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 23 September 2014 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.

Location
3 months to
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 58 67 -
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 8 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.01% 0.44% -
As % of the Qualifications category 4.12% 2.47% -
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 0
Average daily rate
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£320 £220 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.45% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £30.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £30.00 £27.75
% change year-on-year
-55.00% +8.10%
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
194 162 200
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 24.59% 17.72% 21.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 72 98
Average daily rate £373 £305 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.13% -17.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £232 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £412 £452
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 16 11
Average hourly rate £19.00 £32.03 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.67% +16.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.40 £15.90 £17.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £42.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within 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
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 23 September 2014.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 23 September 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 3 £320 -
Chester +11 2 £315 - 1
Knutsford - - - - 2
Wilmslow - - - -
ISTQB
North West

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing ISTQB also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB.

1 11 (100.00%) ISEB
2 8 (72.73%) SQL
3 7 (63.64%) Software Testing
4 5 (45.45%) .NET
4 5 (45.45%) Manual Testing
4 5 (45.45%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (36.36%) Performance Testing
6 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (27.27%) Oracle
6 3 (27.27%) VB
6 3 (27.27%) Project Planning
6 3 (27.27%) JIRA
6 3 (27.27%) Release Management
6 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
6 3 (27.27%) Oracle Database
7 2 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (18.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (18.18%) V-Model
7 2 (18.18%) Test Automation
7 2 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (18.18%) Stress Testing
7 2 (18.18%) Security Testing
7 2 (18.18%) System Testing
7 2 (18.18%) FoxPro (VFP)
7 2 (18.18%) FTP
7 2 (18.18%) HP
7 2 (18.18%) SQL Server
7 2 (18.18%) WebLogic
7 2 (18.18%) SAP
7 2 (18.18%) HPUX

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing ISTQB also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (18.18%) WebLogic
1 2 (18.18%) Apache
1 2 (18.18%) Tomcat
1 2 (18.18%) WebLogic Integration
2 1 (9.09%) CICS
Business Applications
1 2 (18.18%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (18.18%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (27.27%) Oracle Database
2 2 (18.18%) SQL Server
2 2 (18.18%) MS Access
3 1 (9.09%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 5 (45.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (27.27%) JIRA
3 1 (9.09%) Selenium
Job Titles
1 8 (72.73%) Analyst
1 8 (72.73%) Test Analyst
2 4 (36.36%) Web Analyst
2 4 (36.36%) Web Test Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) Test Leader
4 1 (9.09%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Automation Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Software Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (45.45%) .NET
2 1 (9.09%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) N-Tier
2 1 (9.09%) Mainframe
2 1 (9.09%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 2 (18.18%) HPUX
1 2 (18.18%) Linux
1 2 (18.18%) SUSE
2 1 (9.09%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (63.64%) Software Testing
2 5 (45.45%) Manual Testing
3 4 (36.36%) Performance Testing
4 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
4 3 (27.27%) Project Planning
4 3 (27.27%) Release Management
4 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (18.18%) CRM
5 2 (18.18%) SOA
5 2 (18.18%) Regression Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Statistical Analysis
5 2 (18.18%) Stress Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Security Testing
5 2 (18.18%) System Testing
5 2 (18.18%) V-Model
5 2 (18.18%) Test Automation
6 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
6 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
6 1 (9.09%) Mentoring
6 1 (9.09%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (72.73%) SQL
2 3 (27.27%) VB
3 2 (18.18%) FoxPro (VFP)
4 1 (9.09%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 11 (100.00%) ISEB
2 2 (18.18%) ISEB Practitioner
2 2 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (18.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (27.27%) Oracle
2 2 (18.18%) SAP
2 2 (18.18%) HP
2 2 (18.18%) TIBCO