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 3 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 156 168 195
Rank change year-on-year
+12 +27
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 97 69 55
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.41% 1.03% 0.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.82% 4.14% 3.03%
Number of salaries quoted 83 60 38
Average salary £32,500 £30,000 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £23,500 £19,000
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £50,000 £45,000
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £33,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+11.94% -4.28%
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
2011 1665 1818
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 29.18% 24.95% 24.11%
Number of salaries quoted 1624 1336 1452
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £24,500 £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 3 March 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 3 March 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 +18 65 £35,000 +22.80% 7
Merseyside +26 18 £32,500 +15.04% 4
Cheshire +3 12 £30,000 -6.25% 3
Lancashire 0 2 £42,500 +28.78%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 154 (76.62%) ISEB
2 96 (47.76%) Finance
3 94 (46.77%) Software Testing
4 91 (45.27%) Agile Software Development
5 87 (43.28%) SQL
6 76 (37.81%) QA
7 54 (26.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 48 (23.88%) Analytical Skills
9 46 (22.89%) Test Strategy
9 46 (22.89%) Degree
10 45 (22.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 43 (21.39%) Selenium
12 42 (20.90%) Automated Testing
13 40 (19.90%) Test Scripting
14 38 (18.91%) Test Management
15 37 (18.41%) ITIL
16 36 (17.91%) Microsoft
17 35 (17.41%) Time Management
18 34 (16.92%) Windows
19 31 (15.42%) Manual Testing
20 30 (14.93%) User Acceptance Testing
21 29 (14.43%) Oracle
22 28 (13.93%) Performance Testing
23 26 (12.94%) QuickTest Pro
23 26 (12.94%) Project Management
24 25 (12.44%) Scrum
24 25 (12.44%) Waterfall
25 24 (11.94%) Change Management
26 23 (11.44%) Banking
26 23 (11.44%) Test Automation

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 (0.50%) Tomcat
Applications
1 12 (5.97%) MS Office
2 9 (4.48%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.49%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (4.98%) Oracle EBS
1 10 (4.98%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.99%) TCP/IP
2 3 (1.49%) HTTP
3 1 (0.50%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.50%) Internet
3 1 (0.50%) LAN
3 1 (0.50%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (8.46%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.47%) Oracle Reports
3 9 (4.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (4.48%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (4.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (2.99%) Oracle Database
5 4 (1.99%) Relational Database
5 4 (1.99%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.50%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 45 (22.39%) Team Foundation Server
2 43 (21.39%) Selenium
3 26 (12.94%) QuickTest Pro
4 10 (4.98%) TestDirector
5 6 (2.99%) LoadRunner
6 3 (1.49%) SilkPerformer
6 3 (1.49%) JIRA
6 3 (1.49%) WebDriver
6 3 (1.49%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.00%) TestComplete
8 1 (0.50%) Sahi
8 1 (0.50%) RSpec
8 1 (0.50%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.50%) FogBugz
8 1 (0.50%) UltraEdit
8 1 (0.50%) Facilita Forecast
8 1 (0.50%) JUnit
8 1 (0.50%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.50%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.50%) JMeter
General
1 96 (47.76%) Finance
2 23 (11.44%) Banking
3 19 (9.45%) Retail
4 5 (2.49%) Back Office
5 4 (1.99%) Front Office
5 4 (1.99%) Marketing
6 3 (1.49%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.00%) Billing
7 2 (1.00%) Games
8 1 (0.50%) Publishing
8 1 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 89 (44.28%) Analyst
2 85 (42.29%) Test Analyst
3 45 (22.39%) Test Manager
4 25 (12.44%) Tester
5 17 (8.46%) Test Leader
6 16 (7.96%) Defect Manager
7 13 (6.47%) Software Tester
8 12 (5.97%) Test Engineer
8 12 (5.97%) Software Test Analyst
9 11 (5.47%) Senior Test Analyst
9 11 (5.47%) Senior Analyst
10 10 (4.98%) Senior Manager
10 10 (4.98%) QA Manager
10 10 (4.98%) QA Analyst
10 10 (4.98%) Senior Test Manager
10 10 (4.98%) Selenium Test Analyst
11 9 (4.48%) Environment Manager
12 8 (3.98%) Software Test Engineer
12 8 (3.98%) Software Engineer
13 5 (2.49%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (9.95%) .NET
2 11 (5.47%) Web Services
3 5 (2.49%) HTML
3 5 (2.49%) CSS
4 4 (1.99%) FIX Protocol
4 4 (1.99%) HTML5
4 4 (1.99%) CSS3
5 2 (1.00%) XML
5 2 (1.00%) Middleware
6 1 (0.50%) Java EE
6 1 (0.50%) EDI
6 1 (0.50%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.50%) COM
6 1 (0.50%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.50%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 48 (23.88%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.97%) Management Information System
3 11 (5.47%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.49%) Open Source
4 5 (2.49%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.49%) Data Integration
6 2 (1.00%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.00%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.50%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.50%) Interactive TV
7 1 (0.50%) Biotechnology
Operating Systems
1 34 (16.92%) Windows
2 21 (10.45%) Android
2 21 (10.45%) Apple iOS
3 13 (6.47%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (4.48%) Linux
5 8 (3.98%) UNIX
6 4 (1.99%) Windows XP
6 4 (1.99%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (1.99%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.50%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (46.77%) Software Testing
2 91 (45.27%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (22.89%) Test Strategy
4 42 (20.90%) Automated Testing
5 40 (19.90%) Test Scripting
6 38 (18.91%) Test Management
7 37 (18.41%) ITIL
8 35 (17.41%) Time Management
9 31 (15.42%) Manual Testing
10 30 (14.93%) User Acceptance Testing
11 28 (13.93%) Performance Testing
12 26 (12.94%) Project Management
13 25 (12.44%) Scrum
13 25 (12.44%) Waterfall
14 24 (11.94%) Change Management
15 23 (11.44%) Test Automation
15 23 (11.44%) Automation Testing
16 22 (10.95%) Mentoring
16 22 (10.95%) PRINCE
16 22 (10.95%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 87 (43.28%) SQL
2 15 (7.46%) C#
3 9 (4.48%) Python
3 9 (4.48%) PowerShell
4 7 (3.48%) Perl
5 6 (2.99%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.99%) Java
7 3 (1.49%) VB
8 1 (0.50%) PHP
8 1 (0.50%) C
8 1 (0.50%) Ruby
8 1 (0.50%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 154 (76.62%) ISEB
2 54 (26.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 46 (22.89%) Degree
4 10 (4.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 8 (3.98%) ISEB Practitioner
6 5 (2.49%) Security Cleared
7 4 (1.99%) VCP4
8 2 (1.00%) HNC
9 1 (0.50%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (37.81%) QA
2 12 (5.97%) FATCA
3 1 (0.50%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 3 (1.49%) VMware ESX
2 1 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.50%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 18 (8.96%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 36 (17.91%) Microsoft
2 29 (14.43%) Oracle
3 21 (10.45%) VMware
4 9 (4.48%) HP
5 3 (1.49%) Telerik
6 2 (1.00%) Aquila
7 1 (0.50%) VocaLink
7 1 (0.50%) ION Trading
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