Period
to 22 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 22 February 2018 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
England > North West
6 months to
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 198 199 216
Rank change year-on-year +1 +17 -34
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 7 10 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.13% 0.17% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.75% 0.90% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 9 17
North West median daily rate £338 £300 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +7.14% -25.33%
10th Percentile £316 £194 £250
90th Percentile £349 £448 £422
England median daily rate £350 £308 £350
% change year-on-year +13.82% -12.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - - £34.00

ISTQB Foundation Certification is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 934 1,117 1,542
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.34% 18.87% 18.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 554 671 836
North West median daily rate £415 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.35% +6.25% +6.10%
10th Percentile £200 £231 £250
90th Percentile £588 £625 £548
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 80 94
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £39.38 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +12.50% +39.33%
10th Percentile £13.07 £13.00 £15.92
90th Percentile £67.05 £53.00 £50.56
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £26.83
% change year-on-year -9.09% +2.50% +41.21%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the North West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the North West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the North West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the North West region over the 6 months to 22 February 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +1 5 £338 +8.87% 8
Cheshire - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 - - 2
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 22 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 6 (85.71%) ISTQB
2 5 (71.43%) Oracle
2 5 (71.43%) SQL Server
2 5 (71.43%) ISEB
2 5 (71.43%) Test Scripting
2 5 (71.43%) Oracle Database
3 4 (57.14%) Non-Functional Testing
3 4 (57.14%) Process Improvement
3 4 (57.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 4 (57.14%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (57.14%) Conflict Management
3 4 (57.14%) Statistical Analysis
3 4 (57.14%) VB
3 4 (57.14%) HP
3 4 (57.14%) WebLogic
3 4 (57.14%) HPUX
3 4 (57.14%) Linux
3 4 (57.14%) Apache
3 4 (57.14%) Tomcat
3 4 (57.14%) MS Access
3 4 (57.14%) N-Tier
3 4 (57.14%) SOA
3 4 (57.14%) FoxPro (VFP)
3 4 (57.14%) FTP
3 4 (57.14%) WebLogic Integration
3 4 (57.14%) TIBCO
3 4 (57.14%) SUSE
4 3 (42.86%) Integration Testing
4 3 (42.86%) System Integration Testing
4 3 (42.86%) BPSS Clearance

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 4 (57.14%) Apache
1 4 (57.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 4 (57.14%) Tomcat
1 4 (57.14%) WebLogic
1 4 (57.14%) WebLogic Integration
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) SAP BPC
Communications & Networking
1 4 (57.14%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (71.43%) Oracle Database
1 5 (71.43%) SQL Server
2 4 (57.14%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Selenium
1 1 (14.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 1 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (14.29%) Toad
1 1 (14.29%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Analyst
1 3 (42.86%) Test Analyst
1 3 (42.86%) Test Leader
2 1 (14.29%) Financial Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Functional Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Functional Test Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Non-Functional Tester
2 1 (14.29%) QA Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) QA Test Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) SAP Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) SAP Financial Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) SAP Test Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Test Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Tester
Miscellaneous
1 4 (57.14%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (57.14%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 4 (57.14%) HPUX
1 4 (57.14%) Linux
1 4 (57.14%) SUSE
2 1 (14.29%) Windows
2 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Test Scripting
2 4 (57.14%) Conflict Management
2 4 (57.14%) Non-Functional Testing
2 4 (57.14%) Process Improvement
2 4 (57.14%) SOA
2 4 (57.14%) Statistical Analysis
3 3 (42.86%) Integration Testing
3 3 (42.86%) System Integration Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Software Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (14.29%) Functional Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (14.29%) Requirements Analysis
5 1 (14.29%) Risk Analysis
5 1 (14.29%) Test Automation
5 1 (14.29%) Test Strategy
5 1 (14.29%) Validation
5 1 (14.29%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 4 (57.14%) FoxPro (VFP)
1 4 (57.14%) VB
Qualifications
1 6 (85.71%) ISTQB
2 5 (71.43%) ISEB
3 3 (42.86%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (28.57%) SC Cleared
4 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
5 1 (14.29%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (71.43%) Oracle
2 4 (57.14%) HP
2 4 (57.14%) TIBCO
3 1 (14.29%) Avaya
3 1 (14.29%) SAP