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 30 August 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.

3 months to
30 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 136 126 120
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 16 37 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.46% 0.88% 0.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.61% 4.39% 3.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 17
Median daily rate £300 £400 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £276 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £438 £348
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.41% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £30.00 £12.38
% change year-on-year
+11.66% +142.42%
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
614 843 604
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.62% 20.08% 19.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 468 320
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £377 £355
% change year-on-year
-0.39% +6.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 65 51
Median hourly rate £21.00 £37.72 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.31% +67.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £15.77 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.71 £57.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.91
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +13.00%

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 30 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -8 12 £300 -22.87% 4
Merseyside - 3 £300 -
Lancashire +6 1 £255 -41.71%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 August 2016, 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 34 (82.93%) ISEB
2 22 (53.66%) Software Testing
3 21 (51.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 21 (51.22%) Defect Management
4 19 (46.34%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (43.90%) Test Management
5 18 (43.90%) Regression Testing
6 16 (39.02%) Integration Testing
7 13 (31.71%) User Acceptance Testing
7 13 (31.71%) SQL
8 12 (29.27%) Microsoft
9 11 (26.83%) Test Scripting
9 11 (26.83%) System Testing
10 9 (21.95%) Project Management
10 9 (21.95%) Finance
10 9 (21.95%) MS Office
11 8 (19.51%) Web Testing
11 8 (19.51%) JIRA
12 7 (17.07%) Waterfall
12 7 (17.07%) Functional Testing
12 7 (17.07%) Degree
12 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
12 7 (17.07%) HP Quality Center
12 7 (17.07%) Oracle
12 7 (17.07%) Stakeholder Management
12 7 (17.07%) SharePoint
12 7 (17.07%) E-Commerce
13 6 (14.63%) HP
13 6 (14.63%) VMware
13 6 (14.63%) SAP

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 7 (17.07%) SharePoint
2 5 (12.20%) MS Exchange
2 5 (12.20%) SharePoint 2013
2 5 (12.20%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.44%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (2.44%) CMS
Applications
1 9 (21.95%) MS Office
2 6 (14.63%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (12.20%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (9.76%) Magento
2 4 (9.76%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (2.44%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.44%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (2.44%) Northgate Housing
3 1 (2.44%) SAP BPC
3 1 (2.44%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.20%) Skype
2 3 (7.32%) Internet
3 1 (2.44%) Network Security
3 1 (2.44%) Unified Communications
3 1 (2.44%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.32%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (19.51%) JIRA
2 2 (4.88%) HP UFT
2 2 (4.88%) LoadRunner
2 2 (4.88%) Selenium
2 2 (4.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.44%) CaliberRM
3 1 (2.44%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 9 (21.95%) Finance
2 6 (14.63%) Retail
3 4 (9.76%) Military
4 2 (4.88%) Games
4 2 (4.88%) Online Betting
5 1 (2.44%) Banking
5 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
5 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (56.10%) Analyst
1 23 (56.10%) Test Analyst
2 8 (19.51%) Agile Test Analyst
3 7 (17.07%) Test Manager
4 5 (12.20%) Senior Analyst
4 5 (12.20%) Senior Test Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Test Leader
6 3 (7.32%) E-Commerce Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) SAP Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) SAP Test Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) ERP Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Oracle Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Selenium Test Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Test Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Tester
7 2 (4.88%) Web Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Web Test Analyst
8 1 (2.44%) Financial Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (14.63%) XML
2 2 (4.88%) SOAP
3 1 (2.44%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.20%) Fat Client
1 5 (12.20%) Thin Client
2 2 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.88%) EPoS
2 2 (4.88%) Mainframe
2 2 (4.88%) Psychology
3 1 (2.44%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.44%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 6 (14.63%) Windows
2 5 (12.20%) Windows 10
2 5 (12.20%) Windows Server
2 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (7.32%) Linux
4 1 (2.44%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (53.66%) Software Testing
2 21 (51.22%) Defect Management
3 19 (46.34%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (43.90%) Regression Testing
4 18 (43.90%) Test Management
5 16 (39.02%) Integration Testing
6 13 (31.71%) User Acceptance Testing
7 11 (26.83%) System Testing
7 11 (26.83%) Test Scripting
8 9 (21.95%) Project Management
9 8 (19.51%) Web Testing
10 7 (17.07%) E-Commerce
10 7 (17.07%) Functional Testing
10 7 (17.07%) Stakeholder Management
10 7 (17.07%) Waterfall
11 5 (12.20%) BDD
11 5 (12.20%) Performance Testing
11 5 (12.20%) Service Management
11 5 (12.20%) Stress Testing
11 5 (12.20%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 13 (31.71%) SQL
2 6 (14.63%) Java
3 5 (12.20%) JavaScript
3 5 (12.20%) PHP
4 4 (9.76%) Ruby
5 3 (7.32%) C
5 3 (7.32%) PL/SQL
5 3 (7.32%) VB
6 1 (2.44%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 34 (82.93%) ISEB
2 21 (51.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (17.07%) Degree
3 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
4 5 (12.20%) SC Cleared
5 2 (4.88%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (4.88%) MCP
5 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (4.88%) OCP
5 2 (4.88%) Oracle Certification
5 2 (4.88%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (9.76%) QA
2 2 (4.88%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (12.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (7.32%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (17.07%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (29.27%) Microsoft
2 7 (17.07%) Oracle
3 6 (14.63%) HP
3 6 (14.63%) SAP
3 6 (14.63%) VMware
4 2 (4.88%) Cisco
5 1 (2.44%) Fujitsu
5 1 (2.44%) IBM
5 1 (2.44%) Northgate
5 1 (2.44%) Tableau
5 1 (2.44%) Talend
5 1 (2.44%) Twitter
5 1 (2.44%) Vertica