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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 257 235 340
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +105
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 499 497 287
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.85% 0.88% 0.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.52% 4.66% 3.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 230 161
Average daily rate
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£340 £325 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -8.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £448 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 5
Average hourly rate £30.00 £12.38 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+142.42% -58.75%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £12.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+142.42% -58.75%

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
11048 10665 9272
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.92% 18.86% 17.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 6665 6052 5099
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.04% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 529 453 477
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.11
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -0.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.00 £11.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.50 £43.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -

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 3 September 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 3 September 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 3 September 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 +7 442 £350 +3.32% 120
South East -1 140 £375 +7.14% 33
London +5 114 £345 -8.00% 24
Hampshire -19 61 £375 - 6
South West -7 42 £325 +13.04% 6
North West -9 41 £400 +25.00% 20
Scotland -43 37 £340 +2.64% 6
West Midlands +24 35 £300 -12.72% 10
Surrey +27 33 £400 - 8
Yorkshire -19 29 £285 -5.00% 8
West Yorkshire -17 26 £275 -13.72% 6
North East -15 24 £450 +25.00% 1
Tyne and Wear -11 23 £450 +22.44% 1
Leeds -17 23 £283 -16.91% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -17 23 £450 +22.44% 1
Leatherhead - 23 £400 -
City of London +7 20 £363 -13.43% 4
Edinburgh -6 20 £350 +37.25% 1
Coventry - 20 £300 - 5
Gosport -9 18 £375 -16.66%
Wales -26 17 £185 -39.83% 6
Winchester - 16 £326 - 1
Manchester -15 14 £378 +17.20% 11
Buckinghamshire -15 14 £319 +28.14%
Lancashire -3 13 £438 +27.27%
West Sussex -4 13 £304 +4.74% 3
Devon +16 12 £325 +13.04%
Berkshire +3 12 £375 +7.14% 8
Wiltshire +7 11 £230 +15.00%
Glasgow -26 11 £275 -23.61% 5

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 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.

1 566 (65.74%) ISEB
2 328 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
3 277 (32.17%) Test Scripting
4 274 (31.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 250 (29.04%) Software Testing
6 243 (28.22%) SQL
7 225 (26.13%) HP Quality Center
8 211 (24.51%) HP
9 202 (23.46%) Security Cleared
10 198 (23.00%) Finance
11 180 (20.91%) User Acceptance Testing
12 157 (18.23%) QA
13 154 (17.89%) SC Cleared
14 152 (17.65%) Test Management
15 143 (16.61%) Microsoft
16 132 (15.33%) Test Automation
17 124 (14.40%) UNIX
18 123 (14.29%) Banking
19 122 (14.17%) Oracle
20 121 (14.05%) Test Strategy
21 115 (13.36%) Waterfall
22 108 (12.54%) XML
23 105 (12.20%) Integration Testing
24 101 (11.73%) Java
25 95 (11.03%) JIRA
26 94 (10.92%) Selenium
27 93 (10.80%) .NET
28 92 (10.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
29 90 (10.45%) Analytical Skills
30 87 (10.10%) Regression Testing

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 19 (2.21%) BizTalk Server
2 16 (1.86%) WebLogic
2 16 (1.86%) CMS
3 14 (1.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 12 (1.39%) SharePoint
5 8 (0.93%) Confluence
6 6 (0.70%) LiveLink
6 6 (0.70%) IIS
7 5 (0.58%) Documentum
8 4 (0.46%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.46%) ATG Dynamo
9 3 (0.35%) Magnolia
10 2 (0.23%) WebLogic Integration
10 2 (0.23%) Apache
10 2 (0.23%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.12%) JBoss
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 1 (0.12%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 80 (9.29%) MS Excel
2 48 (5.57%) MS Office
3 9 (1.05%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.58%) MS Project
5 3 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.12%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 16 (1.86%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.93%) SAP HR
3 6 (0.70%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 6 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.70%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.70%) Oracle Receivables
4 5 (0.58%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (0.35%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.35%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.35%) Endur
6 3 (0.35%) Primavera
6 3 (0.35%) Markit EDM
6 3 (0.35%) SAP PLM
6 3 (0.35%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.23%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.23%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.23%) MultiFonds
8 1 (0.12%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.93%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.72%) TCP/IP
2 21 (2.44%) SAN
3 8 (0.93%) ATM
3 8 (0.93%) DAB
4 7 (0.81%) LAN
4 7 (0.81%) WAN
5 6 (0.70%) WLAN
5 6 (0.70%) Internet
6 5 (0.58%) Firewall
7 4 (0.46%) FTP
8 3 (0.35%) HTTP
8 3 (0.35%) 3G
8 3 (0.35%) 4G
9 2 (0.23%) LTE
9 2 (0.23%) 2G
9 2 (0.23%) SNMP
9 2 (0.23%) UMTS
9 2 (0.23%) VoIP
9 2 (0.23%) GSM
9 2 (0.23%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (4.76%) SQL Server
2 34 (3.95%) Data Warehouse
3 28 (3.25%) Oracle Database
4 19 (2.21%) Oracle Reports
5 14 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (1.63%) Relational Database
6 10 (1.16%) MySQL
7 8 (0.93%) MS Access
8 5 (0.58%) DB2
8 5 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.35%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.35%) Data Mining
10 3 (0.35%) Star Schema
10 3 (0.35%) DbVisualizer
10 3 (0.35%) Big Data
11 1 (0.12%) VoltDB
11 1 (0.12%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (0.12%) DTS
11 1 (0.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 95 (11.03%) JIRA
2 94 (10.92%) Selenium
3 78 (9.06%) SoapUI
4 46 (5.34%) WebDriver
5 44 (5.11%) Cucumber
6 43 (4.99%) HP UFT
7 41 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
8 40 (4.65%) Visual Studio
9 35 (4.07%) JMeter
10 30 (3.48%) SpecFlow
11 28 (3.25%) LoadRunner
12 22 (2.56%) JUnit
13 20 (2.32%) Jenkins
14 12 (1.39%) Talend Open Studio
15 11 (1.28%) Subversion
15 11 (1.28%) Toad
16 9 (1.05%) Facilita Forecast
17 8 (0.93%) Capybara
17 8 (0.93%) Git (software)
18 7 (0.81%) Maven
General
1 198 (23.00%) Finance
2 123 (14.29%) Banking
3 58 (6.74%) Retail
3 58 (6.74%) Telecoms
4 30 (3.48%) Retail Banking
5 27 (3.14%) Investment Banking
6 19 (2.21%) General Ledger
7 14 (1.63%) Billing
8 11 (1.28%) Legal
9 10 (1.16%) Corporate Banking
10 7 (0.81%) Back Office
11 2 (0.23%) Electronics
11 2 (0.23%) Front Office
11 2 (0.23%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.23%) Publishing
11 2 (0.23%) Automotive
11 2 (0.23%) Marketing
12 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.12%) German Language
12 1 (0.12%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 399 (46.34%) Analyst
2 378 (43.90%) Test Analyst
3 150 (17.42%) Tester
4 148 (17.19%) Test Manager
5 103 (11.96%) Test Leader
6 39 (4.53%) Senior Analyst
6 39 (4.53%) Senior Test Analyst
7 31 (3.60%) Test Specialist
8 26 (3.02%) Test Engineer
9 24 (2.79%) Agile Test Analyst
10 20 (2.32%) QA Analyst
11 19 (2.21%) Manual Tester
12 17 (1.97%) Programme Manager
12 17 (1.97%) Programme Test Manager
13 16 (1.86%) Automation Test Analyst
13 16 (1.86%) Automation Analyst
13 16 (1.86%) Lead Test Analyst
14 14 (1.63%) Automation Tester
14 14 (1.63%) Junior
15 13 (1.51%) SAP Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 108 (12.54%) XML
2 93 (10.80%) .NET
3 73 (8.48%) SOAP
4 66 (7.67%) HTML
5 53 (6.16%) ASP.NET
6 45 (5.23%) XML Messaging
7 41 (4.76%) JSP
8 30 (3.48%) Web Services
9 17 (1.97%) Gherkin
10 15 (1.74%) CSS
11 8 (0.93%) REST
12 7 (0.81%) Spring
13 4 (0.46%) J2EE
14 3 (0.35%) Flash
14 3 (0.35%) Middleware
14 3 (0.35%) WCF
14 3 (0.35%) Oracle Fusion
14 3 (0.35%) RESTful
14 3 (0.35%) Java SE
15 2 (0.23%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 90 (10.45%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.25%) Smart Meter
3 24 (2.79%) Computer Science
4 19 (2.21%) AS400
5 12 (1.39%) Client/Server
5 12 (1.39%) SWIFT
5 12 (1.39%) User Experience
6 9 (1.05%) Derivative
7 8 (0.93%) STB
7 8 (0.93%) MPEG
7 8 (0.93%) NHS
8 7 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 7 (0.81%) Equities
8 7 (0.81%) Performance Metrics
8 7 (0.81%) Data Centre
8 7 (0.81%) Mobile App
9 6 (0.70%) Data Structures
9 6 (0.70%) Management Information System
10 5 (0.58%) IVR
10 5 (0.58%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 124 (14.40%) UNIX
2 61 (7.08%) Windows
3 51 (5.92%) Linux
4 10 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
4 10 (1.16%) Android
4 10 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
5 9 (1.05%) Apple iOS
6 7 (0.81%) Windows 7
6 7 (0.81%) Solaris
7 5 (0.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (0.58%) AIX
8 3 (0.35%) Windows XP
8 3 (0.35%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.23%) SUSE
9 2 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
9 2 (0.23%) HPUX
10 1 (0.12%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 328 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
2 277 (32.17%) Test Scripting
3 250 (29.04%) Software Testing
4 180 (20.91%) User Acceptance Testing
5 152 (17.65%) Test Management
6 132 (15.33%) Test Automation
7 121 (14.05%) Test Strategy
8 115 (13.36%) Waterfall
9 105 (12.20%) Integration Testing
10 87 (10.10%) Regression Testing
11 86 (9.99%) Test Planning
12 83 (9.64%) Performance Testing
13 77 (8.94%) Automated Testing
14 73 (8.48%) Manual Testing
15 66 (7.67%) Security Testing
15 66 (7.67%) SDLC
16 65 (7.55%) System Testing
16 65 (7.55%) Scrum
17 61 (7.08%) Use Case
18 59 (6.85%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 243 (28.22%) SQL
2 101 (11.73%) Java
3 71 (8.25%) JavaScript
4 66 (7.67%) C#
5 29 (3.37%) PL/SQL
6 27 (3.14%) Shell Script
7 24 (2.79%) Python
8 23 (2.67%) Perl
8 23 (2.67%) PowerShell
9 20 (2.32%) C++
10 19 (2.21%) T-SQL
10 19 (2.21%) VB
10 19 (2.21%) Ruby
11 13 (1.51%) C
12 11 (1.28%) VBScript
13 10 (1.16%) VB.NET
14 8 (0.93%) PHP
15 6 (0.70%) Bash Shell
16 4 (0.46%) VBA
17 3 (0.35%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 566 (65.74%) ISEB
2 274 (31.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 202 (23.46%) Security Cleared
4 154 (17.89%) SC Cleared
5 92 (10.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 73 (8.48%) Degree
7 39 (4.53%) DV Cleared
8 24 (2.79%) Microsoft Certification
9 23 (2.67%) ISEB Practitioner
9 23 (2.67%) MCITP
10 21 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 7 (0.81%) BC Cleared
13 5 (0.58%) CISM
14 4 (0.46%) MCTS
14 4 (0.46%) MCSE
15 3 (0.35%) MCSA
15 3 (0.35%) CCNA
16 2 (0.23%) CISSP
16 2 (0.23%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 157 (18.23%) QA
2 10 (1.16%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.58%) FATCA
4 4 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.23%) COBIT
6 1 (0.12%) MiFID
6 1 (0.12%) SLA
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.12%) COREP
6 1 (0.12%) FINREP
6 1 (0.12%) HL7
System Software
1 10 (1.16%) VMware ESX
1 10 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (1.05%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.35%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.23%) Snort
5 1 (0.12%) XenApp
5 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.12%) ISA Server
5 1 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 225 (26.13%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.93%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (0.58%) Cisco IPCC
4 4 (0.46%) Netcool
5 2 (0.23%) nmon
5 2 (0.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.12%) Control-M
6 1 (0.12%) SCCM
Vendors
1 211 (24.51%) HP
2 143 (16.61%) Microsoft
3 122 (14.17%) Oracle
4 50 (5.81%) SAP
5 27 (3.14%) Citrix
6 19 (2.21%) Cisco
7 17 (1.97%) IBM
8 14 (1.63%) Remedy
9 12 (1.39%) VMware
9 12 (1.39%) Talend
10 10 (1.16%) Atlassian
11 9 (1.05%) OpenText
11 9 (1.05%) McAfee
12 8 (0.93%) Capita
13 6 (0.70%) Cognos
13 6 (0.70%) Wall Street Systems
14 5 (0.58%) Verint
14 5 (0.58%) Avaya
14 5 (0.58%) Genesys
14 5 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
Liverpool
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + DOE
Posted: 14 hours ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + doe
Posted: 19 hours ago
Leicestershire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 2 days ago
Altrincham
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + DOE
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 7 days ago
Weybridge
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £380 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Quantica Technology - London
Posted: 8 days ago
Chester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 8 days ago
Wigan
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + DOE
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 14 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 20 days ago
Glasgow
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
Winchester
ABRS
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 27 days ago