Period
to 26 September 2018

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 26 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
UK
6 months to
26 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 30 36 44
Rank change year-on-year +6 +8 +7
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 11,699 11,175 10,705
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.99% 6.29% 5.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.68% 6.87% 6.11%
Number of salaries quoted 9,132 8,746 8,954
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,500 £30,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%

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 152,403 162,668 175,194
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.04% 91.56% 90.88%
Number of salaries quoted 121,268 128,305 146,204
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +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 26 September 2018.

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 26 September 2018. 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 +6 10,765 £50,000 - 1,625
UK excluding London +4 6,784 £45,000 +5.88% 1,226
London +13 4,690 £62,500 +4.17% 550
South East +7 1,994 £47,500 +5.56% 279
North of England +6 1,800 £45,000 +5.88% 282
North West +11 913 £42,500 - 139
Yorkshire +1 817 £45,000 +1.19% 123
South West 0 781 £45,000 +12.50% 165
Midlands 0 756 £45,000 +5.88% 201
East of England +7 731 £47,500 -1.84% 152
Scotland +19 519 £45,250 +6.47% 101
East Midlands +6 393 £42,500 -5.56% 75
West Midlands -23 361 £47,500 +14.46% 126
Wales +24 181 £40,000 +3.90% 37
North East -7 90 £48,500 +21.25% 20
Northern Ireland -7 40 £46,250 +38.06% 13

For the 6 months to 26 September 2018, 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 7,603 (64.99%) Agile Software Development
2 4,374 (37.39%) Java
3 3,953 (33.79%) Selenium
4 3,777 (32.28%) C#
5 3,572 (30.53%) QA
6 3,152 (26.94%) SQL
7 3,086 (26.38%) JavaScript
8 2,926 (25.01%) Finance
9 2,734 (23.37%) Continuous Integration
10 2,518 (21.52%) TDD
11 2,516 (21.51%) Scrum
12 2,430 (20.77%) .NET
13 2,384 (20.38%) BDD
14 2,081 (17.79%) Git (software)
15 1,988 (16.99%) Python
16 1,858 (15.88%) Cucumber
17 1,843 (15.75%) HTML
18 1,842 (15.74%) Jenkins
19 1,820 (15.56%) Software Engineering
20 1,751 (14.97%) JIRA
21 1,704 (14.57%) DevOps
22 1,589 (13.58%) Linux
23 1,556 (13.30%) Amazon AWS
24 1,551 (13.26%) Degree
25 1,523 (13.02%) CSS
26 1,434 (12.26%) SQL Server
27 1,418 (12.12%) Problem-Solving
28 1,410 (12.05%) SDLC
29 1,368 (11.69%) Software Testing
30 1,319 (11.27%) Web Services

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
1 563 (4.81%) Confluence
2 202 (1.73%) CMS
3 199 (1.70%) Elasticsearch
4 162 (1.38%) Apache
5 150 (1.28%) Apache Spark
6 133 (1.14%) Tomcat
7 107 (0.91%) SharePoint
8 100 (0.85%) Ethereum
9 98 (0.84%) IIS
10 76 (0.65%) Cloud Foundry
11 75 (0.64%) JBoss
12 67 (0.57%) WebLogic
13 65 (0.56%) WebSphere
14 63 (0.54%) MQSeries
15 59 (0.50%) nginx
16 57 (0.49%) Apache Solr
17 51 (0.44%) NServiceBus
18 49 (0.42%) Apache Pig
19 45 (0.38%) Drupal
20 42 (0.36%) WordPress
Applications
1 122 (1.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 59 (0.50%) Microsoft Office
3 27 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (0.18%) Photoshop
5 20 (0.17%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.15%) Chatbot
7 16 (0.14%) Mingle
8 12 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
9 11 (0.094%) OmniGraffle
10 10 (0.085%) Microsoft Project
11 9 (0.077%) Spreadsheet
11 9 (0.077%) SPSS
12 5 (0.043%) Simulink
13 3 (0.026%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 3 (0.026%) LibreOffice
14 2 (0.017%) Maya
15 1 (0.009%) HipChat
15 1 (0.009%) InDesign
15 1 (0.009%) S-PLUS
15 1 (0.009%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 83 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 55 (0.47%) Distributed Ledger
3 35 (0.30%) Payment Gateway
4 32 (0.27%) Magento
5 12 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
6 11 (0.094%) SAP ERP
6 11 (0.094%) SAP MM
7 10 (0.085%) Odoo
8 7 (0.060%) FastStats
8 7 (0.060%) Postilion
8 7 (0.060%) SAP Hybris
9 5 (0.043%) BASE24
9 5 (0.043%) LatentZero
9 5 (0.043%) thinkFolio
10 3 (0.026%) Elite 3E
10 3 (0.026%) Oracle Applications
10 3 (0.026%) Oracle EBS
10 3 (0.026%) SAP IS-U
10 3 (0.026%) Teamcenter
11 2 (0.017%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 1,556 (13.30%) Amazon AWS
2 1,292 (11.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 441 (3.77%) GitHub
4 334 (2.85%) SaaS
5 250 (2.14%) Google Cloud Platform
6 236 (2.02%) Cloud Computing
7 211 (1.80%) Serverless
8 194 (1.66%) PaaS
9 154 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
10 144 (1.23%) npm
11 133 (1.14%) Amazon S3
12 122 (1.04%) IaaS
13 116 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
14 98 (0.84%) AWS Lambda
15 97 (0.83%) Slack
16 93 (0.79%) BrowserStack
17 73 (0.62%) Office 365
18 65 (0.56%) Sauce Labs
19 38 (0.32%) BlazeMeter
19 38 (0.32%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 286 (2.44%) HTTP
2 154 (1.32%) TCP/IP
3 117 (1.00%) Internet
4 100 (0.85%) Firewall
5 83 (0.71%) SSL
6 67 (0.57%) Wireless
7 64 (0.55%) DNS
8 53 (0.45%) SMS
9 34 (0.29%) Wi-Fi
10 28 (0.24%) Ethernet
11 26 (0.22%) SNMP
11 26 (0.22%) VLAN
12 24 (0.21%) HTTPS
12 24 (0.21%) LAN
13 23 (0.20%) WAN
14 22 (0.19%) IPv4
14 22 (0.19%) IPv6
14 22 (0.19%) Network Security
15 21 (0.18%) Wireshark
16 20 (0.17%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,434 (12.26%) SQL Server
2 718 (6.14%) NoSQL
3 563 (4.81%) MySQL
4 542 (4.63%) Relational Database
5 502 (4.29%) Big Data
6 434 (3.71%) MongoDB
7 375 (3.21%) PostgreSQL
8 255 (2.18%) Blockchain
9 247 (2.11%) Hadoop
10 245 (2.09%) Apache Cassandra
11 244 (2.09%) Data Warehouse
12 196 (1.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 190 (1.62%) Redis
14 179 (1.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 131 (1.12%) RDBMS
16 124 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
17 104 (0.89%) Apache Hive
18 103 (0.88%) Power BI
19 89 (0.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
20 84 (0.72%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3,953 (33.79%) Selenium
2 2,081 (17.79%) Git (software)
3 1,858 (15.88%) Cucumber
4 1,842 (15.74%) Jenkins
5 1,751 (14.97%) JIRA
6 1,267 (10.83%) WebDriver
7 826 (7.06%) SpecFlow
8 762 (6.51%) Team Foundation Server
9 674 (5.76%) JUnit
10 641 (5.48%) Visual Studio
11 627 (5.36%) SoapUI
12 591 (5.05%) Maven
13 560 (4.79%) TeamCity
14 539 (4.61%) JMeter
15 410 (3.50%) Subversion
16 400 (3.42%) NUnit
17 395 (3.38%) Protractor
18 388 (3.32%) Appium
19 384 (3.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 272 (2.32%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 2,926 (25.01%) Finance
2 811 (6.93%) Banking
3 630 (5.39%) Retail
4 380 (3.25%) Games
5 340 (2.91%) Marketing
5 340 (2.91%) Telecoms
6 209 (1.79%) Electronics
6 209 (1.79%) Investment Banking
7 195 (1.67%) Manufacturing
8 182 (1.56%) Front Office
9 161 (1.38%) Financial Institution
10 134 (1.15%) Law
11 131 (1.12%) Advertising
12 109 (0.93%) Automotive
13 73 (0.62%) Back Office
14 64 (0.55%) Publishing
15 52 (0.44%) Legal
16 41 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
17 39 (0.33%) Retail Banking
18 29 (0.25%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 3,614 (30.89%) Developer
2 1,648 (14.09%) Tester
3 1,527 (13.05%) Test Engineer
4 1,489 (12.73%) Analyst
5 1,169 (9.99%) Test Analyst
6 1,009 (8.62%) Automation Tester
7 996 (8.51%) QA Engineer
8 843 (7.21%) Software Engineer
9 774 (6.62%) Java Developer
10 752 (6.43%) Test Automation Engineer
11 696 (5.95%) Software Developer
12 683 (5.84%) Developer in Test
13 670 (5.73%) Senior Developer
14 649 (5.55%) C# Developer
15 556 (4.75%) .NET Developer
16 433 (3.70%) QA Automation Engineer
17 423 (3.62%) Software Test Engineer
18 402 (3.44%) Java Engineer
19 401 (3.43%) Software Tester
20 391 (3.34%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,430 (20.77%) .NET
2 1,843 (15.75%) HTML
3 1,523 (13.02%) CSS
4 1,319 (11.27%) Web Services
5 1,279 (10.93%) AngularJS
6 1,075 (9.19%) REST
7 960 (8.21%) Node.js
8 923 (7.89%) RESTful
9 877 (7.50%) React
10 855 (7.31%) ASP.NET
11 721 (6.16%) HTML5
12 696 (5.95%) XML
13 651 (5.56%) Spring
14 622 (5.32%) Gherkin
15 609 (5.21%) jQuery
16 574 (4.91%) SOAP
17 566 (4.84%) .NET Framework
18 556 (4.75%) JSON
19 495 (4.23%) ASP.NET Web API
20 447 (3.82%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 985 (8.42%) Computer Science
2 955 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
3 708 (6.05%) User Experience
4 667 (5.70%) Mobile App
5 633 (5.41%) Fintech
6 406 (3.47%) Self-Motivation
7 404 (3.45%) Greenfield Project
8 274 (2.34%) Algorithms
9 260 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
10 171 (1.46%) Data Structures
11 166 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
12 156 (1.33%) Virtual Team
13 147 (1.26%) Management Information System
14 131 (1.12%) Public Cloud
15 111 (0.95%) Bitcoin
16 91 (0.78%) Hedge funds
17 89 (0.76%) Equities
18 88 (0.75%) N-Tier
19 84 (0.72%) Cyberthreat
19 84 (0.72%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 1,589 (13.58%) Linux
2 991 (8.47%) Windows
3 498 (4.26%) Android
4 466 (3.98%) Unix
5 448 (3.83%) Apple iOS
6 94 (0.80%) Windows Server
7 84 (0.72%) Mac OS X
8 83 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 76 (0.65%) VMS
10 64 (0.55%) CentOS
11 59 (0.50%) Ubuntu
12 25 (0.21%) Windows Phone
13 22 (0.19%) Debian
14 18 (0.15%) Nucleus RTOS
15 16 (0.14%) Windows 10
16 14 (0.12%) DC/OS
17 12 (0.10%) Fedora
17 12 (0.10%) Windows Server 2012
18 11 (0.094%) Mac OS
19 9 (0.077%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7,603 (64.99%) Agile Software Development
2 2,734 (23.37%) Continuous Integration
3 2,518 (21.52%) TDD
4 2,516 (21.51%) Scrum
5 2,384 (20.38%) BDD
6 1,820 (15.56%) Software Engineering
7 1,704 (14.57%) DevOps
8 1,418 (12.12%) Problem-Solving
9 1,410 (12.05%) SDLC
10 1,368 (11.69%) Software Testing
11 1,256 (10.74%) Test Scripting
12 1,222 (10.45%) OO
13 1,215 (10.39%) Manual Testing
14 1,100 (9.40%) Test Strategy
15 1,080 (9.23%) Microservices
16 1,030 (8.80%) MVC
17 1,025 (8.76%) Mentoring
18 865 (7.39%) Unit Testing
19 864 (7.39%) Open Source
20 840 (7.18%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 4,374 (37.39%) Java
2 3,777 (32.28%) C#
3 3,152 (26.94%) SQL
4 3,086 (26.38%) JavaScript
5 1,988 (16.99%) Python
6 803 (6.86%) Ruby
7 689 (5.89%) C++
8 556 (4.75%) PHP
9 466 (3.98%) PowerShell
10 427 (3.65%) Bash Shell
11 413 (3.53%) T-SQL
12 411 (3.51%) C
13 312 (2.67%) ES6
14 276 (2.36%) Java 8
14 276 (2.36%) Scala
15 256 (2.19%) TypeScript
16 246 (2.10%) Go
17 223 (1.91%) Perl
18 218 (1.86%) Shell Script
19 165 (1.41%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 1,551 (13.26%) Degree
2 815 (6.97%) ISTQB
3 656 (5.61%) ISEB
4 446 (3.81%) Computer Science Degree
5 436 (3.73%) Security Cleared
6 230 (1.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 200 (1.71%) SC Cleared
8 172 (1.47%) DV Cleared
9 114 (0.97%) Microsoft Certification
10 74 (0.63%) CISSP
11 69 (0.59%) MCSE
12 61 (0.52%) CCNA
12 61 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
13 57 (0.49%) SSCP
14 56 (0.48%) SANS
15 54 (0.46%) CompTIA Security+
15 54 (0.46%) GIAC
16 53 (0.45%) Linux+ Certification
16 53 (0.45%) Network+ Certification
17 49 (0.42%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3,572 (30.53%) QA
2 47 (0.40%) Data Quality
3 42 (0.36%) PMO
4 28 (0.24%) GDPR
5 24 (0.21%) WCAG
6 21 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 12 (0.10%) PCI DSS
7 12 (0.10%) SLA
8 11 (0.094%) JTAG
9 10 (0.085%) ISO 9000
9 10 (0.085%) ISO 9001
9 10 (0.085%) PSD2
10 5 (0.043%) GAMP
10 5 (0.043%) GMP
10 5 (0.043%) MiFID
11 4 (0.034%) DICOM
11 4 (0.034%) PMBOK
12 3 (0.026%) JSP 440
12 3 (0.026%) MISRA
12 3 (0.026%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1,041 (8.90%) Docker
2 138 (1.18%) Active Directory
3 113 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 111 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
5 66 (0.56%) Firmware
6 64 (0.55%) vSphere
7 42 (0.36%) Hyper-V
8 32 (0.27%) oVirt
8 32 (0.27%) RHEV
9 22 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
10 20 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
11 19 (0.16%) Xen
12 18 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
13 17 (0.15%) VirtualBox
14 14 (0.12%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 11 (0.094%) NFS
15 11 (0.094%) Varnish
16 7 (0.060%) Samba
17 5 (0.043%) Apache Flume
17 5 (0.043%) LXC
Systems Management
1 505 (4.32%) Puppet
2 467 (3.99%) Kubernetes
3 420 (3.59%) Ansible
4 327 (2.80%) Opscode Chef
5 218 (1.86%) Terraform
6 174 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
7 87 (0.74%) Docker Swarm
7 87 (0.74%) HP ALM
8 86 (0.74%) Salt
9 39 (0.33%) Kibana
10 38 (0.32%) Packer
11 35 (0.30%) Prometheus
12 32 (0.27%) Mesos
13 31 (0.26%) vCenter Server
14 29 (0.25%) HockeyApp
14 29 (0.25%) logstash
15 28 (0.24%) Nagios
16 27 (0.23%) Grafana
17 22 (0.19%) Automic
17 22 (0.19%) Oozie
Vendors
1 1,300 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 728 (6.22%) Oracle
3 431 (3.68%) Google
4 245 (2.09%) SAP
5 225 (1.92%) Atlassian
6 188 (1.61%) HP
7 152 (1.30%) Splunk
8 136 (1.16%) VMware
9 112 (0.96%) IBM
10 94 (0.80%) Tableau
11 85 (0.73%) AppDynamics
12 84 (0.72%) Xamarin
13 78 (0.67%) New Relic
14 76 (0.65%) Sybase
15 75 (0.64%) TIBCO
16 71 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
17 70 (0.60%) Sitecore
18 69 (0.59%) Red Hat
19 65 (0.56%) WorldPay
20 56 (0.48%) Apple