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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 307 295 190
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -105
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 402 431 604
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.74% 0.76% 1.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.48% 3.95% 5.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 263 278
Median daily rate £325 £349 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.74% +7.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £188 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £428
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £344 £323
% change year-on-year
-5.38% +6.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 5
Median hourly rate £39.25 £30.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.83% +122.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.90 £18.00 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £135.25 £34.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.25 £30.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+30.83% +122.22%

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
11556 10913 10459
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.40% 19.16% 19.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7210 6502 5915
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 415 542 457
Median hourly rate £28.50 £23.75 £18.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +25.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.64 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.90 £51.24 £43.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +33.33%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 -24 347 £325 -7.14% 103
London -4 96 £363 +1.75% 24
South East -20 95 £350 -6.66% 27
Scotland +17 43 £298 -10.18% 9
West Midlands -16 33 £300 -16.66% 8
South West -19 33 £325 - 8
Yorkshire +9 31 £300 +1.69% 15
Hampshire -22 29 £375 - 2
West Yorkshire +10 22 £300 +6.19% 11
North West -19 22 £300 -20.00% 7
Leeds +3 19 £300 +6.19% 7
Manchester -5 17 £300 -11.50% 4
East of England +27 15 £269 - 7
Glasgow +17 15 £325 - 5
Edinburgh -1 14 £319 -5.90% 4
Gloucestershire +9 13 £363 +20.83% 2
West Sussex -2 12 £318 +27.00%
Berkshire -8 12 £350 -6.66% 2
Cardiff +15 11 £286 +54.72%
South Wales +12 11 £286 +54.72%
Wales +6 11 £286 +54.72% 1
Surrey -26 11 £360 -20.00% 11
North East -32 10 £350 +6.66% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -34 10 £350 +6.66% 3
Tyne and Wear -41 10 £350 +6.66% 3
City of London +38 9 £338 -18.18% 6
Buckinghamshire +11 9 £245 -30.00% 2
Wiltshire -3 9 £313 -18.30%
Worthing -11 9 £405 -
East Sussex +19 7 £350 +1.81% 5

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 July 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.

1 581 (65.72%) ISEB
2 354 (40.05%) Agile Software Development
3 295 (33.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 292 (33.03%) Test Scripting
5 289 (32.69%) Software Testing
6 270 (30.54%) SQL
7 263 (29.75%) Finance
8 217 (24.55%) Security Cleared
9 205 (23.19%) User Acceptance Testing
10 184 (20.81%) Microsoft
11 181 (20.48%) JIRA
12 178 (20.14%) Selenium
13 172 (19.46%) HP
14 168 (19.00%) Java
14 168 (19.00%) HP Quality Center
15 159 (17.99%) QA
16 149 (16.86%) Test Automation
17 143 (16.18%) Functional Testing
18 138 (15.61%) SC Cleared
19 128 (14.48%) Defect Management
20 126 (14.25%) Oracle
21 122 (13.80%) Regression Testing
22 120 (13.57%) Windows
22 120 (13.57%) Test Strategy
23 118 (13.35%) HP UFT
24 114 (12.90%) Integration Testing
25 112 (12.67%) SDLC
26 108 (12.22%) Waterfall
26 108 (12.22%) Test Management
27 98 (11.09%) Linux

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 48 (5.43%) SharePoint
2 31 (3.51%) Confluence
3 13 (1.47%) IIS
4 9 (1.02%) WebLogic
5 8 (0.90%) Skype for Business
6 7 (0.79%) MS Exchange
7 5 (0.57%) CMS
7 5 (0.57%) JBoss
7 5 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
8 4 (0.45%) SAS
9 2 (0.23%) Apache
9 2 (0.23%) CICS
9 2 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.23%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.23%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.11%) ColdFusion
10 1 (0.11%) Drupal
10 1 (0.11%) WordPress
Applications
1 87 (9.84%) MS Excel
2 63 (7.13%) MS Office
3 17 (1.92%) MS PowerPoint
4 10 (1.13%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.68%) MS Project
6 1 (0.11%) Mingle
6 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 18 (2.04%) Oracle EBS
2 17 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
3 14 (1.58%) Sonata
4 9 (1.02%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 6 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 5 (0.57%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.45%) Magento
7 4 (0.45%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.34%) SAP HR
9 1 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
9 1 (0.11%) Eagle PACE
9 1 (0.11%) Maximo
9 1 (0.11%) Northgate Housing
9 1 (0.11%) SAP BPC
9 1 (0.11%) SAP CO
9 1 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
9 1 (0.11%) SAP HCM
9 1 (0.11%) thinkFolio
9 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 15 (1.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (1.02%) Office 365
3 8 (0.90%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (0.68%) SuccessFactors
5 4 (0.45%) SaaS
6 3 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.34%) IaaS
6 3 (0.34%) PaaS
7 1 (0.11%) FinancialForce.com
7 1 (0.11%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.04%) SAN
2 17 (1.92%) Internet
3 13 (1.47%) VLAN
4 10 (1.13%) TCP/IP
5 8 (0.90%) WAN
6 7 (0.79%) LAN
7 6 (0.68%) Skype
8 5 (0.57%) Wireshark
8 5 (0.57%) ZigBee
9 4 (0.45%) Network Security
10 3 (0.34%) Firewall
10 3 (0.34%) HTTP
10 3 (0.34%) SSH
10 3 (0.34%) Unified Communications
11 2 (0.23%) DNS
11 2 (0.23%) IP Telephony
12 1 (0.11%) DSL
12 1 (0.11%) GPRS
12 1 (0.11%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (6.79%) SQL Server
2 39 (4.41%) Data Warehouse
3 17 (1.92%) Relational Database
4 15 (1.70%) Oracle Reports
5 10 (1.13%) Oracle Database
6 9 (1.02%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.57%) MySQL
8 4 (0.45%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (0.45%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.45%) Pentaho
9 3 (0.34%) Big Data
9 3 (0.34%) Electronic Patient Records
9 3 (0.34%) HPCC
10 2 (0.23%) Cognos Framework Manager
10 2 (0.23%) Cognos Report Studio
10 2 (0.23%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.23%) SAP BW
10 2 (0.23%) SAP HANA
10 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.23%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 181 (20.48%) JIRA
2 178 (20.14%) Selenium
3 118 (13.35%) HP UFT
4 87 (9.84%) Cucumber
5 73 (8.26%) WebDriver
6 61 (6.90%) LoadRunner
7 43 (4.86%) Team Foundation Server
8 42 (4.75%) JMeter
9 40 (4.52%) SoapUI
10 30 (3.39%) TestDirector
11 25 (2.83%) Jenkins
12 24 (2.71%) Visual Studio
13 23 (2.60%) WinRunner
14 22 (2.49%) SpecFlow
15 21 (2.38%) Maven
16 18 (2.04%) Git (software)
17 16 (1.81%) Hudson
18 15 (1.70%) Zephyr
19 14 (1.58%) JUnit
20 13 (1.47%) Ant
General
1 263 (29.75%) Finance
2 83 (9.39%) Banking
3 63 (7.13%) Retail
4 35 (3.96%) Telecoms
5 19 (2.15%) Retail Banking
6 16 (1.81%) Games
7 10 (1.13%) Automotive
8 9 (1.02%) Investment Banking
9 8 (0.90%) Billing
9 8 (0.90%) Legal
10 7 (0.79%) Electronics
10 7 (0.79%) Marketing
11 6 (0.68%) Back Office
11 6 (0.68%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.57%) Military
12 5 (0.57%) Online Betting
13 4 (0.45%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.45%) Publishing
14 3 (0.34%) Advertising
14 3 (0.34%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 450 (50.90%) Analyst
2 422 (47.74%) Test Analyst
3 113 (12.78%) Tester
4 101 (11.43%) Test Manager
5 89 (10.07%) Test Engineer
6 79 (8.94%) Test Leader
7 53 (6.00%) Senior Analyst
8 50 (5.66%) Senior Test Analyst
9 49 (5.54%) Automation Test Analyst
10 39 (4.41%) Financial Analyst
11 35 (3.96%) Agile Test Analyst
12 31 (3.51%) Manual Test Analyst
13 29 (3.28%) Automation Tester
14 28 (3.17%) QA Analyst
15 27 (3.05%) Service Analyst
16 25 (2.83%) Test Specialist
17 24 (2.71%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 24 (2.71%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
17 24 (2.71%) UAT Analyst
17 24 (2.71%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (9.73%) HTML
2 81 (9.16%) .NET
3 60 (6.79%) XML
4 51 (5.77%) ASP.NET
5 42 (4.75%) Web Services
6 28 (3.17%) SOAP
7 24 (2.71%) REST
8 22 (2.49%) Spring
9 18 (2.04%) JSP
10 16 (1.81%) Gherkin
11 15 (1.70%) Java EE
12 14 (1.58%) Ajax
12 14 (1.58%) Hibernate
13 13 (1.47%) JMS
13 13 (1.47%) WebSphere MQ
14 11 (1.24%) Behat
15 8 (0.90%) Middleware
16 7 (0.79%) AngularJS
16 7 (0.79%) XML Messaging
17 5 (0.57%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 69 (7.81%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.17%) Clustering
3 21 (2.38%) PDA
4 18 (2.04%) Client/Server
5 17 (1.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 16 (1.81%) Computer Science
6 16 (1.81%) Management Information System
7 12 (1.36%) Smart Meter
8 11 (1.24%) Data Centre
8 11 (1.24%) Equities
9 8 (0.90%) CMDB
9 8 (0.90%) Mobile App
10 7 (0.79%) NHS
10 7 (0.79%) Virtual Team
11 6 (0.68%) AS400
11 6 (0.68%) Derivative
11 6 (0.68%) Fat Client
11 6 (0.68%) Performance Metrics
11 6 (0.68%) Thin Client
12 5 (0.57%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 120 (13.57%) Windows
2 98 (11.09%) Linux
3 81 (9.16%) Unix
4 40 (4.52%) Windows Server 2003
4 40 (4.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 33 (3.73%) Windows 7
6 31 (3.51%) Windows XP
7 28 (3.17%) AIX
8 22 (2.49%) Windows Server
9 16 (1.81%) Windows Server 2012
10 14 (1.58%) Windows 10
11 10 (1.13%) Android
12 9 (1.02%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 354 (40.05%) Agile Software Development
2 292 (33.03%) Test Scripting
3 289 (32.69%) Software Testing
4 205 (23.19%) User Acceptance Testing
5 149 (16.86%) Test Automation
6 143 (16.18%) Functional Testing
7 128 (14.48%) Defect Management
8 122 (13.80%) Regression Testing
9 120 (13.57%) Test Strategy
10 114 (12.90%) Integration Testing
11 112 (12.67%) SDLC
12 108 (12.22%) Test Management
12 108 (12.22%) Waterfall
13 97 (10.97%) BDD
14 87 (9.84%) System Integration Testing
15 81 (9.16%) Non-Functional Testing
16 78 (8.82%) System Testing
17 76 (8.60%) Automated Testing
17 76 (8.60%) Test Planning
18 71 (8.03%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 270 (30.54%) SQL
2 168 (19.00%) Java
3 98 (11.09%) JavaScript
4 88 (9.95%) C#
5 48 (5.43%) Python
6 45 (5.09%) VB
7 30 (3.39%) Ruby
8 24 (2.71%) Bash Shell
9 22 (2.49%) VBScript
10 20 (2.26%) PowerShell
11 18 (2.04%) PHP
12 16 (1.81%) Groovy
13 14 (1.58%) C
14 13 (1.47%) Shell Script
15 11 (1.24%) C++
15 11 (1.24%) Perl
16 10 (1.13%) PL/SQL
17 6 (0.68%) Scala
17 6 (0.68%) T-SQL
18 4 (0.45%) VBA
Qualifications
1 581 (65.72%) ISEB
2 295 (33.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 217 (24.55%) Security Cleared
4 138 (15.61%) SC Cleared
5 91 (10.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 72 (8.14%) Degree
7 52 (5.88%) DV Cleared
8 45 (5.09%) Microsoft Certification
9 42 (4.75%) MCITP
10 30 (3.39%) Cisco Certification
11 29 (3.28%) MCSA
11 29 (3.28%) MCSE
12 28 (3.17%) MCTS
13 17 (1.92%) CCNA
14 12 (1.36%) ISEB Practitioner
15 11 (1.24%) BPSS Clearance
16 8 (0.90%) CTC Cleared
17 4 (0.45%) PhD
18 3 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
19 2 (0.23%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (17.99%) QA
2 8 (0.90%) SLA
3 5 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.34%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.11%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.11%) EMIR
5 1 (0.11%) FINREP
5 1 (0.11%) GAAP
5 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 12207
5 1 (0.11%) MiFID
5 1 (0.11%) SDET
System Software
1 42 (4.75%) Active Directory
2 30 (3.39%) Hyper-V
3 27 (3.05%) VMware ESX
4 24 (2.71%) VMware Infrastructure
5 10 (1.13%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 168 (19.00%) HP Quality Center
2 34 (3.85%) McAfee ePO
3 28 (3.17%) Netcool
4 12 (1.36%) Puppet
5 8 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.79%) HP SiteScope
7 4 (0.45%) SCCM
8 3 (0.34%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.34%) SCOM
9 1 (0.11%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 184 (20.81%) Microsoft
2 172 (19.46%) HP
3 126 (14.25%) Oracle
4 38 (4.30%) SAP
4 38 (4.30%) VMware
5 35 (3.96%) Intel Security
6 33 (3.73%) Citrix
7 28 (3.17%) Veritas
8 22 (2.49%) Atlassian
8 22 (2.49%) Rally
9 20 (2.26%) Cognos
10 19 (2.15%) Cisco
10 19 (2.15%) IBM
11 7 (0.79%) Remedy
12 6 (0.68%) Pega
12 6 (0.68%) Thunderhead
13 5 (0.57%) Red Hat
13 5 (0.57%) Salesforce.com
14 4 (0.45%) Sybase
14 4 (0.45%) webMethods
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