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 24 January 2017 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
24 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
Rank 332 241 292
Rank change year-on-year
-91 +51
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 278 475 367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.62% 0.95% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.03% 4.53% 3.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 283 175
Median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £309 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.88% -11.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 10
Median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £15.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% +184.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.90 £32.20 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.60 £157.00 £30.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £15.84
% change year-on-year
-22.22% +184.04%

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
9162 10487 10169
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.42% 20.97% 20.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 5845 6374 5931
Median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 494 478
Median hourly rate £29.00 £39.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.64% +108.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.54 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £40.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-27.50% +105.12%

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 24 January 2017.

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 24 January 2017.

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 24 January 2017. 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 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 -79 245 £350 +7.69% 115
London -80 70 £400 - 24
South East -13 46 £325 - 28
West Midlands -12 31 £335 +3.07% 5
South West -21 27 £355 +1.42% 14
Yorkshire +5 21 £313 +4.16% 14
West Yorkshire +10 19 £313 +4.16% 12
Hampshire +6 17 £338 +14.60% 8
Wales -6 17 £449 +61.89% 3
Leeds +10 16 £325 +8.33% 8
East of England +7 15 £325 +32.65% 9
Wiltshire +1 14 £350 +7.69% 3
Swindon +9 12 £350 +10.23% 2
East Midlands +2 12 £350 +9.37% 6
Scotland -12 12 £285 -4.91% 5
Swansea - 11 £470 - 1
West Wales - 11 £470 - 1
North West +15 9 £375 +35.13% 13
Oxfordshire +7 9 £200 -39.84% 3
Oxford - 9 £200 - 2
Surrey +9 8 £403 -5.29% 7
Edinburgh -3 7 £350 +29.62% 4
Birmingham -4 7 £368 +6.13% 2
North East -11 7 £275 -38.88% 2
Tyne and Wear -13 7 £275 -38.88% 1
Northamptonshire -13 7 £450 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -16 7 £275 -38.88% 1
Essex - 7 £325 -
Gloucestershire -13 6 £365 -20.65% 6
Staffordshire +6 5 - -

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 January 2017, 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.

1 418 (70.25%) ISEB
2 268 (45.04%) Agile Software Development
3 203 (34.12%) SQL
4 202 (33.95%) Test Scripting
5 181 (30.42%) Software Testing
6 165 (27.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 136 (22.86%) Selenium
8 132 (22.18%) QA
9 119 (20.00%) Finance
10 114 (19.16%) Java
11 112 (18.82%) Microsoft
12 108 (18.15%) JIRA
13 100 (16.81%) Test Automation
14 98 (16.47%) User Acceptance Testing
15 89 (14.96%) Functional Testing
16 80 (13.45%) HP Quality Center
16 80 (13.45%) Security Cleared
16 80 (13.45%) Scrum
17 78 (13.11%) Windows
18 77 (12.94%) BDD
19 75 (12.61%) Oracle
19 75 (12.61%) Test Management
20 74 (12.44%) HP
20 74 (12.44%) Regression Testing
21 71 (11.93%) SDLC
22 69 (11.60%) Integration Testing
23 68 (11.43%) XML
24 66 (11.09%) Unix
24 66 (11.09%) Defect Management
25 62 (10.42%) Test Strategy

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 28 (4.71%) SharePoint
2 16 (2.69%) Confluence
3 12 (2.02%) IIS
3 12 (2.02%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 10 (1.68%) SAS
5 9 (1.51%) WebLogic
6 6 (1.01%) Apache Spark
6 6 (1.01%) CMS
6 6 (1.01%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
7 4 (0.67%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.50%) Apache
8 3 (0.50%) ArcGIS
8 3 (0.50%) JBoss
8 3 (0.50%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.17%) CICS
9 1 (0.17%) Documentum
9 1 (0.17%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 51 (8.57%) MS Excel
2 37 (6.22%) MS Office
3 12 (2.02%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (1.01%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.50%) MS Project
6 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 17 (2.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.50%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.34%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.34%) SAP SD
4 2 (0.34%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.17%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.17%) SAP EWM
5 1 (0.17%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.17%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.17%) SAP PM
5 1 (0.17%) SAP R/3
5 1 (0.17%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 18 (3.03%) Office 365
2 7 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.01%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.50%) GitHub
5 2 (0.34%) SaaS
5 2 (0.34%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.17%) PaaS
6 1 (0.17%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.52%) 4G
2 12 (2.02%) LTE
2 12 (2.02%) Wireless
3 8 (1.34%) Internet
4 7 (1.18%) TCP/IP
4 7 (1.18%) Wireshark
5 6 (1.01%) Firewall
6 5 (0.84%) Intranet
6 5 (0.84%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (0.67%) LDAP
7 4 (0.67%) Network Security
7 4 (0.67%) SSH
8 3 (0.50%) HTTP
9 2 (0.34%) LAN
9 2 (0.34%) VLAN
9 2 (0.34%) VPN
9 2 (0.34%) WAN
10 1 (0.17%) DNS
10 1 (0.17%) Ethernet
10 1 (0.17%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (7.23%) SQL Server
2 36 (6.05%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.02%) Hadoop
4 8 (1.34%) BusinessObjects
5 7 (1.18%) GIS
5 7 (1.18%) Oracle Database
5 7 (1.18%) Relational Database
6 6 (1.01%) Big Data
6 6 (1.01%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
7 5 (0.84%) SAP BW
8 4 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.50%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9 3 (0.50%) BusinessObjects XI
9 3 (0.50%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (0.34%) Apache Cassandra
10 2 (0.34%) DB2
10 2 (0.34%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
11 1 (0.17%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 136 (22.86%) Selenium
2 108 (18.15%) JIRA
3 44 (7.39%) Cucumber
4 39 (6.55%) Team Foundation Server
5 38 (6.39%) SoapUI
6 36 (6.05%) Visual Studio
6 36 (6.05%) WebDriver
7 34 (5.71%) HP UFT
8 32 (5.38%) JMeter
9 30 (5.04%) Jenkins
10 25 (4.20%) Maven
11 24 (4.03%) LoadRunner
12 23 (3.87%) Git (software)
13 19 (3.19%) SpecFlow
14 16 (2.69%) Ant
15 15 (2.52%) StarTeam
16 12 (2.02%) Hudson
16 12 (2.02%) JUnit
17 11 (1.85%) Subversion
18 10 (1.68%) Zephyr
General
1 119 (20.00%) Finance
2 48 (8.07%) Banking
3 38 (6.39%) Retail
4 26 (4.37%) Telecoms
5 17 (2.86%) Games
6 11 (1.85%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.34%) Investment Banking
8 6 (1.01%) Multimedia
9 5 (0.84%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.67%) Automotive
10 4 (0.67%) Electronics
10 4 (0.67%) Marketing
10 4 (0.67%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.50%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.50%) Billing
11 3 (0.50%) Front Office
11 3 (0.50%) Legal
12 2 (0.34%) Law
12 2 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.17%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 255 (42.86%) Analyst
2 233 (39.16%) Test Analyst
3 138 (23.19%) Tester
4 64 (10.76%) Test Engineer
5 57 (9.58%) Test Leader
5 57 (9.58%) Test Manager
6 35 (5.88%) Automation Test Analyst
7 33 (5.55%) Automation Tester
8 30 (5.04%) Software Tester
9 25 (4.20%) Developer
10 24 (4.03%) QA Analyst
10 24 (4.03%) Senior Analyst
11 23 (3.87%) Agile Test Analyst
11 23 (3.87%) Senior Test Analyst
12 22 (3.70%) Software Test Engineer
13 19 (3.19%) Financial Analyst
13 19 (3.19%) SQL Analyst
14 17 (2.86%) QA Test Analyst
15 16 (2.69%) QA Tester
15 16 (2.69%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (11.43%) XML
2 61 (10.25%) .NET
3 34 (5.71%) Web Services
4 28 (4.71%) SOAP
5 20 (3.36%) Hibernate
5 20 (3.36%) Spring
6 17 (2.86%) HTML
7 16 (2.69%) ASP.NET
8 15 (2.52%) REST
8 15 (2.52%) RESTful
9 14 (2.35%) Gherkin
9 14 (2.35%) J2EE
10 13 (2.18%) AngularJS
11 10 (1.68%) CSS
11 10 (1.68%) JSON
12 8 (1.34%) Ajax
13 7 (1.18%) Apache Flex
13 7 (1.18%) Spring MVC
13 7 (1.18%) XSL
13 7 (1.18%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 44 (7.39%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (4.03%) Computer Science
3 15 (2.52%) Clustering
4 13 (2.18%) EPoS
5 11 (1.85%) Management Information System
6 9 (1.51%) Equities
7 8 (1.34%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 8 (1.34%) Mobile App
7 8 (1.34%) NHS
8 6 (1.01%) Fixed Income
8 6 (1.01%) User Experience
9 5 (0.84%) Smart Meter
10 4 (0.67%) Client/Server
10 4 (0.67%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.50%) Data Integration
11 3 (0.50%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.50%) Derivative
11 3 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.50%) Online Games
12 2 (0.34%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 78 (13.11%) Windows
2 66 (11.09%) Unix
3 43 (7.23%) Linux
4 25 (4.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 24 (4.03%) Windows 7
5 24 (4.03%) Windows Server 2003
6 22 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (3.36%) Windows Server
7 20 (3.36%) Windows XP
8 18 (3.03%) Windows 10
9 15 (2.52%) AIX
10 10 (1.68%) Apple iOS
11 8 (1.34%) Android
12 4 (0.67%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.50%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.34%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.34%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.17%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 268 (45.04%) Agile Software Development
2 202 (33.95%) Test Scripting
3 181 (30.42%) Software Testing
4 100 (16.81%) Test Automation
5 98 (16.47%) User Acceptance Testing
6 89 (14.96%) Functional Testing
7 80 (13.45%) Scrum
8 77 (12.94%) BDD
9 75 (12.61%) Test Management
10 74 (12.44%) Regression Testing
11 71 (11.93%) SDLC
12 69 (11.60%) Integration Testing
13 66 (11.09%) Defect Management
14 62 (10.42%) Test Strategy
15 61 (10.25%) Automated Testing
16 56 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
17 53 (8.91%) Non-Functional Testing
18 52 (8.74%) Manual Testing
19 51 (8.57%) Performance Testing
20 44 (7.39%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 203 (34.12%) SQL
2 114 (19.16%) Java
3 33 (5.55%) C#
4 31 (5.21%) JavaScript
5 28 (4.71%) Python
6 19 (3.19%) Ruby
7 18 (3.03%) PL/SQL
8 11 (1.85%) Bash Shell
8 11 (1.85%) C
9 9 (1.51%) Groovy
10 8 (1.34%) VBScript
11 7 (1.18%) ActionScript
11 7 (1.18%) PHP
12 6 (1.01%) PowerShell
13 5 (0.84%) Shell Script
13 5 (0.84%) T-SQL
13 5 (0.84%) VB.NET
14 4 (0.67%) COBOL
14 4 (0.67%) VB
15 3 (0.50%) C++
Qualifications
1 418 (70.25%) ISEB
2 165 (27.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 80 (13.45%) Security Cleared
4 54 (9.08%) Degree
5 35 (5.88%) SC Cleared
6 33 (5.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 28 (4.71%) DV Cleared
8 17 (2.86%) Microsoft Certification
9 16 (2.69%) MCITP
10 15 (2.52%) BPSS Clearance
10 15 (2.52%) MCTS
11 14 (2.35%) MCSA
11 14 (2.35%) MCSE
12 6 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.67%) PhD
14 3 (0.50%) CHECK Team Member
14 3 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
14 3 (0.50%) CISM
14 3 (0.50%) CREST Certified
15 2 (0.34%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (22.18%) QA
2 10 (1.68%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (1.34%) SDET
4 6 (1.01%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.84%) ISO 9000
6 3 (0.50%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.34%) Basel II
7 2 (0.34%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.34%) EMIR
7 2 (0.34%) MiFID
7 2 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.34%) SLA
8 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 12207
8 1 (0.17%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.17%) TickIT
System Software
1 34 (5.71%) Active Directory
2 14 (2.35%) Hyper-V
3 5 (0.84%) Snort
3 5 (0.84%) XenApp
4 4 (0.67%) XenDesktop
5 3 (0.50%) VMware ESX
5 3 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 80 (13.45%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
3 15 (2.52%) Netcool
4 7 (1.18%) Cisco IPCC
5 6 (1.01%) HP SiteScope
5 6 (1.01%) Oozie
6 5 (0.84%) Graphite
7 3 (0.50%) SCCM
8 2 (0.34%) BladeLogic
8 2 (0.34%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.34%) Cisco UCCE
9 1 (0.17%) ITRS Geneos
9 1 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.17%) Oracle EDQ
9 1 (0.17%) Perfmon
9 1 (0.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 112 (18.82%) Microsoft
2 75 (12.61%) Oracle
3 74 (12.44%) HP
4 36 (6.05%) SAP
5 19 (3.19%) IBM
6 18 (3.03%) Intel Security
7 17 (2.86%) Atlassian
8 16 (2.69%) Citrix
9 15 (2.52%) Sybase
9 15 (2.52%) Veritas
10 10 (1.68%) webMethods
11 9 (1.51%) AppDynamics
12 7 (1.18%) Adobe
13 6 (1.01%) CA Agile Central
13 6 (1.01%) Cloudera
14 5 (0.84%) Cisco
14 5 (0.84%) Sourcefire
15 4 (0.67%) Teradata
16 3 (0.50%) Remedy
16 3 (0.50%) VMware
Redhill, Surrey
LEXSTRA
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Sogeti
Rate: Competitive Day Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Hertfordshire
JM
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: From £150 to £200 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Sogeti
Rate: Competitive Day Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Connections
Rate: 350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Computer People
Posted: 6 days ago
UK
Computer Recruitment Services
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Newbury, Berkshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
Colston Consulting
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leatherhead, Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: £400 - £430 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
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Posted: 4 days ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Hays Talent Solutions
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