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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 124 126 103
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -23
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 25 7 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.73% 0.25% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.15% 1.31% 3.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 10
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£265 £275 £331
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.63% -16.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £275 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £303 £452
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.93 £11.75 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+27.02% -59.13%
ISTQB
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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
794 534 430
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 23.03% 19.40% 18.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 374 221 200
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £223 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £546 £580 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 74 36
Average hourly rate £46.00 £17.50 £18.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+162.85% -3.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £13.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £36.35 £28.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -33.33%

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
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 4 March 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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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 0 16 £240 -22.58% 4
Manchester -10 7 £298 +8.18% 7
Lancashire - 2 - -
Cheshire - - - - 3
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 (72.50%) ISEB
2 17 (42.50%) Finance
3 15 (37.50%) Software Testing
4 13 (32.50%) Test Scripting
4 13 (32.50%) HP Quality Center
4 13 (32.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 11 (27.50%) Integration Testing
5 11 (27.50%) User Acceptance Testing
5 11 (27.50%) HP
6 9 (22.50%) Test Management
7 7 (17.50%) Test Strategy
7 7 (17.50%) Manual Testing
8 6 (15.00%) QA
8 6 (15.00%) SQL
8 6 (15.00%) Oracle
9 5 (12.50%) Windows
9 5 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (10.00%) Test Planning
10 4 (10.00%) Retail
10 4 (10.00%) Validation
11 3 (7.50%) Regression Testing
11 3 (7.50%) TDD
11 3 (7.50%) Banking
11 3 (7.50%) Windows Mobile
11 3 (7.50%) JIRA
11 3 (7.50%) Performance Testing
11 3 (7.50%) System Testing
11 3 (7.50%) SC Cleared
11 3 (7.50%) Security Cleared
11 3 (7.50%) Android

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 2 (5.00%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (2.50%) Oracle Retail
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (7.50%) JIRA
2 2 (5.00%) Selenium
3 1 (2.50%) Cucumber
3 1 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 17 (42.50%) Finance
2 4 (10.00%) Retail
3 3 (7.50%) Banking
4 1 (2.50%) Local Government
4 1 (2.50%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (50.00%) Analyst
2 19 (47.50%) Test Analyst
3 9 (22.50%) Test Engineer
4 6 (15.00%) Tester
5 5 (12.50%) Test Leader
6 4 (10.00%) Senior Test Engineer
7 3 (7.50%) Test Consultant
7 3 (7.50%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (7.50%) Consultant
7 3 (7.50%) Test Manager
7 3 (7.50%) Functional Analyst
7 3 (7.50%) Senior Test Analyst
7 3 (7.50%) Functional Test Analyst
8 2 (5.00%) Automation Tester
8 2 (5.00%) Automation Engineer
8 2 (5.00%) Infrastructure Tester
9 1 (2.50%) Programme Manager
9 1 (2.50%) Software Tester
9 1 (2.50%) QA Test Analyst
9 1 (2.50%) Applications Tester
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.50%) IVR
1 1 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (2.50%) Digital Media
1 1 (2.50%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 5 (12.50%) Windows
2 3 (7.50%) Windows Mobile
2 3 (7.50%) Android
2 3 (7.50%) Apple iOS
3 2 (5.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (5.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (5.00%) UNIX
3 2 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.50%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (37.50%) Software Testing
2 13 (32.50%) Test Scripting
3 11 (27.50%) Integration Testing
3 11 (27.50%) User Acceptance Testing
4 9 (22.50%) Test Management
5 7 (17.50%) Test Strategy
5 7 (17.50%) Manual Testing
6 5 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (10.00%) Test Planning
7 4 (10.00%) Validation
8 3 (7.50%) Regression Testing
8 3 (7.50%) TDD
8 3 (7.50%) Performance Testing
8 3 (7.50%) System Testing
8 3 (7.50%) Functional Testing
8 3 (7.50%) Web Testing
9 2 (5.00%) Security Testing
9 2 (5.00%) Project Management
9 2 (5.00%) Information Assurance
9 2 (5.00%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 6 (15.00%) SQL
2 2 (5.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 29 (72.50%) ISEB
2 13 (32.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (7.50%) SC Cleared
3 3 (7.50%) Security Cleared
4 2 (5.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.50%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (15.00%) QA
2 1 (2.50%) FATCA
System Software
1 2 (5.00%) XenApp
2 1 (2.50%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (32.50%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 11 (27.50%) HP
2 6 (15.00%) Oracle
3 2 (5.00%) AppSense
3 2 (5.00%) Siebel
3 2 (5.00%) Citrix
4 1 (2.50%) Actimize
4 1 (2.50%) Capita
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