The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh 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)
Scotland / Edinburgh
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 63 77 62
Rank change year-on-year +14 -15  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 8 16 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Edinburgh 0.88% 1.05% 1.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.50% 11.43% 18.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 6 21
Median daily rate £338 £285 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.42% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £236 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £413 £400
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 Edinburgh.

Academic & Professional Certification
Edinburgh
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 123 140 132
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh 13.55% 9.22% 9.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 72 74
Median daily rate £400 £425 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +30.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £244 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £550 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 5
Median hourly rate £52.00 £40.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.00% -15.78%  
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 Edinburgh

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Edinburgh

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Edinburgh

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Edinburgh

ISTQB
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Edinburgh

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 Edinburgh region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 8 (53.33%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (40.00%) ISEB
2 6 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (33.33%) JIRA
4 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (20.00%) User Stories
5 3 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (20.00%) Selenium
5 3 (20.00%) Test Scripting
5 3 (20.00%) BDD
6 2 (13.33%) WebDriver
6 2 (13.33%) Manual Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Test Automation
6 2 (13.33%) Automation Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Test Planning
6 2 (13.33%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (13.33%) SQL
6 2 (13.33%) Linux
6 2 (13.33%) Degree
6 2 (13.33%) QA
6 2 (13.33%) Software Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Banking
6 2 (13.33%) Finance
7 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (6.67%) Scrum
7 1 (6.67%) Retail
7 1 (6.67%) Data Management
7 1 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
7 1 (6.67%) Computer Science

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Edinburgh 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 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
Development Applications
1 5 (33.33%) JIRA
2 3 (20.00%) Selenium
3 2 (13.33%) WebDriver
4 1 (6.67%) LoadRunner
4 1 (6.67%) SpecFlow
4 1 (6.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (13.33%) Banking
1 2 (13.33%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Retail
2 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (40.00%) Analyst
1 6 (40.00%) Test Analyst
2 4 (26.67%) Test Manager
3 2 (13.33%) Senior Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Senior Test Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Tester
3 2 (13.33%) UAT Manager
3 2 (13.33%) UAT Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Banking Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) CRM Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Developer in Test
4 1 (6.67%) QA Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Test Leader
4 1 (6.67%) UAT Lead
4 1 (6.67%) UAT Test Lead
4 1 (6.67%) UAT Test Manager
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (13.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (20.00%) BDD
3 3 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (20.00%) User Stories
4 2 (13.33%) Automation Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Manual Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Software Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Test Automation
4 2 (13.33%) Test Planning
5 1 (6.67%) CRM
5 1 (6.67%) Data Management
5 1 (6.67%) Performance Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Regression Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Release Management
5 1 (6.67%) Risk Management
5 1 (6.67%) Scrum
5 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (6.67%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (13.33%) SQL
2 1 (6.67%) C#
2 1 (6.67%) Java
2 1 (6.67%) Python
Qualifications
1 6 (40.00%) ISEB
2 3 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (13.33%) Degree
4 1 (6.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (13.33%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (13.33%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (6.67%) Microsoft