The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 42 - 30
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 4 0 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 0.89% - 2.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.70% - 8.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 4
Average daily rate
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£275 - £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £275 £320
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -14.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.85 - £21.00
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Lancashire region.

Qualifications Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
108 61 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 24.00% 36.75% 27.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 25 64
Average daily rate £355 £270 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.48% -40.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £213 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £449 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 6 2
Average hourly rate £32.50 £15.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+109.67% -52.30%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB across the Lancashire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

ISTQB
Top 22 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 4 (100.00%) ISEB
2 2 (50.00%) Citrix
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (50.00%) Windows
2 2 (50.00%) Validation
2 2 (50.00%) AppSense
2 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (50.00%) Software Engineering
2 2 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 2 (50.00%) QA
2 2 (50.00%) Selenium
2 2 (50.00%) Performance Testing
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (50.00%) XenApp
2 2 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 2 (50.00%) Automation Testing
2 2 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 1 (25.00%) Windows XP
3 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
3 1 (25.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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.

Development Applications
1 2 (50.00%) Selenium
Job Titles
1 4 (100.00%) Tester
2 2 (50.00%) Infrastructure Tester
2 2 (50.00%) Test Engineer
2 2 (50.00%) Automation Tester
2 2 (50.00%) Automation Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 2 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (25.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Validation
1 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (50.00%) Software Engineering
1 2 (50.00%) Software Testing
1 2 (50.00%) Performance Testing
1 2 (50.00%) Automation Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Test Scripting
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) ISEB
2 2 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (50.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (50.00%) XenApp
2 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) Citrix
1 2 (50.00%) AppSense