Period
to 14 December 2017

The median annual salary for a Tester was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 14 December 2017.

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
14 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 163 156 131
Rank change year-on-year -7 -25 +44
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 242 255 306
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.84% 2.05% 2.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.90% 2.11% 2.49%
Number of salaries quoted 225 241 285
North West median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £30,050 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
England median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%

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 12713 12078 12299
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.65% 96.92% 96.39%
Number of salaries quoted 10202 10158 10205
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £25,750 £24,500 £23,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £61,250 £57,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06% +4.44%

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 14 December 2017.

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 14 December 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 +7 171 £40,000 +6.67% 23
Cheshire -48 49 £40,000 +23.08% 5
Lancashire +9 12 £35,000 -22.22% 2
Merseyside +23 8 £33,900 +23.27% 1
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 14 December 2017, 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 Tester in the job title.

1 186 (76.86%) Test Automation
2 158 (65.29%) Agile Software Development
3 152 (62.81%) Selenium
4 149 (61.57%) Java
5 116 (47.93%) Cucumber
6 115 (47.52%) Test Scripting
7 99 (40.91%) C#
8 70 (28.93%) BDD
8 70 (28.93%) Gherkin
9 66 (27.27%) SQL
9 66 (27.27%) QA
10 63 (26.03%) WebDriver
10 63 (26.03%) TDD
11 51 (21.07%) SDLC
12 48 (19.83%) Software Testing
13 47 (19.42%) Scrum
13 47 (19.42%) Jenkins
14 45 (18.60%) Python
15 40 (16.53%) Finance
16 39 (16.12%) Scenario Testing
17 37 (15.29%) ISEB
18 35 (14.46%) JIRA
19 34 (14.05%) Configuration Management
20 32 (13.22%) Degree
21 30 (12.40%) ISTQB
21 30 (12.40%) System Integration Testing
22 27 (11.16%) GitHub
23 26 (10.74%) Manual Testing
24 25 (10.33%) Big Data
25 24 (9.92%) SoapUI

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 3 (1.24%) Apache Spark
1 3 (1.24%) Confluence
2 1 (0.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (0.41%) CMS
2 1 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.41%) Umbraco
Applications
1 4 (1.65%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.41%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 27 (11.16%) GitHub
2 17 (7.02%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (4.55%) OpenShift
4 8 (3.31%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (1.24%) SaaS
5 3 (1.24%) Slack
6 1 (0.41%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.13%) HTTP
2 3 (1.24%) WAN
2 3 (1.24%) Wireless
3 2 (0.83%) Internet
3 2 (0.83%) Network Security
4 1 (0.41%) Firewall
4 1 (0.41%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (10.33%) Big Data
2 23 (9.50%) SQL Server
3 4 (1.65%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.24%) MySQL
5 2 (0.83%) Apache Hive
5 2 (0.83%) Hadoop
5 2 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.41%) GIS
6 1 (0.41%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 152 (62.81%) Selenium
2 116 (47.93%) Cucumber
3 63 (26.03%) WebDriver
4 47 (19.42%) Jenkins
5 35 (14.46%) JIRA
6 24 (9.92%) SoapUI
7 21 (8.68%) SpecFlow
8 20 (8.26%) Visual Studio
9 17 (7.02%) Git (software)
10 10 (4.13%) FogBugz
10 10 (4.13%) JMeter
11 8 (3.31%) HP UFT
11 8 (3.31%) LoadRunner
12 7 (2.89%) Ranorex
12 7 (2.89%) Team Foundation Server
12 7 (2.89%) TeamCity
13 5 (2.07%) Bugzilla
13 5 (2.07%) Octopus Deploy
13 5 (2.07%) TestNG
13 5 (2.07%) TestRail
General
1 40 (16.53%) Finance
2 12 (4.96%) Banking
3 11 (4.55%) Retail
4 9 (3.72%) Advertising
5 4 (1.65%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.24%) Games
6 3 (1.24%) Marketing
7 2 (0.83%) Automotive
7 2 (0.83%) Electronics
7 2 (0.83%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.41%) Billing
8 1 (0.41%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.41%) Law
8 1 (0.41%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (28.93%) Gherkin
2 22 (9.09%) .NET
3 15 (6.20%) SOAP
4 12 (4.96%) Node.js
5 8 (3.31%) REST
6 7 (2.89%) ActiveMQ
6 7 (2.89%) JMS
7 6 (2.48%) Web Services
8 4 (1.65%) .NET Framework
9 3 (1.24%) HTML
9 3 (1.24%) HTML5
9 3 (1.24%) XML
10 2 (0.83%) ASP.NET
10 2 (0.83%) JSON
10 2 (0.83%) Velocity
11 1 (0.41%) J2EE
11 1 (0.41%) JNI
11 1 (0.41%) jQuery
11 1 (0.41%) Kafka
11 1 (0.41%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 21 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (7.02%) Computer Science
3 10 (4.13%) Greenfield Project
3 10 (4.13%) Linux Command Line
4 8 (3.31%) Management Information System
4 8 (3.31%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.07%) Fintech
6 3 (1.24%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.24%) Virtual Team
7 2 (0.83%) Internet of Things
7 2 (0.83%) Mobile Computing
7 2 (0.83%) N-Tier
7 2 (0.83%) Smartphone
7 2 (0.83%) Xbox
8 1 (0.41%) iPad
8 1 (0.41%) IVR
8 1 (0.41%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.41%) Online Banking
8 1 (0.41%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.41%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 21 (8.68%) Windows
2 18 (7.44%) Linux
3 9 (3.72%) Android
4 8 (3.31%) Apple iOS
5 5 (2.07%) Unix
5 5 (2.07%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.83%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.41%) Kali Linux
8 1 (0.41%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (76.86%) Test Automation
2 158 (65.29%) Agile Software Development
3 115 (47.52%) Test Scripting
4 70 (28.93%) BDD
5 63 (26.03%) TDD
6 51 (21.07%) SDLC
7 48 (19.83%) Software Testing
8 47 (19.42%) Scrum
9 39 (16.12%) Scenario Testing
10 34 (14.05%) Configuration Management
11 30 (12.40%) System Integration Testing
12 26 (10.74%) Manual Testing
13 19 (7.85%) Regression Testing
14 17 (7.02%) E-Commerce
14 17 (7.02%) Open Source
15 16 (6.61%) Continuous Delivery
15 16 (6.61%) Data Protection
15 16 (6.61%) Load Testing
16 15 (6.20%) Defect Management
16 15 (6.20%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 149 (61.57%) Java
2 99 (40.91%) C#
3 66 (27.27%) SQL
4 45 (18.60%) Python
5 23 (9.50%) Ruby
6 18 (7.44%) JavaScript
7 15 (6.20%) C++
8 13 (5.37%) C
9 10 (4.13%) Bash Shell
10 8 (3.31%) PHP
11 3 (1.24%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.41%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 37 (15.29%) ISEB
2 32 (13.22%) Degree
3 30 (12.40%) ISTQB
4 19 (7.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (3.72%) SC Cleared
5 9 (3.72%) Security Cleared
6 4 (1.65%) CREST Certified
7 3 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (1.24%) OSCP
8 2 (0.83%) SANS
9 1 (0.41%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (27.27%) QA
System Software
1 13 (5.37%) Docker
2 2 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.83%) VirtualBox
3 1 (0.41%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (5.37%) Kubernetes
2 10 (4.13%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (2.89%) Kibana
3 7 (2.89%) Prometheus
4 2 (0.83%) Ansible
4 2 (0.83%) Nessus
5 1 (0.41%) Core Impact
5 1 (0.41%) Nmap
Vendors
1 14 (5.79%) Microsoft
2 12 (4.96%) HP
3 11 (4.55%) Capita
4 9 (3.72%) Oracle
5 5 (2.07%) SAP
6 4 (1.65%) Citrix
7 2 (0.83%) Aquila
7 2 (0.83%) Cognizant
8 1 (0.41%) Adobe
8 1 (0.41%) Apigee
8 1 (0.41%) Avaloq
8 1 (0.41%) hybris