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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 271 218 352
Rank change year-on-year
-53 +134
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 405 527 215
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.73% 0.95% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.76% 4.89% 2.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 222 323 121
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 3
Average hourly rate £29.00 £10.38 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+179.51% -65.41%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £10.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+44.57% -65.41%

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
10772 10777 8865
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.33% 19.52% 18.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 6112 6123 4725
Average daily rate £390 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £223 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £535
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 502 535 480
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £51.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -25.00%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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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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 -74 339 £330 +1.53% 105
London -44 116 £350 - 39
South East -8 114 £350 +7.69% 21
Hampshire -27 44 £393 +20.76% 3
Scotland +20 40 £288 -4.16% 5
Surrey +23 29 £370 +2.06% 8
Yorkshire -16 29 £285 +5.55% 8
Edinburgh +12 25 £270 +13.68% 3
North West -10 23 £265 -14.51% 13
West Yorkshire -13 23 £336 +24.53% 8
City of London -14 22 £438 +25.00% 8
South West -39 16 £316 +2.60% 5
Wales -9 15 £185 -39.59%
West Midlands -23 15 £353 +0.71% 5
Berkshire -8 14 £300 +9.09% 6
Leeds -5 13 £388 +10.71% 6
Southampton +2 12 £396 +13.21% 1
East of England +10 11 £298 -8.46% 6
South Wales -4 11 £243 -19.16%
Manchester -10 11 £265 -14.51% 8
Birmingham +3 9 £353 -11.87% 3
Merseyside -11 9 £253 -18.54% 1
Liverpool -5 8 £253 -18.54% 1
Wiltshire +15 7 £312 +13.27%
Glasgow +2 7 £294 - 2
Hook 0 7 £360 -
Milton Keynes -1 7 £350 - 1
Buckinghamshire -1 7 £350 -13.58% 1
East Midlands -14 7 £275 -8.40% 7
Bradford -17 6 £285 +5.55% 2

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 520 (66.33%) ISEB
2 279 (35.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 251 (32.02%) Test Scripting
4 243 (30.99%) Software Testing
5 238 (30.36%) HP
6 231 (29.46%) Agile Software Development
7 221 (28.19%) HP Quality Center
8 214 (27.30%) Security Cleared
9 207 (26.40%) Finance
10 203 (25.89%) SQL
11 183 (23.34%) SC Cleared
12 174 (22.19%) Microsoft
13 157 (20.03%) User Acceptance Testing
14 137 (17.47%) QA
15 129 (16.45%) .NET
16 124 (15.82%) Test Management
17 122 (15.56%) Oracle
18 116 (14.80%) Test Automation
19 112 (14.29%) UNIX
20 111 (14.16%) MS Excel
21 108 (13.78%) JavaScript
22 104 (13.27%) HTML
22 104 (13.27%) Test Strategy
23 100 (12.76%) Knowledge Management
24 97 (12.37%) Banking
25 87 (11.10%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
26 84 (10.71%) ASP.NET
27 82 (10.46%) Integration Testing
27 82 (10.46%) Selenium
28 81 (10.33%) Project Management

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 12 (1.53%) CMS
2 10 (1.28%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.02%) WebLogic
4 7 (0.89%) Confluence
4 7 (0.89%) WebSphere
5 5 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (0.51%) Oracle Service Bus
6 4 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (0.38%) Magnolia
7 3 (0.38%) Documentum
7 3 (0.38%) JBoss
7 3 (0.38%) Apache
7 3 (0.38%) ATG Dynamo
8 2 (0.26%) WebLogic Integration
8 2 (0.26%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.26%) Lync
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.13%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.13%) IIS
9 1 (0.13%) LiveLink
Applications
1 111 (14.16%) MS Excel
2 31 (3.95%) MS Office
3 5 (0.64%) MS Project
4 3 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.13%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 65 (8.29%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.64%) Summit
4 3 (0.38%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.38%) SAP Retail
4 3 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.26%) SAP SD
5 2 (0.26%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.26%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.26%) Cognos TM1
5 2 (0.26%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (0.26%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.26%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.26%) Northgate Housing
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.13%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.13%) Cerner Millennium
6 1 (0.13%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.02%) SaaS
2 2 (0.26%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.26%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 52 (6.63%) SAN
2 41 (5.23%) TCP/IP
3 12 (1.53%) Wireshark
4 10 (1.28%) HTTP
5 8 (1.02%) ATM
6 6 (0.77%) Internet
7 4 (0.51%) 3G
7 4 (0.51%) SSL
7 4 (0.51%) HTTPS
8 3 (0.38%) 4G
8 3 (0.38%) RTSP
8 3 (0.38%) FTP
9 2 (0.26%) ISUP
9 2 (0.26%) SS7
9 2 (0.26%) GSM
9 2 (0.26%) LAN
9 2 (0.26%) UMTS
9 2 (0.26%) WAN
9 2 (0.26%) LTE
9 2 (0.26%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (5.74%) Oracle Reports
2 37 (4.72%) SQL Server
3 29 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
4 13 (1.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 12 (1.53%) Relational Database
6 8 (1.02%) Oracle Database
7 7 (0.89%) DB2
8 5 (0.64%) DbVisualizer
8 5 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.51%) Oracle ODI
10 3 (0.38%) MongoDB
10 3 (0.38%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (0.38%) Oracle BI EE
11 2 (0.26%) Oracle OWB
11 2 (0.26%) SAP BW
11 2 (0.26%) SAP BI
11 2 (0.26%) EDMS
11 2 (0.26%) MS Access
11 2 (0.26%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.26%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 82 (10.46%) Selenium
2 80 (10.20%) JIRA
3 70 (8.93%) QuickTest Pro
4 40 (5.10%) LoadRunner
5 30 (3.83%) SoapUI
6 26 (3.32%) Cucumber
7 25 (3.19%) TestDirector
8 24 (3.06%) Team Foundation Server
9 20 (2.55%) WebDriver
10 18 (2.30%) WinRunner
10 18 (2.30%) SpecFlow
11 17 (2.17%) Visual Studio
12 12 (1.53%) Jenkins
13 11 (1.40%) Git (software)
13 11 (1.40%) Subversion
14 10 (1.28%) JUnit
15 8 (1.02%) JMeter
16 7 (0.89%) eggPlant
16 7 (0.89%) Calabash
16 7 (0.89%) Rational DOORS
General
1 207 (26.40%) Finance
2 97 (12.37%) Banking
3 50 (6.38%) Telecoms
3 50 (6.38%) Retail
4 26 (3.32%) Investment Banking
5 17 (2.17%) General Ledger
5 17 (2.17%) Retail Banking
6 12 (1.53%) Legal
7 10 (1.28%) Back Office
8 9 (1.15%) Corporate Banking
9 6 (0.77%) Marketing
10 5 (0.64%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.51%) Automotive
12 3 (0.38%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.26%) Games
13 2 (0.26%) Military
13 2 (0.26%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.26%) Advertising
13 2 (0.26%) Electronics
13 2 (0.26%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 334 (42.60%) Analyst
2 323 (41.20%) Test Analyst
3 134 (17.09%) Test Manager
4 127 (16.20%) Tester
5 69 (8.80%) Test Leader
6 56 (7.14%) Test Engineer
7 39 (4.97%) Senior Analyst
8 37 (4.72%) Senior Test Analyst
9 34 (4.34%) Test Specialist
10 28 (3.57%) Consultant
11 27 (3.44%) Agile Test Analyst
12 23 (2.93%) Automation Tester
13 21 (2.68%) Test Consultant
14 18 (2.30%) QA Analyst
15 17 (2.17%) QA Tester
16 16 (2.04%) UAT Analyst
17 14 (1.79%) UAT Test Analyst
17 14 (1.79%) QA Test Analyst
18 13 (1.66%) Systems Tester
18 13 (1.66%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (16.45%) .NET
2 104 (13.27%) HTML
3 84 (10.71%) ASP.NET
4 78 (9.95%) JSP
5 51 (6.51%) XML
6 33 (4.21%) Web Services
7 24 (3.06%) SOAP
8 18 (2.30%) Gherkin
9 17 (2.17%) CSS
10 10 (1.28%) MSMQ
11 9 (1.15%) XML Messaging
12 7 (0.89%) J2EE
13 6 (0.77%) Middleware
14 5 (0.64%) REST
14 5 (0.64%) RESTful
14 5 (0.64%) JSON
14 5 (0.64%) Flash
15 3 (0.38%) AngularJS
15 3 (0.38%) WCF
15 3 (0.38%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 72 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (2.81%) PDA
3 20 (2.55%) Computer Science
4 17 (2.17%) Clustering
5 15 (1.91%) Mobile App
6 12 (1.53%) Management Information System
7 11 (1.40%) Smart Meter
8 9 (1.15%) AS400
9 7 (0.89%) User Experience
9 7 (0.89%) Derivative
10 6 (0.77%) Equities
10 6 (0.77%) NHS
10 6 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 5 (0.64%) STB
12 4 (0.51%) Replication
12 4 (0.51%) MPEG
12 4 (0.51%) Mathematics
12 4 (0.51%) Open Source
12 4 (0.51%) Algorithms
12 4 (0.51%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 112 (14.29%) UNIX
2 66 (8.42%) Windows
3 65 (8.29%) Linux
4 37 (4.72%) Windows Server 2008
5 36 (4.59%) Windows Server 2003
6 28 (3.57%) Windows XP
7 26 (3.32%) Windows 7
8 18 (2.30%) AIX
9 9 (1.15%) Solaris
10 8 (1.02%) Android
11 5 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (0.64%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.64%) Windows 2000
12 3 (0.38%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.38%) HPUX
13 2 (0.26%) SUSE
13 2 (0.26%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone 7
14 1 (0.13%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 251 (32.02%) Test Scripting
2 243 (30.99%) Software Testing
3 231 (29.46%) Agile Software Development
4 157 (20.03%) User Acceptance Testing
5 124 (15.82%) Test Management
6 116 (14.80%) Test Automation
7 104 (13.27%) Test Strategy
8 100 (12.76%) Knowledge Management
9 82 (10.46%) Integration Testing
10 81 (10.33%) Project Management
11 73 (9.31%) Scrum
12 64 (8.16%) Regression Testing
13 62 (7.91%) Security Testing
14 59 (7.53%) Automated Testing
15 55 (7.02%) System Testing
16 54 (6.89%) Test Planning
17 53 (6.76%) Waterfall
17 53 (6.76%) Manual Testing
17 53 (6.76%) Migration
18 47 (5.99%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 203 (25.89%) SQL
2 108 (13.78%) JavaScript
3 66 (8.42%) Java
4 40 (5.10%) C#
5 32 (4.08%) PowerShell
6 30 (3.83%) VBA
7 16 (2.04%) PL/SQL
7 16 (2.04%) Python
8 15 (1.91%) Ruby
9 12 (1.53%) T-SQL
10 10 (1.28%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.28%) C
11 9 (1.15%) VB
12 8 (1.02%) Perl
13 7 (0.89%) Scala
13 7 (0.89%) C++
13 7 (0.89%) VBScript
14 5 (0.64%) VB.NET
15 4 (0.51%) Bash Shell
16 3 (0.38%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 520 (66.33%) ISEB
2 279 (35.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 214 (27.30%) Security Cleared
4 183 (23.34%) SC Cleared
5 87 (11.10%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 70 (8.93%) Degree
7 59 (7.53%) Microsoft Certification
8 56 (7.14%) MCITP
9 54 (6.89%) DV Cleared
10 42 (5.36%) Cisco Certification
11 21 (2.68%) MCSE
12 19 (2.42%) ISEB Practitioner
13 17 (2.17%) MCTS
13 17 (2.17%) MCSA
14 10 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 5 (0.64%) CCNA
15 5 (0.64%) HND
16 4 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
16 4 (0.51%) PMP
16 4 (0.51%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (17.47%) QA
2 8 (1.02%) FATCA
3 7 (0.89%) PCI DSS
4 6 (0.77%) ISO 9001
5 5 (0.64%) Solvency II
5 5 (0.64%) GAAP
5 5 (0.64%) ISO 14001
6 4 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.26%) COREP
7 2 (0.26%) FINREP
8 1 (0.13%) HL7
8 1 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 1 (0.13%) SLA
8 1 (0.13%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 24 (3.06%) VMware ESX
2 19 (2.42%) Hyper-V
3 15 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.77%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.26%) NDS
Systems Management
1 221 (28.19%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (2.93%) McAfee ePO
3 15 (1.91%) Netcool
4 4 (0.51%) Nmap
4 4 (0.51%) Nessus
5 2 (0.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 2 (0.26%) Puppet
5 2 (0.26%) Ansible
5 2 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.13%) nmon
6 1 (0.13%) SCCM
6 1 (0.13%) Control-M
Vendors
1 238 (30.36%) HP
2 174 (22.19%) Microsoft
3 122 (15.56%) Oracle
4 74 (9.44%) Citrix
5 39 (4.97%) Cisco
6 27 (3.44%) VMware
6 27 (3.44%) SAP
7 23 (2.93%) McAfee
8 17 (2.17%) Veritas
9 11 (1.40%) IBM
10 10 (1.28%) Remedy
10 10 (1.28%) Sybase
11 6 (0.77%) Siebel
11 6 (0.77%) Wall Street Systems
12 4 (0.51%) Reuters
12 4 (0.51%) Ericsson
12 4 (0.51%) Ektron
13 3 (0.38%) Informatica
13 3 (0.38%) BMC
13 3 (0.38%) Salesforce.com
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Capita IT Professional Services
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Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £35000 - £42750 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
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Capita IT Professional Services
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
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Rate: From £500 to £550 per day Initial 6 Month Contract
Posted: 23 hours ago
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Chester
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Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Complete Tech Limited
Rate: From £150 to £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Complete Tech Limited
Rate: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Venn Group
Rate: £260 - £330 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
Rate: £250 - £265 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh
Cathcart Associates
Posted: 10 days ago
Newbury
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Edinburgh
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Rate: £200 - £230 per day
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