Period
to 18 August 2019

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 18 August 2019 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
18 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 77 85 67
Rank change year-on-year +8 -18 +11
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 19 21 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 1.35% 1.43% 2.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.40% 4.92% 6.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 13 24
Wales median daily rate £294 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.52% +4.29% +17.65%
10th Percentile £209 £325 £313
90th Percentile £400 £450 £384
UK median daily rate £400 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Wales median hourly rate £35.75 £25.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.00% - -
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £21.73 £45.00
% change year-on-year +95.58% -51.71% +28.57%

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 352 427 361
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 24.96% 28.99% 29.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 268 253
Wales median daily rate £450 £423 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.51% +12.67% -
10th Percentile £231 £255 £175
90th Percentile £625 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 16 24
Wales median hourly rate £37.50 £18.87 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +98.73% -46.09% -25.53%
10th Percentile £17.09 £10.84 £13.58
90th Percentile £46.00 £42.00 £58.75
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £22.93 £29.84
% change year-on-year +57.00% -23.14% +8.02%

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 18 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Wales

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB in Wales.

Contractor hourly 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 6 months to 18 August 2019. 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 +11 19 £294 -19.24% 6
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 18 August 2019, 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 13 (68.42%) SQL
2 11 (57.89%) Test Scripting
3 9 (47.37%) Software Testing
4 8 (42.11%) Test Automation
4 8 (42.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (36.84%) XML
5 7 (36.84%) Unix
5 7 (36.84%) Windows
6 6 (31.58%) Regression Testing
6 6 (31.58%) Validation
6 6 (31.58%) ISEB
6 6 (31.58%) Integration Testing
6 6 (31.58%) Finance
6 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (31.58%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (31.58%) SoapUI
7 5 (26.32%) System Integration Testing
7 5 (26.32%) SOAP
7 5 (26.32%) SQL Server
7 5 (26.32%) Visual Studio
8 4 (21.05%) Linux
8 4 (21.05%) Microsoft
8 4 (21.05%) Java
8 4 (21.05%) Telecoms
8 4 (21.05%) Degree
8 4 (21.05%) Selenium
8 4 (21.05%) Performance Testing
8 4 (21.05%) Test Strategy
8 4 (21.05%) Windows Server
8 4 (21.05%) Scenario Testing

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 (5.26%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.79%) ISDN
1 3 (15.79%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (26.32%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.26%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (5.26%) EDRMS
2 1 (5.26%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 6 (31.58%) SoapUI
1 6 (31.58%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (26.32%) Visual Studio
3 4 (21.05%) Selenium
4 3 (15.79%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (5.26%) Cucumber
5 1 (5.26%) JIRA
General
1 6 (31.58%) Finance
2 4 (21.05%) Telecoms
3 1 (5.26%) Electronics
3 1 (5.26%) Manufacturing
3 1 (5.26%) Marketing
3 1 (5.26%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (5.26%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 9 (47.37%) Analyst
1 9 (47.37%) Test Analyst
2 4 (21.05%) Tester
3 3 (15.79%) Automation Tester
3 3 (15.79%) Test Engineer
3 3 (15.79%) Validation Engineer
3 3 (15.79%) Verification Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) Test and Validation Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Software Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Software Test Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Software Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (36.84%) XML
2 5 (26.32%) SOAP
3 1 (5.26%) Gherkin
3 1 (5.26%) Web Services
3 1 (5.26%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Cyber Defence
2 2 (10.53%) NHS
3 1 (5.26%) e-Health
3 1 (5.26%) LIMS
3 1 (5.26%) PACS
Operating Systems
1 7 (36.84%) Unix
1 7 (36.84%) Windows
2 4 (21.05%) Linux
2 4 (21.05%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (57.89%) Test Scripting
2 9 (47.37%) Software Testing
3 8 (42.11%) Test Automation
4 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (31.58%) Integration Testing
4 6 (31.58%) Regression Testing
4 6 (31.58%) Validation
5 5 (26.32%) System Integration Testing
6 4 (21.05%) Performance Testing
6 4 (21.05%) Scenario Testing
6 4 (21.05%) Test Strategy
7 3 (15.79%) Black-Box Testing
7 3 (15.79%) Data Development
7 3 (15.79%) Manual Testing
7 3 (15.79%) Network Management
7 3 (15.79%) Requirements Management
7 3 (15.79%) Stress Testing
8 2 (10.53%) BDD
8 2 (10.53%) Defect Management
8 2 (10.53%) Smoke Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (68.42%) SQL
2 4 (21.05%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (42.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 6 (31.58%) ISEB
3 4 (21.05%) Degree
4 3 (15.79%) CCNA
4 3 (15.79%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
5 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (15.79%) QA
2 1 (5.26%) HL7
Systems Management
1 2 (10.53%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 4 (21.05%) Microsoft
2 3 (15.79%) EMC
2 3 (15.79%) Oracle
3 2 (10.53%) HP
4 1 (5.26%) SAP