The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 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 South East 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 129 191 196
Rank change year-on-year
+62 +5
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 113 47 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.21% 0.56% 0.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.59% 2.26% 2.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 22 26
Average daily rate £325 £378 £306
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.90% +23.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £300 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £407 £500 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £316
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +2.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £30.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.38 £30.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-65.41% +1.69%
Qualifications Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
2464 2077 2362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 26.39% 24.75% 22.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1230 1031 1065
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £235 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £355
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 124 128
Average hourly rate £20.75 £23.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.78% +2.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £24.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-25.00% -
ISTQB
England

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 24 April 2014.

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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +56 64 £325 -15.03% 4
Berkshire +1 16 £275 -40.54% 3
West Sussex +5 12 £310 -38.00%
Buckinghamshire -11 8 £405 +1.25%
Surrey -13 7 £363 -3.33% 6
Oxfordshire - 5 £325 - 5
East Sussex - - - - 1
Kent - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, 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 99 (51.83%) HP
2 92 (48.17%) Security Cleared
3 88 (46.07%) SC Cleared
4 85 (44.50%) ISEB
4 85 (44.50%) JavaScript
4 85 (44.50%) .NET
5 84 (43.98%) Software Testing
6 81 (42.41%) HTML
7 71 (37.17%) ASP.NET
7 71 (37.17%) JSP
7 71 (37.17%) HP Quality Center
8 70 (36.65%) Oracle
9 55 (28.80%) UNIX
10 54 (28.27%) Test Scripting
11 53 (27.75%) Windows
12 51 (26.70%) Microsoft
13 50 (26.18%) Knowledge Management
14 49 (25.65%) Test Strategy
15 46 (24.08%) QuickTest Pro
16 43 (22.51%) Windows Server 2003
16 43 (22.51%) Windows Server 2008
17 42 (21.99%) C#
17 42 (21.99%) Windows 2000
18 41 (21.47%) Windows XP
19 39 (20.42%) Oracle EBS
20 33 (17.28%) QA
21 32 (16.75%) DV Cleared
22 31 (16.23%) TCP/IP
23 30 (15.71%) Oracle Reports
24 29 (15.18%) HTTPS

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, 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 13 (6.81%) SharePoint
2 8 (4.19%) SharePoint 2010
3 7 (3.66%) CMS
4 4 (2.09%) IIS
5 3 (1.57%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.57%) WebSphere
6 2 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.52%) Lotus Domino
7 1 (0.52%) WebLogic
Applications
1 21 (10.99%) MS Excel
2 6 (3.14%) MS Visio
3 5 (2.62%) MS Office
4 3 (1.57%) MS Project
5 1 (0.52%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 39 (20.42%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.57%) Lawson
2 3 (1.57%) Infor M3
3 2 (1.05%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 31 (16.23%) TCP/IP
2 29 (15.18%) HTTPS
3 20 (10.47%) SAN
4 18 (9.42%) SSL
4 18 (9.42%) HTTP
5 17 (8.90%) Wireshark
6 12 (6.28%) DNS
7 6 (3.14%) VoIP
8 4 (2.09%) Unified Communications
9 2 (1.05%) Firewall
10 1 (0.52%) WAN
10 1 (0.52%) FTP
10 1 (0.52%) LAN
10 1 (0.52%) SIGTRAN
10 1 (0.52%) GGSN
10 1 (0.52%) SGSN
10 1 (0.52%) MGW
10 1 (0.52%) Intranet
10 1 (0.52%) MPLS
10 1 (0.52%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (15.71%) Oracle Reports
2 12 (6.28%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.57%) RDBMS
3 3 (1.57%) MySQL
3 3 (1.57%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.05%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.05%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (1.05%) DB2
4 2 (1.05%) SQL Navigator
5 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.52%) EDRMS
5 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 46 (24.08%) QuickTest Pro
2 24 (12.57%) Selenium
3 22 (11.52%) LoadRunner
4 11 (5.76%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (4.71%) JIRA
6 8 (4.19%) WebDriver
6 8 (4.19%) Cucumber
7 6 (3.14%) Bugzilla
8 4 (2.09%) Visual Studio
8 4 (2.09%) FitNesse
8 4 (2.09%) TestComplete
9 3 (1.57%) Toad
9 3 (1.57%) WinRunner
9 3 (1.57%) SoapUI
9 3 (1.57%) Ranorex
9 3 (1.57%) QAComplete
10 2 (1.05%) JMeter
11 1 (0.52%) JProfiler
11 1 (0.52%) Rational Performance Tester
11 1 (0.52%) TestDirector
General
1 25 (13.09%) Finance
2 10 (5.24%) Telecoms
3 7 (3.66%) Retail
4 6 (3.14%) Games
5 5 (2.62%) Banking
6 4 (2.09%) Marketing
7 2 (1.05%) Publishing
8 1 (0.52%) Billing
8 1 (0.52%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.52%) Military
8 1 (0.52%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.52%) Automotive
8 1 (0.52%) Law
8 1 (0.52%) Legal
8 1 (0.52%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 66 (34.55%) Analyst
2 62 (32.46%) Test Analyst
3 41 (21.47%) Test Manager
4 36 (18.85%) Tester
5 21 (10.99%) Test Engineer
6 18 (9.42%) Test Leader
7 8 (4.19%) Test Specialist
7 8 (4.19%) QA Engineer
8 7 (3.66%) Senior Analyst
8 7 (3.66%) Performance Tester
8 7 (3.66%) Automation Test Analyst
8 7 (3.66%) Automation Analyst
9 6 (3.14%) Applications Tester
9 6 (3.14%) Technical Tester
9 6 (3.14%) Software Tester
10 5 (2.62%) Senior Test Analyst
10 5 (2.62%) Performance Analyst
10 5 (2.62%) Performance Test Analyst
11 4 (2.09%) Test Consultant
11 4 (2.09%) Senior Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (44.50%) .NET
2 81 (42.41%) HTML
3 71 (37.17%) ASP.NET
3 71 (37.17%) JSP
4 15 (7.85%) Web Services
5 7 (3.66%) CSS
6 6 (3.14%) XML
6 6 (3.14%) Middleware
7 5 (2.62%) SOAP
8 3 (1.57%) OLE
8 3 (1.57%) WCF
9 2 (1.05%) WPF
9 2 (1.05%) JPA
9 2 (1.05%) REST
9 2 (1.05%) Ruby on Rails
10 1 (0.52%) ODBC
10 1 (0.52%) JDBC
Miscellaneous
1 8 (4.19%) Computer Science
2 6 (3.14%) Management Information System
3 4 (2.09%) Smart Meter
4 3 (1.57%) Open Source
5 2 (1.05%) IBM Mainframe
5 2 (1.05%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.05%) AS400
6 1 (0.52%) BBC
6 1 (0.52%) Statistics
6 1 (0.52%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.52%) MPEG
6 1 (0.52%) Chip and PIN
6 1 (0.52%) EFT
6 1 (0.52%) EFTPOS
6 1 (0.52%) Smartcard
6 1 (0.52%) DTV
6 1 (0.52%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 55 (28.80%) UNIX
2 53 (27.75%) Windows
3 43 (22.51%) Windows Server 2003
3 43 (22.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 42 (21.99%) Windows 2000
5 41 (21.47%) Windows XP
6 27 (14.14%) Linux
7 5 (2.62%) Windows 7
8 3 (1.57%) Solaris
9 1 (0.52%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (43.98%) Software Testing
2 54 (28.27%) Test Scripting
3 50 (26.18%) Knowledge Management
4 49 (25.65%) Test Strategy
5 26 (13.61%) Test Management
6 25 (13.09%) Test Automation
7 22 (11.52%) CRM
8 21 (10.99%) Validation
9 20 (10.47%) Automated Testing
10 19 (9.95%) Workflow
11 18 (9.42%) Scrum
12 17 (8.90%) Agile Software Development
13 16 (8.38%) User Acceptance Testing
13 16 (8.38%) Performance Testing
14 13 (6.81%) Functional Testing
15 12 (6.28%) Waterfall
16 11 (5.76%) ITIL
16 11 (5.76%) Project Management
17 9 (4.71%) DSDM
17 9 (4.71%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 85 (44.50%) JavaScript
2 42 (21.99%) C#
3 29 (15.18%) VB
4 28 (14.66%) SQL
5 21 (10.99%) Java
6 13 (6.81%) VBA
7 10 (5.24%) C++
8 7 (3.66%) VBScript
9 6 (3.14%) C
10 5 (2.62%) PowerShell
11 4 (2.09%) Python
11 4 (2.09%) Perl
12 2 (1.05%) PL/SQL
12 2 (1.05%) VB.NET
12 2 (1.05%) Bash Shell
12 2 (1.05%) Ruby
13 1 (0.52%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 92 (48.17%) Security Cleared
2 88 (46.07%) SC Cleared
3 85 (44.50%) ISEB
4 32 (16.75%) DV Cleared
5 10 (5.24%) Degree
6 8 (4.19%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (3.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 6 (3.14%) PMP
8 6 (3.14%) PMI Certification
8 6 (3.14%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (3.14%) MCITP
9 4 (2.09%) CCNA
9 4 (2.09%) MOS
10 2 (1.05%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.52%) MCP
11 1 (0.52%) MCSE
11 1 (0.52%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (17.28%) QA
2 4 (2.09%) SLA
3 2 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 17 (8.90%) Nmap
2 6 (3.14%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 71 (37.17%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (8.90%) Nessus
3 10 (5.24%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 2 (1.05%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 2 (1.05%) nmon
Vendors
1 99 (51.83%) HP
2 70 (36.65%) Oracle
3 51 (26.70%) Microsoft
4 17 (8.90%) Citrix
5 9 (4.71%) Cisco
6 7 (3.66%) Ektron
7 4 (2.09%) VMware
8 3 (1.57%) Infor
8 3 (1.57%) IBM
9 2 (1.05%) Remedy
9 2 (1.05%) Red Hat
10 1 (0.52%) CheckPoint