The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Leeds with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 70 77 77
Rank change year-on-year +7 0  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 18 21 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 1.78% 1.47% 1.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 13.43% 9.25% 8.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 11 7
Median daily rate £325 £325 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £450 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £300
% change year-on-year +12.00% +4.16%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 Leeds.

Academic & Professional Certification
Leeds
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 134 227 163
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Leeds 13.28% 15.92% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 146 109
Median daily rate £375 £410 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.53% +10.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £305 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £593 £447
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 4
Median hourly rate £29.50 £12.75 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +131.37% -29.16%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Leeds

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Leeds 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 Leeds

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Leeds

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Leeds over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Leeds

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Leeds

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 Leeds region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 17 (62.96%) Software Testing
2 15 (55.56%) Manual Testing
3 14 (51.85%) Functional Testing
3 14 (51.85%) Automated Testing
3 14 (51.85%) ISEB
4 11 (40.74%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (37.04%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (37.04%) Visual Studio
6 9 (33.33%) SQL
6 9 (33.33%) Scrum
7 8 (29.63%) SharePoint
7 8 (29.63%) MSTest
7 8 (29.63%) SharePoint 2010
8 7 (25.93%) BDD
8 7 (25.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 7 (25.93%) Exploratory Testing
8 7 (25.93%) Kanban
8 7 (25.93%) Selenium
9 6 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (22.22%) Oracle
9 6 (22.22%) Automation Testing
10 5 (18.52%) .NET
10 5 (18.52%) Degree
11 4 (14.81%) Test Automation
11 4 (14.81%) SQL Server
11 4 (14.81%) MS Excel
11 4 (14.81%) NHS
11 4 (14.81%) SpecFlow
11 4 (14.81%) Analytical Skills
12 3 (11.11%) Agile Testing

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Leeds 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 8 (29.63%) SharePoint
1 8 (29.63%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (7.41%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 4 (14.81%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (14.81%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (37.04%) Team Foundation Server
1 10 (37.04%) Visual Studio
2 8 (29.63%) MSTest
3 7 (25.93%) Selenium
4 4 (14.81%) SpecFlow
5 3 (11.11%) JMeter
6 2 (7.41%) Git (software)
6 2 (7.41%) Hudson
6 2 (7.41%) Jenkins
6 2 (7.41%) Mercurial
6 2 (7.41%) TeamCity
7 1 (3.70%) HP UFT
7 1 (3.70%) JIRA
7 1 (3.70%) LoadRunner
7 1 (3.70%) Selenium IDE
7 1 (3.70%) SoapUI
7 1 (3.70%) Subversion
General
1 2 (7.41%) Finance
1 2 (7.41%) Games
2 1 (3.70%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (51.85%) Tester
2 9 (33.33%) Analyst
2 9 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 6 (22.22%) Software Tester
4 2 (7.41%) Automation Tester
4 2 (7.41%) Games Tester
4 2 (7.41%) Mobile Test Analyst
4 2 (7.41%) Software Manager
4 2 (7.41%) Software Test Manager
4 2 (7.41%) Test Manager
5 1 (3.70%) Agile Tester
5 1 (3.70%) Automation Test Lead
5 1 (3.70%) Digital Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) E-Commerce Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) ERP Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) SharePoint Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) SQL Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) Test Automation Developer
5 1 (3.70%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (18.52%) .NET
2 1 (3.70%) Web Services
2 1 (3.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.81%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (14.81%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (62.96%) Software Testing
2 15 (55.56%) Manual Testing
3 14 (51.85%) Automated Testing
3 14 (51.85%) Functional Testing
4 11 (40.74%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (33.33%) Scrum
6 7 (25.93%) BDD
6 7 (25.93%) Exploratory Testing
6 7 (25.93%) Kanban
7 6 (22.22%) Automation Testing
7 6 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (14.81%) Test Automation
9 3 (11.11%) Agile Testing
9 3 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
9 3 (11.11%) Project Management
9 3 (11.11%) Test Scripting
10 2 (7.41%) Continuous Integration
10 2 (7.41%) Open Source
10 2 (7.41%) Regression Testing
10 2 (7.41%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 9 (33.33%) SQL
2 2 (7.41%) C#
2 2 (7.41%) Java
3 1 (3.70%) C
3 1 (3.70%) PHP
Qualifications
1 14 (51.85%) ISEB
2 7 (25.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (18.52%) Degree
4 3 (11.11%) Security Cleared
5 2 (7.41%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.11%) QA
2 1 (3.70%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 1 (3.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (22.22%) Oracle
2 1 (3.70%) HP
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft
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