Period
to 19 February 2018

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 19 February 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > South East
6 months to
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 238 226 223
Rank change year-on-year -12 -3 -36
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 130 132 161
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.78% 0.87% 0.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.56% 3.18% 3.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 101 103
South East median daily rate £340 £310 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% -11.43% -
10th Percentile £290 £193 £216
90th Percentile £500 £425 £475
England median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 4
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £43.00 £99.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.65% -56.78% +231.67%
10th Percentile £42.75 £41.50 £24.70
90th Percentile £47.25 £44.50 £187.25
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.25 £34.00
% change year-on-year +11.80% +18.38% +44.68%

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 3,649 4,150 5,078
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 21.92% 27.23% 27.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,037 2,553 2,994
South East median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +2.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £231 £252 £255
90th Percentile £569 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 231 269
South East median hourly rate £25.69 £25.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.75% -27.14% +100.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £10.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £53.75 £60.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £26.93
% change year-on-year -9.09% +2.14% +41.71%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage 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

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 6 months to 19 February 2018.

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 6 months to 19 February 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
Surrey -7 38 £400 -0.62% 3
Hampshire -9 36 £325 +8.33% 4
Thames Valley -45 33 £325 +54.76% 20
Buckinghamshire -15 15 £318 -7.97% 7
Berkshire -26 12 £325 -10.84% 9
West Sussex -3 11 £300 -21.04% 2
East Sussex +1 8 £400 +16.45% 3
Oxfordshire -35 6 £500 +150.00% 4
Kent -8 5 £300 -21.05% 1
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 19 February 2018, 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 66 (50.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 64 (49.23%) ISEB
3 61 (46.92%) Test Automation
4 56 (43.08%) Agile Software Development
5 50 (38.46%) Regression Testing
6 39 (30.00%) HP
6 39 (30.00%) SQL
6 39 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 39 (30.00%) Test Scripting
6 39 (30.00%) SDLC
7 38 (29.23%) Scrum
8 37 (28.46%) Software Testing
9 36 (27.69%) Scenario Testing
10 32 (24.62%) Selenium
10 32 (24.62%) Test Management
11 31 (23.85%) Finance
12 30 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
12 30 (23.08%) QA
13 29 (22.31%) Microsoft
14 27 (20.77%) Test Strategy
15 24 (18.46%) JIRA
16 21 (16.15%) Waterfall
16 21 (16.15%) Team Foundation Server
16 21 (16.15%) Security Cleared
16 21 (16.15%) Microsoft Office
17 20 (15.38%) Defect Management
17 20 (15.38%) User Stories
18 19 (14.62%) System Integration Testing
18 19 (14.62%) Degree
19 17 (13.08%) Manual Testing

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 8 (6.15%) Confluence
2 4 (3.08%) CMS
2 4 (3.08%) Documentum
3 2 (1.54%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.77%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.77%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.77%) WebLogic
Applications
1 21 (16.15%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (8.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (3.08%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (3.08%) Maximo
1 4 (3.08%) SAP CO
1 4 (3.08%) SAP FI
1 4 (3.08%) SAP FI/CO
1 4 (3.08%) SAP MM
2 2 (1.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.31%) SaaS
2 1 (0.77%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.77%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (0.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.77%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.62%) MVNO
2 5 (3.85%) Firewall
3 4 (3.08%) Internet
3 4 (3.08%) IPv4
3 4 (3.08%) IPv6
4 3 (2.31%) HTTP
5 2 (1.54%) DHCP
5 2 (1.54%) DNS
5 2 (1.54%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (1.54%) Wireless
6 1 (0.77%) DSL
6 1 (0.77%) SMTP
6 1 (0.77%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.15%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.31%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (0.77%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.77%) HBase
3 1 (0.77%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 32 (24.62%) Selenium
2 24 (18.46%) JIRA
3 21 (16.15%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (9.23%) SoapUI
5 8 (6.15%) HP UFT
5 8 (6.15%) Visual Studio
6 6 (4.62%) JMeter
6 6 (4.62%) NeoLoad
6 6 (4.62%) WebDriver
7 4 (3.08%) Protractor
7 4 (3.08%) TeamCity
8 3 (2.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (2.31%) Git (software)
8 3 (2.31%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.54%) Cucumber
9 2 (1.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.77%) Bitbucket
10 1 (0.77%) Selenium IDE
10 1 (0.77%) Trac
10 1 (0.77%) Zephyr
General
1 31 (23.85%) Finance
2 15 (11.54%) Telecoms
3 7 (5.38%) Banking
3 7 (5.38%) Billing
4 2 (1.54%) Law
4 2 (1.54%) Retail
5 1 (0.77%) Games
5 1 (0.77%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.77%) Military
5 1 (0.77%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 68 (52.31%) Analyst
2 64 (49.23%) Test Analyst
3 17 (13.08%) Test Manager
4 12 (9.23%) QA Engineer
4 12 (9.23%) Test Engineer
5 11 (8.46%) Test Leader
6 10 (7.69%) Tester
7 9 (6.92%) Automation Test Analyst
8 8 (6.15%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 8 (6.15%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
9 6 (4.62%) Selenium Test Analyst
10 5 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (3.85%) Senior Test Analyst
11 4 (3.08%) Developer
11 4 (3.08%) QA Analyst
11 4 (3.08%) QA Test Engineer
11 4 (3.08%) Test Automation Engineer
11 4 (3.08%) Test Data Analyst
12 3 (2.31%) Defect Manager
12 3 (2.31%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (7.69%) .NET
1 10 (7.69%) SOAP
2 5 (3.85%) .NET Framework
2 5 (3.85%) Gherkin
2 5 (3.85%) XML
3 4 (3.08%) AngularJS
3 4 (3.08%) HTML
3 4 (3.08%) Middleware
4 3 (2.31%) CSS
4 3 (2.31%) EDI
4 3 (2.31%) JSON
4 3 (2.31%) Web Services
5 2 (1.54%) OLE
5 2 (1.54%) RESTful
6 1 (0.77%) CGI
6 1 (0.77%) HTML5
6 1 (0.77%) J2EE
6 1 (0.77%) Razor View Engine
6 1 (0.77%) SGML
6 1 (0.77%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.77%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (6.15%) Greenfield Project
3 6 (4.62%) Analytical Mindset
3 6 (4.62%) Reference Data
4 5 (3.85%) Client/Server
5 4 (3.08%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.08%) Smart Meter
6 3 (2.31%) PKI
7 2 (1.54%) AS400
7 2 (1.54%) PMI
8 1 (0.77%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.77%) Fintech
8 1 (0.77%) Mashup
8 1 (0.77%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.77%) User Experience
8 1 (0.77%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 11 (8.46%) Windows
2 6 (4.62%) Linux
3 5 (3.85%) Unix
4 1 (0.77%) AIX
4 1 (0.77%) CentOS
4 1 (0.77%) Ubuntu
4 1 (0.77%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.77%) Windows 8
4 1 (0.77%) Windows NT
4 1 (0.77%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (46.92%) Test Automation
2 56 (43.08%) Agile Software Development
3 50 (38.46%) Regression Testing
4 39 (30.00%) SDLC
4 39 (30.00%) Test Scripting
4 39 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 38 (29.23%) Scrum
6 37 (28.46%) Software Testing
7 36 (27.69%) Scenario Testing
8 32 (24.62%) Test Management
9 27 (20.77%) Test Strategy
10 21 (16.15%) Waterfall
11 20 (15.38%) Defect Management
11 20 (15.38%) User Stories
12 19 (14.62%) System Integration Testing
13 17 (13.08%) Functional Testing
13 17 (13.08%) Manual Testing
14 14 (10.77%) Test Planning
15 13 (10.00%) Integration Testing
16 11 (8.46%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 39 (30.00%) SQL
2 17 (13.08%) C#
3 14 (10.77%) Java
3 14 (10.77%) Python
4 11 (8.46%) T-SQL
5 7 (5.38%) JavaScript
6 3 (2.31%) PHP
7 2 (1.54%) C
7 2 (1.54%) Groovy
7 2 (1.54%) Perl
7 2 (1.54%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.77%) C++
8 1 (0.77%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 66 (50.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 64 (49.23%) ISEB
3 21 (16.15%) Security Cleared
4 19 (14.62%) Degree
5 12 (9.23%) SC Cleared
6 11 (8.46%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 9 (6.92%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (2.31%) PMI Certification
9 2 (1.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.77%) CCNA
10 1 (0.77%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.77%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.77%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (23.08%) QA
2 2 (1.54%) GDPR
System Software
1 8 (6.15%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.77%) HDFS
2 1 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 30 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 39 (30.00%) HP
2 29 (22.31%) Microsoft
3 11 (8.46%) SAP
4 8 (6.15%) VMware
5 7 (5.38%) Cisco
5 7 (5.38%) Palo Alto
6 3 (2.31%) Oracle
6 3 (2.31%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.54%) EMC
8 1 (0.77%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.77%) Capita
8 1 (0.77%) Google
8 1 (0.77%) MuleSoft
8 1 (0.77%) PTC
8 1 (0.77%) Rackspace
8 1 (0.77%) Telerik
8 1 (0.77%) webMethods