Period
to 22 August 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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 357 312 310
Rank change year-on-year -45 -2 -75
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 655 849 850
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.68% 0.78% 0.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.55% 3.71% 3.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 384 521 528
UK median daily rate £350 £335 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.48% +1.52% +1.54%
10th Percentile £257 £240 £205
90th Percentile £475 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 15 7
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +16.67% +122.22%
10th Percentile £35.24 £11.84 £14.94
90th Percentile £46.00 £125.10 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +28.57% +16.67% +166.67%

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 18452 22862 22061
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.25% 21.11% 19.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 11165 14257 12950
UK median daily rate £425 £406 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +1.39% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £241 £230
90th Percentile £598 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 932 810 1089
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.18% +22.22% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.09 £12.25 £11.70
90th Percentile £50.60 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £27.80 £24.12
% change year-on-year +11.51% +15.26% +20.60%

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 22 August 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 22 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 15 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 22 August 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 -32 584 £350 +1.45% 113
UK excluding London -2 489 £350 +7.69% 85
South East +11 197 £350 - 18
London -31 154 £400 +6.67% 35
South West +13 79 £360 +10.77% 14
Midlands 0 67 £323 -3.73% 9
North of England -7 55 £335 +8.06% 34
Scotland -28 44 £314 +4.50% 6
West Midlands +5 38 £325 -4.41% 7
East of England -8 31 £350 +16.67% 3
East Midlands +5 26 £344 +81.88% 2
Yorkshire +4 25 £356 +18.75% 8
Wales +4 18 £350 +17.65%
North West +11 17 £335 +11.67% 24
North East +47 13 £325 -3.70% 2

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 423 (64.58%) ISEB
2 304 (46.41%) Test Automation
3 292 (44.58%) Agile Software Development
4 192 (29.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 182 (27.79%) Test Scripting
6 174 (26.56%) SQL
7 168 (25.65%) Software Testing
8 150 (22.90%) Selenium
9 141 (21.53%) HP
10 139 (21.22%) JIRA
11 137 (20.92%) User Acceptance Testing
12 131 (20.00%) Finance
13 123 (18.78%) Scrum
14 122 (18.63%) QA
15 120 (18.32%) Test Strategy
16 113 (17.25%) HP Quality Center
17 102 (15.57%) Test Management
18 99 (15.11%) Java
19 96 (14.66%) Regression Testing
20 93 (14.20%) Functional Testing
20 93 (14.20%) Test Planning
21 91 (13.89%) Defect Management
22 78 (11.91%) Microsoft
23 76 (11.60%) Security Cleared
24 73 (11.15%) Waterfall
24 73 (11.15%) BDD
25 72 (10.99%) SoapUI
26 69 (10.53%) SDLC
27 68 (10.38%) Banking
28 67 (10.23%) Oracle

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 40 (6.11%) Confluence
2 16 (2.44%) WebLogic
3 13 (1.98%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 13 (1.98%) SharePoint
4 11 (1.68%) BizTalk Server
5 10 (1.53%) JCAPS
5 10 (1.53%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.92%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.61%) CMS
7 4 (0.61%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.46%) JBoss
8 3 (0.46%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.31%) Apache
9 2 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.31%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.31%) WebLogic Portal
10 1 (0.15%) SAS
10 1 (0.15%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 22 (3.36%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (2.75%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.37%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.61%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.61%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.46%) TRIRIGA
4 2 (0.31%) Primavera
5 1 (0.15%) Actimize
5 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.15%) PeopleSoft HCM
5 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP CCM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.15%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP PM
5 1 (0.15%) Sonata
5 1 (0.15%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.15%) Tercero
5 1 (0.15%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (1.22%) SaaS
3 5 (0.76%) Office 365
4 4 (0.61%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.31%) PaaS
6 1 (0.15%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.15%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.15%) GitHub
6 1 (0.15%) Slack
6 1 (0.15%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.90%) LTE
2 17 (2.60%) 4G
3 14 (2.14%) Internet
4 12 (1.83%) Wireless
5 7 (1.07%) HTTP
5 7 (1.07%) LDAP
6 6 (0.92%) Firewall
6 6 (0.92%) Value-Added Service
7 4 (0.61%) GGSN
7 4 (0.61%) IPv4
7 4 (0.61%) IPv6
7 4 (0.61%) TCP/IP
7 4 (0.61%) Wireshark
8 3 (0.46%) DNS
8 3 (0.46%) SMS
8 3 (0.46%) VoWiFi
9 2 (0.31%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.15%) DOCSIS
10 1 (0.15%) IP Telephony
10 1 (0.15%) SGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (5.80%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.66%) Data Warehouse
3 23 (3.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 9 (1.37%) Oracle Database
4 9 (1.37%) Relational Database
5 6 (0.92%) Big Data
5 6 (0.92%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
5 6 (0.92%) Hadoop
6 5 (0.76%) Pentaho
6 5 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (0.61%) Power BI
7 4 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (0.46%) HBase
8 3 (0.46%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.31%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.31%) MySQL
9 2 (0.31%) Oracle BI EE
10 1 (0.15%) DB2
10 1 (0.15%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 150 (22.90%) Selenium
2 139 (21.22%) JIRA
3 72 (10.99%) SoapUI
4 58 (8.85%) HP UFT
5 50 (7.63%) Team Foundation Server
6 49 (7.48%) WebDriver
7 47 (7.18%) JMeter
8 34 (5.19%) Jenkins
9 33 (5.04%) Visual Studio
10 32 (4.89%) LoadRunner
11 30 (4.58%) Cucumber
12 22 (3.36%) LoadUI
12 22 (3.36%) SpecFlow
13 21 (3.21%) Git (software)
14 16 (2.44%) TeamCity
15 12 (1.83%) Hudson
16 9 (1.37%) Mercurial
16 9 (1.37%) MSTest
16 9 (1.37%) TestRail
17 8 (1.22%) Maven
General
1 131 (20.00%) Finance
2 68 (10.38%) Banking
3 45 (6.87%) Retail
4 34 (5.19%) Telecoms
5 26 (3.97%) Retail Banking
6 15 (2.29%) Publishing
7 11 (1.68%) Spanish Language
8 10 (1.53%) Billing
8 10 (1.53%) Legal
9 8 (1.22%) Investment Banking
10 7 (1.07%) Military
11 6 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.76%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.61%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.61%) Automotive
13 4 (0.61%) Back Office
13 4 (0.61%) Games
13 4 (0.61%) Marketing
14 3 (0.46%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.46%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 318 (48.55%) Analyst
2 303 (46.26%) Test Analyst
3 101 (15.42%) Test Manager
4 85 (12.98%) Tester
5 64 (9.77%) Test Leader
6 45 (6.87%) Automation Test Analyst
7 43 (6.56%) Senior Analyst
8 41 (6.26%) Senior Test Analyst
9 40 (6.11%) Test Engineer
10 33 (5.04%) Automation Tester
11 32 (4.89%) Performance Analyst
11 32 (4.89%) Performance Test Analyst
12 27 (4.12%) Selenium Test Analyst
13 23 (3.51%) Agile Test Analyst
14 20 (3.05%) UAT Analyst
14 20 (3.05%) UAT Test Analyst
15 18 (2.75%) Financial Analyst
16 17 (2.60%) QA Tester
17 15 (2.29%) Architect
17 15 (2.29%) Lead Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (7.94%) XML
2 36 (5.50%) .NET
3 35 (5.34%) Web Services
4 29 (4.43%) SOAP
5 15 (2.29%) XSLT
6 14 (2.14%) HTML
7 13 (1.98%) REST
7 13 (1.98%) Spring
8 12 (1.83%) CSS
8 12 (1.83%) Hibernate
8 12 (1.83%) J2EE
9 11 (1.68%) RESTful
10 10 (1.53%) IBM Integration Bus
10 10 (1.53%) JSON
11 9 (1.37%) Gherkin
12 8 (1.22%) Kendo UI
13 7 (1.07%) AngularJS
13 7 (1.07%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 7 (1.07%) COM+
14 5 (0.76%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 39 (5.95%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (3.21%) Computer Science
3 20 (3.05%) Management Information System
4 14 (2.14%) Mobile App
5 11 (1.68%) Client/Server
6 8 (1.22%) NHS
7 7 (1.07%) User Experience
8 5 (0.76%) Fixed Income
8 5 (0.76%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (0.61%) Derivative
9 4 (0.61%) Equities
9 4 (0.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 4 (0.61%) IVR
10 3 (0.46%) Clustering
10 3 (0.46%) Over-the-Top Content
11 2 (0.31%) Credit Risk
11 2 (0.31%) Data Centre
11 2 (0.31%) Reference Data
11 2 (0.31%) SWIFT
11 2 (0.31%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 43 (6.56%) Windows
2 37 (5.65%) Linux
3 27 (4.12%) Unix
4 10 (1.53%) Windows 10
5 5 (0.76%) Android
5 5 (0.76%) Apple iOS
5 5 (0.76%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (0.61%) Windows 7
6 4 (0.61%) Windows Server
6 4 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (0.61%) Windows XP
7 3 (0.46%) AIX
8 2 (0.31%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.15%) HPUX
9 1 (0.15%) Kali Linux
9 1 (0.15%) SUSE
9 1 (0.15%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 304 (46.41%) Test Automation
2 292 (44.58%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (27.79%) Test Scripting
4 168 (25.65%) Software Testing
5 137 (20.92%) User Acceptance Testing
6 123 (18.78%) Scrum
7 120 (18.32%) Test Strategy
8 102 (15.57%) Test Management
9 96 (14.66%) Regression Testing
10 93 (14.20%) Functional Testing
10 93 (14.20%) Test Planning
11 91 (13.89%) Defect Management
12 73 (11.15%) BDD
12 73 (11.15%) Waterfall
13 69 (10.53%) SDLC
14 64 (9.77%) ITIL
15 62 (9.47%) Continuous Integration
16 58 (8.85%) Manual Testing
17 54 (8.24%) Integration Testing
18 53 (8.09%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 174 (26.56%) SQL
2 99 (15.11%) Java
3 54 (8.24%) C#
4 34 (5.19%) JavaScript
5 33 (5.04%) Python
6 29 (4.43%) PL/SQL
7 26 (3.97%) Groovy
8 17 (2.60%) C++
9 15 (2.29%) VB
10 12 (1.83%) C
11 11 (1.68%) Ruby
12 8 (1.22%) TypeScript
13 6 (0.92%) VBScript
14 4 (0.61%) PHP
14 4 (0.61%) Scala
15 3 (0.46%) ActionScript
16 2 (0.31%) Embedded C++
16 2 (0.31%) PowerShell
16 2 (0.31%) T-SQL
16 2 (0.31%) VBA
Qualifications
1 423 (64.58%) ISEB
2 192 (29.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 76 (11.60%) Security Cleared
4 64 (9.77%) Degree
5 39 (5.95%) SC Cleared
6 33 (5.04%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 18 (2.75%) BPSS Clearance
8 11 (1.68%) DV Cleared
9 7 (1.07%) ISEB Practitioner
9 7 (1.07%) PMI Certification
9 7 (1.07%) PMP
9 7 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (0.61%) MCSA
10 4 (0.61%) MCSE
10 4 (0.61%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.46%) MCITP
11 3 (0.46%) MCTS
12 1 (0.15%) CEH
12 1 (0.15%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 122 (18.63%) QA
2 13 (1.98%) Disclosure Scotland
3 12 (1.83%) HL7
4 8 (1.22%) Data Quality
5 7 (1.07%) PMO
6 4 (0.61%) SLA
7 3 (0.46%) EMIR
7 3 (0.46%) FATCA
7 3 (0.46%) MiFID
8 2 (0.31%) Dodd-Frank
8 2 (0.31%) GDPR
8 2 (0.31%) IFRS
8 2 (0.31%) TickIT
9 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 15288
9 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 15 (2.29%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.61%) HDFS
3 4 (0.61%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (0.46%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 113 (17.25%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.61%) Cisco IPCC
2 4 (0.61%) Netcool
2 4 (0.61%) SCCM
3 3 (0.46%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.15%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.15%) BMC PATROL
5 1 (0.15%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 1 (0.15%) Graphite
5 1 (0.15%) HP SiteScope
5 1 (0.15%) NSN NetAct
5 1 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.15%) Puppet
Vendors
1 141 (21.53%) HP
2 78 (11.91%) Microsoft
3 67 (10.23%) Oracle
4 29 (4.43%) IBM
5 26 (3.97%) SAP
6 19 (2.90%) Atlassian
7 17 (2.60%) Motorola
8 14 (2.14%) Sybase
9 12 (1.83%) VMware
10 10 (1.53%) Fiorano
11 9 (1.37%) InterSystems
11 9 (1.37%) Salesforce.com
12 8 (1.22%) Telerik
13 5 (0.76%) Adobe
13 5 (0.76%) Google
13 5 (0.76%) Huawei
13 5 (0.76%) Nokia
14 4 (0.61%) Cisco
15 3 (0.46%) Murex
15 3 (0.46%) Siebel