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 April 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
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 142 134 126
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -8
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 24 24 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.60% 0.62% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.80% 2.90% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 14 11
Average daily rate £306 £265 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.56% -14.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £233 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £341 £343 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+11.16% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £15.00 £10.38
% change year-on-year
+133.33% +44.57%
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
856 827 623
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.26% 21.30% 20.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 448 366 301
Average daily rate £400 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.96% +0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 88 84
Average hourly rate £43.00 £38.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.68% +113.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £76.00 £59.00 £37.03
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 28 April 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 28 April 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
Cheshire - 10 £320 - 5
Manchester -11 9 £283 +6.60% 20
Lancashire -5 1 - - 3
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 30 (69.77%) ISEB
2 27 (62.79%) Software Testing
3 24 (55.81%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (53.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 16 (37.21%) Defect Management
5 16 (37.21%) Test Management
6 15 (34.88%) Microsoft
7 14 (32.56%) Regression Testing
7 14 (32.56%) Test Scripting
7 14 (32.56%) User Acceptance Testing
8 13 (30.23%) SQL
9 11 (25.58%) JIRA
9 11 (25.58%) HP Quality Center
10 10 (23.26%) Integration Testing
11 9 (20.93%) Finance
11 9 (20.93%) Windows
11 9 (20.93%) System Testing
11 9 (20.93%) Test Automation
11 9 (20.93%) Security Cleared
11 9 (20.93%) Test Strategy
12 8 (18.60%) Waterfall
12 8 (18.60%) BDD
12 8 (18.60%) Performance Testing
12 8 (18.60%) QA
13 7 (16.28%) Oracle
13 7 (16.28%) VMware
13 7 (16.28%) Project Management
14 6 (13.95%) SharePoint
14 6 (13.95%) SQL Server
14 6 (13.95%) Java

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 (13.95%) SharePoint
2 5 (11.63%) MS Exchange
2 5 (11.63%) SharePoint 2013
2 5 (11.63%) Skype for Business
3 2 (4.65%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 5 (11.63%) MS Office
2 3 (6.98%) MS Excel
3 2 (4.65%) Mingle
4 1 (2.33%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (6.98%) Magento
2 2 (4.65%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (2.33%) Northgate Housing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.63%) Skype
2 1 (2.33%) HTTPS
2 1 (2.33%) Network Security
2 1 (2.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.95%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.98%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 11 (25.58%) JIRA
2 6 (13.95%) Selenium
3 5 (11.63%) TestDirector
4 4 (9.30%) LoadRunner
4 4 (9.30%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (6.98%) Cucumber
5 3 (6.98%) eggPlant
5 3 (6.98%) HP UFT
6 2 (4.65%) WebDriver
6 2 (4.65%) Zephyr
7 1 (2.33%) ClearCase
7 1 (2.33%) FitNesse
7 1 (2.33%) Git (software)
7 1 (2.33%) Subversion
7 1 (2.33%) Talend Open Studio
7 1 (2.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (20.93%) Finance
2 6 (13.95%) Retail
3 4 (9.30%) Banking
3 4 (9.30%) Military
4 3 (6.98%) Billing
5 2 (4.65%) Retail Banking
6 1 (2.33%) Games
6 1 (2.33%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 25 (58.14%) Analyst
1 25 (58.14%) Test Analyst
2 10 (23.26%) Test Manager
3 6 (13.95%) Senior Analyst
3 6 (13.95%) Senior Test Analyst
3 6 (13.95%) Test Leader
4 5 (11.63%) Agile Test Analyst
4 5 (11.63%) SQL Analyst
5 3 (6.98%) OAT Manager
5 3 (6.98%) QA Leader
5 3 (6.98%) UAT Lead
5 3 (6.98%) UAT Manager
5 3 (6.98%) UAT Test Lead
5 3 (6.98%) UAT Test Manager
6 2 (4.65%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Performance Test Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) QA Test Manager
6 2 (4.65%) SQL Server Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Test Engineer
6 2 (4.65%) Test Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (13.95%) XML
2 5 (11.63%) .NET
3 3 (6.98%) .NET Framework
4 2 (4.65%) HTML
5 1 (2.33%) AngularJS
5 1 (2.33%) JSON
5 1 (2.33%) REST
5 1 (2.33%) SOAP
5 1 (2.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.63%) Fat Client
1 5 (11.63%) Thin Client
2 2 (4.65%) Psychology
3 1 (2.33%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.33%) Data Integration
3 1 (2.33%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.33%) iPad
3 1 (2.33%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (2.33%) Smartcard
3 1 (2.33%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 9 (20.93%) Windows
2 5 (11.63%) Windows 10
2 5 (11.63%) Windows Server
2 5 (11.63%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (6.98%) Linux
4 2 (4.65%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (62.79%) Software Testing
2 24 (55.81%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (37.21%) Defect Management
3 16 (37.21%) Test Management
4 14 (32.56%) Regression Testing
4 14 (32.56%) Test Scripting
4 14 (32.56%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (23.26%) Integration Testing
6 9 (20.93%) System Testing
6 9 (20.93%) Test Automation
6 9 (20.93%) Test Strategy
7 8 (18.60%) BDD
7 8 (18.60%) Performance Testing
7 8 (18.60%) Waterfall
8 7 (16.28%) Project Management
9 6 (13.95%) Information Assurance
9 6 (13.95%) Security Testing
10 5 (11.63%) Analytics
10 5 (11.63%) Data Analytics
10 5 (11.63%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (30.23%) SQL
2 6 (13.95%) Java
2 6 (13.95%) JavaScript
3 5 (11.63%) C#
4 4 (9.30%) PHP
4 4 (9.30%) Ruby
5 2 (4.65%) VB
6 1 (2.33%) C
6 1 (2.33%) C++
6 1 (2.33%) PL/SQL
6 1 (2.33%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 30 (69.77%) ISEB
2 23 (53.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (20.93%) Security Cleared
4 4 (9.30%) SC Cleared
5 3 (6.98%) Degree
6 2 (4.65%) MCP
6 2 (4.65%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (4.65%) OCP
6 2 (4.65%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (4.65%) SAP Certification
7 1 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (18.60%) QA
System Software
1 5 (11.63%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (6.98%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (25.58%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (34.88%) Microsoft
2 7 (16.28%) Oracle
2 7 (16.28%) VMware
3 3 (6.98%) HP
4 2 (4.65%) SAP
5 1 (2.33%) Cisco
5 1 (2.33%) Facebook
5 1 (2.33%) Fujitsu
5 1 (2.33%) Northgate
5 1 (2.33%) Tableau
5 1 (2.33%) Talend
5 1 (2.33%) Twitter
5 1 (2.33%) Vertica
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