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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 238 275 304
Rank change year-on-year
+37 +29
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 504 395 300
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.98% 0.78% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.62% 3.84% 3.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 197 166
Average daily rate £325 £335 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.98% +3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £220 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £330 £310
% change year-on-year
-6.06% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 1
Average hourly rate £107.50 £15.00 £11.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+616.66% +27.65%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £107.50 £15.00 £11.75
% change year-on-year
+616.66% +27.65%

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
10904 10292 9385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.20% 20.31% 19.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6732 5960 5067
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £237 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £569 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 480 434
Average hourly rate £37.50 £20.00 £18.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+87.50% +6.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.80 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £47.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +21.73%

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 5 February 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 5 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the UK over the 3 months to 5 February 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
(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 +35 416 £345 +1.47% 123
London +49 163 £400 +14.28% 25
South East -32 80 £340 -2.85% 22
Scotland +8 57 £300 -10.11% 8
South West +14 50 £350 -21.12% 8
Yorkshire +5 37 £300 -22.58% 19
West Midlands +7 36 £325 +4.83% 9
Edinburgh +9 35 £273 -17.42% 5
Wales +20 28 £293 +39.28% 8
South Wales +18 28 £293 +39.28% 7
Cardiff +14 28 £293 +39.28% 2
West Yorkshire +1 23 £300 -22.82% 12
Gloucestershire +12 20 £455 -1.62% 1
Leeds -8 20 £305 -22.78% 11
Hampshire -43 20 £295 -24.48% 4
City of London +22 19 £338 -8.78% 7
Surrey -1 18 £415 +27.69% 8
East of England +3 17 £275 -21.42% 5
North West -22 17 £280 +14.28% 24
Manchester -5 14 £280 -5.88% 17
Renfrewshire -1 13 £305 -10.29% 1
Erskine -7 13 £305 -7.57% 1
Berkshire +2 12 £345 -1.42% 7
Cheltenham +16 11 £468 -10.95% 1
Wiltshire +8 11 £325 -
Kent +2 11 £210 -36.84%
Devon -3 11 £350 -17.64% 1
Cambridgeshire +12 10 £269 -23.21% 2
Leatherhead -7 10 £430 +1.17% 1
Shropshire -10 10 £338 - 1

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

1 637 (64.02%) ISEB
2 411 (41.31%) Agile Software Development
3 349 (35.08%) Software Testing
4 340 (34.17%) Test Scripting
5 317 (31.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 288 (28.94%) SQL
7 269 (27.04%) Finance
8 246 (24.72%) HP Quality Center
9 234 (23.52%) Microsoft
10 230 (23.12%) Test Automation
11 217 (21.81%) Security Cleared
12 195 (19.60%) User Acceptance Testing
13 173 (17.39%) HP
13 173 (17.39%) QA
14 159 (15.98%) Test Management
15 155 (15.58%) Functional Testing
15 155 (15.58%) Oracle
16 153 (15.38%) Selenium
17 143 (14.37%) Waterfall
18 138 (13.87%) Defect Management
19 137 (13.77%) JIRA
20 135 (13.57%) HP UFT
21 134 (13.47%) Test Strategy
22 127 (12.76%) Windows
23 124 (12.46%) Manual Testing
24 119 (11.96%) Non-Functional Testing
25 116 (11.66%) Automated Testing
26 114 (11.46%) SC Cleared
27 113 (11.36%) Java
28 108 (10.85%) SDLC

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 32 (3.22%) SharePoint
2 25 (2.51%) BizTalk Server
3 18 (1.81%) Confluence
4 9 (0.90%) JBoss
5 8 (0.80%) WebLogic
6 6 (0.60%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.40%) ArcGIS
7 4 (0.40%) LiveLink
7 4 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
7 4 (0.40%) SAS
7 4 (0.40%) WebSphere Portal
8 3 (0.30%) ATG Dynamo
8 3 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.20%) Apache
9 2 (0.20%) IIS
9 2 (0.20%) Lync
9 2 (0.20%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.20%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.10%) Node.js
10 1 (0.10%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 81 (8.14%) MS Excel
2 57 (5.73%) MS Office
3 13 (1.31%) MS Project
4 12 (1.21%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
6 7 (0.70%) MS PowerPoint
7 4 (0.40%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.20%) Mingle
9 1 (0.10%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 26 (2.61%) Oracle EBS
2 20 (2.01%) Dynamics CRM
3 16 (1.61%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 7 (0.70%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.60%) Oracle ERP
5 6 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
6 5 (0.50%) SAP CO
6 5 (0.50%) SAP ERP
6 5 (0.50%) SAP FI
6 5 (0.50%) SAP FI/CO
7 4 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
7 4 (0.40%) Oracle BPM
7 4 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.40%) Sonata
7 4 (0.40%) TradeThru
8 3 (0.30%) SAP PM
8 3 (0.30%) Tercero
9 2 (0.20%) Endur
10 1 (0.10%) SAP HR
10 1 (0.10%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.40%) GitHub
2 4 (0.40%) SaaS
3 2 (0.20%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.10%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.10%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.41%) SAN
2 10 (1.01%) TCP/IP
3 9 (0.90%) HTTP
4 8 (0.80%) FTP
4 8 (0.80%) WAN
5 6 (0.60%) LAN
5 6 (0.60%) SNMP
6 5 (0.50%) Intranet
7 4 (0.40%) HTTPS
7 4 (0.40%) Internet
7 4 (0.40%) VLAN
7 4 (0.40%) WLAN
7 4 (0.40%) ZigBee
8 3 (0.30%) Broadband
8 3 (0.30%) Extranet
8 3 (0.30%) Firewall
8 3 (0.30%) PuTTY
8 3 (0.30%) Value-Added Service
9 2 (0.20%) 4G
9 2 (0.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (6.53%) SQL Server
2 43 (4.32%) Data Warehouse
3 26 (2.61%) Oracle Reports
4 24 (2.41%) Oracle Database
5 9 (0.90%) Relational Database
6 8 (0.80%) BODI
6 8 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
6 8 (0.80%) BusinessObjects XI
6 8 (0.80%) Hadoop
6 8 (0.80%) PowerCenter
7 7 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
8 6 (0.60%) Oracle Database 10g
8 6 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 5 (0.50%) GIS
9 5 (0.50%) MongoDB
10 4 (0.40%) Big Data
10 4 (0.40%) DB2
11 3 (0.30%) Apache Accumulo
11 3 (0.30%) Data Mining
11 3 (0.30%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 153 (15.38%) Selenium
2 137 (13.77%) JIRA
3 135 (13.57%) HP UFT
4 85 (8.54%) Cucumber
5 73 (7.34%) Team Foundation Server
6 51 (5.13%) TestDirector
6 51 (5.13%) Visual Studio
7 50 (5.03%) SoapUI
8 49 (4.92%) WebDriver
9 47 (4.72%) Jenkins
10 46 (4.62%) LoadRunner
11 44 (4.42%) WinRunner
12 41 (4.12%) SpecFlow
13 28 (2.81%) Toad
14 26 (2.61%) Capybara
15 25 (2.51%) Git (software)
15 25 (2.51%) JMeter
16 13 (1.31%) Eclipse
17 12 (1.21%) Subversion
18 9 (0.90%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 269 (27.04%) Finance
2 88 (8.84%) Banking
3 57 (5.73%) Retail
4 40 (4.02%) Telecoms
5 34 (3.42%) Investment Banking
6 16 (1.61%) Legal
7 13 (1.31%) Retail Banking
8 11 (1.11%) Billing
9 8 (0.80%) Publishing
10 7 (0.70%) Games
11 5 (0.50%) Back Office
12 4 (0.40%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.40%) General Ledger
12 4 (0.40%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.30%) Electronics
13 3 (0.30%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.30%) Front Office
14 2 (0.20%) Advertising
14 2 (0.20%) Corporate Banking
14 2 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 527 (52.96%) Analyst
2 516 (51.86%) Test Analyst
3 180 (18.09%) Tester
4 127 (12.76%) Test Manager
5 89 (8.94%) Test Leader
6 72 (7.24%) Test Engineer
7 60 (6.03%) Senior Analyst
8 59 (5.93%) Senior Test Analyst
9 44 (4.42%) Agile Test Analyst
10 42 (4.22%) SQL Analyst
11 33 (3.32%) Automation Analyst
12 32 (3.22%) Automation Test Analyst
13 30 (3.02%) Service Analyst
14 28 (2.81%) Web Analyst
15 27 (2.71%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
15 27 (2.71%) Web Test Analyst
16 26 (2.61%) Consultant
16 26 (2.61%) Test Consultant
16 26 (2.61%) UAT Analyst
16 26 (2.61%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (10.15%) .NET
2 93 (9.35%) XML
3 55 (5.53%) HTML
4 47 (4.72%) SOAP
5 40 (4.02%) Web Services
6 36 (3.62%) Gherkin
7 32 (3.22%) ASP.NET
8 27 (2.71%) XML Messaging
9 18 (1.81%) REST
10 11 (1.11%) Middleware
11 9 (0.90%) MSMQ
12 7 (0.70%) WPF
13 6 (0.60%) EDI
13 6 (0.60%) Oracle Fusion
14 4 (0.40%) AngularJS
14 4 (0.40%) CSS
14 4 (0.40%) Dojo
14 4 (0.40%) GWT
14 4 (0.40%) J2EE
14 4 (0.40%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 94 (9.45%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (3.82%) PDA
3 36 (3.62%) Clustering
4 22 (2.21%) Management Information System
5 20 (2.01%) Data Centre
6 18 (1.81%) Computer Science
7 17 (1.71%) Smart Meter
8 14 (1.41%) Client/Server
9 13 (1.31%) Derivative
10 12 (1.21%) Mobile App
11 9 (0.90%) Credit Risk
11 9 (0.90%) EPoS
11 9 (0.90%) NHS
11 9 (0.90%) PKI
12 8 (0.80%) Data Integration
13 6 (0.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 5 (0.50%) AS400
14 5 (0.50%) Mainframe
14 5 (0.50%) MPEG
14 5 (0.50%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 127 (12.76%) Windows
2 82 (8.24%) Linux
3 70 (7.04%) Unix
4 53 (5.33%) Windows 7
5 43 (4.32%) Windows Server 2003
5 43 (4.32%) Windows Server 2008
6 40 (4.02%) Windows XP
7 37 (3.72%) AIX
8 16 (1.61%) Windows Server
9 8 (0.80%) Android
10 6 (0.60%) Apple iOS
10 6 (0.60%) Mac OS X
11 5 (0.50%) Solaris
11 5 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.10%) Kali Linux
13 1 (0.10%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.10%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 411 (41.31%) Agile Software Development
2 349 (35.08%) Software Testing
3 340 (34.17%) Test Scripting
4 230 (23.12%) Test Automation
5 195 (19.60%) User Acceptance Testing
6 159 (15.98%) Test Management
7 155 (15.58%) Functional Testing
8 143 (14.37%) Waterfall
9 138 (13.87%) Defect Management
10 134 (13.47%) Test Strategy
11 124 (12.46%) Manual Testing
12 119 (11.96%) Non-Functional Testing
13 116 (11.66%) Automated Testing
14 108 (10.85%) SDLC
15 105 (10.55%) Integration Testing
16 104 (10.45%) Scrum
17 96 (9.65%) BDD
18 90 (9.05%) Regression Testing
19 78 (7.84%) Performance Testing
20 76 (7.64%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 288 (28.94%) SQL
2 113 (11.36%) Java
3 93 (9.35%) C#
4 61 (6.13%) JavaScript
5 40 (4.02%) Ruby
6 38 (3.82%) Python
7 29 (2.91%) Bash Shell
8 26 (2.61%) VB
9 19 (1.91%) PL/SQL
10 17 (1.71%) C
11 16 (1.61%) C++
12 11 (1.11%) Shell Script
12 11 (1.11%) VB.NET
13 10 (1.01%) Perl
14 9 (0.90%) PowerShell
15 7 (0.70%) T-SQL
16 6 (0.60%) Groovy
16 6 (0.60%) VBScript
17 4 (0.40%) VBA
18 1 (0.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 637 (64.02%) ISEB
2 317 (31.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 217 (21.81%) Security Cleared
4 114 (11.46%) SC Cleared
5 74 (7.44%) DV Cleared
6 70 (7.04%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 64 (6.43%) Degree
8 54 (5.43%) Microsoft Certification
9 50 (5.03%) MCITP
10 41 (4.12%) MCSA
10 41 (4.12%) MCSE
10 41 (4.12%) MCTS
11 17 (1.71%) ISEB Practitioner
12 13 (1.31%) BPSS Clearance
13 11 (1.11%) Cisco Certification
14 10 (1.01%) CTC Cleared
15 8 (0.80%) PhD
16 7 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
17 6 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 4 (0.40%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 173 (17.39%) QA
2 19 (1.91%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (0.70%) HL7
4 4 (0.40%) FATCA
4 4 (0.40%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.30%) SLA
6 2 (0.20%) GAAP
6 2 (0.20%) SDET
7 1 (0.10%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.10%) MiFID
System Software
1 46 (4.62%) Active Directory
2 38 (3.82%) Hyper-V
3 37 (3.72%) VMware ESX
4 16 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.10%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 246 (24.72%) HP Quality Center
2 37 (3.72%) McAfee ePO
3 36 (3.62%) Netcool
4 5 (0.50%) HP SiteScope
4 5 (0.50%) nmon
5 3 (0.30%) Cisco IPCC
5 3 (0.30%) Puppet
5 3 (0.30%) SCCM
6 2 (0.20%) BMC PATROL
6 2 (0.20%) Nessus
6 2 (0.20%) SCOM
7 1 (0.10%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 234 (23.52%) Microsoft
2 173 (17.39%) HP
3 155 (15.58%) Oracle
4 56 (5.63%) Citrix
5 53 (5.33%) VMware
6 37 (3.72%) McAfee
7 36 (3.62%) Veritas
8 29 (2.91%) SAP
9 27 (2.71%) Cognos
9 27 (2.71%) IBM
10 14 (1.41%) Informatica
10 14 (1.41%) Remedy
11 12 (1.21%) Cisco
12 10 (1.01%) Sybase
13 9 (0.90%) Atlassian
13 9 (0.90%) Talend
14 8 (0.80%) ATG
15 7 (0.70%) PeopleSoft
16 6 (0.60%) CA
16 6 (0.60%) ServiceNow
London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + doe
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + Excellent depending on experience
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Burnley
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + doe
Posted: Yesterday
Wirral
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + doe
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £265.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250 - £319 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
CACI Network Services
Rate: Highly Attractive
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Burgess Hill, West Sussex
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Modis International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + Long Term Contract
Posted: 10 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + doe
Posted: 18 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 25 days ago