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 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 219 222 198
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -24
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 40 11 54
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.54% 0.16% 0.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.17% 0.76%
Number of salaries quoted 39 10 46
Average salary £30,000 £22,000 £27,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+36.36% -20.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £18,950 £17,000
10% offered a salary of more than £35,500 £40,250 £35,000
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £31,000 £26,500
% change year-on-year
+4.83% +16.98%
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
6966 6447 7071
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 94.75% 94.17% 96.41%
Number of salaries quoted 5650 5536 6121
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £23,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £54,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +1.29%

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 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 28 August 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
Manchester +7 20 £32,500 +51.16% 10
Cheshire -2 12 £31,250 -19.35% 3
Merseyside - 2 £29,000 -
Lancashire -4 1 £27,500 +44.73%
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 54 (58.70%) Windows
2 50 (54.35%) Agile Software Development
3 48 (52.17%) QA
4 42 (45.65%) Software Testing
5 37 (40.22%) Selenium
6 36 (39.13%) System Testing
7 34 (36.96%) ISEB
8 33 (35.87%) .NET
9 31 (33.70%) C#
10 30 (32.61%) ASP.NET
10 30 (32.61%) Web Testing
11 29 (31.52%) SQL
11 29 (31.52%) SQL Server
12 28 (30.43%) JavaScript
12 28 (30.43%) HTML
12 28 (30.43%) Windows Server 2003
13 26 (28.26%) Regression Testing
14 22 (23.91%) Automation Testing
15 21 (22.83%) Selenium IDE
15 21 (22.83%) Automated Testing
16 19 (20.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 18 (19.57%) QuickTest Pro
17 18 (19.57%) T-SQL
17 18 (19.57%) Manual Testing
18 17 (18.48%) Team Foundation Server
19 16 (17.39%) Degree
20 13 (14.13%) JIRA
20 13 (14.13%) Computer Science
20 13 (14.13%) Microsoft Azure
21 11 (11.96%) Test Scripting

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 (2.17%) Confluence
Applications
1 11 (11.96%) MS Excel
2 5 (5.43%) MS Visio
3 3 (3.26%) MS Office
4 1 (1.09%) RoboHelp
Cloud Services
1 13 (14.13%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.09%) LAN
1 1 (1.09%) WAN
1 1 (1.09%) Internet
1 1 (1.09%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (31.52%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.43%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.26%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.17%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.09%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (1.09%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 37 (40.22%) Selenium
2 21 (22.83%) Selenium IDE
3 18 (19.57%) QuickTest Pro
4 17 (18.48%) Team Foundation Server
5 13 (14.13%) JIRA
6 6 (6.52%) WebDriver
7 5 (5.43%) Visual Studio
8 4 (4.35%) TestPartner
9 3 (3.26%) JUnit
9 3 (3.26%) Cucumber
10 2 (2.17%) SoapUI
10 2 (2.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (2.17%) TestComplete
10 2 (2.17%) Bugzilla
11 1 (1.09%) Eclipse
11 1 (1.09%) Subversion
11 1 (1.09%) TeamCity
11 1 (1.09%) YouTrack
11 1 (1.09%) Mercurial
11 1 (1.09%) Gradle
General
1 11 (11.96%) Finance
2 4 (4.35%) Legal
3 2 (2.17%) Military
3 2 (2.17%) Games
4 1 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.09%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (35.87%) .NET
2 30 (32.61%) ASP.NET
3 28 (30.43%) HTML
4 2 (2.17%) SOAP
5 1 (1.09%) Web Services
5 1 (1.09%) XML
5 1 (1.09%) EJB
5 1 (1.09%) JMS
5 1 (1.09%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.09%) Java EE
5 1 (1.09%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 13 (14.13%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (2.17%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.09%) Replication
3 1 (1.09%) NHS
3 1 (1.09%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 54 (58.70%) Windows
2 28 (30.43%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (5.43%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (3.26%) Windows XP
4 3 (3.26%) Mac OS X
5 2 (2.17%) Apple iOS
5 2 (2.17%) Android
5 2 (2.17%) Linux
6 1 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (54.35%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (45.65%) Software Testing
3 36 (39.13%) System Testing
4 30 (32.61%) Web Testing
5 26 (28.26%) Regression Testing
6 22 (23.91%) Automation Testing
7 21 (22.83%) Automated Testing
8 18 (19.57%) Manual Testing
9 11 (11.96%) Test Scripting
10 8 (8.70%) E-Commerce
11 6 (6.52%) Scrum
12 5 (5.43%) TDD
12 5 (5.43%) Time Management
13 4 (4.35%) Test Automation
13 4 (4.35%) User Acceptance Testing
14 3 (3.26%) Project Management
14 3 (3.26%) Performance Testing
14 3 (3.26%) Security Testing
14 3 (3.26%) BDD
15 2 (2.17%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 31 (33.70%) C#
2 29 (31.52%) SQL
3 28 (30.43%) JavaScript
4 18 (19.57%) T-SQL
5 11 (11.96%) VB.NET
6 9 (9.78%) Java
7 2 (2.17%) VBScript
8 1 (1.09%) VB
8 1 (1.09%) C++
8 1 (1.09%) VBA
8 1 (1.09%) C
Qualifications
1 34 (36.96%) ISEB
2 19 (20.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 16 (17.39%) Degree
4 10 (10.87%) Security Cleared
5 5 (5.43%) ISTQB
6 4 (4.35%) SC Cleared
6 4 (4.35%) HNC
6 4 (4.35%) HND
7 2 (2.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (2.17%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (52.17%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.09%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.09%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 10 (10.87%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (10.87%) HP
1 10 (10.87%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.35%) Compuware
3 3 (3.26%) Oracle
4 2 (2.17%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.09%) Red Hat
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