The statistics below represent IT jobs advertised across the North West region that had Software Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the salaries offered over the 3 months to 27 May 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

3 months to
27 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 190 202 202
Rank change year-on-year
+12 0
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 37 45 51
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.67% 0.74% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.69% 0.76% 0.77%
Number of salaries quoted 34 42 46
Median salary £32,750 £30,000 £31,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+9.16% -4.76%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,825 £25,050 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £42,050 £40,000 £33,750
UK excluding London median salary £32,500 £30,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
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
5399 5884 6645
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 97.21% 96.49% 97.09%
Number of salaries quoted 4590 4718 5337
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £36,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
- +9.58%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of job ads across the North West region that featured Software Tester in the job title.

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 27 May 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -5 23 £34,000 +13.33% 5
Cheshire +31 11 £30,000 -4.76% 3
Merseyside +10 2 - - 2
Lancashire +5 1 £26,250 -12.50%
Software Tester
England

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 May 2016, Software Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 62 (71.26%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (55.17%) Test Scripting
3 43 (49.43%) ISTQB
3 43 (49.43%) ISEB
4 42 (48.28%) Selenium
5 36 (41.38%) QA
6 34 (39.08%) Automated Testing
7 31 (35.63%) Manual Testing
7 31 (35.63%) SQL
7 31 (35.63%) Web Services
8 30 (34.48%) Software Testing
9 29 (33.33%) Windows
9 29 (33.33%) Scrum
10 27 (31.03%) JIRA
11 26 (29.89%) SDLC
12 24 (27.59%) Degree
12 24 (27.59%) Test Automation
13 21 (24.14%) Cucumber
13 21 (24.14%) C#
13 21 (24.14%) Automation Testing
14 19 (21.84%) Functional Testing
15 17 (19.54%) BDD
16 16 (18.39%) FitNesse
16 16 (18.39%) RAD
16 16 (18.39%) HP UFT
17 14 (16.09%) TDD
17 14 (16.09%) .NET
18 13 (14.94%) User Acceptance Testing
19 12 (13.79%) Team Foundation Server
20 11 (12.64%) Java

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.15%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (5.75%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.15%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.15%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.75%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 42 (48.28%) Selenium
2 27 (31.03%) JIRA
3 21 (24.14%) Cucumber
4 16 (18.39%) FitNesse
4 16 (18.39%) HP UFT
5 12 (13.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (9.20%) SoapUI
7 7 (8.05%) NUnit
7 7 (8.05%) WebDriver
8 6 (6.90%) Bugzilla
8 6 (6.90%) Jenkins
9 5 (5.75%) MSTest
9 5 (5.75%) Ranorex
10 3 (3.45%) Gradle
10 3 (3.45%) JMeter
10 3 (3.45%) TestNG
11 2 (2.30%) JUnit
11 2 (2.30%) Maven
11 2 (2.30%) SpecFlow
11 2 (2.30%) Toad
General
1 10 (11.49%) Finance
2 2 (2.30%) Back Office
2 2 (2.30%) Banking
3 1 (1.15%) Games
3 1 (1.15%) Marketing
3 1 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (35.63%) Web Services
2 14 (16.09%) .NET
3 6 (6.90%) XML
4 3 (3.45%) ASP.NET
4 3 (3.45%) CSS
4 3 (3.45%) DOM
4 3 (3.45%) HTML
4 3 (3.45%) Silverlight
5 2 (2.30%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.30%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.75%) iPad
2 4 (4.60%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.15%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 29 (33.33%) Windows
2 4 (4.60%) Android
2 4 (4.60%) Windows Server
3 3 (3.45%) Apple iOS
3 3 (3.45%) Linux
4 1 (1.15%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.15%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (71.26%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (55.17%) Test Scripting
3 34 (39.08%) Automated Testing
4 31 (35.63%) Manual Testing
5 30 (34.48%) Software Testing
6 29 (33.33%) Scrum
7 26 (29.89%) SDLC
8 24 (27.59%) Test Automation
9 21 (24.14%) Automation Testing
10 19 (21.84%) Functional Testing
11 17 (19.54%) BDD
12 16 (18.39%) RAD
13 14 (16.09%) TDD
14 13 (14.94%) User Acceptance Testing
15 8 (9.20%) Defect Management
16 7 (8.05%) Continuous Integration
17 6 (6.90%) Process Improvement
18 5 (5.75%) Configuration Management
18 5 (5.75%) E-Commerce
18 5 (5.75%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (35.63%) SQL
2 21 (24.14%) C#
3 11 (12.64%) Java
4 5 (5.75%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.45%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 43 (49.43%) ISEB
1 43 (49.43%) ISTQB
2 24 (27.59%) Degree
3 8 (9.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.15%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (41.38%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.15%) Docker
1 1 (1.15%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (5.75%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (6.90%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.75%) Telerik
3 4 (4.60%) Oracle
4 1 (1.15%) Twitter
4 1 (1.15%) VMware
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