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 17 April 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 145 185 199
Rank change year-on-year
+40 +14
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 109 67 65
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.66% 0.94% 0.87%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.12% 3.95% 3.54%
Number of salaries quoted 92 50 47
Average salary £32,000 £32,250 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-0.77% +7.50%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,550 £27,500 £18,800
10% offered a salary of more than £43,850 £50,000 £45,000
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
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
1781 1695 1838
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 27.14% 23.74% 24.46%
Number of salaries quoted 1370 1325 1508
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 £23,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £61,215 £50,000 £52,500
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 17 April 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 17 April 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
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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 +26 60 £32,500 +8.33% 4
Merseyside +39 28 £31,500 -5.26% 3
Cheshire +8 18 £32,000 +3.22%
Lancashire -1 2 £32,000 -20.98% 1
Cumbria - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 149 (75.63%) ISEB
2 94 (47.72%) SQL
3 92 (46.70%) Agile Software Development
4 86 (43.65%) Software Testing
4 86 (43.65%) Finance
5 85 (43.15%) QA
6 63 (31.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 57 (28.93%) Test Scripting
8 52 (26.40%) Microsoft
9 47 (23.86%) Analytical Skills
10 46 (23.35%) Selenium
11 42 (21.32%) Degree
12 37 (18.78%) Team Foundation Server
12 37 (18.78%) Automated Testing
13 36 (18.27%) Test Strategy
14 35 (17.77%) Windows
15 34 (17.26%) Test Management
15 34 (17.26%) Test Automation
16 32 (16.24%) Time Management
17 29 (14.72%) ITIL
17 29 (14.72%) User Acceptance Testing
18 27 (13.71%) Android
18 27 (13.71%) Apple iOS
18 27 (13.71%) .NET
18 27 (13.71%) Scrum
19 26 (13.20%) Oracle
20 24 (12.18%) Change Management
20 24 (12.18%) Banking
21 23 (11.68%) Retail
21 23 (11.68%) Performance Testing

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

Applications
1 12 (6.09%) MS Office
2 10 (5.08%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.52%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (4.57%) Oracle EBS
1 9 (4.57%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.03%) TCP/IP
2 3 (1.52%) HTTP
3 2 (1.02%) Internet
3 2 (1.02%) Wireless
4 1 (0.51%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.17%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.09%) Oracle Reports
3 10 (5.08%) Data Warehouse
4 9 (4.57%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (4.57%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (4.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (4.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (2.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (2.54%) Oracle Database
6 5 (2.54%) Relational Database
6 5 (2.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 46 (23.35%) Selenium
2 37 (18.78%) Team Foundation Server
3 16 (8.12%) QuickTest Pro
4 9 (4.57%) TestDirector
5 4 (2.03%) JIRA
6 3 (1.52%) Visual Studio
6 3 (1.52%) LoadRunner
6 3 (1.52%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.02%) UltraEdit
7 2 (1.02%) MSTest
7 2 (1.02%) TestComplete
8 1 (0.51%) WebLOAD
8 1 (0.51%) Sahi
8 1 (0.51%) RSpec
8 1 (0.51%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.51%) JMeter
8 1 (0.51%) Bugzilla
8 1 (0.51%) Subversion
8 1 (0.51%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.51%) JUnit
General
1 86 (43.65%) Finance
2 24 (12.18%) Banking
3 23 (11.68%) Retail
4 4 (2.03%) Games
5 3 (1.52%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.52%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.02%) Law
6 2 (1.02%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.51%) Back Office
7 1 (0.51%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.51%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.51%) Billing
7 1 (0.51%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.51%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 96 (48.73%) Analyst
2 91 (46.19%) Test Analyst
3 36 (18.27%) Tester
4 32 (16.24%) Test Manager
5 18 (9.14%) Software Tester
6 17 (8.63%) Test Leader
7 16 (8.12%) Defect Manager
8 12 (6.09%) Selenium Test Analyst
8 12 (6.09%) Test Engineer
9 10 (5.08%) Senior Manager
9 10 (5.08%) Senior Test Manager
9 10 (5.08%) QA Analyst
10 9 (4.57%) Environment Manager
10 9 (4.57%) Automated Test Analyst
11 8 (4.06%) Software Test Engineer
11 8 (4.06%) Senior Test Analyst
11 8 (4.06%) Senior Analyst
11 8 (4.06%) Software Engineer
12 6 (3.05%) QA Manager
12 6 (3.05%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (13.71%) .NET
2 12 (6.09%) Web Services
3 5 (2.54%) XML
4 4 (2.03%) FIX Protocol
5 2 (1.02%) Middleware
6 1 (0.51%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.51%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.51%) COM
6 1 (0.51%) CSS
6 1 (0.51%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 47 (23.86%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.60%) Mobile App
3 12 (6.09%) Management Information System
4 11 (5.58%) Data Integration
5 5 (2.54%) Computer Science
6 4 (2.03%) Replication
6 4 (2.03%) Open Source
7 2 (1.02%) Interactive TV
7 2 (1.02%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.51%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.51%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.51%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 35 (17.77%) Windows
2 27 (13.71%) Android
2 27 (13.71%) Apple iOS
3 9 (4.57%) Windows Server 2012
3 9 (4.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (3.05%) Linux
5 5 (2.54%) UNIX
6 2 (1.02%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (46.70%) Agile Software Development
2 86 (43.65%) Software Testing
3 57 (28.93%) Test Scripting
4 37 (18.78%) Automated Testing
5 36 (18.27%) Test Strategy
6 34 (17.26%) Test Automation
6 34 (17.26%) Test Management
7 32 (16.24%) Time Management
8 29 (14.72%) User Acceptance Testing
8 29 (14.72%) ITIL
9 27 (13.71%) Scrum
10 24 (12.18%) Change Management
11 23 (11.68%) Performance Testing
12 22 (11.17%) Project Management
12 22 (11.17%) PRINCE
12 22 (11.17%) Manual Testing
13 21 (10.66%) Waterfall
14 19 (9.64%) Mentoring
15 18 (9.14%) Stakeholder Management
16 17 (8.63%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 94 (47.72%) SQL
2 17 (8.63%) C#
3 9 (4.57%) PowerShell
4 5 (2.54%) Java
5 3 (1.52%) Python
6 2 (1.02%) Perl
7 1 (0.51%) C
7 1 (0.51%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.51%) Ruby
7 1 (0.51%) Groovy
7 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.51%) VB
Qualifications
1 149 (75.63%) ISEB
2 63 (31.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 42 (21.32%) Degree
4 7 (3.55%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (1.02%) HNC
6 1 (0.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.51%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (43.15%) QA
2 15 (7.61%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 13 (6.60%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 52 (26.40%) Microsoft
2 26 (13.20%) Oracle
3 18 (9.14%) VMware
4 8 (4.06%) HP
5 3 (1.52%) Telerik
6 2 (1.02%) IBM
7 1 (0.51%) Capita
7 1 (0.51%) Aquila
7 1 (0.51%) VocaLink
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