The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 3 months to 30 April 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 86 74 103
Rank change year-on-year -12 +29  
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 17 24 19
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.35% 2.00% 1.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.42% 8.60% 4.90%
Number of salaries quoted 17 24 15
Median salary £38,000 £33,750 £32,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.59% +5.46%  
UK excluding London median salary £37,000 £35,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +5.71% -6.66%  

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 permanent job vacancies advertised in Cheshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Cheshire
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 265 279 388
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 21.10% 23.29% 22.78%
Number of salaries quoted 182 219 276
Median salary £40,000 £37,500 £41,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.66% -9.63%  
90% offered a salary of more than £26,000 £22,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £61,215 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Cheshire

ISTQB
Salary Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing ISTQB in Cheshire.

Salary trend for ISTQB in Cheshire

ISTQB
Salary Histogram in Cheshire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Cheshire over the 3 months to 30 April 2017.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in Cheshire

ISTQB
Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 30 April 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester +9 15 £38,000 +16.92%
Knutsford - 1 £50,000 -
Macclesfield - 1 £27,500 -
ISTQB
North West

For the 6 months to 30 April 2017, IT jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 18 (81.82%) User Acceptance Testing
2 17 (77.27%) Finance
2 17 (77.27%) SQL
2 17 (77.27%) ISEB
3 16 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (68.18%) Manual Testing
5 13 (59.09%) Mentoring
5 13 (59.09%) Scrum
5 13 (59.09%) Automated Testing
6 6 (27.27%) Software Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Test Scripting
7 3 (13.64%) System Testing
7 3 (13.64%) SDLC
8 2 (9.09%) Defect Management
8 2 (9.09%) Integration Testing
8 2 (9.09%) Migration
9 1 (4.55%) .NET
9 1 (4.55%) SQL Server
9 1 (4.55%) ITIL
9 1 (4.55%) IBM
9 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
9 1 (4.55%) PMP
9 1 (4.55%) PMI Certification
9 1 (4.55%) Tivoli
9 1 (4.55%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 1 (4.55%) RACF
9 1 (4.55%) JCL
9 1 (4.55%) Mainframe
9 1 (4.55%) Bugzilla
9 1 (4.55%) C#

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Bugzilla
1 1 (4.55%) JIRA
1 1 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 17 (77.27%) Finance
2 1 (4.55%) Banking
2 1 (4.55%) Billing
2 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 19 (86.36%) Analyst
1 19 (86.36%) Test Analyst
2 14 (63.64%) Senior Analyst
2 14 (63.64%) Senior Test Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) Tester
4 1 (4.55%) Junior
4 1 (4.55%) Junior Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Junior Test Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Release Manager
4 1 (4.55%) Software Tester
4 1 (4.55%) SQL Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) .NET
1 1 (4.55%) .NET Framework
1 1 (4.55%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (4.55%) IBM Mainframe
1 1 (4.55%) Mainframe
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (81.82%) User Acceptance Testing
2 16 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (68.18%) Manual Testing
4 13 (59.09%) Automated Testing
4 13 (59.09%) Mentoring
4 13 (59.09%) Scrum
5 6 (27.27%) Software Testing
6 3 (13.64%) SDLC
6 3 (13.64%) System Testing
6 3 (13.64%) Test Scripting
7 2 (9.09%) Defect Management
7 2 (9.09%) Integration Testing
7 2 (9.09%) Migration
8 1 (4.55%) ITIL
8 1 (4.55%) Performance Testing
8 1 (4.55%) Regression Testing
8 1 (4.55%) Stress Testing
8 1 (4.55%) Test Management
8 1 (4.55%) Waterfall
8 1 (4.55%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (77.27%) SQL
2 1 (4.55%) C#
2 1 (4.55%) JCL
Qualifications
1 17 (77.27%) ISEB
2 1 (4.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (4.55%) PMI Certification
2 1 (4.55%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.55%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) RACF
1 1 (4.55%) Time Sharing Option
1 1 (4.55%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 1 (4.55%) IBM
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft