Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 237 206 195
Rank change year-on-year -31 -11 -10
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 140 153 204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.84% 1.00% 1.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.69% 3.71% 4.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 92 145
South East median daily rate £368 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - -
10th Percentile £300 £263 £213
90th Percentile £500 £450 £475
England median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 3
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £43.50 £170.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.45% -74.41% +466.67%
10th Percentile £42.50 £41.50 £165.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.80 £189.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £43.25 £46.00
% change year-on-year +4.05% -5.98% +87.76%

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 3,797 4,125 5,039
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.71% 26.95% 27.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,058 2,412 3,056
South East median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £253 £255 £253
90th Percentile £569 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 256 207
South East median hourly rate £28.00 £21.25 £32.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.76% -35.11% +45.56%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £10.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £60.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +23.99%

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 May 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 24 May 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 +4 50 £340 -2.86% 16
Thames Valley -28 36 £325 -7.14% 18
Surrey -35 33 £419 +16.32% 5
Buckinghamshire 0 19 £304 -13.21% 2
Berkshire -4 17 £325 -7.14% 14
East Sussex +2 7 £475 +31.03%
West Sussex -14 6 £370 -3.27% 4
Kent +4 3 £390 +2.63%
Sussex -1 2 - - 2
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 73 (52.14%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (50.71%) Test Automation
3 66 (47.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 58 (41.43%) ISEB
5 47 (33.57%) Test Scripting
6 44 (31.43%) HP
7 43 (30.71%) Selenium
8 41 (29.29%) Scrum
9 39 (27.86%) Regression Testing
9 39 (27.86%) HP Quality Center
10 38 (27.14%) Microsoft
11 35 (25.00%) Software Testing
12 34 (24.29%) Test Strategy
13 33 (23.57%) Security Cleared
14 32 (22.86%) Test Management
15 31 (22.14%) SQL
15 31 (22.14%) Finance
16 27 (19.29%) QA
17 26 (18.57%) Microsoft Office
17 26 (18.57%) Scenario Testing
17 26 (18.57%) HP ALM
18 25 (17.86%) Team Foundation Server
19 24 (17.14%) JIRA
20 23 (16.43%) SC Cleared
20 23 (16.43%) SDLC
21 22 (15.71%) Defect Management
22 21 (15.00%) Waterfall
22 21 (15.00%) C#
23 20 (14.29%) Java
23 20 (14.29%) Acceptance Criteria

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 7 (5.00%) Apache Spark
1 7 (5.00%) Cloud Foundry
2 3 (2.14%) Confluence
2 3 (2.14%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (1.43%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.71%) CICS
4 1 (0.71%) Documentum
Applications
1 26 (18.57%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (12.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (7.14%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (3.57%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (3.57%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.71%) Maximo
2 1 (0.71%) SAP CO
2 1 (0.71%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.71%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (0.71%) SAP MM
2 1 (0.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.00%) PaaS
2 2 (1.43%) BrowserStack
3 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.71%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.14%) HTTP
2 7 (5.00%) MVNO
3 5 (3.57%) Firewall
4 4 (2.86%) Internet
4 4 (2.86%) IPv4
4 4 (2.86%) IPv6
4 4 (2.86%) TCP/IP
5 3 (2.14%) DNS
5 3 (2.14%) SAN
6 2 (1.43%) VLAN
7 1 (0.71%) Intranet
7 1 (0.71%) SMTP
7 1 (0.71%) SSL
7 1 (0.71%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.00%) Hadoop
2 7 (5.00%) HBase
3 5 (3.57%) Oracle Database
4 3 (2.14%) Oracle Database 10g
4 3 (2.14%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (2.14%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.43%) Big Data
6 1 (0.71%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 43 (30.71%) Selenium
2 25 (17.86%) Team Foundation Server
3 24 (17.14%) JIRA
4 14 (10.00%) Cucumber
5 13 (9.29%) Visual Studio
5 13 (9.29%) WebDriver
6 10 (7.14%) Git (software)
6 10 (7.14%) Protractor
6 10 (7.14%) TeamCity
7 9 (6.43%) HP UFT
8 7 (5.00%) SoapUI
9 6 (4.29%) SpecFlow
10 4 (2.86%) JMeter
10 4 (2.86%) NeoLoad
10 4 (2.86%) Visual Studio Team System
11 3 (2.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (2.14%) LoadRunner
12 2 (1.43%) Gatling
12 2 (1.43%) Jenkins
12 2 (1.43%) JUnit
General
1 31 (22.14%) Finance
2 14 (10.00%) Telecoms
3 12 (8.57%) Banking
4 8 (5.71%) Billing
5 3 (2.14%) Military
6 2 (1.43%) Law
6 2 (1.43%) Retail
Job Titles
1 67 (47.86%) Analyst
2 65 (46.43%) Test Analyst
3 21 (15.00%) Test Manager
4 16 (11.43%) Test Engineer
5 14 (10.00%) Tester
6 12 (8.57%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 12 (8.57%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 12 (8.57%) Test Leader
7 10 (7.14%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
8 9 (6.43%) Automation Test Analyst
8 9 (6.43%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 8 (5.71%) Automation Tester
10 7 (5.00%) QA Engineer
11 5 (3.57%) Developer
11 5 (3.57%) Developer in Test
11 5 (3.57%) Senior Test Engineer
12 4 (2.86%) QA Analyst
12 4 (2.86%) Selenium Automation Tester
12 4 (2.86%) Selenium Tester
12 4 (2.86%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (13.57%) .NET
2 12 (8.57%) XML
3 8 (5.71%) JSON
4 7 (5.00%) .NET Framework
4 7 (5.00%) HTML
4 7 (5.00%) Kafka
4 7 (5.00%) RabbitMQ
4 7 (5.00%) RESTful
5 6 (4.29%) AngularJS
6 5 (3.57%) SOAP
7 4 (2.86%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.43%) CSS
8 2 (1.43%) Gherkin
8 2 (1.43%) REST
8 2 (1.43%) Web Services
9 1 (0.71%) CGI
9 1 (0.71%) CSS3
9 1 (0.71%) HTML5
9 1 (0.71%) J2EE
9 1 (0.71%) VRML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.43%) Greenfield Project
2 10 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 6 (4.29%) PKI
5 4 (2.86%) Smart Meter
6 3 (2.14%) Client/Server
6 3 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (2.14%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.43%) Analytical Mindset
7 2 (1.43%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.43%) PMI
8 1 (0.71%) Fintech
8 1 (0.71%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.71%) Mashup
8 1 (0.71%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.71%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 18 (12.86%) Unix
2 14 (10.00%) Linux
3 13 (9.29%) Windows
4 5 (3.57%) Windows Server
5 4 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.71%) AIX
6 1 (0.71%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.71%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.71%) Windows NT
6 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (52.14%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (50.71%) Test Automation
3 47 (33.57%) Test Scripting
4 41 (29.29%) Scrum
5 39 (27.86%) Regression Testing
6 35 (25.00%) Software Testing
7 34 (24.29%) Test Strategy
8 32 (22.86%) Test Management
9 26 (18.57%) Scenario Testing
10 23 (16.43%) SDLC
11 22 (15.71%) Defect Management
12 21 (15.00%) Waterfall
13 20 (14.29%) Acceptance Criteria
14 19 (13.57%) Continuous Integration
15 18 (12.86%) TDD
15 18 (12.86%) Test Planning
15 18 (12.86%) User Acceptance Testing
16 17 (12.14%) Functional Testing
17 16 (11.43%) Performance Testing
17 16 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 31 (22.14%) SQL
2 21 (15.00%) C#
3 20 (14.29%) Java
4 17 (12.14%) JavaScript
5 11 (7.86%) Python
6 5 (3.57%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.14%) PHP
7 3 (2.14%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.43%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.43%) C
8 2 (1.43%) Perl
9 1 (0.71%) C++
9 1 (0.71%) Groovy
9 1 (0.71%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.71%) VB
Qualifications
1 66 (47.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 58 (41.43%) ISEB
3 33 (23.57%) Security Cleared
4 23 (16.43%) SC Cleared
5 17 (12.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 15 (10.71%) Degree
7 12 (8.57%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (6.43%) PMI Certification
9 7 (5.00%) PMP
10 4 (2.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (2.14%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (1.43%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (19.29%) QA
2 2 (1.43%) GDPR
3 1 (0.71%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (10.71%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.00%) HDFS
3 5 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (2.86%) Docker
5 2 (1.43%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.71%) ACF2
6 1 (0.71%) RACF
6 1 (0.71%) Snort
Systems Management
1 39 (27.86%) HP Quality Center
2 26 (18.57%) HP ALM
3 4 (2.86%) SCCM
4 3 (2.14%) SCOM
5 1 (0.71%) Endace
Vendors
1 44 (31.43%) HP
2 38 (27.14%) Microsoft
3 15 (10.71%) VMware
4 14 (10.00%) Cisco
4 14 (10.00%) Oracle
5 10 (7.14%) Palo Alto
6 4 (2.86%) LogRhythm
7 3 (2.14%) ArcSight
7 3 (2.14%) Citrix
7 3 (2.14%) Lumension
7 3 (2.14%) NetApp
8 2 (1.43%) hybris
8 2 (1.43%) New Relic
8 2 (1.43%) SAP
9 1 (0.71%) EMC
9 1 (0.71%) Juniper
9 1 (0.71%) PTC
9 1 (0.71%) Remedy
9 1 (0.71%) SevOne
9 1 (0.71%) Sophos