Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 134 123 134
Rank change year-on-year -11 +11 +16
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 66 86 73
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.31% 1.63% 1.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.70% 5.18% 3.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 62 53
South West median daily rate £350 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +15.38% +3.01%
10th Percentile £236 £265 £255
90th Percentile £488 £525 £475
England median daily rate £388 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +10.71% - +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
South West median hourly rate - - £35.00
England median hourly rate £56.25 £43.50 £47.25
% change year-on-year +29.31% -7.94% +92.86%

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 1,403 1,660 1,957
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 27.75% 31.42% 33.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 741 1,040 1,173
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +0.25%
10th Percentile £230 £227 £263
90th Percentile £569 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 140 113
South West median hourly rate £38.00 £40.00 £41.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.01% -4.31% +4.50%
10th Percentile £17.50 £17.00 £19.90
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £51.50
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% +7.14% +24.44%

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 24 June 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 24 June 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 +14 23 £325 -31.58% 3
Wiltshire +12 21 £400 +14.29% 6
Bristol -8 9 £290 -22.67% 2
Somerset +6 4 - - 4
Dorset -8 3 £350 -15.15% 2
Cornwall - 2 £350 -
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 48 (72.73%) ISEB
2 40 (60.61%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (48.48%) Test Automation
4 28 (42.42%) Security Cleared
5 23 (34.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 22 (33.33%) Selenium
7 21 (31.82%) Software Testing
8 19 (28.79%) DV Cleared
9 16 (24.24%) Java
10 15 (22.73%) Defect Tracking
11 14 (21.21%) User Acceptance Testing
12 13 (19.70%) Retail
12 13 (19.70%) Functional Testing
12 13 (19.70%) Cybersecurity
13 11 (16.67%) Cucumber
14 10 (15.15%) QA
14 10 (15.15%) Test Strategy
15 9 (13.64%) JIRA
15 9 (13.64%) Integration Testing
15 9 (13.64%) Scrum
15 9 (13.64%) Finance
16 8 (12.12%) C#
16 8 (12.12%) SC Cleared
16 8 (12.12%) System Integration Testing
17 7 (10.61%) Analytical Skills
17 7 (10.61%) Test Scripting
17 7 (10.61%) TDD
17 7 (10.61%) Migration
18 6 (9.09%) JMeter
18 6 (9.09%) XML

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 (4.55%) Apache Spark
1 3 (4.55%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (3.03%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.03%) Sauce Labs
2 1 (1.52%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.52%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.55%) Apache Accumulo
1 3 (4.55%) Geospatial Data
1 3 (4.55%) Hadoop
2 2 (3.03%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 22 (33.33%) Selenium
2 11 (16.67%) Cucumber
3 9 (13.64%) JIRA
4 6 (9.09%) JMeter
5 5 (7.58%) Git (software)
5 5 (7.58%) SpecFlow
6 4 (6.06%) WebDriver
7 3 (4.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (4.55%) Jenkins
7 3 (4.55%) WATIR
8 2 (3.03%) Gatling
8 2 (3.03%) LoadRunner
8 2 (3.03%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (1.52%) Rational Functional Tester
9 1 (1.52%) Rational Quality Manager
9 1 (1.52%) TestComplete
9 1 (1.52%) TestRail
General
1 13 (19.70%) Retail
2 9 (13.64%) Finance
3 5 (7.58%) Banking
4 2 (3.03%) Aerospace
4 2 (3.03%) Military
4 2 (3.03%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.52%) Back Office
5 1 (1.52%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 38 (57.58%) Analyst
1 38 (57.58%) Test Analyst
2 13 (19.70%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
3 11 (16.67%) Test Engineer
4 8 (12.12%) Test Leader
5 6 (9.09%) Agile Test Analyst
5 6 (9.09%) Test Automation Engineer
5 6 (9.09%) Test Manager
6 5 (7.58%) Tester
7 4 (6.06%) E-Commerce Analyst
7 4 (6.06%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
7 4 (6.06%) Manual Test Analyst
7 4 (6.06%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
7 4 (6.06%) Senior Test Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Automation Test Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Customer Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Java Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Logistics Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Senior Customer Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Senior Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.09%) XML
2 4 (6.06%) Web Services
3 3 (4.55%) .NET
4 2 (3.03%) ASP.NET
4 2 (3.03%) XSD
5 1 (1.52%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.61%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (7.58%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (1.52%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.09%) Windows
2 3 (4.55%) Linux
2 3 (4.55%) Windows 10
3 2 (3.03%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.52%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (60.61%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (48.48%) Test Automation
3 21 (31.82%) Software Testing
4 15 (22.73%) Defect Tracking
5 14 (21.21%) User Acceptance Testing
6 13 (19.70%) Cybersecurity
6 13 (19.70%) Functional Testing
7 10 (15.15%) Test Strategy
8 9 (13.64%) Integration Testing
8 9 (13.64%) Scrum
9 8 (12.12%) System Integration Testing
10 7 (10.61%) Migration
10 7 (10.61%) TDD
10 7 (10.61%) Test Scripting
11 6 (9.09%) BDD
11 6 (9.09%) Configuration Management
11 6 (9.09%) Defect Management
11 6 (9.09%) Scenario Testing
11 6 (9.09%) SDLC
12 5 (7.58%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 16 (24.24%) Java
2 8 (12.12%) C#
3 5 (7.58%) SQL
4 4 (6.06%) Bash Shell
4 4 (6.06%) Perl
4 4 (6.06%) Python
4 4 (6.06%) Ruby
5 3 (4.55%) C
5 3 (4.55%) C++
6 2 (3.03%) PHP
6 2 (3.03%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.52%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 48 (72.73%) ISEB
2 28 (42.42%) Security Cleared
3 23 (34.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 19 (28.79%) DV Cleared
5 8 (12.12%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (15.15%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.52%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (7.58%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (6.06%) HP ALM
3 3 (4.55%) Puppet
4 2 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 5 (7.58%) Microsoft
2 4 (6.06%) HP
2 4 (6.06%) MuleSoft
3 3 (4.55%) CA Agile Central
3 3 (4.55%) Capita
4 2 (3.03%) Oracle
4 2 (3.03%) Veracode
5 1 (1.52%) Cisco
5 1 (1.52%) Palo Alto
5 1 (1.52%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.52%) VMware