The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 255 264 331
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +67
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 443 376 247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.84% 0.74% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.38% 3.99% 2.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 169 134
Average daily rate
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£350 £340 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £459
UK excluding London average daily rate £339 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
+4.23% +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 5
Average hourly rate £24.50 - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £12.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+142.42% -58.75%
ISTQB
UK

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

Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10108 9426 8264
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.06% 18.65% 17.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6151 5402 4615
Average daily rate £400 £386 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.62% +2.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £528 £545
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.55% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 491 394 428
Average hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £13.47 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.00 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in England

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in England

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the England region over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in England

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in England

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the England region over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

ISTQB Hourly Rate Histogram in England

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the England region over the 3 months to 4 September 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
South East -9 140 £375 +7.14% 30
London +21 114 £345 -10.96% 28
South West -3 42 £325 +13.04% 6
North West -11 41 £400 +25.00% 22
West Midlands +26 35 £300 -12.72% 10
Yorkshire -20 29 £285 -15.55% 6
North East -18 24 £450 +22.44% 1
East of England -6 7 £288 -45.75% 9
East Midlands -17 7 £288 -2.54% 8
South Coast +2 4 - -
ISTQB
UK

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 487 (65.19%) ISEB
2 296 (39.63%) Agile Software Development
3 260 (34.81%) Test Scripting
4 253 (33.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 234 (31.33%) Software Testing
6 213 (28.51%) SQL
7 202 (27.04%) HP
7 202 (27.04%) HP Quality Center
8 187 (25.03%) Security Cleared
9 148 (19.81%) QA
10 147 (19.68%) User Acceptance Testing
11 143 (19.14%) SC Cleared
12 141 (18.88%) Finance
13 132 (17.67%) Test Management
14 128 (17.14%) Microsoft
15 125 (16.73%) Test Automation
16 120 (16.06%) Oracle
17 111 (14.86%) UNIX
18 110 (14.73%) Test Strategy
19 108 (14.46%) Waterfall
20 100 (13.39%) Integration Testing
21 99 (13.25%) XML
22 98 (13.12%) Java
23 90 (12.05%) Selenium
24 89 (11.91%) .NET
25 86 (11.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
26 83 (11.11%) JIRA
27 79 (10.58%) Regression Testing
28 77 (10.31%) Banking
28 77 (10.31%) Test Planning

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 19 (2.54%) BizTalk Server
2 16 (2.14%) WebLogic
3 14 (1.87%) CMS
3 14 (1.87%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 12 (1.61%) SharePoint
5 7 (0.94%) Confluence
6 6 (0.80%) LiveLink
6 6 (0.80%) IIS
7 5 (0.67%) Documentum
7 5 (0.67%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.54%) ATG Dynamo
9 2 (0.27%) WebLogic Integration
9 2 (0.27%) Apache
9 2 (0.27%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.27%) Magnolia
10 1 (0.13%) JBoss
10 1 (0.13%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.13%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 73 (9.77%) MS Excel
2 44 (5.89%) MS Office
3 8 (1.07%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.40%) MS Project
5 1 (0.13%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.13%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 16 (2.14%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (1.07%) SAP HR
3 6 (0.80%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 6 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.80%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.80%) Oracle Receivables
4 5 (0.67%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (0.40%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.40%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.40%) Endur
6 3 (0.40%) Primavera
6 3 (0.40%) SAP PLM
6 3 (0.40%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.27%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.27%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.27%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.27%) MultiFonds
8 1 (0.13%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.07%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 31 (4.15%) TCP/IP
2 21 (2.81%) SAN
3 8 (1.07%) DAB
4 7 (0.94%) ATM
4 7 (0.94%) LAN
4 7 (0.94%) WAN
5 6 (0.80%) WLAN
6 5 (0.67%) Firewall
6 5 (0.67%) Internet
7 4 (0.54%) FTP
8 3 (0.40%) HTTP
8 3 (0.40%) 3G
8 3 (0.40%) 4G
9 2 (0.27%) LTE
9 2 (0.27%) 2G
9 2 (0.27%) SNMP
9 2 (0.27%) UMTS
9 2 (0.27%) VoIP
9 2 (0.27%) GSM
9 2 (0.27%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (4.55%) SQL Server
2 28 (3.75%) Oracle Database
3 27 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
4 19 (2.54%) Oracle Reports
5 14 (1.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 13 (1.74%) Relational Database
7 9 (1.20%) MySQL
8 8 (1.07%) MS Access
9 5 (0.67%) DB2
9 5 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
11 3 (0.40%) Star Schema
11 3 (0.40%) Oracle Database 11g
11 3 (0.40%) DbVisualizer
11 3 (0.40%) Big Data
12 2 (0.27%) Data Mining
13 1 (0.13%) DTS
13 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 1 (0.13%) Oracle BI EE
13 1 (0.13%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 90 (12.05%) Selenium
2 83 (11.11%) JIRA
3 74 (9.91%) SoapUI
4 44 (5.89%) WebDriver
5 42 (5.62%) Cucumber
6 38 (5.09%) Team Foundation Server
7 37 (4.95%) HP UFT
8 34 (4.55%) JMeter
8 34 (4.55%) Visual Studio
9 30 (4.02%) SpecFlow
10 28 (3.75%) LoadRunner
11 20 (2.68%) JUnit
12 19 (2.54%) Jenkins
13 12 (1.61%) Talend Open Studio
14 11 (1.47%) Toad
15 10 (1.34%) Subversion
16 9 (1.20%) Facilita Forecast
17 8 (1.07%) Capybara
18 7 (0.94%) LoadUI
18 7 (0.94%) PowerBuilder
General
1 141 (18.88%) Finance
2 77 (10.31%) Banking
3 53 (7.10%) Telecoms
4 34 (4.55%) Retail
5 22 (2.95%) Investment Banking
6 15 (2.01%) General Ledger
7 14 (1.87%) Billing
8 10 (1.34%) Corporate Banking
9 9 (1.20%) Legal
10 5 (0.67%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.54%) Back Office
12 2 (0.27%) Electronics
12 2 (0.27%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.27%) Publishing
12 2 (0.27%) Automotive
13 1 (0.13%) Local Government
13 1 (0.13%) Wholesale Banking
13 1 (0.13%) Games
13 1 (0.13%) Military
13 1 (0.13%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 350 (46.85%) Analyst
2 330 (44.18%) Test Analyst
3 135 (18.07%) Test Manager
4 116 (15.53%) Tester
5 91 (12.18%) Test Leader
6 30 (4.02%) Test Specialist
7 29 (3.88%) Senior Test Analyst
7 29 (3.88%) Senior Analyst
8 24 (3.21%) Agile Test Analyst
9 20 (2.68%) Test Engineer
10 19 (2.54%) QA Analyst
11 16 (2.14%) Lead Test Analyst
11 16 (2.14%) Automation Test Analyst
11 16 (2.14%) Automation Analyst
12 14 (1.87%) Automation Tester
12 14 (1.87%) Programme Test Manager
12 14 (1.87%) Programme Manager
13 13 (1.74%) Junior
13 13 (1.74%) SAP Analyst
13 13 (1.74%) SAP Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (13.25%) XML
2 89 (11.91%) .NET
3 68 (9.10%) SOAP
4 63 (8.43%) HTML
5 51 (6.83%) ASP.NET
6 40 (5.35%) XML Messaging
7 39 (5.22%) JSP
8 29 (3.88%) Web Services
9 17 (2.28%) Gherkin
10 14 (1.87%) CSS
11 7 (0.94%) REST
11 7 (0.94%) Spring
12 4 (0.54%) J2EE
13 3 (0.40%) Flash
13 3 (0.40%) Middleware
13 3 (0.40%) WCF
13 3 (0.40%) Oracle Fusion
13 3 (0.40%) RESTful
14 2 (0.27%) AppFabric
14 2 (0.27%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 74 (9.91%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.75%) Smart Meter
3 20 (2.68%) Computer Science
4 12 (1.61%) SWIFT
4 12 (1.61%) User Experience
5 10 (1.34%) Client/Server
6 8 (1.07%) MPEG
6 8 (1.07%) STB
7 7 (0.94%) Derivative
7 7 (0.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (0.94%) Performance Metrics
8 6 (0.80%) Data Centre
8 6 (0.80%) Data Structures
8 6 (0.80%) Mobile App
8 6 (0.80%) NHS
8 6 (0.80%) Equities
8 6 (0.80%) Management Information System
9 5 (0.67%) IVR
9 5 (0.67%) PKI
9 5 (0.67%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 111 (14.86%) UNIX
2 45 (6.02%) Windows
3 43 (5.76%) Linux
4 7 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (0.94%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (0.80%) Solaris
5 6 (0.80%) Android
6 5 (0.67%) Apple iOS
6 5 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.27%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.27%) SUSE
7 2 (0.27%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (0.27%) AIX
7 2 (0.27%) HPUX
8 1 (0.13%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.13%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 296 (39.63%) Agile Software Development
2 260 (34.81%) Test Scripting
3 234 (31.33%) Software Testing
4 147 (19.68%) User Acceptance Testing
5 132 (17.67%) Test Management
6 125 (16.73%) Test Automation
7 110 (14.73%) Test Strategy
8 108 (14.46%) Waterfall
9 100 (13.39%) Integration Testing
10 79 (10.58%) Regression Testing
11 77 (10.31%) Test Planning
12 75 (10.04%) Performance Testing
13 69 (9.24%) Automated Testing
14 64 (8.57%) Manual Testing
15 63 (8.43%) Scrum
16 62 (8.30%) System Testing
17 61 (8.17%) Security Testing
18 56 (7.50%) Validation
18 56 (7.50%) SDLC
19 55 (7.36%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 213 (28.51%) SQL
2 98 (13.12%) Java
3 68 (9.10%) JavaScript
4 64 (8.57%) C#
5 26 (3.48%) Shell Script
6 24 (3.21%) PL/SQL
7 23 (3.08%) Perl
7 23 (3.08%) Python
8 21 (2.81%) PowerShell
9 19 (2.54%) Ruby
9 19 (2.54%) VB
10 18 (2.41%) T-SQL
10 18 (2.41%) C++
11 11 (1.47%) VBScript
12 10 (1.34%) VB.NET
13 7 (0.94%) C
13 7 (0.94%) PHP
14 6 (0.80%) Bash Shell
15 4 (0.54%) VBA
16 3 (0.40%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 487 (65.19%) ISEB
2 253 (33.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 187 (25.03%) Security Cleared
4 143 (19.14%) SC Cleared
5 86 (11.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 63 (8.43%) Degree
7 38 (5.09%) DV Cleared
8 22 (2.95%) ISEB Practitioner
9 19 (2.54%) Cisco Certification
9 19 (2.54%) Microsoft Certification
10 18 (2.41%) MCITP
11 7 (0.94%) BC Cleared
12 6 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 5 (0.67%) CISM
14 3 (0.40%) CCNA
15 2 (0.27%) PMI Certification
15 2 (0.27%) CISSP
16 1 (0.13%) HNC
16 1 (0.13%) MCSE
16 1 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 148 (19.81%) QA
2 10 (1.34%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.27%) COBIT
4 2 (0.27%) FATCA
5 1 (0.13%) COREP
5 1 (0.13%) FINREP
5 1 (0.13%) MiFID
5 1 (0.13%) SLA
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.13%) HL7
System Software
1 8 (1.07%) Active Directory
1 8 (1.07%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (0.94%) VMware ESX
3 2 (0.27%) Snort
4 1 (0.13%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 202 (27.04%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.80%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (0.67%) Cisco IPCC
4 2 (0.27%) nmon
4 2 (0.27%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 2 (0.27%) Netcool
5 1 (0.13%) Control-M
Vendors
1 202 (27.04%) HP
2 128 (17.14%) Microsoft
3 120 (16.06%) Oracle
4 50 (6.69%) SAP
5 23 (3.08%) Citrix
6 17 (2.28%) Cisco
6 17 (2.28%) IBM
7 14 (1.87%) Remedy
8 12 (1.61%) Talend
9 10 (1.34%) Atlassian
10 9 (1.20%) OpenText
10 9 (1.20%) VMware
11 8 (1.07%) Capita
12 6 (0.80%) McAfee
12 6 (0.80%) Cognos
12 6 (0.80%) Wall Street Systems
13 5 (0.67%) Verint
13 5 (0.67%) Avaya
13 5 (0.67%) Genesys
13 5 (0.67%) Salesforce.com
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