Period
to 28 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Test Engineer was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 28 January 2021.

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
28 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 321 308 280
Rank change year-on-year -13 -28 +67
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Engineer 603 1,282 1,894
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 1.02% 1.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.97% 1.07% 1.31%
Number of salaries quoted 526 1,055 1,541
Median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -5.26% +11.76%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £68,750 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 62,313 120,054 144,915
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.12% 95.56% 95.94%
Number of salaries quoted 50,527 97,214 117,278
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
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 28 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Top 17 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 28 January 2021. 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 -28 516 £47,770 +0.57% 110
UK excluding London +5 443 £45,000 - 86
South East +46 161 £45,000 -5.26% 26
London +18 129 £57,500 -4.17% 35
North of England -22 74 £42,500 -1.16% 24
Work from Home -43 71 £45,000 -18.18% 22
Midlands +55 57 £37,500 -19.79% 10
East of England +52 48 £55,000 +10.00% 12
West Midlands +53 47 £37,500 -24.03% 8
Scotland +25 46 £40,000 +1.27% 7
South West +1 46 £50,000 +20.48% 3
Yorkshire -18 34 £45,000 - 7
North West +44 33 £40,000 -9.19% 15
East Midlands +45 10 £48,750 +8.33% 2
Wales +15 8 £45,000 -
North East -7 7 £32,250 -9.27% 2
Northern Ireland +12 3 £25,000 -29.58% 4

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 January 2021, 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.

1 498 (82.59%) Test Automation
2 331 (54.89%) Selenium
3 303 (50.25%) Agile Software Development
4 239 (39.64%) QA
5 219 (36.32%) C#
6 179 (29.68%) BDD
7 138 (22.89%) Python
8 136 (22.55%) Java
9 128 (21.23%) Test Scripting
9 128 (21.23%) Cucumber
10 126 (20.90%) DevOps
11 124 (20.56%) Software Testing
12 117 (19.40%) Scrum
12 117 (19.40%) TDD
13 112 (18.57%) ISTQB
14 111 (18.41%) SDET
15 109 (18.08%) Azure
15 109 (18.08%) WebDriver
16 103 (17.08%) JavaScript
17 101 (16.75%) SQL
18 100 (16.58%) JIRA
19 94 (15.59%) Jenkins
20 93 (15.42%) SDLC
21 83 (13.76%) Finance
22 82 (13.60%) Continuous Integration
23 81 (13.43%) Manual Testing
24 79 (13.10%) Microsoft
25 77 (12.77%) Performance Testing
25 77 (12.77%) API Testing
26 73 (12.11%) Degree

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 44 (7.30%) Confluence
2 1 (0.17%) Drupal
2 1 (0.17%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (0.66%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.50%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (0.17%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 109 (18.08%) Azure
2 57 (9.45%) AWS
3 19 (3.15%) SaaS
4 13 (2.16%) GitHub
5 12 (1.99%) BlazeMeter
6 11 (1.82%) Serverless
7 9 (1.49%) GCP
7 9 (1.49%) Sauce Labs
8 8 (1.33%) BrowserStack
8 8 (1.33%) Slack
9 7 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.33%) IaaS
10 2 (0.33%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.33%) PaaS
11 1 (0.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.17%) AWS CodePipeline
11 1 (0.17%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.17%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.17%) NuGet
11 1 (0.17%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 24 (3.98%) Skype
2 12 (1.99%) LTE
3 11 (1.82%) TCP/IP
4 10 (1.66%) 3GPP
4 10 (1.66%) Wireless
4 10 (1.66%) Wireshark
5 9 (1.49%) 3G
6 7 (1.16%) HTTP
6 7 (1.16%) IPv6
7 6 (1.00%) 5G
7 6 (1.00%) Internet
7 6 (1.00%) IP Telephony
7 6 (1.00%) IPv4
7 6 (1.00%) NAS
7 6 (1.00%) WCDMA
7 6 (1.00%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (0.66%) 4G
8 4 (0.66%) 802.11
8 4 (0.66%) tcpdump
9 3 (0.50%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (10.45%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.65%) MongoDB
3 13 (2.16%) MySQL
4 12 (1.99%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (1.66%) Redis
6 6 (1.00%) Azure SQL Database
7 5 (0.83%) Big Data
8 3 (0.50%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 3 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.50%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.33%) BigQuery
9 2 (0.33%) Blockchain
10 1 (0.17%) Amazon Redshift
10 1 (0.17%) Bigtable
10 1 (0.17%) InfluxDB
10 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.17%) Oracle ODI
10 1 (0.17%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.17%) Snowflake Schema
10 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 331 (54.89%) Selenium
2 128 (21.23%) Cucumber
3 109 (18.08%) WebDriver
4 100 (16.58%) JIRA
5 94 (15.59%) Jenkins
6 72 (11.94%) Postman
7 68 (11.28%) SpecFlow
8 66 (10.95%) Git (software)
9 61 (10.12%) JMeter
10 52 (8.62%) SoapUI
11 35 (5.80%) NUnit
12 34 (5.64%) Appium
12 34 (5.64%) Cypress.io
13 26 (4.31%) LabVIEW
13 26 (4.31%) Team Foundation Server
14 23 (3.81%) LoadRunner
14 23 (3.81%) Maven
15 20 (3.32%) NeoLoad
16 19 (3.15%) eggPlant
16 19 (3.15%) HP UFT
General
1 83 (13.76%) Finance
2 32 (5.31%) Marketing
3 18 (2.99%) Retail
4 16 (2.65%) Automotive
4 16 (2.65%) Electronics
5 15 (2.49%) Public Sector
6 14 (2.32%) Games
7 13 (2.16%) Aerospace
8 10 (1.66%) Back Office
9 8 (1.33%) Law
10 7 (1.16%) Military
11 6 (1.00%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.66%) Banking
12 4 (0.66%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.66%) Telecoms
13 3 (0.50%) Police
14 2 (0.33%) Dutch Language
14 2 (0.33%) French Language
14 2 (0.33%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.33%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (11.77%) Gherkin
2 70 (11.61%) .NET
3 37 (6.14%) SOAP
4 33 (5.47%) REST
5 24 (3.98%) Node.js
6 23 (3.81%) .NET Core
6 23 (3.81%) RESTful
7 20 (3.32%) Web Services
8 17 (2.82%) WebdriverIO
9 14 (2.32%) Swagger
10 13 (2.16%) AngularJS
11 11 (1.82%) HTML
11 11 (1.82%) JSON
11 11 (1.82%) XML
12 10 (1.66%) .NET Framework
13 9 (1.49%) CSS
13 9 (1.49%) React
14 7 (1.16%) Kafka
15 5 (0.83%) Jest
15 5 (0.83%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 58 (9.62%) Mobile App
2 28 (4.64%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (3.81%) EPoS
4 20 (3.32%) Enterprise Software
5 19 (3.15%) Management Information System
6 12 (1.99%) User Experience
7 8 (1.33%) Greenfield Project
7 8 (1.33%) Mobile Games
8 7 (1.16%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.00%) Client/Server
9 6 (1.00%) Embedded Systems
10 3 (0.50%) Analogue Electronics
10 3 (0.50%) Life Science
10 3 (0.50%) Mainframe
10 3 (0.50%) Renewable Energy
11 2 (0.33%) Algorithms
11 2 (0.33%) Internet of Things
11 2 (0.33%) LIMS
11 2 (0.33%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.33%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 57 (9.45%) Linux
1 57 (9.45%) Windows
2 31 (5.14%) Apple iOS
3 30 (4.98%) Android
4 15 (2.49%) Unix
5 2 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.17%) CentOS
6 1 (0.17%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.17%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.17%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 498 (82.59%) Test Automation
2 303 (50.25%) Agile Software Development
3 179 (29.68%) BDD
4 128 (21.23%) Test Scripting
5 126 (20.90%) DevOps
6 124 (20.56%) Software Testing
7 117 (19.40%) Scrum
7 117 (19.40%) TDD
8 111 (18.41%) SDET
9 93 (15.42%) SDLC
10 82 (13.60%) Continuous Integration
11 81 (13.43%) Manual Testing
12 77 (12.77%) API Testing
12 77 (12.77%) Performance Testing
13 64 (10.61%) Microservices
14 60 (9.95%) Problem-Solving
15 57 (9.45%) Regression Testing
16 56 (9.29%) Test Strategy
17 51 (8.46%) Non-Functional Testing
18 47 (7.79%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 219 (36.32%) C#
2 138 (22.89%) Python
3 136 (22.55%) Java
4 103 (17.08%) JavaScript
5 101 (16.75%) SQL
6 36 (5.97%) TypeScript
7 22 (3.65%) C++
8 21 (3.48%) Perl
9 17 (2.82%) T-SQL
10 15 (2.49%) PowerShell
11 13 (2.16%) Bash Shell
11 13 (2.16%) C
11 13 (2.16%) Ruby
12 10 (1.66%) Scala
12 10 (1.66%) VB.NET
13 9 (1.49%) Go
13 9 (1.49%) MATLAB
14 8 (1.33%) Groovy
15 3 (0.50%) R
15 3 (0.50%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 112 (18.57%) ISTQB
2 73 (12.11%) Degree
3 66 (10.95%) ISEB
4 61 (10.12%) Security Cleared
5 56 (9.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 48 (7.96%) SC Cleared
7 34 (5.64%) DV Cleared
8 16 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
9 7 (1.16%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.66%) HND
11 2 (0.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.17%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.17%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 239 (39.64%) QA
2 3 (0.50%) GDPR
2 3 (0.50%) ISO 13485
3 2 (0.33%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.33%) GxP
3 2 (0.33%) ISO 26262
4 1 (0.17%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 17025
4 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 53 (8.79%) Docker
2 6 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.66%) Firmware
4 2 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.33%) vSphere
5 1 (0.17%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.17%) KVM
5 1 (0.17%) Varnish
5 1 (0.17%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 42 (6.97%) Kubernetes
2 22 (3.65%) Puppet
3 12 (1.99%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (1.16%) Ansible
5 4 (0.66%) Grafana
5 4 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.50%) Nmap
7 2 (0.33%) HP Fortify
7 2 (0.33%) SCCM
7 2 (0.33%) SCOM
7 2 (0.33%) Terraform
8 1 (0.17%) CA Service Virtualization
8 1 (0.17%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.17%) Prometheus
8 1 (0.17%) Rundeck
8 1 (0.17%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.17%) vRealize
Vendors
1 79 (13.10%) Microsoft
2 21 (3.48%) Oracle
3 9 (1.49%) Keysight
4 7 (1.16%) Xamarin
5 6 (1.00%) VMware
6 5 (0.83%) Ceridian
7 4 (0.66%) HP
7 4 (0.66%) Pega
8 3 (0.50%) Agilent
8 3 (0.50%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.33%) CA
9 2 (0.33%) Dell
9 2 (0.33%) Google
9 2 (0.33%) SolarWinds
10 1 (0.17%) AppDynamics
10 1 (0.17%) EMC
10 1 (0.17%) F5
10 1 (0.17%) Gemalto
10 1 (0.17%) MEDITECH
10 1 (0.17%) Perfecto Mobile