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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Wales / South Wales
Rank 42 57 44
Rank change year-on-year +15 -13  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 12 12 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 2.12% 2.07% 1.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.28% 7.19% 4.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 5
Median daily rate £325 £293 £185
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +58.10%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £190 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £375 £314
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £304
% change year-on-year +12.00% +2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 191 167 146
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 33.81% 28.84% 32.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 107 96
Median daily rate £350 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -17.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £138 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 4
Median hourly rate £20.00 £47.00 £22.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -57.44% +106.59%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.22 £42.29 £8.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £63.60 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in South Wales over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 24 March 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 +19 12 £325 +11.11%
ISTQB
Wales

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 8 (66.67%) Test Strategy
2 7 (58.33%) NHS
2 7 (58.33%) SQL
2 7 (58.33%) PRINCE2
3 6 (50.00%) Software Testing
3 6 (50.00%) System Integration Testing
3 6 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (50.00%) Load Testing
3 6 (50.00%) Integration Testing
3 6 (50.00%) Test Scripting
4 5 (41.67%) Degree
4 5 (41.67%) Regression Testing
5 4 (33.33%) Project Management
5 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (25.00%) Defect Management
6 3 (25.00%) Customer Requirements
6 3 (25.00%) Validation
7 2 (16.67%) Freedom of Information
7 2 (16.67%) ISEB
7 2 (16.67%) QA
7 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
7 2 (16.67%) Service Management
7 2 (16.67%) SQL Server
7 2 (16.67%) Visual Studio
7 2 (16.67%) XML
7 2 (16.67%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (16.67%) SDLC
7 2 (16.67%) Information Governance

ISTQB
Top Related 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:

Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (8.33%) GIS
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (16.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (8.33%) Banking
1 1 (8.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (66.67%) Analyst
1 8 (66.67%) Test Analyst
2 6 (50.00%) Lead Test Analyst
3 4 (33.33%) Test Leader
4 1 (8.33%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) NHS Test Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) SQL Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Team Leader
4 1 (8.33%) Test Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Test Team Leader
4 1 (8.33%) Tester
4 1 (8.33%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) UAT Lead
4 1 (8.33%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (58.33%) NHS
2 2 (16.67%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (8.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (8.33%) Windows
1 1 (8.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (66.67%) Test Strategy
2 7 (58.33%) PRINCE2
3 6 (50.00%) Integration Testing
3 6 (50.00%) Load Testing
3 6 (50.00%) Software Testing
3 6 (50.00%) System Integration Testing
3 6 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 6 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (41.67%) Regression Testing
5 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (33.33%) Project Management
6 3 (25.00%) Customer Requirements
6 3 (25.00%) Defect Management
6 3 (25.00%) Validation
7 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
7 2 (16.67%) Data Protection
7 2 (16.67%) Information Governance
7 2 (16.67%) SDLC
7 2 (16.67%) Service Management
7 2 (16.67%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (58.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) Degree
2 2 (16.67%) ISEB
3 1 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (16.67%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (16.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) HP