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 September 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
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 141 128 130
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +2
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 13 42 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.37% 0.95% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.09% 4.91% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 15 10
Median daily rate £300 £356 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +11.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £254 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £438 £338
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
-0.73% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.18 £34.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-28.89% +151.85%
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
623 856 624
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.58% 19.36% 19.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 499 335
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £543 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 60 58
Median hourly rate £25.00 £34.95 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.46% +55.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.98 £15.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £50.80 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

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 27 September 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 27 September 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
Manchester -15 8 £300 -6.25% 5
Merseyside - 3 £300 -
Lancashire +10 2 £375 -14.28%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 September 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 29 (80.56%) ISEB
2 18 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 18 (50.00%) Defect Management
3 17 (47.22%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (44.44%) Integration Testing
4 16 (44.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 15 (41.67%) SQL
6 14 (38.89%) Test Management
7 13 (36.11%) Test Scripting
7 13 (36.11%) Regression Testing
8 12 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (27.78%) Finance
10 9 (25.00%) Oracle
11 8 (22.22%) Web Testing
11 8 (22.22%) JIRA
12 7 (19.44%) HP Quality Center
12 7 (19.44%) Degree
12 7 (19.44%) Retail
12 7 (19.44%) Java
12 7 (19.44%) E-Commerce
12 7 (19.44%) Functional Testing
13 6 (16.67%) MS Excel
13 6 (16.67%) SAP
13 6 (16.67%) XML
13 6 (16.67%) Microsoft
13 6 (16.67%) HP
13 6 (16.67%) Project Management
13 6 (16.67%) QA
13 6 (16.67%) System Testing
14 5 (13.89%) Oracle EBS R12

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 2 (5.56%) SAS
2 1 (2.78%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (2.78%) CMS
2 1 (2.78%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (16.67%) MS Excel
2 5 (13.89%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (13.89%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (11.11%) Magento
2 4 (11.11%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (2.78%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (2.78%) SAP BPC
3 1 (2.78%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.33%) Internet
2 1 (2.78%) Network Security
2 1 (2.78%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.33%) Relational Database
2 2 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (5.56%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (22.22%) JIRA
2 2 (5.56%) HP UFT
2 2 (5.56%) LoadRunner
2 2 (5.56%) Selenium
2 2 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.78%) CaliberRM
3 1 (2.78%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 10 (27.78%) Finance
2 7 (19.44%) Retail
3 2 (5.56%) Banking
3 2 (5.56%) Games
3 2 (5.56%) Online Betting
4 1 (2.78%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.78%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (55.56%) Analyst
1 20 (55.56%) Test Analyst
2 8 (22.22%) Agile Test Analyst
3 6 (16.67%) Test Manager
4 5 (13.89%) Test Leader
5 3 (8.33%) E-Commerce Analyst
5 3 (8.33%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
5 3 (8.33%) SAP Analyst
5 3 (8.33%) SAP Test Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) ERP Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Oracle Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Tester
6 2 (5.56%) Web Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Web Test Analyst
7 1 (2.78%) Integration Manager
7 1 (2.78%) Test Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (16.67%) XML
2 2 (5.56%) SOAP
3 1 (2.78%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (5.56%) EPoS
1 2 (5.56%) Mainframe
1 2 (5.56%) Psychology
2 1 (2.78%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.78%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.78%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (50.00%) Defect Management
1 18 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 17 (47.22%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (44.44%) Integration Testing
4 14 (38.89%) Test Management
5 13 (36.11%) Regression Testing
5 13 (36.11%) Test Scripting
6 12 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (22.22%) Web Testing
8 7 (19.44%) E-Commerce
8 7 (19.44%) Functional Testing
9 6 (16.67%) Project Management
9 6 (16.67%) System Testing
10 5 (13.89%) BDD
10 5 (13.89%) Performance Testing
10 5 (13.89%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (13.89%) Stress Testing
10 5 (13.89%) Test Strategy
11 4 (11.11%) ERP
11 4 (11.11%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 15 (41.67%) SQL
2 7 (19.44%) Java
3 5 (13.89%) JavaScript
3 5 (13.89%) PHP
4 4 (11.11%) Ruby
5 3 (8.33%) C
5 3 (8.33%) PL/SQL
5 3 (8.33%) VB
6 1 (2.78%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (80.56%) ISEB
2 16 (44.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (19.44%) Degree
4 3 (8.33%) Security Cleared
5 2 (5.56%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (5.56%) MCP
5 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (5.56%) OCP
5 2 (5.56%) Oracle Certification
5 2 (5.56%) SAP Certification
6 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (16.67%) QA
2 2 (5.56%) SLA
3 1 (2.78%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 7 (19.44%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (25.00%) Oracle
2 6 (16.67%) HP
2 6 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 6 (16.67%) SAP
3 1 (2.78%) Cisco
3 1 (2.78%) IBM
3 1 (2.78%) Tableau
3 1 (2.78%) Talend
3 1 (2.78%) Twitter
3 1 (2.78%) Vertica