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

Location
3 months to
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 183 210 247
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +37
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 61 43 14
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.92% 0.62% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.97% 0.65% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 51 37 12
Average salary £28,000 £29,000 £23,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-3.44% +23.40%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £27,000 £21,500
10% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £32,500 £39,300
UK excluding London average salary £30,000 £30,000 £30,000
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
6293 6581 7036
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 95.25% 95.10% 95.60%
Number of salaries quoted 5070 5356 5916
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 £24,500 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £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 27 March 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 27 March 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 +38 39 £30,000 -7.69% 8
Cheshire -6 12 £27,500 -6.77% 1
Merseyside +15 6 £23,000 -18.58% 1
Lancashire +3 4 £31,250 +15.74% 1
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 67 (62.04%) QA
2 64 (59.26%) Agile Software Development
3 59 (54.63%) Test Scripting
4 55 (50.93%) SQL
5 50 (46.30%) Selenium
6 46 (42.59%) Software Testing
7 44 (40.74%) ISEB
8 43 (39.81%) Automated Testing
9 35 (32.41%) QuickTest Pro
10 34 (31.48%) Windows
11 32 (29.63%) Manual Testing
12 26 (24.07%) Test Automation
13 24 (22.22%) Performance Testing
14 22 (20.37%) Finance
15 20 (18.52%) Scrum
15 20 (18.52%) Android
15 20 (18.52%) Apple iOS
16 19 (17.59%) ISTQB
17 17 (15.74%) Automation Testing
17 17 (15.74%) .NET
18 16 (14.81%) Team Foundation Server
19 15 (13.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
20 14 (12.96%) HP Quality Center
21 13 (12.04%) MSTest
21 13 (12.04%) Release Management
21 13 (12.04%) Regression Testing
22 12 (11.11%) E-Commerce
23 11 (10.19%) Degree
23 11 (10.19%) JIRA
23 11 (10.19%) User Stories

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

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 2 (1.85%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.70%) VLDB
2 1 (0.93%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 50 (46.30%) Selenium
2 35 (32.41%) QuickTest Pro
3 16 (14.81%) Team Foundation Server
4 13 (12.04%) MSTest
5 11 (10.19%) JIRA
6 10 (9.26%) Cucumber
7 5 (4.63%) FitNesse
8 3 (2.78%) WebDriver
8 3 (2.78%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.85%) Selenium IDE
9 2 (1.85%) Visual Studio
10 1 (0.93%) SoapUI
10 1 (0.93%) Concordion
General
1 22 (20.37%) Finance
2 4 (3.70%) Legal
3 2 (1.85%) Financial Institution
3 2 (1.85%) Advertising
4 1 (0.93%) Banking
4 1 (0.93%) Retail
4 1 (0.93%) Marketing
4 1 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (15.74%) .NET
2 7 (6.48%) XML
3 5 (4.63%) HTML
3 5 (4.63%) Web Services
4 2 (1.85%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.85%) Middleware
4 2 (1.85%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.93%) WPF
5 1 (0.93%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (1.85%) Fixed Income
3 1 (0.93%) Biotechnology
3 1 (0.93%) Computer Science
3 1 (0.93%) Data Integration
3 1 (0.93%) Open Source
3 1 (0.93%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 34 (31.48%) Windows
2 20 (18.52%) Android
2 20 (18.52%) Apple iOS
3 7 (6.48%) UNIX
4 2 (1.85%) Linux
5 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (59.26%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (54.63%) Test Scripting
3 46 (42.59%) Software Testing
4 43 (39.81%) Automated Testing
5 32 (29.63%) Manual Testing
6 26 (24.07%) Test Automation
7 24 (22.22%) Performance Testing
8 20 (18.52%) Scrum
9 17 (15.74%) Automation Testing
10 13 (12.04%) Release Management
10 13 (12.04%) Regression Testing
11 12 (11.11%) E-Commerce
12 11 (10.19%) User Stories
13 8 (7.41%) Continuous Integration
14 7 (6.48%) Load Testing
14 7 (6.48%) TDD
15 6 (5.56%) Web Testing
16 5 (4.63%) Coaching
16 5 (4.63%) RAD
17 4 (3.70%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 55 (50.93%) SQL
2 9 (8.33%) C#
3 7 (6.48%) Java
4 5 (4.63%) C
5 4 (3.70%) JavaScript
5 4 (3.70%) C++
5 4 (3.70%) VB
5 4 (3.70%) VB.NET
5 4 (3.70%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.85%) VBScript
7 1 (0.93%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 44 (40.74%) ISEB
2 19 (17.59%) ISTQB
3 15 (13.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 11 (10.19%) Degree
5 1 (0.93%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (62.04%) QA
System Software
1 6 (5.56%) Active Directory
1 6 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 14 (12.96%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (6.48%) Microsoft
2 6 (5.56%) HP
2 6 (5.56%) VMware
3 1 (0.93%) ION Trading
3 1 (0.93%) Oracle
3 1 (0.93%) SAP
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