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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 157 142 130
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -12
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 7 11 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.19% 0.29% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.97% 1.35% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 6
Median daily rate £300 £356 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +3.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £245 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £398 £363
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.40% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -16.66%
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
724 815 581
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.54% 21.59% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 399 433 290
Median daily rate £400 £390 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +14.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £220 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 63 49
Median hourly rate £42.73 £30.52 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% +45.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.57 £14.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.39 £56.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+35.41% +29.72%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 -6 6 £350 - 2
Lancashire -12 1 £255 -7.27%
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 23 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 18 (78.26%) Software Testing
3 16 (69.57%) Defect Management
4 15 (65.22%) ISEB
5 14 (60.87%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (52.17%) Test Management
7 10 (43.48%) Regression Testing
8 9 (39.13%) Test Scripting
9 8 (34.78%) User Acceptance Testing
9 8 (34.78%) JIRA
10 7 (30.43%) Project Management
10 7 (30.43%) Java
10 7 (30.43%) SQL
10 7 (30.43%) Integration Testing
11 6 (26.09%) Security Cleared
11 6 (26.09%) HP Quality Center
11 6 (26.09%) Functional Testing
11 6 (26.09%) JavaScript
11 6 (26.09%) MS Office
11 6 (26.09%) XML
11 6 (26.09%) Microsoft
12 5 (21.74%) VMware
12 5 (21.74%) Retail
12 5 (21.74%) Degree
12 5 (21.74%) HP
12 5 (21.74%) Windows
12 5 (21.74%) SharePoint
12 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
12 5 (21.74%) Information Assurance
12 5 (21.74%) 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 (21.74%) SharePoint
2 4 (17.39%) MS Exchange
2 4 (17.39%) SharePoint 2013
2 4 (17.39%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (26.09%) MS Office
2 4 (17.39%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (17.39%) Magento
2 1 (4.35%) Northgate Housing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (17.39%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.04%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (34.78%) JIRA
2 4 (17.39%) Selenium
3 2 (8.70%) Cucumber
3 2 (8.70%) HP UFT
3 2 (8.70%) LoadRunner
3 2 (8.70%) WebDriver
3 2 (8.70%) Zephyr
4 1 (4.35%) CaliberRM
4 1 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 5 (21.74%) Retail
2 4 (17.39%) Military
3 3 (13.04%) Finance
4 2 (8.70%) Games
4 2 (8.70%) Online Betting
5 1 (4.35%) Banking
5 1 (4.35%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (56.52%) Analyst
1 13 (56.52%) Test Analyst
2 6 (26.09%) Agile Test Analyst
2 6 (26.09%) Test Leader
2 6 (26.09%) Test Manager
3 5 (21.74%) Senior Analyst
3 5 (21.74%) Senior Test Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) E-Commerce Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) UAT Lead
4 3 (13.04%) UAT Test Lead
5 2 (8.70%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Lead Test Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) OAT Manager
5 2 (8.70%) QA Leader
5 2 (8.70%) QA Manager
5 2 (8.70%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Team Leader
5 2 (8.70%) Test Team Leader
5 2 (8.70%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (26.09%) XML
2 2 (8.70%) HTML
3 1 (4.35%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) Fat Client
1 4 (17.39%) Thin Client
2 2 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.70%) Psychology
3 1 (4.35%) Data Centre
3 1 (4.35%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Windows
2 4 (17.39%) Windows 10
2 4 (17.39%) Windows Server
2 4 (17.39%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (13.04%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (78.26%) Software Testing
2 16 (69.57%) Defect Management
3 14 (60.87%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (52.17%) Test Management
5 10 (43.48%) Regression Testing
6 9 (39.13%) Test Scripting
7 8 (34.78%) User Acceptance Testing
8 7 (30.43%) Integration Testing
8 7 (30.43%) Project Management
9 6 (26.09%) Functional Testing
10 5 (21.74%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (21.74%) Information Assurance
10 5 (21.74%) Security Testing
10 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
11 4 (17.39%) E-Commerce
11 4 (17.39%) Service Management
11 4 (17.39%) System Integration Testing
11 4 (17.39%) System Testing
11 4 (17.39%) Waterfall
11 4 (17.39%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (30.43%) Java
1 7 (30.43%) SQL
2 6 (26.09%) JavaScript
3 4 (17.39%) PHP
3 4 (17.39%) Ruby
4 3 (13.04%) C
4 3 (13.04%) PL/SQL
4 3 (13.04%) VB
Qualifications
1 23 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 15 (65.22%) ISEB
3 6 (26.09%) Security Cleared
4 5 (21.74%) Degree
5 4 (17.39%) SC Cleared
6 2 (8.70%) MCP
6 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (8.70%) OCP
6 2 (8.70%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (8.70%) SAP Certification
7 1 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
2 2 (8.70%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (17.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (13.04%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (26.09%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (26.09%) Microsoft
2 5 (21.74%) HP
2 5 (21.74%) VMware
3 2 (8.70%) Oracle
3 2 (8.70%) SAP
4 1 (4.35%) Fujitsu
4 1 (4.35%) Northgate