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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 215 314 369
Rank change year-on-year
+99 +55
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 537 283 250
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.97% 0.53% 0.42%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.16% 3.01% 2.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 165 133
Average daily rate
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£325 £375 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £239 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 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
10416 9394 10251
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.80% 17.66% 17.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 5899 5140 5257
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £501
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 491 640
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.00 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.85 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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 20 August 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
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 20 August 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +86 426 £340 -9.33% 110
South East +58 161 £350 +11.11% 29
Hampshire +48 123 £375 -11.76% 8
London +36 107 £400 -3.03% 37
Scotland +41 76 £349 +3.33% 8
Gosport +1 71 £450 +3.44% 3
Glasgow +34 53 £360 -8.57% 1
South West -3 45 £300 -31.81% 9
Wales +13 26 £295 +2.16% 4
City of London +30 25 £436 +5.75% 12
Yorkshire +15 25 £275 +14.58% 5
West Yorkshire +18 24 £288 +23.65% 5
East of England -11 23 £440 +13.54% 3
South Wales +12 20 £294 +23.68% 3
North West +3 20 £320 +6.66% 15
West Midlands -3 17 £344 +16.52% 4
Somerset - 14 £325 - 7
Edinburgh -6 13 £257 -26.50% 6
North East -12 13 £360 - 3
East Midlands +14 12 £299 +19.64% 5
Taunton - 12 £325 - 3
Buckinghamshire +6 11 £250 -9.90% 5
Manchester -6 10 £323 +3.20% 14
Tyne and Wear -11 10 £368 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -13 10 £368 - 1
Gloucestershire -16 10 £353 -6.00%
Leeds +9 8 £340 +23.07% 4
Cheshire +7 8 £320 +45.45% 1
Berkshire -22 8 £350 +16.66% 5
Hertfordshire - 8 - - 1

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 656 (58.89%) ISEB
2 433 (38.87%) HP
3 422 (37.88%) Security Cleared
4 378 (33.93%) SC Cleared
5 359 (32.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 344 (30.88%) Test Scripting
7 343 (30.79%) Oracle
8 333 (29.89%) HP Quality Center
9 319 (28.64%) Software Testing
10 283 (25.40%) Microsoft
11 254 (22.80%) .NET
12 250 (22.44%) SQL
13 247 (22.17%) Finance
14 228 (20.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 221 (19.84%) JavaScript
16 217 (19.48%) HTML
17 209 (18.76%) ASP.NET
18 203 (18.22%) QA
19 200 (17.95%) JSP
20 199 (17.86%) C#
20 199 (17.86%) User Acceptance Testing
21 193 (17.32%) QuickTest Pro
22 177 (15.89%) Test Management
22 177 (15.89%) Test Automation
23 174 (15.62%) UNIX
24 167 (14.99%) Test Strategy
25 158 (14.18%) Selenium
26 155 (13.91%) DV Cleared
27 149 (13.38%) VB
28 145 (13.02%) Java

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 38 (3.41%) SharePoint
2 13 (1.17%) WebLogic
3 11 (0.99%) Apache
4 9 (0.81%) Tomcat
4 9 (0.81%) WebLogic Integration
5 7 (0.63%) CMS
6 6 (0.54%) MS Exchange
7 4 (0.36%) Oracle Workflow
7 4 (0.36%) Confluence
7 4 (0.36%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.27%) Mule
8 3 (0.27%) CICS
8 3 (0.27%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.27%) IIS
9 2 (0.18%) MQSeries
9 2 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.18%) Adobe CQ
10 1 (0.090%) WordPress
10 1 (0.090%) Documentum
10 1 (0.090%) SAS
Applications
1 105 (9.43%) MS Excel
2 51 (4.58%) MS Office
3 16 (1.44%) MS Project
4 13 (1.17%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.54%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.18%) Mingle
7 1 (0.090%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.090%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 122 (10.95%) Oracle EBS
2 26 (2.33%) Oracle Applications
3 6 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.45%) TRIRIGA
4 5 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
5 4 (0.36%) Summit
5 4 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.27%) SAP SRM
6 3 (0.27%) SAP BPC
6 3 (0.27%) HFM
6 3 (0.27%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.18%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.18%) Agresso
7 2 (0.18%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.18%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.18%) SAP CRM
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.72%) SaaS
2 3 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.27%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.090%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 87 (7.81%) TCP/IP
2 68 (6.10%) SAN
3 45 (4.04%) HTTPS
4 28 (2.51%) HTTP
5 27 (2.42%) DNS
6 25 (2.24%) Wireshark
7 22 (1.97%) FTP
8 20 (1.80%) SSL
9 9 (0.81%) DVB
10 8 (0.72%) Ethernet
11 7 (0.63%) VLAN
12 6 (0.54%) Internet
13 5 (0.45%) Firewall
14 4 (0.36%) LTE
15 3 (0.27%) MPLS
16 2 (0.18%) SIGTRAN
16 2 (0.18%) GGSN
16 2 (0.18%) SGSN
16 2 (0.18%) MGW
16 2 (0.18%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (7.18%) Oracle Reports
2 49 (4.40%) SQL Server
3 32 (2.87%) Data Warehouse
3 32 (2.87%) Oracle Database
4 29 (2.60%) Relational Database
5 12 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 11 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 11 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
6 11 (0.99%) Star Schema
7 10 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (0.81%) MS Access
9 8 (0.72%) Big Data
10 7 (0.63%) Oracle BI EE
10 7 (0.63%) Oracle Discoverer
10 7 (0.63%) RDBMS
11 6 (0.54%) OLAP
11 6 (0.54%) Oracle OLAP
11 6 (0.54%) Data Mart
12 5 (0.45%) MySQL
13 4 (0.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 193 (17.32%) QuickTest Pro
2 158 (14.18%) Selenium
3 91 (8.17%) LoadRunner
4 81 (7.27%) JIRA
5 70 (6.28%) WebDriver
6 64 (5.75%) Team Foundation Server
7 36 (3.23%) JMeter
8 32 (2.87%) JUnit
8 32 (2.87%) Cucumber
9 29 (2.60%) SoapUI
10 27 (2.42%) Visual Studio
11 24 (2.15%) TestNG
12 23 (2.06%) Subversion
13 22 (1.97%) Bugzilla
14 21 (1.89%) SpecFlow
15 20 (1.80%) Maven
16 19 (1.71%) Jenkins
17 18 (1.62%) Calabash
18 17 (1.53%) TortoiseSVN
19 16 (1.44%) TestDirector
General
1 247 (22.17%) Finance
2 103 (9.25%) Banking
3 48 (4.31%) Retail
4 27 (2.42%) Telecoms
5 23 (2.06%) Investment Banking
6 15 (1.35%) Back Office
7 14 (1.26%) Marketing
8 11 (0.99%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.81%) Billing
9 9 (0.81%) Games
9 9 (0.81%) General Ledger
10 8 (0.72%) Legal
10 8 (0.72%) Electronics
11 7 (0.63%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.54%) Automotive
13 5 (0.45%) Military
14 4 (0.36%) Publishing
15 3 (0.27%) German Language
15 3 (0.27%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.27%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 428 (38.42%) Analyst
2 407 (36.54%) Test Analyst
3 231 (20.74%) Tester
4 178 (15.98%) Test Manager
5 127 (11.40%) Test Leader
6 73 (6.55%) Test Engineer
7 49 (4.40%) QA Tester
8 46 (4.13%) Test Specialist
9 36 (3.23%) Performance Tester
10 33 (2.96%) Senior Analyst
11 30 (2.69%) Senior Test Analyst
12 24 (2.15%) Agile Test Analyst
13 23 (2.06%) Automation Tester
14 21 (1.89%) QA Engineer
14 21 (1.89%) Developer
14 21 (1.89%) Performance Engineer
15 18 (1.62%) Automation Test Analyst
15 18 (1.62%) Senior Tester
15 18 (1.62%) Automation Analyst
16 17 (1.53%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 254 (22.80%) .NET
2 217 (19.48%) HTML
3 209 (18.76%) ASP.NET
4 200 (17.95%) JSP
5 51 (4.58%) Web Services
6 36 (3.23%) XML
7 26 (2.33%) SOAP
8 18 (1.62%) .NET Framework
9 16 (1.44%) Gherkin
10 12 (1.08%) REST
10 12 (1.08%) OLE
11 8 (0.72%) Middleware
11 8 (0.72%) XSLT
12 5 (0.45%) CSS
13 4 (0.36%) Flash
14 3 (0.27%) JDBC
14 3 (0.27%) ODBC
14 3 (0.27%) Cocoa Touch
14 3 (0.27%) Cocoa
14 3 (0.27%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 55 (4.94%) Computer Science
2 32 (2.87%) Open Source
3 28 (2.51%) Mobile App
3 28 (2.51%) Client/Server
4 13 (1.17%) Management Information System
4 13 (1.17%) AS400
5 10 (0.90%) IPTV
5 10 (0.90%) Mobile Payment
5 10 (0.90%) Video on Demand
6 9 (0.81%) PDA
6 9 (0.81%) N-Tier
7 8 (0.72%) Social Network
8 7 (0.63%) MPEG
8 7 (0.63%) Clustering
9 6 (0.54%) Digital Media
10 5 (0.45%) iSeries
10 5 (0.45%) Equities
10 5 (0.45%) Derivative
10 5 (0.45%) Mathematics
10 5 (0.45%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 174 (15.62%) UNIX
2 116 (10.41%) Windows
3 112 (10.05%) Linux
4 62 (5.57%) Windows Server 2003
4 62 (5.57%) Windows Server 2008
5 57 (5.12%) Windows XP
6 49 (4.40%) Windows 2000
7 24 (2.15%) Solaris
8 21 (1.89%) Windows 7
9 14 (1.26%) Apple iOS
9 14 (1.26%) Android
10 9 (0.81%) SUSE
10 9 (0.81%) AIX
10 9 (0.81%) HPUX
11 3 (0.27%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.090%) VMS
12 1 (0.090%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (30.88%) Test Scripting
2 319 (28.64%) Software Testing
3 199 (17.86%) User Acceptance Testing
4 177 (15.89%) Test Automation
4 177 (15.89%) Test Management
5 167 (14.99%) Test Strategy
6 141 (12.66%) Agile Software Development
7 131 (11.76%) Project Management
8 130 (11.67%) Scrum
8 130 (11.67%) Knowledge Management
9 121 (10.86%) CRM
10 111 (9.96%) Performance Testing
11 99 (8.89%) Integration Testing
12 97 (8.71%) Waterfall
13 87 (7.81%) Automated Testing
14 83 (7.45%) BDD
15 71 (6.37%) Regression Testing
16 60 (5.39%) Automation Testing
17 58 (5.21%) Security Testing
18 57 (5.12%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 250 (22.44%) SQL
2 221 (19.84%) JavaScript
3 199 (17.86%) C#
4 149 (13.38%) VB
5 145 (13.02%) Java
6 32 (2.87%) VBA
7 29 (2.60%) PowerShell
8 28 (2.51%) Python
9 19 (1.71%) VBScript
9 19 (1.71%) C++
10 18 (1.62%) Perl
10 18 (1.62%) Ruby
11 11 (0.99%) T-SQL
11 11 (0.99%) C
12 9 (0.81%) FoxPro (VFP)
13 7 (0.63%) PL/SQL
14 6 (0.54%) Shell Script
14 6 (0.54%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.45%) Tcl
15 5 (0.45%) PHP
Qualifications
1 656 (58.89%) ISEB
2 422 (37.88%) Security Cleared
3 378 (33.93%) SC Cleared
4 359 (32.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 228 (20.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 155 (13.91%) DV Cleared
7 61 (5.48%) Degree
8 56 (5.03%) Cisco Certification
9 49 (4.40%) MCITP
10 45 (4.04%) Microsoft Certification
11 31 (2.78%) ISEB Practitioner
12 23 (2.06%) CCNA
13 22 (1.97%) MOS
14 14 (1.26%) MCSE
15 10 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 9 (0.81%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 7 (0.63%) MCSA
17 7 (0.63%) MCTS
18 5 (0.45%) CCNP
18 5 (0.45%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (18.22%) QA
2 3 (0.27%) SLA
3 1 (0.090%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.090%) WCAG
3 1 (0.090%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.090%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 19 (1.71%) Nmap
2 10 (0.90%) VMware ESX
3 8 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.72%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.63%) NDS
4 7 (0.63%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.27%) Cygwin
6 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.090%) Xen
Systems Management
1 333 (29.89%) HP Quality Center
2 22 (1.97%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 19 (1.71%) Nessus
4 9 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (0.63%) Netcool
6 3 (0.27%) SCCM
6 3 (0.27%) nmon
7 1 (0.090%) Oracle EDQ
7 1 (0.090%) XenMobile
7 1 (0.090%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 433 (38.87%) HP
2 343 (30.79%) Oracle
3 283 (25.40%) Microsoft
4 57 (5.12%) Citrix
5 56 (5.03%) SAP
6 45 (4.04%) Cisco
7 28 (2.51%) VMware
8 19 (1.71%) IBM
9 13 (1.17%) Siebel
10 12 (1.08%) Informatica
11 10 (0.90%) ATG
11 10 (0.90%) JD Edwards
12 9 (0.81%) TIBCO
12 9 (0.81%) McAfee
12 9 (0.81%) Cognos
12 9 (0.81%) hybris
13 8 (0.72%) Remedy
14 7 (0.63%) Business Objects
14 7 (0.63%) Veritas
15 5 (0.45%) CheckPoint
Buckinghamshire
Volt
Rate: £200.00 - £215.00 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Cardiff
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Gosport, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Harris Global
Rate: Up to £420 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Glossop, Derbyshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £40000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Derby, Derbyshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £425.00 - £427.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
West Yorkshire
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Swansea
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day direct - no agency margin.
Posted: 14 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum + competitive
Posted: 27 days ago