The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
North West / Manchester
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 89 92 90
Rank change year-on-year +3 -2  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 1 10 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.076% 0.56% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.51% 4.02% 4.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 3
Median daily rate £320 £278 £265
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.31% +4.71%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £320 £300
% change year-on-year +9.37% +6.66%  
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 Manchester.

Academic & Professional Certification
Manchester
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 197 249 248
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 14.94% 13.93% 15.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 128 117
Median daily rate £403 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.62% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £183 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £680 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 6
Median hourly rate £51.00 £48.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +220.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Manchester

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB in Manchester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in Manchester

For the 6 months to 28 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 Manchester region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 3 (75.00%) ISEB
1 3 (75.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (50.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (25.00%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (25.00%) JIRA
3 1 (25.00%) Selenium
3 1 (25.00%) Test Management
3 1 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 1 (25.00%) System Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Data Migration
3 1 (25.00%) DV Cleared
3 1 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (25.00%) BDD
3 1 (25.00%) Process Improvement
3 1 (25.00%) Functional Testing
3 1 (25.00%) User Stories
3 1 (25.00%) Data Transformation
3 1 (25.00%) JMeter
3 1 (25.00%) Migration
3 1 (25.00%) Scrum
3 1 (25.00%) TDD
3 1 (25.00%) Business Analysis
3 1 (25.00%) Java
3 1 (25.00%) PHP
3 1 (25.00%) ITIL
3 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (25.00%) Microsoft

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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:

Applications
1 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (25.00%) MS PowerPoint
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) JIRA
1 1 (25.00%) JMeter
1 1 (25.00%) Selenium
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Agile Business Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Business Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Digital Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Digital Business Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Service Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Technical Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Test Automation Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Test Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Test Leader
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 1 (25.00%) BDD
2 1 (25.00%) Business Analysis
2 1 (25.00%) Data Migration
2 1 (25.00%) Data Transformation
2 1 (25.00%) Functional Testing
2 1 (25.00%) ITIL
2 1 (25.00%) Migration
2 1 (25.00%) Process Improvement
2 1 (25.00%) Scrum
2 1 (25.00%) SDLC
2 1 (25.00%) System Testing
2 1 (25.00%) TDD
2 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
2 1 (25.00%) Test Management
2 1 (25.00%) Test Scripting
2 1 (25.00%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) Java
1 1 (25.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 3 (75.00%) ISEB
1 3 (75.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (25.00%) DV Cleared
2 1 (25.00%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft
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