Period
to 6 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 6 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > North West
6 months to
6 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 225 199 258
Rank change year-on-year -26 +59 -38
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 65 138 122
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 0.81% 1.35% 0.94%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.12% 5.73% 4.63%
Number of salaries quoted 51 97 106
Median annual salary £35,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -11.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £29,000 £26,550 £25,500
90th Percentile £52,500 £60,000 £55,000
England median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £39,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% +7.59% -1.25%

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 permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,576 2,408 2,634
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 19.55% 23.58% 20.23%
Number of salaries quoted 1,087 1,802 1,991
Median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,000 £25,250 £24,000
90th Percentile £70,100 £70,000 £65,000
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £48,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.09% +7.78%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the North West

ISTQB
Salary Trend in the North West

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in the North West.

Salary trend for ISTQB in the North West

ISTQB
Salary Histogram in the North West

Salary distribution for jobs citing ISTQB in the North West over the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in the North West

ISTQB
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the North West region over the 6 months to 6 April 2020. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +2 37 £45,000 +12.50% 5
Merseyside +16 18 £35,500 +5.19% 1
Cheshire +6 10 £35,000 -12.50% 1
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 6 April 2020, IT 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 permanent job ads across the North West region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 35 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (50.77%) Test Automation
3 29 (44.62%) ISEB
4 24 (36.92%) Selenium
5 21 (32.31%) C#
6 20 (30.77%) Test Scripting
7 19 (29.23%) JIRA
7 19 (29.23%) WebDriver
8 18 (27.69%) SoapUI
9 17 (26.15%) Software Testing
9 17 (26.15%) Degree
9 17 (26.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 16 (24.62%) Finance
11 15 (23.08%) Test Management
11 15 (23.08%) Cucumber
11 15 (23.08%) Postman
12 14 (21.54%) Defect Management
12 14 (21.54%) Manual Testing
12 14 (21.54%) Java
13 13 (20.00%) QA
13 13 (20.00%) Azure
14 12 (18.46%) SDLC
15 11 (16.92%) Case Management
15 11 (16.92%) SQL
15 11 (16.92%) JMeter
15 11 (16.92%) Scrum
16 10 (15.38%) .NET
16 10 (15.38%) Gherkin
16 10 (15.38%) Scenario Testing
16 10 (15.38%) Functional Testing

ISTQB
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 7 (10.77%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 13 (20.00%) Azure
2 5 (7.69%) AWS
2 5 (7.69%) Dynamics 365
2 5 (7.69%) Slack
3 1 (1.54%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (12.31%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.08%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.54%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 24 (36.92%) Selenium
2 19 (29.23%) JIRA
2 19 (29.23%) WebDriver
3 18 (27.69%) SoapUI
4 15 (23.08%) Cucumber
4 15 (23.08%) Postman
5 11 (16.92%) JMeter
6 8 (12.31%) HP UFT
7 7 (10.77%) Jenkins
7 7 (10.77%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (9.23%) SpecFlow
9 5 (7.69%) Gatling
9 5 (7.69%) GitLab
9 5 (7.69%) Jasmine
9 5 (7.69%) LoadRunner
9 5 (7.69%) Mockito
9 5 (7.69%) Protractor
9 5 (7.69%) Robot Framework
9 5 (7.69%) The Grinder
9 5 (7.69%) Zephyr
General
1 16 (24.62%) Finance
2 5 (7.69%) Aerospace
2 5 (7.69%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.08%) Banking
3 2 (3.08%) Retail
4 1 (1.54%) Games
4 1 (1.54%) Legal
Job Titles
1 30 (46.15%) Analyst
2 29 (44.62%) Test Analyst
3 21 (32.31%) Tester
4 16 (24.62%) Software Tester
5 9 (13.85%) Test Manager
6 5 (7.69%) Automation Tester
6 5 (7.69%) Consultant
6 5 (7.69%) HR Manager
6 5 (7.69%) Java Consultant
6 5 (7.69%) Software Analyst
6 5 (7.69%) Software Test Analyst
6 5 (7.69%) Test Automation Consultant
6 5 (7.69%) Test Consultant
6 5 (7.69%) Workday Manager
7 4 (6.15%) Manual Test Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) Automation Test Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) QA Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) QA Test Analyst
9 2 (3.08%) Lead Test Analyst
9 2 (3.08%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (15.38%) .NET
1 10 (15.38%) Gherkin
2 7 (10.77%) REST
2 7 (10.77%) SOAP
3 5 (7.69%) Nightwatchjs
4 3 (4.62%) Web Services
5 1 (1.54%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.54%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.54%) CGI
5 1 (1.54%) Chai
5 1 (1.54%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.85%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (10.77%) Mobile App
3 4 (6.15%) Smart Meter
4 2 (3.08%) Smart Energy
5 1 (1.54%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.54%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (13.85%) Windows
2 1 (1.54%) Android
2 1 (1.54%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (50.77%) Test Automation
3 20 (30.77%) Test Scripting
4 17 (26.15%) Software Testing
5 15 (23.08%) Test Management
6 14 (21.54%) Defect Management
6 14 (21.54%) Manual Testing
7 12 (18.46%) SDLC
8 11 (16.92%) Case Management
8 11 (16.92%) Scrum
9 10 (15.38%) Functional Testing
9 10 (15.38%) Scenario Testing
10 8 (12.31%) BDD
10 8 (12.31%) Computer Science
10 8 (12.31%) Load Testing
10 8 (12.31%) Software Delivery
10 8 (12.31%) System Testing
11 7 (10.77%) Regression Testing
11 7 (10.77%) TDD
11 7 (10.77%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (32.31%) C#
2 14 (21.54%) Java
3 11 (16.92%) SQL
4 7 (10.77%) JavaScript
5 6 (9.23%) VBScript
6 5 (7.69%) Groovy
6 5 (7.69%) Python
6 5 (7.69%) Ruby
6 5 (7.69%) Scala
6 5 (7.69%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.54%) VB
Qualifications
1 29 (44.62%) ISEB
2 17 (26.15%) Degree
2 17 (26.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 6 (9.23%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (4.62%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.54%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.54%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.54%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (20.00%) QA
2 1 (1.54%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (7.69%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (9.23%) HP ALM
2 5 (7.69%) Kubernetes
2 5 (7.69%) Opscode Chef
2 5 (7.69%) Puppet
3 1 (1.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (9.23%) HP
1 6 (9.23%) Microsoft
2 5 (7.69%) CA
2 5 (7.69%) CA Agile Central
2 5 (7.69%) Google
2 5 (7.69%) IBM
2 5 (7.69%) Micro Focus
2 5 (7.69%) Oracle
2 5 (7.69%) Parasoft
2 5 (7.69%) Workday
3 3 (4.62%) Remedy
4 1 (1.54%) Arqiva
4 1 (1.54%) Tableau