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 27 April 2015 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 127 83 110
Rank change year-on-year
-44 +27
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 16 59 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.51% 1.86% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.81% 5.83% 2.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 38 10
Average daily rate
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£316 £316 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.23% +15.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £265 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £375 £303
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £10.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+44.57% -65.41%
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
885 1012 658
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 28.47% 31.85% 28.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 520 580 358
Average daily rate £405 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.71% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £238 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 52 42
Average hourly rate £38.25 £33.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.17% -4.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -25.00%

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 27 April 2015.

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 27 April 2015. 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
Wiltshire +12 7 £312 +13.27%
Gloucestershire - 4 £363 - 1
Bristol -10 1 £425 +30.76% 1
Avon - 1 £180 -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, 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 42 (79.25%) ISEB
2 24 (45.28%) Security Cleared
3 23 (43.40%) HP Quality Center
4 22 (41.51%) Software Testing
5 21 (39.62%) LoadRunner
6 18 (33.96%) Test Scripting
7 16 (30.19%) Agile Software Development
8 14 (26.42%) DV Cleared
8 14 (26.42%) HP
9 12 (22.64%) QA
9 12 (22.64%) JIRA
9 12 (22.64%) Automated Testing
10 11 (20.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 10 (18.87%) SC Cleared
11 10 (18.87%) Java
11 10 (18.87%) Telecoms
12 9 (16.98%) Test Management
12 9 (16.98%) Functional Testing
13 8 (15.09%) Manual Testing
13 8 (15.09%) Load Testing
13 8 (15.09%) Finance
13 8 (15.09%) SQL
14 7 (13.21%) Linux
14 7 (13.21%) Scrum
14 7 (13.21%) User Acceptance Testing
15 6 (11.32%) PCI DSS
15 6 (11.32%) Rational Functional Tester
15 6 (11.32%) Test Automation
15 6 (11.32%) C
15 6 (11.32%) E-Commerce

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, 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 (5.66%) CMS
1 3 (5.66%) ATG Dynamo
2 2 (3.77%) Lync
Applications
1 3 (5.66%) MS Office
2 1 (1.89%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (7.55%) Summit
2 1 (1.89%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.89%) TCP/IP
1 1 (1.89%) Wireshark
Development Applications
1 21 (39.62%) LoadRunner
2 12 (22.64%) JIRA
3 6 (11.32%) Rational Functional Tester
4 5 (9.43%) Selenium
5 4 (7.55%) QuickTest Pro
6 3 (5.66%) WebDriver
7 2 (3.77%) FitNesse
7 2 (3.77%) Jenkins
8 1 (1.89%) JMeter
8 1 (1.89%) Cucumber
8 1 (1.89%) Rational DOORS
General
1 10 (18.87%) Telecoms
2 8 (15.09%) Finance
3 2 (3.77%) Banking
4 1 (1.89%) Retail
4 1 (1.89%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.89%) Marketing
4 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.89%) Back Office
4 1 (1.89%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 19 (35.85%) Analyst
1 19 (35.85%) Test Analyst
2 17 (32.08%) Test Manager
3 14 (26.42%) Tester
4 4 (7.55%) Senior Analyst
4 4 (7.55%) Senior Test Analyst
4 4 (7.55%) Agile Test Analyst
4 4 (7.55%) Automation Tester
4 4 (7.55%) Test Leader
5 3 (5.66%) Test Programme Manager
5 3 (5.66%) Testing Specialist
5 3 (5.66%) LoadRunner Tester
5 3 (5.66%) Team Leader
5 3 (5.66%) Technical Test Analyst
5 3 (5.66%) Technical Analyst
5 3 (5.66%) Test Team Leader
5 3 (5.66%) Programme Manager
6 2 (3.77%) Security Analyst
6 2 (3.77%) Lead Test Analyst
6 2 (3.77%) Programme Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.55%) .NET
2 3 (5.66%) ASP.NET
2 3 (5.66%) HTML
3 1 (1.89%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.55%) Management Information System
1 4 (7.55%) User Experience
2 3 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.77%) NHS
3 2 (3.77%) PKI
3 2 (3.77%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.89%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.89%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 7 (13.21%) Linux
2 4 (7.55%) UNIX
3 2 (3.77%) Windows
3 2 (3.77%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (41.51%) Software Testing
2 18 (33.96%) Test Scripting
3 16 (30.19%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (22.64%) Automated Testing
5 9 (16.98%) Test Management
5 9 (16.98%) Functional Testing
6 8 (15.09%) Load Testing
6 8 (15.09%) Manual Testing
7 7 (13.21%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (13.21%) Scrum
8 6 (11.32%) E-Commerce
8 6 (11.32%) Test Automation
9 5 (9.43%) User Stories
9 5 (9.43%) Mentoring
9 5 (9.43%) Configuration Management
9 5 (9.43%) Regression Testing
9 5 (9.43%) Integration Testing
10 4 (7.55%) System Testing
10 4 (7.55%) Performance Testing
10 4 (7.55%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (18.87%) Java
2 8 (15.09%) SQL
3 6 (11.32%) C
4 4 (7.55%) C#
4 4 (7.55%) C++
4 4 (7.55%) Perl
4 4 (7.55%) Python
4 4 (7.55%) Ruby
4 4 (7.55%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 42 (79.25%) ISEB
2 24 (45.28%) Security Cleared
3 14 (26.42%) DV Cleared
4 11 (20.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (18.87%) SC Cleared
6 3 (5.66%) CISM
6 3 (5.66%) ISEB Practitioner
6 3 (5.66%) Degree
7 2 (3.77%) CISSP
8 1 (1.89%) HND
8 1 (1.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (22.64%) QA
2 6 (11.32%) PCI DSS
3 4 (7.55%) ISO 9001
3 4 (7.55%) ISO 14001
4 2 (3.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 23 (43.40%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (26.42%) HP
2 3 (5.66%) ATG
3 2 (3.77%) VMware
3 2 (3.77%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.77%) Dell
3 2 (3.77%) SAP
4 1 (1.89%) IBM