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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
South East / Kent
Rank 42 38 37
Rank change year-on-year -4 -1  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 6 17 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 2.08% 3.74% 1.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 12.50% 17.89% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 13 3
Median daily rate £380 £210 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +80.95% -27.58%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £304
% change year-on-year +12.00% +2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £170.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 48 95 45
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 16.67% 20.88% 17.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 72 21
Median daily rate £350 £300 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £175 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 3
Median hourly rate £29.92 £170.00 £37.62
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -82.40% +351.88%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

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

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Kent

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Kent region over the 3 months to 24 March 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
Dover - 1 £450 -
ISTQB
South East

ISTQB
Top 29 Related IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 6 (100.00%) HP UFT
1 6 (100.00%) LoadRunner
1 6 (100.00%) HP
1 6 (100.00%) Selenium
1 6 (100.00%) Process Improvement
2 4 (66.67%) Test Strategy
2 4 (66.67%) Test Management
2 4 (66.67%) E-Commerce
2 4 (66.67%) Performance Testing
2 4 (66.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 3 (50.00%) Load Testing
3 3 (50.00%) ISEB
3 3 (50.00%) Mentoring
3 3 (50.00%) People Management
3 3 (50.00%) API Testing
3 3 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (50.00%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Automation Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Supplier Management
5 1 (16.67%) Software Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Degree
5 1 (16.67%) JIRA
5 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Legal
5 1 (16.67%) Configuration Management
5 1 (16.67%) Project Management
5 1 (16.67%) Test Planning
5 1 (16.67%) Line Management
5 1 (16.67%) Test Automation

ISTQB
Top Related 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:

Development Applications
1 6 (100.00%) HP UFT
1 6 (100.00%) LoadRunner
1 6 (100.00%) Selenium
2 1 (16.67%) JIRA
General
1 1 (16.67%) Legal
Job Titles
1 6 (100.00%) Test Manager
2 4 (66.67%) E-Commerce Manager
2 4 (66.67%) Test Automation Manager
3 2 (33.33%) Performance Manager
3 2 (33.33%) Performance Test Manager
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (100.00%) Process Improvement
2 4 (66.67%) E-Commerce
2 4 (66.67%) Performance Testing
2 4 (66.67%) Stakeholder Management
2 4 (66.67%) Test Management
2 4 (66.67%) Test Strategy
3 3 (50.00%) API Testing
3 3 (50.00%) Load Testing
3 3 (50.00%) Mentoring
3 3 (50.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 3 (50.00%) People Management
4 2 (33.33%) Automation Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Configuration Management
5 1 (16.67%) Line Management
5 1 (16.67%) Project Management
5 1 (16.67%) Software Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Supplier Management
5 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
5 1 (16.67%) Test Planning
5 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) ISEB
2 1 (16.67%) Degree
Systems Management
1 3 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (100.00%) HP