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 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 123 129 157
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +28
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 154 105 96
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 2.09% 1.53% 1.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.56% 1.98% 1.68%
Number of salaries quoted 145 86 85
Average salary £32,500 £29,000 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+12.06% -3.33%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,200 £20,250 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £54,000 £50,000 £37,350
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £32,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
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
6021 5312 5706
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 81.90% 77.59% 77.80%
Number of salaries quoted 4785 4491 4957
Average salary £40,000 £38,143 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.86% +1.71%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,500 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £57,500 £55,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%

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 August 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 28 August 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 +32 108 £35,750 +8.33% 16
Cheshire +2 40 £30,000 +20.00% 5
Merseyside +7 4 £29,000 -9.37%
Lancashire -13 2 £27,500 +3.77%
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 126 (43.45%) ISEB
2 125 (43.10%) SQL
3 92 (31.72%) QA
4 84 (28.97%) ISTQB
5 81 (27.93%) Finance
6 79 (27.24%) Agile Software Development
6 79 (27.24%) Windows
7 77 (26.55%) .NET
8 61 (21.03%) Automated Testing
9 54 (18.62%) Selenium
10 53 (18.28%) C#
11 52 (17.93%) Degree
12 51 (17.59%) HTML
13 50 (17.24%) Microsoft
13 50 (17.24%) JavaScript
14 49 (16.90%) SQL Server
15 48 (16.55%) Test Scripting
16 44 (15.17%) Team Foundation Server
16 44 (15.17%) Regression Testing
17 43 (14.83%) Project Management
18 42 (14.48%) Manual Testing
19 41 (14.14%) Java
20 39 (13.45%) MS Excel
21 35 (12.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
22 30 (10.34%) System Testing
23 29 (10.00%) Integration Testing
23 29 (10.00%) ASP.NET
23 29 (10.00%) OO
24 28 (9.66%) QuickTest Pro
24 28 (9.66%) Unit Testing

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 1 (0.34%) Tomcat
Applications
1 39 (13.45%) MS Excel
2 13 (4.48%) MS Office
3 4 (1.38%) Photoshop
4 3 (1.03%) MS Project
5 2 (0.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.72%) Magento
2 1 (0.34%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.34%) Amazon SQS
1 1 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 14 (4.83%) Internet
2 3 (1.03%) LAN
2 3 (1.03%) WAN
2 3 (1.03%) FTP
3 2 (0.69%) UMTS
3 2 (0.69%) GPRS
4 1 (0.34%) Broadband
4 1 (0.34%) Firewall
4 1 (0.34%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (16.90%) SQL Server
2 17 (5.86%) Relational Database
3 11 (3.79%) DB2
4 7 (2.41%) Oracle Database
5 6 (2.07%) MySQL
6 3 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
7 2 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.69%) Oracle Database 10g
7 2 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.34%) OLTP
8 1 (0.34%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 54 (18.62%) Selenium
2 44 (15.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 28 (9.66%) QuickTest Pro
4 18 (6.21%) MSTest
5 15 (5.17%) JIRA
6 14 (4.83%) SpecFlow
7 13 (4.48%) Visual Studio
7 13 (4.48%) TestPartner
8 12 (4.14%) NUnit
9 10 (3.45%) Cucumber
9 10 (3.45%) WebDriver
9 10 (3.45%) JUnit
10 9 (3.10%) LoadRunner
10 9 (3.10%) SilkPerformer
10 9 (3.10%) jMock
10 9 (3.10%) QALoad
10 9 (3.10%) EasyMock
11 6 (2.07%) SoapUI
12 5 (1.72%) Toad
13 4 (1.38%) Selenium IDE
General
1 81 (27.93%) Finance
2 15 (5.17%) Marketing
3 12 (4.14%) Billing
4 6 (2.07%) Retail
5 4 (1.38%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.38%) Games
5 4 (1.38%) Banking
6 2 (0.69%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.34%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.34%) Military
7 1 (0.34%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 104 (35.86%) Analyst
2 83 (28.62%) Test Analyst
3 51 (17.59%) Developer
4 49 (16.90%) Tester
5 42 (14.48%) Software Tester
6 26 (8.97%) Test Manager
7 24 (8.28%) Software Test Analyst
8 19 (6.55%) Systems Developer
9 18 (6.21%) Test Engineer
10 16 (5.52%) Senior Test Analyst
10 16 (5.52%) Senior Analyst
11 13 (4.48%) Test Team Leader
11 13 (4.48%) Team Leader
12 11 (3.79%) Software Engineer
12 11 (3.79%) Release Manager
13 10 (3.45%) Software Test Engineer
13 10 (3.45%) Senior Developer
14 9 (3.10%) Graduate
14 9 (3.10%) Software Developer
14 9 (3.10%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 77 (26.55%) .NET
2 51 (17.59%) HTML
3 29 (10.00%) ASP.NET
4 27 (9.31%) Web Services
5 23 (7.93%) .NET Framework
5 23 (7.93%) XML
6 21 (7.24%) CSS
7 16 (5.52%) SOAP
8 14 (4.83%) ASP.NET MVC
9 13 (4.48%) REST
10 11 (3.79%) Middleware
11 10 (3.45%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 10 (3.45%) LINQ to SQL
11 10 (3.45%) ASP.NET Web API
11 10 (3.45%) WCF
11 10 (3.45%) LINQ
11 10 (3.45%) Java EE
12 6 (2.07%) Gherkin
12 6 (2.07%) HTML5
13 5 (1.72%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 26 (8.97%) Computer Science
2 4 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
2 4 (1.38%) Mobile App
2 4 (1.38%) Mathematics
2 4 (1.38%) Blackberry
2 4 (1.38%) Management Information System
3 3 (1.03%) Open Source
4 2 (0.69%) BBC
4 2 (0.69%) AS400
4 2 (0.69%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.34%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.34%) Interactive TV
5 1 (0.34%) Replication
5 1 (0.34%) Animation
5 1 (0.34%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.34%) Biotechnology
5 1 (0.34%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.34%) MHEG
Operating Systems
1 79 (27.24%) Windows
2 17 (5.86%) UNIX
3 15 (5.17%) Android
4 14 (4.83%) Linux
5 11 (3.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 11 (3.79%) Apple iOS
6 10 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (2.41%) Windows Mobile
8 6 (2.07%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (1.72%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.69%) Windows Phone
10 2 (0.69%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.69%) Windows Phone 7
10 2 (0.69%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.69%) Windows CE
10 2 (0.69%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.34%) Solaris
11 1 (0.34%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (27.24%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (21.03%) Automated Testing
3 48 (16.55%) Test Scripting
4 44 (15.17%) Regression Testing
5 43 (14.83%) Project Management
6 42 (14.48%) Manual Testing
7 30 (10.34%) System Testing
8 29 (10.00%) Integration Testing
8 29 (10.00%) OO
9 28 (9.66%) Unit Testing
9 28 (9.66%) Test Automation
10 26 (8.97%) Test Management
10 26 (8.97%) Test Strategy
11 25 (8.62%) Time Management
11 25 (8.62%) Release Management
11 25 (8.62%) Performance Testing
12 24 (8.28%) User Acceptance Testing
12 24 (8.28%) Scrum
12 24 (8.28%) TDD
12 24 (8.28%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 125 (43.10%) SQL
2 53 (18.28%) C#
3 50 (17.24%) JavaScript
4 41 (14.14%) Java
5 14 (4.83%) VB.NET
6 13 (4.48%) VB
6 13 (4.48%) C++
7 10 (3.45%) PHP
7 10 (3.45%) VBScript
8 6 (2.07%) Python
9 5 (1.72%) PHP5
10 4 (1.38%) Perl
11 3 (1.03%) C
12 2 (0.69%) Ruby
13 1 (0.34%) ActionScript
13 1 (0.34%) VB6
Qualifications
1 126 (43.45%) ISEB
2 84 (28.97%) ISTQB
3 52 (17.93%) Degree
4 35 (12.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 15 (5.17%) Security Cleared
6 7 (2.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (1.38%) ACCA
7 4 (1.38%) CIMA
7 4 (1.38%) HNC
7 4 (1.38%) HND
8 3 (1.03%) SC Cleared
9 2 (0.69%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.69%) MCP
9 2 (0.69%) MCSD
10 1 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.34%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.34%) CIPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (31.72%) QA
System Software
1 3 (1.03%) Active Directory
1 3 (1.03%) Hyper-V
1 3 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (0.69%) XenApp
2 2 (0.69%) XenDesktop
2 2 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 28 (9.66%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 50 (17.24%) Microsoft
2 26 (8.97%) Oracle
3 16 (5.52%) HP
4 11 (3.79%) Red Hat
5 5 (1.72%) Compuware
5 5 (1.72%) Zend
6 4 (1.38%) SYSPRO
6 4 (1.38%) TIBCO
7 3 (1.03%) Citrix
7 3 (1.03%) VMware
8 2 (0.69%) Apple
9 1 (0.34%) ION Trading
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