The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 233 241 187
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -54
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 23 13 49
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.32% 0.18% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.39% 0.23% 0.92%
Number of salaries quoted 14 6 34
Average salary £35,000 £28,750 £42,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+21.73% -31.54%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £27,500 £28,000
10% offered a salary of more than £39,000 £45,000 £58,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
5836 5741 5348
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 81.24% 78.22% 74.99%
Number of salaries quoted 4737 4720 4681
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £57,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,500
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -1.23%
Test Strategy
England

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +7 8 £37,500 - 3
Merseyside - 7 £35,000 -
Cheshire -2 6 - - 4
Lancashire +7 2 £33,000 +14.78% 3
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 33 (42.86%) QA
2 31 (40.26%) Selenium
3 25 (32.47%) Test Automation
3 25 (32.47%) Software Testing
4 24 (31.17%) SQL Server
5 22 (28.57%) C#
5 22 (28.57%) Finance
6 21 (27.27%) Test Management
7 20 (25.97%) Java
7 20 (25.97%) Windows
8 19 (24.68%) Open Source
8 19 (24.68%) Cucumber
8 19 (24.68%) SoapUI
8 19 (24.68%) Gherkin
9 18 (23.38%) User Acceptance Testing
9 18 (23.38%) C++
10 16 (20.78%) Linux
11 13 (16.88%) Programme Management
11 13 (16.88%) System Testing
12 11 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
12 11 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
12 11 (14.29%) Banking
12 11 (14.29%) Automated Testing
12 11 (14.29%) ISEB
13 10 (12.99%) Retail
13 10 (12.99%) Manual Testing
14 9 (11.69%) Microsoft
14 9 (11.69%) Stakeholder Management
15 8 (10.39%) .NET
15 8 (10.39%) Test Scripting

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

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 1 (1.30%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (3.90%) Mingle
2 1 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (1.30%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.30%) Agresso
1 1 (1.30%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (1.30%) BASE24
1 1 (1.30%) Oracle ERP
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.49%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (31.17%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.90%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 31 (40.26%) Selenium
2 19 (24.68%) Cucumber
2 19 (24.68%) SoapUI
3 11 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (5.19%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (3.90%) NUnit
5 3 (3.90%) LoadRunner
5 3 (3.90%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.60%) JUnit
6 2 (2.60%) QALoad
6 2 (2.60%) SilkPerformer
6 2 (2.60%) TestPartner
6 2 (2.60%) EasyMock
6 2 (2.60%) jMock
6 2 (2.60%) WebDriver
7 1 (1.30%) WinRunner
7 1 (1.30%) JMeter
7 1 (1.30%) Selenium IDE
General
1 22 (28.57%) Finance
2 11 (14.29%) Banking
3 10 (12.99%) Retail
4 5 (6.49%) Games
5 3 (3.90%) Retail Banking
5 3 (3.90%) Publishing
6 1 (1.30%) Billing
Job Titles
1 33 (42.86%) Test Manager
2 21 (27.27%) Automation Engineer
3 20 (25.97%) QA Automation Engineer
3 20 (25.97%) QA Engineer
4 18 (23.38%) Test Engineer
5 14 (18.18%) Analyst
6 13 (16.88%) Test Analyst
7 6 (7.79%) Test Leader
8 4 (5.19%) Architect
8 4 (5.19%) Programme Manager
8 4 (5.19%) Test Team Leader
8 4 (5.19%) Team Leader
8 4 (5.19%) QA Analyst
8 4 (5.19%) Test Architect
9 3 (3.90%) Quality Analyst
9 3 (3.90%) QA Test Analyst
9 3 (3.90%) Senior Test Manager
9 3 (3.90%) Senior Manager
10 2 (2.60%) Head of Testing
10 2 (2.60%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (24.68%) Gherkin
2 8 (10.39%) .NET
3 2 (2.60%) HTML
4 1 (1.30%) HTML5
4 1 (1.30%) Middleware
4 1 (1.30%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 19 (24.68%) Open Source
2 7 (9.09%) Statistics
3 2 (2.60%) Mainframe
3 2 (2.60%) e-Health
4 1 (1.30%) Biometrics
4 1 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 20 (25.97%) Windows
2 16 (20.78%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (32.47%) Test Automation
1 25 (32.47%) Software Testing
2 21 (27.27%) Test Management
3 18 (23.38%) User Acceptance Testing
4 13 (16.88%) Programme Management
4 13 (16.88%) System Testing
5 11 (14.29%) Automated Testing
6 10 (12.99%) Manual Testing
7 9 (11.69%) Stakeholder Management
8 8 (10.39%) Test Scripting
8 8 (10.39%) Automation Testing
9 7 (9.09%) Integration Testing
10 5 (6.49%) Migration
10 5 (6.49%) Agile Software Development
11 4 (5.19%) Regression Testing
11 4 (5.19%) Scrum
11 4 (5.19%) Waterfall
11 4 (5.19%) Continuous Integration
12 3 (3.90%) TDD
12 3 (3.90%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (28.57%) C#
2 20 (25.97%) Java
3 18 (23.38%) C++
4 5 (6.49%) SQL
5 2 (2.60%) VBScript
5 2 (2.60%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.60%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.30%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.30%) C
6 1 (1.30%) Delphi
6 1 (1.30%) Perl
Qualifications
1 11 (14.29%) ISEB
2 8 (10.39%) ISTQB
3 3 (3.90%) Degree
4 2 (2.60%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.30%) BC Cleared
5 1 (1.30%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (42.86%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.30%) XenApp
1 1 (1.30%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (11.69%) Microsoft
2 5 (6.49%) Oracle
3 2 (2.60%) HP
3 2 (2.60%) Cognizant
4 1 (1.30%) Citrix
4 1 (1.30%) JD Edwards
4 1 (1.30%) SAP
4 1 (1.30%) VMware
Wigan, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Salary: £35000.00 - £40000.00 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
North West
Experis IT
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Purple Monkey
Salary: From £30,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Appleton Thorn, Cheshire
Net-Tec Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire, Knutsford
Barclays Corporate
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Cognizant
Posted: 22 days ago