Period
to 22 July 2018

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 22 July 2018 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 373 348 296
Rank change year-on-year -25 -52 +22
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 675 695 898
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.72% 0.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.48% 3.68% 3.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 431 418 555
UK median daily rate £370 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% +3.70% +2.27%
10th Percentile £270 £260 £238
90th Percentile £518 £488 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 16 15
UK median hourly rate £15.75 £45.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -65.00% +28.57% +18.64%
10th Percentile £12.75 £37.00 £11.84
90th Percentile £50.83 £46.00 £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £45.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -66.67% +28.57% +55.56%

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 19,403 18,907 23,691
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.78% 19.71% 21.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,518 11,611 14,834
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £402
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.85% +0.38%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £590 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £378
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.96% +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 955 961 828
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.44% +6.86% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £31.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year -17.46% +12.50% +24.44%

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 22 July 2018.

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 6 months to 22 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 22 July 2018. 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 -47 553 £400 +14.29% 176
UK excluding London -32 508 £350 - 155
London -25 154 £450 +13.92% 40
South East -69 139 £375 +7.14% 35
Scotland +9 89 £290 -10.77% 12
Midlands +9 85 £400 +24.03% 27
South West -4 79 £350 -6.67% 23
West Midlands +12 78 £400 +18.52% 19
North of England -37 52 £363 +11.54% 43
East of England +18 41 £335 -4.29% 8
Yorkshire -19 28 £400 +18.52% 11
Wales -25 21 £365 +4.29% 5
North West -20 18 £350 +6.87% 29
North East -9 8 £425 +30.77% 3
East Midlands -13 7 £410 +19.27% 8
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 22 July 2018, 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.

1 388 (57.48%) ISEB
2 347 (51.41%) Test Automation
3 333 (49.33%) Agile Software Development
4 241 (35.70%) Test Scripting
5 231 (34.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 226 (33.48%) SQL
7 208 (30.81%) Software Testing
8 200 (29.63%) Selenium
9 166 (24.59%) Java
10 155 (22.96%) Security Cleared
11 149 (22.07%) JIRA
12 146 (21.63%) Test Strategy
13 145 (21.48%) QA
14 139 (20.59%) Windows
14 139 (20.59%) Scrum
15 134 (19.85%) Finance
16 129 (19.11%) Oracle
17 121 (17.93%) HP
18 118 (17.48%) User Acceptance Testing
19 117 (17.33%) Microsoft
20 113 (16.74%) SC Cleared
21 102 (15.11%) Cucumber
22 101 (14.96%) Functional Testing
23 95 (14.07%) BDD
24 89 (13.19%) Unix
25 87 (12.89%) C#
26 86 (12.74%) Performance Testing
27 85 (12.59%) HP ALM
28 83 (12.30%) Test Management
29 81 (12.00%) Defect Management

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 57 (8.44%) Confluence
2 45 (6.67%) WebLogic
3 13 (1.93%) Apache Spark
4 10 (1.48%) Elasticsearch
5 7 (1.04%) Cloud Foundry
5 7 (1.04%) Documentum
6 5 (0.74%) Apache
6 5 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 5 (0.74%) Tomcat
6 5 (0.74%) WebLogic Integration
7 3 (0.44%) CMS
7 3 (0.44%) SharePoint
8 2 (0.30%) SAS
9 1 (0.15%) CICS
9 1 (0.15%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.15%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.15%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.15%) WebSphere
Applications
1 32 (4.74%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (4.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (1.93%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (0.74%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.30%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 8 (1.19%) SAP S/4HANA
2 7 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.44%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.44%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (0.44%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.30%) Adobe Campaign
5 2 (0.30%) FastStats
5 2 (0.30%) Sonata
5 2 (0.30%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.30%) Unica
6 1 (0.15%) Actimize
6 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.15%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.15%) SAP FI-CA
6 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.15%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 38 (5.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (5.19%) Office 365
3 28 (4.15%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (2.22%) BrowserStack
5 12 (1.78%) BlazeMeter
6 7 (1.04%) PaaS
7 6 (0.89%) Slack
8 5 (0.74%) GitHub
8 5 (0.74%) SuccessFactors
9 4 (0.59%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (0.44%) Sauce Labs
11 2 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.15%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.15%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (5.33%) DNS
2 32 (4.74%) DHCP
3 16 (2.37%) TCP/IP
4 9 (1.33%) HTTP
5 8 (1.19%) Internet
6 7 (1.04%) SAN
7 5 (0.74%) Firewall
7 5 (0.74%) FTP
8 2 (0.30%) IPv4
8 2 (0.30%) IPv6
8 2 (0.30%) MVNO
8 2 (0.30%) SMS
8 2 (0.30%) VLAN
8 2 (0.30%) WAN
9 1 (0.15%) Intranet
9 1 (0.15%) IP Telephony
9 1 (0.15%) LAN
9 1 (0.15%) Skype
9 1 (0.15%) SNMP
9 1 (0.15%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (3.70%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.26%) Oracle Database
3 19 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
4 17 (2.52%) Hadoop
5 16 (2.37%) Oracle Reports
6 12 (1.78%) MySQL
6 12 (1.78%) Relational Database
7 10 (1.48%) Pentaho
8 7 (1.04%) Big Data
8 7 (1.04%) HBase
8 7 (1.04%) Impala
9 5 (0.74%) MS Access
9 5 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (0.59%) Apache Accumulo
10 4 (0.59%) MongoDB
10 4 (0.59%) Oracle Database 10g
10 4 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.44%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 3 (0.44%) Geospatial Data
12 2 (0.30%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 200 (29.63%) Selenium
2 149 (22.07%) JIRA
3 102 (15.11%) Cucumber
4 75 (11.11%) JMeter
5 67 (9.93%) WebDriver
6 65 (9.63%) SoapUI
7 60 (8.89%) HP UFT
8 48 (7.11%) Jenkins
9 46 (6.81%) LoadRunner
10 41 (6.07%) Git (software)
11 40 (5.93%) Team Foundation Server
12 39 (5.78%) SpecFlow
12 39 (5.78%) Visual Studio
13 38 (5.63%) WinRunner
14 37 (5.48%) Toad
15 22 (3.26%) TeamCity
16 21 (3.11%) Protractor
17 13 (1.93%) Gatling
18 12 (1.78%) Zephyr
19 11 (1.63%) Appium
General
1 134 (19.85%) Finance
2 58 (8.59%) Banking
3 22 (3.26%) Retail
4 17 (2.52%) Investment Banking
5 11 (1.63%) Legal
6 10 (1.48%) Law
6 10 (1.48%) Retail Banking
7 7 (1.04%) Telecoms
8 6 (0.89%) Military
9 5 (0.74%) Private Banking
10 4 (0.59%) Automotive
10 4 (0.59%) Marketing
11 3 (0.44%) Advertising
11 3 (0.44%) Billing
11 3 (0.44%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.30%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.30%) Electronics
12 2 (0.30%) Games
12 2 (0.30%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 303 (44.89%) Analyst
2 298 (44.15%) Test Analyst
3 103 (15.26%) Tester
4 81 (12.00%) Test Leader
5 78 (11.56%) Test Engineer
6 62 (9.19%) Test Manager
7 37 (5.48%) Automation Test Analyst
8 33 (4.89%) Automation Tester
9 28 (4.15%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
10 25 (3.70%) Test Automation Engineer
11 19 (2.81%) Selenium Test Analyst
12 18 (2.67%) Senior Analyst
13 17 (2.52%) Agile Test Analyst
13 17 (2.52%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 17 (2.52%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
13 17 (2.52%) Manual Test Analyst
13 17 (2.52%) QA Analyst
14 16 (2.37%) QA Test Analyst
14 16 (2.37%) Senior Test Analyst
15 14 (2.07%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (11.70%) XML
2 49 (7.26%) .NET
3 43 (6.37%) Web Services
4 35 (5.19%) RESTful
5 29 (4.30%) SOAP
6 19 (2.81%) HTML
7 12 (1.78%) ASP.NET
8 11 (1.63%) RabbitMQ
9 10 (1.48%) JSON
10 8 (1.19%) CSS
10 8 (1.19%) Gherkin
10 8 (1.19%) REST
11 7 (1.04%) AngularJS
11 7 (1.04%) Kafka
12 6 (0.89%) .NET Framework
13 3 (0.44%) Chai
13 3 (0.44%) Middleware
13 3 (0.44%) Oracle Fusion
13 3 (0.44%) WebdriverIO
14 2 (0.30%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 72 (10.67%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (5.93%) PDA
3 38 (5.63%) Clustering
4 18 (2.67%) Mobile App
5 16 (2.37%) Computer Science
5 16 (2.37%) Self-Motivation
6 14 (2.07%) Mainframe
6 14 (2.07%) Management Information System
7 13 (1.93%) Greenfield Project
8 11 (1.63%) Client/Server
9 7 (1.04%) PKI
9 7 (1.04%) User Experience
10 6 (0.89%) Analytical Mindset
10 6 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
11 5 (0.74%) Cyber Defence
11 5 (0.74%) Data Centre
11 5 (0.74%) N-Tier
11 5 (0.74%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.59%) Data Structures
12 4 (0.59%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 139 (20.59%) Windows
2 89 (13.19%) Unix
3 52 (7.70%) Linux
4 44 (6.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 42 (6.22%) Windows 7
6 40 (5.93%) Windows Server 2003
7 38 (5.63%) AIX
8 10 (1.48%) Windows Server
8 10 (1.48%) Windows XP
9 8 (1.19%) Android
9 8 (1.19%) Apple iOS
10 5 (0.74%) HPUX
10 5 (0.74%) SUSE
10 5 (0.74%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.59%) VME
12 3 (0.44%) Embedded Linux
12 3 (0.44%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.15%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 347 (51.41%) Test Automation
2 333 (49.33%) Agile Software Development
3 241 (35.70%) Test Scripting
4 208 (30.81%) Software Testing
5 146 (21.63%) Test Strategy
6 139 (20.59%) Scrum
7 118 (17.48%) User Acceptance Testing
8 101 (14.96%) Functional Testing
9 95 (14.07%) BDD
10 86 (12.74%) Performance Testing
11 83 (12.30%) Test Management
12 81 (12.00%) Defect Management
13 78 (11.56%) Continuous Integration
13 78 (11.56%) Regression Testing
14 75 (11.11%) TDD
14 75 (11.11%) Waterfall
15 71 (10.52%) Integration Testing
15 71 (10.52%) Scenario Testing
16 69 (10.22%) SDLC
17 63 (9.33%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 226 (33.48%) SQL
2 166 (24.59%) Java
3 87 (12.89%) C#
4 47 (6.96%) JavaScript
5 25 (3.70%) Python
6 17 (2.52%) C
7 15 (2.22%) VB
8 12 (1.78%) Ruby
9 11 (1.63%) PHP
10 10 (1.48%) Bash Shell
10 10 (1.48%) Perl
11 9 (1.33%) C++
12 8 (1.19%) T-SQL
13 7 (1.04%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.74%) FoxPro (VFP)
15 2 (0.30%) PowerShell
15 2 (0.30%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.30%) VB.NET
15 2 (0.30%) VBScript
16 1 (0.15%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 388 (57.48%) ISEB
2 231 (34.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 155 (22.96%) Security Cleared
4 113 (16.74%) SC Cleared
5 60 (8.89%) Degree
6 37 (5.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 35 (5.19%) DV Cleared
8 16 (2.37%) BPSS Clearance
9 9 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
9 9 (1.33%) PMI Certification
9 9 (1.33%) PMP
10 8 (1.19%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (1.04%) CCNA
11 7 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (0.89%) ISEB Practitioner
12 6 (0.89%) MCITP
12 6 (0.89%) MCSA
12 6 (0.89%) MCSE
12 6 (0.89%) MCTS
13 5 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (21.48%) QA
2 8 (1.19%) GDPR
3 6 (0.89%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.44%) PMO
5 3 (0.44%) SLA
6 2 (0.30%) EMIR
6 2 (0.30%) MiFID
6 2 (0.30%) WCAG
7 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 57 (8.44%) Active Directory
2 39 (5.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (5.63%) Hyper-V
3 38 (5.63%) VMware ESXi
4 33 (4.89%) Virtual Desktop
5 11 (1.63%) Docker
6 8 (1.19%) HDFS
7 4 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.30%) ACF2
8 2 (0.30%) RACF
8 2 (0.30%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.15%) Snort
Systems Management
1 85 (12.59%) HP ALM
2 80 (11.85%) HP Quality Center
3 37 (5.48%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (1.33%) Puppet
5 7 (1.04%) SCCM
6 6 (0.89%) logstash
7 5 (0.74%) Netcool
7 5 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.59%) SCOM
9 3 (0.44%) Nessus
10 2 (0.30%) Ansible
10 2 (0.30%) Kubernetes
10 2 (0.30%) vMotion
11 1 (0.15%) Endace
11 1 (0.15%) Kibana
11 1 (0.15%) Oozie
11 1 (0.15%) QRadar
11 1 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 129 (19.11%) Oracle
2 121 (17.93%) HP
3 117 (17.33%) Microsoft
4 49 (7.26%) VMware
5 42 (6.22%) Citrix
6 38 (5.63%) McAfee
6 38 (5.63%) Veritas
7 37 (5.48%) webMethods
8 32 (4.74%) Ivanti
9 18 (2.67%) Atlassian
9 18 (2.67%) SAP
10 13 (1.93%) Cisco
11 10 (1.48%) AppDynamics
12 9 (1.33%) Informatica
13 8 (1.19%) CA Agile Central
14 6 (0.89%) EMC
14 6 (0.89%) New Relic
14 6 (0.89%) Pega
15 5 (0.74%) Salesforce.com
15 5 (0.74%) TIBCO