The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 22 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
East of England / Bedfordshire
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 46 - -
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 2 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 0.56% - -
As % of the Qualifications category 3.70% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 0
Median daily rate £329 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £14.93 £30.00
% change year-on-year +191.45% -50.25%  

ISTQB is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 54 34 52
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 15.04% 10.59% 14.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 16 36
Median daily rate £429 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.50% -6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £326 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £520 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 6
Median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £29.75 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.24% +23.34%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Bedfordshire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in Bedfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Bedfordshire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Bedfordshire over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Bedfordshire

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 22 June 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
Luton - 1 £225 -
ISTQB
East of England

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 6 (85.71%) ISEB
2 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (71.43%) JIRA
3 4 (57.14%) SQL
3 4 (57.14%) Test Automation
3 4 (57.14%) SoapUI
4 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
4 3 (42.86%) Apple iOS
4 3 (42.86%) Mobile App
4 3 (42.86%) Calabash
4 3 (42.86%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (42.86%) Android
4 3 (42.86%) API Testing
4 3 (42.86%) Defect Management
4 3 (42.86%) Capybara
4 3 (42.86%) Java
4 3 (42.86%) JavaScript
4 3 (42.86%) Python
4 3 (42.86%) Microsoft
4 3 (42.86%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (42.86%) Ruby
4 3 (42.86%) Selenium
5 2 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
5 2 (28.57%) Waterfall
6 1 (14.29%) C#
6 1 (14.29%) V-Model
6 1 (14.29%) Confluence
6 1 (14.29%) Black-Box Testing
6 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire 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 1 (14.29%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 3 (42.86%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 5 (71.43%) JIRA
2 4 (57.14%) SoapUI
3 3 (42.86%) Calabash
3 3 (42.86%) Capybara
3 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
3 3 (42.86%) Selenium
4 1 (14.29%) TestPartner
General
1 3 (42.86%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (14.29%) Local Government
2 1 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (57.14%) Test Engineer
2 3 (42.86%) Applications Engineer
2 3 (42.86%) Mobile Engineer
3 2 (28.57%) Software Test Engineer
4 1 (14.29%) Defect Manager
4 1 (14.29%) Ruby Engineer
4 1 (14.29%) Test Leader
4 1 (14.29%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) Middleware
1 1 (14.29%) SOAP
1 1 (14.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) Mobile App
2 1 (14.29%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 3 (42.86%) Android
1 3 (42.86%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (57.14%) Test Automation
3 3 (42.86%) API Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Defect Management
4 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 2 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Waterfall
5 1 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (14.29%) Defect Tracking
5 1 (14.29%) Information Security
5 1 (14.29%) Knowledge Management
5 1 (14.29%) Manual Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Mathematics
5 1 (14.29%) Migration
5 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2
5 1 (14.29%) Release Management
5 1 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
5 1 (14.29%) Test Management
5 1 (14.29%) Test Strategy
5 1 (14.29%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 4 (57.14%) SQL
2 3 (42.86%) Java
2 3 (42.86%) JavaScript
2 3 (42.86%) Python
2 3 (42.86%) Ruby
3 1 (14.29%) C#
Qualifications
1 6 (85.71%) ISEB
2 1 (14.29%) Degree
2 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) Atlassian
2 1 (14.29%) HP
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle