The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 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)
England / East Midlands
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 92 88 90
Rank change year-on-year -4 +2  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 9 5 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 0.60% 0.31% 0.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.16% 1.67% 2.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 3
Median daily rate £388 £250 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +55.00% -16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £250 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £250 £340
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £320 £300
% change year-on-year +9.37% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £48.50 -
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 East Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
East Midlands
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 285 299 284
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 19.03% 18.32% 16.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 191 164
Median daily rate £400 £370 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.10% -3.89%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £205 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £451
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 16 18
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% +25.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £9.87 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.50 £21.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the East Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East Midlands 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 East Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the East Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the East Midlands

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB in the East Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in the East Midlands

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Contract Job Locations in the East Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the East Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 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
Northamptonshire +7 8 £388 +55.00%
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

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Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the East Midlands

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 East Midlands region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 12 (54.55%) ISEB
2 8 (36.36%) SQL
3 7 (31.82%) Finance
3 7 (31.82%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (27.27%) SoapUI
5 5 (22.73%) Automation Testing
5 5 (22.73%) Unix
5 5 (22.73%) Selenium
5 5 (22.73%) Test Scripting
5 5 (22.73%) Test Automation
6 4 (18.18%) Integration Testing
6 4 (18.18%) System Testing
6 4 (18.18%) Software Testing
6 4 (18.18%) SOAP
6 4 (18.18%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (13.64%) Functional Testing
7 3 (13.64%) BDD
7 3 (13.64%) XML
7 3 (13.64%) Oracle
7 3 (13.64%) Linux
7 3 (13.64%) TDD
7 3 (13.64%) Banking
7 3 (13.64%) Retail
7 3 (13.64%) Scrum
7 3 (13.64%) Regression Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Automated Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Retail Banking
7 3 (13.64%) QA
7 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the East Midlands 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 6 (27.27%) SoapUI
2 5 (22.73%) Selenium
3 3 (13.64%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (13.64%) WebDriver
4 2 (9.09%) JUnit
4 2 (9.09%) Robot Framework
4 2 (9.09%) TestNG
5 1 (4.55%) HP UFT
5 1 (4.55%) Jenkins
5 1 (4.55%) LoadRunner
5 1 (4.55%) LoadUI
5 1 (4.55%) Rational Robot
General
1 7 (31.82%) Finance
2 3 (13.64%) Banking
2 3 (13.64%) Retail
2 3 (13.64%) Retail Banking
3 2 (9.09%) Legal
Job Titles
1 11 (50.00%) Analyst
1 11 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 4 (18.18%) Test Leader
2 4 (18.18%) Tester
3 3 (13.64%) Automation Test Analyst
3 3 (13.64%) Automation Tester
3 3 (13.64%) Senior Analyst
3 3 (13.64%) Senior Test Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Data Warehouse Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Junior
4 2 (9.09%) Junior Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Junior Test Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Test Automation Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Test Data Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Test Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Agile Tester
5 1 (4.55%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Payments Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Web Applications Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (18.18%) SOAP
2 3 (13.64%) XML
3 1 (4.55%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.55%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 5 (22.73%) Unix
2 3 (13.64%) Linux
3 1 (4.55%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (31.82%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (22.73%) Automation Testing
2 5 (22.73%) Test Automation
2 5 (22.73%) Test Scripting
3 4 (18.18%) Integration Testing
3 4 (18.18%) Non-Functional Testing
3 4 (18.18%) Software Testing
3 4 (18.18%) System Testing
4 3 (13.64%) Automated Testing
4 3 (13.64%) BDD
4 3 (13.64%) Functional Testing
4 3 (13.64%) Manual Testing
4 3 (13.64%) Regression Testing
4 3 (13.64%) Scrum
4 3 (13.64%) TDD
4 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (9.09%) API Testing
5 2 (9.09%) Energy Management
5 2 (9.09%) SDLC
5 2 (9.09%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (36.36%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (54.55%) ISEB
2 2 (9.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.64%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (13.64%) Oracle
2 2 (9.09%) Pega