Period
to 17 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 17 August 2018 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)
UK > Scotland
6 months to
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 123 126 107
Rank change year-on-year +3 -19 +24
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 90 44 103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.63% 1.02% 1.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.94% 6.60% 8.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 32 63
Scotland median daily rate £285 £320 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.87% +6.58% -7.69%
10th Percentile £228 £251 £232
90th Percentile £375 £488 £411
UK median daily rate £370 £350 £336
% change year-on-year +5.71% +4.09% +1.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 6
Scotland median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.72% -53.58%
10th Percentile £13.43 £15.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £20.68 £15.00 £14.91
UK median hourly rate £21.73 £45.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -51.71% +28.57% +16.67%

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 Scotland with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Scotland
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 905 667 1,209
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 16.37% 15.45% 22.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 548 377 711
Scotland median daily rate £363 £380 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.61% +11.76% -
10th Percentile £217 £210 £220
90th Percentile £525 £533 £469
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 44 58
Scotland median hourly rate £19.00 £32.00 £37.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.63% -15.23% +37.57%
10th Percentile £12.75 £13.74 £12.91
90th Percentile £56.75 £48.29 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £29.75 £27.80
% change year-on-year -23.53% +7.01% +17.05%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Scotland

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Scotland

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Scotland over the 6 months to 17 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Scotland

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in Scotland

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Scotland region over the 6 months to 17 August 2018. 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
Renfrewshire -6 38 £285 -0.35%
Glasgow 0 26 £325 +13.04% 5
Edinburgh -35 19 £296 -5.28% 5
Fife -1 4 £106 -92.90%
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 17 August 2018, 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 Scotland region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 64 (71.11%) Software Testing
2 63 (70.00%) Test Scripting
3 60 (66.67%) Test Automation
4 55 (61.11%) SQL
5 51 (56.67%) Microsoft
6 48 (53.33%) Windows
7 47 (52.22%) Change Management
8 44 (48.89%) Windows Server 2003
8 44 (48.89%) Active Directory
8 44 (48.89%) Windows 7
8 44 (48.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 44 (48.89%) PDA
9 43 (47.78%) Hyper-V
9 43 (47.78%) Citrix
9 43 (47.78%) WinRunner
9 43 (47.78%) AIX
9 43 (47.78%) McAfee
9 43 (47.78%) HP UFT
9 43 (47.78%) Veritas
9 43 (47.78%) VMware
9 43 (47.78%) Clustering
9 43 (47.78%) VMware ESXi
10 42 (46.67%) Smoke Testing
10 42 (46.67%) McAfee ePO
10 42 (46.67%) SC Cleared
10 42 (46.67%) Security Cleared
11 39 (43.33%) VMware Infrastructure
11 39 (43.33%) HP
12 38 (42.22%) Ivanti
12 38 (42.22%) Virtual Desktop

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 4 (4.44%) Confluence
2 3 (3.33%) CMS
2 3 (3.33%) WebLogic
Applications
1 6 (6.67%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.22%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (1.11%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 38 (42.22%) Office 365
2 5 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.11%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 37 (41.11%) DHCP
1 37 (41.11%) DNS
2 3 (3.33%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.22%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.11%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 43 (47.78%) HP UFT
1 43 (47.78%) WinRunner
2 11 (12.22%) JIRA
2 11 (12.22%) Selenium
3 8 (8.89%) TestDirector
4 6 (6.67%) WebDriver
5 5 (5.56%) Jenkins
5 5 (5.56%) JMeter
5 5 (5.56%) LoadRunner
5 5 (5.56%) SpecFlow
5 5 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (3.33%) Cucumber
6 3 (3.33%) Mocha
6 3 (3.33%) SilkTest
6 3 (3.33%) TestComplete
7 2 (2.22%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.11%) Gatling
8 1 (1.11%) QAComplete
8 1 (1.11%) TestRail
8 1 (1.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 14 (15.56%) Finance
2 1 (1.11%) Banking
2 1 (1.11%) Legal
2 1 (1.11%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 44 (48.89%) Analyst
2 43 (47.78%) Test Analyst
3 19 (21.11%) Test Leader
4 17 (18.89%) Tester
5 11 (12.22%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 11 (12.22%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
5 11 (12.22%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 6 (6.67%) Automation Tester
7 5 (5.56%) Performance Test Leader
8 4 (4.44%) Infrastructure Support
8 4 (4.44%) Senior Analyst
8 4 (4.44%) Senior Test Analyst
9 3 (3.33%) Test Engineer
9 3 (3.33%) Web Tester
10 2 (2.22%) Automation Test Analyst
10 2 (2.22%) Business Test Analyst
10 2 (2.22%) Lead Test Analyst
10 2 (2.22%) Manual Test Analyst
10 2 (2.22%) Selenium Automation Tester
10 2 (2.22%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.56%) .NET
2 3 (3.33%) Chai
3 2 (2.22%) SOAP
3 2 (2.22%) XML
4 1 (1.11%) Middleware
4 1 (1.11%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 44 (48.89%) PDA
2 43 (47.78%) Clustering
3 9 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (4.44%) Analytical Mindset
5 3 (3.33%) User Experience
6 1 (1.11%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 48 (53.33%) Windows
2 44 (48.89%) Windows 7
2 44 (48.89%) Windows Server 2003
2 44 (48.89%) Windows Server 2008
3 43 (47.78%) AIX
4 8 (8.89%) Windows XP
5 5 (5.56%) Unix
6 3 (3.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (71.11%) Software Testing
2 63 (70.00%) Test Scripting
3 60 (66.67%) Test Automation
4 47 (52.22%) Change Management
5 42 (46.67%) Smoke Testing
6 21 (23.33%) User Acceptance Testing
7 18 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
8 11 (12.22%) Functional Testing
9 9 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (8.89%) Defect Management
10 8 (8.89%) Integration Testing
10 8 (8.89%) SDLC
10 8 (8.89%) Test Management
11 7 (7.78%) Manual Testing
11 7 (7.78%) Performance Testing
11 7 (7.78%) System Testing
11 7 (7.78%) Test Planning
11 7 (7.78%) Waterfall
12 6 (6.67%) Scenario Testing
13 5 (5.56%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 55 (61.11%) SQL
2 9 (10.00%) Java
3 6 (6.67%) C#
4 1 (1.11%) Python
4 1 (1.11%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 42 (46.67%) SC Cleared
1 42 (46.67%) Security Cleared
2 20 (22.22%) ISEB
3 15 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (5.56%) MCITP
4 5 (5.56%) MCSA
4 5 (5.56%) MCSE
4 5 (5.56%) MCTS
4 5 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (3.33%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.00%) QA
2 3 (3.33%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.11%) GDPR
System Software
1 44 (48.89%) Active Directory
2 43 (47.78%) Hyper-V
2 43 (47.78%) VMware ESXi
3 39 (43.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 38 (42.22%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 42 (46.67%) McAfee ePO
2 38 (42.22%) HP ALM
3 13 (14.44%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (4.44%) Netcool
Vendors
1 51 (56.67%) Microsoft
2 43 (47.78%) Citrix
2 43 (47.78%) McAfee
2 43 (47.78%) Veritas
2 43 (47.78%) VMware
3 39 (43.33%) HP
4 38 (42.22%) Ivanti
5 8 (8.89%) Oracle
6 5 (5.56%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (2.22%) Informatica