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 27 June 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
27 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 292 306 196
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -110
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 421 384 615
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.78% 0.70% 1.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.56% 3.68% 5.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 275 223 292
Median daily rate £330 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.22% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £188 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
- +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 5
Median hourly rate £14.93 £30.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.06% +125.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.27 £14.93 £10.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £119.40 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.93 £30.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-50.25% +122.22%

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
11810 10424 10566
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.88% 18.90% 19.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 7387 6098 6103
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 538 495
Median hourly rate £28.50 £24.23 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.62% +27.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.20 £50.00 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.63 £24.12 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+18.67% +23.69%

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 27 June 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 27 June 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 27 June 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 +12 353 £338 -3.57% 105
South East -15 106 £350 -10.25% 21
London -9 91 £375 +7.14% 26
Scotland +16 55 £315 -3.07% 9
Hampshire -3 36 £425 +19.71% 5
South West -1 34 £325 +3.01% 10
Yorkshire +11 29 £300 +7.14% 12
West Midlands -5 29 £300 -25.00% 9
Glasgow +24 28 £380 +16.92% 1
North West -11 23 £300 -2.43% 13
West Yorkshire +5 21 £290 +5.45% 8
Leeds +4 20 £290 +8.92% 7
Manchester -8 17 £300 +36.36% 7
East of England +24 16 £294 +25.00% 4
Gosport -7 15 £450 +28.57%
City of London +34 14 £400 -5.88% 10
Surrey -24 14 £370 -15.90% 4
North East -42 14 £338 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 14 £338 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 14 £338 - 1
Bristol +13 12 £369 +22.91% 3
Buckinghamshire +18 11 £214 -43.00% 6
Gloucestershire +5 11 £438 +45.83% 3
Berkshire -16 11 £325 -18.75%
Erskine -28 11 £275 -22.53%
Renfrewshire -29 11 £275 -22.53%
West Sussex -4 10 £331 -
East Sussex +17 9 £350 +1.81% 3
South Wales +16 9 £286 +54.72% 2
Kent +14 9 £331 -

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 594 (66.52%) ISEB
2 367 (41.10%) Agile Software Development
3 307 (34.38%) Software Testing
4 306 (34.27%) Test Scripting
5 297 (33.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 296 (33.15%) SQL
7 258 (28.89%) Finance
8 213 (23.85%) Security Cleared
9 198 (22.17%) User Acceptance Testing
10 197 (22.06%) Microsoft
11 174 (19.48%) Selenium
12 169 (18.92%) HP Quality Center
13 167 (18.70%) QA
14 166 (18.59%) HP
15 165 (18.48%) JIRA
16 159 (17.81%) Java
17 149 (16.69%) Test Automation
18 144 (16.13%) Functional Testing
19 135 (15.12%) Oracle
20 128 (14.33%) Test Strategy
21 127 (14.22%) SC Cleared
22 126 (14.11%) Windows
23 121 (13.55%) HP UFT
24 119 (13.33%) Test Management
24 119 (13.33%) Defect Management
25 116 (12.99%) Integration Testing
26 111 (12.43%) Regression Testing
26 111 (12.43%) Waterfall
27 106 (11.87%) SDLC
28 103 (11.53%) Linux

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 (6.27%) SharePoint
2 31 (3.47%) Confluence
3 13 (1.46%) IIS
4 10 (1.12%) Skype for Business
5 9 (1.01%) MS Exchange
5 9 (1.01%) WebLogic
6 8 (0.90%) JBoss
7 6 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.56%) SAS
8 5 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.45%) CMS
9 4 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
9 4 (0.45%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.22%) Apache
10 2 (0.22%) ArcGIS
10 2 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.22%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.22%) WebSphere Portal
11 1 (0.11%) ATG Dynamo
11 1 (0.11%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 91 (10.19%) MS Excel
2 68 (7.61%) MS Office
3 17 (1.90%) MS Visio
4 12 (1.34%) MS PowerPoint
4 12 (1.34%) MS Project
5 2 (0.22%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.11%) Mingle
6 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 21 (2.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (1.68%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 15 (1.68%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 6 (0.67%) Sonata
4 4 (0.45%) Magento
4 4 (0.45%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.22%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.11%) Maximo
7 1 (0.11%) Northgate Housing
7 1 (0.11%) OpenText VIM for SAP
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.11%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.11%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.11%) TRIRIGA
7 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.67%) Office 365
2 6 (0.67%) SuccessFactors
3 4 (0.45%) SaaS
4 3 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.34%) IaaS
4 3 (0.34%) PaaS
5 1 (0.11%) FinancialForce.com
5 1 (0.11%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.90%) SAN
2 15 (1.68%) VLAN
3 11 (1.23%) Internet
4 10 (1.12%) TCP/IP
4 10 (1.12%) WAN
5 7 (0.78%) LAN
6 6 (0.67%) Skype
7 5 (0.56%) HTTP
7 5 (0.56%) ZigBee
8 4 (0.45%) Firewall
9 3 (0.34%) DNS
9 3 (0.34%) SSH
10 2 (0.22%) Intranet
10 2 (0.22%) IP Telephony
10 2 (0.22%) Network Security
10 2 (0.22%) PuTTY
10 2 (0.22%) Unified Communications
10 2 (0.22%) Wireshark
11 1 (0.11%) DSL
11 1 (0.11%) Value-Added Service
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (7.39%) SQL Server
2 36 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
3 19 (2.13%) Relational Database
4 14 (1.57%) Oracle Reports
5 11 (1.23%) Oracle Database
6 10 (1.12%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.56%) MongoDB
7 5 (0.56%) MySQL
8 4 (0.45%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (0.45%) Oracle BI EE
8 4 (0.45%) Pentaho
9 3 (0.34%) Big Data
9 3 (0.34%) Data Mining
9 3 (0.34%) Electronic Patient Records
9 3 (0.34%) HPCC
9 3 (0.34%) Oracle Database 10g
9 3 (0.34%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.22%) GIS
10 2 (0.22%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 174 (19.48%) Selenium
2 165 (18.48%) JIRA
3 121 (13.55%) HP UFT
4 83 (9.29%) Cucumber
5 66 (7.39%) LoadRunner
6 65 (7.28%) WebDriver
7 49 (5.49%) Team Foundation Server
8 42 (4.70%) SoapUI
9 39 (4.37%) JMeter
10 38 (4.26%) TestDirector
11 29 (3.25%) Visual Studio
11 29 (3.25%) WinRunner
12 21 (2.35%) Jenkins
12 21 (2.35%) SpecFlow
13 19 (2.13%) Git (software)
13 19 (2.13%) Maven
14 18 (2.02%) Toad
15 14 (1.57%) JUnit
15 14 (1.57%) Zephyr
16 13 (1.46%) Gradle
General
1 258 (28.89%) Finance
2 79 (8.85%) Banking
3 61 (6.83%) Retail
4 36 (4.03%) Telecoms
5 17 (1.90%) Retail Banking
6 15 (1.68%) Games
7 14 (1.57%) Investment Banking
8 9 (1.01%) Billing
9 8 (0.90%) Legal
10 7 (0.78%) Automotive
10 7 (0.78%) Electronics
10 7 (0.78%) Manufacturing
11 6 (0.67%) Marketing
12 5 (0.56%) Military
12 5 (0.56%) Online Betting
13 4 (0.45%) Back Office
14 3 (0.34%) Advertising
14 3 (0.34%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.34%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 460 (51.51%) Analyst
2 432 (48.38%) Test Analyst
3 125 (14.00%) Tester
4 105 (11.76%) Test Manager
5 93 (10.41%) Test Engineer
6 74 (8.29%) Test Leader
7 47 (5.26%) Automation Test Analyst
8 41 (4.59%) Senior Analyst
9 38 (4.26%) Senior Test Analyst
10 35 (3.92%) QA Analyst
11 34 (3.81%) Agile Test Analyst
11 34 (3.81%) Financial Analyst
12 28 (3.14%) Manual Test Analyst
12 28 (3.14%) SQL Analyst
13 27 (3.02%) Software Analyst
13 27 (3.02%) Software Test Analyst
13 27 (3.02%) Test Specialist
14 26 (2.91%) Automation Tester
15 25 (2.80%) QA Leader
15 25 (2.80%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (9.85%) HTML
2 78 (8.73%) .NET
3 70 (7.84%) XML
4 41 (4.59%) ASP.NET
5 39 (4.37%) Web Services
6 29 (3.25%) SOAP
7 22 (2.46%) REST
8 20 (2.24%) Spring
9 17 (1.90%) JSP
10 15 (1.68%) Java EE
11 14 (1.57%) Ajax
11 14 (1.57%) Hibernate
12 13 (1.46%) JMS
12 13 (1.46%) WebSphere MQ
13 12 (1.34%) Gherkin
14 11 (1.23%) Behat
15 8 (0.90%) AngularJS
15 8 (0.90%) MSMQ
16 7 (0.78%) Middleware
16 7 (0.78%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 71 (7.95%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (3.47%) Clustering
3 26 (2.91%) PDA
4 19 (2.13%) Management Information System
5 18 (2.02%) Client/Server
5 18 (2.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 15 (1.68%) Computer Science
7 13 (1.46%) Data Centre
7 13 (1.46%) Smart Meter
8 10 (1.12%) NHS
9 8 (0.90%) AS400
9 8 (0.90%) Equities
10 7 (0.78%) EPoS
10 7 (0.78%) Mobile App
11 6 (0.67%) Mobile Banking
11 6 (0.67%) Performance Metrics
11 6 (0.67%) Smartcard
11 6 (0.67%) Thin Client
11 6 (0.67%) User Experience
11 6 (0.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 126 (14.11%) Windows
2 103 (11.53%) Linux
3 87 (9.74%) Unix
4 42 (4.70%) Windows Server 2003
4 42 (4.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 35 (3.92%) Windows 7
6 33 (3.70%) Windows XP
7 32 (3.58%) AIX
8 18 (2.02%) Windows Server
9 13 (1.46%) Windows Server 2012
10 11 (1.23%) Windows 10
11 5 (0.56%) Android
12 4 (0.45%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 367 (41.10%) Agile Software Development
2 307 (34.38%) Software Testing
3 306 (34.27%) Test Scripting
4 198 (22.17%) User Acceptance Testing
5 149 (16.69%) Test Automation
6 144 (16.13%) Functional Testing
7 128 (14.33%) Test Strategy
8 119 (13.33%) Defect Management
8 119 (13.33%) Test Management
9 116 (12.99%) Integration Testing
10 111 (12.43%) Regression Testing
10 111 (12.43%) Waterfall
11 106 (11.87%) SDLC
12 97 (10.86%) BDD
13 92 (10.30%) System Integration Testing
14 84 (9.41%) Non-Functional Testing
15 81 (9.07%) Automated Testing
16 78 (8.73%) System Testing
17 75 (8.40%) Manual Testing
17 75 (8.40%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 296 (33.15%) SQL
2 159 (17.81%) Java
3 94 (10.53%) JavaScript
4 91 (10.19%) C#
5 47 (5.26%) Python
6 44 (4.93%) VB
7 28 (3.14%) Bash Shell
7 28 (3.14%) Ruby
8 20 (2.24%) VBScript
9 17 (1.90%) PowerShell
10 14 (1.57%) Groovy
11 13 (1.46%) C
12 12 (1.34%) PL/SQL
13 11 (1.23%) C++
13 11 (1.23%) Perl
14 10 (1.12%) PHP
14 10 (1.12%) Shell Script
15 6 (0.67%) Scala
16 5 (0.56%) T-SQL
17 4 (0.45%) VBA
Qualifications
1 594 (66.52%) ISEB
2 297 (33.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 213 (23.85%) Security Cleared
4 127 (14.22%) SC Cleared
5 92 (10.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 60 (6.72%) Degree
7 51 (5.71%) DV Cleared
8 50 (5.60%) Microsoft Certification
9 45 (5.04%) MCITP
10 32 (3.58%) MCSA
10 32 (3.58%) MCSE
11 31 (3.47%) Cisco Certification
11 31 (3.47%) MCTS
12 18 (2.02%) CCNA
13 11 (1.23%) ISEB Practitioner
14 10 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
14 10 (1.12%) CTC Cleared
15 8 (0.90%) PhD
16 2 (0.22%) CCNP
16 2 (0.22%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (18.70%) QA
2 11 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (0.90%) SLA
4 7 (0.78%) HL7
5 2 (0.22%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.22%) GAAP
6 1 (0.11%) CRD IV
6 1 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.11%) EMIR
6 1 (0.11%) FINREP
6 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 12207
6 1 (0.11%) MiFID
6 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.11%) SDET
System Software
1 43 (4.82%) Active Directory
2 34 (3.81%) Hyper-V
3 32 (3.58%) VMware ESX
4 28 (3.14%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 169 (18.92%) HP Quality Center
2 37 (4.14%) McAfee ePO
3 31 (3.47%) Netcool
4 7 (0.78%) HP SiteScope
5 6 (0.67%) SCCM
6 5 (0.56%) SCOM
7 4 (0.45%) Puppet
8 3 (0.34%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.11%) CA Wily
9 1 (0.11%) Cisco UCCE
9 1 (0.11%) Nessus
Vendors
1 197 (22.06%) Microsoft
2 166 (18.59%) HP
3 135 (15.12%) Oracle
4 50 (5.60%) VMware
5 38 (4.26%) Intel Security
6 37 (4.14%) Citrix
7 31 (3.47%) SAP
7 31 (3.47%) Veritas
8 25 (2.80%) Cognos
8 25 (2.80%) IBM
9 22 (2.46%) Rally
10 20 (2.24%) Atlassian
11 18 (2.02%) Cisco
12 12 (1.34%) Pega
13 8 (0.90%) Sybase
14 6 (0.67%) Red Hat
14 6 (0.67%) Remedy
15 5 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
15 5 (0.56%) Siebel
16 4 (0.45%) Sun
Croydon, Surrey
Spencer Knight Recruitment
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day 3 Month Rolling contract up to 2 years
Posted: 6 hours ago
Felixstowe, Suffolk
Ifftner Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £48.00 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Montagu Olsen Associates
Rate: From £150 to £200 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Robert Walters UK
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
HFG
Rate: £475 - £575 per day
Posted: 21 days ago