Period
to 26 April 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 26 April 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
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 200 179 196
Rank change year-on-year -21 +17 -17
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 18 17 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.31% 0.32% 0.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.75% 1.67% 2.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 11 20
North West median daily rate £300 £350 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.29% +22.81% +8.57%
10th Percentile £263 £225 £254
90th Percentile £409 £475 £390
England median daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year +7.14% +1.45% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £43.00 £45.50
% change year-on-year +4.65% -5.49% +70.09%

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 1,026 1,016 1,614
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.80% 18.88% 20.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 597 555 858
North West median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +6.31%
10th Percentile £210 £236 £256
90th Percentile £588 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 107 77
North West median hourly rate £32.50 £40.00 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.75% +1.27% +57.25%
10th Percentile £11.43 £11.30 £15.85
90th Percentile £67.50 £55.00 £57.75
England median hourly rate £23.44 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -21.88% +9.09% +37.50%

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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 6 months to 26 April 2018.

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 6 months to 26 April 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 -6 10 £325 -3.70% 13
Cheshire -16 5 £295 -6.35% 5
Cumbria - 2 - -
Merseyside - 1 £325 - 1
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 13 (72.22%) ISEB
2 9 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 7 (38.89%) Finance
3 7 (38.89%) Problem-Solving
4 6 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 6 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
4 6 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (27.78%) SUSE
5 5 (27.78%) WebLogic Integration
5 5 (27.78%) TIBCO
5 5 (27.78%) VB
5 5 (27.78%) Oracle
5 5 (27.78%) SQL Server
5 5 (27.78%) WebLogic
5 5 (27.78%) HPUX
5 5 (27.78%) Linux
5 5 (27.78%) Apache
5 5 (27.78%) Tomcat
5 5 (27.78%) MS Access
5 5 (27.78%) N-Tier
5 5 (27.78%) SOA
5 5 (27.78%) FoxPro (VFP)
5 5 (27.78%) FTP
5 5 (27.78%) HP
5 5 (27.78%) Statistical Analysis
5 5 (27.78%) Oracle Database
5 5 (27.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 5 (27.78%) Process Improvement

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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:

Application Platforms
1 5 (27.78%) Apache
1 5 (27.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 5 (27.78%) Tomcat
1 5 (27.78%) WebLogic
1 5 (27.78%) WebLogic Integration
2 1 (5.56%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (5.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (27.78%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (27.78%) MS Access
1 5 (27.78%) Oracle Database
1 5 (27.78%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (22.22%) JIRA
2 3 (16.67%) Selenium
3 2 (11.11%) NUnit
4 1 (5.56%) Bitbucket
4 1 (5.56%) Cucumber
4 1 (5.56%) Jenkins
4 1 (5.56%) JMeter
General
1 7 (38.89%) Finance
2 2 (11.11%) Banking
3 1 (5.56%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (38.89%) Test Leader
2 6 (33.33%) Analyst
2 6 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 3 (16.67%) Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Banking Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Mainframe Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Mainframe Test Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Test Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Automation Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Financial Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Non-Functional Tester
5 1 (5.56%) QA Manual Tester
5 1 (5.56%) SaaS Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) SAP Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) SAP Financial Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) SAP Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Selenium Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Web Tester
Miscellaneous
1 6 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (27.78%) N-Tier
3 2 (11.11%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 5 (27.78%) HPUX
1 5 (27.78%) Linux
1 5 (27.78%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 7 (38.89%) Problem-Solving
3 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
3 6 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 5 (27.78%) Conflict Management
4 5 (27.78%) Process Improvement
4 5 (27.78%) SOA
4 5 (27.78%) Statistical Analysis
5 4 (22.22%) Integration Testing
5 4 (22.22%) Scrum
5 4 (22.22%) System Integration Testing
5 4 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Manual Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Anti-Money Laundering
7 2 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (11.11%) Defect Management
7 2 (11.11%) SDLC
7 2 (11.11%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (27.78%) FoxPro (VFP)
1 5 (27.78%) VB
2 3 (16.67%) SQL
3 1 (5.56%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 13 (72.22%) ISEB
2 6 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (22.22%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
4 3 (16.67%) Security Cleared
5 2 (11.11%) BC Cleared
5 2 (11.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (16.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (27.78%) HP ALM
2 1 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) HP
1 5 (27.78%) Oracle
1 5 (27.78%) TIBCO
2 1 (5.56%) SAP