The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 June 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 > Wales
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 50 50 55
Rank change year-on-year 0 +5  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 12 9 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 1.94% 1.62% 2.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.98% 5.52% 6.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 4 16
Wales median daily rate £325 £286 £180
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.53% +59.02%  
10th Percentile £307 £263 £171
90th Percentile £350 £425 £256
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £338
% change year-on-year +7.69% -3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Wales median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £36.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +25.00% +18.03%  

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 advertised in Wales.

Academic & Professional Certification
Wales
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 172 163 321
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 27.88% 29.32% 37.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 273 282 433
Wales median daily rate £350 £438 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +20.68%  
10th Percentile £175 £288 £180
90th Percentile £538 £650 £530
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 14 19
Wales median hourly rate £43.50 £70.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.85% +438.46%  
10th Percentile £13.00 £17.36 £8.50
90th Percentile £58.75 £73.93 £26.30
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +16.07% +16.08%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Wales.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Wales

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in Wales.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Wales

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Wales region over the 3 months to 29 June 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
South Wales -4 10 £338 +17.90% 2
North Wales - 1 £313 -
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 across the Wales region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 21 (55.26%) User Acceptance Testing
2 17 (44.74%) ISEB
3 16 (42.11%) Test Scripting
4 15 (39.47%) Migration
5 14 (36.84%) PRINCE2
6 12 (31.58%) Data Migration
6 12 (31.58%) SQL
6 12 (31.58%) NHS
6 12 (31.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 11 (28.95%) Test Strategy
7 11 (28.95%) Project Management
7 11 (28.95%) SAP
7 11 (28.95%) Software Testing
8 10 (26.32%) Microsoft Office
8 10 (26.32%) XML
9 9 (23.68%) Microsoft
9 9 (23.68%) SQL Server
9 9 (23.68%) Degree
10 8 (21.05%) HL7
10 8 (21.05%) Disclosure Scotland
11 7 (18.42%) Test Automation
11 7 (18.42%) SoapUI
11 7 (18.42%) VMware
11 7 (18.42%) Release Management
11 7 (18.42%) Load Testing
11 7 (18.42%) Integration Testing
11 7 (18.42%) C++
11 7 (18.42%) SOAP
11 7 (18.42%) XSLT
11 7 (18.42%) ITIL

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales 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 6 (15.79%) BizTalk Server
1 6 (15.79%) JCAPS
1 6 (15.79%) WebSphere
Applications
1 10 (26.32%) Microsoft Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (23.68%) SQL Server
2 6 (15.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.63%) GIS
Development Applications
1 7 (18.42%) SoapUI
2 4 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (7.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (15.79%) Finance
2 1 (2.63%) Banking
2 1 (2.63%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.63%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 16 (42.11%) Analyst
1 16 (42.11%) Test Analyst
2 14 (36.84%) Lead Test Analyst
3 11 (28.95%) Test Leader
4 10 (26.32%) UAT Manager
5 8 (21.05%) Team Leader
5 8 (21.05%) Test Team Leader
6 6 (15.79%) Test Manager
7 3 (7.89%) Tester
8 2 (5.26%) Lead Tester
8 2 (5.26%) UAT Test Manager
9 1 (2.63%) Agile Test Analyst
9 1 (2.63%) Data Migration Lead
9 1 (2.63%) ETL Analyst
9 1 (2.63%) Migration Analyst
9 1 (2.63%) Test Data Analyst
9 1 (2.63%) Testing Manager
9 1 (2.63%) UAT Lead
9 1 (2.63%) UAT Test Analyst
9 1 (2.63%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (26.32%) XML
2 7 (18.42%) SOAP
2 7 (18.42%) XSLT
3 6 (15.79%) IBM Integration Bus
Miscellaneous
1 12 (31.58%) NHS
2 3 (7.89%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (2.63%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.26%) Windows
1 2 (5.26%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (55.26%) User Acceptance Testing
2 16 (42.11%) Test Scripting
3 15 (39.47%) Migration
4 14 (36.84%) PRINCE2
5 12 (31.58%) Data Migration
6 11 (28.95%) Project Management
6 11 (28.95%) Software Testing
6 11 (28.95%) Test Strategy
7 7 (18.42%) Integration Testing
7 7 (18.42%) ITIL
7 7 (18.42%) Load Testing
7 7 (18.42%) Release Management
7 7 (18.42%) Service Delivery
7 7 (18.42%) Test Automation
8 6 (15.79%) Business Analysis
8 6 (15.79%) Performance Analysis
8 6 (15.79%) Regression Testing
8 6 (15.79%) Risk Identification and Mitigation
8 6 (15.79%) Service Management
8 6 (15.79%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (31.58%) SQL
2 7 (18.42%) C++
3 5 (13.16%) PL/SQL
4 1 (2.63%) Java
Qualifications
1 17 (44.74%) ISEB
2 12 (31.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (23.68%) Degree
4 6 (15.79%) Security Cleared
5 4 (10.53%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (21.05%) Disclosure Scotland
1 8 (21.05%) HL7
2 6 (15.79%) QA
System Software
1 2 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.63%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (7.89%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (28.95%) SAP
2 9 (23.68%) Microsoft
3 7 (18.42%) VMware
4 6 (15.79%) Fiorano
4 6 (15.79%) IBM
4 6 (15.79%) InterSystems
5 1 (2.63%) HP