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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
Rank 300 261 277
Rank change year-on-year -39 +16  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 343 471 413
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.89% 0.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.69% 4.24% 3.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 271 215
Median daily rate £350 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £235 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £475 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £300
% change year-on-year +12.00% +4.16%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 4
Median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.17% +72.34%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.40 £13.33 £17.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.35 £171.50 £27.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9304 11097 10684
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.80% 20.85% 20.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 5917 6921 6076
Median daily rate £420 £405 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £251 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 446 405 487
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

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 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 26 March 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 26 March 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 -30 295 £350 - 120
South East +18 93 £352 +0.57% 30
London -51 60 £400 - 34
South West +16 52 £400 +6.66% 12
Wales +23 26 £350 +16.66% 3
Surrey +16 25 £375 -6.25% 9
Hampshire +8 24 £350 - 4
West Midlands -5 23 £318 -3.05% 11
Devon +16 21 £375 -23.07%
Yorkshire -1 20 £325 +8.33% 11
West Yorkshire +9 18 £325 +1.96% 9
Leeds +7 18 £325 - 6
Exeter +4 16 £350 -28.20%
East of England 0 16 £338 +8.43% 5
Buckinghamshire -7 14 £350 -12.50% 1
Scotland -6 13 £338 +18.62% 4
Cardiff +19 12 £325 +11.11% 1
South Wales +15 12 £325 +11.11% 2
Gloucestershire +2 12 £500 +25.00% 2
Milton Keynes 0 12 £350 -12.50%
Swansea -4 12 £470 -53.00%
West Wales -5 12 £470 -53.00%
Berkshire +28 10 £338 -2.17% 9
North East -10 10 £285 +9.09% 1
East Midlands +5 9 £388 +55.00% 1
Wiltshire +1 9 £350 +16.66%
Newcastle upon Tyne -6 9 £285 +9.09% 1
Tyne and Wear -10 9 £285 +9.09% 1
Edinburgh +8 8 £338 +25.00% 2
Gloucester +6 8 £525 +16.66% 1

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 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.

1 412 (67.21%) ISEB
2 266 (43.39%) Agile Software Development
3 203 (33.12%) Test Scripting
4 185 (30.18%) SQL
5 182 (29.69%) Software Testing
6 165 (26.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 138 (22.51%) Selenium
8 131 (21.37%) User Acceptance Testing
9 128 (20.88%) Finance
10 109 (17.78%) JIRA
11 107 (17.46%) Test Automation
12 100 (16.31%) QA
12 100 (16.31%) Test Strategy
13 97 (15.82%) Functional Testing
14 95 (15.50%) Test Management
14 95 (15.50%) Microsoft
15 92 (15.01%) Java
16 90 (14.68%) HP
17 87 (14.19%) Security Cleared
18 86 (14.03%) Defect Management
19 81 (13.21%) Automated Testing
20 79 (12.89%) SDLC
21 77 (12.56%) HP Quality Center
22 76 (12.40%) Scrum
23 69 (11.26%) Regression Testing
24 67 (10.93%) BDD
24 67 (10.93%) Oracle
25 63 (10.28%) Manual Testing
26 62 (10.11%) Windows
27 61 (9.95%) Integration Testing

ISTQB
Top Related 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 22 (3.59%) SharePoint
2 16 (2.61%) Confluence
3 11 (1.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 9 (1.47%) WebLogic
5 8 (1.31%) SharePoint 2010
6 7 (1.14%) SAS
7 6 (0.98%) IIS
8 4 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.65%) CMS
9 3 (0.49%) Apache
9 3 (0.49%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.49%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.33%) JBoss
10 2 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.16%) ArcGIS
11 1 (0.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.16%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.16%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 43 (7.01%) MS Excel
2 31 (5.06%) MS Office
3 6 (0.98%) MS Project
4 4 (0.65%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (2.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.82%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.65%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.49%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.33%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.33%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.16%) Maximo
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.16%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP EWM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP PM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP R/3
6 1 (0.16%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (1.47%) Office 365
3 8 (1.31%) GitHub
4 3 (0.49%) SaaS
4 3 (0.49%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.33%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.33%) Taleo
6 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.16%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.61%) 4G
2 15 (2.45%) LTE
3 12 (1.96%) Wireless
4 10 (1.63%) Internet
5 7 (1.14%) Firewall
5 7 (1.14%) HTTP
6 6 (0.98%) TCP/IP
7 5 (0.82%) Intrusion Detection
8 4 (0.65%) Network Security
8 4 (0.65%) SSH
9 3 (0.49%) Intranet
10 2 (0.33%) PuTTY
10 2 (0.33%) VLAN
10 2 (0.33%) WinSCP
10 2 (0.33%) Wireshark
11 1 (0.16%) Gigabit Ethernet
11 1 (0.16%) iBeacon
11 1 (0.16%) Multicast
11 1 (0.16%) Value-Added Service
11 1 (0.16%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (5.71%) SQL Server
2 33 (5.38%) Data Warehouse
3 14 (2.28%) Relational Database
4 8 (1.31%) Oracle Database
5 7 (1.14%) BusinessObjects
6 6 (0.98%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.82%) Big Data
7 5 (0.82%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
7 5 (0.82%) GIS
8 4 (0.65%) SAP BW
9 3 (0.49%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9 3 (0.49%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.49%) Oracle BI EE
9 3 (0.49%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.33%) BusinessObjects XI
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.16%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 138 (22.51%) Selenium
2 109 (17.78%) JIRA
3 46 (7.50%) Team Foundation Server
4 45 (7.34%) Cucumber
5 42 (6.85%) HP UFT
6 40 (6.53%) SoapUI
7 38 (6.20%) WebDriver
8 36 (5.87%) JMeter
8 36 (5.87%) Visual Studio
9 35 (5.71%) LoadRunner
10 27 (4.40%) Jenkins
11 20 (3.26%) Git (software)
12 17 (2.77%) TeamCity
13 15 (2.45%) SpecFlow
14 12 (1.96%) Maven
15 11 (1.79%) MSTest
16 9 (1.47%) Capybara
16 9 (1.47%) Hudson
17 8 (1.31%) Robot Framework
17 8 (1.31%) TestRail
General
1 128 (20.88%) Finance
2 57 (9.30%) Banking
3 35 (5.71%) Telecoms
4 31 (5.06%) Retail
5 14 (2.28%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.96%) Games
7 9 (1.47%) Retail Banking
8 5 (0.82%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.82%) Legal
8 5 (0.82%) Marketing
9 4 (0.65%) Advertising
9 4 (0.65%) Electronics
9 4 (0.65%) Local Government
9 4 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.49%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.49%) Automotive
10 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.49%) General Ledger
10 3 (0.49%) Law
10 3 (0.49%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 259 (42.25%) Analyst
2 244 (39.80%) Test Analyst
3 140 (22.84%) Tester
4 87 (14.19%) Test Manager
5 68 (11.09%) Test Leader
6 41 (6.69%) Automation Test Analyst
6 41 (6.69%) Test Engineer
7 37 (6.04%) Automation Tester
8 33 (5.38%) Software Tester
9 31 (5.06%) Senior Analyst
10 30 (4.89%) Senior Test Analyst
11 21 (3.43%) Agile Test Analyst
12 19 (3.10%) Developer
13 18 (2.94%) Test Specialist
14 17 (2.77%) Lead Test Analyst
14 17 (2.77%) QA Tester
15 15 (2.45%) Financial Analyst
15 15 (2.45%) QA Analyst
15 15 (2.45%) Software Test Engineer
16 14 (2.28%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (9.62%) XML
2 39 (6.36%) .NET
3 28 (4.57%) Web Services
4 26 (4.24%) SOAP
5 19 (3.10%) HTML
6 16 (2.61%) RESTful
7 13 (2.12%) Gherkin
8 12 (1.96%) AngularJS
8 12 (1.96%) J2EE
9 11 (1.79%) CSS
9 11 (1.79%) JSON
9 11 (1.79%) Spring
10 10 (1.63%) ASP.NET
10 10 (1.63%) Hibernate
11 8 (1.31%) Apache Flex
11 8 (1.31%) BlazeDS
11 8 (1.31%) Spring MVC
11 8 (1.31%) XSL
11 8 (1.31%) XSLT
12 7 (1.14%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 40 (6.53%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (2.28%) Computer Science
2 14 (2.28%) NHS
3 13 (2.12%) Mobile App
4 12 (1.96%) Client/Server
5 10 (1.63%) Management Information System
6 8 (1.31%) User Experience
7 6 (0.98%) Clustering
8 5 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (0.49%) Derivative
9 3 (0.49%) Equities
9 3 (0.49%) Fixed Income
9 3 (0.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (0.49%) Hedge funds
9 3 (0.49%) SWIFT
9 3 (0.49%) Tandem
10 2 (0.33%) Freedom of Information
10 2 (0.33%) Online Gambling
10 2 (0.33%) Reference Data
10 2 (0.33%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 62 (10.11%) Windows
2 53 (8.65%) Unix
3 40 (6.53%) Linux
4 15 (2.45%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (2.28%) Windows 7
5 14 (2.28%) Windows Server 2003
6 11 (1.79%) Android
6 11 (1.79%) Apple iOS
7 10 (1.63%) Windows Server
7 10 (1.63%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (1.47%) Windows XP
9 8 (1.31%) Windows 10
10 6 (0.98%) AIX
11 4 (0.65%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.49%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.33%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.16%) HPUX
14 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.16%) Solaris
14 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 266 (43.39%) Agile Software Development
2 203 (33.12%) Test Scripting
3 182 (29.69%) Software Testing
4 131 (21.37%) User Acceptance Testing
5 107 (17.46%) Test Automation
6 100 (16.31%) Test Strategy
7 97 (15.82%) Functional Testing
8 95 (15.50%) Test Management
9 86 (14.03%) Defect Management
10 81 (13.21%) Automated Testing
11 79 (12.89%) SDLC
12 76 (12.40%) Scrum
13 69 (11.26%) Regression Testing
14 67 (10.93%) BDD
15 63 (10.28%) Manual Testing
16 61 (9.95%) Integration Testing
17 54 (8.81%) Performance Testing
18 53 (8.65%) Continuous Integration
19 50 (8.16%) Test Planning
20 47 (7.67%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 185 (30.18%) SQL
2 92 (15.01%) Java
3 31 (5.06%) C#
4 29 (4.73%) Python
5 27 (4.40%) JavaScript
6 23 (3.75%) Ruby
7 17 (2.77%) PL/SQL
8 16 (2.61%) C
9 14 (2.28%) Groovy
10 8 (1.31%) ActionScript
11 7 (1.14%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.14%) PHP
11 7 (1.14%) VB
12 4 (0.65%) C++
13 3 (0.49%) Perl
13 3 (0.49%) Scala
13 3 (0.49%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.49%) VBA
14 2 (0.33%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 412 (67.21%) ISEB
2 165 (26.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 87 (14.19%) Security Cleared
4 48 (7.83%) Degree
5 43 (7.01%) SC Cleared
6 41 (6.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 21 (3.43%) DV Cleared
8 16 (2.61%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (0.98%) MCITP
9 6 (0.98%) MCSA
9 6 (0.98%) MCSE
9 6 (0.98%) MCTS
9 6 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.65%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.49%) CHECK Team Member
11 3 (0.49%) CISM
11 3 (0.49%) CREST Certified
11 3 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (16.31%) QA
2 16 (2.61%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (1.31%) PCI DSS
4 7 (1.14%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.65%) SLA
6 3 (0.49%) ISO 9000
6 3 (0.49%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.49%) SDET
7 2 (0.33%) Basel II
7 2 (0.33%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.33%) EMIR
7 2 (0.33%) MiFID
7 2 (0.33%) PMO
7 2 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.16%) FATCA
8 1 (0.16%) Solvency II
System Software
1 19 (3.10%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.82%) Hyper-V
2 5 (0.82%) Snort
3 4 (0.65%) VMware ESX
3 4 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.65%) XenApp
3 4 (0.65%) XenDesktop
4 3 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.16%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 77 (12.56%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.63%) McAfee ePO
3 7 (1.14%) Netcool
4 6 (0.98%) Cisco IPCC
5 4 (0.65%) HP SiteScope
6 3 (0.49%) Graphite
7 2 (0.33%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.33%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.33%) Cisco UCCE
7 2 (0.33%) ITRS Geneos
7 2 (0.33%) Oozie
7 2 (0.33%) SCCM
8 1 (0.16%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.16%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.16%) Puppet
Vendors
1 95 (15.50%) Microsoft
2 90 (14.68%) HP
3 67 (10.93%) Oracle
4 38 (6.20%) SAP
5 17 (2.77%) IBM
6 10 (1.63%) Intel Security
7 9 (1.47%) Sybase
8 8 (1.31%) Adobe
8 8 (1.31%) Citrix
9 6 (0.98%) AppDynamics
9 6 (0.98%) Atlassian
9 6 (0.98%) Veritas
10 5 (0.82%) Cisco
10 5 (0.82%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (0.82%) Sourcefire
10 5 (0.82%) webMethods
11 4 (0.65%) BMC
11 4 (0.65%) Cloudera
11 4 (0.65%) Telerik
11 4 (0.65%) VMware
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
Graham Matthews
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £320 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + Excellent benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £410.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Berkshire
Premier Media
Rate: £80 - £100 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Rate: £314 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago