Period
to 23 October 2019

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 23 October 2019 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 371 363 399
Rank change year-on-year -8 +36 -30
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 533 714 614
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.69% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.14% 3.72% 3.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 349 404 351
UK median daily rate £400 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% +3.57% +7.69%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £260
90th Percentile £525 £534 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +14.29% +3.70% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 5 12
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £38.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.42% -15.56% +29.50%
10th Percentile £29.09 £17.75 £41.74
90th Percentile £67.75 £60.65 £45.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £38.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +18.42% -15.56% +25.00%

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 16,975 19,192 18,808
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.04% 18.55% 18.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,423 11,339 11,480
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £260 £245 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £448 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +7.83% +3.75% +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 847 956 915
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.00% -9.09% +3.77%
10th Percentile £14.29 £12.55 £12.00
90th Percentile £59.91 £51.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +44.00% -16.67% +9.09%

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 16 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 23 October 2019. 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 -10 471 £425 +13.33% 159
UK excluding London +9 438 £400 +14.29% 159
South East +41 154 £438 +21.53% 37
London -12 85 £425 -7.61% 13
South West -8 84 £450 +20.60% 24
North of England +61 81 £350 +0.50% 38
Midlands -13 36 £375 -0.66% 30
Yorkshire +37 32 £350 +0.50% 13
Scotland -1 31 £350 +20.69% 7
East of England +11 30 £378 -11.06% 17
North East +35 25 £353 +0.71% 4
West Midlands -32 25 £425 +12.58% 19
North West +26 24 £366 +12.69% 21
Wales +30 21 £375 +3.09% 5
East Midlands +29 11 £355 -13.41% 11
Northern Ireland +6 1 £500 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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.

1 306 (57.41%) Test Automation
2 300 (56.29%) ISEB
3 299 (56.10%) Agile Software Development
4 178 (33.40%) Test Scripting
5 162 (30.39%) SQL
6 160 (30.02%) Selenium
7 148 (27.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 140 (26.27%) Security Cleared
9 135 (25.33%) QA
10 124 (23.26%) JIRA
11 122 (22.89%) Software Testing
12 114 (21.39%) Cucumber
13 111 (20.83%) User Acceptance Testing
14 110 (20.64%) Test Strategy
15 107 (20.08%) Java
16 106 (19.89%) Microsoft
17 105 (19.70%) Finance
18 100 (18.76%) Oracle
19 97 (18.20%) Windows
20 88 (16.51%) Regression Testing
21 87 (16.32%) Test Management
22 81 (15.20%) SC Cleared
23 80 (15.01%) Manual Testing
24 77 (14.45%) Scrum
24 77 (14.45%) Defect Management
25 73 (13.70%) Integration Testing
26 69 (12.95%) SDLC
27 67 (12.57%) Azure
28 64 (12.01%) HP
28 64 (12.01%) XML

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 45 (8.44%) Confluence
2 31 (5.82%) SharePoint
3 9 (1.69%) CMS
4 6 (1.13%) WebLogic
5 5 (0.94%) Apache
5 5 (0.94%) Tomcat
6 4 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.56%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.56%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.38%) IBM HTTP Server
8 2 (0.38%) Mule
8 2 (0.38%) Mule ESB
9 1 (0.19%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 35 (6.57%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (5.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.19%) FileZilla
4 1 (0.19%) Notepad++
4 1 (0.19%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 5 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (0.94%) Oracle EBS
1 5 (0.94%) SAP ERP
2 2 (0.38%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.19%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 67 (12.57%) Azure
2 34 (6.38%) GitHub
3 32 (6.00%) AWS
4 14 (2.63%) Office 365
5 6 (1.13%) BrowserStack
6 4 (0.75%) OneDrive
7 3 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (0.56%) GCP
8 2 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (0.38%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.38%) npm
8 2 (0.38%) Serverless
8 2 (0.38%) SuccessFactors
9 1 (0.19%) BlazeMeter
9 1 (0.19%) Firebase
9 1 (0.19%) PaaS
9 1 (0.19%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.69%) ISDN
1 9 (1.69%) TCP/IP
2 7 (1.31%) Intranet
2 7 (1.31%) SAN
2 7 (1.31%) Skype
3 5 (0.94%) DNS
4 3 (0.56%) Internet
4 3 (0.56%) Wireless
5 2 (0.38%) DWDM
5 2 (0.38%) HTTP
5 2 (0.38%) LTE
5 2 (0.38%) MPLS
6 1 (0.19%) 4G
6 1 (0.19%) Ethernet
6 1 (0.19%) Firewall
6 1 (0.19%) FTP
6 1 (0.19%) IP Telephony
6 1 (0.19%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (4.13%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.19%) Data Warehouse
3 16 (3.00%) Oracle Reports
4 14 (2.63%) Oracle Database
5 7 (1.31%) MongoDB
5 7 (1.31%) NoSQL
5 7 (1.31%) Oracle OWB
5 7 (1.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (0.94%) MySQL
7 3 (0.56%) EDRMS
7 3 (0.56%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.56%) Impala
7 3 (0.56%) Pentaho
8 2 (0.38%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (0.38%) Apache Accumulo
8 2 (0.38%) BigQuery
8 2 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.38%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.38%) SAP HANA
8 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 160 (30.02%) Selenium
2 124 (23.26%) JIRA
3 114 (21.39%) Cucumber
4 61 (11.44%) Jenkins
5 49 (9.19%) SoapUI
6 39 (7.32%) Team Foundation Server
7 34 (6.38%) WebDriver
8 33 (6.19%) JMeter
9 29 (5.44%) SpecFlow
10 26 (4.88%) Git (software)
11 24 (4.50%) Gatling
12 21 (3.94%) LoadRunner
13 20 (3.75%) HP UFT
14 15 (2.81%) Visual Studio Team System
15 14 (2.63%) StarTeam
16 12 (2.25%) Rational DOORS
17 11 (2.06%) Visual Studio
18 9 (1.69%) Appium
18 9 (1.69%) TeamCity
19 7 (1.31%) Mocha
General
1 105 (19.70%) Finance
2 28 (5.25%) Public Sector
2 28 (5.25%) Telecoms
3 23 (4.32%) Banking
4 14 (2.63%) Manufacturing
5 12 (2.25%) Retail
6 10 (1.88%) Front Office
7 5 (0.94%) Back Office
7 5 (0.94%) Investment Banking
8 4 (0.75%) Legal
8 4 (0.75%) Marketing
9 3 (0.56%) Military
9 3 (0.56%) Publishing
9 3 (0.56%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.38%) Automotive
10 2 (0.38%) International Banking
10 2 (0.38%) Police
10 2 (0.38%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.19%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 178 (33.40%) Analyst
2 167 (31.33%) Test Analyst
3 96 (18.01%) Test Engineer
4 75 (14.07%) Test Manager
5 73 (13.70%) Tester
6 42 (7.88%) Test Leader
7 26 (4.88%) QA Analyst
8 24 (4.50%) Automation Tester
9 23 (4.32%) QA Test Analyst
10 21 (3.94%) Developer
11 17 (3.19%) Automation Test Analyst
12 15 (2.81%) Automation Engineer
13 14 (2.63%) Developer in Test
13 14 (2.63%) Test Automation Engineer
14 12 (2.25%) QA Engineer
15 11 (2.06%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
15 11 (2.06%) Performance Tester
15 11 (2.06%) Software Test Engineer
16 10 (1.88%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 10 (1.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (12.01%) XML
2 33 (6.19%) Web Services
3 32 (6.00%) SOAP
4 30 (5.63%) .NET
5 25 (4.69%) HTML
6 21 (3.94%) RESTful
7 16 (3.00%) Gherkin
7 16 (3.00%) Spring
8 12 (2.25%) CSS
8 12 (2.25%) WebdriverIO
9 8 (1.50%) .NET Framework
10 7 (1.31%) Chai
10 7 (1.31%) JSON
10 7 (1.31%) Node.js
10 7 (1.31%) REST
11 6 (1.13%) Kafka
12 5 (0.94%) Hibernate
12 5 (0.94%) React
13 4 (0.75%) Elastic Stack
13 4 (0.75%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 29 (5.44%) Self-Motivation
2 28 (5.25%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (2.63%) Clustering
4 12 (2.25%) Management Information System
5 9 (1.69%) Cyber Defence
5 9 (1.69%) Mobile App
5 9 (1.69%) User Experience
6 6 (1.13%) EPoS
6 6 (1.13%) FMCG
6 6 (1.13%) Private Cloud
6 6 (1.13%) Virtual Team
7 5 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (0.94%) NHS
8 4 (0.75%) PKI
9 3 (0.56%) CCTV
9 3 (0.56%) DataPower
9 3 (0.56%) Equities
9 3 (0.56%) Fixed Income
9 3 (0.56%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.56%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 97 (18.20%) Windows
2 55 (10.32%) Unix
3 27 (5.07%) Windows 10
4 22 (4.13%) Linux
5 20 (3.75%) Windows Server
6 19 (3.56%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (2.63%) AIX
7 14 (2.63%) Windows 7
7 14 (2.63%) Windows XP
8 13 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
8 13 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (1.13%) CentOS
10 3 (0.56%) Android
10 3 (0.56%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.19%) Solaris
11 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 306 (57.41%) Test Automation
2 299 (56.10%) Agile Software Development
3 178 (33.40%) Test Scripting
4 122 (22.89%) Software Testing
5 111 (20.83%) User Acceptance Testing
6 110 (20.64%) Test Strategy
7 88 (16.51%) Regression Testing
8 87 (16.32%) Test Management
9 80 (15.01%) Manual Testing
10 77 (14.45%) Defect Management
10 77 (14.45%) Scrum
11 73 (13.70%) Integration Testing
12 69 (12.95%) SDLC
13 58 (10.88%) DevOps
14 57 (10.69%) Performance Testing
15 56 (10.51%) Waterfall
16 54 (10.13%) Non-Functional Testing
17 50 (9.38%) BDD
18 46 (8.63%) TDD
19 45 (8.44%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 162 (30.39%) SQL
2 107 (20.08%) Java
3 63 (11.82%) JavaScript
4 59 (11.07%) C#
5 18 (3.38%) Python
6 14 (2.63%) C
7 11 (2.06%) Ruby
8 10 (1.88%) Java 8
8 10 (1.88%) PL/SQL
9 9 (1.69%) T-SQL
10 8 (1.50%) VB
11 6 (1.13%) Bash Shell
11 6 (1.13%) C++
12 5 (0.94%) F#
12 5 (0.94%) PowerShell
13 2 (0.38%) Apple Swift
13 2 (0.38%) Groovy
13 2 (0.38%) Kotlin
13 2 (0.38%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.38%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 300 (56.29%) ISEB
2 148 (27.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 140 (26.27%) Security Cleared
4 81 (15.20%) SC Cleared
5 53 (9.94%) Degree
6 52 (9.76%) DV Cleared
7 17 (3.19%) MCSA
7 17 (3.19%) MCSE
7 17 (3.19%) Microsoft Certification
8 14 (2.63%) MCITP
8 14 (2.63%) MCTS
9 13 (2.44%) ISEB Practitioner
9 13 (2.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 9 (1.69%) CCNA
10 9 (1.69%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (0.75%) PMI Certification
12 4 (0.75%) PMP
13 3 (0.56%) CEH
13 3 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (25.33%) QA
2 6 (1.13%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.94%) GDPR
4 2 (0.38%) PMBOK
4 2 (0.38%) PMO
4 2 (0.38%) SLA
5 1 (0.19%) HL7
5 1 (0.19%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.19%) PSD2
5 1 (0.19%) SEPA
5 1 (0.19%) WCAG
System Software
1 33 (6.19%) Active Directory
2 24 (4.50%) Hyper-V
3 14 (2.63%) VMware ESXi
4 11 (2.06%) Docker
4 11 (2.06%) vSphere
5 9 (1.69%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.19%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 59 (11.07%) HP Quality Center
2 47 (8.82%) HP ALM
3 19 (3.56%) SCCM
4 14 (2.63%) McAfee ePO
4 14 (2.63%) Netcool
5 11 (2.06%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 8 (1.50%) Ansible
7 7 (1.31%) Terraform
8 5 (0.94%) SCOM
9 4 (0.75%) Kibana
10 3 (0.56%) Kubernetes
11 2 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
11 2 (0.38%) Puppet
12 1 (0.19%) Nagios
12 1 (0.19%) Nessus
Vendors
1 106 (19.89%) Microsoft
2 100 (18.76%) Oracle
3 64 (12.01%) HP
4 29 (5.44%) SAP
5 14 (2.63%) Citrix
5 14 (2.63%) McAfee
5 14 (2.63%) Veritas
6 10 (1.88%) EMC
7 9 (1.69%) VMware
8 5 (0.94%) Atlassian
8 5 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (0.75%) IBM
9 4 (0.75%) webMethods
10 3 (0.56%) Google
10 3 (0.56%) Guidewire
10 3 (0.56%) Reuters
10 3 (0.56%) ServiceNow
11 2 (0.38%) CA Agile Central
11 2 (0.38%) hybris
11 2 (0.38%) OutSystems