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

Location
3 months to
5 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 138 130 140
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +10
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 125 132 112
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.90% 1.81% 1.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.21% 2.17% 1.92%
Number of salaries quoted 90 114 96
Average salary £38,400 £31,500 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+21.90% +5.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £25,000 £20,250
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £42,500 £45,200
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £35,000 £34,000
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
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
5661 6071 5833
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 86.03% 83.47% 80.20%
Number of salaries quoted 4611 4834 4961
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 £26,550
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,500 £57,500
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +3.65%

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 5 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 5 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 -2 78 £39,000 +21.87% 17
Cheshire +17 39 £37,500 +25.00% 5
Lancashire -2 7 £30,000 +14.28% 4
Merseyside -2 1 £28,000 -17.03% 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 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 96 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (37.92%) ISEB
3 87 (36.25%) QA
4 85 (35.42%) ISTQB
5 66 (27.50%) SQL
6 64 (26.67%) Windows
7 61 (25.42%) Test Scripting
8 60 (25.00%) Microsoft
8 60 (25.00%) Finance
9 48 (20.00%) SDLC
10 45 (18.75%) SQL Server
11 40 (16.67%) Manual Testing
12 37 (15.42%) Mentoring
12 37 (15.42%) C#
13 36 (15.00%) .NET
13 36 (15.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 35 (14.58%) Android
14 35 (14.58%) Apple iOS
15 34 (14.17%) Automated Testing
16 31 (12.92%) Test Management
16 31 (12.92%) Degree
16 31 (12.92%) Information Assurance
16 31 (12.92%) Test Strategy
17 30 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
17 30 (12.50%) Security Testing
18 29 (12.08%) MS Excel
19 28 (11.67%) Validation
19 28 (11.67%) Selenium
19 28 (11.67%) Team Foundation Server
20 26 (10.83%) HP Quality Center

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

For the 6 months to 5 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 4 (1.67%) MS Exchange
1 4 (1.67%) CMS
1 4 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2007
1 4 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.42%) Umbraco
3 1 (0.42%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.42%) Tomcat
Applications
1 29 (12.08%) MS Excel
2 13 (5.42%) MS Visio
2 13 (5.42%) MS Project
3 8 (3.33%) MS Office
4 1 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.42%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.83%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.42%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (5.83%) Wireless
2 7 (2.92%) GPRS
2 7 (2.92%) UMTS
3 6 (2.50%) Internet
4 5 (2.08%) LAN
4 5 (2.08%) WAN
5 4 (1.67%) VoIP
6 3 (1.25%) VPN
7 2 (0.83%) HTTP
7 2 (0.83%) Network Security
8 1 (0.42%) Firewall
8 1 (0.42%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.75%) Relational Database
3 8 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (2.08%) MySQL
5 3 (1.25%) SAP Data Services
5 3 (1.25%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (1.25%) Data Mining
5 3 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.42%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 28 (11.67%) Selenium
1 28 (11.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (8.33%) Visual Studio
3 12 (5.00%) JIRA
3 12 (5.00%) MSTest
4 10 (4.17%) HP UFT
5 9 (3.75%) WebDriver
6 5 (2.08%) Bugzilla
7 4 (1.67%) JUnit
7 4 (1.67%) SpecFlow
7 4 (1.67%) UltraEdit
8 3 (1.25%) Cucumber
8 3 (1.25%) WebLOAD
8 3 (1.25%) LoadRunner
8 3 (1.25%) Eclipse
8 3 (1.25%) IntelliJ
9 2 (0.83%) ProC
9 2 (0.83%) Subversion
9 2 (0.83%) SoapUI
9 2 (0.83%) Jenkins
General
1 60 (25.00%) Finance
2 21 (8.75%) Retail
3 16 (6.67%) Banking
4 14 (5.83%) Financial Institution
5 5 (2.08%) Games
6 4 (1.67%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.67%) Marketing
7 3 (1.25%) Law
8 1 (0.42%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.42%) Automotive
8 1 (0.42%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.42%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 82 (34.17%) Analyst
2 77 (32.08%) Test Analyst
3 60 (25.00%) Tester
4 37 (15.42%) Test Manager
5 30 (12.50%) Software Tester
6 27 (11.25%) Developer
7 18 (7.50%) Software Developer
8 14 (5.83%) Test Leader
9 12 (5.00%) Test Engineer
10 10 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
10 10 (4.17%) Junior
10 10 (4.17%) Consultant
10 10 (4.17%) Senior Test Analyst
10 10 (4.17%) QA Tester
10 10 (4.17%) Head of Testing
11 9 (3.75%) QA Analyst
11 9 (3.75%) Software Test Analyst
11 9 (3.75%) C# Developer
12 8 (3.33%) Support Engineer
12 8 (3.33%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (15.00%) .NET
2 24 (10.00%) Web Services
3 16 (6.67%) .NET Framework
4 15 (6.25%) SOAP
4 15 (6.25%) XML
4 15 (6.25%) REST
5 13 (5.42%) Entity Framework
5 13 (5.42%) WCF
5 13 (5.42%) WPF
5 13 (5.42%) Silverlight
5 13 (5.42%) ServiceStack
5 13 (5.42%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 13 (5.42%) WinForms
6 8 (3.33%) COM
7 7 (2.92%) ASP.NET
8 5 (2.08%) Spring
9 4 (1.67%) .NET Compact Framework
10 3 (1.25%) Akka
10 3 (1.25%) Hibernate
11 2 (0.83%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 30 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (5.42%) N-Tier
3 11 (4.58%) Mobile App
3 11 (4.58%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.08%) Interactive TV
5 4 (1.67%) User Experience
6 3 (1.25%) Biotechnology
6 3 (1.25%) EPoS
7 2 (0.83%) Mathematics
7 2 (0.83%) Human Factors
8 1 (0.42%) Telematics
8 1 (0.42%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.42%) Physics
8 1 (0.42%) Chemistry
8 1 (0.42%) Informatics
8 1 (0.42%) LIMS
8 1 (0.42%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 64 (26.67%) Windows
2 35 (14.58%) Android
2 35 (14.58%) Apple iOS
3 13 (5.42%) Windows Phone 7
3 13 (5.42%) Windows Phone
4 12 (5.00%) Linux
5 7 (2.92%) Windows CE
5 7 (2.92%) Windows Mobile
6 6 (2.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (2.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (2.08%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (1.25%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.42%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.42%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (25.42%) Test Scripting
3 48 (20.00%) SDLC
4 40 (16.67%) Manual Testing
5 37 (15.42%) Mentoring
6 34 (14.17%) Automated Testing
7 31 (12.92%) Test Management
7 31 (12.92%) Information Assurance
7 31 (12.92%) Test Strategy
8 30 (12.50%) Security Testing
9 28 (11.67%) Validation
10 21 (8.75%) ITIL
10 21 (8.75%) Automation Testing
10 21 (8.75%) Test Automation
11 19 (7.92%) Migration
11 19 (7.92%) Software Engineering
11 19 (7.92%) Coaching
12 17 (7.08%) Scrum
13 15 (6.25%) MVC
13 15 (6.25%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 66 (27.50%) SQL
2 37 (15.42%) C#
3 21 (8.75%) Java
4 9 (3.75%) C++
4 9 (3.75%) PHP
5 4 (1.67%) C
6 3 (1.25%) Python
7 2 (0.83%) PL/SQL
7 2 (0.83%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.83%) Perl
8 1 (0.42%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.42%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.42%) Ruby
8 1 (0.42%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 91 (37.92%) ISEB
2 85 (35.42%) ISTQB
3 36 (15.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 31 (12.92%) Degree
5 8 (3.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 4 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (1.67%) MCITP
6 4 (1.67%) MCP
6 4 (1.67%) MCSA
7 3 (1.25%) Security Cleared
8 1 (0.42%) CCNP
8 1 (0.42%) CCNA
8 1 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (36.25%) QA
2 14 (5.83%) FATCA
3 5 (2.08%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (2.08%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 26 (10.83%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.25%) Puppet
3 1 (0.42%) Nessus
3 1 (0.42%) Nmap
3 1 (0.42%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 60 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (5.83%) Oracle
3 13 (5.42%) Apple
4 7 (2.92%) HP
5 5 (2.08%) Citrix
5 5 (2.08%) VMware
6 3 (1.25%) SAP
6 3 (1.25%) Jaspersoft
7 2 (0.83%) hybris
7 2 (0.83%) IBM
8 1 (0.42%) ION Trading
8 1 (0.42%) Alterian
8 1 (0.42%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.42%) Rapid7
8 1 (0.42%) McAfee
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Burnley, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £18000 - £22000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Posted: Yesterday
Lancashire
First Recruitment
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Posted: Yesterday
Merseyside
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £24000 - £32000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
St. Helens, Merseyside
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Curve IT Recruitment
Salary: £65000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £25000 - £28000 per annum + bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Salary: £40000 - £43000 per annum + package
Posted: 5 days ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Runcorn, Cheshire
RecruitmentRevolution.com Limited
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare, IIP, ISEB
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheadle, Cheshire
GLM Recruitment
Salary: From £19,000 to £20,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheadle, Cheshire
Jagger Talent
Salary: From £19,000 to £24,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago