The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 182 331 357
Rank change year-on-year
+149 +26
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 619 254 240
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.13% 0.50% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.93% 2.81% 2.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 282 153 124
Average daily rate
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£325 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £453 £471
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 1
Average hourly rate £13.50 £25.00 £33.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.00% -25.37%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £25.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-46.00% -25.37%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10430 9053 9821
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.08% 17.71% 16.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 5879 4854 5076
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 502 610
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.62% -2.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

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 28 July 2014.

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 July 2014.

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 28 July 2014. 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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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 +133 501 £325 -13.33% 106
South East +79 212 £335 -10.66% 29
Hampshire +63 169 £360 -15.29% 7
London +44 107 £400 -4.76% 28
Gosport +2 95 £438 +0.57% 1
Scotland +43 75 £331 -1.85% 5
South West +3 54 £300 -26.38% 13
Glasgow +38 53 £350 -11.11% 2
Wales +5 31 £300 +26.31% 6
East of England -19 24 £440 +13.54% 4
Yorkshire +8 23 £275 +7.31% 7
West Yorkshire +13 22 £275 +3.77% 6
City of London +11 22 £448 +8.48% 12
North West +7 22 £323 +3.20% 13
South Wales -4 21 £288 +21.05% 5
Somerset -2 17 £325 - 1
Buckinghamshire -1 14 £250 -9.90% 5
North East -3 14 £375 - 1
West Midlands -3 14 £306 -2.77% 8
Edinburgh -12 14 £270 -11.47% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -2 13 £375 - 1
Tyne and Wear -6 13 £375 - 1
Gloucestershire -4 12 £363 -3.33% 1
Leeds +7 10 £288 +15.00% 4
East Midlands +3 10 £295 -15.71% 3
Berkshire -8 10 £350 +12.90% 8
Bristol -11 10 £275 -25.67% 4
Manchester -6 9 £323 +3.20% 8
Surrey -1 7 £381 - 6
Milton Keynes -4 7 £266 -4.05%

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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.

1 683 (60.12%) ISEB
2 431 (37.94%) HP
3 415 (36.53%) Security Cleared
4 376 (33.10%) SC Cleared
5 373 (32.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 348 (30.63%) Test Scripting
7 344 (30.28%) Oracle
8 341 (30.02%) HP Quality Center
9 328 (28.87%) Software Testing
10 275 (24.21%) Microsoft
11 257 (22.62%) SQL
11 257 (22.62%) Finance
12 236 (20.77%) .NET
13 216 (19.01%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 215 (18.93%) QA
15 212 (18.66%) JavaScript
16 205 (18.05%) HTML
17 201 (17.69%) User Acceptance Testing
18 197 (17.34%) C#
19 194 (17.08%) QuickTest Pro
20 191 (16.81%) ASP.NET
21 186 (16.37%) JSP
22 181 (15.93%) Test Automation
23 173 (15.23%) Test Management
24 172 (15.14%) Selenium
24 172 (15.14%) UNIX
25 171 (15.05%) Java
26 170 (14.96%) Test Strategy
27 153 (13.47%) Agile Software Development
28 148 (13.03%) DV Cleared

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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 37 (3.26%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.32%) Apache
3 14 (1.23%) WebLogic
4 10 (0.88%) Tomcat
5 9 (0.79%) WebLogic Integration
6 8 (0.70%) CMS
7 6 (0.53%) MS Exchange
8 4 (0.35%) Confluence
8 4 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (0.26%) CICS
9 3 (0.26%) Mule
10 2 (0.18%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.18%) MQSeries
10 2 (0.18%) IIS
10 2 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.18%) Adobe CQ
11 1 (0.088%) Lotus Domino
11 1 (0.088%) Documentum
11 1 (0.088%) SAS
Applications
1 100 (8.80%) MS Excel
2 50 (4.40%) MS Office
3 17 (1.50%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.23%) MS Project
5 6 (0.53%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.18%) Mingle
7 1 (0.088%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.088%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 115 (10.12%) Oracle EBS
2 26 (2.29%) Oracle Applications
3 6 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.44%) TRIRIGA
4 5 (0.44%) Summit
4 5 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.44%) Oracle Financials
5 4 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.26%) SAP SRM
6 3 (0.26%) SAP BPC
6 3 (0.26%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.26%) HFM
7 2 (0.18%) SAP CRM
7 2 (0.18%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.18%) Agresso
7 2 (0.18%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.18%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.70%) SaaS
2 3 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.26%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.088%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 85 (7.48%) TCP/IP
2 65 (5.72%) SAN
3 47 (4.14%) HTTPS
4 29 (2.55%) Wireshark
5 28 (2.46%) HTTP
6 26 (2.29%) DNS
7 23 (2.02%) SSL
8 22 (1.94%) FTP
9 8 (0.70%) DVB
10 7 (0.62%) Ethernet
11 6 (0.53%) Firewall
11 6 (0.53%) VLAN
12 5 (0.44%) Internet
12 5 (0.44%) LTE
13 4 (0.35%) MPLS
13 4 (0.35%) VoIP
14 3 (0.26%) WCDMA
14 3 (0.26%) GPRS
14 3 (0.26%) GSM
14 3 (0.26%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (6.69%) Oracle Reports
2 47 (4.14%) SQL Server
3 37 (3.26%) Oracle Database
4 36 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
5 31 (2.73%) Relational Database
6 10 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
6 10 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
6 10 (0.88%) Star Schema
7 9 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 9 (0.79%) RDBMS
7 9 (0.79%) MS Access
7 9 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (0.70%) Big Data
9 7 (0.62%) Oracle BI EE
9 7 (0.62%) Oracle Discoverer
10 6 (0.53%) Data Mart
10 6 (0.53%) MySQL
10 6 (0.53%) OLAP
10 6 (0.53%) Oracle OLAP
11 5 (0.44%) DB2
Development Applications
1 194 (17.08%) QuickTest Pro
2 172 (15.14%) Selenium
3 97 (8.54%) LoadRunner
4 85 (7.48%) JIRA
5 78 (6.87%) WebDriver
6 64 (5.63%) Team Foundation Server
7 42 (3.70%) Cucumber
8 38 (3.35%) JMeter
9 33 (2.90%) JUnit
10 28 (2.46%) SoapUI
11 26 (2.29%) Bugzilla
12 24 (2.11%) Subversion
12 24 (2.11%) Visual Studio
12 24 (2.11%) TestNG
13 23 (2.02%) SpecFlow
14 21 (1.85%) Maven
15 19 (1.67%) Jenkins
15 19 (1.67%) Calabash
16 17 (1.50%) TortoiseSVN
16 17 (1.50%) FitNesse
General
1 257 (22.62%) Finance
2 114 (10.04%) Banking
3 50 (4.40%) Retail
4 30 (2.64%) Telecoms
5 27 (2.38%) Investment Banking
6 15 (1.32%) Marketing
6 15 (1.32%) Games
6 15 (1.32%) Back Office
7 13 (1.14%) General Ledger
8 10 (0.88%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.79%) Billing
9 9 (0.79%) Electronics
10 8 (0.70%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.53%) Military
11 6 (0.53%) Legal
12 5 (0.44%) Automotive
13 4 (0.35%) Publishing
14 3 (0.26%) German Language
14 3 (0.26%) Retail Banking
14 3 (0.26%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 424 (37.32%) Analyst
2 401 (35.30%) Test Analyst
3 242 (21.30%) Tester
4 174 (15.32%) Test Manager
5 125 (11.00%) Test Leader
6 90 (7.92%) Test Engineer
7 51 (4.49%) QA Tester
8 45 (3.96%) Test Specialist
9 39 (3.43%) Performance Tester
10 35 (3.08%) Senior Analyst
11 31 (2.73%) Senior Test Analyst
12 28 (2.46%) QA Engineer
13 27 (2.38%) Developer
14 25 (2.20%) Automation Tester
15 22 (1.94%) Performance Engineer
16 21 (1.85%) Agile Test Analyst
17 19 (1.67%) Automation Analyst
17 19 (1.67%) QA Analyst
17 19 (1.67%) Automation Test Analyst
18 18 (1.58%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 236 (20.77%) .NET
2 205 (18.05%) HTML
3 191 (16.81%) ASP.NET
4 186 (16.37%) JSP
5 51 (4.49%) Web Services
6 41 (3.61%) XML
7 23 (2.02%) SOAP
8 19 (1.67%) .NET Framework
9 18 (1.58%) Gherkin
10 12 (1.06%) REST
11 11 (0.97%) OLE
12 8 (0.70%) XSLT
13 7 (0.62%) CSS
13 7 (0.62%) Middleware
14 5 (0.44%) Flash
15 4 (0.35%) Cocoa Touch
15 4 (0.35%) Cocoa
16 3 (0.26%) WCF
16 3 (0.26%) WPF
16 3 (0.26%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 58 (5.11%) Computer Science
2 34 (2.99%) Open Source
3 31 (2.73%) Mobile App
4 27 (2.38%) Client/Server
5 17 (1.50%) Management Information System
6 15 (1.32%) AS400
7 11 (0.97%) IPTV
7 11 (0.97%) Video on Demand
8 10 (0.88%) Mobile Payment
9 9 (0.79%) PDA
9 9 (0.79%) N-Tier
10 8 (0.70%) Digital Media
10 8 (0.70%) Social Network
11 7 (0.62%) Mainframe
11 7 (0.62%) Clustering
11 7 (0.62%) Mathematics
12 6 (0.53%) MPEG
12 6 (0.53%) EPoS
13 5 (0.44%) DTV
13 5 (0.44%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 172 (15.14%) UNIX
2 123 (10.83%) Windows
3 116 (10.21%) Linux
4 63 (5.55%) Windows Server 2008
4 63 (5.55%) Windows Server 2003
5 59 (5.19%) Windows XP
6 51 (4.49%) Windows 2000
7 30 (2.64%) Solaris
8 23 (2.02%) Windows 7
9 16 (1.41%) Apple iOS
10 15 (1.32%) Android
11 9 (0.79%) SUSE
11 9 (0.79%) HPUX
12 8 (0.70%) AIX
13 3 (0.26%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.18%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
15 1 (0.088%) VMS
15 1 (0.088%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 348 (30.63%) Test Scripting
2 328 (28.87%) Software Testing
3 201 (17.69%) User Acceptance Testing
4 181 (15.93%) Test Automation
5 173 (15.23%) Test Management
6 170 (14.96%) Test Strategy
7 153 (13.47%) Agile Software Development
8 140 (12.32%) Scrum
9 121 (10.65%) Project Management
10 119 (10.48%) Knowledge Management
11 114 (10.04%) CRM
11 114 (10.04%) Performance Testing
12 96 (8.45%) Waterfall
13 95 (8.36%) Integration Testing
14 93 (8.19%) Automated Testing
15 89 (7.83%) BDD
16 69 (6.07%) E-Commerce
17 67 (5.90%) Automation Testing
18 58 (5.11%) Stakeholder Management
19 55 (4.84%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 257 (22.62%) SQL
2 212 (18.66%) JavaScript
3 197 (17.34%) C#
4 171 (15.05%) Java
5 144 (12.68%) VB
6 33 (2.90%) VBA
7 30 (2.64%) Python
8 26 (2.29%) PowerShell
9 23 (2.02%) Ruby
10 22 (1.94%) C++
11 21 (1.85%) VBScript
12 19 (1.67%) Perl
13 13 (1.14%) C
14 9 (0.79%) T-SQL
14 9 (0.79%) PL/SQL
14 9 (0.79%) FoxPro (VFP)
15 6 (0.53%) Bash Shell
16 5 (0.44%) Shell Script
16 5 (0.44%) Objective-C
17 4 (0.35%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 683 (60.12%) ISEB
2 415 (36.53%) Security Cleared
3 376 (33.10%) SC Cleared
4 373 (32.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 216 (19.01%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 148 (13.03%) DV Cleared
7 77 (6.78%) Degree
8 54 (4.75%) Cisco Certification
9 47 (4.14%) MCITP
10 42 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
11 28 (2.46%) ISEB Practitioner
12 24 (2.11%) CCNA
13 22 (1.94%) MOS
14 14 (1.23%) MCSE
15 13 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 9 (0.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 7 (0.62%) MCSA
17 7 (0.62%) MCTS
18 5 (0.44%) PMI Certification
18 5 (0.44%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 215 (18.93%) QA
2 5 (0.44%) SLA
3 2 (0.18%) ISO 14001
3 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.088%) WCAG
System Software
1 22 (1.94%) Nmap
2 9 (0.79%) VMware ESX
3 8 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.70%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.62%) NDS
5 6 (0.53%) Active Directory
6 4 (0.35%) Cygwin
7 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.088%) Xen
Systems Management
1 341 (30.02%) HP Quality Center
2 22 (1.94%) Nessus
3 21 (1.85%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 9 (0.79%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (0.62%) Netcool
6 3 (0.26%) SCCM
6 3 (0.26%) nmon
7 1 (0.088%) XenMobile
7 1 (0.088%) HP SiteScope
7 1 (0.088%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 431 (37.94%) HP
2 344 (30.28%) Oracle
3 275 (24.21%) Microsoft
4 60 (5.28%) SAP
5 52 (4.58%) Citrix
6 42 (3.70%) Cisco
7 29 (2.55%) VMware
8 22 (1.94%) IBM
9 17 (1.50%) Informatica
10 13 (1.14%) Siebel
11 11 (0.97%) ATG
12 10 (0.88%) JD Edwards
12 10 (0.88%) Cognos
13 9 (0.79%) Business Objects
13 9 (0.79%) TIBCO
13 9 (0.79%) McAfee
14 8 (0.70%) Remedy
14 8 (0.70%) hybris
15 7 (0.62%) Veritas
16 6 (0.53%) CheckPoint
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
ComputAppoint
Rate: £245 - £255 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
London
CodeSource Recruitment Limited
Rate: From £300 to £450 per day Rate dependent on Expertise
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Sanderson
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Red10
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
Swansea
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £500.00 - £565.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Glasgow
DP Connect
Rate: £255 - £300 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
City of London
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Cardiff
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Exeter
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Cheltenham
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 19 days ago