The table below looks at the statistics for the 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 Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 19 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 146 150 165
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +15
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 97 61 54
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 1.56% 1.20% 0.94%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.64% 1.26% 0.98%
Number of salaries quoted 92 59 43
Average salary £32,500 £33,500 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-2.98% +3.07%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £26,250 £22,700
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £40,500 £35,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,500 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+1.47% +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 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
5915 4834 5506
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 95.11% 95.01% 96.19%
Number of salaries quoted 4943 4184 4878
Average salary £36,000 £35,000 £35,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.85% -1.40%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £24,000 £23,000
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%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Tester
Salary Trend in the South West

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

Tester Salary Trend in the South West

Tester
Salary Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Tester across the South West region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Tester Salary Histogram in the South West

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 Tester within the South West region over the 3 months to 19 September 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
Bristol +30 58 £34,183 +0.53% 8
Somerset -8 11 £30,000 -11.76% 1
Wiltshire +8 10 £45,000 +40.62%
Dorset -1 8 £32,500 +8.33% 1
Gloucestershire -5 6 £38,000 +35.71% 3
Devon -33 2 £22,500 -33.82% 2
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT jobs across the South 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 91 (41.74%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (35.32%) Software Testing
3 75 (34.40%) Automated Testing
4 68 (31.19%) QA
5 55 (25.23%) ISEB
6 51 (23.39%) Scrum
7 46 (21.10%) SQL
8 42 (19.27%) Degree
9 40 (18.35%) Selenium
10 36 (16.51%) C#
11 35 (16.06%) MS Excel
12 34 (15.60%) Microsoft
12 34 (15.60%) .NET
13 32 (14.68%) Finance
13 32 (14.68%) Manual Testing
14 31 (14.22%) Test Strategy
15 30 (13.76%) Performance Testing
16 29 (13.30%) Windows
17 28 (12.84%) Test Automation
18 27 (12.39%) QuickTest Pro
19 26 (11.93%) Penetration Testing
19 26 (11.93%) Test Scripting
20 25 (11.47%) Team Foundation Server
21 24 (11.01%) Security Cleared
21 24 (11.01%) Computer Science
22 23 (10.55%) Automation Testing
22 23 (10.55%) Linux
23 22 (10.09%) Java
24 20 (9.17%) UNIX
25 17 (7.80%) VB

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT jobs across the South 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%) SAS
1 2 (0.92%) CMS
2 1 (0.46%) SharePoint
Applications
1 35 (16.06%) MS Excel
2 16 (7.34%) MS Office
3 2 (0.92%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.46%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.46%) Academy Housing
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.38%) SaaS
2 1 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.13%) LAN
1 9 (4.13%) WAN
2 3 (1.38%) Intranet
2 3 (1.38%) Internet
3 2 (0.92%) FTP
3 2 (0.92%) TCP/IP
3 2 (0.92%) iSCSI
3 2 (0.92%) Fibre Channel
4 1 (0.46%) Wireless
4 1 (0.46%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.75%) SQL Server
1 6 (2.75%) MS Access
2 2 (0.92%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.46%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.46%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 40 (18.35%) Selenium
2 27 (12.39%) QuickTest Pro
3 25 (11.47%) Team Foundation Server
4 13 (5.96%) JMeter
5 12 (5.50%) WebDriver
6 11 (5.05%) LoadRunner
7 9 (4.13%) FitNesse
7 9 (4.13%) Cucumber
7 9 (4.13%) Ranorex
8 8 (3.67%) SoapUI
8 8 (3.67%) Visual Studio
9 6 (2.75%) JUnit
9 6 (2.75%) WATIR
9 6 (2.75%) MSBuild
10 4 (1.83%) Calabash
11 3 (1.38%) Jenkins
11 3 (1.38%) WatiN
11 3 (1.38%) Maven
11 3 (1.38%) TestComplete
12 2 (0.92%) TestNG
General
1 32 (14.68%) Finance
2 7 (3.21%) Legal
3 5 (2.29%) Games
4 4 (1.83%) Banking
4 4 (1.83%) Retail
4 4 (1.83%) Law
4 4 (1.83%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.38%) Multimedia
6 2 (0.92%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.46%) Marketing
7 1 (0.46%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (15.60%) .NET
2 14 (6.42%) HTML
3 9 (4.13%) CSS
4 6 (2.75%) ASP.NET
4 6 (2.75%) COM
5 5 (2.29%) Silverlight
5 5 (2.29%) HTML5
6 4 (1.83%) Middleware
7 3 (1.38%) Web Services
7 3 (1.38%) XML
7 3 (1.38%) REST
7 3 (1.38%) CSS3
8 1 (0.46%) Java EE
8 1 (0.46%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 24 (11.01%) Computer Science
2 7 (3.21%) N-Tier
3 5 (2.29%) Management Information System
3 5 (2.29%) Client/Server
3 5 (2.29%) Mathematics
4 4 (1.83%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (1.83%) Open Source
5 3 (1.38%) Digital Media
5 3 (1.38%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.38%) Social Network
5 3 (1.38%) PKI
6 1 (0.46%) EMV
6 1 (0.46%) NHS
6 1 (0.46%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 29 (13.30%) Windows
2 23 (10.55%) Linux
3 20 (9.17%) UNIX
4 2 (0.92%) CentOS
4 2 (0.92%) Debian
4 2 (0.92%) Ubuntu
5 1 (0.46%) Android
5 1 (0.46%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (41.74%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (35.32%) Software Testing
3 75 (34.40%) Automated Testing
4 51 (23.39%) Scrum
5 32 (14.68%) Manual Testing
6 31 (14.22%) Test Strategy
7 30 (13.76%) Performance Testing
8 28 (12.84%) Test Automation
9 26 (11.93%) Test Scripting
9 26 (11.93%) Penetration Testing
10 23 (10.55%) Automation Testing
11 16 (7.34%) Test Management
12 15 (6.88%) User Acceptance Testing
13 14 (6.42%) Information Security
13 14 (6.42%) Regression Testing
13 14 (6.42%) Mentoring
14 13 (5.96%) Web Testing
15 9 (4.13%) Ethical Hacking
15 9 (4.13%) ITIL
15 9 (4.13%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 46 (21.10%) SQL
2 36 (16.51%) C#
3 22 (10.09%) Java
4 17 (7.80%) VB
5 15 (6.88%) Ruby
6 14 (6.42%) Python
6 14 (6.42%) C
6 14 (6.42%) C++
7 13 (5.96%) Perl
8 11 (5.05%) VBScript
8 11 (5.05%) Shell Script
9 10 (4.59%) VBA
10 7 (3.21%) VB.NET
10 7 (3.21%) PHP
10 7 (3.21%) Bash Shell
11 6 (2.75%) VB6
12 5 (2.29%) JavaScript
13 1 (0.46%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.46%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 55 (25.23%) ISEB
2 42 (19.27%) Degree
3 24 (11.01%) Security Cleared
4 17 (7.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (6.42%) SC Cleared
6 12 (5.50%) ISTQB
7 9 (4.13%) DV Cleared
8 7 (3.21%) CEH
9 4 (1.83%) OSCP
9 4 (1.83%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (31.19%) QA
2 5 (2.29%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 1 (0.46%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 3 (1.38%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (1.38%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.46%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 1 (0.46%) Nessus
1 1 (0.46%) WebInspect
1 1 (0.46%) WMI
Vendors
1 34 (15.60%) Microsoft
2 12 (5.50%) Oracle
3 9 (4.13%) Telerik
4 5 (2.29%) Cisco
4 5 (2.29%) HP
5 3 (1.38%) VMware
6 1 (0.46%) Empirix
6 1 (0.46%) Compuware
6 1 (0.46%) IBM
6 1 (0.46%) SAP
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