Period
to 19 October 2021

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 19 October 2021 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 643 441 662
Rank change year-on-year -202 +221 -54
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 172 90 169
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.29% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.10% 1.17% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 75 92
10th Percentile £310 £314 £289
25th Percentile £355 £351 £323
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £432 £375
Median % change year-on-year -4.40% +15.20% +3.81%
75th Percentile £489 £486 £445
90th Percentile £521 £520 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £428 £390
% change year-on-year -3.51% +9.62% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £24.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £24.35

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 15,676 7,715 16,902
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.62% 24.74% 20.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,151 5,184 10,747
10th Percentile £313 £290 £261
25th Percentile £413 £385 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £563
90th Percentile £688 £644 £648
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £460 £441
% change year-on-year +3.26% +4.43% +6.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 692 307 771
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.02 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.15 £17.50
Median hourly rate £34.15 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.04% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £54.09 £48.46 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.54 £62.25 £59.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £27.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +14.55% -31.25% +71.49%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 16 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 19 October 2021. 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 -180 149 £413 -4.29% 33
UK excluding London -108 121 £413 -3.51% 31
Work from Home -200 49 £413 +1.85% 7
Midlands -72 35 £400 -3.61% 6
London -174 35 £415 -7.78% 7
North of England -54 32 £435 +4.82% 9
West Midlands -59 32 £385 -7.23% 5
South East -90 27 £419 -7.22% 7
North West -46 19 £490 +16.67% 3
Yorkshire - 10 £410 - 6
South West -41 9 £488 +2.63% 2
Scotland -76 7 £425 +41.67% 4
Wales -22 6 £225 -50.00% 1
East of England -52 5 £427 +31.38% 1
North East -10 3 £326 -1.14%
East Midlands - 3 £500 - 1

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, 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.

1 163 (94.77%) ISTQB
2 101 (58.72%) Test Automation
3 97 (56.40%) Agile Software Development
4 89 (51.74%) ISEB
5 86 (50.00%) JIRA
6 85 (49.42%) Software Testing
7 78 (45.35%) Selenium
8 71 (41.28%) Test Scripting
9 67 (38.95%) QA
10 63 (36.63%) SQL
11 61 (35.47%) Oracle
11 61 (35.47%) Cucumber
12 56 (32.56%) Social Skills
13 50 (29.07%) Windows
14 47 (27.33%) Unix
15 44 (25.58%) Confluence
16 42 (24.42%) Azure
16 42 (24.42%) Java
17 41 (23.84%) Customer Requirements
17 41 (23.84%) DevOps
18 40 (23.26%) XML
19 38 (22.09%) User Acceptance Testing
20 35 (20.35%) Jenkins
20 35 (20.35%) Gatling
21 33 (19.19%) C#
22 32 (18.60%) Test Management
23 31 (18.02%) Test Strategy
24 30 (17.44%) API Testing
24 30 (17.44%) Public Sector
24 30 (17.44%) Waterfall

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 44 (25.58%) Confluence
2 16 (9.30%) WebLogic
3 3 (1.74%) Apache
3 3 (1.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (1.74%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.74%) Tomcat
3 3 (1.74%) WebLogic Integration
4 1 (0.58%) Mule
Applications
1 16 (9.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (4.07%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 16 (9.30%) SAP HCM
2 7 (4.07%) SAP FI-CA
2 7 (4.07%) SAP PSCD
3 6 (3.49%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (3.49%) SAP S/4HANA
4 5 (2.91%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (1.16%) Maximo
6 1 (0.58%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.58%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.58%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.58%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.58%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 42 (24.42%) Azure
2 19 (11.05%) SuccessFactors
3 17 (9.88%) GitHub
4 14 (8.14%) AWS
5 13 (7.56%) Dynamics 365
6 12 (6.98%) NuGet
7 9 (5.23%) BrowserStack
8 8 (4.65%) Sauce Labs
9 5 (2.91%) SaaS
10 4 (2.33%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (2.33%) PaaS
10 4 (2.33%) Power Platform
11 3 (1.74%) IaaS
12 2 (1.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (1.16%) Amazon S3
12 2 (1.16%) npm
12 2 (1.16%) Tricentis Tosca
13 1 (0.58%) Azure Functions
13 1 (0.58%) Azure Logic Apps
13 1 (0.58%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.40%) HTTP
2 6 (3.49%) LAN
3 5 (2.91%) WAN
4 4 (2.33%) TCP/IP
4 4 (2.33%) Wireshark
5 3 (1.74%) Firewall
5 3 (1.74%) FTP
5 3 (1.74%) Network Security
5 3 (1.74%) SSL
6 2 (1.16%) 2G
6 2 (1.16%) 3G
6 2 (1.16%) Ethernet
6 2 (1.16%) GSM
6 2 (1.16%) ISUP
6 2 (1.16%) MPLS
6 2 (1.16%) SAN
6 2 (1.16%) SCCP
6 2 (1.16%) SS7
6 2 (1.16%) UMTS
6 2 (1.16%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (11.05%) SQL Server
2 13 (7.56%) Oracle Reports
3 12 (6.98%) MongoDB
3 12 (6.98%) Relational Database
4 9 (5.23%) Oracle Database
5 7 (4.07%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (4.07%) MySQL
6 5 (2.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (2.33%) NoSQL
7 4 (2.33%) Power BI
8 3 (1.74%) MS Access
8 3 (1.74%) Oracle BI EE
8 3 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (1.74%) RDBMS
9 2 (1.16%) Big Data
9 2 (1.16%) Pentaho
9 2 (1.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.58%) Apache Hive
10 1 (0.58%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 86 (50.00%) JIRA
2 78 (45.35%) Selenium
3 61 (35.47%) Cucumber
4 35 (20.35%) Gatling
4 35 (20.35%) Jenkins
5 27 (15.70%) SpecFlow
6 24 (13.95%) WebDriver
7 23 (13.37%) JMeter
7 23 (13.37%) Postman
8 19 (11.05%) Travis CI
9 17 (9.88%) Bitbucket
10 16 (9.30%) SoapUI
11 15 (8.72%) Maven
12 14 (8.14%) Toad
13 13 (7.56%) Git (software)
14 10 (5.81%) JUnit
14 10 (5.81%) Zephyr
15 8 (4.65%) Appium
15 8 (4.65%) REST Assured
16 6 (3.49%) TestNG
General
1 56 (32.56%) Social Skills
2 30 (17.44%) Public Sector
3 29 (16.86%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (9.88%) Finance
5 8 (4.65%) Influencing Skills
5 8 (4.65%) Presentation Skills
6 7 (4.07%) Telecoms
7 5 (2.91%) Banking
8 3 (1.74%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.74%) Law
8 3 (1.74%) Organisational Skills
9 2 (1.16%) Marketing
10 1 (0.58%) Automotive
10 1 (0.58%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 61 (35.47%) Analyst
2 56 (32.56%) Test Analyst
3 39 (22.67%) Tester
4 21 (12.21%) Developer
5 20 (11.63%) Developer in Test
6 17 (9.88%) Software Developer
6 17 (9.88%) Test Leader
7 14 (8.14%) QA Tester
7 14 (8.14%) Test Engineer
8 13 (7.56%) Test Manager
9 10 (5.81%) QA Analyst
10 9 (5.23%) Automation Tester
11 8 (4.65%) Functional Analyst
11 8 (4.65%) Functional Test Analyst
11 8 (4.65%) QA Test Analyst
12 7 (4.07%) Automation Test Lead
12 7 (4.07%) Senior Tester
13 6 (3.49%) Java Developer in Test
13 6 (3.49%) Java Software Developer
13 6 (3.49%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (23.26%) XML
2 25 (14.53%) REST
3 19 (11.05%) .NET
4 18 (10.47%) SOAP
5 14 (8.14%) .NET Framework
5 14 (8.14%) JSON
6 8 (4.65%) Web Services
7 6 (3.49%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (2.33%) CSS
8 4 (2.33%) HTML
8 4 (2.33%) Mongoose
8 4 (2.33%) React Native
9 2 (1.16%) Backbone.js
9 2 (1.16%) jQuery
9 2 (1.16%) LINQ
9 2 (1.16%) PhoneGap
9 2 (1.16%) RESTful
9 2 (1.16%) Sass
9 2 (1.16%) WCF
9 2 (1.16%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 16 (9.30%) Mobile App
2 6 (3.49%) Self-Motivation
3 5 (2.91%) User Experience
4 3 (1.74%) Client/Server
4 3 (1.74%) Cybercrime
4 3 (1.74%) Digital Media
4 3 (1.74%) N-Tier
5 2 (1.16%) Cyberattack
5 2 (1.16%) Cyberthreat
5 2 (1.16%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.16%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.58%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 50 (29.07%) Windows
2 47 (27.33%) Unix
3 9 (5.23%) Linux
4 4 (2.33%) Android
4 4 (2.33%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.74%) HPUX
5 3 (1.74%) Solaris
5 3 (1.74%) SUSE
6 1 (0.58%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (58.72%) Test Automation
2 97 (56.40%) Agile Software Development
3 85 (49.42%) Software Testing
4 71 (41.28%) Test Scripting
5 41 (23.84%) Customer Requirements
5 41 (23.84%) DevOps
6 38 (22.09%) User Acceptance Testing
7 32 (18.60%) Test Management
8 31 (18.02%) Test Strategy
9 30 (17.44%) API Testing
9 30 (17.44%) Waterfall
10 29 (16.86%) Open Source
11 28 (16.28%) Defect Management
12 27 (15.70%) Problem-Solving
13 26 (15.12%) Performance Testing
13 26 (15.12%) Scrum
14 25 (14.53%) Exploratory Testing
15 22 (12.79%) BDD
15 22 (12.79%) Security Testing
16 20 (11.63%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 63 (36.63%) SQL
2 42 (24.42%) Java
3 33 (19.19%) C#
4 30 (17.44%) JavaScript
5 6 (3.49%) VBScript
6 4 (2.33%) Apple Swift
6 4 (2.33%) Kotlin
6 4 (2.33%) Objective-C
6 4 (2.33%) Shell Script
6 4 (2.33%) VB
7 3 (1.74%) C++
7 3 (1.74%) FoxPro (VFP)
7 3 (1.74%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.74%) VBA
8 2 (1.16%) COBOL
8 2 (1.16%) ES6
Qualifications
1 163 (94.77%) ISTQB
2 89 (51.74%) ISEB
3 26 (15.12%) Security Cleared
4 25 (14.53%) Degree
5 20 (11.63%) SC Cleared
6 7 (4.07%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (3.49%) DV Cleared
8 5 (2.91%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 4 (2.33%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (1.74%) APMP
10 3 (1.74%) CEH
10 3 (1.74%) CISA
10 3 (1.74%) GIAC
10 3 (1.74%) ISEB Practitioner
10 3 (1.74%) Numerate Degree
10 3 (1.74%) OSCE
10 3 (1.74%) OSCP
11 1 (0.58%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.58%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (38.95%) QA
2 13 (7.56%) Accessibility
3 3 (1.74%) GDPR
3 3 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.74%) NIST
System Software
1 4 (2.33%) Docker
2 1 (0.58%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 23 (13.37%) HP ALM
2 12 (6.98%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (1.74%) HP Fortify
3 3 (1.74%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 61 (35.47%) Oracle
2 29 (16.86%) SAP
3 26 (15.12%) Microsoft
4 19 (11.05%) HP
5 12 (6.98%) webMethods
6 9 (5.23%) Micro Focus
7 7 (4.07%) Salesforce.com
7 7 (4.07%) Xamarin
8 4 (2.33%) Splunk
9 3 (1.74%) ArcSight
9 3 (1.74%) Black Duck
9 3 (1.74%) Blue Prism
9 3 (1.74%) Qualys
9 3 (1.74%) Sonatype
9 3 (1.74%) TIBCO
9 3 (1.74%) Tripwire
10 2 (1.16%) Cisco
10 2 (1.16%) Juniper
11 1 (0.58%) JD Edwards
11 1 (0.58%) Sage