The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in West Yorkshire with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Yorkshire / West Yorkshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 80 91 89
Rank change year-on-year +11 -2  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 19 25 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in West Yorkshire 1.41% 1.28% 1.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.80% 8.22% 8.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 12 10
Median daily rate £325 £319 £389
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.96% -18.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £275 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £445 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £35.00 £19.75
% change year-on-year +22.85% +77.21%  

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 West Yorkshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
West Yorkshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 176 304 255
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in West Yorkshire 13.10% 15.59% 13.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 204 165
Median daily rate £388 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.12% +8.10%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £578 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 8
Median hourly rate £26.62 £13.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +104.76% -16.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.75 £12.00 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £35.00 £18.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in West Yorkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in West Yorkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in West Yorkshire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in West Yorkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in West Yorkshire over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in West Yorkshire

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in West Yorkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the West Yorkshire region over the 3 months to 29 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
Leeds +4 19 £325 - 8
ISTQB
Yorkshire

For the 6 months to 29 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 West Yorkshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 18 (58.06%) ISEB
1 18 (58.06%) Software Testing
2 15 (48.39%) Automated Testing
2 15 (48.39%) Manual Testing
2 15 (48.39%) Functional Testing
3 12 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (32.26%) Visual Studio
4 10 (32.26%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (29.03%) SQL
5 9 (29.03%) Scrum
6 8 (25.81%) SharePoint
6 8 (25.81%) Selenium
6 8 (25.81%) MSTest
6 8 (25.81%) SharePoint 2010
7 7 (22.58%) BDD
7 7 (22.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (22.58%) Exploratory Testing
7 7 (22.58%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (22.58%) Kanban
8 6 (19.35%) Oracle
8 6 (19.35%) Automation Testing
9 5 (16.13%) .NET
9 5 (16.13%) Degree
10 4 (12.90%) Test Scripting
10 4 (12.90%) QA
10 4 (12.90%) SQL Server
10 4 (12.90%) MS Excel
10 4 (12.90%) NHS
10 4 (12.90%) Test Automation
10 4 (12.90%) Analytical Skills

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in West Yorkshire 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 8 (25.81%) SharePoint
1 8 (25.81%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (6.45%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (3.23%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (12.90%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.90%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (32.26%) Team Foundation Server
1 10 (32.26%) Visual Studio
2 8 (25.81%) MSTest
2 8 (25.81%) Selenium
3 4 (12.90%) SpecFlow
4 3 (9.68%) JMeter
5 2 (6.45%) Git (software)
5 2 (6.45%) Hudson
5 2 (6.45%) Jenkins
5 2 (6.45%) Mercurial
5 2 (6.45%) SoapUI
5 2 (6.45%) TeamCity
6 1 (3.23%) HP UFT
6 1 (3.23%) JIRA
6 1 (3.23%) LoadRunner
6 1 (3.23%) Selenium IDE
6 1 (3.23%) Subversion
6 1 (3.23%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (9.68%) Finance
2 2 (6.45%) Games
3 1 (3.23%) Banking
3 1 (3.23%) Retail
3 1 (3.23%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (48.39%) Tester
2 11 (35.48%) Analyst
2 11 (35.48%) Test Analyst
3 6 (19.35%) Software Tester
4 3 (9.68%) Automation Tester
4 3 (9.68%) Test Manager
5 2 (6.45%) Games Tester
5 2 (6.45%) Mobile Test Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) Software Manager
5 2 (6.45%) Software Test Manager
6 1 (3.23%) Agile Test Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) Automation Test Lead
6 1 (3.23%) Digital Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) E-Commerce Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) ERP Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) SharePoint Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) SQL Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) Test Automation Developer
6 1 (3.23%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (16.13%) .NET
2 2 (6.45%) XML
3 1 (3.23%) SOAP
3 1 (3.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (12.90%) NHS
2 1 (3.23%) Credit Risk
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (58.06%) Software Testing
2 15 (48.39%) Automated Testing
2 15 (48.39%) Functional Testing
2 15 (48.39%) Manual Testing
3 12 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (29.03%) Scrum
5 7 (22.58%) BDD
5 7 (22.58%) Exploratory Testing
5 7 (22.58%) Kanban
5 7 (22.58%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (19.35%) Automation Testing
7 4 (12.90%) Test Automation
7 4 (12.90%) Test Scripting
8 3 (9.68%) Agile Testing
8 3 (9.68%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (9.68%) Project Management
9 2 (6.45%) Open Source
9 2 (6.45%) Regression Testing
9 2 (6.45%) TDD
9 2 (6.45%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 9 (29.03%) SQL
2 3 (9.68%) C#
2 3 (9.68%) Java
3 1 (3.23%) C
3 1 (3.23%) Groovy
3 1 (3.23%) PHP
Qualifications
1 18 (58.06%) ISEB
2 7 (22.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (16.13%) Degree
4 3 (9.68%) Security Cleared
5 2 (6.45%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (3.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.90%) QA
2 1 (3.23%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (19.35%) Oracle
2 1 (3.23%) HP
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft
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