The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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)
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 51 69 61
Rank change year-on-year +18 -8  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 2 4 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.34% 0.46% 1.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.30% 1.41% 4.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 9
Median daily rate £344 £325 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.76% +25.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £341 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +4.76% -  
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 Reading.

Academic & Professional Certification
Reading
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 154 284 234
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 26.46% 32.38% 28.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 164 104
Median daily rate £450 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +1.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £235 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £503 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 9 23
Median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.98% -1.02%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading 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 Reading

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Reading

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Reading over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Reading

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB in Reading.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in Reading

For the 6 months to 27 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 Reading region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 3 (60.00%) Selenium
1 3 (60.00%) Test Management
1 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
1 3 (60.00%) Test Automation
1 3 (60.00%) Security Cleared
1 3 (60.00%) Defect Management
1 3 (60.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (40.00%) Infrastructure Management
2 2 (40.00%) Relational Database
2 2 (40.00%) Performance Testing
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (40.00%) JMeter
2 2 (40.00%) Software Testing
2 2 (40.00%) C
2 2 (40.00%) Java
2 2 (40.00%) PL/SQL
2 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) VB
2 2 (40.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (20.00%) ISEB
3 1 (20.00%) Project Management
3 1 (20.00%) Google
3 1 (20.00%) Degree
3 1 (20.00%) QA
3 1 (20.00%) Scrum
3 1 (20.00%) Risk Management
3 1 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (20.00%) Manual Testing
3 1 (20.00%) SC Cleared
3 1 (20.00%) Visual Studio Team System

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading 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 2 (40.00%) Microsoft Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (60.00%) Selenium
2 2 (40.00%) JMeter
3 1 (20.00%) Cucumber
3 1 (20.00%) Git (software)
3 1 (20.00%) Visual Studio Team System
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Test Manager
2 2 (40.00%) Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) Performance Manager
2 2 (40.00%) Performance Test Manager
2 2 (40.00%) Test Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Manual Test Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) QA Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) QA Automation Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Test Assurance Manager
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Defect Management
1 3 (60.00%) Test Automation
1 3 (60.00%) Test Management
1 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (40.00%) Infrastructure Management
2 2 (40.00%) Performance Testing
2 2 (40.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (20.00%) Data Strategy
3 1 (20.00%) Manual Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Project Management
3 1 (20.00%) Risk Management
3 1 (20.00%) Scenario Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Scrum
3 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 1 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Test Strategy
3 1 (20.00%) TMap
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) C
1 2 (40.00%) Java
1 2 (40.00%) PL/SQL
1 2 (40.00%) SQL
1 2 (40.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 3 (60.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 3 (60.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (20.00%) Degree
2 1 (20.00%) ISEB
2 1 (20.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Google
1 1 (20.00%) Twitter