The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB Foundation Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB Foundation Certification over the 3 months to 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 89 80 86
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 2 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.14% 0.087% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.10% 0.77% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 1
Average daily rate
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£350 - £275
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £34.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-22.79% +25.92%
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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 Manchester region.

Qualifications Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
182 130 164
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 12.81% 11.27% 12.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 54 78
Average daily rate £375 £298 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.05% -8.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £175 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 13 10
Average hourly rate £11.00 £26.00 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-57.69% +82.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.75 £16.20 £10.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £37.00 £21.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+10.61% -21.39%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

ISTQB Foundation Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

ISTQB Foundation Certification Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

ISTQB Foundation Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 21 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 Foundation Certification.

1 3 (100.00%) ISEB
1 3 (100.00%) Finance
1 3 (100.00%) Banking
1 3 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 3 (100.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (66.67%) Functional Testing
2 2 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Security Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 1 (33.33%) V-Model
3 1 (33.33%) Information Assurance
3 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (33.33%) WCAG
3 1 (33.33%) Selenium
3 1 (33.33%) Retail
3 1 (33.33%) Scrum
3 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (33.33%) TestDirector
3 1 (33.33%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (33.33%) Waterfall
3 1 (33.33%) Digital Media

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 Foundation Certification. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Selenium
1 1 (33.33%) TestDirector
1 1 (33.33%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 3 (100.00%) Finance
1 3 (100.00%) Banking
2 1 (33.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Test Leader
2 1 (33.33%) Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Digital Media
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) Software Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Functional Testing
2 2 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Security Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 1 (33.33%) V-Model
3 1 (33.33%) Information Assurance
3 1 (33.33%) Scrum
3 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (33.33%) Waterfall
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) ISEB
2 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (33.33%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 3 (100.00%) HP Quality Center