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 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 / Buckinghamshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 70 67 83
Rank change year-on-year -3 +16  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 14 11 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 1.36% 1.05% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.59% 4.42% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 4
Median daily rate £350 £400 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +20.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £332 £291 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £510 £346
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 Buckinghamshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Buckinghamshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 390 249 305
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 37.94% 23.87% 25.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 160 161
Median daily rate £425 £413 £342
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +20.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £506 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 11
Median hourly rate £18.00 £31.25 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.40% +64.47%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 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
Milton Keynes 0 12 £350 -12.50%
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 Buckinghamshire region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 12 (80.00%) ISEB
2 11 (73.33%) Finance
3 7 (46.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 7 (46.67%) Test Scripting
4 6 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (33.33%) SQL
5 5 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (33.33%) Defect Management
6 4 (26.67%) System Integration Testing
6 4 (26.67%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (26.67%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (26.67%) Waterfall
6 4 (26.67%) Integration Testing
6 4 (26.67%) SAP
6 4 (26.67%) MS Excel
6 4 (26.67%) Microsoft
6 4 (26.67%) HP
6 4 (26.67%) Regression Testing
6 4 (26.67%) QA
6 4 (26.67%) Smoke Testing
7 3 (20.00%) VBA
7 3 (20.00%) Test Strategy
8 2 (13.33%) SpecFlow
8 2 (13.33%) Functional Testing
8 2 (13.33%) Mobile App
8 2 (13.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (13.33%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 2 (13.33%) MSTest
8 2 (13.33%) Test Management

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 (26.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (6.67%) SAP FI
Development Applications
1 4 (26.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (13.33%) JIRA
2 2 (13.33%) MSTest
2 2 (13.33%) Selenium
2 2 (13.33%) SpecFlow
2 2 (13.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 11 (73.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (73.33%) Analyst
1 11 (73.33%) Test Analyst
2 6 (40.00%) Financial Analyst
3 5 (33.33%) Service Analyst
3 5 (33.33%) UAT Analyst
3 5 (33.33%) UAT Test Analyst
4 3 (20.00%) Test Scripter
5 2 (13.33%) Call Centre Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Functional Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Functional Test Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) QA Manager
5 2 (13.33%) Strategy Manager
5 2 (13.33%) Test Automation Manager
5 2 (13.33%) Test Manager
5 2 (13.33%) Test Strategy Manager
6 1 (6.67%) Data Migration Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) Lead Test Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) Project Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) SQL Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (13.33%) Android
1 2 (13.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (46.67%) Test Scripting
1 7 (46.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 6 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 5 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (26.67%) Integration Testing
4 4 (26.67%) Regression Testing
4 4 (26.67%) Smoke Testing
4 4 (26.67%) System Integration Testing
4 4 (26.67%) Waterfall
5 3 (20.00%) Test Strategy
6 2 (13.33%) Automated Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Document Management
6 2 (13.33%) Functional Testing
6 2 (13.33%) ITIL
6 2 (13.33%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Performance Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Scrum
6 2 (13.33%) Software Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (33.33%) SQL
2 3 (20.00%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (80.00%) ISEB
2 5 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (13.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (13.33%) SC Cleared
3 2 (13.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (26.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (26.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (26.67%) HP
1 4 (26.67%) Microsoft
1 4 (26.67%) SAP
2 2 (13.33%) Citrix