The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 23 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
23 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 109 100 94
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 33 49 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.08% 1.53% 1.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.26% 5.19% 5.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 29 35
Median daily rate £325 £325 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +13.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 £188 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £353 £365
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
-3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.25 £30.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+30.83% +27.65%
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 West region.

Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1012 944 826
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 33.23% 29.45% 28.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 596 557 540
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £261 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 62 36
Median hourly rate £37.50 £42.00 £35.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +17.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.50 £13.00 £16.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £55.00 £42.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+35.41% +29.72%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South West region citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in the South West

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the South West region over the 3 months to 23 July 2016.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 23 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
Gloucestershire +7 12 £363 +20.83% 4
Wiltshire -5 10 £313 -18.30%
Bristol 0 7 £413 +37.50% 3
Dorset -5 3 £246 +31.33%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 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 West region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 49 (68.06%) ISEB
2 38 (52.78%) Agile Software Development
3 29 (40.28%) Software Testing
4 26 (36.11%) Security Cleared
5 19 (26.39%) JIRA
5 19 (26.39%) Selenium
6 18 (25.00%) Finance
6 18 (25.00%) SQL
7 17 (23.61%) Java
8 16 (22.22%) C#
9 14 (19.44%) Ruby
9 14 (19.44%) Manual Testing
9 14 (19.44%) DV Cleared
10 13 (18.06%) SC Cleared
10 13 (18.06%) Test Management
10 13 (18.06%) Python
11 12 (16.67%) Linux
11 12 (16.67%) Test Automation
12 11 (15.28%) Git (software)
12 11 (15.28%) Team Foundation Server
12 11 (15.28%) Cucumber
12 11 (15.28%) Bash Shell
12 11 (15.28%) Test Scripting
12 11 (15.28%) QA
12 11 (15.28%) Scrum
13 10 (13.89%) Automated Testing
13 10 (13.89%) OO
13 10 (13.89%) Functional Testing
14 9 (12.50%) Waterfall
14 9 (12.50%) WebDriver

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South West 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 2 (2.78%) MS Exchange
1 2 (2.78%) SharePoint
1 2 (2.78%) Skype for Business
2 1 (1.39%) CMS
2 1 (1.39%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (6.94%) MS Office
2 2 (2.78%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.39%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (5.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (2.78%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.17%) SSH
2 2 (2.78%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.39%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.39%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 19 (26.39%) JIRA
1 19 (26.39%) Selenium
2 11 (15.28%) Cucumber
2 11 (15.28%) Git (software)
2 11 (15.28%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (12.50%) WebDriver
4 8 (11.11%) Capybara
4 8 (11.11%) SpecFlow
4 8 (11.11%) WATIR
5 4 (5.56%) Visual Studio
6 3 (4.17%) Jenkins
6 3 (4.17%) LoadRunner
6 3 (4.17%) Rational DOORS
6 3 (4.17%) Rational Functional Tester
6 3 (4.17%) Zephyr
7 2 (2.78%) HP UFT
8 1 (1.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (1.39%) Bugzilla
8 1 (1.39%) Maven
8 1 (1.39%) Subversion
General
1 18 (25.00%) Finance
2 8 (11.11%) Banking
3 6 (8.33%) Retail
4 5 (6.94%) Retail Banking
5 4 (5.56%) Electronics
5 4 (5.56%) Games
5 4 (5.56%) Manufacturing
5 4 (5.56%) Marketing
5 4 (5.56%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.39%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.39%) Automotive
6 1 (1.39%) Military
Job Titles
1 35 (48.61%) Analyst
2 34 (47.22%) Test Analyst
3 18 (25.00%) Test Engineer
4 13 (18.06%) Tester
5 7 (9.72%) Test Automation Engineer
6 6 (8.33%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 6 (8.33%) Test Manager
7 5 (6.94%) Automation Test Analyst
7 5 (6.94%) Test Leader
8 4 (5.56%) Banking Analyst
8 4 (5.56%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
8 4 (5.56%) Software Test Engineer
9 3 (4.17%) Agile Test Analyst
9 3 (4.17%) Lead Test Analyst
9 3 (4.17%) Selenium Tester
9 3 (4.17%) Software Tester
10 2 (2.78%) Junior Analyst
10 2 (2.78%) Manual Test Analyst
10 2 (2.78%) Software Analyst
10 2 (2.78%) Test and Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.11%) Behat
2 4 (5.56%) Gherkin
2 4 (5.56%) SOAP
3 3 (4.17%) REST
3 3 (4.17%) Web Services
4 1 (1.39%) CSS
4 1 (1.39%) Hibernate
4 1 (1.39%) HTML
4 1 (1.39%) Spring
4 1 (1.39%) XML
4 1 (1.39%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 2 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (2.78%) Management Information System
1 2 (2.78%) Mobile Banking
2 1 (1.39%) Client/Server
2 1 (1.39%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.39%) Data Protection Act
2 1 (1.39%) Mainframe
2 1 (1.39%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 12 (16.67%) Linux
2 4 (5.56%) Windows
3 3 (4.17%) Unix
4 1 (1.39%) Android
4 1 (1.39%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (52.78%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (40.28%) Software Testing
3 14 (19.44%) Manual Testing
4 13 (18.06%) Test Management
5 12 (16.67%) Test Automation
6 11 (15.28%) Scrum
6 11 (15.28%) Test Scripting
7 10 (13.89%) Automated Testing
7 10 (13.89%) Functional Testing
7 10 (13.89%) OO
8 9 (12.50%) Waterfall
9 8 (11.11%) GAP Analysis
9 8 (11.11%) Software Delivery
9 8 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (9.72%) Defect Management
10 7 (9.72%) Test Strategy
11 6 (8.33%) Kanban
11 6 (8.33%) Performance Testing
11 6 (8.33%) TDD
12 5 (6.94%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 18 (25.00%) SQL
2 17 (23.61%) Java
3 16 (22.22%) C#
4 14 (19.44%) Ruby
5 13 (18.06%) Python
6 11 (15.28%) Bash Shell
7 4 (5.56%) C++
8 3 (4.17%) Perl
9 2 (2.78%) JavaScript
10 1 (1.39%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 49 (68.06%) ISEB
2 26 (36.11%) Security Cleared
3 14 (19.44%) DV Cleared
4 13 (18.06%) SC Cleared
5 8 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (8.33%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (8.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (2.78%) Degree
7 2 (2.78%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (1.39%) CCNA
8 1 (1.39%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (15.28%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.78%) Hyper-V
1 2 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.78%) SCCM
2 2 (2.78%) SCOM
Vendors
1 8 (11.11%) Rally
2 7 (9.72%) HP
2 7 (9.72%) Microsoft
3 4 (5.56%) SAP
4 2 (2.78%) Oracle
4 2 (2.78%) VMware
5 1 (1.39%) IBM