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 27 February 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 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 255 275 333
Rank change year-on-year
+20 +58
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 401 337 208
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.76% 0.67% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.55% 3.42% 2.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 195 117
Average daily rate
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£334 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.29% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £238 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 4
Average hourly rate £15.00 £11.75 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.65% -59.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.48 £11.75 £15.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.70 £11.75 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £11.75 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+27.65% -59.13%

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
11306 9847 8223
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.55% 19.59% 18.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6538 5305 4364
Average daily rate £400 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £353 £333
% change year-on-year
+9.14% +6.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 512 465 493
Average hourly rate £22.00 £18.66 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.93% -32.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -34.57%

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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 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
England +4 354 £350 +7.69% 105
South East +10 129 £348 +6.92% 27
London -19 111 £375 +7.14% 32
Hampshire +13 71 £390 +11.42% 5
Scotland +13 36 £318 +15.45% 5
City of London +21 35 £428 +14.76% 5
Yorkshire +2 26 £388 +40.90% 12
North West +4 24 £265 -3.63% 10
Surrey +16 20 £300 -17.24% 10
West Yorkshire -3 20 £400 +33.33% 4
South West -23 20 £450 +50.00% 3
Glasgow +17 15 £350 - 3
Liverpool +1 15 £240 -22.58% 2
Merseyside -2 15 £240 -22.58% 2
Berkshire -6 15 £325 +18.18% 6
Leeds +3 14 £400 +39.13% 3
West Midlands -10 14 £330 +7.75% 6
East of England +4 11 £350 +7.69% 10
East Midlands -3 11 £313 -2.34% 4
Southampton - 11 £393 -
Birmingham +5 8 £353 +101.42% 2
Basingstoke -2 8 £270 -20.35% 1
West Sussex -18 8 £220 -29.03%
Manchester -3 7 £298 +8.18% 5
Edinburgh -13 7 £225 -18.18% 1
Reading 0 6 £350 +79.48% 3
Buckinghamshire -2 6 £344 - 1
Northamptonshire -7 6 £325 +8.33%
Gloucestershire - 6 £525 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +14 5 £329 -0.44% 1

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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.

1 519 (65.12%) ISEB
2 285 (35.76%) Software Testing
3 282 (35.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 269 (33.75%) Test Scripting
5 254 (31.87%) Security Cleared
6 251 (31.49%) Agile Software Development
7 250 (31.37%) HP Quality Center
8 245 (30.74%) HP
9 219 (27.48%) SC Cleared
10 186 (23.34%) Microsoft
11 177 (22.21%) Finance
12 168 (21.08%) SQL
13 155 (19.45%) .NET
14 149 (18.70%) Oracle
15 148 (18.57%) User Acceptance Testing
16 132 (16.56%) QA
17 127 (15.93%) JavaScript
18 123 (15.43%) HTML
18 123 (15.43%) Test Automation
19 121 (15.18%) Test Management
20 117 (14.68%) Selenium
20 117 (14.68%) Knowledge Management
21 112 (14.05%) Test Strategy
22 110 (13.80%) Project Management
23 109 (13.68%) JIRA
24 106 (13.30%) MS Excel
25 105 (13.17%) UNIX
26 100 (12.55%) JSP
26 100 (12.55%) QuickTest Pro
27 99 (12.42%) ASP.NET

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 26 (3.26%) SharePoint
2 5 (0.63%) Confluence
2 5 (0.63%) WebLogic
2 5 (0.63%) JBoss
2 5 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (0.50%) CMS
3 4 (0.50%) Oracle Service Bus
3 4 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (0.50%) WebSphere
4 3 (0.38%) Lync
4 3 (0.38%) IIS
5 2 (0.25%) Documentum
6 1 (0.13%) SAS
6 1 (0.13%) Apache
6 1 (0.13%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.13%) ATG Dynamo
6 1 (0.13%) LiveLink
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.13%) SAP EP
Applications
1 106 (13.30%) MS Excel
2 24 (3.01%) MS Office
3 5 (0.63%) MS Project
4 2 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.13%) SPSS
5 1 (0.13%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 91 (11.42%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.88%) Summit
3 7 (0.88%) Cognos TM1
3 7 (0.88%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 4 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.25%) SAP Retail
5 2 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.25%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.13%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.13%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.13%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.13%) Agresso
6 1 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.13%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.13%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.88%) SaaS
2 2 (0.25%) GitHub
2 2 (0.25%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 67 (8.41%) SAN
2 49 (6.15%) TCP/IP
3 15 (1.88%) Wireshark
4 10 (1.25%) HTTP
5 7 (0.88%) HTTPS
5 7 (0.88%) SSL
5 7 (0.88%) ATM
6 4 (0.50%) GSM
6 4 (0.50%) LAN
6 4 (0.50%) DVB
7 3 (0.38%) DAB
7 3 (0.38%) 3G
7 3 (0.38%) RTSP
7 3 (0.38%) SMS
7 3 (0.38%) UMTS
7 3 (0.38%) WAN
7 3 (0.38%) LTE
8 2 (0.25%) 4G
8 2 (0.25%) WCDMA
8 2 (0.25%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (7.78%) Oracle Reports
2 36 (4.52%) SQL Server
3 29 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
4 9 (1.13%) Relational Database
5 7 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (0.63%) DB2
6 5 (0.63%) MongoDB
6 5 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
7 4 (0.50%) Oracle ODI
7 4 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.38%) SAP BW
8 3 (0.38%) DbVisualizer
8 3 (0.38%) Oracle BI EE
9 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.25%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.25%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.25%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.25%) Data Mart
9 2 (0.25%) SAP BI
9 2 (0.25%) EDMS
Development Applications
1 117 (14.68%) Selenium
2 109 (13.68%) JIRA
3 100 (12.55%) QuickTest Pro
4 47 (5.90%) LoadRunner
5 40 (5.02%) Team Foundation Server
6 38 (4.77%) Cucumber
7 35 (4.39%) WebDriver
8 34 (4.27%) Jenkins
9 27 (3.39%) Subversion
10 24 (3.01%) TestDirector
10 24 (3.01%) SoapUI
11 22 (2.76%) JMeter
12 19 (2.38%) JUnit
12 19 (2.38%) SpecFlow
13 18 (2.26%) WinRunner
14 17 (2.13%) Bugzilla
15 15 (1.88%) Maven
15 15 (1.88%) Visual Studio
16 14 (1.76%) TortoiseSVN
16 14 (1.76%) TestNG
General
1 177 (22.21%) Finance
2 60 (7.53%) Banking
3 43 (5.40%) Telecoms
4 28 (3.51%) Retail
5 15 (1.88%) Investment Banking
6 11 (1.38%) Legal
7 6 (0.75%) Manufacturing
7 6 (0.75%) Retail Banking
7 6 (0.75%) Marketing
8 5 (0.63%) Back Office
9 4 (0.50%) Electronics
9 4 (0.50%) Automotive
10 3 (0.38%) Advertising
10 3 (0.38%) Games
11 2 (0.25%) Military
11 2 (0.25%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.25%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.25%) Local Government
12 1 (0.13%) Mandarin Language
12 1 (0.13%) Cantonese Language
Job Titles
1 315 (39.52%) Analyst
2 306 (38.39%) Test Analyst
3 157 (19.70%) Tester
4 120 (15.06%) Test Manager
5 70 (8.78%) Test Leader
6 67 (8.41%) Test Engineer
7 42 (5.27%) Senior Analyst
8 40 (5.02%) Senior Test Analyst
9 39 (4.89%) Automation Tester
10 30 (3.76%) Test Specialist
11 29 (3.64%) Consultant
12 26 (3.26%) QA Tester
13 24 (3.01%) Test Consultant
14 22 (2.76%) Agile Test Analyst
15 17 (2.13%) QA Analyst
16 15 (1.88%) Automation Engineer
17 14 (1.76%) Senior Tester
17 14 (1.76%) Software Engineer
18 13 (1.63%) QA Test Analyst
18 13 (1.63%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 155 (19.45%) .NET
2 123 (15.43%) HTML
3 100 (12.55%) JSP
4 99 (12.42%) ASP.NET
5 30 (3.76%) Web Services
6 27 (3.39%) XML
7 20 (2.51%) Gherkin
8 15 (1.88%) CSS
9 14 (1.76%) .NET Framework
10 12 (1.51%) SOAP
11 9 (1.13%) Middleware
12 8 (1.00%) MSMQ
13 6 (0.75%) JSON
13 6 (0.75%) Spring
14 5 (0.63%) WCF
15 4 (0.50%) J2EE
15 4 (0.50%) REST
16 3 (0.38%) RESTful
16 3 (0.38%) AngularJS
16 3 (0.38%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 67 (8.41%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (3.01%) Computer Science
3 22 (2.76%) PDA
4 19 (2.38%) Open Source
5 17 (2.13%) Clustering
6 15 (1.88%) Mobile App
7 13 (1.63%) Client/Server
8 12 (1.51%) Management Information System
9 7 (0.88%) Digital Media
10 6 (0.75%) AS400
11 5 (0.63%) NHS
11 5 (0.63%) PMI
11 5 (0.63%) Derivative
12 4 (0.50%) STB
12 4 (0.50%) IPTV
12 4 (0.50%) W3C
12 4 (0.50%) Mobile Payment
13 3 (0.38%) Mathematics
13 3 (0.38%) Algorithms
13 3 (0.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 105 (13.17%) UNIX
2 61 (7.65%) Windows
3 59 (7.40%) Linux
4 39 (4.89%) Windows Server 2008
5 38 (4.77%) Windows Server 2003
6 32 (4.02%) Windows XP
7 28 (3.51%) Windows 7
8 18 (2.26%) AIX
9 10 (1.25%) Android
10 8 (1.00%) Windows 2000
10 8 (1.00%) Apple iOS
11 6 (0.75%) Solaris
12 5 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
13 3 (0.38%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.25%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
15 1 (0.13%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone 7
15 1 (0.13%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 285 (35.76%) Software Testing
2 269 (33.75%) Test Scripting
3 251 (31.49%) Agile Software Development
4 148 (18.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 123 (15.43%) Test Automation
6 121 (15.18%) Test Management
7 117 (14.68%) Knowledge Management
8 112 (14.05%) Test Strategy
9 110 (13.80%) Project Management
10 93 (11.67%) Scrum
11 80 (10.04%) Integration Testing
12 78 (9.79%) Automated Testing
13 73 (9.16%) Regression Testing
14 66 (8.28%) Manual Testing
15 63 (7.90%) BDD
16 57 (7.15%) Functional Testing
17 53 (6.65%) Test Planning
17 53 (6.65%) TDD
18 51 (6.40%) Waterfall
19 49 (6.15%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 168 (21.08%) SQL
2 127 (15.93%) JavaScript
3 83 (10.41%) Java
4 58 (7.28%) C#
5 38 (4.77%) VBA
6 22 (2.76%) Python
6 22 (2.76%) PowerShell
7 18 (2.26%) VB
8 16 (2.01%) Ruby
8 16 (2.01%) C
9 14 (1.76%) C++
9 14 (1.76%) PL/SQL
10 10 (1.25%) Scala
11 9 (1.13%) Perl
12 7 (0.88%) T-SQL
13 5 (0.63%) Groovy
14 4 (0.50%) VBScript
14 4 (0.50%) PHP
15 3 (0.38%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.38%) R
Qualifications
1 519 (65.12%) ISEB
2 282 (35.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 254 (31.87%) Security Cleared
4 219 (27.48%) SC Cleared
5 98 (12.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 73 (9.16%) DV Cleared
6 73 (9.16%) Degree
7 48 (6.02%) Microsoft Certification
8 45 (5.65%) MCITP
9 31 (3.89%) Cisco Certification
10 23 (2.89%) ISEB Practitioner
11 20 (2.51%) MCSE
12 17 (2.13%) MCSA
12 17 (2.13%) MCTS
13 11 (1.38%) PMI Certification
14 7 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 6 (0.75%) PMP
16 5 (0.63%) HND
16 5 (0.63%) VCP4
17 4 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (16.56%) QA
2 13 (1.63%) ISO 9001
3 7 (0.88%) ISO 14001
4 6 (0.75%) GAAP
4 6 (0.75%) FATCA
5 5 (0.63%) Solvency II
5 5 (0.63%) ISO 9000
6 4 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.38%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.25%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 1 (0.13%) SLA
9 1 (0.13%) ISO 8583
9 1 (0.13%) HL7
System Software
1 21 (2.63%) VMware ESX
2 19 (2.38%) Hyper-V
3 12 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.88%) Nmap
5 5 (0.63%) Active Directory
6 3 (0.38%) NDS
7 2 (0.25%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 250 (31.37%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (2.63%) McAfee ePO
3 15 (1.88%) Netcool
4 7 (0.88%) Nessus
5 3 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.38%) Puppet
5 3 (0.38%) Ansible
6 2 (0.25%) HP SiteScope
7 1 (0.13%) nmon
7 1 (0.13%) SCCM
7 1 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 245 (30.74%) HP
2 186 (23.34%) Microsoft
3 149 (18.70%) Oracle
4 94 (11.79%) Citrix
5 31 (3.89%) Cisco
6 29 (3.64%) SAP
7 24 (3.01%) VMware
8 21 (2.63%) McAfee
9 17 (2.13%) Veritas
10 15 (1.88%) IBM
11 11 (1.38%) Cognos
12 8 (1.00%) Sybase
13 6 (0.75%) Siebel
14 5 (0.63%) Reuters
15 4 (0.50%) Salesforce.com
15 4 (0.50%) Sun
15 4 (0.50%) Ektron
16 3 (0.38%) Atlassian
16 3 (0.38%) Cerner
16 3 (0.38%) Ericsson
York, North Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: From £0 to £1 per day £competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: From £0 to £1 per day £competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: From £0 to £1 per day £competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
West Yorkshire
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Hampshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £225 - £250 per annum
Posted: 15 days ago
Hampshire
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Greater Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 24 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £475 per day + competitive
Posted: 24 days ago