Period
to 19 October 2017

The median annual salary for a Tester was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 19 October 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
19 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 180 145 139
Rank change year-on-year -35 -6 +56
Permanent jobs requiring a Tester 206 258 287
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.61% 2.12% 2.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.67% 2.18% 2.25%
Number of salaries quoted 186 246 262
North West median annual salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.29% - +7.69%
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,125 £24,500
90th Percentile £55,000 £47,500 £52,500
England median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%

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 12355 11856 12751
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.64% 97.36% 96.77%
Number of salaries quoted 9891 9982 10484
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,750 £23,250
90th Percentile £63,750 £61,250 £58,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% 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 19 October 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 19 October 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 -16 153 £42,000 +12.00% 10
Cheshire -54 35 £38,500 +16.67% 4
Lancashire +9 11 £35,000 +7.69% 1
Merseyside +7 7 £47,500 +80.95% 2
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 October 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.

1 161 (78.16%) Test Automation
2 133 (64.56%) Agile Software Development
3 121 (58.74%) Java
4 120 (58.25%) Selenium
5 95 (46.12%) Cucumber
6 92 (44.66%) Test Scripting
7 81 (39.32%) C#
8 64 (31.07%) BDD
9 54 (26.21%) QA
10 51 (24.76%) TDD
10 51 (24.76%) Gherkin
11 49 (23.79%) WebDriver
12 46 (22.33%) Software Testing
13 45 (21.84%) SDLC
14 42 (20.39%) SQL
15 39 (18.93%) Jenkins
16 36 (17.48%) ISEB
17 35 (16.99%) Scrum
18 34 (16.50%) System Integration Testing
19 32 (15.53%) Scenario Testing
19 32 (15.53%) Manual Testing
20 31 (15.05%) Configuration Management
21 30 (14.56%) Python
22 27 (13.11%) JIRA
22 27 (13.11%) Regression Testing
22 27 (13.11%) GitHub
23 26 (12.62%) Finance
24 25 (12.14%) Degree
25 22 (10.68%) ISTQB
26 20 (9.71%) Data Protection

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 2 (0.97%) Confluence
2 1 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (0.49%) Apache Spark
2 1 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.49%) Umbraco
Business Applications
1 1 (0.49%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 27 (13.11%) GitHub
2 14 (6.80%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (3.40%) OpenShift
4 5 (2.43%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.97%) SaaS
6 1 (0.49%) BlazeMeter
6 1 (0.49%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.85%) HTTP
2 3 (1.46%) WAN
3 2 (0.97%) SSH
4 1 (0.49%) Firewall
4 1 (0.49%) Wireless
4 1 (0.49%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (9.22%) SQL Server
2 15 (7.28%) Big Data
3 3 (1.46%) MySQL
3 3 (1.46%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.97%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.49%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.49%) Redis
Development Applications
1 120 (58.25%) Selenium
2 95 (46.12%) Cucumber
3 49 (23.79%) WebDriver
4 39 (18.93%) Jenkins
5 27 (13.11%) JIRA
6 18 (8.74%) SoapUI
7 17 (8.25%) SpecFlow
7 17 (8.25%) Visual Studio
8 11 (5.34%) HP UFT
9 9 (4.37%) FogBugz
9 9 (4.37%) Git (software)
10 7 (3.40%) FitNesse
10 7 (3.40%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (2.91%) JMeter
11 6 (2.91%) LoadRunner
11 6 (2.91%) TestRail
12 5 (2.43%) Octopus Deploy
12 5 (2.43%) Ranorex
12 5 (2.43%) TeamCity
13 4 (1.94%) TestNG
General
1 26 (12.62%) Finance
2 4 (1.94%) Pharmaceutical
3 3 (1.46%) Banking
4 2 (0.97%) Automotive
4 2 (0.97%) Games
4 2 (0.97%) Retail
5 1 (0.49%) Billing
5 1 (0.49%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (0.49%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.49%) Law
5 1 (0.49%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (24.76%) Gherkin
2 15 (7.28%) .NET
3 12 (5.83%) Web Services
4 11 (5.34%) Node.js
4 11 (5.34%) SOAP
5 7 (3.40%) REST
6 4 (1.94%) XML
7 3 (1.46%) ActiveMQ
7 3 (1.46%) HTML
7 3 (1.46%) HTML5
7 3 (1.46%) JMS
8 2 (0.97%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.97%) Velocity
8 2 (0.97%) WSDL
8 2 (0.97%) XSD
9 1 (0.49%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.49%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.49%) jQuery
9 1 (0.49%) JSON
9 1 (0.49%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 16 (7.77%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.83%) Management Information System
3 9 (4.37%) Computer Science
3 9 (4.37%) Linux Command Line
4 8 (3.88%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (2.43%) Mobile App
6 4 (1.94%) Driving Licence
6 4 (1.94%) NHS
7 2 (0.97%) Fintech
7 2 (0.97%) N-Tier
7 2 (0.97%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.49%) iPad
8 1 (0.49%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.49%) User Experience
8 1 (0.49%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 19 (9.22%) Windows
2 14 (6.80%) Linux
3 4 (1.94%) Windows Server
4 3 (1.46%) Android
4 3 (1.46%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.97%) Unix
5 2 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.49%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (78.16%) Test Automation
2 133 (64.56%) Agile Software Development
3 92 (44.66%) Test Scripting
4 64 (31.07%) BDD
5 51 (24.76%) TDD
6 46 (22.33%) Software Testing
7 45 (21.84%) SDLC
8 35 (16.99%) Scrum
9 34 (16.50%) System Integration Testing
10 32 (15.53%) Manual Testing
10 32 (15.53%) Scenario Testing
11 31 (15.05%) Configuration Management
12 27 (13.11%) Regression Testing
13 20 (9.71%) Data Protection
14 17 (8.25%) E-Commerce
14 17 (8.25%) Exploratory Testing
14 17 (8.25%) User Acceptance Testing
15 16 (7.77%) Continuous Integration
16 15 (7.28%) Defect Management
16 15 (7.28%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 121 (58.74%) Java
2 81 (39.32%) C#
3 42 (20.39%) SQL
4 30 (14.56%) Python
5 14 (6.80%) Ruby
6 12 (5.83%) C
7 11 (5.34%) JavaScript
8 10 (4.85%) C++
9 9 (4.37%) Bash Shell
10 4 (1.94%) PHP
11 1 (0.49%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.49%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 36 (17.48%) ISEB
2 25 (12.14%) Degree
3 22 (10.68%) ISTQB
4 16 (7.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (2.43%) SC Cleared
5 5 (2.43%) Security Cleared
6 3 (1.46%) CREST Certified
7 2 (0.97%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (0.97%) OSCE
7 2 (0.97%) OSCP
8 1 (0.49%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (26.21%) QA
2 1 (0.49%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (3.40%) Docker
2 2 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.97%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 13 (6.31%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (3.40%) Kubernetes
3 3 (1.46%) Kibana
3 3 (1.46%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.49%) Core Impact
4 1 (0.49%) Nessus
4 1 (0.49%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 15 (7.28%) Microsoft
2 10 (4.85%) HP
3 9 (4.37%) Oracle
4 6 (2.91%) Capita
5 3 (1.46%) Citrix
5 3 (1.46%) SAP
6 2 (0.97%) Aquila
6 2 (0.97%) Cognizant
7 1 (0.49%) Adobe
7 1 (0.49%) Apigee
7 1 (0.49%) AppDynamics
7 1 (0.49%) Avaloq
7 1 (0.49%) hybris
7 1 (0.49%) Siebel