Period
to 20 June 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 June 2018 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
UK > England
6 months to
20 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 609 588 548
Rank change year-on-year -21 -40 -4
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 239 222 332
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.26% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.39% 1.31% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 163 210
England median daily rate £370 £340 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +2.64% -5.36%
10th Percentile £278 £213 £230
90th Percentile £441 £450 £450
UK median daily rate £365 £339 £335
% change year-on-year +7.75% +1.12% -4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 7
England median hourly rate £29.00 £41.63 £48.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.33% -14.18% +115.56%
10th Percentile £24.80 £36.25 £34.60
90th Percentile £39.20 £83.69 £182.00
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £41.63 £48.50
% change year-on-year -30.33% -14.18% +115.56%

ISTQB Foundation Certification is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 17,224 16,975 20,990
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.90% 20.22% 21.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,293 10,439 13,245
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £631 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 771 862 738
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +7.14% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.09
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £24.69 £30.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -17.72% -7.69% +44.44%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing ISTQB Foundation Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in England

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in England

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in England over the 6 months to 20 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in England

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in England

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in England over the 6 months to 20 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in England

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the England region over the 6 months to 20 June 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -8 99 £350 +7.69% 17
Midlands +9 33 £400 +33.33% 8
London -56 32 £400 +6.67% 11
West Midlands +7 28 £400 +37.34% 5
North of England -24 28 £384 +27.92% 9
South West -1 25 £350 -7.89% 5
East of England +18 21 £335 +3.08% 5
Yorkshire -11 16 £400 +20.75% 3
North West -14 11 £350 +95.53% 5
East Midlands -4 5 £250 -28.57% 3
North East -1 1 £393 +30.83% 1
ISTQB Foundation Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 20 June 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 185 (77.41%) ISTQB
2 155 (64.85%) ISEB
3 118 (49.37%) Agile Software Development
4 109 (45.61%) Test Automation
5 100 (41.84%) Test Scripting
6 90 (37.66%) Software Testing
7 82 (34.31%) HP
8 76 (31.80%) Selenium
9 73 (30.54%) Oracle
9 73 (30.54%) Test Strategy
10 70 (29.29%) SQL
11 67 (28.03%) Scrum
12 61 (25.52%) Windows
13 60 (25.10%) Java
13 60 (25.10%) Microsoft
13 60 (25.10%) Security Cleared
14 56 (23.43%) HP Quality Center
15 55 (23.01%) HP ALM
16 50 (20.92%) Regression Testing
17 49 (20.50%) System Integration Testing
18 48 (20.08%) Finance
19 43 (17.99%) SC Cleared
20 42 (17.57%) SQL Server
20 42 (17.57%) .NET
21 39 (16.32%) webMethods
21 39 (16.32%) Team Foundation Server
22 38 (15.90%) User Acceptance Testing
23 37 (15.48%) Performance Testing
24 36 (15.06%) Oracle Database
25 35 (14.64%) Unix

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 21 (8.79%) WebLogic
2 6 (2.51%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (2.09%) Apache
3 5 (2.09%) Confluence
3 5 (2.09%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 5 (2.09%) Tomcat
3 5 (2.09%) WebLogic Integration
4 2 (0.84%) CMS
4 2 (0.84%) SAS
5 1 (0.42%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.42%) Documentum
5 1 (0.42%) SharePoint
Applications
1 29 (12.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 26 (10.88%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (4.60%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (1.67%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (2.51%) SAP S/4HANA
2 4 (1.67%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (1.26%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.42%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.42%) Maximo
4 1 (0.42%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.42%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.42%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.42%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.42%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.42%) SAP FI-CA
4 1 (0.42%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.42%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 22 (9.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (2.51%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.84%) Google Cloud Platform
3 2 (0.84%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.42%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (9.62%) PuTTY
2 22 (9.21%) WinSCP
3 7 (2.93%) Firewall
3 7 (2.93%) TCP/IP
4 6 (2.51%) MVNO
5 5 (2.09%) DNS
5 5 (2.09%) FTP
6 3 (1.26%) 2G
6 3 (1.26%) 3G
6 3 (1.26%) 4G
6 3 (1.26%) GSM
6 3 (1.26%) SAN
6 3 (1.26%) SCCP
6 3 (1.26%) SIGTRAN
6 3 (1.26%) UMTS
6 3 (1.26%) VoIP
7 2 (0.84%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (0.84%) ISUP
7 2 (0.84%) LTE
7 2 (0.84%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (17.57%) SQL Server
2 36 (15.06%) Oracle Database
3 25 (10.46%) Oracle Database 10g
4 22 (9.21%) Oracle Database 11g
4 22 (9.21%) SQL Server 2012
4 22 (9.21%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (2.51%) MySQL
6 5 (2.09%) MS Access
7 3 (1.26%) Geospatial Data
7 3 (1.26%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (1.26%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.84%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (0.84%) BigQuery
8 2 (0.84%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.84%) Oracle OWB
8 2 (0.84%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.42%) Apache Accumulo
9 1 (0.42%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 76 (31.80%) Selenium
2 39 (16.32%) Team Foundation Server
3 31 (12.97%) JIRA
3 31 (12.97%) SoapUI
3 31 (12.97%) SpecFlow
4 28 (11.72%) WebDriver
5 26 (10.88%) HP UFT
6 25 (10.46%) Oracle APEX
7 23 (9.62%) Ant
7 23 (9.62%) Eclipse
8 22 (9.21%) TestNG
9 19 (7.95%) LoadRunner
10 17 (7.11%) Protractor
10 17 (7.11%) Visual Studio
11 16 (6.69%) Toad
12 15 (6.28%) TeamCity
13 14 (5.86%) Cucumber
14 9 (3.77%) Jenkins
15 6 (2.51%) Git (software)
16 5 (2.09%) Appium
General
1 48 (20.08%) Finance
2 22 (9.21%) Banking
3 21 (8.79%) Retail
4 18 (7.53%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.93%) Billing
6 5 (2.09%) Military
7 2 (0.84%) Legal
7 2 (0.84%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 119 (49.79%) Analyst
2 113 (47.28%) Test Analyst
3 42 (17.57%) Tester
4 33 (13.81%) Test Leader
5 22 (9.21%) Automation Test Analyst
6 17 (7.11%) Automation Tester
6 17 (7.11%) Test Engineer
7 15 (6.28%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
8 13 (5.44%) Test Manager
9 12 (5.02%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 12 (5.02%) Test Automation Engineer
10 7 (2.93%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 7 (2.93%) Senior Analyst
10 7 (2.93%) Senior Test Analyst
11 6 (2.51%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
11 6 (2.51%) Manual Test Analyst
11 6 (2.51%) QA Tester
12 5 (2.09%) SAP Test Analyst
12 5 (2.09%) Selenium Automation Tester
12 5 (2.09%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (17.57%) .NET
2 32 (13.39%) XML
3 30 (12.55%) Web Services
4 7 (2.93%) .NET Framework
4 7 (2.93%) HTML
5 6 (2.51%) SOAP
6 4 (1.67%) ASP.NET
7 3 (1.26%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.26%) Gherkin
7 3 (1.26%) WebdriverIO
8 2 (0.84%) CSS
8 2 (0.84%) ODBC
8 2 (0.84%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.42%) Chai
9 1 (0.42%) Java SE
9 1 (0.42%) JSON
9 1 (0.42%) Middleware
9 1 (0.42%) REST
9 1 (0.42%) Spring
9 1 (0.42%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 22 (9.21%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (4.18%) Greenfield Project
3 9 (3.77%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.93%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.09%) N-Tier
5 5 (2.09%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.26%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.26%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.26%) EPoS
6 3 (1.26%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.26%) NHS
6 3 (1.26%) PKI
7 2 (0.84%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.84%) MPEG
7 2 (0.84%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.42%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.42%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.42%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.42%) Reinsurance
8 1 (0.42%) STB
Operating Systems
1 61 (25.52%) Windows
2 35 (14.64%) Unix
3 32 (13.39%) Linux
4 27 (11.30%) Windows Server
5 22 (9.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (8.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (2.09%) HPUX
7 5 (2.09%) SUSE
8 4 (1.67%) Android
8 4 (1.67%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.26%) Windows 10
9 3 (1.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.84%) VME
10 2 (0.84%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.42%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.42%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (49.37%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (45.61%) Test Automation
3 100 (41.84%) Test Scripting
4 90 (37.66%) Software Testing
5 73 (30.54%) Test Strategy
6 67 (28.03%) Scrum
7 50 (20.92%) Regression Testing
8 49 (20.50%) System Integration Testing
9 38 (15.90%) User Acceptance Testing
10 37 (15.48%) Performance Testing
11 30 (12.55%) Defect Management
12 29 (12.13%) API Testing
13 28 (11.72%) Continuous Integration
13 28 (11.72%) DevOps
13 28 (11.72%) Scenario Testing
14 27 (11.30%) Customer Requirements
14 27 (11.30%) TDD
15 26 (10.88%) Waterfall
16 25 (10.46%) Defect Tracking
17 24 (10.04%) Acceptance Criteria
Programming Languages
1 70 (29.29%) SQL
2 60 (25.10%) Java
3 30 (12.55%) C#
4 27 (11.30%) JavaScript
5 21 (8.79%) F#
6 8 (3.35%) Python
7 6 (2.51%) VB
8 5 (2.09%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 5 (2.09%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.67%) VB.NET
9 4 (1.67%) VBScript
10 3 (1.26%) C++
11 2 (0.84%) C
11 2 (0.84%) Ruby
12 1 (0.42%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.42%) Java 8
12 1 (0.42%) Perl
12 1 (0.42%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.42%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 185 (77.41%) ISTQB
2 155 (64.85%) ISEB
3 60 (25.10%) Security Cleared
4 43 (17.99%) SC Cleared
5 26 (10.88%) ISEB Practitioner
6 19 (7.95%) Degree
7 11 (4.60%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (2.93%) DV Cleared
9 5 (2.09%) CCNA
9 5 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (2.09%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (1.26%) IIBA
10 3 (1.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.84%) BC Cleared
11 2 (0.84%) CCNP
11 2 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.42%) MCP
12 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.42%) OCP
12 1 (0.42%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (12.55%) QA
2 2 (0.84%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (8.79%) vSphere
2 8 (3.35%) Active Directory
3 6 (2.51%) Docker
4 4 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.84%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.84%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 56 (23.43%) HP Quality Center
2 55 (23.01%) HP ALM
3 6 (2.51%) logstash
3 6 (2.51%) vRealize
4 3 (1.26%) SCCM
4 3 (1.26%) SCOM
4 3 (1.26%) vMotion
5 1 (0.42%) Puppet
Vendors
1 82 (34.31%) HP
2 73 (30.54%) Oracle
3 60 (25.10%) Microsoft
4 39 (16.32%) webMethods
5 29 (12.13%) VMware
6 23 (9.62%) Software AG
7 21 (8.79%) Red Hat
8 11 (4.60%) SAP
9 9 (3.77%) Cisco
10 6 (2.51%) AppDynamics
10 6 (2.51%) MuleSoft
11 5 (2.09%) TIBCO
12 3 (1.26%) Citrix
12 3 (1.26%) LogRhythm
12 3 (1.26%) Lumension
12 3 (1.26%) NetApp
13 2 (0.84%) Atlassian
13 2 (0.84%) CA Agile Central
13 2 (0.84%) Google
13 2 (0.84%) Maxymiser