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

Location
3 months to
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 142 124 156
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +32
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 108 132 108
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.68% 1.87% 1.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.96% 2.27% 1.78%
Number of salaries quoted 77 102 98
Average salary £37,500 £31,500 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+19.04% -3.07%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £25,000 £20,250
10% offered a salary of more than £63,000 £40,450 £42,050
UK excluding London average salary £36,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
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
5515 5818 6075
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 85.77% 82.58% 81.04%
Number of salaries quoted 4477 4651 5197
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,500 £57,000
UK excluding London average salary £44,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+4.70% +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 1 July 2015.

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 1 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 -14 62 £38,450 +22.06% 18
Cheshire +10 40 £37,000 +23.33% 9
Lancashire -13 6 £30,000 +14.28% 4
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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 97 (44.50%) Agile Software Development
2 96 (44.04%) ISEB
3 85 (38.99%) ISTQB
4 83 (38.07%) QA
5 80 (36.70%) SQL
6 64 (29.36%) Windows
7 60 (27.52%) Finance
8 55 (25.23%) Microsoft
9 52 (23.85%) SDLC
10 51 (23.39%) Test Scripting
11 48 (22.02%) Manual Testing
12 40 (18.35%) SQL Server
13 38 (17.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 36 (16.51%) Mentoring
15 35 (16.06%) Android
15 35 (16.06%) Apple iOS
16 32 (14.68%) Selenium
16 32 (14.68%) Degree
17 31 (14.22%) .NET
18 30 (13.76%) C#
19 29 (13.30%) Team Foundation Server
20 28 (12.84%) HP Quality Center
20 28 (12.84%) Automated Testing
21 25 (11.47%) MS Excel
21 25 (11.47%) Test Automation
21 25 (11.47%) Information Assurance
22 24 (11.01%) Automation Testing
22 24 (11.01%) Security Testing
23 22 (10.09%) Scrum
23 22 (10.09%) Coaching

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

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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 3 (1.38%) MS Exchange
1 3 (1.38%) CMS
1 3 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2007
1 3 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (0.92%) Tomcat
2 2 (0.92%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.46%) Umbraco
3 1 (0.46%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 25 (11.47%) MS Excel
2 10 (4.59%) MS Visio
2 10 (4.59%) MS Project
3 8 (3.67%) MS Office
4 1 (0.46%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (1.83%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.46%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.46%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.05%) Wireless
2 7 (3.21%) UMTS
2 7 (3.21%) GPRS
3 6 (2.75%) Internet
4 3 (1.38%) LAN
4 3 (1.38%) VPN
4 3 (1.38%) VoIP
4 3 (1.38%) WAN
5 2 (0.92%) HTTP
5 2 (0.92%) Network Security
6 1 (0.46%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (18.35%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.59%) Relational Database
3 8 (3.67%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (2.29%) MySQL
5 4 (1.83%) Oracle Database
6 3 (1.38%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.38%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (1.38%) SAP Data Services
7 2 (0.92%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.92%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.46%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.46%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.46%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 32 (14.68%) Selenium
2 29 (13.30%) Team Foundation Server
3 18 (8.26%) Visual Studio
4 16 (7.34%) MSTest
5 15 (6.88%) HP UFT
6 10 (4.59%) JIRA
7 6 (2.75%) WebDriver
8 5 (2.29%) Bugzilla
9 4 (1.83%) JUnit
9 4 (1.83%) UltraEdit
10 3 (1.38%) SpecFlow
10 3 (1.38%) LoadRunner
10 3 (1.38%) Eclipse
10 3 (1.38%) IntelliJ
10 3 (1.38%) Cucumber
10 3 (1.38%) WebLOAD
11 2 (0.92%) TestComplete
11 2 (0.92%) Git (software)
11 2 (0.92%) SoapUI
11 2 (0.92%) ProC
General
1 60 (27.52%) Finance
2 16 (7.34%) Banking
3 14 (6.42%) Retail
4 11 (5.05%) Financial Institution
5 5 (2.29%) Marketing
6 4 (1.83%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.83%) Games
7 2 (0.92%) Law
8 1 (0.46%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.46%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.46%) Billing
8 1 (0.46%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 81 (37.16%) Analyst
2 76 (34.86%) Test Analyst
3 66 (30.28%) Tester
4 38 (17.43%) Software Tester
5 32 (14.68%) Test Manager
6 25 (11.47%) Developer
7 16 (7.34%) Software Developer
8 14 (6.42%) QA Tester
8 14 (6.42%) Software Test Analyst
8 14 (6.42%) Test Leader
9 13 (5.96%) Test Engineer
10 12 (5.50%) Senior Analyst
10 12 (5.50%) Consultant
10 12 (5.50%) Senior Test Analyst
11 11 (5.05%) Test Consultant
11 11 (5.05%) QA Consultant
12 9 (4.13%) Software Consultant
12 9 (4.13%) QA Analyst
13 8 (3.67%) Senior Tester
13 8 (3.67%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (14.22%) .NET
2 21 (9.63%) Web Services
3 12 (5.50%) XML
3 12 (5.50%) .NET Framework
3 12 (5.50%) SOAP
3 12 (5.50%) REST
4 10 (4.59%) WCF
4 10 (4.59%) WPF
4 10 (4.59%) Silverlight
4 10 (4.59%) Entity Framework
4 10 (4.59%) ServiceStack
4 10 (4.59%) ASP.NET Web Forms
4 10 (4.59%) WinForms
5 7 (3.21%) ASP.NET
6 5 (2.29%) COM
6 5 (2.29%) Spring
7 4 (1.83%) HTML
7 4 (1.83%) .NET Compact Framework
8 3 (1.38%) Akka
8 3 (1.38%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 21 (9.63%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.50%) Computer Science
3 10 (4.59%) N-Tier
4 9 (4.13%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.29%) Interactive TV
6 4 (1.83%) User Experience
7 3 (1.38%) Biotechnology
8 2 (0.92%) Human Factors
9 1 (0.46%) LIMS
9 1 (0.46%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.46%) Informatics
9 1 (0.46%) Mathematics
9 1 (0.46%) Physics
9 1 (0.46%) Chemistry
9 1 (0.46%) Telematics
9 1 (0.46%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 64 (29.36%) Windows
2 35 (16.06%) Android
2 35 (16.06%) Apple iOS
3 11 (5.05%) Linux
4 10 (4.59%) Windows Phone 7
4 10 (4.59%) Windows Phone
5 7 (3.21%) Windows CE
5 7 (3.21%) Windows Mobile
6 4 (1.83%) UNIX
6 4 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (1.83%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (1.38%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (1.38%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (44.50%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (23.85%) SDLC
3 51 (23.39%) Test Scripting
4 48 (22.02%) Manual Testing
5 36 (16.51%) Mentoring
6 28 (12.84%) Automated Testing
7 25 (11.47%) Information Assurance
7 25 (11.47%) Test Automation
8 24 (11.01%) Security Testing
8 24 (11.01%) Automation Testing
9 22 (10.09%) Coaching
9 22 (10.09%) Test Management
9 22 (10.09%) Scrum
10 21 (9.63%) Test Strategy
11 20 (9.17%) Performance Testing
12 19 (8.72%) Validation
13 16 (7.34%) Software Engineering
14 13 (5.96%) ITIL
14 13 (5.96%) Line Management
15 12 (5.50%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 80 (36.70%) SQL
2 30 (13.76%) C#
3 19 (8.72%) Java
4 9 (4.13%) C++
5 7 (3.21%) PHP
6 6 (2.75%) C
7 4 (1.83%) Python
7 4 (1.83%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.38%) Perl
8 3 (1.38%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.46%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.46%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.46%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 96 (44.04%) ISEB
2 85 (38.99%) ISTQB
3 38 (17.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 32 (14.68%) Degree
5 4 (1.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 3 (1.38%) MCSA
6 3 (1.38%) Security Cleared
6 3 (1.38%) MCP
6 3 (1.38%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (1.38%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.38%) ISEB Practitioner
6 3 (1.38%) MCITP
7 1 (0.46%) HNC
7 1 (0.46%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (38.07%) QA
2 14 (6.42%) FATCA
3 3 (1.38%) SLA
4 1 (0.46%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 3 (1.38%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 28 (12.84%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.38%) Puppet
3 1 (0.46%) Nessus
3 1 (0.46%) Nmap
3 1 (0.46%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 55 (25.23%) Microsoft
2 19 (8.72%) Oracle
3 10 (4.59%) Apple
4 7 (3.21%) HP
5 3 (1.38%) Citrix
5 3 (1.38%) SAP
5 3 (1.38%) VMware
5 3 (1.38%) Jaspersoft
6 2 (0.92%) IBM
7 1 (0.46%) ION Trading
7 1 (0.46%) Alterian
7 1 (0.46%) Aquila
7 1 (0.46%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.46%) Rapid7
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