The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT jobs advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 23 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 117 104 144
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +40
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 8 10 3
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.44% 0.62% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.88% 2.34% 0.65%
Number of salaries quoted 8 10 3
Average salary £27,500 £30,250 £26,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.09% +14.15%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £22,000 £23,300
10% offered a salary of more than £31,800 £41,000 £29,300
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £35,000 £33,750
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
ISTQB
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Qualifications Category
Cheshire
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
425 427 463
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Cheshire 23.57% 26.46% 22.00%
Number of salaries quoted 354 300 391
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,400 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £49,400 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing ISTQB across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

ISTQB
Salary Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing ISTQB across the Cheshire region.

ISTQB Salary Trend in Cheshire

ISTQB
Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 23 January 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +14 3 £27,500 +10.00%
Wilmslow - 1 £31,500 -
Crewe - 1 £30,000 -
ISTQB
North West

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT jobs across the Cheshire 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 IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB.

1 38 (92.68%) ISEB
2 24 (58.54%) SQL
3 22 (53.66%) Software Testing
4 21 (51.22%) Regression Testing
5 20 (48.78%) Agile Software Development
6 18 (43.90%) Windows
7 16 (39.02%) Finance
7 16 (39.02%) LoadRunner
8 15 (36.59%) QuickTest Pro
8 15 (36.59%) Performance Testing
8 15 (36.59%) Manual Testing
9 14 (34.15%) System Testing
9 14 (34.15%) Stress Testing
9 14 (34.15%) Integration Testing
9 14 (34.15%) Windows Server 2008
9 14 (34.15%) Team Foundation Server
9 14 (34.15%) Windows 7
9 14 (34.15%) HP Quality Center
9 14 (34.15%) Windows XP
9 14 (34.15%) Windows Server 2003
10 13 (31.71%) UNIX
10 13 (31.71%) Linux
11 12 (29.27%) Test Strategy
12 11 (26.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 11 (26.83%) Security Cleared
13 10 (24.39%) Test Automation
14 9 (21.95%) Test Management
14 9 (21.95%) VMware
14 9 (21.95%) VMware ESX
14 9 (21.95%) SilkPerformer

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT jobs across the Cheshire 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 IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (2.44%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.20%) LAN
1 5 (12.20%) WAN
2 4 (9.76%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (17.07%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (39.02%) LoadRunner
2 15 (36.59%) QuickTest Pro
3 14 (34.15%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (21.95%) SilkPerformer
5 6 (14.63%) JIRA
6 4 (9.76%) Selenium
General
1 16 (39.02%) Finance
2 4 (9.76%) Marketing
3 2 (4.88%) Banking
3 2 (4.88%) Retail
3 2 (4.88%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 26 (63.41%) Analyst
2 23 (56.10%) Test Analyst
3 13 (31.71%) Test Manager
4 5 (12.20%) QA Analyst
4 5 (12.20%) Performance Analyst
4 5 (12.20%) Performance Test Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Software Test Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Senior Test Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Agile Test Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Infrastructure Test Manager
7 2 (4.88%) QA Manager
7 2 (4.88%) Infrastructure Manager
7 2 (4.88%) QA Test Analyst
8 1 (2.44%) Web Analyst
8 1 (2.44%) Web Test Analyst
8 1 (2.44%) Automation Test Analyst
8 1 (2.44%) Test Leader
8 1 (2.44%) Tester
8 1 (2.44%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (17.07%) .NET
2 6 (14.63%) .NET Framework
3 4 (9.76%) FIX Protocol
4 2 (4.88%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.88%) Open Source
2 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.44%) Biotechnology
Operating Systems
1 18 (43.90%) Windows
2 14 (34.15%) Windows XP
2 14 (34.15%) Windows Server 2003
2 14 (34.15%) Windows Server 2008
2 14 (34.15%) Windows 7
3 13 (31.71%) UNIX
3 13 (31.71%) Linux
4 2 (4.88%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (53.66%) Software Testing
2 21 (51.22%) Regression Testing
3 20 (48.78%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (36.59%) Performance Testing
4 15 (36.59%) Manual Testing
5 14 (34.15%) System Testing
5 14 (34.15%) Stress Testing
5 14 (34.15%) Integration Testing
6 12 (29.27%) Test Strategy
7 10 (24.39%) Test Automation
8 9 (21.95%) Test Management
9 8 (19.51%) Waterfall
9 8 (19.51%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (17.07%) Migration
11 6 (14.63%) Release Management
11 6 (14.63%) V-Model
11 6 (14.63%) Mentoring
12 5 (12.20%) Test Scripting
13 3 (7.32%) Automated Testing
13 3 (7.32%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (58.54%) SQL
Qualifications
1 38 (92.68%) ISEB
2 11 (26.83%) Security Cleared
2 11 (26.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (12.20%) SC Cleared
4 4 (9.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.44%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (2.44%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (19.51%) QA
System Software
1 9 (21.95%) VMware ESX
2 5 (12.20%) Active Directory
3 3 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (4.88%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 14 (34.15%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (21.95%) VMware
2 7 (17.07%) Oracle
3 3 (7.32%) Telerik
4 2 (4.88%) Fujitsu
4 2 (4.88%) NetApp
5 1 (2.44%) ION Trading