The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB 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 over the 3 months to 28 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 80 79 69
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -10
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 10 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.66% 0.54% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.83% 4.29% 3.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 1
Average daily rate
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£243 £310 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.77% -4.61%
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £313 £330
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -5.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 £13.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+129.62% -50.90%
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 Manchester region.

Qualifications Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
261 163 134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 17.19% 12.55% 14.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 74 64
Average daily rate £325 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £190 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 17 11
Average hourly rate £15.98 £15.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.06% -29.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.77 £11.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £39.46 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.13
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -18.64%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 28 May 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
Bolton - 2 £220 -
ISTQB
North West

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 10 (58.82%) ISEB
2 9 (52.94%) Software Testing
2 9 (52.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (47.06%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (41.18%) Test Scripting
5 6 (35.29%) Test Management
5 6 (35.29%) Manual Testing
5 6 (35.29%) Test Strategy
5 6 (35.29%) SDLC
5 6 (35.29%) Banking
5 6 (35.29%) Finance
6 5 (29.41%) Oracle
6 5 (29.41%) HP
6 5 (29.41%) Non-Functional Testing
6 5 (29.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 5 (29.41%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (23.53%) Security Cleared
7 4 (23.53%) System Testing
7 4 (23.53%) Security Testing
7 4 (23.53%) Integration Testing
7 4 (23.53%) Automated Testing
8 3 (17.65%) QA
8 3 (17.65%) Retail
8 3 (17.65%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (17.65%) SQL Server
8 3 (17.65%) SOAP
8 3 (17.65%) RUP
8 3 (17.65%) SC Cleared
8 3 (17.65%) Test Automation
8 3 (17.65%) SoapUI

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 (11.76%) Tomcat
1 2 (11.76%) Apache
1 2 (11.76%) WebLogic Integration
1 2 (11.76%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 2 (11.76%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.76%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (17.65%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.76%) Oracle Database
2 2 (11.76%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 3 (17.65%) SoapUI
General
1 6 (35.29%) Banking
1 6 (35.29%) Finance
2 3 (17.65%) Retail
3 1 (5.88%) Retail Banking
3 1 (5.88%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (41.18%) Test Leader
2 6 (35.29%) Test Analyst
2 6 (35.29%) Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Functional Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Test Manager
3 3 (17.65%) Functional Test Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Tester
4 2 (11.76%) Non-Functional Tester
5 1 (5.88%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (17.65%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (11.76%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.76%) HPUX
1 2 (11.76%) Linux
1 2 (11.76%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Software Testing
2 8 (47.06%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (41.18%) Test Scripting
4 6 (35.29%) Test Management
4 6 (35.29%) Manual Testing
4 6 (35.29%) Test Strategy
4 6 (35.29%) SDLC
5 5 (29.41%) Non-Functional Testing
6 4 (23.53%) System Testing
6 4 (23.53%) Security Testing
6 4 (23.53%) Integration Testing
6 4 (23.53%) Automated Testing
7 3 (17.65%) RUP
7 3 (17.65%) Test Automation
7 3 (17.65%) Functional Testing
8 2 (11.76%) Information Assurance
8 2 (11.76%) SOA
8 2 (11.76%) Release Management
8 2 (11.76%) Performance Testing
8 2 (11.76%) Statistical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.76%) FoxPro (VFP)
1 2 (11.76%) VB
Qualifications
1 10 (58.82%) ISEB
2 9 (52.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (29.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 4 (23.53%) Security Cleared
5 3 (17.65%) ISEB Practitioner
5 3 (17.65%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (17.65%) QA
2 1 (5.88%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 5 (29.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (29.41%) Oracle
1 5 (29.41%) HP
2 2 (11.76%) TIBCO
3 1 (5.88%) Actimize