Period
to 20 February 2018

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 20 February 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > North West
6 months to
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 260 220 158
Rank change year-on-year -40 -62 +40
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 112 136 221
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.87% 1.10% 1.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.37% 4.84% 7.02%
Number of salaries quoted 94 124 189
North West median annual salary £36,000 £37,500 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.00% +15.38% -7.14%
10th Percentile £24,000 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £55,000 £57,500 £48,400
England median annual salary £39,500 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year -1.25% +6.67% -5.06%

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 2,562 2,811 3,147
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 19.91% 22.82% 26.37%
Number of salaries quoted 1,940 2,123 2,422
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £23,250 £24,000 £22,500
90th Percentile £63,750 £60,000 £60,000
England median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - -

ISTQB
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

ISTQB
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for ISTQB in the North West

ISTQB
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the North West over the 6 months to 20 February 2018.

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 20 February 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -34 54 £30,500 -18.67% 14
Cheshire -36 29 £37,500 +4.90% 3
Merseyside +17 16 £39,500 +21.54% 1
Lancashire +9 7 £50,000 +72.41% 5
Cumbria - 4 £45,000 -
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 2018, 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 70 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (51.79%) Test Automation
3 49 (43.75%) ISEB
4 45 (40.18%) SQL
5 43 (38.39%) Finance
5 43 (38.39%) QA
6 37 (33.04%) SDLC
7 35 (31.25%) Selenium
8 34 (30.36%) Degree
9 33 (29.46%) Test Scripting
10 32 (28.57%) Java
11 30 (26.79%) Software Testing
12 29 (25.89%) JIRA
13 26 (23.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 24 (21.43%) C#
15 21 (18.75%) Manual Testing
16 20 (17.86%) Test Management
17 19 (16.96%) Mentoring
17 19 (16.96%) Analytical Skills
17 19 (16.96%) Mobile App
17 19 (16.96%) Banking
18 17 (15.18%) Regression Testing
19 16 (14.29%) Cucumber
19 16 (14.29%) BDD
19 16 (14.29%) Functional Testing
20 15 (13.39%) Scrum
20 15 (13.39%) TDD
20 15 (13.39%) .NET
21 14 (12.50%) Test Strategy
22 12 (10.71%) User Experience

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 3 (2.68%) CMS
1 3 (2.68%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.89%) Confluence
2 1 (0.89%) SAS
2 1 (0.89%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (5.36%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.89%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.57%) SaaS
2 3 (2.68%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.79%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.68%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.68%) Big Data
1 3 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (2.68%) Hadoop
2 2 (1.79%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (1.79%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.89%) MySQL
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (0.89%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.89%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 35 (31.25%) Selenium
2 29 (25.89%) JIRA
3 16 (14.29%) Cucumber
4 7 (6.25%) Jenkins
4 7 (6.25%) SoapUI
5 6 (5.36%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (5.36%) WebDriver
6 5 (4.46%) Ranorex
7 4 (3.57%) Git (software)
7 4 (3.57%) JMeter
8 3 (2.68%) LoadRunner
9 2 (1.79%) HP UFT
9 2 (1.79%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.79%) Subversion
9 2 (1.79%) TeamCity
9 2 (1.79%) TestComplete
9 2 (1.79%) Visual Studio
10 1 (0.89%) LoadUI
10 1 (0.89%) Selenium IDE
10 1 (0.89%) Zephyr
General
1 43 (38.39%) Finance
2 19 (16.96%) Banking
3 8 (7.14%) Advertising
4 5 (4.46%) Financial Institution
4 5 (4.46%) Investment Banking
4 5 (4.46%) Law
4 5 (4.46%) Retail
5 4 (3.57%) Marketing
6 3 (2.68%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.79%) Automotive
7 2 (1.79%) Games
7 2 (1.79%) General Ledger
7 2 (1.79%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.89%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.89%) French Language
8 1 (0.89%) German Language
8 1 (0.89%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 44 (39.29%) Analyst
2 40 (35.71%) Test Analyst
3 35 (31.25%) Tester
4 22 (19.64%) Software Tester
5 18 (16.07%) Test Leader
6 14 (12.50%) Developer
6 14 (12.50%) Software Analyst
6 14 (12.50%) Software Test Analyst
7 11 (9.82%) Graduate
8 10 (8.93%) Analyst Developer
8 10 (8.93%) Developer Analyst
8 10 (8.93%) Graduate Analyst
8 10 (8.93%) Graduate Analyst Developer
8 10 (8.93%) Graduate Developer
8 10 (8.93%) Graduate Software Analyst
8 10 (8.93%) Graduate Software Developer
8 10 (8.93%) Graduate Test Analyst
8 10 (8.93%) Programme Analyst
8 10 (8.93%) Software Developer
8 10 (8.93%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (13.39%) .NET
2 8 (7.14%) Gherkin
2 8 (7.14%) XML
3 6 (5.36%) Web Services
4 4 (3.57%) SOAP
5 3 (2.68%) .NET Framework
5 3 (2.68%) HTML
5 3 (2.68%) J2EE
5 3 (2.68%) JSON
6 2 (1.79%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.79%) CSS
7 1 (0.89%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.89%) Hibernate
7 1 (0.89%) HTML5
7 1 (0.89%) JSP
7 1 (0.89%) Node.js
7 1 (0.89%) REST
7 1 (0.89%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 19 (16.96%) Analytical Skills
1 19 (16.96%) Mobile App
2 12 (10.71%) User Experience
3 7 (6.25%) PMI
4 6 (5.36%) Computer Science
5 4 (3.57%) Mainframe
6 3 (2.68%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.68%) Smartphone
6 3 (2.68%) VSAM
7 2 (1.79%) Mobile Payment
8 1 (0.89%) e-Learning
8 1 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.89%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 10 (8.93%) Windows
2 9 (8.04%) Android
2 9 (8.04%) Apple iOS
3 7 (6.25%) Unix
4 5 (4.46%) Linux
5 1 (0.89%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.89%) Solaris
5 1 (0.89%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (51.79%) Test Automation
3 37 (33.04%) SDLC
4 33 (29.46%) Test Scripting
5 30 (26.79%) Software Testing
6 21 (18.75%) Manual Testing
7 20 (17.86%) Test Management
8 19 (16.96%) Mentoring
9 17 (15.18%) Regression Testing
10 16 (14.29%) BDD
10 16 (14.29%) Functional Testing
11 15 (13.39%) Scrum
11 15 (13.39%) TDD
12 14 (12.50%) Test Strategy
13 11 (9.82%) User Acceptance Testing
14 10 (8.93%) Data Analysis
14 10 (8.93%) Defect Management
14 10 (8.93%) Non-Functional Testing
14 10 (8.93%) System Testing
14 10 (8.93%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 45 (40.18%) SQL
2 32 (28.57%) Java
3 24 (21.43%) C#
4 12 (10.71%) Python
5 8 (7.14%) C++
5 8 (7.14%) JavaScript
6 7 (6.25%) VB.NET
7 5 (4.46%) PHP
8 3 (2.68%) REXX
8 3 (2.68%) Ruby
9 1 (0.89%) C
9 1 (0.89%) Perl
9 1 (0.89%) Scala
9 1 (0.89%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 49 (43.75%) ISEB
2 34 (30.36%) Degree
3 26 (23.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 11 (9.82%) PMI Certification
5 7 (6.25%) CSQA
6 5 (4.46%) Security Cleared
7 4 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (3.57%) PMP
8 3 (2.68%) SC Cleared
9 2 (1.79%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (38.39%) QA
2 2 (1.79%) ISO 15765
3 1 (0.89%) GDPR
3 1 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.89%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (0.89%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 3 (2.68%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (9.82%) Microsoft
1 11 (9.82%) Oracle
2 5 (4.46%) HP
3 4 (3.57%) Ab Initio
4 3 (2.68%) CA Agile Central
4 3 (2.68%) Informatica
5 2 (1.79%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.79%) Google
6 1 (0.89%) Apple
6 1 (0.89%) Citrix
6 1 (0.89%) Sage
6 1 (0.89%) SAP