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 25 May 2016 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.

3 months to
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 145 141 124
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -17
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 16 9 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.41% 0.24% 0.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.92% 1.20% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 5 6
Median daily rate £285 £265 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.54% -21.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £234 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £358 £369 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.75 - £11.25
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
833 748 634
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.36% 20.35% 20.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 446 337 323
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £566 £505 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 83 75
Median hourly rate £37.48 £21.88 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+71.31% +21.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.97 £11.50 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £59.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.12 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+45.10% +34.00%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing ISTQB Foundation Certification as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -1 9 £300 +13.20% 3
Cheshire -5 5 - - 1
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

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

For the 6 months to 25 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 25 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 19 (76.00%) Software Testing
3 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (64.00%) ISEB
3 16 (64.00%) Defect Management
4 14 (56.00%) Test Management
5 10 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (40.00%) Regression Testing
6 9 (36.00%) JIRA
6 9 (36.00%) Test Scripting
7 8 (32.00%) SQL
8 7 (28.00%) Project Management
8 7 (28.00%) HP Quality Center
9 6 (24.00%) Security Cleared
9 6 (24.00%) Information Assurance
9 6 (24.00%) Security Testing
9 6 (24.00%) Integration Testing
9 6 (24.00%) Test Strategy
9 6 (24.00%) Functional Testing
9 6 (24.00%) Retail
9 6 (24.00%) Java
9 6 (24.00%) JavaScript
9 6 (24.00%) XML
9 6 (24.00%) Microsoft
10 5 (20.00%) SharePoint
10 5 (20.00%) Windows
10 5 (20.00%) MS Office
10 5 (20.00%) Finance
10 5 (20.00%) VMware
10 5 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (20.00%) SharePoint
2 4 (16.00%) MS Exchange
2 4 (16.00%) SharePoint 2013
2 4 (16.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (20.00%) MS Office
2 3 (12.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (4.00%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 4 (16.00%) Magento
2 1 (4.00%) Northgate Housing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.00%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (36.00%) JIRA
2 5 (20.00%) Selenium
3 2 (8.00%) Cucumber
3 2 (8.00%) HP UFT
3 2 (8.00%) LoadRunner
3 2 (8.00%) WebDriver
3 2 (8.00%) Zephyr
4 1 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.00%) TestDirector
General
1 6 (24.00%) Retail
2 5 (20.00%) Finance
3 4 (16.00%) Military
4 2 (8.00%) Banking
4 2 (8.00%) Games
4 2 (8.00%) Online Betting
4 2 (8.00%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (64.00%) Analyst
1 16 (64.00%) Test Analyst
2 6 (24.00%) Agile Test Analyst
2 6 (24.00%) Test Manager
3 5 (20.00%) Senior Analyst
3 5 (20.00%) Senior Test Analyst
3 5 (20.00%) Test Leader
4 3 (12.00%) E-Commerce Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) UAT Lead
4 3 (12.00%) UAT Manager
4 3 (12.00%) UAT Test Lead
4 3 (12.00%) UAT Test Manager
5 2 (8.00%) Banking Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Lead Test Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) OAT Manager
5 2 (8.00%) QA Leader
5 2 (8.00%) QA Test Manager
5 2 (8.00%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (24.00%) XML
2 2 (8.00%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.00%) Fat Client
1 4 (16.00%) Thin Client
2 2 (8.00%) Psychology
3 1 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (4.00%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 5 (20.00%) Windows
2 4 (16.00%) Windows 10
2 4 (16.00%) Windows Server
2 4 (16.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (12.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (76.00%) Software Testing
2 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (64.00%) Defect Management
3 14 (56.00%) Test Management
4 10 (40.00%) Regression Testing
4 10 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 9 (36.00%) Test Scripting
6 7 (28.00%) Project Management
7 6 (24.00%) Functional Testing
7 6 (24.00%) Information Assurance
7 6 (24.00%) Integration Testing
7 6 (24.00%) Security Testing
7 6 (24.00%) Test Strategy
8 5 (20.00%) BDD
8 5 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
9 4 (16.00%) SDLC
9 4 (16.00%) System Testing
9 4 (16.00%) Waterfall
9 4 (16.00%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (32.00%) SQL
2 6 (24.00%) Java
2 6 (24.00%) JavaScript
3 4 (16.00%) PHP
3 4 (16.00%) Ruby
4 2 (8.00%) C
4 2 (8.00%) PL/SQL
4 2 (8.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 25 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 16 (64.00%) ISEB
3 6 (24.00%) Security Cleared
4 5 (20.00%) Degree
5 3 (12.00%) SC Cleared
6 2 (8.00%) MCP
6 2 (8.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (8.00%) OCP
6 2 (8.00%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (8.00%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.00%) QA
2 1 (4.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (16.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (12.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (28.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (24.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (20.00%) VMware
3 4 (16.00%) HP
4 3 (12.00%) Oracle
5 2 (8.00%) SAP
6 1 (4.00%) Fujitsu
6 1 (4.00%) Northgate