Period
to 24 June 2018

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 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
UK
6 months to
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 630 597 553
Rank change year-on-year -33 -44 -11
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 256 251 364
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.27% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.35% 1.36% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 186 232
UK median daily rate £365 £325 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.31% -1.89% -5.36%
10th Percentile £280 £223 £226
90th Percentile £450 £443 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £325 £320
% change year-on-year +10.77% +1.56% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 6
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £41.63 £109.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.33% -61.90% +385.56%
10th Percentile £24.80 £36.25 £35.00
90th Percentile £39.20 £83.69 £183.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £40.00 £109.25
% change year-on-year -27.50% -63.39% +385.56%

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 18,973 18,448 22,921
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.14% 21.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,345 11,388 14,322
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £594 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.58% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 859 936 847
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.13% -3.23% +37.78%
10th Percentile £12.58 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £52.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -19.35% -11.43% +55.56%

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 24 June 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification over the 6 months to 24 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 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
England -37 239 £370 +8.82% 51
UK excluding London -15 219 £360 +10.77% 42
South East -15 98 £350 +7.69% 13
Midlands -4 33 £400 +33.33% 7
London -63 31 £400 +6.67% 13
West Midlands +3 28 £400 +37.34% 5
North of England -20 28 £396 +32.08% 9
South West +2 27 £350 -7.89% 5
East of England +9 21 £335 +3.08% 4
Yorkshire -16 16 £400 +20.75% 3
North West -21 11 £350 +95.53% 5
Scotland -37 11 £350 +29.63% 2
East Midlands -1 5 £250 -28.57% 2
North East 0 1 £393 +30.83% 1
Wales -26 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 24 June 2018, 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.

1 200 (78.13%) ISTQB
2 169 (66.02%) ISEB
3 123 (48.05%) Agile Software Development
4 116 (45.31%) Test Automation
5 105 (41.02%) Test Scripting
6 97 (37.89%) Software Testing
7 85 (33.20%) HP
8 82 (32.03%) Selenium
9 81 (31.64%) Oracle
10 77 (30.08%) SQL
11 76 (29.69%) Test Strategy
12 73 (28.52%) Scrum
13 67 (26.17%) Windows
14 65 (25.39%) Microsoft
15 64 (25.00%) Java
15 64 (25.00%) Security Cleared
16 57 (22.27%) HP ALM
17 55 (21.48%) HP Quality Center
18 52 (20.31%) Regression Testing
19 51 (19.92%) System Integration Testing
20 50 (19.53%) Finance
21 48 (18.75%) .NET
22 47 (18.36%) SC Cleared
22 47 (18.36%) User Acceptance Testing
23 45 (17.58%) Team Foundation Server
23 45 (17.58%) SQL Server
24 42 (16.41%) webMethods
25 41 (16.02%) Unix
26 40 (15.63%) Performance Testing
27 38 (14.84%) SpecFlow

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 25 (9.77%) WebLogic
2 6 (2.34%) Confluence
2 6 (2.34%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (1.95%) Apache
3 5 (1.95%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 5 (1.95%) Tomcat
3 5 (1.95%) WebLogic Integration
4 2 (0.78%) CMS
4 2 (0.78%) SAS
5 1 (0.39%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.39%) Documentum
Applications
1 30 (11.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (9.77%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (4.30%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (1.56%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (2.73%) SAP S/4HANA
2 5 (1.95%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (1.56%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.39%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.39%) Maximo
4 1 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.39%) Primavera
4 1 (0.39%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.39%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.39%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.39%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.39%) SAP FI-CA
4 1 (0.39%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.39%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 29 (11.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (4.30%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.17%) SuccessFactors
4 2 (0.78%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.39%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (9.77%) PuTTY
2 24 (9.38%) WinSCP
3 8 (3.13%) TCP/IP
4 7 (2.73%) Firewall
5 5 (1.95%) DNS
5 5 (1.95%) FTP
5 5 (1.95%) MVNO
6 3 (1.17%) 2G
6 3 (1.17%) 3G
6 3 (1.17%) 4G
6 3 (1.17%) GSM
6 3 (1.17%) SAN
6 3 (1.17%) SCCP
6 3 (1.17%) SIGTRAN
6 3 (1.17%) UMTS
6 3 (1.17%) VoIP
7 2 (0.78%) Internet
7 2 (0.78%) IP Telephony
7 2 (0.78%) ISUP
7 2 (0.78%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (17.58%) SQL Server
2 38 (14.84%) Oracle Database
3 27 (10.55%) Oracle Database 10g
4 24 (9.38%) Oracle Database 11g
4 24 (9.38%) SQL Server 2012
4 24 (9.38%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (2.34%) MySQL
6 5 (1.95%) MS Access
7 4 (1.56%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (1.17%) Geospatial Data
8 3 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 2 (0.78%) BigQuery
9 2 (0.78%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.78%) Oracle OWB
9 2 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.39%) Power BI
10 1 (0.39%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 82 (32.03%) Selenium
2 45 (17.58%) Team Foundation Server
3 38 (14.84%) SpecFlow
4 37 (14.45%) JIRA
5 35 (13.67%) SoapUI
6 33 (12.89%) WebDriver
7 28 (10.94%) HP UFT
8 27 (10.55%) Oracle APEX
9 25 (9.77%) Ant
9 25 (9.77%) Eclipse
10 24 (9.38%) TestNG
11 20 (7.81%) LoadRunner
12 18 (7.03%) Protractor
12 18 (7.03%) Visual Studio
13 17 (6.64%) Toad
14 16 (6.25%) TeamCity
15 14 (5.47%) Cucumber
16 13 (5.08%) Jenkins
17 5 (1.95%) Git (software)
18 4 (1.56%) JMeter
General
1 50 (19.53%) Finance
2 23 (8.98%) Banking
3 20 (7.81%) Retail
4 17 (6.64%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.34%) Billing
6 5 (1.95%) Military
7 3 (1.17%) Legal
7 3 (1.17%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.39%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 127 (49.61%) Analyst
2 121 (47.27%) Test Analyst
3 47 (18.36%) Tester
4 33 (12.89%) Test Leader
5 25 (9.77%) Automation Test Analyst
6 21 (8.20%) Automation Tester
7 19 (7.42%) Test Engineer
8 17 (6.64%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
9 14 (5.47%) Test Manager
10 13 (5.08%) Test Automation Engineer
11 12 (4.69%) Selenium Test Analyst
12 8 (3.13%) Selenium Tester
13 7 (2.73%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 7 (2.73%) QA Tester
13 7 (2.73%) Selenium Automation Tester
13 7 (2.73%) Senior Analyst
13 7 (2.73%) Senior Test Analyst
14 6 (2.34%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
14 6 (2.34%) Technical Specialist
14 6 (2.34%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (18.75%) .NET
2 33 (12.89%) XML
3 32 (12.50%) Web Services
4 7 (2.73%) HTML
4 7 (2.73%) SOAP
5 6 (2.34%) .NET Framework
6 5 (1.95%) ASP.NET
7 3 (1.17%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.17%) Gherkin
7 3 (1.17%) WebdriverIO
8 2 (0.78%) ODBC
8 2 (0.78%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.39%) Chai
9 1 (0.39%) CSS
9 1 (0.39%) Java SE
9 1 (0.39%) JSON
9 1 (0.39%) Middleware
9 1 (0.39%) REST
9 1 (0.39%) Spring
9 1 (0.39%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 22 (8.59%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (3.52%) Greenfield Project
2 9 (3.52%) Management Information System
3 7 (2.73%) Computer Science
4 5 (1.95%) N-Tier
4 5 (1.95%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (1.56%) NHS
6 3 (1.17%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.17%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.17%) EPoS
6 3 (1.17%) PKI
7 2 (0.78%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.78%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.78%) MPEG
7 2 (0.78%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.39%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.39%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.39%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.39%) Reinsurance
8 1 (0.39%) STB
Operating Systems
1 67 (26.17%) Windows
2 41 (16.02%) Unix
3 33 (12.89%) Linux
4 29 (11.33%) Windows Server
5 24 (9.38%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (8.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (1.95%) HPUX
7 5 (1.95%) SUSE
8 3 (1.17%) Android
8 3 (1.17%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.17%) Windows 10
8 3 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.78%) VME
9 2 (0.78%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.39%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (48.05%) Agile Software Development
2 116 (45.31%) Test Automation
3 105 (41.02%) Test Scripting
4 97 (37.89%) Software Testing
5 76 (29.69%) Test Strategy
6 73 (28.52%) Scrum
7 52 (20.31%) Regression Testing
8 51 (19.92%) System Integration Testing
9 47 (18.36%) User Acceptance Testing
10 40 (15.63%) Performance Testing
11 33 (12.89%) Continuous Integration
12 31 (12.11%) API Testing
13 30 (11.72%) Customer Requirements
13 30 (11.72%) Defect Management
13 30 (11.72%) DevOps
13 30 (11.72%) Scenario Testing
13 30 (11.72%) Waterfall
14 29 (11.33%) TDD
15 27 (10.55%) BDD
15 27 (10.55%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 77 (30.08%) SQL
2 64 (25.00%) Java
3 34 (13.28%) C#
4 30 (11.72%) JavaScript
5 23 (8.98%) F#
6 8 (3.13%) Python
7 6 (2.34%) VB
8 5 (1.95%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 5 (1.95%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.56%) VB.NET
9 4 (1.56%) VBScript
10 3 (1.17%) C++
11 2 (0.78%) C
11 2 (0.78%) Ruby
12 1 (0.39%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.39%) Java 8
12 1 (0.39%) Perl
12 1 (0.39%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.39%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 200 (78.13%) ISTQB
2 169 (66.02%) ISEB
3 64 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 47 (18.36%) SC Cleared
5 28 (10.94%) ISEB Practitioner
6 18 (7.03%) Degree
7 11 (4.30%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (2.73%) DV Cleared
9 5 (1.95%) CCNA
9 5 (1.95%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (1.95%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (1.17%) IIBA
10 3 (1.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.78%) BC Cleared
11 2 (0.78%) CCNP
11 2 (0.78%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.39%) MCP
12 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.39%) OCP
12 1 (0.39%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (14.06%) QA
2 2 (0.78%) SLA
3 1 (0.39%) GDPR
System Software
1 23 (8.98%) vSphere
2 8 (3.13%) Active Directory
3 7 (2.73%) Docker
4 4 (1.56%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.78%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 57 (22.27%) HP ALM
2 55 (21.48%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (2.73%) vRealize
4 6 (2.34%) logstash
5 3 (1.17%) SCCM
5 3 (1.17%) SCOM
5 3 (1.17%) vMotion
6 1 (0.39%) Puppet
Vendors
1 85 (33.20%) HP
2 81 (31.64%) Oracle
3 65 (25.39%) Microsoft
4 42 (16.41%) webMethods
5 31 (12.11%) VMware
6 25 (9.77%) Software AG
7 23 (8.98%) Red Hat
8 12 (4.69%) SAP
9 9 (3.52%) Cisco
10 6 (2.34%) AppDynamics
10 6 (2.34%) MuleSoft
11 5 (1.95%) TIBCO
12 3 (1.17%) Citrix
12 3 (1.17%) LogRhythm
12 3 (1.17%) Lumension
12 3 (1.17%) NetApp
13 2 (0.78%) Atlassian
13 2 (0.78%) CA Agile Central
13 2 (0.78%) Google
13 2 (0.78%) Maxymiser