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 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 154 204 134
Rank change year-on-year
+50 -70
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 104 34 119
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.40% 0.50% 1.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.48% 0.53% 1.68%
Number of salaries quoted 100 32 106
Average salary £35,000 £29,500 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+18.64% -1.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,950 £19,150 £21,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,750 £45,000 £42,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £33,500 £33,500
% change year-on-year
+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
7046 6451 7066
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 94.72% 94.18% 96.42%
Number of salaries quoted 5724 5545 6120
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £23,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £54,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +1.29%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 +30 56 £35,000 +28.44% 19
Cheshire +7 29 £36,250 +14.17% 3
Merseyside - 10 £35,000 - 2
Lancashire -6 4 £37,500 +97.36%
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 84 (44.44%) Windows
2 64 (33.86%) Agile Software Development
3 62 (32.80%) Selenium
4 58 (30.69%) QA
5 55 (29.10%) C#
6 49 (25.93%) Software Testing
7 47 (24.87%) ISEB
8 42 (22.22%) SQL
8 42 (22.22%) .NET
8 42 (22.22%) SQL Server
9 40 (21.16%) Finance
10 39 (20.63%) System Testing
11 33 (17.46%) Web Testing
11 33 (17.46%) Automated Testing
12 30 (15.87%) Regression Testing
12 30 (15.87%) HTML
12 30 (15.87%) Java
12 30 (15.87%) JavaScript
12 30 (15.87%) ASP.NET
13 29 (15.34%) Penetration Testing
14 28 (14.81%) Test Automation
14 28 (14.81%) Windows Server 2003
15 27 (14.29%) Manual Testing
16 26 (13.76%) Automation Testing
17 23 (12.17%) WebDriver
18 22 (11.64%) Degree
18 22 (11.64%) E-Commerce
19 21 (11.11%) JIRA
19 21 (11.11%) Android
19 21 (11.11%) Apple iOS

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 (1.06%) MS Exchange
1 2 (1.06%) CMS
1 2 (1.06%) Confluence
1 2 (1.06%) Lync
2 1 (0.53%) IIS
2 1 (0.53%) SharePoint
Applications
1 13 (6.88%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.65%) MS Visio
3 4 (2.12%) MS Office
4 1 (0.53%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) CSG Singleview
1 1 (0.53%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.88%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.53%) LAN
1 1 (0.53%) WAN
1 1 (0.53%) Internet
1 1 (0.53%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.65%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.59%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.06%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.06%) Informix
5 1 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.53%) OLTP
5 1 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 62 (32.80%) Selenium
2 23 (12.17%) WebDriver
3 21 (11.11%) Selenium IDE
3 21 (11.11%) JIRA
4 20 (10.58%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (10.05%) QuickTest Pro
5 19 (10.05%) Cucumber
6 15 (7.94%) SoapUI
7 6 (3.17%) Visual Studio
8 4 (2.12%) Bugzilla
8 4 (2.12%) TestPartner
8 4 (2.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (2.12%) JUnit
9 3 (1.59%) eggPlant
9 3 (1.59%) Facilita Forecast
9 3 (1.59%) TeamCity
10 2 (1.06%) Git (software)
10 2 (1.06%) TestComplete
10 2 (1.06%) WATIR
10 2 (1.06%) JMeter
General
1 40 (21.16%) Finance
2 10 (5.29%) Games
3 4 (2.12%) Legal
3 4 (2.12%) Retail
4 3 (1.59%) Marketing
4 3 (1.59%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.06%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.06%) Automotive
5 2 (1.06%) Military
6 1 (0.53%) Banking
6 1 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.53%) Russian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (22.22%) .NET
2 30 (15.87%) ASP.NET
2 30 (15.87%) HTML
3 14 (7.41%) SOAP
4 6 (3.17%) Web Services
5 5 (2.65%) XML
6 4 (2.12%) Gherkin
7 2 (1.06%) REST
7 2 (1.06%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.53%) Java EE
8 1 (0.53%) JSON
8 1 (0.53%) jQuery
8 1 (0.53%) JMS
8 1 (0.53%) EJB
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.88%) Computer Science
2 10 (5.29%) Mobile App
3 7 (3.70%) Online Games
4 3 (1.59%) Blackberry
4 3 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.06%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.06%) Open Source
5 2 (1.06%) Social Media
6 1 (0.53%) Replication
6 1 (0.53%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.53%) Animation
6 1 (0.53%) NHS
6 1 (0.53%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 84 (44.44%) Windows
2 28 (14.81%) Windows Server 2003
3 21 (11.11%) Android
3 21 (11.11%) Apple iOS
4 13 (6.88%) Linux
5 10 (5.29%) Windows Phone
6 7 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (1.59%) Windows XP
7 3 (1.59%) Mac OS X
7 3 (1.59%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.53%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (33.86%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (25.93%) Software Testing
3 39 (20.63%) System Testing
4 33 (17.46%) Web Testing
4 33 (17.46%) Automated Testing
5 30 (15.87%) Regression Testing
6 29 (15.34%) Penetration Testing
7 28 (14.81%) Test Automation
8 27 (14.29%) Manual Testing
9 26 (13.76%) Automation Testing
10 22 (11.64%) E-Commerce
11 15 (7.94%) Test Scripting
12 13 (6.88%) Scrum
13 12 (6.35%) Test Strategy
14 9 (4.76%) Performance Testing
15 8 (4.23%) TDD
16 7 (3.70%) Security Testing
16 7 (3.70%) Continuous Integration
16 7 (3.70%) User Acceptance Testing
16 7 (3.70%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 55 (29.10%) C#
2 42 (22.22%) SQL
3 30 (15.87%) Java
3 30 (15.87%) JavaScript
4 18 (9.52%) T-SQL
5 13 (6.88%) C++
6 11 (5.82%) VB.NET
7 6 (3.17%) VB
8 4 (2.12%) PHP
8 4 (2.12%) Ruby
9 3 (1.59%) Objective-C
9 3 (1.59%) Python
10 2 (1.06%) VBA
10 2 (1.06%) VBScript
11 1 (0.53%) C
11 1 (0.53%) PowerHouse
11 1 (0.53%) VB6
Qualifications
1 47 (24.87%) ISEB
2 22 (11.64%) Degree
3 21 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 13 (6.88%) Security Cleared
5 12 (6.35%) ISTQB
6 4 (2.12%) SC Cleared
6 4 (2.12%) HNC
6 4 (2.12%) HND
7 3 (1.59%) OSCP
8 2 (1.06%) OSCE
8 2 (1.06%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.06%) CISSP
8 2 (1.06%) CEH
8 2 (1.06%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (30.69%) QA
2 2 (1.06%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (1.06%) Nmap
2 1 (0.53%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.53%) XenApp
2 1 (0.53%) XenDesktop
2 1 (0.53%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 18 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.06%) CORE IMPACT
2 2 (1.06%) Nessus
2 2 (1.06%) SCOM
Vendors
1 17 (8.99%) Microsoft
2 15 (7.94%) HP
3 4 (2.12%) Compuware
4 3 (1.59%) Oracle
5 2 (1.06%) Xamarin
5 2 (1.06%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.06%) Citrix
6 1 (0.53%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.53%) Twitter
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