Period
to 19 January 2018

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 6 months to 19 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK > England
6 months to
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 430 378 273
Rank change year-on-year -52 -105 +62
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 471 538 866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.51% 0.60% 0.87%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.70% 2.96% 4.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 328 547
England median daily rate £343 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.14% +1.45% -
10th Percentile £263 £213 £238
90th Percentile £487 £481 £493
UK median daily rate £338 £343 £335
% change year-on-year -1.46% +2.24% -0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 5
England median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +2.94% +38.78%
10th Percentile £42.75 £32.05 £25.10
90th Percentile £47.25 £42.20 £134.50
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £34.25 £34.00
% change year-on-year -60.58% +0.74% +128.96%

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 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 17,458 18,204 20,296
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.92% 20.22% 20.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,710 11,392 12,406
England median daily rate £440 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +4.87% +1.31%
10th Percentile £231 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 767 792 951
England median hourly rate £23.50 £25.94 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.40% -0.24% +36.84%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.08 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.83 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £25.69 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.39% -6.59% +44.74%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

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 6 months to 19 January 2018.

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 6 months to 19 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
London -48 160 £385 -3.75% 31
South East -8 137 £338 +0.75% 46
Midlands -11 62 £359 +5.51% 28
South West -6 49 £325 - 16
North of England +22 48 £300 -2.44% 52
West Midlands -5 45 £383 +12.50% 16
Yorkshire +11 29 £305 +1.67% 23
East Midlands 0 17 £298 -15.00% 12
East of England -23 15 £343 +5.38% 15
North West -2 12 £300 -14.29% 24
North East +44 7 £275 - 5
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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.

1 303 (64.33%) ISEB
2 240 (50.96%) Agile Software Development
3 213 (45.22%) Test Automation
4 153 (32.48%) Test Scripting
5 142 (30.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 126 (26.75%) User Acceptance Testing
7 122 (25.90%) Software Testing
8 120 (25.48%) SQL
9 119 (25.27%) Selenium
10 117 (24.84%) Scrum
11 109 (23.14%) Finance
12 107 (22.72%) JIRA
13 92 (19.53%) HP
14 81 (17.20%) Test Strategy
15 80 (16.99%) Java
16 77 (16.35%) HP Quality Center
17 76 (16.14%) QA
18 74 (15.71%) SDLC
19 72 (15.29%) Functional Testing
20 71 (15.07%) Banking
21 70 (14.86%) BDD
22 69 (14.65%) Scenario Testing
23 68 (14.44%) Security Cleared
23 68 (14.44%) Regression Testing
24 65 (13.80%) Test Management
25 64 (13.59%) System Integration Testing
26 62 (13.16%) Defect Management
27 57 (12.10%) C#
28 54 (11.46%) Microsoft
29 51 (10.83%) Manual 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 30 (6.37%) Confluence
2 13 (2.76%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.70%) WebLogic
4 7 (1.49%) CMS
5 5 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (0.85%) Documentum
6 4 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (0.64%) SAS
7 3 (0.64%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.42%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.21%) Apache
9 1 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.21%) Drupal
9 1 (0.21%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.21%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.21%) WebSphere
Applications
1 31 (6.58%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (4.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (3.40%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.85%) SAP CO
1 4 (0.85%) SAP FI
1 4 (0.85%) SAP FI/CO
1 4 (0.85%) SAP MM
2 3 (0.64%) Maximo
3 2 (0.42%) Actimize
3 2 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.42%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.42%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.21%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 1 (0.21%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.21%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.85%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.85%) SaaS
3 3 (0.64%) BrowserStack
4 2 (0.42%) BlazeMeter
4 2 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (0.42%) Office 365
5 1 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.21%) PaaS
5 1 (0.21%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.49%) Internet
2 5 (1.06%) Firewall
2 5 (1.06%) MVNO
3 4 (0.85%) DHCP
3 4 (0.85%) DNS
4 3 (0.64%) HTTP
4 3 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.42%) IPv4
5 2 (0.42%) IPv6
5 2 (0.42%) SMS
5 2 (0.42%) Wireless
6 1 (0.21%) DSL
6 1 (0.21%) GGSN
6 1 (0.21%) SMTP
6 1 (0.21%) SSL
6 1 (0.21%) Value-Added Service
6 1 (0.21%) VoWiFi
6 1 (0.21%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (4.67%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (1.49%) Oracle Database
4 4 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (0.64%) Big Data
5 3 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (0.64%) Power BI
6 2 (0.42%) Amazon Redshift
6 2 (0.42%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.42%) HBase
6 2 (0.42%) MySQL
6 2 (0.42%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.42%) Oracle BI EE
6 2 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.21%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.21%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.21%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.21%) Pentaho
7 1 (0.21%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.21%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 119 (25.27%) Selenium
2 107 (22.72%) JIRA
3 38 (8.07%) Cucumber
3 38 (8.07%) Team Foundation Server
4 33 (7.01%) WebDriver
5 31 (6.58%) SoapUI
6 30 (6.37%) JMeter
7 27 (5.73%) Visual Studio
8 26 (5.52%) HP UFT
9 20 (4.25%) SpecFlow
10 16 (3.40%) Jenkins
11 12 (2.55%) LoadRunner
11 12 (2.55%) TestRail
12 11 (2.34%) MSTest
12 11 (2.34%) Selenium IDE
13 9 (1.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 7 (1.49%) Git (software)
14 7 (1.49%) Maven
14 7 (1.49%) Visual Studio Team System
14 7 (1.49%) Zephyr
General
1 109 (23.14%) Finance
2 71 (15.07%) Banking
3 38 (8.07%) Retail Banking
4 21 (4.46%) Retail
5 17 (3.61%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.70%) Military
7 7 (1.49%) Billing
7 7 (1.49%) Games
7 7 (1.49%) Legal
8 4 (0.85%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.85%) Publishing
9 3 (0.64%) Automotive
9 3 (0.64%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.64%) Private Banking
10 2 (0.42%) Law
11 1 (0.21%) Advertising
11 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.21%) Back Office
11 1 (0.21%) Front Office
11 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 241 (51.17%) Analyst
2 224 (47.56%) Test Analyst
3 61 (12.95%) Tester
4 57 (12.10%) Test Manager
5 48 (10.19%) Test Leader
6 41 (8.70%) Automation Test Analyst
7 30 (6.37%) Test Engineer
8 27 (5.73%) Senior Analyst
9 26 (5.52%) Banking Analyst
10 25 (5.31%) Senior Test Analyst
11 22 (4.67%) Selenium Test Analyst
12 19 (4.03%) Automation Tester
13 16 (3.40%) Agile Test Analyst
14 15 (3.18%) Developer
15 13 (2.76%) QA Engineer
15 13 (2.76%) Software Tester
16 11 (2.34%) Developer in Test
16 11 (2.34%) QA Analyst
16 11 (2.34%) Test Automation Engineer
17 10 (2.12%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (7.86%) .NET
2 22 (4.67%) XML
3 20 (4.25%) Web Services
4 18 (3.82%) Gherkin
5 16 (3.40%) SOAP
6 10 (2.12%) AngularJS
6 10 (2.12%) REST
7 7 (1.49%) .NET Framework
7 7 (1.49%) HTML
7 7 (1.49%) Spring
8 6 (1.27%) Hibernate
8 6 (1.27%) J2EE
8 6 (1.27%) RESTful
9 5 (1.06%) CSS
9 5 (1.06%) Middleware
10 4 (0.85%) JSON
10 4 (0.85%) LDAP
11 3 (0.64%) EDI
11 3 (0.64%) HTML5
12 2 (0.42%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 34 (7.22%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (2.97%) Computer Science
2 14 (2.97%) Mobile App
3 10 (2.12%) User Experience
4 9 (1.91%) Mainframe
5 8 (1.70%) Client/Server
5 8 (1.70%) Greenfield Project
6 7 (1.49%) AS400
7 6 (1.27%) Analytical Mindset
7 6 (1.27%) Management Information System
8 5 (1.06%) iSeries
8 5 (1.06%) Reference Data
8 5 (1.06%) Smart Meter
9 4 (0.85%) Data Centre
10 3 (0.64%) IVR
11 2 (0.42%) Equities
11 2 (0.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 2 (0.42%) PKI
11 2 (0.42%) PMI
11 2 (0.42%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 33 (7.01%) Windows
2 16 (3.40%) Linux
2 16 (3.40%) Unix
3 4 (0.85%) Android
3 4 (0.85%) Windows 10
4 3 (0.64%) Apple iOS
4 3 (0.64%) Windows 7
4 3 (0.64%) Windows 8
4 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (0.42%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.42%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.21%) AIX
6 1 (0.21%) CentOS
6 1 (0.21%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.21%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.21%) webOS
6 1 (0.21%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 240 (50.96%) Agile Software Development
2 213 (45.22%) Test Automation
3 153 (32.48%) Test Scripting
4 126 (26.75%) User Acceptance Testing
5 122 (25.90%) Software Testing
6 117 (24.84%) Scrum
7 81 (17.20%) Test Strategy
8 74 (15.71%) SDLC
9 72 (15.29%) Functional Testing
10 70 (14.86%) BDD
11 69 (14.65%) Scenario Testing
12 68 (14.44%) Regression Testing
13 65 (13.80%) Test Management
14 64 (13.59%) System Integration Testing
15 62 (13.16%) Defect Management
16 51 (10.83%) Manual Testing
17 49 (10.40%) Integration Testing
17 49 (10.40%) Waterfall
18 44 (9.34%) System Testing
19 41 (8.70%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 120 (25.48%) SQL
2 80 (16.99%) Java
3 57 (12.10%) C#
4 22 (4.67%) JavaScript
5 20 (4.25%) Python
6 11 (2.34%) C
7 10 (2.12%) T-SQL
8 8 (1.70%) PL/SQL
9 5 (1.06%) Groovy
9 5 (1.06%) Shell Script
10 4 (0.85%) C++
10 4 (0.85%) PHP
11 3 (0.64%) PowerShell
11 3 (0.64%) Scala
11 3 (0.64%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.42%) Ruby
12 2 (0.42%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.42%) VB
13 1 (0.21%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.21%) Jython
Qualifications
1 303 (64.33%) ISEB
2 142 (30.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 68 (14.44%) Security Cleared
4 41 (8.70%) Degree
5 30 (6.37%) SC Cleared
6 26 (5.52%) DV Cleared
7 17 (3.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 11 (2.34%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (1.06%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.64%) CCNA
11 3 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (0.64%) PMP
12 2 (0.42%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.42%) MCSA
12 2 (0.42%) MCSE
12 2 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 1 (0.21%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (16.14%) QA
2 6 (1.27%) PMO
3 5 (1.06%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.21%) EMIR
4 1 (0.21%) GDPR
4 1 (0.21%) IFRS
4 1 (0.21%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 15288
4 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.21%) MiFID
4 1 (0.21%) SLA
4 1 (0.21%) WCAG
System Software
1 22 (4.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.42%) HDFS
2 2 (0.42%) Hyper-V
2 2 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
2 2 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 77 (16.35%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.42%) WSUS
3 1 (0.21%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (0.21%) HP Data Protector
3 1 (0.21%) Puppet
3 1 (0.21%) SCCM
3 1 (0.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (0.21%) vMotion
Vendors
1 92 (19.53%) HP
2 54 (11.46%) Microsoft
3 34 (7.22%) Oracle
4 19 (4.03%) Atlassian
5 17 (3.61%) SAP
6 12 (2.55%) Cisco
7 10 (2.12%) IBM
8 9 (1.91%) VMware
9 6 (1.27%) Palo Alto
9 6 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (1.06%) Sybase
10 5 (1.06%) webMethods
11 2 (0.42%) Capita
11 2 (0.42%) Dell
11 2 (0.42%) EMC
11 2 (0.42%) Google
11 2 (0.42%) Siemens
11 2 (0.42%) Xamarin
12 1 (0.21%) Green Hat
12 1 (0.21%) MuleSoft