Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 642 633 506
Rank change year-on-year -9 -127 +30
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 194 201 373
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.22% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.11% 1.10% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 145 247
England median daily rate £330 £300 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -14.29% -
10th Percentile £250 £197 £244
90th Percentile £525 £438 £450
UK median daily rate £330 £300 £340
% change year-on-year +10.00% -11.76% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 6
England median hourly rate - £33.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.47% +38.78%
UK median hourly rate - £33.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year - -1.47% +61.90%

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 17,476 18,277 19,945
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.92% 20.21% 20.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,707 11,425 12,192
England median daily rate £438 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £230 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £423 £400
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 772 788 935
England median hourly rate £23.44 £25.50 £25.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.09% -0.62% +35.05%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.06 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.80 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year -5.88% -5.56% +42.11%

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 17 January 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
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 17 January 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 -21 84 £330 +10.00% 16
London +6 65 £375 +15.38% 14
East of England -24 17 £320 -1.54% 8
Midlands -6 14 £320 +6.67% 20
North of England +39 9 £325 +3.17% 15
South West +1 9 £410 +36.67% 1
West Midlands -6 9 £325 -15.03% 13
East Midlands +2 5 £275 -11.29% 7
Yorkshire +19 4 £343 +24.55% 8
North West +8 4 £300 -8.40% 6
North East +53 1 £325 - 1
ISTQB Foundation Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 England region with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 149 (76.80%) ISTQB
2 145 (74.74%) ISEB
3 100 (51.55%) Agile Software Development
4 99 (51.03%) Software Testing
5 83 (42.78%) Test Automation
6 71 (36.60%) Test Scripting
7 60 (30.93%) HP
7 60 (30.93%) SQL
8 57 (29.38%) JIRA
9 54 (27.84%) User Acceptance Testing
10 49 (25.26%) HP Quality Center
11 47 (24.23%) Selenium
12 45 (23.20%) Security Cleared
13 43 (22.16%) Regression Testing
14 40 (20.62%) QA
14 40 (20.62%) System Integration Testing
15 37 (19.07%) Scrum
16 34 (17.53%) Microsoft
16 34 (17.53%) SDLC
16 34 (17.53%) Test Strategy
17 33 (17.01%) Scenario Testing
18 32 (16.49%) Microsoft Office
19 29 (14.95%) Defect Management
20 28 (14.43%) Finance
21 27 (13.92%) Java
21 27 (13.92%) Degree
21 27 (13.92%) Functional Testing
22 26 (13.40%) Waterfall
22 26 (13.40%) Windows
22 26 (13.40%) Microsoft Excel

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 7 (3.61%) Confluence
2 5 (2.58%) CMS
2 5 (2.58%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.58%) WebLogic
3 3 (1.55%) Documentum
3 3 (1.55%) SAS
4 1 (0.52%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 32 (16.49%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (13.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (6.19%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (2.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (1.55%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.03%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.55%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (1.55%) Maximo
1 3 (1.55%) SAP CO
1 3 (1.55%) SAP FI
1 3 (1.55%) SAP FI/CO
1 3 (1.55%) SAP MM
2 2 (1.03%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.52%) PeopleSoft CRM
3 1 (0.52%) Postilion
3 1 (0.52%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.03%) Office 365
3 1 (0.52%) BrowserStack
3 1 (0.52%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.64%) PuTTY
1 9 (4.64%) WinSCP
2 5 (2.58%) MVNO
3 3 (1.55%) Internet
4 1 (0.52%) ATM
4 1 (0.52%) Firewall
4 1 (0.52%) Skype
4 1 (0.52%) SMS
4 1 (0.52%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (11.86%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.64%) Oracle Database
3 8 (4.12%) Oracle Database 10g
3 8 (4.12%) Oracle Database 11g
3 8 (4.12%) SQL Server 2012
3 8 (4.12%) SQL Server 2016
4 5 (2.58%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.55%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (1.03%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (1.03%) Power BI
7 1 (0.52%) Big Data
7 1 (0.52%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.52%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.52%) HBase
7 1 (0.52%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 57 (29.38%) JIRA
2 47 (24.23%) Selenium
3 25 (12.89%) Team Foundation Server
4 18 (9.28%) WebDriver
5 17 (8.76%) LoadRunner
6 16 (8.25%) HP UFT
7 13 (6.70%) SoapUI
7 13 (6.70%) Zephyr
8 11 (5.67%) Selenium IDE
8 11 (5.67%) SpecFlow
9 10 (5.15%) Oracle APEX
9 10 (5.15%) Visual Studio
10 9 (4.64%) Ant
10 9 (4.64%) Eclipse
10 9 (4.64%) TestNG
11 8 (4.12%) JMeter
12 6 (3.09%) JUnit
12 6 (3.09%) Toad
13 5 (2.58%) Jenkins
13 5 (2.58%) MSTest
General
1 28 (14.43%) Finance
2 20 (10.31%) Banking
3 9 (4.64%) Retail
3 9 (4.64%) Telecoms
4 7 (3.61%) Retail Banking
5 6 (3.09%) Billing
6 2 (1.03%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.03%) Military
6 2 (1.03%) Publishing
7 1 (0.52%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.52%) Automotive
7 1 (0.52%) Back Office
7 1 (0.52%) Legal
7 1 (0.52%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 103 (53.09%) Analyst
2 93 (47.94%) Test Analyst
3 36 (18.56%) Tester
4 18 (9.28%) Test Manager
5 13 (6.70%) Senior Analyst
6 12 (6.19%) QA Manager
6 12 (6.19%) Senior Test Analyst
7 11 (5.67%) Automation Test Analyst
7 11 (5.67%) Test Engineer
7 11 (5.67%) Test Leader
8 8 (4.12%) QA Analyst
9 7 (3.61%) QA Engineer
10 6 (3.09%) Automation Tester
10 6 (3.09%) Manual Tester
10 6 (3.09%) Test Automation Engineer
11 5 (2.58%) Manual Test Analyst
11 5 (2.58%) QA Tester
12 4 (2.06%) Business Analyst
12 4 (2.06%) Digital Analyst
12 4 (2.06%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (11.86%) .NET
2 12 (6.19%) XML
3 9 (4.64%) Web Services
4 5 (2.58%) .NET Framework
5 4 (2.06%) Middleware
6 3 (1.55%) Gherkin
6 3 (1.55%) HTML
7 2 (1.03%) JSON
7 2 (1.03%) OLE
8 1 (0.52%) CSS
8 1 (0.52%) Kafka
8 1 (0.52%) ODBC
8 1 (0.52%) SOAP
8 1 (0.52%) Velocity
8 1 (0.52%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.09%) Greenfield Project
2 6 (3.09%) Mobile App
3 5 (2.58%) Management Information System
3 5 (2.58%) Reference Data
4 4 (2.06%) Client/Server
4 4 (2.06%) MPEG
4 4 (2.06%) STB
4 4 (2.06%) User Experience
5 2 (1.03%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.03%) EPoS
5 2 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.52%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.52%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.52%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 26 (13.40%) Windows
2 12 (6.19%) Linux
2 12 (6.19%) Unix
3 8 (4.12%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (3.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (3.61%) Windows 10
4 7 (3.61%) Windows Server
5 5 (2.58%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.52%) Android
6 1 (0.52%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.52%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (51.55%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (51.03%) Software Testing
3 83 (42.78%) Test Automation
4 71 (36.60%) Test Scripting
5 54 (27.84%) User Acceptance Testing
6 43 (22.16%) Regression Testing
7 40 (20.62%) System Integration Testing
8 37 (19.07%) Scrum
9 34 (17.53%) SDLC
9 34 (17.53%) Test Strategy
10 33 (17.01%) Scenario Testing
11 29 (14.95%) Defect Management
12 27 (13.92%) Functional Testing
13 26 (13.40%) Waterfall
14 24 (12.37%) Integration Testing
15 21 (10.82%) System Testing
16 20 (10.31%) Defect Tracking
17 19 (9.79%) Test Management
18 18 (9.28%) Manual Testing
18 18 (9.28%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 60 (30.93%) SQL
2 27 (13.92%) Java
3 17 (8.76%) C#
4 13 (6.70%) Python
5 9 (4.64%) F#
5 9 (4.64%) JavaScript
6 8 (4.12%) T-SQL
7 5 (2.58%) VB.NET
7 5 (2.58%) VBScript
8 3 (1.55%) Groovy
9 2 (1.03%) C
10 1 (0.52%) C++
10 1 (0.52%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.52%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 149 (76.80%) ISTQB
2 145 (74.74%) ISEB
3 45 (23.20%) Security Cleared
4 27 (13.92%) Degree
5 22 (11.34%) SC Cleared
6 13 (6.70%) DV Cleared
7 10 (5.15%) BPSS Clearance
7 10 (5.15%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.52%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (20.62%) QA
2 3 (1.55%) GDPR
3 2 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.03%) PMO
4 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
System Software
1 7 (3.61%) vSphere
2 2 (1.03%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (0.52%) HDFS
3 1 (0.52%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 49 (25.26%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (3.09%) SCCM
3 1 (0.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (0.52%) Puppet
Vendors
1 60 (30.93%) HP
2 34 (17.53%) Microsoft
3 21 (10.82%) Oracle
4 12 (6.19%) webMethods
5 10 (5.15%) Atlassian
6 8 (4.12%) SAP
7 7 (3.61%) Red Hat
7 7 (3.61%) Software AG
7 7 (3.61%) VMware
8 3 (1.55%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (1.03%) EMC
9 2 (1.03%) Siebel
10 1 (0.52%) Avaya
10 1 (0.52%) iManage
10 1 (0.52%) MuleSoft
10 1 (0.52%) PeopleSoft
10 1 (0.52%) Thunderhead