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 17 January 2017 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
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England / South West
Rank 111 93 96
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +3
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 26 56 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.01% 1.90% 1.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.04% 5.69% 4.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 37 22
Median daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £465 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £313 £333
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -6.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £15.84
% change year-on-year
-5.40% +133.54%

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
855 984 937
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 33.33% 33.46% 30.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 559 630 555
Median daily rate £420 £385 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -7.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 77 58
Median hourly rate £38.50 £40.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.93% +15.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.09 £13.00 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.10 £45.50 £48.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £39.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-25.64% +105.26%

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 17 January 2017.

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 17 January 2017. 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 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
Wiltshire -1 14 £350 - 2
Gloucestershire -11 5 £360 -21.73% 2
Bristol +8 4 £363 +20.83% 3
Somerset +6 2 - - 1
Devon +1 1 £300 -14.28%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, 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 47 (81.03%) ISEB
2 31 (53.45%) Software Testing
3 21 (36.21%) Java
4 20 (34.48%) Finance
4 20 (34.48%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (34.48%) Security Cleared
5 16 (27.59%) HP Quality Center
6 14 (24.14%) DV Cleared
6 14 (24.14%) Selenium
6 14 (24.14%) Python
7 13 (22.41%) Microsoft
8 12 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (20.69%) Test Planning
8 12 (20.69%) SDLC
9 11 (18.97%) Defect Management
9 11 (18.97%) Test Scripting
9 11 (18.97%) BDD
9 11 (18.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 11 (18.97%) SQL Server
9 11 (18.97%) .NET
10 10 (17.24%) Unix
10 10 (17.24%) HP
10 10 (17.24%) Ruby
10 10 (17.24%) Test Management
11 9 (15.52%) Manual Testing
11 9 (15.52%) Maven
11 9 (15.52%) JIRA
11 9 (15.52%) XML
11 9 (15.52%) ASP.NET
11 9 (15.52%) Ant

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 6 (10.34%) IIS
2 3 (5.17%) Apache
2 3 (5.17%) SAS
2 3 (5.17%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (5.17%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.62%) Firewall
1 5 (8.62%) Intrusion Detection
2 4 (6.90%) Network Security
3 3 (5.17%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (18.97%) SQL Server
2 6 (10.34%) Hadoop
3 3 (5.17%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (5.17%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
3 3 (5.17%) BusinessObjects XI
3 3 (5.17%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (5.17%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.72%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (24.14%) Selenium
2 9 (15.52%) Ant
2 9 (15.52%) JIRA
2 9 (15.52%) Maven
3 7 (12.07%) Cucumber
3 7 (12.07%) LoadRunner
3 7 (12.07%) WebDriver
4 6 (10.34%) Selenium IDE
4 6 (10.34%) Subversion
5 5 (8.62%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (6.90%) Jenkins
7 3 (5.17%) JBehave
7 3 (5.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (5.17%) Zephyr
8 2 (3.45%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (3.45%) SoapUI
9 1 (1.72%) Hudson
9 1 (1.72%) Rational Functional Tester
9 1 (1.72%) TestComplete
General
1 20 (34.48%) Finance
2 8 (13.79%) Banking
3 4 (6.90%) Manufacturing
4 3 (5.17%) Aerospace
4 3 (5.17%) Retail
5 2 (3.45%) Automotive
5 2 (3.45%) Electronics
5 2 (3.45%) Marketing
5 2 (3.45%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.72%) Games
Job Titles
1 18 (31.03%) Analyst
2 16 (27.59%) Test Analyst
2 16 (27.59%) Test Engineer
3 11 (18.97%) Software Test Engineer
3 11 (18.97%) Test Leader
4 10 (17.24%) Tester
5 5 (8.62%) Software Tester
6 4 (6.90%) Lead Test Analyst
6 4 (6.90%) Performance Test Leader
6 4 (6.90%) Test Automation Engineer
7 3 (5.17%) Automation Tester
7 3 (5.17%) Security Tester
7 3 (5.17%) Software Engineer
8 2 (3.45%) Developer
8 2 (3.45%) Financial Analyst
8 2 (3.45%) Junior
8 2 (3.45%) Junior Analyst
8 2 (3.45%) Junior Test Analyst
8 2 (3.45%) Manual Test Analyst
8 2 (3.45%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (18.97%) .NET
2 9 (15.52%) ASP.NET
2 9 (15.52%) XML
3 7 (12.07%) Web Services
4 6 (10.34%) AppFabric
4 6 (10.34%) WCF
5 4 (6.90%) Gherkin
5 4 (6.90%) SOAP
6 3 (5.17%) CSS
6 3 (5.17%) Hibernate
6 3 (5.17%) HTML
6 3 (5.17%) REST
6 3 (5.17%) Spring
7 1 (1.72%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.17%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.45%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.45%) Data Protection Act
3 2 (3.45%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 10 (17.24%) Unix
2 4 (6.90%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (53.45%) Software Testing
2 20 (34.48%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (20.69%) SDLC
3 12 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
3 12 (20.69%) Test Planning
4 11 (18.97%) BDD
4 11 (18.97%) Defect Management
4 11 (18.97%) Test Scripting
5 10 (17.24%) Test Management
6 9 (15.52%) Manual Testing
7 8 (13.79%) Automated Testing
7 8 (13.79%) Data Protection
7 8 (13.79%) Functional Testing
7 8 (13.79%) PRINCE2
8 6 (10.34%) Release Management
8 6 (10.34%) Scrum
8 6 (10.34%) Software Delivery
8 6 (10.34%) Software Engineering
9 5 (8.62%) Business Intelligence
9 5 (8.62%) Threat Modelling
Programming Languages
1 21 (36.21%) Java
2 14 (24.14%) Python
3 10 (17.24%) Ruby
4 9 (15.52%) SQL
5 8 (13.79%) Bash Shell
6 6 (10.34%) PL/SQL
7 3 (5.17%) JavaScript
7 3 (5.17%) Shell Script
7 3 (5.17%) VB.NET
8 2 (3.45%) C
8 2 (3.45%) Scala
9 1 (1.72%) C++
9 1 (1.72%) Groovy
9 1 (1.72%) Perl
Qualifications
1 47 (81.03%) ISEB
2 20 (34.48%) Security Cleared
3 14 (24.14%) DV Cleared
4 11 (18.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (12.07%) Degree
6 6 (10.34%) SC Cleared
7 4 (6.90%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (5.17%) CHECK Team Member
8 3 (5.17%) CISM
8 3 (5.17%) CREST Certified
9 1 (1.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (13.79%) QA
2 6 (10.34%) PCI DSS
3 4 (6.90%) ISO 9000
4 3 (5.17%) SDET
5 1 (1.72%) Basel II
5 1 (1.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (1.72%) TickIT
System Software
1 6 (10.34%) Active Directory
2 5 (8.62%) Snort
Systems Management
1 16 (27.59%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.72%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (1.72%) Cisco IPCC
2 1 (1.72%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 13 (22.41%) Microsoft
2 10 (17.24%) HP
3 7 (12.07%) Oracle
4 6 (10.34%) Atlassian
4 6 (10.34%) Cloudera
5 5 (8.62%) Sourcefire
6 3 (5.17%) Teradata
7 2 (3.45%) IBM
7 2 (3.45%) SAP
8 1 (1.72%) Cisco