Period
to 24 September 2021

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 September 2021 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 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 450 364 398
Rank change year-on-year -86 +34 -23
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 387 158 551
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.53% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.59% 2.07% 3.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 271 123 355
10th Percentile £313 £280 £300
25th Percentile £360 £350 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £420 £425 £400
Median % change year-on-year -1.18% +6.25% +8.11%
75th Percentile £495 £488 £488
90th Percentile £538 £540 £533
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £428 £400
% change year-on-year -3.45% +6.88% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 13
10th Percentile £44.63 £26.26 £25.93
25th Percentile £45.50 £27.67 £33.00
Median hourly rate £46.63 £30.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +55.42% -33.33% +172.73%
75th Percentile £48.84 £39.38 £47.00
90th Percentile £50.13 £45.00 £63.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.25 £30.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +57.50% -33.33% +200.00%

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 14,940 7,629 17,305
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.58% 25.66% 19.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,689 5,096 10,924
10th Percentile £313 £293 £263
25th Percentile £410 £393 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%
75th Percentile £600 £569 £569
90th Percentile £679 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £451 £440
% change year-on-year +5.32% +2.50% +6.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 681 277 777
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.93 £13.75
25th Percentile £16.25 £21.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £53.75 £47.83 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.54 £64.50 £58.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year - -25.00% +73.91%

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 September 2021.

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
Top 17 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 September 2021. 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 -84 309 £427 +2.89% 120
UK excluding London -55 247 £413 -3.45% 112
Work from Home -169 111 £425 +11.84% 26
London -147 79 £480 +20.00% 8
South East -62 64 £413 -4.07% 29
Midlands -43 60 £410 +0.61% 20
West Midlands -38 57 £405 -2.41% 13
North of England -61 45 £423 -11.05% 31
Scotland -48 29 £403 -11.54% 3
North West -39 27 £468 -8.33% 17
East of England -38 22 £429 -4.78% 5
South West -31 21 £475 +31.03% 21
Yorkshire -43 14 £410 +34.43% 13
North East -13 4 £340 -28.42% 1
Wales - 4 £225 - 2
East Midlands -40 3 £500 +55.04% 7
Northern Ireland - 2 £325 - 1

For the 6 months to 24 September 2021, 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.

1 209 (54.01%) Test Automation
2 208 (53.75%) Agile Software Development
3 173 (44.70%) ISEB
4 152 (39.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 141 (36.43%) Social Skills
6 139 (35.92%) Software Testing
7 129 (33.33%) JIRA
8 114 (29.46%) Test Scripting
9 111 (28.68%) Azure
10 109 (28.17%) Selenium
11 104 (26.87%) SQL
12 100 (25.84%) QA
12 100 (25.84%) Test Management
13 93 (24.03%) Oracle
13 93 (24.03%) Microsoft
14 90 (23.26%) Security Cleared
15 87 (22.48%) DevOps
15 87 (22.48%) Test Strategy
16 85 (21.96%) Defect Management
17 72 (18.60%) Cucumber
18 71 (18.35%) Confluence
19 70 (18.09%) SC Cleared
20 68 (17.57%) Non-Functional Testing
21 64 (16.54%) User Acceptance Testing
21 64 (16.54%) Waterfall
22 60 (15.50%) Java
23 59 (15.25%) Performance Testing
24 58 (14.99%) Public Sector
25 52 (13.44%) SDLC
25 52 (13.44%) Windows

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 71 (18.35%) Confluence
2 12 (3.10%) WebLogic
3 11 (2.84%) SharePoint
4 7 (1.81%) SAS
5 3 (0.78%) Apache
5 3 (0.78%) CMS
5 3 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (0.78%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.78%) WebLogic Integration
6 1 (0.26%) Mule
6 1 (0.26%) WebSphere
Applications
1 35 (9.04%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (6.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (5.68%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.03%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 16 (4.13%) SAP HCM
2 8 (2.07%) Oracle EBS
3 7 (1.81%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (1.81%) SAP FI-CA
3 7 (1.81%) SAP PSCD
4 5 (1.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 4 (1.03%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.78%) Oracle Payables
6 3 (0.78%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.52%) Oracle Cash Management
7 2 (0.52%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.52%) Oracle General Ledger
8 1 (0.26%) Bloomberg TOMS
8 1 (0.26%) Elite 3E
8 1 (0.26%) Maximo
8 1 (0.26%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.26%) SAP FSCM
Cloud Services
1 111 (28.68%) Azure
2 45 (11.63%) AWS
3 23 (5.94%) GitHub
4 19 (4.91%) SuccessFactors
5 17 (4.39%) Dynamics 365
6 14 (3.62%) SaaS
7 13 (3.36%) PaaS
8 12 (3.10%) BrowserStack
8 12 (3.10%) NuGet
9 8 (2.07%) Sauce Labs
10 6 (1.55%) IaaS
11 5 (1.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 5 (1.29%) Serverless
11 5 (1.29%) Tricentis Tosca
12 4 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
12 4 (1.03%) Azure Pipelines
12 4 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (1.03%) Microsoft 365
13 3 (0.78%) Power Platform
13 3 (0.78%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.58%) HTTP
2 9 (2.33%) LAN
2 9 (2.33%) WAN
3 3 (0.78%) FTP
3 3 (0.78%) Wireshark
4 2 (0.52%) 3G
4 2 (0.52%) 4G
4 2 (0.52%) Ethernet
4 2 (0.52%) Internet
4 2 (0.52%) MPLS
4 2 (0.52%) SAN
4 2 (0.52%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.52%) VoIP
4 2 (0.52%) VPN
5 1 (0.26%) Broadband
5 1 (0.26%) DHCP
5 1 (0.26%) IMAP
5 1 (0.26%) SMS
5 1 (0.26%) SSL
5 1 (0.26%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (6.20%) SQL Server
2 18 (4.65%) Oracle Reports
3 17 (4.39%) Oracle Database
4 13 (3.36%) Relational Database
5 11 (2.84%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (2.84%) MySQL
6 10 (2.58%) MongoDB
7 9 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
8 8 (2.07%) Big Data
9 6 (1.55%) BusinessObjects
10 5 (1.29%) Hadoop
10 5 (1.29%) NoSQL
11 3 (0.78%) BusinessObjects XI
11 3 (0.78%) Cognos Query Studio
11 3 (0.78%) DB2
11 3 (0.78%) IBM InfoSphere
11 3 (0.78%) MS Access
11 3 (0.78%) Oracle BI EE
11 3 (0.78%) PowerCenter
11 3 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 129 (33.33%) JIRA
2 109 (28.17%) Selenium
3 72 (18.60%) Cucumber
4 48 (12.40%) JMeter
5 45 (11.63%) Jenkins
6 39 (10.08%) Gatling
7 38 (9.82%) Postman
8 35 (9.04%) SpecFlow
9 22 (5.68%) WebDriver
10 20 (5.17%) Git (software)
10 20 (5.17%) SoapUI
11 19 (4.91%) Travis CI
12 17 (4.39%) Bitbucket
13 13 (3.36%) JUnit
14 11 (2.84%) Maven
14 11 (2.84%) REST Assured
15 10 (2.58%) Toad
16 9 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
17 8 (2.07%) Appium
17 8 (2.07%) Zephyr
General
1 141 (36.43%) Social Skills
2 58 (14.99%) Public Sector
3 41 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
4 36 (9.30%) Finance
5 30 (7.75%) Influencing Skills
6 18 (4.65%) Telecoms
7 10 (2.58%) Presentation Skills
8 8 (2.07%) Banking
9 7 (1.81%) Organisational Skills
10 5 (1.29%) Local Government
11 4 (1.03%) Automotive
11 4 (1.03%) Documentation Skills
11 4 (1.03%) Law
11 4 (1.03%) Legal
12 3 (0.78%) Games
12 3 (0.78%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.78%) Marketing
12 3 (0.78%) Retail
13 2 (0.52%) Billing
13 2 (0.52%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 114 (29.46%) Analyst
2 111 (28.68%) Test Analyst
3 76 (19.64%) Tester
4 65 (16.80%) Test Manager
5 49 (12.66%) Test Engineer
6 31 (8.01%) Developer
7 29 (7.49%) Test Leader
8 26 (6.72%) Automation Tester
9 22 (5.68%) Developer in Test
10 20 (5.17%) Software Developer
11 14 (3.62%) QA Analyst
11 14 (3.62%) Senior Analyst
12 13 (3.36%) QA Tester
12 13 (3.36%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
12 13 (3.36%) Senior Test Analyst
13 12 (3.10%) QA Test Analyst
13 12 (3.10%) Software Test Engineer
14 11 (2.84%) Test Automation Engineer
15 9 (2.33%) Automation Test Analyst
15 9 (2.33%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (11.63%) XML
2 28 (7.24%) REST
3 24 (6.20%) .NET
4 17 (4.39%) SOAP
5 16 (4.13%) .NET Framework
5 16 (4.13%) Web Services
6 15 (3.88%) JSON
6 15 (3.88%) RESTful
7 9 (2.33%) Middleware
8 8 (2.07%) Spring
9 7 (1.81%) CSS
9 7 (1.81%) HTML
9 7 (1.81%) RxSwift
10 5 (1.29%) Swagger
10 5 (1.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 4 (1.03%) Gherkin
11 4 (1.03%) Kafka
11 4 (1.03%) OAuth2
11 4 (1.03%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (1.03%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 16 (4.13%) Mobile App
2 15 (3.88%) User Experience
3 13 (3.36%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (2.07%) Video\Live Streaming
5 7 (1.81%) Video on Demand
6 6 (1.55%) Client/Server
7 5 (1.29%) Data Centre
8 4 (1.03%) Mainframe
8 4 (1.03%) NHS
9 3 (0.78%) Cybercrime
9 3 (0.78%) Legacy Applications
9 3 (0.78%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.78%) N-Tier
10 2 (0.52%) Analytical Mindset
10 2 (0.52%) Cloud Native
10 2 (0.52%) Cyberattack
11 1 (0.26%) Enterprise Software
11 1 (0.26%) Greenfield Project
11 1 (0.26%) Mobile Banking
11 1 (0.26%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 52 (13.44%) Windows
2 41 (10.59%) Unix
3 14 (3.62%) Linux
4 11 (2.84%) Apple iOS
5 7 (1.81%) tvOS
6 4 (1.03%) Android
6 4 (1.03%) zOS
7 3 (0.78%) CentOS
7 3 (0.78%) HPUX
7 3 (0.78%) SUSE
7 3 (0.78%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.26%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.26%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 209 (54.01%) Test Automation
2 208 (53.75%) Agile Software Development
3 139 (35.92%) Software Testing
4 114 (29.46%) Test Scripting
5 100 (25.84%) Test Management
6 87 (22.48%) DevOps
6 87 (22.48%) Test Strategy
7 85 (21.96%) Defect Management
8 68 (17.57%) Non-Functional Testing
9 64 (16.54%) User Acceptance Testing
9 64 (16.54%) Waterfall
10 59 (15.25%) Performance Testing
11 52 (13.44%) SDLC
12 50 (12.92%) Problem-Solving
13 47 (12.14%) Stakeholder Management
14 41 (10.59%) Regression Testing
14 41 (10.59%) Validation
15 39 (10.08%) Functional Testing
16 38 (9.82%) Customer Requirements
17 37 (9.56%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 104 (26.87%) SQL
2 60 (15.50%) Java
3 42 (10.85%) C#
4 38 (9.82%) JavaScript
5 13 (3.36%) Python
6 11 (2.84%) Apple Swift
6 11 (2.84%) PL/SQL
7 5 (1.29%) Shell Script
8 4 (1.03%) Bash Shell
8 4 (1.03%) Kotlin
8 4 (1.03%) Objective-C
8 4 (1.03%) T-SQL
8 4 (1.03%) VB
9 3 (0.78%) ANSI SQL
9 3 (0.78%) C++
9 3 (0.78%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 3 (0.78%) PowerShell
9 3 (0.78%) VBA
9 3 (0.78%) VBScript
10 2 (0.52%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 173 (44.70%) ISEB
2 152 (39.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 90 (23.26%) Security Cleared
4 70 (18.09%) SC Cleared
5 48 (12.40%) Degree
6 47 (12.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 22 (5.68%) DV Cleared
8 10 (2.58%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (2.07%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (1.03%) ISEB Practitioner
11 3 (0.78%) APMP
12 2 (0.52%) CEH
12 2 (0.52%) MCSA
12 2 (0.52%) MCSE
12 2 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.26%) HNC
13 1 (0.26%) Master's Degree
13 1 (0.26%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.26%) PMP
13 1 (0.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (25.84%) QA
2 19 (4.91%) Accessibility
3 8 (2.07%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.26%) GDPR
5 1 (0.26%) HL7
5 1 (0.26%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 6 (1.55%) Active Directory
2 5 (1.29%) Docker
3 4 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.26%) HDFS
4 1 (0.26%) vCloud
4 1 (0.26%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 30 (7.75%) HP ALM
2 27 (6.98%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (1.81%) Data Guard
4 4 (1.03%) Ionix
5 3 (0.78%) Puppet
6 1 (0.26%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 93 (24.03%) Microsoft
1 93 (24.03%) Oracle
2 31 (8.01%) SAP
3 27 (6.98%) HP
4 21 (5.43%) CheckPoint
5 10 (2.58%) Informatica
6 8 (2.07%) Salesforce.com
6 8 (2.07%) webMethods
7 7 (1.81%) Apple
7 7 (1.81%) Micro Focus
7 7 (1.81%) Siemens
7 7 (1.81%) Xamarin
8 6 (1.55%) Cisco
9 4 (1.03%) Atlassian
9 4 (1.03%) Cloudera
9 4 (1.03%) Google
9 4 (1.03%) IBM
9 4 (1.03%) Juniper
9 4 (1.03%) Splunk
9 4 (1.03%) VMware