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 3 months to 28 June 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 112 106 104
Rank change year-on-year -6 -2  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 30 34 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.10% 1.13% 1.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.43% 3.40% 4.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 29 21
Median daily rate £360 £325 £316
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.76% +3.01%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £263 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £475 £369
UK excluding London median daily rate £341 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +4.76% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £14.93 £30.00
% change year-on-year +191.45% -50.25%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the South West.

Academic & Professional Certification
South West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 875 1001 855
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 31.96% 33.41% 27.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 1194 1397 1003
Median daily rate £429 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £269 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 105 92
Median hourly rate £42.00 £32.50 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.23% -22.61%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.13 £21.00 £14.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £137.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

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

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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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol -3 12 £330 -10.50% 5
Gloucestershire +8 6 £388 -11.42% 2
Wiltshire -4 5 £374 +24.58% 1
Devon - 4 £466 -
Dorset +8 1 £413 +50.00%
Somerset - 1 £303 -
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 59 (72.84%) ISEB
2 42 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (40.74%) Test Automation
4 32 (39.51%) Test Scripting
5 24 (29.63%) User Acceptance Testing
5 24 (29.63%) Software Testing
6 21 (25.93%) Security Cleared
7 19 (23.46%) Scrum
8 18 (22.22%) Finance
9 17 (20.99%) Selenium
10 16 (19.75%) Test Planning
10 16 (19.75%) Java
11 15 (18.52%) Banking
12 13 (16.05%) Functional Testing
13 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
13 12 (14.81%) QA
13 12 (14.81%) SC Cleared
13 12 (14.81%) Retail
14 11 (13.58%) Ruby
15 10 (12.35%) Retail Banking
15 10 (12.35%) WebDriver
15 10 (12.35%) Mentoring
16 9 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 9 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
16 9 (11.11%) Manual Testing
16 9 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
17 8 (9.88%) Microsoft
17 8 (9.88%) Test Management
18 7 (8.64%) Groovy
18 7 (8.64%) Test Strategy

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 2 (2.47%) Apache
1 2 (2.47%) SharePoint
1 2 (2.47%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (1.23%) CMS
2 1 (1.23%) Confluence
2 1 (1.23%) SAS
2 1 (1.23%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.23%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (2.47%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.70%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.23%) SAP Hybris
2 1 (1.23%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.17%) GitHub
2 2 (2.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.23%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.23%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.47%) Value-Added Service
2 1 (1.23%) BIG-IP
2 1 (1.23%) Firewall
2 1 (1.23%) GGSN
2 1 (1.23%) Internet
2 1 (1.23%) VoWiFi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.94%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.47%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.47%) Power BI
4 1 (1.23%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.23%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.23%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 17 (20.99%) Selenium
2 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
3 10 (12.35%) WebDriver
4 7 (8.64%) Spock
5 5 (6.17%) Jenkins
5 5 (6.17%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (3.70%) JIRA
6 3 (3.70%) LoadRunner
6 3 (3.70%) Rational Functional Tester
6 3 (3.70%) Vagrant
7 2 (2.47%) Ant
7 2 (2.47%) Hudson
7 2 (2.47%) Maven
7 2 (2.47%) Robot Framework
7 2 (2.47%) SoapUI
7 2 (2.47%) Subversion
7 2 (2.47%) TestRail
7 2 (2.47%) Visual Studio
8 1 (1.23%) JBehave
8 1 (1.23%) SpecFlow
General
1 18 (22.22%) Finance
2 15 (18.52%) Banking
3 12 (14.81%) Retail
4 10 (12.35%) Retail Banking
5 6 (7.41%) Spanish Language
6 4 (4.94%) Billing
7 2 (2.47%) Local Government
7 2 (2.47%) Telecoms
8 1 (1.23%) Aerospace
8 1 (1.23%) Games
8 1 (1.23%) General Ledger
8 1 (1.23%) Legal
Job Titles
1 38 (46.91%) Analyst
2 35 (43.21%) Test Analyst
3 16 (19.75%) Test Manager
4 10 (12.35%) Test Leader
5 9 (11.11%) Automation Test Analyst
5 9 (11.11%) Tester
6 7 (8.64%) Scrum Master
7 6 (7.41%) Test Specialist
8 5 (6.17%) Financial Analyst
8 5 (6.17%) Lead Test Analyst
8 5 (6.17%) Test Automation Specialist
9 4 (4.94%) Programme Manager
9 4 (4.94%) Programme Test Manager
9 4 (4.94%) SAP Analyst
9 4 (4.94%) SAP Test Analyst
9 4 (4.94%) Senior Analyst
9 4 (4.94%) Senior Test Analyst
9 4 (4.94%) Test Programme Manager
10 3 (3.70%) Business Analyst
10 3 (3.70%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.94%) XML
2 2 (2.47%) .NET
2 2 (2.47%) HTML
2 2 (2.47%) Spring
3 1 (1.23%) CSS
3 1 (1.23%) Gherkin
3 1 (1.23%) Hibernate
3 1 (1.23%) Middleware
3 1 (1.23%) Web Services
3 1 (1.23%) WinForms
3 1 (1.23%) XHTML
3 1 (1.23%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (3.70%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.47%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (1.23%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.23%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.23%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.94%) Unix
2 3 (3.70%) Windows
3 1 (1.23%) Android
3 1 (1.23%) Linux
3 1 (1.23%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (40.74%) Test Automation
3 32 (39.51%) Test Scripting
4 24 (29.63%) Software Testing
4 24 (29.63%) User Acceptance Testing
5 19 (23.46%) Scrum
6 16 (19.75%) Test Planning
7 13 (16.05%) Functional Testing
8 10 (12.35%) Mentoring
9 9 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
9 9 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
9 9 (11.11%) Manual Testing
10 8 (9.88%) Test Management
11 7 (8.64%) Test Strategy
12 6 (7.41%) Continuous Deployment
13 5 (6.17%) Configuration Management
13 5 (6.17%) User Stories
14 4 (4.94%) BDD
14 4 (4.94%) Continuous Improvement
14 4 (4.94%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 16 (19.75%) Java
2 11 (13.58%) Ruby
3 7 (8.64%) Groovy
3 7 (8.64%) SQL
4 5 (6.17%) C
5 4 (4.94%) Python
6 3 (3.70%) Bash Shell
6 3 (3.70%) C++
6 3 (3.70%) Perl
7 2 (2.47%) C#
7 2 (2.47%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.47%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.23%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 59 (72.84%) ISEB
2 21 (25.93%) Security Cleared
3 12 (14.81%) SC Cleared
4 9 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (8.64%) Degree
6 5 (6.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (3.70%) DV Cleared
8 2 (2.47%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (1.23%) CCNA
9 1 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (1.23%) DBS Check
9 1 (1.23%) EMCIE
9 1 (1.23%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (14.81%) QA
2 3 (3.70%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.23%) Basel II
3 1 (1.23%) IFRS
3 1 (1.23%) ISO 9000
3 1 (1.23%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (6.17%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.23%) BMC PATROL
2 1 (1.23%) Netcool
Vendors
1 8 (9.88%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.41%) SAP
3 4 (4.94%) HP
4 3 (3.70%) Oracle
5 1 (1.23%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.23%) BMC
5 1 (1.23%) BT
5 1 (1.23%) CA
5 1 (1.23%) Cisco
5 1 (1.23%) EMC
5 1 (1.23%) F5
5 1 (1.23%) Huawei
5 1 (1.23%) hybris
5 1 (1.23%) Nokia
5 1 (1.23%) Redknee
5 1 (1.23%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.23%) SolarWinds
5 1 (1.23%) Teradata
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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