Period
to 4 June 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 4 June 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
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 374 349 436
Rank change year-on-year -25 +87 -55
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 213 599 484
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.53% 0.73% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.25% 3.85% 2.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 350 314
Median daily rate £400 £380 £389
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -2.25% +11.07%
10th Percentile £310 £300 £281
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £400 £378 £355
% change year-on-year +5.96% +6.34% +1.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 1
Median hourly rate £47.00 £48.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.09% +7.78% +4.05%
10th Percentile £26.40 £33.45 £42.50
90th Percentile £49.40 £56.23 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £47.00 £40.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +17.50% +196.30% -68.79%

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 9,465 15,567 17,450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.57% 18.95% 19.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,609 9,438 10,428
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £275 £270 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £630
UK median daily rate £475 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 422 695 769
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +32.46% -15.95%
10th Percentile £15.53 £13.00 £12.63
90th Percentile £55.00 £54.20 £50.05
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.43 £25.00
% change year-on-year +4.71% +33.70% -16.67%

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 4 June 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 4 June 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 4 June 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
South East +46 63 £400 +3.23% 7
London +85 48 £450 - 2
South West +3 36 £400 +9.59% 6
Midlands +13 32 £360 -4.00% 4
West Midlands +37 30 £360 +2.86% 2
North of England +49 23 £375 +4.17% 5
East of England +31 12 £408 +2.52% 2
North West +45 11 £475 +21.02% 2
Yorkshire +58 6 £335 -0.74% 3
North East +3 6 £355 -1.39%
East Midlands +3 2 £363 -3.33% 2
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 4 June 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.

1 128 (60.09%) Test Automation
2 123 (57.75%) ISEB
3 113 (53.05%) Agile Software Development
4 89 (41.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 82 (38.50%) Selenium
6 78 (36.62%) JIRA
7 70 (32.86%) Test Scripting
8 61 (28.64%) Security Cleared
9 58 (27.23%) Java
10 52 (24.41%) SQL
11 49 (23.00%) Software Testing
12 47 (22.07%) QA
12 47 (22.07%) Microsoft
13 44 (20.66%) SC Cleared
14 38 (17.84%) Oracle
15 37 (17.37%) Problem-Solving
16 36 (16.90%) BDD
17 35 (16.43%) C#
17 35 (16.43%) Performance Testing
18 34 (15.96%) Customer Requirements
19 33 (15.49%) SDLC
20 32 (15.02%) JMeter
20 32 (15.02%) Test Strategy
20 32 (15.02%) Cucumber
20 32 (15.02%) Defect Management
21 30 (14.08%) Waterfall
21 30 (14.08%) Finance
22 29 (13.62%) Continuous Integration
23 28 (13.15%) User Acceptance Testing
24 27 (12.68%) 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 25 (11.74%) Confluence
2 6 (2.82%) IIS
2 6 (2.82%) WebLogic
3 3 (1.41%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (1.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (1.41%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.94%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.47%) Anypoint
5 1 (0.47%) Drupal
5 1 (0.47%) WebSphere
Applications
1 16 (7.51%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (6.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.41%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (2.35%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (2.35%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (1.88%) Workday HCM
3 3 (1.41%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (1.41%) SAP FI-CA
3 3 (1.41%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (0.94%) Eloqua
5 1 (0.47%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.47%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.47%) SAP Business ByDesign
5 1 (0.47%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.47%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.47%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.47%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 19 (8.92%) Azure
2 14 (6.57%) GitHub
3 9 (4.23%) AWS
4 4 (1.88%) BrowserStack
4 4 (1.88%) GCP
5 2 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.94%) SaaS
5 2 (0.94%) Sauce Labs
5 2 (0.94%) Slack
6 1 (0.47%) Adobe Analytics
6 1 (0.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.47%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.47%) npm
6 1 (0.47%) Serverless
6 1 (0.47%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.76%) DNS
2 5 (2.35%) IPv6
2 5 (2.35%) Wireshark
3 4 (1.88%) HTTP
4 3 (1.41%) DHCP
4 3 (1.41%) Firewall
4 3 (1.41%) IPsec
4 3 (1.41%) Network Security
5 2 (0.94%) MVNO
5 2 (0.94%) PBX
5 2 (0.94%) Unified Communications
6 1 (0.47%) ATM
6 1 (0.47%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.23%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.29%) MongoDB
2 7 (3.29%) MySQL
3 4 (1.88%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (1.41%) Apache Hive
4 3 (1.41%) Big Data
4 3 (1.41%) Hadoop
4 3 (1.41%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (1.41%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.94%) EDRMS
6 1 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.47%) Neo4j
6 1 (0.47%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.47%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.47%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.47%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 82 (38.50%) Selenium
2 78 (36.62%) JIRA
3 32 (15.02%) Cucumber
3 32 (15.02%) JMeter
4 27 (12.68%) SoapUI
5 26 (12.21%) Jenkins
6 19 (8.92%) Git (software)
7 17 (7.98%) Team Foundation Server
8 16 (7.51%) Postman
9 15 (7.04%) SpecFlow
9 15 (7.04%) WebDriver
10 13 (6.10%) Zephyr
11 11 (5.16%) HP UFT
12 8 (3.76%) Visual Studio
13 6 (2.82%) Bitbucket
13 6 (2.82%) eggPlant
13 6 (2.82%) Gatling
13 6 (2.82%) NUnit
13 6 (2.82%) REST Assured
14 5 (2.35%) TestRail
General
1 30 (14.08%) Finance
2 21 (9.86%) Public Sector
3 12 (5.63%) Military
4 4 (1.88%) Banking
4 4 (1.88%) Legal
5 3 (1.41%) Marketing
5 3 (1.41%) Retail
5 3 (1.41%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.94%) Billing
7 1 (0.47%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 66 (30.99%) Tester
2 54 (25.35%) Analyst
3 47 (22.07%) Test Analyst
4 33 (15.49%) Automation Tester
4 33 (15.49%) Test Engineer
5 28 (13.15%) Test Manager
6 10 (4.69%) Integration Engineer
6 10 (4.69%) Test and Integration Engineer
7 9 (4.23%) Software Tester
7 9 (4.23%) Test Leader
8 7 (3.29%) QA Engineer
8 7 (3.29%) Senior Test Engineer
8 7 (3.29%) Senior Tester
9 6 (2.82%) QA Analyst
9 6 (2.82%) QA Tester
10 5 (2.35%) Developer
10 5 (2.35%) Performance Engineer
10 5 (2.35%) Systems Integration Engineer
10 5 (2.35%) Systems Test Engineer
10 5 (2.35%) Technical Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (10.80%) .NET
2 17 (7.98%) XML
3 15 (7.04%) Web Services
4 14 (6.57%) SOAP
5 13 (6.10%) Spring
6 12 (5.63%) RESTful
7 11 (5.16%) JSON
8 10 (4.69%) Gherkin
9 8 (3.76%) JMS
9 8 (3.76%) Node.js
10 7 (3.29%) AngularJS
10 7 (3.29%) REST
11 5 (2.35%) Express
11 5 (2.35%) HTML
11 5 (2.35%) J2SE
11 5 (2.35%) Spring Boot
12 4 (1.88%) .NET Framework
12 4 (1.88%) React
13 3 (1.41%) RabbitMQ
13 3 (1.41%) XBRL
Miscellaneous
1 26 (12.21%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.10%) Self-Motivation
3 6 (2.82%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.88%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.88%) Virtual Team
5 3 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.41%) PKI
6 2 (0.94%) NHS
7 1 (0.47%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.47%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.47%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.47%) Smart Energy
7 1 (0.47%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.47%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 27 (12.68%) Linux
2 23 (10.80%) Windows
3 21 (9.86%) Unix
4 4 (1.88%) Windows Server
5 3 (1.41%) CentOS
5 3 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.94%) Android
6 2 (0.94%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.47%) AIX
7 1 (0.47%) Windows NT
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (60.09%) Test Automation
2 113 (53.05%) Agile Software Development
3 70 (32.86%) Test Scripting
4 49 (23.00%) Software Testing
5 37 (17.37%) Problem-Solving
6 36 (16.90%) BDD
7 35 (16.43%) Performance Testing
8 34 (15.96%) Customer Requirements
9 33 (15.49%) SDLC
10 32 (15.02%) Defect Management
10 32 (15.02%) Test Strategy
11 30 (14.08%) Waterfall
12 29 (13.62%) Continuous Integration
13 28 (13.15%) User Acceptance Testing
14 27 (12.68%) DevOps
14 27 (12.68%) Functional Testing
14 27 (12.68%) Regression Testing
15 26 (12.21%) Integration Testing
16 25 (11.74%) Microservices
16 25 (11.74%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 58 (27.23%) Java
2 52 (24.41%) SQL
3 35 (16.43%) C#
4 18 (8.45%) JavaScript
5 15 (7.04%) Python
6 12 (5.63%) C
7 11 (5.16%) PowerShell
8 8 (3.76%) Java 8
9 4 (1.88%) VB
9 4 (1.88%) VBScript
10 3 (1.41%) Bash Shell
10 3 (1.41%) PHP
10 3 (1.41%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.94%) Kotlin
11 2 (0.94%) Scala
11 2 (0.94%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.47%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.47%) C++
12 1 (0.47%) ES6
12 1 (0.47%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 123 (57.75%) ISEB
2 89 (41.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 61 (28.64%) Security Cleared
4 44 (20.66%) SC Cleared
5 23 (10.80%) DV Cleared
6 17 (7.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 14 (6.57%) Degree
8 8 (3.76%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (1.41%) CCNA
9 3 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.47%) AAT
10 1 (0.47%) ACCA
10 1 (0.47%) CIMA
10 1 (0.47%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.47%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.47%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (22.07%) QA
2 2 (0.94%) Data Quality
2 2 (0.94%) WCAG
3 1 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.47%) PMO
System Software
1 9 (4.23%) Docker
2 7 (3.29%) vSphere
3 6 (2.82%) Active Directory
4 3 (1.41%) HDFS
4 3 (1.41%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.47%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 18 (8.45%) HP ALM
2 12 (5.63%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (5.63%) Terraform
3 10 (4.69%) Ansible
4 4 (1.88%) Kubernetes
4 4 (1.88%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 3 (1.41%) Puppet
6 2 (0.94%) Nessus
7 1 (0.47%) Grafana
7 1 (0.47%) Kibana
7 1 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 47 (22.07%) Microsoft
2 38 (17.84%) Oracle
3 25 (11.74%) HP
4 11 (5.16%) SAP
5 10 (4.69%) Atlassian
6 6 (2.82%) Talend
7 5 (2.35%) webMethods
8 4 (1.88%) Google
8 4 (1.88%) Micro Focus
8 4 (1.88%) Workday
9 3 (1.41%) IBM
9 3 (1.41%) Red Hat
10 2 (0.94%) Adobe
10 2 (0.94%) Cisco
10 2 (0.94%) Guidewire
11 1 (0.47%) HubSpot
11 1 (0.47%) MuleSoft
11 1 (0.47%) Pega
11 1 (0.47%) Siebel
11 1 (0.47%) Xamarin