The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Kent with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 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)
South East / Kent
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 33 42
Rank change year-on-year -6 +9  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 4 9 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 1.57% 2.70% 0.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.27% 12.16% 4.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 8 0
Median daily rate - £331 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Kent.

Academic & Professional Certification
Kent
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 55 74 45
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 21.57% 22.22% 16.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 40 22
Median daily rate £375 £388 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.22% -8.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £133 £130 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 2
Median hourly rate £22.52 £20.83 £25.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -19.10%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Kent 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 Kent

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Kent

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Kent

For the 6 months to 23 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 Kent region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 10 (100.00%) HP
1 10 (100.00%) LoadRunner
1 10 (100.00%) Selenium
1 10 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 8 (80.00%) Test Strategy
3 7 (70.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 7 (70.00%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (70.00%) ISEB
4 6 (60.00%) HP UFT
4 6 (60.00%) Process Improvement
5 5 (50.00%) JIRA
6 4 (40.00%) Smoke Testing
6 4 (40.00%) Component Testing
6 4 (40.00%) Regression Testing
6 4 (40.00%) JMeter
6 4 (40.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (40.00%) Scrum
6 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (40.00%) C#
6 4 (40.00%) Java
6 4 (40.00%) Windows
6 4 (40.00%) Linux
6 4 (40.00%) E-Commerce
6 4 (40.00%) WebDriver
6 4 (40.00%) Confluence
6 4 (40.00%) Cucumber
6 4 (40.00%) BDD
6 4 (40.00%) Integration Testing
6 4 (40.00%) Test Management
6 4 (40.00%) Continuous Integration

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent 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 4 (40.00%) Confluence
Development Applications
1 10 (100.00%) LoadRunner
1 10 (100.00%) Selenium
2 6 (60.00%) HP UFT
3 5 (50.00%) JIRA
4 4 (40.00%) Cucumber
4 4 (40.00%) JMeter
4 4 (40.00%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (10.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 6 (60.00%) Test Manager
2 4 (40.00%) Consultant
2 4 (40.00%) E-Commerce Manager
2 4 (40.00%) Test Automation Consultant
2 4 (40.00%) Test Automation Manager
2 4 (40.00%) Test Consultant
3 2 (20.00%) Performance Manager
3 2 (20.00%) Performance Test Manager
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Linux
1 4 (40.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 8 (80.00%) Test Strategy
3 7 (70.00%) Non-Functional Testing
4 6 (60.00%) Process Improvement
5 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (40.00%) BDD
5 4 (40.00%) Component Testing
5 4 (40.00%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (40.00%) E-Commerce
5 4 (40.00%) Integration Testing
5 4 (40.00%) Performance Testing
5 4 (40.00%) Regression Testing
5 4 (40.00%) Scrum
5 4 (40.00%) Smoke Testing
5 4 (40.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (40.00%) Test Management
6 3 (30.00%) API Testing
6 3 (30.00%) Load Testing
6 3 (30.00%) Mentoring
6 3 (30.00%) People Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (40.00%) C#
1 4 (40.00%) Java
1 4 (40.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 7 (70.00%) ISEB
2 1 (10.00%) Degree
Systems Management
1 7 (70.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (100.00%) HP