Period
to 1 December 2020

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 1 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK > England
6 months to
1 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 332 396 362
Rank change year-on-year +64 -34 +41
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 193 428 686
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.62% 0.58% 0.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.61% 2.79% 3.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 276 352
Median daily rate £400 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +13.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £278 £300 £291
90th Percentile £525 £525 £538
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.11% +7.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 12 9
Median hourly rate £35.00 £50.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.00% +25.00% -11.11%
10th Percentile £29.53 £35.63 £21.25
90th Percentile £51.13 £73.75 £57.15
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £47.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year -25.53% +18.99% -12.22%

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 7,405 15,322 17,844
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.70% 20.70% 19.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,487 9,472 10,609
Median daily rate £475 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +4.29%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £260
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 456 712 860
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +35.06% +3.66%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.32 £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% +5.49%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in England.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB in England over the 6 months to 1 December 2020.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in England.

Hourly rate trend for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing ISTQB in England over the 6 months to 1 December 2020.

Hourly rate histogram 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 1 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 +88 49 £380 +5.56% 8
West Midlands +88 47 £381 +5.83% 7
South East +61 42 £430 +1.18% 11
London +125 40 £400 -5.88% 4
North of England +61 23 £468 +33.57% 4
East of England +75 17 £350 -5.79% 2
North West +69 17 £515 +48.20%
South West +43 13 £373 -19.46% 5
Yorkshire +29 4 £305 -12.86% 4
North East +18 3 £550 +57.14%
East Midlands +35 1 £323 -7.86% 1
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 1 December 2020, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 111 (57.51%) ISEB
2 110 (56.99%) Agile Software Development
3 106 (54.92%) Test Automation
4 96 (49.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 72 (37.31%) JIRA
6 68 (35.23%) Security Cleared
7 65 (33.68%) Selenium
8 64 (33.16%) Test Scripting
8 64 (33.16%) SQL
9 60 (31.09%) Java
10 54 (27.98%) Cucumber
11 52 (26.94%) SC Cleared
12 51 (26.42%) Oracle
13 50 (25.91%) Windows
14 47 (24.35%) Scrum
14 47 (24.35%) Customer Requirements
15 46 (23.83%) Test Strategy
16 45 (23.32%) QA
17 44 (22.80%) DevOps
18 43 (22.28%) XML
19 42 (21.76%) Unix
19 42 (21.76%) Microsoft
19 42 (21.76%) BDD
20 38 (19.69%) Confluence
21 36 (18.65%) Public Sector
22 33 (17.10%) Continuous Integration
23 32 (16.58%) Toad
24 31 (16.06%) JMeter
24 31 (16.06%) Non-Functional Testing
25 30 (15.54%) WebLogic

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 38 (19.69%) Confluence
2 30 (15.54%) WebLogic
3 10 (5.18%) Mule
4 3 (1.55%) Appian
5 2 (1.04%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.52%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (9.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (3.63%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 11 (5.70%) Teamcenter
2 7 (3.63%) SAP FI-CA
3 6 (3.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (1.55%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (1.04%) SAP ERP
5 2 (1.04%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.52%) Oracle Cash Management
6 1 (0.52%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.52%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.52%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.52%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.52%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 24 (12.44%) Azure
2 13 (6.74%) AWS
3 9 (4.66%) BrowserStack
4 7 (3.63%) Tricentis Tosca
5 6 (3.11%) BlazeMeter
6 4 (2.07%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (1.55%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (1.55%) Amazon S3
7 3 (1.55%) npm
8 2 (1.04%) GitHub
8 2 (1.04%) Office 365
8 2 (1.04%) Slack
8 2 (1.04%) SuccessFactors
9 1 (0.52%) PaaS
9 1 (0.52%) SaaS
9 1 (0.52%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.11%) Softphone
1 6 (3.11%) Unified Communications
2 3 (1.55%) WinSCP
2 3 (1.55%) Wireshark
3 2 (1.04%) Internet
3 2 (1.04%) LAN
3 2 (1.04%) PuTTY
3 2 (1.04%) WAN
3 2 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.52%) 3G
4 1 (0.52%) 4G
4 1 (0.52%) DVB
4 1 (0.52%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.52%) FTP
4 1 (0.52%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.22%) MongoDB
2 10 (5.18%) MySQL
3 7 (3.63%) SQL Server
4 6 (3.11%) Oracle Database
4 6 (3.11%) Pentaho
5 5 (2.59%) NoSQL
5 5 (2.59%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (2.59%) Relational Database
6 4 (2.07%) Apache Hive
6 4 (2.07%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.55%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.52%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.52%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.52%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 72 (37.31%) JIRA
2 65 (33.68%) Selenium
3 54 (27.98%) Cucumber
4 32 (16.58%) Toad
5 31 (16.06%) JMeter
6 26 (13.47%) eggPlant
7 22 (11.40%) Jenkins
8 21 (10.88%) Git (software)
8 21 (10.88%) Postman
9 18 (9.33%) SoapUI
10 11 (5.70%) SpecFlow
11 10 (5.18%) LoadRunner
11 10 (5.18%) Visual Studio
12 9 (4.66%) Gatling
13 6 (3.11%) HP UFT
13 6 (3.11%) WebDriver
14 5 (2.59%) REST Assured
15 4 (2.07%) Bitbucket
15 4 (2.07%) Mocha
15 4 (2.07%) NeoLoad
General
1 36 (18.65%) Public Sector
2 9 (4.66%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.59%) Finance
4 3 (1.55%) Banking
4 3 (1.55%) Military
4 3 (1.55%) Retail
5 2 (1.04%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.52%) Advertising
6 1 (0.52%) Billing
6 1 (0.52%) General Ledger
6 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.52%) Police
Job Titles
1 54 (27.98%) Analyst
1 54 (27.98%) Test Analyst
2 40 (20.73%) Tester
3 38 (19.69%) Test Engineer
4 23 (11.92%) Test Manager
5 20 (10.36%) Automation Tester
6 10 (5.18%) Consultant
6 10 (5.18%) Test Consultant
6 10 (5.18%) Test Leader
7 9 (4.66%) Software Engineer
7 9 (4.66%) Software Test Engineer
7 9 (4.66%) Test Automation Consultant
7 9 (4.66%) Test Automation Engineer
8 7 (3.63%) Azure Engineer
8 7 (3.63%) Development Engineer
8 7 (3.63%) Software Development Engineer
8 7 (3.63%) Test Development Engineer
8 7 (3.63%) Test Specialist
9 6 (3.11%) SAP Analyst
9 6 (3.11%) SAP Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (22.28%) XML
2 25 (12.95%) SOAP
3 18 (9.33%) JSON
4 16 (8.29%) Web Services
5 13 (6.74%) RabbitMQ
5 13 (6.74%) REST
6 9 (4.66%) Middleware
6 9 (4.66%) Spring
7 8 (4.15%) WireMock
8 7 (3.63%) Spring Boot
9 6 (3.11%) .NET
9 6 (3.11%) HTML
10 5 (2.59%) CSS
10 5 (2.59%) RESTful
11 4 (2.07%) jQuery
11 4 (2.07%) Mongoose
11 4 (2.07%) Node.js
11 4 (2.07%) React
11 4 (2.07%) React Native
12 3 (1.55%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 28 (14.51%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.18%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.11%) IVR
4 5 (2.59%) NHS
5 4 (2.07%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (2.07%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.55%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.55%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.55%) Smart Meter
6 3 (1.55%) User Experience
7 2 (1.04%) Embedded Systems
7 2 (1.04%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.52%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.52%) Equities
8 1 (0.52%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.52%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (0.52%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.52%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.52%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 50 (25.91%) Windows
2 42 (21.76%) Unix
3 21 (10.88%) Linux
4 6 (3.11%) Apple iOS
5 5 (2.59%) Android
6 2 (1.04%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.04%) zOS
7 1 (0.52%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.52%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (56.99%) Agile Software Development
2 106 (54.92%) Test Automation
3 64 (33.16%) Test Scripting
4 47 (24.35%) Customer Requirements
4 47 (24.35%) Scrum
5 46 (23.83%) Test Strategy
6 44 (22.80%) DevOps
7 42 (21.76%) BDD
8 33 (17.10%) Continuous Integration
9 31 (16.06%) Non-Functional Testing
10 30 (15.54%) Test Management
11 27 (13.99%) API Testing
11 27 (13.99%) SDLC
12 26 (13.47%) Software Testing
13 25 (12.95%) User Acceptance Testing
14 24 (12.44%) Integration Testing
15 23 (11.92%) Scenario Testing
15 23 (11.92%) TDD
16 22 (11.40%) Functional Testing
16 22 (11.40%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 64 (33.16%) SQL
2 60 (31.09%) Java
3 21 (10.88%) JavaScript
4 20 (10.36%) C#
5 7 (3.63%) PL/SQL
6 4 (2.07%) Apple Swift
6 4 (2.07%) Kotlin
6 4 (2.07%) Objective-C
6 4 (2.07%) Ruby
6 4 (2.07%) VB
7 3 (1.55%) ES6
7 3 (1.55%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.04%) Python
9 1 (0.52%) C
9 1 (0.52%) COBOL
9 1 (0.52%) Natural
9 1 (0.52%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.52%) Scala
Qualifications
1 111 (57.51%) ISEB
2 96 (49.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 68 (35.23%) Security Cleared
4 52 (26.94%) SC Cleared
5 20 (10.36%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 14 (7.25%) DV Cleared
7 10 (5.18%) Degree
8 5 (2.59%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (1.04%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.52%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.52%) MCP
10 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.52%) OCP
10 1 (0.52%) Oracle Certification
10 1 (0.52%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (23.32%) QA
2 3 (1.55%) SLA
3 2 (1.04%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.04%) WCAG
4 1 (0.52%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 8 (4.15%) Docker
2 4 (2.07%) HDFS
3 2 (1.04%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (5.70%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (4.15%) HP ALM
2 8 (4.15%) Kubernetes
3 7 (3.63%) Rancher
4 4 (2.07%) Data Guard
5 2 (1.04%) Nessus
6 1 (0.52%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.52%) Terraform
Vendors
1 51 (26.42%) Oracle
2 42 (21.76%) Microsoft
3 22 (11.40%) webMethods
4 19 (9.84%) SAP
5 8 (4.15%) HP
5 8 (4.15%) MuleSoft
6 6 (3.11%) CheckPoint
6 6 (3.11%) Salesforce.com
7 5 (2.59%) Xamarin
8 3 (1.55%) IBM
9 2 (1.04%) BT
9 2 (1.04%) Cisco
9 2 (1.04%) Juniper
9 2 (1.04%) OutSystems
9 2 (1.04%) Pega
9 2 (1.04%) Telerik
10 1 (0.52%) Ariba
10 1 (0.52%) Dell
10 1 (0.52%) Informatica
10 1 (0.52%) Siemens