Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 192 200 195
Rank change year-on-year +8 -5 -19
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 12 16 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.22% 0.26% 0.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.26% 1.44% 3.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 12 23
North West median daily rate £300 £350 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.29% +20.69% +5.45%
10th Percentile £251 £301 £250
90th Percentile £415 £434 £444
England median daily rate £343 £350 £340
% change year-on-year -2.14% +2.94% -1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year +28.57% +2.94% +38.78%

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 954 1,112 1,555
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.85% 18.31% 18.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 568 664 874
North West median daily rate £410 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.53% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £207 £213 £255
90th Percentile £586 £625 £555
England median daily rate £440 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +3.53% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 69 94
North West median hourly rate £33.75 £28.00 £31.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.54% -11.14% +61.80%
10th Percentile £13.84 £11.91 £15.92
90th Percentile £57.25 £53.10 £50.41
England median hourly rate £23.88 £26.25 £26.83
% change year-on-year -9.05% -2.16% +41.21%

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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 21 January 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 21 January 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
Cheshire +6 4 £350 +11.11% 5
Manchester +6 3 £300 -8.05% 14
Lancashire +6 1 - - 3
Merseyside - 1 £325 - 2
Cumbria - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 6 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (41.67%) ISEB
2 5 (41.67%) Finance
3 4 (33.33%) SQL
3 4 (33.33%) JIRA
4 3 (25.00%) Scrum
4 3 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (25.00%) Functional Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Anti-Money Laundering
5 2 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (16.67%) Manual Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Test Automation
5 2 (16.67%) Mainframe
5 2 (16.67%) Software Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Banking
5 2 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (16.67%) Test Strategy
6 1 (8.33%) JMeter
6 1 (8.33%) Data Management
6 1 (8.33%) NUnit
6 1 (8.33%) Requirements Analysis
6 1 (8.33%) Retail Banking
6 1 (8.33%) QA
6 1 (8.33%) Selenium
6 1 (8.33%) Risk Analysis
6 1 (8.33%) ITIL
6 1 (8.33%) Windows
6 1 (8.33%) Avaya

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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 1 (8.33%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (33.33%) JIRA
2 1 (8.33%) Bitbucket
2 1 (8.33%) Jenkins
2 1 (8.33%) JMeter
2 1 (8.33%) NUnit
2 1 (8.33%) Selenium
General
1 5 (41.67%) Finance
2 2 (16.67%) Banking
3 1 (8.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (50.00%) Analyst
1 6 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Banking Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Data Warehouse Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Mainframe Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Mainframe Test Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) SQL Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) SQL Data Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Test Data Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Test Leader
2 2 (16.67%) Test Manager
3 1 (8.33%) Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) Functional Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Functional Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) Functional Test Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) ITIL Manager
3 1 (8.33%) QA Manual Tester
3 1 (8.33%) Tester
3 1 (8.33%) Web Tester
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Mainframe
2 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (8.33%) Windows
1 1 (8.33%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (25.00%) Functional Testing
3 3 (25.00%) Scrum
3 3 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 2 (16.67%) Anti-Money Laundering
4 2 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (16.67%) Manual Testing
4 2 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (16.67%) Software Testing
4 2 (16.67%) Test Automation
4 2 (16.67%) Test Strategy
5 1 (8.33%) Data Management
5 1 (8.33%) ITIL
5 1 (8.33%) Migration
5 1 (8.33%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (8.33%) Requirements Analysis
5 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (8.33%) Validation
5 1 (8.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) ISEB
2 1 (8.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
2 1 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Avaya