Period
to 20 November 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 November 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 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 126 135 155
Rank change year-on-year +9 +20 -15
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 98 63 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.56% 1.12% 0.93%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.04% 3.95% 3.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 36 30
South West median daily rate £350 £360 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +17.07% -5.38%
10th Percentile £266 £258 £218
90th Percentile £513 £510 £479
England median daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +7.14% +2.94% -2.86%
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 £39.50 £45.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -12.22% +12.50% +26.98%

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 1,943 1,593 1,737
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 30.85% 28.41% 30.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,003 858 1,075
South West median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +3.23%
10th Percentile £273 £216 £233
90th Percentile £588 £600 £575
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 103 103
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.75% +36.36% -31.25%
10th Percentile £17.50 £16.38 £13.20
90th Percentile £49.75 £53.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.12 £26.00
% change year-on-year -0.48% -3.38% +8.33%

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 20 November 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 November 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 +9 31 £335 -10.67% 2
Bristol -10 28 £300 -7.69% 11
Wiltshire -21 20 £450 +38.46% 1
Cornwall - 4 £300 -
Devon -3 2 £300 -24.15% 1
Somerset -3 2 - - 1
Dorset - 2 £350 - 4
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 75 (76.53%) ISEB
2 58 (59.18%) Agile Software Development
3 53 (54.08%) Test Automation
4 28 (28.57%) Selenium
5 25 (25.51%) Security Cleared
5 25 (25.51%) Test Strategy
5 25 (25.51%) Functional Testing
6 24 (24.49%) Defect Tracking
6 24 (24.49%) Finance
7 22 (22.45%) Java
7 22 (22.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 21 (21.43%) Software Testing
9 20 (20.41%) SQL
10 18 (18.37%) JIRA
10 18 (18.37%) Retail
10 18 (18.37%) Cucumber
11 17 (17.35%) Test Scripting
12 16 (16.33%) QA
12 16 (16.33%) Analytical Skills
13 15 (15.31%) Banking
13 15 (15.31%) DV Cleared
14 14 (14.29%) Manual Testing
15 12 (12.24%) Cybersecurity
15 12 (12.24%) SpecFlow
16 11 (11.22%) JMeter
16 11 (11.22%) C#
16 11 (11.22%) Microsoft
17 10 (10.20%) Regression Testing
18 9 (9.18%) Continuous Integration
18 9 (9.18%) Integration Testing

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 7 (7.14%) Confluence
2 3 (3.06%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.02%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (3.06%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (4.08%) SAP Hybris
2 2 (2.04%) SAP ERP
3 1 (1.02%) Actimize
3 1 (1.02%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.10%) Sauce Labs
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.06%) Apache Accumulo
1 3 (3.06%) Hadoop
1 3 (3.06%) Oracle Reports
1 3 (3.06%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.04%) Big Data
2 2 (2.04%) Electronic Patient Records
2 2 (2.04%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 28 (28.57%) Selenium
2 18 (18.37%) Cucumber
2 18 (18.37%) JIRA
3 12 (12.24%) SpecFlow
4 11 (11.22%) JMeter
5 8 (8.16%) Git (software)
6 6 (6.12%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (5.10%) Gatling
7 5 (5.10%) WebDriver
8 4 (4.08%) JBehave
9 3 (3.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (3.06%) Bugzilla
9 3 (3.06%) HP UFT
9 3 (3.06%) Jenkins
9 3 (3.06%) Redmine
9 3 (3.06%) TestComplete
9 3 (3.06%) TestRail
9 3 (3.06%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (3.06%) WATIR
10 2 (2.04%) Zephyr
General
1 24 (24.49%) Finance
2 18 (18.37%) Retail
3 15 (15.31%) Banking
4 3 (3.06%) Aerospace
4 3 (3.06%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.04%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.02%) Advertising
6 1 (1.02%) Front Office
6 1 (1.02%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 38 (38.78%) Analyst
1 38 (38.78%) Test Analyst
2 26 (26.53%) Test Engineer
3 12 (12.24%) Tester
4 11 (11.22%) Agile Test Analyst
5 8 (8.16%) Test Automation Engineer
6 7 (7.14%) Test Leader
7 6 (6.12%) Automation Tester
7 6 (6.12%) Test Manager
8 5 (5.10%) Digital Analyst
8 5 (5.10%) Finance Systems Analyst
8 5 (5.10%) Financial Analyst
8 5 (5.10%) SAP Analyst
8 5 (5.10%) SAP Functional Analyst
8 5 (5.10%) SAP Test Analyst
9 4 (4.08%) CRM Analyst
9 4 (4.08%) Payments Analyst
9 4 (4.08%) Software Tester
10 3 (3.06%) Agile Tester
10 3 (3.06%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.06%) .NET
1 3 (3.06%) ASP.NET
1 3 (3.06%) Gherkin
1 3 (3.06%) SOAP
1 3 (3.06%) Web Services
1 3 (3.06%) XML
1 3 (3.06%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 16 (16.33%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.14%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.04%) Fintech
3 2 (2.04%) Replication
3 2 (2.04%) Smart Meter
3 2 (2.04%) User Experience
4 1 (1.02%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (1.02%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (6.12%) Linux
2 4 (4.08%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (59.18%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (54.08%) Test Automation
3 25 (25.51%) Functional Testing
3 25 (25.51%) Test Strategy
4 24 (24.49%) Defect Tracking
5 21 (21.43%) Software Testing
6 17 (17.35%) Test Scripting
7 14 (14.29%) Manual Testing
8 12 (12.24%) Cybersecurity
9 10 (10.20%) Regression Testing
10 9 (9.18%) Acceptance Criteria
10 9 (9.18%) BDD
10 9 (9.18%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (9.18%) Integration Testing
10 9 (9.18%) Problem-Solving
10 9 (9.18%) Scenario Testing
10 9 (9.18%) TDD
11 8 (8.16%) CRM
11 8 (8.16%) SDLC
12 7 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (22.45%) Java
2 20 (20.41%) SQL
3 11 (11.22%) C#
4 5 (5.10%) C
4 5 (5.10%) Python
5 3 (3.06%) Bash Shell
5 3 (3.06%) C++
5 3 (3.06%) Perl
5 3 (3.06%) PHP
5 3 (3.06%) PowerShell
5 3 (3.06%) Ruby
6 1 (1.02%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 75 (76.53%) ISEB
2 25 (25.51%) Security Cleared
3 22 (22.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 15 (15.31%) DV Cleared
5 9 (9.18%) Degree
6 8 (8.16%) SC Cleared
7 3 (3.06%) DBS Check
8 1 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (16.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (3.06%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (3.06%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (3.06%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (11.22%) Microsoft
2 8 (8.16%) Oracle
2 8 (8.16%) SAP
3 5 (5.10%) Veracode
4 4 (4.08%) hybris
5 3 (3.06%) CA Agile Central
6 2 (2.04%) Atlassian
7 1 (1.02%) Cadence
7 1 (1.02%) Capita
7 1 (1.02%) Workday