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 11 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 118 181 113
Rank change year-on-year
+63 -68
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 121 78 152
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 2.17% 1.11% 2.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.51% 1.30% 2.71%
Number of salaries quoted 95 69 130
Average salary £32,500 £32,500 £32,500
90% offered a salary of more than £26,700 £27,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £45,000 £42,500
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
4812 6019 5619
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 86.41% 85.66% 84.59%
Number of salaries quoted 3985 5083 4676
Average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a salary of more than £28,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -

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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016. 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 +42 68 £32,500 -4.41% 17
Cheshire +30 29 £33,500 +21.81% 6
Lancashire +23 11 £28,000 -13.84% 2
Merseyside +3 11 £32,500 - 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 147 (52.13%) Agile Software Development
2 131 (46.45%) SQL
3 123 (43.62%) ISEB
3 123 (43.62%) QA
4 93 (32.98%) Test Scripting
5 91 (32.27%) SQL Server
6 79 (28.01%) .NET
7 74 (26.24%) ISTQB
8 73 (25.89%) Windows
9 68 (24.11%) Performance Testing
10 60 (21.28%) HP Quality Center
11 58 (20.57%) Java
12 54 (19.15%) C#
13 53 (18.79%) Validation
14 52 (18.44%) Team Foundation Server
14 52 (18.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 50 (17.73%) Selenium
16 49 (17.38%) MS Excel
17 48 (17.02%) HP UFT
17 48 (17.02%) Finance
18 47 (16.67%) Scrum
18 47 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
19 46 (16.31%) Functional Testing
20 45 (15.96%) Defect Management
21 42 (14.89%) Manual Testing
22 40 (14.18%) Analytical Skills
23 39 (13.83%) Test Automation
23 39 (13.83%) Degree
23 39 (13.83%) Web Services
24 36 (12.77%) XML

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

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 29 (10.28%) BizTalk Server
2 10 (3.55%) CMS
3 8 (2.84%) ColdFusion
4 4 (1.42%) Confluence
4 4 (1.42%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.42%) WebSphere
4 4 (1.42%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
5 3 (1.06%) Mule
6 2 (0.71%) Apache
6 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.35%) Tomcat
Applications
1 49 (17.38%) MS Excel
2 10 (3.55%) MS Office
3 3 (1.06%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.35%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.35%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.35%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.77%) PuTTY
1 5 (1.77%) WinSCP
2 3 (1.06%) LAN
2 3 (1.06%) WAN
3 2 (0.71%) DNS
3 2 (0.71%) HTTPS
3 2 (0.71%) S/MIME
3 2 (0.71%) SMTP
3 2 (0.71%) VoIP
4 1 (0.35%) Firewall
4 1 (0.35%) Internet
4 1 (0.35%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (32.27%) SQL Server
2 30 (10.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 30 (10.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 25 (8.87%) Data Warehouse
4 15 (5.32%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.77%) MySQL
6 3 (1.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 3 (1.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.35%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.35%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 52 (18.44%) Team Foundation Server
2 50 (17.73%) Selenium
3 48 (17.02%) HP UFT
4 35 (12.41%) JIRA
5 28 (9.93%) MSTest
5 28 (9.93%) Visual Studio
6 18 (6.38%) WebDriver
7 13 (4.61%) JUnit
8 11 (3.90%) NUnit
9 10 (3.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 9 (3.19%) Ant
10 9 (3.19%) SpecFlow
10 9 (3.19%) Visual Studio Team System
11 7 (2.48%) Cucumber
11 7 (2.48%) Jenkins
11 7 (2.48%) Sahi
12 5 (1.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 5 (1.77%) Ranorex
12 5 (1.77%) Selenium IDE
12 5 (1.77%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 48 (17.02%) Finance
2 17 (6.03%) Retail
3 10 (3.55%) Games
4 9 (3.19%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.77%) Banking
5 5 (1.77%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.42%) Corporate Banking
6 4 (1.42%) Marketing
7 3 (1.06%) Legal
8 1 (0.35%) Back Office
8 1 (0.35%) Billing
8 1 (0.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 122 (43.26%) Analyst
2 117 (41.49%) Test Analyst
3 72 (25.53%) Tester
4 60 (21.28%) Software Tester
5 47 (16.67%) Senior Analyst
6 46 (16.31%) Senior Test Analyst
7 41 (14.54%) SQL Analyst
8 28 (9.93%) QA Tester
8 28 (9.93%) Software Analyst
8 28 (9.93%) Software Test Analyst
8 28 (9.93%) Web Analyst
8 28 (9.93%) Web Test Analyst
9 26 (9.22%) Senior Web Analyst
10 23 (8.16%) Developer
11 21 (7.45%) Automation Tester
11 21 (7.45%) QA Analyst
12 20 (7.09%) QA Test Analyst
13 19 (6.74%) Junior
14 18 (6.38%) ETL Analyst
14 18 (6.38%) Software QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (28.01%) .NET
2 39 (13.83%) Web Services
3 36 (12.77%) XML
4 20 (7.09%) .NET Framework
5 8 (2.84%) Apache Flex
5 8 (2.84%) MXML
6 7 (2.48%) CSS
6 7 (2.48%) REST
7 6 (2.13%) JSON
8 4 (1.42%) HTML
8 4 (1.42%) IBM Integration Bus
8 4 (1.42%) Middleware
8 4 (1.42%) WebSphere MQ
9 3 (1.06%) ASP.NET
9 3 (1.06%) Gherkin
9 3 (1.06%) WSDL
10 1 (0.35%) Cocoa
10 1 (0.35%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 40 (14.18%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (6.74%) Computer Science
3 12 (4.26%) iPhone
4 10 (3.55%) User Experience
5 8 (2.84%) EPoS
6 4 (1.42%) PMI
7 3 (1.06%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.06%) W3C
8 2 (0.71%) Clustering
8 2 (0.71%) Life Science
8 2 (0.71%) Mathematics
9 1 (0.35%) Biotechnology
9 1 (0.35%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.35%) iPad
9 1 (0.35%) LIMS
9 1 (0.35%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.35%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.35%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 73 (25.89%) Windows
2 12 (4.26%) Apple iOS
3 8 (2.84%) Android
4 5 (1.77%) Windows Server
4 5 (1.77%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (1.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (1.42%) Windows XP
6 2 (0.71%) Windows 10
6 2 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (52.13%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (32.98%) Test Scripting
3 68 (24.11%) Performance Testing
4 53 (18.79%) Validation
5 47 (16.67%) Scrum
5 47 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 46 (16.31%) Functional Testing
7 45 (15.96%) Defect Management
8 42 (14.89%) Manual Testing
9 39 (13.83%) Test Automation
10 36 (12.77%) Automated Testing
10 36 (12.77%) ETL
11 29 (10.28%) SDLC
12 28 (9.93%) Automation Testing
13 26 (9.22%) Project Management
14 25 (8.87%) Mentoring
14 25 (8.87%) Test Strategy
15 24 (8.51%) Security Testing
15 24 (8.51%) Test Management
16 23 (8.16%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 131 (46.45%) SQL
2 58 (20.57%) Java
3 54 (19.15%) C#
4 17 (6.03%) Python
5 15 (5.32%) PHP
6 13 (4.61%) Scala
6 13 (4.61%) VB
7 10 (3.55%) T-SQL
8 9 (3.19%) Objective-C
8 9 (3.19%) Ruby
9 8 (2.84%) JavaScript
10 7 (2.48%) C++
11 6 (2.13%) VB6
12 5 (1.77%) C
12 5 (1.77%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 123 (43.62%) ISEB
2 74 (26.24%) ISTQB
3 52 (18.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 39 (13.83%) Degree
5 8 (2.84%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (2.13%) SC Cleared
6 6 (2.13%) Security Cleared
7 4 (1.42%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (0.71%) MCITP
8 2 (0.71%) MCP
8 2 (0.71%) MCSA
8 2 (0.71%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.35%) Oracle Certification
9 1 (0.35%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (43.62%) QA
2 7 (2.48%) HL7
3 4 (1.42%) SLA
4 3 (1.06%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 8 (2.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (2.13%) Hyper-V
3 5 (1.77%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.77%) XenApp
3 5 (1.77%) XenDesktop
4 3 (1.06%) Docker
Systems Management
1 60 (21.28%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (1.06%) Puppet
3 1 (0.35%) Nessus
3 1 (0.35%) Nexpose
3 1 (0.35%) Nmap
3 1 (0.35%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 35 (12.41%) Microsoft
2 19 (6.74%) HP
3 11 (3.90%) Citrix
4 10 (3.55%) Oracle
4 10 (3.55%) VMware
5 8 (2.84%) Adobe
6 5 (1.77%) IBM
7 4 (1.42%) MuleSoft
7 4 (1.42%) Sage
7 4 (1.42%) Software AG
7 4 (1.42%) webMethods
8 3 (1.06%) Epicor
8 3 (1.06%) NetSuite
8 3 (1.06%) SYSPRO
9 2 (0.71%) ION Trading
9 2 (0.71%) Siebel
10 1 (0.35%) Rapid7
10 1 (0.35%) Telerik
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Salary: £16000 - £22000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
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Cathcart Associates Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £25000 - £28000 per annum + bens
Posted: 2 days ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + bens
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £18000 - £29000 per annum + Excellent benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Sandbach, Cheshire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £23000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Salary: Competitive salary with additional NCC Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Salary: Flexible (depending on experience) + car allowance + target bonus + pe
Posted: 5 days ago
Wigan, Lancashire
DCS Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £40000 per annum + flexi-time
Posted: 5 days ago
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Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + FlexTime, Pension, Life Assurance
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Salary: competitive
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Chester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
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Manchester
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £15000.00 - £28000.00 per annum
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Chorley
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Sandbach
Applause IT Ltd
Salary: £23000 - £28000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 16 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Salary: + benefits (pension, life assurance, company car/allowance etc)
Posted: 16 days ago
Stockport
Applause IT Ltd
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Altrincham
Computer Futures
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive
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Outsourcery Hosting Ltd
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