Period
to 19 November 2018

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 6 months to 19 November 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 > Wales
6 months to
19 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 100 80 98
Rank change year-on-year -20 +18 0
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 16 10 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 0.95% 0.85% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.55% 2.71% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 7 3
Wales median daily rate £380 £355 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.04% +9.23% +75.68%
10th Percentile £249 £337 £243
90th Percentile £450 £400 £378
UK median daily rate £368 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +5.00% +7.69% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Wales median hourly rate £25.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £45.00 £24.18
% change year-on-year -13.33% +86.14% -19.42%

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 advertised in Wales with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Wales
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 451 369 442
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 26.86% 31.27% 31.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 240 295
Wales median daily rate £425 £375 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -9.64% +10.67%
10th Percentile £263 £142 £223
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 18 12
Wales median hourly rate £30.00 £36.25 £57.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.24% -36.96% +180.49%
10th Percentile £13.23 £15.01 £16.74
90th Percentile £42.00 £58.75 £79.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.25 £26.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +0.96% +4.00%

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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Wales over the 6 months to 19 November 2018.

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 6 months to 19 November 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
South Wales -17 15 £380 +7.04% 4
West Wales +4 1 - -
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 across the Wales region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 10 (62.50%) Software Testing
1 10 (62.50%) Test Strategy
2 9 (56.25%) Defect Management
3 7 (43.75%) Degree
3 7 (43.75%) PRINCE2
4 6 (37.50%) Project Management
4 6 (37.50%) Requirements Management
4 6 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
4 6 (37.50%) SC Cleared
4 6 (37.50%) Security Cleared
4 6 (37.50%) Test Automation
5 5 (31.25%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (31.25%) Test Management
5 5 (31.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 5 (31.25%) PKI
5 5 (31.25%) SQL
6 4 (25.00%) HP
6 4 (25.00%) Finance
6 4 (25.00%) Performance Testing
6 4 (25.00%) HP ALM
6 4 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Waterfall
7 3 (18.75%) Integration Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
7 3 (18.75%) Regression Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Unix
7 3 (18.75%) Windows
7 3 (18.75%) Visual Studio

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 1 (6.25%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Project
Communications & Networking
1 2 (12.50%) ISDN
1 2 (12.50%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (18.75%) Visual Studio
3 2 (12.50%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (12.50%) Selenium
3 2 (12.50%) SoapUI
3 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio Coded UI
4 1 (6.25%) Cucumber
4 1 (6.25%) Git (software)
4 1 (6.25%) Jenkins
4 1 (6.25%) JIRA
4 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 4 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (37.50%) Analyst
1 6 (37.50%) Test Analyst
2 5 (31.25%) Test Manager
3 3 (18.75%) Test Engineer
4 2 (12.50%) Lead Test Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) QA Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) QA Leader
5 1 (6.25%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) Gherkin
1 1 (6.25%) RESTful
1 1 (6.25%) SOAP
1 1 (6.25%) Web Services
1 1 (6.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (31.25%) PKI
2 2 (12.50%) Management Information System
2 2 (12.50%) NHS
3 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (6.25%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (6.25%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (18.75%) Unix
1 3 (18.75%) Windows
2 1 (6.25%) Linux
2 1 (6.25%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (62.50%) Software Testing
1 10 (62.50%) Test Strategy
2 9 (56.25%) Defect Management
3 7 (43.75%) PRINCE2
4 6 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (37.50%) Project Management
4 6 (37.50%) Requirements Management
4 6 (37.50%) Test Automation
4 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
5 5 (31.25%) Test Management
6 4 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
6 4 (25.00%) Performance Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Integration Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Regression Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Waterfall
8 2 (12.50%) Coaching
8 2 (12.50%) Continuous Delivery
8 2 (12.50%) Network Management
8 2 (12.50%) Scrum
8 2 (12.50%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
2 2 (12.50%) Java
3 1 (6.25%) C
3 1 (6.25%) C#
3 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
3 1 (6.25%) PHP
3 1 (6.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 7 (43.75%) Degree
2 6 (37.50%) SC Cleared
2 6 (37.50%) Security Cleared
3 5 (31.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 2 (12.50%) CCNA
4 2 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (12.50%) ISEB
5 1 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (6.25%) Master's Degree
5 1 (6.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) QA
2 1 (6.25%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 5 (31.25%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (25.00%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 4 (25.00%) HP
2 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
3 2 (12.50%) EMC
3 2 (12.50%) Oracle