Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 191 179 203
Rank change year-on-year -12 +24 -34
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 23 20 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.38% 0.37% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.28% 1.25% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 12 7
South West median daily rate £300 £410 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.83% +46.43% -20.00%
10th Percentile £263 £273 £269
90th Percentile £455 £450 £413
England median daily rate £366 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +12.69% +8.24% -11.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
South West median hourly rate - - £33.50
England median hourly rate £29.00 £43.25 £33.50
% change year-on-year -32.95% +29.10% -1.47%

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 1,799 1,604 1,796
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 29.76% 29.37% 30.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 894 858 1,074
South West median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £265 £225 £250
90th Percentile £575 £576 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £416
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.29% +3.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 118 96
South West median hourly rate £41.83 £38.50 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.64% +23.20% -23.78%
10th Percentile £17.50 £16.93 £18.13
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £48.13
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% +7.84% +10.87%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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
Bristol -10 7 £288 -11.13% 3
Cornwall - 4 £300 -
Somerset -3 3 - - 1
Dorset - 3 £350 -
Gloucestershire - 2 - -
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 20 (86.96%) ISTQB
2 16 (69.57%) Test Automation
3 15 (65.22%) Software Testing
4 13 (56.52%) ISEB
5 9 (39.13%) Finance
5 9 (39.13%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (30.43%) QA
6 7 (30.43%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
6 7 (30.43%) BDD
6 7 (30.43%) Test Strategy
7 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
7 6 (26.09%) Oracle
7 6 (26.09%) Microsoft
8 5 (21.74%) SQL
8 5 (21.74%) JIRA
8 5 (21.74%) Manual Testing
8 5 (21.74%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (21.74%) Defect Tracking
9 4 (17.39%) Customer Requirements
9 4 (17.39%) SC Cleared
9 4 (17.39%) Java
9 4 (17.39%) TDD
9 4 (17.39%) Test Management
9 4 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
9 4 (17.39%) Selenium
9 4 (17.39%) Scrum
9 4 (17.39%) C#
9 4 (17.39%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (13.04%) Use Case

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 2 (8.70%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (4.35%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) PuTTY
1 1 (4.35%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (17.39%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (13.04%) Geospatial Data
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (21.74%) JIRA
1 5 (21.74%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (17.39%) Selenium
3 3 (13.04%) SpecFlow
4 2 (8.70%) JMeter
4 2 (8.70%) LoadRunner
5 1 (4.35%) Ant
5 1 (4.35%) Cucumber
5 1 (4.35%) Eclipse
5 1 (4.35%) Git (software)
5 1 (4.35%) HP UFT
5 1 (4.35%) JUnit
5 1 (4.35%) NUnit
5 1 (4.35%) Oracle APEX
5 1 (4.35%) SoapUI
5 1 (4.35%) TestComplete
5 1 (4.35%) TestNG
5 1 (4.35%) Toad
General
1 9 (39.13%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Marketing
3 1 (4.35%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (21.74%) Test Engineer
1 5 (21.74%) Test Manager
2 4 (17.39%) Analyst
2 4 (17.39%) Test Analyst
2 4 (17.39%) Tester
3 3 (13.04%) Agile Tester
3 3 (13.04%) Customer Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Java Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Senior Customer Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Senior Java Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Senior Test Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Test Automation Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Automation Test Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Software Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Manual Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Manual Tester
5 1 (4.35%) QA Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.70%) Gherkin
1 2 (8.70%) Web Services
2 1 (4.35%) .NET
2 1 (4.35%) HTML
2 1 (4.35%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.70%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.35%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.70%) Linux
1 2 (8.70%) Windows
2 1 (4.35%) Android
2 1 (4.35%) Apple iOS
2 1 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (4.35%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (69.57%) Test Automation
2 15 (65.22%) Software Testing
3 9 (39.13%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (30.43%) BDD
4 7 (30.43%) Test Strategy
4 7 (30.43%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
6 5 (21.74%) Defect Tracking
6 5 (21.74%) Manual Testing
7 4 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (17.39%) Customer Requirements
7 4 (17.39%) Scrum
7 4 (17.39%) TDD
7 4 (17.39%) Test Management
8 3 (13.04%) Acceptance Criteria
8 3 (13.04%) Defect Management
8 3 (13.04%) Exploratory Testing
8 3 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (13.04%) System Testing
8 3 (13.04%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 5 (21.74%) SQL
2 4 (17.39%) C#
2 4 (17.39%) Java
3 1 (4.35%) F#
Qualifications
1 20 (86.96%) ISTQB
2 13 (56.52%) ISEB
3 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
4 4 (17.39%) SC Cleared
5 3 (13.04%) Degree
6 1 (4.35%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (4.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (30.43%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.35%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 6 (26.09%) Microsoft
1 6 (26.09%) Oracle
2 1 (4.35%) Cadence
2 1 (4.35%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) Red Hat
2 1 (4.35%) Software AG
2 1 (4.35%) VMware
2 1 (4.35%) webMethods