The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 12 February 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.

Location
3 months to
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 163 146 161
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +15
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 83 122 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.97% 1.28% 0.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.52% 4.66% 3.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 60 39
Average daily rate £345 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.42% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £428 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £340 £310
% change year-on-year
-8.08% +9.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £177.50 £30.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+491.66% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £107.50 £15.92 £11.75
% change year-on-year
+575.35% +35.46%
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 South East region.

Qualifications Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
2360 2619 2169
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 27.56% 27.45% 25.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1426 1279 1035
Average daily rate £400 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £500 £493
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 107 115
Average hourly rate £45.00 £19.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+136.84% +11.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.24 £11.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.50 £47.50 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in the South East

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the South East region over the 3 months to 12 February 2016.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the South East region over the 3 months to 12 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Hampshire -42 21 £295 -24.48% 3
Surrey -8 19 £415 +27.69% 6
Berkshire +6 12 £345 -1.42% 10
Kent 0 11 £210 -36.84% 1
West Sussex +5 6 £315 +43.18%
East Sussex +15 5 £308 - 3
Oxfordshire +9 5 £333 +47.77% 5
Buckinghamshire +15 3 £415 -3.76% 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 83 (49.40%) ISEB
2 73 (43.45%) Test Scripting
3 68 (40.48%) HP
4 62 (36.90%) Security Cleared
5 58 (34.52%) Software Testing
6 56 (33.33%) SC Cleared
6 56 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 50 (29.76%) Microsoft
8 49 (29.17%) SQL
9 48 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
10 47 (27.98%) Agile Software Development
10 47 (27.98%) Test Management
11 44 (26.19%) Oracle
12 43 (25.60%) Test Automation
13 36 (21.43%) Finance
13 36 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
14 33 (19.64%) Defect Management
15 32 (19.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 32 (19.05%) .NET
16 31 (18.45%) JavaScript
16 31 (18.45%) Test Strategy
16 31 (18.45%) Functional Testing
17 29 (17.26%) HTML
17 29 (17.26%) XML
17 29 (17.26%) HP UFT
18 28 (16.67%) C#
19 27 (16.07%) CRM
20 25 (14.88%) ASP.NET
20 25 (14.88%) SoapUI
21 24 (14.29%) Unix

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 10 (5.95%) JBoss
2 8 (4.76%) WebLogic
3 5 (2.98%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.79%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.79%) Confluence
5 2 (1.19%) IIS
6 1 (0.60%) Documentum
Applications
1 21 (12.50%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.98%) MS Office
3 3 (1.79%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (1.19%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.19%) MS Project
4 2 (1.19%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (5.36%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (3.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (3.57%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (1.19%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.55%) SAN
1 11 (6.55%) TCP/IP
2 5 (2.98%) FTP
3 4 (2.38%) VLAN
4 3 (1.79%) HTTP
4 3 (1.79%) HTTPS
4 3 (1.79%) PuTTY
5 2 (1.19%) Value-Added Service
5 2 (1.19%) WAN
5 2 (1.19%) ZigBee
6 1 (0.60%) Broadband
6 1 (0.60%) DVB
6 1 (0.60%) Network Security
6 1 (0.60%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (8.33%) Oracle Reports
2 8 (4.76%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.79%) Apache Accumulo
3 3 (1.79%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.19%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (1.19%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (1.19%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.60%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 29 (17.26%) HP UFT
2 25 (14.88%) SoapUI
3 21 (12.50%) JIRA
3 21 (12.50%) Selenium
4 12 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (6.55%) WebDriver
6 9 (5.36%) Cucumber
7 6 (3.57%) Introscope
7 6 (3.57%) LoadRunner
8 5 (2.98%) JProfiler
8 5 (2.98%) Toad
8 5 (2.98%) Visual Studio
9 4 (2.38%) JMeter
10 3 (1.79%) Rational Performance Tester
11 2 (1.19%) Gradle
11 2 (1.19%) Hudson
11 2 (1.19%) Jenkins
11 2 (1.19%) SpecFlow
11 2 (1.19%) TestNG
11 2 (1.19%) WatiN
General
1 36 (21.43%) Finance
2 16 (9.52%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.79%) Aerospace
3 3 (1.79%) Banking
3 3 (1.79%) Billing
3 3 (1.79%) Retail
4 2 (1.19%) Electronics
5 1 (0.60%) Legal
5 1 (0.60%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 84 (50.00%) Analyst
2 83 (49.40%) Test Analyst
3 25 (14.88%) Test Manager
4 21 (12.50%) Tester
5 15 (8.93%) Test Engineer
5 15 (8.93%) Test Leader
6 13 (7.74%) Senior Analyst
6 13 (7.74%) Senior Test Analyst
7 11 (6.55%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
7 11 (6.55%) Test Specialist
8 8 (4.76%) Automation Analyst
8 8 (4.76%) Automation Test Analyst
9 7 (4.17%) Automation Specialist
9 7 (4.17%) Senior Penetration Tester
9 7 (4.17%) Senior Tester
9 7 (4.17%) Test Automation Specialist
10 6 (3.57%) Automation Tester
10 6 (3.57%) IT Analyst
11 5 (2.98%) Systems Test Analyst
11 5 (2.98%) XML Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (19.05%) .NET
2 29 (17.26%) HTML
2 29 (17.26%) XML
3 25 (14.88%) ASP.NET
4 18 (10.71%) SOAP
4 18 (10.71%) Web Services
5 11 (6.55%) XML Messaging
6 10 (5.95%) Middleware
7 3 (1.79%) Gherkin
7 3 (1.79%) Java EE
7 3 (1.79%) JDBC
7 3 (1.79%) ODBC
7 3 (1.79%) Oracle Fusion
7 3 (1.79%) REST
7 3 (1.79%) Swing
8 2 (1.19%) Ajax
8 2 (1.19%) Hibernate
8 2 (1.19%) JMS
8 2 (1.19%) Spring
8 2 (1.19%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.55%) Smart Meter
2 10 (5.95%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (4.76%) Data Centre
4 5 (2.98%) AS400
4 5 (2.98%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.79%) Data Integration
5 3 (1.79%) PKI
6 2 (1.19%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.19%) EPoS
6 2 (1.19%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.60%) CCTV
7 1 (0.60%) Chip Card
7 1 (0.60%) DTV
7 1 (0.60%) IPTV
7 1 (0.60%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.60%) MPEG
7 1 (0.60%) Replication
7 1 (0.60%) Statistics
7 1 (0.60%) STB
7 1 (0.60%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 24 (14.29%) Unix
2 21 (12.50%) Linux
3 15 (8.93%) Windows
4 5 (2.98%) Solaris
5 2 (1.19%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.60%) Android
6 1 (0.60%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.60%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (43.45%) Test Scripting
2 58 (34.52%) Software Testing
3 47 (27.98%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (27.98%) Test Management
4 43 (25.60%) Test Automation
5 36 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
6 33 (19.64%) Defect Management
7 31 (18.45%) Functional Testing
7 31 (18.45%) Test Strategy
8 27 (16.07%) CRM
9 24 (14.29%) Integration Testing
10 21 (12.50%) Regression Testing
11 20 (11.90%) Mentoring
12 19 (11.31%) System Testing
12 19 (11.31%) Waterfall
13 18 (10.71%) Knowledge Management
13 18 (10.71%) Use Case
14 17 (10.12%) Non-Functional Testing
14 17 (10.12%) Security Testing
15 16 (9.52%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 49 (29.17%) SQL
2 31 (18.45%) JavaScript
3 28 (16.67%) C#
4 21 (12.50%) Java
4 21 (12.50%) VB
5 6 (3.57%) PL/SQL
5 6 (3.57%) Shell Script
6 5 (2.98%) C++
6 5 (2.98%) Perl
6 5 (2.98%) PowerShell
7 3 (1.79%) C
7 3 (1.79%) Groovy
7 3 (1.79%) VB.NET
7 3 (1.79%) VBA
8 1 (0.60%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 83 (49.40%) ISEB
2 62 (36.90%) Security Cleared
3 56 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 56 (33.33%) SC Cleared
4 32 (19.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 20 (11.90%) DV Cleared
6 9 (5.36%) Degree
6 9 (5.36%) ISEB Practitioner
7 5 (2.98%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (2.98%) MCITP
7 5 (2.98%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (1.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (10.71%) QA
2 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.60%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (1.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.60%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.60%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 48 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.98%) HP SiteScope
2 5 (2.98%) nmon
3 2 (1.19%) BMC PATROL
4 1 (0.60%) CA Wily
4 1 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 68 (40.48%) HP
2 50 (29.76%) Microsoft
3 44 (26.19%) Oracle
4 11 (6.55%) Citrix
5 8 (4.76%) Remedy
6 6 (3.57%) Cisco
7 5 (2.98%) PeopleSoft
8 3 (1.79%) VMware
9 2 (1.19%) Atlassian
9 2 (1.19%) BMC
9 2 (1.19%) Guidewire
9 2 (1.19%) SAP
10 1 (0.60%) AppDynamics
10 1 (0.60%) CA
10 1 (0.60%) Dynatrace
10 1 (0.60%) Ericsson
10 1 (0.60%) Juniper
10 1 (0.60%) Nokia
10 1 (0.60%) Rally
10 1 (0.60%) ServiceNow
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