The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 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 / Buckinghamshire
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 83 66 82
Rank change year-on-year -17 +16  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 7 10 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 0.69% 1.07% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.95% 4.35% 2.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 8 7
Median daily rate £320 £214 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +49.70% -43.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £120 £323
10% offered a daily rate of more than £342 £335 £390
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 Buckinghamshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Buckinghamshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 237 230 278
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 23.44% 24.55% 22.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 160 162
Median daily rate £400 £420 £407
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +3.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £244 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 4 5
Median hourly rate £18.00 £14.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.13% -65.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £10.24 £40.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.60 £17.00 £57.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Buckinghamshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 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 Buckinghamshire

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Buckinghamshire

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Buckinghamshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Buckinghamshire 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
Milton Keynes -11 6 £320 +166.66% 2
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 Buckinghamshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 16 (76.19%) ISEB
2 13 (61.90%) Finance
3 11 (52.38%) Test Scripting
4 9 (42.86%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (38.10%) Test Automation
5 8 (38.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (28.57%) HP
7 6 (28.57%) SQL
7 6 (28.57%) Microsoft
8 5 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (23.81%) System Integration Testing
8 5 (23.81%) Defect Management
8 5 (23.81%) Smoke Testing
8 5 (23.81%) Scenario Testing
8 5 (23.81%) SAP
8 5 (23.81%) Regression Testing
8 5 (23.81%) Integration Testing
9 4 (19.05%) QA
9 4 (19.05%) Migration
9 4 (19.05%) Microsoft Excel
9 4 (19.05%) Waterfall
9 4 (19.05%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (14.29%) Data Migration
10 3 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 3 (14.29%) Functional Testing
10 3 (14.29%) Mobile App
10 3 (14.29%) VBA
10 3 (14.29%) ITIL

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Buckinghamshire 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:

Applications
1 4 (19.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (4.76%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (4.76%) Remedy ITSM
Development Applications
1 5 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (14.29%) JIRA
2 3 (14.29%) Selenium
3 2 (9.52%) MSTest
3 2 (9.52%) SpecFlow
3 2 (9.52%) Visual Studio
4 1 (4.76%) Jenkins
4 1 (4.76%) NeoLoad
4 1 (4.76%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.76%) TestNG
4 1 (4.76%) XMLSpy
General
1 13 (61.90%) Finance
2 1 (4.76%) Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (71.43%) Analyst
1 15 (71.43%) Test Analyst
2 6 (28.57%) Financial Analyst
2 6 (28.57%) UAT Analyst
2 6 (28.57%) UAT Test Analyst
3 5 (23.81%) Service Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) Test Scripter
5 2 (9.52%) Call Centre Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Data Migration Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Data Migration Lead
5 2 (9.52%) Migration Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Project Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) QA Manager
5 2 (9.52%) SQL Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Test Automation Manager
5 2 (9.52%) Test Data Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Test Leader
5 2 (9.52%) Test Strategy Manager
5 2 (9.52%) UAT Lead
5 2 (9.52%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.76%) Middleware
1 1 (4.76%) SOAP
1 1 (4.76%) Web Services
1 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.52%) Android
1 2 (9.52%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) Test Scripting
2 9 (42.86%) User Acceptance Testing
3 8 (38.10%) Test Automation
4 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (23.81%) Defect Management
5 5 (23.81%) Integration Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Regression Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Scenario Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Smoke Testing
5 5 (23.81%) System Integration Testing
6 4 (19.05%) Migration
6 4 (19.05%) Waterfall
7 3 (14.29%) Data Migration
7 3 (14.29%) Functional Testing
7 3 (14.29%) ITIL
7 3 (14.29%) Performance Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Scrum
7 3 (14.29%) Software Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 6 (28.57%) SQL
2 3 (14.29%) VBA
3 1 (4.76%) Groovy
3 1 (4.76%) Java
3 1 (4.76%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 16 (76.19%) ISEB
2 8 (38.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (9.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (9.52%) SC Cleared
3 2 (9.52%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (19.05%) QA
2 1 (4.76%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (4.76%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (19.05%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (4.76%) SCCM
Vendors
1 6 (28.57%) HP
1 6 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 5 (23.81%) SAP
3 2 (9.52%) Citrix
4 1 (4.76%) BMC
4 1 (4.76%) Oracle
4 1 (4.76%) Remedy