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 27 April 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 129 119 105
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -14
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 24 14 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.62% 0.46% 0.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.96% 2.30% 2.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 11 6
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£265 £310 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.51% -11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £300 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £343 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £10.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+44.57% -65.41%
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
810 609 451
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.89% 19.86% 18.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 360 297 196
Average daily rate £388 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £210 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 83 35
Average hourly rate £38.50 £18.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+113.88% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £14.30 £12.77
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £37.06 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -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 27 April 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 27 April 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 -6 11 £265 -14.51% 6
Merseyside -10 9 £253 -18.54% 1
Lancashire +6 3 £306 -5.76% 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 32 (72.73%) ISEB
2 18 (40.91%) Finance
3 16 (36.36%) Test Scripting
4 15 (34.09%) HP Quality Center
4 15 (34.09%) HP
5 14 (31.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (29.55%) Software Testing
7 11 (25.00%) Integration Testing
8 10 (22.73%) Test Management
8 10 (22.73%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
10 8 (18.18%) QA
10 8 (18.18%) SQL
10 8 (18.18%) Oracle
10 8 (18.18%) Test Strategy
11 7 (15.91%) Security Cleared
12 6 (13.64%) Manual Testing
12 6 (13.64%) SC Cleared
13 5 (11.36%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 5 (11.36%) Banking
14 4 (9.09%) Retail
14 4 (9.09%) UNIX
14 4 (9.09%) Test Planning
14 4 (9.09%) Non-Functional Testing
14 4 (9.09%) Performance Testing
14 4 (9.09%) Security Testing
15 3 (6.82%) Test Automation
15 3 (6.82%) System Testing
15 3 (6.82%) Automation Testing
15 3 (6.82%) Functional Testing

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 2 (4.55%) WebLogic
1 2 (4.55%) Apache
1 2 (4.55%) Tomcat
1 2 (4.55%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 1 (2.27%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (4.55%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (2.27%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.55%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.82%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.55%) MS Access
2 2 (4.55%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.27%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (4.55%) Selenium
General
1 18 (40.91%) Finance
2 5 (11.36%) Banking
3 4 (9.09%) Retail
4 1 (2.27%) Local Government
4 1 (2.27%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 25 (56.82%) Analyst
2 23 (52.27%) Test Analyst
3 7 (15.91%) Tester
4 6 (13.64%) Test Manager
4 6 (13.64%) Test Engineer
4 6 (13.64%) Test Leader
5 4 (9.09%) Senior Test Analyst
5 4 (9.09%) Senior Test Engineer
5 4 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (6.82%) Test Consultant
6 3 (6.82%) Consultant
6 3 (6.82%) Functional Analyst
6 3 (6.82%) Functional Test Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Non-Functional Tester
7 2 (4.55%) Automation Tester
7 2 (4.55%) Automation Engineer
7 2 (4.55%) Software Tester
8 1 (2.27%) Senior Consultant
8 1 (2.27%) QA Test Analyst
8 1 (2.27%) Applications Tester
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.55%) N-Tier
1 2 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (9.09%) UNIX
2 2 (4.55%) HPUX
2 2 (4.55%) Linux
2 2 (4.55%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (36.36%) Test Scripting
2 13 (29.55%) Software Testing
3 11 (25.00%) Integration Testing
4 10 (22.73%) Test Management
4 10 (22.73%) User Acceptance Testing
5 9 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (18.18%) Test Strategy
7 6 (13.64%) Manual Testing
8 4 (9.09%) Security Testing
8 4 (9.09%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (9.09%) Test Planning
8 4 (9.09%) Performance Testing
9 3 (6.82%) Automation Testing
9 3 (6.82%) Functional Testing
9 3 (6.82%) Software Engineering
9 3 (6.82%) System Testing
9 3 (6.82%) Test Automation
10 2 (4.55%) Information Assurance
10 2 (4.55%) Web Testing
10 2 (4.55%) Statistical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 8 (18.18%) SQL
2 2 (4.55%) VB
2 2 (4.55%) FoxPro (VFP)
2 2 (4.55%) Java
Qualifications
1 32 (72.73%) ISEB
2 14 (31.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (15.91%) Security Cleared
4 6 (13.64%) SC Cleared
5 5 (11.36%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 3 (6.82%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (18.18%) QA
2 1 (2.27%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 15 (34.09%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (34.09%) HP
2 8 (18.18%) Oracle
3 2 (4.55%) Siebel
3 2 (4.55%) TIBCO
4 1 (2.27%) Actimize
4 1 (2.27%) Capita
4 1 (2.27%) IBM
4 1 (2.27%) Microsoft
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