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 3 June 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
3 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 298 195 372
Rank change year-on-year
-103 +177
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 351 595 191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.64% 1.12% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.40% 5.72% 2.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 321 116
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £255 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £315 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.17% -4.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 4
Average hourly rate £31.00 £13.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+129.62% -50.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.51 £10.20 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 £13.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+129.62% -50.90%

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
10323 10398 8547
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.97% 19.53% 18.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 5941 6062 4555
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £223 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 514 528 460
Average hourly rate £23.00 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.99% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.29 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £48.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -18.18%

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 3 June 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 3 June 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 3 June 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 -128 293 £330 +1.53% 143
London -61 95 £350 -6.66% 48
South East -69 88 £390 +20.00% 34
Scotland +9 37 £320 +6.22% 9
South West -25 35 £312 +3.83% 9
Hampshire -58 35 £374 +15.14% 7
Edinburgh +13 30 £315 +5.00% 6
North West -10 22 £290 -10.76% 13
Surrey +14 19 £500 +37.93% 11
Berkshire +9 18 £300 +20.00% 5
Yorkshire -35 16 £283 +2.72% 3
Wales -5 15 £300 -4.45% 1
City of London -26 13 £425 +21.25% 10
West Yorkshire -28 13 £280 +1.81% 3
East of England -5 12 £273 -19.25% 4
West Midlands -26 12 £350 - 17
Wiltshire +7 11 £316 +32.84%
Manchester 0 10 £243 -34.01% 6
Reading +9 9 £260 -13.33% 2
South Wales -7 9 £300 -4.00% 1
Exeter +4 8 £338 +22.72% 2
Birmingham +2 8 £350 -12.50% 4
Leatherhead -1 8 £500 +66.66% 4
Devon -1 8 £338 +22.72% 2
Leeds -10 8 £275 - 2
Southampton +2 7 £425 +27.81% 1
Lancashire +6 6 £306 -12.50% 2
East Midlands -15 6 £275 -8.48% 9
Gosport 0 5 £350 -10.82%
Bradford -14 5 £285 +5.55% 1

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 June 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.

1 505 (67.07%) ISEB
2 260 (34.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 234 (31.08%) Agile Software Development
4 227 (30.15%) Test Scripting
5 224 (29.75%) HP
6 211 (28.02%) SQL
7 205 (27.22%) Software Testing
8 195 (25.90%) HP Quality Center
9 184 (24.44%) Security Cleared
10 183 (24.30%) Finance
11 157 (20.85%) SC Cleared
12 153 (20.32%) User Acceptance Testing
13 151 (20.05%) QA
14 150 (19.92%) Microsoft
15 116 (15.41%) Test Management
16 115 (15.27%) .NET
17 113 (15.01%) Oracle
18 112 (14.87%) Banking
19 107 (14.21%) UNIX
19 107 (14.21%) Test Strategy
20 103 (13.68%) Test Automation
21 94 (12.48%) MS Excel
21 94 (12.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
22 92 (12.22%) HTML
22 92 (12.22%) JavaScript
23 91 (12.08%) Integration Testing
24 90 (11.95%) Selenium
25 83 (11.02%) Knowledge Management
26 78 (10.36%) Degree
27 76 (10.09%) Analytical Skills

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 June 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 18 (2.39%) CMS
2 11 (1.46%) SharePoint
3 9 (1.20%) WebLogic
4 6 (0.80%) Documentum
5 5 (0.66%) WebSphere
5 5 (0.66%) Confluence
6 4 (0.53%) Oracle Service Bus
6 4 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
6 4 (0.53%) ATG Dynamo
6 4 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.40%) Apache
7 3 (0.40%) LiveLink
7 3 (0.40%) Magnolia
8 2 (0.27%) JBoss
8 2 (0.27%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.27%) WebLogic Integration
9 1 (0.13%) IIS
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 94 (12.48%) MS Excel
2 39 (5.18%) MS Office
3 6 (0.80%) MS Project
4 4 (0.53%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.13%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.13%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 47 (6.24%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.53%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (0.53%) Oracle Receivables
3 3 (0.40%) Markit EDM
3 3 (0.40%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 2 (0.27%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.27%) Summit
4 2 (0.27%) Cognos TM1
4 2 (0.27%) SAP Retail
4 2 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.13%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.13%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.13%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.53%) SaaS
2 2 (0.27%) GitHub
2 2 (0.27%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 41 (5.44%) SAN
2 32 (4.25%) TCP/IP
3 11 (1.46%) ATM
4 10 (1.33%) HTTP
5 8 (1.06%) Internet
5 8 (1.06%) Wireshark
6 5 (0.66%) 3G
7 4 (0.53%) 4G
8 3 (0.40%) RTSP
8 3 (0.40%) LTE
8 3 (0.40%) UMTS
8 3 (0.40%) GSM
9 2 (0.27%) FTP
9 2 (0.27%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.27%) SSL
9 2 (0.27%) Firewall
9 2 (0.27%) 2G
9 2 (0.27%) Radio Access Network
9 2 (0.27%) Diameter Protocol
9 2 (0.27%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (5.44%) SQL Server
2 36 (4.78%) Oracle Reports
3 35 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
4 13 (1.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (1.46%) Relational Database
6 10 (1.33%) Oracle Database
7 7 (0.93%) MySQL
7 7 (0.93%) DB2
8 6 (0.80%) MS Access
9 5 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.53%) DbVisualizer
10 4 (0.53%) Oracle ODI
11 3 (0.40%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.40%) Apache Cassandra
12 2 (0.27%) Data Mart
12 2 (0.27%) SQL Server 2008
12 2 (0.27%) VoltDB
12 2 (0.27%) SAP BW
12 2 (0.27%) SAP BI
12 2 (0.27%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 90 (11.95%) Selenium
2 74 (9.83%) JIRA
3 57 (7.57%) QuickTest Pro
4 37 (4.91%) WebDriver
4 37 (4.91%) SoapUI
5 30 (3.98%) Cucumber
6 23 (3.05%) SpecFlow
6 23 (3.05%) Team Foundation Server
7 19 (2.52%) LoadRunner
8 18 (2.39%) TestDirector
9 15 (1.99%) WinRunner
9 15 (1.99%) JUnit
10 13 (1.73%) Visual Studio
11 12 (1.59%) Jenkins
12 11 (1.46%) JMeter
12 11 (1.46%) Git (software)
13 7 (0.93%) Subversion
13 7 (0.93%) Toad
13 7 (0.93%) Calabash
14 6 (0.80%) Hudson
General
1 183 (24.30%) Finance
2 112 (14.87%) Banking
3 52 (6.91%) Retail
4 43 (5.71%) Telecoms
5 32 (4.25%) Investment Banking
6 23 (3.05%) Retail Banking
7 19 (2.52%) General Ledger
8 10 (1.33%) Back Office
9 9 (1.20%) Legal
9 9 (1.20%) Corporate Banking
10 5 (0.66%) Marketing
11 4 (0.53%) Billing
12 3 (0.40%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.40%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.40%) Automotive
13 2 (0.27%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.13%) French Language
14 1 (0.13%) German Language
14 1 (0.13%) Italian Language
14 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 324 (43.03%) Analyst
2 306 (40.64%) Test Analyst
3 120 (15.94%) Tester
4 119 (15.80%) Test Manager
5 95 (12.62%) Test Leader
6 42 (5.58%) Test Engineer
7 39 (5.18%) Test Specialist
8 35 (4.65%) Senior Analyst
9 34 (4.52%) Senior Test Analyst
10 25 (3.32%) QA Analyst
11 22 (2.92%) Agile Test Analyst
12 21 (2.79%) Consultant
13 17 (2.26%) Automation Tester
14 16 (2.12%) QA Test Analyst
15 15 (1.99%) QA Tester
16 14 (1.86%) Test Consultant
17 11 (1.46%) Systems Tester
17 11 (1.46%) Senior Tester
17 11 (1.46%) Programme Manager
17 11 (1.46%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (15.27%) .NET
2 92 (12.22%) HTML
3 75 (9.96%) ASP.NET
4 67 (8.90%) JSP
5 55 (7.30%) XML
6 32 (4.25%) SOAP
7 28 (3.72%) Web Services
8 17 (2.26%) CSS
9 14 (1.86%) Gherkin
10 12 (1.59%) XML Messaging
11 10 (1.33%) MSMQ
12 6 (0.80%) J2EE
13 4 (0.53%) Flash
13 4 (0.53%) REST
13 4 (0.53%) RESTful
13 4 (0.53%) JSON
14 3 (0.40%) Java SE
14 3 (0.40%) AngularJS
15 2 (0.27%) JSF
16 1 (0.13%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 76 (10.09%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (3.32%) Computer Science
3 19 (2.52%) PDA
4 15 (1.99%) Clustering
5 14 (1.86%) Smart Meter
6 13 (1.73%) Mobile App
7 9 (1.20%) User Experience
7 9 (1.20%) SWIFT
7 9 (1.20%) NHS
8 8 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 8 (1.06%) AS400
8 8 (1.06%) Derivative
9 7 (0.93%) Equities
10 6 (0.80%) STB
10 6 (0.80%) MPEG
10 6 (0.80%) Data Centre
11 4 (0.53%) Algorithms
11 4 (0.53%) Mobile Payment
11 4 (0.53%) Handset
11 4 (0.53%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 107 (14.21%) UNIX
2 57 (7.57%) Windows
3 56 (7.44%) Linux
4 32 (4.25%) Windows Server 2008
5 31 (4.12%) Windows Server 2003
6 21 (2.79%) Windows XP
7 20 (2.66%) Windows 7
8 17 (2.26%) AIX
9 9 (1.20%) Solaris
10 8 (1.06%) Android
11 5 (0.66%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.40%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.40%) HPUX
13 2 (0.27%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.27%) SUSE
13 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
14 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 234 (31.08%) Agile Software Development
2 227 (30.15%) Test Scripting
3 205 (27.22%) Software Testing
4 153 (20.32%) User Acceptance Testing
5 116 (15.41%) Test Management
6 107 (14.21%) Test Strategy
7 103 (13.68%) Test Automation
8 91 (12.08%) Integration Testing
9 83 (11.02%) Knowledge Management
10 66 (8.76%) Regression Testing
11 65 (8.63%) Project Management
12 64 (8.50%) Test Planning
13 62 (8.23%) Automated Testing
14 61 (8.10%) Security Testing
15 58 (7.70%) Scrum
16 57 (7.57%) Migration
16 57 (7.57%) System Testing
17 53 (7.04%) Manual Testing
18 52 (6.91%) Waterfall
19 50 (6.64%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 211 (28.02%) SQL
2 92 (12.22%) JavaScript
3 61 (8.10%) Java
4 41 (5.44%) C#
5 31 (4.12%) PowerShell
6 22 (2.92%) VBA
7 20 (2.66%) PL/SQL
8 13 (1.73%) Ruby
9 11 (1.46%) T-SQL
10 10 (1.33%) Shell Script
11 9 (1.20%) Python
12 8 (1.06%) VBScript
12 8 (1.06%) VB
12 8 (1.06%) C
13 7 (0.93%) VB.NET
14 6 (0.80%) Perl
14 6 (0.80%) PHP
14 6 (0.80%) Scala
15 4 (0.53%) Groovy
15 4 (0.53%) C++
Qualifications
1 505 (67.07%) ISEB
2 260 (34.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 184 (24.44%) Security Cleared
4 157 (20.85%) SC Cleared
5 94 (12.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 78 (10.36%) Degree
7 55 (7.30%) Microsoft Certification
8 53 (7.04%) MCITP
9 40 (5.31%) Cisco Certification
10 38 (5.05%) DV Cleared
11 19 (2.52%) ISEB Practitioner
12 18 (2.39%) MCSE
13 15 (1.99%) MCSA
13 15 (1.99%) MCTS
14 13 (1.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 5 (0.66%) HND
15 5 (0.66%) PMP
15 5 (0.66%) PMI Certification
16 4 (0.53%) CISM
16 4 (0.53%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 151 (20.05%) QA
2 8 (1.06%) PCI DSS
2 8 (1.06%) FATCA
3 5 (0.66%) GAAP
4 4 (0.53%) Solvency II
5 2 (0.27%) COREP
5 2 (0.27%) FINREP
5 2 (0.27%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.27%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.13%) HL7
6 1 (0.13%) SLA
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 23 (3.05%) VMware ESX
2 16 (2.12%) Hyper-V
3 13 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.93%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.13%) Snort
Systems Management
1 195 (25.90%) HP Quality Center
2 22 (2.92%) McAfee ePO
3 13 (1.73%) Netcool
4 2 (0.27%) Nessus
4 2 (0.27%) Nmap
4 2 (0.27%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.13%) SCCM
5 1 (0.13%) Control-M
5 1 (0.13%) Puppet
5 1 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.13%) nmon
5 1 (0.13%) Ansible
Vendors
1 224 (29.75%) HP
2 150 (19.92%) Microsoft
3 113 (15.01%) Oracle
4 57 (7.57%) Citrix
5 38 (5.05%) Cisco
6 32 (4.25%) SAP
7 24 (3.19%) VMware
8 22 (2.92%) McAfee
9 15 (1.99%) Veritas
10 12 (1.59%) Remedy
11 10 (1.33%) Sybase
12 9 (1.20%) IBM
13 7 (0.93%) Atlassian
14 6 (0.80%) Wall Street Systems
15 5 (0.66%) Siebel
16 4 (0.53%) ATG
16 4 (0.53%) OpenText
16 4 (0.53%) BMC
16 4 (0.53%) Ericsson
16 4 (0.53%) Ektron
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Bracknell, Berkshire
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Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
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Rate: From £400 to £510 per day
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Leatherhead, Surrey
Stott & May
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