The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 24 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
England / North West
Rank 200 139 148
Rank change year-on-year -61 +9  
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 54 101 107
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.88% 1.78% 1.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.97% 2.02% 1.84%
Number of salaries quoted 48 83 79
Median salary £34,656 £30,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +15.52% -  
90% offered a salary of more than £21,500 £22,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000

Software 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 5555 5000 5806
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 90.37% 87.98% 88.51%
Number of salaries quoted 4609 4158 4662
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 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in the North West

Software Testing
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for Software Testing in the North West

Software Testing
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the North West over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Software Testing in the North West

Software 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 Software Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 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 -43 38 £35,000 +16.66% 15
Cheshire +1 13 £30,125 -18.02% 2
Lancashire -5 5 £45,000 +50.00% 1
Merseyside -7 1 £35,000 +7.69% 1
Cumbria - 1 £42,500 -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT jobs citing Software 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 Software Testing.

1 94 (58.75%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (31.25%) SQL
3 48 (30.00%) SDLC
4 44 (27.50%) Test Scripting
5 42 (26.25%) QA
6 39 (24.38%) Test Automation
7 38 (23.75%) Scrum
8 36 (22.50%) ISTQB
9 35 (21.88%) Selenium
10 33 (20.63%) User Acceptance Testing
11 32 (20.00%) Test Strategy
12 31 (19.38%) Java
13 29 (18.13%) C#
13 29 (18.13%) C++
13 29 (18.13%) ISEB
13 29 (18.13%) Degree
14 24 (15.00%) Regression Testing
15 23 (14.38%) Validation
15 23 (14.38%) Cucumber
16 22 (13.75%) DevOps
16 22 (13.75%) C
16 22 (13.75%) Continuous Integration
16 22 (13.75%) JIRA
17 21 (13.13%) .NET
18 20 (12.50%) Defect Management
19 19 (11.88%) Manual Testing
20 18 (11.25%) Automated Testing
20 18 (11.25%) Finance
20 18 (11.25%) Perl
20 18 (11.25%) Python

Software 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 2 (1.25%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (0.63%) Apache
2 1 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.63%) CICS
2 1 (0.63%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.25%) MS Office
2 2 (1.25%) MS Project
3 1 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.88%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.50%) SaaS
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.25%) FTP
1 2 (1.25%) HTTP
2 1 (0.63%) 4G
2 1 (0.63%) GPRS
2 1 (0.63%) GSM
2 1 (0.63%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.50%) MySQL
3 3 (1.88%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.25%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 2 (1.25%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.25%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.63%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.63%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.63%) DataStage
5 1 (0.63%) DB2
5 1 (0.63%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 35 (21.88%) Selenium
2 23 (14.38%) Cucumber
3 22 (13.75%) JIRA
4 14 (8.75%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (5.00%) Visual Studio
6 7 (4.38%) HP UFT
7 6 (3.75%) TestComplete
8 5 (3.13%) Git (software)
8 5 (3.13%) WebDriver
9 3 (1.88%) Jenkins
9 3 (1.88%) MSTest
10 2 (1.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (1.25%) Bugzilla
10 2 (1.25%) Eclipse
10 2 (1.25%) Gerrit
10 2 (1.25%) NetBeans
10 2 (1.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (1.25%) Toad
11 1 (0.63%) LoadRunner
11 1 (0.63%) TeamCity
General
1 18 (11.25%) Finance
2 12 (7.50%) Military
3 7 (4.38%) Manufacturing
3 7 (4.38%) Marketing
4 6 (3.75%) Legal
5 5 (3.13%) Electronics
6 4 (2.50%) Retail
6 4 (2.50%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.88%) Advertising
7 3 (1.88%) Billing
8 2 (1.25%) Back Office
8 2 (1.25%) Banking
9 1 (0.63%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.63%) Avionics
9 1 (0.63%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 45 (28.13%) Analyst
2 43 (26.88%) Tester
3 38 (23.75%) Test Analyst
4 31 (19.38%) Test Engineer
5 30 (18.75%) Software Tester
6 19 (11.88%) Developer
7 14 (8.75%) Senior Tester
8 13 (8.13%) Test Automation Engineer
9 12 (7.50%) Test Manager
10 11 (6.88%) Senior Software Tester
11 10 (6.25%) Software Developer
12 9 (5.63%) Software Test Engineer
13 7 (4.38%) Integration Engineer
13 7 (4.38%) Junior
13 7 (4.38%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
13 7 (4.38%) Senior Test Engineer
13 7 (4.38%) Software Analyst
13 7 (4.38%) Software Test Analyst
13 7 (4.38%) Test and Integration Engineer
14 6 (3.75%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (13.13%) .NET
2 16 (10.00%) HTML
3 13 (8.13%) CSS
4 8 (5.00%) ASP.NET
5 7 (4.38%) HTML5
5 7 (4.38%) Web Services
6 4 (2.50%) Ajax
6 4 (2.50%) Classic ASP
6 4 (2.50%) CSS3
6 4 (2.50%) ISPF
6 4 (2.50%) jQuery
6 4 (2.50%) Node.js
6 4 (2.50%) WinForms
6 4 (2.50%) WPF
7 3 (1.88%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.88%) XML
8 1 (0.63%) PhoneGap
8 1 (0.63%) ServiceStack
8 1 (0.63%) SOAP
8 1 (0.63%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (5.63%) iPad
2 6 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.75%) Computer Science
2 6 (3.75%) Online Gambling
3 5 (3.13%) Cyber Defence
3 5 (3.13%) Mainframe
4 4 (2.50%) IBM Mainframe
5 3 (1.88%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (1.25%) Clustering
6 2 (1.25%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.25%) Smartphone
6 2 (1.25%) User Experience
7 1 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.63%) EPoS
7 1 (0.63%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.63%) Replication
7 1 (0.63%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 13 (8.13%) Linux
2 6 (3.75%) Android
2 6 (3.75%) Apple iOS
2 6 (3.75%) Windows
3 3 (1.88%) Unix
4 2 (1.25%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.63%) Windows Embedded Compact
5 1 (0.63%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (58.75%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (30.00%) SDLC
3 44 (27.50%) Test Scripting
4 39 (24.38%) Test Automation
5 38 (23.75%) Scrum
6 33 (20.63%) User Acceptance Testing
7 32 (20.00%) Test Strategy
8 24 (15.00%) Regression Testing
9 23 (14.38%) Validation
10 22 (13.75%) Continuous Integration
10 22 (13.75%) DevOps
11 20 (12.50%) Defect Management
12 19 (11.88%) Manual Testing
13 18 (11.25%) Automated Testing
14 16 (10.00%) Integration Testing
15 13 (8.13%) Time Management
16 11 (6.88%) ERP
16 11 (6.88%) Information Security
16 11 (6.88%) System Integration Testing
16 11 (6.88%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 50 (31.25%) SQL
2 31 (19.38%) Java
3 29 (18.13%) C#
3 29 (18.13%) C++
4 22 (13.75%) C
5 18 (11.25%) Perl
5 18 (11.25%) Python
6 9 (5.63%) JavaScript
7 6 (3.75%) PHP
8 5 (3.13%) JCL
8 5 (3.13%) Ruby
9 4 (2.50%) VB
9 4 (2.50%) VB6
10 2 (1.25%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.25%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.25%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
11 1 (0.63%) COBOL
11 1 (0.63%) XAML
Qualifications
1 36 (22.50%) ISTQB
2 29 (18.13%) Degree
2 29 (18.13%) ISEB
3 17 (10.63%) Security Cleared
4 12 (7.50%) DV Cleared
5 8 (5.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (4.38%) SC Cleared
7 5 (3.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (1.25%) Siebel Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (26.25%) QA
2 4 (2.50%) ISO13485
System Software
1 11 (6.88%) Hyper-V
1 11 (6.88%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (2.50%) RACF
2 4 (2.50%) Time Sharing Option
2 4 (2.50%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 1 (0.63%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (2.50%) HP Quality Center
1 4 (2.50%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 11 (6.88%) VMware
2 10 (6.25%) Microsoft
3 7 (4.38%) Oracle
4 5 (3.13%) IBM
5 4 (2.50%) HP
5 4 (2.50%) SAP
6 2 (1.25%) Siebel
7 1 (0.63%) Apple
7 1 (0.63%) Cognizant
7 1 (0.63%) EMC
7 1 (0.63%) ForgeRock
7 1 (0.63%) Informatica
7 1 (0.63%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.63%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.63%) Telerik
7 1 (0.63%) Xamarin
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