The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the Leeds region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 79 65 71
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 7 10 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Leeds 0.66% 1.04% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.49% 7.14% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 2
Average daily rate
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£400 £275 £149
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.45% +84.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £255 £146
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £295 £152
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.85 £11.75 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+26.38% -59.13%
ISTQB
West Yorkshire

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

Qualifications Category
Leeds
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
156 140 131
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Leeds 14.65% 14.49% 15.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 85 60
Average daily rate £350 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £433 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 5
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £112.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -84.82%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.83%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Leeds

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Leeds

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the Leeds region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Leeds

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Leeds 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 9 (60.00%) ISEB
1 9 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (40.00%) Software Testing
2 6 (40.00%) Integration Testing
2 6 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 6 (40.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (33.33%) Waterfall
3 5 (33.33%) Finance
4 4 (26.67%) SOAP
4 4 (26.67%) RAD
4 4 (26.67%) SoapUI
4 4 (26.67%) Test Automation
4 4 (26.67%) Test Management
4 4 (26.67%) Change Control
4 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (20.00%) Service Management
5 3 (20.00%) Regression Testing
5 3 (20.00%) ITSM
6 2 (13.33%) C#
6 2 (13.33%) .NET
6 2 (13.33%) Oracle
6 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
6 2 (13.33%) Visual Studio
6 2 (13.33%) ASP.NET
6 2 (13.33%) QuickTest Pro
6 2 (13.33%) SharePoint
6 2 (13.33%) SOA
6 2 (13.33%) WSDL

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Leeds by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Leeds 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 (13.33%) SharePoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle Database
2 1 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 4 (26.67%) SoapUI
2 2 (13.33%) Visual Studio
2 2 (13.33%) QuickTest Pro
2 2 (13.33%) MSTest
2 2 (13.33%) JIRA
2 2 (13.33%) Selenium
General
1 5 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (46.67%) Analyst
2 6 (40.00%) Test Analyst
3 5 (33.33%) Senior Analyst
4 4 (26.67%) Tester
4 4 (26.67%) Senior Test Analyst
5 3 (20.00%) Test Manager
6 2 (13.33%) Test Leader
6 2 (13.33%) Senior Tester
7 1 (6.67%) Team Leader
7 1 (6.67%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (6.67%) Test Team Leader
7 1 (6.67%) Systems Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (26.67%) SOAP
2 2 (13.33%) .NET
2 2 (13.33%) ASP.NET
2 2 (13.33%) WSDL
3 1 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (13.33%) Replication
3 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (40.00%) Software Testing
2 6 (40.00%) Integration Testing
2 6 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (33.33%) Waterfall
4 4 (26.67%) RAD
4 4 (26.67%) Test Automation
4 4 (26.67%) Test Management
4 4 (26.67%) Change Control
5 3 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (20.00%) Service Management
5 3 (20.00%) Regression Testing
5 3 (20.00%) ITSM
6 2 (13.33%) SOA
6 2 (13.33%) System Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Test Strategy
6 2 (13.33%) Functional Testing
6 2 (13.33%) User Stories
7 1 (6.67%) ATDD
7 1 (6.67%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 2 (13.33%) C#
2 1 (6.67%) R
Qualifications
1 9 (60.00%) ISEB
2 6 (40.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (6.67%) Degree
3 1 (6.67%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
3 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
3 1 (6.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle
2 1 (6.67%) HP
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