Period
to 14 August 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 14 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
England > South East
6 months to
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 273 285 293
Rank change year-on-year +12 +8 -18
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 118 82 105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.71% 0.51% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.14% 2.12% 2.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 51 71
South East median daily rate £363 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.54% - -7.14%
10th Percentile £300 £210 £213
90th Percentile £433 £378 £460
England median daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +15.38% - -2.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
South East median hourly rate £40.00 - £170.00
10th Percentile £39.00 - £165.00
90th Percentile £41.00 - £175.00
England median hourly rate £29.00 £41.63 £35.00
% change year-on-year -30.33% +18.93% +40.00%

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 3,760 3,869 5,012
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.51% 24.24% 27.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,060 2,170 3,061
South East median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.39% +0.81% +5.26%
10th Percentile £236 £248 £258
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £426 £415
% change year-on-year +5.76% +2.53% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 206 248 183
South East median hourly rate £34.50 £20.25 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +70.37% -17.35% +1.58%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £11.36
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.15 £52.25
England median hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year -22.41% +9.43% +17.78%

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 14 August 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 14 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
Hampshire +2 48 £363 +11.54% 3
Thames Valley -1 31 £325 +14.04% 6
Berkshire 0 18 £375 +36.36% 5
Surrey -27 18 £400 +23.08% 5
West Sussex +11 14 £393 +3.15% 2
Buckinghamshire +16 13 £308 -5.38% 1
East Sussex - 4 £500 - 1
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 90 (76.27%) ISEB
2 81 (68.64%) ISTQB
3 67 (56.78%) Agile Software Development
4 66 (55.93%) HP
4 66 (55.93%) Test Automation
5 64 (54.24%) Oracle
6 54 (45.76%) HP ALM
7 50 (42.37%) Security Cleared
8 48 (40.68%) Java
9 47 (39.83%) SC Cleared
10 46 (38.98%) Selenium
11 45 (38.14%) Test Strategy
11 45 (38.14%) Scrum
12 44 (37.29%) Test Scripting
13 42 (35.59%) SQL
13 42 (35.59%) Microsoft
14 39 (33.05%) Windows
15 38 (32.20%) .NET
16 36 (30.51%) SQL Server
17 34 (28.81%) SoapUI
18 32 (27.12%) System Integration Testing
19 31 (26.27%) Software Testing
20 30 (25.42%) webMethods
20 30 (25.42%) Team Foundation Server
21 29 (24.58%) API Testing
21 29 (24.58%) ISEB Practitioner
22 28 (23.73%) C#
22 28 (23.73%) Microsoft Azure
22 28 (23.73%) Performance Testing
23 27 (22.88%) Oracle APEX

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 10 (8.47%) Confluence
2 6 (5.08%) WebLogic
Applications
1 20 (16.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (11.02%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (6.78%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (3.39%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (5.08%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.85%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 28 (23.73%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 24 (20.34%) PuTTY
2 23 (19.49%) WinSCP
3 13 (11.02%) SAN
4 7 (5.93%) TCP/IP
5 5 (4.24%) DNS
6 3 (2.54%) 2G
6 3 (2.54%) 3G
6 3 (2.54%) 4G
6 3 (2.54%) GSM
6 3 (2.54%) SCCP
6 3 (2.54%) SIGTRAN
6 3 (2.54%) UMTS
7 2 (1.69%) Diameter Protocol
7 2 (1.69%) Internet
7 2 (1.69%) ISUP
7 2 (1.69%) LTE
7 2 (1.69%) SS7
7 2 (1.69%) tcpdump
7 2 (1.69%) Wireshark
8 1 (0.85%) SMPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (30.51%) SQL Server
2 27 (22.88%) Oracle Database
2 27 (22.88%) Oracle Database 10g
3 23 (19.49%) Oracle Database 11g
3 23 (19.49%) SQL Server 2012
3 23 (19.49%) SQL Server 2016
4 12 (10.17%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (3.39%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (2.54%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.85%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 46 (38.98%) Selenium
2 34 (28.81%) SoapUI
3 30 (25.42%) Team Foundation Server
4 27 (22.88%) HP UFT
4 27 (22.88%) Oracle APEX
4 27 (22.88%) SpecFlow
5 21 (17.80%) Ant
5 21 (17.80%) Eclipse
5 21 (17.80%) TestNG
6 20 (16.95%) LoadRunner
7 13 (11.02%) JIRA
8 11 (9.32%) Cucumber
9 10 (8.47%) WebDriver
10 9 (7.63%) Toad
10 9 (7.63%) Visual Studio
11 6 (5.08%) Protractor
11 6 (5.08%) TeamCity
12 5 (4.24%) Gatling
12 5 (4.24%) JMeter
13 2 (1.69%) Git (software)
General
1 17 (14.41%) Finance
2 8 (6.78%) Banking
3 6 (5.08%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.39%) Military
4 4 (3.39%) Retail
5 1 (0.85%) Billing
Job Titles
1 64 (54.24%) Analyst
2 60 (50.85%) Test Analyst
3 21 (17.80%) Tester
4 18 (15.25%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 13 (11.02%) Automation Test Analyst
5 13 (11.02%) Automation Tester
5 13 (11.02%) Test Engineer
6 9 (7.63%) Test Automation Engineer
6 9 (7.63%) Test Specialist
7 6 (5.08%) Technical Specialist
8 5 (4.24%) Test Leader
8 5 (4.24%) Test Manager
9 4 (3.39%) Oracle Analyst
9 4 (3.39%) Performance Tester
9 4 (3.39%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 4 (3.39%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 4 (3.39%) Selenium Tester
9 4 (3.39%) Software Tester
9 4 (3.39%) Unix Analyst
10 3 (2.54%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (32.20%) .NET
2 24 (20.34%) Web Services
3 14 (11.86%) XML
4 12 (10.17%) SOAP
5 10 (8.47%) HTML
6 9 (7.63%) ASP.NET
7 3 (2.54%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.85%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.85%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.93%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.08%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.39%) Client/Server
3 4 (3.39%) PKI
4 1 (0.85%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (0.85%) FlexPod
4 1 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (0.85%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 39 (33.05%) Windows
2 26 (22.03%) Windows Server
3 23 (19.49%) Linux
4 22 (18.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 21 (17.80%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (15.25%) Unix
7 4 (3.39%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (56.78%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (55.93%) Test Automation
3 45 (38.14%) Scrum
3 45 (38.14%) Test Strategy
4 44 (37.29%) Test Scripting
5 32 (27.12%) System Integration Testing
6 31 (26.27%) Software Testing
7 29 (24.58%) API Testing
8 28 (23.73%) Performance Testing
9 26 (22.03%) DevOps
10 24 (20.34%) Defect Tracking
11 20 (16.95%) Regression Testing
12 18 (15.25%) Kanban
13 16 (13.56%) Continuous Integration
14 15 (12.71%) Collaborative Working
15 12 (10.17%) Customer Requirements
15 12 (10.17%) Scenario Testing
15 12 (10.17%) Validation
16 11 (9.32%) E-Commerce
16 11 (9.32%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 48 (40.68%) Java
2 42 (35.59%) SQL
3 28 (23.73%) C#
4 22 (18.64%) F#
5 21 (17.80%) JavaScript
6 12 (10.17%) VB
7 3 (2.54%) PL/SQL
7 3 (2.54%) Python
8 2 (1.69%) C
8 2 (1.69%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.85%) C++
9 1 (0.85%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 90 (76.27%) ISEB
2 81 (68.64%) ISTQB
3 50 (42.37%) Security Cleared
4 47 (39.83%) SC Cleared
5 29 (24.58%) ISEB Practitioner
6 15 (12.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 9 (7.63%) Degree
8 3 (2.54%) IIBA
9 2 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.85%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (12.71%) QA
2 1 (0.85%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (18.64%) vSphere
2 5 (4.24%) Active Directory
3 4 (3.39%) Docker
3 4 (3.39%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 54 (45.76%) HP ALM
2 22 (18.64%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (5.08%) vRealize
4 4 (3.39%) SCCM
4 4 (3.39%) SCOM
5 1 (0.85%) Nessus
Vendors
1 66 (55.93%) HP
2 64 (54.24%) Oracle
3 42 (35.59%) Microsoft
4 30 (25.42%) webMethods
5 27 (22.88%) VMware
6 24 (20.34%) Software AG
7 22 (18.64%) Red Hat
8 6 (5.08%) Cisco
9 4 (3.39%) Citrix
9 4 (3.39%) LogRhythm
9 4 (3.39%) Lumension
9 4 (3.39%) NetApp
10 2 (1.69%) SAP
11 1 (0.85%) Palo Alto
11 1 (0.85%) Remedy
11 1 (0.85%) Sophos
11 1 (0.85%) Zscaler