The first table below looks at the demand for ISTQB 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 over the 3 months to 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the North West region.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 109 117 124
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +7
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 21 9 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.70% 0.34% 0.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.90% 1.76% 2.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 4 7
Average daily rate
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£323 £313 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.20% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £325 £338
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-7.85% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £25.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £25.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-46.00% -25.37%
Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
539 511 642
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.92% 19.18% 19.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 232 328
Average daily rate £325 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £479 £528
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 49 47
Average hourly rate £22.25 £32.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.53% +51.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.50 £12.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

ISTQB
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 across the North West region.

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in the North West

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the North West region over the 3 months to 23 July 2014.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

ISTQB
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 across the North West region.

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

ISTQB
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 within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 July 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 0 9 £323 +3.20% 8
Cheshire - 6 £320 - 1
Merseyside - 3 £310 -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing ISTQB 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.

1 34 (97.14%) ISEB
2 16 (45.71%) Integration Testing
3 12 (34.29%) Oracle
3 12 (34.29%) Security Testing
3 12 (34.29%) Test Scripting
4 11 (31.43%) HP Quality Center
4 11 (31.43%) Oracle Database
4 11 (31.43%) Software Testing
4 11 (31.43%) Performance Testing
4 11 (31.43%) HP
4 11 (31.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (28.57%) SQL Server
5 10 (28.57%) Linux
6 9 (25.71%) VB
6 9 (25.71%) Release Management
6 9 (25.71%) QA
6 9 (25.71%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (22.86%) ISEB Practitioner
7 8 (22.86%) Statistical Analysis
7 8 (22.86%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (22.86%) SUSE
7 8 (22.86%) WebLogic Integration
7 8 (22.86%) TIBCO
7 8 (22.86%) WebLogic
7 8 (22.86%) Apache
7 8 (22.86%) Tomcat
7 8 (22.86%) MS Access
7 8 (22.86%) N-Tier
7 8 (22.86%) SOA
7 8 (22.86%) FoxPro (VFP)

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing ISTQB 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. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (22.86%) WebLogic
1 8 (22.86%) Apache
1 8 (22.86%) Tomcat
1 8 (22.86%) WebLogic Integration
2 1 (2.86%) CICS
Applications
1 3 (8.57%) MS Visio
2 2 (5.71%) MS Project
2 2 (5.71%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.71%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 8 (22.86%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (31.43%) Oracle Database
2 10 (28.57%) SQL Server
3 8 (22.86%) MS Access
4 1 (2.86%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 7 (20.00%) Selenium
2 3 (8.57%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (8.57%) Cucumber
3 2 (5.71%) SpecFlow
3 2 (5.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (5.71%) WebDriver
3 2 (5.71%) CaliberRM
3 2 (5.71%) Visual Studio
3 2 (5.71%) Toad
4 1 (2.86%) TestDirector
4 1 (2.86%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 5 (14.29%) Finance
2 2 (5.71%) Banking
2 2 (5.71%) Retail
3 1 (2.86%) Billing
3 1 (2.86%) Marketing
3 1 (2.86%) Games
3 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (42.86%) Analyst
2 10 (28.57%) Test Analyst
3 9 (25.71%) Tester
4 5 (14.29%) Non-Functional Tester
5 4 (11.43%) Test Leader
6 3 (8.57%) QA Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) Business Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) Test Manager
6 3 (8.57%) Process Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) Web Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) Web Test Analyst
7 2 (5.71%) Software Tester
7 2 (5.71%) Business Process Analyst
8 1 (2.86%) Senior Analyst
8 1 (2.86%) Integration Manager
8 1 (2.86%) Test Engineer
8 1 (2.86%) Senior Test Analyst
8 1 (2.86%) QA Tester
8 1 (2.86%) Automation Test Analyst
8 1 (2.86%) SAP Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.43%) .NET
2 2 (5.71%) XML
2 2 (5.71%) EDI
2 2 (5.71%) EDIFACT
3 1 (2.86%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 8 (22.86%) N-Tier
2 3 (8.57%) Mathematics
3 2 (5.71%) TRADACOMS
4 1 (2.86%) Digital Media
4 1 (2.86%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.86%) Mainframe
4 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.86%) Mobile Games
Operating Systems
1 10 (28.57%) Linux
2 8 (22.86%) SUSE
2 8 (22.86%) HPUX
3 5 (14.29%) Windows
4 3 (8.57%) UNIX
5 2 (5.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.86%) Windows Vista
6 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
6 1 (2.86%) Windows 2000
6 1 (2.86%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (45.71%) Integration Testing
2 12 (34.29%) Test Scripting
2 12 (34.29%) Security Testing
3 11 (31.43%) Software Testing
3 11 (31.43%) Performance Testing
4 9 (25.71%) Release Management
4 9 (25.71%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (22.86%) SOA
5 8 (22.86%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (22.86%) Statistical Analysis
6 6 (17.14%) V-Model
6 6 (17.14%) Automated Testing
7 4 (11.43%) Scrum
7 4 (11.43%) Six Sigma
7 4 (11.43%) UML
7 4 (11.43%) Test Management
7 4 (11.43%) Manual Testing
7 4 (11.43%) Waterfall
8 3 (8.57%) Test Automation
8 3 (8.57%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 9 (25.71%) VB
2 8 (22.86%) FoxPro (VFP)
3 7 (20.00%) SQL
4 1 (2.86%) Java
Qualifications
1 34 (97.14%) ISEB
2 11 (31.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (22.86%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 8 (22.86%) ISEB Practitioner
4 4 (11.43%) Degree
5 3 (8.57%) SC Cleared
5 3 (8.57%) Security Cleared
6 1 (2.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (2.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (25.71%) QA
2 1 (2.86%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 11 (31.43%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (34.29%) Oracle
2 11 (31.43%) HP
3 8 (22.86%) TIBCO
4 3 (8.57%) Curam
4 3 (8.57%) SAP
4 3 (8.57%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.86%) Siebel