Period
to 13 August 2020

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 6 months to 13 August 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > South East
6 months to
13 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 145 209 230
Rank change year-on-year +64 +21 -41
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 40 162 154
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.84% 1.10% 0.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.96% 4.54% 4.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 107 85
Median daily rate £400 £388 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +4.73% +5.71%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £550 £525 £483
England median daily rate £406 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +1.56% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 1
Median hourly rate £22.50 £62.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -64.00% +56.25% -11.11%
10th Percentile £21.25 £28.40 £39.00
90th Percentile £23.75 £76.50 £41.00
England median hourly rate £30.00 £45.00 £39.00
% change year-on-year -33.33% +15.38% -13.33%

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 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 1,353 3,570 3,764
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 28.50% 24.34% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 743 2,055 2,058
Median daily rate £453 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.06% +2.35% +5.72%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £240
90th Percentile £613 £594 £575
England median daily rate £480 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +5.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 230 207
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.11% +7.35% +70.00%
10th Percentile £18.43 £12.00 £13.50
90th Percentile £68.75 £78.75 £52.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £22.97
% change year-on-year -2.78% +56.76% -20.81%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the South East

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in the South East.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB in the South East

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB in the South East over the 6 months to 13 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the South East

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in the South East.

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 6 months to 13 August 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 +42 15 £400 -11.11% 4
Thames Valley +67 11 £370 -1.33% 1
Surrey +60 6 £400 +8.11%
Berkshire +49 6 £370 -12.43% 1
West Sussex +32 6 £390 +8.33%
Buckinghamshire +32 5 £453 +49.63%
Kent +31 1 £290 -16.55%
East Sussex +30 1 £280 -37.78%
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 13 August 2020, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 28 (70.00%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (60.00%) Test Automation
3 20 (50.00%) ISEB
4 19 (47.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 15 (37.50%) Security Cleared
5 15 (37.50%) Selenium
6 13 (32.50%) C#
6 13 (32.50%) Microsoft
6 13 (32.50%) JIRA
7 11 (27.50%) QA
7 11 (27.50%) Test Scripting
7 11 (27.50%) Git (software)
7 11 (27.50%) Scrum
8 10 (25.00%) Azure
8 10 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (25.00%) DevOps
8 10 (25.00%) SpecFlow
9 9 (22.50%) Functional Testing
9 9 (22.50%) Software Testing
9 9 (22.50%) SC Cleared
10 8 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
10 8 (20.00%) Windows
10 8 (20.00%) Customer Requirements
11 7 (17.50%) Scenario Testing
11 7 (17.50%) Waterfall
11 7 (17.50%) JavaScript
11 7 (17.50%) Integration Testing
12 6 (15.00%) Performance Testing
12 6 (15.00%) Manual Testing
12 6 (15.00%) Open Source

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 4 (10.00%) Confluence
2 2 (5.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (7.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (5.00%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 10 (25.00%) Azure
2 5 (12.50%) BrowserStack
3 3 (7.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 3 (7.50%) Amazon S3
3 3 (7.50%) AWS
3 3 (7.50%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (7.50%) npm
4 1 (2.50%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.00%) PBX
1 2 (5.00%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.50%) MongoDB
1 3 (7.50%) MySQL
1 3 (7.50%) NoSQL
1 3 (7.50%) Relational Database
1 3 (7.50%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.00%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 15 (37.50%) Selenium
2 13 (32.50%) JIRA
3 11 (27.50%) Git (software)
4 10 (25.00%) SpecFlow
5 6 (15.00%) Cucumber
6 5 (12.50%) Jenkins
6 5 (12.50%) JMeter
6 5 (12.50%) Visual Studio
7 4 (10.00%) Mocha
7 4 (10.00%) SoapUI
8 3 (7.50%) Gatling
8 3 (7.50%) Grunt
8 3 (7.50%) webpack
9 2 (5.00%) Postman
10 1 (2.50%) Ant
10 1 (2.50%) Appium
10 1 (2.50%) JIRA Agile
10 1 (2.50%) JUnit
10 1 (2.50%) PhantomJS
10 1 (2.50%) Selenium IDE
General
1 4 (10.00%) Public Sector
2 3 (7.50%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.00%) Billing
3 2 (5.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 14 (35.00%) Analyst
2 13 (32.50%) Test Analyst
3 10 (25.00%) Test Engineer
4 8 (20.00%) Tester
5 6 (15.00%) Azure Engineer
6 5 (12.50%) Azure Software Engineer
6 5 (12.50%) C# Software Engineer
6 5 (12.50%) Development Engineer
6 5 (12.50%) Software Development Engineer
6 5 (12.50%) Software Engineer
6 5 (12.50%) Software Test Engineer
6 5 (12.50%) Test Development Engineer
7 4 (10.00%) QA Analyst
8 3 (7.50%) Applications Developer
8 3 (7.50%) Developer
8 3 (7.50%) Functional Tester
8 3 (7.50%) Mobile Applications Developer
8 3 (7.50%) Mobile Developer
8 3 (7.50%) QA Test Analyst
8 3 (7.50%) Senior Applications Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (15.00%) SOAP
1 6 (15.00%) Web Services
2 5 (12.50%) RESTful
3 4 (10.00%) Node.js
4 3 (7.50%) Apache Cordova
4 3 (7.50%) Backbone.js
4 3 (7.50%) Chai
4 3 (7.50%) Enzyme
4 3 (7.50%) Express
4 3 (7.50%) Jest
4 3 (7.50%) jQuery
4 3 (7.50%) JSON
4 3 (7.50%) Mongoose
4 3 (7.50%) PhoneGap
4 3 (7.50%) React
4 3 (7.50%) React Native
4 3 (7.50%) Redux
4 3 (7.50%) REST
4 3 (7.50%) Sass
4 3 (7.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (12.50%) Mobile App
2 4 (10.00%) User Experience
3 2 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.50%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 8 (20.00%) Windows
2 4 (10.00%) Android
2 4 (10.00%) Apple iOS
2 4 (10.00%) Unix
3 1 (2.50%) Linux
3 1 (2.50%) Ubuntu
3 1 (2.50%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (70.00%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (60.00%) Test Automation
3 11 (27.50%) Scrum
3 11 (27.50%) Test Scripting
4 10 (25.00%) DevOps
4 10 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 9 (22.50%) Functional Testing
5 9 (22.50%) Software Testing
6 8 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (20.00%) Customer Requirements
7 7 (17.50%) Integration Testing
7 7 (17.50%) Scenario Testing
7 7 (17.50%) Waterfall
8 6 (15.00%) Manual Testing
8 6 (15.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 6 (15.00%) Open Source
8 6 (15.00%) Performance Testing
8 6 (15.00%) Software Engineering
8 6 (15.00%) Test Planning
8 6 (15.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 13 (32.50%) C#
2 7 (17.50%) JavaScript
3 6 (15.00%) Java
4 3 (7.50%) Apple Swift
4 3 (7.50%) ES6
4 3 (7.50%) Java 8
4 3 (7.50%) Kotlin
4 3 (7.50%) Objective-C
4 3 (7.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (50.00%) ISEB
2 19 (47.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 15 (37.50%) Security Cleared
4 9 (22.50%) SC Cleared
5 5 (12.50%) DV Cleared
5 5 (12.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 3 (7.50%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (27.50%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.50%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.50%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (7.50%) Ansible
1 3 (7.50%) Terraform
2 2 (5.00%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 13 (32.50%) Microsoft
2 3 (7.50%) Oracle
2 3 (7.50%) OutSystems
2 3 (7.50%) Xamarin
3 2 (5.00%) Capita
3 2 (5.00%) Cisco
3 2 (5.00%) SAP