The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the Cardiff region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 1 May 2016 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 54 34 44
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +10
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 3 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 0.82% 1.11% 1.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.19% 5.88% 6.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 4
Average daily rate £388 £180 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+115.27% -37.39%
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £300 £314
% change year-on-year
+11.16% -4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £15.00 £10.38
% change year-on-year
+133.33% +44.57%
ISTQB
South Wales

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

Qualifications Category
Cardiff
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
94 51 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 25.82% 18.82% 17.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 40 35
Average daily rate £350 £363 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +16.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £175 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £590 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 4
Average hourly rate - £11.50 £16.16
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -28.83%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Cardiff

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Cardiff

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Cardiff 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 19 (63.33%) Software Testing
2 15 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 12 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (36.67%) Finance
4 11 (36.67%) Test Management
4 11 (36.67%) ISEB
4 11 (36.67%) SQL
5 10 (33.33%) PRINCE2
6 9 (30.00%) Project Management
6 9 (30.00%) Integration Testing
6 9 (30.00%) Scrum
6 9 (30.00%) System Integration Testing
6 9 (30.00%) User Stories
7 8 (26.67%) Functional Testing
7 8 (26.67%) Non-Functional Testing
7 8 (26.67%) Manual Testing
7 8 (26.67%) V-Model
7 8 (26.67%) Waterfall
7 8 (26.67%) MS Excel
7 8 (26.67%) XML
8 7 (23.33%) MS Visio
8 7 (23.33%) MS Project
8 7 (23.33%) HL7
9 6 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
10 5 (16.67%) Test Scripting
10 5 (16.67%) HTML
10 5 (16.67%) NHS
11 4 (13.33%) SDLC
11 4 (13.33%) Cucumber
12 3 (10.00%) BDD

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Cardiff by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Cardiff 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.

Application Platforms
1 3 (10.00%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (26.67%) MS Excel
2 7 (23.33%) MS Project
2 7 (23.33%) MS Visio
3 2 (6.67%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.67%) LAN
1 2 (6.67%) SAN
1 2 (6.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (13.33%) Cucumber
2 3 (10.00%) JIRA
3 2 (6.67%) HP UFT
3 2 (6.67%) LoadRunner
4 1 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (3.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 11 (36.67%) Finance
2 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (66.67%) Analyst
1 20 (66.67%) Test Analyst
2 17 (56.67%) Tester
3 8 (26.67%) SQL Analyst
4 7 (23.33%) Lead Test Analyst
5 5 (16.67%) Excel Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Data Centre Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Lead Tester
6 2 (6.67%) Test Data Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Automation Test Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Manager
7 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Test Manager
7 1 (3.33%) Test Manager
7 1 (3.33%) Transition Manager
7 1 (3.33%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (26.67%) XML
2 5 (16.67%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.67%) NHS
2 3 (10.00%) Data Centre
2 3 (10.00%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.33%) Linux
1 1 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (3.33%) Windows
1 1 (3.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (63.33%) Software Testing
2 12 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (36.67%) Test Management
4 10 (33.33%) PRINCE2
5 9 (30.00%) Integration Testing
5 9 (30.00%) Project Management
5 9 (30.00%) Scrum
5 9 (30.00%) System Integration Testing
5 9 (30.00%) User Stories
6 8 (26.67%) Functional Testing
6 8 (26.67%) Manual Testing
6 8 (26.67%) Non-Functional Testing
6 8 (26.67%) V-Model
6 8 (26.67%) Waterfall
7 5 (16.67%) Test Scripting
8 4 (13.33%) SDLC
9 3 (10.00%) BDD
9 3 (10.00%) Defect Management
9 3 (10.00%) Service Management
9 3 (10.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 11 (36.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 11 (36.67%) ISEB
3 2 (6.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (3.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (23.33%) HL7
2 3 (10.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (3.33%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.33%) CA
2 1 (3.33%) Cisco
2 1 (3.33%) PlateSpin
2 1 (3.33%) Red Hat