Period
to 18 May 2021

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 18 May 2021 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
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 532 488 631
Rank change year-on-year -44 +143 +24
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 85 115 203
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.26% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.88% 1.13% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 71 102
10th Percentile £315 £325 £305
25th Percentile £360 £360 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
75th Percentile £478 £464 £436
90th Percentile £525 £550 £473
UK median daily rate £382 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -4.50% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 5
Median hourly rate - £47.49 £36.00
Median % change year-on-year - +31.90% +71.43%
UK median hourly rate - £47.49 £36.00
% change year-on-year - +31.90% +71.43%

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 9,613 10,220 16,233
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.11% 23.07% 19.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,209 6,615 10,237
10th Percentile £300 £263 £268
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £568
90th Percentile £665 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £488 £475 £470
% change year-on-year +2.63% +1.06% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 458 369 650
10th Percentile £14.56 £14.48 £12.50
25th Percentile £19.96 £17.50 £16.77
Median hourly rate £37.65 £27.50 £29.00
Median % change year-on-year +36.91% -5.17% +31.82%
75th Percentile £50.60 £47.83 £47.09
90th Percentile £60.08 £57.50 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £30.03 £30.00
% change year-on-year +24.90% +0.08% +39.53%

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 18 May 2021.

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 18 May 2021. 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
West Midlands +6 30 £360 - 5
Midlands +3 30 £360 - 6
South East +18 26 £413 +5.57%
London -44 10 £420 -17.65% 2
South West +40 6 £525 +13.51%
North of England +25 5 £495 +23.75% 3
North West +14 3 £495 +8.79% 1
East of England +21 2 - -
North East +18 2 £326 -8.10%
ISTQB Foundation Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 18 May 2021, 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 74 (87.06%) ISTQB
2 57 (67.06%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (64.71%) ISEB
4 50 (58.82%) Test Automation
5 49 (57.65%) QA
6 48 (56.47%) JIRA
7 46 (54.12%) SQL
8 40 (47.06%) Software Testing
9 33 (38.82%) Social Skills
10 31 (36.47%) Oracle
11 30 (35.29%) Windows
11 30 (35.29%) Test Scripting
12 29 (34.12%) XML
13 28 (32.94%) SAP
14 26 (30.59%) Public Sector
15 25 (29.41%) Unix
16 23 (27.06%) Selenium
16 23 (27.06%) Defect Management
17 22 (25.88%) Security Cleared
17 22 (25.88%) Java
18 20 (23.53%) Confluence
19 19 (22.35%) Microsoft
20 18 (21.18%) User Acceptance Testing
20 18 (21.18%) SoapUI
20 18 (21.18%) Postman
21 17 (20.00%) HP ALM
21 17 (20.00%) Open Source
21 17 (20.00%) Cucumber
21 17 (20.00%) Azure
21 17 (20.00%) Waterfall

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 20 (23.53%) Confluence
2 6 (7.06%) WebLogic
3 3 (3.53%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.35%) Apache
4 2 (2.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (2.35%) Tomcat
4 2 (2.35%) WebLogic Integration
5 1 (1.18%) Mule
Applications
1 11 (12.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.35%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 14 (16.47%) SAP FI-CA
1 14 (16.47%) SAP PSCD
2 8 (9.41%) SAP HCM
3 2 (2.35%) Sage CRM
3 2 (2.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (1.18%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (1.18%) Elite 3E
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (1.18%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 17 (20.00%) Azure
2 8 (9.41%) SuccessFactors
3 7 (8.24%) GitHub
4 5 (5.88%) AWS
5 4 (4.71%) Tricentis Tosca
6 2 (2.35%) Azure Cosmos DB
6 2 (2.35%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (2.35%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (2.35%) NuGet
6 2 (2.35%) OpenShift
7 1 (1.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (1.18%) Amazon S3
7 1 (1.18%) BrowserStack
7 1 (1.18%) GCP
7 1 (1.18%) npm
7 1 (1.18%) Power Platform
7 1 (1.18%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (1.18%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.41%) HTTP
2 7 (8.24%) 2G
2 7 (8.24%) 3G
2 7 (8.24%) 4G
2 7 (8.24%) 5G
2 7 (8.24%) GSM
2 7 (8.24%) SCCP
2 7 (8.24%) UMTS
3 6 (7.06%) 3GPP
3 6 (7.06%) GPRS
3 6 (7.06%) INAP
3 6 (7.06%) Internet
3 6 (7.06%) M3UA
3 6 (7.06%) SCTP
3 6 (7.06%) SIGTRAN
3 6 (7.06%) SMPP
3 6 (7.06%) TCAP
3 6 (7.06%) VoIP
4 2 (2.35%) FTP
4 2 (2.35%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (16.47%) Oracle Database
2 13 (15.29%) MySQL
3 6 (7.06%) SQL Server
4 5 (5.88%) MongoDB
4 5 (5.88%) Relational Database
5 2 (2.35%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (2.35%) MS Access
5 2 (2.35%) NoSQL
5 2 (2.35%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.18%) Apache Hive
6 1 (1.18%) Big Data
6 1 (1.18%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.18%) Power BI
6 1 (1.18%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 48 (56.47%) JIRA
2 23 (27.06%) Selenium
3 18 (21.18%) Postman
3 18 (21.18%) SoapUI
4 17 (20.00%) Cucumber
5 15 (17.65%) JMeter
6 11 (12.94%) LoadRunner
7 10 (11.76%) Jenkins
8 9 (10.59%) Gatling
9 8 (9.41%) Git (software)
9 8 (9.41%) NeoLoad
10 7 (8.24%) SilkPerformer
10 7 (8.24%) WebLOAD
11 6 (7.06%) Maven
11 6 (7.06%) REST Assured
12 5 (5.88%) Bitbucket
12 5 (5.88%) Toad
13 4 (4.71%) Appium
13 4 (4.71%) SpecFlow
14 3 (3.53%) Travis CI
General
1 33 (38.82%) Social Skills
2 26 (30.59%) Public Sector
3 9 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (8.24%) Telecoms
5 5 (5.88%) Influencing Skills
6 3 (3.53%) Finance
6 3 (3.53%) Presentation Skills
7 1 (1.18%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 38 (44.71%) Analyst
2 36 (42.35%) Test Analyst
3 21 (24.71%) Tester
4 11 (12.94%) Test Manager
5 10 (11.76%) QA Analyst
5 10 (11.76%) SAP Analyst
5 10 (11.76%) SAP Test Analyst
6 9 (10.59%) Test Leader
7 8 (9.41%) Performance Tester
7 8 (9.41%) QA Test Analyst
8 6 (7.06%) Automation Tester
8 6 (7.06%) Lead Tester
9 5 (5.88%) Test Engineer
10 3 (3.53%) Automation Test Analyst
10 3 (3.53%) Developer
11 2 (2.35%) Network Manager
11 2 (2.35%) QA Manager
11 2 (2.35%) QA Test Manager
11 2 (2.35%) QA Tester
11 2 (2.35%) Release Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (34.12%) XML
2 16 (18.82%) JSON
3 15 (17.65%) SOAP
4 5 (5.88%) REST
5 3 (3.53%) .NET
5 3 (3.53%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.35%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (2.35%) Web Services
6 2 (2.35%) WireMock
7 1 (1.18%) Apache Cordova
7 1 (1.18%) Backbone.js
7 1 (1.18%) Chai
7 1 (1.18%) Enzyme
7 1 (1.18%) Jest
7 1 (1.18%) Mongoose
7 1 (1.18%) Node.js
7 1 (1.18%) PhoneGap
7 1 (1.18%) React
7 1 (1.18%) React Native
7 1 (1.18%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.24%) Smart Meter
2 3 (3.53%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (3.53%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.53%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.35%) NHS
3 2 (2.35%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.18%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.18%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.18%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 30 (35.29%) Windows
2 25 (29.41%) Unix
3 6 (7.06%) Linux
4 2 (2.35%) HPUX
4 2 (2.35%) SUSE
5 1 (1.18%) AIX
5 1 (1.18%) Android
5 1 (1.18%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (67.06%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (58.82%) Test Automation
3 40 (47.06%) Software Testing
4 30 (35.29%) Test Scripting
5 23 (27.06%) Defect Management
6 18 (21.18%) User Acceptance Testing
7 17 (20.00%) Open Source
7 17 (20.00%) Test Management
7 17 (20.00%) Waterfall
8 16 (18.82%) Regression Testing
8 16 (18.82%) Scrum
9 15 (17.65%) Customer Requirements
9 15 (17.65%) DevOps
10 13 (15.29%) Performance Testing
10 13 (15.29%) Scenario Testing
11 12 (14.12%) API Testing
12 10 (11.76%) Validation
13 9 (10.59%) Continuous Improvement
13 9 (10.59%) Non-Functional Testing
14 8 (9.41%) Agile Testing
Programming Languages
1 46 (54.12%) SQL
2 22 (25.88%) Java
3 15 (17.65%) PL/SQL
4 11 (12.94%) C#
4 11 (12.94%) VB
5 10 (11.76%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.35%) C
6 2 (2.35%) FoxPro (VFP)
6 2 (2.35%) Python
7 1 (1.18%) Apple Swift
7 1 (1.18%) ES6
7 1 (1.18%) Kotlin
7 1 (1.18%) Objective-C
7 1 (1.18%) Perl
7 1 (1.18%) R
7 1 (1.18%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 74 (87.06%) ISTQB
2 55 (64.71%) ISEB
3 22 (25.88%) Security Cleared
4 12 (14.12%) SC Cleared
5 6 (7.06%) Degree
6 4 (4.71%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (4.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (3.53%) DV Cleared
8 2 (2.35%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (2.35%) Master's Degree
8 2 (2.35%) MCP
8 2 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.35%) OCP
8 2 (2.35%) Oracle Certification
8 2 (2.35%) SAP Certification
9 1 (1.18%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (57.65%) QA
2 7 (8.24%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (4.71%) Docker
2 1 (1.18%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 17 (20.00%) HP ALM
2 10 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (3.53%) Kubernetes
4 1 (1.18%) Ansible
4 1 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.18%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 31 (36.47%) Oracle
2 28 (32.94%) SAP
3 19 (22.35%) Microsoft
4 17 (20.00%) HP
5 4 (4.71%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (3.53%) Micro Focus
6 3 (3.53%) webMethods
6 3 (3.53%) Xamarin
7 2 (2.35%) Dell
7 2 (2.35%) Sage
7 2 (2.35%) Splunk
7 2 (2.35%) TIBCO
8 1 (1.18%) Delphix
8 1 (1.18%) Google
8 1 (1.18%) MuleSoft
8 1 (1.18%) New Relic
8 1 (1.18%) Omniture