Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 123 133 104
Rank change year-on-year +10 -29 +16
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 76 29 100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.46% 0.79% 1.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.77% 5.23% 8.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 15 56
Scotland median daily rate £285 £310 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.06% +1.64% -3.17%
10th Percentile £221 £250 £241
90th Percentile £334 £475 £415
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year - +2.94% +4.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 4
Scotland median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £12.96
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +15.72% -12.71%
10th Percentile £12.71 £15.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £17.43 £15.00 £14.72
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £43.13 £35.00
% change year-on-year -68.70% +23.21% +55.56%

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 867 554 1,198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 16.70% 15.16% 21.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 558 344 655
Scotland median daily rate £350 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% +0.72%
10th Percentile £207 £200 £220
90th Percentile £500 £525 £475
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 25 46
Scotland median hourly rate £15.38 £31.85 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -51.73% -15.07% +43.02%
10th Percentile £12.71 £14.84 £15.94
90th Percentile £62.38 £52.10 £42.75
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% -7.69% +47.73%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -14 26 £285 +10.68%
Edinburgh -21 23 £320 +3.23% 6
Glasgow -15 15 £305 -6.15% 3
Fife +11 10 £106 -92.90%
Dundee -9 1 - -
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 54 (71.05%) SQL
2 52 (68.42%) Test Automation
3 47 (61.84%) Software Testing
4 41 (53.95%) Test Scripting
5 39 (51.32%) Windows
6 32 (42.11%) Microsoft
7 31 (40.79%) Active Directory
7 31 (40.79%) AIX
7 31 (40.79%) Change Management
7 31 (40.79%) McAfee
7 31 (40.79%) Citrix
7 31 (40.79%) WinRunner
7 31 (40.79%) HP UFT
7 31 (40.79%) Veritas
7 31 (40.79%) Windows Server 2003
7 31 (40.79%) Windows 7
7 31 (40.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 31 (40.79%) Hyper-V
7 31 (40.79%) PDA
7 31 (40.79%) VMware
7 31 (40.79%) Clustering
7 31 (40.79%) McAfee ePO
7 31 (40.79%) VMware ESXi
8 29 (38.16%) SC Cleared
8 29 (38.16%) Security Cleared
9 28 (36.84%) VMware Infrastructure
9 28 (36.84%) HP
9 28 (36.84%) Smoke Testing
10 27 (35.53%) Virtual Desktop
10 27 (35.53%) HP ALM

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 3 (3.95%) CMS
1 3 (3.95%) WebLogic
Applications
1 5 (6.58%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.63%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (1.32%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 27 (35.53%) Office 365
2 1 (1.32%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 26 (34.21%) DHCP
1 26 (34.21%) DNS
2 5 (6.58%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (13.16%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (11.84%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.32%) Power BI
3 1 (1.32%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 31 (40.79%) HP UFT
1 31 (40.79%) WinRunner
2 7 (9.21%) Selenium
3 6 (7.89%) TestDirector
4 4 (5.26%) JIRA
5 3 (3.95%) Cucumber
5 3 (3.95%) Mocha
5 3 (3.95%) SilkTest
5 3 (3.95%) TestComplete
6 2 (2.63%) Robot Framework
6 2 (2.63%) WebDriver
7 1 (1.32%) Gatling
7 1 (1.32%) Jenkins
7 1 (1.32%) QAComplete
7 1 (1.32%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 19 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (2.63%) Retail Banking
3 1 (1.32%) Banking
3 1 (1.32%) Games
3 1 (1.32%) Law
3 1 (1.32%) Legal
Job Titles
1 38 (50.00%) Analyst
1 38 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 20 (26.32%) Tester
3 11 (14.47%) Test Leader
4 9 (11.84%) ETL Tester
5 8 (10.53%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 7 (9.21%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 7 (9.21%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
7 4 (5.26%) Infrastructure Support
7 4 (5.26%) Manual Test Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Test Engineer
8 3 (3.95%) Web Tester
9 2 (2.63%) Agile Test Analyst
9 2 (2.63%) Business Test Analyst
9 2 (2.63%) Lead Test Analyst
9 2 (2.63%) QA Tester
9 2 (2.63%) Senior Analyst
9 2 (2.63%) Senior Test Analyst
9 2 (2.63%) UAT Manager
10 1 (1.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.95%) Chai
2 1 (1.32%) .NET
2 1 (1.32%) OpenGL
2 1 (1.32%) REST
2 1 (1.32%) SOAP
2 1 (1.32%) Web Services
2 1 (1.32%) WebGL
2 1 (1.32%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 31 (40.79%) Clustering
1 31 (40.79%) PDA
2 15 (19.74%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.95%) User Experience
4 2 (2.63%) Analytical Mindset
5 1 (1.32%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.32%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.32%) iPad
5 1 (1.32%) iPhone
5 1 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.32%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 39 (51.32%) Windows
2 31 (40.79%) AIX
2 31 (40.79%) Windows 7
2 31 (40.79%) Windows Server 2003
2 31 (40.79%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (15.79%) Unix
4 7 (9.21%) Linux
5 6 (7.89%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.32%) Android
6 1 (1.32%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (68.42%) Test Automation
2 47 (61.84%) Software Testing
3 41 (53.95%) Test Scripting
4 31 (40.79%) Change Management
5 28 (36.84%) Smoke Testing
6 21 (27.63%) Agile Software Development
7 18 (23.68%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (14.47%) Defect Management
8 11 (14.47%) Test Management
9 10 (13.16%) SDLC
10 9 (11.84%) ETL
10 9 (11.84%) Manual Testing
10 9 (11.84%) Open Source
11 7 (9.21%) Functional Testing
12 6 (7.89%) Test Planning
13 5 (6.58%) Stakeholder Management
14 4 (5.26%) System Testing
15 3 (3.95%) Content Management
15 3 (3.95%) Integration Testing
15 3 (3.95%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 54 (71.05%) SQL
2 10 (13.16%) Java
3 5 (6.58%) C#
4 3 (3.95%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (38.16%) SC Cleared
1 29 (38.16%) Security Cleared
2 20 (26.32%) ISEB
3 8 (10.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (5.26%) MCITP
4 4 (5.26%) MCSA
4 4 (5.26%) MCSE
4 4 (5.26%) MCTS
4 4 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (3.95%) Degree
6 2 (2.63%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.26%) QA
2 3 (3.95%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.32%) GDPR
System Software
1 31 (40.79%) Active Directory
1 31 (40.79%) Hyper-V
1 31 (40.79%) VMware ESXi
2 28 (36.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (35.53%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 31 (40.79%) McAfee ePO
2 27 (35.53%) HP ALM
3 10 (13.16%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (5.26%) Netcool
Vendors
1 32 (42.11%) Microsoft
2 31 (40.79%) Citrix
2 31 (40.79%) McAfee
2 31 (40.79%) Veritas
2 31 (40.79%) VMware
3 28 (36.84%) HP
4 27 (35.53%) Ivanti
5 12 (15.79%) Oracle
6 9 (11.84%) Informatica