The table below looks at the statistics 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 19 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 121 124 125
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +1
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 16 8 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.50% 0.27% 0.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.57% 1.58% 2.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 5 9
Average daily rate
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£320 £220 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.45% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £292 £220 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £326 £275 £394
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £23.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
-55.00% -
ISTQB
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
622 507 657
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.56% 17.14% 19.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 237 339
Average daily rate £380 £305 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.59% -17.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £220 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £479 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 52 48
Average hourly rate £22.25 £26.00 £17.17
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.42% +51.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.50 £11.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.00 £28.67
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 19 September 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 19 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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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
Cheshire +13 8 £320 +45.45% 3
Manchester -7 8 £323 +24.03% 8
Merseyside - 3 £310 -
Lancashire - - - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 35 (100.00%) ISEB
2 14 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (37.14%) Software Testing
3 13 (37.14%) Integration Testing
4 12 (34.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 11 (31.43%) Test Scripting
5 11 (31.43%) Security Testing
5 11 (31.43%) Performance Testing
6 10 (28.57%) HP
6 10 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
7 9 (25.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 9 (25.71%) Oracle
7 9 (25.71%) SQL
7 9 (25.71%) Linux
8 8 (22.86%) VB
8 8 (22.86%) Oracle Database
8 8 (22.86%) Release Management
9 7 (20.00%) QA
9 7 (20.00%) Statistical Analysis
9 7 (20.00%) ISEB Practitioner
9 7 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
9 7 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (20.00%) Manual Testing
9 7 (20.00%) SQL Server
9 7 (20.00%) WebLogic
9 7 (20.00%) SOA
9 7 (20.00%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 7 (20.00%) FTP
9 7 (20.00%) Apache
9 7 (20.00%) Tomcat

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 7 (20.00%) WebLogic
1 7 (20.00%) Apache
1 7 (20.00%) Tomcat
1 7 (20.00%) 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 7 (20.00%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (22.86%) Oracle Database
2 7 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 7 (20.00%) MS Access
3 1 (2.86%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 7 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (14.29%) Selenium
3 3 (8.57%) JIRA
4 2 (5.71%) WebDriver
4 2 (5.71%) CaliberRM
5 1 (2.86%) TestDirector
5 1 (2.86%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (2.86%) Cucumber
General
1 6 (17.14%) Finance
2 2 (5.71%) Banking
3 1 (2.86%) Billing
3 1 (2.86%) Games
3 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.86%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 16 (45.71%) Analyst
2 11 (31.43%) Test Analyst
3 7 (20.00%) Tester
4 5 (14.29%) Test Manager
4 5 (14.29%) Non-Functional Tester
5 4 (11.43%) Web Analyst
5 4 (11.43%) Web Test Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) Process Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) Business Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) QA Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Test Leader
7 2 (5.71%) Business Process Analyst
8 1 (2.86%) Integration Manager
8 1 (2.86%) Test Engineer
8 1 (2.86%) QA Tester
8 1 (2.86%) Agile Test Analyst
8 1 (2.86%) Automation Analyst
8 1 (2.86%) Software Test Analyst
8 1 (2.86%) Integration Engineer
8 1 (2.86%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (14.29%) .NET
2 1 (2.86%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (20.00%) N-Tier
2 1 (2.86%) IVR
2 1 (2.86%) Mobile Games
2 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.86%) Mainframe
2 1 (2.86%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.86%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.86%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 9 (25.71%) Linux
2 7 (20.00%) HPUX
2 7 (20.00%) SUSE
3 3 (8.57%) UNIX
3 3 (8.57%) Windows
4 1 (2.86%) Windows 2000
4 1 (2.86%) Windows XP
4 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.86%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (37.14%) Software Testing
2 13 (37.14%) Integration Testing
3 11 (31.43%) Test Scripting
3 11 (31.43%) Security Testing
3 11 (31.43%) Performance Testing
4 8 (22.86%) Release Management
5 7 (20.00%) Statistical Analysis
5 7 (20.00%) Manual Testing
5 7 (20.00%) SOA
6 5 (14.29%) Waterfall
6 5 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (14.29%) Test Management
7 4 (11.43%) Automated Testing
7 4 (11.43%) V-Model
7 4 (11.43%) UML
7 4 (11.43%) Six Sigma
7 4 (11.43%) Scrum
8 3 (8.57%) CRM
8 3 (8.57%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 9 (25.71%) SQL
2 8 (22.86%) VB
3 7 (20.00%) FoxPro (VFP)
4 1 (2.86%) Java
4 1 (2.86%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 35 (100.00%) ISEB
2 12 (34.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (25.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 7 (20.00%) ISEB Practitioner
5 3 (8.57%) SC Cleared
5 3 (8.57%) Security Cleared
6 2 (5.71%) Degree
7 1 (2.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (2.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (20.00%) QA
2 1 (2.86%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 10 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (28.57%) HP
2 9 (25.71%) Oracle
3 7 (20.00%) TIBCO
4 3 (8.57%) Curam
5 2 (5.71%) SAP
6 1 (2.86%) Siebel
6 1 (2.86%) Microsoft