Period
to 10 December 2019

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 10 December 2019 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
10 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 192 232 229
Rank change year-on-year +40 -3 -10
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 140 167 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.08% 0.98% 0.86%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.33% 4.31% 3.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 77 84
South East median daily rate £430 £363 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.62% +7.41% +7.14%
10th Percentile £300 £286 £267
90th Percentile £538 £485 £471
England median daily rate £425 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14% +2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 1 7
South East median hourly rate £50.00 £40.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -11.11% -
England median hourly rate £47.97 £40.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +19.93% -11.11% +24.14%

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 3,231 3,876 3,730
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 24.97% 22.83% 22.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,752 2,163 2,113
South East median daily rate £433 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £238 £250 £210
90th Percentile £588 £588 £552
England median daily rate £468 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +3.89% +3.45% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 254 195 215
South East median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £25.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +45.97% -7.09%
10th Percentile £15.58 £13.60 £12.00
90th Percentile £78.75 £54.65 £49.50
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +40.00% - -1.96%

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

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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

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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 10 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the South East

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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

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the South East over the 6 months to 10 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 10 December 2019. 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 +52 58 £410 +13.10% 7
Hampshire +15 55 £450 +28.57% 10
Berkshire +26 47 £450 +13.21% 3
Surrey +42 17 £375 - 1
Buckinghamshire +25 10 £300 -17.24%
West Sussex -4 9 £450 +11.11% 5
East Sussex +21 6 £525 +110.00%
Kent - 3 £315 - 1
Oxfordshire - 1 £250 - 4
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 10 December 2019, 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 87 (62.14%) Test Automation
2 85 (60.71%) ISEB
3 63 (45.00%) Security Cleared
4 59 (42.14%) Agile Software Development
5 54 (38.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 52 (37.14%) Test Scripting
7 45 (32.14%) SC Cleared
8 37 (26.43%) Microsoft
9 36 (25.71%) Oracle
10 34 (24.29%) User Acceptance Testing
11 33 (23.57%) Windows
12 32 (22.86%) SQL
12 32 (22.86%) JIRA
12 32 (22.86%) Test Strategy
13 31 (22.14%) QA
13 31 (22.14%) Selenium
14 27 (19.29%) Defect Management
15 26 (18.57%) Migration
16 25 (17.86%) HP Quality Center
17 23 (16.43%) Manual Testing
17 23 (16.43%) HP
17 23 (16.43%) Software Delivery
18 22 (15.71%) Finance
18 22 (15.71%) Software Testing
19 21 (15.00%) Java
19 21 (15.00%) XML
20 20 (14.29%) Regression Testing
20 20 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
20 20 (14.29%) Operational Acceptance Testing
21 19 (13.57%) Validation

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 (8.57%) Confluence
2 8 (5.71%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.43%) Apache
3 2 (1.43%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.43%) Mule
3 2 (1.43%) Mule ESB
3 2 (1.43%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.71%) CMS
Applications
1 8 (5.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.14%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.71%) FileZilla
4 1 (0.71%) Notepad++
4 1 (0.71%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 10 (7.14%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (5.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.71%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 17 (12.14%) Azure
2 8 (5.71%) AWS
3 3 (2.14%) GitHub
4 2 (1.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 2 (1.43%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.43%) npm
4 2 (1.43%) Tricentis Tosca
5 1 (0.71%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.71%) PaaS
5 1 (0.71%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.00%) SAN
2 2 (1.43%) DNS
2 2 (1.43%) HTTP
2 2 (1.43%) Intranet
2 2 (1.43%) IPv6
2 2 (1.43%) ZigBee
3 1 (0.71%) 802.15
3 1 (0.71%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.71%) FTP
3 1 (0.71%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.29%) EDRMS
1 6 (4.29%) Oracle Database
2 5 (3.57%) MongoDB
2 5 (3.57%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (2.14%) MySQL
4 2 (1.43%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.43%) HBase
4 2 (1.43%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.43%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.43%) SAP HANA
4 2 (1.43%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.71%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.71%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 32 (22.86%) JIRA
2 31 (22.14%) Selenium
3 18 (12.86%) Cucumber
4 10 (7.14%) SoapUI
5 9 (6.43%) Jenkins
6 8 (5.71%) Gatling
6 8 (5.71%) Git (software)
6 8 (5.71%) HP UFT
6 8 (5.71%) JMeter
6 8 (5.71%) LoadRunner
6 8 (5.71%) SpecFlow
7 6 (4.29%) WebDriver
8 4 (2.86%) Appium
9 3 (2.14%) Bitbucket
10 2 (1.43%) Grunt
10 2 (1.43%) JBehave
10 2 (1.43%) Mocha
10 2 (1.43%) Postman
10 2 (1.43%) TestRail
10 2 (1.43%) webpack
General
1 22 (15.71%) Finance
2 7 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 6 (4.29%) Retail
4 4 (2.86%) Military
4 4 (2.86%) Public Sector
5 2 (1.43%) Automotive
5 2 (1.43%) Marketing
6 1 (0.71%) Billing
Job Titles
1 47 (33.57%) Analyst
2 44 (31.43%) Test Analyst
3 23 (16.43%) Test Engineer
3 23 (16.43%) Test Manager
3 23 (16.43%) Tester
4 12 (8.57%) Test Leader
5 11 (7.86%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 11 (7.86%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 10 (7.14%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
7 8 (5.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (5.00%) Automation Test Analyst
8 7 (5.00%) Performance Tester
8 7 (5.00%) QA Analyst
8 7 (5.00%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
8 7 (5.00%) Senior Test Engineer
9 6 (4.29%) Integration Engineer
9 6 (4.29%) Test and Integration Engineer
10 5 (3.57%) QA Engineer
10 5 (3.57%) QA Test Analyst
10 5 (3.57%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (15.00%) XML
2 9 (6.43%) Web Services
3 7 (5.00%) HTML
4 6 (4.29%) .NET
4 6 (4.29%) RESTful
5 5 (3.57%) JSON
5 5 (3.57%) Oracle Fusion
5 5 (3.57%) REST
6 4 (2.86%) CSS
6 4 (2.86%) Node.js
6 4 (2.86%) SOAP
7 3 (2.14%) Kafka
7 3 (2.14%) React
8 2 (1.43%) Apache Cordova
8 2 (1.43%) Express
8 2 (1.43%) React Native
8 2 (1.43%) Redux
8 2 (1.43%) Sass
8 2 (1.43%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 2 (1.43%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.43%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.57%) Data Structures
3 5 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (2.86%) User Experience
5 3 (2.14%) DataPower
6 2 (1.43%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.43%) Private Cloud
6 2 (1.43%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.43%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.71%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 33 (23.57%) Windows
2 14 (10.00%) Unix
3 12 (8.57%) Windows Server
4 8 (5.71%) Windows 10
5 5 (3.57%) Linux
6 2 (1.43%) Android
6 2 (1.43%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.71%) AIX
7 1 (0.71%) Solaris
7 1 (0.71%) Windows NT
7 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (62.14%) Test Automation
2 59 (42.14%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (37.14%) Test Scripting
4 34 (24.29%) User Acceptance Testing
5 32 (22.86%) Test Strategy
6 27 (19.29%) Defect Management
7 26 (18.57%) Migration
8 23 (16.43%) Manual Testing
8 23 (16.43%) Software Delivery
9 22 (15.71%) Software Testing
10 20 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
10 20 (14.29%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 20 (14.29%) Regression Testing
11 19 (13.57%) Validation
12 18 (12.86%) Data Migration
13 17 (12.14%) CRM
13 17 (12.14%) Disaster Recovery
13 17 (12.14%) Non-Functional Testing
13 17 (12.14%) Scrum
13 17 (12.14%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 32 (22.86%) SQL
2 21 (15.00%) Java
3 19 (13.57%) C#
4 13 (9.29%) JavaScript
5 6 (4.29%) VB
6 5 (3.57%) C
6 5 (3.57%) C++
6 5 (3.57%) Python
7 2 (1.43%) Apple Swift
7 2 (1.43%) ES6
7 2 (1.43%) Groovy
7 2 (1.43%) Kotlin
7 2 (1.43%) Objective-C
7 2 (1.43%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.71%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 85 (60.71%) ISEB
2 63 (45.00%) Security Cleared
3 54 (38.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 45 (32.14%) SC Cleared
5 17 (12.14%) DV Cleared
6 15 (10.71%) Degree
7 9 (6.43%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (2.86%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (2.14%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (2.14%) PMI Certification
9 3 (2.14%) PMP
10 1 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.71%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (22.14%) QA
2 1 (0.71%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.71%) GDPR
2 1 (0.71%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 16 (11.43%) Active Directory
2 15 (10.71%) vSphere
3 8 (5.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.14%) Docker
4 3 (2.14%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.43%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 25 (17.86%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (10.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 14 (10.00%) HP ALM
4 2 (1.43%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.71%) Nagios
Vendors
1 37 (26.43%) Microsoft
2 36 (25.71%) Oracle
3 23 (16.43%) HP
4 8 (5.71%) VMware
5 5 (3.57%) Micro Focus
6 4 (2.86%) SAP
7 3 (2.14%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (1.43%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.43%) CA
8 2 (1.43%) hybris
8 2 (1.43%) OutSystems
8 2 (1.43%) Xamarin
9 1 (0.71%) BMC
9 1 (0.71%) Delphix
9 1 (0.71%) IBM
9 1 (0.71%) Pega
9 1 (0.71%) Vitria