The median annual salary for a Software Tester was £28,500 in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

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

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
England / North West
Rank 234 193 185
Rank change year-on-year -41 -8  
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 23 47 65
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.38% 0.83% 0.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.86% 1.03%
Number of salaries quoted 23 45 52
Median salary £28,500 £30,000 £28,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £23,200
10% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £40,000 £35,000
UK excluding London median salary £32,500 £32,500 £31,000
% change year-on-year - +4.83%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
North West
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 5865 5483 6340
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 96.72% 97.06% 96.78%
Number of salaries quoted 4885 4606 5110
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West that featured Software Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 March 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 3 months to 23 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 -30 19 £29,500 -4.06% 1
Merseyside -3 2 £27,500 -8.33% 2
Cheshire -2 1 £27,500 -8.33% 3
Lancashire - 1 £28,500 -
Software Tester
England

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 47 (74.60%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (47.62%) Software Testing
3 28 (44.44%) Test Scripting
4 22 (34.92%) QA
5 21 (33.33%) JIRA
6 20 (31.75%) ISEB
6 20 (31.75%) SQL
6 20 (31.75%) Selenium
7 18 (28.57%) Manual Testing
8 17 (26.98%) Functional Testing
9 16 (25.40%) Test Automation
9 16 (25.40%) Degree
10 14 (22.22%) Automated Testing
10 14 (22.22%) SDLC
11 13 (20.63%) Process Improvement
11 13 (20.63%) ISTQB
11 13 (20.63%) Finance
12 12 (19.05%) Windows
13 11 (17.46%) Defect Management
13 11 (17.46%) SQL Server
14 10 (15.87%) Scrum
14 10 (15.87%) Regression Testing
14 10 (15.87%) C#
14 10 (15.87%) HP UFT
14 10 (15.87%) iPad
14 10 (15.87%) Case Management
15 9 (14.29%) .NET
16 8 (12.70%) MySQL
16 8 (12.70%) Defect Tracking
17 7 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing

Software Tester Skill Set
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 1 (1.59%) Apache
Applications
1 2 (3.17%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (17.46%) SQL Server
2 8 (12.70%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 21 (33.33%) JIRA
2 20 (31.75%) Selenium
3 10 (15.87%) HP UFT
4 7 (11.11%) Cucumber
4 7 (11.11%) FitNesse
5 6 (9.52%) TestComplete
6 4 (6.35%) Jenkins
6 4 (6.35%) WebDriver
7 3 (4.76%) MSTest
7 3 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (3.17%) Git (software)
8 2 (3.17%) Hudson
8 2 (3.17%) Subversion
9 1 (1.59%) LoadRunner
9 1 (1.59%) Mocha
9 1 (1.59%) ReSharper
9 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (1.59%) Visual Studio
General
1 13 (20.63%) Finance
2 6 (9.52%) Legal
3 4 (6.35%) Advertising
4 1 (1.59%) Automotive
4 1 (1.59%) Games
4 1 (1.59%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (14.29%) .NET
2 7 (11.11%) Web Services
3 5 (7.94%) ASP.NET
4 4 (6.35%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.17%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (3.17%) CSS
5 2 (3.17%) jQuery
5 2 (3.17%) XML
6 1 (1.59%) Chai
6 1 (1.59%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 10 (15.87%) iPad
2 7 (11.11%) Computer Science
3 5 (7.94%) Online Gambling
4 1 (1.59%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 12 (19.05%) Windows
2 2 (3.17%) Android
2 2 (3.17%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.59%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.59%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (74.60%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (47.62%) Software Testing
3 28 (44.44%) Test Scripting
4 18 (28.57%) Manual Testing
5 17 (26.98%) Functional Testing
6 16 (25.40%) Test Automation
7 14 (22.22%) Automated Testing
7 14 (22.22%) SDLC
8 13 (20.63%) Process Improvement
9 11 (17.46%) Defect Management
10 10 (15.87%) Case Management
10 10 (15.87%) Regression Testing
10 10 (15.87%) Scrum
11 8 (12.70%) Defect Tracking
12 7 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
12 7 (11.11%) RAD
12 7 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
12 7 (11.11%) User Stories
12 7 (11.11%) Web Testing
13 5 (7.94%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (31.75%) SQL
2 10 (15.87%) C#
3 5 (7.94%) Java
4 3 (4.76%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.59%) PHP
5 1 (1.59%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 20 (31.75%) ISEB
2 16 (25.40%) Degree
3 13 (20.63%) ISTQB
4 5 (7.94%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 3 (4.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (34.92%) QA
2 2 (3.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 2 (3.17%) GCP
Systems Management
1 4 (6.35%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (1.59%) Microsoft
1 1 (1.59%) Oracle
1 1 (1.59%) RedGate
1 1 (1.59%) Telerik
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