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 May 2016 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 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 286 324 210
Rank change year-on-year
+38 -114
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 444 350 567
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.83% 0.64% 1.08%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.82% 3.32% 5.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 284 201 321
Median daily rate £345 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.15% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £213 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £315 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.09% +0.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 5
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +122.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £19.10 £10.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.65 £33.80 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.93 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+52.67% +69.81%

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
11613 10538 10403
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.60% 19.42% 19.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 7212 6027 6068
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £530 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 412 537 529
Median hourly rate £33.00 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+46.66% +18.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £49.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 May 2016.

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 26 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the UK over the 3 months to 26 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +47 385 £350 +6.87% 115
South East +11 112 £350 -6.66% 24
London 0 107 £375 +7.14% 30
Scotland -4 46 £317 +13.72% 4
South West +3 43 £325 +5.69% 16
Hampshire +6 37 £405 +8.22% 4
West Midlands +17 34 £315 -21.25% 10
Yorkshire +21 28 £306 +9.37% 15
West Yorkshire +11 24 £306 +9.37% 9
North West -20 24 £300 -2.43% 11
Glasgow +19 22 £380 +24.08% 3
Leeds +14 20 £306 +18.93% 8
City of London +44 19 £425 -2.85% 10
Surrey -13 18 £370 -26.00% 4
Bristol +7 17 £369 +13.46% 4
East of England +18 16 £318 +6.72% 2
Buckinghamshire +27 14 £335 -14.10%
Gosport -3 13 £425 +16.43%
Gloucestershire +10 12 £340 +2.64% 10
Wiltshire -4 12 £300 -4.91%
Berkshire -8 12 £300 +15.38% 3
Manchester -10 12 £300 +13.20% 8
Kent -9 11 £210 -27.58% 1
Erskine -30 11 £265 -25.35%
Renfrewshire -31 11 £265 -25.35%
Milton Keynes +9 10 £400 +2.56%
East Sussex +9 9 £350 -6.66% 2
Birmingham +1 9 £280 -30.00% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -39 9 £335 - 1
North East -40 9 £335 - 2

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 2016, 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.

1 620 (65.68%) ISEB
2 397 (42.06%) Agile Software Development
3 328 (34.75%) Test Scripting
4 313 (33.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 307 (32.52%) Software Testing
5 307 (32.52%) SQL
6 271 (28.71%) Finance
7 235 (24.89%) Security Cleared
8 207 (21.93%) Microsoft
9 195 (20.66%) User Acceptance Testing
10 185 (19.60%) HP Quality Center
11 175 (18.54%) Selenium
12 172 (18.22%) QA
13 171 (18.11%) HP
14 166 (17.58%) JIRA
15 160 (16.95%) Test Automation
16 158 (16.74%) Java
17 143 (15.15%) Oracle
18 140 (14.83%) Functional Testing
19 136 (14.41%) Test Management
20 133 (14.09%) Defect Management
21 128 (13.56%) Test Strategy
21 128 (13.56%) Windows
22 127 (13.45%) Linux
23 126 (13.35%) HP UFT
24 125 (13.24%) SC Cleared
25 120 (12.71%) Integration Testing
26 118 (12.50%) Waterfall
27 105 (11.12%) Automated Testing
27 105 (11.12%) Regression Testing

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 57 (6.04%) SharePoint
2 30 (3.18%) Confluence
3 10 (1.06%) IIS
4 9 (0.95%) JBoss
4 9 (0.95%) WebLogic
5 7 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (0.74%) MS Exchange
5 7 (0.74%) Skype for Business
6 5 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
6 5 (0.53%) SAS
6 5 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (0.53%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.42%) ArcGIS
7 4 (0.42%) WebSphere Portal
8 3 (0.32%) ATG Dynamo
8 3 (0.32%) CMS
9 2 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.21%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.11%) Drupal
10 1 (0.11%) Node.js
Applications
1 96 (10.17%) MS Excel
2 67 (7.10%) MS Office
3 14 (1.48%) MS Project
3 14 (1.48%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.85%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.42%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.21%) Mingle
7 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 21 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (2.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 20 (2.12%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.42%) Magento
4 4 (0.42%) Oracle BPM
4 4 (0.42%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.32%) Sonata
5 3 (0.32%) Tercero
6 1 (0.11%) Eagle PACE
6 1 (0.11%) Maximo
6 1 (0.11%) Northgate Housing
6 1 (0.11%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.11%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.42%) SaaS
3 3 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.32%) IaaS
3 3 (0.32%) PaaS
3 3 (0.32%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.11%) FinancialForce.com
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.48%) VLAN
2 13 (1.38%) SAN
3 12 (1.27%) TCP/IP
4 10 (1.06%) WAN
5 9 (0.95%) Internet
6 7 (0.74%) HTTP
6 7 (0.74%) LAN
6 7 (0.74%) ZigBee
7 5 (0.53%) Intranet
7 5 (0.53%) Skype
8 4 (0.42%) FTP
9 3 (0.32%) Extranet
9 3 (0.32%) SSH
10 2 (0.21%) Firewall
10 2 (0.21%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.21%) IP Telephony
10 2 (0.21%) Network Security
10 2 (0.21%) PuTTY
10 2 (0.21%) Value-Added Service
11 1 (0.11%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (8.37%) SQL Server
2 43 (4.56%) Data Warehouse
3 20 (2.12%) Oracle Reports
4 19 (2.01%) Relational Database
5 15 (1.59%) Oracle Database
6 11 (1.17%) Hadoop
7 6 (0.64%) Big Data
7 6 (0.64%) MongoDB
8 5 (0.53%) MySQL
8 5 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
8 5 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (0.42%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.42%) Cognos Framework Manager
9 4 (0.42%) Cognos Report Studio
9 4 (0.42%) GIS
9 4 (0.42%) Oracle BI EE
9 4 (0.42%) Pentaho
9 4 (0.42%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.32%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 175 (18.54%) Selenium
2 166 (17.58%) JIRA
3 126 (13.35%) HP UFT
4 89 (9.43%) Cucumber
5 66 (6.99%) LoadRunner
6 65 (6.89%) WebDriver
7 54 (5.72%) Team Foundation Server
8 42 (4.45%) SoapUI
9 41 (4.34%) TestDirector
10 36 (3.81%) JMeter
11 32 (3.39%) Visual Studio
11 32 (3.39%) WinRunner
12 26 (2.75%) Jenkins
12 26 (2.75%) Toad
13 25 (2.65%) SpecFlow
14 22 (2.33%) Git (software)
15 16 (1.69%) Capybara
16 15 (1.59%) Maven
17 13 (1.38%) Zephyr
18 11 (1.17%) Ant
General
1 271 (28.71%) Finance
2 89 (9.43%) Banking
3 64 (6.78%) Retail
4 38 (4.03%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.22%) Investment Banking
5 21 (2.22%) Retail Banking
6 16 (1.69%) Games
7 9 (0.95%) Billing
8 7 (0.74%) Automotive
8 7 (0.74%) Electronics
8 7 (0.74%) Manufacturing
9 6 (0.64%) Legal
9 6 (0.64%) Marketing
10 5 (0.53%) Military
10 5 (0.53%) Online Betting
11 4 (0.42%) Back Office
12 3 (0.32%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.32%) Front Office
12 3 (0.32%) General Ledger
12 3 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 485 (51.38%) Analyst
2 461 (48.83%) Test Analyst
3 152 (16.10%) Tester
4 106 (11.23%) Test Engineer
5 105 (11.12%) Test Manager
6 74 (7.84%) Test Leader
7 51 (5.40%) Automation Test Analyst
8 44 (4.66%) Senior Analyst
9 42 (4.45%) Agile Test Analyst
10 41 (4.34%) Senior Test Analyst
11 34 (3.60%) Software Analyst
11 34 (3.60%) Software Test Analyst
12 33 (3.50%) QA Analyst
13 32 (3.39%) Financial Analyst
14 31 (3.28%) SQL Analyst
14 31 (3.28%) Test Specialist
15 29 (3.07%) Automation Tester
16 28 (2.97%) Banking Analyst
16 28 (2.97%) Manual Test Analyst
17 25 (2.65%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (9.32%) HTML
2 85 (9.00%) .NET
3 81 (8.58%) XML
4 47 (4.98%) Web Services
5 42 (4.45%) ASP.NET
6 38 (4.03%) SOAP
7 21 (2.22%) REST
8 20 (2.12%) Gherkin
9 16 (1.69%) Spring
10 13 (1.38%) Ajax
11 12 (1.27%) Hibernate
11 12 (1.27%) JSP
12 11 (1.17%) Behat
12 11 (1.17%) Java EE
12 11 (1.17%) MSMQ
12 11 (1.17%) XML Messaging
13 10 (1.06%) JMS
13 10 (1.06%) WebSphere MQ
14 8 (0.85%) AngularJS
14 8 (0.85%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 67 (7.10%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (2.97%) Clustering
3 27 (2.86%) PDA
4 20 (2.12%) Data Centre
5 19 (2.01%) Management Information System
6 18 (1.91%) Client/Server
6 18 (1.91%) Smart Meter
7 15 (1.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 14 (1.48%) Computer Science
9 11 (1.17%) NHS
10 8 (0.85%) AS400
10 8 (0.85%) Derivative
11 7 (0.74%) EPoS
11 7 (0.74%) Mainframe
11 7 (0.74%) Mobile Banking
12 6 (0.64%) Fat Client
12 6 (0.64%) Performance Metrics
12 6 (0.64%) Smartcard
12 6 (0.64%) Thin Client
12 6 (0.64%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 128 (13.56%) Windows
2 127 (13.45%) Linux
3 97 (10.28%) Unix
4 38 (4.03%) Windows Server 2003
4 38 (4.03%) Windows Server 2008
5 32 (3.39%) Windows 7
6 29 (3.07%) AIX
6 29 (3.07%) Windows XP
7 18 (1.91%) Windows Server
8 7 (0.74%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (0.64%) Windows 10
10 3 (0.32%) Android
10 3 (0.32%) Solaris
11 2 (0.21%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 397 (42.06%) Agile Software Development
2 328 (34.75%) Test Scripting
3 307 (32.52%) Software Testing
4 195 (20.66%) User Acceptance Testing
5 160 (16.95%) Test Automation
6 140 (14.83%) Functional Testing
7 136 (14.41%) Test Management
8 133 (14.09%) Defect Management
9 128 (13.56%) Test Strategy
10 120 (12.71%) Integration Testing
11 118 (12.50%) Waterfall
12 105 (11.12%) Automated Testing
12 105 (11.12%) Regression Testing
13 104 (11.02%) BDD
14 103 (10.91%) SDLC
15 102 (10.81%) System Integration Testing
16 97 (10.28%) Manual Testing
17 93 (9.85%) Scrum
18 87 (9.22%) Non-Functional Testing
19 77 (8.16%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 307 (32.52%) SQL
2 158 (16.74%) Java
3 98 (10.38%) C#
4 97 (10.28%) JavaScript
5 57 (6.04%) Python
6 42 (4.45%) Bash Shell
7 41 (4.34%) VB
8 38 (4.03%) Ruby
9 21 (2.22%) PowerShell
9 21 (2.22%) VBScript
10 16 (1.69%) PL/SQL
11 15 (1.59%) C++
11 15 (1.59%) Perl
12 13 (1.38%) C
12 13 (1.38%) Shell Script
13 11 (1.17%) Groovy
14 9 (0.95%) PHP
15 6 (0.64%) Scala
16 4 (0.42%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.32%) VBA
Qualifications
1 620 (65.68%) ISEB
2 313 (33.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 235 (24.89%) Security Cleared
4 125 (13.24%) SC Cleared
5 100 (10.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 73 (7.73%) DV Cleared
7 61 (6.46%) Degree
8 54 (5.72%) Microsoft Certification
9 48 (5.08%) MCITP
10 33 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
11 28 (2.97%) MCSA
11 28 (2.97%) MCSE
11 28 (2.97%) MCTS
12 15 (1.59%) CCNA
12 15 (1.59%) CTC Cleared
13 14 (1.48%) ISEB Practitioner
14 10 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
14 10 (1.06%) PhD
15 4 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 3 (0.32%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (18.22%) QA
2 12 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (0.74%) HL7
4 6 (0.64%) SLA
5 3 (0.32%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.21%) FATCA
6 2 (0.21%) GAAP
7 1 (0.11%) CRD IV
7 1 (0.11%) EMIR
7 1 (0.11%) FINREP
7 1 (0.11%) MiFID
7 1 (0.11%) SDET
System Software
1 41 (4.34%) Active Directory
2 34 (3.60%) VMware ESX
3 30 (3.18%) Hyper-V
4 25 (2.65%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.42%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 185 (19.60%) HP Quality Center
2 34 (3.60%) McAfee ePO
3 28 (2.97%) Netcool
4 9 (0.95%) HP SiteScope
5 5 (0.53%) Puppet
6 4 (0.42%) SCCM
7 3 (0.32%) nmon
7 3 (0.32%) SCOM
8 2 (0.21%) BMC PATROL
8 2 (0.21%) Nessus
9 1 (0.11%) CA Wily
9 1 (0.11%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 207 (21.93%) Microsoft
2 171 (18.11%) HP
3 143 (15.15%) Oracle
4 49 (5.19%) VMware
5 36 (3.81%) Citrix
6 35 (3.71%) Intel Security
7 31 (3.28%) Cognos
8 29 (3.07%) IBM
9 28 (2.97%) Veritas
10 27 (2.86%) SAP
11 25 (2.65%) Cisco
12 20 (2.12%) Rally
13 18 (1.91%) Atlassian
14 11 (1.17%) Pega
14 11 (1.17%) Sybase
15 6 (0.64%) Red Hat
16 5 (0.53%) ATG
16 5 (0.53%) Fujitsu
16 5 (0.53%) Salesforce.com
16 5 (0.53%) Siebel
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £250 - £320 per day
Posted: Yesterday
North Yorkshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £48.00 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £270.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Salt
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
UK
Computer Recruitment Services
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 14 days ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Warwickshire
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 27 days ago
London
Simon James IT
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 22 days ago
Gloucestershire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Suffolk
Vivid Resourcing
Posted: 22 days ago