The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 June 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)
Wales / South Wales
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 43 43 55
Rank change year-on-year 0 +12  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 10 9 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 1.89% 1.86% 2.02%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.52% 7.03% 5.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 4 10
Median daily rate £338 £286 £185
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.90% +54.72%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £404 £313
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £14.93 £30.00
% change year-on-year +191.45% -50.25%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales.

Academic & Professional Certification
South Wales
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 133 128 218
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 25.09% 26.50% 36.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 80 160
Median daily rate £338 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.62% +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £300 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £600 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 8
Median hourly rate £53.75 £71.25 £12.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.56% +458.82%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £19.90 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.75 £73.85 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in South Wales citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in South Wales

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in South Wales.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in South Wales

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

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 Wales region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cardiff +1 10 £338 +17.90%
ISTQB
Wales

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 Wales region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 14 (63.64%) PRINCE2
2 11 (50.00%) Project Management
3 10 (45.45%) Migration
3 10 (45.45%) NHS
3 10 (45.45%) SQL
3 10 (45.45%) XML
3 10 (45.45%) Data Migration
3 10 (45.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (40.91%) Test Strategy
4 9 (40.91%) SQL Server
5 8 (36.36%) Software Testing
5 8 (36.36%) Degree
6 7 (31.82%) Test Automation
6 7 (31.82%) HL7
6 7 (31.82%) Release Management
6 7 (31.82%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (31.82%) Load Testing
6 7 (31.82%) C++
6 7 (31.82%) XSLT
6 7 (31.82%) ITIL
6 7 (31.82%) SOAP
6 7 (31.82%) VMware
6 7 (31.82%) Service Delivery
6 7 (31.82%) SoapUI
7 6 (27.27%) System Integration Testing
7 6 (27.27%) Performance Analysis
7 6 (27.27%) InterSystems
7 6 (27.27%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (27.27%) IBM
7 6 (27.27%) Integration Testing

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in South Wales 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 6 (27.27%) BizTalk Server
1 6 (27.27%) JCAPS
1 6 (27.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (40.91%) SQL Server
2 6 (27.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (4.55%) GIS
Development Applications
1 7 (31.82%) SoapUI
2 4 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (13.64%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (4.55%) Banking
1 1 (4.55%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (63.64%) Analyst
1 14 (63.64%) Test Analyst
2 12 (54.55%) Lead Test Analyst
3 10 (45.45%) Test Leader
4 7 (31.82%) Team Leader
4 7 (31.82%) Test Team Leader
5 2 (9.09%) Tester
6 1 (4.55%) Agile Test Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) C++ Team Leader
6 1 (4.55%) ETL Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) Lead Tester
6 1 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) Senior Tester
6 1 (4.55%) Support Team Leader
6 1 (4.55%) Test Manager
6 1 (4.55%) UAT Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) UAT Lead
6 1 (4.55%) UAT Test Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (45.45%) XML
2 7 (31.82%) SOAP
2 7 (31.82%) XSLT
3 6 (27.27%) IBM Integration Bus
Miscellaneous
1 10 (45.45%) NHS
2 3 (13.64%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (4.55%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.09%) Windows
1 2 (9.09%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (63.64%) PRINCE2
2 11 (50.00%) Project Management
3 10 (45.45%) Data Migration
3 10 (45.45%) Migration
4 9 (40.91%) Test Strategy
5 8 (36.36%) Software Testing
6 7 (31.82%) ITIL
6 7 (31.82%) Load Testing
6 7 (31.82%) Release Management
6 7 (31.82%) Service Delivery
6 7 (31.82%) Test Automation
6 7 (31.82%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (27.27%) Integration Testing
7 6 (27.27%) Performance Analysis
7 6 (27.27%) System Integration Testing
7 6 (27.27%) Test Scripting
8 5 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (22.73%) Business Analysis
8 5 (22.73%) Regression Testing
8 5 (22.73%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (45.45%) SQL
2 7 (31.82%) C++
3 3 (13.64%) PL/SQL
4 1 (4.55%) Java
Qualifications
1 10 (45.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 8 (36.36%) Degree
3 3 (13.64%) ISEB
3 3 (13.64%) Security Cleared
4 1 (4.55%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (31.82%) HL7
2 4 (18.18%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (18.18%) QA
System Software
1 2 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (4.55%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (13.64%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (31.82%) VMware
2 6 (27.27%) Fiorano
2 6 (27.27%) IBM
2 6 (27.27%) InterSystems
3 1 (4.55%) HP