Period
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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 1 July 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
1 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 452 460 383
Rank change year-on-year +8 -77 -10
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 469 304 227
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.46% 0.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.64% 2.35% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 368 202 151
10th Percentile £350 £306 £313
25th Percentile £380 £350 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £403 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.73% -5.24% +10.39%
75th Percentile £500 £475 £520
90th Percentile £588 £526 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 2
10th Percentile £14.00 £44.45 £24.13
25th Percentile £15.75 £45.50 £28.44
Median hourly rate £21.25 £47.25 £36.25
Median % change year-on-year -55.03% +30.34% -9.38%
75th Percentile £41.48 £49.00 £43.44
90th Percentile £50.36 £50.35 £47.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.10 £47.38 £36.25
% change year-on-year +3.64% +30.69% -9.38%

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 17,774 12,944 9,880
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.98% 19.68% 24.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,026 8,381 6,418
10th Percentile £350 £306 £290
25th Percentile £438 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £630 £588 £573
90th Percentile £713 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £463 £459
% change year-on-year +8.11% +0.76% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 755 648 388
10th Percentile £14.25 £13.18 £15.50
25th Percentile £20.00 £17.00 £18.48
Median hourly rate £44.50 £32.75 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +35.88% +9.17% -10.18%
75th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £48.75
90th Percentile £69.27 £64.50 £58.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £25.83
% change year-on-year +28.33% +16.17% -22.68%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISTQB over the 6 months to 1 July 2022.

Daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISTQB.

Hourly rate trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing ISTQB over the 6 months to 1 July 2022.

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 1 July 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 +13 385 £450 +9.09% 62
UK excluding London -8 250 £450 +12.50% 50
Work from Home -53 176 £450 +5.88% 31
London -51 101 £463 +8.82% 14
South East +5 91 £450 +18.42% 9
Midlands -20 66 £450 +18.42% 10
West Midlands -17 65 £450 +18.42% 8
North of England -46 39 £375 -7.41% 16
North West -31 28 £370 -12.94% 10
South West -7 26 £475 -2.56% 7
East of England -22 15 £428 +3.63% 6
Scotland -21 10 £450 +11.11% 2
Wales +3 9 £600 +84.62%
Yorkshire -32 9 £400 -2.44% 3
North East -8 3 £375 +14.94% 3

For the 6 months to 1 July 2022, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 273 (58.21%) Test Automation
2 226 (48.19%) Agile
3 219 (46.70%) ISEB
4 198 (42.22%) Security Cleared
5 197 (42.00%) JIRA
6 178 (37.95%) SC Cleared
7 172 (36.67%) Test Management
8 158 (33.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 158 (33.69%) Oracle
9 151 (32.20%) QA
10 147 (31.34%) Social Skills
11 127 (27.08%) User Acceptance Testing
12 123 (26.23%) Functional Testing
13 121 (25.80%) ERP
14 110 (23.45%) Test Scripting
15 108 (23.03%) Scenario Testing
16 101 (21.54%) Test Strategy
17 98 (20.90%) SQL
18 95 (20.26%) Software Testing
19 93 (19.83%) Azure
20 86 (18.34%) Scrum
21 84 (17.91%) Oracle ERP
21 84 (17.91%) Public Sector
22 83 (17.70%) Confluence
23 80 (17.06%) Non-Functional Testing
24 78 (16.63%) System Integration Testing
24 78 (16.63%) Defect Management
25 77 (16.42%) DevOps
25 77 (16.42%) PaaS
25 77 (16.42%) Selenium

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 83 (17.70%) Confluence
2 22 (4.69%) WebLogic
3 21 (4.48%) SAS
4 4 (0.85%) Mule
5 1 (0.21%) Drupal
Applications
1 21 (4.48%) Microsoft Project
2 15 (3.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.56%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 84 (17.91%) Oracle ERP
2 75 (15.99%) Oracle Cash Management
2 75 (15.99%) Oracle Payables
2 75 (15.99%) Oracle Receivables
3 27 (5.76%) Oracle General Ledger
4 17 (3.62%) SAP FI-CA
4 17 (3.62%) SAP PSCD
5 7 (1.49%) Oracle EBS
6 6 (1.28%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (1.28%) NetSuite
7 5 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
8 3 (0.64%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.43%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 2 (0.43%) SAP Hybris
9 2 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
10 1 (0.21%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 1 (0.21%) Sage X3
10 1 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 93 (19.83%) Azure
2 77 (16.42%) PaaS
3 50 (10.66%) AWS
4 38 (8.10%) Tricentis Tosca
5 36 (7.68%) Azure DevOps
6 21 (4.48%) GCP
7 20 (4.26%) Power Platform
8 11 (2.35%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (0.85%) BrowserStack
9 4 (0.85%) GitHub
10 3 (0.64%) Microsoft 365
10 3 (0.64%) SaaS
10 3 (0.64%) SAP Commerce Cloud
11 2 (0.43%) AWS CodePipeline
11 2 (0.43%) Azure Service Bus
11 2 (0.43%) Sauce Labs
12 1 (0.21%) SAP Fieldglass
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.71%) Firewall
2 7 (1.49%) WAN
2 7 (1.49%) WinSCP
3 5 (1.07%) 5G
3 5 (1.07%) MPLS
3 5 (1.07%) VPN
3 5 (1.07%) Wireless
4 4 (0.85%) DHCP
4 4 (0.85%) DNS
4 4 (0.85%) IPsec
4 4 (0.85%) SD-WAN
4 4 (0.85%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (0.64%) Ethernet
5 3 (0.64%) GSM
5 3 (0.64%) LAN
5 3 (0.64%) PuTTY
5 3 (0.64%) Skype
5 3 (0.64%) UMTS
5 3 (0.64%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (13.22%) Oracle Reports
2 30 (6.40%) MySQL
3 22 (4.69%) Data Warehouse
3 22 (4.69%) Pentaho
4 20 (4.26%) Amazon Redshift
5 19 (4.05%) Amazon RDS
5 19 (4.05%) BusinessObjects
5 19 (4.05%) Power BI
6 13 (2.77%) MongoDB
6 13 (2.77%) Oracle Database
7 12 (2.56%) Impala
8 8 (1.71%) Big Data
8 8 (1.71%) SQL Server
9 5 (1.07%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.43%) GIS
10 2 (0.43%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.21%) DB2
11 1 (0.21%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.21%) PowerCenter
11 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 197 (42.00%) JIRA
2 77 (16.42%) Selenium
3 47 (10.02%) SoapUI
4 45 (9.59%) Cucumber
4 45 (9.59%) Jenkins
5 43 (9.17%) Postman
6 29 (6.18%) Zephyr
7 28 (5.97%) Git (software)
8 25 (5.33%) Bitbucket
9 24 (5.12%) GitLab
9 24 (5.12%) JMeter
10 19 (4.05%) Toad
11 16 (3.41%) SpecFlow
12 15 (3.20%) Robot Framework
13 14 (2.99%) TestRail
14 10 (2.13%) Visual Studio
14 10 (2.13%) WebDriver
15 9 (1.92%) REST Assured
16 8 (1.71%) LoadRunner
17 7 (1.49%) Appium
General
1 147 (31.34%) Social Skills
2 84 (17.91%) Public Sector
3 76 (16.20%) Billing
4 75 (15.99%) General Ledger
5 50 (10.66%) Analytical Skills
6 38 (8.10%) Finance
7 30 (6.40%) Influencing Skills
8 20 (4.26%) Telecoms
9 12 (2.56%) Manufacturing
10 9 (1.92%) Banking
11 8 (1.71%) Presentation Skills
12 6 (1.28%) Retail
13 5 (1.07%) Automotive
14 4 (0.85%) Electronics
14 4 (0.85%) Marketing
15 3 (0.64%) Documentation Skills
15 3 (0.64%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 3 (0.64%) Organisational Skills
16 2 (0.43%) Investment Banking
16 2 (0.43%) Law
Job Titles
1 135 (28.78%) Analyst
2 121 (25.80%) Test Analyst
3 97 (20.68%) Test Manager
4 76 (16.20%) Test Leader
5 54 (11.51%) Tester
6 48 (10.23%) Test Engineer
7 40 (8.53%) Oracle Specialist
8 36 (7.68%) Test Specialist
9 24 (5.12%) QA Analyst
10 17 (3.62%) QA Tester
11 16 (3.41%) QA Test Analyst
12 14 (2.99%) QA Engineer
12 14 (2.99%) UAT Lead
13 13 (2.77%) Automation Tester
14 12 (2.56%) Senior Analyst
14 12 (2.56%) Test Automation Engineer
15 11 (2.35%) Software Tester
15 11 (2.35%) UAT Test Lead
16 10 (2.13%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
16 10 (2.13%) UAT Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (8.96%) XML
2 27 (5.76%) SOAP
3 25 (5.33%) JSON
4 15 (3.20%) Gherkin
4 15 (3.20%) RabbitMQ
5 11 (2.35%) Oracle Fusion
5 11 (2.35%) Web Services
6 9 (1.92%) .NET
6 9 (1.92%) REST
7 8 (1.71%) Swagger
8 6 (1.28%) HTML
8 6 (1.28%) Middleware
9 5 (1.07%) CSS
10 4 (0.85%) WireMock
11 3 (0.64%) WebdriverIO
12 2 (0.43%) .NET Framework
12 2 (0.43%) ADO
12 2 (0.43%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.43%) ASP.NET
12 2 (0.43%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 18 (3.84%) Self-Motivation
2 10 (2.13%) Management Information System
3 9 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
3 9 (1.92%) Mobile App
4 6 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (1.07%) Legacy Systems
5 5 (1.07%) NHS
5 5 (1.07%) Tandem
6 4 (0.85%) Analytical Mindset
6 4 (0.85%) Public Cloud
6 4 (0.85%) User Experience
6 4 (0.85%) W3C
7 3 (0.64%) SWIFT
8 2 (0.43%) Cloud Native
8 2 (0.43%) Cybercrime
8 2 (0.43%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.43%) Data Structures
8 2 (0.43%) Fixed Income
8 2 (0.43%) Handset
8 2 (0.43%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 58 (12.37%) Unix
2 35 (7.46%) Windows
3 20 (4.26%) Linux
4 6 (1.28%) AIX
5 2 (0.43%) Android
5 2 (0.43%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.21%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.21%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 273 (58.21%) Test Automation
2 226 (48.19%) Agile
3 172 (36.67%) Test Management
4 127 (27.08%) User Acceptance Testing
5 123 (26.23%) Functional Testing
6 121 (25.80%) ERP
7 110 (23.45%) Test Scripting
8 108 (23.03%) Scenario Testing
9 101 (21.54%) Test Strategy
10 95 (20.26%) Software Testing
11 86 (18.34%) Scrum
12 80 (17.06%) Non-Functional Testing
13 78 (16.63%) Defect Management
13 78 (16.63%) System Integration Testing
14 77 (16.42%) DevOps
15 75 (15.99%) Cash Management
16 71 (15.14%) Waterfall
17 66 (14.07%) Stakeholder Management
18 61 (13.01%) CI/CD
19 60 (12.79%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 98 (20.90%) SQL
2 56 (11.94%) Java
3 33 (7.04%) C#
4 28 (5.97%) PL/SQL
5 26 (5.54%) Python
6 22 (4.69%) JavaScript
7 7 (1.49%) C
8 4 (0.85%) VB
9 3 (0.64%) C++
9 3 (0.64%) PowerShell
9 3 (0.64%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.64%) TypeScript
10 2 (0.43%) VB6
11 1 (0.21%) Go
11 1 (0.21%) PHP
11 1 (0.21%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.21%) XPath
Qualifications
1 219 (46.70%) ISEB
2 198 (42.22%) Security Cleared
3 178 (37.95%) SC Cleared
4 158 (33.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 54 (11.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 32 (6.82%) Degree
7 15 (3.20%) DV Cleared
8 10 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (1.49%) CCNA
11 6 (1.28%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (1.07%) CCNP
12 5 (1.07%) ISEB Practitioner
13 4 (0.85%) HNC
14 2 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
14 2 (0.43%) Master's Degree
14 2 (0.43%) Numerate Degree
15 1 (0.21%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 151 (32.20%) QA
2 15 (3.20%) Accessibility
3 5 (1.07%) WCAG
4 2 (0.43%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.43%) GDPR
System Software
1 7 (1.49%) Active Directory
1 7 (1.49%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (1.28%) Docker
3 1 (0.21%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 28 (5.97%) HP ALM
2 19 (4.05%) Ansible
3 12 (2.56%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.64%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.43%) Ionix
6 1 (0.21%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.21%) Check_MK
6 1 (0.21%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.21%) Kibana
6 1 (0.21%) OPNET
6 1 (0.21%) WSUS
Vendors
1 158 (33.69%) Oracle
2 68 (14.50%) Microsoft
3 53 (11.30%) SAP
4 26 (5.54%) HP
5 23 (4.90%) CheckPoint
6 19 (4.05%) Talend
7 18 (3.84%) webMethods
8 17 (3.62%) Informatica
9 10 (2.13%) Micro Focus
10 9 (1.92%) ServiceNow
10 9 (1.92%) Workday
11 7 (1.49%) VMware
12 6 (1.28%) JD Edwards
12 6 (1.28%) Remedy
13 5 (1.07%) Atlassian
13 5 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
14 4 (0.85%) IBM
15 2 (0.43%) BT
15 2 (0.43%) Dynatrace
15 2 (0.43%) Guidewire