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 2 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
2 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 265 296 230
Rank change year-on-year
+31 -66
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 478 402 530
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.86% 0.71% 0.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.03% 3.63% 4.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 293 219 313
Median daily rate £350 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £215 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £457 £450 £437
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+11.66% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 2
Median hourly rate £35.00 £29.00 £10.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.68% +179.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.91 £9.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £170.00 £33.40 £11.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £15.00 £10.38
% change year-on-year
+133.33% +44.57%

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
11853 11084 10897
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.26% 19.54% 19.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 7446 6263 6187
Median daily rate £400 £393 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.91% +4.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £535 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 558 555
Median hourly rate £31.00 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.77% +18.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £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 2 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 2 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 2 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 +42 413 £350 +3.70% 116
South East 0 126 £350 - 24
London -19 122 £400 +14.28% 29
Scotland -2 55 £313 +6.38% 10
South West +24 43 £325 +4.33% 6
Hampshire -4 37 £409 +4.14% 7
West Midlands +9 34 £280 -25.33% 9
Yorkshire +7 31 £300 +5.26% 12
City of London +40 26 £425 -2.85% 11
Glasgow +24 25 £380 +29.36% 5
North West -2 25 £313 +17.92% 23
West Yorkshire +4 24 £306 -8.92% 8
Leeds +1 20 £306 -20.96% 7
Surrey -21 19 £375 +1.35% 4
Bristol +14 18 £368 -13.52%
Kent -13 17 £210 -27.58%
Buckinghamshire +20 16 £335 -4.28% 4
Renfrewshire -23 16 £269 -24.36%
Erskine -23 16 £269 -24.36%
West Sussex -7 14 £338 +53.40%
East of England 0 13 £375 +26.05% 6
North East -28 13 £323 +7.50% 1
Wiltshire +4 12 £300 -3.69%
Gosport 0 12 £425 +4.93% 1
Tyne and Wear -26 12 £323 +7.50% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -29 12 £323 +7.50% 1
Milton Keynes +10 11 £400 +14.28% 2
Gloucestershire +13 10 £340 -6.20% 5
East Sussex +3 10 £350 -6.66% 3
Cheshire -2 10 £320 -3.03% 4

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 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.

1 634 (65.56%) ISEB
2 391 (40.43%) Agile Software Development
3 340 (35.16%) Test Scripting
4 318 (32.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 317 (32.78%) Software Testing
6 303 (31.33%) SQL
7 277 (28.65%) Finance
8 232 (23.99%) Security Cleared
9 216 (22.34%) Microsoft
10 200 (20.68%) HP Quality Center
11 197 (20.37%) User Acceptance Testing
12 172 (17.79%) Selenium
13 170 (17.58%) Test Automation
14 168 (17.37%) JIRA
14 168 (17.37%) QA
14 168 (17.37%) HP
15 152 (15.72%) Java
16 149 (15.41%) Oracle
17 145 (14.99%) Functional Testing
18 137 (14.17%) Test Management
19 136 (14.06%) Windows
20 135 (13.96%) Defect Management
21 133 (13.75%) Test Strategy
21 133 (13.75%) HP UFT
22 124 (12.82%) Linux
23 123 (12.72%) SC Cleared
24 118 (12.20%) Automated Testing
25 117 (12.10%) Integration Testing
26 115 (11.89%) Waterfall
27 107 (11.07%) 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 56 (5.79%) SharePoint
2 27 (2.79%) Confluence
3 11 (1.14%) JBoss
4 9 (0.93%) WebLogic
5 8 (0.83%) IIS
6 7 (0.72%) MS Exchange
6 7 (0.72%) SAS
6 7 (0.72%) Skype for Business
7 5 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
7 5 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
7 5 (0.52%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.41%) ArcGIS
8 4 (0.41%) WebSphere Portal
9 3 (0.31%) ATG Dynamo
10 2 (0.21%) Apache
10 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.10%) ColdFusion
11 1 (0.10%) Drupal
11 1 (0.10%) Node.js
Applications
1 91 (9.41%) MS Excel
2 66 (6.83%) MS Office
3 14 (1.45%) MS Project
4 12 (1.24%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.83%) MS PowerPoint
6 7 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.41%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.31%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 24 (2.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (2.07%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 20 (2.07%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.41%) Oracle BPM
4 4 (0.41%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.41%) SAP FI
4 4 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.41%) TradeThru
5 3 (0.31%) Magento
5 3 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.31%) Sonata
5 3 (0.31%) Tercero
6 1 (0.10%) Maximo
6 1 (0.10%) Northgate Housing
6 1 (0.10%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 1 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.10%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.10%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.41%) SaaS
3 3 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.31%) IaaS
3 3 (0.31%) PaaS
4 2 (0.21%) GitHub
4 2 (0.21%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.10%) FinancialForce.com
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.24%) TCP/IP
2 11 (1.14%) SAN
2 11 (1.14%) VLAN
3 10 (1.03%) WAN
4 8 (0.83%) HTTP
5 7 (0.72%) LAN
6 6 (0.62%) ZigBee
7 5 (0.52%) Intranet
7 5 (0.52%) Skype
8 4 (0.41%) FTP
8 4 (0.41%) Internet
8 4 (0.41%) PuTTY
9 3 (0.31%) Extranet
9 3 (0.31%) Value-Added Service
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%) SSH
11 1 (0.10%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (8.17%) SQL Server
2 44 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
3 23 (2.38%) Oracle Reports
4 17 (1.76%) Relational Database
5 15 (1.55%) Hadoop
6 14 (1.45%) Oracle Database
7 6 (0.62%) Big Data
7 6 (0.62%) MongoDB
8 5 (0.52%) Oracle Database 10g
8 5 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (0.41%) Apache Accumulo
9 4 (0.41%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.41%) Cognos Framework Manager
9 4 (0.41%) Cognos Report Studio
9 4 (0.41%) GIS
9 4 (0.41%) MySQL
9 4 (0.41%) Oracle BI EE
9 4 (0.41%) Pentaho
9 4 (0.41%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 172 (17.79%) Selenium
2 168 (17.37%) JIRA
3 133 (13.75%) HP UFT
4 94 (9.72%) Cucumber
5 66 (6.83%) WebDriver
6 64 (6.62%) LoadRunner
7 58 (6.00%) Team Foundation Server
8 44 (4.55%) TestDirector
9 43 (4.45%) SoapUI
10 34 (3.52%) Jenkins
10 34 (3.52%) WinRunner
11 32 (3.31%) Visual Studio
12 31 (3.21%) JMeter
13 27 (2.79%) Toad
14 24 (2.48%) Git (software)
15 22 (2.28%) SpecFlow
16 21 (2.17%) Capybara
17 14 (1.45%) Maven
17 14 (1.45%) Zephyr
18 10 (1.03%) Travis CI
General
1 277 (28.65%) Finance
2 95 (9.82%) Banking
3 65 (6.72%) Retail
4 34 (3.52%) Telecoms
5 26 (2.69%) Investment Banking
6 22 (2.28%) Retail Banking
7 14 (1.45%) Games
8 9 (0.93%) Billing
9 7 (0.72%) Electronics
10 6 (0.62%) Legal
10 6 (0.62%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.62%) Publishing
11 5 (0.52%) Military
12 4 (0.41%) Back Office
12 4 (0.41%) General Ledger
12 4 (0.41%) Marketing
12 4 (0.41%) Online Betting
13 3 (0.31%) Advertising
13 3 (0.31%) Automotive
13 3 (0.31%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 501 (51.81%) Analyst
2 481 (49.74%) Test Analyst
3 162 (16.75%) Tester
4 104 (10.75%) Test Engineer
5 103 (10.65%) Test Manager
6 75 (7.76%) Test Leader
7 48 (4.96%) Senior Analyst
8 47 (4.86%) Agile Test Analyst
9 45 (4.65%) Automation Test Analyst
9 45 (4.65%) Senior Test Analyst
10 36 (3.72%) SQL Analyst
11 33 (3.41%) Software Analyst
11 33 (3.41%) Software Test Analyst
12 30 (3.10%) Automation Tester
12 30 (3.10%) Banking Analyst
13 29 (3.00%) Manual Test Analyst
13 29 (3.00%) QA Analyst
14 28 (2.90%) Test Specialist
15 26 (2.69%) Financial Analyst
16 25 (2.59%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (9.62%) .NET
2 82 (8.48%) HTML
3 81 (8.38%) XML
4 44 (4.55%) Web Services
5 40 (4.14%) ASP.NET
6 36 (3.72%) SOAP
7 27 (2.79%) Gherkin
8 23 (2.38%) REST
9 15 (1.55%) Spring
10 11 (1.14%) Ajax
10 11 (1.14%) Hibernate
10 11 (1.14%) MSMQ
10 11 (1.14%) XML Messaging
11 10 (1.03%) Java EE
11 10 (1.03%) JSP
12 8 (0.83%) JMS
12 8 (0.83%) WebSphere MQ
12 8 (0.83%) WPF
13 7 (0.72%) Behat
13 7 (0.72%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 72 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (3.21%) Clustering
2 31 (3.21%) PDA
3 22 (2.28%) Management Information System
4 21 (2.17%) Data Centre
5 17 (1.76%) Smart Meter
6 16 (1.65%) Computer Science
7 15 (1.55%) Client/Server
8 13 (1.34%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 11 (1.14%) NHS
10 10 (1.03%) AS400
11 8 (0.83%) Mobile App
12 7 (0.72%) EPoS
13 6 (0.62%) Derivative
13 6 (0.62%) Mobile Banking
13 6 (0.62%) Performance Metrics
14 5 (0.52%) Credit Risk
14 5 (0.52%) Data Structures
14 5 (0.52%) Fat Client
14 5 (0.52%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 136 (14.06%) Windows
2 124 (12.82%) Linux
3 96 (9.93%) Unix
4 42 (4.34%) Windows 7
4 42 (4.34%) Windows Server 2003
4 42 (4.34%) Windows Server 2008
5 33 (3.41%) Windows XP
6 32 (3.31%) AIX
7 18 (1.86%) Windows Server
8 6 (0.62%) Android
8 6 (0.62%) Windows 10
8 6 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.41%) Apple iOS
10 3 (0.31%) Solaris
11 2 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.10%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 391 (40.43%) Agile Software Development
2 340 (35.16%) Test Scripting
3 317 (32.78%) Software Testing
4 197 (20.37%) User Acceptance Testing
5 170 (17.58%) Test Automation
6 145 (14.99%) Functional Testing
7 137 (14.17%) Test Management
8 135 (13.96%) Defect Management
9 133 (13.75%) Test Strategy
10 118 (12.20%) Automated Testing
11 117 (12.10%) Integration Testing
12 115 (11.89%) Waterfall
13 107 (11.07%) Regression Testing
14 106 (10.96%) Manual Testing
15 102 (10.55%) BDD
16 99 (10.24%) System Integration Testing
17 92 (9.51%) Non-Functional Testing
17 92 (9.51%) SDLC
18 89 (9.20%) Scrum
19 77 (7.96%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 303 (31.33%) SQL
2 152 (15.72%) Java
3 97 (10.03%) JavaScript
4 93 (9.62%) C#
5 54 (5.58%) Python
6 41 (4.24%) Ruby
7 40 (4.14%) Bash Shell
8 37 (3.83%) VB
9 21 (2.17%) PowerShell
10 17 (1.76%) VBScript
11 16 (1.65%) PL/SQL
12 14 (1.45%) C
12 14 (1.45%) C++
12 14 (1.45%) Perl
12 14 (1.45%) Shell Script
13 10 (1.03%) Groovy
14 7 (0.72%) PHP
15 6 (0.62%) Scala
16 4 (0.41%) T-SQL
17 2 (0.21%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 634 (65.56%) ISEB
2 318 (32.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 232 (23.99%) Security Cleared
4 123 (12.72%) SC Cleared
5 97 (10.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 69 (7.14%) DV Cleared
7 58 (6.00%) Degree
7 58 (6.00%) Microsoft Certification
8 52 (5.38%) MCITP
9 32 (3.31%) MCSA
9 32 (3.31%) MCSE
9 32 (3.31%) MCTS
10 31 (3.21%) Cisco Certification
11 15 (1.55%) CTC Cleared
12 13 (1.34%) CCNA
12 13 (1.34%) ISEB Practitioner
13 12 (1.24%) BPSS Clearance
14 10 (1.03%) PhD
15 4 (0.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 3 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 168 (17.37%) QA
2 15 (1.55%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (0.72%) HL7
4 6 (0.62%) SLA
5 3 (0.31%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.21%) FATCA
6 2 (0.21%) GAAP
6 2 (0.21%) SDET
7 1 (0.10%) CRD IV
7 1 (0.10%) EMIR
7 1 (0.10%) FINREP
7 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.10%) MiFID
System Software
1 45 (4.65%) Active Directory
2 37 (3.83%) VMware ESX
3 33 (3.41%) Hyper-V
4 27 (2.79%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.41%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 200 (20.68%) HP Quality Center
2 37 (3.83%) McAfee ePO
3 31 (3.21%) Netcool
4 9 (0.93%) HP SiteScope
5 5 (0.52%) Puppet
6 4 (0.41%) SCCM
7 3 (0.31%) nmon
7 3 (0.31%) SCOM
8 2 (0.21%) BMC PATROL
8 2 (0.21%) Nessus
9 1 (0.10%) CA Wily
9 1 (0.10%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 216 (22.34%) Microsoft
2 168 (17.37%) HP
3 149 (15.41%) Oracle
4 54 (5.58%) VMware
5 40 (4.14%) Citrix
6 38 (3.93%) Intel Security
7 34 (3.52%) Cognos
8 31 (3.21%) Veritas
9 29 (3.00%) IBM
10 25 (2.59%) Cisco
11 24 (2.48%) SAP
12 15 (1.55%) Atlassian
12 15 (1.55%) Rally
13 11 (1.14%) Sybase
14 10 (1.03%) Pega
15 6 (0.62%) ATG
15 6 (0.62%) Red Hat
15 6 (0.62%) Remedy
16 5 (0.52%) Fujitsu
16 5 (0.52%) Siebel
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