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 October 2014 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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 113 105 114
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +9
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 36 5 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.10% 0.23% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.50% 0.88% 1.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 3 5
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +1.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £238 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £358 £358 £405
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £300
% change year-on-year
+18.18% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £30.00 £9.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +215.78%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.75 £30.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+9.16% +25.00%
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
1028 570 875
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 31.30% 26.38% 29.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 671 319 410
Average daily rate £383 £360 £389
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -7.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £234 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 35 64
Average hourly rate £35.00 £22.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+59.09% -35.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.33 £13.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+10.61% -21.39%

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 October 2014.

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 October 2014. 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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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
Devon -10 16 £325 +16.07%
Bristol - 10 £260 - 2
Somerset - 5 £338 - 5
Gloucestershire -10 1 £450 +24.82% 7
Wiltshire - - - - 3
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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 77 (86.52%) ISEB
2 47 (52.81%) Software Testing
3 45 (50.56%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (50.56%) Security Cleared
4 37 (41.57%) SC Cleared
5 33 (37.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 32 (35.96%) Selenium
7 30 (33.71%) SQL
8 28 (31.46%) Test Scripting
8 28 (31.46%) HP Quality Center
9 25 (28.09%) Automated Testing
10 23 (25.84%) Scrum
11 22 (24.72%) C#
11 22 (24.72%) User Stories
12 21 (23.60%) User Acceptance Testing
13 20 (22.47%) Microsoft
13 20 (22.47%) HP
14 19 (21.35%) QuickTest Pro
14 19 (21.35%) BDD
15 18 (20.22%) SpecFlow
15 18 (20.22%) Java
16 17 (19.10%) Test Management
17 16 (17.98%) Gherkin
18 15 (16.85%) JIRA
19 13 (14.61%) Manual Testing
19 13 (14.61%) Team Foundation Server
19 13 (14.61%) Finance
20 12 (13.48%) Telecoms
21 10 (11.24%) Test Automation
22 9 (10.11%) Integration Testing

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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 3 (3.37%) Mule
1 3 (3.37%) JBoss
Applications
1 5 (5.62%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.25%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 3 (3.37%) Summit
2 1 (1.12%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (1.12%) Agresso
2 1 (1.12%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.37%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.25%) LTE
1 2 (2.25%) Internet
1 2 (2.25%) GPRS
1 2 (2.25%) GSM
1 2 (2.25%) SMS
1 2 (2.25%) UMTS
1 2 (2.25%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.49%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.37%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (2.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.25%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 32 (35.96%) Selenium
2 19 (21.35%) QuickTest Pro
3 18 (20.22%) SpecFlow
4 15 (16.85%) JIRA
5 13 (14.61%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (10.11%) LoadRunner
6 9 (10.11%) Visual Studio
7 7 (7.87%) Cucumber
8 4 (4.49%) WebDriver
9 3 (3.37%) Rational DOORS
9 3 (3.37%) JUnit
10 2 (2.25%) Rational Functional Tester
11 1 (1.12%) eggPlant
11 1 (1.12%) Selenium IDE
11 1 (1.12%) SoapUI
11 1 (1.12%) MSTest
11 1 (1.12%) JMeter
11 1 (1.12%) Git (software)
11 1 (1.12%) NUnit
General
1 13 (14.61%) Finance
2 12 (13.48%) Telecoms
3 5 (5.62%) Electronics
4 3 (3.37%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.37%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 48 (53.93%) Analyst
1 48 (53.93%) Test Analyst
2 25 (28.09%) Tester
3 14 (15.73%) Automation Tester
4 11 (12.36%) Senior Analyst
4 11 (12.36%) Senior Test Analyst
5 8 (8.99%) Software Test Analyst
6 5 (5.62%) Test Manager
6 5 (5.62%) Test Engineer
6 5 (5.62%) Team Leader
6 5 (5.62%) Test Team Leader
7 4 (4.49%) Selenium Tester
7 4 (4.49%) Automated Tester
7 4 (4.49%) Agile Test Analyst
8 3 (3.37%) Software Tester
9 2 (2.25%) QA Tester
9 2 (2.25%) Senior Tester
9 2 (2.25%) Integration Engineer
9 2 (2.25%) Test Leader
9 2 (2.25%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (17.98%) Gherkin
2 5 (5.62%) .NET
3 4 (4.49%) Web Services
4 2 (2.25%) WinForms
4 2 (2.25%) XHTML
4 2 (2.25%) HTML
4 2 (2.25%) XML
5 1 (1.12%) SOAP
5 1 (1.12%) WCF
5 1 (1.12%) WPF
5 1 (1.12%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.37%) DTV
2 2 (2.25%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.12%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.12%) Device Driver
3 1 (1.12%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.49%) UNIX
2 3 (3.37%) Windows
3 1 (1.12%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (52.81%) Software Testing
2 45 (50.56%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (31.46%) Test Scripting
4 25 (28.09%) Automated Testing
5 23 (25.84%) Scrum
6 22 (24.72%) User Stories
7 21 (23.60%) User Acceptance Testing
8 19 (21.35%) BDD
9 17 (19.10%) Test Management
10 13 (14.61%) Manual Testing
11 10 (11.24%) Test Automation
12 9 (10.11%) Integration Testing
13 7 (7.87%) OO
13 7 (7.87%) Functional Testing
14 6 (6.74%) Test Strategy
15 5 (5.62%) Automation Testing
15 5 (5.62%) Project Management
15 5 (5.62%) Regression Testing
16 4 (4.49%) Software Engineering
16 4 (4.49%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 30 (33.71%) SQL
2 22 (24.72%) C#
3 18 (20.22%) Java
4 3 (3.37%) Bash Shell
4 3 (3.37%) Ruby
5 2 (2.25%) Python
5 2 (2.25%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.25%) Perl
5 2 (2.25%) C++
5 2 (2.25%) C
Qualifications
1 77 (86.52%) ISEB
2 45 (50.56%) Security Cleared
3 37 (41.57%) SC Cleared
4 33 (37.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 8 (8.99%) DV Cleared
6 4 (4.49%) Degree
7 3 (3.37%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (1.12%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (1.12%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.87%) QA
2 3 (3.37%) ISO 9001
2 3 (3.37%) ISO 14001
3 1 (1.12%) SLA
3 1 (1.12%) HL7
Systems Management
1 28 (31.46%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (22.47%) Microsoft
1 20 (22.47%) HP
2 9 (10.11%) SAP
3 3 (3.37%) IBM
4 2 (2.25%) Cerner
5 1 (1.12%) Oracle
5 1 (1.12%) Open Text
5 1 (1.12%) CODA
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