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 December 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
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 355 272 297
Rank change year-on-year
-83 +25
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 288 483 410
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.58% 0.87% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.84% 4.24% 3.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 184 299 214
Median daily rate £320 £338 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.18% +1.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 6
Median hourly rate £24.93 £29.00 £23.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.05% +23.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £25.80 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.75 £41.80 £32.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.93 £29.00 £23.42
% change year-on-year
-14.05% +23.83%

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
10143 11402 12009
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.51% 20.60% 20.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 6394 6881 6800
Median daily rate £410 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.57% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 558 563
Median hourly rate £27.50 £26.83 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.49% +53.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- +44.73%

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 3 December 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 3 December 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 3 December 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 -98 255 £338 -2.17% 107
London -57 81 £413 +10.00% 25
South East +12 64 £275 -21.42% 18
South West -6 35 £318 -9.28% 13
West Midlands -19 31 £380 +26.66% 12
Scotland -7 30 £275 -9.09% 1
Hampshire +15 19 £300 -19.19% 3
Oxfordshire - 19 £200 - 4
Oxford - 19 £200 - 1
Berkshire +14 16 £350 +40.00% 1
Erskine -7 15 £275 -10.20%
Renfrewshire -7 15 £275 -10.20%
East of England +14 14 £313 +14.15% 7
Gloucestershire +9 12 £318 -33.15% 4
Wiltshire +1 12 £356 -6.55% 3
Swindon +10 11 £356 -8.06% 2
East Midlands -5 9 £331 +6.00% 5
Yorkshire -8 9 £285 -5.00% 13
Cheltenham +2 8 - -
West Yorkshire -2 8 £295 -1.66% 13
North West -19 8 £388 +35.96% 13
Leeds +5 7 £306 +2.08% 9
Edinburgh +3 7 £350 +16.66% 1
Coventry -16 7 £363 +20.83%
Shropshire -3 6 £275 -18.51%
Telford -8 6 £275 -18.51%
City of London -18 6 £488 +62.50% 10
Suffolk - 6 £298 -
Lancashire +4 5 £375 - 2
Birmingham -10 5 £405 +11.72% 3

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 December 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.

1 449 (66.62%) ISEB
2 285 (42.28%) Agile Software Development
3 224 (33.23%) Test Scripting
4 207 (30.71%) Software Testing
5 205 (30.42%) SQL
6 203 (30.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 154 (22.85%) Finance
8 144 (21.36%) Java
9 141 (20.92%) QA
10 138 (20.47%) Selenium
11 132 (19.58%) JIRA
12 130 (19.29%) User Acceptance Testing
13 123 (18.25%) Microsoft
14 118 (17.51%) Security Cleared
15 116 (17.21%) Test Automation
16 105 (15.58%) HP Quality Center
17 92 (13.65%) HP
17 92 (13.65%) Windows
17 92 (13.65%) SDLC
18 88 (13.06%) Functional Testing
19 85 (12.61%) Regression Testing
20 80 (11.87%) Oracle
20 80 (11.87%) Test Strategy
21 79 (11.72%) Integration Testing
22 78 (11.57%) Test Management
23 75 (11.13%) BDD
24 72 (10.68%) Defect Management
25 71 (10.53%) Scrum
26 67 (9.94%) .NET
27 60 (8.90%) Non-Functional Testing

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 37 (5.49%) SharePoint
2 18 (2.67%) Confluence
3 12 (1.78%) IIS
3 12 (1.78%) WebLogic
4 11 (1.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 8 (1.19%) CMS
5 8 (1.19%) SAS
6 4 (0.59%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.45%) ArcGIS
7 3 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.45%) CICS
7 3 (0.45%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.45%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.30%) Apache
8 2 (0.30%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.15%) Documentum
9 1 (0.15%) JBoss
9 1 (0.15%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.15%) WordPress
Applications
1 57 (8.46%) MS Excel
2 46 (6.82%) MS Office
3 21 (3.12%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (1.63%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.45%) MS Project
6 2 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 16 (2.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (2.08%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (2.08%) Sonata
3 4 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.59%) SAP HR
4 2 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.15%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.15%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.15%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.15%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.15%) SAP HCM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP R/3
5 1 (0.15%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.15%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 27 (4.01%) Office 365
2 14 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (1.34%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.45%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.30%) GitHub
5 2 (0.30%) SaaS
6 1 (0.15%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.15%) PaaS
6 1 (0.15%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.37%) Internet
2 15 (2.23%) 4G
3 12 (1.78%) LTE
3 12 (1.78%) Wireless
4 8 (1.19%) Wireshark
5 6 (0.89%) Firewall
5 6 (0.89%) Network Security
5 6 (0.89%) TCP/IP
6 5 (0.74%) Intranet
6 5 (0.74%) SAN
6 5 (0.74%) VLAN
7 4 (0.59%) Intrusion Detection
8 3 (0.45%) HTTP
8 3 (0.45%) LDAP
9 2 (0.30%) LAN
9 2 (0.30%) VPN
9 2 (0.30%) WAN
9 2 (0.30%) ZigBee
10 1 (0.15%) DNS
10 1 (0.15%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (5.19%) SQL Server
2 32 (4.75%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (1.48%) Hadoop
4 7 (1.04%) GIS
5 6 (0.89%) Oracle Database
6 5 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
6 5 (0.74%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
6 5 (0.74%) Relational Database
6 5 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (0.59%) Big Data
7 4 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (0.59%) SAP BW
8 3 (0.45%) BusinessObjects XI
8 3 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.30%) BODI
9 2 (0.30%) DB2
9 2 (0.30%) Oracle OWB
9 2 (0.30%) SAP HANA
9 2 (0.30%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 138 (20.47%) Selenium
2 132 (19.58%) JIRA
3 48 (7.12%) HP UFT
4 47 (6.97%) WebDriver
5 45 (6.68%) Cucumber
6 30 (4.45%) Jenkins
6 30 (4.45%) JMeter
6 30 (4.45%) SoapUI
6 30 (4.45%) Team Foundation Server
7 27 (4.01%) Maven
8 26 (3.86%) LoadRunner
9 25 (3.71%) Visual Studio
10 22 (3.26%) StarTeam
11 17 (2.52%) Git (software)
12 16 (2.37%) Ant
13 15 (2.23%) Hudson
14 14 (2.08%) SpecFlow
15 12 (1.78%) Selenium IDE
16 11 (1.63%) Subversion
17 10 (1.48%) JUnit
General
1 154 (22.85%) Finance
2 56 (8.31%) Banking
3 43 (6.38%) Retail
4 26 (3.86%) Telecoms
5 20 (2.97%) Games
6 9 (1.34%) Investment Banking
7 6 (0.89%) Back Office
7 6 (0.89%) Financial Institution
7 6 (0.89%) Multimedia
7 6 (0.89%) Retail Banking
8 5 (0.74%) Automotive
8 5 (0.74%) Billing
8 5 (0.74%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.59%) Front Office
9 4 (0.59%) Legal
9 4 (0.59%) Publishing
10 3 (0.45%) Electronics
10 3 (0.45%) Law
10 3 (0.45%) Marketing
11 1 (0.15%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 316 (46.88%) Analyst
2 292 (43.32%) Test Analyst
3 121 (17.95%) Tester
4 69 (10.24%) Test Manager
5 68 (10.09%) Test Leader
6 64 (9.50%) Test Engineer
7 35 (5.19%) Automation Test Analyst
8 33 (4.90%) Senior Analyst
9 32 (4.75%) Senior Test Analyst
10 28 (4.15%) Automation Tester
10 28 (4.15%) Financial Analyst
11 24 (3.56%) QA Analyst
12 22 (3.26%) Agile Test Analyst
12 22 (3.26%) Manual Test Analyst
13 21 (3.12%) Software Test Engineer
13 21 (3.12%) Software Tester
14 19 (2.82%) Service Analyst
14 19 (2.82%) UAT Analyst
14 19 (2.82%) UAT Test Analyst
15 17 (2.52%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (9.94%) .NET
2 52 (7.72%) XML
3 31 (4.60%) Web Services
4 29 (4.30%) ASP.NET
5 26 (3.86%) HTML
6 22 (3.26%) Spring
7 19 (2.82%) Hibernate
7 19 (2.82%) SOAP
8 15 (2.23%) REST
9 13 (1.93%) Gherkin
10 11 (1.63%) AngularJS
11 10 (1.48%) J2EE
11 10 (1.48%) RESTful
12 9 (1.34%) JSON
13 8 (1.19%) Ajax
13 8 (1.19%) Java EE
14 7 (1.04%) JMS
14 7 (1.04%) WebSphere MQ
14 7 (1.04%) XSL
14 7 (1.04%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 55 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (3.86%) Computer Science
3 23 (3.41%) Clustering
4 16 (2.37%) Equities
5 14 (2.08%) EPoS
6 12 (1.78%) Management Information System
7 10 (1.48%) Mobile App
8 9 (1.34%) CMDB
9 8 (1.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (1.04%) Smart Meter
11 6 (0.89%) Fixed Income
12 5 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.74%) Mainframe
13 4 (0.59%) Data Integration
14 3 (0.45%) Derivative
14 3 (0.45%) Digital Media
14 3 (0.45%) Online Games
14 3 (0.45%) OTC Derivatives
14 3 (0.45%) PDA
14 3 (0.45%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 92 (13.65%) Windows
2 54 (8.01%) Unix
3 52 (7.72%) Linux
4 32 (4.75%) Windows Server 2003
4 32 (4.75%) Windows Server 2008
5 30 (4.45%) Windows 7
6 28 (4.15%) Windows Server 2012
6 28 (4.15%) Windows XP
7 24 (3.56%) Windows 10
8 23 (3.41%) AIX
8 23 (3.41%) Windows Server
9 16 (2.37%) Apple iOS
10 14 (2.08%) Android
11 4 (0.59%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.30%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.15%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 285 (42.28%) Agile Software Development
2 224 (33.23%) Test Scripting
3 207 (30.71%) Software Testing
4 130 (19.29%) User Acceptance Testing
5 116 (17.21%) Test Automation
6 92 (13.65%) SDLC
7 88 (13.06%) Functional Testing
8 85 (12.61%) Regression Testing
9 80 (11.87%) Test Strategy
10 79 (11.72%) Integration Testing
11 78 (11.57%) Test Management
12 75 (11.13%) BDD
13 72 (10.68%) Defect Management
14 71 (10.53%) Scrum
15 60 (8.90%) Non-Functional Testing
16 57 (8.46%) Performance Testing
17 55 (8.16%) Test Planning
18 51 (7.57%) Automated Testing
19 50 (7.42%) Continuous Integration
19 50 (7.42%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 205 (30.42%) SQL
2 144 (21.36%) Java
3 40 (5.93%) Python
4 39 (5.79%) JavaScript
5 37 (5.49%) C#
6 21 (3.12%) Bash Shell
7 18 (2.67%) C
8 17 (2.52%) Ruby
9 15 (2.23%) PL/SQL
10 14 (2.08%) PHP
11 12 (1.78%) Groovy
12 10 (1.48%) VB
13 9 (1.34%) PowerShell
13 9 (1.34%) Shell Script
14 7 (1.04%) ActionScript
14 7 (1.04%) T-SQL
14 7 (1.04%) VBScript
15 6 (0.89%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.59%) COBOL
17 3 (0.45%) C++
Qualifications
1 449 (66.62%) ISEB
2 203 (30.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 118 (17.51%) Security Cleared
4 57 (8.46%) Degree
4 57 (8.46%) SC Cleared
5 46 (6.82%) DV Cleared
5 46 (6.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 26 (3.86%) Microsoft Certification
7 24 (3.56%) MCITP
8 23 (3.41%) MCSA
8 23 (3.41%) MCSE
8 23 (3.41%) MCTS
9 13 (1.93%) BPSS Clearance
10 8 (1.19%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (0.89%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (0.74%) ISEB Practitioner
13 4 (0.59%) CCNA
13 4 (0.59%) PhD
14 2 (0.30%) CISM
14 2 (0.30%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 141 (20.92%) QA
2 7 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
2 7 (1.04%) SDET
3 5 (0.74%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.59%) ISO 9000
4 4 (0.59%) SLA
5 3 (0.45%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 12207
7 1 (0.15%) Basel II
7 1 (0.15%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.15%) EMIR
7 1 (0.15%) MiFID
7 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.15%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.15%) TickIT
System Software
1 44 (6.53%) Active Directory
2 23 (3.41%) Hyper-V
3 6 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
3 6 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.74%) XenApp
5 4 (0.59%) Snort
5 4 (0.59%) VMware ESX
5 4 (0.59%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 105 (15.58%) HP Quality Center
2 26 (3.86%) McAfee ePO
3 23 (3.41%) Netcool
4 9 (1.34%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (1.34%) Puppet
5 6 (0.89%) Cisco IPCC
5 6 (0.89%) HP SiteScope
6 5 (0.74%) Graphite
7 4 (0.59%) Oozie
8 2 (0.30%) SCCM
9 1 (0.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.15%) Oracle EDQ
9 1 (0.15%) SCOM
Vendors
1 123 (18.25%) Microsoft
2 92 (13.65%) HP
3 80 (11.87%) Oracle
4 28 (4.15%) SAP
5 26 (3.86%) Intel Security
6 25 (3.71%) Citrix
7 23 (3.41%) Veritas
8 21 (3.12%) Atlassian
9 15 (2.23%) IBM
10 14 (2.08%) Sybase
11 10 (1.48%) webMethods
12 8 (1.19%) AppDynamics
13 7 (1.04%) Adobe
13 7 (1.04%) CA Agile Central
13 7 (1.04%) Remedy
14 6 (0.89%) Cloudera
14 6 (0.89%) Thunderhead
14 6 (0.89%) VMware
15 4 (0.59%) Cisco
15 4 (0.59%) Sourcefire
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Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: From £350 to £440 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
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Rate: Up to £32,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
West Yorkshire
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Rate: £320.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucestershire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £320 - £420 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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Posted: 8 days ago
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Posted: Yesterday
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