Period
to 27 February 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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 379 361 444
Rank change year-on-year -18 +83 -57
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 348 655 477
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.57% 0.72% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.63% 3.69% 2.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 341 290
England median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £309 £290 £263
90th Percentile £538 £538 £500
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year +6.67% +10.29% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 2
England median hourly rate £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.70% +2.22% +11.80%
10th Percentile £47.00 £36.00 £42.75
90th Percentile £73.75 £53.00 £47.25
UK median hourly rate £48.99 £40.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +22.46% +196.30% -62.76%

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 13,255 17,761 17,721
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.64% 19.57% 18.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,197 10,648 10,852
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £235
90th Percentile £640 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 569 803 793
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.50 £13.00 £12.05
90th Percentile £55.05 £52.50 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.13 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.18% +20.50% -9.09%

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 27 February 2020.

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 27 February 2020.

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 27 February 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 +32 111 £400 +6.31% 33
South West +9 65 £463 +24.58% 18
London +6 58 £425 -1.73% 12
North of England +43 51 £350 +7.69% 32
Midlands +6 49 £360 -4.00% 20
West Midlands +31 42 £360 +2.86% 9
Yorkshire +56 19 £338 +3.85% 12
North West +27 19 £366 -4.87% 17
East of England +1 14 £387 -3.38% 7
North East +16 13 £350 +7.69% 3
East Midlands +6 7 £343 -8.67% 11
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 225 (64.66%) Test Automation
2 216 (62.07%) ISEB
3 179 (51.44%) Agile Software Development
4 128 (36.78%) Test Scripting
5 119 (34.20%) Selenium
6 116 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 105 (30.17%) Security Cleared
8 97 (27.87%) JIRA
9 89 (25.57%) Java
10 84 (24.14%) QA
11 79 (22.70%) SQL
12 74 (21.26%) Cucumber
13 70 (20.11%) Oracle
14 69 (19.83%) Microsoft
14 69 (19.83%) SC Cleared
15 62 (17.82%) Software Testing
16 60 (17.24%) Defect Management
17 56 (16.09%) Customer Requirements
18 54 (15.52%) Test Strategy
19 53 (15.23%) User Acceptance Testing
20 50 (14.37%) Manual Testing
20 50 (14.37%) Regression Testing
21 49 (14.08%) Continuous Integration
22 46 (13.22%) SDLC
23 45 (12.93%) Waterfall
24 44 (12.64%) DV Cleared
25 42 (12.07%) Confluence
25 42 (12.07%) DevOps
25 42 (12.07%) Jenkins
25 42 (12.07%) C#

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 42 (12.07%) Confluence
2 6 (1.72%) WebLogic
3 5 (1.44%) SharePoint
4 3 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (0.86%) IIS
5 2 (0.57%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.29%) Anypoint
6 1 (0.29%) Apache
6 1 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.29%) Drupal
6 1 (0.29%) SAS
6 1 (0.29%) Tomcat
Applications
1 17 (4.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (4.60%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
1 12 (3.45%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (1.15%) Workday HCM
3 3 (0.86%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.86%) SAP FI-CA
3 3 (0.86%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (0.57%) Eloqua
4 2 (0.57%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.29%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.29%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.29%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.29%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.29%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.29%) SAP Business ByDesign
5 1 (0.29%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.29%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.29%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 21 (6.03%) Azure
2 20 (5.75%) GitHub
3 10 (2.87%) AWS
4 4 (1.15%) AWS Lambda
4 4 (1.15%) GCP
5 3 (0.86%) Serverless
5 3 (0.86%) Slack
5 3 (0.86%) Tricentis Tosca
6 2 (0.57%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.29%) Adobe Analytics
7 1 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.29%) PaaS
7 1 (0.29%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.87%) DNS
2 7 (2.01%) IPv6
3 5 (1.44%) HTTP
3 5 (1.44%) Wireshark
4 3 (0.86%) DHCP
4 3 (0.86%) Firewall
4 3 (0.86%) IPsec
4 3 (0.86%) Network Security
4 3 (0.86%) ZigBee
5 2 (0.57%) 802.15
5 2 (0.57%) MVNO
6 1 (0.29%) ATM
6 1 (0.29%) Internet
6 1 (0.29%) Intranet
6 1 (0.29%) PuTTY
6 1 (0.29%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.30%) EDRMS
1 8 (2.30%) MongoDB
1 8 (2.30%) Oracle Reports
1 8 (2.30%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.44%) Hadoop
2 5 (1.44%) MySQL
3 4 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.86%) Apache Hive
4 3 (0.86%) Big Data
5 2 (0.57%) HBase
5 2 (0.57%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.29%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.29%) Impala
6 1 (0.29%) Neo4j
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.29%) Pentaho
6 1 (0.29%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.29%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 119 (34.20%) Selenium
2 97 (27.87%) JIRA
3 74 (21.26%) Cucumber
4 42 (12.07%) Jenkins
5 39 (11.21%) JMeter
6 38 (10.92%) SoapUI
7 22 (6.32%) WebDriver
8 21 (6.03%) Postman
9 20 (5.75%) Team Foundation Server
10 19 (5.46%) Git (software)
11 18 (5.17%) HP UFT
12 17 (4.89%) Gatling
12 17 (4.89%) SpecFlow
13 11 (3.16%) Visual Studio Team System
13 11 (3.16%) Zephyr
14 10 (2.87%) Bitbucket
15 9 (2.59%) LoadRunner
16 7 (2.01%) Appium
16 7 (2.01%) Robot Framework
16 7 (2.01%) Visual Studio
General
1 42 (12.07%) Finance
2 30 (8.62%) Public Sector
3 22 (6.32%) Banking
4 12 (3.45%) Military
5 7 (2.01%) Retail
5 7 (2.01%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.72%) Retail Banking
7 3 (0.86%) Front Office
7 3 (0.86%) Legal
7 3 (0.86%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.57%) Back Office
8 2 (0.57%) Marketing
8 2 (0.57%) Publishing
8 2 (0.57%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.29%) Automotive
9 1 (0.29%) Billing
9 1 (0.29%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 106 (30.46%) Analyst
2 99 (28.45%) Test Analyst
3 72 (20.69%) Tester
4 66 (18.97%) Test Engineer
5 40 (11.49%) Test Manager
6 34 (9.77%) Automation Tester
7 25 (7.18%) Test Leader
8 16 (4.60%) Integration Engineer
8 16 (4.60%) Test and Integration Engineer
9 15 (4.31%) Automation Test Analyst
9 15 (4.31%) QA Analyst
10 13 (3.74%) QA Engineer
10 13 (3.74%) QA Test Analyst
11 12 (3.45%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
12 11 (3.16%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
12 11 (3.16%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 11 (3.16%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
12 11 (3.16%) Test Automation Engineer
13 10 (2.87%) Developer
13 10 (2.87%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (11.78%) XML
2 22 (6.32%) .NET
3 21 (6.03%) SOAP
3 21 (6.03%) Web Services
4 18 (5.17%) RESTful
5 14 (4.02%) Gherkin
6 10 (2.87%) JSON
7 8 (2.30%) Node.js
7 8 (2.30%) Spring
7 8 (2.30%) WebdriverIO
8 7 (2.01%) JMS
8 7 (2.01%) REST
9 6 (1.72%) HTML
9 6 (1.72%) Oracle Fusion
10 5 (1.44%) .NET Framework
10 5 (1.44%) AngularJS
10 5 (1.44%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (1.15%) Kafka
12 3 (0.86%) Express
12 3 (0.86%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 36 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (6.32%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (2.87%) Management Information System
4 8 (2.30%) Mobile App
5 5 (1.44%) Data Structures
6 4 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (1.15%) Virtual Team
7 3 (0.86%) EPoS
7 3 (0.86%) Mainframe
7 3 (0.86%) PKI
8 2 (0.57%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.57%) NHS
9 1 (0.29%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.29%) Linux Command Line
9 1 (0.29%) PACS
9 1 (0.29%) Smart Energy
9 1 (0.29%) Smart Home
9 1 (0.29%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 42 (12.07%) Unix
2 40 (11.49%) Windows
3 30 (8.62%) Linux
4 12 (3.45%) Windows Server
5 5 (1.44%) CentOS
6 4 (1.15%) Android
6 4 (1.15%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.57%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.29%) AIX
9 1 (0.29%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 225 (64.66%) Test Automation
2 179 (51.44%) Agile Software Development
3 128 (36.78%) Test Scripting
4 62 (17.82%) Software Testing
5 60 (17.24%) Defect Management
6 56 (16.09%) Customer Requirements
7 54 (15.52%) Test Strategy
8 53 (15.23%) User Acceptance Testing
9 50 (14.37%) Manual Testing
9 50 (14.37%) Regression Testing
10 49 (14.08%) Continuous Integration
11 46 (13.22%) SDLC
12 45 (12.93%) Waterfall
13 42 (12.07%) DevOps
14 41 (11.78%) BDD
15 40 (11.49%) Integration Testing
15 40 (11.49%) Performance Testing
15 40 (11.49%) Problem-Solving
16 38 (10.92%) Scrum
17 34 (9.77%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 89 (25.57%) Java
2 79 (22.70%) SQL
3 42 (12.07%) C#
4 41 (11.78%) JavaScript
5 26 (7.47%) Python
6 15 (4.31%) C
7 9 (2.59%) PowerShell
8 8 (2.30%) Java 8
9 6 (1.72%) Groovy
10 5 (1.44%) VB
10 5 (1.44%) VBScript
11 3 (0.86%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.86%) PHP
12 2 (0.57%) Ruby
12 2 (0.57%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.57%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.29%) C++
13 1 (0.29%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.29%) Scala
13 1 (0.29%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 216 (62.07%) ISEB
2 116 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 105 (30.17%) Security Cleared
4 69 (19.83%) SC Cleared
5 44 (12.64%) DV Cleared
6 20 (5.75%) Degree
7 18 (5.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 9 (2.59%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (0.86%) CCNA
9 3 (0.86%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.57%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.57%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.57%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.29%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.29%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.29%) PMP
11 1 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (24.14%) QA
2 5 (1.44%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.86%) WCAG
4 2 (0.57%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.29%) GDPR
5 1 (0.29%) SEPA
System Software
1 18 (5.17%) Active Directory
2 17 (4.89%) vSphere
3 12 (3.45%) Docker
4 5 (1.44%) HDFS
5 3 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.29%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 34 (9.77%) HP ALM
2 33 (9.48%) HP Quality Center
3 14 (4.02%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 10 (2.87%) Ansible
4 10 (2.87%) Terraform
5 3 (0.86%) Kubernetes
5 3 (0.86%) Puppet
6 2 (0.57%) Nessus
6 2 (0.57%) SCCM
6 2 (0.57%) SCOM
7 1 (0.29%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 70 (20.11%) Oracle
2 69 (19.83%) Microsoft
3 41 (11.78%) HP
4 11 (3.16%) SAP
5 9 (2.59%) Micro Focus
6 8 (2.30%) Atlassian
7 6 (1.72%) Talend
8 5 (1.44%) webMethods
9 4 (1.15%) Google
9 4 (1.15%) Workday
10 3 (0.86%) CA
10 3 (0.86%) IBM
10 3 (0.86%) Red Hat
11 2 (0.57%) Adobe
11 2 (0.57%) Delphix
11 2 (0.57%) ServiceNow
11 2 (0.57%) Xamarin
12 1 (0.29%) Guidewire
12 1 (0.29%) HubSpot
12 1 (0.29%) UiPath