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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 28 44 -
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 12 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 3.63% 1.38% -
As % of the Qualifications category 10.08% 4.76% -
Number of daily rates quoted 5 6 0
Average daily rate
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£438 £350 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+122.22% -46.00%
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 Lancashire region.

Qualifications Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
119 126 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 35.95% 28.97% 22.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 58 21
Average daily rate £420 £375 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £266 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £563 £336
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 18 7
Average hourly rate £42.00 £21.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% +2.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.97 £18.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £95.00 £47.00 £32.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

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
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 31 July 2015. 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
Preston - 5 £438 -
Blackpool +3 3 £356 +1.78%
Skelmersdale - 2 - -
ISTQB
North West

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 11 (68.75%) Test Scripting
2 9 (56.25%) HP
2 9 (56.25%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (37.50%) SuccessFactors
3 6 (37.50%) ISEB
3 6 (37.50%) SAP
3 6 (37.50%) SAP HR
4 5 (31.25%) SQL
4 5 (31.25%) UNIX
4 5 (31.25%) Test Strategy
4 5 (31.25%) Software Testing
4 5 (31.25%) Test Management
5 4 (25.00%) QA
5 4 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
5 4 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 4 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 3 (18.75%) LoadRunner
6 3 (18.75%) JMeter
6 3 (18.75%) Finance
6 3 (18.75%) Windows
6 3 (18.75%) Linux
6 3 (18.75%) Client/Server
6 3 (18.75%) VB
6 3 (18.75%) Oracle
6 3 (18.75%) WebLogic
6 3 (18.75%) HTML
6 3 (18.75%) Java
6 3 (18.75%) Manual Testing
6 3 (18.75%) SoapUI
6 3 (18.75%) Facilita Forecast

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 3 (18.75%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (37.50%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 6 (37.50%) SuccessFactors
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (18.75%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (18.75%) LoadRunner
1 3 (18.75%) JMeter
1 3 (18.75%) SoapUI
1 3 (18.75%) Facilita Forecast
1 3 (18.75%) LoadUI
2 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio
2 2 (12.50%) HP UFT
General
1 3 (18.75%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (62.50%) Analyst
2 9 (56.25%) Test Analyst
3 4 (25.00%) Test Manager
4 3 (18.75%) Tester
5 2 (12.50%) Performance Tester
5 2 (12.50%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
6 1 (6.25%) Business Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Software Tester
6 1 (6.25%) Test Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Performance Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Senior Test Manager
6 1 (6.25%) Business Manager
6 1 (6.25%) Business Test Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Senior Business Manager
6 1 (6.25%) Software Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Performance Test Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Software Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Senior Manager
6 1 (6.25%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (18.75%) HTML
2 2 (12.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Client/Server
2 2 (12.50%) Data Structures
2 2 (12.50%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 5 (31.25%) UNIX
2 3 (18.75%) Windows
2 3 (18.75%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (68.75%) Test Scripting
2 5 (31.25%) Test Management
2 5 (31.25%) Test Strategy
2 5 (31.25%) Software Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (18.75%) SDLC
4 3 (18.75%) Performance Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Manual Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (12.50%) Problem Management
5 2 (12.50%) RUP
5 2 (12.50%) Configuration Management
5 2 (12.50%) Regression Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Test Automation
5 2 (12.50%) Performance Monitoring
6 1 (6.25%) Migration
6 1 (6.25%) TOGAF
6 1 (6.25%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
2 3 (18.75%) VB
2 3 (18.75%) Java
Qualifications
1 6 (37.50%) ISEB
2 4 (25.00%) SC Cleared
2 4 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 3 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (18.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (25.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 9 (56.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (56.25%) HP
2 6 (37.50%) SAP
3 3 (18.75%) Oracle
4 1 (6.25%) IBM
4 1 (6.25%) Microsoft