Period
to 16 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 16 July 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 91 82 108
Rank change year-on-year -9 +26 +4
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 9 3 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.66% 0.25% 0.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.77% 1.50% 2.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 4
Cheshire median daily rate £310 £363 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.48% +13.28% -5.88%
10th Percentile £251 £351 £310
90th Percentile £388 £369 £350
North West median daily rate £350 £335 £300
% change year-on-year +4.48% +11.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate - - -

ISTQB is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Cheshire
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 239 200 450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 17.48% 16.35% 24.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 119 246
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £363 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -14.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £217 £219 £263
90th Percentile £536 £538 £550
North West median daily rate £413 £410 £413
% change year-on-year +0.61% -0.61% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 24 9
Cheshire median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% +24.00% +54.70%
10th Percentile £16.40 £11.91 £13.12
90th Percentile £67.50 £65.00 £70.00
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% -6.98% +22.86%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Cheshire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Cheshire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Cheshire over the 6 months to 16 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Cheshire

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 16 July 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester - 6 £310 - 1
ISTQB
North West

For the 6 months to 16 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 8 (88.89%) ISEB
2 6 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 6 (66.67%) Test Automation
3 5 (55.56%) QA
3 5 (55.56%) Finance
4 4 (44.44%) Selenium
5 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (22.22%) NUnit
5 2 (22.22%) Functional Testing
5 2 (22.22%) SQL
5 2 (22.22%) Oracle
5 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
5 2 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (22.22%) Manual Testing
5 2 (22.22%) Problem-Solving
6 1 (11.11%) Cloud Enablement
6 1 (11.11%) Android
6 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (11.11%) ANSI SQL
6 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
6 1 (11.11%) Conflict Management
6 1 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
6 1 (11.11%) Acceptance Criteria
6 1 (11.11%) HP ALM
6 1 (11.11%) Commercial Awareness
6 1 (11.11%) WebLogic
6 1 (11.11%) SOAP
6 1 (11.11%) XML
6 1 (11.11%) HPUX

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 1 (11.11%) Apache
1 1 (11.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 1 (11.11%) Tomcat
1 1 (11.11%) WebLogic
1 1 (11.11%) WebLogic Integration
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 1 (11.11%) Big Data
2 1 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (11.11%) MS Access
2 1 (11.11%) Oracle Database
2 1 (11.11%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (11.11%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Selenium
2 2 (22.22%) NUnit
3 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
3 1 (11.11%) JIRA
3 1 (11.11%) JMeter
3 1 (11.11%) LoadRunner
3 1 (11.11%) LoadUI
General
1 5 (55.56%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (55.56%) Analyst
1 5 (55.56%) Test Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) Automation Test Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Lead Test Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Manual Tester
4 1 (11.11%) QA Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) QA Manual Tester
4 1 (11.11%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) QA Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Test Leader
4 1 (11.11%) Test Manager
4 1 (11.11%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) JSON
1 1 (11.11%) SOAP
1 1 (11.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (11.11%) Mobile App
1 1 (11.11%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Android
1 1 (11.11%) Apple iOS
1 1 (11.11%) HPUX
1 1 (11.11%) Linux
1 1 (11.11%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) Test Automation
1 6 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (22.22%) Functional Testing
2 2 (22.22%) Manual Testing
2 2 (22.22%) Problem-Solving
3 1 (11.11%) Acceptance Criteria
3 1 (11.11%) Cloud Enablement
3 1 (11.11%) Commercial Awareness
3 1 (11.11%) Conflict Management
3 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
3 1 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Kimball Methodology
3 1 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Penetration Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Process Improvement
3 1 (11.11%) Release Management
3 1 (11.11%) Risk Analysis
3 1 (11.11%) Statistical Analysis
3 1 (11.11%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 2 (22.22%) SQL
2 1 (11.11%) ANSI SQL
2 1 (11.11%) FoxPro (VFP)
2 1 (11.11%) JavaScript
2 1 (11.11%) T-SQL
2 1 (11.11%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (88.89%) ISEB
2 2 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (55.56%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Oracle
2 1 (11.11%) Ab Initio
2 1 (11.11%) Google
2 1 (11.11%) HP
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 1 (11.11%) Talend
2 1 (11.11%) TIBCO
2 1 (11.11%) Twitter
2 1 (11.11%) Vertica