Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 663 646 517
Rank change year-on-year -17 -129 -11
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 233 257 421
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.25% 0.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.21% 1.21% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 176 289
UK median daily rate £325 £300 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -9.77% -4.66%
10th Percentile £243 £195 £231
90th Percentile £513 £438 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £328
% change year-on-year +8.33% -8.57% -5.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
UK median hourly rate - £33.50 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.35% +27.27%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £33.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year - +6.35% +27.27%

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 19325 21182 22510
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 20.50% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11873 13248 13640
UK median daily rate £425 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.16% +4.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £221 £239 £247
90th Percentile £603 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.65% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 883 859 1075
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.24 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.15 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +7.48% +32.21%

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 12 December 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
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 12 December 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 -35 206 £325 +8.33% 25
UK excluding London -9 168 £325 +8.33% 19
South East -16 86 £330 +10.00% 2
London 0 65 £350 +7.69% 9
East of England -10 17 £308 -12.14% 1
Midlands +18 15 £280 -11.81% 2
South West +6 14 £410 +46.43% 4
Scotland -10 14 £250 -16.67% 2
North of England +40 12 £310 -1.98% 7
Wales +7 11 £310 -11.43% 1
North West +18 10 £300 -11.76% 5
West Midlands +11 10 £320 -15.79% 1
East Midlands -3 5 £280 -9.68% 1
North East +63 1 £325 +4.00% 1
Yorkshire +17 1 £310 +10.71% 1

For the 6 months to 12 December 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.

1 178 (76.39%) ISTQB
2 169 (72.53%) ISEB
3 112 (48.07%) Agile Software Development
4 107 (45.92%) Software Testing
5 96 (41.20%) Test Automation
6 78 (33.48%) Test Scripting
7 72 (30.90%) HP
8 68 (29.18%) SQL
9 66 (28.33%) JIRA
10 58 (24.89%) User Acceptance Testing
11 54 (23.18%) HP Quality Center
12 50 (21.46%) Security Cleared
13 45 (19.31%) Test Strategy
14 44 (18.88%) QA
14 44 (18.88%) Degree
14 44 (18.88%) Regression Testing
15 42 (18.03%) Selenium
16 41 (17.60%) Functional Testing
17 36 (15.45%) SDLC
18 35 (15.02%) System Integration Testing
18 35 (15.02%) Scrum
18 35 (15.02%) SQL Server
19 34 (14.59%) Scenario Testing
19 34 (14.59%) Waterfall
20 33 (14.16%) Windows
21 32 (13.73%) Microsoft
22 31 (13.30%) Microsoft Excel
23 30 (12.88%) Oracle
23 30 (12.88%) Java
24 29 (12.45%) Finance

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 (3.43%) Confluence
2 7 (3.00%) WebLogic
3 6 (2.58%) CMS
4 5 (2.15%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.29%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (1.29%) Documentum
5 3 (1.29%) JCAPS
5 3 (1.29%) SAS
5 3 (1.29%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.43%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.43%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 31 (13.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 28 (12.02%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (6.01%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.29%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.29%) Maximo
1 3 (1.29%) SAP CO
1 3 (1.29%) SAP FI
1 3 (1.29%) SAP FI/CO
1 3 (1.29%) SAP MM
2 2 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.43%) PeopleSoft CRM
3 1 (0.43%) Postilion
3 1 (0.43%) Primavera
3 1 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 11 (4.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.29%) Office 365
3 1 (0.43%) BrowserStack
3 1 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (3.86%) LTE
1 9 (3.86%) PuTTY
1 9 (3.86%) WinSCP
2 8 (3.43%) 4G
2 8 (3.43%) Wireless
3 5 (2.15%) Internet
3 5 (2.15%) LAN
3 5 (2.15%) POP3
3 5 (2.15%) SMTP
3 5 (2.15%) TCP/IP
3 5 (2.15%) WAN
4 3 (1.29%) SMS
4 3 (1.29%) Wireshark
5 2 (0.86%) NetScaler
6 1 (0.43%) ATM
6 1 (0.43%) Firewall
6 1 (0.43%) MVNO
6 1 (0.43%) Skype
6 1 (0.43%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (15.02%) SQL Server
2 11 (4.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (3.86%) Oracle Database
4 8 (3.43%) Oracle Database 10g
4 8 (3.43%) Oracle Database 11g
4 8 (3.43%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (3.43%) SQL Server 2016
5 7 (3.00%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.29%) Big Data
6 3 (1.29%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (0.86%) Power BI
8 1 (0.43%) Data Mart
8 1 (0.43%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.43%) HBase
8 1 (0.43%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.43%) Oracle BI EE
8 1 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 66 (28.33%) JIRA
2 42 (18.03%) Selenium
3 27 (11.59%) SoapUI
4 19 (8.15%) LoadRunner
5 18 (7.73%) HP UFT
6 17 (7.30%) Team Foundation Server
6 17 (7.30%) WebDriver
7 14 (6.01%) Zephyr
8 12 (5.15%) Selenium IDE
9 11 (4.72%) JMeter
10 10 (4.29%) Oracle APEX
10 10 (4.29%) SpecFlow
11 9 (3.86%) Ant
11 9 (3.86%) Eclipse
11 9 (3.86%) TestNG
11 9 (3.86%) Visual Studio
12 8 (3.43%) Jenkins
13 6 (2.58%) TestRail
13 6 (2.58%) Toad
14 5 (2.15%) Cucumber
General
1 29 (12.45%) Finance
2 17 (7.30%) Banking
3 12 (5.15%) Telecoms
4 9 (3.86%) Retail
5 7 (3.00%) Retail Banking
6 6 (2.58%) Legal
7 4 (1.72%) Publishing
8 2 (0.86%) Back Office
8 2 (0.86%) Games
8 2 (0.86%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.86%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.86%) Military
9 1 (0.43%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.43%) Automotive
9 1 (0.43%) Billing
9 1 (0.43%) Marketing
9 1 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 139 (59.66%) Analyst
2 123 (52.79%) Test Analyst
3 31 (13.30%) Tester
4 19 (8.15%) Senior Analyst
5 17 (7.30%) Senior Test Analyst
5 17 (7.30%) Test Engineer
6 14 (6.01%) Test Manager
7 12 (5.15%) QA Manager
7 12 (5.15%) Test Leader
8 10 (4.29%) Automation Test Analyst
9 9 (3.86%) QA Analyst
9 9 (3.86%) Test Automation Engineer
10 8 (3.43%) Business Analyst
10 8 (3.43%) Performance Analyst
10 8 (3.43%) Performance Test Analyst
11 7 (3.00%) Digital Analyst
11 7 (3.00%) QA Engineer
12 6 (2.58%) Manual Tester
13 5 (2.15%) QA Tester
13 5 (2.15%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (10.30%) XML
2 18 (7.73%) .NET
3 13 (5.58%) SOAP
4 10 (4.29%) XSLT
5 9 (3.86%) Web Services
6 4 (1.72%) Gherkin
6 4 (1.72%) Middleware
7 3 (1.29%) IBM Integration Bus
7 3 (1.29%) JSON
8 2 (0.86%) HTML
8 2 (0.86%) OLE
8 2 (0.86%) Velocity
9 1 (0.43%) Kafka
9 1 (0.43%) LAMP
9 1 (0.43%) ODBC
9 1 (0.43%) REST
9 1 (0.43%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.44%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (3.86%) Mobile App
3 8 (3.43%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.58%) User Experience
5 5 (2.15%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.15%) NHS
5 5 (2.15%) Reference Data
6 4 (1.72%) Client/Server
6 4 (1.72%) Data Centre
6 4 (1.72%) STB
7 2 (0.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 2 (0.86%) MPEG
7 2 (0.86%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.43%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.43%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.43%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 33 (14.16%) Windows
2 19 (8.15%) Unix
3 15 (6.44%) Linux
4 8 (3.43%) Windows 10
4 8 (3.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (3.00%) Windows Server
6 5 (2.15%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.43%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (48.07%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (45.92%) Software Testing
3 96 (41.20%) Test Automation
4 78 (33.48%) Test Scripting
5 58 (24.89%) User Acceptance Testing
6 45 (19.31%) Test Strategy
7 44 (18.88%) Regression Testing
8 41 (17.60%) Functional Testing
9 36 (15.45%) SDLC
10 35 (15.02%) Scrum
10 35 (15.02%) System Integration Testing
11 34 (14.59%) Scenario Testing
11 34 (14.59%) Waterfall
12 29 (12.45%) Test Management
13 27 (11.59%) Defect Management
13 27 (11.59%) Migration
14 25 (10.73%) User Stories
15 24 (10.30%) ITIL
15 24 (10.30%) Test Planning
16 22 (9.44%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 68 (29.18%) SQL
2 30 (12.88%) Java
3 17 (7.30%) Python
4 11 (4.72%) C++
5 9 (3.86%) F#
6 8 (3.43%) C#
7 7 (3.00%) T-SQL
7 7 (3.00%) VBScript
8 6 (2.58%) JavaScript
9 5 (2.15%) VB.NET
10 4 (1.72%) Groovy
11 2 (0.86%) C
11 2 (0.86%) Ruby
11 2 (0.86%) VB
12 1 (0.43%) PHP
12 1 (0.43%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.43%) R
Qualifications
1 178 (76.39%) ISTQB
2 169 (72.53%) ISEB
3 50 (21.46%) Security Cleared
4 44 (18.88%) Degree
5 23 (9.87%) SC Cleared
6 15 (6.44%) BPSS Clearance
7 13 (5.58%) DV Cleared
8 10 (4.29%) ISEB Practitioner
9 5 (2.15%) CCA
9 5 (2.15%) CCAA
9 5 (2.15%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (1.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 1 (0.43%) Computer Science Degree
11 1 (0.43%) IIBA
11 1 (0.43%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (18.88%) QA
2 4 (1.72%) PMO
3 3 (1.29%) GDPR
3 3 (1.29%) HL7
4 2 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.43%) Data Quality
System Software
1 9 (3.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (3.00%) vSphere
3 3 (1.29%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.29%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.86%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (0.86%) VirtualBox
4 2 (0.86%) XenApp
4 2 (0.86%) XenServer
5 1 (0.43%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 54 (23.18%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (3.00%) SCCM
3 2 (0.86%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.43%) Puppet
Vendors
1 72 (30.90%) HP
2 32 (13.73%) Microsoft
3 30 (12.88%) Oracle
4 19 (8.15%) VMware
5 12 (5.15%) webMethods
6 11 (4.72%) Atlassian
6 11 (4.72%) Motorola
7 8 (3.43%) SAP
8 7 (3.00%) Red Hat
8 7 (3.00%) Software AG
9 5 (2.15%) Citrix
10 4 (1.72%) IBM
11 3 (1.29%) Fiorano
11 3 (1.29%) InterSystems
11 3 (1.29%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (1.29%) Siebel
12 2 (0.86%) EMC
12 2 (0.86%) Informatica
12 2 (0.86%) MicroStrategy
12 2 (0.86%) Teradata