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

Automated Testing
UK
6 months to
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 32 34 48
Rank change year-on-year +2 +14 +13
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 11,551 10,270 11,131
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.58% 5.92% 5.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.32% 6.61% 5.94%
Number of salaries quoted 9,261 8,741 9,532
UK median annual salary £50,000 £46,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.53% +3.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,000 £28,750
90th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +1.27%

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 157,852 155,291 187,279
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.91% 89.54% 88.83%
Number of salaries quoted 127,991 127,938 155,140
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £80,750 £79,750 £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 February 2018.

Salary histogram for Test Automation in the UK

Test Automation
Top 17 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 February 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 +4 10,781 £50,000 +5.26% 1,600
UK excluding London +5 7,131 £45,000 +5.88% 1,060
London +13 4,232 £60,000 +4.35% 638
South East +4 2,036 £45,000 +5.88% 253
North of England 0 1,813 £45,000 +5.88% 299
Midlands +11 1,071 £40,000 - 162
Yorkshire +1 848 £45,000 +2.27% 130
North West +2 847 £45,000 +5.88% 154
South West -2 830 £45,000 +12.50% 122
East of England -3 806 £50,000 +11.11% 126
West Midlands +12 561 £40,000 -5.88% 79
East Midlands +11 508 £41,500 +3.75% 83
Scotland +11 416 £42,500 +6.25% 56
Wales -3 131 £37,500 +7.14% 34
North East +15 121 £42,000 +20.00% 15
Northern Ireland -8 39 £31,000 -8.82% 8
Isle of Man -1 3 £40,000 -38.46%

For the 6 months to 19 February 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 7,530 (65.19%) Agile Software Development
2 4,376 (37.88%) Java
3 4,130 (35.75%) Selenium
4 3,621 (31.35%) QA
5 3,304 (28.60%) C#
6 3,115 (26.97%) SQL
7 3,006 (26.02%) TDD
8 2,786 (24.12%) JavaScript
9 2,584 (22.37%) Scrum
10 2,576 (22.30%) BDD
11 2,569 (22.24%) Finance
12 2,475 (21.43%) Continuous Integration
13 2,152 (18.63%) .NET
14 2,119 (18.34%) Cucumber
15 1,921 (16.63%) Git (software)
16 1,855 (16.06%) Jenkins
17 1,810 (15.67%) Python
18 1,756 (15.20%) HTML
19 1,672 (14.47%) JIRA
20 1,666 (14.42%) Software Engineering
21 1,603 (13.88%) Degree
22 1,482 (12.83%) WebDriver
23 1,464 (12.67%) SDLC
24 1,456 (12.60%) Test Scripting
25 1,436 (12.43%) CSS
26 1,433 (12.41%) DevOps
27 1,420 (12.29%) Linux
28 1,354 (11.72%) Web Services
29 1,352 (11.70%) Software Testing
30 1,331 (11.52%) OO

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
1 396 (3.43%) Confluence
2 234 (2.03%) Tomcat
3 230 (1.99%) Apache
4 188 (1.63%) Apache Spark
5 183 (1.58%) Elasticsearch
6 159 (1.38%) CMS
7 142 (1.23%) JBoss
8 111 (0.96%) SharePoint
9 110 (0.95%) nginx
10 84 (0.73%) IIS
11 77 (0.67%) WebSphere
12 73 (0.63%) WebLogic
13 65 (0.56%) Jetty
14 64 (0.55%) OpenStack
15 56 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 55 (0.48%) NServiceBus
17 51 (0.44%) Drupal
18 48 (0.42%) WordPress
19 38 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
20 37 (0.32%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 117 (1.01%) Microsoft Office
2 112 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
4 29 (0.25%) Photoshop
5 24 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 20 (0.17%) Chatbot
7 10 (0.087%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 10 (0.087%) Simulink
8 9 (0.078%) Adobe Illustrator
8 9 (0.078%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (0.061%) MS Visio
10 6 (0.052%) GIMP
11 4 (0.035%) Adobe Premiere
11 4 (0.035%) Avid Media Composer
11 4 (0.035%) InfoPath
12 3 (0.026%) Doxygen
12 3 (0.026%) Mingle
13 2 (0.017%) Revit
13 2 (0.017%) SOLIDWORKS
13 2 (0.017%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 59 (0.51%) Distributed Ledger
2 50 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 37 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
3 37 (0.32%) Magento
4 25 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
5 18 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
6 13 (0.11%) BASE24
7 9 (0.078%) Oracle ERP
7 9 (0.078%) Oracle Payables
7 9 (0.078%) Oracle Receivables
8 7 (0.061%) LabWindows
8 7 (0.061%) SAP S/4HANA
9 6 (0.052%) Endur
9 6 (0.052%) SAP ERP
10 4 (0.035%) Eagle PACE
10 4 (0.035%) Eloqua
10 4 (0.035%) Maximo
10 4 (0.035%) Oracle Applications
10 4 (0.035%) Unit4 Business World
11 3 (0.026%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 1,277 (11.06%) Amazon AWS
2 892 (7.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 370 (3.20%) GitHub
4 335 (2.90%) SaaS
5 150 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
6 126 (1.09%) Amazon EC2
7 125 (1.08%) PaaS
8 115 (1.00%) npm
9 108 (0.93%) Google Cloud Platform
10 98 (0.85%) IaaS
11 92 (0.80%) Serverless
12 83 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
13 77 (0.67%) Slack
14 70 (0.61%) Amazon S3
15 52 (0.45%) Office 365
16 45 (0.39%) BrowserStack
17 42 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
17 42 (0.36%) OpenShift
18 40 (0.35%) Sauce Labs
19 38 (0.33%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 333 (2.88%) HTTP
2 233 (2.02%) Internet
3 149 (1.29%) TCP/IP
4 138 (1.19%) Wireless
5 85 (0.74%) DNS
6 76 (0.66%) Firewall
7 61 (0.53%) Broadband
8 46 (0.40%) Ethernet
8 46 (0.40%) SSL
9 40 (0.35%) Wi-Fi
10 35 (0.30%) DHCP
11 31 (0.27%) VPN
12 30 (0.26%) Intranet
12 30 (0.26%) SMS
13 28 (0.24%) VoIP
14 26 (0.23%) SMTP
15 25 (0.22%) IPsec
15 25 (0.22%) WAN
16 22 (0.19%) LAN
17 21 (0.18%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,297 (11.23%) SQL Server
2 750 (6.49%) NoSQL
3 614 (5.32%) MySQL
4 526 (4.55%) Relational Database
5 504 (4.36%) Big Data
6 364 (3.15%) MongoDB
7 314 (2.72%) PostgreSQL
8 279 (2.42%) Hadoop
9 192 (1.66%) Apache Cassandra
10 190 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
11 180 (1.56%) Redis
12 159 (1.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 154 (1.33%) RDBMS
14 149 (1.29%) Oracle Database
15 144 (1.25%) Blockchain
16 107 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 87 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 67 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 56 (0.48%) DB2
20 52 (0.45%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 4,130 (35.75%) Selenium
2 2,119 (18.34%) Cucumber
3 1,921 (16.63%) Git (software)
4 1,855 (16.06%) Jenkins
5 1,672 (14.47%) JIRA
6 1,482 (12.83%) WebDriver
7 825 (7.14%) JUnit
8 735 (6.36%) SoapUI
9 688 (5.96%) Team Foundation Server
10 641 (5.55%) SpecFlow
11 563 (4.87%) JMeter
12 542 (4.69%) Maven
13 526 (4.55%) Visual Studio
14 518 (4.48%) Subversion
15 386 (3.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 382 (3.31%) HP UFT
17 366 (3.17%) TeamCity
18 359 (3.11%) NUnit
19 318 (2.75%) Protractor
20 307 (2.66%) Appium
General
1 2,569 (22.24%) Finance
2 761 (6.59%) Banking
3 659 (5.71%) Retail
4 320 (2.77%) Telecoms
5 286 (2.48%) Games
6 259 (2.24%) Electronics
7 236 (2.04%) Marketing
8 228 (1.97%) Investment Banking
9 158 (1.37%) Advertising
10 155 (1.34%) Retail Banking
11 154 (1.33%) Manufacturing
12 145 (1.26%) Front Office
13 127 (1.10%) Legal
14 101 (0.87%) Back Office
15 88 (0.76%) Financial Institution
16 85 (0.74%) Law
17 56 (0.48%) Automotive
18 45 (0.39%) Publishing
19 28 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
20 25 (0.22%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 3,565 (30.86%) Developer
2 1,739 (15.05%) Tester
3 1,523 (13.19%) Analyst
4 1,413 (12.23%) Test Engineer
5 1,205 (10.43%) Test Analyst
6 1,058 (9.16%) Automation Tester
7 926 (8.02%) QA Engineer
8 869 (7.52%) Java Developer
9 715 (6.19%) Software Engineer
10 689 (5.96%) Senior Developer
11 613 (5.31%) Software Developer
11 613 (5.31%) Test Automation Engineer
12 576 (4.99%) .NET Developer
13 553 (4.79%) C# Developer
14 514 (4.45%) Developer in Test
15 464 (4.02%) Software Test Engineer
16 435 (3.77%) Software Tester
17 425 (3.68%) Test Leader
18 423 (3.66%) Java Engineer
19 417 (3.61%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,152 (18.63%) .NET
2 1,756 (15.20%) HTML
3 1,436 (12.43%) CSS
4 1,354 (11.72%) Web Services
5 1,062 (9.19%) AngularJS
6 1,025 (8.87%) REST
7 839 (7.26%) RESTful
8 782 (6.77%) HTML5
9 740 (6.41%) Node.js
10 738 (6.39%) XML
11 681 (5.90%) ASP.NET
12 678 (5.87%) Spring
13 642 (5.56%) jQuery
14 605 (5.24%) SOAP
15 542 (4.69%) Gherkin
16 529 (4.58%) JSON
17 473 (4.09%) React
18 463 (4.01%) .NET Framework
19 402 (3.48%) CSS3
20 349 (3.02%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 968 (8.38%) Analytical Skills
2 966 (8.36%) Computer Science
3 625 (5.41%) Mobile App
4 591 (5.12%) User Experience
5 487 (4.22%) Fintech
6 478 (4.14%) Greenfield Project
7 241 (2.09%) Enterprise Software
8 240 (2.08%) Algorithms
9 191 (1.65%) Data Structures
10 166 (1.44%) Management Information System
11 165 (1.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 141 (1.22%) Client/Server
13 126 (1.09%) Linux Command Line
14 109 (0.94%) Derivative
15 91 (0.79%) Equities
16 83 (0.72%) N-Tier
17 78 (0.68%) Virtual Team
18 71 (0.61%) Embedded Systems
19 65 (0.56%) Data Centre
20 63 (0.55%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 1,420 (12.29%) Linux
2 1,030 (8.92%) Windows
3 552 (4.78%) Unix
4 544 (4.71%) Android
5 527 (4.56%) Apple iOS
6 112 (0.97%) Windows Server
7 40 (0.35%) Mac OS X
8 39 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
9 34 (0.29%) Mac OS
10 32 (0.28%) Debian
11 31 (0.27%) Windows 10
12 29 (0.25%) CentOS
13 28 (0.24%) Nucleus RTOS
13 28 (0.24%) Ubuntu
14 26 (0.23%) Solaris
15 25 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 25 (0.22%) Windows 7
16 22 (0.19%) Windows Phone
17 21 (0.18%) VMS
18 20 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 7,530 (65.19%) Agile Software Development
2 3,006 (26.02%) TDD
3 2,584 (22.37%) Scrum
4 2,576 (22.30%) BDD
5 2,475 (21.43%) Continuous Integration
6 1,666 (14.42%) Software Engineering
7 1,464 (12.67%) SDLC
8 1,456 (12.60%) Test Scripting
9 1,433 (12.41%) DevOps
10 1,352 (11.70%) Software Testing
11 1,331 (11.52%) OO
12 1,288 (11.15%) Manual Testing
13 1,264 (10.94%) Test Strategy
14 1,076 (9.32%) Unit Testing
15 1,006 (8.71%) Regression Testing
16 952 (8.24%) MVC
17 913 (7.90%) Mentoring
18 803 (6.95%) Microservices
19 789 (6.83%) Continuous Delivery
20 779 (6.74%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 4,376 (37.88%) Java
2 3,304 (28.60%) C#
3 3,115 (26.97%) SQL
4 2,786 (24.12%) JavaScript
5 1,810 (15.67%) Python
6 1,030 (8.92%) Ruby
7 929 (8.04%) C++
8 672 (5.82%) PHP
9 457 (3.96%) C
10 341 (2.95%) Bash Shell
11 326 (2.82%) Scala
12 321 (2.78%) PowerShell
12 321 (2.78%) T-SQL
13 254 (2.20%) Perl
14 225 (1.95%) ES6
15 222 (1.92%) Groovy
16 164 (1.42%) Objective-C
17 153 (1.32%) VB.NET
18 149 (1.29%) VB
19 138 (1.19%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1,603 (13.88%) Degree
2 887 (7.68%) ISTQB
3 818 (7.08%) ISEB
4 444 (3.84%) Computer Science Degree
5 341 (2.95%) Security Cleared
6 334 (2.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 211 (1.83%) SC Cleared
8 89 (0.77%) Microsoft Certification
9 58 (0.50%) DV Cleared
10 51 (0.44%) ISEB Practitioner
10 51 (0.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 49 (0.42%) MCP
12 47 (0.41%) MCPD
13 40 (0.35%) Numerate Degree
14 35 (0.30%) SANS
15 33 (0.29%) Master's Degree
16 32 (0.28%) CEH
17 26 (0.23%) MCSE
18 24 (0.21%) CISSP
19 23 (0.20%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3,621 (31.35%) QA
2 32 (0.28%) PCI DSS
3 25 (0.22%) GDPR
4 24 (0.21%) MiFID
5 23 (0.20%) SLA
6 22 (0.19%) WCAG
7 17 (0.15%) ISO 9001
8 16 (0.14%) Data Quality
9 15 (0.13%) PSD2
10 14 (0.12%) GCP
10 14 (0.12%) Web Application Security Consortium
11 12 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 10 (0.087%) IEC 61508
13 9 (0.078%) PMO
14 8 (0.069%) IEC 62304
14 8 (0.069%) JTAG
15 6 (0.052%) ISO 14001
15 6 (0.052%) ISO 8583
16 5 (0.043%) DO-178B
16 5 (0.043%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 794 (6.87%) Docker
2 78 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (0.59%) Firmware
4 63 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
5 58 (0.50%) Hyper-V
6 43 (0.37%) Active Directory
6 43 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
7 40 (0.35%) vSphere
8 26 (0.23%) iptables
9 18 (0.16%) HDFS
10 14 (0.12%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 12 (0.10%) Varnish
11 12 (0.10%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (0.095%) VirtualBox
13 10 (0.087%) NFS
13 10 (0.087%) VMware NSX
14 9 (0.078%) LXC
15 7 (0.061%) Apache Flume
15 7 (0.061%) vCloud
16 6 (0.052%) KVM
Systems Management
1 541 (4.68%) Puppet
2 404 (3.50%) Opscode Chef
3 360 (3.12%) Ansible
4 283 (2.45%) HP Quality Center
5 251 (2.17%) Kubernetes
6 142 (1.23%) Terraform
7 74 (0.64%) Salt
8 69 (0.60%) HockeyApp
9 54 (0.47%) Nagios
10 43 (0.37%) Kibana
11 35 (0.30%) ZABBIX
12 29 (0.25%) Hadoop YARN
13 28 (0.24%) Prometheus
14 25 (0.22%) Docker Swarm
15 24 (0.21%) Mesos
15 24 (0.21%) Single Sign-On
16 23 (0.20%) CA Service Virtualization
17 21 (0.18%) HAProxy
17 21 (0.18%) Marathon
17 21 (0.18%) SELinux
Vendors
1 1,239 (10.73%) Microsoft
2 805 (6.97%) Oracle
3 327 (2.83%) Google
4 300 (2.60%) HP
5 180 (1.56%) Atlassian
6 146 (1.26%) Capita
7 139 (1.20%) VMware
8 136 (1.18%) SAP
9 120 (1.04%) IBM
10 96 (0.83%) Sophos
11 83 (0.72%) Splunk
11 83 (0.72%) Xamarin
12 78 (0.68%) Red Hat
13 77 (0.67%) Twitter
14 65 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
15 58 (0.50%) New Relic
16 57 (0.49%) Sitecore
17 55 (0.48%) WorldPay
18 53 (0.46%) Siebel
18 53 (0.46%) Sun