The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy 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 Test Strategy over the 3 months to 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 150 204 202
Rank change year-on-year
+54 -2
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 108 34 47
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.45% 0.50% 0.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.77% 0.64% 0.82%
Number of salaries quoted 78 28 41
Average salary £47,000 £49,250 £40,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-4.56% +21.60%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £36,750 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £51,500 £56,400
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -5.55%
Test Strategy
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
6094 5316 5702
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 81.92% 77.61% 77.81%
Number of salaries quoted 4851 4500 4956
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 £27,000 £26,750 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £57,500 £55,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Strategy
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the North West region.

Test Strategy Salary Trend in the North West

Test Strategy
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the North West region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Test Strategy Salary Histogram in the North West

Test Strategy
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 Test Strategy within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 August 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
(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 +27 51 £45,000 -10.00% 8
Cheshire +6 30 £47,000 -3.09% 1
Merseyside +16 12 £35,000 -3.44%
Lancashire - 1 £37,500 -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing Test Strategy 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 Test Strategy.

1 74 (52.86%) Finance
2 32 (22.86%) C#
3 30 (21.43%) Selenium
4 27 (19.29%) Software Testing
4 27 (19.29%) Windows
5 26 (18.57%) User Acceptance Testing
6 25 (17.86%) Test Management
6 25 (17.86%) ISTQB
7 24 (17.14%) Degree
7 24 (17.14%) Performance Testing
7 24 (17.14%) SQL Server
8 23 (16.43%) Agile Software Development
9 22 (15.71%) Stakeholder Management
9 22 (15.71%) ISEB
10 20 (14.29%) Microsoft
10 20 (14.29%) SQL
10 20 (14.29%) Test Automation
11 19 (13.57%) Linux
12 18 (12.86%) .NET
13 17 (12.14%) JavaScript
13 17 (12.14%) SOAP
13 17 (12.14%) Test Scripting
14 16 (11.43%) QA
14 16 (11.43%) HP Quality Center
14 16 (11.43%) Automation Testing
14 16 (11.43%) ASP.NET
14 16 (11.43%) HTML
15 15 (10.71%) Continuous Improvement
16 14 (10.00%) TDD
16 14 (10.00%) CSS

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing Test Strategy 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 Test Strategy. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (2.86%) Apache
2 2 (1.43%) ArchestrA
3 1 (0.71%) SAS
Applications
1 14 (10.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.14%) MS Office
3 1 (0.71%) MS Project
3 1 (0.71%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.71%) SPSS
3 1 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.71%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 10 (7.14%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 12 (8.57%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (17.14%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.86%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (2.86%) MySQL
2 4 (2.86%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.14%) DB2
4 2 (1.43%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.71%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.71%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.71%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.71%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.71%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 30 (21.43%) Selenium
2 13 (9.29%) QuickTest Pro
2 13 (9.29%) NUnit
3 12 (8.57%) LoadRunner
3 12 (8.57%) MSTest
4 11 (7.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (7.14%) SpecFlow
6 9 (6.43%) Cucumber
6 9 (6.43%) SoapUI
7 7 (5.00%) JIRA
7 7 (5.00%) WebDriver
8 6 (4.29%) SilkPerformer
9 5 (3.57%) Git (software)
10 4 (2.86%) Eclipse
10 4 (2.86%) JUnit
10 4 (2.86%) Gradle
10 4 (2.86%) Jenkins
11 2 (1.43%) Visual Studio
11 2 (1.43%) Maven
11 2 (1.43%) Gerrit
General
1 74 (52.86%) Finance
2 13 (9.29%) Marketing
3 12 (8.57%) Billing
4 9 (6.43%) Games
5 8 (5.71%) Banking
6 6 (4.29%) Retail
7 5 (3.57%) Investment Banking
8 4 (2.86%) Advertising
9 2 (1.43%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.71%) Automotive
10 1 (0.71%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 69 (49.29%) Test Manager
2 27 (19.29%) Analyst
3 16 (11.43%) Developer
4 12 (8.57%) Tester
5 11 (7.86%) Test Analyst
6 10 (7.14%) Senior Developer
6 10 (7.14%) Web Analyst
7 7 (5.00%) Automation Tester
7 7 (5.00%) Architect
8 6 (4.29%) Software Developer
8 6 (4.29%) Senior Analyst
9 5 (3.57%) Test Architect
9 5 (3.57%) Automation Engineer
10 4 (2.86%) Test Leader
10 4 (2.86%) Development Engineer
10 4 (2.86%) Senior Development Engineer
10 4 (2.86%) Lead Developer
10 4 (2.86%) Software Engineer
10 4 (2.86%) Senior Test Analyst
10 4 (2.86%) Java Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (12.86%) .NET
2 17 (12.14%) SOAP
3 16 (11.43%) ASP.NET
3 16 (11.43%) HTML
4 14 (10.00%) CSS
4 14 (10.00%) Web Services
5 12 (8.57%) WCF
5 12 (8.57%) LINQ
5 12 (8.57%) ASP.NET MVC
6 11 (7.86%) .NET Framework
7 10 (7.14%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 10 (7.14%) LINQ to SQL
7 10 (7.14%) REST
7 10 (7.14%) ASP.NET Web API
8 4 (2.86%) Hibernate
8 4 (2.86%) Spring
8 4 (2.86%) JSP
9 3 (2.14%) XML
9 3 (2.14%) jQuery
10 2 (1.43%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.14%) Economics
1 10 (7.14%) Mathematics
2 9 (6.43%) Statistics
3 7 (5.00%) Mainframe
3 7 (5.00%) Online Games
3 7 (5.00%) IBM Mainframe
4 5 (3.57%) PMI
5 4 (2.86%) Blackberry
5 4 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.14%) IVR
6 3 (2.14%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.43%) PDA
7 2 (1.43%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.43%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.43%) Open Source
8 1 (0.71%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.71%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.71%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 27 (19.29%) Windows
2 19 (13.57%) Linux
3 8 (5.71%) UNIX
4 6 (4.29%) Windows XP
4 6 (4.29%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (4.29%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (4.29%) Windows 7
5 4 (2.86%) Android
6 3 (2.14%) Solaris
7 2 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.71%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (19.29%) Software Testing
2 26 (18.57%) User Acceptance Testing
3 25 (17.86%) Test Management
4 24 (17.14%) Performance Testing
5 23 (16.43%) Agile Software Development
6 22 (15.71%) Stakeholder Management
7 20 (14.29%) Test Automation
8 17 (12.14%) Test Scripting
9 16 (11.43%) Automation Testing
10 15 (10.71%) Continuous Improvement
11 14 (10.00%) OO
11 14 (10.00%) E-Commerce
11 14 (10.00%) OOD
11 14 (10.00%) TDD
12 13 (9.29%) Automated Testing
13 12 (8.57%) Refactoring
13 12 (8.57%) System Testing
13 12 (8.57%) Time Management
14 11 (7.86%) Analytics
15 10 (7.14%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 32 (22.86%) C#
2 20 (14.29%) SQL
3 17 (12.14%) JavaScript
4 13 (9.29%) C++
4 13 (9.29%) Java
5 5 (3.57%) VBScript
6 4 (2.86%) Perl
6 4 (2.86%) PowerShell
6 4 (2.86%) Bash Shell
6 4 (2.86%) C
7 2 (1.43%) Ruby
7 2 (1.43%) Groovy
7 2 (1.43%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (17.86%) ISTQB
2 24 (17.14%) Degree
3 22 (15.71%) ISEB
4 5 (3.57%) CSQA
4 5 (3.57%) PMI Certification
4 5 (3.57%) MBA
4 5 (3.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 4 (2.86%) HND
5 4 (2.86%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.43%) MCP
6 2 (1.43%) MCSD
7 1 (0.71%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.71%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (11.43%) QA
2 1 (0.71%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 6 (4.29%) VMware ESX
2 4 (2.86%) XenApp
2 4 (2.86%) XenDesktop
3 2 (1.43%) VMware Workstation
3 2 (1.43%) Nmap
3 2 (1.43%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 16 (11.43%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.43%) CORE IMPACT
2 2 (1.43%) Hyperic
2 2 (1.43%) Nessus
Vendors
1 20 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 12 (8.57%) VMware
3 10 (7.14%) Google
4 7 (5.00%) IBM
5 5 (3.57%) HP
6 4 (2.86%) Citrix
6 4 (2.86%) JBoss
6 4 (2.86%) Wonderware
7 3 (2.14%) Apple
7 3 (2.14%) Oracle
8 2 (1.43%) NetApp
8 2 (1.43%) Fujitsu
9 1 (0.71%) Ab Initio
9 1 (0.71%) Cognizant
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