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 3 months to 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 336 310 326
Rank change year-on-year -26 +16  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 264 354 329
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.62% 0.72% 0.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.20% 3.33% 3.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 235 187
Median daily rate £350 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £259 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £466 £450 £483
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 3
Median hourly rate £44.25 £105.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.05% +201.42%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £14.93 £30.00
% change year-on-year +191.45% -50.25%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8243 10634 9584
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 19.41% 21.54% 18.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4956 6723 5645
Median daily rate £435 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.75% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £255 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 367 484
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% +22.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.15 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.40 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 24 June 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in England over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +12 89 £350 - 23
London -4 72 £355 -2.06% 38
South West -1 30 £360 +10.76% 12
West Midlands +17 19 £400 +37.93% 10
East of England -7 13 £363 +23.40% 7
North West +9 12 £350 +16.66% 11
Yorkshire +3 11 £331 +10.25% 10
East Midlands -2 8 £350 +85.18% 3
North East +62 7 £390 +15.55% 3
Midlands +7 2 £300 -11.11% 13
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 363 (64.02%) ISEB
2 297 (52.38%) Test Automation
3 257 (45.33%) Agile Software Development
4 157 (27.69%) Test Scripting
5 153 (26.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 150 (26.46%) SQL
7 149 (26.28%) Selenium
8 141 (24.87%) Software Testing
9 132 (23.28%) JIRA
10 126 (22.22%) Finance
11 116 (20.46%) User Acceptance Testing
11 116 (20.46%) Test Strategy
12 112 (19.75%) HP
13 109 (19.22%) QA
14 107 (18.87%) Functional Testing
15 102 (17.99%) Defect Management
16 94 (16.58%) Test Management
17 93 (16.40%) Scrum
18 86 (15.17%) Java
19 81 (14.29%) Regression Testing
19 81 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
20 78 (13.76%) Microsoft
21 76 (13.40%) Security Cleared
22 68 (11.99%) Continuous Integration
23 65 (11.46%) Waterfall
24 62 (10.93%) SDLC
24 62 (10.93%) Manual Testing
25 61 (10.76%) BDD
26 57 (10.05%) Test Planning
27 55 (9.70%) Scenario 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 30 (5.29%) Confluence
2 14 (2.47%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 8 (1.41%) SharePoint 2010
4 6 (1.06%) WebLogic
5 4 (0.71%) Apache Spark
5 4 (0.71%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.53%) Apache
6 3 (0.53%) CMS
7 2 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.35%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.35%) Oracle Workflow
7 2 (0.35%) SAS
7 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.35%) Sitecore CMS
7 2 (0.35%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.18%) JBoss
8 1 (0.18%) WebLogic Integration
8 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 17 (3.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (2.29%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.53%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.88%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.71%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.71%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.35%) SAP PM
5 2 (0.35%) TRIRIGA
6 1 (0.18%) Actimize
6 1 (0.18%) Maximo
6 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP EWM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.18%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.18%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.18%) Sonata
6 1 (0.18%) Tercero
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (1.76%) SaaS
3 7 (1.23%) GitHub
4 2 (0.35%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.35%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.18%) Office 365
5 1 (0.18%) Sauce Labs
5 1 (0.18%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.18%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.12%) Internet
1 12 (2.12%) LTE
2 10 (1.76%) 4G
3 6 (1.06%) HTTP
3 6 (1.06%) Wireless
4 4 (0.71%) LDAP
5 3 (0.53%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.53%) Value-Added Service
5 3 (0.53%) Wireshark
6 2 (0.35%) DNS
6 2 (0.35%) GGSN
6 2 (0.35%) PuTTY
6 2 (0.35%) VoWiFi
6 2 (0.35%) WinSCP
7 1 (0.18%) BIG-IP
7 1 (0.18%) Firewall
7 1 (0.18%) iBeacon
7 1 (0.18%) IP Telephony
7 1 (0.18%) SMS
7 1 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (5.47%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
3 13 (2.29%) Relational Database
4 8 (1.41%) Big Data
5 7 (1.23%) Oracle Database
6 6 (1.06%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
6 6 (1.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (0.71%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (0.71%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.53%) GIS
9 3 (0.53%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.53%) Pentaho
10 2 (0.35%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.35%) MySQL
10 2 (0.35%) Oracle BI EE
10 2 (0.35%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.35%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.35%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 149 (26.28%) Selenium
2 132 (23.28%) JIRA
3 55 (9.70%) Team Foundation Server
4 52 (9.17%) HP UFT
5 44 (7.76%) JMeter
6 41 (7.23%) SoapUI
6 41 (7.23%) WebDriver
7 39 (6.88%) LoadRunner
8 38 (6.70%) Cucumber
9 36 (6.35%) Visual Studio
10 33 (5.82%) Jenkins
11 26 (4.59%) Git (software)
12 21 (3.70%) TeamCity
13 16 (2.82%) Hudson
13 16 (2.82%) MSTest
13 16 (2.82%) SpecFlow
14 14 (2.47%) Mercurial
15 8 (1.41%) TestRail
16 7 (1.23%) Capybara
16 7 (1.23%) Spock
General
1 126 (22.22%) Finance
2 50 (8.82%) Banking
3 35 (6.17%) Retail
4 27 (4.76%) Telecoms
5 16 (2.82%) Retail Banking
6 8 (1.41%) Investment Banking
6 8 (1.41%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.41%) Publishing
6 8 (1.41%) Spanish Language
7 7 (1.23%) Games
8 6 (1.06%) Billing
8 6 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (0.88%) General Ledger
9 5 (0.88%) Legal
10 4 (0.71%) Advertising
10 4 (0.71%) Local Government
10 4 (0.71%) Marketing
11 2 (0.35%) Automotive
11 2 (0.35%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.35%) Law
Job Titles
1 249 (43.92%) Analyst
2 237 (41.80%) Test Analyst
3 102 (17.99%) Tester
4 91 (16.05%) Test Manager
5 62 (10.93%) Test Leader
6 46 (8.11%) Automation Test Analyst
7 35 (6.17%) Test Engineer
8 33 (5.82%) Automation Tester
9 29 (5.11%) Senior Analyst
9 29 (5.11%) Senior Test Analyst
10 20 (3.53%) Software Tester
11 17 (3.00%) Agile Test Analyst
11 17 (3.00%) QA Tester
12 16 (2.82%) Financial Analyst
12 16 (2.82%) Selenium Test Analyst
13 14 (2.47%) Developer
13 14 (2.47%) Performance Analyst
13 14 (2.47%) Performance Test Analyst
13 14 (2.47%) Software Test Engineer
14 13 (2.29%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (7.58%) XML
2 26 (4.59%) .NET
3 23 (4.06%) Web Services
4 16 (2.82%) HTML
5 15 (2.65%) SOAP
6 12 (2.12%) CSS
7 11 (1.94%) RESTful
8 9 (1.59%) J2EE
8 9 (1.59%) Spring
9 8 (1.41%) Hibernate
10 7 (1.23%) Gherkin
10 7 (1.23%) Kendo UI
11 6 (1.06%) Middleware
11 6 (1.06%) REST
12 5 (0.88%) AngularJS
12 5 (0.88%) ASP.NET MVC 5
12 5 (0.88%) JSON
12 5 (0.88%) Razor View Engine
13 4 (0.71%) COM+
13 4 (0.71%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 34 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (2.29%) Computer Science
3 11 (1.94%) Management Information System
3 11 (1.94%) Mobile App
4 10 (1.76%) Client/Server
5 6 (1.06%) IVR
6 5 (0.88%) NHS
6 5 (0.88%) User Experience
7 4 (0.71%) Derivative
8 3 (0.53%) Contactless
8 3 (0.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 3 (0.53%) Over-the-Top Content
8 3 (0.53%) Reference Data
8 3 (0.53%) Semantic Web
8 3 (0.53%) SWIFT
8 3 (0.53%) Tandem
9 2 (0.35%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (0.35%) Hedge funds
9 2 (0.35%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.35%) Online Gambling
Operating Systems
1 42 (7.41%) Windows
2 32 (5.64%) Linux
3 30 (5.29%) Unix
4 9 (1.59%) Windows Server
5 7 (1.23%) Windows 10
5 7 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (1.06%) Android
6 6 (1.06%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (0.88%) Apple iOS
7 5 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.71%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.71%) Windows 8
8 4 (0.71%) Windows Vista
9 3 (0.53%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.18%) HPUX
10 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
10 1 (0.18%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 297 (52.38%) Test Automation
2 257 (45.33%) Agile Software Development
3 157 (27.69%) Test Scripting
4 141 (24.87%) Software Testing
5 116 (20.46%) Test Strategy
5 116 (20.46%) User Acceptance Testing
6 107 (18.87%) Functional Testing
7 102 (17.99%) Defect Management
8 94 (16.58%) Test Management
9 93 (16.40%) Scrum
10 81 (14.29%) Regression Testing
11 68 (11.99%) Continuous Integration
12 65 (11.46%) Waterfall
13 62 (10.93%) Manual Testing
13 62 (10.93%) SDLC
14 61 (10.76%) BDD
15 57 (10.05%) Test Planning
16 55 (9.70%) Integration Testing
16 55 (9.70%) Scenario Testing
17 46 (8.11%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 150 (26.46%) SQL
2 86 (15.17%) Java
3 49 (8.64%) C#
4 36 (6.35%) Python
5 28 (4.94%) JavaScript
6 22 (3.88%) Groovy
7 21 (3.70%) Ruby
8 20 (3.53%) PL/SQL
9 15 (2.65%) C
10 12 (2.12%) VB
11 8 (1.41%) C++
12 6 (1.06%) VBScript
13 5 (0.88%) PHP
13 5 (0.88%) Scala
13 5 (0.88%) TypeScript
14 3 (0.53%) ActionScript
14 3 (0.53%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.53%) Perl
14 3 (0.53%) VBA
15 2 (0.35%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 363 (64.02%) ISEB
2 153 (26.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 76 (13.40%) Security Cleared
4 43 (7.58%) Degree
5 40 (7.05%) SC Cleared
6 39 (6.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 14 (2.47%) BPSS Clearance
8 12 (2.12%) DV Cleared
9 6 (1.06%) ISEB Practitioner
10 5 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 1 (0.18%) CCNA
13 1 (0.18%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.18%) DBS Check
13 1 (0.18%) EMCIE
13 1 (0.18%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.18%) Master's Degree
13 1 (0.18%) Network+ Certification
13 1 (0.18%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (19.22%) QA
2 8 (1.41%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (0.88%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.88%) SLA
4 4 (0.71%) PMO
5 3 (0.53%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.35%) FATCA
6 2 (0.35%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.35%) TickIT
7 1 (0.18%) Basel II
7 1 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.18%) EMIR
7 1 (0.18%) IFRS
7 1 (0.18%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.18%) MiFID
7 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 7 (1.23%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (0.53%) Virtual Desktop
2 3 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.35%) HDFS
4 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.18%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 81 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.76%) Cisco IPCC
3 4 (0.71%) SCCM
4 3 (0.53%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.35%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.35%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.18%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.18%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.18%) Graphite
6 1 (0.18%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.18%) ITRS Geneos
6 1 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.18%) Netcool
6 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.18%) Puppet
Vendors
1 112 (19.75%) HP
2 78 (13.76%) Microsoft
3 50 (8.82%) Oracle
4 26 (4.59%) SAP
5 15 (2.65%) IBM
6 11 (1.94%) Atlassian
6 11 (1.94%) Salesforce.com
7 9 (1.59%) Sybase
8 7 (1.23%) Motorola
8 7 (1.23%) Telerik
9 6 (1.06%) BMC
10 5 (0.88%) Adobe
10 5 (0.88%) Cisco
11 4 (0.71%) Google
11 4 (0.71%) Remedy
12 3 (0.53%) Bloomberg
12 3 (0.53%) Murex
12 3 (0.53%) Reuters
12 3 (0.53%) TOWER Software
12 3 (0.53%) webMethods
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