Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 589 624 621
Rank change year-on-year +35 -3 -86
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 284 214 272
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.30% 0.24% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.63% 1.23% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 139 186
England median daily rate £375 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.64% +1.54% -1.24%
10th Percentile £300 £210 £211
90th Percentile £444 £500 £455
UK median daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +15.38% - -2.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 1
England median hourly rate £29.00 £41.63 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.33% +24.25% -1.47%
10th Percentile £25.10 £36.25 £31.75
90th Percentile £37.40 £83.69 £35.25
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £41.63 £33.50
% change year-on-year -30.33% +24.25% -1.47%

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 17,404 17,332 20,975
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.54% 19.08% 21.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,285 10,528 13,135
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £407
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.42% +1.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 879 822 710
England median hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £25.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.73% +8.65% +12.49%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £51.93 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £28.65 £27.50
% change year-on-year -14.49% +4.18% +22.22%

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 +20 111 £375 +15.38% 20
Midlands +37 66 £400 +33.33% 15
West Midlands +36 62 £400 +26.98% 14
South West -5 31 £313 -24.97% 4
East of England +14 26 £360 +37.14% 3
North of England -17 26 £400 +45.45% 16
London -55 19 £350 -3.45% 12
Yorkshire -3 15 £400 +20.94% 5
North West -23 9 £350 +40.00% 11
East Midlands +6 4 - - 1
North East -8 2 £393 +20.77%
South Coast - 1 - -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 21 September 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.

1 241 (84.86%) ISTQB
2 208 (73.24%) ISEB
3 148 (52.11%) Test Scripting
4 147 (51.76%) Oracle
5 136 (47.89%) SQL
6 116 (40.85%) Test Automation
7 110 (38.73%) Java
8 108 (38.03%) Windows
9 103 (36.27%) Agile Software Development
10 91 (32.04%) XML
11 89 (31.34%) Unix
12 85 (29.93%) Software Testing
13 83 (29.23%) Customer Requirements
14 69 (24.30%) webMethods
15 68 (23.94%) Security Cleared
16 63 (22.18%) HP
17 58 (20.42%) Toad
17 58 (20.42%) SC Cleared
18 56 (19.72%) WebLogic
19 51 (17.96%) Selenium
19 51 (17.96%) Test Strategy
20 49 (17.25%) HP ALM
20 49 (17.25%) Microsoft
21 48 (16.90%) Scrum
22 43 (15.14%) QA
22 43 (15.14%) System Integration Testing
23 42 (14.79%) Finance
24 40 (14.08%) SoapUI
25 39 (13.73%) SAP
26 37 (13.03%) JIRA

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 56 (19.72%) WebLogic
2 18 (6.34%) Confluence
3 6 (2.11%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.70%) CMS
5 1 (0.35%) SharePoint
Applications
1 24 (8.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (3.52%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (2.11%) MS Visio
4 5 (1.76%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (3.52%) SAP S/4HANA
2 9 (3.17%) SAP FI-CA
2 9 (3.17%) SAP PSCD
3 6 (2.11%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (1.06%) SAP CO
4 3 (1.06%) SAP FI
4 3 (1.06%) SAP FI/CO
4 3 (1.06%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.70%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 17 (5.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (2.11%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.06%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.35%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (4.58%) PuTTY
1 13 (4.58%) SAN
2 12 (4.23%) WinSCP
3 11 (3.87%) TCP/IP
4 9 (3.17%) DNS
5 7 (2.46%) DHCP
6 6 (2.11%) VoIP
7 5 (1.76%) Firewall
7 5 (1.76%) IP Telephony
7 5 (1.76%) LAN
7 5 (1.76%) WAN
8 4 (1.41%) 4G
8 4 (1.41%) Cisco IOS
8 4 (1.41%) ISDN
8 4 (1.41%) MPLS
8 4 (1.41%) PBX
8 4 (1.41%) SSL
8 4 (1.41%) VLAN
8 4 (1.41%) VPN
9 3 (1.06%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (8.45%) Oracle Reports
2 23 (8.10%) Oracle Database
3 21 (7.39%) SQL Server
4 17 (5.99%) Oracle Database 10g
5 13 (4.58%) Oracle Database 11g
5 13 (4.58%) SQL Server 2012
5 13 (4.58%) SQL Server 2016
6 9 (3.17%) MongoDB
7 6 (2.11%) MySQL
8 4 (1.41%) SQL Server 2008
9 3 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (1.06%) Geospatial Data
9 3 (1.06%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 1 (0.35%) Apache Hive
10 1 (0.35%) BigQuery
10 1 (0.35%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.35%) Oracle OWB
10 1 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 58 (20.42%) Toad
2 51 (17.96%) Selenium
3 40 (14.08%) SoapUI
4 37 (13.03%) JIRA
5 27 (9.51%) Team Foundation Server
6 24 (8.45%) Cucumber
7 22 (7.75%) HP UFT
7 22 (7.75%) LoadRunner
7 22 (7.75%) Oracle APEX
8 20 (7.04%) SpecFlow
9 15 (5.28%) JMeter
10 11 (3.87%) Ant
10 11 (3.87%) Eclipse
10 11 (3.87%) WebDriver
11 10 (3.52%) TestNG
12 9 (3.17%) Gatling
13 8 (2.82%) Visual Studio
14 7 (2.46%) Git (software)
14 7 (2.46%) Jenkins
15 6 (2.11%) Protractor
General
1 42 (14.79%) Finance
2 13 (4.58%) Telecoms
3 12 (4.23%) Banking
4 11 (3.87%) Retail
5 5 (1.76%) Military
6 3 (1.06%) Legal
7 2 (0.70%) Billing
7 2 (0.70%) Law
7 2 (0.70%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.35%) Automotive
8 1 (0.35%) Greek Language
8 1 (0.35%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.35%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 147 (51.76%) Analyst
2 140 (49.30%) Test Analyst
3 54 (19.01%) Tester
4 27 (9.51%) Test Engineer
5 22 (7.75%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 18 (6.34%) Test Leader
7 16 (5.63%) Test Manager
8 15 (5.28%) Automation Tester
9 13 (4.58%) Automation Test Analyst
10 10 (3.52%) Test Automation Engineer
11 9 (3.17%) SAP Analyst
11 9 (3.17%) SAP Test Analyst
11 9 (3.17%) SAP Tester
11 9 (3.17%) Test Specialist
12 7 (2.46%) Oracle Analyst
12 7 (2.46%) Performance Tester
12 7 (2.46%) QA Analyst
12 7 (2.46%) QA Tester
12 7 (2.46%) Senior Analyst
12 7 (2.46%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (32.04%) XML
2 32 (11.27%) .NET
3 30 (10.56%) Web Services
4 26 (9.15%) SOAP
5 14 (4.93%) HTML
6 9 (3.17%) ASP.NET
6 9 (3.17%) RabbitMQ
6 9 (3.17%) RESTful
7 5 (1.76%) Gherkin
8 2 (0.70%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.70%) JSON
8 2 (0.70%) WebdriverIO
9 1 (0.35%) Chai
9 1 (0.35%) CSS
9 1 (0.35%) HTML5
9 1 (0.35%) Java SE
9 1 (0.35%) ODBC
9 1 (0.35%) REST
9 1 (0.35%) Spring
9 1 (0.35%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 27 (9.51%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (3.17%) Computer Science
3 7 (2.46%) Mainframe
3 7 (2.46%) Management Information System
4 5 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (1.41%) Client/Server
5 4 (1.41%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (1.41%) NHS
5 4 (1.41%) PKI
5 4 (1.41%) Smartphone
6 3 (1.06%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.70%) Analytical Mindset
7 2 (0.70%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.35%) CAN bus
8 1 (0.35%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.35%) Fintech
8 1 (0.35%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.35%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 108 (38.03%) Windows
2 89 (31.34%) Unix
3 18 (6.34%) Linux
4 16 (5.63%) Windows Server
5 12 (4.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 11 (3.87%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (2.11%) Android
7 6 (2.11%) Apple iOS
8 5 (1.76%) VME
9 4 (1.41%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.35%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (52.11%) Test Scripting
2 116 (40.85%) Test Automation
3 103 (36.27%) Agile Software Development
4 85 (29.93%) Software Testing
5 83 (29.23%) Customer Requirements
6 51 (17.96%) Test Strategy
7 48 (16.90%) Scrum
8 43 (15.14%) System Integration Testing
9 32 (11.27%) API Testing
10 29 (10.21%) Continuous Integration
11 27 (9.51%) Integration Testing
11 27 (9.51%) User Acceptance Testing
12 26 (9.15%) Regression Testing
13 25 (8.80%) DevOps
13 25 (8.80%) Performance Testing
14 24 (8.45%) Test Management
14 24 (8.45%) User Stories
15 22 (7.75%) Defect Tracking
15 22 (7.75%) Stakeholder Management
16 21 (7.39%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 136 (47.89%) SQL
2 110 (38.73%) Java
3 32 (11.27%) C#
4 28 (9.86%) JavaScript
5 14 (4.93%) VB
6 12 (4.23%) F#
7 11 (3.87%) PL/SQL
8 4 (1.41%) C
8 4 (1.41%) Python
9 1 (0.35%) ANSI SQL
9 1 (0.35%) C++
9 1 (0.35%) Groovy
9 1 (0.35%) Java 8
9 1 (0.35%) Scala
9 1 (0.35%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 241 (84.86%) ISTQB
2 208 (73.24%) ISEB
3 68 (23.94%) Security Cleared
4 58 (20.42%) SC Cleared
5 19 (6.69%) Degree
5 19 (6.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 18 (6.34%) ISEB Practitioner
7 6 (2.11%) Computer Science Degree
8 4 (1.41%) CCNA
8 4 (1.41%) CCNP
8 4 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.70%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.70%) IIBA
10 1 (0.35%) HNC
10 1 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.35%) MCP
10 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.35%) OCP
10 1 (0.35%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (15.14%) QA
2 1 (0.35%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (4.23%) vSphere
2 6 (2.11%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.76%) Docker
4 4 (1.41%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.70%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.35%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 49 (17.25%) HP ALM
2 24 (8.45%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (2.11%) logstash
3 6 (2.11%) SCCM
4 4 (1.41%) SCOM
5 3 (1.06%) vRealize
6 1 (0.35%) Nessus
Vendors
1 147 (51.76%) Oracle
2 69 (24.30%) webMethods
3 63 (22.18%) HP
4 49 (17.25%) Microsoft
5 39 (13.73%) SAP
6 17 (5.99%) VMware
7 13 (4.58%) Software AG
8 12 (4.23%) Red Hat
9 10 (3.52%) Cisco
10 6 (2.11%) AppDynamics
11 4 (1.41%) Citrix
11 4 (1.41%) LogRhythm
11 4 (1.41%) Lumension
11 4 (1.41%) NetApp
12 2 (0.70%) iManage
12 2 (0.70%) Maxymiser
12 2 (0.70%) MuleSoft
12 2 (0.70%) SolarWinds
13 1 (0.35%) Remedy
13 1 (0.35%) Sophos