Period
to 24 September 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 24 September 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
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 87 83 108
Rank change year-on-year -4 +25 +3
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 6 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.47% 0.24% 0.058%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.31% 1.55% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 1
Cheshire median daily rate £310 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.48% +3.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £283 £351 £338
90th Percentile £363 £369 £363
North West median daily rate £350 £335 £300
% change year-on-year +4.48% +11.67% -10.45%
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 260 193 336
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 20.23% 15.70% 19.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 121 216
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £363 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -14.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £223 £215 £263
90th Percentile £556 £500 £585
North West median daily rate £406 £408 £413
% change year-on-year -0.31% -1.21% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 16 6
Cheshire median hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +52.38% +23.53%
10th Percentile £17.50 £26.00 £14.43
90th Percentile £67.50 £66.13 £51.25
North West median hourly rate £31.75 £40.00 £35.47
% change year-on-year -20.64% +12.79% +41.18%

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
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 24 September 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 - 5 £310 - 3
ISTQB
North West

For the 6 months to 24 September 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 6 (100.00%) ISEB
2 5 (83.33%) Test Automation
3 4 (66.67%) Finance
3 4 (66.67%) QA
3 4 (66.67%) Selenium
3 4 (66.67%) Test Scripting
4 2 (33.33%) SQL
5 1 (16.67%) T-SQL
5 1 (16.67%) Oracle
5 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
5 1 (16.67%) SOAP
5 1 (16.67%) XML
5 1 (16.67%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (16.67%) ETL
5 1 (16.67%) Microsoft
5 1 (16.67%) Validation
5 1 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (16.67%) Scrum
5 1 (16.67%) Ab Initio
5 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (16.67%) NUnit
5 1 (16.67%) Google
5 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
5 1 (16.67%) BDD
5 1 (16.67%) Apple iOS
5 1 (16.67%) Twitter
5 1 (16.67%) Vertica
5 1 (16.67%) Big Data
5 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing

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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) Big Data
1 1 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (16.67%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (66.67%) Selenium
2 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
2 1 (16.67%) JMeter
2 1 (16.67%) LoadRunner
2 1 (16.67%) LoadUI
2 1 (16.67%) NUnit
General
1 4 (66.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (83.33%) Analyst
1 5 (83.33%) Test Analyst
2 3 (50.00%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Lead Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) QA Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) JSON
1 1 (16.67%) SOAP
1 1 (16.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Android
1 1 (16.67%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (83.33%) Test Automation
2 4 (66.67%) Test Scripting
3 1 (16.67%) Acceptance Criteria
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (16.67%) BDD
3 1 (16.67%) Commercial Awareness
3 1 (16.67%) ETL
3 1 (16.67%) Exploratory Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Integration Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Kimball Methodology
3 1 (16.67%) Manual Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
3 1 (16.67%) Release Management
3 1 (16.67%) Risk Analysis
3 1 (16.67%) Scrum
3 1 (16.67%) User Stories
3 1 (16.67%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (16.67%) ANSI SQL
2 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
2 1 (16.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) ISEB
2 1 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (66.67%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Ab Initio
1 1 (16.67%) Google
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft
1 1 (16.67%) Oracle
1 1 (16.67%) Talend
1 1 (16.67%) Twitter
1 1 (16.67%) Vertica