The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex 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)
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 68 51 57
Rank change year-on-year -17 +6  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 2 7 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 0.47% 1.48% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.82% 8.86% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 0
Median daily rate £363 £250 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +45.00% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £36.00 -
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 Essex.

Academic & Professional Certification
Essex
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 71 79 102
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 16.63% 16.70% 16.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 41 55
Median daily rate £400 £265 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +50.94% -33.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £243 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £483
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 15 4
Median hourly rate £45.00 £34.70 £36.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.68% -4.93%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.43 £22.50 £21.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £47.50 £39.50
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 Essex

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Essex 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 Essex

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in Essex.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Essex

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Essex 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
Southend-on-Sea - 1 £375 -
ISTQB
East of England

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 Essex region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 14 (100.00%) ISEB
1 14 (100.00%) Software Testing
2 13 (92.86%) JIRA
2 13 (92.86%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (85.71%) SDLC
4 11 (78.57%) Selenium
4 11 (78.57%) LoadRunner
4 11 (78.57%) JMeter
5 9 (64.29%) QA
6 8 (57.14%) Scrum
7 7 (50.00%) Test Automation
7 7 (50.00%) Confluence
8 6 (42.86%) BDD
8 6 (42.86%) User Stories
8 6 (42.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (42.86%) Performance Testing
8 6 (42.86%) TDD
8 6 (42.86%) Configuration Management
9 5 (35.71%) Oracle
9 5 (35.71%) WebLogic
9 5 (35.71%) XML
9 5 (35.71%) Client/Server
9 5 (35.71%) Kanban
9 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
10 4 (28.57%) API Design
10 4 (28.57%) C
11 3 (21.43%) Test Management
11 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
11 3 (21.43%) Security Cleared
11 3 (21.43%) Software Engineering

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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 7 (50.00%) Confluence
2 5 (35.71%) WebLogic
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (14.29%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 13 (92.86%) JIRA
2 11 (78.57%) JMeter
2 11 (78.57%) LoadRunner
2 11 (78.57%) Selenium
3 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
4 1 (7.14%) Git (software)
4 1 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (14.29%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (64.29%) Tester
2 6 (42.86%) Performance Tester
3 5 (35.71%) Analyst
3 5 (35.71%) Test Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (35.71%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (35.71%) Client/Server
2 2 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (7.14%) Wiki
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (100.00%) Software Testing
2 13 (92.86%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (85.71%) SDLC
4 8 (57.14%) Scrum
5 7 (50.00%) Test Automation
6 6 (42.86%) BDD
6 6 (42.86%) Configuration Management
6 6 (42.86%) Performance Testing
6 6 (42.86%) TDD
6 6 (42.86%) User Stories
7 5 (35.71%) Kanban
8 4 (28.57%) API Design
9 3 (21.43%) Continuous Improvement
9 3 (21.43%) Functional Testing
9 3 (21.43%) Software Engineering
9 3 (21.43%) Test Management
9 3 (21.43%) Test Planning
9 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
9 3 (21.43%) Test Strategy
10 2 (14.29%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 4 (28.57%) C
2 2 (14.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (100.00%) ISEB
2 6 (42.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (21.43%) Security Cleared
4 2 (14.29%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (64.29%) QA
2 3 (21.43%) Data Quality
3 2 (14.29%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (7.14%) SLA
Vendors
1 5 (35.71%) Oracle