The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 22 April 2017 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 / Lancashire
3 months to
22 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 48 43
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 0 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire - 0.24% 0.73%
As % of the Qualifications category - 0.73% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 2
Median daily rate - - £306
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £35.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +11.42% +133.33%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 134 137 154
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 45.42% 32.70% 37.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 76 70
Median daily rate £450 £375 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -2.59%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £250 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £600 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 14 20
Median hourly rate £45.00 £36.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -2.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £13.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £43.60 £55.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.31 £29.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +18.30% +28.88%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Lancashire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 22 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Lancashire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 3 (100.00%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (100.00%) SAS
1 3 (100.00%) ISEB
1 3 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 3 (100.00%) QA
1 3 (100.00%) SQL
1 3 (100.00%) Oracle
1 3 (100.00%) Oracle Database
1 3 (100.00%) Defect Management
1 3 (100.00%) Business Process Modelling
2 1 (33.33%) Java
2 1 (33.33%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (33.33%) Web Services
2 1 (33.33%) XML
2 1 (33.33%) .NET
2 1 (33.33%) WATIR
2 1 (33.33%) Selenium
2 1 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
2 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 1 (33.33%) Sahi
2 1 (33.33%) Open Source
2 1 (33.33%) BDD
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Testing
2 1 (33.33%) HP UFT
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) TDD
2 1 (33.33%) Ruby

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 3 (100.00%) SAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (100.00%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (100.00%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) HP UFT
1 1 (33.33%) Sahi
1 1 (33.33%) Selenium
1 1 (33.33%) WATIR
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Digital Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) .NET
1 1 (33.33%) Web Services
1 1 (33.33%) XML
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) Business Process Modelling
1 3 (100.00%) Defect Management
1 3 (100.00%) Software Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Testing
2 1 (33.33%) BDD
2 1 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
2 1 (33.33%) Open Source
2 1 (33.33%) TDD
2 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 3 (100.00%) SQL
2 1 (33.33%) Java
2 1 (33.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) ISEB
2 1 (33.33%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) Oracle