Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 584 636 595
Rank change year-on-year +52 -41 -33
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 312 247 323
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.25% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.63% 1.32% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 169 216
UK median daily rate £375 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% - -2.26%
10th Percentile £300 £224 £211
90th Percentile £450 £462 £444
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +15.38% - -2.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 1
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £41.63 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.33% +24.25% -1.47%
10th Percentile £25.10 £36.25 £31.75
90th Percentile £37.40 £83.69 £35.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £40.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year -27.50% +19.40% -1.47%

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 19,130 18,757 22,767
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.56% 19.00% 21.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,323 11,367 14,163
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £244 £242 £243
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.50% +5.40% +1.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 976 916 812
UK median hourly rate £24.04 £29.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.10% +5.45% +19.57%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.04 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £51.21 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.68 £27.55
% change year-on-year -21.07% +14.97% +14.22%

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 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +54 283 £375 +13.64% 73
UK excluding London +56 279 £375 +15.38% 67
South East +20 112 £375 +15.38% 22
Midlands +48 65 £400 +33.33% 15
West Midlands +34 61 £400 +26.98% 14
South West +5 32 £313 -24.97% 4
East of England +3 26 £360 +37.14% 5
North of England -9 25 £400 +45.45% 16
London -31 18 £363 - 12
Yorkshire +2 15 £400 +20.94% 5
Scotland -22 15 £338 +23.85% 5
North West -26 8 £350 +40.00% 11
East Midlands +8 4 - - 1
Wales -35 3 £456 +40.38%
North East -2 2 £393 +20.77%

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 263 (84.29%) ISTQB
2 227 (72.76%) ISEB
3 160 (51.28%) Oracle
4 156 (50.00%) Test Scripting
5 151 (48.40%) SQL
6 138 (44.23%) Test Automation
7 120 (38.46%) Java
8 119 (38.14%) Agile Software Development
9 118 (37.82%) Windows
10 101 (32.37%) XML
11 100 (32.05%) Unix
12 99 (31.73%) Software Testing
13 85 (27.24%) Customer Requirements
14 72 (23.08%) webMethods
15 71 (22.76%) Security Cleared
16 69 (22.12%) Selenium
17 66 (21.15%) HP
18 61 (19.55%) SC Cleared
19 59 (18.91%) Test Strategy
19 59 (18.91%) Toad
20 58 (18.59%) WebLogic
21 57 (18.27%) Microsoft
22 56 (17.95%) Scrum
23 55 (17.63%) JIRA
24 52 (16.67%) HP ALM
25 51 (16.35%) QA
26 48 (15.38%) System Integration Testing
27 44 (14.10%) SoapUI
27 44 (14.10%) Finance
28 39 (12.50%) C#

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 58 (18.59%) WebLogic
2 28 (8.97%) Confluence
3 6 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.64%) CMS
5 1 (0.32%) SharePoint
Applications
1 26 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.92%) MS Visio
4 5 (1.60%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (3.21%) SAP S/4HANA
2 8 (2.56%) SAP FI-CA
2 8 (2.56%) SAP PSCD
3 6 (1.92%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.96%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.96%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.96%) SAP FI/CO
4 3 (0.96%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.64%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.32%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 23 (7.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (3.21%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.96%) BrowserStack
3 3 (0.96%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.32%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (4.81%) PuTTY
2 14 (4.49%) WinSCP
3 13 (4.17%) SAN
4 11 (3.53%) TCP/IP
5 9 (2.88%) DNS
6 7 (2.24%) DHCP
7 6 (1.92%) VoIP
8 5 (1.60%) Firewall
8 5 (1.60%) IP Telephony
8 5 (1.60%) LAN
8 5 (1.60%) WAN
9 4 (1.28%) 4G
9 4 (1.28%) Cisco IOS
9 4 (1.28%) ISDN
9 4 (1.28%) MPLS
9 4 (1.28%) PBX
9 4 (1.28%) SSL
9 4 (1.28%) VLAN
9 4 (1.28%) VPN
10 3 (0.96%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (8.01%) Oracle Database
1 25 (8.01%) Oracle Reports
2 24 (7.69%) SQL Server
3 19 (6.09%) Oracle Database 10g
4 15 (4.81%) Oracle Database 11g
4 15 (4.81%) SQL Server 2012
4 15 (4.81%) SQL Server 2016
5 9 (2.88%) MongoDB
6 6 (1.92%) MySQL
7 5 (1.60%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.28%) SQL Server 2008
9 3 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.96%) Geospatial Data
10 2 (0.64%) Oracle OWB
11 1 (0.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 1 (0.32%) BigQuery
11 1 (0.32%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 69 (22.12%) Selenium
2 59 (18.91%) Toad
3 55 (17.63%) JIRA
4 44 (14.10%) SoapUI
5 35 (11.22%) Team Foundation Server
6 32 (10.26%) Cucumber
7 27 (8.65%) SpecFlow
8 24 (7.69%) Oracle APEX
9 23 (7.37%) LoadRunner
10 22 (7.05%) HP UFT
11 16 (5.13%) Gatling
11 16 (5.13%) WebDriver
12 15 (4.81%) JMeter
13 13 (4.17%) Ant
13 13 (4.17%) Eclipse
14 12 (3.85%) Jenkins
14 12 (3.85%) TestNG
15 10 (3.21%) Visual Studio
16 8 (2.56%) Git (software)
17 7 (2.24%) Protractor
General
1 44 (14.10%) Finance
2 13 (4.17%) Banking
2 13 (4.17%) Retail
2 13 (4.17%) Telecoms
3 5 (1.60%) Military
4 4 (1.28%) Legal
5 3 (0.96%) Retail Banking
6 2 (0.64%) Billing
6 2 (0.64%) Law
7 1 (0.32%) Automotive
7 1 (0.32%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.32%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 165 (52.88%) Analyst
2 157 (50.32%) Test Analyst
3 62 (19.87%) Tester
4 29 (9.29%) Test Engineer
5 22 (7.05%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 21 (6.73%) Automation Tester
7 19 (6.09%) Test Leader
8 16 (5.13%) Automation Test Analyst
9 15 (4.81%) Test Manager
10 11 (3.53%) Senior Analyst
10 11 (3.53%) Senior Test Analyst
11 10 (3.21%) Test Automation Engineer
12 9 (2.88%) QA Analyst
12 9 (2.88%) SAP Tester
12 9 (2.88%) Test Specialist
13 8 (2.56%) Performance Tester
13 8 (2.56%) SAP Analyst
13 8 (2.56%) SAP Test Analyst
13 8 (2.56%) Selenium Tester
14 7 (2.24%) Unix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (32.37%) XML
2 38 (12.18%) .NET
3 35 (11.22%) Web Services
4 28 (8.97%) SOAP
5 16 (5.13%) HTML
6 9 (2.88%) ASP.NET
6 9 (2.88%) RabbitMQ
6 9 (2.88%) RESTful
7 5 (1.60%) Gherkin
8 2 (0.64%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.64%) JSON
8 2 (0.64%) Nightwatchjs
8 2 (0.64%) WebdriverIO
9 1 (0.32%) Chai
9 1 (0.32%) CSS
9 1 (0.32%) Java EE
9 1 (0.32%) Java SE
9 1 (0.32%) ODBC
9 1 (0.32%) Spring
9 1 (0.32%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 26 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (2.88%) Computer Science
3 7 (2.24%) Mainframe
3 7 (2.24%) Management Information System
4 5 (1.60%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (1.28%) Client/Server
5 4 (1.28%) NHS
5 4 (1.28%) PKI
5 4 (1.28%) Smartphone
6 3 (0.96%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.64%) Analytical Mindset
7 2 (0.64%) Data Centre
7 2 (0.64%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.32%) CAN bus
8 1 (0.32%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.32%) Fintech
8 1 (0.32%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.32%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 118 (37.82%) Windows
2 100 (32.05%) Unix
3 21 (6.73%) Linux
4 19 (6.09%) Windows Server
5 14 (4.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (1.92%) Android
7 6 (1.92%) Apple iOS
8 5 (1.60%) VME
9 4 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.32%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 138 (44.23%) Test Automation
3 119 (38.14%) Agile Software Development
4 99 (31.73%) Software Testing
5 85 (27.24%) Customer Requirements
6 59 (18.91%) Test Strategy
7 56 (17.95%) Scrum
8 48 (15.38%) System Integration Testing
9 36 (11.54%) User Acceptance Testing
10 35 (11.22%) Continuous Integration
10 35 (11.22%) Integration Testing
11 34 (10.90%) API Testing
12 33 (10.58%) Regression Testing
13 31 (9.94%) Performance Testing
14 29 (9.29%) Test Management
15 27 (8.65%) User Stories
15 27 (8.65%) Waterfall
16 26 (8.33%) DevOps
17 25 (8.01%) Stakeholder Management
18 24 (7.69%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 151 (48.40%) SQL
2 120 (38.46%) Java
3 39 (12.50%) C#
4 37 (11.86%) JavaScript
5 14 (4.49%) F#
5 14 (4.49%) VB
6 11 (3.53%) PL/SQL
7 7 (2.24%) Python
8 4 (1.28%) C
9 2 (0.64%) Perl
9 2 (0.64%) Scala
10 1 (0.32%) ANSI SQL
10 1 (0.32%) C++
10 1 (0.32%) Groovy
10 1 (0.32%) Java 8
10 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.32%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 263 (84.29%) ISTQB
2 227 (72.76%) ISEB
3 71 (22.76%) Security Cleared
4 61 (19.55%) SC Cleared
5 20 (6.41%) Degree
5 20 (6.41%) ISEB Practitioner
6 19 (6.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 6 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
8 4 (1.28%) CCNA
8 4 (1.28%) CCNP
8 4 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (0.96%) IIBA
10 2 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.64%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.32%) HNC
11 1 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.32%) MCP
11 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.32%) OCP
11 1 (0.32%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (16.35%) QA
2 1 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.32%) GDPR
2 1 (0.32%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (4.49%) vSphere
2 6 (1.92%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.92%) Docker
3 4 (1.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.64%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.32%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 52 (16.67%) HP ALM
2 29 (9.29%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (1.92%) logstash
3 6 (1.92%) SCCM
4 4 (1.28%) SCOM
5 3 (0.96%) vRealize
6 1 (0.32%) Nessus
Vendors
1 160 (51.28%) Oracle
2 72 (23.08%) webMethods
3 66 (21.15%) HP
4 57 (18.27%) Microsoft
5 38 (12.18%) SAP
6 19 (6.09%) VMware
7 15 (4.81%) Software AG
8 14 (4.49%) Red Hat
9 10 (3.21%) Cisco
10 6 (1.92%) AppDynamics
11 4 (1.28%) Citrix
11 4 (1.28%) LogRhythm
11 4 (1.28%) Lumension
11 4 (1.28%) NetApp
12 3 (0.96%) MuleSoft
13 2 (0.64%) iManage
13 2 (0.64%) Maxymiser
13 2 (0.64%) Salesforce.com
13 2 (0.64%) SolarWinds
14 1 (0.32%) Remedy