Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > South West
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 146 149 136
Rank change year-on-year +3 -13 -11
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 62 54 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.10% 0.94% 1.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.90% 3.08% 4.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 29 58
South West median daily rate £360 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -7.69% -
10th Percentile £258 £213 £200
90th Percentile £510 £483 £388
England median daily rate £350 £339 £350
% change year-on-year +3.32% -3.21% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
South West median hourly rate - £33.50 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -15.19% -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +26.98% -4.55%

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 1590 1755 1977
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 28.10% 30.69% 30.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 863 1085 1225
South West median daily rate £410 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +3.23% +1.97%
10th Percentile £213 £233 £250
90th Percentile £600 £573 £532
England median daily rate £430 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 106 131
South West median hourly rate £38.00 £27.50 £40.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.18% -32.10% +15.71%
10th Percentile £16.38 £13.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £53.38 £47.50 £50.25
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +26.32%

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

ISTQB
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

ISTQB
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 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the South West

ISTQB
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 23 November 2017. 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 +7 25 £325 +16.07% 8
Wiltshire +2 21 £325 -10.34%
Gloucestershire +7 10 £375 +26.26% 2
Devon 0 3 £396 +31.83%
Somerset - 2 £450 - 1
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 West region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 36 (58.06%) ISEB
2 25 (40.32%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (37.10%) User Acceptance Testing
4 21 (33.87%) Test Scripting
5 17 (27.42%) Finance
6 15 (24.19%) Scrum
6 15 (24.19%) Banking
6 15 (24.19%) Test Automation
7 14 (22.58%) Retail Banking
8 13 (20.97%) Software Testing
8 13 (20.97%) Functional Testing
9 12 (19.35%) SQL
10 11 (17.74%) Security Cleared
10 11 (17.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 10 (16.13%) System Integration Testing
11 10 (16.13%) SC Cleared
11 10 (16.13%) Microsoft
12 9 (14.52%) Business Intelligence
13 8 (12.90%) Manual Testing
13 8 (12.90%) Test Planning
14 7 (11.29%) Test Management
14 7 (11.29%) Test Strategy
14 7 (11.29%) JIRA
14 7 (11.29%) Military
14 7 (11.29%) Validation
14 7 (11.29%) Risk Management
14 7 (11.29%) HP
15 6 (9.68%) ETL
15 6 (9.68%) SAP
15 6 (9.68%) QA

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 3 (4.84%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.61%) Apache
2 1 (1.61%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (3.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (4.84%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 6 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (4.84%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.61%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.61%) Value-Added Service
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (9.68%) Power BI
2 3 (4.84%) Amazon Redshift
2 3 (4.84%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (4.84%) Oracle BI EE
2 3 (4.84%) SQL Server
3 2 (3.23%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 7 (11.29%) JIRA
2 6 (9.68%) Selenium
2 6 (9.68%) TestRail
3 5 (8.06%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (8.06%) Visual Studio
4 3 (4.84%) Cucumber
5 2 (3.23%) Jenkins
5 2 (3.23%) SpecFlow
5 2 (3.23%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.61%) Ant
6 1 (1.61%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.61%) Hudson
6 1 (1.61%) JBehave
6 1 (1.61%) JUnit
6 1 (1.61%) Maven
6 1 (1.61%) MSTest
6 1 (1.61%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (1.61%) Robot Framework
6 1 (1.61%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.61%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 17 (27.42%) Finance
2 15 (24.19%) Banking
3 14 (22.58%) Retail Banking
4 7 (11.29%) Military
5 4 (6.45%) Retail
6 3 (4.84%) Billing
6 3 (4.84%) Legal
6 3 (4.84%) Spanish Language
7 1 (1.61%) Aerospace
7 1 (1.61%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 33 (53.23%) Analyst
2 31 (50.00%) Test Analyst
3 11 (17.74%) Test Leader
4 9 (14.52%) Test Manager
5 6 (9.68%) Scrum Master
6 5 (8.06%) Banking Analyst
7 4 (6.45%) Financial Analyst
7 4 (6.45%) Tester
8 3 (4.84%) Automation Test Analyst
8 3 (4.84%) Finance Systems Analyst
9 2 (3.23%) Agile Test Analyst
9 2 (3.23%) Business Test Analyst
9 2 (3.23%) Change Manager
9 2 (3.23%) E-Commerce Analyst
9 2 (3.23%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
9 2 (3.23%) ETL Specialist
9 2 (3.23%) Senior Test Analyst
9 2 (3.23%) Software Tester
9 2 (3.23%) Test Data Analyst
9 2 (3.23%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.23%) .NET
1 2 (3.23%) XML
2 1 (1.61%) CSS
2 1 (1.61%) Gherkin
2 1 (1.61%) Hibernate
2 1 (1.61%) HTML
2 1 (1.61%) JSON
2 1 (1.61%) Middleware
2 1 (1.61%) Spring
2 1 (1.61%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (4.84%) User Experience
2 2 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.23%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.61%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.61%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (1.61%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.84%) Unix
2 1 (1.61%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (40.32%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (37.10%) User Acceptance Testing
3 21 (33.87%) Test Scripting
4 15 (24.19%) Scrum
4 15 (24.19%) Test Automation
5 13 (20.97%) Functional Testing
5 13 (20.97%) Software Testing
6 10 (16.13%) System Integration Testing
7 9 (14.52%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (12.90%) Manual Testing
8 8 (12.90%) Test Planning
9 7 (11.29%) Risk Management
9 7 (11.29%) Test Management
9 7 (11.29%) Test Strategy
9 7 (11.29%) Validation
10 6 (9.68%) ETL
10 6 (9.68%) Scenario Testing
10 6 (9.68%) System Testing
11 5 (8.06%) Change Management
11 5 (8.06%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 12 (19.35%) SQL
2 2 (3.23%) C#
2 2 (3.23%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.61%) Java
3 1 (1.61%) PL/SQL
3 1 (1.61%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.61%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 36 (58.06%) ISEB
2 11 (17.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 11 (17.74%) Security Cleared
3 10 (16.13%) SC Cleared
4 3 (4.84%) Degree
5 1 (1.61%) CEH
5 1 (1.61%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.61%) MCSA
5 1 (1.61%) MCSE
5 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.68%) QA
2 2 (3.23%) IFRS
3 1 (1.61%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 1 (1.61%) PMO
Systems Management
1 6 (9.68%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (16.13%) Microsoft
2 7 (11.29%) HP
3 6 (9.68%) SAP
4 4 (6.45%) Oracle
5 2 (3.23%) BT
6 1 (1.61%) Huawei
6 1 (1.61%) Nokia