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 22 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 158 151 187
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +36
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 95 92 66
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.28% 1.36% 0.91%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.29% 5.88% 3.48%
Number of salaries quoted 66 80 57
Average salary £37,500 £30,000 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+25.00% -7.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £22,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £42,000 £48,500
UK excluding London average salary £37,000 £34,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+8.82% -2.85%
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
1797 1564 1895
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 24.20% 23.10% 26.10%
Number of salaries quoted 1464 1327 1596
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -

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 22 October 2014.

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 22 October 2014. 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 -14 55 £50,000 +66.66% 3
Cheshire -9 32 £30,000 -17.24% 1
Lancashire +5 3 £32,500 -
Merseyside +16 2 £35,000 -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, 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.

1 112 (73.20%) ISEB
2 93 (60.78%) Software Testing
3 63 (41.18%) SQL
4 59 (38.56%) Finance
5 44 (28.76%) Agile Software Development
6 41 (26.80%) Test Strategy
7 38 (24.84%) QA
8 34 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
9 33 (21.57%) Automated Testing
10 32 (20.92%) Manual Testing
11 31 (20.26%) Windows
12 30 (19.61%) Test Management
13 29 (18.95%) Test Scripting
14 28 (18.30%) Regression Testing
15 27 (17.65%) Migration
15 27 (17.65%) HP Quality Center
15 27 (17.65%) Performance Testing
15 27 (17.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 26 (16.99%) Degree
17 24 (15.69%) QuickTest Pro
18 22 (14.38%) Release Management
19 21 (13.73%) Analytical Skills
20 19 (12.42%) Microsoft
20 19 (12.42%) System Testing
21 18 (11.76%) Test Automation
21 18 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
21 18 (11.76%) SQL Server
22 17 (11.11%) ITIL
23 16 (10.46%) Selenium
23 16 (10.46%) Mentoring

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, 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 3 (1.96%) CMS
2 1 (0.65%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (6.54%) MS Office
2 8 (5.23%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.65%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.31%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (1.31%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.65%) Exstream
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.27%) LAN
1 5 (3.27%) WAN
2 3 (1.96%) FTP
3 1 (0.65%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.96%) Oracle Database
2 3 (1.96%) DB2
3 2 (1.31%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.65%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.65%) MySQL
4 1 (0.65%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 34 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
2 24 (15.69%) QuickTest Pro
3 16 (10.46%) Selenium
4 14 (9.15%) LoadRunner
5 11 (7.19%) JIRA
6 9 (5.88%) SilkPerformer
7 6 (3.92%) WebDriver
8 2 (1.31%) Bugzilla
8 2 (1.31%) TestDirector
8 2 (1.31%) WatiN
8 2 (1.31%) WATIR
8 2 (1.31%) UltraEdit
9 1 (0.65%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.65%) Visual Studio
General
1 59 (38.56%) Finance
2 9 (5.88%) Banking
3 8 (5.23%) Back Office
3 8 (5.23%) Marketing
4 7 (4.58%) Front Office
4 7 (4.58%) Retail
5 2 (1.31%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.31%) Billing
5 2 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.65%) Games
6 1 (0.65%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 70 (45.75%) Analyst
1 70 (45.75%) Test Analyst
2 39 (25.49%) Test Manager
3 20 (13.07%) Senior Analyst
3 20 (13.07%) Senior Test Analyst
4 14 (9.15%) Tester
4 14 (9.15%) Test Engineer
5 11 (7.19%) Software Test Analyst
6 10 (6.54%) Software Engineer
6 10 (6.54%) Software Test Engineer
7 9 (5.88%) Consultant
8 7 (4.58%) Implementation Consultant
8 7 (4.58%) IT Consultant
9 5 (3.27%) Performance Test Analyst
9 5 (3.27%) Agile Test Analyst
9 5 (3.27%) Performance Analyst
9 5 (3.27%) Software Tester
9 5 (3.27%) QA Manager
10 4 (2.61%) Senior Tester
10 4 (2.61%) Manual Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (9.80%) .NET
2 10 (6.54%) .NET Framework
3 8 (5.23%) HTML
4 7 (4.58%) HTML5
4 7 (4.58%) CSS3
4 7 (4.58%) XML
4 7 (4.58%) CSS
5 6 (3.92%) Web Services
6 2 (1.31%) jQuery
7 1 (0.65%) Java EE
7 1 (0.65%) Flash
7 1 (0.65%) EDI
7 1 (0.65%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 21 (13.73%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.58%) IBM Mainframe
2 7 (4.58%) Mainframe
3 6 (3.92%) Statistics
4 5 (3.27%) PMI
5 2 (1.31%) Smart Meter
5 2 (1.31%) Open Source
5 2 (1.31%) Social Media
5 2 (1.31%) Biotechnology
5 2 (1.31%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.65%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.65%) Interactive TV
6 1 (0.65%) BBC
Operating Systems
1 31 (20.26%) Windows
2 15 (9.80%) Windows Server 2003
3 14 (9.15%) Windows XP
3 14 (9.15%) Windows Server 2008
3 14 (9.15%) Windows 7
4 12 (7.84%) Linux
5 10 (6.54%) UNIX
6 2 (1.31%) Solaris
7 1 (0.65%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (60.78%) Software Testing
2 44 (28.76%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (26.80%) Test Strategy
4 33 (21.57%) Automated Testing
5 32 (20.92%) Manual Testing
6 30 (19.61%) Test Management
7 29 (18.95%) Test Scripting
8 28 (18.30%) Regression Testing
9 27 (17.65%) Migration
9 27 (17.65%) Performance Testing
10 22 (14.38%) Release Management
11 19 (12.42%) System Testing
12 18 (11.76%) Test Automation
12 18 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
13 17 (11.11%) ITIL
14 16 (10.46%) Mentoring
14 16 (10.46%) Automation Testing
15 15 (9.80%) V-Model
15 15 (9.80%) Project Management
16 14 (9.15%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 63 (41.18%) SQL
2 11 (7.19%) Python
3 10 (6.54%) JavaScript
3 10 (6.54%) Perl
3 10 (6.54%) C#
4 9 (5.88%) VB
5 4 (2.61%) Java
6 2 (1.31%) PHP
7 1 (0.65%) C++
7 1 (0.65%) C
7 1 (0.65%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 112 (73.20%) ISEB
2 27 (17.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 26 (16.99%) Degree
4 16 (10.46%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 15 (9.80%) Security Cleared
6 7 (4.58%) SC Cleared
7 5 (3.27%) CSQA
7 5 (3.27%) PMI Certification
7 5 (3.27%) MBA
8 4 (2.61%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.65%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (24.84%) QA
2 3 (1.96%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 9 (5.88%) VMware ESX
2 5 (3.27%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.31%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 27 (17.65%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (12.42%) Microsoft
2 15 (9.80%) Oracle
3 13 (8.50%) HP
4 9 (5.88%) VMware
5 7 (4.58%) IBM
6 2 (1.31%) ION Trading
6 2 (1.31%) NetApp
6 2 (1.31%) Fujitsu
7 1 (0.65%) Aquila
7 1 (0.65%) Ab Initio
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