The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Leeds 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)
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 85 81 96
Rank change year-on-year -4 +15  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 5 22 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 0.46% 1.46% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.21% 8.73% 4.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 13 7
Median daily rate £363 £290 £258
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +12.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £246 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £350 £294
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 Leeds.

Academic & Professional Certification
Leeds
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 156 252 223
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Leeds 14.22% 16.69% 14.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 167 149
Median daily rate £425 £416 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.10% +18.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £321 £300 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £552 £650 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
Median hourly rate £12.00 £17.50 £12.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.42% +42.85%  
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 Leeds

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Leeds 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 Leeds

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Leeds

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Leeds over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Leeds

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 Leeds region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 18 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 15 (62.50%) Manual Testing
3 14 (58.33%) Functional Testing
3 14 (58.33%) Software Testing
4 12 (50.00%) ISEB
5 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (41.67%) Visual Studio
6 10 (41.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (33.33%) MSTest
7 8 (33.33%) SharePoint 2010
7 8 (33.33%) SQL
7 8 (33.33%) SharePoint
7 8 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 7 (29.17%) Scrum
8 7 (29.17%) Kanban
9 6 (25.00%) Selenium
9 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (25.00%) Oracle
9 6 (25.00%) Exploratory Testing
10 5 (20.83%) .NET
10 5 (20.83%) Degree
10 5 (20.83%) BDD
11 4 (16.67%) SpecFlow
11 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
11 4 (16.67%) NHS
11 4 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
12 3 (12.50%) Project Management
12 3 (12.50%) Agile Testing
12 3 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
12 3 (12.50%) QA

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Leeds 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 8 (33.33%) SharePoint
1 8 (33.33%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (8.33%) SharePoint 2013
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (41.67%) Team Foundation Server
1 10 (41.67%) Visual Studio
2 8 (33.33%) MSTest
3 6 (25.00%) Selenium
4 4 (16.67%) SpecFlow
5 2 (8.33%) Git (software)
5 2 (8.33%) Hudson
5 2 (8.33%) Jenkins
5 2 (8.33%) JMeter
5 2 (8.33%) Mercurial
5 2 (8.33%) TeamCity
6 1 (4.17%) HP UFT
6 1 (4.17%) LoadRunner
6 1 (4.17%) Selenium IDE
General
1 2 (8.33%) Finance
1 2 (8.33%) Games
2 1 (4.17%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (4.17%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 14 (58.33%) Tester
2 6 (25.00%) Analyst
2 6 (25.00%) Software Tester
2 6 (25.00%) Test Analyst
3 4 (16.67%) Test Manager
4 2 (8.33%) Automation Tester
4 2 (8.33%) Games Tester
4 2 (8.33%) Manual Test Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Software Manager
4 2 (8.33%) Software Test Manager
5 1 (4.17%) Agile Test Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Agile Tester
5 1 (4.17%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Automation Test Lead
5 1 (4.17%) ERP Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Manual Tester
5 1 (4.17%) SharePoint Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Software Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Software Test Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (20.83%) .NET
2 1 (4.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (16.67%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.17%) Windows
1 1 (4.17%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 15 (62.50%) Manual Testing
3 14 (58.33%) Functional Testing
3 14 (58.33%) Software Testing
4 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (29.17%) Kanban
5 7 (29.17%) Scrum
6 6 (25.00%) Exploratory Testing
6 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (20.83%) BDD
8 3 (12.50%) Agile Testing
8 3 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (12.50%) Project Management
9 2 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
9 2 (8.33%) Integration Testing
9 2 (8.33%) Open Source
9 2 (8.33%) Process Improvement
9 2 (8.33%) SDLC
9 2 (8.33%) Test Scripting
9 2 (8.33%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 8 (33.33%) SQL
2 2 (8.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 12 (50.00%) ISEB
2 8 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (20.83%) Degree
4 2 (8.33%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) QA
2 1 (4.17%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (25.00%) Oracle
2 2 (8.33%) HP
3 1 (4.17%) Microsoft