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

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 203 217 230
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +13
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 51 40 11
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.76% 0.55% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.79% 0.57% 0.17%
Number of salaries quoted 49 39 10
Average salary £32,500 £30,000 £22,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+8.33% +36.36%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,800 £22,500 £18,950
10% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £35,500 £40,250
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £32,500 £31,000
% change year-on-year
- +4.83%
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
6429 6960 6464
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 95.60% 94.84% 94.30%
Number of salaries quoted 5344 5645 5548
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 £24,000 £23,500 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £54,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year
- +2.56%

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 August 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 August 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 +6 25 £35,000 +7.69% 17
Cheshire +9 16 £32,500 +4.00% 4
Merseyside +14 8 £28,000 -3.44% 8
Lancashire +5 2 £30,000 +9.09% 2
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 59 (62.77%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (61.70%) QA
3 51 (54.26%) Test Scripting
4 44 (46.81%) ISEB
5 39 (41.49%) Selenium
6 36 (38.30%) SQL
7 33 (35.11%) Software Testing
8 29 (30.85%) Automated Testing
9 27 (28.72%) ISTQB
9 27 (28.72%) Test Automation
9 27 (28.72%) SDLC
10 26 (27.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 23 (24.47%) Degree
12 22 (23.40%) Microsoft
13 21 (22.34%) Scrum
14 20 (21.28%) C#
14 20 (21.28%) Manual Testing
15 17 (18.09%) HP UFT
15 17 (18.09%) Finance
16 16 (17.02%) Windows
17 15 (15.96%) Automation Testing
18 14 (14.89%) Analytical Skills
18 14 (14.89%) .NET
18 14 (14.89%) Android
18 14 (14.89%) Apple iOS
19 13 (13.83%) Team Foundation Server
19 13 (13.83%) SQL Server
20 12 (12.77%) JIRA
21 11 (11.70%) Cucumber
21 11 (11.70%) Web Services

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 11 (11.70%) MS Excel
2 8 (8.51%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.13%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.19%) VPN
1 3 (3.19%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (13.83%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.32%) MySQL
3 4 (4.26%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.13%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 39 (41.49%) Selenium
2 17 (18.09%) HP UFT
3 13 (13.83%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (12.77%) JIRA
5 11 (11.70%) Cucumber
6 7 (7.45%) SpecFlow
6 7 (7.45%) FitNesse
7 6 (6.38%) WebDriver
7 6 (6.38%) MSTest
8 4 (4.26%) Jenkins
8 4 (4.26%) Selenium IDE
9 3 (3.19%) Visual Studio
10 2 (2.13%) SoapUI
11 1 (1.06%) NUnit
11 1 (1.06%) TeamCity
11 1 (1.06%) Sahi
11 1 (1.06%) Octopus Deploy
11 1 (1.06%) Ranorex
11 1 (1.06%) Hudson
General
1 17 (18.09%) Finance
2 5 (5.32%) Banking
2 5 (5.32%) Retail
2 5 (5.32%) Manufacturing
3 3 (3.19%) Pharmaceutical
3 3 (3.19%) Electronics
3 3 (3.19%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.13%) Billing
4 2 (2.13%) Marketing
5 1 (1.06%) Legal
5 1 (1.06%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (14.89%) .NET
2 11 (11.70%) Web Services
3 9 (9.57%) XML
4 6 (6.38%) ASP.NET
5 5 (5.32%) HTML
6 3 (3.19%) LAMP
7 2 (2.13%) .NET Framework
7 2 (2.13%) Gherkin
8 1 (1.06%) WPF
8 1 (1.06%) CSS
8 1 (1.06%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (14.89%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.45%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.19%) Computer Science
3 3 (3.19%) Telematics
3 3 (3.19%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.13%) Chemistry
5 1 (1.06%) Biotechnology
5 1 (1.06%) LIMS
5 1 (1.06%) Informatics
Operating Systems
1 16 (17.02%) Windows
2 14 (14.89%) Android
2 14 (14.89%) Apple iOS
3 4 (4.26%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (3.19%) Linux
5 1 (1.06%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.06%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.06%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (62.77%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (54.26%) Test Scripting
3 33 (35.11%) Software Testing
4 29 (30.85%) Automated Testing
5 27 (28.72%) Test Automation
5 27 (28.72%) SDLC
6 21 (22.34%) Scrum
7 20 (21.28%) Manual Testing
8 15 (15.96%) Automation Testing
9 10 (10.64%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (10.64%) TDD
10 9 (9.57%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (9.57%) BDD
11 8 (8.51%) System Testing
12 7 (7.45%) RAD
12 7 (7.45%) E-Commerce
13 6 (6.38%) Regression Testing
13 6 (6.38%) Black-Box Testing
14 5 (5.32%) DevOps
14 5 (5.32%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 36 (38.30%) SQL
2 20 (21.28%) C#
3 9 (9.57%) Java
4 5 (5.32%) JavaScript
5 4 (4.26%) T-SQL
6 3 (3.19%) PHP
6 3 (3.19%) C++
7 1 (1.06%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 44 (46.81%) ISEB
2 27 (28.72%) ISTQB
3 26 (27.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 23 (24.47%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (61.70%) QA
System Software
1 3 (3.19%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (4.26%) Puppet
2 3 (3.19%) Vagrant
2 3 (3.19%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (23.40%) Microsoft
2 9 (9.57%) Oracle
3 4 (4.26%) HP
4 2 (2.13%) Capita
5 1 (1.06%) ION Trading
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