Period
to 14 December 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 December 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 271 289 281
Rank change year-on-year +18 -8 -7
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 112 86 94
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.66% 0.51% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.90% 2.28% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 46 77
South East median daily rate £375 £330 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.64% +10.00% -14.29%
10th Percentile £311 £240 £190
90th Percentile £450 £457 £415
England median daily rate £360 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +10.77% +8.33% -13.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South East median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £29.00 - £33.50

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 3,861 3,769 4,173
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.85% 22.41% 25.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,163 2,146 2,585
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £240 £214 £255
90th Percentile £588 £551 £563
England median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 195 219 211
South East median hourly rate £36.50 £25.12 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.30% -8.65% -11.00%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.65 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £26.35 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +5.41% -1.96% +6.25%

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 December 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 December 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 -7 40 £350 +7.69% 8
West Sussex +4 27 £405 +19.12% 1
Thames Valley +23 26 £375 +25.00% 8
Berkshire +9 23 £386 - 5
Surrey -21 14 £375 +0.67% 2
Buckinghamshire +7 3 £363 +13.28% 1
East Sussex -16 1 £600 +33.33% 1
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 14 December 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.

1 101 (90.18%) ISTQB
2 84 (75.00%) ISEB
3 62 (55.36%) SQL
3 62 (55.36%) Test Automation
4 61 (54.46%) Oracle
5 50 (44.64%) Test Scripting
6 45 (40.18%) Agile Software Development
6 45 (40.18%) Java
7 39 (34.82%) HP
7 39 (34.82%) Security Cleared
8 33 (29.46%) SC Cleared
9 31 (27.68%) HP ALM
10 28 (25.00%) JIRA
10 28 (25.00%) System Integration Testing
11 26 (23.21%) QA
11 26 (23.21%) Oracle Reports
12 24 (21.43%) Windows
12 24 (21.43%) .NET
13 23 (20.54%) XML
13 23 (20.54%) Unix
13 23 (20.54%) User Stories
14 22 (19.64%) Test Strategy
15 21 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
15 21 (18.75%) Selenium
15 21 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
15 21 (18.75%) Scrum
16 20 (17.86%) Oracle APEX
16 20 (17.86%) Agile Testing
17 19 (16.96%) Customer Requirements
17 19 (16.96%) Manual 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 15 (13.39%) Confluence
1 15 (13.39%) WebLogic
Applications
1 7 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.57%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.79%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 15 (13.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 10 (8.93%) SAN
2 4 (3.57%) DHCP
3 3 (2.68%) MVNO
4 2 (1.79%) 4G
4 2 (1.79%) DNS
4 2 (1.79%) Internet
4 2 (1.79%) LTE
4 2 (1.79%) PuTTY
4 2 (1.79%) TCP/IP
4 2 (1.79%) WinSCP
5 1 (0.89%) ATM
5 1 (0.89%) IP Telephony
5 1 (0.89%) LAN
5 1 (0.89%) SNMP
5 1 (0.89%) VoIP
5 1 (0.89%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (23.21%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (3.57%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.68%) Oracle Database 10g
3 3 (2.68%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.79%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.79%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.89%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 28 (25.00%) JIRA
2 21 (18.75%) Selenium
3 20 (17.86%) Oracle APEX
4 18 (16.07%) SoapUI
5 15 (13.39%) Toad
6 14 (12.50%) Cucumber
7 13 (11.61%) HP UFT
8 11 (9.82%) LoadRunner
9 10 (8.93%) JMeter
10 8 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
11 5 (4.46%) TestPartner
12 4 (3.57%) Gatling
13 2 (1.79%) SpecFlow
13 2 (1.79%) WebDriver
14 1 (0.89%) Rational DOORS
14 1 (0.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (6.25%) Telecoms
2 6 (5.36%) Billing
3 3 (2.68%) Finance
4 2 (1.79%) Military
5 1 (0.89%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 56 (50.00%) Analyst
2 50 (44.64%) Test Analyst
3 23 (20.54%) Test Engineer
4 13 (11.61%) Tester
5 11 (9.82%) Test Manager
6 8 (7.14%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 8 (7.14%) Test Automation Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) Automation Test Analyst
8 4 (3.57%) Digital Analyst
8 4 (3.57%) Engagement Manager
8 4 (3.57%) Performance Tester
8 4 (3.57%) QA Analyst
8 4 (3.57%) Test Engagement Manager
8 4 (3.57%) Test Specialist
8 4 (3.57%) Web Analyst
8 4 (3.57%) Web Applications Analyst
9 3 (2.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 3 (2.68%) Junior
9 3 (2.68%) Oracle Analyst
9 3 (2.68%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (21.43%) .NET
2 23 (20.54%) XML
3 18 (16.07%) Web Services
4 16 (14.29%) RESTful
4 16 (14.29%) SOAP
5 9 (8.04%) HTML
6 5 (4.46%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.89%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.89%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.36%) Data Centre
2 4 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (1.79%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (0.89%) Client/Server
4 1 (0.89%) Internet of Things
4 1 (0.89%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 24 (21.43%) Windows
2 23 (20.54%) Unix
3 5 (4.46%) Linux
4 3 (2.68%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (1.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (55.36%) Test Automation
2 50 (44.64%) Test Scripting
3 45 (40.18%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (25.00%) System Integration Testing
5 23 (20.54%) User Stories
6 22 (19.64%) Test Strategy
7 21 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
7 21 (18.75%) Scrum
8 20 (17.86%) Agile Testing
9 19 (16.96%) Customer Requirements
9 19 (16.96%) Manual Testing
9 19 (16.96%) Software Testing
10 18 (16.07%) Continuous Delivery
10 18 (16.07%) Requirements Analysis
11 16 (14.29%) Integration Testing
11 16 (14.29%) Regression Testing
12 13 (11.61%) API Testing
12 13 (11.61%) Defect Management
12 13 (11.61%) TMMi
13 12 (10.71%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 62 (55.36%) SQL
2 45 (40.18%) Java
3 18 (16.07%) PL/SQL
4 17 (15.18%) C#
5 13 (11.61%) VB
6 9 (8.04%) JavaScript
7 5 (4.46%) Python
8 4 (3.57%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.79%) F#
10 1 (0.89%) C
10 1 (0.89%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 101 (90.18%) ISTQB
2 84 (75.00%) ISEB
3 39 (34.82%) Security Cleared
4 33 (29.46%) SC Cleared
5 12 (10.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 10 (8.93%) Degree
7 7 (6.25%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (2.68%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.89%) HNC
9 1 (0.89%) HND
9 1 (0.89%) IIBA
9 1 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (23.21%) QA
2 1 (0.89%) PMO
2 1 (0.89%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.79%) vSphere
2 1 (0.89%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 31 (27.68%) HP ALM
2 21 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (3.57%) SCCM
4 1 (0.89%) Nessus
4 1 (0.89%) Netcool
4 1 (0.89%) SCOM
Vendors
1 61 (54.46%) Oracle
2 39 (34.82%) HP
3 18 (16.07%) Microsoft
4 17 (15.18%) webMethods
5 8 (7.14%) SAP
6 3 (2.68%) SolarWinds
6 3 (2.68%) VMware
7 2 (1.79%) Cisco
7 2 (1.79%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.79%) Software AG
8 1 (0.89%) Citrix
8 1 (0.89%) IBM
8 1 (0.89%) LogRhythm
8 1 (0.89%) Lumension
8 1 (0.89%) NetApp
8 1 (0.89%) Remedy
8 1 (0.89%) Zscaler