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 28 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 199 197 231
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +34
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 44 53 24
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.71% 0.75% 0.33%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.75% 0.79% 0.34%
Number of salaries quoted 43 48 23
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 £25,100 £25,000 £21,300
10% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £33,250 £38,600
UK excluding London average salary £30,000 £32,000 £30,000
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
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
5864 6733 6993
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 94.98% 95.22% 95.62%
Number of salaries quoted 4718 5435 5955
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 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,500 £55,000
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 28 May 2015.

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 28 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 +11 31 £30,000 -4.76% 9
Cheshire -10 9 £31,500 +5.00% 6
Lancashire -6 3 £30,000 +20.00% 1
Merseyside +8 1 £26,500 -15.20% 1
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, 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 62 (61.39%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (57.43%) QA
3 56 (55.45%) Test Scripting
4 50 (49.50%) SQL
5 43 (42.57%) ISEB
6 41 (40.59%) Selenium
7 40 (39.60%) Software Testing
8 35 (34.65%) Automated Testing
9 28 (27.72%) QuickTest Pro
10 25 (24.75%) SDLC
11 24 (23.76%) Test Automation
12 23 (22.77%) Manual Testing
12 23 (22.77%) Windows
13 21 (20.79%) ISTQB
14 20 (19.80%) Android
14 20 (19.80%) Apple iOS
15 19 (18.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 18 (17.82%) Team Foundation Server
16 18 (17.82%) Performance Testing
16 18 (17.82%) Scrum
17 15 (14.85%) .NET
17 15 (14.85%) Degree
18 14 (13.86%) Automation Testing
18 14 (13.86%) Regression Testing
19 13 (12.87%) Finance
19 13 (12.87%) C#
19 13 (12.87%) HP Quality Center
20 12 (11.88%) MSTest
20 12 (11.88%) User Stories
20 12 (11.88%) Release Management

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

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, 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.

Applications
1 2 (1.98%) MS Office
1 2 (1.98%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.99%) Network Security
1 1 (0.99%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.96%) VLDB
2 3 (2.97%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.98%) MySQL
3 2 (1.98%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 41 (40.59%) Selenium
2 28 (27.72%) QuickTest Pro
3 18 (17.82%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (11.88%) MSTest
5 7 (6.93%) JIRA
6 6 (5.94%) Cucumber
7 4 (3.96%) SpecFlow
8 3 (2.97%) WebDriver
8 3 (2.97%) Visual Studio
8 3 (2.97%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.99%) Hudson
9 1 (0.99%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.99%) Ranorex
9 1 (0.99%) TeamCity
General
1 13 (12.87%) Finance
2 4 (3.96%) Banking
2 4 (3.96%) Retail
2 4 (3.96%) Legal
2 4 (3.96%) Manufacturing
3 3 (2.97%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.98%) Marketing
5 1 (0.99%) Games
5 1 (0.99%) Electronics
5 1 (0.99%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.85%) .NET
2 12 (11.88%) XML
3 4 (3.96%) HTML
4 1 (0.99%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.99%) WPF
4 1 (0.99%) LAMP
4 1 (0.99%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.99%) SOAP
4 1 (0.99%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.97%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.98%) Client/Server
3 2 (1.98%) Computer Science
3 2 (1.98%) Chemistry
4 1 (0.99%) Telematics
4 1 (0.99%) Biotechnology
4 1 (0.99%) Informatics
4 1 (0.99%) LIMS
Operating Systems
1 23 (22.77%) Windows
2 20 (19.80%) Android
2 20 (19.80%) Apple iOS
3 5 (4.95%) UNIX
4 1 (0.99%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (61.39%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (55.45%) Test Scripting
3 40 (39.60%) Software Testing
4 35 (34.65%) Automated Testing
5 25 (24.75%) SDLC
6 24 (23.76%) Test Automation
7 23 (22.77%) Manual Testing
8 18 (17.82%) Performance Testing
8 18 (17.82%) Scrum
9 14 (13.86%) Automation Testing
9 14 (13.86%) Regression Testing
10 12 (11.88%) User Stories
10 12 (11.88%) Release Management
10 12 (11.88%) E-Commerce
11 10 (9.90%) TDD
11 10 (9.90%) Continuous Integration
12 6 (5.94%) DSDM
12 6 (5.94%) Load Testing
13 5 (4.95%) BDD
13 5 (4.95%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 50 (49.50%) SQL
2 13 (12.87%) C#
3 12 (11.88%) Java
4 5 (4.95%) C++
4 5 (4.95%) C
5 4 (3.96%) Shell Script
5 4 (3.96%) VB
5 4 (3.96%) VB.NET
6 3 (2.97%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.99%) Ruby
7 1 (0.99%) PHP
Qualifications
1 43 (42.57%) ISEB
2 21 (20.79%) ISTQB
3 19 (18.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 15 (14.85%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (57.43%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.96%) Active Directory
1 4 (3.96%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.99%) Docker
Systems Management
1 13 (12.87%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.99%) Vagrant
2 1 (0.99%) Puppet
Vendors
1 12 (11.88%) Microsoft
2 7 (6.93%) HP
3 6 (5.94%) Oracle
4 4 (3.96%) VMware
5 2 (1.98%) Capita
6 1 (0.99%) ION Trading
6 1 (0.99%) SAP
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Posted: 7 hours ago
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Salary: £35000 - £38000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 8 hours ago
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Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
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Salary: £30000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits
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Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + benefits + bonus
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Salary: £30000 - £33000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
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Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
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Salary: £20000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
Cheshire
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Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Chorley
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Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare, IIP, ISEB
Posted: 13 days ago
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Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive
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Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive
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Salary: £35000 - £42000 per annum + competitive
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Salary: £25000 - £32000 per annum + Pension, Benefits
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Salary: £28 - £28000 per annum
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Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
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