The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the Somerset region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 41 36 19
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -17
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 5 2 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 1.50% 0.92% 7.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.90% 4.08% 19.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 8
Average daily rate
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£338 £288 £341
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.39% -15.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £238 £332
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £338 £344
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £275 £320
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -14.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.85 - £21.00
ISTQB
South West

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

Qualifications Category
Somerset
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
102 49 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 30.54% 22.48% 35.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 23 38
Average daily rate £325 £372 £337
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.63% +10.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £400 £452
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 2 2
Average hourly rate £35.00 £34.53 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.36% +23.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.20 £32.44 £16.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.70 £36.62 £39.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Somerset

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Somerset region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014. 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
Taunton -9 5 £338 -3.57%
ISTQB
South West

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 13 (100.00%) ISEB
2 10 (76.92%) Software Testing
3 9 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (69.23%) C#
3 9 (69.23%) Scrum
3 9 (69.23%) SC Cleared
3 9 (69.23%) Security Cleared
3 9 (69.23%) SpecFlow
3 9 (69.23%) Gherkin
3 9 (69.23%) BDD
4 8 (61.54%) Microsoft
4 8 (61.54%) SQL
5 7 (53.85%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (46.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (38.46%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (38.46%) Integration Testing
7 5 (38.46%) Test Management
8 4 (30.77%) Test Scripting
8 4 (30.77%) Automated Testing
8 4 (30.77%) Selenium
8 4 (30.77%) Visual Studio
8 4 (30.77%) Test Strategy
9 3 (23.08%) User Stories
9 3 (23.08%) Test Automation
9 3 (23.08%) Manual Testing
10 2 (15.38%) Security Testing
10 2 (15.38%) TDD
10 2 (15.38%) SAP
10 2 (15.38%) Regression Testing
11 1 (7.69%) Finance

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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.

Applications
1 1 (7.69%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 9 (69.23%) SpecFlow
2 5 (38.46%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (30.77%) Selenium
3 4 (30.77%) Visual Studio
4 1 (7.69%) Cucumber
General
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (76.92%) Analyst
1 10 (76.92%) Test Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) Senior Test Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) Senior Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Team Leader
3 2 (15.38%) Test Team Leader
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Security Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Security Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Test Manager
4 1 (7.69%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) SAP Manager
4 1 (7.69%) SAP Test Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (69.23%) Gherkin
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (76.92%) Software Testing
2 9 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (69.23%) Scrum
2 9 (69.23%) BDD
3 7 (53.85%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (38.46%) Integration Testing
4 5 (38.46%) Test Management
5 4 (30.77%) Test Scripting
5 4 (30.77%) Automated Testing
5 4 (30.77%) Test Strategy
6 3 (23.08%) User Stories
6 3 (23.08%) Test Automation
6 3 (23.08%) Manual Testing
7 2 (15.38%) Security Testing
7 2 (15.38%) TDD
7 2 (15.38%) Regression Testing
8 1 (7.69%) ITIL
8 1 (7.69%) Service Management
8 1 (7.69%) Risk Analysis
8 1 (7.69%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (69.23%) C#
2 8 (61.54%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (100.00%) ISEB
2 9 (69.23%) SC Cleared
2 9 (69.23%) Security Cleared
3 6 (46.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (7.69%) DV Cleared
4 1 (7.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 2 (15.38%) SAP