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 14 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 175 211 208
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -3
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 57 52 42
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.01% 0.75% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.05% 0.78% 0.67%
Number of salaries quoted 50 40 33
Average salary £31,000 £28,750 £27,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.82% +4.54%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,150 £23,000 £22,800
10% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £37,500 £32,000
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £32,500 £30,000
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
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
5423 6673 6310
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 96.20% 96.63% 96.23%
Number of salaries quoted 4543 5616 5262
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a salary of more than £24,500 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -

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 14 February 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 14 February 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 +23 30 £32,000 +6.66% 9
Cheshire +37 21 £30,000 +9.09% 5
Lancashire +13 3 £29,000 -3.33% 3
Merseyside -9 3 £37,000 +60.86% 1
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 14 February 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 83 (62.41%) QA
2 82 (61.65%) ISEB
3 81 (60.90%) Agile Software Development
4 66 (49.62%) Test Scripting
5 60 (45.11%) Software Testing
6 54 (40.60%) Manual Testing
7 53 (39.85%) Automated Testing
8 45 (33.83%) ISTQB
8 45 (33.83%) Selenium
9 44 (33.08%) Scrum
10 43 (32.33%) SQL
11 37 (27.82%) Web Services
11 37 (27.82%) Windows
12 35 (26.32%) Degree
12 35 (26.32%) Test Automation
13 32 (24.06%) JIRA
13 32 (24.06%) Functional Testing
14 31 (23.31%) TDD
15 30 (22.56%) Automation Testing
15 30 (22.56%) SDLC
16 29 (21.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 29 (21.80%) Cucumber
17 26 (19.55%) BDD
18 25 (18.80%) User Acceptance Testing
19 23 (17.29%) HP UFT
20 21 (15.79%) RAD
20 21 (15.79%) C#
20 21 (15.79%) FitNesse
21 20 (15.04%) Finance
22 19 (14.29%) SQL Server

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

For the 6 months to 14 February 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 2 (1.50%) IIS
2 1 (0.75%) CMS
2 1 (0.75%) Tomcat
Applications
1 18 (13.53%) MS Excel
2 8 (6.02%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.01%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (3.01%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 8 (6.02%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.26%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (2.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (2.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 45 (33.83%) Selenium
2 32 (24.06%) JIRA
3 29 (21.80%) Cucumber
4 23 (17.29%) HP UFT
5 21 (15.79%) FitNesse
6 18 (13.53%) Team Foundation Server
7 13 (9.77%) SoapUI
8 8 (6.02%) MSTest
9 7 (5.26%) Bugzilla
10 6 (4.51%) SpecFlow
10 6 (4.51%) WebDriver
11 5 (3.76%) NUnit
11 5 (3.76%) Sahi
12 4 (3.01%) Jenkins
12 4 (3.01%) Octopus Deploy
12 4 (3.01%) Ranorex
12 4 (3.01%) TeamCity
13 2 (1.50%) JUnit
13 2 (1.50%) Maven
13 2 (1.50%) Toad
General
1 20 (15.04%) Finance
2 5 (3.76%) Retail
3 1 (0.75%) Marketing
3 1 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (27.82%) Web Services
2 13 (9.77%) .NET
3 10 (7.52%) XML
4 3 (2.26%) Gherkin
5 1 (0.75%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.75%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.02%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.26%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (2.26%) iPhone
3 2 (1.50%) User Experience
4 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.75%) iPad
4 1 (0.75%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 37 (27.82%) Windows
2 6 (4.51%) Android
2 6 (4.51%) Apple iOS
3 5 (3.76%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (60.90%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (49.62%) Test Scripting
3 60 (45.11%) Software Testing
4 54 (40.60%) Manual Testing
5 53 (39.85%) Automated Testing
6 44 (33.08%) Scrum
7 35 (26.32%) Test Automation
8 32 (24.06%) Functional Testing
9 31 (23.31%) TDD
10 30 (22.56%) Automation Testing
10 30 (22.56%) SDLC
11 26 (19.55%) BDD
12 25 (18.80%) User Acceptance Testing
13 21 (15.79%) RAD
14 14 (10.53%) Defect Management
15 11 (8.27%) Process Improvement
16 9 (6.77%) Continuous Integration
17 8 (6.02%) Test Management
18 7 (5.26%) Performance Testing
18 7 (5.26%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 43 (32.33%) SQL
2 21 (15.79%) C#
3 10 (7.52%) Java
4 3 (2.26%) PowerShell
4 3 (2.26%) VBScript
5 2 (1.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 82 (61.65%) ISEB
2 45 (33.83%) ISTQB
3 35 (26.32%) Degree
4 29 (21.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.75%) Oracle Certification
5 1 (0.75%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (62.41%) QA
System Software
1 9 (6.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (6.02%) Hyper-V
2 8 (6.02%) XenApp
2 8 (6.02%) XenDesktop
3 3 (2.26%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (1.50%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (4.51%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 9 (6.77%) Citrix
2 9 (6.77%) Oracle
2 9 (6.77%) VMware
3 4 (3.01%) Telerik
4 1 (0.75%) Twitter
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