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 3 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 207 194 201
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +7
Permanent jobs citing Manual Testing 53 65 40
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.79% 0.87% 0.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.92% 1.04% 0.73%
Number of salaries quoted 50 57 36
Average salary £35,000 £30,000 £29,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+16.66% +1.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,300 £22,950
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £60,000 £35,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £32,500 £30,000
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
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
5762 6239 5491
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 85.95% 83.59% 79.87%
Number of salaries quoted 4790 4994 4671
Average salary £41,500 £40,000 £38,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.75% +3.89%
90% offered a salary of more than £28,300 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £57,500
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +2.40%

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 3 September 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 3 September 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
Manchester +19 38 £37,500 -16.66% 11
Cheshire -20 12 £33,250 +10.83% 5
Merseyside +17 2 £25,000 -18.03% 2
Lancashire +3 1 £20,000 -46.66% 2
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 72 (56.69%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (48.82%) Automated Testing
3 59 (46.46%) QA
4 52 (40.94%) SQL
4 52 (40.94%) ISEB
5 45 (35.43%) Selenium
5 45 (35.43%) Automation Testing
6 41 (32.28%) Test Scripting
7 37 (29.13%) Software Testing
8 31 (24.41%) .NET
9 29 (22.83%) Web Services
9 29 (22.83%) Finance
10 27 (21.26%) Scrum
11 24 (18.90%) SQL Server
12 23 (18.11%) Test Automation
13 22 (17.32%) SDLC
14 20 (15.75%) Microsoft
14 20 (15.75%) Windows
15 19 (14.96%) JIRA
16 18 (14.17%) BDD
16 18 (14.17%) SoapUI
17 17 (13.39%) Integration Testing
18 16 (12.60%) ISTQB
18 16 (12.60%) HP UFT
18 16 (12.60%) TDD
18 16 (12.60%) Mentoring
18 16 (12.60%) Mobile App
19 15 (11.81%) System Testing
20 14 (11.02%) Team Foundation Server
21 13 (10.24%) Cucumber

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

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 (0.79%) Tomcat
1 1 (0.79%) CMS
1 1 (0.79%) WebSphere
1 1 (0.79%) Umbraco
1 1 (0.79%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (0.79%) Liferay
Applications
1 12 (9.45%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.57%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.79%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (8.66%) VPN
2 10 (7.87%) Network Security
3 1 (0.79%) SSL
3 1 (0.79%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (18.90%) SQL Server
2 12 (9.45%) MySQL
3 6 (4.72%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.36%) Big Data
5 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 45 (35.43%) Selenium
2 19 (14.96%) JIRA
3 18 (14.17%) SoapUI
4 16 (12.60%) HP UFT
5 14 (11.02%) Team Foundation Server
6 13 (10.24%) Cucumber
7 10 (7.87%) SpecFlow
8 9 (7.09%) WebDriver
8 9 (7.09%) Visual Studio
9 8 (6.30%) MSTest
9 8 (6.30%) FitNesse
10 7 (5.51%) Jenkins
11 5 (3.94%) Bugzilla
12 4 (3.15%) Visual Studio Team System
12 4 (3.15%) TeamCity
13 3 (2.36%) NUnit
13 3 (2.36%) JUnit
14 2 (1.57%) Hudson
15 1 (0.79%) CruiseControl
15 1 (0.79%) WinRunner
General
1 29 (22.83%) Finance
2 3 (2.36%) Telecoms
2 3 (2.36%) Marketing
3 2 (1.57%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.57%) Electronics
3 2 (1.57%) Banking
3 2 (1.57%) Retail
4 1 (0.79%) Billing
4 1 (0.79%) Retail Banking
4 1 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.79%) Games
Job Titles
1 51 (40.16%) Analyst
1 51 (40.16%) Test Analyst
2 45 (35.43%) Tester
3 23 (18.11%) Software Tester
4 20 (15.75%) Test Engineer
5 14 (11.02%) Test Leader
6 13 (10.24%) Test Manager
7 10 (7.87%) QA Engineer
8 9 (7.09%) QA Tester
9 8 (6.30%) Technical Test Analyst
9 8 (6.30%) Technical Analyst
9 8 (6.30%) Automation Tester
10 7 (5.51%) Lead Tester
10 7 (5.51%) Senior Test Analyst
10 7 (5.51%) Senior Analyst
11 6 (4.72%) Automation Engineer
12 5 (3.94%) Software Test Engineer
12 5 (3.94%) Software Engineer
13 4 (3.15%) Senior Tester
13 4 (3.15%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (24.41%) .NET
2 29 (22.83%) Web Services
3 8 (6.30%) LAMP
4 6 (4.72%) SOAP
5 3 (2.36%) HTML
5 3 (2.36%) XML
5 3 (2.36%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.79%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.79%) WPF
6 1 (0.79%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 16 (12.60%) Mobile App
2 6 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.36%) iPhone
4 2 (1.57%) DTV
5 1 (0.79%) AS400
5 1 (0.79%) Replication
5 1 (0.79%) APACS
5 1 (0.79%) Biotechnology
5 1 (0.79%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.79%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 20 (15.75%) Windows
2 13 (10.24%) Linux
3 12 (9.45%) Android
3 12 (9.45%) Apple iOS
4 4 (3.15%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (56.69%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (48.82%) Automated Testing
3 45 (35.43%) Automation Testing
4 41 (32.28%) Test Scripting
5 37 (29.13%) Software Testing
6 27 (21.26%) Scrum
7 23 (18.11%) Test Automation
8 22 (17.32%) SDLC
9 18 (14.17%) BDD
10 17 (13.39%) Integration Testing
11 16 (12.60%) TDD
11 16 (12.60%) Mentoring
12 15 (11.81%) System Testing
13 13 (10.24%) User Acceptance Testing
14 12 (9.45%) Performance Testing
15 11 (8.66%) Regression Testing
16 10 (7.87%) Configuration Management
16 10 (7.87%) DSDM
16 10 (7.87%) Software Engineering
16 10 (7.87%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 52 (40.94%) SQL
2 13 (10.24%) PHP
3 12 (9.45%) C#
4 11 (8.66%) C++
5 10 (7.87%) Java
6 4 (3.15%) Python
7 3 (2.36%) Scala
8 2 (1.57%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.79%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.79%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 52 (40.94%) ISEB
2 16 (12.60%) ISTQB
3 11 (8.66%) Degree
4 4 (3.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (46.46%) QA
System Software
1 7 (5.51%) Docker
Systems Management
1 12 (9.45%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (7.87%) Puppet
3 7 (5.51%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 20 (15.75%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.72%) Oracle
2 6 (4.72%) SAP
3 3 (2.36%) HP
4 1 (0.79%) Alterian
4 1 (0.79%) Sitecore
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