Period
to 18 November 2017

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 6 months to 18 November 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
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 115 95 122
Rank change year-on-year -20 +27 -24
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 22 13 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 0.93% 0.74% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.25% 2.78% 3.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 11 17
Buckinghamshire median daily rate £320 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.67% +25.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £284 £120 £204
90th Percentile £342 £513 £388
South East median daily rate £350 £320 £375
% change year-on-year +9.38% -14.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Buckinghamshire median hourly rate - - £27.00
South East median hourly rate £45.00 - £25.00

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 contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Buckinghamshire
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 518 467 576
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 21.90% 26.49% 21.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 333 381
Buckinghamshire median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £162 £231 £213
90th Percentile £525 £550 £525
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 6 9
Buckinghamshire median hourly rate £21.00 £20.25 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.70% -43.75% +140.00%
10th Percentile £12.01 £10.24 £16.82
90th Percentile £48.75 £39.00 £46.50
South East median hourly rate £25.69 £34.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -24.44% +25.93% +58.82%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Buckinghamshire

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire.

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 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Milton Keynes -14 20 £320 -14.67%
ISTQB
South East

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 20 (90.91%) ISEB
2 19 (86.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 14 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (50.00%) Software Testing
4 11 (50.00%) HP
4 11 (50.00%) Waterfall
5 8 (36.36%) Test Automation
5 8 (36.36%) Microsoft Excel
6 7 (31.82%) SQL Server
6 7 (31.82%) Finance
6 7 (31.82%) Test Scripting
7 6 (27.27%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (27.27%) Banking
7 6 (27.27%) Microsoft Office
8 5 (22.73%) SAP
8 5 (22.73%) Microsoft Project
8 5 (22.73%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (22.73%) Data Protection
8 5 (22.73%) Smoke Testing
8 5 (22.73%) Data Privacy
8 5 (22.73%) Information Governance
9 4 (18.18%) Test Strategy
9 4 (18.18%) Middleware
10 3 (13.64%) BusinessObjects
10 3 (13.64%) Java
10 3 (13.64%) Migration
10 3 (13.64%) Security Cleared
10 3 (13.64%) Integration Testing
10 3 (13.64%) Selenium
10 3 (13.64%) User Stories

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (4.55%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (36.36%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (27.27%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (22.73%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (4.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (4.55%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.55%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (31.82%) SQL Server
2 3 (13.64%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 3 (13.64%) Selenium
2 2 (9.09%) JIRA
2 2 (9.09%) WebDriver
3 1 (4.55%) Bitbucket
3 1 (4.55%) Cucumber
3 1 (4.55%) Git (software)
3 1 (4.55%) Jenkins
3 1 (4.55%) LoadRunner
3 1 (4.55%) Selenium IDE
3 1 (4.55%) SoapUI
3 1 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (4.55%) TestNG
3 1 (4.55%) XMLSpy
General
1 7 (31.82%) Finance
2 6 (27.27%) Banking
3 1 (4.55%) Games
3 1 (4.55%) Retail
Job Titles
1 15 (68.18%) Analyst
1 15 (68.18%) Test Analyst
2 4 (18.18%) Senior Analyst
2 4 (18.18%) Senior Test Analyst
2 4 (18.18%) Test Manager
3 2 (9.09%) Middleware Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) Tester
4 1 (4.55%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Automation Tester
4 1 (4.55%) Business Test Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Developer
4 1 (4.55%) Developer in Test
4 1 (4.55%) E-Commerce Tester
4 1 (4.55%) Financial Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) SAP Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) SAP BusinessObjects (BO) Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) SAP Financial Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) SAP Test Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (18.18%) Middleware
2 1 (4.55%) .NET
2 1 (4.55%) SOAP
2 1 (4.55%) Web Services
2 1 (4.55%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.55%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.55%) Linux
1 1 (4.55%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 11 (50.00%) Waterfall
3 8 (36.36%) Test Automation
4 7 (31.82%) Test Scripting
5 6 (27.27%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Data Privacy
6 5 (22.73%) Data Protection
6 5 (22.73%) Information Governance
6 5 (22.73%) Smoke Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (18.18%) Test Strategy
8 3 (13.64%) Integration Testing
8 3 (13.64%) Migration
8 3 (13.64%) Scenario Testing
8 3 (13.64%) System Integration Testing
8 3 (13.64%) User Stories
9 2 (9.09%) Manual Testing
9 2 (9.09%) Regression Testing
9 2 (9.09%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.64%) Java
2 1 (4.55%) Python
Qualifications
1 20 (90.91%) ISEB
2 19 (86.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (13.64%) Security Cleared
4 1 (4.55%) DV Cleared
4 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.64%) GDPR
2 1 (4.55%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (4.55%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (50.00%) HP
2 5 (22.73%) SAP
3 2 (9.09%) Microsoft
4 1 (4.55%) Atlassian
4 1 (4.55%) BMC
4 1 (4.55%) Remedy