Period
to 21 June 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 21 June 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 277 271 298
Rank change year-on-year -6 +27 -27
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 98 88 93
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.59% 0.57% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.65% 2.16% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 60 60
South East median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% -2.90%
10th Percentile £300 £225 £175
90th Percentile £425 £410 £460
England median daily rate £365 £340 £328
% change year-on-year +7.35% +3.82% -6.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
South East median hourly rate £40.00 - £170.00
10th Percentile £39.00 - £165.00
90th Percentile £41.00 - £189.00
England median hourly rate £29.00 £41.63 £109.25
% change year-on-year -30.33% -61.90% +385.56%

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 3,698 4,080 5,103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.32% 26.45% 28.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,015 2,336 3,073
South East median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +3.90%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £252
90th Percentile £565 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 186 263 204
South East median hourly rate £35.50 £20.00 £36.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +77.50% -45.58% +63.33%
10th Percentile £13.13 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £59.63
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% +7.14% +24.44%

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 21 June 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 21 June 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 51 £346 +6.54% 3
Thames Valley -3 22 £323 +0.78% 10
Surrey -37 18 £400 +29.03% 2
Buckinghamshire +9 14 £315 -10.00% 2
Berkshire -10 8 £375 +36.36% 7
East Sussex - 4 £500 -
West Sussex -4 3 £260 -37.16%
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 21 June 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 67 (68.37%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (66.33%) ISTQB
3 62 (63.27%) Test Automation
4 57 (58.16%) HP
5 56 (57.14%) ISEB
6 47 (47.96%) Scrum
7 46 (46.94%) Selenium
8 41 (41.84%) Test Scripting
8 41 (41.84%) Test Strategy
8 41 (41.84%) HP ALM
9 40 (40.82%) Microsoft
10 36 (36.73%) .NET
11 34 (34.69%) Security Cleared
12 33 (33.67%) Oracle
12 33 (33.67%) SQL Server
12 33 (33.67%) Regression Testing
12 33 (33.67%) Software Testing
13 32 (32.65%) Team Foundation Server
14 31 (31.63%) HP Quality Center
15 27 (27.55%) SC Cleared
15 27 (27.55%) Windows
16 26 (26.53%) Performance Testing
17 25 (25.51%) SpecFlow
17 25 (25.51%) System Integration Testing
17 25 (25.51%) Java
17 25 (25.51%) ISEB Practitioner
17 25 (25.51%) VMware
18 24 (24.49%) Oracle Database 10g
18 24 (24.49%) Oracle Database
18 24 (24.49%) 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 3 (3.06%) Confluence
2 1 (1.02%) Documentum
Applications
1 19 (19.39%) Microsoft Excel
1 19 (19.39%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (8.16%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (4.08%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (4.08%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.02%) Maximo
2 1 (1.02%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.02%) SAP CO
2 1 (1.02%) SAP FI
2 1 (1.02%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (1.02%) SAP MM
2 1 (1.02%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 21 (21.43%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 22 (22.45%) PuTTY
2 21 (21.43%) WinSCP
3 6 (6.12%) MVNO
4 5 (5.10%) TCP/IP
5 3 (3.06%) 2G
5 3 (3.06%) 3G
5 3 (3.06%) 4G
5 3 (3.06%) DNS
5 3 (3.06%) GSM
5 3 (3.06%) SAN
5 3 (3.06%) SCCP
5 3 (3.06%) SIGTRAN
5 3 (3.06%) UMTS
6 2 (2.04%) Diameter Protocol
6 2 (2.04%) Firewall
6 2 (2.04%) ISUP
6 2 (2.04%) LTE
6 2 (2.04%) SS7
6 2 (2.04%) tcpdump
6 2 (2.04%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (33.67%) SQL Server
2 24 (24.49%) Oracle Database
2 24 (24.49%) Oracle Database 10g
3 21 (21.43%) Oracle Database 11g
3 21 (21.43%) SQL Server 2012
3 21 (21.43%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (3.06%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (2.04%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 46 (46.94%) Selenium
2 32 (32.65%) Team Foundation Server
3 25 (25.51%) SpecFlow
4 24 (24.49%) Oracle APEX
5 23 (23.47%) SoapUI
6 22 (22.45%) HP UFT
7 21 (21.43%) Ant
7 21 (21.43%) Eclipse
7 21 (21.43%) TestNG
8 15 (15.31%) LoadRunner
8 15 (15.31%) WebDriver
9 12 (12.24%) Visual Studio
10 10 (10.20%) Protractor
10 10 (10.20%) TeamCity
11 6 (6.12%) Cucumber
11 6 (6.12%) JIRA
12 2 (2.04%) Gatling
12 2 (2.04%) Git (software)
13 1 (1.02%) Bitbucket
13 1 (1.02%) Jenkins
General
1 21 (21.43%) Finance
2 13 (13.27%) Telecoms
3 12 (12.24%) Banking
4 7 (7.14%) Billing
5 5 (5.10%) Military
6 4 (4.08%) Retail
Job Titles
1 49 (50.00%) Analyst
2 45 (45.92%) Test Analyst
3 18 (18.37%) Tester
4 12 (12.24%) Automation Test Analyst
4 12 (12.24%) Automation Tester
5 11 (11.22%) Test Engineer
6 10 (10.20%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
7 7 (7.14%) Test Automation Engineer
8 6 (6.12%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 5 (5.10%) Technical Specialist
9 5 (5.10%) Test Leader
9 5 (5.10%) Test Specialist
10 4 (4.08%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 4 (4.08%) Selenium Automation Tester
10 4 (4.08%) Selenium Tester
10 4 (4.08%) Software Tester
10 4 (4.08%) Test Manager
11 3 (3.06%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
11 3 (3.06%) IT Analyst
11 3 (3.06%) OSS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (36.73%) .NET
2 21 (21.43%) Web Services
3 7 (7.14%) .NET Framework
4 5 (5.10%) HTML
5 4 (4.08%) ASP.NET
6 3 (3.06%) AngularJS
6 3 (3.06%) SOAP
6 3 (3.06%) XML
7 1 (1.02%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.12%) Greenfield Project
1 6 (6.12%) Management Information System
2 5 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.06%) Client/Server
3 3 (3.06%) PKI
4 2 (2.04%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.02%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.02%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.02%) FlexPod
5 1 (1.02%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 27 (27.55%) Windows
2 23 (23.47%) Windows Server
3 22 (22.45%) Linux
4 20 (20.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 19 (19.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (7.14%) Unix
7 3 (3.06%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (68.37%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (63.27%) Test Automation
3 47 (47.96%) Scrum
4 41 (41.84%) Test Scripting
4 41 (41.84%) Test Strategy
5 33 (33.67%) Regression Testing
5 33 (33.67%) Software Testing
6 26 (26.53%) Performance Testing
7 25 (25.51%) System Integration Testing
8 21 (21.43%) API Testing
8 21 (21.43%) Defect Tracking
9 20 (20.41%) DevOps
10 16 (16.33%) Scenario Testing
11 14 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
11 14 (14.29%) E-Commerce
11 14 (14.29%) TDD
12 13 (13.27%) Acceptance Criteria
12 13 (13.27%) Kanban
12 13 (13.27%) Software Engineering
13 12 (12.24%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (25.51%) Java
2 21 (21.43%) SQL
3 20 (20.41%) F#
4 17 (17.35%) C#
4 17 (17.35%) JavaScript
5 4 (4.08%) Python
5 4 (4.08%) T-SQL
6 3 (3.06%) C++
7 1 (1.02%) C
7 1 (1.02%) Ruby
7 1 (1.02%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 65 (66.33%) ISTQB
2 56 (57.14%) ISEB
3 34 (34.69%) Security Cleared
4 27 (27.55%) SC Cleared
5 25 (25.51%) ISEB Practitioner
6 13 (13.27%) Degree
7 7 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (3.06%) IIBA
8 3 (3.06%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (1.02%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.20%) QA
2 1 (1.02%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (20.41%) vSphere
2 5 (5.10%) Active Directory
3 4 (4.08%) Docker
3 4 (4.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 41 (41.84%) HP ALM
2 31 (31.63%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (6.12%) vRealize
4 3 (3.06%) SCCM
4 3 (3.06%) SCOM
Vendors
1 57 (58.16%) HP
2 40 (40.82%) Microsoft
3 33 (33.67%) Oracle
4 25 (25.51%) VMware
5 22 (22.45%) Software AG
5 22 (22.45%) webMethods
6 20 (20.41%) Red Hat
7 4 (4.08%) Cisco
8 3 (3.06%) Citrix
8 3 (3.06%) LogRhythm
8 3 (3.06%) Lumension
8 3 (3.06%) NetApp
9 1 (1.02%) Palo Alto
9 1 (1.02%) Remedy
9 1 (1.02%) SAP
9 1 (1.02%) Sophos