The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 31 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 81 80 65
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -15
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 7 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.69% 0.20% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.62% 1.32% 2.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 3
Median daily rate £350 £330 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +6.45%
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £315 £314
% change year-on-year
+3.17% +0.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+12.90% +129.62%
ISTQB
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Qualifications Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
267 152 176
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 26.28% 15.46% 21.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 77 88
Median daily rate £425 £425 £397
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.05%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £225 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 19 12
Median hourly rate £47.50 £16.84 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+182.06% -25.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £14.50 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.75 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Cheshire region citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing ISTQB across the Cheshire region.

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB across the Cheshire region.

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 31 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 5 - -
Chester -6 1 £350 +6.06%
ISTQB
North West

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 31 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 10 (90.91%) ISEB
2 9 (81.82%) Microsoft
2 9 (81.82%) Software Testing
3 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (72.73%) System Testing
3 8 (72.73%) Regression Testing
4 7 (63.64%) Waterfall
5 6 (54.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (54.55%) VMware
5 6 (54.55%) Windows
5 6 (54.55%) SharePoint
6 5 (45.45%) MS Exchange
6 5 (45.45%) Service Management
6 5 (45.45%) Thin Client
6 5 (45.45%) Skype
6 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (45.45%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (45.45%) Skype for Business
6 5 (45.45%) Security Cleared
6 5 (45.45%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (45.45%) Fat Client
6 5 (45.45%) Defect Management
6 5 (45.45%) Windows 10
6 5 (45.45%) Windows Server
7 4 (36.36%) SC Cleared
7 4 (36.36%) Military
7 4 (36.36%) SQL Server
7 4 (36.36%) MS Office
8 3 (27.27%) C#
8 3 (27.27%) Linux

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire 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 6 (54.55%) SharePoint
2 5 (45.45%) MS Exchange
2 5 (45.45%) SharePoint 2013
2 5 (45.45%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (36.36%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 5 (45.45%) Skype
2 1 (9.09%) Network Security
2 1 (9.09%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (36.36%) SQL Server
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (9.09%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 4 (36.36%) Military
2 3 (27.27%) Billing
2 3 (27.27%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (63.64%) Analyst
1 7 (63.64%) Test Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Senior Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Senior Test Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) SQL Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) SQL Server Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) Test Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) .NET
1 3 (27.27%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 5 (45.45%) Fat Client
1 5 (45.45%) Thin Client
2 1 (9.09%) Data Centre
2 1 (9.09%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 6 (54.55%) Windows
2 5 (45.45%) Windows 10
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (27.27%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (81.82%) Software Testing
2 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (72.73%) Regression Testing
2 8 (72.73%) System Testing
3 7 (63.64%) Waterfall
4 5 (45.45%) Defect Management
4 5 (45.45%) Service Management
5 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
5 3 (27.27%) Performance Testing
5 3 (27.27%) Project Management
5 3 (27.27%) Stress Testing
5 3 (27.27%) Test Management
5 3 (27.27%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (18.18%) Converged Infrastructure
6 2 (18.18%) SDLC
6 2 (18.18%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
7 1 (9.09%) Mentoring
7 1 (9.09%) Test Planning
7 1 (9.09%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) C#
2 2 (18.18%) SQL
3 1 (9.09%) Java
3 1 (9.09%) JavaScript
3 1 (9.09%) PHP
3 1 (9.09%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (90.91%) ISEB
2 6 (54.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (45.45%) Security Cleared
4 4 (36.36%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 5 (45.45%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (27.27%) vSphere
Vendors
1 9 (81.82%) Microsoft
2 6 (54.55%) VMware
3 1 (9.09%) Cisco
3 1 (9.09%) Fujitsu
3 1 (9.09%) Tableau
3 1 (9.09%) Talend
3 1 (9.09%) Vertica