Period
to 9 April 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 9 April 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
9 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 387 353 407
Rank change year-on-year -34 +54 -49
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 333 710 582
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.73% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.49% 3.78% 3.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 211 387 373
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £313 £288 £263
90th Percentile £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £330
% change year-on-year +6.67% +13.64% -2.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 15 10
Median hourly rate £47.97 £40.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.93% +196.30% -61.43%
10th Percentile £36.78 £19.25 £12.71
90th Percentile £73.75 £53.00 £25.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.97 £40.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +19.93% +196.30% -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 13,385 18,796 19,429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.10% 19.42% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,074 11,315 11,765
Median daily rate £475 £455 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.40% +1.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £235
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £430 £405
% change year-on-year +4.65% +6.17% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 647 862 865
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.20 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.42% +41.28% -18.04%
10th Percentile £15.69 £12.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £52.95 £50.15
Median hourly rate £35.00 £29.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year +17.06% +19.60% -13.79%

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 9 April 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 9 April 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 9 April 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 -34 302 £403 +7.33% 48
UK excluding London -13 271 £400 +6.67% 57
South East +62 98 £400 +3.23% 18
London +38 59 £450 +12.50% 2
South West -2 53 £450 +23.29% 4
Midlands +5 45 £360 -1.71% 8
West Midlands +39 39 £360 +2.86% 3
North of England +27 33 £381 +17.31% 12
Yorkshire +60 16 £345 +7.81% 7
Wales +29 16 £400 +12.28% 7
East of England -5 14 £383 -3.65% 4
North West +37 13 £475 +23.38% 4
Scotland +16 12 £375 -3.23% 2
East Midlands -3 6 £343 -8.67% 5
North East +2 4 £378 +16.15% 1
Work from Home +8 3 £475 +90.00% 3
Northern Ireland +17 2 - - 3

For the 6 months to 9 April 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.

1 215 (64.56%) Test Automation
2 189 (56.76%) ISEB
3 161 (48.35%) Agile Software Development
4 121 (36.34%) Test Scripting
5 119 (35.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 116 (34.83%) Security Cleared
7 108 (32.43%) Selenium
8 106 (31.83%) JIRA
9 94 (28.23%) SQL
10 88 (26.43%) Software Testing
11 86 (25.83%) Java
11 86 (25.83%) SC Cleared
12 79 (23.72%) Oracle
13 74 (22.22%) QA
14 70 (21.02%) Microsoft
15 54 (16.22%) BDD
16 53 (15.92%) Cucumber
16 53 (15.92%) Customer Requirements
17 52 (15.62%) Defect Management
17 52 (15.62%) Unix
18 50 (15.02%) Windows
19 49 (14.71%) User Acceptance Testing
19 49 (14.71%) SDLC
20 48 (14.41%) Problem-Solving
21 46 (13.81%) Test Strategy
22 45 (13.51%) C#
23 43 (12.91%) Performance Testing
24 42 (12.61%) Continuous Integration
24 42 (12.61%) Finance
24 42 (12.61%) Scrum

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 41 (12.31%) Confluence
2 10 (3.00%) SharePoint
3 7 (2.10%) IIS
4 6 (1.80%) WebLogic
5 5 (1.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (0.90%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.60%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.60%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.30%) Anypoint
8 1 (0.30%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.30%) Drupal
8 1 (0.30%) SAS
8 1 (0.30%) WebSphere
Applications
1 21 (6.31%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (4.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.60%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (3.60%) Dynamics CRM
1 12 (3.60%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (1.20%) Workday HCM
3 3 (0.90%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.90%) Eloqua
3 3 (0.90%) SAP FI-CA
3 3 (0.90%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (0.60%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.30%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.30%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.30%) SAP Business ByDesign
5 1 (0.30%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.30%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 25 (7.51%) Azure
2 21 (6.31%) GitHub
3 12 (3.60%) AWS
4 4 (1.20%) GCP
5 3 (0.90%) BrowserStack
5 3 (0.90%) Office 365
5 3 (0.90%) SaaS
5 3 (0.90%) Slack
5 3 (0.90%) Tricentis Tosca
6 2 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.30%) Adobe Analytics
7 1 (0.30%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.30%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.30%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.30%) npm
7 1 (0.30%) PaaS
7 1 (0.30%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.30%) Serverless
7 1 (0.30%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 13 (3.90%) TCP/IP
2 11 (3.30%) DNS
2 11 (3.30%) ISDN
3 7 (2.10%) HTTP
3 7 (2.10%) IPv6
4 6 (1.80%) Wireshark
5 5 (1.50%) Firewall
5 5 (1.50%) IPsec
6 3 (0.90%) DHCP
6 3 (0.90%) Network Security
6 3 (0.90%) ZigBee
7 2 (0.60%) 802.15
7 2 (0.60%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (0.60%) MVNO
7 2 (0.60%) PBX
7 2 (0.60%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.60%) WAN
8 1 (0.30%) ATM
8 1 (0.30%) Internet
8 1 (0.30%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (3.00%) SQL Server
2 9 (2.70%) MongoDB
2 9 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
3 7 (2.10%) EDRMS
3 7 (2.10%) MySQL
4 5 (1.50%) Hadoop
5 4 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (1.20%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.90%) Apache Hive
6 3 (0.90%) Big Data
6 3 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.60%) HBase
8 1 (0.30%) Impala
8 1 (0.30%) Neo4j
8 1 (0.30%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.30%) Oracle BI EE
8 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.30%) Pentaho
8 1 (0.30%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.30%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 108 (32.43%) Selenium
2 106 (31.83%) JIRA
3 53 (15.92%) Cucumber
4 40 (12.01%) JMeter
5 33 (9.91%) SoapUI
6 32 (9.61%) Jenkins
7 27 (8.11%) Team Foundation Server
8 22 (6.61%) Git (software)
9 21 (6.31%) Postman
9 21 (6.31%) SpecFlow
10 20 (6.01%) HP UFT
11 18 (5.41%) WebDriver
12 17 (5.11%) Zephyr
13 15 (4.50%) Rational DOORS
14 11 (3.30%) Bitbucket
14 11 (3.30%) Visual Studio
15 9 (2.70%) Gatling
15 9 (2.70%) LoadRunner
16 8 (2.40%) eggPlant
17 7 (2.10%) Robot Framework
General
1 42 (12.61%) Finance
2 36 (10.81%) Public Sector
3 19 (5.71%) Telecoms
4 15 (4.50%) Banking
5 13 (3.90%) Military
6 4 (1.20%) Legal
7 3 (0.90%) Marketing
7 3 (0.90%) Retail
7 3 (0.90%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.60%) Billing
8 2 (0.60%) Publishing
9 1 (0.30%) Back Office
9 1 (0.30%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 84 (25.23%) Analyst
2 81 (24.32%) Tester
3 75 (22.52%) Test Analyst
4 60 (18.02%) Test Engineer
5 40 (12.01%) Test Manager
6 38 (11.41%) Automation Tester
7 19 (5.71%) Test Leader
8 15 (4.50%) Integration Engineer
8 15 (4.50%) Test and Integration Engineer
9 11 (3.30%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
9 11 (3.30%) QA Engineer
9 11 (3.30%) Test Automation Engineer
10 10 (3.00%) Automation Test Analyst
10 10 (3.00%) QA Analyst
10 10 (3.00%) Senior Test Engineer
11 9 (2.70%) Developer
11 9 (2.70%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 9 (2.70%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
11 9 (2.70%) Performance Engineer
11 9 (2.70%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (10.81%) XML
2 29 (8.71%) .NET
3 24 (7.21%) Web Services
4 21 (6.31%) SOAP
5 20 (6.01%) RESTful
6 15 (4.50%) Gherkin
7 14 (4.20%) JSON
8 11 (3.30%) Node.js
9 10 (3.00%) Spring
10 8 (2.40%) AngularJS
10 8 (2.40%) HTML
10 8 (2.40%) JMS
10 8 (2.40%) REST
11 6 (1.80%) Express
12 5 (1.50%) .NET Framework
12 5 (1.50%) Oracle Fusion
12 5 (1.50%) RabbitMQ
12 5 (1.50%) XBRL
13 3 (0.90%) React
14 2 (0.60%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 39 (11.71%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (9.61%) Self-Motivation
3 12 (3.60%) Cyber Defence
3 12 (3.60%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.10%) Mobile App
4 7 (2.10%) Virtual Team
5 4 (1.20%) Data Structures
5 4 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (1.20%) PKI
6 3 (0.90%) Client/Server
6 3 (0.90%) Clustering
7 2 (0.60%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.60%) NHS
8 1 (0.30%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.30%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.30%) Smart Energy
8 1 (0.30%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.30%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 52 (15.62%) Unix
2 50 (15.02%) Windows
3 33 (9.91%) Linux
4 12 (3.60%) Windows Server
5 5 (1.50%) Android
5 5 (1.50%) Apple iOS
6 4 (1.20%) AIX
6 4 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.90%) CentOS
7 3 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.90%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.90%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (0.90%) Windows XP
8 2 (0.60%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.30%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 215 (64.56%) Test Automation
2 161 (48.35%) Agile Software Development
3 121 (36.34%) Test Scripting
4 88 (26.43%) Software Testing
5 54 (16.22%) BDD
6 53 (15.92%) Customer Requirements
7 52 (15.62%) Defect Management
8 49 (14.71%) SDLC
8 49 (14.71%) User Acceptance Testing
9 48 (14.41%) Problem-Solving
10 46 (13.81%) Test Strategy
11 43 (12.91%) Performance Testing
12 42 (12.61%) Continuous Integration
12 42 (12.61%) Scrum
13 40 (12.01%) Validation
13 40 (12.01%) Waterfall
14 38 (11.41%) Regression Testing
15 37 (11.11%) Functional Testing
16 35 (10.51%) Manual Testing
17 34 (10.21%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 94 (28.23%) SQL
2 86 (25.83%) Java
3 45 (13.51%) C#
4 28 (8.41%) JavaScript
5 19 (5.71%) Python
6 17 (5.11%) C
7 12 (3.60%) PowerShell
8 8 (2.40%) Java 8
9 5 (1.50%) VB
9 5 (1.50%) VB.NET
10 4 (1.20%) Groovy
10 4 (1.20%) VBScript
11 3 (0.90%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.90%) PHP
12 2 (0.60%) Kotlin
12 2 (0.60%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.30%) Apple Swift
13 1 (0.30%) C++
13 1 (0.30%) ES6
13 1 (0.30%) Scala
Qualifications
1 189 (56.76%) ISEB
2 119 (35.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 116 (34.83%) Security Cleared
4 86 (25.83%) SC Cleared
5 40 (12.01%) DV Cleared
6 21 (6.31%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 18 (5.41%) Degree
8 16 (4.80%) CCNA
8 16 (4.80%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (3.30%) ISEB Practitioner
10 3 (0.90%) MCITP
10 3 (0.90%) MCSA
10 3 (0.90%) MCSE
10 3 (0.90%) MCTS
10 3 (0.90%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.60%) Master's Degree
12 1 (0.30%) Computer Science Degree
12 1 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (22.22%) QA
2 4 (1.20%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.90%) WCAG
4 2 (0.60%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.30%) PMO
System Software
1 18 (5.41%) Active Directory
2 14 (4.20%) vSphere
3 10 (3.00%) Docker
4 6 (1.80%) Hyper-V
4 6 (1.80%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (1.50%) HDFS
6 2 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 32 (9.61%) HP ALM
2 26 (7.81%) HP Quality Center
3 13 (3.90%) Terraform
4 11 (3.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 10 (3.00%) Ansible
6 5 (1.50%) Kubernetes
6 5 (1.50%) SCCM
7 3 (0.90%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.90%) Netcool
7 3 (0.90%) Puppet
8 2 (0.60%) Nessus
8 2 (0.60%) SCOM
9 1 (0.30%) Grafana
9 1 (0.30%) Kibana
9 1 (0.30%) nmon
9 1 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 79 (23.72%) Oracle
2 70 (21.02%) Microsoft
3 39 (11.71%) HP
4 14 (4.20%) SAP
5 13 (3.90%) EMC
6 11 (3.30%) Atlassian
7 9 (2.70%) Micro Focus
8 6 (1.80%) Talend
9 5 (1.50%) CA
9 5 (1.50%) webMethods
10 4 (1.20%) Cisco
10 4 (1.20%) Google
10 4 (1.20%) Workday
11 3 (0.90%) Adobe
11 3 (0.90%) Citrix
11 3 (0.90%) IBM
11 3 (0.90%) McAfee
11 3 (0.90%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.90%) Veritas
11 3 (0.90%) Xamarin