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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 265 190 339
Rank change year-on-year
-75 +149
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 442 612 255
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.77% 1.12% 0.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.09% 5.86% 2.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 277 155
Average daily rate
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£340 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £228 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 4
Average hourly rate £30.00 £13.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+122.22% -46.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £12.15 £18.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £35.00 £28.50
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
10818 10449 9073
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.95% 19.11% 17.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 6471 5893 4878
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 462 504
Average hourly rate £23.75 £19.00 £21.87
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -13.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £44.14 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -58 391 £350 +7.69% 117
South East -63 136 £375 +15.38% 21
London 0 101 £340 -15.00% 34
Hampshire -47 54 £373 +2.05% 4
South West -1 49 £325 +8.33% 9
North West +1 41 £367 +13.83% 19
Surrey +24 33 £450 +18.03% 7
Scotland -46 27 £338 +1.88% 10
Leatherhead -5 25 £450 +50.00% 1
Wales -11 22 £185 -38.33%
Berkshire +17 20 £375 +15.38% 2
City of London +3 20 £394 -16.00% 7
West Midlands +9 19 £375 +25.00% 9
Yorkshire -26 19 £290 +5.45% 7
Edinburgh -3 17 £340 +25.92% 4
West Yorkshire -26 17 £283 +2.72% 4
Gosport -7 16 £360 -17.71%
Manchester -10 16 £339 +5.11% 12
Leeds -18 16 £283 -1.73% 3
Devon +7 14 £325 +13.04%
Buckinghamshire -6 13 £319 +27.50% 1
Lancashire +14 12 £438 +25.00%
Exeter +4 12 £325 +15.55%
Reading +4 11 £305 +1.66% 1
West Sussex -4 11 £300 +3.44% 1
South Wales -15 11 £185 -35.65%
Winchester - 11 £326 - 1
Cardiff +4 10 £185 -35.65%
Wiltshire +1 9 £383 +91.25% 3
Birmingham - 9 £463 - 1

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 561 (66.95%) ISEB
2 276 (32.94%) Agile Software Development
3 273 (32.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 262 (31.26%) Test Scripting
5 239 (28.52%) SQL
6 233 (27.80%) Software Testing
7 228 (27.21%) HP
8 200 (23.87%) HP Quality Center
9 194 (23.15%) Finance
10 189 (22.55%) Security Cleared
11 175 (20.88%) User Acceptance Testing
12 157 (18.74%) QA
13 156 (18.62%) Test Management
14 155 (18.50%) SC Cleared
15 134 (15.99%) Banking
16 128 (15.27%) Microsoft
17 126 (15.04%) UNIX
18 124 (14.80%) Oracle
19 122 (14.56%) Test Automation
20 117 (13.96%) Test Strategy
21 106 (12.65%) Selenium
22 105 (12.53%) .NET
23 104 (12.41%) Integration Testing
24 96 (11.46%) Java
25 93 (11.10%) Analytical Skills
26 92 (10.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
27 87 (10.38%) XML
28 86 (10.26%) MS Excel
29 84 (10.02%) Test Planning
30 83 (9.90%) Regression Testing

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 (1.91%) CMS
2 15 (1.79%) WebLogic
3 10 (1.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 7 (0.84%) Confluence
5 6 (0.72%) LiveLink
5 6 (0.72%) IIS
5 6 (0.72%) SharePoint
5 6 (0.72%) Documentum
6 5 (0.60%) ATG Dynamo
7 4 (0.48%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.36%) Apache
8 3 (0.36%) Magnolia
9 2 (0.24%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.24%) WebLogic Integration
10 1 (0.12%) JBoss
10 1 (0.12%) Oracle Service Bus
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 86 (10.26%) MS Excel
2 38 (4.53%) MS Office
3 7 (0.84%) MS Project
4 6 (0.72%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.12%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 22 (2.63%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.84%) SAP HR
3 6 (0.72%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.72%) Oracle Receivables
4 5 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.48%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.36%) SAP PLM
6 3 (0.36%) Primavera
6 3 (0.36%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.24%) Endur
7 2 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
7 2 (0.24%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
7 2 (0.24%) SAP CO
7 2 (0.24%) MultiFonds
8 1 (0.12%) SAP Retail
8 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.12%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.84%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (0.24%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (4.18%) TCP/IP
2 18 (2.15%) SAN
3 10 (1.19%) ATM
4 8 (0.95%) DAB
5 7 (0.84%) Internet
6 4 (0.48%) Firewall
6 4 (0.48%) Wireshark
7 3 (0.36%) RTSP
7 3 (0.36%) LTE
7 3 (0.36%) 4G
7 3 (0.36%) 3G
7 3 (0.36%) HTTP
7 3 (0.36%) GSM
7 3 (0.36%) UMTS
8 2 (0.24%) WAN
8 2 (0.24%) FTP
8 2 (0.24%) LAN
8 2 (0.24%) SNMP
8 2 (0.24%) Radio Access Network
8 2 (0.24%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (5.97%) SQL Server
2 33 (3.94%) Data Warehouse
3 24 (2.86%) Oracle Database
4 20 (2.39%) Oracle Reports
5 14 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (1.67%) Relational Database
6 10 (1.19%) MySQL
7 7 (0.84%) MS Access
7 7 (0.84%) DB2
8 6 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.36%) DbVisualizer
10 3 (0.36%) Big Data
10 3 (0.36%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.36%) Data Mining
10 3 (0.36%) Star Schema
11 2 (0.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.24%) Oracle BI EE
11 2 (0.24%) VoltDB
12 1 (0.12%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 106 (12.65%) Selenium
2 83 (9.90%) JIRA
3 71 (8.47%) SoapUI
4 58 (6.92%) HP UFT
5 45 (5.37%) WebDriver
6 38 (4.53%) Cucumber
7 37 (4.42%) JMeter
8 34 (4.06%) Team Foundation Server
9 31 (3.70%) SpecFlow
10 29 (3.46%) Visual Studio
11 25 (2.98%) LoadRunner
12 20 (2.39%) JUnit
13 13 (1.55%) TestDirector
14 12 (1.43%) Jenkins
15 11 (1.31%) Subversion
16 8 (0.95%) WinRunner
16 8 (0.95%) Facilita Forecast
17 7 (0.84%) LoadUI
17 7 (0.84%) PowerBuilder
17 7 (0.84%) Git (software)
General
1 194 (23.15%) Finance
2 134 (15.99%) Banking
3 58 (6.92%) Retail
3 58 (6.92%) Telecoms
4 33 (3.94%) Retail Banking
5 32 (3.82%) Investment Banking
6 20 (2.39%) General Ledger
7 10 (1.19%) Billing
7 10 (1.19%) Legal
7 10 (1.19%) Corporate Banking
8 9 (1.07%) Back Office
9 4 (0.48%) Marketing
10 3 (0.36%) Electronics
10 3 (0.36%) Automotive
11 2 (0.24%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.24%) Front Office
11 2 (0.24%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.24%) Publishing
11 2 (0.24%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.12%) French Language
Job Titles
1 381 (45.47%) Analyst
2 361 (43.08%) Test Analyst
3 148 (17.66%) Tester
4 140 (16.71%) Test Manager
5 100 (11.93%) Test Leader
6 41 (4.89%) Senior Analyst
6 41 (4.89%) Senior Test Analyst
7 36 (4.30%) Test Specialist
8 29 (3.46%) QA Analyst
9 28 (3.34%) Test Engineer
10 27 (3.22%) Agile Test Analyst
11 18 (2.15%) Automation Tester
11 18 (2.15%) Manual Tester
12 16 (1.91%) Programme Manager
12 16 (1.91%) Automation Analyst
12 16 (1.91%) Programme Test Manager
12 16 (1.91%) Automation Test Analyst
13 15 (1.79%) Junior
13 15 (1.79%) Senior Tester
13 15 (1.79%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (12.53%) .NET
2 87 (10.38%) XML
3 70 (8.35%) HTML
4 63 (7.52%) SOAP
5 55 (6.56%) ASP.NET
6 42 (5.01%) JSP
7 29 (3.46%) Web Services
8 27 (3.22%) XML Messaging
9 19 (2.27%) CSS
10 11 (1.31%) Gherkin
11 9 (1.07%) MSMQ
12 8 (0.95%) REST
13 7 (0.84%) Spring
14 4 (0.48%) JSON
14 4 (0.48%) WCF
14 4 (0.48%) J2EE
15 3 (0.36%) CGI
15 3 (0.36%) Flash
15 3 (0.36%) Java SE
15 3 (0.36%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 93 (11.10%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.86%) Computer Science
2 24 (2.86%) Smart Meter
3 23 (2.74%) AS400
4 11 (1.31%) SWIFT
4 11 (1.31%) User Experience
5 10 (1.19%) PDA
5 10 (1.19%) Derivative
6 9 (1.07%) NHS
7 8 (0.95%) Client/Server
7 8 (0.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 8 (0.95%) Clustering
7 8 (0.95%) Equities
7 8 (0.95%) Mobile App
8 7 (0.84%) Data Centre
8 7 (0.84%) STB
8 7 (0.84%) MPEG
9 6 (0.72%) PKI
9 6 (0.72%) Performance Metrics
9 6 (0.72%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 126 (15.04%) UNIX
2 66 (7.88%) Windows
3 54 (6.44%) Linux
4 18 (2.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (2.03%) Windows Server 2003
6 13 (1.55%) Windows 7
7 12 (1.43%) Android
8 11 (1.31%) Apple iOS
9 10 (1.19%) Windows XP
9 10 (1.19%) AIX
10 6 (0.72%) Solaris
11 3 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.36%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.24%) HPUX
12 2 (0.24%) SUSE
12 2 (0.24%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.12%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 276 (32.94%) Agile Software Development
2 262 (31.26%) Test Scripting
3 233 (27.80%) Software Testing
4 175 (20.88%) User Acceptance Testing
5 156 (18.62%) Test Management
6 122 (14.56%) Test Automation
7 117 (13.96%) Test Strategy
8 104 (12.41%) Integration Testing
9 84 (10.02%) Test Planning
10 83 (9.90%) Regression Testing
11 82 (9.79%) Performance Testing
11 82 (9.79%) Waterfall
12 75 (8.95%) Security Testing
13 74 (8.83%) Automated Testing
14 70 (8.35%) System Testing
15 67 (8.00%) Scrum
16 66 (7.88%) Use Case
17 63 (7.52%) Manual Testing
18 61 (7.28%) SDLC
19 58 (6.92%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 239 (28.52%) SQL
2 96 (11.46%) Java
3 67 (8.00%) JavaScript
4 59 (7.04%) C#
5 30 (3.58%) PL/SQL
6 29 (3.46%) PowerShell
7 26 (3.10%) Shell Script
8 20 (2.39%) Perl
9 15 (1.79%) VB
10 14 (1.67%) Ruby
11 13 (1.55%) T-SQL
11 13 (1.55%) Python
12 11 (1.31%) VBScript
12 11 (1.31%) C
13 9 (1.07%) VBA
14 8 (0.95%) PHP
14 8 (0.95%) VB.NET
15 7 (0.84%) C++
16 5 (0.60%) Bash Shell
17 2 (0.24%) FoxPro (VFP)
Qualifications
1 561 (66.95%) ISEB
2 273 (32.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 189 (22.55%) Security Cleared
4 155 (18.50%) SC Cleared
5 92 (10.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 72 (8.59%) Degree
7 36 (4.30%) Microsoft Certification
8 35 (4.18%) MCITP
9 32 (3.82%) DV Cleared
10 28 (3.34%) Cisco Certification
11 25 (2.98%) ISEB Practitioner
12 9 (1.07%) MCTS
12 9 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 9 (1.07%) MCSE
13 8 (0.95%) MCSA
14 5 (0.60%) CISM
15 4 (0.48%) HND
15 4 (0.48%) BC Cleared
16 3 (0.36%) CCNA
17 2 (0.24%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 157 (18.74%) QA
2 10 (1.19%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.48%) FATCA
4 3 (0.36%) Solvency II
5 2 (0.24%) COBIT
5 2 (0.24%) SLA
5 2 (0.24%) GAAP
5 2 (0.24%) ISO 8583
5 2 (0.24%) COREP
5 2 (0.24%) FINREP
6 1 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.12%) HL7
System Software
1 15 (1.79%) VMware ESX
2 11 (1.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.19%) Active Directory
4 9 (1.07%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.24%) Snort
6 1 (0.12%) XenApp
6 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.12%) ISA Server
6 1 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 200 (23.87%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.67%) McAfee ePO
3 9 (1.07%) Netcool
4 2 (0.24%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 2 (0.24%) SCCM
5 1 (0.12%) Control-M
5 1 (0.12%) Cisco IPCC
5 1 (0.12%) nmon
Vendors
1 228 (27.21%) HP
2 128 (15.27%) Microsoft
3 124 (14.80%) Oracle
4 47 (5.61%) SAP
5 31 (3.70%) Citrix
6 26 (3.10%) Cisco
7 17 (2.03%) Remedy
7 17 (2.03%) VMware
8 14 (1.67%) McAfee
9 12 (1.43%) IBM
10 11 (1.31%) Sybase
10 11 (1.31%) Atlassian
11 9 (1.07%) OpenText
12 8 (0.95%) Veritas
12 8 (0.95%) Capita
13 6 (0.72%) Wall Street Systems
14 5 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
14 5 (0.60%) ATG
14 5 (0.60%) BMC
15 4 (0.48%) TIBCO
South East
Ideal Training
Rate: Excellent Daily Rate Negotiable
Posted: 31 minutes ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £100.00 - £200.00 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Winchester
ABRS
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £299 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Rate: £270 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Explore Group
Rate: £249 - £351 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
South West, UK
Recruit121
Rate: £22,000 - £27,000 per year + Package
Posted: 22 days ago