The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Manual Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 22 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Manual Testing
England / North West
Rank 215 187 178
Rank change year-on-year -28 -9  
Permanent jobs citing Manual Testing 42 46 72
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.69% 0.82% 1.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.77% 0.93% 1.24%
Number of salaries quoted 36 43 59
Median salary £31,250 £35,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -10.71% +16.66%  
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £27,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £37,750 £40,000 £40,000
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000

Manual Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 5471 4952 5804
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 90.27% 88.00% 88.53%
Number of salaries quoted 4548 4128 4665
Median salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £28,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,825 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Manual Testing as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in the North West

Manual Testing
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the North West.

Salary trend for Manual Testing in the North West

Manual Testing
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the North West over the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Manual Testing in the North West

Manual Testing
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -28 27 £30,500 -16.43% 1
Cheshire +16 11 £34,000 +13.33% 4
Merseyside -7 3 £30,000 -14.28%
Lancashire - 1 £25,250 - 1
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 March 2017, IT jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 59 (56.19%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (51.43%) Test Scripting
3 49 (46.67%) QA
4 40 (38.10%) Automated Testing
5 33 (31.43%) Selenium
6 27 (25.71%) User Acceptance Testing
6 27 (25.71%) ISEB
7 25 (23.81%) ISTQB
7 25 (23.81%) SDLC
8 24 (22.86%) Automation Testing
8 24 (22.86%) iPad
8 24 (22.86%) SQL
9 23 (21.90%) Finance
9 23 (21.90%) Scrum
9 23 (21.90%) JIRA
10 22 (20.95%) Test Automation
11 20 (19.05%) Cucumber
12 19 (18.10%) Software Testing
12 19 (18.10%) Windows
13 18 (17.14%) Regression Testing
13 18 (17.14%) Defect Management
14 17 (16.19%) Gherkin
15 16 (15.24%) Defect Tracking
16 13 (12.38%) Team Foundation Server
17 12 (11.43%) Functional Testing
17 12 (11.43%) User Stories
17 12 (11.43%) Exploratory Testing
17 12 (11.43%) Microsoft
18 11 (10.48%) Mobile App
18 11 (10.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 3 (2.86%) CMS
1 3 (2.86%) WordPress
2 1 (0.95%) Apache
2 1 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.95%) Confluence
2 1 (0.95%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.95%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.95%) MS Excel
1 1 (0.95%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.95%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.95%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.62%) MySQL
2 5 (4.76%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.95%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.95%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 33 (31.43%) Selenium
2 23 (21.90%) JIRA
3 20 (19.05%) Cucumber
4 13 (12.38%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (9.52%) HP UFT
5 10 (9.52%) WebDriver
6 8 (7.62%) SpecFlow
7 7 (6.67%) FitNesse
7 7 (6.67%) SoapUI
8 4 (3.81%) Calabash
8 4 (3.81%) Git (software)
9 3 (2.86%) Capybara
9 3 (2.86%) Fiddler
9 3 (2.86%) MSTest
9 3 (2.86%) Vagrant
10 2 (1.90%) Bugzilla
11 1 (0.95%) JMeter
11 1 (0.95%) LoadRunner
11 1 (0.95%) NUnit
11 1 (0.95%) Visual Studio
General
1 23 (21.90%) Finance
2 4 (3.81%) Manufacturing
3 3 (2.86%) Retail
4 2 (1.90%) Electronics
4 2 (1.90%) Marketing
4 2 (1.90%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.95%) Advertising
5 1 (0.95%) Legal
Job Titles
1 69 (65.71%) Analyst
2 67 (63.81%) Test Analyst
3 26 (24.76%) QA Analyst
4 24 (22.86%) QA Test Analyst
5 23 (21.90%) Tester
6 18 (17.14%) Software Tester
7 14 (13.33%) Test Engineer
8 13 (12.38%) QA Engineer
9 12 (11.43%) QA Test Engineer
10 11 (10.48%) QA Tester
11 10 (9.52%) Software QA Tester
12 9 (8.57%) Senior Analyst
12 9 (8.57%) Senior Test Analyst
13 8 (7.62%) Automation Tester
14 7 (6.67%) QA Automation Tester
14 7 (6.67%) QA Leader
15 6 (5.71%) Test Manager
16 5 (4.76%) Manual Test Analyst
17 4 (3.81%) QA Test Manager
17 4 (3.81%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (16.19%) Gherkin
2 9 (8.57%) Web Services
3 5 (4.76%) CSS
4 4 (3.81%) .NET
5 3 (2.86%) Ember.js
5 3 (2.86%) HTML
5 3 (2.86%) REST
6 2 (1.90%) jQuery
6 2 (1.90%) Laravel
6 2 (1.90%) Ruby on Rails
6 2 (1.90%) SOAP
7 1 (0.95%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.95%) Resque
Miscellaneous
1 24 (22.86%) iPad
2 11 (10.48%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.81%) User Experience
4 3 (2.86%) VLE
5 2 (1.90%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 19 (18.10%) Windows
2 4 (3.81%) Android
2 4 (3.81%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.90%) Unix
4 1 (0.95%) Linux
4 1 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (56.19%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (51.43%) Test Scripting
3 40 (38.10%) Automated Testing
4 27 (25.71%) User Acceptance Testing
5 25 (23.81%) SDLC
6 24 (22.86%) Automation Testing
7 23 (21.90%) Scrum
8 22 (20.95%) Test Automation
9 19 (18.10%) Software Testing
10 18 (17.14%) Defect Management
10 18 (17.14%) Regression Testing
11 16 (15.24%) Defect Tracking
12 12 (11.43%) Exploratory Testing
12 12 (11.43%) Functional Testing
12 12 (11.43%) User Stories
13 10 (9.52%) Software Engineering
14 9 (8.57%) Mentoring
14 9 (8.57%) Performance Testing
15 8 (7.62%) System Testing
16 7 (6.67%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (22.86%) SQL
2 9 (8.57%) C#
3 6 (5.71%) PHP
4 4 (3.81%) Java
4 4 (3.81%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.90%) Ruby
6 1 (0.95%) Perl
Qualifications
1 27 (25.71%) ISEB
2 25 (23.81%) ISTQB
3 11 (10.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 8 (7.62%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (46.67%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.86%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 6 (5.71%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.95%) Capistrano
3 1 (0.95%) Puppet
Vendors
1 12 (11.43%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.81%) HP
2 4 (3.81%) Oracle
3 2 (1.90%) SAP
4 1 (0.95%) ForgeRock
4 1 (0.95%) Google
4 1 (0.95%) IBM
4 1 (0.95%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.95%) Sitecore
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