Period
to 23 January 2022

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 23 January 2022 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
23 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 618 486 608
Rank change year-on-year -132 +122 +22
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 223 119 147
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.29% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.35% 1.26% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 95 85
10th Percentile £298 £308 £313
25th Percentile £383 £350 £345
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £383 £360
Median % change year-on-year +10.97% +6.39% +1.41%
75th Percentile £500 £475 £438
90th Percentile £575 £508 £522
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £381 £360
% change year-on-year +6.30% +5.83% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 6
10th Percentile - - £22.80
25th Percentile - - £30.01
Median hourly rate £35.00 - £47.00
75th Percentile - - £47.73
90th Percentile - - £47.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £47.00
% change year-on-year - - +95.83%

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 16,477 9,466 15,456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.12% 22.77% 21.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,761 6,242 9,961
10th Percentile £313 £275 £256
25th Percentile £415 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £619 £563 £556
90th Percentile £700 £650 £640
UK excluding London median daily rate £483 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +7.22% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 647 500 643
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.04 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.71 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.73 £40.25 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -1.30% +23.85% +22.84%
75th Percentile £54.00 £53.75 £49.19
90th Percentile £65.85 £64.55 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.25 £29.86
% change year-on-year -5.88% +28.12% +12.66%

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 23 January 2022.

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 16 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 23 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -124 177 £420 +9.66% 35
UK excluding London -78 130 £405 +6.30% 30
Work from Home -123 64 £426 +15.14% 3
London -140 51 £483 +7.22% 9
South East -48 43 £413 -6.25% 4
Midlands -63 37 £405 +12.50% 6
West Midlands -63 34 £405 +12.50% 5
South West -37 14 £475 -2.56% 7
North of England -45 14 £350 -17.65% 6
Scotland -36 9 £425 - 4
Wales - 9 £325 - 1
North West -47 8 £288 -32.35% 3
Yorkshire - 5 £405 - 3
East of England -55 4 £419 +31.81% 2
East Midlands - 3 £500 - 1
North East - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 January 2022, 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.

1 213 (95.52%) ISTQB
2 122 (54.71%) JIRA
3 109 (48.88%) Test Automation
4 104 (46.64%) ISEB
5 101 (45.29%) Agile Software Development
6 100 (44.84%) Software Testing
7 97 (43.50%) Test Scripting
8 87 (39.01%) Selenium
8 87 (39.01%) Oracle
9 79 (35.43%) QA
10 75 (33.63%) Social Skills
11 74 (33.18%) Java
12 65 (29.15%) SQL
13 61 (27.35%) User Acceptance Testing
14 59 (26.46%) Cucumber
15 58 (26.01%) Security Cleared
16 57 (25.56%) Customer Requirements
17 51 (22.87%) Windows
18 50 (22.42%) Unix
19 49 (21.97%) Defect Management
20 47 (21.08%) DevOps
20 47 (21.08%) Test Management
21 46 (20.63%) XML
22 45 (20.18%) SC Cleared
22 45 (20.18%) Confluence
22 45 (20.18%) Test Strategy
23 42 (18.83%) Scrum
24 39 (17.49%) Finance
24 39 (17.49%) SAP
25 37 (16.59%) Public Sector

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 45 (20.18%) Confluence
2 33 (14.80%) WebLogic
3 3 (1.35%) Apache
3 3 (1.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (1.35%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.35%) Tomcat
3 3 (1.35%) WebLogic Integration
4 2 (0.90%) Mule
5 1 (0.45%) CMS
Applications
1 21 (9.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (4.48%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.90%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 15 (6.73%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (6.28%) SAP FI-CA
2 14 (6.28%) SAP PSCD
3 6 (2.69%) SAP HCM
4 5 (2.24%) SAP S/4HANA
5 3 (1.35%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (1.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.90%) Maximo
6 2 (0.90%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.45%) Oracle CRM
7 1 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.45%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.45%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 33 (14.80%) Azure
2 12 (5.38%) GitHub
3 10 (4.48%) Power Platform
4 8 (3.59%) AWS
4 8 (3.59%) Power Automate
4 8 (3.59%) PowerApps
4 8 (3.59%) SuccessFactors
5 7 (3.14%) BrowserStack
5 7 (3.14%) Dynamics 365
5 7 (3.14%) Sauce Labs
6 4 (1.79%) NuGet
6 4 (1.79%) PaaS
6 4 (1.79%) SaaS
7 3 (1.35%) IaaS
7 3 (1.35%) Tricentis Tosca
8 1 (0.45%) Azure Functions
8 1 (0.45%) Azure Logic Apps
8 1 (0.45%) Azure Service Bus
8 1 (0.45%) Serverless
8 1 (0.45%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.38%) HTTP
2 7 (3.14%) Wireshark
3 6 (2.69%) LAN
3 6 (2.69%) WAN
4 5 (2.24%) TCP/IP
5 4 (1.79%) 2G
5 4 (1.79%) 3G
5 4 (1.79%) 4G
5 4 (1.79%) 5G
5 4 (1.79%) Diameter Protocol
5 4 (1.79%) Firewall
5 4 (1.79%) GSM
5 4 (1.79%) ISUP
5 4 (1.79%) LTE
5 4 (1.79%) Network Security
5 4 (1.79%) SCCP
5 4 (1.79%) SS7
5 4 (1.79%) SSL
5 4 (1.79%) tcpdump
5 4 (1.79%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (8.52%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.28%) MongoDB
3 11 (4.93%) Data Warehouse
4 10 (4.48%) Oracle Reports
5 9 (4.04%) Oracle Database
6 7 (3.14%) MySQL
6 7 (3.14%) Relational Database
7 6 (2.69%) Oracle BI EE
7 6 (2.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (2.24%) Big Data
9 4 (1.79%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.35%) MS Access
10 3 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.90%) Apache Hive
11 2 (0.90%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.90%) Pentaho
11 2 (0.90%) Power BI
11 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.45%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 122 (54.71%) JIRA
2 87 (39.01%) Selenium
3 59 (26.46%) Cucumber
4 32 (14.35%) Jenkins
5 30 (13.45%) Toad
6 28 (12.56%) Postman
7 25 (11.21%) SoapUI
8 22 (9.87%) Gatling
9 20 (8.97%) JMeter
10 18 (8.07%) SpecFlow
11 16 (7.17%) Git (software)
12 15 (6.73%) WebDriver
13 14 (6.28%) Bitbucket
13 14 (6.28%) Maven
14 12 (5.38%) Zephyr
15 11 (4.93%) Robot Framework
16 10 (4.48%) Travis CI
17 9 (4.04%) JUnit
18 8 (3.59%) TestRail
19 7 (3.14%) Appium
General
1 75 (33.63%) Social Skills
2 39 (17.49%) Finance
3 37 (16.59%) Public Sector
4 19 (8.52%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (4.48%) Telecoms
6 9 (4.04%) Presentation Skills
7 7 (3.14%) Influencing Skills
7 7 (3.14%) Organisational Skills
8 4 (1.79%) Banking
9 3 (1.35%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.90%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.90%) Games
10 2 (0.90%) Legal
10 2 (0.90%) Marketing
11 1 (0.45%) Automotive
11 1 (0.45%) Law
11 1 (0.45%) Police
Job Titles
1 86 (38.57%) Analyst
2 76 (34.08%) Test Analyst
3 37 (16.59%) Tester
4 30 (13.45%) Test Engineer
5 25 (11.21%) Test Leader
6 23 (10.31%) Test Manager
7 14 (6.28%) QA Analyst
8 13 (5.83%) Developer
8 13 (5.83%) Developer in Test
9 9 (4.04%) QA Tester
9 9 (4.04%) Software Developer
10 8 (3.59%) Automation Tester
11 7 (3.14%) UAT Lead
12 6 (2.69%) Automation Test Lead
12 6 (2.69%) Coordinator
12 6 (2.69%) Functional Analyst
12 6 (2.69%) Functional Test Analyst
12 6 (2.69%) Senior Tester
13 5 (2.24%) Java Software Developer
13 5 (2.24%) Systems Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (20.63%) XML
2 21 (9.42%) SOAP
3 17 (7.62%) RabbitMQ
4 15 (6.73%) JSON
5 13 (5.83%) .NET
5 13 (5.83%) REST
6 7 (3.14%) Swagger
7 6 (2.69%) FIX Protocol
7 6 (2.69%) Oracle Fusion
8 5 (2.24%) .NET Framework
8 5 (2.24%) Gherkin
9 3 (1.35%) WireMock
9 3 (1.35%) YAML
10 2 (0.90%) Chai
10 2 (0.90%) Enzyme
10 2 (0.90%) Jest
10 2 (0.90%) LINQ
10 2 (0.90%) WCF
10 2 (0.90%) Web Services
10 2 (0.90%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.73%) Self-Motivation
2 11 (4.93%) Mobile App
3 8 (3.59%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (1.79%) Client/Server
4 4 (1.79%) Cybercrime
4 4 (1.79%) Digital Media
4 4 (1.79%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.79%) User Experience
5 3 (1.35%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.35%) N-Tier
6 2 (0.90%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (0.90%) Mainframe
6 2 (0.90%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.45%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.45%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 51 (22.87%) Windows
2 50 (22.42%) Unix
3 26 (11.66%) Linux
4 4 (1.79%) Solaris
5 3 (1.35%) HPUX
5 3 (1.35%) SUSE
6 2 (0.90%) Android
6 2 (0.90%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.45%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (48.88%) Test Automation
2 101 (45.29%) Agile Software Development
3 100 (44.84%) Software Testing
4 97 (43.50%) Test Scripting
5 61 (27.35%) User Acceptance Testing
6 57 (25.56%) Customer Requirements
7 49 (21.97%) Defect Management
8 47 (21.08%) DevOps
8 47 (21.08%) Test Management
9 45 (20.18%) Test Strategy
10 42 (18.83%) Scrum
11 35 (15.70%) API Testing
12 30 (13.45%) Functional Testing
13 29 (13.00%) BDD
13 29 (13.00%) CI/CD
13 29 (13.00%) SDLC
14 27 (12.11%) Continuous Integration
14 27 (12.11%) Scenario Testing
15 23 (10.31%) Exploratory Testing
15 23 (10.31%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 74 (33.18%) Java
2 65 (29.15%) SQL
3 26 (11.66%) C#
4 23 (10.31%) JavaScript
5 14 (6.28%) Python
6 9 (4.04%) VB
7 6 (2.69%) T-SQL
7 6 (2.69%) VBScript
8 5 (2.24%) COBOL
8 5 (2.24%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.35%) C++
9 3 (1.35%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 3 (1.35%) VBA
10 2 (0.90%) C
10 2 (0.90%) Perl
10 2 (0.90%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.45%) VB6
Qualifications
1 213 (95.52%) ISTQB
2 104 (46.64%) ISEB
3 58 (26.01%) Security Cleared
4 45 (20.18%) SC Cleared
5 30 (13.45%) Degree
6 15 (6.73%) DV Cleared
6 15 (6.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 8 (3.59%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (2.24%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (1.79%) CEH
9 4 (1.79%) CISA
9 4 (1.79%) GIAC
9 4 (1.79%) OSCE
9 4 (1.79%) OSCP
10 3 (1.35%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.45%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.45%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (35.43%) QA
2 13 (5.83%) Accessibility
3 4 (1.79%) GDPR
3 4 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.79%) NIST
4 2 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.90%) SLA
5 1 (0.45%) PSD2
5 1 (0.45%) WCAG
System Software
1 3 (1.35%) Docker
2 2 (0.90%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 29 (13.00%) HP ALM
2 16 (7.17%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (1.79%) HP Fortify
3 4 (1.79%) WebInspect
4 3 (1.35%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.90%) Ansible
5 2 (0.90%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 87 (39.01%) Oracle
2 39 (17.49%) SAP
3 29 (13.00%) HP
4 28 (12.56%) webMethods
5 25 (11.21%) Microsoft
6 9 (4.04%) Micro Focus
7 6 (2.69%) Workday
8 5 (2.24%) Atlassian
8 5 (2.24%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (2.24%) Splunk
9 4 (1.79%) ArcSight
9 4 (1.79%) Black Duck
9 4 (1.79%) Qualys
9 4 (1.79%) Sonatype
9 4 (1.79%) Tripwire
10 3 (1.35%) Blue Prism
10 3 (1.35%) Cisco
10 3 (1.35%) Juniper
10 3 (1.35%) TIBCO
11 2 (0.90%) CA