Period
to 21 October 2017

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 October 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 383 348 295
Rank change year-on-year -35 -53 -32
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 611 715 937
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.67% 0.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.31% 3.20% 4.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 448 595
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -4.41% +4.62%
10th Percentile £260 £218 £217
90th Percentile £460 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £324 £338
% change year-on-year +4.25% -4.07% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 5
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £34.75 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.50% +15.83% +30.43%
10th Percentile £41.74 £14.66 £18.40
90th Percentile £45.90 £86.88 £36.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £36.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% +20.00% -9.09%

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 18477 22333 22265
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.60% 21.03% 19.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11279 13858 13328
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +3.23%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 846 1092
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.85% +12.50% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.76
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 21 October 2017.

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
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 21 October 2017. 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 -11 545 £350 +2.94% 74
UK excluding London +13 441 £338 +4.25% 54
South East +16 169 £338 -1.75% 7
London -24 163 £400 +6.67% 24
Midlands +27 68 £363 +6.62% 6
South West +13 61 £360 +10.77% 9
North of England +55 60 £325 +8.33% 25
West Midlands +12 42 £400 +17.65% 3
Scotland -19 40 £313 +13.64% 4
Yorkshire +20 26 £283 -5.83% 8
East Midlands +14 26 £320 -1.54% 3
East of England -26 24 £350 +16.67% 3
North West +11 19 £350 +16.67% 15
Wales +15 18 £350 +22.27%
North East +68 15 £325 - 2
Northern Ireland - 2 £310 -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 395 (64.65%) ISEB
2 276 (45.17%) Agile Software Development
3 248 (40.59%) Test Automation
4 186 (30.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 182 (29.79%) Test Scripting
6 159 (26.02%) User Acceptance Testing
7 148 (24.22%) Software Testing
8 142 (23.24%) SQL
9 137 (22.42%) HP
10 131 (21.44%) Scrum
11 116 (18.99%) Selenium
12 114 (18.66%) JIRA
13 113 (18.49%) Finance
14 112 (18.33%) QA
15 111 (18.17%) HP Quality Center
16 104 (17.02%) Test Strategy
17 91 (14.89%) Test Management
18 90 (14.73%) Java
19 89 (14.57%) Test Planning
20 88 (14.40%) Regression Testing
21 84 (13.75%) Functional Testing
22 76 (12.44%) Security Cleared
23 73 (11.95%) BDD
24 72 (11.78%) Banking
25 69 (11.29%) ITIL
25 69 (11.29%) Waterfall
26 68 (11.13%) SDLC
27 67 (10.97%) Defect Management
28 65 (10.64%) Microsoft
29 63 (10.31%) Migration

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 39 (6.38%) Confluence
2 13 (2.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 11 (1.80%) BizTalk Server
4 10 (1.64%) JCAPS
4 10 (1.64%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.64%) WebSphere
5 8 (1.31%) WebLogic
6 6 (0.98%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.82%) CMS
7 5 (0.82%) JBoss
8 4 (0.65%) Oracle Workflow
9 3 (0.49%) Documentum
10 2 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.33%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.33%) WebLogic Portal
11 1 (0.16%) Apache
11 1 (0.16%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.16%) Umbraco
Applications
1 28 (4.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (3.60%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (2.45%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.65%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.65%) SAP ERP
2 4 (0.65%) SAP MM
3 3 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.49%) Maximo
3 3 (0.49%) SAP CO
3 3 (0.49%) SAP FI
3 3 (0.49%) SAP FI/CO
3 3 (0.49%) TRIRIGA
4 2 (0.33%) Primavera
5 1 (0.16%) Actimize
5 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP CCM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.16%) SAP PM
5 1 (0.16%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.16%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (1.31%) SaaS
3 3 (0.49%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.33%) Office 365
4 2 (0.33%) PaaS
5 1 (0.16%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.16%) GitHub
5 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.45%) LTE
2 13 (2.13%) Wireless
3 12 (1.96%) 4G
4 9 (1.47%) LDAP
5 6 (0.98%) Firewall
5 6 (0.98%) Internet
6 5 (0.82%) DNS
6 5 (0.82%) Value-Added Service
7 4 (0.65%) DHCP
7 4 (0.65%) GGSN
7 4 (0.65%) IPv4
7 4 (0.65%) IPv6
7 4 (0.65%) SMS
7 4 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (0.65%) Wireshark
8 3 (0.49%) HTTP
8 3 (0.49%) VoWiFi
9 2 (0.33%) TCP/IP
10 1 (0.16%) DOCSIS
10 1 (0.16%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (8.18%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 24 (3.93%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (1.80%) Oracle Database
5 6 (0.98%) Big Data
5 6 (0.98%) Hadoop
6 5 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
6 5 (0.82%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
6 5 (0.82%) Pentaho
7 4 (0.65%) Power BI
7 4 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.49%) HBase
9 2 (0.33%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.33%) Oracle BI EE
10 1 (0.16%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.16%) DB2
10 1 (0.16%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.16%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.16%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 116 (18.99%) Selenium
2 114 (18.66%) JIRA
3 58 (9.49%) SoapUI
4 46 (7.53%) WebDriver
5 42 (6.87%) JMeter
6 39 (6.38%) Team Foundation Server
7 33 (5.40%) Cucumber
7 33 (5.40%) HP UFT
8 32 (5.24%) Visual Studio
9 27 (4.42%) Jenkins
10 26 (4.26%) LoadRunner
11 21 (3.44%) LoadUI
12 19 (3.11%) SpecFlow
13 13 (2.13%) Git (software)
14 11 (1.80%) Selenium IDE
15 10 (1.64%) TestRail
16 7 (1.15%) Maven
16 7 (1.15%) Visual Studio Team System
16 7 (1.15%) Zephyr
17 6 (0.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 113 (18.49%) Finance
2 72 (11.78%) Banking
3 34 (5.56%) Retail Banking
4 31 (5.07%) Telecoms
5 28 (4.58%) Retail
6 14 (2.29%) Publishing
7 10 (1.64%) Spanish Language
8 8 (1.31%) Billing
8 8 (1.31%) Legal
8 8 (1.31%) Military
9 5 (0.82%) Games
9 5 (0.82%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.65%) Aerospace
10 4 (0.65%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.49%) Automotive
11 3 (0.49%) Back Office
12 2 (0.33%) Front Office
12 2 (0.33%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.33%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 307 (50.25%) Analyst
2 287 (46.97%) Test Analyst
3 84 (13.75%) Test Manager
4 67 (10.97%) Tester
5 55 (9.00%) Test Leader
6 46 (7.53%) Automation Test Analyst
7 44 (7.20%) Test Engineer
8 42 (6.87%) Senior Analyst
9 40 (6.55%) Senior Test Analyst
10 31 (5.07%) Performance Analyst
10 31 (5.07%) Performance Test Analyst
11 29 (4.75%) Selenium Test Analyst
12 27 (4.42%) Automation Tester
13 22 (3.60%) Agile Test Analyst
14 21 (3.44%) Developer
15 19 (3.11%) UAT Analyst
15 19 (3.11%) UAT Test Analyst
16 18 (2.95%) Architect
16 18 (2.95%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
17 15 (2.45%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (7.20%) XML
2 41 (6.71%) .NET
3 38 (6.22%) Web Services
4 32 (5.24%) SOAP
5 18 (2.95%) REST
6 17 (2.78%) XSLT
7 14 (2.29%) Spring
8 13 (2.13%) Hibernate
8 13 (2.13%) J2EE
9 12 (1.96%) CSS
9 12 (1.96%) RESTful
10 11 (1.80%) Gherkin
11 10 (1.64%) IBM Integration Bus
11 10 (1.64%) JSON
12 9 (1.47%) AngularJS
12 9 (1.47%) HTML
12 9 (1.47%) Kendo UI
13 8 (1.31%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 8 (1.31%) Middleware
14 7 (1.15%) COM+
Miscellaneous
1 40 (6.55%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.60%) Computer Science
3 21 (3.44%) Management Information System
4 13 (2.13%) Mobile App
5 8 (1.31%) Client/Server
5 8 (1.31%) User Experience
6 7 (1.15%) NHS
7 5 (0.82%) IVR
7 5 (0.82%) Reference Data
8 4 (0.65%) Derivative
8 4 (0.65%) Equities
8 4 (0.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 4 (0.65%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.49%) Fixed Income
10 2 (0.33%) AS400
10 2 (0.33%) Credit Risk
10 2 (0.33%) Data Centre
10 2 (0.33%) N-Tier
10 2 (0.33%) Smart Meter
10 2 (0.33%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 39 (6.38%) Windows
2 25 (4.09%) Linux
3 22 (3.60%) Unix
4 9 (1.47%) Windows 10
5 3 (0.49%) Windows 7
5 3 (0.49%) Windows 8
5 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (0.49%) Windows Vista
6 2 (0.33%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.16%) Android
7 1 (0.16%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.16%) CentOS
7 1 (0.16%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.16%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 276 (45.17%) Agile Software Development
2 248 (40.59%) Test Automation
3 182 (29.79%) Test Scripting
4 159 (26.02%) User Acceptance Testing
5 148 (24.22%) Software Testing
6 131 (21.44%) Scrum
7 104 (17.02%) Test Strategy
8 91 (14.89%) Test Management
9 89 (14.57%) Test Planning
10 88 (14.40%) Regression Testing
11 84 (13.75%) Functional Testing
12 73 (11.95%) BDD
13 69 (11.29%) ITIL
13 69 (11.29%) Waterfall
14 68 (11.13%) SDLC
15 67 (10.97%) Defect Management
16 63 (10.31%) Migration
17 60 (9.82%) Integration Testing
18 57 (9.33%) Scenario Testing
19 56 (9.17%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 142 (23.24%) SQL
2 90 (14.73%) Java
3 54 (8.84%) C#
4 33 (5.40%) JavaScript
5 22 (3.60%) C++
6 21 (3.44%) PL/SQL
7 16 (2.62%) Python
8 12 (1.96%) VB
9 9 (1.47%) TypeScript
10 8 (1.31%) C
10 8 (1.31%) Ruby
11 6 (0.98%) Groovy
11 6 (0.98%) Scala
12 5 (0.82%) VBScript
13 3 (0.49%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.49%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.33%) ActionScript
14 2 (0.33%) Embedded C++
14 2 (0.33%) PHP
14 2 (0.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 395 (64.65%) ISEB
2 186 (30.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 76 (12.44%) Security Cleared
4 55 (9.00%) Degree
5 35 (5.73%) SC Cleared
6 25 (4.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 19 (3.11%) BPSS Clearance
8 16 (2.62%) DV Cleared
9 8 (1.31%) PMI Certification
9 8 (1.31%) PMP
10 7 (1.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (0.49%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.33%) CCNA
12 2 (0.33%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.33%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.33%) MCSA
12 2 (0.33%) MCSE
12 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.16%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (18.33%) QA
2 12 (1.96%) HL7
3 7 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (1.15%) PMO
4 6 (0.98%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.49%) EMIR
5 3 (0.49%) MiFID
5 3 (0.49%) SLA
6 2 (0.33%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.33%) GDPR
6 2 (0.33%) IFRS
7 1 (0.16%) FATCA
7 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 15288
7 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 16 (2.62%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.65%) HDFS
3 4 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.33%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 111 (18.17%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.65%) SCCM
3 2 (0.33%) Cisco IPCC
3 2 (0.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (0.33%) WSUS
4 1 (0.16%) BladeLogic
4 1 (0.16%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.16%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (0.16%) NSN NetAct
4 1 (0.16%) Puppet
4 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 137 (22.42%) HP
2 65 (10.64%) Microsoft
3 45 (7.36%) Oracle
4 30 (4.91%) IBM
5 29 (4.75%) SAP
6 24 (3.93%) Atlassian
7 17 (2.78%) Motorola
7 17 (2.78%) VMware
8 15 (2.45%) Sybase
9 10 (1.64%) Fiorano
10 9 (1.47%) InterSystems
10 9 (1.47%) Telerik
11 8 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
12 6 (0.98%) Cisco
12 6 (0.98%) Google
13 5 (0.82%) Huawei
13 5 (0.82%) Nokia
14 4 (0.65%) Adobe
15 3 (0.49%) Calypso
15 3 (0.49%) Murex