Period
to 12 July 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for ISTQB Advanced Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 12 July 2020 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL) formerly ISEB Advanced
UK
6 months to
12 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 563 823 856
Rank change year-on-year +260 +33 -37
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification 17 40 38
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.041% 0.043% 0.037%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.17% 0.23% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 20 17
Median daily rate £400 £375 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -9.09% +13.79%
10th Percentile £322 £308 £370
90th Percentile £575 £600 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £413
% change year-on-year +6.67% -9.09% +13.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £52.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £52.00 -

ISTQB Advanced Certification 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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9,812 17,759 19,581
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.92% 18.89% 18.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,855 10,743 11,703
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £283 £263 £240
90th Percentile £638 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £449 £413
% change year-on-year +0.33% +8.73% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 488 847 929
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +45.83% -20.00%
10th Percentile £15.85 £13.00 £12.63
90th Percentile £56.48 £55.40 £50.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -21.07%

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ISTQB Advanced Certification as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Advanced Certification in the UK

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB Advanced Certification in the UK

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification over the 6 months to 12 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB Advanced Certification in the UK

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification.

Hourly rate trend for ISTQB Advanced Certification in the UK

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification within the UK over the 6 months to 12 July 2020. 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
England +248 17 £400 +6.67% 3
UK excluding London +189 12 £400 +6.67% 3
London +206 5 £475 -20.83%
South East +153 4 £400 -1.54% 3
Midlands +76 4 - -
West Midlands - 4 - -
North of England +94 2 £325 +1.56%
North East +35 2 £325 +1.56%
South West - 2 £513 -

For the 6 months to 12 July 2020, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification 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 with a requirement for ISTQB Advanced Certification.

1 17 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 14 (82.35%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (70.59%) Test Management
3 12 (70.59%) Test Strategy
4 10 (58.82%) Test Automation
5 8 (47.06%) JIRA
5 8 (47.06%) ISEB
6 7 (41.18%) Change Management
6 7 (41.18%) Functional Testing
7 6 (35.29%) Non-Functional Testing
7 6 (35.29%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (35.29%) Software Testing
7 6 (35.29%) Confluence
8 5 (29.41%) SC Cleared
8 5 (29.41%) Security Cleared
8 5 (29.41%) ISEB Practitioner
8 5 (29.41%) Selenium
8 5 (29.41%) Microsoft
8 5 (29.41%) Problem-Solving
9 4 (23.53%) DevOps
9 4 (23.53%) Mentoring
9 4 (23.53%) Regression Testing
9 4 (23.53%) Migration
9 4 (23.53%) Softphone
9 4 (23.53%) IVR
9 4 (23.53%) Unified Communications
9 4 (23.53%) Continuous Improvement
10 3 (17.65%) Azure
10 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
10 3 (17.65%) Data Management

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (35.29%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (17.65%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (17.65%) Azure
2 1 (5.88%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 4 (23.53%) Softphone
1 4 (23.53%) Unified Communications
2 2 (11.76%) MVNO
Development Applications
1 8 (47.06%) JIRA
2 5 (29.41%) Selenium
3 2 (11.76%) Cucumber
3 2 (11.76%) Postman
3 2 (11.76%) SoapUI
3 2 (11.76%) TestRail
4 1 (5.88%) Git (software)
4 1 (5.88%) SpecFlow
4 1 (5.88%) Vagrant
4 1 (5.88%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
2 2 (11.76%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 11 (64.71%) Test Manager
2 4 (23.53%) Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Test Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Operations Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Applications Manager
4 1 (5.88%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Azure Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Azure Software Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Contracts Manager
4 1 (5.88%) Development Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Integration Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Integration Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Migration Manager
4 1 (5.88%) Regression Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Software Development Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Software Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Strategy Manager
4 1 (5.88%) Test Development Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Test Leader
4 1 (5.88%) Test Strategy Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (17.65%) Web Services
2 2 (11.76%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 4 (23.53%) IVR
2 3 (17.65%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (11.76%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (82.35%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (70.59%) Test Management
2 12 (70.59%) Test Strategy
3 10 (58.82%) Test Automation
4 7 (41.18%) Change Management
4 7 (41.18%) Functional Testing
5 6 (35.29%) Non-Functional Testing
5 6 (35.29%) Software Testing
5 6 (35.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (29.41%) Problem-Solving
7 4 (23.53%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (23.53%) DevOps
7 4 (23.53%) Mentoring
7 4 (23.53%) Migration
7 4 (23.53%) Regression Testing
8 3 (17.65%) Configuration Management
8 3 (17.65%) Data Management
8 3 (17.65%) Risk Management
8 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
8 3 (17.65%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 3 (17.65%) SQL
2 2 (11.76%) Python
3 1 (5.88%) C#
Qualifications
1 17 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 8 (47.06%) ISEB
3 5 (29.41%) ISEB Practitioner
3 5 (29.41%) SC Cleared
3 5 (29.41%) Security Cleared
4 2 (11.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (5.88%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (17.65%) QA
System Software
1 1 (5.88%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 5 (29.41%) Microsoft
2 2 (11.76%) Guidewire
2 2 (11.76%) SAP