The first table below looks at the demand 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 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the North West region.

Location
3 months to
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 194 226 186
Rank change year-on-year
+32 -40
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 48 16 68
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.67% 0.22% 0.91%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.71% 0.24% 0.94%
Number of salaries quoted 47 15 58
Average salary £31,500 £22,500 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+40.00% -25.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £19,000 £21,500
10% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £39,000 £35,000
UK excluding London average salary £32,000 £30,000 £27,500
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +9.09%
Job Titles Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
6797 6804 7219
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 94.81% 94.76% 96.28%
Number of salaries quoted 5515 5834 6330
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 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £38,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+3.89% -
Software Tester
England

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 1 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 1 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 +21 26 £31,500 +46.51% 2
Cheshire +6 13 £32,500 -7.80% 2
Merseyside 0 3 £29,000 -33.33%
Lancashire -3 3 £25,000 +31.57% 1
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 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 55 (57.29%) Windows
2 53 (55.21%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (51.04%) QA
4 47 (48.96%) Software Testing
5 39 (40.63%) ISEB
6 38 (39.58%) System Testing
7 36 (37.50%) Selenium
7 36 (37.50%) .NET
8 35 (36.46%) Web Testing
9 34 (35.42%) SQL Server
9 34 (35.42%) C#
10 33 (34.38%) SQL
10 33 (34.38%) ASP.NET
11 32 (33.33%) HTML
11 32 (33.33%) JavaScript
11 32 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
12 23 (23.96%) Automation Testing
13 22 (22.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 21 (21.88%) Team Foundation Server
14 21 (21.88%) Selenium IDE
15 20 (20.83%) Degree
15 20 (20.83%) Automated Testing
15 20 (20.83%) T-SQL
16 16 (16.67%) Computer Science
16 16 (16.67%) Manual Testing
17 15 (15.63%) Microsoft Azure
17 15 (15.63%) Finance
18 14 (14.58%) QuickTest Pro
19 13 (13.54%) VB.NET
19 13 (13.54%) MS Excel

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

For the 6 months to 1 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 (2.08%) Confluence
Applications
1 13 (13.54%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.13%) MS Visio
2 3 (3.13%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 15 (15.63%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.08%) Internet
2 1 (1.04%) AMQP
2 1 (1.04%) LAN
2 1 (1.04%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (35.42%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.21%) Relational Database
2 5 (5.21%) Oracle Database
3 4 (4.17%) Oracle Database 11g
4 3 (3.13%) Oracle Database 10g
4 3 (3.13%) OLTP
4 3 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 36 (37.50%) Selenium
2 21 (21.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 21 (21.88%) Selenium IDE
3 14 (14.58%) QuickTest Pro
4 10 (10.42%) JIRA
5 7 (7.29%) Visual Studio
6 4 (4.17%) TestPartner
6 4 (4.17%) WebDriver
7 3 (3.13%) Cucumber
7 3 (3.13%) JUnit
8 2 (2.08%) Bugzilla
8 2 (2.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (2.08%) TestComplete
9 1 (1.04%) Gradle
9 1 (1.04%) YouTrack
9 1 (1.04%) Mercurial
9 1 (1.04%) SoapUI
9 1 (1.04%) TeamCity
9 1 (1.04%) Subversion
9 1 (1.04%) Eclipse
General
1 15 (15.63%) Finance
2 4 (4.17%) Legal
3 2 (2.08%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (2.08%) Games
3 2 (2.08%) Military
4 1 (1.04%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (37.50%) .NET
2 33 (34.38%) ASP.NET
3 32 (33.33%) HTML
4 1 (1.04%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.04%) Java EE
4 1 (1.04%) JSON
4 1 (1.04%) JMS
4 1 (1.04%) EJB
4 1 (1.04%) SOAP
4 1 (1.04%) Web Services
4 1 (1.04%) XML
4 1 (1.04%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 16 (16.67%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.08%) Client/Server
2 2 (2.08%) NHS
2 2 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.04%) Biotechnology
3 1 (1.04%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 55 (57.29%) Windows
2 32 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 7 (7.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (3.13%) Mac OS X
4 3 (3.13%) Windows XP
5 2 (2.08%) Linux
5 2 (2.08%) Android
5 2 (2.08%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (55.21%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (48.96%) Software Testing
3 38 (39.58%) System Testing
4 35 (36.46%) Web Testing
5 23 (23.96%) Automation Testing
6 20 (20.83%) Automated Testing
7 16 (16.67%) Manual Testing
8 11 (11.46%) Test Scripting
9 9 (9.38%) E-Commerce
10 7 (7.29%) Regression Testing
11 6 (6.25%) Scrum
11 6 (6.25%) Performance Testing
12 5 (5.21%) TDD
13 4 (4.17%) User Acceptance Testing
13 4 (4.17%) Test Automation
14 3 (3.13%) BDD
14 3 (3.13%) Security Testing
14 3 (3.13%) Time Management
14 3 (3.13%) Project Management
15 2 (2.08%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 34 (35.42%) C#
2 33 (34.38%) SQL
3 32 (33.33%) JavaScript
4 20 (20.83%) T-SQL
5 13 (13.54%) VB.NET
6 9 (9.38%) Java
7 2 (2.08%) VBScript
8 1 (1.04%) VB
8 1 (1.04%) C++
8 1 (1.04%) VBA
8 1 (1.04%) C
Qualifications
1 39 (40.63%) ISEB
2 22 (22.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 20 (20.83%) Degree
4 12 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 7 (7.29%) ISTQB
6 4 (4.17%) HNC
6 4 (4.17%) HND
6 4 (4.17%) SC Cleared
7 2 (2.08%) DV Cleared
7 2 (2.08%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (51.04%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.04%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (1.04%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (7.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 10 (10.42%) HP
3 5 (5.21%) Oracle
4 4 (4.17%) Compuware
5 2 (2.08%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.04%) ION Trading
6 1 (1.04%) Red Hat
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