Period
to 19 November 2017

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 6 months to 19 November 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 381 364 285
Rank change year-on-year -17 -79 -6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 623 680 973
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.65% 0.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.29% 3.14% 4.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 367 416 625
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -3.70% +2.27%
10th Percentile £260 £206 £219
90th Percentile £488 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £315 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% -4.55% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 8 7
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £24.18 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +86.14% -19.42% +122.22%
10th Percentile £41.78 £14.66 £20.10
90th Percentile £46.00 £86.88 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £33.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +34.33% +11.67% -7.69%

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 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 18914 21681 22650
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.65% 20.68% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 11591 13520 13652
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £240 £243
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 889 861 1091
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.85% +8.00% +31.58%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 17 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 6 months to 19 November 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 -5 557 £350 +2.94% 63
UK excluding London +14 443 £338 +7.14% 47
London -41 173 £421 +9.77% 18
South East +13 169 £350 +9.38% 7
Midlands +27 73 £350 +2.94% 6
South West +17 63 £360 +17.07% 7
North of England +34 59 £325 +5.69% 19
West Midlands +17 50 £380 +11.76% 4
Scotland -42 40 £283 +2.91% 1
Yorkshire +8 27 £294 -1.34% 5
East Midlands +24 23 £300 -18.64% 2
East of England -19 20 £350 +5.66% 6
North West +16 19 £325 +3.17% 14
North East +67 13 £325 -3.70%
Wales +17 10 £355 +9.23% 1
Northern Ireland - 9 £320 -
Isle of Man - 1 £325 -

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 412 (66.13%) ISEB
2 310 (49.76%) Agile Software Development
3 248 (39.81%) Test Automation
4 189 (30.34%) Test Scripting
5 185 (29.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 168 (26.97%) User Acceptance Testing
7 153 (24.56%) Software Testing
8 152 (24.40%) Scrum
9 151 (24.24%) SQL
10 139 (22.31%) HP
11 138 (22.15%) JIRA
12 131 (21.03%) Finance
13 113 (18.14%) QA
13 113 (18.14%) Test Strategy
14 110 (17.66%) Selenium
15 108 (17.34%) HP Quality Center
16 94 (15.09%) Java
17 92 (14.77%) Test Management
18 90 (14.45%) Banking
18 90 (14.45%) Regression Testing
19 89 (14.29%) Functional Testing
19 89 (14.29%) Test Planning
20 81 (13.00%) BDD
21 76 (12.20%) SDLC
22 75 (12.04%) Waterfall
23 70 (11.24%) Security Cleared
24 67 (10.75%) ITIL
25 65 (10.43%) Defect Management
25 65 (10.43%) Scenario Testing
26 61 (9.79%) Migration

ISTQB
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 48 (7.70%) Confluence
2 11 (1.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 10 (1.61%) WebLogic
4 9 (1.44%) SharePoint
5 7 (1.12%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (1.12%) CMS
6 6 (0.96%) JCAPS
6 6 (0.96%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.80%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.80%) JBoss
8 4 (0.64%) Documentum
9 3 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.32%) SAS
10 2 (0.32%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.32%) WebLogic Portal
11 1 (0.16%) Apache
11 1 (0.16%) Drupal
Applications
1 28 (4.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 27 (4.33%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (2.57%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.48%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.64%) SAP CO
2 4 (0.64%) SAP FI
2 4 (0.64%) SAP FI/CO
2 4 (0.64%) SAP MM
3 3 (0.48%) Maximo
3 3 (0.48%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.32%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.32%) Primavera
4 2 (0.32%) TRIRIGA
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.16%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HCM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.16%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 14 (2.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (1.93%) SaaS
3 5 (0.80%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.48%) Office 365
5 2 (0.32%) BrowserStack
5 2 (0.32%) PaaS
6 1 (0.16%) BlazeMeter
6 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.16%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.16%) GitHub
6 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.93%) LTE
2 11 (1.77%) Wireless
3 10 (1.61%) 4G
4 9 (1.44%) LDAP
5 7 (1.12%) Firewall
6 5 (0.80%) DNS
6 5 (0.80%) Internet
7 4 (0.64%) DHCP
7 4 (0.64%) IPv4
7 4 (0.64%) IPv6
7 4 (0.64%) SMS
7 4 (0.64%) Value-Added Service
7 4 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.48%) GGSN
8 3 (0.48%) HTTP
8 3 (0.48%) Wireshark
9 2 (0.32%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.32%) VoWiFi
10 1 (0.16%) Ethernet
10 1 (0.16%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (6.74%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.01%) Data Warehouse
3 20 (3.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 12 (1.93%) Oracle Database
5 8 (1.28%) Big Data
6 6 (0.96%) Power BI
7 5 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
7 5 (0.80%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.80%) Pentaho
8 4 (0.64%) Oracle BI EE
9 3 (0.48%) Amazon Redshift
9 3 (0.48%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9 3 (0.48%) HBase
10 2 (0.32%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1 (0.16%) Data Mining
11 1 (0.16%) DB2
11 1 (0.16%) MySQL
11 1 (0.16%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 138 (22.15%) JIRA
2 110 (17.66%) Selenium
3 59 (9.47%) SoapUI
4 42 (6.74%) JMeter
5 41 (6.58%) WebDriver
6 36 (5.78%) Cucumber
7 34 (5.46%) Team Foundation Server
8 28 (4.49%) HP UFT
9 27 (4.33%) Visual Studio
10 26 (4.17%) Jenkins
11 24 (3.85%) LoadRunner
12 21 (3.37%) SpecFlow
13 18 (2.89%) LoadUI
14 13 (2.09%) TestRail
15 12 (1.93%) Selenium IDE
16 11 (1.77%) Zephyr
17 10 (1.61%) Git (software)
18 8 (1.28%) Visual Studio Team System
19 7 (1.12%) Hudson
19 7 (1.12%) Maven
General
1 131 (21.03%) Finance
2 90 (14.45%) Banking
3 42 (6.74%) Retail Banking
4 30 (4.82%) Retail
5 26 (4.17%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.93%) Publishing
7 10 (1.61%) Spanish Language
8 9 (1.44%) Military
9 7 (1.12%) Billing
9 7 (1.12%) Games
9 7 (1.12%) Legal
10 5 (0.80%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.64%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.48%) Automotive
12 3 (0.48%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.32%) Back Office
13 2 (0.32%) Front Office
13 2 (0.32%) Marketing
13 2 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.16%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 315 (50.56%) Analyst
2 293 (47.03%) Test Analyst
3 87 (13.96%) Test Manager
4 63 (10.11%) Tester
5 58 (9.31%) Test Leader
6 47 (7.54%) Automation Test Analyst
7 41 (6.58%) Test Engineer
8 40 (6.42%) Senior Analyst
9 37 (5.94%) Senior Test Analyst
10 27 (4.33%) Performance Analyst
10 27 (4.33%) Performance Test Analyst
11 26 (4.17%) Automation Tester
12 25 (4.01%) Selenium Test Analyst
13 24 (3.85%) Developer
14 20 (3.21%) Agile Test Analyst
15 18 (2.89%) Banking Analyst
16 17 (2.73%) UAT Analyst
16 17 (2.73%) UAT Test Analyst
17 16 (2.57%) Architect
18 15 (2.41%) Scrum Master
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (6.42%) .NET
2 38 (6.10%) Web Services
2 38 (6.10%) XML
3 29 (4.65%) SOAP
4 18 (2.89%) REST
5 14 (2.25%) Gherkin
6 13 (2.09%) Spring
7 12 (1.93%) Hibernate
7 12 (1.93%) XSLT
8 11 (1.77%) AngularJS
8 11 (1.77%) J2EE
9 10 (1.61%) CSS
10 9 (1.44%) HTML
10 9 (1.44%) JSON
10 9 (1.44%) RESTful
11 8 (1.28%) Kendo UI
12 7 (1.12%) ASP.NET MVC 5
12 7 (1.12%) COM+
12 7 (1.12%) Middleware
13 6 (0.96%) IBM Integration Bus
Miscellaneous
1 39 (6.26%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.53%) Computer Science
3 19 (3.05%) Management Information System
4 15 (2.41%) Mobile App
5 9 (1.44%) User Experience
6 8 (1.28%) Client/Server
7 7 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 6 (0.96%) Mainframe
9 5 (0.80%) AS400
9 5 (0.80%) Reference Data
10 4 (0.64%) Equities
11 3 (0.48%) Credit Risk
11 3 (0.48%) Fixed Income
11 3 (0.48%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (0.48%) iSeries
11 3 (0.48%) IVR
11 3 (0.48%) NHS
12 2 (0.32%) Data Centre
12 2 (0.32%) OTC Derivatives
12 2 (0.32%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 38 (6.10%) Windows
2 28 (4.49%) Unix
3 26 (4.17%) Linux
4 7 (1.12%) Windows 10
5 3 (0.48%) Android
5 3 (0.48%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.32%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.32%) Windows 8
6 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.32%) Windows Vista
7 1 (0.16%) CentOS
7 1 (0.16%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.16%) webOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 310 (49.76%) Agile Software Development
2 248 (39.81%) Test Automation
3 189 (30.34%) Test Scripting
4 168 (26.97%) User Acceptance Testing
5 153 (24.56%) Software Testing
6 152 (24.40%) Scrum
7 113 (18.14%) Test Strategy
8 92 (14.77%) Test Management
9 90 (14.45%) Regression Testing
10 89 (14.29%) Functional Testing
10 89 (14.29%) Test Planning
11 81 (13.00%) BDD
12 76 (12.20%) SDLC
13 75 (12.04%) Waterfall
14 67 (10.75%) ITIL
15 65 (10.43%) Defect Management
15 65 (10.43%) Scenario Testing
16 61 (9.79%) Migration
16 61 (9.79%) Non-Functional Testing
17 59 (9.47%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 151 (24.24%) SQL
2 94 (15.09%) Java
3 50 (8.03%) C#
4 38 (6.10%) JavaScript
5 24 (3.85%) Python
6 15 (2.41%) C++
6 15 (2.41%) PL/SQL
7 12 (1.93%) VB
8 11 (1.77%) Ruby
9 9 (1.44%) C
9 9 (1.44%) T-SQL
10 8 (1.28%) TypeScript
11 7 (1.12%) Groovy
12 5 (0.80%) Scala
12 5 (0.80%) VBScript
13 4 (0.64%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.32%) PHP
14 2 (0.32%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.32%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.16%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 412 (66.13%) ISEB
2 185 (29.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 70 (11.24%) Security Cleared
4 58 (9.31%) Degree
5 33 (5.30%) SC Cleared
6 26 (4.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 19 (3.05%) DV Cleared
8 16 (2.57%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (1.28%) PMI Certification
9 8 (1.28%) PMP
10 7 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (0.48%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.32%) CCNA
12 2 (0.32%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.32%) MCSA
12 2 (0.32%) MCSE
12 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.16%) CCNP
13 1 (0.16%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 113 (18.14%) QA
2 10 (1.61%) PMO
3 6 (0.96%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.96%) HL7
4 5 (0.80%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.48%) EMIR
5 3 (0.48%) GDPR
5 3 (0.48%) IFRS
5 3 (0.48%) MiFID
6 2 (0.32%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 15288
7 1 (0.16%) SLA
7 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 16 (2.57%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.64%) HDFS
4 3 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.32%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 108 (17.34%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.48%) SCCM
3 2 (0.32%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (0.32%) WSUS
4 1 (0.16%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.16%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (0.16%) NSN NetAct
4 1 (0.16%) Puppet
4 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 139 (22.31%) HP
2 56 (8.99%) Microsoft
3 54 (8.67%) Oracle
4 28 (4.49%) SAP
5 25 (4.01%) Atlassian
6 23 (3.69%) IBM
7 16 (2.57%) Motorola
8 14 (2.25%) Sybase
9 13 (2.09%) Salesforce.com
9 13 (2.09%) VMware
10 8 (1.28%) Telerik
11 6 (0.96%) Cisco
11 6 (0.96%) Fiorano
12 5 (0.80%) InterSystems
13 4 (0.64%) Google
13 4 (0.64%) Huawei
13 4 (0.64%) Nokia
14 3 (0.48%) Siebel
14 3 (0.48%) TOWER Software
14 3 (0.48%) Xamarin