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 29 August 2014 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 123 124 126
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +2
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 20 8 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.64% 0.28% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.35% 1.62% 2.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 6 8
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.06% -3.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £220 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £313 £397
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £291
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +9.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £16.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.38 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
-58.75% -
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
597 493 643
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.11% 17.20% 19.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 237 326
Average daily rate £350 £320 £359
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -10.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £488 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 52 56
Average hourly rate £22.50 £28.75 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.73% +53.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.50 £11.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.10 £37.50 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
- -9.09%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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
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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
Manchester -6 10 £323 +7.50% 13
Cheshire +3 8 £320 +45.45% 3
Merseyside - 3 £310 - 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 37 (100.00%) ISEB
2 15 (40.54%) Integration Testing
3 14 (37.84%) Software Testing
4 12 (32.43%) Security Testing
4 12 (32.43%) Test Scripting
4 12 (32.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 11 (29.73%) HP
5 11 (29.73%) HP Quality Center
5 11 (29.73%) Performance Testing
6 10 (27.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 10 (27.03%) Oracle
6 10 (27.03%) SQL
6 10 (27.03%) Linux
7 9 (24.32%) VB
7 9 (24.32%) Oracle Database
7 9 (24.32%) Release Management
8 8 (21.62%) Statistical Analysis
8 8 (21.62%) ISEB Practitioner
8 8 (21.62%) SQL Server
8 8 (21.62%) WebLogic
8 8 (21.62%) SOA
8 8 (21.62%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 8 (21.62%) FTP
8 8 (21.62%) Apache
8 8 (21.62%) Tomcat
8 8 (21.62%) MS Access
8 8 (21.62%) N-Tier
8 8 (21.62%) HPUX
8 8 (21.62%) WebLogic Integration
8 8 (21.62%) TIBCO

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 8 (21.62%) WebLogic
1 8 (21.62%) Apache
1 8 (21.62%) Tomcat
1 8 (21.62%) WebLogic Integration
2 1 (2.70%) CICS
Applications
1 3 (8.11%) MS Visio
2 2 (5.41%) MS Project
2 2 (5.41%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 8 (21.62%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (24.32%) Oracle Database
2 8 (21.62%) SQL Server
2 8 (21.62%) MS Access
3 1 (2.70%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 6 (16.22%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (13.51%) Selenium
3 3 (8.11%) JIRA
4 2 (5.41%) WebDriver
4 2 (5.41%) CaliberRM
5 1 (2.70%) TestDirector
5 1 (2.70%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (2.70%) Cucumber
General
1 6 (16.22%) Finance
2 2 (5.41%) Banking
3 1 (2.70%) Billing
3 1 (2.70%) Games
3 1 (2.70%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.70%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 17 (45.95%) Analyst
2 12 (32.43%) Test Analyst
3 7 (18.92%) Tester
4 6 (16.22%) Web Analyst
4 6 (16.22%) Web Test Analyst
5 5 (13.51%) Test Manager
5 5 (13.51%) Non-Functional Tester
6 3 (8.11%) QA Engineer
6 3 (8.11%) Business Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) Process Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) Test Leader
7 2 (5.41%) Business Process Analyst
8 1 (2.70%) Integration Engineer
8 1 (2.70%) Integration Manager
8 1 (2.70%) Test Engineer
8 1 (2.70%) QA Tester
8 1 (2.70%) Automation Analyst
8 1 (2.70%) Agile Test Analyst
8 1 (2.70%) Integration Tester
8 1 (2.70%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (18.92%) .NET
2 1 (2.70%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 8 (21.62%) N-Tier
2 1 (2.70%) Mobile Games
2 1 (2.70%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.70%) Mainframe
2 1 (2.70%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.70%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.70%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 10 (27.03%) Linux
2 8 (21.62%) HPUX
2 8 (21.62%) SUSE
3 3 (8.11%) UNIX
3 3 (8.11%) Windows
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 2000
4 1 (2.70%) Windows XP
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (40.54%) Integration Testing
2 14 (37.84%) Software Testing
3 12 (32.43%) Security Testing
3 12 (32.43%) Test Scripting
4 11 (29.73%) Performance Testing
5 9 (24.32%) Release Management
6 8 (21.62%) Statistical Analysis
6 8 (21.62%) SOA
7 7 (18.92%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (18.92%) Manual Testing
8 6 (16.22%) V-Model
9 5 (13.51%) Test Management
9 5 (13.51%) Project Planning
10 4 (10.81%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (10.81%) Automated Testing
10 4 (10.81%) Waterfall
10 4 (10.81%) Six Sigma
10 4 (10.81%) Scrum
10 4 (10.81%) UML
11 3 (8.11%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 10 (27.03%) SQL
2 9 (24.32%) VB
3 8 (21.62%) FoxPro (VFP)
4 1 (2.70%) Java
4 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 37 (100.00%) ISEB
2 12 (32.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 10 (27.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 8 (21.62%) ISEB Practitioner
5 3 (8.11%) SC Cleared
5 3 (8.11%) Security Cleared
6 2 (5.41%) Degree
7 1 (2.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (2.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (18.92%) QA
2 1 (2.70%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 11 (29.73%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (29.73%) HP
2 10 (27.03%) Oracle
3 8 (21.62%) TIBCO
4 3 (8.11%) Curam
5 2 (5.41%) SAP
6 1 (2.70%) Siebel
6 1 (2.70%) Microsoft