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

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 198 205 250
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +45
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 50 33 22
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.72% 0.51% 0.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.53% 0.29%
Number of salaries quoted 40 27 20
Average salary £29,500 £27,500 £21,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.27% +27.90%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £22,500 £19,900
10% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £33,800 £37,500
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £30,000 £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
6608 6170 7549
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 95.00% 95.11% 96.34%
Number of salaries quoted 5641 5176 6547
Average salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £24,500 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

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 January 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 30 January 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 +2 30 £33,000 +20.00% 16
Cheshire -1 11 £27,500 -3.50% 2
Merseyside +18 5 £23,000 -16.36% 2
Lancashire -8 4 £29,250 +8.33% 5
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 57 (60.00%) QA
2 55 (57.89%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (48.42%) Selenium
4 44 (46.32%) Test Scripting
5 42 (44.21%) SQL
6 40 (42.11%) Automated Testing
7 38 (40.00%) ISEB
8 37 (38.95%) Windows
8 37 (38.95%) Software Testing
9 33 (34.74%) Manual Testing
9 33 (34.74%) QuickTest Pro
10 19 (20.00%) Finance
10 19 (20.00%) Performance Testing
11 18 (18.95%) Test Automation
12 17 (17.89%) .NET
13 16 (16.84%) JIRA
14 15 (15.79%) Scrum
15 14 (14.74%) Automation Testing
16 13 (13.68%) Cucumber
16 13 (13.68%) Degree
16 13 (13.68%) Regression Testing
17 12 (12.63%) HP Quality Center
18 11 (11.58%) Apple iOS
18 11 (11.58%) Android
19 10 (10.53%) Java
19 10 (10.53%) C#
20 9 (9.47%) E-Commerce
20 9 (9.47%) ISTQB
20 9 (9.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
20 9 (9.47%) Analytical Skills

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

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.05%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (3.16%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.11%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.05%) RoboHelp
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.05%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.11%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.21%) VLDB
2 1 (1.05%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 46 (48.42%) Selenium
2 33 (34.74%) QuickTest Pro
3 16 (16.84%) JIRA
4 13 (13.68%) Cucumber
5 8 (8.42%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (8.42%) FitNesse
6 7 (7.37%) MSTest
7 5 (5.26%) WebDriver
7 5 (5.26%) Selenium IDE
8 3 (3.16%) SoapUI
9 2 (2.11%) SpecFlow
10 1 (1.05%) Concordion
General
1 19 (20.00%) Finance
2 2 (2.11%) Marketing
2 2 (2.11%) Legal
2 2 (2.11%) Advertising
2 2 (2.11%) Financial Institution
3 1 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (17.89%) .NET
2 8 (8.42%) Web Services
3 6 (6.32%) XML
4 5 (5.26%) HTML
5 4 (4.21%) ASP.NET
6 3 (3.16%) SOAP
6 3 (3.16%) REST
7 2 (2.11%) FIX Protocol
7 2 (2.11%) Middleware
8 1 (1.05%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.05%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.47%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.21%) Open Source
3 2 (2.11%) Fixed Income
4 1 (1.05%) Smartphone
4 1 (1.05%) Biotechnology
4 1 (1.05%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.05%) Data Integration
4 1 (1.05%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 37 (38.95%) Windows
2 11 (11.58%) Apple iOS
2 11 (11.58%) Android
3 7 (7.37%) UNIX
4 5 (5.26%) Linux
5 1 (1.05%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (57.89%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (46.32%) Test Scripting
3 40 (42.11%) Automated Testing
4 37 (38.95%) Software Testing
5 33 (34.74%) Manual Testing
6 19 (20.00%) Performance Testing
7 18 (18.95%) Test Automation
8 15 (15.79%) Scrum
9 14 (14.74%) Automation Testing
10 13 (13.68%) Regression Testing
11 9 (9.47%) E-Commerce
12 8 (8.42%) User Stories
12 8 (8.42%) RAD
13 7 (7.37%) Release Management
13 7 (7.37%) Load Testing
14 5 (5.26%) Web Testing
15 4 (4.21%) BDD
16 3 (3.16%) TDD
16 3 (3.16%) Business Intelligence
16 3 (3.16%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 42 (44.21%) SQL
2 10 (10.53%) Java
2 10 (10.53%) C#
3 5 (5.26%) C
4 4 (4.21%) C++
4 4 (4.21%) JavaScript
4 4 (4.21%) VB
4 4 (4.21%) VB.NET
4 4 (4.21%) Shell Script
5 2 (2.11%) VBScript
6 1 (1.05%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 38 (40.00%) ISEB
2 13 (13.68%) Degree
3 9 (9.47%) ISTQB
3 9 (9.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (60.00%) QA
System Software
1 6 (6.32%) VMware Infrastructure
1 6 (6.32%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (12.63%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (6.32%) VMware
2 4 (4.21%) Microsoft
3 3 (3.16%) HP
3 3 (3.16%) Oracle
4 1 (1.05%) ION Trading
4 1 (1.05%) SAP
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