Period
to 19 October 2021

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 October 2021 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 426 338 404
Rank change year-on-year -88 +66 -18
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 351 158 468
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.52% 0.59% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.78% 2.36% 3.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 244 115 299
10th Percentile £322 £280 £300
25th Percentile £370 £348 £348
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £430 £415 £420
Median % change year-on-year +3.61% -1.19% +12.00%
75th Percentile £500 £475 £494
90th Percentile £538 £524 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +9.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 11
10th Percentile " £26.26 £24.35
25th Percentile £45.50 £27.67 £42.38
Median hourly rate £46.00 £30.00 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year +53.33% -40.00% +28.21%
75th Percentile £47.91 £39.38 £63.75
90th Percentile £48.69 £45.00 £73.75
UK median hourly rate £46.00 £30.00 £47.00
% change year-on-year +53.33% -36.17% +23.68%

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 12,618 6,696 15,504
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.73% 24.96% 20.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,123 4,546 9,912
10th Percentile £310 £300 £263
25th Percentile £413 £393 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £483 £470
Median % change year-on-year +3.57% +2.71% +4.44%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 593 243 653
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £32.50 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +2.82% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.46 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £64.35 £62.27
UK median hourly rate £34.15 £31.61 £40.00
% change year-on-year +8.04% -20.98% +74.44%

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 19 October 2021.

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 19 October 2021. 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 -144 87 £488 +21.88% 18
Midlands -47 75 £410 +0.61% 19
West Midlands -31 72 £410 -1.20% 14
South East -67 61 £419 +4.69% 24
North of England -53 51 £405 -14.74% 24
North West -48 30 £385 -23.76% 11
South West -34 27 £450 +21.62% 18
East of England -35 27 £430 +1.18% 4
Yorkshire -33 16 £408 +33.61% 10
North East -10 5 £340 -28.42% 3
East Midlands -30 3 £500 +55.04% 5
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, 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.

1 207 (58.97%) Agile Software Development
2 176 (50.14%) Test Automation
3 152 (43.30%) ISEB
4 140 (39.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 130 (37.04%) Software Testing
6 128 (36.47%) Social Skills
7 125 (35.61%) JIRA
8 112 (31.91%) Selenium
9 108 (30.77%) Test Scripting
10 107 (30.48%) Azure
11 100 (28.49%) SQL
12 95 (27.07%) Test Management
13 88 (25.07%) QA
14 83 (23.65%) DevOps
15 82 (23.36%) Test Strategy
16 80 (22.79%) Non-Functional Testing
16 80 (22.79%) Microsoft
17 79 (22.51%) Oracle
18 77 (21.94%) Security Cleared
19 72 (20.51%) Cucumber
20 71 (20.23%) Defect Management
21 70 (19.94%) Confluence
22 63 (17.95%) Waterfall
23 60 (17.09%) SC Cleared
24 59 (16.81%) Windows
25 58 (16.52%) Performance Testing
26 55 (15.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
26 55 (15.67%) JMeter
27 54 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
28 53 (15.10%) Public Sector

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 70 (19.94%) Confluence
2 16 (4.56%) WebLogic
3 9 (2.56%) SharePoint
4 5 (1.42%) SAS
5 3 (0.85%) Apache
5 3 (0.85%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (0.85%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.85%) WebLogic Integration
6 1 (0.28%) Mule
6 1 (0.28%) WebSphere
Applications
1 24 (6.84%) Microsoft Excel
1 24 (6.84%) Microsoft Project
2 21 (5.98%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 16 (4.56%) SAP HCM
2 7 (1.99%) SAP FI-CA
2 7 (1.99%) SAP PSCD
3 6 (1.71%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (1.71%) SAP S/4HANA
4 4 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.85%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle Cash Management
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 107 (30.48%) Azure
2 50 (14.25%) AWS
3 21 (5.98%) GitHub
4 19 (5.41%) SuccessFactors
5 15 (4.27%) Dynamics 365
6 13 (3.70%) BrowserStack
7 11 (3.13%) NuGet
8 9 (2.56%) SaaS
9 7 (1.99%) PaaS
9 7 (1.99%) Sauce Labs
10 5 (1.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 5 (1.42%) Power Platform
11 4 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (1.14%) Tricentis Tosca
12 3 (0.85%) IaaS
12 3 (0.85%) Microsoft 365
12 3 (0.85%) Snowflake
13 2 (0.57%) Amazon S3
13 2 (0.57%) npm
14 1 (0.28%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.28%) HTTP
2 6 (1.71%) LAN
2 6 (1.71%) WAN
3 3 (0.85%) FTP
4 2 (0.57%) 3G
4 2 (0.57%) 4G
4 2 (0.57%) Ethernet
4 2 (0.57%) Internet
4 2 (0.57%) MPLS
4 2 (0.57%) SAN
4 2 (0.57%) VoIP
4 2 (0.57%) VPN
4 2 (0.57%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.28%) 5G
5 1 (0.28%) Broadband
5 1 (0.28%) Firewall
5 1 (0.28%) SD-WAN
5 1 (0.28%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.28%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (6.27%) SQL Server
2 18 (5.13%) Oracle Reports
3 12 (3.42%) MongoDB
3 12 (3.42%) Oracle Database
4 11 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (3.13%) Relational Database
5 10 (2.85%) Data Warehouse
5 10 (2.85%) MySQL
6 6 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (1.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 4 (1.14%) Big Data
8 4 (1.14%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (1.14%) NoSQL
8 4 (1.14%) Power BI
9 3 (0.85%) BusinessObjects XI
9 3 (0.85%) Cognos Query Studio
9 3 (0.85%) DB2
9 3 (0.85%) IBM InfoSphere
9 3 (0.85%) MS Access
9 3 (0.85%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 125 (35.61%) JIRA
2 112 (31.91%) Selenium
3 72 (20.51%) Cucumber
4 55 (15.67%) JMeter
5 41 (11.68%) Jenkins
6 34 (9.69%) Postman
7 33 (9.40%) SpecFlow
8 32 (9.12%) Gatling
9 23 (6.55%) WebDriver
10 21 (5.98%) Git (software)
11 17 (4.84%) SoapUI
11 17 (4.84%) Travis CI
12 14 (3.99%) Maven
12 14 (3.99%) Toad
13 13 (3.70%) REST Assured
14 12 (3.42%) Bitbucket
14 12 (3.42%) JUnit
14 12 (3.42%) Zephyr
15 10 (2.85%) Appium
16 8 (2.28%) Visual Studio
General
1 128 (36.47%) Social Skills
2 53 (15.10%) Public Sector
3 48 (13.68%) Analytical Skills
4 33 (9.40%) Finance
5 30 (8.55%) Influencing Skills
6 17 (4.84%) Telecoms
7 10 (2.85%) Banking
8 8 (2.28%) Presentation Skills
9 6 (1.71%) Law
10 5 (1.42%) Local Government
11 4 (1.14%) Automotive
11 4 (1.14%) Legal
11 4 (1.14%) Marketing
11 4 (1.14%) Organisational Skills
12 3 (0.85%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.85%) Retail
13 2 (0.57%) Documentation Skills
13 2 (0.57%) Electronics
13 2 (0.57%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.57%) Police
Job Titles
1 103 (29.34%) Analyst
2 100 (28.49%) Test Analyst
3 70 (19.94%) Tester
4 58 (16.52%) Test Manager
5 48 (13.68%) Test Engineer
6 33 (9.40%) Developer
7 23 (6.55%) Developer in Test
7 23 (6.55%) Test Leader
8 21 (5.98%) Automation Tester
8 21 (5.98%) Software Developer
9 18 (5.13%) QA Tester
10 14 (3.99%) Software Test Engineer
11 13 (3.70%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
12 10 (2.85%) QA Analyst
12 10 (2.85%) Test Automation Engineer
13 8 (2.28%) iOS Developer
13 8 (2.28%) QA Test Analyst
13 8 (2.28%) Senior Developer
13 8 (2.28%) Senior iOS Developer
13 8 (2.28%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (12.82%) XML
2 25 (7.12%) .NET
3 24 (6.84%) REST
4 21 (5.98%) SOAP
5 16 (4.56%) .NET Framework
5 16 (4.56%) Web Services
6 15 (4.27%) JSON
7 14 (3.99%) RESTful
8 10 (2.85%) Middleware
9 9 (2.56%) Spring
10 8 (2.28%) CSS
10 8 (2.28%) HTML
10 8 (2.28%) RxSwift
11 6 (1.71%) RabbitMQ
11 6 (1.71%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 4 (1.14%) Kafka
12 4 (1.14%) Oracle Fusion
12 4 (1.14%) React Native
12 4 (1.14%) Spring Boot
12 4 (1.14%) Thymeleaf
Miscellaneous
1 14 (3.99%) Mobile App
1 14 (3.99%) User Experience
2 11 (3.13%) Self-Motivation
3 9 (2.56%) Video\Live Streaming
4 8 (2.28%) Video on Demand
5 5 (1.42%) Data Centre
6 4 (1.14%) Analytical Mindset
7 3 (0.85%) Cybercrime
7 3 (0.85%) Legacy Applications
7 3 (0.85%) Mainframe
7 3 (0.85%) Management Information System
7 3 (0.85%) NHS
7 3 (0.85%) N-Tier
8 2 (0.57%) Cyberattack
8 2 (0.57%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.28%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.28%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.28%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.28%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.28%) SystemC
Operating Systems
1 59 (16.81%) Windows
2 44 (12.54%) Unix
3 16 (4.56%) Linux
4 12 (3.42%) Apple iOS
5 8 (2.28%) tvOS
6 5 (1.42%) CentOS
6 5 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (1.14%) Android
8 3 (0.85%) HPUX
8 3 (0.85%) SUSE
8 3 (0.85%) zOS
9 1 (0.28%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.28%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 207 (58.97%) Agile Software Development
2 176 (50.14%) Test Automation
3 130 (37.04%) Software Testing
4 108 (30.77%) Test Scripting
5 95 (27.07%) Test Management
6 83 (23.65%) DevOps
7 82 (23.36%) Test Strategy
8 80 (22.79%) Non-Functional Testing
9 71 (20.23%) Defect Management
10 63 (17.95%) Waterfall
11 58 (16.52%) Performance Testing
12 54 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
13 49 (13.96%) SDLC
14 44 (12.54%) Collaborative Working
15 43 (12.25%) API Testing
15 43 (12.25%) Problem-Solving
16 42 (11.97%) FMEA
16 42 (11.97%) Regression Testing
17 41 (11.68%) Scenario Testing
18 38 (10.83%) Customer Requirements
Programming Languages
1 100 (28.49%) SQL
2 49 (13.96%) Java
3 37 (10.54%) C#
3 37 (10.54%) JavaScript
4 13 (3.70%) Python
5 12 (3.42%) Apple Swift
6 9 (2.56%) PL/SQL
7 4 (1.14%) Bash Shell
7 4 (1.14%) Kotlin
7 4 (1.14%) Objective-C
7 4 (1.14%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.14%) TypeScript
7 4 (1.14%) VB
8 3 (0.85%) ANSI SQL
8 3 (0.85%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 3 (0.85%) PowerShell
8 3 (0.85%) VBScript
9 2 (0.57%) COBOL
9 2 (0.57%) ES6
10 1 (0.28%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 152 (43.30%) ISEB
2 140 (39.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 77 (21.94%) Security Cleared
4 60 (17.09%) SC Cleared
5 55 (15.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 43 (12.25%) Degree
7 21 (5.98%) DV Cleared
8 13 (3.70%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (1.71%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (0.85%) APMP
10 3 (0.85%) CEH
10 3 (0.85%) ISEB Practitioner
10 3 (0.85%) MCSA
10 3 (0.85%) MCSE
10 3 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.85%) Numerate Degree
11 2 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.28%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.28%) HNC
12 1 (0.28%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (25.07%) QA
2 16 (4.56%) Accessibility
3 6 (1.71%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.28%) HL7
4 1 (0.28%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (2.28%) Docker
2 4 (1.14%) vCloud
2 4 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (1.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.85%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.28%) HDFS
4 1 (0.28%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 24 (6.84%) HP ALM
2 15 (4.27%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (2.28%) Data Guard
4 6 (1.71%) Puppet
5 2 (0.57%) Ionix
6 1 (0.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 80 (22.79%) Microsoft
2 79 (22.51%) Oracle
3 31 (8.83%) SAP
4 24 (6.84%) CheckPoint
5 23 (6.55%) HP
6 12 (3.42%) webMethods
7 8 (2.28%) Apple
7 8 (2.28%) Siemens
8 7 (1.99%) VMware
8 7 (1.99%) Xamarin
9 6 (1.71%) Cisco
9 6 (1.71%) Micro Focus
10 5 (1.42%) AppDynamics
10 5 (1.42%) Informatica
10 5 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (1.14%) Juniper
11 4 (1.14%) OutSystems
11 4 (1.14%) Splunk
12 3 (0.85%) IBM
12 3 (0.85%) TIBCO