Period
to 19 November 2019

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 19 November 2019 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
19 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 603 571 644
Rank change year-on-year -32 +73 +2
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 158 303 219
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.32% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.01% 1.71% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 151 136
England median daily rate £375 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +11.54% +8.33%
10th Percentile £289 £300 £215
90th Percentile £502 £448 £525
UK median daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +3.57% +7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 1
England median hourly rate £24.35 £29.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.03% -27.50% +19.40%
UK median hourly rate £29.68 £29.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.33% -27.50% +19.40%

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 15,617 17,738 17,643
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.42% 18.78% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,627 10,508 10,842
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £231
90th Percentile £650 £625 £605
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 732 849 815
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £25.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -0.48% -1.49%
10th Percentile £14.54 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.05 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.06 £26.25
% change year-on-year +39.66% -4.53% +0.96%

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 19 November 2019.

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 19 November 2019.

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 19 November 2019. 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 67 £380 +4.83% 11
North of England +36 29 £350 - 8
London +48 18 £293 -10.00% 2
North East +32 18 £350 +11.11% 1
South West -11 18 £400 +33.33% 8
Midlands -9 17 £355 -7.19% 10
West Midlands -24 14 £350 -8.50% 6
East of England +19 10 £457 +23.38% 2
North West -2 6 £550 +57.14% 5
Yorkshire +30 5 £325 -21.21% 2
East Midlands +26 3 £425 - 4
ISTQB Foundation Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 19 November 2019, 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.

1 136 (86.08%) ISTQB
2 122 (77.22%) Test Automation
3 100 (63.29%) ISEB
4 74 (46.84%) Agile Software Development
5 64 (40.51%) SQL
6 63 (39.87%) Test Scripting
7 61 (38.61%) QA
8 60 (37.97%) Oracle
9 58 (36.71%) Selenium
10 53 (33.54%) JIRA
11 49 (31.01%) Software Testing
12 47 (29.75%) Unix
13 46 (29.11%) Windows
14 44 (27.85%) Java
15 41 (25.95%) XML
16 40 (25.32%) Integration Testing
17 39 (24.68%) Cucumber
17 39 (24.68%) Test Strategy
18 38 (24.05%) Customer Requirements
18 38 (24.05%) Finance
19 32 (20.25%) Confluence
20 31 (19.62%) Security Cleared
20 31 (19.62%) User Acceptance Testing
21 29 (18.35%) Performance Testing
21 29 (18.35%) Microsoft
22 28 (17.72%) JavaScript
22 28 (17.72%) Open Source
23 25 (15.82%) SC Cleared
24 24 (15.19%) Manual Testing
24 24 (15.19%) Regression Testing

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 32 (20.25%) Confluence
2 10 (6.33%) SharePoint
3 7 (4.43%) CMS
4 4 (2.53%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.27%) Mule
5 2 (1.27%) Mule ESB
5 2 (1.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.63%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 21 (13.29%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.90%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.63%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 2 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.27%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.63%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 22 (13.92%) Azure
2 13 (8.23%) GitHub
3 5 (3.16%) AWS
4 2 (1.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 2 (1.27%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.27%) npm
4 2 (1.27%) Power Platform
5 1 (0.63%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (0.63%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.63%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.16%) SAN
2 4 (2.53%) MPLS
2 4 (2.53%) VPN
3 3 (1.90%) PuTTY
3 3 (1.90%) WinSCP
4 2 (1.27%) Cisco IOS
4 2 (1.27%) DHCP
4 2 (1.27%) DNS
4 2 (1.27%) DWDM
4 2 (1.27%) Firewall
4 2 (1.27%) IP Telephony
4 2 (1.27%) ISDN
4 2 (1.27%) LAN
4 2 (1.27%) PBX
4 2 (1.27%) SSL
4 2 (1.27%) TCP/IP
4 2 (1.27%) VLAN
4 2 (1.27%) VoIP
4 2 (1.27%) WAN
4 2 (1.27%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.96%) Oracle Reports
2 8 (5.06%) Oracle Database
3 6 (3.80%) SQL Server
4 4 (2.53%) Oracle OWB
5 3 (1.90%) Big Data
5 3 (1.90%) Oracle Database 10g
5 3 (1.90%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (1.90%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (1.90%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.27%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.27%) MySQL
6 2 (1.27%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.27%) Power BI
6 2 (1.27%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.27%) SAP HANA
6 2 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 58 (36.71%) Selenium
2 53 (33.54%) JIRA
3 39 (24.68%) Cucumber
4 24 (15.19%) Gatling
4 24 (15.19%) Jenkins
5 21 (13.29%) SoapUI
6 16 (10.13%) LoadRunner
7 13 (8.23%) JMeter
8 11 (6.96%) HP UFT
9 10 (6.33%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (3.80%) Git (software)
11 5 (3.16%) Rational DOORS
11 5 (3.16%) SpecFlow
11 5 (3.16%) WebDriver
12 4 (2.53%) Eclipse
12 4 (2.53%) Toad
13 3 (1.90%) Ant
13 3 (1.90%) Oracle APEX
13 3 (1.90%) TestNG
13 3 (1.90%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 38 (24.05%) Finance
2 18 (11.39%) Public Sector
3 10 (6.33%) Telecoms
4 7 (4.43%) Manufacturing
4 7 (4.43%) Retail
5 6 (3.80%) Banking
6 2 (1.27%) Back Office
6 2 (1.27%) Front Office
6 2 (1.27%) Marketing
6 2 (1.27%) Publishing
6 2 (1.27%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.63%) Automotive
7 1 (0.63%) Billing
Job Titles
1 68 (43.04%) Analyst
2 65 (41.14%) Test Analyst
3 23 (14.56%) Test Manager
3 23 (14.56%) Tester
4 20 (12.66%) QA Analyst
5 18 (11.39%) QA Test Analyst
6 13 (8.23%) Automation Engineer
7 12 (7.59%) Automation Tester
8 10 (6.33%) Test Engineer
9 8 (5.06%) Automation Test Analyst
10 7 (4.43%) Test Leader
11 5 (3.16%) Performance Tester
12 4 (2.53%) Test Specialist
13 3 (1.90%) Developer
13 3 (1.90%) Performance Test Analyst
13 3 (1.90%) QA Engineer
13 3 (1.90%) QA Tester
13 3 (1.90%) Senior Analyst
13 3 (1.90%) Senior Test Analyst
13 3 (1.90%) Test Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (25.95%) XML
2 13 (8.23%) HTML
3 11 (6.96%) SOAP
4 10 (6.33%) Web Services
5 8 (5.06%) .NET
6 7 (4.43%) CSS
7 4 (2.53%) Gherkin
7 4 (2.53%) REST
7 4 (2.53%) Spring
8 3 (1.90%) RESTful
9 2 (1.27%) Apache Cordova
9 2 (1.27%) Backbone.js
9 2 (1.27%) Express
9 2 (1.27%) jQuery
9 2 (1.27%) JSON
9 2 (1.27%) Node.js
9 2 (1.27%) PhoneGap
9 2 (1.27%) Sass
9 2 (1.27%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 2 (1.27%) XBRL
Miscellaneous
1 9 (5.70%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.43%) Management Information System
2 7 (4.43%) Self-Motivation
2 7 (4.43%) User Experience
3 4 (2.53%) Mobile App
4 3 (1.90%) CCTV
5 2 (1.27%) DataPower
5 2 (1.27%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.63%) EPoS
6 1 (0.63%) IVR
6 1 (0.63%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 47 (29.75%) Unix
2 46 (29.11%) Windows
3 8 (5.06%) Windows 10
4 6 (3.80%) Linux
5 3 (1.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.90%) Windows Server
5 3 (1.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.27%) Android
6 2 (1.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (77.22%) Test Automation
2 74 (46.84%) Agile Software Development
3 63 (39.87%) Test Scripting
4 49 (31.01%) Software Testing
5 40 (25.32%) Integration Testing
6 39 (24.68%) Test Strategy
7 38 (24.05%) Customer Requirements
8 31 (19.62%) User Acceptance Testing
9 29 (18.35%) Performance Testing
10 28 (17.72%) Open Source
11 24 (15.19%) Manual Testing
11 24 (15.19%) Regression Testing
12 22 (13.92%) SDLC
13 21 (13.29%) TDD
14 20 (12.66%) System Integration Testing
15 17 (10.76%) Test Management
16 16 (10.13%) QA Automation
16 16 (10.13%) Unit Testing
17 15 (9.49%) Functional Testing
17 15 (9.49%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 64 (40.51%) SQL
2 44 (27.85%) Java
3 28 (17.72%) JavaScript
4 12 (7.59%) C#
5 7 (4.43%) VB
6 6 (3.80%) Ruby
7 5 (3.16%) C
7 5 (3.16%) C++
8 4 (2.53%) Java 8
9 3 (1.90%) F#
10 2 (1.27%) Apple Swift
10 2 (1.27%) ES6
10 2 (1.27%) Kotlin
10 2 (1.27%) Objective-C
10 2 (1.27%) Python
10 2 (1.27%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.27%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.63%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 136 (86.08%) ISTQB
2 100 (63.29%) ISEB
3 31 (19.62%) Security Cleared
4 25 (15.82%) SC Cleared
5 15 (9.49%) Degree
6 5 (3.16%) ISEB Practitioner
6 5 (3.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (1.27%) CCNA
7 2 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.63%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (38.61%) QA
2 1 (0.63%) GDPR
2 1 (0.63%) ISO 26262
2 1 (0.63%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.63%) WCAG
System Software
1 8 (5.06%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (1.90%) vSphere
3 2 (1.27%) Docker
Systems Management
1 17 (10.76%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (5.70%) HP ALM
3 4 (2.53%) Ansible
3 4 (2.53%) Terraform
4 2 (1.27%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.63%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.63%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.63%) Nessus
Vendors
1 60 (37.97%) Oracle
2 29 (18.35%) Microsoft
3 17 (10.76%) HP
4 13 (8.23%) VMware
5 8 (5.06%) SAP
6 7 (4.43%) webMethods
7 5 (3.16%) Cisco
8 3 (1.90%) hybris
8 3 (1.90%) Red Hat
8 3 (1.90%) Software AG
9 2 (1.27%) OutSystems
9 2 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (1.27%) Xamarin
10 1 (0.63%) CheckPoint
10 1 (0.63%) F5
10 1 (0.63%) Guidewire
10 1 (0.63%) OpenText