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 28 January 2015 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 137 160 193
Rank change year-on-year
+23 +33
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 118 77 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.29% 0.91% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.63% 3.68% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 31 6
Average daily rate
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£350 £313 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.73% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £169 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £408
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Average hourly rate £30.00 - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.85 £11.75 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+26.38% -59.13%
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
2551 2092 1597
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 27.82% 24.84% 20.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1230 991 728
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £222 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £506 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 111 129
Average hourly rate £19.00 £16.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% -41.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.25 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.83%

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 28 January 2015.

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 28 January 2015. 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
Hampshire +4 68 £390 +10.95% 5
Surrey +16 16 £325 +100.00% 4
Berkshire -1 13 £350 +40.00% 8
West Sussex -10 9 £205 -33.87% 2
Buckinghamshire -15 3 £431 +26.37% 1
Oxfordshire -17 1 £225 -50.00%
Middlesex - 1 £388 -
East Sussex - - - - 3
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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.

1 121 (57.89%) Security Cleared
2 116 (55.50%) HP
3 114 (54.55%) SC Cleared
4 106 (50.72%) Microsoft
5 95 (45.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 89 (42.58%) JavaScript
6 89 (42.58%) .NET
7 86 (41.15%) HTML
8 84 (40.19%) Oracle
9 83 (39.71%) Knowledge Management
10 81 (38.76%) JSP
10 81 (38.76%) ISEB
11 79 (37.80%) ASP.NET
12 76 (36.36%) HP Quality Center
13 68 (32.54%) Test Scripting
14 65 (31.10%) Software Testing
15 63 (30.14%) Project Management
16 61 (29.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 59 (28.23%) Oracle EBS
18 58 (27.75%) MS Excel
19 57 (27.27%) UNIX
20 50 (23.92%) SAN
21 49 (23.44%) Citrix
22 46 (22.01%) Oracle Reports
23 45 (21.53%) DV Cleared
24 35 (16.75%) Agile Software Development
25 29 (13.88%) TCP/IP
25 29 (13.88%) Test Automation
26 28 (13.40%) Java
27 27 (12.92%) QuickTest Pro

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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 7 (3.35%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.91%) SharePoint 2010
2 4 (1.91%) CMS
3 2 (0.96%) JBoss
3 2 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.48%) IIS
Applications
1 58 (27.75%) MS Excel
2 10 (4.78%) MS Office
3 1 (0.48%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 59 (28.23%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.48%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.48%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.48%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.39%) SaaS
2 1 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 50 (23.92%) SAN
2 29 (13.88%) TCP/IP
3 7 (3.35%) HTTPS
4 6 (2.87%) Wireshark
4 6 (2.87%) HTTP
4 6 (2.87%) SSL
5 3 (1.44%) DAB
6 2 (0.96%) Unified Communications
6 2 (0.96%) DNS
6 2 (0.96%) WAN
6 2 (0.96%) LAN
6 2 (0.96%) ISUP
6 2 (0.96%) 3G
6 2 (0.96%) SS7
7 1 (0.48%) RTP
7 1 (0.48%) SCCP
7 1 (0.48%) INAP
7 1 (0.48%) 2G
7 1 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.48%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (22.01%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (0.96%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 27 (12.92%) QuickTest Pro
2 20 (9.57%) Selenium
3 11 (5.26%) JIRA
4 7 (3.35%) LoadRunner
4 7 (3.35%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (2.87%) Visual Studio
6 5 (2.39%) Subversion
7 4 (1.91%) Cucumber
7 4 (1.91%) SoapUI
8 3 (1.44%) JMeter
8 3 (1.44%) JUnit
8 3 (1.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.96%) SpecFlow
9 2 (0.96%) Rational Functional Tester
9 2 (0.96%) Bugzilla
10 1 (0.48%) Ant
10 1 (0.48%) Git (software)
10 1 (0.48%) WebDriver
10 1 (0.48%) Maven
10 1 (0.48%) Rational DOORS
General
1 19 (9.09%) Telecoms
1 19 (9.09%) Finance
2 4 (1.91%) Retail
3 3 (1.44%) Banking
3 3 (1.44%) Legal
4 2 (0.96%) Military
5 1 (0.48%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.48%) Back Office
5 1 (0.48%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.48%) Billing
Job Titles
1 80 (38.28%) Analyst
2 76 (36.36%) Test Analyst
3 35 (16.75%) Test Manager
4 28 (13.40%) Tester
5 22 (10.53%) Test Leader
6 20 (9.57%) Test Specialist
7 11 (5.26%) Test Engineer
8 7 (3.35%) Developer
8 7 (3.35%) QA Engineer
9 6 (2.87%) QA Tester
9 6 (2.87%) Security Specialist
9 6 (2.87%) Agile Test Analyst
9 6 (2.87%) Software Engineer
10 5 (2.39%) Automation Test Analyst
10 5 (2.39%) QA Analyst
10 5 (2.39%) Technical Test Analyst
10 5 (2.39%) Technical Analyst
10 5 (2.39%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (2.39%) Automation Tester
10 5 (2.39%) Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (42.58%) .NET
2 86 (41.15%) HTML
3 81 (38.76%) JSP
4 79 (37.80%) ASP.NET
5 6 (2.87%) Middleware
6 5 (2.39%) Web Services
7 4 (1.91%) XML
7 4 (1.91%) CSS
7 4 (1.91%) OLE
8 3 (1.44%) Spring
9 1 (0.48%) SOAP
9 1 (0.48%) WCF
9 1 (0.48%) WPF
9 1 (0.48%) WinForms
9 1 (0.48%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 5 (2.39%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (0.96%) User Experience
2 2 (0.96%) Mobile App
2 2 (0.96%) Management Information System
2 2 (0.96%) EPoS
3 1 (0.48%) EFT
3 1 (0.48%) EFTPOS
3 1 (0.48%) Smartcard
3 1 (0.48%) Handset
3 1 (0.48%) GIS
3 1 (0.48%) Computer Science
3 1 (0.48%) Smart Meter
3 1 (0.48%) Data Integration
3 1 (0.48%) Replication
3 1 (0.48%) APACS
Operating Systems
1 57 (27.27%) UNIX
2 20 (9.57%) Windows
3 19 (9.09%) Linux
4 14 (6.70%) Windows Server 2003
4 14 (6.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (3.83%) Windows 2000
6 7 (3.35%) Windows XP
7 3 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.96%) Android
9 1 (0.48%) AIX
9 1 (0.48%) HPUX
9 1 (0.48%) Solaris
9 1 (0.48%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.48%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.48%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.48%) Windows Phone 7
9 1 (0.48%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (39.71%) Knowledge Management
2 68 (32.54%) Test Scripting
3 65 (31.10%) Software Testing
4 63 (30.14%) Project Management
5 35 (16.75%) Agile Software Development
6 29 (13.88%) Test Automation
7 23 (11.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 22 (10.53%) Test Management
8 22 (10.53%) Functional Testing
9 20 (9.57%) Test Strategy
10 19 (9.09%) CRM
11 18 (8.61%) Security Testing
12 14 (6.70%) Scrum
13 13 (6.22%) Integration Testing
13 13 (6.22%) Performance Testing
14 12 (5.74%) PRINCE2
15 9 (4.31%) ITIL
15 9 (4.31%) Validation
15 9 (4.31%) Migration
15 9 (4.31%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 89 (42.58%) JavaScript
2 28 (13.40%) Java
3 25 (11.96%) VBA
4 24 (11.48%) C#
5 20 (9.57%) SQL
6 17 (8.13%) VB
7 14 (6.70%) PowerShell
8 10 (4.78%) C
9 7 (3.35%) Python
10 6 (2.87%) Perl
10 6 (2.87%) C++
11 2 (0.96%) VBScript
12 1 (0.48%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.48%) PHP
Qualifications
1 121 (57.89%) Security Cleared
2 114 (54.55%) SC Cleared
3 95 (45.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 81 (38.76%) ISEB
5 61 (29.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 45 (21.53%) DV Cleared
7 20 (9.57%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (9.57%) Microsoft Certification
8 17 (8.13%) MCITP
9 6 (2.87%) Degree
10 4 (1.91%) PMP
10 4 (1.91%) PMI Certification
11 3 (1.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (1.44%) MCSE
11 3 (1.44%) CCNP
11 3 (1.44%) CCNA
11 3 (1.44%) ISEB Practitioner
11 3 (1.44%) MOS
12 1 (0.48%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (11.00%) QA
2 1 (0.48%) ISO 8583
2 1 (0.48%) Solvency II
System Software
1 6 (2.87%) Nmap
2 5 (2.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.91%) VMware ESX
4 3 (1.44%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.48%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 76 (36.36%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.87%) Nessus
3 3 (1.44%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 116 (55.50%) HP
2 106 (50.72%) Microsoft
3 84 (40.19%) Oracle
4 49 (23.44%) Citrix
5 20 (9.57%) Cisco
6 5 (2.39%) VMware
7 4 (1.91%) Ektron
8 3 (1.44%) IBM
8 3 (1.44%) McAfee
9 2 (0.96%) SAP
9 2 (0.96%) Ericsson
10 1 (0.48%) Informatica
10 1 (0.48%) Verint
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