Period
to 16 January 2019

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 January 2019 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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 204 183 189
Rank change year-on-year -21 +6 -54
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 18 10 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.28% 0.19% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.88% 0.70% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 8
South West median daily rate £300 £410 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.83% +36.67% -13.92%
10th Percentile £267 £316 £269
90th Percentile £585 £437 £544
England median daily rate £355 £330 £300
% change year-on-year +7.58% +10.00% -14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
South West median hourly rate - - £33.50
England median hourly rate £34.00 - £33.50

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 2,042 1,430 1,644
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 32.02% 27.16% 30.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,122 771 1,037
South West median daily rate £450 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% +3.23%
10th Percentile £300 £215 £223
90th Percentile £588 £600 £563
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 83 131
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.08% -7.14% -8.50%
10th Percentile £17.50 £16.38 £14.10
90th Percentile £51.51 £48.60 £47.50
England median hourly rate £27.96 £23.38 £25.50
% change year-on-year +19.61% -8.33% -0.62%

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019. 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 -6 9 £288 -16.06% 2
Cornwall - 4 £300 -
Devon -7 1 £300 -29.08% 1
Dorset - 1 £350 - 1
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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 16 (88.89%) ISTQB
2 14 (77.78%) Software Testing
3 10 (55.56%) Test Scripting
3 10 (55.56%) Test Automation
4 9 (50.00%) ISEB
4 9 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (44.44%) Finance
5 8 (44.44%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (38.89%) Microsoft
6 7 (38.89%) SQL
7 6 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
7 6 (33.33%) Degree
7 6 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (27.78%) QA
8 5 (27.78%) Oracle
8 5 (27.78%) Problem-Solving
9 4 (22.22%) Exploratory Testing
9 4 (22.22%) Functional Testing
9 4 (22.22%) Manual Testing
9 4 (22.22%) Test Management
9 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
10 3 (16.67%) SpecFlow
10 3 (16.67%) Cucumber
10 3 (16.67%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (16.67%) C#
10 3 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
10 3 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
10 3 (16.67%) Acceptance Criteria
10 3 (16.67%) Self-Motivation
11 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio Coded UI

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 (5.56%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (5.56%) MS Visio
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (16.67%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (11.11%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 6 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (16.67%) Cucumber
2 3 (16.67%) SpecFlow
3 2 (11.11%) Git (software)
3 2 (11.11%) JMeter
3 2 (11.11%) JUnit
3 2 (11.11%) NUnit
3 2 (11.11%) Selenium
3 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio Coded UI
4 1 (5.56%) Eclipse
4 1 (5.56%) IntelliJ
4 1 (5.56%) JIRA
4 1 (5.56%) Toad
4 1 (5.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (44.44%) Finance
2 2 (11.11%) Advertising
2 2 (11.11%) Banking
3 1 (5.56%) Marketing
3 1 (5.56%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (27.78%) Test Manager
2 4 (22.22%) Tester
3 3 (16.67%) Agile Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Graduate
4 2 (11.11%) Software Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Test Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Test Automation Specialist
4 2 (11.11%) Test Specialist
5 1 (5.56%) Agile Manual Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Automation Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Head of Test
5 1 (5.56%) Manual Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Senior Test Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.11%) Gherkin
2 1 (5.56%) HTML
2 1 (5.56%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (16.67%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (5.56%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Android
1 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (77.78%) Software Testing
2 10 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 10 (55.56%) Test Scripting
3 9 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (44.44%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (27.78%) Problem-Solving
7 4 (22.22%) Exploratory Testing
7 4 (22.22%) Functional Testing
7 4 (22.22%) Manual Testing
7 4 (22.22%) Test Management
7 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
8 3 (16.67%) Acceptance Criteria
8 3 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
9 2 (11.11%) Business Transformation
9 2 (11.11%) Defect Management
9 2 (11.11%) DevOps
9 2 (11.11%) Health Informatics
9 2 (11.11%) Scenario Testing
9 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (38.89%) SQL
2 3 (16.67%) C#
3 2 (11.11%) Java
4 1 (5.56%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 16 (88.89%) ISTQB
2 9 (50.00%) ISEB
3 6 (33.33%) Degree
4 1 (5.56%) DV Cleared
4 1 (5.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (5.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (27.78%) QA
Vendors
1 7 (38.89%) Microsoft
2 5 (27.78%) Oracle
3 1 (5.56%) Cadence