Period
to 18 May 2021

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 18 May 2021 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
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 401 375 364
Rank change year-on-year -26 -11 +83
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 220 238 599
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.48% 0.54% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.29% 2.33% 3.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 149 335
10th Percentile £304 £313 £300
25th Percentile £350 £360 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £380
Median % change year-on-year +0.06% +5.26% +1.33%
75th Percentile £488 £525 £475
90th Percentile £538 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £378
% change year-on-year - +5.96% +7.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 7
10th Percentile £32.50 £34.13 £32.10
25th Percentile £43.75 £47.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate £47.50 £47.49 £52.00
Median % change year-on-year +0.03% -8.68% +15.56%
75th Percentile £60.00 £47.97 £53.00
90th Percentile £60.75 £48.99 "
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £47.49 £38.00
% change year-on-year +0.03% +24.96% +181.48%

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 9,613 10,220 16,233
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.11% 23.07% 19.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,209 6,615 10,237
10th Percentile £300 £263 £268
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £568
90th Percentile £665 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £488 £475 £470
% change year-on-year +2.63% +1.06% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 458 369 650
10th Percentile £14.56 £14.48 £12.50
25th Percentile £19.96 £17.50 £16.77
Median hourly rate £37.65 £27.50 £29.00
Median % change year-on-year +36.91% -5.17% +31.82%
75th Percentile £50.60 £47.83 £47.09
90th Percentile £60.08 £57.50 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £30.03 £30.00
% change year-on-year +24.90% +0.08% +39.53%

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 18 May 2021.

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 18 May 2021.

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 18 May 2021. 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 -20 70 £440 -2.22% 13
West Midlands +22 48 £378 +4.86% 7
Midlands +17 48 £378 +4.86% 9
South East -4 41 £380 -5.00% 3
North of England +30 25 £368 -2.00% 11
South West +26 18 £500 +14.29% 3
North West +22 16 £400 -13.04% 6
East of England +19 6 £550 +41.03% 2
North East +21 5 £326 -8.10%
Yorkshire +19 4 £300 -13.04% 5
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 18 May 2021, 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.

1 128 (58.18%) ISEB
2 118 (53.64%) Agile Software Development
3 103 (46.82%) Test Automation
4 88 (40.00%) Social Skills
5 82 (37.27%) QA
6 76 (34.55%) Software Testing
7 74 (33.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 73 (33.18%) JIRA
9 71 (32.27%) Security Cleared
10 70 (31.82%) Microsoft
11 64 (29.09%) Test Management
12 63 (28.64%) SQL
13 61 (27.73%) Test Strategy
14 60 (27.27%) Public Sector
15 53 (24.09%) Test Scripting
16 51 (23.18%) SC Cleared
16 51 (23.18%) Defect Management
16 51 (23.18%) Azure
17 48 (21.82%) Non-Functional Testing
18 45 (20.45%) Oracle
19 44 (20.00%) Waterfall
20 42 (19.09%) SDLC
21 41 (18.64%) Selenium
22 38 (17.27%) Windows
23 37 (16.82%) DevOps
24 36 (16.36%) Java
25 35 (15.91%) SAP
25 35 (15.91%) Stakeholder Management
25 35 (15.91%) User Acceptance Testing
25 35 (15.91%) Problem-Solving

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 25 (11.36%) Confluence
2 15 (6.82%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.73%) WebLogic
4 3 (1.36%) Apache
5 2 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.91%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.91%) WebLogic Integration
5 2 (0.91%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.45%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.45%) Mule
Applications
1 17 (7.73%) Microsoft Excel
1 17 (7.73%) Microsoft Project
2 16 (7.27%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.91%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (6.36%) SAP FI-CA
1 14 (6.36%) SAP PSCD
2 8 (3.64%) SAP HCM
3 3 (1.36%) Summit
4 2 (0.91%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.45%) Bloomberg TOMS
5 1 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.45%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.45%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.45%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.45%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.45%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.45%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 51 (23.18%) Azure
2 25 (11.36%) AWS
3 13 (5.91%) GitHub
4 9 (4.09%) Microsoft 365
5 8 (3.64%) SuccessFactors
6 7 (3.18%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (1.36%) BrowserStack
7 3 (1.36%) Tricentis Tosca
8 2 (0.91%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 2 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.91%) GCP
8 2 (0.91%) NuGet
8 2 (0.91%) Power Platform
8 2 (0.91%) SaaS
9 1 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.45%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.45%) Google Drive
9 1 (0.45%) npm
9 1 (0.45%) PaaS
9 1 (0.45%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.73%) WAN
2 4 (1.82%) Internet
2 4 (1.82%) LAN
3 3 (1.36%) FTP
3 3 (1.36%) HTTP
4 2 (0.91%) 3G
4 2 (0.91%) 4G
4 2 (0.91%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (0.91%) Network Security
4 2 (0.91%) PuTTY
4 2 (0.91%) SD-WAN
4 2 (0.91%) WinSCP
4 2 (0.91%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.45%) DHCP
5 1 (0.45%) IMAP
5 1 (0.45%) SAN
5 1 (0.45%) SSL
5 1 (0.45%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.45%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.82%) MySQL
1 15 (6.82%) Oracle Database
2 6 (2.73%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (2.73%) SQL Server
3 5 (2.27%) MongoDB
3 5 (2.27%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (1.82%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.36%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.91%) MS Access
6 2 (0.91%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.91%) Power BI
7 1 (0.45%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.45%) Big Data
7 1 (0.45%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.45%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.45%) Riak
7 1 (0.45%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 73 (33.18%) JIRA
2 41 (18.64%) Selenium
3 21 (9.55%) Cucumber
4 19 (8.64%) JMeter
4 19 (8.64%) Postman
5 18 (8.18%) SoapUI
6 16 (7.27%) Jenkins
7 11 (5.00%) Git (software)
8 10 (4.55%) LoadRunner
9 9 (4.09%) Gatling
10 8 (3.64%) eggPlant
10 8 (3.64%) NeoLoad
10 8 (3.64%) REST Assured
10 8 (3.64%) SpecFlow
11 7 (3.18%) SilkPerformer
11 7 (3.18%) WebLOAD
12 6 (2.73%) Maven
12 6 (2.73%) Team Foundation Server
13 5 (2.27%) Bitbucket
13 5 (2.27%) Toad
General
1 88 (40.00%) Social Skills
2 60 (27.27%) Public Sector
3 29 (13.18%) Influencing Skills
4 27 (12.27%) Analytical Skills
5 26 (11.82%) Finance
6 18 (8.18%) Banking
7 5 (2.27%) Telecoms
8 4 (1.82%) Presentation Skills
9 3 (1.36%) Games
9 3 (1.36%) Investment Banking
9 3 (1.36%) Law
9 3 (1.36%) Military
10 1 (0.45%) Advertising
10 1 (0.45%) Billing
10 1 (0.45%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.45%) Legal
10 1 (0.45%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.45%) Marketing
10 1 (0.45%) Retail
Job Titles
1 56 (25.45%) Test Manager
2 54 (24.55%) Analyst
3 50 (22.73%) Test Analyst
4 41 (18.64%) Tester
5 23 (10.45%) Test Engineer
6 14 (6.36%) QA Analyst
7 12 (5.45%) Test Leader
8 11 (5.00%) Performance Tester
9 10 (4.55%) QA Test Analyst
9 10 (4.55%) SAP Analyst
9 10 (4.55%) SAP Test Analyst
10 9 (4.09%) Developer
10 9 (4.09%) Graduate
11 7 (3.18%) SAP Manager
11 7 (3.18%) SAP Test Manager
11 7 (3.18%) Software Tester
12 6 (2.73%) Automation Tester
12 6 (2.73%) Lead Tester
12 6 (2.73%) QA Engineer
12 6 (2.73%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (13.64%) XML
2 16 (7.27%) JSON
3 15 (6.82%) SOAP
4 13 (5.91%) .NET
4 13 (5.91%) REST
5 7 (3.18%) HTML
6 4 (1.82%) Web Services
7 3 (1.36%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.36%) Middleware
7 3 (1.36%) WPF
8 2 (0.91%) ADO
8 2 (0.91%) CSS
8 2 (0.91%) jQuery
8 2 (0.91%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (0.91%) RESTful
8 2 (0.91%) Unreal Engine
8 2 (0.91%) WireMock
9 1 (0.45%) Chai
9 1 (0.45%) Mongoose
9 1 (0.45%) RxSwift
Miscellaneous
1 10 (4.55%) Video\Live Streaming
2 8 (3.64%) NHS
3 7 (3.18%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (3.18%) Smart Meter
4 5 (2.27%) Mobile App
5 4 (1.82%) Fixed Income
5 4 (1.82%) User Experience
6 3 (1.36%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.36%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.91%) Equities
7 2 (0.91%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.45%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.45%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.45%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.45%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 38 (17.27%) Windows
2 25 (11.36%) Unix
3 9 (4.09%) Linux
4 3 (1.36%) Apple iOS
4 3 (1.36%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.91%) Android
5 2 (0.91%) HPUX
5 2 (0.91%) SUSE
6 1 (0.45%) tvOS
6 1 (0.45%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (53.64%) Agile Software Development
2 103 (46.82%) Test Automation
3 76 (34.55%) Software Testing
4 64 (29.09%) Test Management
5 61 (27.73%) Test Strategy
6 53 (24.09%) Test Scripting
7 51 (23.18%) Defect Management
8 48 (21.82%) Non-Functional Testing
9 44 (20.00%) Waterfall
10 42 (19.09%) SDLC
11 37 (16.82%) DevOps
12 35 (15.91%) Problem-Solving
12 35 (15.91%) Stakeholder Management
12 35 (15.91%) User Acceptance Testing
13 33 (15.00%) Regression Testing
14 32 (14.55%) Migration
14 32 (14.55%) Validation
15 30 (13.64%) Scrum
16 28 (12.73%) Scenario Testing
17 26 (11.82%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 63 (28.64%) SQL
2 36 (16.36%) Java
3 22 (10.00%) C#
4 21 (9.55%) PL/SQL
5 18 (8.18%) JavaScript
6 11 (5.00%) VB
7 6 (2.73%) Python
8 5 (2.27%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.82%) C++
10 3 (1.36%) C
10 3 (1.36%) Java 8
11 2 (0.91%) Apple Swift
11 2 (0.91%) FoxPro (VFP)
11 2 (0.91%) Ruby
12 1 (0.45%) Erlang
12 1 (0.45%) ES6
12 1 (0.45%) Kotlin
12 1 (0.45%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.45%) PHP
12 1 (0.45%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 128 (58.18%) ISEB
2 74 (33.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 71 (32.27%) Security Cleared
4 51 (23.18%) SC Cleared
5 31 (14.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 23 (10.45%) Degree
7 16 (7.27%) DV Cleared
8 6 (2.73%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (2.27%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (1.82%) ISEB Practitioner
11 3 (1.36%) MCP
12 2 (0.91%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.91%) OCP
12 2 (0.91%) Oracle Certification
12 2 (0.91%) SAP Certification
13 1 (0.45%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.45%) CTC Cleared
13 1 (0.45%) HNC
13 1 (0.45%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (37.27%) QA
2 8 (3.64%) SLA
3 1 (0.45%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.45%) HL7
3 1 (0.45%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 3 (1.36%) Active Directory
1 3 (1.36%) Docker
2 2 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.91%) vSphere
3 1 (0.45%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 17 (7.73%) HP ALM
2 9 (4.09%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.91%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.45%) Ionix
4 1 (0.45%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 70 (31.82%) Microsoft
2 45 (20.45%) Oracle
3 35 (15.91%) SAP
4 17 (7.73%) HP
5 16 (7.27%) CheckPoint
6 12 (5.45%) Google
7 3 (1.36%) Cisco
7 3 (1.36%) Dell
7 3 (1.36%) Juniper
7 3 (1.36%) Micro Focus
7 3 (1.36%) MuleSoft
7 3 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (1.36%) webMethods
7 3 (1.36%) Xamarin
8 2 (0.91%) IBM
8 2 (0.91%) Siemens
8 2 (0.91%) Splunk
8 2 (0.91%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.45%) Apple
9 1 (0.45%) Red Hat