Period
to 18 May 2021

The median annual salary for a Test Engineer was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 May 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
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 365 324 277
Rank change year-on-year -41 -47 +40
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Engineer 738 884 1,769
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.93% 1.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.88% 0.97% 1.27%
Number of salaries quoted 555 710 1,400
10th Percentile £36,250 £31,993 £31,250
25th Percentile £38,750 £38,063 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
75th Percentile £60,000 £62,500 £56,250
90th Percentile £68,750 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%

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 83,903 91,012 139,679
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.75% 95.32% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 63,977 73,977 112,208
10th Percentile £31,500 £30,000 £28,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% -

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 18 May 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 18 May 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 -24 618 £50,000 - 132
UK excluding London -17 514 £45,000 - 104
South East +34 182 £47,500 - 23
London -28 175 £60,000 -4.00% 32
Work from Home -90 113 £50,000 +5.26% 29
North of England -38 91 £42,500 -1.16% 29
Midlands -3 71 £37,500 -10.18% 11
Scotland -18 64 £40,000 - 2
West Midlands +6 63 £37,500 - 8
East of England +33 50 £55,000 +15.79% 20
South West -51 46 £51,250 +13.89% 16
North West +16 42 £42,500 +2.41% 16
Yorkshire -43 40 £45,000 - 9
North East -11 9 £32,500 -21.21% 4
East Midlands -12 8 £37,500 -16.67% 3
Wales -6 6 £45,000 +5.88% 1
Northern Ireland -3 4 £42,500 +8.97% 2

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 May 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.

1 582 (78.86%) Test Automation
2 400 (54.20%) Agile Software Development
3 378 (51.22%) Selenium
4 370 (50.14%) Software Testing
5 302 (40.92%) C#
6 299 (40.51%) QA
7 256 (34.69%) BDD
8 192 (26.02%) DevOps
9 182 (24.66%) TDD
10 156 (21.14%) Azure
11 146 (19.78%) Cucumber
12 144 (19.51%) SDET
13 140 (18.97%) SpecFlow
14 139 (18.83%) JavaScript
15 137 (18.56%) JIRA
15 137 (18.56%) ISTQB
16 131 (17.75%) Continuous Improvement
17 126 (17.07%) Java
18 121 (16.40%) Microsoft
18 121 (16.40%) Performance Testing
18 121 (16.40%) Problem-Solving
19 120 (16.26%) SDLC
20 116 (15.72%) Continuous Integration
21 115 (15.58%) Scrum
22 114 (15.45%) Manual Testing
22 114 (15.45%) Social Skills
23 112 (15.18%) Mobile App
24 111 (15.04%) Jenkins
24 111 (15.04%) Python
25 110 (14.91%) Regression Testing

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 42 (5.69%) Confluence
2 4 (0.54%) Apache
3 2 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (0.27%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.27%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.14%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.14%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (0.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 156 (21.14%) Azure
2 96 (13.01%) AWS
3 23 (3.12%) BrowserStack
4 18 (2.44%) SaaS
5 16 (2.17%) Cloud Computing
6 14 (1.90%) GitHub
7 12 (1.63%) Slack
8 11 (1.49%) Sauce Labs
9 10 (1.36%) GCP
10 9 (1.22%) Serverless
11 5 (0.68%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.68%) Tricentis Tosca
12 4 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.54%) BlazeMeter
12 4 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
13 3 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.14%) AWS CodePipeline
14 1 (0.14%) AWS Lambda
14 1 (0.14%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.44%) Modbus
1 18 (2.44%) RS-422
2 16 (2.17%) 5G
3 14 (1.90%) LTE
3 14 (1.90%) Wireless
4 13 (1.76%) Ethernet
4 13 (1.76%) Skype
5 10 (1.36%) 3G
5 10 (1.36%) Wi-Fi
6 9 (1.22%) HTTP
6 9 (1.22%) RS-485
7 8 (1.08%) 3GPP
8 7 (0.95%) TCP/IP
8 7 (0.95%) WCDMA
9 6 (0.81%) IP Telephony
9 6 (0.81%) NAS
10 4 (0.54%) 4G
10 4 (0.54%) Broadband
10 4 (0.54%) VoIP
10 4 (0.54%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (14.36%) SQL Server
2 31 (4.20%) MongoDB
3 19 (2.57%) MySQL
4 15 (2.03%) PostgreSQL
5 13 (1.76%) Relational Database
6 12 (1.63%) Big Data
7 11 (1.49%) Redis
8 4 (0.54%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.54%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.41%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 3 (0.41%) MariaDB
10 2 (0.27%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.14%) Apache Cassandra
11 1 (0.14%) Bigtable
11 1 (0.14%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.14%) DB2
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle Database 11g
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle Reports
11 1 (0.14%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 378 (51.22%) Selenium
2 146 (19.78%) Cucumber
3 140 (18.97%) SpecFlow
4 137 (18.56%) JIRA
5 111 (15.04%) Jenkins
6 101 (13.69%) Postman
7 96 (13.01%) WebDriver
8 84 (11.38%) Cypress.io
9 81 (10.98%) JMeter
10 80 (10.84%) Git (software)
11 71 (9.62%) NUnit
12 58 (7.86%) Appium
13 57 (7.72%) MSTest
14 30 (4.07%) NeoLoad
14 30 (4.07%) SoapUI
15 28 (3.79%) Visual Studio Team System
16 26 (3.52%) LoadRunner
17 24 (3.25%) Zephyr
18 23 (3.12%) JUnit
19 22 (2.98%) LabVIEW
General
1 114 (15.45%) Social Skills
2 92 (12.47%) Finance
3 72 (9.76%) Marketing
4 60 (8.13%) Organisational Skills
5 57 (7.72%) Influencing Skills
6 27 (3.66%) Analytical Skills
7 20 (2.71%) Electronics
8 19 (2.57%) Automotive
9 18 (2.44%) Manufacturing
10 15 (2.03%) Public Sector
11 14 (1.90%) Law
12 12 (1.63%) Games
12 12 (1.63%) Retail
13 11 (1.49%) French Language
14 9 (1.22%) Telecoms
15 8 (1.08%) Aerospace
15 8 (1.08%) Military
16 7 (0.95%) Banking
17 5 (0.68%) Publishing
18 4 (0.54%) Documentation Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (12.74%) .NET
2 74 (10.03%) Gherkin
3 39 (5.28%) REST
4 25 (3.39%) RESTful
5 21 (2.85%) JSON
6 20 (2.71%) .NET Framework
6 20 (2.71%) SOAP
6 20 (2.71%) Web Services
7 17 (2.30%) .NET Core
7 17 (2.30%) Swagger
7 17 (2.30%) WebdriverIO
8 16 (2.17%) React
8 16 (2.17%) XML
9 15 (2.03%) HTML
10 10 (1.36%) GraphQL
10 10 (1.36%) Jest
11 9 (1.22%) Kafka
11 9 (1.22%) Spring
11 9 (1.22%) WireMock
12 8 (1.08%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 112 (15.18%) Mobile App
2 64 (8.67%) EPoS
3 58 (7.86%) Management Information System
4 31 (4.20%) Greenfield Project
5 22 (2.98%) Enterprise Software
6 11 (1.49%) User Experience
7 7 (0.95%) iPhone
7 7 (0.95%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (0.68%) PMI
9 4 (0.54%) Algorithms
9 4 (0.54%) Mobile Games
10 3 (0.41%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.41%) Cloud Native
10 3 (0.41%) Data Structures
10 3 (0.41%) Fibre Optics
10 3 (0.41%) Life Science
11 2 (0.27%) Cybercrime
11 2 (0.27%) Embedded Systems
11 2 (0.27%) Internet of Things
11 2 (0.27%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 61 (8.27%) Linux
2 36 (4.88%) Windows
3 32 (4.34%) Android
4 15 (2.03%) Unix
5 14 (1.90%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.27%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.14%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 582 (78.86%) Test Automation
2 400 (54.20%) Agile Software Development
3 370 (50.14%) Software Testing
4 256 (34.69%) BDD
5 192 (26.02%) DevOps
6 182 (24.66%) TDD
7 144 (19.51%) SDET
8 131 (17.75%) Continuous Improvement
9 121 (16.40%) Performance Testing
9 121 (16.40%) Problem-Solving
10 120 (16.26%) SDLC
11 116 (15.72%) Continuous Integration
12 115 (15.58%) Scrum
13 114 (15.45%) Manual Testing
14 110 (14.91%) Regression Testing
15 100 (13.55%) Test Scripting
16 95 (12.87%) Non-Functional Testing
17 94 (12.74%) Functional Testing
18 90 (12.20%) API Testing
19 89 (12.06%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 302 (40.92%) C#
2 139 (18.83%) JavaScript
3 126 (17.07%) Java
4 111 (15.04%) Python
5 73 (9.89%) SQL
6 35 (4.74%) C
6 35 (4.74%) C++
7 32 (4.34%) TypeScript
8 27 (3.66%) Scala
9 23 (3.12%) Ruby
10 21 (2.85%) PowerShell
11 18 (2.44%) Groovy
12 17 (2.30%) Perl
13 15 (2.03%) Bash Shell
14 9 (1.22%) Go
15 6 (0.81%) Kotlin
16 3 (0.41%) XPath
17 2 (0.27%) MATLAB
17 2 (0.27%) PHP
17 2 (0.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 137 (18.56%) ISTQB
2 97 (13.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 93 (12.60%) Degree
4 79 (10.70%) ISEB
5 64 (8.67%) Security Cleared
6 52 (7.05%) SC Cleared
7 28 (3.79%) Computer Science Degree
8 22 (2.98%) DV Cleared
9 7 (0.95%) ISEB Practitioner
10 5 (0.68%) HND
10 5 (0.68%) PMI Certification
11 4 (0.54%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 3 (0.41%) AWS Certification
13 2 (0.27%) BPSS Clearance
13 2 (0.27%) HNC
14 1 (0.14%) BC Cleared
14 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 299 (40.51%) QA
2 4 (0.54%) WCAG
3 3 (0.41%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.27%) GDPR
4 2 (0.27%) GxP
5 1 (0.14%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.14%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 17025
5 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.14%) SLA
5 1 (0.14%) WAI
System Software
1 70 (9.49%) Docker
2 5 (0.68%) Firmware
3 3 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.14%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 61 (8.27%) Kubernetes
2 16 (2.17%) Puppet
3 9 (1.22%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (0.95%) Terraform
5 6 (0.81%) Ansible
6 4 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.41%) HP ALM
7 3 (0.41%) Kibana
7 3 (0.41%) Nmap
8 2 (0.27%) Grafana
9 1 (0.14%) CA Service Virtualization
9 1 (0.14%) HP NNM
9 1 (0.14%) Nagios
9 1 (0.14%) nmon
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 1 (0.14%) SCCM
Vendors
1 121 (16.40%) Microsoft
2 16 (2.17%) Oracle
3 9 (1.22%) Instagram
4 7 (0.95%) Bloomberg
5 6 (0.81%) ANSYS
5 6 (0.81%) HP
5 6 (0.81%) Keysight
5 6 (0.81%) PayPal
5 6 (0.81%) SAP
5 6 (0.81%) Xamarin
6 5 (0.68%) Dynatrace
7 4 (0.54%) Atlassian
7 4 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (0.41%) CA
8 3 (0.41%) SaltStack
8 3 (0.41%) VMware
9 2 (0.27%) Avaya
9 2 (0.27%) CA Agile Central
9 2 (0.27%) Pega
9 2 (0.27%) Workday