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

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 132 119 137
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +18
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 129 153 105
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.92% 2.08% 1.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.23% 2.50% 1.92%
Number of salaries quoted 95 144 86
Average salary £33,500 £32,500 £29,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.07% +12.06%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,000 £22,150 £20,250
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £54,250 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £35,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
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
5777 6128 5466
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 85.90% 83.50% 79.74%
Number of salaries quoted 4790 4867 4629
Average salary £41,000 £40,000 £38,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.50% +5.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,500 £57,500
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +2.40%

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 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 August 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 85 £42,500 +18.88% 17
Cheshire -4 30 £35,250 +17.50% 7
Merseyside +11 7 £28,000 -3.44% 11
Lancashire +9 7 £30,000 +9.09% 6
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 103 (42.74%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (38.17%) QA
3 87 (36.10%) ISEB
4 74 (30.71%) SQL
5 70 (29.05%) ISTQB
6 69 (28.63%) Windows
7 66 (27.39%) Test Scripting
8 60 (24.90%) Microsoft
9 56 (23.24%) Finance
10 54 (22.41%) SQL Server
11 47 (19.50%) .NET
12 43 (17.84%) C#
13 41 (17.01%) SDLC
14 38 (15.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 37 (15.35%) MS Excel
16 36 (14.94%) Automated Testing
16 36 (14.94%) Analytical Skills
16 36 (14.94%) Manual Testing
17 34 (14.11%) Mentoring
18 33 (13.69%) Apple iOS
18 33 (13.69%) Android
18 33 (13.69%) Validation
19 31 (12.86%) Selenium
19 31 (12.86%) Test Management
19 31 (12.86%) HP Quality Center
19 31 (12.86%) Test Strategy
20 30 (12.45%) Degree
21 29 (12.03%) Team Foundation Server
22 26 (10.79%) Web Services
23 24 (9.96%) Java

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 6 (2.49%) CMS
2 5 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2007
2 5 (2.07%) MS Exchange
2 5 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (1.66%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.24%) ColdFusion
5 2 (0.83%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.83%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
6 1 (0.41%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.41%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 37 (15.35%) MS Excel
2 13 (5.39%) MS Visio
2 13 (5.39%) MS Project
3 11 (4.56%) MS Office
4 2 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.41%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (2.07%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.83%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.41%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (5.81%) Wireless
2 7 (2.90%) GPRS
2 7 (2.90%) UMTS
3 6 (2.49%) LAN
3 6 (2.49%) WAN
3 6 (2.49%) Internet
4 5 (2.07%) VoIP
5 3 (1.24%) VPN
6 2 (0.83%) HTTP
6 2 (0.83%) Network Security
6 2 (0.83%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (0.83%) Firewall
7 1 (0.41%) VLAN
7 1 (0.41%) DMVPN
7 1 (0.41%) Cisco Nexus
7 1 (0.41%) OSPF
7 1 (0.41%) BGP
7 1 (0.41%) EIGRP
7 1 (0.41%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (22.41%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.73%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (3.73%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (2.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (1.66%) MySQL
5 3 (1.24%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (1.24%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.41%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.41%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 31 (12.86%) Selenium
2 29 (12.03%) Team Foundation Server
3 22 (9.13%) Visual Studio
4 16 (6.64%) HP UFT
5 13 (5.39%) JIRA
5 13 (5.39%) WebDriver
5 13 (5.39%) MSTest
6 7 (2.90%) SpecFlow
7 5 (2.07%) Bugzilla
8 4 (1.66%) Cucumber
9 3 (1.24%) UltraEdit
9 3 (1.24%) Selenium IDE
9 3 (1.24%) LoadRunner
9 3 (1.24%) JUnit
9 3 (1.24%) WebLOAD
10 2 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.83%) Git (software)
10 2 (0.83%) NUnit
10 2 (0.83%) Subversion
10 2 (0.83%) Jenkins
General
1 56 (23.24%) Finance
2 24 (9.96%) Retail
3 14 (5.81%) Financial Institution
4 8 (3.32%) Banking
5 5 (2.07%) Games
6 4 (1.66%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.66%) Law
6 4 (1.66%) Marketing
7 2 (0.83%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.41%) Automotive
8 1 (0.41%) Legal
8 1 (0.41%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.41%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 84 (34.85%) Analyst
2 77 (31.95%) Test Analyst
3 64 (26.56%) Tester
4 35 (14.52%) Test Manager
5 33 (13.69%) Software Tester
6 21 (8.71%) Developer
7 15 (6.22%) Software Developer
8 14 (5.81%) Junior
8 14 (5.81%) Senior Analyst
8 14 (5.81%) Senior Test Analyst
9 11 (4.56%) Test Engineer
9 11 (4.56%) QA Analyst
10 10 (4.15%) Head of Testing
11 9 (3.73%) Test Leader
11 9 (3.73%) C# Developer
11 9 (3.73%) Support Engineer
12 8 (3.32%) QA Tester
12 8 (3.32%) C# Software Developer
13 7 (2.90%) Software Manager
13 7 (2.90%) Lead Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (19.50%) .NET
2 26 (10.79%) Web Services
3 19 (7.88%) XML
3 19 (7.88%) .NET Framework
4 15 (6.22%) SOAP
4 15 (6.22%) REST
5 13 (5.39%) Entity Framework
5 13 (5.39%) ServiceStack
5 13 (5.39%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 13 (5.39%) WCF
5 13 (5.39%) WPF
5 13 (5.39%) Silverlight
5 13 (5.39%) WinForms
6 9 (3.73%) ASP.NET
7 8 (3.32%) COM
8 5 (2.07%) CSS
9 4 (1.66%) .NET Compact Framework
10 3 (1.24%) Apache Flex
10 3 (1.24%) MXML
11 2 (0.83%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 36 (14.94%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (5.39%) N-Tier
3 12 (4.98%) Computer Science
4 11 (4.56%) Mobile App
5 6 (2.49%) User Experience
6 5 (2.07%) Interactive TV
7 3 (1.24%) Mathematics
7 3 (1.24%) EPoS
7 3 (1.24%) Biotechnology
8 2 (0.83%) Human Factors
8 2 (0.83%) iPhone
9 1 (0.41%) Telematics
9 1 (0.41%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.41%) LIMS
9 1 (0.41%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.41%) Chemistry
9 1 (0.41%) Informatics
Operating Systems
1 69 (28.63%) Windows
2 33 (13.69%) Android
2 33 (13.69%) Apple iOS
3 13 (5.39%) Windows Phone 7
3 13 (5.39%) Windows Phone
4 12 (4.98%) Linux
5 7 (2.90%) Windows CE
5 7 (2.90%) Windows Mobile
5 7 (2.90%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (2.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (2.49%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (1.24%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.41%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.41%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (42.74%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (27.39%) Test Scripting
3 41 (17.01%) SDLC
4 36 (14.94%) Manual Testing
4 36 (14.94%) Automated Testing
5 34 (14.11%) Mentoring
6 33 (13.69%) Validation
7 31 (12.86%) Test Management
7 31 (12.86%) Test Strategy
8 23 (9.54%) Security Testing
8 23 (9.54%) Information Assurance
8 23 (9.54%) Test Automation
9 22 (9.13%) ITIL
10 21 (8.71%) Migration
10 21 (8.71%) Automation Testing
11 20 (8.30%) Software Engineering
12 18 (7.47%) Scrum
13 17 (7.05%) Line Management
14 16 (6.64%) Test Planning
15 15 (6.22%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 74 (30.71%) SQL
2 43 (17.84%) C#
3 24 (9.96%) Java
4 11 (4.56%) PHP
5 9 (3.73%) C++
6 4 (1.66%) C
7 3 (1.24%) Python
7 3 (1.24%) Objective-C
8 2 (0.83%) Scala
8 2 (0.83%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.41%) Perl
9 1 (0.41%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.41%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.41%) Ruby
9 1 (0.41%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 87 (36.10%) ISEB
2 70 (29.05%) ISTQB
3 38 (15.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 30 (12.45%) Degree
5 8 (3.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 5 (2.07%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (2.07%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (2.07%) MCITP
6 5 (2.07%) MCP
6 5 (2.07%) MCSA
7 3 (1.24%) CCNP
7 3 (1.24%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.24%) Security Cleared
8 2 (0.83%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (38.17%) QA
2 8 (3.32%) SLA
3 5 (2.07%) FATCA
4 3 (1.24%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 6 (2.49%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 31 (12.86%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.24%) Puppet
3 1 (0.41%) FortiGate
3 1 (0.41%) Nessus
3 1 (0.41%) Nmap
3 1 (0.41%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 60 (24.90%) Microsoft
2 13 (5.39%) Apple
3 10 (4.15%) Oracle
4 8 (3.32%) HP
5 7 (2.90%) Citrix
6 6 (2.49%) VMware
7 4 (1.66%) IBM
8 3 (1.24%) Adobe
9 2 (0.83%) Cisco
9 2 (0.83%) Software AG
9 2 (0.83%) CheckPoint
9 2 (0.83%) webMethods
9 2 (0.83%) MuleSoft
9 2 (0.83%) hybris
10 1 (0.41%) Rapid7
10 1 (0.41%) McAfee
10 1 (0.41%) ION Trading
10 1 (0.41%) Alterian
10 1 (0.41%) ProCurve
10 1 (0.41%) Sitecore
Liverpool, Merseyside
Newton Blue
Salary: £26000 - £32000 per annum + + benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
Burnley, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £16000 - £18000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare, IIP, ISEB
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + + Great Benefits Package
Posted: 2 days ago
Frodsham, Cheshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Opus IT Consulting
Salary: £24000.00 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Greater Manchester
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: Excellent Salary
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £18000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £24000 - £32000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
St. Helens, Merseyside
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
Twist IT
Salary: £65000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Searchability
Salary: £23000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Newton Blue
Salary: £26000 - £32000 per annum + + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool
Newton Blue
Salary: £26000 - £32000 per annum + + benefits
Posted: 9 days ago
Chorley
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare, IIP, ISEB
Posted: 9 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Resource Partners Ltd
Posted: 11 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Accenture
Salary: From £25,000 to £42,000 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago