Period
to 19 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 October 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > North West
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 198 180 202
Rank change year-on-year -18 +22 -35
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 19 19 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.32% 0.34% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.69% 1.93% 2.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 10 23
North West median daily rate £325 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +16.67% -14.29%
10th Percentile £295 £258 £272
90th Percentile £385 £404 £395
England median daily rate £375 £350 £341
% change year-on-year +7.14% +2.56% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £39.00 £45.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -13.33% +20.00% +10.29%

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 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 1,124 982 1,393
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 19.00% 17.50% 19.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 660 544 811
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £224 £213 £248
90th Percentile £588 £550 £600
England median daily rate £450 £425 £418
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 79 61
North West median hourly rate £29.00 £40.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.50% +45.45% -7.47%
10th Percentile £14.13 £15.47 £12.08
90th Percentile £64.00 £55.50 £53.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £26.55 £25.50
% change year-on-year -5.85% +4.13% +12.09%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the North West

ISTQB
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 in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the North West

ISTQB
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 in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in the North West

ISTQB
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 within the North West region over the 6 months to 19 October 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 -12 10 £350 +4.48% 20
Cheshire -5 6 £318 -12.41% 9
Lancashire -21 1 - - 3
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 17 (89.47%) ISEB
2 11 (57.89%) Test Automation
2 11 (57.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (47.37%) Finance
4 8 (42.11%) Selenium
5 7 (36.84%) Test Scripting
6 5 (26.32%) Functional Testing
6 5 (26.32%) Cucumber
7 4 (21.05%) Jenkins
7 4 (21.05%) User Stories
7 4 (21.05%) QA
7 4 (21.05%) Scrum
7 4 (21.05%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (21.05%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (15.79%) Migration
8 3 (15.79%) JavaScript
8 3 (15.79%) Oracle
8 3 (15.79%) Banking
8 3 (15.79%) Data Analysis
8 3 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (15.79%) Mobile App
8 3 (15.79%) Appium
8 3 (15.79%) Defect Management
8 3 (15.79%) Scenario Testing
9 2 (10.53%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (10.53%) Protractor
9 2 (10.53%) Customer Requirements
9 2 (10.53%) SDLC
9 2 (10.53%) Virtual Environments
9 2 (10.53%) Virtual Machines

ISTQB
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:

Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) BASE24
1 1 (5.26%) ResourceLink
1 1 (5.26%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) Firewall
1 2 (10.53%) LAN
1 2 (10.53%) TCP/IP
1 2 (10.53%) WAN
2 1 (5.26%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (21.05%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (5.26%) Big Data
2 1 (5.26%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (5.26%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (42.11%) Selenium
2 5 (26.32%) Cucumber
3 4 (21.05%) Jenkins
4 3 (15.79%) Appium
5 2 (10.53%) JMeter
5 2 (10.53%) Karma Test Runner
5 2 (10.53%) LoadRunner
5 2 (10.53%) Protractor
5 2 (10.53%) Ranorex
5 2 (10.53%) Robot Framework
6 1 (5.26%) CA Release Automation
6 1 (5.26%) Git (software)
6 1 (5.26%) HP UFT
6 1 (5.26%) LoadUI
6 1 (5.26%) WebDriver
General
1 9 (47.37%) Finance
2 3 (15.79%) Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (63.16%) Analyst
2 11 (57.89%) Test Analyst
3 5 (26.32%) Automation Test Analyst
4 4 (21.05%) Tester
5 3 (15.79%) Automation Tester
5 3 (15.79%) Data Analyst
6 2 (10.53%) Data Warehouse Analyst
6 2 (10.53%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Environment Manager
7 1 (5.26%) Financial Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Lead Test Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) QA Automation Tester
7 1 (5.26%) QA Tester
7 1 (5.26%) Report Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Service Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Test Environment Manager
7 1 (5.26%) Test Manager
7 1 (5.26%) Workday Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (10.53%) Gherkin
2 1 (5.26%) .NET
2 1 (5.26%) JSON
2 1 (5.26%) SOAP
2 1 (5.26%) Web Services
2 1 (5.26%) WPF
2 1 (5.26%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Mobile App
2 2 (10.53%) CCTV
2 2 (10.53%) Computer Science
3 1 (5.26%) EMV
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.26%) Android
1 1 (5.26%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (57.89%) Test Automation
2 7 (36.84%) Test Scripting
3 5 (26.32%) Functional Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (21.05%) Scrum
4 4 (21.05%) User Stories
5 3 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (15.79%) Data Analysis
5 3 (15.79%) Defect Management
5 3 (15.79%) Migration
5 3 (15.79%) Scenario Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Customer Requirements
6 2 (10.53%) DevOps
6 2 (10.53%) SDLC
6 2 (10.53%) Software Engineering
6 2 (10.53%) Software Testing
6 2 (10.53%) System Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
6 2 (10.53%) Validation
6 2 (10.53%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.79%) JavaScript
2 2 (10.53%) Java
2 2 (10.53%) Python
2 2 (10.53%) SQL
3 1 (5.26%) ANSI SQL
3 1 (5.26%) C
3 1 (5.26%) C#
3 1 (5.26%) C++
3 1 (5.26%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (89.47%) ISEB
2 11 (57.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (10.53%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (10.53%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (21.05%) QA
System Software
1 2 (10.53%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (10.53%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 3 (15.79%) Oracle
2 2 (10.53%) Cisco
2 2 (10.53%) Google
3 1 (5.26%) Ab Initio
3 1 (5.26%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.26%) Talend
3 1 (5.26%) Twitter
3 1 (5.26%) Vertica
3 1 (5.26%) Workday