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 24 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 157 168 172
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +4
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 108 75 81
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.44% 1.11% 1.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.52% 1.17% 1.18%
Number of salaries quoted 84 66 68
Average salary £32,500 £32,250 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+0.77% +7.50%
90% offered a salary of more than £29,000 £21,000 £18,200
10% offered a salary of more than £51,750 £57,500 £42,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,308 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+0.90% +4.61%
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
7087 6412 6868
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 94.18% 94.47% 96.62%
Number of salaries quoted 5970 5501 5910
Average salary £38,500 £36,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.47% +4.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £24,000
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 24 October 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 24 October 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 +17 49 £33,250 +31.68% 22
Cheshire -17 37 £34,000 -9.33% 7
Lancashire +11 11 £30,000 +57.89% 2
Merseyside - 7 £35,000 - 2
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 103 (47.25%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (37.61%) Windows
3 79 (36.24%) QA
3 79 (36.24%) Selenium
4 60 (27.52%) C#
5 52 (23.85%) Manual Testing
6 51 (23.39%) SQL
6 51 (23.39%) ISEB
7 50 (22.94%) Software Testing
8 48 (22.02%) Finance
9 46 (21.10%) Automated Testing
9 46 (21.10%) Java
10 38 (17.43%) .NET
11 35 (16.06%) Test Automation
12 34 (15.60%) SQL Server
13 33 (15.14%) Penetration Testing
13 33 (15.14%) WebDriver
14 32 (14.68%) Degree
14 32 (14.68%) JIRA
15 31 (14.22%) QuickTest Pro
16 30 (13.76%) Regression Testing
17 28 (12.84%) Cucumber
18 26 (11.93%) System Testing
19 25 (11.47%) Test Scripting
19 25 (11.47%) Automation Testing
20 24 (11.01%) E-Commerce
21 23 (10.55%) JavaScript
22 22 (10.09%) ASP.NET
22 22 (10.09%) Apple iOS
22 22 (10.09%) Android

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 (0.92%) Tomcat
1 2 (0.92%) CMS
1 2 (0.92%) Confluence
Applications
1 11 (5.05%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.29%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.46%) RoboHelp
3 1 (0.46%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.92%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.46%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.46%) Internet
1 1 (0.46%) Extranet
1 1 (0.46%) Network Security
1 1 (0.46%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (15.60%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.92%) Oracle Database
2 2 (0.92%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.46%) MySQL
3 1 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.46%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 79 (36.24%) Selenium
2 33 (15.14%) WebDriver
3 32 (14.68%) JIRA
4 31 (14.22%) QuickTest Pro
5 28 (12.84%) Cucumber
6 17 (7.80%) Selenium IDE
7 15 (6.88%) SoapUI
8 14 (6.42%) Team Foundation Server
9 8 (3.67%) FitNesse
10 6 (2.75%) WatiN
11 3 (1.38%) Facilita Forecast
11 3 (1.38%) eggPlant
11 3 (1.38%) Visual Studio
12 2 (0.92%) JUnit
12 2 (0.92%) TestDirector
12 2 (0.92%) LoadRunner
12 2 (0.92%) JMeter
12 2 (0.92%) Bugzilla
12 2 (0.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (0.92%) TestComplete
General
1 48 (22.02%) Finance
2 11 (5.05%) Retail
3 10 (4.59%) Games
3 10 (4.59%) Banking
4 4 (1.83%) Financial Institution
4 4 (1.83%) Marketing
5 3 (1.38%) Legal
6 2 (0.92%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.92%) Automotive
7 1 (0.46%) Advertising
7 1 (0.46%) Russian Language
7 1 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (17.43%) .NET
2 22 (10.09%) ASP.NET
3 21 (9.63%) HTML
4 14 (6.42%) SOAP
5 13 (5.96%) Web Services
5 13 (5.96%) XML
6 5 (2.29%) REST
7 4 (1.83%) JSON
8 3 (1.38%) .NET Framework
8 3 (1.38%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.38%) HTML5
8 3 (1.38%) CSS
9 2 (0.92%) Java EE
9 2 (0.92%) jQuery
9 2 (0.92%) Oracle Fusion
10 1 (0.46%) EJB
10 1 (0.46%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.50%) Computer Science
2 11 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (4.59%) Mobile App
4 7 (3.21%) Online Games
5 4 (1.83%) Blackberry
5 4 (1.83%) Animation
6 3 (1.38%) Open Source
7 2 (0.92%) Social Media
8 1 (0.46%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.46%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.46%) User Experience
8 1 (0.46%) Biotechnology
8 1 (0.46%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.46%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.46%) iSeries
8 1 (0.46%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 82 (37.61%) Windows
2 22 (10.09%) Android
2 22 (10.09%) Apple iOS
3 21 (9.63%) Linux
4 17 (7.80%) Windows Server 2003
5 10 (4.59%) Windows Phone
6 4 (1.83%) Windows Mobile
7 3 (1.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.46%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (47.25%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (23.85%) Manual Testing
3 50 (22.94%) Software Testing
4 46 (21.10%) Automated Testing
5 35 (16.06%) Test Automation
6 33 (15.14%) Penetration Testing
7 30 (13.76%) Regression Testing
8 26 (11.93%) System Testing
9 25 (11.47%) Test Scripting
9 25 (11.47%) Automation Testing
10 24 (11.01%) E-Commerce
11 20 (9.17%) Web Testing
12 17 (7.80%) Scrum
13 14 (6.42%) Performance Testing
14 13 (5.96%) Test Strategy
15 12 (5.50%) User Acceptance Testing
16 11 (5.05%) Risk Management
17 10 (4.59%) TDD
17 10 (4.59%) Continuous Improvement
18 9 (4.13%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 60 (27.52%) C#
2 51 (23.39%) SQL
3 46 (21.10%) Java
4 23 (10.55%) JavaScript
5 19 (8.72%) C++
6 12 (5.50%) T-SQL
7 7 (3.21%) VB.NET
7 7 (3.21%) Ruby
8 6 (2.75%) Python
8 6 (2.75%) VB
9 4 (1.83%) C
9 4 (1.83%) Objective-C
9 4 (1.83%) PHP
9 4 (1.83%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.46%) VBScript
10 1 (0.46%) PowerHouse
10 1 (0.46%) VBA
Qualifications
1 51 (23.39%) ISEB
2 32 (14.68%) Degree
3 16 (7.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 14 (6.42%) ISTQB
5 13 (5.96%) CISSP
6 9 (4.13%) CISA
6 9 (4.13%) Security Cleared
7 4 (1.83%) OSCP
7 4 (1.83%) SC Cleared
7 4 (1.83%) HND
8 3 (1.38%) OSCE
9 2 (0.92%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.46%) CISM
10 1 (0.46%) CCNA
10 1 (0.46%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (36.24%) QA
2 3 (1.38%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (0.92%) Nmap
1 2 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.46%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 20 (9.17%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.92%) CORE IMPACT
2 2 (0.92%) Nessus
Vendors
1 13 (5.96%) Microsoft
1 13 (5.96%) HP
2 9 (4.13%) Oracle
3 4 (1.83%) Telerik
4 2 (0.92%) Atlassian
4 2 (0.92%) VMware
4 2 (0.92%) Xamarin
5 1 (0.46%) ION Trading
5 1 (0.46%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.46%) Tableau
5 1 (0.46%) Twitter
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