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

Location
3 months to
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 142 187 209
Rank change year-on-year
+45 +22
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 103 65 55
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.54% 0.92% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.63% 3.71% 3.05%
Number of salaries quoted 88 54 41
Average salary £32,500 £30,000 £30,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+8.33% -1.63%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,200 £27,500 £19,000
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £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
1829 1751 1804
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 27.31% 24.82% 24.36%
Number of salaries quoted 1427 1383 1459
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 £24,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £50,000 £51,000
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 31 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 31 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 +21 63 £32,500 +8.33% 3
Merseyside +29 22 £31,500 +8.62% 4
Cheshire +6 16 £31,500 +1.61% 5
Lancashire +4 2 £42,500 +15.64% 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 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.

1 152 (76.38%) ISEB
2 96 (48.24%) Software Testing
3 95 (47.74%) Agile Software Development
4 89 (44.72%) SQL
5 86 (43.22%) QA
6 84 (42.21%) Finance
7 60 (30.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 49 (24.62%) Test Scripting
9 47 (23.62%) Selenium
10 45 (22.61%) Analytical Skills
11 44 (22.11%) Degree
12 43 (21.61%) Microsoft
13 38 (19.10%) Automated Testing
13 38 (19.10%) Team Foundation Server
14 36 (18.09%) Test Strategy
15 35 (17.59%) Time Management
16 34 (17.09%) Test Management
16 34 (17.09%) Windows
17 31 (15.58%) ITIL
18 29 (14.57%) Test Automation
19 28 (14.07%) Scrum
20 27 (13.57%) Oracle
20 27 (13.57%) Android
20 27 (13.57%) User Acceptance Testing
20 27 (13.57%) Performance Testing
20 27 (13.57%) Apple iOS
21 24 (12.06%) Manual Testing
21 24 (12.06%) .NET
21 24 (12.06%) Change Management
22 23 (11.56%) Banking

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 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.

Applications
1 12 (6.03%) MS Office
2 8 (4.02%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.51%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (5.03%) Oracle EBS
1 10 (5.03%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.01%) TCP/IP
2 3 (1.51%) HTTP
3 1 (0.50%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.50%) Internet
3 1 (0.50%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (8.54%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.53%) Oracle Reports
3 9 (4.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (4.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (4.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (3.02%) Oracle Database
5 5 (2.51%) Relational Database
5 5 (2.51%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (2.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.01%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 47 (23.62%) Selenium
2 38 (19.10%) Team Foundation Server
3 18 (9.05%) QuickTest Pro
4 9 (4.52%) TestDirector
5 4 (2.01%) JIRA
6 3 (1.51%) Visual Studio
6 3 (1.51%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.01%) TestComplete
7 2 (1.01%) LoadRunner
7 2 (1.01%) UltraEdit
8 1 (0.50%) Facilita Forecast
8 1 (0.50%) JMeter
8 1 (0.50%) Subversion
8 1 (0.50%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.50%) JUnit
8 1 (0.50%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.50%) FogBugz
8 1 (0.50%) Sahi
8 1 (0.50%) RSpec
8 1 (0.50%) WebDriver
General
1 84 (42.21%) Finance
2 23 (11.56%) Banking
3 22 (11.06%) Retail
4 5 (2.51%) Games
5 3 (1.51%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.51%) Marketing
6 2 (1.01%) Billing
6 2 (1.01%) Law
7 1 (0.50%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.50%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.50%) Back Office
7 1 (0.50%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.50%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 95 (47.74%) Analyst
2 91 (45.73%) Test Analyst
3 36 (18.09%) Test Manager
4 34 (17.09%) Tester
5 19 (9.55%) Software Tester
6 18 (9.05%) Test Leader
7 16 (8.04%) Defect Manager
8 12 (6.03%) Selenium Test Analyst
8 12 (6.03%) Test Engineer
9 11 (5.53%) Senior Manager
9 11 (5.53%) Senior Test Manager
10 10 (5.03%) Software Test Analyst
10 10 (5.03%) Senior Test Analyst
10 10 (5.03%) Senior Analyst
10 10 (5.03%) QA Analyst
11 9 (4.52%) QA Manager
11 9 (4.52%) Environment Manager
12 8 (4.02%) Software Test Engineer
12 8 (4.02%) Software Engineer
13 7 (3.52%) Automated Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (12.06%) .NET
2 12 (6.03%) Web Services
3 4 (2.01%) FIX Protocol
4 2 (1.01%) XML
4 2 (1.01%) Middleware
5 1 (0.50%) Gherkin
5 1 (0.50%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.50%) COM
5 1 (0.50%) CSS
5 1 (0.50%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 45 (22.61%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.53%) Mobile App
3 12 (6.03%) Management Information System
4 6 (3.02%) Data Integration
5 5 (2.51%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.51%) Open Source
6 2 (1.01%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.01%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.50%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.50%) Replication
7 1 (0.50%) Interactive TV
7 1 (0.50%) Biotechnology
Operating Systems
1 34 (17.09%) Windows
2 27 (13.57%) Android
2 27 (13.57%) Apple iOS
3 9 (4.52%) Windows Server 2012
3 9 (4.52%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (3.02%) Linux
5 5 (2.51%) UNIX
6 2 (1.01%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (48.24%) Software Testing
2 95 (47.74%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (24.62%) Test Scripting
4 38 (19.10%) Automated Testing
5 36 (18.09%) Test Strategy
6 35 (17.59%) Time Management
7 34 (17.09%) Test Management
8 31 (15.58%) ITIL
9 29 (14.57%) Test Automation
10 28 (14.07%) Scrum
11 27 (13.57%) User Acceptance Testing
11 27 (13.57%) Performance Testing
12 24 (12.06%) Change Management
12 24 (12.06%) Manual Testing
13 23 (11.56%) Waterfall
13 23 (11.56%) Project Management
14 22 (11.06%) PRINCE
14 22 (11.06%) Mentoring
15 20 (10.05%) Stakeholder Management
16 19 (9.55%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 89 (44.72%) SQL
2 15 (7.54%) C#
3 9 (4.52%) PowerShell
4 4 (2.01%) Python
5 3 (1.51%) Java
5 3 (1.51%) Perl
6 1 (0.50%) C
6 1 (0.50%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.50%) Ruby
6 1 (0.50%) Groovy
6 1 (0.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 152 (76.38%) ISEB
2 60 (30.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 44 (22.11%) Degree
4 10 (5.03%) ISEB Practitioner
5 3 (1.51%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.01%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 2 (1.01%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (43.22%) QA
2 15 (7.54%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 12 (6.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 43 (21.61%) Microsoft
2 27 (13.57%) Oracle
3 18 (9.05%) VMware
4 8 (4.02%) HP
5 3 (1.51%) Telerik
6 2 (1.01%) Aquila
7 1 (0.50%) VocaLink
7 1 (0.50%) ION Trading
7 1 (0.50%) IBM
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