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 25 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)
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 93 108 92
Rank change year-on-year +15 -16  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 7 11 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.39% 0.47% 0.93%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.65% 1.61% 4.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 14
Median daily rate £344 £325 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.76% -16.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £270 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £446 £350 £450
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 Berkshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 425 682 524
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 23.47% 29.33% 21.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 328 222
Median daily rate £438 £390 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.17% -1.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £255 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 32 33
Median hourly rate £13.50 £12.50 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.00% -41.99%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

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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 25 June 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 25 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
Reading +11 2 £344 +5.76% 3
Newbury - 2 - -
Bracknell - 1 - -
Maidenhead - 1 £250 - 1
ISTQB
South East

For the 6 months to 25 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 Berkshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 9 (52.94%) ISEB
1 9 (52.94%) Test Automation
2 7 (41.18%) Defect Management
3 6 (35.29%) SQL
3 6 (35.29%) Security Cleared
3 6 (35.29%) Test Management
3 6 (35.29%) Test Scripting
4 5 (29.41%) Selenium
5 4 (23.53%) Oracle
5 4 (23.53%) CRM
5 4 (23.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (17.65%) Test Strategy
6 3 (17.65%) Functional Testing
6 3 (17.65%) System Integration Testing
6 3 (17.65%) Scenario Testing
6 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Excel
6 3 (17.65%) Telecoms
6 3 (17.65%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (11.76%) Data Management
7 2 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (11.76%) Performance Testing
7 2 (11.76%) Software Testing
7 2 (11.76%) Manual Testing
7 2 (11.76%) JMeter
7 2 (11.76%) DV Cleared
7 2 (11.76%) Configuration Management
7 2 (11.76%) ERP
7 2 (11.76%) Microsoft
7 2 (11.76%) HP
7 2 (11.76%) Unix

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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 (5.88%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (5.88%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (5.88%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.88%) SuccessFactors
1 1 (5.88%) Taleo
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.76%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (29.41%) Selenium
2 2 (11.76%) JMeter
3 1 (5.88%) Cucumber
3 1 (5.88%) Git (software)
3 1 (5.88%) HP UFT
3 1 (5.88%) JIRA
3 1 (5.88%) LoadRunner
3 1 (5.88%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (17.65%) Telecoms
2 1 (5.88%) Local Government
2 1 (5.88%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 7 (41.18%) Analyst
1 7 (41.18%) Test Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Test Manager
3 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Manual Test Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Performance Manager
3 2 (11.76%) Performance Test Manager
3 2 (11.76%) Test Leader
3 2 (11.76%) Tester
4 1 (5.88%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) ERP Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) QA Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) QA Automation Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Test Assurance Manager
4 1 (5.88%) UAT Lead
4 1 (5.88%) UAT Test Lead
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.88%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.76%) Unix
1 2 (11.76%) Windows
2 1 (5.88%) Windows 10
2 1 (5.88%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Test Automation
2 7 (41.18%) Defect Management
3 6 (35.29%) Test Management
3 6 (35.29%) Test Scripting
4 4 (23.53%) CRM
5 3 (17.65%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (17.65%) Functional Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Scenario Testing
5 3 (17.65%) System Integration Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Test Strategy
6 2 (11.76%) Configuration Management
6 2 (11.76%) Data Management
6 2 (11.76%) ERP
6 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Management
6 2 (11.76%) Manual Testing
6 2 (11.76%) Performance Testing
6 2 (11.76%) Software Testing
6 2 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (5.88%) Project Management
7 1 (5.88%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (35.29%) SQL
2 2 (11.76%) C
2 2 (11.76%) Java
2 2 (11.76%) PL/SQL
2 2 (11.76%) VB
Qualifications
1 9 (52.94%) ISEB
2 6 (35.29%) Security Cleared
3 4 (23.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (11.76%) DV Cleared
5 1 (5.88%) Degree
5 1 (5.88%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (23.53%) Oracle
2 2 (11.76%) HP
2 2 (11.76%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.88%) Google
3 1 (5.88%) Saba
3 1 (5.88%) SAP
3 1 (5.88%) Twitter