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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 102 109 92
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -17
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 47 39 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.39% 1.20% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.75% 4.22% 2.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 22 3
Average daily rate
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£325 £288 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.04% -23.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £363
10% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £350 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Average hourly rate £34.00 - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £12.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+142.42% -58.75%
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
989 925 663
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 29.24% 28.54% 29.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 603 593 359
Average daily rate £395 £393 £362
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.63% +8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 37 55
Average hourly rate £39.25 £35.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.14% +79.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £16.90 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £43.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -

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 2 September 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 2 September 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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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
Devon +13 16 £325 +13.04%
Wiltshire 0 12 £230 +15.00%
Somerset -3 6 £350 +7.69%
Bristol 0 5 £300 +9.09% 2
Gloucestershire -12 3 £363 +2.83% 1
Dorset - 2 £170 - 3
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 45 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (53.75%) ISEB
3 38 (47.50%) Software Testing
4 32 (40.00%) QA
5 29 (36.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 21 (26.25%) Selenium
7 18 (22.50%) SQL
8 17 (21.25%) Scrum
8 17 (21.25%) SpecFlow
9 16 (20.00%) Test Scripting
10 15 (18.75%) Security Cleared
10 15 (18.75%) Test Automation
10 15 (18.75%) C#
11 14 (17.50%) Ruby
11 14 (17.50%) Integration Testing
12 13 (16.25%) Manual Testing
12 13 (16.25%) Jenkins
12 13 (16.25%) User Acceptance Testing
12 13 (16.25%) Microsoft
13 12 (15.00%) E-Commerce
13 12 (15.00%) Banking
13 12 (15.00%) WebDriver
14 10 (12.50%) Validation
14 10 (12.50%) Java
14 10 (12.50%) Atlassian
14 10 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
14 10 (12.50%) Continuous Delivery
14 10 (12.50%) SDLC
14 10 (12.50%) Waterfall
15 9 (11.25%) Test Management

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 4 (5.00%) ATG Dynamo
2 3 (3.75%) CMS
3 2 (2.50%) IIS
4 1 (1.25%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (10.00%) MS Excel
2 6 (7.50%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (2.50%) MS Office
4 1 (1.25%) MS Project
4 1 (1.25%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.25%) SAP FI
1 1 (1.25%) SAP HCM
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.00%) Firewall
2 2 (2.50%) Internet
3 1 (1.25%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (1.25%) Network Security
3 1 (1.25%) LAN
3 1 (1.25%) VoIP
3 1 (1.25%) WLAN
3 1 (1.25%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.50%) MS Access
2 2 (2.50%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.50%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.25%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 21 (26.25%) Selenium
2 17 (21.25%) SpecFlow
3 13 (16.25%) Jenkins
4 12 (15.00%) WebDriver
5 7 (8.75%) Cucumber
5 7 (8.75%) Capybara
6 6 (7.50%) Talend Open Studio
7 5 (6.25%) Rational Functional Tester
7 5 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (6.25%) Visual Studio
7 5 (6.25%) LoadRunner
8 4 (5.00%) FitNesse
9 1 (1.25%) JIRA
9 1 (1.25%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (1.25%) MSBuild
General
1 12 (15.00%) Banking
2 7 (8.75%) Finance
3 6 (7.50%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.50%) Legal
4 2 (2.50%) Electronics
5 1 (1.25%) Back Office
5 1 (1.25%) Retail
5 1 (1.25%) Publishing
5 1 (1.25%) Military
5 1 (1.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 60 (75.00%) Analyst
2 46 (57.50%) Test Analyst
3 12 (15.00%) QA Analyst
4 11 (13.75%) Tester
5 10 (12.50%) Agile Test Analyst
6 9 (11.25%) Senior Analyst
6 9 (11.25%) Senior Test Analyst
7 5 (6.25%) Business Analyst
7 5 (6.25%) Test Manager
7 5 (6.25%) Test Leader
8 4 (5.00%) Automation Analyst
8 4 (5.00%) Business Systems Analyst
8 4 (5.00%) Systems Analyst
8 4 (5.00%) Test Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) Automation Test Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) Junior Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) Quality Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) SAP Test Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) Technical Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.00%) .NET
2 6 (7.50%) Gherkin
3 4 (5.00%) ASP.NET
3 4 (5.00%) HTML
4 2 (2.50%) AppFabric
4 2 (2.50%) Web Services
4 2 (2.50%) CSS
5 1 (1.25%) SOAP
5 1 (1.25%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.25%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.75%) User Experience
3 2 (2.50%) Smart Meter
3 2 (2.50%) NHS
3 2 (2.50%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.50%) PKI
4 1 (1.25%) Statistics
4 1 (1.25%) IVR
4 1 (1.25%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.25%) UNIX
2 2 (2.50%) Linux
2 2 (2.50%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (47.50%) Software Testing
3 17 (21.25%) Scrum
4 16 (20.00%) Test Scripting
5 15 (18.75%) Test Automation
6 14 (17.50%) Integration Testing
7 13 (16.25%) Manual Testing
7 13 (16.25%) User Acceptance Testing
8 12 (15.00%) E-Commerce
9 10 (12.50%) Validation
9 10 (12.50%) Waterfall
9 10 (12.50%) Continuous Delivery
9 10 (12.50%) SDLC
10 9 (11.25%) Time Management
10 9 (11.25%) Test Management
10 9 (11.25%) Automated Testing
11 8 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (10.00%) Security Testing
11 8 (10.00%) Test Planning
12 7 (8.75%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (22.50%) SQL
2 15 (18.75%) C#
3 14 (17.50%) Ruby
4 10 (12.50%) Java
5 7 (8.75%) Python
6 5 (6.25%) Perl
6 5 (6.25%) C++
6 5 (6.25%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.50%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.25%) VB
Qualifications
1 43 (53.75%) ISEB
2 29 (36.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 15 (18.75%) Security Cleared
4 8 (10.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 8 (10.00%) Degree
5 7 (8.75%) SC Cleared
6 5 (6.25%) DV Cleared
6 5 (6.25%) CISM
7 2 (2.50%) CISSP
8 1 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (1.25%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (40.00%) QA
2 9 (11.25%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (2.50%) Active Directory
1 2 (2.50%) Snort
Systems Management
1 6 (7.50%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.25%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 13 (16.25%) Microsoft
2 10 (12.50%) Atlassian
3 6 (7.50%) Talend
4 5 (6.25%) SAP
5 4 (5.00%) ATG
6 2 (2.50%) OpenText
6 2 (2.50%) Sourcefire
6 2 (2.50%) Oracle
7 1 (1.25%) HP
7 1 (1.25%) Citrix
7 1 (1.25%) Avaya
7 1 (1.25%) Genesys
7 1 (1.25%) Verint