The first table below looks at the demand for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Reading region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 69 65 75
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +10
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 9 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.83% 0.26% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.74% 1.09% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 1 0
Average daily rate £275 £500 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-45.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £315 £305
% change year-on-year
-1.58% +3.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.38 £30.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-65.41% +1.69%
Qualifications Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
328 183 344
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 30.37% 23.70% 31.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 78 149
Average daily rate £375 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £235 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £511 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £355
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 7
Average hourly rate £15.25 £18.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.56% +2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £16.15 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £180.00 £18.50 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-28.00% -
ISTQB
Berkshire

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in Reading

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the Reading region over the 3 months to 16 April 2014.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 18 (94.74%) ISEB
2 10 (52.63%) Microsoft
2 10 (52.63%) MS Excel
3 8 (42.11%) C#
4 7 (36.84%) C++
4 7 (36.84%) C
4 7 (36.84%) MS Visio
4 7 (36.84%) Games
4 7 (36.84%) Risk Assessment
5 6 (31.58%) Software Testing
6 5 (26.32%) Selenium
6 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
7 4 (21.05%) SC Cleared
7 4 (21.05%) Security Cleared
7 4 (21.05%) Windows
8 3 (15.79%) Windows 2000
8 3 (15.79%) HTML
8 3 (15.79%) JavaScript
8 3 (15.79%) Active Directory
8 3 (15.79%) Degree
8 3 (15.79%) Finance
8 3 (15.79%) Waterfall
9 2 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
9 2 (10.53%) Automation Testing
9 2 (10.53%) QAComplete
9 2 (10.53%) DV Cleared
9 2 (10.53%) Stress Testing
9 2 (10.53%) Test Management
9 2 (10.53%) Validation

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 2 (10.53%) SharePoint
1 2 (10.53%) MS Exchange
1 2 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (5.26%) CMS
2 1 (5.26%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 10 (52.63%) MS Excel
2 7 (36.84%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.26%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.26%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 5 (26.32%) Selenium
2 2 (10.53%) TestComplete
2 2 (10.53%) QuickTest Pro
2 2 (10.53%) QAComplete
3 1 (5.26%) TestDirector
3 1 (5.26%) LoadRunner
3 1 (5.26%) JMeter
3 1 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (5.26%) Cucumber
General
1 7 (36.84%) Games
2 3 (15.79%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (36.84%) Test Engineer
2 5 (26.32%) Analyst
2 5 (26.32%) Test Leader
2 5 (26.32%) Test Analyst
3 3 (15.79%) Senior Analyst
3 3 (15.79%) Senior Test Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Tester
4 2 (10.53%) Software Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Performance Test Leader
5 1 (5.26%) Automated Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Test Manager
5 1 (5.26%) QA Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Lead Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.79%) HTML
2 2 (10.53%) Web Services
3 1 (5.26%) XML
3 1 (5.26%) Middleware
3 1 (5.26%) .NET
3 1 (5.26%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.26%) Statistics
1 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (21.05%) Windows
2 3 (15.79%) Windows 2000
3 2 (10.53%) Windows XP
3 2 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (10.53%) UNIX
4 1 (5.26%) Windows 7
4 1 (5.26%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (36.84%) Risk Assessment
2 6 (31.58%) Software Testing
3 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
4 3 (15.79%) Waterfall
5 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
5 2 (10.53%) Automation Testing
5 2 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (10.53%) Stress Testing
5 2 (10.53%) Test Management
5 2 (10.53%) Validation
6 1 (5.26%) Scrum
6 1 (5.26%) DSDM
6 1 (5.26%) Mobile Commerce
6 1 (5.26%) Project Management
6 1 (5.26%) Web Development
6 1 (5.26%) Risk Analysis
6 1 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (5.26%) Automated Testing
6 1 (5.26%) Performance Testing
6 1 (5.26%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (42.11%) C#
2 7 (36.84%) C++
2 7 (36.84%) C
3 3 (15.79%) JavaScript
4 2 (10.53%) SQL
5 1 (5.26%) Java
Qualifications
1 18 (94.74%) ISEB
2 4 (21.05%) SC Cleared
2 4 (21.05%) Security Cleared
3 3 (15.79%) Degree
4 2 (10.53%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.53%) QA
System Software
1 3 (15.79%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (5.26%) nmon
Vendors
1 10 (52.63%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.26%) HP
2 1 (5.26%) Ektron
2 1 (5.26%) IBM