Period
to 20 January 2019

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 20 January 2019 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
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 349 448 386
Rank change year-on-year +99 -62 -107
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 640 469 534
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.71% 0.51% 0.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.71% 2.69% 2.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 273 326
England median daily rate £375 £345 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.70% -1.43% +2.94%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £213
90th Percentile £538 £487 £482
UK median daily rate £375 £338 £341
% change year-on-year +11.11% -1.10% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 5
England median hourly rate £46.00 £45.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +28.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £32.65 £42.75 £32.05
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.25 £42.20
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £13.50 £34.25
% change year-on-year +188.89% -60.58% +0.74%

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 17,272 17,441 18,363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.23% 19.05% 20.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,325 10,707 11,503
England median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £250
90th Percentile £626 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 770 761 798
England median hourly rate £28.46 £23.50 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.11% -10.48% -0.94%
10th Percentile £12.98 £12.00 £12.11
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £24.56 £26.00
% change year-on-year +11.97% -5.54% -5.45%

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 20 January 2019.

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 20 January 2019.

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 20 January 2019. 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 +34 187 £444 +15.64% 39
South East +34 173 £380 +12.59% 64
Midlands +33 89 £375 +4.53% 37
South West +2 85 £368 +13.27% 32
West Midlands +5 66 £374 -2.29% 26
North of England -7 62 £338 +12.50% 64
East of England +23 41 £400 +16.79% 5
Yorkshire -14 29 £342 +12.13% 25
East Midlands +16 23 £375 +26.05% 11
North West -1 17 £325 +8.33% 28
North East +11 16 £320 +16.36% 11
South Coast - 1 - -
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, 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.

1 416 (65.00%) ISEB
2 346 (54.06%) Test Automation
3 324 (50.63%) Agile Software Development
4 245 (38.28%) SQL
5 241 (37.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 219 (34.22%) Test Scripting
7 185 (28.91%) Java
8 159 (24.84%) Selenium
9 155 (24.22%) JIRA
10 151 (23.59%) Software Testing
10 151 (23.59%) Oracle
11 126 (19.69%) Test Strategy
12 124 (19.38%) Windows
13 120 (18.75%) QA
14 116 (18.13%) Test Management
15 108 (16.88%) Microsoft
16 107 (16.72%) Unix
17 99 (15.47%) Cucumber
18 97 (15.16%) Degree
19 95 (14.84%) XML
20 94 (14.69%) HP
21 91 (14.22%) SDLC
22 89 (13.91%) Regression Testing
23 88 (13.75%) Security Cleared
24 83 (12.97%) SoapUI
25 81 (12.66%) User Acceptance Testing
25 81 (12.66%) Finance
26 80 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
27 79 (12.34%) Functional Testing
27 79 (12.34%) SAP

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 74 (11.56%) Confluence
2 48 (7.50%) WebLogic
3 15 (2.34%) SharePoint
4 11 (1.72%) Apache Spark
5 10 (1.56%) CMS
6 5 (0.78%) Cloud Foundry
7 4 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 4 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.31%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.31%) CICS
9 2 (0.31%) MQSeries
9 2 (0.31%) SAS
9 2 (0.31%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.16%) Appian
10 1 (0.16%) Drupal
10 1 (0.16%) LiveLink
10 1 (0.16%) Mule
Applications
1 36 (5.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (3.13%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (1.25%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.16%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.16%) Mingle
5 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (1.41%) SAP FI-CA
1 9 (1.41%) SAP PSCD
2 6 (0.94%) SAP Hybris
3 5 (0.78%) SAP CRM
4 4 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.63%) SAP ERP
4 4 (0.63%) SAP S/4HANA
5 3 (0.47%) Elite 3E
5 3 (0.47%) SAP CO
5 3 (0.47%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.47%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.16%) BASE24
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.16%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.16%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.16%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 24 (3.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (3.44%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (1.41%) Office 365
4 8 (1.25%) BrowserStack
5 7 (1.09%) BlazeMeter
6 6 (0.94%) GitHub
6 6 (0.94%) PaaS
7 4 (0.63%) Slack
8 3 (0.47%) Akamai
8 3 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.47%) Sauce Labs
9 2 (0.31%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.16%) IaaS
10 1 (0.16%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.28%) Internet
2 12 (1.88%) Wireless
3 10 (1.56%) HTTP
4 9 (1.41%) MPLS
5 6 (0.94%) Firewall
5 6 (0.94%) SAN
6 5 (0.78%) DHCP
6 5 (0.78%) LTE
7 4 (0.63%) DWDM
7 4 (0.63%) MVNO
7 4 (0.63%) SNMP
8 3 (0.47%) SSL
9 2 (0.31%) 4G
9 2 (0.31%) ATM
9 2 (0.31%) DNS
9 2 (0.31%) LAN
9 2 (0.31%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.31%) WAN
9 2 (0.31%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.16%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (5.47%) Oracle Reports
2 14 (2.19%) Data Warehouse
2 14 (2.19%) SQL Server
3 11 (1.72%) Pentaho
3 11 (1.72%) Relational Database
4 9 (1.41%) Hadoop
4 9 (1.41%) Impala
4 9 (1.41%) Oracle OWB
5 8 (1.25%) BusinessObjects
5 8 (1.25%) MongoDB
6 7 (1.09%) MySQL
7 6 (0.94%) Big Data
8 5 (0.78%) HBase
8 5 (0.78%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (0.63%) DB2
9 4 (0.63%) Flink
10 3 (0.47%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 2 (0.31%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 159 (24.84%) Selenium
2 155 (24.22%) JIRA
3 99 (15.47%) Cucumber
4 83 (12.97%) SoapUI
5 55 (8.59%) JMeter
6 53 (8.28%) Jenkins
7 44 (6.88%) LoadRunner
8 37 (5.78%) Team Foundation Server
9 34 (5.31%) WebDriver
10 31 (4.84%) Toad
11 28 (4.38%) HP UFT
12 26 (4.06%) SpecFlow
13 22 (3.44%) Gatling
13 22 (3.44%) Git (software)
14 20 (3.13%) Oracle APEX
15 18 (2.81%) Visual Studio Team System
16 15 (2.34%) TestRail
17 14 (2.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 14 (2.19%) Bugzilla
18 13 (2.03%) Visual Studio
General
1 81 (12.66%) Finance
2 42 (6.56%) Banking
3 34 (5.31%) Retail
4 17 (2.66%) Telecoms
5 16 (2.50%) Greek Language
6 11 (1.72%) Legal
7 10 (1.56%) Front Office
8 8 (1.25%) Billing
8 8 (1.25%) Marketing
8 8 (1.25%) Retail Banking
9 5 (0.78%) Advertising
9 5 (0.78%) Publishing
10 4 (0.63%) International Banking
11 3 (0.47%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.47%) Law
11 3 (0.47%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.31%) Back Office
12 2 (0.31%) Games
12 2 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.31%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 260 (40.63%) Analyst
2 245 (38.28%) Test Analyst
3 100 (15.63%) Test Engineer
4 95 (14.84%) Tester
5 85 (13.28%) Test Manager
6 46 (7.19%) Test Leader
7 28 (4.38%) SAP Analyst
7 28 (4.38%) SAP Test Analyst
8 24 (3.75%) Test Automation Engineer
9 21 (3.28%) Agile Test Analyst
10 19 (2.97%) Automation Tester
10 19 (2.97%) Developer
11 18 (2.81%) QA Analyst
12 17 (2.66%) Automation Test Analyst
13 16 (2.50%) Developer in Test
14 15 (2.34%) SQL Analyst
15 14 (2.19%) Digital Analyst
16 12 (1.88%) Automation Test Lead
16 12 (1.88%) QA Tester
16 12 (1.88%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (14.84%) XML
2 57 (8.91%) Web Services
3 48 (7.50%) SOAP
4 38 (5.94%) .NET
5 36 (5.63%) RESTful
6 18 (2.81%) HTML
7 12 (1.88%) RabbitMQ
7 12 (1.88%) REST
8 11 (1.72%) Gherkin
9 10 (1.56%) Spring
10 9 (1.41%) Kafka
11 8 (1.25%) ASP.NET
11 8 (1.25%) Java Concurrency
11 8 (1.25%) JSON
11 8 (1.25%) Lambda Expressions
11 8 (1.25%) WebSockets
12 4 (0.63%) Spark Streaming
12 4 (0.63%) WireMock
12 4 (0.63%) XSLT
13 3 (0.47%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 80 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (3.91%) Self-Motivation
3 14 (2.19%) Client/Server
4 8 (1.25%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (1.25%) Mainframe
4 8 (1.25%) Mobile App
5 7 (1.09%) Data Centre
6 6 (0.94%) CCTV
7 5 (0.78%) Smart Meter
7 5 (0.78%) Virtual Team
8 4 (0.63%) SCADA
8 4 (0.63%) User Experience
9 3 (0.47%) Derivative
9 3 (0.47%) Digital TV
9 3 (0.47%) Fintech
9 3 (0.47%) Fixed Income
9 3 (0.47%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (0.47%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.47%) Over-the-Top Content
9 3 (0.47%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 124 (19.38%) Windows
2 107 (16.72%) Unix
3 43 (6.72%) Linux
4 10 (1.56%) Windows 10
5 5 (0.78%) Android
5 5 (0.78%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (0.47%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.47%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.31%) AIX
8 2 (0.31%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.16%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 346 (54.06%) Test Automation
2 324 (50.63%) Agile Software Development
3 219 (34.22%) Test Scripting
4 151 (23.59%) Software Testing
5 126 (19.69%) Test Strategy
6 116 (18.13%) Test Management
7 91 (14.22%) SDLC
8 89 (13.91%) Regression Testing
9 81 (12.66%) User Acceptance Testing
10 79 (12.34%) Functional Testing
10 79 (12.34%) Waterfall
11 78 (12.19%) Manual Testing
11 78 (12.19%) Scrum
12 75 (11.72%) Customer Requirements
12 75 (11.72%) Integration Testing
13 69 (10.78%) BDD
13 69 (10.78%) Defect Management
14 67 (10.47%) Continuous Integration
15 57 (8.91%) Stakeholder Management
16 52 (8.13%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 245 (38.28%) SQL
2 185 (28.91%) Java
3 38 (5.94%) C#
4 31 (4.84%) JavaScript
5 24 (3.75%) PL/SQL
6 17 (2.66%) Python
7 15 (2.34%) VB
8 13 (2.03%) VBScript
9 9 (1.41%) T-SQL
10 8 (1.25%) PowerShell
11 7 (1.09%) C
12 5 (0.78%) Groovy
12 5 (0.78%) Ruby
13 4 (0.63%) C++
14 3 (0.47%) Java 8
14 3 (0.47%) Perl
15 2 (0.31%) COBOL
15 2 (0.31%) PHP
15 2 (0.31%) REXX
15 2 (0.31%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 416 (65.00%) ISEB
2 241 (37.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 97 (15.16%) Degree
4 88 (13.75%) Security Cleared
5 59 (9.22%) SC Cleared
6 52 (8.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 28 (4.38%) DV Cleared
8 23 (3.59%) ISEB Practitioner
9 16 (2.50%) HNC
9 16 (2.50%) HND
10 9 (1.41%) Master's Degree
11 8 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
12 7 (1.09%) DBS Check
12 7 (1.09%) MCITP
12 7 (1.09%) MCSE
12 7 (1.09%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.47%) PMI Certification
13 3 (0.47%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 120 (18.75%) QA
2 10 (1.56%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.94%) GDPR
4 4 (0.63%) PMO
5 3 (0.47%) PSD2
6 2 (0.31%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.31%) SLA
7 1 (0.16%) IFRS
System Software
1 36 (5.63%) Active Directory
2 16 (2.50%) Docker
3 5 (0.78%) HDFS
4 4 (0.63%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.31%) ACF2
6 2 (0.31%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.31%) RACF
6 2 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.16%) IAG
Systems Management
1 61 (9.53%) HP ALM
2 56 (8.75%) HP Quality Center
3 13 (2.03%) Netcool
4 8 (1.25%) Kubernetes
5 6 (0.94%) Ansible
6 3 (0.47%) Kibana
6 3 (0.47%) SCCM
7 2 (0.31%) HP SiteScope
7 2 (0.31%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.31%) Puppet
8 1 (0.16%) BladeLogic
8 1 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 151 (23.59%) Oracle
2 108 (16.88%) Microsoft
3 94 (14.69%) HP
4 79 (12.34%) SAP
5 46 (7.19%) webMethods
6 15 (2.34%) Cisco
6 15 (2.34%) SolarWinds
7 13 (2.03%) IBM
7 13 (2.03%) Remedy
8 10 (1.56%) Citrix
9 9 (1.41%) VMware
10 8 (1.25%) OpenText
11 7 (1.09%) CheckPoint
12 6 (0.94%) hybris
13 5 (0.78%) Atlassian
13 5 (0.78%) EMC
13 5 (0.78%) Juniper
13 5 (0.78%) LogRhythm
13 5 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
13 5 (0.78%) SevOne