Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 2017 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
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 393 388 296
Rank change year-on-year -5 -92 +7
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 557 589 859
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.60% 0.60% 0.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.19% 2.95% 4.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 313 365 549
England median daily rate £350 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +3.70%
10th Percentile £263 £210 £235
90th Percentile £488 £486 £475
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £338
% change year-on-year +7.69% -3.70% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 6
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +26.98% -4.55%
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £24.18 £30.00
% change year-on-year +86.14% -19.42% +122.22%

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 17488 19953 20774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.76% 20.49% 19.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 10745 12456 12655
England median daily rate £425 £422 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.83% +5.38% -
10th Percentile £231 £250 £250
90th Percentile £600 £594 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 815 772 1002
England median hourly rate £25.12 £25.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.49% +7.37% +25.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.69 £49.15
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%

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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017. 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 -41 173 £421 +9.77% 18
South East +13 169 £350 +9.38% 7
Midlands +27 73 £350 +2.94% 6
South West +17 63 £360 +17.07% 7
North of England +34 59 £325 +5.69% 19
West Midlands +17 50 £380 +11.76% 4
Yorkshire +8 27 £294 -1.34% 5
East Midlands +24 23 £300 -18.64% 2
East of England -19 20 £350 +5.66% 6
North West +16 19 £325 +3.17% 14
North East +67 13 £325 -3.70%
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 373 (66.97%) ISEB
2 288 (51.71%) Agile Software Development
3 233 (41.83%) Test Automation
4 165 (29.62%) Test Scripting
5 160 (28.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 145 (26.03%) User Acceptance Testing
7 138 (24.78%) SQL
8 137 (24.60%) Software Testing
9 136 (24.42%) Scrum
10 127 (22.80%) HP
11 123 (22.08%) JIRA
12 110 (19.75%) Finance
13 107 (19.21%) HP Quality Center
14 103 (18.49%) Selenium
15 100 (17.95%) Test Strategy
16 98 (17.59%) QA
17 88 (15.80%) Test Management
18 85 (15.26%) Regression Testing
19 81 (14.54%) Java
20 80 (14.36%) BDD
21 77 (13.82%) Functional Testing
22 76 (13.64%) Test Planning
23 75 (13.46%) SDLC
24 71 (12.75%) Banking
24 71 (12.75%) Waterfall
25 69 (12.39%) Security Cleared
26 62 (11.13%) Defect Management
27 61 (10.95%) Scenario Testing
28 59 (10.59%) Integration Testing
29 56 (10.05%) Microsoft

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 47 (8.44%) Confluence
2 10 (1.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 9 (1.62%) SharePoint
4 7 (1.26%) CMS
5 5 (0.90%) Apache Spark
5 5 (0.90%) WebLogic
6 4 (0.72%) Documentum
7 3 (0.54%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.36%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.18%) Apache
9 1 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.18%) Drupal
Applications
1 26 (4.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (4.49%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (2.87%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.36%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.72%) SAP CO
2 4 (0.72%) SAP FI
2 4 (0.72%) SAP FI/CO
2 4 (0.72%) SAP MM
3 3 (0.54%) Maximo
3 3 (0.54%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.36%) TRIRIGA
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.18%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.18%) PeopleSoft HCM
5 1 (0.18%) SAP CCM
5 1 (0.18%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.18%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.97%) Microsoft Azure
1 11 (1.97%) SaaS
2 5 (0.90%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.54%) Office 365
4 2 (0.36%) BrowserStack
4 2 (0.36%) PaaS
5 1 (0.18%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.18%) GitHub
5 1 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.18%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.15%) LTE
2 11 (1.97%) Wireless
3 10 (1.80%) 4G
4 9 (1.62%) LDAP
5 6 (1.08%) Firewall
6 5 (0.90%) DNS
6 5 (0.90%) Internet
7 4 (0.72%) DHCP
7 4 (0.72%) IPv4
7 4 (0.72%) IPv6
7 4 (0.72%) Value-Added Service
8 3 (0.54%) GGSN
8 3 (0.54%) HTTP
8 3 (0.54%) SMS
8 3 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.54%) Wireshark
9 2 (0.36%) VoWiFi
10 1 (0.18%) DSL
10 1 (0.18%) SGSN
10 1 (0.18%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (5.57%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.77%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.15%) Oracle Database
4 9 (1.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (1.08%) Big Data
5 6 (1.08%) Power BI
6 5 (0.90%) BusinessObjects
6 5 (0.90%) Hadoop
6 5 (0.90%) Pentaho
7 4 (0.72%) Oracle BI EE
8 3 (0.54%) Amazon Redshift
8 3 (0.54%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8 3 (0.54%) HBase
9 2 (0.36%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.18%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.18%) DB2
10 1 (0.18%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.18%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 123 (22.08%) JIRA
2 103 (18.49%) Selenium
3 44 (7.90%) SoapUI
4 41 (7.36%) WebDriver
5 40 (7.18%) JMeter
6 36 (6.46%) Cucumber
7 34 (6.10%) Team Foundation Server
8 27 (4.85%) HP UFT
9 26 (4.67%) Visual Studio
10 24 (4.31%) Jenkins
10 24 (4.31%) LoadRunner
11 21 (3.77%) SpecFlow
12 18 (3.23%) LoadUI
13 12 (2.15%) Selenium IDE
13 12 (2.15%) TestRail
14 10 (1.80%) Git (software)
15 8 (1.44%) Visual Studio Team System
16 7 (1.26%) Maven
17 6 (1.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 6 (1.08%) JUnit
General
1 110 (19.75%) Finance
2 71 (12.75%) Banking
3 30 (5.39%) Retail Banking
4 29 (5.21%) Retail
5 25 (4.49%) Telecoms
6 12 (2.15%) Publishing
7 9 (1.62%) Military
8 7 (1.26%) Legal
9 6 (1.08%) Billing
9 6 (1.08%) Spanish Language
10 5 (0.90%) Games
10 5 (0.90%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.72%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.54%) Automotive
12 3 (0.54%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.36%) Back Office
13 2 (0.36%) Front Office
13 2 (0.36%) Marketing
13 2 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.18%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 273 (49.01%) Analyst
2 254 (45.60%) Test Analyst
3 76 (13.64%) Test Manager
4 53 (9.52%) Test Leader
5 51 (9.16%) Tester
6 47 (8.44%) Automation Test Analyst
7 40 (7.18%) Test Engineer
8 34 (6.10%) Senior Analyst
9 32 (5.75%) Senior Test Analyst
10 27 (4.85%) Performance Analyst
10 27 (4.85%) Performance Test Analyst
11 24 (4.31%) Developer
12 23 (4.13%) Selenium Test Analyst
13 21 (3.77%) Automation Tester
14 20 (3.59%) Agile Test Analyst
15 16 (2.87%) Architect
16 15 (2.69%) Banking Analyst
16 15 (2.69%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
17 14 (2.51%) Defect Manager
17 14 (2.51%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (7.00%) .NET
2 37 (6.64%) Web Services
3 25 (4.49%) XML
4 18 (3.23%) REST
4 18 (3.23%) SOAP
5 14 (2.51%) Gherkin
6 13 (2.33%) Spring
7 12 (2.15%) Hibernate
8 11 (1.97%) AngularJS
8 11 (1.97%) J2EE
9 10 (1.80%) CSS
10 9 (1.62%) HTML
10 9 (1.62%) JSON
10 9 (1.62%) RESTful
11 8 (1.44%) Kendo UI
12 7 (1.26%) ASP.NET MVC 5
12 7 (1.26%) COM+
12 7 (1.26%) Middleware
13 5 (0.90%) Razor View Engine
14 4 (0.72%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 34 (6.10%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.95%) Computer Science
3 18 (3.23%) Management Information System
4 11 (1.97%) Mobile App
5 8 (1.44%) Client/Server
5 8 (1.44%) User Experience
6 6 (1.08%) Mainframe
7 5 (0.90%) AS400
7 5 (0.90%) Reference Data
8 4 (0.72%) Equities
9 3 (0.54%) Fixed Income
9 3 (0.54%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.54%) iSeries
9 3 (0.54%) IVR
10 2 (0.36%) Credit Risk
10 2 (0.36%) Data Centre
10 2 (0.36%) Derivative
10 2 (0.36%) OTC Derivatives
10 2 (0.36%) Smart Meter
10 2 (0.36%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 33 (5.92%) Windows
2 24 (4.31%) Linux
3 17 (3.05%) Unix
4 7 (1.26%) Windows 10
5 2 (0.36%) Android
5 2 (0.36%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.36%) Windows 7
5 2 (0.36%) Windows 8
5 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (0.36%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.18%) CentOS
6 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
6 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.18%) webOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 288 (51.71%) Agile Software Development
2 233 (41.83%) Test Automation
3 165 (29.62%) Test Scripting
4 145 (26.03%) User Acceptance Testing
5 137 (24.60%) Software Testing
6 136 (24.42%) Scrum
7 100 (17.95%) Test Strategy
8 88 (15.80%) Test Management
9 85 (15.26%) Regression Testing
10 80 (14.36%) BDD
11 77 (13.82%) Functional Testing
12 76 (13.64%) Test Planning
13 75 (13.46%) SDLC
14 71 (12.75%) Waterfall
15 62 (11.13%) Defect Management
16 61 (10.95%) Scenario Testing
17 59 (10.59%) Integration Testing
18 55 (9.87%) Continuous Integration
18 55 (9.87%) System Integration Testing
19 53 (9.52%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 138 (24.78%) SQL
2 81 (14.54%) Java
3 50 (8.98%) C#
4 30 (5.39%) JavaScript
5 18 (3.23%) Python
6 15 (2.69%) PL/SQL
7 12 (2.15%) VB
8 9 (1.62%) C
8 9 (1.62%) T-SQL
9 8 (1.44%) TypeScript
10 7 (1.26%) Groovy
11 6 (1.08%) Ruby
12 5 (0.90%) Scala
12 5 (0.90%) VBScript
13 4 (0.72%) C++
13 4 (0.72%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.36%) PHP
14 2 (0.36%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.36%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.18%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 373 (66.97%) ISEB
2 160 (28.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 69 (12.39%) Security Cleared
4 53 (9.52%) Degree
5 33 (5.92%) SC Cleared
6 23 (4.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 19 (3.41%) DV Cleared
8 15 (2.69%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (1.44%) PMI Certification
9 8 (1.44%) PMP
10 6 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.36%) CCNA
12 2 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.36%) MCSA
12 2 (0.36%) MCSE
12 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.18%) CCNP
13 1 (0.18%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (17.59%) QA
2 10 (1.80%) PMO
3 6 (1.08%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.54%) EMIR
5 3 (0.54%) GDPR
5 3 (0.54%) IFRS
5 3 (0.54%) MiFID
6 2 (0.36%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 15288
7 1 (0.18%) SLA
7 1 (0.18%) WCAG
System Software
1 16 (2.87%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.72%) HDFS
3 3 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.36%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.36%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 107 (19.21%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.54%) SCCM
3 2 (0.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (0.36%) WSUS
4 1 (0.18%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.18%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (0.18%) NSN NetAct
4 1 (0.18%) Puppet
4 1 (0.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 127 (22.80%) HP
2 56 (10.05%) Microsoft
3 46 (8.26%) Oracle
4 26 (4.67%) SAP
5 25 (4.49%) Atlassian
6 18 (3.23%) IBM
7 16 (2.87%) Motorola
8 14 (2.51%) Sybase
9 13 (2.33%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (1.44%) Telerik
11 6 (1.08%) Cisco
12 4 (0.72%) Google
12 4 (0.72%) Huawei
12 4 (0.72%) Nokia
13 3 (0.54%) Siebel
13 3 (0.54%) TOWER Software
14 2 (0.36%) BT
14 2 (0.36%) PeopleSoft
14 2 (0.36%) VMware
14 2 (0.36%) webMethods