The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the North East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 31 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 62 48 39
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -9
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 24 13 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 2.22% 2.20% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.82% 9.85% 2.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 11 0
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£450 £360 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £12.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+142.42% -58.75%
ISTQB
England

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

Qualifications Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
307 132 98
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 28.37% 22.34% 26.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 94 40
Average daily rate £339 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.21% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £213 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £469 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 13 12
Average hourly rate £25.50 £18.63 £26.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.91% -30.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.05 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £32.13 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in the North East

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the North East region over the 3 months to 31 August 2015.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the North East region over the 3 months to 31 August 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
Tyne and Wear -11 23 £450 +22.44% 1
Durham -5 2 £325 - 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 15 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
1 15 (57.69%) Software Testing
2 12 (46.15%) QA
3 11 (42.31%) Test Scripting
3 11 (42.31%) Project Management
3 11 (42.31%) ISEB
4 10 (38.46%) Python
4 10 (38.46%) C++
4 10 (38.46%) Finance
4 10 (38.46%) Risk Management
4 10 (38.46%) Agile Project Management
5 9 (34.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (34.62%) JavaScript
6 8 (30.77%) Test Strategy
7 7 (26.92%) HP Quality Center
8 6 (23.08%) HP
8 6 (23.08%) Security Cleared
9 5 (19.23%) JIRA
10 4 (15.38%) Test Management
10 4 (15.38%) Automated Testing
10 4 (15.38%) Microsoft
10 4 (15.38%) CRM
10 4 (15.38%) Java
10 4 (15.38%) Oracle
10 4 (15.38%) Test Planning
11 3 (11.54%) SoapUI
11 3 (11.54%) System Integration Testing
11 3 (11.54%) Visual Studio
11 3 (11.54%) Web Services
11 3 (11.54%) SQL

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 (7.69%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 3 (11.54%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.69%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.85%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (19.23%) JIRA
2 3 (11.54%) Visual Studio
2 3 (11.54%) HP UFT
2 3 (11.54%) SoapUI
2 3 (11.54%) JMeter
3 2 (7.69%) Facilita Forecast
3 2 (7.69%) LoadUI
3 2 (7.69%) LoadRunner
3 2 (7.69%) Selenium
4 1 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (3.85%) WebDriver
4 1 (3.85%) Cucumber
General
1 10 (38.46%) Finance
2 3 (11.54%) Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Billing
Job Titles
1 13 (50.00%) Test Manager
2 6 (23.08%) Test Analyst
2 6 (23.08%) Analyst
3 4 (15.38%) Test Leader
4 2 (7.69%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
4 2 (7.69%) Tester
4 2 (7.69%) Performance Tester
5 1 (3.85%) Test Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Systems Test Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Programme Test Manager
5 1 (3.85%) Systems Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.54%) Web Services
2 2 (7.69%) HTML
2 2 (7.69%) Apache Flex
3 1 (3.85%) SOAP
3 1 (3.85%) XML
3 1 (3.85%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.69%) Client/Server
1 2 (7.69%) Data Structures
1 2 (7.69%) Performance Metrics
2 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.69%) UNIX
1 2 (7.69%) Windows
1 2 (7.69%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
1 15 (57.69%) Software Testing
2 11 (42.31%) Project Management
2 11 (42.31%) Test Scripting
3 10 (38.46%) Agile Project Management
3 10 (38.46%) Risk Management
4 8 (30.77%) Test Strategy
5 4 (15.38%) Test Management
5 4 (15.38%) Test Planning
5 4 (15.38%) CRM
5 4 (15.38%) Automated Testing
6 3 (11.54%) Knowledge Management
6 3 (11.54%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (11.54%) Performance Testing
6 3 (11.54%) Integration Testing
6 3 (11.54%) Regression Testing
6 3 (11.54%) System Integration Testing
6 3 (11.54%) System Testing
7 2 (7.69%) Performance Monitoring
7 2 (7.69%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 10 (38.46%) C++
1 10 (38.46%) Python
2 9 (34.62%) JavaScript
3 4 (15.38%) Java
4 3 (11.54%) SQL
5 2 (7.69%) VB
6 1 (3.85%) C#
Qualifications
1 11 (42.31%) ISEB
2 9 (34.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 6 (23.08%) Security Cleared
4 1 (3.85%) Degree
4 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (46.15%) QA
Systems Management
1 7 (26.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (23.08%) HP
2 4 (15.38%) Oracle
2 4 (15.38%) Microsoft