The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the South Wales region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 9 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 43 55 41
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -14
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 28 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 5.00% 0.38% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 17.72% 1.26% 2.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 0 3
Average daily rate £293 - £225
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £340 £310
% change year-on-year
-8.08% +9.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £107.50 £15.00 £11.75
% change year-on-year
+616.66% +27.65%
ISTQB
Wales

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

Qualifications Category
South Wales
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
158 159 112
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 28.21% 30.58% 27.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 101 59
Average daily rate £325 £450 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.77% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £543 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 12
Average hourly rate £48.00 £17.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+174.28% +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.80 £8.75 £14.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.00 £28.50 £16.16
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 South Wales

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in South Wales

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the South Wales region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

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 Wales region over the 3 months to 9 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
Cardiff +17 28 £293 -
ISTQB
Wales

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South Wales 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 19 (63.33%) Software Testing
2 15 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 13 (43.33%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (40.00%) Finance
4 12 (40.00%) SQL
5 11 (36.67%) ISEB
6 10 (33.33%) Test Management
7 9 (30.00%) Integration Testing
7 9 (30.00%) Manual Testing
7 9 (30.00%) V-Model
7 9 (30.00%) Waterfall
7 9 (30.00%) User Stories
7 9 (30.00%) Scrum
7 9 (30.00%) Project Management
7 9 (30.00%) PRINCE2
7 9 (30.00%) System Integration Testing
8 8 (26.67%) MS Excel
8 8 (26.67%) XML
8 8 (26.67%) Functional Testing
8 8 (26.67%) Non-Functional Testing
9 7 (23.33%) HL7
9 7 (23.33%) MS Visio
9 7 (23.33%) MS Project
10 6 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
11 5 (16.67%) Test Scripting
11 5 (16.67%) HTML
11 5 (16.67%) NHS
12 4 (13.33%) SDLC
12 4 (13.33%) Cucumber
13 3 (10.00%) BDD

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in South Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South Wales 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 3 (10.00%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (26.67%) MS Excel
2 7 (23.33%) MS Project
2 7 (23.33%) MS Visio
3 2 (6.67%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.67%) LAN
1 2 (6.67%) SAN
1 2 (6.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (13.33%) Cucumber
2 3 (10.00%) JIRA
3 2 (6.67%) HP UFT
3 2 (6.67%) LoadRunner
4 1 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (3.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (40.00%) Finance
2 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (70.00%) Analyst
1 21 (70.00%) Test Analyst
2 18 (60.00%) Tester
3 9 (30.00%) SQL Analyst
4 7 (23.33%) Lead Test Analyst
5 5 (16.67%) Excel Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Data Centre Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Lead Tester
6 2 (6.67%) Test Data Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Automated Test Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (26.67%) XML
2 5 (16.67%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.67%) NHS
2 2 (6.67%) Data Centre
2 2 (6.67%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.33%) Linux
1 1 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (3.33%) Windows
1 1 (3.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (63.33%) Software Testing
2 13 (43.33%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (33.33%) Test Management
4 9 (30.00%) Integration Testing
4 9 (30.00%) Manual Testing
4 9 (30.00%) PRINCE2
4 9 (30.00%) Project Management
4 9 (30.00%) Scrum
4 9 (30.00%) System Integration Testing
4 9 (30.00%) User Stories
4 9 (30.00%) V-Model
4 9 (30.00%) Waterfall
5 8 (26.67%) Functional Testing
5 8 (26.67%) Non-Functional Testing
6 5 (16.67%) Test Scripting
7 4 (13.33%) SDLC
8 3 (10.00%) BDD
8 3 (10.00%) Defect Management
9 2 (6.67%) Test Strategy
9 2 (6.67%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (40.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 11 (36.67%) ISEB
3 2 (6.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (3.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (23.33%) HL7
2 3 (10.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (3.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.33%) CA
2 1 (3.33%) Cisco
2 1 (3.33%) PlateSpin
2 1 (3.33%) Red Hat