The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 265 321 357
Rank change year-on-year
+56 +36
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 414 274 208
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.76% 0.54% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.73% 2.97% 2.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 142 100
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +0.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £202 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £462 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £288 £320
% change year-on-year
+13.91% -10.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 2
Average hourly rate £14.85 - £9.75
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 - £9.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.90 - £9.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.85 - £9.75

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
11109 9220 8729
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.48% 18.01% 17.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 6529 5132 4572
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 539 401 602
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing ISTQB within the UK.

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in the UK

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB within the UK.

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

ISTQB Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

ISTQB
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 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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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
England +37 362 £338 +3.84% 80
South East +2 121 £349 +31.60% 18
London +43 120 £350 -6.66% 19
Hampshire +23 76 £361 +3.21% 3
South West +5 44 £350 - 9
City of London +13 32 £325 -23.52% 10
Scotland +9 28 £350 +21.73% 7
North West -2 20 £250 -20.00% 6
Surrey +11 18 £305 -15.86% 4
Wales - 18 £325 - 1
Yorkshire -15 16 £273 +7.38% 10
South Wales - 16 £325 - 1
Gloucestershire - 14 £456 - 1
East Midlands +9 12 £313 -2.34% 2
Devon -4 12 £331 +1.92% 2
Exeter +3 11 £331 - 2
East of England -7 11 £350 -1.75% 7
West Midlands -10 11 £310 -8.48% 5
Glasgow - 11 £410 - 3
West Yorkshire -22 10 £285 +8.57% 9
Buckinghamshire -14 9 £356 +25.00% 3
Liverpool - 9 £220 - 1
Merseyside - 9 £220 - 1
Bristol -9 8 £335 -21.17% 3
Edinburgh -14 8 £327 +13.82% 3
Northamptonshire -11 7 £325 -13.33%
Berkshire -22 7 £338 +101.49% 6
Hertfordshire +13 6 - -
Basingstoke -2 6 £280 +5.66%
Manchester -7 6 £363 +3.57% 4

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 531 (62.47%) ISEB
2 305 (35.88%) Security Cleared
3 296 (34.82%) Software Testing
4 292 (34.35%) HP
5 279 (32.82%) Test Scripting
6 272 (32.00%) HP Quality Center
7 263 (30.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 262 (30.82%) SC Cleared
9 254 (29.88%) Agile Software Development
10 221 (26.00%) Microsoft
11 203 (23.88%) .NET
12 198 (23.29%) Oracle
13 169 (19.88%) JavaScript
14 166 (19.53%) HTML
15 162 (19.06%) SQL
16 153 (18.00%) Finance
17 152 (17.88%) User Acceptance Testing
18 150 (17.65%) QA
19 149 (17.53%) ASP.NET
20 148 (17.41%) JSP
21 142 (16.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
22 140 (16.47%) Test Management
23 137 (16.12%) Knowledge Management
24 131 (15.41%) Test Automation
24 131 (15.41%) UNIX
24 131 (15.41%) Project Management
25 122 (14.35%) Selenium
26 120 (14.12%) Oracle EBS
27 118 (13.88%) QuickTest Pro
28 117 (13.76%) Test Strategy

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 30 (3.53%) SharePoint
2 6 (0.71%) Confluence
3 5 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (0.59%) WebSphere
3 5 (0.59%) CMS
3 5 (0.59%) Oracle Workflow
3 5 (0.59%) JBoss
4 4 (0.47%) IIS
4 4 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (0.35%) WebLogic Integration
5 3 (0.35%) Lync
5 3 (0.35%) WebLogic
5 3 (0.35%) Apache
5 3 (0.35%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.24%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.12%) SAS
7 1 (0.12%) Mule
7 1 (0.12%) SAP EP
Applications
1 108 (12.71%) MS Excel
2 31 (3.65%) MS Office
3 10 (1.18%) MS Project
4 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.12%) SPSS
4 1 (0.12%) Simulink
4 1 (0.12%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 120 (14.12%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (1.06%) Summit
3 8 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.59%) Cognos TM1
4 5 (0.59%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 5 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.47%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.24%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.24%) SAP Retail
7 2 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.12%) SAP HCM
8 1 (0.12%) Cerner Millennium
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
8 1 (0.12%) TRIRIGA
8 1 (0.12%) SAP SD
8 1 (0.12%) SAP FI
8 1 (0.12%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.59%) SaaS
2 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 75 (8.82%) SAN
2 62 (7.29%) TCP/IP
3 16 (1.88%) Wireshark
4 14 (1.65%) HTTPS
5 12 (1.41%) SSL
6 6 (0.71%) FTP
6 6 (0.71%) HTTP
7 5 (0.59%) DVB
8 4 (0.47%) LAN
9 3 (0.35%) SMS
9 3 (0.35%) WAN
9 3 (0.35%) Internet
9 3 (0.35%) DAB
9 3 (0.35%) Unified Communications
9 3 (0.35%) LTE
9 3 (0.35%) GSM
10 2 (0.24%) 4G
10 2 (0.24%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (0.24%) SIGTRAN
10 2 (0.24%) GGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (10.24%) Oracle Reports
2 43 (5.06%) SQL Server
3 25 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
4 10 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 9 (1.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (1.06%) Relational Database
6 6 (0.71%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.47%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.47%) Apache Cassandra
7 4 (0.47%) Data Mining
7 4 (0.47%) DB2
8 3 (0.35%) MS Access
8 3 (0.35%) DbVisualizer
9 2 (0.24%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.24%) EDMS
9 2 (0.24%) SAP BW
9 2 (0.24%) Oracle Database 11g
9 2 (0.24%) Oracle BI EE
9 2 (0.24%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.24%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 122 (14.35%) Selenium
2 118 (13.88%) QuickTest Pro
3 113 (13.29%) JIRA
4 54 (6.35%) LoadRunner
5 47 (5.53%) Team Foundation Server
6 40 (4.71%) WebDriver
7 34 (4.00%) Jenkins
8 33 (3.88%) Cucumber
9 29 (3.41%) Subversion
10 23 (2.71%) JMeter
10 23 (2.71%) JUnit
11 21 (2.47%) Visual Studio
11 21 (2.47%) SoapUI
12 20 (2.35%) Maven
13 19 (2.24%) Bugzilla
13 19 (2.24%) SpecFlow
14 18 (2.12%) TestNG
15 17 (2.00%) TestDirector
16 16 (1.88%) TortoiseSVN
17 13 (1.53%) Rational DOORS
General
1 153 (18.00%) Finance
2 44 (5.18%) Banking
3 39 (4.59%) Telecoms
4 18 (2.12%) Retail
5 11 (1.29%) Legal
6 8 (0.94%) Investment Banking
7 7 (0.82%) Financial Institution
8 6 (0.71%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.71%) Automotive
9 5 (0.59%) Back Office
10 4 (0.47%) Electronics
10 4 (0.47%) Advertising
10 4 (0.47%) Marketing
11 3 (0.35%) Billing
11 3 (0.35%) Games
12 2 (0.24%) Military
12 2 (0.24%) Local Government
12 2 (0.24%) German Language
13 1 (0.12%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 333 (39.18%) Analyst
2 321 (37.76%) Test Analyst
3 165 (19.41%) Tester
4 154 (18.12%) Test Manager
5 77 (9.06%) Test Leader
6 63 (7.41%) Test Engineer
7 40 (4.71%) Automation Tester
8 39 (4.59%) Senior Analyst
9 37 (4.35%) Senior Test Analyst
10 26 (3.06%) QA Tester
11 25 (2.94%) Test Specialist
11 25 (2.94%) Agile Test Analyst
12 18 (2.12%) Consultant
13 17 (2.00%) Test Consultant
13 17 (2.00%) QA Analyst
14 15 (1.76%) Software Engineer
15 14 (1.65%) Senior Tester
16 13 (1.53%) Automation Engineer
17 12 (1.41%) Technical Analyst
18 11 (1.29%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 203 (23.88%) .NET
2 166 (19.53%) HTML
3 149 (17.53%) ASP.NET
4 148 (17.41%) JSP
5 28 (3.29%) Web Services
6 26 (3.06%) XML
7 18 (2.12%) Gherkin
8 17 (2.00%) .NET Framework
9 14 (1.65%) SOAP
10 12 (1.41%) Middleware
11 9 (1.06%) OLE
11 9 (1.06%) CSS
12 7 (0.82%) Spring
13 4 (0.47%) J2EE
13 4 (0.47%) JSON
13 4 (0.47%) WCF
14 3 (0.35%) WinForms
14 3 (0.35%) Flash
14 3 (0.35%) RESTful
14 3 (0.35%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 51 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (2.71%) Computer Science
3 22 (2.59%) Open Source
4 18 (2.12%) Client/Server
5 14 (1.65%) Management Information System
6 12 (1.41%) PDA
7 11 (1.29%) Clustering
7 11 (1.29%) Mobile App
8 10 (1.18%) AS400
9 6 (0.71%) Derivative
10 5 (0.59%) IPTV
10 5 (0.59%) PMI
10 5 (0.59%) Digital Media
11 4 (0.47%) iSeries
11 4 (0.47%) EPoS
11 4 (0.47%) NHS
11 4 (0.47%) Fixed Income
12 3 (0.35%) Equities
12 3 (0.35%) STB
12 3 (0.35%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 131 (15.41%) UNIX
2 61 (7.18%) Linux
3 58 (6.82%) Windows
4 33 (3.88%) Windows Server 2003
4 33 (3.88%) Windows Server 2008
5 31 (3.65%) Windows XP
6 22 (2.59%) Windows 7
7 17 (2.00%) Windows 2000
8 12 (1.41%) AIX
9 11 (1.29%) Apple iOS
10 9 (1.06%) Android
11 4 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.35%) HPUX
12 3 (0.35%) SUSE
12 3 (0.35%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.24%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.24%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.12%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 296 (34.82%) Software Testing
2 279 (32.82%) Test Scripting
3 254 (29.88%) Agile Software Development
4 152 (17.88%) User Acceptance Testing
5 140 (16.47%) Test Management
6 137 (16.12%) Knowledge Management
7 131 (15.41%) Project Management
7 131 (15.41%) Test Automation
8 117 (13.76%) Test Strategy
9 100 (11.76%) Scrum
10 84 (9.88%) Manual Testing
11 83 (9.76%) Automated Testing
12 79 (9.29%) Integration Testing
12 79 (9.29%) Functional Testing
13 73 (8.59%) BDD
14 64 (7.53%) CRM
15 61 (7.18%) Regression Testing
15 61 (7.18%) Performance Testing
15 61 (7.18%) Test Planning
16 53 (6.24%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 169 (19.88%) JavaScript
2 162 (19.06%) SQL
3 103 (12.12%) C#
4 101 (11.88%) Java
5 52 (6.12%) VB
6 32 (3.76%) VBA
7 27 (3.18%) Python
8 24 (2.82%) PowerShell
9 17 (2.00%) C
10 16 (1.88%) C++
11 14 (1.65%) Perl
11 14 (1.65%) Ruby
12 11 (1.29%) T-SQL
13 8 (0.94%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.94%) Scala
14 5 (0.59%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.59%) Groovy
14 5 (0.59%) PHP
15 4 (0.47%) VBScript
16 3 (0.35%) FoxPro (VFP)
Qualifications
1 531 (62.47%) ISEB
2 305 (35.88%) Security Cleared
3 263 (30.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 262 (30.82%) SC Cleared
5 142 (16.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 116 (13.65%) DV Cleared
7 51 (6.00%) Degree
8 43 (5.06%) MCITP
9 41 (4.82%) Microsoft Certification
10 36 (4.24%) Cisco Certification
11 27 (3.18%) ISEB Practitioner
12 17 (2.00%) MCSE
13 11 (1.29%) MCSA
13 11 (1.29%) MCTS
14 10 (1.18%) PMI Certification
15 9 (1.06%) CCNA
16 6 (0.71%) CCNP
16 6 (0.71%) MOS
17 5 (0.59%) PMP
18 4 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 150 (17.65%) QA
2 11 (1.29%) ISO 9001
3 5 (0.59%) ISO 9000
3 5 (0.59%) ISO 14001
4 4 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.24%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.24%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.12%) SLA
6 1 (0.12%) GAAP
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.12%) HL7
6 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
System Software
1 13 (1.53%) VMware ESX
2 12 (1.41%) Nmap
2 12 (1.41%) Hyper-V
3 11 (1.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.47%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.35%) NDS
6 2 (0.24%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 272 (32.00%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.41%) McAfee ePO
2 12 (1.41%) Nessus
3 11 (1.29%) Netcool
4 4 (0.47%) Ansible
4 4 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (0.47%) Puppet
5 2 (0.24%) HP SiteScope
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.12%) SCCM
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 292 (34.35%) HP
2 221 (26.00%) Microsoft
3 198 (23.29%) Oracle
4 93 (10.94%) Citrix
5 32 (3.76%) Cisco
6 31 (3.65%) SAP
7 18 (2.12%) IBM
8 17 (2.00%) VMware
9 12 (1.41%) McAfee
10 11 (1.29%) Veritas
11 9 (1.06%) Cognos
12 6 (0.71%) Salesforce.com
13 4 (0.47%) Reuters
13 4 (0.47%) Ektron
13 4 (0.47%) Siebel
14 3 (0.35%) Business Objects
14 3 (0.35%) Cerner
14 3 (0.35%) hybris
14 3 (0.35%) TIBCO
14 3 (0.35%) ATG
London
Volt
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £15 - £23 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Engage PSG
Rate: £270 - £320 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Bournemouth
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West England
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 per annum + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
South West
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 150-200 Per Day
Posted: 26 days ago
Kingswood, Surrey, South East, United Kingdom
Fidelity Worldwide Investment
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 26 days ago