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 11 February 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.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 94 114 108
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 50 35 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.68% 1.09% 0.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.96% 3.53% 3.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 15 14
Average daily rate £350 £463 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-24.32% +42.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £216 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £525 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £340 £310
% change year-on-year
-8.08% +9.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £38.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £107.50 £15.92 £11.75
% change year-on-year
+575.35% +35.46%
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
1009 991 732
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 33.87% 30.74% 28.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 643 603 418
Average daily rate £375 £425 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £507
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 53 39
Average hourly rate £41.80 £40.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.50% +77.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.80 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £48.14 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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 11 February 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the South West region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

ISTQB Hourly Rate Histogram 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 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Gloucestershire +19 20 £455 -1.62% 1
Wiltshire +5 11 £325 -
Devon +2 11 £350 -17.64% 1
Bristol -3 3 £338 -20.58% 5
Dorset 0 1 £210 -58.00%
Somerset - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 64 (65.98%) ISEB
2 53 (54.64%) Software Testing
3 49 (50.52%) Agile Software Development
4 48 (49.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 43 (44.33%) Security Cleared
6 30 (30.93%) Test Automation
7 29 (29.90%) QA
8 23 (23.71%) Java
8 23 (23.71%) DV Cleared
8 23 (23.71%) Functional Testing
9 22 (22.68%) Jenkins
10 21 (21.65%) Selenium
10 21 (21.65%) Test Management
10 21 (21.65%) Test Scripting
11 20 (20.62%) Ruby
12 18 (18.56%) Non-Functional Testing
12 18 (18.56%) Waterfall
13 17 (17.53%) Cucumber
13 17 (17.53%) Bash Shell
13 17 (17.53%) SC Cleared
13 17 (17.53%) Manual Testing
13 17 (17.53%) Python
14 15 (15.46%) Linux
14 15 (15.46%) Time Management
15 14 (14.43%) Gherkin
15 14 (14.43%) Capybara
15 14 (14.43%) Performance Testing
16 13 (13.40%) SpecFlow
17 12 (12.37%) MS Office
18 11 (11.34%) Degree

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 (3.09%) ATG Dynamo
2 2 (2.06%) Apache
2 2 (2.06%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.06%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.06%) Skype for Business
2 2 (2.06%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.03%) Confluence
Applications
1 12 (12.37%) MS Office
2 9 (9.28%) MS Excel
3 2 (2.06%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (9.28%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.03%) LAN
1 1 (1.03%) Value-Added Service
1 1 (1.03%) VoIP
1 1 (1.03%) WAN
1 1 (1.03%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.06%) Big Data
1 2 (2.06%) MS Access
2 1 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.03%) DB2
2 1 (1.03%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 22 (22.68%) Jenkins
2 21 (21.65%) Selenium
3 17 (17.53%) Cucumber
4 14 (14.43%) Capybara
5 13 (13.40%) SpecFlow
6 10 (10.31%) HP UFT
7 6 (6.19%) Rational DOORS
7 6 (6.19%) WebDriver
8 5 (5.15%) JIRA
8 5 (5.15%) Talend Open Studio
9 4 (4.12%) LoadRunner
10 3 (3.09%) FitNesse
10 3 (3.09%) Subversion
10 3 (3.09%) Visual Studio
11 2 (2.06%) Ant
11 2 (2.06%) JBehave
11 2 (2.06%) JMeter
11 2 (2.06%) Maven
11 2 (2.06%) Rational Functional Tester
11 2 (2.06%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (8.25%) Finance
2 3 (3.09%) Banking
3 2 (2.06%) Games
3 2 (2.06%) Investment Banking
3 2 (2.06%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.03%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.03%) Automotive
4 1 (1.03%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.03%) Military
4 1 (1.03%) Retail
Job Titles
1 45 (46.39%) Analyst
2 43 (44.33%) Test Analyst
3 19 (19.59%) Tester
4 15 (15.46%) Senior Analyst
4 15 (15.46%) Senior Test Analyst
5 14 (14.43%) Test Leader
6 12 (12.37%) Test Engineer
7 9 (9.28%) Team Leader
7 9 (9.28%) Test Team Leader
8 8 (8.25%) Test Manager
9 7 (7.22%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
10 6 (6.19%) QA Analyst
10 6 (6.19%) Selenium Test Analyst
11 5 (5.15%) Software Team Leader
12 4 (4.12%) Agile Test Analyst
12 4 (4.12%) QA Test Analyst
13 3 (3.09%) Agile Tester
13 3 (3.09%) Automation Analyst
13 3 (3.09%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
13 3 (3.09%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (14.43%) Gherkin
2 2 (2.06%) CSS
2 2 (2.06%) Hibernate
2 2 (2.06%) HTML
2 2 (2.06%) Spring
3 1 (1.03%) REST
3 1 (1.03%) RESTful
3 1 (1.03%) XML
3 1 (1.03%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 11 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.12%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.06%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.06%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.03%) IVR
4 1 (1.03%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.03%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 15 (15.46%) Linux
2 8 (8.25%) Windows
3 4 (4.12%) Windows Server
4 3 (3.09%) Unix
5 2 (2.06%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.03%) Android
6 1 (1.03%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (54.64%) Software Testing
2 49 (50.52%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (30.93%) Test Automation
4 23 (23.71%) Functional Testing
5 21 (21.65%) Test Management
5 21 (21.65%) Test Scripting
6 18 (18.56%) Non-Functional Testing
6 18 (18.56%) Waterfall
7 17 (17.53%) Manual Testing
8 15 (15.46%) Time Management
9 14 (14.43%) Performance Testing
10 10 (10.31%) Load Testing
10 10 (10.31%) Security Testing
10 10 (10.31%) User Acceptance Testing
11 9 (9.28%) BDD
11 9 (9.28%) Scrum
12 8 (8.25%) Project Management
13 7 (7.22%) Automation Testing
13 7 (7.22%) SDLC
14 6 (6.19%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (23.71%) Java
2 20 (20.62%) Ruby
3 17 (17.53%) Bash Shell
3 17 (17.53%) Python
4 10 (10.31%) SQL
5 4 (4.12%) C#
6 3 (3.09%) C
6 3 (3.09%) C++
6 3 (3.09%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.06%) Perl
7 2 (2.06%) VB
Qualifications
1 64 (65.98%) ISEB
2 48 (49.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 43 (44.33%) Security Cleared
4 23 (23.71%) DV Cleared
5 17 (17.53%) SC Cleared
6 11 (11.34%) Degree
7 7 (7.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (4.12%) HND
9 2 (2.06%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (1.03%) HNC
10 1 (1.03%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (29.90%) QA
2 5 (5.15%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (3.09%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.03%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.06%) Hyper-V
1 2 (2.06%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (10.31%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.06%) SCCM
2 2 (2.06%) SCOM
3 1 (1.03%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 9 (9.28%) Oracle
2 6 (6.19%) SAP
3 5 (5.15%) IBM
3 5 (5.15%) Talend
4 3 (3.09%) ATG
4 3 (3.09%) Microsoft
5 2 (2.06%) Atlassian
5 2 (2.06%) Avaya
5 2 (2.06%) Citrix
5 2 (2.06%) HP
5 2 (2.06%) VMware
6 1 (1.03%) BMC
6 1 (1.03%) Cisco
6 1 (1.03%) EMC
6 1 (1.03%) Genesys
6 1 (1.03%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.03%) Verint