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 19 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
19 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England / North West
Rank 164 116 163
Rank change year-on-year
-48 +47
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 79 129 90
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.33% 2.28% 1.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.70% 8.51% 4.91%
Number of salaries quoted 66 108 84
Median salary £35,000 £31,500 £33,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+11.11% -4.54%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,750 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £51,250 £50,000 £47,500
UK excluding London median salary £37,500 £35,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -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
1386 1516 1832
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 23.34% 26.76% 26.22%
Number of salaries quoted 1016 1200 1484
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 £23,500 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,000 £57,825 £57,500
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 19 February 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 19 February 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 -29 56 £37,500 +15.38% 8
Lancashire -7 8 £25,750 -11.20% 1
Cheshire -8 8 £33,250 +18.75% 1
Merseyside -11 7 £32,500 -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 February 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.

1 101 (75.94%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (53.38%) ISEB
3 58 (43.61%) Test Scripting
4 48 (36.09%) Automated Testing
5 42 (31.58%) QA
5 42 (31.58%) Selenium
6 40 (30.08%) Test Automation
7 39 (29.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 36 (27.07%) User Acceptance Testing
9 35 (26.32%) Software Testing
9 35 (26.32%) SQL
9 35 (26.32%) SDLC
10 26 (19.55%) Scrum
11 23 (17.29%) Cucumber
12 22 (16.54%) Regression Testing
12 22 (16.54%) Python
13 21 (15.79%) C#
13 21 (15.79%) Java
13 21 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
13 21 (15.79%) BDD
13 21 (15.79%) Test Strategy
14 20 (15.04%) .NET
15 19 (14.29%) JIRA
16 18 (13.53%) Manual Testing
16 18 (13.53%) Test Management
16 18 (13.53%) iPad
16 18 (13.53%) Security Cleared
16 18 (13.53%) Exploratory Testing
17 17 (12.78%) Automation Testing
17 17 (12.78%) TDD

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 (3.01%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (0.75%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.75%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.76%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.26%) Relational Database
2 5 (3.76%) RDBMS
3 2 (1.50%) Big Data
3 2 (1.50%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.75%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 42 (31.58%) Selenium
2 23 (17.29%) Cucumber
3 19 (14.29%) JIRA
4 9 (6.77%) JMeter
5 8 (6.02%) Jenkins
6 6 (4.51%) JUnit
6 6 (4.51%) LoadRunner
7 5 (3.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 5 (3.76%) SpecFlow
7 5 (3.76%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (3.76%) TestComplete
7 5 (3.76%) WebDriver
8 3 (2.26%) HP UFT
9 2 (1.50%) Bugzilla
9 2 (1.50%) Gatling
9 2 (1.50%) Git (software)
9 2 (1.50%) JIRA Agile
9 2 (1.50%) Ranorex
10 1 (0.75%) Appium
10 1 (0.75%) Gradle
General
1 15 (11.28%) Finance
2 10 (7.52%) Telecoms
3 7 (5.26%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.01%) Billing
5 3 (2.26%) Marketing
6 2 (1.50%) Advertising
6 2 (1.50%) Banking
6 2 (1.50%) Retail
7 1 (0.75%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 84 (63.16%) Analyst
2 83 (62.41%) Test Analyst
3 25 (18.80%) Test Manager
4 23 (17.29%) Tester
5 19 (14.29%) Senior Analyst
5 19 (14.29%) Senior Test Analyst
6 18 (13.53%) Automation Test Analyst
6 18 (13.53%) QA Analyst
6 18 (13.53%) Test Engineer
7 17 (12.78%) QA Test Analyst
8 12 (9.02%) Software Tester
9 10 (7.52%) QA Engineer
9 10 (7.52%) QA Test Engineer
9 10 (7.52%) Senior Tester
10 9 (6.77%) Lead Test Analyst
11 8 (6.02%) Test Leader
12 6 (4.51%) Selenium Test Analyst
12 6 (4.51%) Test Automation Engineer
13 5 (3.76%) Automation Tester
13 5 (3.76%) QA Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (15.04%) .NET
2 9 (6.77%) Gherkin
3 6 (4.51%) .NET Framework
4 4 (3.01%) ISPF
5 3 (2.26%) HTML
5 3 (2.26%) Web Services
6 1 (0.75%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.75%) CSS
6 1 (0.75%) DOM
6 1 (0.75%) Silverlight
6 1 (0.75%) SOAP
6 1 (0.75%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (13.53%) iPad
2 9 (6.77%) Management Information System
3 8 (6.02%) Mobile App
4 6 (4.51%) Computer Science
5 5 (3.76%) Driving Licence
6 4 (3.01%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (3.01%) Cyberthreat
6 4 (3.01%) IBM Mainframe
6 4 (3.01%) Mainframe
7 3 (2.26%) iSeries
8 2 (1.50%) Replication
9 1 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.75%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.75%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 11 (8.27%) Android
1 11 (8.27%) Apple iOS
2 10 (7.52%) Windows
3 9 (6.77%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (75.94%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (43.61%) Test Scripting
3 48 (36.09%) Automated Testing
4 40 (30.08%) Test Automation
5 36 (27.07%) User Acceptance Testing
6 35 (26.32%) SDLC
6 35 (26.32%) Software Testing
7 26 (19.55%) Scrum
8 22 (16.54%) Regression Testing
9 21 (15.79%) BDD
9 21 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
9 21 (15.79%) Test Strategy
10 18 (13.53%) Exploratory Testing
10 18 (13.53%) Manual Testing
10 18 (13.53%) Test Management
11 17 (12.78%) Automation Testing
11 17 (12.78%) TDD
12 16 (12.03%) Integration Testing
13 14 (10.53%) Defect Management
13 14 (10.53%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 35 (26.32%) SQL
2 22 (16.54%) Python
3 21 (15.79%) C#
3 21 (15.79%) Java
4 14 (10.53%) Ruby
5 8 (6.02%) C++
6 5 (3.76%) JavaScript
7 4 (3.01%) JCL
7 4 (3.01%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.50%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.50%) C
8 2 (1.50%) Perl
9 1 (0.75%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 71 (53.38%) ISEB
2 39 (29.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 18 (13.53%) Security Cleared
4 15 (11.28%) Degree
4 15 (11.28%) DV Cleared
5 13 (9.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.75%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.75%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (31.58%) QA
2 1 (0.75%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (3.01%) RACF
1 4 (3.01%) Time Sharing Option
1 4 (3.01%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 8 (6.02%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (3.01%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (3.01%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.75%) Kibana
Vendors
1 8 (6.02%) HP
2 6 (4.51%) Oracle
3 5 (3.76%) Microsoft
4 4 (3.01%) IBM
5 1 (0.75%) SAP
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