Period
to 26 October 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 26 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
UK
6 months to
26 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 31 31 29
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 +7
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 3,411 9,063 11,594
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 6.92% 6.66% 7.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.49% 7.23% 7.65%
Number of salaries quoted 3,105 7,293 9,464
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £32,500
90th Percentile £78,750 £81,250 £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 45,559 125,404 151,460
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.42% 92.21% 91.93%
Number of salaries quoted 37,525 98,829 120,469
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,750 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,118 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +9.15% - +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 26 October 2020.

Salary histogram for Test Automation in the UK

Test Automation
Top 18 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 October 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 3,127 £55,000 +4.76% 687
UK excluding London +2 2,072 £47,500 +5.56% 455
London +3 1,243 £65,000 - 287
South East +9 698 £50,000 - 121
North of England -2 541 £45,000 - 147
Work from Home +13 383 £52,500 -4.55% 105
South West +1 317 £42,500 -5.56% 51
Yorkshire +9 258 £45,000 - 47
North West -15 224 £50,000 +11.11% 70
Midlands -4 221 £45,000 +5.88% 51
West Midlands +4 146 £48,000 +12.94% 31
Scotland 0 122 £42,500 -5.56% 34
East of England -21 83 £45,000 -13.46% 29
East Midlands -15 75 £42,500 -5.56% 19
North East +4 59 £45,000 +23.61% 30
Wales -15 56 £42,000 +5.00% 19
Northern Ireland +1 35 £40,000 -11.11% 4
Channel Islands - 1 £65,000 -

For the 6 months to 26 October 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 1,970 (57.75%) Agile Software Development
2 1,117 (32.75%) Selenium
3 1,076 (31.55%) Java
4 1,073 (31.46%) C#
5 1,046 (30.67%) DevOps
6 1,022 (29.96%) QA
7 1,021 (29.93%) JavaScript
8 794 (23.28%) SQL
9 772 (22.63%) Azure
10 712 (20.87%) .NET
11 711 (20.84%) AWS
12 709 (20.79%) TDD
13 696 (20.40%) BDD
14 682 (19.99%) Python
15 650 (19.06%) Continuous Integration
16 644 (18.88%) Scrum
17 620 (18.18%) Finance
18 604 (17.71%) Microservices
19 593 (17.38%) Software Engineering
20 517 (15.16%) Git (software)
21 502 (14.72%) JIRA
22 477 (13.98%) Cucumber
23 438 (12.84%) Docker
24 433 (12.69%) SQL Server
25 423 (12.40%) Jenkins
26 409 (11.99%) Degree
27 378 (11.08%) Linux
28 373 (10.94%) HTML
29 372 (10.91%) Kubernetes
30 368 (10.79%) Microsoft

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
1 178 (5.22%) Confluence
2 47 (1.38%) SharePoint
3 43 (1.26%) CMS
4 41 (1.20%) Apache
5 27 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
6 22 (0.64%) WebSphere
7 20 (0.59%) IIS
8 18 (0.53%) NServiceBus
9 13 (0.38%) Apache Spark
10 12 (0.35%) JBoss
11 11 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
12 9 (0.26%) OpenStack
12 9 (0.26%) Umbraco
13 8 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
14 7 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
14 7 (0.21%) EPiServer
14 7 (0.21%) GlassFish
15 6 (0.18%) Liferay
15 6 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
15 6 (0.18%) WordPress
Applications
1 23 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (0.59%) Microsoft Office
3 19 (0.56%) Photoshop
4 15 (0.44%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 15 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
5 11 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 9 (0.26%) Sketch
7 5 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.12%) InVision
9 3 (0.088%) Adobe XD
9 3 (0.088%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.088%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 16 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
3 13 (0.38%) Magento
4 9 (0.26%) Payment Gateway
4 9 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 7 (0.21%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
5 7 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
6 6 (0.18%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.15%) Distributed Ledger
7 5 (0.15%) thinkFolio
8 4 (0.12%) BASE24
8 4 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.088%) R3 Corda
9 3 (0.088%) Temenos T24
10 2 (0.059%) SAP FI-CA
10 2 (0.059%) SAP PSCD
10 2 (0.059%) SAP S/4HANA
10 2 (0.059%) Shopify
10 2 (0.059%) Summit
11 1 (0.029%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 772 (22.63%) Azure
2 711 (20.84%) AWS
3 254 (7.45%) SaaS
4 140 (4.10%) GCP
5 139 (4.08%) GitHub
6 131 (3.84%) Serverless
7 77 (2.26%) AWS Lambda
8 67 (1.96%) PaaS
9 63 (1.85%) Power Platform
10 51 (1.50%) OpenShift
11 50 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
12 44 (1.29%) BrowserStack
12 44 (1.29%) Dynamics 365
13 39 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
14 36 (1.06%) IaaS
15 34 (1.00%) Sauce Labs
16 28 (0.82%) Amazon SQS
16 28 (0.82%) Azure Data Factory
17 20 (0.59%) Heroku
18 18 (0.53%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 94 (2.76%) Skype
2 59 (1.73%) HTTP
3 33 (0.97%) TCP/IP
4 26 (0.76%) DNS
5 25 (0.73%) Firewall
6 21 (0.62%) Internet
6 21 (0.62%) VoIP
7 19 (0.56%) Network Security
8 16 (0.47%) RTP
9 15 (0.44%) VPN
10 13 (0.38%) Intrusion Detection
10 13 (0.38%) Wireless
11 12 (0.35%) Wireshark
12 10 (0.29%) AMQP
12 10 (0.29%) H.323
13 9 (0.26%) STUN
14 8 (0.23%) PBX
15 7 (0.21%) 4G
15 7 (0.21%) SSH
15 7 (0.21%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 433 (12.69%) SQL Server
2 289 (8.47%) NoSQL
3 190 (5.57%) MongoDB
4 145 (4.25%) MySQL
5 125 (3.66%) Relational Database
6 99 (2.90%) Big Data
7 83 (2.43%) PostgreSQL
8 81 (2.37%) Data Warehouse
9 54 (1.58%) Data Lake
9 54 (1.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 53 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 52 (1.52%) Power BI
12 39 (1.14%) Redis
13 36 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
14 34 (1.00%) Hadoop
15 31 (0.91%) RDBMS
16 28 (0.82%) Amazon DynamoDB
17 26 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
18 25 (0.73%) Blockchain
19 24 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1,117 (32.75%) Selenium
2 517 (15.16%) Git (software)
3 502 (14.72%) JIRA
4 477 (13.98%) Cucumber
5 423 (12.40%) Jenkins
6 336 (9.85%) WebDriver
7 268 (7.86%) SpecFlow
8 195 (5.72%) Appium
9 185 (5.42%) Postman
10 179 (5.25%) SoapUI
11 146 (4.28%) Cypress.io
12 135 (3.96%) Subversion
13 132 (3.87%) JUnit
14 131 (3.84%) JMeter
15 100 (2.93%) Team Foundation Server
16 93 (2.73%) TeamCity
17 91 (2.67%) Maven
18 74 (2.17%) Visual Studio
19 71 (2.08%) GitLab
20 69 (2.02%) Protractor
General
1 620 (18.18%) Finance
2 107 (3.14%) Banking
3 96 (2.81%) Retail
4 83 (2.43%) Public Sector
5 68 (1.99%) Games
6 65 (1.91%) Marketing
7 59 (1.73%) Electronics
7 59 (1.73%) Telecoms
8 44 (1.29%) Law
9 41 (1.20%) Manufacturing
10 34 (1.00%) Front Office
11 26 (0.76%) Advertising
12 25 (0.73%) Back Office
13 18 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
14 17 (0.50%) Aerospace
15 13 (0.38%) Investment Banking
15 13 (0.38%) Legal
16 12 (0.35%) Publishing
17 11 (0.32%) Automotive
18 10 (0.29%) Digital Economy
Job Titles
1 1,019 (29.87%) Developer
2 464 (13.60%) Tester
3 373 (10.94%) Test Engineer
4 337 (9.88%) Analyst
5 301 (8.82%) Software Engineer
6 284 (8.33%) Test Analyst
7 281 (8.24%) Automation Tester
8 252 (7.39%) QA Engineer
9 199 (5.83%) Java Developer
10 186 (5.45%) Test Automation Engineer
11 185 (5.42%) Software Developer
12 165 (4.84%) DevOps Engineer
13 159 (4.66%) Senior Developer
14 144 (4.22%) .NET Developer
15 138 (4.05%) Automation Test Analyst
16 134 (3.93%) Developer in Test
17 125 (3.66%) QA Analyst
18 117 (3.43%) C# Developer
19 109 (3.20%) Software Tester
20 108 (3.17%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 712 (20.87%) .NET
2 373 (10.94%) HTML
3 365 (10.70%) RESTful
4 363 (10.64%) Node.js
4 363 (10.64%) React
5 362 (10.61%) REST
6 358 (10.50%) CSS
7 340 (9.97%) AngularJS
8 269 (7.89%) Web Services
9 261 (7.65%) .NET Core
10 213 (6.24%) .NET Framework
11 206 (6.04%) JSON
12 198 (5.80%) HTML5
13 177 (5.19%) Spring
14 161 (4.72%) SOAP
15 158 (4.63%) XML
16 153 (4.49%) ASP.NET
17 142 (4.16%) Gherkin
18 111 (3.25%) jQuery
19 104 (3.05%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 216 (6.33%) Mobile App
2 182 (5.34%) User Experience
3 166 (4.87%) Analytical Skills
4 137 (4.02%) Greenfield Project
5 101 (2.96%) Algorithms
6 77 (2.26%) Data Structures
7 72 (2.11%) Enterprise Software
8 49 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
9 42 (1.23%) Cloud Native
10 37 (1.08%) Virtual Team
11 33 (0.97%) Social Network
12 28 (0.82%) Public Cloud
13 27 (0.79%) Mainframe
14 25 (0.73%) Management Information System
15 24 (0.70%) Client/Server
15 24 (0.70%) Data Centre
15 24 (0.70%) Private Cloud
16 23 (0.67%) Blog
17 21 (0.62%) Video Conferencing
18 20 (0.59%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 378 (11.08%) Linux
2 236 (6.92%) Windows
3 122 (3.58%) Android
4 110 (3.22%) Apple iOS
5 85 (2.49%) Unix
6 28 (0.82%) CentOS
7 23 (0.67%) Windows Server
8 20 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 20 (0.59%) VMS
9 15 (0.44%) Debian
9 15 (0.44%) Windows 10
10 12 (0.35%) Ubuntu
11 10 (0.29%) Mac OS X
12 7 (0.21%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.088%) Windows XP
14 2 (0.059%) AIX
14 2 (0.059%) Solaris
15 1 (0.029%) Android TV
15 1 (0.029%) FreeBSD
15 1 (0.029%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,970 (57.75%) Agile Software Development
2 1,046 (30.67%) DevOps
3 709 (20.79%) TDD
4 696 (20.40%) BDD
5 650 (19.06%) Continuous Integration
6 644 (18.88%) Scrum
7 604 (17.71%) Microservices
8 593 (17.38%) Software Engineering
9 324 (9.50%) Fintech
10 314 (9.21%) API Testing
10 314 (9.21%) Mentoring
11 311 (9.12%) OO
12 310 (9.09%) SDLC
13 308 (9.03%) SDET
14 296 (8.68%) Test Strategy
15 294 (8.62%) Manual Testing
16 284 (8.33%) Test Scripting
17 272 (7.97%) Unit Testing
18 255 (7.48%) Problem-Solving
19 230 (6.74%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 1,076 (31.55%) Java
2 1,073 (31.46%) C#
3 1,021 (29.93%) JavaScript
4 794 (23.28%) SQL
5 682 (19.99%) Python
6 263 (7.71%) TypeScript
7 227 (6.65%) C++
8 125 (3.66%) PHP
9 123 (3.61%) C
10 122 (3.58%) PowerShell
11 105 (3.08%) Scala
12 94 (2.76%) Ruby
13 93 (2.73%) Java 8
14 91 (2.67%) T-SQL
15 88 (2.58%) Go
16 64 (1.88%) Bash Shell
17 48 (1.41%) ES6
17 48 (1.41%) Perl
18 43 (1.26%) Kotlin
19 42 (1.23%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 409 (11.99%) Degree
2 233 (6.83%) ISTQB
3 195 (5.72%) Security Cleared
4 140 (4.10%) SC Cleared
5 134 (3.93%) ISEB
6 92 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
7 66 (1.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 43 (1.26%) DV Cleared
9 25 (0.73%) ISEB Practitioner
10 21 (0.62%) Master's Degree
11 20 (0.59%) HNC
12 18 (0.53%) HND
13 15 (0.44%) CFA
14 12 (0.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 11 (0.32%) OSCP
16 7 (0.21%) CEH
16 7 (0.21%) PhD
17 6 (0.18%) CREST Certified
17 6 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
18 5 (0.15%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,022 (29.96%) QA
2 39 (1.14%) GDPR
3 27 (0.79%) Data Quality
4 9 (0.26%) SLA
5 7 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.18%) PMO
7 5 (0.15%) NIST
8 4 (0.12%) ISO 13485
8 4 (0.12%) ISO 8583
8 4 (0.12%) PCI DSS
9 3 (0.088%) MiFID
10 2 (0.059%) COBIT
10 2 (0.059%) EMIR
10 2 (0.059%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.059%) MISRA
10 2 (0.059%) NCSC
11 1 (0.029%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 1 (0.029%) GxP
11 1 (0.029%) IEC 62304
System Software
1 438 (12.84%) Docker
2 31 (0.91%) Active Directory
3 28 (0.82%) Firmware
3 28 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (0.41%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 9 (0.26%) HDFS
6 7 (0.21%) KVM
6 7 (0.21%) NDS
6 7 (0.21%) NetIQ eDirectory
7 5 (0.15%) Microcode
7 5 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.088%) VirtualBox
8 3 (0.088%) vSphere
9 2 (0.059%) iptables
10 1 (0.029%) Kamailio
10 1 (0.029%) LXC
10 1 (0.029%) NFS
10 1 (0.029%) OpenSIPS
10 1 (0.029%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 372 (10.91%) Kubernetes
2 187 (5.48%) Terraform
3 156 (4.57%) Ansible
4 85 (2.49%) Puppet
5 66 (1.93%) Opscode Chef
6 41 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
7 25 (0.73%) Istio
8 18 (0.53%) Kibana
9 14 (0.41%) Grafana
10 13 (0.38%) Marathon
10 13 (0.38%) Mesos
11 11 (0.32%) Control-M
11 11 (0.32%) Prometheus
11 11 (0.32%) Rancher
12 10 (0.29%) Graylog
13 8 (0.23%) Hadoop YARN
13 8 (0.23%) HP ALM
13 8 (0.23%) SCCM
14 7 (0.21%) NetIQ Identity Manager
15 6 (0.18%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 368 (10.79%) Microsoft
2 136 (3.99%) Oracle
3 74 (2.17%) Google
4 69 (2.02%) VMware
5 53 (1.55%) Atlassian
6 43 (1.26%) SAP
7 40 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
8 39 (1.14%) IBM
9 30 (0.88%) HP
10 27 (0.79%) Red Hat
11 25 (0.73%) Apple
11 25 (0.73%) Splunk
12 24 (0.70%) Xamarin
13 19 (0.56%) Adobe
14 18 (0.53%) Facebook
15 16 (0.47%) Teradata
16 14 (0.41%) Cisco
16 14 (0.41%) Databricks
17 12 (0.35%) Ab Initio
17 12 (0.35%) Ceridian