Period
to 20 July 2018

The median annual salary for a Tester was £35,000 in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 20 July 2018.

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

Tester
England > North West
6 months to
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 154 192 152
Rank change year-on-year +38 -40 +24
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 247 208 219
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.98% 1.59% 1.89%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.04% 1.64% 1.94%
Number of salaries quoted 215 194 205
North West median annual salary £35,000 £38,250 £36,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -8.50% +4.79% +14.06%
10th Percentile £25,950 £26,250 £24,100
90th Percentile £50,850 £55,000 £47,500
England median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £39,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +8.97% +2.63%

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 12,107 12,692 11,275
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.84% 96.77% 97.43%
Number of salaries quoted 9,864 10,417 9,512
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £25,244 £25,000 £23,500
90th Percentile £66,250 £62,500 £61,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the North West

Tester
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for Tester in the North West

Tester
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the North West over the 6 months to 20 July 2018.

Salary histogram for Tester in the North West

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 Tester within the North West region over the 6 months to 20 July 2018. 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 +27 147 £37,500 -6.25% 22
Cheshire +26 72 £35,000 - 11
Lancashire +10 14 £42,500 +19.38%
Merseyside +16 13 £30,000 -14.29% 4
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 July 2018, Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the North West region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 168 (68.02%) Test Automation
2 155 (62.75%) Agile Software Development
3 110 (44.53%) Selenium
4 89 (36.03%) QA
5 77 (31.17%) Java
6 70 (28.34%) Finance
7 61 (24.70%) Software Testing
8 60 (24.29%) SQL
9 55 (22.27%) ISTQB
10 52 (21.05%) C#
11 46 (18.62%) Test Scripting
12 45 (18.22%) SDLC
13 44 (17.81%) Scrum
14 39 (15.79%) JIRA
15 38 (15.38%) Manual Testing
16 37 (14.98%) Cucumber
17 35 (14.17%) ISEB
18 33 (13.36%) Regression Testing
19 31 (12.55%) Degree
20 26 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
20 26 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
21 24 (9.72%) BDD
22 23 (9.31%) REST
23 22 (8.91%) Non-Functional Testing
23 22 (8.91%) JavaScript
24 21 (8.50%) Windows
24 21 (8.50%) TDD
24 21 (8.50%) User Acceptance Testing
25 20 (8.10%) Computer Science
25 20 (8.10%) WebDriver

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:

Application Platforms
1 5 (2.02%) Confluence
2 2 (0.81%) CMS
3 1 (0.40%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.40%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.40%) Umbraco
Applications
1 5 (2.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.21%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.62%) TIBCO iProcess
2 1 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.40%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.24%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (3.24%) SaaS
2 5 (2.02%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (1.62%) BrowserStack
3 4 (1.62%) OpenShift
3 4 (1.62%) Sage Pay
4 3 (1.21%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.40%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.81%) HTTP
1 2 (0.81%) Internet
1 2 (0.81%) Wireless
2 1 (0.40%) FTP
2 1 (0.40%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.86%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.62%) Big Data
2 4 (1.62%) MongoDB
2 4 (1.62%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.40%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 110 (44.53%) Selenium
2 39 (15.79%) JIRA
3 37 (14.98%) Cucumber
4 20 (8.10%) WebDriver
5 19 (7.69%) SoapUI
5 19 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
6 17 (6.88%) Jenkins
7 14 (5.67%) HP UFT
8 13 (5.26%) Git (software)
9 9 (3.64%) LoadRunner
10 8 (3.24%) SpecFlow
11 6 (2.43%) Ranorex
12 5 (2.02%) Gradle
12 5 (2.02%) Maven
12 5 (2.02%) Protractor
12 5 (2.02%) Visual Studio
13 4 (1.62%) Bitbucket
13 4 (1.62%) Jasmine
13 4 (1.62%) JMeter
13 4 (1.62%) JUnit
General
1 70 (28.34%) Finance
2 20 (8.10%) Banking
3 18 (7.29%) Advertising
4 12 (4.86%) Back Office
5 10 (4.05%) Retail
6 9 (3.64%) Games
7 4 (1.62%) Law
8 3 (1.21%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.81%) Automotive
9 2 (0.81%) Marketing
10 1 (0.40%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (9.31%) REST
2 19 (7.69%) .NET
3 18 (7.29%) SOAP
4 15 (6.07%) Web Services
5 14 (5.67%) HTML
6 13 (5.26%) Gherkin
7 12 (4.86%) XML
8 11 (4.45%) CSS
8 11 (4.45%) JSON
9 6 (2.43%) ASP.NET
10 4 (1.62%) ActiveMQ
10 4 (1.62%) Elastic Stack
10 4 (1.62%) J2EE
10 4 (1.62%) JMS
10 4 (1.62%) jQuery
10 4 (1.62%) RESTful
11 3 (1.21%) Apache Flex
12 2 (0.81%) Ajax
13 1 (0.40%) KnockoutJS
13 1 (0.40%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 20 (8.10%) Computer Science
2 15 (6.07%) Mobile App
3 11 (4.45%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (2.83%) Fixed Income
6 4 (1.62%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.81%) e-Learning
7 2 (0.81%) Fintech
7 2 (0.81%) Online Games
7 2 (0.81%) User Experience
8 1 (0.40%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.40%) Cyberattack
8 1 (0.40%) Life Science
8 1 (0.40%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.40%) PMI
8 1 (0.40%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 21 (8.50%) Windows
2 14 (5.67%) Linux
3 10 (4.05%) Android
4 9 (3.64%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.40%) Unix
5 1 (0.40%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 168 (68.02%) Test Automation
2 155 (62.75%) Agile Software Development
3 61 (24.70%) Software Testing
4 46 (18.62%) Test Scripting
5 45 (18.22%) SDLC
6 44 (17.81%) Scrum
7 38 (15.38%) Manual Testing
8 33 (13.36%) Regression Testing
9 26 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
9 26 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
10 24 (9.72%) BDD
11 22 (8.91%) Non-Functional Testing
12 21 (8.50%) TDD
12 21 (8.50%) User Acceptance Testing
13 18 (7.29%) API Testing
13 18 (7.29%) Microservices
14 16 (6.48%) Functional Testing
14 16 (6.48%) Load Testing
14 16 (6.48%) Test Strategy
15 13 (5.26%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 77 (31.17%) Java
2 60 (24.29%) SQL
3 52 (21.05%) C#
4 22 (8.91%) JavaScript
5 20 (8.10%) Python
6 18 (7.29%) PHP
7 12 (4.86%) Ruby
8 8 (3.24%) C
8 8 (3.24%) C++
9 4 (1.62%) Bash Shell
9 4 (1.62%) Shell Script
10 3 (1.21%) T-SQL
11 2 (0.81%) Objective-C
11 2 (0.81%) Perl
12 1 (0.40%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.40%) Scala
12 1 (0.40%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 55 (22.27%) ISTQB
2 35 (14.17%) ISEB
3 31 (12.55%) Degree
4 17 (6.88%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (4.05%) Security Cleared
6 9 (3.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 9 (3.64%) OSCP
7 6 (2.43%) SC Cleared
8 5 (2.02%) CISSP
9 4 (1.62%) CEH
9 4 (1.62%) CISA
9 4 (1.62%) CREST Certified
9 4 (1.62%) Numerate Degree
9 4 (1.62%) Postgraduate
9 4 (1.62%) SANS
10 2 (0.81%) OSCE
11 1 (0.40%) CSQA
11 1 (0.40%) GPEN
11 1 (0.40%) GWAPT
11 1 (0.40%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (36.03%) QA
2 1 (0.40%) ISO 15765
2 1 (0.40%) ISO 22301
2 1 (0.40%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.40%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 10 (4.05%) Docker
2 1 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.40%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 6 (2.43%) Kubernetes
2 5 (2.02%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (1.62%) Kibana
3 4 (1.62%) Prometheus
4 3 (1.21%) WebInspect
5 1 (0.40%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 16 (6.48%) Microsoft
2 15 (6.07%) HP
3 13 (5.26%) Capita
4 4 (1.62%) Google
4 4 (1.62%) TIBCO
5 3 (1.21%) Atlassian
5 3 (1.21%) IBM
6 2 (0.81%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.40%) Oracle
7 1 (0.40%) Twitter