Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 426 609 584
Rank change year-on-year +183 -25 +81
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 102 147 308
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.32% 0.20% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.36% 0.95% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 70 153
Median daily rate £395 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.33% +4.17% +10.77%
10th Percentile £313 £289 £300
90th Percentile £503 £488 £445
UK median daily rate £405 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +8.00% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 7
Median hourly rate £35.00 £41.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.63% +41.38% -
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -1.41% +22.41% -

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 7,516 15,488 18,267
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.75% 20.74% 19.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,555 9,588 10,864
Median daily rate £475 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +3.57%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £262
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 463 720 871
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +40.00% -
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.25 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £60.00 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year - +32.08% +4.70%

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 +89 35 £360 +1.41% 2
West Midlands +87 35 £360 +2.86% 2
South East +117 28 £450 +12.50% 4
London +163 12 £440 +50.43% 2
East of England +89 12 £325 -12.52%
North of England +83 4 £420 +20.00% 2
North West +74 4 £420 -23.64%
South West +98 3 £488 +18.90% 3
ISTQB Foundation Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 96 (94.12%) ISTQB
2 63 (61.76%) ISEB
3 52 (50.98%) JIRA
4 51 (50.00%) SQL
4 51 (50.00%) Test Automation
5 47 (46.08%) Java
5 47 (46.08%) Agile Software Development
6 46 (45.10%) Windows
6 46 (45.10%) Customer Requirements
7 43 (42.16%) Test Scripting
8 41 (40.20%) Oracle
9 37 (36.27%) XML
9 37 (36.27%) Unix
9 37 (36.27%) QA
10 35 (34.31%) Cucumber
11 33 (32.35%) Selenium
12 32 (31.37%) Security Cleared
13 27 (26.47%) Public Sector
14 26 (25.49%) Toad
14 26 (25.49%) WebLogic
15 25 (24.51%) Microsoft
15 25 (24.51%) JMeter
15 25 (24.51%) Scrum
16 24 (23.53%) Confluence
17 23 (22.55%) SC Cleared
17 23 (22.55%) Test Strategy
17 23 (22.55%) API Testing
18 22 (21.57%) webMethods
19 21 (20.59%) BDD
19 21 (20.59%) Azure

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 26 (25.49%) WebLogic
2 24 (23.53%) Confluence
3 10 (9.80%) Mule
4 4 (3.92%) BizTalk Server
4 4 (3.92%) IIS
4 4 (3.92%) SharePoint
4 4 (3.92%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 16 (15.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 7 (6.86%) SAP FI-CA
2 6 (5.88%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 3 (2.94%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (1.96%) SAP ERP
4 2 (1.96%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 21 (20.59%) Azure
2 15 (14.71%) AWS
3 7 (6.86%) Tricentis Tosca
4 4 (3.92%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (2.94%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (2.94%) Amazon S3
5 3 (2.94%) npm
6 2 (1.96%) BrowserStack
6 2 (1.96%) GitHub
6 2 (1.96%) Office 365
6 2 (1.96%) Slack
6 2 (1.96%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.96%) PuTTY
1 2 (1.96%) WinSCP
2 1 (0.98%) DVB
2 1 (0.98%) Ethernet
2 1 (0.98%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.76%) MongoDB
2 10 (9.80%) MySQL
2 10 (9.80%) SQL Server
3 5 (4.90%) NoSQL
3 5 (4.90%) Pentaho
3 5 (4.90%) Relational Database
4 4 (3.92%) Apache Hive
4 4 (3.92%) Hadoop
4 4 (3.92%) Oracle Database
4 4 (3.92%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 52 (50.98%) JIRA
2 35 (34.31%) Cucumber
3 33 (32.35%) Selenium
4 26 (25.49%) Toad
5 25 (24.51%) JMeter
6 19 (18.63%) Postman
7 18 (17.65%) Jenkins
8 15 (14.71%) SoapUI
9 13 (12.75%) Git (software)
10 8 (7.84%) Gatling
11 7 (6.86%) LoadRunner
12 6 (5.88%) Visual Studio
13 5 (4.90%) REST Assured
13 5 (4.90%) SpecFlow
14 4 (3.92%) Mocha
14 4 (3.92%) SilkPerformer
14 4 (3.92%) Team Foundation Server
14 4 (3.92%) Visual Studio Coded UI
14 4 (3.92%) WebDriver
14 4 (3.92%) WebLOAD
General
1 27 (26.47%) Public Sector
2 5 (4.90%) Telecoms
3 1 (0.98%) Advertising
3 1 (0.98%) Finance
Job Titles
1 35 (34.31%) Analyst
1 35 (34.31%) Test Analyst
2 25 (24.51%) Tester
3 12 (11.76%) Test Engineer
4 11 (10.78%) Automation Tester
5 9 (8.82%) Test Manager
6 6 (5.88%) SAP Analyst
6 6 (5.88%) SAP Test Analyst
6 6 (5.88%) Test Automation Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) Performance Tester
7 4 (3.92%) QA Analyst
7 4 (3.92%) QA Test Analyst
7 4 (3.92%) SharePoint Specialist
7 4 (3.92%) Software Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) Test Leader
7 4 (3.92%) Test Specialist
8 3 (2.94%) Lead Tester
8 3 (2.94%) QA Tester
8 3 (2.94%) Security Specialist
8 3 (2.94%) Test Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (36.27%) XML
2 18 (17.65%) SOAP
3 17 (16.67%) JSON
4 13 (12.75%) RabbitMQ
5 10 (9.80%) Web Services
5 10 (9.80%) WireMock
6 9 (8.82%) Spring
7 7 (6.86%) REST
7 7 (6.86%) Spring Boot
8 4 (3.92%) CSS
8 4 (3.92%) HTML
8 4 (3.92%) Mongoose
8 4 (3.92%) Node.js
8 4 (3.92%) React Native
9 3 (2.94%) .NET
9 3 (2.94%) Enzyme
9 3 (2.94%) Jest
9 3 (2.94%) jQuery
9 3 (2.94%) Redux
9 3 (2.94%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.80%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.88%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.92%) Smart Meter
4 3 (2.94%) User Experience
5 1 (0.98%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.98%) NHS
5 1 (0.98%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (0.98%) Video on Demand
5 1 (0.98%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 46 (45.10%) Windows
2 37 (36.27%) Unix
3 15 (14.71%) Linux
4 9 (8.82%) Android
4 9 (8.82%) Apple iOS
5 4 (3.92%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.98%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.98%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.98%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 47 (46.08%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (45.10%) Customer Requirements
4 43 (42.16%) Test Scripting
5 25 (24.51%) Scrum
6 23 (22.55%) API Testing
6 23 (22.55%) Test Strategy
7 21 (20.59%) BDD
8 20 (19.61%) Microservices
9 19 (18.63%) TDD
10 18 (17.65%) Software Testing
11 16 (15.69%) Defect Management
11 16 (15.69%) DevOps
12 15 (14.71%) Open Source
12 15 (14.71%) SDLC
13 14 (13.73%) Integration Testing
14 13 (12.75%) Performance Testing
14 13 (12.75%) Scenario Testing
15 11 (10.78%) Continuous Integration
15 11 (10.78%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 51 (50.00%) SQL
2 47 (46.08%) Java
3 17 (16.67%) JavaScript
4 16 (15.69%) C#
5 7 (6.86%) PL/SQL
6 5 (4.90%) VB
7 4 (3.92%) Apple Swift
7 4 (3.92%) Kotlin
7 4 (3.92%) Objective-C
8 3 (2.94%) ES6
9 1 (0.98%) C
Qualifications
1 96 (94.12%) ISTQB
2 63 (61.76%) ISEB
3 32 (31.37%) Security Cleared
4 23 (22.55%) SC Cleared
5 7 (6.86%) DV Cleared
6 4 (3.92%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 4 (3.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 3 (2.94%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (2.94%) Degree
8 1 (0.98%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (0.98%) MCP
8 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.98%) OCP
8 1 (0.98%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (0.98%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (36.27%) QA
2 4 (3.92%) SLA
3 2 (1.96%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.96%) WCAG
System Software
1 12 (11.76%) Docker
2 5 (4.90%) Active Directory
3 4 (3.92%) HDFS
3 4 (3.92%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 8 (7.84%) Kubernetes
2 7 (6.86%) Rancher
3 6 (5.88%) HP ALM
4 4 (3.92%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (1.96%) Nessus
Vendors
1 41 (40.20%) Oracle
2 25 (24.51%) Microsoft
3 22 (21.57%) webMethods
4 18 (17.65%) SAP
5 6 (5.88%) HP
5 6 (5.88%) MuleSoft
5 6 (5.88%) Salesforce.com
6 5 (4.90%) Xamarin
7 2 (1.96%) BT
7 2 (1.96%) OutSystems
8 1 (0.98%) Capita
8 1 (0.98%) CheckPoint
8 1 (0.98%) Pega
8 1 (0.98%) Splunk