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 30 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 102 104 95
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -9
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 38 20 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.19% 0.82% 1.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.96% 2.94% 3.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 13 16
Average daily rate
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£463 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+42.30% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £263 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £415 £344
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £10.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.93 £11.75 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+27.02% -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 West region.

Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
959 680 791
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 30.05% 27.73% 31.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 591 388 442
Average daily rate £420 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £220 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 39 61
Average hourly rate £39.00 £23.00 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+69.56% -37.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.14 £37.00 £54.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 30 January 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the South West region over the 3 months to 30 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
Gloucestershire - 14 £463 - 5
Devon -5 10 £425 +13.33%
Bristol -4 6 £335 -2.18% 5
Dorset - 5 £500 - 2
Wiltshire - 2 - - 2
Somerset - - - - 3
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 61 (82.43%) ISEB
2 43 (58.11%) Security Cleared
3 39 (52.70%) HP Quality Center
4 38 (51.35%) Software Testing
5 31 (41.89%) Agile Software Development
6 30 (40.54%) HP
7 29 (39.19%) SC Cleared
8 28 (37.84%) Automated Testing
9 27 (36.49%) JIRA
10 25 (33.78%) Test Scripting
11 21 (28.38%) LoadRunner
11 21 (28.38%) Selenium
12 20 (27.03%) QuickTest Pro
12 20 (27.03%) User Stories
13 15 (20.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 13 (17.57%) Telecoms
14 13 (17.57%) Java
14 13 (17.57%) DV Cleared
15 12 (16.22%) Test Management
15 12 (16.22%) User Acceptance Testing
16 10 (13.51%) QA
16 10 (13.51%) Scrum
17 9 (12.16%) OO
17 9 (12.16%) Integration Testing
17 9 (12.16%) Manual Testing
17 9 (12.16%) Test Automation
18 8 (10.81%) Load Testing
18 8 (10.81%) C#
18 8 (10.81%) SQL
18 8 (10.81%) Microsoft

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 2 (2.70%) Lync
Applications
1 3 (4.05%) MS Office
2 2 (2.70%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (9.46%) Summit
2 1 (1.35%) Agresso
2 1 (1.35%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (1.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.70%) LTE
1 2 (2.70%) GPRS
1 2 (2.70%) GSM
1 2 (2.70%) SMS
1 2 (2.70%) UMTS
1 2 (2.70%) WCDMA
2 1 (1.35%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.35%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.05%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 27 (36.49%) JIRA
2 21 (28.38%) LoadRunner
2 21 (28.38%) Selenium
3 20 (27.03%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (6.76%) Rational Functional Tester
5 4 (5.41%) SpecFlow
6 3 (4.05%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (4.05%) Cucumber
7 2 (2.70%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (2.70%) Visual Studio
8 1 (1.35%) WebDriver
General
1 13 (17.57%) Telecoms
2 7 (9.46%) Finance
3 3 (4.05%) Electronics
4 1 (1.35%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.35%) Marketing
4 1 (1.35%) Banking
Job Titles
1 25 (33.78%) Tester
2 24 (32.43%) Analyst
2 24 (32.43%) Test Analyst
3 18 (24.32%) Test Manager
4 15 (20.27%) Automation Tester
5 8 (10.81%) Senior Test Analyst
5 8 (10.81%) Senior Analyst
6 5 (6.76%) Test Engineer
6 5 (6.76%) Test Leader
7 3 (4.05%) Programme Manager
7 3 (4.05%) Test Team Leader
7 3 (4.05%) Software Tester
7 3 (4.05%) Team Leader
7 3 (4.05%) Testing Specialist
7 3 (4.05%) Test Programme Manager
7 3 (4.05%) LoadRunner Tester
8 2 (2.70%) Automation Engineer
8 2 (2.70%) Programme Test Manager
8 2 (2.70%) QA Tester
8 2 (2.70%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.11%) .NET
2 4 (5.41%) Gherkin
3 1 (1.35%) Web Services
3 1 (1.35%) XML
3 1 (1.35%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.35%) WCF
3 1 (1.35%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.41%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.05%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.70%) Mathematics
3 2 (2.70%) NHS
4 1 (1.35%) Device Driver
4 1 (1.35%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 7 (9.46%) Linux
2 3 (4.05%) UNIX
2 3 (4.05%) Windows
3 2 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (51.35%) Software Testing
2 31 (41.89%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (37.84%) Automated Testing
4 25 (33.78%) Test Scripting
5 20 (27.03%) User Stories
6 12 (16.22%) Test Management
6 12 (16.22%) User Acceptance Testing
7 10 (13.51%) Scrum
8 9 (12.16%) OO
8 9 (12.16%) Integration Testing
8 9 (12.16%) Manual Testing
8 9 (12.16%) Test Automation
9 8 (10.81%) Load Testing
9 8 (10.81%) Functional Testing
10 5 (6.76%) Regression Testing
10 5 (6.76%) Configuration Management
10 5 (6.76%) Project Management
10 5 (6.76%) TDD
10 5 (6.76%) Mentoring
10 5 (6.76%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 13 (17.57%) Java
2 8 (10.81%) C#
2 8 (10.81%) SQL
3 6 (8.11%) C
4 3 (4.05%) C++
4 3 (4.05%) Perl
4 3 (4.05%) Python
4 3 (4.05%) Ruby
4 3 (4.05%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 61 (82.43%) ISEB
2 43 (58.11%) Security Cleared
3 29 (39.19%) SC Cleared
4 15 (20.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 13 (17.57%) DV Cleared
6 5 (6.76%) Degree
7 4 (5.41%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (2.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (1.35%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (13.51%) QA
2 7 (9.46%) ISO 14001
2 7 (9.46%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.35%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 39 (52.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 30 (40.54%) HP
2 8 (10.81%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.05%) SAP
4 2 (2.70%) IBM
4 2 (2.70%) Dell
4 2 (2.70%) Cerner
4 2 (2.70%) VMware
5 1 (1.35%) Open Text
5 1 (1.35%) CODA
5 1 (1.35%) Oracle
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