The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 28 May 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
28 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 301 265 344
Rank change year-on-year
-36 +79
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 100 155 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.44% 0.66% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.80% 4.10% 1.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 103 40
Average daily rate
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£350 £375 £373
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +0.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £278 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £485 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £313 £330
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -5.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £32.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 £13.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+129.62% -50.90%
ISTQB
England

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

Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3566 3778 3232
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.77% 16.17% 14.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 2314 2577 1930
Average daily rate £415 £413 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.60% -1.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 126 123
Average hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £16.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £35.00 £54.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.13
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -18.64%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in London

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in London

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the London region over the 3 months to 28 May 2015.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in London

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in London

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the London region over the 3 months to 28 May 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
City of London -24 13 £438 +24.91% 8
Canary Wharf - 1 £510 -
Paddington - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the London 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.

1 171 (81.04%) ISEB
2 83 (39.34%) SQL
3 79 (37.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 76 (36.02%) Agile Software Development
5 74 (35.07%) Test Scripting
6 69 (32.70%) Finance
7 67 (31.75%) QA
8 59 (27.96%) HP
9 53 (25.12%) Banking
9 53 (25.12%) Software Testing
10 47 (22.27%) .NET
11 46 (21.80%) Test Strategy
12 45 (21.33%) Test Automation
12 45 (21.33%) HP Quality Center
13 44 (20.85%) User Acceptance Testing
14 41 (19.43%) Selenium
15 39 (18.48%) JIRA
15 39 (18.48%) Degree
15 39 (18.48%) Oracle
16 38 (18.01%) Regression Testing
17 32 (15.17%) Microsoft
17 32 (15.17%) Java
18 30 (14.22%) Integration Testing
19 28 (13.27%) Investment Banking
19 28 (13.27%) MS Excel
20 27 (12.80%) UNIX
20 27 (12.80%) HTML
20 27 (12.80%) Scrum
20 27 (12.80%) Security Cleared
20 27 (12.80%) Analytical Skills

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 9 (4.27%) CMS
2 5 (2.37%) WebLogic
3 4 (1.90%) Oracle Service Bus
4 3 (1.42%) Confluence
4 3 (1.42%) LiveLink
5 2 (0.95%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.95%) Magnolia
6 1 (0.47%) IIS
6 1 (0.47%) Documentum
6 1 (0.47%) Apache
6 1 (0.47%) SAP EP
Applications
1 28 (13.27%) MS Excel
2 15 (7.11%) MS Office
3 1 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.47%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 15 (7.11%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.95%) Cognos TM1
2 2 (0.95%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 2 (0.95%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.47%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.95%) GitHub
1 2 (0.95%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.69%) TCP/IP
2 10 (4.74%) SAN
3 5 (2.37%) Wireshark
3 5 (2.37%) ATM
3 5 (2.37%) HTTP
4 3 (1.42%) RTSP
4 3 (1.42%) Internet
5 1 (0.47%) Bluetooth
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (8.53%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.64%) Data Warehouse
3 13 (6.16%) Oracle Reports
4 7 (3.32%) Relational Database
5 5 (2.37%) MySQL
6 4 (1.90%) DB2
6 4 (1.90%) Oracle ODI
7 3 (1.42%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.42%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.95%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.95%) Data Mart
8 2 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.95%) DbVisualizer
9 1 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.47%) SAP HANA
9 1 (0.47%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.47%) Big Data
9 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.47%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 41 (19.43%) Selenium
2 39 (18.48%) JIRA
3 22 (10.43%) Cucumber
4 18 (8.53%) QuickTest Pro
5 16 (7.58%) WebDriver
6 10 (4.74%) JUnit
7 8 (3.79%) SoapUI
7 8 (3.79%) Git (software)
8 7 (3.32%) Calabash
8 7 (3.32%) LoadRunner
9 6 (2.84%) Appium
9 6 (2.84%) Jenkins
10 5 (2.37%) Toad
11 4 (1.90%) PowerBuilder
11 4 (1.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 4 (1.90%) Rational Performance Tester
12 3 (1.42%) TestNG
12 3 (1.42%) JBehave
12 3 (1.42%) Hudson
12 3 (1.42%) eggPlant
General
1 69 (32.70%) Finance
2 53 (25.12%) Banking
3 28 (13.27%) Investment Banking
4 18 (8.53%) Retail
5 15 (7.11%) General Ledger
6 9 (4.27%) Telecoms
7 8 (3.79%) Corporate Banking
8 5 (2.37%) Retail Banking
8 5 (2.37%) Legal
9 3 (1.42%) Back Office
10 1 (0.47%) Marketing
10 1 (0.47%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.47%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.47%) Local Government
10 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.47%) Front Office
10 1 (0.47%) Games
10 1 (0.47%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 88 (41.71%) Analyst
2 83 (39.34%) Test Analyst
3 44 (20.85%) Tester
4 32 (15.17%) Test Manager
5 24 (11.37%) Test Leader
6 15 (7.11%) QA Analyst
7 13 (6.16%) QA Tester
7 13 (6.16%) QA Test Analyst
8 10 (4.74%) Junior
8 10 (4.74%) Junior Tester
9 9 (4.27%) Test Specialist
10 8 (3.79%) Automation Tester
11 7 (3.32%) Manual Tester
11 7 (3.32%) Senior Test Analyst
11 7 (3.32%) Senior Analyst
11 7 (3.32%) Developer
11 7 (3.32%) Consultant
12 6 (2.84%) Test Consultant
12 6 (2.84%) Automation Engineer
13 5 (2.37%) Programme Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (22.27%) .NET
2 27 (12.80%) HTML
3 19 (9.00%) JSP
4 18 (8.53%) ASP.NET
5 10 (4.74%) MSMQ
6 9 (4.27%) Web Services
7 6 (2.84%) XML
7 6 (2.84%) Gherkin
8 4 (1.90%) SOAP
8 4 (1.90%) J2EE
8 4 (1.90%) JSON
9 3 (1.42%) REST
9 3 (1.42%) AngularJS
9 3 (1.42%) CSS
10 2 (0.95%) Flash
10 2 (0.95%) RESTful
11 1 (0.47%) SAP PI
11 1 (0.47%) SailPoint
11 1 (0.47%) jQuery
11 1 (0.47%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 27 (12.80%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (9.00%) Computer Science
3 8 (3.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 8 (3.79%) Mobile App
4 7 (3.32%) SWIFT
4 7 (3.32%) Derivative
4 7 (3.32%) Equities
5 6 (2.84%) MPEG
5 6 (2.84%) STB
5 6 (2.84%) Smart Meter
6 4 (1.90%) Credit Risk
6 4 (1.90%) Algorithms
6 4 (1.90%) Mobile Payment
7 3 (1.42%) Mobile Banking
7 3 (1.42%) Digital Media
8 2 (0.95%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.47%) User Experience
9 1 (0.47%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.47%) Data Integration
9 1 (0.47%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 27 (12.80%) UNIX
2 13 (6.16%) Linux
3 4 (1.90%) Solaris
4 2 (0.95%) Windows
4 2 (0.95%) Apple iOS
4 2 (0.95%) Mac OS
4 2 (0.95%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (36.02%) Agile Software Development
2 74 (35.07%) Test Scripting
3 53 (25.12%) Software Testing
4 46 (21.80%) Test Strategy
5 45 (21.33%) Test Automation
6 44 (20.85%) User Acceptance Testing
7 38 (18.01%) Regression Testing
8 30 (14.22%) Integration Testing
9 27 (12.80%) Scrum
10 23 (10.90%) Project Management
10 23 (10.90%) Automated Testing
11 22 (10.43%) Test Planning
12 21 (9.95%) Knowledge Management
12 21 (9.95%) Migration
12 21 (9.95%) PRINCE2
13 20 (9.48%) ITIL
13 20 (9.48%) Data Migration
13 20 (9.48%) Waterfall
13 20 (9.48%) Analytics
14 19 (9.00%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 83 (39.34%) SQL
2 32 (15.17%) Java
3 24 (11.37%) JavaScript
4 10 (4.74%) C#
4 10 (4.74%) Ruby
5 7 (3.32%) PowerShell
6 6 (2.84%) PL/SQL
6 6 (2.84%) VBScript
6 6 (2.84%) VB.NET
6 6 (2.84%) Scala
7 5 (2.37%) VBA
7 5 (2.37%) PHP
8 4 (1.90%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.42%) Groovy
9 3 (1.42%) Python
10 1 (0.47%) ABAP
10 1 (0.47%) VB
10 1 (0.47%) C++
10 1 (0.47%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 171 (81.04%) ISEB
2 79 (37.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 39 (18.48%) Degree
4 27 (12.80%) Security Cleared
5 23 (10.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 21 (9.95%) SC Cleared
7 9 (4.27%) MCITP
7 9 (4.27%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (4.27%) Microsoft Certification
8 7 (3.32%) DV Cleared
9 4 (1.90%) HND
9 4 (1.90%) ISEB Practitioner
10 3 (1.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.47%) CSQA
12 1 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (31.75%) QA
2 5 (2.37%) GAAP
3 4 (1.90%) Solvency II
4 2 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.95%) COREP
4 2 (0.95%) FINREP
Systems Management
1 45 (21.33%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.47%) Puppet
2 1 (0.47%) nmon
2 1 (0.47%) Ansible
2 1 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 59 (27.96%) HP
2 39 (18.48%) Oracle
3 32 (15.17%) Microsoft
4 14 (6.64%) Citrix
5 10 (4.74%) Sybase
6 9 (4.27%) Cisco
7 7 (3.32%) Remedy
8 6 (2.84%) IBM
8 6 (2.84%) SAP
8 6 (2.84%) Wall Street Systems
9 4 (1.90%) OpenText
10 3 (1.42%) Reuters
11 2 (0.95%) Informatica
11 2 (0.95%) Sun
11 2 (0.95%) Murex
11 2 (0.95%) Cognos
11 2 (0.95%) Tableau
12 1 (0.47%) Splunk
12 1 (0.47%) Vertica
12 1 (0.47%) WorldPay
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