Period
to 17 February 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 17 February 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
17 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 655 626 520
Rank change year-on-year -29 -106 +3
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 204 219 400
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.23% 0.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.08% 1.10% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 160 264
UK median daily rate £340 £300 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.24% -10.37% -4.29%
10th Percentile £250 £200 £241
90th Percentile £525 £438 £446
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £300 £325
% change year-on-year +10.00% -7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 7
UK median hourly rate - - £34.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £34.00

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 18,876 19,841 22,364
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.76% 20.68% 20.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,576 12,550 13,628
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £598 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 848 904 1,025
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.18 £12.13 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.71 £27.50 £28.69
% change year-on-year -2.89% -4.15% +47.13%

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 February 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
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 17 February 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 -42 185 £350 +16.67% 64
UK excluding London -16 144 £330 +10.00% 58
South East -29 79 £345 +18.97% 14
London -16 60 £411 +2.81% 12
East of England -24 16 £320 -1.54% 3
Midlands 0 14 £295 -1.67% 11
Scotland -7 11 £250 -25.93% 5
North of England +17 10 £338 +4.65% 17
South West +7 8 £350 +16.67% 7
West Midlands +4 8 £326 -4.04% 7
North West +10 6 £338 +12.50% 7
Wales +8 6 £345 -16.36%
East Midlands -1 6 £263 -15.32% 4
Yorkshire -2 4 £343 +3.40% 8

For the 6 months to 17 February 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.

1 158 (77.45%) ISTQB
2 141 (69.12%) ISEB
3 97 (47.55%) Agile Software Development
4 95 (46.57%) Software Testing
5 92 (45.10%) Test Automation
6 79 (38.73%) Test Scripting
7 70 (34.31%) HP
8 68 (33.33%) SQL
9 57 (27.94%) Selenium
9 57 (27.94%) HP Quality Center
10 56 (27.45%) Regression Testing
11 55 (26.96%) JIRA
12 54 (26.47%) User Acceptance Testing
13 49 (24.02%) Scrum
13 49 (24.02%) Test Strategy
14 45 (22.06%) QA
15 43 (21.08%) Security Cleared
16 42 (20.59%) System Integration Testing
17 36 (17.65%) Finance
18 35 (17.16%) Microsoft
19 33 (16.18%) Scenario Testing
20 32 (15.69%) SDLC
21 31 (15.20%) Java
21 31 (15.20%) Defect Management
21 31 (15.20%) Team Foundation Server
22 30 (14.71%) Microsoft Office
22 30 (14.71%) Windows
23 29 (14.22%) SQL Server
23 29 (14.22%) Functional Testing
24 28 (13.73%) Oracle

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 8 (3.92%) WebLogic
2 7 (3.43%) Confluence
3 6 (2.94%) CMS
4 5 (2.45%) SAS
5 4 (1.96%) Documentum
5 4 (1.96%) SharePoint
6 3 (1.47%) Apache
6 3 (1.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (1.47%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.47%) WebLogic Integration
7 2 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.49%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.49%) JCAPS
8 1 (0.49%) WebSphere
Applications
1 30 (14.71%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (11.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (5.88%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (1.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (1.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.96%) Maximo
1 4 (1.96%) SAP CO
1 4 (1.96%) SAP FI
1 4 (1.96%) SAP FI/CO
1 4 (1.96%) SAP MM
2 2 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.98%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.49%) PeopleSoft CRM
3 1 (0.49%) Postilion
3 1 (0.49%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.49%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.98%) Office 365
3 1 (0.49%) BrowserStack
3 1 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (0.49%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.41%) PuTTY
1 9 (4.41%) WinSCP
2 6 (2.94%) MVNO
3 3 (1.47%) Firewall
3 3 (1.47%) FTP
4 1 (0.49%) ATM
4 1 (0.49%) Internet
4 1 (0.49%) Skype
4 1 (0.49%) SMS
4 1 (0.49%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (14.22%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.88%) Oracle Database
3 8 (3.92%) Oracle Database 10g
3 8 (3.92%) Oracle Database 11g
3 8 (3.92%) SQL Server 2012
3 8 (3.92%) SQL Server 2016
3 8 (3.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.47%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (1.47%) MS Access
6 2 (0.98%) Big Data
6 2 (0.98%) Oracle OWB
6 2 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.49%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.49%) Apache Accumulo
7 1 (0.49%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.49%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.49%) Power BI
7 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 57 (27.94%) Selenium
2 55 (26.96%) JIRA
3 31 (15.20%) Team Foundation Server
4 25 (12.25%) WebDriver
5 21 (10.29%) SoapUI
6 17 (8.33%) LoadRunner
7 16 (7.84%) HP UFT
7 16 (7.84%) Visual Studio
8 14 (6.86%) Zephyr
9 12 (5.88%) Oracle APEX
10 10 (4.90%) JMeter
10 10 (4.90%) SpecFlow
11 9 (4.41%) Ant
11 9 (4.41%) Eclipse
11 9 (4.41%) Protractor
11 9 (4.41%) Selenium IDE
11 9 (4.41%) TeamCity
11 9 (4.41%) TestNG
12 7 (3.43%) Cucumber
13 6 (2.94%) Toad
General
1 36 (17.65%) Finance
2 19 (9.31%) Banking
3 10 (4.90%) Telecoms
4 7 (3.43%) Billing
4 7 (3.43%) Retail Banking
5 6 (2.94%) Retail
6 2 (0.98%) Military
6 2 (0.98%) Publishing
7 1 (0.49%) Back Office
7 1 (0.49%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 117 (57.35%) Analyst
2 108 (52.94%) Test Analyst
3 32 (15.69%) Tester
4 17 (8.33%) Automation Test Analyst
5 14 (6.86%) Test Leader
5 14 (6.86%) Test Manager
6 12 (5.88%) QA Manager
7 11 (5.39%) Test Engineer
8 10 (4.90%) Selenium Test Analyst
8 10 (4.90%) Senior Analyst
8 10 (4.90%) Senior Test Analyst
9 8 (3.92%) QA Engineer
10 7 (3.43%) Automation Tester
10 7 (3.43%) QA Analyst
10 7 (3.43%) Test Automation Engineer
11 6 (2.94%) Digital Analyst
11 6 (2.94%) Manual Test Analyst
11 6 (2.94%) Manual Tester
12 5 (2.45%) Business Analyst
12 5 (2.45%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (11.27%) .NET
2 20 (9.80%) XML
3 8 (3.92%) SOAP
3 8 (3.92%) Web Services
4 7 (3.43%) XSLT
5 5 (2.45%) .NET Framework
5 5 (2.45%) Middleware
6 3 (1.47%) AngularJS
6 3 (1.47%) Gherkin
6 3 (1.47%) HTML
7 2 (0.98%) OLE
8 1 (0.49%) CSS
8 1 (0.49%) IBM Integration Bus
8 1 (0.49%) JSON
8 1 (0.49%) ODBC
8 1 (0.49%) Velocity
8 1 (0.49%) WebdriverIO
8 1 (0.49%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.92%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.43%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (2.94%) Mobile App
4 6 (2.94%) Reference Data
5 4 (1.96%) Client/Server
5 4 (1.96%) MPEG
5 4 (1.96%) N-Tier
5 4 (1.96%) STB
6 3 (1.47%) EPoS
6 3 (1.47%) User Experience
7 2 (0.98%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.49%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.49%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 30 (14.71%) Windows
2 16 (7.84%) Linux
3 14 (6.86%) Unix
4 9 (4.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (3.92%) Windows 10
5 8 (3.92%) Windows Server
6 7 (3.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (3.43%) Windows 7
7 3 (1.47%) HPUX
7 3 (1.47%) SUSE
8 1 (0.49%) Android
8 1 (0.49%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.49%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (47.55%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (46.57%) Software Testing
3 92 (45.10%) Test Automation
4 79 (38.73%) Test Scripting
5 56 (27.45%) Regression Testing
6 54 (26.47%) User Acceptance Testing
7 49 (24.02%) Scrum
7 49 (24.02%) Test Strategy
8 42 (20.59%) System Integration Testing
9 33 (16.18%) Scenario Testing
10 32 (15.69%) SDLC
11 31 (15.20%) Defect Management
12 29 (14.22%) Functional Testing
13 28 (13.73%) Integration Testing
14 24 (11.76%) Migration
14 24 (11.76%) Waterfall
15 23 (11.27%) Defect Tracking
16 22 (10.78%) Performance Testing
16 22 (10.78%) Test Management
17 20 (9.80%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 68 (33.33%) SQL
2 31 (15.20%) Java
3 18 (8.82%) C#
4 14 (6.86%) Python
5 13 (6.37%) JavaScript
6 10 (4.90%) C++
7 9 (4.41%) F#
7 9 (4.41%) T-SQL
8 5 (2.45%) VB.NET
8 5 (2.45%) VBScript
9 3 (1.47%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 3 (1.47%) VB
10 2 (0.98%) Groovy
10 2 (0.98%) Ruby
11 1 (0.49%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.49%) C
11 1 (0.49%) Perl
Qualifications
1 158 (77.45%) ISTQB
2 141 (69.12%) ISEB
3 43 (21.08%) Security Cleared
4 26 (12.75%) Degree
5 21 (10.29%) SC Cleared
6 13 (6.37%) BPSS Clearance
6 13 (6.37%) DV Cleared
6 13 (6.37%) ISEB Practitioner
7 2 (0.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.49%) CCNA
8 1 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.49%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (22.06%) QA
2 2 (0.98%) PMO
3 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.49%) GDPR
3 1 (0.49%) HL7
System Software
1 8 (3.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (3.43%) vSphere
3 2 (0.98%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.49%) Docker
Systems Management
1 57 (27.94%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.45%) SCCM
3 2 (0.98%) Puppet
4 1 (0.49%) vMotion
Vendors
1 70 (34.31%) HP
2 35 (17.16%) Microsoft
3 28 (13.73%) Oracle
4 16 (7.84%) VMware
5 12 (5.88%) webMethods
6 10 (4.90%) SAP
7 8 (3.92%) Atlassian
8 7 (3.43%) Red Hat
8 7 (3.43%) Software AG
9 3 (1.47%) TIBCO
10 2 (0.98%) EMC
10 2 (0.98%) Informatica
10 2 (0.98%) MicroStrategy
10 2 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (0.98%) Teradata
11 1 (0.49%) Avaya
11 1 (0.49%) Cisco
11 1 (0.49%) Google
11 1 (0.49%) IBM
11 1 (0.49%) PeopleSoft