The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 153 175 212
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +37
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 98 64 60
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.41% 0.99% 0.77%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.55% 4.03% 3.16%
Number of salaries quoted 94 57 44
Average salary £35,000 £29,000 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+20.68% -3.33%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £23,500 £19,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,000 £47,500 £44,250
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £33,750 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
ISTQB
England

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

Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1766 1587 1898
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 25.39% 24.46% 24.22%
Number of salaries quoted 1471 1292 1587
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £50,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT 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
Salary Trend in the North West

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

ISTQB Salary Trend in the North West

ISTQB
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing ISTQB across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

ISTQB Salary Histogram in the North West

ISTQB
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 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
Manchester +20 76 £37,500 +30.43% 12
Merseyside +23 10 £32,500 +18.18% 3
Cheshire -6 8 £27,500 -9.09%
Lancashire -9 1 £50,000 +51.51% 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB.

1 144 (76.19%) ISEB
2 93 (49.21%) Software Testing
3 87 (46.03%) Finance
4 85 (44.97%) SQL
5 81 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
6 67 (35.45%) QA
7 53 (28.04%) Test Strategy
8 49 (25.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 49 (25.93%) Degree
9 48 (25.40%) Team Foundation Server
9 48 (25.40%) Analytical Skills
10 43 (22.75%) Test Management
10 43 (22.75%) Automated Testing
11 40 (21.16%) Windows
12 39 (20.63%) ITIL
13 35 (18.52%) Oracle
13 35 (18.52%) Migration
14 34 (17.99%) Selenium
15 33 (17.46%) Time Management
15 33 (17.46%) QuickTest Pro
16 32 (16.93%) Manual Testing
17 29 (15.34%) Performance Testing
18 28 (14.81%) Microsoft
19 27 (14.29%) Project Management
19 27 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
19 27 (14.29%) Test Scripting
19 27 (14.29%) Automation Testing
20 25 (13.23%) Test Automation
20 25 (13.23%) VMware
21 24 (12.70%) Regression Testing

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.53%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (5.29%) MS Office
2 7 (3.70%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.59%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (5.29%) Oracle Retail
1 10 (5.29%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.12%) LAN
1 4 (2.12%) WAN
1 4 (2.12%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.53%) Broadband
2 1 (0.53%) HTTP
2 1 (0.53%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.64%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.88%) Oracle Reports
3 9 (4.76%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (4.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (4.76%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (3.70%) Oracle Database
5 3 (1.59%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.53%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 48 (25.40%) Team Foundation Server
2 34 (17.99%) Selenium
3 33 (17.46%) QuickTest Pro
4 13 (6.88%) LoadRunner
5 11 (5.82%) TestDirector
6 10 (5.29%) JIRA
7 7 (3.70%) SilkPerformer
8 4 (2.12%) WebDriver
9 2 (1.06%) Cucumber
9 2 (1.06%) TestComplete
10 1 (0.53%) Visual Studio
10 1 (0.53%) ClearCase
10 1 (0.53%) Subversion
10 1 (0.53%) RSpec
10 1 (0.53%) Sahi
10 1 (0.53%) FogBugz
10 1 (0.53%) SpecFlow
General
1 87 (46.03%) Finance
2 20 (10.58%) Retail
3 17 (8.99%) Banking
4 7 (3.70%) Front Office
4 7 (3.70%) Back Office
5 5 (2.65%) Marketing
6 4 (2.12%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.06%) Billing
7 2 (1.06%) Games
8 1 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.53%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 71 (37.57%) Analyst
2 68 (35.98%) Test Analyst
3 55 (29.10%) Test Manager
4 18 (9.52%) Tester
5 15 (7.94%) Test Leader
6 14 (7.41%) Senior Test Analyst
6 14 (7.41%) Senior Analyst
7 13 (6.88%) Test Engineer
8 12 (6.35%) Defect Manager
9 10 (5.29%) Software Test Analyst
9 10 (5.29%) Senior Manager
9 10 (5.29%) QA Manager
9 10 (5.29%) Software Test Engineer
9 10 (5.29%) Senior Test Manager
9 10 (5.29%) Software Engineer
10 9 (4.76%) Software Tester
10 9 (4.76%) Environment Manager
11 8 (4.23%) QA Analyst
12 7 (3.70%) IT Consultant
12 7 (3.70%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (10.05%) .NET
2 11 (5.82%) Web Services
3 9 (4.76%) HTML
4 8 (4.23%) CSS
5 7 (3.70%) CSS3
5 7 (3.70%) HTML5
6 6 (3.17%) .NET Framework
7 4 (2.12%) FIX Protocol
8 3 (1.59%) XML
9 2 (1.06%) jQuery
9 2 (1.06%) Middleware
10 1 (0.53%) Flash
10 1 (0.53%) EDI
10 1 (0.53%) Java EE
10 1 (0.53%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 48 (25.40%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.29%) Management Information System
3 6 (3.17%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.17%) Open Source
4 5 (2.65%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.06%) Smart Meter
5 2 (1.06%) Interactive TV
5 2 (1.06%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.53%) Smartcard
6 1 (0.53%) BBC
6 1 (0.53%) Biotechnology
6 1 (0.53%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 40 (21.16%) Windows
2 20 (10.58%) Windows Server 2008
3 13 (6.88%) Android
3 13 (6.88%) Apple iOS
4 12 (6.35%) Linux
4 12 (6.35%) UNIX
5 11 (5.82%) Windows XP
5 11 (5.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (5.82%) Windows 7
6 9 (4.76%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.53%) Solaris
7 1 (0.53%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (49.21%) Software Testing
2 81 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 53 (28.04%) Test Strategy
4 43 (22.75%) Test Management
4 43 (22.75%) Automated Testing
5 39 (20.63%) ITIL
6 35 (18.52%) Migration
7 33 (17.46%) Time Management
8 32 (16.93%) Manual Testing
9 29 (15.34%) Performance Testing
10 27 (14.29%) Project Management
10 27 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
10 27 (14.29%) Test Scripting
10 27 (14.29%) Automation Testing
11 25 (13.23%) Test Automation
12 24 (12.70%) Regression Testing
12 24 (12.70%) Mentoring
13 23 (12.17%) Waterfall
14 21 (11.11%) System Testing
15 20 (10.58%) PRINCE
Programming Languages
1 85 (44.97%) SQL
2 13 (6.88%) Python
3 12 (6.35%) Perl
4 10 (5.29%) JavaScript
4 10 (5.29%) C#
5 9 (4.76%) PowerShell
6 4 (2.12%) Java
6 4 (2.12%) VB
7 2 (1.06%) C
7 2 (1.06%) PHP
8 1 (0.53%) C++
8 1 (0.53%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 144 (76.19%) ISEB
2 49 (25.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 49 (25.93%) Degree
3 16 (8.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 10 (5.29%) Security Cleared
5 8 (4.23%) ISEB Practitioner
6 4 (2.12%) SC Cleared
7 2 (1.06%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (35.45%) QA
2 3 (1.59%) FATCA
3 1 (0.53%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 7 (3.70%) VMware ESX
2 4 (2.12%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 23 (12.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 35 (18.52%) Oracle
2 28 (14.81%) Microsoft
3 25 (13.23%) VMware
4 8 (4.23%) HP
5 3 (1.59%) Telerik
6 2 (1.06%) Aquila
7 1 (0.53%) NetApp
7 1 (0.53%) ION Trading
7 1 (0.53%) Fujitsu
7 1 (0.53%) VocaLink
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