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 30 April 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 188 204 216
Rank change year-on-year
+16 +12
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 44 54 52
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.78% 0.83% 0.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.80% 0.86% 0.76%
Number of salaries quoted 40 48 45
Average salary £30,250 £30,000 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+0.83% -
90% offered a salary of more than £23,750 £25,000 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £38,250 £32,500
UK excluding London average salary £32,750 £30,000 £31,750
% change year-on-year
+9.16% -5.51%
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
5509 6281 6841
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 97.11% 96.71% 96.98%
Number of salaries quoted 4663 5011 5513
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +8.10%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £24,690 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 30 April 2016.

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 30 April 2016. 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 -12 27 £32,250 +7.50% 10
Cheshire +27 13 £27,500 - 4
Merseyside +14 4 £32,500 +41.30% 2
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 74 (77.08%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (52.08%) Test Scripting
2 50 (52.08%) ISEB
3 46 (47.92%) ISTQB
4 43 (44.79%) QA
5 42 (43.75%) Software Testing
6 40 (41.67%) Selenium
6 40 (41.67%) Scrum
7 38 (39.58%) Automated Testing
7 38 (39.58%) Manual Testing
8 33 (34.38%) JIRA
9 31 (32.29%) Web Services
10 30 (31.25%) SQL
10 30 (31.25%) Windows
11 29 (30.21%) Automation Testing
12 28 (29.17%) Test Automation
13 26 (27.08%) SDLC
14 24 (25.00%) Degree
15 21 (21.88%) User Acceptance Testing
15 21 (21.88%) Cucumber
15 21 (21.88%) TDD
16 20 (20.83%) BDD
17 19 (19.79%) Functional Testing
17 19 (19.79%) C#
18 16 (16.67%) HP UFT
18 16 (16.67%) RAD
18 16 (16.67%) FitNesse
19 13 (13.54%) Team Foundation Server
19 13 (13.54%) .NET
20 11 (11.46%) Finance

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

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 1 (1.04%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (4.17%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.04%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.21%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 40 (41.67%) Selenium
2 33 (34.38%) JIRA
3 21 (21.88%) Cucumber
4 16 (16.67%) FitNesse
4 16 (16.67%) HP UFT
5 13 (13.54%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (10.42%) SoapUI
7 7 (7.29%) Bugzilla
7 7 (7.29%) WebDriver
8 6 (6.25%) NUnit
9 5 (5.21%) Jenkins
9 5 (5.21%) MSTest
10 4 (4.17%) Ranorex
10 4 (4.17%) SpecFlow
11 2 (2.08%) Gradle
11 2 (2.08%) JMeter
11 2 (2.08%) JUnit
11 2 (2.08%) Maven
11 2 (2.08%) TestNG
11 2 (2.08%) Toad
General
1 11 (11.46%) Finance
2 4 (4.17%) Retail
3 2 (2.08%) Banking
3 2 (2.08%) Marketing
3 2 (2.08%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.04%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (32.29%) Web Services
2 13 (13.54%) .NET
3 6 (6.25%) XML
4 2 (2.08%) CSS
4 2 (2.08%) DOM
4 2 (2.08%) Gherkin
4 2 (2.08%) HTML
4 2 (2.08%) Silverlight
5 1 (1.04%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.13%) iPad
2 1 (1.04%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.04%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 30 (31.25%) Windows
2 6 (6.25%) Windows Server
3 4 (4.17%) Android
4 3 (3.13%) Apple iOS
5 2 (2.08%) Linux
6 1 (1.04%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (77.08%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (52.08%) Test Scripting
3 42 (43.75%) Software Testing
4 40 (41.67%) Scrum
5 38 (39.58%) Automated Testing
5 38 (39.58%) Manual Testing
6 29 (30.21%) Automation Testing
7 28 (29.17%) Test Automation
8 26 (27.08%) SDLC
9 21 (21.88%) TDD
9 21 (21.88%) User Acceptance Testing
10 20 (20.83%) BDD
11 19 (19.79%) Functional Testing
12 16 (16.67%) RAD
13 10 (10.42%) Continuous Integration
14 9 (9.38%) E-Commerce
15 8 (8.33%) Defect Management
16 6 (6.25%) Process Improvement
16 6 (6.25%) System Testing
17 5 (5.21%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (31.25%) SQL
2 19 (19.79%) C#
3 10 (10.42%) Java
4 4 (4.17%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.04%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 50 (52.08%) ISEB
2 46 (47.92%) ISTQB
3 24 (25.00%) Degree
4 10 (10.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (2.08%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (44.79%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.04%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (5.21%) Oracle
2 4 (4.17%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.17%) Telerik
3 1 (1.04%) Twitter
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