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 14 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 111 129 147
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +18
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 133 143 109
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 2.36% 2.07% 1.66%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.45% 2.14% 1.73%
Number of salaries quoted 117 121 94
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £28,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +21.73%
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £27,500 £23,150
10% offered a salary of more than £46,750 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £35,000 £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
5423 6673 6310
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 96.20% 96.63% 96.23%
Number of salaries quoted 4543 5616 5262
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a salary of more than £24,500 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -

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 14 February 2016.

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 14 February 2016. 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
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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 0 79 £37,500 +5.63% 26
Cheshire +44 37 £29,000 +5.45% 8
Merseyside -1 15 £38,750 +39.63% 3
Lancashire +19 9 £37,500 +25.00% 5
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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.

1 183 (55.79%) QA
2 171 (52.13%) Agile Software Development
3 125 (38.11%) ISEB
3 125 (38.11%) Test Scripting
4 100 (30.49%) Windows
5 96 (29.27%) Selenium
6 90 (27.44%) ISTQB
7 88 (26.83%) SQL
7 88 (26.83%) Automated Testing
8 80 (24.39%) Test Automation
9 79 (24.09%) Functional Testing
10 73 (22.26%) SDLC
11 72 (21.95%) Manual Testing
11 72 (21.95%) Web Services
12 71 (21.65%) C#
12 71 (21.65%) Software Testing
13 68 (20.73%) User Acceptance Testing
13 68 (20.73%) Java
14 66 (20.12%) Scrum
15 62 (18.90%) JIRA
16 59 (17.99%) Microsoft
17 53 (16.16%) Finance
18 52 (15.85%) Analytical Skills
19 51 (15.55%) SQL Server
19 51 (15.55%) Degree
20 48 (14.63%) Automation Testing
21 45 (13.72%) MS Excel
22 41 (12.50%) HP UFT
23 40 (12.20%) TDD
24 39 (11.89%) Cucumber

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 (0.61%) IIS
1 2 (0.61%) JBoss
2 1 (0.30%) CMS
2 1 (0.30%) Tomcat
Applications
1 45 (13.72%) MS Excel
2 8 (2.44%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 31 (9.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (1.22%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (4.88%) Network Security
2 11 (3.35%) TCP/IP
2 11 (3.35%) Wireless
3 4 (1.22%) Intranet
4 1 (0.30%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (15.55%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.05%) Relational Database
3 3 (0.91%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (0.91%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (0.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (0.61%) Informix
4 2 (0.61%) MySQL
4 2 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.61%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 96 (29.27%) Selenium
2 62 (18.90%) JIRA
3 41 (12.50%) HP UFT
4 39 (11.89%) Cucumber
5 32 (9.76%) WebDriver
6 25 (7.62%) Team Foundation Server
7 21 (6.40%) FitNesse
8 19 (5.79%) SoapUI
9 13 (3.96%) Jenkins
9 13 (3.96%) NUnit
10 12 (3.66%) JUnit
11 8 (2.44%) Bugzilla
11 8 (2.44%) MSTest
11 8 (2.44%) SpecFlow
11 8 (2.44%) Visual Studio
11 8 (2.44%) Visual Studio Team System
12 5 (1.52%) Sahi
13 4 (1.22%) Maven
13 4 (1.22%) TeamCity
13 4 (1.22%) Toad
General
1 53 (16.16%) Finance
2 18 (5.49%) Banking
3 13 (3.96%) Retail
4 6 (1.83%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.52%) Games
6 3 (0.91%) Marketing
7 1 (0.30%) Billing
7 1 (0.30%) Legal
7 1 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (21.95%) Web Services
2 26 (7.93%) .NET
3 15 (4.57%) XML
4 8 (2.44%) Gherkin
5 6 (1.83%) HTML
6 2 (0.61%) .NET Framework
6 2 (0.61%) J2EE
6 2 (0.61%) SOAP
7 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 52 (15.85%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (5.79%) Management Information System
3 16 (4.88%) Computer Science
4 11 (3.35%) Blackberry
4 11 (3.35%) iPhone
5 7 (2.13%) Client/Server
5 7 (2.13%) Security Operations Centre
6 4 (1.22%) Mainframe
7 3 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.61%) iPad
8 2 (0.61%) Mobile App
8 2 (0.61%) User Experience
9 1 (0.30%) Blog
9 1 (0.30%) Contactless
9 1 (0.30%) EMV
9 1 (0.30%) Mobile Payment
9 1 (0.30%) Physics
9 1 (0.30%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 100 (30.49%) Windows
2 27 (8.23%) Windows Server
3 18 (5.49%) Mac OS X
3 18 (5.49%) Windows 10
4 17 (5.18%) Android
4 17 (5.18%) Apple iOS
5 15 (4.57%) Linux
6 14 (4.27%) Unix
7 1 (0.30%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (52.13%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (38.11%) Test Scripting
3 88 (26.83%) Automated Testing
4 80 (24.39%) Test Automation
5 79 (24.09%) Functional Testing
6 73 (22.26%) SDLC
7 72 (21.95%) Manual Testing
8 71 (21.65%) Software Testing
9 68 (20.73%) User Acceptance Testing
10 66 (20.12%) Scrum
11 48 (14.63%) Automation Testing
12 40 (12.20%) TDD
13 39 (11.89%) BDD
14 32 (9.76%) Penetration Testing
15 30 (9.15%) Performance Testing
16 28 (8.54%) Regression Testing
17 27 (8.23%) QA Automation
18 26 (7.93%) Information Security
19 25 (7.62%) Defect Management
20 21 (6.40%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 88 (26.83%) SQL
2 71 (21.65%) C#
3 68 (20.73%) Java
4 8 (2.44%) PHP
4 8 (2.44%) Python
4 8 (2.44%) Scala
5 4 (1.22%) JavaScript
5 4 (1.22%) VB.NET
6 3 (0.91%) PowerShell
6 3 (0.91%) VBScript
7 2 (0.61%) C++
7 2 (0.61%) Ruby
7 2 (0.61%) VB
Qualifications
1 125 (38.11%) ISEB
2 90 (27.44%) ISTQB
3 51 (15.55%) Degree
4 37 (11.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (2.13%) HND
6 5 (1.52%) CHECK Team Leader
7 3 (0.91%) Security Cleared
8 2 (0.61%) CHECK Team Member
8 2 (0.61%) CLAS
8 2 (0.61%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.61%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.30%) CREST Certified
9 1 (0.30%) Oracle Certification
9 1 (0.30%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 183 (55.79%) QA
2 11 (3.35%) ISO/IEC 17799
2 11 (3.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 27 (8.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (5.18%) Active Directory
3 8 (2.44%) Hyper-V
3 8 (2.44%) XenApp
3 8 (2.44%) XenDesktop
4 3 (0.91%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 32 (9.76%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.22%) Nessus
2 4 (1.22%) Nmap
3 2 (0.61%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 59 (17.99%) Microsoft
2 29 (8.84%) VMware
3 17 (5.18%) HP
4 15 (4.57%) Oracle
5 10 (3.05%) Telerik
6 9 (2.74%) Citrix
7 4 (1.22%) Qualys
8 2 (0.61%) Cisco
8 2 (0.61%) Fortinet
8 2 (0.61%) Juniper
8 2 (0.61%) Sybase
9 1 (0.30%) Twitter
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