Period
to 16 October 2018

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 16 October 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
England > South East
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 273 287 296
Rank change year-on-year +14 +9 -47
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 107 89 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.65% 0.55% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.94% 2.43% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 50 65
South East median daily rate £363 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.54% +8.33% -14.29%
10th Percentile £300 £219 £191
90th Percentile £441 £447 £456
England median daily rate £366 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +12.69% +8.24% -11.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
South East median hourly rate £40.00 - -
England median hourly rate £29.00 £43.25 £33.50
% change year-on-year -32.95% +29.10% -1.47%

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 3,638 3,656 4,453
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.11% 22.47% 26.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,018 2,058 2,684
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +0.30%
10th Percentile £232 £215 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £418
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 218 218 210
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £23.13 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +72.97% -15.91% -
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £53.86 £48.75 £52.25
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.18 £25.50
% change year-on-year -8.03% +6.60% +13.33%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing ISTQB Foundation Certification as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South East

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor 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 16 October 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
Hampshire -18 36 £355 +9.23% 2
Thames Valley +7 26 £353 +14.63% 7
West Sussex +4 21 £423 +24.26% 2
Surrey -11 19 £400 +25.00% 3
Berkshire +16 18 £365 +46.00% 4
Buckinghamshire +11 8 £343 +7.03% 3
East Sussex -4 1 - -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 16 October 2018, 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 91 (85.05%) ISTQB
2 82 (76.64%) ISEB
3 61 (57.01%) Oracle
4 59 (55.14%) Test Automation
5 57 (53.27%) SQL
6 55 (51.40%) Agile Software Development
7 52 (48.60%) Test Scripting
8 43 (40.19%) Java
9 42 (39.25%) HP
10 41 (38.32%) Security Cleared
11 38 (35.51%) SC Cleared
12 33 (30.84%) HP ALM
13 30 (28.04%) Windows
14 28 (26.17%) Scrum
14 28 (26.17%) System Integration Testing
15 26 (24.30%) Test Strategy
15 26 (24.30%) Selenium
15 26 (24.30%) .NET
16 25 (23.36%) Software Testing
17 24 (22.43%) Microsoft
18 23 (21.50%) Unix
19 22 (20.56%) C#
19 22 (20.56%) XML
19 22 (20.56%) Continuous Integration
20 21 (19.63%) HP Quality Center
20 21 (19.63%) webMethods
21 20 (18.69%) Oracle Reports
21 20 (18.69%) Oracle APEX
21 20 (18.69%) JIRA
22 19 (17.76%) QA

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 13 (12.15%) WebLogic
2 10 (9.35%) Confluence
Applications
1 9 (8.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (4.67%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (2.80%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (2.80%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (3.74%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 15 (14.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 12 (11.21%) SAN
2 7 (6.54%) PuTTY
2 7 (6.54%) WinSCP
3 5 (4.67%) TCP/IP
4 4 (3.74%) DHCP
5 3 (2.80%) DNS
6 1 (0.93%) 4G
6 1 (0.93%) ATM
6 1 (0.93%) Internet
6 1 (0.93%) IP Telephony
6 1 (0.93%) LAN
6 1 (0.93%) LTE
6 1 (0.93%) MVNO
6 1 (0.93%) SNMP
6 1 (0.93%) VoIP
6 1 (0.93%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (18.69%) Oracle Reports
2 13 (12.15%) SQL Server
3 11 (10.28%) Oracle Database
4 10 (9.35%) Oracle Database 10g
5 8 (7.48%) Oracle Database 11g
5 8 (7.48%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (7.48%) SQL Server 2016
6 4 (3.74%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.87%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.93%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 26 (24.30%) Selenium
2 20 (18.69%) JIRA
2 20 (18.69%) Oracle APEX
3 19 (17.76%) SoapUI
4 14 (13.08%) HP UFT
5 13 (12.15%) Team Foundation Server
5 13 (12.15%) Toad
6 11 (10.28%) Cucumber
7 10 (9.35%) SpecFlow
8 9 (8.41%) LoadRunner
9 8 (7.48%) WebDriver
10 6 (5.61%) Visual Studio
11 5 (4.67%) Ant
11 5 (4.67%) Eclipse
11 5 (4.67%) Gatling
11 5 (4.67%) JMeter
11 5 (4.67%) TestNG
12 3 (2.80%) Protractor
12 3 (2.80%) TeamCity
13 2 (1.87%) Git (software)
General
1 9 (8.41%) Finance
2 4 (3.74%) Banking
3 3 (2.80%) Military
4 2 (1.87%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.93%) Billing
5 1 (0.93%) Retail
Job Titles
1 55 (51.40%) Analyst
2 50 (46.73%) Test Analyst
3 19 (17.76%) Tester
4 17 (15.89%) Test Engineer
5 14 (13.08%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 9 (8.41%) Automation Test Analyst
7 8 (7.48%) Automation Tester
7 8 (7.48%) Test Manager
8 5 (4.67%) Test Automation Engineer
8 5 (4.67%) Test Specialist
9 4 (3.74%) Digital Analyst
9 4 (3.74%) Oracle Analyst
9 4 (3.74%) Performance Tester
9 4 (3.74%) QA Analyst
9 4 (3.74%) Software Tester
9 4 (3.74%) Unix Analyst
9 4 (3.74%) Web Analyst
9 4 (3.74%) Web Applications Analyst
10 3 (2.80%) Engagement Manager
10 3 (2.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (24.30%) .NET
2 22 (20.56%) XML
3 18 (16.82%) Web Services
4 11 (10.28%) HTML
4 11 (10.28%) SOAP
5 10 (9.35%) RESTful
6 7 (6.54%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.93%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.93%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.61%) Data Centre
2 3 (2.80%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.80%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.87%) Client/Server
3 2 (1.87%) PKI
3 2 (1.87%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (0.93%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.93%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 30 (28.04%) Windows
2 23 (21.50%) Unix
3 11 (10.28%) Linux
4 9 (8.41%) Windows Server
5 7 (6.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (6.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.87%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (55.14%) Test Automation
2 55 (51.40%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (48.60%) Test Scripting
4 28 (26.17%) Scrum
4 28 (26.17%) System Integration Testing
5 26 (24.30%) Test Strategy
6 25 (23.36%) Software Testing
7 22 (20.56%) Continuous Integration
8 18 (16.82%) Customer Requirements
8 18 (16.82%) User Stories
9 17 (15.89%) Regression Testing
10 15 (14.02%) API Testing
11 14 (13.08%) Agile Testing
11 14 (13.08%) SDLC
12 12 (11.21%) Continuous Delivery
12 12 (11.21%) DevOps
12 12 (11.21%) Integration Testing
12 12 (11.21%) Manual Testing
12 12 (11.21%) Performance Testing
12 12 (11.21%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 57 (53.27%) SQL
2 43 (40.19%) Java
3 22 (20.56%) C#
4 16 (14.95%) JavaScript
5 12 (11.21%) PL/SQL
5 12 (11.21%) VB
6 7 (6.54%) F#
7 4 (3.74%) Python
8 3 (2.80%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.87%) C
10 1 (0.93%) C++
10 1 (0.93%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 91 (85.05%) ISTQB
2 82 (76.64%) ISEB
3 41 (38.32%) Security Cleared
4 38 (35.51%) SC Cleared
5 13 (12.15%) ISEB Practitioner
5 13 (12.15%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 7 (6.54%) Degree
7 1 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.93%) HNC
7 1 (0.93%) HND
7 1 (0.93%) IIBA
7 1 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (17.76%) QA
System Software
1 7 (6.54%) vSphere
2 3 (2.80%) Docker
3 2 (1.87%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.87%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 33 (30.84%) HP ALM
2 21 (19.63%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (4.67%) SCCM
4 3 (2.80%) vRealize
5 2 (1.87%) SCOM
6 1 (0.93%) Nessus
Vendors
1 61 (57.01%) Oracle
2 42 (39.25%) HP
3 24 (22.43%) Microsoft
4 21 (19.63%) webMethods
5 9 (8.41%) VMware
6 8 (7.48%) Software AG
7 7 (6.54%) Red Hat
8 6 (5.61%) SAP
9 3 (2.80%) Cisco
9 3 (2.80%) Citrix
9 3 (2.80%) SolarWinds
10 2 (1.87%) LogRhythm
10 2 (1.87%) Lumension
10 2 (1.87%) NetApp
11 1 (0.93%) IBM
11 1 (0.93%) Zscaler