Period
to 17 July 2019

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 17 July 2019 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
17 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 288 282 264
Rank change year-on-year -6 -18 +37
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 68 108 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.46% 0.63% 0.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.89% 2.84% 2.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 58 60
South East median daily rate £394 £360 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +10.77% +1.56%
10th Percentile £300 £268 £219
90th Percentile £489 £429 £401
England median daily rate £375 £375 £338
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
South East median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% - -
England median hourly rate £35.50 £29.00 £41.63
% change year-on-year +22.41% -30.33% -14.18%

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 3,593 3,802 4,097
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 24.11% 22.29% 25.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,105 2,082 2,341
South East median daily rate £440 £425 £412
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +3.16% +3.00%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £248
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 235 209 268
South East median hourly rate £33.40 £35.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.57% +55.56% -12.62%
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £53.75 £53.75
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £29.92
% change year-on-year +40.00% -16.44% +8.80%

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 17 July 2019.

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 17 July 2019. 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
Thames Valley +13 25 £388 +23.02% 2
Hampshire -29 20 £425 +17.24% 2
Berkshire -3 14 £470 +39.26% 2
Buckinghamshire +19 11 £300 -4.76%
West Sussex +20 10 £360 +9.09% 3
Surrey +24 8 £400 - 1
East Sussex -7 4 £400 -20.00% 1
Kent - 3 £305 -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 17 July 2019, 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 58 (85.29%) ISTQB
2 45 (66.18%) ISEB
3 31 (45.59%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (44.12%) Test Automation
5 27 (39.71%) Test Scripting
6 25 (36.76%) SQL
7 22 (32.35%) Oracle
8 21 (30.88%) Java
8 21 (30.88%) HP
9 20 (29.41%) JIRA
9 20 (29.41%) QA
9 20 (29.41%) Software Testing
10 17 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
10 17 (25.00%) Windows
10 17 (25.00%) Test Strategy
11 16 (23.53%) Selenium
12 15 (22.06%) Regression Testing
13 14 (20.59%) User Stories
14 13 (19.12%) System Integration Testing
15 12 (17.65%) SDLC
15 12 (17.65%) HP ALM
16 11 (16.18%) Microsoft
16 11 (16.18%) XML
16 11 (16.18%) C#
17 10 (14.71%) Integration Testing
17 10 (14.71%) Defect Management
17 10 (14.71%) Oracle Database
17 10 (14.71%) V-Model
18 9 (13.24%) Team Foundation Server
18 9 (13.24%) SC Cleared

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 8 (11.76%) WebLogic
2 5 (7.35%) Confluence
3 4 (5.88%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.47%) CMS
4 1 (1.47%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 6 (8.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.47%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 9 (13.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (4.41%) Office 365
3 1 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (1.47%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (1.47%) npm
3 1 (1.47%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.35%) SAN
2 1 (1.47%) 4G
2 1 (1.47%) Firewall
2 1 (1.47%) HTTP
2 1 (1.47%) LAN
2 1 (1.47%) LTE
2 1 (1.47%) WAN
2 1 (1.47%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (14.71%) Oracle Database
2 4 (5.88%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (5.88%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.47%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.47%) MySQL
3 1 (1.47%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.47%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.47%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 20 (29.41%) JIRA
2 16 (23.53%) Selenium
3 9 (13.24%) HP UFT
3 9 (13.24%) LoadRunner
3 9 (13.24%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (11.76%) SoapUI
4 8 (11.76%) Toad
5 7 (10.29%) Oracle APEX
6 6 (8.82%) JMeter
6 6 (8.82%) Mocha
7 5 (7.35%) Cucumber
7 5 (7.35%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.47%) Gatling
8 1 (1.47%) Git (software)
8 1 (1.47%) Grunt
8 1 (1.47%) Jenkins
8 1 (1.47%) TestPartner
8 1 (1.47%) webpack
General
1 8 (11.76%) Finance
2 5 (7.35%) Marketing
3 4 (5.88%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.47%) Banking
4 1 (1.47%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.47%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.47%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (52.94%) Analyst
2 31 (45.59%) Test Analyst
3 11 (16.18%) Test Manager
4 7 (10.29%) QA Analyst
5 6 (8.82%) Test Engineer
6 5 (7.35%) SAP Analyst
6 5 (7.35%) SAP Test Analyst
6 5 (7.35%) Test Leader
6 5 (7.35%) Tester
7 4 (5.88%) Performance Analyst
7 4 (5.88%) Performance Test Analyst
7 4 (5.88%) Performance Tester
7 4 (5.88%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (5.88%) Senior Test Analyst
8 3 (4.41%) Digital Analyst
8 3 (4.41%) Engagement Manager
8 3 (4.41%) QA Engineer
8 3 (4.41%) SQL Analyst
8 3 (4.41%) Test Engagement Manager
9 2 (2.94%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.18%) XML
2 9 (13.24%) Web Services
3 8 (11.76%) RESTful
4 7 (10.29%) .NET
5 6 (8.82%) Chai
5 6 (8.82%) HTML
6 5 (7.35%) .NET Framework
6 5 (7.35%) SOAP
7 1 (1.47%) CSS
7 1 (1.47%) Enzyme
7 1 (1.47%) Jest
7 1 (1.47%) jQuery
7 1 (1.47%) JSON
7 1 (1.47%) Mongoose
7 1 (1.47%) Node.js
7 1 (1.47%) React
7 1 (1.47%) React Native
7 1 (1.47%) Redux
7 1 (1.47%) REST
7 1 (1.47%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.29%) User Experience
2 3 (4.41%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.94%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.47%) Life Science
4 1 (1.47%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 17 (25.00%) Windows
2 7 (10.29%) Unix
3 6 (8.82%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.47%) Android
4 1 (1.47%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.47%) VMS
4 1 (1.47%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (45.59%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (44.12%) Test Automation
3 27 (39.71%) Test Scripting
4 20 (29.41%) Software Testing
5 17 (25.00%) Test Strategy
5 17 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 15 (22.06%) Regression Testing
7 14 (20.59%) User Stories
8 13 (19.12%) System Integration Testing
9 12 (17.65%) SDLC
10 10 (14.71%) Defect Management
10 10 (14.71%) Integration Testing
10 10 (14.71%) V-Model
11 9 (13.24%) Requirements Analysis
11 9 (13.24%) Scrum
11 9 (13.24%) Test Management
11 9 (13.24%) Validation
12 8 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
12 8 (11.76%) Project Management
12 8 (11.76%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (36.76%) SQL
2 21 (30.88%) Java
3 11 (16.18%) C#
4 7 (10.29%) JavaScript
4 7 (10.29%) PL/SQL
5 5 (7.35%) C++
5 5 (7.35%) F#
5 5 (7.35%) VB
6 2 (2.94%) C
6 2 (2.94%) Groovy
7 1 (1.47%) Apple Swift
7 1 (1.47%) ES6
7 1 (1.47%) Kotlin
7 1 (1.47%) Objective-C
7 1 (1.47%) Python
7 1 (1.47%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 58 (85.29%) ISTQB
2 45 (66.18%) ISEB
3 9 (13.24%) SC Cleared
3 9 (13.24%) Security Cleared
4 6 (8.82%) Degree
5 3 (4.41%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (29.41%) QA
2 1 (1.47%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 3 (4.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.47%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (17.65%) HP ALM
2 9 (13.24%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (32.35%) Oracle
2 21 (30.88%) HP
3 11 (16.18%) Microsoft
4 8 (11.76%) webMethods
5 7 (10.29%) SAP
6 3 (4.41%) VMware
7 1 (1.47%) BMC
7 1 (1.47%) Citrix
7 1 (1.47%) hybris
7 1 (1.47%) OutSystems
7 1 (1.47%) Remedy
7 1 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.47%) Xamarin