11 4 (0.092%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.069%) RACF
Systems Management
1 452 (10.40%) Kubernetes
2 188 (4.33%) Ansible
3 187 (4.30%) Terraform
4 103 (2.37%) Puppet
5 90 (2.07%) Opscode Chef
6 70 (1.61%) HP Quality Center
7 28 (0.64%) HP ALM
8 25 (0.58%) Kibana
9 23 (0.53%) Istio
10 21 (0.48%) Rancher
11 17 (0.39%) Packer
12 14 (0.32%) Nagios
13 11 (0.25%) CA Service Virtualization
14 10 (0.23%) Control-M
14 10 (0.23%) Mesos
15 9 (0.21%) logstash
15 9 (0.21%) Marathon
15 9 (0.21%) MIIS
15 9 (0.21%) ZABBIX
16 7 (0.16%) Grafana
Vendors
1 527 (12.13%) Microsoft
2 192 (4.42%) Oracle
3 120 (2.76%) Google
4 76 (1.75%) Atlassian
5 71 (1.63%) HP
6 66 (1.52%) VMware
7 59 (1.36%) IBM
8 58 (1.33%) SAP
9 46 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
10 45 (1.04%) Xamarin
11 32 (0.74%) Red Hat
12 25 (0.58%) CA
13 23 (0.53%) Cognizant
13 23 (0.53%) Splunk
14 22 (0.51%) Hortonworks
15 21 (0.48%) Tableau
16 19 (0.44%) Facebook
17 18 (0.41%) Adobe
17 18 (0.41%) TIBCO
17 18 (0.41%) Zend