Period
to 5 April 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 5 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
UK
6 months to
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 32 30 33
Rank change year-on-year -2 +3 -2
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 7,817 10,512 11,942
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 6.71% 7.05% 6.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.30% 7.65% 7.31%
Number of salaries quoted 6,390 8,386 9,859
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £33,500 £32,000 £31,250
90th Percentile £81,269 £78,750 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +4.44% - +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 107,092 137,492 163,416
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.91% 92.18% 92.19%
Number of salaries quoted 84,936 108,178 133,002
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £81,250
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 5 April 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 5 April 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 -2 7,124 £52,500 +5.00% 839
UK excluding London +2 4,790 £47,000 +4.44% 623
London -8 2,876 £65,000 +8.33% 287
South East +2 1,549 £50,000 +5.26% 173
North of England +5 1,143 £45,000 - 141
Midlands +1 596 £45,000 +11.11% 83
South West -1 586 £45,000 -4.76% 89
North West -3 528 £45,000 -1.10% 77
Yorkshire +9 522 £45,000 +4.65% 44
Work from Home +2 373 £50,250 -8.64% 53
West Midlands +15 362 £45,000 +12.50% 45
Scotland -5 341 £45,000 - 31
East of England -14 322 £50,000 - 67
East Midlands -7 228 £45,000 +5.88% 38
Wales +9 224 £42,500 +13.33% 31
North East -3 93 £42,500 +4.29% 20
Northern Ireland +1 28 £40,000 -3.61% 8
Channel Islands - 5 £65,000 - 1
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 5 April 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 4,715 (60.32%) Agile Software Development
2 2,561 (32.76%) Java
3 2,460 (31.47%) Selenium
4 2,360 (30.19%) C#
5 2,109 (26.98%) JavaScript
6 2,095 (26.80%) QA
7 1,782 (22.80%) DevOps
8 1,778 (22.75%) SQL
9 1,720 (22.00%) Scrum
10 1,555 (19.89%) TDD
11 1,508 (19.29%) Finance
12 1,498 (19.16%) Azure
13 1,491 (19.07%) .NET
14 1,455 (18.61%) BDD
15 1,435 (18.36%) Software Engineering
16 1,410 (18.04%) Continuous Integration
17 1,347 (17.23%) Python
18 1,341 (17.15%) AWS
19 1,184 (15.15%) Git (software)
20 1,170 (14.97%) JIRA
21 1,146 (14.66%) Jenkins
22 1,034 (13.23%) Cucumber
23 1,025 (13.11%) Docker
24 1,012 (12.95%) HTML
25 1,001 (12.81%) CSS
26 912 (11.67%) Microservices
27 883 (11.30%) SDLC
28 872 (11.16%) Linux
29 871 (11.14%) Microsoft
30 840 (10.75%) Degree

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
1 462 (5.91%) Confluence
2 137 (1.75%) Apache
3 113 (1.45%) Elasticsearch
4 107 (1.37%) Apache Spark
5 80 (1.02%) CMS
6 76 (0.97%) SharePoint
6 76 (0.97%) Tomcat
7 37 (0.47%) WebSphere
8 33 (0.42%) IIS
9 26 (0.33%) OpenStack
10 25 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
11 23 (0.29%) EPiServer
12 22 (0.28%) CICS
13 21 (0.27%) Apache Airflow
14 19 (0.24%) nginx
15 18 (0.23%) NServiceBus
16 17 (0.22%) JBoss
17 16 (0.20%) Drupal
18 15 (0.19%) Umbraco
19 14 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 109 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
2 57 (0.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 36 (0.46%) MS Visio
4 32 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
5 18 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 17 (0.22%) Chatbot
7 5 (0.064%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.051%) AutoCAD
8 4 (0.051%) Gliffy
9 3 (0.038%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.026%) Sketch
11 1 (0.013%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.013%) Figma
11 1 (0.013%) InDesign
11 1 (0.013%) Snagit
11 1 (0.013%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.013%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 63 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 51 (0.65%) Payment Gateway
3 27 (0.35%) Magento
4 13 (0.17%) SAP HR
4 13 (0.17%) SAP WM
4 13 (0.17%) Shopify
5 10 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
6 8 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
6 8 (0.10%) NetSuite
7 7 (0.090%) SDL Web 8
8 5 (0.064%) Markit EDM
8 5 (0.064%) Sage 200
8 5 (0.064%) Sage 50
8 5 (0.064%) SAP ERP
8 5 (0.064%) thinkFolio
9 4 (0.051%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
9 4 (0.051%) SAP CRM
10 3 (0.038%) Distributed Ledger
10 3 (0.038%) SAP Retail
11 2 (0.026%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 1,498 (19.16%) Azure
2 1,341 (17.15%) AWS
3 347 (4.44%) SaaS
4 299 (3.82%) Serverless
5 276 (3.53%) GCP
6 247 (3.16%) GitHub
7 146 (1.87%) AWS Lambda
8 121 (1.55%) PaaS
9 100 (1.28%) Power Platform
10 99 (1.27%) OpenShift
11 78 (1.00%) Cloud Computing
12 76 (0.97%) AWS CloudFormation
13 71 (0.91%) BrowserStack
14 65 (0.83%) Amazon S3
15 56 (0.72%) BlazeMeter
16 53 (0.68%) Amazon ECS
17 48 (0.61%) Slack
18 47 (0.60%) Dynamics 365
19 45 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
20 40 (0.51%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 105 (1.34%) Internet
2 88 (1.13%) HTTP
3 66 (0.84%) TCP/IP
4 60 (0.77%) DNS
5 58 (0.74%) Firewall
6 35 (0.45%) Wireless
7 33 (0.42%) VoIP
8 27 (0.35%) Skype
9 22 (0.28%) AMQP
9 22 (0.28%) DHCP
10 21 (0.27%) SNMP
10 21 (0.27%) VPN
11 19 (0.24%) ZigBee
12 16 (0.20%) Wireshark
13 14 (0.18%) OSPF
13 14 (0.18%) SSH
14 13 (0.17%) BGP
14 13 (0.17%) Cisco ASA
14 13 (0.17%) RFID
15 12 (0.15%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 716 (9.16%) SQL Server
2 368 (4.71%) MySQL
3 342 (4.38%) NoSQL
4 311 (3.98%) Relational Database
5 256 (3.27%) PostgreSQL
6 231 (2.96%) MongoDB
7 197 (2.52%) Big Data
8 147 (1.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 138 (1.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 130 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
11 111 (1.42%) Redis
12 100 (1.28%) Power BI
13 81 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
14 77 (0.99%) Hadoop
15 57 (0.73%) Data Lake
16 55 (0.70%) RDBMS
16 55 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
17 53 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 46 (0.59%) Apache Cassandra
18 46 (0.59%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 2,460 (31.47%) Selenium
2 1,184 (15.15%) Git (software)
3 1,170 (14.97%) JIRA
4 1,146 (14.66%) Jenkins
5 1,034 (13.23%) Cucumber
6 727 (9.30%) WebDriver
7 535 (6.84%) SpecFlow
8 490 (6.27%) SoapUI
9 476 (6.09%) Postman
10 426 (5.45%) JMeter
11 329 (4.21%) JUnit
12 321 (4.11%) Visual Studio
13 313 (4.00%) Maven
14 289 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
15 245 (3.13%) TeamCity
16 206 (2.64%) Appium
17 187 (2.39%) Bitbucket
18 182 (2.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 170 (2.17%) Cypress.io
20 169 (2.16%) Subversion
General
1 1,508 (19.29%) Finance
2 446 (5.71%) Banking
3 317 (4.06%) Public Sector
4 285 (3.65%) Retail
5 229 (2.93%) Games
6 161 (2.06%) Marketing
7 121 (1.55%) Telecoms
8 104 (1.33%) Legal
9 75 (0.96%) Front Office
10 73 (0.93%) Electronics
11 62 (0.79%) Law
12 54 (0.69%) Advertising
13 51 (0.65%) Manufacturing
14 49 (0.63%) Investment Banking
15 45 (0.58%) Automotive
16 33 (0.42%) Back Office
17 29 (0.37%) Financial Institution
18 28 (0.36%) Aerospace
19 25 (0.32%) Retail Banking
20 17 (0.22%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 2,184 (27.94%) Developer
2 978 (12.51%) Analyst
3 872 (11.16%) Tester
4 830 (10.62%) Test Engineer
5 760 (9.72%) Test Analyst
6 689 (8.81%) Software Engineer
7 580 (7.42%) QA Engineer
8 433 (5.54%) Senior Developer
9 418 (5.35%) Software Developer
10 407 (5.21%) Test Automation Engineer
11 402 (5.14%) Automation Tester
12 362 (4.63%) Java Developer
13 330 (4.22%) .NET Developer
14 292 (3.74%) Test Leader
15 280 (3.58%) DevOps Engineer
16 254 (3.25%) C# Developer
17 243 (3.11%) Software Tester
18 242 (3.10%) Software Test Engineer
19 238 (3.04%) Automation Test Analyst
20 218 (2.79%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,491 (19.07%) .NET
2 1,012 (12.95%) HTML
3 1,001 (12.81%) CSS
4 803 (10.27%) Web Services
5 763 (9.76%) AngularJS
6 731 (9.35%) REST
7 708 (9.06%) React
8 653 (8.35%) Node.js
9 652 (8.34%) RESTful
10 482 (6.17%) .NET Framework
11 449 (5.74%) SOAP
12 419 (5.36%) Spring
13 384 (4.91%) .NET Core
14 367 (4.69%) HTML5
15 358 (4.58%) ASP.NET
16 347 (4.44%) XML
17 295 (3.77%) Gherkin
18 281 (3.59%) JSON
19 278 (3.56%) ASP.NET Web API
20 274 (3.51%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 479 (6.13%) Analytical Skills
2 440 (5.63%) Mobile App
3 392 (5.01%) User Experience
4 375 (4.80%) Greenfield Project
5 264 (3.38%) Self-Motivation
6 128 (1.64%) Public Cloud
7 126 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
8 112 (1.43%) Cloud Native
9 107 (1.37%) Virtual Team
10 97 (1.24%) Data Structures
11 94 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
12 92 (1.18%) Algorithms
13 88 (1.13%) Management Information System
14 62 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 56 (0.72%) Reinsurance
16 55 (0.70%) Derivative
17 45 (0.58%) Data Centre
18 44 (0.56%) Mainframe
19 43 (0.55%) Blog
19 43 (0.55%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 872 (11.16%) Linux
2 518 (6.63%) Windows
3 340 (4.35%) Unix
4 329 (4.21%) Android
5 311 (3.98%) Apple iOS
6 112 (1.43%) Mac OS X
7 69 (0.88%) Windows Server
8 65 (0.83%) CentOS
9 54 (0.69%) Ubuntu
10 53 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 21 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
12 20 (0.26%) Mac OS
13 18 (0.23%) Debian
13 18 (0.23%) Kali Linux
14 16 (0.20%) Fedora
15 15 (0.19%) Windows 10
16 11 (0.14%) Windows Server 2016
17 10 (0.13%) VMS
18 9 (0.12%) Windows 7
19 8 (0.10%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,715 (60.32%) Agile Software Development
2 1,782 (22.80%) DevOps
3 1,720 (22.00%) Scrum
4 1,555 (19.89%) TDD
5 1,455 (18.61%) BDD
6 1,435 (18.36%) Software Engineering
7 1,410 (18.04%) Continuous Integration
8 912 (11.67%) Microservices
9 883 (11.30%) SDLC
10 825 (10.55%) Problem-Solving
11 823 (10.53%) Manual Testing
12 801 (10.25%) Software Testing
13 766 (9.80%) Test Scripting
14 719 (9.20%) Mentoring
15 626 (8.01%) Continuous Delivery
16 614 (7.85%) Test Strategy
17 612 (7.83%) Regression Testing
18 592 (7.57%) API Testing
19 576 (7.37%) Computer Science
20 535 (6.84%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 2,561 (32.76%) Java
2 2,360 (30.19%) C#
3 2,109 (26.98%) JavaScript
4 1,778 (22.75%) SQL
5 1,347 (17.23%) Python
6 430 (5.50%) PHP
7 420 (5.37%) Ruby
8 417 (5.33%) C++
9 309 (3.95%) TypeScript
10 289 (3.70%) PowerShell
11 273 (3.49%) C
12 248 (3.17%) Bash Shell
13 228 (2.92%) Java 8
14 189 (2.42%) Scala
15 173 (2.21%) T-SQL
16 126 (1.61%) ES6
17 121 (1.55%) Apple Swift
17 121 (1.55%) Go
18 111 (1.42%) Perl
19 95 (1.22%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 840 (10.75%) Degree
2 574 (7.34%) ISTQB
3 368 (4.71%) ISEB
4 311 (3.98%) Computer Science Degree
5 300 (3.84%) Security Cleared
6 174 (2.23%) SC Cleared
7 145 (1.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 69 (0.88%) DV Cleared
9 64 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
10 31 (0.40%) OSCP
11 30 (0.38%) MCSE
12 29 (0.37%) SANS
13 28 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
13 28 (0.36%) CISSP
14 25 (0.32%) CCNA
15 23 (0.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 23 (0.29%) SSCP
16 22 (0.28%) AWS Certification
16 22 (0.28%) CompTIA Security+
16 22 (0.28%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2,095 (26.80%) QA
2 46 (0.59%) GDPR
3 37 (0.47%) Data Quality
4 36 (0.46%) PMO
5 34 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 28 (0.36%) DICOM
7 21 (0.27%) NIST
8 13 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 13 (0.17%) SLA
9 7 (0.090%) COBIT
9 7 (0.090%) Disclosure Scotland
10 6 (0.077%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 6 (0.077%) ISO 9001
11 5 (0.064%) EMIR
12 4 (0.051%) Def Stans
12 4 (0.051%) ISO 13485
12 4 (0.051%) PMBOK
13 3 (0.038%) CDISC
13 3 (0.038%) HL7
13 3 (0.038%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 1,025 (13.11%) Docker
2 91 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (0.58%) Active Directory
4 37 (0.47%) Firmware
5 29 (0.37%) VirtualBox
6 27 (0.35%) Xen
7 24 (0.31%) NFS
8 23 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
9 18 (0.23%) vSphere
10 16 (0.20%) HDFS
10 16 (0.20%) Samba
10 16 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
11 15 (0.19%) Hyper-V
11 15 (0.19%) LXC
11 15 (0.19%) RACF
12 14 (0.18%) ACF2
13 10 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
13 10 (0.13%) XenApp
13 10 (0.13%) XenDesktop
14 8 (0.10%) KVM
Systems Management
1 673 (8.61%) Kubernetes
2 318 (4.07%) Terraform
3 317 (4.06%) Ansible
4 252 (3.22%) Puppet
5 171 (2.19%) Opscode Chef
6 110 (1.41%) HP Quality Center
7 97 (1.24%) HP ALM
8 51 (0.65%) Nagios
9 40 (0.51%) Packer
9 40 (0.51%) ZABBIX
10 32 (0.41%) Grafana
11 30 (0.38%) Kibana
12 23 (0.29%) Rancher
13 22 (0.28%) Mesos
14 21 (0.27%) Istio
14 21 (0.27%) SCOM
15 19 (0.24%) CA Service Virtualization
16 18 (0.23%) SCCM
17 17 (0.22%) vCenter Server
18 16 (0.20%) OpenNMS
Vendors
1 871 (11.14%) Microsoft
2 316 (4.04%) Oracle
3 222 (2.84%) Google
4 174 (2.23%) HP
5 131 (1.68%) SAP
6 114 (1.46%) WorldPay
7 102 (1.30%) Atlassian
7 102 (1.30%) VMware
8 98 (1.25%) IBM
9 96 (1.23%) FIS
10 78 (1.00%) Xamarin
11 67 (0.86%) CA
12 59 (0.75%) Red Hat
13 55 (0.70%) Tableau
14 47 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
15 37 (0.47%) Cloudera
16 36 (0.46%) Delphix
16 36 (0.46%) Splunk
17 33 (0.42%) Dell
18 31 (0.40%) Citrix