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 28 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 144 157 207
Rank change year-on-year
+13 +50
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 115 103 34
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.71% 1.40% 0.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.79% 1.48% 0.53%
Number of salaries quoted 105 99 32
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £29,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +18.64%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £23,700 £19,150
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £66,500 £45,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £34,000 £33,500
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +1.49%
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
6429 6960 6464
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 95.60% 94.84% 94.30%
Number of salaries quoted 5344 5645 5548
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £23,500 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £54,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year
- +2.56%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015. 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 +24 78 £35,000 - 34
Cheshire +2 26 £32,500 -10.34% 11
Merseyside +6 8 £28,000 -20.00% 9
Lancashire +3 3 £30,000 -20.00% 3
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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.

1 114 (51.35%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (50.45%) QA
3 90 (40.54%) SQL
4 87 (39.19%) ISEB
5 75 (33.78%) Test Scripting
6 67 (30.18%) Selenium
7 64 (28.83%) Software Testing
8 63 (28.38%) Automated Testing
9 51 (22.97%) C#
10 50 (22.52%) ISTQB
10 50 (22.52%) SDLC
11 49 (22.07%) Windows
12 48 (21.62%) Microsoft
13 46 (20.72%) Finance
13 46 (20.72%) Degree
14 44 (19.82%) .NET
15 42 (18.92%) Automation Testing
16 40 (18.02%) Manual Testing
17 37 (16.67%) Test Automation
17 37 (16.67%) Java
18 36 (16.22%) User Acceptance Testing
19 33 (14.86%) Regression Testing
19 33 (14.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
20 30 (13.51%) SQL Server
21 29 (13.06%) Web Services
22 28 (12.61%) JIRA
22 28 (12.61%) BDD
23 26 (11.71%) Cucumber
23 26 (11.71%) Scrum
23 26 (11.71%) TDD

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 1 (0.45%) JBoss
1 1 (0.45%) SAS
Applications
1 23 (10.36%) MS Excel
2 12 (5.41%) MS Office
3 3 (1.35%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 2 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.35%) Trello
3 2 (0.90%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.45%) GitHub
4 1 (0.45%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.80%) VPN
1 4 (1.80%) Network Security
2 3 (1.35%) Internet
3 2 (0.90%) Wireless
3 2 (0.90%) HTTP
3 2 (0.90%) LAN
4 1 (0.45%) SMS
4 1 (0.45%) SSL
4 1 (0.45%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (13.51%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (2.70%) MySQL
3 4 (1.80%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.90%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (0.90%) Big Data
5 1 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.45%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 67 (30.18%) Selenium
2 28 (12.61%) JIRA
3 26 (11.71%) Cucumber
4 24 (10.81%) HP UFT
5 19 (8.56%) Team Foundation Server
6 17 (7.66%) SpecFlow
6 17 (7.66%) Jenkins
7 15 (6.76%) WebDriver
8 14 (6.31%) SoapUI
9 12 (5.41%) MSTest
10 11 (4.95%) Hudson
10 11 (4.95%) TeamCity
11 8 (3.60%) WatiN
12 7 (3.15%) FitNesse
13 5 (2.25%) Visual Studio
14 4 (1.80%) Selenium IDE
15 3 (1.35%) UltraEdit
15 3 (1.35%) JUnit
15 3 (1.35%) LoadRunner
15 3 (1.35%) Bugzilla
General
1 46 (20.72%) Finance
2 7 (3.15%) Manufacturing
2 7 (3.15%) Retail
3 6 (2.70%) Banking
3 6 (2.70%) Marketing
3 6 (2.70%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.25%) Pharmaceutical
4 5 (2.25%) Electronics
5 3 (1.35%) Billing
6 2 (0.90%) Legal
6 2 (0.90%) Games
7 1 (0.45%) Automotive
7 1 (0.45%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.45%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (19.82%) .NET
2 29 (13.06%) Web Services
3 22 (9.91%) XML
4 13 (5.86%) SOAP
5 8 (3.60%) HTML
6 6 (2.70%) ASP.NET
7 5 (2.25%) Gherkin
8 4 (1.80%) WebCenter
9 3 (1.35%) JSON
9 3 (1.35%) WPF
9 3 (1.35%) LAMP
10 2 (0.90%) WinForms
10 2 (0.90%) WCF
10 2 (0.90%) REST
10 2 (0.90%) .NET Framework
11 1 (0.45%) Reactive Extensions
11 1 (0.45%) RESTful
11 1 (0.45%) ActiveMQ
11 1 (0.45%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 22 (9.91%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (7.66%) Computer Science
3 11 (4.95%) Mobile App
4 10 (4.50%) Replication
5 3 (1.35%) Client/Server
5 3 (1.35%) Telematics
6 2 (0.90%) iPhone
6 2 (0.90%) DTV
6 2 (0.90%) Interactive TV
6 2 (0.90%) Chemistry
6 2 (0.90%) Biotechnology
7 1 (0.45%) Informatics
7 1 (0.45%) LIMS
7 1 (0.45%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.45%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 49 (22.07%) Windows
2 16 (7.21%) Android
2 16 (7.21%) Apple iOS
3 10 (4.50%) Linux
4 4 (1.80%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (1.35%) Mac OS X
6 2 (0.90%) UNIX
7 1 (0.45%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (51.35%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (33.78%) Test Scripting
3 64 (28.83%) Software Testing
4 63 (28.38%) Automated Testing
5 50 (22.52%) SDLC
6 42 (18.92%) Automation Testing
7 40 (18.02%) Manual Testing
8 37 (16.67%) Test Automation
9 36 (16.22%) User Acceptance Testing
10 33 (14.86%) Regression Testing
11 28 (12.61%) BDD
12 26 (11.71%) TDD
12 26 (11.71%) Scrum
13 25 (11.26%) System Testing
14 22 (9.91%) Continuous Integration
15 13 (5.86%) Mentoring
16 12 (5.41%) Performance Testing
17 11 (4.95%) Compatibility Testing
17 11 (4.95%) Test Strategy
17 11 (4.95%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 90 (40.54%) SQL
2 51 (22.97%) C#
3 37 (16.67%) Java
4 11 (4.95%) JavaScript
5 8 (3.60%) C++
5 8 (3.60%) PL/SQL
6 7 (3.15%) Python
7 6 (2.70%) Ruby
7 6 (2.70%) T-SQL
8 5 (2.25%) PHP
9 3 (1.35%) C
9 3 (1.35%) Perl
10 2 (0.90%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.90%) Groovy
10 2 (0.90%) Scala
11 1 (0.45%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.45%) VBScript
11 1 (0.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 87 (39.19%) ISEB
2 50 (22.52%) ISTQB
3 46 (20.72%) Degree
4 33 (14.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 8 (3.60%) HND
5 8 (3.60%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.45%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.45%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (50.45%) QA
System Software
1 3 (1.35%) Docker
2 2 (0.90%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.90%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 20 (9.01%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (3.15%) Nessus
2 7 (3.15%) Nmap
3 4 (1.80%) Puppet
4 3 (1.35%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.45%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 1 (0.45%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 48 (21.62%) Microsoft
2 11 (4.95%) Oracle
3 9 (4.05%) HP
4 8 (3.60%) Telerik
5 7 (3.15%) Qualys
6 4 (1.80%) IBM
7 2 (0.90%) SAP
7 2 (0.90%) Capita
7 2 (0.90%) VMware
8 1 (0.45%) ION Trading
8 1 (0.45%) Google
8 1 (0.45%) DataFlux
8 1 (0.45%) Trillium
8 1 (0.45%) Green Hat
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