The median annual salary for a Software Tester was £35,000 in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 253 198 217
Rank change year-on-year -55 +19  
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Tester 19 38 41
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.28% 0.69% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.29% 0.70% 0.66%
Number of salaries quoted 16 35 39
Median salary £35,000 £33,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.06% +10.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £31,250 £26,750 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £41,000 £38,000
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £32,500 £30,000
% change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33%  

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 6647 5415 6191
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 96.61% 97.74% 96.89%
Number of salaries quoted 5440 4595 5048
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £57,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +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 26 June 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 26 June 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 -53 10 £37,500 +13.63% 4
Cheshire -27 7 £35,000 - 3
Merseyside -8 2 £33,750 - 1
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 30 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (61.90%) Test Automation
3 16 (38.10%) Software Testing
3 16 (38.10%) Selenium
4 14 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 12 (28.57%) Functional Testing
5 12 (28.57%) ISEB
6 11 (26.19%) Degree
6 11 (26.19%) Case Management
7 10 (23.81%) Process Improvement
7 10 (23.81%) Manual Testing
7 10 (23.81%) JIRA
7 10 (23.81%) QA
8 9 (21.43%) ISTQB
9 8 (19.05%) Java
9 8 (19.05%) Windows
9 8 (19.05%) SDLC
9 8 (19.05%) Defect Management
10 7 (16.67%) C#
10 7 (16.67%) SQL
11 6 (14.29%) User Stories
11 6 (14.29%) iPad
11 6 (14.29%) Cucumber
12 5 (11.90%) BDD
12 5 (11.90%) Non-Functional Testing
12 5 (11.90%) Web Testing
12 5 (11.90%) Defect Tracking
12 5 (11.90%) JavaScript
12 5 (11.90%) Finance
12 5 (11.90%) Legal

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 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.52%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.76%) MySQL
3 1 (2.38%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.38%) NoSQL
3 1 (2.38%) Redis
Development Applications
1 16 (38.10%) Selenium
2 10 (23.81%) JIRA
3 6 (14.29%) Cucumber
4 4 (9.52%) FitNesse
4 4 (9.52%) HP UFT
5 3 (7.14%) Hudson
5 3 (7.14%) Jenkins
5 3 (7.14%) WebDriver
6 2 (4.76%) Bugzilla
6 2 (4.76%) Git (software)
6 2 (4.76%) Subversion
6 2 (4.76%) TestRail
7 1 (2.38%) Capybara
7 1 (2.38%) Mocha
7 1 (2.38%) NUnit
7 1 (2.38%) Ranorex
General
1 5 (11.90%) Finance
1 5 (11.90%) Legal
2 1 (2.38%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.52%) .NET
1 4 (9.52%) Web Services
2 2 (4.76%) ASP.NET Web API
2 2 (4.76%) CSS
2 2 (4.76%) jQuery
2 2 (4.76%) XML
3 1 (2.38%) Chai
3 1 (2.38%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 6 (14.29%) iPad
2 2 (4.76%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.38%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 8 (19.05%) Windows
2 1 (2.38%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (61.90%) Test Automation
3 16 (38.10%) Software Testing
4 14 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 12 (28.57%) Functional Testing
6 11 (26.19%) Case Management
7 10 (23.81%) Manual Testing
7 10 (23.81%) Process Improvement
8 8 (19.05%) Defect Management
8 8 (19.05%) SDLC
9 6 (14.29%) User Stories
10 5 (11.90%) BDD
10 5 (11.90%) Defect Tracking
10 5 (11.90%) Non-Functional Testing
10 5 (11.90%) Scrum
10 5 (11.90%) Web Testing
11 4 (9.52%) RAD
11 4 (9.52%) Scenario Testing
11 4 (9.52%) TDD
12 3 (7.14%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (19.05%) Java
2 7 (16.67%) C#
2 7 (16.67%) SQL
3 5 (11.90%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.38%) C
4 1 (2.38%) Ruby
4 1 (2.38%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 12 (28.57%) ISEB
2 11 (26.19%) Degree
3 9 (21.43%) ISTQB
4 3 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (23.81%) QA
2 2 (4.76%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 2 (4.76%) GCP
3 1 (2.38%) PMO
Systems Management
1 1 (2.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (4.76%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle
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Posted: 6 days ago
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Salary: £30k - 38k per year + benefits
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Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Competitive Benefits
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Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + + Great Benefits
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Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
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