Period
to 17 July 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 17 July 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
UK
6 months to
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 31 33 47
Rank change year-on-year +2 +14 +9
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 12,079 11,256 11,026
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.87% 6.34% 5.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.58% 6.99% 6.02%
Number of salaries quoted 9,372 9,166 9,277
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,500 £29,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £71,250
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 159,438 161,090 183,017
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 90.68% 90.70% 90.02%
Number of salaries quoted 127,376 129,920 152,232
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% -
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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 17 July 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 17 July 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 +1 11,221 £50,000 +5.26% 1,568
UK excluding London -1 7,120 £45,000 +5.88% 1,118
London +13 4,742 £60,000 - 575
South East +6 1,983 £46,500 +9.41% 277
North of England +1 1,933 £44,000 +3.53% 281
North West +10 940 £42,500 +6.25% 156
South West -3 927 £44,529 +11.32% 148
Yorkshire 0 907 £45,000 - 105
Midlands +1 835 £42,500 - 146
East of England +1 797 £45,000 - 141
Scotland +16 456 £45,000 +1.12% 71
East Midlands +8 421 £42,500 - 52
West Midlands -17 412 £42,500 +6.25% 94
Wales +8 179 £39,301 -2.96% 38
North East -2 90 £42,500 +16.44% 20
Northern Ireland -5 28 £38,750 +13.97% 15

For the 6 months to 17 July 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 7,880 (65.24%) Agile Software Development
2 4,662 (38.60%) Java
3 4,292 (35.53%) Selenium
4 3,766 (31.18%) QA
5 3,600 (29.80%) C#
6 3,336 (27.62%) SQL
7 3,093 (25.61%) JavaScript
8 3,006 (24.89%) Finance
9 2,915 (24.13%) Continuous Integration
10 2,866 (23.73%) TDD
11 2,692 (22.29%) Scrum
12 2,585 (21.40%) BDD
13 2,318 (19.19%) .NET
14 2,189 (18.12%) Git (software)
15 1,950 (16.14%) Jenkins
16 1,926 (15.95%) Cucumber
17 1,913 (15.84%) Python
18 1,882 (15.58%) Software Engineering
19 1,873 (15.51%) HTML
20 1,834 (15.18%) JIRA
21 1,696 (14.04%) DevOps
22 1,689 (13.98%) Linux
23 1,616 (13.38%) SDLC
24 1,603 (13.27%) Amazon AWS
25 1,583 (13.11%) CSS
26 1,515 (12.54%) Problem-Solving
27 1,501 (12.43%) Degree
28 1,418 (11.74%) Web Services
29 1,415 (11.71%) SQL Server
30 1,368 (11.33%) Software Testing

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
1 561 (4.64%) Confluence
2 239 (1.98%) Elasticsearch
3 225 (1.86%) Apache
4 224 (1.85%) Tomcat
5 167 (1.38%) Apache Spark
6 164 (1.36%) CMS
7 111 (0.92%) nginx
8 103 (0.85%) Ethereum
9 99 (0.82%) JBoss
10 91 (0.75%) SharePoint
11 90 (0.75%) IIS
12 78 (0.65%) Cloud Foundry
13 71 (0.59%) MQSeries
14 66 (0.55%) WebLogic
15 64 (0.53%) Mule
16 61 (0.51%) Drupal
16 61 (0.51%) Jetty
17 60 (0.50%) WebSphere
18 51 (0.42%) Apache Solr
19 47 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 138 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 52 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (0.15%) Chatbot
4 17 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
5 15 (0.12%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.12%) Photoshop
7 13 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 13 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.083%) Adobe Illustrator
9 9 (0.075%) Mingle
10 5 (0.041%) Microsoft Project
10 5 (0.041%) Simulink
11 3 (0.025%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.025%) GIMP
11 3 (0.025%) LibreOffice
11 3 (0.025%) Revit
11 3 (0.025%) S-PLUS
12 2 (0.017%) SPSS
12 2 (0.017%) Stateflow
13 1 (0.008%) Blender
Business Applications
1 93 (0.77%) Distributed Ledger
2 70 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 36 (0.30%) Magento
4 25 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
5 11 (0.091%) SAP Hybris
5 11 (0.091%) SAP MM
6 10 (0.083%) SAP ERP
7 7 (0.058%) SAP IS-U
8 6 (0.050%) BASE24
8 6 (0.050%) Dynamics AX
8 6 (0.050%) SAP CRM
9 5 (0.041%) LatentZero
9 5 (0.041%) Oracle EBS
9 5 (0.041%) Postilion
9 5 (0.041%) thinkFolio
10 4 (0.033%) Elite 3E
10 4 (0.033%) Primavera
11 3 (0.025%) Oracle Applications
11 3 (0.025%) SAP GRC
11 3 (0.025%) Staffware
Cloud Services
1 1,603 (13.27%) Amazon AWS
2 1,179 (9.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 485 (4.02%) GitHub
4 368 (3.05%) SaaS
5 242 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
6 198 (1.64%) Google Cloud Platform
7 195 (1.61%) Serverless
8 183 (1.52%) PaaS
9 174 (1.44%) IaaS
10 147 (1.22%) Amazon EC2
11 140 (1.16%) Slack
12 130 (1.08%) npm
13 126 (1.04%) Amazon S3
14 106 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
15 99 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
16 98 (0.81%) BrowserStack
17 83 (0.69%) Sauce Labs
18 81 (0.67%) Office 365
19 49 (0.41%) Trello
20 45 (0.37%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 368 (3.05%) HTTP
2 163 (1.35%) Internet
3 152 (1.26%) TCP/IP
4 114 (0.94%) DNS
5 107 (0.89%) Firewall
6 106 (0.88%) Wireless
7 87 (0.72%) SSL
8 73 (0.60%) SMS
9 39 (0.32%) WAN
10 34 (0.28%) Ethernet
10 34 (0.28%) LAN
11 33 (0.27%) Wi-Fi
12 29 (0.24%) SSH
13 28 (0.23%) DHCP
13 28 (0.23%) IPv4
13 28 (0.23%) IPv6
14 26 (0.22%) Network Security
15 25 (0.21%) Broadband
15 25 (0.21%) SNMP
15 25 (0.21%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,415 (11.71%) SQL Server
2 887 (7.34%) NoSQL
3 647 (5.36%) MySQL
4 575 (4.76%) Relational Database
5 532 (4.40%) Big Data
6 474 (3.92%) MongoDB
7 443 (3.67%) PostgreSQL
8 300 (2.48%) Blockchain
9 287 (2.38%) Apache Cassandra
10 263 (2.18%) Redis
11 233 (1.93%) Hadoop
12 224 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
13 192 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 173 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 152 (1.26%) RDBMS
16 99 (0.82%) Amazon DynamoDB
17 86 (0.71%) Couchbase
18 80 (0.66%) Power BI
19 79 (0.65%) Apache Hive
20 77 (0.64%) DB2
Development Applications
1 4,292 (35.53%) Selenium
2 2,189 (18.12%) Git (software)
3 1,950 (16.14%) Jenkins
4 1,926 (15.95%) Cucumber
5 1,834 (15.18%) JIRA
6 1,307 (10.82%) WebDriver
7 801 (6.63%) JUnit
8 775 (6.42%) SpecFlow
9 766 (6.34%) Team Foundation Server
10 696 (5.76%) SoapUI
11 620 (5.13%) Maven
12 540 (4.47%) Visual Studio
13 532 (4.40%) JMeter
14 473 (3.92%) Subversion
15 465 (3.85%) TeamCity
16 413 (3.42%) Protractor
17 396 (3.28%) NUnit
18 377 (3.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 367 (3.04%) Appium
20 345 (2.86%) Jasmine
General
1 3,006 (24.89%) Finance
2 889 (7.36%) Banking
3 732 (6.06%) Retail
4 395 (3.27%) Telecoms
5 378 (3.13%) Games
6 294 (2.43%) Marketing
7 246 (2.04%) Electronics
8 226 (1.87%) Investment Banking
9 205 (1.70%) Manufacturing
10 197 (1.63%) Front Office
11 193 (1.60%) Financial Institution
12 160 (1.32%) Advertising
13 126 (1.04%) Law
14 108 (0.89%) Automotive
15 79 (0.65%) Back Office
16 78 (0.65%) Legal
17 61 (0.51%) Retail Banking
18 50 (0.41%) Publishing
19 46 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
20 29 (0.24%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 3,759 (31.12%) Developer
2 1,674 (13.86%) Tester
3 1,580 (13.08%) Analyst
4 1,553 (12.86%) Test Engineer
5 1,235 (10.22%) Test Analyst
6 1,044 (8.64%) Automation Tester
7 1,018 (8.43%) QA Engineer
8 881 (7.29%) Software Engineer
9 865 (7.16%) Java Developer
10 817 (6.76%) Test Automation Engineer
11 704 (5.83%) Software Developer
12 675 (5.59%) Senior Developer
13 642 (5.32%) Developer in Test
14 607 (5.03%) C# Developer
15 519 (4.30%) .NET Developer
16 460 (3.81%) Java Engineer
17 450 (3.73%) QA Automation Engineer
18 440 (3.64%) QA Analyst
19 439 (3.63%) Automation Test Analyst
20 426 (3.53%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,318 (19.19%) .NET
2 1,873 (15.51%) HTML
3 1,583 (13.11%) CSS
4 1,418 (11.74%) Web Services
5 1,313 (10.87%) AngularJS
6 1,115 (9.23%) REST
7 1,029 (8.52%) RESTful
8 974 (8.06%) Node.js
9 828 (6.85%) React
10 756 (6.26%) HTML5
11 755 (6.25%) ASP.NET
12 730 (6.04%) Spring
13 729 (6.04%) XML
14 676 (5.60%) jQuery
15 593 (4.91%) SOAP
16 560 (4.64%) .NET Framework
17 537 (4.45%) JSON
18 507 (4.20%) Gherkin
19 487 (4.03%) ASP.NET Web API
20 407 (3.37%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 992 (8.21%) Analytical Skills
2 908 (7.52%) Computer Science
3 785 (6.50%) Mobile App
4 741 (6.13%) User Experience
5 670 (5.55%) Fintech
6 432 (3.58%) Self-Motivation
7 425 (3.52%) Greenfield Project
8 313 (2.59%) Enterprise Software
9 264 (2.19%) Algorithms
10 205 (1.70%) Data Structures
11 199 (1.65%) Linux Command Line
12 186 (1.54%) Management Information System
13 162 (1.34%) Virtual Team
14 153 (1.27%) Public Cloud
15 127 (1.05%) Equities
16 107 (0.89%) Bitcoin
17 97 (0.80%) Cyberthreat
17 97 (0.80%) Hedge funds
18 93 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 91 (0.75%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 1,689 (13.98%) Linux
2 1,073 (8.88%) Windows
3 532 (4.40%) Android
4 524 (4.34%) Unix
5 484 (4.01%) Apple iOS
6 82 (0.68%) VMS
7 79 (0.65%) Windows Server
8 71 (0.59%) Mac OS X
9 49 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 49 (0.41%) Ubuntu
10 37 (0.31%) CentOS
11 29 (0.24%) Nucleus RTOS
12 25 (0.21%) Windows Phone
13 22 (0.18%) Debian
14 20 (0.17%) Windows 10
15 19 (0.16%) Solaris
16 18 (0.15%) Mac OS
17 16 (0.13%) CoreOS
18 9 (0.075%) AIX
18 9 (0.075%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7,880 (65.24%) Agile Software Development
2 2,915 (24.13%) Continuous Integration
3 2,866 (23.73%) TDD
4 2,692 (22.29%) Scrum
5 2,585 (21.40%) BDD
6 1,882 (15.58%) Software Engineering
7 1,696 (14.04%) DevOps
8 1,616 (13.38%) SDLC
9 1,515 (12.54%) Problem-Solving
10 1,368 (11.33%) Software Testing
11 1,307 (10.82%) Test Scripting
12 1,296 (10.73%) OO
13 1,240 (10.27%) Manual Testing
14 1,147 (9.50%) Test Strategy
15 1,032 (8.54%) Microservices
16 1,024 (8.48%) Mentoring
17 1,008 (8.35%) MVC
18 1,005 (8.32%) Unit Testing
19 927 (7.67%) Regression Testing
20 809 (6.70%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 4,662 (38.60%) Java
2 3,600 (29.80%) C#
3 3,336 (27.62%) SQL
4 3,093 (25.61%) JavaScript
5 1,913 (15.84%) Python
6 923 (7.64%) Ruby
7 764 (6.33%) C++
8 606 (5.02%) PHP
9 441 (3.65%) PowerShell
10 440 (3.64%) C
11 439 (3.63%) Bash Shell
12 415 (3.44%) T-SQL
13 350 (2.90%) ES6
14 342 (2.83%) Java 8
15 297 (2.46%) Scala
16 232 (1.92%) TypeScript
17 231 (1.91%) Perl
18 213 (1.76%) Go
18 213 (1.76%) Shell Script
19 199 (1.65%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,501 (12.43%) Degree
2 829 (6.86%) ISTQB
3 706 (5.84%) ISEB
4 397 (3.29%) Computer Science Degree
4 397 (3.29%) Security Cleared
5 276 (2.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 203 (1.68%) SC Cleared
7 143 (1.18%) DV Cleared
8 101 (0.84%) Microsoft Certification
9 64 (0.53%) Numerate Degree
10 58 (0.48%) CISSP
11 54 (0.45%) SANS
12 49 (0.41%) MCSE
13 48 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
14 47 (0.39%) CCNA
14 47 (0.39%) CompTIA Security+
15 46 (0.38%) SSCP
16 45 (0.37%) GIAC
17 43 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
17 43 (0.36%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3,766 (31.18%) QA
2 71 (0.59%) GCP
3 35 (0.29%) Data Quality
4 32 (0.26%) WCAG
5 23 (0.19%) GDPR
6 20 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 20 (0.17%) PSD2
7 19 (0.16%) PMO
8 18 (0.15%) ISO 9001
8 18 (0.15%) PCI DSS
9 14 (0.12%) JTAG
9 14 (0.12%) MiFID
10 13 (0.11%) GAMP
11 9 (0.075%) ISO 9000
11 9 (0.075%) SLA
12 7 (0.058%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 5 (0.041%) EMIR
13 5 (0.041%) GMP
13 5 (0.041%) WAI
13 5 (0.041%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 1,054 (8.73%) Docker
2 132 (1.09%) Active Directory
3 128 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 122 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
5 80 (0.66%) Firmware
6 69 (0.57%) vSphere
7 44 (0.36%) Hyper-V
8 37 (0.31%) Virtual Desktop
8 37 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
9 30 (0.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 29 (0.24%) oVirt
10 29 (0.24%) RHEV
11 24 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
12 18 (0.15%) NFS
13 14 (0.12%) VMware NSX
14 12 (0.099%) Xen
15 10 (0.083%) KVM
15 10 (0.083%) VirtualBox
16 7 (0.058%) LXC
17 6 (0.050%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 496 (4.11%) Puppet
2 455 (3.77%) Ansible
3 440 (3.64%) Kubernetes
4 359 (2.97%) Opscode Chef
5 227 (1.88%) Terraform
6 160 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
7 97 (0.80%) HP ALM
8 83 (0.69%) Salt
9 81 (0.67%) Docker Swarm
10 57 (0.47%) Kibana
11 56 (0.46%) HockeyApp
12 49 (0.41%) vCenter Server
13 42 (0.35%) Nagios
14 41 (0.34%) logstash
15 39 (0.32%) Prometheus
16 34 (0.28%) Packer
17 30 (0.25%) vRealize
18 25 (0.21%) Oozie
18 25 (0.21%) ZABBIX
19 23 (0.19%) Marathon
Vendors
1 1,266 (10.48%) Microsoft
2 786 (6.51%) Oracle
3 402 (3.33%) Google
4 247 (2.04%) SAP
5 241 (2.00%) HP
6 224 (1.85%) Atlassian
7 202 (1.67%) Splunk
8 191 (1.58%) Capita
9 173 (1.43%) VMware
10 133 (1.10%) IBM
11 129 (1.07%) WorldPay
12 116 (0.96%) AppDynamics
13 100 (0.83%) Xamarin
14 93 (0.77%) Salesforce.com
15 82 (0.68%) Tableau
16 79 (0.65%) Sybase
17 74 (0.61%) Sitecore
18 71 (0.59%) New Relic
19 69 (0.57%) Apple
20 57 (0.47%) Cisco