Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
UK
6 months to
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 31 48
Rank change year-on-year -2 +17 +13
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 11,936 10,797 10,883
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.73% 6.28% 5.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.41% 6.94% 5.90%
Number of salaries quoted 9,439 9,109 9,268
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +1.12%
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,000 £28,750
90th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £68,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -

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 161,094 155,531 184,376
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 90.85% 90.42% 89.95%
Number of salaries quoted 130,584 127,997 153,140
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £29,000 £27,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £81,250 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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 -2 11,172 £50,000 +5.26% 1,631
UK excluding London +3 7,341 £45,000 +5.88% 1,121
London +10 4,403 £60,000 +4.35% 624
South East +5 2,070 £45,000 +5.88% 259
North of England -1 1,915 £45,000 +5.88% 303
Midlands +9 987 £40,000 -2.44% 146
South West -3 930 £45,000 +12.50% 124
North West +7 914 £45,000 +8.43% 177
Yorkshire -1 888 £45,000 - 109
East of England +2 874 £47,500 +5.56% 174
East Midlands +12 494 £41,500 +3.75% 64
West Midlands -5 494 £40,000 -5.88% 82
Scotland +12 409 £45,000 +5.26% 61
Wales -2 149 £37,500 -6.25% 39
North East +15 117 £42,000 +20.00% 17
Northern Ireland -7 23 £35,000 -22.22% 15

For the 6 months to 19 April 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 7,772 (65.11%) Agile Software Development
2 4,478 (37.52%) Java
3 4,278 (35.84%) Selenium
4 3,700 (31.00%) QA
5 3,465 (29.03%) C#
6 3,311 (27.74%) SQL
7 3,121 (26.15%) TDD
8 2,917 (24.44%) JavaScript
9 2,832 (23.73%) Continuous Integration
10 2,760 (23.12%) Scrum
11 2,695 (22.58%) BDD
12 2,629 (22.03%) Finance
13 2,198 (18.41%) .NET
14 2,071 (17.35%) Git (software)
15 2,045 (17.13%) Cucumber
16 1,917 (16.06%) Jenkins
17 1,891 (15.84%) Python
18 1,832 (15.35%) Software Engineering
19 1,806 (15.13%) JIRA
20 1,774 (14.86%) HTML
21 1,636 (13.71%) DevOps
22 1,570 (13.15%) Linux
23 1,548 (12.97%) SDLC
24 1,537 (12.88%) CSS
25 1,520 (12.73%) Degree
26 1,508 (12.63%) Problem-Solving
27 1,501 (12.58%) Amazon AWS
28 1,448 (12.13%) Web Services
29 1,418 (11.88%) Test Scripting
30 1,409 (11.80%) WebDriver

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
1 477 (4.00%) Confluence
2 257 (2.15%) Tomcat
3 234 (1.96%) Apache
4 211 (1.77%) Elasticsearch
5 186 (1.56%) Apache Spark
6 159 (1.33%) CMS
7 131 (1.10%) JBoss
8 118 (0.99%) nginx
9 105 (0.88%) SharePoint
10 83 (0.70%) Jetty
11 79 (0.66%) IIS
12 71 (0.59%) Ethereum
12 71 (0.59%) WebLogic
12 71 (0.59%) WebSphere
13 67 (0.56%) Drupal
14 62 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 59 (0.49%) MQSeries
16 56 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
17 53 (0.44%) Mule
18 52 (0.44%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 126 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
2 92 (0.77%) Microsoft Office
3 20 (0.17%) Chatbot
4 19 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 18 (0.15%) Photoshop
6 14 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.11%) MS Visio
8 11 (0.092%) Microsoft Project
9 10 (0.084%) Adobe Illustrator
9 10 (0.084%) OmniGraffle
10 7 (0.059%) Simulink
11 6 (0.050%) GIMP
12 5 (0.042%) Mingle
13 4 (0.034%) InfoPath
14 3 (0.025%) AutoCAD
14 3 (0.025%) Revit
14 3 (0.025%) S-PLUS
15 2 (0.017%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 2 (0.017%) Stateflow
15 2 (0.017%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 98 (0.82%) Distributed Ledger
2 38 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 35 (0.29%) Magento
4 23 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
5 21 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
6 14 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
7 9 (0.075%) Oracle ERP
7 9 (0.075%) Oracle Payables
7 9 (0.075%) Oracle Receivables
8 8 (0.067%) BASE24
9 7 (0.059%) SAP Hybris
10 6 (0.050%) LabWindows
11 5 (0.042%) Endur
11 5 (0.042%) Primavera
11 5 (0.042%) SAP CRM
11 5 (0.042%) SAP ERP
11 5 (0.042%) SAP IS-U
12 4 (0.034%) Eagle PACE
12 4 (0.034%) Elite 3E
12 4 (0.034%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1,501 (12.58%) Amazon AWS
2 1,044 (8.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 445 (3.73%) GitHub
4 370 (3.10%) SaaS
5 199 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
6 168 (1.41%) IaaS
7 162 (1.36%) PaaS
8 145 (1.21%) Serverless
9 144 (1.21%) Amazon EC2
10 139 (1.16%) Slack
11 133 (1.11%) Google Cloud Platform
12 123 (1.03%) npm
13 109 (0.91%) AWS CloudFormation
14 100 (0.84%) Amazon S3
15 84 (0.70%) AWS Lambda
16 75 (0.63%) Office 365
17 69 (0.58%) Sauce Labs
18 60 (0.50%) BrowserStack
19 52 (0.44%) Trello
20 49 (0.41%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 365 (3.06%) HTTP
2 206 (1.73%) Internet
3 159 (1.33%) Wireless
4 151 (1.27%) TCP/IP
5 126 (1.06%) DNS
6 77 (0.65%) Firewall
7 59 (0.49%) SSL
8 50 (0.42%) SMS
9 46 (0.39%) DHCP
10 45 (0.38%) Ethernet
11 44 (0.37%) Broadband
12 40 (0.34%) WAN
13 31 (0.26%) LAN
14 26 (0.22%) Intranet
15 24 (0.20%) VoIP
16 23 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
17 22 (0.18%) IPsec
17 22 (0.18%) Network Security
17 22 (0.18%) VPN
18 19 (0.16%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,331 (11.15%) SQL Server
2 900 (7.54%) NoSQL
3 667 (5.59%) MySQL
4 504 (4.22%) Big Data
4 504 (4.22%) Relational Database
5 429 (3.59%) PostgreSQL
6 421 (3.53%) MongoDB
7 276 (2.31%) Apache Cassandra
8 253 (2.12%) Hadoop
9 246 (2.06%) Redis
10 233 (1.95%) Blockchain
11 201 (1.68%) Data Warehouse
12 166 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 151 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 144 (1.21%) RDBMS
15 105 (0.88%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 98 (0.82%) Oracle Database
17 76 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 73 (0.61%) Couchbase
19 60 (0.50%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 4,278 (35.84%) Selenium
2 2,071 (17.35%) Git (software)
3 2,045 (17.13%) Cucumber
4 1,917 (16.06%) Jenkins
5 1,806 (15.13%) JIRA
6 1,409 (11.80%) WebDriver
7 800 (6.70%) JUnit
8 770 (6.45%) SoapUI
9 718 (6.02%) Team Foundation Server
10 664 (5.56%) SpecFlow
11 590 (4.94%) JMeter
12 550 (4.61%) Maven
13 516 (4.32%) Visual Studio
14 482 (4.04%) Subversion
15 401 (3.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 369 (3.09%) NUnit
17 353 (2.96%) TeamCity
18 334 (2.80%) Protractor
19 333 (2.79%) Jasmine
20 318 (2.66%) HP UFT
General
1 2,629 (22.03%) Finance
2 775 (6.49%) Retail
3 732 (6.13%) Banking
4 389 (3.26%) Telecoms
5 331 (2.77%) Games
6 279 (2.34%) Electronics
7 244 (2.04%) Marketing
8 195 (1.63%) Advertising
9 169 (1.42%) Manufacturing
10 132 (1.11%) Investment Banking
11 114 (0.96%) Law
12 113 (0.95%) Front Office
13 103 (0.86%) Legal
14 98 (0.82%) Financial Institution
15 97 (0.81%) Back Office
16 76 (0.64%) Automotive
17 51 (0.43%) Retail Banking
18 34 (0.28%) Publishing
19 32 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
20 31 (0.26%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 3,713 (31.11%) Developer
2 1,765 (14.79%) Tester
3 1,536 (12.87%) Analyst
4 1,462 (12.25%) Test Engineer
5 1,230 (10.30%) Test Analyst
6 1,089 (9.12%) Automation Tester
7 991 (8.30%) QA Engineer
8 855 (7.16%) Java Developer
9 776 (6.50%) Software Engineer
10 704 (5.90%) Test Automation Engineer
11 692 (5.80%) Software Developer
12 689 (5.77%) Senior Developer
13 590 (4.94%) C# Developer
14 584 (4.89%) .NET Developer
15 577 (4.83%) Developer in Test
16 461 (3.86%) QA Analyst
16 461 (3.86%) Software Test Engineer
17 439 (3.68%) Automation Test Analyst
18 438 (3.67%) Software Tester
19 435 (3.64%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,198 (18.41%) .NET
2 1,774 (14.86%) HTML
3 1,537 (12.88%) CSS
4 1,448 (12.13%) Web Services
5 1,139 (9.54%) AngularJS
6 1,042 (8.73%) REST
7 963 (8.07%) RESTful
8 861 (7.21%) Node.js
9 777 (6.51%) HTML5
10 711 (5.96%) ASP.NET
11 706 (5.91%) XML
12 674 (5.65%) jQuery
13 650 (5.45%) Spring
14 614 (5.14%) SOAP
15 594 (4.98%) React
16 521 (4.36%) JSON
17 518 (4.34%) .NET Framework
18 477 (4.00%) Gherkin
19 417 (3.49%) CSS3
20 403 (3.38%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 955 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
2 912 (7.64%) Computer Science
3 734 (6.15%) Mobile App
4 703 (5.89%) User Experience
5 571 (4.78%) Fintech
6 460 (3.85%) Greenfield Project
7 414 (3.47%) Self-Motivation
8 292 (2.45%) Enterprise Software
9 272 (2.28%) Algorithms
10 205 (1.72%) Data Structures
11 166 (1.39%) Linux Command Line
12 163 (1.37%) Management Information System
13 123 (1.03%) Public Cloud
14 121 (1.01%) Virtual Team
15 107 (0.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 105 (0.88%) Client/Server
17 89 (0.75%) Data Centre
18 86 (0.72%) Equities
19 82 (0.69%) Hedge funds
20 71 (0.59%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 1,570 (13.15%) Linux
2 1,089 (9.12%) Windows
3 567 (4.75%) Android
4 560 (4.69%) Apple iOS
5 541 (4.53%) Unix
6 88 (0.74%) Windows Server
7 56 (0.47%) VMS
8 41 (0.34%) Nucleus RTOS
9 40 (0.34%) Mac OS X
10 39 (0.33%) Ubuntu
11 31 (0.26%) CentOS
11 31 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 30 (0.25%) Windows 10
13 28 (0.23%) Mac OS
14 27 (0.23%) Windows Phone
15 25 (0.21%) Debian
16 21 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
17 19 (0.16%) Solaris
18 18 (0.15%) CoreOS
18 18 (0.15%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 7,772 (65.11%) Agile Software Development
2 3,121 (26.15%) TDD
3 2,832 (23.73%) Continuous Integration
4 2,760 (23.12%) Scrum
5 2,695 (22.58%) BDD
6 1,832 (15.35%) Software Engineering
7 1,636 (13.71%) DevOps
8 1,548 (12.97%) SDLC
9 1,508 (12.63%) Problem-Solving
10 1,418 (11.88%) Test Scripting
11 1,409 (11.80%) Software Testing
12 1,365 (11.44%) OO
13 1,301 (10.90%) Manual Testing
14 1,208 (10.12%) Test Strategy
15 1,114 (9.33%) Unit Testing
16 996 (8.34%) MVC
17 968 (8.11%) Regression Testing
18 963 (8.07%) Mentoring
19 885 (7.41%) Microservices
20 827 (6.93%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 4,478 (37.52%) Java
2 3,465 (29.03%) C#
3 3,311 (27.74%) SQL
4 2,917 (24.44%) JavaScript
5 1,891 (15.84%) Python
6 1,050 (8.80%) Ruby
7 916 (7.67%) C++
8 719 (6.02%) PHP
9 443 (3.71%) C
10 411 (3.44%) Bash Shell
11 398 (3.33%) PowerShell
12 355 (2.97%) T-SQL
13 316 (2.65%) Scala
14 310 (2.60%) ES6
15 277 (2.32%) Java 8
16 255 (2.14%) Perl
17 232 (1.94%) Groovy
18 172 (1.44%) Shell Script
19 170 (1.42%) Go
20 165 (1.38%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 1,520 (12.73%) Degree
2 904 (7.57%) ISTQB
3 813 (6.81%) ISEB
4 402 (3.37%) Computer Science Degree
5 349 (2.92%) Security Cleared
6 327 (2.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 209 (1.75%) SC Cleared
8 88 (0.74%) Microsoft Certification
9 74 (0.62%) DV Cleared
10 57 (0.48%) ISEB Practitioner
11 56 (0.47%) Numerate Degree
12 48 (0.40%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 44 (0.37%) MCP
14 43 (0.36%) MCPD
15 41 (0.34%) SANS
16 34 (0.28%) Master's Degree
17 33 (0.28%) CISSP
18 31 (0.26%) MCSE
19 30 (0.25%) CEH
20 24 (0.20%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3,700 (31.00%) QA
2 29 (0.24%) GCP
2 29 (0.24%) WCAG
3 24 (0.20%) GDPR
4 23 (0.19%) MiFID
5 22 (0.18%) PCI DSS
6 19 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 18 (0.15%) Data Quality
7 18 (0.15%) PSD2
8 17 (0.14%) SLA
9 15 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 14 (0.12%) Web Application Security Consortium
11 13 (0.11%) PMO
12 12 (0.10%) JTAG
13 9 (0.075%) GAMP
14 8 (0.067%) EMIR
15 7 (0.059%) ISO 9000
15 7 (0.059%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 6 (0.050%) Def Stans
17 5 (0.042%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 911 (7.63%) Docker
2 108 (0.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 92 (0.77%) Active Directory
4 88 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
5 64 (0.54%) Firmware
6 54 (0.45%) Hyper-V
7 52 (0.44%) vSphere
8 37 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
9 30 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
10 24 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
11 23 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 18 (0.15%) VMware NSX
13 17 (0.14%) NFS
14 14 (0.12%) oVirt
14 14 (0.12%) RHEV
15 12 (0.10%) iptables
16 9 (0.075%) LXC
17 8 (0.067%) HDFS
17 8 (0.067%) KVM
17 8 (0.067%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 538 (4.51%) Puppet
2 441 (3.69%) Ansible
3 417 (3.49%) Opscode Chef
4 342 (2.87%) Kubernetes
5 222 (1.86%) HP Quality Center
6 213 (1.78%) Terraform
7 95 (0.80%) HP ALM
8 92 (0.77%) HockeyApp
9 72 (0.60%) Salt
10 52 (0.44%) Nagios
11 51 (0.43%) Docker Swarm
12 47 (0.39%) Kibana
13 44 (0.37%) vCenter Server
14 41 (0.34%) Prometheus
15 29 (0.24%) Oozie
16 28 (0.23%) Marathon
16 28 (0.23%) Single Sign-On
17 27 (0.23%) Cobbler
17 27 (0.23%) Hadoop YARN
18 26 (0.22%) logstash
Vendors
1 1,249 (10.46%) Microsoft
2 808 (6.77%) Oracle
3 361 (3.02%) Google
4 289 (2.42%) HP
5 225 (1.89%) Atlassian
6 187 (1.57%) Capita
7 178 (1.49%) Splunk
8 171 (1.43%) VMware
9 158 (1.32%) SAP
10 138 (1.16%) WorldPay
11 120 (1.01%) IBM
12 104 (0.87%) Xamarin
13 88 (0.74%) AppDynamics
14 85 (0.71%) Twitter
15 82 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
16 76 (0.64%) Sophos
17 72 (0.60%) Red Hat
18 70 (0.59%) Sitecore
19 64 (0.54%) New Relic
20 63 (0.53%) Tableau