The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 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)
London / City of London
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 156 128 161
Rank change year-on-year -28 +33  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 6 26 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.20% 0.78% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.38% 5.30% 3.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 12 19
Median daily rate £400 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -2.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £225 £307
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £543 £482
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £320 £300
% change year-on-year +9.37% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London.

Academic & Professional Certification
City of London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 434 491 852
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.17% 14.64% 16.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 351 632
Median daily rate £475 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £269 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 17
Median hourly rate £15.87 £20.89 £21.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.04% -2.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.32 £17.00 £14.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.56 £37.37 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the City of London

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the City of London over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 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 City of London region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 4 (40.00%) SQL
1 4 (40.00%) ISEB
1 4 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
1 4 (40.00%) Test Scripting
1 4 (40.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 3 (30.00%) Contactless
2 3 (30.00%) Automated Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Reference Data
2 3 (30.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (30.00%) SpecFlow
2 3 (30.00%) C#
2 3 (30.00%) .NET
2 3 (30.00%) Regression Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (30.00%) Banking
3 2 (20.00%) Finance
3 2 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (20.00%) Functional Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Test Strategy
3 2 (20.00%) Load Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Automation Testing
3 2 (20.00%) PMO
4 1 (10.00%) NeoLoad
4 1 (10.00%) Smoke Testing
4 1 (10.00%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
4 1 (10.00%) Mentoring
4 1 (10.00%) AppDynamics
4 1 (10.00%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 1 (10.00%) WorldPay

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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:

Business Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (10.00%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) Firewall
1 1 (10.00%) Internet
1 1 (10.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (10.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (10.00%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (10.00%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
1 1 (10.00%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 3 (30.00%) SpecFlow
1 3 (30.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (10.00%) Git (software)
2 1 (10.00%) Jenkins
2 1 (10.00%) Maven
2 1 (10.00%) NeoLoad
2 1 (10.00%) Selenium
2 1 (10.00%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (30.00%) Banking
2 2 (20.00%) Finance
3 1 (10.00%) General Ledger
3 1 (10.00%) Investment Banking
3 1 (10.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (50.00%) Analyst
1 5 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 3 (30.00%) Tester
3 2 (20.00%) Automation Tester
4 1 (10.00%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Business Intelligence Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Data Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) ETL Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Firewall Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Fraud Specialist
4 1 (10.00%) Performance Tester
4 1 (10.00%) PMO Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) SAP Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) SAP BI Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) SAP Test Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) SQL Data Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Test Leader
4 1 (10.00%) Test Specialist
4 1 (10.00%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (30.00%) .NET
2 1 (10.00%) SAP CO-PA
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) Contactless
1 3 (30.00%) Reference Data
2 1 (10.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Mac OS X
1 1 (10.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (40.00%) Test Scripting
1 4 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (30.00%) Automated Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Regression Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Automation Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Functional Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Load Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Test Strategy
4 1 (10.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (10.00%) Data Transformation
4 1 (10.00%) Defect Management
4 1 (10.00%) Integration Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Mentoring
4 1 (10.00%) Project Governance
4 1 (10.00%) SDLC
4 1 (10.00%) Smoke Testing
4 1 (10.00%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (10.00%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 4 (40.00%) SQL
2 3 (30.00%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (40.00%) ISEB
1 4 (40.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (10.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (20.00%) PMO
2 1 (10.00%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 2 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (10.00%) AppDynamics
2 1 (10.00%) SAP
2 1 (10.00%) WorldPay