Period
to 15 August 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 15 August 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 235 183 199
Rank change year-on-year -52 +16 -9
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 156 193 212
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.93% 1.21% 1.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.16% 5.01% 4.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 101 146
South East median daily rate £370 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% - -6.67%
10th Percentile £267 £273 £209
90th Percentile £483 £450 £463
England median daily rate £386 £350 £343
% change year-on-year +10.36% +2.19% -2.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 1
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £170.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% -73.53% +1033.33%
10th Percentile £39.00 £44.55 £165.00
90th Percentile £41.00 £46.00 £175.00
England median hourly rate £39.00 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -13.33% +5.88% +32.81%

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 3,754 3,855 5,008
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.45% 24.17% 27.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,058 2,151 3,055
South East median daily rate £425 £402 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.72% +0.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £236 £250 £258
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £427 £415
% change year-on-year +5.39% +2.89% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 245 183
South East median hourly rate £34.50 £20.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +72.50% -20.00% +3.65%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £11.36
90th Percentile £52.05 £50.30 £52.25
England median hourly rate £22.50 £28.75 £27.00
% change year-on-year -21.74% +6.48% +20.00%

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 15 August 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 15 August 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
Thames Valley -14 44 £308 -6.82% 12
Hampshire -20 44 £388 +19.23% 20
Surrey -52 26 £400 +11.11% 10
Buckinghamshire +14 22 £308 -6.82% 2
Berkshire -10 22 £331 +1.92% 7
West Sussex -5 17 £370 - 4
East Sussex +7 12 £363 - 2
Sussex - 4 - -
Kent +9 1 £450 +23.29% 2
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 94 (60.26%) ISEB
2 90 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
3 84 (53.85%) Test Automation
4 82 (52.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 58 (37.18%) Test Scripting
6 55 (35.26%) SQL
7 51 (32.69%) Selenium
8 47 (30.13%) Java
9 46 (29.49%) Oracle
10 44 (28.21%) Scrum
10 44 (28.21%) Test Strategy
11 42 (26.92%) Security Cleared
11 42 (26.92%) HP
12 37 (23.72%) SC Cleared
13 36 (23.08%) Software Testing
14 33 (21.15%) C#
15 30 (19.23%) Unix
15 30 (19.23%) Microsoft
15 30 (19.23%) JIRA
15 30 (19.23%) QA
15 30 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
15 30 (19.23%) Cucumber
16 26 (16.67%) Windows
16 26 (16.67%) XML
16 26 (16.67%) HP ALM
17 24 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
17 24 (15.38%) Test Management
18 23 (14.74%) .NET
19 22 (14.10%) Regression Testing
19 22 (14.10%) BDD

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 12 (7.69%) Apache Spark
2 10 (6.41%) Confluence
3 9 (5.77%) Cloud Foundry
4 6 (3.85%) WebLogic
5 5 (3.21%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.64%) CICS
6 1 (0.64%) SharePoint
Applications
1 18 (11.54%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (10.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (5.77%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (3.21%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (4.49%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.64%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.77%) PaaS
2 6 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.56%) BrowserStack
4 2 (1.28%) GitHub
5 1 (0.64%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 13 (8.33%) SAN
2 9 (5.77%) HTTP
3 7 (4.49%) TCP/IP
4 5 (3.21%) DNS
5 2 (1.28%) VLAN
5 2 (1.28%) WAN
6 1 (0.64%) DHCP
6 1 (0.64%) Firewall
6 1 (0.64%) Internet
6 1 (0.64%) Intranet
6 1 (0.64%) IP Telephony
6 1 (0.64%) LAN
6 1 (0.64%) MPLS
6 1 (0.64%) MVNO
6 1 (0.64%) Skype
6 1 (0.64%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (10.90%) Hadoop
2 15 (9.62%) SQL Server
3 11 (7.05%) Oracle Reports
4 9 (5.77%) HBase
5 6 (3.85%) MySQL
5 6 (3.85%) Oracle Database
5 6 (3.85%) Relational Database
6 5 (3.21%) Big Data
7 4 (2.56%) Oracle Database 10g
7 4 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.64%) DB2
9 1 (0.64%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 51 (32.69%) Selenium
2 30 (19.23%) Cucumber
2 30 (19.23%) JIRA
3 21 (13.46%) Team Foundation Server
4 15 (9.62%) Git (software)
4 15 (9.62%) WebDriver
5 13 (8.33%) SoapUI
6 10 (6.41%) HP UFT
6 10 (6.41%) Visual Studio
7 7 (4.49%) JMeter
7 7 (4.49%) LoadRunner
7 7 (4.49%) SpecFlow
7 7 (4.49%) TeamCity
7 7 (4.49%) Toad
7 7 (4.49%) Visual Studio Team System
8 6 (3.85%) Protractor
9 5 (3.21%) Gatling
9 5 (3.21%) Jenkins
10 3 (1.92%) JBehave
10 3 (1.92%) Oracle APEX
General
1 20 (12.82%) Finance
2 9 (5.77%) Banking
3 4 (2.56%) Military
3 4 (2.56%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.92%) Law
5 2 (1.28%) Retail
6 1 (0.64%) Advertising
6 1 (0.64%) Billing
6 1 (0.64%) Marketing
6 1 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 82 (52.56%) Analyst
2 81 (51.92%) Test Analyst
3 23 (14.74%) Tester
4 20 (12.82%) Test Engineer
5 15 (9.62%) Test Manager
6 13 (8.33%) Automation Tester
6 13 (8.33%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
7 12 (7.69%) Automation Test Analyst
8 7 (4.49%) QA Analyst
8 7 (4.49%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 6 (3.85%) Developer
9 6 (3.85%) Developer in Test
9 6 (3.85%) QA Test Analyst
9 6 (3.85%) Test Automation Engineer
10 5 (3.21%) Java Engineer
10 5 (3.21%) Junior
10 5 (3.21%) Test Leader
11 4 (2.56%) Agile Test Analyst
11 4 (2.56%) Performance Analyst
11 4 (2.56%) Performance Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (16.67%) XML
2 23 (14.74%) .NET
3 14 (8.97%) SOAP
4 10 (6.41%) HTML
4 10 (6.41%) RabbitMQ
4 10 (6.41%) RESTful
5 9 (5.77%) ASP.NET
5 9 (5.77%) JSON
5 9 (5.77%) Kafka
6 5 (3.21%) Web Services
7 3 (1.92%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.92%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.92%) Gherkin
8 2 (1.28%) REST
9 1 (0.64%) Mason
9 1 (0.64%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (6.41%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (4.49%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.21%) Algorithms
4 5 (3.21%) Data Structures
5 4 (2.56%) Client/Server
5 4 (2.56%) PKI
6 3 (1.92%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.28%) Smart Meter
7 2 (1.28%) User Experience
7 2 (1.28%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.64%) Analytical Mindset
8 1 (0.64%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.64%) Fintech
8 1 (0.64%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.64%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.64%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 30 (19.23%) Unix
2 26 (16.67%) Windows
3 20 (12.82%) Linux
4 5 (3.21%) Windows Server
5 4 (2.56%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.64%) Android
6 1 (0.64%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (53.85%) Test Automation
3 58 (37.18%) Test Scripting
4 44 (28.21%) Scrum
4 44 (28.21%) Test Strategy
5 36 (23.08%) Software Testing
6 30 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
7 24 (15.38%) Test Management
8 22 (14.10%) BDD
8 22 (14.10%) Regression Testing
9 21 (13.46%) Functional Testing
9 21 (13.46%) Scenario Testing
9 21 (13.46%) TDD
10 19 (12.18%) Performance Testing
11 18 (11.54%) Acceptance Criteria
12 17 (10.90%) Defect Management
12 17 (10.90%) Waterfall
13 15 (9.62%) Non-Functional Testing
14 14 (8.97%) E-Commerce
14 14 (8.97%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 55 (35.26%) SQL
2 47 (30.13%) Java
3 33 (21.15%) C#
4 21 (13.46%) JavaScript
5 14 (8.97%) VB
6 9 (5.77%) Python
7 4 (2.56%) C
8 3 (1.92%) C++
8 3 (1.92%) PL/SQL
9 2 (1.28%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.28%) HiveQL
9 2 (1.28%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.28%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.64%) F#
10 1 (0.64%) PHP
10 1 (0.64%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 94 (60.26%) ISEB
2 82 (52.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 42 (26.92%) Security Cleared
4 37 (23.72%) SC Cleared
5 20 (12.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 13 (8.33%) Degree
7 6 (3.85%) PMI Certification
7 6 (3.85%) PMP
8 4 (2.56%) DV Cleared
9 3 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (1.92%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (19.23%) QA
2 1 (0.64%) GDPR
2 1 (0.64%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (5.77%) HDFS
2 8 (5.13%) Active Directory
3 5 (3.21%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (2.56%) Docker
5 2 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.64%) ACF2
6 1 (0.64%) RACF
6 1 (0.64%) Snort
Systems Management
1 26 (16.67%) HP ALM
2 24 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (3.21%) SCCM
4 4 (2.56%) SCOM
5 1 (0.64%) Endace
5 1 (0.64%) Nessus
5 1 (0.64%) Oozie
5 1 (0.64%) Puppet
5 1 (0.64%) QRadar
Vendors
1 46 (29.49%) Oracle
2 42 (26.92%) HP
3 30 (19.23%) Microsoft
4 10 (6.41%) Cisco
5 8 (5.13%) VMware
6 6 (3.85%) LogRhythm
6 6 (3.85%) webMethods
7 4 (2.56%) ArcSight
7 4 (2.56%) Citrix
7 4 (2.56%) Lumension
7 4 (2.56%) NetApp
8 3 (1.92%) Palo Alto
8 3 (1.92%) SAP
9 2 (1.28%) EMC
9 2 (1.28%) hybris
9 2 (1.28%) Juniper
9 2 (1.28%) New Relic
9 2 (1.28%) SevOne
10 1 (0.64%) Capita
10 1 (0.64%) Remedy