Period
to 13 August 2020

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 13 August 2020 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
13 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 433 632 590
Rank change year-on-year +199 -42 +37
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 79 186 285
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.22% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% 1.17% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 101 150
Median daily rate £425 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.84% +1.33% +15.38%
10th Percentile £325 £300 £300
90th Percentile £525 £522 £444
UK median daily rate £428 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +12.50% +1.33% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 5
Median hourly rate - £35.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +22.41% -30.33%
UK median hourly rate - £35.75 £29.00
% change year-on-year - +23.28% -30.33%

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 7,607 15,925 17,534
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 25.03% 19.25% 18.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,593 9,721 10,365
Median daily rate £480 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +5.76%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £250
90th Percentile £648 £650 £635
UK median daily rate £475 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 355 709 852
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £22.97
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +56.76% -20.81%
10th Percentile £17.05 £13.20 £13.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £61.56 £50.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% +56.52% -22.91%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing ISTQB Foundation Certification as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in England.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in England

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in England over the 6 months to 13 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in England

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in England.

Hourly rate trend 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 13 August 2020. 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
Midlands +100 24 £388 +3.33%
West Midlands +86 24 £388 +3.33%
South East +127 21 £400 -
London +205 14 £450 +20.00% 1
North of England +100 9 £375 +4.17% 1
East of England +69 8 £500 +20.48% 3
North West +80 5 £420 -1.18%
North East +21 4 £330 -2.94% 1
South West +76 3 £500 +42.86% 2
ISTQB Foundation Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 13 August 2020, 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 65 (82.28%) ISTQB
2 56 (70.89%) ISEB
3 54 (68.35%) Test Automation
4 44 (55.70%) Java
5 40 (50.63%) Selenium
6 38 (48.10%) Agile Software Development
7 36 (45.57%) SQL
8 34 (43.04%) JIRA
9 33 (41.77%) Oracle
9 33 (41.77%) Test Scripting
10 30 (37.97%) Unix
10 30 (37.97%) QA
11 28 (35.44%) Windows
11 28 (35.44%) Customer Requirements
12 26 (32.91%) Software Testing
13 23 (29.11%) Cucumber
14 21 (26.58%) Azure
14 21 (26.58%) Performance Testing
14 21 (26.58%) Microservices
14 21 (26.58%) JMeter
14 21 (26.58%) XML
15 20 (25.32%) TDD
15 20 (25.32%) BDD
16 19 (24.05%) SoapUI
17 18 (22.78%) Microsoft
18 17 (21.52%) Confluence
18 17 (21.52%) Integration Testing
19 16 (20.25%) DevOps
19 16 (20.25%) Jenkins
20 15 (18.99%) Test Strategy

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 17 (21.52%) Confluence
2 15 (18.99%) WebLogic
3 9 (11.39%) Mule
4 7 (8.86%) SharePoint
5 4 (5.06%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (5.06%) IIS
5 4 (5.06%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (3.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 12 (15.19%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (5.06%) SAP FI-CA
2 2 (2.53%) SAP ERP
3 1 (1.27%) SAP BPC
3 1 (1.27%) SAP CO
3 1 (1.27%) SAP FI
3 1 (1.27%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (1.27%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 21 (26.58%) Azure
2 13 (16.46%) AWS
3 5 (6.33%) Tricentis Tosca
4 4 (5.06%) BrowserStack
5 3 (3.80%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (3.80%) Amazon S3
5 3 (3.80%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (3.80%) npm
6 2 (2.53%) GitHub
6 2 (2.53%) Office 365
6 2 (2.53%) Slack
7 1 (1.27%) SaaS
7 1 (1.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.27%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.39%) MySQL
1 9 (11.39%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.86%) MongoDB
3 5 (6.33%) Relational Database
4 4 (5.06%) Apache Hive
4 4 (5.06%) Hadoop
4 4 (5.06%) Oracle Database
5 3 (3.80%) NoSQL
5 3 (3.80%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.27%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (1.27%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 40 (50.63%) Selenium
2 34 (43.04%) JIRA
3 23 (29.11%) Cucumber
4 21 (26.58%) JMeter
5 19 (24.05%) SoapUI
6 16 (20.25%) Jenkins
7 15 (18.99%) Toad
8 13 (16.46%) Postman
9 11 (13.92%) Git (software)
10 7 (8.86%) HP UFT
10 7 (8.86%) REST Assured
10 7 (8.86%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (8.86%) Visual Studio
11 5 (6.33%) eggPlant
11 5 (6.33%) WebDriver
12 4 (5.06%) Gatling
12 4 (5.06%) Mocha
12 4 (5.06%) Visual Studio Coded UI
13 3 (3.80%) Rational Functional Tester
13 3 (3.80%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 12 (15.19%) Public Sector
2 6 (7.59%) Finance
3 2 (2.53%) Banking
4 1 (1.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 33 (41.77%) Analyst
2 32 (40.51%) Test Analyst
3 20 (25.32%) Tester
4 10 (12.66%) Test Engineer
5 8 (10.13%) QA Analyst
6 7 (8.86%) QA Test Analyst
6 7 (8.86%) QA Tester
7 6 (7.59%) Automation Tester
7 6 (7.59%) Test Automation Engineer
7 6 (7.59%) Test Leader
8 5 (6.33%) Senior QA Tester
8 5 (6.33%) Senior Tester
9 4 (5.06%) Developer
10 3 (3.80%) Applications Developer
10 3 (3.80%) Automation Test Analyst
10 3 (3.80%) Functional Tester
10 3 (3.80%) Mobile Applications Developer
10 3 (3.80%) Mobile Developer
10 3 (3.80%) Senior Applications Developer
10 3 (3.80%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (26.58%) XML
2 15 (18.99%) SOAP
3 13 (16.46%) Spring
4 12 (15.19%) JSON
5 10 (12.66%) Web Services
6 9 (11.39%) WireMock
7 8 (10.13%) Spring Boot
8 7 (8.86%) HTML
8 7 (8.86%) J2SE
8 7 (8.86%) RabbitMQ
8 7 (8.86%) REST
9 6 (7.59%) RESTful
10 4 (5.06%) CSS
10 4 (5.06%) Node.js
10 4 (5.06%) React
11 3 (3.80%) .NET
11 3 (3.80%) Express
11 3 (3.80%) JMS
11 3 (3.80%) PhoneGap
11 3 (3.80%) XBRL
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.39%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.06%) Mobile App
2 4 (5.06%) User Experience
3 1 (1.27%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 30 (37.97%) Unix
2 28 (35.44%) Windows
3 13 (16.46%) Linux
4 8 (10.13%) Android
4 8 (10.13%) Apple iOS
5 4 (5.06%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (1.27%) Ubuntu
6 1 (1.27%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (68.35%) Test Automation
2 38 (48.10%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (41.77%) Test Scripting
4 28 (35.44%) Customer Requirements
5 26 (32.91%) Software Testing
6 21 (26.58%) Microservices
6 21 (26.58%) Performance Testing
7 20 (25.32%) BDD
7 20 (25.32%) TDD
8 17 (21.52%) Integration Testing
9 16 (20.25%) DevOps
10 15 (18.99%) Test Strategy
11 14 (17.72%) User Acceptance Testing
12 12 (15.19%) Scrum
12 12 (15.19%) SDLC
13 11 (13.92%) API Testing
13 11 (13.92%) Functional Testing
14 10 (12.66%) Problem-Solving
15 8 (10.13%) Scenario Testing
16 7 (8.86%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 44 (55.70%) Java
2 36 (45.57%) SQL
3 11 (13.92%) C#
4 10 (12.66%) JavaScript
5 5 (6.33%) PL/SQL
6 3 (3.80%) Apple Swift
6 3 (3.80%) ES6
6 3 (3.80%) Java 8
6 3 (3.80%) Kotlin
6 3 (3.80%) Objective-C
6 3 (3.80%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.27%) C
7 1 (1.27%) Python
7 1 (1.27%) Scala
7 1 (1.27%) VB
7 1 (1.27%) VBA
Qualifications
1 65 (82.28%) ISTQB
2 56 (70.89%) ISEB
3 14 (17.72%) Security Cleared
4 12 (15.19%) SC Cleared
5 4 (5.06%) Degree
5 4 (5.06%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 3 (3.80%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (3.80%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (1.27%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.27%) Master's Degree
7 1 (1.27%) MCP
7 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (1.27%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (1.27%) OCP
7 1 (1.27%) Oracle Certification
7 1 (1.27%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (37.97%) QA
2 2 (2.53%) WCAG
System Software
1 10 (12.66%) Docker
2 4 (5.06%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.06%) HDFS
2 4 (5.06%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 5 (6.33%) Kubernetes
1 5 (6.33%) Rancher
2 3 (3.80%) Ansible
2 3 (3.80%) HP ALM
2 3 (3.80%) Terraform
3 2 (2.53%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (2.53%) Nessus
Vendors
1 33 (41.77%) Oracle
2 18 (22.78%) Microsoft
3 11 (13.92%) SAP
4 10 (12.66%) webMethods
5 4 (5.06%) HP
6 3 (3.80%) OutSystems
6 3 (3.80%) Xamarin
7 2 (2.53%) Capita
7 2 (2.53%) Guidewire
8 1 (1.27%) Atlassian
8 1 (1.27%) Siebel