Period
to 25 May 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 25 May 2020 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
England > South East
6 months to
25 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 203 286 280
Rank change year-on-year +83 -6 -4
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 33 72 97
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.45% 0.48% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.81% 2.04% 2.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 42 54
Median daily rate £382 £403 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.22% +15.00% -
10th Percentile £333 £334 £300
90th Percentile £468 £506 £425
England median daily rate £383 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +2.13% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £47.00 - -
England median hourly rate £47.00 £36.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +30.56% +28.57% -32.73%

ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 the South East with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South East
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,824 3,532 3,832
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 24.97% 23.74% 22.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,024 2,066 2,077
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £610 £588 £569
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 216 193
Median hourly rate £31.56 £25.66 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.96% -17.22% +44.19%
10th Percentile £16.01 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £62.30 £52.50 £55.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.00
% change year-on-year +4.79% +33.60% -16.67%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing ISTQB Foundation Certification as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East over the 6 months to 25 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the South East region over the 6 months to 25 May 2020. 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
Hampshire +66 17 £382 -10.24%
West Sussex +20 8 £380 -2.88%
Thames Valley +52 5 £384 -20.25%
Buckinghamshire +31 4 £384 -12.27%
Surrey +60 2 £400 -
Berkshire +50 1 - -
Kent - 1 £325 -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 25 May 2020, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 South East region with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 28 (84.85%) ISTQB
2 24 (72.73%) ISEB
3 20 (60.61%) Test Automation
4 17 (51.52%) Security Cleared
5 14 (42.42%) SC Cleared
6 13 (39.39%) Software Testing
6 13 (39.39%) JIRA
7 12 (36.36%) Selenium
7 12 (36.36%) Java
8 11 (33.33%) Test Scripting
9 10 (30.30%) QA
9 10 (30.30%) Agile Software Development
9 10 (30.30%) Oracle
9 10 (30.30%) HP
10 8 (24.24%) Performance Testing
10 8 (24.24%) Integration Testing
10 8 (24.24%) Scenario Testing
10 8 (24.24%) HP ALM
11 7 (21.21%) SDLC
11 7 (21.21%) Customer Requirements
11 7 (21.21%) Micro Focus
11 7 (21.21%) SQL
11 7 (21.21%) HP UFT
11 7 (21.21%) Regression Testing
11 7 (21.21%) Oracle EBS
12 6 (18.18%) C#
12 6 (18.18%) CRM
12 6 (18.18%) Open Source
12 6 (18.18%) SoapUI
13 5 (15.15%) Functional Testing

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 (12.12%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (9.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (21.21%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.12%) Azure
2 2 (6.06%) AWS
3 1 (3.03%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (3.03%) Amazon S3
3 1 (3.03%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (3.03%) GitHub
3 1 (3.03%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.03%) ATM
1 1 (3.03%) DMZ
1 1 (3.03%) Firewall
1 1 (3.03%) HTTP
1 1 (3.03%) SSL
1 1 (3.03%) TCP/IP
1 1 (3.03%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.06%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (3.03%) MongoDB
2 1 (3.03%) MySQL
2 1 (3.03%) NoSQL
2 1 (3.03%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.03%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (39.39%) JIRA
2 12 (36.36%) Selenium
3 7 (21.21%) HP UFT
4 6 (18.18%) SoapUI
5 3 (9.09%) Cucumber
5 3 (9.09%) Gatling
5 3 (9.09%) Jenkins
6 2 (6.06%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (3.03%) Git (software)
7 1 (3.03%) Grunt
7 1 (3.03%) JMeter
7 1 (3.03%) Mocha
7 1 (3.03%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (3.03%) TestDirector
7 1 (3.03%) TestNG
7 1 (3.03%) WebDriver
7 1 (3.03%) webpack
General
1 4 (12.12%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 15 (45.45%) Tester
2 11 (33.33%) Analyst
3 10 (30.30%) Test Analyst
4 5 (15.15%) Test Engineer
5 4 (12.12%) QA Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) Regression Tester
6 3 (9.09%) Functional Tester
6 3 (9.09%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (6.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (6.06%) Network Analyst
7 2 (6.06%) Software Tester
7 2 (6.06%) Systems Tester
7 2 (6.06%) Test Specialist
7 2 (6.06%) UI Specialist
8 1 (3.03%) Automation Tester
8 1 (3.03%) Defect Manager
8 1 (3.03%) Mobile Applications Developer
8 1 (3.03%) Mobile Developer
8 1 (3.03%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
8 1 (3.03%) Performance Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.15%) JMS
1 5 (15.15%) Spring
2 3 (9.09%) RESTful
2 3 (9.09%) SOAP
2 3 (9.09%) XML
3 1 (3.03%) Apache Cordova
3 1 (3.03%) Backbone.js
3 1 (3.03%) Chai
3 1 (3.03%) Express
3 1 (3.03%) Gherkin
3 1 (3.03%) Jest
3 1 (3.03%) Mongoose
3 1 (3.03%) Node.js
3 1 (3.03%) PhoneGap
3 1 (3.03%) React
3 1 (3.03%) React Native
3 1 (3.03%) Redux
3 1 (3.03%) REST
3 1 (3.03%) Sass
3 1 (3.03%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.15%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (9.09%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (6.06%) Mobile App
4 1 (3.03%) Cyberattack
4 1 (3.03%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (3.03%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.12%) Unix
1 4 (12.12%) Windows
2 2 (6.06%) Linux
3 1 (3.03%) Android
3 1 (3.03%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (60.61%) Test Automation
2 13 (39.39%) Software Testing
3 11 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 10 (30.30%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (24.24%) Integration Testing
5 8 (24.24%) Performance Testing
5 8 (24.24%) Scenario Testing
6 7 (21.21%) Customer Requirements
6 7 (21.21%) Regression Testing
6 7 (21.21%) SDLC
7 6 (18.18%) CRM
7 6 (18.18%) Open Source
8 5 (15.15%) Functional Testing
8 5 (15.15%) Microservices
8 5 (15.15%) Scrum
8 5 (15.15%) TMMi
8 5 (15.15%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (12.12%) Problem-Solving
9 4 (12.12%) Test Strategy
9 4 (12.12%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 12 (36.36%) Java
2 7 (21.21%) SQL
3 6 (18.18%) C#
4 5 (15.15%) Java 8
5 4 (12.12%) JavaScript
5 4 (12.12%) VB
5 4 (12.12%) VBScript
6 1 (3.03%) Apple Swift
6 1 (3.03%) C
6 1 (3.03%) C++
6 1 (3.03%) ES6
6 1 (3.03%) Kotlin
6 1 (3.03%) Objective-C
6 1 (3.03%) PHP
6 1 (3.03%) PowerShell
6 1 (3.03%) Python
6 1 (3.03%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 28 (84.85%) ISTQB
2 24 (72.73%) ISEB
3 17 (51.52%) Security Cleared
4 14 (42.42%) SC Cleared
5 3 (9.09%) Degree
6 1 (3.03%) CEH
6 1 (3.03%) CISA
6 1 (3.03%) DV Cleared
6 1 (3.03%) GIAC
6 1 (3.03%) OSCE
6 1 (3.03%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (30.30%) QA
2 1 (3.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.03%) NIST
Systems Management
1 8 (24.24%) HP ALM
2 5 (15.15%) Ansible
2 5 (15.15%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (15.15%) Terraform
3 1 (3.03%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 10 (30.30%) HP
1 10 (30.30%) Oracle
2 7 (21.21%) Micro Focus
3 2 (6.06%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.03%) Black Duck
4 1 (3.03%) Capita
4 1 (3.03%) Cisco
4 1 (3.03%) hybris
4 1 (3.03%) OutSystems
4 1 (3.03%) Qualys
4 1 (3.03%) Sonatype
4 1 (3.03%) VMware
4 1 (3.03%) Xamarin