Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > North West
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 185 199 165
Rank change year-on-year +14 -34 +1
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 19 28 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.33% 0.40% 0.90%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.89% 2.18% 4.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 23 29
North West median daily rate £325 £315 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.17% -10.00% +9.38%
10th Percentile £275 £284 £250
90th Percentile £400 £400 £444
England median daily rate £350 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% +37.93% -12.12%

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 1007 1287 1693
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.60% 18.56% 19.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 573 754 939
North West median daily rate £400 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.33% +5.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £211 £227 £250
90th Percentile £550 £595 £568
England median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 60 110
North West median hourly rate £38.13 £26.25 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.24% -13.99% +45.33%
10th Percentile £14.87 £12.16 £15.62
90th Percentile £53.20 £54.08 £55.23
England median hourly rate £25.69 £25.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year +0.75% +10.87% +21.05%

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the North West over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 17 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 +1 7 £318 +5.83% 7
Merseyside +7 5 £300 - 3
Cheshire - 4 £381 - 1
Lancashire +10 1 - - 2
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 10 (52.63%) ISEB
1 10 (52.63%) User Acceptance Testing
2 8 (42.11%) SQL
2 8 (42.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (31.58%) Finance
5 5 (26.32%) Software Testing
5 5 (26.32%) Functional Testing
6 4 (21.05%) Test Automation
6 4 (21.05%) JIRA
6 4 (21.05%) Test Scripting
7 3 (15.79%) Migration
7 3 (15.79%) Regression Testing
7 3 (15.79%) Siebel
7 3 (15.79%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (15.79%) Oracle
7 3 (15.79%) Test Strategy
7 3 (15.79%) Test Planning
8 2 (10.53%) Anti-Money Laundering
8 2 (10.53%) System Testing
8 2 (10.53%) ITIL
8 2 (10.53%) Mainframe
8 2 (10.53%) Scrum
8 2 (10.53%) Validation
8 2 (10.53%) Banking
8 2 (10.53%) Integration Testing
8 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
8 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
8 2 (10.53%) Performance Testing
9 1 (5.26%) Stress Testing

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%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (15.79%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (5.26%) DB2
2 1 (5.26%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (21.05%) JIRA
2 1 (5.26%) Selenium
2 1 (5.26%) SoapUI
2 1 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (31.58%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Banking
3 1 (5.26%) Retail
3 1 (5.26%) Retail Banking
3 1 (5.26%) Russian Language
3 1 (5.26%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 14 (73.68%) Analyst
1 14 (73.68%) Test Analyst
2 3 (15.79%) Data Warehouse Analyst
2 3 (15.79%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
2 3 (15.79%) SQL Analyst
2 3 (15.79%) SQL Data Analyst
2 3 (15.79%) Test Data Analyst
3 2 (10.53%) Banking Analyst
3 2 (10.53%) Mainframe Analyst
3 2 (10.53%) Mainframe Test Analyst
3 2 (10.53%) Senior Analyst
3 2 (10.53%) Senior Test Analyst
3 2 (10.53%) Test Leader
3 2 (10.53%) Test Manager
3 2 (10.53%) UAT Analyst
3 2 (10.53%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (5.26%) Functional Analyst
4 1 (5.26%) Systems Analyst
4 1 (5.26%) Systems Test Analyst
4 1 (5.26%) Systems Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) .NET
1 1 (5.26%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.26%) Windows
1 1 (5.26%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (52.63%) User Acceptance Testing
2 7 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (26.32%) Functional Testing
3 5 (26.32%) Software Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Test Automation
4 4 (21.05%) Test Scripting
5 3 (15.79%) Migration
5 3 (15.79%) Regression Testing
5 3 (15.79%) Test Planning
5 3 (15.79%) Test Strategy
6 2 (10.53%) Anti-Money Laundering
6 2 (10.53%) Integration Testing
6 2 (10.53%) ITIL
6 2 (10.53%) Performance Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Scrum
6 2 (10.53%) System Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Validation
7 1 (5.26%) Requirements Analysis
7 1 (5.26%) Stress Testing
7 1 (5.26%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (42.11%) SQL
2 1 (5.26%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 10 (52.63%) ISEB
2 8 (42.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
3 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (15.79%) Oracle
1 3 (15.79%) Siebel
2 1 (5.26%) Avaya
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft