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 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 142 125 123
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -2
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 11 9 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.29% 0.30% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.38% 1.66% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 6 0
Average daily rate
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£356 £344 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.63% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.63 £20.50
% change year-on-year
+21.21% +0.60%
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
795 543 504
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.74% 17.99% 18.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 424 268 228
Average daily rate £400 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £205 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £513 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 55 51
Average hourly rate £33.95 £22.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+54.31% -32.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.54 £15.10 £11.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.88 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -9.52%

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 July 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 30 July 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
Lancashire +12 5 £275 -21.42%
Cheshire -9 2 £398 - 4
Merseyside -13 2 - - 2
Manchester -13 1 - - 4
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

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

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 14 (60.87%) ISEB
2 13 (56.52%) Software Testing
3 12 (52.17%) ISTQB
3 12 (52.17%) Test Scripting
4 10 (43.48%) QA
5 7 (30.43%) Java
5 7 (30.43%) SQL
5 7 (30.43%) Oracle
5 7 (30.43%) Integration Testing
5 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
5 7 (30.43%) Functional Testing
6 6 (26.09%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (26.09%) Regression Testing
6 6 (26.09%) Performance Testing
7 5 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (21.74%) HP
7 5 (21.74%) UNIX
7 5 (21.74%) Windows
7 5 (21.74%) Linux
7 5 (21.74%) Relational Database
7 5 (21.74%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (17.39%) SoapUI
8 4 (17.39%) Test Strategy
8 4 (17.39%) Facilita Forecast
8 4 (17.39%) Test Management
8 4 (17.39%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (17.39%) SC Cleared
8 4 (17.39%) System Integration Testing
8 4 (17.39%) WebLogic
8 4 (17.39%) VB

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

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

Application Platforms
1 4 (17.39%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle EBS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (21.74%) Relational Database
2 2 (8.70%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (17.39%) LoadRunner
1 4 (17.39%) SoapUI
1 4 (17.39%) Facilita Forecast
2 3 (13.04%) LoadUI
2 3 (13.04%) WebDriver
2 3 (13.04%) JMeter
2 3 (13.04%) Selenium
2 3 (13.04%) Visual Studio
2 3 (13.04%) HP UFT
3 2 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (8.70%) Cucumber
4 1 (4.35%) Eclipse
4 1 (4.35%) Git (software)
General
1 2 (8.70%) Banking
2 1 (4.35%) Retail
2 1 (4.35%) Retail Banking
2 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.35%) Finance
Job Titles
1 15 (65.22%) Analyst
1 15 (65.22%) Test Analyst
2 3 (13.04%) Test Engineer
2 3 (13.04%) Functional Analyst
2 3 (13.04%) Functional Test Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) QA Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) QA Test Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) Performance Engineer
3 2 (8.70%) Test Manager
3 2 (8.70%) Tester
3 2 (8.70%) Performance Test Engineer
3 2 (8.70%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
3 2 (8.70%) Performance Tester
4 1 (4.35%) AWS Developer
4 1 (4.35%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Test Leader
4 1 (4.35%) Systems Integration Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Developer
4 1 (4.35%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (17.39%) HTML
2 2 (8.70%) Web Services
3 1 (4.35%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (21.74%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (17.39%) Client/Server
3 3 (13.04%) Performance Metrics
4 2 (8.70%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) UNIX
1 5 (21.74%) Windows
1 5 (21.74%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (56.52%) Software Testing
2 12 (52.17%) Test Scripting
3 7 (30.43%) Functional Testing
3 7 (30.43%) Integration Testing
4 6 (26.09%) Performance Testing
4 6 (26.09%) Regression Testing
5 5 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (17.39%) Test Management
6 4 (17.39%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (17.39%) System Integration Testing
6 4 (17.39%) Test Strategy
7 3 (13.04%) SDLC
7 3 (13.04%) Performance Monitoring
7 3 (13.04%) Manual Testing
7 3 (13.04%) System Testing
7 3 (13.04%) Automated Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (8.70%) ITIL
8 2 (8.70%) PRINCE2
8 2 (8.70%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (30.43%) Java
1 7 (30.43%) SQL
2 4 (17.39%) VB
3 3 (13.04%) Ruby
4 1 (4.35%) C#
Qualifications
1 14 (60.87%) ISEB
2 12 (52.17%) ISTQB
3 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
4 4 (17.39%) SC Cleared
5 2 (8.70%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (8.70%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (4.35%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (43.48%) QA
Systems Management
1 6 (26.09%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (30.43%) Oracle
2 5 (21.74%) HP
3 2 (8.70%) Microsoft