The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB Foundation Certification in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB Foundation Certification over the 3 months to 29 April 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
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
Rank 143 193 204
Rank change year-on-year
+50 +11
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 14 7 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.40% 0.13% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.73% 0.85% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 8
Average daily rate £400 £475 £394
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +20.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £329 £365 £339
10% offered a daily rate of more than £408 £560 £412
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.18% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £48.50 £15.00 £11.25
% change year-on-year
+223.33% +33.33%
ISTQB Foundation Certification
London

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

Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
513 824 1133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 14.69% 15.07% 18.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 360 617 799
Average daily rate £450 £425 £418
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £200 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £569 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 14 16
Average hourly rate £21.78 £21.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.71% -4.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.75 £14.90 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £89.00 £34.80 £39.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

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

ISTQB Foundation Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification across the City of London region.

ISTQB Foundation Certification Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification across the City of London region over the 3 months to 29 April 2016.

ISTQB Foundation Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification across the City of London region.

ISTQB Foundation Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 Foundation Certification.

1 22 (84.62%) ISEB
2 21 (80.77%) Test Scripting
3 19 (73.08%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (53.85%) ISTQB
4 14 (53.85%) SQL
5 11 (42.31%) SQL Server
5 11 (42.31%) Microsoft
5 11 (42.31%) HP
6 10 (38.46%) Software Testing
6 10 (38.46%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (38.46%) HP Quality Center
7 9 (34.62%) Security Cleared
7 9 (34.62%) Performance Testing
7 9 (34.62%) Visual Studio
7 9 (34.62%) XML
8 8 (30.77%) Web Services
8 8 (30.77%) .NET
8 8 (30.77%) C#
8 8 (30.77%) Smartcard
8 8 (30.77%) Data Analysis
8 8 (30.77%) TDD
8 8 (30.77%) Management Information System
8 8 (30.77%) Scrum
8 8 (30.77%) IVR
8 8 (30.77%) Test Management
8 8 (30.77%) DV Cleared
8 8 (30.77%) Cucumber
8 8 (30.77%) SpecFlow
8 8 (30.77%) Gherkin
8 8 (30.77%) ATDD

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 Foundation Certification. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (7.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (7.69%) MS Excel
1 2 (7.69%) MS Office
2 1 (3.85%) MS Project
2 1 (3.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (3.85%) Aligne
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (42.31%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.69%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (7.69%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 10 (38.46%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (34.62%) Visual Studio
3 8 (30.77%) Cucumber
3 8 (30.77%) SpecFlow
4 7 (26.92%) JIRA
5 4 (15.38%) LoadRunner
5 4 (15.38%) Selenium
5 4 (15.38%) Selenium IDE
5 4 (15.38%) WebDriver
6 2 (7.69%) Toad
7 1 (3.85%) HP UFT
7 1 (3.85%) SoapUI
7 1 (3.85%) TestDirector
General
1 4 (15.38%) Finance
2 3 (11.54%) Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 13 (50.00%) Analyst
2 12 (46.15%) Test Analyst
3 5 (19.23%) Test Engineer
4 4 (15.38%) Automation Test Analyst
4 4 (15.38%) Test Automation Specialist
4 4 (15.38%) Test Specialist
5 3 (11.54%) Developer
5 3 (11.54%) Test Automation Developer
6 2 (7.69%) Analyst Developer
6 2 (7.69%) Developer Analyst
6 2 (7.69%) Test Automation Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) Digital Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) Manual Test Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) Regression Test Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) Systems Manager
7 1 (3.85%) Test Leader
7 1 (3.85%) UAT Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (34.62%) XML
2 8 (30.77%) .NET
2 8 (30.77%) Gherkin
2 8 (30.77%) Web Services
3 1 (3.85%) ADO
3 1 (3.85%) ODBC
3 1 (3.85%) SOAP
3 1 (3.85%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 8 (30.77%) IVR
1 8 (30.77%) Management Information System
1 8 (30.77%) Smartcard
2 3 (11.54%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.85%) Biometrics
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.85%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (80.77%) Test Scripting
2 19 (73.08%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (38.46%) Software Testing
4 9 (34.62%) Performance Testing
5 8 (30.77%) ATDD
5 8 (30.77%) Data Analysis
5 8 (30.77%) Defect Tracking
5 8 (30.77%) Scrum
5 8 (30.77%) TDD
5 8 (30.77%) Test Management
6 7 (26.92%) Functional Testing
7 6 (23.08%) Non-Functional Testing
7 6 (23.08%) SDLC
7 6 (23.08%) Test Automation
8 5 (19.23%) Integration Testing
8 5 (19.23%) Test Planning
9 4 (15.38%) Automation Testing
9 4 (15.38%) BDD
9 4 (15.38%) Software Delivery
9 4 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (53.85%) SQL
2 8 (30.77%) C#
3 4 (15.38%) Java
3 4 (15.38%) Python
4 1 (3.85%) VB
4 1 (3.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (84.62%) ISEB
2 14 (53.85%) ISTQB
3 9 (34.62%) Security Cleared
4 8 (30.77%) DV Cleared
5 1 (3.85%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (3.85%) IIBA
5 1 (3.85%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.54%) QA
2 1 (3.85%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 10 (38.46%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (42.31%) HP
1 11 (42.31%) Microsoft
2 4 (15.38%) Atlassian
3 2 (7.69%) Cognos
3 2 (7.69%) IBM
3 2 (7.69%) Oracle
4 1 (3.85%) Compaq
4 1 (3.85%) Siebel
4 1 (3.85%) Terracotta
4 1 (3.85%) webMethods
4 1 (3.85%) WorldPay