Period
to 21 July 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 21 July 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 407 356 320
Rank change year-on-year -51 -36 +17
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 561 603 760
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.59% 0.68% 0.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.14% 3.46% 3.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 343 349 470
England median daily rate £400 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% -2.86%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £238
90th Percentile £535 £488 £475
UK median daily rate £370 £350 £336
% change year-on-year +5.71% +4.09% +1.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 15 10
England median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £44.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +1.69% +52.59%
10th Percentile £20.80 £41.55 £34.45
90th Percentile £67.20 £46.00 £176.25
UK median hourly rate £15.75 £45.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -65.00% +28.57% +18.64%

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 17,870 17,452 21,703
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.80% 19.75% 21.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,588 10,703 13,729
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.46% +0.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 879 881 722
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.50 £27.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.25% +7.51% +21.96%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £28.00
% change year-on-year -16.44% +6.86% +24.44%

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 21 July 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in England over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

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 21 July 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 -30 158 £450 +13.92% 39
South East -67 140 £375 +7.14% 37
Midlands +9 86 £400 +24.03% 27
South West -6 79 £350 -6.67% 23
West Midlands +11 78 £400 +18.52% 19
North of England -28 54 £350 +7.69% 43
East of England +11 41 £335 -4.29% 8
Yorkshire -15 28 £400 +18.52% 11
North West -13 19 £350 +6.87% 29
North East -13 9 £400 +23.08% 3
East Midlands -10 8 £368 +6.91% 8
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 21 July 2018, 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.

1 363 (64.71%) ISEB
2 298 (53.12%) Agile Software Development
3 276 (49.20%) Test Automation
4 212 (37.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 186 (33.16%) Selenium
6 176 (31.37%) Test Scripting
7 167 (29.77%) SQL
8 142 (25.31%) Java
9 138 (24.60%) Software Testing
10 134 (23.89%) QA
10 134 (23.89%) Test Strategy
11 133 (23.71%) JIRA
12 131 (23.35%) Scrum
13 121 (21.57%) Finance
14 112 (19.96%) Security Cleared
15 111 (19.79%) Oracle
16 97 (17.29%) Cucumber
17 93 (16.58%) User Acceptance Testing
18 90 (16.04%) BDD
18 90 (16.04%) Functional Testing
19 86 (15.33%) Windows
20 84 (14.97%) HP
21 75 (13.37%) TDD
22 74 (13.19%) Performance Testing
23 73 (13.01%) Continuous Integration
24 72 (12.83%) XML
25 71 (12.66%) C#
25 71 (12.66%) SC Cleared
26 70 (12.48%) Unix
26 70 (12.48%) Regression 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 51 (9.09%) Confluence
2 40 (7.13%) WebLogic
3 13 (2.32%) Apache Spark
4 10 (1.78%) Elasticsearch
5 7 (1.25%) Cloud Foundry
5 7 (1.25%) Documentum
6 5 (0.89%) Apache
6 5 (0.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 5 (0.89%) Tomcat
6 5 (0.89%) WebLogic Integration
7 3 (0.53%) SharePoint
8 2 (0.36%) SAS
9 1 (0.18%) CICS
9 1 (0.18%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.18%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 30 (5.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 24 (4.28%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (2.32%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
1 7 (1.25%) SAP S/4HANA
2 4 (0.71%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.53%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.53%) Oracle Payables
3 3 (0.53%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 3 (0.53%) Oracle Receivables
3 3 (0.53%) SAP HR
4 2 (0.36%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.36%) FastStats
4 2 (0.36%) Sonata
4 2 (0.36%) Temenos T24
4 2 (0.36%) Unica
5 1 (0.18%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.18%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.18%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.18%) SAP FI-CA
5 1 (0.18%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.18%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 27 (4.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (4.10%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (2.67%) BrowserStack
4 12 (2.14%) BlazeMeter
5 7 (1.25%) PaaS
6 6 (1.07%) Slack
7 5 (0.89%) GitHub
8 4 (0.71%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 4 (0.71%) Office 365
8 4 (0.71%) SuccessFactors
9 3 (0.53%) Sauce Labs
10 2 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.36%) SaaS
11 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.60%) HTTP
2 8 (1.43%) Internet
3 7 (1.25%) SAN
3 7 (1.25%) TCP/IP
4 6 (1.07%) DNS
4 6 (1.07%) Firewall
5 5 (0.89%) FTP
6 2 (0.36%) DHCP
6 2 (0.36%) IPv4
6 2 (0.36%) IPv6
6 2 (0.36%) MVNO
6 2 (0.36%) SMS
6 2 (0.36%) VLAN
6 2 (0.36%) WAN
7 1 (0.18%) Intranet
7 1 (0.18%) IP Telephony
7 1 (0.18%) LAN
7 1 (0.18%) Skype
7 1 (0.18%) SNMP
7 1 (0.18%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (4.28%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.74%) Oracle Database
3 17 (3.03%) Hadoop
4 16 (2.85%) Oracle Reports
5 12 (2.14%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (2.14%) MySQL
6 10 (1.78%) Pentaho
7 7 (1.25%) Big Data
7 7 (1.25%) HBase
7 7 (1.25%) Impala
8 5 (0.89%) MS Access
8 5 (0.89%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (0.71%) Apache Accumulo
9 4 (0.71%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.71%) Oracle Database 10g
9 4 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.53%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (0.53%) Geospatial Data
11 2 (0.36%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 186 (33.16%) Selenium
2 133 (23.71%) JIRA
3 97 (17.29%) Cucumber
4 69 (12.30%) JMeter
5 62 (11.05%) SoapUI
6 61 (10.87%) WebDriver
7 43 (7.66%) Jenkins
8 38 (6.77%) LoadRunner
8 38 (6.77%) Visual Studio
9 35 (6.24%) Git (software)
9 35 (6.24%) Toad
10 33 (5.88%) SpecFlow
10 33 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
11 23 (4.10%) HP UFT
12 22 (3.92%) TeamCity
13 21 (3.74%) Protractor
14 12 (2.14%) Zephyr
15 11 (1.96%) Appium
16 10 (1.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 10 (1.78%) WATIR
General
1 121 (21.57%) Finance
2 57 (10.16%) Banking
3 22 (3.92%) Retail
4 18 (3.21%) Investment Banking
5 9 (1.60%) Retail Banking
6 8 (1.43%) Law
6 8 (1.43%) Legal
7 7 (1.25%) Telecoms
8 6 (1.07%) Military
9 5 (0.89%) Private Banking
10 4 (0.71%) Automotive
10 4 (0.71%) Marketing
11 3 (0.53%) Advertising
11 3 (0.53%) Billing
11 3 (0.53%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.36%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.36%) Electronics
12 2 (0.36%) Games
12 2 (0.36%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 256 (45.63%) Analyst
2 251 (44.74%) Test Analyst
3 78 (13.90%) Tester
4 67 (11.94%) Test Engineer
5 63 (11.23%) Test Leader
6 60 (10.70%) Test Manager
7 36 (6.42%) Automation Test Analyst
8 27 (4.81%) Automation Tester
9 25 (4.46%) Test Automation Engineer
10 19 (3.39%) Selenium Test Analyst
11 18 (3.21%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
12 15 (2.67%) Agile Test Analyst
12 15 (2.67%) QA Analyst
12 15 (2.67%) Senior Analyst
13 14 (2.50%) Developer
13 14 (2.50%) Manual Test Analyst
13 14 (2.50%) QA Engineer
13 14 (2.50%) QA Test Analyst
14 13 (2.32%) Developer in Test
14 13 (2.32%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (12.83%) XML
2 43 (7.66%) .NET
3 36 (6.42%) Web Services
4 29 (5.17%) RESTful
5 26 (4.63%) SOAP
6 13 (2.32%) HTML
7 12 (2.14%) ASP.NET
8 11 (1.96%) RabbitMQ
9 10 (1.78%) JSON
10 8 (1.43%) Gherkin
11 7 (1.25%) AngularJS
11 7 (1.25%) Kafka
11 7 (1.25%) REST
12 6 (1.07%) .NET Framework
13 3 (0.53%) Oracle Fusion
13 3 (0.53%) WebdriverIO
14 2 (0.36%) CSS
14 2 (0.36%) Middleware
14 2 (0.36%) ODBC
14 2 (0.36%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 57 (10.16%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (2.85%) Mobile App
3 15 (2.67%) Computer Science
4 14 (2.50%) Mainframe
5 13 (2.32%) Greenfield Project
5 13 (2.32%) Management Information System
6 11 (1.96%) Client/Server
6 11 (1.96%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
8 5 (0.89%) Derivative
8 5 (0.89%) N-Tier
8 5 (0.89%) PKI
8 5 (0.89%) Virtual Team
9 4 (0.71%) CAN bus
9 4 (0.71%) Data Centre
9 4 (0.71%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 4 (0.71%) OTC Derivatives
9 4 (0.71%) User Experience
10 3 (0.53%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 86 (15.33%) Windows
2 70 (12.48%) Unix
3 47 (8.38%) Linux
4 9 (1.60%) Windows Server
5 8 (1.43%) Android
5 8 (1.43%) Apple iOS
6 7 (1.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (0.89%) HPUX
7 5 (0.89%) SUSE
7 5 (0.89%) Windows 10
7 5 (0.89%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.71%) VME
9 3 (0.53%) Embedded Linux
9 3 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.36%) AIX
10 2 (0.36%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.18%) Solaris
11 1 (0.18%) VMS
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 298 (53.12%) Agile Software Development
2 276 (49.20%) Test Automation
3 176 (31.37%) Test Scripting
4 138 (24.60%) Software Testing
5 134 (23.89%) Test Strategy
6 131 (23.35%) Scrum
7 93 (16.58%) User Acceptance Testing
8 90 (16.04%) BDD
8 90 (16.04%) Functional Testing
9 75 (13.37%) TDD
10 74 (13.19%) Performance Testing
11 73 (13.01%) Continuous Integration
12 70 (12.48%) Regression Testing
13 69 (12.30%) Test Management
14 66 (11.76%) Defect Management
14 66 (11.76%) Waterfall
15 62 (11.05%) Scenario Testing
16 60 (10.70%) Integration Testing
17 57 (10.16%) Non-Functional Testing
18 56 (9.98%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 167 (29.77%) SQL
2 142 (25.31%) Java
3 71 (12.66%) C#
4 37 (6.60%) JavaScript
5 25 (4.46%) Python
6 14 (2.50%) VB
7 13 (2.32%) C
8 12 (2.14%) Ruby
9 10 (1.78%) Bash Shell
9 10 (1.78%) Perl
10 8 (1.43%) C++
11 7 (1.25%) T-SQL
12 6 (1.07%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.89%) FoxPro (VFP)
14 4 (0.71%) PHP
15 2 (0.36%) PowerShell
15 2 (0.36%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.36%) VB.NET
16 1 (0.18%) Scala
16 1 (0.18%) VBA
Qualifications
1 363 (64.71%) ISEB
2 212 (37.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 112 (19.96%) Security Cleared
4 71 (12.66%) SC Cleared
5 53 (9.45%) Degree
6 35 (6.24%) DV Cleared
6 35 (6.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 12 (2.14%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (1.60%) Computer Science Degree
8 9 (1.60%) PMI Certification
8 9 (1.60%) PMP
9 6 (1.07%) ISEB Practitioner
10 5 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.53%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.36%) BC Cleared
12 2 (0.36%) CCNA
12 2 (0.36%) Master's Degree
12 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
12 2 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 134 (23.89%) QA
2 7 (1.25%) GDPR
3 6 (1.07%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.53%) EMIR
4 3 (0.53%) MiFID
4 3 (0.53%) PMO
4 3 (0.53%) SLA
5 2 (0.36%) WCAG
6 1 (0.18%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 21 (3.74%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.78%) Docker
3 8 (1.43%) HDFS
3 8 (1.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.36%) ACF2
5 2 (0.36%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.36%) RACF
5 2 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.36%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.18%) Snort
Systems Management
1 62 (11.05%) HP Quality Center
2 50 (8.91%) HP ALM
3 9 (1.60%) Puppet
4 7 (1.25%) SCCM
5 6 (1.07%) logstash
6 5 (0.89%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.71%) SCOM
8 3 (0.53%) Nessus
9 2 (0.36%) Ansible
9 2 (0.36%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.36%) vMotion
10 1 (0.18%) Endace
10 1 (0.18%) Kibana
10 1 (0.18%) Netcool
10 1 (0.18%) Oozie
10 1 (0.18%) QRadar
10 1 (0.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 111 (19.79%) Oracle
2 84 (14.97%) HP
3 67 (11.94%) Microsoft
4 35 (6.24%) webMethods
5 18 (3.21%) Atlassian
6 16 (2.85%) SAP
7 14 (2.50%) VMware
8 13 (2.32%) Cisco
9 10 (1.78%) AppDynamics
10 7 (1.25%) CA Agile Central
11 6 (1.07%) Citrix
11 6 (1.07%) New Relic
11 6 (1.07%) Pega
12 5 (0.89%) LogRhythm
12 5 (0.89%) TIBCO
13 4 (0.71%) ArcSight
13 4 (0.71%) Dynatrace
13 4 (0.71%) Lumension
13 4 (0.71%) MuleSoft
13 4 (0.71%) Palo Alto