Period
to 28 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 28 February 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 Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
UK
6 months to
28 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 572 627 696
Rank change year-on-year +55 +69 -44
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 148 261 204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.26% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.02% 1.36% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 133 122
UK median daily rate £360 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +11.48%
10th Percentile £290 £301 £250
90th Percentile £484 £447 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £360 £338
% change year-on-year +2.78% +6.67% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 0
UK median hourly rate £47.49 £39.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.76% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.49 £36.00 -
% change year-on-year +31.90% - -

ISTQB Foundation 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 14,504 19,257 19,267
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.47% 19.47% 18.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,914 11,521 11,777
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £258 £263 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 653 901 853
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £25.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% +20.67% -6.58%
10th Percentile £14.80 £12.57 £12.05
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.25 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.64 £29.00 £26.34
% change year-on-year +19.43% +10.09% -4.21%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ISTQB Foundation Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the UK over the 6 months to 28 February 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 +23 138 £370 +5.71% 33
UK excluding London +14 128 £370 +2.78% 33
South East +35 46 £381 -1.74% 12
Midlands +18 32 £360 +1.41% 7
West Midlands +39 30 £360 +2.86% 3
North of England +58 23 £353 +8.46% 8
London +110 16 £293 -10.00% 4
South West +32 14 £425 +41.67% 1
North East +37 12 £350 +11.11%
Scotland +29 6 £338 -
North West +22 6 £450 +7.14% 5
East of England +21 6 £378 +8.00% 1
Yorkshire +55 5 £450 +28.57% 3
East Midlands +9 2 - - 4
Wales +24 1 £513 +57.69% 2

For the 6 months to 28 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation 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 Foundation Certification.

1 127 (85.81%) ISTQB
2 120 (81.08%) Test Automation
3 104 (70.27%) ISEB
4 84 (56.76%) Test Scripting
5 61 (41.22%) Oracle
6 60 (40.54%) Selenium
7 59 (39.86%) Agile Software Development
8 56 (37.84%) SQL
8 56 (37.84%) Customer Requirements
9 54 (36.49%) JIRA
10 47 (31.76%) Software Testing
11 44 (29.73%) Unix
12 42 (28.38%) Java
13 40 (27.03%) QA
14 33 (22.30%) Security Cleared
15 32 (21.62%) XML
16 31 (20.95%) Confluence
17 30 (20.27%) Cucumber
18 29 (19.59%) Windows
19 28 (18.92%) Performance Testing
20 27 (18.24%) Integration Testing
21 24 (16.22%) Open Source
21 24 (16.22%) SC Cleared
22 23 (15.54%) JavaScript
22 23 (15.54%) HP
23 22 (14.86%) Microsoft
23 22 (14.86%) SoapUI
23 22 (14.86%) Jenkins
23 22 (14.86%) Gatling
24 21 (14.19%) Test Strategy

ISTQB Foundation 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 31 (20.95%) Confluence
2 5 (3.38%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (1.35%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.68%) CMS
4 1 (0.68%) IIS
4 1 (0.68%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (12.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.03%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (8.11%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (2.70%) Workday HCM
3 3 (2.03%) SAP FI-CA
3 3 (2.03%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (1.35%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.68%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.68%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.68%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.68%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.68%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.68%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 18 (12.16%) GitHub
2 7 (4.73%) Azure
3 3 (2.03%) BrowserStack
3 3 (2.03%) Slack
4 2 (1.35%) AWS
4 2 (1.35%) Power Platform
5 1 (0.68%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.03%) HTTP
1 3 (2.03%) PuTTY
2 2 (1.35%) VPN
2 2 (1.35%) WinSCP
3 1 (0.68%) ATM
3 1 (0.68%) DMZ
3 1 (0.68%) Firewall
3 1 (0.68%) SSL
3 1 (0.68%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.41%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (2.03%) Apache Hive
2 3 (2.03%) Hadoop
2 3 (2.03%) MongoDB
2 3 (2.03%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.35%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.35%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (1.35%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (1.35%) Power BI
3 2 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.35%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.68%) Big Data
4 1 (0.68%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.68%) MySQL
4 1 (0.68%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.68%) SAP BW
4 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 60 (40.54%) Selenium
2 54 (36.49%) JIRA
3 30 (20.27%) Cucumber
4 22 (14.86%) Gatling
4 22 (14.86%) Jenkins
4 22 (14.86%) SoapUI
5 21 (14.19%) HP UFT
6 20 (13.51%) JMeter
7 10 (6.76%) LoadRunner
8 7 (4.73%) Git (software)
9 6 (4.05%) Postman
9 6 (4.05%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (3.38%) Toad
10 5 (3.38%) WebDriver
11 4 (2.70%) Eclipse
11 4 (2.70%) SpecFlow
11 4 (2.70%) TestNG
12 3 (2.03%) Rational DOORS
12 3 (2.03%) Visual Studio Team System
12 3 (2.03%) Zephyr
General
1 19 (12.84%) Public Sector
2 16 (10.81%) Finance
3 5 (3.38%) Banking
4 2 (1.35%) Back Office
4 2 (1.35%) Front Office
4 2 (1.35%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.35%) Publishing
4 2 (1.35%) Retail Banking
4 2 (1.35%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.68%) Billing
5 1 (0.68%) Retail
Job Titles
1 62 (41.89%) Analyst
2 60 (40.54%) Test Analyst
3 47 (31.76%) Tester
4 22 (14.86%) Automation Tester
5 18 (12.16%) QA Analyst
6 17 (11.49%) QA Test Analyst
6 17 (11.49%) Test Engineer
7 10 (6.76%) Test Manager
8 8 (5.41%) Automation Test Analyst
9 6 (4.05%) Regression Tester
9 6 (4.05%) Test Leader
10 4 (2.70%) QA Engineer
10 4 (2.70%) Systems Tester
11 3 (2.03%) Banking Analyst
11 3 (2.03%) Integration Engineer
11 3 (2.03%) Manual Test Analyst
11 3 (2.03%) Senior Test Engineer
11 3 (2.03%) Senior Tester
11 3 (2.03%) Test and Integration Engineer
11 3 (2.03%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (21.62%) XML
2 7 (4.73%) JMS
2 7 (4.73%) Spring
3 6 (4.05%) .NET
3 6 (4.05%) SOAP
3 6 (4.05%) Web Services
4 5 (3.38%) REST
5 4 (2.70%) HTML
6 3 (2.03%) Gherkin
6 3 (2.03%) JSON
6 3 (2.03%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (1.35%) XBRL
8 1 (0.68%) FIX Protocol
8 1 (0.68%) Node.js
8 1 (0.68%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.78%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (8.11%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (2.03%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.68%) Cyberattack
4 1 (0.68%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (0.68%) EPoS
4 1 (0.68%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 44 (29.73%) Unix
2 29 (19.59%) Windows
3 8 (5.41%) Linux
4 2 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.35%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.68%) Solaris
5 1 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.68%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (81.08%) Test Automation
2 84 (56.76%) Test Scripting
3 59 (39.86%) Agile Software Development
4 56 (37.84%) Customer Requirements
5 47 (31.76%) Software Testing
6 28 (18.92%) Performance Testing
7 27 (18.24%) Integration Testing
8 24 (16.22%) Open Source
9 21 (14.19%) Test Strategy
10 19 (12.84%) Microservices
10 19 (12.84%) Regression Testing
11 17 (11.49%) Manual Testing
11 17 (11.49%) SDLC
12 16 (10.81%) Defect Management
13 15 (10.14%) Continuous Integration
13 15 (10.14%) User Acceptance Testing
14 14 (9.46%) Functional Testing
15 13 (8.78%) Scenario Testing
16 12 (8.11%) System Testing
16 12 (8.11%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 56 (37.84%) SQL
2 42 (28.38%) Java
3 23 (15.54%) JavaScript
4 8 (5.41%) C#
5 7 (4.73%) Java 8
6 6 (4.05%) Python
7 5 (3.38%) VB
8 4 (2.70%) C
8 4 (2.70%) VBScript
9 3 (2.03%) PowerShell
9 3 (2.03%) VB.NET
10 2 (1.35%) F#
11 1 (0.68%) C++
11 1 (0.68%) Kotlin
11 1 (0.68%) PHP
11 1 (0.68%) Scala
11 1 (0.68%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 127 (85.81%) ISTQB
2 104 (70.27%) ISEB
3 33 (22.30%) Security Cleared
4 24 (16.22%) SC Cleared
5 9 (6.08%) Degree
6 5 (3.38%) DV Cleared
7 4 (2.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (2.03%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.68%) CEH
9 1 (0.68%) CISA
9 1 (0.68%) GIAC
9 1 (0.68%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.68%) Numerate Degree
9 1 (0.68%) OSCE
9 1 (0.68%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (27.03%) QA
2 3 (2.03%) WCAG
3 2 (1.35%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.35%) GDPR
3 2 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.68%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.68%) MiFID
4 1 (0.68%) NIST
System Software
1 3 (2.03%) HDFS
1 3 (2.03%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (10.14%) HP ALM
2 13 (8.78%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (5.41%) Ansible
4 7 (4.73%) Terraform
5 2 (1.35%) Nessus
6 1 (0.68%) HP Fortify
6 1 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.68%) Puppet
Vendors
1 61 (41.22%) Oracle
2 23 (15.54%) HP
3 22 (14.86%) Microsoft
4 10 (6.76%) Micro Focus
5 6 (4.05%) SAP
5 6 (4.05%) webMethods
6 5 (3.38%) Talend
6 5 (3.38%) VMware
7 4 (2.70%) Workday
8 3 (2.03%) Cisco
9 2 (1.35%) IBM
9 2 (1.35%) Red Hat
9 2 (1.35%) Software AG
10 1 (0.68%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.68%) Citrix
10 1 (0.68%) Guidewire
10 1 (0.68%) hybris
10 1 (0.68%) Informatica
10 1 (0.68%) Qualys
10 1 (0.68%) Sonatype