Period
to 22 November 2017

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 November 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
England > North West
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 193 204 219
Rank change year-on-year +11 +15 -29
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 13 14 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.23% 0.20% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.31% 1.10% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 13 17
North West median daily rate £275 £315 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.70% +8.62% +5.45%
10th Percentile £110 £207 £250
90th Percentile £349 £485 £391
England median daily rate £325 £300 £340
% change year-on-year +8.33% -11.76% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £33.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year +19.40% +6.35% -

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 989 1267 1690
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.32% 18.47% 19.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 568 748 952
North West median daily rate £400 £421 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.04% +5.31% +7.24%
10th Percentile £200 £229 £253
90th Percentile £550 £597 £575
England median daily rate £426 £424 £400
% change year-on-year +0.66% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 57 108
North West median hourly rate £38.88 £27.50 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.36% -9.90% +52.60%
10th Percentile £14.62 £12.13 £15.31
90th Percentile £53.60 £53.20 £55.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -1.96% +6.25% +26.32%

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the North West over the 6 months to 22 November 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 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 November 2017. 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 +13 8 £163 -48.25% 3
Merseyside - 4 £288 -
Lancashire +16 1 - -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 11 (84.62%) ISEB
2 8 (61.54%) ISTQB
3 7 (53.85%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
4 5 (38.46%) Software Testing
5 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (30.77%) JIRA
5 4 (30.77%) Degree
5 4 (30.77%) Oracle
5 4 (30.77%) Test Strategy
5 4 (30.77%) Test Management
6 3 (23.08%) Functional Testing
6 3 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (23.08%) Siebel
6 3 (23.08%) Finance
6 3 (23.08%) Games
6 3 (23.08%) HP
7 2 (15.38%) QA
7 2 (15.38%) SC Cleared
7 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
7 2 (15.38%) SQL
7 2 (15.38%) Windows
7 2 (15.38%) Test Planning
7 2 (15.38%) Test Automation
8 1 (7.69%) Oracle Database
8 1 (7.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (7.69%) Data Centre
8 1 (7.69%) Defect Tracking
8 1 (7.69%) Smoke Testing

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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.69%) Cisco IOS
1 1 (7.69%) DHCP
1 1 (7.69%) DNS
1 1 (7.69%) Firewall
1 1 (7.69%) IP Telephony
1 1 (7.69%) ISDN
1 1 (7.69%) LAN
1 1 (7.69%) MPLS
1 1 (7.69%) PBX
1 1 (7.69%) SSL
1 1 (7.69%) TCP/IP
1 1 (7.69%) VLAN
1 1 (7.69%) VoIP
1 1 (7.69%) VPN
1 1 (7.69%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) Oracle BI EE
1 1 (7.69%) Oracle Database
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (30.77%) JIRA
2 1 (7.69%) Selenium
2 1 (7.69%) SoapUI
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (7.69%) Toad
2 1 (7.69%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (23.08%) Finance
1 3 (23.08%) Games
2 1 (7.69%) Retail
2 1 (7.69%) Russian Language
2 1 (7.69%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (84.62%) Analyst
1 11 (84.62%) Test Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Mobile Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) QA Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) QA Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Senior Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Senior Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) UAT Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Functional Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Functional Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Network Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Network Systems Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Oracle Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Oracle Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Senior UAT Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Siebel Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (7.69%) Computer Science
1 1 (7.69%) Data Centre
1 1 (7.69%) Management Information System
1 1 (7.69%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) Windows
2 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (53.85%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (38.46%) Software Testing
2 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
3 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (30.77%) Test Management
3 4 (30.77%) Test Strategy
4 3 (23.08%) Functional Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Test Automation
5 2 (15.38%) Test Planning
6 1 (7.69%) Defect Tracking
6 1 (7.69%) Informatics
6 1 (7.69%) Integration Testing
6 1 (7.69%) ITIL
6 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2
6 1 (7.69%) Project Management
6 1 (7.69%) Requirements Analysis
6 1 (7.69%) Risk Analysis
6 1 (7.69%) Service Management
6 1 (7.69%) Smoke Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (84.62%) ISEB
2 8 (61.54%) ISTQB
3 4 (30.77%) Degree
4 2 (15.38%) SC Cleared
4 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
5 1 (7.69%) CCNA
5 1 (7.69%) CCNP
5 1 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (7.69%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) QA
2 1 (7.69%) PMO
Systems Management
1 3 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (30.77%) Oracle
2 3 (23.08%) HP
2 3 (23.08%) Siebel
3 1 (7.69%) Avaya
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco