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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 67 51
Rank change year-on-year +28 -16  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 26 13 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 3.71% 1.89% 1.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.25% 6.22% 4.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 12 11
Median daily rate £350 £300 £185
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.66% +62.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £173 £198 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £386 £300
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £320 £300
% change year-on-year +9.37% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 281 209 280
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 40.09% 30.42% 38.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 134 134
Median daily rate £425 £350 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.42% -17.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £138 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £543
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 13
Median hourly rate £20.00 £43.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.02% +210.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.22 £16.00 £8.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £60.00 £35.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Wales 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 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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Wales over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 28 March 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 +18 12 £325 +11.11% 3
West Wales -2 12 £470 -53.00%
ISTQB
UK

ISTQB
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 20 (74.07%) User Acceptance Testing
2 16 (59.26%) Test Scripting
2 16 (59.26%) ISEB
3 11 (40.74%) SAP
4 10 (37.04%) MS Office
4 10 (37.04%) Test Strategy
5 9 (33.33%) Microsoft
6 8 (29.63%) Software Testing
7 7 (25.93%) Integration Testing
7 7 (25.93%) NHS
7 7 (25.93%) SQL
7 7 (25.93%) PRINCE2
8 6 (22.22%) Regression Testing
8 6 (22.22%) Finance
8 6 (22.22%) Load Testing
8 6 (22.22%) System Integration Testing
8 6 (22.22%) Risk Identification and Mitigation
8 6 (22.22%) Disclosure Scotland
9 5 (18.52%) Degree
9 5 (18.52%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (14.81%) Project Management
10 4 (14.81%) QA
10 4 (14.81%) Security Cleared
10 4 (14.81%) SDLC
10 4 (14.81%) Defect Management
11 3 (11.11%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
11 3 (11.11%) XML
11 3 (11.11%) Validation

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:

Applications
1 10 (37.04%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.41%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.70%) GIS
Development Applications
1 3 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (7.41%) Visual Studio
3 1 (3.70%) SoapUI
General
1 6 (22.22%) Finance
2 1 (3.70%) Banking
2 1 (3.70%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (37.04%) UAT Manager
2 8 (29.63%) Analyst
2 8 (29.63%) Test Analyst
3 6 (22.22%) Lead Test Analyst
3 6 (22.22%) Test Manager
4 5 (18.52%) Test Leader
5 2 (7.41%) Team Leader
5 2 (7.41%) Test Team Leader
5 2 (7.41%) Tester
5 2 (7.41%) UAT Test Manager
6 1 (3.70%) Agile Test Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Lead Tester
6 1 (3.70%) SAP Manager
6 1 (3.70%) SAP Test Manager
6 1 (3.70%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Test Engineer
6 1 (3.70%) Testing Manager
6 1 (3.70%) UAT Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.11%) XML
2 1 (3.70%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (25.93%) NHS
2 2 (7.41%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (3.70%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.70%) Windows
1 1 (3.70%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (74.07%) User Acceptance Testing
2 16 (59.26%) Test Scripting
3 10 (37.04%) Test Strategy
4 8 (29.63%) Software Testing
5 7 (25.93%) Integration Testing
5 7 (25.93%) PRINCE2
6 6 (22.22%) Load Testing
6 6 (22.22%) Regression Testing
6 6 (22.22%) Risk Identification and Mitigation
6 6 (22.22%) System Integration Testing
7 5 (18.52%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (14.81%) Defect Management
8 4 (14.81%) Project Management
8 4 (14.81%) SDLC
9 3 (11.11%) Customer Requirements
9 3 (11.11%) Migration
9 3 (11.11%) Validation
10 2 (7.41%) Information Governance
10 2 (7.41%) Service Management
10 2 (7.41%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (25.93%) SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (59.26%) ISEB
2 5 (18.52%) Degree
3 4 (14.81%) Security Cleared
4 3 (11.11%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (3.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (22.22%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (14.81%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (40.74%) SAP
2 9 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.70%) HP