Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 377 385 361
Rank change year-on-year +8 -24 +74
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 223 413 695
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.57% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.34% 2.68% 3.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 277 368
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +11.11%
10th Percentile £275 £313 £285
90th Percentile £500 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £383 £400 £365
% change year-on-year -4.25% +9.59% +12.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 17 11
Median hourly rate £48.75 £47.97 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.63% +23.00% +188.89%
10th Percentile £25.23 £36.00 £15.00
90th Percentile £61.25 £73.75 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £47.97 £38.00
% change year-on-year +1.63% +26.24% +181.48%

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 9,523 15,418 18,865
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.83% 21.33% 19.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,215 9,933 11,593
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £278 £256 £258
90th Percentile £649 £644 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 497 658 828
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £25.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.08% +29.39% +11.63%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.11 £12.50
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £38.71 £30.00 £26.46
% change year-on-year +29.03% +13.39% +5.83%

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 20 January 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 20 January 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 20 January 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 +51 203 £395 -4.82% 24
UK excluding London +25 133 £383 -4.25% 25
Work from Home -122 66 £385 -6.61% 1
London +119 62 £419 -6.94% 4
Midlands +79 50 £381 +5.83% 5
West Midlands +64 49 £381 +5.83% 4
South East +63 40 £405 -5.81% 11
South West +37 16 £475 +2.70% 1
East of England +73 13 £325 -10.96%
North of England +36 10 £375 +7.14% 3
North West +55 7 £400 +15.11% 1
Yorkshire +17 2 £305 -12.86% 2
Scotland +17 2 £400 +14.29% 4
Isle of Man - 2 - -
North East +22 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 January 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.

1 138 (61.88%) ISEB
2 117 (52.47%) Agile Software Development
3 112 (50.22%) Test Automation
4 110 (49.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 90 (40.36%) JIRA
6 74 (33.18%) Test Scripting
7 71 (31.84%) SQL
8 68 (30.49%) Security Cleared
8 68 (30.49%) QA
9 58 (26.01%) Microsoft
9 58 (26.01%) Selenium
10 56 (25.11%) Java
11 54 (24.22%) SC Cleared
11 54 (24.22%) Public Sector
12 53 (23.77%) Test Strategy
12 53 (23.77%) Oracle
13 52 (23.32%) Windows
14 49 (21.97%) Customer Requirements
15 48 (21.52%) XML
16 46 (20.63%) Unix
17 41 (18.39%) Cucumber
18 40 (17.94%) Regression Testing
18 40 (17.94%) Test Management
19 39 (17.49%) Scrum
19 39 (17.49%) Confluence
20 38 (17.04%) SDLC
21 37 (16.59%) Software Testing
22 34 (15.25%) JMeter
23 33 (14.80%) Defect Management
24 28 (12.56%) API 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 39 (17.49%) Confluence
2 23 (10.31%) WebLogic
3 8 (3.59%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.35%) Appian
4 3 (1.35%) Mule
5 2 (0.90%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.45%) EPiServer
Applications
1 18 (8.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (3.59%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (2.69%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 12 (5.38%) SAP FI-CA
2 10 (4.48%) SAP PSCD
3 6 (2.69%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (1.35%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.90%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.90%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.90%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.90%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.90%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.90%) SAP HCM
5 2 (0.90%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 27 (12.11%) Azure
2 13 (5.83%) GitHub
3 9 (4.04%) AWS
4 7 (3.14%) BrowserStack
4 7 (3.14%) Office 365
5 6 (2.69%) BlazeMeter
5 6 (2.69%) Dynamics 365
6 4 (1.79%) Tricentis Tosca
7 2 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.90%) PaaS
7 2 (0.90%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.45%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.45%) npm
8 1 (0.45%) NuGet
8 1 (0.45%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.24%) Internet
1 5 (2.24%) WinSCP
2 4 (1.79%) LAN
2 4 (1.79%) PuTTY
2 4 (1.79%) WAN
3 2 (0.90%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (0.90%) Network Security
3 2 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (0.90%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.45%) 3G
4 1 (0.45%) 4G
4 1 (0.45%) DVB
4 1 (0.45%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.45%) FTP
4 1 (0.45%) Softphone
4 1 (0.45%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.45%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.38%) MySQL
2 11 (4.93%) Pentaho
3 9 (4.04%) Oracle Database
4 8 (3.59%) MongoDB
5 6 (2.69%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (2.69%) SQL Server
6 3 (1.35%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.90%) Apache Hive
7 2 (0.90%) Data Lake
7 2 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.90%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.90%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.45%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.45%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 90 (40.36%) JIRA
2 58 (26.01%) Selenium
3 41 (18.39%) Cucumber
4 34 (15.25%) JMeter
5 25 (11.21%) Toad
6 24 (10.76%) Jenkins
7 23 (10.31%) Postman
8 22 (9.87%) SoapUI
9 17 (7.62%) eggPlant
10 16 (7.17%) Git (software)
11 12 (5.38%) SpecFlow
12 9 (4.04%) Gatling
12 9 (4.04%) LoadRunner
13 8 (3.59%) REST Assured
14 6 (2.69%) NeoLoad
15 5 (2.24%) SilkPerformer
15 5 (2.24%) TestDirector
15 5 (2.24%) Visual Studio
15 5 (2.24%) WebLOAD
16 4 (1.79%) Maven
General
1 54 (24.22%) Public Sector
2 11 (4.93%) Banking
2 11 (4.93%) Finance
3 9 (4.04%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.79%) Military
4 4 (1.79%) Retail
5 2 (0.90%) Billing
5 2 (0.90%) General Ledger
5 2 (0.90%) Investment Banking
5 2 (0.90%) Law
5 2 (0.90%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.45%) Advertising
6 1 (0.45%) Police
Job Titles
1 67 (30.04%) Analyst
1 67 (30.04%) Test Analyst
2 57 (25.56%) Tester
3 35 (15.70%) Test Manager
4 27 (12.11%) Test Engineer
5 21 (9.42%) Automation Tester
6 11 (4.93%) SAP Analyst
6 11 (4.93%) SAP Test Analyst
6 11 (4.93%) Test Leader
7 8 (3.59%) Software Tester
8 7 (3.14%) QA Engineer
8 7 (3.14%) QA Tester
8 7 (3.14%) Software Engineer
8 7 (3.14%) Test Specialist
9 6 (2.69%) Performance Tester
9 6 (2.69%) Senior Tester
9 6 (2.69%) Software Test Engineer
10 5 (2.24%) QA Test Analyst
10 5 (2.24%) Software Development Engineer
10 5 (2.24%) Test Development Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (21.52%) XML
2 22 (9.87%) SOAP
3 16 (7.17%) Web Services
4 15 (6.73%) JSON
4 15 (6.73%) REST
5 11 (4.93%) RabbitMQ
5 11 (4.93%) Spring
6 9 (4.04%) WireMock
7 8 (3.59%) .NET
7 8 (3.59%) Middleware
7 8 (3.59%) Spring Boot
8 3 (1.35%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.35%) HTML
8 3 (1.35%) J2SE
8 3 (1.35%) Ruby on Rails
8 3 (1.35%) Swagger
8 3 (1.35%) WPF
9 2 (0.90%) Oracle Fusion
9 2 (0.90%) React Native
9 2 (0.90%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 28 (12.56%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.04%) Mobile App
3 8 (3.59%) NHS
4 5 (2.24%) Smart Meter
5 4 (1.79%) Data Centre
5 4 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.35%) Fixed Income
7 2 (0.90%) Embedded Systems
7 2 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.90%) Equities
7 2 (0.90%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.90%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.90%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.45%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.45%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.45%) IVR
8 1 (0.45%) PMI
8 1 (0.45%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.45%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.45%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 52 (23.32%) Windows
2 46 (20.63%) Unix
3 15 (6.73%) Linux
4 4 (1.79%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.35%) Android
5 3 (1.35%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.90%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (52.47%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (50.22%) Test Automation
3 74 (33.18%) Test Scripting
4 53 (23.77%) Test Strategy
5 49 (21.97%) Customer Requirements
6 40 (17.94%) Regression Testing
6 40 (17.94%) Test Management
7 39 (17.49%) Scrum
8 38 (17.04%) SDLC
9 37 (16.59%) Software Testing
10 33 (14.80%) Defect Management
11 28 (12.56%) API Testing
11 28 (12.56%) DevOps
12 27 (12.11%) User Acceptance Testing
13 26 (11.66%) BDD
13 26 (11.66%) Non-Functional Testing
14 25 (11.21%) Continuous Improvement
14 25 (11.21%) Integration Testing
14 25 (11.21%) Migration
15 24 (10.76%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 71 (31.84%) SQL
2 56 (25.11%) Java
3 19 (8.52%) C#
4 16 (7.17%) JavaScript
5 10 (4.48%) PL/SQL
6 7 (3.14%) Python
6 7 (3.14%) Ruby
7 5 (2.24%) VB
8 3 (1.35%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.90%) Apple Swift
9 2 (0.90%) Kotlin
9 2 (0.90%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.45%) C++
10 1 (0.45%) COBOL
10 1 (0.45%) ES6
10 1 (0.45%) Groovy
10 1 (0.45%) Natural
10 1 (0.45%) Scala
Qualifications
1 138 (61.88%) ISEB
2 110 (49.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 68 (30.49%) Security Cleared
4 54 (24.22%) SC Cleared
5 24 (10.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 12 (5.38%) DV Cleared
7 9 (4.04%) Degree
8 5 (2.24%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (2.24%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (1.35%) BC Cleared
9 3 (1.35%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.45%) CTC Cleared
10 1 (0.45%) MCP
10 1 (0.45%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.45%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (30.49%) QA
2 6 (2.69%) SLA
3 3 (1.35%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.45%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.45%) WCAG
System Software
1 3 (1.35%) Docker
2 2 (0.90%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.90%) HDFS
3 1 (0.45%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (4.48%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (4.04%) HP ALM
3 4 (1.79%) Data Guard
4 3 (1.35%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.90%) Rancher
6 1 (0.45%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.45%) Nessus
6 1 (0.45%) Terraform
Vendors
1 58 (26.01%) Microsoft
2 53 (23.77%) Oracle
3 27 (12.11%) SAP
4 17 (7.62%) webMethods
5 11 (4.93%) CheckPoint
6 9 (4.04%) HP
7 8 (3.59%) MuleSoft
8 6 (2.69%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.79%) Cisco
9 4 (1.79%) Dell
9 4 (1.79%) Juniper
10 3 (1.35%) IBM
10 3 (1.35%) Xamarin
11 2 (0.90%) BT
11 2 (0.90%) Pega
12 1 (0.45%) Apple
12 1 (0.45%) Ariba
12 1 (0.45%) Google
12 1 (0.45%) TIBCO
12 1 (0.45%) VMware