The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 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)
Buckinghamshire / Milton Keynes
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 69 56 70
Rank change year-on-year -13 +14  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 6 6 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 0.81% 0.90% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.90% 3.31% 2.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 5
Median daily rate £320 £269 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.06% -31.08%  
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 Milton Keynes.

Academic & Professional Certification
Milton Keynes
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 207 181 210
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 27.94% 27.26% 24.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 116 130 137
Median daily rate £405 £418 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.99% +4.37%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £263 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 3 1
Median hourly rate £18.00 £10.62 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +69.53% -73.45%  
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 Milton Keynes

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Milton Keynes

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 Milton Keynes region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 14 (77.78%) ISEB
2 11 (61.11%) Finance
3 9 (50.00%) Test Scripting
4 7 (38.89%) Test Automation
4 7 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (38.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (27.78%) Integration Testing
6 5 (27.78%) Regression Testing
6 5 (27.78%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (27.78%) HP
6 5 (27.78%) Microsoft
6 5 (27.78%) SQL
6 5 (27.78%) SAP
6 5 (27.78%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (27.78%) System Integration Testing
6 5 (27.78%) Defect Management
6 5 (27.78%) Smoke Testing
7 4 (22.22%) Scenario Testing
7 4 (22.22%) Waterfall
7 4 (22.22%) QA
7 4 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (16.67%) Data Migration
8 3 (16.67%) Performance Testing
8 3 (16.67%) Software Testing
8 3 (16.67%) Migration
8 3 (16.67%) Selenium
8 3 (16.67%) JIRA
8 3 (16.67%) Scrum
8 3 (16.67%) VBA

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Milton Keynes 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:

Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Dynamics NAV
Development Applications
1 5 (27.78%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (16.67%) JIRA
2 3 (16.67%) Selenium
3 2 (11.11%) MSTest
3 2 (11.11%) SpecFlow
3 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio
4 1 (5.56%) Jenkins
4 1 (5.56%) NeoLoad
4 1 (5.56%) SoapUI
4 1 (5.56%) TestNG
4 1 (5.56%) XMLSpy
General
1 11 (61.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (72.22%) Analyst
1 13 (72.22%) Test Analyst
2 5 (27.78%) Financial Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) Service Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) UAT Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) UAT Test Analyst
4 3 (16.67%) Test Scripter
5 2 (11.11%) Data Migration Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Data Migration Lead
5 2 (11.11%) Lead Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Migration Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Project Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) QA Manager
5 2 (11.11%) Test Automation Manager
5 2 (11.11%) Test Data Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Test Leader
5 2 (11.11%) Test Manager
5 2 (11.11%) Test Strategy Manager
5 2 (11.11%) UAT Lead
5 2 (11.11%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) Middleware
1 1 (5.56%) SOAP
1 1 (5.56%) Web Services
1 1 (5.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.11%) Android
1 2 (11.11%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 7 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (38.89%) Test Automation
3 6 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (27.78%) Defect Management
4 5 (27.78%) Integration Testing
4 5 (27.78%) Regression Testing
4 5 (27.78%) Smoke Testing
4 5 (27.78%) Stakeholder Management
4 5 (27.78%) System Integration Testing
5 4 (22.22%) Scenario Testing
5 4 (22.22%) Waterfall
6 3 (16.67%) Data Migration
6 3 (16.67%) Migration
6 3 (16.67%) Performance Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Scrum
6 3 (16.67%) Software Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Biometrics
7 2 (11.11%) Document Management
7 2 (11.11%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (27.78%) SQL
2 3 (16.67%) VBA
3 1 (5.56%) Groovy
3 1 (5.56%) Java
3 1 (5.56%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 14 (77.78%) ISEB
2 7 (38.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (11.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (11.11%) SC Cleared
3 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (22.22%) QA
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (5.56%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) HP
1 5 (27.78%) Microsoft
1 5 (27.78%) SAP
2 2 (11.11%) Citrix
3 1 (5.56%) Oracle