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

Location
3 months to
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 211 201 225
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +24
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 42 48 16
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.64% 0.67% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.68% 0.71% 0.23%
Number of salaries quoted 40 47 15
Average salary £32,500 £31,500 £22,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.17% +40.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,750 £22,500 £19,000
10% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £35,000 £39,000
UK excluding London average salary £31,500 £32,000 £30,000
% change year-on-year
-1.56% +6.66%
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
6214 6785 6878
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 95.31% 94.86% 94.88%
Number of salaries quoted 5075 5508 5887
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 £25,000 £23,000 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £55,000
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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +6 26 £32,500 +3.17% 15
Cheshire +2 14 £31,500 -3.07% 7
Lancashire -7 2 £30,000 +20.00% 2
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 (72.04%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (61.29%) QA
3 49 (52.69%) Test Scripting
4 42 (45.16%) SQL
5 41 (44.09%) Selenium
6 40 (43.01%) ISEB
7 32 (34.41%) Software Testing
8 30 (32.26%) Automated Testing
9 29 (31.18%) SDLC
10 27 (29.03%) Test Automation
11 23 (24.73%) Manual Testing
11 23 (24.73%) ISTQB
12 21 (22.58%) Windows
13 20 (21.51%) HP UFT
13 20 (21.51%) Degree
14 19 (20.43%) Scrum
15 18 (19.35%) C#
15 18 (19.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 17 (18.28%) Apple iOS
16 17 (18.28%) Android
17 15 (16.13%) .NET
17 15 (16.13%) Finance
17 15 (16.13%) Automation Testing
18 14 (15.05%) Microsoft
19 12 (12.90%) Team Foundation Server
19 12 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
20 11 (11.83%) JIRA
20 11 (11.83%) SQL Server
21 10 (10.75%) Java
21 10 (10.75%) Continuous Integration

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 3 (3.23%) MS Office
1 3 (3.23%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.15%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.23%) VPN
1 3 (3.23%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (11.83%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.38%) MySQL
3 2 (2.15%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.08%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.08%) VLDB
4 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 41 (44.09%) Selenium
2 20 (21.51%) HP UFT
3 12 (12.90%) Team Foundation Server
4 11 (11.83%) JIRA
5 8 (8.60%) Cucumber
6 6 (6.45%) SpecFlow
6 6 (6.45%) MSTest
7 5 (5.38%) WebDriver
7 5 (5.38%) FitNesse
8 4 (4.30%) Selenium IDE
8 4 (4.30%) Jenkins
9 3 (3.23%) Visual Studio
10 1 (1.08%) NUnit
10 1 (1.08%) TeamCity
10 1 (1.08%) Ranorex
10 1 (1.08%) Hudson
10 1 (1.08%) SoapUI
10 1 (1.08%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 15 (16.13%) Finance
2 5 (5.38%) Manufacturing
2 5 (5.38%) Banking
2 5 (5.38%) Retail
3 3 (3.23%) Pharmaceutical
3 3 (3.23%) Electronics
4 2 (2.15%) Legal
4 2 (2.15%) Marketing
5 1 (1.08%) Games
5 1 (1.08%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (16.13%) .NET
2 8 (8.60%) XML
3 6 (6.45%) ASP.NET
3 6 (6.45%) HTML
3 6 (6.45%) Web Services
4 3 (3.23%) LAMP
5 2 (2.15%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.08%) WPF
6 1 (1.08%) Gherkin
6 1 (1.08%) CSS
6 1 (1.08%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.53%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.23%) Telematics
3 3 (3.23%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.15%) Chemistry
4 2 (2.15%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.08%) Biotechnology
5 1 (1.08%) LIMS
5 1 (1.08%) Informatics
Operating Systems
1 21 (22.58%) Windows
2 17 (18.28%) Android
2 17 (18.28%) Apple iOS
3 4 (4.30%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (3.23%) Linux
5 1 (1.08%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.08%) UNIX
5 1 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.08%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (72.04%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (52.69%) Test Scripting
3 32 (34.41%) Software Testing
4 30 (32.26%) Automated Testing
5 29 (31.18%) SDLC
6 27 (29.03%) Test Automation
7 23 (24.73%) Manual Testing
8 19 (20.43%) Scrum
9 15 (16.13%) Automation Testing
10 10 (10.75%) Continuous Integration
11 9 (9.68%) Performance Testing
11 9 (9.68%) TDD
12 8 (8.60%) Regression Testing
12 8 (8.60%) Release Management
12 8 (8.60%) System Testing
13 7 (7.53%) E-Commerce
14 6 (6.45%) DSDM
14 6 (6.45%) BDD
14 6 (6.45%) User Stories
15 5 (5.38%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 42 (45.16%) SQL
2 18 (19.35%) C#
3 10 (10.75%) Java
4 5 (5.38%) JavaScript
5 4 (4.30%) C++
5 4 (4.30%) T-SQL
6 3 (3.23%) PHP
7 1 (1.08%) VB
7 1 (1.08%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.08%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.08%) Ruby
7 1 (1.08%) C
Qualifications
1 40 (43.01%) ISEB
2 23 (24.73%) ISTQB
3 20 (21.51%) Degree
4 18 (19.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (61.29%) QA
System Software
1 3 (3.23%) Docker
2 1 (1.08%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (7.53%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (4.30%) Puppet
3 3 (3.23%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 14 (15.05%) Microsoft
2 9 (9.68%) Oracle
3 5 (5.38%) HP
4 2 (2.15%) Capita
5 1 (1.08%) VMware
5 1 (1.08%) ION Trading
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