Period
to 17 August 2019

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 17 August 2019 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
17 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 363 379 356
Rank change year-on-year +16 -23 -12
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 560 607 585
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.67% 0.64% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.51% 3.45% 3.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 355 362 334
England median daily rate £400 £386 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.56% +10.36% +1.45%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £525 £536 £475
UK median daily rate £400 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% +4.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 4 13
England median hourly rate £45.00 £39.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -13.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £35.00 £22.48 £41.63
90th Percentile £63.75 £63.93 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £21.73 £45.00
% change year-on-year +95.58% -51.71% +28.57%

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 15,971 17,587 17,273
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.21% 18.69% 19.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,737 10,406 10,478
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +3.61%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £260
90th Percentile £650 £630 £600
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 716 847 863
England median hourly rate £36.00 £22.75 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +58.24% -21.55% +8.26%
10th Percentile £13.50 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.29 £50.04 £50.40
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £22.93 £29.75
% change year-on-year +57.00% -22.92% +7.01%

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 17 August 2019.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in England over the 6 months to 17 August 2019.

Contractor 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 17 August 2019. 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 +24 162 £388 +4.03% 37
London +21 120 £445 -1.11% 12
South West -5 100 £400 +16.79% 22
North of England +53 76 £360 +2.86% 45
Midlands -8 56 £375 -6.25% 19
East of England +15 46 £395 +9.72% 9
West Midlands -29 35 £360 -10.00% 10
North East +49 31 £360 -17.71% 2
North West +23 25 £410 +17.14% 24
East Midlands +38 21 £400 -2.44% 9
Yorkshire +2 20 £350 - 19
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 17 August 2019, 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.

1 323 (57.68%) ISEB
2 310 (55.36%) Test Automation
3 302 (53.93%) Agile Software Development
4 170 (30.36%) Test Scripting
5 165 (29.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 163 (29.11%) Selenium
7 153 (27.32%) SQL
8 149 (26.61%) QA
9 134 (23.93%) Software Testing
10 122 (21.79%) Finance
11 120 (21.43%) Java
12 119 (21.25%) Test Strategy
13 118 (21.07%) JIRA
14 116 (20.71%) User Acceptance Testing
15 114 (20.36%) Security Cleared
16 111 (19.82%) Cucumber
17 103 (18.39%) Test Management
18 100 (17.86%) Microsoft
19 95 (16.96%) Scrum
20 92 (16.43%) Regression Testing
21 90 (16.07%) Oracle
22 82 (14.64%) Defect Management
23 79 (14.11%) HP
24 76 (13.57%) Manual Testing
25 74 (13.21%) SDLC
26 71 (12.68%) Integration Testing
27 68 (12.14%) Windows
28 67 (11.96%) BDD
28 67 (11.96%) Non-Functional Testing
29 65 (11.61%) Degree

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 37 (6.61%) Confluence
2 24 (4.29%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.96%) CMS
3 11 (1.96%) WebLogic
4 6 (1.07%) Apache
4 6 (1.07%) Tomcat
5 5 (0.89%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.71%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.71%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.36%) IBM HTTP Server
7 2 (0.36%) Mule
7 2 (0.36%) Mule ESB
7 2 (0.36%) SAS
8 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 33 (5.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 24 (4.29%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.18%) FileZilla
4 1 (0.18%) Notepad++
4 1 (0.18%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 7 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (1.07%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.54%) SAP CRM
4 2 (0.36%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.18%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.18%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 49 (8.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 31 (5.54%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (2.68%) GitHub
4 6 (1.07%) BrowserStack
5 5 (0.89%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (0.89%) Office 365
6 4 (0.71%) Azure Functions
6 4 (0.71%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
6 4 (0.71%) Serverless
7 2 (0.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.36%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.36%) DigitalOcean
7 2 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.36%) npm
7 2 (0.36%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.18%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.18%) SaaS
8 1 (0.18%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.18%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.43%) Intranet
2 6 (1.07%) Internet
2 6 (1.07%) SAN
2 6 (1.07%) Wireless
3 4 (0.71%) HTTP
3 4 (0.71%) LTE
3 4 (0.71%) Skype
4 2 (0.36%) DNS
4 2 (0.36%) DWDM
4 2 (0.36%) IP Telephony
4 2 (0.36%) LAN
4 2 (0.36%) MPLS
5 1 (0.18%) 4G
5 1 (0.18%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.18%) Firewall
5 1 (0.18%) FTP
5 1 (0.18%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (0.18%) VPN
5 1 (0.18%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (4.11%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.93%) Data Warehouse
3 11 (1.96%) Oracle Database
4 10 (1.79%) Pentaho
5 9 (1.61%) Oracle OWB
5 9 (1.61%) Oracle Reports
6 8 (1.43%) NoSQL
6 8 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (1.07%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.07%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.89%) MySQL
9 4 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.71%) Cosmos DB
9 4 (0.71%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.71%) Impala
10 3 (0.54%) Apache Accumulo
11 2 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 2 (0.36%) Big Data
11 2 (0.36%) IBM InfoSphere
11 2 (0.36%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 163 (29.11%) Selenium
2 118 (21.07%) JIRA
3 111 (19.82%) Cucumber
4 58 (10.36%) Jenkins
5 55 (9.82%) SoapUI
6 53 (9.46%) Team Foundation Server
7 41 (7.32%) LoadRunner
8 37 (6.61%) HP UFT
8 37 (6.61%) JMeter
9 28 (5.00%) WebDriver
10 25 (4.46%) SpecFlow
11 23 (4.11%) Git (software)
12 20 (3.57%) Visual Studio Team System
13 19 (3.39%) Visual Studio
14 13 (2.32%) Gatling
14 13 (2.32%) TeamCity
15 11 (1.96%) Toad
16 8 (1.43%) MSTest
17 7 (1.25%) Bitbucket
17 7 (1.25%) Mocha
General
1 122 (21.79%) Finance
2 24 (4.29%) Retail
3 19 (3.39%) Telecoms
4 18 (3.21%) Banking
5 12 (2.14%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.61%) Marketing
7 7 (1.25%) Front Office
8 5 (0.89%) Legal
9 4 (0.71%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.54%) Back Office
11 2 (0.36%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.18%) Automotive
12 1 (0.18%) Electronics
12 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.18%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.18%) Law
12 1 (0.18%) Local Government
12 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.18%) Publishing
12 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 214 (38.21%) Analyst
2 192 (34.29%) Test Analyst
3 93 (16.61%) Test Manager
4 82 (14.64%) Test Engineer
5 76 (13.57%) Tester
6 40 (7.14%) Test Leader
7 25 (4.46%) QA Analyst
8 23 (4.11%) Automation Test Analyst
9 20 (3.57%) Agile Test Analyst
10 19 (3.39%) Developer
11 18 (3.21%) Automation Tester
11 18 (3.21%) QA Test Analyst
12 15 (2.68%) Developer in Test
12 15 (2.68%) SAP Analyst
12 15 (2.68%) SAP Test Analyst
13 14 (2.50%) QA Engineer
13 14 (2.50%) SQL Analyst
13 14 (2.50%) Test Automation Engineer
14 13 (2.32%) QA Tester
15 12 (2.14%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (8.75%) XML
2 36 (6.43%) Web Services
3 31 (5.54%) SOAP
4 29 (5.18%) HTML
5 27 (4.82%) .NET
6 20 (3.57%) Spring
7 18 (3.21%) RESTful
8 17 (3.04%) CSS
9 15 (2.68%) Gherkin
10 13 (2.32%) REST
11 8 (1.43%) .NET Framework
12 7 (1.25%) Chai
12 7 (1.25%) JSON
13 6 (1.07%) Hibernate
14 5 (0.89%) ASP.NET
14 5 (0.89%) Elastic Stack
14 5 (0.89%) Node.js
14 5 (0.89%) React
14 5 (0.89%) React Native
15 4 (0.71%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (4.11%) Self-Motivation
3 12 (2.14%) Management Information System
4 11 (1.96%) User Experience
4 11 (1.96%) Virtual Team
5 10 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
5 10 (1.79%) Mobile App
6 8 (1.43%) Private Cloud
7 6 (1.07%) Client/Server
7 6 (1.07%) FMCG
8 4 (0.71%) Driving Licence
9 3 (0.54%) CCTV
9 3 (0.54%) DataPower
9 3 (0.54%) EPoS
9 3 (0.54%) Fixed Income
9 3 (0.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (0.54%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.54%) Smart Meter
10 2 (0.36%) iSeries
10 2 (0.36%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 68 (12.14%) Windows
2 38 (6.79%) Unix
3 23 (4.11%) Linux
4 16 (2.86%) Windows 10
5 5 (0.89%) Android
5 5 (0.89%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.54%) CentOS
7 2 (0.36%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.36%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.18%) Solaris
8 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 310 (55.36%) Test Automation
2 302 (53.93%) Agile Software Development
3 170 (30.36%) Test Scripting
4 134 (23.93%) Software Testing
5 119 (21.25%) Test Strategy
6 116 (20.71%) User Acceptance Testing
7 103 (18.39%) Test Management
8 95 (16.96%) Scrum
9 92 (16.43%) Regression Testing
10 82 (14.64%) Defect Management
11 76 (13.57%) Manual Testing
12 74 (13.21%) SDLC
13 71 (12.68%) Integration Testing
14 67 (11.96%) BDD
14 67 (11.96%) Non-Functional Testing
15 62 (11.07%) Performance Testing
16 56 (10.00%) Functional Testing
16 56 (10.00%) TDD
17 49 (8.75%) User Stories
18 47 (8.39%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 153 (27.32%) SQL
2 120 (21.43%) Java
3 49 (8.75%) C#
4 45 (8.04%) JavaScript
5 15 (2.68%) PL/SQL
6 14 (2.50%) C
6 14 (2.50%) PowerShell
6 14 (2.50%) Python
7 12 (2.14%) VB
8 11 (1.96%) Java 8
9 10 (1.79%) C++
10 9 (1.61%) Ruby
11 7 (1.25%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.25%) T-SQL
12 5 (0.89%) F#
13 4 (0.71%) TypeScript
14 3 (0.54%) Perl
14 3 (0.54%) PHP
15 2 (0.36%) Objective-C
15 2 (0.36%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 323 (57.68%) ISEB
2 165 (29.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 114 (20.36%) Security Cleared
4 65 (11.61%) Degree
5 62 (11.07%) SC Cleared
6 43 (7.68%) DV Cleared
7 24 (4.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 18 (3.21%) ISEB Practitioner
9 11 (1.96%) Computer Science Degree
10 6 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (1.07%) PMI Certification
10 6 (1.07%) PMP
11 4 (0.71%) MCP
11 4 (0.71%) OCP
11 4 (0.71%) Oracle Certification
11 4 (0.71%) SAP Certification
12 3 (0.54%) HNC
12 3 (0.54%) HND
13 2 (0.36%) MCSA
13 2 (0.36%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 149 (26.61%) QA
2 5 (0.89%) Data Quality
2 5 (0.89%) GDPR
3 4 (0.71%) SLA
4 3 (0.54%) IFRS
4 3 (0.54%) PMO
5 2 (0.36%) PMBOK
5 2 (0.36%) PSD2
6 1 (0.18%) ISO 26262
6 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.18%) WCAG
System Software
1 9 (1.61%) Active Directory
1 9 (1.61%) Hyper-V
2 8 (1.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (1.07%) Docker
4 3 (0.54%) vSphere
5 1 (0.18%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 55 (9.82%) HP Quality Center
2 49 (8.75%) HP ALM
3 9 (1.61%) Ansible
3 9 (1.61%) Terraform
4 5 (0.89%) Kibana
5 3 (0.54%) Kubernetes
5 3 (0.54%) Netcool
5 3 (0.54%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 3 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.54%) Puppet
6 2 (0.36%) SCCM
6 2 (0.36%) SCOM
7 1 (0.18%) Nagios
7 1 (0.18%) Nessus
Vendors
1 100 (17.86%) Microsoft
2 90 (16.07%) Oracle
3 79 (14.11%) HP
4 43 (7.68%) SAP
5 11 (1.96%) OpenText
5 11 (1.96%) webMethods
6 9 (1.61%) Atlassian
6 9 (1.61%) Guidewire
7 8 (1.43%) VMware
8 7 (1.25%) Google
8 7 (1.25%) hybris
8 7 (1.25%) Kofax
9 6 (1.07%) IBM
9 6 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (0.89%) Informatica
10 5 (0.89%) Remedy
11 3 (0.54%) EMC
11 3 (0.54%) Reuters
11 3 (0.54%) SolarWinds
11 3 (0.54%) Xamarin