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 29 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

3 months to
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 186 190 226
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +36
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 69 66 35
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.08% 0.98% 0.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.12% 1.02% 0.49%
Number of salaries quoted 66 62 34
Median salary £30,500 £30,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+1.66% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £26,050 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £39,800 £37,500
UK excluding London median salary £32,500 £31,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+3.17% -3.07%
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
6152 6482 7116
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 96.68% 96.54% 96.14%
Number of salaries quoted 5171 5378 5900
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,091 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.22% -

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 29 September 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 29 September 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 +8 39 £32,500 -7.14% 5
Cheshire +44 30 £30,500 -12.85% 1
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 77 (70.64%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (56.88%) QA
3 57 (52.29%) Software Testing
4 56 (51.38%) Test Scripting
5 55 (50.46%) Selenium
6 44 (40.37%) C#
7 43 (39.45%) SQL
8 42 (38.53%) Automated Testing
9 37 (33.94%) ISTQB
10 34 (31.19%) ISEB
11 33 (30.28%) .NET
11 33 (30.28%) Manual Testing
12 28 (25.69%) Scrum
12 28 (25.69%) Windows
13 27 (24.77%) SDLC
14 24 (22.02%) Regression Testing
15 23 (21.10%) User Acceptance Testing
16 21 (19.27%) Continuous Integration
16 21 (19.27%) Test Automation
17 20 (18.35%) HP UFT
18 19 (17.43%) Automation Testing
19 18 (16.51%) ASP.NET
19 18 (16.51%) JIRA
20 17 (15.60%) HP Quality Center
20 17 (15.60%) Functional Testing
21 16 (14.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
21 16 (14.68%) Team Foundation Server
22 15 (13.76%) WebDriver
22 15 (13.76%) SQL Server
23 14 (12.84%) Web Services

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 5 (4.59%) CMS
2 1 (0.92%) Umbraco
Applications
1 4 (3.67%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.75%) WinSCP
2 1 (0.92%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (13.76%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.42%) MySQL
3 6 (5.50%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 55 (50.46%) Selenium
2 20 (18.35%) HP UFT
3 18 (16.51%) JIRA
4 16 (14.68%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (13.76%) WebDriver
6 13 (11.93%) Jenkins
7 12 (11.01%) NUnit
8 9 (8.26%) MSTest
9 8 (7.34%) Gradle
9 8 (7.34%) JMeter
9 8 (7.34%) TestNG
10 7 (6.42%) Selenium IDE
11 6 (5.50%) TestComplete
12 5 (4.59%) Cucumber
13 4 (3.67%) FitNesse
13 4 (3.67%) SpecFlow
14 3 (2.75%) Ranorex
14 3 (2.75%) SoapUI
14 3 (2.75%) Visual Studio
15 2 (1.83%) TeamCity
General
1 10 (9.17%) Finance
2 2 (1.83%) Back Office
2 2 (1.83%) Games
3 1 (0.92%) Banking
3 1 (0.92%) Manufacturing
3 1 (0.92%) Marketing
3 1 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (30.28%) .NET
2 18 (16.51%) ASP.NET
3 14 (12.84%) Web Services
4 11 (10.09%) CSS
4 11 (10.09%) HTML
5 8 (7.34%) .NET Framework
5 8 (7.34%) DOM
5 8 (7.34%) Silverlight
6 4 (3.67%) Gherkin
7 3 (2.75%) SOAP
8 2 (1.83%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (1.83%) jQuery
8 2 (1.83%) WCF
8 2 (1.83%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.26%) Analytical Skills
1 9 (8.26%) iPad
2 3 (2.75%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.83%) Online Gambling
4 1 (0.92%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.92%) Interactive TV
Operating Systems
1 28 (25.69%) Windows
2 12 (11.01%) Android
3 11 (10.09%) Apple iOS
3 11 (10.09%) Linux
4 3 (2.75%) Unix
5 2 (1.83%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.83%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.92%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (70.64%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (52.29%) Software Testing
3 56 (51.38%) Test Scripting
4 42 (38.53%) Automated Testing
5 33 (30.28%) Manual Testing
6 28 (25.69%) Scrum
7 27 (24.77%) SDLC
8 24 (22.02%) Regression Testing
9 23 (21.10%) User Acceptance Testing
10 21 (19.27%) Continuous Integration
10 21 (19.27%) Test Automation
11 19 (17.43%) Automation Testing
12 17 (15.60%) Functional Testing
13 10 (9.17%) Defect Management
13 10 (9.17%) Test Strategy
14 9 (8.26%) Defect Tracking
14 9 (8.26%) Non-Functional Testing
14 9 (8.26%) Performance Testing
14 9 (8.26%) Release Management
15 8 (7.34%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 44 (40.37%) C#
2 43 (39.45%) SQL
3 13 (11.93%) JavaScript
4 11 (10.09%) Java
5 4 (3.67%) VBScript
6 3 (2.75%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 37 (33.94%) ISTQB
2 34 (31.19%) ISEB
3 16 (14.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (8.26%) Degree
5 1 (0.92%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (56.88%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.92%) Docker
1 1 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 17 (15.60%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (8.26%) Microsoft
2 7 (6.42%) Oracle
3 3 (2.75%) Telerik
4 1 (0.92%) RedGate
4 1 (0.92%) VMware
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