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 27 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)
Scotland / Edinburgh
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 65 93 73
Rank change year-on-year +28 -20  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 14 8 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Edinburgh 1.14% 0.59% 0.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.86% 6.15% 10.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 5 12
Median daily rate £310 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £255 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £345 £340
UK excluding London median daily rate £341 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +4.76% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Edinburgh.

Academic & Professional Certification
Edinburgh
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 142 130 134
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh 11.56% 9.65% 9.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 67 74
Median daily rate £375 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £245 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Median hourly rate £43.39 £42.50 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.09% +32.81%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

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 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Edinburgh

For the 6 months to 27 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 Edinburgh region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 15 (68.18%) ISEB
2 13 (59.09%) User Acceptance Testing
3 11 (50.00%) Test Scripting
4 8 (36.36%) Retail Banking
4 8 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (36.36%) Banking
4 8 (36.36%) Retail
5 7 (31.82%) Finance
5 7 (31.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (27.27%) Test Planning
7 4 (18.18%) Scrum
7 4 (18.18%) JIRA
7 4 (18.18%) Test Automation
7 4 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (13.64%) Manual Testing
8 3 (13.64%) QA
8 3 (13.64%) Selenium
8 3 (13.64%) Software Testing
8 3 (13.64%) Oracle
8 3 (13.64%) WebLogic
8 3 (13.64%) Unix
8 3 (13.64%) Windows
9 2 (9.09%) Linux
9 2 (9.09%) Python
9 2 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
9 2 (9.09%) Java
9 2 (9.09%) SQL
9 2 (9.09%) Test Management
9 2 (9.09%) Degree
9 2 (9.09%) Spanish Language

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:

Application Platforms
1 3 (13.64%) WebLogic
2 1 (4.55%) WebLogic Portal
Business Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.55%) Internet
Development Applications
1 4 (18.18%) JIRA
2 3 (13.64%) Selenium
3 2 (9.09%) WebDriver
4 1 (4.55%) HP UFT
4 1 (4.55%) SpecFlow
4 1 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.55%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (36.36%) Banking
1 8 (36.36%) Retail
1 8 (36.36%) Retail Banking
2 7 (31.82%) Finance
3 2 (9.09%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 12 (54.55%) Analyst
2 11 (50.00%) Test Analyst
3 6 (27.27%) Test Manager
4 5 (22.73%) Senior Analyst
5 4 (18.18%) Senior Test Analyst
6 3 (13.64%) Test Leader
6 3 (13.64%) UAT Analyst
6 3 (13.64%) UAT Test Analyst
7 2 (9.09%) Agile Test Analyst
7 2 (9.09%) Banking Analyst
7 2 (9.09%) Scrum Master
7 2 (9.09%) Tester
7 2 (9.09%) UAT Manager
7 2 (9.09%) UAT Tester
8 1 (4.55%) Applications Manager
8 1 (4.55%) Credit Analyst
8 1 (4.55%) Oracle Analyst
8 1 (4.55%) QA Analyst
8 1 (4.55%) Risk Analyst
8 1 (4.55%) Senior QA Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (9.09%) Mobile App
3 1 (4.55%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.55%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.64%) Unix
1 3 (13.64%) Windows
2 2 (9.09%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (59.09%) User Acceptance Testing
2 11 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 8 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (27.27%) Test Planning
5 4 (18.18%) Scrum
5 4 (18.18%) Test Automation
6 3 (13.64%) Manual Testing
6 3 (13.64%) Software Testing
7 2 (9.09%) BDD
7 2 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (9.09%) Scenario Testing
7 2 (9.09%) Test Management
7 2 (9.09%) User Stories
8 1 (4.55%) Analytics
8 1 (4.55%) Cybersecurity
8 1 (4.55%) Data Analytics
8 1 (4.55%) Non-Functional Testing
8 1 (4.55%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 1 (4.55%) Test Strategy
8 1 (4.55%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (9.09%) Java
1 2 (9.09%) Python
1 2 (9.09%) SQL
2 1 (4.55%) C#
Qualifications
1 15 (68.18%) ISEB
2 7 (31.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (9.09%) Degree
3 2 (9.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (4.55%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.64%) QA
2 2 (9.09%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (4.55%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (13.64%) Oracle
2 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.55%) Xamarin