Period
to 19 November 2018

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 November 2018 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 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 352 405 397
Rank change year-on-year +53 -8 -97
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 682 557 589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.72% 0.60% 0.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.85% 3.16% 2.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 313 365
England median daily rate £375 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +2.94% -2.86%
10th Percentile £293 £263 £210
90th Percentile £538 £488 £486
UK median daily rate £368 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +5.00% +7.69% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 4
England median hourly rate £39.50 £45.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.22% +12.50% +26.98%
10th Percentile £20.63 £45.00 £33.10
90th Percentile £59.23 £46.00 £144.38
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £45.00 £24.18
% change year-on-year -13.33% +86.14% -19.42%

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 17,730 17,631 20,098
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.78% 18.91% 20.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,506 10,833 12,553
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £258 £231 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £599
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 845 815 772
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.12 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.48% -1.49% +7.37%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.14
90th Percentile £51.15 £50.00 £47.69
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.25 £26.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +0.96% +4.00%

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 19 November 2018.

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 19 November 2018.

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 19 November 2018. 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 +25 193 £450 +6.82% 34
South East -30 165 £361 +3.21% 46
Midlands +23 112 £378 +7.86% 27
West Midlands +24 100 £378 -0.66% 21
South West +6 98 £350 -2.78% 21
North of England -14 60 £346 +6.38% 51
East of England +30 50 £450 +28.57% 19
Yorkshire -9 29 £348 +18.65% 23
North West -15 20 £338 +3.85% 23
East Midlands -5 12 £225 -25.00% 6
North East -7 11 £320 -1.54% 5
South Coast - 1 - -
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 19 November 2018, 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.

1 464 (68.04%) ISEB
2 373 (54.69%) Test Automation
3 340 (49.85%) Agile Software Development
4 277 (40.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 262 (38.42%) SQL
6 242 (35.48%) Test Scripting
7 224 (32.84%) Java
8 191 (28.01%) Selenium
9 188 (27.57%) Oracle
10 161 (23.61%) Windows
10 161 (23.61%) JIRA
11 149 (21.85%) Test Strategy
12 148 (21.70%) Software Testing
13 136 (19.94%) QA
14 130 (19.06%) XML
15 117 (17.16%) Unix
16 112 (16.42%) Cucumber
17 109 (15.98%) Security Cleared
18 103 (15.10%) Scrum
19 99 (14.52%) Test Management
20 98 (14.37%) Customer Requirements
21 97 (14.22%) Finance
22 95 (13.93%) Microsoft
23 94 (13.78%) SDLC
24 87 (12.76%) SoapUI
25 86 (12.61%) Functional Testing
26 82 (12.02%) Regression Testing
27 81 (11.88%) HP
28 80 (11.73%) BDD
28 80 (11.73%) Continuous Integration

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 78 (11.44%) WebLogic
2 68 (9.97%) Confluence
3 15 (2.20%) Apache Spark
4 11 (1.61%) SharePoint
5 9 (1.32%) CMS
5 9 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (0.73%) Cloud Foundry
7 4 (0.59%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.29%) CICS
8 2 (0.29%) Documentum
8 2 (0.29%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.29%) WebSphere Application Server
9 1 (0.15%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.15%) Appian
9 1 (0.15%) Drupal
9 1 (0.15%) LiveLink
9 1 (0.15%) Mule
Applications
1 36 (5.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (2.20%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.03%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.15%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.15%) Mingle
4 1 (0.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (1.47%) SAP FI-CA
1 10 (1.47%) SAP PSCD
2 5 (0.73%) SAP S/4HANA
3 4 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.59%) SAP ERP
3 4 (0.59%) SAP Hybris
4 3 (0.44%) Elite 3E
4 3 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.44%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.44%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.44%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.29%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.29%) Sonata
6 1 (0.15%) Actimize
6 1 (0.15%) BASE24
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.15%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.15%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.15%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.15%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 31 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (3.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (1.76%) BlazeMeter
3 12 (1.76%) BrowserStack
4 10 (1.47%) Office 365
5 8 (1.17%) GitHub
6 6 (0.88%) PaaS
7 5 (0.73%) Sauce Labs
8 3 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 3 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.44%) Slack
9 2 (0.29%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.15%) IaaS
10 1 (0.15%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.64%) Internet
2 11 (1.61%) HTTP
3 10 (1.47%) SAN
4 6 (0.88%) DHCP
5 5 (0.73%) MPLS
5 5 (0.73%) TCP/IP
5 5 (0.73%) Wireless
6 4 (0.59%) DNS
7 3 (0.44%) Firewall
7 3 (0.44%) LAN
7 3 (0.44%) MVNO
7 3 (0.44%) WAN
8 2 (0.29%) ATM
8 2 (0.29%) SMS
9 1 (0.15%) FTP
9 1 (0.15%) Intranet
9 1 (0.15%) Skype
9 1 (0.15%) SNMP
9 1 (0.15%) VoIP
9 1 (0.15%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (4.69%) Oracle Reports
2 17 (2.49%) Hadoop
3 15 (2.20%) Relational Database
4 14 (2.05%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (1.76%) MySQL
6 11 (1.61%) MongoDB
6 11 (1.61%) Pentaho
6 11 (1.61%) SQL Server
7 8 (1.17%) Big Data
7 8 (1.17%) Impala
7 8 (1.17%) Oracle Database
7 8 (1.17%) Oracle OWB
8 7 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
9 5 (0.73%) HBase
10 4 (0.59%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 4 (0.59%) Flink
11 3 (0.44%) Apache Accumulo
11 3 (0.44%) DB2
12 2 (0.29%) Apache Hive
12 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 191 (28.01%) Selenium
2 161 (23.61%) JIRA
3 112 (16.42%) Cucumber
4 87 (12.76%) SoapUI
5 71 (10.41%) JMeter
6 66 (9.68%) Jenkins
7 59 (8.65%) Toad
8 47 (6.89%) LoadRunner
9 44 (6.45%) WebDriver
10 36 (5.28%) Team Foundation Server
11 33 (4.84%) Git (software)
11 33 (4.84%) HP UFT
12 31 (4.55%) SpecFlow
13 24 (3.52%) Visual Studio
14 22 (3.23%) Gatling
15 20 (2.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 18 (2.64%) Visual Studio Team System
17 17 (2.49%) Oracle APEX
18 15 (2.20%) Appium
18 15 (2.20%) Zephyr
General
1 97 (14.22%) Finance
2 53 (7.77%) Banking
3 25 (3.67%) Retail
4 16 (2.35%) Telecoms
5 14 (2.05%) Greek Language
6 11 (1.61%) Investment Banking
6 11 (1.61%) Legal
7 10 (1.47%) Retail Banking
8 9 (1.32%) Front Office
9 7 (1.03%) Marketing
10 6 (0.88%) Billing
10 6 (0.88%) Law
11 4 (0.59%) Advertising
11 4 (0.59%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.59%) Publishing
12 3 (0.44%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.44%) Private Banking
13 2 (0.29%) International Banking
13 2 (0.29%) Military
Job Titles
1 285 (41.79%) Analyst
2 273 (40.03%) Test Analyst
3 113 (16.57%) Tester
4 107 (15.69%) Test Engineer
5 83 (12.17%) Test Manager
6 37 (5.43%) Test Leader
7 30 (4.40%) Automation Tester
8 28 (4.11%) Test Automation Engineer
9 25 (3.67%) Automation Test Analyst
10 22 (3.23%) Developer
11 20 (2.93%) Performance Tester
12 19 (2.79%) Developer in Test
12 19 (2.79%) SAP Analyst
12 19 (2.79%) SAP Test Analyst
13 17 (2.49%) Agile Test Analyst
14 15 (2.20%) QA Analyst
15 13 (1.91%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
16 11 (1.61%) Automation Test Lead
16 11 (1.61%) Java Engineer
16 11 (1.61%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (19.06%) XML
2 58 (8.50%) Web Services
3 50 (7.33%) .NET
4 48 (7.04%) SOAP
5 41 (6.01%) RESTful
6 15 (2.20%) RabbitMQ
7 14 (2.05%) HTML
8 12 (1.76%) Gherkin
9 10 (1.47%) REST
10 9 (1.32%) ASP.NET
10 9 (1.32%) JSON
10 9 (1.32%) Kafka
10 9 (1.32%) Spring
11 8 (1.17%) Java Concurrency
11 8 (1.17%) Lambda Expressions
11 8 (1.17%) WebSockets
12 5 (0.73%) .NET Framework
13 4 (0.59%) Spark Streaming
13 4 (0.59%) WireMock
13 4 (0.59%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 77 (11.29%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (2.64%) Computer Science
3 17 (2.49%) Mainframe
4 16 (2.35%) Mobile App
4 16 (2.35%) Self-Motivation
5 12 (1.76%) Client/Server
6 8 (1.17%) Greenfield Project
7 7 (1.03%) Data Centre
7 7 (1.03%) User Experience
8 5 (0.73%) Algorithms
8 5 (0.73%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.59%) Derivative
9 4 (0.59%) Management Information System
9 4 (0.59%) SCADA
9 4 (0.59%) Smart Meter
10 3 (0.44%) Analytical Mindset
10 3 (0.44%) Fintech
10 3 (0.44%) Fixed Income
11 2 (0.29%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.29%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 161 (23.61%) Windows
2 117 (17.16%) Unix
3 39 (5.72%) Linux
4 8 (1.17%) Android
4 8 (1.17%) Apple iOS
5 6 (0.88%) Windows 10
6 5 (0.73%) VME
7 4 (0.59%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.44%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.44%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.29%) AIX
10 1 (0.15%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 373 (54.69%) Test Automation
2 340 (49.85%) Agile Software Development
3 242 (35.48%) Test Scripting
4 149 (21.85%) Test Strategy
5 148 (21.70%) Software Testing
6 103 (15.10%) Scrum
7 99 (14.52%) Test Management
8 98 (14.37%) Customer Requirements
9 94 (13.78%) SDLC
10 86 (12.61%) Functional Testing
11 82 (12.02%) Regression Testing
12 80 (11.73%) BDD
12 80 (11.73%) Continuous Integration
13 78 (11.44%) User Acceptance Testing
14 76 (11.14%) Integration Testing
15 72 (10.56%) Performance Testing
15 72 (10.56%) Waterfall
16 66 (9.68%) Manual Testing
17 59 (8.65%) Defect Management
18 58 (8.50%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 262 (38.42%) SQL
2 224 (32.84%) Java
3 63 (9.24%) C#
4 30 (4.40%) JavaScript
5 23 (3.37%) Python
6 21 (3.08%) PL/SQL
7 19 (2.79%) VB
8 16 (2.35%) C
9 10 (1.47%) C++
9 10 (1.47%) Ruby
10 7 (1.03%) Perl
11 6 (0.88%) Bash Shell
12 5 (0.73%) Groovy
12 5 (0.73%) PHP
13 4 (0.59%) Java 8
13 4 (0.59%) T-SQL
13 4 (0.59%) VBScript
14 3 (0.44%) PowerShell
15 2 (0.29%) F#
15 2 (0.29%) HiveQL
Qualifications
1 464 (68.04%) ISEB
2 277 (40.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 109 (15.98%) Security Cleared
4 80 (11.73%) Degree
5 73 (10.70%) SC Cleared
6 45 (6.60%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 33 (4.84%) DV Cleared
8 24 (3.52%) ISEB Practitioner
9 9 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
10 8 (1.17%) DBS Check
11 5 (0.73%) HNC
11 5 (0.73%) HND
11 5 (0.73%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
14 2 (0.29%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.29%) PMP
15 1 (0.15%) Cisco Certification
15 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
15 1 (0.15%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 136 (19.94%) QA
2 9 (1.32%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.73%) PMO
4 2 (0.29%) GDPR
4 2 (0.29%) PSD2
5 1 (0.15%) IFRS
5 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.15%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (3.08%) Active Directory
2 19 (2.79%) Docker
3 6 (0.88%) HDFS
4 4 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (0.44%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.29%) ACF2
6 2 (0.29%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.29%) RACF
6 2 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.29%) VirtualBox
6 2 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.15%) IAG
Systems Management
1 58 (8.50%) HP Quality Center
2 56 (8.21%) HP ALM
3 10 (1.47%) Kubernetes
4 8 (1.17%) Puppet
5 6 (0.88%) logstash
6 5 (0.73%) Ansible
6 5 (0.73%) Netcool
6 5 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.73%) SCCM
7 2 (0.29%) HP SiteScope
7 2 (0.29%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.15%) BladeLogic
8 1 (0.15%) Kibana
8 1 (0.15%) Nessus
8 1 (0.15%) Oozie
8 1 (0.15%) QRadar
8 1 (0.15%) SCOM
8 1 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.15%) WSUS
Vendors
1 188 (27.57%) Oracle
2 95 (13.93%) Microsoft
3 81 (11.88%) HP
4 76 (11.14%) webMethods
5 68 (9.97%) SAP
6 12 (1.76%) IBM
7 11 (1.61%) AppDynamics
8 10 (1.47%) Cisco
9 8 (1.17%) Atlassian
9 8 (1.17%) CA Agile Central
9 8 (1.17%) SolarWinds
10 7 (1.03%) CheckPoint
11 6 (0.88%) Juniper
11 6 (0.88%) LogRhythm
12 5 (0.73%) Bloomberg
12 5 (0.73%) EMC
12 5 (0.73%) New Relic
12 5 (0.73%) Remedy
12 5 (0.73%) SevOne
12 5 (0.73%) Veracode