Period
to 19 July 2019

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 July 2019 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 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 630 613 577
Rank change year-on-year -17 -36 -7
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 220 293 266
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.28% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.25% 1.50% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 162 184
UK median daily rate £375 £368 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.04% +13.08% -
10th Percentile £300 £283 £207
90th Percentile £488 £449 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £364 £325
% change year-on-year +3.09% +11.92% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 6
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £29.00 £41.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.14% -30.33% -14.18%
10th Percentile £23.90 £24.95 £36.25
90th Percentile £42.50 £38.30 £83.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £29.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +24.14% -27.50% -17.53%

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 17,637 19,470 18,810
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.93% 18.82% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,670 11,565 11,564
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +5.46%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +7.88% +3.13% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 837 953 960
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -16.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.75 £12.18
90th Percentile £57.00 £50.20 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.75 £31.50
% change year-on-year +35.92% -18.25% +12.50%

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 19 July 2019.

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 19 July 2019.

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 19 July 2019. 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 -4 207 £375 - 52
UK excluding London -40 199 £375 +3.09% 50
South East -12 75 £394 +9.38% 12
Midlands +13 35 £375 -6.25% 10
North of England +31 34 £355 -9.55% 13
East of England +18 26 £403 +8.05% 1
East Midlands +41 20 £375 +50.00% 5
London +41 19 £375 -6.25% 5
South West -30 19 £340 -2.86% 11
North East +38 18 £325 -17.20% 2
West Midlands -23 15 £365 -8.75% 5
North West +11 14 £425 +21.43% 8
Wales +8 6 £305 - 3
Scotland +20 4 £425 +21.43%
Yorkshire +12 2 £325 -18.75% 3

For the 6 months to 19 July 2019, 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.

1 198 (90.00%) ISTQB
2 131 (59.55%) ISEB
3 112 (50.91%) Test Automation
4 93 (42.27%) Test Scripting
5 91 (41.36%) SQL
6 90 (40.91%) Agile Software Development
7 81 (36.82%) Software Testing
8 69 (31.36%) Windows
9 65 (29.55%) Oracle
10 61 (27.73%) Java
10 61 (27.73%) QA
11 59 (26.82%) Selenium
12 58 (26.36%) Test Strategy
13 51 (23.18%) JIRA
14 47 (21.36%) User Acceptance Testing
14 47 (21.36%) Unix
15 44 (20.00%) Integration Testing
15 44 (20.00%) Cucumber
16 41 (18.64%) XML
17 39 (17.73%) Finance
18 37 (16.82%) Regression Testing
18 37 (16.82%) Performance Testing
19 36 (16.36%) Test Management
20 35 (15.91%) Microsoft
20 35 (15.91%) SoapUI
21 32 (14.55%) Defect Management
21 32 (14.55%) Degree
22 31 (14.09%) TDD
22 31 (14.09%) Non-Functional Testing
23 29 (13.18%) SDLC

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 (11.36%) WebLogic
2 18 (8.18%) Confluence
3 10 (4.55%) CMS
3 10 (4.55%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.82%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 26 (11.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.82%) SAP FI-CA
1 4 (1.82%) SAP PSCD
2 1 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.45%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.45%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 18 (8.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (3.18%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (3.18%) GitHub
3 3 (1.36%) Office 365
4 1 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (0.45%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.45%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (0.45%) BrowserStack
4 1 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.45%) npm
4 1 (0.45%) SaaS
4 1 (0.45%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 17 (7.73%) Wireless
2 11 (5.00%) LTE
3 6 (2.73%) IP Telephony
3 6 (2.73%) LAN
3 6 (2.73%) MPLS
4 5 (2.27%) SAN
4 5 (2.27%) WAN
5 4 (1.82%) Cisco IOS
5 4 (1.82%) DHCP
5 4 (1.82%) DNS
5 4 (1.82%) Firewall
5 4 (1.82%) ISDN
5 4 (1.82%) PBX
5 4 (1.82%) Skype
5 4 (1.82%) SSL
5 4 (1.82%) TCP/IP
5 4 (1.82%) VLAN
5 4 (1.82%) VoIP
5 4 (1.82%) VPN
6 2 (0.91%) DWDM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.45%) MongoDB
2 11 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (4.55%) Oracle Database
3 10 (4.55%) Oracle OWB
4 8 (3.64%) Oracle Reports
5 7 (3.18%) SQL Server
6 4 (1.82%) Pentaho
7 1 (0.45%) Big Data
7 1 (0.45%) EDRMS
7 1 (0.45%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.45%) MySQL
7 1 (0.45%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.45%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 59 (26.82%) Selenium
2 51 (23.18%) JIRA
3 44 (20.00%) Cucumber
4 35 (15.91%) SoapUI
5 23 (10.45%) Jenkins
5 23 (10.45%) Toad
6 22 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
7 17 (7.73%) Rational DOORS
8 16 (7.27%) LoadRunner
8 16 (7.27%) Rational Quality Manager
9 15 (6.82%) Bugzilla
9 15 (6.82%) HP UFT
10 11 (5.00%) JMeter
11 9 (4.09%) Gatling
11 9 (4.09%) Visual Studio
12 8 (3.64%) Git (software)
13 7 (3.18%) Oracle APEX
13 7 (3.18%) SpecFlow
13 7 (3.18%) WebDriver
14 6 (2.73%) Mocha
General
1 39 (17.73%) Finance
2 13 (5.91%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.27%) Manufacturing
3 5 (2.27%) Marketing
3 5 (2.27%) Retail
4 4 (1.82%) Legal
5 1 (0.45%) Back Office
5 1 (0.45%) Banking
5 1 (0.45%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.45%) Front Office
5 1 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 110 (50.00%) Analyst
2 105 (47.73%) Test Analyst
3 27 (12.27%) Tester
4 26 (11.82%) Test Manager
5 22 (10.00%) Test Engineer
6 16 (7.27%) QA Analyst
7 11 (5.00%) QA Test Analyst
7 11 (5.00%) Test Leader
8 9 (4.09%) SQL Analyst
9 8 (3.64%) Automation Engineer
10 6 (2.73%) Automation Test Analyst
10 6 (2.73%) Automation Tester
10 6 (2.73%) Migration Analyst
10 6 (2.73%) SAP Analyst
10 6 (2.73%) SAP Test Analyst
11 5 (2.27%) Performance Tester
11 5 (2.27%) QA Tester
12 4 (1.82%) Manual Tester
12 4 (1.82%) Network Engineer
12 4 (1.82%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (18.64%) XML
2 14 (6.36%) SOAP
3 12 (5.45%) JSON
4 11 (5.00%) HTML
4 11 (5.00%) Web Services
5 10 (4.55%) .NET
5 10 (4.55%) RabbitMQ
5 10 (4.55%) Spring
6 8 (3.64%) Gherkin
6 8 (3.64%) RESTful
7 6 (2.73%) Chai
7 6 (2.73%) CSS
8 5 (2.27%) .NET Framework
9 4 (1.82%) React Native
10 3 (1.36%) GraphQL
10 3 (1.36%) REST
10 3 (1.36%) XML Messaging
11 1 (0.45%) Backbone.js
11 1 (0.45%) PhoneGap
11 1 (0.45%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 27 (12.27%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (8.64%) Self-Motivation
3 9 (4.09%) User Experience
4 5 (2.27%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.82%) Mobile App
5 4 (1.82%) Smartphone
6 3 (1.36%) CCTV
7 2 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.91%) NHS
7 2 (0.91%) PMI
8 1 (0.45%) e-Health
8 1 (0.45%) EPoS
8 1 (0.45%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.45%) IVR
8 1 (0.45%) Life Science
8 1 (0.45%) LIMS
8 1 (0.45%) PACS
8 1 (0.45%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 69 (31.36%) Windows
2 47 (21.36%) Unix
3 10 (4.55%) Windows 10
4 3 (1.36%) Linux
4 3 (1.36%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.45%) Android
5 1 (0.45%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.45%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (50.91%) Test Automation
2 93 (42.27%) Test Scripting
3 90 (40.91%) Agile Software Development
4 81 (36.82%) Software Testing
5 58 (26.36%) Test Strategy
6 47 (21.36%) User Acceptance Testing
7 44 (20.00%) Integration Testing
8 37 (16.82%) Performance Testing
8 37 (16.82%) Regression Testing
9 36 (16.36%) Test Management
10 32 (14.55%) Defect Management
11 31 (14.09%) Non-Functional Testing
11 31 (14.09%) TDD
12 29 (13.18%) Manual Testing
12 29 (13.18%) SDLC
13 27 (12.27%) System Integration Testing
14 25 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
14 25 (11.36%) Customer Requirements
14 25 (11.36%) Microservices
15 24 (10.91%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 91 (41.36%) SQL
2 61 (27.73%) Java
3 19 (8.64%) JavaScript
4 18 (8.18%) C#
5 11 (5.00%) PL/SQL
6 10 (4.55%) Java 8
7 6 (2.73%) Ruby
7 6 (2.73%) VB
8 5 (2.27%) C
8 5 (2.27%) C++
8 5 (2.27%) F#
9 2 (0.91%) Groovy
9 2 (0.91%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.45%) Apple Swift
10 1 (0.45%) ES6
10 1 (0.45%) Kotlin
10 1 (0.45%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.45%) Python
Qualifications
1 198 (90.00%) ISTQB
2 131 (59.55%) ISEB
3 32 (14.55%) Degree
4 26 (11.82%) Security Cleared
5 21 (9.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 20 (9.09%) SC Cleared
7 14 (6.36%) HNC
7 14 (6.36%) HND
8 8 (3.64%) ISEB Practitioner
9 5 (2.27%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (1.82%) CCNA
10 4 (1.82%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.91%) CCNP
11 2 (0.91%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.91%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.91%) PMP
12 1 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (27.73%) QA
2 1 (0.45%) HL7
2 1 (0.45%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.45%) PMO
2 1 (0.45%) SLA
2 1 (0.45%) WCAG
System Software
1 7 (3.18%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.45%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 16 (7.27%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (6.36%) Netcool
3 13 (5.91%) HP ALM
4 10 (4.55%) Ansible
4 10 (4.55%) Terraform
5 1 (0.45%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.45%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.45%) EnCase
5 1 (0.45%) Nessus
Vendors
1 65 (29.55%) Oracle
2 35 (15.91%) Microsoft
3 25 (11.36%) HP
4 16 (7.27%) webMethods
5 15 (6.82%) OpenText
5 15 (6.82%) Remedy
6 14 (6.36%) SolarWinds
7 13 (5.91%) SAP
8 7 (3.18%) VMware
9 5 (2.27%) Guidewire
10 4 (1.82%) Cisco
11 3 (1.36%) Google
12 2 (0.91%) Cadence
12 2 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
13 1 (0.45%) Atlassian
13 1 (0.45%) BMC
13 1 (0.45%) Cellebrite
13 1 (0.45%) CheckPoint
13 1 (0.45%) Citrix
13 1 (0.45%) OutSystems