The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the South 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 25 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
England / South West
Rank 147 166 144
Rank change year-on-year +19 -22  
Permanent jobs citing Software Testing 91 89 105
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.79% 1.51% 1.76%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.99% 1.71% 2.00%
Number of salaries quoted 83 54 84
Median salary £35,000 £35,000 £33,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.47%  
90% offered a salary of more than £28,591 £25,400 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £51,000 £64,000 £45,000
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 South West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 4583 5217 5244
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 90.11% 88.77% 87.74%
Number of salaries quoted 3782 4256 4361
Median salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,500 £29,000 £28,500
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £60,000 £65,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South 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 South West

Software Testing
Salary Trend in the South West

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

Salary trend for Software Testing in the South West

Software Testing
Salary Histogram in the South West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the South West over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Software Testing in the South West

Software Testing
Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 25 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
Somerset +20 38 £35,000 - 3
Bristol +13 29 £45,000 +42.85% 7
Devon +13 13 £33,000 -2.94%
Wiltshire +9 5 £32,500 +4.00% 3
Gloucestershire -19 4 £46,250 -26.00% 2
Dorset +16 2 £24,500 -32.41% 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 25 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 South West region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 115 (67.65%) Agile Software Development
2 90 (52.94%) ISTQB
3 80 (47.06%) ISEB
4 79 (46.47%) Test Automation
5 69 (40.59%) Java
6 55 (32.35%) SQL
7 54 (31.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 53 (31.18%) Waterfall
9 51 (30.00%) Cucumber
10 49 (28.82%) Microsoft
11 48 (28.24%) QA
11 48 (28.24%) Selenium
12 45 (26.47%) Team Foundation Server
13 42 (24.71%) Test Management
13 42 (24.71%) Test Scripting
13 42 (24.71%) BDD
14 39 (22.94%) SpecFlow
14 39 (22.94%) C#
15 38 (22.35%) Non-Functional Testing
16 37 (21.76%) Test Strategy
17 35 (20.59%) SDLC
18 32 (18.82%) Load Testing
19 31 (18.24%) User Acceptance Testing
19 31 (18.24%) Performance Testing
20 29 (17.06%) User Stories
21 28 (16.47%) Security Testing
21 28 (16.47%) Finance
21 28 (16.47%) Scrum
22 27 (15.88%) Automated Testing
23 25 (14.71%) Degree

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South 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 (1.18%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 7 (4.12%) MS Visio
2 6 (3.53%) MS Excel
3 5 (2.94%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 8 (4.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.18%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 12 (7.06%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (4.12%) Lucidchart
3 2 (1.18%) IaaS
3 2 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.18%) PaaS
3 2 (1.18%) SaaS
4 1 (0.59%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.35%) HTTP
2 3 (1.76%) Internet
3 2 (1.18%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.35%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.76%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.18%) SAP BW
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle Discoverer
4 1 (0.59%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 51 (30.00%) Cucumber
2 48 (28.24%) Selenium
3 45 (26.47%) Team Foundation Server
4 39 (22.94%) SpecFlow
5 25 (14.71%) JIRA
6 18 (10.59%) WebDriver
7 12 (7.06%) JUnit
8 11 (6.47%) Jenkins
9 10 (5.88%) Visual Studio
10 8 (4.71%) Git (software)
10 8 (4.71%) Jasmine
10 8 (4.71%) Protractor
10 8 (4.71%) Spock
11 7 (4.12%) Bugzilla
11 7 (4.12%) Eclipse
12 6 (3.53%) IntelliJ
12 6 (3.53%) SoapUI
13 5 (2.94%) Geb
13 5 (2.94%) Travis CI
13 5 (2.94%) WATIR
General
1 28 (16.47%) Finance
2 19 (11.18%) Telecoms
3 10 (5.88%) Banking
3 10 (5.88%) Marketing
4 9 (5.29%) Manufacturing
4 9 (5.29%) Retail
5 8 (4.71%) Electronics
6 5 (2.94%) Advertising
7 3 (1.76%) Billing
8 2 (1.18%) Games
9 1 (0.59%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.59%) Back Office
9 1 (0.59%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 73 (42.94%) Analyst
2 62 (36.47%) Test Analyst
3 47 (27.65%) Test Engineer
4 22 (12.94%) Test Automation Engineer
4 22 (12.94%) Tester
5 19 (11.18%) Senior Analyst
6 17 (10.00%) Senior Test Analyst
7 16 (9.41%) Software Test Engineer
8 13 (7.65%) Senior Test Engineer
8 13 (7.65%) Software Analyst
8 13 (7.65%) Software Test Analyst
9 12 (7.06%) Software Tester
10 11 (6.47%) Automation Tester
10 11 (6.47%) QA Analyst
11 9 (5.29%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
11 9 (5.29%) Test Manager
12 7 (4.12%) Test Leader
13 6 (3.53%) Business Test Analyst
13 6 (3.53%) Lead Tester
14 5 (2.94%) Automation Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (8.82%) .NET
2 8 (4.71%) XML
3 7 (4.12%) HTML
4 6 (3.53%) JSON
5 5 (2.94%) Behat
5 5 (2.94%) CSS
6 4 (2.35%) Gherkin
6 4 (2.35%) ISPF
6 4 (2.35%) Web Services
7 3 (1.76%) J2EE
7 3 (1.76%) REST
8 2 (1.18%) AngularJS
8 2 (1.18%) React
8 2 (1.18%) Ruby on Rails
9 1 (0.59%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.59%) Middleware
9 1 (0.59%) RESTful
9 1 (0.59%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.65%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.88%) Computer Science
3 7 (4.12%) Mainframe
4 6 (3.53%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.35%) IBM Mainframe
6 3 (1.76%) Embedded Systems
6 3 (1.76%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.18%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.59%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.59%) PMI
8 1 (0.59%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 18 (10.59%) Windows
2 8 (4.71%) Linux
3 5 (2.94%) Unix
4 3 (1.76%) Android
4 3 (1.76%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (67.65%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (46.47%) Test Automation
3 53 (31.18%) Waterfall
4 42 (24.71%) BDD
4 42 (24.71%) Test Management
4 42 (24.71%) Test Scripting
5 38 (22.35%) Non-Functional Testing
6 37 (21.76%) Test Strategy
7 35 (20.59%) SDLC
8 32 (18.82%) Load Testing
9 31 (18.24%) Performance Testing
9 31 (18.24%) User Acceptance Testing
10 29 (17.06%) User Stories
11 28 (16.47%) Scrum
11 28 (16.47%) Security Testing
12 27 (15.88%) Automated Testing
13 22 (12.94%) Customer Requirements
13 22 (12.94%) Functional Testing
14 19 (11.18%) Continuous Integration
14 19 (11.18%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 69 (40.59%) Java
2 55 (32.35%) SQL
3 39 (22.94%) C#
4 17 (10.00%) Python
5 13 (7.65%) JavaScript
6 12 (7.06%) C
7 10 (5.88%) C++
8 6 (3.53%) Ruby
9 5 (2.94%) Groovy
10 4 (2.35%) JCL
11 3 (1.76%) Bash Shell
11 3 (1.76%) Perl
11 3 (1.76%) VB
12 2 (1.18%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.59%) Ada
Qualifications
1 90 (52.94%) ISTQB
2 80 (47.06%) ISEB
3 54 (31.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 25 (14.71%) Degree
5 23 (13.53%) Security Cleared
6 12 (7.06%) SC Cleared
7 3 (1.76%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (1.76%) DV Cleared
7 3 (1.76%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (0.59%) CEH
8 1 (0.59%) Chartered Engineer
8 1 (0.59%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (28.24%) QA
2 3 (1.76%) Def Stans
2 3 (1.76%) ISO 14001
2 3 (1.76%) ISO 9001
2 3 (1.76%) MISRA
2 3 (1.76%) MISRA C
System Software
1 4 (2.35%) RACF
1 4 (2.35%) Time Sharing Option
1 4 (2.35%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 13 (7.65%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.35%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 49 (28.82%) Microsoft
2 10 (5.88%) SAP
3 8 (4.71%) Oracle
4 7 (4.12%) IBM
5 5 (2.94%) HP
6 4 (2.35%) SOASTA, Inc
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