Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 391 364 410
Rank change year-on-year -27 +46 -6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 448 682 560
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.59% 0.72% 0.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.88% 3.80% 3.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 292 357 315
England median daily rate £423 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.67% +7.14% +2.94%
10th Percentile £300 £294 £263
90th Percentile £525 £538 £488
UK median daily rate £400 £365 £350
% change year-on-year +9.59% +4.29% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 9
England median hourly rate £50.00 £39.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.58% -12.22% +12.50%
UK median hourly rate £47.00 £39.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +20.51% -13.33% +86.14%

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 15,557 17,959 17,948
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.50% 18.87% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,585 10,663 11,026
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £231
90th Percentile £650 £625 £606
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 728 855 826
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% - -1.96%
10th Percentile £14.37 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.68 £51.25 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.81 £26.25
% change year-on-year +35.59% -1.67% +0.96%

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 21 November 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 21 November 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 21 November 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
South East +21 143 £440 +22.22% 32
South West -11 87 £460 +31.43% 20
London -28 79 £425 -4.49% 15
North of England +52 74 £350 +1.45% 35
Midlands -24 37 £360 -4.64% 26
Yorkshire +37 30 £350 +1.01% 14
East of England +8 27 £378 -14.09% 10
West Midlands -26 27 £360 -4.64% 14
North East +34 22 £350 +9.38% 2
North West +22 22 £366 +8.52% 19
East Midlands +25 10 £350 +55.56% 12
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 287 (64.06%) Test Automation
2 277 (61.83%) ISEB
3 243 (54.24%) Agile Software Development
4 144 (32.14%) Selenium
5 136 (30.36%) Test Scripting
6 133 (29.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 125 (27.90%) QA
8 120 (26.79%) SQL
9 119 (26.56%) Security Cleared
10 112 (25.00%) Cucumber
11 103 (22.99%) Java
12 100 (22.32%) User Acceptance Testing
13 99 (22.10%) JIRA
14 94 (20.98%) Software Testing
15 93 (20.76%) Test Strategy
16 91 (20.31%) Finance
17 88 (19.64%) Oracle
18 86 (19.20%) Microsoft
19 74 (16.52%) Manual Testing
20 73 (16.29%) Regression Testing
21 65 (14.51%) XML
21 65 (14.51%) Windows
22 64 (14.29%) SC Cleared
22 64 (14.29%) Defect Management
23 63 (14.06%) Test Management
24 62 (13.84%) SDLC
25 60 (13.39%) Integration Testing
25 60 (13.39%) JavaScript
26 59 (13.17%) Scrum
27 55 (12.28%) Jenkins

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 45 (10.04%) Confluence
2 17 (3.79%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.34%) CMS
4 5 (1.12%) Apache
4 5 (1.12%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.89%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.45%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.45%) IBM HTTP Server
7 2 (0.45%) Mule
7 2 (0.45%) Mule ESB
7 2 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.22%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.22%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 30 (6.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (4.46%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.22%) FileZilla
4 1 (0.22%) Notepad++
4 1 (0.22%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 7 (1.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.12%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.67%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.45%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.22%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 46 (10.27%) Azure
2 17 (3.79%) GitHub
3 15 (3.35%) AWS
4 4 (0.89%) BrowserStack
5 3 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 2 (0.45%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.45%) GCP
6 2 (0.45%) npm
6 2 (0.45%) Serverless
7 1 (0.22%) BlazeMeter
7 1 (0.22%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.22%) Firebase
7 1 (0.22%) PaaS
7 1 (0.22%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.22%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.56%) SAN
2 4 (0.89%) Intranet
3 3 (0.67%) HTTP
3 3 (0.67%) Wireshark
4 2 (0.45%) DWDM
4 2 (0.45%) Internet
4 2 (0.45%) MPLS
4 2 (0.45%) Wireless
5 1 (0.22%) DNS
5 1 (0.22%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.22%) Firewall
5 1 (0.22%) FTP
5 1 (0.22%) LTE
5 1 (0.22%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.79%) Oracle Reports
2 14 (3.13%) SQL Server
3 10 (2.23%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (1.56%) Oracle Database
5 6 (1.34%) MongoDB
5 6 (1.34%) NoSQL
6 5 (1.12%) MySQL
7 4 (0.89%) EDRMS
7 4 (0.89%) Oracle OWB
7 4 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.67%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.45%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.45%) HBase
9 2 (0.45%) Impala
9 2 (0.45%) Pentaho
9 2 (0.45%) SAP HANA
9 2 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.22%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 1 (0.22%) IBM InfoSphere
10 1 (0.22%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 144 (32.14%) Selenium
2 112 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 99 (22.10%) JIRA
4 55 (12.28%) Jenkins
5 41 (9.15%) SoapUI
6 31 (6.92%) Team Foundation Server
7 29 (6.47%) WebDriver
8 28 (6.25%) JMeter
9 27 (6.03%) SpecFlow
10 24 (5.36%) Gatling
11 23 (5.13%) Git (software)
12 20 (4.46%) HP UFT
12 20 (4.46%) LoadRunner
13 12 (2.68%) Visual Studio Team System
14 9 (2.01%) Appium
15 8 (1.79%) TeamCity
16 7 (1.56%) Bitbucket
16 7 (1.56%) Visual Studio
17 6 (1.34%) JBehave
17 6 (1.34%) Maven
General
1 91 (20.31%) Finance
2 27 (6.03%) Banking
3 24 (5.36%) Public Sector
4 14 (3.13%) Telecoms
5 12 (2.68%) Manufacturing
5 12 (2.68%) Retail
6 9 (2.01%) Front Office
7 6 (1.34%) Retail Banking
8 5 (1.12%) Military
9 4 (0.89%) Back Office
9 4 (0.89%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.45%) Automotive
10 2 (0.45%) International Banking
10 2 (0.45%) Marketing
10 2 (0.45%) Police
10 2 (0.45%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.22%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.22%) Billing
11 1 (0.22%) Legal
11 1 (0.22%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 147 (32.81%) Analyst
2 139 (31.03%) Test Analyst
3 82 (18.30%) Test Engineer
4 67 (14.96%) Tester
5 58 (12.95%) Test Manager
6 36 (8.04%) Test Leader
7 24 (5.36%) QA Analyst
8 22 (4.91%) QA Test Analyst
9 21 (4.69%) Automation Tester
9 21 (4.69%) Developer
10 16 (3.57%) Automation Test Analyst
11 15 (3.35%) Automation Engineer
12 14 (3.13%) Developer in Test
12 14 (3.13%) Test Automation Engineer
13 13 (2.90%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
14 11 (2.46%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 11 (2.46%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
14 11 (2.46%) Performance Tester
14 11 (2.46%) QA Engineer
14 11 (2.46%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (14.51%) XML
2 29 (6.47%) HTML
2 29 (6.47%) Web Services
3 28 (6.25%) SOAP
4 26 (5.80%) .NET
5 17 (3.79%) RESTful
6 16 (3.57%) Gherkin
7 12 (2.68%) CSS
7 12 (2.68%) Spring
7 12 (2.68%) WebdriverIO
8 7 (1.56%) JSON
8 7 (1.56%) Node.js
8 7 (1.56%) REST
9 6 (1.34%) Kafka
10 5 (1.12%) Hibernate
10 5 (1.12%) Oracle Fusion
11 4 (0.89%) React
11 4 (0.89%) WSDL
11 4 (0.89%) XSD
12 3 (0.67%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 22 (4.91%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (4.24%) Self-Motivation
3 13 (2.90%) Management Information System
4 8 (1.79%) User Experience
5 6 (1.34%) EPoS
5 6 (1.34%) FMCG
5 6 (1.34%) Mobile App
5 6 (1.34%) Private Cloud
5 6 (1.34%) Virtual Team
6 5 (1.12%) Data Structures
6 5 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (0.67%) CCTV
7 3 (0.67%) DataPower
7 3 (0.67%) Equities
7 3 (0.67%) Fixed Income
7 3 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (0.67%) Mainframe
7 3 (0.67%) NHS
7 3 (0.67%) Smart Home
7 3 (0.67%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 65 (14.51%) Windows
2 50 (11.16%) Unix
3 21 (4.69%) Linux
4 11 (2.46%) Windows 10
5 10 (2.23%) Windows Server
6 6 (1.34%) CentOS
7 5 (1.12%) Windows 7
7 5 (1.12%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.89%) Android
8 4 (0.89%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.22%) Solaris
9 1 (0.22%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (64.06%) Test Automation
2 243 (54.24%) Agile Software Development
3 136 (30.36%) Test Scripting
4 100 (22.32%) User Acceptance Testing
5 94 (20.98%) Software Testing
6 93 (20.76%) Test Strategy
7 74 (16.52%) Manual Testing
8 73 (16.29%) Regression Testing
9 64 (14.29%) Defect Management
10 63 (14.06%) Test Management
11 62 (13.84%) SDLC
12 60 (13.39%) Integration Testing
13 59 (13.17%) Scrum
14 51 (11.38%) DevOps
15 49 (10.94%) Waterfall
16 47 (10.49%) Customer Requirements
17 45 (10.04%) BDD
18 44 (9.82%) Performance Testing
19 43 (9.60%) Non-Functional Testing
20 41 (9.15%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 120 (26.79%) SQL
2 103 (22.99%) Java
3 60 (13.39%) JavaScript
4 50 (11.16%) C#
5 16 (3.57%) Python
6 9 (2.01%) C
6 9 (2.01%) Ruby
6 9 (2.01%) VB
7 7 (1.56%) Java 8
8 6 (1.34%) C++
8 6 (1.34%) T-SQL
9 5 (1.12%) PL/SQL
9 5 (1.12%) PowerShell
10 4 (0.89%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.67%) Groovy
12 2 (0.45%) Apple Swift
12 2 (0.45%) ES6
12 2 (0.45%) Kotlin
12 2 (0.45%) PHP
12 2 (0.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 277 (61.83%) ISEB
2 133 (29.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 119 (26.56%) Security Cleared
4 64 (14.29%) SC Cleared
5 50 (11.16%) DV Cleared
6 47 (10.49%) Degree
7 16 (3.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 11 (2.46%) ISEB Practitioner
9 6 (1.34%) Computer Science Degree
10 5 (1.12%) PMI Certification
10 5 (1.12%) PMP
11 3 (0.67%) CEH
11 3 (0.67%) MCSA
11 3 (0.67%) MCSE
11 3 (0.67%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.45%) BC Cleared
12 2 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (27.90%) QA
2 5 (1.12%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.89%) GDPR
4 2 (0.45%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.45%) PMO
4 2 (0.45%) SLA
5 1 (0.22%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.22%) PMBOK
5 1 (0.22%) SEPA
5 1 (0.22%) WCAG
System Software
1 21 (4.69%) Active Directory
2 13 (2.90%) vSphere
3 10 (2.23%) Docker
4 8 (1.79%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (1.34%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.45%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 53 (11.83%) HP Quality Center
2 31 (6.92%) HP ALM
3 13 (2.90%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 5 (1.12%) Ansible
4 5 (1.12%) SCCM
4 5 (1.12%) SCOM
5 4 (0.89%) Terraform
6 3 (0.67%) Kibana
6 3 (0.67%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.22%) Nagios
7 1 (0.22%) Nessus
Vendors
1 88 (19.64%) Oracle
2 86 (19.20%) Microsoft
3 46 (10.27%) HP
4 26 (5.80%) SAP
5 8 (1.79%) VMware
6 5 (1.12%) Atlassian
6 5 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (0.89%) webMethods
8 3 (0.67%) IBM
8 3 (0.67%) Reuters
9 2 (0.45%) Ariba
9 2 (0.45%) Google
9 2 (0.45%) Guidewire
9 2 (0.45%) hybris
9 2 (0.45%) OpenText
9 2 (0.45%) OutSystems
9 2 (0.45%) ServiceNow
9 2 (0.45%) Siemens
9 2 (0.45%) Xamarin
10 1 (0.22%) UiPath