The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 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)
England / East of England
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 122 114 136
Rank change year-on-year -8 +22  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 13 16 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 0.56% 0.64% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.92% 3.71% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 8 4
Median daily rate £363 £294 £273
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.40% +7.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £246 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £406 £465 £299
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Median hourly rate £43.25 £105.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -59.00% -  
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 the East of England.

Academic & Professional Certification
East of England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 445 431 548
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 19.12% 17.25% 17.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 234 298
Median daily rate £380 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £174 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 42 70
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.56 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.92% +31.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.41 £10.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £49.90 £49.40
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 the East of England

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

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the East of England

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the East of England over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the East of England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in the East of England

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 of England region over the 3 months to 26 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
Suffolk +14 3 - - 2
Hertfordshire -5 3 £353 -21.66%
Cambridgeshire 0 2 - - 3
Essex -21 2 £363 +45.00%
Bedfordshire - 2 £329 - 1
East Anglia - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 26 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 East of England region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 22 (75.86%) Test Automation
2 21 (72.41%) ISEB
3 20 (68.97%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (65.52%) JIRA
5 15 (51.72%) Software Testing
6 12 (41.38%) Test Scripting
6 12 (41.38%) SDLC
7 11 (37.93%) Selenium
7 11 (37.93%) Scrum
8 10 (34.48%) SQL
8 10 (34.48%) User Stories
9 9 (31.03%) SoapUI
9 9 (31.03%) Confluence
10 8 (27.59%) Waterfall
10 8 (27.59%) QA
11 7 (24.14%) Microsoft
11 7 (24.14%) TDD
11 7 (24.14%) User Acceptance Testing
11 7 (24.14%) BDD
11 7 (24.14%) Defect Management
12 6 (20.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 6 (20.69%) Oracle
12 6 (20.69%) JMeter
12 6 (20.69%) LoadRunner
13 5 (17.24%) WebLogic
13 5 (17.24%) Windows
13 5 (17.24%) Python
13 5 (17.24%) Client/Server
13 5 (17.24%) Test Management
13 5 (17.24%) Kanban

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 9 (31.03%) Confluence
2 5 (17.24%) WebLogic
3 1 (3.45%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Maximo
1 1 (3.45%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 3 (10.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.90%) TCP/IP
1 2 (6.90%) Wireshark
2 1 (3.45%) GGSN
2 1 (3.45%) Value-Added Service
2 1 (3.45%) VoWiFi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.34%) Pentaho
2 2 (6.90%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 19 (65.52%) JIRA
2 11 (37.93%) Selenium
3 9 (31.03%) SoapUI
4 6 (20.69%) JMeter
4 6 (20.69%) LoadRunner
5 4 (13.79%) Cucumber
6 3 (10.34%) Calabash
6 3 (10.34%) Capybara
6 3 (10.34%) MSTest
7 2 (6.90%) Git (software)
7 2 (6.90%) GoogleTest
7 2 (6.90%) MSI
7 2 (6.90%) Rational Rhapsody
7 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (6.90%) Visual Studio
7 2 (6.90%) WebDriver
8 1 (3.45%) Appium
8 1 (3.45%) Gatling
8 1 (3.45%) Jenkins
8 1 (3.45%) TestPartner
General
1 3 (10.34%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (6.90%) Retail
3 1 (3.45%) Advertising
3 1 (3.45%) Billing
3 1 (3.45%) Finance
3 1 (3.45%) Local Government
3 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (37.93%) Test Engineer
2 9 (31.03%) Tester
3 8 (27.59%) Analyst
3 8 (27.59%) Test Analyst
4 7 (24.14%) Software Test Engineer
5 4 (13.79%) Applications Engineer
6 3 (10.34%) Mobile Engineer
7 2 (6.90%) Automation Tester
7 2 (6.90%) Software Tester
8 1 (3.45%) Network Support
8 1 (3.45%) QA Tester
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Network Support
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Network Support Engineer
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Telecoms Engineer
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Test Engineer
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Web Engineer
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Web Tester
8 1 (3.45%) Test Leader
8 1 (3.45%) Web Engineer
8 1 (3.45%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.90%) .NET
1 2 (6.90%) WCF
1 2 (6.90%) Web Services
1 2 (6.90%) WPF
1 2 (6.90%) XML
2 1 (3.45%) CSS
2 1 (3.45%) HTML
2 1 (3.45%) J2EE
2 1 (3.45%) Middleware
2 1 (3.45%) RESTful
2 1 (3.45%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) Client/Server
2 4 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (10.34%) Mobile App
4 1 (3.45%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 5 (17.24%) Windows
2 3 (10.34%) Android
2 3 (10.34%) Apple iOS
3 2 (6.90%) Windows 7
3 2 (6.90%) Windows 8
3 2 (6.90%) Windows Server
3 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (6.90%) Windows Vista
3 2 (6.90%) Windows XP
4 1 (3.45%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (75.86%) Test Automation
2 20 (68.97%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (51.72%) Software Testing
4 12 (41.38%) SDLC
4 12 (41.38%) Test Scripting
5 11 (37.93%) Scrum
6 10 (34.48%) User Stories
7 8 (27.59%) Waterfall
8 7 (24.14%) BDD
8 7 (24.14%) Defect Management
8 7 (24.14%) TDD
8 7 (24.14%) User Acceptance Testing
9 5 (17.24%) Kanban
9 5 (17.24%) Test Management
10 4 (13.79%) API Design
10 4 (13.79%) Functional Testing
10 4 (13.79%) Regression Testing
10 4 (13.79%) Test Strategy
11 3 (10.34%) API Testing
11 3 (10.34%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 10 (34.48%) SQL
2 5 (17.24%) Python
3 4 (13.79%) C
3 4 (13.79%) Java
3 4 (13.79%) JavaScript
4 3 (10.34%) C#
4 3 (10.34%) Ruby
5 2 (6.90%) C++
5 2 (6.90%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 21 (72.41%) ISEB
2 6 (20.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (10.34%) SC Cleared
3 3 (10.34%) Security Cleared
4 2 (6.90%) Degree
5 1 (3.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (27.59%) QA
2 3 (10.34%) Data Quality
2 3 (10.34%) SLA
3 2 (6.90%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (3.45%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (6.90%) Active Directory
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft App-V
1 2 (6.90%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 3 (10.34%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (6.90%) BladeLogic
2 2 (6.90%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (24.14%) Microsoft
2 6 (20.69%) Oracle
3 4 (13.79%) HP
4 2 (6.90%) BMC
4 2 (6.90%) Google
4 2 (6.90%) IBM
5 1 (3.45%) Atlassian
5 1 (3.45%) Computacenter
5 1 (3.45%) Huawei
5 1 (3.45%) Nokia
5 1 (3.45%) Redknee
5 1 (3.45%) Siemens