The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 22 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 118 147 178
Rank change year-on-year
+29 +31
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 149 101 90
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 2.04% 1.49% 1.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.16% 1.56% 1.17%
Number of salaries quoted 119 90 68
Average salary £35,000 £34,500 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.44% +15.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £22,500 £20,350
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £60,000 £42,500
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £32,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Tester
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
6907 6475 7695
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 94.41% 95.33% 96.50%
Number of salaries quoted 5941 5489 6781
Average salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Tester in the job title across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Tester
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Tester Salary Trend in the North West

Tester
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Tester across the North West region over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

Tester Salary Histogram in the North West

Tester
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 Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 December 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 +11 95 £37,500 +32.74% 19
Cheshire -3 35 £35,000 -12.50% 5
Lancashire +7 12 £30,000 -26.82% 2
Merseyside - 5 £47,500 - 4
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT jobs across the North West region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title.

1 96 (40.68%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (34.75%) QA
3 81 (34.32%) Windows
4 77 (32.63%) Selenium
5 71 (30.08%) Automated Testing
6 63 (26.69%) SQL
7 61 (25.85%) Java
8 54 (22.88%) Manual Testing
9 52 (22.03%) Finance
10 51 (21.61%) Penetration Testing
11 50 (21.19%) ISEB
12 48 (20.34%) C#
13 46 (19.49%) Test Scripting
14 43 (18.22%) JIRA
15 41 (17.37%) Degree
16 39 (16.53%) Linux
17 38 (16.10%) Software Testing
18 36 (15.25%) Test Automation
19 31 (13.14%) .NET
20 30 (12.71%) XML
20 30 (12.71%) QuickTest Pro
20 30 (12.71%) Regression Testing
20 30 (12.71%) Automation Testing
21 29 (12.29%) WebDriver
22 28 (11.86%) CISSP
23 27 (11.44%) E-Commerce
24 26 (11.02%) User Acceptance Testing
25 25 (10.59%) Android
25 25 (10.59%) Cucumber
25 25 (10.59%) Apple iOS

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT jobs across the North West region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (0.85%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.42%) Confluence
Applications
1 9 (3.81%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.12%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.42%) RoboHelp
3 1 (0.42%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.85%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.42%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.42%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.27%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.42%) Internet
2 1 (0.42%) Extranet
2 1 (0.42%) 3G
2 1 (0.42%) SS7
2 1 (0.42%) 2G
2 1 (0.42%) NGN
2 1 (0.42%) SIGTRAN
2 1 (0.42%) Network Security
2 1 (0.42%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (7.63%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.85%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.42%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.42%) MySQL
3 1 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.42%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.42%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.42%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 77 (32.63%) Selenium
2 43 (18.22%) JIRA
3 30 (12.71%) QuickTest Pro
4 29 (12.29%) WebDriver
5 25 (10.59%) Cucumber
6 17 (7.20%) SoapUI
7 12 (5.08%) WatiN
8 8 (3.39%) FitNesse
9 7 (2.97%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (2.97%) SpecFlow
10 6 (2.54%) Jenkins
10 6 (2.54%) Selenium IDE
11 4 (1.69%) QAComplete
11 4 (1.69%) Hudson
11 4 (1.69%) TeamCity
12 3 (1.27%) JUnit
12 3 (1.27%) MSTest
13 2 (0.85%) Facilita Forecast
13 2 (0.85%) eggPlant
13 2 (0.85%) Toad
General
1 52 (22.03%) Finance
2 14 (5.93%) Retail
3 10 (4.24%) Banking
4 5 (2.12%) Games
4 5 (2.12%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.27%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.85%) Legal
6 2 (0.85%) Advertising
6 2 (0.85%) Marketing
7 1 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.42%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (13.14%) .NET
2 30 (12.71%) XML
3 16 (6.78%) Web Services
4 13 (5.51%) SOAP
5 10 (4.24%) HTML
6 9 (3.81%) CSS
6 9 (3.81%) JSON
7 7 (2.97%) HTML5
8 5 (2.12%) ASP.NET
9 4 (1.69%) Oracle Fusion
10 3 (1.27%) REST
10 3 (1.27%) FIX Protocol
10 3 (1.27%) Middleware
10 3 (1.27%) .NET Framework
11 2 (0.85%) jQuery
11 2 (0.85%) Gherkin
12 1 (0.42%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.36%) Computer Science
2 12 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (4.24%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.12%) Online Games
5 4 (1.69%) Blackberry
5 4 (1.69%) Replication
5 4 (1.69%) Animation
5 4 (1.69%) Open Source
6 3 (1.27%) Telematics
6 3 (1.27%) Fixed Income
7 2 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.42%) Arduino
8 1 (0.42%) Biotechnology
8 1 (0.42%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.42%) Statistics
8 1 (0.42%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.42%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 81 (34.32%) Windows
2 39 (16.53%) Linux
3 25 (10.59%) Android
3 25 (10.59%) Apple iOS
4 9 (3.81%) Windows Phone
5 4 (1.69%) Windows Mobile
6 3 (1.27%) UNIX
7 2 (0.85%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.42%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.42%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (40.68%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (30.08%) Automated Testing
3 54 (22.88%) Manual Testing
4 51 (21.61%) Penetration Testing
5 46 (19.49%) Test Scripting
6 38 (16.10%) Software Testing
7 36 (15.25%) Test Automation
8 30 (12.71%) Automation Testing
8 30 (12.71%) Regression Testing
9 27 (11.44%) E-Commerce
10 26 (11.02%) User Acceptance Testing
11 19 (8.05%) Information Security
12 17 (7.20%) Workflow
12 17 (7.20%) Security Architecture
13 15 (6.36%) System Testing
13 15 (6.36%) Performance Testing
14 14 (5.93%) BDD
15 13 (5.51%) TDD
15 13 (5.51%) Scrum
16 10 (4.24%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 63 (26.69%) SQL
2 61 (25.85%) Java
3 48 (20.34%) C#
4 23 (9.75%) C++
5 18 (7.63%) JavaScript
6 12 (5.08%) PL/SQL
7 10 (4.24%) Ruby
8 8 (3.39%) C
9 6 (2.54%) Python
10 4 (1.69%) Objective-C
10 4 (1.69%) PHP
11 3 (1.27%) VBScript
12 2 (0.85%) VB
12 2 (0.85%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.42%) VBA
Qualifications
1 50 (21.19%) ISEB
2 41 (17.37%) Degree
3 28 (11.86%) CISSP
4 18 (7.63%) OSCP
5 17 (7.20%) OSCE
6 15 (6.36%) ISTQB
7 12 (5.08%) HND
8 10 (4.24%) CISA
8 10 (4.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 6 (2.54%) Security Cleared
10 2 (0.85%) SC Cleared
11 1 (0.42%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.42%) CISM
11 1 (0.42%) CCNA
11 1 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (34.75%) QA
2 3 (1.27%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.42%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (2.54%) Active Directory
2 5 (2.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.42%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 17 (7.20%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.42%) CORE IMPACT
2 1 (0.42%) Nessus
Vendors
1 12 (5.08%) Oracle
1 12 (5.08%) Telerik
2 11 (4.66%) Microsoft
3 6 (2.54%) HP
4 5 (2.12%) VMware
5 2 (0.85%) AppSense
6 1 (0.42%) ION Trading
6 1 (0.42%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.42%) Tableau
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