Period
to 13 December 2018

The median annual salary for a Test Engineer was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Engineer
UK
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 286 357 371
Rank change year-on-year +71 +14 +4
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Engineer 1,856 1,591 1,579
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.16% 0.89% 0.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.21% 0.92% 0.88%
Number of salaries quoted 1,462 1,339 1,398
UK median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.76% - +2.41%
10th Percentile £31,750 £27,500 £27,625
90th Percentile £70,000 £62,500 £60,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,567 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +8.92% - +6.67%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 153,074 172,554 178,525
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.85% 96.04% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 122,874 138,839 149,066
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,750 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.03%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Test Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Engineer.

Salary trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
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 Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 13 December 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 +81 1,710 £47,500 +11.76% 324
UK excluding London +23 1,227 £43,567 +8.92% 267
London +186 596 £57,500 +15.00% 82
South East +21 375 £42,500 +6.25% 65
North of England +64 256 £45,000 +5.88% 43
East of England +16 197 £47,500 +11.76% 49
South West +31 160 £42,500 +6.25% 54
Midlands +5 124 £42,500 +6.25% 31
North West +48 119 £45,000 +12.50% 16
Yorkshire +34 118 £45,000 +5.88% 22
Scotland -6 95 £40,000 +8.84% 18
East Midlands +24 69 £42,500 -3.41% 10
West Midlands -23 54 £42,500 +6.25% 21
North East +5 19 £35,000 -6.67% 5
Wales -8 14 £32,500 -15.58% 7
Northern Ireland -5 10 £40,000 +33.33%

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, Test Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 1,543 (83.14%) Test Automation
2 1,084 (58.41%) Agile Software Development
3 828 (44.61%) Selenium
4 730 (39.33%) Java
5 613 (33.03%) QA
6 579 (31.20%) C#
7 501 (26.99%) BDD
8 477 (25.70%) Continuous Integration
9 468 (25.22%) Cucumber
10 459 (24.73%) Python
11 407 (21.93%) JavaScript
12 406 (21.88%) Software Testing
13 400 (21.55%) Jenkins
14 356 (19.18%) TDD
15 344 (18.53%) JIRA
16 327 (17.62%) Test Scripting
17 316 (17.03%) Scrum
17 316 (17.03%) WebDriver
18 310 (16.70%) SQL
19 282 (15.19%) Finance
20 272 (14.66%) SDET
21 264 (14.22%) Degree
22 258 (13.90%) Manual Testing
23 242 (13.04%) Linux
24 236 (12.72%) Test Strategy
25 234 (12.61%) Git (software)
26 229 (12.34%) API Testing
27 215 (11.58%) .NET
28 204 (10.99%) Gherkin
29 195 (10.51%) Software Engineering

Test Engineer Skill Set
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 87 (4.69%) Confluence
2 44 (2.37%) IIS
3 11 (0.59%) Cloud Foundry
4 10 (0.54%) SharePoint
5 7 (0.38%) Apache Spark
5 7 (0.38%) Tomcat
5 7 (0.38%) WebLogic
6 6 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.27%) Apache
8 3 (0.16%) JBoss
8 3 (0.16%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.11%) Traffic Server
10 1 (0.054%) CMS
10 1 (0.054%) nginx
Applications
1 43 (2.32%) Chatbot
2 13 (0.70%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.32%) Mingle
5 2 (0.11%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.054%) Maya
Business Applications
1 2 (0.11%) Endur
Cloud Services
1 177 (9.54%) Amazon AWS
2 91 (4.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 42 (2.26%) GitHub
4 21 (1.13%) SaaS
5 19 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
6 16 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
7 15 (0.81%) AWS Lambda
7 15 (0.81%) Serverless
8 14 (0.75%) Slack
9 12 (0.65%) BlazeMeter
10 11 (0.59%) PaaS
11 9 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
11 9 (0.48%) Sauce Labs
12 8 (0.43%) BrowserStack
13 7 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (0.38%) Tricentis Tosca
14 5 (0.27%) Amazon S3
14 5 (0.27%) CloudBees
14 5 (0.27%) IaaS
14 5 (0.27%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 78 (4.20%) HTTP
2 37 (1.99%) Wireless
3 21 (1.13%) Internet
3 21 (1.13%) TCP/IP
4 13 (0.70%) Modbus
5 12 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
6 11 (0.59%) RS-485
7 10 (0.54%) Broadband
7 10 (0.54%) SSL
8 9 (0.48%) Bluetooth
8 9 (0.48%) LTE
9 7 (0.38%) Ethernet
9 7 (0.38%) HTTPS
9 7 (0.38%) Network Security
10 5 (0.27%) DNS
10 5 (0.27%) GSM
10 5 (0.27%) Wireshark
11 4 (0.22%) GPRS
11 4 (0.22%) UMTS
11 4 (0.22%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (5.60%) SQL Server
2 52 (2.80%) Big Data
3 27 (1.45%) Relational Database
4 19 (1.02%) MySQL
5 16 (0.86%) MongoDB
6 15 (0.81%) Oracle Database
7 14 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 12 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
9 11 (0.59%) Hadoop
10 10 (0.54%) NoSQL
10 10 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 7 (0.38%) GIS
12 6 (0.32%) Blockchain
12 6 (0.32%) Data Lake
13 5 (0.27%) DB2
14 4 (0.22%) Apache Hive
14 4 (0.22%) Geospatial Data
14 4 (0.22%) HBase
14 4 (0.22%) Redis
15 3 (0.16%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 828 (44.61%) Selenium
2 468 (25.22%) Cucumber
3 400 (21.55%) Jenkins
4 344 (18.53%) JIRA
5 316 (17.03%) WebDriver
6 234 (12.61%) Git (software)
7 167 (9.00%) SpecFlow
8 162 (8.73%) JMeter
9 151 (8.14%) SoapUI
10 118 (6.36%) NUnit
11 117 (6.30%) JUnit
11 117 (6.30%) TeamCity
12 111 (5.98%) Maven
13 98 (5.28%) Visual Studio
14 93 (5.01%) LoadRunner
15 86 (4.63%) Appium
16 66 (3.56%) HP UFT
17 62 (3.34%) TestNG
18 57 (3.07%) Protractor
19 53 (2.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 282 (15.19%) Finance
2 74 (3.99%) Retail
3 66 (3.56%) Electronics
4 65 (3.50%) Telecoms
5 64 (3.45%) Manufacturing
6 59 (3.18%) Marketing
7 55 (2.96%) Banking
8 41 (2.21%) Games
9 27 (1.45%) Law
10 19 (1.02%) Back Office
10 19 (1.02%) Investment Banking
11 13 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
11 13 (0.70%) Publishing
12 10 (0.54%) Advertising
13 8 (0.43%) Automotive
14 6 (0.32%) Avionics
14 6 (0.32%) Military
15 5 (0.27%) Aerospace
16 3 (0.16%) Financial Institution
17 2 (0.11%) Digital Economy
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 215 (11.58%) .NET
2 204 (10.99%) Gherkin
3 163 (8.78%) REST
4 160 (8.62%) Web Services
5 125 (6.73%) XML
6 115 (6.20%) HTML
7 84 (4.53%) CSS
8 74 (3.99%) JSON
9 70 (3.77%) SOAP
10 65 (3.50%) RESTful
11 54 (2.91%) Node.js
12 53 (2.86%) AngularJS
13 48 (2.59%) ASP.NET Web API
14 42 (2.26%) .NET Framework
15 40 (2.16%) WebdriverIO
16 31 (1.67%) Spring
17 28 (1.51%) Velocity
18 25 (1.35%) HTML5
18 25 (1.35%) Nightwatchjs
19 23 (1.24%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 82 (4.42%) Analytical Skills
2 77 (4.15%) Self-Motivation
3 67 (3.61%) Mobile App
4 66 (3.56%) Fintech
5 56 (3.02%) Algorithms
6 40 (2.16%) Reinsurance
7 36 (1.94%) Greenfield Project
8 33 (1.78%) Embedded Systems
9 30 (1.62%) User Experience
10 26 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
11 23 (1.24%) Device Driver
12 22 (1.19%) Linux Command Line
13 19 (1.02%) Optoelectronics
14 13 (0.70%) Life Science
15 12 (0.65%) Equities
16 10 (0.54%) CAN bus
16 10 (0.54%) Internet of Things
17 9 (0.48%) Management Information System
18 8 (0.43%) Data Structures
18 8 (0.43%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 242 (13.04%) Linux
2 188 (10.13%) Windows
3 77 (4.15%) Android
4 69 (3.72%) Apple iOS
5 51 (2.75%) Unix
6 10 (0.54%) FreeRTOS
6 10 (0.54%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.38%) Windows Phone
8 4 (0.22%) Embedded Linux
8 4 (0.22%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.16%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.11%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.11%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.054%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.054%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.054%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,543 (83.14%) Test Automation
2 1,084 (58.41%) Agile Software Development
3 501 (26.99%) BDD
4 477 (25.70%) Continuous Integration
5 406 (21.88%) Software Testing
6 356 (19.18%) TDD
7 327 (17.62%) Test Scripting
8 316 (17.03%) Scrum
9 272 (14.66%) SDET
10 258 (13.90%) Manual Testing
11 236 (12.72%) Test Strategy
12 229 (12.34%) API Testing
13 195 (10.51%) Software Engineering
14 188 (10.13%) SDLC
15 183 (9.86%) Exploratory Testing
16 181 (9.75%) Regression Testing
17 174 (9.38%) Performance Testing
18 167 (9.00%) Non-Functional Testing
19 160 (8.62%) DevOps
20 155 (8.35%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 730 (39.33%) Java
2 579 (31.20%) C#
3 459 (24.73%) Python
4 407 (21.93%) JavaScript
5 310 (16.70%) SQL
6 185 (9.97%) Ruby
7 164 (8.84%) C++
8 155 (8.35%) C
9 82 (4.42%) PowerShell
10 69 (3.72%) Bash Shell
11 62 (3.34%) PHP
12 50 (2.69%) Perl
13 37 (1.99%) Groovy
14 36 (1.94%) Go
15 34 (1.83%) T-SQL
16 29 (1.56%) XPath
17 22 (1.19%) PL/SQL
17 22 (1.19%) TypeScript
18 19 (1.02%) Shell Script
19 18 (0.97%) Scala
Qualifications
1 264 (14.22%) Degree
2 148 (7.97%) ISTQB
3 115 (6.20%) Security Cleared
4 94 (5.06%) ISEB
5 54 (2.91%) SC Cleared
6 45 (2.42%) Computer Science Degree
7 44 (2.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 41 (2.21%) DV Cleared
9 26 (1.40%) PhD
10 15 (0.81%) HND
11 10 (0.54%) Numerate Degree
12 8 (0.43%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 5 (0.27%) HNC
13 5 (0.27%) Master's Degree
14 4 (0.22%) Microsoft Certification
15 3 (0.16%) CCNA
15 3 (0.16%) Cisco Certification
15 3 (0.16%) CISSP
15 3 (0.16%) MCSE
15 3 (0.16%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 613 (33.03%) QA
2 12 (0.65%) WCAG
3 6 (0.32%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.22%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.11%) IEC 61131
6 1 (0.054%) GDPR
6 1 (0.054%) MiFID
System Software
1 64 (3.45%) Docker
2 51 (2.75%) Firmware
3 46 (2.48%) Active Directory
4 28 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
5 18 (0.97%) Hyper-V
6 9 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.22%) vSphere
9 2 (0.11%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.11%) Postfix
10 1 (0.054%) Squid
Systems Management
1 85 (4.58%) HP Quality Center
2 39 (2.10%) HP ALM
3 18 (0.97%) Ansible
4 15 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (0.75%) Puppet
6 13 (0.70%) Nessus
7 7 (0.38%) Netcool
8 6 (0.32%) Kubernetes
8 6 (0.32%) Salt
9 4 (0.22%) Oozie
10 3 (0.16%) Grafana
10 3 (0.16%) Graphite
11 2 (0.11%) PowerCLI
12 1 (0.054%) CA Service Virtualization
12 1 (0.054%) Consul
12 1 (0.054%) Packer
12 1 (0.054%) SCCM
12 1 (0.054%) SCOM
12 1 (0.054%) Terraform
Vendors
1 123 (6.63%) Microsoft
2 68 (3.66%) HP
3 61 (3.29%) Oracle
4 33 (1.78%) VMware
5 28 (1.51%) Atlassian
6 23 (1.24%) SAP
7 20 (1.08%) Google
8 19 (1.02%) New Relic
9 11 (0.59%) Cisco
9 11 (0.59%) Cypress Semiconductor
10 10 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
10 10 (0.54%) WorldPay
11 9 (0.48%) Micro Focus
11 9 (0.48%) Splunk
12 8 (0.43%) AppDynamics
12 8 (0.43%) SOASTA, Inc
13 7 (0.38%) BT
13 7 (0.38%) Remedy
13 7 (0.38%) SolarWinds
14 6 (0.32%) Reuters