Period
to 22 October 2020

The median annual salary for a Test Engineer was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

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
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 327 280 308
Rank change year-on-year -47 +28 +83
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Engineer 444 1,586 1,843
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 1.16% 1.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.95% 1.21% 1.17%
Number of salaries quoted 379 1,333 1,508
Median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,800 £31,925
90th Percentile £67,500 £70,000 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,646 £43,000
% change year-on-year +3.10% +1.50% +7.50%

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 46,513 130,847 158,074
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.98% 95.65% 95.92%
Number of salaries quoted 38,462 104,430 127,373
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 22 October 2020.

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 22 October 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 -59 382 £45,000 -5.26% 84
UK excluding London -10 324 £45,000 +3.10% 68
London -22 110 £60,000 - 24
South East +15 89 £45,000 - 22
South West +33 63 £45,000 +5.88% 9
North of England +34 60 £44,697 +3.95% 11
Scotland +79 35 £42,500 +6.25% 7
Work from Home +5 34 £42,500 -15.00% 18
Yorkshire +53 31 £45,000 - 3
East of England +53 30 £45,000 -10.00% 13
Midlands +45 30 £37,500 -21.05% 5
West Midlands +38 25 £37,500 -21.05% 5
North West +58 21 £42,000 -3.66% 6
Northern Ireland +20 10 £32,500 -13.33% 1
North East -3 8 £45,000 +14.20% 2
Wales +16 6 £40,000 +2.56%
East Midlands +77 5 £43,000 -
Channel Islands - 1 £65,000 -

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, 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.

1 370 (83.33%) Test Automation
2 257 (57.88%) Agile Software Development
3 239 (53.83%) Selenium
4 181 (40.77%) C#
5 173 (38.96%) QA
6 162 (36.49%) Java
7 155 (34.91%) Python
8 111 (25.00%) Cucumber
9 109 (24.55%) BDD
9 109 (24.55%) JavaScript
10 101 (22.75%) Test Scripting
11 95 (21.40%) Scrum
11 95 (21.40%) TDD
12 91 (20.50%) JIRA
12 91 (20.50%) Jenkins
13 86 (19.37%) SDET
14 85 (19.14%) Finance
15 84 (18.92%) DevOps
16 80 (18.02%) AWS
17 79 (17.79%) WebDriver
18 77 (17.34%) API Testing
19 75 (16.89%) ISTQB
20 69 (15.54%) SoapUI
21 66 (14.86%) Manual Testing
22 64 (14.41%) Test Strategy
22 64 (14.41%) Azure
23 63 (14.19%) SQL
24 62 (13.96%) Software Testing
25 58 (13.06%) .NET
26 56 (12.61%) Git (software)

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 16 (3.60%) Confluence
2 2 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (0.45%) CMS
3 1 (0.23%) Drupal
3 1 (0.23%) IIS
3 1 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.23%) OrCAD
Cloud Services
1 80 (18.02%) AWS
2 64 (14.41%) Azure
3 31 (6.98%) GitHub
4 24 (5.41%) SaaS
5 19 (4.28%) Sauce Labs
6 18 (4.05%) OpenShift
7 12 (2.70%) BlazeMeter
8 8 (1.80%) BrowserStack
8 8 (1.80%) Cloud Computing
9 5 (1.13%) GCP
9 5 (1.13%) Serverless
10 4 (0.90%) Amazon SQS
11 3 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.45%) IaaS
13 1 (0.23%) Office 365
13 1 (0.23%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.93%) Skype
2 11 (2.48%) Wireshark
3 9 (2.03%) LTE
4 8 (1.80%) HTTP
4 8 (1.80%) TCP/IP
5 6 (1.35%) 4G
5 6 (1.35%) IPv4
5 6 (1.35%) IPv6
5 6 (1.35%) VLAN
5 6 (1.35%) Wi-Fi
6 5 (1.13%) 3G
6 5 (1.13%) 3GPP
6 5 (1.13%) 802.11
6 5 (1.13%) H.323
6 5 (1.13%) Wireless
7 4 (0.90%) Network Security
8 3 (0.68%) Ethernet
8 3 (0.68%) Internet
8 3 (0.68%) tcpdump
9 2 (0.45%) MIMO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (9.91%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.25%) MongoDB
3 6 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (1.13%) MySQL
5 4 (0.90%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.68%) Big Data
6 3 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.45%) Blockchain
7 2 (0.45%) InfluxDB
7 2 (0.45%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.23%) BigQuery
8 1 (0.23%) DataStage
8 1 (0.23%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle ODI
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.23%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 239 (53.83%) Selenium
2 111 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 91 (20.50%) Jenkins
3 91 (20.50%) JIRA
4 79 (17.79%) WebDriver
5 69 (15.54%) SoapUI
6 56 (12.61%) Git (software)
7 41 (9.23%) JMeter
8 32 (7.21%) SpecFlow
9 31 (6.98%) Postman
10 30 (6.76%) Cypress.io
11 28 (6.31%) Maven
11 28 (6.31%) Mocha
12 26 (5.86%) JUnit
13 22 (4.95%) eggPlant
14 20 (4.50%) Appium
15 19 (4.28%) NUnit
15 19 (4.28%) Team Foundation Server
16 12 (2.70%) LabVIEW
16 12 (2.70%) TestNG
General
1 85 (19.14%) Finance
2 29 (6.53%) Retail
3 14 (3.15%) Electronics
4 13 (2.93%) Telecoms
5 10 (2.25%) Public Sector
6 9 (2.03%) Back Office
7 8 (1.80%) Automotive
8 7 (1.58%) Marketing
9 5 (1.13%) Avionics
10 4 (0.90%) Banking
10 4 (0.90%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.68%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.68%) Local Government
11 3 (0.68%) Police
12 2 (0.45%) Games
13 1 (0.23%) Advertising
13 1 (0.23%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.23%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.23%) Military
13 1 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (13.06%) .NET
2 45 (10.14%) Web Services
3 42 (9.46%) Node.js
4 41 (9.23%) Gherkin
4 41 (9.23%) SOAP
5 36 (8.11%) XML
6 31 (6.98%) .NET Core
7 30 (6.76%) JSON
8 29 (6.53%) RESTful
9 25 (5.63%) AngularJS
10 23 (5.18%) REST
11 21 (4.73%) Jest
12 19 (4.28%) Playwright
12 19 (4.28%) Puppeteer
13 14 (3.15%) CSS
14 13 (2.93%) HTML
15 8 (1.80%) React
16 7 (1.58%) .NET Framework
16 7 (1.58%) WebRTC
17 5 (1.13%) GWT
Miscellaneous
1 20 (4.50%) Analytical Skills
1 20 (4.50%) Mobile App
2 18 (4.05%) Client/Server
3 15 (3.38%) Enterprise Software
3 15 (3.38%) User Experience
4 14 (3.15%) Mainframe
5 10 (2.25%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (1.58%) Embedded Systems
6 7 (1.58%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (0.90%) Equities
7 4 (0.90%) Greenfield Project
7 4 (0.90%) Over-the-Top Content
7 4 (0.90%) Public Cloud
8 3 (0.68%) PMI
9 2 (0.45%) Analogue Electronics
9 2 (0.45%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.23%) Digital Currency
10 1 (0.23%) Linux Command Line
10 1 (0.23%) Optoelectronics
10 1 (0.23%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 37 (8.33%) Linux
2 31 (6.98%) Windows
3 16 (3.60%) Apple iOS
4 15 (3.38%) Android
5 3 (0.68%) Unix
6 2 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.23%) CentOS
7 1 (0.23%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.23%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 370 (83.33%) Test Automation
2 257 (57.88%) Agile Software Development
3 109 (24.55%) BDD
4 101 (22.75%) Test Scripting
5 95 (21.40%) Scrum
5 95 (21.40%) TDD
6 86 (19.37%) SDET
7 84 (18.92%) DevOps
8 77 (17.34%) API Testing
9 66 (14.86%) Manual Testing
10 64 (14.41%) Test Strategy
11 62 (13.96%) Software Testing
12 55 (12.39%) Continuous Integration
13 52 (11.71%) Fintech
14 50 (11.26%) QA Automation
15 46 (10.36%) Microservices
15 46 (10.36%) SDLC
16 45 (10.14%) Software Engineering
17 44 (9.91%) Non-Functional Testing
18 41 (9.23%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 181 (40.77%) C#
2 162 (36.49%) Java
3 155 (34.91%) Python
4 109 (24.55%) JavaScript
5 63 (14.19%) SQL
6 45 (10.14%) TypeScript
7 27 (6.08%) PowerShell
8 24 (5.41%) C
8 24 (5.41%) C++
9 17 (3.83%) T-SQL
10 11 (2.48%) Perl
10 11 (2.48%) Ruby
11 9 (2.03%) Go
11 9 (2.03%) VB.NET
12 7 (1.58%) MATLAB
13 5 (1.13%) PHP
13 5 (1.13%) Tcl
13 5 (1.13%) XPath
14 4 (0.90%) VB
15 1 (0.23%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 75 (16.89%) ISTQB
2 46 (10.36%) Degree
3 43 (9.68%) Security Cleared
4 40 (9.01%) ISEB
5 28 (6.31%) SC Cleared
6 22 (4.95%) DV Cleared
7 20 (4.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 15 (3.38%) ISEB Practitioner
9 7 (1.58%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.68%) HND
10 3 (0.68%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.45%) HNC
11 2 (0.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.23%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 173 (38.96%) QA
2 5 (1.13%) ISO 26262
3 2 (0.45%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.23%) GDPR
4 1 (0.23%) GxP
4 1 (0.23%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.23%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.23%) JTAG
System Software
1 50 (11.26%) Docker
2 11 (2.48%) Hyper-V
3 10 (2.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (1.13%) Firmware
4 5 (1.13%) KVM
5 3 (0.68%) VirtualBox
6 2 (0.45%) vSphere
7 1 (0.23%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 38 (8.56%) Kubernetes
2 9 (2.03%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (1.80%) Puppet
4 5 (1.13%) Ansible
5 4 (0.90%) Grafana
5 4 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.68%) HP ALM
6 3 (0.68%) Rundeck
7 2 (0.45%) HP Fortify
7 2 (0.45%) SCCM
7 2 (0.45%) SCOM
7 2 (0.45%) Terraform
8 1 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.23%) Prometheus
8 1 (0.23%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.23%) vRealize
Vendors
1 40 (9.01%) Microsoft
2 15 (3.38%) Oracle
3 10 (2.25%) VMware
4 7 (1.58%) HP
5 5 (1.13%) Atlassian
5 5 (1.13%) SAP
6 4 (0.90%) Ceridian
7 2 (0.45%) CA
7 2 (0.45%) Dell
7 2 (0.45%) Google
7 2 (0.45%) SolarWinds
8 1 (0.23%) Ab Initio
8 1 (0.23%) Apple
8 1 (0.23%) EMC
8 1 (0.23%) Informatica
8 1 (0.23%) Juniper
8 1 (0.23%) McAfee
8 1 (0.23%) Perforce
8 1 (0.23%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.23%) Remedy