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 3 months to 26 April 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
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 312 278 302
Rank change year-on-year -34 +24  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 321 482 413
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.86% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.43% 4.06% 3.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 202 283 225
Median daily rate £350 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £238 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £462 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 5
Median hourly rate £43.13 £35.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.21% +20.68%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £12.50 £14.91
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £79.25 £170.00 £33.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £35.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +22.85% +133.33%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9368 11869 11017
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.15% 21.25% 19.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 5850 7442 6246
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £259 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £553 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.05% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 407 539
Median hourly rate £34.38 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.76% +24.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.80 £48.14 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.10 £22.50
% change year-on-year +7.96% +33.78%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 26 April 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB over the 3 months to 26 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -35 286 £350 - 107
South East +4 102 £350 +0.71% 21
London -50 63 £375 -4.76% 31
South West +7 47 £380 +16.92% 17
Surrey +19 31 £360 -4.00% 5
Devon +7 22 £378 -22.56% 2
Scotland -1 20 £306 +0.40% 5
Hampshire -8 20 £325 -20.48% 6
West Midlands +9 19 £300 -4.76% 10
Exeter +6 16 £350 -28.20%
Milton Keynes +1 15 £350 -12.50%
Buckinghamshire -11 15 £350 +4.47% 1
Yorkshire 0 14 £412 +37.16% 6
West Yorkshire +7 12 £431 +40.65% 4
Edinburgh +16 11 £318 +11.40% 1
East of England 0 11 £325 -13.33% 6
Berkshire +29 10 £338 +5.46% 3
Gloucestershire +8 10 £525 +54.41% 3
Leeds +8 10 £450 +46.93% 2
East Midlands +4 10 £350 - 3
Wales +14 8 £344 -17.91% 2
Reigate -7 8 £375 +17.18% 1
Redhill - 8 £355 -
Cardiff +26 7 £338 -12.90%
South Wales +18 7 £338 -12.90% 1
North East +14 7 £300 - 4
North West +12 7 £275 -10.20% 9
Oxfordshire -6 7 £200 -42.02% 2
City of London -25 7 £395 -7.05% 17
Gloucester - 7 £525 - 2

For the 6 months to 26 April 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.

1 393 (66.16%) ISEB
2 248 (41.75%) Agile Software Development
3 185 (31.14%) Test Scripting
4 176 (29.63%) SQL
5 160 (26.94%) Software Testing
6 155 (26.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 145 (24.41%) Selenium
8 134 (22.56%) Finance
9 120 (20.20%) User Acceptance Testing
10 116 (19.53%) Test Automation
11 115 (19.36%) JIRA
12 106 (17.85%) QA
13 105 (17.68%) Test Strategy
14 103 (17.34%) Functional Testing
15 102 (17.17%) Microsoft
16 97 (16.33%) Defect Management
17 96 (16.16%) Java
18 88 (14.81%) Test Management
19 86 (14.48%) Automated Testing
19 86 (14.48%) HP
20 85 (14.31%) Security Cleared
21 73 (12.29%) Oracle
22 71 (11.95%) Scrum
23 70 (11.78%) SDLC
24 66 (11.11%) Regression Testing
25 65 (10.94%) Manual Testing
26 64 (10.77%) HP Quality Center
26 64 (10.77%) BDD
27 58 (9.76%) Continuous Integration
27 58 (9.76%) XML

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 18 (3.03%) SharePoint
2 17 (2.86%) Confluence
3 9 (1.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 9 (1.52%) WebLogic
4 8 (1.35%) SharePoint 2010
5 7 (1.18%) SAS
6 6 (1.01%) IIS
7 4 (0.67%) CMS
8 3 (0.51%) Apache
8 3 (0.51%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.51%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.34%) JBoss
9 2 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.17%) ArcGIS
10 1 (0.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
10 1 (0.17%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.17%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 30 (5.05%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.01%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 16 (2.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.84%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.67%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.34%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.34%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.17%) Maximo
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.17%) SAP EWM
6 1 (0.17%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.17%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.17%) SAP PM
6 1 (0.17%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 12 (2.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (1.18%) GitHub
3 6 (1.01%) Office 365
4 3 (0.51%) SaaS
4 3 (0.51%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.34%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.34%) Taleo
6 1 (0.17%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.17%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.36%) Internet
2 10 (1.68%) 4G
3 9 (1.52%) LTE
4 7 (1.18%) HTTP
5 6 (1.01%) Firewall
5 6 (1.01%) Wireless
6 5 (0.84%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (0.67%) Network Security
7 4 (0.67%) SSH
7 4 (0.67%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.51%) DNS
9 2 (0.34%) PuTTY
9 2 (0.34%) WinSCP
9 2 (0.34%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.17%) BIG-IP
10 1 (0.17%) Gigabit Ethernet
10 1 (0.17%) iBeacon
10 1 (0.17%) Multicast
10 1 (0.17%) Value-Added Service
10 1 (0.17%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 27 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
3 16 (2.69%) Relational Database
4 8 (1.35%) Oracle Database
5 5 (0.84%) Big Data
5 5 (0.84%) GIS
6 4 (0.67%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.51%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.51%) MySQL
7 3 (0.51%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (0.34%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8 2 (0.34%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (0.34%) SAP BW
9 1 (0.17%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.17%) MS Access
9 1 (0.17%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 145 (24.41%) Selenium
2 115 (19.36%) JIRA
3 54 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
4 49 (8.25%) HP UFT
5 46 (7.74%) SoapUI
6 45 (7.58%) Cucumber
7 40 (6.73%) JMeter
8 35 (5.89%) Visual Studio
8 35 (5.89%) WebDriver
9 31 (5.22%) LoadRunner
10 28 (4.71%) Jenkins
11 23 (3.87%) Git (software)
12 20 (3.37%) TeamCity
13 15 (2.53%) SpecFlow
14 14 (2.36%) MSTest
15 12 (2.02%) Hudson
15 12 (2.02%) Mercurial
16 8 (1.35%) Maven
16 8 (1.35%) TestRail
17 7 (1.18%) Oracle Forms
General
1 134 (22.56%) Finance
2 54 (9.09%) Banking
3 29 (4.88%) Retail
4 27 (4.55%) Telecoms
5 13 (2.19%) Manufacturing
6 11 (1.85%) Games
6 11 (1.85%) Retail Banking
7 6 (1.01%) Marketing
8 5 (0.84%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.67%) Advertising
9 4 (0.67%) Local Government
9 4 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.51%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.51%) Automotive
10 3 (0.51%) Electronics
10 3 (0.51%) General Ledger
10 3 (0.51%) Legal
10 3 (0.51%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.34%) Billing
11 2 (0.34%) Law
Job Titles
1 251 (42.26%) Analyst
2 237 (39.90%) Test Analyst
3 133 (22.39%) Tester
4 88 (14.81%) Test Manager
5 69 (11.62%) Test Leader
6 43 (7.24%) Automation Tester
7 42 (7.07%) Automation Test Analyst
8 40 (6.73%) Test Engineer
9 33 (5.56%) Senior Analyst
9 33 (5.56%) Senior Test Analyst
10 30 (5.05%) Software Tester
11 22 (3.70%) Agile Test Analyst
12 20 (3.37%) QA Tester
13 19 (3.20%) Lead Test Analyst
14 18 (3.03%) Test Specialist
15 16 (2.69%) Developer
15 16 (2.69%) Software Analyst
15 16 (2.69%) Software Test Analyst
16 14 (2.36%) QA Analyst
16 14 (2.36%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (9.76%) XML
2 34 (5.72%) .NET
3 31 (5.22%) Web Services
4 27 (4.55%) SOAP
5 18 (3.03%) HTML
6 15 (2.53%) RESTful
7 12 (2.02%) Gherkin
8 11 (1.85%) AngularJS
8 11 (1.85%) CSS
8 11 (1.85%) J2EE
9 10 (1.68%) Spring
10 9 (1.52%) Hibernate
10 9 (1.52%) JSON
11 8 (1.35%) ASP.NET
12 7 (1.18%) Apache Flex
12 7 (1.18%) BlazeDS
12 7 (1.18%) Spring MVC
12 7 (1.18%) WCF
12 7 (1.18%) XSL
12 7 (1.18%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 38 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (2.36%) NHS
3 13 (2.19%) Client/Server
3 13 (2.19%) Computer Science
4 11 (1.85%) Mobile App
5 9 (1.52%) Management Information System
6 6 (1.01%) Clustering
6 6 (1.01%) Linux Command Line
7 5 (0.84%) User Experience
8 4 (0.67%) IVR
9 3 (0.51%) Contactless
9 3 (0.51%) Derivative
9 3 (0.51%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.51%) Over-the-Top Content
9 3 (0.51%) Reference Data
9 3 (0.51%) Smart Meter
9 3 (0.51%) SWIFT
9 3 (0.51%) Tandem
10 2 (0.34%) Hedge funds
10 2 (0.34%) Online Gambling
Operating Systems
1 56 (9.43%) Windows
2 50 (8.42%) Unix
3 43 (7.24%) Linux
4 13 (2.19%) Windows 7
5 12 (2.02%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (1.85%) Windows Server
6 11 (1.85%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (1.68%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (1.52%) Windows 10
9 8 (1.35%) Android
9 8 (1.35%) Windows XP
10 7 (1.18%) Apple iOS
11 6 (1.01%) AIX
12 4 (0.67%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.51%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.51%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.17%) HPUX
14 1 (0.17%) Solaris
14 1 (0.17%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 248 (41.75%) Agile Software Development
2 185 (31.14%) Test Scripting
3 160 (26.94%) Software Testing
4 120 (20.20%) User Acceptance Testing
5 116 (19.53%) Test Automation
6 105 (17.68%) Test Strategy
7 103 (17.34%) Functional Testing
8 97 (16.33%) Defect Management
9 88 (14.81%) Test Management
10 86 (14.48%) Automated Testing
11 71 (11.95%) Scrum
12 70 (11.78%) SDLC
13 66 (11.11%) Regression Testing
14 65 (10.94%) Manual Testing
15 64 (10.77%) BDD
16 58 (9.76%) Continuous Integration
17 56 (9.43%) Integration Testing
18 53 (8.92%) Performance Testing
19 52 (8.75%) Waterfall
20 44 (7.41%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 176 (29.63%) SQL
2 96 (16.16%) Java
3 36 (6.06%) Python
4 35 (5.89%) C#
5 29 (4.88%) JavaScript
6 22 (3.70%) Groovy
6 22 (3.70%) PL/SQL
7 21 (3.54%) Ruby
8 15 (2.53%) C
9 7 (1.18%) ActionScript
9 7 (1.18%) PHP
9 7 (1.18%) VB
10 4 (0.67%) Bash Shell
10 4 (0.67%) C++
10 4 (0.67%) Scala
11 3 (0.51%) Perl
11 3 (0.51%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.51%) VBA
11 3 (0.51%) VBScript
12 2 (0.34%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 393 (66.16%) ISEB
2 155 (26.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 85 (14.31%) Security Cleared
4 48 (8.08%) Degree
5 42 (7.07%) SC Cleared
6 39 (6.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 19 (3.20%) DV Cleared
8 14 (2.36%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (1.18%) ISEB Practitioner
10 6 (1.01%) MCITP
10 6 (1.01%) MCSA
10 6 (1.01%) MCSE
10 6 (1.01%) MCTS
10 6 (1.01%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.51%) CHECK Team Member
12 3 (0.51%) CISM
12 3 (0.51%) CREST Certified
12 3 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 2 (0.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 106 (17.85%) QA
2 16 (2.69%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (1.35%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.84%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.67%) SLA
6 3 (0.51%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.34%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.34%) EMIR
7 2 (0.34%) FATCA
7 2 (0.34%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.34%) MiFID
7 2 (0.34%) SDET
7 2 (0.34%) TickIT
8 1 (0.17%) Basel II
8 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.17%) PMO
8 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 17 (2.86%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.01%) Hyper-V
3 5 (0.84%) Snort
4 4 (0.67%) XenApp
4 4 (0.67%) XenDesktop
5 3 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.17%) HDFS
7 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.17%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 64 (10.77%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (1.35%) Cisco IPCC
3 7 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
3 7 (1.18%) Netcool
4 3 (0.51%) HP SiteScope
5 2 (0.34%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.34%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.34%) Cisco UCCE
5 2 (0.34%) Graphite
5 2 (0.34%) ITRS Geneos
5 2 (0.34%) Oozie
5 2 (0.34%) SCCM
6 1 (0.17%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.17%) Perfmon
6 1 (0.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 102 (17.17%) Microsoft
2 86 (14.48%) HP
3 73 (12.29%) Oracle
4 34 (5.72%) SAP
5 16 (2.69%) IBM
6 8 (1.35%) Citrix
6 8 (1.35%) Sybase
7 7 (1.18%) Adobe
7 7 (1.18%) Intel Security
8 6 (1.01%) Cisco
8 6 (1.01%) Veritas
9 5 (0.84%) AppDynamics
9 5 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (0.84%) Sourcefire
9 5 (0.84%) webMethods
10 4 (0.67%) Atlassian
10 4 (0.67%) BMC
10 4 (0.67%) Telerik
11 3 (0.51%) Remedy
12 2 (0.34%) Saba
Swindon, Wiltshire
CAG Recruitment
Rate: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum Multiple benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
C4 Commerce
Rate: From £300 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £380 to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Rullion
Rate: £314.00 - £315 per day
Posted: 6 days ago