The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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)
England / North East
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 76 67 55
Rank change year-on-year -9 -12  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 8 8 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 1.10% 0.92% 1.07%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.60% 3.04% 4.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 2
Median daily rate £300 £261 £329
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.83% -20.60%  
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 the North East.

Academic & Professional Certification
North East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 174 263 166
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 23.93% 30.16% 25.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 177 86
Median daily rate £360 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.76% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 11
Median hourly rate £37.50 £16.99 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +120.71% +5.13%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.73 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.60 £18.20 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East 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 the North East

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the North East

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the North East region over the 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tyne and Wear -11 7 £300 +14.83% 1
Durham -4 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 27 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 North East region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 9 (69.23%) HP
2 7 (53.85%) ISEB
2 7 (53.85%) Functional Testing
2 7 (53.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
3 6 (46.15%) Cisco IPCC
4 4 (30.77%) Defect Management
4 4 (30.77%) Test Management
4 4 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (30.77%) CRM
4 4 (30.77%) ERP
5 3 (23.08%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (23.08%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (23.08%) Migration
5 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (23.08%) Automated Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Security Cleared
5 3 (23.08%) Data Migration
5 3 (23.08%) Manual Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Risk Analysis
5 3 (23.08%) Test Planning
5 3 (23.08%) Waterfall
5 3 (23.08%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (15.38%) Analytics
6 2 (15.38%) User Stories
6 2 (15.38%) Test Strategy
6 2 (15.38%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (15.38%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (15.38%) Use Case

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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 (7.69%) MS Excel
1 1 (7.69%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (23.08%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (7.69%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (7.69%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (15.38%) JMeter
General
1 2 (15.38%) Finance
1 2 (15.38%) Manufacturing
1 2 (15.38%) Retail
1 2 (15.38%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (69.23%) Analyst
1 9 (69.23%) Test Analyst
2 5 (38.46%) Telephony Analyst
3 4 (30.77%) Test Leader
4 3 (23.08%) Functional Analyst
4 3 (23.08%) Functional Test Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Cisco Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Lead Test Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Tester
6 1 (7.69%) CRM Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) ERP Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Performance Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Performance Test Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Senior Software Tester
6 1 (7.69%) Senior Tester
6 1 (7.69%) Software Tester
6 1 (7.69%) Team Leader
6 1 (7.69%) Test Team Leader
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) IVR
1 2 (15.38%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (53.85%) Functional Testing
2 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
3 4 (30.77%) CRM
3 4 (30.77%) Defect Management
3 4 (30.77%) ERP
3 4 (30.77%) Test Management
4 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (23.08%) Automated Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (23.08%) Data Migration
4 3 (23.08%) Manual Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Migration
4 3 (23.08%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Risk Analysis
4 3 (23.08%) Test Planning
4 3 (23.08%) Waterfall
5 2 (15.38%) Analytics
5 2 (15.38%) Use Case
5 2 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.69%) C
1 1 (7.69%) Java
1 1 (7.69%) PL/SQL
1 1 (7.69%) SQL
1 1 (7.69%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (53.85%) ISEB
1 7 (53.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
2 3 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 3 (23.08%) Security Cleared
3 2 (15.38%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (15.38%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.69%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 6 (46.15%) Cisco IPCC
2 4 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (15.38%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (15.38%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 9 (69.23%) HP
2 2 (15.38%) Cisco