Test Engineer
UK

The median Test Engineer salary in the UK is £45,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 23 February 2024.

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

6 months to
23 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 526 396 445
Rank change year-on-year -130 +49 -28
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Engineer 311 924 1,045
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.83% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.42% 0.88% 0.78%
Number of salaries quoted 194 565 692
10th Percentile £32,500 £35,000 £35,000
25th Percentile £37,500 £42,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year -14.29% +5.00% +11.11%
75th Percentile £58,438 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £71,750 £73,750 £71,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -10.00% +11.11% +5.88%

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 74,162 104,946 133,262
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.91% 94.29% 95.57%
Number of salaries quoted 55,839 66,156 84,067
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,750 £32,000
25th Percentile £39,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -8.33% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £73,750 £82,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £92,500 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +5.26%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Test Engineer.

Salary trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Test Engineer over the 6 months to 23 February 2024.

Salary histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Top 18 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 23 February 2024. 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
Jobs
UK excluding London -93 271 £45,000 -10.00% 218
England -117 266 £45,000 -14.29% 231
Work from Home -123 96 £50,000 -9.09% 92
South East +20 93 £45,000 -10.00% 78
South West -49 42 £50,000 +5.26% 31
North of England +22 35 £51,250 +2.50% 29
East of England +39 34 £40,000 -38.46% 43
Midlands -7 32 £41,000 -23.36% 29
London -29 27 £65,000 +18.18% 22
West Midlands +1 22 £42,500 -22.73% 15
Yorkshire +44 17 £52,500 +23.53% 11
Scotland -47 17 £40,000 -12.85% 13
North West +49 16 £47,500 -5.00% 15
Wales +4 15 £43,750 +9.38% 9
East Midlands +2 10 £40,000 -8.57% 14
North East -11 2 £57,965 +3.51% 4
Channel Islands - 2 £110,000 -
Northern Ireland +24 1 £35,000 - 1

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 23 February 2024, Test Engineer job roles required the following skills and capabilities 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.

1 161 (51.77%) Test Automation
2 122 (39.23%) Agile
3 94 (30.23%) Software Testing
4 89 (28.62%) Python
5 73 (23.47%) Problem-Solving
6 60 (19.29%) QA
7 58 (18.65%) SQL
8 53 (17.04%) Social Skills
9 51 (16.40%) Test Scripting
10 48 (15.43%) Degree
10 48 (15.43%) Manufacturing
11 44 (14.15%) CI/CD
11 44 (14.15%) C#
11 44 (14.15%) Manual Testing
11 44 (14.15%) Selenium
12 43 (13.83%) Java
13 42 (13.50%) Regression Testing
13 42 (13.50%) Security Cleared
13 42 (13.50%) DevOps
14 40 (12.86%) JavaScript
14 40 (12.86%) Linux
15 38 (12.22%) Azure
16 35 (11.25%) LabVIEW
16 35 (11.25%) JIRA
17 33 (10.61%) Software Engineering
17 33 (10.61%) HNC
18 31 (9.97%) Windows
18 31 (9.97%) Analytical Skills
18 31 (9.97%) Test Strategy
19 30 (9.65%) BDD

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 12 (3.86%) Confluence
2 2 (0.64%) Ethereum
3 1 (0.32%) Apache
3 1 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.32%) CMS
3 1 (0.32%) IIS
3 1 (0.32%) Umbraco
Applications
1 7 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.61%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.61%) Simulink
3 3 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 38 (12.22%) Azure
2 28 (9.00%) AWS
3 13 (4.18%) Azure DevOps
4 8 (2.57%) SaaS
4 8 (2.57%) Snowflake
5 7 (2.25%) GCP
6 6 (1.93%) GitHub
6 6 (1.93%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 4 (1.29%) Cloud Composer
7 4 (1.29%) Cloud Functions
7 4 (1.29%) dbt
7 4 (1.29%) Google Kubernetes Engine
8 3 (0.96%) Datadog
8 3 (0.96%) GitHub Actions
9 2 (0.64%) PaaS
9 2 (0.64%) Serverless
10 1 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 16 (5.14%) Wireless
2 11 (3.54%) 5G
2 11 (3.54%) Bluetooth
2 11 (3.54%) Wi-Fi
3 10 (3.22%) GSM
3 10 (3.22%) ISDN
3 10 (3.22%) LTE
3 10 (3.22%) PSTN
3 10 (3.22%) UMTS
4 8 (2.57%) TCP/IP
5 4 (1.29%) DHCP
5 4 (1.29%) Ethernet
5 4 (1.29%) Internet
5 4 (1.29%) Network Security
6 2 (0.64%) 3G
6 2 (0.64%) HTTP
6 2 (0.64%) Kerberos
6 2 (0.64%) Unified Communications
7 1 (0.32%) 3GPP
7 1 (0.32%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (4.18%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (2.57%) SQL Server
3 7 (2.25%) MongoDB
4 6 (1.93%) Elasticsearch
4 6 (1.93%) Hadoop
4 6 (1.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 6 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (1.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (1.29%) Tableau
6 3 (0.96%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.64%) Redis
8 1 (0.32%) MySQL
8 1 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 44 (14.15%) Selenium
2 35 (11.25%) JIRA
2 35 (11.25%) LabVIEW
3 24 (7.72%) Git
4 22 (7.07%) Jenkins
5 21 (6.75%) Cucumber
6 18 (5.79%) Appium
7 16 (5.14%) Cypress.io
8 15 (4.82%) Postman
8 15 (4.82%) SpecFlow
9 13 (4.18%) JMeter
10 11 (3.54%) UI Automator
10 11 (3.54%) WebDriver
11 10 (3.22%) JBehave
12 9 (2.89%) GitLab
13 8 (2.57%) JUnit
14 6 (1.93%) Team Foundation Server
14 6 (1.93%) TeamCity
15 5 (1.61%) Visual Studio
16 4 (1.29%) Gatling
General
1 53 (17.04%) Social Skills
2 48 (15.43%) Manufacturing
3 31 (9.97%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (9.00%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 27 (8.68%) Automotive
6 24 (7.72%) Electronics
7 20 (6.43%) Finance
8 15 (4.82%) Retail
9 14 (4.50%) Telecoms
10 9 (2.89%) Marketing
10 9 (2.89%) Organisational Skills
11 7 (2.25%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (2.25%) Public Sector
12 5 (1.61%) Aerospace
13 4 (1.29%) Banking
13 4 (1.29%) Legal
14 3 (0.96%) Games
14 3 (0.96%) Military
15 2 (0.64%) Influencing Skills
16 1 (0.32%) Wearables
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.50%) Gherkin
2 13 (4.18%) HTML
3 10 (3.22%) .NET
4 8 (2.57%) CSS
4 8 (2.57%) Node.js
4 8 (2.57%) React
5 7 (2.25%) Playwright
5 7 (2.25%) pytest
5 7 (2.25%) Web Services
6 6 (1.93%) Lightning Web Components
6 6 (1.93%) WebdriverIO
7 5 (1.61%) REST
7 5 (1.61%) XML
8 4 (1.29%) DOM
8 4 (1.29%) Middleware
8 4 (1.29%) XSLT
9 3 (0.96%) Boost C++ Libraries
9 3 (0.96%) Qt
9 3 (0.96%) RESTful
10 2 (0.64%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 24 (7.72%) Arduino
1 24 (7.72%) Raspberry Pi
2 22 (7.07%) Product Ownership
3 12 (3.86%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (3.22%) Acoustics
4 10 (3.22%) Mobile App
4 10 (3.22%) Satnav
5 8 (2.57%) Smartphone
6 7 (2.25%) Data Centre
7 6 (1.93%) Hackathon
8 5 (1.61%) Embedded Systems
9 4 (1.29%) NHS
9 4 (1.29%) Robotics
10 3 (0.96%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (0.96%) Distributed Applications
10 3 (0.96%) PCIe
11 2 (0.64%) Bitcoin
11 2 (0.64%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.64%) Distributed Systems
11 2 (0.64%) Onboarding
Operating Systems
1 40 (12.86%) Linux
2 31 (9.97%) Windows
3 8 (2.57%) Android
3 8 (2.57%) Mac OS
4 7 (2.25%) Unix
5 3 (0.96%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.64%) Mac OS X
6 2 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.32%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.32%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (51.77%) Test Automation
2 122 (39.23%) Agile
3 94 (30.23%) Software Testing
4 73 (23.47%) Problem-Solving
5 51 (16.40%) Test Scripting
6 44 (14.15%) CI/CD
6 44 (14.15%) Manual Testing
7 42 (13.50%) DevOps
7 42 (13.50%) Regression Testing
8 33 (10.61%) Software Engineering
9 31 (9.97%) Test Strategy
10 30 (9.65%) BDD
11 29 (9.32%) API Testing
12 27 (8.68%) Design for Manufacturing
12 27 (8.68%) SDLC
13 26 (8.36%) Coaching
13 26 (8.36%) Continuous Integration
14 25 (8.04%) Computer Science
15 23 (7.40%) Mentoring
15 23 (7.40%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 89 (28.62%) Python
2 58 (18.65%) SQL
3 44 (14.15%) C#
4 43 (13.83%) Java
5 40 (12.86%) JavaScript
6 24 (7.72%) VB
7 21 (6.75%) C
8 9 (2.89%) C++
8 9 (2.89%) Embedded C
9 7 (2.25%) MATLAB
9 7 (2.25%) TypeScript
10 6 (1.93%) T-SQL
11 5 (1.61%) Bash
11 5 (1.61%) Groovy
12 4 (1.29%) Ruby
13 3 (0.96%) PHP
13 3 (0.96%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.32%) Go
14 1 (0.32%) Kotlin
14 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 48 (15.43%) Degree
2 42 (13.50%) Security Cleared
3 33 (10.61%) HNC
4 24 (7.72%) ISTQB
5 16 (5.14%) DV Cleared
6 13 (4.18%) SC Cleared
7 11 (3.54%) Computer Science Degree
8 10 (3.22%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (2.25%) DBS Check
10 6 (1.93%) AWS Certification
10 6 (1.93%) HND
11 4 (1.29%) CIPD
11 4 (1.29%) ISEB
11 4 (1.29%) Master's Degree
12 3 (0.96%) CREST Certified
13 1 (0.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 1 (0.32%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (19.29%) QA
2 21 (6.75%) Accessibility
3 3 (0.96%) Def Stans
3 3 (0.96%) MISRA
4 1 (0.32%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.32%) HAZOP
System Software
1 12 (3.86%) Docker
2 11 (3.54%) Firmware
3 6 (1.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.29%) VMware Server
5 3 (0.96%) Embedded Firmware
Systems Management
1 8 (2.57%) Kubernetes
2 6 (1.93%) Terraform
3 3 (0.96%) Functional Safety
4 2 (0.64%) Grafana
4 2 (0.64%) Kibana
5 1 (0.32%) Ansible
5 1 (0.32%) Consul
5 1 (0.32%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (0.32%) Packer
Vendors
1 27 (8.68%) Microsoft
2 12 (3.86%) Google
3 6 (1.93%) Oracle
3 6 (1.93%) Salesforce
3 6 (1.93%) VMware
4 4 (1.29%) Atlassian
4 4 (1.29%) EMC
5 3 (0.96%) Conga
5 3 (0.96%) Dynatrace
5 3 (0.96%) IBM
5 3 (0.96%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
5 3 (0.96%) Splunk
6 2 (0.64%) New Relic
6 2 (0.64%) Red Hat
6 2 (0.64%) ServiceNow
6 2 (0.64%) YouTube
7 1 (0.32%) Apple
7 1 (0.32%) SaltStack
7 1 (0.32%) SAP
7 1 (0.32%) Thales