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 24 September 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
24 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 144 154 133
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -21
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 9 10 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.26% 0.22% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.46% 1.14% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 7 3
Median daily rate £308 £335 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.20% -4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £250 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £373 £430
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £334 £344
% change year-on-year
-2.62% -2.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £34.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-1.47% +74.35%
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
617 877 641
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.63% 19.58% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 509 344
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 61 59
Median hourly rate £26.50 £35.98 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.33% +59.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £50.80 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

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 24 September 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 24 September 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 0 8 £300 +20.00% 4
Lancashire +17 1 £450 +34.32%
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 September 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 17 (80.95%) ISEB
2 16 (76.19%) ISTQB
3 13 (61.90%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (61.90%) Defect Management
4 12 (57.14%) SQL
5 10 (47.62%) Software Testing
5 10 (47.62%) Test Management
6 9 (42.86%) Web Testing
6 9 (42.86%) XML
7 8 (38.10%) E-Commerce
7 8 (38.10%) Java
7 8 (38.10%) JIRA
7 8 (38.10%) Regression Testing
8 7 (33.33%) Test Scripting
8 7 (33.33%) Integration Testing
8 7 (33.33%) Degree
9 6 (28.57%) Retail
9 6 (28.57%) Project Management
9 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
10 5 (23.81%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (23.81%) HP Quality Center
10 5 (23.81%) Selenium
10 5 (23.81%) Non-Functional Testing
10 5 (23.81%) HP
10 5 (23.81%) MS Excel
11 4 (19.05%) Microsoft
11 4 (19.05%) JavaScript
11 4 (19.05%) PHP
11 4 (19.05%) MS Office
11 4 (19.05%) SAP

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 5 (23.81%) MS Excel
2 4 (19.05%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (19.05%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.52%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (14.29%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (38.10%) JIRA
2 5 (23.81%) Selenium
3 3 (14.29%) Jenkins
3 3 (14.29%) JUnit
3 3 (14.29%) Maven
3 3 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (14.29%) TestNG
4 2 (9.52%) HP UFT
4 2 (9.52%) LoadRunner
5 1 (4.76%) CaliberRM
General
1 6 (28.57%) Retail
2 2 (9.52%) Finance
2 2 (9.52%) Games
2 2 (9.52%) Online Betting
3 1 (4.76%) Advertising
3 1 (4.76%) Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (52.38%) Analyst
1 11 (52.38%) Test Analyst
2 8 (38.10%) Agile Test Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) Test Engineer
3 4 (19.05%) Test Leader
4 3 (14.29%) E-Commerce Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) Test Automation Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Test Manager
5 2 (9.52%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) ERP Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Manual Test Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) SAP Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) SAP Test Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Test Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Test Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Web Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (42.86%) XML
2 3 (14.29%) HTML
3 2 (9.52%) SOAP
4 1 (4.76%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (9.52%) EPoS
2 2 (9.52%) Psychology
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (61.90%) Agile Software Development
1 13 (61.90%) Defect Management
2 10 (47.62%) Software Testing
2 10 (47.62%) Test Management
3 9 (42.86%) Web Testing
4 8 (38.10%) E-Commerce
4 8 (38.10%) Regression Testing
5 7 (33.33%) Integration Testing
5 7 (33.33%) Test Scripting
6 6 (28.57%) Project Management
6 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
7 5 (23.81%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (23.81%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (19.05%) BDD
8 4 (19.05%) Functional Testing
8 4 (19.05%) Information Assurance
8 4 (19.05%) Security Testing
8 4 (19.05%) User Acceptance Testing
9 3 (14.29%) Test Automation
9 3 (14.29%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (57.14%) SQL
2 8 (38.10%) Java
3 4 (19.05%) JavaScript
3 4 (19.05%) PHP
3 4 (19.05%) Ruby
4 3 (14.29%) C
4 3 (14.29%) PL/SQL
4 3 (14.29%) VB
Qualifications
1 17 (80.95%) ISEB
2 16 (76.19%) ISTQB
3 7 (33.33%) Degree
4 2 (9.52%) MCP
4 2 (9.52%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (9.52%) OCP
4 2 (9.52%) Oracle Certification
4 2 (9.52%) SAP Certification
4 2 (9.52%) SC Cleared
4 2 (9.52%) Security Cleared
5 1 (4.76%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (14.29%) QA
2 2 (9.52%) SLA
Systems Management
1 5 (23.81%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (23.81%) HP
2 4 (19.05%) Microsoft
2 4 (19.05%) SAP
3 3 (14.29%) ServiceNow
4 2 (9.52%) Oracle