Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 245 207 163
Rank change year-on-year -38 -44 +38
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 115 166 197
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.93% 1.29% 1.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.56% 5.71% 6.98%
Number of salaries quoted 95 136 171
North West median annual salary £37,500 £34,000 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.29% +4.62% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £23,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £55,000 £45,000 £52,500
England median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%

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 2,522 2,907 2,824
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.31% 22.53% 25.03%
Number of salaries quoted 1,886 2,184 2,328
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.27%
10th Percentile £23,750 £23,250 £23,000
90th Percentile £66,250 £62,500 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £47,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% -4.26% +4.44%

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 24 June 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 24 June 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 -20 65 £35,000 +9.38% 11
Cheshire -22 33 £37,500 +8.70% 10
Lancashire +1 9 £50,000 +66.67% 2
Merseyside +11 7 £37,500 +7.14% 4
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 69 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (56.52%) Test Automation
3 48 (41.74%) Finance
4 45 (39.13%) ISEB
5 42 (36.52%) Selenium
6 41 (35.65%) QA
7 38 (33.04%) Software Testing
8 30 (26.09%) Test Management
9 28 (24.35%) Test Scripting
9 28 (24.35%) SDLC
10 27 (23.48%) Java
11 26 (22.61%) SQL
11 26 (22.61%) User Acceptance Testing
12 23 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 21 (18.26%) Cucumber
13 21 (18.26%) Banking
14 19 (16.52%) C#
14 19 (16.52%) Non-Functional Testing
14 19 (16.52%) Defect Management
15 18 (15.65%) BDD
15 18 (15.65%) Team Foundation Server
15 18 (15.65%) Performance Testing
16 17 (14.78%) Continuous Integration
16 17 (14.78%) Regression Testing
16 17 (14.78%) Degree
17 16 (13.91%) Scrum
17 16 (13.91%) JIRA
18 15 (13.04%) Manual Testing
18 15 (13.04%) Test Strategy
19 14 (12.17%) 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 5 (4.35%) Confluence
2 3 (2.61%) CMS
3 1 (0.87%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.87%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.87%) Umbraco
3 1 (0.87%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.61%) TIBCO iProcess
2 2 (1.74%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.48%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (2.61%) BrowserStack
2 3 (2.61%) Sage Pay
3 2 (1.74%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (0.87%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.87%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.61%) HTTP
2 1 (0.87%) Broadband
2 1 (0.87%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (9.57%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.48%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (1.74%) MySQL
3 2 (1.74%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.74%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (1.74%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (1.74%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (1.74%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.74%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.87%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.87%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.87%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 42 (36.52%) Selenium
2 21 (18.26%) Cucumber
3 18 (15.65%) Team Foundation Server
4 16 (13.91%) JIRA
5 11 (9.57%) WebDriver
6 9 (7.83%) Jenkins
6 9 (7.83%) SoapUI
7 7 (6.09%) LoadRunner
7 7 (6.09%) Ranorex
8 6 (5.22%) TeamCity
9 5 (4.35%) JMeter
10 3 (2.61%) Bitbucket
10 3 (2.61%) MSTest
10 3 (2.61%) Robot Framework
10 3 (2.61%) Telerik Test Studio
10 3 (2.61%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (1.74%) FitNesse
11 2 (1.74%) Git (software)
11 2 (1.74%) HP UFT
11 2 (1.74%) Zephyr
General
1 48 (41.74%) Finance
2 21 (18.26%) Banking
3 8 (6.96%) Law
4 7 (6.09%) Advertising
5 6 (5.22%) Back Office
5 6 (5.22%) Investment Banking
6 3 (2.61%) Games
7 2 (1.74%) Marketing
7 2 (1.74%) Retail
8 1 (0.87%) Automotive
8 1 (0.87%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.87%) Legal
8 1 (0.87%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.87%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 48 (41.74%) Tester
2 37 (32.17%) Analyst
3 32 (27.83%) Test Analyst
4 26 (22.61%) Software Tester
5 17 (14.78%) Test Manager
6 12 (10.43%) Automation Tester
7 11 (9.57%) Test Leader
8 10 (8.70%) QA Tester
9 9 (7.83%) Manual Tester
10 8 (6.96%) Lead Test Analyst
11 7 (6.09%) QA Analyst
12 6 (5.22%) Consultant
12 6 (5.22%) Senior Analyst
12 6 (5.22%) Senior Test Analyst
12 6 (5.22%) Test Consultant
13 5 (4.35%) Manual Test Analyst
13 5 (4.35%) QA Test Analyst
13 5 (4.35%) Senior Tester
13 5 (4.35%) Test Engineer
14 4 (3.48%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.96%) SOAP
1 8 (6.96%) Web Services
2 7 (6.09%) HTML
3 6 (5.22%) .NET
3 6 (5.22%) CSS
4 5 (4.35%) XML
5 4 (3.48%) JSON
5 4 (3.48%) REST
6 3 (2.61%) jQuery
7 2 (1.74%) Gherkin
7 2 (1.74%) J2EE
8 1 (0.87%) Apache Flex
8 1 (0.87%) Hibernate
8 1 (0.87%) JSP
8 1 (0.87%) RESTful
8 1 (0.87%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.43%) PMI
2 11 (9.57%) Mobile App
3 5 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.35%) Virtual Team
4 3 (2.61%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.61%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.74%) User Experience
6 1 (0.87%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.87%) Fintech
6 1 (0.87%) Internet of Things
6 1 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (0.87%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.87%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (0.87%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 11 (9.57%) Windows
2 5 (4.35%) Linux
3 4 (3.48%) Unix
4 2 (1.74%) Android
4 2 (1.74%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.74%) Solaris
4 2 (1.74%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.87%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (56.52%) Test Automation
3 38 (33.04%) Software Testing
4 30 (26.09%) Test Management
5 28 (24.35%) SDLC
5 28 (24.35%) Test Scripting
6 26 (22.61%) User Acceptance Testing
7 19 (16.52%) Defect Management
7 19 (16.52%) Non-Functional Testing
8 18 (15.65%) BDD
8 18 (15.65%) Performance Testing
9 17 (14.78%) Continuous Integration
9 17 (14.78%) Regression Testing
10 16 (13.91%) Scrum
11 15 (13.04%) Manual Testing
11 15 (13.04%) Test Strategy
12 14 (12.17%) Functional Testing
13 12 (10.43%) Scenario Testing
14 11 (9.57%) Exploratory Testing
14 11 (9.57%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (23.48%) Java
2 26 (22.61%) SQL
3 19 (16.52%) C#
4 7 (6.09%) JavaScript
5 4 (3.48%) PHP
5 4 (3.48%) Ruby
6 2 (1.74%) Python
7 1 (0.87%) REXX
7 1 (0.87%) Scala
Qualifications
1 45 (39.13%) ISEB
2 23 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 17 (14.78%) Degree
4 13 (11.30%) PMI Certification
5 12 (10.43%) CSQA
6 6 (5.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (2.61%) Security Cleared
8 1 (0.87%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.87%) PMP
8 1 (0.87%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (35.65%) QA
2 2 (1.74%) PMO
3 1 (0.87%) ISO 15765
3 1 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (0.87%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 3 (2.61%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.87%) CA Wily
2 1 (0.87%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 9 (7.83%) Microsoft
2 8 (6.96%) Oracle
3 6 (5.22%) Google
3 6 (5.22%) HP
4 3 (2.61%) Atlassian
4 3 (2.61%) Capita
4 3 (2.61%) Telerik
4 3 (2.61%) TIBCO
5 2 (1.74%) Citrix
6 1 (0.87%) Ab Initio
6 1 (0.87%) AppDynamics
6 1 (0.87%) Apple
6 1 (0.87%) CA
6 1 (0.87%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (0.87%) Dynatrace
6 1 (0.87%) Informatica
6 1 (0.87%) New Relic
6 1 (0.87%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.87%) SOASTA, Inc