The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 March 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)
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 88 118 122
Rank change year-on-year +30 +4  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 11 9 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.60% 0.36% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.53% 1.41% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 6 7
Median daily rate £338 £345 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.17% +15.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £320 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £475 £336
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £35.00 £19.75
% change year-on-year +22.85% +77.21%  

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 Berkshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 435 638 765
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 23.78% 25.67% 25.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 317 340
Median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £285 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 30 27
Median hourly rate £13.50 £27.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.90% +22.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £11.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £63.00 £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire 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 Berkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Berkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Berkshire over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Berkshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB in Berkshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in Berkshire

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Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 29 March 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
Reading +11 3 £300 -29.41% 1
Wokingham - 3 £325 -
Bracknell - 3 £375 - 1
Newbury - 1 - - 1
ISTQB
South East

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 Berkshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 14 (66.67%) ISEB
2 9 (42.86%) Test Scripting
3 7 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 7 (33.33%) SQL
3 7 (33.33%) Oracle
3 7 (33.33%) Software Testing
4 6 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
4 6 (28.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (28.57%) Test Management
5 5 (23.81%) Selenium
5 5 (23.81%) Data Management
5 5 (23.81%) Unix
6 4 (19.05%) Windows
6 4 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (19.05%) JMeter
6 4 (19.05%) Integration Testing
6 4 (19.05%) Security Cleared
7 3 (14.29%) Waterfall
7 3 (14.29%) JIRA
7 3 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Performance Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Test Strategy
7 3 (14.29%) Functional Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Test Automation
7 3 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (14.29%) Telecoms
7 3 (14.29%) Automated Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Linux
7 3 (14.29%) Java
7 3 (14.29%) CRM

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire 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 (4.76%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (4.76%) CMS
1 1 (4.76%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (4.76%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.52%) SuccessFactors
1 2 (9.52%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.52%) VLAN
2 1 (4.76%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.52%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (23.81%) Selenium
2 4 (19.05%) JMeter
3 3 (14.29%) JIRA
4 2 (9.52%) Visual Studio
5 1 (4.76%) Ant
5 1 (4.76%) Apache Ivy
5 1 (4.76%) Bitbucket
5 1 (4.76%) Gradle
5 1 (4.76%) JUnit
5 1 (4.76%) LoadRunner
5 1 (4.76%) Maven
5 1 (4.76%) Robot Framework
5 1 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (4.76%) TestNG
5 1 (4.76%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (4.76%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (14.29%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.76%) Finance
2 1 (4.76%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 7 (33.33%) Analyst
2 6 (28.57%) Test Analyst
3 5 (23.81%) Test Leader
4 3 (14.29%) Test Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Test Manager
5 2 (9.52%) BSS Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) OSS Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Performance Manager
5 2 (9.52%) Performance Test Manager
5 2 (9.52%) Senior BSS Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior OSS Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Test Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Developer in Test
6 1 (4.76%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) E-Commerce Developer
6 1 (4.76%) ERP Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) Java E-Commerce Developer
6 1 (4.76%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.76%) .NET
1 1 (4.76%) JSON
1 1 (4.76%) RESTful
1 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.76%) Algorithms
2 1 (4.76%) Client/Server
2 1 (4.76%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (23.81%) Unix
2 4 (19.05%) Windows
3 3 (14.29%) Linux
4 1 (4.76%) Android
4 1 (4.76%) Apple iOS
4 1 (4.76%) Solaris
4 1 (4.76%) Ubuntu
4 1 (4.76%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (42.86%) Test Scripting
2 7 (33.33%) Defect Management
2 7 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 6 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
3 6 (28.57%) Test Management
4 5 (23.81%) Data Management
5 4 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (19.05%) Integration Testing
6 3 (14.29%) Automated Testing
6 3 (14.29%) CRM
6 3 (14.29%) Functional Testing
6 3 (14.29%) Performance Testing
6 3 (14.29%) Test Automation
6 3 (14.29%) Test Strategy
6 3 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (14.29%) Waterfall
7 2 (9.52%) Configuration Management
7 2 (9.52%) ERP
7 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Management
7 2 (9.52%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 7 (33.33%) SQL
2 3 (14.29%) Java
3 2 (9.52%) C
3 2 (9.52%) PL/SQL
3 2 (9.52%) VB
4 1 (4.76%) C#
4 1 (4.76%) C++
4 1 (4.76%) Groovy
4 1 (4.76%) Python
4 1 (4.76%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 14 (66.67%) ISEB
2 6 (28.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (19.05%) Security Cleared
4 2 (9.52%) DV Cleared
4 2 (9.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (4.76%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.76%) QA
1 1 (4.76%) SDET
Systems Management
1 3 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (4.76%) HP SiteScope
2 1 (4.76%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 7 (33.33%) Oracle
2 2 (9.52%) HP
2 2 (9.52%) Saba
2 2 (9.52%) SAP
3 1 (4.76%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.76%) Progress