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 9 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 134 120 120
Rank change year-on-year
-14 0
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 18 22 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.47% 0.68% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.47% 3.38% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 10 3
Average daily rate £285 £250 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.00% -9.09%
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £340 £310
% change year-on-year
-8.08% +9.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £16.84 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £107.50 £15.00 £11.75
% change year-on-year
+616.66% +27.65%
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
730 651 563
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.20% 20.12% 20.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 386 330 238
Average daily rate £408 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.87% +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 £383 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 51 69
Average hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.33% +43.54%
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
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 9 February 2016.

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 9 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 -5 14 £280 -5.88% 13
Cheshire -3 3 £316 - 2
Merseyside -17 1 £275 +12.24% 2
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 41 (75.93%) ISEB
2 25 (46.30%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (46.30%) Software Testing
3 22 (40.74%) Finance
4 20 (37.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 16 (29.63%) SQL
6 15 (27.78%) Team Foundation Server
6 15 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
7 14 (25.93%) Test Management
7 14 (25.93%) Test Scripting
8 13 (24.07%) User Acceptance Testing
8 13 (24.07%) Microsoft
8 13 (24.07%) Test Strategy
9 12 (22.22%) Test Automation
10 11 (20.37%) Oracle
10 11 (20.37%) Waterfall
11 10 (18.52%) Data Analytics
11 10 (18.52%) Analytics
11 10 (18.52%) Performance Testing
11 10 (18.52%) QA
12 8 (14.81%) Security Cleared
12 8 (14.81%) Automated Testing
12 8 (14.81%) Banking
12 8 (14.81%) Retail
12 8 (14.81%) C#
12 8 (14.81%) MS Excel
12 8 (14.81%) CRM
12 8 (14.81%) Migration
13 7 (12.96%) Regression Testing
13 7 (12.96%) Scrum

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 6 (11.11%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.85%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (14.81%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.70%) Mingle
2 2 (3.70%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (7.41%) Dynamics AX
1 4 (7.41%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (7.41%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.85%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.85%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.85%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 5 (9.26%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (7.41%) Relational Database
4 2 (3.70%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 15 (27.78%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (11.11%) JIRA
3 5 (9.26%) Visual Studio
4 4 (7.41%) Selenium
4 4 (7.41%) TestDirector
5 3 (5.56%) Cucumber
5 3 (5.56%) eggPlant
5 3 (5.56%) Git (software)
6 2 (3.70%) LoadRunner
6 2 (3.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (3.70%) Toad
7 1 (1.85%) ClearCase
7 1 (1.85%) FitNesse
7 1 (1.85%) HP UFT
7 1 (1.85%) MSTest
7 1 (1.85%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.85%) Subversion
7 1 (1.85%) WebDriver
7 1 (1.85%) Zephyr
General
1 22 (40.74%) Finance
2 8 (14.81%) Banking
2 8 (14.81%) Retail
3 5 (9.26%) Telecoms
4 2 (3.70%) Billing
4 2 (3.70%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (53.70%) Analyst
1 29 (53.70%) Test Analyst
2 16 (29.63%) Test Manager
3 5 (9.26%) Data Warehouse Analyst
3 5 (9.26%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
3 5 (9.26%) Test Automation Manager
3 5 (9.26%) Test Data Analyst
4 4 (7.41%) Agile Test Manager
4 4 (7.41%) SQL Analyst
4 4 (7.41%) Test Leader
5 3 (5.56%) ETL Analyst
5 3 (5.56%) Test Engineer
5 3 (5.56%) Tester
6 2 (3.70%) Coordinator
6 2 (3.70%) Developer
6 2 (3.70%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (3.70%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (3.70%) Technical Analyst
6 2 (3.70%) Technical Test Analyst
6 2 (3.70%) Test Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.11%) .NET
2 4 (7.41%) XML
3 3 (5.56%) AngularJS
3 3 (5.56%) JSON
3 3 (5.56%) REST
3 3 (5.56%) SOAP
3 3 (5.56%) XSLT
4 2 (3.70%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.85%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (5.56%) Data Integration
2 2 (3.70%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.85%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.85%) iPad
3 1 (1.85%) Mathematics
3 1 (1.85%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (1.85%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.41%) Windows
2 2 (3.70%) Unix
2 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (46.30%) Agile Software Development
1 25 (46.30%) Software Testing
2 14 (25.93%) Test Management
2 14 (25.93%) Test Scripting
3 13 (24.07%) Test Strategy
3 13 (24.07%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (22.22%) Test Automation
5 11 (20.37%) Waterfall
6 10 (18.52%) Analytics
6 10 (18.52%) Data Analytics
6 10 (18.52%) Performance Testing
7 8 (14.81%) Automated Testing
7 8 (14.81%) CRM
7 8 (14.81%) Migration
8 7 (12.96%) Defect Management
8 7 (12.96%) Integration Testing
8 7 (12.96%) Regression Testing
8 7 (12.96%) Scrum
8 7 (12.96%) V-Model
9 6 (11.11%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 16 (29.63%) SQL
2 8 (14.81%) C#
3 2 (3.70%) Java
4 1 (1.85%) C++
4 1 (1.85%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.85%) Ruby
4 1 (1.85%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 41 (75.93%) ISEB
2 20 (37.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (14.81%) Security Cleared
4 5 (9.26%) SC Cleared
5 3 (5.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 2 (3.70%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.85%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (18.52%) QA
Systems Management
1 15 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (24.07%) Microsoft
2 11 (20.37%) Oracle
3 3 (5.56%) HP
4 1 (1.85%) Facebook
4 1 (1.85%) SAP
4 1 (1.85%) Twitter
4 1 (1.85%) VMware
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