The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northamptonshire with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
East Midlands / Northamptonshire
Rank 35 38 50
Rank change year-on-year +3 +12  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 8 4 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northamptonshire 2.09% 1.10% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 12.70% 6.35% 1.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 0
Median daily rate £388 £250 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +55.00% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £304
% change year-on-year +12.00% +2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 Northamptonshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Northamptonshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 63 63 54
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northamptonshire 16.49% 17.26% 11.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 47 32
Median daily rate £300 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.00% -5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £205 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 9
Median hourly rate £11.17 £23.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -51.43% +21.05%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Northamptonshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northamptonshire citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Northamptonshire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in Northamptonshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Northamptonshire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Northamptonshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Northamptonshire over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Northamptonshire

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Northamptonshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Northamptonshire region over the 3 months to 24 March 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
Northampton 0 5 £363 -
ISTQB
East Midlands

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 Northamptonshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 7 (50.00%) Finance
2 6 (42.86%) ISEB
3 5 (35.71%) Test Scripting
4 4 (28.57%) SoapUI
4 4 (28.57%) Automation Testing
4 4 (28.57%) SQL
4 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (28.57%) Selenium
5 3 (21.43%) Automated Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Retail Banking
5 3 (21.43%) Banking
5 3 (21.43%) Retail
5 3 (21.43%) XML
5 3 (21.43%) Regression Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (21.43%) Test Automation
5 3 (21.43%) WebDriver
5 3 (21.43%) Manual Testing
6 2 (14.29%) System Testing
6 2 (14.29%) TestNG
6 2 (14.29%) Waterfall
6 2 (14.29%) BDD
6 2 (14.29%) Functional Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
6 2 (14.29%) System Integration Testing
6 2 (14.29%) API Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (14.29%) Scrum
6 2 (14.29%) Unix
6 2 (14.29%) Linux

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire 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:

Development Applications
1 4 (28.57%) Selenium
1 4 (28.57%) SoapUI
2 3 (21.43%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (21.43%) WebDriver
3 2 (14.29%) JUnit
3 2 (14.29%) TestNG
4 1 (7.14%) HP UFT
4 1 (7.14%) Jenkins
4 1 (7.14%) LoadRunner
4 1 (7.14%) LoadUI
General
1 7 (50.00%) Finance
2 3 (21.43%) Banking
2 3 (21.43%) Retail
2 3 (21.43%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (42.86%) Analyst
1 6 (42.86%) Test Analyst
2 4 (28.57%) Test Leader
3 3 (21.43%) Senior Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Senior Test Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Test Automation Engineer
4 2 (14.29%) Test Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Automation Tester
5 1 (7.14%) Banking Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Manual Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Manual Tester
5 1 (7.14%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Payments Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Test Automation Specialist
5 1 (7.14%) Test Manager
5 1 (7.14%) Test Specialist
5 1 (7.14%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) XML
2 2 (14.29%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.14%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 2 (14.29%) Linux
1 2 (14.29%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (35.71%) Test Scripting
2 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (28.57%) Automation Testing
3 3 (21.43%) Automated Testing
3 3 (21.43%) Manual Testing
3 3 (21.43%) Regression Testing
3 3 (21.43%) Test Automation
4 2 (14.29%) API Testing
4 2 (14.29%) BDD
4 2 (14.29%) Functional Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Integration Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Scrum
4 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (14.29%) System Integration Testing
4 2 (14.29%) System Testing
4 2 (14.29%) TDD
4 2 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Waterfall
5 1 (7.14%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 4 (28.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (42.86%) ISEB
Vendors
1 2 (14.29%) Oracle