Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 230 205 224
Rank change year-on-year -25 +19 -27
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 165 170 161
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.99% 1.02% 0.98%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.39% 4.53% 3.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 96 117
South East median daily rate £361 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.21% +7.69% -13.33%
10th Percentile £291 £270 £200
90th Percentile £478 £451 £450
England median daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +7.14% +2.94% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 0
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% - -
England median hourly rate £39.50 £45.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -12.22% +12.50% +26.98%

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 3,759 3,753 4,297
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.57% 22.44% 26.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,099 2,141 2,639
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £240 £213 £255
90th Percentile £585 £550 £550
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 198 215 215
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £25.69 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.70% -24.44% +13.52%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £11.91
90th Percentile £55.00 £50.00 £52.25
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.12 £26.00
% change year-on-year -0.48% -3.38% +8.33%

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 20 November 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 20 November 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
Hampshire -15 52 £348 +6.92% 19
Thames Valley +7 39 £364 +10.23% 16
Berkshire +21 31 £365 +30.36% 5
Surrey -21 29 £375 +3.45% 4
West Sussex -4 25 £408 +21.64% 2
Buckinghamshire +16 8 £363 +13.28% 5
East Sussex -7 7 £250 -37.50% 4
Sussex - 4 - -
Kent -2 1 £450 +38.46% 4
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 113 (68.48%) ISEB
2 97 (58.79%) Test Automation
3 95 (57.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 76 (46.06%) Agile Software Development
5 66 (40.00%) SQL
5 66 (40.00%) Test Scripting
6 60 (36.36%) Oracle
6 60 (36.36%) Java
7 46 (27.88%) Security Cleared
8 42 (25.45%) Selenium
9 41 (24.85%) SC Cleared
10 37 (22.42%) JIRA
10 37 (22.42%) Test Strategy
11 35 (21.21%) HP
12 33 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
13 31 (18.79%) QA
13 31 (18.79%) Scrum
14 30 (18.18%) Windows
14 30 (18.18%) C#
14 30 (18.18%) XML
15 29 (17.58%) .NET
16 27 (16.36%) Software Testing
16 27 (16.36%) Cucumber
16 27 (16.36%) HP ALM
17 26 (15.76%) System Integration Testing
17 26 (15.76%) Unix
18 25 (15.15%) User Stories
19 23 (13.94%) Oracle Reports
19 23 (13.94%) HP Quality Center
20 22 (13.33%) Microsoft

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 (9.09%) WebLogic
2 11 (6.67%) Confluence
3 8 (4.85%) Apache Spark
4 5 (3.03%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (1.21%) CICS
5 2 (1.21%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.21%) WebSphere
5 2 (1.21%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 5 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.82%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.82%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.61%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 12 (7.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (3.03%) BrowserStack
2 5 (3.03%) PaaS
3 3 (1.82%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (1.82%) GitHub
4 1 (0.61%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.61%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (6.06%) SAN
2 5 (3.03%) MPLS
3 4 (2.42%) DHCP
3 4 (2.42%) Internet
4 3 (1.82%) MVNO
4 3 (1.82%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.21%) DNS
5 2 (1.21%) HTTP
6 1 (0.61%) 4G
6 1 (0.61%) ATM
6 1 (0.61%) Intranet
6 1 (0.61%) IP Telephony
6 1 (0.61%) LAN
6 1 (0.61%) LTE
6 1 (0.61%) Skype
6 1 (0.61%) SNMP
6 1 (0.61%) VoIP
6 1 (0.61%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (13.94%) Oracle Reports
2 13 (7.88%) Hadoop
3 7 (4.24%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.64%) MySQL
5 5 (3.03%) HBase
6 4 (2.42%) Big Data
7 3 (1.82%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.82%) DB2
8 2 (1.21%) Oracle Database
8 2 (1.21%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.21%) SQL Server
9 1 (0.61%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 42 (25.45%) Selenium
2 37 (22.42%) JIRA
3 27 (16.36%) Cucumber
4 17 (10.30%) Oracle APEX
5 15 (9.09%) HP UFT
6 13 (7.88%) Git (software)
6 13 (7.88%) Team Foundation Server
6 13 (7.88%) Toad
7 12 (7.27%) LoadRunner
8 11 (6.67%) WebDriver
9 10 (6.06%) SoapUI
10 8 (4.85%) Visual Studio Team System
11 6 (3.64%) JBehave
11 6 (3.64%) Jenkins
11 6 (3.64%) JMeter
12 5 (3.03%) SpecFlow
13 4 (2.42%) Gatling
13 4 (2.42%) TestPartner
13 4 (2.42%) Visual Studio
14 2 (1.21%) ClearCase
General
1 8 (4.85%) Finance
2 7 (4.24%) Telecoms
3 6 (3.64%) Billing
4 2 (1.21%) Advertising
4 2 (1.21%) Law
4 2 (1.21%) Military
5 1 (0.61%) Banking
5 1 (0.61%) Marketing
5 1 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.61%) Retail
Job Titles
1 70 (42.42%) Analyst
2 66 (40.00%) Test Analyst
3 31 (18.79%) Test Engineer
4 29 (17.58%) Tester
5 19 (11.52%) Test Manager
6 10 (6.06%) Test Automation Engineer
7 9 (5.45%) Automation Test Analyst
8 8 (4.85%) Automation Tester
8 8 (4.85%) QA Analyst
9 7 (4.24%) Junior
9 7 (4.24%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
10 6 (3.64%) Junior Analyst
11 5 (3.03%) Developer
11 5 (3.03%) Junior QA Analyst
12 4 (2.42%) Developer in Test
12 4 (2.42%) Digital Analyst
12 4 (2.42%) Performance Tester
12 4 (2.42%) Programme Manager
12 4 (2.42%) Test Engagement Manager
12 4 (2.42%) Web Applications Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (18.18%) XML
2 29 (17.58%) .NET
3 20 (12.12%) RESTful
4 19 (11.52%) Web Services
5 12 (7.27%) SOAP
6 10 (6.06%) HTML
7 6 (3.64%) RabbitMQ
8 5 (3.03%) ASP.NET
8 5 (3.03%) JSON
8 5 (3.03%) Kafka
9 3 (1.82%) Gherkin
10 2 (1.21%) ASP.NET Web API
10 2 (1.21%) REST
10 2 (1.21%) WebSphere MQ
11 1 (0.61%) .NET Framework
11 1 (0.61%) AngularJS
11 1 (0.61%) Java EE
11 1 (0.61%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 8 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.24%) Data Centre
3 5 (3.03%) Algorithms
3 5 (3.03%) Data Structures
3 5 (3.03%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (2.42%) User Experience
5 3 (1.82%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.21%) IBM Mainframe
6 2 (1.21%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.21%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.21%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.21%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.61%) Analytical Mindset
7 1 (0.61%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.61%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.61%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.61%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.61%) PKI
7 1 (0.61%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 30 (18.18%) Windows
2 26 (15.76%) Unix
3 16 (9.70%) Linux
4 2 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.61%) Android
5 1 (0.61%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.61%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (58.79%) Test Automation
2 76 (46.06%) Agile Software Development
3 66 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 37 (22.42%) Test Strategy
5 33 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
6 31 (18.79%) Scrum
7 27 (16.36%) Software Testing
8 26 (15.76%) System Integration Testing
9 25 (15.15%) User Stories
10 22 (13.33%) Defect Management
11 21 (12.73%) Continuous Delivery
12 20 (12.12%) Manual Testing
12 20 (12.12%) Regression Testing
13 19 (11.52%) BDD
13 19 (11.52%) Customer Requirements
13 19 (11.52%) SDLC
13 19 (11.52%) Test Management
14 17 (10.30%) Agile Testing
14 17 (10.30%) Requirements Analysis
15 15 (9.09%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 66 (40.00%) SQL
2 60 (36.36%) Java
3 30 (18.18%) C#
4 17 (10.30%) PL/SQL
5 16 (9.70%) VB
6 12 (7.27%) Python
7 10 (6.06%) JavaScript
8 6 (3.64%) C
9 5 (3.03%) C++
10 4 (2.42%) VBScript
11 3 (1.82%) T-SQL
12 2 (1.21%) COBOL
12 2 (1.21%) F#
12 2 (1.21%) HiveQL
12 2 (1.21%) Perl
12 2 (1.21%) PL/1
12 2 (1.21%) REXX
13 1 (0.61%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.61%) Java 8
13 1 (0.61%) PHP
Qualifications
1 113 (68.48%) ISEB
2 95 (57.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 46 (27.88%) Security Cleared
4 41 (24.85%) SC Cleared
5 13 (7.88%) Degree
5 13 (7.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 8 (4.85%) DV Cleared
7 3 (1.82%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.21%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.21%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.21%) PMP
9 1 (0.61%) HNC
9 1 (0.61%) HND
9 1 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (18.79%) QA
2 1 (0.61%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (3.03%) HDFS
2 2 (1.21%) ACF2
2 2 (1.21%) RACF
3 1 (0.61%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.61%) Docker
3 1 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 27 (16.36%) HP ALM
2 23 (13.94%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (2.42%) SCCM
4 1 (0.61%) Nessus
4 1 (0.61%) Oozie
4 1 (0.61%) Puppet
4 1 (0.61%) QRadar
4 1 (0.61%) SCOM
4 1 (0.61%) WSUS
Vendors
1 60 (36.36%) Oracle
2 35 (21.21%) HP
3 22 (13.33%) Microsoft
4 15 (9.09%) webMethods
5 10 (6.06%) SAP
6 7 (4.24%) Cisco
7 6 (3.64%) LogRhythm
8 5 (3.03%) EMC
8 5 (3.03%) Juniper
8 5 (3.03%) SevOne
9 4 (2.42%) IBM
10 3 (1.82%) SolarWinds
11 2 (1.21%) Citrix
12 1 (0.61%) ArcSight
12 1 (0.61%) CA Agile Central
12 1 (0.61%) Guidewire
12 1 (0.61%) Lumension
12 1 (0.61%) Micro Focus
12 1 (0.61%) NetApp
12 1 (0.61%) VMware