Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 376 369 448
Rank change year-on-year -7 +79 -66
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 428 700 516
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.71% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.75% 3.69% 2.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 279 368 304
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +11.11% -0.74%
10th Percentile £313 £284 £257
90th Percentile £533 £538 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £364 £325
% change year-on-year +9.97% +11.92% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 11 6
UK median hourly rate £47.97 £39.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.00% +188.89% -60.58%
10th Percentile £36.00 £19.25 £12.71
90th Percentile £73.75 £53.00 £46.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.97 £38.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +26.24% +181.48% -61.43%

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 15,547 18,984 18,833
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.33% 19.21% 19.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,576 11,318 11,582
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £256 £258 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 740 879 821
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £24.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.27% +10.09% -3.92%
10th Percentile £14.49 £12.57 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £51.85 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £25.69
% change year-on-year +27.27% +7.05% -6.58%

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 21 January 2020.

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 21 January 2020.

Contractor 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 21 January 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 -22 370 £410 +9.33% 115
UK excluding London +19 364 £400 +9.97% 124
South East +8 115 £430 +13.16% 30
North of England +54 69 £350 +3.70% 30
South West -4 69 £463 +26.71% 26
London -23 56 £438 -2.78% 10
Midlands 0 47 £360 -4.00% 16
West Midlands +10 40 £360 -4.00% 10
Yorkshire +49 35 £350 +2.34% 10
Scotland +33 30 £350 +16.67% 4
Wales +35 21 £400 +6.67% 14
North East +23 18 £350 +9.38% 4
North West +14 16 £348 +6.92% 16
East of England +1 13 £372 -7.13% 3
East Midlands +13 7 £325 -13.33% 6

For the 6 months to 21 January 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.

1 279 (65.19%) Test Automation
2 240 (56.07%) ISEB
3 234 (54.67%) Agile Software Development
4 164 (38.32%) Test Scripting
5 143 (33.41%) Security Cleared
6 141 (32.94%) Selenium
7 133 (31.07%) SQL
8 124 (28.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 116 (27.10%) JIRA
10 113 (26.40%) Software Testing
11 109 (25.47%) QA
12 101 (23.60%) Oracle
12 101 (23.60%) Microsoft
13 95 (22.20%) Cucumber
14 94 (21.96%) SC Cleared
15 92 (21.50%) Windows
16 85 (19.86%) Java
17 78 (18.22%) Test Strategy
18 70 (16.36%) Unix
18 70 (16.36%) User Acceptance Testing
19 68 (15.89%) Scrum
20 63 (14.72%) Regression Testing
21 61 (14.25%) Defect Management
22 60 (14.02%) Manual Testing
22 60 (14.02%) XML
23 58 (13.55%) Customer Requirements
24 57 (13.32%) JavaScript
25 53 (12.38%) Finance
25 53 (12.38%) Confluence
26 52 (12.15%) SDLC

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 53 (12.38%) Confluence
2 25 (5.84%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.93%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.47%) Apache
4 2 (0.47%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.47%) IBM HTTP Server
4 2 (0.47%) IIS
4 2 (0.47%) Mule
4 2 (0.47%) Mule ESB
4 2 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (0.47%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.23%) SAS
Applications
1 32 (7.48%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (5.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.23%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 16 (3.74%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (2.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.70%) SAP FI-CA
3 3 (0.70%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.23%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 47 (10.98%) Azure
2 40 (9.35%) GitHub
3 25 (5.84%) AWS
4 15 (3.50%) Office 365
5 5 (1.17%) OneDrive
6 3 (0.70%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (0.70%) BrowserStack
6 3 (0.70%) Slack
6 3 (0.70%) Tricentis Tosca
7 2 (0.47%) Serverless
8 1 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.23%) GCP
8 1 (0.23%) npm
8 1 (0.23%) PaaS
8 1 (0.23%) SaaS
8 1 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.50%) ISDN
1 15 (3.50%) TCP/IP
2 12 (2.80%) DNS
3 7 (1.64%) IPv6
4 5 (1.17%) Intranet
4 5 (1.17%) Skype
5 4 (0.93%) HTTP
5 4 (0.93%) Wireshark
6 3 (0.70%) Internet
6 3 (0.70%) ZigBee
7 2 (0.47%) 802.15
7 2 (0.47%) SAN
8 1 (0.23%) ATM
8 1 (0.23%) Ethernet
8 1 (0.23%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (3.50%) Oracle Reports
2 12 (2.80%) SQL Server
3 7 (1.64%) EDRMS
4 6 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (1.40%) MongoDB
5 5 (1.17%) Hadoop
6 3 (0.70%) Apache Hive
6 3 (0.70%) Impala
6 3 (0.70%) Pentaho
7 2 (0.47%) HBase
7 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.47%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.47%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.23%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.23%) MySQL
8 1 (0.23%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.23%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 141 (32.94%) Selenium
2 116 (27.10%) JIRA
3 95 (22.20%) Cucumber
4 44 (10.28%) Jenkins
5 41 (9.58%) SoapUI
6 36 (8.41%) JMeter
7 35 (8.18%) Team Foundation Server
8 29 (6.78%) Gatling
9 28 (6.54%) WebDriver
10 26 (6.07%) Git (software)
11 25 (5.84%) SpecFlow
12 24 (5.61%) HP UFT
13 22 (5.14%) Postman
14 16 (3.74%) Rational DOORS
14 16 (3.74%) StarTeam
15 14 (3.27%) Visual Studio
16 13 (3.04%) Bitbucket
17 12 (2.80%) Visual Studio Team System
18 11 (2.57%) LoadRunner
19 9 (2.10%) Appium
General
1 53 (12.38%) Finance
2 32 (7.48%) Public Sector
3 27 (6.31%) Banking
4 26 (6.07%) Telecoms
5 10 (2.34%) Military
5 10 (2.34%) Retail
6 9 (2.10%) Front Office
7 7 (1.64%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.40%) Retail Banking
9 4 (0.93%) Back Office
10 3 (0.70%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.47%) Automotive
11 2 (0.47%) International Banking
11 2 (0.47%) Publishing
11 2 (0.47%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.23%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.23%) Billing
12 1 (0.23%) Electronics
12 1 (0.23%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 120 (28.04%) Analyst
2 116 (27.10%) Test Analyst
3 91 (21.26%) Test Engineer
4 75 (17.52%) Tester
5 47 (10.98%) Test Manager
6 36 (8.41%) Test Leader
7 32 (7.48%) Automation Tester
8 24 (5.61%) QA Analyst
8 24 (5.61%) QA Test Analyst
9 17 (3.97%) QA Engineer
10 16 (3.74%) Developer
10 16 (3.74%) Senior Test Engineer
11 15 (3.50%) Automation Test Analyst
12 14 (3.27%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 14 (3.27%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
13 13 (3.04%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
13 13 (3.04%) Test Automation Engineer
14 12 (2.80%) Test and Integration Engineer
14 12 (2.80%) Validation Engineer
14 12 (2.80%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (14.02%) XML
2 30 (7.01%) Web Services
3 28 (6.54%) SOAP
4 23 (5.37%) .NET
5 19 (4.44%) Gherkin
6 18 (4.21%) RESTful
7 16 (3.74%) HTML
8 10 (2.34%) WebdriverIO
9 8 (1.87%) JSON
9 8 (1.87%) Node.js
10 7 (1.64%) .NET Framework
10 7 (1.64%) REST
11 5 (1.17%) LDAP
11 5 (1.17%) Oracle Fusion
11 5 (1.17%) RabbitMQ
12 4 (0.93%) AngularJS
12 4 (0.93%) Kafka
12 4 (0.93%) WSDL
12 4 (0.93%) XSD
13 3 (0.70%) Express
Miscellaneous
1 34 (7.94%) Self-Motivation
2 31 (7.24%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (3.74%) Clustering
4 14 (3.27%) Cyber Defence
5 10 (2.34%) Management Information System
6 9 (2.10%) Mobile App
7 5 (1.17%) Data Structures
7 5 (1.17%) EPoS
7 5 (1.17%) PKI
8 4 (0.93%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (0.93%) Smart Meter
9 3 (0.70%) Fixed Income
9 3 (0.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (0.70%) NHS
9 3 (0.70%) Smart Home
9 3 (0.70%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.47%) Equities
10 2 (0.47%) FMCG
10 2 (0.47%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 92 (21.50%) Windows
2 70 (16.36%) Unix
3 30 (7.01%) Linux
4 26 (6.07%) Windows Server
5 21 (4.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 20 (4.67%) Windows 10
7 17 (3.97%) AIX
8 16 (3.74%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (3.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (3.74%) Windows XP
9 15 (3.50%) Windows 7
10 5 (1.17%) Android
10 5 (1.17%) Apple iOS
10 5 (1.17%) CentOS
11 1 (0.23%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 279 (65.19%) Test Automation
2 234 (54.67%) Agile Software Development
3 164 (38.32%) Test Scripting
4 113 (26.40%) Software Testing
5 78 (18.22%) Test Strategy
6 70 (16.36%) User Acceptance Testing
7 68 (15.89%) Scrum
8 63 (14.72%) Regression Testing
9 61 (14.25%) Defect Management
10 60 (14.02%) Manual Testing
11 58 (13.55%) Customer Requirements
12 52 (12.15%) SDLC
13 51 (11.92%) BDD
14 48 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
15 47 (10.98%) Waterfall
16 44 (10.28%) Test Management
17 43 (10.05%) DevOps
18 42 (9.81%) Validation
19 41 (9.58%) Integration Testing
20 38 (8.88%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 133 (31.07%) SQL
2 85 (19.86%) Java
3 57 (13.32%) JavaScript
4 52 (12.15%) C#
5 17 (3.97%) Python
6 16 (3.74%) C
7 6 (1.40%) Groovy
7 6 (1.40%) VB
7 6 (1.40%) VBScript
8 5 (1.17%) T-SQL
9 4 (0.93%) PowerShell
10 3 (0.70%) Ruby
11 2 (0.47%) Java 8
11 2 (0.47%) Kotlin
11 2 (0.47%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.47%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.23%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.23%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.23%) Scala
12 1 (0.23%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 240 (56.07%) ISEB
2 143 (33.41%) Security Cleared
3 124 (28.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 94 (21.96%) SC Cleared
5 51 (11.92%) DV Cleared
6 32 (7.48%) Degree
7 19 (4.44%) MCSA
7 19 (4.44%) MCSE
7 19 (4.44%) Microsoft Certification
8 17 (3.97%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 16 (3.74%) MCITP
9 16 (3.74%) MCTS
10 15 (3.50%) CCNA
10 15 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (1.87%) ISEB Practitioner
12 3 (0.70%) CEH
12 3 (0.70%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (0.47%) BC Cleared
13 2 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (25.47%) QA
2 8 (1.87%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.70%) WCAG
4 2 (0.47%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.23%) GDPR
5 1 (0.23%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.23%) SEPA
System Software
1 39 (9.11%) Active Directory
2 17 (3.97%) Hyper-V
3 16 (3.74%) VMware ESXi
3 16 (3.74%) vSphere
4 11 (2.57%) Docker
5 5 (1.17%) HDFS
6 2 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 45 (10.51%) HP Quality Center
2 34 (7.94%) HP ALM
3 21 (4.91%) SCCM
4 16 (3.74%) McAfee ePO
4 16 (3.74%) Netcool
4 16 (3.74%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 5 (1.17%) SCOM
6 4 (0.93%) Kubernetes
7 2 (0.47%) Ansible
7 2 (0.47%) Nessus
7 2 (0.47%) Terraform
8 1 (0.23%) Puppet
Vendors
1 101 (23.60%) Microsoft
1 101 (23.60%) Oracle
2 46 (10.75%) HP
3 17 (3.97%) SAP
4 16 (3.74%) Citrix
4 16 (3.74%) EMC
4 16 (3.74%) McAfee
4 16 (3.74%) Veritas
5 9 (2.10%) Micro Focus
6 5 (1.17%) Talend
7 4 (0.93%) webMethods
8 3 (0.70%) Atlassian
8 3 (0.70%) CA
8 3 (0.70%) Reuters
8 3 (0.70%) Xamarin
9 2 (0.47%) Delphix
9 2 (0.47%) hybris
9 2 (0.47%) ServiceNow
9 2 (0.47%) VMware
10 1 (0.23%) UiPath