The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK / England
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 316 269 297
Rank change year-on-year -47 +28  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 288 421 355
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.69% 0.85% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.35% 4.08% 3.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 244 175
Median daily rate £350 £358 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.23% +8.48%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £237 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £320 £300
% change year-on-year +9.37% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 4
Median hourly rate £43.00 £47.25 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.99% +101.06%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

ISTQB is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8586 10313 9835
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.64% 20.88% 20.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5421 6523 5665
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 374 443
Median hourly rate £30.94 £35.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.60% +55.55%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in England over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
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 within the England region over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -2 96 £352 +0.57% 30
London -58 56 £398 -0.62% 32
South West +8 51 £400 +6.66% 14
West Midlands -7 22 £318 -6.27% 11
Yorkshire +2 21 £325 +8.33% 16
East of England 0 14 £338 +8.43% 5
East Midlands -4 9 £388 +55.00% 1
North East -15 7 £300 +14.83% 1
Midlands +10 5 £300 -
North West +10 5 £320 +14.28% 20
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 374 (68.75%) ISEB
2 244 (44.85%) Agile Software Development
3 173 (31.80%) Test Scripting
4 166 (30.51%) SQL
5 161 (29.60%) Software Testing
5 161 (29.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 131 (24.08%) Selenium
7 120 (22.06%) Finance
8 101 (18.57%) User Acceptance Testing
9 100 (18.38%) JIRA
10 97 (17.83%) Functional Testing
11 96 (17.65%) Test Automation
12 91 (16.73%) Test Management
12 91 (16.73%) QA
13 89 (16.36%) HP
13 89 (16.36%) Test Strategy
14 88 (16.18%) Java
15 83 (15.26%) Defect Management
16 79 (14.52%) Microsoft
16 79 (14.52%) Automated Testing
17 77 (14.15%) Security Cleared
18 75 (13.79%) HP Quality Center
18 75 (13.79%) SDLC
19 73 (13.42%) Scrum
20 66 (12.13%) Oracle
21 62 (11.40%) BDD
22 58 (10.66%) Regression Testing
23 57 (10.48%) Manual Testing
24 56 (10.29%) XML
25 54 (9.93%) Integration Testing

ISTQB
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 16 (2.94%) SharePoint
2 15 (2.76%) Confluence
3 11 (2.02%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 8 (1.47%) SharePoint 2010
4 8 (1.47%) WebLogic
5 7 (1.29%) SAS
6 6 (1.10%) IIS
7 4 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.55%) Apache
8 3 (0.55%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.55%) CMS
8 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.18%) ArcGIS
10 1 (0.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.18%) JBoss
10 1 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
10 1 (0.18%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 42 (7.72%) MS Excel
2 15 (2.76%) MS Office
3 6 (1.10%) MS Project
4 4 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.37%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (2.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.92%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.74%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.55%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.37%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.37%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.18%) Maximo
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.18%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP EWM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP PM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP R/3
6 1 (0.18%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (1.47%) GitHub
3 3 (0.55%) SaaS
3 3 (0.55%) SuccessFactors
4 2 (0.37%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.37%) Taleo
5 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.18%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.94%) 4G
2 15 (2.76%) LTE
3 12 (2.21%) Wireless
4 10 (1.84%) Internet
5 7 (1.29%) Firewall
5 7 (1.29%) HTTP
6 5 (0.92%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (0.74%) Network Security
7 4 (0.74%) SSH
8 3 (0.55%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.37%) PuTTY
9 2 (0.37%) VLAN
9 2 (0.37%) WinSCP
9 2 (0.37%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.18%) BIG-IP
10 1 (0.18%) Gigabit Ethernet
10 1 (0.18%) iBeacon
10 1 (0.18%) Multicast
10 1 (0.18%) Value-Added Service
10 1 (0.18%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (6.07%) Data Warehouse
2 32 (5.88%) SQL Server
3 14 (2.57%) Relational Database
4 8 (1.47%) Oracle Database
5 7 (1.29%) BusinessObjects
6 6 (1.10%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.92%) Big Data
7 5 (0.92%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
8 4 (0.74%) GIS
8 4 (0.74%) SAP BW
9 3 (0.55%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9 3 (0.55%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.55%) Oracle BI EE
9 3 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.37%) BusinessObjects XI
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 131 (24.08%) Selenium
2 100 (18.38%) JIRA
3 44 (8.09%) Team Foundation Server
4 43 (7.90%) HP UFT
5 39 (7.17%) Cucumber
5 39 (7.17%) SoapUI
6 35 (6.43%) JMeter
6 35 (6.43%) WebDriver
7 33 (6.07%) LoadRunner
7 33 (6.07%) Visual Studio
8 27 (4.96%) Jenkins
9 20 (3.68%) Git (software)
10 17 (3.13%) TeamCity
11 15 (2.76%) SpecFlow
12 12 (2.21%) Maven
13 11 (2.02%) MSTest
14 9 (1.65%) Capybara
14 9 (1.65%) Hudson
15 8 (1.47%) Oracle Forms
15 8 (1.47%) Robot Framework
General
1 120 (22.06%) Finance
2 53 (9.74%) Banking
3 31 (5.70%) Telecoms
4 29 (5.33%) Retail
5 14 (2.57%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.65%) Games
7 8 (1.47%) Retail Banking
8 5 (0.92%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.92%) Legal
8 5 (0.92%) Marketing
9 4 (0.74%) Advertising
9 4 (0.74%) Electronics
9 4 (0.74%) Local Government
9 4 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.55%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.55%) Automotive
10 3 (0.55%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.55%) General Ledger
10 3 (0.55%) Law
10 3 (0.55%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 235 (43.20%) Analyst
2 221 (40.63%) Test Analyst
3 128 (23.53%) Tester
4 75 (13.79%) Test Manager
5 60 (11.03%) Test Leader
6 41 (7.54%) Automation Test Analyst
7 37 (6.80%) Automation Tester
8 36 (6.62%) Test Engineer
9 30 (5.51%) Software Tester
10 29 (5.33%) Senior Analyst
11 28 (5.15%) Senior Test Analyst
12 19 (3.49%) Agile Test Analyst
13 18 (3.31%) Developer
14 17 (3.13%) QA Tester
15 15 (2.76%) Financial Analyst
16 14 (2.57%) Test Specialist
17 13 (2.39%) Service Analyst
17 13 (2.39%) Software Analyst
17 13 (2.39%) Software Test Analyst
17 13 (2.39%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (10.29%) XML
2 40 (7.35%) .NET
3 28 (5.15%) Web Services
4 25 (4.60%) SOAP
5 19 (3.49%) HTML
6 16 (2.94%) RESTful
7 13 (2.39%) Gherkin
8 12 (2.21%) AngularJS
8 12 (2.21%) J2EE
9 11 (2.02%) CSS
9 11 (2.02%) JSON
9 11 (2.02%) Spring
10 10 (1.84%) ASP.NET
10 10 (1.84%) Hibernate
11 8 (1.47%) Apache Flex
11 8 (1.47%) BlazeDS
11 8 (1.47%) Spring MVC
11 8 (1.47%) XSL
11 8 (1.47%) XSLT
12 7 (1.29%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 32 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (2.39%) Computer Science
3 12 (2.21%) Mobile App
4 11 (2.02%) Client/Server
5 9 (1.65%) Management Information System
6 7 (1.29%) NHS
6 7 (1.29%) User Experience
7 5 (0.92%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (0.55%) Contactless
8 3 (0.55%) Derivative
8 3 (0.55%) Equities
8 3 (0.55%) Fixed Income
8 3 (0.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 3 (0.55%) Hedge funds
8 3 (0.55%) Reference Data
8 3 (0.55%) SWIFT
8 3 (0.55%) Tandem
9 2 (0.37%) IVR
9 2 (0.37%) Online Gambling
9 2 (0.37%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 53 (9.74%) Unix
2 49 (9.01%) Windows
3 34 (6.25%) Linux
4 10 (1.84%) Windows Server
5 9 (1.65%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (1.29%) Android
7 7 (1.29%) Apple iOS
7 7 (1.29%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.74%) Mac OS
8 4 (0.74%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.55%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.55%) Windows 8
9 3 (0.55%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.37%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.18%) HPUX
11 1 (0.18%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.18%) Solaris
11 1 (0.18%) SUSE
11 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 244 (44.85%) Agile Software Development
2 173 (31.80%) Test Scripting
3 161 (29.60%) Software Testing
4 101 (18.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 97 (17.83%) Functional Testing
6 96 (17.65%) Test Automation
7 91 (16.73%) Test Management
8 89 (16.36%) Test Strategy
9 83 (15.26%) Defect Management
10 79 (14.52%) Automated Testing
11 75 (13.79%) SDLC
12 73 (13.42%) Scrum
13 62 (11.40%) BDD
14 58 (10.66%) Regression Testing
15 57 (10.48%) Manual Testing
16 54 (9.93%) Integration Testing
17 51 (9.38%) Continuous Integration
18 48 (8.82%) Performance Testing
19 46 (8.46%) Test Planning
20 45 (8.27%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 166 (30.51%) SQL
2 88 (16.18%) Java
3 31 (5.70%) C#
4 29 (5.33%) Python
5 27 (4.96%) JavaScript
6 23 (4.23%) Ruby
7 18 (3.31%) PL/SQL
8 16 (2.94%) C
9 15 (2.76%) Groovy
10 8 (1.47%) ActionScript
11 7 (1.29%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.29%) PHP
11 7 (1.29%) VB
12 4 (0.74%) C++
13 3 (0.55%) Perl
13 3 (0.55%) Scala
13 3 (0.55%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.55%) VBA
14 2 (0.37%) F#
14 2 (0.37%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 374 (68.75%) ISEB
2 161 (29.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 77 (14.15%) Security Cleared
4 39 (7.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 38 (6.99%) Degree
5 38 (6.99%) SC Cleared
6 21 (3.86%) DV Cleared
7 9 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (0.74%) ISEB Practitioner
8 4 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.55%) CHECK Team Member
9 3 (0.55%) CISM
9 3 (0.55%) CREST Certified
9 3 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.37%) CCNA
10 2 (0.37%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.37%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (0.18%) JNCIA
11 1 (0.18%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (16.73%) QA
2 8 (1.47%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.29%) Data Quality
3 7 (1.29%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.55%) ISO 9000
4 3 (0.55%) JSP 440
4 3 (0.55%) SDET
4 3 (0.55%) SLA
5 2 (0.37%) Basel II
5 2 (0.37%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.37%) EMIR
5 2 (0.37%) MiFID
5 2 (0.37%) PMO
5 2 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.18%) FATCA
6 1 (0.18%) Solvency II
System Software
1 14 (2.57%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.92%) Snort
3 4 (0.74%) VMware ESX
3 4 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.74%) XenApp
3 4 (0.74%) XenDesktop
4 3 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.18%) HDFS
6 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.18%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 75 (13.79%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.10%) Cisco IPCC
3 4 (0.74%) HP SiteScope
3 4 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (0.55%) Graphite
5 2 (0.37%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.37%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.37%) Cisco UCCE
5 2 (0.37%) ITRS Geneos
5 2 (0.37%) Oozie
5 2 (0.37%) SCCM
6 1 (0.18%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.18%) Netcool
6 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.18%) Perfmon
6 1 (0.18%) Puppet
Vendors
1 89 (16.36%) HP
2 79 (14.52%) Microsoft
3 66 (12.13%) Oracle
4 26 (4.78%) SAP
5 17 (3.13%) IBM
6 9 (1.65%) Sybase
7 8 (1.47%) Adobe
8 6 (1.10%) AppDynamics
8 6 (1.10%) Atlassian
9 5 (0.92%) Cisco
9 5 (0.92%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (0.92%) Sourcefire
9 5 (0.92%) webMethods
10 4 (0.74%) BMC
10 4 (0.74%) Cloudera
10 4 (0.74%) Intel Security
10 4 (0.74%) Telerik
10 4 (0.74%) VMware
11 3 (0.55%) Remedy
11 3 (0.55%) Teradata
Surrey
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £300 - £310 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
East Riding
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Surrey
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £275 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Eames Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
Graham Matthews
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £320 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago