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 28 September 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
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 320 265 274
Rank change year-on-year
-55 +9
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 365 502 436
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.68% 0.86% 0.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.32% 4.41% 3.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 206 328 221
Median daily rate £344 £340 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.02% +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
- +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 3
Median hourly rate £24.18 £34.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.89% +151.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £34.00 £11.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.80 £34.00 £28.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.18 £34.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-28.89% +151.85%

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
11000 11387 11308
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.59% 19.60% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 6793 6861 6258
Median daily rate £400 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £254 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 379 531 481
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.65 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.20 £46.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

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 28 September 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 28 September 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 28 September 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 -56 307 £350 - 99
London -21 108 £390 +11.42% 17
South East -11 77 £348 -7.33% 18
Scotland +1 47 £283 -16.91% 2
West Midlands -30 35 £348 +15.83% 13
South West +1 33 £285 -12.30% 15
Hampshire -10 20 £313 -16.66% 2
Glasgow +11 17 £290 +5.45% 2
Surrey -1 16 £345 -13.75% 6
East of England +5 15 £375 +22.44% 7
Yorkshire -6 15 £290 -0.34% 12
Gloucestershire +15 14 £283 -29.37% 4
Berkshire +13 14 £400 +11.88% 3
West Yorkshire +1 12 £275 -3.50% 10
North West -18 12 £300 -15.78% 7
City of London +11 11 £463 +44.53% 7
Edinburgh -3 11 £319 -8.92%
Telford -18 11 £373 - 1
Renfrewshire -19 11 £270 -12.90%
Shropshire -22 11 £373 - 1
Wiltshire +9 10 £363 +57.60% 1
West Sussex -2 10 £425 +39.91% 1
Erskine -26 10 £270 -12.90%
Coventry -29 10 £345 +15.00% 1
Cheltenham +5 8 - - 2
Leeds -6 8 £275 -8.33% 8
Manchester -23 8 £300 -6.25% 7
Suffolk +8 7 £350 - 4
Worthing -15 7 £315 -18.70%
North East -42 7 £383 +9.28% 4

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 September 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.

1 509 (65.93%) ISEB
2 336 (43.52%) Agile Software Development
3 253 (32.77%) Software Testing
4 246 (31.87%) Test Scripting
5 241 (31.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 236 (30.57%) SQL
7 201 (26.04%) Finance
8 177 (22.93%) Selenium
9 176 (22.80%) Security Cleared
9 176 (22.80%) Java
10 172 (22.28%) JIRA
11 170 (22.02%) QA
12 155 (20.08%) User Acceptance Testing
13 154 (19.95%) Microsoft
14 148 (19.17%) Test Automation
15 138 (17.88%) HP
16 132 (17.10%) Functional Testing
17 129 (16.71%) HP Quality Center
18 107 (13.86%) Regression Testing
19 105 (13.60%) Oracle
20 104 (13.47%) SC Cleared
20 104 (13.47%) Defect Management
21 102 (13.21%) Test Strategy
22 99 (12.82%) HP UFT
23 97 (12.56%) Windows
24 93 (12.05%) BDD
25 87 (11.27%) SDLC
26 86 (11.14%) Integration Testing
26 86 (11.14%) Test Management
27 83 (10.75%) .NET

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 36 (4.66%) SharePoint
2 26 (3.37%) Confluence
3 16 (2.07%) IIS
4 14 (1.81%) WebLogic
5 9 (1.17%) CMS
6 5 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.52%) Apache
7 4 (0.52%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.39%) CICS
8 3 (0.39%) SAS
8 3 (0.39%) Skype for Business
8 3 (0.39%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.39%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.26%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.26%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.26%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.13%) Documentum
Applications
1 78 (10.10%) MS Excel
2 51 (6.61%) MS Office
3 19 (2.46%) MS PowerPoint
4 12 (1.55%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.39%) MS Project
6 2 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.13%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 20 (2.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (2.20%) Oracle EBS
3 14 (1.81%) Sonata
4 5 (0.65%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.52%) Magento
5 4 (0.52%) SAP HR
6 3 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.13%) Eagle PACE
7 1 (0.13%) Maximo
7 1 (0.13%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.13%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.13%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.13%) SAP SD
7 1 (0.13%) thinkFolio
7 1 (0.13%) TRIRIGA
7 1 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 20 (2.59%) Office 365
2 14 (1.81%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (1.42%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (0.65%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.26%) SaaS
6 1 (0.13%) FinancialForce.com
6 1 (0.13%) GitHub
6 1 (0.13%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.13%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.46%) Internet
2 16 (2.07%) SAN
3 10 (1.30%) VLAN
3 10 (1.30%) Wireshark
4 7 (0.91%) TCP/IP
5 5 (0.65%) LAN
5 5 (0.65%) WAN
5 5 (0.65%) ZigBee
6 4 (0.52%) 4G
6 4 (0.52%) Intranet
6 4 (0.52%) Network Security
7 3 (0.39%) Firewall
7 3 (0.39%) HTTP
7 3 (0.39%) LDAP
7 3 (0.39%) Unified Communications
8 2 (0.26%) DNS
8 2 (0.26%) VPN
9 1 (0.13%) GPRS
9 1 (0.13%) LTE
9 1 (0.13%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (5.96%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.59%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (1.55%) Relational Database
4 9 (1.17%) Hadoop
5 7 (0.91%) Big Data
5 7 (0.91%) Oracle Reports
6 6 (0.78%) GIS
6 6 (0.78%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.39%) HPCC
8 3 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.26%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.26%) BODI
9 2 (0.26%) DB2
9 2 (0.26%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle OWB
9 2 (0.26%) SAP BW
9 2 (0.26%) SAP HANA
9 2 (0.26%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 177 (22.93%) Selenium
2 172 (22.28%) JIRA
3 99 (12.82%) HP UFT
4 68 (8.81%) WebDriver
5 65 (8.42%) Cucumber
6 51 (6.61%) LoadRunner
7 45 (5.83%) JMeter
8 43 (5.57%) Team Foundation Server
9 36 (4.66%) Jenkins
9 36 (4.66%) SoapUI
10 35 (4.53%) Visual Studio
11 33 (4.27%) Maven
12 23 (2.98%) SpecFlow
13 21 (2.72%) Ant
13 21 (2.72%) Hudson
14 17 (2.20%) Git (software)
14 17 (2.20%) JUnit
15 16 (2.07%) Gradle
15 16 (2.07%) jMock
15 16 (2.07%) StarTeam
General
1 201 (26.04%) Finance
2 70 (9.07%) Banking
3 53 (6.87%) Retail
4 24 (3.11%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.72%) Games
6 12 (1.55%) Retail Banking
7 10 (1.30%) Investment Banking
8 8 (1.04%) Automotive
9 7 (0.91%) Back Office
10 6 (0.78%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.78%) Front Office
11 5 (0.65%) Billing
11 5 (0.65%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.52%) Electronics
12 4 (0.52%) Marketing
12 4 (0.52%) Multimedia
12 4 (0.52%) Publishing
13 3 (0.39%) Corporate Banking
13 3 (0.39%) Legal
14 2 (0.26%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 388 (50.26%) Analyst
2 359 (46.50%) Test Analyst
3 110 (14.25%) Tester
4 84 (10.88%) Test Engineer
5 78 (10.10%) Test Manager
6 73 (9.46%) Test Leader
7 50 (6.48%) Automation Test Analyst
8 42 (5.44%) Senior Analyst
9 41 (5.31%) Financial Analyst
10 40 (5.18%) Senior Test Analyst
11 31 (4.02%) Automation Tester
12 30 (3.89%) QA Analyst
13 29 (3.76%) Agile Test Analyst
14 28 (3.63%) Service Analyst
15 24 (3.11%) Manual Test Analyst
16 23 (2.98%) Selenium Test Analyst
16 23 (2.98%) Test Automation Engineer
17 20 (2.59%) Developer
18 19 (2.46%) Business Analyst
18 19 (2.46%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (10.75%) .NET
2 64 (8.29%) HTML
3 46 (5.96%) ASP.NET
4 45 (5.83%) XML
5 39 (5.05%) Web Services
6 28 (3.63%) Spring
7 27 (3.50%) REST
8 21 (2.72%) Hibernate
9 20 (2.59%) SOAP
10 18 (2.33%) Java EE
10 18 (2.33%) JSP
11 17 (2.20%) Ajax
12 16 (2.07%) JMS
12 16 (2.07%) WebSphere MQ
13 11 (1.42%) Gherkin
14 9 (1.17%) AngularJS
15 7 (0.91%) Middleware
16 6 (0.78%) Behat
17 5 (0.65%) .NET Framework
17 5 (0.65%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 64 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (3.50%) Computer Science
3 24 (3.11%) Clustering
4 17 (2.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 16 (2.07%) Equities
6 13 (1.68%) Management Information System
7 12 (1.55%) EPoS
7 12 (1.55%) Smart Meter
8 10 (1.30%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.17%) CMDB
9 9 (1.17%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.17%) PDA
10 7 (0.91%) Mainframe
11 6 (0.78%) Data Integration
12 5 (0.65%) Fixed Income
12 5 (0.65%) User Experience
13 4 (0.52%) Data Centre
13 4 (0.52%) Data Structures
13 4 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.52%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 97 (12.56%) Windows
2 75 (9.72%) Linux
3 65 (8.42%) Unix
4 31 (4.02%) Windows Server 2008
5 30 (3.89%) Windows Server 2003
6 28 (3.63%) Windows Server
6 28 (3.63%) Windows XP
7 27 (3.50%) Windows 7
8 24 (3.11%) AIX
9 23 (2.98%) Windows Server 2012
10 19 (2.46%) Windows 10
11 12 (1.55%) Apple iOS
12 11 (1.42%) Android
13 1 (0.13%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 336 (43.52%) Agile Software Development
2 253 (32.77%) Software Testing
3 246 (31.87%) Test Scripting
4 155 (20.08%) User Acceptance Testing
5 148 (19.17%) Test Automation
6 132 (17.10%) Functional Testing
7 107 (13.86%) Regression Testing
8 104 (13.47%) Defect Management
9 102 (13.21%) Test Strategy
10 93 (12.05%) BDD
11 87 (11.27%) SDLC
12 86 (11.14%) Integration Testing
12 86 (11.14%) Test Management
13 81 (10.49%) Waterfall
14 77 (9.97%) Scrum
15 75 (9.72%) Non-Functional Testing
16 68 (8.81%) CRM
17 62 (8.03%) Test Planning
18 61 (7.90%) Performance Testing
18 61 (7.90%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 236 (30.57%) SQL
2 176 (22.80%) Java
3 81 (10.49%) C#
4 74 (9.59%) JavaScript
5 46 (5.96%) Python
6 43 (5.57%) VB
7 25 (3.24%) Ruby
8 22 (2.85%) Bash Shell
9 21 (2.72%) C
10 19 (2.46%) Groovy
11 17 (2.20%) VBScript
12 16 (2.07%) PHP
13 12 (1.55%) PowerShell
14 10 (1.30%) PL/SQL
15 9 (1.17%) Shell Script
16 8 (1.04%) C++
17 7 (0.91%) Perl
17 7 (0.91%) T-SQL
18 4 (0.52%) VB.NET
18 4 (0.52%) VBA
Qualifications
1 509 (65.93%) ISEB
2 241 (31.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 176 (22.80%) Security Cleared
4 104 (13.47%) SC Cleared
5 76 (9.84%) Degree
6 70 (9.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 51 (6.61%) DV Cleared
8 33 (4.27%) Microsoft Certification
9 29 (3.76%) MCITP
10 24 (3.11%) MCSA
10 24 (3.11%) MCSE
10 24 (3.11%) MCTS
11 20 (2.59%) Cisco Certification
12 16 (2.07%) BPSS Clearance
13 15 (1.94%) CCNA
14 6 (0.78%) ISEB Practitioner
15 5 (0.65%) CTC Cleared
16 4 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
16 4 (0.52%) PhD
17 2 (0.26%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 170 (22.02%) QA
2 7 (0.91%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (0.78%) SLA
4 5 (0.65%) SDET
5 2 (0.26%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 12207
6 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.13%) TickIT
System Software
1 39 (5.05%) Active Directory
2 26 (3.37%) Hyper-V
3 10 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (1.17%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.13%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 129 (16.71%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (3.24%) McAfee ePO
3 24 (3.11%) Netcool
4 11 (1.42%) Puppet
5 9 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (1.04%) HP SiteScope
7 6 (0.78%) Cisco IPCC
8 4 (0.52%) Oozie
8 4 (0.52%) SCCM
9 3 (0.39%) Graphite
9 3 (0.39%) SCOM
10 1 (0.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 1 (0.13%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 154 (19.95%) Microsoft
2 138 (17.88%) HP
3 105 (13.60%) Oracle
4 33 (4.27%) SAP
5 29 (3.76%) Atlassian
6 27 (3.50%) Citrix
7 25 (3.24%) Intel Security
8 24 (3.11%) Veritas
9 22 (2.85%) Rally
10 13 (1.68%) VMware
11 12 (1.55%) IBM
12 9 (1.17%) Cisco
12 9 (1.17%) webMethods
13 7 (0.91%) Cognos
13 7 (0.91%) Remedy
13 7 (0.91%) Sybase
14 6 (0.78%) Thunderhead
15 5 (0.65%) AppDynamics
15 5 (0.65%) Pega
16 4 (0.52%) Salesforce.com
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