The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the South West region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 83 106 125
Rank change year-on-year
+23 +19
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 63 17 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.90% 0.73% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.09% 2.55% 1.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 11 12
Average daily rate £304 £275 £294
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.45% -6.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £300 £398
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £315 £305
% change year-on-year
-1.58% +3.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.38 £30.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-65.41% +1.69%
Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1034 666 1145
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 31.22% 28.63% 31.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 595 365 597
Average daily rate £350 £350 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 42 94
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.50 £14.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
ISTQB
England

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Somerset +10 25 £286 +4.09% 2
Devon +6 13 £375 +114.28% 1
Bristol -6 13 £325 +18.18% 1
Wiltshire -15 4 £275 -4.34%
Dorset - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - - 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 60 (77.92%) ISEB
2 45 (58.44%) Software Testing
3 36 (46.75%) Security Cleared
4 33 (42.86%) SC Cleared
5 30 (38.96%) Test Scripting
6 26 (33.77%) User Acceptance Testing
7 24 (31.17%) Test Management
7 24 (31.17%) Agile Software Development
8 23 (29.87%) Scrum
9 20 (25.97%) QuickTest Pro
10 19 (24.68%) Microsoft
11 18 (23.38%) Selenium
12 17 (22.08%) Waterfall
13 14 (18.18%) Kanban
13 14 (18.18%) Performance Testing
14 13 (16.88%) Team Foundation Server
15 12 (15.58%) Automated Testing
16 11 (14.29%) HP
16 11 (14.29%) Project Management
16 11 (14.29%) Test Strategy
17 10 (12.99%) HP Quality Center
17 10 (12.99%) QA
18 9 (11.69%) Time Management
19 8 (10.39%) Cucumber
20 7 (9.09%) Test Automation
20 7 (9.09%) Finance
20 7 (9.09%) JIRA
20 7 (9.09%) LoadRunner
20 7 (9.09%) SQL
20 7 (9.09%) ITIL

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

Applications
1 4 (5.19%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (1.30%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (3.90%) Summit
2 1 (1.30%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.90%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.49%) LTE
1 5 (6.49%) GSM
1 5 (6.49%) UMTS
2 4 (5.19%) WCDMA
2 4 (5.19%) SMS
2 4 (5.19%) GPRS
3 1 (1.30%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (1.30%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (1.30%) MySQL
1 1 (1.30%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 20 (25.97%) QuickTest Pro
2 18 (23.38%) Selenium
3 13 (16.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (10.39%) Cucumber
5 7 (9.09%) JIRA
5 7 (9.09%) LoadRunner
6 6 (7.79%) SoapUI
6 6 (7.79%) Capybara
7 3 (3.90%) JMeter
8 2 (2.60%) SpecFlow
8 2 (2.60%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.30%) eggPlant
9 1 (1.30%) WATIR
9 1 (1.30%) Bugzilla
9 1 (1.30%) ClearQuest
9 1 (1.30%) JUnit
9 1 (1.30%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (9.09%) Finance
2 6 (7.79%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.90%) Banking
4 2 (2.60%) Electronics
4 2 (2.60%) Retail
5 1 (1.30%) Marketing
5 1 (1.30%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 33 (42.86%) Analyst
2 28 (36.36%) Test Analyst
3 27 (35.06%) Tester
4 9 (11.69%) Senior Analyst
5 8 (10.39%) Test Engineer
6 7 (9.09%) Senior Test Analyst
7 6 (7.79%) Test Manager
8 5 (6.49%) Test Leader
8 5 (6.49%) QA Engineer
9 4 (5.19%) Integration Engineer
9 4 (5.19%) Team Leader
9 4 (5.19%) Test Team Leader
9 4 (5.19%) Automated Tester
10 3 (3.90%) Automation Tester
10 3 (3.90%) Senior Tester
10 3 (3.90%) QA Analyst
10 3 (3.90%) Business Analyst
11 2 (2.60%) Developer
11 2 (2.60%) Senior Business Analyst
11 2 (2.60%) Technical Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.49%) SOAP
2 2 (2.60%) XML
3 1 (1.30%) LAMP
3 1 (1.30%) WinForms
3 1 (1.30%) XHTML
3 1 (1.30%) HTML
3 1 (1.30%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (2.60%) Management Information System
1 2 (2.60%) Replication
1 2 (2.60%) Open Source
2 1 (1.30%) Digital Media
2 1 (1.30%) CMDB
2 1 (1.30%) IPTV
2 1 (1.30%) FMCG
2 1 (1.30%) PMI
2 1 (1.30%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.19%) Windows
2 2 (2.60%) Linux
2 2 (2.60%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (58.44%) Software Testing
2 30 (38.96%) Test Scripting
3 26 (33.77%) User Acceptance Testing
4 24 (31.17%) Test Management
4 24 (31.17%) Agile Software Development
5 23 (29.87%) Scrum
6 17 (22.08%) Waterfall
7 14 (18.18%) Kanban
7 14 (18.18%) Performance Testing
8 12 (15.58%) Automated Testing
9 11 (14.29%) Project Management
9 11 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 9 (11.69%) Time Management
11 7 (9.09%) Test Automation
11 7 (9.09%) ITIL
12 6 (7.79%) System Testing
12 6 (7.79%) User Stories
13 5 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
14 4 (5.19%) Service Management
14 4 (5.19%) Integration Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (9.09%) SQL
2 4 (5.19%) PHP
3 3 (3.90%) Ruby
4 2 (2.60%) C#
4 2 (2.60%) Java
4 2 (2.60%) Python
5 1 (1.30%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.30%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 60 (77.92%) ISEB
2 36 (46.75%) Security Cleared
3 33 (42.86%) SC Cleared
4 6 (7.79%) Degree
5 3 (3.90%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.30%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (1.30%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (12.99%) QA
2 3 (3.90%) ISO 14001
2 3 (3.90%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 10 (12.99%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (24.68%) Microsoft
2 11 (14.29%) HP
3 3 (3.90%) SAP
4 2 (2.60%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.30%) SolarWinds
5 1 (1.30%) Oracle
South West
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Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
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Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Somerset
Applitracker
Rate: £265 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
Somerset
DP Connect
Rate: £265 per day
Posted: 25 days ago