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

Location
3 months to
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 148 124 158
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +34
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 106 141 109
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.62% 1.97% 1.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.93% 2.39% 1.82%
Number of salaries quoted 70 118 82
Average salary £30,000 £32,500 £31,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-7.69% +4.83%
90% offered a salary of more than £21,350 £25,000 £20,050
10% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £43,250 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £34,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
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
5491 5894 5978
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 83.67% 82.54% 79.57%
Number of salaries quoted 4402 4769 4929
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 £27,000 £25,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £44,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.52% +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 17 April 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 17 April 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 -7 63 £30,000 -7.69% 9
Cheshire +10 38 £32,000 +6.66% 2
Merseyside 0 3 £21,500 -42.66% 1
Lancashire -9 2 £33,750 +25.00% 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 98 (51.04%) ISEB
2 97 (50.52%) Agile Software Development
3 92 (47.92%) QA
3 92 (47.92%) SQL
4 86 (44.79%) ISTQB
5 57 (29.69%) Finance
6 51 (26.56%) Manual Testing
7 49 (25.52%) Windows
8 47 (24.48%) Test Scripting
9 38 (19.79%) Automation Testing
10 37 (19.27%) Selenium
10 37 (19.27%) Automated Testing
10 37 (19.27%) Microsoft
11 31 (16.15%) Team Foundation Server
11 31 (16.15%) Test Automation
11 31 (16.15%) HP Quality Center
12 30 (15.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 29 (15.10%) Performance Testing
14 28 (14.58%) QuickTest Pro
15 24 (12.50%) Degree
16 23 (11.98%) Oracle
17 21 (10.94%) .NET
17 21 (10.94%) Security Testing
17 21 (10.94%) Information Assurance
17 21 (10.94%) Android
17 21 (10.94%) Apple iOS
18 19 (9.90%) MSTest
18 19 (9.90%) Mentoring
18 19 (9.90%) User Acceptance Testing
18 19 (9.90%) Scrum

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

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (1.04%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (0.52%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (3.13%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.08%) MS Office
3 1 (0.52%) MS Project
3 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.04%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.17%) Wireless
2 3 (1.56%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.04%) Internet
4 1 (0.52%) HTTP
4 1 (0.52%) VPN
4 1 (0.52%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.21%) Relational Database
3 4 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.56%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (1.56%) SAP Data Services
4 3 (1.56%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.56%) MySQL
4 3 (1.56%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (1.04%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.52%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 37 (19.27%) Selenium
2 31 (16.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 28 (14.58%) QuickTest Pro
4 19 (9.90%) MSTest
5 8 (4.17%) WebDriver
5 8 (4.17%) TestDirector
6 6 (3.13%) SpecFlow
7 5 (2.60%) JIRA
8 4 (2.08%) LoadRunner
8 4 (2.08%) Selenium IDE
9 3 (1.56%) JUnit
9 3 (1.56%) Visual Studio
9 3 (1.56%) Eclipse
9 3 (1.56%) IntelliJ
9 3 (1.56%) Subversion
9 3 (1.56%) TestComplete
10 2 (1.04%) TeamCity
10 2 (1.04%) Git (software)
10 2 (1.04%) WebLOAD
10 2 (1.04%) ProC
General
1 57 (29.69%) Finance
2 16 (8.33%) Banking
3 15 (7.81%) Retail
4 10 (5.21%) Financial Institution
5 4 (2.08%) Games
6 2 (1.04%) Law
6 2 (1.04%) Advertising
6 2 (1.04%) Billing
7 1 (0.52%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.52%) Marketing
7 1 (0.52%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 101 (52.60%) Analyst
2 90 (46.88%) Test Analyst
3 62 (32.29%) Tester
4 42 (21.88%) Software Tester
5 19 (9.90%) QA Tester
6 17 (8.85%) Test Manager
7 16 (8.33%) Test Engineer
7 16 (8.33%) Software Test Analyst
8 14 (7.29%) QA Analyst
9 13 (6.77%) Consultant
9 13 (6.77%) Developer
10 11 (5.73%) Test Consultant
10 11 (5.73%) Test Leader
10 11 (5.73%) QA Consultant
11 10 (5.21%) Software Consultant
11 10 (5.21%) Senior Analyst
11 10 (5.21%) Senior Test Analyst
11 10 (5.21%) Senior Tester
12 9 (4.69%) Software Engineer
13 8 (4.17%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (10.94%) .NET
2 9 (4.69%) Web Services
3 5 (2.60%) Spring
4 4 (2.08%) XML
4 4 (2.08%) ASP.NET
4 4 (2.08%) HTML
4 4 (2.08%) Java EE
5 3 (1.56%) Akka
5 3 (1.56%) SOAP
5 3 (1.56%) Hibernate
5 3 (1.56%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (1.04%) JDBC
6 2 (1.04%) Swing
6 2 (1.04%) JSON
7 1 (0.52%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 1 (0.52%) Middleware
7 1 (0.52%) COM
7 1 (0.52%) WCF
7 1 (0.52%) WPF
7 1 (0.52%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 8 (4.17%) Computer Science
1 8 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (2.60%) Open Source
3 4 (2.08%) Mathematics
4 2 (1.04%) Blackberry
4 2 (1.04%) AS400
4 2 (1.04%) Interactive TV
4 2 (1.04%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.52%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.52%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.52%) Physics
5 1 (0.52%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 49 (25.52%) Windows
2 21 (10.94%) Android
2 21 (10.94%) Apple iOS
3 8 (4.17%) UNIX
4 7 (3.65%) Linux
5 2 (1.04%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.52%) Windows Phone 7
6 1 (0.52%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (50.52%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (26.56%) Manual Testing
3 47 (24.48%) Test Scripting
4 38 (19.79%) Automation Testing
5 37 (19.27%) Automated Testing
6 31 (16.15%) Test Automation
7 29 (15.10%) Performance Testing
8 21 (10.94%) Security Testing
8 21 (10.94%) Information Assurance
9 19 (9.90%) User Acceptance Testing
9 19 (9.90%) Scrum
9 19 (9.90%) Mentoring
10 18 (9.38%) Release Management
11 16 (8.33%) Integration Testing
11 16 (8.33%) Coaching
12 14 (7.29%) Regression Testing
13 13 (6.77%) Test Management
14 12 (6.25%) Time Management
14 12 (6.25%) Unit Testing
14 12 (6.25%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 92 (47.92%) SQL
2 16 (8.33%) Java
3 9 (4.69%) C#
4 7 (3.65%) C
5 5 (2.60%) Python
6 4 (2.08%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.56%) Perl
7 3 (1.56%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.56%) C++
8 2 (1.04%) VBScript
9 1 (0.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 98 (51.04%) ISEB
2 86 (44.79%) ISTQB
3 30 (15.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 24 (12.50%) Degree
5 3 (1.56%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (1.04%) HNC
7 1 (0.52%) HND
7 1 (0.52%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (47.92%) QA
2 14 (7.29%) FATCA
3 1 (0.52%) ISO 9000
Systems Management
1 31 (16.15%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.52%) Nessus
2 1 (0.52%) Nmap
2 1 (0.52%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 37 (19.27%) Microsoft
2 23 (11.98%) Oracle
3 8 (4.17%) VMware
4 7 (3.65%) HP
5 3 (1.56%) SAP
5 3 (1.56%) IBM
5 3 (1.56%) Telerik
5 3 (1.56%) Jaspersoft
6 1 (0.52%) Rapid7
6 1 (0.52%) Aquila
6 1 (0.52%) Apple
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