The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the North West region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 123 104 -
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 15 13 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.46% 0.53% -
As % of the Qualifications category 2.31% 2.92% -
Number of daily rates quoted 11 8 0
Average daily rate £310 £303 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.47% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £315 £305
% change year-on-year
-1.58% +3.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.38 £30.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-65.41% +1.69%
Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
648 445 579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.08% 18.16% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 301 194 283
Average daily rate £375 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £150 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £480 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £355
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 38 29
Average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £29.70 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-28.00% -
ISTQB
England

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 16 April 2014.

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 16 April 2014. 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 each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -12 8 £310 -11.42% 3
Merseyside +6 5 £310 -22.50%
Lancashire -19 3 £325 -7.14%
Cheshire -9 2 £310 +103.27%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 21 (87.50%) ISEB
2 13 (54.17%) Software Testing
3 11 (45.83%) QA
4 10 (41.67%) SQL
5 9 (37.50%) Test Scripting
6 8 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (29.17%) NHS
8 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (25.00%) Integration Testing
9 5 (20.83%) Test Management
10 4 (16.67%) Finance
10 4 (16.67%) Oracle
10 4 (16.67%) Windows
10 4 (16.67%) Test Strategy
10 4 (16.67%) Selenium
10 4 (16.67%) Degree
11 3 (12.50%) Mathematics
11 3 (12.50%) Performance Testing
11 3 (12.50%) Security Testing
11 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing
11 3 (12.50%) Oracle Database
11 3 (12.50%) XML
11 3 (12.50%) Linux
11 3 (12.50%) SQL Server
11 3 (12.50%) .NET
11 3 (12.50%) Automated Testing
11 3 (12.50%) Six Sigma
12 2 (8.33%) UNIX
12 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
12 2 (8.33%) Retail

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 1 (4.17%) WebLogic
1 1 (4.17%) Apache
1 1 (4.17%) Tomcat
1 1 (4.17%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Visio
2 1 (4.17%) MS Project
2 1 (4.17%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) SQL Server
1 3 (12.50%) Oracle Database
2 1 (4.17%) MySQL
2 1 (4.17%) MS Access
2 1 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Selenium
2 2 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (8.33%) WebDriver
2 2 (8.33%) Cucumber
2 2 (8.33%) SpecFlow
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (8.33%) Visual Studio
2 2 (8.33%) Toad
General
1 4 (16.67%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (54.17%) Analyst
2 10 (41.67%) Test Analyst
3 5 (20.83%) Test Manager
4 3 (12.50%) Tester
4 3 (12.50%) Software Tester
4 3 (12.50%) Test Leader
5 2 (8.33%) QA Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Web Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Web Test Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) SAP Manager
5 2 (8.33%) SAP Test Manager
5 2 (8.33%) Process Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Integration Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Business Process Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Business Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Contracts Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.50%) .NET
1 3 (12.50%) XML
2 2 (8.33%) EDI
2 2 (8.33%) EDIFACT
3 1 (4.17%) Web Services
3 1 (4.17%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (29.17%) NHS
2 3 (12.50%) Mathematics
3 2 (8.33%) TRADACOMS
4 1 (4.17%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.67%) Windows
2 3 (12.50%) Linux
3 2 (8.33%) UNIX
3 2 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (4.17%) SUSE
4 1 (4.17%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (54.17%) Software Testing
2 9 (37.50%) Test Scripting
3 8 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (25.00%) Integration Testing
5 5 (20.83%) Test Management
6 4 (16.67%) Test Strategy
7 3 (12.50%) Performance Testing
7 3 (12.50%) Security Testing
7 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing
7 3 (12.50%) Automated Testing
7 3 (12.50%) Six Sigma
8 2 (8.33%) UML
8 2 (8.33%) Project Planning
8 2 (8.33%) V-Model
8 2 (8.33%) Test Automation
8 2 (8.33%) Demand Management
8 2 (8.33%) Scrum
8 2 (8.33%) Automation Testing
8 2 (8.33%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 10 (41.67%) SQL
2 2 (8.33%) VB
3 1 (4.17%) VB.NET
3 1 (4.17%) FoxPro (VFP)
3 1 (4.17%) Shell Script
3 1 (4.17%) C
3 1 (4.17%) C#
3 1 (4.17%) C++
3 1 (4.17%) Java
3 1 (4.17%) JavaScript
3 1 (4.17%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 21 (87.50%) ISEB
2 4 (16.67%) Degree
3 1 (4.17%) SC Cleared
3 1 (4.17%) Security Cleared
3 1 (4.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (4.17%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (45.83%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (16.67%) Oracle
2 2 (8.33%) SAP
2 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.17%) HP
3 1 (4.17%) TIBCO
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