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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 145 140 119
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -21
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 12 10 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.32% 0.27% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.55% 1.33% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 7
Median daily rate £300 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £241 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £398 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £308 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
-8.88% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £25.00 £11.25
% change year-on-year
- +122.22%
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
774 752 600
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.53% 20.67% 19.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 435 362 302
Median daily rate £400 £375 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +5.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £210 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £525 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 75 52
Median hourly rate £43.00 £22.50 £20.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+91.11% +11.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.53 £11.60 £14.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.39 £53.54 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.63 £24.12 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+18.67% +20.60%

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 28 June 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 28 June 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 -8 9 £320 -1.53% 2
Lancashire -4 1 £255 +13.33%
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

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

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 26 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 19 (73.08%) Software Testing
3 17 (65.38%) ISEB
4 16 (61.54%) Defect Management
5 15 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
6 14 (53.85%) Test Management
7 10 (38.46%) Test Scripting
7 10 (38.46%) Regression Testing
8 9 (34.62%) User Acceptance Testing
9 8 (30.77%) JIRA
9 8 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (30.77%) SQL
10 7 (26.92%) Java
10 7 (26.92%) Project Management
10 7 (26.92%) Integration Testing
10 7 (26.92%) Security Cleared
10 7 (26.92%) Functional Testing
11 6 (23.08%) Continuous Improvement
11 6 (23.08%) Test Strategy
11 6 (23.08%) Information Assurance
11 6 (23.08%) Security Testing
11 6 (23.08%) Retail
11 6 (23.08%) JavaScript
11 6 (23.08%) MS Office
11 6 (23.08%) XML
11 6 (23.08%) Microsoft
11 6 (23.08%) HP
12 5 (19.23%) Windows
12 5 (19.23%) SharePoint
12 5 (19.23%) Finance

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 (19.23%) SharePoint
2 4 (15.38%) MS Exchange
2 4 (15.38%) SharePoint 2013
2 4 (15.38%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (23.08%) MS Office
2 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (15.38%) Magento
2 1 (3.85%) Northgate Housing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (15.38%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (15.38%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (30.77%) JIRA
2 4 (15.38%) Selenium
3 2 (7.69%) Cucumber
3 2 (7.69%) HP UFT
3 2 (7.69%) LoadRunner
3 2 (7.69%) WebDriver
3 2 (7.69%) Zephyr
4 1 (3.85%) CaliberRM
4 1 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (23.08%) Retail
2 5 (19.23%) Finance
3 4 (15.38%) Military
4 2 (7.69%) Banking
4 2 (7.69%) Games
4 2 (7.69%) Online Betting
4 2 (7.69%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (61.54%) Analyst
1 16 (61.54%) Test Analyst
2 6 (23.08%) Agile Test Analyst
2 6 (23.08%) Test Leader
2 6 (23.08%) Test Manager
3 5 (19.23%) Senior Analyst
3 5 (19.23%) Senior Test Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) E-Commerce Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) UAT Lead
4 3 (11.54%) UAT Test Lead
5 2 (7.69%) Banking Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) Lead Test Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) OAT Manager
5 2 (7.69%) QA Leader
5 2 (7.69%) QA Manager
5 2 (7.69%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) Team Leader
5 2 (7.69%) Test Team Leader
5 2 (7.69%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (23.08%) XML
2 2 (7.69%) HTML
3 1 (3.85%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (15.38%) Fat Client
1 4 (15.38%) Thin Client
2 2 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.69%) Psychology
3 1 (3.85%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.85%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 5 (19.23%) Windows
2 4 (15.38%) Windows 10
2 4 (15.38%) Windows Server
2 4 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (11.54%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (73.08%) Software Testing
2 16 (61.54%) Defect Management
3 15 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (53.85%) Test Management
5 10 (38.46%) Regression Testing
5 10 (38.46%) Test Scripting
6 9 (34.62%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (26.92%) Functional Testing
7 7 (26.92%) Integration Testing
7 7 (26.92%) Project Management
8 6 (23.08%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (23.08%) Information Assurance
8 6 (23.08%) Security Testing
8 6 (23.08%) Test Strategy
9 5 (19.23%) System Integration Testing
10 4 (15.38%) BDD
10 4 (15.38%) E-Commerce
10 4 (15.38%) System Testing
10 4 (15.38%) Waterfall
10 4 (15.38%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (30.77%) SQL
2 7 (26.92%) Java
3 6 (23.08%) JavaScript
4 4 (15.38%) PHP
4 4 (15.38%) Ruby
5 3 (11.54%) C
5 3 (11.54%) PL/SQL
5 3 (11.54%) VB
Qualifications
1 26 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 17 (65.38%) ISEB
3 7 (26.92%) Security Cleared
4 5 (19.23%) Degree
5 4 (15.38%) SC Cleared
6 2 (7.69%) MCP
6 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (7.69%) OCP
6 2 (7.69%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (7.69%) SAP Certification
7 1 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (15.38%) QA
2 2 (7.69%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (11.54%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (23.08%) HP
1 6 (23.08%) Microsoft
2 5 (19.23%) VMware
3 2 (7.69%) Oracle
3 2 (7.69%) SAP
4 1 (3.85%) Fujitsu
4 1 (3.85%) Northgate