Period
to 6 June 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 6 June 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
UK
6 months to
6 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 30 32 33
Rank change year-on-year +2 +1 -3
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 5,989 9,957 11,827
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 6.92% 6.92% 6.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.50% 7.51% 7.40%
Number of salaries quoted 4,950 7,758 9,468
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £33,500 £32,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £76,250
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 79,878 132,660 159,772
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.28% 92.25% 92.30%
Number of salaries quoted 63,305 103,927 128,523
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 £90,000 £86,250 £82,500
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 6 June 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 6 June 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 5,428 £55,000 +8.37% 387
UK excluding London +5 3,667 £47,000 +4.44% 316
London -4 2,219 £67,500 +12.50% 121
South East +7 1,271 £50,000 +5.26% 64
North of England +3 861 £45,000 - 95
South West +7 438 £45,000 - 47
Midlands +5 408 £45,000 +5.88% 30
North West -9 401 £47,500 - 41
Yorkshire +19 382 £45,000 +5.88% 44
Work from Home +24 316 £50,000 -9.09% 62
Scotland -5 241 £47,500 +5.56% 28
West Midlands +13 233 £47,500 +11.76% 14
Wales +11 203 £44,000 +20.55% 12
East of England -15 201 £47,500 -5.00% 30
East Midlands -5 172 £45,000 +7.78% 15
North East -3 78 £45,000 +12.50% 10
Northern Ireland +14 39 £40,000 -5.88% 10
Channel Islands - 7 £65,000 -
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 6 June 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 3,612 (60.31%) Agile Software Development
2 1,986 (33.16%) Java
3 1,847 (30.84%) Selenium
4 1,817 (30.34%) C#
5 1,711 (28.57%) JavaScript
6 1,610 (26.88%) QA
7 1,368 (22.84%) DevOps
8 1,314 (21.94%) SQL
9 1,249 (20.85%) Finance
10 1,224 (20.44%) Azure
11 1,212 (20.24%) Scrum
12 1,193 (19.92%) TDD
13 1,166 (19.47%) .NET
14 1,106 (18.47%) AWS
15 1,085 (18.12%) Software Engineering
16 1,078 (18.00%) BDD
17 1,075 (17.95%) Continuous Integration
18 1,053 (17.58%) Python
19 908 (15.16%) Git (software)
20 896 (14.96%) JIRA
21 886 (14.79%) Jenkins
22 818 (13.66%) Cucumber
23 810 (13.52%) Docker
24 788 (13.16%) HTML
25 768 (12.82%) CSS
26 743 (12.41%) Microservices
27 698 (11.65%) Degree
28 675 (11.27%) Microsoft
29 665 (11.10%) Linux
30 653 (10.90%) SDLC

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
1 372 (6.21%) Confluence
2 95 (1.59%) Apache
3 88 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
4 72 (1.20%) CMS
5 61 (1.02%) Tomcat
6 53 (0.88%) SharePoint
7 51 (0.85%) Apache Spark
8 29 (0.48%) WebSphere
9 24 (0.40%) IIS
10 23 (0.38%) NServiceBus
11 19 (0.32%) CICS
12 18 (0.30%) OpenStack
13 17 (0.28%) Umbraco
14 16 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
15 15 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
16 14 (0.23%) JBoss
17 13 (0.22%) EPiServer
18 11 (0.18%) Drupal
18 11 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
19 10 (0.17%) WordPress
Applications
1 55 (0.92%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (0.30%) Chatbot
4 17 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 16 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
6 15 (0.25%) MS Visio
7 8 (0.13%) Sketch
8 7 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 6 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.083%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.050%) Adobe XD
11 3 (0.050%) InVision
12 2 (0.033%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.017%) Snagit
13 1 (0.017%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.017%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 51 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.38%) Payment Gateway
3 18 (0.30%) Magento
4 13 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
4 13 (0.22%) Shopify
5 9 (0.15%) NetSuite
5 9 (0.15%) SDL Web 8
6 8 (0.13%) BASE24
7 6 (0.10%) SAP HR
7 6 (0.10%) SAP WM
8 4 (0.067%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
8 4 (0.067%) SAP S/4HANA
8 4 (0.067%) thinkFolio
9 3 (0.050%) Distributed Ledger
9 3 (0.050%) Markit EDM
9 3 (0.050%) R3 Corda
9 3 (0.050%) Sage 200
9 3 (0.050%) Sage 50
9 3 (0.050%) SAP Retail
9 3 (0.050%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 1,224 (20.44%) Azure
2 1,106 (18.47%) AWS
3 310 (5.18%) SaaS
4 244 (4.07%) Serverless
5 237 (3.96%) GCP
6 190 (3.17%) GitHub
7 113 (1.89%) AWS Lambda
8 103 (1.72%) Power Platform
9 95 (1.59%) OpenShift
10 88 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
11 77 (1.29%) PaaS
12 63 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
13 57 (0.95%) BrowserStack
14 49 (0.82%) BlazeMeter
15 41 (0.68%) Amazon ECS
15 41 (0.68%) Amazon S3
15 41 (0.68%) IaaS
16 40 (0.67%) Dynamics 365
17 37 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
18 32 (0.53%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 74 (1.24%) HTTP
2 59 (0.99%) Internet
3 50 (0.83%) DNS
3 50 (0.83%) TCP/IP
4 49 (0.82%) Skype
5 45 (0.75%) Firewall
6 23 (0.38%) VPN
7 22 (0.37%) VoIP
7 22 (0.37%) Wireless
8 19 (0.32%) ZigBee
9 18 (0.30%) DHCP
10 12 (0.20%) OSPF
11 11 (0.18%) BGP
11 11 (0.18%) Cisco ASA
11 11 (0.18%) Cisco IOS
11 11 (0.18%) LTE
12 10 (0.17%) Junos
12 10 (0.17%) NetScaler
12 10 (0.17%) NX-OS
12 10 (0.17%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 591 (9.87%) SQL Server
2 290 (4.84%) MySQL
3 267 (4.46%) NoSQL
4 239 (3.99%) Relational Database
5 190 (3.17%) MongoDB
6 179 (2.99%) PostgreSQL
7 176 (2.94%) Big Data
8 143 (2.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 138 (2.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 135 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
11 103 (1.72%) Power BI
12 69 (1.15%) Redis
13 68 (1.14%) Data Lake
14 56 (0.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 54 (0.90%) Hadoop
16 46 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
17 45 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 44 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
19 41 (0.68%) RDBMS
20 35 (0.58%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 1,847 (30.84%) Selenium
2 908 (15.16%) Git (software)
3 896 (14.96%) JIRA
4 886 (14.79%) Jenkins
5 818 (13.66%) Cucumber
6 535 (8.93%) WebDriver
7 430 (7.18%) SpecFlow
8 400 (6.68%) SoapUI
9 345 (5.76%) JMeter
10 336 (5.61%) Postman
11 266 (4.44%) JUnit
12 253 (4.22%) Visual Studio
13 226 (3.77%) Maven
14 195 (3.26%) Team Foundation Server
15 172 (2.87%) TeamCity
16 145 (2.42%) Appium
17 138 (2.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 138 (2.30%) webpack
18 137 (2.29%) Cypress.io
19 133 (2.22%) Subversion
General
1 1,249 (20.85%) Finance
2 342 (5.71%) Banking
3 233 (3.89%) Public Sector
4 212 (3.54%) Retail
5 192 (3.21%) Games
6 120 (2.00%) Marketing
7 90 (1.50%) Telecoms
8 65 (1.09%) Legal
9 62 (1.04%) Law
10 55 (0.92%) Front Office
11 52 (0.87%) Electronics
12 38 (0.63%) Investment Banking
13 33 (0.55%) Back Office
14 32 (0.53%) Manufacturing
15 31 (0.52%) Advertising
16 28 (0.47%) Automotive
17 23 (0.38%) Retail Banking
18 17 (0.28%) Aerospace
18 17 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
19 15 (0.25%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,837 (30.67%) Developer
2 742 (12.39%) Analyst
3 653 (10.90%) Tester
4 634 (10.59%) Test Engineer
5 575 (9.60%) Test Analyst
6 498 (8.32%) Software Engineer
7 438 (7.31%) QA Engineer
8 360 (6.01%) Senior Developer
9 346 (5.78%) Java Developer
10 323 (5.39%) Automation Tester
11 322 (5.38%) Software Developer
12 308 (5.14%) Test Automation Engineer
13 236 (3.94%) .NET Developer
14 208 (3.47%) Test Leader
15 201 (3.36%) DevOps Engineer
16 196 (3.27%) Developer in Test
16 196 (3.27%) Software Test Engineer
17 190 (3.17%) Full Stack Developer
18 187 (3.12%) C# Developer
19 186 (3.11%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,166 (19.47%) .NET
2 788 (13.16%) HTML
3 768 (12.82%) CSS
4 622 (10.39%) Web Services
5 593 (9.90%) AngularJS
6 567 (9.47%) React
7 527 (8.80%) RESTful
8 514 (8.58%) REST
9 512 (8.55%) Node.js
10 364 (6.08%) .NET Framework
10 364 (6.08%) SOAP
11 321 (5.36%) .NET Core
12 305 (5.09%) Spring
13 302 (5.04%) HTML5
14 266 (4.44%) ASP.NET
15 257 (4.29%) XML
16 217 (3.62%) Gherkin
17 198 (3.31%) JSON
18 183 (3.06%) ASP.NET Web API
19 181 (3.02%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 344 (5.74%) Analytical Skills
2 319 (5.33%) User Experience
3 309 (5.16%) Mobile App
4 266 (4.44%) Greenfield Project
5 177 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
6 111 (1.85%) Cloud Native
7 108 (1.80%) Virtual Team
8 103 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
9 93 (1.55%) Public Cloud
10 86 (1.44%) Data Structures
11 79 (1.32%) Algorithms
12 75 (1.25%) Linux Command Line
13 58 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 52 (0.87%) Reinsurance
15 51 (0.85%) Management Information System
16 44 (0.73%) Private Cloud
17 42 (0.70%) Mainframe
18 39 (0.65%) Derivative
19 35 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
20 33 (0.55%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 665 (11.10%) Linux
2 411 (6.86%) Windows
3 238 (3.97%) Unix
4 221 (3.69%) Android
5 208 (3.47%) Apple iOS
6 79 (1.32%) Mac OS X
7 54 (0.90%) Windows Server
8 53 (0.88%) CentOS
9 49 (0.82%) Ubuntu
10 42 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (0.27%) Fedora
12 14 (0.23%) VMS
12 14 (0.23%) Windows 10
13 13 (0.22%) Debian
13 13 (0.22%) Kali Linux
14 12 (0.20%) Mac OS
15 11 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
16 9 (0.15%) Windows Server 2016
17 4 (0.067%) CoreOS
18 3 (0.050%) Android TV
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,612 (60.31%) Agile Software Development
2 1,368 (22.84%) DevOps
3 1,212 (20.24%) Scrum
4 1,193 (19.92%) TDD
5 1,085 (18.12%) Software Engineering
6 1,078 (18.00%) BDD
7 1,075 (17.95%) Continuous Integration
8 743 (12.41%) Microservices
9 653 (10.90%) SDLC
10 626 (10.45%) Manual Testing
11 621 (10.37%) Problem-Solving
12 548 (9.15%) Software Testing
13 534 (8.92%) Test Scripting
14 508 (8.48%) Mentoring
15 479 (8.00%) Computer Science
16 471 (7.86%) Continuous Delivery
17 460 (7.68%) Test Strategy
18 459 (7.66%) Fintech
19 434 (7.25%) Regression Testing
20 415 (6.93%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 1,986 (33.16%) Java
2 1,817 (30.34%) C#
3 1,711 (28.57%) JavaScript
4 1,314 (21.94%) SQL
5 1,053 (17.58%) Python
6 325 (5.43%) C++
7 317 (5.29%) PHP
8 302 (5.04%) Ruby
9 250 (4.17%) TypeScript
10 243 (4.06%) PowerShell
11 206 (3.44%) C
12 194 (3.24%) Bash Shell
13 181 (3.02%) Java 8
14 177 (2.96%) T-SQL
15 141 (2.35%) Scala
16 111 (1.85%) ES6
17 104 (1.74%) Go
18 87 (1.45%) Apple Swift
19 80 (1.34%) Perl
20 69 (1.15%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 698 (11.65%) Degree
2 404 (6.75%) ISTQB
3 256 (4.27%) Computer Science Degree
3 256 (4.27%) ISEB
4 255 (4.26%) Security Cleared
5 141 (2.35%) SC Cleared
6 95 (1.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 60 (1.00%) DV Cleared
8 49 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
9 26 (0.43%) OSCP
10 25 (0.42%) SANS
11 24 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
12 23 (0.38%) CISSP
13 19 (0.32%) CCNA
13 19 (0.32%) SSCP
14 18 (0.30%) CompTIA Security+
14 18 (0.30%) GIAC
14 18 (0.30%) Linux+ Certification
14 18 (0.30%) MCSE
14 18 (0.30%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,610 (26.88%) QA
2 45 (0.75%) GDPR
3 36 (0.60%) PMO
4 32 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (0.30%) Data Quality
5 18 (0.30%) NIST
6 14 (0.23%) DICOM
7 12 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 10 (0.17%) SLA
9 8 (0.13%) COBIT
9 8 (0.13%) ISO 8583
10 7 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
11 6 (0.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 6 (0.10%) ISO 9001
12 5 (0.083%) EMIR
12 5 (0.083%) ISO 13485
13 4 (0.067%) PMBOK
14 3 (0.050%) Def Stans
14 3 (0.050%) IEC 61508
14 3 (0.050%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 810 (13.52%) Docker
2 78 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (0.62%) Active Directory
4 22 (0.37%) VirtualBox
5 21 (0.35%) Xen
6 20 (0.33%) NFS
7 19 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
8 17 (0.28%) Firmware
9 16 (0.27%) Samba
9 16 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
10 12 (0.20%) vSphere
11 11 (0.18%) RACF
12 10 (0.17%) ACF2
12 10 (0.17%) XenApp
12 10 (0.17%) XenDesktop
13 9 (0.15%) Hyper-V
14 8 (0.13%) LXC
15 5 (0.083%) HDFS
15 5 (0.083%) iptables
15 5 (0.083%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 575 (9.60%) Kubernetes
2 231 (3.86%) Ansible
3 227 (3.79%) Terraform
4 156 (2.60%) Puppet
5 107 (1.79%) Opscode Chef
6 78 (1.30%) HP Quality Center
7 72 (1.20%) HP ALM
8 42 (0.70%) Nagios
9 35 (0.58%) Packer
10 30 (0.50%) Kibana
10 30 (0.50%) ZABBIX
11 24 (0.40%) Rancher
12 21 (0.35%) Grafana
13 20 (0.33%) Istio
14 17 (0.28%) CA Service Virtualization
14 17 (0.28%) vCenter Server
15 16 (0.27%) Docker Swarm
15 16 (0.27%) OpenNMS
16 13 (0.22%) Mesos
17 12 (0.20%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 675 (11.27%) Microsoft
2 255 (4.26%) Oracle
3 180 (3.01%) Google
4 143 (2.39%) HP
5 88 (1.47%) Atlassian
5 88 (1.47%) VMware
6 81 (1.35%) SAP
7 77 (1.29%) IBM
8 68 (1.14%) CA
9 64 (1.07%) Xamarin
10 54 (0.90%) Tableau
11 46 (0.77%) FIS
11 46 (0.77%) WorldPay
12 44 (0.73%) Red Hat
12 44 (0.73%) Salesforce.com
13 36 (0.60%) Delphix
14 35 (0.58%) Cloudera
14 35 (0.58%) Splunk
15 32 (0.53%) Hortonworks
16 29 (0.48%) SolarWinds