The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 / Merseyside
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 40 28
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 0 1 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside - 0.29% 3.29%
As % of the Qualifications category - 1.39% 13.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 7
Median daily rate - £275 £240
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.58%  
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 Merseyside.

Academic & Professional Certification
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 57 72 91
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 17.70% 21.24% 24.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 53 42
Median daily rate £405 £406 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.30% +1.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £485 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 0
Median hourly rate £12.00 £16.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.27% -  
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 Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Merseyside