The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
Rank 289 264 275
Rank change year-on-year -25 +11  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 351 466 405
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.88% 0.77%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.73% 4.21% 3.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 267 207
Median daily rate £350 £340 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +4.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £235 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £475 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £304
% change year-on-year +12.00% +2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 4
Median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.17% +72.34%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.40 £13.33 £17.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.35 £171.50 £27.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

ISTQB is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9416 11075 10551
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.79% 20.90% 20.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5980 6908 6005
Median daily rate £420 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 402 477
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.26 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the UK over the 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -24 303 £350 - 121
South East +22 93 £352 +0.57% 30
London -51 61 £400 - 34
South West +13 52 £400 +17.64% 12
Wales +23 26 £350 +16.66% 3
Surrey +21 25 £375 -6.83% 9
Hampshire +8 24 £350 - 4
West Midlands -7 24 £318 -3.05% 11
Devon +18 21 £375 -23.07%
East of England +4 21 £325 +4.41% 5
Yorkshire -5 21 £325 +8.33% 11
Leeds +6 19 £319 -1.92% 6
West Yorkshire +6 19 £319 - 9
Exeter +3 16 £350 -28.20%
Buckinghamshire -2 14 £350 -12.50% 1
Scotland -8 13 £338 +15.48% 4
Cardiff +19 12 £325 +11.11% 1
South Wales +15 12 £325 +11.11% 2
Gloucestershire +4 12 £500 +26.58% 2
Essex +3 12 £325 +36.84%
Milton Keynes -2 12 £350 -12.50%
Swansea -3 12 £470 -53.00%
West Wales -4 12 £470 -53.00%
Southend-on-Sea - 11 £325 -
Berkshire +26 10 £338 -2.17% 9
North East -11 10 £285 +9.09% 1
Wiltshire +1 9 £350 +16.66%
East Midlands 0 9 £388 +35.96% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -3 9 £285 +9.09% 1
Tyne and Wear -8 9 £285 +9.09% 1

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 416 (67.31%) ISEB
2 269 (43.53%) Agile Software Development
3 203 (32.85%) Test Scripting
4 187 (30.26%) SQL
5 183 (29.61%) Software Testing
6 165 (26.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 139 (22.49%) Selenium
8 131 (21.20%) User Acceptance Testing
9 129 (20.87%) Finance
10 110 (17.80%) JIRA
11 107 (17.31%) Test Automation
12 102 (16.50%) QA
13 100 (16.18%) Test Strategy
14 98 (15.86%) Functional Testing
15 97 (15.70%) Test Management
16 96 (15.53%) Microsoft
17 93 (15.05%) Java
18 91 (14.72%) HP
19 88 (14.24%) Security Cleared
20 86 (13.92%) Defect Management
21 81 (13.11%) Automated Testing
22 79 (12.78%) SDLC
23 77 (12.46%) HP Quality Center
23 77 (12.46%) Scrum
24 70 (11.33%) Regression Testing
25 68 (11.00%) BDD
26 67 (10.84%) Oracle
27 63 (10.19%) Windows
27 63 (10.19%) Integration Testing
27 63 (10.19%) Manual Testing

ISTQB
Top Related 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 23 (3.72%) SharePoint
2 17 (2.75%) Confluence
3 11 (1.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 9 (1.46%) WebLogic
5 8 (1.29%) SharePoint 2010
6 7 (1.13%) IIS
6 7 (1.13%) SAS
7 4 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.65%) CMS
8 3 (0.49%) Apache
8 3 (0.49%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.49%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.32%) JBoss
9 2 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.16%) ArcGIS
10 1 (0.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.16%) WebLogic Integration
10 1 (0.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 43 (6.96%) MS Excel
2 32 (5.18%) MS Office
3 6 (0.97%) MS Project
4 4 (0.65%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.81%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.65%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.49%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.32%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.32%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.16%) Maximo
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.16%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP EWM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP PM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP R/3
6 1 (0.16%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.62%) Microsoft Azure
1 10 (1.62%) Office 365
2 8 (1.29%) GitHub
3 3 (0.49%) SaaS
3 3 (0.49%) SuccessFactors
4 2 (0.32%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.32%) Taleo
5 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.16%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.75%) 4G
2 15 (2.43%) LTE
3 12 (1.94%) Wireless
4 10 (1.62%) Internet
5 7 (1.13%) Firewall
5 7 (1.13%) HTTP
6 6 (0.97%) TCP/IP
7 5 (0.81%) Intrusion Detection
8 4 (0.65%) Network Security
8 4 (0.65%) SSH
9 3 (0.49%) Intranet
10 2 (0.32%) PuTTY
10 2 (0.32%) VLAN
10 2 (0.32%) WinSCP
10 2 (0.32%) Wireshark
11 1 (0.16%) Gigabit Ethernet
11 1 (0.16%) iBeacon
11 1 (0.16%) Multicast
11 1 (0.16%) Value-Added Service
11 1 (0.16%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (5.66%) SQL Server
2 34 (5.50%) Data Warehouse
3 14 (2.27%) Relational Database
4 8 (1.29%) Oracle Database
5 7 (1.13%) BusinessObjects
6 6 (0.97%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.81%) Big Data
7 5 (0.81%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
7 5 (0.81%) GIS
8 4 (0.65%) SAP BW
9 3 (0.49%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9 3 (0.49%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.49%) Oracle BI EE
9 3 (0.49%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.32%) BusinessObjects XI
10 2 (0.32%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.32%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.32%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.16%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 139 (22.49%) Selenium
2 110 (17.80%) JIRA
3 46 (7.44%) Cucumber
3 46 (7.44%) Team Foundation Server
4 42 (6.80%) HP UFT
5 41 (6.63%) SoapUI
6 39 (6.31%) WebDriver
7 37 (5.99%) JMeter
8 36 (5.83%) Visual Studio
9 35 (5.66%) LoadRunner
10 28 (4.53%) Jenkins
11 20 (3.24%) Git (software)
12 17 (2.75%) TeamCity
13 15 (2.43%) SpecFlow
14 13 (2.10%) Maven
15 11 (1.78%) MSTest
16 10 (1.62%) Hudson
17 9 (1.46%) Capybara
18 8 (1.29%) Robot Framework
18 8 (1.29%) TestRail
General
1 129 (20.87%) Finance
2 58 (9.39%) Banking
3 35 (5.66%) Telecoms
4 31 (5.02%) Retail
5 15 (2.43%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.94%) Games
7 9 (1.46%) Retail Banking
8 5 (0.81%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.81%) Legal
8 5 (0.81%) Marketing
9 4 (0.65%) Advertising
9 4 (0.65%) Electronics
9 4 (0.65%) Local Government
9 4 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.49%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.49%) Automotive
10 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.49%) General Ledger
10 3 (0.49%) Law
10 3 (0.49%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 260 (42.07%) Analyst
2 245 (39.64%) Test Analyst
3 142 (22.98%) Tester
4 88 (14.24%) Test Manager
5 68 (11.00%) Test Leader
6 42 (6.80%) Automation Test Analyst
7 41 (6.63%) Test Engineer
8 38 (6.15%) Automation Tester
9 33 (5.34%) Software Tester
10 31 (5.02%) Senior Analyst
11 30 (4.85%) Senior Test Analyst
12 21 (3.40%) Agile Test Analyst
13 19 (3.07%) Developer
14 18 (2.91%) Test Specialist
15 17 (2.75%) Lead Test Analyst
15 17 (2.75%) QA Tester
16 15 (2.43%) Financial Analyst
16 15 (2.43%) QA Analyst
16 15 (2.43%) Software Test Engineer
17 14 (2.27%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (9.55%) XML
2 39 (6.31%) .NET
3 29 (4.69%) Web Services
4 26 (4.21%) SOAP
5 19 (3.07%) HTML
6 16 (2.59%) RESTful
7 13 (2.10%) Gherkin
8 12 (1.94%) AngularJS
8 12 (1.94%) J2EE
8 12 (1.94%) Spring
9 11 (1.78%) CSS
9 11 (1.78%) Hibernate
9 11 (1.78%) JSON
10 10 (1.62%) ASP.NET
11 8 (1.29%) Apache Flex
11 8 (1.29%) BlazeDS
11 8 (1.29%) REST
11 8 (1.29%) Spring MVC
11 8 (1.29%) XSL
11 8 (1.29%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 40 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (2.43%) Computer Science
3 14 (2.27%) NHS
4 13 (2.10%) Mobile App
5 12 (1.94%) Client/Server
6 10 (1.62%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.29%) User Experience
8 7 (1.13%) Clustering
9 5 (0.81%) Linux Command Line
10 4 (0.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 3 (0.49%) Derivative
11 3 (0.49%) Equities
11 3 (0.49%) Fixed Income
11 3 (0.49%) Hedge funds
11 3 (0.49%) Reference Data
11 3 (0.49%) SWIFT
11 3 (0.49%) Tandem
12 2 (0.32%) Contactless
12 2 (0.32%) Freedom of Information
12 2 (0.32%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 63 (10.19%) Windows
2 53 (8.58%) Unix
3 40 (6.47%) Linux
4 16 (2.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (2.43%) Windows 7
5 15 (2.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 11 (1.78%) Android
6 11 (1.78%) Apple iOS
6 11 (1.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (1.62%) Windows Server
7 10 (1.62%) Windows XP
8 9 (1.46%) Windows 10
9 7 (1.13%) AIX
10 4 (0.65%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.49%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.32%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.16%) HPUX
13 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.16%) Solaris
13 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 269 (43.53%) Agile Software Development
2 203 (32.85%) Test Scripting
3 183 (29.61%) Software Testing
4 131 (21.20%) User Acceptance Testing
5 107 (17.31%) Test Automation
6 100 (16.18%) Test Strategy
7 98 (15.86%) Functional Testing
8 97 (15.70%) Test Management
9 86 (13.92%) Defect Management
10 81 (13.11%) Automated Testing
11 79 (12.78%) SDLC
12 77 (12.46%) Scrum
13 70 (11.33%) Regression Testing
14 68 (11.00%) BDD
15 63 (10.19%) Integration Testing
15 63 (10.19%) Manual Testing
16 55 (8.90%) Performance Testing
17 54 (8.74%) Continuous Integration
18 50 (8.09%) Test Planning
19 47 (7.61%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 187 (30.26%) SQL
2 93 (15.05%) Java
3 31 (5.02%) C#
4 29 (4.69%) Python
5 27 (4.37%) JavaScript
6 23 (3.72%) Ruby
7 17 (2.75%) PL/SQL
8 16 (2.59%) C
9 15 (2.43%) Groovy
10 8 (1.29%) ActionScript
11 7 (1.13%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.13%) PHP
11 7 (1.13%) VB
12 4 (0.65%) C++
13 3 (0.49%) Perl
13 3 (0.49%) Scala
13 3 (0.49%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.49%) VBA
14 2 (0.32%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 416 (67.31%) ISEB
2 165 (26.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 88 (14.24%) Security Cleared
4 49 (7.93%) Degree
5 44 (7.12%) SC Cleared
6 41 (6.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 21 (3.40%) DV Cleared
8 16 (2.59%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (1.13%) MCITP
9 7 (1.13%) MCSA
9 7 (1.13%) MCSE
9 7 (1.13%) MCTS
9 7 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.65%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.49%) CHECK Team Member
11 3 (0.49%) CISM
11 3 (0.49%) CREST Certified
11 3 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (16.50%) QA
2 16 (2.59%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (1.29%) PCI DSS
4 7 (1.13%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.65%) SLA
6 3 (0.49%) ISO 9000
6 3 (0.49%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.49%) SDET
7 2 (0.32%) Basel II
7 2 (0.32%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.32%) EMIR
7 2 (0.32%) MiFID
7 2 (0.32%) PMO
7 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.16%) FATCA
8 1 (0.16%) Solvency II
System Software
1 20 (3.24%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.97%) Hyper-V
3 5 (0.81%) Snort
4 4 (0.65%) VMware ESX
4 4 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.65%) XenApp
4 4 (0.65%) XenDesktop
5 3 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.16%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 77 (12.46%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.78%) McAfee ePO
3 8 (1.29%) Netcool
4 6 (0.97%) Cisco IPCC
5 4 (0.65%) HP SiteScope
6 3 (0.49%) Graphite
7 2 (0.32%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.32%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.32%) Cisco UCCE
7 2 (0.32%) ITRS Geneos
7 2 (0.32%) Oozie
7 2 (0.32%) SCCM
8 1 (0.16%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.16%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.16%) Puppet
Vendors
1 96 (15.53%) Microsoft
2 91 (14.72%) HP
3 67 (10.84%) Oracle
4 38 (6.15%) SAP
5 17 (2.75%) IBM
6 11 (1.78%) Intel Security
7 9 (1.46%) Citrix
7 9 (1.46%) Sybase
8 8 (1.29%) Adobe
9 7 (1.13%) Atlassian
9 7 (1.13%) Veritas
10 6 (0.97%) AppDynamics
11 5 (0.81%) Cisco
11 5 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (0.81%) Sourcefire
11 5 (0.81%) webMethods
12 4 (0.65%) BMC
12 4 (0.65%) Cloudera
12 4 (0.65%) Telerik
12 4 (0.65%) VMware
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West
Graham Matthews
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Redhill, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £320 - £400 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
West London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + Excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £410.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Berkshire
Premier Media
Rate: £80 - £100 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Rate: £314 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago