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 20 February 2017 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
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England / North West
Rank 126 130 121
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -9
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 8 19 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.30% 0.51% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.62% 2.76% 3.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 10 8
Median daily rate £320 £285 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.28% +1.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £263 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £334 £336 £306
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £320 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £16.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £170.00 £15.92
% change year-on-year
-74.70% +968.00%

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
494 689 680
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.82% 18.51% 20.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 295 353 331
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £258 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £596 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 48 60
Median hourly rate £41.25 £35.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.85% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £16.50 £14.29
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.90 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-25.92% +80.00%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the North West region over the 3 months to 20 February 2017. 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 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 0 2 £329 +17.93% 4
Cheshire +22 1 £315 -1.56% 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 14 (77.78%) ISEB
2 9 (50.00%) SQL
3 7 (38.89%) Software Testing
4 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (27.78%) QA
5 5 (27.78%) MS Office
5 5 (27.78%) Oracle
5 5 (27.78%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (27.78%) SAS
5 5 (27.78%) Microsoft
5 5 (27.78%) Oracle Database
5 5 (27.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (27.78%) Defect Management
5 5 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (22.22%) Finance
6 4 (22.22%) Test Scripting
6 4 (22.22%) Test Automation
7 3 (16.67%) Security Cleared
7 3 (16.67%) Selenium
7 3 (16.67%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (16.67%) Change Management
7 3 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (16.67%) PRINCE2
7 3 (16.67%) Java
7 3 (16.67%) Agile Testing
8 2 (11.11%) .NET
8 2 (11.11%) MS Excel
8 2 (11.11%) CRM
8 2 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
8 2 (11.11%) Dynamics AX

ISTQB
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 (27.78%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (27.78%) MS Office
2 2 (11.11%) MS Excel
3 1 (5.56%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (11.11%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (27.78%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (27.78%) Oracle Database
2 1 (5.56%) Relational Database
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Selenium
2 2 (11.11%) JIRA
3 1 (5.56%) HP UFT
3 1 (5.56%) JMeter
3 1 (5.56%) Sahi
3 1 (5.56%) WATIR
General
1 4 (22.22%) Finance
2 2 (11.11%) Retail
3 1 (5.56%) Banking
3 1 (5.56%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (44.44%) Analyst
2 4 (22.22%) Business Analyst
2 4 (22.22%) Test Analyst
3 3 (16.67%) Test Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) SQL Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Technical Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) Test Leader
4 2 (11.11%) Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Agile Business Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Digital Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Digital Business Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Digital Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Service Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Software Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Software Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Test Data Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Test Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Web Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.11%) .NET
2 1 (5.56%) Web Services
2 1 (5.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (38.89%) Software Testing
2 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (27.78%) Defect Management
4 4 (22.22%) Test Automation
4 4 (22.22%) Test Scripting
5 3 (16.67%) Agile Testing
5 3 (16.67%) Change Management
5 3 (16.67%) PRINCE2
5 3 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (11.11%) Automated Testing
6 2 (11.11%) BDD
6 2 (11.11%) CRM
6 2 (11.11%) Integration Testing
6 2 (11.11%) System Testing
6 2 (11.11%) TDD
6 2 (11.11%) Waterfall
6 2 (11.11%) Web Testing
7 1 (5.56%) Business Analysis
7 1 (5.56%) Load Testing
7 1 (5.56%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (50.00%) SQL
2 3 (16.67%) Java
3 1 (5.56%) ANSI SQL
3 1 (5.56%) PHP
3 1 (5.56%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 14 (77.78%) ISEB
2 5 (27.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (5.56%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (5.56%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (27.78%) QA
2 1 (5.56%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) Microsoft
1 5 (27.78%) Oracle
2 1 (5.56%) Twitter