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 26 February 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
Rank 310 251 268
Rank change year-on-year
-59 +17
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 320 500 411
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.71% 0.96% 0.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.43% 4.52% 3.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 288 203
Median daily rate £350 £335 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.47% -1.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £235 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £316 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.67% -2.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 8
Median hourly rate £43.00 £170.00 £15.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-74.70% +968.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £58.80 £14.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.30 £182.00 £26.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £170.00 £15.92
% change year-on-year
-74.70% +968.00%

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
9337 11050 10583
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.85% 21.27% 20.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 6009 6880 6053
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £554 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £380
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +1.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 437 497
Median hourly rate £30.00 £39.75 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.52% +80.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.22 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.47 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.91 £42.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-26.40% +86.66%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 26 February 2017.

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
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the UK over the 3 months to 26 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -60 278 £350 - 121
London -75 65 £395 -1.25% 31
South East -10 64 £363 -0.13% 28
South West +3 43 £380 +4.82% 16
Wales +9 27 £350 +16.66% 2
West Midlands -3 25 £335 +3.07% 9
Yorkshire +10 24 £325 +8.33% 16
West Yorkshire +21 23 £319 +4.50% 12
Leeds +6 21 £325 +3.17% 11
Hampshire +6 20 £350 +8.61% 5
East of England -3 18 £325 +18.18% 9
Wiltshire +9 14 £350 +10.23% 3
East Midlands +13 12 £350 +22.80% 1
Cardiff +5 12 £325 +8.33%
Devon +3 12 £378 +11.85% 2
South Wales +2 12 £325 +8.33% 2
North East -3 12 £275 +3.77%
Newcastle upon Tyne -4 12 £275 +3.77%
Tyne and Wear -7 12 £275 +3.77%
Swansea - 12 £470 -
West Wales - 12 £470 -
Swindon +7 11 £350 +12.90% 2
Surrey -4 11 £403 -3.01% 7
Gloucestershire -10 10 £475 +4.39% 4
Berkshire +7 8 £352 +3.52% 2
North West +5 8 £320 +12.28% 10
Oxfordshire -2 8 £194 -41.72% 4
Northamptonshire -4 8 £363 +45.00%
Scotland -20 8 £375 +25.00% 3
Essex - 8 £325 -

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 419 (68.91%) ISEB
2 263 (43.26%) Agile Software Development
3 211 (34.70%) Test Scripting
4 199 (32.73%) SQL
5 185 (30.43%) Software Testing
6 170 (27.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 130 (21.38%) Selenium
8 120 (19.74%) Finance
9 117 (19.24%) User Acceptance Testing
10 107 (17.60%) QA
11 106 (17.43%) JIRA
12 105 (17.27%) Microsoft
13 100 (16.45%) Security Cleared
14 97 (15.95%) Java
15 94 (15.46%) Functional Testing
16 90 (14.80%) Test Automation
17 82 (13.49%) Test Management
18 80 (13.16%) HP
19 74 (12.17%) HP Quality Center
19 74 (12.17%) Defect Management
20 73 (12.01%) SDLC
21 72 (11.84%) Automated Testing
21 72 (11.84%) Windows
22 70 (11.51%) Integration Testing
23 68 (11.18%) Oracle
24 67 (11.02%) BDD
25 66 (10.86%) Scrum
26 65 (10.69%) Regression Testing
27 61 (10.03%) Unix
28 59 (9.70%) XML

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 33 (5.43%) SharePoint
2 17 (2.80%) Confluence
3 12 (1.97%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 10 (1.64%) SAS
5 9 (1.48%) IIS
6 8 (1.32%) SharePoint 2010
7 5 (0.82%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.82%) WebLogic
8 4 (0.66%) Apache
8 4 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.66%) CMS
8 4 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.66%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.33%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.33%) JBoss
9 2 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.33%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 42 (6.91%) MS Excel
2 40 (6.58%) MS Office
3 7 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.66%) MS Project
5 3 (0.49%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 15 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.66%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.49%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.33%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.33%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.16%) Maximo
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.16%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP EWM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP PM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP R/3
5 1 (0.16%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 18 (2.96%) Office 365
2 9 (1.48%) GitHub
3 8 (1.32%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (0.66%) SaaS
5 3 (0.49%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (0.33%) Taleo
7 1 (0.16%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.47%) 4G
2 12 (1.97%) LTE
2 12 (1.97%) Wireless
3 6 (0.99%) Firewall
3 6 (0.99%) Internet
4 5 (0.82%) Intrusion Detection
4 5 (0.82%) TCP/IP
5 4 (0.66%) LDAP
5 4 (0.66%) Network Security
5 4 (0.66%) SSH
5 4 (0.66%) Wireshark
6 3 (0.49%) HTTP
6 3 (0.49%) Intranet
7 2 (0.33%) LAN
7 2 (0.33%) PuTTY
7 2 (0.33%) VLAN
7 2 (0.33%) WAN
7 2 (0.33%) WinSCP
8 1 (0.16%) iBeacon
8 1 (0.16%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (6.41%) Data Warehouse
2 37 (6.09%) SQL Server
3 11 (1.81%) Hadoop
4 9 (1.48%) Oracle Database
4 9 (1.48%) Relational Database
5 8 (1.32%) BusinessObjects
5 8 (1.32%) GIS
6 7 (1.15%) Big Data
7 6 (0.99%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
8 4 (0.66%) SAP BW
9 3 (0.49%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9 3 (0.49%) BusinessObjects XI
9 3 (0.49%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.49%) Oracle BI EE
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.16%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 130 (21.38%) Selenium
2 106 (17.43%) JIRA
3 49 (8.06%) Cucumber
4 41 (6.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 34 (5.59%) HP UFT
5 34 (5.59%) Visual Studio
5 34 (5.59%) WebDriver
6 32 (5.26%) JMeter
6 32 (5.26%) SoapUI
7 29 (4.77%) Jenkins
7 29 (4.77%) LoadRunner
8 20 (3.29%) Git (software)
8 20 (3.29%) Maven
9 15 (2.47%) StarTeam
10 14 (2.30%) Ant
11 12 (1.97%) Hudson
11 12 (1.97%) SpecFlow
12 9 (1.48%) Selenium IDE
12 9 (1.48%) TeamCity
12 9 (1.48%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 120 (19.74%) Finance
2 51 (8.39%) Banking
3 30 (4.93%) Retail
3 30 (4.93%) Telecoms
4 15 (2.47%) Games
5 14 (2.30%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.32%) Investment Banking
7 5 (0.82%) Retail Banking
8 4 (0.66%) Advertising
8 4 (0.66%) Electronics
8 4 (0.66%) Marketing
9 3 (0.49%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.49%) Legal
9 3 (0.49%) Multimedia
9 3 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.33%) Automotive
10 2 (0.33%) General Ledger
10 2 (0.33%) Local Government
10 2 (0.33%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 247 (40.63%) Analyst
2 229 (37.66%) Test Analyst
3 141 (23.19%) Tester
4 77 (12.66%) Test Manager
5 63 (10.36%) Test Leader
6 56 (9.21%) Test Engineer
7 35 (5.76%) Automation Test Analyst
8 33 (5.43%) Software Tester
9 32 (5.26%) Automation Tester
10 25 (4.11%) Developer
11 21 (3.45%) Senior Analyst
12 20 (3.29%) Senior Test Analyst
13 19 (3.13%) Software Test Engineer
14 18 (2.96%) Agile Test Analyst
14 18 (2.96%) Lead Test Analyst
15 17 (2.80%) QA Analyst
16 16 (2.63%) Test Specialist
17 14 (2.30%) QA Tester
17 14 (2.30%) SQL Analyst
17 14 (2.30%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (9.70%) XML
2 49 (8.06%) .NET
3 31 (5.10%) Web Services
4 23 (3.78%) SOAP
5 18 (2.96%) Spring
6 17 (2.80%) Hibernate
6 17 (2.80%) HTML
7 15 (2.47%) RESTful
8 14 (2.30%) J2EE
9 13 (2.14%) AngularJS
9 13 (2.14%) ASP.NET
10 12 (1.97%) CSS
10 12 (1.97%) Gherkin
11 11 (1.81%) REST
12 10 (1.64%) JSON
13 7 (1.15%) Apache Flex
13 7 (1.15%) BlazeDS
13 7 (1.15%) Spring MVC
13 7 (1.15%) XSL
13 7 (1.15%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 43 (7.07%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (3.78%) Computer Science
3 15 (2.47%) Clustering
4 13 (2.14%) NHS
5 12 (1.97%) Mobile App
6 11 (1.81%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.32%) User Experience
8 6 (0.99%) Client/Server
8 6 (0.99%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 5 (0.82%) Equities
10 4 (0.66%) Derivative
10 4 (0.66%) Linux Command Line
10 4 (0.66%) Online Games
11 3 (0.49%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.49%) EPoS
11 3 (0.49%) Fixed Income
11 3 (0.49%) Hedge funds
11 3 (0.49%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.49%) Reference Data
11 3 (0.49%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 72 (11.84%) Windows
2 61 (10.03%) Unix
3 40 (6.58%) Linux
4 26 (4.28%) Windows Server 2008
5 25 (4.11%) Windows Server 2003
6 24 (3.95%) Windows 7
7 20 (3.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (3.29%) Windows XP
8 18 (2.96%) Windows 10
9 15 (2.47%) AIX
9 15 (2.47%) Windows Server
10 8 (1.32%) Android
10 8 (1.32%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.66%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.49%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.33%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.33%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.16%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 263 (43.26%) Agile Software Development
2 211 (34.70%) Test Scripting
3 185 (30.43%) Software Testing
4 117 (19.24%) User Acceptance Testing
5 94 (15.46%) Functional Testing
6 90 (14.80%) Test Automation
7 82 (13.49%) Test Management
8 74 (12.17%) Defect Management
9 73 (12.01%) SDLC
10 72 (11.84%) Automated Testing
11 70 (11.51%) Integration Testing
12 67 (11.02%) BDD
13 66 (10.86%) Scrum
14 65 (10.69%) Regression Testing
15 59 (9.70%) Manual Testing
16 58 (9.54%) Test Strategy
17 56 (9.21%) Continuous Integration
18 47 (7.73%) Non-Functional Testing
19 45 (7.40%) Performance Testing
20 41 (6.74%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 199 (32.73%) SQL
2 97 (15.95%) Java
3 32 (5.26%) JavaScript
4 27 (4.44%) C#
5 26 (4.28%) Python
6 23 (3.78%) Ruby
7 20 (3.29%) PL/SQL
8 15 (2.47%) C
9 11 (1.81%) Bash Shell
10 7 (1.15%) ActionScript
10 7 (1.15%) Groovy
11 6 (0.99%) PHP
11 6 (0.99%) PowerShell
12 5 (0.82%) VB
13 4 (0.66%) C++
13 4 (0.66%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.66%) VBScript
14 3 (0.49%) Perl
14 3 (0.49%) Scala
14 3 (0.49%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 419 (68.91%) ISEB
2 170 (27.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 100 (16.45%) Security Cleared
4 48 (7.89%) Degree
5 47 (7.73%) SC Cleared
6 40 (6.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 28 (4.61%) DV Cleared
8 19 (3.13%) BPSS Clearance
9 16 (2.63%) MCITP
9 16 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
10 14 (2.30%) MCSA
10 14 (2.30%) MCSE
10 14 (2.30%) MCTS
11 4 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.66%) PhD
12 3 (0.49%) CHECK Team Member
12 3 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (0.49%) CISM
12 3 (0.49%) CREST Certified
12 3 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (17.60%) QA
2 13 (2.14%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (1.15%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.15%) SDET
4 4 (0.66%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.66%) ISO 9000
5 3 (0.49%) JSP 440
5 3 (0.49%) SLA
6 2 (0.33%) Basel II
6 2 (0.33%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.33%) EMIR
6 2 (0.33%) MiFID
6 2 (0.33%) PMO
6 2 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.16%) Solvency II
System Software
1 31 (5.10%) Active Directory
2 14 (2.30%) Hyper-V
3 5 (0.82%) Snort
3 5 (0.82%) XenApp
4 4 (0.66%) VMware ESX
4 4 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.66%) XenDesktop
5 3 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.16%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 74 (12.17%) HP Quality Center
2 19 (3.13%) McAfee ePO
3 15 (2.47%) Netcool
4 9 (1.48%) Cisco IPCC
5 4 (0.66%) Oozie
6 3 (0.49%) HP SiteScope
6 3 (0.49%) SCCM
7 2 (0.33%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.33%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.33%) Cisco UCCE
7 2 (0.33%) Graphite
7 2 (0.33%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle EDQ
8 1 (0.16%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 105 (17.27%) Microsoft
2 80 (13.16%) HP
3 68 (11.18%) Oracle
4 34 (5.59%) SAP
5 20 (3.29%) IBM
6 19 (3.13%) Intel Security
7 18 (2.96%) Citrix
8 15 (2.47%) Sybase
8 15 (2.47%) Veritas
9 14 (2.30%) Atlassian
10 7 (1.15%) Adobe
10 7 (1.15%) Cloudera
11 6 (0.99%) AppDynamics
12 5 (0.82%) Cisco
12 5 (0.82%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (0.82%) Sourcefire
12 5 (0.82%) webMethods
13 4 (0.66%) Telerik
13 4 (0.66%) Teradata
13 4 (0.66%) VMware
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