Period
to 17 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 17 October 2021 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)
England > London
6 months to
17 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 481 326 486
Rank change year-on-year -155 +160 -20
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 86 30 88
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.24% 0.22% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.59% 1.08% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 18 57
10th Percentile £350 £220 £313
25th Percentile £395 £284 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £486 £400 £425
Median % change year-on-year +21.56% -5.88% -5.56%
75th Percentile £541 £447 £494
90th Percentile £638 £591 £525
England median daily rate £427 £415 £418
% change year-on-year +2.89% -0.60% +11.33%

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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 5,415 2,766 5,955
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.37% 20.07% 16.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,610 1,991 4,117
10th Percentile £350 £313 £308
25th Percentile £435 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +9.00% - -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £600
90th Percentile £725 £663 £700
England median daily rate £500 £485 £470
% change year-on-year +3.09% +3.19% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 30 98
10th Percentile £14.95 £17.69 £12.28
25th Percentile £20.27 £26.06 £19.44
Median hourly rate £36.25 £36.75 £28.25
Median % change year-on-year -1.36% +30.09% +36.14%
75th Percentile £51.88 £44.88 £48.75
90th Percentile £60.28 £53.88 £52.50
England median hourly rate £32.50 £31.61 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.82% -20.98% +74.44%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in London

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in London.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB in London

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB in London over the 6 months to 17 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB in London

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in London.

Hourly rate trend for ISTQB in London

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the London region over the 6 months to 17 October 2021. 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
Central London -59 4 £554 - 5
West London -14 2 - -
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 17 October 2021, 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 London region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 52 (60.47%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (45.35%) Test Automation
3 34 (39.53%) ISEB
4 30 (34.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 29 (33.72%) JIRA
5 29 (33.72%) Selenium
6 28 (32.56%) Azure
7 26 (30.23%) Degree
7 26 (30.23%) Software Testing
8 21 (24.42%) QA
9 20 (23.26%) Performance Testing
9 20 (23.26%) Problem-Solving
10 19 (22.09%) Social Skills
10 19 (22.09%) Waterfall
11 18 (20.93%) SQL
11 18 (20.93%) DevOps
12 16 (18.60%) Cucumber
12 16 (18.60%) Test Strategy
12 16 (18.60%) Computer Science
12 16 (18.60%) User Acceptance Testing
13 15 (17.44%) Test Management
13 15 (17.44%) Jenkins
13 15 (17.44%) C#
13 15 (17.44%) TDD
13 15 (17.44%) Scrum
14 14 (16.28%) Java
14 14 (16.28%) AWS
15 13 (15.12%) Test Scripting
15 13 (15.12%) Continuous Improvement
15 13 (15.12%) Confluence

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 13 (15.12%) Confluence
2 1 (1.16%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (2.33%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.49%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (3.49%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 2 (2.33%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 28 (32.56%) Azure
2 14 (16.28%) AWS
3 11 (12.79%) GitHub
4 5 (5.81%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (4.65%) BrowserStack
5 4 (4.65%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (4.65%) Power Platform
5 4 (4.65%) Sauce Labs
6 3 (3.49%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 3 (3.49%) PaaS
6 3 (3.49%) Snowflake
7 2 (2.33%) Amazon S3
7 2 (2.33%) npm
7 2 (2.33%) NuGet
7 2 (2.33%) SuccessFactors
7 2 (2.33%) Tricentis Tosca
8 1 (1.16%) GCP
8 1 (1.16%) SaaS
8 1 (1.16%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.81%) HTTP
2 3 (3.49%) WAN
3 2 (2.33%) Internet
3 2 (2.33%) LAN
4 1 (1.16%) 5G
4 1 (1.16%) SD-WAN
4 1 (1.16%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (15.12%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.14%) MySQL
3 6 (6.98%) Relational Database
4 4 (4.65%) MongoDB
4 4 (4.65%) NoSQL
4 4 (4.65%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (4.65%) Power BI
5 3 (3.49%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (3.49%) DB2
5 3 (3.49%) Oracle Database
5 3 (3.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (1.16%) Big Data
7 1 (1.16%) Data Lake
7 1 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (1.16%) Riak
7 1 (1.16%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 29 (33.72%) JIRA
1 29 (33.72%) Selenium
2 16 (18.60%) Cucumber
3 15 (17.44%) Jenkins
4 11 (12.79%) JMeter
5 10 (11.63%) WebDriver
6 9 (10.47%) SpecFlow
7 8 (9.30%) Maven
8 7 (8.14%) Postman
9 6 (6.98%) Bitbucket
9 6 (6.98%) Gatling
9 6 (6.98%) Travis CI
10 5 (5.81%) Appium
10 5 (5.81%) Git (software)
11 4 (4.65%) JUnit
11 4 (4.65%) TestNG
11 4 (4.65%) Visual Studio
12 3 (3.49%) Octopus Deploy
12 3 (3.49%) TeamCity
12 3 (3.49%) Zephyr
General
1 19 (22.09%) Social Skills
2 12 (13.95%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (13.95%) Finance
3 9 (10.47%) Banking
4 4 (4.65%) Influencing Skills
4 4 (4.65%) Legal
4 4 (4.65%) Public Sector
5 3 (3.49%) Investment Banking
5 3 (3.49%) Law
5 3 (3.49%) Retail
5 3 (3.49%) Telecoms
6 2 (2.33%) Presentation Skills
7 1 (1.16%) Aerospace
7 1 (1.16%) Billing
7 1 (1.16%) Games
7 1 (1.16%) General Ledger
7 1 (1.16%) Police
Job Titles
1 20 (23.26%) Analyst
1 20 (23.26%) Test Analyst
2 15 (17.44%) Developer
3 13 (15.12%) Test Manager
4 10 (11.63%) Test Leader
5 8 (9.30%) iOS Developer
5 8 (9.30%) Senior Developer
5 8 (9.30%) Senior iOS Developer
5 8 (9.30%) Tester
6 7 (8.14%) Developer in Test
6 7 (8.14%) Software Developer
6 7 (8.14%) Test Engineer
7 5 (5.81%) Automation Test Lead
8 4 (4.65%) Java Developer
8 4 (4.65%) Java Developer in Test
8 4 (4.65%) Java Software Developer
8 4 (4.65%) Software Engineer
8 4 (4.65%) Test Automation Engineer
9 3 (3.49%) Automation Tester
9 3 (3.49%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (15.12%) Web Services
2 12 (13.95%) RESTful
3 11 (12.79%) REST
4 8 (9.30%) RxSwift
4 8 (9.30%) SOAP
5 5 (5.81%) .NET
5 5 (5.81%) JSON
6 4 (4.65%) CSS
6 4 (4.65%) HTML
6 4 (4.65%) Mongoose
6 4 (4.65%) React Native
7 3 (3.49%) Gherkin
7 3 (3.49%) Oracle Fusion
7 3 (3.49%) pytest
7 3 (3.49%) Spring
8 2 (2.33%) FIX Protocol
8 2 (2.33%) jQuery
8 2 (2.33%) Kafka
8 2 (2.33%) LINQ
8 2 (2.33%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (12.79%) User Experience
2 8 (9.30%) Video on Demand
2 8 (9.30%) Video\Live Streaming
3 7 (8.14%) Mobile App
4 5 (5.81%) Data Centre
5 4 (4.65%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (3.49%) Legacy Applications
7 2 (2.33%) Mainframe
8 1 (1.16%) DataPower
8 1 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (1.16%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.16%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (1.16%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 12 (13.95%) Apple iOS
2 8 (9.30%) tvOS
3 5 (5.81%) Windows
4 4 (4.65%) Android
5 3 (3.49%) Linux
5 3 (3.49%) zOS
6 1 (1.16%) Unix
6 1 (1.16%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (60.47%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (45.35%) Test Automation
3 26 (30.23%) Software Testing
4 20 (23.26%) Performance Testing
4 20 (23.26%) Problem-Solving
5 19 (22.09%) Waterfall
6 18 (20.93%) DevOps
7 16 (18.60%) Computer Science
7 16 (18.60%) Test Strategy
7 16 (18.60%) User Acceptance Testing
8 15 (17.44%) Scrum
8 15 (17.44%) TDD
8 15 (17.44%) Test Management
9 13 (15.12%) Continuous Improvement
9 13 (15.12%) SDLC
9 13 (15.12%) Test Scripting
10 11 (12.79%) BDD
10 11 (12.79%) Exploratory Testing
10 11 (12.79%) Non-Functional Testing
10 11 (12.79%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (20.93%) SQL
2 15 (17.44%) C#
3 14 (16.28%) Java
4 12 (13.95%) Apple Swift
4 12 (13.95%) Python
5 5 (5.81%) JavaScript
6 4 (4.65%) Kotlin
6 4 (4.65%) Objective-C
7 3 (3.49%) ANSI SQL
7 3 (3.49%) Bash Shell
7 3 (3.49%) PL/SQL
7 3 (3.49%) PowerShell
7 3 (3.49%) T-SQL
7 3 (3.49%) VBScript
8 2 (2.33%) ES6
9 1 (1.16%) COBOL
9 1 (1.16%) Erlang
9 1 (1.16%) Groovy
9 1 (1.16%) Java 8
9 1 (1.16%) VB
Qualifications
1 34 (39.53%) ISEB
2 30 (34.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 26 (30.23%) Degree
4 12 (13.95%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (5.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 4 (4.65%) SC Cleared
6 4 (4.65%) Security Cleared
7 3 (3.49%) APMP
7 3 (3.49%) ISEB Practitioner
7 3 (3.49%) Numerate Degree
8 2 (2.33%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (1.16%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (24.42%) QA
2 9 (10.47%) Accessibility
3 1 (1.16%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.16%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.16%) HL7
System Software
1 6 (6.98%) Docker
2 1 (1.16%) vCloud
2 1 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (5.81%) HP ALM
2 2 (2.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (12.79%) Microsoft
2 8 (9.30%) Apple
2 8 (9.30%) Oracle
3 4 (4.65%) Xamarin
4 3 (3.49%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (2.33%) CheckPoint
5 2 (2.33%) Cisco
5 2 (2.33%) HP
5 2 (2.33%) Juniper
5 2 (2.33%) OutSystems
5 2 (2.33%) SAP
5 2 (2.33%) ServiceNow
5 2 (2.33%) Splunk
6 1 (1.16%) Avaloq
6 1 (1.16%) Databricks
6 1 (1.16%) Google
6 1 (1.16%) Micro Focus
6 1 (1.16%) VMware
6 1 (1.16%) Zscaler