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 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 165 109 155
Rank change year-on-year
-56 +46
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 84 150 120
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.21% 2.31% 1.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.46% 2.81% 1.90%
Number of salaries quoted 73 126 95
Average salary £32,500 £33,000 £32,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-1.51% +3.12%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £25,000 £19,500
10% offered a salary of more than £42,250 £42,500 £42,500
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £34,000 £33,000
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +3.03%
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
5743 5334 6320
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 82.56% 82.23% 80.65%
Number of salaries quoted 4924 4457 5446
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 £27,500 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,500 £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 30 January 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 30 January 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
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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 -46 50 £34,000 -2.85% 21
Cheshire -16 23 £27,500 -7.56% 5
Lancashire -11 5 £32,500 +20.37% 2
Merseyside +2 2 £32,500 -7.14%
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 118 (47.77%) SQL
2 108 (43.72%) QA
3 107 (43.32%) Agile Software Development
4 105 (42.51%) ISEB
5 93 (37.65%) ISTQB
6 82 (33.20%) Finance
7 70 (28.34%) Manual Testing
8 58 (23.48%) Automated Testing
9 50 (20.24%) Degree
10 48 (19.43%) Automation Testing
11 47 (19.03%) Selenium
12 45 (18.22%) Test Scripting
13 44 (17.81%) QuickTest Pro
14 42 (17.00%) Windows
14 42 (17.00%) Oracle
15 41 (16.60%) Regression Testing
15 41 (16.60%) Team Foundation Server
15 41 (16.60%) Performance Testing
16 32 (12.96%) Test Management
17 31 (12.55%) Integration Testing
17 31 (12.55%) HP Quality Center
18 30 (12.15%) .NET
19 28 (11.34%) Test Automation
20 27 (10.93%) Scrum
20 27 (10.93%) C#
20 27 (10.93%) Java
20 27 (10.93%) Mentoring
21 26 (10.53%) Microsoft
22 25 (10.12%) User Acceptance Testing
23 24 (9.72%) Analytical Skills

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

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 (0.81%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.40%) CMS
Applications
1 9 (3.64%) MS Office
2 7 (2.83%) MS Excel
3 5 (2.02%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.40%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.62%) Internet
2 3 (1.21%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.40%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.86%) Relational Database
2 11 (4.45%) Oracle Database
3 10 (4.05%) Oracle Reports
4 9 (3.64%) Crystal Reports
4 9 (3.64%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.40%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.40%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 47 (19.03%) Selenium
2 44 (17.81%) QuickTest Pro
3 41 (16.60%) Team Foundation Server
4 20 (8.10%) WebDriver
5 15 (6.07%) MSTest
6 10 (4.05%) JIRA
7 9 (3.64%) Selenium IDE
8 8 (3.24%) TestDirector
9 7 (2.83%) SoapUI
9 7 (2.83%) Cucumber
9 7 (2.83%) SpecFlow
10 6 (2.43%) LoadRunner
11 4 (1.62%) JUnit
11 4 (1.62%) Eclipse
11 4 (1.62%) NetBeans
11 4 (1.62%) jMock
11 4 (1.62%) QALoad
11 4 (1.62%) SilkPerformer
11 4 (1.62%) Subversion
11 4 (1.62%) TestPartner
General
1 82 (33.20%) Finance
2 15 (6.07%) Retail
3 7 (2.83%) Marketing
4 5 (2.02%) Billing
5 3 (1.21%) Banking
6 2 (0.81%) Games
6 2 (0.81%) Advertising
6 2 (0.81%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.40%) Back Office
7 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 126 (51.01%) Analyst
2 104 (42.11%) Test Analyst
3 48 (19.43%) Tester
4 37 (14.98%) Software Tester
5 28 (11.34%) Test Manager
6 24 (9.72%) Software Test Analyst
6 24 (9.72%) Developer
7 22 (8.91%) QA Tester
8 19 (7.69%) QA Manager
9 18 (7.29%) Senior Analyst
9 18 (7.29%) Senior Test Analyst
10 17 (6.88%) Test Engineer
11 16 (6.48%) QA Analyst
12 14 (5.67%) Software Engineer
13 13 (5.26%) Software Test Engineer
14 10 (4.05%) Systems Developer
15 9 (3.64%) Test Leader
16 8 (3.24%) Agile Test Analyst
17 7 (2.83%) Support Analyst
18 6 (2.43%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (12.15%) .NET
2 18 (7.29%) HTML
3 11 (4.45%) Java EE
4 10 (4.05%) ASP.NET
5 8 (3.24%) .NET Framework
6 7 (2.83%) CSS
6 7 (2.83%) SOAP
7 5 (2.02%) jQuery
8 4 (1.62%) Gherkin
9 3 (1.21%) REST
9 3 (1.21%) FIX Protocol
9 3 (1.21%) XML
10 2 (0.81%) Web Services
10 2 (0.81%) J2EE
10 2 (0.81%) Spring
10 2 (0.81%) ASP.NET MVC
11 1 (0.40%) Java EE 5
11 1 (0.40%) JPA
11 1 (0.40%) EJB 3.0
11 1 (0.40%) OSGi
Miscellaneous
1 24 (9.72%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (4.86%) Open Source
3 10 (4.05%) Computer Science
4 9 (3.64%) Mathematics
5 4 (1.62%) Mobile App
5 4 (1.62%) Blackberry
5 4 (1.62%) Animation
6 2 (0.81%) BBC
6 2 (0.81%) AS400
6 2 (0.81%) Interactive TV
6 2 (0.81%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.40%) MHEG
7 1 (0.40%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.40%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.40%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.40%) Biotechnology
Operating Systems
1 42 (17.00%) Windows
2 19 (7.69%) UNIX
3 14 (5.67%) Apple iOS
3 14 (5.67%) Android
4 8 (3.24%) Linux
5 1 (0.40%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (43.32%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (28.34%) Manual Testing
3 58 (23.48%) Automated Testing
4 48 (19.43%) Automation Testing
5 45 (18.22%) Test Scripting
6 41 (16.60%) Regression Testing
6 41 (16.60%) Performance Testing
7 32 (12.96%) Test Management
8 31 (12.55%) Integration Testing
9 28 (11.34%) Test Automation
10 27 (10.93%) Scrum
10 27 (10.93%) Mentoring
11 25 (10.12%) User Acceptance Testing
12 22 (8.91%) System Testing
13 21 (8.50%) Unit Testing
13 21 (8.50%) Test Strategy
13 21 (8.50%) Release Management
14 18 (7.29%) Time Management
15 16 (6.48%) Coaching
16 14 (5.67%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 118 (47.77%) SQL
2 27 (10.93%) C#
2 27 (10.93%) Java
3 18 (7.29%) JavaScript
4 13 (5.26%) Python
5 12 (4.86%) C++
6 8 (3.24%) C
6 8 (3.24%) Perl
7 7 (2.83%) PL/SQL
8 5 (2.02%) PHP
9 4 (1.62%) VB
10 2 (0.81%) VBScript
10 2 (0.81%) Ruby
11 1 (0.40%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.40%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 105 (42.51%) ISEB
2 93 (37.65%) ISTQB
3 50 (20.24%) Degree
4 17 (6.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 13 (5.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 7 (2.83%) HND
7 6 (2.43%) ISEB Practitioner
8 5 (2.02%) Security Cleared
9 2 (0.81%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (43.72%) QA
2 7 (2.83%) ISO 9000
3 2 (0.81%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 31 (12.55%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 42 (17.00%) Oracle
2 26 (10.53%) Microsoft
3 8 (3.24%) VMware
4 4 (1.62%) HP
5 3 (1.21%) Telerik
6 2 (0.81%) IBM
6 2 (0.81%) Aquila
7 1 (0.40%) ION Trading
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