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 March 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 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 87 95 130
Rank change year-on-year +8 +35  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 51 39 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.98% 1.34% 0.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.33% 4.08% 2.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 22 10
Median daily rate £400 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +11.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £244 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £480 £444
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £320 £300
% change year-on-year +9.37% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 806 957 904
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 31.35% 32.86% 28.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 532 561 551
Median daily rate £400 £388 £409
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -5.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £280 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 69 28
Median hourly rate £38.50 £42.50 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.94 £20.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 28 March 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

ISTQB
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 March 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
Devon +17 21 £375 -23.07%
Gloucestershire 0 12 £500 +25.00% 4
Wiltshire -2 8 £350 +16.66%
Bristol -1 5 £500 +33.33% 5
Somerset +4 2 £225 - 3
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 72 (88.89%) ISEB
2 38 (46.91%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (37.04%) Software Testing
4 27 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 25 (30.86%) Security Cleared
6 24 (29.63%) Java
7 22 (27.16%) Finance
8 18 (22.22%) Automated Testing
8 18 (22.22%) Selenium
8 18 (22.22%) Test Planning
9 16 (19.75%) Banking
10 14 (17.28%) Ruby
10 14 (17.28%) SC Cleared
11 13 (16.05%) User Acceptance Testing
11 13 (16.05%) Functional Testing
12 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
12 12 (14.81%) WebDriver
12 12 (14.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 12 (14.81%) Manual Testing
12 12 (14.81%) Test Automation
12 12 (14.81%) HP Quality Center
13 11 (13.58%) Scrum
13 11 (13.58%) .NET
13 11 (13.58%) SQL Server
13 11 (13.58%) Microsoft
13 11 (13.58%) Test Management
13 11 (13.58%) QA
13 11 (13.58%) Defect Management
14 10 (12.35%) Mentoring
14 10 (12.35%) Stakeholder Management

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 (7.41%) IIS
2 3 (3.70%) SAS
3 2 (2.47%) Apache
3 2 (2.47%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (1.23%) CMS
4 1 (1.23%) Confluence
4 1 (1.23%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (1.23%) Umbraco
Applications
1 3 (3.70%) MS Project
2 1 (1.23%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.23%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.17%) GitHub
2 1 (1.23%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.23%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.41%) Firewall
2 5 (6.17%) Intrusion Detection
3 4 (4.94%) Network Security
4 3 (3.70%) SSH
5 1 (1.23%) BIG-IP
5 1 (1.23%) Internet
5 1 (1.23%) Value-Added Service
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (13.58%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.70%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.70%) Hadoop
2 3 (3.70%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.47%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
3 2 (2.47%) BusinessObjects XI
4 1 (1.23%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 18 (22.22%) Selenium
2 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
2 12 (14.81%) WebDriver
3 8 (9.88%) JIRA
4 7 (8.64%) Spock
5 6 (7.41%) LoadRunner
6 5 (6.17%) Ant
6 5 (6.17%) Maven
7 4 (4.94%) Subversion
8 3 (3.70%) Jenkins
8 3 (3.70%) Rational Functional Tester
8 3 (3.70%) Selenium IDE
8 3 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (3.70%) Vagrant
8 3 (3.70%) Zephyr
9 2 (2.47%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (2.47%) SoapUI
9 2 (2.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 1 (1.23%) JMeter
10 1 (1.23%) SpecFlow
General
1 22 (27.16%) Finance
2 16 (19.75%) Banking
3 6 (7.41%) Retail
4 5 (6.17%) Retail Banking
5 4 (4.94%) Manufacturing
6 3 (3.70%) Aerospace
6 3 (3.70%) Spanish Language
6 3 (3.70%) Telecoms
7 2 (2.47%) Automotive
7 2 (2.47%) Electronics
7 2 (2.47%) Local Government
7 2 (2.47%) Marketing
8 1 (1.23%) Billing
8 1 (1.23%) Games
8 1 (1.23%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 32 (39.51%) Analyst
2 31 (38.27%) Test Analyst
3 12 (14.81%) Test Manager
4 11 (13.58%) Test Leader
4 11 (13.58%) Tester
5 8 (9.88%) Automation Test Analyst
5 8 (9.88%) Test Specialist
6 7 (8.64%) Lead Test Analyst
6 7 (8.64%) Test Engineer
7 5 (6.17%) Automation Tester
7 5 (6.17%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (6.17%) Senior Test Analyst
7 5 (6.17%) Test Automation Specialist
8 4 (4.94%) Performance Test Leader
8 4 (4.94%) Programme Manager
8 4 (4.94%) Programme Test Manager
8 4 (4.94%) Software Test Engineer
8 4 (4.94%) Test Programme Manager
9 3 (3.70%) Developer
9 3 (3.70%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (13.58%) .NET
2 8 (9.88%) ASP.NET
2 8 (9.88%) Web Services
2 8 (9.88%) XML
3 6 (7.41%) AppFabric
3 6 (7.41%) WCF
4 4 (4.94%) Gherkin
5 3 (3.70%) REST
5 3 (3.70%) SOAP
6 2 (2.47%) HTML
6 2 (2.47%) Spring
7 1 (1.23%) CSS
7 1 (1.23%) Hibernate
7 1 (1.23%) Middleware
7 1 (1.23%) WinForms
7 1 (1.23%) XHTML
7 1 (1.23%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.94%) Mobile App
2 3 (3.70%) Linux Command Line
2 3 (3.70%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.23%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.23%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.23%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (1.23%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 9 (11.11%) Unix
2 4 (4.94%) Linux
3 3 (3.70%) Windows
4 1 (1.23%) Android
4 1 (1.23%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (46.91%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (37.04%) Software Testing
3 27 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 18 (22.22%) Automated Testing
4 18 (22.22%) Test Planning
5 13 (16.05%) Functional Testing
5 13 (16.05%) User Acceptance Testing
6 12 (14.81%) Manual Testing
6 12 (14.81%) Test Automation
7 11 (13.58%) Defect Management
7 11 (13.58%) Scrum
7 11 (13.58%) Test Management
8 10 (12.35%) Mentoring
8 10 (12.35%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (11.11%) PRINCE2
10 8 (9.88%) BDD
10 8 (9.88%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (8.64%) Data Protection
11 7 (8.64%) SDLC
12 6 (7.41%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (29.63%) Java
2 14 (17.28%) Ruby
3 9 (11.11%) Python
3 9 (11.11%) SQL
4 7 (8.64%) Groovy
5 6 (7.41%) Bash Shell
6 5 (6.17%) C
7 4 (4.94%) PL/SQL
8 3 (3.70%) C++
8 3 (3.70%) Perl
8 3 (3.70%) Shell Script
9 2 (2.47%) JavaScript
9 2 (2.47%) Scala
9 2 (2.47%) VB.NET
10 1 (1.23%) C#
Qualifications
1 72 (88.89%) ISEB
2 25 (30.86%) Security Cleared
3 14 (17.28%) SC Cleared
4 12 (14.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (11.11%) Degree
6 8 (9.88%) DV Cleared
7 6 (7.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (4.94%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (3.70%) CHECK Team Member
9 3 (3.70%) CISM
9 3 (3.70%) CREST Certified
10 2 (2.47%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.23%) CCNA
11 1 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (1.23%) DBS Check
11 1 (1.23%) EMCIE
11 1 (1.23%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (13.58%) QA
2 7 (8.64%) PCI DSS
3 3 (3.70%) ISO 9000
4 2 (2.47%) Basel II
4 2 (2.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (1.23%) SDET
System Software
1 6 (7.41%) Active Directory
2 5 (6.17%) Snort
3 3 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (14.81%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.23%) BMC PATROL
2 1 (1.23%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (1.23%) Cisco IPCC
2 1 (1.23%) Cisco UCCE
2 1 (1.23%) Netcool
Vendors
1 11 (13.58%) Microsoft
2 7 (8.64%) HP
3 5 (6.17%) Oracle
3 5 (6.17%) Sourcefire
4 4 (4.94%) SAP
5 3 (3.70%) Atlassian
5 3 (3.70%) Cloudera
5 3 (3.70%) Teradata
6 2 (2.47%) Cisco
6 2 (2.47%) IBM
7 1 (1.23%) BMC
7 1 (1.23%) CA
7 1 (1.23%) EMC
7 1 (1.23%) F5
7 1 (1.23%) Sitecore
7 1 (1.23%) SolarWinds
South West
Graham Matthews
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