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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 130 128 124
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -4
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 4 6 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.13% 0.20% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.65% 1.19% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 7
Average daily rate
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£350 £238 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+47.36% -17.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £238 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £238 £401
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £16.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £13.75 £27.00
% change year-on-year
+41.81% -49.07%
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
616 504 667
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.30% 17.10% 19.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 332 237 342
Average daily rate £385 £305 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.22% -18.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £220 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £479 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 50 48
Average hourly rate £22.00 £26.00 £17.17
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.38% +51.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.50 £11.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.45 £41.75 £28.67
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 -12 2 £350 - 2
Cheshire +4 1 £450 +89.47%
Merseyside - 1 £260 -
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England

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

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 18 (100.00%) ISEB
2 12 (66.67%) ISTQB
3 9 (50.00%) Software Testing
3 9 (50.00%) QA
4 8 (44.44%) Security Testing
5 7 (38.89%) Selenium
6 6 (33.33%) SQL
6 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (33.33%) Automated Testing
6 6 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (27.78%) Test Scripting
7 5 (27.78%) Integration Testing
7 5 (27.78%) Test Automation
7 5 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (27.78%) QuickTest Pro
7 5 (27.78%) Finance
8 4 (22.22%) Scrum
8 4 (22.22%) TestComplete
8 4 (22.22%) TDD
8 4 (22.22%) Banking
8 4 (22.22%) Line Management
8 4 (22.22%) Load Testing
8 4 (22.22%) Automation Testing
8 4 (22.22%) Relational Database
9 3 (16.67%) Waterfall
9 3 (16.67%) Curam
9 3 (16.67%) Test Management
9 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
9 3 (16.67%) Security Cleared
9 3 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing

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

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 (5.56%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (22.22%) Relational Database
2 1 (5.56%) Adabas
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 7 (38.89%) Selenium
2 5 (27.78%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (22.22%) TestComplete
4 2 (11.11%) WebDriver
4 2 (11.11%) CaliberRM
5 1 (5.56%) TestDirector
General
1 5 (27.78%) Finance
2 4 (22.22%) Banking
3 1 (5.56%) Retail
3 1 (5.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (38.89%) Analyst
1 7 (38.89%) Test Analyst
2 5 (27.78%) Tester
3 4 (22.22%) QA Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) Software Test Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) QA Tester
3 4 (22.22%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (16.67%) Test Manager
5 2 (11.11%) QA Engineer
5 2 (11.11%) Test Leader
6 1 (5.56%) Integration Tester
6 1 (5.56%) Integration Engineer
6 1 (5.56%) Integration Manager
6 1 (5.56%) Test Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.56%) Mainframe
2 1 (5.56%) Mathematics
2 1 (5.56%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 3 (16.67%) UNIX
1 3 (16.67%) Windows
2 2 (11.11%) Linux
3 1 (5.56%) Windows 2000
3 1 (5.56%) Windows XP
3 1 (5.56%) Windows Vista
3 1 (5.56%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 8 (44.44%) Security Testing
3 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 5 (27.78%) Integration Testing
4 5 (27.78%) Test Scripting
4 5 (27.78%) Test Automation
5 4 (22.22%) Load Testing
5 4 (22.22%) Automation Testing
5 4 (22.22%) Line Management
5 4 (22.22%) Scrum
5 4 (22.22%) TDD
6 3 (16.67%) Test Management
6 3 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Waterfall
7 2 (11.11%) V-Model
7 2 (11.11%) Information Assurance
7 2 (11.11%) Functional Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Performance Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Knowledge Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (5.56%) VB
2 1 (5.56%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 18 (100.00%) ISEB
2 12 (66.67%) ISTQB
3 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 3 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (5.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (5.56%) Degree
4 1 (5.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (50.00%) QA
2 1 (5.56%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 5 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (16.67%) HP
1 3 (16.67%) Curam
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle
2 1 (5.56%) Microsoft