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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 138 125 121
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -4
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 5 5 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.15% 0.18% 0.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.79% 1.11% 2.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 6
Average daily rate
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£313 £269 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.27% -7.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £244 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £294 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £34.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-22.79% +25.92%
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
629 449 550
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.28% 16.23% 17.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 340 192 288
Average daily rate £400 £305 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.14% -17.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £205 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £519 £494 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 42 29
Average hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £15.83
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.66% +89.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £13.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £47.95 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+10.61% -21.39%

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 30 October 2014.

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 30 October 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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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 -9 2 £350 - 3
Cheshire +5 1 £450 +67.44%
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England

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

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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 14 (100.00%) ISEB
2 10 (71.43%) ISTQB
3 8 (57.14%) Software Testing
4 6 (42.86%) Test Scripting
5 5 (35.71%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (35.71%) QA
6 4 (28.57%) Finance
6 4 (28.57%) SQL
6 4 (28.57%) Banking
6 4 (28.57%) Automated Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Security Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Integration Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Test Automation
7 3 (21.43%) Curam
7 3 (21.43%) Selenium
7 3 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Windows
7 3 (21.43%) HP
7 3 (21.43%) QuickTest Pro
7 3 (21.43%) Windows 7
7 3 (21.43%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (14.29%) Relational Database
8 2 (14.29%) Line Management
8 2 (14.29%) Functional Testing
8 2 (14.29%) Automation Testing
8 2 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (14.29%) Validation
8 2 (14.29%) Scrum
8 2 (14.29%) AppSense
8 2 (14.29%) Citrix

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

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (7.14%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (14.29%) Relational Database
2 1 (7.14%) Adabas
2 1 (7.14%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (21.43%) Selenium
1 3 (21.43%) QuickTest Pro
2 2 (14.29%) CaliberRM
2 2 (14.29%) TestComplete
3 1 (7.14%) TestDirector
General
1 4 (28.57%) Finance
1 4 (28.57%) Banking
2 1 (7.14%) Retail
2 1 (7.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (35.71%) Tester
1 5 (35.71%) Analyst
1 5 (35.71%) Test Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) Infrastructure Tester
2 2 (14.29%) QA Tester
2 2 (14.29%) QA Test Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) Software Test Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) QA Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) Test Leader
3 1 (7.14%) Integration Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Integration Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Test Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Integration Manager
3 1 (7.14%) Test Manager
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.14%) Digital Media
2 1 (7.14%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3 (21.43%) Windows
1 3 (21.43%) Windows 7
2 2 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (14.29%) Windows XP
2 2 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (7.14%) Windows Vista
3 1 (7.14%) UNIX
3 1 (7.14%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (57.14%) Software Testing
2 6 (42.86%) Test Scripting
3 4 (28.57%) Automated Testing
3 4 (28.57%) Security Testing
3 4 (28.57%) Integration Testing
4 3 (21.43%) Test Automation
4 3 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Line Management
5 2 (14.29%) Functional Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Automation Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Validation
5 2 (14.29%) Scrum
5 2 (14.29%) Load Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Knowledge Management
5 2 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (14.29%) TDD
5 2 (14.29%) Waterfall
5 2 (14.29%) V-Model
5 2 (14.29%) Information Assurance
6 1 (7.14%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 4 (28.57%) SQL
2 1 (7.14%) VB
2 1 (7.14%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 14 (100.00%) ISEB
2 10 (71.43%) ISTQB
3 2 (14.29%) SC Cleared
3 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (35.71%) QA
2 1 (7.14%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (14.29%) XenApp
2 1 (7.14%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (35.71%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (7.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 3 (21.43%) Curam
1 3 (21.43%) HP
2 2 (14.29%) AppSense
2 2 (14.29%) Citrix
3 1 (7.14%) Microsoft
3 1 (7.14%) Oracle