Period
to 20 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 September 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > South West
6 months to
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 121 153 143
Rank change year-on-year +32 -10 -13
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 93 57 65
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.59% 1.04% 1.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.52% 3.42% 3.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 30 48
South West median daily rate £350 £353 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.71% +8.46% -
10th Percentile £257 £262 £260
90th Percentile £506 £510 £479
England median daily rate £376 £350 £345
% change year-on-year +7.50% +1.45% -1.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
South West median hourly rate £38.00 - £33.50
10th Percentile £37.00 - £31.75
90th Percentile £39.00 - £35.25
England median hourly rate £39.00 £45.00 £39.25
% change year-on-year -13.33% +14.65% +13.77%

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 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 1,686 1,666 1,827
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 28.86% 30.31% 31.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 850 925 1,098
South West median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +1.91%
10th Percentile £256 £225 £255
90th Percentile £575 £575 £569
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 118 98
South West median hourly rate £41.68 £40.25 £34.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.55% +17.52% -14.38%
10th Percentile £17.50 £16.93 £20.00
90th Percentile £47.63 £53.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £23.65 £27.50 £25.12
% change year-on-year -14.00% +9.47% +11.64%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the South West

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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 in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the South West

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the South West over the 6 months to 20 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the South West

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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 in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in the South West

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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 within the South West region over the 6 months to 20 September 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
Gloucestershire +26 32 £335 -13.55% 3
Wiltshire +9 28 £425 +3.66% 2
Bristol -19 13 £320 +10.34% 7
Dorset +1 4 £350 -15.15% 7
Cornwall - 4 £300 -
Somerset +1 3 - - 1
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 20 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 68 (73.12%) ISEB
2 53 (56.99%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (48.39%) Test Automation
4 33 (35.48%) Security Cleared
5 26 (27.96%) Finance
5 26 (27.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 24 (25.81%) Selenium
6 24 (25.81%) Software Testing
7 23 (24.73%) Defect Tracking
8 21 (22.58%) Functional Testing
9 19 (20.43%) Retail
9 19 (20.43%) DV Cleared
9 19 (20.43%) Java
10 17 (18.28%) QA
10 17 (18.28%) Test Strategy
11 16 (17.20%) JIRA
12 15 (16.13%) SQL
12 15 (16.13%) Cucumber
13 13 (13.98%) Banking
13 13 (13.98%) SC Cleared
14 12 (12.90%) User Acceptance Testing
14 12 (12.90%) Test Scripting
14 12 (12.90%) Cybersecurity
15 11 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
15 11 (11.83%) Integration Testing
15 11 (11.83%) Manual Testing
16 10 (10.75%) C#
16 10 (10.75%) JMeter
17 9 (9.68%) SpecFlow
17 9 (9.68%) SDLC

ISTQB
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 6 (6.45%) Confluence
2 4 (4.30%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 3 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.15%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.08%) Actimize
2 1 (1.08%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.30%) Sauce Labs
2 1 (1.08%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.08%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.30%) Apache Accumulo
1 4 (4.30%) Hadoop
2 3 (3.23%) Geospatial Data
2 3 (3.23%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 24 (25.81%) Selenium
2 16 (17.20%) JIRA
3 15 (16.13%) Cucumber
4 10 (10.75%) JMeter
5 9 (9.68%) SpecFlow
6 8 (8.60%) Git (software)
7 4 (4.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (4.30%) Gatling
7 4 (4.30%) JBehave
7 4 (4.30%) Jenkins
7 4 (4.30%) WATIR
7 4 (4.30%) WebDriver
8 3 (3.23%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (3.23%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (2.15%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.08%) JUnit
10 1 (1.08%) NUnit
10 1 (1.08%) Rational Functional Tester
10 1 (1.08%) TestComplete
10 1 (1.08%) Toad
General
1 26 (27.96%) Finance
2 19 (20.43%) Retail
3 13 (13.98%) Banking
4 3 (3.23%) Aerospace
4 3 (3.23%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.23%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.15%) Military
6 1 (1.08%) Back Office
6 1 (1.08%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 40 (43.01%) Analyst
1 40 (43.01%) Test Analyst
2 22 (23.66%) Test Engineer
3 10 (10.75%) Agile Test Analyst
4 9 (9.68%) Test Leader
5 7 (7.53%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
5 7 (7.53%) Test Automation Engineer
5 7 (7.53%) Test Manager
5 7 (7.53%) Tester
6 6 (6.45%) Financial Analyst
7 5 (5.38%) Finance Systems Analyst
8 4 (4.30%) Automation Tester
8 4 (4.30%) Manual Test Analyst
8 4 (4.30%) Payments Analyst
9 3 (3.23%) Banking Analyst
9 3 (3.23%) Business Test Analyst
9 3 (3.23%) CRM Analyst
9 3 (3.23%) Customer Engineer
9 3 (3.23%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
9 3 (3.23%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.30%) Web Services
1 4 (4.30%) XML
2 3 (3.23%) .NET
2 3 (3.23%) ASP.NET
2 3 (3.23%) XSD
3 2 (2.15%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 11 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.53%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (1.08%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (1.08%) Fintech
3 1 (1.08%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (6.45%) Linux
2 5 (5.38%) Windows
3 1 (1.08%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (56.99%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (48.39%) Test Automation
3 24 (25.81%) Software Testing
4 23 (24.73%) Defect Tracking
5 21 (22.58%) Functional Testing
6 17 (18.28%) Test Strategy
7 12 (12.90%) Cybersecurity
7 12 (12.90%) Test Scripting
7 12 (12.90%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (11.83%) Integration Testing
8 11 (11.83%) Manual Testing
9 9 (9.68%) Scrum
9 9 (9.68%) SDLC
9 9 (9.68%) TDD
10 8 (8.60%) BDD
10 8 (8.60%) Configuration Management
10 8 (8.60%) Scenario Testing
11 7 (7.53%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (7.53%) Risk Management
12 6 (6.45%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (20.43%) Java
2 15 (16.13%) SQL
3 10 (10.75%) C#
4 7 (7.53%) C
5 6 (6.45%) Python
6 5 (5.38%) Bash Shell
6 5 (5.38%) Perl
6 5 (5.38%) Ruby
7 4 (4.30%) C++
8 3 (3.23%) PHP
8 3 (3.23%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 68 (73.12%) ISEB
2 33 (35.48%) Security Cleared
3 26 (27.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 19 (20.43%) DV Cleared
5 13 (13.98%) SC Cleared
6 4 (4.30%) Degree
7 1 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (18.28%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.08%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (4.30%) Opscode Chef
1 4 (4.30%) Puppet
2 1 (1.08%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (8.60%) Microsoft
1 8 (8.60%) Oracle
2 4 (4.30%) CA Agile Central
2 4 (4.30%) Veracode
3 3 (3.23%) SAP
4 1 (1.08%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.08%) Capita
4 1 (1.08%) Cisco
4 1 (1.08%) HP
4 1 (1.08%) hybris
4 1 (1.08%) MuleSoft
4 1 (1.08%) Palo Alto
4 1 (1.08%) VMware
4 1 (1.08%) Workday