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 25 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
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Berkshire / Reading
Rank 60 76 70
Rank change year-on-year +16 -6  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 3 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.45% 0.50% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.71% 1.75% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 3
Median daily rate £300 £425 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.41% +41.66%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £300
% change year-on-year +12.00% +4.16%  
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 Reading.

Academic & Professional Certification
Reading
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 175 286 322
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 26.16% 28.34% 32.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 145 166
Median daily rate £400 £400 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.67%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £300 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £500 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 17 14
Median hourly rate £52.50 £55.55 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.49% +65.82%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £26.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £63.00 £55.65
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 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

ISTQB
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 Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in Reading

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 25 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 Reading region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 6 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 5 (83.33%) Selenium
3 4 (66.67%) Test Management
4 3 (50.00%) Regression Testing
4 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (50.00%) Defect Management
5 2 (33.33%) Defect Tracking
5 2 (33.33%) QA
5 2 (33.33%) SDLC
5 2 (33.33%) TestLink
5 2 (33.33%) WebDriver
5 2 (33.33%) Open Source
5 2 (33.33%) Waterfall
5 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
5 2 (33.33%) Hudson
5 2 (33.33%) Test Strategy
5 2 (33.33%) Capybara
5 2 (33.33%) Jenkins
5 2 (33.33%) Infrastructure Management
5 2 (33.33%) Relational Database
5 2 (33.33%) JMeter
5 2 (33.33%) Scrum
5 2 (33.33%) C
5 2 (33.33%) Java
5 2 (33.33%) PL/SQL
5 2 (33.33%) SQL
5 2 (33.33%) VB
5 2 (33.33%) MS Excel
5 2 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 2 (33.33%) Continuous Integration

ISTQB
Top Related 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 (33.33%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (33.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (83.33%) Selenium
2 2 (33.33%) Capybara
2 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
2 2 (33.33%) Git (software)
2 2 (33.33%) Hudson
2 2 (33.33%) Jenkins
2 2 (33.33%) JIRA
2 2 (33.33%) JMeter
2 2 (33.33%) TeamCity
2 2 (33.33%) TestLink
2 2 (33.33%) WebDriver
3 1 (16.67%) Robot Framework
3 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio Team System
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Performance Manager
1 2 (33.33%) Performance Test Manager
1 2 (33.33%) Test Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) QA Leader
2 1 (16.67%) QA Tester
2 1 (16.67%) Senior QA Tester
2 1 (16.67%) Senior Tester
2 1 (16.67%) Test Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Test Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Tester
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Computer Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Test Management
2 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) Defect Management
2 3 (50.00%) Regression Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (33.33%) Defect Tracking
3 2 (33.33%) Infrastructure Management
3 2 (33.33%) Manual Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Open Source
3 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Scrum
3 2 (33.33%) SDLC
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 2 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 2 (33.33%) Waterfall
4 1 (16.67%) Integration Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Requirements Engineering
4 1 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) C
1 2 (33.33%) Java
1 2 (33.33%) PL/SQL
1 2 (33.33%) SQL
1 2 (33.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (33.33%) Degree
2 2 (33.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) HP