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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 73 67 91
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +24
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 10 7 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.77% 0.57% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.68% 4.12% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 1
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£323 £313 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.20% +13.63%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £20.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
-55.00% -
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 Manchester region.

Qualifications Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
176 170 213
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 13.50% 13.93% 14.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 76 90
Average daily rate £325 £315 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.17% -1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £228 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £435 £416
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 24 23
Average hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.50% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.50 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.62 £37.00 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 20 August 2014.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram 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 20 August 2014. 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 - 1 £310 -
Salford - - - - 1
Stockport - - - - 1
Altrincham - - - - 3
ISTQB
North West

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 17 (100.00%) ISEB
2 9 (52.94%) Integration Testing
3 8 (47.06%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 7 (41.18%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (41.18%) Security Testing
4 7 (41.18%) Test Scripting
4 7 (41.18%) Software Testing
5 6 (35.29%) Statistical Analysis
5 6 (35.29%) Release Management
5 6 (35.29%) SUSE
5 6 (35.29%) ISEB Practitioner
5 6 (35.29%) Performance Testing
5 6 (35.29%) Oracle Database
5 6 (35.29%) WebLogic Integration
5 6 (35.29%) TIBCO
5 6 (35.29%) Oracle
5 6 (35.29%) SQL Server
5 6 (35.29%) WebLogic
5 6 (35.29%) VB
5 6 (35.29%) HPUX
5 6 (35.29%) Linux
5 6 (35.29%) Apache
5 6 (35.29%) Tomcat
5 6 (35.29%) MS Access
5 6 (35.29%) N-Tier
5 6 (35.29%) SOA
5 6 (35.29%) FoxPro (VFP)
5 6 (35.29%) FTP
5 6 (35.29%) HP
6 5 (29.41%) Agile Software Development

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 6 (35.29%) WebLogic Integration
1 6 (35.29%) WebLogic
1 6 (35.29%) Apache
1 6 (35.29%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (17.65%) MS Visio
2 2 (11.76%) MS Project
2 2 (11.76%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 6 (35.29%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (35.29%) Oracle Database
1 6 (35.29%) SQL Server
1 6 (35.29%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 2 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.88%) TestDirector
2 1 (5.88%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (5.88%) Selenium
General
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
2 1 (5.88%) Games
2 1 (5.88%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (52.94%) Analyst
2 5 (29.41%) Tester
2 5 (29.41%) Test Analyst
2 5 (29.41%) Non-Functional Tester
3 3 (17.65%) Process Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Web Test Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Web Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Business Process Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Test Manager
4 2 (11.76%) Business Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (17.65%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (35.29%) N-Tier
2 1 (5.88%) Mobile Games
2 1 (5.88%) Digital Media
2 1 (5.88%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (35.29%) SUSE
1 6 (35.29%) HPUX
1 6 (35.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Integration Testing
2 7 (41.18%) Security Testing
2 7 (41.18%) Test Scripting
2 7 (41.18%) Software Testing
3 6 (35.29%) Statistical Analysis
3 6 (35.29%) Release Management
3 6 (35.29%) Performance Testing
3 6 (35.29%) SOA
4 5 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (23.53%) V-Model
5 4 (23.53%) Six Sigma
6 3 (17.65%) UML
6 3 (17.65%) Manual Testing
7 2 (11.76%) Business Analysis
7 2 (11.76%) Project Planning
7 2 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (11.76%) Test Management
7 2 (11.76%) Test Strategy
8 1 (5.88%) Waterfall
8 1 (5.88%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 6 (35.29%) VB
1 6 (35.29%) FoxPro (VFP)
2 3 (17.65%) SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (100.00%) ISEB
2 8 (47.06%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 6 (35.29%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 7 (41.18%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (35.29%) TIBCO
1 6 (35.29%) Oracle
1 6 (35.29%) HP