Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 381 392 358
Rank change year-on-year +11 -34 -34
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 602 545 670
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.64% 0.60% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.45% 3.14% 3.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 340 293 424
England median daily rate £378 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.86% +1.45% -1.43%
10th Percentile £295 £261 £250
90th Percentile £526 £466 £475
UK median daily rate £365 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +4.29% +3.70% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 13 4
England median hourly rate £39.00 £45.00 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.33% +14.65% +13.77%
10th Percentile £22.48 £41.63 £33.03
90th Percentile £63.93 £46.00 £144.38
UK median hourly rate £23.37 £45.00 £14.93
% change year-on-year -48.08% +201.51% -51.85%

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 17,443 17,373 20,861
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.53% 19.14% 21.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,313 10,557 13,072
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £250 £255 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 878 828 697
England median hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.73% +7.84% +13.33%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.80 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £24.04 £29.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -17.10% +5.45% +19.57%

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 September 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in England over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

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 19 September 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 +20 159 £450 +12.50% 37
South East -33 158 £375 +7.91% 38
Midlands +28 96 £400 +18.52% 37
South West +32 93 £350 -0.71% 20
West Midlands +28 87 £400 +10.34% 25
North of England -28 46 £350 +7.69% 54
East of England +9 44 £373 +6.43% 6
Yorkshire -8 30 £350 +10.32% 20
North West -26 11 £350 +4.48% 32
East Midlands -6 9 £410 +22.39% 12
North East -11 5 £350 +7.69% 2
South Coast - 1 - -
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 417 (69.27%) ISEB
2 318 (52.82%) Test Automation
3 309 (51.33%) Agile Software Development
4 236 (39.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 207 (34.39%) SQL
6 206 (34.22%) Test Scripting
7 197 (32.72%) Java
8 195 (32.39%) Selenium
9 154 (25.58%) Oracle
10 143 (23.75%) Software Testing
11 140 (23.26%) JIRA
12 137 (22.76%) QA
13 125 (20.76%) Windows
13 125 (20.76%) Scrum
14 124 (20.60%) Security Cleared
15 123 (20.43%) Test Strategy
16 120 (19.93%) Cucumber
17 109 (18.11%) XML
18 106 (17.61%) Finance
19 102 (16.94%) Unix
20 95 (15.78%) BDD
21 82 (13.62%) SoapUI
22 81 (13.46%) SC Cleared
22 81 (13.46%) Functional Testing
22 81 (13.46%) Customer Requirements
23 80 (13.29%) Continuous Integration
24 77 (12.79%) User Acceptance Testing
25 74 (12.29%) JMeter
25 74 (12.29%) HP
26 72 (11.96%) Integration 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 61 (10.13%) Confluence
2 57 (9.47%) WebLogic
3 17 (2.82%) Apache Spark
4 12 (1.99%) Elasticsearch
5 9 (1.50%) Cloud Foundry
6 6 (1.00%) Documentum
7 4 (0.66%) SharePoint
8 3 (0.50%) CICS
9 2 (0.33%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.17%) Appian
10 1 (0.17%) LiveLink
10 1 (0.17%) Mule
10 1 (0.17%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 18 (2.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (2.66%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (0.83%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.17%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 10 (1.66%) SAP S/4HANA
2 8 (1.33%) SAP FI-CA
2 8 (1.33%) SAP PSCD
3 7 (1.16%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.50%) Oracle ERP
5 3 (0.50%) SAP CO
5 3 (0.50%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.50%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.50%) SAP FI/CO
5 3 (0.50%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.33%) Elite 3E
6 2 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.33%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 2 (0.33%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.33%) Sonata
7 1 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
7 1 (0.17%) FastStats
7 1 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 31 (5.15%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (3.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (2.66%) BrowserStack
4 11 (1.83%) BlazeMeter
5 10 (1.66%) PaaS
6 8 (1.33%) GitHub
7 5 (0.83%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 5 (0.83%) Office 365
7 5 (0.83%) Slack
8 4 (0.66%) Sauce Labs
9 3 (0.50%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.17%) IaaS
10 1 (0.17%) SaaS
10 1 (0.17%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.16%) SAN
2 11 (1.83%) Internet
3 10 (1.66%) HTTP
4 7 (1.16%) DNS
4 7 (1.16%) TCP/IP
5 5 (0.83%) DHCP
6 3 (0.50%) MPLS
6 3 (0.50%) SMS
7 2 (0.33%) MVNO
7 2 (0.33%) VLAN
7 2 (0.33%) WAN
8 1 (0.17%) 4G
8 1 (0.17%) ATM
8 1 (0.17%) FTP
8 1 (0.17%) Intranet
8 1 (0.17%) LAN
8 1 (0.17%) LTE
8 1 (0.17%) Skype
8 1 (0.17%) SNMP
8 1 (0.17%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (3.82%) Oracle Reports
2 22 (3.65%) Hadoop
3 14 (2.33%) SQL Server
4 12 (1.99%) MySQL
4 12 (1.99%) Oracle Database
5 10 (1.66%) Pentaho
5 10 (1.66%) Relational Database
6 9 (1.50%) HBase
6 9 (1.50%) MongoDB
7 8 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (1.16%) Big Data
8 7 (1.16%) Impala
9 6 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.66%) Apache Accumulo
11 4 (0.66%) Oracle Database 10g
12 3 (0.50%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 3 (0.50%) DB2
12 3 (0.50%) Geospatial Data
13 2 (0.33%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 195 (32.39%) Selenium
2 140 (23.26%) JIRA
3 120 (19.93%) Cucumber
4 82 (13.62%) SoapUI
5 74 (12.29%) JMeter
6 57 (9.47%) Jenkins
7 55 (9.14%) Toad
8 53 (8.80%) WebDriver
9 46 (7.64%) LoadRunner
10 34 (5.65%) Git (software)
11 32 (5.32%) SpecFlow
11 32 (5.32%) Team Foundation Server
12 27 (4.49%) Visual Studio
13 26 (4.32%) HP UFT
14 17 (2.82%) Gatling
15 14 (2.33%) Appium
15 14 (2.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 14 (2.33%) TeamCity
15 14 (2.33%) Zephyr
16 12 (1.99%) JUnit
General
1 106 (17.61%) Finance
2 49 (8.14%) Banking
3 27 (4.49%) Retail
4 13 (2.16%) Investment Banking
5 10 (1.66%) Retail Banking
6 7 (1.16%) Legal
6 7 (1.16%) Military
7 6 (1.00%) Telecoms
8 5 (0.83%) Law
9 4 (0.66%) Automotive
9 4 (0.66%) Front Office
9 4 (0.66%) Marketing
9 4 (0.66%) Private Banking
9 4 (0.66%) Publishing
10 3 (0.50%) Advertising
10 3 (0.50%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.50%) Billing
10 3 (0.50%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.33%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 261 (43.36%) Analyst
2 252 (41.86%) Test Analyst
3 105 (17.44%) Tester
4 89 (14.78%) Test Engineer
5 54 (8.97%) Test Manager
6 42 (6.98%) Test Leader
7 34 (5.65%) Automation Tester
8 29 (4.82%) Test Automation Engineer
9 26 (4.32%) Automation Test Analyst
10 20 (3.32%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
11 18 (2.99%) Developer
11 18 (2.99%) QA Analyst
12 17 (2.82%) Agile Test Analyst
12 17 (2.82%) Developer in Test
13 16 (2.66%) Performance Tester
14 14 (2.33%) Senior Analyst
15 12 (1.99%) QA Test Analyst
15 12 (1.99%) QA Tester
15 12 (1.99%) Senior Test Analyst
15 12 (1.99%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 109 (18.11%) XML
2 48 (7.97%) Web Services
3 43 (7.14%) RESTful
3 43 (7.14%) SOAP
4 41 (6.81%) .NET
5 18 (2.99%) RabbitMQ
6 17 (2.82%) HTML
7 13 (2.16%) ASP.NET
7 13 (2.16%) JSON
8 11 (1.83%) Gherkin
8 11 (1.83%) REST
9 10 (1.66%) Kafka
10 5 (0.83%) .NET Framework
11 4 (0.66%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.66%) Spring
12 3 (0.50%) Java Concurrency
12 3 (0.50%) Lambda Expressions
12 3 (0.50%) WebSockets
12 3 (0.50%) XSD
13 2 (0.33%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 59 (9.80%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (2.99%) Mainframe
3 14 (2.33%) Computer Science
3 14 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
3 14 (2.33%) Mobile App
4 13 (2.16%) Client/Server
4 13 (2.16%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (1.50%) Management Information System
6 5 (0.83%) Algorithms
6 5 (0.83%) Data Structures
6 5 (0.83%) User Experience
7 4 (0.66%) CAN bus
7 4 (0.66%) PKI
8 3 (0.50%) Analytical Mindset
8 3 (0.50%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.33%) Data Centre
9 2 (0.33%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.33%) Fintech
9 2 (0.33%) PDA
9 2 (0.33%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 125 (20.76%) Windows
2 102 (16.94%) Unix
3 42 (6.98%) Linux
4 9 (1.50%) Apple iOS
5 8 (1.33%) Android
6 6 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (0.83%) VME
7 5 (0.83%) Windows Server
8 4 (0.66%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.50%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.33%) AIX
10 2 (0.33%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.17%) Solaris
11 1 (0.17%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 318 (52.82%) Test Automation
2 309 (51.33%) Agile Software Development
3 206 (34.22%) Test Scripting
4 143 (23.75%) Software Testing
5 125 (20.76%) Scrum
6 123 (20.43%) Test Strategy
7 95 (15.78%) BDD
8 81 (13.46%) Customer Requirements
8 81 (13.46%) Functional Testing
9 80 (13.29%) Continuous Integration
10 77 (12.79%) User Acceptance Testing
11 72 (11.96%) Integration Testing
12 71 (11.79%) Test Management
13 69 (11.46%) TDD
14 68 (11.30%) Performance Testing
15 63 (10.47%) SDLC
16 56 (9.30%) Regression Testing
17 54 (8.97%) Waterfall
18 53 (8.80%) Non-Functional Testing
19 52 (8.64%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 207 (34.39%) SQL
2 197 (32.72%) Java
3 67 (11.13%) C#
4 34 (5.65%) JavaScript
5 23 (3.82%) Python
6 18 (2.99%) VB
7 17 (2.82%) C
8 14 (2.33%) PL/SQL
9 12 (1.99%) Ruby
10 11 (1.83%) C++
11 10 (1.66%) Bash Shell
12 9 (1.50%) Perl
13 4 (0.66%) PHP
13 4 (0.66%) VBScript
14 3 (0.50%) Groovy
14 3 (0.50%) PowerShell
14 3 (0.50%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.33%) COBOL
15 2 (0.33%) F#
15 2 (0.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 417 (69.27%) ISEB
2 236 (39.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 124 (20.60%) Security Cleared
4 81 (13.46%) SC Cleared
5 61 (10.13%) Degree
6 45 (7.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 37 (6.15%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.66%) ISEB Practitioner
9 9 (1.50%) Computer Science Degree
10 8 (1.33%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (1.16%) PMI Certification
11 7 (1.16%) PMP
12 3 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.33%) Master's Degree
13 2 (0.33%) Numerate Degree
14 1 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
14 1 (0.17%) DBS Check
14 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Certification
14 1 (0.17%) OCP
14 1 (0.17%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (22.76%) QA
2 6 (1.00%) Data Quality
2 6 (1.00%) GDPR
3 5 (0.83%) PMO
4 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.17%) PSD2
4 1 (0.17%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (2.82%) Active Directory
2 15 (2.49%) Docker
3 10 (1.66%) HDFS
4 7 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.50%) ACF2
6 3 (0.50%) RACF
7 2 (0.33%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.33%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.17%) IAG
8 1 (0.17%) Snort
Systems Management
1 49 (8.14%) HP ALM
2 47 (7.81%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (1.50%) Puppet
4 8 (1.33%) SCCM
5 6 (1.00%) logstash
5 6 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.83%) Kubernetes
7 4 (0.66%) SCOM
8 3 (0.50%) Ansible
9 2 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.17%) Endace
10 1 (0.17%) Kibana
10 1 (0.17%) Nessus
10 1 (0.17%) Oozie
10 1 (0.17%) QRadar
10 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 154 (25.58%) Oracle
2 74 (12.29%) HP
3 61 (10.13%) Microsoft
4 55 (9.14%) webMethods
5 49 (8.14%) SAP
6 15 (2.49%) Atlassian
7 13 (2.16%) Cisco
8 11 (1.83%) AppDynamics
9 10 (1.66%) VMware
10 8 (1.33%) CA Agile Central
10 8 (1.33%) LogRhythm
11 6 (1.00%) Citrix
11 6 (1.00%) Pega
12 5 (0.83%) Juniper
12 5 (0.83%) New Relic
13 4 (0.66%) Dynatrace
13 4 (0.66%) EMC
13 4 (0.66%) Lumension
13 4 (0.66%) SevOne
13 4 (0.66%) Veracode