The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 June 2017 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England / South East
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 152 164 164
Rank change year-on-year +12 0  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 89 106 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.17% 1.19% 1.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.83% 4.21% 4.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 76 70
Median daily rate £350 £350 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -10.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £243 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
Median hourly rate £45.00 - £15.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £14.93 £30.00
% change year-on-year +191.45% -50.25%  

ISTQB is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1843 2518 2350
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 24.13% 28.22% 24.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1015 1473 1316
Median daily rate £407 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.75% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £285 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 99 122
Median hourly rate £18.00 £31.00 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.93% +43.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £57.50 £44.96
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the South East

ISTQB
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 in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the South East

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the South East over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the South East

ISTQB
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 in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in the South East

ISTQB
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 within the South East region over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +3 23 £320 -24.82% 4
Surrey +6 20 £338 -8.71% 9
West Sussex +16 8 £375 +13.20%
Berkshire +19 7 £344 +5.76% 4
Oxfordshire -6 7 £400 +31.14% 1
Buckinghamshire -18 7 £320 +49.70% 3
East Sussex -3 5 £375 +7.14% 2
Kent -7 4 - -
Middlesex - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 118 (64.84%) ISEB
2 110 (60.44%) Test Automation
3 82 (45.05%) Agile Software Development
4 68 (37.36%) HP
5 60 (32.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 55 (30.22%) Test Management
7 54 (29.67%) Test Strategy
8 53 (29.12%) Selenium
9 51 (28.02%) Test Scripting
10 50 (27.47%) JIRA
10 50 (27.47%) SQL
11 46 (25.27%) Defect Management
12 45 (24.73%) Regression Testing
13 42 (23.08%) Finance
14 38 (20.88%) HP Quality Center
15 34 (18.68%) User Acceptance Testing
16 33 (18.13%) Java
17 31 (17.03%) Microsoft
17 31 (17.03%) Security Cleared
17 31 (17.03%) Waterfall
18 30 (16.48%) C#
19 28 (15.38%) Software Testing
20 27 (14.84%) Functional Testing
21 26 (14.29%) Scrum
22 25 (13.74%) HP UFT
23 23 (12.64%) QA
24 22 (12.09%) Team Foundation Server
25 21 (11.54%) Continuous Integration
26 20 (10.99%) Python
26 20 (10.99%) Telecoms

ISTQB
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 (8.24%) Confluence
2 3 (1.65%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.55%) JBoss
4 1 (0.55%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (5.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.20%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.55%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.65%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.10%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.49%) SaaS
2 1 (0.55%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.55%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.59%) LTE
2 10 (5.49%) 4G
3 5 (2.75%) Wireless
4 2 (1.10%) PuTTY
4 2 (1.10%) WinSCP
5 1 (0.55%) iBeacon
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.40%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.75%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
3 4 (2.20%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.65%) Big Data
4 3 (1.65%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.10%) Oracle BI EE
5 2 (1.10%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.10%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (1.10%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.55%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 53 (29.12%) Selenium
2 50 (27.47%) JIRA
3 25 (13.74%) HP UFT
4 22 (12.09%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (8.24%) LoadRunner
5 15 (8.24%) SoapUI
6 11 (6.04%) Visual Studio
7 7 (3.85%) Cucumber
7 7 (3.85%) JMeter
8 6 (3.30%) WebDriver
9 3 (1.65%) Jenkins
9 3 (1.65%) MSTest
9 3 (1.65%) SpecFlow
10 2 (1.10%) Oracle APEX
10 2 (1.10%) Protractor
10 2 (1.10%) Robot Framework
10 2 (1.10%) TeamCity
10 2 (1.10%) Toad
10 2 (1.10%) XMLSpy
11 1 (0.55%) ClearQuest
General
1 42 (23.08%) Finance
2 20 (10.99%) Telecoms
3 6 (3.30%) Banking
4 5 (2.75%) Manufacturing
4 5 (2.75%) Publishing
4 5 (2.75%) Retail
5 1 (0.55%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.55%) Legal
5 1 (0.55%) Local Government
5 1 (0.55%) Military
5 1 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 83 (45.60%) Analyst
2 81 (44.51%) Test Analyst
3 44 (24.18%) Test Manager
4 18 (9.89%) Senior Analyst
4 18 (9.89%) Senior Test Analyst
5 16 (8.79%) Tester
6 14 (7.69%) Test Leader
7 11 (6.04%) Test Engineer
8 9 (4.95%) Automation Test Analyst
9 7 (3.85%) Defect Manager
9 7 (3.85%) Developer
9 7 (3.85%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 7 (3.85%) Web Developer
10 6 (3.30%) Financial Analyst
10 6 (3.30%) Pensions Analyst
10 6 (3.30%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
10 6 (3.30%) Test Automation Manager
10 6 (3.30%) UAT Analyst
10 6 (3.30%) UAT Test Analyst
11 5 (2.75%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (7.69%) Web Services
2 10 (5.49%) XML
3 7 (3.85%) .NET
3 7 (3.85%) Kendo UI
4 5 (2.75%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 5 (2.75%) CSS
4 5 (2.75%) Razor View Engine
4 5 (2.75%) REST
4 5 (2.75%) SOAP
5 3 (1.65%) Ajax
5 3 (1.65%) HTML
5 3 (1.65%) Middleware
5 3 (1.65%) XML Messaging
6 2 (1.10%) RESTful
7 1 (0.55%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.55%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.55%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.55%) JSON
7 1 (0.55%) Spring Boot
7 1 (0.55%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 8 (4.40%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (2.75%) Management Information System
2 5 (2.75%) User Experience
3 4 (2.20%) Mobile App
4 3 (1.65%) Client/Server
4 3 (1.65%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.65%) Semantic Web
5 1 (0.55%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.55%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 16 (8.79%) Windows
2 11 (6.04%) Linux
2 11 (6.04%) Unix
3 3 (1.65%) Windows Server
3 3 (1.65%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (1.65%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (1.10%) Android
4 2 (1.10%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.55%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.55%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (60.44%) Test Automation
2 82 (45.05%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (30.22%) Test Management
4 54 (29.67%) Test Strategy
5 51 (28.02%) Test Scripting
6 46 (25.27%) Defect Management
7 45 (24.73%) Regression Testing
8 34 (18.68%) User Acceptance Testing
9 31 (17.03%) Waterfall
10 28 (15.38%) Software Testing
11 27 (14.84%) Functional Testing
12 26 (14.29%) Scrum
13 21 (11.54%) Continuous Integration
14 19 (10.44%) Integration Testing
15 18 (9.89%) Stakeholder Management
16 17 (9.34%) Test Planning
17 16 (8.79%) ITIL
17 16 (8.79%) Scenario Testing
17 16 (8.79%) Smoke Testing
17 16 (8.79%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 50 (27.47%) SQL
2 33 (18.13%) Java
3 30 (16.48%) C#
4 20 (10.99%) Python
5 14 (7.69%) Groovy
6 9 (4.95%) JavaScript
6 9 (4.95%) PL/SQL
7 5 (2.75%) TypeScript
7 5 (2.75%) VB
8 4 (2.20%) Ruby
9 3 (1.65%) C
9 3 (1.65%) VBA
9 3 (1.65%) VBScript
10 2 (1.10%) C++
10 2 (1.10%) Embedded C++
10 2 (1.10%) F#
10 2 (1.10%) PHP
11 1 (0.55%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 118 (64.84%) ISEB
2 60 (32.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 31 (17.03%) Security Cleared
4 18 (9.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 16 (8.79%) Degree
5 16 (8.79%) SC Cleared
6 7 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
7 5 (2.75%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.10%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.10%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.55%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.55%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.55%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (12.64%) QA
2 3 (1.65%) PMO
3 1 (0.55%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (2.20%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
2 1 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.55%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 38 (20.88%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (0.55%) SCCM
Vendors
1 68 (37.36%) HP
2 31 (17.03%) Microsoft
3 18 (9.89%) Oracle
4 16 (8.79%) SAP
5 10 (5.49%) Salesforce.com
6 7 (3.85%) Motorola
6 7 (3.85%) Telerik
7 3 (1.65%) IBM
7 3 (1.65%) webMethods
8 2 (1.10%) Citrix
8 2 (1.10%) Sybase
9 1 (0.55%) Atlassian
9 1 (0.55%) BMC
9 1 (0.55%) Google
9 1 (0.55%) JD Edwards
9 1 (0.55%) McAfee
9 1 (0.55%) Remedy
9 1 (0.55%) Saba
9 1 (0.55%) Twitter
9 1 (0.55%) VMware
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
MARS Technical Recruitment
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