Period
to 24 November 2017

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 24 November 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > South East
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 213 222 188
Rank change year-on-year +9 -34 -30
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 168 162 224
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.00% 0.97% 1.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.49% 3.76% 4.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 119 155
South East median daily rate £343 £315 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.73% -16.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £270 £200 £255
90th Percentile £451 £450 £475
England median daily rate £350 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 3
South East median hourly rate £45.00 - £25.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +26.98% -4.55%

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 3738 4303 5247
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.21% 25.85% 26.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 2126 2636 3121
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £210 £251 £258
90th Percentile £550 £550 £525
England median daily rate £430 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 217 221 253
South East median hourly rate £25.12 £27.80 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.64% -10.03% +81.76%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £52.09
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.25 £24.00
% change year-on-year -0.99% +5.21% +26.32%

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 24 November 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 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 24 November 2017. 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 +4 44 £325 +8.33% 3
Thames Valley -20 44 £328 +19.09% 5
Surrey +13 36 £363 +5.07% 4
West Sussex +2 23 £330 -1.12% 2
Buckinghamshire -13 22 £320 -14.67% 1
Oxfordshire +4 15 £413 +106.25%
East Sussex +1 8 £400 +16.45%
Berkshire -9 7 £280 -26.56% 4
Kent -8 6 £325 -12.46% 1
Middlesex +6 1 - -
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 24 November 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.

1 107 (63.69%) ISEB
2 99 (58.93%) Agile Software Development
3 80 (47.62%) Test Automation
3 80 (47.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 53 (31.55%) HP
5 52 (30.95%) Regression Testing
5 52 (30.95%) Test Management
6 48 (28.57%) Scrum
7 47 (27.98%) Software Testing
8 41 (24.40%) Test Scripting
8 41 (24.40%) User Acceptance Testing
8 41 (24.40%) SQL
9 39 (23.21%) Test Strategy
10 37 (22.02%) Waterfall
10 37 (22.02%) QA
11 35 (20.83%) Degree
12 33 (19.64%) JIRA
13 31 (18.45%) HP Quality Center
13 31 (18.45%) Finance
13 31 (18.45%) Scenario Testing
14 30 (17.86%) SDLC
14 30 (17.86%) Test Planning
15 25 (14.88%) Selenium
15 25 (14.88%) Defect Management
16 23 (13.69%) ITIL
17 22 (13.10%) C#
17 22 (13.10%) Security Cleared
18 21 (12.50%) User Stories
19 20 (11.90%) System Integration Testing
19 20 (11.90%) Telecoms

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 16 (9.52%) Confluence
2 4 (2.38%) CMS
3 3 (1.79%) Documentum
4 2 (1.19%) Apache Spark
4 2 (1.19%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (1.19%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.19%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 14 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (6.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.98%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.38%) SAP MM
2 3 (1.79%) Maximo
2 3 (1.79%) SAP CO
2 3 (1.79%) SAP FI
2 3 (1.79%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.60%) SAP CCM
3 1 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.76%) SaaS
2 2 (1.19%) PaaS
3 1 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.60%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (0.60%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 12 (7.14%) LTE
2 11 (6.55%) Wireless
3 9 (5.36%) 4G
4 5 (2.98%) Firewall
5 4 (2.38%) IPv4
5 4 (2.38%) IPv6
6 3 (1.79%) HTTP
6 3 (1.79%) Wireshark
7 2 (1.19%) DHCP
7 2 (1.19%) DNS
7 2 (1.19%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.60%) DSL
8 1 (0.60%) Internet
8 1 (0.60%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (10.12%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.98%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (1.79%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
4 2 (1.19%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.19%) HBase
5 1 (0.60%) Big Data
5 1 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.60%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 33 (19.64%) JIRA
2 25 (14.88%) Selenium
3 19 (11.31%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (7.14%) SoapUI
5 10 (5.95%) Visual Studio
6 7 (4.17%) Cucumber
6 7 (4.17%) HP UFT
6 7 (4.17%) JMeter
7 5 (2.98%) Jenkins
7 5 (2.98%) SpecFlow
8 4 (2.38%) Git (software)
8 4 (2.38%) LoadRunner
8 4 (2.38%) NeoLoad
8 4 (2.38%) WebDriver
9 2 (1.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 2 (1.19%) XMLSpy
10 1 (0.60%) Bitbucket
10 1 (0.60%) Selenium IDE
10 1 (0.60%) Toad
10 1 (0.60%) Zephyr
General
1 31 (18.45%) Finance
2 20 (11.90%) Telecoms
3 7 (4.17%) Banking
4 5 (2.98%) Publishing
5 3 (1.79%) Aerospace
5 3 (1.79%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.79%) Retail
6 1 (0.60%) Billing
6 1 (0.60%) Games
6 1 (0.60%) Legal
6 1 (0.60%) Military
6 1 (0.60%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 80 (47.62%) Analyst
2 74 (44.05%) Test Analyst
3 30 (17.86%) Test Manager
4 17 (10.12%) Test Engineer
5 13 (7.74%) Automation Test Analyst
6 11 (6.55%) Developer
6 11 (6.55%) Senior Analyst
6 11 (6.55%) Senior Test Analyst
7 10 (5.95%) Tester
8 8 (4.76%) .NET Developer
8 8 (4.76%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
8 8 (4.76%) Defect Manager
8 8 (4.76%) Test Leader
9 7 (4.17%) C# .NET Developer
9 7 (4.17%) C# Developer
9 7 (4.17%) Selenium Test Analyst
10 6 (3.57%) QA Engineer
10 6 (3.57%) Test Automation Engineer
11 5 (2.98%) Agile Test Analyst
11 5 (2.98%) OSS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.14%) Web Services
2 10 (5.95%) .NET
3 9 (5.36%) SOAP
4 8 (4.76%) CSS
4 8 (4.76%) Kendo UI
4 8 (4.76%) REST
5 7 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC 5
5 7 (4.17%) XML
6 6 (3.57%) Gherkin
6 6 (3.57%) JSON
6 6 (3.57%) Middleware
7 5 (2.98%) HTML
7 5 (2.98%) Razor View Engine
8 3 (1.79%) Ajax
8 3 (1.79%) RESTful
9 2 (1.19%) ASP.NET
9 2 (1.19%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (1.19%) EDI
9 2 (1.19%) OLE
9 2 (1.19%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.12%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (8.33%) Management Information System
3 6 (3.57%) Client/Server
4 5 (2.98%) Analytical Mindset
4 5 (2.98%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.98%) Reference Data
5 3 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.19%) AS400
6 2 (1.19%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.19%) Smartcard
6 2 (1.19%) User Experience
7 1 (0.60%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.60%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.60%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.60%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.60%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 11 (6.55%) Linux
2 9 (5.36%) Windows
3 3 (1.79%) Unix
4 1 (0.60%) CentOS
4 1 (0.60%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (58.93%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (47.62%) Test Automation
3 52 (30.95%) Regression Testing
3 52 (30.95%) Test Management
4 48 (28.57%) Scrum
5 47 (27.98%) Software Testing
6 41 (24.40%) Test Scripting
6 41 (24.40%) User Acceptance Testing
7 39 (23.21%) Test Strategy
8 37 (22.02%) Waterfall
9 31 (18.45%) Scenario Testing
10 30 (17.86%) SDLC
10 30 (17.86%) Test Planning
11 25 (14.88%) Defect Management
12 23 (13.69%) ITIL
13 21 (12.50%) User Stories
14 20 (11.90%) System Integration Testing
15 19 (11.31%) Collaborative Working
16 18 (10.71%) BDD
16 18 (10.71%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 41 (24.40%) SQL
2 22 (13.10%) C#
3 10 (5.95%) Java
4 9 (5.36%) JavaScript
5 8 (4.76%) TypeScript
6 7 (4.17%) T-SQL
7 5 (2.98%) VB
7 5 (2.98%) VBScript
8 4 (2.38%) Python
9 2 (1.19%) C
9 2 (1.19%) Groovy
9 2 (1.19%) Ruby
10 1 (0.60%) C++
10 1 (0.60%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.60%) PHP
Qualifications
1 107 (63.69%) ISEB
2 80 (47.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 35 (20.83%) Degree
4 22 (13.10%) Security Cleared
5 17 (10.12%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 14 (8.33%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (3.57%) PMI Certification
7 6 (3.57%) PMP
7 6 (3.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 6 (3.57%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.60%) CCNA
8 1 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.60%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (22.02%) QA
2 6 (3.57%) PMO
3 3 (1.79%) GDPR
4 1 (0.60%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.60%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.19%) HDFS
2 1 (0.60%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 31 (18.45%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.60%) SCCM
Vendors
1 53 (31.55%) HP
2 19 (11.31%) Microsoft
3 16 (9.52%) Motorola
3 16 (9.52%) SAP
4 8 (4.76%) Salesforce.com
4 8 (4.76%) Telerik
5 4 (2.38%) Oracle
6 2 (1.19%) EMC
6 2 (1.19%) Google
6 2 (1.19%) Sybase
7 1 (0.60%) Ariba
7 1 (0.60%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.60%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.60%) Rackspace
7 1 (0.60%) Twitter
7 1 (0.60%) webMethods