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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England / South East
Rank 152 165 166
Rank change year-on-year +13 +1  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 93 99 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.18% 1.07% 1.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.19% 3.91% 4.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 69 54
Median daily rate £352 £350 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.57% +5.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £210 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £455 £421
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £300
% change year-on-year +12.00% +4.16%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
Median hourly rate £43.00 £170.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -74.70% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 2221 2535 2670
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 28.30% 27.49% 27.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 1321 1561 1378
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 107 107
Median hourly rate £25.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £12.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £62.45 £50.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

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 25 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 25 March 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
Surrey +16 25 £375 -6.25% 9
Hampshire +8 24 £350 - 4
Buckinghamshire -4 14 £350 -12.50% 1
Berkshire +26 10 £338 -2.17% 9
Oxfordshire -5 7 £200 -33.33% 5
Kent -4 6 £380 +80.95%
West Sussex -2 5 £390 +22.35% 2
East Sussex +2 2 £350 +21.73%
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 March 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.

1 102 (65.38%) ISEB
2 78 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 71 (45.51%) Agile Software Development
4 68 (43.59%) SQL
5 63 (40.38%) Test Scripting
6 50 (32.05%) HP
7 44 (28.21%) Test Management
7 44 (28.21%) Software Testing
8 43 (27.56%) Selenium
9 39 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
10 37 (23.72%) Regression Testing
10 37 (23.72%) Test Strategy
11 36 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
12 31 (19.87%) Finance
12 31 (19.87%) Test Automation
12 31 (19.87%) SDLC
13 30 (19.23%) JIRA
14 27 (17.31%) Defect Management
15 25 (16.03%) Security Cleared
16 23 (14.74%) Telecoms
16 23 (14.74%) Microsoft
16 23 (14.74%) Java
17 22 (14.10%) Functional Testing
18 19 (12.18%) Oracle
18 19 (12.18%) Unix
18 19 (12.18%) Windows
18 19 (12.18%) Scrum
18 19 (12.18%) Waterfall
19 18 (11.54%) SC Cleared
20 17 (10.90%) QA

ISTQB
Top Related 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 (4.49%) Confluence
2 6 (3.85%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.92%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (1.28%) Apache Spark
4 2 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.64%) CMS
5 1 (0.64%) IIS
5 1 (0.64%) JBoss
Applications
1 12 (7.69%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.21%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.92%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (1.28%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.64%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.92%) SaaS
2 2 (1.28%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (1.28%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 16 (10.26%) 4G
2 15 (9.62%) LTE
3 11 (7.05%) Wireless
4 2 (1.28%) PuTTY
4 2 (1.28%) VLAN
4 2 (1.28%) WinSCP
5 1 (0.64%) HTTP
5 1 (0.64%) iBeacon
5 1 (0.64%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.85%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.56%) Big Data
3 3 (1.92%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (1.92%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.28%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.28%) Oracle BI EE
4 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.64%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 43 (27.56%) Selenium
2 30 (19.23%) JIRA
3 15 (9.62%) HP UFT
4 13 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (7.05%) LoadRunner
5 11 (7.05%) Visual Studio
6 7 (4.49%) Cucumber
6 7 (4.49%) SoapUI
6 7 (4.49%) WebDriver
7 5 (3.21%) JMeter
8 4 (2.56%) Robot Framework
8 4 (2.56%) TeamCity
9 3 (1.92%) Hudson
9 3 (1.92%) Jenkins
9 3 (1.92%) MSTest
9 3 (1.92%) SpecFlow
10 2 (1.28%) Capybara
10 2 (1.28%) Gatling
10 2 (1.28%) Gradle
10 2 (1.28%) Protractor
General
1 31 (19.87%) Finance
2 23 (14.74%) Telecoms
3 6 (3.85%) Banking
4 5 (3.21%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.56%) Retail
6 2 (1.28%) Publishing
7 1 (0.64%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.64%) Legal
7 1 (0.64%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 75 (48.08%) Analyst
2 72 (46.15%) Test Analyst
3 32 (20.51%) Tester
4 26 (16.67%) Test Manager
5 11 (7.05%) Senior Analyst
5 11 (7.05%) Senior Test Analyst
6 9 (5.77%) Developer
6 9 (5.77%) Test Leader
7 8 (5.13%) Test Automation Manager
8 7 (4.49%) Financial Analyst
8 7 (4.49%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
9 6 (3.85%) Service Analyst
9 6 (3.85%) Software Tester
9 6 (3.85%) Test Engineer
9 6 (3.85%) UAT Analyst
9 6 (3.85%) UAT Test Analyst
10 5 (3.21%) Automation Test Analyst
10 5 (3.21%) Integration Analyst
10 5 (3.21%) Integration Test Analyst
11 4 (2.56%) Performance Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.69%) XML
2 7 (4.49%) .NET
2 7 (4.49%) Web Services
3 5 (3.21%) SOAP
4 4 (2.56%) Ajax
4 4 (2.56%) HTML
4 4 (2.56%) Kendo UI
4 4 (2.56%) XML Messaging
5 3 (1.92%) AngularJS
5 3 (1.92%) REST
5 3 (1.92%) RESTful
6 2 (1.28%) Angular 2
6 2 (1.28%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.28%) ASP.NET MVC 5
6 2 (1.28%) CSS
6 2 (1.28%) JSON
6 2 (1.28%) Middleware
6 2 (1.28%) Razor View Engine
7 1 (0.64%) Hibernate
7 1 (0.64%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 6 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (3.21%) Client/Server
2 5 (3.21%) User Experience
3 4 (2.56%) Mobile App
4 3 (1.92%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.28%) Semantic Web
6 1 (0.64%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.64%) CCTV
6 1 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.64%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 19 (12.18%) Unix
1 19 (12.18%) Windows
2 12 (7.69%) Linux
3 5 (3.21%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (3.21%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (1.92%) Android
4 3 (1.92%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.28%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.64%) Solaris
6 1 (0.64%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (45.51%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (40.38%) Test Scripting
3 44 (28.21%) Software Testing
3 44 (28.21%) Test Management
4 39 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 37 (23.72%) Regression Testing
5 37 (23.72%) Test Strategy
6 31 (19.87%) SDLC
6 31 (19.87%) Test Automation
7 27 (17.31%) Defect Management
8 22 (14.10%) Functional Testing
9 19 (12.18%) Scrum
9 19 (12.18%) Waterfall
10 16 (10.26%) Integration Testing
11 15 (9.62%) Automated Testing
11 15 (9.62%) Continuous Integration
11 15 (9.62%) Performance Testing
12 13 (8.33%) System Integration Testing
13 11 (7.05%) Process Improvement
13 11 (7.05%) Smoke Testing
Programming Languages
1 68 (43.59%) SQL
2 23 (14.74%) Java
3 16 (10.26%) C#
4 14 (8.97%) Python
5 11 (7.05%) JavaScript
6 7 (4.49%) Groovy
7 4 (2.56%) VB
8 3 (1.92%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.92%) VBA
9 2 (1.28%) C
9 2 (1.28%) F#
9 2 (1.28%) PHP
9 2 (1.28%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.64%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.64%) C++
10 1 (0.64%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 102 (65.38%) ISEB
2 78 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 25 (16.03%) Security Cleared
4 18 (11.54%) SC Cleared
5 9 (5.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 7 (4.49%) Degree
7 3 (1.92%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (10.90%) QA
2 1 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.64%) SDET
System Software
1 5 (3.21%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.56%) VMware ESX
2 4 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 36 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.56%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (1.28%) Oozie
4 1 (0.64%) HP SiteScope
4 1 (0.64%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 50 (32.05%) HP
2 23 (14.74%) Microsoft
3 19 (12.18%) Oracle
4 11 (7.05%) SAP
5 4 (2.56%) IBM
5 4 (2.56%) Intel Security
5 4 (2.56%) Telerik
5 4 (2.56%) VMware
6 3 (1.92%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.92%) webMethods
7 2 (1.28%) Citrix
7 2 (1.28%) Saba
8 1 (0.64%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.64%) CA Agile Central
8 1 (0.64%) Progress
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £320 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Premier Media
Rate: £80 - £100 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Rate: £314 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago