Period
to 18 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Tester was £39,750 in advertised job vacancies in Cheshire during the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Tester
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 126 77 123
Rank change year-on-year -49 +46 +6
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 44 72 58
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.46% 3.18% 1.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.52% 3.27% 1.82%
Number of salaries quoted 40 70 49
Cheshire median annual salary £39,750 £31,000 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +28.23% -4.62% -7.14%
10th Percentile £32,500 £26,250 £24,000
90th Percentile £47,500 £42,625 £48,000
North West median annual salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +14.29% - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
Cheshire
Permanent vacancies in Cheshire with a recognized job title 2897 2202 3186
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.83% 97.30% 97.22%
Number of salaries quoted 2221 1895 2702
Cheshire median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +4.58%
10th Percentile £24,250 £22,000 £22,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £58,750 £57,500
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Cheshire

Tester
Salary Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Tester in Cheshire.

Salary trend for Tester in Cheshire

Tester
Salary Histogram in Cheshire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Cheshire over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Tester in Cheshire

Tester
Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester +5 12 £40,000 +33.33%
Knutsford - 11 £40,000 - 3
Macclesfield -5 7 £37,500 +36.36%
Warrington -10 5 £39,000 +27.87%
Wilmslow - 4 £33,750 - 1
Crewe -8 1 £34,000 +3.03% 1
Tester
North West

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the Cheshire region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 37 (84.09%) Test Automation
2 33 (75.00%) Selenium
3 30 (68.18%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (50.00%) Cucumber
5 17 (38.64%) Gherkin
6 16 (36.36%) SQL
7 15 (34.09%) Java
8 14 (31.82%) Test Scripting
9 13 (29.55%) SDLC
10 12 (27.27%) Scrum
11 11 (25.00%) SoapUI
12 10 (22.73%) Process Improvement
12 10 (22.73%) QA
12 10 (22.73%) C#
12 10 (22.73%) .NET
13 9 (20.45%) SOAP
13 9 (20.45%) Finance
13 9 (20.45%) WebDriver
13 9 (20.45%) Scenario Testing
13 9 (20.45%) Non-Functional Testing
14 8 (18.18%) User Stories
14 8 (18.18%) SpecFlow
14 8 (18.18%) Functional Testing
15 7 (15.91%) ISTQB
16 6 (13.64%) Manual Testing
16 6 (13.64%) Analytical Skills
17 5 (11.36%) Microsoft
17 5 (11.36%) ISEB
17 5 (11.36%) Regression Testing
17 5 (11.36%) JIRA

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (4.55%) Apache Spark
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.27%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.55%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.82%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.55%) Apache Hive
2 2 (4.55%) Big Data
3 1 (2.27%) GIS
3 1 (2.27%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 33 (75.00%) Selenium
2 22 (50.00%) Cucumber
3 11 (25.00%) SoapUI
4 9 (20.45%) WebDriver
5 8 (18.18%) SpecFlow
6 5 (11.36%) JIRA
7 4 (9.09%) HP UFT
7 4 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (6.82%) FitNesse
8 3 (6.82%) Ranorex
9 2 (4.55%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (4.55%) TeamCity
10 1 (2.27%) LoadRunner
10 1 (2.27%) Toad
General
1 9 (20.45%) Finance
2 3 (6.82%) Banking
3 1 (2.27%) Corporate Banking
3 1 (2.27%) Financial Institution
3 1 (2.27%) Law
3 1 (2.27%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (38.64%) Gherkin
2 10 (22.73%) .NET
3 9 (20.45%) SOAP
4 3 (6.82%) Web Services
5 2 (4.55%) REST
6 1 (2.27%) .NET Framework
6 1 (2.27%) AngularJS
6 1 (2.27%) J2EE
6 1 (2.27%) JNI
6 1 (2.27%) jQuery
6 1 (2.27%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.64%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.55%) Fintech
2 2 (4.55%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (4.55%) Internet of Things
3 1 (2.27%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.27%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (9.09%) Windows
2 1 (2.27%) Android
2 1 (2.27%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (84.09%) Test Automation
2 30 (68.18%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (31.82%) Test Scripting
4 13 (29.55%) SDLC
5 12 (27.27%) Scrum
6 10 (22.73%) Process Improvement
7 9 (20.45%) Non-Functional Testing
7 9 (20.45%) Scenario Testing
8 8 (18.18%) Functional Testing
8 8 (18.18%) User Stories
9 6 (13.64%) Manual Testing
10 5 (11.36%) Regression Testing
11 4 (9.09%) MVC
11 4 (9.09%) Software Testing
11 4 (9.09%) System Testing
11 4 (9.09%) Test Strategy
12 3 (6.82%) API Testing
12 3 (6.82%) Performance Testing
12 3 (6.82%) RAD
12 3 (6.82%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (36.36%) SQL
2 15 (34.09%) Java
3 10 (22.73%) C#
4 3 (6.82%) VB.NET
5 2 (4.55%) Python
6 1 (2.27%) C
6 1 (2.27%) C++
6 1 (2.27%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.27%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 7 (15.91%) ISTQB
2 5 (11.36%) ISEB
3 4 (9.09%) Degree
4 1 (2.27%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (22.73%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.27%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (11.36%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.55%) HP
3 1 (2.27%) Avaloq
3 1 (2.27%) Oracle