Period
to 18 May 2021

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 18 May 2021 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
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 591 529 651
Rank change year-on-year -62 +122 +34
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 104 117 214
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.24% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.88% 1.03% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 73 111
10th Percentile £315 £323 £300
25th Percentile £360 £360 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £382 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year -4.50% +6.67% +7.14%
75th Percentile £445 £468 £434
90th Percentile £518 £550 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £382 £382 £375
% change year-on-year +0.13% +1.73% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 6
Median hourly rate - £47.49 £36.00
Median % change year-on-year - +31.90% +71.43%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £47.49 £36.00
% change year-on-year - +31.90% +71.43%

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 11,758 11,399 17,592
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.52% 23.06% 19.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,702 7,320 11,054
10th Percentile £305 £263 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £475 £470
Median % change year-on-year +2.63% +1.06% +4.44%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £563
90th Percentile £655 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £440
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +7.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 554 462 743
10th Percentile £14.47 £14.75 £12.61
25th Percentile £19.03 £18.00 £16.89
Median hourly rate £37.50 £30.03 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +24.90% +0.08% +39.53%
75th Percentile £50.21 £49.19 £46.19
90th Percentile £61.88 £57.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.47 £25.50 £28.53
% change year-on-year +35.19% -10.62% +35.86%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ISTQB Foundation Certification as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification over the 6 months to 18 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification.

Hourly rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 13 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 18 May 2021. 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 -44 85 £400 - 15
UK excluding London +20 73 £382 +0.13% 13
Work from Home -217 47 £375 -11.76% 4
West Midlands +6 30 £360 - 6
Midlands +3 30 £360 - 7
South East +18 26 £413 +5.57%
London -44 10 £420 -17.65% 2
South West +40 6 £525 +13.51% 1
North of England +25 5 £495 +23.75% 3
Scotland -15 4 £425 +41.67% 1
North West +14 3 £495 +8.79% 1
East of England +21 2 - - 1
North East +18 2 £326 -8.10%

For the 6 months to 18 May 2021, 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 87 (83.65%) ISTQB
2 65 (62.50%) ISEB
3 63 (60.58%) Test Automation
4 61 (58.65%) Agile Software Development
5 57 (54.81%) JIRA
5 57 (54.81%) Software Testing
6 52 (50.00%) QA
7 50 (48.08%) SQL
8 42 (40.38%) Social Skills
9 34 (32.69%) Test Scripting
10 33 (31.73%) Oracle
11 31 (29.81%) XML
12 30 (28.85%) Windows
12 30 (28.85%) Public Sector
13 29 (27.88%) SAP
14 28 (26.92%) Defect Management
15 27 (25.96%) Selenium
16 26 (25.00%) Postman
17 25 (24.04%) Azure
17 25 (24.04%) Unix
18 24 (23.08%) Java
18 24 (23.08%) SoapUI
19 23 (22.12%) DevOps
20 22 (21.15%) HP ALM
20 22 (21.15%) Security Cleared
20 22 (21.15%) HP
21 21 (20.19%) JMeter
22 20 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
22 20 (19.23%) Confluence
23 19 (18.27%) Waterfall

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 20 (19.23%) Confluence
2 6 (5.77%) WebLogic
3 3 (2.88%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.92%) Apache
4 2 (1.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (1.92%) Tomcat
4 2 (1.92%) WebLogic Integration
5 1 (0.96%) Mule
Applications
1 11 (10.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 14 (13.46%) SAP FI-CA
1 14 (13.46%) SAP PSCD
2 8 (7.69%) SAP HCM
3 2 (1.92%) Sage CRM
3 2 (1.92%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.96%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.96%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.96%) SAP IS-U
4 1 (0.96%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 25 (24.04%) Azure
2 8 (7.69%) SuccessFactors
3 7 (6.73%) GitHub
4 6 (5.77%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (5.77%) Serverless
5 5 (4.81%) AWS
6 4 (3.85%) Tricentis Tosca
7 2 (1.92%) Azure Cosmos DB
7 2 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.92%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (1.92%) IaaS
7 2 (1.92%) NuGet
7 2 (1.92%) OpenShift
7 2 (1.92%) PaaS
7 2 (1.92%) SaaS
8 1 (0.96%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.96%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.96%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.96%) GCP
8 1 (0.96%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 12 (11.54%) 2G
1 12 (11.54%) 3G
1 12 (11.54%) 4G
1 12 (11.54%) 5G
1 12 (11.54%) GSM
1 12 (11.54%) SCCP
1 12 (11.54%) UMTS
2 8 (7.69%) HTTP
3 7 (6.73%) tcpdump
3 7 (6.73%) Wireshark
4 6 (5.77%) 3GPP
4 6 (5.77%) GPRS
4 6 (5.77%) INAP
4 6 (5.77%) LTE
4 6 (5.77%) SCTP
4 6 (5.77%) SIGTRAN
4 6 (5.77%) SMPP
4 6 (5.77%) SS7
4 6 (5.77%) TCAP
4 6 (5.77%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (15.38%) Oracle Database
2 13 (12.50%) MySQL
3 12 (11.54%) SQL Server
4 5 (4.81%) MongoDB
4 5 (4.81%) Relational Database
5 4 (3.85%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.92%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (1.92%) MS Access
6 2 (1.92%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.96%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.96%) Big Data
7 1 (0.96%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.96%) Power BI
7 1 (0.96%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 57 (54.81%) JIRA
2 27 (25.96%) Selenium
3 26 (25.00%) Postman
4 24 (23.08%) SoapUI
5 21 (20.19%) JMeter
6 17 (16.35%) Cucumber
7 15 (14.42%) Gatling
8 12 (11.54%) Jenkins
9 11 (10.58%) LoadRunner
10 10 (9.62%) Git (software)
10 10 (9.62%) SpecFlow
11 8 (7.69%) NeoLoad
12 7 (6.73%) SilkPerformer
12 7 (6.73%) WebLOAD
13 6 (5.77%) Burp Suite
13 6 (5.77%) Maven
13 6 (5.77%) REST Assured
14 5 (4.81%) Bitbucket
14 5 (4.81%) Toad
15 4 (3.85%) Subversion
General
1 42 (40.38%) Social Skills
2 30 (28.85%) Public Sector
3 16 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (11.54%) Telecoms
5 8 (7.69%) Presentation Skills
6 5 (4.81%) Influencing Skills
7 3 (2.88%) Finance
8 1 (0.96%) Advertising
8 1 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 47 (45.19%) Analyst
2 45 (43.27%) Test Analyst
3 30 (28.85%) Tester
4 12 (11.54%) Automation Tester
4 12 (11.54%) Test Manager
5 11 (10.58%) SAP Analyst
5 11 (10.58%) SAP Test Analyst
6 10 (9.62%) QA Analyst
7 9 (8.65%) Test Leader
8 8 (7.69%) Performance Tester
8 8 (7.69%) QA Test Analyst
9 6 (5.77%) Lead Tester
9 6 (5.77%) Network Analyst
10 5 (4.81%) Automation Test Analyst
10 5 (4.81%) Telecoms Analyst
10 5 (4.81%) Telecoms Test Analyst
10 5 (4.81%) Test Engineer
11 3 (2.88%) Developer
11 3 (2.88%) Senior Analyst
11 3 (2.88%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (29.81%) XML
2 18 (17.31%) JSON
3 15 (14.42%) SOAP
4 7 (6.73%) REST
5 6 (5.77%) OAuth
5 6 (5.77%) OAuth2
5 6 (5.77%) Swagger
6 5 (4.81%) .NET
6 5 (4.81%) RESTful
7 3 (2.88%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.88%) Node.js
8 2 (1.92%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (1.92%) Web Services
8 2 (1.92%) WireMock
9 1 (0.96%) Apache Cordova
9 1 (0.96%) Chai
9 1 (0.96%) Enzyme
9 1 (0.96%) Jest
9 1 (0.96%) Mongoose
9 1 (0.96%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.73%) Smart Meter
2 5 (4.81%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (3.85%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.88%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.92%) NHS
5 2 (1.92%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.96%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.96%) PMI
6 1 (0.96%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 30 (28.85%) Windows
2 25 (24.04%) Unix
3 6 (5.77%) Linux
4 2 (1.92%) HPUX
4 2 (1.92%) SUSE
5 1 (0.96%) AIX
5 1 (0.96%) Android
5 1 (0.96%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (60.58%) Test Automation
2 61 (58.65%) Agile Software Development
3 57 (54.81%) Software Testing
4 34 (32.69%) Test Scripting
5 28 (26.92%) Defect Management
6 23 (22.12%) DevOps
7 20 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
8 19 (18.27%) Performance Testing
8 19 (18.27%) Regression Testing
8 19 (18.27%) Scrum
8 19 (18.27%) Waterfall
9 17 (16.35%) Open Source
9 17 (16.35%) Test Management
10 15 (14.42%) Customer Requirements
11 14 (13.46%) Problem-Solving
11 14 (13.46%) Scenario Testing
12 13 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
13 12 (11.54%) API Testing
13 12 (11.54%) Manual Testing
14 11 (10.58%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 50 (48.08%) SQL
2 24 (23.08%) Java
3 19 (18.27%) C#
4 15 (14.42%) PL/SQL
5 12 (11.54%) JavaScript
6 11 (10.58%) VB
7 3 (2.88%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.92%) C
8 2 (1.92%) C++
8 2 (1.92%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 2 (1.92%) Python
8 2 (1.92%) VBA
8 2 (1.92%) VBScript
9 1 (0.96%) Apple Swift
9 1 (0.96%) ES6
9 1 (0.96%) Kotlin
9 1 (0.96%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.96%) Perl
9 1 (0.96%) R
Qualifications
1 87 (83.65%) ISTQB
2 65 (62.50%) ISEB
3 22 (21.15%) Security Cleared
4 12 (11.54%) SC Cleared
5 6 (5.77%) Degree
6 4 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (3.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (2.88%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.92%) Master's Degree
8 2 (1.92%) MCP
8 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.92%) OCP
8 2 (1.92%) Oracle Certification
8 2 (1.92%) SAP Certification
9 1 (0.96%) HNC
9 1 (0.96%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.96%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.96%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (50.00%) QA
2 7 (6.73%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (5.77%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.85%) Docker
3 1 (0.96%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 22 (21.15%) HP ALM
2 10 (9.62%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (2.88%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.96%) Ansible
4 1 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.96%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 33 (31.73%) Oracle
2 29 (27.88%) SAP
3 22 (21.15%) HP
4 19 (18.27%) Microsoft
5 4 (3.85%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (2.88%) Micro Focus
6 3 (2.88%) webMethods
6 3 (2.88%) Xamarin
7 2 (1.92%) Blue Prism
7 2 (1.92%) Dell
7 2 (1.92%) Sage
7 2 (1.92%) Splunk
7 2 (1.92%) TIBCO
8 1 (0.96%) Delphix
8 1 (0.96%) Google
8 1 (0.96%) MuleSoft
8 1 (0.96%) New Relic
8 1 (0.96%) Omniture