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 25 July 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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 90 98 102
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +4
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 53 17 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.74% 0.79% 0.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.05% 2.66% 3.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 6 19
Average daily rate
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£300 £408 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.38% +20.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £303 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £455 £382
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £30.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £25.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-46.00% -25.37%
Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
876 638 786
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 28.77% 29.72% 25.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 562 362 410
Average daily rate £375 £370 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £263 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 42 60
Average hourly rate £35.50 £20.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+73.17% -18.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.40 £11.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £50.00 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
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 25 July 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 25 July 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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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
Somerset -4 17 £325 -
Gloucestershire -1 12 £363 -3.33% 1
Bristol -13 10 £275 -25.67% 4
Devon -10 5 £288 - 2
Wiltshire -3 4 £200 - 3
Dorset 0 1 £225 -48.86%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 95 (83.33%) ISEB
2 58 (50.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 56 (49.12%) Software Testing
4 55 (48.25%) Security Cleared
5 47 (41.23%) SC Cleared
6 43 (37.72%) Test Scripting
7 38 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
8 32 (28.07%) Test Management
9 30 (26.32%) Scrum
10 29 (25.44%) Microsoft
11 27 (23.68%) SQL
12 23 (20.18%) Agile Software Development
13 22 (19.30%) Selenium
14 20 (17.54%) Team Foundation Server
14 20 (17.54%) HP Quality Center
15 19 (16.67%) Waterfall
16 17 (14.91%) BDD
16 17 (14.91%) Finance
16 17 (14.91%) C#
17 16 (14.04%) QuickTest Pro
17 16 (14.04%) SpecFlow
18 14 (12.28%) Test Strategy
18 14 (12.28%) Project Management
19 13 (11.40%) Automated Testing
19 13 (11.40%) HP
19 13 (11.40%) Java
19 13 (11.40%) ITIL
19 13 (11.40%) QA
20 12 (10.53%) Gherkin
21 11 (9.65%) SAP

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 (2.63%) Mule
Applications
1 5 (4.39%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.88%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (0.88%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.75%) Summit
2 2 (1.75%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.88%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.88%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.63%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.75%) GPRS
1 2 (1.75%) GSM
1 2 (1.75%) SMS
1 2 (1.75%) UMTS
1 2 (1.75%) WCDMA
1 2 (1.75%) Internet
1 2 (1.75%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 1 (0.88%) MySQL
2 1 (0.88%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 22 (19.30%) Selenium
2 20 (17.54%) Team Foundation Server
3 16 (14.04%) SpecFlow
3 16 (14.04%) QuickTest Pro
4 8 (7.02%) LoadRunner
4 8 (7.02%) Visual Studio
5 7 (6.14%) SoapUI
6 6 (5.26%) JIRA
6 6 (5.26%) Cucumber
7 4 (3.51%) WebDriver
7 4 (3.51%) JUnit
8 3 (2.63%) JMeter
9 2 (1.75%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (1.75%) eggPlant
10 1 (0.88%) Selenium IDE
10 1 (0.88%) MSTest
10 1 (0.88%) Rational Functional Tester
10 1 (0.88%) Git (software)
10 1 (0.88%) Bugzilla
10 1 (0.88%) NUnit
General
1 17 (14.91%) Finance
2 10 (8.77%) Telecoms
3 5 (4.39%) Electronics
4 4 (3.51%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.63%) Marketing
6 2 (1.75%) Banking
7 1 (0.88%) Retail
7 1 (0.88%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 59 (51.75%) Analyst
2 54 (47.37%) Test Analyst
3 29 (25.44%) Tester
4 14 (12.28%) Senior Analyst
5 12 (10.53%) Senior Test Analyst
6 9 (7.89%) Team Leader
6 9 (7.89%) Test Team Leader
7 8 (7.02%) Test Manager
8 7 (6.14%) Automated Tester
9 6 (5.26%) Test Leader
9 6 (5.26%) Test Engineer
9 6 (5.26%) Software Test Analyst
10 5 (4.39%) QA Engineer
11 4 (3.51%) Developer
11 4 (3.51%) Agile Test Analyst
11 4 (3.51%) Selenium Tester
12 3 (2.63%) Automation Tester
12 3 (2.63%) Technical Tester
12 3 (2.63%) Senior Tester
12 3 (2.63%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (10.53%) Gherkin
2 6 (5.26%) SOAP
3 3 (2.63%) Web Services
4 2 (1.75%) XML
4 2 (1.75%) .NET
5 1 (0.88%) HTML
5 1 (0.88%) XHTML
5 1 (0.88%) LAMP
5 1 (0.88%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 3 (2.63%) DTV
2 2 (1.75%) Open Source
3 1 (0.88%) PMI
3 1 (0.88%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.39%) Windows
2 3 (2.63%) Linux
2 3 (2.63%) UNIX
3 2 (1.75%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (49.12%) Software Testing
2 43 (37.72%) Test Scripting
3 38 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 32 (28.07%) Test Management
5 30 (26.32%) Scrum
6 23 (20.18%) Agile Software Development
7 19 (16.67%) Waterfall
8 17 (14.91%) BDD
9 14 (12.28%) Test Strategy
9 14 (12.28%) Project Management
10 13 (11.40%) ITIL
10 13 (11.40%) Automated Testing
11 9 (7.89%) Test Automation
11 9 (7.89%) User Stories
11 9 (7.89%) Performance Testing
12 8 (7.02%) Kanban
12 8 (7.02%) Service Management
13 7 (6.14%) Manual Testing
14 6 (5.26%) Integration Testing
14 6 (5.26%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 27 (23.68%) SQL
2 17 (14.91%) C#
3 13 (11.40%) Java
4 5 (4.39%) Ruby
5 4 (3.51%) PHP
6 3 (2.63%) Python
7 2 (1.75%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.88%) C
8 1 (0.88%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.88%) Perl
8 1 (0.88%) C++
Qualifications
1 95 (83.33%) ISEB
2 58 (50.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 55 (48.25%) Security Cleared
4 47 (41.23%) SC Cleared
5 8 (7.02%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 7 (6.14%) DV Cleared
6 7 (6.14%) Degree
7 3 (2.63%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.88%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (11.40%) QA
2 2 (1.75%) ISO 9001
2 2 (1.75%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 20 (17.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 29 (25.44%) Microsoft
2 13 (11.40%) HP
3 11 (9.65%) SAP
4 3 (2.63%) JBoss
4 3 (2.63%) Oracle
5 2 (1.75%) Siebel
5 2 (1.75%) IBM
5 2 (1.75%) JD Edwards
5 2 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.88%) SolarWinds
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Exeter
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Cheltenham
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 23 days ago