The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Tester role in IT jobs advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Software Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 1 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 151 165 188
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +23
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 34 22 12
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Manchester 0.96% 0.56% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.00% 0.59% 0.30%
Number of salaries quoted 31 18 11
Average salary £30,000 £31,500 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-4.76% +5.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £28,700 £24,500
10% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £35,500 £32,500
UK excluding London average salary £30,000 £31,500 £30,000
% change year-on-year
-4.76% +5.00%
Software Tester
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the Manchester region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Manchester
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3395 3752 4003
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Manchester 95.69% 95.06% 95.38%
Number of salaries quoted 2770 3106 3451
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,000 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £54,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Software Tester in the job title across the Manchester region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Software Tester
Salary Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Software Tester across the Manchester region.

Software Tester Salary Trend in Manchester

Software Tester
Salary Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Software Tester across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 1 May 2015.

Software Tester Salary Histogram in Manchester

Software Tester
Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 1 May 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Stockport +6 11 £30,000 - 4
Bolton - 3 - -
Altrincham - 2 £27,000 -
Salford - 1 £40,000 -
Software Tester
North West

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT jobs across the Manchester region that cited Software Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Software Tester in their job title.

1 38 (59.38%) QA
2 36 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (54.69%) Selenium
4 34 (53.13%) Test Scripting
5 32 (50.00%) SQL
6 28 (43.75%) Automated Testing
7 22 (34.38%) Software Testing
8 21 (32.81%) Test Automation
9 20 (31.25%) ISEB
10 19 (29.69%) Apple iOS
10 19 (29.69%) Manual Testing
10 19 (29.69%) Android
11 15 (23.44%) ISTQB
12 14 (21.88%) Automation Testing
13 13 (20.31%) Scrum
14 12 (18.75%) Finance
14 12 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 12 (18.75%) User Stories
15 11 (17.19%) QuickTest Pro
16 9 (14.06%) E-Commerce
16 9 (14.06%) Microsoft
16 9 (14.06%) TDD
16 9 (14.06%) Analytical Skills
16 9 (14.06%) Continuous Integration
16 9 (14.06%) Degree
17 8 (12.50%) Regression Testing
18 7 (10.94%) Windows
19 6 (9.38%) XML
19 6 (9.38%) .NET
19 6 (9.38%) HP

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT jobs across the Manchester region that cited Software Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Software Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Cloud Services
1 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.56%) VPN
1 1 (1.56%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.13%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.56%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.56%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 35 (54.69%) Selenium
2 11 (17.19%) QuickTest Pro
3 5 (7.81%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (7.81%) Cucumber
3 5 (7.81%) JIRA
4 3 (4.69%) Visual Studio
4 3 (4.69%) SpecFlow
5 1 (1.56%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.56%) Hudson
5 1 (1.56%) SoapUI
5 1 (1.56%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.56%) Selenium IDE
5 1 (1.56%) Jenkins
General
1 12 (18.75%) Finance
2 4 (6.25%) Legal
3 2 (3.13%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.13%) Banking
3 2 (3.13%) Retail
4 1 (1.56%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.56%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.56%) Advertising
4 1 (1.56%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.38%) XML
1 6 (9.38%) .NET
2 1 (1.56%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.56%) SOAP
2 1 (1.56%) HTML
2 1 (1.56%) LAMP
2 1 (1.56%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (14.06%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.13%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.56%) Chemistry
3 1 (1.56%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 19 (29.69%) Apple iOS
1 19 (29.69%) Android
2 7 (10.94%) Windows
3 1 (1.56%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (53.13%) Test Scripting
3 28 (43.75%) Automated Testing
4 22 (34.38%) Software Testing
5 21 (32.81%) Test Automation
6 19 (29.69%) Manual Testing
7 14 (21.88%) Automation Testing
8 13 (20.31%) Scrum
9 12 (18.75%) User Stories
10 9 (14.06%) E-Commerce
10 9 (14.06%) TDD
10 9 (14.06%) Continuous Integration
11 8 (12.50%) Regression Testing
12 5 (7.81%) DSDM
12 5 (7.81%) Coaching
13 4 (6.25%) Web Testing
13 4 (6.25%) BDD
14 3 (4.69%) Business Intelligence
14 3 (4.69%) Configuration Management
14 3 (4.69%) Market Research
Programming Languages
1 32 (50.00%) SQL
2 4 (6.25%) C#
2 4 (6.25%) Java
2 4 (6.25%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.56%) C
3 1 (1.56%) PHP
3 1 (1.56%) C++
3 1 (1.56%) T-SQL
3 1 (1.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (31.25%) ISEB
2 15 (23.44%) ISTQB
3 12 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (14.06%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (59.38%) QA
System Software
1 5 (7.81%) Active Directory
1 5 (7.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.56%) Puppet
1 1 (1.56%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 9 (14.06%) Microsoft
2 6 (9.38%) HP
3 5 (7.81%) VMware
4 4 (6.25%) Oracle
5 1 (1.56%) Capita
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