Period
to 27 October 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 27 October 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
27 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 440 637 582
Rank change year-on-year +197 -55 +66
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 92 168 321
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.20% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.16% 0.99% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 89 161
Median daily rate £428 £375 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.00% +5.63% +9.23%
10th Percentile £295 £289 £300
90th Percentile £513 £522 £444
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £378 £363
% change year-on-year +9.79% +4.28% +12.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 7
Median hourly rate - £29.68 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.33% -30.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £29.68 £29.00
% change year-on-year - +2.33% -30.33%

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 7,937 16,955 19,053
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.52% 20.11% 18.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,799 10,420 11,266
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £283 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £417
% change year-on-year +0.06% +7.98% +4.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 844 944
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +44.00% -6.49%
10th Percentile £15.25 £14.34 £12.83
90th Percentile £64.50 £58.75 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year -2.78% +43.31% -16.27%

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 27 October 2020.

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 14 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 27 October 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 +195 78 £425 +13.33% 11
UK excluding London +175 69 £415 +9.79% 11
Midlands +108 29 £388 +10.71% 3
West Midlands +86 29 £388 +10.71% 2
Work from Home - 19 £360 - 2
South East +120 18 £453 +10.40% 2
East of England +95 13 £325 -14.02% 2
London +193 8 £450 +53.85% 1
North of England +93 5 £420 +20.00% 1
North West +79 4 £420 -23.64%
South West +96 2 £475 +18.75% 2
Scotland +71 1 £300 -25.65%
Wales +37 1 £450 +62.16%
North East +19 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 October 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 82 (89.13%) ISTQB
2 63 (68.48%) ISEB
3 47 (51.09%) Test Automation
4 46 (50.00%) SQL
5 44 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
6 43 (46.74%) Java
7 41 (44.57%) Test Scripting
8 40 (43.48%) Customer Requirements
9 39 (42.39%) Unix
10 38 (41.30%) Windows
10 38 (41.30%) Oracle
11 35 (38.04%) JIRA
12 33 (35.87%) QA
13 32 (34.78%) Selenium
14 31 (33.70%) Cucumber
15 28 (30.43%) Security Cleared
16 27 (29.35%) BDD
17 26 (28.26%) Scrum
17 26 (28.26%) XML
18 25 (27.17%) JMeter
18 25 (27.17%) Test Strategy
19 24 (26.09%) Microsoft
19 24 (26.09%) API Testing
19 24 (26.09%) Public Sector
20 23 (25.00%) TDD
20 23 (25.00%) Azure
21 22 (23.91%) SC Cleared
21 22 (23.91%) Microservices
22 21 (22.83%) Software Testing
23 20 (21.74%) Toad

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 20 (21.74%) Confluence
1 20 (21.74%) WebLogic
2 10 (10.87%) Mule
3 6 (6.52%) IIS
4 5 (5.43%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (5.43%) SharePoint
4 5 (5.43%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 15 (16.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.17%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (5.43%) SAP FI-CA
2 2 (2.17%) SAP ERP
3 1 (1.09%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 23 (25.00%) Azure
2 16 (17.39%) AWS
3 5 (5.43%) Tricentis Tosca
4 4 (4.35%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (3.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (3.26%) Amazon S3
5 3 (3.26%) BrowserStack
5 3 (3.26%) npm
6 2 (2.17%) Office 365
6 2 (2.17%) Slack
7 1 (1.09%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.17%) WinSCP
2 1 (1.09%) DVB
2 1 (1.09%) Ethernet
2 1 (1.09%) HTTP
2 1 (1.09%) PuTTY
2 1 (1.09%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (13.04%) SQL Server
2 10 (10.87%) Pentaho
3 9 (9.78%) MongoDB
4 8 (8.70%) MySQL
5 5 (5.43%) Relational Database
6 4 (4.35%) Apache Hive
6 4 (4.35%) Hadoop
6 4 (4.35%) NoSQL
6 4 (4.35%) Oracle Database
6 4 (4.35%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 35 (38.04%) JIRA
2 32 (34.78%) Selenium
3 31 (33.70%) Cucumber
4 25 (27.17%) JMeter
5 20 (21.74%) Toad
6 18 (19.57%) Postman
6 18 (19.57%) SoapUI
7 16 (17.39%) Jenkins
8 13 (14.13%) Git (software)
9 11 (11.96%) REST Assured
10 8 (8.70%) Visual Studio
11 6 (6.52%) SpecFlow
12 5 (5.43%) HP UFT
12 5 (5.43%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (5.43%) Visual Studio Coded UI
12 5 (5.43%) WebDriver
13 4 (4.35%) Gatling
13 4 (4.35%) LoadRunner
13 4 (4.35%) Mocha
14 3 (3.26%) eggPlant
General
1 24 (26.09%) Public Sector
2 4 (4.35%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.17%) Finance
4 1 (1.09%) Banking
4 1 (1.09%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 31 (33.70%) Analyst
2 30 (32.61%) Test Analyst
3 25 (27.17%) Tester
4 13 (14.13%) Test Engineer
5 11 (11.96%) Automation Tester
6 8 (8.70%) QA Tester
7 6 (6.52%) Test Automation Engineer
8 5 (5.43%) Test Manager
9 4 (4.35%) SharePoint Specialist
9 4 (4.35%) Software Engineer
10 3 (3.26%) Developer
10 3 (3.26%) QA Analyst
10 3 (3.26%) QA Test Analyst
10 3 (3.26%) Senior QA Tester
10 3 (3.26%) Senior Tester
11 2 (2.17%) Applications Developer
11 2 (2.17%) Senior Applications Developer
11 2 (2.17%) Software Development Engineer
11 2 (2.17%) Software Test Engineer
11 2 (2.17%) Test Development Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (28.26%) XML
2 17 (18.48%) SOAP
3 15 (16.30%) JSON
4 14 (15.22%) Spring
5 12 (13.04%) Web Services
6 11 (11.96%) RabbitMQ
6 11 (11.96%) Spring Boot
7 10 (10.87%) WireMock
8 9 (9.78%) REST
9 6 (6.52%) J2SE
10 5 (5.43%) CSS
10 5 (5.43%) HTML
10 5 (5.43%) RESTful
11 4 (4.35%) Mongoose
11 4 (4.35%) Node.js
11 4 (4.35%) React
11 4 (4.35%) React Native
12 3 (3.26%) Chai
12 3 (3.26%) Jest
12 3 (3.26%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.87%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.52%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.26%) User Experience
4 1 (1.09%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.09%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.09%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.09%) Video on Demand
4 1 (1.09%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 39 (42.39%) Unix
2 38 (41.30%) Windows
3 14 (15.22%) Linux
4 10 (10.87%) Android
4 10 (10.87%) Apple iOS
5 5 (5.43%) Windows Mobile
6 2 (2.17%) Windows Server
7 1 (1.09%) Solaris
7 1 (1.09%) Ubuntu
7 1 (1.09%) Windows 10
7 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.09%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (51.09%) Test Automation
2 44 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (44.57%) Test Scripting
4 40 (43.48%) Customer Requirements
5 27 (29.35%) BDD
6 26 (28.26%) Scrum
7 25 (27.17%) Test Strategy
8 24 (26.09%) API Testing
9 23 (25.00%) TDD
10 22 (23.91%) Microservices
11 21 (22.83%) Software Testing
12 18 (19.57%) Integration Testing
13 16 (17.39%) DevOps
14 15 (16.30%) Performance Testing
15 12 (13.04%) ETL
15 12 (13.04%) SDLC
16 11 (11.96%) Defect Management
17 10 (10.87%) Data Modelling
17 10 (10.87%) Software Engineering
18 9 (9.78%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 46 (50.00%) SQL
2 43 (46.74%) Java
3 15 (16.30%) C#
4 13 (14.13%) JavaScript
5 5 (5.43%) PL/SQL
6 4 (4.35%) Apple Swift
6 4 (4.35%) Kotlin
6 4 (4.35%) Objective-C
7 3 (3.26%) ES6
8 2 (2.17%) Scala
8 2 (2.17%) VB
9 1 (1.09%) C
9 1 (1.09%) C++
9 1 (1.09%) Groovy
9 1 (1.09%) Python
Qualifications
1 82 (89.13%) ISTQB
2 63 (68.48%) ISEB
3 28 (30.43%) Security Cleared
4 22 (23.91%) SC Cleared
5 6 (6.52%) DV Cleared
6 5 (5.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 4 (4.35%) Degree
8 3 (3.26%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (1.09%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (1.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (1.09%) MCP
9 1 (1.09%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (1.09%) OCP
9 1 (1.09%) Oracle Certification
9 1 (1.09%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (35.87%) QA
2 2 (2.17%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.17%) WCAG
3 1 (1.09%) GDPR
3 1 (1.09%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (13.04%) Docker
2 6 (6.52%) Active Directory
3 5 (5.43%) Hyper-V
4 4 (4.35%) HDFS
5 1 (1.09%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (7.61%) Kubernetes
1 7 (7.61%) Rancher
2 5 (5.43%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (3.26%) HP ALM
4 2 (2.17%) Nessus
Vendors
1 38 (41.30%) Oracle
2 24 (26.09%) Microsoft
3 16 (17.39%) webMethods
4 9 (9.78%) SAP
5 5 (5.43%) HP
5 5 (5.43%) Xamarin
6 2 (2.17%) BT
6 2 (2.17%) Citrix
6 2 (2.17%) OutSystems
7 1 (1.09%) Capita
7 1 (1.09%) CheckPoint