Period
to 23 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Software Tester was £35,000 in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

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

Software Tester
England > North West
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 316 251 230
Rank change year-on-year -65 -21 +46
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 58 108 126
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.44% 0.86% 0.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.45% 0.89% 1.01%
Number of salaries quoted 54 102 111
North West median annual salary £35,000 £30,500 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.75% -6.15% -
10th Percentile £28,750 £26,250 £24,500
90th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £42,500
England median annual salary £35,000 £32,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.69% - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. 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
North West
Permanent vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 12804 12127 12519
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.66% 96.98% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 10248 10191 10390
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £25,250 £25,000 £23,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £61,250 £58,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,377
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.42% +3.06%

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in the North West

Software Tester
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for Software Tester in the North West

Software Tester
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester in the North West over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Software Tester in the North West

Software Tester
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 Software Tester within the North West region over the 6 months to 23 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
Manchester -48 32 £35,000 +4.48% 4
Cheshire -57 13 £35,000 +14.75%
Lancashire +14 10 £35,000 +25.00% 2
Merseyside +17 3 £50,000 - 1
Software Tester
England

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, Software 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 North West region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 37 (63.79%) Test Automation
2 35 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (56.90%) Software Testing
4 29 (50.00%) Java
5 28 (48.28%) ISEB
6 26 (44.83%) SQL
6 26 (44.83%) QA
7 24 (41.38%) Test Scripting
8 21 (36.21%) ISTQB
9 19 (32.76%) Selenium
10 17 (29.31%) Scrum
10 17 (29.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 16 (27.59%) Degree
12 13 (22.41%) Cucumber
13 12 (20.69%) Python
13 12 (20.69%) SQL Server
14 11 (18.97%) JIRA
15 10 (17.24%) Manual Testing
15 10 (17.24%) Jenkins
15 10 (17.24%) Docker
15 10 (17.24%) C++
15 10 (17.24%) Windows
15 10 (17.24%) Linux
15 10 (17.24%) Kubernetes
15 10 (17.24%) SDLC
15 10 (17.24%) Scenario Testing
16 9 (15.52%) Continuous Delivery
16 9 (15.52%) C#
16 9 (15.52%) DevOps
16 9 (15.52%) OpenShift

Software Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring 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:

Cloud Services
1 9 (15.52%) OpenShift
2 3 (5.17%) SaaS
3 2 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (20.69%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.72%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.72%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.72%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.72%) Redis
Development Applications
1 19 (32.76%) Selenium
2 13 (22.41%) Cucumber
3 11 (18.97%) JIRA
4 10 (17.24%) Jenkins
5 9 (15.52%) Git (software)
6 7 (12.07%) TestRail
7 5 (8.62%) Bugzilla
8 4 (6.90%) FitNesse
8 4 (6.90%) HP UFT
8 4 (6.90%) Ranorex
9 2 (3.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (3.45%) Subversion
10 1 (1.72%) Capybara
10 1 (1.72%) Hudson
10 1 (1.72%) NUnit
10 1 (1.72%) TeamCity
10 1 (1.72%) TestComplete
General
1 5 (8.62%) Finance
2 3 (5.17%) Games
3 2 (3.45%) Automotive
4 1 (1.72%) Electronics
4 1 (1.72%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.72%) Marketing
4 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.79%) Gherkin
2 7 (12.07%) .NET
3 5 (8.62%) ActiveMQ
3 5 (8.62%) JMS
3 5 (8.62%) REST
4 4 (6.90%) Web Services
5 2 (3.45%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.45%) ASP.NET
5 2 (3.45%) XML
6 1 (1.72%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (8.62%) Computer Science
2 2 (3.45%) Fintech
2 2 (3.45%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (3.45%) Management Information System
2 2 (3.45%) Smartphone
3 1 (1.72%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.72%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 10 (17.24%) Linux
1 10 (17.24%) Windows
2 1 (1.72%) Android
2 1 (1.72%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (63.79%) Test Automation
2 35 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (56.90%) Software Testing
4 24 (41.38%) Test Scripting
5 17 (29.31%) Scrum
6 10 (17.24%) Manual Testing
6 10 (17.24%) Scenario Testing
6 10 (17.24%) SDLC
7 9 (15.52%) Continuous Delivery
7 9 (15.52%) DevOps
8 7 (12.07%) Biometrics
8 7 (12.07%) Microservices
8 7 (12.07%) System Testing
9 6 (10.34%) Functional Testing
10 5 (8.62%) Case Management
10 5 (8.62%) Defect Management
10 5 (8.62%) Integration Testing
10 5 (8.62%) Use Case
11 4 (6.90%) Issue Tracking
11 4 (6.90%) RAD
Programming Languages
1 29 (50.00%) Java
2 26 (44.83%) SQL
3 12 (20.69%) Python
4 10 (17.24%) C++
5 9 (15.52%) C#
6 8 (13.79%) C
7 7 (12.07%) JavaScript
8 3 (5.17%) Ruby
9 1 (1.72%) PHP
9 1 (1.72%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 28 (48.28%) ISEB
2 21 (36.21%) ISTQB
3 17 (29.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 16 (27.59%) Degree
5 7 (12.07%) SC Cleared
5 7 (12.07%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (44.83%) QA
System Software
1 10 (17.24%) Docker
2 2 (3.45%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (3.45%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 10 (17.24%) Kubernetes
2 5 (8.62%) Kibana
2 5 (8.62%) Prometheus
3 1 (1.72%) Ansible
Vendors
1 3 (5.17%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.45%) Cognizant
2 2 (3.45%) Oracle
3 1 (1.72%) SAP