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 3 months to 24 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England / North West
Rank 176 126 156
Rank change year-on-year -50 +30  
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 78 115 98
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.27% 2.02% 1.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.56% 7.95% 5.43%
Number of salaries quoted 64 99 84
Median salary £34,000 £32,500 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.61% -  
90% offered a salary of more than £25,150 £25,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £50,000 £44,700
UK excluding London median salary £36,500 £35,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +4.28% -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 the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1403 1446 1804
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 22.82% 25.44% 27.50%
Number of salaries quoted 1013 1168 1406
Median salary £40,000 £38,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.89% -3.75%  
90% offered a salary of more than £25,050 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 3 months to 24 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -20 58 £35,000 -4.10% 10
Cheshire -16 13 £34,000 +13.33% 2
Merseyside -11 4 £33,750 +3.84%
Lancashire 0 3 £25,500 -21.53%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 North West region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 124 (81.05%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (62.09%) ISEB
3 68 (44.44%) Test Scripting
4 55 (35.95%) Automated Testing
5 49 (32.03%) QA
6 47 (30.72%) Selenium
7 46 (30.07%) Test Automation
8 44 (28.76%) SQL
9 43 (28.10%) User Acceptance Testing
9 43 (28.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 37 (24.18%) SDLC
11 36 (23.53%) Software Testing
12 33 (21.57%) Scrum
12 33 (21.57%) Java
12 33 (21.57%) Test Strategy
13 32 (20.92%) Python
14 31 (20.26%) Cucumber
15 27 (17.65%) C#
16 25 (16.34%) Finance
16 25 (16.34%) Manual Testing
16 25 (16.34%) Continuous Integration
17 24 (15.69%) BDD
17 24 (15.69%) JIRA
18 23 (15.03%) Regression Testing
18 23 (15.03%) Degree
19 21 (13.73%) Ruby
19 21 (13.73%) Security Cleared
20 20 (13.07%) Mentoring
20 20 (13.07%) TDD
21 18 (11.76%) Windows

ISTQB
Top Related 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 4 (2.61%) Confluence
2 1 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.65%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (2.61%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.65%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.61%) SaaS
2 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.88%) Relational Database
2 5 (3.27%) RDBMS
3 4 (2.61%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.31%) Big Data
5 1 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.65%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 47 (30.72%) Selenium
2 31 (20.26%) Cucumber
3 24 (15.69%) JIRA
4 15 (9.80%) JMeter
5 12 (7.84%) LoadRunner
6 11 (7.19%) Jenkins
7 8 (5.23%) Team Foundation Server
8 7 (4.58%) WebDriver
9 6 (3.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 6 (3.92%) JUnit
10 5 (3.27%) SpecFlow
10 5 (3.27%) TestComplete
11 4 (2.61%) Git (software)
12 3 (1.96%) Gatling
12 3 (1.96%) Subversion
13 2 (1.31%) Bugzilla
13 2 (1.31%) Hudson
13 2 (1.31%) JIRA Agile
14 1 (0.65%) SoapUI
14 1 (0.65%) TestNG
General
1 25 (16.34%) Finance
2 9 (5.88%) Manufacturing
2 9 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.27%) Banking
3 5 (3.27%) Retail
4 4 (2.61%) Billing
5 3 (1.96%) Aerospace
5 3 (1.96%) Marketing
6 2 (1.31%) Advertising
7 1 (0.65%) Back Office
7 1 (0.65%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 97 (63.40%) Analyst
2 96 (62.75%) Test Analyst
3 25 (16.34%) Senior Analyst
3 25 (16.34%) Senior Test Analyst
4 24 (15.69%) Test Engineer
4 24 (15.69%) Tester
5 22 (14.38%) Test Manager
6 20 (13.07%) Automation Test Analyst
7 18 (11.76%) QA Analyst
8 17 (11.11%) QA Test Analyst
9 13 (8.50%) QA Engineer
9 13 (8.50%) Software Tester
10 12 (7.84%) Test Automation Engineer
11 11 (7.19%) Lead Test Analyst
11 11 (7.19%) QA Test Engineer
11 11 (7.19%) Test Leader
12 10 (6.54%) Senior Tester
13 6 (3.92%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
13 6 (3.92%) Software Analyst
13 6 (3.92%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (11.11%) .NET
2 9 (5.88%) Gherkin
3 6 (3.92%) .NET Framework
3 6 (3.92%) HTML
4 4 (2.61%) ISPF
4 4 (2.61%) XML
5 3 (1.96%) CSS
5 3 (1.96%) Web Services
6 2 (1.31%) HTML5
6 2 (1.31%) jQuery
7 1 (0.65%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.65%) DOM
7 1 (0.65%) Silverlight
7 1 (0.65%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.80%) iPad
2 10 (6.54%) Computer Science
3 7 (4.58%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.58%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.27%) Driving Licence
4 5 (3.27%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.61%) IBM Mainframe
5 4 (2.61%) Mainframe
6 3 (1.96%) Cyberthreat
6 3 (1.96%) iSeries
7 2 (1.31%) Cyber Attack
7 2 (1.31%) Replication
8 1 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.65%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.65%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 18 (11.76%) Windows
2 16 (10.46%) Linux
3 6 (3.92%) Android
3 6 (3.92%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.65%) Unix
4 1 (0.65%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (81.05%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (44.44%) Test Scripting
3 55 (35.95%) Automated Testing
4 46 (30.07%) Test Automation
5 43 (28.10%) User Acceptance Testing
6 37 (24.18%) SDLC
7 36 (23.53%) Software Testing
8 33 (21.57%) Scrum
8 33 (21.57%) Test Strategy
9 25 (16.34%) Continuous Integration
9 25 (16.34%) Manual Testing
10 24 (15.69%) BDD
11 23 (15.03%) Regression Testing
12 20 (13.07%) Mentoring
12 20 (13.07%) TDD
13 18 (11.76%) Exploratory Testing
13 18 (11.76%) Test Management
14 17 (11.11%) Automation Testing
15 16 (10.46%) Integration Testing
16 14 (9.15%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 44 (28.76%) SQL
2 33 (21.57%) Java
3 32 (20.92%) Python
4 27 (17.65%) C#
5 21 (13.73%) Ruby
6 14 (9.15%) C++
7 7 (4.58%) JavaScript
8 4 (2.61%) JCL
8 4 (2.61%) VB.NET
9 3 (1.96%) C
10 2 (1.31%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.31%) Perl
10 2 (1.31%) PHP
11 1 (0.65%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 95 (62.09%) ISEB
2 43 (28.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 23 (15.03%) Degree
4 21 (13.73%) Security Cleared
5 18 (11.76%) DV Cleared
6 10 (6.54%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (1.31%) Sun Certification
8 1 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (32.03%) QA
2 1 (0.65%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (2.61%) RACF
1 4 (2.61%) Time Sharing Option
1 4 (2.61%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 16 (10.46%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.61%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (2.61%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.65%) Kibana
Vendors
1 13 (8.50%) HP
2 12 (7.84%) Microsoft
3 10 (6.54%) Oracle
4 4 (2.61%) IBM
5 1 (0.65%) ForgeRock
5 1 (0.65%) SAP
5 1 (0.65%) Sitecore
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