Period
to 27 January 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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 480 603 626
Rank change year-on-year +123 +23 +72
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 118 143 272
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.20% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.21% 0.94% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 82 142
Median daily rate £382 £360 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.11% +1.41% +7.58%
10th Percentile £309 £313 £305
90th Percentile £500 £522 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £375
% change year-on-year +4.17% -4.00% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 3
Median hourly rate - £47.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.51% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £47.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +88.00% -

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 9,739 15,265 18,858
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.73% 21.34% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,374 9,844 11,587
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.49%
10th Percentile £276 £256 £256
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 508 633 844
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +20.75% +12.77%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £37.91 £27.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year +37.86% +3.77% +6.00%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 +144 107 £382 +5.38% 10
UK excluding London +125 89 £375 +4.17% 12
Midlands +72 40 £360 - 1
West Midlands +60 40 £360 - 1
Work from Home - 37 £370 - 2
South East +115 32 £420 +10.31% 3
London +98 12 £445 +22.76% 2
East of England +73 10 £325 -12.52%
North of England +72 3 £425 +19.72% 4
North West +57 3 £425 - 3
South West +79 2 £488 +14.71%
Scotland +40 1 - - 3
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 111 (94.07%) ISTQB
2 74 (62.71%) ISEB
3 65 (55.08%) Agile Software Development
4 60 (50.85%) Test Automation
5 57 (48.31%) JIRA
6 56 (47.46%) SQL
7 52 (44.07%) QA
7 52 (44.07%) Test Scripting
8 49 (41.53%) Customer Requirements
9 46 (38.98%) Windows
10 43 (36.44%) XML
10 43 (36.44%) Oracle
11 40 (33.90%) Java
12 39 (33.05%) Unix
13 37 (31.36%) Security Cleared
14 36 (30.51%) Public Sector
15 31 (26.27%) Confluence
15 31 (26.27%) Cucumber
16 30 (25.42%) Scrum
17 28 (23.73%) SAP
18 27 (22.88%) Microsoft
18 27 (22.88%) SC Cleared
18 27 (22.88%) Selenium
19 26 (22.03%) API Testing
19 26 (22.03%) Defect Management
20 24 (20.34%) Postman
21 23 (19.49%) Test Strategy
21 23 (19.49%) JMeter
22 21 (17.80%) Software Testing
23 19 (16.10%) Toad

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 31 (26.27%) Confluence
2 19 (16.10%) WebLogic
3 3 (2.54%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (2.54%) IIS
3 3 (2.54%) Mule
3 3 (2.54%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.54%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 17 (14.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.54%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 12 (10.17%) SAP FI-CA
2 10 (8.47%) SAP PSCD
3 7 (5.93%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (2.54%) SAP HCM
5 2 (1.69%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.85%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 16 (13.56%) Azure
2 9 (7.63%) AWS
3 5 (4.24%) Tricentis Tosca
4 4 (3.39%) GitHub
5 3 (2.54%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.69%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.85%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.85%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.85%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.85%) npm
7 1 (0.85%) NuGet
7 1 (0.85%) Office 365
7 1 (0.85%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.39%) PuTTY
1 4 (3.39%) WinSCP
2 2 (1.69%) Intrusion Detection
2 2 (1.69%) Network Security
3 1 (0.85%) DVB
3 1 (0.85%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.85%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (10.17%) MySQL
2 10 (8.47%) Pentaho
2 10 (8.47%) SQL Server
3 9 (7.63%) MongoDB
4 8 (6.78%) Oracle Database
5 4 (3.39%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (3.39%) Relational Database
6 3 (2.54%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.69%) Apache Hive
7 2 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.69%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.85%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 57 (48.31%) JIRA
2 31 (26.27%) Cucumber
3 27 (22.88%) Selenium
4 24 (20.34%) Postman
5 23 (19.49%) JMeter
6 19 (16.10%) Toad
7 18 (15.25%) SoapUI
8 17 (14.41%) Jenkins
9 11 (9.32%) Git (software)
10 10 (8.47%) Gatling
11 8 (6.78%) LoadRunner
12 6 (5.08%) NeoLoad
12 6 (5.08%) REST Assured
12 6 (5.08%) SpecFlow
13 5 (4.24%) SilkPerformer
13 5 (4.24%) WebLOAD
14 4 (3.39%) Bitbucket
14 4 (3.39%) Visual Studio
14 4 (3.39%) WebDriver
15 3 (2.54%) eggPlant
General
1 36 (30.51%) Public Sector
2 4 (3.39%) Telecoms
3 3 (2.54%) Finance
4 1 (0.85%) Advertising
4 1 (0.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 47 (39.83%) Analyst
1 47 (39.83%) Test Analyst
2 31 (26.27%) Tester
3 14 (11.86%) Automation Tester
4 12 (10.17%) Test Manager
5 11 (9.32%) SAP Analyst
5 11 (9.32%) SAP Test Analyst
6 8 (6.78%) Test Engineer
7 7 (5.93%) QA Analyst
7 7 (5.93%) QA Test Analyst
8 5 (4.24%) Performance Tester
8 5 (4.24%) Test Leader
9 4 (3.39%) Lead Tester
9 4 (3.39%) QA Tester
9 4 (3.39%) Software Engineer
9 4 (3.39%) Test Specialist
10 3 (2.54%) Salesforce Specialist
10 3 (2.54%) Security Specialist
10 3 (2.54%) SharePoint Specialist
10 3 (2.54%) Test Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (36.44%) XML
2 16 (13.56%) SOAP
3 15 (12.71%) JSON
4 12 (10.17%) WireMock
5 11 (9.32%) RabbitMQ
6 10 (8.47%) Web Services
7 8 (6.78%) Spring
7 8 (6.78%) Spring Boot
8 7 (5.93%) REST
9 4 (3.39%) .NET
10 3 (2.54%) Swagger
11 2 (1.69%) .NET Framework
11 2 (1.69%) ASP.NET
11 2 (1.69%) CSS
11 2 (1.69%) HTML
11 2 (1.69%) Mongoose
11 2 (1.69%) React Native
11 2 (1.69%) RESTful
11 2 (1.69%) WCF
12 1 (0.85%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.78%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.24%) Smart Meter
3 3 (2.54%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.69%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.85%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.85%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.85%) NHS
5 1 (0.85%) PMI
5 1 (0.85%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (0.85%) Video on Demand
5 1 (0.85%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 46 (38.98%) Windows
2 39 (33.05%) Unix
3 13 (11.02%) Linux
4 5 (4.24%) Android
4 5 (4.24%) Apple iOS
5 3 (2.54%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.85%) AIX
6 1 (0.85%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (55.08%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (50.85%) Test Automation
3 52 (44.07%) Test Scripting
4 49 (41.53%) Customer Requirements
5 30 (25.42%) Scrum
6 26 (22.03%) API Testing
6 26 (22.03%) Defect Management
7 23 (19.49%) Test Strategy
8 21 (17.80%) Software Testing
9 18 (15.25%) Microservices
10 16 (13.56%) Open Source
10 16 (13.56%) SDLC
11 15 (12.71%) BDD
11 15 (12.71%) Validation
12 13 (11.02%) DevOps
12 13 (11.02%) ETL
12 13 (11.02%) Integration Testing
12 13 (11.02%) Performance Testing
12 13 (11.02%) Scenario Testing
13 12 (10.17%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 56 (47.46%) SQL
2 40 (33.90%) Java
3 16 (13.56%) C#
4 15 (12.71%) JavaScript
5 12 (10.17%) PL/SQL
6 6 (5.08%) VB
7 2 (1.69%) Apple Swift
7 2 (1.69%) Kotlin
7 2 (1.69%) Objective-C
7 2 (1.69%) Python
8 1 (0.85%) C
8 1 (0.85%) C++
8 1 (0.85%) ES6
8 1 (0.85%) Groovy
8 1 (0.85%) Perl
8 1 (0.85%) R
8 1 (0.85%) Scala
Qualifications
1 111 (94.07%) ISTQB
2 74 (62.71%) ISEB
3 37 (31.36%) Security Cleared
4 27 (22.88%) SC Cleared
5 7 (5.93%) DV Cleared
6 5 (4.24%) Degree
7 4 (3.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (2.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (1.69%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (1.69%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.85%) MCP
10 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.85%) OCP
10 1 (0.85%) Oracle Certification
10 1 (0.85%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.85%) PMP
10 1 (0.85%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (44.07%) QA
2 5 (4.24%) SLA
3 2 (1.69%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.85%) WCAG
System Software
1 8 (6.78%) Docker
2 4 (3.39%) Active Directory
3 3 (2.54%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.69%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 7 (5.93%) HP ALM
2 5 (4.24%) Kubernetes
3 4 (3.39%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (1.69%) Rancher
5 1 (0.85%) Ansible
5 1 (0.85%) Nessus
5 1 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.85%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 43 (36.44%) Oracle
2 28 (23.73%) SAP
3 27 (22.88%) Microsoft
4 17 (14.41%) webMethods
5 7 (5.93%) HP
5 7 (5.93%) Salesforce.com
6 6 (5.08%) MuleSoft
7 3 (2.54%) Xamarin
8 2 (1.69%) BT
8 2 (1.69%) Dell
9 1 (0.85%) CheckPoint
9 1 (0.85%) Delphix
9 1 (0.85%) New Relic
9 1 (0.85%) Omniture
9 1 (0.85%) Pega
9 1 (0.85%) Splunk