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

Location
3 months to
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 110 128 166
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +38
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 163 119 88
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 2.22% 1.73% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.65% 2.19% 1.51%
Number of salaries quoted 154 95 79
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 £23,600 £20,250 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £47,600 £37,500
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £33,500 £33,750
% change year-on-year
+4.47% -0.74%
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
6152 5427 5819
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 83.71% 79.08% 78.70%
Number of salaries quoted 4962 4599 5024
Average salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%

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 16 September 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 16 September 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
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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 +17 114 £39,500 -1.25% 19
Cheshire +4 44 £30,000 +20.00% 3
Merseyside +4 4 £35,000 +4.47%
Lancashire -13 1 - - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 September 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.

1 133 (43.04%) SQL
2 128 (41.42%) ISEB
3 119 (38.51%) Agile Software Development
4 97 (31.39%) QA
5 96 (31.07%) Finance
6 94 (30.42%) ISTQB
7 77 (24.92%) Windows
8 74 (23.95%) .NET
9 67 (21.68%) Automated Testing
10 58 (18.77%) Selenium
11 56 (18.12%) C#
12 54 (17.48%) Manual Testing
13 53 (17.15%) Analytical Skills
14 51 (16.50%) Team Foundation Server
15 50 (16.18%) Test Scripting
15 50 (16.18%) Microsoft
15 50 (16.18%) HTML
15 50 (16.18%) Degree
16 49 (15.86%) JavaScript
17 48 (15.53%) Regression Testing
18 46 (14.89%) SQL Server
19 43 (13.92%) Project Management
20 40 (12.94%) Java
20 40 (12.94%) Mentoring
21 39 (12.62%) MS Excel
22 33 (10.68%) QuickTest Pro
22 33 (10.68%) Test Strategy
22 33 (10.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
22 33 (10.68%) HP Quality Center
23 32 (10.36%) Test Management

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

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 (0.32%) Tomcat
Applications
1 39 (12.62%) MS Excel
2 16 (5.18%) MS Office
3 5 (1.62%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.65%) MS Project
5 1 (0.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.62%) Magento
2 1 (0.32%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.32%) SaaS
1 1 (0.32%) Amazon SQS
1 1 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 14 (4.53%) Internet
2 3 (0.97%) LAN
2 3 (0.97%) WAN
2 3 (0.97%) FTP
3 1 (0.32%) Broadband
3 1 (0.32%) GPRS
3 1 (0.32%) UMTS
3 1 (0.32%) Firewall
3 1 (0.32%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (14.89%) SQL Server
2 15 (4.85%) Relational Database
3 9 (2.91%) DB2
4 6 (1.94%) MySQL
4 6 (1.94%) Oracle Database
5 5 (1.62%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (1.29%) Crystal Reports
7 2 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.32%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 58 (18.77%) Selenium
2 51 (16.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 33 (10.68%) QuickTest Pro
4 19 (6.15%) MSTest
5 15 (4.85%) SpecFlow
6 14 (4.53%) JIRA
6 14 (4.53%) WebDriver
7 12 (3.88%) Visual Studio
7 12 (3.88%) TestPartner
7 12 (3.88%) Cucumber
8 11 (3.56%) NUnit
9 9 (2.91%) EasyMock
9 9 (2.91%) SilkPerformer
9 9 (2.91%) jMock
9 9 (2.91%) QALoad
9 9 (2.91%) JUnit
9 9 (2.91%) LoadRunner
10 8 (2.59%) SoapUI
11 5 (1.62%) Selenium IDE
11 5 (1.62%) Toad
General
1 96 (31.07%) Finance
2 16 (5.18%) Marketing
3 12 (3.88%) Billing
4 8 (2.59%) Retail
5 4 (1.29%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.29%) Games
5 4 (1.29%) Banking
6 2 (0.65%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.32%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 112 (36.25%) Analyst
2 89 (28.80%) Test Analyst
3 52 (16.83%) Developer
4 48 (15.53%) Tester
5 39 (12.62%) Software Tester
6 32 (10.36%) Test Manager
7 24 (7.77%) Software Test Analyst
8 20 (6.47%) Test Engineer
9 19 (6.15%) Systems Developer
10 17 (5.50%) Senior Test Analyst
10 17 (5.50%) Senior Analyst
11 13 (4.21%) Team Leader
11 13 (4.21%) Test Team Leader
11 13 (4.21%) Software Engineer
12 12 (3.88%) Software Test Engineer
13 10 (3.24%) Test Leader
14 9 (2.91%) Head of Testing
14 9 (2.91%) QA Engineer
14 9 (2.91%) Release Manager
14 9 (2.91%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (23.95%) .NET
2 50 (16.18%) HTML
3 27 (8.74%) ASP.NET
4 25 (8.09%) Web Services
5 24 (7.77%) .NET Framework
6 22 (7.12%) CSS
7 20 (6.47%) XML
8 16 (5.18%) SOAP
9 13 (4.21%) ASP.NET MVC
10 12 (3.88%) REST
11 11 (3.56%) Java EE
12 10 (3.24%) LINQ
12 10 (3.24%) WCF
12 10 (3.24%) ASP.NET Web API
12 10 (3.24%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 10 (3.24%) LINQ to SQL
13 9 (2.91%) Middleware
14 8 (2.59%) Gherkin
15 6 (1.94%) HTML5
16 5 (1.62%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 53 (17.15%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (6.80%) Computer Science
3 6 (1.94%) Mathematics
4 4 (1.29%) Blackberry
4 4 (1.29%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.29%) Open Source
4 4 (1.29%) Mobile App
5 3 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (0.97%) Animation
6 2 (0.65%) AS400
6 2 (0.65%) BBC
7 1 (0.32%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.32%) MHEG
7 1 (0.32%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.32%) Biotechnology
7 1 (0.32%) Interactive TV
7 1 (0.32%) Replication
7 1 (0.32%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 77 (24.92%) Windows
2 19 (6.15%) UNIX
3 14 (4.53%) Android
4 13 (4.21%) Linux
5 10 (3.24%) Apple iOS
6 9 (2.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (2.91%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (1.94%) Windows Mobile
7 6 (1.94%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (1.29%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.65%) Windows 2000
9 2 (0.65%) Windows Vista
9 2 (0.65%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.32%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.32%) Windows Phone 7
10 1 (0.32%) Solaris
10 1 (0.32%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (38.51%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (21.68%) Automated Testing
3 54 (17.48%) Manual Testing
4 50 (16.18%) Test Scripting
5 48 (15.53%) Regression Testing
6 43 (13.92%) Project Management
7 40 (12.94%) Mentoring
8 33 (10.68%) Test Strategy
9 32 (10.36%) Test Management
10 31 (10.03%) System Testing
10 31 (10.03%) Integration Testing
11 30 (9.71%) Scrum
11 30 (9.71%) Test Automation
12 29 (9.39%) OO
13 28 (9.06%) Performance Testing
13 28 (9.06%) Automation Testing
14 26 (8.41%) User Acceptance Testing
14 26 (8.41%) Unit Testing
14 26 (8.41%) Time Management
15 24 (7.77%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 133 (43.04%) SQL
2 56 (18.12%) C#
3 49 (15.86%) JavaScript
4 40 (12.94%) Java
5 15 (4.85%) C++
6 14 (4.53%) VB
7 12 (3.88%) VB.NET
8 11 (3.56%) PHP
9 9 (2.91%) VBScript
10 8 (2.59%) Python
11 5 (1.62%) PHP5
12 4 (1.29%) Perl
13 3 (0.97%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.97%) C
14 2 (0.65%) Ruby
15 1 (0.32%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 128 (41.42%) ISEB
2 94 (30.42%) ISTQB
3 50 (16.18%) Degree
4 33 (10.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 15 (4.85%) Security Cleared
6 11 (3.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 6 (1.94%) HND
8 4 (1.29%) ACCA
8 4 (1.29%) CIMA
9 3 (0.97%) SC Cleared
9 3 (0.97%) HNC
10 2 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.65%) MCP
10 2 (0.65%) MCSD
10 2 (0.65%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.32%) CIPD
11 1 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (31.39%) QA
2 3 (0.97%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 3 (0.97%) Hyper-V
1 3 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (0.97%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.65%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (0.65%) XenApp
2 2 (0.65%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 33 (10.68%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 50 (16.18%) Microsoft
2 26 (8.41%) Oracle
3 17 (5.50%) HP
4 9 (2.91%) Red Hat
5 5 (1.62%) Zend
6 4 (1.29%) Compuware
6 4 (1.29%) SYSPRO
7 3 (0.97%) VMware
7 3 (0.97%) TIBCO
7 3 (0.97%) Citrix
8 1 (0.32%) ION Trading
8 1 (0.32%) Apple
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