Period
to 26 May 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 26 May 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
26 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 210 195 208
Rank change year-on-year -15 +13 -14
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 8 10 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.14% 0.18% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.75% 0.96% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 10 12
North West median daily rate £350 £218 £278
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +60.92% -21.62% -30.41%
England median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year - +2.94% -5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
North West median hourly rate £28.00 - -
England median hourly rate £28.00 £41.63 £48.50
% change year-on-year -32.73% -14.18% +115.56%

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 1,062 1,039 1,591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.09% 18.97% 20.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 617 561 838
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +6.49%
10th Percentile £208 £245 £256
90th Percentile £575 £575 £559
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 108 81
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% - +59.24%
10th Percentile £14.68 £11.31 £15.75
90th Percentile £67.50 £55.00 £57.75
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +25.00%

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 26 May 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 -19 7 £350 +66.67% 5
Cheshire - 1 - -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 7 (87.50%) ISEB
1 7 (87.50%) ISTQB
2 6 (75.00%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (62.50%) Conflict Management
3 5 (62.50%) HP ALM
3 5 (62.50%) Problem-Solving
3 5 (62.50%) WebLogic Integration
3 5 (62.50%) TIBCO
3 5 (62.50%) SUSE
3 5 (62.50%) Statistical Analysis
3 5 (62.50%) HP
3 5 (62.50%) Test Scripting
3 5 (62.50%) Process Improvement
3 5 (62.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 5 (62.50%) Non-Functional Testing
3 5 (62.50%) Oracle Database
3 5 (62.50%) FoxPro (VFP)
3 5 (62.50%) VB
3 5 (62.50%) Oracle
3 5 (62.50%) SQL Server
3 5 (62.50%) WebLogic
3 5 (62.50%) HPUX
3 5 (62.50%) Linux
3 5 (62.50%) Apache
3 5 (62.50%) Tomcat
3 5 (62.50%) MS Access
3 5 (62.50%) N-Tier
3 5 (62.50%) SOA
3 5 (62.50%) FTP
4 4 (50.00%) Integration 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:

Application Platforms
1 5 (62.50%) Apache
1 5 (62.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 5 (62.50%) Tomcat
1 5 (62.50%) WebLogic
1 5 (62.50%) WebLogic Integration
Business Applications
1 1 (12.50%) SAP BPC
Communications & Networking
1 5 (62.50%) FTP
2 1 (12.50%) Cisco IOS
2 1 (12.50%) DHCP
2 1 (12.50%) DNS
2 1 (12.50%) Firewall
2 1 (12.50%) IP Telephony
2 1 (12.50%) ISDN
2 1 (12.50%) LAN
2 1 (12.50%) MPLS
2 1 (12.50%) PBX
2 1 (12.50%) SSL
2 1 (12.50%) TCP/IP
2 1 (12.50%) VLAN
2 1 (12.50%) VoIP
2 1 (12.50%) VPN
2 1 (12.50%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (62.50%) MS Access
1 5 (62.50%) Oracle Database
1 5 (62.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (12.50%) Selenium
General
1 1 (12.50%) Finance
1 1 (12.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) Test Leader
2 2 (25.00%) Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) Test Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Financial Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Network Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Non-Functional Tester
3 1 (12.50%) SAP Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) SAP Financial Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) SAP Test Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Senior Test Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Test Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Tester
Miscellaneous
1 6 (75.00%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (62.50%) N-Tier
3 1 (12.50%) Computer Science
3 1 (12.50%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 5 (62.50%) HPUX
1 5 (62.50%) Linux
1 5 (62.50%) SUSE
2 1 (12.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (62.50%) Conflict Management
1 5 (62.50%) Non-Functional Testing
1 5 (62.50%) Problem-Solving
1 5 (62.50%) Process Improvement
1 5 (62.50%) SOA
1 5 (62.50%) Statistical Analysis
1 5 (62.50%) Test Scripting
2 4 (50.00%) Integration Testing
2 4 (50.00%) System Integration Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Test Automation
4 1 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (12.50%) Informatics
4 1 (12.50%) ITIL
4 1 (12.50%) ITSM
4 1 (12.50%) SDLC
4 1 (12.50%) Service Management
4 1 (12.50%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (62.50%) FoxPro (VFP)
1 5 (62.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (87.50%) ISEB
1 7 (87.50%) ISTQB
2 4 (50.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (37.50%) SC Cleared
3 3 (37.50%) Security Cleared
4 2 (25.00%) BC Cleared
5 1 (12.50%) CCNA
5 1 (12.50%) CCNP
5 1 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (12.50%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (12.50%) Degree
Systems Management
1 5 (62.50%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 5 (62.50%) HP
1 5 (62.50%) Oracle
1 5 (62.50%) TIBCO
2 1 (12.50%) Cisco
2 1 (12.50%) SAP