The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 22 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 164 199 209
Rank change year-on-year
+35 +10
Permanent jobs citing Manual Testing 74 39 43
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.21% 0.58% 0.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.44% 0.70% 0.74%
Number of salaries quoted 61 30 36
Average salary £33,000 £30,000 £30,250
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.00% -0.82%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £22,500 £25,500
10% offered a salary of more than £42,000 £55,000 £49,250
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £34,000 £32,000
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +6.25%
Manual Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
5153 5567 5777
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 84.57% 82.41% 79.98%
Number of salaries quoted 4115 4473 4870
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £44,485 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +6.25%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Manual Testing
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the North West region.

Manual Testing Salary Trend in the North West

Manual Testing
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Manual Testing Salary Histogram in the North West

Manual Testing
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Manchester +41 50 £36,500 +21.66% 7
Cheshire +5 18 £32,500 +8.33% 2
Merseyside +13 4 £30,000 -3.22% 1
Lancashire -10 2 £29,500 +15.68% 2
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT jobs across the North West region citing Manual Testing also 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 that cited Manual Testing.

1 84 (60.43%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (48.92%) ISEB
3 67 (48.20%) Automated Testing
4 59 (42.45%) SQL
5 55 (39.57%) QA
6 50 (35.97%) Software Testing
7 43 (30.94%) Automation Testing
8 35 (25.18%) Selenium
9 33 (23.74%) Finance
9 33 (23.74%) .NET
10 31 (22.30%) Test Scripting
11 24 (17.27%) ISTQB
12 22 (15.83%) TDD
13 21 (15.11%) SoapUI
13 21 (15.11%) Mentoring
14 20 (14.39%) Coaching
14 20 (14.39%) System Testing
15 19 (13.67%) Functional Testing
16 18 (12.95%) DSDM
17 17 (12.23%) Microsoft
18 16 (11.51%) Performance Testing
18 16 (11.51%) Team Foundation Server
19 15 (10.79%) BDD
19 15 (10.79%) Integration Testing
19 15 (10.79%) Scrum
20 14 (10.07%) Test Automation
21 13 (9.35%) Android
21 13 (9.35%) Apple iOS
21 13 (9.35%) SpecFlow
21 13 (9.35%) Compatibility Testing

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT jobs across the North West region citing Manual Testing also 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 that cited Manual Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.72%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (0.72%) Umbraco
1 1 (0.72%) Tomcat
1 1 (0.72%) CMS
Applications
1 8 (5.76%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.72%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 2 (1.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.04%) VPN
2 6 (4.32%) Network Security
3 1 (0.72%) SSH
3 1 (0.72%) HTTP
3 1 (0.72%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.72%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (7.19%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.76%) MySQL
3 4 (2.88%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.16%) Big Data
5 2 (1.44%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (1.44%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 35 (25.18%) Selenium
2 21 (15.11%) SoapUI
3 16 (11.51%) Team Foundation Server
4 13 (9.35%) SpecFlow
5 10 (7.19%) MSTest
6 9 (6.47%) QuickTest Pro
7 8 (5.76%) JIRA
8 7 (5.04%) Jenkins
8 7 (5.04%) TeamCity
9 6 (4.32%) WebDriver
10 5 (3.60%) Hudson
11 3 (2.16%) Cucumber
11 3 (2.16%) Visual Studio
12 1 (0.72%) Selenium IDE
12 1 (0.72%) Calabash
12 1 (0.72%) Appium
12 1 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
12 1 (0.72%) TestComplete
12 1 (0.72%) NUnit
12 1 (0.72%) CruiseControl
General
1 33 (23.74%) Finance
2 3 (2.16%) Marketing
3 2 (1.44%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.44%) Electronics
3 2 (1.44%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.72%) Retail
4 1 (0.72%) Games
4 1 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 67 (48.20%) Analyst
2 66 (47.48%) Test Analyst
3 49 (35.25%) Tester
4 23 (16.55%) Test Engineer
4 23 (16.55%) Test Leader
5 22 (15.83%) Software Tester
6 17 (12.23%) Senior Tester
7 14 (10.07%) Lead Tester
8 12 (8.63%) Test Manager
9 8 (5.76%) Technical Test Analyst
9 8 (5.76%) Technical Analyst
10 7 (5.04%) QA Tester
10 7 (5.04%) QA Analyst
11 6 (4.32%) QA Engineer
11 6 (4.32%) Senior Test Analyst
11 6 (4.32%) Senior Analyst
12 5 (3.60%) Software Test Engineer
12 5 (3.60%) QA Test Analyst
12 5 (3.60%) Software Test Analyst
12 5 (3.60%) Manual Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (23.74%) .NET
2 9 (6.47%) Web Services
3 7 (5.04%) XML
4 4 (2.88%) SOAP
4 4 (2.88%) LAMP
5 1 (0.72%) WPF
5 1 (0.72%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.19%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.47%) Mobile App
3 3 (2.16%) Open Source
4 2 (1.44%) DTV
5 1 (0.72%) Raspberry Pi
5 1 (0.72%) Arduino
5 1 (0.72%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.72%) iPhone
5 1 (0.72%) Replication
5 1 (0.72%) Biotechnology
5 1 (0.72%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 13 (9.35%) Android
1 13 (9.35%) Apple iOS
1 13 (9.35%) Windows
2 9 (6.47%) Linux
3 1 (0.72%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (60.43%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (48.20%) Automated Testing
3 50 (35.97%) Software Testing
4 43 (30.94%) Automation Testing
5 31 (22.30%) Test Scripting
6 22 (15.83%) TDD
7 21 (15.11%) Mentoring
8 20 (14.39%) Coaching
8 20 (14.39%) System Testing
9 19 (13.67%) Functional Testing
10 18 (12.95%) DSDM
11 16 (11.51%) Performance Testing
12 15 (10.79%) BDD
12 15 (10.79%) Integration Testing
12 15 (10.79%) Scrum
13 14 (10.07%) Test Automation
14 13 (9.35%) Compatibility Testing
14 13 (9.35%) User Acceptance Testing
15 12 (8.63%) Regression Testing
16 8 (5.76%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 59 (42.45%) SQL
2 9 (6.47%) C#
3 8 (5.76%) C++
4 6 (4.32%) PHP
5 5 (3.60%) Java
6 3 (2.16%) Python
7 2 (1.44%) VB.NET
7 2 (1.44%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.44%) C
7 2 (1.44%) Perl
7 2 (1.44%) Ruby
8 1 (0.72%) VB
8 1 (0.72%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 68 (48.92%) ISEB
2 24 (17.27%) ISTQB
3 7 (5.04%) Degree
4 4 (2.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.44%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (39.57%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.16%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (6.47%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (4.32%) Puppet
3 3 (2.16%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 17 (12.23%) Microsoft
2 10 (7.19%) SAP
3 3 (2.16%) Oracle
4 1 (0.72%) Sitecore
4 1 (0.72%) Alterian
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