The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills 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 Testing over the 3 months to 21 November 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 132 101 191
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +90
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 145 166 61
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.95% 2.40% 0.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.33% 2.98% 1.07%
Number of salaries quoted 132 132 58
Average salary £32,500 £35,000 £33,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
-7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £22,500 £18,750
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £46,600 £40,450
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £35,000 £33,250
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%
Software Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
6211 5572 5696
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 83.74% 80.58% 79.76%
Number of salaries quoted 5338 4683 4975
Average salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
- +6.25%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Software Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Software Testing
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Software Testing across the North West region.

Software Testing Salary Trend in the North West

Software Testing
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Software Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 21 November 2014.

Software Testing Salary Histogram in the North West

Software Testing
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 Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 21 November 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 -33 88 £35,375 -6.90% 14
Cheshire +7 41 £31,500 +18.86%
Lancashire -5 9 £29,750 +12.26% 3
Merseyside +6 1 £35,000 - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing Software Testing also 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 that cited Software Testing.

1 127 (42.76%) SQL
1 127 (42.76%) Agile Software Development
2 119 (40.07%) ISEB
3 117 (39.39%) QA
4 101 (34.01%) ISTQB
5 98 (33.00%) Finance
6 68 (22.90%) Automated Testing
7 64 (21.55%) Manual Testing
8 62 (20.88%) Selenium
9 53 (17.85%) .NET
10 52 (17.51%) C#
10 52 (17.51%) Degree
11 51 (17.17%) Windows
12 49 (16.50%) Regression Testing
13 45 (15.15%) QuickTest Pro
13 45 (15.15%) Automation Testing
14 44 (14.81%) Team Foundation Server
15 42 (14.14%) Microsoft
15 42 (14.14%) Test Scripting
16 39 (13.13%) HP Quality Center
16 39 (13.13%) Mentoring
17 37 (12.46%) Performance Testing
18 36 (12.12%) Oracle
19 34 (11.45%) Integration Testing
19 34 (11.45%) Analytical Skills
20 32 (10.77%) HTML
20 32 (10.77%) JavaScript
20 32 (10.77%) Scrum
21 31 (10.44%) Java
22 30 (10.10%) Test Management

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing Software Testing also 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 that cited Software Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (0.67%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.34%) CMS
Applications
1 28 (9.43%) MS Excel
2 17 (5.72%) MS Office
3 5 (1.68%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.34%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.34%) Exstream
1 1 (0.34%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.34%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.34%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (4.38%) Internet
2 3 (1.01%) FTP
2 3 (1.01%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.34%) DNS
3 1 (0.34%) Broadband
3 1 (0.34%) LAN
3 1 (0.34%) WAN
3 1 (0.34%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (8.08%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.38%) Relational Database
3 8 (2.69%) Oracle Database
3 8 (2.69%) Crystal Reports
4 7 (2.36%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.67%) MySQL
6 1 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.34%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 62 (20.88%) Selenium
2 45 (15.15%) QuickTest Pro
3 44 (14.81%) Team Foundation Server
4 25 (8.42%) WebDriver
5 20 (6.73%) MSTest
6 17 (5.72%) SpecFlow
7 13 (4.38%) JIRA
8 11 (3.70%) SoapUI
8 11 (3.70%) Selenium IDE
9 10 (3.37%) NUnit
10 9 (3.03%) Cucumber
11 6 (2.02%) LoadRunner
12 4 (1.35%) EasyMock
12 4 (1.35%) jMock
12 4 (1.35%) QALoad
12 4 (1.35%) TestPartner
12 4 (1.35%) Subversion
12 4 (1.35%) SilkPerformer
12 4 (1.35%) NetBeans
12 4 (1.35%) Toad
General
1 98 (33.00%) Finance
2 16 (5.39%) Retail
2 16 (5.39%) Marketing
3 12 (4.04%) Billing
4 4 (1.35%) Games
5 3 (1.01%) Banking
6 2 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (0.67%) Advertising
6 2 (0.67%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.34%) Back Office
7 1 (0.34%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 140 (47.14%) Analyst
2 114 (38.38%) Test Analyst
3 48 (16.16%) Tester
4 38 (12.79%) Developer
4 38 (12.79%) Software Tester
5 31 (10.44%) Test Manager
6 24 (8.08%) Software Test Analyst
7 21 (7.07%) Senior Analyst
7 21 (7.07%) Senior Test Analyst
8 18 (6.06%) Test Engineer
9 17 (5.72%) QA Analyst
9 17 (5.72%) QA Manager
9 17 (5.72%) Software Engineer
10 16 (5.39%) Systems Developer
10 16 (5.39%) Software Test Engineer
11 13 (4.38%) QA Tester
12 10 (3.37%) Agile Test Analyst
12 10 (3.37%) Graduate
13 9 (3.03%) QA Engineer
14 8 (2.69%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (17.85%) .NET
2 32 (10.77%) HTML
3 24 (8.08%) ASP.NET
4 22 (7.41%) .NET Framework
5 18 (6.06%) SOAP
6 16 (5.39%) CSS
7 14 (4.71%) Web Services
8 12 (4.04%) REST
8 12 (4.04%) Java EE
9 10 (3.37%) ASP.NET MVC
10 8 (2.69%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 8 (2.69%) LINQ to SQL
10 8 (2.69%) ASP.NET Web API
10 8 (2.69%) LINQ
10 8 (2.69%) WCF
11 7 (2.36%) XML
11 7 (2.36%) Gherkin
12 5 (1.68%) jQuery
13 3 (1.01%) FIX Protocol
14 2 (0.67%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 34 (11.45%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (4.38%) Computer Science
3 11 (3.70%) Mathematics
4 10 (3.37%) Open Source
5 5 (1.68%) Blackberry
5 5 (1.68%) Mobile App
6 4 (1.35%) Animation
7 2 (0.67%) Smart Meter
7 2 (0.67%) Biotechnology
7 2 (0.67%) Interactive TV
7 2 (0.67%) BBC
8 1 (0.34%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.34%) MHEG
8 1 (0.34%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.34%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 51 (17.17%) Windows
2 19 (6.40%) UNIX
3 11 (3.70%) Linux
4 10 (3.37%) Apple iOS
4 10 (3.37%) Android
5 3 (1.01%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.34%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (42.76%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (22.90%) Automated Testing
3 64 (21.55%) Manual Testing
4 49 (16.50%) Regression Testing
5 45 (15.15%) Automation Testing
6 42 (14.14%) Test Scripting
7 39 (13.13%) Mentoring
8 37 (12.46%) Performance Testing
9 34 (11.45%) Integration Testing
10 32 (10.77%) Scrum
11 30 (10.10%) Test Management
11 30 (10.10%) User Acceptance Testing
11 30 (10.10%) Test Automation
11 30 (10.10%) Test Strategy
12 29 (9.76%) Unit Testing
13 27 (9.09%) Time Management
14 26 (8.75%) System Testing
15 24 (8.08%) OO
16 23 (7.74%) Project Management
16 23 (7.74%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 127 (42.76%) SQL
2 52 (17.51%) C#
3 32 (10.77%) JavaScript
4 31 (10.44%) Java
5 13 (4.38%) C++
6 11 (3.70%) Python
7 10 (3.37%) VB
8 7 (2.36%) PHP
9 6 (2.02%) PL/SQL
9 6 (2.02%) Perl
9 6 (2.02%) VB.NET
10 4 (1.35%) C
11 2 (0.67%) Ruby
11 2 (0.67%) VBScript
12 1 (0.34%) ActionScript
12 1 (0.34%) PHP5
12 1 (0.34%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 119 (40.07%) ISEB
2 101 (34.01%) ISTQB
3 52 (17.51%) Degree
4 24 (8.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 13 (4.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 12 (4.04%) Security Cleared
7 6 (2.02%) HND
8 4 (1.35%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (1.01%) SC Cleared
10 2 (0.67%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 1 (0.34%) CIPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 117 (39.39%) QA
2 6 (2.02%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (0.34%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.34%) Hyper-V
1 1 (0.34%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 39 (13.13%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 42 (14.14%) Microsoft
2 36 (12.12%) Oracle
3 12 (4.04%) HP
4 5 (1.68%) VMware
5 3 (1.01%) Telerik
6 2 (0.67%) ION Trading
6 2 (0.67%) IBM
7 1 (0.34%) Compuware
7 1 (0.34%) Citrix
7 1 (0.34%) Aquila
7 1 (0.34%) Zend
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Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
Greater Manchester
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Salary: Competitive
Posted: 5 hours ago
Manchester
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Salary: £17000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
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Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + bens
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Manchester, Lancashire
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Salary: Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £60,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £36000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £380 - £420 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
UK - London, Manchester, Preston, Bristol
Guru Careers
Salary: £35 - 45k (DOE) + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Posted: 4 days ago
Merseyside
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £28000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Stockport
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Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + bens + flexi
Posted: 12 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire, Blackburn, Greater Manchester
Actis Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to £20,000 + excellent bens package
Posted: 17 days ago
Bolton, Lancashire, Blackburn, Greater Manchester
Actis Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to £27,000 + excellent bens package
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Liverpool
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 22 days ago