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 May 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 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 139 126 124
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -2
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 25 23 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.64% 0.62% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.03% 3.02% 2.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 14
Median daily rate £308 £290 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.03% -6.45%
UK excluding London median daily rate £329 £315 £313
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +0.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+12.90% +129.62%
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
826 761 667
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.16% 20.38% 20.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 445 348 340
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £225 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £506 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 85 80
Median hourly rate £37.48 £22.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.55% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.97 £11.50 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £59.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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
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 30 May 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 May 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 13 £308 +26.80% 9
Cheshire -2 7 £350 +6.06% 1
Lancashire -2 1 £320 +4.48%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 May 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 30 (68.18%) ISEB
2 27 (61.36%) Software Testing
3 26 (59.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 24 (54.55%) Agile Software Development
5 20 (45.45%) Test Management
5 20 (45.45%) Defect Management
6 16 (36.36%) Microsoft
7 15 (34.09%) Regression Testing
7 15 (34.09%) SQL
7 15 (34.09%) Test Scripting
7 15 (34.09%) User Acceptance Testing
8 12 (27.27%) Integration Testing
9 11 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
10 10 (22.73%) JIRA
11 9 (20.45%) Finance
11 9 (20.45%) Java
11 9 (20.45%) Windows
11 9 (20.45%) System Testing
11 9 (20.45%) Security Cleared
11 9 (20.45%) Functional Testing
12 8 (18.18%) BDD
12 8 (18.18%) MS Office
12 8 (18.18%) Project Management
12 8 (18.18%) QA
13 7 (15.91%) Retail
13 7 (15.91%) VMware
13 7 (15.91%) JavaScript
13 7 (15.91%) SharePoint
13 7 (15.91%) Waterfall
13 7 (15.91%) Test Strategy

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 (15.91%) SharePoint
2 5 (11.36%) MS Exchange
2 5 (11.36%) SharePoint 2013
2 5 (11.36%) Skype for Business
3 2 (4.55%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (2.27%) CMS
Applications
1 8 (18.18%) MS Office
2 6 (13.64%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.27%) Mingle
3 1 (2.27%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (9.09%) Magento
2 2 (4.55%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (2.27%) Northgate Housing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.36%) Skype
2 1 (2.27%) HTTPS
2 1 (2.27%) Network Security
2 1 (2.27%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (11.36%) SQL Server
2 4 (9.09%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 10 (22.73%) JIRA
2 6 (13.64%) Selenium
3 5 (11.36%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (9.09%) TestDirector
5 3 (6.82%) Cucumber
5 3 (6.82%) HP UFT
6 2 (4.55%) LoadRunner
6 2 (4.55%) WebDriver
6 2 (4.55%) Zephyr
7 1 (2.27%) ClearCase
7 1 (2.27%) eggPlant
7 1 (2.27%) FitNesse
7 1 (2.27%) Subversion
7 1 (2.27%) Talend Open Studio
7 1 (2.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (20.45%) Finance
2 7 (15.91%) Retail
3 4 (9.09%) Military
4 3 (6.82%) Banking
4 3 (6.82%) Billing
5 2 (4.55%) Games
5 2 (4.55%) Online Betting
5 2 (4.55%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 26 (59.09%) Analyst
1 26 (59.09%) Test Analyst
2 11 (25.00%) Test Manager
3 7 (15.91%) Agile Test Analyst
4 6 (13.64%) Senior Analyst
4 6 (13.64%) Senior Test Analyst
5 5 (11.36%) SQL Analyst
5 5 (11.36%) Test Leader
6 3 (6.82%) E-Commerce Analyst
6 3 (6.82%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
6 3 (6.82%) OAT Manager
6 3 (6.82%) QA Leader
6 3 (6.82%) UAT Lead
6 3 (6.82%) UAT Manager
6 3 (6.82%) UAT Test Lead
6 3 (6.82%) UAT Test Manager
7 2 (4.55%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Banking Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) QA Test Manager
7 2 (4.55%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (13.64%) XML
2 4 (9.09%) .NET
3 3 (6.82%) .NET Framework
4 2 (4.55%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.36%) Fat Client
1 5 (11.36%) Thin Client
2 2 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.55%) Mainframe
2 2 (4.55%) Psychology
3 1 (2.27%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.27%) Data Integration
3 1 (2.27%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.27%) iPad
3 1 (2.27%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (2.27%) Smartcard
3 1 (2.27%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 9 (20.45%) Windows
2 5 (11.36%) Windows 10
2 5 (11.36%) Windows Server
2 5 (11.36%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (6.82%) Linux
3 3 (6.82%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (61.36%) Software Testing
2 24 (54.55%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (45.45%) Defect Management
3 20 (45.45%) Test Management
4 15 (34.09%) Regression Testing
4 15 (34.09%) Test Scripting
4 15 (34.09%) User Acceptance Testing
5 12 (27.27%) Integration Testing
6 9 (20.45%) Functional Testing
6 9 (20.45%) System Testing
7 8 (18.18%) BDD
7 8 (18.18%) Project Management
8 7 (15.91%) Test Strategy
8 7 (15.91%) Waterfall
9 6 (13.64%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (13.64%) Information Assurance
9 6 (13.64%) Security Testing
9 6 (13.64%) System Integration Testing
10 5 (11.36%) Test Automation
10 5 (11.36%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (34.09%) SQL
2 9 (20.45%) Java
3 7 (15.91%) JavaScript
4 5 (11.36%) PHP
4 5 (11.36%) Ruby
5 4 (9.09%) C#
5 4 (9.09%) VB
6 3 (6.82%) C
6 3 (6.82%) PL/SQL
7 1 (2.27%) C++
7 1 (2.27%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 30 (68.18%) ISEB
2 26 (59.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (20.45%) Security Cleared
4 5 (11.36%) Degree
5 4 (9.09%) SC Cleared
6 2 (4.55%) MCP
6 2 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (4.55%) OCP
6 2 (4.55%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (4.55%) SAP Certification
7 1 (2.27%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (18.18%) QA
2 2 (4.55%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (11.36%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (6.82%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 7 (15.91%) VMware
3 6 (13.64%) HP
4 4 (9.09%) Oracle
5 3 (6.82%) SAP
6 1 (2.27%) Cisco
6 1 (2.27%) Facebook
6 1 (2.27%) Fujitsu
6 1 (2.27%) IBM
6 1 (2.27%) Northgate
6 1 (2.27%) Tableau
6 1 (2.27%) Talend
6 1 (2.27%) Twitter
6 1 (2.27%) Vertica