Period
to 23 January 2022

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 23 January 2022 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
23 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 422 363 403
Rank change year-on-year -59 +40 -24
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 358 203 362
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.52% 0.59% 0.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.73% 2.55% 2.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 145 231
10th Percentile £325 £260 £313
25th Percentile £386 £315 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £445 £400 £410
Median % change year-on-year +11.25% -2.44% +9.33%
75th Percentile £510 £450 £498
90th Percentile £588 £500 £538
UK median daily rate £441 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +10.31% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 11
10th Percentile - £25.20 £47.00
25th Percentile £45.50 £27.67 £47.49
Median hourly rate £46.00 £50.00 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year -8.00% - +8.70%
75th Percentile £48.00 £60.63 £68.75
90th Percentile £48.90 £61.25 £73.75
UK median hourly rate £46.00 £50.00 £47.97
% change year-on-year -8.00% +4.23% +23.00%

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 13,102 7,965 14,139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.10% 23.29% 21.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,452 5,205 9,161
10th Percentile £313 £275 £260
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.15% +3.33%
75th Percentile £625 £570 £565
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 591 396 554
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.29 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.08 £40.00 £32.25
Median % change year-on-year -2.31% +24.03% +23.94%
75th Percentile £53.72 £52.56 £49.38
90th Percentile £65.99 £62.88 £57.35
UK median hourly rate £39.73 £40.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year -1.30% +23.85% +22.84%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in England.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB in England over the 6 months to 23 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB in England

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in England.

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 23 January 2022. 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
Jobs
London -150 89 £480 +18.15% 22
Midlands -29 87 £424 +12.19% 21
West Midlands -28 84 £413 +9.40% 17
South East -43 57 £445 +9.88% 23
South West -27 37 £438 -7.89% 27
North of England -35 31 £354 -11.50% 22
East of England -37 24 £460 +41.54% 6
North West -43 16 £325 -18.75% 12
Yorkshire -29 13 £405 +32.79% 9
North East -1 3 £463 - 1
East Midlands - 3 £500 - 4
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 23 January 2022, 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.

1 203 (56.70%) Agile Software Development
2 169 (47.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 155 (43.30%) JIRA
4 154 (43.02%) Test Automation
5 149 (41.62%) Social Skills
6 134 (37.43%) ISEB
7 131 (36.59%) Software Testing
8 126 (35.20%) Test Scripting
9 113 (31.56%) Selenium
10 108 (30.17%) Test Management
11 99 (27.65%) Test Strategy
12 98 (27.37%) Non-Functional Testing
13 97 (27.09%) QA
14 96 (26.82%) Security Cleared
15 89 (24.86%) Oracle
16 84 (23.46%) SC Cleared
17 83 (23.18%) Azure
17 83 (23.18%) SQL
18 79 (22.07%) DevOps
19 73 (20.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
20 71 (19.83%) Confluence
21 70 (19.55%) Java
22 69 (19.27%) Public Sector
23 68 (18.99%) Defect Management
24 67 (18.72%) User Acceptance Testing
25 64 (17.88%) SDLC
26 62 (17.32%) Cucumber
26 62 (17.32%) Windows
27 61 (17.04%) Microsoft
28 58 (16.20%) Waterfall

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 71 (19.83%) Confluence
2 29 (8.10%) WebLogic
3 11 (3.07%) SharePoint
4 3 (0.84%) SAS
5 2 (0.56%) Mule
6 1 (0.28%) Apache
6 1 (0.28%) CMS
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.28%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.28%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 24 (6.70%) Microsoft Project
2 21 (5.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (5.59%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (3.63%) SAP FI-CA
1 13 (3.63%) SAP PSCD
2 12 (3.35%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (1.68%) SAP HCM
4 5 (1.40%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (1.12%) Oracle ERP
6 3 (0.84%) Oracle Cash Management
6 3 (0.84%) Oracle General Ledger
6 3 (0.84%) Oracle Payables
6 3 (0.84%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.56%) Oracle CRM
8 1 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
8 1 (0.28%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 83 (23.18%) Azure
2 31 (8.66%) AWS
3 14 (3.91%) GitHub
4 12 (3.35%) BrowserStack
5 9 (2.51%) Power Platform
6 8 (2.23%) Dynamics 365
6 8 (2.23%) SuccessFactors
7 7 (1.96%) Power Automate
7 7 (1.96%) PowerApps
7 7 (1.96%) Tricentis Tosca
8 6 (1.68%) Sauce Labs
9 5 (1.40%) SaaS
10 4 (1.12%) Microsoft 365
10 4 (1.12%) NuGet
10 4 (1.12%) PaaS
11 1 (0.28%) Azure Functions
11 1 (0.28%) Google Drive
11 1 (0.28%) Serverless
11 1 (0.28%) Slack
11 1 (0.28%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.23%) LAN
1 8 (2.23%) WAN
2 6 (1.68%) HTTP
2 6 (1.68%) Internet
3 3 (0.84%) Ethernet
3 3 (0.84%) Firewall
3 3 (0.84%) MPLS
3 3 (0.84%) SAN
3 3 (0.84%) VoIP
3 3 (0.84%) VPN
3 3 (0.84%) Wireshark
4 2 (0.56%) DHCP
5 1 (0.28%) Broadband
5 1 (0.28%) DNS
5 1 (0.28%) FTP
5 1 (0.28%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.28%) WAAS
5 1 (0.28%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (4.19%) Oracle Reports
2 14 (3.91%) SQL Server
3 13 (3.63%) Data Warehouse
3 13 (3.63%) MongoDB
4 9 (2.51%) Big Data
4 9 (2.51%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (2.23%) MySQL
6 7 (1.96%) Oracle BI EE
6 7 (1.96%) Oracle Database
6 7 (1.96%) Relational Database
7 5 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.84%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.56%) Apache Hive
9 2 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.56%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.56%) Pentaho
9 2 (0.56%) Power BI
10 1 (0.28%) DB2
10 1 (0.28%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 155 (43.30%) JIRA
2 113 (31.56%) Selenium
3 62 (17.32%) Cucumber
4 53 (14.80%) JMeter
5 37 (10.34%) Jenkins
6 32 (8.94%) Postman
7 28 (7.82%) Toad
8 24 (6.70%) SpecFlow
9 23 (6.42%) SoapUI
10 22 (6.15%) Git (software)
11 19 (5.31%) Gatling
12 14 (3.91%) WebDriver
13 12 (3.35%) Maven
13 12 (3.35%) Zephyr
14 10 (2.79%) Bitbucket
14 10 (2.79%) REST Assured
14 10 (2.79%) Robot Framework
15 9 (2.51%) Travis CI
16 8 (2.23%) Visual Studio
17 7 (1.96%) JUnit
General
1 149 (41.62%) Social Skills
2 69 (19.27%) Public Sector
3 47 (13.13%) Finance
4 41 (11.45%) Analytical Skills
5 37 (10.34%) Influencing Skills
6 11 (3.07%) Banking
6 11 (3.07%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.40%) Local Government
7 5 (1.40%) Organisational Skills
8 4 (1.12%) Investment Banking
8 4 (1.12%) Legal
8 4 (1.12%) Marketing
9 3 (0.84%) Billing
9 3 (0.84%) General Ledger
9 3 (0.84%) Retail
10 2 (0.56%) Documentation Skills
10 2 (0.56%) Electronics
10 2 (0.56%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.56%) Law
10 2 (0.56%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 118 (32.96%) Analyst
2 107 (29.89%) Test Analyst
3 73 (20.39%) Test Manager
4 51 (14.25%) Tester
5 47 (13.13%) Test Engineer
6 31 (8.66%) Test Leader
7 21 (5.87%) Developer
8 17 (4.75%) QA Tester
9 16 (4.47%) Developer in Test
10 15 (4.19%) QA Analyst
11 13 (3.63%) Automation Tester
11 13 (3.63%) Performance Analyst
12 12 (3.35%) Performance Test Analyst
12 12 (3.35%) Software Developer
13 9 (2.51%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
13 9 (2.51%) Software Test Engineer
13 9 (2.51%) Test Specialist
14 7 (1.96%) Test Automation Developer
14 7 (1.96%) Test Automation Engineer
15 6 (1.68%) Automation Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (14.53%) XML
2 19 (5.31%) SOAP
3 16 (4.47%) RabbitMQ
4 15 (4.19%) .NET
4 15 (4.19%) REST
5 14 (3.91%) JSON
6 12 (3.35%) HTML
7 10 (2.79%) CSS
8 8 (2.23%) .NET Framework
9 7 (1.96%) Middleware
9 7 (1.96%) Oracle Fusion
9 7 (1.96%) Web Services
10 6 (1.68%) FIX Protocol
10 6 (1.68%) HTML5
10 6 (1.68%) SAX
10 6 (1.68%) Spring
10 6 (1.68%) Spring Boot
10 6 (1.68%) Swagger
10 6 (1.68%) Thymeleaf
10 6 (1.68%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 21 (5.87%) Self-Motivation
2 12 (3.35%) Mobile App
3 10 (2.79%) User Experience
4 9 (2.51%) Data Centre
4 9 (2.51%) Enterprise Software
5 8 (2.23%) Analytical Mindset
6 5 (1.40%) Mainframe
6 5 (1.40%) Video on Demand
6 5 (1.40%) Video\Live Streaming
7 4 (1.12%) Cybercrime
8 3 (0.84%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.56%) Cyberthreat
9 2 (0.56%) Legacy Applications
9 2 (0.56%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.56%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.28%) Credit Risk
10 1 (0.28%) Greenfield Project
10 1 (0.28%) Legacy Systems
10 1 (0.28%) Mobile Banking
10 1 (0.28%) SystemC
Operating Systems
1 62 (17.32%) Windows
2 43 (12.01%) Unix
3 33 (9.22%) Linux
4 9 (2.51%) CentOS
4 9 (2.51%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (1.96%) Apple iOS
6 5 (1.40%) tvOS
6 5 (1.40%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.56%) Android
7 2 (0.56%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (0.28%) HPUX
8 1 (0.28%) SUSE
8 1 (0.28%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.28%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 203 (56.70%) Agile Software Development
2 154 (43.02%) Test Automation
3 131 (36.59%) Software Testing
4 126 (35.20%) Test Scripting
5 108 (30.17%) Test Management
6 99 (27.65%) Test Strategy
7 98 (27.37%) Non-Functional Testing
8 79 (22.07%) DevOps
9 68 (18.99%) Defect Management
10 67 (18.72%) User Acceptance Testing
11 64 (17.88%) SDLC
12 58 (16.20%) FMEA
12 58 (16.20%) Waterfall
13 56 (15.64%) Collaborative Working
13 56 (15.64%) Stakeholder Management
14 53 (14.80%) Scenario Testing
15 50 (13.97%) Customer Requirements
16 49 (13.69%) Performance Testing
17 46 (12.85%) Scrum
18 44 (12.29%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 83 (23.18%) SQL
2 70 (19.55%) Java
3 33 (9.22%) JavaScript
4 27 (7.54%) C#
5 20 (5.59%) Python
6 8 (2.23%) T-SQL
7 5 (1.40%) Apple Swift
7 5 (1.40%) VB
8 4 (1.12%) COBOL
8 4 (1.12%) TypeScript
9 3 (0.84%) C
9 3 (0.84%) PL/SQL
9 3 (0.84%) VBScript
10 2 (0.56%) Perl
10 2 (0.56%) PowerShell
10 2 (0.56%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.28%) ANSI SQL
11 1 (0.28%) Bash
11 1 (0.28%) FoxPro (VFP)
11 1 (0.28%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 169 (47.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 134 (37.43%) ISEB
3 96 (26.82%) Security Cleared
4 84 (23.46%) SC Cleared
5 73 (20.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 38 (10.61%) Degree
7 23 (6.42%) DV Cleared
8 14 (3.91%) Computer Science Degree
9 7 (1.96%) CEH
9 7 (1.96%) MCSA
9 7 (1.96%) MCSE
9 7 (1.96%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (1.68%) BPSS Clearance
10 6 (1.68%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 5 (1.40%) ISEB Practitioner
12 3 (0.84%) Numerate Degree
13 2 (0.56%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.56%) HNC
14 1 (0.28%) PMI Certification
14 1 (0.28%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (27.09%) QA
2 16 (4.47%) Accessibility
3 4 (1.12%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.84%) SLA
5 2 (0.56%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.56%) WCAG
6 1 (0.28%) PSD2
System Software
1 4 (1.12%) Docker
1 4 (1.12%) vCloud
2 3 (0.84%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.56%) HDFS
3 2 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 24 (6.70%) HP ALM
2 16 (4.47%) HP Quality Center
3 10 (2.79%) Puppet
4 7 (1.96%) Data Guard
5 3 (0.84%) SCCM
6 2 (0.56%) Ansible
6 2 (0.56%) CA Service Virtualization
6 2 (0.56%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.28%) WSUS
Vendors
1 89 (24.86%) Oracle
2 61 (17.04%) Microsoft
3 37 (10.34%) SAP
4 32 (8.94%) CheckPoint
5 27 (7.54%) HP
6 26 (7.26%) webMethods
7 5 (1.40%) AppDynamics
7 5 (1.40%) Apple
7 5 (1.40%) Atlassian
7 5 (1.40%) VMware
8 4 (1.12%) Cisco
8 4 (1.12%) Workday
9 3 (0.84%) IBM
9 3 (0.84%) Informatica
9 3 (0.84%) Juniper
9 3 (0.84%) Micro Focus
9 3 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.84%) Siemens
9 3 (0.84%) Splunk
10 2 (0.56%) ServiceNow