Period
to 9 May 2021

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 9 May 2021 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
9 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 441 388 369
Rank change year-on-year -53 -19 +47
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 245 281 640
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.54% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.11% 2.38% 3.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 162 184 364
10th Percentile £290 £313 £300
25th Percentile £350 £360 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £379
Median % change year-on-year +0.06% +5.61% +8.21%
75th Percentile £485 £525 £458
90th Percentile £519 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £383 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -4.25% +6.67% +13.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 11
10th Percentile £32.50 £36.70 "
25th Percentile £43.75 £47.00 £19.25
Median hourly rate £55.00 £47.97 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +14.65% +19.93% +196.30%
75th Percentile £61.25 £48.99 £53.00
90th Percentile " £59.50 "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £47.97 £40.00
% change year-on-year +14.65% +19.93% +196.30%

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 11,613 11,810 17,800
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.74% 22.75% 19.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,610 7,563 11,160
10th Percentile £304 £263 £263
25th Percentile £400 £373 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £483 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +1.58% +2.15% +3.33%
75th Percentile £575 £571 £563
90th Percentile £653 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +6.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 574 474 757
10th Percentile £14.50 £14.58 £12.54
25th Percentile £19.43 £17.55 £17.09
Median hourly rate £38.71 £30.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +29.03% - +37.52%
75th Percentile £50.60 £49.50 £47.09
90th Percentile £63.18 £57.50 £52.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.83 £29.90
% change year-on-year +35.53% -13.63% +32.89%

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 9 May 2021.

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 9 May 2021.

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 9 May 2021. 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 -32 205 £400 +0.06% 40
UK excluding London -14 142 £383 -4.25% 36
Work from Home -180 86 £403 -15.26% 7
London -13 68 £440 -7.37% 7
South East +10 42 £375 -6.25% 6
Midlands +18 39 £362 +0.56% 14
West Midlands +8 39 £362 +0.56% 11
North of England +39 24 £385 +2.67% 8
South West +15 17 £463 +2.83% 3
North West +29 16 £400 -13.04% 2
Scotland -10 14 £415 -6.74% 2
East of England +18 5 £550 +41.03% 2
North East +26 4 £340 -4.23% 1
Yorkshire +14 4 £300 -13.04% 5
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 9 May 2021, 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.

1 135 (55.10%) ISEB
2 126 (51.43%) Agile Software Development
3 118 (48.16%) Test Automation
4 97 (39.59%) Social Skills
5 88 (35.92%) JIRA
6 86 (35.10%) Software Testing
7 82 (33.47%) QA
7 82 (33.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 76 (31.02%) Security Cleared
9 72 (29.39%) Test Management
9 72 (29.39%) Microsoft
10 67 (27.35%) Public Sector
11 65 (26.53%) Test Strategy
12 60 (24.49%) SQL
13 58 (23.67%) SC Cleared
14 56 (22.86%) Defect Management
15 54 (22.04%) Test Scripting
16 52 (21.22%) Azure
17 49 (20.00%) Oracle
18 47 (19.18%) Non-Functional Testing
19 43 (17.55%) Waterfall
19 43 (17.55%) SDLC
20 42 (17.14%) DevOps
20 42 (17.14%) Java
20 42 (17.14%) Selenium
21 38 (15.51%) Stakeholder Management
22 37 (15.10%) Regression Testing
22 37 (15.10%) User Acceptance Testing
23 36 (14.69%) Validation
23 36 (14.69%) Problem-Solving

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 28 (11.43%) Confluence
2 16 (6.53%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.04%) WebLogic
4 3 (1.22%) Apache
4 3 (1.22%) CMS
5 2 (0.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.82%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.82%) WebLogic Integration
5 2 (0.82%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.41%) EPiServer
Applications
1 22 (8.98%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (6.94%) Microsoft Project
3 16 (6.53%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.22%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (4.49%) SAP FI-CA
1 11 (4.49%) SAP PSCD
2 7 (2.86%) SAP HCM
3 5 (2.04%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (1.22%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (1.22%) Oracle Cash Management
4 3 (1.22%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (1.22%) Oracle General Ledger
4 3 (1.22%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (1.22%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (1.22%) Summit
5 2 (0.82%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.82%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.41%) Bloomberg TOMS
6 1 (0.41%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.41%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.41%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 52 (21.22%) Azure
2 23 (9.39%) AWS
3 14 (5.71%) GitHub
4 9 (3.67%) Microsoft 365
5 8 (3.27%) Dynamics 365
6 7 (2.86%) SuccessFactors
7 6 (2.45%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (2.45%) Serverless
8 5 (2.04%) PaaS
9 4 (1.63%) BrowserStack
10 3 (1.22%) SaaS
11 2 (0.82%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 2 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.82%) IaaS
11 2 (0.82%) NuGet
11 2 (0.82%) Power Platform
11 2 (0.82%) Sauce Labs
11 2 (0.82%) Tricentis Tosca
12 1 (0.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.41%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.63%) WAN
2 3 (1.22%) FTP
2 3 (1.22%) HTTP
2 3 (1.22%) Internet
2 3 (1.22%) LAN
3 2 (0.82%) 3G
3 2 (0.82%) 4G
3 2 (0.82%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (0.82%) Network Security
3 2 (0.82%) PuTTY
3 2 (0.82%) WinSCP
3 2 (0.82%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.41%) DHCP
4 1 (0.41%) IMAP
4 1 (0.41%) SAN
4 1 (0.41%) SD-WAN
4 1 (0.41%) SSL
4 1 (0.41%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.41%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (5.71%) Oracle Database
2 12 (4.90%) MySQL
2 12 (4.90%) SQL Server
3 7 (2.86%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (1.63%) MongoDB
5 4 (1.63%) NoSQL
5 4 (1.63%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.22%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.82%) MS Access
7 2 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.82%) Power BI
8 1 (0.41%) Big Data
8 1 (0.41%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.41%) Riak
8 1 (0.41%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 88 (35.92%) JIRA
2 42 (17.14%) Selenium
3 27 (11.02%) JMeter
4 23 (9.39%) Postman
5 20 (8.16%) SoapUI
6 19 (7.76%) Cucumber
6 19 (7.76%) Jenkins
7 14 (5.71%) Gatling
8 13 (5.31%) Git (software)
9 12 (4.90%) SpecFlow
10 10 (4.08%) LoadRunner
11 8 (3.27%) NeoLoad
12 7 (2.86%) eggPlant
12 7 (2.86%) SilkPerformer
12 7 (2.86%) WebLOAD
13 6 (2.45%) Burp Suite
13 6 (2.45%) Maven
14 5 (2.04%) Bitbucket
14 5 (2.04%) Team Foundation Server
14 5 (2.04%) Zephyr
General
1 97 (39.59%) Social Skills
2 67 (27.35%) Public Sector
3 31 (12.65%) Influencing Skills
4 26 (10.61%) Analytical Skills
4 26 (10.61%) Finance
5 18 (7.35%) Banking
6 6 (2.45%) Telecoms
7 5 (2.04%) Presentation Skills
8 4 (1.63%) Military
9 3 (1.22%) Billing
9 3 (1.22%) Games
9 3 (1.22%) General Ledger
9 3 (1.22%) Investment Banking
9 3 (1.22%) Law
10 1 (0.41%) Advertising
10 1 (0.41%) Back Office
10 1 (0.41%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.41%) Marketing
10 1 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.41%) Retail
Job Titles
1 60 (24.49%) Analyst
1 60 (24.49%) Test Manager
2 55 (22.45%) Test Analyst
3 52 (21.22%) Tester
4 19 (7.76%) Test Engineer
5 15 (6.12%) QA Analyst
5 15 (6.12%) Test Leader
6 11 (4.49%) Automation Tester
6 11 (4.49%) Performance Tester
7 10 (4.08%) QA Test Analyst
7 10 (4.08%) SAP Analyst
7 10 (4.08%) SAP Test Analyst
8 9 (3.67%) Graduate
9 7 (2.86%) Developer
9 7 (2.86%) Lead Tester
9 7 (2.86%) QA Engineer
9 7 (2.86%) SAP Manager
9 7 (2.86%) SAP Test Manager
9 7 (2.86%) Software Tester
9 7 (2.86%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (11.43%) XML
2 17 (6.94%) REST
3 14 (5.71%) JSON
4 13 (5.31%) .NET
5 12 (4.90%) SOAP
6 7 (2.86%) HTML
7 6 (2.45%) OAuth
7 6 (2.45%) OAuth2
7 6 (2.45%) Swagger
8 5 (2.04%) RESTful
9 4 (1.63%) Web Services
10 3 (1.22%) Gherkin
10 3 (1.22%) Middleware
10 3 (1.22%) Node.js
10 3 (1.22%) Oracle Fusion
10 3 (1.22%) WireMock
10 3 (1.22%) WPF
11 2 (0.82%) .NET Framework
11 2 (0.82%) jQuery
11 2 (0.82%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 9 (3.67%) NHS
1 9 (3.67%) Video\Live Streaming
2 8 (3.27%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (2.86%) Smart Meter
4 6 (2.45%) Mobile App
4 6 (2.45%) User Experience
5 4 (1.63%) Fixed Income
6 3 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.22%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.82%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.82%) Data Centre
7 2 (0.82%) Equities
7 2 (0.82%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.41%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.41%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.41%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.41%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 31 (12.65%) Windows
2 19 (7.76%) Unix
3 8 (3.27%) Linux
4 3 (1.22%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.82%) Android
5 2 (0.82%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.82%) HPUX
5 2 (0.82%) SUSE
6 1 (0.41%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (51.43%) Agile Software Development
2 118 (48.16%) Test Automation
3 86 (35.10%) Software Testing
4 72 (29.39%) Test Management
5 65 (26.53%) Test Strategy
6 56 (22.86%) Defect Management
7 54 (22.04%) Test Scripting
8 47 (19.18%) Non-Functional Testing
9 43 (17.55%) SDLC
9 43 (17.55%) Waterfall
10 42 (17.14%) DevOps
11 38 (15.51%) Stakeholder Management
12 37 (15.10%) Regression Testing
12 37 (15.10%) User Acceptance Testing
13 36 (14.69%) Problem-Solving
13 36 (14.69%) Validation
14 34 (13.88%) Migration
15 31 (12.65%) Scenario Testing
15 31 (12.65%) Scrum
16 30 (12.24%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 60 (24.49%) SQL
2 42 (17.14%) Java
3 29 (11.84%) C#
4 19 (7.76%) JavaScript
5 18 (7.35%) PL/SQL
6 11 (4.49%) VB
7 6 (2.45%) C++
7 6 (2.45%) Python
8 5 (2.04%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.63%) Shell Script
10 3 (1.22%) C
10 3 (1.22%) Ruby
11 2 (0.82%) FoxPro (VFP)
11 2 (0.82%) Java 8
11 2 (0.82%) VBA
11 2 (0.82%) VBScript
12 1 (0.41%) Erlang
12 1 (0.41%) Groovy
12 1 (0.41%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.41%) PHP
Qualifications
1 135 (55.10%) ISEB
2 82 (33.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 76 (31.02%) Security Cleared
4 58 (23.67%) SC Cleared
5 33 (13.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 23 (9.39%) Degree
7 14 (5.71%) DV Cleared
8 7 (2.86%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (2.45%) ISEB Practitioner
10 5 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (1.22%) MCP
12 2 (0.82%) OCP
12 2 (0.82%) Oracle Certification
12 2 (0.82%) SAP Certification
13 1 (0.41%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.41%) CTC Cleared
13 1 (0.41%) HNC
13 1 (0.41%) Master's Degree
13 1 (0.41%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.41%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (33.47%) QA
2 8 (3.27%) SLA
3 1 (0.41%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.41%) HL7
3 1 (0.41%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 9 (3.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.22%) Docker
3 2 (0.82%) vSphere
4 1 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 16 (6.53%) HP ALM
2 8 (3.27%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.82%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.41%) Ionix
4 1 (0.41%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 72 (29.39%) Microsoft
2 49 (20.00%) Oracle
3 34 (13.88%) SAP
4 16 (6.53%) CheckPoint
4 16 (6.53%) HP
5 12 (4.90%) Google
6 8 (3.27%) Salesforce.com
7 7 (2.86%) MuleSoft
8 3 (1.22%) Dell
8 3 (1.22%) Micro Focus
8 3 (1.22%) webMethods
9 2 (0.82%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.82%) Blue Prism
9 2 (0.82%) Cisco
9 2 (0.82%) IBM
9 2 (0.82%) Juniper
9 2 (0.82%) Splunk
9 2 (0.82%) TIBCO
10 1 (0.41%) FXall
10 1 (0.41%) Workday