Period
to 22 November 2017

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 6 months to 22 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Testing
England > North West
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 206 167 131
Rank change year-on-year -39 -36 +16
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 181 225 294
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.36% 1.80% 2.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.51% 2.00% 2.56%
Number of salaries quoted 126 197 218
North West median annual salary £35,000 £33,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.06% -5.71% +7.69%
10th Percentile £23,750 £25,000 £26,000
90th Percentile £49,375 £46,750 £53,750
England median annual salary £40,000 £39,500 £38,000
% change year-on-year +1.27% +3.95% +1.33%

Software Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 11955 11235 11504
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 89.92% 89.78% 89.43%
Number of salaries quoted 9506 9368 9511
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.27%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £24,750
90th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Software Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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 6 months to 22 November 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 6 months to 22 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 -8 121 £35,000 +7.69% 10
Lancashire +15 21 £35,000 -3.45% 2
Cheshire -84 17 £35,000 +7.69% 3
Merseyside +8 12 £38,000 +8.57% 2
Cumbria +2 2 £40,000 +45.45%
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 100 (55.25%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (51.38%) Test Automation
3 69 (38.12%) QA
4 54 (29.83%) Degree
4 54 (29.83%) Java
5 51 (28.18%) ISEB
6 46 (25.41%) SQL
7 39 (21.55%) XML
7 39 (21.55%) JIRA
7 39 (21.55%) ISTQB
7 39 (21.55%) Selenium
7 39 (21.55%) Test Scripting
8 38 (20.99%) Retail
8 38 (20.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 37 (20.44%) Test Strategy
10 33 (18.23%) User Acceptance Testing
11 32 (17.68%) Finance
11 32 (17.68%) Regression Testing
12 31 (17.13%) Git (software)
12 31 (17.13%) SDLC
13 30 (16.57%) DevOps
14 29 (16.02%) Analytical Skills
14 29 (16.02%) Scrum
14 29 (16.02%) SQL Server
14 29 (16.02%) .NET
15 26 (14.36%) Oracle
16 24 (13.26%) C
16 24 (13.26%) MVC
16 24 (13.26%) Validation
17 23 (12.71%) C++

Software Testing
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:

Application Platforms
1 14 (7.73%) Apache
2 3 (1.66%) Confluence
3 2 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (1.10%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.55%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (3.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.21%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.10%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.55%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 18 (9.94%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (4.42%) OpenShift
3 6 (3.31%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (2.21%) SaaS
5 1 (0.55%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.55%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.10%) DHCP
1 2 (1.10%) DNS
1 2 (1.10%) LAN
1 2 (1.10%) TCP/IP
1 2 (1.10%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (16.02%) SQL Server
2 14 (7.73%) MySQL
3 5 (2.76%) Crystal Reports
3 5 (2.76%) Oracle Database
3 5 (2.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (2.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (2.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.10%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.10%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.55%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.55%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.55%) Redis
Development Applications
1 39 (21.55%) JIRA
1 39 (21.55%) Selenium
2 31 (17.13%) Git (software)
3 20 (11.05%) Cucumber
4 16 (8.84%) Jenkins
5 15 (8.29%) Bitbucket
6 14 (7.73%) Vagrant
7 10 (5.52%) SoapUI
7 10 (5.52%) Team Foundation Server
7 10 (5.52%) Visual Studio
7 10 (5.52%) WebDriver
8 9 (4.97%) Bugzilla
8 9 (4.97%) Subversion
8 9 (4.97%) TestRail
9 6 (3.31%) TestNG
10 5 (2.76%) HP UFT
10 5 (2.76%) Ranorex
10 5 (2.76%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 5 (2.76%) Toad
11 4 (2.21%) JUnit
General
1 38 (20.99%) Retail
2 32 (17.68%) Finance
3 13 (7.18%) Manufacturing
3 13 (7.18%) Telecoms
4 12 (6.63%) Electronics
5 8 (4.42%) Military
6 7 (3.87%) Games
7 6 (3.31%) Automotive
8 5 (2.76%) Banking
8 5 (2.76%) Marketing
9 4 (2.21%) Financial Institution
9 4 (2.21%) Retail Banking
10 3 (1.66%) French Language
10 3 (1.66%) German Language
10 3 (1.66%) Japanese Language
10 3 (1.66%) Russian Language
11 1 (0.55%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 51 (28.18%) Tester
2 45 (24.86%) Analyst
3 37 (20.44%) Test Analyst
4 33 (18.23%) Developer
4 33 (18.23%) Software Tester
5 21 (11.60%) Test Engineer
6 18 (9.94%) PHP Developer
7 15 (8.29%) Automation Tester
7 15 (8.29%) Software Analyst
7 15 (8.29%) Software Test Analyst
8 13 (7.18%) Test Leader
9 11 (6.08%) Senior Tester
9 11 (6.08%) Software Developer
10 10 (5.52%) SQL Analyst
11 8 (4.42%) Integration Engineer
11 8 (4.42%) QA Tester
11 8 (4.42%) Test and Integration Engineer
11 8 (4.42%) Test Manager
12 7 (3.87%) Graduate
12 7 (3.87%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (21.55%) XML
2 29 (16.02%) .NET
3 23 (12.71%) RESTful
4 22 (12.15%) Web Services
5 18 (9.94%) JSON
6 16 (8.84%) HTML
7 14 (7.73%) Middleware
8 13 (7.18%) CSS
9 10 (5.52%) SOAP
10 9 (4.97%) EDI
10 9 (4.97%) REST
11 7 (3.87%) .NET Framework
11 7 (3.87%) HTML5
12 6 (3.31%) WCF
13 5 (2.76%) ActiveMQ
13 5 (2.76%) ASP.NET
13 5 (2.76%) JMS
14 4 (2.21%) CodeIgniter
14 4 (2.21%) LAMP
14 4 (2.21%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 29 (16.02%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (7.73%) iPad
3 11 (6.08%) User Experience
4 10 (5.52%) Computer Science
5 9 (4.97%) TRADACOMS
6 8 (4.42%) EPoS
7 7 (3.87%) Mobile App
8 5 (2.76%) Chip and PIN
8 5 (2.76%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (1.66%) Fintech
9 3 (1.66%) Life Science
9 3 (1.66%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.66%) N-Tier
9 3 (1.66%) Smartphone
10 2 (1.10%) iPhone
11 1 (0.55%) Embedded Systems
11 1 (0.55%) PlayStation
11 1 (0.55%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 21 (11.60%) Linux
1 21 (11.60%) Windows
2 7 (3.87%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (2.76%) Apple iOS
4 4 (2.21%) Android
4 4 (2.21%) Debian
5 2 (1.10%) Unix
5 2 (1.10%) Windows Phone
5 2 (1.10%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.10%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (55.25%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (51.38%) Test Automation
3 39 (21.55%) Test Scripting
4 37 (20.44%) Test Strategy
5 33 (18.23%) User Acceptance Testing
6 32 (17.68%) Regression Testing
7 31 (17.13%) SDLC
8 30 (16.57%) DevOps
9 29 (16.02%) Scrum
10 24 (13.26%) MVC
10 24 (13.26%) Validation
11 23 (12.71%) Manual Testing
12 20 (11.05%) Continuous Integration
13 17 (9.39%) E-Commerce
13 17 (9.39%) OOP
14 15 (8.29%) Time Management
15 14 (7.73%) Acceptance Criteria
15 14 (7.73%) Modular Programming
15 14 (7.73%) OO
15 14 (7.73%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 54 (29.83%) Java
2 46 (25.41%) SQL
3 24 (13.26%) C
4 23 (12.71%) C++
5 22 (12.15%) C#
6 21 (11.60%) Python
7 20 (11.05%) PHP
8 19 (10.50%) T-SQL
9 16 (8.84%) JavaScript
10 14 (7.73%) PHP 7
11 10 (5.52%) Perl
12 9 (4.97%) VB.NET
13 7 (3.87%) VB
14 5 (2.76%) VBA
15 4 (2.21%) Ruby
16 3 (1.66%) Apple Swift
16 3 (1.66%) XAML
17 2 (1.10%) C-shell
17 2 (1.10%) Korn
17 2 (1.10%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 54 (29.83%) Degree
2 51 (28.18%) ISEB
3 39 (21.55%) ISTQB
4 38 (20.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 15 (8.29%) Security Cleared
6 8 (4.42%) DV Cleared
6 8 (4.42%) Numerate Degree
7 7 (3.87%) SC Cleared
8 5 (2.76%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.55%) HNC
9 1 (0.55%) HND
9 1 (0.55%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.55%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (38.12%) QA
System Software
1 10 (5.52%) Hyper-V
1 10 (5.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (4.42%) Docker
3 2 (1.10%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.10%) VirtualBox
4 1 (0.55%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 8 (4.42%) Kubernetes
2 5 (2.76%) Kibana
2 5 (2.76%) Prometheus
3 2 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 26 (14.36%) Oracle
2 19 (10.50%) Microsoft
3 14 (7.73%) Zend
4 10 (5.52%) VMware
5 7 (3.87%) HP
5 7 (3.87%) SAP
6 3 (1.66%) Cognizant
6 3 (1.66%) WorldPay
6 3 (1.66%) Xamarin
7 2 (1.10%) Cognos
7 2 (1.10%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.55%) Rockwell
8 1 (0.55%) Sage
8 1 (0.55%) Siemens
8 1 (0.55%) Wonderware