The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB Foundation Certification in IT contracts advertised for the North West 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 4 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 145 128 116
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -12
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 11 7 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.28% 0.23% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.38% 1.14% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 5
Average daily rate
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£265 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.46% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £305 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £465 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £11.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -62.50%
ISTQB Foundation Certification
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 West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
797 612 458
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.53% 19.69% 18.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 295 196
Average daily rate £385 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £213 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £575 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 76 34
Average hourly rate £37.00 £18.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+105.55% -12.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £13.70 £13.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £34.00 £29.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £18.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+34.00% -21.73%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

ISTQB Foundation Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

ISTQB Foundation Certification Daily Rate Trend in the North West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification across the North West region over the 3 months to 4 May 2015.

ISTQB Foundation Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

ISTQB Foundation Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the North West region over the 3 months to 4 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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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
Manchester - 6 £265 - 5
Merseyside -10 3 £265 -
Lancashire 0 2 £400 +23.07% 1
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England

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 21 (75.00%) ISEB
2 19 (67.86%) Software Testing
3 17 (60.71%) Test Scripting
4 14 (50.00%) ISTQB
5 13 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (42.86%) Selenium
6 12 (42.86%) Test Planning
7 11 (39.29%) Team Foundation Server
7 11 (39.29%) SQL
8 10 (35.71%) Java
8 10 (35.71%) HND
8 10 (35.71%) Windows
8 10 (35.71%) Linux
8 10 (35.71%) Eclipse
8 10 (35.71%) TDD
8 10 (35.71%) Validation
8 10 (35.71%) Waterfall
8 10 (35.71%) V-Model
8 10 (35.71%) Git (software)
8 10 (35.71%) Software Engineering
9 9 (32.14%) BDD
10 8 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
10 8 (28.57%) HP
11 5 (17.86%) Functional Testing
11 5 (17.86%) Finance
11 5 (17.86%) Test Strategy
11 5 (17.86%) Integration Testing
12 4 (14.29%) Test Management
12 4 (14.29%) Banking
13 3 (10.71%) Retail

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

Applications
1 1 (3.57%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Oracle EBS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.57%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (42.86%) Selenium
2 11 (39.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (35.71%) Eclipse
3 10 (35.71%) Git (software)
4 2 (7.14%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (17.86%) Finance
2 4 (14.29%) Banking
3 3 (10.71%) Retail
4 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
4 1 (3.57%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (50.00%) Analyst
1 14 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 10 (35.71%) Developer
3 6 (21.43%) AWS Developer
4 3 (10.71%) Functional Analyst
4 3 (10.71%) Software Developer
4 3 (10.71%) Functional Test Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Test Leader
5 2 (7.14%) Test Consultant
5 2 (7.14%) Consultant
6 1 (3.57%) Lead Developer
6 1 (3.57%) QA Test Analyst
6 1 (3.57%) Test Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) QA Analyst
6 1 (3.57%) UAT Analyst
6 1 (3.57%) UAT Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 10 (35.71%) Windows
1 10 (35.71%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (67.86%) Software Testing
2 17 (60.71%) Test Scripting
3 13 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (42.86%) Test Planning
5 10 (35.71%) TDD
5 10 (35.71%) Validation
5 10 (35.71%) Waterfall
5 10 (35.71%) V-Model
5 10 (35.71%) Software Engineering
6 9 (32.14%) BDD
7 5 (17.86%) Functional Testing
7 5 (17.86%) Test Strategy
7 5 (17.86%) Integration Testing
8 4 (14.29%) Test Management
9 2 (7.14%) Manual Testing
9 2 (7.14%) System Testing
9 2 (7.14%) Information Assurance
9 2 (7.14%) Automated Testing
9 2 (7.14%) Web Testing
9 2 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (39.29%) SQL
2 10 (35.71%) Java
3 1 (3.57%) C#
3 1 (3.57%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 21 (75.00%) ISEB
2 14 (50.00%) ISTQB
3 10 (35.71%) HND
4 3 (10.71%) SC Cleared
4 3 (10.71%) Security Cleared
5 2 (7.14%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.71%) QA
2 1 (3.57%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 8 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (28.57%) HP
2 3 (10.71%) Oracle
3 2 (7.14%) Microsoft
3 2 (7.14%) Siebel
4 1 (3.57%) Actimize
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