Period
to 17 May 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 May 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 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 391 377 464
Rank change year-on-year -14 +87 +26
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 69 53 144
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.29% 0.26% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.65% 1.33% 2.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 34 89
10th Percentile £233 £340 £307
25th Percentile £378 £400 £338
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £440 £463 £450
Median % change year-on-year -4.86% +2.78% +6.19%
75th Percentile £489 £566 £538
90th Percentile £552 £698 £553
England median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +0.06% +5.26% +1.33%

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 4,179 3,978 6,576
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 17.58% 19.37% 16.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,868 2,723 4,398
10th Percentile £329 £300 £308
25th Percentile £425 £400 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £500 £508
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% -1.48% +1.50%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £600
90th Percentile £691 £656 £691
England median daily rate £498 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +4.86% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 59 95
10th Percentile £19.47 £18.00 £14.25
25th Percentile £26.65 £21.43 £18.14
Median hourly rate £37.50 £33.68 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +11.36% +12.25% +50.00%
75th Percentile £50.00 £47.83 £47.46
90th Percentile £59.90 £52.40 £53.75
England median hourly rate £38.71 £27.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year +40.76% -5.17% +28.89%

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 May 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 May 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 +4 3 £531 +6.25% 4
West London - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 17 May 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 45 (65.22%) ISEB
2 37 (53.62%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (37.68%) Software Testing
4 24 (34.78%) Test Strategy
5 23 (33.33%) Test Automation
6 22 (31.88%) Test Management
7 21 (30.43%) JIRA
8 20 (28.99%) Social Skills
9 19 (27.54%) QA
9 19 (27.54%) Finance
9 19 (27.54%) Microsoft
10 18 (26.09%) Banking
11 17 (24.64%) Stakeholder Management
12 16 (23.19%) Exploratory Testing
13 15 (21.74%) SDLC
13 15 (21.74%) Azure
13 15 (21.74%) Regression Testing
13 15 (21.74%) Migration
13 15 (21.74%) Selenium
13 15 (21.74%) Project Delivery
14 14 (20.29%) User Acceptance Testing
15 13 (18.84%) Non-Functional Testing
15 13 (18.84%) Problem-Solving
16 12 (17.39%) SQL
16 12 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
16 12 (17.39%) Waterfall
16 12 (17.39%) DevOps
17 11 (15.94%) Performance Testing
17 11 (15.94%) Public Sector
18 10 (14.49%) Degree

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 9 (13.04%) SharePoint
2 6 (8.70%) Confluence
3 2 (2.90%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (4.35%) Summit
2 1 (1.45%) Bloomberg TOMS
2 1 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.45%) Elite 3E
2 1 (1.45%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (1.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.45%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 15 (21.74%) Azure
2 9 (13.04%) Microsoft 365
3 7 (10.14%) GitHub
4 5 (7.25%) AWS
5 3 (4.35%) BrowserStack
6 2 (2.90%) Azure Cosmos DB
6 2 (2.90%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (2.90%) NuGet
7 1 (1.45%) GCP
7 1 (1.45%) Power Platform
7 1 (1.45%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (1.45%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.90%) Internet
1 2 (2.90%) LAN
1 2 (2.90%) WAN
2 1 (1.45%) FTP
2 1 (1.45%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.70%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.90%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.45%) Data Lake
3 1 (1.45%) Power BI
3 1 (1.45%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.45%) SAP HANA
3 1 (1.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 21 (30.43%) JIRA
2 15 (21.74%) Selenium
3 9 (13.04%) Jenkins
4 6 (8.70%) eggPlant
4 6 (8.70%) JMeter
5 5 (7.25%) Cucumber
6 4 (5.80%) Bitbucket
6 4 (5.80%) Maven
6 4 (5.80%) REST Assured
7 3 (4.35%) Travis CI
7 3 (4.35%) WebDriver
7 3 (4.35%) Zephyr
8 2 (2.90%) Appium
8 2 (2.90%) Cypress.io
8 2 (2.90%) Git (software)
8 2 (2.90%) SpecFlow
9 1 (1.45%) Gerrit
9 1 (1.45%) MSTest
9 1 (1.45%) NeoLoad
9 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 20 (28.99%) Social Skills
2 19 (27.54%) Finance
3 18 (26.09%) Banking
4 11 (15.94%) Public Sector
5 7 (10.14%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (10.14%) Influencing Skills
6 3 (4.35%) Investment Banking
6 3 (4.35%) Law
6 3 (4.35%) Presentation Skills
7 1 (1.45%) Advertising
7 1 (1.45%) Games
7 1 (1.45%) Retail
7 1 (1.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (34.78%) Test Manager
2 13 (18.84%) Analyst
3 10 (14.49%) Tester
4 9 (13.04%) Test Analyst
5 7 (10.14%) SAP Manager
5 7 (10.14%) SAP Test Manager
6 6 (8.70%) QA Analyst
6 6 (8.70%) Software Tester
7 5 (7.25%) Developer
8 4 (5.80%) Senior Software Tester
8 4 (5.80%) Senior Tester
8 4 (5.80%) Test Leader
9 3 (4.35%) Data Migration Tester
9 3 (4.35%) Developer in Test
9 3 (4.35%) Programme Test Manager
9 3 (4.35%) QA Engineer
9 3 (4.35%) Senior Programme Manager
9 3 (4.35%) Senior QA Engineer
9 3 (4.35%) Senior Test Manager
9 3 (4.35%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (13.04%) REST
2 8 (11.59%) .NET
3 6 (8.70%) SOAP
4 3 (4.35%) Middleware
4 3 (4.35%) Web Services
4 3 (4.35%) WPF
5 2 (2.90%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.45%) Gherkin
6 1 (1.45%) HTML
6 1 (1.45%) RESTful
6 1 (1.45%) RxSwift
6 1 (1.45%) SAP Fiori
6 1 (1.45%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 6 (8.70%) NHS
2 5 (7.25%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (5.80%) Fixed Income
4 3 (4.35%) Video\Live Streaming
5 2 (2.90%) Data Centre
5 2 (2.90%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.90%) Equities
5 2 (2.90%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.45%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.45%) User Experience
6 1 (1.45%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.90%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.45%) Android
2 1 (1.45%) tvOS
2 1 (1.45%) Windows
2 1 (1.45%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (53.62%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (37.68%) Software Testing
3 24 (34.78%) Test Strategy
4 23 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 22 (31.88%) Test Management
6 17 (24.64%) Stakeholder Management
7 16 (23.19%) Exploratory Testing
8 15 (21.74%) Migration
8 15 (21.74%) Project Delivery
8 15 (21.74%) Regression Testing
8 15 (21.74%) SDLC
9 14 (20.29%) User Acceptance Testing
10 13 (18.84%) Non-Functional Testing
10 13 (18.84%) Problem-Solving
11 12 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
11 12 (17.39%) DevOps
11 12 (17.39%) Waterfall
12 11 (15.94%) Performance Testing
13 10 (14.49%) Data Migration
13 10 (14.49%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 12 (17.39%) SQL
2 10 (14.49%) Java
3 5 (7.25%) C#
3 5 (7.25%) PL/SQL
3 5 (7.25%) T-SQL
4 3 (4.35%) Java 8
4 3 (4.35%) Python
5 2 (2.90%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.45%) Apple Swift
6 1 (1.45%) C++
6 1 (1.45%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 45 (65.22%) ISEB
2 10 (14.49%) Degree
2 10 (14.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (11.59%) SC Cleared
3 8 (11.59%) Security Cleared
4 7 (10.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 3 (4.35%) ISEB Practitioner
5 3 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (2.90%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (2.90%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.45%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.45%) CTC Cleared
7 1 (1.45%) HNC
7 1 (1.45%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (27.54%) QA
2 1 (1.45%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.45%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.45%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.45%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.90%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 19 (27.54%) Microsoft
2 7 (10.14%) SAP
3 3 (4.35%) Google
3 3 (4.35%) MuleSoft
3 3 (4.35%) Oracle
4 2 (2.90%) CheckPoint
4 2 (2.90%) Cisco
4 2 (2.90%) HP
4 2 (2.90%) IBM
4 2 (2.90%) Juniper
4 2 (2.90%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.45%) Apple
5 1 (1.45%) Bloomberg
5 1 (1.45%) FXall
5 1 (1.45%) Splunk
5 1 (1.45%) Tradeweb