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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 102 93 92
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -1
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 35 53 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.27% 1.68% 1.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.83% 5.20% 5.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 38 33
Median daily rate £318 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.28% +1.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £300 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £389 £416 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £325 £328
% change year-on-year
-7.69% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.93 £29.00 £23.42
% change year-on-year
-14.05% +23.83%
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
913 1019 1046
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 33.25% 32.31% 31.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 592 646 623
Median daily rate £400 £385 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £507 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £391 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.26% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 61 74
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 £14.20 £17.35 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- +52.77%

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 +12 12 £318 -33.15% 7
Wiltshire -2 12 £356 -6.55% 3
Bristol 0 3 £275 -8.33% 3
Devon -8 1 £300 -14.28%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 47 (77.05%) ISEB
2 27 (44.26%) Software Testing
3 23 (37.70%) Finance
3 23 (37.70%) Java
4 21 (34.43%) Security Cleared
5 20 (32.79%) Agile Software Development
6 18 (29.51%) Python
6 18 (29.51%) DV Cleared
7 16 (26.23%) HP Quality Center
8 15 (24.59%) Selenium
9 12 (19.67%) Test Scripting
9 12 (19.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 12 (19.67%) SDLC
10 11 (18.03%) Bash Shell
11 10 (16.39%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (16.39%) Banking
11 10 (16.39%) Microsoft
11 10 (16.39%) Manual Testing
12 9 (14.75%) BDD
12 9 (14.75%) Unix
13 8 (13.11%) .NET
13 8 (13.11%) SQL Server
13 8 (13.11%) Ant
13 8 (13.11%) ASP.NET
13 8 (13.11%) HP
13 8 (13.11%) Maven
13 8 (13.11%) QA
13 8 (13.11%) Ruby
13 8 (13.11%) WebDriver
13 8 (13.11%) Data Protection

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 5 (8.20%) IIS
2 3 (4.92%) SAS
3 2 (3.28%) Apache
3 2 (3.28%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.64%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.64%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.64%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (4.92%) MS Project
2 1 (1.64%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.64%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.56%) Firewall
1 4 (6.56%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (4.92%) Network Security
3 1 (1.64%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (13.11%) SQL Server
2 6 (9.84%) Hadoop
3 4 (6.56%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (4.92%) BusinessObjects
4 3 (4.92%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 3 (4.92%) BusinessObjects XI
4 3 (4.92%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 15 (24.59%) Selenium
2 8 (13.11%) Ant
2 8 (13.11%) Maven
2 8 (13.11%) WebDriver
3 7 (11.48%) JIRA
4 6 (9.84%) LoadRunner
4 6 (9.84%) Selenium IDE
5 5 (8.20%) Cucumber
5 5 (8.20%) Subversion
6 4 (6.56%) Jenkins
6 4 (6.56%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (4.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (3.28%) Hudson
8 2 (3.28%) JBehave
8 2 (3.28%) SoapUI
9 1 (1.64%) HP UFT
9 1 (1.64%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (1.64%) TestComplete
9 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
9 1 (1.64%) Zephyr
General
1 23 (37.70%) Finance
2 10 (16.39%) Banking
3 5 (8.20%) Retail
4 3 (4.92%) Manufacturing
5 2 (3.28%) Electronics
5 2 (3.28%) Marketing
5 2 (3.28%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.64%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.64%) Automotive
6 1 (1.64%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 22 (36.07%) Analyst
2 20 (32.79%) Test Analyst
3 17 (27.87%) Test Engineer
4 11 (18.03%) Software Test Engineer
5 10 (16.39%) Test Leader
6 9 (14.75%) Tester
7 4 (6.56%) Junior
7 4 (6.56%) Junior Analyst
7 4 (6.56%) Junior Test Analyst
7 4 (6.56%) Manual Test Analyst
7 4 (6.56%) Performance Test Leader
7 4 (6.56%) Software Tester
8 3 (4.92%) Software Engineer
9 2 (3.28%) Business Analyst
9 2 (3.28%) Financial Analyst
9 2 (3.28%) Mobile Test Analyst
9 2 (3.28%) Security Tester
9 2 (3.28%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 2 (3.28%) Test Automation Engineer
9 2 (3.28%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.11%) .NET
1 8 (13.11%) ASP.NET
2 5 (8.20%) AppFabric
2 5 (8.20%) WCF
3 4 (6.56%) Web Services
4 3 (4.92%) Gherkin
4 3 (4.92%) SOAP
4 3 (4.92%) XML
5 2 (3.28%) CSS
5 2 (3.28%) Hibernate
5 2 (3.28%) HTML
5 2 (3.28%) Spring
6 1 (1.64%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.92%) Data Protection Act
2 3 (4.92%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.28%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.28%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 9 (14.75%) Unix
2 6 (9.84%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (44.26%) Software Testing
2 20 (32.79%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (19.67%) SDLC
3 12 (19.67%) Test Scripting
4 10 (16.39%) Manual Testing
4 10 (16.39%) Stakeholder Management
5 9 (14.75%) BDD
6 8 (13.11%) Data Protection
6 8 (13.11%) Test Planning
7 7 (11.48%) Automated Testing
7 7 (11.48%) PRINCE2
8 6 (9.84%) Defect Management
8 6 (9.84%) Functional Testing
8 6 (9.84%) Release Management
8 6 (9.84%) Software Delivery
8 6 (9.84%) Software Engineering
9 5 (8.20%) Business Intelligence
9 5 (8.20%) ITIL
9 5 (8.20%) Regression Testing
9 5 (8.20%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (37.70%) Java
2 18 (29.51%) Python
3 11 (18.03%) Bash Shell
4 8 (13.11%) Ruby
5 7 (11.48%) SQL
6 5 (8.20%) PL/SQL
7 3 (4.92%) Shell Script
7 3 (4.92%) VB.NET
8 2 (3.28%) Groovy
8 2 (3.28%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 47 (77.05%) ISEB
2 21 (34.43%) Security Cleared
3 18 (29.51%) DV Cleared
4 12 (19.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (8.20%) Degree
6 4 (6.56%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (6.56%) SC Cleared
7 2 (3.28%) CHECK Team Member
7 2 (3.28%) CISM
7 2 (3.28%) CREST Certified
8 1 (1.64%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (13.11%) QA
2 5 (8.20%) PCI DSS
3 4 (6.56%) ISO 9000
4 2 (3.28%) SDET
5 1 (1.64%) Basel II
5 1 (1.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (1.64%) TickIT
System Software
1 5 (8.20%) Active Directory
2 4 (6.56%) Snort
3 1 (1.64%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.64%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 16 (26.23%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.64%) SCCM
2 1 (1.64%) SCOM
Vendors
1 10 (16.39%) Microsoft
2 8 (13.11%) HP
3 6 (9.84%) Atlassian
3 6 (9.84%) Cloudera
3 6 (9.84%) Oracle
4 4 (6.56%) Sourcefire
5 3 (4.92%) Teradata
6 2 (3.28%) SAP
7 1 (1.64%) IBM
7 1 (1.64%) VMware
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