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 28 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 136 121 148
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +27
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 112 139 113
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.81% 1.97% 1.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.13% 2.38% 1.91%
Number of salaries quoted 73 102 100
Average salary £32,500 £32,500 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +8.33%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,600 £25,000 £20,000
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £42,500 £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
5265 5848 5926
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 85.28% 82.70% 81.03%
Number of salaries quoted 4225 4707 5012
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 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £58,000 £55,500 £56,500
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +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 28 May 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 28 May 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 -15 58 £34,500 +6.15% 10
Cheshire +27 46 £32,500 +8.33% 9
Lancashire -9 6 £30,000 - 2
Merseyside -16 2 £23,398 -41.50% 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 99 (48.77%) ISEB
2 95 (46.80%) Agile Software Development
3 85 (41.87%) SQL
4 82 (40.39%) ISTQB
5 80 (39.41%) QA
6 61 (30.05%) Windows
7 56 (27.59%) Finance
8 51 (25.12%) Manual Testing
9 50 (24.63%) SDLC
10 49 (24.14%) Microsoft
11 45 (22.17%) Test Scripting
12 38 (18.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 32 (15.76%) Apple iOS
13 32 (15.76%) Android
14 31 (15.27%) SQL Server
14 31 (15.27%) Mentoring
15 30 (14.78%) HP Quality Center
16 29 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
16 29 (14.29%) Test Automation
16 29 (14.29%) Selenium
16 29 (14.29%) Degree
17 28 (13.79%) Automated Testing
18 27 (13.30%) Automation Testing
19 25 (12.32%) Information Assurance
19 25 (12.32%) Performance Testing
20 24 (11.82%) Security Testing
20 24 (11.82%) .NET
21 23 (11.33%) C#
21 23 (11.33%) Oracle
22 20 (9.85%) MS Excel

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

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 2 (0.99%) Tomcat
1 2 (0.99%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (0.49%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (0.49%) Umbraco
2 1 (0.49%) CMS
2 1 (0.49%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 20 (9.85%) MS Excel
2 8 (3.94%) MS Visio
2 8 (3.94%) MS Project
3 7 (3.45%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.49%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.93%) Wireless
2 5 (2.46%) Internet
3 4 (1.97%) GPRS
3 4 (1.97%) UMTS
4 3 (1.48%) VPN
5 2 (0.99%) Network Security
6 1 (0.49%) SSL
6 1 (0.49%) LAN
6 1 (0.49%) HTTP
6 1 (0.49%) VoIP
6 1 (0.49%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (15.27%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.91%) Relational Database
3 7 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (2.96%) MySQL
5 4 (1.97%) Oracle Database
6 3 (1.48%) SAP Data Services
6 3 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (1.48%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (0.99%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.49%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.49%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.49%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 29 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
1 29 (14.29%) Selenium
2 20 (9.85%) MSTest
3 19 (9.36%) QuickTest Pro
4 16 (7.88%) Visual Studio
5 9 (4.43%) JIRA
6 4 (1.97%) JUnit
6 4 (1.97%) TestDirector
6 4 (1.97%) Bugzilla
6 4 (1.97%) WebDriver
6 4 (1.97%) UltraEdit
7 3 (1.48%) SpecFlow
7 3 (1.48%) IntelliJ
7 3 (1.48%) Eclipse
8 2 (0.99%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.99%) ProC
8 2 (0.99%) TestComplete
8 2 (0.99%) WebLOAD
9 1 (0.49%) Ranorex
9 1 (0.49%) Selenium IDE
General
1 56 (27.59%) Finance
2 17 (8.37%) Banking
3 14 (6.90%) Retail
4 10 (4.93%) Financial Institution
5 5 (2.46%) Marketing
6 4 (1.97%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.97%) Games
7 2 (0.99%) Law
8 1 (0.49%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.49%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.49%) Billing
Job Titles
1 84 (41.38%) Analyst
2 81 (39.90%) Test Analyst
3 66 (32.51%) Tester
4 40 (19.70%) Software Tester
5 26 (12.81%) Test Manager
6 23 (11.33%) Developer
7 19 (9.36%) QA Tester
8 16 (7.88%) Test Leader
9 15 (7.39%) Software Developer
9 15 (7.39%) Test Engineer
9 15 (7.39%) Software Test Analyst
10 13 (6.40%) Senior Test Analyst
10 13 (6.40%) Senior Analyst
11 12 (5.91%) Consultant
12 11 (5.42%) QA Consultant
12 11 (5.42%) Test Consultant
13 10 (4.93%) Software Consultant
14 8 (3.94%) Graduate
14 8 (3.94%) Junior
14 8 (3.94%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (11.82%) .NET
2 17 (8.37%) Web Services
3 11 (5.42%) XML
4 10 (4.93%) .NET Framework
5 9 (4.43%) REST
5 9 (4.43%) SOAP
6 8 (3.94%) WinForms
6 8 (3.94%) WCF
6 8 (3.94%) WPF
6 8 (3.94%) Silverlight
6 8 (3.94%) Entity Framework
6 8 (3.94%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 8 (3.94%) ServiceStack
7 5 (2.46%) Spring
7 5 (2.46%) HTML
8 4 (1.97%) ASP.NET
8 4 (1.97%) Java EE
8 4 (1.97%) .NET Compact Framework
9 3 (1.48%) Akka
9 3 (1.48%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (5.42%) Computer Science
3 8 (3.94%) N-Tier
3 8 (3.94%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.97%) Interactive TV
5 3 (1.48%) Biotechnology
6 2 (0.99%) AS400
6 2 (0.99%) User Experience
7 1 (0.49%) Informatics
7 1 (0.49%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.49%) Physics
7 1 (0.49%) Chemistry
7 1 (0.49%) Human Factors
7 1 (0.49%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.49%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.49%) LIMS
7 1 (0.49%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 61 (30.05%) Windows
2 32 (15.76%) Apple iOS
2 32 (15.76%) Android
3 9 (4.43%) Linux
4 8 (3.94%) Windows Phone
4 8 (3.94%) Windows Phone 7
5 6 (2.96%) UNIX
6 4 (1.97%) Windows CE
6 4 (1.97%) Windows Mobile
7 2 (0.99%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (46.80%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (25.12%) Manual Testing
3 50 (24.63%) SDLC
4 45 (22.17%) Test Scripting
5 31 (15.27%) Mentoring
6 29 (14.29%) Test Automation
7 28 (13.79%) Automated Testing
8 27 (13.30%) Automation Testing
9 25 (12.32%) Information Assurance
9 25 (12.32%) Performance Testing
10 24 (11.82%) Security Testing
11 20 (9.85%) Scrum
11 20 (9.85%) Coaching
12 15 (7.39%) Release Management
13 14 (6.90%) Test Management
14 13 (6.40%) Software Engineering
14 13 (6.40%) Project Management
15 12 (5.91%) Integration Testing
15 12 (5.91%) User Acceptance Testing
15 12 (5.91%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 85 (41.87%) SQL
2 23 (11.33%) C#
3 18 (8.87%) Java
4 10 (4.93%) C++
5 7 (3.45%) C
6 5 (2.46%) JavaScript
6 5 (2.46%) Python
7 3 (1.48%) Perl
7 3 (1.48%) PHP
7 3 (1.48%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.49%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.49%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.49%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 99 (48.77%) ISEB
2 82 (40.39%) ISTQB
3 38 (18.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 29 (14.29%) Degree
5 3 (1.48%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (0.99%) HNC
7 1 (0.49%) MCITP
7 1 (0.49%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.49%) HND
7 1 (0.49%) MCP
7 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.49%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (39.41%) QA
2 16 (7.88%) FATCA
3 1 (0.49%) SLA
3 1 (0.49%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (0.49%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 30 (14.78%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.99%) Puppet
3 1 (0.49%) Nessus
3 1 (0.49%) Nmap
3 1 (0.49%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 49 (24.14%) Microsoft
2 23 (11.33%) Oracle
3 8 (3.94%) Apple
4 6 (2.96%) HP
5 5 (2.46%) VMware
6 3 (1.48%) Jaspersoft
6 3 (1.48%) SAP
7 2 (0.99%) IBM
8 1 (0.49%) Rapid7
8 1 (0.49%) Aquila
8 1 (0.49%) ION Trading
8 1 (0.49%) Alterian
8 1 (0.49%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.49%) Citrix
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