Period
to 26 June 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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 344 375 349
Rank change year-on-year +31 -26 -39
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 638 639 652
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.63% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.71% 3.35% 3.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 376 415 394
UK median daily rate £386 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.36% - +3.70%
10th Percentile £300 £269 £257
90th Percentile £538 £513 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £335 £350
% change year-on-year +11.94% -4.29% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 12
UK median hourly rate £38.00 £14.25 £43.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +166.67% -67.15% +23.93%
10th Percentile £19.25 £12.71 £33.40
90th Percentile £53.00 £44.28 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.00 £13.50 £43.25
% change year-on-year +181.48% -68.79% +23.57%

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 17,216 19,058 18,479
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.89% 18.92% 20.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,362 11,396 11,409
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £238 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +9.09% +3.13% +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 813 871 937
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £24.56 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.51% -18.13% -0.68%
10th Percentile £12.86 £12.63 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% -20.63% -10.00%

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 26 June 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 +49 599 £397 +5.87% 40
UK excluding London +24 501 £375 +11.94% 35
South East +21 159 £388 +6.90% 9
London +25 131 £450 +3.93% 8
Midlands +40 100 £375 -6.25% 5
South West +4 97 £400 +19.40% 8
North of England +28 65 £363 +3.57% 6
West Midlands -9 55 £350 -12.50% 1
East of England +13 47 £400 +23.08% 4
East Midlands +63 45 £375 +2.04% 4
North East +46 30 £360 -10.00%
North West +29 22 £400 +14.29% 6
Scotland -53 19 £325 +13.54% 2
Yorkshire +1 13 £350 -12.50%
Wales -2 13 £311 -12.94% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £500 -

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 374 (58.62%) ISEB
2 333 (52.19%) Agile Software Development
3 317 (49.69%) Test Automation
4 227 (35.58%) Test Scripting
5 202 (31.66%) SQL
6 200 (31.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 173 (27.12%) Software Testing
8 153 (23.98%) JIRA
8 153 (23.98%) Selenium
9 150 (23.51%) QA
10 142 (22.26%) Java
11 127 (19.91%) Test Strategy
12 123 (19.28%) User Acceptance Testing
12 123 (19.28%) Test Management
13 121 (18.97%) Oracle
14 120 (18.81%) Finance
15 114 (17.87%) Cucumber
16 110 (17.24%) Security Cleared
17 105 (16.46%) Microsoft
18 104 (16.30%) Scrum
19 98 (15.36%) Regression Testing
20 94 (14.73%) Windows
21 91 (14.26%) Defect Management
22 90 (14.11%) Degree
23 88 (13.79%) Manual Testing
23 88 (13.79%) Non-Functional Testing
24 86 (13.48%) HP
25 84 (13.17%) Functional Testing
26 80 (12.54%) Analytical Skills
27 74 (11.60%) Unix

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 57 (8.93%) Confluence
2 28 (4.39%) SharePoint
3 25 (3.92%) WebLogic
4 13 (2.04%) CMS
5 6 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.63%) Apache
6 4 (0.63%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.63%) SAS
6 4 (0.63%) Skype for Business
6 4 (0.63%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 37 (5.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 29 (4.55%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.16%) FileZilla
4 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.16%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 9 (1.41%) SAP CRM
2 6 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.78%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.63%) SAP FI-CA
4 4 (0.63%) SAP PSCD
5 3 (0.47%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.31%) SAP MM
7 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.16%) Infor M3
7 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.16%) PeopleSoft Financials
7 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 40 (6.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (1.72%) GitHub
4 7 (1.10%) BrowserStack
4 7 (1.10%) Office 365
5 6 (0.94%) DigitalOcean
6 5 (0.78%) Azure Functions
6 5 (0.78%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
6 5 (0.78%) Serverless
7 4 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.47%) Power Platform
9 2 (0.31%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.31%) BlazeMeter
9 2 (0.31%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.16%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.16%) Firebase
10 1 (0.16%) npm
10 1 (0.16%) Slack
10 1 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.16%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 24 (3.76%) Wireless
2 14 (2.19%) LTE
3 11 (1.72%) Internet
4 6 (0.94%) DWDM
4 6 (0.94%) Intranet
4 6 (0.94%) MPLS
5 5 (0.78%) HTTP
5 5 (0.78%) SAN
6 4 (0.63%) Skype
6 4 (0.63%) SNMP
7 3 (0.47%) ISDN
7 3 (0.47%) TCP/IP
8 2 (0.31%) DNS
8 2 (0.31%) IP Telephony
8 2 (0.31%) LAN
9 1 (0.16%) DOCSIS
9 1 (0.16%) FTP
9 1 (0.16%) VPN
9 1 (0.16%) WAN
9 1 (0.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (5.02%) Data Warehouse
2 29 (4.55%) SQL Server
3 18 (2.82%) Oracle Reports
4 15 (2.35%) Oracle Database
5 14 (2.19%) Pentaho
5 14 (2.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 13 (2.04%) MongoDB
7 12 (1.88%) BusinessObjects
8 10 (1.57%) Oracle OWB
9 8 (1.25%) NoSQL
10 6 (0.94%) Azure SQL Database
10 6 (0.94%) Blockchain
10 6 (0.94%) Impala
11 5 (0.78%) Cosmos DB
11 5 (0.78%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.78%) MySQL
11 5 (0.78%) Relational Database
12 4 (0.63%) Big Data
13 3 (0.47%) Apache Accumulo
13 3 (0.47%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 153 (23.98%) JIRA
1 153 (23.98%) Selenium
2 114 (17.87%) Cucumber
3 65 (10.19%) SoapUI
4 58 (9.09%) Jenkins
5 52 (8.15%) Team Foundation Server
6 45 (7.05%) LoadRunner
7 41 (6.43%) JMeter
8 31 (4.86%) Rational DOORS
9 30 (4.70%) HP UFT
10 29 (4.55%) Rational Quality Manager
11 28 (4.39%) Visual Studio Team System
12 27 (4.23%) Visual Studio
13 26 (4.08%) Git (software)
14 24 (3.76%) Bugzilla
15 23 (3.61%) SpecFlow
15 23 (3.61%) Toad
16 20 (3.13%) WebDriver
17 15 (2.35%) TeamCity
18 13 (2.04%) Gatling
General
1 120 (18.81%) Finance
2 40 (6.27%) Retail
3 20 (3.13%) Telecoms
4 18 (2.82%) Banking
5 12 (1.88%) Marketing
6 8 (1.25%) Manufacturing
7 6 (0.94%) Front Office
7 6 (0.94%) Legal
8 3 (0.47%) Electronics
8 3 (0.47%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.31%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.31%) Games
9 2 (0.31%) International Banking
9 2 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.31%) Publishing
9 2 (0.31%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.16%) Brand Awareness
10 1 (0.16%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.16%) Law
10 1 (0.16%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 284 (44.51%) Analyst
2 257 (40.28%) Test Analyst
3 87 (13.64%) Test Engineer
4 86 (13.48%) Test Manager
5 80 (12.54%) Tester
6 54 (8.46%) Test Leader
7 33 (5.17%) Agile Test Analyst
8 31 (4.86%) QA Analyst
8 31 (4.86%) SQL Analyst
9 28 (4.39%) SAP Analyst
9 28 (4.39%) SAP Test Analyst
10 24 (3.76%) Automation Test Analyst
11 20 (3.13%) Developer
11 20 (3.13%) Web Analyst
12 19 (2.98%) QA Test Analyst
13 17 (2.66%) Developer in Test
13 17 (2.66%) Test Automation Engineer
14 16 (2.51%) QA Tester
14 16 (2.51%) SAP Functional Analyst
14 16 (2.51%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (10.19%) XML
2 39 (6.11%) Web Services
3 27 (4.23%) SOAP
4 26 (4.08%) HTML
5 25 (3.92%) .NET
6 22 (3.45%) RESTful
7 21 (3.29%) Spring
8 19 (2.98%) Gherkin
9 16 (2.51%) CSS
9 16 (2.51%) REST
10 14 (2.19%) JSON
11 11 (1.72%) RabbitMQ
12 7 (1.10%) ASP.NET
13 6 (0.94%) .NET Framework
13 6 (0.94%) Chai
13 6 (0.94%) Elastic Stack
13 6 (0.94%) React
14 5 (0.78%) Hibernate
14 5 (0.78%) XML Messaging
15 4 (0.63%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 80 (12.54%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (7.21%) Self-Motivation
3 13 (2.04%) Virtual Team
4 12 (1.88%) Mobile App
5 10 (1.57%) Client/Server
5 10 (1.57%) User Experience
6 9 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
6 9 (1.41%) Management Information System
7 7 (1.10%) CCTV
7 7 (1.10%) Private Cloud
8 6 (0.94%) Bitcoin
8 6 (0.94%) Linux Command Line
9 5 (0.78%) Mainframe
9 5 (0.78%) Smart Meter
10 4 (0.63%) Driving Licence
11 3 (0.47%) AS400
11 3 (0.47%) Cyber Defence
11 3 (0.47%) iSeries
11 3 (0.47%) NHS
11 3 (0.47%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 94 (14.73%) Windows
2 74 (11.60%) Unix
3 32 (5.02%) Linux
4 7 (1.10%) Android
4 7 (1.10%) Apple iOS
4 7 (1.10%) Windows 10
5 4 (0.63%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.16%) CentOS
6 1 (0.16%) Solaris
6 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 333 (52.19%) Agile Software Development
2 317 (49.69%) Test Automation
3 227 (35.58%) Test Scripting
4 173 (27.12%) Software Testing
5 127 (19.91%) Test Strategy
6 123 (19.28%) Test Management
6 123 (19.28%) User Acceptance Testing
7 104 (16.30%) Scrum
8 98 (15.36%) Regression Testing
9 91 (14.26%) Defect Management
10 88 (13.79%) Manual Testing
10 88 (13.79%) Non-Functional Testing
11 84 (13.17%) Functional Testing
12 74 (11.60%) Integration Testing
12 74 (11.60%) SDLC
13 73 (11.44%) BDD
14 69 (10.82%) Performance Testing
15 64 (10.03%) User Stories
16 59 (9.25%) Waterfall
17 55 (8.62%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 202 (31.66%) SQL
2 142 (22.26%) Java
3 38 (5.96%) JavaScript
4 36 (5.64%) C#
5 23 (3.61%) PL/SQL
6 19 (2.98%) Python
7 16 (2.51%) T-SQL
8 15 (2.35%) C
9 12 (1.88%) PowerShell
10 11 (1.72%) C++
11 10 (1.57%) Java 8
11 10 (1.57%) VB
12 9 (1.41%) Ruby
13 8 (1.25%) Shell Script
14 6 (0.94%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.78%) F#
16 4 (0.63%) TypeScript
17 3 (0.47%) Perl
18 2 (0.31%) Groovy
18 2 (0.31%) PHP
Qualifications
1 374 (58.62%) ISEB
2 200 (31.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 110 (17.24%) Security Cleared
4 90 (14.11%) Degree
5 71 (11.13%) SC Cleared
6 47 (7.37%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 36 (5.64%) DV Cleared
8 25 (3.92%) HNC
8 25 (3.92%) HND
9 19 (2.98%) ISEB Practitioner
10 11 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (1.25%) Microsoft Certification
12 7 (1.10%) PMI Certification
13 6 (0.94%) PMP
14 5 (0.78%) Cisco Certification
15 4 (0.63%) MCP
15 4 (0.63%) MCSE
15 4 (0.63%) OCP
15 4 (0.63%) Oracle Certification
15 4 (0.63%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 150 (23.51%) QA
2 7 (1.10%) GDPR
3 6 (0.94%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.63%) SLA
5 3 (0.47%) IFRS
5 3 (0.47%) PMO
6 2 (0.31%) PMBOK
6 2 (0.31%) PSD2
7 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.16%) HL7
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 14 (2.19%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.10%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.31%) Docker
3 2 (0.31%) HDFS
4 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 55 (8.62%) HP ALM
2 49 (7.68%) HP Quality Center
3 21 (3.29%) Netcool
4 10 (1.57%) Ansible
4 10 (1.57%) Terraform
5 6 (0.94%) Kibana
6 3 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.47%) Puppet
7 1 (0.16%) CA Wily
7 1 (0.16%) EnCase
7 1 (0.16%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.16%) Nagios
7 1 (0.16%) Nessus
7 1 (0.16%) SCCM
7 1 (0.16%) SCOM
Vendors
1 121 (18.97%) Oracle
2 105 (16.46%) Microsoft
3 86 (13.48%) HP
4 52 (8.15%) SAP
5 29 (4.55%) OpenText
6 24 (3.76%) Remedy
7 21 (3.29%) SolarWinds
8 17 (2.66%) webMethods
9 13 (2.04%) Informatica
10 10 (1.57%) Guidewire
11 9 (1.41%) Atlassian
12 8 (1.25%) EMC
12 8 (1.25%) hybris
13 7 (1.10%) Kofax
14 6 (0.94%) Google
14 6 (0.94%) IBM
14 6 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
15 3 (0.47%) Ab Initio
15 3 (0.47%) CA Agile Central
15 3 (0.47%) Cognos