The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Tester role in IT jobs advertised for the North West 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 18 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 229 222 211
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -11
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 27 17 44
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.37% 0.25% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.27% 0.63%
Number of salaries quoted 26 17 38
Average salary £30,000 £29,000 £25,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.44% +13.72%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £19,000 £16,500
10% offered a salary of more than £36,250 £40,000 £32,500
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £32,500 £27,000
% change year-on-year
- +20.37%
Software Tester
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West 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
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
6999 6359 7040
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 94.68% 93.92% 96.56%
Number of salaries quoted 5762 5473 6021
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -1.40%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £23,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Software Tester
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Software Tester Salary Trend in the North West

Software Tester
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Software Tester across the North West region over the 3 months to 18 September 2014.

Software Tester Salary Histogram in the North West

Software Tester
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 Software Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 18 September 2014. 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
Cheshire -12 11 £30,000 -20.00% 4
Manchester -9 8 £32,500 +47.72% 7
Lancashire 0 2 £30,750 +61.84% 2
Merseyside - 1 £29,000 -
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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 64 (70.33%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (54.95%) Windows
3 48 (52.75%) QA
4 40 (43.96%) Software Testing
5 38 (41.76%) Selenium
6 33 (36.26%) ISEB
7 32 (35.16%) .NET
7 32 (35.16%) System Testing
8 30 (32.97%) C#
9 29 (31.87%) SQL
10 28 (30.77%) ASP.NET
11 27 (29.67%) Web Testing
12 26 (28.57%) SQL Server
13 25 (27.47%) JavaScript
13 25 (27.47%) HTML
13 25 (27.47%) Windows Server 2003
14 24 (26.37%) Regression Testing
15 22 (24.18%) Manual Testing
16 21 (23.08%) Automated Testing
16 21 (23.08%) Automation Testing
17 20 (21.98%) Selenium IDE
17 20 (21.98%) QuickTest Pro
18 18 (19.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 16 (17.58%) T-SQL
19 16 (17.58%) Team Foundation Server
20 13 (14.29%) Degree
21 12 (13.19%) JIRA
22 11 (12.09%) Computer Science
22 11 (12.09%) Microsoft Azure
22 11 (12.09%) Java

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.20%) Confluence
2 1 (1.10%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (10.99%) MS Excel
2 5 (5.49%) MS Visio
3 2 (2.20%) MS Office
4 1 (1.10%) RoboHelp
Cloud Services
1 11 (12.09%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.10%) Internet
1 1 (1.10%) LAN
1 1 (1.10%) WAN
1 1 (1.10%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (28.57%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.40%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.20%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 38 (41.76%) Selenium
2 20 (21.98%) Selenium IDE
2 20 (21.98%) QuickTest Pro
3 16 (17.58%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (13.19%) JIRA
5 8 (8.79%) WebDriver
6 4 (4.40%) Cucumber
6 4 (4.40%) Visual Studio
7 3 (3.30%) TestPartner
7 3 (3.30%) SoapUI
8 2 (2.20%) TestComplete
8 2 (2.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (2.20%) JUnit
9 1 (1.10%) Gradle
9 1 (1.10%) YouTrack
9 1 (1.10%) Bugzilla
9 1 (1.10%) Subversion
9 1 (1.10%) Eclipse
9 1 (1.10%) TeamCity
9 1 (1.10%) Mercurial
General
1 9 (9.89%) Finance
2 4 (4.40%) Legal
3 2 (2.20%) Games
4 1 (1.10%) Military
4 1 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.10%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (35.16%) .NET
2 28 (30.77%) ASP.NET
3 25 (27.47%) HTML
4 3 (3.30%) SOAP
5 2 (2.20%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.10%) JMS
6 1 (1.10%) Web Services
6 1 (1.10%) EJB
6 1 (1.10%) Java EE
6 1 (1.10%) JSON
6 1 (1.10%) REST
6 1 (1.10%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 11 (12.09%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.20%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.10%) Replication
3 1 (1.10%) NHS
3 1 (1.10%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.10%) Smartphone
3 1 (1.10%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 50 (54.95%) Windows
2 25 (27.47%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (4.40%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (3.30%) Linux
5 2 (2.20%) Android
5 2 (2.20%) Windows XP
5 2 (2.20%) Mac OS X
5 2 (2.20%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (70.33%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (43.96%) Software Testing
3 32 (35.16%) System Testing
4 27 (29.67%) Web Testing
5 24 (26.37%) Regression Testing
6 22 (24.18%) Manual Testing
7 21 (23.08%) Automated Testing
7 21 (23.08%) Automation Testing
8 10 (10.99%) Test Scripting
9 8 (8.79%) E-Commerce
10 6 (6.59%) TDD
11 5 (5.49%) Scrum
11 5 (5.49%) BDD
11 5 (5.49%) Time Management
11 5 (5.49%) Line Management
12 4 (4.40%) Test Automation
12 4 (4.40%) User Acceptance Testing
12 4 (4.40%) Performance Testing
13 3 (3.30%) Project Management
13 3 (3.30%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (32.97%) C#
2 29 (31.87%) SQL
3 25 (27.47%) JavaScript
4 16 (17.58%) T-SQL
5 11 (12.09%) Java
6 10 (10.99%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.10%) C
7 1 (1.10%) C++
7 1 (1.10%) VBScript
7 1 (1.10%) VB
Qualifications
1 33 (36.26%) ISEB
2 18 (19.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 13 (14.29%) Degree
4 8 (8.79%) Security Cleared
5 4 (4.40%) SC Cleared
5 4 (4.40%) ISTQB
6 3 (3.30%) HNC
6 3 (3.30%) HND
7 2 (2.20%) DV Cleared
8 1 (1.10%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (52.75%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.10%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.10%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 10 (10.99%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (9.89%) HP
1 9 (9.89%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.30%) Compuware
2 3 (3.30%) Oracle
3 2 (2.20%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.10%) Red Hat
Wigan, Lancashire
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Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + bens
Posted: 13 hours ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
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Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: £18,000 - £25,000
Posted: 3 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: Competitive plus benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside
Actis Recruitment Ltd
Salary: To £40,000 + excellent bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 5 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
AMsource Technology
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare, IIP, ISEB
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £24k - 26k per year
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside
Actis Recruitment Ltd
Salary: To £30,000 + excellent bonus + benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Stockport
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Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Benefits
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Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Pension, Benefits
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