Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 564 655 646
Rank change year-on-year +91 -9 -141
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 315 207 226
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.33% 0.22% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.71% 1.15% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 127 161
England median daily rate £363 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.54% +8.33% -13.04%
10th Percentile £300 £228 £193
90th Percentile £447 £525 £438
UK median daily rate £353 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +8.46% +8.33% -9.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 1
England median hourly rate £29.00 - £33.50
10th Percentile £24.60 - £31.75
90th Percentile £40.40 - £35.25
UK median hourly rate £29.00 - £33.50

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 18,455 17,997 19,549
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.14% 18.94% 20.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,982 11,079 12,236
England median daily rate £450 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £260 £230 £245
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 865 817 775
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.96% +5.24%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £49.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £26.10 £25.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year +2.36% -1.92% +4.00%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 11 December 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 +14 112 £375 +13.64% 18
Midlands +53 79 £380 +35.71% 15
West Midlands +44 76 £380 +18.75% 13
London -3 46 £325 -7.14% 11
North of England +7 30 £338 +8.87% 11
East of England +12 23 £350 +13.82% 6
South West -27 23 £300 -26.83% 7
North West -14 16 £350 +16.67% 7
Yorkshire -1 8 £400 +29.03% 3
North East +1 6 £315 -3.08% 1
East Midlands +4 3 - - 2
South Coast - 1 - -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 11 December 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.

1 287 (91.11%) ISTQB
2 215 (68.25%) ISEB
3 183 (58.10%) SQL
4 177 (56.19%) Test Scripting
5 158 (50.16%) Oracle
6 145 (46.03%) Test Automation
7 118 (37.46%) Java
8 109 (34.60%) Windows
9 105 (33.33%) XML
9 105 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
10 103 (32.70%) Unix
11 96 (30.48%) Customer Requirements
12 70 (22.22%) webMethods
12 70 (22.22%) Software Testing
13 68 (21.59%) WebLogic
14 65 (20.63%) JIRA
15 60 (19.05%) Toad
16 53 (16.83%) QA
17 52 (16.51%) Security Cleared
18 51 (16.19%) Selenium
18 51 (16.19%) Microsoft
19 46 (14.60%) Scrum
20 44 (13.97%) HP
20 44 (13.97%) SC Cleared
21 43 (13.65%) Manual Testing
21 43 (13.65%) System Integration Testing
22 42 (13.33%) SoapUI
23 41 (13.02%) SAP
24 40 (12.70%) Regression Testing
25 39 (12.38%) 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 68 (21.59%) WebLogic
2 38 (12.06%) Confluence
3 7 (2.22%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.90%) CMS
4 6 (1.90%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (1.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.63%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.32%) SAS
Applications
1 37 (11.75%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (4.44%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (3.17%) SAP FI-CA
1 10 (3.17%) SAP PSCD
2 4 (1.27%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (0.95%) Elite 3E
3 3 (0.95%) SAP CO
3 3 (0.95%) SAP FI
3 3 (0.95%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.63%) Infor M3
4 2 (0.63%) Lawson
4 2 (0.63%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.63%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.32%) ResourceLink
5 1 (0.32%) SAP Payroll
5 1 (0.32%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 15 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (1.90%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.95%) Akamai
3 3 (0.95%) BlazeMeter
3 3 (0.95%) Slack
4 1 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.32%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 10 (3.17%) SAN
2 8 (2.54%) Firewall
2 8 (2.54%) TCP/IP
3 7 (2.22%) DHCP
4 6 (1.90%) LAN
4 6 (1.90%) SSL
4 6 (1.90%) WAN
5 5 (1.59%) DNS
6 4 (1.27%) IP Telephony
6 4 (1.27%) VoIP
7 3 (0.95%) Cisco IOS
7 3 (0.95%) ISDN
7 3 (0.95%) MPLS
7 3 (0.95%) MVNO
7 3 (0.95%) PBX
7 3 (0.95%) PuTTY
7 3 (0.95%) VLAN
7 3 (0.95%) VPN
7 3 (0.95%) WinSCP
8 2 (0.63%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (10.16%) Oracle Reports
2 11 (3.49%) Oracle Database
3 10 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (3.17%) MongoDB
4 7 (2.22%) Relational Database
5 6 (1.90%) MySQL
6 5 (1.59%) SQL Server
7 3 (0.95%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (0.63%) Electronic Patient Records
8 2 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2016
9 1 (0.32%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.32%) Base SAS
9 1 (0.32%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.32%) Oracle OWB
9 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 65 (20.63%) JIRA
2 60 (19.05%) Toad
3 51 (16.19%) Selenium
4 42 (13.33%) SoapUI
5 36 (11.43%) Cucumber
6 24 (7.62%) JMeter
7 23 (7.30%) Team Foundation Server
8 22 (6.98%) LoadRunner
9 20 (6.35%) Oracle APEX
10 17 (5.40%) HP UFT
11 12 (3.81%) Gatling
12 10 (3.17%) SpecFlow
13 9 (2.86%) Jenkins
14 7 (2.22%) Git (software)
15 5 (1.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 5 (1.59%) TestPartner
16 4 (1.27%) JUnit
16 4 (1.27%) Visual Studio
16 4 (1.27%) WebDriver
16 4 (1.27%) Zephyr
General
1 32 (10.16%) Finance
2 14 (4.44%) Greek Language
3 9 (2.86%) Telecoms
4 8 (2.54%) Banking
5 6 (1.90%) Billing
6 5 (1.59%) Legal
7 3 (0.95%) Law
8 2 (0.63%) Advertising
8 2 (0.63%) Military
8 2 (0.63%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.32%) Automotive
9 1 (0.32%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.32%) Marketing
9 1 (0.32%) Retail
Job Titles
1 172 (54.60%) Analyst
2 163 (51.75%) Test Analyst
3 55 (17.46%) Tester
4 36 (11.43%) Test Engineer
5 19 (6.03%) Test Manager
6 12 (3.81%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 12 (3.81%) Test Leader
7 10 (3.17%) Performance Tester
7 10 (3.17%) SAP Analyst
7 10 (3.17%) SAP Test Analyst
7 10 (3.17%) Test Automation Engineer
8 9 (2.86%) Automation Test Analyst
9 8 (2.54%) QA Analyst
9 8 (2.54%) SQL Analyst
10 7 (2.22%) Automation Tester
10 7 (2.22%) Test Specialist
11 6 (1.90%) Oracle Analyst
11 6 (1.90%) SAP Tester
11 6 (1.90%) Web Analyst
11 6 (1.90%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (33.33%) XML
2 33 (10.48%) SOAP
3 28 (8.89%) Web Services
4 27 (8.57%) .NET
5 18 (5.71%) RESTful
6 11 (3.49%) RabbitMQ
7 10 (3.17%) HTML
8 8 (2.54%) Gherkin
9 5 (1.59%) ASP.NET
10 4 (1.27%) XSLT
11 2 (0.63%) AngularJS
12 1 (0.32%) .NET Framework
12 1 (0.32%) HTML5
12 1 (0.32%) JSON
12 1 (0.32%) REST
12 1 (0.32%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 38 (12.06%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (2.22%) Mainframe
2 7 (2.22%) Self-Motivation
3 6 (1.90%) Data Centre
3 6 (1.90%) Mobile App
4 3 (0.95%) Digital TV
4 3 (0.95%) Over-the-Top Content
4 3 (0.95%) Smartphone
4 3 (0.95%) Video\Live Streaming
5 2 (0.63%) Analytical Mindset
5 2 (0.63%) AS400
5 2 (0.63%) CCTV
5 2 (0.63%) Client/Server
5 2 (0.63%) Fintech
5 2 (0.63%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (0.63%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.32%) CAN bus
6 1 (0.32%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.32%) Internet of Things
6 1 (0.32%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 109 (34.60%) Windows
2 103 (32.70%) Unix
3 7 (2.22%) Linux
4 5 (1.59%) VME
5 4 (1.27%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.95%) Android
6 3 (0.95%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.32%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.32%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (56.19%) Test Scripting
2 145 (46.03%) Test Automation
3 105 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 96 (30.48%) Customer Requirements
5 70 (22.22%) Software Testing
6 46 (14.60%) Scrum
7 43 (13.65%) Manual Testing
7 43 (13.65%) System Integration Testing
8 40 (12.70%) Regression Testing
9 39 (12.38%) Test Strategy
10 35 (11.11%) User Stories
11 32 (10.16%) Scenario Testing
12 31 (9.84%) Continuous Integration
12 31 (9.84%) Integration Testing
13 30 (9.52%) Test Management
14 27 (8.57%) User Acceptance Testing
15 26 (8.25%) API Testing
15 26 (8.25%) Defect Management
16 22 (6.98%) Non-Functional Testing
16 22 (6.98%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 183 (58.10%) SQL
2 118 (37.46%) Java
3 25 (7.94%) C#
4 22 (6.98%) PL/SQL
5 21 (6.67%) JavaScript
6 14 (4.44%) VB
7 7 (2.22%) Python
8 4 (1.27%) C
8 4 (1.27%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.63%) F#
10 1 (0.32%) ANSI SQL
10 1 (0.32%) C++
10 1 (0.32%) Groovy
10 1 (0.32%) Scala
10 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 287 (91.11%) ISTQB
2 215 (68.25%) ISEB
3 52 (16.51%) Security Cleared
4 44 (13.97%) SC Cleared
5 34 (10.79%) Degree
6 18 (5.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 10 (3.17%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (2.22%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (1.27%) DBS Check
10 3 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (0.95%) CCNA
10 3 (0.95%) CCNP
10 3 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.63%) IIBA
12 1 (0.32%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.32%) HNC
12 1 (0.32%) HND
12 1 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (16.83%) QA
2 1 (0.32%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (1.59%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.63%) VirtualBox
2 2 (0.63%) vSphere
3 1 (0.32%) HDFS
3 1 (0.32%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 34 (10.79%) HP ALM
2 22 (6.98%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (1.90%) logstash
4 4 (1.27%) SCCM
5 2 (0.63%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.32%) Kibana
6 1 (0.32%) Nessus
6 1 (0.32%) Netcool
6 1 (0.32%) SCOM
Vendors
1 158 (50.16%) Oracle
2 70 (22.22%) webMethods
3 51 (16.19%) Microsoft
4 44 (13.97%) HP
5 41 (13.02%) SAP
6 8 (2.54%) AppDynamics
7 7 (2.22%) Cisco
8 4 (1.27%) Adobe
9 3 (0.95%) IBM
9 3 (0.95%) iManage
9 3 (0.95%) SolarWinds
9 3 (0.95%) Splunk
9 3 (0.95%) VMware
10 2 (0.63%) IBM Sterling
10 2 (0.63%) Maxymiser
10 2 (0.63%) New Relic
10 2 (0.63%) Red Hat
10 2 (0.63%) Software AG
11 1 (0.32%) Cadence
11 1 (0.32%) ICL