Period
to 4 July 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 4 July 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
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 361 366 386
Rank change year-on-year +5 +20 -36
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 228 636 661
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.68% 0.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.30% 3.61% 3.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 154 383 437
Median daily rate £425 £385 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.39% +6.21% +3.57%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £270
90th Percentile £550 £525 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £348
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.91% -0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 12 11
Median hourly rate £36.25 £38.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.61% +153.33% -65.52%
10th Percentile £24.13 £19.25 £12.71
90th Percentile £47.38 £53.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -4.61% +181.48% -68.97%

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 9,906 17,626 19,520
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.99% 18.88% 18.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,879 10,636 11,669
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £283 £263 £239
90th Percentile £638 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £446 £413
% change year-on-year +0.84% +8.18% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 833 911
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +45.83% -20.00%
10th Percentile £15.85 £12.86 £12.63
90th Percentile £57.00 £54.35 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -20.00%

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 4 July 2020.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing ISTQB over the 6 months to 4 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram 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 4 July 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 +6 212 £415 +7.10% 38
UK excluding London -5 176 £400 +6.67% 38
South East +52 50 £400 +5.96% 7
London +113 46 £450 - 4
Midlands +32 36 £360 -4.00% 5
North of England +73 33 £475 +31.03% 13
West Midlands +43 33 £360 +2.86% 4
South West +9 32 £375 -6.25% 6
North West +64 21 £508 +26.88% 9
East of England +32 16 £438 +9.38% 3
Work from Home +1 10 £475 +65.22% 4
Yorkshire +71 7 £375 +7.14% 2
North East +10 6 £415 +15.28% 2
Wales +29 5 £400 +28.51% 1
Scotland +48 4 £455 +40.00% 2
East Midlands +18 3 £323 -14.00% 1
Northern Ireland +18 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 4 July 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.

1 137 (60.09%) Test Automation
2 132 (57.89%) ISEB
3 123 (53.95%) Agile Software Development
4 97 (42.54%) Selenium
5 81 (35.53%) JIRA
5 81 (35.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 79 (34.65%) Security Cleared
7 71 (31.14%) Test Scripting
8 57 (25.00%) SC Cleared
9 55 (24.12%) Java
10 54 (23.68%) SQL
10 54 (23.68%) Microsoft
11 50 (21.93%) Software Testing
12 49 (21.49%) BDD
13 47 (20.61%) Cucumber
14 42 (18.42%) QA
15 41 (17.98%) DevOps
16 40 (17.54%) Oracle
17 39 (17.11%) Test Strategy
18 37 (16.23%) Performance Testing
19 36 (15.79%) Scrum
20 35 (15.35%) Windows
21 33 (14.47%) Finance
21 33 (14.47%) User Acceptance Testing
21 33 (14.47%) Continuous Integration
21 33 (14.47%) Test Management
21 33 (14.47%) Customer Requirements
22 32 (14.04%) Functional Testing
22 32 (14.04%) C#
22 32 (14.04%) 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 30 (13.16%) Confluence
2 12 (5.26%) WebLogic
3 7 (3.07%) Mule
4 5 (2.19%) IIS
5 3 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (1.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (1.32%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.88%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.44%) Anypoint
7 1 (0.44%) Drupal
7 1 (0.44%) SAS
7 1 (0.44%) WebSphere
Applications
1 17 (7.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (7.02%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (1.32%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (4.82%) Teamcenter
2 5 (2.19%) SAP FI-CA
3 4 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.75%) Workday HCM
4 3 (1.32%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (1.32%) Eloqua
4 3 (1.32%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.44%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.44%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.44%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.44%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.44%) SAP Business ByDesign
6 1 (0.44%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.44%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.44%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.44%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 24 (10.53%) Azure
2 16 (7.02%) AWS
3 9 (3.95%) GitHub
4 6 (2.63%) Tricentis Tosca
5 4 (1.75%) GCP
6 3 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.32%) SaaS
7 2 (0.88%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.88%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.88%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.88%) npm
7 2 (0.88%) Sauce Labs
8 1 (0.44%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.44%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.44%) Office 365
8 1 (0.44%) PaaS
8 1 (0.44%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.07%) Unified Communications
2 5 (2.19%) Firewall
2 5 (2.19%) IPsec
2 5 (2.19%) Softphone
2 5 (2.19%) Wireshark
3 4 (1.75%) DNS
3 4 (1.75%) TCP/IP
4 3 (1.32%) DHCP
4 3 (1.32%) HTTP
4 3 (1.32%) Network Security
5 2 (0.88%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (0.88%) ISDN
5 2 (0.88%) MVNO
5 2 (0.88%) PBX
5 2 (0.88%) WAN
6 1 (0.44%) ATM
6 1 (0.44%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.39%) MongoDB
2 10 (4.39%) MySQL
3 5 (2.19%) Apache Hive
3 5 (2.19%) Hadoop
4 4 (1.75%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (1.75%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.32%) Big Data
5 3 (1.32%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.88%) EDRMS
6 2 (0.88%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.44%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.44%) Neo4j
7 1 (0.44%) Oracle BI EE
7 1 (0.44%) PowerCenter
7 1 (0.44%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 97 (42.54%) Selenium
2 81 (35.53%) JIRA
3 47 (20.61%) Cucumber
4 31 (13.60%) JMeter
5 30 (13.16%) SoapUI
6 27 (11.84%) Jenkins
7 21 (9.21%) Git (software)
8 17 (7.46%) eggPlant
8 17 (7.46%) Postman
8 17 (7.46%) WebDriver
9 16 (7.02%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (6.14%) SpecFlow
11 12 (5.26%) Toad
12 11 (4.82%) Zephyr
13 7 (3.07%) Bitbucket
13 7 (3.07%) Visual Studio
14 6 (2.63%) REST Assured
15 5 (2.19%) HP UFT
15 5 (2.19%) NUnit
15 5 (2.19%) TestRail
General
1 33 (14.47%) Finance
2 27 (11.84%) Public Sector
3 9 (3.95%) Military
4 6 (2.63%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.75%) Banking
5 4 (1.75%) Legal
5 4 (1.75%) Marketing
6 3 (1.32%) Billing
7 2 (0.88%) Publishing
7 2 (0.88%) Retail
8 1 (0.44%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.44%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 62 (27.19%) Analyst
2 55 (24.12%) Test Analyst
3 53 (23.25%) Tester
4 40 (17.54%) Test Engineer
5 30 (13.16%) Test Manager
6 25 (10.96%) Automation Tester
7 12 (5.26%) Consultant
8 11 (4.82%) Test Consultant
9 10 (4.39%) Test Automation Engineer
9 10 (4.39%) Test Leader
10 9 (3.95%) Test Automation Consultant
11 7 (3.07%) Integration Engineer
11 7 (3.07%) QA Tester
11 7 (3.07%) Software Tester
11 7 (3.07%) Test and Integration Engineer
12 6 (2.63%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 6 (2.63%) Network Engineer
12 6 (2.63%) QA Analyst
12 6 (2.63%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
12 6 (2.63%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (9.65%) XML
2 21 (9.21%) .NET
3 18 (7.89%) JSON
4 15 (6.58%) Web Services
5 14 (6.14%) SOAP
5 14 (6.14%) Spring
6 12 (5.26%) RESTful
7 10 (4.39%) Gherkin
8 8 (3.51%) JMS
9 7 (3.07%) Node.js
10 6 (2.63%) AngularJS
10 6 (2.63%) HTML
10 6 (2.63%) J2SE
10 6 (2.63%) REST
10 6 (2.63%) Spring Boot
11 5 (2.19%) Express
11 5 (2.19%) RabbitMQ
11 5 (2.19%) React
12 3 (1.32%) CSS
12 3 (1.32%) XBRL
Miscellaneous
1 20 (8.77%) Self-Motivation
2 19 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (3.95%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.19%) IVR
4 5 (2.19%) Virtual Team
5 4 (1.75%) Cyber Defence
6 3 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.32%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.32%) PKI
7 2 (0.88%) NHS
7 2 (0.88%) User Experience
8 1 (0.44%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.44%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.44%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.44%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.44%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 35 (15.35%) Windows
2 32 (14.04%) Unix
3 25 (10.96%) Linux
4 5 (2.19%) Windows Server
5 3 (1.32%) CentOS
5 3 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.88%) Android
6 2 (0.88%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.44%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (60.09%) Test Automation
2 123 (53.95%) Agile Software Development
3 71 (31.14%) Test Scripting
4 50 (21.93%) Software Testing
5 49 (21.49%) BDD
6 41 (17.98%) DevOps
7 39 (17.11%) Test Strategy
8 37 (16.23%) Performance Testing
9 36 (15.79%) Scrum
10 33 (14.47%) Continuous Integration
10 33 (14.47%) Customer Requirements
10 33 (14.47%) Test Management
10 33 (14.47%) User Acceptance Testing
11 32 (14.04%) Functional Testing
12 31 (13.60%) Problem-Solving
12 31 (13.60%) Waterfall
13 30 (13.16%) Non-Functional Testing
13 30 (13.16%) SDLC
14 29 (12.72%) Integration Testing
15 28 (12.28%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (24.12%) Java
2 54 (23.68%) SQL
3 32 (14.04%) C#
4 19 (8.33%) JavaScript
5 14 (6.14%) Python
6 10 (4.39%) PowerShell
7 8 (3.51%) C
7 8 (3.51%) Java 8
8 3 (1.32%) Bash Shell
8 3 (1.32%) PHP
8 3 (1.32%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.88%) Apple Swift
9 2 (0.88%) ES6
9 2 (0.88%) Kotlin
9 2 (0.88%) Objective-C
9 2 (0.88%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.88%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.44%) C++
10 1 (0.44%) Scala
10 1 (0.44%) VBA
Qualifications
1 132 (57.89%) ISEB
2 81 (35.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 79 (34.65%) Security Cleared
4 57 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 25 (10.96%) DV Cleared
6 17 (7.46%) Degree
7 16 (7.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 7 (3.07%) CCNA
8 7 (3.07%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (2.19%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (1.75%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (0.44%) AAT
11 1 (0.44%) ACCA
11 1 (0.44%) CIMA
11 1 (0.44%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.44%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (18.42%) QA
2 1 (0.44%) PMO
System Software
1 13 (5.70%) Docker
2 9 (3.95%) Active Directory
3 7 (3.07%) vSphere
4 5 (2.19%) HDFS
5 3 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.88%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (4.82%) HP Quality Center
1 11 (4.82%) Terraform
2 10 (4.39%) HP ALM
3 9 (3.95%) Ansible
4 8 (3.51%) Kubernetes
5 5 (2.19%) Rancher
6 4 (1.75%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 3 (1.32%) Puppet
8 2 (0.88%) SCCM
8 2 (0.88%) SCOM
9 1 (0.44%) Grafana
9 1 (0.44%) Kibana
9 1 (0.44%) nmon
9 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.44%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 54 (23.68%) Microsoft
2 40 (17.54%) Oracle
3 17 (7.46%) HP
4 13 (5.70%) SAP
5 11 (4.82%) Atlassian
6 9 (3.95%) webMethods
7 4 (1.75%) Cisco
7 4 (1.75%) EMC
7 4 (1.75%) Google
7 4 (1.75%) Workday
8 3 (1.32%) Adobe
8 3 (1.32%) AppDynamics
8 3 (1.32%) Red Hat
8 3 (1.32%) Telerik
9 2 (0.88%) CA
9 2 (0.88%) Guidewire
9 2 (0.88%) IBM
9 2 (0.88%) Juniper
9 2 (0.88%) VMware
9 2 (0.88%) Xamarin