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 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 130 116 128
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +12
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 38 20 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.88% 0.65% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.43% 3.44% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 17 6
Average daily rate
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£389 £320 £269
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.56% +19.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £300 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £348 £313
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £16.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £12.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+142.42% -58.75%
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
858 582 493
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.84% 18.87% 17.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 310 237
Average daily rate £400 £346 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.77% +7.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £209 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 48 52
Average hourly rate £30.52 £22.50 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.64% -21.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £15.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £46.80 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015. 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
Manchester -15 14 £378 +17.20% 16
Lancashire -2 11 £438 +27.27%
Cumbria - 9 - -
Cheshire -14 2 £350 +9.37% 5
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 36 (60.00%) ISEB
2 30 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 29 (48.33%) HP Quality Center
4 23 (38.33%) Test Management
5 22 (36.67%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (35.00%) Security Cleared
7 20 (33.33%) HP
8 19 (31.67%) Test Strategy
8 19 (31.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 19 (31.67%) Software Testing
9 18 (30.00%) Non-Functional Testing
10 15 (25.00%) Finance
10 15 (25.00%) SAP
11 14 (23.33%) Performance Testing
11 14 (23.33%) SC Cleared
12 13 (21.67%) Manual Testing
13 11 (18.33%) QA
13 11 (18.33%) ISEB Practitioner
14 10 (16.67%) IBM
15 9 (15.00%) SQL
15 9 (15.00%) Release Management
15 9 (15.00%) Security Testing
15 9 (15.00%) Waterfall
15 9 (15.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 9 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
16 8 (13.33%) Banking
16 8 (13.33%) Oracle
16 8 (13.33%) PRINCE2
16 8 (13.33%) ERP
17 7 (11.67%) Statistical Analysis

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 (10.00%) WebLogic
2 2 (3.33%) Apache
2 2 (3.33%) Tomcat
2 2 (3.33%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 1 (1.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (10.00%) SAP HR
2 3 (5.00%) Primavera
2 3 (5.00%) SAP PLM
3 1 (1.67%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.00%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.33%) FTP
2 1 (1.67%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.33%) Relational Database
2 3 (5.00%) Oracle Database
2 3 (5.00%) SQL Server
3 2 (3.33%) MS Access
3 2 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.67%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 6 (10.00%) SoapUI
2 4 (6.67%) Visual Studio
2 4 (6.67%) LoadRunner
2 4 (6.67%) Facilita Forecast
3 3 (5.00%) LoadUI
3 3 (5.00%) HP UFT
3 3 (5.00%) JMeter
3 3 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.67%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.67%) SpecFlow
4 1 (1.67%) JIRA
4 1 (1.67%) Toad
4 1 (1.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 15 (25.00%) Finance
2 8 (13.33%) Banking
3 3 (5.00%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (35.00%) Test Manager
2 18 (30.00%) Analyst
3 17 (28.33%) Test Analyst
4 15 (25.00%) Test Leader
5 5 (8.33%) Tester
6 3 (5.00%) SAP Manager
6 3 (5.00%) SAP Test Manager
7 2 (3.33%) Non-Functional Tester
7 2 (3.33%) Performance Test Engineer
7 2 (3.33%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
7 2 (3.33%) Performance Tester
7 2 (3.33%) Test Engineer
7 2 (3.33%) Test Specialist
7 2 (3.33%) Performance Engineer
8 1 (1.67%) Senior Test Manager
8 1 (1.67%) Business Manager
8 1 (1.67%) Business Test Analyst
8 1 (1.67%) Senior Test Analyst
8 1 (1.67%) Software Tester
8 1 (1.67%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.67%) HTML
2 3 (5.00%) SOAP
3 2 (3.33%) Web Services
4 1 (1.67%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (1.67%) .NET
4 1 (1.67%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 9 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.67%) Client/Server
3 3 (5.00%) Performance Metrics
4 2 (3.33%) Data Structures
4 2 (3.33%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.67%) NHS
5 1 (1.67%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 6 (10.00%) UNIX
1 6 (10.00%) Linux
2 5 (8.33%) Windows
3 2 (3.33%) HPUX
3 2 (3.33%) SUSE
4 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 23 (38.33%) Test Management
3 22 (36.67%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (31.67%) Software Testing
4 19 (31.67%) Test Strategy
5 18 (30.00%) Non-Functional Testing
6 14 (23.33%) Performance Testing
7 13 (21.67%) Manual Testing
8 9 (15.00%) Waterfall
8 9 (15.00%) Security Testing
8 9 (15.00%) Release Management
9 8 (13.33%) ERP
9 8 (13.33%) PRINCE2
10 7 (11.67%) Statistical Analysis
10 7 (11.67%) Integration Testing
10 7 (11.67%) Test Automation
10 7 (11.67%) System Integration Testing
10 7 (11.67%) SDLC
11 6 (10.00%) Automation Testing
11 6 (10.00%) SAP Implementation
Programming Languages
1 9 (15.00%) SQL
2 6 (10.00%) VB
3 4 (6.67%) Java
4 2 (3.33%) FoxPro (VFP)
Qualifications
1 36 (60.00%) ISEB
2 21 (35.00%) Security Cleared
3 19 (31.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 14 (23.33%) SC Cleared
5 11 (18.33%) ISEB Practitioner
6 9 (15.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (6.67%) BC Cleared
7 4 (6.67%) DV Cleared
8 3 (5.00%) Degree
9 2 (3.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (1.67%) PMP
10 1 (1.67%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (18.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 29 (48.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (33.33%) HP
2 15 (25.00%) SAP
3 10 (16.67%) IBM
4 8 (13.33%) Oracle
5 2 (3.33%) Microsoft
5 2 (3.33%) TIBCO
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