Period
to 17 January 2018

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 17 January 2018 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
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 431 382 262
Rank change year-on-year -49 -120 +49
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 533 601 977
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.62% 0.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.81% 3.02% 4.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 361 620
UK median daily rate £339 £344 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.38% +2.54% -0.74%
10th Percentile £263 £213 £225
90th Percentile £462 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 5
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £34.25 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -60.58% +0.74% +128.96%
10th Percentile £12.71 £14.85 £25.10
90th Percentile £46.00 £40.48 £134.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year -61.43% +2.94% +51.11%

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 18,952 19,875 21,710
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.89% 20.42% 20.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,621 12,439 13,134
UK median daily rate £425 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £619 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 835 870 1,020
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -5.56% +42.11%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -7.41% -1.82% +41.03%

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 17 January 2018.

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 17 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 18 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 17 January 2018. 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 -46 477 £345 -1.43% 194
UK excluding London -6 367 £325 - 168
London -31 161 £400 - 34
South East -6 142 £338 +2.27% 41
Midlands -17 61 £344 +1.85% 35
North of England +39 49 £300 +1.69% 50
South West -8 49 £325 - 15
West Midlands -15 43 £380 +11.76% 23
Scotland -34 33 £275 - 6
Yorkshire +22 30 £305 +10.91% 23
East Midlands +2 18 £320 -8.57% 12
East of England -39 15 £343 +5.38% 19
North West +11 12 £300 -14.29% 23
Northern Ireland - 10 £308 -
North East +47 7 £275 - 4
Wales +9 7 £388 +19.23% 2
Isle of Man - 1 £325 -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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.

1 343 (64.35%) ISEB
2 269 (50.47%) Agile Software Development
3 234 (43.90%) Test Automation
4 169 (31.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 166 (31.14%) Test Scripting
6 145 (27.20%) Software Testing
7 141 (26.45%) SQL
8 140 (26.27%) User Acceptance Testing
9 129 (24.20%) Scrum
10 127 (23.83%) Finance
10 127 (23.83%) Selenium
11 125 (23.45%) JIRA
12 104 (19.51%) HP
13 97 (18.20%) Test Strategy
14 92 (17.26%) Java
14 92 (17.26%) QA
15 89 (16.70%) Banking
16 86 (16.14%) Functional Testing
17 79 (14.82%) SDLC
18 78 (14.63%) HP Quality Center
19 75 (14.07%) Regression Testing
20 74 (13.88%) Scenario Testing
21 71 (13.32%) BDD
22 69 (12.95%) Test Management
22 69 (12.95%) Security Cleared
23 66 (12.38%) System Integration Testing
24 64 (12.01%) Defect Management
25 57 (10.69%) C#
26 56 (10.51%) Waterfall
27 54 (10.13%) Microsoft

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 32 (6.00%) Confluence
2 13 (2.44%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.50%) WebLogic
4 7 (1.31%) CMS
5 6 (1.13%) BizTalk Server
5 6 (1.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 5 (0.94%) SAS
6 5 (0.94%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.75%) Documentum
7 4 (0.75%) JBoss
7 4 (0.75%) JCAPS
7 4 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.38%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.19%) Apache
10 1 (0.19%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.19%) Drupal
10 1 (0.19%) MQSeries
10 1 (0.19%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 33 (6.19%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (4.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (3.00%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.75%) SAP CO
1 4 (0.75%) SAP FI
1 4 (0.75%) SAP FI/CO
1 4 (0.75%) SAP MM
2 3 (0.56%) Maximo
3 2 (0.38%) Actimize
3 2 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.38%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.38%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.38%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.19%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.19%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.19%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.75%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.75%) SaaS
3 3 (0.56%) BrowserStack
4 2 (0.38%) BlazeMeter
4 2 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (0.38%) Office 365
5 1 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.19%) PaaS
5 1 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.31%) Internet
2 5 (0.94%) Firewall
2 5 (0.94%) MVNO
3 4 (0.75%) DHCP
3 4 (0.75%) DNS
3 4 (0.75%) LDAP
4 3 (0.56%) HTTP
4 3 (0.56%) IPv4
4 3 (0.56%) IPv6
4 3 (0.56%) SMS
4 3 (0.56%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.38%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.38%) Wireless
6 1 (0.19%) DSL
6 1 (0.19%) GGSN
6 1 (0.19%) SMTP
6 1 (0.19%) SSL
6 1 (0.19%) Value-Added Service
6 1 (0.19%) VoWiFi
6 1 (0.19%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (6.38%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
2 15 (2.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (1.31%) Oracle Database
4 5 (0.94%) Big Data
5 3 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (0.56%) Power BI
6 2 (0.38%) Amazon Redshift
6 2 (0.38%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.38%) HBase
6 2 (0.38%) MySQL
6 2 (0.38%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.38%) Oracle BI EE
6 2 (0.38%) Pentaho
6 2 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.38%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.19%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.19%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.19%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.19%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 127 (23.83%) Selenium
2 125 (23.45%) JIRA
3 46 (8.63%) SoapUI
4 39 (7.32%) Team Foundation Server
5 38 (7.13%) Cucumber
6 34 (6.38%) WebDriver
7 31 (5.82%) JMeter
8 28 (5.25%) Visual Studio
9 27 (5.07%) HP UFT
10 20 (3.75%) SpecFlow
11 17 (3.19%) Jenkins
12 14 (2.63%) LoadRunner
13 13 (2.44%) TestRail
13 13 (2.44%) Zephyr
14 11 (2.06%) MSTest
14 11 (2.06%) Selenium IDE
15 9 (1.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 7 (1.31%) Git (software)
16 7 (1.31%) Maven
16 7 (1.31%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 127 (23.83%) Finance
2 89 (16.70%) Banking
3 43 (8.07%) Retail Banking
4 22 (4.13%) Retail
5 17 (3.19%) Telecoms
6 9 (1.69%) Games
7 8 (1.50%) Billing
7 8 (1.50%) Military
8 7 (1.31%) Legal
9 5 (0.94%) Publishing
10 4 (0.75%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.56%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.56%) Law
11 3 (0.56%) Private Banking
12 2 (0.38%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.38%) Automotive
12 2 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.19%) Advertising
13 1 (0.19%) Back Office
13 1 (0.19%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 278 (52.16%) Analyst
2 258 (48.41%) Test Analyst
3 76 (14.26%) Tester
4 63 (11.82%) Test Manager
5 50 (9.38%) Test Leader
6 40 (7.50%) Automation Test Analyst
7 32 (6.00%) Senior Analyst
8 31 (5.82%) Test Engineer
9 30 (5.63%) Senior Test Analyst
10 28 (5.25%) Banking Analyst
11 25 (4.69%) Automation Tester
12 23 (4.32%) Selenium Test Analyst
13 19 (3.56%) Agile Test Analyst
14 16 (3.00%) Developer
14 16 (3.00%) Software Tester
15 14 (2.63%) QA Engineer
16 12 (2.25%) QA Analyst
17 11 (2.06%) Developer in Test
17 11 (2.06%) Test Automation Engineer
18 10 (1.88%) Test Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (7.32%) .NET
2 35 (6.57%) XML
3 27 (5.07%) SOAP
4 23 (4.32%) Web Services
5 18 (3.38%) Gherkin
6 11 (2.06%) REST
7 10 (1.88%) AngularJS
7 10 (1.88%) XSLT
8 8 (1.50%) HTML
9 7 (1.31%) .NET Framework
9 7 (1.31%) Spring
10 6 (1.13%) CSS
10 6 (1.13%) Hibernate
10 6 (1.13%) J2EE
10 6 (1.13%) RESTful
11 5 (0.94%) FIX Protocol
11 5 (0.94%) JSON
11 5 (0.94%) Middleware
12 4 (0.75%) Drools
12 4 (0.75%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (2.81%) Computer Science
2 15 (2.81%) Mobile App
3 11 (2.06%) User Experience
4 9 (1.69%) Mainframe
5 8 (1.50%) Client/Server
5 8 (1.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 8 (1.50%) Greenfield Project
5 8 (1.50%) Management Information System
6 7 (1.31%) AS400
7 6 (1.13%) Analytical Mindset
8 5 (0.94%) iSeries
8 5 (0.94%) Reference Data
8 5 (0.94%) Smart Meter
9 3 (0.56%) IVR
10 2 (0.38%) Equities
10 2 (0.38%) NHS
10 2 (0.38%) N-Tier
10 2 (0.38%) PMI
10 2 (0.38%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 32 (6.00%) Windows
2 24 (4.50%) Unix
3 19 (3.56%) Linux
4 6 (1.13%) Android
5 5 (0.94%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.75%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.56%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.56%) Windows 8
7 3 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.38%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.19%) AIX
9 1 (0.19%) CentOS
9 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.19%) webOS
9 1 (0.19%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.19%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 269 (50.47%) Agile Software Development
2 234 (43.90%) Test Automation
3 166 (31.14%) Test Scripting
4 145 (27.20%) Software Testing
5 140 (26.27%) User Acceptance Testing
6 129 (24.20%) Scrum
7 97 (18.20%) Test Strategy
8 86 (16.14%) Functional Testing
9 79 (14.82%) SDLC
10 75 (14.07%) Regression Testing
11 74 (13.88%) Scenario Testing
12 71 (13.32%) BDD
13 69 (12.95%) Test Management
14 66 (12.38%) System Integration Testing
15 64 (12.01%) Defect Management
16 56 (10.51%) Waterfall
17 53 (9.94%) Manual Testing
17 53 (9.94%) Migration
18 49 (9.19%) Integration Testing
19 46 (8.63%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 141 (26.45%) SQL
2 92 (17.26%) Java
3 57 (10.69%) C#
4 33 (6.19%) JavaScript
5 29 (5.44%) Python
6 14 (2.63%) C++
7 11 (2.06%) C
8 10 (1.88%) T-SQL
9 8 (1.50%) PL/SQL
10 7 (1.31%) Ruby
11 5 (0.94%) Groovy
11 5 (0.94%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.75%) PHP
13 3 (0.56%) PowerShell
13 3 (0.56%) Scala
13 3 (0.56%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.56%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.38%) VB
15 1 (0.19%) Bash Shell
15 1 (0.19%) Jython
Qualifications
1 343 (64.35%) ISEB
2 169 (31.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 69 (12.95%) Security Cleared
4 47 (8.82%) Degree
5 30 (5.63%) SC Cleared
6 26 (4.88%) DV Cleared
7 18 (3.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 12 (2.25%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (1.13%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.75%) PMP
10 4 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.38%) CCNA
11 2 (0.38%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.38%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.38%) MCSA
11 2 (0.38%) MCSE
11 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.19%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (17.26%) QA
2 6 (1.13%) PMO
3 5 (0.94%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.75%) HL7
5 3 (0.56%) GDPR
6 2 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.19%) EMIR
7 1 (0.19%) IFRS
7 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 15288
7 1 (0.19%) MiFID
7 1 (0.19%) SLA
7 1 (0.19%) WCAG
System Software
1 20 (3.75%) Active Directory
2 11 (2.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.38%) HDFS
3 2 (0.38%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 78 (14.63%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.38%) WSUS
3 1 (0.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (0.19%) HP Data Protector
3 1 (0.19%) Puppet
3 1 (0.19%) SCCM
3 1 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 104 (19.51%) HP
2 54 (10.13%) Microsoft
3 41 (7.69%) Oracle
4 19 (3.56%) Atlassian
5 18 (3.38%) SAP
6 17 (3.19%) VMware
7 13 (2.44%) IBM
8 10 (1.88%) Cisco
9 7 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (0.94%) Palo Alto
10 5 (0.94%) Sybase
10 5 (0.94%) webMethods
11 4 (0.75%) Fiorano
11 4 (0.75%) Informatica
12 3 (0.56%) InterSystems
13 2 (0.38%) Dell
13 2 (0.38%) EMC
13 2 (0.38%) MicroStrategy
13 2 (0.38%) Siemens
13 2 (0.38%) Teradata