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 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 111 112 107
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -5
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 21 9 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.67% 0.34% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.55% 1.67% 3.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 10
Average daily rate
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£245 £275 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.90% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £275 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £335 £477
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £16.84 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.93 £11.75 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+27.02% -59.13%
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
592 538 440
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.82% 20.16% 17.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 239 223
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £225 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £577 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 60 32
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.50 £17.45
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.36% -5.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.63 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £36.25 £28.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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
Merseyside +5 15 £240 - 3
Manchester -2 3 £330 +5.60% 12
Lancashire - 2 - - 1
Cheshire +5 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 29 (85.29%) ISEB
2 14 (41.18%) Software Testing
3 13 (38.24%) Finance
4 10 (29.41%) HP Quality Center
4 10 (29.41%) Test Strategy
4 10 (29.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (26.47%) Test Management
6 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
6 8 (23.53%) HP
7 7 (20.59%) Manual Testing
8 6 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
9 5 (14.71%) SQL
9 5 (14.71%) Windows
9 5 (14.71%) JIRA
9 5 (14.71%) QA
9 5 (14.71%) Test Planning
9 5 (14.71%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (11.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (11.76%) Integration Testing
10 4 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
11 3 (8.82%) Validation
11 3 (8.82%) Windows Mobile
11 3 (8.82%) Retail
11 3 (8.82%) Web Testing
11 3 (8.82%) Android
11 3 (8.82%) Performance Testing
11 3 (8.82%) Apple iOS
11 3 (8.82%) Test Automation
12 2 (5.88%) XenApp
12 2 (5.88%) Windows 7

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle Retail
Development Applications
1 5 (14.71%) JIRA
1 5 (14.71%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (5.88%) Selenium
3 1 (2.94%) Cucumber
General
1 13 (38.24%) Finance
2 3 (8.82%) Retail
3 2 (5.88%) Banking
4 1 (2.94%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 12 (35.29%) Analyst
2 11 (32.35%) Test Analyst
3 9 (26.47%) Test Engineer
4 6 (17.65%) Test Manager
5 5 (14.71%) Tester
6 4 (11.76%) Senior Test Engineer
7 3 (8.82%) Test Consultant
7 3 (8.82%) Consultant
7 3 (8.82%) Test Leader
8 2 (5.88%) Automation Tester
8 2 (5.88%) Automation Engineer
8 2 (5.88%) Web Test Analyst
8 2 (5.88%) Web Analyst
8 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Tester
9 1 (2.94%) Programme Manager
9 1 (2.94%) QA Test Analyst
9 1 (2.94%) Applications Tester
9 1 (2.94%) Senior Analyst
9 1 (2.94%) Senior Consultant
9 1 (2.94%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.94%) IVR
1 1 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (2.94%) Digital Media
1 1 (2.94%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 5 (14.71%) Windows
2 3 (8.82%) Windows Mobile
2 3 (8.82%) Android
2 3 (8.82%) Apple iOS
3 2 (5.88%) Windows 7
3 2 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (5.88%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.94%) UNIX
4 1 (2.94%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (41.18%) Software Testing
2 10 (29.41%) Test Strategy
3 9 (26.47%) Test Management
4 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
5 7 (20.59%) Manual Testing
6 6 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (14.71%) Test Planning
8 4 (11.76%) Integration Testing
8 4 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
9 3 (8.82%) Validation
9 3 (8.82%) Web Testing
9 3 (8.82%) Performance Testing
9 3 (8.82%) Test Automation
10 2 (5.88%) Project Management
10 2 (5.88%) Information Assurance
10 2 (5.88%) Non-Functional Testing
10 2 (5.88%) Automation Testing
10 2 (5.88%) Performance Analysis
10 2 (5.88%) Security Testing
10 2 (5.88%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (14.71%) SQL
2 1 (2.94%) Java
Qualifications
1 29 (85.29%) ISEB
2 10 (29.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (11.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (14.71%) QA
2 1 (2.94%) FATCA
System Software
1 2 (5.88%) XenApp
2 1 (2.94%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 10 (29.41%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 8 (23.53%) HP
2 2 (5.88%) AppSense
2 2 (5.88%) Siebel
2 2 (5.88%) Oracle
2 2 (5.88%) Citrix
3 1 (2.94%) Actimize
3 1 (2.94%) Capita