Period
to 17 October 2017

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 17 October 2017 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
17 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 616 611 516
Rank change year-on-year -5 -95 -36
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 244 294 405
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.28% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.32% 1.31% 1.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 199 263
UK median daily rate £325 £308 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.69% -8.89% +3.85%
10th Percentile £225 £195 £225
90th Percentile £484 £440 £448
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £335
% change year-on-year +8.33% -10.45% +3.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 3
UK median hourly rate £43.25 £33.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.10% -1.47% +74.36%
10th Percentile £40.49 £31.75 £18.40
90th Percentile £99.21 £35.25 £37.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £33.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year +29.10% -1.47% +74.36%

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 18433 22418 22067
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.57% 21.02% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11208 13915 13208
UK median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £225 £239 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £380
% change year-on-year +6.67% -1.32% +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 893 857 1073
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +19.57% +17.95%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £24.22
% change year-on-year +9.09% +13.55% +21.09%

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 17 October 2017.

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 17 October 2017.

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 17 October 2017. 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 -4 211 £325 +8.33% 33
UK excluding London -7 180 £325 +8.33% 27
South East +15 89 £325 +8.33% 7
London -15 66 £350 +7.69% 10
Wales +14 20 £325 -7.14% 1
North of England +50 18 £275 -9.47% 7
South West +10 18 £410 +46.43% 3
North West +20 14 £250 -16.67% 1
Scotland +6 13 £270 -13.60% 3
East of England -23 12 £275 -8.33% 2
Midlands +20 11 £325 +4.84% 4
East Midlands -2 6 £315 +1.61% 1
West Midlands +18 5 £325 +8.33% 3
Yorkshire +7 3 £331 +10.25% 3
North East +68 1 £325 +2.36% 3

For the 6 months to 17 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 187 (76.64%) ISTQB
2 165 (67.62%) ISEB
3 112 (45.90%) Agile Software Development
4 109 (44.67%) Test Automation
5 100 (40.98%) Software Testing
6 83 (34.02%) Test Scripting
7 80 (32.79%) HP
8 62 (25.41%) SQL
9 59 (24.18%) JIRA
9 59 (24.18%) Security Cleared
10 57 (23.36%) User Acceptance Testing
10 57 (23.36%) HP Quality Center
11 51 (20.90%) Degree
12 50 (20.49%) Regression Testing
13 44 (18.03%) Test Strategy
14 43 (17.62%) QA
14 43 (17.62%) Test Management
15 40 (16.39%) Selenium
15 40 (16.39%) SQL Server
16 39 (15.98%) Functional Testing
17 36 (14.75%) Migration
18 34 (13.93%) Scrum
18 34 (13.93%) Microsoft
19 33 (13.52%) ITIL
19 33 (13.52%) Finance
19 33 (13.52%) Waterfall
20 32 (13.11%) Windows
21 30 (12.30%) Scenario Testing
22 29 (11.89%) SoapUI
23 28 (11.48%) Data Migration

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 9 (3.69%) BizTalk Server
1 9 (3.69%) JCAPS
1 9 (3.69%) WebSphere
2 6 (2.46%) Confluence
3 5 (2.05%) CMS
3 5 (2.05%) WebLogic
4 4 (1.64%) Apache Spark
5 3 (1.23%) Documentum
5 3 (1.23%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.82%) WebLogic Portal
7 1 (0.41%) SAS
7 1 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 26 (10.66%) Microsoft Excel
2 19 (7.79%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (5.33%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.23%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.23%) Maximo
1 3 (1.23%) SAP CO
1 3 (1.23%) SAP FI
1 3 (1.23%) SAP FI/CO
1 3 (1.23%) SAP MM
2 2 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.82%) Primavera
3 1 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.41%) PeopleSoft CRM
3 1 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 15 (6.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.41%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (0.41%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (5.74%) LTE
2 11 (4.51%) 4G
2 11 (4.51%) PuTTY
2 11 (4.51%) WinSCP
2 11 (4.51%) Wireless
3 6 (2.46%) Internet
3 6 (2.46%) LAN
3 6 (2.46%) TCP/IP
3 6 (2.46%) WAN
4 5 (2.05%) POP3
4 5 (2.05%) SMTP
5 3 (1.23%) SMS
5 3 (1.23%) Wireshark
6 2 (0.82%) Firewall
6 2 (0.82%) NetScaler
7 1 (0.41%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (0.41%) DNS
7 1 (0.41%) Skype
7 1 (0.41%) VPN
7 1 (0.41%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (16.39%) SQL Server
2 13 (5.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (4.51%) Oracle Database
4 10 (4.10%) Oracle Database 10g
4 10 (4.10%) Oracle Database 11g
4 10 (4.10%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (2.87%) SQL Server 2016
6 4 (1.64%) Big Data
6 4 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (1.64%) Hadoop
6 4 (1.64%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (1.23%) BusinessObjects
7 3 (1.23%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.41%) HBase
8 1 (0.41%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.41%) Oracle BI EE
8 1 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.41%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 59 (24.18%) JIRA
2 40 (16.39%) Selenium
3 29 (11.89%) SoapUI
4 21 (8.61%) WebDriver
5 19 (7.79%) LoadRunner
6 18 (7.38%) HP UFT
7 17 (6.97%) Jenkins
7 17 (6.97%) Team Foundation Server
8 14 (5.74%) Visual Studio
9 13 (5.33%) Ant
10 12 (4.92%) SpecFlow
11 11 (4.51%) Eclipse
11 11 (4.51%) Oracle APEX
11 11 (4.51%) Selenium IDE
11 11 (4.51%) TestNG
11 11 (4.51%) Zephyr
12 7 (2.87%) Cucumber
12 7 (2.87%) JMeter
13 6 (2.46%) TestRail
14 5 (2.05%) Hudson
General
1 33 (13.52%) Finance
2 20 (8.20%) Telecoms
3 16 (6.56%) Banking
4 13 (5.33%) Retail
5 7 (2.87%) Legal
5 7 (2.87%) Publishing
6 3 (1.23%) Games
6 3 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.82%) Back Office
7 2 (0.82%) General Ledger
7 2 (0.82%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.82%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.82%) Military
7 2 (0.82%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.41%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.41%) Automotive
8 1 (0.41%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.41%) Marketing
8 1 (0.41%) Russian Language
8 1 (0.41%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 138 (56.56%) Analyst
2 126 (51.64%) Test Analyst
3 29 (11.89%) Test Engineer
3 29 (11.89%) Tester
4 21 (8.61%) Test Leader
5 19 (7.79%) Senior Analyst
6 17 (6.97%) Senior Test Analyst
7 14 (5.74%) Automation Test Analyst
7 14 (5.74%) Test Automation Engineer
7 14 (5.74%) Test Manager
8 12 (4.92%) Lead Test Analyst
8 12 (4.92%) Team Leader
8 12 (4.92%) Test Team Leader
9 10 (4.10%) QA Manager
10 9 (3.69%) Performance Analyst
10 9 (3.69%) Performance Test Analyst
10 9 (3.69%) Software Test Engineer
11 7 (2.87%) Automation Tester
11 7 (2.87%) BSS Engineer
11 7 (2.87%) OSS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (8.61%) XML
2 20 (8.20%) .NET
3 17 (6.97%) SOAP
4 14 (5.74%) XSLT
5 13 (5.33%) Web Services
6 9 (3.69%) IBM Integration Bus
7 4 (1.64%) Middleware
8 3 (1.23%) JSON
8 3 (1.23%) RESTful
9 2 (0.82%) HTML
9 2 (0.82%) JDBC
9 2 (0.82%) WCF
9 2 (0.82%) WPF
10 1 (0.41%) CSS
10 1 (0.41%) Gherkin
10 1 (0.41%) J2EE
10 1 (0.41%) Kafka
10 1 (0.41%) REST
10 1 (0.41%) Velocity
10 1 (0.41%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.15%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (4.10%) Mobile App
2 10 (4.10%) NHS
3 9 (3.69%) Computer Science
4 8 (3.28%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.46%) User Experience
6 5 (2.05%) Data Centre
6 5 (2.05%) Reference Data
6 5 (2.05%) STB
7 4 (1.64%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.82%) Smartcard
9 1 (0.41%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (0.41%) Digital TV
9 1 (0.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 1 (0.41%) Freedom of Information
9 1 (0.41%) MPEG
9 1 (0.41%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.41%) Over-the-Top Content
9 1 (0.41%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.41%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 32 (13.11%) Windows
2 21 (8.61%) Linux
3 18 (7.38%) Unix
4 10 (4.10%) Windows Server
4 10 (4.10%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (3.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (2.05%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.41%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (45.90%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (44.67%) Test Automation
3 100 (40.98%) Software Testing
4 83 (34.02%) Test Scripting
5 57 (23.36%) User Acceptance Testing
6 50 (20.49%) Regression Testing
7 44 (18.03%) Test Strategy
8 43 (17.62%) Test Management
9 39 (15.98%) Functional Testing
10 36 (14.75%) Migration
11 34 (13.93%) Scrum
12 33 (13.52%) ITIL
12 33 (13.52%) Waterfall
13 30 (12.30%) Scenario Testing
14 28 (11.48%) Data Migration
14 28 (11.48%) System Integration Testing
15 27 (11.07%) SDLC
16 25 (10.25%) Test Planning
17 23 (9.43%) System Testing
18 22 (9.02%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 62 (25.41%) SQL
2 28 (11.48%) Java
3 19 (7.79%) C++
4 18 (7.38%) Python
5 11 (4.51%) F#
6 9 (3.69%) VBScript
7 7 (2.87%) C#
8 5 (2.05%) JavaScript
8 5 (2.05%) Ruby
8 5 (2.05%) VB
9 4 (1.64%) PL/SQL
9 4 (1.64%) VB.NET
10 3 (1.23%) Scala
11 2 (0.82%) C
11 2 (0.82%) Embedded C++
11 2 (0.82%) Groovy
12 1 (0.41%) PHP
12 1 (0.41%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.41%) R
Qualifications
1 187 (76.64%) ISTQB
2 165 (67.62%) ISEB
3 59 (24.18%) Security Cleared
4 51 (20.90%) Degree
5 27 (11.07%) SC Cleared
6 19 (7.79%) BPSS Clearance
7 12 (4.92%) ISEB Practitioner
8 11 (4.51%) DV Cleared
9 5 (2.05%) CCA
9 5 (2.05%) CCAA
9 5 (2.05%) Citrix Certification
10 3 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.41%) CCNA
12 1 (0.41%) CCNP
12 1 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.41%) IIBA
12 1 (0.41%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (17.62%) QA
2 11 (4.51%) HL7
3 6 (2.46%) PMO
4 4 (1.64%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.82%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.82%) GDPR
6 1 (0.41%) FATCA
6 1 (0.41%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.41%) SLA
6 1 (0.41%) TickIT
System Software
1 10 (4.10%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (3.69%) vSphere
3 5 (2.05%) VirtualBox
4 4 (1.64%) Active Directory
4 4 (1.64%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (1.23%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.82%) HDFS
6 2 (0.82%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.82%) XenApp
6 2 (0.82%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 57 (23.36%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.23%) SCCM
2 3 (1.23%) vRealize
3 2 (0.82%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.41%) Puppet
Vendors
1 80 (32.79%) HP
2 34 (13.93%) Microsoft
3 26 (10.66%) Oracle
4 25 (10.25%) VMware
5 17 (6.97%) Motorola
6 12 (4.92%) IBM
7 10 (4.10%) Atlassian
8 9 (3.69%) Fiorano
8 9 (3.69%) InterSystems
8 9 (3.69%) Red Hat
8 9 (3.69%) SAP
9 6 (2.46%) Software AG
9 6 (2.46%) webMethods
10 5 (2.05%) Citrix
11 3 (1.23%) Siebel
11 3 (1.23%) TOWER Software
12 2 (0.82%) EMC
12 2 (0.82%) Google
12 2 (0.82%) Salesforce.com
12 2 (0.82%) Xamarin