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 3 months to 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
England / North West
Rank 123 143 135
Rank change year-on-year +20 -8  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 5 14 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.19% 0.36% 0.42%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% 1.75% 2.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 8
Median daily rate £195 £270 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.77% -26.02%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £228 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £287 £279 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £339 £310 £354
% change year-on-year +9.27% -12.43%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £109.25 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +385.55%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 482 801 732
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.78% 20.88% 20.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 281 398 332
Median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 50 68
Median hourly rate £42.24 £40.00 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.59% -19.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £15.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £62.50 £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing ISTQB Foundation Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the North West over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 26 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
Manchester +13 4 £178 -33.01% 10
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 West region with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 8 (88.89%) ISEB
2 3 (33.33%) ITIL
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 3 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 3 (33.33%) Test Management
2 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (22.22%) VLAN
3 2 (22.22%) JIRA
3 2 (22.22%) Cisco IOS
3 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (22.22%) TDD
3 2 (22.22%) LAN
3 2 (22.22%) CCNA
3 2 (22.22%) WAN
3 2 (22.22%) DHCP
3 2 (22.22%) TCP/IP
3 2 (22.22%) VPN
3 2 (22.22%) DNS
3 2 (22.22%) SSL
3 2 (22.22%) Cisco
3 2 (22.22%) Service Management
3 2 (22.22%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (22.22%) ITSM
3 2 (22.22%) Telecoms
3 2 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (22.22%) BDD
4 1 (11.11%) Process Improvement
4 1 (11.11%) Test Strategy

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top Related 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:

Applications
1 1 (11.11%) MS Excel
1 1 (11.11%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 2 (22.22%) Cisco IOS
1 2 (22.22%) DHCP
1 2 (22.22%) DNS
1 2 (22.22%) LAN
1 2 (22.22%) SSL
1 2 (22.22%) TCP/IP
1 2 (22.22%) VLAN
1 2 (22.22%) VPN
1 2 (22.22%) WAN
2 1 (11.11%) Firewall
2 1 (11.11%) MPLS
2 1 (11.11%) PBX
2 1 (11.11%) VoIP
Development Applications
1 2 (22.22%) JIRA
2 1 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (22.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (55.56%) Analyst
2 4 (44.44%) Test Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Telecoms Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Agile Business Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Automation Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Business Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Cisco Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Digital Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Digital Business Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) LAN Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) LAN/WAN Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Manual Test Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Service Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Test Leader
4 1 (11.11%) Tester
4 1 (11.11%) WAN Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (11.11%) NHS
2 1 (11.11%) Smartphone
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (33.33%) ITIL
1 3 (33.33%) Software Testing
1 3 (33.33%) Test Management
1 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 2 (22.22%) BDD
2 2 (22.22%) Disaster Recovery
2 2 (22.22%) ITSM
2 2 (22.22%) Service Management
2 2 (22.22%) TDD
2 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Automated Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Configuration Management
3 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce
3 1 (11.11%) Informatics
3 1 (11.11%) Migration
3 1 (11.11%) PRINCE2
3 1 (11.11%) Project Management
3 1 (11.11%) Scrum
3 1 (11.11%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (11.11%) Python
1 1 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (88.89%) ISEB
2 3 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 2 (22.22%) CCNA
3 2 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (11.11%) CCNP
4 1 (11.11%) Degree
4 1 (11.11%) DV Cleared
4 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Cisco
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft
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