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 3 months to 22 June 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 327 298 319
Rank change year-on-year -29 +21  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 311 423 383
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.78% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.44% 3.60% 3.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 282 226
Median daily rate £350 £336 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.08% +3.46%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £255 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 6
Median hourly rate £44.25 £14.93 £30.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +196.48% -51.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.78 £13.27 £14.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.00 £119.40 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £14.93 £30.00
% change year-on-year +191.45% -50.25%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9047 11737 10662
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.30% 21.77% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5405 7313 6195
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 500 438 557
Median hourly rate £32.00 £28.50 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.28% +17.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.48 £12.57 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £29.75 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.24% +23.34%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 22 June 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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 30 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 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -22 276 £350 +2.94% 107
South East +14 99 £350 - 22
London -3 75 £355 -5.33% 31
South West +7 30 £343 +5.38% 17
Surrey +16 28 £341 -7.97% 10
Hampshire -1 23 £320 -24.82% 3
Scotland +3 21 £273 -14.03% 9
West Midlands +17 19 £400 +37.93% 7
Basingstoke +3 13 £325 - 2
Bristol -5 13 £330 -21.19% 8
East of England -8 13 £363 +20.83% 6
Edinburgh +19 12 £275 -8.33% 4
Wales 0 12 £325 +13.53%
North West +13 11 £350 +16.66% 8
Yorkshire +7 11 £331 +5.84% 11
City of London 0 11 £350 -12.50% 11
Cardiff +1 10 £338 +17.90%
South Wales +1 10 £338 +17.90%
West Yorkshire +9 9 £412 +37.16% 9
Berkshire +14 8 £344 +5.76% 4
West Sussex +14 8 £375 +13.20%
East Midlands -5 8 £350 +85.18% 2
Buckinghamshire -17 8 £320 +33.33% 3
Redhill - 8 £335 -
North East +60 7 £390 +15.55% 3
Manchester +2 7 £230 -25.20% 5
Oxfordshire -6 7 £400 +31.14% 1
Milton Keynes -12 7 £320 +19.06% 2
Gloucestershire +6 5 £300 -25.00% 3
Wiltshire +1 5 £374 +24.58% 5

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 413 (63.34%) ISEB
2 323 (49.54%) Test Automation
3 276 (42.33%) Agile Software Development
4 190 (29.14%) Test Scripting
5 174 (26.69%) SQL
6 171 (26.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 163 (25.00%) Software Testing
8 154 (23.62%) Selenium
9 153 (23.47%) User Acceptance Testing
10 144 (22.09%) Finance
11 140 (21.47%) JIRA
12 131 (20.09%) Test Strategy
13 119 (18.25%) QA
14 112 (17.18%) HP
15 111 (17.02%) Functional Testing
16 107 (16.41%) Defect Management
17 101 (15.49%) Test Management
18 98 (15.03%) Scrum
19 94 (14.42%) Regression Testing
19 94 (14.42%) Microsoft
20 92 (14.11%) Java
21 90 (13.80%) Security Cleared
22 84 (12.88%) HP Quality Center
23 69 (10.58%) Continuous Integration
24 68 (10.43%) Manual Testing
24 68 (10.43%) Waterfall
25 67 (10.28%) SDLC
26 65 (9.97%) Integration Testing
27 64 (9.82%) BDD
27 64 (9.82%) Scenario Testing

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 31 (4.75%) Confluence
2 19 (2.91%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.69%) WebLogic
4 8 (1.23%) BizTalk Server
4 8 (1.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 8 (1.23%) SharePoint 2010
5 7 (1.07%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.92%) JCAPS
7 5 (0.77%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.61%) CMS
8 4 (0.61%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.46%) Apache
10 2 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.31%) JBoss
10 2 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.31%) SAS
10 2 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.31%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.15%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 29 (4.45%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (2.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.46%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.92%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.61%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.61%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.31%) SAP PM
4 2 (0.31%) TRIRIGA
5 1 (0.15%) Actimize
5 1 (0.15%) Maximo
5 1 (0.15%) Primavera
5 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP EWM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.15%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.15%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.15%) Sonata
5 1 (0.15%) Tercero
5 1 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 17 (2.61%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (1.53%) SaaS
3 7 (1.07%) GitHub
4 4 (0.61%) Office 365
5 2 (0.31%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.31%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.15%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.15%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (0.15%) Slack
6 1 (0.15%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.15%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 13 (1.99%) Internet
2 12 (1.84%) LTE
3 10 (1.53%) 4G
4 6 (0.92%) HTTP
4 6 (0.92%) TCP/IP
4 6 (0.92%) Wireless
5 4 (0.61%) LDAP
6 3 (0.46%) Value-Added Service
6 3 (0.46%) Wireshark
7 2 (0.31%) DNS
7 2 (0.31%) GGSN
7 2 (0.31%) PuTTY
7 2 (0.31%) VoWiFi
7 2 (0.31%) WinSCP
8 1 (0.15%) DHCP
8 1 (0.15%) Firewall
8 1 (0.15%) FTP
8 1 (0.15%) IP Telephony
8 1 (0.15%) SMS
8 1 (0.15%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (6.29%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.37%) Data Warehouse
3 13 (1.99%) Relational Database
4 12 (1.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (1.38%) Big Data
6 7 (1.07%) Oracle Database
7 6 (0.92%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8 5 (0.77%) Hadoop
8 5 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.61%) GIS
9 4 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.46%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.46%) Pentaho
11 2 (0.31%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.31%) MySQL
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle BI EE
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle Database 10g
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 154 (23.62%) Selenium
2 140 (21.47%) JIRA
3 62 (9.51%) Team Foundation Server
4 53 (8.13%) HP UFT
5 49 (7.52%) SoapUI
6 45 (6.90%) JMeter
7 44 (6.75%) Cucumber
7 44 (6.75%) WebDriver
8 41 (6.29%) Visual Studio
9 39 (5.98%) LoadRunner
10 33 (5.06%) Jenkins
11 26 (3.99%) Git (software)
12 21 (3.22%) TeamCity
13 17 (2.61%) SpecFlow
14 16 (2.45%) Hudson
14 16 (2.45%) MSTest
15 14 (2.15%) Mercurial
16 8 (1.23%) TestRail
17 7 (1.07%) Capybara
17 7 (1.07%) LoadUI
General
1 144 (22.09%) Finance
2 60 (9.20%) Banking
3 41 (6.29%) Retail
4 30 (4.60%) Telecoms
5 23 (3.53%) Retail Banking
6 9 (1.38%) Games
6 9 (1.38%) Spanish Language
7 8 (1.23%) Investment Banking
7 8 (1.23%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.23%) Publishing
8 6 (0.92%) Billing
8 6 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (0.77%) General Ledger
9 5 (0.77%) Legal
10 4 (0.61%) Advertising
10 4 (0.61%) Local Government
10 4 (0.61%) Marketing
11 3 (0.46%) Back Office
12 2 (0.31%) Automotive
12 2 (0.31%) Law
Job Titles
1 284 (43.56%) Analyst
2 271 (41.56%) Test Analyst
3 114 (17.48%) Tester
4 106 (16.26%) Test Manager
5 77 (11.81%) Test Leader
6 47 (7.21%) Automation Test Analyst
7 37 (5.67%) Test Engineer
8 34 (5.21%) Automation Tester
9 33 (5.06%) Senior Analyst
9 33 (5.06%) Senior Test Analyst
10 25 (3.83%) Lead Test Analyst
11 24 (3.68%) Software Tester
12 20 (3.07%) Agile Test Analyst
13 17 (2.61%) QA Tester
13 17 (2.61%) Test Specialist
14 16 (2.45%) Financial Analyst
14 16 (2.45%) Selenium Test Analyst
15 15 (2.30%) UAT Analyst
15 15 (2.30%) UAT Manager
15 15 (2.30%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (8.13%) XML
2 26 (3.99%) .NET
3 23 (3.53%) Web Services
4 22 (3.37%) SOAP
5 16 (2.45%) HTML
6 12 (1.84%) CSS
7 11 (1.69%) RESTful
8 10 (1.53%) XSLT
9 9 (1.38%) J2EE
9 9 (1.38%) Spring
10 8 (1.23%) Hibernate
11 7 (1.07%) Gherkin
11 7 (1.07%) Kendo UI
11 7 (1.07%) Middleware
12 6 (0.92%) AngularJS
12 6 (0.92%) IBM Integration Bus
12 6 (0.92%) REST
13 5 (0.77%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 5 (0.77%) JSON
13 5 (0.77%) Razor View Engine
Miscellaneous
1 41 (6.29%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (2.61%) NHS
3 14 (2.15%) Computer Science
3 14 (2.15%) Mobile App
4 12 (1.84%) Management Information System
5 11 (1.69%) Client/Server
6 6 (0.92%) IVR
7 5 (0.77%) User Experience
8 4 (0.61%) Derivative
9 3 (0.46%) Clustering
9 3 (0.46%) Contactless
9 3 (0.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (0.46%) Freedom of Information
9 3 (0.46%) Over-the-Top Content
9 3 (0.46%) Reference Data
9 3 (0.46%) Semantic Web
9 3 (0.46%) Smart Meter
9 3 (0.46%) SWIFT
9 3 (0.46%) Tandem
10 2 (0.31%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 55 (8.44%) Windows
2 39 (5.98%) Linux
3 36 (5.52%) Unix
4 11 (1.69%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.53%) Windows 10
5 10 (1.53%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (1.38%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (1.23%) Android
7 8 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (1.07%) Apple iOS
8 7 (1.07%) Windows 7
9 6 (0.92%) Windows XP
10 4 (0.61%) Windows 8
10 4 (0.61%) Windows Vista
11 3 (0.46%) AIX
12 1 (0.15%) HPUX
12 1 (0.15%) Kali Linux
12 1 (0.15%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 323 (49.54%) Test Automation
2 276 (42.33%) Agile Software Development
3 190 (29.14%) Test Scripting
4 163 (25.00%) Software Testing
5 153 (23.47%) User Acceptance Testing
6 131 (20.09%) Test Strategy
7 111 (17.02%) Functional Testing
8 107 (16.41%) Defect Management
9 101 (15.49%) Test Management
10 98 (15.03%) Scrum
11 94 (14.42%) Regression Testing
12 69 (10.58%) Continuous Integration
13 68 (10.43%) Manual Testing
13 68 (10.43%) Waterfall
14 67 (10.28%) SDLC
15 65 (9.97%) Integration Testing
16 64 (9.82%) BDD
16 64 (9.82%) Scenario Testing
17 61 (9.36%) Test Planning
18 51 (7.82%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 174 (26.69%) SQL
2 92 (14.11%) Java
3 50 (7.67%) C#
4 37 (5.67%) Python
5 28 (4.29%) JavaScript
6 25 (3.83%) PL/SQL
7 22 (3.37%) Groovy
8 21 (3.22%) Ruby
9 15 (2.30%) C
9 15 (2.30%) C++
10 12 (1.84%) VB
11 6 (0.92%) VBScript
12 5 (0.77%) PHP
12 5 (0.77%) Scala
12 5 (0.77%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.46%) ActionScript
13 3 (0.46%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.46%) Perl
13 3 (0.46%) VBA
14 2 (0.31%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 413 (63.34%) ISEB
2 171 (26.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 90 (13.80%) Security Cleared
4 55 (8.44%) Degree
5 46 (7.06%) SC Cleared
6 40 (6.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 18 (2.76%) BPSS Clearance
8 13 (1.99%) DV Cleared
9 6 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (0.92%) ISEB Practitioner
10 3 (0.46%) MCITP
10 3 (0.46%) MCSA
10 3 (0.46%) MCSE
10 3 (0.46%) MCTS
10 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.15%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.15%) EMCIE
12 1 (0.15%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 119 (18.25%) QA
2 19 (2.91%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (1.23%) HL7
4 6 (0.92%) SLA
5 5 (0.77%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.61%) PMO
7 3 (0.46%) FATCA
7 3 (0.46%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.31%) TickIT
9 1 (0.15%) Basel II
9 1 (0.15%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.15%) EMIR
9 1 (0.15%) IFRS
9 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.15%) MiFID
9 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (1.53%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (0.46%) Hyper-V
3 3 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
3 3 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.31%) HDFS
5 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 84 (12.88%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.53%) Cisco IPCC
3 4 (0.61%) McAfee ePO
3 4 (0.61%) Netcool
3 4 (0.61%) SCCM
4 3 (0.46%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.31%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.31%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.15%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.15%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.15%) Graphite
6 1 (0.15%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.15%) ITRS Geneos
6 1 (0.15%) Oozie
6 1 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.15%) Puppet
Vendors
1 112 (17.18%) HP
2 94 (14.42%) Microsoft
3 57 (8.74%) Oracle
4 37 (5.67%) SAP
5 21 (3.22%) IBM
6 11 (1.69%) Salesforce.com
7 10 (1.53%) Atlassian
8 9 (1.38%) Sybase
9 8 (1.23%) VMware
10 7 (1.07%) Motorola
10 7 (1.07%) Telerik
11 6 (0.92%) BMC
11 6 (0.92%) Fiorano
11 6 (0.92%) InterSystems
12 5 (0.77%) Adobe
12 5 (0.77%) Cisco
12 5 (0.77%) Citrix
13 4 (0.61%) Google
13 4 (0.61%) McAfee
13 4 (0.61%) Remedy
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 2 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £470.00 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
MARS Technical Recruitment
Rate: From £275 to £275 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North East
Sanderson
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
NCC Group
Rate: Competitive Day Rates
Posted: 20 days ago