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 December 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
4 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 154 147 132
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -15
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 3 14 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.094% 0.33% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.50% 1.74% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 12 6
Median daily rate £425 £291 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.92% +5.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £357 £251 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £370 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £293 £325 £348
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -6.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £29.00 £26.25
% change year-on-year
- +10.47%
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
606 806 626
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.03% 19.24% 19.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 449 316
Median daily rate £450 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.20% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £239 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £525 £512
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.51% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 45 48
Median hourly rate £35.63 £31.35 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.65% +86.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £17.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £47.71 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £18.27
% change year-on-year
- +50.56%

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 4 December 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 4 December 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 -3 3 £425 +45.29% 3
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

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

For the 6 months to 4 December 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 13 (100.00%) ISEB
2 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (53.85%) ISTQB
4 5 (38.46%) SQL
4 5 (38.46%) XML
4 5 (38.46%) Web Testing
5 4 (30.77%) Test Automation
5 4 (30.77%) Retail
5 4 (30.77%) E-Commerce
5 4 (30.77%) Regression Testing
6 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
6 3 (23.08%) JUnit
6 3 (23.08%) HTML
6 3 (23.08%) Java
6 3 (23.08%) Maven
6 3 (23.08%) Unit Testing
6 3 (23.08%) Integration Testing
6 3 (23.08%) JIRA
6 3 (23.08%) QA
6 3 (23.08%) Selenium
6 3 (23.08%) TestNG
6 3 (23.08%) Test Management
6 3 (23.08%) Security Cleared
6 3 (23.08%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (23.08%) Jenkins
6 3 (23.08%) ServiceNow
7 2 (15.38%) Cybersecurity
7 2 (15.38%) Waterfall
7 2 (15.38%) BDD
7 2 (15.38%) Test Strategy

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:

Applications
1 2 (15.38%) MS Excel
2 1 (7.69%) MS Office
2 1 (7.69%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 2 (15.38%) Internet
Development Applications
1 3 (23.08%) Jenkins
1 3 (23.08%) JIRA
1 3 (23.08%) JUnit
1 3 (23.08%) Maven
1 3 (23.08%) Selenium
1 3 (23.08%) TestNG
2 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (7.69%) CaliberRM
General
1 4 (30.77%) Retail
2 1 (7.69%) Advertising
2 1 (7.69%) Banking
2 1 (7.69%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) Analyst
2 5 (38.46%) Test Analyst
3 4 (30.77%) Test Engineer
4 3 (23.08%) Test Automation Engineer
5 2 (15.38%) Agile Test Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) ERP Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Manual Test Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) SAP Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) SAP Test Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
5 2 (15.38%) Senior Test Engineer
5 2 (15.38%) Test Leader
6 1 (7.69%) Business Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Senior SAP Test Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Service Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Technical Engineer
6 1 (7.69%) Test Manager
6 1 (7.69%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (38.46%) XML
2 3 (23.08%) HTML
3 2 (15.38%) SOAP
4 1 (7.69%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (15.38%) EPoS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (38.46%) Web Testing
3 4 (30.77%) E-Commerce
3 4 (30.77%) Regression Testing
3 4 (30.77%) Test Automation
4 3 (23.08%) Integration Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Test Management
4 3 (23.08%) Unit Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Automated Testing
5 2 (15.38%) BDD
5 2 (15.38%) Continuous Delivery
5 2 (15.38%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (15.38%) Defect Management
5 2 (15.38%) ERP
5 2 (15.38%) Exploratory Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Performance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Project Management
5 2 (15.38%) Test Strategy
5 2 (15.38%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (38.46%) SQL
2 3 (23.08%) Java
3 1 (7.69%) Python
Qualifications
1 13 (100.00%) ISEB
2 7 (53.85%) ISTQB
3 3 (23.08%) Security Cleared
4 2 (15.38%) Degree
4 2 (15.38%) SC Cleared
5 1 (7.69%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (7.69%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (23.08%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
1 3 (23.08%) ServiceNow
2 2 (15.38%) SAP
3 1 (7.69%) HP