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

Location
3 months to
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 149 188 216
Rank change year-on-year
+39 +28
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 109 49 37
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.50% 0.71% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.79% 0.90% 0.64%
Number of salaries quoted 77 43 34
Average salary £47,000 £47,000 £43,250
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +8.67%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £35,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £63,000 £56,750
UK excluding London average salary £47,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
+4.44% -
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
6099 5468 5825
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 83.77% 79.33% 78.87%
Number of salaries quoted 4931 4639 5018
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 £58,000 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%

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 17 September 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 17 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
(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 +31 55 £50,000 - 7
Cheshire 0 30 £47,000 -6.00% 1
Merseyside +4 10 £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 17 September 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 84 (54.90%) Finance
2 35 (22.88%) ISTQB
3 34 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (22.22%) Software Testing
4 33 (21.57%) Test Management
5 32 (20.92%) C#
6 30 (19.61%) Windows
6 30 (19.61%) Selenium
7 28 (18.30%) Degree
8 27 (17.65%) ISEB
8 27 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
8 27 (17.65%) Performance Testing
9 26 (16.99%) Stakeholder Management
10 25 (16.34%) Analytical Skills
11 24 (15.69%) SQL Server
12 23 (15.03%) SQL
13 22 (14.38%) Linux
14 21 (13.73%) Microsoft
14 21 (13.73%) QA
14 21 (13.73%) Test Scripting
14 21 (13.73%) Test Automation
15 19 (12.42%) .NET
15 19 (12.42%) Automated Testing
15 19 (12.42%) HP Quality Center
15 19 (12.42%) Continuous Improvement
16 18 (11.76%) QuickTest Pro
17 17 (11.11%) JavaScript
17 17 (11.11%) SOAP
17 17 (11.11%) Automation Testing
18 16 (10.46%) HTML

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

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 (2.61%) Apache
2 2 (1.31%) ArchestrA
3 1 (0.65%) SAS
Applications
1 14 (9.15%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.96%) MS Office
3 1 (0.65%) MS Project
3 1 (0.65%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.65%) SPSS
3 1 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.65%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 10 (6.54%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 12 (7.84%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (15.69%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.61%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (2.61%) MySQL
2 4 (2.61%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.96%) DB2
4 2 (1.31%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.65%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.65%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 30 (19.61%) Selenium
2 18 (11.76%) QuickTest Pro
3 15 (9.80%) LoadRunner
4 14 (9.15%) Team Foundation Server
5 12 (7.84%) NUnit
5 12 (7.84%) MSTest
6 10 (6.54%) Cucumber
6 10 (6.54%) SoapUI
6 10 (6.54%) SpecFlow
7 9 (5.88%) SilkPerformer
8 7 (4.58%) JIRA
8 7 (4.58%) WebDriver
9 5 (3.27%) Git (software)
10 4 (2.61%) Gradle
10 4 (2.61%) Jenkins
10 4 (2.61%) JUnit
10 4 (2.61%) Eclipse
11 2 (1.31%) Gerrit
11 2 (1.31%) Visual Studio
11 2 (1.31%) Maven
General
1 84 (54.90%) Finance
2 13 (8.50%) Marketing
3 12 (7.84%) Billing
4 9 (5.88%) Games
5 8 (5.23%) Banking
6 6 (3.92%) Investment Banking
7 4 (2.61%) Retail
7 4 (2.61%) Advertising
8 2 (1.31%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.65%) Automotive
9 1 (0.65%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 81 (52.94%) Test Manager
2 27 (17.65%) Analyst
3 16 (10.46%) Developer
4 12 (7.84%) Tester
5 11 (7.19%) Test Analyst
6 10 (6.54%) Senior Developer
6 10 (6.54%) Web Analyst
7 7 (4.58%) Automation Tester
7 7 (4.58%) Architect
8 6 (3.92%) Software Developer
8 6 (3.92%) Senior Analyst
9 5 (3.27%) Automation Engineer
9 5 (3.27%) Test Architect
10 4 (2.61%) Development Engineer
10 4 (2.61%) Senior Development Engineer
10 4 (2.61%) Senior Test Analyst
10 4 (2.61%) Java Software Engineer
10 4 (2.61%) Senior Software Developer
10 4 (2.61%) Systems Developer
10 4 (2.61%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (12.42%) .NET
2 17 (11.11%) SOAP
3 16 (10.46%) ASP.NET
3 16 (10.46%) HTML
4 14 (9.15%) CSS
4 14 (9.15%) Web Services
5 12 (7.84%) WCF
5 12 (7.84%) LINQ
5 12 (7.84%) ASP.NET MVC
6 11 (7.19%) .NET Framework
7 10 (6.54%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 10 (6.54%) LINQ to SQL
7 10 (6.54%) REST
7 10 (6.54%) ASP.NET Web API
8 4 (2.61%) Hibernate
8 4 (2.61%) Spring
8 4 (2.61%) JSP
9 3 (1.96%) XML
9 3 (1.96%) jQuery
9 3 (1.96%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 25 (16.34%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (10.46%) User Experience
3 10 (6.54%) Economics
3 10 (6.54%) Mathematics
4 9 (5.88%) Statistics
5 7 (4.58%) Mainframe
5 7 (4.58%) Online Games
5 7 (4.58%) IBM Mainframe
6 5 (3.27%) PMI
7 4 (2.61%) Blackberry
7 4 (2.61%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.96%) Open Source
8 3 (1.96%) IVR
8 3 (1.96%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.31%) PDA
9 2 (1.31%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.31%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.65%) Credit Risk
10 1 (0.65%) Mobile Banking
10 1 (0.65%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 30 (19.61%) Windows
2 22 (14.38%) Linux
3 11 (7.19%) UNIX
4 9 (5.88%) Windows XP
4 9 (5.88%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (5.88%) Windows 7
5 4 (2.61%) Android
6 3 (1.96%) Solaris
7 2 (1.31%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.65%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
1 34 (22.22%) Software Testing
2 33 (21.57%) Test Management
3 27 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
3 27 (17.65%) Performance Testing
4 26 (16.99%) Stakeholder Management
5 21 (13.73%) Test Scripting
5 21 (13.73%) Test Automation
6 19 (12.42%) Continuous Improvement
6 19 (12.42%) Automated Testing
7 17 (11.11%) Automation Testing
8 15 (9.80%) Migration
9 14 (9.15%) TDD
9 14 (9.15%) OO
9 14 (9.15%) OOD
10 13 (8.50%) Validation
10 13 (8.50%) Test Planning
11 12 (7.84%) Line Management
11 12 (7.84%) Mentoring
11 12 (7.84%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 32 (20.92%) C#
2 23 (15.03%) SQL
3 17 (11.11%) JavaScript
4 13 (8.50%) C++
4 13 (8.50%) Java
5 5 (3.27%) VBScript
6 4 (2.61%) Perl
6 4 (2.61%) PowerShell
6 4 (2.61%) Bash Shell
6 4 (2.61%) C
7 2 (1.31%) Ruby
7 2 (1.31%) Groovy
7 2 (1.31%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 35 (22.88%) ISTQB
2 28 (18.30%) Degree
3 27 (17.65%) ISEB
4 10 (6.54%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 5 (3.27%) PMI Certification
5 5 (3.27%) MBA
5 5 (3.27%) CSQA
6 4 (2.61%) Security Cleared
6 4 (2.61%) HND
7 2 (1.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.31%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.31%) MCP
7 2 (1.31%) MCSD
8 1 (0.65%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.65%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (13.73%) QA
2 1 (0.65%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (5.88%) VMware ESX
2 4 (2.61%) XenApp
2 4 (2.61%) XenDesktop
3 3 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.31%) VMware Workstation
4 2 (1.31%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 19 (12.42%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.31%) CORE IMPACT
2 2 (1.31%) Hyperic
2 2 (1.31%) Nessus
Vendors
1 21 (13.73%) Microsoft
2 15 (9.80%) VMware
3 10 (6.54%) Google
4 7 (4.58%) IBM
5 5 (3.27%) HP
6 4 (2.61%) Citrix
6 4 (2.61%) JBoss
6 4 (2.61%) Wonderware
7 3 (1.96%) Apple
7 3 (1.96%) Oracle
8 2 (1.31%) NetApp
8 2 (1.31%) Fujitsu
9 1 (0.65%) Ab Initio
9 1 (0.65%) Cognizant
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Posted: Yesterday
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North West
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Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus & Benefits
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Salary: Competitive + bonus + benefits
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