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 3 December 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
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 149 130 129
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -1
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 8 34 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.25% 0.81% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.32% 4.21% 2.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 16 10
Median daily rate £388 £285 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.96% +8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £250 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £368 £353
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £16.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.93 £29.00 £23.42
% change year-on-year
-14.05% +23.83%
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
606 808 631
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.04% 19.30% 19.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 454 318
Median daily rate £450 £396 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% +5.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £525 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.57% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 41 50
Median hourly rate £35.63 £31.35 £17.01
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.65% +84.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £17.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £47.89 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- +44.73%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 3 December 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the North West region over the 3 months to 3 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire +4 5 £375 - 2
Manchester -20 3 £425 +34.38% 8
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 23 (95.83%) ISEB
2 11 (45.83%) Software Testing
3 10 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (37.50%) SQL
4 9 (37.50%) Oracle
4 9 (37.50%) Integration Testing
5 8 (33.33%) Defect Management
5 8 (33.33%) Finance
6 7 (29.17%) Regression Testing
6 7 (29.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (25.00%) System Testing
7 6 (25.00%) QA
7 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (20.83%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (20.83%) SAS
8 5 (20.83%) Oracle Database
9 4 (16.67%) Test Management
9 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
9 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
9 4 (16.67%) Oracle EBS R12
9 4 (16.67%) Test Automation
9 4 (16.67%) Oracle EBS
9 4 (16.67%) Performance Testing
9 4 (16.67%) Stress Testing
9 4 (16.67%) Retail
10 3 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
10 3 (12.50%) JIRA
10 3 (12.50%) Internet
10 3 (12.50%) XML
10 3 (12.50%) SAP

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (20.83%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.17%) MS Office
2 1 (4.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (16.67%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (4.17%) SAP BPC
2 1 (4.17%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) Internet
2 1 (4.17%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (20.83%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (20.83%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) JIRA
2 2 (8.33%) Selenium
3 1 (4.17%) CaliberRM
3 1 (4.17%) HP UFT
3 1 (4.17%) JMeter
3 1 (4.17%) Sahi
3 1 (4.17%) WATIR
General
1 8 (33.33%) Finance
2 4 (16.67%) Retail
3 1 (4.17%) Banking
3 1 (4.17%) Manufacturing
3 1 (4.17%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (50.00%) Analyst
2 11 (45.83%) Test Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) SAP Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) SAP Test Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Test Leader
4 2 (8.33%) Agile Test Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) ERP Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Technical Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Test Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Test Manager
5 1 (4.17%) Business Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Data Warehouse Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Developer
5 1 (4.17%) Financial Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Oracle Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Service Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Software Developer
5 1 (4.17%) Software Tester
5 1 (4.17%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.50%) XML
2 2 (8.33%) SOAP
3 1 (4.17%) .NET
3 1 (4.17%) Middleware
3 1 (4.17%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) EPoS
2 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (45.83%) Software Testing
2 10 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (37.50%) Integration Testing
4 8 (33.33%) Defect Management
5 7 (29.17%) Regression Testing
6 6 (25.00%) System Testing
6 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Performance Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Stress Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Test Automation
7 4 (16.67%) Test Management
7 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
8 3 (12.50%) Agile Testing
8 3 (12.50%) Cybersecurity
8 3 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (12.50%) Waterfall
8 3 (12.50%) Web Testing
9 2 (8.33%) E-Commerce
9 2 (8.33%) ERP
9 2 (8.33%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (37.50%) SQL
2 3 (12.50%) Java
3 1 (4.17%) PHP
3 1 (4.17%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 23 (95.83%) ISEB
2 7 (29.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 2 (8.33%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (8.33%) Degree
5 1 (4.17%) DV Cleared
5 1 (4.17%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (25.00%) QA
2 1 (4.17%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (37.50%) Oracle
2 3 (12.50%) SAP
3 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
4 1 (4.17%) Cisco
4 1 (4.17%) HP
4 1 (4.17%) Twitter