The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 214 332 402
Rank change year-on-year
+118 +70
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 536 222 191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.95% 0.47% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.88% 2.56% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 126 97
Average daily rate £325 £334 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.54% +2.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £234 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £506 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £315 £305
% change year-on-year
-1.58% +3.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 2
Average hourly rate £10.38 £30.00 £108.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-65.41% -72.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.68 £30.00 £45.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.08 £30.00 £171.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.38 £30.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-65.41% +1.69%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10976 8669 10495
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.50% 18.17% 17.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 6208 4593 5416
Average daily rate £375 £363 £399
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -9.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 551 472 579
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +89 495 £325 -3.98% 77
London +71 183 £350 -9.67% 28
South East +52 117 £325 -13.33% 14
Hampshire +52 66 £325 -15.03% 3
South West +23 63 £304 +10.45% 7
City of London +28 57 £350 -15.15% 10
Gosport - 42 £363 -
East Midlands +18 28 £300 -42.80% 5
Yorkshire -5 28 £270 -14.96% 2
West Midlands -1 27 £363 +15.07% 6
Somerset +10 25 £286 +4.09% 2
West Yorkshire -5 25 £270 -15.62% 2
Scotland +4 24 £300 -7.69% 3
East of England -16 23 £325 +5.69% 14
Berkshire +6 17 £275 -45.00% 1
Edinburgh -17 15 £250 -40.29%
North West -15 14 £310 +2.47% 2
Devon +6 13 £375 +114.28% 1
Bristol -6 13 £325 +18.18% 1
West Sussex +8 12 £310 -38.00%
Leicestershire -1 12 £307 - 2
North East - 10 £331 -
Reading +4 9 £275 -45.00% 1
Essex -17 9 £525 +16.66%
Wales - 9 £288 - 5
Manchester -10 8 £310 -11.42% 2
Buckinghamshire -13 8 £405 +1.25%
South Wales - 8 £256 - 5
Halifax +2 7 £315 - 1
Surrey -15 7 £363 -3.33% 6

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 582 (72.03%) ISEB
2 290 (35.89%) Software Testing
3 258 (31.93%) Test Scripting
4 210 (25.99%) HP Quality Center
5 201 (24.88%) HP
6 191 (23.64%) SQL
7 183 (22.65%) Security Cleared
8 179 (22.15%) Finance
9 173 (21.41%) User Acceptance Testing
10 166 (20.54%) SC Cleared
11 160 (19.80%) Oracle
12 152 (18.81%) Agile Software Development
13 145 (17.95%) QA
14 142 (17.57%) Selenium
15 133 (16.46%) Test Strategy
16 127 (15.72%) Microsoft
17 123 (15.22%) Test Management
18 114 (14.11%) QuickTest Pro
19 111 (13.74%) JavaScript
20 109 (13.49%) .NET
21 101 (12.50%) Java
21 101 (12.50%) Test Automation
22 98 (12.13%) Windows
22 98 (12.13%) Scrum
22 98 (12.13%) Banking
23 97 (12.00%) HTML
24 96 (11.88%) UNIX
25 85 (10.52%) Waterfall
26 83 (10.27%) C#
27 80 (9.90%) ASP.NET

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 34 (4.21%) SharePoint
2 12 (1.49%) CMS
2 12 (1.49%) Apache
3 9 (1.11%) SharePoint 2010
4 6 (0.74%) MS Exchange
5 5 (0.62%) Confluence
5 5 (0.62%) SAS
5 5 (0.62%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.50%) WebLogic
6 4 (0.50%) IIS
7 3 (0.37%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.25%) WebLogic Integration
8 2 (0.25%) Lotus Domino
8 2 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.12%) Zimbra
9 1 (0.12%) Documentum
9 1 (0.12%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 58 (7.18%) MS Excel
2 31 (3.84%) MS Office
3 18 (2.23%) MS Visio
4 15 (1.86%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (1.36%) MS Project
6 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 45 (5.57%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.62%) Agresso
3 4 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.50%) TRIRIGA
4 3 (0.37%) Infor M3
4 3 (0.37%) SAP BPC
4 3 (0.37%) Lawson
4 3 (0.37%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.37%) SAP SRM
4 3 (0.37%) Summit
4 3 (0.37%) Dynamics GP
4 3 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.37%) Retail-J
5 2 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.25%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.25%) SAP SD
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.87%) SaaS
2 6 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.50%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 35 (4.33%) TCP/IP
2 34 (4.21%) HTTPS
3 26 (3.22%) Wireshark
4 22 (2.72%) SAN
5 18 (2.23%) SSL
5 18 (2.23%) HTTP
6 17 (2.10%) DNS
7 10 (1.24%) FTP
8 7 (0.87%) GSM
8 7 (0.87%) UMTS
8 7 (0.87%) DVB
8 7 (0.87%) LTE
9 6 (0.74%) VoIP
9 6 (0.74%) WCDMA
9 6 (0.74%) GPRS
10 5 (0.62%) SMS
10 5 (0.62%) Firewall
11 4 (0.50%) Unified Communications
12 3 (0.37%) Ethernet
12 3 (0.37%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (5.57%) SQL Server
2 35 (4.33%) Oracle Reports
2 35 (4.33%) Data Warehouse
3 26 (3.22%) Relational Database
4 24 (2.97%) Oracle Database
5 13 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 12 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
7 11 (1.36%) MySQL
8 10 (1.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 9 (1.11%) RDBMS
10 8 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
11 7 (0.87%) Big Data
11 7 (0.87%) Star Schema
12 5 (0.62%) SAP BW
13 4 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 4 (0.50%) DB2
14 3 (0.37%) Pentaho
14 3 (0.37%) OLAP
14 3 (0.37%) Data Mart
14 3 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 142 (17.57%) Selenium
2 114 (14.11%) QuickTest Pro
3 72 (8.91%) JIRA
4 69 (8.54%) LoadRunner
5 47 (5.82%) Team Foundation Server
6 45 (5.57%) WebDriver
7 44 (5.45%) Cucumber
8 29 (3.59%) FitNesse
9 28 (3.47%) SoapUI
10 20 (2.48%) Visual Studio
11 17 (2.10%) JMeter
12 13 (1.61%) Bugzilla
13 11 (1.36%) Calabash
13 11 (1.36%) SpecFlow
14 9 (1.11%) Capybara
14 9 (1.11%) Rational Performance Tester
15 8 (0.99%) Toad
15 8 (0.99%) Sahi
15 8 (0.99%) JBehave
16 7 (0.87%) Fiddler
General
1 179 (22.15%) Finance
2 98 (12.13%) Banking
3 66 (8.17%) Retail
4 28 (3.47%) Investment Banking
5 26 (3.22%) Telecoms
6 23 (2.85%) Games
7 18 (2.23%) Back Office
8 14 (1.73%) Marketing
9 9 (1.11%) Financial Institution
10 8 (0.99%) Retail Banking
10 8 (0.99%) General Ledger
11 7 (0.87%) Legal
12 5 (0.62%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.62%) Billing
13 4 (0.50%) Advertising
13 4 (0.50%) Law
14 3 (0.37%) Front Office
14 3 (0.37%) Electronics
15 2 (0.25%) Military
15 2 (0.25%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 331 (40.97%) Analyst
2 314 (38.86%) Test Analyst
3 178 (22.03%) Tester
4 122 (15.10%) Test Manager
5 74 (9.16%) Test Leader
6 71 (8.79%) Test Engineer
7 33 (4.08%) Senior Analyst
8 31 (3.84%) QA Engineer
9 29 (3.59%) Senior Test Analyst
9 29 (3.59%) Developer
10 24 (2.97%) QA Tester
11 21 (2.60%) Performance Tester
12 19 (2.35%) Agile Test Analyst
13 17 (2.10%) Business Analyst
13 17 (2.10%) Automation Tester
14 15 (1.86%) Software Tester
14 15 (1.86%) Senior Tester
15 14 (1.73%) Technical Analyst
15 14 (1.73%) Test Specialist
16 13 (1.61%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 109 (13.49%) .NET
2 97 (12.00%) HTML
3 80 (9.90%) ASP.NET
4 73 (9.03%) JSP
5 45 (5.57%) Web Services
6 38 (4.70%) XML
7 21 (2.60%) SOAP
8 10 (1.24%) CSS
9 8 (0.99%) Middleware
9 8 (0.99%) REST
10 7 (0.87%) WPF
11 5 (0.62%) XSLT
11 5 (0.62%) Silverlight
11 5 (0.62%) LAMP
12 4 (0.50%) WCF
12 4 (0.50%) Flash
13 3 (0.37%) Cocoa Touch
13 3 (0.37%) Gherkin
13 3 (0.37%) J2EE
13 3 (0.37%) Cocoa
Miscellaneous
1 51 (6.31%) Computer Science
2 21 (2.60%) Mobile App
3 17 (2.10%) Management Information System
4 13 (1.61%) IPTV
5 12 (1.49%) Open Source
6 10 (1.24%) Video on Demand
7 9 (1.11%) Digital Media
7 9 (1.11%) NHS
8 8 (0.99%) Social Network
9 7 (0.87%) EPoS
9 7 (0.87%) STB
9 7 (0.87%) Equities
10 6 (0.74%) Derivative
11 5 (0.62%) MPEG
11 5 (0.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 5 (0.62%) Credit Risk
11 5 (0.62%) Mathematics
11 5 (0.62%) PDA
12 4 (0.50%) Data Protection Act
12 4 (0.50%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 98 (12.13%) Windows
2 96 (11.88%) UNIX
3 79 (9.78%) Linux
4 50 (6.19%) Windows XP
5 48 (5.94%) Windows Server 2003
5 48 (5.94%) Windows Server 2008
6 42 (5.20%) Windows 2000
7 20 (2.48%) Solaris
8 17 (2.10%) Windows 7
9 9 (1.11%) Apple iOS
10 8 (0.99%) Android
11 5 (0.62%) HPUX
12 4 (0.50%) AIX
13 2 (0.25%) SUSE
13 2 (0.25%) VMS
13 2 (0.25%) Oracle Linux
13 2 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
14 1 (0.12%) zOS
14 1 (0.12%) CentOS
14 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 290 (35.89%) Software Testing
2 258 (31.93%) Test Scripting
3 173 (21.41%) User Acceptance Testing
4 152 (18.81%) Agile Software Development
5 133 (16.46%) Test Strategy
6 123 (15.22%) Test Management
7 101 (12.50%) Test Automation
8 98 (12.13%) Scrum
9 85 (10.52%) Waterfall
10 72 (8.91%) Performance Testing
11 69 (8.54%) E-Commerce
12 68 (8.42%) Automated Testing
13 54 (6.68%) Project Management
14 53 (6.56%) Knowledge Management
15 52 (6.44%) BDD
16 44 (5.45%) Regression Testing
17 42 (5.20%) Integration Testing
18 40 (4.95%) Stakeholder Management
19 37 (4.58%) Business Intelligence
20 36 (4.46%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 191 (23.64%) SQL
2 111 (13.74%) JavaScript
3 101 (12.50%) Java
4 83 (10.27%) C#
5 38 (4.70%) VB
6 27 (3.34%) C++
7 21 (2.60%) Python
8 20 (2.48%) VBScript
9 18 (2.23%) VBA
10 17 (2.10%) Ruby
11 16 (1.98%) C
12 11 (1.36%) Perl
12 11 (1.36%) PHP
13 9 (1.11%) PL/SQL
14 8 (0.99%) Shell Script
15 7 (0.87%) T-SQL
16 5 (0.62%) PowerShell
17 4 (0.50%) Bash Shell
18 3 (0.37%) VB.NET
18 3 (0.37%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 582 (72.03%) ISEB
2 183 (22.65%) Security Cleared
3 166 (20.54%) SC Cleared
4 73 (9.03%) Degree
5 48 (5.94%) DV Cleared
6 14 (1.73%) ISEB Practitioner
7 13 (1.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 9 (1.11%) Microsoft Certification
8 9 (1.11%) MCITP
9 8 (0.99%) PMI Certification
9 8 (0.99%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (0.87%) PMP
11 5 (0.62%) Sun Certification
12 4 (0.50%) MOS
12 4 (0.50%) MCSE
12 4 (0.50%) CCNA
13 3 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.37%) MCSA
13 3 (0.37%) CIMA
13 3 (0.37%) ACCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (17.95%) QA
2 6 (0.74%) SLA
3 3 (0.37%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.37%) ISO 14001
4 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 17 (2.10%) Nmap
2 10 (1.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.74%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.62%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.50%) NDS
6 3 (0.37%) Cygwin
6 3 (0.37%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 210 (25.99%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (2.10%) Nessus
3 10 (1.24%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 3 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (0.37%) Netcool
5 2 (0.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.25%) nmon
6 1 (0.12%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 201 (24.88%) HP
2 160 (19.80%) Oracle
3 127 (15.72%) Microsoft
4 58 (7.18%) SAP
5 34 (4.21%) Citrix
6 24 (2.97%) VMware
7 18 (2.23%) IBM
8 14 (1.73%) Business Objects
8 14 (1.73%) Cognos
9 13 (1.61%) Cisco
10 8 (0.99%) Informatica
11 7 (0.87%) Ektron
12 6 (0.74%) ATG
13 4 (0.50%) Remedy
14 3 (0.37%) Salesforce.com
14 3 (0.37%) CODA
14 3 (0.37%) Red Hat
14 3 (0.37%) Veritas
14 3 (0.37%) McAfee
14 3 (0.37%) Infor
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SmartSourcing plc
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
JM
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Kings Lynn
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newport
DP Connect
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
UK
Next Ventures Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Experis IT
Posted: 5 days ago
Leicestershire
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £301 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
East Anglia
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Applied Card Technologies
Rate: From £30,000 to £37,000 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
Ipswich
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £8.00 - £11.00 per hour
Posted: 16 days ago
Somerset
Applitracker
Rate: £265 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Somerset
DP Connect
Rate: £265 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Leicestershire
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £250 - £270 per annum
Posted: 27 days ago