Period
to 16 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 16 July 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
England > South West
6 months to
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 166 174 204
Rank change year-on-year +8 +30 +1
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 29 31 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.55% 0.56% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.00% 1.79% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 28 6
South West median daily rate £350 £390 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.26% +39.29% -25.33%
10th Percentile £257 £299 £270
90th Percentile £425 £505 £321
England median daily rate £375 £339 £325
% change year-on-year +10.70% +4.23% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
South West median hourly rate - - £35.00
England median hourly rate £29.00 £41.63 £48.50
% change year-on-year -30.33% -14.18% +223.33%

ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,449 1,735 1,995
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 27.36% 31.56% 32.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 741 1,073 1,179
South West median daily rate £421 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.25% +2.56% -
10th Percentile £230 £233 £263
90th Percentile £569 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 139 115
South West median hourly rate £41.27 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.16% - -
10th Percentile £16.15 £17.00 £19.60
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.50 £50.10
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.44% +8.80% +23.99%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing ISTQB Foundation Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South West over the 6 months to 16 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the South West

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the South West region over the 6 months to 16 July 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
Wiltshire +7 8 £363 +3.57% 1
Gloucestershire - 6 £269 - 1
Somerset - 4 - - 1
Dorset - 3 £350 -
Bristol -3 2 £240 -35.48% 1
Cornwall - 2 £350 - 3
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 16 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 West region with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 25 (86.21%) ISTQB
2 18 (62.07%) Software Testing
3 17 (58.62%) ISEB
4 16 (55.17%) Test Automation
5 11 (37.93%) Security Cleared
6 10 (34.48%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (27.59%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (27.59%) Test Strategy
8 7 (24.14%) BDD
8 7 (24.14%) Retail
8 7 (24.14%) QA
8 7 (24.14%) Logistics
9 6 (20.69%) Selenium
9 6 (20.69%) TDD
9 6 (20.69%) XML
9 6 (20.69%) Windows
9 6 (20.69%) MuleSoft
9 6 (20.69%) Defect Management
10 5 (17.24%) Defect Tracking
10 5 (17.24%) System Integration Testing
10 5 (17.24%) API Testing
10 5 (17.24%) HP Quality Center
10 5 (17.24%) Integration Testing
10 5 (17.24%) Use Case
10 5 (17.24%) SC Cleared
10 5 (17.24%) Java
10 5 (17.24%) Microsoft
10 5 (17.24%) Scrum
10 5 (17.24%) HP
10 5 (17.24%) JIRA

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 1 (3.45%) Apache Spark
1 1 (3.45%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (3.45%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.45%) PuTTY
1 1 (3.45%) SMS
1 1 (3.45%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.34%) Geospatial Data
2 1 (3.45%) Apache Accumulo
2 1 (3.45%) Hadoop
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 6 (20.69%) Selenium
2 5 (17.24%) JIRA
3 3 (10.34%) JMeter
3 3 (10.34%) SpecFlow
4 2 (6.90%) Git (software)
4 2 (6.90%) LoadRunner
4 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (3.45%) Ant
5 1 (3.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (3.45%) Cucumber
5 1 (3.45%) Eclipse
5 1 (3.45%) HP UFT
5 1 (3.45%) JUnit
5 1 (3.45%) NUnit
5 1 (3.45%) Oracle APEX
5 1 (3.45%) SoapUI
5 1 (3.45%) TestComplete
5 1 (3.45%) TestNG
5 1 (3.45%) WATIR
5 1 (3.45%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (24.14%) Retail
2 3 (10.34%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (37.93%) Analyst
1 11 (37.93%) Test Analyst
2 6 (20.69%) Test Engineer
3 4 (13.79%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
3 4 (13.79%) Senior Test Engineer
3 4 (13.79%) Test Automation Engineer
3 4 (13.79%) Test Leader
3 4 (13.79%) Test Manager
4 3 (10.34%) Automation Test Analyst
4 3 (10.34%) Customer Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Java Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Senior Customer Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Senior Java Engineer
5 2 (6.90%) Integration Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Integration Test Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Logistics Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Systems Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Systems Integration Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Systems Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (20.69%) XML
2 2 (6.90%) Gherkin
2 2 (6.90%) Web Services
3 1 (3.45%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (10.34%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (6.90%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (3.45%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 6 (20.69%) Windows
2 3 (10.34%) Linux
2 3 (10.34%) Windows 10
3 2 (6.90%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (62.07%) Software Testing
2 16 (55.17%) Test Automation
3 10 (34.48%) User Acceptance Testing
4 8 (27.59%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (27.59%) Test Strategy
5 7 (24.14%) BDD
5 7 (24.14%) Logistics
6 6 (20.69%) Defect Management
6 6 (20.69%) TDD
7 5 (17.24%) API Testing
7 5 (17.24%) Defect Tracking
7 5 (17.24%) Integration Testing
7 5 (17.24%) Scrum
7 5 (17.24%) System Integration Testing
7 5 (17.24%) Use Case
8 4 (13.79%) ITIL
8 4 (13.79%) Manual Testing
8 4 (13.79%) Migration
8 4 (13.79%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (13.79%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 5 (17.24%) Java
2 4 (13.79%) C#
3 1 (3.45%) Bash Shell
3 1 (3.45%) F#
3 1 (3.45%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.45%) Perl
3 1 (3.45%) Python
3 1 (3.45%) Ruby
3 1 (3.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (86.21%) ISTQB
2 17 (58.62%) ISEB
3 11 (37.93%) Security Cleared
4 5 (17.24%) SC Cleared
5 3 (10.34%) DV Cleared
6 1 (3.45%) Degree
6 1 (3.45%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (24.14%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (17.24%) HP ALM
1 5 (17.24%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.45%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (20.69%) MuleSoft
2 5 (17.24%) HP
2 5 (17.24%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.45%) CA Agile Central
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle
3 1 (3.45%) Red Hat
3 1 (3.45%) Software AG
3 1 (3.45%) VMware
3 1 (3.45%) webMethods