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 11 February 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.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 149 121 129
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +8
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 9 20 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.24% 0.61% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.23% 3.01% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 13 1
Average daily rate £280 £400 £200
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +100.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £388 £303
% change year-on-year
-16.12% +28.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £107.50 £18.75 £11.75
% change year-on-year
+473.33% +59.57%
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
732 664 565
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.31% 20.30% 20.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 387 338 239
Average daily rate £410 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 51 70
Average hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.33% +47.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.00 £12.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £52.00 £36.07
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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 11 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the North West region over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Manchester -13 7 £378 +26.89% 3
Merseyside -5 1 £275 +10.00%
Cheshire - 1 - -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

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

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 20 (86.96%) ISTQB
2 16 (69.57%) ISEB
3 14 (60.87%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (52.17%) Finance
5 11 (47.83%) HP Quality Center
6 10 (43.48%) Data Analytics
6 10 (43.48%) Analytics
7 9 (39.13%) Software Testing
8 8 (34.78%) Retail
8 8 (34.78%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (34.78%) SQL
9 7 (30.43%) Security Testing
9 7 (30.43%) V-Model
9 7 (30.43%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (30.43%) Waterfall
10 6 (26.09%) Test Management
10 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
10 6 (26.09%) Performance Testing
11 5 (21.74%) QA
11 5 (21.74%) Information Assurance
11 5 (21.74%) Banking
11 5 (21.74%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (21.74%) ETL
11 5 (21.74%) Telecoms
12 4 (17.39%) Test Strategy
12 4 (17.39%) Scrum
12 4 (17.39%) Migration
12 4 (17.39%) Data Migration
13 3 (13.04%) Selenium
13 3 (13.04%) JIRA

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

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 (4.35%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Mingle
2 1 (4.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Oracle EBS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (21.74%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (8.70%) SQL Server
3 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (30.43%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (13.04%) Cucumber
2 3 (13.04%) JIRA
2 3 (13.04%) Selenium
2 3 (13.04%) WebDriver
3 2 (8.70%) TestDirector
4 1 (4.35%) MSTest
4 1 (4.35%) Zephyr
General
1 12 (52.17%) Finance
2 8 (34.78%) Retail
3 5 (21.74%) Banking
3 5 (21.74%) Telecoms
4 2 (8.70%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (69.57%) Analyst
1 16 (69.57%) Test Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Data Warehouse Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Test Data Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Test Manager
3 3 (13.04%) ETL Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Banking Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Test Automation Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Test Leader
4 2 (8.70%) Tester
4 2 (8.70%) UAT Manager
4 2 (8.70%) UAT Test Manager
5 1 (4.35%) QA Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Systems Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Technical Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Test Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Test Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.35%) HTML
1 1 (4.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.70%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.35%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.35%) Mobile Banking
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (60.87%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (43.48%) Analytics
2 10 (43.48%) Data Analytics
3 9 (39.13%) Software Testing
4 8 (34.78%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (30.43%) Security Testing
5 7 (30.43%) V-Model
5 7 (30.43%) Waterfall
6 6 (26.09%) Performance Testing
6 6 (26.09%) Test Management
6 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
7 5 (21.74%) ETL
7 5 (21.74%) Information Assurance
8 4 (17.39%) Data Migration
8 4 (17.39%) Migration
8 4 (17.39%) Scrum
8 4 (17.39%) Test Strategy
9 3 (13.04%) Defect Management
9 3 (13.04%) Functional Testing
9 3 (13.04%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (34.78%) SQL
2 3 (13.04%) Java
3 1 (4.35%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 20 (86.96%) ISTQB
2 16 (69.57%) ISEB
3 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
4 2 (8.70%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (4.35%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (21.74%) QA
Systems Management
1 11 (47.83%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle
2 1 (4.35%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft