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

Location
3 months to
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 190 198 213
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +15
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 37 17 12
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 0.60% 0.34% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.35% 0.22%
Number of salaries quoted 36 17 10
Average salary £30,000 £34,000 £26,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-11.76% +30.76%
90% offered a salary of more than £20,000 £24,750 £21,000
10% offered a salary of more than £37,750 £35,000 £32,500
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £32,500 £27,500
% change year-on-year
- +18.18%
Software 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 South 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
South West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
5856 4818 5388
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 95.16% 95.24% 95.99%
Number of salaries quoted 4909 4162 4767
Average salary £36,500 £36,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.38% +2.85%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £24,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Software Tester
Salary Trend in the South West

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

Software Tester Salary Trend in the South West

Software Tester
Salary Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Software Tester across the South West region over the 3 months to 2 October 2014.

Software Tester Salary Histogram in the South West

Software Tester
Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the South West region over the 3 months to 2 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
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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
Bristol +10 25 £30,000 -11.76% 5
Somerset -8 7 £30,000 -11.11% 1
Dorset -2 3 £25,000 +25.00% 1
Wiltshire -1 1 £22,500 -28.57%
Gloucestershire - 1 - -
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT jobs across the South West region that cited Software 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 Software Tester in their job title.

1 43 (55.13%) Software Testing
2 33 (42.31%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (35.90%) Automated Testing
4 21 (26.92%) Scrum
4 21 (26.92%) QA
5 19 (24.36%) Degree
6 17 (21.79%) .NET
7 15 (19.23%) Test Scripting
8 14 (17.95%) Manual Testing
8 14 (17.95%) Microsoft
9 13 (16.67%) C#
9 13 (16.67%) Performance Testing
10 12 (15.38%) Test Strategy
11 11 (14.10%) Test Automation
11 11 (14.10%) Windows
12 9 (11.54%) Team Foundation Server
12 9 (11.54%) Web Testing
12 9 (11.54%) Mentoring
12 9 (11.54%) Regression Testing
12 9 (11.54%) Finance
13 8 (10.26%) MS Excel
14 7 (8.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 7 (8.97%) CAPA
14 7 (8.97%) Selenium
15 6 (7.69%) Functional Testing
15 6 (7.69%) C
15 6 (7.69%) SQL
16 5 (6.41%) Java
16 5 (6.41%) Visual Studio
16 5 (6.41%) ISEB

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT jobs across the South West region that cited Software 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 Software Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.56%) SAS
2 1 (1.28%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (10.26%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.56%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.28%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.28%) Academy Housing
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.56%) FTP
1 2 (2.56%) iSCSI
1 2 (2.56%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.28%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (11.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (8.97%) Selenium
3 5 (6.41%) Visual Studio
4 4 (5.13%) SoapUI
4 4 (5.13%) MSBuild
5 3 (3.85%) Jenkins
5 3 (3.85%) Ranorex
5 3 (3.85%) WebDriver
5 3 (3.85%) JUnit
5 3 (3.85%) Maven
5 3 (3.85%) JMeter
5 3 (3.85%) FitNesse
6 2 (2.56%) TestNG
6 2 (2.56%) Gerrit
6 2 (2.56%) TestLink
6 2 (2.56%) Git (software)
7 1 (1.28%) TeamCity
7 1 (1.28%) NUnit
7 1 (1.28%) Subversion
7 1 (1.28%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 9 (11.54%) Finance
2 3 (3.85%) Legal
2 3 (3.85%) Games
3 1 (1.28%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (21.79%) .NET
2 4 (5.13%) COM
3 3 (3.85%) REST
4 2 (2.56%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.28%) SOAP
5 1 (1.28%) Web Services
5 1 (1.28%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.41%) Computer Science
2 3 (3.85%) Social Network
2 3 (3.85%) Digital Media
3 2 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.56%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 11 (14.10%) Windows
2 4 (5.13%) Linux
3 3 (3.85%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (55.13%) Software Testing
2 33 (42.31%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (35.90%) Automated Testing
4 21 (26.92%) Scrum
5 15 (19.23%) Test Scripting
6 14 (17.95%) Manual Testing
7 13 (16.67%) Performance Testing
8 12 (15.38%) Test Strategy
9 11 (14.10%) Test Automation
10 9 (11.54%) Web Testing
10 9 (11.54%) Regression Testing
10 9 (11.54%) Mentoring
11 7 (8.97%) CAPA
12 6 (7.69%) Functional Testing
13 5 (6.41%) User Stories
13 5 (6.41%) Change Control
14 4 (5.13%) Scalability Testing
14 4 (5.13%) Automation Testing
14 4 (5.13%) UML
14 4 (5.13%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 13 (16.67%) C#
2 6 (7.69%) SQL
2 6 (7.69%) C
3 5 (6.41%) Java
4 4 (5.13%) C++
4 4 (5.13%) VB
4 4 (5.13%) VB.NET
4 4 (5.13%) VB6
5 2 (2.56%) Ruby
5 2 (2.56%) Bash Shell
5 2 (2.56%) Python
5 2 (2.56%) Perl
5 2 (2.56%) PHP
Qualifications
1 19 (24.36%) Degree
2 7 (8.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (6.41%) ISEB
4 3 (3.85%) SC Cleared
4 3 (3.85%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.56%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (26.92%) QA
Vendors
1 14 (17.95%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.85%) Telerik
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle
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