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 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)
Buckinghamshire / Milton Keynes
Rank 60 58 64
Rank change year-on-year -2 +6  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 12 10 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 1.61% 1.33% 0.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.57% 5.62% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 4
Median daily rate £350 £400 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +20.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £332 £291 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £510 £346
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £304
% change year-on-year +12.00% +2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Milton Keynes.

Academic & Professional Certification
Milton Keynes
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 336 178 223
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 44.98% 23.70% 26.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 211 125 133
Median daily rate £425 £415 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.40% +22.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 7
Median hourly rate £18.00 £12.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -35.13%  
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 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

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Milton Keynes

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Milton Keynes over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Milton Keynes

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes

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 Milton Keynes region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 10 (76.92%) ISEB
2 9 (69.23%) Finance
3 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
4 5 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (38.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (38.46%) Defect Management
5 4 (30.77%) QA
5 4 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (30.77%) Regression Testing
5 4 (30.77%) MS Excel
5 4 (30.77%) Microsoft
5 4 (30.77%) HP
5 4 (30.77%) SQL
5 4 (30.77%) SAP
5 4 (30.77%) Smoke Testing
5 4 (30.77%) System Integration Testing
5 4 (30.77%) Integration Testing
5 4 (30.77%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (30.77%) Waterfall
6 3 (23.08%) VBA
7 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
7 2 (15.38%) ITIL
7 2 (15.38%) Citrix
7 2 (15.38%) Biometrics
7 2 (15.38%) Scrum
7 2 (15.38%) Document Management
7 2 (15.38%) Automated Testing
7 2 (15.38%) Selenium

ISTQB
Top Related 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 4 (30.77%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (15.38%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (7.69%) SAP FI
Development Applications
1 4 (30.77%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (15.38%) JIRA
2 2 (15.38%) MSTest
2 2 (15.38%) Selenium
2 2 (15.38%) SpecFlow
2 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (69.23%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (69.23%) Analyst
1 9 (69.23%) Test Analyst
2 5 (38.46%) Financial Analyst
3 4 (30.77%) Service Analyst
4 3 (23.08%) Test Scripter
4 3 (23.08%) UAT Analyst
4 3 (23.08%) UAT Test Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Functional Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Functional Test Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) QA Manager
5 2 (15.38%) Strategy Manager
5 2 (15.38%) Test Automation Manager
5 2 (15.38%) Test Manager
5 2 (15.38%) Test Strategy Manager
6 1 (7.69%) Data Migration Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Integration Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Integration Test Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Lead Test Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Project Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Test Data Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) Android
1 2 (15.38%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
2 5 (38.46%) Defect Management
2 5 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (30.77%) Integration Testing
3 4 (30.77%) Regression Testing
3 4 (30.77%) Smoke Testing
3 4 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (30.77%) System Integration Testing
3 4 (30.77%) Waterfall
4 2 (15.38%) Automated Testing
4 2 (15.38%) Biometrics
4 2 (15.38%) Document Management
4 2 (15.38%) ITIL
4 2 (15.38%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 2 (15.38%) Performance Testing
4 2 (15.38%) Scrum
4 2 (15.38%) Software Testing
4 2 (15.38%) Test Management
4 2 (15.38%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 4 (30.77%) SQL
2 3 (23.08%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (76.92%) ISEB
2 5 (38.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (15.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (15.38%) SC Cleared
3 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (30.77%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (30.77%) HP
1 4 (30.77%) Microsoft
1 4 (30.77%) SAP
2 2 (15.38%) Citrix