The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 27 February 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 118 112 -
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 15 21 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.52% 0.76% -
As % of the Qualifications category 1.90% 3.16% -
Number of daily rates quoted 8 13 0
Average daily rate
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£325 £275 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.18% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £11.75 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+27.65% -59.13%
ISTQB
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region.

Qualifications Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
789 664 457
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 27.44% 23.88% 20.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 285 170
Average daily rate £390 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £210 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £353 £333
% change year-on-year
+9.14% +6.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 34 16
Average hourly rate £32.50 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+103.12% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £15.00 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £167.25 £55.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -34.57%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB across the Berkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing ISTQB across the Berkshire region.

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB across the Berkshire region.

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 27 February 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading 0 6 £350 +79.48% 3
Bracknell +3 2 £390 +44.71%
Slough -5 2 £208 - 1
Wokingham - - - -
Hungerford - - - -
Maidenhead - - - - 1
Newbury - - - -
ISTQB
South East

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing ISTQB also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB.

1 12 (63.16%) ISEB
2 10 (52.63%) Telecoms
2 10 (52.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (42.11%) Software Testing
4 7 (36.84%) HP Quality Center
5 6 (31.58%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (31.58%) Test Management
5 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (26.32%) SQL
6 5 (26.32%) Security Cleared
7 4 (21.05%) Test Scripting
7 4 (21.05%) Test Automation
7 4 (21.05%) Release Management
7 4 (21.05%) ITIL
7 4 (21.05%) Coaching
7 4 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (21.05%) Test Strategy
8 3 (15.79%) PRINCE2
8 3 (15.79%) Microsoft
8 3 (15.79%) QuickTest Pro
8 3 (15.79%) Ericsson
8 3 (15.79%) 3G
8 3 (15.79%) Risk Analysis
8 3 (15.79%) SC Cleared
8 3 (15.79%) Degree
8 3 (15.79%) QA
9 2 (10.53%) JIRA
9 2 (10.53%) Programme Management
9 2 (10.53%) Retail
9 2 (10.53%) Finance

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing ISTQB also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (5.26%) MS Project
1 1 (5.26%) MS Office
1 1 (5.26%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.79%) 3G
2 2 (10.53%) 4G
2 2 (10.53%) SS7
2 2 (10.53%) ISUP
3 1 (5.26%) SCCP
3 1 (5.26%) INAP
3 1 (5.26%) 2G
3 1 (5.26%) SIGTRAN
3 1 (5.26%) GGSN
3 1 (5.26%) SGSN
3 1 (5.26%) LTE
3 1 (5.26%) MSRP
3 1 (5.26%) Unified Communications
3 1 (5.26%) GSM
3 1 (5.26%) SMS
3 1 (5.26%) 3GPP
3 1 (5.26%) UMTS
3 1 (5.26%) VoIP
3 1 (5.26%) HTTP
3 1 (5.26%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server
1 1 (5.26%) DB2
1 1 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (5.26%) DataStage
1 1 (5.26%) IBM InfoSphere
Development Applications
1 3 (15.79%) QuickTest Pro
2 2 (10.53%) LoadRunner
2 2 (10.53%) JIRA
2 2 (10.53%) Selenium
3 1 (5.26%) SoapUI
3 1 (5.26%) WinRunner
3 1 (5.26%) TestDirector
General
1 10 (52.63%) Telecoms
2 2 (10.53%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Retail
3 1 (5.26%) Back Office
3 1 (5.26%) Legal
Job Titles
1 9 (47.37%) Analyst
2 8 (42.11%) Test Analyst
3 6 (31.58%) Test Manager
4 2 (10.53%) Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Release Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Test Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Tester
5 1 (5.26%) QA Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Integration Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Test Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Functional Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) QA Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Senior QA Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Senior QA Tester
5 1 (5.26%) UAT Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Functional Test Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) UAT Test Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (10.53%) SOAP
2 1 (5.26%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (10.53%) Mobile App
3 1 (5.26%) EPoS
3 1 (5.26%) GIS
3 1 (5.26%) Handset
3 1 (5.26%) Replication
3 1 (5.26%) Clustering
3 1 (5.26%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.53%) UNIX
1 2 (10.53%) Windows
1 2 (10.53%) Windows 7
2 1 (5.26%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.26%) AIX
2 1 (5.26%) Windows 2000
2 1 (5.26%) Windows XP
2 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (5.26%) Windows Vista
2 1 (5.26%) Android
2 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (42.11%) Software Testing
2 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (31.58%) User Acceptance Testing
2 6 (31.58%) Test Management
3 4 (21.05%) Test Scripting
3 4 (21.05%) Test Automation
3 4 (21.05%) ITIL
3 4 (21.05%) Test Strategy
3 4 (21.05%) Release Management
3 4 (21.05%) Coaching
4 3 (15.79%) PRINCE2
4 3 (15.79%) Risk Analysis
5 2 (10.53%) Programme Management
5 2 (10.53%) Waterfall
5 2 (10.53%) V-Model
5 2 (10.53%) System Testing
5 2 (10.53%) E-Commerce
5 2 (10.53%) Configuration Management
5 2 (10.53%) Project Management
5 2 (10.53%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (26.32%) SQL
2 1 (5.26%) Shell Script
2 1 (5.26%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (63.16%) ISEB
2 10 (52.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (26.32%) Security Cleared
4 3 (15.79%) Degree
4 3 (15.79%) SC Cleared
5 2 (10.53%) PMP
5 2 (10.53%) PMI Certification
6 1 (5.26%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (5.26%) MCTS
6 1 (5.26%) MCITP
6 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (5.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (5.26%) MCSE
6 1 (5.26%) MCSA
6 1 (5.26%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (15.79%) QA
2 1 (5.26%) Solvency II
System Software
1 1 (5.26%) Active Directory
1 1 (5.26%) VMware ESX
1 1 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (5.26%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 7 (36.84%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (5.26%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (5.26%) Netcool
Vendors
1 3 (15.79%) Microsoft
1 3 (15.79%) Ericsson
2 2 (10.53%) HP
2 2 (10.53%) Oracle
3 1 (5.26%) Cisco
3 1 (5.26%) IBM
3 1 (5.26%) Citrix
3 1 (5.26%) Informatica
3 1 (5.26%) MicroStrategy
3 1 (5.26%) Nokia
3 1 (5.26%) Veritas
3 1 (5.26%) McAfee
3 1 (5.26%) VMware