Period
to 25 February 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 February 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 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 261 289 290
Rank change year-on-year +28 +1 -27
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 44 91 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.41% 0.57% 0.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.68% 2.44% 2.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 46 40
South East median daily rate £381 £391 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.68% +14.23% +18.10%
10th Percentile £324 £315 £283
90th Percentile £450 £474 £464
England median daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +3.57% - +13.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
South East median hourly rate £47.49 - -
England median hourly rate £47.00 £39.00 -
% change year-on-year +20.51% - -

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 2,614 3,737 3,701
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 24.36% 23.54% 22.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,456 2,129 2,052
South East median daily rate £438 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.74% +1.18% +3.91%
10th Percentile £232 £256 £238
90th Percentile £600 £588 £570
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.44% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 177 223 193
South East median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +30.01% +0.75%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £73.75 £54.75 £50.25
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%

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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 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 +40 23 £375 +7.14% 7
West Sussex +17 9 £433 +6.79% 1
Thames Valley +23 7 £284 -26.49% 2
Buckinghamshire +29 5 £284 -21.67% 2
Kent - 3 £325 -
Surrey +38 2 £450 +16.13%
Berkshire +12 2 - -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 25 February 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 36 (81.82%) ISEB
2 34 (77.27%) ISTQB
2 34 (77.27%) Test Automation
3 25 (56.82%) Security Cleared
4 21 (47.73%) Oracle
5 20 (45.45%) SC Cleared
6 19 (43.18%) JIRA
7 18 (40.91%) Software Testing
7 18 (40.91%) Selenium
8 16 (36.36%) HP
9 15 (34.09%) Test Scripting
10 14 (31.82%) HP ALM
11 13 (29.55%) HP UFT
12 12 (27.27%) Oracle EBS
12 12 (27.27%) Java
13 11 (25.00%) SQL
13 11 (25.00%) Regression Testing
13 11 (25.00%) Integration Testing
14 10 (22.73%) QA
14 10 (22.73%) Micro Focus
15 9 (20.45%) Unix
15 9 (20.45%) Windows
15 9 (20.45%) CRM
15 9 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
15 9 (20.45%) Performance Testing
16 8 (18.18%) Customer Requirements
16 8 (18.18%) Open Source
17 7 (15.91%) Confluence
17 7 (15.91%) JavaScript
17 7 (15.91%) XML

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 7 (15.91%) Confluence
2 1 (2.27%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (9.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (27.27%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.82%) Azure
2 2 (4.55%) AWS
3 1 (2.27%) GitHub
3 1 (2.27%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.82%) VPN
2 2 (4.55%) HTTP
2 2 (4.55%) PuTTY
2 2 (4.55%) WinSCP
3 1 (2.27%) ATM
3 1 (2.27%) DMZ
3 1 (2.27%) Firewall
3 1 (2.27%) SSL
3 1 (2.27%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.55%) Oracle Database
1 2 (4.55%) Oracle Database 10g
1 2 (4.55%) Oracle Database 11g
1 2 (4.55%) Oracle Reports
1 2 (4.55%) SQL Server
1 2 (4.55%) SQL Server 2012
1 2 (4.55%) SQL Server 2016
2 1 (2.27%) Big Data
2 1 (2.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 19 (43.18%) JIRA
2 18 (40.91%) Selenium
3 13 (29.55%) HP UFT
4 6 (13.64%) Cucumber
4 6 (13.64%) Gatling
4 6 (13.64%) SoapUI
5 5 (11.36%) JMeter
6 4 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (6.82%) Rational DOORS
7 3 (6.82%) TestNG
8 2 (4.55%) Ant
8 2 (4.55%) Eclipse
8 2 (4.55%) Jenkins
8 2 (4.55%) LoadRunner
8 2 (4.55%) Oracle APEX
8 2 (4.55%) SpecFlow
8 2 (4.55%) TestDirector
8 2 (4.55%) WebDriver
9 1 (2.27%) Appium
General
1 3 (6.82%) Finance
1 3 (6.82%) Public Sector
2 2 (4.55%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.27%) Billing
3 1 (2.27%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.27%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (38.64%) Tester
2 12 (27.27%) Analyst
3 11 (25.00%) Test Analyst
4 10 (22.73%) Test Engineer
5 6 (13.64%) Regression Tester
6 5 (11.36%) QA Analyst
7 4 (9.09%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (9.09%) QA Test Analyst
7 4 (9.09%) Systems Tester
8 3 (6.82%) Automation Tester
8 3 (6.82%) Integration Engineer
8 3 (6.82%) Test and Integration Engineer
9 2 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 2 (4.55%) Software Analyst
9 2 (4.55%) Software Test Analyst
9 2 (4.55%) Test Manager
9 2 (4.55%) Test Specialist
10 1 (2.27%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
10 1 (2.27%) Performance Test Engineer
10 1 (2.27%) Test Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (15.91%) XML
2 3 (6.82%) .NET
2 3 (6.82%) JMS
2 3 (6.82%) Spring
3 2 (4.55%) Web Services
4 1 (2.27%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.27%) HTML
4 1 (2.27%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.36%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (6.82%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.55%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.27%) Cyberattack
4 1 (2.27%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (2.27%) EPoS
4 1 (2.27%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 9 (20.45%) Unix
1 9 (20.45%) Windows
2 4 (9.09%) Linux
3 2 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (4.55%) Windows Server
3 2 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (77.27%) Test Automation
2 18 (40.91%) Software Testing
3 15 (34.09%) Test Scripting
4 11 (25.00%) Integration Testing
4 11 (25.00%) Regression Testing
5 9 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (20.45%) CRM
5 9 (20.45%) Performance Testing
6 8 (18.18%) Customer Requirements
6 8 (18.18%) Open Source
7 6 (13.64%) System Integration Testing
8 5 (11.36%) Test Strategy
8 5 (11.36%) TMMi
9 4 (9.09%) API Testing
9 4 (9.09%) Functional Testing
9 4 (9.09%) Manual Testing
9 4 (9.09%) Scenario Testing
9 4 (9.09%) Scrum
9 4 (9.09%) SDLC
10 3 (6.82%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 12 (27.27%) Java
2 11 (25.00%) SQL
3 7 (15.91%) JavaScript
4 6 (13.64%) C#
5 5 (11.36%) VB
6 4 (9.09%) VBScript
7 3 (6.82%) Java 8
8 2 (4.55%) F#
8 2 (4.55%) Python
9 1 (2.27%) C
9 1 (2.27%) C++
9 1 (2.27%) PHP
9 1 (2.27%) PowerShell
9 1 (2.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 36 (81.82%) ISEB
2 34 (77.27%) ISTQB
3 25 (56.82%) Security Cleared
4 20 (45.45%) SC Cleared
5 4 (9.09%) Degree
6 3 (6.82%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (2.27%) CEH
7 1 (2.27%) CISA
7 1 (2.27%) DV Cleared
7 1 (2.27%) GIAC
7 1 (2.27%) OSCE
7 1 (2.27%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (22.73%) QA
2 1 (2.27%) GDPR
2 1 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.27%) NIST
System Software
1 2 (4.55%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 14 (31.82%) HP ALM
2 6 (13.64%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (6.82%) Ansible
3 3 (6.82%) Terraform
4 1 (2.27%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 21 (47.73%) Oracle
2 16 (36.36%) HP
3 10 (22.73%) Micro Focus
4 5 (11.36%) Microsoft
4 5 (11.36%) VMware
5 3 (6.82%) Cisco
6 2 (4.55%) Red Hat
6 2 (4.55%) Software AG
6 2 (4.55%) webMethods
7 1 (2.27%) Black Duck
7 1 (2.27%) hybris
7 1 (2.27%) Qualys
7 1 (2.27%) Sonatype