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 3 months to 28 June 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 124 135 127
Rank change year-on-year +11 -8  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 12 24 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.41% 0.64% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.27% 3.10% 3.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 17 10
Median daily rate £350 £300 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -2.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £270 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £378 £456
UK excluding London median daily rate £341 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +4.76% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £14.93 £30.00
% change year-on-year +191.45% -50.25%  

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 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 528 775 754
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 17.88% 20.56% 20.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 517 896 927
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £266 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £585 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 45 155
Median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.97% +91.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £11.80 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.75 £47.39 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

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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

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the North West over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the North West

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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

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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 3 months to 28 June 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 +5 8 £230 -23.33% 8
Cheshire +13 3 £363 +3.57% 3
Merseyside -4 1 - - 2
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England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 8 (47.06%) ISEB
1 8 (47.06%) Software Testing
2 7 (41.18%) Test Automation
2 7 (41.18%) SQL
3 6 (35.29%) CRM
4 5 (29.41%) Microsoft
4 5 (29.41%) Regression Testing
4 5 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (29.41%) Integration Testing
4 5 (29.41%) Performance Testing
4 5 (29.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (23.53%) Functional Testing
5 4 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (23.53%) JIRA
5 4 (23.53%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (23.53%) System Testing
5 4 (23.53%) Test Strategy
5 4 (23.53%) PRINCE2
6 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Office
6 3 (17.65%) ITIL
6 3 (17.65%) SQL Server
6 3 (17.65%) ETL
6 3 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (17.65%) Finance
6 3 (17.65%) Validation
6 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
6 3 (17.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (17.65%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (17.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (17.65%) Dynamics NAV

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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:

Applications
1 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (23.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (17.65%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (11.76%) Dynamics AX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (17.65%) SQL Server
1 3 (17.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 3 (17.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 3 (17.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (11.76%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (5.88%) DB2
Development Applications
1 4 (23.53%) JIRA
2 3 (17.65%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (11.76%) QAComplete
3 2 (11.76%) Ranorex
4 1 (5.88%) Selenium
General
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
2 1 (5.88%) Legal
2 1 (5.88%) Retail
2 1 (5.88%) Russian Language
2 1 (5.88%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 13 (76.47%) Analyst
2 10 (58.82%) Test Analyst
3 4 (23.53%) SQL Analyst
4 3 (17.65%) Business Analyst
5 2 (11.76%) Automation Tester
5 2 (11.76%) Data Warehouse Analyst
5 2 (11.76%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
5 2 (11.76%) SQL Data Analyst
5 2 (11.76%) Systems Tester
5 2 (11.76%) Test Data Analyst
5 2 (11.76%) Test Leader
5 2 (11.76%) Tester
6 1 (5.88%) Agile Test Analyst
6 1 (5.88%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (5.88%) IT Analyst
6 1 (5.88%) QA Analyst
6 1 (5.88%) QA Test Analyst
6 1 (5.88%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (5.88%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (5.88%) Systems Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.88%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (47.06%) Software Testing
2 7 (41.18%) Test Automation
3 6 (35.29%) CRM
4 5 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (29.41%) Integration Testing
4 5 (29.41%) Performance Testing
4 5 (29.41%) Regression Testing
5 4 (23.53%) Functional Testing
5 4 (23.53%) PRINCE2
5 4 (23.53%) System Testing
5 4 (23.53%) Test Strategy
6 3 (17.65%) Change Management
6 3 (17.65%) ETL
6 3 (17.65%) ITIL
6 3 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (17.65%) Stress Testing
6 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
6 3 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (17.65%) Validation
7 2 (11.76%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (41.18%) SQL
2 1 (5.88%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 8 (47.06%) ISEB
2 5 (29.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (17.65%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (29.41%) Microsoft
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