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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 48 118 72
Rank change year-on-year +70 -46  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 9 14 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 1.58% 0.86% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.29% 1.53% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 10 0
Median daily rate £375 £338 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £341 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +4.76% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £14.93 £30.00
% change year-on-year +191.45% -50.25%  

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 210 915 227
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 36.97% 56.45% 27.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 359 1614 237
Median daily rate £344 £310 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.96% -8.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £209 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £450 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 208 46
Median hourly rate £32.00 £28.00 £17.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% +63.93%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £18.85 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.70 £36.00 £31.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North East.

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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the North East over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 28 June 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
Durham - 6 £325 -
Tyne and Wear +62 1 £390 +15.55% 2
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 11 (68.75%) ISEB
2 7 (43.75%) Finance
2 7 (43.75%) HP
3 6 (37.50%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (31.25%) Functional Testing
4 5 (31.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 5 (31.25%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 5 (31.25%) Defect Management
4 5 (31.25%) SQL
5 4 (25.00%) LoadRunner
5 4 (25.00%) CRM
5 4 (25.00%) ERP
5 4 (25.00%) Migration
5 4 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (25.00%) Performance Testing
5 4 (25.00%) Test Scripting
5 4 (25.00%) Data Migration
5 4 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (18.75%) Cisco IPCC
7 2 (12.50%) JMeter
7 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
7 2 (12.50%) Manufacturing
7 2 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (12.50%) Retail
7 2 (12.50%) Security Cleared
7 2 (12.50%) V-Model
7 2 (12.50%) JIRA
7 2 (12.50%) QA
7 2 (12.50%) Selenium

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 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (25.00%) LoadRunner
2 2 (12.50%) JIRA
2 2 (12.50%) JMeter
2 2 (12.50%) Selenium
3 1 (6.25%) Cucumber
3 1 (6.25%) Gatling
3 1 (6.25%) HP UFT
3 1 (6.25%) JIRA Agile
General
1 7 (43.75%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Manufacturing
2 2 (12.50%) Retail
2 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (68.75%) Analyst
1 11 (68.75%) Test Analyst
2 4 (25.00%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
2 4 (25.00%) Performance Analyst
2 4 (25.00%) Performance Test Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Financial Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Functional Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Functional Test Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Service Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Telephony Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Tester
4 2 (12.50%) Defect Manager
4 2 (12.50%) Senior Tester
4 2 (12.50%) Service Performance Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Technical Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Technical Test Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) ERP Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) JIRA Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) OAT Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) OAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Unix
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (31.25%) Defect Management
1 5 (31.25%) Functional Testing
1 5 (31.25%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 4 (25.00%) CRM
2 4 (25.00%) Data Migration
2 4 (25.00%) ERP
2 4 (25.00%) Migration
2 4 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
2 4 (25.00%) Performance Testing
2 4 (25.00%) Test Scripting
2 4 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (12.50%) Open Source
3 2 (12.50%) Scenario Testing
3 2 (12.50%) Test Automation
3 2 (12.50%) V-Model
3 2 (12.50%) Waterfall
4 1 (6.25%) API Testing
4 1 (6.25%) Defect Tracking
4 1 (6.25%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
2 1 (6.25%) C
2 1 (6.25%) Java
2 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
2 1 (6.25%) PL/SQL
2 1 (6.25%) VB
Qualifications
1 11 (68.75%) ISEB
2 5 (31.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 3 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (12.50%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) QA
Systems Management
1 6 (37.50%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (18.75%) Cisco IPCC
3 1 (6.25%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (6.25%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 7 (43.75%) HP
2 1 (6.25%) Cisco