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 23 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
23 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England / North West
Rank 164 110 167
Rank change year-on-year
-54 +57
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 82 132 87
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.38% 2.40% 1.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.16% 8.72% 5.05%
Number of salaries quoted 71 112 83
Median salary £37,500 £32,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+15.38% -13.33%
90% offered a salary of more than £28,500 £27,500 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £45,000 £69,500
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £35,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%

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
1331 1514 1724
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 22.41% 27.48% 25.11%
Number of salaries quoted 1012 1177 1441
Median salary £40,000 £37,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of job ads across the North West region citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in 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 23 January 2017.

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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -41 56 £37,500 +1.35% 5
Merseyside -14 11 £32,500 - 1
Lancashire -15 8 £32,500 +14.03% 1
Cheshire -7 7 £37,500 +33.92% 2
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 January 2017, IT jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 93 (71.54%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (51.54%) ISEB
3 64 (49.23%) Test Scripting
4 47 (36.15%) Automated Testing
5 46 (35.38%) Selenium
6 43 (33.08%) QA
7 42 (32.31%) Software Testing
8 40 (30.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 39 (30.00%) SDLC
9 39 (30.00%) Test Automation
10 35 (26.92%) SQL
11 31 (23.85%) User Acceptance Testing
12 30 (23.08%) Scrum
13 24 (18.46%) C#
14 23 (17.69%) Regression Testing
14 23 (17.69%) Continuous Integration
15 22 (16.92%) .NET
15 22 (16.92%) Test Strategy
16 21 (16.15%) Cucumber
16 21 (16.15%) Test Management
17 20 (15.38%) Java
17 20 (15.38%) Python
18 19 (14.62%) JIRA
18 19 (14.62%) Security Cleared
19 18 (13.85%) iPad
19 18 (13.85%) BDD
20 17 (13.08%) Manual Testing
20 17 (13.08%) Automation Testing
20 17 (13.08%) Exploratory Testing
21 16 (12.31%) Integration Testing

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 4 (3.08%) Confluence
2 2 (1.54%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (0.77%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.77%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.54%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.38%) Relational Database
2 5 (3.85%) RDBMS
3 2 (1.54%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.54%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.77%) Big Data
4 1 (0.77%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 46 (35.38%) Selenium
2 21 (16.15%) Cucumber
3 19 (14.62%) JIRA
4 10 (7.69%) JMeter
5 9 (6.92%) Jenkins
6 6 (4.62%) JUnit
7 5 (3.85%) LoadRunner
7 5 (3.85%) SpecFlow
7 5 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (3.85%) TestComplete
7 5 (3.85%) WebDriver
8 4 (3.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (3.08%) HP UFT
9 3 (2.31%) Gradle
9 3 (2.31%) NUnit
9 3 (2.31%) Ranorex
9 3 (2.31%) SoapUI
9 3 (2.31%) TestNG
10 2 (1.54%) Gatling
10 2 (1.54%) JIRA Agile
General
1 10 (7.69%) Finance
2 9 (6.92%) Telecoms
3 7 (5.38%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.08%) Billing
5 3 (2.31%) Marketing
6 2 (1.54%) Advertising
7 1 (0.77%) Banking
7 1 (0.77%) Electronics
7 1 (0.77%) Retail
Job Titles
1 82 (63.08%) Analyst
2 81 (62.31%) Test Analyst
3 30 (23.08%) Tester
4 22 (16.92%) Test Manager
5 21 (16.15%) Software Tester
6 18 (13.85%) Automation Test Analyst
7 17 (13.08%) Senior Analyst
7 17 (13.08%) Senior Test Analyst
8 15 (11.54%) QA Analyst
9 14 (10.77%) QA Test Analyst
9 14 (10.77%) Test Engineer
10 11 (8.46%) Senior Tester
11 10 (7.69%) Lead Test Analyst
12 8 (6.15%) QA Engineer
12 8 (6.15%) QA Test Engineer
12 8 (6.15%) Selenium Test Analyst
12 8 (6.15%) Software Analyst
12 8 (6.15%) Software Test Analyst
12 8 (6.15%) Test Leader
13 7 (5.38%) Senior Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (16.92%) .NET
2 8 (6.15%) Gherkin
3 6 (4.62%) .NET Framework
4 5 (3.85%) HTML
5 4 (3.08%) ISPF
5 4 (3.08%) Web Services
6 3 (2.31%) CSS
6 3 (2.31%) DOM
6 3 (2.31%) Silverlight
6 3 (2.31%) SOAP
7 1 (0.77%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.77%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (13.85%) iPad
2 9 (6.92%) Mobile App
3 8 (6.15%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.85%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.85%) Driving Licence
5 4 (3.08%) Cyberthreat
5 4 (3.08%) IBM Mainframe
5 4 (3.08%) Mainframe
6 3 (2.31%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (2.31%) iSeries
7 2 (1.54%) Replication
8 1 (0.77%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 15 (11.54%) Android
1 15 (11.54%) Apple iOS
2 10 (7.69%) Linux
2 10 (7.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (71.54%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (49.23%) Test Scripting
3 47 (36.15%) Automated Testing
4 42 (32.31%) Software Testing
5 39 (30.00%) SDLC
5 39 (30.00%) Test Automation
6 31 (23.85%) User Acceptance Testing
7 30 (23.08%) Scrum
8 23 (17.69%) Continuous Integration
8 23 (17.69%) Regression Testing
9 22 (16.92%) Test Strategy
10 21 (16.15%) Test Management
11 18 (13.85%) BDD
12 17 (13.08%) Automation Testing
12 17 (13.08%) Exploratory Testing
12 17 (13.08%) Manual Testing
13 16 (12.31%) Integration Testing
14 14 (10.77%) TDD
15 13 (10.00%) Defect Management
15 13 (10.00%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 35 (26.92%) SQL
2 24 (18.46%) C#
3 20 (15.38%) Java
3 20 (15.38%) Python
4 13 (10.00%) Ruby
5 7 (5.38%) C++
5 7 (5.38%) JavaScript
6 4 (3.08%) JCL
6 4 (3.08%) VB.NET
7 2 (1.54%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.54%) C
7 2 (1.54%) Perl
8 1 (0.77%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 67 (51.54%) ISEB
2 40 (30.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 19 (14.62%) Security Cleared
4 15 (11.54%) DV Cleared
5 14 (10.77%) Degree
6 13 (10.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (1.54%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (33.08%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.08%) RACF
1 4 (3.08%) Time Sharing Option
1 4 (3.08%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 9 (6.92%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (3.08%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (3.08%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 9 (6.92%) HP
2 8 (6.15%) Oracle
3 5 (3.85%) Microsoft
4 4 (3.08%) IBM
5 1 (0.77%) SAP
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