Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 420 370 289
Rank change year-on-year -50 -81 +38
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 500 535 825
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.54% 0.63% 0.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.82% 3.07% 3.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 325 336 482
England median daily rate £375 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +1.45% +1.10%
10th Percentile £275 £231 £233
90th Percentile £533 £475 £480
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £332
% change year-on-year - +5.42% +2.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 10
England median hourly rate £45.00 £43.00 £45.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.65% -5.49% +70.09%
10th Percentile £42.50 £32.50 £29.30
90th Percentile £47.50 £75.70 £176.75
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -61.43% - +107.90%

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 17,704 17,404 20,669
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.11% 20.42% 21.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,618 10,951 12,949
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 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 794 862 809
England median hourly rate £23.75 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.83% +9.09% +37.50%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.42 £51.50 £51.54
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £29.92 £29.00
% change year-on-year -19.79% +3.17% +45.00%

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 23 April 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 23 April 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 -21 164 £406 +4.84% 35
South East -33 136 £373 +6.43% 26
North of England -6 59 £350 +11.11% 39
South West -13 58 £325 -7.80% 19
Midlands -33 55 £400 +33.33% 25
West Midlands +1 48 £400 +25.98% 14
Yorkshire -18 32 £400 +23.08% 16
East of England -7 26 £300 -7.69% 17
North West -10 18 £300 -14.29% 19
North East +27 11 £393 +42.73% 4
East Midlands -13 7 £300 -14.29% 11
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 23 April 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.

1 288 (57.60%) ISEB
2 256 (51.20%) Agile Software Development
3 217 (43.40%) Test Automation
4 167 (33.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 151 (30.20%) Test Scripting
6 139 (27.80%) Selenium
7 131 (26.20%) Finance
8 127 (25.40%) SQL
9 118 (23.60%) JIRA
10 115 (23.00%) Scrum
11 114 (22.80%) Software Testing
12 104 (20.80%) User Acceptance Testing
13 98 (19.60%) QA
14 96 (19.20%) Test Strategy
15 90 (18.00%) HP
16 83 (16.60%) Security Cleared
17 81 (16.20%) HP Quality Center
18 80 (16.00%) Java
18 80 (16.00%) Defect Management
19 79 (15.80%) Regression Testing
19 79 (15.80%) Test Management
20 75 (15.00%) Banking
21 74 (14.80%) Functional Testing
22 69 (13.80%) Microsoft
23 68 (13.60%) System Integration Testing
24 63 (12.60%) C#
25 62 (12.40%) Waterfall
25 62 (12.40%) Scenario Testing
26 60 (12.00%) HP ALM
27 59 (11.80%) BDD

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 (6.00%) Confluence
2 14 (2.80%) WebLogic
3 9 (1.80%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.20%) Apache Spark
5 5 (1.00%) Apache
5 5 (1.00%) Cloud Foundry
5 5 (1.00%) Documentum
5 5 (1.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 5 (1.00%) SAS
5 5 (1.00%) Tomcat
5 5 (1.00%) WebLogic Integration
6 4 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (0.60%) CMS
7 3 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.40%) MQSeries
8 2 (0.40%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.20%) Drupal
9 1 (0.20%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 32 (6.40%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (5.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.40%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.40%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.80%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.80%) Oracle ERP
1 4 (0.80%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (0.60%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (0.60%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 3 (0.60%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (0.40%) Actimize
3 2 (0.40%) SAP CO
3 2 (0.40%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.40%) SAP FI/CO
3 2 (0.40%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.40%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.20%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.20%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.20%) Maximo
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.20%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 1 (0.20%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.20%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 16 (3.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (1.40%) BrowserStack
3 6 (1.20%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.20%) BlazeMeter
3 6 (1.20%) SaaS
4 5 (1.00%) PaaS
5 3 (0.60%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (0.60%) Office 365
6 2 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.40%) Slack
7 1 (0.20%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.00%) Firewall
2 8 (1.60%) HTTP
3 7 (1.40%) MVNO
4 6 (1.20%) Internet
5 5 (1.00%) FTP
6 4 (0.80%) IPv4
6 4 (0.80%) IPv6
7 3 (0.60%) DNS
8 2 (0.40%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.20%) DHCP
9 1 (0.20%) SAN
9 1 (0.20%) Skype
9 1 (0.20%) SMS
9 1 (0.20%) SMTP
9 1 (0.20%) SSL
9 1 (0.20%) WebEx
9 1 (0.20%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (4.20%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.60%) Oracle Database
3 8 (1.60%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (1.20%) Hadoop
5 5 (1.00%) HBase
5 5 (1.00%) MS Access
5 5 (1.00%) MySQL
6 4 (0.80%) Oracle BI EE
6 4 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.60%) Big Data
7 3 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (0.40%) Amazon Redshift
8 2 (0.40%) BigQuery
8 2 (0.40%) Impala
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle ODI
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle OWB
8 2 (0.40%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 139 (27.80%) Selenium
2 118 (23.60%) JIRA
3 57 (11.40%) Cucumber
4 37 (7.40%) Team Foundation Server
5 34 (6.80%) WebDriver
6 33 (6.60%) SoapUI
7 32 (6.40%) Visual Studio
8 29 (5.80%) JMeter
9 23 (4.60%) SpecFlow
10 21 (4.20%) HP UFT
11 18 (3.60%) Git (software)
12 16 (3.20%) Protractor
13 15 (3.00%) TeamCity
14 13 (2.60%) Jenkins
14 13 (2.60%) TestRail
14 13 (2.60%) Toad
15 11 (2.20%) LoadRunner
16 10 (2.00%) MSTest
17 8 (1.60%) Zephyr
18 7 (1.40%) Appium
General
1 131 (26.20%) Finance
2 75 (15.00%) Banking
3 35 (7.00%) Retail Banking
4 22 (4.40%) Retail
5 14 (2.80%) Telecoms
6 12 (2.40%) Investment Banking
7 9 (1.80%) Legal
8 8 (1.60%) Billing
9 7 (1.40%) Private Banking
10 6 (1.20%) Games
10 6 (1.20%) Law
11 4 (0.80%) Military
12 3 (0.60%) Automotive
13 2 (0.40%) Advertising
13 2 (0.40%) Back Office
13 2 (0.40%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.20%) Electronics
14 1 (0.20%) Marketing
14 1 (0.20%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 243 (48.60%) Analyst
2 235 (47.00%) Test Analyst
3 75 (15.00%) Test Leader
4 70 (14.00%) Test Manager
5 50 (10.00%) Tester
6 35 (7.00%) Test Engineer
7 34 (6.80%) Automation Test Analyst
8 29 (5.80%) Banking Analyst
9 26 (5.20%) Selenium Test Analyst
10 19 (3.80%) QA Engineer
11 16 (3.20%) QA Analyst
12 15 (3.00%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
13 14 (2.80%) Automation Tester
13 14 (2.80%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 14 (2.80%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
13 14 (2.80%) Manual Test Analyst
13 14 (2.80%) QA Test Analyst
14 12 (2.40%) Agile Test Analyst
15 11 (2.20%) Financial Analyst
16 10 (2.00%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (6.80%) XML
2 32 (6.40%) .NET
3 16 (3.20%) SOAP
4 15 (3.00%) Web Services
5 12 (2.40%) RESTful
6 11 (2.20%) Gherkin
7 8 (1.60%) JSON
8 7 (1.40%) .NET Framework
8 7 (1.40%) AngularJS
9 6 (1.20%) REST
10 5 (1.00%) HTML
10 5 (1.00%) Kafka
10 5 (1.00%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (0.80%) Oracle Fusion
12 3 (0.60%) ASP.NET
12 3 (0.60%) EDI
12 3 (0.60%) ODBC
13 2 (0.40%) CSS
13 2 (0.40%) WebdriverIO
14 1 (0.20%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 38 (7.60%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (2.80%) Greenfield Project
2 14 (2.80%) Mainframe
3 11 (2.20%) Mobile App
4 9 (1.80%) Management Information System
5 6 (1.20%) Data Centre
5 6 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
5 6 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (1.00%) AS400
6 5 (1.00%) Computer Science
6 5 (1.00%) iSeries
6 5 (1.00%) N-Tier
6 5 (1.00%) PKI
6 5 (1.00%) User Experience
6 5 (1.00%) Virtual Team
7 4 (0.80%) Client/Server
7 4 (0.80%) Derivative
7 4 (0.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 4 (0.80%) OTC Derivatives
7 4 (0.80%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 40 (8.00%) Windows
2 29 (5.80%) Linux
3 28 (5.60%) Unix
4 9 (1.80%) Windows Server
5 6 (1.20%) Android
5 6 (1.20%) Windows 7
5 6 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (1.00%) HPUX
6 5 (1.00%) SUSE
6 5 (1.00%) Windows 10
7 4 (0.80%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.80%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (0.80%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.60%) AIX
9 2 (0.40%) Embedded Linux
9 2 (0.40%) Windows 8
9 2 (0.40%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.20%) webOS
10 1 (0.20%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 256 (51.20%) Agile Software Development
2 217 (43.40%) Test Automation
3 151 (30.20%) Test Scripting
4 115 (23.00%) Scrum
5 114 (22.80%) Software Testing
6 104 (20.80%) User Acceptance Testing
7 96 (19.20%) Test Strategy
8 80 (16.00%) Defect Management
9 79 (15.80%) Regression Testing
9 79 (15.80%) Test Management
10 74 (14.80%) Functional Testing
11 68 (13.60%) System Integration Testing
12 62 (12.40%) Scenario Testing
12 62 (12.40%) Waterfall
13 59 (11.80%) BDD
14 53 (10.60%) SDLC
15 51 (10.20%) Manual Testing
16 49 (9.80%) TDD
17 45 (9.00%) Continuous Integration
17 45 (9.00%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 127 (25.40%) SQL
2 80 (16.00%) Java
3 63 (12.60%) C#
4 27 (5.40%) JavaScript
5 23 (4.60%) Python
6 13 (2.60%) T-SQL
7 7 (1.40%) VB
8 5 (1.00%) Bash Shell
8 5 (1.00%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 4 (0.80%) C
9 4 (0.80%) Perl
10 3 (0.60%) C++
10 3 (0.60%) Groovy
10 3 (0.60%) PHP
10 3 (0.60%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.40%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.40%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.40%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.20%) PL/1
12 1 (0.20%) REXX
Qualifications
1 288 (57.60%) ISEB
2 167 (33.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 83 (16.60%) Security Cleared
4 44 (8.80%) Degree
4 44 (8.80%) SC Cleared
5 28 (5.60%) DV Cleared
6 27 (5.40%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 17 (3.40%) BPSS Clearance
8 11 (2.20%) PMI Certification
9 9 (1.80%) PMP
10 6 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.60%) CCNA
12 3 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
13 2 (0.40%) BC Cleared
14 1 (0.20%) MBCS
14 1 (0.20%) MCITP
14 1 (0.20%) MCTS
14 1 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (19.60%) QA
2 5 (1.00%) GDPR
3 4 (0.80%) PMO
4 3 (0.60%) EMIR
4 3 (0.60%) MiFID
4 3 (0.60%) SLA
5 2 (0.40%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.40%) WCAG
6 1 (0.20%) IFRS
6 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 28 (5.60%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.00%) HDFS
4 4 (0.80%) Docker
5 2 (0.40%) ACF2
5 2 (0.40%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.40%) RACF
5 2 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.20%) Snort
Systems Management
1 81 (16.20%) HP Quality Center
2 60 (12.00%) HP ALM
3 4 (0.80%) SCCM
4 3 (0.60%) vMotion
5 2 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.40%) Nessus
5 2 (0.40%) SCOM
6 1 (0.20%) Endace
6 1 (0.20%) Netcool
6 1 (0.20%) Puppet
Vendors
1 90 (18.00%) HP
2 69 (13.80%) Microsoft
3 47 (9.40%) Oracle
4 19 (3.80%) VMware
5 16 (3.20%) Cisco
6 14 (2.80%) Atlassian
7 12 (2.40%) SAP
8 10 (2.00%) Palo Alto
9 9 (1.80%) webMethods
10 6 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (1.00%) TIBCO
12 4 (0.80%) MuleSoft
13 3 (0.60%) Capita
13 3 (0.60%) Citrix
13 3 (0.60%) LogRhythm
13 3 (0.60%) Pega
14 2 (0.40%) ArcSight
14 2 (0.40%) Google
14 2 (0.40%) hybris
14 2 (0.40%) Temenos