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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 254 337 356
Rank change year-on-year
+83 +19
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 444 275 266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.77% 0.52% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.00% 3.02% 2.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 145 137
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £245 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £453 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 0
Average hourly rate £13.50 £30.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-55.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
-55.00% -

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
11103 9108 10182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.28% 17.26% 17.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 6182 5090 5263
Average daily rate £379 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 432 615
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £40.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014. 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 +57 345 £335 -4.28% 114
South East +30 104 £350 +10.23% 40
London +18 89 £375 -2.59% 24
Hampshire +29 68 £375 -7.69% 14
Scotland +28 63 £338 +3.84% 6
Gosport +1 46 £450 +3.44% 8
Glasgow +27 44 £350 -11.11% 4
South West -16 40 £288 -19.07% 7
Wales +6 29 £290 +0.43% 3
South Wales +14 25 £301 +26.84% 3
City of London +38 24 £413 +16.19% 10
Yorkshire +18 21 £340 +15.25% 6
West Midlands -7 20 £344 +16.52% 6
West Yorkshire +22 19 £340 +41.66% 6
East Midlands +15 18 £340 +36.00% 5
North East -15 18 £360 - 6
Buckinghamshire +7 17 £255 -8.10% 8
North West +3 16 £320 +45.45% 11
Tyne and Wear -18 15 £368 - 6
East of England -19 15 £340 -15.00% 9
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 15 £368 - 5
Bristol - 12 £275 - 2
Edinburgh +1 9 £260 -25.85% 2
Milton Keynes -2 9 £280 +0.90% 1
Cheshire +13 8 £320 +45.45% 3
Leeds +7 8 £340 +15.25% 4
Manchester -7 8 £323 +24.03% 8
Northamptonshire - 8 - - 1
Somerset - 8 £325 -
Berkshire -16 7 £350 +16.66% 5

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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.

1 622 (58.40%) ISEB
2 421 (39.53%) Security Cleared
3 411 (38.59%) HP
4 375 (35.21%) SC Cleared
5 343 (32.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 333 (31.27%) Oracle
7 329 (30.89%) Test Scripting
8 315 (29.58%) Software Testing
9 308 (28.92%) HP Quality Center
10 303 (28.45%) Agile Software Development
11 271 (25.45%) Microsoft
12 260 (24.41%) .NET
13 231 (21.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 229 (21.50%) SQL
15 222 (20.85%) Finance
16 214 (20.09%) HTML
16 214 (20.09%) JavaScript
17 210 (19.72%) ASP.NET
18 203 (19.06%) C#
19 201 (18.87%) JSP
20 198 (18.59%) QA
21 191 (17.93%) QuickTest Pro
22 177 (16.62%) User Acceptance Testing
23 171 (16.06%) Test Management
23 171 (16.06%) Test Automation
24 170 (15.96%) UNIX
25 158 (14.84%) Selenium
26 155 (14.55%) DV Cleared
27 154 (14.46%) Test Strategy
28 148 (13.90%) VB

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 37 (3.47%) SharePoint
2 11 (1.03%) WebLogic
3 8 (0.75%) Apache
4 7 (0.66%) WebLogic Integration
4 7 (0.66%) Tomcat
5 5 (0.47%) Oracle Workflow
6 4 (0.38%) Confluence
6 4 (0.38%) CMS
7 3 (0.28%) Mule
7 3 (0.28%) CICS
7 3 (0.28%) IIS
8 2 (0.19%) Adobe CQ
9 1 (0.094%) Oracle BPEL
9 1 (0.094%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.094%) Oracle Spatial
9 1 (0.094%) WordPress
9 1 (0.094%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.094%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.094%) Documentum
9 1 (0.094%) SAS
Applications
1 107 (10.05%) MS Excel
2 49 (4.60%) MS Office
3 16 (1.50%) MS Project
4 13 (1.22%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.56%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.19%) Mingle
7 1 (0.094%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.094%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 121 (11.36%) Oracle EBS
2 26 (2.44%) Oracle Applications
3 8 (0.75%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.56%) Oracle Financials
5 5 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 5 (0.47%) TRIRIGA
6 4 (0.38%) Cognos TM1
6 4 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.38%) Summit
7 3 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.28%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 3 (0.28%) HFM
7 3 (0.28%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.28%) Oracle Receivables
8 2 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.19%) Magento
8 2 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.19%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
9 1 (0.094%) Retail-J
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.75%) SaaS
2 3 (0.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.094%) Office 365
3 1 (0.094%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 85 (7.98%) TCP/IP
2 68 (6.38%) SAN
3 45 (4.23%) HTTPS
4 25 (2.35%) Wireshark
5 24 (2.25%) HTTP
6 23 (2.16%) DNS
7 21 (1.97%) SSL
8 18 (1.69%) FTP
9 7 (0.66%) DVB
10 6 (0.56%) Internet
11 5 (0.47%) VLAN
11 5 (0.47%) Ethernet
11 5 (0.47%) LTE
12 4 (0.38%) Firewall
13 3 (0.28%) WCDMA
13 3 (0.28%) SMS
13 3 (0.28%) UMTS
13 3 (0.28%) GPRS
13 3 (0.28%) GSM
14 2 (0.19%) MGW
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (7.61%) Oracle Reports
2 50 (4.69%) SQL Server
3 31 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
4 26 (2.44%) Oracle Database
5 25 (2.35%) Relational Database
6 13 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 12 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 7 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
8 7 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
8 7 (0.66%) Oracle BI EE
8 7 (0.66%) RDBMS
8 7 (0.66%) Star Schema
8 7 (0.66%) MS Access
9 6 (0.56%) Big Data
10 5 (0.47%) Oracle Discoverer
11 4 (0.38%) MySQL
11 4 (0.38%) OLAP
11 4 (0.38%) Data Mining
11 4 (0.38%) Data Mart
11 4 (0.38%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 191 (17.93%) QuickTest Pro
2 158 (14.84%) Selenium
3 93 (8.73%) JIRA
4 86 (8.08%) LoadRunner
5 69 (6.48%) WebDriver
6 61 (5.73%) Team Foundation Server
7 47 (4.41%) JMeter
8 40 (3.76%) JUnit
9 34 (3.19%) Maven
10 32 (3.00%) Cucumber
10 32 (3.00%) Jenkins
11 31 (2.91%) SoapUI
11 31 (2.91%) TestNG
12 30 (2.82%) Subversion
13 27 (2.54%) Bugzilla
14 23 (2.16%) TortoiseSVN
14 23 (2.16%) Visual Studio
15 22 (2.07%) Ant
16 20 (1.88%) SpecFlow
17 18 (1.69%) Calabash
General
1 222 (20.85%) Finance
2 90 (8.45%) Banking
3 33 (3.10%) Retail
4 30 (2.82%) Telecoms
5 15 (1.41%) Investment Banking
6 12 (1.13%) Marketing
7 11 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 9 (0.85%) Electronics
9 8 (0.75%) Legal
10 7 (0.66%) Billing
10 7 (0.66%) General Ledger
10 7 (0.66%) Financial Institution
10 7 (0.66%) Back Office
11 6 (0.56%) Military
12 5 (0.47%) Games
12 5 (0.47%) Automotive
13 4 (0.38%) Advertising
14 3 (0.28%) German Language
14 3 (0.28%) Retail Banking
14 3 (0.28%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 412 (38.69%) Analyst
2 391 (36.71%) Test Analyst
3 220 (20.66%) Tester
4 164 (15.40%) Test Manager
5 123 (11.55%) Test Leader
6 69 (6.48%) Test Engineer
7 51 (4.79%) QA Tester
8 47 (4.41%) Test Specialist
9 34 (3.19%) Performance Tester
10 32 (3.00%) Senior Analyst
11 30 (2.82%) Senior Test Analyst
12 25 (2.35%) Automation Tester
13 24 (2.25%) Agile Test Analyst
14 23 (2.16%) Performance Engineer
15 22 (2.07%) Automation Test Analyst
15 22 (2.07%) Automation Analyst
16 19 (1.78%) QA Analyst
17 16 (1.50%) Performance Manager
17 16 (1.50%) QA Engineer
18 15 (1.41%) Performance Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 260 (24.41%) .NET
2 214 (20.09%) HTML
3 210 (19.72%) ASP.NET
4 201 (18.87%) JSP
5 43 (4.04%) Web Services
6 37 (3.47%) XML
7 25 (2.35%) SOAP
8 22 (2.07%) .NET Framework
9 17 (1.60%) Gherkin
10 12 (1.13%) OLE
11 11 (1.03%) REST
12 8 (0.75%) XSLT
13 6 (0.56%) Middleware
14 4 (0.38%) Spring
15 3 (0.28%) JSON
15 3 (0.28%) JPA
15 3 (0.28%) Cocoa
15 3 (0.28%) Flash
15 3 (0.28%) JDBC
15 3 (0.28%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 50 (4.69%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (4.32%) Computer Science
3 37 (3.47%) Open Source
4 32 (3.00%) Client/Server
5 29 (2.72%) Mobile App
6 13 (1.22%) AS400
7 12 (1.13%) Management Information System
8 10 (0.94%) User Experience
8 10 (0.94%) Mobile Payment
9 8 (0.75%) Video on Demand
9 8 (0.75%) IPTV
9 8 (0.75%) Social Network
10 7 (0.66%) N-Tier
10 7 (0.66%) MPEG
11 6 (0.56%) Digital Media
11 6 (0.56%) NHS
12 5 (0.47%) Mathematics
12 5 (0.47%) Clustering
12 5 (0.47%) PDA
12 5 (0.47%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 170 (15.96%) UNIX
2 107 (10.05%) Linux
3 100 (9.39%) Windows
4 53 (4.98%) Windows Server 2003
4 53 (4.98%) Windows Server 2008
5 50 (4.69%) Windows XP
6 46 (4.32%) Windows 2000
7 24 (2.25%) Solaris
8 15 (1.41%) Windows 7
9 14 (1.31%) Apple iOS
9 14 (1.31%) Android
10 7 (0.66%) SUSE
10 7 (0.66%) AIX
10 7 (0.66%) HPUX
11 3 (0.28%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.094%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 329 (30.89%) Test Scripting
2 315 (29.58%) Software Testing
3 303 (28.45%) Agile Software Development
4 177 (16.62%) User Acceptance Testing
5 171 (16.06%) Test Management
5 171 (16.06%) Test Automation
6 154 (14.46%) Test Strategy
7 135 (12.68%) Project Management
8 133 (12.49%) Knowledge Management
9 125 (11.74%) Scrum
10 124 (11.64%) CRM
11 102 (9.58%) Functional Testing
12 101 (9.48%) Performance Testing
13 99 (9.30%) Integration Testing
14 89 (8.36%) Waterfall
15 88 (8.26%) BDD
16 86 (8.08%) Automated Testing
17 70 (6.57%) Manual Testing
18 60 (5.63%) Test Planning
19 59 (5.54%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 229 (21.50%) SQL
2 214 (20.09%) JavaScript
3 203 (19.06%) C#
4 148 (13.90%) VB
5 145 (13.62%) Java
6 34 (3.19%) VBA
7 30 (2.82%) PowerShell
8 21 (1.97%) Python
9 17 (1.60%) VBScript
10 15 (1.41%) Perl
11 14 (1.31%) C++
11 14 (1.31%) Ruby
12 12 (1.13%) T-SQL
13 11 (1.03%) C
14 7 (0.66%) FoxPro (VFP)
15 6 (0.56%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.47%) Shell Script
16 5 (0.47%) Tcl
16 5 (0.47%) Bash Shell
17 4 (0.38%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 622 (58.40%) ISEB
2 421 (39.53%) Security Cleared
3 375 (35.21%) SC Cleared
4 343 (32.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 231 (21.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 155 (14.55%) DV Cleared
7 59 (5.54%) Degree
8 58 (5.45%) Cisco Certification
9 48 (4.51%) MCITP
10 45 (4.23%) Microsoft Certification
11 31 (2.91%) ISEB Practitioner
12 24 (2.25%) CCNA
13 22 (2.07%) MOS
14 13 (1.22%) MCSE
15 9 (0.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 8 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 6 (0.56%) CCNP
18 5 (0.47%) BC Cleared
18 5 (0.47%) MCTS
18 5 (0.47%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 198 (18.59%) QA
2 3 (0.28%) ISO 9000
2 3 (0.28%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.094%) HL7
3 1 (0.094%) WCAG
3 1 (0.094%) ISO 8583
3 1 (0.094%) SLA
3 1 (0.094%) Data Quality
System Software
1 20 (1.88%) Nmap
2 8 (0.75%) VMware ESX
3 7 (0.66%) NDS
4 6 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.47%) Active Directory
5 5 (0.47%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.28%) Cygwin
7 1 (0.094%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.094%) Xen
Systems Management
1 308 (28.92%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (1.97%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 20 (1.88%) Nessus
4 7 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (0.47%) Netcool
6 3 (0.28%) SCCM
6 3 (0.28%) nmon
7 2 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.19%) Ansible
7 2 (0.19%) Puppet
8 1 (0.094%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.094%) XenMobile
8 1 (0.094%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 411 (38.59%) HP
2 333 (31.27%) Oracle
3 271 (25.45%) Microsoft
4 53 (4.98%) Citrix
5 47 (4.41%) Cisco
6 43 (4.04%) SAP
7 22 (2.07%) VMware
8 18 (1.69%) IBM
9 13 (1.22%) Siebel
10 11 (1.03%) Informatica
11 10 (0.94%) JD Edwards
11 10 (0.94%) ATG
12 9 (0.85%) hybris
13 8 (0.75%) Cognos
14 7 (0.66%) Remedy
14 7 (0.66%) McAfee
14 7 (0.66%) TIBCO
14 7 (0.66%) Salesforce.com
15 5 (0.47%) Veritas
16 4 (0.38%) CheckPoint
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Intelligent Recruitment
Rate: From £250 to £350 per annum Rate is for an 8 hr day and 3 month renewa
Posted: 12 hours ago
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Intelligent Recruitment
Rate: From £250 to £350 per annum Rate is for an 8 hr day and 3 month renewa
Posted: 13 hours ago
South West
Sanderson
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rate value
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rate value
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market value
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Calibre Search Ltd
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £220 to £240 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £30 - £35 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Cardiff
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £150 - £200 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £55000.00 - £60000.00 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 12 days ago