Period
to 24 October 2020

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 24 October 2020 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
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 345 384 371
Rank change year-on-year +39 -13 +31
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 176 528 724
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.63% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.25% 3.11% 3.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 346 412
Median daily rate £405 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +10.34% +3.57%
10th Percentile £275 £300 £275
90th Percentile £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year - +14.29% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 17 7
Median hourly rate £38.75 £45.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.89% +15.38% -13.33%
10th Percentile £26.73 £29.09 £18.50
90th Percentile £49.63 £67.75 £54.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.75 £45.00 £38.00
% change year-on-year -13.89% +18.42% -15.56%

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 7,806 16,957 19,201
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.52% 20.07% 18.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,720 10,411 11,350
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £282 £263 £246
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £415
% change year-on-year - +8.43% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 424 845 958
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +44.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £15.40 £14.34 £12.55
90th Percentile £64.43 £59.41 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% +44.00% -16.67%

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 24 October 2020.

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 24 October 2020.

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 24 October 2020. 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 +48 161 £400 -5.88% 39
UK excluding London +43 128 £400 - 36
Midlands +97 42 £408 +10.88% 6
West Midlands +83 40 £415 -2.35% 3
Work from Home -55 33 £360 -12.73% 3
London +150 31 £388 -8.82% 5
South East +64 29 £400 -8.57% 17
North of England +63 24 £460 +31.43% 3
East of England +79 18 £350 -7.41% 2
North West +75 17 £515 +40.61% 3
South West +44 14 £370 -18.68% 5
Yorkshire +54 4 £305 -12.86%
North East +15 4 £513 +45.39%
Scotland +51 1 £445 +27.14%
East Midlands +41 1 £323 -7.86% 2

For the 6 months to 24 October 2020, 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.

1 110 (62.50%) ISEB
2 104 (59.09%) Agile Software Development
3 99 (56.25%) Test Automation
4 82 (46.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 66 (37.50%) Security Cleared
6 65 (36.93%) Selenium
7 59 (33.52%) Test Scripting
8 57 (32.39%) Java
8 57 (32.39%) SQL
9 55 (31.25%) JIRA
10 53 (30.11%) Cucumber
11 52 (29.55%) SC Cleared
12 48 (27.27%) Oracle
12 48 (27.27%) Scrum
12 48 (27.27%) BDD
13 47 (26.70%) Test Strategy
14 43 (24.43%) Unix
15 42 (23.86%) DevOps
16 41 (23.30%) Customer Requirements
16 41 (23.30%) Microsoft
17 39 (22.16%) Windows
18 38 (21.59%) QA
19 35 (19.89%) Confluence
20 32 (18.18%) Public Sector
20 32 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
20 32 (18.18%) XML
21 29 (16.48%) JMeter
22 28 (15.91%) Integration Testing
22 28 (15.91%) Non-Functional Testing
23 27 (15.34%) eggPlant

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 35 (19.89%) Confluence
2 24 (13.64%) WebLogic
3 10 (5.68%) Mule
4 3 (1.70%) Appian
5 1 (0.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.57%) SAS
Applications
1 18 (10.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (4.55%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 12 (6.82%) Teamcenter
2 5 (2.84%) SAP FI-CA
3 2 (1.14%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.57%) SAP PSCD
4 1 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 24 (13.64%) Azure
2 13 (7.39%) AWS
3 9 (5.11%) BrowserStack
4 6 (3.41%) BlazeMeter
5 5 (2.84%) Tricentis Tosca
6 4 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (1.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (1.70%) Amazon S3
7 3 (1.70%) npm
8 2 (1.14%) Office 365
8 2 (1.14%) Slack
9 1 (0.57%) PaaS
9 1 (0.57%) SaaS
9 1 (0.57%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.41%) Softphone
1 6 (3.41%) Unified Communications
2 4 (2.27%) Wireshark
3 3 (1.70%) WinSCP
4 2 (1.14%) Internet
4 2 (1.14%) LAN
4 2 (1.14%) WAN
4 2 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.57%) 3G
5 1 (0.57%) 4G
5 1 (0.57%) DVB
5 1 (0.57%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.57%) FTP
5 1 (0.57%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.25%) Pentaho
2 9 (5.11%) MongoDB
3 8 (4.55%) MySQL
3 8 (4.55%) SQL Server
4 6 (3.41%) Oracle Database
5 5 (2.84%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (2.84%) Relational Database
6 4 (2.27%) Apache Hive
6 4 (2.27%) Hadoop
6 4 (2.27%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.70%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.57%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.57%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 65 (36.93%) Selenium
2 55 (31.25%) JIRA
3 53 (30.11%) Cucumber
4 29 (16.48%) JMeter
5 27 (15.34%) eggPlant
6 26 (14.77%) Toad
7 23 (13.07%) SoapUI
8 21 (11.93%) Git (software)
8 21 (11.93%) Jenkins
9 20 (11.36%) Postman
10 11 (6.25%) REST Assured
10 11 (6.25%) SpecFlow
11 10 (5.68%) Visual Studio
12 7 (3.98%) LoadRunner
12 7 (3.98%) WebDriver
13 6 (3.41%) Bitbucket
13 6 (3.41%) HP UFT
14 4 (2.27%) Gatling
14 4 (2.27%) Mocha
14 4 (2.27%) TestDirector
General
1 32 (18.18%) Public Sector
2 8 (4.55%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.27%) Finance
3 4 (2.27%) Military
4 3 (1.70%) Banking
4 3 (1.70%) Retail
5 2 (1.14%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.57%) Billing
6 1 (0.57%) General Ledger
6 1 (0.57%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.57%) Police
Job Titles
1 47 (26.70%) Analyst
1 47 (26.70%) Test Analyst
2 41 (23.30%) Test Engineer
3 39 (22.16%) Tester
4 19 (10.80%) Automation Tester
5 18 (10.23%) Test Manager
6 10 (5.68%) Consultant
6 10 (5.68%) QA Tester
6 10 (5.68%) Test Automation Engineer
6 10 (5.68%) Test Consultant
7 9 (5.11%) Software Engineer
7 9 (5.11%) Software Test Engineer
7 9 (5.11%) Test Automation Consultant
8 8 (4.55%) Test Leader
9 7 (3.98%) Azure Engineer
9 7 (3.98%) Development Engineer
9 7 (3.98%) Software Development Engineer
9 7 (3.98%) Test Development Engineer
10 5 (2.84%) Azure Software Engineer
10 5 (2.84%) C# Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (18.18%) XML
2 24 (13.64%) SOAP
3 17 (9.66%) Web Services
4 16 (9.09%) JSON
5 14 (7.95%) REST
5 14 (7.95%) Spring
6 11 (6.25%) RabbitMQ
6 11 (6.25%) Spring Boot
7 8 (4.55%) WireMock
8 7 (3.98%) Middleware
9 6 (3.41%) HTML
9 6 (3.41%) J2SE
9 6 (3.41%) RESTful
10 5 (2.84%) .NET
10 5 (2.84%) CSS
11 4 (2.27%) jQuery
11 4 (2.27%) Mongoose
11 4 (2.27%) Node.js
11 4 (2.27%) React
11 4 (2.27%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 26 (14.77%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (6.25%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.41%) IVR
4 5 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (2.27%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.70%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.70%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.70%) NHS
6 3 (1.70%) User Experience
7 2 (1.14%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.57%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.57%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (0.57%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.57%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.57%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.57%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 43 (24.43%) Unix
2 39 (22.16%) Windows
3 22 (12.50%) Linux
4 6 (3.41%) Apple iOS
5 5 (2.84%) Android
6 2 (1.14%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.57%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.57%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.57%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (59.09%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (56.25%) Test Automation
3 59 (33.52%) Test Scripting
4 48 (27.27%) BDD
4 48 (27.27%) Scrum
5 47 (26.70%) Test Strategy
6 42 (23.86%) DevOps
7 41 (23.30%) Customer Requirements
8 32 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
9 28 (15.91%) Integration Testing
9 28 (15.91%) Non-Functional Testing
10 27 (15.34%) Software Testing
10 27 (15.34%) TDD
11 26 (14.77%) API Testing
12 25 (14.20%) Microservices
13 24 (13.64%) Test Management
14 21 (11.93%) SDLC
15 20 (11.36%) Performance Testing
15 20 (11.36%) User Acceptance Testing
16 19 (10.80%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 57 (32.39%) Java
1 57 (32.39%) SQL
2 18 (10.23%) C#
3 16 (9.09%) JavaScript
4 5 (2.84%) PL/SQL
5 4 (2.27%) Apple Swift
5 4 (2.27%) Kotlin
5 4 (2.27%) Objective-C
6 3 (1.70%) ES6
6 3 (1.70%) Ruby
6 3 (1.70%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.14%) Python
7 2 (1.14%) Scala
8 1 (0.57%) C
8 1 (0.57%) C++
8 1 (0.57%) Groovy
8 1 (0.57%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 110 (62.50%) ISEB
2 82 (46.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 66 (37.50%) Security Cleared
4 52 (29.55%) SC Cleared
5 17 (9.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 14 (7.95%) DV Cleared
7 10 (5.68%) Degree
8 5 (2.84%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (1.14%) BC Cleared
9 2 (1.14%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.57%) MCP
10 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.57%) OCP
10 1 (0.57%) Oracle Certification
10 1 (0.57%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (21.59%) QA
2 2 (1.14%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.14%) WCAG
3 1 (0.57%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 7 (3.98%) Docker
2 4 (2.27%) HDFS
3 2 (1.14%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.57%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (5.68%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (3.98%) Kubernetes
2 7 (3.98%) Rancher
3 5 (2.84%) HP ALM
4 4 (2.27%) Data Guard
5 2 (1.14%) Nessus
6 1 (0.57%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.57%) Terraform
Vendors
1 48 (27.27%) Oracle
2 41 (23.30%) Microsoft
3 16 (9.09%) webMethods
4 10 (5.68%) SAP
5 5 (2.84%) CheckPoint
5 5 (2.84%) HP
5 5 (2.84%) Xamarin
6 3 (1.70%) Telerik
7 2 (1.14%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.14%) BT
7 2 (1.14%) Cisco
7 2 (1.14%) Juniper
7 2 (1.14%) OutSystems
8 1 (0.57%) Apple
8 1 (0.57%) Ariba
8 1 (0.57%) Citrix
8 1 (0.57%) Dell
8 1 (0.57%) IBM
8 1 (0.57%) Informatica
8 1 (0.57%) Siemens