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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 287 191 363
Rank change year-on-year
-96 +172
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 386 609 220
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.69% 1.13% 0.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.70% 5.84% 2.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 280 135
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £187 £249 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £452
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £323 £334
% change year-on-year
+0.77% -3.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 2
Average hourly rate £30.50 £13.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+125.92% -46.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+122.22% -46.00%

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
10440 10421 8935
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.61% 19.35% 18.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 6079 6001 4788
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 485 502
Average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.94% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -9.09%

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 30 June 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 -99 339 £350 +7.69% 119
South East -57 125 £389 +19.61% 29
London -43 98 £350 -12.50% 35
Hampshire -52 50 £350 +7.69% 4
South West -23 38 £320 +6.75% 10
Surrey +23 33 £450 +24.13% 9
North West -11 26 £325 +0.38% 12
Berkshire +13 23 £375 +50.00% 6
Wales -9 22 £180 -43.66% 2
Scotland -19 22 £325 +8.33% 6
Leatherhead -2 21 £450 +50.00% 1
City of London -17 16 £425 -5.55% 6
Yorkshire -29 16 £280 +1.81% 9
West Midlands -2 14 £330 +1.53% 7
West Yorkshire -31 14 £275 - 7
Edinburgh -8 13 £325 +26.33% 5
Exeter +1 12 £325 +18.18% 2
Devon -4 12 £325 +18.18% 2
Reading +14 11 £305 +6.08% 4
Leeds -12 11 £266 -3.18% 4
Winchester -4 10 £313 +4.16% 2
Gosport -5 10 £350 - 1
Manchester -10 10 £220 -31.78% 5
South Wales -10 10 £185 -41.96% 2
Wiltshire +6 9 £382 +60.63%
Southampton +5 8 £425 +27.81% 1
East of England -14 8 £235 -30.37% 5
Lancashire +5 7 £350 - 1
Buckinghamshire +1 7 £363 +42.85% 4
Hook -1 7 £360 -4.38%

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 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.

1 546 (67.16%) ISEB
2 268 (32.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 255 (31.37%) Agile Software Development
4 247 (30.38%) Test Scripting
5 229 (28.17%) SQL
6 226 (27.80%) HP
7 218 (26.81%) Software Testing
8 204 (25.09%) HP Quality Center
9 200 (24.60%) Finance
10 195 (23.99%) Security Cleared
11 171 (21.03%) User Acceptance Testing
12 161 (19.80%) SC Cleared
13 149 (18.33%) QA
14 139 (17.10%) Test Management
15 135 (16.61%) Banking
16 133 (16.36%) Microsoft
17 119 (14.64%) Oracle
18 117 (14.39%) UNIX
19 111 (13.65%) Test Strategy
20 108 (13.28%) Test Automation
21 106 (13.04%) .NET
22 100 (12.30%) Selenium
23 98 (12.05%) Integration Testing
24 90 (11.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
25 87 (10.70%) Analytical Skills
25 87 (10.70%) MS Excel
26 86 (10.58%) JIRA
27 83 (10.21%) Test Planning
28 77 (9.47%) Java
29 74 (9.10%) XML

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 16 (1.97%) CMS
2 9 (1.11%) WebLogic
3 8 (0.98%) SharePoint
4 6 (0.74%) Documentum
4 6 (0.74%) Confluence
4 6 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 5 (0.62%) LiveLink
6 4 (0.49%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.49%) ATG Dynamo
7 3 (0.37%) Oracle Service Bus
7 3 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.37%) IIS
7 3 (0.37%) Apache
7 3 (0.37%) Magnolia
8 2 (0.25%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.25%) WebLogic Integration
9 1 (0.12%) JBoss
9 1 (0.12%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 87 (10.70%) MS Excel
2 41 (5.04%) MS Office
3 7 (0.86%) MS Project
4 5 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.12%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 33 (4.06%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.74%) Oracle Payables
2 6 (0.74%) Oracle Receivables
3 4 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.49%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.37%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.37%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 3 (0.37%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.25%) SAP SD
5 2 (0.25%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.25%) Summit
5 2 (0.25%) MultiFonds
5 2 (0.25%) Cognos TM1
5 2 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.12%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.12%) SAP Retail
6 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.12%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.12%) Endur
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.37%) SaaS
1 3 (0.37%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (0.25%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.25%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 35 (4.31%) TCP/IP
2 29 (3.57%) SAN
3 12 (1.48%) ATM
4 7 (0.86%) DAB
4 7 (0.86%) Internet
5 6 (0.74%) HTTP
6 5 (0.62%) Wireshark
7 4 (0.49%) RTSP
7 4 (0.49%) Firewall
8 3 (0.37%) 3G
8 3 (0.37%) GSM
8 3 (0.37%) UMTS
8 3 (0.37%) LTE
8 3 (0.37%) 4G
9 2 (0.25%) Radio Access Network
9 2 (0.25%) FTP
10 1 (0.12%) Bluetooth
10 1 (0.12%) Intranet
10 1 (0.12%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.12%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (6.03%) SQL Server
2 34 (4.18%) Data Warehouse
3 27 (3.32%) Oracle Reports
4 18 (2.21%) Oracle Database
5 15 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (1.11%) Relational Database
6 9 (1.11%) MySQL
7 7 (0.86%) MS Access
7 7 (0.86%) DB2
8 6 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.37%) Data Mining
9 3 (0.37%) Oracle ODI
9 3 (0.37%) DbVisualizer
9 3 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.25%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.25%) Big Data
10 2 (0.25%) VoltDB
10 2 (0.25%) Star Schema
10 2 (0.25%) Data Mart
10 2 (0.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 100 (12.30%) Selenium
2 86 (10.58%) JIRA
3 61 (7.50%) HP UFT
4 56 (6.89%) SoapUI
5 46 (5.66%) WebDriver
6 35 (4.31%) Cucumber
7 27 (3.32%) SpecFlow
8 26 (3.20%) LoadRunner
9 25 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
10 22 (2.71%) JMeter
11 19 (2.34%) JUnit
12 18 (2.21%) Visual Studio
13 16 (1.97%) TestDirector
14 12 (1.48%) WinRunner
15 11 (1.35%) Subversion
15 11 (1.35%) Jenkins
16 10 (1.23%) Git (software)
17 8 (0.98%) Calabash
18 7 (0.86%) Appium
19 6 (0.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 200 (24.60%) Finance
2 135 (16.61%) Banking
3 59 (7.26%) Retail
4 58 (7.13%) Telecoms
5 33 (4.06%) Investment Banking
6 28 (3.44%) Retail Banking
7 20 (2.46%) General Ledger
8 10 (1.23%) Corporate Banking
9 9 (1.11%) Legal
9 9 (1.11%) Back Office
10 7 (0.86%) Billing
11 5 (0.62%) Marketing
12 4 (0.49%) Automotive
13 3 (0.37%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.25%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.25%) Front Office
14 2 (0.25%) Dutch Language
15 1 (0.12%) French Language
15 1 (0.12%) German Language
15 1 (0.12%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 363 (44.65%) Analyst
2 342 (42.07%) Test Analyst
3 135 (16.61%) Test Manager
4 126 (15.50%) Tester
5 108 (13.28%) Test Leader
6 38 (4.67%) Senior Analyst
6 38 (4.67%) Senior Test Analyst
7 36 (4.43%) Test Specialist
8 34 (4.18%) Test Engineer
9 28 (3.44%) QA Analyst
10 26 (3.20%) Agile Test Analyst
11 18 (2.21%) Consultant
12 17 (2.09%) Manual Tester
13 15 (1.85%) Programme Manager
13 15 (1.85%) QA Test Analyst
13 15 (1.85%) Programme Test Manager
14 14 (1.72%) Automation Tester
15 13 (1.60%) Junior
16 12 (1.48%) Senior Tester
17 11 (1.35%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 106 (13.04%) .NET
2 74 (9.10%) XML
3 71 (8.73%) HTML
4 61 (7.50%) ASP.NET
5 51 (6.27%) SOAP
6 50 (6.15%) JSP
7 25 (3.08%) Web Services
8 23 (2.83%) XML Messaging
9 14 (1.72%) CSS
10 12 (1.48%) Gherkin
11 10 (1.23%) MSMQ
12 6 (0.74%) Spring
12 6 (0.74%) REST
13 5 (0.62%) JSON
14 4 (0.49%) AngularJS
14 4 (0.49%) J2EE
15 3 (0.37%) Flash
15 3 (0.37%) Java SE
15 3 (0.37%) CGI
15 3 (0.37%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 87 (10.70%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.95%) Computer Science
3 21 (2.58%) Smart Meter
3 21 (2.58%) AS400
4 16 (1.97%) PDA
5 13 (1.60%) Mobile App
6 12 (1.48%) Clustering
7 10 (1.23%) SWIFT
8 9 (1.11%) User Experience
8 9 (1.11%) Derivative
8 9 (1.11%) NHS
9 8 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 8 (0.98%) Equities
10 7 (0.86%) STB
10 7 (0.86%) MPEG
11 6 (0.74%) Data Centre
12 5 (0.62%) Management Information System
12 5 (0.62%) EPoS
12 5 (0.62%) PKI
13 4 (0.49%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 117 (14.39%) UNIX
2 65 (8.00%) Windows
3 50 (6.15%) Linux
4 28 (3.44%) Windows Server 2008
5 27 (3.32%) Windows Server 2003
6 18 (2.21%) Windows 7
7 17 (2.09%) Windows XP
8 15 (1.85%) AIX
9 9 (1.11%) Solaris
9 9 (1.11%) Android
10 6 (0.74%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.37%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.37%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.37%) HPUX
12 2 (0.25%) SUSE
13 1 (0.12%) CentOS
13 1 (0.12%) Windows Phone 7
13 1 (0.12%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.12%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 255 (31.37%) Agile Software Development
2 247 (30.38%) Test Scripting
3 218 (26.81%) Software Testing
4 171 (21.03%) User Acceptance Testing
5 139 (17.10%) Test Management
6 111 (13.65%) Test Strategy
7 108 (13.28%) Test Automation
8 98 (12.05%) Integration Testing
9 83 (10.21%) Test Planning
10 72 (8.86%) Security Testing
11 71 (8.73%) Automated Testing
12 70 (8.61%) Waterfall
13 68 (8.36%) Regression Testing
14 64 (7.87%) System Testing
15 63 (7.75%) Scrum
16 62 (7.63%) Migration
16 62 (7.63%) Use Case
17 61 (7.50%) Knowledge Management
18 59 (7.26%) Performance Testing
18 59 (7.26%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 229 (28.17%) SQL
2 77 (9.47%) Java
3 71 (8.73%) JavaScript
4 47 (5.78%) C#
5 29 (3.57%) PL/SQL
6 27 (3.32%) PowerShell
7 20 (2.46%) Shell Script
8 16 (1.97%) Perl
9 15 (1.85%) VBA
9 15 (1.85%) Ruby
10 12 (1.48%) T-SQL
10 12 (1.48%) C
11 11 (1.35%) Python
12 10 (1.23%) VB
13 9 (1.11%) VBScript
14 8 (0.98%) VB.NET
14 8 (0.98%) PHP
15 6 (0.74%) C++
16 3 (0.37%) Scala
16 3 (0.37%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 546 (67.16%) ISEB
2 268 (32.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 195 (23.99%) Security Cleared
4 161 (19.80%) SC Cleared
5 90 (11.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 72 (8.86%) Degree
7 44 (5.41%) Microsoft Certification
8 42 (5.17%) MCITP
9 32 (3.94%) DV Cleared
10 31 (3.81%) Cisco Certification
11 23 (2.83%) ISEB Practitioner
12 14 (1.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 14 (1.72%) MCSE
13 13 (1.60%) MCTS
14 12 (1.48%) MCSA
15 5 (0.62%) CISM
16 4 (0.49%) HND
17 3 (0.37%) CCNA
17 3 (0.37%) PMP
17 3 (0.37%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 149 (18.33%) QA
2 9 (1.11%) PCI DSS
3 8 (0.98%) FATCA
4 5 (0.62%) GAAP
5 4 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.49%) Solvency II
6 2 (0.25%) COREP
6 2 (0.25%) FINREP
6 2 (0.25%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.25%) ISO 8583
6 2 (0.25%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.12%) SLA
7 1 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.12%) HL7
System Software
1 21 (2.58%) VMware ESX
2 13 (1.60%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (1.60%) Hyper-V
3 10 (1.23%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.25%) Snort
5 1 (0.12%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 204 (25.09%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (2.46%) McAfee ePO
3 10 (1.23%) Netcool
4 2 (0.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.12%) nmon
5 1 (0.12%) Control-M
5 1 (0.12%) Nessus
5 1 (0.12%) Nmap
5 1 (0.12%) SCCM
Vendors
1 226 (27.80%) HP
2 133 (16.36%) Microsoft
3 119 (14.64%) Oracle
4 43 (5.29%) Citrix
5 32 (3.94%) SAP
6 29 (3.57%) Cisco
7 23 (2.83%) VMware
8 20 (2.46%) McAfee
9 13 (1.60%) Remedy
10 12 (1.48%) Veritas
11 11 (1.35%) Sybase
11 11 (1.35%) Atlassian
12 9 (1.11%) IBM
13 6 (0.74%) OpenText
13 6 (0.74%) Wall Street Systems
14 5 (0.62%) Capita
14 5 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
15 4 (0.49%) Siebel
15 4 (0.49%) BMC
15 4 (0.49%) ATG
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