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 30 July 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.

3 months to
30 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 170 140 75
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -65
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 88 139 212
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.00% 1.46% 2.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.73% 5.55% 8.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 95 81
Median daily rate £350 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +11.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £15.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.25 £30.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+30.83% +122.22%
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
2358 2504 2411
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 26.73% 26.22% 26.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1413 1484 1175
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £263 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 113 84
Median hourly rate £40.00 £21.55 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+85.61% +23.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.16 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £25.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+18.00% +31.57%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South East region citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 30 July 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the South East region over the 3 months to 30 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire -24 28 £375 +0.67% 2
Berkshire -13 12 £350 -6.66%
West Sussex -8 11 £310 +3.33%
Surrey -32 10 £350 -18.60% 8
Buckinghamshire +6 9 £245 -23.13% 1
Kent - 7 £371 - 2
East Sussex +7 4 £350 +1.89% 2
Oxfordshire +6 3 £288 -4.16%
Middlesex -5 1 £450 +20.00% 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 126 (59.43%) ISEB
2 85 (40.09%) Test Scripting
3 84 (39.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 74 (34.91%) Finance
5 72 (33.96%) Agile Software Development
6 58 (27.36%) JIRA
6 58 (27.36%) Security Cleared
7 57 (26.89%) SQL
8 53 (25.00%) HP
8 53 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
9 49 (23.11%) Software Testing
9 49 (23.11%) Microsoft
10 48 (22.64%) Java
10 48 (22.64%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 47 (22.17%) SC Cleared
12 44 (20.75%) Regression Testing
13 43 (20.28%) Linux
14 42 (19.81%) QA
15 41 (19.34%) Integration Testing
15 41 (19.34%) Functional Testing
16 40 (18.87%) Selenium
17 37 (17.45%) Unix
17 37 (17.45%) Windows
17 37 (17.45%) Defect Management
18 36 (16.98%) System Integration Testing
19 35 (16.51%) JavaScript
20 34 (16.04%) HP Quality Center
21 33 (15.57%) Waterfall
21 33 (15.57%) Test Strategy
21 33 (15.57%) Oracle

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 23 (10.85%) Confluence
2 14 (6.60%) IIS
3 12 (5.66%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.42%) JBoss
5 1 (0.47%) ColdFusion
5 1 (0.47%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 28 (13.21%) MS Excel
2 17 (8.02%) MS Office
3 6 (2.83%) MS PowerPoint
3 6 (2.83%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (5.19%) Sonata
2 5 (2.36%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (1.42%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (1.42%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.94%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.47%) Eagle PACE
5 1 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.89%) SaaS
2 3 (1.42%) IaaS
2 3 (1.42%) PaaS
3 1 (0.47%) FinancialForce.com
3 1 (0.47%) Office 365
3 1 (0.47%) OneDrive
3 1 (0.47%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.66%) VLAN
2 10 (4.72%) SAN
3 5 (2.36%) TCP/IP
3 5 (2.36%) ZigBee
4 4 (1.89%) LAN
4 4 (1.89%) WAN
5 2 (0.94%) Internet
5 2 (0.94%) IP Telephony
5 2 (0.94%) Unified Communications
6 1 (0.47%) GPRS
6 1 (0.47%) PuTTY
6 1 (0.47%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.77%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.30%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.47%) Apache Accumulo
3 1 (0.47%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.47%) Oracle OWB
3 1 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 58 (27.36%) JIRA
2 40 (18.87%) Selenium
3 29 (13.68%) Cucumber
4 23 (10.85%) HP UFT
5 22 (10.38%) SoapUI
6 21 (9.91%) WebDriver
7 19 (8.96%) Maven
8 17 (8.02%) Team Foundation Server
9 15 (7.08%) Hudson
9 15 (7.08%) Jenkins
10 14 (6.60%) Ant
10 14 (6.60%) Gradle
10 14 (6.60%) JMeter
10 14 (6.60%) jMock
10 14 (6.60%) JUnit
10 14 (6.60%) LoadRunner
11 8 (3.77%) Gatling
12 4 (1.89%) Git (software)
12 4 (1.89%) TestComplete
12 4 (1.89%) TestDirector
General
1 74 (34.91%) Finance
2 20 (9.43%) Banking
2 20 (9.43%) Retail
3 10 (4.72%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.89%) Back Office
5 3 (1.42%) Billing
6 2 (0.94%) Automotive
7 1 (0.47%) Electronics
7 1 (0.47%) Front Office
7 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.47%) Law
7 1 (0.47%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.47%) Marketing
7 1 (0.47%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 101 (47.64%) Analyst
2 94 (44.34%) Test Analyst
3 29 (13.68%) Test Engineer
3 29 (13.68%) Tester
4 17 (8.02%) Automation Test Analyst
5 16 (7.55%) QA Engineer
5 16 (7.55%) Senior Analyst
5 16 (7.55%) Senior Test Analyst
6 12 (5.66%) Test Leader
6 12 (5.66%) Test Manager
7 11 (5.19%) QA Analyst
7 11 (5.19%) Senior Test Engineer
8 10 (4.72%) Automation Tester
8 10 (4.72%) Developer
8 10 (4.72%) Manual Test Analyst
8 10 (4.72%) QA Test Analyst
9 9 (4.25%) UAT Analyst
9 9 (4.25%) UAT Test Analyst
10 8 (3.77%) Analyst Developer
10 8 (3.77%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (13.21%) HTML
2 27 (12.74%) Web Services
3 25 (11.79%) .NET
4 23 (10.85%) XML
5 21 (9.91%) ASP.NET
6 19 (8.96%) Spring
7 15 (7.08%) Ajax
8 14 (6.60%) Hibernate
8 14 (6.60%) Java EE
8 14 (6.60%) JMS
8 14 (6.60%) JSP
8 14 (6.60%) REST
8 14 (6.60%) WebSphere MQ
9 8 (3.77%) SOAP
10 6 (2.83%) XML Messaging
11 3 (1.42%) Middleware
12 2 (0.94%) Gherkin
13 1 (0.47%) Kendo UI
13 1 (0.47%) Oracle Fusion
13 1 (0.47%) Qt
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.66%) Computer Science
1 12 (5.66%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 9 (4.25%) Equities
2 9 (4.25%) Smart Meter
3 6 (2.83%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (2.83%) AS400
4 5 (2.36%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.89%) Client/Server
5 4 (1.89%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.42%) User Experience
7 2 (0.94%) Mathematics
7 2 (0.94%) PKI
8 1 (0.47%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.47%) EPoS
8 1 (0.47%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.47%) iPad
8 1 (0.47%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.47%) NHS
8 1 (0.47%) Smart Energy
8 1 (0.47%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 43 (20.28%) Linux
2 37 (17.45%) Unix
2 37 (17.45%) Windows
3 9 (4.25%) Windows Server 2003
3 9 (4.25%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (1.42%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.94%) Windows 7
5 2 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (40.09%) Test Scripting
2 72 (33.96%) Agile Software Development
3 53 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 49 (23.11%) Software Testing
5 44 (20.75%) Regression Testing
6 41 (19.34%) Functional Testing
6 41 (19.34%) Integration Testing
7 37 (17.45%) Defect Management
8 36 (16.98%) System Integration Testing
9 33 (15.57%) Test Strategy
9 33 (15.57%) Waterfall
10 30 (14.15%) Test Management
11 24 (11.32%) CRM
12 23 (10.85%) BDD
13 22 (10.38%) System Testing
13 22 (10.38%) TDD
13 22 (10.38%) Test Planning
14 20 (9.43%) Continuous Integration
14 20 (9.43%) Test Automation
15 19 (8.96%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 57 (26.89%) SQL
2 48 (22.64%) Java
3 35 (16.51%) JavaScript
4 23 (10.85%) C#
5 15 (7.08%) Groovy
5 15 (7.08%) PowerShell
5 15 (7.08%) VB
6 10 (4.72%) Bash Shell
6 10 (4.72%) Python
7 9 (4.25%) VBScript
8 6 (2.83%) C
9 5 (2.36%) Ruby
9 5 (2.36%) Scala
9 5 (2.36%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.47%) C++
10 1 (0.47%) FoxPro (VFP)
10 1 (0.47%) Perl
10 1 (0.47%) PHP
10 1 (0.47%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 126 (59.43%) ISEB
2 84 (39.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 58 (27.36%) Security Cleared
4 48 (22.64%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 47 (22.17%) SC Cleared
6 22 (10.38%) Degree
7 20 (9.43%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (5.19%) CCNA
8 11 (5.19%) DV Cleared
9 9 (4.25%) MCITP
9 9 (4.25%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (1.89%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.94%) CCNP
12 1 (0.47%) CISSP
12 1 (0.47%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (19.81%) QA
2 6 (2.83%) SLA
3 1 (0.47%) SDET
System Software
1 9 (4.25%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.83%) VMware ESX
4 3 (1.42%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 34 (16.04%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.83%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (0.47%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (0.47%) SCCM
3 1 (0.47%) SCOM
Vendors
1 53 (25.00%) HP
2 49 (23.11%) Microsoft
3 33 (15.57%) Oracle
4 14 (6.60%) Rally
5 13 (6.13%) Atlassian
6 12 (5.66%) SAP
7 11 (5.19%) Cisco
8 8 (3.77%) VMware
9 6 (2.83%) Intel Security
9 6 (2.83%) Remedy
10 3 (1.42%) Thunderhead
11 2 (0.94%) Guidewire
11 2 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
11 2 (0.94%) webMethods
12 1 (0.47%) Charles River
12 1 (0.47%) Informatica
12 1 (0.47%) NetApp
12 1 (0.47%) Pega
12 1 (0.47%) SunGard
12 1 (0.47%) Telerik